Look at this silliness.

Civil War re-enactment a 'hobby' to many, a way of life for some (via NewsWorks)

June 27, 2013 By┬áPeter Crimmins, @petercrimmins When you spend a third of your annual income, and take all the time you take doing the re-enactments as vacation time, and you’re as crazy as I am to move where you died 150 years ago, it’s more than…

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Dear American voter,


You hate me. You hate my children. You hate my country.

And I hate you.

And I hate the country you apparently want to build.

I hope you fail. Even if you drag the last, best hope of earth down with you – I hope you fail. And I hope you suffer acutely the pain of your failure.

I quit. I don’t care any more. I will cope with this world you’re building as long as I can and when I can no longer deal with the constant strain and uncertainty I’ll get out.

Enjoy your impending doom.

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Today is election day. As always, THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME! Silly, but I suspect it may actually be true today.

Today we find out whether the American People regret the mistake they made in 2008 or whether they actually intended to dissolve the United States of America as embodied in the Constitution and create something different.

This election, more than most, is a clear choice: One side advocates for equality of outcome, the other side for equality of opportunity. One side believes that the charter of government is to make sure “all men are . . . equal.” There ought to be a chicken in every pot, a roof over everyone’s head, everyone making $60,000 a year with good benefits, everyone able to retire at 65 with a good income and their needs taken care of. It sounds lovely.

The other side – my side – believes that as Lincoln says “all men [should have] an equal chance.” I believe in opportunity without boundaries, good education according to needs of the child and community, the ability for mothers and fathers to decide for themselves how best to prepare their children for the future. I want to be able to prepare for my own retirement, pay for my own roof over my head and earn my chicken – and the pot – by the sweat of my brow. Level the playing field, yes, but only so we all have the chance to run as far and as fast as we can without impediment.

Does this mean there will be winners and losers? Of course, but there will always be winners and losers. That’s human nature. Harness the desire to be a winner by incentivizing winning and make it so the struggle to win will better everyone’s lives. Allow people to build a better phone to get rich and we’ll all end up with mind-bogglingly powerful, always connected communication devices in our pockets for less than the cost of a television. Demand that the rich live in a modest ranch house in suburbia with no more meat on their table than their neighbor and what’s the point of building a better phone for all of us? We’re all going to end up the same, why bother?

Today I proudly voted for equality of opportunity: everyone has a chance to play, nobody picks winners or losers and nobody builds stumbling blocks to progress. We’re all in it together, yes. And the best way to get us all to work a little harder is to offer greater rewards for our hard work.

I hope that November 6, 2012 will not prove to be the day that the United States confirmed its decision to dissolve itself. I expect it to be a new beginning.

Not that my vote counts. I live in New Jersey.

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Not content to merely suggest that towns reschedule their planned activities – perfectly in keeping with a State of Emergency – the Governor of the People’s Republic of New Jersey found it within his august powers to reschedule an entire holiday. Henceforth in New Jersey, Halloween 2012 will fall on November 5th, not October 31st as tradition and history suggest.

Reminds me of the Pope cancelling 10 days in 1582, or the King of England finally catching up with the rest of the world by cancelling 11 days in 1752.

Politicians seem to think they’re gods. I hope he gets his big fat can kicked around a bit for this one. What will they do with Guy Fawkes Day?

I have a suggestion for commemoration.

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One-Hundred Fifty years ago today – October 10, 1862 – Confederate cavalry pounded across the Potomac and raised hell in my hometown of Mercersburg, PA.

I suppose they didn’t give it more hell because they knew the debt their odious cause owed to a son of Mercersburg, that traitorous hound James Buchanan.

Like the no-account, dirty, horse-thieves they were they stole some horses, stole some shoes, stole a map and stole a few people. I expect they stole the lunch they enjoyed at Bridgeside but I can’t find any evidence.

As quickly as they had come, they left for St. Thomas and Chambersburg looting as they went.

Secesh would visit town again the next year and, presumably, the year after that. Funny how little Mercersburg would turn out to be such a crossroads of the war.

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