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.
ELISABETH EAVES:Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Recession!Yeah, a recession can be nice if you’ve got steady income. And, of course, a recession under President Obama is surely a good thing for America and Americans! Under Bush it would have been a disaster of Steinbeckian proportions, but under Obama it’s a“purifying fire!”
I'm glad Frum debunked Levin's Liberty and Tyranny. Maybe he can get around to debunking Hayek's Constitution of Liberty, and Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative next, and if we're lucky, he'll take out Russel Kirk's entire body of work, and kick God and Man at Yale in the ass on his way out the door. Only when all vestiges of conservatism are stamped out will conservatism be acceptable to... um... the people Frum wants it to be acceptable to. Liberals, I think it what that mean old Mark Levin would call them...
I used to think Frum was a bit of a self-worshipper who had a bit on the ball. Now I realize that he's a guy who is intent on making his living as the token conservative beloved by liberals, who only ever has bad things to say about all other conservatives. I think the old people used to call folks like that "liberals."
I've read Levin's book. It's okay. I'd spend the money on Bagehot instead, if I had to choose.
re Frum: Frum lost my respect a few years back when NRO had a book about Muslims, written by a priest in 1931, listed in their bookstore. CARE got wind of it and ordered the book pulled, and Frum had it pulled immediately.
buddy ... Maggies disappeared from my universe too, for awhile, and boy did I miss it, and all of its courteous and kindly commenters. Must be something about the air in Texas. My problem, it seems, was a lightning strike on the comcast box on the pole, which made a big hole which filled up with water. The lightning crawled along the wires to the router in my husband's office and fried some of the connections.
Thanks to all my friends on maggiesfarm, and my kindly computer guy, it seems to be fixed now. I've been negotiating with The Almighty not to send any more lightning strikes or hurricanes our way for awhile, but results of the negotiation are iffy at best.
My husband went down to the Galveston Bay shore, and to Galveston itself on a photo shoot last week, and the devastation down there is still appalling. Parts of Galveston Island were wiped clean of quite large and handsome houses, which the city and the state say will not be replaced. The Bolivar peninsula was scraped down to the ground, of dwellings and multi-story buildings. This was a Big One, as Redd Foxx used to say on his TV show. Let's hope Mother Nature will give us a "bye" on hurricanes for the next few years. And that Maggies' spam filter doesn't decide to filter us out for some politically correct notion of its own.