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 fine rant from Jules about stay-at home fathers. First rant I've seen from Jules - he's finally getting into the blogging thing now. He is loosening up.
Mugged by reality at The Guardian, from Protein. A quote:
In the end I reached the conclusion that 11 September had already brutally confirmed: there were other forces, far more malign than America, that lay in wait in the world. But having faced up to the basic issue of comparative international threats, could I stop the political reassessment there? If I had been wrong about the relative danger of America, could I be wrong about all the other things I previously held to be true? I tried hard to suppress this thought, to ring-fence the global situation, grant it exceptional status and keep it in a separate part of my mind. I had too much vested in my image of myself as a ‘liberal’. I had bought into the idea, for instance, that all social ills stemmed from inequality and racism. I knew that crime was solely a function of poverty. That to be British was cause for shame, never pride. And to be white was to bear an unshakable burden of guilt. I held the view, or at least was unprepared to challenge it, that it was wrong to single out any culture for censure, except, of course, Western culture, which should be admonished at every opportunity.
Press Hall of Shame ..great piece .. my two additions.
-Cronkite..already mentioned but deferred to another deeper site. Consistently voted the most trusted man in America, even as a teenager I wondered what major policy decisions he'd made and defended to warrant such a honor.
-Polar moment of inertia..huh? .. Ralph Nader made an entire career out of the "dangerous" Corvair. Later evidence showed the tests were rigged, but by then the damage was done..it was all about the polar moment of inertia, whose effect Porsche was (and still is in certain models) subject to.
Very good. Always nice to see that Plato's dictum that, "The unexamined life is not worth living", can still reach people and upon examination cause profound changes in their understanding that there indeed does exist, good and evil.