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, July 31. 2008
A quote from Herb Meyer via Am Thinker:
Read the whole, excellent thing.
But Roger Kimball says it better. One quote:
That must be it. Nobody complains about Obama's prayers for God's guidance and protection.
Maybe they assume he's faking it for political purposes. But what if it's for real?
Government bailouts are like potato chips: You can't stop with just one.
Tom Sowell, in his Random Thoughts this week
No, that's not what he said. What he said was if you're white and vote against me, you're racist:
The Obama campaign wants to divert attention to the issues by making this an election about race. Hillary tried to pull the same trick, but with her genitalia. I don't give a damn about Obama's color - or anybody's color. I will vote against him because he is a naive, extreme Lefty nut who has never accomplished anything in his life other than the smooth delivery of pablum speeches and maneuvering quickly in the sleazy, corrupt world of Chicago politics.
Physician-Senator Tom Coburn wants to kill your granny. "The tyranny of good intentions." That's a damn good phrase.
The crime of "destroying social order." That's Asia, for you. We value truth and freedom; they value order. Except for their truth-speakers.
Not from The Onion: Blacks hurt most by climate change
How messing around can cost you. NY Sun
The wonderful John Templeton died. I missed that.
Why is the black vote always in the Dem's pocket? Pajamas. I think it's crazy.
Why do gay guys always seem to put on a freak show? If somebody wants to be accepted as normal, they need to act normal, with modesty, self-restraint, and dignity. If you need to be kinky, why not do it at home? I confess, though, that their displays are interesting in a sick sort of way.
Living in a small world. Megan McArdle
Reaching the post-2004 voter. National Journal. Post-partisan? Not me. I am a Conservative.
The whole interesting story of GM's Volt, at The Atlantic. Great business case study. But what's the point? The power comes from coal. Not that I care.
Photo: That's Montauk Light, where I plan to do some fishing this weekend.
Wednesday, July 30. 2008
Notice how they have kept her locked in the closet for the past few months? When she opens her mouth, she offends people.
She seems angry. The fact that she was a highly privileged and fortunate young lady who had an elite education and became more wealthy and powerful than 99.99% of white folks seems to elude her.
Here's the story of her Princeton thesis which had been blocked until after the election, but which got out anyway.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:32 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0)
Come come! We have had enough of this. I will put an end to your prating. It is not fit that you should sit here any longer! You have sat here too long here for any good you have been doing lately. You shall give this place to better men! Call them in! Call them in! (the musketeers). You call yourselves a Parliament. You are no Parliament; I say you are no Parliament! You are whoremasters and drunkards, corrupt and unjust men, how can you be a Parliament for God’s People? Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
Cromwell dismissing the Rump Parliament, April 1653. h/t, Mr. Free Market
Here's one reason, via Dino. Obama plans to tax you into a state of dependency on the government:
Some times I wonder whether we are electing a "Most Popular" or a High School Class President rather than a President of the USA. Even Maureen Dowd seems to wonder.
This toon via Theo:
Not just to pander to the Greenies as Powerline says, but also simply to keep voters cranky and disgruntled, and willing to roll the dice on "change."
It's Rush Week at Human Events, with many salutations to the big guy on his 20th anniversary.
I do not listen to Rush much these days, but back in '90-'93 I did every day, during my mid-day commute. I enjoy his humor, the apparent joy he takes in living, his self-mockery (eg "with half my brain tied behind my back, just to make it fair"), and his upbeat attitude, but it was his cheerful irreverence towards conventional views that engaged me. Plus his kindness and gentleness to all of his callers.
Whether you agree with him about everything or not, he is a brilliant entertainer.
Love this photo from our Kentucky friend at Slower Pace:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 08:40 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Photo: He served in Vietnam. Where are they now?
Good news: Ten things to be happy about - from the NYT!
Can't read or write, but will know how to put on a condom.
What Iran plans for the USA.
Lying about the federal debt. Am Thinker
Fat? Blame it on your neighborhood. Not your fault.
Bush's remarkable homeless legacy. Nobody talks about this.
Heller ll? This could be interesting.
Ten best small cities in the USA.
Kim du Toit plans his blog retirement. I don't get my website pension until I'm 75 - or 80. I forget.
"Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire." RCP. Easy to answer: he gave me hope for a pony. I like ponies.
Victims of lenders. Ankle-Biting. Hey, could you lend me five bucks? Thanks. I'm a victim! I'm a victim!
The bad news about the House for Repubs
Great news for Brit wives: Killing your husband is OK. Especially if he's a jerk, which all guys are.
