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 figures, making headlines in London newspapers, tell only part of the story. Between June 2005 and June 2006 nearly 200,000 British citizens chose to leave the country for a new life elsewhere. During the same period, at least 574,000 immigrants came to Britain. This number does not include the people who broke the law to get there, or the thousands unknown to the government. Britain's Office of National Statistics reports that middle-class Britons are beginning to move out of towns in southern England that have become home to large numbers of immigrants, thereby altering the character of neighborhoods that have remained unchanged for generations.
I have a tough observation test for you blogmeisters.
Spot the anomaly:
"the world's Muslims" (New York Times)
"a Muslim speaker" (New York Post)
"Muslim sites of worship" (Washington Times)
"the first Muslim elected" (Washington Post)
"largely Muslim community" (Boston Globe)
"by Muslim insurgents" (Boston Sun-Times)
"populous Muslim country" (N.H. Union Leader)
"the Muslim occupiers" (Burlington Free Press)
"extreme Muslim terrorists" (Keene Sentinel)
"a young Muslim woman" (Amherst Bulletin)
"to fear Moslems" (Maggie's Farm)
Hope I didn't make it too tough. :)
And I hope you appreciated the way I zeroed in with the newspapers. I read the Sentinel daily for three years back in the mid-70's. Lived in Bellow's Falls for a year, then Keene for two years. I've always attributed the "most relaxing year of my life" to my second year in Keene:
No car, no telephone.
If you wanted to go somewhere, you rode this odd thing called a "bicycle". If you wanted to talk with a friend, you did this revolutionary thing called "visiting them."
They just don't make 'em like that anymore, eh?
As far as this Moslem/Muslim thing goes, I'm afraid it's time to hop on the bandwagon. A year ago, I put together this interesting little list:
I just now updated the Moslem/Muslim part of it. When I wrote it a year ago, there were just over a million for "Moslem" and 7 million for "Muslim".
Today, there are still less than 2 million for "Moslem", but "Muslim" is now over the 13 million mark. So that's obviously the direction the media has decided to go.
Speaking of changes, have you given any thought to using blog software that'll allow us to embed links? There have been a number of times when people have posted (what look like) interesting links here, but I'm feeling hurried or lazy and don't want to bother cut & pasting the address into the browser. I figure I'll just catch the link on the next site.
If/when you want to make a change, use whatever Michelle's using. That stuff that TigerHawk and Theo are using is really clunky, in that you actually have to know the HTML code for a link. The stuff Ace uses is 'okay', and has those great Strikethrough fonts, but it divides the web address into two, where you select the "HTTP://" part in one box, then punch the actual domain in another, also kinda clunky.
The stuff Michelle's using allows you to punch the whole address into one box, plus it has Strikethrough fonts, which is a wonderful, often very humorous, often very revealing, addition to any blogsite.
Fed sees Job #1 as price stability, in terms of preservation of the purchasing power of the Dollar. It's the currency slide that must be giving 'em the bejeebers re a rate cut. But today it became clear that we may well be in a deflationary phase --see price of gold, house, financial stocks. If so, we'll get the rate cut. Right? Right?