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, October 22. 2013
Tuesday evening Bob
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Here's Why So Many Americans Are Getting Letters Saying Their Health Insurance Is Canceled
Coyote has this: So Much For Being Able to Keep My Health Insurance
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From Wall St. to 7th Avenue: Nora Gardner Apparel
I hear that professional women are sick of wearing men's clothing (eg suits or pants) to work, and want to look good. With these, just add a little jewelry and you're ready for your evening out. Conservative, but feminine and affordable and well-made in New York. Here's her About Us.
Pics from her launch party in NYC this weekend at fashion site Guest of a Guest. Miss Gardner is center front in this one:
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Tuesday morning links
Painting the Green World Red: The Brothel in Shakespeare's Plays
Mead: Metropolitan Opera Season Starts Strong
Insty: WHY “ANTIBULLYING” IS A CROCK
D'Sousa: Liberalism vs. Conservatism: Political Speech
Would Democrats embrace JFK now?
Circus posters removed after complaint from woman with fear of clowns
The Political Left And The Criminalization Of Dissent
NY Times Horrified That Rent Control Leases Might Be Treated Like the Assets They So Obviously Are
Inside the conservative brain: Tea Partyers are afraid - To understand their worldview you have to know how they see themselves
Good grief. She is trying to analyse me without meeting me.
Americans Sign Petition to Support “Nazi-Style Orwellian Police State”
Politics: Oh Dear, We’re Arguing:
Flashback: Obama Told People They Could Keep Their Health Care Plan
Media Matters Boss David Brock Calls Benghazi a “Hoax”
Barack Obama and the Bad Ideas of Progressivism
Finally, France Has the U.S. for Which She's Longed - France has gotten exactly the type of less arrogant and more timid American leadership it wanted.
Climate change is good for the world: Scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm
Why the JPM - Chase settlement is a bad thing
No good deed goes unpunished
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Duck boat driving in freezing temps
Had a great day yesterday on Lake Winnipegosis with (P&H) 8 each redheads, Tom, Sam & Paul 8 each
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Monday, October 21. 2013
This Stuff Writes Itself
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My most recent email exchange with Prof. Norm Geras was just a few weeks ago, sending him some obscure country tune I thought he might like. I didn't know he was dying.
Two recent posts of his:
and John Ford's classic Tobacco Road. Norm liked the music, especially Shall We Gather By the River. It's a film about people who will not or can not handle life effectively:
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Here comes quackery
When government gets involved in things, those things become politicized. Same thing goes for medical care. The death panels are meant to be a buffer against popular clamorings, but they won't work.
When it comes to medical care, nutrition, vitamins, exercise, etc, the loudest quacks and cranks tend to prevail: The Quackish Cult of Alternative Medicine - Dr. Paul Offit's battle against charlatanism
Is there quackery in non-alternative medicine? Sure, but it is mostly unintentional quackery. Docs tend to cling to the most recent information they have read, but most of it proves, in time, to be in error: Trouble at the lab - Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is no.
Best to go with a conservative physician who has a good dose of skepticism and common sense.
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A second political quote du jour
Politicians never accuse you of ‘greed’ for wanting other people’s money, only for wanting to keep your own money.
- Joseph Sobran
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Political quote du jour
Dr. Ben Carson on government and medical care:
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Monday morning links
Our old blogging friend, a socialist and lover of American country music Norm Geras has died
Ma’am, Your Burger Has Been Paid For
Criagslist ad from Enid, Oklahoma
Search Escalates for Key to Why Matter Exists
Egon Schiele and The Sketch Pad Near the Deathbed
Banksy in Neverland - The curious appeal of a marginal artist
JFK Museum Updates Exhibit Following Complaints by Conservative Author - Author: JFK was ‘tax-cutting, pro-growth politician’
In Defense of Disney Princesses
Druckenmiller Blasts Obama: "Show Me When You Initiated Budget Discussions Without A Gun At Your Head"
Doctors prepare for Obamacare race to the bottom
Corbett, natural gas allies will square off against Democrats pushing to limit, tax fracking
Obama vows to veto legislation that would require him to enroll the Obama family in Obamacare
Climate Change Fascists Really Like LA Times Policy Of Restricting Debate
Now Ted Cruz is getting death threats
Feminists: Myopic, Or Corrupt?
Who is Bill de Blasio?
