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.
What high heels do to a lady's body. Ah, the sacrifices women make for beauty. Just like Spring flowers, splurging their resources to make sure they get well-pollinated by healthy, clean and articulate, eager, sharp-dressed bumble-bees like me.
Cancer genetics tests for life insurance buyers? Why not, if they already want your cholesterol numbers, which are also largely genetically-determined?
Another prominent scientist - Josef Reicholf - makes jokes about global warming. Moonbattery.
More on tainted Chinese foodstuffs, this time it's fish food. Never, never eat anything from China, whether you be a dog, cat, fish, or human.
More on why Hummers are more green than Priuses. Am. Princess
Clinton quickly distances herself from her heroine, Segolene. Does this mean they won't be baking madeleines together?
Beyond the usual pork. Reparations for Guam? Hmmm, do I recall that Guam is in Pelosi's district? Flopping. Ask the Japanese for money. I did nothing to harm Guam. (I have noticed, interestingly, that we have a regular reader in Guam.)
Why Blinder is wrong about off-shoring jobs. Drezner
A new PoliticalDictionary to educate the incorrect: ACRU. (h/t, and a couple of more definitions at Powerline)
Speaking of polical correctness, look what is happening to this poor prof: Inside Higher Ed. His crime? He linked to the website of a former White House speechwriter and former presidential candidate.
What is anthropology these days? At Harvard, they aren't sure. John Hawk's Weblog. I like that blog - will add it to our Science category.
Car-burning party time in France. Why do they like to burn cars? Maybe it's fun to do? Or is it evidence of their famous "sophistication" and "intellectual nuance"? No - I am sure it is just ordinary destructive adolescent fun, with a hip political cover for it. I'd try it too, if I could do it legally, just for the fun of it. Plus it must be good for auto sales.
Political demographics. People are moving from blue states to red, in search of lower taxes, better jobs. and a better life. But they carry their blueness with them. Betsy
What should the Left propose, now that it has become morally and politically bankrupt? It has been 70 years since the Left had interesting new ideas and, in those 70 years, all of the problems they sought to cure have solved themselves in the US. So now what do they do? Book review in Dissent. If this makes sense to you, let me know.
The Fort Dix jihad story. No interest in it. Lock these moron Moslemists up for life - no, don't do that. Jailing somebody costs over $40,000 per year, paid by taxpayers. Better idea, Sharia-style: Execution, or just cut off their right hands and send them back to Albania.
The Fort Dix jihad is important becuase it reveals publicly how vulnerable our soldiers and domestic bases are. Once they get past the pistol armed MP's at the gate, the terrorists would be in a VT like gun free-zone.
Troops on base usually have their weapons locked in an armory. We never have ammo except on the range. Personal weapons are forbidden and must be turned in when you enter the post. American soldiers and Marines are just not trusted with loaded weapons while on American soil.
Maybe this will be a warning and policies will change but I doubt it.
Re: French car-b-ques.
I like the comment by the guy who is planning to make millions by going to France and building garages. Ha! Why hasn't some Frenchman thought of that? Where is their entrepreneurial spirit?
Timely post on high heels. My favorite little kid is now a handsome young doctor in a very upscale NY suburb. He is marrying soon and with such a big fancy wedding coming up, I have been shopping for high heels. It has been a little while since I have bought a pair of shoes that did not have laces but wearing running shoes with a nice dress is probably not an acceptable fashion statement. I really do need to practice walking in heels again so as not to embarrass myself by falling over or by having to take them off and go barefoot at the reception. Jeez I am getting old. Oh well. I should have at least 25 good years left if cancer or high cholesterol or breaking my neck falling off my high heels does not get me first.
No it sure ain't! And then there is the 'team' that has to be assembled. The hairdresser, the manicurist, the foundation specialist. heh. And myself and the grooms mom and aunts have the Italian thing going on and are making and packaging 130 dozen wedding cookies just because that is what Italians do. The dieting part is tough in this neck of the woods. But I am 'trying'.
I have never done to my body, or my mind, what I did to comply with the requirements for daughter's wedding. It has been 18 years, and there are parts of my body that still twitch just at the thought of stays, elastic, and farm town hairdressers!