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.
Egyptians think that the US is their enemy. Huh? Big Pharaoh
"The deal so good they had to make it mandatory." Social Security and the AARP. Viking
Hawkins extractsthe best quotes from Mark Steyn's America Alone. One of them:
All dominant powers are hated -- Britain was, and Rome -- but they're usually hated for the right reasons. America is hated for every reason. The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lap-dancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too godless, America is George Orwell's Room 101: whatever your bugbear you will find it therein; whatever you're against, America is the prime example of it. -- P.xxiii
Blogs make it more difficult for journalists to do their job, complains the NYT. Am Thinker
College students want someone else to pay their tuition for them. Part-time Pundit. And I want someone else to pay my bills, too.
Ralph Peters is fed up with the lack of a plan for Iraq:
My disillusionment with our Iraq endeavor began last summer, when I was invited to a high-level discussion with administration officials. I went into the meeting with one firm goal, to convince my hosts that they’d better have Plan B in case Iraq continued to disintegrate. I left the session convinced that the administration still didn’t have Plan A, only a blur of meandering policies and blind hopes. After more than three years, it was still “An Evening at the Improv.”
Peters surely knows that any war is improvised after the first 24 hours, but I think he is saying more than that. Piece at our buddy Dino.