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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Saturday, April 30. 2011
That explains it to me. It's the same reason the pols resist Costco in the big blue cities: unions vs. the citizens. Truth is, NYC needs WalMart much more than WalMart needs NYC. WalMart is doing just fine in the US and worldwide. These tough pols and union bosses are making fools of themselves and fools of the voters.
I have no WalMart in my area, but went to Costco this morning to get supplies for church coffee hour tomorrow (cheeses, strawberries, croissants, corn muffins, grapes, vegetables and veggie dip, bagels and cream cheese, etc), and remembered that Gwynnie had told me that they are now selling no-iron dress shirts that are as nice as the Brooks Brothers version at one-third the price. Despite being a loyal and life-long Brooks person, I bought one to try.
Christie at Harvard: Education Systems Need Revolutionary Change:
66% off at Sippican Cottage Furniture
Muslim Brotherhood Urges Protests In Syria
A brewing ethical brouhaha at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel illustrates the hazards of politicized science reporting.
The Obama Lie That Drove the Birther Movement
ThinkProgress: Storm victims kind of had it coming, didn’t they?
Chris Matthews and Clarence Page: Trump Must Be Talking About Bush When He Says "How Did He Get Into a Good School" (Chuckle, Chuckle)
Mead on the O Admin: Falling between two stools:
My friend says I was not a good son
From "Opening the Hand," by W. S. Merwin, published by Atheneum.
Friday, April 29. 2011
I can tell you that some certainly are, some could care less, and some find it an abomination.
Porn, recreational sex, prostitution, rape, illicit seduction, perversions, etc. have been going on since there have been humans. That's a fact. Humans are endowed with the wackiest sex drives and wackiest imaginations of all animals and, depending on conditions and circumstances, not always the most mature or honorable behavior.
But what about the ladies? A teen gal recently told me that somebody said to her, in the bathroom after a frat party, "I am so pissed that I didn't get any dick tonight." How times have changed. Or have they?
I have looked at internet porn. I prefer love. Is porn bad? Pride and Prejudice and Porn
I suppose that the voyeuristic TV show Hoarders has raised the visibility of hoarding. It's one of those OCD-type of things that fades from totally insane to fairly normal.
If what you like to hoard is money, then you're just thrifty or stingy. If you like to hoard "collectible" items, then you're a collector: Art, rocks, knives, rugs, guns, pinball machines, etc.
If you can't get rid of stuff you don't really need to the point that it interferes with life, it gets to be a problem. Come to think of it, hoarding money can have the same effect.
I cannot embed this bit. If interested, there are more of these on YouTube - like this one: We can't have people over to our house:
Amusing. It's a good antidote to what Mark Steyn terms "the monarchical urge." I love it when Mark fills in for Rush. Mark cracks me up, constantly. Still, Brit traditions are wonderful.
If it’s good, the government should subsidize it. If it’s bad, the government should ban it. If outcomes are in any way perceived by any group to be sub-optimal, then the government should regulate it. Anyone who opposes these bans, subsidies, and regulations must therefore be a supporter of bad outcomes, hate poor people, want people to get sick and die, etc.
As quoted by Coyote
The charming myth was that Christ spent some of his missing years in England.
There seems to be nothing like a royal wedding to get the gals up at 3 AM to watch including my Mom and Mrs. BD. Sheesh. Cool hats though, I must admit.
Solar project endangers rare tortoises
Kill a turtle, save a...what?
Tornado victims: How to help
Tuscaloosa twister video
Fabulous! San Francisco to Ban Circumcision?
Are the Jews and Muslims OK with this?
All about Cow Hampshire
With no opponent and barely 558 days left, Obama has already become Campaigner-in-Chief
Climate Change as religion
How to use climate fears for social goals
That's not news
"Blight" is just pre-gentrified space with poorer and more dysfunctional people living in it...
Americans like their cities spacious. Will concerns about costs and the environment push them to rein in sprawl?
Related: Old Urbanist on urban density
Zero integrity. I suspect he knows it.
Thursday, April 28. 2011
Over the transom -
A short time ago, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.
It kind of sucks in my business, which is one which is not usually very optional. We have not hired for over two years and have laid off quite a few professionals and assistants. Do I see a re-do of Carter's stagflation?
It's nice to be able to walk over to the New York Public Library on my lunch break.
The Bird Dog lad, who can be a master of understatement. I view it as a great privilege and opportunity for him to have the chance to work in Manhattan. It's all good.
What a mess. Just found out those twisters hit y'all's town pretty hard. Good to hear that all are well, and all of your homes intact!
Sounds like lots of folks are going to need some help down there.
"Mechanism" is a key word in Biology these days. Is life a mechanism?
Using mechanical metaphors probably sounded advanced, and scientifically anti-vitalistic 100 years ago, but now it seems quaint. The metaphors we use are important, because they tend to be reified by people outside a given field of expertise.
We easily forget that vitalism was a metaphor, like phlogiston. Our next batch of metaphors for everything will be systems-oriented, until the next new thing comes along.
h/t Insty, who has been doing a heck of a job lately. I have never understood why people who view themselves as my betters seem to want to control me and my way of life. What motivates that desire for control?
