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, May 31. 2009
Defenders of government workers and unions say that their pay and benefits need to be higher than those in the private sector or non-union, in order to attract better talent or create better product. Defenders of tort attorneys say that their high fees are needed to attract those who provide proficient counsel to the otherwise defenseless overwhelmed by the complexity of the laws and to offset the costs of their risk of losing cases.
Yet medicine, where doctors and scientists labor through the many years and huge costs of gaining expertise to save and better lives, is somehow to continue to attract the best when doctors’ burdens are increased to personal and professional breaking point, innovation is not encouraged by recompense, and rewards are reduced to that of an able plumber.
How costly is lack of competence? In which realm are we actually getting value?
Or, will Einstein be proven correct: “If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber.”
It is truly Orwellian, and it creeps me out. All these people want is more government power over me. Why anybody would want that is utterly beyond me.
Photo: George Washington, who never sought power, who accepted it with reluctance, and who finally renounced it.
Via Aurelia: The Roman Empire's Lost Highway. A bit more interesting than Route 66.
Photo from the article.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:53 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
You cannot be too cynical to understand politics. How the Dems killed Estrada's judicial nomination. A quote:
Moonbattery notes that the photo above makes it clear that some forms of "freedom" may be preferred over others.
A look at Cuba before the socialists destroyed it and turned it into a third-world country
The O admin attempts to stifle criticism of stimulus
Related: Betsy on the Chicago Rules
Looks like a true thriller. Yikes.
Biggest mystery in American history. A quote:
I am past the point of doubting that the climate change hysteria is anything more than the latest excuse to grab power.
School Choice: the new civil rights struggle
The Denny's Octomom Special
Ice Age Warning: Freeze in New York this week
A definitive, updated history of West Germany’s depraved Baader-Meinhof terrorists
Open-source software wins the day. But there is a cloud.
The Incredible Shrinking Clintons. Dick Morris. That was the plan. No oxygen use, and no emissions. A quote:
Another Taize chant: Veni Sancte Spiritus. I love this one.
Anchoress reminds us that
Good gifts indeed. Who does not hunger for these?
Saturday, May 30. 2009
Strong breeze and thus a very fine sail this morning. We passed this handsome old cruiser moored outside a CT harbor:
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:08 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Time to re-post this video on the Americans without any medical insurance -
I am not sure what Pravda is anymore, but Pravda opines:
The railroad cars of the old tycoons. Much more comfortable than private jets.
Keeping our kids safe from science education
Climate change already killing hundreds of thousands
A good rant at Minding the Campus. A quote:
Here's one way to guard your stuff: Shave your dog:
Here's one of the many cave canems from The Dogs of Pompeii:
Here's my sign, which we picked up in a hardware store in Italy:
"YOUR eyes that once were never weary of mine
Friday, May 29. 2009
Sippican sent us the link to the Graham Rust gallery of residential trompe l'oeil. It sure beats wallpaper. Here's one:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:25 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
I may be one of the few guys around this site who bought the Band's Big Pink the day it came out. I brought it over to a girl's house, and made her listen to it twice on her dad's record player, and then we had tea. I still have the vinyl.
Re Big Pink, said Robbie Robertson: "This is emotional and this is story telling. You can see this mythology. This is the record that I wanted to make."
I didn't think of "The Weight" as being the centerpiece of the record; I thought the record was all of a piece.
Anyway songs and poems are not puzzles. They just are what they are. Still, it's diverting if pointless to look at their references. Vanderleun tracked down a piece on The Weight. The piece seems foolish at some points but interesting at others.
I liked this Robertson quote in the piece:
Also got a kick out of this Rick Danko quote:
Maggie's Farm is holding its first Engagement Party tomorrow.
Or I think that's what you might call it. But not really - it's actually sorta like a mini-wedding reception with a receiving line and all that, because the actual wedding will be way up in VT in the shadow of the couple's Alma Mater, good old Dartmouth College (also the Alma of the bride's Dad and late Grandpa, and of the groom's late lamented uncle) - and will be just closest family.
We have the old place sorta spruced up (finally moved the old broke fridges and generators off the front porch, for one thing, got the old duck boat off the front yard, yanked out the saplings growing out of the roof, threw out three year's worth of garbage, and cleaned most of the skeletons out of the coat closets), and I finally even warshed my overhalls, which I hated to do seein as they were just getting comfortable. Might even take a shower if the Missus insists, but I been told that dihydrogen monoxide is bad for you unless it has Cape Cod ocean mixed with it - which is the only dihydrogen monoxide solution I happily enter- and only if it is as cold as hell. (Soap and shampoo are chemical poisons too: consensus science tell us that, and everybody knows it.)
