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.
Tim Blair coined the phrase "The Al Gore Effect." Whenever anyone gives a speech about the global warming scam, the weather turns cold, or it snows. Is Al Gore the most arrogant doofus in the USA? Or is "Jon Carry"? No-one has the courage to tell them what they are: pompous buffoons. Life has done its best to teach them humility - as it does to all of us - but it doesn't seem to take with them. They must be hopeless. I am afraid that many are beyond help, learning, self-observation, self-doubt, and self-criticism.
Mary Katherine Ham is a true Ham. She is good, too. This one is about the Duke fiasco.
And for another example of true injustice, Instapundit is on the Cory Maye story. Heartbreaking. I'd like to see the blogworld use its feeble powers to do something about this.
Lots of new laws kick in on Monday. Do you know all of your laws?
A "charisma offensive" for Hillary? Coffee snort onto my monitor. She has the charisma of a rabid wombat, unless you are a lesbian moonbat self-hating commie - or a lazy, disgruntled loser looking for more handouts. Yes, alas, we have some of those in the USA, and it's a damn shame they never learned what it's all about. Endless opportunity - and free choice. How bad is that? I don't want her village. I want my own village - good old Pittsfield, MA. That's good enough for now: I can live with my own dumb choices, like being a "journalist." For the present, that is.
Self-hating Americans. Gateway. Since when is self-hatred a virtue? It's just the flip side of self-love, and it is an illness - except when self-hatred is justified by behavior. In that case, it is healthy.
Bareback Mountain: Leave them kids alone. Well, sheep.
The anti-war protesters. Flares has it exactly right:
Like they give a rat's behind. I can see them now, they have their party plans all made and they wait avidly and excitedly for the magic 3,000 to come about so that they can sing and preach and burn flags. Just like the good old days when the demonstrators burned down the ROTC building.
Well you know something? I remember those days and a lot of those demonstrators did not care about dead Americans. Not a bit. They were full of the sanctimonious outrage and wanted to bring about the Revolution! I remember. The dead were just handy, an excuse to do what they wanted to do anyway...raise hell.
What about grim milestones? The press loves them, feeds of them like maggots on a wound..but was the life of the first soldier any less precious than another? Is that life precious at all to the people who are planning this event? These soldiers are volunteers. They are not politicians, they are not policy makers and while the constant negativity can obviously erode the will of the public for conflict and keep hope alive in the ranks of the enemy...what then?
Nice shot of the funeral. I watched it off & on all day long. America can really lay on a proper state funeral. DC's federal architecture and interiors are actually awesome--to use the word the old way. Nice to see you picked a shot with VP Cheney, as he gave an excellent, excellent, eulogy.
After years of a haunting whisper in the back of my mind--"why don't the words sound right". And, years after I along with many in my generation, who had been taught to hate Nixon--I finally understand. I understand the power of rhetoric, the power of the liberal press, the courage, integrity, and strength of this man whom we bury today. Like many I was so angry at his decision "to heal" with a presidential pardon--but, now I understand.
NJ, do I take it that you do not trust Mrs. Clinton's move to the middle? "To" I mean, "toward-ish". And if so, then you agree that she is, 3 to 1, skillfully masking an unreconstructed drive for (*cough*) socialism?
And would your apprehension be perhaps based on the empiricism that the type almost never changes?
I just wonder how many people truly understand the implications of little insights like Filegate, Travelgate, and the varied doings of the Rose Law Firm.
I mean, you got your socialists, who may be honest idealists, tho necessarily ahistorical, but then you got your Stalinists, for whom the ends justify any means, and the ends are always personal power, for the sake of personal power.