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.
Superb war post, at Eject Eject. No, it's really a meandering, thoughtful essay. One quote:
People like Michael Moore and Bill Maher and Keith Olberman would not be able to figure out how to close the canopy on an F-102. These people would be weeping with fear when those afterburners light up and you barrel down that runway hoping that engine doesn’t flame out and roll you inverted into the asphalt, or when you’re rocketing through the soup at 300mph watching two little needles chase each other, praying the next thing you see out the window is a runway and not a mountain goat.
George W. Bush is not stupid. It’s not possible to be a moron and fly a supersonic jet fighter, and everyone knows it.
What George W. Bush is, however, is inarticulate. English is his second language. From what I can see he does not have a first language. Abraham Lincoln spoke in simple frontier language in an age of rhetorical flourish. Like Bush, he was considered a bumpkin and an idiot, and like Bush, he realized that there were times when having people misunderestimate you repeatedly was a real advantage. That’s goal-oriented. That’s playing the deep game. That’s cunning.
I personally have gotten to the point where Bush’s malapropisms cause me to look at the floor and shake my head with an affectionate smile, in much the same way supporters of his predecessor used to do with every new revelation of coerced sex from former employees. He is what he is. But he is a damn sight more intelligent than the graphic designer in the Mini Cooper with the Village Idiot sticker. Me, personally, I look at the man’s entire catalog of flaws in the same way Lincoln looked at Grant and his drinking: I can’t spare this man. He fights.
So to me, anyway, given the above information I feel that anyone calling President Bush a moron and an idiot comes off sounding like…well…a moron and an idiot.
Take a couple of minutes and read the whole thing. Yes, it has pictures too.
Just a quick comment re: the informative "Eject! Eject! Eject!" post referencing the F-102 Delta Dagger. I couldn't help but notice the obvious resemblance to our own "CF-105 AVRO ARROW", an all-weather interceptor that was designed, developed and built by the A. V. Roe Company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the 1950's.
The "ARROW" first flew on March 25, 1958 and, during test flights, reached a top speed of 1,650 mph (just below Mach 2.0) at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. Unfortunately, a political decision (during the Bomarc Missle days) caused our government to shut down the program and scrap (cut up all 6 prototypes) of the best aircraft ever built!
I couldn't find when the "Dagger" first went into production but I do know the USAF provided some development funding for the privately built ARROW and would have had access to the design drawings. It would be interesting to see if the "Dagger" was built after the "ARROW", thereby incorporating some of the inovative Canadian design (the delta wing) developed here.
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