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, March 9. 2015
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Archaeologists find two lost cities deep in Honduras jungle
More on the bottled water scam
Wedding Planner Suggests Replacing Unsightly Groom]
Politics on the Plate - The government’s dietary guidelines peddle an environmental agenda with no connection to health.
When I grew up, I thought the Democratic Party was the great friend of minorities and women. The party wanted a world of equality, I thought. Most people I knew believed that too. Sorry, I was an idiot.
Man do I hate these jerks
University of California Students Voted to Ban American Flag as Hate Speech
Man do I hate these morons. That is hate speech.
Blue State Turnaround Artist - Can a Republican break up the union dominance of Illinois state government? Bruce Rauner explains how and why he’ll succeed.
Hillary Clinton's Wild Sense of Entitlement
Hillary’s Watergates - The Democratic superstar failed to take the Nixon lesson to heart
The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways - The GOP’s top contenders try to thread the needle on farm policy, ethanol mandates.
Only Ted Cruz gets it right
On the 50th anniversary of the historic march for civil rights, Republicans are largely no-shows.
Were I a pol, I would have shown up. Desegregation of the South was a big deal, 50 years ago
The only bigotry I see in the US is the soft bigotry of low expectations
All the people who are not needed: There you have it, all of economics in a small package. Buy survival gear. (h/t SDA)
More people than jobs
Sultan on political nostalgia
Harsh. Watch your six, Kevin
The United States Could Learn from Britain's Cash Market for Medical Care
Not referring to sex fun
Excellent. The US promoted the Muslim Bros, but Egypt got a good guy
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Wow, I think I can tie two threads together; the media cartoon and economics in a small package.
Look, harping and carping, p!ssing and moaning, chiding and scolding are all part of the human condition. It is my view that human beings are not all that far removed from the primitive village and that the media is the stand in for the malevolent old biddles of the prehistoric past, and their gossip (fabricated or rumours). So, maybe for a brief period of time, journalism did exist and pull itself out of the mire, with ethics and standards, but the 24/7 new media put an end to it. Now it's all about titillation and gotchas. To be fair the public demands it, much like the neon lights of Vegas and sparkles; it is all about style over substance. The muttering mutterers of the bus and last call at the bar are amplified. It used to be that what happened in the bar stayed in the bar.
But, I also think this is driven by the increasing numbers of people who are sitting around without any kind of decent job prospects or direction.
Re: renaming Buffalo, NY
There is something racist about naming a town after an animal because the white man almost hunted them to extinction (but brought it back). Of course, if there had been more Indians, they would have hunted them to extinction instead (funny how when you run entire herds off cliffs or set an entire prairie on fire that tends to decrease the population pretty quickly) but then if frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their butt when the hopped.
But I'm still having trouble connecting racism with a buffalo. Could he have actually meant speciesism? Not likely since that sort of dilutes the victimhood status he is obviously seeking to enhance his political position.
The obvious tendency is to discount this lunacy like you would an annoying sound in the distance, but the problem is that this sort of thing can actually gain traction in a society like ours where it pays to a victim (and since it also pays to be the rescuer of the victim, the effect is self perpetuating). This sort of thing would not be tolerated where intellectual coherence was valued more. It's a brave new world where thoughts are primary and sense is secondary.
French Thumb Noses at EU Spanking Ruling
Oh! The story is about spanking children.
Never mind, my mistake.
In some cites and towns the DPW (to purify) drowns the liquid in chlorine resulting in a strong smell of bleach at the tap. Now you could draw the water and store it in an open container until the ordure dissipates or you can do as I do and spend $.25 a gallon to fill five gallon bottles and dispense from a cooler for cooking, tea and filling your own eight oz. bottles.
Our house runs on rainwater from a big cistern, the wells around here delivering pretty marginal water. Before we put in the cistern, we used water from a dispenser in town, 15-20 gallons a week, for drinking and cooking.
