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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, February 5. 2008
Would you want to try to run against Obama? Am. Spectator
Forced neutering of dogs? Why?
Vanderleun goes to the heart of the problem of the McCain-hating syndrome.
The internal contradiction of liberal society - tolerance of the un-liberal. Powerline
Another view: Old age sex is disgusting, say Docs.
Earn more, work less. A government job.
Sorry, Al. Sea ice back to normal. Whatever "normal" is.
What would Dem penalties be for not buying medical insurance? Death?
The real story about the Sandy Berger burglaries. It is beyond me why he was not criminally prosecuted.
Thanks for the help, Germany.
Polygamy now legal in England. Think about what Henry Vlll might have enjoyed.
A Wonder Bread national security plan. RWNH
War and Love. From AVI on war fatigue:
Image via Kentucky's Slower Pace
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There's a dog overpopulation problem because they round up all dogs and put them in one place.
If you rounded up chipmunks and put them in one place, there'd be a chipmunk overpopulation problem. A chipmunk neutering program would begin to deal with the crisis.
In the old days, only problem stray dogs were rounded up; stray dogs that were not problems were left to do their stuff, which chiefly consisted of finding suckers to give them food and eventually, it turns out, adopt them.
Today a dog walking home on the sidewalk alone is an emergency.
Weeping penis'...leathery parts? ROTFLMAO
I couldn't agree more. This old age sex thing is disgusting and now , thanks to the fine article I don't think I'll ever go grocery shopping again, surrounded as I would be by weeping penis' and leathery parts.
BTW is that latigo leather or perhaps the more fashionable Prada Leather frame Bag in Congac?
Ace of Spades as well as every writer in America could type from this day until the end of time about Sandy Berger and the stolen files and hold he avoided being shot in front of a firing squad ....give it up. It's never going to happen.
There is sufficient body of evidence that Bill C's administration was perfectly will to sell out the US. Waddaya gonna do? W didn't pursue it and now it's old news.
The new news will come when Bill is appointed Intelligence Czar and can really do some damage.
I have said this until I'm blue in the face but the Democrats in the country are Socialists, working for socialist change and will do anything to destroy this countries heritage.
The Democratic booboisie (noun: class consisting of all those who are considered boobs) are too stupid, poor, and envious of those who were smart enough in high school to take algebra instead of "business math" that they'd vote for Idi Amin in his prime if it meant defeating the Student Council and National Honor Society.
So you end up with their champion Bill C., and soon either his wife or mulatto snake oil salesman, apostate Islam, Obama. All hail the booboisie!!
What would Dem penalties be for not buying medical insurance? Death?
Heavens no..you'd be force to watch weeping pensis's and leathery parts slapp'in ...... whew.
I'll buy, I'll buy..where do i sign...
I hit him with my broom and threw up in my bin.
A few words on Rush Limbaugh and John McCain.
First let me say that I haven't heard one broadcast Rush has done about John McCain. I started listening to Rush in 1989 and up until about three years ago listened daily, even if I had to tape it. The mans been right more than wrong, but on this issue it's time for Rush to shut up.
Rush is apparently willing to through the election to the Democrats than to shut up about any transgressions from the lock step Republican Party pooh bahs agendas of the past.
Rush has all the freedom to mouth off about anything he wants because he doesn't make laws or have to make compromises to get laws made. He can rail against any apostasy he cares to that violates his interpretation of what is the correct path.
I would venture to say that if he stepped out from behind the golden EIB mic and ran for office, got messed up in legislation he'd be caterwauling a different tune.
As I site just the other day with AP, using Teddy Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena" speech, it is indeed the man in the arena, not the two time divorcee, drug swilling, porcine radio broadcaster who actually gets the job done.
Actually if Rush were in the Senate he could easily be compared to Ted Kennedy in girth, sclerotic political positions, and drug abuse.
Rush, you're losing it buddy.
Limbaugh is rowin' himself with the other cads in the tub over the edge.
I listen to his McCain bash and note that he is well hedged.
So well, that he admits, whoever is elected in November will not effect him which is reason enough to discount any thing he has to say on the subject.
He can throw in with MorMitt, then for sure and they can buy a country and leave US alone.
Of course, Rush'll still be EIBing his banality back at US.
Vanderleun get's it: "Romney is not the answer since, well, the middle feel -- no matter what you say about it -- there's something too weird about being a Mormon."
Polygamy is not now legal in England. It relates to benefit claims.
Re: dogs. Try and neuter my dog, and I'll hurt you. How on earth will there be any good dogs left in the world if people cannot breed the smartest, best looking, kindest, hardest working ones possible? It reminds me of the way misguided overeducated people I knew in youth sanctimoniously vowed not to bring a child into an overpopuated world, although they had the emotional and material resources to raise a happy and healthy child who might make a real contribution.
It is linked to the PC cant about "How could you possibly buy a pedigreed dog when there are shelter dogs languishing?" Well, tell me why I should bring home a possibly vicious dog out of guilt when I could buy a good animal? I buy a dog that has at least some assurance of having qualities I want in a member of the family. My dogs have large fenced in yards and a huge place in the country to run free, have free run of the house, get loads of long walks and there is always somebody home to keep them company.