Walmart's (and America's) Lesson in Greed
In choosing to pivot to immigration reform, he has created a win-win
Socialism: If You Build It, They Will Leave
CNN's Zakaria: Conservatives 'Hate America'
Chicago Teachers Union: ‘This City Belongs to Black People
Iran presented ‘no serious proposals’ at nuke talks, US officials tell Israel
“I’m used to sitting in jail cells with serial killers, did they think I would
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Sunday, October 20. 2013
Via Prof. Jacobson:
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Education in name only
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A few economic links
A Generation of Intellectuals Shaped by 2008 Crash Rescues Marx From History’s Dustbin
Confirmed. Obamacare Will Force Many Americans to Earn Less
IMF Discusses 'One-Off' Wealth Tax
Friedman discusses money:
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Amusing, from Delicioustacos
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From today's Lectionary
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Cultural note from a reader
I saw these two young girls driving this grey Maserati convertible at dusk in my neighborhood today. This is just so WRONG that I couldn't resist taking a picture as I chuckled. They were trying to make a U turn across the main street in town that has all the traffic on it. I wondered what the father would think if he could see his precious toy being edged one way then another as they struggled.
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Saturday, October 19. 2013
The "Change" in medical care
The change in medical care. I refuse to term it "health care," since health needs no care other than one's own reasonably-sensible and attentive but not health-obsessed life, combined with the main factor - luck. From a commenter at Allahpundit:
Government is all about money. Government's expertise is perverse incentives. The Obama-thing, like the previous Hillary-thing, is not technically insurance. It's just pre-paid medical costs, spread across populations and subsidized, or not, by income and with bureaucrats deciding what you can get paid on it.
That's not an entirely insane idea, except that whenever government gets involved with things outside their Constitutional mandate, things turn out wrong and over-controlling by the standards of a free country. Always.
I do not believe that most Americans want every detail of their lives politicized. I think they want to be left alone, but maybe I am old-fashioned.
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Saturday morning links
Image via Eratosthenes' What's Your Excuse?
Infinity: Big and Bigger - Meet Georg Cantor, rogue mathematician and corrupter of youth.
Innocents Abroad: The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest
From the Department of Petty Controversies: Schools Cancel Halloween - Of all the conflicts to roil our educational system, this one is pretty absurd
High Marijuana Taxes Could Derail Legalization Plans
In India, Rapist's Wife Faces Harsh Judge: Tradition - In Conservative Hinterland, Women Without Husbands Face Destitution
Freaking out about NYC sea level rise is easy to do when you don’t pay attention to history
Noonan: Answering Paul Krugman
Muslims Gang Rape 12-Year-Old Norwegian Girl, Get Community Service
Is NBC Going to be the First Network to Die?
Mead: The Blue Mayor Who May Solve Our Pension Crisis
A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of
The Great Eclipse - How Ted Cruz took the tea-party crown away from Marco Rubio.
Chris Matthews: I Wish We Could Go Back to the Days of Friendly
Business Groups Preparing to Fight Conservatives over Immigration
Republican Civil War Erupts: Business Groups v. Tea Party
Middlebury College suspends student in 9/11 flag grabbing
Her quotes are something else
Spectator: Warming panic is over
LA Times bans letters from climate skeptics
Worried about global warming - but not for us
Security Forces Shoot Down Dreaded Israeli “Spy Eagle” - See more at:
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Saturday Verse: The Call
By Carl H. Emmons (h/t American Digest)
Did you ever have a longin’ to get out and buck the trail,
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Friday, October 18. 2013
A modest proposal on college affirmative action
The Student Solution to Affirmative Action:
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REPORT: '2013 ranks as one of the least extreme US weather years ever'...
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Wind Turbines Finally Begin to Come Down
The taxpayer-subsidized bird-shredders are beginning to be torn down. Good riddance to these insane contraptions.
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Friday morning links
Soldier's 'Salute Seen Around the World' Brought Men to Tears
Child Marriage Comes to Australia
Dalrymple: Should an Alcoholic Be Allowed to Get a Second Liver Transplant?
Why Do Chinese Students Seem Apolitical?
My Life as a Convicted Gun Offender Who Did Nothing Wrong
When Nina Totenberg is calling affirmative action "racial preferences," affirmative action is in trouble
Public School Teachers Go Private With Their Kids
Red Jahncke: The 'Universal Pre-K' Fallacy - Free school for 4-year-olds? Sounds great. Too bad it is of no educational value and the cost would be staggering.
Sociologist Theda Skocpol tells Salon what drives the angry right --
Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program
At Insty, Yale Prof. Surprised To Find That Tea Partiers Are Scientifically Literate, Since He Doesn’t Know Any.
David Horowitz: what the newer left learned from the older left
ObamaCare's Black Box - Why the exchanges are worse than even the critics imagined.
Obama's Best Friend Forever, Erdogan, blows Israeli spies' cover in Iran
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