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Wednesday, December 31. 2008
From my window, this afternoon:
More photos of this happy bird below the fold.
Editor: Darn nice pics, Gwynnie. Given his hunting success around your bird-feeder, he'll be back often. My diagnosis is in the comments, so folks can make their own minds up first.
Continue reading "Who ate my sparrow? (photos)"
Fort Lauderdale, yesterday:
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A re-post, for Gramsci Week:
Re-Taking the University: A Battle Plan
Kimball's 2005 piece in the New Criterion has been previously posted here, but it deserves a second go-round, if not a third. The author of "Tenured Radicals" goes beyond the subject of academia in this essay which succinctly exposes the tactics and strategies of the now-greying but still revolutionary 60s radicals. Some sample paragraphs:
Read the whole essay.
Time for me to get my phones on the National Don't Call Registry. Something to do to start the new year right.
How does he know? And what exactly is he really saying about them, then? Furthermore, what about him? Does he have a dirty mind, and find God's splendid artistry prurient?
Aussie MP/Reverend wants topless beaches banned out of sensitivity to Moslem men. Sheesh. Australia has lots of other beaches to go to, if they want to swim or surf. Or they can do as I do, which is to keep my eyes discreetly down when visiting topless beaches...admiring my pedicure.
How about banning burkhas for the happiness of the non-Moslem men? Funny thing is, I know a couple of Moslem men. They might be the exceptions, but they seem to appreciate females quite a bit.
Photo: From a naked surfing contest in Australia.
Winter is the time for study, you know, and the colder it is the more studious we are.
Getting Along with Women 101. Villainous. One quote:
Photo: A theo pic
Photo is one of several from a commenter to Free Republic's Obama's silence on Gaza angers Arabs. It is A.N.S.W.E.R. people, it appears. Useful idiots, for whom Israel is always in the wrong. But what the US has to do with this is beyond me.
My view is that Hamas deliberately provokes Israel into responding, for their own political purposes. Their pathetic political purposes, it seems to me, are to maintain a privileged victim status, to deflect attention from their failures to create a decent society by scapegoating Israel, to collect $ from other countries - and to stay in power.
No wonder the Arab countries dislike and distrust the Palis to the extent that they refuse to take them as refugees.
The Hollywood Che Cult. A sadistic, totalitarian murderer and rapist. But it was all "for the people." There are apparently no limits to what you can do "for the people." Stalin had many American apologists too.
Why the 1918 Influenza was so bad.
Obama will ration your medical care. Or try to, anyway. He'll deflect criticism by using Daschle as point man. Daschle will take the bullets, same as Hillary did. Related: The NHS death that shocked Britain
Residential architecture: Never do this
China reduces taxes to deal with slowdown. China has become more realistic, and less ideological, than the American Dem party.
The WaPo and the amateur rockets. Would they object if the Palis lobbed some of them into their building?
Yesterday we focused on the astonishing failures of New Jersey. Today, the flight from New York State
Some folks are enjoying this recession
Europe to the US: "Here, wear this millstone around your neck."
Photo: Not only do I not particularly enjoy champagne or any other white wine, I do not enjoy New Year's Eve either. Never did. Always seemed like a time for phony, forced jollity (like that dumb dropping ball thing) and, as much as I enjoy a cocktail, I dread hangovers which have the power to steal a whole day of my precious time.
Tuesday, December 30. 2008
This is reposted from Sept, 2007 for Gramsci Week -
Yesterday's handy summary of Gramsci put me ta thinkin'. I realized that when I am in the mood to be appalled by a pure strong dose of Gramsci thought, I check out what insanity our friend Van Helsing at Moonbattery has to offer.
Top of his blog right now - Bloomberg compares US in Iraq to Brits during the Revolution. Perfect Gramscian confusion. The amoral elements of New York love to create moral equivalents because it makes them feel sophisticated. Of course, Bloomberg is the embodiment of the intrusive Nanny State too: it's miraculous that he is one of the world's most successful and exuberant Capitalists.
And then next I happened to stop by David Warren for my weekly visit and read Reconstructing the Family. Yes, it's about Gramsci again.
This stuff is everywhere. Am I a victim, a pitiful captive of counter-revolutionary Bourgeois Thought which causes me to believe that this stuff is utter, malevolent nonsense designed to mess with your mind?
Photo: The Minuteman in Lexington, MA, who is the moral equivalent of an Al Qaida Jihadist.
It's a rich historical essay, and would serve as a fine intro to Burke's work. Just one quote from it:
Bruce Kesler sends this post:
The headline from CNN is that the “World rallies around Palestinians amid Gaza offensive.”
What does CNN cite for this? Groups, mostly of young Arabs, numbering several hundred to several thousand having street demonstrations in the following countries: England, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Iran, the Sadrist neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, and even in Israel.
Ironically, and tellingly, none interviewed saw any reason to protest Hamas terror rockets and mortar barrages into Israel. This is what CNN calls the world! Or, is this CNN’s market that it caters to?
Also, see Death to All Juice
Also, see the view from J Street
Also, see the Juicebox Mafia on Gaza