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.
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,
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 carefor Americanmedicine.
"Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; and hold not thy peace at my tears! For I am thy passing guest a sojourner, like all my fathers. Look away from me, that I may know gladness, before I depart and be no more."
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:
And it's not just blogs. Websites, news and opinion outlets...well, like, duh? But I am realizing how much the net is like living inside a library - a big one, like the New York Public Library - a universe of words and thoughts and pictures. Even if you are retired, which the Bird Dog is far from being, you can't begin to scratch the surface. That is why, just like Taranto at the WSJ, Maggie's Farm has a team of retrievers - each one smarter than me. (They are listed under "About Us," but it isn't complete.) And it should not be surprising to me how many folks write and think well, and just want to put their stuff out there, hoping someone will appreciate it or use it. Writing ability, combined with thinking ability, is as much of a miracle as musical talent - and, like musical talent, it is remarkable how generously that miracle is handed out.
Obviously, most media opinion outlets offer essays, but most bloggers offer essays too - some very short and some lengthy and scholarly. As more people use the net for information and for brain food, we are seeing a resurgence of the essay. Francis Bacon would be pleased. I always felt that the late Stephen J. Gould was the best essayist of our time. Each piece was a compact, perfectly-constructed gem. Like a good sonnet. Blog essays are dashed off - people have jobs and kids and bills to pay and cows to milk. And the writing tends to be more colloquial and casual. But still dang good, as Napoleon Dynamite would say. Glenn Reynolds can sometimes say 100 words in just one "Huh?"
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.
"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)
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.
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
In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need, When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed, There's a dyin' voice within me, reaching out somewhere, Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.
Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake, Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break. In the fury of the moment, I can see the Master's hand In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.
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.
Dear Editor: This is just one more stupid, extremist, irrational, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing blog. The world doesn't need any more of these. Quit wasting your time and mine, and get a real job, or find something useful to do. If you have any skills, which I doubt. Can you mow lawns? If not, become a journalist or a politician, ya big jerk. Sincerely, Anonymous
Dear Loyal Reader, Well, we can mow, but rarely in a straight line. We keep slanting to the right. But thanks for the constructive criticism. We can assure you that we will take it to heart. Sincerely, Bird Dog