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, February 25. 2013
"Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites,—in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety and understanding is above their vanity and presumption — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
Posted by The Barrister in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 17:22 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The Fair Academic Standards Act to ensure a minimum grade
It's only fair! The Fair Academic Standards Act to ensure a minimum grade
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:16 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Proof of global cooling
For all of the years that I have kept records, flocks of northbound blackbirds (generally Grackles and Redwings at first) have arrived here between Feb. 14 and Feb 16.
This year, they appeared yesterday - Feb 24. That's a record in my book.
I do not understand why more people are not worried about global cooling.
Also, re birds, seen today: a happy little Golden-Crowned Kinglet.
Posted by Bird Dog at 11:40 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
At APOD, car cams of the Russian meteor
How Hollywood De-Christianized Johnny Cash
PhD Problems: Wannabe Professors Need Not Apply
Most Miserable U.S. Cities Are Surprisingly All Liberal Cities
Bloomberg's ban prohibits 2-liter soda with your pizza and some nightclub mixers
The (low) wages of Obamacare
Douthat: A World Without Work
Hillary to Pocket $200K Per Speech
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:05 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, February 24. 2013
Paying A Shiva Call To A Friend
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Posted by Roger de Hauteville in Religion at 19:04 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
The cost of American hospital care
Walter Mead linked to Brill's article in Time, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us:
Tort reform is an easy place to start. I think 90% of CAT scans are defensive, and are billed at anywhere between $600 and $3000.
Second might be an acceptance of the inevitability of death. No, I do not mean death panels. I just mean acceptance. Death is not an enemy.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss at 14:50 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
How Universities Devalued Higher Education
It's about Mickey Mouse grades. 43% of American students get As.
Posted by The Barrister at 13:52 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
The Economics of Splitting Wood by Hand
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:26 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary: "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Posted by Bird Dog at 05:21 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
She wants diamonds for Christmas
Gals seem to have a thing about diamonds. Must be in their blood. Large rocks are tacky. I think emeralds and rubies look great, and gold seems to have been a good investment, but diamonds are certainly flattering and are known to increase the odds of getting lucky.
Fellows, sneak out of work this morning and get her one of these outfits to show that you care:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 04:36 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, February 23. 2013
We held my Mom's funeral today in her starkly-simple 1723 Congregational Church in Yankeeland. You'll be relieved to know that I did a pretty good job with my send-off talk to a full house - she was a popular gal who added a lot to other people's lives in many ways - barely hesitated a couple of times, and got plenty of laughs. The spontaneity of my eulogy was enhanced by the error of having lent my glasses to Mrs. BD for the hymn, and forgot to bring them to the pulpit to be able to read my notes. Perfect. A grumpy baby added a lot to the bittersweet spirit of the event. A church service without a grouchy baby is sterile - and funerals and babies just go naturally together.
I am pretty good with gentle funeral humor. I have had too much practice with such things, and I have a relaxed, casual, cheerful, and friendly attitude, once I get on a pulpit, that people seem to enjoy. I don't know where it comes from. From God, maybe. Not from me.
Happily, all of my kids were there.
The flowers were just daisies on the altar, done by Mrs. BD. Just right for my Mom who detested anything fancy, showy, or pretentious. All 5 of us kids participated, and the Pastor was truly inspiring - and brief. He intertwined Lent with death, rebirth, and planting. The howling back of my brain found some rest after the funeral, and I had a couple of glasses of wine with the luncheon, sitting with my somewhat-benumbed Dad who wined and dined with vigor, and caught up with old family friends and cousins I had not seen in years. Some old friends from youth showed up too, that I had not reconnected with for many years - and needed to.
A summer sunset at the beautiful Berkshire farm she loved so much, in her family since before the Revolution. Her ashes will join those of her ancestors there. We have a ramshackle family cemetery on the farm with a fence to keep cows or horses out of it so they don't poop on the graves:
My Mom was a gardener par excellence. One of the hymns my sisters selected was an old-timey favorite of mine, and of my Dad's. It's a love song. I call it In The Garden:
Posted by Bird Dog at 18:00 | Comments (38) | Trackbacks (0)
A classic essay
William Hazlitt's 1826 "On The Pleasure Of Hating." One snippet:
Posted by Bird Dog at 16:30 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Horowitz on the future of Conservatism
Reposted because it's good: David Horowitz: How Republicans can win
Posted by The Barrister at 14:05 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Are we in the golden age of the essay?
