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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Thursday, December 10. 2009
People ask me why we seem so predictably and boringly preoccupied with the health care and climate change issues.
There is a simple answer: Those are the two topics which are currently being exploited to the max by Leftist totalitarian-minded folks, who believe themselves to be our moral and intellectual superiors, in their endless efforts to control our lives and to chip away at our freedom and our dignity as sturdy, intelligent, competent, free-thinking adults and families in a free nation with (semi-) free markets.
In history, the battles against central powers were fought on different fronts and, in the future, they will be fought on new fronts that have not been concocted yet in the Gramscian and Alinskian laboratories. It will never end. If Stalin's holocausts didn't end it, if the fall of the Berlin Wall didn't end it, if the evidence of Cuba and North Korea didn't end it, if Pol Pot didn't end it, if the turn of China and Russia to Capitalism didn't end it, if the countless failures of centralized control economies didn't end it, if the attempts to turn Euroland back to free markets and greater freedom didn't end it, if the pathetic return of Euroland to an imperial EU doesn't end it, if the countless failures of hugely-expensive but failed yet immortal government programs didn't end it, then nothing will ever end this battle.
Power, unlike wealth, is a zero-sum game. It is in the nature of governments, which we fully accept as necessary evils, to accumulate power and funds from the citizens - and to regard citizens as children or as subjects. This seems to be something that occurs regardless of the form of government. Some people seem born to seek power over others, some wish to be security-minded subjects, and others simply seek mastery of their own lives. We prefer the latter pursuit, with God's grace, while fully aware that this mortal life we hold so dear may be often full of sound and fury, but signifying little in the end beyond our relationships with the Deity, our family, and our friends.
Without wanting to sound or to be grandiose, people like us at Maggie's and similar sites aim to be perpetual revolutionaries, freedom-fighters, Tea Party Indians, Tom Paines; the minor heirs of our heroic forefathers, attempting to stay true to their ideals of the dominion of individuals seeking their own goals without the oppressive weight of an intrusive government. At least, that is what we aspire to be in our small way.
Individual freedom in relation to the State is close to sacred to us. We pay the State dues to protect us from external enemies and from internal criminals, for justice under law, plus for just a few other minor things. Otherwise, we want to be left alone and to take care of ourselves as best we can in a culture in which every person exercises their morals, their integrity, and their concern for their neighbor by the Golden Rule.
Live and let live, but don't tread on me.
We demand that individual freedom and liberty be part of every political equation - a Constant, like Avogadro's Number. The Constitutional Amendments lX and X remain real and valid to us - delusional though we may be.
We at Maggie's do not even feel entirely comfortable with the notion of "rights." We dislike and distrust the use of the word "rights" in America. In our view, the worthy subject of discussion is that of government powers and their prescribed limits. We the people need no "rights," as the US was conceived. We are free human beings. Free to fail, free to speak, free to do stupid things, free to take risks, free to succeed in our goals - if we have any- free to do almost any damn thing we want to. Yes, maybe we are crazy idealists and maybe we are foolish rubes who produce nothing but superficial cant and pointless rant.
However unheard a voice we at Maggie's may be in the big world, we will use it to resist insidious political maneuvers and manipulations until we turn senile or die - or run out of things to say.
If the latter comes first, we'll cheerfully turn our focus purely on things like shotguns and recipes and wildlife and fishing and salt marshes and architecture and history and philosophy and art and pretty girls and boats and travelogues and God and all of the other joyful, interesting, and delightful things in life.
By the way, if you have friends who might like Maggie's, email our link around. We do not like to be cybersluts (hmm - maybe we do), but we do not want people who might enjoy our eclectic offerings to be deprived of our humble efforts. Let people know that we exist, because our readership is our only reward for our enjoyable efforts here on ye olde Farm.
Doing so would be the finest Christmas present for us.
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I "heart" Bird Dog, just in a friendly kind of way.
It is sad that , here in America, we have a significant chunk of our population that takes its freedom so much for granted that they cannot see the threat before them.
Oh, gimme a break. "Without wanting to sound or to be grandiose"? So you spent how long crafting a dozen paragraphs about yourself/yourselves (not sure who the "We" refers to).
There's still an open issue here about banning people, selective censorship, and down right cowardice that you have refused to address for about a month now. Perhaps you should stop driving away the bird in the hand before going looking for more in the bush.
Poor KRW. Not getting enough attention at home? Here's your break: We all read your comment, and we feel sad for you.
We are sorry you have "open issues" with how MF runs their blog. Is that anything like an "open sore"? Sounds painful.
