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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Wednesday, December 27. 2006
Meet sexy, 17 year-old farm gal Caroline here. She is lonely and hot, and wants to meet you. Don't act shy - check her out. (sound on)
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Power, unlike money, is a zero-sum game.
While Jimmy Carter has written himself out of history, his book was an opportunity for Oren to review the long history of American Protestant support for a Jewish nation. One quote:
Whole piece at Opinion Journal.
Pastor quoted somebody on Christmas Eve - I forget who - but the gist of it was that many people first experience God by His absence in their lives.
Assistant Village Idiot wrote a suberb, short piece on the Christmas of nostalgia. What does it feel like to base your festivities on your past; to be on the outside, looking in?
It's not the usual kind of "Keep Christ in Christmas" piece. One quote:
Read the whole thing.
When you read something like this piece at Driscoll, you have to wonder why Americans - and people from all over the world - are not lining up to emigrate to Cuba.
After all, it's the fun place to live, where everyone is happy, almost nobody has to go to work, and there are no problems.
Oh - I almost forgot. Free medical care and free education too! Nobody needs money!
And no-one needs religious superstitions, because you are already in paradise. So you can sleep in on Sunday morning! That is true freedom!
Tuesday, December 26. 2006
The LA Times is ready to exchange their Lexus for a Yugo. Foolish people. They will live - or die - to regret their position on "free health care." And they omit telling you who those uninsured are. How many are illegals, and how many are young people who don't give a damn? Any excuse to take over 1/9th of our economy, turn everyone into dependents, apply Washington wisdom to medical treatment, and turn the best medical care in the world into the Post Office. And the biggest problem is this: Where will Canadians go when they get sick?
From the "If Murtha were a Republican" Department: Sleaze, via Rhymes with Right. Yes, this would be a major scandal. Way bigger than that gay Florida congressman whose name I have already forgotten.
Happy Kwanzaa? Huh? What? Never Yet Melted. Thankfully, it has become a joke phrase.
"A lying, shakedown whore"? Sounds about right. Ace
More on the union dues ruckus. Yes, it is a scam. Front Page. The press, of course, is indifferent.
Carrying big cash is a crime? Since when? Coyote. Heck, I never carry less than $100,000 in my wallet. You never know what might strike your fancy, and I hate to use my Mastercard. Doesn't everybody?
Funding for the famous fence is gone. The Mexican colonization of the US will continue.
Brave Moslems run away, in Somalia. Hey - what about the virgins? Maybe they aren't entirely certain.
After our mention of Burgoo last week, the Bluegrass-born prof at Right Wing Nation was kind enough to furnish us with a recipe. Sounds good, but a bit civilized. I thought that you needed to use whatever you shot in the woods, plus whatever road-kill you found - or nailed with your truck bumper - on the way home.
Well, the Prof reminds me that he did include "varmint," such as the cute critter in photo. I think my ideal Burgoo would include possum, coon, and squirrel, with a pork base. Most of 'em can be shot from one's back porch without hardly gettin' up out of the chair.
Like Bill Quick's blog, I wonder whether the Prof is slowly turning his into a foodie blog. Indeed, there is only so much politics that one can take before you begin to gag on it. After a while, the sheer stupidity of it all just pisses you off. However, as citizens of a free republic, it is a duty to care, even if we would prefer not to.
It's Boxing Day. Why is it called that? It's not clear. We should call it Clean-up ye Olde Cabin Day.
The Scarlet Letter. Dr. Helen (pictured) explains it.
Freud's affair with his sister-in-law. Does anyone care? Besides Peter Gay, that is?
Department of Lefties=Fascists: Driscoll
It only takes about five minutes to figure out how the press lies about polls and statistics. Powerline. At least the papers didn't headline "Most believe religion the work of Satan." But they came close.
Woops. Moonbats got the date wrong. Whatever.
Those dang Christmas Carols annoyed Brit unions. I can understand being annoyed by the Christmas songs - but never by the carols. My problem with the carols is that I know them so well that I can forget to hear the astonishing words. Same with the Lord's Prayer.
Would you take the Chunnel this week? I wouldn't.
Fear of Romney. Romneyphobia? He is pretty good. Town Hall
Americans are forced to be generous, because their government is so stingy, claim Canadians. How is that for a distortion designed to salvage one's self-esteem and to assuage one's conscience?
Hitler on Federalism. Volokh's piece begins thus:
"Might serve"? Definitely serves. That was the original deal, aka the US Constitution. The piece is here. We agree with the point which is made. Centralized power is always a threat to freedom - even when it is elected. It is in the nature of government to accrue power, using any excuse at hand. FDR was the worst criminal, in this regard. The Civil War and Jim Crow gave state's rights a bad name, but I am inclined to believe that, generally, states and localities have the right to be wrong sometimes. That is part of what freedom is meant to guarantee.
Neither wisdom, nor common sense, resides in Washington, DC; it resides elsewhere - in our people in our towns. Washington, DC obtains its power from the income tax, and the ignominious power of vote-buying with OPM.
But many will vote away their personal freedom for a bowl of lentils, especially when they feel spiritually and personally uncertain, frail, and lacking in a "support system".
Try some of our Christmas YouTubes - scroll down. Nice selection, Bird Dog. I can think of 100 you omitted, though.
Monday, December 25. 2006
It's sad to hear of the death of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, at 73.
It was interesting, but not surprising, to see that he has been on tour.
Rough, raw, and a complete showman, it's hard to imagine anyone putting more more of his spirit into a performance.
Definitely not white bread. Everytime I listen to James Brown I feel a little bit like the college guys in Animal House who wandered into the wrong bar.
