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, September 28. 2010
Graph above via Government Pay Growth Outpaces Private Pay Growth
Mead: How China's growing power aids US influence in the East
Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas
Democrats Face Skeptics in Rural Areas
Obamacare: The pain begins now
Light rail doesn't work in Phoenix/ It's a city that grew up with cars. NYC has heavily-used subways (light rail) because it grew up with them.
In the war between social and fiscal conservatives the question on everyone's mind is: who (or what) comes first?
Monday, September 27. 2010
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The Stolen Valor Act, which some judges say abridges free speech, will end up before the Supreme Court. Here's the latest case of "free speech". The Denver Post reporter who previously, in her words, "was duped" by the false claims, reports:
Hey, judges, no harm done, huh. Influencing legislation, being appointed to a government commission, misleading veterans in need of help, no big thing. How about impersonating judges? Would that count?
At American Thinker, Hoven's The Government Tapeworm:
Read it. It's about the Romer-Laffer Curve, and how greedy governments can enslave you - almost to the point that you give up, but not quite. A successful work camp never works its inmates to death...unless they are too old or sick to be productive to the State.
Photo is a human tapeworm. They can be up to 35' long, and lay millions of eggs daily. They can be an effective aid to slow and manageable weight loss.
The College Board keeps selling college:
Walter Russell Mead's 6 Tips About What Really Matters in College
For-profit education under assault by the government. New rules that do not apply to the old-fashioned schools.
From Re-thinking Education at Rebel:
A classic old New Yorker toon via neo's America doesn’t want to eat its vegetables:
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A good analysis by Keith Hennessey.
Speaking of unforced errors, Segway inventor drives self off cliff. Sheesh.
Toon via Theo
High- and low-divorce careers
Update on Dion
Lady Gaga visits a nursing home... dressed as a dominatrix-style Hillary Clinton h/t Schneiderman
Shrinkwrapped: There'll Always Be An England?
Dems plan to extend Bush's middle-class tax rates
More revealing Leftist talk, at the NYT: Keeping the money you make is a "present" from the government.
Sunday, September 26. 2010
h/t, Englishman. I love this, and the video too.
Larry Ellison seeks to change the America's Cup rules, so it's not just for billionaires.
You know - I hope he pulls this off. It's his prerogative to change the design rules and site for racing - I hope he does it. When you consider the amount of money these one design hi-tech maxi-racers burn through, it sounds like he's on the right track.
State-of-the-art one design smaller boats with strict rules sounds good to me. Then it is all about wind, weather and tactics and not the biggest and deepest pocket.
Google Earth finds recent crater
Asperger's: The Boy Who Couldn't Make Friends
Sen Kerry: Voters are clueless/ But not when they vote for you, Senator?
The gold bubble
Obama Stimulus Made Economic Crisis Worse, `Black Swan' Author Taleb Says
You Can't Say That: Against its wishes, Europe’s political class is hip-deep in immigration debates.
How California ran out of toilet paper
Via Betsy, The beliefs behind the tea party movement
Bob Shrum: Americans aren't listening to Obama. No. We have heard enough.
1 Timothy 6:6-19
6:6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;
Saturday, September 25. 2010
More below the fold -
Continue reading "Ads the like of which we are not likely to see again, #2"
Pence is a serious person. This speech is a serious speech, from Sept 22 at Hillsdale. It's about humility. I encourage readers to enjoy this Washingtonian speech. I would vote for him, but Mrs. BD would happily vote for Sarah:
I guess we don't have to worry about that baloney. I was hoping a good one would hit up here, so I could have an excuse for a day or two off work to catch up on my chores. We know how to deal with bad weather.
Globalistical warmening fails again. Funny how negative results never make headlines or get attention. Even important negative findings in science have trouble getting published in scientific journals. There must be a fallacy term for that, but I'm not sure what it is. If a good hurricane hit land this year, the Al Gore folks would be all over it.
What am I smoking? A Griffin corona. Nice. No, actually, it's not a corona. It's bigger than that. Tasty, whatever the Griffin is that I bought from my local upscale cigar store Indian.
My NYC pal, who happens to be a "private wealth" money manager, and I had an interesting a conversation this week.
I commented to him that it seemed to me that, the more money people had, the more they worried about money. (I also told him about some doubtless BS study that said that peoples' general life happiness doesn't improve much after an income of $75,000. - assuming the life they constructed is not totally dysfunctional.)
He told me that he had thought about this too, and that his observation about my point was that wealthier people did tend to worry more about their money the more money they have - up to the point of $17 million in the bank.