We're sure you could do a better job. If only they were just smart enough to think and act like you. Or - even better - if you were appointed to a real position of power and authority, like maybe Blog Czar, then you could tell these crusty backwood hicks what to say and do and publish and they - well, they'd just have to.
Great post, Bird Dog.
Poor Fred. Sorry you took the blue pill.
Keep Truckin KRW, Keep Truckin.
Great reply KRW.
Sheesh. Get off this.
This is just a volunteer blog. A pretty good one, though. Quit insulting us or you will become a Troll.
If you don't like us then you can leave us alone.
Sheesh BD. Who are you addressing?
Banning people, selective censorship, and cowardice in avoidance of the truth, are know insults.
What is happening to this "Centrist" site?
Look BD, this is a situation you created and have sustained for far too long. You at least have the responsibility to answer to it. But you’re afraid to answer because you know you’re wrong. I suspect you weren’t even crazy about the idea yourself, but let others pressure you into it. Typical of how you will assert something, then back down under pressure, or delete a post so you can pretend it never happened. It’s easy to make bold statements when the crowd is behind you, but you lack the guts to stand alone and seem afraid of real conflict. “Leave us alone”…how grown-up.
When you banned the H-man, it bothered me. It bothered me because I saw your point. The guy was very smart, but off his rocker at times (many times) hijacking threads with ridiculously long posts and being a real hair trigger prick. But on the other hand, much of what he had to say was the truth (though I’m sure he would argue all) and I’m better off for having been exposed to it than not. But banning him completely, and especially the selective deletion of some of his posts that made him look worse than he was, was wrong. Personally, I find attempts to silence people far more telling of the silencer than the silencee (silencie? Silency? Haansel?). After he was gone a while, I felt bad that I had said anything that even remotely justified the resulting actions.
What I see here lately resembles more and more of an echo chamber. It’s not the same place I discovered a few years ago. If the conservative movement is to be the answer to turning this country around, it must do so with a high degree of internal integrity, which only comes from challenging our ideas. It makes the good ideas stronger and allows us to justify abandoning the bad ones. Anything less than full intellectual integrity and you are worse than being a voice crying in the wilderness, you will be creating more enemies than allies. And looking at who is in the White House today, we’re gonna need a lot of allies.
Agreed. Your (and the farmhands') efforts are appreciated.
That "Agreed" is directly applied to BD's #3 post (just so there is no 'confusion').
"There's still an open issue here about banning people, selective censorship, and down right cowardice that you have refused to address for about a month now. Perhaps you should stop driving away the bird in the hand before going looking for more in the bush." KRW
"Banning people, selective censorship, and cowardice in avoidance of the truth, are now insults." jappy
Your right. MF is a pretty good blog and was a really unique place. I've enjoyed it for a number of years. It's just taken a step or two backwards when it comes to comments.
Just so you know, I am with KRW and jappy. I now drop by on occasion and have not commented for a while until now. What's the point of discussing ideas if there cannot be an honest debate and the truth does not matter. Throwing out the old to then solicit the new it not the solution.
You decided to put your trust in Dr. Mercury versus your readers and posters.
There were other ways to handle it (like a private e-mail to the offending party to stop being snarky).
If these comments are insulting to you, I apologize because that is not my intention at all.
I will not be recommending MF until these matters get fixed. Then I would be happy to do so. It's never too late.
I wish you and all the other little bird dogs a great Christmas and Happy New Year!
Barrett - Your comment about me is demonstrative proof that you have absolutely no idea what's really going on in the background, and how disruptive certain readers have been in situations that have nothing to do with me. And your use of the terms "honest debate" and "truth" indicates nothing more than you buying into KRW's bullshit -- someone else who doesn't really know what's going on. From our vantage point, he's playing you for a patsy.
As far as giving people a private warning, it doesn't work. Neither does temporary banishment, for that matter. They're always peaches & cream for a week or two, but you know how human nature is. They eventually revert to type and the ball starts rolling all over again. In the final analysis, you're defending the indefensible. If you knew half of what we know, you'd be begging BD to delete your comment.
OK, Mr. Mercurial, I was done with this discussion until your post was brought to my attention addressing me specifically. While I'm not interested in getting into a pissing contest with one with such an ample supply, you're the one blowing smoke here.
1) "Barrett - Your comment about me is demonstrative proof that you have absolutely no idea what's really going on in the background"...well ain't that a stretch? "Demonstrative proof"? "What's really going on in the background"? Well isn't that what jappy and I and L-th-r (before he was banned) have been bitching about this past month? What's the big secret? Oooh, you have some big cache of evidence that proves your point, but darn it, you just can't say what it is. "If you knew half of what we know" well, what is it? M-t- is part of some Masonic plot to take over the farm? What?
