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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Friday, June 30. 2006
Resurrecting mothballed Navy ships: a great piece by Confederate Yank - photo on right, of the former USNS San Diego, stolen from him. Few things as sentimental or soulful as an old Navy ship: the combination of ocean, power, and vulnerability is plain wonderful.
Gonzales wants porn ratings for web sites. I want the govt's hands OFF the internet.
Robinson Jeffers. A fine appreciation of the California poet, by Middlebrow.
"Now, I'm going to make like a divorce and split." Althouse on Dylan's radio show.
Hawkins on the Lieberman challenge in CT. Ned Lamont is having fun, but is he doing the Dems any favors? They would be nuts to give up Joe Lieberman, unless they want a very small tent. It's about emotion, not reason.
Ankle Biting Pundit takes another look at Howard Dean's 60s nostalgia.
Have you seen dignity? Joe at Evangelical Outpost looks at human dignity as the foundational concept of civilization.
Manliness vs. Boyishness. Part-time Pundit seems to get it right.
Academic political correctness in Holland. Do not say "It can't happen here." Augean Stables.
As you can see, we are reposting some of our favorite essays we have collected over the past 18 months - none written by us.
In the deep summer, we like to recycle stuff. Yes, that is Cape Cod. Can you name that light?
Why I Became a Conservative, by (the great) Roger Scruton; it begins like this:
Read it all.
Hull Speed = 1.34 X (LWL)1/2
Non-sailors often do not know that the maximum speed of a boat is limited by its LWL (length at waterline).
Very interesting, practical math. Wind load, capsize formula, true and apparent wind - all the cool sailing calculations, here.
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Reposted: Splendid photo courtesy of Peter Nye, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Endangered Species Unit Leader, Albany
How media leaks damage intel-gathering: CSM
China trying to crack down further on internet: expected to have 60 million blogs this year. The internet is a heck of a challenge for a totalitarian country. via Drudge
Kesler says Bill Keller had good legal advice. I agree. Legal, but immoral.
Al Gore's mentor, and how Al Gore tried to bury him. Am Thinker
Hostas. Bridgewood Gardens Hosta Catalog. Nice.
Dem Strategy: Everybody RUN! People's Cube
Black Americans come out of the GOP closet: Hawkins at Human Events. Yes, it's way past time for this.
Is Canada part of Europe? No Pasaran doubts it.
Thursday, June 29. 2006
Well, we've already explained the Cult of the Daily Kos here: Daily Kos is the Amway of Bile And that was before we found out you weren't getting your platinum level member's card and special introductory Bushitlerburton T-shirt unless your moon was in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligned with Mars.
Well, peace won't rule the planet because you vent your spleen over and over in a chat room. It's our contention that Markos Moulitsas would be shoving food out a hole in a wall if he didn't preside over that coven of contentiousness, The Daily Kos; but what about his minions? Umm --toadies! Er, running dog lackeys, yeah, that's it! Nah, his, his, well, let's see... let's be polite: his commenters. What the hell makes them congregate together, simultaneously proclaiming they are an ascendant majority and a tiny vanguard minority, always being unfairly portrayed by the media and betrayed by shady cabals everywhere? What's their story?
Enchiridion Militis thinks he knows: They're the 2006 version of the John Birch Society.
I advise my kids, as they grow up and enter the semi-adult social world, to appraise the people they meet - assuming they like them - before deciding to what extent they would invite them into their personal life, if at all.
We have all been disappointed by people, by ignoring things that were right in front of our eyes, especially when we were young.
Without ever getting into psychology, I just want them to be able to identify problem personality traits or personality types which have the potential to be damaging to them. I don't want them to obsess about it - just to be intelligently observant and to not take people at face value.
It's like Bird Dog identifying birds, or The Barrister having fun identifying fallacies. Call it "Know Your People."
The subject comes up because I was forwarded Instapundit's link to his wife's piece on Borderlines, at Dr. Helen. It can be difficult to write about psychological subjects for laypeople, because we tend to use so much jargon in our thinking, but she does a good job with the subject. However smart or charming Borderline women can be, guys are best off keeping an emotional distance from these often-exciting but angry and unstable females, because they can be very hurtful.
