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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Monday, July 28. 2008
A quote from AVI:
Yes, read the whole thing. It's short and to the point.
McCain now supports, Obama opposes. I support: "All men are created equal." Story at Betsy
Giving yourself totally to your spouse. The only way it works, I am told.
Politics and the international criminal court.
This sounds like a big problem for Chrysler
I'm not interested in the Edwards story, only in the media's effort to suppress it
A Richard Cory effect? Shrinkwrappped
Bailouts privatize gains but socialize losses. Kudlow
Women still complaining about their blogs. We'd better not mention how rich we are all getting from writing for Maggie's Farm.
Obama's "world tour" gave him a good bump in the polls. In the same week, McCain's astonishingly lame campaign couldn't even get him to an oil rig for a photo op. Related: Annoy your liberal neighbors (surely you must have some)
"First, Lose Three Straight Elections: Britain's Conservatives are finally emerging from the wilderness. Republicans can learn from them." Fred Barnes
Is "race and ethnicity" a reporter's beat? Am Thinker. Good grief.
Al Qaida's appetite for civilian blood. Belmont
The ebbing of the power of the Shiite militia.
Politics and taxes. McArdle
Texas: still a booming economy
Sunday, July 27. 2008
"Weren't the eighties grand? Cash grew on trees or, anyway, coca bushes. The rich roamed the land in vast herds hunted by proud, free tribes of investment brokers who lived a simple life in tune with money. Every wristwatch was a Rolex. Every car was a Mercedes-Benz. A fellow could romance a gal without shrink-wrapping his privates and negotiating the Treaty of Ghent. Communist dictators were losing their jobs, not presidents of America and General Motors. Women wore Adolfo gowns instead of dumpy federal circuit court judge robes. The Malcolm who mattered was Forbes. Bill Clinton was only a microscopic polyp in the colon of national politics, and Hillary was still in flight school, hadn't even soloed on her broom. What a blast we were having. The suburbs had just discovered Martha Stewart, the cities had just discovered crack. So many parties and none of them Democratic...Back then health care was a tummy tuck, not an inalienable right. If you wanted a better environment, you went to Laura Ashley."
P.J. O'Rourke, via Samizdata
A big h/t to Vanderleun, who is supposedly on vacation but isn't, quite. He found this piece at the Independent by an Irish journalist who had covered Africa, Writing what I should have written so many years ago. One quote:
Also via Dr. Helen, Choosing the Right College
Stuff White People Like. The book.
Good grief. He wanted to be the Messiah, but Obama one-upped him in that department. Now, he's just a regular crank again.
I have felt this way about power tools many times.
AP stunningly acknowledges that the surge has worked spectacularly. Ace
They went down fighting hard. Villainous. Sons and warriors.
The NEA is our Taliban. Moonbattery
Why would Maliki vote for Obama? Krauthammer
What Dr. Roy Spencer said to the Senate
Saturday, July 26. 2008
Quote from Surber:
You do not knock America in a foreign country, to suck up to their America-envy, in a campaign. Maybe he should run for office in Germany? Fortunately, German groupies do not vote in the USA.
I think people just want McCain to give them a reason to vote for him. Powerline shares this McCain response ad:
And if you combine that song with this one, you've got the Obama campaign in a nutshell.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:34 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
A re-post from 2005:
Norm has posted some interesting data from a recent study on the differences in libido between men and women. The results sound like that medical research spoof about the 20-year, 70 million dollar government study which proved the surprising fact that diet and exercise are important for weight loss.
This new study offered the startling conclusion that men have higher sexual needs than women.
More specifically, the study says that men need sex every five days, and women every ten. My opinion: This study only applies to Brits.
McCain hits hard: Powerline
Media misses the big story: Pajamas
The only place the Dems want to drill: Michelle
Our blogmeister Chris is a sailboat man himself, but he knows nice powerboats when he sees them. In response to our Hinckley powerboat post a couple of weeks ago, Chris offered the opinion that they were too "common." He attached this photo from his yacht club as proof:
I always found the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" to be devoid of content despite the loveliness of the tune.
