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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Tuesday, March 26. 2013
Expertise is a beautiful thing. h/t Chicago Boyz
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:12 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Just as in ancient times, traditional marriage is becoming a thing of the prosperous, educated, and tradition-minded. The solid citizens, the pillars of communities; the stable people with predictable lives.
In my humble view, marriage is, or can be, two separate things: a secular property contract, and a religious covenant. Both are quite serious matters. I happen to believe that it is a difficult and challenging, but rewarding, structure for a good life. Seems to be good for kids too, which should not be surprising.
Making relationships that work is not an easy thing, given how neurotic everybody is. It can be worth the trouble, however.
H/t People's Cube
Desmond Tutu: Godfather of Hell
Yes, you thought so: today set to be the coldest March day in 27 years, March coldest since 1963
James Taranto: universal background firearms checks means that anybody can request one.
What the Frack? University **Wants** To Drill!
Obamacare Premium Spike Goes National
4 Signs of Obama's Incredible Shrinking Presidency
Our blood for their oil: China moving into Afghanistan oil fields
Monday, March 25. 2013
I suppose my question to Prof. Conly would be to ask her how she might feel if I were in charge of the coercive paternalism. After all, I am sure I have more real life experience, a better understanding of human nature, more university degrees, and probably more expertise in various areas than she does.
The Liberal Fascists tend to assume that the paternalists would always see the world their way. What if the coercive paternalists were to view the world my way? Then what? Would the Sarah Conlys view it as perhaps oppressive?
I do not just object to the disparagement of the sense of "regular" people, or to the indifference to the freedom that is supposed to be the American heritage - I object to the incredible arrogance which verges on the insane.
Sarah, apply your coercive paternalism to your kids. That's where that instinct belongs. However, I would not be surprised if you send them to a Montessori school.
Image below via Never Yet Melted.
I see Rick Moran covers some of the same ground.
It's the 75th Anniversary of The Mallard. Be there or be square.
Do you think so?
CT resident offers gun control testimony: "The Constitution did not guarantee safety, it guaranteed personal liberty."
Or, as Prof Jacobson puts it,
“Quick synopsis of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat.”
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 07:53 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
NPR goes rogue on Disability Abuse
Thomas Sowell to Newsmax: GOP Outreach to Blacks ‘Most Unpromising’
What Sequester? Federal Jobs Website Lists Thousands of Openings
Hispanics to Become Majority in California Next Year
The Restoration Amendment: Putting the genie of big government back in the bottle
When It Comes to Russia, We Told You So
Parker wants Hillary
Here's page 21 of your Obamacare application
Color Them Blind - The New York Times twists a police-bias trial beyond comprehension.
Sunday, March 24. 2013
Charles Krauthammer, MD, gets it. He always did. Our money- and power-greedy government has always drooled over the idea of control of medical care because so much emotion and money is involved. Votes, power, control.
Believe me, personal care does not lie in the future. At that point, I will give up. I will give up charity care too, if there is any of it left. I did not enter Medicine to be an employee or a peon. If that is what the people want, they can have it.
For me, it's a calling but I will not do it as a government peon.
As we head into Spring with snow still on the ground and snow predicted for tomorrow, here's what I'm seeing here in Yankeeland:
As my brother and I were beginning to clean out the parents' garage, at my Dad's request, yesterday, we found 8 wren and Bluebird houses. I'll put a few up here at the HQ, and the rest at the farm on my next trip up. We have a large Bluebird contingent up there but they have to compete with the Tree Swallows for the nest boxes. Birds compete for housing, just like people.
That's a shame, in a way, for us nautical types. I mostly answer the phone with my name, no "hello."
Accelerated Learning Would Add Trillions of Dollars in Wealth - If students could complete their
Note to the Department of Education: Mao Zedong murdered 65 million people.
Just broken eggs to make a beautiful omelette
Scott Walker and school vouchers
Forbidden City - The left-wing stranglehold on academia:
Luke 19: 28-40
28After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he had come near Bethpage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? just say this, The Lord needs it.32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, Why are you untying the colt? 34They said, The Lord needs it. 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven! 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, Teacher, order your disciples to stop. 40He answered, I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.
Saturday, March 23. 2013
And don't forget to keep your head down. Especially if I'm in the foursome behind you.
It's a perennial topic, however. If therapist-types do, I think it comes from being over-attentive, over-protective, overly-empathic, and not respecting kids' resilience and adaptability. How Therapists Screw Up their Children.
It's important for therapist-types to put their work hat on before work, and to take it off after work.
This on parenting is related: Please Do Not Adjust Your Child
Photo is a typical American city
Trust me, you folks around the world who want to sneak into the USA. We are an evil, Capitalist, heartless, war-mongering, carbon-spewing, gun-shooting, drug-abusing, poverty-ridden, sex-obsessed, Big Gulp-drinking, obese, poorly-educated, sexist, racist and zenophobic country that nobody would want to be a part of. There are no jobs here, and the place is crawling with Jesus Freaks, drunk cowboys with guns, communists, weird transgender people and weird mass-murderers armed with AK-47s and bombs. Don't believe the marketing hype about freedom and opportunity, because they are disappearing fast.
Just ask any American college professor how bad we are, and how unfair and harsh life is here. They will tell you the truth. Most Americans, I am sure, would leave if they could only find a way to get away to a better, kinder, and more peace-loving country. You would hate it here. Try China or India instead, or Mexico, Scotland, Russia, Iceland, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Italy, or maybe Australia.
h/t Ace's Michael Crichton on Politics as Religion
Photo from a deep-sea diver
The inevitable result of amoral, secular progressivism: Half of all first children born out of wedlock
Confessions of a person with a worthless degree (audio)
Florida Atlantic Student Suspended For Refusing to Step on Jesus
NYC real estate: $20 million condos selling like hotcakes
Massachusetts abolishes boys and girls
Krauthammer has a plan for entitlement reform
The MSM finally realizes that Obamacare is a job-killer
ObamaCare Turns Three: 10 Disturbing Facts Americans Have Learned
Europe Is Full of Unique, Bad Situations - They're all a little bit different. But at bottom, it's the same, bad deal.
Radical Record of Labor Nominee Tom Perez
Another Horrifying and Depressing Look at the Human Cost of the Welfare State
I’m a lean dog, a keen dog, a wild dog, and lone;
I’ll never be a lap dog, licking dirty feet,
Not for me the other dogs, running by my side,