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Wednesday, November 19. 2008
Post-Americanism or Anti-Americanism? Krikorian on the Obama admin:
"Global authorities"? This sounds like old-fashioned Imperialism, Soros-style.
Trained Thought Crime snitches in Canada's schools. 1984 was not written to be a handbook.
Obama's AG pick is a gun-grabber. No surprise there.
The government couldn't even run a whorehouse
The complicated logistics of war in Afghanistan
Govt pensions and the markets. A mess. Taxpayers may need to pay twice.
Blue Dog Dems gain power.
American Jews don't care about Israel? Powerline
Auto bail-out on the way. A quote:
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Government pensions "Taxpayers may need to pay twice?" Excuse me? It is interesting and perhaps Barrister could comment in a more learned fashion than I can about how Americans are refining the ability to welsh on contracts and obligations.
Many govt employees, at least local, fund their own pension funds entirely with payroll deductions over 10, 320, 30 or 40 years of service. This is taken out of their paychecks, not matched, ,and merely managed by their employers (whose administrators are often corrupt and paid in soft dollars etc by the substandard firms who get the contracts with the municipality, say) The employee has no say in where the money is run and cannot withdraw it whilst employed. At the end they face the likelihood that the employer will find a way to welsh on the agreemen as to how they pay out the employee's own money.
It is good for anyone to be able to grow savings tax exempt whilst working, and have it be a kind of forced savings (people making 50k or so a year don't have a lot of leeway for exotic investments and are as tempted to buy Lumixes as millionaires). That is why I have done so.
But the prudent people I know are increasingly taking their savings out as a lump sum when they retire or quit the job or are laid off in restructurings. Who in their right mind would trust their own hard-saved cash to a promise of a regular payment when such rabid hysteria talks about workers bankrupting their former employer!!! (Incidentally, the workers who do it are perhaps guilty of not stoking the economy enough: they live in more modest houses, tend to be stably married, attend church, drive old cars, never travel, do not eat out, all in order to fund their savings) to the rich people in the community who think the money is theirs??? Pirates at work and pirates in their home towns. If the investments fail, because stupid administrators didn't just give it to a safer fund like Vanguard, municipalities will face a far worse problem when everyone takes their life savings out and invests it themselves.
I didn't work like a dog (and yes, we lazy governmental employees are mostly now working jobs that used to take 2 or 3 people) and deprive my family (they have never been to Europe tho I grew up there) only to have North American versions of the Somali pirates plan to deprive me of my life's work savings. And don't even get me started on Social Security.
It only feels like 320 (and can't afford new glasses on my lavish salary) so missed typo at first, sorry.
Depends on the state and locality - and on the union contract. In NYS, most pensions are gvt-paid, not 401Ks. Same in MA. In CT, it varies.
Generally, at least cops, teachers, and officials get govt pensions.
Thank you for "World Peace and Bacon Greece." As I wrote in the comments over there:
Delightful post! 'Hope Mayor Bloomberg doesn't find out . . .
My cat Baby Cakes tried congealed bacon grease once when I was experimenting with homemade lard for baked beans and pie crusts (I order freshly rendered leaf lard online now from Dietrich's Meats in Pennsylvania). Like you and your brother, Baby 'saw what you meant.' Check out his look of disgust in the photo topping this blogpost:
It is satisfying to have a ball of pastry in the refrigerator
Re international progressivists, the dictatorial imperative seems irresistible to our friends on the left side of the aisle.
Love lard but I never really understood the whole cat-on-countertop or table thing. I'd sooner waterproof my boots on the kitchen table than allow R.P. McMurphy, the Squirrel Killer of Nequasset, up there! (Okay - let the fur fly!)
I'm with you, Pajak, on keeping the felines off the surfaces on which food for humans is prepared or eaten. Our tortoise-shell female has finally learned not to sit on countertops, at least while I'm in the house, but the top of the dining room table is still disputed territory.
But then, we do what we can. She's 14 years old now, and probably not going to get any smarter, but just in the last year she learned that I don't like being nibbled on, "love-bite" or not. Maybe it's because I started to brush her every day. Whatever works.
Our ginger cat has become obese this fall on clumsy squirrels, etc. She doesn't go on our table or counters often as rarely hungry for welfare from us. I wd allow her up if delivering a nice rabbit or pigeonn for the family dinner, but no such luck. She only brings us voles, mice, catbirds (the latter divebomb our eyes all summer some 20 years in a row so no sentiment about her murdering those birds. I do miss seeing the ornamental birds, tho. The fault there lies 50/50 w rescue dog pup who lies pretending to be asleep then leaps up in mid air to catch dumb bird. Not sure if she learned this trick from the cat or developed it independently.
Pajak, Marianne Matthews and randolph:
Beware obsessive cleanliness:
Recent research has found evidence for the so-called hygiene hypothesis, which explains how more sterile environments can lead to higher rates of illness. For instance, scientists in Germany recently found children exposed to farm animals (and the associated bacteria and other microbes hiding out there) were about half as likely as other children to develop the autoimmune illness Crohn's disease.
No risk of that. Kept ponies, chickens, turtles and 18 beagles as a kid. Am now the world's worst housekeeper w dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish all over the house. I just don't like mud or cat hair in my dinner or having the food stolen by felines when my back is turned .
I attribute my kids' lack of allergies to lots of household exposure to grime, breastfeeding past aged 2, and blind luck (both parents suffered)
Near the top of the most dangerous dirty things on the planet:
The human mouth and a cat's claws.
Meta Mays, public toilet seats are dirty things. In regards to "handling your nuts", its called pocket pool. When my hands are cold I put them in my pants pockets. I don't have to explain the rest. I vigorously disagree with your flawed(not clawed) thinking in regards to public disclosure on where our money is going via the Fed, and Treasury. Do you really think that it will cause a bank run? Why did the FDIC increase the limit to 250,000? Your friend,a down,but never out, lowly shepherd. : )
Ditto on cats on a food table. I told my wife if I ever catch the cat on the table I'll skin it alive. Can I have my klonopin back?
Jappy, Sir Knight of the Nut Nuzzlers:
Twas not I whining about the FDIC or any money junk on this thread.
I just wanted to state for the record that cat's claws are a thousand times more dangerous than a terlet seat. Human mouth is, too. That's why when you fight, you hit 'em on the jaw - not in the mouth. Nope. A cat gets on my counter and the Clorox straight-up comes out. The only cat I ever had is gone now - back into the night from whence she came.
My daughter has a cat that's a wild thing. She should rename it Meth. My neighbors have an old cat I call Gray Kitty. I should rename it Klonopin. He wanders over in slow motion and flops over and thinks about the days when he was wild and frisky. :}
I can never outwit you, Buddy, or Luther. Foiled again. You big vixen!! . . . . . . . Nut Nuzzlers good come back.
Great name for Jappy -- Sir Knight etc.etc. And Jappy caro mio, have a great Thanksgiving with your favorites. And you, too, Meta.
We have an elderly Gray Kitty in our neighborhood too,who does everything in slow motion, including wandering through our yard and begging for a tummy rub. He's either an American Blue or a Russian Blue, and they're usually quite ponderous even when young. They're funny, I think, and so are Persians, who pretty much stay where you put them. And purr a lot.
Wish the human Persians were like that. Fat chance.
"Wish the human Persians were like that. Fat chance."
Fox News Alert: Al Purrda in a move to blow up a convoy changed their minds and took a nap.