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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Wednesday, February 3. 2010
Thinking creatively about medical insurance. He says:
At Minding the Campus. One quote:
It would apppear that it is from bone fire, a burning of human bones.
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At City Journal. One quote:
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From Dennis Prager's What I Said to the Republican Members of Congress:
FOX News may have Megyn Kelly but check out one of our Maggie's Farm fact-checkers (photo).
The intolerant Left: Tebow and NOW at Hot Air
What is the IPCC supposed to be doing?
Related: Global warming is dead
The wine train stimulus scam
Keep an eye on Iran this month
Legal Insurrection: Here's What Early Draft Of Constitution Said
Read and weep: The new tax proposals
Frank Rich wants to see more violence
Dems worried about 2012
Government medical care: Canadian pol to US for heart surgery
Photo from Theo, of course
Tuesday, February 2. 2010
Down the mall from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, a new museum will open next November, the National
Considering a trip to the Dolomites and the Veneto this August, with visits to Venice (not again!), Padua, Verona, Castelrotto (Kastelruth), etc. Apparently the people in the Dolomites do not really think of themselves as Italian (they had been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until WW1, and Mussolini Italianized the names).
Found out there are many villages up there in the Dolomites where the people mostly speak Ladin (not to be confused with Ladino). Several million people in the Veneto speak Venetian, too. People in Castelrotto speak German.
Photos below of Castelrotto, which looks more alpine-German or Swiss than Italian. It's the south Tyrol:
An education is like exhibiting good manners. If you pretend to have them, it's the same as having them.
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I am sad to say that The Complete Pogo, Vol. 1, has not yet been released. It's a damn shame.
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Rahm Emanuel terms budget doubters and dissenters "f-ing retarded." That would include me, and I'm sure he is correct. Respectful debate on the merits is great, isn't it?
Speaking of f-ing retarded, Punxatawny Phil is. 6 more weeks of winter? Well, duh. Tell me something I don't know, genius.
Whole piece at Overcoming Bias.
It's been a sad 15 years without Calvin and Hobbes.
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Found a Wooly Bear caterpillar curled up cozy in the wood pile the other day. I carefully placed him under a hunk of bark in the woods. I have loved these critters since I used to find them with my Mom as a young kid.
They contain a cryoprotectant that keeps them vital during their winter hibernation. When it warms up, they will wake up and eat like crazy, pupate, and become a tiger moth - the Isabella Moth.
Miss Megyn Kelly. Indeed she does. And brains, too.
Steyn on AGW
I do not know who Lady Gaga is but she sure has some nice outfits
What a surprise. Foreign countries don't play nice. As they say, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you”
The WH budget presents a choice of two futures
Matthews: Conservatives=Khmer Rouge. Gee, I thought Conservatives were Nazis.
Monday, February 1. 2010
Government spending on education increases its costs. Of course it does. "Free money" gets spent, plus more.
The Feds have no business tinkering with education, which is properly a local responsibility and for which no responsibility has been given, and over which no power has been granted, by the Constitution.
It is nothing but Fed payoffs to teachers, teacher's unions, and academia. Feeding the Beast.
A quote from Dr. Laura (my bolds):
And then I find myself thinking "Who the heck would want to come home to face themselves?"
During the 1700s and 1800s the Brits scoured the planet to find cool places to visit (or to make money). Amelia Edwards was one of them, and she wrote about it. It was the era when, if you saw a couple of ladies riding side-saddle in the desert or the mountains, the natives would think "They must be English."
She wrote mysteries too.
We have in hand her book about her trip to the Dolomites: Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys.
Her other books here.
Chart above via Dino. It splains a lot. No real world experience.
The new Blaser R8
Peer groups and self-control
Too cold for windmills in Minnesota
100 years of radio broadcasting
Now, Pew Says, Marriage Is a Better Deal for Men Than Women. Maybe that's why gays want marriage?
We do get it, Mr. President; we just don't like it
Russia urged China to dump Fannie, Freddie bonds in 2008
By all means keep the public out of the health care debates. The people are a real problem for politicans.
The "aspiring classes". Aren't we all? All aspiring for different things, too.
Haitians beg USA to take them over. No thanks.
Record cold grips the planet. What does this mean?