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, June 30. 2011
Two Harvard professors, reports US News & World Report, find that:
The friend who sent this clipping to me comments:
Here. When you train and enable adults to be children, they will act like it. Just like in Wisconsin. Many will revert to childhood if they can get away with it. Those made of sterner stuff will not.
They are marching and berserking for "socialism." They don't realize they already have it, along with the typical Socialist terminal case of the Gimmes.
Euroland people need to grow up and accept the reality that life is difficult and challenging, and that no adult is entitled to anything. You are supposed to man up, in life. Or woman up, as the case may be. Reagan would have fired them all for shirking their duties to the public who hired them and who pays their wages from their own toil, and rightly so.
If you want to be a serf, expect to be treated like one.
A few years ago I wrote The Sound of Many Faucets Running, a look at the new dollar coins. Coins last much longer than bills, y'see, therefore using much less energy to replace, thereby saving the planet from catastrophic meltdown.
While my post was fairly routine, I have to admit that if we had to switch from dollar bills to coins, I thought my idea bordered on the brilliant.
And here we are today:
And the planet thanks you!
Actually, there appears to be a bit of gray area as to why they tried to foist these on us in the first place. From the original article:
But now it's:
That's right, folks. They're educational. We're doing it for the children!
And, of course, it would be downright criminal not to include the Shoshone woman who help guide Lewis & Clark on their expedition:
Spokespersons for the Mohave, Navaho, Pima, Yuma, Washo, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Cree, Crow, Dakota, Osage, Seminole, Comanche, Wichita and Apache tribes could not be reached for comment.
Rutherford B. Hayes? Be still, my beating heart!
Nice that Hussey's sells everything you need for a shotgun wedding
Those are female Diamondback Terrapins living in Jamaica Bay in New York City, looking for nesting sites. Good to know that they are still thriving there. Somebody built a cement runway on their historic nesting site.
An oldie from David Horowitz: Columbia a disaster. Kenyon an unexpected surprise
Powerline has a new look
Maggie's Farm will stick with our antique look - for now. You can scroll down quite a long ways here, and we only put things on a continuation page when they exceed our ordinary format.
The Religion of Rape… ALL Norwegian Rapists in 2010 Were Muslim
Why is Greece too big to fail?
Greece is already bankrupt, financially, morally, and spiritually. But, as Donald Trump once said, if you owe a bank a half million bucks, they own you - but if you owe them 300 million bucks, you own them. Something like that.
New Obama deficit talking point: The GOP loves corporate jets or something. However, Obama Blasts Private Jet Tax Breaks Created by His Own Stimulus
That is called The Washington Monument Strategy
Children will starve, Granny will die, etc. As Lizards says:
Wednesday, June 29. 2011
"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do on a rainy afternoon." Sippican
"If you want to make a problem worse, pass a law to fix it." Economist Art Carden, via Carpe
"One sentence which has never been spoken in the history of the universe is "Stop s***ing my d*** immediately or I will call the police." George Carlin on sexual regulations and morality, via Ace
"The global green treaty movement to outlaw climate change is the most egregious folly to seize the world’s imagination since the Kellog-Briand Pact outlawed war in the late 1920s." Mead's The Failure of Al Gore: Part Deux
"Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose." It's difficult to believe that the Nanny Of All Nannys Bloomberg said that. Perhaps he was quoting the US Constitution?
"He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me." An assistant of John Lennon, re Lennon's evolving politics. Imagine there's no Carter, no Mondale too...
"Either the problem is in man, or the problem is in "institutions" and other collectivities." One Cosmos
Everybody makes fun of poor Paul Krugman, who is widely known as having become a real flake, a partisan hack, and a mind-numbed robot for the Left. Has he written a single thing in the past ten years that has not been predictably straight Left-wing Dem party line apologetics?
Foster in FP attempts a sympathetic understanding.
A reader sent us a pic of his first wheels. Nice:
He also sent us this car, but I forget why:
Anyway, what was your first car? (year, make and model please, if you can recall the details)
Classic silent films, streamable and downloadable
Excellent review of the topic
Spatial navigation in the congenitally blind
Just keep reading the translation
Bookworm: Principles are so inconvenient
Morals and principles create stress!
The hateful Left
Factoid du jour, via Coyote:
Is that serfdom?
A comment at Lucianne:
It's Radical Chic. Loving freedom is not cool. Lenin and Che were cool.
Tuesday, June 28. 2011
The Nikko Blue hydrangea and its variants are classic plants in Yankeeland. Mine are in their full glory today.
Hydrangeas are the sorts of things that make a house a home.
Here are three important tips for those who grow hydrangeas of any type: first, they like moist (but well-drained) soil, hence their name. Second, full-day direct sun is too much for most of them unless you have irrigation. Third, prune them with caution: you have to first determine whether they are macrophylla or paniculata, etc. Prune them wrong and you get no bloom. Better yet, don't prune them at all unless you have to.
(More general shrub pruning info: Except for hedging or shaped shrubs, mature shrubs can or should be pruned at ground level - not from the top - removing 25-30% of the woodiest growth to keep the plant young and vigorous. This is especially important with shrubs like Lilacs. I will try to dig out my old pruning posts. Always study the correct pruning technique for a given plant before attacking anything with a sharp tool. Never prune young shrubs.)
