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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Tuesday, October 31. 2006
Remarkable - don't miss this: A German scientist did a comparison test to see how many people could tell the difference between the first and second picture. 3 things were different. Only 49 out of 8,000 were able to solve it. Can you? Click below:
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Unanimity on global warming: Samizdata, Tangled Web, YARGB, and Maggie's Farm agree that the Stern Report, and the warming hysteria in general, is a government play for money and power. Now that people in the West are so relatively secure and prosperous, the socialists need a fresh angle.
In the mood for more Soros dirt? Atlas
Laptops for wounded soldiers. Info at Sisu
"John Kerry said WHAT?" Incredible. Michelle
The top earning dead celebs. Businesspundit.
Snoopie with the Jihad Christmas. Tasteless!
Are we finished with tolerance yet? The decapitated 12 year old. LGF. I have no doubt that this is killing for the pure fun of it.
Can angels see the color green? Platonic forms, and God. Evangelical Outpost
Amnesty Int. gets one thing right: Protect the internet from governments - and the UN.
Kirsten Powers understands an important concept. From a piece about Andrew Sullivan, about whom everyone always is talking (for no reason I can understand):
Image above: Edvard Munch's "Vampire"
Monday, October 30. 2006
Another good reason not to run marathons.
Stop The Mercedes? Blair
Down at the bottom of a world full of lies: French news. No Pasaran
Why Dems are losing the culture wars: USA Today
Is boot-licking dead? It deserves another chance. Reasoned Audacity
Ace liked Prestige. Might have to actually go to a movie.
What he said: (Gay Patriot):
Image: Hope this witch comes trick-or-treating to all of you (single) fellows tomorrow night.
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The Monster Mash.
It was a graveyard smash.
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Who knew that the Federal Reserve has programs to make it easy for illegal Mexicans to send their money back home?
We are paying for this?
A new Episcopalian discovers that it's all about defeating "patriarchy," and about LGBT inclusion. Honestly, I had to think for a minute to figure out that LGBT thing; maybe I need to get out more. A quote:
Whole piece at First Things.
White trash in Europe? You bet. Der Spiegel, (via A&L Daily). Laziness, fast foods, cigarettes and beer...and excellent social benefits.
Hiding the cross at William and Mary. Michelle. YARGB wonders whether they want to make sure that the chapel is welcoming to vampires. In seriousness, though, what is more welcoming to all people than a cross?
"I never had energy independence with that woman." Flat-out lies from Clinton.
School board member speaks the truth, without realizing it. Coyote
From a piece at Atlas, with a killer quote:
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Sunday, October 29. 2006
Jerry Lee Lewis on YouTube.
The dark side of environmentalism. Trailer of the movie at Samizdata.
I'll take one of these and one of those. Twins with different colors. AOL news
Astonishing pool trick shots. Eight ball san at RTLC
The Big Pharaoh raped a girl, but he has an excuse.
Is multiculturalist submission reaching a dead end in the UK? TCS
NYT working overtime to defeat Joe Lieberman. Sister Toldjah
The states, by ideological impact. Willisms
Auster is fed up with the Admin's approach to Iraq:
Saturday, October 28. 2006
As usual, when Dust My Broom posts a blues mix, it's pretty darn decent. Last night he included a recording by Roy Buchanan, the guitar legend. (He also has Marcia Ball, the New Orleans piano player and blues belter who I saw in CT a year ago. She is a firecracker.)
Roy's bio here. Amazon has some Buchanan recordings.
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Thanks to our Aliyah Diary guest author for bringing to our attention Armand Laferrere's essay The Huguenots, the Jews, and Me. Laferrere's piece explains some of the history of the growing links between Protestants and Jews in a hostile world.
The book by Matthew Levitt is Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad. Levitt, now deputy assistant secretary for intelligence in the Treasury Department, is interviewed here.
