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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Friday, February 29. 2008
Heading for Mount Snow now, with an Alberta Clipper on the way promising another load of fresh powder in a few hours. Mount Snow is the best mountain south of Killington but, due to its location in southern VT, it tends to get crowded with New Yorkers on weekends.
Middle class taxes are at a record low.
Any excuse to take your clothes off.
Hillary's scare advertisement.
Help the Brit earthquake victims!
WSJ: Let houses find a bottom.
Young, white and foolish. American vagabonds. Remarkable photos.
Men are avoiding teaching as a career
The Bernanke Reflation.
The politics of miserabilism. The Economist
Now it's all four global temp trackers that show serious cooling
The Dem white male swing vote
McCain's Freudian slips. Sheesh. At first I thought it was a comedy routine. Afraid not.
Theodore Roosevelt speaking from his porch at Sagamore Hill, 1916. The man could talk...and talk and talk. People who travelled and camped with him said he would never shut up, but he was a great storyteller.
In fact, in 1912 he was shot in the chest by an assassin in Milwaukee - but insisted on finishing his speech before going to the hospital. (His eyeglass case probably saved his life.)
The guy needed no teleprompter.
"Own a complete library of the most influential books of all time!"
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The Petersburg Courthouse, 1865, from photos of the siege of Petersburg, via Shorpy:
The USS New York will be christened tomorrow (photo on right).
Is the era of Big Government back?
More on the Columbia noose story. I think it's fishy. Also, from Columbia: How to set up a politicized ethnic studies center. Shouldn't those things be part of anthropology?
Bobby Jindal is cleaning up the swamp. God bless him.
A two-faced Obama. He is a politician.
My first question about this Alphecca piece: Why is driving a car not a right?
How to get a free meal at MacDonalds
Have Americans become voluntary slaves?
The press tries Plan B against McCain. Speaking of McCain, apparently he hates childlren and kicks puppies. The premise, of course, is that your children are the government's responsibility, ie my responsibility.
Hot on the trail of dark matter.
India's eternal affirmative action programs. AKA vote-buying.
More on the Dem's proposed mortgage bailout. So why have I been paying mine?
That entire section of The Pirates of Penzance is here.
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Thursday, February 28. 2008
"Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun
"Romance in Durango," from 1975's Desire. The performance is from the Rolling Thunder Revue from Fall, 1975.
"My God, that guy can do everything." Roger Kimball talks about his friend, Bill Buckley.
Michael Horton discusses the messianic complex "of shifting the focus of Christians from his promised return to your best life now." Is it the job of the church, and of Christians, to save the world or to save souls? Or both? A quote:
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
Myron Magnet remembers Bill Buckley
The paternalistic approach to helping Africa
Selling a dream. Henninger in the WSJ
Lost in translation: The Backstroke of the West
Soros update, at Am. Thinker. It begins:
From an essay on freedom in the Nanny State, at Pajamas:
Wednesday, February 27. 2008
The New Yorker piece linked this morning, "What Was I Thinking?", about behavioral economics is well worth reading. It's a fascinating field of study.
Snake eats family dog. A little science education for the kiddie-poos.
Insty: JOHN STOSSEL: Guns save lives.
Keith Richards talks
Adding to blogroll: Q and O on the economy.
Ten quotes against work. (h/t, Grow a Brain)
Is Obama a feminized male? The larger question: Have our politics become feminized?
The case against govt. subsidies for college.
Milbots. Is there an ethical question? I do not see one.
A comment on the Sam Zell piece linked earlier: He is at least right about one thing - the Dems' needing to talk down the economy as much as they can. Doom and gloom.
Photo: A view of the back of the ocean dunes, Wellfleet, MA
Something for me to remember Bill Buckley with: the Contrapunctus 1 from Bach's The Art of the Fugue, with Glenn Gould.
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Gordontown, NC. Dorothea Lange, 1939 (h/t, Dr. X, who we trust does not mind the occasional theft from his remarkable photo stash)
From So What?, by Sippican:
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Over many years, the man has been an inspiration through his fiction-writing, his non-fiction, his sailing, his piano-playing, his passion for Bach, his passion for God, his love of life and of freedom and and of his fellow man. And his love for his remarkable wife Pat, who died last year.
Yes, also for his cheerful political energy and pioneering efforts on behalf of Conservative views (he, seemingly single-handedly, made these views respectable), but these efforts were always lower on his list than devotion to God and living - and enjoying - life to the max. A superb human and a superb life.
I am most grateful for the things this brainy, witty, refined and joyful Scotch-loving Connecticut Yankee added to my life, but what I will remember most vividly is his description, in one of his sailing books, of his successful effort to install a piano in the parlor of his sailboat.
Many comments at Memeorandum.
The best treatment approaches are unknown.
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
The snows of Kilimanjaro are back.
People make bad decisions, but they make them in systematic ways. It's about behavioral economics.
McArdle to Repubs: the wrong way to frame health care debate. It's about emotion, not facts.
In favor of language extinctions.
Social Justice High. Pajamas
Love cannot exist without pain. S,C&A
Urban heat islands and temperature measurement error: Phoenix
Complaints choirs. Sounds like the American electorate
Tuesday, February 26. 2008
We hate to kick a man when he's down, but this summary of Hillary Clinton's record came in over the transom today. We suspect this has something to do with why she is not finding the support she desires:
Hillary Clinton has been telling America that she is the most qualified candidate for president based on her 'record,' which she says includes her eight years in the White House as First Lady - or 'co-president' - and her seven years in the Senate. Here is a little reminder of what that record includes:
As First Lady, Hillary assumed authority over Health Care Reform, a process that cost the taxpayers over $13 million. She told both Bill Bradley and Patrick Moynihan, key votes needed to pass her legislation, that she would 'demonize' anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she couldn't even get it to a vote in a Congress controlled by her own party. (And in the next election, her party lost control of both the House and Senate.) -
Hillary assumed authority over selecting a female Attorney General. Her first two recommendations, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. She then chose Janet Reno. Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as 'my worst mistake.'
Hillary recommended Lani Guanier for head of the Civil Rights Commission. When Guanier's radical views became known, her name had to be withdrawn.
Hillary recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell, Vince Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice Department, White House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell was later imprisoned, Foster committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig Livingstone, for the position of director of White House Security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI files of
In order to open “slots” in the White House for her friends the Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts could be awarded), Hillary had the entire staff of the White House Travel Office fired; they were reported to the FBI for 'gross mismanagement' and their reputations ruined. After a thirty-month investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing personal money with White House funds when he cashed checks. The jury acquitted him in less than two hours.
Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the 'bimbo eruption squad' and scandal defense:
---- She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. ---- She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. ---- Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all.---- And Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury ---- And Bill was impeached by the House. ---- And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice (she avoided it mostly because she repeated, 'I do not recall,' 'I have no recollection,' and 'I don't know' 56 times under oath).
Hillary wrote 'It Takes a Village,' demonstrating her Socialist viewpoint.
Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state she had never lived in. Her husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to get Latino support and the New Square Hassidim to get Jewish support. Hillary also had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to get financial support.
Then Hillary left the White House, but later had to return $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.
In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the 'woman card' by portraying her opponent (Lazio) as a bully picking on her.
Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of their time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of those records.)
As the junior Senator from
Hillary's one notable vote; supporting the plan to invade
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