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.
Election. By the sixth year of an administration, one must expect some attrition, and plain voter fatigue. Whatever the country wants, it will get. I always vote for the least bad person: I vote for freedom, not for my (empty) pocketbook. If the Dems do take the House, however, watch the voters say, next year, "WFT? Did I vote for these jokers?" No, you did not. Seniority goes to those with the safest, most uncompetitive seats; to those who are in there for life.
US out of Vietnam, says our buddy Bruce at Dem. Project. Bruce: it's called realpolitik. Saving the world is out of fashion this year.
91% of Australianswant renewable energy. My guess is 91% of Australians want pie in the sky, too. Try nuclear, Aussies.
Canadian identity: At Dust my Broom, "Canada is a place to hang out until something better comes along."
A newspaper endorsement that has to make you laugh: Blue Crab
And more newspaper idiocy: Cheney is hunting quail in South Dakota tomorrow? I doubt it. There are no quail within 1000 miles of South Dakota. But I'd love to join him for some pheasant hunting - call me, Dick, and send Air Force 2 over here to pick me up after work.
Brit docswant euthanasia. I'd be inclined towards euthanasia for those Brit docs, because their consciences are defective.
Lebanon: A fun place for guys. Wow. Even I could get a girl there, I think.
The US has been working with the Vietnamese for over a year. I thought it an interesting curiousity that deserved more attention at the time, if only for the irony. The rise of China, and maybe Malasia, seem to be the motivators.