Other types worth identifying "in the field":
The "Slimies." This includes the ingratiating, the manipulative, the liars, the smoothies, the users, the vengeful, the overly-earnest, the conniving, the calculating. More common in men. Stay away, because how slimies treat others is the way they will treat you when you are no longer useful or convenient.
The "Angries." Always a complaint, without ability to take any joy in life. Just not any fun. Occurs in both mean and women.
The "Dopeys." They have never been curious enough about life to know much about anything beyond the totally conventional and superficial. Could be fun for a while, but ultimately dull and cannot enrich your life. Occurs equally in men and women.
The "Narcissists." They dig themselves so much that they don't really have much interest or energy for anyone else (unless the other is a "narcissistic object" - but that's too complicated for here). They want admiring mirrors more than they want real relationships. They are takers, often attractive and charming in a way, but they can be very unpleasant when they do not get the attention or adulation they believe they deserve. Enjoy them socially, but don't get too close. Occurs equally in men and women, but more obvious in women.
Americans should be informed on the election in Mexico because the outcome there will be felt on our borders and in our cities. The Immigrant Diaspora is directly related to the economic hardship felt by the Mexicans who view "Coming to America" as their families only chance for survival. Americans can look to Venezuela and Bolivia as examples for what will lie ahead should the Populist candidate Obrador be elected.
Reposted from May, 2005:
Roger Kimball, author of Tenured Radicals, with an essay: Re-Taking the University
The New York Cosmopolitan - very, very good, and healthy, too. Make it, pour it in the vodka bottle and put it in the freezer and then take it over to the party. The recipe is very easy. Yes, we prefer it with Rose's instead of fresh lime.
Reposted from May 31, 2005
The Dylanologist may be accused of having a greater passion for the music of Bobby D. than most doctors would recommend, but this will not stop him from helping others augment their knowledge and appreciation of his (immense) body of work. So, for all Dylanophiles, aspiring Dylanologists, and even casual fans, here are a few links that might be of interest:
Expecting Rain: As close as anything comes to a Dylan blog, this terrific site provides tons of Bob-centered and Bob-related material every day, many of which would be of interest to the general music fan. Lots of good links to explore also.
Dylan Tree: The site to go to for those looking to deal in Dylan bootlegs (the proper term is "audience recordings"), a must for anyone who wants to hear Dylan at his best. Though most of the site is dedicated to trading of CD's via mail, there is also a new bittorrent feature which allows tech-savvy users to directly download entire concerts to their hard drives.
Dylan Pool: A huge Dylan community which allows you to guess which songs Bob will be performing each tour and which scores and ranks you based on your performance. Create a profile, list the concerts you've attended and even browse a fan forum at this site.
Dylan MP3's: One of a number of sites which offer select live performances for direct download. The version of Highlands in particular is mesmerizing.
Bob Dates: Can't remember whether Bob played Like A Rolling Stone at that show you saw five years ago? No matter, this site catalogues every single Dylan performance from the mid-90s forward in an easy-to-navigate format, with reviews penned by audience members for almost every show.
There are a lot more good ones out there, of course - not to mention Dylan's official site at bobdylan.com, which also has live tunes available under to performances section - but these few sites can serve to get you started. Happy browsing!
"That big eight-wheeler rollin' down the track
"I'm Movin' On," written by Hank Snow and covered by numerous artists including Emmylou Harris and the Rolling Stones. Dylan performed this song a handful of times in early 1993, shortly after he finalized his divorce with his second wife, Carolyn Dennis. Download one of these live performances, given in the Netherlands in February of 1993, at the link here. Or, try a very similar acoustic cover that opened Dylan's late 1992 shows, Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied," a song which has essentially the same theme and message.
A cheerless, world-weary Dylan performs in mid-1992 at right.
It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition.
(taken from a piece at Humbug on scientific theory)
Can you believe that NYC has a "rent control board"? It's a vestige of socialism in the Leftist town, the world center of capitalist dynamism. Weird.
We spend 350 million for the EEOC. What do we get? a lawsuit against Hooters for not hiring men. Jeez. Your tax dollars...
