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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Monday, February 23. 2015
I am glad to say that I did, and my kids are.
Government regs always disadvantage the little guys. That's why the bigs guys don't mind too much.
A case: The Big Banks
A better example: Sheri's Ranch Versus Sugar Babies
The one unforgivable sin is dipping into capital.
An old preppy aphorism, as recalled by Insty
Toon above via WUWT
A book of interest: The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus
Mario Savio is rolling over in his grave, I hope
Must be all about Title lX for female animals?
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee calls for taxing dessert, ‘electronic tracking’ of time spent watching TV
Mexico! More historic than Europe, and mostly safer than Finland. My in-laws are there now, and each winter. Us? Been there, done that. Mayan ruins, beaches, amazing seafood, delightful people.
Walmart's wage hike proves we don't need the government to raise the minimum wage
Mark Steyn on the violent extremists in our neighborhoods
Like in Ferguson?
The "War On Terror" Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat
Obama Abdicates - Who Is The New Leader Of The Free World?
Old car smell
France: Bardot in more speech trouble
She is fearless
is the most improved vacation opportunity for American dollars? - See
Sunday, February 22. 2015
Gorecki insisted that this 55-minute piece, in 3 movements, was not about the holocaust but simply about sorrow in general. However, many feel otherwise, anyway - including the person who put together this visual accompaniment which is, of course, disturbing, but also distracting from the music.
My favorite winter puddings are Indian Pudding, Bread Pudding, and Plum Pudding (with hard sauce, please).
Bread Pudding is the easiest to make.
All of these puddings require something to be served on top. For Bread Pudding, I've seen Rum Sauce, Lemon Sauce, Vanilla Sauce, etc etc.
Or the old standby, English Custard Sauce. No need to make it yourself - you can buy Bird's at Amazon. Ol' Mr. Bird invented it because his wife had an egg allergy. A bird, allergic to eggs...
God made pitchers for pouring custard.
What are your favorite cold weather desserts?
"... where did the Magnum come from? Again, it was Doug Wesson who made the call. The Major was a renowned connoisseur of fine champagne, and in the vintner’s world the term “magnum” refers to a slightly larger than standard bottle. When Wesson went out to dine, he never ordered anything less than a magnum bottle, and it seemed to him a natural extension of the term to the slightly larger than standard case of the new cartridge. And so was coined one of the most enduring—and misunderstood—labels in firearms and ammunition history. "
Why he says God Save Us From The Churches
He is talking about the moonbat churches. They are not very representative, and I do not think many people attend them. Why would they? Those are not the churches I know.
America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776
Saturday, February 21. 2015
All of us in positions to employ people know that a college degree, in many or most cases, is meaningless credentialism much of the time, these days.
For life-enrichment or for the hard sciences, college can great, especially if money is no object and if the kid is a natural scholar. The latter is, at most, 5-6%.
In choosing friends, we might prefer people who know a lot about a lot of things, but for employees one applies different metrics. We train all of our own people, including our paralegals. We use a marine corps boot camp system. Many wash out, but are better for it. Some even thank us for letting them discover what level of effort and learning is expected from work in the for-profit world.
Many times, college is a negative from a business standpoint. We exist to make money honestly and nothing more. When we hire, all we ask ourselves is "Can this person make, or save, us money?" And in case they do not, can we let them go without a lawsuit? I would never say that we avoid women, older folks, or minorities, for that reason because there are laws, but we have had enough expensive troubles with that in the past. We just want the highest performance and we want you available 24 hrs/day if needed, no excuses.
Do an extraordinary job, exceed expectations, go the extra mile, make yourself attractive, and spread good cheer? We will reward you handsomely with money, benefits, love and appreciation.
When we hire new lawyers (rarely in recent years, unless they come with deep portfolios of corporate clients), of course they have degrees. We ignore their degrees, bearing in mind that legal work required degrees only recently (historically). We see people with recent law degrees working in Starbucks and living with their parents.
All real law is learned in apprenticeship, preferably under a genius mentor. All real learning is, ultimately, self-education.
