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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Tuesday, March 31. 2009
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:46 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Did you read this: Oh What a Lovely Recession - Left-Wing redistributionists seize the moment.
Apparently poverty is good for us little people. We're just too dumb to realize it.
We had three pretty good posts here about making money yesterday (scroll down), so it seems timely to post Francesco's "money speech."
The freedom to create wealth - indeed the very notion of the regular energetic person creating wealth if he or she wants to - is as essential an American freedom as all of our others. Ace reminds us of Francisco's famous speech. One bit:
The whole speech is here.
When I was a kid, my babysitter would take me fishing for Blue Crabs off the dock. What it required was a string with a hunk of bacon tied to the end. When you gently pulled it up to just below the surface, you needed a crab net to scoop up the crabs clinging to the bacon. Otherwise, they would let go of the bacon.
My Mom was never disappointed to find a bucket of two dozen crabs when she got home.
We have posted, somewhat disparagingly, about the Blue Crab's natural history and the Blue Crab as dining material, (too much effort, basically) but we never have disparaged good Maryland crab cakes, especially when consumed in volume with volumes of bad beer in low-life Maryland tatoo pubs with dogs walking around, after a day of duck hunting.
The subject comes up because we noticed projects about the aquaculture of Blue Crabs. Very cool. Fresh water? Who would have thought it?
Here's how they raise them from broodstock.
What a clever country we are. Speaking of clever people, Sippican sends this recipe:
I'd skip the bread crumbs. They dilute the crab meat.
No time to write today, but I just wanted to post a little reminder that, in every recession in my lifetime, the Left screams "Failure of Capitalism!" and does its best to exploit the opportunity for government power grabs.
It's not about economics - it's all about power and control.
If you'll be in NYC this week, there is a big sale of good Beretta stuff at Soiffer-Haskin. Up to 80% off. (No firearms, though.) A sign of the times for luxury goods.
All of the doomsday computer modeling on climate rely on a positive feedback hypothesis, which has often been discussed by Watts Up and Climate Skeptic.
The existence of a positive climate feedback loop, however, is purely theoretical and, as many have noted, nature tends to be more about negative than positive loops. Furthermore, the computer models have yet to show any predictive power.
Watts Up now has evidence for negative feedback loops in climate. It's time to start over with the climate models - and it's time for the modelers to show a little humility. After all, those genius Wall Street quant modelers haven't done too well, have they?
Shamelessly stolen from S,C&A:
Milwaukee school voucher program is a success
Being green is for the little people. Al Gore is big people. If you want to know what people really believe, watch their behavior and ignore their words.
I doubt that cap and trade will happen, partly because of how it would destroy trade
Kling gets it (h/t Insty):
PETA is a big-time animal killer. Where's the outrage?
Whitewashing FDR: A New Deal apologia
A splendid essay: Oh, What a Wonderful Recession. One quote:
Absolutely pathetic. Read the whole thing, and weep for our spineless, pitiful and over-educated, decadent and entitled co-citizens. Our elites just don't get it.
Monday, March 30. 2009
We know that you have been too busy to post much lately. Despite that disappointment, we want to note and celebrate the numerous wonderful career and personal things going on in your life this year.
Everything's coming up daffodils. You are indeed one blessed and fortunate Dylanologist.
Literally. Well, it's the closest thing he's ever had to a for-profit job.
Plus he guarantees that government employees will fix your car when it breaks. That's reassuring.
Making money: my comment to the previous two posts, and the exhuberant beating commercial heart of America
While it may be overly simplistic to divide people into the producers (of profits) and the non-producers, there is still something to it. And there is something to it psychologically too, because the non-producers often carry a small secret uncomfortable feeling about being more directly dependent on the effort and profit of others to produce the $ to cover their paychecks.
The creation of wealth is a kind of magic from which everyone benefits. I am sick of the CEO-bashing and business-bashing and bashing of commerce. The Left acts according to the foolish and economically moronic illusion that wealth (and poverty) are static, and operate on a zero-sum basis. That's what "Gimme yours" comes from.
