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.
I have dibs on our leased boat for this weekend down in Rhode Island, and will pick up the boat in salty Newport today with a new special friend. Should be good fun even though she doesn't know too much about boats...yet.
Newport is always a pretty good time if you can avoid bar fights with the alcoholic sailors in the local pubs. Maybe we will shove off tonight, or maybe in the morning. I am considering heading to Buzzard's Bay, stopping at Cuttyhunk, popping up through the Cape Cod Canal and then putt-putting around the Bay. Maybe to Wellfleet for the best oysters in the world, and P'town for a Portuguese seafood meal, and then maybe out onto the ocean, Stellwagen Banks to see some whales, then out to the Race for some Striper fishing. Depending on weather, I might take the outside route down to Chatham to hole up for the night, and make a big circle but this trip will require speed and might be too ambitious, not to mention burning tons of gas. The GPS makes it so easy, but filling the gas tank is going to hurt badly. Carpe diem, though. Back home late Sunday night to the Massachusetts woods, God willing. See ya later.
Let me opt out of Social Security. Please. I understand all of the arguments, but I have no desire to force the youngsters to be taxed for my retirement. My life is my gift, and my problem - not yours and not your kids'.
Unequal America. Naturally, from Harvard Magazine. Two comments on this thoughtful if deeply flawed essay. First, the serious one: It makes the fallacious assumption that wealth is a zero-sum game. Wrong: there is no such thing anymore as "share" of wealth, except via taxation. Wealth has not been zero-sum since economies were based on farming, and you had to own land. It is, and should be, the goal of the American economy that everyone be wealthy, and we've done a better job with that than anybody else in the world. Without the Death Tax, we'd have even more wealthy folks. Me? I am voluntarily poor right now (an IRA, an old 4WD F-150, a boat-share, and a rental apartment), and more than half-loving my single, free-as-a-bird life. When I need more money for kids or whatever, I will find surely find a way. Socialism makes everybody equally poor, and unmotivated to achievement. Second comment: When Harvard College admits applicants by lottery, I will believe in their committment to "equality." Until then, I think their committment to "equality" is the empty sanctimonious elitism which we are so sick of.
Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. "Meta-messages" and re-defining patriotism. Am. Thinker
Why America is the greatest country on earth. Ben Shapiro
But some disagree. Who is responsible for "the greatest holocaust in human history"? Hitler? No. Stalin? No. Pol Pot? No. Attila the Hun? No. Mao? No. The correct pomo answer is apparently the American Founding Fathers. Good grief.
Rockin' and rollin' at NRO. Scroll. They are all in a good mood over there. I am, too. Warm beer, and fireworks from the waterfront villages shooting over the water. Always a fine American weekend, regardless of weather. God Bless America.
Yup. all your special friend needs to know is that you ARE the master, and life will be sweet with no extra swimming, either.
"Newport is always a pretty good time if you can avoid bar fights with the alcoholic sailors in the local pubs." H-m-m-m, you're correct about that; half of them are my relatives, but watch out for their husbands and brothers, too, out on the water.