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
Friday, August 26. 2005
Bainbridge on the Vioxx verdict, juror ignorance, etc., here.
Evolution, Religion, Cultural Matters
Lee Harris at TCS has written one of the most thoughtful pieces on this subject - a subject which I have been avoiding because I see no conflict between evolutionary theory and Christianity. But that is just me. Harris has many things worth saying about knowledge and culture. Excerpt:
Read the whole thing.
Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
Thursday, August 25. 2005
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Posted by Opie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:53 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Republicans in sheep's clothing? Spector and Chavez? What is going on? This girl blogger speaks her mind. Read the rest here:
Definitions, from Moonbat Central:
A War Hero, and an incredible story
Bennett tells the story of the hero who survived a bizarre B-17 collision over Germany:
Ralph Peter's new book, reviewed by Col. Gordon Cucullu:
Brewton digs into Marbury v. Madison, here.
The BBC on Brother Roger's death, about which we posted yesterday.
The CAIR-Graham story, Dallas Morning News:
Australia: Love it or leave it. Right on! LGF has the story.
Chastity scholarships in Uganda. There's an idea. Any takers?
Prager on Marxism, materialism, etc:
UMass vs. Ole Miss: Not football or basketball - growing pot.
Kudlow is sanguine about oil prices. Read why.
Nyhan has some fun facts about Election 2008
Jaws in Ammagansett?
Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
I had a woman down in Alabama,
Excerpted from Bob Dylan's Slow Train
Wednesday, August 24. 2005
Free the Pritkin One and a Half
Jihad sympathizer detainee denied Snickers. Iowahawk does Michael Moore at the spa.
Death of Brother Roger
Brother Roger, founder of Taize in 1940, was murdered one week ago at the age of 90. His funeral reported in the NYT, here. By coincidence, we have written on Taize several times in the past month, here and here. The photo from Taize says most of what can be said.
No doubt. Look at Shiller's graph, on Marginal Revolution. That is a Sell signal.
Telling a young, seemingly healthy patient that they have terminal cancer
Every physician has had to do this hundreds of times, but Dr. Bob wrote it down. "How do you deliver a death sentence?" Dr. Bob explains how he does it. I wish I had written this piece, but Bob did it better than I could have done. The saddest part is always trying to find a way to offer hope, when you know that, statistically, there is none. We sometimes feel like liars, but we need to believe in the power of hope and prayer, despite the terrifying inevitability of the truth of the numbers. There's a lot more to being a doctor than playing golf, folks. Trust me.
No Turtles, Please
The entirely worthy, and still-available, American Princess wants a diamond, and not a turtle, when she becomes engaged. I just can't understand that, can you? What normal gal wouldn't rather have a nice turtle?
(This one, as our readers know, is a nice Eastern Box Turtle.)
I just got word from my migration
Their falcon-like shape, their flight, their white wing-flash, and their loud beeping noise are easy diagnostics. They are seen as often in town as in the country - maybe more often in town, at dusk.
The photo, courtesy of P. LaTourette, obviously shows a perched nighthawk, but I have never seen one that was not flying. Read more about this bird here.
The Ouija Board approach to the Bible, and How the Bible reveals truth
From Evangelical Outpost:
Daniel Pipes explains how terrorism is slowing the progress of radical Islam: before terrorism, they were quietly and successfully insinuating themselves throughout the world. Now, they are on the radar. Interesting. At Dhimmi Watch.
Wind Power: We know it kills birds. Now we find it slaughters bats too. Rather than being environmentally friendly, wind farms are nothing but a mass of knives spinning in the sky. Nuclear is where we need to be going - this idea is environmentally nuts. At Env. Economics
The "You dont speak for me, Cindy" Tour moves forward. At Move America Forward.
Eric takes an open-minded look at the Green Party and their positions. Classical Values.
The CT lawsuit against the Feds re No Child Left Behind and unfunded mandates - AG Blumenthal is doing it as a favor to the teacher's unions. Ex-Donk.
More Krugman-bashing. Every bit of it well-deserved for this lying and distorting propagandist. Patterico. And Baer adds his two cents at RCP: Click here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-8_22_05_RB.html
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Tuesday, August 23. 2005
World Mis-spent Youth Day
Curt Jester did a good job with this, but I was looking for Benedict's speech. This will have to do for now.
Yet one more example of why news blogs are necessary
Did you read in the paper that military recruitment is up? No, but Powerline has it, among others.
On TV tonite
The real truth about 9-11, Part 2, from National Geographic. Can you handle it? Thanks, LGF.
Holiness, and Isaiah
From my blog comrade Brian at Real Meal Ministries:
Read the rest, and find out what holiness really means, from a preacher who digs turtles and Dylan.
Egyptians move into Gaza
Egyptian Generals - hopefully not Egyptian psychiatrists. Curious how this has happened. From DebkaFiles:
It used to be quite hip for medical schools to discuss the cultural aspects of medicine, but that fad has passed - there are just too many facts to learn, and young doctors don't have patience with the soft stuff. But the subject comes up after reading about Dr. Adel Sadeq, an Egyptian psychiatrist who puts suicide bombers in this context:
Puts Prozac to shame. He goes on to argue the necessity of driving the Jews into the sea. If you are a Jew in Egypt, and need a psychiatrist, I suggest avoiding Dr. Sadeq. Sometimes cultural differences are underestimated because people seem so much the same in so many ways, but when you read something like this, you realize that many Moslems, inclduing prosperous, professional Egyptians, are living in a different reality entirely. They have modern medicine, embedded in 7th century ideas. Entire piece here, on neo neo-con.
Horowitz is Always Right
He says lots of things that sound either unbelievable, or paranoid, but he always turns out to be right. In this case, the American Thinker reveals the latest in the Left-Islamic alliance against Western Civilization:
The Civil Rights Movement, etc.
I have never understood why the Democratic Party has become closely associated with the Civil Rights movement. As I recall, it was the southern Dems that opposed it, and northern Repubs who pushed it, in the tradition of Repubs Lincoln and Eisenhower. Anyway, it is interesting to read about a generational shift in political loyalties for American blacks.