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.
Lazy Mom? Embroidered needlepoint Christmas stockings at Land's End. But you should make them yourself, or let Grandma make them. It means more, and they sure won't be thrown in the garbage when they get dirty, and you are dead.
Castro is terminal? Duh. AOL calls it "dire news." Are they nuts? It's called good news. The jerk was a totalitarian monster. Calling him a Stalinist would be a compliment: he has destroyed three generations of Cubans - and Cuba.
EU bureaucracy warns against referendums. Duh, again. They would throw them all out. The general rule is that elected pompous jackasses are preferable to unelected pompous jackasses.
Inside baseball re the Repub leadership, by Barnett
Fleeing Massachusetts. Many are doing so. NE Repub. Our opinion? Either MA needs a wall to keep 'em in, or NH needs a wall to keep 'em out. They are immigrants who want freedom, but are accustomed to freebies. Impossible people.
Hispanic family breakdown, at home and now in the US. Heather MacDonald at City Journal. This is not good news.
Birth control was supposed to free women (mostly it freed men) and abortion was supposed to make “every child a wanted child.” Now, if your child is not the right sort of child, it doesn’t matter if you want it or not, you should not have it. If you (or your growing baby) are not fit to be perfectly productive, then you owe it to society to either kill the baby or die yourself, rather than inflict such vulgar weaknesses upon the rest of us. Society has nothing to learn from you, and you have nothing to teach it. Better to die and, as old Scrooge noted, “decrease the surplus population”.
As we watch this seemingly inexorable march toward the elimination of imperfect or sickly people for the good of humankind, I wonder, sometimes, if the Michael J Fox’s of the world realize that they are advocating the sorts of people and policies that will one day tell him that if he really cared about being a good citizen in the world, he’d take himself out.