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.
Long execrated by most law professors, Lochner is the liberals’ least favorite decision because its premises pose a threat to their aspiration, which is to provide an emancipation proclamation for regulatory government. The rehabilitation of Lochner is another step in the disarmament of such thinking.
Ask yourself: when was the last time you freely discussed any conservative or even moderate political view with friends at work, or on campus, or in public, or at a large social gathering — without hedging your every word? When? Can you identify a single recent instance when you felt your conservative or even moderate views would be tolerated without provoking name-calling or public shaming into the nearest corner of societal oblivion?
Good point. I had that experience at a cocktail party last weekend. Me and my big mouth.
THE 40 MOST INFLUENTIAL ROCK GUITAR SOLOS: One could argue that the blues musicians on that list aren't really "rock" (I'm thinking of Elmore James and Les Paul is really a pop jazz musician - and a couple others that seem misplaced), it's still a great list of just plain old guitar solos.
Would that palindrome obsession be considered a mental illness? Sure seems like it.
re Ask yourself: when was the last time you freely discussed any conservative or even moderate political view with friends at work, or on campus, or in public, or at a large social gathering — without hedging your every word?
In county like mine that went 75% for John McCain this is not a problem.
We live in a very red precinct in a fairly red county. The liberals here know that they're in the minority. Several are our very good friends and next-door neighbors, whom we try not to offend by going on out-and-out rants in their presence. They've made it clear they feel some social pressure, though it normally takes the form of joshing. I've never known anyone to be outright mean to them, but they can get a little tired of being singled out in social gatherings as some kind of caricature of wild-eyed liberals. (They're actually pretty moderate liberals, by the standards of their home town, Austin.)