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.
For the first time the idea began to take hold that John McCain can win this thing. You saw the USA Today-Gallup poll this week, with Mr. McCain gaining six points since late June among those Gallup dubbed likely voters. Mr. McCain took the lead, 49% to 45%.
The new McCain ad contrasts regular folks with Obama's Chardonnay-land.
Just remember your words when Turkey becomes a more sectarian state; in fact, when it becomes an Islamist one. Ataturk's legacy was a secular state. And such is in Turkey's constitution. The judges only postponed the coming blood bath as the non-secular Muslim party gains increasing control.
Speaking of avoiding constitutional confrontation, are you going to respond equally invertebrately when the left wingnuts begin thier "Nuremberg" trials? This needs to be met head on now. The leftwing needs to be made aware that the armed populous will rise up if they try this.
Hmmm, this great hero, George Bush, has created a world class deficit, driven the economy into recession, wasted American lives and money in a vain invasion of Iraq, while underinvesing in Afghanistan. He has made perhaps the worst series of decisions of any president and compounded it by arrogance, general stupidity, rudeness, and ignorant policy statements.
Yes, of course Atatürk's legacy was a secular state. I have dear friends in Turkey and any curbing of the Islamist tendencies of the current government is welcome news. The Turkish Constitutional Court made took a muscular stance on this issue. It is, indeed, good news.
Re "blight" is in the eye of the beholder, ditto the working waterfront across the street from us here in Chelsea-by-the-Sea, big time. As I blogged the other day:
The search for beauty in unexpected places that is the essence of our worldview and the paradigm of Everyday Urbanism eludes the close-minded, inside-the-box thinkers of what we have called the "permanently angry folk of the Chelsea Green Space and Recreation Committee, who 'demand' that Eastern Minerals 'find an alternative site for the salt' and 'any remaining salt be covered with a solid structure, as required by state law.'" Chelsea Record reporter Joseph Domelowicz, Jr. appears to have bought their story, no questions asked. One man's drawbacks are another's romance of the sea.