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.
Do our employees in Congress ever really work? Not very hard, and lots of free travel: Capt. Ed. The pay sucks, but the hours are minimal, your staff does all the work, and you can drink and chase skirts during work hours, and the benefits and retirement can't be beat. And you don't pay Social Security taxes! Plus you get to be Mr. Big...at least in DC.
How Evil are you? Quite evil, no doubt. Take the test. h/t, RTLC
A fine piece re D-Day yesterday, at The Shelf. They used approx. the same photo we did: stirring photo, because you can feel yourself on the landing craft, having to get off.
Jihadist predicted how they will defeat the West. Thus far, quite accurate. And Rightly So. the problem with the West is that we assume other cultures are as rational and civilized as we are. Guess again. Innocence can be suicidal.
Repealing the Estate Tax forever is a good idea. It won't happen, though - for no good reason. Prof B. is on the story. Why is it a good idea to get rid of it? Because the tax is anti-family, pro-govt dependency, and because it damages family businesses. The mega-rich guys all get around it, which is why the Kennedys and Rockefellers are still rich, but the kids of the dairy farmer down the road had to sell his 200 year-old family farm because in MA the land is worth about 5 million now, and the kids didn't have a spare 2 million to pay the estate tax. Not to mention the fact that it represents double-taxation. I'd like to see every American family accumulate enough wealth to be independent of govt "largesse", in time.
Things that the newspaper isn't telling you: Not only is a superb economy benefitting the entire country (blue states the least - no surprise there, because they tend to discourage growth), but industrial orders continue to put pressure on manufacturing. Powerline
How's the fishin? Daily (almost) updates on Long Island Sound fishing - always here. Apparently the squid didn't like all the rain. Maybe I knew people jigged for squid, but forgot. I do like to eat them, but not fried like the Italians eat them -that's like fish-flavored chewing gum. Very lightly sauteed in butter, olive oil, and garlic, then add a bit of white wine, parsley and hot pepper flakes or Tabasco - a perfect appetizer, or a great topping for spaghetti. Never overcook squid, because it gets rubbery fast.
Thank you for the link and the kind words. And yes, that has to be one of the most dramatic photos that I found to use; it really made me wonder how the guy (war correspondant?soldier?) survived to bring us that photo. You know- when the journalist actually tried to bring the folks back home a sense of what was really happening, rather than what fits into their editorial?
By the way- kudos to Dr. Bliss for her piece on Algore last week. I saw she took a lot of flack and stupid comments, but she handled with flair, grace and a lot of beauty. A lot of beauty.