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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Monday, April 30. 2012
A photo nut pal loves this new one he's been using: Canon PowerShot G12.
Fits in a pocket, but not in a shirt pocket.
He is like a pro with Photoshop. As readers can tell from my snapshots, I have never used that program. I have neither the time nor the interest. What I snap is what I get. Were I an artist, I would paint pictures.
These things have all of these buttons and menus. Who wants to bother with that? OK, call me a luddite.
Occupy Wall Street Plans Global Disruption of Status Quo May 1.
Their "anti-greed message"? What? Seems to me they just want my money and my stuff, so who is greedy? I do not want anybody else's money or stuff. If they wish to purchase something I produce, fine. It's for sale.
"Sometimes thinking is a bad idea. Ian Leslie draws on Dylan, Djokovic and academic research to put the case for unthinking.":
Here's the vomit:
From Fred Siegel. A quote:
Everyone Wants to Look at New York's Municipal Archives Photos
England: Doctors back denial of treatment for smokers and the obese
I guess there's no Hippocratic Oath in the UK
BRITAIN BATTLES NEW BRUSSELS ORDER TO FLY EU FLAG EVERY DAY
When did Belgium conquer Britain?
Real Romney: real scary - Beneath the moderate veneer, a right-wing agenda lurks
Scott Brown's amazing half court shot
Sarah Palin was a prophet about Obama's education takeover
Fox Sports’ Tim McCarver: Global Warming is Causing More Home Runs in MLB
'Victims' of Nutella chocolate spread (and their lawyers) win $3 million class-action suit
Sunday, April 29. 2012
They seem to be raising their chicks on pigeons, mostly. Squab is tasty. I've had it several times. Best was with the breast served on top of the liver, with a great liver and sage sauce. I see a sparrow carcass there too. It's amusing to see how the chicks use their future wings as arms.
Thus far, I have seen, in their pantry, meadow vole, bunny rabbit, seagull, sparrow, and plenty of pigeons. No tofu and no vegetables at all.
Parenthood is hard work, and often boring. How loving and devoted are these parents, though? They trade off in warming and feeding the nestlings.
Image above via Other McCain
Scary Retirement Numbers--No Matter How You Calculate Them
Ouch. I need to invest in more Powerball tickets.
Beach Boys going on tour
Nocera: My faith-based retirement
Why women are losing the dating game
When your love life hasn’t gone according to plan, leaving you with disappointment instead of devotion, it’s hard not to feel like a failure.
Monica interviewed the author on her show: Rolling Pennies in the Dark
An amazing life story. If you think you had a tough childhood, you ain't seen nothin.
Prostate cancer surgery 'has no significant survival benefit', study suggests - Thousands of men could have undergone painful surgery to treat prostate cancer for little or no benefit, a study has suggested.
Chiropractic manipulation of the spine may cause strokes and even death
Past Imperfect: Theodore Roosevelt’s Life-Saving Speech
"I'm unemployed, my wife left me and the house is getting foreclosed on, but at least we've got a cool president!"
CBS Asks the Important Question: ‘Can Mitt Romney make boring sexy?’
One week after the IPCC said no correlation of climate with storms, the NYT comes out with
Consensus Argument Proves Climate Science Is Political.
Economy's Biggest Drag Right Now Is Government
Can Mutually Beneficial Exchanges Be Exploitative? - The importance of context-keeping in libertarian thought
Geithner Goes Over the Edge - Treasury secretaries are not supposed to be political partisans.
What NY Times and Wash. Post kept secret from readers in April
1: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
It's the time of year for us to ask our readers, whether occasional or devoted followers, to introduce our website to your friends, neighbors, countrymen, colleagues, etc.
We always want more eyeballs. That's our reward for our efforts - besides our own enjoyment and self-education. We learn things from doing this, and maybe you learn something from reading us.
We may be a boutique, eclectic site and certainly not to everybody's taste, but I have even got my Massachusetts Obama-lib sis reading us, so that's something.
I recently learned from a Maggie's pal visiting China that we are blocked there. Why? Anyway, we aren't blocked anywhere else, so do us a favor and send us around. A little freedom-loving New England Yankee influence can only be a good thing for the world.
Thanks, from your Editor Dog-in-Chief. Woof.
Saturday, April 28. 2012
A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, claim exclusive rights to wear clown costumes, and accuse anyone else wearing one to be clownaphobic. Ridiculous, right?
Then, keep reading.
After the anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine at UCSD lost the vote in the student government for divestment from Israel, they have turned to baseless and in this case utterly absurd attacks upon anti-divestment members of the campus.
First they made up charges against a music professor that he’d intimidated a student, which the official UCSD Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination investigated, clearing the professor.
Now, beclowning themselves, SJP member Noor El-Annan and cohorts accuse a campus-wide elected member of the student government, Ashton Cohen, who voted against divestment, of being Islamaphobic, denigrating Moslems, and being culturally insensitive. The pretext: the student Senator wore an Arabic costume at a costume party.
