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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Thursday, September 27. 2007
"The sweet pretty things are in bed now of course
Super Tuscans. The new wines of Tuscany. The American. Photo is an Antinori vineyard in the Chianti region.
Be careful when using your Chase Card.
Economic disaster is good for you. Dust My Broom
"Everyone in this room would agree..." Katie Couric on Iraq:
It is? Only time will tell. Also:
Yes, I guess saying "we" is rather intense. That lady does not get out of Manhattan enough. I must admit I have never seen her, but she sounds like a caricature of the typical smug NYC left-chic chardonnay-sipping multi-millionaire who lives in a bubble.
Since it's Beat Up on Columbia Week, a quote from a piece in FIRE:
Smart Christian links thus to the "New Humanism" Conference at Harvard:
If you read his link, it just sounds like a 19th Century anti-religion meeting. One would think that real "humanists" would have more respect for the very human search for the divine.
The wave of pessimism has passed. Dunn in American Thinker. A quote:
Wednesday, September 26. 2007
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Behind the curtain of the immigration marches and the debate. Anchoress. That guy is everywhere, but always invisibly.
As the IBD editorial concludes:
From Beaumont Vance at Risk Center: Subprime Woes are Big Business. Quote:
Continue reading "Subprimes and Perception of Risk, plus a Sufi"
Wise advice to Dems from Hanson, re Iraq, quoted from a piece at Dr. Sanity:
Yes, they could win elections with that approach, but it would involve so many abrupt changes in direction that they might all end up in neck braces.
White teen beaten by five or six blacks (presumably honor students and football stars, all) in Ocean View, VA this past weekend. You can read the story and watch the rather disturbing video at the link here.
Just a bunch of kids rough-housing, doing what boys do, right? Watch it and make up your own mind.
I cannot remember where I saw the above statement quoted yesterday, regarding Columbia Pres. Bollinger. The statement does apply, I believe. Admadinejad scored a great PR and political coup, while illuminating nothing and showing contempt for the intelligence of his audience. As Kate noted at SDA, Bollinger has now been attacked by Iranians. Some gratitude.
Here's an email I received early today from Columbia, still pushing the bogus "free speech" spin and trying to hype Bollinger's belated challenges to Ahmadinejad:
WalMart beats socialized medicine. No Pasaran. Hmmm, maybe free markets work better than government.
Who writes history? Driscoll. And who invented the myth of the 50s? I think the myth was based on TV, not real life. It seems to me that the 50s were generally sane, stable, and prosperous. The war was over, the culture wars had not begun, and the grown-ups were in charge.
Gay-point averages rank colleges. h/t, reader. If you "happen to be" straight, would you be uncomfortable in the most highly-ranked gay-friendly schools?
Fishing: A new college sport. How do you win?
Italy's sex slave trade. BBC
Canadians upset about Mexican immigration (from the US). Darn those racist Canadians.
Ideological perfection. Kim. Seeking it in a candidate is a fool's errand.
The SCHIP story. Powerline. It's important, but a bit below the MSM radar. I do think it's a Trojan horse, designed to make the middle class accustomed to government health care. It's "for the children," isn't it?
Back Pain: Acupuncture works by placebo effect. Duh. But it works better than conventional treatments for back pain. So how come the placebo effect is weaker with conventional treatments?
If an infinite number of rednecks riding in an infinite number of pickup trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number of highway signs, they will eventually produce all the world's great literary works in Braille.
Anon., via Synthstuff
Tuesday, September 25. 2007
Thanks, reader, for pointing us to Heather MacDonald's The Jena Dodge at City Journal.
As we have noted here many times, the post-war downhill slide of American blacks is due to the breakdown of the black family. Blame whomever or whatever you will for that. Moynihan preached about this years ago. As white folks imitate the single-parent life, they will eventually reap the same whirlwind. It's called social breakdown.
The lovely tune is named "So What?"
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Gateway. The UN is a joke, and everyone pretends, publicly, that it isn't. Like Head Start, it's one of those things that employs a lot of people and demonstrably does no good, but is easy to be sanctimonious about. Feel-good BS - on my nickel.
But that's OK. As we often say here, if the UN fuctioned as it would like to, it would be scary. Envision a World EU: no escape.
Oxford Medievalist. Yes, and not just the Iranians - probably most of the world. Columbia Pres. Bollinger is a shlemozzle. (University board of directors generally like to select weak sisters for their presidents.)
(For those whose Yiddish is weak, I have been told that a shlemiel is the guy who always spills the soup, and a shlemozzle is the guy who always gets soup spilled on him. A fine distinction, in both senses.)
Addendum: More on topic - "Rave review" - at Dino. It was one shlemiel and one shlemozzle - Perfect Together on Morningside Heights.
Here’s a good quote from an Art History Prof:
Oh wait, Pammie is at Stanford and she’s talking about Don Rumsfeld….
Photo: The Lane Reading Room, The Bing Wing, Stanford University
What percent of your place's value is the dirt, and what percent the building(s)? Dirt is Expensive, at Pajamas. (h/t, Roger de H.) It's about why you shouldn't worry too much.
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“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Read the whole thing.
Six black athletes beat up and stomp a white kid at school. How did this become a racism incident worthy of the attention of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Simon at Classical Values. One might think that this would be the sort of thing they would wish to avoid.
It's a neat trick to beat someone up and then claim victimhood, but I guess that kind of upside-down stuff is all the rage these days. Pomo logic, you know. We lawyers can learn a thing or two from this. It's the old saw about the kid who killed his parents, then asked for mercy from the judge for being an orphan.
But, on the other hand, is beating up kids in the playground a real crime? Raging hormones, etc. Isn't it normal? I got beat up once in junior high school, and was too ashamed of losing the fight to tell anybody. (I did, eventually, get even with the jerk in a highly sadistic and thoroughly-satisfying manner. He is now a very successful real estate developer, and is still a first-class jerk.)
Good comments - thanks
How the heavy-handed Clintons control the press. via Drudge
The Seven Perennial Sins, a book at LaShawn
When NJ and KY tried Hillarycare. Betsy
Bollinger scrambles to save face - and to save donations. NY Sun
A new classic on the subject of blogs and the media by Driscoll at The Atlas Society: Atlas Mugged: How a gang of scrappy individual bloggers broke the stranglehold of the Mainstream Media. Read the whole thing because it gives a good summary of the history of "self-publishing." A quote:
Photo above: That is not dog vomit - that is delicious Chipped Beef on toast. As our mornings get cooler, it seems like time to begin to think about hot, heart-warming and artery-clogging All-White Breakfasts (food white in color - nothing racial). And speaking of comfort food, SISU makes a "perfect apple pie," with lard, of course. In Yankeeland, Apple Pie is traditionally for breakfast, not dessert.
Monday, September 24. 2007
The cartoon below was posted at The Moderate Voice. In 25 words or less, deconstruct the verbal, visual and invisible text, taking into account gender roles, victimization, Marxism, Transgender Theory, the fact that "freedom" is a capitalist delusion, the Patriarchy, Imperialism, the Illegal and Immoral War in Iraq, Abortion Rights, the environmental crime of diaper use, George Bush's Psychology with special reference to his desire to kill women and children and his hypocritical unwillingness to kill unborn
On a serious note, though, I ask whether Bush is supposed to be the parent. I say "no."
I have heard that Argentina hunting can spoil you for anything else. We are working on a plan for Los Ombues. Duck and dove, and sore shoulder.