The Mexican elections: What does it mean for the USA? VDARE
Traffic calming. The govt slows you down, hoping you will use mass transit instead. A Desire named Streetcar. h/t, Gumshoe
More climatologists say Gore is full of baloney.
Hugh Hewitt interviews the LA Times on the subject of "crossing the line."
Eisenhower's Autobahn at 50 - do we like it? I don't. The Interstate Highway system. But it was built for war. But it created "sprawl."
Peekaboo, Assad. We know you're there. Israeli jets buzz Assad's summer house.
Putin sends out "kill" order. Bet they will, too. We could use a bit of that attitude.
Overheard today in an elevator from Sulzberger, Jr.: "Hey, 200,000 cancellations today! We must be doing something right! Yeah, man - we are cool - in the vanguard! We are like hip. Finally, a groovy newspaper like Ramparts! Dig it, man."
How the others think: Glenn Greenwald thinks Bush is the greatest danger to America. Does he really think this, or is he just saying it for effect? I cannot tell.
Piling on the NYT. Howard Kurtz at WaPo
The 2006 PlanetOut Travel Awards. Favored gay, lesbian and transgender destinations. Opie thought you might be interested, even if you're not g,l, t, etc.
Good news for guys who appreciate: American bra sizes increasing. Is it a crisis for givernment intervention?
The AP hides the climatologists who think Gore is an "embarassment." The more I learn, the more I think this is a big scam, foisted on a scientifically-ignorant public.
Can you pass the US Citizenship Test? If you are awake, you can. Here. These are the "hard ones"!!!
Is India one nation, or many states? Try driving a truck through India. CSM. Their corruption, and obstacles to commerce, are astonishing. Yet they continue.
Howard Dean: "We're about to enter the 60s again". Umm, I think the problem is that he never left the 60s. How childish. Amazing to me that he would say that - so dumb. Some folks never grow up. Kumbaya, dude. Love and peace and pass me that bong. Hey, got any 'shrooms? Reality is getting to be a major drag, man.
Wednesday, June 28. 2006
Reposted from Feb, 2005:
The great Gertrude Himmelfarb on the great Lionel Trilling. I remember well this dignified gent from my undergrad years: he expected a lot! You were to be a scholar, not a student, which meant he wanted you to show him something he didn't know, or hadn't thought about. A paragraph from the piece, which uses T.S. Eliot as a central theme (nicely covers my personal theme of "the tyranny of good intentions") :
Read it all here: Click here: The Trilling Imagination
Image: from the top link, by Cecil Beaton
Repost: originally posted on Oct 19, 2005
From piece by Zinsmeister at The American Enterprise:
Asked which countries are the biggest threat to world peace, Europeans name the U.S as often as North Korea and Iran (each are picked by 53 percent). Countries characterized by Euros as less menacing than the U.S. include Syria, Iraq, Russia, China, Afghanistan, Libya. As one American living in Britain, Anglican minister Dwight Longenecker, summarizes: "Our cultural ancestors have become unrecognizable, even hostile, to us."
A repost from Feb, 2005:
From a piece by Gelertner in Daily Standard:
Read the whole thing.
Reposted from November, 2005. See "The Song and Dance Man" category for other good stuff. Even if you aren't a Dylan fan, you will find this video hauntingly beautiful.
Dylan Download Of The Day - "Restless Farewell," Ten Years Later
Today's featured download breaks new ground in that it offers video of Maggie's favorite guitar-strumming bard as well as audio - the file size is correspondingly much larger and will take longer to download, but I think you'll find it worth the wait.
The clip features Dylan performing at Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday celebration in November of 1995 (exactly ten years ago as of tomorrow), just a few weeks after completing a tremendous series of shows along the East coast. Featured at the very end of a long bill of entertainers ranging from Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett to Ray Charles and Peggy Lee, all of whom performed Sinatra songs, Dylan took to the stage backed by not only his regular touring band, but by a full string ensemble, and launched into his first performance of his own song "Restless Farewell" in over 30 years. Rumor has it that Sinatra himself requested the song, and given that its lyrics show it to be Dylan's own version of "My Way," this does not seem improbable.
