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bobby's full name is roberto suave

katrina blew the roof and side off of the house next door. the ol' lady was sitting outside (you might remember how hot it was with no electricity those days) and she heard something from the wrecked house. underneath the bathtub was an old calico with 4 tiny kittens.

one didn't make it, 2 we gave away to friends in chalmette, and the 4th was a fiesty little orange tabby male. he and the ol' lady have been tight ever since.

as bobby reached puberty he would stay out all night catting, thats what tom cats do. he would come home for breakfast, of course, but he would be so beat up and scratched up that the ol' lady finally made me have him fixed. by that time every kitten in the neighborhood was an orange tabby.

by the way, they still fight and still mount the females, but like the ol lady says, "he's shooting blanks."

is "western culture" sustainable?

should the american culture of planned obsolescence and consumerism, promiscuity and hypersexualization be emulated by others?

individualism (if i understand your criteria) is attainable by the elites in every culture, and illusionary to lower classes in the west. and isn't the point of indivifualism that i can step out and create my own culture or synthasize one like lunch on a chinese menu.

which brings me to healthy diet , isn't that a part of culture. we might be about last there if there weren't so many cultures stripped of their resources by western capitalism.

marriage and the family are much more stable in most other cultures than in the west. isn't that a positive for them.

the leakers who scuttled settlement in jones vs clinton and instigated impeachment

in the 2000 story conason describes a few of the lawyers who were working pro bono with lawyers for paula jones and kathleen willey. the women, and their attorneys of record, wanted to settle. but the pro bono lawyers were in on the negotiations and leaked the details (and some false stuff) to drudge for the purpose of prolonging the scandal.

the pro bono lawyers, called "the elves," included laura ingraham, ann coulter, george conway (kellyanne's husband) and surprise surprise deputy specual prosecutor bret kavenaugh.

" But a settlement, no matter how favorable to Jones, wouldn't have served the
political purposes of the so-called "elves," an informal group of conservative attorneys who were secretly assisting her case. At a delicate
stage, the settlement discussions could be scuttled by creating distrust
between the Clinton and Jones camps. And there was no better way to raise
tensios among the lawyers than by leaking sensitive investigative material
about the president to the press."

https://federalnewsradio.com/defense-main/2018/01/price-to-complete-dods-first-annual-audit-918-million-1200-personnel/

in a much more recent story conason explains ....

"As a prosecutor in the Office of Independent Counsel, he (kavenaugh) was among the most avid and vengeful advocates of the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He insisted that Kenneth Starr humiliate Clinton in the grand jury probing his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. But his partisan zeal may have carried him even further.

During the period leading up to impeachment, Kavanaugh was closely associated with a secretive cohort of young conservative lawyers -- known as "the elves" -- who were determined to bring Clinton down. Veteran elves who later became famous included Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and George Conway III, husband of Kellyanne."

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/will-kavanaugh-make-trump-monarch



democracy in america

is there a practical dufference between a republic and a democracy, or is self rule a concept that might me a little more complicated?

even the french estates general, the ultimate example of mob rule, consisted of representatives of the church and aristocracy as well as the commoners.

most parliamentary governments are considered democracies, but the members pf parliament are elected to represent their districts and the house of lords consists of hereditary aristocracy.

the archtype republic, rome, had a senate of hereditary patricians.

the archtype democracy, athens, was ruled by all free citizens. in practice that meant mosty those men with liesure to hang out at the acropolis instead of wotking.

at any rate, our representatives are elected democratically, blurring the distinction even more. is calling our system a "democracy" so wrong as to quibble?

is a monarchy a form of good government?

i suppose if i were a philosopher writing in 18th century europe i'd better sure as hell say so.

i suppose there is an occasional king arthur, but generally life under a monarch is, in the words of one of those 18th century philosophers, 'nasty, brutish and short.'

on edit : arthur was probably fictional, and camelot is only remembered as wonderful in comparison to the saxon and viking kings under whom the britons suffered.

hearing in dc on the status of prisoners at guantanamo

their lawyers have a right to a habeas corpus hearing, and i can't say that i want to release these guys without some kind of hearing that determines they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and became inconvenient to an afghan warlord just when the warlord could use a bounty.

16 or 17 years is a long time. is the war over? if so, release them. if not, (i think the war continues) why not hold them as prisoners of war, with humane treatment and some hope of release if the war ever ends?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/11/historic-habeas-corpus-hearing-guantanamos-dangerous-experiment-indefinite-detention

when did the usa reject democracy?

we had a little thread on this subject a few dats ago. maybe a poll will help.

delusions of grandeur - mitch landrieu 2020?

did bobby jindal get 1% in iowa or new Hampshire? i'll set that as the over/under and bet every penny on "under."


in 8 years as mayor he managed to be marginally less corrupt than c ray nagin while totally ignoring potholes the size of lunar craters. comments on this story, most from local democrats, should be enough to pull this guy back to earth.

https://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/07/mitch_landrieu_running_for_pre.html?ath=72900a56d96b18781c1a90e9bc4d2c99#cmpid=nsltr_strybutton

#walkaway, #demexit, and the ongoing party realignment

the trump party will retain the republican name and their base of evangelicals, white identity, gun fetishists, ayn rand cultists, neo confederates etc.adding what remains of non government union.

the third way party will retain the democratic name and the feminists, blacks, and Hispanic identity politics groups. they are gaining, and will continue to represent wall st and big busuness(formerly a republican strong hold), Hollywood, and plenty of of professionals and government unions.

the new left party is breaking from the democrats (rahm calls us retards and Hillary says "we don't need them.) we have several groups that will inevitably have to unite. IF we can show progress and agree upon a candidate in 2020 we can join and with a decent showing pull a lot of the democrats towards us. review the election of 1912 and the 1912 platform of the bull moose progressive party before you go all "crotchety old socialist." sure, Bernie is no teddy roosevslt. but neither is trump.

duterte will resign if god is proven to exist

i think his job is safe, at least until the next election.

most Philippinos that I know (Luzon) are catholic. on Mindanao they are Islamic. at any rate the only atheists I met are the npa, and they aren't voting for Duterte anyway. (note on the npa : they may be godless commies, but many wore crosses or religious medals. look closely at photos of cuban or Nicaraguan commies for the same startling revelation. )


https://www.apnews.com/49b58d96334b45a6b5fc007839845058
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