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.
It is a relief for learn that our Dept. of Homeland Security is busy monitoring Drudge Report, New York Times, blogs, and Twitter. I always thought this DHS was a foolish idea, and that it would never go away. If violent Jihadism disappeared today, the DHS would find or invent work for itself, and continue to grow, for eternity. This is one dumb thing I really do blame Bush for.
As Ronaldus Magnus used to say, “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth."
IMO in principle (and as originally intended) DHS was a great idea.
It was to provide a means for existing agencies to share information, collate that information, and thus find threats where the other agencies, lacking information not collected by themselves, would never recognise them.
It's of course grown into an all intrusive secret police agency instead, an agency that often subverts the authority of others as its own.
I don't blame Bush for creating it, I do however blame him for allowing it to have a charter that enabled it to become what it has, rather than simply be a clearing house for other agencies to facilitate inter-agency cooperation (something that in theory doesn't need another agency, in practice does).
Why would you wear your old rain hat over your new rain hat? To keep the rain off your new rain hat, of course.
Assuming rain hats cost nothing, that infinite storage space is in place, and that no loss of comfort nor gain of ridicule results from the wearing of two hats, so doing makes perfect sense --the new hat will last the longer the less it gets wet.
In fact, since the new hat will last even longer if the sweatband doesn't contact hair and skin, you could even wear underneath it an oldest rain hat, the one older than the outer one that the new one is underneath --thus nestling the new one between the outer and inner older and oldest, and thereby keeping it almost as pristine as if it hadn't yet even been purchased, or even yet been produced.
all laws should sunset after a year or two and any needed should have to be reenacted separately. legislatures (especially congress and the one in California) would spend most of their time doing that (and picking and choosing the really necessary laws) instead of legislating goodness on a whim.
--i used to hear the name 'Lew Rockwell' associated with far-out rightism --or maybe i'm mixing it up with 'Lyndon LaRouch' in that regard --but yesterday there was Lew Rockwell being interviewed on Fox Biz (in regards the Newt/Rick Perry attack on Bain Capital), and from that i learned he was affiliated with the sober & very serious indeed Ludwig von Mises Institute. So i idly open hios website as i watch the very good interview, and among the list of titles there, is