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 27. 2011
Thanks for your good pic, lad.
Can readers identify that building?
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Freshman Sen. Mike Lee speaking at The Federalist Society. He is impressive. I share his quaint views of the Constitution.
Thanks to the people who email links to me:
Also, my recent The personality disorder kerfuffle, and the silly DSM
At the feeders today:
(Note Cottontail Rabbit gnawing on my roses. He's my official rose-pruner.) Tree Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Dark Eyed Junco, Cardinal, WT Sparrow, Red Bellied Woodpecker, BC Chickadee, Song Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Grey Squirrel (of course), Mourning Dove, Blue Jay.
Notable for absence: Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse.
From Dr. Sanity:
From F- Feelings' Feelbreaker:
Don't be humble; you are not that great.
Marinal Rev: In praise of picture books
I see he has the classic Ottoman Architecture on his list
George Monbiot's Predicted Global Famine No More Evident Than Global Warming
Glick: The Aim Of Blood Libels
How Global Cooling explained every weather event in the 1970s
It just keeps coming. Snow is up to my knees. Got myself plowed and shoveled out at 4 AM this morning, and headed right off into the snowy dark to Dunkin' for my morning fix, and took some snaps.
This would be a good morning to be in Vermont, with skis. It's beautiful.
I wrote on January 19 about the appointment at Brooklyn College, my alma mater, of a pro-Palestinian activist – just 1 ½ years into his own PhD studies -- to teach a graduate course on the Middle East. After that the New York State Assemblyman of the district adjoining the college protested in a letter to the college president and copied the Chancellor of the City University of New York (who had also received letters of protest from other influentials).
Here’s the follow-up article. The Assemblyman says, “I am absolutely thrilled that Brooklyn College made the right decision and removed Professor Petersen-Overton from his post.”
So am I. It should still be a serious concern to know more about the appointment, as I originally wrote,
Here’s the straight forward TV coverage from WPIX-New York. Petersen says on TV, “I have very vocal views in favor of the Palestinian cause for self-determination.” The reporter says that Petersen hopes to rally support from other professors and that he plans to appeal. That would be an opportunity to further reveal the answers to how and why this pro-Palestinian activist was hired, and to reveal the CUNY professors who may believe Petersen is a qualified professor. -- Update: The PoliSci department chair who hired Petersen doth protest. Surprise, not.
Update: A pro-Palestinian supporter of Kristofer Peterson shares Peterson's email to him: “I was not contacted by Brooklyn College administration at any time during their decision-making process. This politically motivated action undermines CUNY’s longstanding legacy as a stalwart defender of academic freedom.” Here's a sample of the graphics that is featured with the writing of this friend of Peterson: "You must act now to stop the Holocaust in Gaza..."
Wednesday, January 26. 2011
It's a blizzard right now, strong gusty wind, sleet mixed with snow and gradually turning to all snow. A winter wonderland, and all the kids are excited about a snow day for sledding or skiing.
Not in New Jersey: Slopes behind ropes: fear of lawsuits closing great New Jersey sledding hills. There was an adult in CT who settled for $4 million with a CT town when he injured himself sledding with his kids on a town-owned hill. Is a hill covered with snow an "attractive nuisance"? I don't think I would invite that guy and his kids to a winter sledding party on my hill.
And this one, also from Drudge today, takes the cake - or the sandwich: Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich. I once cracked a tooth in half on an over-done French Fry at McDonalds. Maybe I missed a big payday... but Barrister is an honorable man with still a shred of dignity and decency - I hope.
Remember the bumper sticker: "Please hit me. I need the money"?
Whatever happened to people taking their own chances in life? What happened to "It's my own fault"? Says Prof B, Litigators ruin pretty much everything.
A friend took this pic of his Dad's car shed in Maryland in the 1960s. The old rural farm is now a housing development in a Baltimore suburb.
From that barn's design, what would you say it was built for? Maybe hay in the loft and corn in the cribs?