Tuesday, July 29. 2008
"Carbon control is what the West talks about. Carbon consumption is what the Non-Western Nations seek. Electricity efficiency and avoided generation is what the West talks about. Electricity supply is what nations big and small outside the West seek. Transportation efficiency is what the West talks about. Increased, greatly increased, mechanized mobility is what the nations of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America seek. The West wants to orate about wind, solar, geothermal and wave energy. The rest of the world wants more oil and natural gas, coal and uranium. The West worries about carbon control. The rest of the world, especially Asia, worries greatly about energy and food control. - Vinod K. Dar Earth Cools
Via No Looking Backwards:
Thus says Pelosi. Surber asks "Who asked her to?"
The ten Capitalist things all economists believe. City Journal. One quote:
Rush Limbaugh's 20th Anniversary
More on Sweden privatizing their schools
Why even the innocent should not talk to the police
IOC getting desperate about Beijing air pollution
Some of our traditionalist readers might not be fans of Brazilian artist Vic Muniz, but I am. He is an artist/photographer but calls himself an illusionist. This is modern art. I love this guy. His Chocolate Series was drawn with pixie sticks on Plexiglas and then photographed.
This is his "Mona Lisa, after Warhol," painted with peanut butter and jelly. You can see why he sells his photos of his work and not the orginals. Somebody might get hungry:
This is The Reader, after Fragonard (from Pictures of Chocolate), 2002. Painted with chocolate sauce:
Monday, July 28. 2008
Gateway found this Move On ad for Obama. Hope. It could happen to you.
Do they think I am 6 years old? I hope for a pretty pony, and $50 million in cash, unmarked bills.
This is a tale of minor woe, a "for the loss of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the loss of the shoe, the horse was lost..." story.
When a homeowner sees that ominous drip, drip, drip in the ceiling, coming out of some light fixture, his or her heart sinks. We all know that water and houses don't mix.
It turned out that the vibrations from the Jacuzzi tub had screwed up the drain. On further inspection, the dripping had rotted the subfloor. And, on further inspection, the underfloor in front of the shower was wet and crumbling too, partly because Mr. Shower Door installed the door opening out, not in. And the shower stall wasn't adequately vented. And, and, and...
This means plumbers, demolition guys, tile guys, new fixtures, dumpsters and carpenters. A new subfloor and a new floor for the bathroom, hopefully something less slippery than the shiny Italian tile we had. I think a marble floor is the idea.
And, since that is being done, let's take the vanity out and repaint it, and put a new marble top on it.
And since we have a great carpenter/contractor here anyway, why not have him move the non-supporting walls around in the master bedroom to expand the closets and expand the room the way we have always talked about? Yeah, why not? Not a big deal, right? You can move all your hunting gear to the basement.
And, since they're already doing that, let's finally put the fireplace in the bedroom. It can link right up to an existing chimney, after all. Cozy.
And since they're doing that, let's get rid of all the old carpet and replace it with good oak flooring upstairs. Let's do it everywhere upstairs. After all, it's not much more expensive than high-quality wool carpet.
And since the electricians will be around, let's replace all of that terrible hallway lighting, and then re-paint everything.
I guess one of the consolations of home-ownership is to know, as you watch your life savings evaporate, that you are helping to keep the economy going in your neck of the woods.
Were I single and childless, I could live in a shack in the woods, as long as I had a broadband connection. And a girlfriend or three for company.
Bob Novak, hospitalized today in Boston for a brain tumor while on a trip to Cape Cod, filed his Closer than He Should Be for today's WaPo. One quote:
We shall see whether McCain can add some zip to his campaign. As we have said here, "John - give people a reason to vote for you." We already have a multitude of reasons not to vote for Obama.
Also, our best wishes to Bob. Seems like he's been around forever. The Old Guard.
There was a time when a gent would no more leave his house without a tie than a lady would leave the house without a hat. I showed up at a tennis team outdoor dinner-dance event at my club on Saturday night with jacket and tie. Not wishing to make everybody else there feel grievously under-dressed, I quickly removed my tie and stuck it in my pocket.
I am an old-fashioned believer in the idea that professionals should dress up a little bit. Even if it isn't entirely comfortable. And I still believe in wearing a tie to church - not that God cares, but simply as a sign of respect for the occasion.
From Neato, American Tie Guys Untie Their Own Association.
Brooks Brothers ties have been my mainstay since I was 10 years old, but I have been known to wear other brands when given to me as gifts. Brooks summer ties are on sale now, but I think I have enough to last me. Easy to find a new one to like, though.
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