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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Sunday, September 18. 2011
What Lucky People Do Differently than Unlucky People
The politics of nostalgia: Crosby, Still, Nash & Pinch
All of your body is belong to us
Oh, come on, CBS, you can do better
Quit Coddling the Rich. Quit Coddling the Poor. Quit Coddling Everybody.
The Obama administration has gone on the offensive against for-profit colleges, but Ronald Trowbridge thinks it’s ignoring similar problems at non-profit schools
Mead on India: The Most Important Story You Will See All Day?
We need these Indians to be reading Maggie's
North Dakota Celebrates 60 Years of Oil; Future Looks Bright - ND Could Surpass CA and Alaska Soon
City Fines Christians $300 For Holding Bible Study In Their Home
Bernie: Bad News on the Doorstep
Parker: Are Republicans stupid?
Photo is the Litchfield, CT Congregational Church, c. 1750. Architecturally, classic New England Congo churches are plain old-time boxy meeting houses, gussied up with a steeple and a portico.
Tracked: Sep 18, 08:46
Tracked: Sep 18, 09:56
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
"Parker: Are Republicans stupid?"
More on the smart, effervescent Kathleen Parker here .
“In today’s Republican Party there’s a term for people who hate charity and love killing – Christian.”
The end result of decades of letting anti-Christians define Christianity.
Bill Maher is a hack and appeals to a very small segment of the left wing contingent. He's made an entire career out of being irrelevant after getting a decent start in the business via his father's media connections.
There was a time, many years ago, when Maher was actually pretty good. His show "Politically Incorrect", was ground breaking in many ways, and he kept the panels very balanced. His humor was not geared toward attacking the Right, it attacked both sides. I attended 2 tapings and I have to say they were 2 of the funniest events I'd ever seen. I've been to a number of Letterman tapings, and Maher's were much better.
Sometime just before, or around, 9/11, Maher went insane.
I'm not sure if it was related to his defense of the 'courage' of the hijackers, or something else. But he must have blown out some neurons. He went from being a fairly reliable moderate of good nature to a nasty, scathing, hating individual. His humor turned dark and nasty.
I know that having "Politically Incorrect" shut down bothered him, and his response to losing the show was pretty nasty, in general. He hasn't ever reclaimed the success he once had, and has coasted on his ability to make outlandish remarks that catch the attention of the MSM. He is able to make even the most common sense response seem extreme by twisting the context or words in such a way that it suits his needs.
It's a shame. His original show was great, and we could use more shows that resemble its structure.
In reading the "Meteorologists ..." article, was it just me or did anyone else see "attempts to REIGN in the EPA?" I know it's not that big a deal but reading it just stops me dead in my tracks.
I was watching the Discovery Channel the other day about dinosaurs and mass extinctions. One of the periods they mentioned was when Pangea existed. There was a huge mass extinction during that period that eliminated about 90% of the life that existed at that time. So I looked it up because I'm not a geologist or paleontologist and I really wanted to know more as I had never heard of that event.
Turns out there have been several - maybe as many as 20 different mass extinction events due to natural causes. Mostly related to the Great Ocean Conveyor waxing and waning due to geological disturbances or volcanic eruptions. I never knew there were so many different boundary layers in the sedimentary rock records.
So the panic over human engineered global catastrophe seems a little over blown because it happens slowly and over a long time. I read somewhere recently that man has caused 3% of the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Kind of begs the question of what they want to do about the other 97% right?
My grammar fails from time to time. But my spelling is usually very good. I'm not sure if that's a grammar problem or spelling problem. But at least it's not as bad as 'mute' for 'moot' or 'hear' for 'here'. Those are two of the most common misuses or misspellings I see on a regular basis.
Tom, one of the reasons I think the AGW argument is outlandish is due to the mass extinctions of the past. Every time we lose one species (which is infrequent, at best), I am reminded of the mass extinctions. Then I remember Stalin's old adage "one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic."
Typical Maher comment, the way so many lefties think, or claim too. If 'twere true, Maher would know better than to say things like that. Has any Christian been cutting off heads in the last 10-15 years?
If you've ever done a road trip -- the kind that allows you to take the unmarked pathways that twine through teeny towns of 102 residents (and when one dies or is born, they simply "x" out the number in paint to update the change in population), you'll appreciate the agony of those who want smaller government where they feel their problems are more specifically addressed by those elected.
Most of us already know what the Obama administration considers important. As a Chicagoan, I have known of him since his adventures in community organizing (asbestos in Altgeld Gardens) and reforming education (Annenberg) and enrolling more "voters" (ACORN) and opening up home ownership to those who feel entitled to such opportunity (again, ACORN).
