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Friday, June 19. 2009
Got rain? Man, have we had rain. Great for our new transplants. We are working on an ark as I type. No doubt global warming is causing the cooling and rain.
Why Waterloo is important to us all. Jules
Pure reasonableness re Iran. Tiger. Proof that these intertubes need not always be an emotional vomitorium.
Also reasonable: Get off the O's garden. Fake or not, gardens are good. Rich folks like the Os can afford instant gardens - but we pay the bills for them. Thus it's your garden too, in a government sort of way. Ask for a tomato.
And also reasonable: AVI speaks on on Health Care
Let's discuss medical insurance. No, says ABC and the WH. I guess it's settled science.
Why higher ed is stuck in the middle ages
Here's a dumb lawsuit for ya. Althouse
Rural Dems have beefs with the O. Of course they do. He doesn't know any of
"I'll never trust a man again." Good idea. We are all Evil. Barely human.
Related, from Dr. C:
We sure do. Once their goals were accomplished, they were coopted by the loonies. Like this one.
Via No Pasaran:
A primary reason America is "waiting" and "watching" and "monitoring" while Iranians are beaten in the streets of Tehran is that the country is led by the left.
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I posted this comment on the gardening entry with the Anchoress - sums up my opinion on this challenging issue.
Pardon my Klatchian, but gardens suck. For three years, in the middle of farm country, I tried and tried and tried to raise some veggies on my own – worked on it every day, weeded, tended, cultivated – spent an unbelievable amount of money of this tool and that gizmo, fertilizer, books, seeds – tried this advice and that comment – nada, zip, zero, nuttin’. I did manage to grow zucchini – about forty tons of it – but then any idiot can grow zucchini (or so I’ve been told).
Tomatos never became large and red – then I discovered that plum tomatos don’t become large and red – it’s a tomato, what the heck? Don’t even get me started on corn – three varieties in six rows thirty feet long – four ears and they were uneatable. Radishes, lettuce, carrots – pah – took forever to grow and never did get anything worth eating out of it.
It dawned on me after my third year of torture, pain and suffering that I live in farm country. My lovely and long suffering wife’s need to can and preserve fruits and veggies could easily be satisfied by walking down the street and purchasing veggies in bulk from the farm stands that surround my home. Fruit? Hah – I live one mile from the largest orchard in NE CT and not only that, but the owner is a good friend and fellow fire department volunteer. All those fruit trees I planted and received nothing from burned nicely in my fireplace.
You can have gardens – that’s why the Good Lord invented farming for pete’s sake – support your local farmer that’s what I say.
Gardens – pah.
BD, lots of rain in Cowhampshire. No summer, early April weather in mid June. Got lot of piles worrying about work, can't work when it rains.
OT have you heard or read an news on the two Japs with 138 billion in fake, or real U.S- T bonds? Our government run media/crime syndicate doesn't seem to care.
That makes these two guys walking around with suitcases our 4th biggest creditor. . . . Well at least they didn't shove them in their pants and socks like Sandy Burglar.
I'll never stop being a feminist, even though I'm not abortion-loving, man-hating, or a butch lesbian. I do sometimes resent children, within reason, and I'm big-mouthed. And a Republican. For me, feminism is part and parcel of my conservative insistence on personal responsibility and the need to treat all citizens as adults.
I don't believe a smart woman needs to identify with a shrieking group of harpies or to adopt an ethos that makes men dislike her.
A smart women doesn't like labels, doesn't need labels, and for sure doesn't need a bunch of whiny women defining her. An independent woman with brains and some class can get anything she wants.
Your last sentence is right on, Texan99.
Meta and Marianne,
I agree. I grew up with both a strong willed, exceptionally smart mother and gifted older sisters. Some of the best "arguments" for any number of topics came from these talented women.
What has always impressed me is their ability to think for themselves. It was not about dogma, labels or fitting in with a group. You had to be able to express and defend your ideas on the merits of those ideas. Sometimes you prevailed and other times you did not.
One thing for sure was always the case. You learned something - even if it was from a mouthful of feathers.
We still discuss and debate ideas. It is a wonderful thing.
True feminism is something far different than what has become the feminist movement. I hope you agree.
BD. No more pictures of your yard. I looked at the last picture and noted all the grass was the same. Sibling Grass. I've always gone for Diversity Grass: Green is Good. So, anyways, after noting your pretty lawn, I went to Lowe's and bought some high-priced Scott's Turf Builder. I asked the Pakistani at the register if it was worth the price, and he said, 'Oh yes. All the builders use it.' I bought enough to do my dog yard, 50' x 50' and went home and sprinkled it among the turds that I hadn't 'Jet' hosed into oblivion and felt good. My yard will look like BD's. The other two acres had to wait. I'm impatient and want things to grow overnight, and I'll stand out and water and 'will' things to grow. It never works. Except for this time. I went out the next morning, and half the little yard was dead. Dead. As a doornail. I expected lush grass, and my nice, grumbolie-fertilized Diversity Grass had kicked the bucket big time. I had picked up a bag of fertilizer GAHRONTEED to kill weeds as it fertilizes. I thought I'd bought grass seed. I have since been seeding and watering and willing my dog yard back to its former state of peeu-but-green, and I am tired. Except.. good news - I have grass shoots everywhere wiggling without weeds. Too bad it's a completely different color green than what I had before. That's okay. Green is green. Now if I could just will my push mower to quit skipping, I'd be happy. I stare at the engine, like I do all engines, and will it to work. I think I have lost my will power.
Meta ... Your post on "feminism" above is a classic.. "I don't believe a smart woman needs to identify with a shrieking group of harpies ... A smart woman doesn't like labels, doesn't need labels...An independent woman with brains and some class can get anything she wants." Or, if it turns out she can't get it, she finds out she didn't want it anyway.
Works for me.
Barrett ... Your mother and sisters sound like women I would truly enjoy. I had been wondering about you, since you show an unusual ability to avoid cliche thinking and go for the heart of the matter. Now I would guess it is ingrained and at least partially due to the group of unusual women you grew up with.
Lucky you. Congratulations.
Marianne - Everything you said about Barrett plus this: He has an extraordinary ability to compromise gracefully without giving up his standards. Add to that an easy willingness to engage an opposing viewpoint by listening. Bravo to that gift.
I can see from his short biography where he got that grace. Those women made him a fine catch for some lucky new woman.
Thanks. I am a fortunate person.
And, yes, you would like my Mom and sisters.
By the way, my Dad is as terrific as they are and it is Father's Day tomorrow.