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.
Who invited the dog? Family allergy holiday fun, at The NYT
Today's Hillary Clinton quote:
"I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe "-Hillary Clinton in 1996," from the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p.6
Derbyshire quoted in a piece at Powerline about Nativism:
The U.S.A. has an immigration system, under laws passed by the people's representatives in Congress. For twenty years the federal government, for reasons to do with ideology and "interest," has failed to enforce those laws. As a result, tens of millions of foreigners have settled in our country unlawfully, while other foreigners who wish to settle here but respect our laws, wait long years in their home countries for permission to enter.
A great many Americans are very angry about this. If you were to poll those angry Americans on the topic of legal immigration, you'd get all sorts of answers, from severe-restrictionist to couldn't-care-less. The center of gravity of the answers would probably be somewhere like: "Sure we should have immigrants, but it should be done legally, properly."
The anger, the shouting, the jammed Congressional switchboards, the cable-news bloviating, is about the federal government's failure to enforce federal law. To glibly dismiss it all as "anti-immigrant" is gross propagandistic distortion. . .
wrt Hillary and water reaching its own level:
-- People who are married for that long (be it marriage of convenience or power) have some basic elements of philosophy and life that they share. One doesn't stay married to their opposite. It is impossible to believe that he became a different person when he was elected. And it is likely impossible that she is that much different than him.
They aren't buddies or close friends - they're *married*.
What long term married couples do you know who are not well aware of their partner, and very accepting of them?
I can't recall which Batman movie it was, but the Joker (Jack Nicholson) made the comment, "where does he get those wonderful toys?" In this case I must ask "where does Theo get those wonderful pictures?"