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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Sunday, March 4. 2007
Finding Osama: Trying again? NeverYet Melted. He is too tall to hide from a daisy-cutter, or so one might think.
No region will be spared. Tim Blair. I am scared. Help me!
Why large businesses like big government.
Gen Petraeus' message to his troops. Lib. Leanings
In the Crime Capital of the US, Mayor Nagin decides to hold up the US Govt. Meaning you and me.
We somehow never linked this Lego story, and most have probably seen it by now. I like Anchoress' take on it. My opinion? Do just like Mao did: Make the teachers custodians and the custodians teachers.
Bill Maher. Never seen him on TV (and, like most of us at Maggie's, I refuse to waste any life time watching TV, and do not even own one), but I understand that he is is a big deal of some sort. If he likes the idea of assassination of American politicians, he is not sick - he has a twisted, criminal mind. Whoever he is.
The political challenges of the surge. Jules. How did this place change from the cradle of civilization to a place incapable of civilization?
Wealthy Brits continue to abandon the UK. Tim Worstall suggests facetiously that this might be good for equality.
Cherokee Nation votes to expel descendents of their black slaves. Chew on that one for a while.
Justice Thomas talks about himself. Althouse. I'd like to buy the guy a beer.
Not too long ago, Americans were a hardy breed—foolhardy at times, but the one comes with the other. Now we see attempts to eliminate all risk everywhere. Cities fill in the deep ends of swimming pools and remove diving boards. We require that bicyclists wear helmets, fear second-hand smoke and the violence that is dodge ball. Warnings abound against going outside without sun block. To anyone who grew up in the Sixties or before, the new fearfulness is incomprehensible.
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Speaking as a mother, that quote about "the feminization of society" pisses me off. While it is true that pregnant, nursing and child=tending women have to be risk-averse where their children are concerned, that does not make them value freedom any the less. I have raised my children in the knowledge that life's not fair, that fortune favors the bold, that nothing ventured, nothing gained, and all those versions of no pain, no gain that helped me study, work, learn, and contribute to my community.
I am as brave as any man. If I see anyone mistreating another person, especially a child, if I see anyone hurting an animal, I will intervene. I have zero upper body strength and no weapons, but I am told that my righteous wrath is intimidating, and I have stopped teenaged gangs in their tracks, and separated more fighting kids than I can remember...
How insulting to read that some moron blames my gender for the idiocies of PC twits and the greed of liability lawyers and their clients who would rather sue someone and live off the proceeds than work...
What is ruining our society is people like this one: (a true story) I heard about a physician who sued his neighbors for millions (and won) because he was so clumsy on a sled that he hurt himself. He claimed that he could not work properly and got a huge award (even extra money for his wife because he supposedly couldn't do it for a time). Interestingly, he kept on working in a specialty where his patients' welfare depended on him being in good shape. If he was genuinely hurt, he should not have been practicing. If he wasn't, he should not have been suing. Slime! Don't dare call this the result of the "feminization of society"
As a female, I have certain responsibilities that the males in my environment may not take as seriously. In common with all those African women who work the fields whilst their men hang loose and drink beer and tell stories or perhaps join a gang of armed bandits to prey upon people, I make sure the kids do not starve. I work 24/7. I don't ask anyone for hand outs. That comment is like adding insult to injury. Having gestated, nursed and looked after my children, I have the advantage of biology in taking their survival as my highest priority in life. I will take no risks of their starving, yes. I won't gamble away their food money, or hold out for the lottery of the best job in the world, yes. But I take risks every day.
Honestly, that's the kind of woman hating phrase we need to get rid of.
But what do I know? My adoring children buy me Tshirts that say things like "SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED" and "BECAUSE I'm THE MOM, THAT'S WHY" and wear their own that say "WHEN MOM SAYS NO, JUST ASK DAD!"
We call it "weenie-ization," not feminization. Not to be PC, but to be accurate. A woman is not a castrated male.
But you did get the main point the guy meant, didn't you, despite his choice of language?
I click on "Bill Maher", get New Orleans story.
