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.
"If you see a girl in need of help--unable to lift something, for example--do not taunt her. Approach the object and greet her with a cheerful smile, whilst surreptitiously testing the weight of the object. If you find you can lift it, go ahead. If you can't, try sitting on it and engaging her in conversation." Ovid couldn't have put it any better.
Old media vs. new media: Driscoll. With a bit of an inside view from an anonymous old media person.
Women are perps of domestic violence far more often than men. Dr. Helen.
Washington is not working? Who wants it to? Who wants "efficient government"? Mussolini was famous for it, but I prefer a paralyzed government most of the time unless they are killing our enemies. A quote from Jay Cost from a piece at Betsy:
Washington is "not working" not because it lacks strong and effective managers. Washington is "not working" because it was designed not to work when there is an absence of political consensus, which there is right now. Washington "fails to work" more often than not because ours is a diverse nation with many competing interests, and our Founders feared the possibility that one interest might railroad another. They thought that the best way to preserve our republican form of government would be to make political change next-to-impossible without a political consensus.
This is a great day for the world. Happy 4th, but watch those kids and fireworks !!!
Also not to be too didactic but here are some links that will clarify for many whay we don't have a democracy but a republic. The Founding Fathers knew exactly what the differences were but from comments I have read all over the blogsphere there are some grossly wrong impression as to our makeup.
I was happy to see President Bush acknowledged that soldier's bravery. At least the soldier is alive. I'm always kind of sad that soldiers get medals after they are killed.
Coyote's coins... I read an article not long ago about how much Rome makes each year from coins in fountains. They could build a new Coliseum! I think the Trevi Fountain garnered the most.
The fine line: They talked about this on Brit - the fear is the same no matter if the bombs go off or not. Sick.
Wish I'd had Dr. Helen's report last week when a barroom brawl broke out at my favorite fight blog. A bunch of feminists invaded and war broke out. Several conservatives did try to state Dr. Helen's points, but it was to no avail. You can't tell a feminist anything.
Betsy's piece puts a new light on wishing for a third party - mostly out of disgust for the two we have. Good points. There was a period this past year where many were claiming to be libertarians, but few did so unequivocably. All added qualifiers such as: small "l" libertarian; libertarian in name only; libertarian-leaning. Only the true cynics boldly held the capital "L" libertarian. I say take that party and mince it up and sprinkle it over both major parties and see what happens. Magic? Efficiency? Probably it would just make our legislators grunt, harrumph, and growl like they do in British parliament. Too rude!