“If this was a company that set up an unauthorised trailer park without planning permission, I imagine the row would be demanding the local council went the other way. Why should "travellers" be allowed to illegally profit from common land?
“Of course it is not the government's job. It is also not their job to tell us whether to eat trans-fats, or what to smoke or how many units of alcohol to drink. Doesn't stop them from doing it. Do-gooders can always come up with a rationalization for government acting as if they are smarter than those who elect them. If you do not oppose ALL of this, eventually they come around to telling you to do something that you don't like. Then your position is weak: where were you when they were telling others to do things that they didn't like being told about.
“I think the judge may have taken the other, more serious crimes into consideration when imposing the sentence. This kid was NOT being being put into care for nicking a trash can, he was being put into care because of a pattern of thug-like behaviour. Eleven years old is a good time to try to save him, before he he becomes irredeemable.
“"Indeed, from unemployment, to housing, to poverty, to schools, to our crumbling infrastructure..."
You are right about all but one of these measures: poverty. American has almost no poverty - our poor are wealthy by world standards: If you get more than $1000 per year, you are among the richest 50% If you have a television, you are among the richest 20% If you own a car, you are among the richest 10 percent in the world.k
Commented Aug 27, 2011 at 19:50:19 in Latino Voices
“Did nothing wrong? Broke our immigration laws and jumped the queue ahead of other aspiring legal immigrants and lied on her college application. Still Yale gave her $60K and other Americans gave her a whole lot more. Most US citizens and legal immigrants do not get that. I fail to see what she is whining about. Instead of being thankful and building an international career, she seems to think we owe her even more.
“This is all racist drivel. The alternative is to say that no black or hispanic may ever play a white role. No Shakespeare (except Othello), no Opera (except Othello). No non-Italian may ever act in Roman or Mafia epics, except as bit players. Etc. Just plain stupid.
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.