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.
“But the disdain for American joy about bin Laden’s death goes deeper than mere snobbery or concerns about local Muslims. It’s not just that Western European intellectuals don’t like the United States—they never have—but their unwillingness to countenance aggressive Western self-defense against Islamist terror is a function of their loss of belief in Western civilization itself. Many on the continent seem to have lost any sense that their countries and way of life as well as their faith is something worth defending. When it comes down to it that, and not the faux sophistication of Euro elites, is the difference between America and Europe these days.
The link to Huffpo commenters' provides illuminating but saddening insight about some of those on the other side of the aisle.
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the worst terrorists America has are within it's territory among the teapartays
Some of them dislike us wingnuts more than they do the likes of Bin Laden and those who support him. Not that this was a surprise, but it is sad that even after the death of Bin Laden there is such a reaction.
Dr, Mercury: when are you going to fix the instructions on blockquotes?
The people who were diagnosing potential autistic people 20 years ago have said that the "autism spectrum" has expanded so much that they don't recognize it any more. People are being diagnosed as autistic that would probably be labeled as having asbergers before and people are being diagnosed as as having abergers now who wouldn't be given a second look.
I think it could be that people get benefits for being "disabled" and/or these disorders have become trendy.
The trick with affirmative action is that you must always support it, but never be rude enough to mention its impact. The only acceptable way to discuss its results is to observe that a remarkably successful person of demonstrable natural talent would not have gained access to an elite institution unless the admissions committee had overlooked his lack of traditional credentials. When a person of moderate ability is catapulted to the front of the queue, however, it is unacceptable to note that he failed to shine brightly among his elite peers -- unless he's a white legacy student, and then the gloves can come off.