We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Free speech for me but not for thee. When the Left loses something, they seek to limit speech. It never fails. Very scary impulse, and deeply un-American. Blue Crab
John Hinderaker collated and edited the Al Quaida tapes, with the WTC bombers - from 2000. Bless his heart - I would have no idea of how to do that. Link here.
Paddling is still allowed in many US school districts - which is excellent - but I see that in most places PE teachers can no longer give extra push-ups as punishment. What kind of pussy country are we becoming? Education Wonks
Hezbollah is being very generous with funny money. Synthstuff
Larry Kudlow continues to praise our "Goldilocks economy." Funny how few in the media are celebrating these good times. Glenn
Some argue that these conflicts arise not from a clash of civilizations, but from specific grievances, such as the West's support of Israel. This is an unsatisfactory argument. In his 1990 essay "The Roots of Muslim Rage," professor Bernard Lewis pointed out: "The French have left Algeria, the British have left Egypt, the Western oil companies have left their oil wells, the westernizing shah has left Iran, yet the generalized resentment of the fundamentalists... against the West and its friends remains and grows and is not appeased."
The cause of conflict is not what the West does, but what the West is.