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, April 24. 2006
The architect Filippo Brunelleschi
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What is the goal of "higher education"? Meaning college. I would say that it is the ability to write clearly, which means to think clearly; to know a ton of stuff about all sorts of things; to know Shakespeare, the Bible, geology, calculus (which also means to be able to think clearly) and Locke and Aquinas etc., and I could go on and on.
Kalthoff at American Spectator reports that the old goals have been co-opted by the moonbats. That is not news, thanks to good ol' Dave Horowitz, but Kalthoff does a good job with the theme. One quote:
I agree with every word. Read the whole thing.
We claim to be Centrist in outlook - not
Or has the "center" moved a bit, over the past few years?
Take the test and find out what you are.
And stop pushing the button below that photo. The video is disabled. What do you think we are?
Dr. Dave had slept with one of his patients, and felt guilty all day long. No matter how much he tried to forget about it, he couldn't. The guilt, and sense of betrayal of his Oath was overwhelming. But every once in a while he'd hear an internal, reassuring voice in his head that said: "Dave, don't worry about it. You aren't the first medical practitioner to sleep with one of their patients and you won't be the last. And besides, you're single. Just let it go..."
But invariably another voice in his head would bring him back to his conscience, whispering:
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New news about the art and science of hitting a baseball: "Don't keep your eye on the ball." Why? It's not possible.
Auster explains "anarcho-tyranny", as exemplified in Britain. He does have a point.
All About Mary McCarthy - a couple of posts at Belmont. Wizbang comments on Kerry's bizarre claim that McCarthy did the right thing - and this guy wanted to be Commander in Chief? There is a big story here - maybe worth a Pulitzer?
Duke: This was not a normal police lineup. (h/t, La Shawn)
Where are all the Lutherans? Haha. Marg. Revolution knows.
Celebrate NYC, and its secrets: Another goodie from Marginal Rev.
If you haven't seen this: Anchoress on the Cult of Lying - Malevolent Mendacity
Joe Jemail demonstrates how interviewing a witness should not be done. A bad lawyer - post, with video - by the Prof.
Mobbing. An interesting group phenomenon. Something to watch out for in organizations.
Sunday, April 23. 2006
Enviros have been clamoring for expensive gas for years: they have figured that costly energy should be a driving force for less gas use, and for the development of alternative sources.
Indeed, the US has been spoiled by dirt-cheap gas prices for many years. But the prices we pay now are in fact politics-created. If you want cheap gas:
1. Remove the taxes. What is the federal and state tax per gallon where you live?
2. Get rid of this dumb ethanol additive nonsense. It costs more, complicates distribution, and is nothing more than a boondoggle for corn farmers.
3. Let's drill for oil in the US. Let's use our own, offshore and in Alaska, etc. Or do not complain.
4. Let's increase refinery capacity.
And, whatever is done, the price of oil will increase due to worldwide demand. Pejman takes a look at how gas prices have become a political football. And Ex-Donk takes a look at how the Dems will try to exploit it - without offering any solution other than empty bromides, like "alternative sources instead of drilling," as Brewton points out today. Attack, attack, attack.
Mary McCarthy, who was fired by the CIA this week for leaking CIA secret information to reporter Dana Priest, is just one of a bunch of ardently Democratic folks at State and the CIA who have been using their positions to undermine the Administration.
A great Left-Wing Conspiracy?, asks Ace. McCarthy, Sandy Berger, Richard Clarke, Joe Wilson...
Powerline has been talking about that for a year, in a non-paranoid manner, but I doubt that they imagined that such efforts might reach the level of treason. But it looks like it has, and she has let us down grievously and probably criminally. I doubt she was caught in a "mole hunt," as some have speculated - but she was caught in a leak-hunt.
It matters not whether the CIA or NSA was sending terrorists to Uzbekistan for interrogation: the morality of that is a separate subject.
From a piece by Protein on the subject:
Saturday, April 22. 2006
1. Travel Tip: When you're out for your Sunday drive tomorrow, watch out for old folks. They move slow, but they're mean and crafty. (video)
2. Still Free tags Air Force One. Amazing hoax video.
3. Rush Limbaugh on immigration: It sounds like a Rush rant - but wait 'til the end for the punchline: quick video download: Apr_6_Rush.wmv
Business news: Google is still on a roll. I sold all of mine already, but I try to be prudent with hot stocks. And guess who is back? McDonald's. Their food is revolting, but not their profits...except their fries - better than in France. I know people who pick up a load of fries there when they are grilling steak for dinner.