But, for example, having a kid in Special Ed, I have zero tolerance for snappishness, or a dog with PTSD or an unknown history. I have never understood the idiocy of people who will sentimentalize about saving the life of a vicious pit bull or other biting, unreliable canine from a shelter (abandonned by an abusive or exasperated owner), but who want to keep loving, stable, responsible owners from putting a good dog out to stud with the best possible mother, to produce good puppies...
My attitude towards dogs is watch them closely and determine if they are good enough to let them breed. As a dog owner, you have a responsibility (if you have a horribly disobedient or stupid or deformed animal) not to worsen the breed by letting it reproduce.
Obviously no pet store animals, puppy mills...
There are many wonderful mutts out there, but I am shamelessly drawn to beautiful dogs. I will tolerate stupid for the sake of some lovely spaniel ears and silky fur and nice proportions and a loving disposition (many men I know choose their women with a similar set of criteria) ...I like having some idea what I am getting in a dog, so like purebred. Just my quirk.
I have had several beloved pedigreed dogs (GASP! I believe in buying dogs from breeders recommended by other happy owners, but have also been given many puppies because our house is dog heaven) that were "pet grade" and therefore affordabe on my limited budget (of course the real expense is the Science Diet, the shots, the vet visit when they get into a porcupine, etc.). Healthy, happy, loving, reliable (more than could be said about some humanoids in the family) but with serious defects that might diminish the health of future generations. So we either had them fixed or just made sure the fence had no holes, etc. No unwanted pregnancies yet.
I also do not believe the propaganda from vets about how neutered pets are healthier. Yes, they are less likely to run away and risk accidents or fights, and yes it lessens embarassing episodes of doggie humping Great Aunt Ida's leg and little kiddies visiting asking "Why is he doing that?" but that's about it... In my experience, dogs and cats that are neutered often run to fat and can be sluggish (tho I know an adorable brown poodle that this is not true of). Certainly, our labradors so inclined towards blubber (such highy developed foraging and steaing skills, they live to eat!) that I would never get one fixed. Every single one of my parents' labradors that they had fixed died young of some form of cancer after getting fat and sluggish. Perhaps coincidence? But when they stopped getting them fixed, the subsequent dogs lived longer, happier, healthier lives.
All our cats have been fixed because it is impossible to keep them indoors (another politically correct indoctrination---my cats aren't happy unless they can roam the neighborhood, hunt, then curl up on our pillow smelling faintly of mouse) and because I don't want a tomcat peeing everywhere. But we keep our cats as working companions (rid the place of mice, etc.) and they are alley cats, so no great concern about their genetics.
The article on old age sex was great! I suspect uneasily that all of our kids already think it about all of us spry ever-23 year olds....
Re: Germany, like many Europeans, who are still consumed by envy of us, and who let us and our few brave and reliable allies sacrifice, and weasel out themselves, BECAUSE THEY CAN NOW. No consequences. Kinda reminds me of some strained relations between early Quakers in our young American colonies, who could not overcome their scruples and bear arms, even to protect against scalping savages (some of whose blood runs in my veins, so I can say what I like about them), but who were quite ready to be defended by gun toting Christian brutes....Ask a PC twit who is being mugged if he might like to see a rescuing squad car? He might not sneer so nastily any more about "pigs..."
Re: War and love. Good piece, and appealing analogy, but more accurate about Americans' ADHDishness and attitudes towards war than about love. I know that I've felt "in love" for longer than 12-18 months at a time. But perhaps I just belong to a romantic family?
My mom and dad went thru horrific trials and illness etc. together but stayed happily married over 50 years primarily because those feelings of being "in love" recurred often enough to make the struggle worthwhile. They were not otherwise especiallly dutiful or religious or committed to much else, but they mostly adored each other, and got twitchy whenever separated from each other. We children were tangential....
Both had the most disconcerting (to narcissistic children, that is) habit of apparently listening to one, then abrupty exclaiming "I wonder where your mother/father is, I have something important I just must tell them..." As annoying as a newly in love person is to friends they used to pay more attention to before the new inamorato!
As a snarky adolescent repulsed by middle aged lovey dovey parents, I couldn't see what they saw in each other. But they fell in love with each other repeatedly thru the years.
During the last few weeks of my dad's final illness, I remember particularly him doing as my mother asked and putting on his old Navy greatcoat and being pleased as punch that he could still fit into it, 50 years later, and holding her hands and waltzing to Strauss with her around the living room, her in her wheelchair. He reached over and kissed her whispering "My beautiful bride!" and you could tell that in his eyes she was still the only one. So I would say that romantic love doesn't always die. If it's true love, it may seem to be coolling down, but add a few logs, stir it up, and it flames up again...needs tending, but isn't necessarily doomed to go cold...
Beautifully written last paragraph, Retriever. The sentiment is perhaps what made the writing special. You are lucky to have witnessed that. Although, I wonder......... the way things turn out sometimes these days, it might have been better not to know love really can regenerate itself like that time and again.
Still, I will opt for lucky because it gave you strength.
Somehow R's essay made me think of a passage i just read in "Masters of the Air" by Donald L. Miller. It's a sort of anecdotal history of the 8th AAF in WWII. The author tells a story of film director William Wyler, in England and flying combat in order to film "Memphis Belle" about a B-17 and crew. Anyway, soon after the war, Wyler said the war had been "an escape to reality" where "the only thing that mattered were human relationships; not money, not position, not even family. Only relationships with people who might be dead tomorrow were important. It is a sort of wonderful state of mind. It's too bad it takes a war to create such a condition among men."