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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Wednesday, December 29. 2010
Weds. morning links
Dyson uninvents the vacuum cleaner
Social Security: The Chilean Model
The Utter Futility of Reducing Carbon Emissions
Dalrymple: When Predators Don’t Prey - Another good word bites the dust.
Mead: Give The People What They Want. A snippet:
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Tuesday, December 28. 2010
January is month for electronics sales
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Attended an event recently where Buddy Guy was performing (along with some other NOLA folks I'll mention later). Sweet guy, heavenly-sweet music. He played this set, same band.
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It's the Math
In the NY Post: Deep in the heart of taxes -Why I won't move to New York. He begins:
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You Can Have the Placebo Effect, Even If You Know It's a Placebo.
Placebos are strangely effective medicines. Thus it's no wonder that people feel better when they eat organic, or buy into nutritional schemes and health food store products. It's called "hope" and "self-deception" and all of that "mind-body" stuff.
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When a “right” enslaves somebody else
At the OJR.
Related, The 'Right to Health Care' Can Be the Right to No Care
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Tuesday morning links
Toon via Theo
On Palin's Reading List, C.S. Lewis
Kudzu: A Lesson in Big Government Failure
DADT: Don’t Fret, Don’t Whine
Under the Christmas Tree This Year? The Return of ‘Death Panels’
Pete Du Pont: Turning America Around - Voters send Republicans to Congress with a mandate for a new direction.
Rick Moran: 2011: The year of insolvency for some states
Krugman: I’ve repeatedly found that people just won’t believe me.
It's because we're brainwashed, he claims.
State-Run Media Gives Obama-Pelosi Regime One Last Wet Kiss: “Congress the Most Productive Since Great Society”
More laws to confuse us, more government. Great. That's called "progress."
Obama's Reversal on 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights Stirs Concern Over Legal Claims
Can the Neaderthals get Europe back?
How Government Failure Caused the Great Recession
Pickens abandons wind power
Why Public Charity Doesn’t Work and Will Bankrupt Us All
SANDERS: A global food fight that's going to get worse
Powerline: Gangster government, HHS edition
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Monday, December 27. 2010
At City Journal, Cities from Scratch - A new path for development. A quote:
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Edward G. Robinson- When Hollywood Had Sense (1948)
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Best pun of this Christmastime
From a BD daughter, re Christmas: "It's A Mall and the Night Visitors."
She likes Macy's in NYC at Christmastime. Who doesn't? (You know Amahl, right? I've seen it twice, which is enough.)
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Brokaw: ‘We’ll See’ if Obama Can Learn on the Job — He Didn’t Have Hard Political Experience as a Gov Like Reagan Did.
A good comment on that piece: "If Palin were a Black Liberal they would think she was extremely qualified."
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A nice New England snowstorm
We've had only 15-18" thus far, I think, but the drifts are the real problem. It's been blowy and blustery, with gusts up to 60 knots. See NYT: “Bundle Up, It’s Global Warming”. Ya gotta laugh - unless it's intended as satire.
I'll try to get some links up when I can, but shoveling and getting things plowed comes first. In the meantime, catch up on our recent posts.
This is early this morning. I love it:
I took the pup for a walk in the snowy dark, strolling - no, trudging - down the middle of the roads, after my excursion to Dunkin. The old Explorer plowed thru the drifts, with some difficulty. This blacksmith's storefront looked pretty in the snow. He'll make custom stuff, and shoes for your horses too. Anything iron -
Dunkin, this morning. Their 2 am Donut delivery couldn't get through, but the nice Mezzican gals were there making coffee. Dunkin is one of those things in life that you can count on.
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Sunday, December 26. 2010
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Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged
1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?
2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Queens Disoriented Are
3. Amnesia --- I Don't Know if I'll be Home for Christmas
4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and ...
6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me
7. Borderline Personality Disorder --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
8. Full Personality Disorder-- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll tell You Why
9. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ---Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells ...
10. Agoraphobia --- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day But Wouldn't Leave My House
11. Senile Dementia --- Walking in a Winter Wonderland Miles From My House in My Slippers and Robe
12. Oppositional Defiant Disorder --- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus So I Burned Down the House
13. Social Anxiety Disorder --- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas while I Sit Here and Hyperventilate.
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If the FCC Had Regulated the Internet
Sad but true, at Slate. We would be ten years behind, with the rent-seekers and the power-seekers in control of it all.
The intertunnels are a lesson in what a truly free market and a free world can do. Watch all governments try to f- it up for their own purposes.
But don't worry. They care deeply about the common good. I have never met Mr./Mrs. Common Good, but I'm sure he, she, or it, is a very fine human being and deserving of special government attention and care.
Government, and government's client and business allies, are "special interests."
Heck, all I really want is some good free porn anyway. The world is full of Lonelyhearts and sometimes I am one of them. So sue me.
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Sunday morning links (with a few bad links - sorry about that)
We reportedly have a blizzard arriving today on the Snowball Express. That's fine with me, except that the Lad and his charming Mrs. are airport-stuck in Birmingham (with the Memphis Blues again?). Well, not really stuck - they are there with loving family.
Don't be surprised if we lose power, though. We usually do, with good strong storms. This one looks to be a winter Nor'easter. Think I'll feed the birds this morning.
