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.
Christina Hoff Summers on the silence of the feminists (h/t Thompson). They have no problem with multicultural denial of women's rights. One quote from the interesting piece:
One reason is that many feminists are tied up in knots by multiculturalism and find it very hard to pass judgment on non-Western cultures. They are far more comfortable finding fault with American society for minor inequities (the exclusion of women from the Augusta National Golf Club, the "underrepresentation" of women on faculties of engineering) than criticizing heinous practices beyond our shores. The occasional feminist scholar who takes the women's movement to task for neglecting the plight of foreigners is ignored or ruled out of order.
Which makes them look more like stereotypical cry-babies than heros. Photo to right - a lady friend of Theo. She is no cry-baby, and she seems so feminine that she must be a real feminist.
The bit about the pangolins especially bothered me. Who would eat a cute lil' pangolin? Now mesquite-grilled raccoon I can relate to, but they aren't endangered.
Dallas HS students protest not passing graduation exams. Good grief. What have we bred in this country? Sheesh. Show a little dignity.
NYT immigration poll reported at Blue Crab. Just one bit from the piece:
A New York Times/CBS News poll released yesterday found that 69% of American adults believe illegal immigrants should “be prosecuted and deported for being in the U.S. illegally.” Just 24% disagree and say they should not. The survey of 1,125 adults was conducted May 18-23, 2007.
As some of you may be aware the unintended consequences of 9/11 was a re-focus by would-be travellers toward their own homes, yards, and recreational housing. In other words, many folks who have made the obligatory trip to "see Europe" and have become aware of the horrific crowds in a devastated Hawaii, not to mention the lack of safety and sanitation in Mexico, these folks will spend this week standing in line at Home Depot. These folks will purchase a larger, more expensive home, and install a "very exciting" swimming pool in their own backyard. The economic impact of this re-direction of funds is yet to be understood. Who will be the other beneficiaries of this trend--how about the local gaming industry?