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.
From "Beware of Conservative speakers on campus - they might actually change a mind or two", at neoneo - a quote from Prager:
….ad hominem labels are the left’s primary rhetorical weapons. So when leftist students are actually confronted with even one articulate conservative, many enter a world of cognitive dissonance. That is one reason why universities rarely invite conservatives to speak: they might change some students’ minds.
Second Life is a strange but can sympathize some with the motivation. Just got my first 'old age' discount. Yech. Shouldn't those age discounts go to young families who actually could use a break? Tempting to build a 'second life' avatar online. Might be fun to pretend to be young. I could have long brown hair again and my avatar would not send men high tailing. heh. But this quote from the article is very revealing...
many users come to Second Life, he added, and are “frustrated, confused and don’t find it immediately compelling.”
I have some late breaking news. Second Life was killed earlier today in a tragic cyber accident. The exact nature of the accident has not been determined but it is thought that literally tens of millions of potential Second Lifer's were destroyed.
To magnify the tragedy it has been predicted that the zillions of Second Life stories that were to be generated with the aid of CNN have also perished.
So let me see if I understand this. There's going to be a virtua reality cyberspace, beyond some of the BullSh*t that we are already fed daily except now it will be coming from the "people" who will be equiped with the ability to feed the gaping maws of the mouth breathers with any ole sh*t they want to put out....gosh do you think PhotoShop will play a part in some "real" on the spot w/ picture reporting ...
I think for literally millions of people reality is slipping away.
The above clip is priceless truth..simple extrapolate to to days Internet.
Would agree that there is a need for both national parties to be as exclusive as a rain shower (or overhead pigeon flock).
At one time, both had definite right and left wings which had to meet, hash out their differences and agree on a platform and candidate. The different factions sought to find common ground instead of differences. Now, the candidates bring their platforms with them, drive off those not in agreement and then claim they hold the consensus. A state of affairs say Julius Caesar or Bonaparte would find welcoming.
Re: Cognitive Dissonance in the Left ward mind. Saw an example this AM. He did not like the state's rules on the sale of alcohol, so that wasn't Nanny Statism (a term he rejected) but the results of mullahocracy, since progressive minds would never want to limit behavior.
Putin should come to Alabama to learn how to win votes. A vote used to be worth a half pint or plug of chew. When women got the vote, she got the plug and hubbie the half pint. Also during those days, was the election day ritual of "you vote, we count".
Times have changed now. Candidates don't even give out match books for fear of getting caught.