In any event, the instrumental backing is quite unlike that of any other live Dylan performance, and the concentration Dylan brings to bear on the phrasing of the lyrics represents a high point of the Neverending Tour. Even with the grainy quality of the video, the viewer can clearly detect a glint in Dylan's eye, a spark of renewed inspiration and creativity that would lead him to write his first original lyrics in over six years just a couple months later. (These lyrics, which would not be recorded until January of 1997, came together to form Dylan's Grammy-winning album "Time Out Of Mind.") On that November night, though, the crowd of celebrities assembled to pay homage to Frank probably did not even recognize the song, but the passion and honesty of the performance should have been evident to anyone lucky enough to have been there in person.
Modern liberalism, for most liberals, is not a consciously understood set of rational beliefs, but a bundle of unexamined prejudices and conjoined sentiments. The basic ideas and beliefs seem more satisfactory when they are not made fully explicit, when they merely lurk rather obscurely in the background, coloring the rhetoric and adding a certain emotive glow.
Vote for Miss Hoosegow 2006, at Iowahawk. They are almost as cute as the Wal-Mart girls (see below)
Climate scientists say Gore is an embarassment. The AP ignores them. Very windy and rainy here today: Thanks, George Bush for the rain - it is soaking in all the fertilizer I put out this weekend, very nicely, and my tomatoes are growing like crazy.
Anchoress says environmentalism is a religion. She doesn't say "pagan," but she might as well have said. So we have two theories: a religion, or (last nite's post re Dr. Sanity) or a socialist power grab. Could be both, eh?
Very curious about what is going on in Gaza - very hard to get any info.
"Youths" in Antwerp kill bus driver. Belgium having increasing problems with Moslem "youths." If they cannot carry guns, I'd suggest Louisville Sluggers or knives. You cannot just let the punks kill you, if you have kids at home. Brussels Journal h/t Daily Pundit
Bolton vs. Gore - How to Save the World? Hunger and disease, vs climate? The Economist.
Che Guevera: Let's try to remember who this guy was. Sandmonkey
South Florida Sun Sentinel praises CAIR. Front Page disagrees.
Bush a threat to our very democracy, claims Gore in fund raising letter. That's fund-raising for ya: Scare the ignorant. Get their money.
Why Moslems would rather move to the US than to Europe. Economist.
Meet your new UN Human Rights Council. Gateway.
Germans kill their only wild bear. Ridiculous. They should see all the bears in New Jersey. Bears in the garbage, bears under the porch. No need to kill the darn things, except during hunting season.
You already saw this, didn't you? NYT caught with their pants down again, revealing their cute panties with pictures of Al Gore's face on them. Powerline. In 2002, they editorialized that we needed more aggressive intel on international bank transfers. Moral of the story: they are partisan pure and simple, without any apparent guilt about it.
Playboy does the women of Walmart. Buy the DVD!
Tuesday, June 27. 2006
Dr. Sanity said this better than we have or can - but she is right. Rush has been saying this for years, but I have finally come around to being persuaded.
Read the whole thing - it's good.
This came in over the transom:
STORY NUMBER ONE
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When you step in it this many times in a row, it's no accident.
It is way past time, in our opinion, to boycott them. Sisu. Bush's anger was gratifying to many. At Maggie's, we have all quit our subscriptions over the past year. Just could not stomach their propaganda. Miss their Travel Section, though - but who can afford all those trips anyway?
The NYT has made itself the chardonnay-sippping, 60s-era, radical chic, Manhattan limo liberal mouthpiece rather than a serious national paper. (See post immediately below.) But to add treason to the mix is just over the top. We can all return to them, if and when they return to sanity - or land in jail. In the meantime, it's The New York Sun for us. And the CSM. The Globe is = NYT.
I'd like to acknowledge whoever linked to this piece, but
Take a look, and see how they did, or are doing. Looks like their goals are doing just fine.
Greene at American Enterprise takes a look at these questions about US education:
1. Does money matter?
Read the article, and spread the truth. There are tons of great teachers out there, but the public system is a union plantation, with a big megaphone.
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