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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Saturday, December 29. 2007
"I appreciate your gift more than I can say." NYT
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The story of Good King Wenceslas.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:40 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
This post about the Application of Yamashita grew out of a recent dinner conversation/debate/discussion. From a summary here, a quote:
The case is here: long-winded, but if you just read the summary of the opinion and the very courageous dissent, you will get the general drift:
(Our News Junkie is away hunting this weekend.)
Capital punishment and New Jersey's misplaced priorities. Malanga in City Journal
"Does my bomb look big in this?" Mr. Free Market
Bill Kristol to the NYT?
Peggy Noonan only asks for a "reasonable person" in the White House. Same here.
Remind me: What's a principal-agent problem?
Getting repetitive here: Hillary lies about Bhutto
How to talk to your child about Jamie Lynn Spears
A non-grim milestone reached.
Cowboy walks into a bar...Theo
Santa photo captured by our Brit cousin Mr. Free Market last week. Let Santa into your house and you never know what might happen because he is a jolly old elf.
Friday, December 28. 2007
Hillary Clinton's new policy, since she got caught so many times answering planted questions. Eric is right: she wants a coronation. Does she really believe that she is better than other people?
via Drudge. Why can't they just have smoking and non-smoking cafes and bars? Let people decide where they want to work, and where they want to go. Is that just too simple and free?
These rules are like Prohibition.
h/t, Classical Virtuoso
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An anti-nutritionist screed. Asst. Village Idiot
It's the Year of the Potato! For me, every year is the year of the potato.
Study: FOX News most balanced
Whatever happened to separation of mosque and state?
Bhutto: Without the "pious nonsense"
The 10 climate myth-busters of 2007. Junk Science
Identity studies for everyone! Now it's Age Studies. Are these people for real?
A re-post from 2005
J.M. Coetzee reviews Jay Parini's Life of William Faulker:
A fascinating piece, even for non-Faulkner fans, which might tell you all you need to know about him. Click here: The New York Review of Books: The Making of William Faulkner
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As regular readers know, we all seem to have been thinking recently about the cost of liberty and the human ambivalence about freedom. See, for a few examples:
A few Sundays ago our preacher spoke provocatively about the cost of Grace. We want to think of Grace as being, by definition, a freebie. My pastor says not. Roger Kimball recently discusses the cost of freedom. Perfect.
Freedom and liberty are costly in money, lives, bruises, setbacks, and effort. And freedom is messy, too. All valuable things are costly, like relationships with man or God. Over time, the Left has actually managed to find a way to permit people's consciences to allow them to accept things and money from their neighbors which are not willingly given. Old-fashioned American dignity would not permit that.
In the end, the issue is whether we, as citizens, want to pay the price, or whether we want somebody else to pay for it like the old bowl of lentils. There is no free lentil lunch.
The infant in all of us wants everything good to be free to us, like mother's milk. If adults want to live in freedom, they need to get beyond that, because liberty is not for babies. Good things are costly.
This is a recent re-post. Why it popped up today I cannot tell, but perhaps there is a reason.
Dr. Sanity did a good job with the pomo logical contradictions a little while ago. She quoted Stephen Hicks:
Read her whole piece. Many of us have made these points before, but it doesn't matter. It's about Stalinist politics, not reason. Stalin remains popular in Russia - a folk hero.
Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God's presence, never in full view of the world.
In an effort to one-up The Barrister today, how is this for foolishness?
Read O'Neill's whole piece at Spiked.
Richardson says US should "force" regime change in Pakistan.
Ron Paul says Bush to blame for Bhutto assassination.
While Maggie's Farm officially supports Pogo for President, I am supporting Fred Thompson. If you want to give him a hand, send him a few bucks here to help prime the pump. If he does well, the money will flow. Is he too laid-back? Or just sane? We will see.
Here's his new ad:
Thursday, December 27. 2007
Al Qaeda claims "credit" for Bhutto assassination.
Investing in Iraq. Insty
When were you saved? LaShawn
Most over-rated and under-rated book of the year. Derbyshire
Second link in one day about Al Sharpton. TNR. With all of the serious black commentators and thinkers out there, why does the MSM pick this vaudevillian self-satirical con man to be a black spokesman? Is he supposed to be their tap-dancing entertainer?
NYT wants a new socialist welfare state in New Orleans. I guess they miss Huey Long.
"...the cause of anti-racism perpetuates racism. It’s one of life’s bitter little ironies." Indeed.
The Taxes of the Times: NY Sun
Record snows this year. Don't every say I didn't warn you about the coming Ice Age.
I thought abortion was going to kill off all the Liberals. Global warming will drown all of the Conservatives. The man is sick.
"Nothing better to worry about?"
Whole thing at Am. Thinker
The two-fer problem: Dick Morris. It is beginning to look like Bill is running for another term.
Israeli Arabs prefer Israel to Palestinian State. Duh. Who wouldn't?
Bush understands Brave New World. Good on him.
Gov. Spitzer has a solution to the NY malpractice escalation. As usual, he's come up with a humdinger. It reminds me of the California plan to tax hospitals to pay for medical care.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:19 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
"Ramona, come closer,
"To Ramona," from 1964's Another Side of Bob Dylan. A performance from 1965, in London, is below.
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We re-link Andrew Bacevitch's Wilson Quarterly essay from 2005. A quote:
Read the whole fascinating story of American involvement in the Middle East. It's all about geopolitics, and it is deadly serious.
Our Iowa Editorial Committee has pondered long and deep, and decided that we will endorse, for the Repub nomination, Pogo. We Go Pogo!
Pogo has been running for Pres. since 1952, and it's time to give him a chance. He has the experience, and he won't play possum in the White House.
This decision is not to disparage George Papoon ("Not Insane!"), who is also an excellent mammalian candidate but one who promises to permit voting by all kinds of animals, including unicellular animals. We are told on good authority that each one of us has more bacteria in our GI tracts than there are American voters, and we believe this could dilute the opinion of us superior and more thoughtful multicellular animals.
Re-posted from 2005:
Abortion and the Need for Babies: Remember the "population bomb"? Well, Steyn deplores the low birth rates in the West, comparing Europe's rate with that of the celibate Shakers, and predicting a similar outcome: "Almost every issue facing the EU - from immigration rates to crippling state pension liabilities - has at its heart the same glaringly plain root cause: a huge lack of babies." Click here: Telegraph | Opinion | The strange death of the liberal West
Benazir Bhutto assassinated by suicide bomber. See Drudge for details.
A sad day, but not surprising. It is just more proof that Jihad isn't specifically anti-Western - it's anti-freedom and anti-democracy, anywhere and everywhere on the planet. Freedom and democracy are admittedly Western ideals, but many in the rest of the world, with aspirations for human dignity and self-determination, are drawn to them.
However, if one is a devout Moslem, it is my impression that it is one's duty to convert and control the world either by submission (dhimmitude, as in Europe) or by blood, and then to provide theocratic rule. "A clash of cultures."
Mrs. Bhutto was educated at Harvard and at Oxford.
"Women now hold half of all management jobs in America. Business books and magazines tout their superior leadership style. What’s really changing in the country’s corner offices?"
Read the whole piece by Judith Haveman in The Wilson Quarterly
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