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, July 25. 2007
World poverty plummets. There's nothing like commerce and trade to do that.
And some details on American poverty. Attack Machine. Bear in mind that poverty stats for the US do not include the funds or money value of benefits such as welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing, Medicaid, etc.
How the Left provides "force multiplication" to Islamic extremists. Dr. Sanity. Same as they did for the North Vietnamese.
Pythons in the Everglades. More unwanted and uninvited aliens. The government wants to put chips in every non-native snake that is bought or sold. Wish they could be as determined when it comes to illegal humans.
A graphic demonstration (graph on the right) that the primary role of the US government has become redistribution of money, from a piece at Villainous Company:
Even the Guardian admits progress in Iraq. Jim Miller
Who is rich, according to the Dem candidates? Meaning whose taxes can they get away with raising?
That bottom-smacking story from Oregon sounded like a joke, at first. Now it just sounds utterly insane.
"Are there any white kids in your school?" Another teacher for school choice.
It was a good hike up to Greeter Falls on Sunday. This 50' waterfall is not very dramatic with the dry summer we have had here. The swimmin' hole is good. The rock is deep-ocean limestone from the great inland sea. A while ago, there was some fine ichthyosaur fishing here.
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Tuesday, July 24. 2007
Totten in Baghdad. Something seems to be working. Somebody should inform the MSM.
During the Republican debates, I hit my cocktail every time a candidate mentioned Reagan. Tonight, I’m going to take a nice-sized gulp whenever a YouTuber asks “What are you going to do for ME?” Or, any words to that effect. I might not make it through the entire debate. ...
JR Dunn at American Thinker. It begins:
Read the whole thing. If Petraeus can hold back the barbarians, it will change many things. (h/t, reader)
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A re-post for book lovers
Book lovers (and book dealers) from New England and New York travel hundreds of miles on an annual pilgrimage to the Annual Pequot Library Book Sale, in elegant Southport, CT., on the last weekend of July. It's a gold mine of used books, arranged by categories, and the serendipitous finds can be wonderful. Two years ago I found the complete Pepys diaries.
Their 120,000 books on sale come from estates, donations, and especially from other libraries. The money raised helps support the Pequot Library.
It goes on for 5 days beginning Friday, and prices go down each day, and everything is free on the last day. However, the place gets raked over carefully, so Saturday is maybe the best day to go. In a way, I hate to let more people know about this event, but it's my duty as a blogger.
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Darn darn darn. Accidentally deleted my entire morning links piece for today, and now I don't have time to try to reconstruct it. Here are a few of them:
Al Quaida opening a new war front in Africa. Captain Ed. It is very self-centered of the US and the West to imagine that we are their sole enemies: we are just one of many.
The Left usually prefers to talk about "root causes" instead of individual choices. Their political stance tends to be one of socio-economic determinism rather than the dignity and freedom of the individual. Case in point - poverty. What is the number one cause of poverty in the US? Unmarried mothers. Will Edwards discuss that? No.
Alphecca's Quote of the Day, recently, from the Pittsburg Tribune:
Why Woolworth had to die. I still miss my Woolworth's, but I guess it's capitalism's "creative destruction." American Heritage. They say Woolworth was once what WalMart is today.
Great Statists of History. Licinius, at Dust My Broom
Monday, July 23. 2007
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Who is falling for it? Not us. But it has become the latest hot marketing ploy. Once some pop trend becomes an auto-marketing plan, you know it's over as an idea. (h/t, Junk Science)
It's worth thinking about, but I do not regret one minute of playing Chutes and Ladders, Milles Bournes, Monopoly, Checkers, Chess or tennis with my kids. From the article:
Trust me - no psychologist or social worker in the world is an expert on how to raise a smart, well-adjusted kid. Read the whole thing.
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Our editor sent me a piece at Hatemonger's Quarterly, in which they note schoolkids using the phrase "You have issues" as an insult. I think that is pretty funny.
