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.
WalMart beats socialized medicine. No Pasaran. Hmmm, maybe free markets work better than government.
Who writes history?Driscoll. And who invented the myth of the 50s? I think the myth was based on TV, not real life. It seems to me that the 50s were generally sane, stable, and prosperous. The war was over, the culture wars had not begun, and the grown-ups were in charge.
Gay-point averagesrank colleges. h/t, reader. If you "happen to be" straight, would you be uncomfortable in the most highly-ranked gay-friendly schools?
Ideological perfection. Kim. Seeking it in a candidate is a fool's errand.
The SCHIP story. Powerline. It's important, but a bit below the MSM radar. I do think it's a Trojan horse, designed to make the middle class accustomed to government health care. It's "for the children," isn't it?
Back Pain: Acupuncture works by placebo effect. Duh. But it works better than conventional treatments for back pain. So how come the placebo effect is weaker with conventional treatments?
So the sanctimonious Canadians are getting a taste of the illegal immigration problem. May it only worsen. They have gotten pretty much a free pass on defense since WWII, the last time they could be described as a virile people. They have used the money to build a socialist/pacifist society rotten with political correctness, all the while standing on the sideline and carping at the U.S. Typically, they're blaming us rather than the corrupt narco-state to the south that is the source of the trouble.
NJ, there is a difference between a refugee and an immigrant. I feel bad for Mexicans who are being told it is a good idea to go to Canada and claim refugee status. They are being lied to and ripped off as they will most likely be deported to Mexico when their claims are heard. Refugee status is easy to claim but very hard to win. I think that if they return to Mexico from the USA and then apply they might be admitted to Canada, but only with a short work permit for a specific job. because landed immigrant status is not easy to get. A point system is in place based on family in Canada, education, language, health, wealth, etc.
Regarding the culture of the 1950's. I have suggested before that there has been an invidious connection between the phrase black-and-white morality, and black-and-white photography. We imagined that our technical advancement was paralleled by a moral one. http://assistantvillageidiot.blogspot.com/2007/08/black-and-white.html
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