Lovely winter post from The Englishman:
Prager: Want To Raise a Good Person? Stop Nurturing Your Child's Self-Esteem
A cheerful humility is the best and most realistic attitude.
EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases
An attempted end run around Congress
Hands-only CPR. You need to know this.
But a medical friend of mine saved a 90 year-old lady who had cardiac arrest on the sidewalk. She got a lawyer to sue him. She claimed her time had come, and that she should have been left alone. He was protected by Good Samaritan legal protections, but his legal costs to get to that point were considerable. You can be sued for not helping, too.
A new website to me: Jews for the preservation of firearms ownership
Green Lake, Austria. Cool vid
KUHNER: Radical Islam vs. Christianity - The cross is near extinction in the ancient lands of its origin
Environmental groups sue to block wind farm
I'm with them. Wind farms are a scam on the taxpayer - regardless of the bats. Did I say "bats"?
Voters elected Republicans to end Obamaism, not expand it
School food Nazis:
I can understand parents' not wanting schools to feed their kids candy, but what's with the salt?
Basic instinct: Women take just three minutes to make up their mind about Mr Right
Driscoll: Where Unions Are, Americans Aren’t
We have been warning about this apocalypse for years.
Those who blame the U.S. for all the world’s ills
It would take serious shrinkology to understand why somebody would hate as free and noble a nation as the USA. Probably displacement from conflicts with Mom, right? It's always the Mom, right?
The Year of Stupid: Potsdam Climate Institute Now Says To Expect “Warmer Colder” Winters!
San Francisco May Vote on Circumcision Ban Next November.
Abortion OK, Briss not OK. Why Christians do brisses is beyond me. But a hand on my boy's dick? That is definitely the domain of a San Francisco government...
Speaking of brisses, more on Tutu and the Jews
Taxes and the Top Percentile Myth - A 2008 OECD study of leading economies found that 'taxation is most progressively distributed in the United States.' More so than Sweden or France.
Just like the IRA...but not.
Do you think your taxes are too low? Make a contribution to the US Treasury.
Byron York: Smiling Dems will soon cry 'Washington is broken'
It's "broken" when they cannot do whatever they want.
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Saturday, December 25. 2010
Wrap It Up At The After-Christmas Sales
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Why the 25th?
AVI pointed out that we might be in error in passing on the theory of the relation of Christmas to Saturnalia: How December 25 Became Christmas.
It sounds like there is numerology involved.
Christmas breakfast was Cranberry pancakes and bacon. (Put those berries into the batter frozen, not thawed - same as you should with Blueberries. Otherwise, they disintegrate during cooking.) Lots of bacon and lots of pancakes, but no numerology.
Mrs. BD was nice enough to give me a trip as a present - one that was on the top of my bucket list. It will require a new camera. While I'd rather accumulate cool experiences than cool pix, pix are fun souvenirs - and cheaper than buying stuff.
And if you happen to be retarded and a victim of Alzheimer's, like me, the pics help you remember what you did and where you went.
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Merry Christmas, Readers
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A Christmas Story Parallel?
In 2011, the Jew stands before corrupted international judges, the judges loyalties to eliminating the Jews revival of faith and nationhood, by its very being a reflection on pervasive oppression throughout the lands of the majority of judges and others who bow to their rulers. That mirror cannot be tolerated.
In 1948, a foreign army conquered Jerusalem and surrounding areas. Until 1967, the Jew could find no shelter there and was forbidden to visit his sacred sites. Many of the holy sites were destroyed or desecrated by the foreign army, and the international judges – distributors and recipients of thirty gallons of oil – turned away and said nothing. The residents of the conquered areas lived in poverty. Now, all faiths have access to their holy sites, and the Jew increased the residents standards of living. But, the international judges want to find the Jew guilty of defending that freedom of worship and benefits to existence, in favor of those who reject peace and cooperation. Many who share the Jews values hide or turn away; many of them are persecuted and slaughtered as they try to worship in some of the lands of those who reject peace.After two-millennia of reflection, will the story end better this time?
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A Reason Christmas
At Reason, including The Fight Before Christmas: A Reason Holiday Sampler: Joe Biden, Christopher Hitchens, Electric Football, & Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
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From today's Lectionary
Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
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Friday, December 24. 2010
Tonight with NYC finance genius and present-wrapping daughter, and the Judds' Christmas record on the record player. Yes, the record player. A fine, if old, Denon. I have tons of favorites still on vinyl, including around 40 operas and most of my favorite Christmas records, now unavailable on CD.
Candlelight service later - after cocktail hour.
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Rush's Good Cheer
Just had to say that Rush is so kind and good and understanding with his Lib callers. He has a bigger heart than any angry or chronically-depressed Lib, and is full of encouragement for those who want to do things in life instead of sitting on their butts with excuses and complaints, on ye olde pity pot. He is positive and cheerful, the way proud, free Americans, with their heritage of amazing opportunity, ought to be.
He's on 770 on AM radio up here. He is a genius at handling hostile calls with grace, good humor, and even affection. He needs more of those callers. (Call me a fool, but I am wrapping and listening, like the ignorant clinger that I am, and preparing for cocktail hour. Christmas music then.)
A Merry Christmas to good old Rush! He keeps me amused and encouraged whenever I need it.
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