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.
More lunacy from Planet San Francisco, with comments from Dr. Sanity. (Photo on rightis a recent piece of SF "art" from her piece.) Looking back fondly on Stalin and Mao, I guess.
Robert Heinlein. The prophet of Southern California. Reason
Can a society be too broken to be fixed? Darfur, at SC&A
Blogs are an "early warning system" for pols? SDA. Well, maybe sometimes sorta kinda.
Justice Thomas is a self-hating minority member? Whoa. Gotta disagree with Mod. Voice on that statement, as do many highly self-respecting black commentators. We were are all imbued with some Liberal Condescension towards black Americans, and it is tough to get rid of it and to treat them like normal people. If I were a black man, which I would not mind being at all, I would hate this kind of thing.
Marcus Luttrell: He says that his Christianity got in the way of a prudent military decision. Flopping. Quote:
"It was the stupidest, most southern-fried, lamebrained decision I ever made in my life," Luttrell writes. "I must have been out of my mind. I had actually cast a vote which I knew could sign our death warrant. I'd turned into a (expletive) liberal, a half-assed, no-logic nitwit, all heart, no brain, and the judgment of a jack rabbit."
The Farm Bill. Boring topic, relatively speaking. But it is, in fact, the lowest form of vote-buying and corporate welfare. I refuse to believe that modern farming carries any more risk than any other form of business. Plus nowadays they have crop insurance, can hedge prices, buy and sell futures, etc etc. These folks aren't your grandfather's farmers.
Telegraph reviews AK-47. A History of the People's Gun.
"The Tridentine Mass is back." If there is any rule of wisdom when it comes to news sources, it is to double check everything that comes from the MSM. Everything! Absolutely.
Here's the scoop from Zenit out of Rome:
Letter on 1962 Missal Not Anti-Semitic
Document to Be Released Saturday
VATICAN CITY, JULY 6, 2007 (Zenit.org).- "Benedict XVI's apostolic letter concerning the Roman Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962, will not reinstate a prayer for the conversion of 'perfidious Jews.'" The rest of the article puts "to rest" all the dumb half-truths being spread around by both liberal Catholics and the liberal secular press.
Hetman's Rule: If you read it on Sunday, it will change on Monday. In every and any event, always double-check against other sources.
With regard to the farm bill: the only difference between agrictulture and other production systems and product is this: shelf life. It is whether or not you want to acknowledge it -- shelf life is the BIG DIFFERENCE between agriculture and all else produced for the benefit of humans.
With regard to double checking--I learned a long time ago to triangulate--nearly everything!
Thanks for the heads up on the Heinlein piece and its implication that the 50's were an idealic period. I was born in 1950 into, without a doubt, what was a disfunctional family. My parents did their best. I still remember the 50's as a time of promise and wonder. A time when people helped others in need. When we had a murder in the city I grew up in, all were outraged. We averaged a murder every few years, which for a city of 200,000 was quite low. I believe they have about 50 a year now.
I realise that I'm probably looking back with rose colored glasses, but when I talk with freinds I grew up with they see things in the same way I did.
My friends and I also agree that the sixties were fun, but that they were also the beginning of the end of an age of innocense.
Recently I commented on a Boston City Blog. A story had come out about youth gangs fighting inside the MBTA station, written by a young woman who walked into it and was first knocked down, injured and finally robbed by the young girlfriends of the hoodlums.
My comment regarded how such a incident occurring in the shadow of the State House would have been unthinkable when I first began riding the "T". I said I feel sorry for the young in Boston who don't have any idea how much has been lost. When I was young I could and did walk anywhere in town, night or day. I tried to convey a sense of my feelings at the changes, heralded by the foul public language and out of control behavior.
I guess I pushed some PC buttons. The responses to the post came flying in, all vulgar. I was a racist or a liar. I didn't appreciate the new "social justice".
I guess I don't. And these new barbarians will be the inheritors of it all.
Ahhh, the AK47. After taking some off of the street and also seeing the damage caused by them in my occupation, I had to get one myself. I love it. I often wonder how soon I might smell the fresh feces if a prospective burglar enters my home and sees me walking towards him with my AK in my hand.
the only problem with the AK47--it does not make that wonderful clicking sound that the shotgun makes! It would be nice to be able to make that sound a split second before the explosion, or before they dropped their weapon!