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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Thursday, July 18. 2013
Driving somewhere? There's a government record of that
The NSA must be wondering about my suspicious pattern of repeated trips to Home Depot and Dunkin Donuts
What Makes Houston the Next Great American City?
Brooks: Men on the Threshold
Love and hate aren’t opposites, they’re siblings...
Ethanol Still a Boondoggle
Ethanol belongs in just one place: a highball glass
Banning Advice Columnists in the Name of Occupational Licensing
But everybody gives advice...and nobody listens to it
Why the Government Was Wrong to Shutdown Fung Wah Bus Company
Try a non-air-conditioned 6th floor walk-up, jerk
Amazon Algorithm Price War Leads to $23.6-Million-Dollar Book Listing
That wacky algo explains those crazy Karen Brown prices
The return of the global cooling story
Sowell: Is this still America?
In Obama's Chicago, a Trayvon Tragedy Occurs Every Day of the Week
But that's normal, right?
Five cases of black on white crime people want on national TV
Eric Holder Asks for Honest Discussion on Race; The WaPo's Liberal Columnist Richard Cohen Offers Some Discussion, and Is Immediately Called a Racist
Driscoll: Hispanics and the Zimmerman Narrative
Jesse Jackson Calls For UN to Investigate America
Look, everybody knows what's really going on. Just as with every hurricane or nor'easter.
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Is Geraldo the only public figure, from anywhere on the Hispanic spectrum, to find GZ a ludicrous stand in for white guilt?
The NSA, following the law and not looking you up, probably think you are a cop due to your pattern of Dunkin Donut activity.
Isn't banning advice anti-semitic? The stereotype is the Jewish mother who is very liberal with her "advice".
What do you call an open, accessible stairway that people might feel compelled to use when a fire occurs? A chimney.
"In Obama's Chicago, a Trayvon Tragedy Occurs Every Day of the Week"
It is only a tragedy if a White-Hispanic person kills a Black "child". When a Black person does it, it's called culture and we are admonished to respect other people's culture.
Ethan Edwards was couldn't cross that threshold and eventually wandered off. Some may find this sad, a man apart.
But some years later an author wrote of a man who could very well have been an Ethan Edwards when younger. But when known, he was considered shiftless and improvident. And yet, he lived his life on his own terms with quiet self-respect.
I fear all the hand wringing over men is a bit self serving on the part of others. Less is their concern for the improvement of men than the growing realization that released from the yoke, men may be hard to return to the traces.
Two people I have known who seemed to me to possess beyond all others I knew this deep, confident, unswerving intimacy with the world about them. One of them was a fellow, half gentleman and half vagabond, who had a strong aversion to work and a perpetual delight in hunting and fishing. He was called shiftless and lazy and all that ; but I think most folks had a touch of respect for him, because he loafed so openly and unabashed. As another man might go to his ofiice or take his team to the fields, he shouldered his rifle or took his fishing rod and went his way, unashamed, indifferent to the gibes of those who toiled. When he needed a little money, he might be persuaded to do a few days' work ; and he worked faithfully, but with an evident lack of joy in his tasks. It was to him an unpleasant matter made necessary by circumstances, but a sheer loss of time that might have been devoted to better things. I have seen him sitting on a fallen log, his long-barreled squirrel rifle in his hand, waiting as still almost as a stump for the reappearance of a squirrel that had dodged into a hole ; and he seemed, from the placid patience with which he waited, to have no care of the lapsing hours. I have seen him, too, on mysterious trips afield or through the woods when there was nothing to kill. It was in the woods and fields that he belonged; and whenever he could, there he went. He might have been another Thoreau if he had had the ability of expression, but he was unlettered. I doubt, too, if in his calm detachment from what most people regard as the important things of life he would have thought it worth while to try to make these hurried, busy men understand the things that filled his heart.
So he lived and died, a shiftless, improvident fellow whose name was synonymous with indolence and worthlessness. Yet I have wondered if he was not worthy to be accounted a success, since his life evidently brought to himself no sense of failure; and he walked amid his fellows with unimpaired self-respect, for all his laziness, "a gentleman unafraid."
Re: Working Men
Because of my cultural observations and thus prejudices, I am assuming that David Brooks and the author of the original article are referring to 'white men'. When viewing the question of men working in America I believe we need to be more specific. If we are speaking about 'white men' I offer this as to a reasonable explanation as to their current lack of desire to be working:
1. Fem/nazis in the workplace have had no moral discipline, or concomitant restraint. Walking into a job for a white male has been a trip into psychological hell for many--
2. Working in this environment (stated in #1) is a direct threat to the family.
Conclusion: white men are not working, because the work place offers little rewards for quiet strength. It offers only the opportunity to have your life destroyed if a male is something less than absolutely subservient!
Neither author looked at the subject of the cultural changes in the workplace with the incoming women not being qualified, and the white male being the opportunity, or the excuse to move to a higher level of employment. The real study should be a comparison between the advent of women in the workforce, and the changes in values that accompanied that event.
Yall gonna beat this black horse, again.
"Perhaps, someday, blacks will win the right to be treated like volitional human beings. But not yet." Ann Coulter .http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2013-07-17.html
Ann is usually good for a chuckle but today, not.
Championing the stalking murderer, Zipperhead is popular ground to stand on these days.
Wearing a hoodie isn't a gang sign though black Jack Zipperhead thought it was but white folks ought to know better.
You misunderstood Eric Holder's request for a conversation. He wanted a conversation about what's wrong with racist white people. Discussion of other topics is not welcome.
I'm waiting for the honest national discussion about profiling strangers as gay and beating them up for it.
Fung Wah--Probably didn't grease the hands that reached out to them.
Great quote, JKB; where's it from?
Leag's channeling his inner Gang of Z today, I see.
Ah, Bloomie. NYorkers love such guys. I'd bet on Weiner to replace him.
Chi--"No one ever got a job from a poor person"; but lots of gummint workers have kept theirs because of po' folks.
White on black= Hate Crime! Black on white = target of opportunity.
Can't rap me mind around what Ann is sayin'.
Me self know only self volitional blacks but it maybe indicates me self needs to get out more and hang with some real black folks like Zipperhead, who's volition is wannabe somebody else Sam L.
NOTE: 7 (seven) Bird Dog's offerings are about yall's murderous hero and me self knows how to stay on topic, unlike many of the ladies here who have a serious crush.
Now Zipperhead is running and me thinks, praying God will make him anyone else but his very sick hide.
Nevertheless, Sam L. thanks and have a nice day.
Seems Msr. Brooks has found great comfort in humiliating positions over the Threshold.
Brings to mind an old tune; www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZXjUu5HWYE
Yep, Brooks hook, line and sinkered.
Next to Zipperhead, Sowell must be one of the slowest black hides haunting the news , today, "The only real heroes in this trial were the jurors."
Who was that masked gang of chicklette heros, me wonders.
Me thinks, Sowell is not so well but well over the threshold.
Him must be one of Ann's slow black folk.