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.
...for Phil and me the beer was the facilitator of the point but never the point. It was a vehicle the purpose of which was to get us to the problem of irony as a default mode of consciousness—and with luck direct us toward a solution. It brought us together on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons and it bore us upon its wings toward an answer, but it was never itself the answer. And this, I take it, is strict theology. Perhaps we violated St. Augustine’s injunction to use but not enjoy the vehicle, but at any rate we could justifiably say of the keg what a charitable and mysterious auto mechanic says to Hazel Motes in the novel by Flannnery O’Connor I just mentioned: The mechanic is unimpressed by the car Hazel has put all his trust in, but he says “Some cars’ll get some folks somewheres.” Hazel has no idea where his will get him. (He’s being undermined by a thing called grace.) He has no idea that the car he drives, lives in, preaches his creed of unbelief from, and eventually renounces will get him where he’s going, or where that place is, but then in O’Connor’s fiction no one ever knows what hits him. In this respect her characters are just like us.
"When you own something's debt, you own them. Bank owns my house: I pretend that I own it."
Works with small debts, real collateral, and moral debtors. Otherwise, all debts bets are off.
If you owe somebody a small amount, it's your problem; if you owe somebody a large amount, it's their problem. Wait until the EU and the USA default on their debt to China. Boy, are the Chinese going to look foolish.
RE - Merkel's thoughts - Well, it is a nice thought, but, even in this peaceful union, its a pot-holed path.
No matter how much they spotlight the EU unity, its still Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, Huns, Frogs, Limeys, etc to the other participants. Tough to overcome those many incidents of history and memories...
I agree with this column. Limited war is much more costly and much less effective to the countries who wage it than unlimited and I think that could even extend to civilian populations. The conflict is shorter in duration and much more decisive. When limited wars end, the results tend to be more vague (i.e. Korean War) unless the countries that were limited lose (i.e. Vietnam). They are cheaper in terms of personnel and materiel and the surrounding populations can get back to their lives a lot sooner.
Another advantage is that it means fewer jobs for lawyers! ;-)
I like Cain, too, but I admit that there are some rough edges to his positions (e.g. his response to the Israeli prisoner swap - 1000 for one).
Concerning this story, I would consider the source first. I would not be surprised to find that the NYT was describing the situation in the worst possible light. It also occurs to me that running a company is a lot different from running a campaign. I expect he's on a pretty steep learning curve on several levels - which is not to excuse his actual short comings.
The article about "white aborigines" in Australia describes whites who emulate aborigines. This reminds me of Norman Mailer's article about The White Negro, about white hipsters in the 1950s who adopted black culture as their own.
When you own something's debt, you own them. Bank owns my house: I pretend that I own it.
So let's say you pay off your mortgage. Think you own your house then? Stop paying your property taxes (which are currently 40% of my total monthly mortgage + escrow payment here in the SW Chicago suburbs) and see how long you stay in your house and who really owns it.
Seems that when the Richmond Tea Party folks wanted to have a rally on public property they had to pay $10,000 for permits, police overtime, park cleanup, etc. But the City is letting the OWS folks use public property for far longer and haven't charged them a thing.