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.
A random though, in light of all the of gun control authoritarian folks trying to exploit the sad VT story: Why don't we ban destructive books too? And blogs? After all, the pen is mightier than the sword, isn't it? Screw our Constitution, right?
Rutgers basketball team refuses to continue to be poster children for victimization. Good for them. They had already milked it enough. Time to regain some dignity and pride.
Spanish company makes more profits selling carbon credits than their products. Small Dead Baby Polar Bears. Time for me to build a virtual factory, with abundant virtual carbon pollution. Like farmers making money for not farming.
Brains made of toilet paper. Less well-endowed high school gals used to stuff kleenex into their bras, but they never stuffed toilet paper into their skulls. Cheryl Crowe wants to reduce use of toilet paper. Ahem. She is missing three basic facts: 1) Paper comes from tree farms, 2) Trees in the northern hemisphere appear to be worsening the terrifying global warming crisis which is causing me to lose sleep, and 3) Why does anyone (including me) listen to her at all?
Legal: Does it make sense to criminalize "agency costs"? Bainbridge. I doubt it, or people will not be willing to run companies. It's not an easy job, and requires a remarkable combination of talents.
The New York Times is headed for big trouble. I don't want the company to die. I want it to change. But I think they would rather die than change. Newspapers are not in trouble. Left-wing newspapers with bias on the front page are in trouble.
Chavez' unique anti-crime plan. Unbelievable. NB: Venezuelans have been disarmed by gun control. Except their criminals, that is.
Was Cho taught to hate? Never Yet Melted. It's an interesting take on the story.
More on hatred. Good piece at Flares. If you are handed political power, do you really want to devote it to hatred? Is that wise?
Lieberman slams Harry Reid. Blue Crab. It seems to me that the US is "losing the war" only by a very strange definition. We are killing the terrorists, but the terrorists are only killing their fellow countrymen now, and not us.
Mayor Bloomberg said this:
"Using economics to influence public behavior is something this country is built on," he declared. "It's called capitalism."
Huh? Excuse me? We are "built upon" government power? WTH? I thought Bloomberg was a smart guy. Piece at Driscoll. I thought we were built on the idea that government power was a bad thing. Somebody needs to re-educate our Revolutionary dead, I guess. And the Mayor, too: If you're so rich, how come you ain't smart?
From James Lewis' observations of Tech's English front page:
What's the English Department's official frontpage reaction to the murder of thirty-two students just a few days ago? Here it is.
"We do not understand this tragedy ?
We know we did nothing to deserve it
But neither does a child in Africa ?
Dying of AIDS
Neither does the baby elephant watching his community ?
Be devastated for ivory ?
... Neither does the Mexican child looking ?
For fresh water
... Neither does the Appalachian infant killed ?
By a boulder ?
Because the land was destabilized"
I hope in some future century when post-modernism has its little chapter in history, they use this drivel as the perfect example of why western civilization died a slow torturous death. A new Dark Age descends upon us as we lose the ability to incorporate redemption into our collective conscience.
I feel like quoting Holden Caulfield, but it wouldn't be appropriate for the blog.
Phoenix, if we can just hang on until the "Summer of Love" dies out of living memory, we'll probably be okay.
The "Summer of Love" (1967) lasted about a year, by next summer cities were burning, leaders were being assassinated, and Haight-Asbury was thronged with helpless drug addicts--the shops were boarding up, commerce had shifted to meth dealers.
Yet it appears it will drive the thinking of everyone touched by it, until Gabriel blows his horn at 'em.
I just submitted 'Sunday Bagels and Lox Links' to Fark in reference to the WMD story. Hopefully they'll find out how good you guys are at finding the things the MSM buries beneth Anna Nicole and Sanjaya.