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.
Something in Rick Moran wants to walk away from Iraq. And something else in him doesn't. As Never Yet Melted notes, nobody is saying about Europe, "After 60 years they still can't stand up for themselves." I hope we will still have troops in Iraq in 10 years. Tiger has a good take on the Basra deal.
The idea that we should seek to equalise outcomes between the "highly motivated" and the "less well motivated" is interesting. It suggests that giving everyone the chance to do well means (in the minds of people like Baroness Blackstone) neutering "doing well" to the point where everyone does well, regardless. Demanding that all universities have resources "concentrated" on them, across the board, is equally vacuous.
Man-made global black holes: Be very afraid. Al Gore should take this crisis on: The End of the World
All this fuss, not just Brazil, over what amounts to a trace element ( man made CO 2 ) in the atmosphere. I always thought the 'rainforest' was sacred to the eviro-weenies. Now it's the villain. I love it when leftists get caught between a rock and a hard place. Rain forest or renewable fuels, hmmm.. When eviro-market goes bust after the scam is exposed, it will be those nasty capitalists on Wall St's fault, not Al Gore's sustainable, socially responsible investment firm.
McCain says he's weak, ( Sun Su always let your opponent know your weakness, ah so wise strategy ) on the economy. So why not pick Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell for the VP. Better yet, why don't he abdicate and let them run together alternating for the top position. M,W,F, Williams- Pres., T, Th, Sat., Sowell -Pres. Sunday flip a coin or just close down shop.
Phil ... um, McCain-Gore 2008 has a horrible, grisly ring to it, especially to those of us who are aware that manmade global warming is a vast con game, perpetrated by those who don't know very much about science but an awful lot about con games.
The carbon market is big. Looks unstoppable even though the "science" is so unsettled. I have no clue as to how this mess will sort itself out if people refuse to acknowledge that there is nothing more efficient than oil, gas, nuclear, hydro. Think that Gore and Branson and the Clintons and Obamas etc. will likely gain and core industries, infrastructure and taxpayers will likely lose. Reminds me of the Oil for Food scam in Iraq. Sold to the taxpayer with good intentions, twisted and tweaked until the end result is unrecognizable and the damage is done.
Also RE: the bank and credit loses.
Suppose it is possible that Western systems are under attack in several ways including tax, welfare fraud and real estate fraud. Just anecdotal but, a few years back, knew of a well to do Saudi immigrant who collected several months rent from a city apartment. The tenent then got notices from the bank that the mortgage was unpaid and to remit the rent to the bank and the apartment was then sold in default. The man was a respectable community member. He worked at the local credit union. Told the tenent something about his sister and her husband had moved back to Saudi Arabia. They held the title and they had received the rent but now were broke.
"Media "selling us on fear and recession for years now."
Yes, but oddly enough the sale starts every four years and usually closes after the election.
This year however things might be different, corn for cars instead of people might prolong the sale.
National Post has this article on the carbon tax "quagmire", that concludes...
"As noted in this space last week, all this is a recipe for global trade wars. It would mean, in effect, blowing up the WTO trade system to create a parallel Carbon Trade System that would be based on the opposite principles. The objective would be to restrict trade, not increase it; to control trade, not liberate it; to increase trade conflict, not reduce it; to weaken the economy, not strengthen it."
Blowing up the WTO
Terence Corcoran, Financial Post
Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2008