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
Monday, August 17. 2009
Jay Cost at RCP: Obama misread his mandate. This essay is on the money. The Dems are acting as if the whole country were like San Francisco. One quote:
Why you won't see medical tort reform (h/t, reader):
Despite the top sellers, the NYT still refuses to review conservative books. Very foolish of them. Thoughtful reviews and critiques would be a good thing.
The last swine flu vaccine in the 80s killed more people than the flu did. Now Guillain-Barre returns with the new flu vaccine. I think I'll pass.
Are the days of the classic car over? I kinda think so.
"Dutch embrace Islamic names." That's one way to put it, but I can think of other explanations.
The tactic of manufactured crises. Am Thinker
Cry havoc, and leaf through some books on war with Jules, overlooking scenic Cape Cod Bay.
Putting the heat on ACORN. I don't mind political advocacy groups. I just mind when they are paid with my tax dollars, like ACORN. It's a huge scandal, but the MSM will not touch it.
Via Front Page:
The O hires campaign ad firms to promote government medicine. That had better not be on my nickel.
Sissy remembers The women now went willingly into the field. Women like to do for their families. So do real men.
What's the deal? Dr. Emanuel isn't my doctor. He has no right to make my medical decisions.
The evil, evil anti-O racism of Tinky Winky. Yes, I think the O is a joke. I think all politicians are jokes.
From The American:
Hollywood seems to think that the government is either screwing up the country because it doesn't know what it is doing or it is destroying the country because it is trampling on the rights of its citizens. However, the people who hold these convictions are the exact same people who want to turn over the operation of all the key components of the country to the government to manage. Health care, energy, education, the economy itself -- these and dozens of other critical features of American society should be directed, according to the Left, from the hallowed halls in which the bumblers and betrayers work.
Who are the uninsured and should we pay to cover them?
Stunning Freudian slip by the MSM
How Canada is saving money on government medical care
Quoted at Carpe Diem:
Comprehensive health insurance is such an ingrained element of our thinking, we forget that its rise to dominance is relatively recent. Modern group health insurance was introduced in 1929, and employer-based insurance began to blossom during World War II, when wage freezes prompted employers to expand other benefits as a way of attracting workers. Still, as late as 1954, only a minority of Americans had health insurance. Thatís when Congress passed a law making employer contributions to employee health plans tax-deductible without making the resulting benefits taxable to employees. This seemingly minor tax benefit not only encouraged the spread of catastrophic insurance, but had the accidental effect of making employer-funded health insurance the most affordable option (after taxes) for financing pretty much any type of health care. There was nothing natural or inevitable about the way our system developed: employer-based, comprehensive insurance crowded out alternative methods of paying for health-care expenses only because of a poorly considered tax benefit passed half a century ago.
Emails to House members overwhelm website. Keep 'em coming.
Enjoyed our Barrister identifying government and politicians as a powerful special interest: the most powerful one. Wish I had had that insight.
Who is really doing the astroturfing? As noted at Insty: "Have you ever seen a clearer case of projection in your life?Ē
Orthopedists slam the O for "blurring reality". Nice euphemism, docs.
For the last year and a half, President Obama's arguments in favor of his health care reforms have consisted of little more than recycling every popular myth dreamed up by socialized medicine advocates to illustrate how wretched our private health care system has become/
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Lots of good stuff, as usual. Thanks for the link!
Thanks, people. However, I cannot keep up with the News Junkie's job.
I have enuf to do, and I will be away too for a couple of weeks before Labor Day.
Bird Dog ... This is off-topic I know, but it looks like I may be back on the Maggies receiving list. Insert "Whoopie!" here. Comcast just finished installing a direct line to the Internet and selling me a separate modem from my husband's. The first time I attempted to connect to Maggies, it wouldn't do it. But the second was better and now I can read all the back essays and postings you have available. What a thrill!
Thank you more than I can say for your continuing presence in my life. And thank all you regular posters for adding such richness to my thoughts. You know who you are -- Luther, Buddy, Jappy, Meta [you little rascal], jephnol, and Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all. If I've missed anyone, know that you're in the list anyway.
A grateful Marianne
Good news, MM. You seem to have had a unique problem. Welcome back.
Of course there will be future classic cars, including the following from Government Motors:
1. The reintroduction of the classic Yugo, now made by GM. Now its top-of-the-line model.
2. The "Hugo," named after the progressive president of Venezuela. It has a verbal information system that will tell you your speed, remaining gas, and will also hurl anti-capitalist insults at you.
3. The "Slogo," intended for senior citizens (left blinker permanently on). Just what you need to get to the outpatient clinic for your heart bypass surgery, now scheduled for December 12, 2014.
4. The "Nogo," an even more affordable GM car for the American masses. Since it will constantly be in the shop for repairs and replacement parts, it will sitmulate the economy and lead to full employment. (Americans should be using environmentally friendly mass transit options anyway.) And to reassure Americans that they have a "choice" in their transportation, it will be spray-painted in various colors that will all flake off to the grey primer in about 12 months.
5. And finally, in honor of our president, the "O-go." Lots of chrome, and a powerful revving noise periodically comes from under the hood, but it doesn't actually move. It's intended to stay in your driveway and look good.
No surprise that the Liar in Chief has such strong support from the professional liars.
Hahaha... pretty clever, Jim. I especially like the "O-go." But let's hope it is a short model run.
And MM, glad to see you back. Hopefully your problems are solved and you won't be MIA anymore. The deftness of your wisdom is missed when you're not around. Welcome back!
If the facts in the ACLU case are as described, it is a clear abridgement of the student's rights at every point. A school has no business prohibiting the graduation speaker from expressing respect or distaste for organized religion, Christianity, Intelligent Design, Darwinism, or antidisestablishmentarianism (it will do you good to look up the word). A student could properly be required to refrain from obscenity or treason and probably could be required to skip sex as a topic. She has as much right to credit her spiritual belief or Jesus Himself for her success as she has to claim the credit herself.
The school leaders should be ashamed (and sued silly) for acceding to this and the ACLU should be ashamed (and sued silly) for even considering negotiations of this sort.
I didn't read the link. But yours is a damn fine defense, Geoff.
So glad to have you back, Marianne! I've missed you!
I know how frustrating it is to lose connection. ugh. It sounds as if you have it fixed, though. Yay. :)
I didn't get from the article why the ACLU was called in in the first place. I do know nothing scares school officials more than a lawsuit, and they will sacrifice everything to avoid one. No excuse, however, as they are curtailing freedom of 'possible' speech. That is so outrageous as to make you gasp.
What makes me sick is the intolerance. These kids who make it to the top were inspired to work hard. Religion, Jesus, inspires a lot of kids. So do parents, coaches, teachers, a competitive spirit - those are fine but religious belief is not? Very wrong. It's HER story, and it must be respected. If a society cannot respect an individual's accomplishments, then civilization takes a hit.