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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Thursday, January 28. 2010
What was never mentioned in the SOTU? National security.
How Mann and Jones hid the decline. They just abruptly eliminated all of the cooler weather stations.
Related: Brit climate people broke the law
Why Medicare is terrible for docs and hospitals. Dr. Bob
Why not return Detroit to the French?
It's about time: Dem Hold on Jewish Vote Slips
For people who love food and cooking: CHOW.
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One heck of a rant from Lewis in Am Thinker about affirmative action: The Lesson of an Affirmative Action President
"Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money - only for wanting to keep your own money."
We have it pretty good these days. From Gene Expression:
Feldstein: What's wrong with the economy?
Rick Moran is rational on campaign finance and the Court
Who made money on the swine flu hysteria?
Moderate Democrats Abandoning Obama Over Healthcare, Big Spending
Charter School Demand Surges, Outstrips Supply
Oregon to businesses: Screw you. Brilliant plan.
93 year-old Dr. Koop goes on air against medical rationing
Wednesday, January 27. 2010
After all I’ve counseled, my 9-year old son insists on doing it his way in tomorrow’s 4th grade elections to the student council.
His speech is about how he will tell the students what the council decides, rather than tell the council what the students want. Liberal.
And, he’s carrying in a bag of candy for the students, to get the students to elect him. Corrupt.
If he wins the election, will he bring home congrats letters from Pelosi and Obama?
I'll post the election results in the comments.
Meanwhile, this approach might have been better:
OK, OK, I've failed as a husband, too!
You have to drink one shot of Tequila every time the O says "I." See 132.
Have ambulance on duty.
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This is about a Brit neurosis. How naive can they be? Will they fall for any con? Do they refuse to accept the fact that there are tricksy, dishonest people out in the world? Via Betsy:
Maggie's Farm demands Congressional hearings about the Climate Fear Scam and the UN's role in promulgating it.
Driscoll notes that the one nation ignored by the O about their amazingly swift and generous aid to Haiti was Israel and their IDF medical and rescue teams. with their field hospitals.
Off topic - We are adding to our blogroll the following good sites:
Fausta (who has a good post today about Venezuela)
The MSM meme is that the middle class wants more care and attention from the O. More goodies, more empathy, etc.
That is BS. What the middle class wants is less taxes, fewer government jobs, less government - and to be left alone to do what they can do best with less government getting in the way of our lives and stifling the economy.
Yes, President O. If you really want to do something for the middle class, shut up with the programs and destimulate.
Also related, Arthur Laffer says we are headed for a train wreck. That is not good for the middle class.
From Bowman at New Criterion's Ain't Gonna Study War No More:
PC makes some hatreds privileged and deserving of "understanding," and others not so.
I notice that our Editor is getting into wild animal recipes again. We must not forget this one (definitely use the bear grease if you have any left over.)
French Fried Skunk
Clean and wash the skunks, making sure that the scent glands are removed. Cut up into small serving pieces. Put a soup kettle on the stove and add the meat. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and boil until the meat is tender, about 40 minues. Remove all the scum that rises to the surface. Make a batter by mixing together the egg yolks, milk, flour, salt and baking powder. Mix real good until the batter is about like cake batter. Heat the bear fat or lard in a deep fryer to about 360 degrees. Dip the pieces of skunk in the batter and then fry them in the deep fryer until golden brown. Drain well and serve.
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams (Image is Copley's 1772 portrait of the firebrand rabble-rouser and tea-partyer)
Man who enjoys things informed he is wrong.
Why women cannot be mechanics.
Forty years of feminism: Is a BJ the new goodnight kiss?
Five Shocking Stats About Men and Sex
Fully robotic and computer-controlled: the factory of the future is now.
Algos at war: Computer-driven trading raises meltdown fears
Hoyer: I can't have my way. Ergo, The process is broke
The moral rot at Duke continues
From muckraking hero to criminal. Stupid jerk.
Brooks: The PhDs vs. the MBAs. I'm with the MBAs: Without those MBAs, who would pay the bills for the PhDs in Medieval Studies?
Sowell is pleased by last week's election: Great Scott!
Insty introduced us to Future of Capitalism.
Suddenly, there is no rush:
Tuesday, January 26. 2010
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The new New Left consists of public employees and their handlers, says Malanga.
There are two Americas: the tax-eaters and the taxpayers. And, he says, there are no red or blue states: only blue metropolitan areas. One quote:
Malanga at City Journal with The Real Engine of Blue America. (h/t, reader BL). I am reminded of Ben Franklin's quote:
"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
If my children take out student loans for college and decide to work in the private sector, President Obama makes them (as Mark Steyn says) “schlubs.” A schlub is a blockhead, in the Yiddish vernacular.
President Obama wants to nationalize the $1-trillion college loan market, companion to his other nationalization pursuits as in healthcare. Now, he plans to go further. At taxpayer expense, he wants to cap the percentage of income that former students pay on their loans and increase forgiveness of student loans by lower-paid former students after 20-years instead of 25-years. But, if the former student works in the public sector for 10-years, the balance of the loan would be waived.
1. Very nice for former students who take virtually useless majors.
2. Even nicer for those who take government jobs, where average wages and benefits are now higher than in the private sector.
3. And, even nicer for Democrats’ union allies who are Democrats’ main financial supporters.
4. Also very nice for the heavily liberal college faculties and administrators who can continue to charge high tuitions and delay inevitable modernized instruction and conferencing without the posh, big fixed cost campuses.
5. Not so nice for taxpayers, as with this latest proposal, politicians find ways to pay off their constituencies whenever they get ahold of another money stream or power. The takeover of the student loan market, says the Congressional Budget Office, might save up to $47-billion over 10-years, especially the CBO says if defaults don't increase. The latest proposed, in effect, give-away "defaults" via lowered repayments and waivers of repayment, not yet scored by the CBO, will eat up much of or more than that to buy off Democrat backers and buy votes. Take a look at this map of which states have the highest average student debt. Overlay which states are “blue” and you can see which states’ residents stand to get the most bailouts from their student loans.
As the New York Times reports, “Most
And, government employment is the only major sector with job growth. “Notwithstanding the recession, government employment grew last year, inching up 16,000, to 22,516,000, according to the bureau.”
Rather than reflect on the growth of their union allies in government jobs, where most states and localities are cutting back basic services in order to pay their salaries and benefits, Obama’s Labor Secretary instead sees the answer in expanding the ease for unions to expand in the private sector via “card checks” that obviate the secret ballot and further increase their members in the public sector.
Meanwhile, those former students who take private sector jobs, who actually generate the taxes to support government workers, are second-class citizens, schlubs or blockheads, for not feeding at the federal teat and supplying the milk for those who do.
As I was considering some dinner plans, naturally the idea of foie-gras-stuffed quail came to mind.
Quail, around here, are Bob Whites. (Hunters in the South call them "birds," hence the origin of the term bird dog.) Habitat loss and development is the main reason that these Eastern US birds are approaching endangered status in parts of their range. You can read about them here.
I have heard them calling their name out on Nantucket, Long Island and on Cape Cod, but nowhere inland in New England.
Fortunately, they are readily pen-raised and thus easily available at supermarkets - and for preserve shooters who typically, even in the South, release thousands of pen-raised birds for the pleasure of the sports.
This site has 91 quail recipes.
I agree with The Englishman:
Yes, the movement was indeed co-opted by politics - by Lefties who never took a serious basic science course, and world-government types. Maybe now we can get back to good old conservation.