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
Tuesday, June 24. 2014
I am convinced that juicy fat is healthy. All science in the past 30 years says so, but before that the experts said fat was bad.
From Williamson's Shut Up, Have a Cheeseburger - So you say you want the best solution?
Bravo to him. I hate Washington with the aggrandizing, pre-fascist pseudo-Roman pretensions of that town, as if it were an imperial city with its statues, monuments, pillars, and memorials imitating ancient Rome. I hate the idea of a luxurious presidential mansion. I hate the pomp, the parties, and all of the government limos. I hate all the money that flows through there, tax dollars, lobbying dollars, legal dollars. I hate the idea of a "national art gallery" and a national theater and all those sorts of imperial trappings. I hate those giant buildings filled with bureaucrats with power over me. I hate the amount of power which is ensconced there. I think all of the grandiosity and money and power and scheming and careerism and celebrity is disgusting and un-American.
I even dislike Arlington cemetery. Those boys and men should be buried at home with their families, in my opinion.
George Washington would have hated his monument, and Lincoln would hate his. Those were humble men, not seeking idolization.
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
Hamburgers are one of the four basic food groups. I could eat 'em every day.
It's too bad the rest of you can't eat my home raised beef. The burger tastes better, by virtue of being fresher than store bought, and it fries up with next to no grease and is still very juicy. Good stuff.
As for the politics. What is there to do but hang on for the ride and despair?
A good rule of thumb is that if it tastes good it is probably good for you.
Kinda funny, for the umteen many centuries of human development, that meat, starch, fat, water, and beer have been staples of the diet, not grasswheat tea, Snickers, and even hydrogenated fats.
Don't even remember Ugh the caveman going on a hunt for a bunch of carrots and broccoli. They do taste good, but its not the fuel the body needs to grow\develop.
Govenment can't even maintain the borders, run the Vet's healthcare, or even find missing emails - how are they experts on dietary needs, beyond what Monsanto\ADM dictate?
Be happy and have a coronary.
And so on and so on and so on...
A much better report
"I even dislike Arlington cemetery. Those boys and men should be buried at home with their families, in my opinion.'
You have to request permission to be buried at Arlington. Apparently that's where they want to be buried.
I'm okay with some of it (monuments), and Arlington, I could do with out the Lincoln memorial, the first president - yeah I'm okay with that, the rest - no need.
The problem with virtually all "National" things is that it comes down to involuntary charity. I love the National Parks, but I'm not crazy about forcing everyone to pay for it - then again, I couldn't afford it anymore if it had to be paid by only those people who visit in any given year. Maybe that means we need to cut the costs to the point where they pay for themselves.
What I really dislike is the size of the bureaucracy.
Government is best viewed as a necessary evil, and since it's evil, it needs to be as small and restrained as possible. We're no longer even a little bit close to that.
the US has some very unique final resting places, besides Arlington National Cemetery.
the USS Arizona is one such.
the Custer battlefield is another, unique because the markers show where soldiers fell (and sometimes also where their horses died with them, interesting reason why...). and because today is the anniversary, those markers say:
JUNE 25, 1876
off topic but interesting. at the Reno defense site, the scrapings made by besieged cavalrymen with their tin coffee cups that passed for cover are still preserved. you can crouch down behind them and experience the point of view of one of those men. Today, stand up and you can see the whole of the Little Big Horn valley, the place where the village was, the back trail and the ridge where Custer rode off to. Back then, stand up and you could see eternity.
and, for what its worth, "federal-style architecture" dates back to 1785 - 1815 and was influenced by the Greeks, not Romans, and is a homage to Greek democratic principles, that, you know, what the whole Western world evolved from.
I couldn't agree with you more about D.C. I've hated going there for the past thirty years. Every time I look at the government buildings filled with federal workers, I ask myself: what are they doing? Why do we need this? The Lincoln Monument, which I loved as a child, now strikes me as one of those Marxist-like creations meant to overwhelm the ordinary citizen.
D.C. is THE pit of corruption in this nation.
How did they ask them?
Especially the ones without family. I think his point is that this imperial federal city is eager to appropriate the bones of young dead men as adornments.
I'm assuming you're making an exceptionally obscene joke, and I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're trying to be funny rather than just a trolling asshat.
the family has to request burial:
yes, and part of this is personal, Dad -- decorated Navy enlisted with service in WW2 and Korea -- will be interred there.
this thread needs a sanity check.
