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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Sunday, July 31. 2011
VDH: Behind the D.C. Slugfest:
George Will: Minds opening to libertarian ideas.
Mrs. BD thought that some of our readers, especially those remote from NYC, might like a sample of the retrospective, Savage Beauty, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which ends next week. She particularly singled out ex-New Yorker Marianne.
The show is a big deal. It has been sold out since the opening, and yesterday you had to wait in line 2-3 hrs to get in (unless a member of the Met, as we are, in which case you go right past the lines. It was crowded.).
I liked the show. We usually use those good headphone things, but, for some reason, we did not this time.
This Scotsman, who recently committed suicide, was quite an artist. All the husbands and boyfriends there seemed interested to look, as was I (up to a point). It would have been more fun with live models wearing the things.
They put on a remarkably dramatic presentation of McQueen's stuff with what I presume is edgy-artsy-fashionista music and spooky lighting. My photos are not very good because pics were not technically allowed so I had to be discreet. (I do it for you, our readers.)
And yes, I was rewarded with a good lunch afterwards.
This one is made of Razor Clam shells:
More below the fold -
Continue reading "The Alexander McQueen show"
Another royal wedding
Noonan: They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support.
Mark Steyn: ‘Life on this planet' about to change
Since Obama, Americans have become poor
"Rep. Barney Frank of Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac fame told Neil Cavuto this morning that if Moody’s downgrades the US debt, “We just don’t pay much attention to them… Don’t sell.” He then went on to blame the ratings agencies for ignoring the mortgage crisis… that he helped create. Unreal."
Rubio on the debt debate:
Saturday, July 30. 2011
They are supported by honor, but not enforceable in court. Hence the word "gentleman." One would like to think that gentlemen still keep their word:
They are best worked out on the dueling field.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:48 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
The headline stories there this month: Birding with Wendell Berry, Sweet Life in Greenville, SC, and the Funky New Jazz of Trombone Shorty.
Garden & Gun - The Soul of the South.
Have you heard Trombone Shorty? I enjoyed hearing him and his band live, last summer. Had a quick chat with him, too, after the set. He is a sweetheart, and very humble despite being such a prodigy and, now, a star.
Best Road Burger in the Northeast
I know folks who will drive 40 minutes to the Red Rooster Drive-In on Route 22 in Brewster, NY, when they get a jones for their burgers, fries, and onion rings - all made to order, the old-fashioned way. Slow food. Good hot dogs too. Worth a trip from Great Falls, or Phoenix.
Is it over-rated? Maybe. I love it, though.
The place is unchanged since the 50s. There is really no seating, but lots of picnic benches outside. Or eat in the pick-up and drip juice and ketchup on your shirt in the manly American-style.
Mrs. BD is dragging me to see this. I hope I at least get a good NYC lunch out of this because fashion is not really my thing. Being a decent husband is.
Apparently it is tough to get into the show without being a member, which we are. Very long lines, otherwise. I think NYC has more fashionistas per square mile than either Paris or Milan.
Some studies say coffee is good for you; others say it's bad. The scientists are just as confused as we are.
It's good for me.
Hey, Who Wants to Talk About Wisconsin’s Economic Miracle? - The death of collective bargaining saved the state overnight.
Andrew Klavan: The Facts of Life for Liberals
Duh. It will cost more if you require that they cover everything.
Asians are now white
Not yellow anymore? I am not white: I am more of a pinkish-tan right now.
Shrinkwrapped is not dead.
Dr. Bob is not dead either:
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Friday, July 29. 2011
It's taken a few years for my hunting pal to get his hunting getaway in the wilds of upstate New York into usable shape. He has been doing most of the work himself.
I do not know why he did not throw a match onto the old thing and start fresh. Probably because he is the sort of guy to do things his way, the hard way, preserving the old as best he can.
"Studies show" that, once 10% of a population accepts a notion, it acquires a sturdy enough foothold to have a chance to widely penetrate the population. That's why cranky ideas and crazy notions - along with worthy notions - become part of popular culture.
Here's the report: Tipping points and beliefs – the 10% solution.
Politicians know this, which is why they are so full of BS. Their tactic is to repeat a meme until it's accepted by a quorum, even if you Maggie's Farmers know better. You can get 10% of people to believe that the moon is made of Roquefort, that vaccinations cause autism, that JFK's assassination was a conspiracy, or that the planet is about to burn up due to cars.
Freud died two weeks ago at 88. He is best known as a meticulous painter of human flesh. Here's his Benefits Supervisor Sleeping:
They really have to be viewed up close and personal to see what the artist was doing.
Another: Lucian Freud: Art without the feel-good factor - No other artist portrays his subjects with such intense and relentless honesty. But can we love the uncomfortable art of Lucian Freud?
China Puts US on eBay - government to be sold separately
Unexpected results of planners planning NYC's blocks
It's that olde Law of Unintended Consequences
Driscoll: A Festivus for the Rest of Us
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism:
Computer models are not reality. They are virtual realities. How did all the fancy computer modeling work out for the economy? Computer models are toys for grown-ups.
Expanding urban heat islands make China look warmer
Rolling Back the Nanny State - One red-light camera at a time
Powerline: Who’s Afraid of Private Industry?
