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.
This morning I came upon this article about a black Republican Miss America (Erika Harold) who is challenging the sitting Republican in Illinois 13 (see: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/erika-harold-republicans-illinois-103357.html#.UvpFBYXPP_E and http://www.weeklystandard.com/keyword/Erika-Harold ). With the caveat that I do not know all the views of Erika Harold, though she is for abstinence, pro life, and concealed carry. She calls herself a "Constitutional Conservative". Nor do I know if there are any policy weaknesses in the incumbent, it is outrageous that the GOP county chairman called her a streetwalker (he was "dismissed" thankfully). But the fact remains that instead of embracing her or even letting the chips fall where they may, there is opposition to her in the Republican hierarchy.
In a year when Pubbies should win in a walk, they are engaging in a circular firing squad.
Somehow, I suspect the Vatican will survive the being told what to preach by some UN busybodies.
The pornification of America or where liberty and nannyism collide. Though unsurprised there no demonstrators (of ny sort) present. The image of Morlocks consuming Eloi is a strong one, yet if the adults are willing?
the [UN] committee has denounced the Vatican for failing to explicitly forbid corporal punishment. On that the committee was more than merely concerned, scolding the Holy See to ensure that "all forms of violence against children, however light, are unacceptable."
those Irish priests at my old prep school owe me big time for all those swats, and the chalk fusillades. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
James Taranto linked the other day to a piece about an unusual influx of snowy owls in Boston. The theory was that global warming had resulted in a sudden increase in food supply in the owls' normal arctic habitat, which they were--wait for it--escaping by fleeing south to Boston.