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.
More on Pakistan's war against Waziristan, at Rick's Place. This could be good. I guess you could call it a "civil war." I don't think there will be anything civil about it, now that they have Ms. Bhutto on board. The Pakistanis are good folks, and should not be "misunderestimated".
"Classical" music does not exist as an entity. Montiverdi and Ravel are not in the same category - it's just a dumb convenient category for lousy record shops that make their money selling pop schlock to teens. Nevertheless, it sells online. Do real "record shops" even exist anymore? I used to enjoy them very much.
Half a billion of the UN's tsumami money went to fraud. In my opinion, the UN is just another virtuous-sounding, feel-good fraud, and Betsy agrees. Heck, if countries want to talk to eachother nowadays, they can just pick up the phone and give them a jingle. I think all those people just like a nice excuse to get out of their shitholes and spend time in wonderful NYC and America, on their country's nickel.
MLK had a house full of guns. Classical Values. Who knew? Good for him. I did not agree with much of his politics, but he was a good-hearted, flawed Christian fellow with a highly worthy mission. I am sorry he wasn't carrying the day he was shot, because he might have been able to save himself if he was quick.
The real Ann Coulter. TigerHawk. She has always enjoyed being provocative. People should not get upset with her - she's just a typical cantankerous Yankee character, but female, blond, photogenic, and on the TV. (We have tons of folks who think like her up here, but not ready for TV.) More on Ann, and Bad Advice, at Dr. Bob (I left a comment).
Was going to link a piece at Blue Crab, but he has so many good ones up that I'll just send you over there to nose around.
I remember reading The Diplomad right after the tsunami... how US State Dept folks got sent en mass on red-eyes, hit the ground working, getting warehouses organized, making contacts, coordinating relief agencies...
A week later the UN officials came in using first class seating on jets, going to 5 star hotels, holding banquets and then saying that this was really, really a tragedy. They would 'get right on it'. Meanwhile a US CV Battlegroup showed up to get the airspace coordinated, provide fresh water (amazing what nuclear reactors do for desalinization), taking in the injured and homeless, making sure they got sent to proper care facilities.... and the UN? More jets, hotels and meetings. Lots of meetings. And pictures. The US State Dept. staff? Sleeping on cots, instant coffee, snatching meals and just doing the work that the UN would then take credit for.
My respect for the UN was zero before that. It is now vehemently negative. Probably cost us The Diplomad, too... sigh
Folks can download country, pop, jazz from online music companies. I have yet to find a very good source for classical music to be downloaded to my ipod. I don't mind paying for the music, I would just like to have high quality selections. Any suggestions?