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.
$400-600 million. John Kluge's bequest to Columbia University - the largest donation ever to an American University. Photo is of Columbia's very happy Alma Mater. Columbia will need police to control the lines of hedgies outside the Treasurer's office when Kluge dies.
From warming hoaxster George Monbiot: "The only reason for which I will fly is to campaign on climate change." Piece - "Destroying the planet to save it" - at Tim Blair .
Imus vs. Rap lyrics, at Michelle. You could not print these lyrics in a newspaper, but they play them on the radio all day long. Nice. We've been avoiding the dumb Imus story, but I agree that the reaction is the usual "manufactured outrage." After all, something racial was needed to dilute the news of the dismissal of the Duke charges this week. How many times have we asserted that Al Sharpton is a con-man extortionist sociopathic creep of the lowest sort who deserves neither respect or attention from anyone - except for his value as an object of ridicule?
But back to the Duke story: I am waiting for the accuser to be charged with something. A false accusation of rape is no small matter and should be a felony, if it's not.
Coyote in New Jersey tries to dine on toddler. This is extremely unusual. Maybe they are in league with the Greenies, who insist we have too many people. It is possible that there are too many people in northern Jersey, however. Ever been to Paramus?
...too many environmentalists flunk basic and economic knowlege, which is why so many people believe it is practical to replace a coal-fired turbine that pumps out 1,000 megawatts with a solar installation that will, in peak sun conditions, produce about 1 kilowatt per 150 feet of space, twelve hours a day; or wind farms, which average less than 1 megawatt per turbine in prime spots. In addition, the core of the environmental movement are people with a whole host of linked views about things like capitalism, consumer culture, and so forth; they find solutions that support, rather than changing, the existing system much less emotionally interesting than radical conservation strategies. Unfortunately, the latter are a thoroughgoing political failure, but the environmental movement has strenuously resisted adjusting to this reality. (Some leaders have, God bless them). As long as this attitude persists, the environmental movement is blocking change that could and should happen; it is perfectly legitimate, nay necessary, to tax them on this.