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.
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Friday, July 25. 2008
I am off to sea again - see y'all on Monday, God willing. Try to have as fine a weekend as I will. The stripers are biting off Montauk. Stripers, not strippers.
Respect: Why it's not a bad thing to be named Gambino. I think I'll change my name from Junkie to Gambino.
Rick Moran outdoes himself. One quote:
The loony hypochondriacal Mold Scam. The world is full of mold. The outdoors is full of mold. Mold Rules the earth. It will probably inherit the earth.
Are guys really better at Math? Stop looking at that gal on the right. She's good at math and navigation.
Definitely Divine Providence. Insty
Berlin Yes, Baghdad No. WSJ. As I seem to recall, we occupied West Germany and Berlin, didn't we?
Health Care 2008: A Political Primer. New Atlantis
Things just aren't all that bad on Main Street. Unless you work on Wall Street.
"Underrepresentation" and "overrepresentation." Thompson. I am deeply, deeply concerned that straight men are underrepresented in costume design.
Fathering autism. WaPo. Everybody wants to blame. Tony Snow knew better.
Hey. What the heck is a "community activist"? Is that a, like, job? Or what is it? Quote from Malanga, at City Journal:
Normal, competent folks don't go into politics. It's a well-known fact. They do real jobs that produce money and do not cost us money.
Photo from Theo is a favor to cheer up our blog pal Bruce Kesler who used to post at Democracy Project. It's a long story.
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Gentlemen, please ... I'd hate to think y'all are so shallow, that if a girl has nothing worthwhile to say, all she has to do is unbutton her shirt, and y'all won't care. I have more respect for you than that. Or should I?
Or is the young lady a nuclear physicist?
Who are you kidding BD. This is the babe who fixed your glasses in Italy. I knew she wasn't blonde. You didn't want to print a picture of her, because Mrs BD would get pissed off, so you had The News Junkie do it for you. Smart move on your part. I'm proud of you! You're starting to shed that Mommie's Boy image you have.
Marianne, I'm a bit surprised by your envy, and jealousy. Can't you see this woman is an aspiring ophthalmologist.
"Strip aside the rhetoric and the mesmerizing presence on the stump and you are left with a rather ordinary, rather inspid liberal with visions of a planet united and America a slavish partner to the goals and aspirations of the bureaucrats at the United Nations – the US an emasculated presence while our own vital interests take second place to those preaching the gospel of universal brotherhood.
This has been a dream of the new left for 60 years. And Obama, the word made flesh of that dream, is just the man to fulfill that destiny"
And strip away the man and you're still left with a significantly large percentage of electorate, and especially the most visible elements of its popular culture, that wants to believe such bs.
jappy dear ... I am lost in admiration of someone [besides moi] who can spell ophthalmologist correctly. I am not envious of the young lady. Once, long ago, I looked like that. Only better. I just don't want to think of men, like yourself, being so shallow that they don't care what she thinks, only how she looks.
With all due respect Ms. Matthews, based on my own quasi-scientific research (which, full disclosure, is only marginally better than OwlGore's) most girls that look like that (especially girls that pose like that, and I speak of the original more revealing photo that jappy referred to) don't generate enough thinking for even us shallow fool men to care about. Dad told me things were different back in his day. I have no data to go with, but he never lied to me. Well, except about Santa Claus...and the Easter Bunny, but I never bought that one to begin with...
Alright, who stole the picture of BD'S Italian girlfriend, and put Gwynnie's picture up there instead? Marianne you have no idea of the power you have. One post, and you shamed the shallowness out of the shallow men who dwell on Maggie's Farm. I and the rest of the bloggers are not shallow men. We would never turn our heads to look at a bimbo like that. The still water I swim in is very deep, never shallow. Ciao Bella! I hope you and the Mr are well!!
Girls are as interested in math as the boys in high school, namely not very interested.
They are not however as interested as the nerds are; and the nerds go on to be the engineers and so forth, and remain interested in math, more interested in math than a social life, often.
Girls don't choose that path often.
Well, we'll see if the girls continue to close the math gap over time. The current data is that in an educational system that generally scores girls half a letter-grade higher in any random subject, with teachers actively encouraging them to take math, girls still - in general - score lower in math than boys from puberty on. Not much of a headline, I'm afraid.
Plus Ron Hardin's point about math at the extreme upper level...