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.
Women have their place in combat, but more typically as secret agents infiltrated into enemy territory. The Brits discovered this in WW II as they sent agents into occupied France. The men were picked up very quickly, as there were few young men in the towns. Women parachuted in did much better, as they were more able to blend into the surroundings.
There's a play out, "The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare", which talks about the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and some of the women it recruited. The women seem to be drawn from various real agents, one of whom was Violette Szabo. On their album "Older but no Wiser", one of the tracks has a reading of a poem an English "handler" wrote to Violette for he had fallen in love with her. She never received the poem, and was executed in France.
Northwestern U: I suggest a name change to NutsWandering U.
84% of women fail Army fitness test: Ain't very many Amazons here.
It’s Not Republicans Who Are Reluctant to Accept Political Outcomes They Don’t Like: Even National Review knows that.
Dems? Can't cope. Not up to it. They need their binkies and a really loooooooooooooooooooong lie down.
Yes, cancel all foreign aid. It is a waste of tax money and a crime against the tax payers. This foreign aid to the Ukraine was used by politicians to get hidden kickbacks. Most foreign aid is used by politicians to get kickbacks. It is a lot like the high speed rail in California where the only money spent was to pay off some well placed companies and lobbyist who then kicked money back to California politicians. It is no coincidence that Biden, Pelosi and Kerry have sons working on the board for a big Ukraine gas company.
I followed a link to this article. Being in the Atlantic, I knew I would have to battle the bias, but it is interesting to know how your opponent is thinking: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/12/how-america-ends/600757/
The elephant in the room that the author dances past is that the immigration he is so excited about is overwhelmingly illegal immigration. Imagine if you will that it was conservatives who were trying to win the demographic and cultural wars by bringing in illegals who were almost certain to vote Republican once they were here long enough. Try to wrap your brain around the coastal elites being as welcoming in that scenario. I can't.
Like the author, I fear we are hurtling toward another civil war. I am afraid that this one will last a lot longer and destroy more of our infrastructure than the last one did. I don't think that any of us will win such a war.
We had an opportunity to do that with Eastern Europeans starting around 1990. We missed the chance.
Assistant Village Idiot
We have a group of people in this country who think that because of their ancestry, academic achievement and culture they have the right to rule over Americans instead of govern for them. Unfortunately, because of those characteristics they are the most likely people to run for public office.
"American taxpayers send tens of billions of dollars per year to foreign countries, some of them third world dictatorships. We should expect something for our money."
First of all, American tax-payers don't send a dime. If you asked Americans to pay cash for foreign aid, do you know what would happen? Americans would tell Washington to jump off a cliff. And besides that, the money we send overseas is not "aid" by any definition of the word. All of that money is attached to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If a country wants the money, they have to sign a lot of contracts which benefit American special interest groups. So like I said, it's not "aid" it's a sales agreement. Washington buys laws in other countries for Apple, and Sony, and I.B.M. with public tax money.