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.
The "surge" isn't so much a surge in force as it is a tactical change towards aggressive neigborhood policing, with the theory that effective policing will embolden the good guys to get on our side, so we can leave Iraq to the Iraqis. Problem is that everything the Dems and the media are doing works to undermine that effort. Villainous has a good summary piece: Killing the Surge
LaShawn Barber, one of our favorites, is planning to give up her blog. Read the link to learn why (hint: It's about God).
Biological Fantasies: A few basic immutable facts about human nature from Dr. Sanity, who sounds like she is on the exact same page as our Dr. Bliss.
Captain Ed thinks Tehran blew it. I think that depends on whether their purpose is international or internal politics. An attack would bolster a possibly shaky government.
On human nature, the Dr
sanity piece is good. However, in defense of the Seattle Lego Wimps, I have found so much evidence of original sin in the cherubic kids I have taught in Sunday school
for the last 27 years that I do sympathize w the battle fatigue, if not the PC rationale. I love my students and they are far closer to God than I am, but human nature is complicated. Certain types of distinctive, highly portable toys and crafts supplies regularly lead to battles royal in class. Of course we do not ban the model magic or whatever, but we have to put a lot of effort into teaching them to trade fairly, not grab, and remember the tragedy of the commons. Certain things are saved and reused and it is quite the struggle to get across that certain expensive items must be shared. We give them their own things, but teach explicitly against hoarding, grabbing, trashing the shared supply of, say, markers. We do not view ourselves as socialists but Christian when we teach that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Legos like the game of monopoly are great teachers, but children are uncivilized and need guidance to moderate their natural greed.