When I think of producers and wealth-producers, I do not think of Ayn Rand's heroic industrialists, nor do I think of Wall Street deal-makers, bond salesmen, or money-managers. Those are a tiny number. No, I think of people like the alligator farmer they had on Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. I think of people like Sippican, who creates value out of a chunk of wood. I think of the high school drop-out who buys a gas station, adds a mini-mart, and ends up owning three of them and employing 40 people. I think of my gunsmith and his two younger apprentices who will probably buy the business from him someday. I think of a guy who buys an old building and fixes it up. I think of the gal who trained my hunting dogs. I think of my carpenter, who keeps my house from falling down. I think of the dairy farmer who uses some of our land for his yearlings. I think of our groom, a legal Mexican immigrant who built a grooming business and now has 12 grooms working for him - and now two blacksmiths too: he says he's too busy running things to do our grooming anymore. I think of Synthstuff with his general store. I think of the NYC bridge-painting contractor I met on a hunting trip who started out as a union apprentice. All independent, proud creators of value and wealth - out of thin air, sweat, hard work, and knowledge.
Those are the folks who pay all of the taxes, create the jobs, and make the donations. That is the beating commercial heart of America where anybody who wants to can still build a business and make money if that is what they want to do. Everything else depends on that and those folks, from government to churches to museums to opera houses to universities and every other non-profit, to bridges and airports and conservation and medical research. We should all be grateful to them for what they do instead of joining the silly few who look down their noses on commerce - while feeding off its magic.
Related to the previous post, via BL via Insty: Whose money? The new debate about freedom. One quote from Cianfrocca:
The Left has been talking a lot these days about income equality. I have no idea why. Even putting aside the fact that the Left's only plan to reduce inequality is to reduce the incomes of the prosperous, I see no virtue in income equality.
Furthermore, I see many serious problems with the concept, just two of which are disincentivization of risk-taking and of the assumption of responsibilities.
Besides the minor details of the loss of freedom and the confiscation of citizens' property (and the fact that people would quit buying those $200 million Powerball tix), what could possibly be wrong with it?
Ed. note: Many of the topics on wealth and poverty are discussed in Cassandra's fine post.
Slate says that Emily Yoffe is the author of What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner. Her essay in Slate is What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it?
Not a bad essay for (and presumably by) a non-professional. Fact is, the whole subject is so complex that I haven't even tried to write about it: there would be so many "but"s and "if"s and "except"s in it that it would be dull reading. One quote from Yoffe's piece:
The link for the essay is above.
Crittenden. I do not think our gummint could build a Yugo.
Our readers know there is a nationwide movement, a la the Boston Tea Party, to demonstrate opposition to the multi trillion dollar deficit plans of Obama/Pelosi/Reid. Please remember to join in by mailing the President a tea bag on April 1st.
The White House
Glenn Beck: New enemy of The State. He is a good entertainer.
The whiff of Fascism. Driscoll
Ameerica's #1 growth industry: Government. And it always needs a bailout, from us. In fact, it is pure bailout.
Idiot takes Al Gore's advice, hilarity ensues
Smartest woman in the world says "You have a marvelous virgin." Who hasn't heard of Our Lady of Guadalupe?
Dr. Sanity reacts to the Greenie Doctrine:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 06:50 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The Bald Eagle is technically a fish-hawk - never far from water, especially big water - and his favorite way of hunting is stealing fish from Ospreys. However, he likes to catch ducks too. This photo from a series of photos of two eagles fighting over a diving duck on Lake Tapps, a man-made lake in Washington State.
Sunday, March 29. 2009
Harvard Medical School's Dr. Alice Flaherty
People are reluctant to say that it is "subcultural," but it is. Wasn't it just one year ago that Al Sharpton was supporting Hillary Clinton against Obama because "Obama wasn't black enough"?
What's the main predictor of income gaps in America? Single parenthood.
Excellent overview of the American working person and his income at Villainous. One quote re the non-static nature of low income in the US:
Thus there is no "poverty class" in the US. We are mobile, and poverty is temporary. Another quote, re Obama's taxes:
...the most astonishing sentence in the op-ed (in The Economist) is this one: “His plan would not raise any taxes on couples making less than $250,000 a year, nor on any single person with income under $200,000.” It amounts to a declaration of war on two-income families, a marriage penalty of punitive proportions.
Read the whole thing. Link above.
Reposted from October, 2006
It's time to think about what fun, expensive, and unnecessary gear we might be wanting to play with this spring.
Here's our first post on Fishing Bamboo.
And here's a post about Hoagy Carmichael Jr., who is apparently a great fisherman of the Grand Cascapedia, and who is responsible for the renaissance of the split-bamboo fly rod, at Never Yet Melted.
The photo of Amber is to highlight a fine site for fly fishermen,
Leland is just one of many makers.
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