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.
Podhoretz on the End of Dubya. NY Post. "Something got broken on Election Night 2004." Indeed. Bush's real error was not to ask me for advice. Getting out of touch with regular people is a Washington disease. Arrogance is another.
Juries in criminal trials get it wrong one out of eight times. Science Daily
Why hate WalMart? The more good they do, the more the Left hates them. Why? Government is supposed to do it. Businesses are supposted to be greedy heartless pigs, and The State is in the role of Great Benefactor. That's the narrative.
A knowledgeable take on the school integration case. Powerline. Many subtleties here. Jon Swift approaches it from the Brown v. Board of Education angle. Very interesting to consider how the intent of Brown has been distorted.
Here's another tidbit, ht Drudge, where former president Clinton is making a few trifling sacrifices (US policy, Europe, et cetera) in the Magnificently Important getting of Putin's support for Hillary:
That business about juries getting it wrong one out of eight times..... One of the saddest things I've seen have been the results of the group of lawyers who spend all their time trying to help prisoners who maintain their innocence. The group is overwhelmed, but they manage, and when you see the guys they free (usually on DNA) it just kills you. Some of these guys have been in prison for 25 years. I watched a show on it, and all the guys who had been freed seemed without rancor or vengefulness. Their bitterness was couched in a kind of numbness. I just couldn't get over it, and watching them made me so damn sad.
Big Pharma - We do have the best R & D, and it goes on despite outrageous lawsuits and the snail's pace of the FDA. But thank heavens for the FDA. And the R & D. If they could just do something about the lawsuits.
hmm... Seems someone put me in my place about my naivete on the lawsuits, but I can't remember why. Oh well, why should Lipitor cost $8 a pill? Drug companies having to pay billions in settlements because three people out of five million got indigestion from a drug? (exaggeration, of course.)
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