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.
The state of the visual arts: London museum displays base of sculpture - thinks it's the whole thing. Sculptor wins prize, and is wise enough to let the story speak for itself. Driscoll
Politest city in the world? Yes, NYC, where eye contact is considered a threat ("Hey - whatchew lookin' at?"), wins. In my experience, it is true. h/t, Ace.
Andrew Sullivan (why do we read him?) says:
"This is a battle between barbarism and civilization. We cannot destroy our moral compass in order to save it."
I say: "The hell we can't". Well, not destroy it permanently, but there are times for a bit of practical morality and practical immorality - like when someone is trying to kill you. The big world isn't nursery school, and when soldiers worry more about being good than killing and breaking, they will be useless, and a danger to eachother. Where did this idea of "nice war" come from, anyway?
You won't believe this. ABC News collecting data from "how is global warming affecting your life?" That's easy to answer: It's already hotter than May was, and I am having to run my air conditioner, thus burning tons of fossil fuels, which will probably cause July to be even hotter. People are so gullible, I bet they get tons of responses ("my roses are fading faster", "I was sweating like a dog today", etc) - all due to a 1 degree change in the past 100 years. And no, dogs do not sweat.
On the same subject of climate hysteria, Londoners terrified by climate, and refuse nuclear power. Well, they should give up their cars and subways and electric, for starters. What else? (h/t, Am Thinker) Also, if you ask me, Londoners should be praying for climate change.
Aw, shut up already: The UN has plans for world gun control. I guess taking firearms and grenade launchers from genocidal maniacs in Africa is just too difficult. More self-satire from the UN which is as arrogant as it is impotent...and you know, if they had the power, they would make gun control exceptions for their own bodyguards.
The Holy Trinity has been determined to be sexist and patriarchal, according to Presbyterians. Big surprise there - isn't everything sexist and patriarchal, these days, including ham sandwiches? It is comforting to know that the Presbys are focusing on the really important subjects like the gender and sexual orientation of the Holy Spirit. Moonbattery
National Parks etc: Middlebrow has a map of the world's largest marine preserve, signed into law by who? last week. Not Bush? Also, in a move sure to please conservationists, the Parks have made a policy decision to favor protection over recreation. That is the right move. For idiot fun, try Disneyland, not Yellowstone.
Volokh critiques Slate on its tenth birthday, respectfully but pointedly. We should all criticize like this.
Whole Foods to discontinue selling live lobsters as "inhumane." I call that decision inhumane to humans. h/t, Junk Science
Where did all of the Indian tech engineers come from? Private schools, in India.
The missile shield. The American libs always opposed it - but why? Let's be grateful that Reagan pushed forward with it. Quote on subject from good piece in NY Sun:
Maybe Senators Clinton and Schumer were reading the New York Times, which in December 2002 pronounced that "rushing" to construct a missile defense was "premature." Advised the Times editorial, "It would have made more sense to wait." For what could the editors of the Gray Lady be waiting - for Kim Jong Il to strip down to his underwear and fetch up as the Naked Cowboy, strumming a guitar and yodeling Joan Baez songs in Times Square? The serious answer is that we are watching an extraordinary moment in the showdown unfolding as America, for the first time, switches on its anti-missile defenses. It is one of those moments when the country will begin to understand the depth of President Reagan's understanding of the dynamics of the nuclear age.
and, I might add, to understand the suicidal foolishness of the Left. Read the piece (link above)