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.
This post about the Application of Yamashita grew out of a recent dinner conversation/debate/discussion. From a summary here, a quote:
Since the Supreme Court's decision in 1946, the United States Congress and federal courts throughout the country have relied on the Yamashita standard. Many important human rights cases cite directly from the Supreme Court decision, as does the legislative history of the Torture Victims Protection Act ("TVPA"). In citing to the Yamashita Standard for support in the interpretation of the TVPA, the United States Senate Committee stated, "under international law, responsibility for torture, summary execution, or disappearances extends beyond the person or persons who actually committed those acts -- anyone with higher authority who authorized, tolerated, or knowingly ignored those acts is liable for them." The Second and Ninth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed this standard in their decisions Kadic v. Karadzic, 70 F.3d 232 (1995) and Hilao v. Estate of Marcos, 103 F.3d 767 (1996), and it has been repeatedly recognized as the standard in numerous human rights cases litigated under the TVPA and the Alien Tort Claims Act ("ACTA") in federal courts across the country.
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:
J.M. Coetzee reviews Jay Parini's Life of William Faulker:
"Now I realise for the first time," wrote William Faulkner to a woman friend, looking back from the vantage point of his mid-fifties, "what an amazing gift I had: uneducated in every formal sense, without even very literate, let alone literary, companions, yet to have made the things I made. I don't know where it came from. I don't know why God or gods or whoever it was, selected me to be the vessel."
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:
In postmodern discourse, truth is rejected explicitly and consistency can be a rare phenomenon. Consider the following pairs of claims. - On the one hand, all truth is relative; on the other hand, postmodernism tells it like it really is. - On the one hand, all cultures are equally deserving of respect; on the other, Western culture is uniquely destructive and bad. - Values are subjective--but sexism and racism are really evil - Technology is bad and destructive--and it is unfair that some people have more technology than others. - Tolerance is good and dominance is bad--but when postmodernists come to power, political correctness follows.
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.
In an effort to one-up The Barrister today, how is this for foolishness?
He might be the Archbishop of Canterbury, and thus guardian of the Anglican faith. But every time I see Dr Rowan Williams’ smug face or hear his social-worker voice, I feel like breaking at least one of the Ten Commandments (I’ll leave it to readers’ febrile imaginations to guess which one).
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.
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?
When in the course of human history has mankind been so healthy, secure and prosperous that national political leaders, scientists and the media elite worldwide could be preoccupied with a theoretical crisis predicted to occur 50 years hence? Controversy continues to rage over Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory, most recently with a minority Senate report citing 400 eminent scientists, yet it's worth reflecting on what this debate means about the human condition at the advent of the 21st Century
The corollary to this preoccupation with hypothetical dangers 5 decades hence, of course, is that there is not one imminent threat to western nations that demands our immediate attention. Not one human soul is, or ever has been, in immediate danger from Global Warming.
"Ramona, come closer, Shut softly your watery eyes. The pangs of your sadness Shall pass as your senses will rise. The flowers of the city Though breathlike, get deathlike at times. And there's no use in tryin' T' deal with the dyin', Though I cannot explain that in lines.
Your cracked country lips, I still wish to kiss, As to be under the strength of your skin. Your magnetic movements Still capture the minutes I'm in. But it grieves my heart, love, To see you tryin' to be a part of A world that just don't exist. It's all just a dream, babe, A vacuum, a scheme, babe, That sucks you into feelin' like this.
I can see that your head Has been twisted and fed By worthless foam from the mouth. I can tell you are torn Between stayin' and returnin' On back to the South. You've been fooled into thinking That the finishin' end is at hand. Yet there's no one to beat you, No one t' defeat you, 'Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad.
I've heard you say many times That you're better 'n no one And no one is better 'n you. If you really believe that, You know you got Nothing to win and nothing to lose. From fixtures and forces and friends, Your sorrow does stem, That hype you and type you, Making you feel That you must be exactly like them.
I'd forever talk to you, But soon my words, They would turn into a meaningless ring. For deep in my heart I know there is no help I can bring. Everything passes, Everything changes, Just do what you think you should do. And someday maybe, Who knows, baby, I'll come and be cryin' to you."
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.
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.