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.
JUST TALKED TO MICHAEL YON on the satphone from Afghanistan. He reports that the big picture remains poor, but reports some big tactical successes, including a successful turbine delivery of to the Kajaki Dam hydroelectric facility. He's posted a big report on the operation, which was the biggest of the war.
He's with British troops now, and his comment is: "These guys are studs. All they do is work out and fight." He says troop morale generally in Afghanistan is really good, partly because there's more public support for that war, but that the overall situation is "not great" and "clearly deteriorating." He adds that "we're not losing," but that we're not making progress either. "I'll tell you Glenn, we really need more troops here." With what he describes as a "meltdown" going on in Pakistan, he says that Afghanistan needs a lot more troops -- like 50,000 or more. Part of the problem, he adds, is that many of the Coalition troops, like the Germans, aren't really allowed to fight, making the effective number of available troops lower than it seems.
Meanwhile, remember that Michael is supported by reader donations. With people focused on the election it's worth remembering that he's still out there covering this stuff. I've donated.
"With her killer graces and her secret places
That no boy can fill with her hands on her hips
Oh and that smile on her lips
Because she knows that it kills me
With her soft french cream
Standing in that doorway like a dream
I wish she'd just leave me alone
Because french cream won't soften them boots
And french kisses will not break that heart of stone
With her long hair falling
And her eyes that shine like a midnight sun
Oh-o she's the one, she's the one"
Jappy - Don't be silly. Oprah might give you a 1967 Peugot.
If I was Sarah Palin, I'd go on Oprah and bring all the kids and have them sit politely on that great big couch of hers. I'd make sure the kids were quiet and attentive and passed Trig back and forth non-stop for the whole show.
Yeah. And The Fiance could hold the baby up by one leg and grin. Then Bristol could hold Trig in her lap and hold his little hands and make like he's playing the piano when the music comes on for a commercial break.
A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER is a person who works for Mayor Daley's Chicago political Machine to get the community to do the Machine's will and not what they want to do. It's that simple. Nothing is more "old-school politcs as usual" as using COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.
Lord Obama of Change will attempt to "change" things so that we too will comply with the Machine's diktat's.