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's OK. The court says so. And where are you going to meet appropriate people anyway - at Guido's Pizza and Lounge? From Meyerson at WaPo. A perfect Valentine's Day item:
In August 2005, I wrote a column about a recent National Labor Relations Board (Republican majority thereof) ruling that upheld the legality of a company's banning its employees from fraternizing off the job, citing as a woozy precedent a previous ruling that had banned hotel employees from fraternizing with guests. Earlier this month, the D.C Court of Appeals overturned that 2005 ruling -- reaffirming, broadly speaking, that the employer-employee relationship isn't that of a lord to a serf, and, more narrowly, that happy hour with your co-workers is your true-blue American right.
Giants meet to counter US power
India, China and Russia account for 40 per cent of the world’s population, a fifth of its economy and more than half of its nuclear warheads. Now they appear to be forming a partnership to challenge the US-dominated world order that has prevailed since the end of the Cold War.
Foreign ministers from the three emerging giants met in Delhi yesterday to discuss ways to build a more democratic “multipolar world”.
It would appear that the world has decided to take the US down. Australia and Japan. Taiwan and New Zealand appear to stand with US. Some of the new NATO countries might stand with us but they are weak.
This new harmonizing by India ,China, and Russia does not bode well for us.
I do not see how we can keep our force levels and Navy at their currently low levels. We need a 600 ship Navy and another 500,000 men under arms, ralizing that only 10-15% of those forces will see combat. If we know the noose is going to get tighter with two countires that are basically totalitarian, Russia and China we'd better prepare now or be forced into using nuclear weapons.
We cannot count on GB or Canada or France. We are now basically alone in our fights. NATO is as big a joke as the UN. There come times in history where the old must be cast aside and new alliances formed. We do not have too many partners to choose from whose spines are not made of jello.
I do not believe too many of us realized that with the end of the Cold War it was actually the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. That is the position we are in for the foreseeable future.
Someone tell me who are trusted allies are who can project power with us? I see no one. South America,no. Old or new Europe, no. Asia,no. We are now alone.