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Friday, February 27. 2009
"I dress for church." Englishman. So do I, most of the time.
Don't these bozos realize that trees are grown on tree farms?
The opening chord of "Hard Day's Night." It's sort of a "clang," isn't it?
Dems seek to kill DC school choice
The genetics of male superiority in chess and science.
A closer look at the Bombay slums. They are neighborhoods, really. As I recall, "urban renewal" didn't work too well in the US.
How the socialized medicine scheme will work. I don't think folks will go for it.
Welcome to anarchy. Hitchen's Battle of Beirut
OK, some links re the proposed Obama socialist, eat-the-rich budget:
I actually agree about eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. There is nothing fair or rational about it, and all it does is to drive up the price of housing. However, their just mentioning this will add to the slump in home prices. They will just tighten the deduction phase-out at the high end.
I do not particularly like the idea of eliminating charitable deductions, despite the arguments for it.
Marginal Rev had this:
Henninger: This is a radical budget:
Cap and trade is a tax on everybody. Volokh:
The Audacity of Trope at Villainous. She quotes the NYT:
From a piece on the budget at Politico:
And to sum it all up, Dick Morris:
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To put the economic/political strategies of the current regime into visual format:
Morris, as usual, nails it exactly. Must become the daily story line for all GOP leaders now, ad nauseam. All of those independents thought they were making history and this nice young man Obama would reprise those folksy fireside chats a la FDR. Ha!
GOP needs to start '10 campaign in earnest now to be sure to recapture the majorities in the House and Senate. If GOP had the majority in the House, and 60 votes in the Senate, with a couple of Blue Dog Dems, could impeachment become a real threat to The O? Perhaps enough to force him to reverse course? That's what they mean when they say "checks and balances".
No more "play nice", no more "can't we all just get along?" pleas, it is clearly going to be an all-out pitched battle to defeat these totally corrupt Democrats who are leading the country to ruin. I am absolutely certain that this is not the kind of "history" many of the 54% thought they were voting for last fall.
Did you see Jindal's response the other night?
Yes, it described the proper values. But it failed because of what you note. We are at the crossroads and now is not the time to offer even marginal assistance to the travesty that Obama is bringing.
Now is the time to slam the Democrats every day for their corruption, ethical breaches and sinister economic policies. Make them own this mess to the core.
There are so many daily examples. For the uncreative, just read the cartoons Theo posts as talking points.
Boy, I wish someone had a backbone! (Although I must admit, that any and all opposition will be met by intimidation and lies about the messenger from the Obama adminsitration. They smeared Santelli and even made references to where he lived and his wife.)
I worked with troubled teenagers for years. I earned bubkes for my efforts, and at one point I was on 24 hour direct care for five days a week with a two hour drive back from the wilds of Maine at the end of my shift.
After one harrowing week working with some tough cases I drove back home on a Sunday with just enough time to get to church for the service. I walked in wearing work boots, jeans, a tee shirt and a hunting jacket with several days growth of beard on my face. I was greeted with scowls and accusatory stares.
For years I watched the kids from this program taken to the same church and I don't recall a single person taking an interest in them or saying hello.
I don't care if you want to dress up for church, but if you have a hard time loving your neighbor because they're wearing jeans and sneakers here's a hint: The problem is yours.
The main reason I dislike church-I'd rather clean the hogpen than get dressed up. Feel closer to God out in the barn than in a place where everyone's concerned about everyone else's clothes anyway.
I don't care what others wear. I think it's respectful, myself, to show some ceremoniousness when possible. Nobody goes to a wedding in cut-off jeans.
It doesn't matter if your knees are bent if your heart is hard.
Church attire is not about fashion or expensive duds.
At Sunday worship I want to give my best,
(whatever that is)as I would at my daughter's wedding
or my mother's funeral.
I consider it an honor to worship with fellow believers,
so it's a fresh shirt for me.
If you're concerned about the gentleman in the nice
jacket & tie, or if he's freeking about your jeans & 'T'
..then maybe you're there for the wrong reason.
What's expected, when and where, goes in cycles.
I can't seem to find them cool bell-bottoms lately.
I'm not into the reverse snobbery thing. If a person is dressed to the nines or down to dirt is of little concern to me. Although I think the bible is tighter with a man who is just, wise and kind rather than one who is a dapper dresser.
The Englishman said he found it hard to love his slovenly neighbor. Well, you can dress a jackass up and comb its hair, but it's still a jackass. And nobody's going to be standing at the pearly gates saying, "But he's a good dresser..."
It's about respect, if you don't show respect to your neighbours by making an effort well I think that makes you a bit harder to love. I farm, I keep pigs, I mend machinery, my hands have ingrained dirt, my shoes may be muddy and clothes old but I try to dress the part. If I turned up in clothes that shout I don't care what anyone thinks or look at me then I would expect disapproving glances. If I turned up in torn clothes because they were the only clothes I could afford or I was fresh from work then that is a different matter.
Respect? The kids I worked with dressed up every Sunday (often in spite of their objections) and the well turned out were never there to greet them. Dressing them up didn't make them easier to love, but they were worth the effort. And it didn't matter if they were dressed in rags, they were worth the effort. Many of those kids never made it to twenty-years-of-age because they twisted and writhed enough to slip these mortal coils. There's no way to quantify how many of those who died would have been helped by a loving reception, but I like to think, for example, that perhaps some of those who are living their lives today are here because they were loved.
Jesus hung out with tax collectors and prostitutes to the horror of the respectable folks.
