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.
One of the most serious challenges to democracy in the 21st century is the unprecedented pressure from migration, and the fact that certain groups can decide to permanently change the entire demographic make-up of a country without public debate and without public consent, by simply refraining from upholding its borders. It has been called “the greatest demographic experiment ever forced onto a people politically.”
The world is in turmoil. We stand at the brink of a regional war in the mideast. Gas prices have doubled; the stock market gyrates and fluctuates at even a whiff of trouble. Apocalypse looms; contagion and misery rear their ugly heads daily. Seas rise up in anger and consume whole villages; the earth shakes and groans under the weight of its jostling billions.
What can a person do?
Why, get dressed up in a metal bikini and pose for pictures, of course; and post them all at:
As Christians we should reject the politically correct third way that allows non-Christians to escape the horns of the trilemma. The logic of the “liar, lunatic, Lord” argument forces a choice, one that Jesus himself requires every person to make. You can fall at his feet in adoration, dismiss him as a crank, or pity him as mentally deranged fool. You can even deny the evidence and historical consensus and claim that Jesus never existed. But what you cannot say is that he was merely a “good man” or a “wise teacher.” Jefferson’s Jesus—the moral philosopher that lies in a sepulcher in Jerusalem—can’t be found in the Gospels, in history, or in the anywhere outside the imagination of our founding father.
Hurricanes: The problem is people building and living too close to the coast. Duh. NYT At Maggie's Farm, we oppose any new Federally-subsidized flood insurance. It's stupid: we subsidize people to live in flood zones, then have to pay to rescue them from floods and hurricanes and to rebuild in the same place. Only govt could be that dumb. But it's not their money, is it?
Another Hizbullah leader hinted that the group had not expected such a ferocious response from Israel, as previous border incidents have usually played out in low-key fashion.
The more I think about it, the more I suspect that they wanted to create a little border scuffle as a diversion from Iran, and did not count on a strong reaction from an Israel who was feeling cornered and beseiged - and fed up with the fact that, with every concession, their enemies just move closer.
In Kenneth Koch's Modern (1800-present) English Poetry class, the biweekly assignment was to produce a plausible imitation - but not a satire - of the poet in question.
It was a good way to try to get into the head and the rhythms and the images of a poet. Some were easy: Whitman, Eliot. Some were very difficult: Stevens, Yeats.
I see Auden imagined a world in which poets were so much in demand that they required apprentices to help out:
If poetry were in great public demand so that there were overworked professional poets, I can imagine a system under which an established poet would take on a small number of apprentices who would begin by changing his blotting paper, advance to typing his manuscripts, and end up by ghost-writing poems for him which he was too busy to start or finish. The apprentices might really learn something...
The below came in over the transom. I think I have seen it before:
After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics, problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond in writing on the lower half of the form what remedial action was taken, and the pilot reviews the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by Qantas pilots and the solution recorded by maintenance engineers.
By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident.
(P = the Problem logged by the pilot.) (S = the Solution and action taken by the mechanics.)
P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit. S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent. S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
More on continuation page - the last one is the best. BTW, Qantas is the acronym for the Queensland and Northern Territories Air Service.
Dr. Lee needs more refrigerator magnets to make this Humvee fully and properly protected and dressed. (Yes, it's for real.) Request is a shout-out via Iowahawk, but the Doc's site with his APO address is here.
I will send him one that says "Did you remember to take your Prozac today?", another with a snake that says "Repti-vite - for happy reptiles," and an AAA magnet which could come in very handy in Iraq. That's all I can spare. I will send a Ducks Unlimited sticker, but magnets is what they need for full protection.
Rove is behind Leftist anti-Semitism. LGF. Rove is not a human - he is The Devil, incarnate: a multi-tentacled evil monster. Spends a lot of his time blogging too, with one of those tentacles, under pseudonyms, in his spare time - no doubt.
What is Liberal-Left pacifism all about, and is it any different than defeatism? I have always viewed it as a sort of knee-jerk anti-Americanism; an unhealthy death wish. Why is the battle in Lebanon termed a "crisis"? Why is a cease-fire "urgent" here, and not in Darfur? Paul at Powerline suggests that the notion of war by the clock is a mental compromise between pacifism and the unwillingness to totally abandon the idea of self-defence. One quote:
The concept of fighting a war for a limited, pre-established duration is, to put it gently, a post-modern one. Prior to the left's call for a time-table in Iraq, I'm not aware of any precedent for this peculiar approach to warfare. So it is fair to ask, what are the reasons why Israel should be allowed only a few weeks to finish a military operation it initiated in order to prevent its citizens from being bombed by an enemy committed to Israel's destruction?
Raven likes to do weights, as do many women these day. I think it is great for women to be strong and fit. But it can be overdone.
On the other hand, we can always use someone on the farm who can lift an engine block out of a car singlehandedly. Or carry a sick cow back to the barn. Maybe Miss Muscles should give The Farm a jingle.
I find this look slightly scarey. And, no, that's not Raven.
