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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Saturday, December 18. 2010
The US needs tort reform
Maine Family Robinson: The Top 10 Steaming Heaps Of Eco-Friendly / Frugal Living Horse Dung
Katrina: "The Louisiana governor froze."
Death tax: The Roosevelts Would Be Appalled
Only the terminally envious hate people who inherit money, farms, or shops. The truly rich can afford to avoid it all. Expensive lawyers make it happen. Also, people who buy gold to hand to their kids when they get old and sick. Lots of people do that.
It's all about me: Obama reads his children's book to 2nd graders
I don't hate them. I just don't want to be forced to support them. They are government media.
Coldest December Since Records Began
But that's weather, not climate. Climate is determined by experts.
It's not about the health, it's about the morality
The New Yorker revisits Mao
Do the Obamas have that Mao ornament on their tree again this year?
Grinches are afraid of disgruntled Moslems
Krauthammer: Obama as comeback kid
Very clever of the O to flip and now take credit for "tax cuts"
Is Freedom what we really want?
I think freedom is too scary for most people.
The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet.
Is there anything the UN does not aspire to control?
Pic from Theo
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"today’s example of a cognitive process works strangely in the brain’s favor: Spelling don’t matter."
Apparently, neither does good English.
"It's all about me: Obama reads his children's book to 2nd graders"
I know this sounds crazy, but if I wrote a children's book, I'd want to read it to children, too.
"Apparently, neither does good English."
This is going to sound outrageous to the spelling and grammar dictators, but no it doesn't. The great pretention is that correct spelling and grammar requires discipline and intelligence. I'm here to tell you that English is the most illogical, inefficient and contrary language on the face of the planet (much like the fractional measure system I might add - metric is much better, but that is a whole 'nother discussion) and as such deserves to be treated with scorn. Any person who claims the contrary needs to be put in an asylum for the criminally insane.
For example - to, too, two. Threw, through. Fat, phat. Comma faults - who cares?
As long as the point being made is understood, then why is it important to make sure spelling and grammar are perfect? It doesn't. In fact, I call it Spelling-Grammar Derangement Syndrome. :>)
I have my reasons for this opinion, but it falls under the category of Too Much Information
"...but if I wrote a children's book, I'd want to read it to children, too."
Oddly, that is a good point. However, given that our President has a propensity to speak to Americans and the world in terms of "me, mine and I". And while most politicians have a healthy dose of ego, President Obama takes it to extremes - witness the Berlin speech, the acceptance speech, etc., and the use of the world "I" in most speeches and interviews. You can't blame people if they see it as "oh crap, here he goes again".
Besides, it is Christmas time - wouldn't a Christmas story be more appropriate?
I agree with you Tom. Partially.
In my view it depends on the venue. If someone misspells a word or uses incorrect grammar in a setting like MF, it is no big deal to me.
OTOH, in a school setting, shouldn't an attempt be made to expose the students to correct grammar at every opportunity?
While having a thorough knowledge of grammar may give the veneer of intelligence, lack of grammar knowledge lends an impression of less intelligence and ignorance. Something a person doesn't want in a more formal situation.
Finally, I would argue that a lack of command of English will make it harder to get your point across. A problem I obviously have.
There is nothing Federal about the Federal Reserve.
They should stick to the business they excel at, creating something out of nothing, and continue wrecking the American economy.
As far as Barry goes. What happened to those 5 days wait before he signs a bill? Oh, I forgot about the vacation clause he has. When it's close to a vacation he's going on he can just sign anything.
NPR and PBS -- This Time It's the Fight of Their Lives
The problem with NPR and PBS is pretty simple. It used to be that CPB programming was innovative, fresh and entertaining appealing to almost everybody. PBS's NOVA for example was weekly "appointment" viewing with science and nature programming. "Dr. Who" was brought to the country via NPR (first) and PBS (second). Other programs like Masterpiece theatre, concerts, yada, yada, yada. And to be honest, "Morning Edition", "Saturday Morning Edition", "All Things Considered" when you remove the politics, are very entertaining.
The problem is that PBS programming is duplicative - meaning that there is nothing there you can't find on Discovery, History, BBCA, History's INTL in terms of PBS broadcasting. Frankly, there is no reason for PBS to exist anymore as the programming can be found elsewhere.
NPR is a different story - I think it is a valuable addition to the radio broadcast spectrum. The problem is that there are too many stations that use NPR programming. For example, Massachuetts - 16 member stations. CT has 8. Utah has - get this - 8 NPR member stations. Freakin' UTAH!!! Montana - 11!!! Seriously do we need that much replication in radio broadcasting?
The whole CPB system is bloated and inefficient. Restricting their funding will bring back some sanity, perhaps eliminate PBS and get NPR back to what it used to be - innovative, entertaining and enjoyable.
I'm all for it.
Maggie's Farm could be a valuable addition to the broadcast spectrum. Just give us 600 million taxpayer $, and watch what we could do.
True enough. Maggie should start a PAC, donate to some pols and get some earmark money.
If they can earmark money for an studying dog fleas in outterspace, they can earmark money for the most eclectic blog in cyberspace. :>)
I've heard that CPB's whole tab picked up by taxpayers is $1.1 billion, when you count federal, state and local taxes. Chump change, right?
Is the babe not comment worthy?
I came to the comment section to extend my enjoyment of Christmas girl.
Its Saturday, have a few drinks.
Oh boy ! Have you folks noticed another "new trend" in the legal system lately? How about the "new trend" to pass a state law that "requires" arbitration. Though I realize most states set a low cap let's say for mandatory arbitration for anything under $5,000.
The claim is that it frees up the legal system, however it is my concern that it has a secondary effect. It casts a shadow on the local legal system, because judges are free to coerce, force, threaten any plaintiff or any and this is far more likely, any defendant into "first try arbitration". After all the local legal practitioners have all taken those updated "arbitration' courses. They have all put old friends into the staff of arbitraters (retired judges and attorneys trying to make extra income while staying out of the legal system). In my opinion bringing mandatory arbitration into a state is like bringing in the Chicago mob and telling the locals to just bend over, or else. Forget about justice, or law--just take a settlement and be grateful ! What you want a trial by jury? You want the "Court" to actually have to make a decision and possibly ruin some gal's rise up the professional ladder? awww c'mon.
With the NYT and now the New Yorker shining a light on the murderous Communist regime of Mao. Could this be the start of an enlightening? An anti-communist surge? Will we see fewer pictures of Mao and Che? Will those who still carry them be marginalized? One can only hope. With so many revolutionaries in the current administration, it seems unlikely that they will all or even mostly be thrown under that buss so many have been thrown under before (but hey, what's a dozen more?). This folds in with Krauthammer's expectation of Obummer's success at moving to the "center" and a recent headline I read that said Obummer was planning large changes in his personnel.
It's important that the light continue to shine on previous and current socialist & communist crimes and the ideological bedfellows in the administration and their useful idiots.
Is it possible--do you suppose that the "tax compromise" will be a part of a vote exchange plan that will pass DADT? Aww shucks
what made me think of that?
Yupp--they did it ! Just like I thought they would. Money for gay rights! Wow now what do the regular folk do?
"The US needs tort reform"
tort reform in the form of a firing squad, summary execution for lawyers (including anyone signing up for law school).
Agree. PI, tax, estate, zoning, etc. are false professions fed by politicians. How stupid can we be?
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