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.
If you missed our April Fool's Day offerings, check 'em out. We'll begin taking them down, and recycling some of them next year, for newbies. Apparently we snagged some April Fools this time, for a minute or two.
The internal politics of Iran is much more complex and non-uniform than one would a priori expect. That makes all things difficult. Moreover, the Iranian government is extremely good in manipulating stupid people which includes, for example, the majority of the Arab nations. So they forced the marines to apologize for their wrongdoing on TV and to praise the Iranian kidnappers for their heavenly hospitality that they will be always grateful for. The only female marine has even apologized in a written form - in a letter that she originally wrote in Persian. Not bad.
bloggers on the right link to you when they agree and ignore the disagreements, and the bloggers on the left link only for the things they disagree with, to denounce you with short posts saying you're evil/stupid/crazy, and don't even seem to notice all the times you've written posts that take their side.
Where the Nanny State meets the Police State. Small Dead Polar Bears, on the UK. I have always believed that Welfare Statism leads to Nanny Statism which leads to Police Statism. It's a natural progression, and it's all for your own good, as defined by your betters!
How I came to Christ. LaShawn. A very difficult thing to do. Not child's play.
Interesting piece by LaShawn. But it raised many questions. For example, did she ever try AA? Seek therapy? Get diagnosed for anything besides alcoholism? Get prescribed medication? Most people with alcoholism also suffer from mood and/or personality disorders. It's not a matter of refusing personal responsibility, but of recognizing complicating conditions. LaShawn is quite admirable. But accessing more help is not a sign of weakness.
Christian or otherwise support is essential, whatever your affliction. The call is individual, the relationship with Christ is individual, but without the loving exhortation and accepance of fellow believers, people either fall again or live a life of gritted teeth and grim duty.
-"I really don't know why the Iranian regime keep doing this. All it does is
enhance people's sense of disgust at captured personnel being paraded and
manipulated in this way.
"It doesn't fool anyone. And what the Iranians have to realise is if they
continue in this way they will face increasing isolation."-
It does not reassure me that PM Blair does not know why the Iranian regime
keeps doing this. The propaganda value of these films are enormous. Those
pictures will fool plenty of people. And they will encourage others.
Why did Americans think that Baghdad Bob was so funny? We thought he was a
clown. But maybe we are the bozos because this enemies propaganda is not
funny. It is deadly serious. The Islamists understand that. Mr. Blair,
however, just said that he does not.