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.
The national popular vote fallacy.Anchor Rising. I agree. This was the deal the states made to get on board as a nation. It's a control against riding roughshod over smaller states and rural areas. We're a Republic, not a mob democracy.
"I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say how delighted I am that the Iranian goverment has released our 15 naval service personnel. This has obviously been a traumatic ordeal for all of them and their families and an extremely trying and difficult time for everyone else in involved in this unfortunate episode. Thankfully, common sense and cooler heads have prevailed. I must, however, make it categorically clear that we did not, nor would we ever, make any concessions, strike any bargains or agree any deals in order to secure their release. It is the unwavering policy of Her Majesty's government to stand firm in the face of threats and to strenuously resist any attempts at blackmail or intimidation of any kind. That said, all that remains for me to do is join in with the rest of the nation in offering up our prayers and thanks to merciful Allah and his last prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him. Thank you."
Interesting that it was apparently a DMCA takedown.
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.
I enjoyed the piece on 'Homeschooling' by Sally Thomas. Her point re interweaving lessons into daily life were well made. She and her husband would appear too be doing a fine job. But her very last words seem rather rigid in comparison to the rest..."our children will emerge one day so firmly formed that nothing in this world can unbend them." I know she is referring to St. Daniels and faith in general, but it just seems rather, I don't know, restricting. Which, I guess, is the whole point.
The memorial for Gunner's Mate Second Class, Danny P. Dietz, United States Navy should be enshrined in the most realistic way possible re his defining moment. Anything less would be a travesty to his service and the dedication he felt and gave sacrifice for, to his fellow Seals.