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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Wednesday, May 9. 2007
Allons enfants de la Patrie... See why they use the word "enfants" in La Marseillaise? Students protest French election by going on strike, presumably against their own free education. No Pasaran
Al Gore proclaims "spiritual crisis" to cheering audience. This is getting too wierd for even me.
Judge decides Carriles might be tortured if he is sent to Venezuela? This man is a CIA trained terrorist who blew up a Cuban airliner and killed 76 people most of whom were members of the Cuban National Fencing team. A terrorist is a terrorist and this guy should be in jail or extradited. WaPo. This story made Opie very angry.
"I hate nanny." David Warren is frustrated with Harper
Sarko is wary of hedge funds and venture capitalists. Samizdata. Nobody's perfect.
From a piece at Protein Wisdom:
I guess she didn't want to say what she should say, which is "Crime has no place in America." I am considering designating myself a crime-free zone because I am not in a government-protected class. Instead, I am in an S&W protected class.
Cut the BS, Mr. Maliki. Who better to deliver that message than Dick Cheney?
Lonesome George may get a girlfriend. But will he know what to say? What to do?
Sound familiar? EU Referendum, on the UK politics of Iraq:
Good for Prof. Bainbridge for writing The Complete Guide to Sarbanes-Oxley. I hope his book is obsolete soon, though, because Sarbox is a crazy thing which has hamstrung American finance. Oxley himself agrees.
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Way to go, Sarkozy, for defying the greedy hedge funds and venture capitalists! But God help him, as they fight dirty. It would be funny to hear him comment on our expensively coiffed student of poverty, Edwards. By the way, hasn't anyone been able to figure out what he made in salary, and benefits,etc.?
I don't usually comment at any length, but I encounter your kind of resentful attitude often where I live. Is it simple envy, or what is it? What happened to "Live and let live"?
Why should you care if these people are greedy? Their job is to make money, to unlock value, and to create wealth. It's not your problem, and it's not your money. It's a free country in which people can be as greedy or as ungreedy as they want, within the law.
I work for a newspaper in MA and make $47,000/year, with crummy benefits. That's my choice. I am single, but I like to buy guns, books, and beer. Eventually, when I want or need more money, I will do something else if I need to. Freedom is a good thing, and there is room in freedom for all sorts of people with all sorts of talents who make all sorts of choices. We should celebrate that.
Love the lady in the illustration. Good times.
Al Gore is nuts. Overtaken by some amalgamation of 60's angst and "I coulda been a contender" egotistical letdown.
D. Warren's piece is good. I think he stated the basics well. First off being personal responsibility.
Re Pelosi, "we pledge every morning with liberty and justice for all." Aren't the Dem's the one's working to take the pledge out of the morning ritual?
Look forward to seeing if Cheney's 'meeting' has an effect. Let's hope.
Slight correction on George :-) I have not yet had a "grilfriend." I wish him better luck.
Have too give more thought to the last links.
Bainbridge pointer seems broken. http://www.professorbainbridge.com/2007/05/thanks_for_the_.html seems to work.
No, NJ it is not simple envy, and you are rather testy. Perhaps your favorite godfather is a hedge fund pirate?
In fact,I do believe in live and let live. My life is difficult, but I have never had the slightest interest in becoming rich. I support five people, and am educating 3 children, including one with a disability, and one with a chronic illness, on your single person's salary, but I have all I really want or need. It helps that I don't waste money on beer, and that I already have collected 40,000 books (college and grad school, and years of haunting the dump and thrift shops).
I do care if people are greedy, as it is one of the seven deadly sins. Someone I knew personally, who seemed a kind, God-fearing friend turned out to be a literal crook in that field. Fleecing people. I was embarassed that I had been fooled by the charming facade. I lost no money because I would never risk anything in such speculative ventures, but what troubled me was that all of us who knew him were fooled. Evil can wear a very pleasant face at times. My researches since have convinced me that their debacle was not an isolated incident. Certain segments of our society are rotten to the core, and I hope you do not actually believe their cant about creating wealth. They collect wealth for themselves.
To say that, as a Christian, I am revolted by the creed of "greed is good", is not to say that I am against freedom. Still, I like pirates in movies, but not in real life. You're right to say that "there is room in freedom for all sorts of people with all sorts , etc." My point is simply that people are free to make all sorts of choices, but they are not all morally neutral.
But I can't change the certainty of youth. Enjoy it, while it lasts, but remember what Matthew says,
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few
there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13,14)
Yeah you're right R. Whether ordained or otherwise realized. There are choices.
I think "Live and let live" is a fine sentiment. But like the universe, it does have limits. Though it is usually after the fact that we see them.
yeh, it takes all kinds--the theory of Gumbo (louisiana's national dish) is "lots of ingredients, each of which is allowed to retain its individual flavor." That's like "live & let live", only clunkier and less witty. But it lets me think about Gumbo, which I think i'll cook up some of right soon.
heh --sure, Luther--but where do i find a rubber envelope?
I bet FedEx has solutions for any shipping problem :-)
Much meat here, but the silky sheets call...
I do not know how to distinguish greed from a desire to be successful in business.
"I do not know how to distinguish greed from a desire to be successful in business."
Read "Bill and Dave" by Michael Malone and then tell me if that quoted line is still true.
IMHO, clues include: personal habits of consumption over and above the basic human needs for safe food and shelter, clothes, transport, education for kids, healthcare, and something for a rainy day and some pleasant hobbies, plus a willingness to let kids work and do without to build character, and not bail them out eternally. A regular person can appreciate good stuff, but is not obsessed with having better than everybody else. Yankee frugality, and indoctrination since childhod to avoid vain dumbshow, innoculate somewhat against greed.
Being successful in business often has nothing to do with wanting to get rich, but rather with a desire to develop a technology, market a great product, bring employment to a stricken area, or build a personal empire, or just do something to make one's kids proud...Hands-on work breeds better character than analysis of another's business, and scheming how to squeeze maximum "value" from it...
But I merely speak from watching generations of relatives build businesses, pretty much uninterested in money except could they make payroll, and stay in the black. As plenty in this blog have said, money represents freedom, but you don't need that much of it. cf: Dickens famus quote on happiness and misery.
okay, R, admit it--you have a little streak of Calvinism. I think it's great--the bluish-nose segment of society functions as a Greek chorus, reminding us all of the difference between the ephemeral and the permanent.
Please see challenge above viz a viz "Bill and Dave".
And there have been others. More at the "Mom and Pop" level than can e counted, I suspect.
I think it's pretty simple, Sheldon--success has rewards, rewards are often monetized.
Well, yes. But success (in a defined activity) with bounds of ethics and moral structures and absent greed and harm to anybody.
Not a zero sum game.
Money amounts is a way to kee score, not a goal.
cannot disagree, my friend. And, the kicker is--and this is a gift from Providence--if we can sum up the strength to do it, we can define success our own way.