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.
America's favorite sport: beating up derelicts (scroll down). If you read Der Spiegel, you might think so. Admittedly, I do it once in a while when I am bored - but not daily.
New Jersey wants to ban .50 caliber guns. Reason: People don't need them. No, nor do the people "need" free speech or habeas corpus. They are just those obsolete constitutional rights...Indeed, government would be far more efficient without that Bill of Rights, wouldn't it? Left, right, or middle: anyone can come up with reasons to chip away at our Bill of Rights.
We have tied ourselves to the Devil, in this instance China. A chimera within a fantasy. Just wait, when the next East Asia monetary crisis appears we will be sending them billions to support their banks. Some will say the positive is that we are all interlinked, no choice but to support one another, can't let them self-destruct, etc., etc. I say, we have'm hooked. Bad for us but much, much worse for them if it all goes to hell. The world would die without us. But no one will admit it.
This is one of the most perspicacious comments I've read about China in a long time. I've said the same myself but usually get ignored. You have it down, Luther. Perfect. We are China's soul, and they know it.
It's those damn Girl Scout Cookies! Do know what it's like to be a parent of a Girl Scout when Cookie Days roll around---cases and cases of the things squeezing out oxygen from the rec room store area--and adding to global warming through high caloric intake and resultant watercloset output. And when one eats them--and has anyone eaten one Girl Scout cookie--lest it was the last one in a box--there is a sudden craving to go out and mug a derelict Der Spiegel reporter snoozing under the nearest viaduct.
By all means ban them, along with reindeer meat cheeseburgers and sauteed brain tacos!!! ASAP