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, July 29. 2007
One of my favorite letters of Paul - 1 Corinthians, 1:18
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Saturday, July 28. 2007
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How good is Tony Snow? See press conference video. Gotta love this guy.
The dark side of green. Michael Eckhart of Harvard.
Must Christians support illegal immigration? LaShawn
Deforestation and crimes against humanity in Vietnam, Camobodia, and Laos. Democracy Project.
The Nero Dems. Conspiracy. Why are they anti-growth? Must be because there is a conspiracy to keep you poor and stupid.
As most readers are aware, The New Republic really f-ed the pooch, pooped in its pants, etc. this week. If you scroll down through Ace you can see most of the story, delivered in an appropriately sarcastic manner.
Schumer: We will confirm no more Bush Supreme nominees. That is a declaration of war.
The perfect relationship. She talks a bit slow, but it's good.
MoveOn targets FOX. Silliness.
Stop trying to help Africa, says an African. I am sure he is right. WaPo. Not only is it condescending as hell, but it's a new form of colonialism. Crooks there will take our money gladly, however. What the West can offer Africa is opportunities to trade, especially in agriculture. We already buy their oil.
Photo: One of Theo's girlfriends. She slipped me her phone number while he wasn't looking, but I lost it. I like her nice, firm biceps.
Friday, July 27. 2007
Put some tapwater in a plastic bottle, put a mountain on the label, and give it a foreign-sounding name. It's the genius of American marketing to sell water for 99 cents a bottle. Pepsi comes clean on Aquafina.
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Remember the Seattle Lego story? A Seattle school banned Legos because, well, it's hard to explain rationally. Something about capitalism.
However now, after a bit of Mao-style indoctrination for the little kiddie-poos, Legos are allowed back - but with strict rules about Lego construction.
(Thanks for the correction, reader)
Photo below: A Lego church, which I am sure would be forbidden in any Seattle schools.
From Opinion Journal:
The right to self-defence is the most basic human right.
It matters not to me that such crimes are rare. Lightning strikes on houses are rare, but where they are possible, we have lightning rods. We have them on the house and on the barn. It's a reasonable, cheap precaution against a low-likelihood but catastrophic event. Like fire insurance.
More thoughts: I have been thinking about this doctor for days, since the Dylanologist emailed the story to me. How does he feel? I cannot imagine losing a whole family - his life - in that way, or in any other way. Does he regret that he could not protect his family - or that he could not die trying? Surviving something like this must be a world of pain.
Our longer essay on the topic of the CT invasion, and home defence, here.
We are adding San Francisco's Cinnamon Stillwell to our blogroll.
All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future, and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
Baqubah: Michael Yon's latest. Fascinating, especially about the drones.
The American Left has learned from their past errors. They are now more committed to incremental Socialism instead of grand plans.
It's the old trick of boiling a frog. Someday I will wake up and realize that they will have taken my money, and left me with no choices, and my frog will be cooked.
The battle over S-CHIP is an example. Klein in American Prospect, via RCP - a quote:
Thursday, July 26. 2007
I do not recommend that anyone waste any time on Shakespeare's plays without listening to Prof. (and Shakespearean actor) Peter Saccio talk about them first.
For us, it has been like being half-blind, and finally getting the right glasses.
Prof. Saccio's retirement from Dartmouth is a huge loss for the College, but anyone can listen to his course via the Teaching Company's recordings. A bit expensive, but if your library doesn't have them, ask them to buy them.
Listening - and re-listening - to Saccio is a pure delight. A quote from the piece in Dartmouth Life:
Photo: Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies Peter Saccio
I still cannot understand why Putin is trying to provoke, and alienate, the West. What's in it for him? Internal politics? We mean them no harm.
Quit washing your clothes. It's bad for Gaia.
What are "Men of Goodwill"? Anchoress. It is my goal to be one of those men.
Things I've learned since 9/11. Right Thinking from the Left Coast. It's impossible to agree with Lee on everything, but he can be counted on to say what he thinks.
Is $100 dollar oil on its way? I wouldn't be surprised. Prof. Deneen. Economic consequences? You bet.
The Lancet was once the most respected medical journal in the world. Since it went political, it isn't any more. Rick Moran. It survives only on its old reputation.
From General Keane, at NRO. Those who are politically committed to defeat and failure will need to ramp up the urgency of their calls for retreat, or they may end up with more than egg all over their faces.
"Close your eyes, close the door,
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," the last song on John Wesley Harding and the one which portended the shift to country on Nashville Skyline. But a catchy little tune in its own right. A version from the Fall 2000 tour is below.
Another positive report, from Surber.
City Council calls for impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Hilarity ensues. H/t, Tim Blair. What neo-hippy towns like Telluride do not realize is that most people don't think like them, and take offence.
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That pesky old Law of Unintended Consequences. MA health plan running into a major problem: not enough primary care docs. WSJ. If I know anything about government, they will proceed to create another program to deal with that problem of their own creation. (h/t, Bruce Kesler)
What is your source of hope? Your own brain and spirit, God, or the government? Liberalism Dangerously Defined, by Medved.
Rudy is in trouble with CAIR. Good for him.
CBS is trying to fool you. Powerline
Photo: Bill and Hillary in law school. Since we've been posting on hippies, I think this photo demonstrates that the fad was more about fashion and wanting to be - or look -hip, than anything else. Ruthlessly ambitious, power-hungry, and calculating, these two hardly embodied the true hippy spirit. Peace, baby.
Wednesday, July 25. 2007
I do not understand the physics of Bussard Fusion, or whether it can ever be commercial. Interesting that California wants to fund it, though.
Update: Above story is not true. Thanks, reader.
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It is 40 years since the silly and juvenile 1967 "Summer of Love." Cinnamon Stillwell remembers it. Quote:
Exactly. Read her whole piece.
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Finally, flights to Asia on which you can smoke a cigar.
I have a hunch that there is a strong market for smoking flights, especially since most folks in Asia and in Europe seem to enjoy the pleasures of tobacco. Those flights to Hong Kong and Singapore are long, and not everybody has a private jet - yet.
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The rise of a black underclass in America since the 60s has been troubling, and puzzling, to me for years. Wasted lives, wasted opportunities, wasted talents. It's been around for so long that many seem to forget that it did not exist before or during the war - or even in the 50s.
From before the Civil War, and since then, many people of all colors worked and died to bring the full freedoms of citizenship to black Americans. The emergence of a self-destructive underclass in the wake of all of that work is heartbreaking. From In the Heart of Freedom, from Myron Magnet in City Journal, a quote:
Is a sub-culture of dependency the issue? I don't know. Read the whole thing.
Photo: The Clifton School on Merritt Island, Florida, 1890