Obviously, I believe that the smaller, closer, more intimate your rules and regulations, the better they serve your interests. Iowa is not Florida. Texas is a huge state that resembles Vermont or Rhode Island not one iota. California does not rule the world.
The Doc is providing us with a summary of the Republican candidates. I only ask that the MF community take this election very seriously. The Internet does provide much more information than previously available to voters; our freedom to elect demands that we use that privilege by educating ourselves.
7 years ago I'd been hired to help a TV network revive its sales. During the course of fixing their ratecard and upgrading its computer system, I stumbled on an article about luck. Basically, the premise was "lucky people have a positive outlook, while being open to and availing themselves of opportunity.
Some examples were the purchase of Helzberg's diamond store by Warren Buffett - a chance encounter on a New York street. Then there is the example of 2 people who have a car accident. One shows up at work in a bad mood, complaining of the cost, the effort and the damage of the accident. The other arrives at work in a good mood, happy to be healthy despite a disastrous accident.
We can create luck with our attitude. I've always said to my wife "you make your own luck". She never believed me until some neighbors moved into the apartment next to ours. These people were slovenly, they cared little about how they looked, they threw trash bags from the 3rd floor down to the street, next to the cans, rather than carry them down. When we got a dog, we trained it. They went out, purchased a black lab, and within 2 months were giving it away because it had jumped on a 90 year old man, knocked him over, and broke his hip. Both of them would complain about their 'bad luck' to us constantly. Finally, my wife looked at me and said "I guess that's what you mean by making your own luck."
Branch Rickey once famously said "Luck is the residue of good planning." This has been my motto at every job I take. I build it into my introductions, and I have a presentation built around it. I used it as the basis to build my sales pricing model, and I told the salespeople that you had to look at sales as if it was a battle. In battle, luck favors the aggressive and the prepared. You prepare the battlefield you want to fight on, and get the opponent to fight there. Then lucky things can happen.
We achieved 16% growth in a flat market that year. We had 6% growth the next year, in a market up 3%. When we stuck to the fundamentals, prepared well, and were aggressive, we saw great returns. Much of it was 'luck', but that luck was an outgrowth of an aggressive sales policy.
That's a version of the document I'd incorporated into my sales presentation.
Chicago Mobsters--that is the real enemy. Chicago's loss of any moral standard happened a long time ago (maybe when they murdered Senator Percy's young daughter in her bed-1966?)
We never worked for a union house--never had the opportunity, believing as we did that hard work, and great ideas would be rewarded. Twelve years later when the new Lesbian president stood up and publicly announced my husband's resignation (before speaking to him about it) we left. We asked nicely for a buy out of our contract (1 year+$40,000). They refused--demanding that we stay and make her"look good". Who supported that behavior by the administration--who sent Chicago thugs to stalk, to harass and who blacklisted an innocent man--THE AAUP (American Assoc. of University Professors). The out of state thugs were provided by Chicago!
Mr. Kessler, Barrister--you got anyone who has the courage to confront this situation--please let me know by private email.
OMG--Do you mean like this?
Thanks for the nice New England church picture. It's been a while since one has been posted on Maggie's, I think.
When I went to college at Williams (never having been in New England before), I thought the First Congo church in Williamstown was the most beautiful church I had ever seen. Still feel that way about that church. (Although I understand it is actually a "repro" from the early 20th century.)
Unfortunately, the UCC is just too liberal and non-Scriptural for me. But they do have some beautiful churches.
Pity that the Congregationalists are losing members, that they can no longer maintain some of their beautiful church structures.
I visited the one in downtown New London and they could no longer play their big organ. They couldn't afford the refurbishments.
The Congo church in Wetherfield however was very well attended with a lot of good energy. Loved that they played snippets of Bach.
Blog Dog ... In regard to the 'reign' error, you are so right, Just recently, I've noticed this error more and more often in blogs and postings in the Internet. This is not a dyslexic error. It's a simple laziness error. 'Reign,' as you point out, means 'rule'. It's what kings, and Queen Elizabeth do. 'Rein' is that leather strap thingie attached to the bit in the horse's mouth which signals him to make a change of course. I blame Walt Disney and the National Educational Association, and too many teachers in primary and secondary schools who are so anxious to protect the self esteem of their inattentive students that they let a mistake like that slide. As someone who made her living writing words for money, it makes me irritated with teachers who failed to point out the error or, sacre bleu, didn't know the difference themselves. Now the poor thing who made the mistake is embarrassed in front of a lot of people. Which is a real wound to the self esteem of the person making the error.