2) "private warnings don't work"...well did you at least try it? What, this is some sort of universal rule that applies to everyone at all times? That would certainly be some discovery.
3) I have seen you (or whoever is running this blog) remove posted comments and modify your own. It has happened, so denying it speaks to your own credibility.
As for me "playing" Barrett as a patsy, are you saying that I'm some sort of manipulator here? I can't be very effective judging from the numerous comments on this thread not exactly in my favor. I certainly didn't prompt him to post anything. Take off your tin foil hat, my friend.
Maybe it was you who was better off just shutting up about this, after all?
Yes, I am the assistant village idiot! How silly of me not to recognize that and how happy I am that you had to inform me of my incompetence. No wait, I am the assistant to the assistant village idiot since one of those already exists.
I hope you are satisfied with your omniscience. As always, you are smarter, more informed and always right.
You are driving people away, not bringing people together.
MF used to be a great blog to both visit and comment. Great job you're doing here.
"...we'll cheerfully turn our focus purely on things like shotguns and recipes and wildlife and fishing and salt marshes and architecture and history and philosophy and art and pretty girls and boats and travelogues and God and all of the other joyful, interesting, and delightful things in life."
Ha! Great rejoinder to those who are angered by your political views, and express that anger by claiming that all you talk about is your politics.
Speaking of angry, Hi KRW!
Love Maggie's! Keep it truckin', BD! (can't remember the last time I saw that poster!....well done!) ;)
You can never satisfy the politicians' lust for power. It's addictive and they always want more.
Yours is the site which I almost always open first. I have been a loyal follower of the Maggie's Farm posts for quite some time. Thank you for helping to make my day every morning.
Well Said as usual. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and might I suggest a little 'Space Truckin', if a Truckin' you are going to be?
Visiting Maggie's is one of the brighter spots in my day. Thank you so much...Please keep hammering the fascists. You are doing God's work IMHO...
Yours is one of the first blogs I check every morning. I think you do an excellent job of surveying the online terrain (with a jaundiced eye for the do-gooders) and pulling in the most interesting tidbits--all seasoned with a bit of commentary, but not too much.
I greatly appreciate the diversity of subjects found here, as well as the love of our country, humor, common sense, political commentary and simple helpfulness.
I wouldn't mind seeing the girly pics available through links--occasionally my kids stumble by and wonder what the heck their mother is doing--but it's your blog. I'll deal.
'...boringly preoccupied with health care and climate change'? Do many people really say that? Amazing....
One more thing. I would encourage the contributors at MF to continue posting what interests them. I am thinking the blog would go downhill fairly quickly if you start running this site on the readers' terms rather than your terms.
Another vote of confidence from a satisfied lurker! Keep up the good work and keep up the pressure on anything you deem to be important. It's your Blog, you run it your way!
I'm rather new. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!
I have visited this site daily for quite awhile now so it is about time I put a link up.
"In history, the battles against central powers were fought on different fronts and, in the future, they will be fought on new fronts that have not been concocted yet in the Gramscian and Alinskian laboratories. It will never end. If Stalin's holocausts didn't end it, if the fall of the Berlin Wall didn't end it, if the evidence of Cuba and North Korea didn't end it, if Pol Pot didn't end it, if the turn of China and Russia to Capitalism didn't end it, if the countless failures of centralized control economies didn't end it, if the attempts to turn Euroland back to free markets and greater freedom didn't end it, if the pathetic return of Euroland to an imperial EU doesn't end it, if the countless failures of hugely-expensive but failed yet immortal government programs didn't end it, then nothing will ever end this battle."
Very well put. Thanks for taking the time to put this effort together. Like others who have commented on this thread, I enjoy reading your postings (and those of your colleagues), and I visit here every day. You guys also got me started with Theo, and his site is a real kick, too.
Bird Dog, honey, just keep doing what you're doing. While I could do with less of the "tits and feathers" items, it's a free country (well, it used to be), and the site is an oasis of clear, rational thought, important links and witticisms.
MF is the most interesting blog I have found. I rarely post comments but want you know how much you are appreciated. And keep pounding away at global warming and healthcare "reform!"
Well said, Missy W- but please indulge us old duffers some skin on occasion! Keep banging away at the false prophets and their followers who seek only command and control over the great American enterprise. Remember, repetition is the mother of learning, long live Maggie's Farm. Hip, Hip, Hooray!
Punter ... I echo what you just said about maggies. To the tenth power.