It's no wonder the Left loves dictators.
Vermont to vote doctors out
Mass House (!) votes to curb government unions
It seems there’s a purge on at the UN to remove failed climate claims.
Aspiring immigrants clamor for U.S. visas or clamber over fences to get in. Why would so many fling themselves toward an 'unfair' land?
"...cheer up, Harvard grads-to-be. You’re about to enter adult life. You’ve got brilliance down. Now give competence a try."
A good message for all recent and upcoming grads
The Case Against President Obama's Health Care Reform: A Primer for Nonlawyers
Playboy's Muslim cover girl
Goldberg got some DNCC fundraising letters
Tyrrell: Liberalism's Death Croak
Government employees and pensions:
Wednesday, April 27. 2011
Americans like choices.
Sol Stern on Why Catholic Schools Matter - They’re still the best hope for poor, inner-city kids. One quote:
Teaching writing is a difficult task, if not a nearly impossible one. Eliminating standards and propagandizing is so much easier. So easy, any idiot can - and does - do it.
The thing is, you don't have to know a damn thing about the craft of writing to propagandize. This is truly appalling: Writing Teachers: Still Crazy After All These Years. Crazy, for sure, and utterly out of reality and out of usefulness.
You have to either laugh or cry.
It sounds like going to writing class today is like going to shop class and learning about the oppression of the worker instead of how to use a lathe. Might be useful if you want to become a Community Organizer, but not if you ever want to make anything.
Saturday morning, a stroll around the shrubby areas of the Olde Farm revealed a big movement of migrants overnight.
Towhees, calling and scratching in the ground cover:
Flocks of noisy Blue Jays - who do move south in the fall, leaving us in New England with the Canadian birds during the winter. You know what they look like.
Veeries low in the shrubs:
Flock of around 40 Robins, including a bunch without full adult plumage.
Two flocks of about 20 White-throated Sparrows, scratching for bugs under the rose bushes and in the overgrown dead vegetable garden, singing their Spring song:
And a Sharpie buzzed past, doubtless following, and feeding upon, the tasty, tender little migrants:
Good morning, World!
Most images and links from/to the fine CLO bird info website.
In four days, this post is almost outdated. I heard Parula and Palm Warblers singing this morning -
What a fine distraction from the hassles of life. They can swallow good-sized bones now. They just devoured a crow, and it's sorta cool the way they know how to shoot their poops off the edge of the nest:
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Image of Ben Franklin's daily sched via Tiger. Ben was self-employed after his youth as an apprentice.
Southerners Not Happy to Have Lost Civil War
Dating - An Anti-Education
America's New Berlin Correspondent: Germany a Nation of Nazis, Bloodsuckers, Prostitutes, Alcoholism and Hopelessness...
Only 1% of Media Stories On Spiking Gas Prices Even Name Obama's Anti-Oil Policies As Possible Culprit; Most Prefer Business Bogeyman of "Speculators"
1979-2007: Rich Got Richer, Poor Got Richer
What’s Left of the Left - Paul Krugman’s lonely crusade.
Venezuela scrambles for food despite oil boom
PJM Exclusive: Stuxnet Has Completely Paralyzed Iran’s Bushehr Plant
If London is harboring terrorists, should we send in drones?
In my experience, most people do not spend much time thinking about policies or politics. That was fine, before government intruded into every area of our lives.
Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military
Is atheism becoming another religion?
The Mainstream Media Finally Investigates Birther Allegations
The O was born in Hawaii. I think the O is toying with the Birthers, playing them for fools. As for his grades, they probably did suck because he was a stoner. But graduating summa from HLS means something.
Just 23% Realize Deficit Largely Due to Commitments Made in 1960s and ‘70s
Israpundit: This will be the Arab world’s next battle
Tuesday, April 26. 2011
Serious gardeners in New England, especially food-gardeners, build coldframes to extend the growing season. Properly done, you can add at least a month to the growing season for some things.
I used to mess with things like that, but I don't bother anymore. If I lived in Maine, though, I'd definitely have a coldframe full of spinach, leaf lettuces, etc.
I've even tried putting tomatoes out in late April here, but it never works out. Milk jugs, polyurethane, etc. Big hassle. Fact is, around here, if you put them out in late May they quickly catch up to the early birds, and even exceed them because they have endured no cool weather stresses. Tomatoes do not really put on growth without warm nights - above 55 F. We are still in the 30s on some nights.
If you have money to burn, the best thing is a good-sized real greenhouse. I would attach one to the house, with interior and exterior doors, so you could just open the door and let the rich earthy and flower and herb and plant smells infuse the house. Home-grown Beefsteak tomatoes 12 months/year.
Pic is Beefsteaks, the only tomato I truly enjoy eating, especially when hot from the sun. We usually only get a few weeks of them ripening, mid-late August-early September. Is it worth the trouble? For me, it is. It is especially pleasant when you can find a big ripe one that a squirrel or chipmunk has not taken a bite out of.
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