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.
Senator John McCain routinely physically abuses his wife, Sarah Palin is a devil-worshiping satanist, Governor Palin wants to secede from the Union, Baby Trig was actually stolen from another couple in a complex scam at the hospital, Governor Palin slashed funding for special needs kids, and (as everyone on this site already knows), banned every book ever written.
Where did I learn these things? The Daily Kos? Andrew Sullivan? MSNBC?
No, I learned these things from the Barack Obama campaign website.
One lesson–hardly a new lesson, but still worth mentioning–is that Democratic candidates get one sort of treatment from the Times, Republicans get quite another sort of treatment. Sarah Palin supposedly lacks the experience to be Vice-President; but what experience does Obama have to be President? What has he done? What legislation has he sponsored? What executive experience has he had? What does he stand for–beyond, I mean, the calculated political expediency that will advance his career? Where, for example, does he stand on the war in Iraq and the Surge: adamantly opposed–until it became too expensive politically, at which point he declared that the Surge succeeded beyond his “wildest dreams.” Where does he stand on offshore drilling? On taxes? On Russia’s invasion of Georgia? On an nuclear Iran? On Israel?
Roger Stone: Obama hurt himself badly. Americans are not stupid. We may not all study Sartre and Marx, but we know how to clean a carburetor or a deer or a gun, and how to drink beer. We are quite unsophisticated.
The NYT discovers the Annenberg Challenge. One of the few things Obama has done, and it was a failure and waste of $150 million of money another person earned by creating real jobs and real products that people wanted.
A husband and a stay-at-home wife in a patriarchal Botswanan clan seem to be more alike than a working couple in Denmark or France. The more Venus and Mars have equal rights and similar jobs, the more their personalities seem to diverge.
What is "the war on terror"? We have saved Iraq, and are chipping away at the sick craziness in Afghanistan - but what is it? In my opinion, it's only a "war" in the sense that there is a "war against cancer." It's a cultural cancer: If it stays where it is, who cares? But if it invades us, we do care.
John Gall, in the excellent 1976 edition of Systemantics, remarks on the War on Cancer, quote
2. Orwell's Inversion
The confusion of Input and Output.
Example. A giant program to Conquer Cancer is begun. At the end of five years, cancer has not been conquered, but one thousand research papers have been published. In addition, one million copies of a pamphlet entitled ``You and the War Against Cancer'' have been published. Those publications will absolutely be regarded as Output rather than Input.
Cindy McCain beats Michelle Obama in the style poll...
Women's Wear Daily wanted to see how Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain stack up against first ladies of the past... Traveling Pantsuit's came in last...
JACQUELINE KENNEDY 48 percent
CINDY MCCAIN 36 percent
MICHELLE OBAMA 28 percent
NANCY REAGAN 23 percent
LAURA BUSH 22 percent
PAT NIXON 19 percent
ROSALYNN CARTER 17 percent
BETTY FORD 12 percent
BARBARA BUSH 11 percent
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 7 percent