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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Saturday, January 9. 2010
Almost four decades after being released in March 1973 from 5-years of captivity by the North Vietnamese, Lewis Meyer was finally honored yesterday with two Purple Hearts and the Prisoner of War medal.
I’ve been honored to become friends with several former Vietnam POWs, whose modesty, humility, resilience, and continuing contributions to the
Lewis Meyer, captured during the Tet ’68 attacks, was a POW held at the Rockpile near
But, it has taken until yesterday for Meyer to be given his deserved medals.
Photo by K.C. Alfred - Union-Tribune. Meyer wearing his dress firefighters uniform, thanking the 150 people who attended his medal ceremony.
The news article says he returned to the
For ongoing adjustment issues, about four years ago, Meyer sought counseling from the Department of Veterans Affairs. A friend since junior high school, retired Air Force colonel Dean Erwine, compiled witness lists and statements, wrote letters and made phone calls to get Meyer the medals he deserved. “We hit a bureaucratic cement wall…First they told us he needed to be attached to a particular military unit to get the medals. Then they said he wasn’t eligible because he was a civilian.”
Meyer’s supporters then got help from
The news article ends on this note:
At Am Thinker, A Revolution in Massachusetts
How Sarah Palin
How the government is Prolonging the Recession
At eighteen, in Paris,
Then something approached with a calm rhythm
From above, I saw clearly
When I stepped inside again,
Of course I was not yet ready to be grateful.
(Barnes lives in Maine. She is the daughter of Henry Beston, author of The Outermost House - a book that was a mainstay of my family. There is a brief interview with Barnes here, with a listing of her books.)
Friday, January 8. 2010
Don't give up. MA may be a Dem machine state with the SEIU and ACORN etc on board, but it has plenty of Yankee free thinkers too. The Public Policy Polling report.
Wines for fast food. Prof B
Nutrition and Tradition The Science of Food and the Culture of Cooking
A small Canadian seaside town in New Brunswick has been warned lobsters that wash ashore cannot be eaten because they weren't caught under license.
Whole Foods' John Mackey: Food Fighter
How school lunch programs manage to promote obesity and hunger at the same time.
Photo: Butterflied lamb from the grill. There is nothing better. Lamb must be cooked rare or it isn't worth eating, and the butterflied leg in the photo looks overcooked for my taste. Costco has great butterflied leg of lamb.
I believe that we all have an immature side which wishes - or sometimes pretends - that our unwise and ill-considered actions might not have negative consequences. Some people have more of that wish, some less. Also, some people learn from bad experience better than others.
(I am not talking about neurotics who unconsciously or semi-consciously invite trouble upon themselves.)
As parents, we often have to invent consequences, eg a spanking if they run into the street, or grounding if they defy a curfew. However, the best teacher of consequences isn't parental discipline: it's Mr. Reality, aka The School of Hard Knocks.
Dr. Dobson has a brief simple discussion of the topic: Behavior and Consequences - The effective use of a powerful parenting tool
When the other kids got older we would ski all around New England as a family (my Mom skied, but Dad read books by the fire and shepherded), but most regularly at Stowe, Stratton, Bromley and good old Magic Mountain where I got skewered with a ski pole by my cousin one time.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:22 | Comments (21) | Trackbacks (0)
A widely accepted truism in marketing is that sex sells. A recent academic study of movies finds that sex doesn’t sell. The study’s co-author found those attached to the truism resistant to the facts:
It wasn’t until I noticed a small squib in this morning’s newspaper that I was aware of the research report, which CNN reported about December 29th. (I wasn’t distracted by watching porn or looking at the lovelies occasionally appearing here at Maggie’s Farm. Actually, I’ve been enjoying the unfolding of my Optimist’s Prediction For 2010, as the portents darken for liberal-left activism and brighten for center-right activism.)
According to the study of 914 films released between 2001-2005, the largest sample yet studied, CNN leads with: “A recent study concluded that nudity and explicit sex scenes don’t translate to success for major motion pictures,” at US or international box offices or at the Academy Awards. A researcher at the Culture and Media Institute finds similar results for 2009:
CNN quotes an author of the study:
What did sell? “The top-grossing films in the study included movies like "Shrek 2;" "Spider-Man;" "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," all of which contained mostly minor to mild sex and/or nudity.”
