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.
More funky architecture. Second Empire? Some people call it, erroneously, Victorian.
Bush will veto new hate crime legislation. That is the right thing. Crime is crime, and all of us criminals should be treated equally.
Another talk show guy - Boortz this time - targeted by the Left. But look at what he said! Same thing we say all the time. I am happy to see that Imus, although I am not a big fan - is sueing CBS in a big way. Heck - they hired him for his poor taste, so they shouldn't fire him for it.
...al Qaeda itself has repeatedly said that Iraq is the biggest battlefield in their war against civilization. Here is Zawahiri, for example, writing to Zarqawi in July 2005:
I want to be the first to congratulate you for what God has blessed you with in terms of fighting battle in the heart of the Islamic world, which was formerly the field for major battles in Islam’s history, and what is now the place for the greatest battle of Islam in this era…
Hispanics are not really a bloc. White hispanics tend to go for Republicans (e.g. Cubans in FL), while Mestizo Hispanics (Mexicans, Salvadorans, etc) break 65-35 in favor of the Democrats. Unfortunately for the Republicans, it is the Mestizo Hispanics that are the rapidly growing part.
It's not like Mehlman is a guy to take seriously with stuff like this anyways. Remember his big effort with all the high-profile black Republicans running last fall - Steele, Blackwell and Swann? After he tried to get cozy with the NAACP? All lost big-time. So I guess, now, it's back to Hispanics as the "crucial vote" for Republicans. How a bit a little pandering to white folks for a change, Ken? Take them for granted and they just might choose to stay home - let me refer you to November 2006 as a case in point.
The two types of crimes are apples and oragnes, but apples and oranges are both fruit. Ask a terrified 60-year-old whose retirement fund/pension was wiped out by a white collar criminal if they would rather have had the acute fright of a stick-up they survived with a few stiff drinks and some story-telling, or a dismal future living out their retirement years on nothing but Social Security checks. Being killed in a stick-up is infinitely worse than being ripped off for a few hundred bucks by a white collar criminal and having your pension wiped out by a white collar criminal is infinitely worse than chasing a drugged out fool from your apartment.
The two types of crime are not the same, the kinds of people who perpetrate these crimes are different and the harm that is done varies enormously from one person to the next. This almost seems like a bit of an apologia for white collar criminals who sometimes f*** people's lives up to the core.
In Chicago we have had a problem with mortgage fraud and white collar perps (of no particular race) scamming elderly homeowners (of no particular race) with paid off homes. These elderly people have been left broke with no recourse. In many cases they've lived in South Side and west side neighborhoods surviving the violent crime perpetrated by people of no particular race, only to be devasted in their old age by white collar criminals of no particular race. Some of the perps have been caught and jailed, but their victims are still devastated.
Second Empire, plenty of that in Bellefonte, the county seat ten miles NE of here:
There's also colonial Boalsburg, ten miles to the SW, the birthplace of Memorial Day, home to the Christopher Columbus chapel, and the Pennsylvania Military Musem: