Why don’t we try staying home?

Always traveling, never home
Always traveling, never home

So-and-so is just back from Nova Scotia and is about to meet his or her children in Spain before going off the Galapagos to swim with the turtles.

Many a Facebook feed contains this kind of personal narrative.  The most valuable Experiences, circa 2015, seem to revolve around traveling long distances at great expense.

Let us reconsider.

WHY DON’T WE TRY STAYING HOME?

 

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You meet the sexiest bots on Ashley Madison

You can meet a lot of lovely bots on Ashley Madison
Ashley Madison. She’s not real, guys.

Who would think that Ashley Madison was . . .

a. secure from hacking?

b. populated by real wives looking for action?

c. run by sophisticated business people?

The Ashley Madison story shows that many people don’t understand the dangers of the Web. They think they can do the ski jump when they belong on the bunny slope.

 

INNOCENTS ONLINE WITH ASHLEY MADISON

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Feds should not subsidize building in flood plains, either

Some have questioned, and with good reason, my notion that the federal government shouldn’t be protecting, and rebuilding, houses put in fire-prone zones.

What about Superstorm Sandy and all that help directed to the East Coast, fixing up what Mother Nature would inevitably have attacked?

Mantoloking, New Jersey, after Superstorm Sandy
Mantoloking, New Jersey, after Superstorm Sandy

Same answer. Let property owners assume the risk.

Trying for consistency here.

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Cabinet Mountains, lost in the wildfire smoke

Ted Wert from Sagle, Idaho, writes:

I’m sending you a picture of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, our fabulous large lake in north Idaho – almost 1200 feet deep in places.  Normally you would be looking at the Cabinet Mountains, which act as the border between Idaho and Montana, as well as the delta for the Clark Fork River, and above it the 8000 foot Scotsman’s peak.  Trust me, this isn’t fog you’re looking at, and it’s been like this for weeks.

Here it is:

Cabinet Mountains
Cabinet Mountains, lost in the wildfire smoke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My take on fighting wildfires:

WILDFIRES ARE GROWING, AND SO IS THE COST TO TAXPAYERS

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Right-wing big mouths also made Trump

So Erick Erickson of Red State has suddenly become a statesman — he who penned such genteel posts as “Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the Media’s Back?”

Excitable fellows
Excitable fellows

Erickson famously rescinded Trump’s invitation to his candidate debate, reportedly because of the ungentlemanly things Donald had said about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

Now EJ Dionne offers an Erickson quote to the effect that the GOP created the Trump phenomenon by not keeping its promises to conservatives.

Actually, it was the likes of Erick Erickson that made the likes of Trump possible.

The GOP Right Provided Trump’s Warmup Act

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Train heroes make all Americans proud

Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos August 21, 2015 when a gunman opened fire. Along with two others -- a French national and a Briton -- they charged, tackled and subdued him, officials said. Photo of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone.
Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler

Several conservative websites are featuring my latest column, Heroism, American-Style.

I like that.

I also wish more of us on the progressive side would express our love of country and of countrymen out loud. It’s in our hearts, but too many — so engrossed in their critiques — seem to think saying it is not cool.

 

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Liberals can be libertarians too

It’s hard to find a high horse these days with so many of the good steeds commandeered by the enforcers of nutritional purity.

The latest target is Coca-Cola and its campaign to put its product — especially its smaller mini-can — in the context of an otherwise healthy diet.

Yes, many American consume way too much sugar.

Yes, Coke is promoting its product.

But no, the company isn’t spreading falsehoods.  The New York Times editorial writers need to read more carefully.

And no, sugar isn’t addictive like cocaine and heroin. An otherwise healthy person can use it in moderation.

Big Coke and mini Coke.
Big Coke and mini Coke.

As one with progressive tendencies, it pains me to see self-described liberals promote junk science about anything, including food.

It’s also sad to see them propose sin taxes on the products they don’t use — taxes that extract money mainly from low-income Americans.

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Bernie’s race problem

BernieLet’s discuss the shut-down of a Bernie Sanders rally by activists purporting to represent Black Lives Matter. I regard the two women in Seattle as publicity hounds who saw the event — overwhelmingly populated by white liberals unsure whether to fight back — as an easy mark.

Let me also say right off that I like Bernie Sanders.  I enjoy seeing him on the talk shows, arguing that the interests of ordinary working people deserve greater consideration in Washington. Bernie makes a great presentation.

But some liberal friends complained that I slammed him unfairly in a recent column. It lead with

Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of Vermont — the whitest state in the nation.

One reader asked whether I thought Bernie had been part of white flight. I said that I didn’t see his departure as racist in intent, not at all, but yes, there was white flight in the 1960s by radicals unable to deal with …

Now states should ban all specialty plates

Good that the Supreme Court says Texas can reject a specialty license plate bearing the Confederate flag.

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Time for all states to stop selling the right to advertise one’s views on an official “document.” That would include saving the manatees (Florida), a noble cause to which I subscribe.

I broached this subject a few months back in

LICENSE PLATES ARE NOT BUMPER STICKERS

 

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Angry at Obamacare, Angrier Without It

Republicans have this political dilemma.  If the Supreme Court rules against subsidies for the federal health exchanges, eight million Americans will lose their health coverage.  (Six million of the eight are getting help paying for their insurance.)

Health coverage is a good thing
Health coverage is a good thing

 

This would not affect the state exchanges, but most Republican states refused to set their own exchanges, letting the feds do the work.

SO, the folks at risk of losing their coverage are the Republicans’ folks.

If the justices strike down the subsidies, the GOP will find that the people it’s been making angry at Obamacare are going to be angrier without it

THE DILEMMA: ANGRY AT MEDICARE, ANGRIER WITHOUT IT

 

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