At 17 million, he said, for some psychological reason, prosperous people generally stop worrying unless they are highly neurotic - or if they try to live as if they had $100 million.
He also said, however, that "Everybody is neurotic about money. The hard part of my job is the Psychiatry, because it's not rocket science to determine a good bond price and it's not rocket science to preserve capital."
A bedbug at Bloomingdale's. I blame the Jihadists.
The Colorado River runs dry. Without looking it up, do you remember where that river used to run into the sea before it was sucked dry by human needs?
What's all this about cookstoves? Sounds like Cultural Imperialism to me.
Powerline's appeal to Yale alums
From HBS - Stimulus Surprise: Companies Retrench When Government Spends
Where are all these Malik Shabazzes coming from? I've never seen so many of them.
Turtle Bay, Where the Outrageous Is Normal. The UN is a joke.
Spitzer: Cuomo ‘Dirtiest, Nastiest’ Of Politicians. He is not a good person. It would be amusing if he loses.
A HUD inspector gets it: ACORN Spinoff Smacked Down by HUD Inspector General
Tom Friedman as Dictator for Life. There's an idea. BTW, I think Tom is a pompous ass. Not stupid, but unwise.
h/t to Neoneo for today's astonishing verse -
Mr. Flood's Party
Old Eben Flood, climbing alone one night
"Well, Mr. Flood, we have the harvest moon
Alone, as if enduring to the end
Then, as a mother lays her sleeping child
"Well, Mr. Flood, we have not met like this
"Only a very little, Mr. Flood--
"For auld lang syne." The weary throat gave out,
Friday, September 24. 2010
Damn hippies all over again. This is a wonderful, love-filled family. Insane, or Thoreauvian? Don't ask me. I am not ready to move too far from NYC or Cape Cod, but I have no idea how I might feel tomorrow. Plus I have ye olde farme homesteade to worry about.
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.' Henry David Thoreau
That makes me poverty-stricken, Henry, because I still want to go everywhere and do everything.
Thanks to all who have taken the time to respond to my questions this week.
My final question is just for fun.
You have just won a one-week trip, all expenses paid (except gratuities), with however many passengers the airplane can hold (or fewer), on a round trip flight on a G-650 to anywhere - but only to one destination to which the airplane can fly non-stop - and an airport on which it can land.
What's your destination?
Are all Americans entitled to equal protections under the law? Of course, except if relying upon the current leadership of US Department of Justice. Reluctantly, only after misrepresentations were made to Congress by officials of the US Department of Justice, the chief of the DOJ’s Voting Rights Section – with over three decades service in the DOJ -- claimed whistleblower protections to spill the beans to
In his testimony, Christopher Coates, recounting his direct experiences, summed up “the hostility in the Civil Right Division (CRD) and Voting Section toward the equal enforcement of some of the federal voting laws.”:
Another Voting Rights Section attorney who resigned to blow the same whistle comments, “My profession has not seen a hero like Coates since the giants of the civil rights movement convinced the courts to eradicate legal racial discrimination. Coates has dedicated a lifetime to following in their footsteps, to ensuring free access to the ballot.”
I just checked Google news. No MSM coverage yet. I just checked another major aggregator of news wires. No coverage yet. Surely there will be, some. That is not enough.
It is up to the voters in November to see that there’s a Congress which conducts proper oversight of the Obama Justice Department, to ensure equal justice for all.
"Isn't it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another two years in office."
Peter Schmuck, a Baltimore Sun sports writer, concerning the indictment of Roger Clemens
A witch ruined my Maggie's post.
Well, okay, part-time witch and newly-elected Delaware Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell ruined my Maggie's post. It really hurt.
A few days before the Delaware election, I was reading various articles in both the MSM and MSB and, in regards to the Tea Party spirit, was planning on writing an interesting piece on "who gets it" and who doesn't.
From the Left:
I think it's safe to say that ol' Dave doesn't get it.
Or ol' Jacob.
Continue reading "ProCon: Personally, I blame Christine O'Donnell"
What are those things on the dam?
"ObamaCare addresses every healthcare problem, with every solution further centralizing power and decision making in Washington. The promises do not come cheap." At The American, Still No Good News for ObamaCare
Michelle Obama’s healthier eating plan runs up against a fat reality: Americans don’t wanna
The Repubs put forth their agenda. So what's the Dem agenda?
Zuckerman: The American Dream of Home Ownership Has Become a Nightmare
Scott Brown blasts Harvard over ROTC ban
Socialism breeds selfishness: I, me, mine.
UN Chief: "...the world still looks to the United Nations for moral and political leadership." Really?
What do you think of this?