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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Sunday, December 27. 2009
Blogcritics: The Government is Too Damn Big, Slow, Inefficient, and Intrusive. One quote:
I can picture delicious Tautog (Blackfish) out there hanging around in the rocks, wanting and hoping to get caught and eaten on a nice warm platter - but Capt. Tom has gone south for Christmas - or maybe for the mid-winter - and I would guess that his boats up here are out of the water.
Update: Snow is melting today
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Saturday, December 26. 2009
But the best thing for the gals and the guys are the post-Christmas sales, like Brooks Brothers. Or, as She Who Must Be Obeyed prefers, the "Polo Ralph" shop, aka Ralph Lauren, down where the cuz's live who we are visiting today and where I am enjoying some ceegars and scotch whiskey in the wintry global cooling sleet and wind:
The ladies naturally want to look good. I call that Ralph Lauren stuff wannabe Yankee clothing, and refuse to go into the place. I am a simple J. Press, tweed jacket, bow-tie sort of guy and do not care for their things for myself. Too expensive, too.
The Old Flame
My old flame, my wife!
Via Rasmussen's tracking poll report:
Related: The O rips the American Way as he leaves for vacation
How long does it take before we surrender our common sense to experts? Dr. Bob
More on Christ and Socialism. Moonbattery
The Dem bill, among other things, will do this:
Coyote on Tiger Woods:
Harry Reid on government control of medical care:
VDH on Where do these guys come from? He begins:
Friday, December 25. 2009
Lots more of Tiger's photos if you scroll down his front page -
Our Christmas holiday, or feast day, or Holy Day, is a stew of thousands of years of solstice festivals with plenty of ancient gods in the mix.
Indeed, Christmas' pagan ancestry is just one reason Puritan (Congregationalist) Protestants made it a crime to celebrate it. (Another was that it was a Roman Catholic feast day.)
Here's the history of Christmas tree ornaments.
This Christmas Tree History site recalls:
That is good marketing.
Readers know that I love Christmas for all of its historical and current pagan, secular, and religious meanings.
I spent Christmas Eve, as usual, with dear friends and family - and candlelight at church. That is all magical for me and my family. We try not to over-spend.
May yours be merry and bright.
My favorite. This is St. Paul's, London:
From a post by Michael Novak:
Whole thing here at NRO
A photog friend was skiing at Pico and Killington last week (thanks to global cooling) and took this snap. He didn't see the message until he got home.
The Lord is like that often, in my life. I miss Him and His blessing when he is right in front of me. Blind, but then I see...
(By the way, did you notice the Pileated Woodpecker holes in that tree?)
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Thursday, December 24. 2009
Cockburn at RCP: AGW is a Farce
Photo below from Gateway -
Post Copenhagen: Is Man-Made Global Warming a Dead Issue? I tend to think so, because it was such a big joke.
The Saudis take a stroll down J Street
Bet you didn't read Page 148 Of Health Care Bill
Now livestock are 50% of global warming. What global warming?
An argument for bombing Iran's nuke facilities - in the NYT
"Divisive" means you don't go along with the Left. Powerline
Newt video with "red meat." Doesn't sound like red meat to me - just logical and reasonable. Too bad he never comes across like a Teddy Bear on TV.
Grinch of the Year: Mr. Sutley. What a putz.
"Huge storm"? A commenter observes "Sounds like winter to me."
Liar in Chief: If you like your insurance you can keep it. Not
One of our favorite smart dudes, David Gelernter, on a new book about Darwin. A quote:
Wednesday, December 23. 2009
Harry Reid Turns Insurance Into a Public Utility -The health bill creates a massive cash crunch and then bankruptcies for many insurers.
A best-selling book: Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Their About Us. These are my peeps.
And, by the way, Parliament of Whores is a darn good book about how the US government works.
I have only one firm belief about the American political system, and that is this: God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat. God is an elderly or, at any rate, middle-aged male, a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal and a great believer in rules and regulations. He holds men strictly accountable for their actions. He has little apparent concern for the material well-being of the disadvantaged. He is politically connected, socially powerful and holds the mortgage on virtually everything in the world. God is difficult. God is unsentimental. It is very hard to get into God’s heavenly country club. Santa Claus is another matter. He’s cute. He is nonthreatening. He’s always cheerful. And he loves animals. He may know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but he never does anything about it. He gives everyone everything they want without thought of a quid pro quo. He works hard for charities, and he’s famously generous to the poor. Santa Claus is preferable to God in every way but one: There is no such thing as Santa Claus.
Toon via Theo -
Like we said yesterday, the Dem bill is just the launching pad. Yes, that's the whole point.
How China sabotaged the climate talks
Va. Republicans aim to take 4 Democrats' congressional seats
The happiest states in the USA
ObamaCare designed to be un-repealable
Similar message from Betsy
Nelson Says More Senators Seeking Special Treatment in Light of Nebraska Deal
It's getting hot out there. Better DRIVE TO THE HIGHER LATITUDES
That's why we refer to Europe as EuroDisney. Not a serious place. It was, for a short while in history. Now it's just a cool vacation destination.
Even the Huffpo is disenchanted with the O (h/t, Winds):Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010: Pretty Speeches, Compromised Values, and the Quest for the Lowest Common Denominator
Tuesday, December 22. 2009
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The Dem long-term goal is complete government control of medical care, as in Canada. They make no bones about that.
Their House and Senate bills take a big step in that direction. They do it by mandating the purchase of medical insurance - and then regulating what your insurance must pay for. From what I can tell, they are not really mandating insurance at all - they are mandating that most or all of your medical bills get paid by the general population, depending on what government panels deem worthy of coverage for you (watch that process become immediately politicized).
Thus the need for the hefty tax increases and for an inevitable leap in insurance prices. That leap in prices, down the road, will, the Dems hope, lead to people crying for the government to jump in completely. That's always the plan: break something, then arrive on the scene to "fix it."
A wiser path - but one which would never lead to Canadian medicine - would have been to disconnect medical insurance from the workplace, to ensure portability, to create high-risk subsidized pools (as is done for high risk drivers in auto insurance) for those who cannot purchase insurance, to take down interstate barriers to insurance competition so that people have the choice to buy whatever sort they want, and to do some tort reform so that docs do not need to spend $40-200,000/yr on their insurance. Plus no mandate - it isn't American to force everybody to buy something if they do not want the product.
(As I have mentioned in the past, I like my family medical insurance. It is portable, cheap catastrophic insurance which cannot be canceled - and which would become illegal under the Dem plan. The Dem plan requires me to buy all sorts of junk I neither want nor need.)
Also, via Insty:
I say "Let the broccoli suffer."
Climate touches every white liberal's erogenous zone. Krauthammer.
The UN's Pachauri, like Gore, is getting rich off climate.
Ted Dalrymple revisits Calcutta
Cool rocks. Slide show of some rochers extraordinaire
Kim Peek died.
A book: From Poverty to Prosperity
C of E vicar advises parishioners to steal
Debating national identity turns dangerous?
Point of Law: Impermissible Ratemaking in Health-Insurance Reform: Why the Reid Bill is Unconstitutional
Samuelson in the WaPo: A Parody of Leadership. One quote: