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.
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Tuesday, March 31. 2015
No Girls Allowed: The Merits and Flaws of an All-Boys Public School
Fixing Flood Insurance - A Reform That Works
Oh sh*t, I’m the 1 percent: Secrets of the super-wealthy. I grew up poor. My kids now live in Fairfield County. We all think we're middle-class because we always feel behind
Can Robert Durst get a fair trial?
Veritas' Barry University stunt
Apple Bashes Indiana – But Gladly Does Business With Countries That Execute Gays
These 19 States Have Religious Freedom Laws Similar to Indiana’s.
Freedom laws should never be necessary in the USA
Despite 19 states with similar laws, universities, NCAA outraged over Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ bill
Going "green" - Six Flags Great Adventure To Cut Down 18k Trees For Solar Panels
Tea Partiers Will Agree with This Leftist Rant - Something scary is happening to America. Whether viewed from the Left or the Right, it can be seen by all.
Lawyers are not usually this bold when disclosing evidence that suggests potential breaches of criminal law.
Freedom to vote vs freedom in markets
Bruce Thornton: The E.U. Experiment Has Failed
Sorry, Obama: An Iran Deal Won't Save the Middle East
Iran's Nuclear Breakout Time: A Fact Sheet
What else is Iran hiding?
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Sex-segregated high school education is a no-brainer.
It removes entire layers of social pressure and distraction.
It allows slow socially/physically maturing kids to have a neutral place where they can excel and feel good about themselves.
It's even more beneficial for girls - who move into student leadership roles, and don't hold back their efforts for social reasons.
The religious freedom law.
The problem this is supposed to fix is simply that under the regulations (not laws) in place today you can be deemed to have discriminated against someone and you can be fined, lose your business and your assets without ever having a trial. Some state or local board decides you broke a regulation and punishes you with the force of law but without the benefit of a proper trial. The religious freedom law provides a guaranteed path to a trial and acts as a check on bureaucratic excess.
The outrage and demonstrations we are seeing against this law probably would not have happened if the governor of Indiana was a Democrat and if the Democrats has not lost the senate. This is political pure and simple and isn't about the claimed harm that this law would do to gays and others. It is about Democrats getting power back. Expect the same faux outrage against anything that Republican governors, legislatures and congress does. Expect more trumped up claims of the war on women and civil rights issues. This is what the Democrats do; whine to win.
The real focus should be on who are the actors in this faux outrage? Who is in the crowds demonstrating against this? who is speaking out? For the most part it will be the same far left rent a mob who advocate "social justice" but mean "socialism".
Re: Tea partiers and Leftists
The ven diagram is fine as far as it goes, but it misses that the cause of the problems with corporations both the tea partiers and the occupiers have is caused by the power of government. Tea partiers want to attack the problem at the source while occupiers want to punish (some) corporations.
No Girls Aloud.
Read the first third of Robert Graves Goodbye to all That, the part of his memoir that includes his single-sex school days. "Chaste homosexuality", I believe he describes it as.
My observations from an all-boys prep school education are that the lack of girls really sucked*, was a stupid idea and that it was the ferocious discipline that did any good.
* no innuendos, any of you pervs reading this.
Re: Religious Freedom Law
I agree, there should never be a need to pass a law that gives us freedom and similarly affirms the Constitution!
My problem is that we strayed from the Constitution in many ways but in this case particularly in the 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibits racial discrimination in some businesses. While I don't agree with racial discrimination, I believe a person (or business) should be able to discriminate on any grounds he chooses - in which case, I would choose to discriminate against those who practice racial discrimination. A business that shuts out 20% of its potential customers (plus people like me) is not likely to last very long.
But the current question is whether a marriage related business (what other business would necessarily know whether a potential customer is gay or not?) can follow the beliefs of its owner. It's no longer enough to say that one should tolerate gays or gay marriage. Now one must actively support them. Those business owners should be free to make the same calculus described above and for the gays who want wedding cakes and pictures, I'm quite certain there are plenty of businesses that will be glad to provide their services to them.
Re: voting & buying
Purchasing is voting. You are voting for the product, the brand, the price, the experience, the company, the convenience, and much more.
Can we stop the lefty crappola about "feel good about themselves" self-esteem mantra? Criminals and working prostitutes have been shown to have high levels of self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from everyone telling you you're "wunnerful"; not form an internal source
What we want to develop is a high level of "self-respect", which comes from personal achievement; not just from being told you're great! Involves a good level of failure, though.
Support for affirmative action is all about demonstrating that you are a good person, a morally superior person. There is an old saying, conservatives believe they have good ideas, liberals believe they are good people.
On all boys schools - they work, I say this having gone to one primary and secondary. None of the drama and you can say (mostly) what you want.
As for Chuckie Schumer, I'd say vote fraud.
You want an all-boys high school, you open a private one.
'Separate but equal' schools were determined to be unconstitutional a long time ago.
So this must not happen because saving poor black kids who are male is just WRONG!
It's a media driven meme.
Just like the Treyvon Martin Arizona iced tea and skittles
to "I can't breath" or Hands up don't shoot.
The Media uses the power of social media ..just like ISIS
does to manipulate and shape the story.
In the past "Religious freedom" laws have not impacted gays.
So are gay's now a religion?