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.
This is indeed jaw-dropping. First paragraph of piece by Rick Moran:
Executive Producer David Doss reveals that CNN not only doesn’t care if their broadcasts give aid and comfort to the enemy in Iraq, but also that there is no difference between a US sniper and an enemy sniper.
I knew there was a reason I can't watch CNN: they just aren't my kind of people. Whole thing here.
I keep trying to get out, but they keep pulling me back in. Junior Gotti gets a pass, sort of. "He's a very nice boy."
Evil genius Karl Rove has been blamed for rising oil prices, falling oil prices, Katrina, 9-11, warm summers, the ozone hole, and for losing my socks in the dryer. Now he is blamed for the rising stock market. Rove must be God, disguised as a pudgy bald guy.
Annie, Get your gun. We keep reading these sorts of stories. An un-armed, or pacifist person is called a "victim," in English. Listen: especially if you have kids: don't let a low-life scum take you away from them, because they need you.
On repealing the First Amendment. If the Left (with John McCain as a useful idiot ally) wants to undo the First, and many others wish to undo the Second, then why not all the rest of 'em? If political speech (advertising) costs money, then when you restrict money, you restrict speech. Simple. I even agree that George Soros is free to spend a billion dollars for Leftist, America-hating candidates if he wants to. It's supposed to be a free country, where you can debate one person's speech with more speech. Ten Napel on George Will.
Right Wing Howler gets a bit non-PC with the Koran. Shame on you, Vilmar. That is insensitive. Did you find these sights in your neighborhood? Very bad manners. BAD DOG!
Although the Vietcong and Hanoi were badly mauled during Tet, they delivered, through the media, such a psychological blow to U.S. hopes of "winning" in Vietnam that Tet is widely credited with eroding support for President Johnson and driving him to withdraw as a candidate for re-election.
Tet, that is, was a military victory for the U.S. that turned into a propaganda victory for the communists because American journalists presented a false picture of what had happened.
Who is rich? And who is complaining? A quote from a piece Australia's Policy, by Wilkinson, entitled Against the Politics of Relative Standing (h/t, A&L Daily):
HL Mencken once quipped that, ‘a wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife’s sister’s husband.’ Writing last April on the definition of poverty in The New Yorker, journalist John Cassidy takes the logic of Mencken’s satire of low-grade ressentiment fully seriously and plumps for its liberal application to public policy. Cassidy argues that it is indeed a hardship to make less than your wife’s sister’s husband—or your co-worker, your next door neighbour, or anyone within the same national boundaries—and proposes that for the purposes of government ‘poverty’ be defined in terms of relative rather than absolute deprivation. In particular, he suggests that the poverty line be set at half the value of the median income. ‘If poverty is a relative phenomenon,’ Cassidy writes, ‘what needs monitoring is how poor families make out compared with everybody else, not their absolute living standards.’ 
While capitalism does in fact produce absolutely egalitarian results—enabling the poor to own high-quality mobile phones, microwaves, and cars functionally equivalent to those of the wealthy—it cannot, critics say, manufacture more and better ‘positional goods’, to use economist Fred Hirsch’s term, because, basically, it is impossible to fit more than ten percent in the top ten percent. No matter how trusty, safe, comfortable, and efficient your new Hyundai Accent may be, the fact that is within the grasp of so many will keep it from signaling that you inhabit the commanding heights of society. And that’s what you really want, isn’t it? To be king of the mountain?