For simple lyrics which have depth, here are three. First,
Wow. How can so much be said about life in so few words?
The rest of that song is here.
And one more, the verse that some claim captures everything about Christian faith:
The rest of that song is here.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:25 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Lesson 16: DOS
We learned how to professionally back up our system.
We learned how to make a really neat custom links page for our browser.
We learned all about hardware and software and cool tools and a whole buncha stuff!
And, if all that wasn't enough, we then learned about such cutting-edge techniques as streaming video. As budding computer experts, we're ready to go!
So why, in Heaven's name, is the wise and kindly Doc Murky bringing up DOS, of all things? What possible use on God's Green Earth could antiquated old DOS have in today's modern hyperdigital world, we plaintively asked.
What use, indeed?, he asked back.
Continue reading "Dr. Mercury's Computer Corner: Lesson 16 - DOS"
Friday, July 25. 2008
State and federal governments in the US "make" more money in "profits" per gallon of gas and oil sold via taxes than the oil companies do.
Our governments are addicted to "big oil." Doubt me? Do the research yourself.
I happen to love gas and oil, but I do not love the taxes on it.
I am off to sea again - see y'all on Monday, God willing. Try to have as fine a weekend as I will. The stripers are biting off Montauk. Stripers, not strippers.
Respect: Why it's not a bad thing to be named Gambino. I think I'll change my name from Junkie to Gambino.
Rick Moran outdoes himself. One quote:
The loony hypochondriacal Mold Scam. The world is full of mold. The outdoors is full of mold. Mold Rules the earth. It will probably inherit the earth.
Are guys really better at Math? Stop looking at that gal on the right. She's good at math and navigation.
Definitely Divine Providence. Insty
Berlin Yes, Baghdad No. WSJ. As I seem to recall, we occupied West Germany and Berlin, didn't we?
Health Care 2008: A Political Primer. New Atlantis
Things just aren't all that bad on Main Street. Unless you work on Wall Street.
"Underrepresentation" and "overrepresentation." Thompson. I am deeply, deeply concerned that straight men are underrepresented in costume design.
Fathering autism. WaPo. Everybody wants to blame. Tony Snow knew better.
Hey. What the heck is a "community activist"? Is that a, like, job? Or what is it? Quote from Malanga, at City Journal:
Normal, competent folks don't go into politics. It's a well-known fact. They do real jobs that produce money and do not cost us money.
Photo from Theo is a favor to cheer up our blog pal Bruce Kesler who used to post at Democracy Project. It's a long story.
Thus is the brain seduced by detail. All writers know this fact. Which works best: "Dick wore a hat." or "Dick wore a green felt hat with a pheasant-feather hatband."
One of my favorite sites to visit, Overcoming Bias, wonderfully discusses When not to use probabilities. He says:
Those algorithms are "gut feelings." Often wrong, often accurate. There is one thing that I know for certain: the more time I have to think about how to hit a tennis ball, the more likely I am to blow the shot. He also says:
I have hesitated to post about Tony Snow's reflections on his death. It felt intrusive, but I know he wrote to be read, so here's one quote from his above essay written shortly before he died:
Read the whole thing. Link above. If you didn't know, Tony grew up in the wonderful town of Berea, Kentucky. A remarkably likeable, cheerful, positive, genteel and gentle fellow. I miss him, even though I never met him.
What might have been, by Fred Siegel in City Journal. I always thought that the impeachment was insane overreach, and dumb politics. The Repubs were rabid.
Rabid is never a good idea.
Is marriage really for white people?
The invention of Scotland. NY Sun
Strange "bias incident" at U of Minnesota
The new Housing Bill hammers the taxpayer
Al Gore refuted, by Patrick Michaels
The Green Fad is done. Nobody is listening anymore and it doesn't sell: Moonbattery, whence the image.
That's what happens when you hysterically oversell something. This video we posted from 50 years ago tells the whole story.
And the earth is cooling. That is really scary.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:52 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)