Dem Rep Nadler: ‘We Don’t Have a Deficit Problem’
Apples are carbs, full of sugar. Shouldn't they be using celery sticks? Don't fat kids like celery sticks?
It happens every time
Thursday, July 28. 2011
On this video, Dr. Buziszewski teaches, or preaches, what I have been teaching and preaching for years about the region in which religion, morality, and psychology are intertwined, inseparable. This is a good primer on the topic.
Whether you agree or not, it's an important concept.
I have posted about codes of behavior here, several times. It is an important subject for me, and it seems to me that honor is a core concept in Western Civilization (I cannot speak for alien civilizations because I am still struggling to understand my own.). U VA seems to be dealing with this subject now. One quote:
Perhaps the psychotics at the otherwise wonderful U VA are not aware that jobs have honor codes, citizenship has an honor code, all relationships have honor codes, science has honor codes, the professions and business have honor codes, supposedly academia has honor codes, every organization and club has an honor code, even the Mafia has honor codes - everything in civilized life is based on honor codes, whether implicit or explicit. That's why it's called "civilized".
Violate them at your peril. At the least, ostracism and social avoidance are unpleasant consequences of violations of mannerly codes, appropriateness codes, and honor codes. In real daily life, just one screw up often is fatal because nobody forgets. The Law only covers the most extreme violations of the codes.
Seems to me that people are getting most of their music-listening through all sorts of devices other than their good old music systems.
As many have done, I went through a music system phase and bought some very fine audiophile speakers and amps along the way (not to this extent, and I never bought into the surround sound fad).
However, I seem to use them less and less often, and my sizeable and eclectic CD collection gathers dust. I'd rather spend money on going to live music anyway.
Pic is of Legacy Focus speakers, which I own but do not use hardly enough.
What about you?
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Good Yankee humor via AVI:
Envy of beauty makes people ugly
Drinking six to eight cups of water called 'nonsense' in editorial
Obama-loving GE moving X-ray business to China
There's a reason why the president can't unveil a budget plan: the minute he does so, the 80-year shell game of the New Deal is up.
Is The One a lame duck?
Dear Yankee: Remember that Rick Perry is an Aggie
Not a metrosexual, it would appear
Flying in to Los Angeles, bringing in lots of stuff.
We design it, and they make it.
If Health Spending Controls Fail, What Are the Options?
Obama’s Battleground-State Blues - The president’s national poll numbers aren’t good, but they’re worse in battleground states.
I'm mostly white (if you ignore a little American Injun blood), and yet cops keep pulling me over because they are profiling me and my red Lamborghini. Is it my ride, or are they detecting my inner Injun?
Cairo's garbage, and Christians. That is some serious recycling by the Cairo garbagemen.
Wednesday, July 27. 2011
Saw this launch-style craft in Southport (CT) harbor last weekend after the book sale. I think I splashed a little Snapple on my lens that afternoon.
Looking for love in all the wrong places. It's a remarkable story of a young lion, with a tragic ending. Young males wander to find mates and new territory, but 1800 miles?
Many people, including me, were hoping this lion's presence might indicate a small, hidden breeding population in the Northeast, in the Adirondacks or someplace. Alas, not so.
I have been enjoying reading Daniel Greenfield's site, one to which we have been linking recently.
A quote from his latest, A New Deal for America:
PTSD is one of those fad diagnoses which won many adherents in the past ten years, even gaining admission to the DSM.
As I have written before, very few of the descriptive Psychiatric diagnoses have validity - all most of them (with a handful of notable exceptions) have is varying degrees of reliability. In my field, a diagnosis does not mean a disease in the usual medical sense (which is why we call them "disorders").
What is termed PTSD is presumed to be a collection of complaints which some (but not most) people experience following significant emotional trauma. There is no doubt that people are distressed by, and, I think, permanently altered by significant emotional trauma. It doesn't have to be bad experiences in combat, because many things in life can constitute emotional trauma (depending on the person's psychological make-up). The reason PTSD is so often studied in combat vets is because that's where the research money is. (In the past, such symptoms were classed as ""nervous in the service," "combat fatigue," "shell shock," "traumatic neurosis," and the like.)
It's not clear whether religion is the reason, since the Arab Golden Age of Science occurred during the dominance of Islam.
I don't blame Mitt entirely for this fiasco because has was dealing with a solidly-Dem government, but I do blame him some.
If government wants to take over control of a huge area of citizens' lives, and of the economy, they can't do it in a half-assed way that injures and distorts markets and eliminates choice. They have to do it all-out and eliminate markets and choice entirely, as does Medicare (which we still have in the US, thanks to Chinese loans).
I don't think Mitt intended RomneyCare to be a stalking horse for a government take-over of all medical care in Massachusetts, but it is set up to make that inevitable. ObamaCare, on the other hand, is designed to cause markets to fail so that government can step in. Many proponents admitted as much. It's the long view.
If you tell an insurance company what products they may offer, they must cover, and what they can charge for the insurance, then there is no market, no choice...and soon, no company.
Here's the RomneyCare update.
I am for anybody who can beat Obama and the Dems.
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