What suckers! The Brits are moving their jail toilets to please Moslem inmates. Is there a better place to pray, or read, than on the old throne? It must be in the Koran, right next to "Kill the infidel": "Toilets must not face Mecca." Those Blairite Brits are turning into metrosexual saps.
Katrina frauds don't want to give their money back. Huh? It's not their money. Go ahead, play the pity card. That card does not work with the IRS.
Galaxies on a collision course, from the Hubble deep field image:
IowaHawk has outsourced his humor to India! Rooty toot toot!
Protest season. Quote from NE Repub:
How soon will Hamas collapse?
The legal migration from the high-tax blue states to the red states: Why is it happening? Daily Pundit.
The sky is falling. Justin on environmental hysteria.
Russia's demographic choice: Suicide. Perhaps they might welcome 30 million Mexicans?
Venezuela become a military camp. What a joke. I guess it keeps the population from getting pissed off at Chavez - plus gives them a job. Pathetic.
Another quote from One Cosmos' confession (read it all here):
Friday, April 21. 2006
So Scott McClellan has resigned as the White House press secretary. Say what you want about the fellow, at least he had better skin tone than Marlon Fitzwater. People are bandying about names for his replacement, mostly speculation centered on Fox News Channel's Tony Snow.
Does it really matter who you have as your press spokesman?
Thursday, April 20. 2006
Two noted economists, Kahneman and Krueger, think they can solve the "problem of human unhappiness" using their "U-index." Not only that, they believe policy-makers should listen to them.
If it were satire, it would be pretty funny. If they were psychologists, it would be ridiculous, because no psychologist or psychiatrist or psychoanalyst would claim to have the key to happiness, much less claim to be able to define the word - much less claim happiness to be the goal of human existence: defining the meaning of life is not their/our job. (Not to mention the fact that lots of folks are quite happy being grumpy and unhappy, while lots of others seem to be insatiable.)
And one secret known well by psychoanalysts is that the way folks feel has mainly to do with their relationship with themselves, not to their material or life circumstances - unless their circumstances are dire, which is rare in the Western world.
Thus, in the end, reading about these two guys feels a bit like reading a speech by Kim Il Sung, or something in Brave New World. Creepy. No-one wants government messing with our souls: we will deal with our own souls, thank you very much. Delivering the mail, killing terrorists, and leaving me alone are all that I ask of them.
A quote from Kling's usual fine essay at TCS:
Someone should tell these arrogant jokers and closet utopian totalitarians to stick to their knitting: I don't trust people with power who obtain their happiness by figuring out how to make me happy. Read Kling's entire piece here.
Second homes: They were 14% of the real estate market in 2004. Are they driving the real estate market? Clayton Cramer
Georgia's new immigration law: details here at YARGB
Free political speech and 527s. Coyote rips Repubs for their role in this mess.
Carl Bernstein makes a case for impeaching Bush. Claims it's not partisan. I think it's just payback time. Rick Moran takes a look.
What plants like to grow on beaches along the Atlantic coast? I have a project going, so I needed to check. Here they are.
"I'm beginning to hear voices and there's no one around
"Cold Irons Bound," from 1997's Grammy-winning Time Out Of Mind. While many of Dylan's earlier lyrics could stand on their own as poetry, those on Time Out Of Mind cannot - to me anyways - be separated from the music without having their impact significantly diminished. In this sense, though, they may work better as complete songs than some earlier masterpieces. In live performances Dylan uses the music to heighten the emotional impact of the songs to an even greater degree than on the albums: try, for instance, a fiery version from 1998 here, or a subdued new arrangement performed just a few days ago in Grand Prairie, Texas, here.
I disagree with lots of it, and agree with lots of it. But I welcome a sane, adult, and friendly debate about the proper role of government in the lives of free people.
Our Uncle Norm has posted it here.
If I had the time, I would go through it point by point. But I have a business to run, jobs to create, opportunities to nurture, money to be put to work, and new ideas to develop. Maybe I will find the time soon.
In the meantime, I wish Uncle Norm would covertly take on a real job in the real world, and have the chance to find out what it is like. He might be quite surprised: Good capitalist work is great, challenging, life-affirming, scary, creative, rigorous, and infinitely more exciting than being a professor to a bunch of drooling, hormone-poisoned, brains-full-of-mush late adolescents. And it is fun to make a real income.
I wish those good guys would try it, before they pontificate about socialism. But I like them and enjoy them anyway. There is lots more to life than politics - but individual freedom is high on my list of pleasures. For better or worse, let me deal with what I have been blessed with, and leave it to me to figure out what my goals are - if any.
