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.
Big Brother, Via Englishman, "Councils and health authorities are to be given the right to access e-mail and internet records under surveillance powers to be introduced next year, the Home Office said yesterday." Good grief. For a second, I thought this was satire.
Race Preferences vs. Class Preferences. Powerline. What has this crazy world come to? And why is this an issue anymore? America has become so meritocratic that nobody gives a darn about anybody's background these days - to the dismay of the genteel classes (of which I am not a member).
Not a cigar smoker myself but I was abroad a while back and brought home some cubans (romeo & juliets, IIRC) to a cigar smoker. It turned out to be a few weeks before I could deliver them and they seemed dry to me when I finally got them. I apologized that they seemed dry. He said it was not problem, he'd just toss them in a baggy with a slice of apple and they'd be fine in no time.
"America has become so meritocratic that nobody gives a darn about anybody's background these days..."
That's why we messed up in the beginning in Iraq. We don't understand the mind-set of the Mid-East and Asian people. They are the most racist humans on the planet, and we don't get it.
That little girl who lip-synched the song at the opening ceremonies is Mandarin - the ruling class in China. The other little girl might have had buck teeth, but she was not Mandarin and it would not do to have her on stage.
Our egalitarian mind-set hampers us beyond our military might and good intent. We need lessons in racism.