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Tuesday, September 30. 2008
Thanks to Vanderleun for finding Graphs on the death of Marxism, postmodernism, and other stupid academic fads. A quote:
Here's one of his graphs, this one on academic references to Deconstruction:
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...then why not ruin your day and creep yourself out by watching this political horror video (which feels like something from North Korea). I have no reason to believe that this was intended as satire:
A newsman spills the beans - but we knew it anyway
Rick Moran on Palin etc:
Health care's new entrepreneurs. City Journal
Pennies from Heaven and other songs by Johnny Burke. Steyn
For students: Vanderleun's Cornell Note Form. I like it.
The electoral map looking ugly for McCain right now. Related: From which of these guys would you buy a used car? Related: Alien Obama at Confederate Yankee
This is Clematis Henryi. I have just ordered one to grow over an arbor.
In my experience, these are tricky plants and slow to establish themselves. When they are unhappy, there's not a damn thing you can do about it. When they are happy on a sunny fence, they are great. They supposedly like their feet cool, shaded, and mulched.
I've tried everything but, like people, they just go their own way and follow their own path, whether it leads to heaven, hell, or Paramus.
I also like Sweet Autumn Clematis, which is a tougher, more forgiving variety.
Yes, they joked and giggled.
The "bailout plan" was, for them, all about politics and nothing about the country - and only an illusion of bipartisan concern to fool us. These people are not leaders - they are calculating connivers and manipulators of their lap-dog press.
It isn't funny. This quote from Sowell today:
The Dems, with ACORN, adamantly opposed those efforts.
"If someone wrote in the back of your yearbook, 'You can be whatever you want to be,' that was really dumb because you can't be a fish. It is just not going to work out for you."
Monday, September 29. 2008
Remembering Japan's banking crisis
Related: VDH on McCain running out of time. A quote:
Confessions of a Palin Hater. Seen a lot of that. Mostly women. I don't get it.
Tort reform and W. VA docs
Kristol: How McCain wins
One thing community organizers do: Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit. More on Acorn here. And below:
Via Anchoress from Okie on the Lam, Barack Obama — The Most Radical Leftist To Ever Get This Close To Occupying The White House? who includes this ACORN network:
When asked what the stock market would do in the future, J.P. Morgan famously replied "It will fluctuate." Indeed. This Theo farm lassie might cheer up some of us:
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It is a joy to be hidden and a tragedy never to be discovered.
Bruce Kesler sent us this post:
Is the charity tax-deduction excessive?
The question is almost never raised whether our tax deduction for charity is excessive. Whatever our religious faith, all agree that charity is a high personal and societal calling and deserves government support. Republicans and Democrats agree, in supporting President Bush’s faith-based organizations in its delivery (although Barack Obama would restrict their ability to exclude hiring outside their doctrine, requiring they act secular instead).
However, much described in the tax regulations as charity is not. Scriptures refer to helping the unfortunate and being neighborly and loving. The preferred methods provide means to recipients to support themselves. This concept of charity has been broadened by advocates of non-profit organizations, and by liberal interpretations of scripture, to include virtually anything that one can say is of any possible societal benefit, no matter how narrow, cost-ineffective, more self-serving than serving others, or even a veil for partisan politics.
Some conservatives argue against narrowing the tax code. They, justifiably, see our income and assets as our own, not the government’s, and want to keep as much as possible outside the government’s control. Further, they see individual choices as both morally and practically preferable, more cost-effective, better measured, more adaptive, and more focused than government. They are correct.
Continue reading "Is the charity deduction excessive?"
Why isn't this a bailout too?
How's this for a wedding invitation?
What's a POSSLQ?
National elections build characters. LA Times
Obama in Leftland. Gelernter in Wkly Std
Global warming has paused. Why not say "stopped and has begun to reverse itself"?
Sunday, September 28. 2008
In Charlie Rose's green room, here. That's an American.
Here he is, my fellow voters.
Ouch. My aching back:
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America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.
Joseph Stalin (perhaps - can't prove it)
A reposted deer hunt note from 2007 from our contributor Gwynnie:
Gwynnie got to return this August to an annual hunt on one of California’s last great Spanish land-grant ranchos for coast Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), also known as Columbian black-tailed deer.
The Black-tailed Deer is currently considered a subspecies of the mule deer and can interbreed with the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) where their range overlaps. They share many similarities but are much smaller than a Mule Deer and their ears are smaller too. They are called Black-tailed deer because the bottom two thirds of the tail is black. Up higher, where the tail is attached, the fur is brown and under the tail is whitish. The general body color is reddish to greying-brown (with black hairs interspersed in winter) and the underside of belly, chin, neck patch are white. The brownish color camouflages the deer in the forest and field edges where it lives.
Habitat in the Coast Range of California is often as shown in the photo, where they browse oak trees, especially black oak. Black-tails also feed on tender grasses, herbs, branch tips, and new leaves in spring and summer. In winter, they eat Douglas fir, western cedar, Oregon yew, trailing blackberry, red huckleberry, and salal branches.
Shooting is usually long-range, and the .270 or the .308 are ideal for shots from 75 to 200 yards. The .243 is OK for the deer, but inadequate for the 300-pound European wild boar that have infested Northern California and are part of the alarming collapse of new oak tree growth – they love acorns. One State scientist is predicting wide-spread extinction of oaks based on the current trend.
Gwynnie’s buck, which died instantly from a 75-yard head shot and rolled 100 yards into a precipitous canyon, was a forked-horn, and weighed 116 pounds field dressed. The California State biologist performing her post-hunt autopsy testing for parasitic infections said he was probably 3-4 years old. Other dressed-out bucks ranged from 90 to 118 pounds.
A holiday gift that is never wrong.
Farewell to the King Salmon. Smithsonian
Farewell to Shea Stadium. The end of Yankee Stadium got all the attention.
10 towns hardest hit by banking meltdown. Yes, it includes Darien, CT
Real affordable housing. h/t, Insty
Kirsanow on Obama:
23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
Saturday, September 27. 2008
Brit and Euro banks in trouble.
Should Federal governments (ie taxpayers) support non-commercial arts?
And, finally, "It's The Arts:"
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