There are of course a number of Pointing breeds which contain that strange and fortunate DNA which causes them to freeze when bird scent is close, but in the US "Pointer" refers to many generations of breeding of the English Pointer. I have been told that the Show lines can make good family pets, but the Hunting lines seem to Live to Work, like your friends at Maggie's Farm.
Pointers are typically hunted with a bell or a beeper collar to keep track of their location. They are the classic dog for quail hunting, and are a more popular breed in the southern US than elsewhere: in the South, "dog" tends to mean Pointer, and "bird" means Bob White quail.
There are few sights as dramatic as that of a Pointer on point. Photo below is an example. This dog which hunted with some friends in Valdosta, GA in March, is pointing a covey of quail in the palmettos.
Here's an excellent review of all of the basic types of bird dogs.
The CEO of Tyson Foods manages to arrange a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican. After receiving the papal blessing, he whispers, "Your eminence, we have an offer for you. Tyson Foods is prepared to donate $100 million dollars to the church if you change the Lord's Prayer from "give us this day our daily bread" to "give us this day our daily chicken.'"
The Pope responds, "That is impossible. The Prayer is the word of the Lord - it must not be changed."
"Well," says the Tyson man, "We anticipated your reluctance. For this reason, we will increase our offer to $300 million dollars. All we require is that you change the Lord's Prayer from 'give us this day our daily bread' to 'give us this day our daily chicken.'"
Again, the Pope replies, "That, my son, is impossible. For the prayer is the word of the Lord and it must not be changed."
Finally, the Tyson guy says, "Your Holiness, we at Tyson Foods respect your adherence to your faith, but we do have one final offer. We will donate $500 million dollars to the great Roman Catholic Church if you would only change the Lord's Prayer from 'give us this day our daily bread' to 'give us this day our daily chicken.' Please consider it." And he leaves.
The next day the Pope convenes the College of Cardinals. "There is some good news," he announces, "And some bad news."
"The good news is that the Church has come into $500 million dollars."
"And the bad news, Your Holiness?" asks a Cardinal.
"We're losing the Wonderbread account."
Wednesday, April 19. 2006
Jetlag Cures: Water, darkness, and earplugs.
The Chinese organ-selling story. Hey, why not? It is "rational", isn't it?
Travel and Do Good: Adventurers bring cataract surgery to Indian villages. Only Americans would do things like this.
An MD with a Medicaid practice: That ain't a medical practice - that's charity. God bless him.
We agree with Pejman:
The Boston Globe tries its hand at multicultural "understanding." Seems like they "understand" suicide bombers. Of course they do. Who could doubt it?
As an essayist, I see Dinocrat rising to the level of the Great Right Wing Nuthouse. From a piece on multiculturalism:
Raskalnikov, a Canadian Indian, is fed up with blogging. One quote from Manitoba (with comments from S,C and A, where you can read the whole piece):
From the Financial Times on Hollywood’s Pellicano scandal:
When Lincoln, with his son Tad, was taking the Presidential train back from Richmond following the fall of Richmond in April, 1865, shortly before his assassination, he saw a Box Turtle sunning near the tracks. He had the train stopped, and went out and played with the turtle with Tad for a while before re-boarding the train.
Anyone who likes Box Turtles is OK with us. They are coming out of hibernation now, hungry, and looking for mates. Don't run them over, and help them across the road. And don't take them home - they don't work as pets, and they like their home territory.
How do I know they are awake? Saw my first one of our local colony, taking the sun yesterday morning. Funny how they always look cheerful.
The Sprint Family Locator. Here.
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We have posted earlier on the hazards of being an illegal in Mexico, and the huge obstacles to becoming a legal immigrant into Mexico - while the Mexican govt. takes great joy in dumping their unwanted citizens into the US:
Read the whole sorry, hypocritical, ridiculous story, at Ace. Mexico is beautiful, but a screwed-up joke of an irrational country - as bad as Sweden.
John Kekes refreshes our memory of The Terror of the French Revolution, for which the ends justified the means. One quote:
Read it all and remember. The guy was a creepy loser. Whenever you hear "equality, justice and reason," run for the hills. It means they want to kill you: it is "rational." If someone says "freedom from the state," - go there: it means they respect the human heart and soul. As much as I like Norm Geras, I would not want to be a serf or slave on his socialist plantation. It would be soul-destroying, and could turn me into a lazy, undignified, working-the-system bum, like the blue-eyed hedonistic jerks in Sweden or the brown-eyed infants in France.