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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Sunday, January 28. 2007
This was some fight. NY Sun.
This is what happens when they stand and fight - 200-300 bad guys dead, two Americans dead in the chopper, and 2 dead Iraqi soldiers.
Ethanol production damaging the Mexican tortilla business.
Iran in Iraq. It's not news, but watch us go after them...covertly, and at night.
Prelapsarian, innocent vs. naive, and pompous language. Shape of Days.
The BEEB bans LGF. Augean Stables.
Are Americans saving enough for retirement? Cowen
Liberals don't give a damn about human rights. Gay Patriot
Is freedom dying in Central Europe? Reason
Ruth Wisse in Opinion Journal. What happened to America, I wonder? A quote:
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Dalrymple at City Journal, on the English language.
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Wake up America! Civilization calls!
Red-neck fun - human sling shot. YouTube
Your blog helped my law school grades. Volokh
The Mavericks sing Blue Moon. Nice
The future of hydrogen power. Env. Economics
How much autonomy will doctors give up? Kevin MD. In socialized medicine, you doctor doesn't work for you anymore.
A suicidal Turkey? Ralph Peters
Global warming throughout the Solar System
Black Hawk Up. David Warren
The Guardian loves Chavez, because it means Socialism is Back!
Up from Liberalism. Powerline takes a look at recovering liberals.
Consider taking The Pledge. No, not the pledge to quit drinking.
Krauthammer on energy. A quote:
An email last night from our crafty and intrepid webmeister Chris:
It has been two days of fending off hackers. I even had to skip a party and postpone a date. But I just hit the mother lode. I just intercepted the Botnet client software (called Toyo). I now have a full copy of the software & code that is used to infect so many machines. Tomorrow I am going to install my modified version of client Botnet code on a dummy virtual machine and try to get the control of Botnet. This is going to be fun. Better than Christmas!!! It should also lead me to the infamous Qted code that I have been reading about for the past month. I have everything I need to, for lack of a better word, f- them.....
Saturday, January 27. 2007
Listen to the recording - it's a kick, and a grammar lesson. Nyhan. But who is prolix here? (Just an idea: Prolix - the new antidepressant that gets you talking again.)
'Tis of a brave young highwayman this story I will tell
Willie Brennan was an Irish Robin Hood during the 1700s. The song was made famous by The Clancy Brothers.
Nice shiny new high powered deer rifle: $600.00
High/Variable powered scope: $350.00
Bore Sighting device: $140.00
Being the dumb ass who forgets to remove the bore sight prior to shooting: PRICELESS !
Why the dude photo? Opie complained that we never show any eye candy for the gals. So here's a photo of me, in my side job. Yes, I do work out. No, there is not a wad of kleenex in those shorts. And I am straight. And no, you cannot have my phone number.
Hollywood loved Bill, but they do not seem to love Hillary. Not their type. Heck, that's in her favor, but she is not for me.
Does Mormonism bother you? Not me. RWNH. Romney is OK with me.
Where would we be without government's help? Spain decrees fashion sizes. Althouse. Hahahaha. It's not a joke.
Journalism is a dying trade. Not at Maggie's Farm, but we don't get paid. No benefits, either, other than world-wide fame. On the other hand, we rely on journalists, but we take them with a tablespoon-full of salt. We prefer Michael Yon and his ilk, the volunteers.
Going after the Iranian govt. About time. Jawa. Get those "special forces" on the job. No contest.
Mountain lion attack. A tough lady. Cao. Everybody is on this cool story.
The heartbreak of income inequality. Cowen (!) in the NYT. (via Instapundit - how does he do it, with a job? Well, he's a Prof, but still...)
The new UN scandal. What is the US doing with these scumbags?
Unions are still dying. No wonder they want the illegals. Eventually, the only unions will be government employees, which is truly ridiculous when you think about it. Anchor Rising
The gay sheep story, at the NYT. What was this all about, anyway?
Apaches in Baghdad. Iraq the Model. This so-called country is nuts.
Numerology gone wild, in Belgium. Is this satire? Brussels Journal.
A jet-powered turtle. Perfect.
You thought guns were illegal in Britain? Silly you. The crims have all the guns they want. Dust my Broom. The honest people have nothing. My solution: Arm the populace, and train them in handguns.
Winning elections. This quote is right, alas, from Neo-neo:
Friday, January 26. 2007
Maggie's Farm has been under attack. Slows us down a bit, damages commenting function. Trying to find out where it's from. Who would want to bother us? We will find out...and will punish them.