I don't care if people dress for church or not. I don't go anymore; I can't find enough reason to get out of bed on a Sunday morning.
That's a different point, a lot of church goers don't seem to have the basic decency to treat others as they would be treated. If the kids had dressed up don't you think fault would have been found with their choice of fabric or tailor. Not to welcome those kids is inexcusable.
I'm reminded of when I left my Oxford college where I studied alongside some of the great socialist leaders of today. The gardeners approached me to say good-bye and how sorry they would be to see me go as I was the only student who ever had stopped to pass the time of day with them..
If all are not made to feel welcome, leave !
There are many Bible believing, Bible reading ,
churches where the Spirit of God lives.
Church=BODY of people.
If one believes that God exist ...
then so does Satin, who is alive and well,
sometimes living in the hearts of men.
Some can be found in within the walls of your
building of worship.
"Beware of wolfs in sheep's clothing".
Everyone who understands markets, loves freedom and comprehends the suffocating effect of big government on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness needs to engage their circle of family members, friends, colleagues, associates and acquaintences to the degree possible.
Do the math. Roughly half the population gets it. If everyone turns one person, maybe this can be turned in 2010.
Otherwise, freedom will be sacrificed.
Not to pick on you but, "Otherwise, freedom will be sacrificed" is not a phrase that some of us will ever accept. I'll take to the streets , back alleys, and the like to physically fight what is easily a Marxist attempt at extinguishing our freedoms.
So I die fighting for what was fought for by Washington, Hamilton, Knox et. al. , hell I'll die for a good cause and in good company.
I realize many , many of our citizens have never even held a gun and cannot imagine doing any harm to another but that's ok, they can simply pass the ammo.
As Teddy Roosevely said during his "Man in the Arena " speech :
"The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he by cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of the great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength. It is war-worn Hotspur, spent with hard fighting, he of the many errors and the valiant end, over whose memory we love to linger, not over the memory of the young lord who "but for the vile guns would have been a soldier..."
Thanks, Habu. I thought your sentiment deserved a post of its own.
I prefer the descriptor “fascism” over “Marxism”. The fools aren’t agitating for worker ownership of capital, but instead a more complete form of crony capitalism. More concentration camp than commune. But that's probably a small point.
The next War for Liberty will be fought on 10,000 fronts. It isn't clear if they have us surrounded, or if we are encircling them.
You are a bore and a lunatic. Get off the blog and take your weapons with you.
Well Mr Smarty pants aren't you the pugnacious little soul. I must have missed the part where MF gave you the rights to telling people to get off the site. Freedom of speech scare you?
maybe ahem knows there is no Master-at-Arms sense
Meta has been M.I.A. .
She would remind him to mind his manners, or receive
a tongue lashing on the Poop deck, in view of all hands
Dick Morris said "jig". Can you use that word anymore without being a racist? Hate police on the way in 3, 2, 1...
I gave up that "dress for..." part of anything pretty much 16 years ago now. And I notice less people getting dressed up these days in most settings I attend, whether work, play, or "going out". Is it a bad thing? I no longer have a complete suit, just dockers and a couple of sport coats, and the sport coats have a coating of dust... I really cannot remember the last time I had one on. Probably 5 years ago, I shed over 100 ties (down to maybe 20) because I never wore them (mostly still don't. I think I wore one for my FIL's funeral 8 years ago). And do I miss it? Nope. Not one bit. Call me bohemian.... Maynard G. Krebs was right.
Hey! I love Maggies Farm and continually recommend it to anyone interested in diverse opinions. GREAT site.
BUT...these daily 'links" complicate responses and, I think, would be more beneficial if they were broken down into "topics" as I don't have the time to read through all of them before adding to the discussion. And the responses get muddled if I haven't read ALL of them.
Heh? Probably the result of getting too big for yer britches. (Just a joke). Continue on...
And to be a bit of a post whore.... I used to be into that whole "dress for success" thing. That was mostly required in the IBM era (I didn't work for IBM, but related companies emulated them somewhat). I had several suits I wore out and ruined working on data processing equipment in the '70s and was glad when the company relented and went to "business dress" (no suit jacket) to "business casual" (no tie). Later when I moved into the software analyst side of the business and TELCO support, the "business casual" was even waaaay overdressed. Try traipsing out to a remote cell site without ruining your nunn-bush wingtips, eh? And the computer doesn't care what your wearing when you are manipulating its innards from the keyboard.
So "dress up' has its place and for certain business sectors I say go for it! But if you are doing it to impress me with your cheap, second hand, $1000 Armani, let me clue you int: You wasted it on me.
OH NO--don't change the Maggie's format--it's good for me to get a boot in a new direction everyday!
Oh, no, Maggiesfarmers ... I agree with apple pie on your format. Don't change it. Every morning it's like mining for gold, finding a nugget here, a nugget there, and feeling triumphant. There's such a thing as over-organizing. It takes away the fun of discovery.
For instance, Amazon keeps reorganizing its homepage and book listings to meet various untried [and to my mind wrong] standards for luring the illiterate to read more books. Screw that. When I first began to buy books online, they had a sensible system whereby you could enter an author's name and search for all the current and backlisted books he/she had written. But oh no. That was too logical and sensible. Now, you enter an author's name and all sorts of other author's works pop up in the listing because some idiot programmer thinks you ought to be interested in them. Well, I'm not. Interested that is. What I am is annoyed. And the so-called "fog index" has gone up by more than 90%.
So, dear Maggiesfarmers, keep your "links listing" just the way it is. Strike a blow for individuality and sensibility. They're in short supply these days.