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, February 28. 2005
Snow Day, here in New England. Should be beautiful. Bird Dog will take a few more photos to demonstrate God's grandeur.
Good site, plus lots of information about hops - the more the better, it seems: Click here: All About Beer Magazine-Online
Again, thank goodness for folks with hobbies: Click here: The Daguerreotype: The Daguerreian Society homepage
Provocative: Click here: Our Godless Constitution
A brand-new blogger: Click here: TigerHawk
Can't get decent crab-cakes in Yankee-land - they are full of bread crumbs, but these are the real thing from Chesapeake Bay: Click here: Faidleys Award Winning Crab Cakes
Dear Idiot Fascist Editor,
Your blog is an example of everything that is wrong with our country. It is about time the government began regulating these blogs like yours that are filled with hateful, venomous rage and anti-progressivism. You and your evil hateful types should be strung up and lynched before you destroy our country.
Dear Loyal Reader,
Just be patient, "Disgusted." I can tell that you are a very caring, sensitive guy-or-gal. When the Revolution comes, you can string up all of us bourgeoisie on the lamp-posts, in a caring, sensitive manner, to the rousing tune of the Internationale. Like the Nazis did. But remember - We Are Armed.
Best wishes for a lovely, happy, freedom-loving, and prosperous day in our evil country,
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:06
This in from Old Doc Higgins:
Dumbest thing I ever heard. I suggest they sue to regulate the salt in the ocean, in case someone swallows a mouthful when swimming in Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore, or, God forbid, hideous Florida: Click here: AOL News - Lawsuit Asks FDA to Regulate Salt Use
Human beings are omnivorous critters, by design. They should remain so, except for broccoli. My personal view? Meat, potatoes, and some iceberg lettuce salad - I'm 84 and working and still going strong, and I'd never eat a vitamin - poisonous junk. Heck, some folks mistake me for 80: Click here: BBC NEWS | Health | Children 'harmed' by vegan diets
Count me as one Doc who will never be sued. Why? I "go bare" - no malpractice insurance - and what little I own belongs to my wife and my grown-up kids. Not to mention that, corny as it sounds, I care a lot about my patients and I think they know that, but there's a bad apple in every barrel. Here's yet another blogging Doc - Click here: So many lawyers, so little time... - and I have excerpted a piece of a recent essay of his below, which explains the effects of the trial lawyers on medical practice these days (read entire by clicking above):
A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine asserted that we do too many colonoscopies. Physicians just can't let go of the old guidelines, it seems, and the result is unnecesary scopes. This study received a lot of flak on scientific grounds, and no doubt will remain a source of controversy for quite some time.
My response is not so scientific: studies like this really chap my hide.
If a patient requests a colonoscopy and you don't perform one because it doesn't adhere to existing guidelines, God help you if the patient ends up having colon cancer. If the patient requests ANY test and you don't order it because in your judgment it isn't necessary, God help you if the patient ends up with a serious disease that could have been diagnosed with the "unnecessary" test.
Lawyers think this is a good thing. "When it comes to my health," my lawyer intoned, "I want you guys to practice defensive medicine. I don't want you to miss anything at all, even if it's rare and requires lots of expensive tests to diagnose."
Whether we like it or even acknowledge it, the "leave no stone unturned and damn the expense" has become the standard of care for American medicine.
Sunday, February 27. 2005
Christian blogs and websites are proliferating like loaves and fishes. Here are a few good ones:
Click here: It Takes A Church...
An excellent art website: Click here: Artdaily.com - The First Art Newspaper on the Net
A gun-totin' he-man's blog: Click here: Kim du Toit - Daily Rant
from Psalm 39, a Psalm of David
"Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Saturday, February 26. 2005
One of the clueless gets a clue on the ongoing Harvard tempest in a teapot: Click here: The New Republic Online: Self Interest
Immediately after claiming we don't do breaking news, I'll break that policy and post this remarkable development: Click here: Yahoo! News - Mubarak Orders Egypt Election Law Changes Does anything further need to be said?
