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.
Dems admit that "paygo" was a con game. No kidding!
Somebody told me that they thought Hillary Clinton was a Fabian. I think so. She looks like one.
The horserace. There is something to this at NY Magazine:
...Romney’s entire presidential bid has the feel of a PowerPoint presentation come to life: linear, analytical, bloodless. The game plan that he and his advisers devised was straightforward. First, raise a ton of dough. Second, play the inside game: Court the Beltway Republican Establishment, neutralize the most vocal sources of potential opposition, rack up gold-plated endorsements. On issues, cravenly disregard what Romney once stood for, tailoring his positions to make him minimally acceptable to the three legs of the GOP stool: social, economic, and national-security conservatives. Pour resources into Iowa, win there and in New Hampshire (where Romney retains a pronounced quasi-hometown edge), then roll to the nomination.
Romney would be a fine President, but he is not an inspiring candidate, and people - rightly or wrongly - want to feel inspired. He is like the CEO/Country Club candidate. That's what we need.
I watched John Ford's "The Iron Horse" on TCM channel last night, and hugely enjoyed it. It's a silent movie (great orchestral score tho), made in 1924, about the 1860s out west building the transcontinental railroad. The best thing was the two women leads, the heroine & the bar girl with the heart of gold, who were always dressed like the illo and could not have been more alluring. 100% on the keep-your-eyes-glued meter. Maybe it's the mystery or sump'n. "Wonder what the (gasp) BODY underneath all them layers is like?"
...the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavouring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time...
The Fabian Party is interesting. IIRC (big if) PM Blair always advocated for the removal of Saddam (before there even was a Pres. Bush). If so, then all the EU/ Brit press yapping about Britain being an American "poodle" in the Iraq War could be baloney.
Also am getting the impression that the Clinton/Obama ticket (looks inevitable) really does NOT want to run against Mitt. The rants in the press are turning into screeches. IIRC I did get turned away from major parts of The Temple in Salt Lake City but was warmly welcomed everywhere else including The Tabernacle, which is a very, very beautiful building. Parts of Temple being off limits was not a huge deal. Interesting history with Mormon roots in upstate NY.
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon Church is called, has been fighting for legitimacy since its founding 177 years ago in upstate New York. The church’s first prophet, Joseph Smith Jr., was killed by a mob in Illinois and his followers fled from persecution and settled in Utah."
LEAST CONVINCING POLITICAL MASQUERADE IN A YEAR NOTED FOR SHUCK AND JIVE Mitt Romney, who has spent his entire political career supporting gun control, joined the NRA in August, 2006. Romney, who described himself as a lifelong hunter, admitted to going on two hunts when pressed for details.