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.
FYI: I will likely be away the rest of this week and next, depending on the weather. I really do need a vacation with plenty of salt water, seafood, sand, and sun. Boating this week around RI, Montauk, Cuttyhunk, Nantucket, and Chatham, then, afterwards, camping on the coast in Maine. That is my current plan, anyway, but I do not camp in rain: been there, done that. I will try to post if and when I can, and will pre-post a few items if I feel inspired.
Sometimes I wonder why I turned my "links" posts into a near-daily item. It just grew like Topsy, but it was never intended. And it was never intended to try to be timely - just interesting. Our original idea here was to avoid the timely (and to limit our total number of posts to 3-4/day max), because you can depend on the rest of the web for hot news. However, one does tend to get caught up in ephemera - if only as diversion and for its entertainment value.
Yes, I do need a little vacation from politics, work, and the internets - and some good American perspective and some good American clams and a good American sunburn or two. I am amused to see our excellent blog pal and fellow Yankee Jules doing the same thing.
This Irishman knows what he's doing. Apparently he is not inclined to vote his freedom and autonomy away. Clearly, he is not "Progressive."
With health care "reform," Ted Kennedy would die right away, In the remarkable world of modern medicine, only rationing can cut costs. I forget the exact stats, but something like 80% of US medical care costs are in the final year of life. Adding weeks or months to dying peoples' lives is one expensive thing at which medical science has excelled. (Don't get me wrong - it has also produced wonderful, near-miraculous things.)
[FDR's] New Deal gave Americans "hope" and "faith" in a "cause larger than themselves." Hope for what? Faith in what? What "cause"? The answer: the liberal God-state or, if you prefer, the Great Society — which is merely that society governed by the God-state in accordance with the general will.
Al Gore set up a carbon trade company more than a year ago. Now he buys carbon credits from himself. What a con man he is. That's the ONLY thing I give him credit for, and it's not something most of us would be proud of.
Now I'm going back to watching the city tear up my street with giant earthmovers.
There was a wonderful example a while back that perfectly demonstrated how lucky we are to have Junkles as the site's linkmaster.
Let's say Junkman normally posts about 10 links. I might read three of them. And that sounds about right. Looking at an eclectic world, we're probably personally interested in a third of it.
Then one day Junkie was off on some jaunt so Bird Dog posted the daily links. They were really interesting! I wanted to read almost every one!
But therein lies the problem.
BD did what most of us would do; cruise through his favorite sites and nab a bunch of links. And, because those interests happen to coincide with mine, I was interested in most of the articles.
But that means the next person, with completely different tastes, isn't going to read any of his links, whereas he would have read three of NJ's posts -- albeit a different three than you or I would have.
The gift that NJ brings to the site is that he routinely goes beyond that "what I like" criteria that most of us would succumb to and lays it all out there. While I may only click on three of his ten links, I'll always click on three of his links, and so will the next guy, and the next guy, despite our widely varying interests. He is truly a master of his craft.
NJ: Do your damnedest to stay away both weeks. Psychologists agree that the first week is just spent unwinding; that the real vacation starts the second week. And Jephy's right about the medicinal qualities of beer. I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.