One of the photos I took last week, before the snow. Snow would have been good. It is what it is.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:26
A book recommendation - Michael Novak's Business as a Calling: Click here: Amazon.com: Books: Business as a Calling : Work and the Examined Life
Another excellent poetry site - 3100 poems compiled by the University of Toronto - so good, we'll add it to Swell Places: Click here: Representative Poetry On-line: Editor's Introduction
A blogging physician with more to say than our own Old Doc Higgins: Click here: The Doctor Is In
The Best Stuff - a good site for the Yankee Farmer?: Click here: Elegant-Lifestyle.com - the leading up-market lifestyle portal and magazine for luxury goods and top quality brand
In one short essay, James Nuechterlein takes Frank's entire book, What's Wrong with Kansas?, and mops the floor with it. And, at the same time, offers an alternate thesis which I both like and agree with. I began reading Frank's book in January, and read about a quarter of it - then did something I rarely do with books - I quit it. It is an elitist, Leftist, closed-minded condescending tantrum disguised as a book, with just one idea, which is a dusty 1930s idea. Please, Lefties, believe Frank's book, and do not read the following piece:
Read the piece: Click here: FT March 2004: The Public Square
"If you would change the world, first change yourself."
So many blogs - so little time.
Here at Maggie's Farm, we try to offer the new kind of format - the Blog Format - with no real hard news - there are plenty of good sources there. We want to be a source if interesting stuff, and some semi-frivolous stuff to provide an outlet for our amateur (amateurish?) auteurs. And, as we claim, politics is not our only interest. It is to us what professional sports are to many - entertaining and emotional and topical and silly but meaningless in the final end. But we will not tolerate fools trying to run our lives or to shape our world - we are proud Yankees. And we ain't fools, despite our lack of deep education.
Friday, February 25. 2005
The Scrapple-Dude reports on the proposed merger: Click here: ScrappleFace: With 'Open Arms' Bush Offers to Buy Europe, Russia
What's Right with Kansas: Click here: FT March 2004: The Public Square
Venezuela is getting dangerously crazy: Click here: Venezuela's Chavez: When the going gets tough, cry murder! | www.vcrisis.com
"Merchants of Despair" - Hanson reviews the history of the Left's fearfulness and spinelessness during the 20th Century when it comes to defending America's interests. My personal opinion? The Left isn't spineless - it wants America to fail. Is that paranoid? Doubt it. As the world's beacon of freedom and capitalism and Christianity, anything that harms us helps the now-illusory international socialist movement. Well, they live in the 1930s. Click here: National Review Online (http://www.nationalreview.com)
Primates come down from trees to debate homosexuality: Click here: FOXNews.com - Anglican Church Asks U.S., Canada to Leave
The American Library Association: Bravely leading the vanguard into the past: Click here: Library Journal - Revenge of the Blog People!
Lighter fare - See video - The bird Einstein is good, but the Iams advt ain't bad either: Click here: Animal Planet :: Video :: Pet Star 3
Can't stop wondering...if America is so Evil, why does the whole world want to live here? One more example of media's reflexive anti-American bias:Click here: The Kerry Spot on National Review Online
Race and Class and Education: The Left always makes every issue into a racial or class issue. It's a highly reductionistic, highly manipulative, and highly monotonous propaganda device. Bradley doesn't buy it: Click here: Commentary: Modern Myths about Race and School Performance
Sharon claims French are Pro-Arab - Duh: Click here: Haaretz - Israel News
News Flash! Bird IQ - Click here: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Crows and jays top bird IQ scale
Is NYC nuts? This is the stupidest sort of anti-market "thinking," besides being unfair to all the folks who would want to use it. Yo - New York ! - Choice is good - you got all them bumper stickers saying Voters for Choice, ain't ya? :Click here: Wal-Mart's next battle: in the Big Apple | csmonitor.com
Iranians like Americans. Are we supposed to be surprised that they can think for themselves?:Click here: NewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story
Thank you baby for my tea. The Revolution is long past. Best Tea site on the web: Click here: Mighty Leaf Tea Company
Since Friday is LYF's day to post us something, we offer some corny photos from the quaint underbelly of VT: Click here: Vermont Covered Bridges
Miss church on Sunday? Bad Dog. Good stuff to read: Click here: Yale Center for Faith & Culture
You ask for more Vermont color. What the --- do ya mean by that, Mr. Circus Dog? Nothin quaint here, as you know. This ain't exactly Manchester or Ludlow or some other city-slicker joint down south. Well, Seth and the boys are milkin, and I just come in from the barn for a WallMart apple pie and sausage, and a coffee and a smoke. Then I'll bring them a pot down to the barn, and hope I don't slip on the ---ing ice or trip over one of the --- ----useless mutts and spill that pot of coffee all over my lap like that idiot McDonald's lady. It ain't cold - about 13. Today, will get the sugarin machinery going - got all the lines done. We run em all down the hills to the road now, like them modern sugar guys. Yer fancy friends in Connecticut would like to watch us pull the drowned mice out of the collection barrels, and think about that when they eat their ---- organic buckwheat pancakes or whatever they eat. The --- ----wood-pile is dry and ready, so we can start makin sugar with the first thaw. Any day now that sap will be runnin fast. Don't know why we ---ing bother, with prices so low the past ten years or more. Jes got too many trees up here nowadays, specially with farmin a dyin art. Oh, ----, there's that ---- mouse again - I'm gonna stomp that little ----- into the linoleum before Spring. Woops, too fast for this old fart. Anyway, my friend, is this what you mean by Vermont color? Remember, this is a favor to you. My writin ain't the best but I got my pride. Ayup, I do.
