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, September 30. 2007
On the 50th anniversary of Kerouac's On The Road, we consider whether the book is worth reading, and whether its characters are of any interest - or is it just a road diary of an ordinary sociopath and his partner? Anthony Daniels in the New Criterion. One quote:
That is rough, but probably true not only of most of the beat authors, but of much of my generation in our adolescence...and maybe beyond adolescence. A sort of historical discontinuity, leading nowhere except to self-indulgence.
Photo: Jack Kerouac
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To be 16 again... A quote today from the 16 year-old pup this morning: "Tell Mom when she gets home from church that I'm meeting friends at Grand Central. We're going to SoHo to hit some galleries and have lunch. I'll be back on the 6:30 train. Can I borrow the credit card? Thanks, Dad - Love ya. Wait, do you have any spare cash?"
When I was 16, NYC had the same gravitational pull on me that it does on her. It still does, I guess. When Aristotle said "Man is a political animal," he meant an animal of the "polis." I like 'em all: polis, suburban, and rural, but have always aspired to "rus in urba" (or is it "urb"?) as a half-baked and unsatisfying, but necessary, compromise. As long as we can hop a train, or hop in the car, we can have it all. Farm, city, and friendly suburban neighborhood. What a great country!
So pleased with her vitality and investment in life that I forgot to ask whether she meant the 6:30 departure or the 6:30 arrival.
O mio Fernando from Donizetti's La Favorita. That is a mezzo with serious range.
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Who knew they had organs back then, before churches and before rock bands?
The wishfully naive West still doesn't get it. Doesn't want to get it, because it would be trouble to deal with it.
The Chess University of Dupont Circle
Mahmoud returns home as a hero after his Columbia visit. Gateway
“It’s difficult when you change the school’s culture,” said Columbus Manor Principal Sandy Robertson. Illinois school eliminates Christmas and Halloween to be sensitive to Moslems. Why don't we simply expect Moslems to be sensitive to us?
Brodhead apologizes. Powerline. Perhaps the board insisted?
More on how Affirmative Action harms minorities. It's not polite to say so, however.
More on how ethanol is driving up the cost of food.
"I really think that if tobacco and coffee were newly discovered and brought back by U.S. troops, they'd be put in Schedule 1 by the geniuses who want to run our lives." Classical Values rants on Khat and drug laws in general.
Another rant: Wizbang on SCHIP:
Global warming will eat your brain. Jules
Burkean Reflections takes on Glenn Greenwald in his Blog Watch. I don't read Greenwald because I do not think he is a truth-seeker. A partisan, low-life hack.
Photo: Gwynnie's decoy shack.
1 Timothy 6:6-19 (ESV)
6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Saturday, September 29. 2007
The recorder of East Coast blue-blooded life talks about his life and times at 90. From a piece by Butterworth at Financial Times:
A piece on Auchincloss in New York Magazine noted:
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The recording on Blonde on Blonde is the best version, but these snippets of an acoustic performance (from 1966, I think) are fine.
This could lead to many Moslem converts in Vancouver
It's good to see that the Brit police are on the job.
Social signalling and politics. Assistant Village Idiot. "Social signalling" is a real thing. The NRA sticker on my car is a "social signal."
Thanks, reader, for finding Sean Wilentz' essay Mystic Nights: The Making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville.
Al Kooper said of Dylan's double-album masterpiece, “nobody has ever captured the sound of three a.m. better than that album. Nobody, even Sinatra, gets it as good.” In fact, it seems as if most of the songs were both written and recorded at 3 AM.
Apparently the entire record was built around Visions of Johanna, which begins thus:
Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
A quote from the piece:
Also, FYI, here is Paul Williams' 1966 review of Blonde on Blonde in Crawdaddy.
Image: The unfolded cover photo of Blonde on Blonde
As long-time readers know, Ducks Unlimited is the official charity of Maggie's Farm. Read about them at their site.
It is very possible to be a conservationist without being a Greenie nutjob. We love the work that DU does to protect wildlife habitat in North America and Mexico. If conservation matters to you, and you are not afraid of guns, and want to support an organization (over 800,000 US members) that acts rather than talks and lobbys, consider getting involved with your local DU Chapter. DU now helps protect over 11 million acres of wildlife habitat.