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This Irish group, The High Kings, sing The Fields Of Glory, not allowed to be embedded but watchable at Youtube. It was said that "The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton."
As I've participated in and coached individual and team sports, I've watched how they build the best traits of character. Here's a review of a critique of not enough engaging young people's imagination beyond the rote.
Tons more wonderful snow and cold this morning, and a bigger dump coming tonight - an Ice Age thanks to the crisis of global warming. From the news, you'd think it was the end of the world.
How do they manage in places like Moscow or Montreal or Winnipeg? They just keep going - and they don't close the schools or the airports either.
From Montreal, Memo to U.S.: It's called snow
This young lady speaks of her experiences and feelings as many gay friends have described them to me. She is eloquent and, as far as I can know, correct. -- I'm sure there are as proportionately many straight kooks as gay. I'm sure that, if there are proportionately more among gays, it may largely come from evolving in an atmosphere of fears. I, or you, may not support some aspects of the gay political agenda, but let's never discriminate against honesty and love.
Tiger's amusing State of the Onion open thread
Powerline on Sputnik
More fact-checking at Wiz
'The King's Speech' leads Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture
Commentary: The Difference Between Public and Private Words
US Communist Leader Urges Unification With Democratic Party
Thought that happened long ago.
Prelutsky: liberals don’t deserve America
It's a fun rant.
E-mails Suggest Bear Stearns Cheated Clients Out of Billions
Selling "sacks of shit" which were Triple-A rated
Politico: Farm subsidies test GOP pledge
Step up to the plate, folks. Enough corporate farm welfare.
Reason: Grading Barack Obama - Libertarian legal scholar Richard Epstein on his former University of Chicago colleague
Image: Our friend Elissa Gore's Winter Sunset
Tuesday, January 25. 2011
Here's a collection of photos of those who want to make hate, not love. Far cry from the 60s, huh, or maybe not.
Few of our readers likely have the time to sample him on TV (including me), so here's a sample of Beck responding to a seeming New York Times attack on him, on the subject of Francis Piven, via American Power's Glenn Beck Slams New York Times and Soros-Funded Center for Constitutional Rights (which we found via Theo):
I think this guy seems reasonable, fine as infotainment. Wants to be a TV professor. Not sure he can tell me much that I don't know. Anyway, I have a day job.
Also related, at Althouse: "History tells us" something that history doesn't tell us, say sociologists stumbling to protect Frances Fox Piven. Piven called for violent rioting.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
There are an infinite number of ways to live life fully and energetically. I was thinking about that topic since I read the bio of a fellow I admire and have heard speak in the past, Sander Gilman. I am a fan.
Dr. Gilman spoke at a medical meeting I attended in NYC in December. He is a polymath. Here's his bio:
Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over eighty books. His Obesity: The Biography appeared with Oxford University Press in 2010; his most recent edited volume, Wagner and Cinema (with Jeongwon Joe) was published in that same year. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1982 (reprinted: 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986. For twenty-five years he was a member of the humanities and medical faculties at Cornell University where he held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies. For six years he held the Henry R. Luce Distinguished Service Professorship of the Liberal Arts in Human Biology at the University of Chicago and for four years was a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine and creator of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During 1990-1991 he served as the Visiting Historical Scholar at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; 1996-1997 as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA; 2000-2001 as a Berlin prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin; 2004-5 as the Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature at Oxford University; 2007 to the present as Professor at the Institute in the Humanities, Birkbeck College; 2010 to 2013 as a Visiting Research Professor at The University of Hong Kong. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in North America, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, China, and New Zealand. He was president of the Modern Language Association in 1995. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) at the University of Toronto in 1997, elected an honorary professor of the Free University in Berlin (2000), and an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2007).
I work hard, make myself as useful as I can, and read quite a bit, but I am a slouch. I stand in awe of such productive people, who are blessed with abundant talents and use them to the full.
How did we miss this? Hymowitz: Sarah Palin and the Battle for Feminism. A quote: