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 Cultural Literacy: She asked for it..., the comments were good fun. Thanks, y'all. She enjoyed noting them very much. She watched Seven Beauties last night, That movie was too much for me delicate sensibilities, regardless of Giannini's performance.
Are you familiar with the McSweeny's site? Apparently lots of folks are, but it's new to me.
We libertarians cringe when presented with a “national tragedy” like the shooting of Gabriella Giffords. Not because we are somehow more or less sensitive to vilence and loss of life, but because we begin bracing for the immediate, badly thought-out expansion of state power that nearly always follows any such tragedy, whether it be 9/11 or Columbine or Oklahoma City or even Pearl Harbor. Those looking to expand the power of the state, and of state officials, make their greatest progress in the emotional aftermath of a such a tragedy. These tragedies are the political equivilent of the power play in ice hockey, when defenders of liberty find themselves temporarily shorthanded, and those wishing to expand state power rush to take advantage.
As far as I can deduce, Mr. Obama's condolence speech in Tucson rapidly deteriorated into just another campaign stop, as almost all his other political speeches have. The idea of presenting T-Shirts -- T-shirts! to an audience obviously grieving for those who were shot and killed [or grievously injured as Congresswoman Giffords was]is totally undignified and un-Presidential. What's next? Bumperstickers?
And once more, he could not resist giving us ignorant folks 'a teachable moment' about how we should behave when someone murders a relative or friend of ours.
That man seriously needs a grown-up handler to prevent some of his more outrageous mistakes. I wonder if his new chief of staff, Mr. Daley, is up to the job.
I wouldn't hold your breath Doc - these clowns will find something they can control "for the greater good" which will morph into "precedent" and get it done that way. As it is likely that the Republicans will not have a viable candidate for President that can take the Chicago Machine on head-to-head, these morons will still be large and in charge.
Sorry, Marianne, it IS The Daley Machine. Don't expect much.
For those who have only read the transcript of O's speech, you have to see it to understand why those familiar with his presentations get so ticked off. He reminds me of my stepson when he was five-years-old and used to lift his chin, stick out his jaw and say "You're not MY boss." Thankfully, he now (at 46) has that straight.
The guy is so self-centered that he doesn't even recognize when he steps over the line. He never should have agreed to a sports stadium; how about a church? He should have nixed the t-shirts, turned away those inappropriately dressed and made an effort to quiet or remove the audience members who were being disruptive (in that size crowd, such should be expected). It was a kick-off to the 2012 election without a doubt -- a very crass one at that.