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.
Strip aside the rhetoric and the mesmerizing presence on the stump and you are left with a rather ordinary, rather inspid liberal with visions of a planet united and America a slavish partner to the goals and aspirations of the bureaucrats at the United Nations – the US an emasculated presence while our own vital interests take second place to those preaching the gospel of universal brotherhood.
This has been a dream of the new left for 60 years. And Obama, the word made flesh of that dream, is just the man to fulfill that destiny.
The loony hypochondriacal Mold Scam. The world is full of mold. The outdoors is full of mold. Mold Rules the earth. It will probably inherit the earth.
Are guys really better at Math? Stop looking at that gal on the right. She's good at math and navigation.
Community organizing’s roots stretch back to the 1930s and Chicago organizer Saul Alinsky, founder of the Industrial Areas Foundation and author of Rules for Radicals. But it wasn’t until President Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious plan to end poverty through massive federal spending that the Alinsky model—grassroots organizing, neighborhood by neighborhood—really took off. Starting in the mid-1960s, the federal government directed billions of dollars to neighborhood groups, convinced that they knew better than Washington what their communities needed. The federal funds, eventually supplemented by state and local tax dollars, helped create a universe of government-funded community groups running everything from job-training programs to voter-registration drives—far beyond anything Alinsky could have imagined. Some 3,000 local social-services groups were soon receiving government funding in New York City alone. Many were new, but the money also helped turn traditional charities that had operated on private donations into government contractors.
Those who led these social-services groups became advocates, unsurprisingly, for government-funded solutions to social problems. To defend and expand their turf, organizers began heading into the political arena, wielding the power they had accumulated in neighborhoods to build a base of supporters. In New York, operators of huge social-services groups like Pedro Espada in the Bronx and Albert Vann in Brooklyn won election to state and federal posts after heading up large, powerful nonprofits. By the late 1980s, nearly 20 percent of New York City Council members were products of the government-funded nonprofit sector, and they were among the most strident advocates for higher taxes and more government spending. In other cities, too, from Chicago to Cleveland to Los Angeles, the road to electoral success increasingly ran through the government-funded social-services sector. Spending directed to these groups boomed through both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Normal, competent folks don't go into politics. It's a well-known fact. They do real jobs that produce money and do not cost us money.
Photo from Theo is a favor to cheer up our blog pal Bruce Kesler who used to post at Democracy Project. It's a long story.
Gentlemen, please ... I'd hate to think y'all are so shallow, that if a girl has nothing worthwhile to say, all she has to do is unbutton her shirt, and y'all won't care. I have more respect for you than that. Or should I?
Who are you kidding BD. This is the babe who fixed your glasses in Italy. I knew she wasn't blonde. You didn't want to print a picture of her, because Mrs BD would get pissed off, so you had The News Junkie do it for you. Smart move on your part. I'm proud of you! You're starting to shed that Mommie's Boy image you have.
Marianne, I'm a bit surprised by your envy, and jealousy. Can't you see this woman is an aspiring ophthalmologist.
"Strip aside the rhetoric and the mesmerizing presence on the stump and you are left with a rather ordinary, rather inspid liberal with visions of a planet united and America a slavish partner to the goals and aspirations of the bureaucrats at the United Nations – the US an emasculated presence while our own vital interests take second place to those preaching the gospel of universal brotherhood.
This has been a dream of the new left for 60 years. And Obama, the word made flesh of that dream, is just the man to fulfill that destiny"
And strip away the man and you're still left with a significantly large percentage of electorate, and especially the most visible elements of its popular culture, that wants to believe such bs.
jappy dear ... I am lost in admiration of someone [besides moi] who can spell ophthalmologist correctly. I am not envious of the young lady. Once, long ago, I looked like that. Only better. I just don't want to think of men, like yourself, being so shallow that they don't care what she thinks, only how she looks.
With all due respect Ms. Matthews, based on my own quasi-scientific research (which, full disclosure, is only marginally better than OwlGore's) most girls that look like that (especially girls that pose like that, and I speak of the original more revealing photo that jappy referred to) don't generate enough thinking for even us shallow fool men to care about. Dad told me things were different back in his day. I have no data to go with, but he never lied to me. Well, except about Santa Claus...and the Easter Bunny, but I never bought that one to begin with...
Alright, who stole the picture of BD'S Italian girlfriend, and put Gwynnie's picture up there instead? Marianne you have no idea of the power you have. One post, and you shamed the shallowness out of the shallow men who dwell on Maggie's Farm. I and the rest of the bloggers are not shallow men. We would never turn our heads to look at a bimbo like that. The still water I swim in is very deep, never shallow. Ciao Bella! I hope you and the Mr are well!!
Well, we'll see if the girls continue to close the math gap over time. The current data is that in an educational system that generally scores girls half a letter-grade higher in any random subject, with teachers actively encouraging them to take math, girls still - in general - score lower in math than boys from puberty on. Not much of a headline, I'm afraid.
Plus Ron Hardin's point about math at the extreme upper level...
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