Water balloons, that is.
A farewell note from Oliver Sachs
... we all know that men form governments to tell them what to eat.
Belfast, Aspiring for Normal - How does a city move on from war?
Anti-vaping campaign is more about ideology than public health.
Bill Bennett and Robert White on Marijuana legalization
ENGLISH PROFESSOR Gives Students Extra Credit For Attending Rally Against Scott Walker’s Budget
David Stockman Interview: The Clock Is Ticking, The Carnage Is Coming Soon
Rudy is right: Obama doesn't even like America
Sultan: ISIS is the same old Islam
Newspaper in India shut down for printing 2006 Charlie Hebdo cover
Administration Mouthpieces Defend Fantasyland Strategy
Beware of innocent-sounding NGOs
What? A commenter there:
The Simple Truth
Friday, February 20. 2015
In our nation, we have taxation with representation. However, given the size of our current debt, and the length of financing being pushed out to 20 and 30 year bonds, much of the repayment will be provided by another generation.
This generation, of course, has no say in the introduction of debt, and this is a fairly common theme when the size of our debt is discussed. However, I've seen relatively few people discuss the political implications of forcing taxation without representation on these future generations.
Is there a moral issue related to deficit spending, over 20 to 30 years, since it is essentially taxation without representation? I think there can be a strong case made, though I've never seen it discussed. Has anyone else?
Music for the Theater (1925). Can music have humor? Yes.
This education theorist is obviously an idiot. He proposes to teach prepared. synthetic synthesis before those empty brains have any fundamental knowledge. Maybe the foundational knowledge is just too hard to learn or teach. It is both.
Synthesis? Do it on your own time if you can. Got your calc? Got Avogadro's Law? Gas laws? Got the laws of thermodynamics? And the laws of electromagnetism? Got the math of cardiac physiology? If you have these things, and more, maybe we can talk "synthesis." I would wager the author knows none of these.
New ideas about formal education can be assumed to be wrong.
Girl from the North Country, Stockholm 2007. Cool version. Damn good band.
Winter's Tale: The Donner Party's Ill-Fated Path
Are Boys the Target of a Feminist Gendercide Campaign? Medicating and socially engineering the biology out of the boy.
Think of Earth, not just your stomach, panel advises
The Internet isn't broken. Obama doesn't need to 'fix' it.
Good. Common Core aside, it's just not the Feds' job.
Hitler learns about Brian Williams
Morris: The GOP's Electoral Cliff
Counter-culture Fights Back Against Sexual Campus Debauchery
Goldman: Why Jews are Good at Money
Taking a little chunk out of political correctness in Canada
A NYRB photoshop
I re-read Graeme Wood's piece: What ISIS Really Wants
Salon: ISIS is America's fault
Democrats before Iraq War started. Did they forget? Here's a reminder:
Thursday, February 19. 2015
It's chilly in olde Newe Englande. I like to say "invigorating." Five below zero F here, with blustery wind. Almost like a normal day in Minneapolis.
- Climate Change is hitting the USA hard. Must be winter.
- Please, if you must walk, or walk your dogs, in the street in the nightime dark or the morning dark because the sidewalks are snowdrifts, wear something light-colored instead of black. Sheesh. I swerve over the icy roads to try to avoid hitting you.
- I love the wintry cold. Problem is dressing. You go from outside frigid to frigid-then-warm auto, then to cold again, then to heated building. There is no way to dress for the changes.
- Feeding birds. Either do it daily, or not at all. They become dependent on your food to survive, like people on welfare. If you miss a day, they will die unless neighbors are feeding them. If you don't feed them at all, they will figure it out on their own. Or go south.
Embarrassed to admit that, being Protestant, I missed Ash Wednesday but that is rare for me.
Vanderleun (again today): "Let My Cry Come Unto Thee:" An Ash Wednesday Confession:
Ditto, Gerard. That is good. Been there, done that too. The sterile life, arrogant life, the "it's about me" life. I am long done with that; got the good infection by finally just letting it happen, opening my cold heart, and letting it in to change me. Or at least to try to.