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 enduring scandal of the McCain campaign is that it wants to win. The press had hoped for a harmless, nostalgic loser like Bob Dole in 1996. In a column excoriating Republicans for historically launching successful attacks against Democratic presidential candidates in August, Time columnist Joe Klein excepted Bob Dole -- not mentioning that Dole had been eviscerated by Clinton negative ads before August ever arrived.
Ace loses it re Andrew Sullivan. Ace, buddy, not to worry. Nobody reads Sullivan anymore unless they are looking for an easy fisking target. His comments were interesting once upon a time, in his youth, but he has been erratic and wacked for years now.
I talked with an in-the-know friend regarding the markets.
Bernanke was advised over 4 months ago on what to do - but he didn't. No spine. Now, he may look like a hero now that he's taken action, but if he had done his job, it never would have come to this.