Two weeks ago, my friend Gerald Robbins -- Turkey expert and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute -- brought us his quick analysis of the results of the election in Turkey. FPRI asked him to enlarge upon it for FPRI's readers. There's much more interesting detail and discussion of prospects and difficulties for Turkey.
A fascinating addition is Robbins' raising the possibility of "a bold, controversial move" to resolve the "long-festering" and violent Kurd rebellion. "If Mr. Erdogan can skillfully manage the process, he’ll be remembered as the person who settled the Kurdish issue, Turkey’s most burdensome problem." That may, also, help him recover from his proven "inane" regional policy of a bridge among the Arab and Iranian Moslems that has come a cropper as evident with his "badly miscalculated" dealings with Syria. Erdogan would be seen more as a venturesome uniter rather than an opportunistic dreamer of semi-Ottoman fantasies.
Read it all.
Among the likely winners of the Republican race (yes, that excludes Sarah Palin and Rand Paul), none have yet come even close to sewing up the nomination for president. That’s a good thing.
I’m a firm believer in the worth of long campaign seasons. Democrat or Republican partisans alone are a minority of the electorate. The crucible requires potential candidates to demonstrate their ability to craft a national coalition of their political party that will reach beyond to enough leaners (otherwise often called Independents).
The long campaign crucible, also, demonstrates the potential candidates’ ability to present themself and to encourage positive feelings with articulate, persuasive, sound proposals, while avoiding seriously alienating leaners or committing major gaffes that raise crippling doubts among the open-minded (not just opponent scalphunters).
At this point, there’s enough good to say about the leading Republican contenders to believe they’d all make fine vice-presidents, but as yet none have earned the higher expectation.
All will be in good stead as a better alternative than President Obama. However, that is not enough, for me anyway.
Continue reading "Looking at the 2012 Republican Presidential Contenders and Beyond"
You know about the warning, but do you know who Miranda was? Or how he died? Or what became of his killer?
Fraud Up and Down Our Educational System. A quote from London:
Once these high-school graduates hold a diploma in their hands, however questionable their skill level, they are deemed college-ready. Since America has a college for everyone and the society is committed to mass education, students who can read at only a marginal level or who cannot solve quadratic equations are seated in institutions of higher learning.
Gordon Wickstrom writes with sympathy for his seven doctors:
My seven men must yearn to see some fine, strapping, young body-in-its-prime with some specific ailment to which they can apply something quickly sovereign, doctor and patient both ending up refreshed. But no, they face daily the procession of an ever older, more decrepit, more grotesque, unsavory parade of bodies-- of those who have lived too long.
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From Mead's brilliant analysis of the failure of Algore, Part Deux:
It is a waste of time to talk science with Al Gore. It is a waste of time to listen to him at all. That, apparently, is what the world at long last is beginning to understand. The policy makers and the heads of state who only two years ago were ready to follow Gore up the mountain have softly and quietly tuned him out.
As Mead points out, the entire enterprise was close to insane from the beginning, despite all of the money to be made from it.
Off topic: Mead, Steyn, and VDH are so hot these days that it is difficult not to simply link all of their stuff.
Image above via Moonbattery
Norm on a sense of purpose without a grand plan
Related, at Stumbling: The meaning of life
Our friend Skook: Honesty and Integrity, Up Close and Personal:
Wisconsin Battle Moves from Collective Bargaining to School Choice
My Degree Isn't Worth the Debt!
Herman Cain & Juan Williams Agree: “Liberals Have a Problem With Black Conservatives… You’re Jumping Out of the Pen”
I call it "the plantation,' but it's the same idea
The economic experts are confused.
UK update: - Major Strike Looms After Talks With Govt Fail
Sounds like the US
Texas Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
Cutting government red tape produces new jobs
Commentary: Real-World Effects of Anti-War Activism
A duel between French thinkers produces a Euroland best-seller
Not from The Onion: Obama Will 'Co-Invest' Tax Dollars in Corporate-Government Partnership
It's called crony capitalism. Brilliant use of our taxes.
Ohio’s Lost Decade, and Its New Hope - Can John Kasich and Tea Party activists save Ohio?
President Quixote's Legacy: Confused, Ill-Educated and Not Too Bright:
Beer, or pot and coke. Whatever. True or not, I guess that piece counts as a rant.
Monday, June 27. 2011
Mrs. BD drove to serene central Ohio yesterday. Her iPhone pics (tilted horizons are a BD family specialty):
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 23:36 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
America's top ten cars are made in the USA
That's the title of a fascinating essay by Aaron at FP. (link fixed). A quote:
A rescue from the "spiritual slavery" of Socialism.
Via Hayward at Powerline (my bold):
That's it, in a nutshell.
The Swiss army
Television: Irresistible Addiction or Dying Medium?
Commodity ETFs: Extreme Tax Frustration
Bipedalism and humanness
It also produced the possibility of actually facing the one you are mating with.
Good Jazz site: Crownpropeller's Blog
Adding to blogroll: The History Blog
It has become common.
A Lefty wants Greece to default
The Left would love the economic chaos - and the theft from the banks
A Left view of The Significance of Walmart v. Dukes
Ted Turner: Climate Change ‘Most Serious ... Problem Humanity Has Ever Faced’
Graph below via Doug Ross' Our Fiscal Nightmare:
Sunday, June 26. 2011
A friend was at the Royal Danish Ballet in NY this week. i-phone pic.
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