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.
K expressed empathy with DF's concerns. He was super-nice to her, and as things progressed, what I read in her face was pain — pain over wanting him to feel pain. But he's so heavily swaddled in judicial values that he's safe from everything. As a judge, he does what he must do as a judge, even when it pains him. He's pre-pained, inoculated to pain, and there's no way to further pain him. The children who die in school shootings... the women who would die from illegal abortions... these causes for empathy receive his empathy, but they do not change what he must do. His cold, dry judicial virtue is supreme and sublime, and he must, as ever, humbly submit. Feinstein was reduced to scoffing that K had learned (from Senators?) to "filibuster."
"Cleaning out cabinets for painters and found my old fossil collection. I will not have a fossil-free future. I love looking at fossils and hope to become an old fossil myself someday" Few years ago I introduced our grandchildren to fossils through my small collection of fossils. Taking walks we have discovered the typical simple fossils in our area that are in the abundance of limestone of our state. For the past couple of Christmas's we have given them a couple of interesting fossils from other parts of the world and plan to keep on doing it until their interest wains, but hoping it won't. Our granddaughter doesn't have much if any interest in stem subject which I consider unfortunate. One of the grandsons asked if he could have my rock and fossils when I die. Of course I said yes and hope he would keep and remember our times learning about the same.
Thoroughly enjoyed the culture appropriation article. Nothing like a good laugh first thing in the morning. Culture appropriation has to be one of the top five stupidest, ignorant things, coming out of college campuses. Definitely a first world problem.
20 years ago, in Virginia, our neighbors called the police on us for leaving our 11 year old home to watch the 8 year old while we took the baby with us to the store. When the police came to the door, the bull dykes who'd called them followed in after. The police were so angry that they'd been called, they threatened to write up the bull dykes. The only thing the bull dykes accomplished was traumatizing my kids with their "concern" for their safety.
Cultural Appropriation: The kid could have rented a row boat.
Chuckie Todd: No, it's you and the "media" telling us things we can see are not true.
Facebook Engineer: Pasted a bullseye on his back and his front and both sides.
Technology favors tyranny: I think it's just the opposite.
Kavanaugh Protesters Paid?: Wouldn't surprise me.
Democrats are crazy: Yes, and Trump is driving them to the loony bins. All Hail Mr. TRUMP!
NYT Anonymous Op-Ed: "There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans." No, you're NOT putting the country and its people first; you're putting YOURSELF first.
EU Tech Censorship: Well, it IS Europe, and that's what they do, and the EUniks above all.
As AVI said, there's a lot more physical maturing that goes on between 11 and 14 than emotional. The point being that you've got people like those in Jewel's post that think an 11 year old can't be left alone with a sibling for a few hours, but often the same people think once that girl turns 14 she can meaningfully consent, without parental input, to an abortion.
Okay, a lot happens in maturity between 11 and 14, but a lot of that is physical and more appearance than emotional. 14 isn't that far from 11, to be able to say "This one can't go to the park alone, but in three years she can consent to sexual relations in many European countries (and don't even ask about Africa), and should be able to independently consent to an abortion.