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.
Does "fair trade" coffee do any good? Berndt at TCS doubts it. It's more of a "feel-good" deal.
Al Quaida in Lebanon. CSM. These guys say they will fight to the death of them all. More at Gateway. Meanwhile, the Taliban are having a tough go of it. It seems that the Brits killed all of their officers. Good show.
1/4 of American Moslem males would like to kill Americans. Of course, those are the numbers of those who will admit it. Contemplating that makes me uneasy around Moslems. The charted info is here. Maybe it's time to take a long hard look at our immigration policies...eh, Pres Bush?
Nobody told Mayor Mike that hybrids are worse for the environment, so he is going to mandate hybrid taxis. Damn the data - he "cares". Am I the only person who is sick of this sanctimonious guy? Yes, he runs the place, but does he have to "care" so much? It's not masculine. I am waiting for him to mandate rubbers when it rains.
Boehner applies bad language to the immigration bill. Somehow, I think he is not fully behind Bush on this one. And Senator Kyl not looking strong right now after pulling a fast one on Arizona voters. Surber. And let me say that I like Prof. Bainbridge a good deal, but I do not want him to preach the Good Samaritan parable to me in the context of immigration law: there's a word for that sort of argument. Eric has some interesting thoughts from Gingrich about immigration: he feels he was hoodwinked the last time he voted for reform. Not surprisingly, Bush'spoll numbers crash whenever he brings up amnesty for illegal immigration. I'm glad he isn't poll-driven, but how far will he go to destroy his party?
News flash. Black kids from intact, religious families do best in school. LaShawn
Last week Illinois overwhelmingly rejected a state medical care proposal. This week, California overwhelmingly rejects "free" preschool. Is this a pattern?
More on how the greedy geezers soak us working stiffs. Viking. It is, indeed, the rich stealing from the poor.
Forcing lightbulb change is pathological. Thanks for saying so, Glenn.
The Palestinians are victims. Victims of the Arabs, who want nothing to do with them. Neoneo. There is a real bias against them in the Arab world. It's kinda funny that the only people who really try to help them are the Brits, the US, and Israel. They are in the "difficult to help" category.
Yes, that Bainbridge piece is precisely the type of thing I was trying to criticize. Christian do-gooders are always trying to invoke "WWJD" examples as a guide for immigration policy. This approach would for undermine the rule of law and essentially turn our immigration system into a welfare program for the entire world.
It has always bugged me that there are so many discounts at the movies and restaurants and airlines, etc. etc. for old people and not for the young families who could really use them.
But... I also have been enjoying the fine dining (not) every night for the past month at the nursing home and they are not all geezers. It is amazing how many young and middle aged people are there. My dinner companions are Chuck, who has seizures and needs constant monitoring and Steve who has a crushed chest and pelvis and Tom who lost his leg to an infection (he says he is taking me dancing when he gets up and about on his new leg). These guys are not quitters but the amount of money their type of care requires is certainly astounding. I know my Dad (who is a geezer) must be getting close to being a million dollar man but he is does now pay his very high costs with his private insurance plan and from his own funds.