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 key aspects of this psychobabble include an overemphasis on "self-esteem" at the expense of self-control and personal responsibility; an attitude that practically worships "feelings" at the expense of reason and truth; a fundamental misunderstanding about stress and the role of stress in life (i.e., that "all stress is bad", for example; and failing to appreciate that stress, when it is acknowledged and dealt with in healthy ways can enhance maturity and psychological health); and finally the glorification of victimhood and the celebration of unhealthy narcissism and the narcissists who exhibit it.
Yesterday 4 Deputy US Marshals were detailed to serve an arrest warrant
on Philip Gordon 63 of Carroll County in west Georgia. Mr Gordon
refused to allow the Marshals entrance to his gated property whereupon
the gate was breached using necessary force. During the process Mr
Gordon’s 2 Labrador retrievers charged the federal agents and were
dispatched. Mr Gordon refused to submit to arrest and brandished an
assault rifle accusing the Marshals of trespassing before retreating
into his home. The Marshals summoned backup from the local Carroll
County Sheriff’s office and two of the 6 responding deputies refused to
cooperate in serving the lawful warrant. They were immediately relieved
of duty. Additional backup of federal agents in the Atlanta field
offices of the FBI and BATFE surrounded the Gordon residence. Repeated
demands for Gordon to surrender went unheeded and chemical agents were
introduced into the structure. An hour later an unconscious Gordon was
taken into custody and booked into the Fulton county jail on the
warrant charging refusal to pay the $15,000.00 penalty for failure to
maintain a government approved medical insurance policy. -- Francis W. Porretto Leonidas - Eternity Road
AP called it a "funk." The Pew Research Center describes the mood of the nation as "glum" in its new survey (2,000 Americans, 10/28-11/8, +/- 3%), which offers a significant warning for incumbents in both parties in the 2010 midterms.
So the head guy at Ole Miss told the band they can't play "From Dixie With Love" if the fans don't stop adding "The South Will Rise Again" at the end?
What's his problem? Of course to be correct they should say The South Already Rose Again since we're about full up with folks fleeing the North down here. But really, if he bans that song what will he do with the famous Ole Miss Hotty Toddy?
"Are you ready? Hell yes! Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who in the hell are we?
Hey Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss? By Damn!"
Better to get rid of one provost than years of tradition.
Re the "assault on abortion rights": if the federal government gets to define all health insurance policy requirements, and if you have to buy a policy the feds have approved, and it's so expensive that you have to have a subsidy to pay the feds' premiums, and the feds won't subsidize premiums on a policy that covers elective abortions, then you'll have a hard time getting insurance to cover elective abortion if you can get it at all.
If the government BUTTS THE HELL OUT, you can choose an insurance policy that covers abortion and I can choose one that doesn't. Those who are willing to subsidize each other can do so and the rest of us can skip it. Anyone might also contribute to a charity that provides abortion services.
We suspicious types think that the Dems fully intend to cover elective abortion in their next step. That's one of the reasons we don't want this step.