When we lived in Houston, we found that we had to run the tapwater through an RO system before we put it in the saltwater aquarium; otherwise the water immediately after a tank-change was already off the charts for nitrates. I never gave a second thought to drinking it, but Houston water sure tastes funny now that I've gotten used to rainwater. (We still run well-water through the toilets.)
It breaks my heart to see the slow decline of the National Geographic Magazine. I have been picking up clues for about a year now--mostly in my email. Many ads for ordering a subscription and the prices seem to be going down. They are partnered in the expedition to the "new" Honduras discovery and my cynical nature tells me that this is a last ditch effort to remind people of the magazine and it's organization importance to the quality of our lives. I hope they survive, but I have my doubts.
I've dropped my subscription as well. The magazine had gotten far too political for my tastes over the last 8 - 10 years.
Re: "Sorry, I was an idiot"
Simon's column is great. He can be forgiven for his naivete in his past but let everybody hear from the Democrat's own mouths what brazen liars they are. Go to their own website and read their description of their history (http://www.democrats.org/about/our_history):
For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights...
From the defense of slavery, to President Woodrow Wilson screening Birth of a Nation, to Jim Crow laws, they have been about the suppression of civil rights - especially for blacks.
Under the leadership of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote.
According to Wikipedia:
After years of opposition, Wilson changed his position in 1918 to advocate women's suffrage as a war measure.
They go on to tout the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ignoring all the civil rights legislation that was filibustered by the Democrats - including this one - and the fact the the Republicans voted for it in a much higher proportion than Democrats.
That's why history isn't being taught in public schools anymore and all the old history books had to be purged.
I never thought I'd be living in 1984 for the rest of my life.
Why do you need to 'fix' an introvert? I will never get over the tiredness I feel after too much social interaction. It isn't a problem that has a solution. It just is the way I am (and many others). Don't like crowds. Don't like big parties. Both things tire me out and/or overwhelm me with noise/people. UGH!
I think the article is confusing shyness with introversion. They are two different things.
I can be social and talk to people and interact perfectly fine. I just don't need it in my every day life to get along.
Matt Walsh wrote a great piece about introversion and quiet people. Basically we don't need fixing, for some reason most people think if you are not blathering constantly and seeking others company you are unhappy.
It is a foreign concept that some of us prefer it this way because we are capable of self entertainment (i don't mean it That way) and dont need constant outside reinforcement or external stimuli.
re Were I a pol, I would have shown up. Desegregation of the South was a big deal, 50 years ago
Were I a pol I would not have shown up. As I understand it, the march was hijacked by the pro amnesty crowd. I would not want to be seen marching in support of amnesty. I think that would be a political loser on the right.
"The only bigotry I see in the US is the soft bigotry of low expectations "
Well, I see the blatant racism of no expectations.
In 2004 the NAACP celebrated 50 years of Brown vs Board of Education and Bill Cosby was the main speaker. He didn't do comedy but read them the riot act about the black crime rate, the number of fatherless children, the high school drop out rate, etc. When Dr. Cosby finished, the head of the NAACP went to the podium and said those problems are not the fault of the black community. In other words, blacks are helpless victims, presumably of the evil white man. Bill Cosby caught a lot of criticism but he didn't back down. In a later interview he said that if you keep blaming other people for your problems nothing is going to improve.
Silenced Dr. Cosby didn't they? To the best of my knowledge that is still 100% a media trial, not one criminal charge or indictment. But it's had the desired effect, since he can't open his mouth without the press screaming at him about his pattern of "rapes" and is he sorry.
Update me, any Republican women accused him of anything yet?
As far as I could tell (with a corrupt media for my source)NONE of the 2016 potus possibilities attended the march. If the black segment of our population were using their heads, they would find this very ominous.
You would think so, wouldn't you? It's like the poker proverb: “If you sit in on a poker game and don’t see a sucker, get up. You’re the sucker.”
I wouldn't count on them figuring it out though. Just for example, after all this time, they haven't realized when it comes to amnesty, they are the chumps.
Here's some big0try on the part of George Lopez: