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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Sunday, March 29. 2009
Sunday is Bath Day (h/t, Theo)
ACORN and the Youth Brigades. It is a Leftist's dream. Imagine if Bush had proposed this sort of thing.
Imagine if Bush...never mind. Obama will stay away from floods.
This is how you sell hamburgers
The mirage of "green jobs." It's a scam.
Bill Ayers banned in Boston
Transitioning towards Statism. Dr Helen
The Captain did his bit for carbon emissions yesterday.
12:20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.
12:21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
12:22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
12:23 Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
12:24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
12:25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
12:27 "Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say--' Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.
12:28 Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
12:29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
12:30 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
12:33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
Saturday, March 28. 2009
How will you celebrate Earth Hour tonight? Had I a Hummer, I'd take it out for ice cream.
If anybody really believed this stuff, they would cancel their electric instead of wagging their finger at me.
Caledonia with Louis Jordan, thanks to a good site that is new to us, Paco Enterprises. (A good name. Paco is the name of our pup.)
That's the latest cardiovascular recommendation for brisk aerobic exercise. (It used to be 20 minutes three times a week, but new data has changed that recommendation.)
I have not asked whether 30 minutes of vigorous sex five times/week counts, but we hope it does.
We'll quit putting out bird seed as soon as our diminishing supply runs out: the bugs are coming out despite our sub-30 degree nights (the earth is cooling, you know - climate change), so the birds can go off welfare for a while. What's been around ye olde feeder today?, you ask.
Cowbirds, Redwing Blackbirds, Mourning Doves (tons), White throated Sparrows (lazy ones - should have migrated north by now), Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Blue Jay, Purple Grackle, Cardinal, Goldfinch, Red Bellied Woodpecker, House Finch, BC Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, WB Nuthatch. All in their splendid breeding plumage.
Plus some Chipmunks and, of course, Grey Squirrels working the system.
Photo: A male Goldfinch, before fully changing into his Spring plumage.
Buddy and his team of eight SEALs are in harm's way, doing difficult, challenging, and enviably-exciting nighttime work. The SEALs own the night.
Buddy sends this email: "Everyone out here appreciates being remembered at home - that's what gets us through the fights."
Churchill, not Orwell as is commonly thought, said "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." We have known Buddy since he was about 5, and, while I can see his capacity to be a very rough and dangerous man on the job, he has the warm, gentle, generous, and considerate soul with which strong, competent and confident men are often blessed.
In a dispute, you want these guys on your side.
Have no fear, guys: we think of you and pray for your success in your missions and your safety every day, and we soft candy-asses back home with our non-dangerous lives are grateful for the work you are doing for us.
(Put a comment on this for them - they go online when they are able to do so. These intertubes are amazing, aren't they? They reach all the way over to Wherizzitatistan.)
These maids in Canada will do everything except clean toilets.
My Dad was a sharp-dressed man and an honest salesman.
The history of domesticated maize pushed back to 8700 years.
Coyote sort-of defends Ward Churchill. (Of course, he rightly assumes there are no standards in Churchill's line of work.)
Did you check out Zinsser's piece On Writing Well: Visions and Revisions? Darn interesting. His book is a classic, right up there with Strunk&White.
The scandal of thermodynamics. It doesn't allow for life.
The Journolist propaganda machine revealed.
Obama appears to mean business in Afghanistan. That is good.
Dems consider taxing medical benefits. What?
AIG as straw man
Friday, March 27. 2009
From Kimball's Planned economy or planned destruction?
Discovery's Mike Rowe on work. 20 minutes. Just wonderful. (h/t, Synthstuff):
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An untrue story was going around about Polly-Jan Bobseine (photo above), but her real life story is plenty good enough.
National Health Preview: The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood
Related: The Massachusetts anti-business debacle. If we do not nurture and cherish our productive profit-makers, we are lost.
Is there anything the Left doesn't want to control? Car color
Profile of denier Freeman Dyson
Michael Miller on Davos Capitalism: Adam Smith's Nightmare. One quote:
Assortive mating on the internet, and related topics, at Becker- Posner. One quote:
This from Woody Allen in The New Yorker, Tails of Manhattan:
Read the whole piece here.
Picasso biographer John Richardson discusses the new show of Picasso's late work at the Gagosian Gallery. Multimedia.
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Is it already the concensus that Obama, despite his personal appeal, is off to a weak and flawed start? Whatever happened to "Bring us together"? A quote from No He Can't at Prospect:
That is a lame and transparent effort to re-design America, using a recession and a banking mess as an excuse. I don't know anybody who buys this baloney. His eye is only on my wallet. Read the whole thing. Link above.
Thursday, March 26. 2009
I'm away tomorrow. Leaving these:
Socialism requires hatred. Am thinker
Update on college grade inflation
Good news. Cap and trade is sinking
Why pro athletes go broke
Floods=Global warming? I think floods go way back in time, don't they?
Want welfare? Then clean up your urine
Ezra Levant's book, Shakedown
Bayh wants to be a sane Dem. Is it possible? Related: Obama facing Dem defections. Related: Dems bid adieu to the private sector. Why is it so easy for them to forget that the govt is totally dependent on the private sector's being happily productive?
Govt needs the hedgies to bail out the regulated institutions. Irony indeed.
The homelessness BS. Kaus. Those measures would have counted me as homeless last year.
It never ceases to amaze me how Dem pols always get rich. Emanuel's $ from Fannie. As I see it, Dems love money too much, both their own money and other peoples' money that they can get their hands on.
If O has his way, watch for huge gas taxes at the pump. The gas taxes are already huge, aren't they?
This isn't government. It's a morality play. NRO
"Comrades, remember when Michelle Obama said, “Barack will never let you go back to the way you used to live…” She meant that." Sheesh. I kinda liked the way I lived, simple, honest, and free. Anchoress
Brownwell, via Protein:
New York City has a population of 8.2 million. 5000 of those people pay 30% of NYC's taxes.
Is that a "fair" distribution of the load? (h/t, Surber)
He comments on the Youtube of his speech the other day, which went viral, worldwide. Key quote:
Videos at Thompson, Parts 1 and 2
Bush's folly is ending in victory
10 surprising facts about American health care
Govt debt auction did not go well.
NYT doesn't want Goldman to return their TARP money
Soros making billions from economic crisis
It's about time: A Boston Tea Party
Wednesday, March 25. 2009
A must-read in the NYT.