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.
It only takes about five minutes to figure out how the press lies about polls and statistics. Powerline. At least the papers didn't headline "Most believe religion the work of Satan." But they came close.
Those dang Christmas Carolsannoyed Brit unions. I can understand being annoyed by the Christmas songs - but never by the carols. My problem with the carols is that I know them so well that I can forget to hear the astonishing words. Same with the Lord's Prayer.
Fear of Romney. Romneyphobia? He is pretty good. Town Hall
Americans are forced to be generous, because their government is so stingy, claim Canadians. How is that for a distortion designed to salvage one's self-esteem and to assuage one's conscience?
Hitler on Federalism. Volokh's piece begins thus:
One of the relatively few underanalyzed major topics in the extensive academic literature on federalism is the relationship between federalism and totalitarianism. A potential advantage of decentralized federalism is that it might serve as an obstacle to the establishment of an oppressive totalitarian state. Yet most scholars have largely ignored this possibility. One writer who didn't, however, was Adolf Hitler, who had this to say on the subject in Chapter 10 of Mein Kampf (which is devoted to German federalism):
"Might serve"? Definitely serves. That was the original deal, aka the US Constitution. The piece is here. We agree with the point which is made. Centralized power is always a threat to freedom - even when it is elected. It is in the nature of government to accrue power, using any excuse at hand. FDR was the worst criminal, in this regard. The Civil War and Jim Crow gave state's rights a bad name, but I am inclined to believe that, generally, states and localities have the right to be wrong sometimes. That is part of what freedom is meant to guarantee.
Neither wisdom, nor common sense, resides in Washington, DC; it resides elsewhere - in our people in our towns. Washington, DC obtains its power from the income tax, and the ignominious power of vote-buying with OPM.
But many will vote away their personal freedom for a bowl of lentils, especially when they feel spiritually and personally uncertain, frail, and lacking in a "support system".
Try some of our Christmas YouTubes - scroll down. Nice selection, Bird Dog. I can think of 100 you omitted, though.
Ditto the above. But now some of us are conflicted over loving lentil soup.
That Christmas music “torture” is a jolly welcome change from the wailing R & B that retailers in my city play ceaselessly and mercilessly the rest of the year. On my few Christmas shopping ventures this season (at the North Pole, of course), I saw people in bright spirits and happy to help one another. Background festivity, goodwill and even music make a difference.
Suppose the after Christmas returns and clearance sales retail period won't be so cheerful. Mahler for the malls then?
It's called Boxing Day, I think, because on the day after Christmas, you took stuff to the servants (leftovers? mathoms?)and thanked them for the previous year's service. At least in England. When I was a kid there, we would go visiting and show off our presents to relatives and friends, and eat leftovers and relax and it was one of the happiest days of the year. Nobody would have dreamt of returning an unwanted gift.
In this country, we could call it that because this is the day that the Devil has made, wherein our ungrateful relatives search frantically for the box for the expensive gift we lovingly selected after weeks of mulling it over, to return it for cold hard cash and whatever other thing they preferred to our choice. Best way to tell a relationship is on the rocks...either we devote so little thought to a gift that the recipient wants to exchange it or we put love in but the recipient doesn't value it or our feelings enough to accept it and use it graciously....
Can you tell that I hate modern Christmas and Boxing Day?! Have spent much time in the Fens lately, whence hailed my Puritan forebears and have more and more sympathy for their perspective on vain dumb show. And yet I am conformist socially. I am one of those who lavishes gifts on relatives after months of searching, whose gifts get returned...
And every year, hope springs eternal, and I try to get them something really nice...But I have no gift for mind reading, and in my family, if the men want something, they buy it for themselves...
Every year I say never again, but come Thanksgiving start trying the vain search again, and my credit card catches fire, and every year they get rid of my gifts fast as possible after Christmas.
Yeah, fed up.
The music was awful at my church this year,tho it is newly lavishly built and full of modern day pirates, hedge funders and insider traders and their toy brides. The best minister is retiring and I suspect I will be out of there soon. Everyone there now looks as if the women are professional mall wanderers who don't have to work for a living, and whose husbands buy them jewellry and furs. Those of us cloth coat Republicans who stay married, live simply, who support disabled kids and unemployed husbands, and feel too exhausted to charm anyone, are on their way out of there...
I loathe Christmas and am glad it is over. I love a Jesus who was even more of an outsider, scorned, cold, shabby, and doubtless would have been told by Bird Dog to lighten up...
My Puritan ancestors had the right idea about Christmas. Should have just drunk hard cider and weak beer all holiday and sat by the fire and ignored them all....