That is a new one to me, but I know a phrase that is going around the high schools is "emo." The high school kids call people "emo" who are overly emotional, moody, who take themselves too seriously and appear self-obsessed.
However, my main point is to mention the classic which Hatemonger referred to: Philip Rieff's 1966 The Triumph of the Therapeutic.
It's worth reading, but far from an easy read. The wonderful Robert Coles said of the book:
The 2007 Miss Hoosegow elections at Iowahawk.
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If you are returning from vacation today, don't miss a couple of our good recent essays - they are up on the left column. Also, our piece on the Roger Scruton essay - scroll down.
Breaking news. Teens don't like the Nanny State. They rebel against that sort of thing, naturally.
Do you take Vit C? It's made in China.
Aid to poor nations does no good at all. Mankiw. Of course it doesn't - it's just a feel-good thing.
Brave police work in the UK. Blair. How can you catch a guy if you can't say what he looks like? On the same theme, Captain Ed, like me, is also confused about why the Dems seem to want to protect possible terrorists. Is it just PC gone psychotic?
The Call of the Entrepreneur. It's a new movie, which celebrates freedom. Kling discusses at TCS.
These inequality mavens seem to believe that the sin of envy is the most important source of unhappiness. It may apply to them, but not to most. I feel every sort of emotion on occasion, including envy, but it doesn't ruin my life. Plus I know that I could do something entrepreneurial any time I want. Right now, finding a nice girlfriend is all I need to be fully happy.
Made it to the MOMA "What is painting?" show yesterday. Their new building is excellent. As usual, the place was packed.
Do I love Modern Art? I dunno - I just like to look at stuff and to think about it.
I learned that "painting" is anything man-made (or man-altered), based on a flat surface which engages the eye when you stand and look at it. I could have thought of that, but it seems overly-broad: would not that definition apply to a Men's Room sign, when one is in need of one?
Anyway, it's a very eclectic show, with the predictable and silly all-white canvas which makes you wish you had a magic marker in your pocket. I liked this very large piece by George Baselitz, "Woodsmen."
Sunday, July 22. 2007
We're in love! Let's drink!
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10th Century Viking treasure found in Yorkshire. Nice stuff.
Partner pay in top 200 law firms. Rising fast. They make this on the backs of the child labor of their young and hungry Associates. It's a good deal.
How Music Works. A great site for the real basics of what music is made of, if you know nothing about music theory. There is enough here to give oneself a little basic music course.
The Supremes haven't considered the Second Amendment for 70 years. Will they take a look at Parker? More thoughts on the subject at Willisms. I hope the Court will take it on, but letting Parker stand is fine too.
An $18,000 hand. Cheap at any price, if you ask me.
Nobody has ever said that Charlie Rangel lacked cojones. I can so easily imagining him saying to his staff "F- them if they don't like it. I'm in charge here."
Does Putin want another Cold War? What for?
Sexual assaults in the military. CSM. Not good.
Bill McKibben not too smart, and a bit lacking in imagination. But he's virtuous, right?
Dawkins makes enforced atheism sound like Sharia. Wizbang
Purdue Pharma spanked hard. The lawyers of the addicts no doubt made out well.
More BBC disasters. Does anyone trust them anymore, when it comes to politicized matters?
Photos: All of these boats are for sale to prosperous capitalists. God bless 'em. Details here.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. 21And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— 23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel. 24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. 25I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 27To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.
Saturday, July 21. 2007
Who knew there was a Voluntary Human Extinction Movement? As long as it's voluntary, I'm all for it. I like volunteerism.
From the piece at No Left Turns:
Instead of stigmatizing people who drive SUVs and eat beef, let's just stigmatize anyone who has kids. Better yet, the members of this movement, to be morally consistent, should simply off themselves right now, in some sort of Gaia-friendly manner. After all, breathing and farting are major sources of CO2.
A country song by Rodney Carrington. Not OK for work, but cute - not porn. "If you love your country, then show them to me..." It's a guy thing - some might say a bit adolescent. (h/t, Ace)
The music video, with many bare chests, here.
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