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.
Eric at Classical Values on guns, urban and rural. Gun rights are one of the third rails of politics in the US.
Gives you whiplash. During the first Bush campaign, Gore was the muscular neo-con and Bush the quasi-isolationist. Then 9-11. When Iraq got challenging, the Dems changed horses in mid-stream and became limp defeatists. But now what? And is it all just partisan wrestling, really? My opinion? Yes. That's our system. As The Barrister always says, "You cannot be too cynical to understand politics."
This sets up a logical strategic arrangement, addressing vital U.S. and Iraqi interests, that illustrates how ridiculous withdrawal proposals have been, as they concentrated on abandonment without regard for any internal or external consequences. Particularly the Murthite “over the horizon” proposals. I’d suggest 50,000 U.S. troops in bases would have to have significant combat capability if they were to be prepared to carry out any of the roles outlined above. Sounds almost … Korea-like. Maybe more like our 62-year arrangements with Germany and Japan. Watch and learn, as Iraq and the United States forge an opportunity not to repeat the wretched experience of Southeast Asia. Who wants that? Oh yeah, right.
Photo: Why the odalisque from Theo?Because I think she could add a bit to the discussion of epistemology in the previous post.
"Why the odalisque from Theo? Because I think she could add a bit to the discussion of epistemology in the previous post."
I'd say she was a vast improvement over Galaxy NCG 3310. :)
I wanted to join in the epistemology discussion, but my bladder's working just fine.
As far as poor Theo goes. I can't decide if we should feel sorry for him or not. I think he's secretly relishing his new 'outlaw' status. I spent an hour last week and wrote him a long, 10-point plan to get him off that crappy Google blog and into the mainstream, but he feels trapped because they 'own' his domain name, so he can't leave. Such are the perils of blogdom.
By the way, NJ, how do we send you links? Every now and then I see something that looks like it'd be right up your alley, but sending it to BD via the email link seems like the long way around.