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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Wednesday, April 30. 2008
What's going wrong in Basra? Civilization is happening.
How localism (as in Italy) could save Europe. Yes, save them from the EU Empire.
How the Dems are screwing you at the gas pump. Important post.
Global warming on vacation, say scientists. Do the models predict 30-year vacations?
NYT proposes regulation of textbook prices. Mankiw notes the irony.
50% of LA job-holders were born in other countries
It still could happen, and likely will - but we don't have a recession yet.
Spank those kids or they could end up in jail
Bet you didn't know that global warming causes AIDS. Silly you.
More BBC censorship. The very notion of government media should be anathema in free societies.
Need somebody to hate today? This low-life scum deserves yours. If I were a better person, I would say he needs our prayers...but I'm not that good yet.
Right Wing Prof says that this NYT piece on Bio-bigotry makes him want somebody to shoot him. The NYT should have made it a companion piece to their Rev. Wright article, who is a genuine bio-bigot. I hate rats and Starlings. Sue me.
Imus, who refers to Hillary Clinton as Satan, referred to Obama this morning as a pencil-neck wimp, or pansy, or something like that. Dean Barnett wonders the same thing.
Pixie dust on solar, from Tom Friedman
We'll all miss Red Ken, who is going down, tomorrow, with any luck. He was good for humor, though:
As if to reinforce the post below, today AOL news creates a Depression-era scare story: People selling their belongings to survive. You would think things were terrible because of tag sales. Meanwhile, economic data say no recession yet, but if people are fearful enough, the media will provoke one in time for the election.
So what's the big issue, other than everybody's normal everyday challenge to build the life that suits their desires and their conscience?
From our brother-in arms Coyote:
No doubt. Let's inculcate a sense of grievance in those two-income middle-class families, so they will turn to the State for rescue. The fact is, we have two-income families because people want more money, and desire a higher standard of living than the average single-income middle class family in 1970.
Ah, but they have less disposable income than in 1970 - and here's why (from the linked pieces):
Discretionary income has shrunk from 46% to 25% of total income - and taxes account for all of that reduction. The governmental solution, no doubt, will be to raise their taxes to provide more "free services."
That's the Gramscian tactic: tax 'em 'til they feel poor, then apply incremental Marxism until they own your soul and you become a grateful serf of The State at The People's Tractor Factory #23.
For details, read the links above.
Here are some clues, in the WSJ. He is not a metrosexual.
If economists only do things that make economic sense, then Captain Capitalism lists a few things they surely do not do.
I would add one more: they would never run a blog like Maggie's Farm.
This is a pretty good rule-of-thumb. (h/t, Tangled Web)
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
A great shopping site.
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Wrigley sold to Mars
Hillary's $3 billion in earmarks
Dartmouth prof wants to sue her students. It's the victim/grievance culture run amok.
Governments make problems worse, then demand more money to fix their unintended consequences
Soak the rich isn't working this time around. Powerline
"You have been had," at Am Thinker. A quote:
Photo from Bits and Pieces
Tuesday, April 29. 2008
My current favorite smoke: Macanudo 1993 Vintage No. 2. Spicy. Definitely needs no aging in ye olde humidificatorium. By the way, do not expect me to ever discuss Cubans here.
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A propos the piece on reading in college which we linked this morning, Insty came across another bit in The Chronicle titled America's most over-rated product: the Bachelor's Degree.
Read the whole thing. It makes sense that the degree must be degraded as more people seek it, and as more colleges seek students to fill their buildings.
I am reading the new biography of Albert Einstein. Few college students today could pass the entry exams that he took, which included calculus, literature, French, physics and chemistry. He failed them the first time, in part because his French exam was judged to be weak. (No, he never flunked math.) He spent a year after high school studying to take them a second time.
My point is that "education" or a liberal arts degree was never intended to be a "consumer product." Now it is viewed that way, in the US. And that is a big part of the problem in how we think of education today, because it is not something that can be bought for any price: it is something that can only be taken by those who really want it.
Photo: Columbia College's Alma Mater - one college where a BA degree still means something. Same goes for the great University of Chicago.
Is recreational sex a good thing? Good for whom? And how do I define "good"? Does our pop culture contain any sexual morals anymore? Are women naturally as sexually predatory and opportunistic as some men can be? And what does "natural" have to do with it anyway, since we are humans, not monkeys?
Were I a smarter person, I'd have all the answers.
Anchoress on Prudery, Virginity, and Do-Me Feminism
And Harvey Mansfield reviews Hook Up or Shut Up
Big Lizards has a good take on the Supremes' decision.
Everywhere I have lived - except in NYC - an ID was required to vote.
There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do do not want to lose their jobs.
Booker T. Washington, via Vanderleun
Is college supposed to be more demanding than High School? Maybe not, in the new, democratized Higher Ed. From a post at Chronicle on reading books:
Awful but lawful.
Buy your own Taser
The science of doom and gloom
The oil panic. Don't worry
From Boundless (read whole thing): "It would be difficult to exaggerate the extent of antipathy towards the ROTC on the Left in America."
Koreans heading for the Ivy League
Wright's poison. Sullivan
Monday, April 28. 2008
From the NZ Herald:
Read the whole thing.
Photo: USS Swordfish, sunk off Okinawa in January 1945
I now have over 950 discs. Admittedly, the luster wore off pretty fast.
And I keep them in seven of these:
Each carousel holds 150 discs. You operate a database program on the computer and when you want a certain disc, click on 'Eject' and out it comes. They're only $129, which seems fairly reasonable. I've owned my original three for almost four years and have never had a problem with either the units or the software. Home site is here.
Most of my discs are DVDs, and there's a great program out called MovieCollector that not only organizes your movies every which way, but automagically downloads the jewel box cover pics, names of actors, IMDb rating, etc. Here's the standard layout:
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