His essay is a rambling one, touching on essay construction, why English profs got involved with composition, why modern lit became college study, etc.
Posted by The Barrister at 14:00 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
A little more fun with fallacies
Posted by The Barrister in Fallacies and Logic at 13:59 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Two basketball clips
You're thinking, "A half-court basketball shot? Hey, it might take me a few tries, but no big deal!"
I remind you, though, that form also counts.
I didn't have the stomach to watch past the halfway point, though.
Let me know if she lived.
Posted by Dr. Mercury in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:00 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
Good news: US oil output increased last week to the highest level since August 1992, more than 20 years ago
Useful stuff, oil. It's just well-aged wood. It burns good.
Speaking of wood, Sipp has some nice items for sale.
Yesterday was day 3 of the Battle of Iwo Jima, 68 years ago. Scroll down for the list of names
Good grief. It's not satire.
Video: Criminals for Gun Control
Detroit Property Owners Voting with Their Middle Fingers
The flight from Londonistan
Consumer Spending Plummets After Payroll Tax Increase
Veterans Receive Letters From VA Prohibiting Ownership or Purchase of Firearms
Can't trust those vets with firearms
The Left is Circling the Wagons against Dr. Ben Carson
The Electric Car Is an Abomination
USA Today asks, “Why not fix the family instead?”
'WaPo' Woes: Advertising Plummets 12%, Circulation Down 8.6%
Via Sultan, Welfare Jihad: Islamist Calls Taxpayers “Slaves”, Encourages Muslims to Go On Welfare:
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:39 | Comments (62) | Trackback (1)
Saturday Verse: Emily Dickinson
The Chariot (1863)
Because I could not stop for Death -
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
We passed the school where children played,
We paused before a house that seemed
Since then - 'tis centuries - but each
Posted by Bird Dog in Saturday Verse at 05:18 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Powder Mountain, Utah
Some Maggie's Farm friends skiing at Powder Mountain this week. What good clean fun.
And who needs to bother with a camera anymore, if you have an iPhone?
Posted by Bird Dog at 05:00 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, February 22. 2013
You need a BA to file papers. Is a master's in burger-flipping next?
Posted by The Barrister at 13:50 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
George Washington, the indispensible man
Related, Can you hear it yet? The Long Roll of William Diamond's Drum
Related, "Ancient Military Drum Airs" are (in order): "Closing
Almost anybody except a confirmed metrosexual would willingly march into gunfire with good drumming. It can make a fellow feel like "It's a good day to die!" (It seems to be controversial about who said that first, but it's probably been spoken since the dawn of humanity.)
Posted by Bird Dog in History at 11:37 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
All those WalMart scooters for the fatties and lazies
FBI raids headquarters of The Scooter Store as part of $100 million Medicare fraud investigation.
the jellyfaced women all sneeze,
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 09:52 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
Dunkin' Donuts Pushes White House to Amend ObamaCare
Nationwide study casts a wide net over seafood fraud
One of America's Oldest Shopping Malls Converts to Micro-Apartments
“You’re not a failure if you decide to leave Brooklyn"
What’s News, and What Isn’t
Ledeen: Shut Up or I’ll Kill You
Who Are the Liberal Media’s Respected Thinkers?
Besides the confirmed middlebrow David Brooks?
Gilded Class Warriors - Liberal grandees attack the rich while enjoying their lifestyle.
The Minimum Wage and How Teens Learn to Work
Student Loans: A Different Financial Market
Where Have All the Babies Gone?
Brooks: What Data Can’t Do
Death of the Swing Seat - Fewer than one-fourth of House districts are competitive.
Upworthy — or, How we are losing the internet to lowest of low information young liberals
How Conservatives can win in a world of “Low Information Voters”
MSNBC hosts really “sad” about Jesse Jackson Jr
Swedes Propose Open Borders & Polygamy
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:13 | Comments (16) | Trackback (1)
Thursday, February 21. 2013
Women Outperforming Men in College
The study says:
Beginning as early as kindergarten, the authors explained, girls have better average social and behavioral skills than boys, and that relates to girls’ higher average grades at each stage of school and why girls are more likely to earn a degree.Hmm. Boys are not girls?
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 13:13 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
"Against Autonomy: The Case for Collective Paternalism"
Our betters just want to do us good, don't they? Or is the book satire?
More on the topic: We want to rule you because you are stupid and powerless and we are wise.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 11:40 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
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