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.
“Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” from the same director who did such a fine job on Hank Greenberg.That’s how I grew up.I laugh at myself now with my boys, as sometimes I’ve become my mother, even chasing them down the street with a bagel, “Ess, ess mein kind” ringing in my mind, but it also fondly reminds me how much I loved them and learned from their caring and decency for all. Gertrude Berg shared that caring and decency with all of America.
Aye, Aye Captain
Sammy Goldberg made it big in business, and the first thing he did was to go out and buy a very big yacht. The second thing he did was to invite his mother on board so that she could see him in all his glory. He met her in a lovely uniform he’d designed himself, complete with stripes on the sleeves, gold buttons and captain’s hat.
As his mother boarded, Sammy said to her, “Look at me, Ma. I’m a captain!”
To which his mother replied: “Sammy, by me you’re a captain and by you you’re a captain. But tell me, by captains are you a captain?”
The NY Times Economix blog offers us the above graph, showing that kids from higher income families get higher average SAT scores….
The key omitted variable here is parents' IQ. Smart parents make more money and pass those good genes on to their offspring. Suppose we were to graph average SAT scores by the number of bathrooms a student has in his or her family home. That curve would also likely slope upward. (After all, people with more money buy larger homes with more bathrooms.) But it would be a mistake to conclude that installing an extra toilet raises yours kids' SAT scores.
UAE dimes out North Korea-Iran arms shipment.Axis of evil, anyone?
No wonder we have nothing to fear.Senator Dodd won’t let anyone know what’s in his Health, Education, Labor and PensionsCommittee’s health bill.Get it?If you don’t know what’s in it, you have nothing to fear.
Great news! Charges against LtCol Chessani will stay dismissed.I wrote frequently analyzing the Haditha charges, evidence, and excesses of lawfare and judgment before trial, some of my columns appearing here where you can find many other details. Semper Fidelis, LtCol Chessani.
Let’s hear it for the girls! My local 12-and-under girls won the softball World Series.--Saturday noon EST is the Little League International World Series championship game (Taiwan vs Mexico), followed by the US teams (my local Chula Vista vs Texas) batting it out for their championship.Great games to watch. Champs will play each other Sunday for top honors.High honors, actually, goes to every player on every team.
Reading"The Arabian Nights" is like visiting a medieval lending library. Stories are embedded within stories like Russian dolls, encompassing every narrative genre from instructive fable to swashbuckling adventure to diaphanously veiled pornography.
Remember the very capable general, Russell Honore, who told reporters about Katrina they’re “stuck on stupid”? Well, it’s looking like he may enter the Republican primary for US Senator from Louisiana.Let’s hope so.Washington needs more straight talkers actually capable of doing something right.
It looks to me that Louisiana would get lucky for a change if Gen. Russell Honore, the straight-talking very capable General who, in a press conference after Hurricane Katrina, answered an ill-thought-out question by a newsman with "Are you stuck on stupid, son?" The retired general is considering a run in the primary for U. S. Senator as a Republican.
If he enters and wins, that would give us at least two highly intelligent Republicans in that beleaguered state. With its long record of corruption and mismanagement [can you say Ray Nagin and Mary Landrieu?] charming Louisiana needs all the help it can get.
And we hope it does get some. They're our next door neighbors, you know.
I am old enough to remember Chappaquiddick, and I'm not to speak ill of the dead (they can't defend themselves, after all). But seriously - why the brouhaha over Kennedy?
He was a talented politician, no doubt. But politicians are parasites, so that's hardly a recommendation. He got to his position because as the "soft" brother, his family's tragedies had paved a path for him. That, and his money.
But what bothers me still are the details of Chappaquiddick, most of which have never been fully disclosed. A reading, today, of the Wikipedia entry, shocked me. I had no idea police divers assumed MJ Kopechne survived for 2 hours due to an air bubble. More importantly, I was unaware of Kennedy's absolute lack of care about her situation. While his claims of caring about her are repeated many times, the facts indicate otherwise.
More importantly is the judge's decision:
"On July 25, seven days after the incident, Kennedy entered a plea of guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. Kennedy's attorneys suggested that any jail sentence should be suspended, and the prosecutors agreed to this, citing Kennedy's age, character and prior reputation. Judge James Boyle sentenced Kennedy to two months' incarceration, the statutory minimum for the offense, which he suspended. In announcing the sentence, Boyle referred to Kennedy's "unblemished record" and said that he "has already been, and will continue to be punished far beyond anything this court can impose"."
From what I can see, there was NO punishment. OK, his presidential aspirations were shot - but in his Roger Mudd interview of 1980, it's clear his aspirations were not his own. So that's hardly a punishment.
I can respect his accomplishments. He gets a nod for this. I cannot respect the man. He was a monster, passing as a people's senator. The only thing I can think is the surviving Kopechne's must have lived well, financially, based on whatever payout the Kennedys made.....but money is no solace for the loss of a loved one - something the Kennedys should be painfully aware of.