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, January 31. 2011
Image is Grant Wood's eery "February" (1941)
NY Post: Shut your mouth U (fixed)
Re the Himalayan glaciers - it was a lie
Thou Shalt Not Offend Islam - A firsthand account of the Dutch trial of Geert Wilders
New Jersey planning to poach jobs from Illinios
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"Nobody Gets Married Anymore, Mister": One word comes to mind. Defeat.
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I live in Illinois and heard my first ad by Governor Christie yesterday. Our governor is up in arms about it but there are already some big employers who are packing up and moving out. The socialists in Illinois keep touting the fact that our state income tax is still lower than many, while trying to push back in the closet the fact that BEFORE this tax increase Illinois was already one of the very highest overall tax states in the US. Throw in our regulatory environment and the businesses that are left that can feasibly relocate are looking at it as as no brainer. Indiana is going to profit big time from this. The difference in Illinois and New Jersey? Both are making changes, they are just headed in opposite directions.
The same thing that is the matter with most of the modern Middle East: in the post-industrial world, its hundreds of millions now are vicariously exposed to the affluence and freedom of the West via satellite television, cell phones, the Internet, DVDs, and social networks. And they become angry that, in contrast to what they see and hear from abroad, their own lives are unusually miserable in the most elemental sense.
IIRC, substitute "Southern blacks" for "modern Middle East", "North" for "West" and "Television" for the various technologies listed here and you have the genesis of the Civil Rights movement of the '60's here in the U.S.
There's a reason why the First Amendment was first. If these people had a Second Amendment as well Mubarak would have never lasted nearly this long.
Dirk, the other problem out here is the widespread corruption and the control over the entire State government and apparatus by the Combine. For you out of towners, the Combine are those leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties who have found that cooperation across party lines makes sure that all the right people get the jobs and the contracts and the judicial seats, etc., and that the wrong people don't get to play in the game.
One way they stay in power is by ensuring the the majority of people who are tax consumers (welfare/public aid recipients plus State/County/local employees) outnumber the tax providers (business owners, employees of private industry). They bribe the tax consumers with increased services, contracts and money and figure the tax providers will just keep anteing up the money while as you point out having to jump through an ever-increasing number of hoops held up by an ever-increasingly non-responsive bureaucracy. Well BZZZZZZT mark false on your answer sheet, that turns out to not be the case.
Personal accountability has side effects that you can't see for a LONG time.
Yes, you can see that there had been a post or pole there, probably blown down in the winter.
Lots of details in there, despite being such a simple picture.
This is EXACTLY why I stop by Maggie's so much. I never fail to learn something.
The image was not hotlinked or sourced, so I did a GIS looking for a larger image, or perhaps the original hangs somewhere close enough for me to go see it sometime.
Which lead me to :
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The subscription seems reasonable, but times are tight. On the other hand, that's what change jars are for!
Thanks again to Maggie and her Farmers! Now off to the change jar! Surely there are 150 dimes in there!
That's a poor-man's gate on the right so I can see that it wouldn't be under as much tension as it would between regular posts. But, under-stretched barbed wire tends to coil and not be all kinky.... I guess this is how great art draws one in and makes one think. :^)
Geert Wilders offending Islam is reaping rewards across the board for Europe is gist of the article yall linked, Bird Dog.
Shine light on Islam's darkness and it's adherents squirm and fume.
Muslim in me neighborhood told me yesterday, "I not really Muslim."
Merself had great pleasure in hearing that lie and assured him that he was indeed, as he slithered away looking for escape in his i-phone.
Jolly good fun it is.
The Birder Article is interesting.
"In fact, the re-emergence of bird-watching in the culture's limelight is an ominous thing—though not because of anything the birder does. The hobby rose to popularity in the unrest of the nuclear era, and it points toward a looming fear of ecological apocalypse. This makes sense. For bird-watchers, who are trying to keep track of the natural world without leaving a trace—to conquer nature without smothering it—the struggle not to uncoil one's strength destructively is constant. Birding is a steam valve for anxiety about nuclear-age strength and habits. Its prominence today can be seen as a measure of quiet alarm. "
Hmmm, how about it's another generation of eco-warriors who have reached the point in their lives where they realize that most of their actions have been in vain, and things are really not as bad as they've been yelling about for the past 20 years.
Just a thought.
I have a few birder friends and none of them are eco-nuts.
They are just people who like to know what is living out there. Amateur naturalists - some very knowledgeable.
Not saying that all bird watchers are former eco-warriors saddened by their fate, heck I've got a nice feeder in the yard and keep track of what's dropping by for a meal myself.
But if he's going to tie "the re-emergence of bird-watching" into a "looming fear of ecological apocalypse", that's seems to be who he is writing for.
Gen Y can't sew or cook? I have a strong suspicion that there are a bunch of people going to find out that hands never become obsolete.