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, October 10. 2011
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Surely we must have some work for her on the Farm
McCartney to Serenade Heiress Bride
A physicist discusses scientific knowledge:
These people make for great humor
Where do they think money comes from? They have no idea, other than from Mom and Dad
Due to warming, the UK headed for a very cold winter
America Needs Skilled Workers, Not Women's Studies Degrees
It's not lending, it's looting
Like Roger de H says, a plunder government
Wall Street and Its Occupiers: Both State Welfare Junkies
It is difficult not to enjoy this fellow
Who is Mitt Romney?
He's imperfect. But I am fed up with Perry. His attacks on his fellow candidates are rotten.
Read His Lips: New Taxes - How will he soak thee? Let us count the ways.
Steyn: American Autumn - The zombie youth “occupying” Wall Street are contemptuous of the world that sustains their comforts.
Gail Collins loves those protesters:
That's the goal
Act Now! Make Money From Global Warming!
Climate Movement comes out of the closet - again!
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It's too bad that you consider Rick Perry pointing out Mitt Romney's lies, inconsistencies, Romneycare, and poor record as Governor of Massachusetts as constant attacks. Thank God he's talking about it and not just being a stalking horse for him hoping for the VP position as Herman Cain obviously is.
He should be selling himself, not putting down the others.
"Why is Obama making bad bets with our money?"
Because they're not bets, they're payoffs. Makes sense when viewed correctly. Also explains why the "bets" are so huge. When you're paying off your friends and supporters with other people's money, the sky is not a limit.
Skilled workers not women's studies for sure. The OWS is a physical manifestation of that. We've seen few skilled workers interviewed but plenty with advanced degrees in thinking about stuff no one but my little group cares about. Plus the horrified realization that no one will pay them to sit around thinking foolish thoughts, well unless they get on at the university.
I keep this quote nearby to inspire and ground:
In the light of this analysis Carlyle's rhapsody on tools becomes a prosaic fact, and his conclusion—that man without tools is nothing, with tools all—points the way to the discovery of the philosopher's stone in education. For if man without tools is nothing, to be unable to use tools is to be destitute of power; and if with tools he is all, to be able to use tools is to be all-powerful. And this power in the concrete, the power to do some useful thing for man—this is the last analysis of educational truth. Charles H. Ham, Mind and Hand: manual training, the chief factor in education (1900)
I heard Mitt Romney speak in DC on Sat.
He's every bit the interventionist that Obama or Bush are/were.
You're not going to get "freedom from government" w/ Romney.
On an aside, Ron Paul was in strong form Sat morning. He swung for the bleachers and connected.
Paul's heads and shoulders above the rest of the field.
Romney's best quality is that he would be a marginal improvement on Obama. For that reason, I will vote for him if he wins the Republican nomination, and not a minute before.
Dear Farmers and their commenters... please convince me that we grown-ups are not going to make the same mistake we made in 2008; i.e. discarding a good candidate because he is not perfect. If we do this again, we will deserve our fatal trip over the lemming cliff. Look at what happened. And learn. Nothing is perfect in this world. But I guarantee that good is better than abysmally bad, like Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.
Don't lose your focus, friends. I'm at the stage where I would vote for almost any Republican candidate in order to oust that insanely self-focused malignant narcissist from the White House before he totally destroys our beautiful country.
I love. Your Perry criticism but, up until today, it is missiles.
Romney has spent thelqst month aiming criticism after cheap shot at his fellow Republicans, most especially Palin and Perry. It has really ticked me off, listening to him.
Since I don't particularly love of any of the candidates so far, I'm still officially undecided and not a Perry supporter (though I briefly thought I might become one, early on).
What I will never be is a Romney man, and I'm a little mystified as to how anyone could be. He is Obama, part deux. Shallow, technocratic, utilitarian, and -worst of all- he believes a well run federal government can improve my life. That makes him dangerous to liberty (witness his support for a federal mandate).
Autocorrect sucks. That first sentence should have read "I love your Perry criticism but, up until today (referring to the new advertisement), it is mis-aimed." The next sentence was supposed to refer to "the last month", referring to the cheap shots Romney has taken at Perry on immigration wherein Romney has pandered to the anti-immigration crowd with nasty innuendo rather than substantial points.
Sorry not to have reviewed before hitting submit.
Re farm career for the lady of the illo, i'd like to see her get into grape-stomping --like Sophia Loren, remember?
OK, shoot me now. I am getting a bit tired of the windbag assault on the Occupy Wall Street crew, including the Steyn piece linked above. I have driven by my local Occupy thingy a few times (no, I haven't joined them yet....) and the placards being held up are about JOBS...as in, they would like one. Yes, I agree that teens and other 20 something young'uns tend to be a fairly self-centered gang...not like the rest of us mature folk....eh...but they have a point that Wall Street made out pretty well thanks to using Other People's Money. I don't think a bit of activism is a bad thing. Whininess (hmmm. evidently that is not a word according to my spell check), yes, is pathetic. But we all seem to be whining about them. I know, I know, costing us taxpayer dollars for all the local authorities to keep an eye on them. But hey, try to convert them to the conservative cause or even the libertarian cause (and they do have a message in sync with some Tea Pahty stuff)....but no, give them up to the Unions. Great....
Has anyone ever asked Mitt Romney what LDS think about orthodox Christians?
Hey, winter's coming.
I sense the whole "Occupy Wall Street" thing will start sputtering out once there's a first good bout of icy November rain sluicing down the streets. 'Coz revolutions are no fun when it's cold outside.
Might I also add that I feel it is by no means a coincidence that this "movement" just popped up as universities and colleges start their fall programmes? That's because most of its devotees are now conveniently back on campus and available for the requisite mass rallies.
Personally, I can't help feeling "Occupy Wall Street" is nothing so much as a sort of extended frosh week. Indeed, many of the older protesters strike me as people happy to wonder through life as perennial freshmen.
...but the Big Daddy of 'em all was the November Revolution --1917, Bolsheviks.
Though the idea of this "Occupy Wall Street" gang being even vaguely analogous to the Bolsheviks of 1917 is something I find quite humorous. The Bolsheviks were a tough, ruthless and murderously single-minded lot ; these political poseurs are milksops.
Heck, even the analogy with the "Arab Spring" is pretty damned dodgy.
Any Egyptian who decided to protest against Mubarak actually did run the risk of injury or death at the hands of the regime's security forces and sympathizers.
Any American who decides to protest Wall Street runs the risk of what, exactly?