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.
I want a money hole. Never mine , I forgot, I already have one. I've been putting money in glass (Skippy) jars for years, and been burying them in my back yard for years. I just can't remember where I buried them all.
Anyone been following Bloomberg's lawsuit against the Fed? Heaven forbid we should know who their giving are money to , and the amount of toxic debt their buying.
They're not telling which banks get the bailouts because they don't want runs on the banks that aren't. That would be a catastrophe. I think one of the conditions for the banks that receive bailout money is that they lend to those banks that don't get it. That way it helps all banks.
Back maybe twelve years ago, we decided that the only way for the civilized world to accommodate the Middle East, was to build a half mile high wall around the whole shooting match, and when the blood stopped flowing and a victor country emerged, deal with it and bring it into the 20th century education and religion-wise. I think Israel is the most intelligent country there, because it is the most Westernized [in a good way, naturally]. I've watched it evolve ever since its beginning after WWII. I used to give lifts to the young idealists who were heading out to work in the kibbutzim, and had come to Roosevelt, New Jersey, where I lived, to visit their parents one last time before shipping out. I was lastingly impressed with their 'smarts' and their dedication. They're old now, those who are left after persistent Palestinian bombings and terror attacks, but they built a great small nation which is still a wonder of the world, the only modern nation in the Mid-East.
Meta ... thank you. And I neglected to say that the "we" mentioned above were my husband and I, after maybe a few too many of those 'cups that cheer'. But it was also before 9/11 and the frequent public beheadings and "honor killings" by Mid-Easterners of those folks who disagreed with them, which true happenings have given most of us more civilized folks in the rest of the world a disgust of them [not of Israel -- the other Mid-East peoples].
And, yes I can imagine how much Israel could accomplish in surroundings of peace. Sometime in 2007, I think it was, when Major Chuck Zeigenfuss was still on his pain meds from his injuries, he wrote a post on his blog saying what we should do is just pick up all of Israel and all of its people and transfer them to some of the vast empty spaces in Utah and they could peacefully pursue all their great innovations and inventions protected from the primitivism of the Mid-East. I thought it was a great idea and told him so, but suggested gently that the citizens of Utah might not agree, since it was their state first, and therefore their space.
He didn't pursue the matter. But I like the way he thinks.
Sometime this year on another blog, I made the suggestion that we move Israel to our southern border and give them their 'promised land' in return for protecting our southern border. They could have the land from sea to shining sea. How great would that be? As far as Utah.... The Mormons believe the Israelites came here and settled in Binghampton, NY. So what's the problem? Oh well, I'm sure they wouldn't want to leave the Holy Land, so I guess the peace is a ways off. Sad thing for sure.