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.
Argument and disputation. Best basic intro to clear thinking and effective argument-building that I have come across thus far: Attacking Faulty Reasoning by T. Edward Damer. He also makes a strong case for the idea that moral positions are as amenable to logical inquiry as anything else. Our Maggie's Farm Barrister made me read it. A college course for $15 ain't bad.
Is China engaged in organ-harvesting? From the phone calls quoted here, it sure sounds like it. We forget - because we want to forget - that people in the East have a different view of the value of the individual human life from that of us in the West. It's a multicultural thing, ya know?
OK. This is funny. Preppy Rap: Tea Partay at Youtube (fixed it)
"I hate foreigners." Better not say that in Britain. The Thought Police siren will be getting closer every second. This is exactly like the Stasi or the Gestapo - and it is evil. Hey Brit coppers - I hate foreigners. I hate foreigners. I hate foreigners. Ha ha. Well, maybe I don't, but I can say it all I want.
More on churches in disarray, self-doubt, and general wackiness. Hey, preachers! It's very simple: Come to Jesus, or get another job. A quote from Maxed Out Mama's piece:
And another thing - it was after women started to be ordained as ministers within the Episcopalian church that it drove right off the rails. I predict that the next generation of Catholics are going to be a lot more conservative in their opinions. I laughed in the early 80's when Episcopalian women started holding conferences and talking about the "godess Sophia". But I cried when the diocese of Pennsylvania had "alternate liturgies" posted on its website that were clearly Wiccan in 2004, and conflicted ministers who could not decide whether they wanted to be Druids or Episcopalians most in 2005. And I wasn't even surprised when the Episcopalian conference refused a resolution suggesting the road to salvation lay through Jesus this year. They're now quite proud to claim that they cannot offer a "definitive road to salvation".
If they cannot offer that, then why the heck should I go to church when I could sleep in with the girlfriend du jour? (see photo)