The student is a Persian Jew, with Moslem family members. He bought the outfit in Dubai, and wore it there for comfort when it was very hot. On that same trip, as a guest of the Indian government along with other US student government leaders, he’d also bought Indian garb, but it was at his family’s house in L.A. If he’d worn that Indian garb, would he be Indianaphobic? Ridiculous.
At the costume party a photo was taken of him, along with three female friends, two of whom are Moslem. One of the females posted the photo with a humorous subtitle, “three wives?” That’s what the pro-Palestinian fanatics call an insult to Moslem polygamy practices. Would they have preferred photos of clitorectomies, which is also a common Moslem practice?
Here’s the photo:
Continue reading "Palestinian Clown Union At UCSD"
When I was a kid, we referred to the Upland Sandpiper as a "snipe." They used to be officially named "Upland Plover." It's been a long time since I have seen an Upland Sandpiper in New England. (They are listed as threatened in the Eastern US). They were more plentiful in the past, when Yankeeland was covered with pastures and hayfields.
As with the Bobolink and the Meadowlark, reforestation and suburbanization have taken their toll on these fine meadow dwellers in the northeastern US. The Upland Sandpiper also had to deal with heavy market hunting (as a substitute for the hunted-to-extinction Passenger Pigeon).
The Upland, like our Wilson's Snipe, Woodcock, and Europe's Jacksnipe are all members of the shorebird family Scolopacidae who abandoned the coasts and found a home in the uplands. These birds are still hunted, much as all shorebirds were in the past. However, they are difficult to find these days.
Our Upland Sandpipers winter on the Argentinian pampas. You can read more about the Upland Sandpiper here.
Here's a male Bobolink in breeding plumage, aka Ricebird. They do breed in one of our largest pastures. I still remember the first one I heard calling.
Seen any lately?
Bob Dylan Awarded Medal of Freedom, the Nation's Highest Civilian Honor
Our blog pal Don Surber is retiring.
Thanks for all the good work you've done, Don. We have enjoyed it.
Dalrymple: Too young to retire, too old to keep the job - The quirks of law mean that ageing workers are damned by the critics whatever they do.
Protesters Who Attended Second-Rate College Would Like People Who Only Finished Second-Rate High School To Pay Their Loans
Science and Scientism A review of On Being: A Scientist's Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence, by Peter Atkins and The Tyranny of Science, by Paul Feyerabend
Examiner Editorial: Obamascam: Campaigning on taxpayer dollars
How Big Government Is Killing California - When you've lost the entrepreneurs, free-spirits, and dreamers, you've lost the Golden State.
Elizabeth Warren: A white Indian?
Ouch! Bill O’Reilly Absolutely Destroys Pro-Open Borders Activist Monica Novoa
Yes, Speaker Boehner: Democrats Think You're Stupid and Weak. Yes, They're Laughing At You.
The Chicago Way: Obama attacking private citizens
Related, Strassel: The President Has a List - Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign.
Related, via Vanderleun, more Joe Biden (good for a few giggles - I watched it 3 times):
Hours before dawn we were woken by the quake.
And far too large for my feet to step by.
It seemed quite safe till she got up and dressed.
The language problem but you have to try.
None of these deaths were her point at all.
I slept, and blank as that I would yet lie.
It seemed quite safe till she got up and dressed.
The language problem but you have to try.
Tell me again about Europe and her pains,
A bedshift flight to a Far Eastern sky.
Tell me more quickly what I lost by this,
But as to risings, I can tell you why.
An aubade is a morning-after love song. Empson presumably wrote this for/about his Japanese lover while he was teaching in Japan. Was Empson eccentric? Certainly, but no more so than other poets. He was a poet's poet, but his strength was in wriiting about writing. His 7 Types of Ambiguity is a classic.
Friday, April 27. 2012
A shame the way he feels he has to lighten up this heartbreaker for the audience.
It is always fun to see what Wilson has to say about any topic. On the Origins of the Arts. A quote:
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"This pudding lacks a theme."
Winston Churchill. (Sometimes I think that could apply to Maggie's Farm.)
Miracles Do Happen: Someone in Brussels Accurately Analyzes Europe’s Fiscal Crisis!
Portland Pounces On Groupon - Oregon city stopping citizens from saving money in tough times.
First Lady’s Spanish Vacation 'Cost Taxpayers $500,000'
Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas
George Will: Illinois is running out of time and money
Review: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion By Jonathan Haidt
The Election Should Be All About Barack Obama’s Record - Three likely stark reminders of just how bad it is will arrive just before Election Day.
Would You Settle Your Claims on Social Security for 80 Cents on the Dollar? (I Would)
America Is Out of Control - Central Planning in the US
Congress to Sebelius: “This mandate is going to wind up in the Supreme Court”
Mahan’s Naval Strategy: China Learned It. Will America Forget It?
Kay Hymowitz: Why Women Make Less Than Men
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign
No sea level rise for 100 years
EPA Official's 'Philosophy' On Oil Companies: 'Crucify Them' - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens
City Slickers - The growth of urbanized areas could shift some states from red to blue over time.
Former Dean Rapoport: 'I Expect Some Law Schools to Close'
Secret Service Repaired Personal Cars Instead of Presidential Limos
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