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.
New England Repub announces the end of McCain's political aspirations here.
Right Wing Nuthouse
RWN outdoes themselves: First, a cool and literate piece on Ann Coulter, comparing her to Tom Paine here. And then a thoughtful and complimentary piece about David McCulloch here. Good thinking and good writing.
The Demise of Community Block Grants
The excellent reporter Steven Malanga of The City Journal:
"By killing the program, the Bush administration will do more than just save billions of taxpayer dollars. It will send a message that cities must cast off the 1960s dependency mentality that viewed federally subsidized programs as the only road to inner-city community revival and economic development—a notion that years of failed efforts should now put to rest."
Read his detailed report of the program's failures here, and feel grateful that Bush is taking out some of the trash.
Something tells me that I'm not a member of the media elite. Raising this subject may be beating a dead horse, but it never ceases to amaze. Kathleen Parker:
"With a few exceptions, journalists tend to think mostly alike about most things, and they generally tend to be more liberal than mainstream America. This isn't a criticism necessarily - there's no Fourth Estate conspiracy - it's just the nature of the beast. After all, what kind of person wants to labor long hours in exchange for public contempt and low pay? Brilliant people, obviously."