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Friday, March 23. 2007
How the Communist Party took over Hollywood in the 30s. View from 1776
A victory for white, racist, evil, capitalist, rapist, patriarchy: Duke lacrosse charges to be dismissed. Dr. Sanity slams the 88 profs. I think the absence of a crime is a deep disappointment to the Duke faculty moonbats. Would it not be a bit more normal to be relieved that your student-athletes are not rapists?
Was Houdini murdered? Mod. Voice
50 reasons to praise the EU. Not. Worstall
Jihad fun with Google Earth. Crittenden
Masai model prefers his goats.
Nations ranked by nuclear power use. Willisms. We should be at the top.
$45,620. per year for Harvard College. Worth it for a lifetime of bragging rights?
In what country were these photos taken? Moonbattery
Sun heats earth, claim scientists. Dinocrat. That's funny - I thought CO2 caused the heat. And the sun - that's nuclear, right? We don't want nuclear - I mean nucular.
China and the US feed from the same bowl. TCS
Rhode Island school bans Easter Bunny. Never Yet Melted. Bunny and State issue, I guess. What will they do if a bunny rabbit hops onto the school grounds? Or if my friend Harvey stops by?
Licensing interior decorators? Why? Betsy explains. Government doesn't have enough to do, I assume. What if they mixed mauve with peach? Tragedy. Good reason for government intervention.
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On Goats, for those herdsmen not fortunate enough to establish a herd with their modelling earnings, see this
A snippet of Masai life "Masai women and girls have a variety of chores besides building the dung hut. They are expected to milk the cows and fetch water, however far that may be (perhaps 36 miles in some cases)."
A wife is obviously a valuable possession, there, and in most of Africa. When my impoverished immigrant father asked for my American mother's hand in marriage, he could not afford to buy her from her father with a herd of real cattle, so he bought her with a lobola of lead cattle that we still have.
To this day, the women in the family say rather ruefully about our sturdy and not at all Masai-like frames "Strong like ox!"
Some nice pictures of a Masai village, light on the text, alas,
Re Betsy link, George Will says,
"government licenses professions to protect the public and ensure quality. It licenses engineers and doctors because if their testable skills are deficient, bridges collapse and patients die. The skills of interior designers are neither similarly measurable nor comparably disastrous when deficient. Perhaps designers could show potential clients a portfolio of their work, and government could trust the potential clients to judge. Just a thought."
Excellent news about the Duke boys. It took way too long for them to drop those charges.
It is not just the religious aspect of Easter that is the problem. In my experiences the Bunny is almost always played by a tall white guy. /s
The world really is going a bit mad. Could it be another aspect of the Algore Effect that it reaches beyond temperature to temperament?
Excellent little piece on Hollywood. Plans put into effect decades ago, still producing. (pun not intended, just worked out that way.)
If I were sober enough I think I could link the '88' to the above, useful idiots indeed.
Houdini has been donenie. Let's move on.
50 reason's...read 1984. A path well marked for the EU.
Goggle earth, though we are mostly there, I want more.
I like goat's. Obstreperous, unpredictable and interested only in food and sex.
Willisms is a smart guy. His graphs are beauty in the real.
Harvard, hard too respond to a world in which I could have never entered. But, it does seem a ripoff.
Moonbattery, illustration of ignorance, I am without words.
TCS...too drunk to appreciate or read the entire article, see my previous views on how the USA and China are wrapped in a dysfunctional lover's embrace.
Bunny banner. Idiot.
Betsy is always right. Especially in this case.
Sissy Willis gonna have sumpin' to say about that "his" thing. Yep, you're up a creek, LM.
Anyhoo, on a serious note, Al Gore is right that something's out of whack--but he's missing the real culprit. It's the cellphones. Right now there are a million conversations shooting into & out of your head--and most of 'em are teenaged girls. NO wonder we're all going nertz.
okay--i get Easter Bunny ref in the new pic--it's Harvey the Giant Rabbit that we can't see in the pic--
Ah hell Buddy, I've lots of paddles. Though I did not get your "his" thing. And if Sissy comes tough, I will admit to sharing space with a CAT. Any reprieve there?
LOL--a cat, that's gotta buy some reprieve--
That Hollywood/Commie link is highly riveting. snip:
"...Collins later repented his years in the CPUSA. He unburdened himself in *Confessions of a Red Screenwriter*, published in the October 6, 1952, issue of New Leader. He wrote:
A Communist is always prepared. He, or rather his party, has an answer for everything. When I joined the party, I was handed ready-made: friends, a cause, a faith and a viewpoint on all phenomena. I also had a one-shot solution to all the world’s ills and inequities...."
(it goes on & gets better, even)
I'm sorry, most of you have likely seen it, but it disgusts me, a 1st amendment lover.
It is bad in and of itself, but it is their right. Though it makes my bolata's shrivel up somewhere inside my head. I think it the result of fifty years of Marxist teaching in our schools. Which conveniently skips my early years. Thank goddess.
Please forgive any misspellings, incorrect grammer, etc. I am now officially free form. Well...decided by me.
Ha, my roots exposed. Goddess was meant to be goodness. Does it matter.
Goddess fits nicely. Mother Nature is still loveable--despite Algore getting stink all over her image.
Interesting pictures of the Masai, including the information that "Masai women and girls have a variety of chores besides building the dung hut. They are expected to milk the cows and fetch water, however far that may be (perhaps 36 miles in some cases).'
A valuable possession, a wife in Africa. My dad, educated there, was too impoverished to buy my American mother with the appropriate herd of cattle, so gave an offering of a herd of lead miniature cattle that still adorn a family table.
Story about a Masai educated by Mennonites, going back as a missionary http://www.emu.edu/news/index.php/1270
Masai herbal remedies http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/1998/051498/Masai.html
Questionnaire for Masai ranchers (lions are a problem) http://envstudies.brown.edu/thesis/2005/timothy_downing/society.htm
Hohum...back from Bible Study which was all very well, but I want to go to Africa. Raised on stories of it, never been, but want to take pictures of it.
Will raise goats in NH in my old age if I can ever afford to retire to the countryside. I like Toggenburgs http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/goats/toggenburg/index.htm