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, June 27. 2008
I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
Babe Ruth, with good advice for lawyers, carpenters, bankers, electricians, doctors - and everybody.
One quote from a piece with the above title by William Deresiewicz in The American Scholar:
Read the whole thing (link above).
A photo of the Yale campus, designed to make clever if snot-nosed kids buy into the illusion that they are 19th century aristocrats at Oxford or Cambridge rather than the humble but literate Congregationalist pastors Yale was originally created to produce:
It's about Amendments 1,2, and 14. The NY Sun on the candidates and Heller.
And Tiger on the NYT on Heller. A quote: "There are plenty of Constitutional rights that drive inefficient, inconvenient, or even unwise public policy. One can recognize that a right exists and deplore the consequences of the right." Lots of wisdom in that simple sentence. Rights aren't about efficiency or even effectiveness - they are about human dignity and freedom. As the old saw goes, "Mussolini got the Italian trains to run on time."
Save the planet - ban drive-thrus.
The insane world of Congress. Powerline. Nevertheless, House Dems seem headed for a "permanent majority." Even if deserved, it's a depressing thought because they do not seem to understand even the basics of free market economics - or to value freedom as I understand it.
Thursday, June 26. 2008
I have no problem whatsoever with physicians easing terminal peoples' path out of life with merciful doses of morphine, but I have great problems with the Brave New World of government rationing of medical care, and the hustling of people into death to save money as they seem inclined to do in the UK, Canada...and in Oregon.
Dr. Bob discusses. One quote:
In my view, easy abortion was the first big step in the direction of removing the annoying inconvenience of a human life. Perhaps it would be most expedient - or utilitarian - to do us in the minute we stop paying income taxes...assuming our function is to serve the "common good." Or at the moment of our birth, because it is certain that we will become expensively ill someday.
And when it comes to medical treatment in general, I like TigerHawk's idea much better than any governmental idea. WallMart! Just as long as I have my own doc who knows me and cares about me first.
Addendum: Father of Canada's medical system rejects what he created. "Woops. I goofed. So terribly sorry."
“The inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right...”
Without self-defense, a person becomes a sheep in a world with wolves.
Bravo to the five Justices who honor our Constitution over their personal preferences, and bravo to Justice Scalia for putting it all in historical context. The justices' personal opinions should have no role in their job: it's not what they are paid to do. After all, everybody has an opinion on everything. Opinions on stuff are a dime a dozen.
Anyway, it's a big step in the right direction. More later...
For the birds that cannot soar, God has provided low branches.
Sometimes forces defy control, like weather. This about captures it.
It's not a perfect world, and only the seductive and subtle salesman Devil himself would suggest that it could be otherwise. Life will teach us humility, if nothing else: it seems designed to do so.
Furthermore, as our Dr. Bliss often says, no two people would ever agree on what "perfect" might mean anyway. For some, it's the womb. For others, it's constant challenge and difficulty.
The DC gun ban case should be out this morning. It won't be the be-all and end-all, but it will be interesting.
Why the Left abandoned Darfur. A quote from Bernard-Henri Levy at SC&A:
Why passenger trains don't work in the US: Charlie Martin at Pajamas
A Utah warning for McCain
Dems want the fairness doctrine back. At Tiger: "There should be no doubt that this is nothing less than a broadside attack on freedom of speech."
Another guy eaten by a Mountain Lion. Too bad they won't stick with healthy fruits and vegetables. I guess they haven't had the advantage of modern nutritional "science." It's best to be armed in serious lion country. You can't throw them a banana any more than you can throw a Jihadist a pork chop.
Anatomy of surrender. Bruce Bawer in City Journal: "Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia."
Global warming causes terrorism? Add it to the list. I'm pretty sure it causes my Athlete's Foot, too.
Check these photos of Berkeley antiwar folks. The pics say it all.
Our blog friend at Squaring the Boston Globe is resigning from blogging following his wife's cancer diagnosis. We will miss his good work, but it's the right thing to do. Best to his family, and God's presence.
The case against Turkey's ruling party.
Prison had "criminal subculture." That's headline news, folks. Why won't jailbirds behave like the sweet, passive, innocent victims of The System that they are? Guess they didn't get the memo.
Who are the subprime villains? Every story needs a villain. If you're a paranoid, anyway.
And, speaking of witchhunts, has it occurred to Americans that those evil evil oil speculators might not be American? Hong Kong to have its own commodities exchange. Chart on the left from the piece at Dino.
