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, August 31. 2011
Thanks to the librarian at Bird Dog’s local library he is able to send us brief messages from the only computer working in town. Also, thanks to the local librarian, the line is long to use the computer, as middle-aged men dawdle to ogle. So, here again are some links for your evening perusal.
Inspiration, while waiting in line: Ugly guy scored big
The truths the UN won’t tell you: Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution
Clarence Thomas, “judicial thinker and pathfinder”
Since we're on books today, I am halfway through a fascinating one. It is not as depressing as it might seem: The Emperor of All Maladies: The Biography of Cancer.
That tropical storm up here dumped the river into my pool, filled it with mud, plants, and frogs, and knocked down a fence. I think VT got the worst of it all.
What books are you reading right now?
No cheating. Don't tell us that you are reading Kant.
I am reading the new Mark Twain autobiography, but you cannot really read it. You just dip into it. He was a charming fellow.
Reno at First Things looked at the life of Moses from an interesting angle: the multicultural man turned uni-cultural by the hand of God. A quote:
Still without phone, intertunnel, and TV (but who needs TV?). Posting this memo from a very crowded library - nobody around here has intertunnel connections this week. Even the cell towers got screwed up, somehow.
I appreciate everybody's pitching in to keep our Maggie's "product" coming. All I can really do is to recycle old items, due to the lines here at the library machines.
Bird Dog being unable to use his computer is getting irksome to his neighbors:
Our last WWII POW Finally Returns Home: Read it all
Get ready for Friday afternoon. You can be sure that the Obama administration will release some bad news that can get lost or overlooked on the Labor Day weekend.
Tuesday, August 30. 2011
Since Bird Dog still can’t get his tricycle generator working, here’s some more links I’m cranking out for your evening perusal.
Goebbels' secretary, 100, breaks vow of silence to reveal secrets of Hitler's propaganda minister
The Little Emirate That Could: Qatar versus Qaddafi
Rembrandt Chose Jewish Models To Depict a More Realistic Jesus
Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system hits 85% of targets
Good example from Schneiderman.
Repeated re-living traumatic situations does nobody any good other than the therapist's income. The story need only be told once.
Everybody knows that incentives work in real life, but teaching is not exactly real life. How many talented teachers does it take to teach a kid Algebra? One, but the kid has to want to learn.
The first Barn Owl I ever saw was in the headlights swooping low over a marshy field on the North Shore of Long Island. It did, indeed, look spooky in its whiteness.
Barn Owls have a worldwide distribution, but they stay away from the colder regions. In North America, they aren't found much north of southern New England.
Barn Owls are prodigious mouse and rat killers. As such, they are birds of farms and meadows, not of woodlands nor of suburbia. In the Northeast, their numbers were surely higher when the countryside was filled with small farms and cow pastures. Midwestern industrial-scale farming offers them little of interest. I suppose they are the night-time analogue of the Marsh Hawk. The rodents never get a break.
I have never seen or heard one at Maggie's Farm, which would seem to be perfect habitat for them, but which might be towards the northern edge of their range. We even have an open shed with a loft which would be perfect for them to raise a family in. (The Barn Swallows think they own it, though, so maybe they would pester the owls too much.)
The subject of Barn Owls came up because Samizata, of all places, posted a piece on Barn Owl nest boxes. Nobody is going to make a lot of money producing these, but it's a great idea as the wooden barns and silos of the past are falling down.
Photo is a Barn Owl family in an old silo.
Bird Dog’s electricity is out due to the
The scoop from Right Scoop on President Obama’s (un)popularity ratings.
Adam and Eve, the Muslim Version
An EPA Moratorium: Obama has the power to delay new rules that will shut down 8% of all U.S. power generation.
You did notice the healthy wheat crop, didn’t you?
Senator “Bob” Smith: Some Thoughts on Presidential Debates
Critical Recall Notice For All BMW Drivers
Monday, August 29. 2011
That Irene was grossly over-hyped but, as I predicted, our area has lost power, cable, and phone. It doesn't take much to do that.
When I saw the eyewall disappear, I knew it would be just a stormy day. Took the pup for a walk in it to play in the puddles and flooding waters. Good fun.
I'm posting this from the local library, where everything is working. Lots of folks here using the machines. Will get back to normal posting sched when we all get back up to speed.
General Colin Powell's famous remark about foreign intervention, "If you break it, you own it", also applies to the truth. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, in detail, exposes the blaring untruths by Colin Powell regarding so-called PlameGate, its damage to the Bush White House, and unfair prosecution of Scooter Libby. Colin Powell won't own up to owning his complicity.
I hope I am not boring my readers with all of my posts about the college bubble and the meaninglessness of the current American college degree. From The Case Against the College Degree:
Read the whole thing. He has an interesting suggestion too, but colleges won't go for it. For their own survival, they are committed to their marketing of their expensive credential, whether it means anything or not. In my experience over recent years, it means little-to-nothing.
You used to know what assumptions you could make about somebody with a BA. Not any more. Now, they don't even need to know basic calculus. That's crazy.
Some of my columns here at Maggie's Farm are also carried by Family Security Matters. Last year I wrote a 9/11 column for FSM about what was going on in my life on 9/11, 9/11 With My Son. This year, FSM has produced a moving video for 9/11, and invites anyone to send in their reflections on 9/11 for possible publication. Go here for the video and the invite. I know that Maggie's Farm readers have much to add.
Sunday, August 28. 2011
A farmer stopped by the local mechanic's shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would walk home.
The farmer said, 'Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house. I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot.'
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Pic above via Drudge, Saturday night. Cabs are running but all public transportation is closed. The BD pupette was evacuated from her Chelsea apartment, worked all day Saturday (as usual), then joined a bunch of friends in Brooklyn Heights for a Hurricane Party and sleepover. That's the third Hurricane Party I have heard about.
ESPN Buttkissers Scold Paul Azinger for Goofing on Obama
The slow disappearance of the American working man
Steve Jobs: The Henry Ford of Our Time
In Malibu, even mobile homes command premium prices
Why fewer malarial mosquitoes in Africa? Climate change!
Tough to be bullish on Wall Street if you’re bearish on Washington
Repubs want to starve children
Gore Wants You to Eat Less Meat
Obama offers 2012 election supporters change they can believe in — next term
Michael Lewis, brilliant as usual
Businesses plan health cuts because of Obamacare
That was the whole point
Times Watch Quotes of Note: 'Deep Cuts in Social Services' by Conservatives Led to London Riots
McArdle on Who was worse off after welfare reform?
Ecclesiastes 44:1-15 (NRSV) HYMN IN HONOR OF OUR ANCESTORS
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