Thursday, February 24. 2005
X-Rated. No, this isn't satire: Click here: AOL News - Court Rules Man Can Sue Over Surprise Pregnancy
Thanks, pals- Canada refuses to help with missile shield. The Euristan community, including Canada, is either self-destructive or in a psychotic denial of the existence of evil: Click here: The Washington Times: AP
Cannot label every problem a crisis, but things are getting messy in Latin and South America: Click here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-2_24_05_RN.html
Crybabies? Guess only a woman would be allowed to write this, eh?:Click here: Feminists Get Hysterical by Heather Mac Donald
If 130 felons voted, does that put the Repub in? :Click here: GOP Says Felons Voted in Wash. Governor's Race
There are no Blue States - only Blue Cities - and why: Click here: City Journal Winter 2005 | The Real Engine of Blue America by Steven Malanga
The illegal immigration debate: Click here: Conservatives Oppose Bush Illegals Plan
Thank God for people with obsessional hobbies...The CT Antique Machinery Association: Click here: CAMA home index
Iowahawk reports on the world-wide fund-raising for American Super-Moms: Click here: iowahawk: Aid Pours in for Victims of Mommy Madness
Brit politics and the war on terror: Click here: SteynOnBritain
Another cool niche site: re sporting dogs: Click here: Welcome to VersatileDogs.Com, Home of the Sporting Dogs Web Page
Dylan, from Every Grain of Sand
In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need,
Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake,
Wednesday, February 23. 2005
Dear Maggie's Farm Readers -
I received the note below, and sent the money, in cash. Now I am beginning to wonder whether that was wise. I like to think of myself as being a trusting animal. I do have good pedigree, but have been insulated from bad Gods. I am not wealthy, but have carefully saved my weekly allowance. Advice? Am I being a paranoid Rottweiler? I have my retirement to consider.
I am Mugnbo Mibidgi, treasury secretary of the Republic of Nigeria. I need a trustworthy person to accept a transfer of $50 million for safekeeping. If you would be so kind as to wire transfer me $2,000 for my adminstrative expenses, I will send you these millions immediately.
Wise old Doc Higgins reminds us never to confuse a correlation with causation, but this is interesting. It doesn't prove cause and effect, tho. Click here: Friends fortify women's hearts / The Washington Times INSIDER
Bambi Department: Tony, arriviste New England rural hamlet plans massacre of the innocents: Click here: Greenwich Time - Town baits areas for deer shooting
What Christo did in Florida: Click here: Christo & Jeanne-Claude Surrounded Islands
Oh, now they want their own Gates... in Psychiatry, it is called "Gate Envy": Click here: The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Colorado Still Waits for Its 'Gates'
An autistic savant. Mind-boggling: Click here: Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | A genius explains
I can see a Romney-Condi ticket...but it's a little early to think about...or is it? Click here: NewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story
Earth to Charlie Rangel: Click here: NewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story
The ailing Pope has some wise words about medical care - (always pleased when the Pope agrees with me!): Click here: Vatican Officials Decry 'Religion of Health'
Dear Loyal Reader,
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 06:35
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