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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Tuesday, July 17. 2007
What would Hillary be without Bill? RWN
Do dead people have rights? Or does their cadaver belong to "the collective"? Stumbling. My two comments: 1. There is no "collective" in the USA. 2. If dead people vote, they surely have rights.
FBI says Iraqis being smuggled across the Rio Grande
Dems actually find a federal program they want to cut. John Fund
Moonbats dream of human extinction. Moonbattery
The Coming War in Pakistan. Front Page. This should be interesting. 20,000 armed tribesmen.
New Haven to issue ID cards to illegals. CSM
Why a dollar spent on a Toyota gets you more than a dollar spent on a GM car. Small Dead Lemmings
Why I am not a Marxist (anymore). At David Thompson
Wicked, wicked ironies. Biofuels starve humans. Kim
Europe indifferent to their own demise. Driscoll
Environmental doomsayers usually wrong. Lib. Leanings. What is always their solution? "We're going to have to restructure the global economy." Of course." Speaking of which, plants can run for their lives down under.
"Baiting the devout": Fitzpatrick reviews Hitchen's atheist book at Spiked. A quote:
On mandated student volunteering, in the CSM. A quote:
Photo: a 1958 Deere 320, in excellent shape
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Moonbats dream of human extinction.
"By AD1billion, natural solar warming will wipe out nearly all species on Earth."
This is the stuff that high school sophomores fantasize about, and those misanthropes who would exterminate every human being and all earthly existence. It is so far fetched that our author should consider getting help--preferably in group sessions that concentrate on his Tourette Syndrome equivalent.
The inference here is that somehow he would be around in some ghostly capacity to rub his hands with glee. These folks are sick and more spiteful than the nuts in Al Queda.
Yes, it is strange. it's like a religion - some form of extreme paganism.
It is like some medieval millenarian cult. I wonder if this kind of thinking tends to grow out of post-Christian societies. I can't imagine millions of Chinese or Indians gleefully waiting for human extinction.
Agree that it is some post-Christian thing. There is some relationship between Europe's declining religious faith and declining birth rates of their native populations. Not as simplistic as objections to the Pope on birth control, or economic explanations. As people become more secular, they are less willing to sacrifice for others, even their own offspring. It goes way beyond people living in small apartments or not needing farm labor. The sad thing is that nations of only children will be in deep trouble in a few years. Nations of people who all grew up the center of their family's universe may be more selfish nations? I am not saying that all only children are selfish, just that all of us are naturally selfish and siblings rather brutally educate us in social life, and how to fit in, work together, ally against the wicked parents, whatever...
"There is some relationship between Europe's declining religious faith and declining birth rates of their native populations... As people become more secular, they are less willing to sacrifice for others, even their own offspring".
Absolutely. One question I have is the effect that a declining Europe will have on US intellectual life. We can't predict what this will be.
Re: mandated student volunteerism. In my family, nothing is mandated. All our children are given the option: they volunteer at church or they do not eat. I have not heard any complaints as yet. Either from the kids (who love their teaching and helping out with little kids and coffee hour) or from church.
I am only half tongue in cheek. I think it is important for families to insist that children give their time and efforts to help others. It has been particularly important to us at times when we have felt alienated from our community or belonged to churches with problems, or when even a beloved church has been leaving us cold spiritually. We all have found that when we quit b*&@#ing and just do some work around the place and reach out to other people instead of being our naturally grouchy anti-social selves, we feel better and fonder of the people around us. And it is nice to be useful. I have already had each child exclaim in turn, each aged around 14 how "I was really fed up with church and youth group, but when I got to do something instead of yak and eat donuts, it meant more...."
But I am appalled by the college application volunteer rat race here. By contrast, in France, high school students headed for university are not allowed to have jobs or significant extracurricular activities. It is expected that their primary focus will be studying. Academics. Reading literature in their spare time. Whatever else you can say about France, their approach to education has certain advantages. For example, a relative who has just spent a year there tells me how much more sane is the approach of tracking kids to vocational schools and apprenticeships who are not cut out for university. Based on her conversations with motivated kids from normal, intact middle class families (there are some, despite the headlines about disaffected youths and immigrant rebels), the system works pretty well. In fact, the kids who go thru the apprenticeships are far more likely to be able to find work than the university bound ones, because they learn something useful.
I know, I know, y'all hate the French. But I think we have much to learn from them, and they have been very good to my family for generations (long family tradition of visiting and studying there).
I'm gonna make my next big money in T-shirts.
Big American Flag on it with the saying:
"These colors run like hell"
That's a damn nice looking tractor. Hardly anything fore or aft of the axle. I bet the CG is just forward of the driver. Where he can sense it, for 'seat of the pants' tractoring. Course, it'd be different with an implement load.
I personally love my Toyota. According to the V.I.N. it was built here in the states. I guess that makes it easier on my soul since I didn't buy American. Isn't it funny how the foreign car manufacturers build a large portion of their stock stateside in an effort to gain trust from American buyers while the American manufacturers are outsourcing by large amounts to save money and are steadily losing it. It just goes to show that Americans are willing to pay for a good quality product while American companies have lost sight of what made them strong for the majority of the last century. The same goes for most of the country's business. They lost their grip on the theory of good quality service. I feel i could go on forever about the topic as badly as I feel about it. This is not my forum though so I'll leave it alone.