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, January 31. 2008
How to get an egg into a small bottle. h/t, Grow a Brain
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 20:07 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
"I don't care what you do, I don't care what you say
"Someday Baby," from Modern Times. Someone has creatively put together a video for the song using clips from the 2006 iPod TV ad, an interview with 60 Minutes from 2004, 2002's Masked and Anonymous, Dylan's 2001 interviews from 2005's No Direction Home, bits and pieces from the 1966 tour, as well as a shot or two from 1965. See below.
From Dr. Sanity's How Smart are Democrats? Personally, I do not think Democrats are stupid. Often in error about the realities of life, and often not viewing liberty as our most precious inheritance -but not stupid in an IQ sense.
Good point about modern political rhetoric. Neoneo
Banned: Hillary the Movie, thanks to McCain-Feingold.
The Woodpecker Boom, gone bust: good photo essay in the NYT
Hawaii forgets about the First Amendment. Thank God for the Bill of Rights (which the Founders felt unnecessary because freedom under limited central government was assumed, having been the entire reason for their war).
A Baghdad Hospital: Inside the Red Zone. Video
Run, Ralph, run! Add some humor to 2008.
Greenspan doubts that the Fed can prevent global recession. Economies are truly global now.
The Kindle e-book. Will it catch fire? Our Opie knows somebody who loves the thing.
Republicans not wanted at poetry readings. Taranto
Insty writes a long one about the subprimes, which begins:
Hinderaker on politicians vs. businessmen:
Wednesday, January 30. 2008
Tosca, Act 1, Scene 2
Posted by Gwynnie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:47 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
We do like the NY Sun, but for the news a fellow really needs at 4:30 am before milking the cows and feeding the chickens, The Daily Mash is it.
For example, they explain why the French rogue trader really did what he did, and where he hid his losses. And they have another helpful sociological piece on The 40-somethings are a bunch of whining sh-ts.
Welcome, Daily Mash, to our blogroll. (h/t, Conspiracy)
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:12 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
"McCain can win and Romney can't," says Dick Morris. Despite Rush's rather strong opinions, I suspect that Morris is correct for 2008.
I have long been a student of the above Law, but I have not seen it expressed so succinctly:
That is a quote from Andrew Gelman, via a piece at Marginal Revolution inspired in part by a Dubner and Levitt (Freakonomics) piece in the NYT entitled The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker which explains how the Americans with Disabilities Act has resulted in lower employment levels among the disabled.
Both of the links are worth reading.
The cost of food around the world due to biofuels is a fine example. Michael Crighton's talk below does a fine job with the subject of complexity, when it comes to man's interventions in nature:
At $5.39/lb at Costco, their Dubliner Irish Cheese is the best cheddar-type cheese I have ever had. It is a great cheese, and I don't even like cheddar (I prefer the stronger cheeses). This one has a strong flavor (tangy, very sharp, with a touch of sweetness), a graininess similar to Parmesan, and it is hard - unlike those rubbery and bland American cheddars which look, feel and taste like processed cheese and are only good for melting on top of a cheeseburger.
Thus far, the Bird Dog clan has found it to be excellent eaten plain, on a cracker or baguette, in scrambled eggs, with slices of apples and pears, with cabernet and port, and in a cheese omelet.
Worth a trip to Costco just for that Dubliner cheese. (Speaking of Costco, we will someday offer a free Maggie's Farm t-shirt to the first person in history who can prove that they walked down every aisle and still got out of Costco without spending over $350.)
Posted by Gwynnie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 10:40 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
h/t, Theo, who continues to be a good finder of cool stuff.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 09:30 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The Muslims of Nashville. Who knew?
The GOP plans for medical care.
Sesame Street needs warnings?
Hands off my lightbulbs! A good rant.
Are doctors the last people in the world to use email?
The Bawer piece, First they came for the gays, re the Islamization of Europe.
Beginning to wind things down in Iraq. Troops coming home.
How Hillary played the newspapers for fools. Or are they simply colluding with her?
Archbishop Moonbat wants laws against bad manners. Like Jules, I find Rowan Williams' speech deeply hurtful and offensive. There should be a law against that kind of talk.
Can John McCain calm down the Conservatives? John Fund. And can he win their hearts? I doubt it, but, for a number of reasons, I think he is the most electable Repub after 8 years of a Repub in the White House. Surber has an excellent comment on the subject. For an example of foolish and immature petulance, try this for somebody who would rather end up with 3 more lefty Supremes for the next 20 years than to vote for McCain.
Tuesday, January 29. 2008
Boris Berezovsky with 12 Transcendental Studies by Franz Liszt, Here are 1-3. The rest of them at Classical Virtuoso.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:51 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Many have commented on Kay Hymowitz' interesting but not overly-deep report in City Journal about the young single men of America - Child-Man in the Promised Land. A quote:
Of course it is a sort of extended adolescence - or at least of relative freedom from some of the big burdens of life. Shrinkwrapped finds the information to be as gloomy as does Hymowitz, but I am not so sure it really is. Our pediatrician used to say about our kids, "Don't worry. I can guarantee they will be out of diapers by age 18."
It is a truism that MSM economic news is always spun to be dire, or on its way to becoming dire, as long as Repubs are in power in DC.
The entirely predictable burst of the housing bubble in many parts of the country will hurt for a while (but I think it will ding markets more than people with jobs outside of construction), and of course the markets are in a tizzy due to the credit markets, but the US economy is still chugging along. Job growth remains strong, and note Surber today on manufacturing orders, and Rattner in the WSJ: Let's get real about the economy.
I will grant that recessions are usually only seen in the rear-view mirror, but the Maggie's Farm Chief Economist predicts slower GDP growth, but no meaningful recession, in 2008. He also predicts a bull market in election-year economic fear-mongering.
Related: Mankiw discusses an equation indicating a 35% chance that we are in a recession now.
Doom update. Am. Digest. Repent! The end is near!
Hitchens on the Clintonian history of playing the race card
The NYT finally admits that the economy has been great.
About those Polar Bears. EU Referendum
All about The Jazz Singer
A sedentary life may speed up aging.
This WSJ page is a great daily read.
Minivans. Insty said this:
How to invest in this market. Kudlow
A good point, from Attack Machine, quoting Ted Kennedy:
From a piece of the above name by Zinser and Hsieh in The Objective Standard:
Read the whole thing. It's basically a thoughtful argument against socialist "solutions" to things in general.
Monday, January 28. 2008
42% of American dogs sleep on their owners' bed. Laura Ingraham says so. Hers does (a rescued dog), and mine does too, even though I think it's a bad habit and it's annoying as heck when you can't move your feet around freely.
I have no problem with their clan supporting Obama, but since we're on the topic of sociopathy (entry immediately below), here's Wizbang on Ted and Family - the Democrats' Royal Pain. Apparently none of them seems capable of holding down a job, so they go into politics.
Related: Regarding Evita, Roger Simon says "End the Monarchy" - and this:
That is from a page which also lists Dr. Hare's checklist of Sociopathic traits. (h/t, reader H, in reference to yesterday's Clinton post.)
You don't need all of those items to be a sociopath - each one is a trait, and a warning sign.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:23 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Re vets: John H. at Powerline rips the NYT on their non-story.
Quoted from Jihad Watch:
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