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, June 30. 2014
A newly married man asked his wife, 'Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?'
'Honey,' the woman replied sweetly, 'I'd have married you no matter who left you a fortune."
Pot should be decriminalized everywhere, state by state. It should never have been criminalized in the first place. All it does is make you stupid, lazy, and hungry. If you want to be a pothead, be my guest. Like heroin, you can already buy it cheap on any street corner in the US. It's a free country. Waste your life if you want, but not on my nickel.
How screwed up is the Ukraine? Very.
Such a greenie victory, to let the Chinese burn it. Great.
The SCOTUS decisions today? They don't really mean that much, despite the howling hysteria.
I like Pope Francis, and I think he has said and done many good things to date. I think his comments on Capitalism were misplaced, and so is his current commentary on Communists.
Points in time like these remind me why we need to teach basic Economics in our schools. Capitalism has done more to reduce poverty and improve the economic prospects of the poor than Communism ever did.
More importantly, and this is where Pope Francis goes veering off the rails, Communism forces people to 'be good', rather than allowing them the right to choose the proper path of behavior. It is true that certain miseries and unfair behaviors take place under Capitalism, but these are more than mitigated by the greater gains of all individuals across society. Communism, on the other hand, uses force and coercion to fix perceived inequalities and creates a permanent political class system which is not just economic in nature, but capable of enforcing its whims on those who are not part of the class.
It's worth remembering that Economics was originally called "Moral Philosophy." While Adam Smith is considered the father of Economics, he considered himself a Moral Philosopher and was merely seeking to determine how people made their decisions to act in certain ways. As the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy points out:
The racket begins to unravel, but only a little. US Supreme Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees
Operatic Naiveté - The Metropolitan Opera’s indefensible decision to stage The Death of Klinghoffer
The home refrigerator, a vital but modest technology, is 100 years old.
5 Year-Old Bullying VICTIM Forced to Sign ‘Sexual Misconduct’ Confession
Peaceful Indians: Evidence of Hobbling, Torture Discovered at Ancient Massacre Site in Colorado
The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry
US regulators okay Israeli-made robotic legs
Pentagon: Young Adults Too Fat, Tattooed, Uneducated for Military
All Education Is For-Profit Education
The Week’s Climate Embarrassment
Barney Fife Meets Delta Force - Hypermilitarized police departments are more dangerous than whatever they fight.
How the middle class is hobbling the economy - Unless
What to do in a post-Great Books age?
Roger Simon on moral narcissism
Dear Feminists: In The Name Of Fighting Poverty, Can We Call A Truce About Marriage?
Sunday, June 29. 2014
A few links:
Rabbi Boteach wants women to get lustier in marriage (video)
When women earn more, promiscuity is more accepted
Childless Elite, Spouseless Poor
Casual Sex Is Actually Excellent for You, If You Love Casual Sex
A sample of Luther's table talk, from a piece at Scriptorium Daily:
Luther was an outspoken, plain-speaking fellow. The piece is here.
This poll did not ask about legal vs. illegal, it was just general. I think Americans feel that we already have enough unemployed, able-bodied, dependent people. Country is full of them, almost everywhere. At the same time, I don't think anybody minds legal immigrant math, physics, and computer geniuses from China and India. Lots of them in NYC, taking jobs from decadent and lazy Americans. It's not about race, it's about what you have to contribute to society.
If people want to change the immigration laws, then change them, but open borders ought to apply to Canada and China and The Philippines, not just Mexico.
- Baltimore: My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home. Sounds like plenty of anarchy.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 08:14 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary: the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A cool plant for those of us who live north of regular southern Hibiscus-land. It is aka Rose Mallow.
They produce large, dramatic, July-Oct blooms, die back in the winter and return slowly - then quickly - from their large, deep, and study roots in Spring. Full sun, and water. If you like cottage-door (biennial) Hollyhocks, these are similar but reliably perennial, and just as popular with butterflies and hummingbirds.
Some varietals grow 3-4' high in a bushy way, others 5-7' high in a hollyhock style.
(This is not to disparage Hollyhock-lovers. I do understand. Everybody's grandma had them at the back door and they are a sentimental favorite, same as Delphiniums.)
A northern shrub, Rose of Sharon, has similar-looking blossoms, but it's a real shrub, not a "flower".
Saturday, June 28. 2014
11 or 12 Things I Learned About Life While Daytrading Millions of Dollars
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:56 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Pelosi on the Border: We Have to Use This 'Crisis' as an 'Opportunity'
Is there any normal anymore?
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:02 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
I don't typically sunbathe, my Irish heritage has limited my hours in the sun. My boys are working outdoors this summer and keep their sunscreen with them all day. We know that any SPF over 30 is a waste, and reapplication is the key to good management of sun on skin. I just hope this early 80's sunbather was using some. My friends in high school would use iodine mixed in baby oil. I tried that once and came away with the most wicked burn I can remember.
Greedy Group to Sue Chief Wahoo for $9 Billion
#Instagramming Africa: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism
A pic of ENIAC
Ted Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels, MD) takes a look at the Brit underclass
Transgender kindergarteners allowed to pick bathrooms in CA
10 TIPS AND TRICKS TO PICK UP ANY LANGUAGE
Despite White House Claims, Up To 80% Of Migrant Children Can Legally Stay In
The EPA Overreaches Again - A new EPA rule is a disaster for farmers and the traditional
Sweeping income and corporate tax cuts on the way…in Spain?
Is a Hillary Clinton Presidency Inevitable?
It’s Jew-Hatred, Stupid
Chuck DeVore: Small businesses give CA 'F' grade
San Bernardino Surrenders - The bankrupt city gives in to California’s public pension giant.
Of all the nations in the world, why is Israel the only one with a Divest Movement?
Fact Or Fiction: Humanity Still Surprised That 'Megalomaniacal Pricks' Decide Everything
I am as lovely as a dream in stone;
Before my monumental attitudes,
For I, to fold enchantment round their hearts,
Friday, June 27. 2014
This came in over the transom, not sure where it was published
I understand that the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is out of favor if not largely disproven, but it still makes sense to me in many instances, especially with more abstract concepts.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:08 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket."
Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time (h/t Ace)
I doubt that
What Jobs Do People Find Most Meaningful? For meaningful work and high pay, become a doctor. For work that doesn't feel meaningful, become a lawyer.
Is that a meaningful question?
How stage actors learn all their lines
Denmark: No wealth, no evident ambition
“The Internet’s Own Boy”: How the government destroyed Aaron Swartz
Why would there be any case against them?
How they sell you expensive things
Americans Aren’t Politically Polarized—They’re Sorted
Remembering Brent Bozell
Driscoll: The Palace Guard MSM Drops the Mask
Roger Simon psychoanalyzes the media
Republicans In Congress Move To Block Marijuana Decriminalization In D.C.
Work: A Job Americans Won’t Do? Why double immigration when so many people already aren’t working?
Obamacare's Prognosis Grows Dimmer
No, Politico: Hearst did not cause the Spanish-American War
Thursday, June 26. 2014
"A life of perpetual motion, not rootedness, is obviously Bob Dylan’s default condition."
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