I'm assuming you're making an exceptionally obscene joke, and I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're trying to be funny rather than just a trolling asshat. this thread needs a sanity check.
Nothing about this thread is funny. But this thread might need a Maître d'.
I believe both you and I are guests on this site. I try to never fling unnecessary vituperation or fart in someone else's house. Try it.
I honor your fathers service. You're lucky. I never knew my grandfather, he died shortly after the war of service related issues. His daughter, my aunt, lives with me today. A dependent child of a WWII serviceman. She gets about $750 a month. Good thing she has family.
You can honor the men and women interned in Arlington while still (as News Junkie did) being repelled by the way it's all made part of the Governmentland amusement park. News Junkie did me one better, I only had a jones about the obscene Presidential Palace (formerly know as the White House, now known as the Red Shed). But he makes a good point that (Greek/Roman whatever) it has an undeniable function as the symbol of what this nation has become (evolved/devolved?).
How's your history? Did you know that the site of Arlington National Cemetery was illegally seized and initially used as a burial spot solely due to the sprite of one Union officer?
don't post on issues like eligibility for burial at Arlington, a topic you are clearly utterly ignorant of and probably still are.
Arlington National Cemetery is part of "govermentland amusement park"??? are you out of your mind????
you can honor any deceased military member's service by keeping your mouth shut on Arlington and not speculating on the paths that brought the deceased to rest there. otherwise, your honor is not wanted.
is that plain enough?
try to impress someone else with your high school grasp of civil war history or go have a cry over RE Lee on your own.
only the most libtarded websites demonstrate your crass disrespect for American war dead. you are way out of line.
The property that was seized was owned by confederate Gen. R. E. Lee.
It was more the Athenian Greeks who gave us this idea of monuments, the Spartan Greeks built little, used no money.
About Arlington, it was Robert E Lee's land but he inherited from George Washington (in a sense).
Humble? Few, if any, of the founding fathers were humble men. They knew ancient history well, and were determined to be remembered for as long as the Greeks and Romans were. Washington thought they were re-establishing the covenant God made with the Isrealites. Every action they took was done so within the context of how history would judge it. Even private letters to their spouses were expected to be read a thousand years later as evidence of their deeds. I am not insulting them. They were great men in extraordinary times and they realized that.
I disagree. Fine, thoughtful and wise men for sure, and far above your average revolutionaries - but not arrogant or self-aggrandizing.
federalist architecture style, reminiscent of ancient Greek democracy, inscription of the Gettysburg and Second Inaugural Addresses and it reminds him of Stalin?
Arrogance or self-aggrandizement aren't the words I would choose. It was a different time and a different sense of honor. They went about it differently than people would today. But they were very sensitive to how history would present them. Many of them are known to have rewritten private letters to show themselves in a better light after events had played out.
Hamilton is a good example. He worked very hard to have his humble roots left in obscurity. He begged for a chance to lead men in combat because he didn't want to be remembered as a note-taking camp d'aide. Ultimately, Washington only granted it because Hamilton threatened to resign from service. Look at how other founders treated him because he was born out of wedlock. And people don't die in a duel out of a sense of humility.
Washingtin was not considered a man of the people, certainly not approachable. Franklin wrote his own biography. Madison was one of the greatest minds in the history of man. Aristocratic was a common description of Jefferson by his contemporaries. They all put their new country before themselves and showed humility before God, but I just don't see it in history that they were humble men.
I enjoy the disagreement.
I have to travel to the DC area often from one of the fifty states. My car has been ticketed while parked on the Maryland side of the street of the DC/Maryland line with a notice that my car will be impounded if seen parked in DC again. My car has been recorded as being in DC at least twice in the past 90 days without DC tags. In order to avoid impoundment, I must present in person at a DC DMV, my driver's license, car title, car registration, a utility bill from my home address dwelling and a proof of mortgage at my home address billing.
The cost to park at a metered spot on a DC street is 4 quarters for 15 minutes, or 4 dollars an hour. A parking garage, which I am force to use, due to the threat of impoundment, is 12 dollars and hour; 18 dollars over an hour plus a tip to the non English speaking attendant.
I wonder, for whom are the monuments and cemeteries? Limousine government workers, elected or hired, have no problem viewing them, I am sure.
The town with it's institutions, monuments, memorials is rotted beyond recognition. The Republic is lost. It's a matter of time before the Ozymandias Effect occurs.
$4/hour for parking? oh the humanity! I'm surprised we're not already a commie-fascist dictatorship.