Chris is on the job - a Vermonter and a real Green Mountain boy - and we are all Yankees here. Don't tread on us unless you are willing to pay the price: we enjoy self-defence: we are well-armed, and love to use our weapons.
Chicago Bears inspire a city still reeling from the Great Fire of 1871
The new military ray gun
Obesity and osteoporosis. Apparently carrying 80 lbs. of lard around doesn't help. One would think that it would.
Dogs and health.: "In some cases, the social support offered by an animal is greater than the support another human could offer." Ain't that the truth.
Rich guy wins yacht race.
Andrew will set up your bee-hive, and maintain it, and you get all the honey - up to 150 lbs/year. Connecticut Honey.
He would probably do Westchester County, too. You could even set up a roadside stand, to supplement your Wall Street incomes.
Honey bees leave you alone - they are good neighbors. Too busy to cause trouble.
Paul Newman recommends, and that ought to be good enough.
Thursday, January 25. 2007
The Modern World is the Western World, and multiculturalism, and cultural relativism, is its disease. Kohlmayer, at American Thinker: A couple of quotes:
Read the whole thing.
Can't you feel 'em circlin' honey?
(Jimmy Buffet's "Fins," of course)
Someone needs to remind them that they are humble scribblers who earn their pay checks by selling ads, and are not gods. Powerline explains.
What's this "imbalances of power and knowledge" baloney? Sounds like Marxist/feminist college faculty Foucault-style horse manure.
And speaking of the late-lamented Foucault, how many boys did the famously promiscuous, AIDS-infected prof lure into his room "to discuss theory"? Just asking..., not judging.
Read Volokh's piece, and then tell me whether any of that could not equally apply to lawmakers, politicians, lawyers, bosses, personal trainers, rich folks, veterinarians, co-workers, professors, electricians, colonels, Maytag repairmen, and even Presidents. A quote:
I see nothing at all wrong with doctors having relationships with patients, nor with therapists having relationships with ex-patients. People are adults, and can use their brains and choose what to do. Such issues are not issues for lawmakers, but for ethics committees of professional boards. (Isn't it odd that such laws never apply to us lawyers, who, rumor has it, are famous for getting involved with clients?)
Look - in any two people, you can find an "imbalance of power" if you want to. And in any desired romantic relationship there will be "subtle emotional coercion:" it's called "trying to win someone's heart" (or at least their company), aka "courtship." All is fair in love and war.
Furthermore, never forget this basic biological truth: a charming female always has mighty, witch-like power over a man's emotions - and she knows it. It's Darwinian. Why do some folks, mainly feminist-types, try to deny this most basic fact of life?
Guys cannot help thinking about new opportunities to play Hide The Salami, and women are suckers for romance. Chosing to act on these things is another matter entirely - or should be, but it's none of the government's damn business.
Image: My witchy dental hygienist during lunch break. What fellow would not want to invite her to dinner, even after she has been a co-conspirator with your dentist to torture you and then to empty your wallet?
Sent to re-education treatment facility for bad thoughts. Definitely watch the video. Ex-Donk
Please take a few minutes to read the Fukuyama post from yesterday - you won't regret it. It is meaty and important.
Polipundit: Re Duke and Nifong's come-uppance, "And the chorus of cheers from “civil liberties” liberals everywhere is just deafening."
Newt warns of holocaust. YNET
Shacking up with Jesus. Spirit and Eros, at Asst. Village Idiot
Blatant racial sterotyping in the NYT. Horsesfeathers. A quote:
Wednesday, January 24. 2007
An older lady gets pulled over for speeding...
Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older woman: Is there a problem sir?
The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer examines the license. He looks puzzled.
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DeNiro clip, at YouTube
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Guess which one was not charged in the London bomb plot? (from a piece at Squaring the Boston Globe)
It was disconcerting - or at least distracting. Somebody speculated that it was Morse Code.
Old man rhythm is in my shoes,
(from Sea Cruise, made famous by Herman's Hermits - corrected)
I recently met an elderly lady who had cruised the Mediterranean on the famous Stella Polaris of the Bergen Line, in the 1930s.
This lovely small steamship was built in 1927 in the early days of pleasure cruising. She continued to work through the 1960s until ending her career as a restaurant in Japan. She sank off China this past September while being towed to a shipyard in preparation for transfer to Sweden as a restaurant/hotel.
The varied history of the Stella, including her time under the German military flag, here. A grand lady and a classic.