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, January 29. 2010
Crude and diabolical but hilarious: Ace on Chris Buckley's take on the SOTU. I would live in terror were Ace my editor.
"Best practices" in medicine often turn out not to be.
The arrogance of power. Noonan with Washington is sick and broken—and it can solve all our problems. The very notion that Washington politicians can solve our life problems is insidious, manipulative, infantile, and destructive to the country.
How could anybody not love a guy who can write like this:
"The brambles and the thorns grew thick and thicker in a ticking thicket of bickering crickets. Farther along and stronger, bonged the gongs of a throng of frogs, green and vivid on their lily pads. From the sky came the crying of flies, and the pilgrims leaped over a bleating sheep creeping knee-deep in a sleepy stream, in which swift and slippery snakes slid and slithered silkily, whispering sinful secrets." From James Thurber, The 13 Clocks (New York, 1957)
Now for some Thurber dogs -
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Thursday, January 28. 2010
VDH at NRO (this is his entire post):
In addition to growing government, I think VDH gets right to the core of the underlying Dem agenda. When you think about it that way, they are being fairly successful.
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What was never mentioned in the SOTU? National security.
How Mann and Jones hid the decline. They just abruptly eliminated all of the cooler weather stations.
Related: Brit climate people broke the law
Why Medicare is terrible for docs and hospitals. Dr. Bob
Why not return Detroit to the French?
It's about time: Dem Hold on Jewish Vote Slips
For people who love food and cooking: CHOW.
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One heck of a rant from Lewis in Am Thinker about affirmative action: The Lesson of an Affirmative Action President
"Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money - only for wanting to keep your own money."
We have it pretty good these days. From Gene Expression:
Feldstein: What's wrong with the economy?
Rick Moran is rational on campaign finance and the Court
Who made money on the swine flu hysteria?
Moderate Democrats Abandoning Obama Over Healthcare, Big Spending
Charter School Demand Surges, Outstrips Supply
Oregon to businesses: Screw you. Brilliant plan.
93 year-old Dr. Koop goes on air against medical rationing
Wednesday, January 27. 2010
After all I’ve counseled, my 9-year old son insists on doing it his way in tomorrow’s 4th grade elections to the student council.
His speech is about how he will tell the students what the council decides, rather than tell the council what the students want. Liberal.
And, he’s carrying in a bag of candy for the students, to get the students to elect him. Corrupt.
If he wins the election, will he bring home congrats letters from Pelosi and Obama?
I'll post the election results in the comments.
Meanwhile, this approach might have been better:
OK, OK, I've failed as a husband, too!
You have to drink one shot of Tequila every time the O says "I." See 132.
Have ambulance on duty.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:34 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
This is about a Brit neurosis. How naive can they be? Will they fall for any con? Do they refuse to accept the fact that there are tricksy, dishonest people out in the world? Via Betsy:
Maggie's Farm demands Congressional hearings about the Climate Fear Scam and the UN's role in promulgating it.
Driscoll notes that the one nation ignored by the O about their amazingly swift and generous aid to Haiti was Israel and their IDF medical and rescue teams. with their field hospitals.
Off topic - We are adding to our blogroll the following good sites:
Fausta (who has a good post today about Venezuela)
The MSM meme is that the middle class wants more care and attention from the O. More goodies, more empathy, etc.
That is BS. What the middle class wants is less taxes, fewer government jobs, less government - and to be left alone to do what they can do best with less government getting in the way of our lives and stifling the economy.
Yes, President O. If you really want to do something for the middle class, shut up with the programs and destimulate.
Also related, Arthur Laffer says we are headed for a train wreck. That is not good for the middle class.
From Bowman at New Criterion's Ain't Gonna Study War No More:
PC makes some hatreds privileged and deserving of "understanding," and others not so.
I notice that our Editor is getting into wild animal recipes again. We must not forget this one (definitely use the bear grease if you have any left over.)
French Fried Skunk
Clean and wash the skunks, making sure that the scent glands are removed. Cut up into small serving pieces. Put a soup kettle on the stove and add the meat. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and boil until the meat is tender, about 40 minues. Remove all the scum that rises to the surface. Make a batter by mixing together the egg yolks, milk, flour, salt and baking powder. Mix real good until the batter is about like cake batter. Heat the bear fat or lard in a deep fryer to about 360 degrees. Dip the pieces of skunk in the batter and then fry them in the deep fryer until golden brown. Drain well and serve.
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams (Image is Copley's 1772 portrait of the firebrand rabble-rouser and tea-partyer)
Man who enjoys things informed he is wrong.
Why women cannot be mechanics.
Forty years of feminism: Is a BJ the new goodnight kiss?
Five Shocking Stats About Men and Sex
Fully robotic and computer-controlled: the factory of the future is now.
Algos at war: Computer-driven trading raises meltdown fears
Hoyer: I can't have my way. Ergo, The process is broke
The moral rot at Duke continues
From muckraking hero to criminal. Stupid jerk.
Brooks: The PhDs vs. the MBAs. I'm with the MBAs: Without those MBAs, who would pay the bills for the PhDs in Medieval Studies?
Sowell is pleased by last week's election: Great Scott!
Insty introduced us to Future of Capitalism.
Suddenly, there is no rush:
Tuesday, January 26. 2010
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