DU's expertise in marsh restoration led to their being called in as consultants on the restoration of Iraq's famous marshes - Mesopotamia, probably the real Garden of Eden - drained by Saddam Hussein in his campaign to erase the cantakerous and independent Marsh Arabs.
To Christ Our Lord
I caught this morning morning's minion, kingdom
Friday, September 28. 2007
It's about Boston, at Sippican.
Photo: The scary "new" Boston City Hall, from the piece at Sip. Note openings for 7.62 mm minigun emplacements above the traditional portcullis.
Hindsight Bias, by the Great Kling at TCS.
Because we all have thousands of thoughts every day, the odds that we might have some good ones is inevitable. And, sadly, the "Law of Unintended Consequences" is always in force too: it's a law of nature, so we should never be surprised by unfortunate results.
How does one account for this graph of Antarctic ice? (h/t, Junk Science). Perhaps some of the recent effects in Greenland are local, not global?
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The good reason to visit Hyde Park, NY, in the lovely Hudson Valley, is not to visit the home of the worst President of the US, but to visit the CIA. Paul Bocuse says it is "the best culinary school in the world." The other CIA - The Culinary Institute of America.
They have a choice of restaurants, relatively inexpensive and run by the students, and they aim to please.
Weakness and renunciation do not lead to peace. They lead to war.
Nicolas Sarkozy to the UN General Assembly
Academic Lunacy. Hansen via Dr. Sanity. It's not insane - it's Gramscian!
Oil reserves increase over time. Cafe Hayek. That seems true, for at least the next couple of hundred years, but I still like nuke power.
Farm S&M Festival at Iowahawk. I can just imagine how many Google "farm p*rn sado-masoch*sm" seaches ended up there.
Poor Juan Williams is getting it from the Left. Althouse. How did the Liberal Williams become what Dems consider to be a house slave? I like Williams, and would love to have a beer with him, but I disagree with him 90% of the time. He is in trouble with the Left because he tries to be calmly rational - and because he is man enough not to be afraid of FOX. Perhaps "calmly rational" is not the political game...
Sexy Katrina produces inadvertent humor in The Nation, re Admadinnajabba. Hatemongers. I always give Katrina a pass though, because she is cute and sexy-looking. Just as she gives Admadinejabba a pass, because he is anti-West.
SCHIP is socialized medicine. Novak at RCP. As we have said here before, when you begin handing out "free" insurance to people making over 80,000/year, you are trying to bring the middle class into the entitlement class. Same as they did with Medicare on the other end of the age range. It's a clever strategery.
The Danbury, CT lawsuit. Is it illegal to arrest illegal immigrants? That would present a Catch 22.
Did you read Barrister's post on Gramsci? It's worth a look, if you are weak on your Gramsci Thought.
Eurabia is real. Fjordman at Brussels Journal. It begins:
I would put it "to the Muslim hordes." Why don't they just fix their own places instead of bringing their alien culture to us, where it doesn't fit in? Read the whole thing. Immigrants always want to come to the prosperous, civilized, industrialized Western nations - and then they want to change them. Stupid, and cruel and insensitive to their overly-generous hosts. My message to all immigrants in the world: Man-up, Stay Home and Fix It. We did that job already, and you can do it too. Difficult? Of course, but that is what the world really needs for harmony and prosperity.
Photo: Lunchtime during the construction of the Empire State Building, 1930, from Dr X, who always has cool old photos.
If you cross a Black Lab with a Yellow Lab, what color pups do you get?
Answer: It depends on the parental genotype, not their phenotype, of course. Thus Labs commonly have mixed-color litters.
It's too bad people don't work the same way. It might be fun to wonder what color your kid would be.
Labrador color genetics made simple here. They include all 81 possible crosses between phenotypic black, chocolate, and yellow Labs. It becomes clear why most Labs are black.
Photo: A nice Lab who has just eaten
A liberal is a man who is too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.
Robert Frost (h/t, No Pasaran)
The Badia (Abbey) a Passignano in the Chianti region of Tuscany. More nice photos of the area here. A Chianti walking tour sounds good to me, and, for refreshment, a glass of Chianti doesn't do much for me but a nice Chianti Classico can be a fine thing, and the Super Tuscans are the bee's knees.
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Thursday, September 27. 2007
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