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.
Web 2.0: "Among the 300 million internet users in China, for example, there are reportedly 50 million bloggers and over 100 million blogs."
300 million Chinese on the intertubes, and only about 3 of them read Maggie's Farm. Why is that? Do we need to publish an edition in Mandarin? We could show them how to Question Authority.
Did you notice that there is no census category for "mixed race"? Why not? Most "racial" people in the US are mixed, aren't they? Like our Prez. Furthermore, why do they care what race or mixed races we are anyway?
Being for states rights means you want slavery back. OK, I know that "argument" has no logical consistency, and is just meant to be a smear.
With our near-permanent welfare class and a generation of kids who’ve been told that they are children into their late 20’s, I cannot imagine a prolonged revolt against Obamacare... When the outrage wanes, a lot of people are going to tell themselves that, well, if the government is giving things away, they might as well get in on it.
Seeing the cocktail entry initiated a search for the origin of the word cocktail. And I found this gem.
“Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a Democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.”
Well that explains a lot.
The etymology of the word cocktail has some rather fanciful "origins" claimed - everything from Revolutionary War mixing of varying drinks in cups (rum/wine/beer) in the spirit of camaraderie of different nationalities during the way to some French guy stealing a rooster, the barkeep cooking it and the tail feathers stuck in the drinks of the revelers.