Yes. Just touchy because of my personal circumstances! Agree with others here on how wimpy people are becoming, how terrified of any and all risk. Or being willing to take "risks" only so long as they get to keep any realized profit, but others have to compensate them for any losses. Have always been a big believer in "vive la difference" and never had much use for feminist consciousness raising groups.
Indolent males in my family unwilling to go to church (prefer RPGs on their computers), and haven't the heart to go alone (yet again). Not in the mood for piety and fellowship. Not as social as better adjusted females...prefer my dog and a long walk...
I'm with retriever on this one. And yes NJ, I did get his point. And he did make a good one, most of which I agree with. But I think he 'weenized' himself when he attempted to place gender at the heart of all this. It made his piece somewhat victim sounding.
When I think about it, I realize I don't know any weenie women. I do know some semi-weenie men.
LOL NJ. 'Mock' weenie men has worked for me in the past. Actually I came back to mention "Myra Bradwell" from your link yesterday, as counterpoint to this discussion. Now, in the crudeness of my military days we would have referred to Myra as being particularly well endowed, even if not as designed. She was, in a sense, a genderless spirit who valued and fought, for individual freedom.
Upon further thought I'm now tempted to not agree with Fred, though I may sound like a 'Bircher' in so doing. Our freedoms have been under continuous assault since 1917 or earlier. Instigated and led by clever, cunning and conscienceless masters of deceit. They infiltrated this society with their paean to the 'poor man' and have funneled our heritage of individual freedom into a dependency on the government for many. Another 30 years of socialist pandering by the Dem's and even some Repub's will finish us off. It has been a slow and insidious process but like the worn out cliché of frog and cold water, it may eventually succeed.
One short story of my grandmother of whom I could write much. At 55, cured of cancer, working a 160 acre farm by herself. No running water, no electricity, slab sided south Georgia farmer's mansion. One night, after a night on the town, one of her daughter's (there were four, all served in the military) was followed home by a carload of rowdies. I remember granny, on hearing the commotion, rising out of bed and picking up her .45 and double barreled 12. She walked out and in a somewhat civil manner, shouted to the rowdies, what the hell are you doing here. They mouthed back some kind of crap, she then raised the .45 up and fired a round over their heads. They departed peacefully. It isn't the gender, it is the rot placed in our Nation years ago.
What a cool grandmother! 4 daughters in the military, too. She should have got some kind of medal for being a SuperMom!
You should be lauded for you leadership in teaching your childern what you outlined. I would say your probably one in ten thousand. You're not the rule, the norm, the average, you're the exception. You're on that rat tail of the bell curve of womanhood that defines high testosterone levels.
Most women I have known are in that area too beacuase I grew up in the military where I watched my mother and the base chaplain go to eight homes in one week to tell wives their husbands weren't coming home. I married a poor girl from Montana who put hereself through the University of Florida and graduated summa cum laude She's a 2nd degree black belt in Tai Kwan Do karate and in her fighting days lost only twice in the arena ...to the reigning world champion. BUT BUT BUT...
You, my mom,Luther's mom, ok everybody with a mom raise your hand..there..I think you're exceptional people.
I have known far more many women who in the "real" world who can barely get by. Many of their mates look like changing a spare tire would frighten them into a do-do session. And kids. Most I observe we use to call panty waste ( ok Habu that's two reference to scat in the same paragraph, the psychology people are now consulting Wikipedia)
There are always three sides to every story. My side, your side, and the truth. But for my money with the exception of our brave service people we have on the male side a full blown feminized weenie nation of sheeple.
Your wife sounds really cool, Habu!
There was a good article in the Christian Science Monitor this week about the narcissism of the young...
Did I hear my beloved mate howling derisively "Pot calling the kettle black!"?
I'm not narcissistic, nah...why don't you tell me your opinion of my life and works....
oops! Time to go clean up after poor aging dog who cannot keep his food down. I am as wimpy and upset about him as I used to get about the kids as babies when sick...Poor dog. He doesn't seem to be in pain or I'd put him to sleep. He still runs three miles happily and steals food with cunning...but poor bugger can't keep it down and eats grass and we're not willing to shell out thousands to the vet to torture him with surgery etc.
Thank you BD. A 1 in a 1000 by me. Inarticulate I am, mostly. My common overwhelmed by the educated.