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.
Why did New London need this Eminent Domain? (and why does Fox News keep calling it Imminent Domain?) Brewton in View from 1776:
“Cities like Utica and New London, Connecticut, the subject of the Supreme Court decision, are in trouble, not because of lack of urban planning, but because of high taxes, excessive regulation, and a generally anti-business, socialistic public policy. What they need is fewer labor unions and fewer liberal-socialist citizens who have become addicted to massive, and ferociously expensive, public welfare programs that run the gamut from money thrown unaccountably down the rat hole of public education (read teachers’ union perks), to mandatory, all-inclusive insurance benefits to workers. In short, ongoing operating costs are just as important in determining business locations as their land costs.
Indeed. Just like Africa. The politicians create the mess, and then call for help.
The Kennedy Quagmire: Man, does he hope it's a quagmire. In my opinion, it's what you call "difficult." Lots of things in life are difficult, but being a politician isn't one of them. Sinecures for the brain-dead. Gelertner explains why Kennedy talk is so destructive to the country.
"Hail Seizers." The NYT hails the government land-grabbers, with one astonishing quote: " a setback to the 'property rights' movement." Huh? Sullum at Town Hall.
Replacing Sandra Dee: The blogs and news are full of speculation and tea-leaf-reading, so we will not add to the fog. It's all filler until we know what POTUS wants to do.
Concept Albums: Vodkapundit reviews the concept and lists the 5 best...but unaccountably omits Blonde on Blonde and Sargent Pepper.
The lovely, witty, but doubtless scary-to-date Ann Coulter explains how porn and religion have switched places in our culture, or at least in our legal culture.