Hear! Hear! Been a fan for a while - Right Wing Prof sent us your way. We read you every day and use your links on healthcare and global warming, etc. to jump start our letters to our local folks in Congress. Couldn't do without you.
I like this site very much. I am not a regular commenter, but I am a daily reader. It is a site I have recommended to a lot of other people. Your efforts are appreciated and enjoyed.
Don't change a thing! I've been getting up around 4:30 AM since 1958 ( fly with my father when lucky, check trot lines, live trap lines, feed and milk goats, offend my mother at how poorly she made my b'fast (she quit MY breakfast, "you do it". I learned to cook!), then catch the school bus at O:dark-thirty. Maggie's is one of my first morning's reads while the percolator is setting up to warm my morning hands!
A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS POEM
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile..
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.."
" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities.. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq
Thanks, apple pie. My son-in-law's coming home from Iraq on Sunday. Now he has something to send the Soldiers he had to leave behind. And we'll share it with others stateside.
A well written statement of values but, for those of us who come here every day, already understood. Thank you for your daily elucidation of the full notion of freedom.
Just another "vote of confidence." I check in here most every day. I enjoy Doctor Bliss and Doctor Mercury and appreciate the lower snark content recently. It is your place, please don't feel pressured to run any way other than your standards. Thank you.
Loved this post. Thank-you! I too am a fan and check your blog daily for the well-written essays and very topical, broad, and vital links, esp. on politics, health care, and education. I too am a mom who could do with a few less "girly" shots decorating your political works (so I could pass them on to my teens and other friends--that limits you). But, it's your blog. Keep up the excellent work, as you instill a lot of enjoyment and do a lot of good. And don't mind selective censoring of those commenters who take up too much of your productive time--it's still a free country and they can go get their own blogs. They have no moral claim on your time.
When I look back at the past few years, I don't know if I could have stood my ground nearly so well if it was not for this site!
We said sir!
I read Maggie's every day without fail and enjoy it tremendously (Pretty young things and shot guns included). Your relentless pursuit of the important topics of the day as well as your eclectic mix of topics make MF a must read.
Keep up the great work.
Noli nothi permittere te terere.
Maggie's Farm is one of the two or three sites I visit every day without fail, and I recommend it often to others. While I enjoy the links to articles on far-flung topics, I also count on you for good daily information about ObamaCare and ClimateGate. Don't even think about backing off!
I must have been distracted during the week when all the fireworks happened on the comments, but I've seen examples of the kind of thing you presumably were drawing the line on. I trust your judgment as my hosts here. There are plenty of other sites we can go to if we're interested in flame wars.
A great blog, year in and year out, the work and life experience that goes into it shows clearly. I do hope that the troubling incidents will fade into proper perspective (vanishing, that is) in the coming new year. Life is short and equanimity is good!
I, too, visit every day and have sent folks your way. Echoing some of your other readers, I could do with a little less nubile flesh but that's my problem. Thanks for being another voice of sanity in this insane world.
My day begins with coffee and Maggie's. Love your eclectic interests.
So, please, "together, more or less in line, just keep truckin' on."
I take a very brief sabbatical (a week or so) and I obviously missed 'something'! I love MF and have recommended it for several years. Keep on keepin' on and truckin' as well. And Merry Christmas to all the farmers.
Dont read the comments on here often enough to know what all the KRW, jappy crap is about.
BUT....I do read MF every day and think its frikkin wonderful.
Less politics would be nice, but in these times we must remember Dr. J: "A knowledge he is to be hanged in a weeks time concentrates a man's mind wonderfully"
Keep up the good work and dont let the bastards grind you down
MM- I was down to Dallas just before Thanksgiving- a memorial service for an old client and friend. My first trip to the Big D. Loved that Texas hospitality, as large as the state itself. Looked it up- Dallas- FT Worth Metro area is the size of Vermont- 9,000+ sq miles- with 10X the population. Pretty overwhelming for this old Yankee! Loved the energy of the place, though, Vermont needs to get some Texas, and soon. I think you're more of an Austin-ite, as I recall?
While I like the postings on the Farm, I am less enthusiastic as a result of the conflict of last month. The problem was that the animosity was not one way. It was two way.
But as I said, I do like the postings.
Here is one way that I handled a conflict.Five Suggestions for Ineffective Blog Postings.
Maggie's Farm is a wonderful site and I do all I can to spread the word! Please keep up the good work.
I appreciate that the posts can be placed directly under prior posts... avoids slogging through self-absorbed diatribes.
On the surface, Maggie's Farm is a wonderfully productive farm. Behind the scenes, perhaps it is human. That is why I love it.