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.
Academic Lunacy. Hansen via Dr. Sanity. It's not insane - it's Gramscian!
Oil reserves increase over time.Cafe Hayek. That seems true, for at least the next couple of hundred years, but I still like nuke power.
Farm S&M Festival at Iowahawk. I can just imagine how many Google "farm p*rn sado-masoch*sm" seaches ended up there.
Poor Juan Williams is getting it from the Left. Althouse. How did the Liberal Williams become what Dems consider to be a house slave? I like Williams, and would love to have a beer with him, but I disagree with him 90% of the time. He is in trouble with the Left because he tries to be calmly rational - and because he is man enough not to be afraid of FOX. Perhaps "calmly rational" is not the political game...
Sexy Katrina produces inadvertent humor in The Nation, re Admadinnajabba. Hatemongers. I always give Katrina a pass though, because she is cute and sexy-looking. Just as she gives Admadinejabba a pass, because he is anti-West.
SCHIP is socialized medicine. Novak at RCP. As we have said here before, when you begin handing out "free" insurance to people making over 80,000/year, you are trying to bring the middle class into the entitlement class. Same as they did with Medicare on the other end of the age range. It's a clever strategery.
Did you read Barrister's post on Gramsci? It's worth a look, if you are weak on your Gramsci Thought.
Eurabia is real. Fjordman at Brussels Journal. It begins:
Does anyone still think it is a conspiracy theory to say that there is a coordinated campaign going in Europe to destroy the established nation states and surrender our countries to Muslims?
I would put it "to the Muslim hordes." Why don't they just fix their own places instead of bringing their alien culture to us, where it doesn't fit in? Read the whole thing. Immigrants always want to come to the prosperous, civilized, industrialized Western nations - and then they want to change them. Stupid, and cruel and insensitive to their overly-generous hosts. My message to all immigrants in the world:Man-up, Stay Home and Fix It. We did that job already, and you can do it too. Difficult? Of course, but that is what the world really needs for harmony and prosperity.
Photo: Lunchtime during the construction of the Empire State Building, 1930, from Dr X, who always has cool old photos.
Another Brussels Journal article, "Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship" by Paul Belien, comes to mind:
"In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week [former Soviet dissident Vladimir] Bukovsky called the EU a 'monster' that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a full-fledged totalitarian state.
"Mr Bukovsky referred to confidential documents from secret Soviet files which he was allowed to read in 1992. These documents confirm the existence of a 'conspiracy' to turn the European Union into a socialist organization . . .
"They all complained that the changes in the world, particularly after [British Prime Minister Margaret] Thatcher introduced privatisation and economic liberalisation, were threatening to wipe out the achievement (as they called it) of generations of Socialists and Social-Democrats -- threatening to reverse it completely. Therefore the only way to withstand this onslaught of wild capitalism (as they called it) was to try to introduce the same socialist goals in all countries at once."
More on the Gramscian implications in my own related post at the time, "Leftist elites: Unwitting servants of a totalitarian impulse?"
Regarding the S-chip and everything like it: (from Theo's- I like this better than the frog-in-the-pot analogy)
'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a Fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the
fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.'
(This)... is exactly what (is) happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops, welfare, medicine, drugs, etc.
While we continually lose our freedoms - just a little at a time.
One little piggy cursed and lamented his fate.
All packed with his brothers in a loathsome state.
He hatched a plan for escape by the pigpen gate.
Conditions dictated his getaway would have to wait.
Rufus said, “You are not fat enough for my plate!”
While corpulence is indeed a piggy trait,
One must not underestimate piggy’s brain of weight.
Little piggy cursed and snuffled, “I’ll not be butcher’s bait!
We all must collect our might before it is too late!
Come, comrade piggies, let us plot and pick a date.”
They snorted, kicked, and farted so - such anger would not abate.
The piggies stormed, stomping hooves ‘gainst the protective grate.
Their combined desire for liberation nary a force one could rate.
They escaped! Oh marry me to freedom! My future is surely great!
Oh joy! Oh oink! We have seen the last of pork-chop Hell.
We give our thanks to our new master, Sir Piggy Orwell.