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.
As I see it, having visited the United States, the great advantage it's citizens possess is the ability to succeed, should they so wish. There is no class culture, consequently those who are successful are admired and indeed encouraged to achieve more. Envy and jealousy simply do not exist. It is something the rest of the world cannot understand and this is manifested by the so called "hatred" expressed against a country which is totally different to the class system which dominates all other nations.
The truth is it's not the US that's arrogant, it's the romantics that want a cause that exaults humanity into some kind of superman, when what is actually being offered is the chance to be ordinary.
Boston's institutional architecture. Is there any worse outside of the old Soviet bloc? Coyote
Bush lives greener than Gore. Funny, but true. Not that it matters. What concerns me is that maybe Bush takes it seriously, while clearly Al secretly knows it's a crock: we always give more cred to what people do than to what they say. Here are some photos of one of Al's three houses (h/t, Gay Patriot). As Coulter said of Al's†houses, etc:
Itís great that heís using solar panels and all that, but notice heís not disputing how huge his electric bill still is. What the hell is he doing in there? Is he a Terminator from the future and requires constant recharging? (That would explain pretty much everything.)
Anyone in there majority and even those alert teens in the early 1970's easily remember the global cooling scare. Now it's global warming. Paul Erlich ,in his book, "The Population Bomb" (in the 70's) predicted we would all be fighting for food right about now.
This ls the left's modus operandi and Hitler's Goebbels "Big Lie". Told often enough it becomes gospel.
It is as Macheavellian an approach to politics you will find in a free society, but it is what the socialist Left Democrats have employed since the FDR administration..The Big Lie.
It is their method of controlling the agenda. For forty years until 1994 they held Congress and could use all the organs of govenment to write a propagandized history of the USA. They did just that.
Then they turned to the Supreme Court for law making when it became apparent they could not pass what they wanted in the Congress. A liberal Supreme Court overstepped it's authority time and again to adjudicate purely political matters, something that they are prohibited from doing. They got away with it because a majority of Americans totally forgot that our three branches of government are CO-EQUAL. The concept of judicial review isn't even debated today, but it is still way out of bounds on political matters.
Hericlitus said it best over 2000 years ago.."Nothing is constant but change"..that goes for the weather too.
The Real American Idol
OpinionJournal.com ^ | March 1, 2007 | DanielL Henninger
Posted on 03/01/2007 5:03:37 AM PST by NonValueAdded
The Real American Idol
Why the New York Times buried Maj. Bruce Crandall's Medal of Honor on page 15.
BY DANIEL HENNINGER
Thursday, March 1, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
Amid the mad jumble that makes the news in our time, the White House on Monday held a ceremony for a Medal of Honor recipient. His name is Bruce Crandall. Mr. Crandall is 74 now, and earned his medal as a major, flying a Huey helicopter in 1965 in the Vietnam War.
The Medal of Honor is conferred only for bravery in combat. It is a military medal, and it is still generally regarded as the highest public tribute this nation can bestow. It is also very rare.
In a less doubtful culture, Maj. Crandall's magnificent medal would have been on every front page, if only a photograph. It was on no one's front page Tuesday. The New York Times, the culture's lodestar, had a photograph on its front page of President Bush addressing governors about an insurance plan. Maj. Crandall's Medal of Honor was on page 15, in a round-up, three lines from the bottom. Other big-city dailies also ran it in their news summaries; some--the Washington Post, USA Today--ran full accounts inside.