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.
I love this piece, on marriage. Sippican. This†author is hiding his candle under a bushel by limiting his writing to a blog.
Defending China's pollution. Blair. I guess their pollution is cleaner, or more socialistic, or something. Anyway, it doesn't seem to count.
I blame global warming: The UK braces for major snowstorm. Times
Leftists always admire, or at least make excuses for, Fidel and now Chavez (and Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, etc in the past). Why not Hitler too - he was one.†The Left and totalitarianism will be forever wedded. Must be, because socialism crushes the human spirit and, eventually, people rebel.
It used to be the dream of socialists and utopians of varying degrees of malevolence or stupidity to want a world state. In a world state, pesky local regulatory differences would be obliterated and replaced by a rational grid of laws from which no escape was possible. In true 'watermelon' fashion - green on the outside, red in the core - the Greens are embracing the instruments of a pan-national state to enforce their ideas.
Nice image of the not-yet-completed USS New York, an amphibious assault ship (LPD 21)†containing 24 tons of WTC steel. What would you give to drive this baby around the block a few times?
The piiece on marriage is sweet. Liked the guy. Not like those revoltingly saccharine books by evangelical marriage and family therapists on hot sex and dates for Christian marriage. Every now and again it works. I call those lucky few the blessed ones. Most marriages start out like that. I always wonder what's their secret...Vaillant years ago wrote a book called Adaptations to Life about resiliency, what enables people to lead healthy, productive and meaninful lives despite difficult family backgrounds, circumstances, etc. http://www.amazon.com/Adaptation-Life-George-E-Vaillant/dp/0674004140
It would be interesting if someone other than that annoying "there must be at least 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative for marital success" Gottman guy could research what helps good marriages. If it's good people, God help all us miserable sinners who mean so well, but trip over our own feet and neuroses...
The world is finite, resources are scarce,
Things are bad and will be worse,
Coal is burned and gas exploded,
Forests cut and soils eroded.
Wells are dry and airís polluted,
Dust is blowing, trees uprooted.
Oil is going, ores depleted,
Drains receive what is excreted.
Land is sinking, seas are rising,
Man is far too enterprising.
Fire will rage with Man to fan it,
Soon weíll have a plundered planet.
People breed like fertile rabbits,
People have disgusting habits.
The evolutionary plan
Went astray by involving man.
The Technologistís Reply
Manís potential is quite terrific,
You canít go back to the Neolithic,
The cream is there for us to skim it,
Knowledge is power, and the skyís the limit.
Every mouth has hands to feed it,
Food is found when people need it.
All we need is found in granite,
Once we have the men to plan it.
Yeast and algae give us meat,
Soil is almost obsolete.
Men can grow to pastures greener,
Till all the earth is Pasadena.
Manís nuisance, Manís a crackpot,
But only man can hit the jackpot.
It is so fitting that the USS New York have WTC armor. Let her sail for the freedom of mankind and to kill the enemies of that freedom.
(total sidebar) On her stern is a helipad and as you notice it is painted in a dark grey.
Back in the day, during Project Jennifer we had built the Glomar Explorer to retrieve the Golf class Soviet sub. Now remember this is an above TOP SECRET codeword only operation.
Well somebody thinks it would be a neat idea if we put green astroturf on the helipad so we could have a place to play miniture golf. Then someone with real seagoing experience pointed out to the CIA that large swaths of green on a vessel at sea was a sign of distress....there ensued quite a scramble to rip up the astroturf and toss it overboard lest the Soviet satillites pick up on this curious ship. They didn't until the LA Times published a story about the mission.