What about horny young men?
That isn’t a surprise to those of us who love the great movies from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, where romance flourished, scenes faded away after the kiss, and viewers projected their own emotions and desires on to the screen, rather than today having to sit through another repetitive graphic humping on the screen.
At Maggie’s Farm, a few of us contributors enjoy occasionally posting a salacious photo, but the success of Maggie’s Farm is mostly owed to its cultural observations and photos. Our chief Bird Dog keeps that at the forefront of focus.
Let’s take an informal poll: readers please comment on our blog’s mix.
The arguments pro and con in detail at Lizards.
Sweetheart Like You (1983, from Infidels). Lyrics here.
Why people go to graduate school in the humanities
Ilya Somin: How Markets Make Us More Rational
Politico: Democratic majorities safe, for now
Powerline: CT politics, then and now
Greece: A Greek Tragedy
Too rational for our Congress: An Immodest Proposal Regarding the Estate Tax
Oh, the irony: Lawyer Of Gitmo Detainees Say They'll Likely Sue To Stay In GITMO
Thursday, January 7. 2010
What are "intellectuals" anyway?
When I was young and vain I thought I was one. I read lots of books, got myself overly-eddicated, used to read the New York Times daily, and robotically held most of the socially-acceptable, arrogant, bien pensant views. Now I know I am a regular person who just tries to live in reality as best I can, fully aware that many non-tweedy, non-Ivy grads understand life far better than I do. Uncommon sense and sensibilities can replace common sense. From Tom Sowell's new book, with interview video, at SDA:
We used to ski the places on Rte. 93 quite a bit when the pups were younger. Wildcat and Gunstock Mtns, too. Less crowded and, truth be told, more genteel folks on average than on the Vermont slopes. I am partial to Loon, but Cannon Mtn. gets the prize for NH's funkiest, old-style place. Here's a brochure from the 1970s (Mittersill has been closed since the 70s):
Krauthammer is right, at NRO:
Very smart. Read it all (link above)
Order this book through Jules, and he will be grateful: Surgical Speed Shooting: How To Achieve High-Speed Marksmanship In A Gunfight.
Send a few spare bucks to Scott Brown.
Jacob Burkhardt did. First Principles.
...my friend saw a leaf floating down from a tree in a peculiar swirling pattern. He then asked, "Dr. Einstein, why is the leaf falling from the tree like that rather than straight down?" Einstein replied with a smile, "I don't know."
Via a piece at Am Thinker by Lauri Regan. I find "I don't know" to be one of the most useful sentences in the English language.
Profiled in the NYT Magazine
A sad end for the Tavern on the Green. They closed down last week.
Pajamas: Global Warming as Climastrology
Re France's planned laws, from Dr Helen - Go directly to jail: Women are the worst perpetrators of verbal violence against men
What's up with Yemen?
Am Thinker: What the Dems Know: Universal Voter Registration
The C-SPAN Lie? See Eight Clips of Obama Promising Televised Healthcare Negotiations
Via Lucianne, Big Journalism launches.
A Reason rerun: Upholding the Right Not To Be Offended
CSM: Life after Guantanamo? More detainees go back to jihad
Pethokoukis: Can the GOP take CT?
Wednesday, January 6. 2010
Our readership grows each year. It used to double, but now it only grows at around 20-25%. Bummer.
Cybersluts that we are, we want to keep on growing. It's our only reward for our efforts - besides our own private pleasure in posting.
I know that we are a boutique site - not to everyone's taste - but there are probably millions out there around the world who would like to partake of the Farm's offerings.
(Remember that politics is just one part of what we discuss here. Even if people are further Left than we are, they can read us because we try to discuss things half-intelligently and with facts - except when we need to perform a therapeutic rant.)
Do us a favor, and do your friends and email list people a favor, and send the link to Maggie's around. It's a free subscription! Plus no annoying advertisements!
Thank you, Readers.
(Photo of one of our farmworkers, organizing our archives for posterity.)