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.
Summer blogging: A July-August dip in blog readership is predictable, especially on weekends. We want our readers outside getting exercise and sun, taking vacations far from broadband connections and cellphone towers, and lounging at the beach looking at the scenery, such as one of Theo's gals in photo. Still, don't forget to check in with us: farmers don't take vacations.
Canadians consider legalizing polygamy. Dust my Broom. Dhimmitude masquerading as sensitivity.
Hirsi Ali takes on "cartoonishly anti-American" Canadian journalist. Video at Hot Air
Wary of getting to close to Americans. Captain Ed. Thanks to the defeatists, who for partisan reasons seem determined to sabotage freedom for the Iraqis. Quoted in the piece:
Local Iraqis touched by the surge of US troops seem grateful for the increased security, but some are scared of getting too close to the Americans in case they leave.
“I cannot help the coalition because I worry that if I do and the soldiers go then the terrorists will come back and kill me,” said Mokdat Ahmed Shahib, a 40-year-old security guard, who lives in a village near Patrol Base Murray. He was speaking as a group of US military medics handed out free medicine and advice to scores of families, who had no other healthcare facilities in their village.
Can Iraq manage without the US? At Breibart. I wonder how serious they are. I thought there was a war, or something like it. Where do they go for vacation? Cape Cod? Maine? Sweden? A quote:
In August, the parliament is taking a one month vacation—a shorter break than the usual two months, but still enough to anger some in Congress who say lawmakers should push through the measures.
Just this week, Petraeus said that the one thing he needs more than anything else is time. To cut off Petraeus's plan just as it is beginning -- the last surge troops arrived only last month -- on the assumption that we cannot succeed is to declare Petraeus either deluded or dishonorable. Deluded in that, as the best-positioned American in Baghdad, he still believes we can succeed. Or dishonorable in pretending to believe in victory and sending soldiers to die in what he really knows is an already failed strategy.