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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Monday, April 16. 2007
Our weather report on the "big nor'easter": Plenty of wet snow in our corner of MA, then tons of rain, but minimal winds. Not a storm. People living in flood plains have their usual swimming-pool basements and wet first floors, and the big town pumpers have been moving from house to house along the river to pump them out - my tax dollars for people who live where they should not: it's called "wetlands" for a reason. If it floods, it wants to be a swamp. Lots of roads closed from flooding. Basically, no big deal up here.
The "mow your own lawn" theme. (I thought most Americans do.) Does having immigrants doing low-wage jobs make sense? Reason thinks so.
1998 is when Al Quaida officially declared war on the United States. A summary of the history, and Saddam's involvement, at Flares. How soon we forget.
Get farmers off the dole. CSM
Michael Moore's "sicko stunt." But where would he go, if sick? Cuba, or NYC?
A new theory of high blood pressure: Blood vessels in the brain
What really happened at Duke. Newsweek
Christian bookstore, internet cafes bombed in Gaza. What an excellent way to build a cheerful, tolerant culture. Jihad Watch. Did they desecrate or damage any Bibles? Hey, let's behead them! These people appear determined to eliminate any evidence of modernity - except guns, bombs, and cars (and they don't even know how to make those). Where is the UN with their Anger Management Team?
Another reason you don't want Hillary back in the White House. Video at Cao's Blog
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Tons of heavy wet snow in upstate NY today. It looks like it snowed twelve inches overnight. I am surprised we still have power here.Feels like January, not April.
I read 24 inches in the Adirondacks. I guess that covers up the daffodils!
Ha. The daffodils froze last week. The snow is falling sideways now.
There is a dove and a red cardinal in the bird feeder. They are just sitting there, not moving.
Reaon's immigration - I'm not convinced, that's classic 'Reason'/liberatarion reasoning, which is to break all things down to an economic argument...but life - Life - is more than an economic equation and not all serious considerations lend themselves to an economic analysis. Nowhere do they or other fans of unmanaged mostly Mexican peasant dominated immigration demonstrate any awareness of the social, spiritual, human implications for both the natives or the immigrants.
I dont agree with it either.
We often post things with which we disagree.
do you really mow your lawn? c'mon tell the truth are riding a deere ?
opie, if riding a Deere is not mowing your own lawn, what is? Grazing?
re: mow your own lawn.
Yes I do. Good exercise and I am more careful about not mowing down new blueberry bushes, etc. Also, I can tell the difference between perennials and weeds. I might be tempted to hire some day laborers to weed out the pachysandra except that I have seen them in operation at the neighbors: they do not laborious dig out the incipient swamp maples as I do, but lop them off...back in a month...You get what you pay for!
Plus, if you do it yourself you can rationalise buying a bigger tractor with more cool attachments....
As for the more troubling rationale for illegals, that they help working mothers. Study after study is coming out on the problems with putting kids in child care that only confirm common sense. A few small gains supposedly in social skills, and some rudimentary others. Many behavioral problems.
I would like to know how a kid could possibly be better off drinking formula with someone who does not speak English and cannot read than with a loving, attentive breastfeeding mother with a master's, who reads 20 books to her over the course of a day, never turns on the television, paints, gardens, cooks, plays ball, takes them to the beach, and plays at home with her children?
I know, tell us how you really feel, Retriever! This is simply a personal opinion, so if you feel differently, don't attack me, convince me otherwise...
Is a child a weedy lawn that should be bid out like any other needed service? I don't doubt the diligence and afffection of many non-English speaking child caregivers. I merely wonder why you would contract out the care of your beloved child to any but yourself?
Don't tell me that some people are forced to it. I realize that there are plenty of people who genuinely can't afford to have one parent stay home with their kids. But those aren't the people hiring help...Also, whatever happened to the old fashioned idea of waiting to start a family until one had a spouse and had the resources to feed and care for the children adequately? Single parents abandonned by their mates are in a unique position, obviously, but they do not constitute the entire day care population.
As for me: For the eight years that I was home (til youngest went to kindergarten) we were dirt poor. Every household item and item of clothing came either from thrift shop or Caldor's (the days before the Evil Walmart came to our region). Cloth diapers and line drying of all clothes. Use it up, mend it or do without. Happy children, happy mom, proud father. Yes, I permanently damaged my "career" but being a mother full time during those important years was a blessing for our entire family. On their deathbeds, nobody ever regretted doing what they could to love and serve their families, but plenty regret sacrificing family on the altar of career.
Sure, I felt tired in those early years, but better to do it for yourself.
Now that I have to work full time, the tenor of the household has deteriorated, because most of the work that makes it a pleasant and nurturing place traditionally falls on females and, in our case, rightly so since I am better at them. I often think enviously of my at home neighbors who hire gardeners, maids, nannies, buy take out. Because of course I am exhausted.
But my other bias (besides child care) is cooking your own. Why do otherwise intelligent people buy so many meals out? Do you really want someone you don't know ( handling your food?) Take a cooking class, get a cookbook and learn to cook.
Look, I have all the lazy impulses of the next, and I still think it is unfair that women carry most of the burden at home (I know the Maggie's Farm males are more chivalrous than most) but the bottom line is that if you want it done well, you have to do it yourself. Every night I think wistfully "Oh, wish I could afford to take home Indian, but can't afford it..." Then i go home and make the effort to make Indian myself (or Chinese, or English, or whatever) and the effort re-energizes me and delights my family...
Feminism often amounts to beggar thy family. The legitimate impulse to use the talents and skills of individual women in whatever jobs or profession God fits them for, is one thing. But militantly denying one's family because it is unfair that one does the disproportionate share of certain tasks, is just mean spirited.
I realize that there are often exceptions. Bird Dog, as we all know from his cool recipes, loves to cook. Go for it! But my better half has never responded to gentle nags of the "Most of the great chefs in the world are men, so why you don't you read the book the children gave you for Christmas "Dad's Own Cookbook". I could whine about it and make his life even more miserable than it already is being married to me. Or I could make us all happy and cook dinner.
Do we want to be right or do we want to be happy?
Off to bail out the basement after doing so jointly (flooding is an equal opportunity employer) grateful to God that this wimpy noreaster was manageable by our pump and our aching backs.