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.
“A strange coldness and unreality hangs about their love for men. If you ask them whether they love humanity they will say, doubtless sincerely, that they do. But if you ask them touching on any of the classes that go to make up humanity, you will find that they hate them all. They hate kings, they hate priests, they hate soldiers, they hate sailors. They distrust men of science, they denounce the middle classes, they despair of working men, but they adore humanity”
G.K. Chesterton, as quoted by Pat Deneen. Prof. Deneen's blog has got to be yet another regular read for us.
Well mark me down as a TRUE humaitarian. although in my youth I had both a small parrot and a turtle. But as for most of mankind ... if they do their job and don't get hostile I'm fine with 'em .. trouble is they don't....
O/T for a minute..seems I remember Congress funding within four days of Katrina 250 million dollars for the reconstruction of N.O.
But,but,but, when it came time to debate whether we should build a wall on our southern border it took months.
It finally passed and was funded but we haven't built but about 100 yeards of it. The American Thinker has a great piece in it today regarding this..Here's a peek..
"Has the building of freeway noise barriers involved any national sacrifice? Have you ever fretted about how much money it has cost? Through the end of 2004, forty-five State DOTs and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have constructed over 2,205 linear miles of barriers at a cost of over $2.7 billion ($3.4 billion in 2004 dollars), more than the length of the US-Mexico Border (1,951 miles)."
Now think about that 250 billion to reconstuct a city that is under sea level and will no doubt get swamped again versus 3.4 billion to build a wall that could cover our entire southern flank..
Well worth reading "The Neglected Truths of the Immigration Debate"
By Thomas Lifson...American Spectator
While I'm at it can someone explain to me why we can't round up 12 million illegals and deport them? or 80% of them?......the only answer I can come up with is that the ruling class lacks the political will to do so. Sure it might take a few years but it could be done.
Can't round em up, because "Round em up", or "deport" are words with such powerful images no politician can affiliate themselves with the concept without harming his/her own "image". It is a rhetorical problem. With regard to solutions--just bag the employers let's say $20,000 for every time they employ an illegal knowingly using false id. That should start to slow down the wheels of progress. We can also re-examine the idea of prison/farm labor. How about the idea of "welfare fathers" working in those fields, in exchange for that check and a little self-respect.
Utopians are notorious abusers of their own families (Marx, Rousseau, Robespierre, Gaugin, Stalin, Hitler, on and on). Their mission to Love Humanity apparently leaves them little time or interest in loving humans.