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 it's warm, it's global warming. If it's cold, it's plain weather. Tim Blair
Soaring state and local debt: The credit card approach to government has taken hold. It's quite clear that it's about getting re-elected. You buy stuff without raising taxes. However, in some towns, cities, and states, 30-40% of tax receipts go to debt payment. Only politicians would run things that way.
China's public self-criticism: It is a good sign. Dino
Breyer said that last week's decision abandons "the promise of Brown." Actually, that promise -- a colorblind society -- has been traduced by the "diversity" exception to the Equal Protection Clause. That exception allows white majorities to feel noble while treating blacks and certain other minorities as seasoning -- a sort of human oregano -- to be sprinkled across a student body to make the majority's educational experience more flavorful.
This repulsive practice merits Clarence Thomas' warning in his opinion concurring with last week's ruling: Beware of elites eager to constitutionalize "faddish social theories." Often, they are only theories. As Roberts said, Seattle and Louisville offered "no evidence" that the diversity they have achieved (by what he has called the "sordid business" of "divvying us up by race") is necessary to achieve the "asserted" educational benefits.
Evidence is beside the point. The point for race-mongering diversity tinkerers is their professional and ideological stake in preventing America from achieving "a colorblind mentality."
The United States is Obviously the Most Benevolent World Power in the History of the Planet. RWN
"You must be patient and steadfast," he says. "Rejoice, for victory is near, with Allah's permission, and the herds of crusaders have begun to split up and their sole concern has become searching for a way out."
"It's a bit patronising for us 21 year olds to try to start to change the world," said Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, explaining why the group is not on the bill at any of Al Gore's charity concerts.
"Especially when we're using enough power for 10 houses just for (stage) lighting. It'd be a bit hypocritical," he told AFP in an interview before a concert in Paris.
Photo: Our friend, webmeister, and master sailor Chris was messing with boats yesterday in CT, and took this photo of Hotspur while doing some work on her mast. He tells us:Hotspur is an old Holland 40. She is an old IOR (International Offshore Rules) boat built in the mid-seventies, designed by Ron Holland, who has gone on to design Mirabella V. She use to be called Secret Affair and was famous for finishing first and being orange. She stood out in the races. As Secret Affair she raced against the best, like Ted Turner. Her sister ship, Imp, is very competitive in Europe. Imp is known for her weird green hull. There are only two Holland 40's still racing in the world. Currently Hotspur is referred to as the big blue boat, or the boat to beat on Long Island Sound. The crew is unique - not pros, just all friends of the skipper who love to sail.