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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Monday, October 29. 2007
From Protein, on a piece by Robert Reich:
Read the whole thing.
Sunday, October 28. 2007
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Meanwhile, terrorists say "Vote for Hillary."
"Bled white" by 171 casualties, Brits pack it in.
Bobby Jindal is too white? Or are his politics the wrong color?
Why cities like Buffalo can never be what they once were. City Journal
Courting natural disasters. Betsy. I believe that homeowner's insurance should cover the costs - including governmental costs.
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We are. I like this one, but it might be overkill.
We believe that an unarmed home is a potentially dangerous place. As with fire insurance, you just hope you'll never need to use it.
"Shoot first" laws are growing in the US, making life tougher for bad guys.
However, Bruce notes that some people would prefer being victims. I think that is the height of irresponsibility: protecting yourself and your family is the most basic duty in life.
World's hottest pepper.
Harshest food critic ever, at The Onion. Bad language.
How New Hampshire turned Blue. Opinion Journal
Rufus would debate this: UN official warns of biofuels driving up cost of food worldwide
Biochemist Arthur Kornberg dies at 89.
Kling on The Road to McMedicine. He quotes Shannon Brownlee's book:
Tom Lantos: Europeans more upset about Gitmo than they were about Auschwitz. True. You have to notice that critics say Gitmo symbolizes bad things - not that it is a bad thing. Confusing symbols with reality is insane.
Luke 18, 9-14
9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Saturday, October 27. 2007
The road to the Total State:
Whole brief post at Sami. I agree.
This is what governments always tend towards, and it must be resisted by proud, strong free men and women before we all become serfs of The State. If you think that is hyperbole, then just watch, say nothing, and do nothing.
The "political class" isn't wise - it's crafty and smart, but fundamentally rendered insane by power. It is a governmental disease, akin to alcoholism, and it seems to be universal. Our Founders feared this, predicted it, and made valiant efforts to prevent it.
People who renounce power over others too rarely go into government.
In Maine, last week. I should say "pa'tridge", not "grouse." In Maine, Ruffed Grouse are "partridge". In Canada, grouse are often referred to as "chickens." Hunting grouse is rough on one's legs. Famous soap opera star on the right.
Valentina Lisitsa plays Chopin's Etude Opus 25, No. 12, "Ocean"
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Big sale at The Teaching Company. We love these people. Vive Capitalism, which can bring us an affordable education this way.
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From Cheryl Miller's Claremont review of Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee (h/t, No Left Turns):
Read the whole thing.
You can visit Wharton's recently-restored Berkshire home and gardens, "The Mount," in lovely and civilized Lenox, MA. Been there. It's not too far from Maggie's Farm. A friend helped raise the money for the restoration, and they did a good job with it. They duplicated her formal garden designs.
What are you doing today? Heavy rain here, so the Mrs. and I eschewed our usual Saturday morning horse fun and are making enough mincemeat for 8-12 pies, using Grandma Myers' recipe but doubling it and backing off on the sugar a bit: I do not care for an overly-sweet pie of any sort. I am adding dried cranberries and dried currants, and I am using Canada Goose and beef because I have no venison this year: it's been too warm to hang one, so it makes no sense to shoot one. I will age the mixture until close to Thanksgiving. I used rum in it last year, brandy this year. Also, to sip a little for a bracing brunch while cooking and chopping meat, suet, and apples.
I am, at the same time, making my special beef bourguignon for dinner, so the kitchen smells of spices, molasses, raisins, vinegar, apples, wine, brandy, bacon, and cooking meat. The smell is a hearty meal in itself.
Interesting politics. Pajamas
When people talk about being guided by science, I get the creeps. It gives me the same sort of creeps that Utilitarianism does. It has overtones of "scientific socialism," for me, and Brave New World.
"Science" is amoral. Facts are amoral. Pure reason is amoral.
15 people I do not wish to hear another word about. Kim
How Che met God. Classical
Everybody has occasional lapses in judgement, but FEMA made a dumb one.
Bush's inspiring speech about Cuba
Putin saber-rattling. What for? Isn't it obvious at this point that we mean them no harm?
Photo: Poodles can hunt. It isn't widely known that the breed originated in Germany, for duck hunting. They love marshes. The only problem with Poodles is that they are smarter than humans.
Friday, October 26. 2007
h/t, Tim Blair
This came in over the transom:
Dispute between neighbors - this is a true story. A city councilman in Utah, Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the east mountains, until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built a new home.
Editor: I think that's on the harsh side. I prefer this topiary effort to convey a gentle neighborly message:
New architects design without ego. It's about time.
Hate speech and dumb speech, and plain dumb, at Thompson
Summary of Al Qaida weakness. CSM
San Diego fires vs. New Orleans floods: Protein
I hope this is not true: We did not kill Bin Laden
Food price controls in Russia
The gap between rich and poor - very small, in Cuba
We missed this piece from Vanderleun, which begins:
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Moral dilemmas and counterinsurgency in Israel. TigerHawk
Is Mark Zuckerberg the next Bill Gates?
The Italian government uneasy about the internet. Why? And how many other governments want to control the flow of ideas and facts? In my opinion, any government that wants to do that is illegitimate, by definition.
Sir Piers at Agincourt, plus some other tough Brits
The obesity crisis in squirrels. A Government program is needed.
Who are the arsonists? Flopping
Rude leftists shut down Horowitz speech at Emory. Thus are their intolerant and totalitarian impulses revealed.
Photo: It's finally hunting season again. Long-time readers of Maggie's know that she is the famous Maid of the Marsh, a lovely and elusive mythical creature known only to duck hunters, and seen only on foggy days by hunters with serious hangovers combined with mental instability. We were fortunate to catch this photo, which is clearer than most photos of Bigfoot.
Thursday, October 25. 2007
October has been a very good month for new Maggie's readers. A fine harvest of new friends, whether you agree with us about things or not.
A hearty welcome to all of you in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and the rest of the world. We are pleased and honored to have you all as visitors.
Please sample some of our "recent essays" on the upper left column - we only post "thought pieces" there - not that we are really capable of orderly thought: we do our best, with limited time, limited IQ, not to mention our neanderthal lack of intellectual sophistication. We are simple country bumpkins, recently fallen off the turnip wagon, who aspire only to Common Sense - and a few other things.
And don't forget to send us around to all of your friends and enemies. They should not feel left out.
Image: Autumn, by Currier and Ives, 1871