So we got the champagne and the other good booze like bourbon such as Grandpa's Overhalls and the crab cakes and scallop n' bacon thingies and barbecue sliders with dippin sauce (gotta have them) and the required basil-goat cheese tartlets and the apple-onion tartlets, hot mini-tortillas, and a bunch of other tasties on the way. Plus a couple of bartenders and a number of good wait staff, and a couple of off-duty cops to organize the parking because, despite the global warming crisis, most folks still insist on driving automobiles to get where they want to go (horses are too slow, and emit noise-polluting and criminal volumes of methane from their hindquarters).
As a last minute addition, I added a case of Chalk Hill cab to the mix because Gwynnie forced some on me last night against my will, and the fragrance of it blew me away (can be cellared for 15 years? Are you kidding me? How about for three weeks?). Hardly have to bother drinking it, it smells so good. The fragrance is a meal in itself. Why bother with the drinking part, which only makes you stupider than you already were?
The fortunate heir has all four of his grandparents coming, too, along with closest family friends and the whole darn family - including the bride-to-be's family who all flew up to Yankeeland from Birmingham, Alabama in the rain last night.
I hope it don't rain tomorry, because we planned mostly for outdoors, without any silly tent.
Do we love the gal? Yes indeedy we do. She is a peach.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:03 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
I'm not sure what to say to my Republican friends anymore.
I honestly thought all the pearl clutching paranoids pulled the lever with the D next to it, but I guess I was mistaken. You ran the least attractive candidate possible for President and lost by a little and you're ready to commit suicide in your Ayn Rand bunker after you're finished homeschooling your kids.
It's tiresome stuff. I'm going to try to explain it to you one more time. Obama, and all his accomplices in his co-prosperity sphere, are not "secret" anythings. Not secret muslims, socialists, communists, antichrists or Illuminati. He'd adore it if you spent the next eight years looking for his birth certificate, because he knows it's a colossal waste of his enemies' time, and that's a natural born fact.
It's a straight plunder economy. Why are you so confused and surprised about this? You keep talking about all sorts of ill effects that are going to appear in decades and verify your wild hypothesis about the guy. But the effects are always immediate and visible. He's not playing a deep game here.I take that back. Maybe he is. He's confused a lot of people into thinking he's confusing.
Poor Rich Moran. He's all shocked that maybe car dealership closings under the watchful eye of Democrat mandarins are going to fall along party lines, and figures it's earthshaking.
Continue reading "Obama Thanks You For All The Free Advertising"
Everywhere I go I'm asked if the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
Flannery O'Connor, h/t to Novalis
Did you need the lyrics for the Pancho and Lefty YouTube we posted yesterday? Here they are.
The oxytocin receptor and prosocial behavior. It would be interesting to see whether bloggers are low in these receptors.
The shot that changed Germany. It should be a big story in Germany - and in all of Europe.
Wilkinson on Sotomayor: People going crazy on cue
The Hugging Crisis in our schools.
Are we ready for Men's Studies yet?
Iron Laws of political economics, including:
Maybe we should get rid of all of those terrible crosses at Arlington, too. Meanwhile in Euroland, French author faces jail for offending Islam. They are trying to re-live the Dark Ages. Thus far in the US, still no laws against offending religions.
California pols refuse to explain why their state needs hysterical spending growth
How did Socialist Nazy Germany pay for their Social Security programs?
Can you spot the billionaire? From Boudreaux:
Thursday, May 28. 2009
Via Coyote, who links to more of them.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:23 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
From Harsanyi in the Denver Post.
His personal piece caused me to ponder how those who seek social changes strategize to "normalize" those changes so that we stop thinking about them. I remain deeply conflicted about the idea of abortion.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:23 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
Sheesh, Obama. We just aren't that into you.
And definitely not as into you as you are into yourself.
I can't resist noting that Mary Roach, whose TED video on orgasms we linked yesterday, is the author of both Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex - and thus she is the only author I can think of for whom the interview question "What got you interested in this topic?" would be deeply stupid.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:08 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
US to respond to North Korea with "strongest possible adjectives."
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