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, January 12. 2009
Photo on right from Denver. Denver?
Jonah with the New Deal Re-revisited, plus a nifty video: NRO
Climate Change Warning: 30 below (F). Going to be cold as hell in the Northeast this week, and I am planning to be skiing in VT this weekend now that hunting is like totally over.
I'm gonna try to nullify my life. It's about addictions.
Supremes to hear reverse discrimination case
Relativism: Paving the Road to Radicalism. Like we always say.
A new flight from California?
One for the record book. Feds admit error after destroying a guy's life for years - David Stockman. Usually they can at least find that you picked your nose in public in 1997, and send you up the river for a few years. Besides private jets, money can also get you effective lawyers - and justice.
I think any version of utopianism is psychotically delusional, but I'd love to give life a try with gummint's boot off my neck. At the least, I'd like to be able to light up a Cuban in a pub, and I'd be willing to let them pick my pocket a little bit for their vote-buying schemes.
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It was colder 'an a well-digger's arse in Stowe on Saturday. Crystal clear, though. You could see Mt. Washington from Mt. Mansfield. That's about 120 miles. Fabulous. Just fabulous.
It's currently -18 here in the upper great plains, and it's headed your way at about 45 mph. And we're bracing for another Alberta Clipper tonight with 3" of snow, 40-50 mph, and -28. The 0ne isn't even inaugurated, and he's already stopped global warming.
I miss our trips to Stowe. Kids grew older, etc. Plus it became more crowded on weekends.
The Extinction Theory of Scientific Progress.
Great article by AJ. I love that stuff. He sure knows a lot about a lot.
Yes, we do have our share of useful idiots in Denver, too.
and they come from California! Darn....time to leave Colorado.
The contradiction of that Don't Hate/We will never accept the Israeli state is both infuriating and heartbreaking.
I didn't know you commented on that student thread because the numbers aren't matching for me. I didn't mean to ignore you...just left you a note.
Thank you. I don't fully disagree with what you are saying, but think we are speaking about slightly different things. The academics I know do indeed like teaching and the general lot of humanity. But they have cultural" tells," which give away their disapproval of others' hobbies, religious practices, tastes, and ways of making money - not things of moral value, but otherwise innocent - merely culturally different. I am admittedly oversensitive to these now, but still do not shrink back from the claim that they are ubiquitous. My pool of academics is from St. Anselm's, Dartmouth, Smith, UNH, and Franklin Pierce Law School - a very New England batch and thus perhaps not representative.
I thought last night that I had no idea where you are from and that that might make the difference in what each of us sees on this subject. I am in Virginia and have taught here at the secondary and college level. I have also been taught by local university professors here. I was surrounded by academic life in high school as my father was a professor at St. Lawrence University in northern New York. I went to a small, private girls' college in SC. I am a member of the University of Virginia's chapter of the Washington Secular Humanist Society whose ranks are filled mostly by professors. (I joined to hear the speakers, not because of the ideology.)
I would venture to say you are in an elite area that validates your observations. I have not seen what you describe, but I sure can't decry the specifics you describe as being a part of any group made up of highly educated people. It may be a question of which group hides it better behind the mantle of upbringing and good manners, but I don't know. I believe it to actually be a matter of good taste and fine upbringing that sees haughtiness as low class behavior.
Check out Zombietime if you think you can stand it. He has photographs of the rally in San Francisco. It is so disgusting. It's sickening to see how many morons there are in this country.
Student auctions off virginity for offers of more than £2.5 million — A student who is auctioning her virginity to pay for a masters degree in Family and Marriage therapy has seen bidding hit £2.5million ($3.7m). — Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand …
Wow. I'm going to self-rejuvenate my virginity and go on a cruise. ha.. Check out what's she's getting her MA in.
(I found this on Memeorandum.)
In today's economy we have to be pretty resourceful with our work. I'm doing fabulous with my runway work. I just walk down the cat walk , and all the gays, trans, and bi's go crazy! I have my scarves on, along with my leather pants.
You would be amazed at the money these wackos throw at me. I need some more scarves. Go on a cruise. Try to find an old geezer with one foot in the grave, and the other foot on a banana peel. Make sure your name is on his will.
You big prima donna!! : )
Jappy, Most Right Knight of the Crossed Ewes,
Why do you need more scarves? Is there a dearth of princesses or do they all have herpes? Stay away from them, indeed! Perhaps perchance, thou could give up thye mount and take to break dancing with a hip-hop side-step. I am sure the younger princesses will throw their panties at you. They have not earned their scarves yet though they are most buxom and luscious. That's why they don't get to go to the jousts for fear their presence will usurp possibilities for the older maidens. Those scarfless squeezies are just the thing so lie down on your head and spin and shout dirty words. Oh, and get the cobbler to make you some Nikes.
Ohh, jappy ... in this grim world, you do cheer me up! Leather pants, eh? What a vision. What do you do with the scarves, by the way? Are they chiffon, or wool?
If you're going on a cruise, try Jamaica. It's gorgeous in an Old Brit kind of way, and Ian Fleming's somewhat rickety estate, Golden Eye, is there. Maybe the caretakers can give you some scarf tips. We visited Jamaica for a week back in the early 1970s, to write a book on the energy crisis for one of the gummint agencies [yes, there was an energy crisis way back then]. Finished the book in a week. Didn't get much sightseeing done, but it was primo nonetheless. Put it on your to-do list for when your million-dollar stimulus package comes in the mail.
And send us pictures!