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, March 16. 2009
More snow tonight here. Where's that warming they keep promising?
Sex in church in Alabama. Makes sense to me.
Famous war criminal to visit Canada
Dramatic advances sweep Iraq. (h/t, Insty)
Victimology 101 at Yale
Management 101 at Sippican
AIG defends their bonus compensation. Bonuses are how these folks get paid. Not their salaries. Same way with me. My salary is pin money. My bonus is what I get paid for working hard. No bonus means it's your time to leave because you aren't adding enough value to the enterprise. A job is not an entitlement.
Also related: The College of Social Change
How is Roubini investing?
How a college defines hate. Idiots.
Paging Dr. Obama: Looking forward to government-run health care. If anbody imagines that the gummint will offer more, better, cheaper, they are dreaming. Gummint will offer controls and rationing of medicines and procedures, way beyond what any "evil insurance company" would do. You can count on it, because they are already saying so.
Related, a quote from Dr. Bob:
The joke is on our kids. (I have no kids, yet. No wife, either, yet: she will need to be lovely, sweet, serene, sexy, competent, smart, outdoorsy, vigorous, and devoted to me despite my flaws - and interested in everything.)
Related: Administration not Socialist enough, at Jules
Related: The Obama team decides to take control of the Capitol. Don't I recall that "one-party rule" was a bad thing? Never mind.
Who is my neighbor?, posted here at Maggie's.
If it's just a symbol, the heck with it. Anchoress
Facebook? Pointless. Twitter? Pointless. No doubt.
Kaus: Is this Admin too preoccupied with morals? Doesn't strike me that way. At all.
Bumpersticker below from Theo:
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Facebook is largely pointless. I say "largely" because it played a key role in reuniting my biological father and I forty-eight years after we had last seen each other. This has all played out within the past month, so the jury is still out on whether or not this is a good thing, though it certainly has been interesting.
Twitter is completely pointless. Nobody would ever even proffer such an opinion about Maggie's Farm.
Good luck with that, D. I can't imagine anything more pitfalled and boobytrapped --family being about emotion and emotion being such a complete fool. Lovable, often enough, but a fool.
Oh boy here we go: Seen a couple of nights ago on the Seattle PBS station. One of our local "hosts (ess?)" was interviewing four women mostly middle aged--all white--some plain, and some plain ugly. I think all if not all most were single. The topic was what do you ask? The subject of joyous conversation was ACORN. How these women had tried to save their homes (all had very bad mortgages created by men who were victimizing them). When they could not get through to the people at their banks, or at the consulting services to re-write the loans--they called ACORN. Yes, indeed ladies and gentlemen ACORN helped these women. They sat down with them face to face and confronted their bankers and forced a re-write of their home mortgages! ACORN saved these women! Isn't ACORN wonderful (and see it's not just for people of color like you thought it was right?) DAMN I hate object lessons! Most specifically when handed out on my tax dollars (PBS) to me, during my entertainment hours on my tv set, in my home by a socialist Mexican/gay immigrant and a bunch of whining single uglies!
I feel about Facebook and Twitter as I do about scratching myself when I'm not really feeling an itch, it can be amusing but there's no real purpose. Having said that, I acknowledge there are those who find great pleasure in both of these social media and I don't begrudge that at all.
I opened a Facebook account to stay connected with family in what passes as a virtual community setting. I too have found long lost relations in the process, though overall, the app leaves me feeling cold and strangely disconnected.
I'm reading books about the marketing value of social media, of which one is specifically devoted to Twitter. I'll see where that goes, but if for no other reason the popularity of apps like Twitter is interesting as a social phenomenon in the same way the Macarena dance was interesting--pointless, but interesting.
I think blogs are much more purposeful.
One might add to Theo's bumper-sticker : pays taxes, and believes in Peace, through superior firepower.
NJ, I wish you luck in finding your Helen of Troy. As much as I make fun of my wife, I'm the one with all the issues, but I think everyone that posts here knows that already.
On a brighter note: we have the new secretary upping the cost of farm workers wages. Oh dear--I suppose soon they too will be making the $75.00/hour that some unskilled union workers have been making in other successful industries -- ya think? To read more:
"she will need to be lovely, sweet, serene, sexy, competent, smart, outdoorsy, vigorous, and devoted to me despite my flaws - and interested in everything"
If you get two of the above you're lucky. Three and you've hit the jackpot. As to your flaws - you have absolutely no conception of how many you have, but she'll sure let you know.
A smart woman caresses those flaws into virtues. I don't understand women who don't get this.
Not all women are as insightful or as talented as you are.
I like Facebook because you can control it and make it what you want. I only have about 25 friends, and it's fun. I don't understand people who want 653 friends. I never post the daily 'what am I doing' thing and get bored seeing how bored others are with their postings, but it is fun to put up hilarious pictures and text. I belong to the Ayn Rand Fan Club and "I flip my pillow to the cold side" club. That's it. No applications. I send hams or a bull for presents.
Twitter blows my mind. The name 'twitter' is bad enough, but to willingly become a 'follower' is too much, though I know bloggers use it to get instant information.
I know too many twits....and I avoid them mostly. I avoided MYSPACE on matter of principal, but broke down and joined FACEBOOK....because my youngest (27yo) son accused me, ME! of all people (with the 5 computer home network, who my kids call for computer advice, who is a tech consultant by trade, who has been doing computers and IT for 30+ years), of being a Luddite. sigh... kids! I have friends who chronicle their life in facebook...for what? Attention? Mental m*sturbation? Why? (And darn, none of my former girlfriends are on facebook either. drat!) (or CLASSMATES, or PLAXO, or AOL-IM)
Well, at least my oldest boy posts pictures of the grandsons so I can vicariously experience their development. So there is an upside after all.
Good for you JoeC... finding the silver in the cloud.