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 dumb blond. Cute photo from Theo, but if her fingers are on the triggers then she had better intend to†fire those things. There is one right way, and there are many wrong ways, to†display a handgun. Scary-dumb, even if she had the brains to check the chambers - unless they are squirt guns. She can hold my squirt gun any way she wants.
There's no cure for stupid. VT school to heat with trees.
Polls on affirmative action depend on how the question is worded. Duh. I happen to believe that affirmative action is an expression of contempt for the abilities and self-determination of "people of color."
The folly of light rail. Synthstuff. Sometimes governments need to subsidize public amenities - but it should only be done where there is strong demand. The new light rail from downtown NYC to JFK airport is a fine thing, and long-overdue.
Brit private schools do a better job than Brit public schools. So, for equality's sake, let's punish the successful. Worstall
Getting on the apology bandwagon. "I'm sorry we ate your missionaries." Yeah, I'll bet they are sorry. It is said that grilled human tastes like barbecued pork, hence the cannibal term for it: "long pig." Recipes to follow.
Race and education. LaShawn. It's about culture, not race or money.
White House to propose gradual troop reductions. NYT
The Big Bang: Myth, Theory, or what? American Scientist. I would just consider it to be the "cosmos du jour."
Coulter, the She-Devil. Gateway. I think she just likes the publicity, plus she has some fun with saying what she thinks. She's not stupid.
Man, did our post on The Diversity Cult attract a lot of comments. I think quite a bit of them came via the Salon link. We are hurt by the accusations of racism. If anyone knew us, they would know how untrue that is. We are simply free to think straight by being unencumbered by White Guilt.†I have plenty of guilt, but it's about†my own past actions only. Historical guilt is BS. And I do not give a damn what color anybody is.
Affirmative action..wow... another way for whitey to be patronizing toward African Americans by saying....
"gee we know you can't make it on your own so your race will become perpetual wards of the state"
And never forget, as long as they spell your name correctly in the reviews, hey, what else matters.
I am very proud of your statement that we simply refuse to be a priori silenced about a subject because it is perhaps out of favor in Greenwich Village or Berkeley or Salon.
As far as I know they are all welcome to the Maggies Farm commune of independent thinkers who , like our forefathers at Lexington and Concord would not be coward in the face of those who would enslave them.
I do not speak for MF but I do believe we welcome one and all and the more opinions the livelier the discussions.
I know in a thread prior to the Diversity one Tom C from Stamford and I had a wonderful exchange lasting over three days ..sometimes testy, but mostly not, and in the end, although we did not have a full meeting of the minds we did have a great mutual respect for each others thoughts and how they were presented. I think that's the way it's done 'round the Farm here.
Now there's peach cobbler for all you folks at the back table..and remember thats MAGGIES FARM !
and about Ann Coulter...well let me just say that if I was 25 years younger I'd call up my friend George Will (I do have his private number, business about baseball) and get an introduction to Ann. The tough part is she's married but there is NOTHING as sexy as a brainy woman whose positions coincide with yours.
It is obvious that the first thing needed in the UK to stem the senseless knife crimeing (do I drop the e and add ing?) is to identify is any of these knives are assaultknives
Unless you can properly identify the problem then you cannot begine to solve it.
Are these knives serrated? Do they have pointed tips? Can the assailant perform mutiple thrusts within a short time...a "thrust burst"
And what of the slashers? Are we properly monitoring the Sheffield production of meat cleavers? Are illegal imports of WŁsthof Trident steel blade from Solingen ,Germany ruining our neighborhoods?
I have no doubt that the Islamic Sword, so boldly displayed on their flag is bing used.
Let's not panic. Let's gather the proper data and immediately go after the assault knives first
Then a good going over of the cane-sword industry will be in order.
Scissors.....imagine the horror of a Savile Row tailor going postal with some scissors? The carnage could be measure by the bolt .. oh the humanity.
I think it's time the UK moved on this outbreak by installing the Vulcan mini gun on it's thousands of cameras already in place. Let the blighter eat some government approved full metal jacket rounds and see how quickly the blades disappears.
Remember, knives cause killing like flys cause garbage. So stay alert.
PS. I called the caterer....he apologised for not having the cobbler there but it seems the peaches were from China and covered in a pastel colored hue of lead and agent peach ....he is whipping up a fresh batch of avacado and Vienna sausage cobbler...should arrive any minute....sorry I can't be there.