Photo: Cahoon's Hollow, Wellfleet, Cape Cod
Wednesday, June 25. 2008
Losing the poetry is losing the soul.
Neoneo on how the modern translations of the Bible drain it of vitality, and turn it into a Hallmark card. I rarely use the King James here, even though it's my favorite.
That's a photo of Ellen Carrington, Miss Tennessee, who carries an S&W .40. I see nice bulges, but no gun bulge. Maybe she cutely stows it in the back of her panties.
Great moments in climate alarmism. Climate Skeptic
More Quincy. Mirrors
FEMA doing a great job. That's not news, though.
Obama's lack of normal modesty. Am Thinker
Big governments serve the needy worse
Performance-enhancing drugs in the white-collar workplace
Thank you for smoking.
More on global cooling
Physics prof says nothing you can do about warming. Too bad, because I think we need more global warming, and I'd like to help.
When talking makes things worse. Max Boot
Since when did the Presbyterians go insane? Good grief.
Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are here in Rome, filming the sequel to The DaVinci Code.
Imus interviewed Rolling Stone's Jan Wenner this morning, about Wenner's recent interview of Obama. (Wenner is an Obamamaniac, but it's all about style for him. And "change" - as Wenner profoundly said, and I paraphrase: "Everything is going so wrong. We all want change today.")
Anyway, Wenner said that Obama told him that his favorite song is Dylan's Maggies Farm, which he has on his iPod. Clearly we enjoy the spirit of the song too, but if Obama really wants to be a cool dude, he needs to get hip to Maggie's Farm blog.
Tuesday, June 24. 2008
The AP wallows in a parody of gloom.
"Could be seen as patronizing" Really?
Iran's "nightmare scenario" mulled: NY Sun
Defending the faith: LaShawn on Christian Apologetics
Another Obama flat-out lie.
McCain gets meaningful endorsement.
A Coney Island of the Mind, revisited. The first time I read it, I was blown away.
Academic cannon fodder.
A lesson in economics from a Chinese finance minister.
Look at job growth in Texas.
The Bush Paradox. David Brooks. A quote:
Quoted at EU Referendum:
Girls forbidden to whistle at construction workers
Quote from a speech posted at Brussels Journal:
More from The Amazing Rhythm Aces:
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Part 2 of the Pew study of religion in America has been issued. It shows that there is a lot of non-dogmatic religious thinking going on, which is no surprise really. An excerpt from the piece on the subject in the CSM:
From Investor's Business Daily:
Practicing medicine has become a crappy job. Insty
Tom Wolfe returns to Wall Street
Where in the Constitution....does it permit Congress to tell us what lightbulbs to use? Ted Poe is funny.
We have posted in the past about the role of natural Vit D - and the role of Vit D supplement, in cancer prevention.
Here's a piece at Pajamas on the subject. The take-home message is, I believe, get tan but not burned.
It's good news, because those of us who are pasty-white Anglos look better with some healthy color.
Read the whole thing.
A pilot's ideal cockpit, via Theo:
The Czech libertarian spirit is alive and well. SDA
In defense of sweatshops.
There is no reality in the Dem energy "policy."
The best movie ever about Communist Romania
Miss Tennessee has a concealed carry permit.
Majority of Dems want to nationalize oil industry. Is that before - or after - they nationalize medicine and Big Food? Maybe they should just tell us what they don't want to nationalize.
Evidence supports School Choice. Pajamas
Carla and Michael attack the Massachusetts tax dragon. Good luck to them.
I am breathlessly awaiting the Supremes' DC gun ban decision. Any day now.
This is the old Grand Hotel des Isles Borromee, a 5-star place built in 1863 on the Stresa waterfront.
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Monday, June 23. 2008
Another drop-out who made good. Carl
Right Wing Prof vs. The Power.
Is the high price of oil really unintended? Synthstuff. He is right: high oil prices is Dem official policy.
Should McCain pick a lady Veep?
Pot OK, tobacco not.
The incredible disappearing Iraq War. Confed. Yank
The Global Warming Inquisition. We just knew this was coming.
Do you know your lumber? Not like Sipp, you don't.
Citigroup to fire tons of bankers. A once-great company is now a mess. Thanks for nothin', Sandy Weil.
Newspapers in deep trouble.
Why I don't want kids. Captain Capitalism. Kids are, no doubt, impractical. But who wants to be practical?
Correcting your Mozart deficit. NY Sun
Sharpton vs Imus, Round Two? Good grief.
An excerpt from an excerpt from an Alan Charles Kors essay in New Criterion: