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.
When women feel fertile, they are drawn to alpha males. Pejman.
LaShawn is fed up with the Baby Daddy syndrome. So is everyone, LaShawn - you are not alone.
A professor at Michigan State Univ. got in trouble for saying this:
“I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders,” Wichman wrote. He went on to say: “I counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile ‘protests.’ ”
What, may I ask, is wrong with that? Isn't that what 99% of people are saying? Story at LGF
Part-time Pundit gives a full-time effort on the subject of marriage and gay marriage. One quote:
If sex and procreation are merely private relationships, why can't friends be married for the sake of economics? I've never heard any explanation why polygamy won't be legitimized after gay marriage, and I've heard more than one supporter of gay marriage concede that it would. I challenge anyone here who will dispute the previous statement to explain to me how we can have gay marriage and not implicitly be forced to accept polygamy or other "forms" of marriage.
Emmylou Harris with Mark Knopfler. Reviewed at The Shelf
Jane Jacobs is dead at age 89. Her writing helped a lot of us see what a city really is. Driscoll
49% of Egyptians believe that Israelis bombed the resorts in Egypt - to drive Israelis away from Egyptian resorts. With this kind of logic, I could blame Jews for Katrina. Augean Stables and Big Pharoah agonize over the stupidity of it all.
The honor of working for a futile cause. S&M compares the Euston Manifesto with The Bridge over the River Kwai. Great piece. One quote:
Not everything is worth doing merely for extrinsic purposes. Some things we do to signal who we are. People give to charity even if they suspect the money's just a drop in the ocean. They protest, though they know they won't change the government's mind. They vote, though their vote won't make a difference. They even die for their country and their friends. Instrumental rationality is not the only rationality. There's also, as Robert Nozick argued in his best book, symbolic rationality - the effort to show who we are.
I would have to put blogging in the latter category.
Good link to the talk on marriage. The problem is, you can take your marriage seriously, be sincerely trying (with God's help) to overcome your natural sins and wickedness and your kids still turn out messed up. I have acquaintances who practice serial marriage or relationships and their kids are better adjusted than mine.
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