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.
RULES OF JOURNALISM: CNN tells its reporters how to write about Fidel Castro. “Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. [sic] in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.” Was he just criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech, or did he actually, you know, oppress human rights and freedom of speech?
John Derbyshire is right: “Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.”
..that's the change he's for - taxing young people more and more to pay to give more money to the elderly. I wonder if all those young adoring crowds tearing up at Obama speeches realize what he has in store for them.
Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama has problems, she says. Huh? Bainbridge. Also, What is she all about? Interestingly, her college thesis is locked up until after the election. (h/t, Jules)
Also via Jules, a hilarious Obama piece by Herald columnist Margery Egan - a quote re Michelle's accidental revelation of her contempt for the USA:
Barack now claims she didn’t mean it. Oh, yes she did. We all know the insufferable, holier-than-thou, Blame-America-First types who lecture the unwashed from the rarefied air of Cambridge and Brookline.
Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.
Nobody would dare talk that way to my face, except perhaps my mother.
Micheal Hirsh is the kind of fellow that people such as myself would love to prove Mao's maxim that power grows out of the barrel of a gun. I would relish beyond imagination beating the snot out of this pencil neck geek ..the invitations open ended Hirsh so bring it on.
His article about how to conduct foreign policy. Here's how he describes 9-11.
"Let's think about this for a moment. A small group of ragged America-haters, who had one lucky day of mass murder nearly seven years ago, will continue to define the foreign policy of the lone superpower for years, possibly decades to come. There's something wrong with this picture."
He conveniently forgets the first attempt at blowing up the WTC or the multitude of bombings of embassies, military barracks, Black September, 1948 when every Arab nation attacked the newly constructed nation of Israel. I could go on but you get the point.
Here is a writer without the foggiest idea of the stakes involved in the ME for the USA and the free world. A increasingly bellicose Russia turning back to the Cold War. A China that is deeply involved in a shadow war with the US right now, daily attempting to create the correct formula to pull the plug on our highly electronic dependent society, and coming ever closer.
In case he hasn't ever noticed the world is a very dangerous place. Man has warred on one another forever and will continue to do so. He wants lilac and rosewater.
Michele Obama. From the snippet we get of her now locked away thesis we view enough insight to see what an ingrate she is.
She is a N-person-gro with an unwarranted attitude who needs to be interviewed daily and forced to release her thesis so we can all see just how deeply her hatred goes for a country that gave her the best education you can get.
She is the quintessence of an affirmative action success that had she been left to compete on the merits would be super sizing your burger and fries at the second window.
I would have made it even more devastating but why waste the time.
I guess living in the South is a grace for me in that I do not have to suffer but the occasional effete wealthy Eastern Washington-NYC-Boston corridor elitist.
She is no more than a carbuncle that should be left untreated until it consumes the host.
I did not know Steve Fossett, only his reputation and daring exploits.
But as much as anyone, he embodies the good in America and borrowing from the self composed epitaph on Malcolm Forbes headstone, it would equally be fitting for Mr Fossett:
Not exactly buying all of the Atlantic report. Some very good points there but they do not talk about one of the most important expenses, property taxes. As taxes on consumables rise we can choose to not buy as much or cross the stateline or buy secondhand. Property owners though, are stuck. Also lots of old people cannot walk very well. Many cannot walk to the bus or the train stop and so must drive or be driven to that stop and many do not want to carry groceries home on the bus. Many cities and urban areas lack convenient places to get groceries. I do know some older folks who eat out everyday but most do not.