This quote in Ecological Economics reinforces what people like Rush have been saying for years: The radical enviros - unlike the rational conservationists like all of us at Maggie's Farm - want to run the world, just like the Jihadists. We hate people who want to run the world. Indeed, we hate anyone who wants to run our lives. Does that make us permanent rebellious adolescents? Dreams of power always wear benevolent masks these days: it's the fashion. In the good old days of Atilla, such window-dressing wasn't necessary.
In the second half of the 20th century, neoclassical economics and its derivatives came to dominate economic thinking, teaching and policymaking. Humanity is increasingly feeling the consequences of this blinkered vision: the ever-widening gap between the very rich and all the rest, and between developed and underdeveloped nations; globalization without global coordination for the common good; and economically induced climate change, with the mid-century prospect of an Earth unable to support even current levels of human population. Meta-externalities from economic systems are draining the resources on which they depend, from families and other institutions that educate and socialize human beings, to water, air, soil, and the diversity of species.
Their solution to these crises? Let them run the world. My solution to these crises? Let me run the world.
Why diplomacy isn't always constructive: Ahmadinejad on Sunday: "We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you." Who? Me? (from Atlas)
An Airbus whistle-blower in deep trouble in Austria. LAT
Judson Laipply does the Evolution of Dance. YouTube
Brits expected to welcome 45,000 criminals. That would be lovely. Tangled Web. (Isn't that what Botany Bay was for?) In other psychotic Brit news, Galloway glorifies Hezbollah. Gateway. I think they need to add Thorazine to their drinking water - or to their beer. This is not my homeland that I know and love.
A conversation with Milton and Rose Friedman. This is too good. Betsy
Hezbollah is, indeed, a state-within-a-state. It's an odd situation - but everything is odd in the Middle East. From a short, to-the-point piece at Samizdata:
Much as I support the idea of a modernist secular Lebanon, perhaps that is simply not within the power of non-Islamists in Lebanon to deliver until military realities have altered the political realities. In short, if the other factions within Lebanon do not want Israel to completely demolish the national infrastructure that Hezbollah also uses, they need to realise that they, as well as Israel, need to declare war on Hezbollah. As long as ports, roads and airfields in Lebanon can be used by Hezbollah, neutrality is simply not an option for anyone.
Google is going gangbusters. The guys are not going to relax.
Autism - chic. It is not fun, or chic, for the parents. Spiked
Thousands march in England against Israel. Mind you, this is in a country where you are not allowed to shoot burglars in your own house. Meanwhile Iran declares that it has taken control of the battle. Duh.
Different kinds of taxes. Interesting to consider, but, in the end, you are going to be taxed. It's the price of civilization, but part of it is the price of imperfect democracy. I like flat tax.
Doubts about Israeli damage estimates. They will need to get in there with boots and tanks.
Zogby wants a political solution. Hello? Israel is preparing for a more effective solution.
Who are these idiots in Lebanon who want a free ride out, courtesy of the Marines? Right Wing Nation/ See Indepundit for a really cool evacuation ship.
For certain events there should not be a first time. Today, it happened, my first military burial. A twenty-seven year old boy from Ra’anana, killed yesterday in Lebanon, Major Benjy Hillman, married three weeks ago, is buried by 1245 pm.
Jewish burials are fast: within 24 hours, unless Shabbat intervenes. Benjy was of Egoz unit, “Walnut,” perhaps a variation of the idea of Sabra: tough on the outside, sweet and tender within. Some years ago, the Egoz boys were considered knuckle-draggers: tough and not too bright. Now, they are tough and bright. We crossed into Southern Lebanon, finding hidden bunkers filled with munitions that cannot be seen by air. After several thousand rockets shot into Israel, some 30 dead and many more injured in the last week, after aerial bombings preceded by leaflets warning civilians to leave certain areas, after minimal let-up in rockets, we sent in troops. Benjy led his men. After his wedding, he was given two months leave with his bride. But his unit was called up, he said he had to go with his men. The Pirke Avot (I believe) says that a newly wedded man should not be called up for military duty --- unless it is for the sake fo the people of Israel. When the Biblical General Barak was selecting men to fight against the charioteers of Sysra, he asked anyone who had any reason not to fight, to step back. Benjy Hillman stepped forward.
Here is what I saw and heard. The military cemetary of Ra’anana is on the main back road, abutting the neighboring moshav. It is not evident at first. Today, the train of people and cars made it evident. At 9 am my neighbor, whose son is in another crack unit, Nachshon, told me that he had heard the funeral was set; the family had just been told; the announcement would soon be public. I asked if this were someonne I knew -- I felt an internal tug against going. Ira simply suggested I should go if I had never seen a military burial.
Thousands were there on a day brilliantly clear, with birds singing (their form of territorial battle). On this hot day, two breezes came through, the first warm, the second refreshing and noisome; trees are moved. 1230 it was to start and by 1235 the cemetary was packed, the flag-draped simple casket being pulled out of the military jeep by buddies from Egoz, brown-bereted, a red emblem on its brim; a walnut tree epaulet.