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.
Re: The Ray Gun. The Ray Gun began development under Reagan, after he had seen an old Intel paper from ther 1960's by then CIA director Adm. Red Rayburn. The Rayburn-Reagan-Ray-Gun was then farmer out for feasibility studies to the Red Raider Ray Gun Division at Raytheon Radiation Research Roundtable. Codenamed Russian Roulette results rapidly reached resolution and today we have a weapon that can roast bacon or people. Rah rah.
Blackdog is right. It's been one week this morning since my old dawg lost his battle with the utility truck. I've dropped ten pounds--haven't been hungry. Good dog! Be back at playing weight in no time!
(2007-01-18) — Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-NB, today introduced a bill with several of his Democrat colleagues that would cap the number of Republican Senators at current levels and begin negotiations with Democrats for a phased GOP withdrawal from the Senate.
The measure comes as the Senate prepares to debate a Hagel-sponsored resolution opposing President George Bush’s move to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq.
“Just as sending more U.S. troops isn’t the solution to defeating terrorists in Iraq,” said Sen. Hagel, “more Republican senators won’t accomplish the party’s legislative goals here. Each additional GOP senator simply antagonizes the majority party and makes the Senate a worse quagmire than it already is.”
New York Democrat Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton co-sponsored the so-called “cap and yank” measure.
“We admire Chuck Hagel,” said Sen. Clinton, “because when he reaches across the aisle, it never seems like a stretch.”
"Rather than back a non-binding resolution of disaproval, why didn't the gutsy Senators, like Chuck Hagel, who are riding the surf of public opinion opposed to the troop surge and taking on a president with approval ratings at the freezing level vote aginst General Petraeus' confirmation? Their convictions hold that he has endorsed a wholly unjustified escalation and will be leading troops on a futile mission. They want a role in the conduct of the war and with the need to win Senate confirmation of Gen. Petraeus the Constitution has given them one, but they have taken a pass. " If Petraeus succeeds, they'll be bragging that they voted for him. If he fails, they'll note that they opposed the surge. As John F. Kennedy noted, political courage is scarcer than physical courage . . . ."
I have studied the Revolutionary War, the War of Northern Aggression extensively as well as WWII, Korea and Vietnam where I was part of the original stage play.
One remarkable thing that stands out in all of them is the amount of small minded, high minded men, and the cabals that form to manipulate these wars. The press is always right in there with the likes of William Randolph Hearst .
After the Revolutionary War several northern states wanted to succeed.
It just proves to me that it is the ordinary citizen that must continually fight for his/her rights. There are always those within and without who want to take them.
If you haven't looked at this yet take a moment for ole Habu and do so.