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.
One wonders what the public policy considerations of this muddled edict were--besides buying votes, that is:
Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits following a year-long Government review, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, the decision by ministers means that polygamous marriages can now be recognized formally by the state, so long as the weddings took place in countries where the arrangement is legal. The outcome will chiefly benefit Muslim men with more than one wife, as is permitted under Islamic law. (Snip) The decision has been condemned by the Tories...
The Guardianreports on a new counter-terrorism phrasebook which has been drawn up by British government officials, advising civil servants to avoid the "aggressive language" of the war on terror. So terrorist acts are not the work of "Islamist extremism" or "jihadi-fundamentalists" but "violent extremists", "criminal murderers" and even simply "thugs."
The guide is designed to "avoid any implication that there is an explicit link between Islam and terrorism."