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.
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Monday, December 29. 2008
I looked through our ABC Carpet link and found the rug in the photo. A Caucasian Kazak, my favorite "brand." Readers, buy it for me! It would add beauty to my life.
Malthus, Scrooge, and others.
Lionel Tiger on bonobos and utopia
What the heck is this "ranked choice voting" all about?
Most embarassing global warming claims of 2008
Cigarettes are sublime. Too true.
Harold Pinter hated us.
Quoted at Big Lizards:
The State is our shepherd
Jeb Bush? Why not?
Why we need newspapers. Surber. I agree. Just the facts, please.
A final look at Barack, The Magic Negro
From New England Repub:
From Andy McCarthy:
Sowell, via Betsy:
George Bush, The Great Liberator. I'm down with that. Good man, lousy pol.
Quoted at American Digest:
Reality will grow him up, as it does with all of us. He has had a charmed life thus far, in many ways.
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NJ, and BD. Those are beautiful rugs. Would love to be in a position to get you each one. There's no way they are going to lay on a floor, and have them walked on. Especially at those prices. Hanging them on walls, are where they belong.
Are the Palestinians educable? What a question. Of course they are as the legacy of hatred for the Jews continues generation after generation. It's not part of their DNA, so someone had to teach them.
I wonder if people can be educated not to care where others put their peepees. No sanctioned marriage and don't make me look at public displays of affection and let's move on.
Nothing like being rich to keep people from telling you you sound like a retarded Valley Girl, Caroline. Ya know?
Re: Malthus. The linked commentary would seem to include the Global Warming true believers.
Jeb Bush? Why Not? There may be many reasons why not. If he thinks that immigration of Arabs and Hispanics is good for America, if he wants to out--spend the Democrat party, if he doesn't want to make substantial cuts in governmental spending, if he thinks Islam is the religion of peace, if he doesn't want English to be our language, if he isn't willing to take on the dysfunctional colleges and universities and make them accountable instead of remaining instruments of indoctrination, and if he doesn't want to take back and defend our American culture, we don't need him or want him.
The government has little say in what happens on college and university campuses, and it's unrealistic to expect the government to interfere. "...instruments of indoctrination,..." is too strong to use when not all professors 'indoctrinate' and not all classes are suitable for such. If the parents have not prepared their college-bound kid for the liberalism he will face and explain exactly what it is, the graduate will learn the hard way after he leaves school that somewhere in the middle is reality.
I sure do agree with everything else you said, Thalpy - especially about cutting off immigration for certain groups.
Ranked Choice Voting: Looking at their web site check out the list of other places that use this. All are ultraliberal areas of CA, VT etc.
What is it that bothers the left about winner take all and other simple voting schemes? I do know that they want proportional voting and other Euro voting schemes to increase the clout of very small very left groups.
The question posited above about where one can find and/or train man-children to be men has a classic answer. Require them to do at least one year's service in the military, as the Swiss do with their youths. IIRC, the year's service is to be given at the 18th year, that time of maximum "testosterone poisoning" for young men, bless their hearts. If the young men are not directed to disciplined, traditional activities at that point, we see a lot of what has happened to Mr. O -- selection of bad companions, constant, narcissistic self-examination resulting in two [count'em, two] autobiographies by the time he is 45 or so, one job [count it, one] as a foot soldier in a corrupt political machine. What we used to call this is general messing around and messing up, with concomitant guilty feelings and defensiveness.
Let me apologize in advance to all the manly men who read this site. I of course am not talking about you guys. I admire you for your toughness and compassion. It's the overage children I'm criticizing. We have always had them with us. And a disciplined and challenging life usually straightens out the good ones. It's the wusses I dislike.
Marianne, who's a little cranky this morning.
Could not agree more, Marianne. There are several countries, Israel for one, that require mandatory civil/military service right after high school graduation. It's exactly what we need.
It is an awesome rug!
If you are interested, we just got back in mid December from filming Barry O'Connell of SpongoBongo speaking on his Ethnolinguistic Examination of Caucasian rugs at the Washington DC textile museum. It was very interesting.
A good portion of this lecture included information specifically about Kazak Rugs. If you have the time, it's absolutely worth the watch, it's divided into 7 parts.
I was led here from strike-the-root.com but I doubt that I'll return. Just a couple of comments: there was no "Al Quaeda in Iraq" before the US invasion. GWB himself said at a press conference, in reply to the question "what did 911 have to do with Iraq?" his answer was "nothing."