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.
The Dem Life platform. It says they want me to pay for their abortions. I do not wish to pay for anybody's abortion.
We all got wealthier. Including me. The point is that economic level is not fossilized. People move up and down, depending on what they do, what they want, the choices they make, how they perform, and luck. It's called "life."
DARFUR UPDATE: Darfur onslaught 'to clear way for Chinese oil hunt' say rebels. "Sudan is already one of Africa's biggest producers of crude oil, pumping 500,000 barrels a day. About two thirds is destined for China. Chinese companies have begun exploration in South Darfur. North Darfur lies in an oil exploration block controlled by a Saudi-led consortium and the area close to the Libyan border is thought to be the most likely to hold reserves."
What Vlad "the Impaler" Putin sees when he looks into Obama's eyes is a pushover, someone who can be manipulated into all sorts of U.S.-damaging agreements. Most of Europe's bad guys know that McCain is "the strong horse" so to speak, and Obama the weak and ignorant one. So they fear McCain. And with good reason.
Appreciate the link. The core of Hartford is glass, steel and chrome, with grim neighborhoods sprawling north and south like serf villages below a motte and bailey. The city still considers itself chic, but it long ago razed anything that might qualify as simply interesting, let alone compelling. The generation-long cycle of destruction followed by brutalism goes on. Somewhere in the minds of the pols is the knowledge that it's a futile cycle, and nothing can be done to change the things that matter. They just keep doing more of the same and spewing the same boilerplate. In this dept, Rell is truly exceptional.