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.
Interesting find in Peru. Question: Do you think they would tell us if it was a site used for something other than "fire"worship? Are they still trying to hide the amount of human sacrifice that was an imortant part of those cultures?
saw Hillary on tv earlier today, speaking to a townhall audience, in full nasal/stentorian authority, that there is "nothing wrong with social security" and that "thank goodness we stopped George Bush from privatizing it".
There ya go, a perfect Clintonism--two false assertions sandwiched around an actual statement of fact.
The fact, of course, is that George Bush's reform was stopped.
The two lies, (1) that there's nothing wrong with SS as is, and (2) that Bush tried to do nothing else but privatize the system, and to privatize it all in a fell swoop.
"Facts" to Clintons are just the bread of a sandwich--something used to deliver the stuff in the middle.
re; Mormons and Missions. As someone with mormon relatives, I do think that the mission requirement is good training. But it is not "plastic" as redford says. If you have to argue your faith persuasively it has the side benefit of you finding out if you really believe.
The Amish and Mennonites do a similar thing when the young people are sent out to live in the outside world for a while before choosing to stay.
If only the sundance kid had ever had to to anything quite as challenging!
Living in SEA where the legal system has imploded in uponitself in an effort to become one caring community of like minded individuals, I was hoping to start a discussion on Hegel's dialectic and the "anti communitarian" response that is starting to appear.
However, I did not see the reference to Malcolm X-who of course was an abominable human being!