Levitt's "Hamas" (AZURE 26, Autumn 2006, reviewed by Leiter) and Laferrere's "The Huguenots, the Jews, and Me" are conceptually
A quote from Leiter's review:
"...It is in this context that Levitt makes one of his most important contributions to our understanding of how terror works. Fungible funds, it turns out, are only part of the problem. The crossover between dawa and terror, he shows, extends to works of charity themselves. Ambulances are used to transport suicide bomb belts, schools are used to hide weapons, and charitable organizations are used as recruiting centers for terrorists. Hospitals are used to procure ingredients for bombs, such as the nitric acid and hydrogen sulfide used to produce nitroglycerin explosives, and hydrogen peroxide to make an explosive called tatp, which is favored by Hamas. Dawa-supported doctors use their freedom of travel privileges to smuggle suicide bombers into Israel. Likewise, libraries supported by the Hamas dawa are used for the dissemination of radical sermons glorifying death and murder, and in what is perhaps the most potent symbol of the link between dawa and terror, mosques are used for storing weapons and hosting operational meetings. In short, Hamas offers a holistic religious doctrine that treats good works toward coreligionists and terrorization of the enemy as two sides of the same coin."
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Forever young? For women (maybe men, too) 40 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40. Daily Mail
830. A new record Scrabble score.
An ESV Bible trick. Middlebrow. Cool.
From Sailing Anarchy:
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Friday, October 27. 2006
We need to create a blogroll category for media-watchers. Here's one dedicated to keeping an eye on the NYT: Timeswatch.
National Health Service update. Protein. Equally poor care for all, as only government could provide.
Religion is thriving around the world. Atheists are puzzled. Dinesh D'Souza
Dirty old toad-suckin' dog. NPR. Shoot, I ain't sucked a toad since I was in collidge.
From Anchoress, in a piece on the Michael Fox campaign advts:
How can you distinguish Christian love from pitiful submission and dhimmitude? From a piece at Dhimmi Watch:
In a similar vein, Fjordman warns against "naive compassion" in relation to Islam, in a piece titled Thou Shalt Hate Chrsitianity and Judaism. A quote:
From Sailing Anarchy:
"We recently sailed in a race from St Simon Island GA to Ameilia Island FL with my 70 year old father, brother in law and brother last weekend. We won the race.
If this is what you like, vote for a Dem on November 6th: (from And Rightly So)
Any breed of cattle can be - and is - made into hamburger meat, including old Daisy herself, when her milk production slows down. But today we'll just look at two of the historically popular American beef cattle.
The Shorthorn is a relatively minor breed now, but when it was brought from England in the late 1700s it became popular. It had its origins in Roman times. This is a bull:
The Longhorn was brought to the New World by the Spanish, and was the main Western breed until replaced via hybridization, and by other breeds like the Angus and the Hereford, by 1900. Now it only exists on refuges and there are few breeders, but its gene pool might have something to offer today's breeders.
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Re the BBC, from a piece in View from the Right:
Re Jihad, from a piece on Monday in Belmont Club:
Thursday, October 26. 2006
(Image shamelessly borrowed from Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.)
Our News Junkie made a good point the other day when he mentioned distraction as the Dem election strategery.
Like good attorneys, politicians can always find a case to make for themselves, regardless of its relevance - or honor, or honesty. That's their job, and that's why politicians are among the most despised professions in the US.
The problem, in a mid-term election like this, is that the nation is prosperous, the economy is great, everyone has a job, the bad guys are on the defensive and leaving us alone here, the old folks have their free medicines, the Dow is up, and all is rosy in America the Beautiful. The Iraq War has turned into little more than an aggressive policing, and they may build a fence to protect us from the Mexican invaders.
So clearly the Dems, with their allies in the MSM, have come up with the only logical strategy, or "theory," as we lawyers term it. This theory appears to be "Distract the moron voters:"
Don't talk about the economy - talk about Mark Foley.
All of the above seasoned with the usual and time-honored "Scare the blacks," "Scare the old folks", "We care," "Let the dead felons vote," "Scare the women who want abortions," "Saddam wasn't all that bad," "Time for a change," and "Promise the suckers more freebies."
The MSM is clearly on board with this plan, as expected.
My message to the Dems: Tell me plainly what you are FOR, and what you want TO DO, and I will decide how to vote.
"There's an evenin' haze settlin' over town
Meet me at the bottom, don't lag behind
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