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 would solve the terrible AIDS problem, would it not? My Way News. Plus it would solve the entire transgender crisis, and the whole patriarchy problem too.
Let's Think Progressive, Think Feminist, Think Sitzpinkler, and Think Incrementalism: Circumcision Was Just a Start!
You have to wonder what kind of wierd sadistic nut would have thought of it, and don't tell me that God really wanted that. Our God is into neither physical nor mental mutilation, I believe.
But male castration at birth - meaning the whole package -sounds like a good issue for the Left. A natural issue for Hillary. And it is multiculturally sanctified: the Moslems already take the knife to their girls. Why don't they take out the old snippers, and do it to their men too? Fair is fair.
Ed. note: That is Mr. King Cobra. A very fine animal.
When we were expecting our son, we both directed our doctors that we did not want him circumcised. We caught unending flak, mostly of the "he will look different in the locker room" variety. Since he is not in and will never attend a Kenyan boys' school, we did not consider this a serious problem. Right or wrong, since we had no family religious tradition prompting us to torture him, we felt that the less mucking about with a newborn, the better. If you live in the desert and can seldom bathe, circumcision is a helpful hygiene measure. But for shower-happy Westerners, it's only value (I believe) is if it is spiritually significant for your family and your tradition.
My family believes in only inflicting psychological torture on offspring--withholding affection, pushing for academic achievement, delaying gratification, etc. But not physical.
Wednesday night, I picked up my two new black lab puppies (sisters from the same litter) at the airport. They hate their collars, balk at their leashes, and have developed explosive diarrhea. No matter how many times I take them outside, they prefer the indoor toilet formerly known as my kitchen floor. I had forgotten how difficult potty training can be. Initially, we laughingly referred to them as the "irritating orphans" which morphed into the "aggravating orphans" and has, now, become the "obnoxious orphans."
so when's the barbeque? OOOPs I APOLOGIZE.THAT WAS INSENSITIVE AND UNCALLED FOR. I MEANT TO SAY..
Puppies. what would the world be without cute puppies,romping across the floor? What joy they bring to any household. I would mention that the great Antarctic explorer Roald Engebreth Gravning Amundsen relied heavily on his dogs for survival, but of course they were not puppies. Perhaps the only thing more endearing than a new puppy are a brace of puppies, or if heaven graces our endeavors we are blessed with an entire litter.
Yes, I think that I shall never see something so sweet as a new pupp-ee.
Kindest and most gentle regards,
Habu, humble contributor.
I thought, given some of the photos on this site, there were bird dog lovers here (we are avid pheasant and duck hunters and the pups will be trained as such). My dog comments were for Buddy - our beloved old dogs died about the same time and I wanted to send some encouraging words his way about the joys of new pups. That's all.