He recorded "Please, Please, Please" in 1956. Most of my generation knew him first from "Live at the Apollo" - but he did his best stuff later with his funk bands.
Rude, crude, and socially unacceptable? For sure. "Music" that could make a corpse move their body.
Here's Sex Machine at YouTube.
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h/t, Flopping Aces
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We must begin with Dylan doing our theme song, Maggie's Farm, from the Rolling Thunder Review
Go Tell it on the Mountain by some Gospel choir
Allman Brothers, Blue Sky. How sweet is that?
Grateful Dead, Pretty Peggy-O
Emmylou Harris with the Nash Ramblers at the Ryman, Roses in the Snow (with their Nash Rambler intro - remember that one?)
Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
Keb Mo, Sweet Home Chicago, with Corey Harris.
Bob Dylan, Restless Farewell, at the Sinatra Tribute. Wow. Hypnotic.
John Fogerty, Lodi
Dylan, I Threw it all Away, on the Johnny Cash Show, 1969
Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, Mahalia Jackson
Sinatra, My Way
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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Sunday, December 24. 2006
This year's Christmas card from our friend, artist Elissa Gore:
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I urge you to take a few minutes to read Gagdad Bob's latest, which concerns education and religion. A few quotes, to tempt you:
Enough? Bob always leaves me thinking. Read the whole thing. America's first colleges: King's College (Columbia now), Harvard, Yale, the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) - were all begun as places to mainly educate clergy, and/or religiously-interested lay people. Have they simply been co-opted by a new religion? Are colleges still doctrinal seminaries, with new doctrines?
Saturday, December 23. 2006
Your dedicated blog editor Bird Dog, fatigued - and semi-broke - from shopping, waiting in the library for the butler to arrive with a rare single malt and a nice Cuban cigar to enjoy, by the fire
Three things heard on the radio today, about money:
1. "Today, a 'millionaire' is someone who makes a million dollars a year."
2. "Pay off all of your holiday bills with a Quicken home loan!" Great idea, Quicken. Hey, honey: those nice folks at Quicken want to pay our bills! Gee, thanks for the generous offer!
3. "People who say Christmas is all about the baby Jesus are just trying to rationalize being cheapskates." Hmmmm. Ummmm. Nevermind.
That is why the young rich man was so loath to follow Jesus, for the cost of his following was the death of his will. In fact, every call of Jesus is a call to die, with all of our affections and lusts. But we do not want to die, and therefore Jesus Christ and His call are necessary for our death and our life.
Al Zawahiri ("Call me 'Al'") delivers his Christmas message. Great. Via Driscoll
I think it's worth reading because the Repub Party is, like any party, a mix of views and philosophies. Furthermore, I think many Repubs are, like me, a mix of contradictory and philosophically inconsistent views, ranging from the radical Libertarian to the socially "progresssive."
Indeed, almost all Republicans these days are "big government Republicans." There's no big movement to eliminate Medicare, is there? It's just a matter of degree.
For me, and for most of us bred-in-the-bone proud Yankees at Maggie's Farm, I think it boils down to something like this: We distrust Federal power. We distrust state power less, and local power even less. We are Federalists partly because it is a bulwark against excessive centralized power, and we lean Libertarian because power, unlike money, truly is a zero-sum game.
We are sympathetic to CS Lewis' statement:
Here's a quote from Gerson:
Friday, December 22. 2006
Readers will be happy to know that my venison mince-meat has now been properly aged and is ready to go into the pie and tart shells. What a fine smell. Lots of cranberries, and brandy this time. One pie for the pal who bowed the doe in his back yard. (We have no limit on does.)
Burgoo. Ever had it? Good stuff. Right Wing Nation needs to offer a recipe. I've had it a few times. Possum, squirrel, coon, snake, whatever. And vegetables. But road-kill menu items are disappearing. Maybe the Kentucky State Troopers are picking up all the good stuff.
Godwin's Law, and illegal immigration. Ace
Al Quaida: Kill a Christian on Christmas. Jawa. The religion of peace and tolerance.
If you can understand Columbia's Lee Bollinger, you are smarter than me. What a mealy-mouthed, double-talking schmuck. Power Line. Where do universities find such lame sitzpinklers? I guess the boards want limp guys they can control.
NYC is in its prime, but these stats are not cheering. This is your future, America. From Moonbattery:
It is still running. There are some good ones on the comments. Get them out of your head - now or never.
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Rape charges dropped. Now she's a "28 year-old student at North Carolina Central University." Funny, I thought she was a 28 year-old prostitute and stripper. How does a newspaper decide what to call people? By the way, I am a 37 year-old lion tamer.
Best hunting photo ever. Here
Europe's largest dinosaur found in Spain.
It's Global Orgasm Day. Do it for Gaia. Marg. Rev. Let's all make Love and Peace global: Together, we can do it! (Or alone, as the case may be.) "Hey there, cutie. Let's do Global Orgasm Day for peace together....ouch, hey - that really hurt. Hey - that wasn't peaceful at all!"
An Honest Confession of an American Coward. Pat Conroy. From his new book. A good read. Truth is good stuff. Rare.
Further thoughts about big govt. conservatism, at Ankle Biting
Give 'em an inch...Getting tougher at Gitmo. Big Lizards
Christians unwelcome in Bethlehem.
"Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft. Please take a moment to complete this warranty card..." Free Market Fairy Tales
From the Hagerstown Herald-Mail:
The precocity of these Maryland kids is remarkable, is it not? Or would it be better understood as a mass outbreak of a pedophilia epidemic, requiring governmental intervention? (h/t, The Moderate Voice)
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