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.
Borat is gone. Now it's Bruno, in Kansas. (h/t, Althouse). Cohen has fun with life, doesn't he?
How to turn a bread basket into a basket case in ten easy steps. It's not Malthusian - it's another socialist train wreck.
How to retire cash-rich. Dr. Helen. I don't want to retire cash rich: I'd rather be cash-rich now. Plus I have no intention of ever retiring. Retirement seems like a foolish goal to me, but sometimes it is forced upon one. If one has Yankee values, one turns leisure into effort anyway.
Cell-phonesdangerous? I don't believe it. I rarely use mine, though.
"Who would you rather have in charge of the defense of the United States of America, a group of people who never served a day overseas in their life, or a guy who served his country honorably and has three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star on the battlefields of Vietnam?"
I still believe that the "baby boomers", or the "hippie generation" needs to be divided: those children whose fathers came home from the war, as a slightly older group of the baby boomers. They are those children whose fathers came home from WWII and did not go to college. The millitary men, who came home later did have the benefit of the GI Bill, postponed having babies for only a short time (4 years) and then proceeded to rais the hippy generation under the enlightenment of an educated father. The first group had fathers who volunteered early, came from agricultural communities and returned to them. Their families were always more conservative. The second group --the hippy group--those who graduated from high school from 1964-1970 are those who refused to allow their older siblings to have a place--they were pushier, had fewer ethical issues with their own greedy behavior, and general less disciplined. I believe this explains the increase in corruption! After all, the same folks who got stoned at Woodstock, eventually went on to force all techer's unions to join the AFL-CIO. We really do need to understand the differential between the earlier generation: those who used the GI BIll, and those who did not.
What a class act. Her memories of growing up in Birmingham are horrific, but she talks of them without rancor, without 'blaming whitey'. The memories are obviously poignant and painful for her, but what little emotion she shows is void of any tone of blame. What a woman.
It is unfortunate our other black leaders cannot emulate her grace.
Good comment Meta... I agree with you about Miss Rice... her policy's at State have discouraged me on occasion, but she has a certain demeanor and calmness, or grace as you say, that would be an asset should she seek higher office. She does serve as fine example of the 'right' way versus the 'Wright' way.
VDH's "Would somebody do the calculus?" is great. ha ha. It ought to serve as the perfect description of a 'phony'. Plus, it's a nice, succinct end-note to Barone's piece about cultural politics. Good stuff....