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.
Recent polls out today cite an 11% approval rating for Congress. That is territory reserved for revolutions. They have lost the right to govern.
Our Congress has for decades included not only it's own district, at least those in their district who are of their party, but many have gone to foreign sources for money and to offer representation. Clearly this is wrong and treasonable.
The Declaration of Independence includes these words in paragraph two.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future securityWe are now at a point in time where Jeffersons words ring true, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Our Congress will not support US victory. It,in secret cabals, plans to unify the North American Continent. It functions primarily as a conduit for wealth transfer, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. It now confiscates land from private individuals and transfers it to other private indivduals without regard for the common welfare. It supports world organizations (UN and others) that are inimical to our
security and way of life.
The list could go on as long, if not longer, than the charges made against King George in the Declaration of Independence.
With regard to the actual Constitution our government wholly disregards the federalism it established and leaves the states but empty shells, denuded of any real power.
As mentioned in the above cited section from the D of I, we "should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Aware of the sign in the US Marine barracks in Iraq that states "The Marines are at war, America is at the mall.", I do not suspect any revolution to actually occur .. but we will eventually reap what we have sewn by our ennui.
~Their refurbished stuff in the lower right hand corner of the online store. Same one year guarantee as the new stuff, never had a problem. Exercise with a 1 gb shuffle for only 49.
--MacConnection. I got a just-outdated Core Duo Macbook Pro for 1500 instead of the 2200 it had retailed for five minutes before, until Apple introed the COre 2 duo. ~They have good deals on PC stuff if you love your PC stuff.
--SmallDog electronics on line for mostly Apple stuff, good deals on refurbished and combo deals, great service, small business
--Check Techbargains.com for a good roundup of amazing deals day by day on assorted tech goodies. Often a source for Dell and notice of especially good Buy.com deals.
--Newegg.com for computer related deals.
--ProPortable for cool ensemble laptops like Asus, much better gaming specs than most Apple or HP or Dell comparably priced laptops
--Letstalk.com has good deals on new cellphones and service (way cheaper than the local store, and you can get one year contracts, etc.)
--Sprint ~SERO plan for $30 a month (unlimited data and email and 500 minutes any time talk phone plus more) with cool phones, and no activation fee if you sign up on line. You type in email@example.com to enter the site.
And, last but not least, the good old LLBean Sale section which usually has everything you could ever want (especially good for camo stuff at the end of hunting season). Generally nicer stuff (at least for women) than the Sierra Trading things.
Tho Sierra has great hiking boots, nice cowboy boots and better quality guy stuff. They sell off all manner of yukky female clothes, tho.
Not all of America, Habu....My kid is just finishing a bunch of AP physics problems, helping a befuddled friend online, sighing periodically to nobody in particular "I love Physics! It's so REAL!" We are about to go to the Y so she can lift weights, etc after running this am. Preparing for the service academies' fitness test. Some amazing kids are out there still, Habu!
I will discuss the bit and bridle She Who Must Be Obeyed got at Tractor Supply.
Also, for inexpensive winter gear, try the local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Amazing how may worn once ski jackets and estate sale leftovers can be found. If nothing else, its a donation to a worthy cause.