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, August 31. 2009
Are Green Shirts the new Brown Shirts? “Shockingly, opponents to Obamacare are being bullied, and consent manufactured by the White House and Obama activists.”
Via Gateway Pundit: “I find it ironic that Obama gave a eulogy for Ted Kennedy when Obama's friend, Bill Ayers, dedicated his book to Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of Bobby Kennedy.”
They’re All Champs:
Via Tom Maguire: “Deborah Solomon of the Times plays twenty questions with Tom Daschle on health care reform, but the tax scammer doesn't have twenty good answers. Per Daschle, all the Dems need to do to win the health care debate is guilt-trip the nation into picking up the tab for the downtrodden.”
My friend Judith Klinghoffer discusses Obama, Third World Style Leader?
Idle young should be entitled to nothing. -- Outstanding read-it-aller!
On this subject, Maimonides’ highest level of tzedakah (usually translated as “charity”, but more properly tzedakah translates as “righteousness”; “charity” is related, in going beyond what is minimal).
Some is good. Excess is not. From Insty:
Did she ask the baby?
It’s going to be one heck of a book by Cheney!
Why I am Anti-Republican. Worth thinking about, from a Reaganite. But, is he being the purist he accuses others of being, or the my-way-or-the-highway type he says he rejects?
A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus:
As Our Enemies Rejoice . . . “Let’s pretend we are a foreign intelligence service trying to assess the state of American counterterrorism efforts….”
Mens Underwear Index: “Here's the theory, briefly: Sales of men's underwear typically are stable because they rank as a necessity. But during times of severe financial strain, men will try to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to dip.”
I’m outa here!
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Regarding men's underwear and time as a cost: My sweetheart is hoping she can buy lifelong socks, T-shirts and skivvies. I think she already did.
I dunno, Geoff. Life can last longer than you can ever imagine.
Apropos our hosts, the red flag used on some shooting ranges to indicate a complete miss was known as Maggie's Drawers. Thus we have the second amendment, our hosts, and underwear.
Tzedek (masculine form) = justice/truth/correctness
In modern Hebrew "you're right!" is "ata tzodek"
Tzedakah (female form) = alms/charity/"righteousness"
contrast this with the latin:
In other words:
In the Roman (pagan) world - I am not really connected to you, but I give charity to you if you touch my heart. It's a sentimental connection.
In Judaism, it is ONLY RIGHT that I give you of mine, because in TRUTH we are connected by One root.
Charity=female aspect of justice/truth.
Justice= male aspect of justice/truth.
At this point we can go into a discussion of the Kabbalistic take on male and female, which I will compress into:
male: self mastery, limitation, love expressed as respecting difference of the other (=law, justice)
female: transcendence, love expressed as blurring of distinction with others (= lovingkindess)
Just wanted to add:
Throughout the Jewish Bible you have people asking that G-d or others deal with them "in kindness and truth".
The example that springs to mind is Joseph asking his brothers not to bury him in Egypt, but it's a phrase that constantly pops up.
This phrase expresses the cosmic dichotomy I described:
Kindess=female aspect of G-dliness
Truth= male aspect of G-dliness
The appeal is to the goal of universal harmony/presence of G-d - or implies that the task involved will require both male and female virtues/strengths to carry out.
As far as that fetus is concerned [the little human trapped in that great big naked belly] it's trapped in there. It will say anything necessary to its captor so it can get out and start living free.
I know I would. Fortunately, I didn't have to.