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.
John Masterson Burke (1812-1909) led a long and successful life with many prominent friends and business associates, including Russell Sage and the Vanderbilts.
He never married, had no close relatives, and lived in a spartan manner in Manhattan. He left his $4.5 million estate in the name of his mother "for the establishment of the Winifred Masterson Burke Foundation, which is to be a rest home for convalescents..." The inspiration for his idea is unknown. Today, The Burke Rehabilitation Center in the NYC suburb of White Plains, NY is the premier rehabilitation and rehabilitation research center in the world.
A dear and close relation of mine is there right now, post hip-replacement and, if you have any doubts about American medicine, you will not after you see how this amazing place works.
It's interesting to read Burke's 1909 New York Times obit. Annoyed distant relatives came out of the woodwork after he wrote his final will.
BD -- Are you aware that you got a link on Fark's main page the other day? That's actually something of a coup as they rarely link to bloggers. And supposedly a 'Farklanche' is a pretty big deal.
What might be interesting would be to go back through the site specs and see how the Digglanche from a month or so ago matches up against the link on Instapundit you got about three weeks ago and the Fark link from the other day. Granted, subject matter is going to play a big part, but the numbers would still be interesting. You might think of comparing them in an article as I'm sure others are interested in the subject.
Without knowing any better, I'd guess that Digg blows the others away, but it'd be intriguing to see how Fark compares to Insty.