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.
re subSaharan African IQ: Rather than quantifying IQ as a measure of intelligence, perhaps the accomplishments of the region should be the standard by which intelligence is measured? Any great civilizations past or present? Written language? Understanding or contributions to science and mathematics? Stuff like that. Some areas of the world have done extremely well. Others.... not so good. Is that not a reflection of regional intelligence?
yep. As in "providing the work and the contractor not paying". An adviser of mine (fellow contractor) told me that finding the work had never been his problem, getting PAID for the work was the difficulty. Recently had to cease work when the sub-contractor (who sub'd the work to me) ceased paying. Now the legal system gets to wrangle it out. Does all that classify as "bad luck"?
I have long understood "courage" to mean doing what you must in the face of danger even though you are afraid. "Bravery" I take to mean facing danger with such confidence that fear doesn't enter into it. "Stupid" is taking on a danger just because it's a danger.
Why closed door sessions to discuss healthcare? Ridiculous. Employer-based insurance should be dismantled and turned over to individuals so it's not related to holding a job. Prices will never be controlled unless the user is the purchaser.
REgarding the Muslim/Christian character of His Hopeful Changeness: I can't see him as a practicing Muslim and I don't much see him as a practicing Christian. The comments about his speech seem valid to me, but I see The Speech as a standard pandering by someone with no real religious identity toward a group whose support he wants.
I myself am a Deist more than a Christian -- many Christians would say I'm not one at all. I suspect that HHC's theology, if he really has any, is closer to mine than it is to mainstream or traditional Christian teachings. But a supporter of abortion and gay rights isn't any kind of a Muslim either.
CA is hardly alone. A lot of government entities and people have been on an irrational spree for decades. It seemed that even the sky was no limit, the party would never end, the economic engine could never break.
But back to CA. Donít compare them to little children.
Compare them instead to drunken little children with hatchets. A lot will get broken before dawn.
CA problems and CA government structures are huge, the waves from what is going on there will be felt everywhere. And some other states are just barely more solvent.
The United States is the only government in the world that does not the ability to set up an official censor or censorship agency.
All other counties can, and most, if not all, do have one.
So, yes, the United States is the only nation in the world with freedom of speech. Despite lovely sounding speeches from world leaders, and the Charter of The United Nations. The Charter guarantees freedom of religion, and all nations belonging to the UN are requitred to abide by the charter.