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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Sunday, May 28. 2023
Coppola discusses the Making of The Godfather Part 1
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For small jobs
Call me lazy if you want to, but I like these light-weight cordless chain saws for small jobs. Heavy pruning, for example.
Sure, I have regular pruning saws, but those electric things are nifty. I go with Ryobi because I already have all of their betteries and chargers for blowers and trimmers.
For heavy-duty, I do have a Stihl Farm Boss which I love to use, but it is overkill for small jobs. For example, I have overgrown lilacs. Neglected to remove 1/4 or 1/3 of their older main stems annually. 3" thick now.
You can find all of the mini-chain saws on Amazon.
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The Book of Charlie
WaPo has some thoughts about “The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man,” by David Von Drehle.
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From today's Lectionary: Pentecost
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
2:11 Cretans and Arabs--in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power."
2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
2:13 But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.
2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
2:17 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'
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A corner of our Maytime front garden
That's Fritillaria, Bluebells, some Hosta, Coral Bells, Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea.
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Saturday, May 27. 2023
A KGB spy's story
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Saturday morning links
Making Pizza on the Grill Should Be Your New Memorial Day Tradition
MEMORIAL DAY? NOPE, IT’S ‘TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE’
How trans ideology came for therapy
Review: You Hurt My Feelings. Little lies.
OUR ILLITERATE COLLEGE STUDENTS
Beer industry "in shock" from Bud Light boycott
It's not a boycott - just avoidance
Supreme Court Takes Away EPA’s Power Over Backyard Puddles. Sorry, puddle police.
Newsom Blasts Target CEO 'Sell-Out', Claims Nationwide "Systematic Attack" On LGBTQ People Imminent
Students attending law school — in San Francisco — claim campus steeped in racism
DHS funds program that classifies Republican Party as "far right extremist" organization with links to Nazis
Pregnant Nurse Hunted By Internet Mob After False Accusations Of Theft and Racism Will Sue, Lawyer Says
Engineering Racial Outcomes - A federal appeals court ruling on admissions at a prestigious Virginia high school could have major implications for future court fights over affirmative action.
Harvard Law Exposed: Courses Encourage Ape Behavior
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Friday, May 26. 2023
Lex chats with Elon Musk about lots of topics
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“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
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Friday morning links
Photo: Our Siberian Irises are in bloom
Daily flights, NY to the Faroe Islands
Mrs.BD would love that
At High School Debates, Debate Is No Longer Allowed. At national tournaments, judges are making their stances clear: students who argue ‘capitalism can reduce poverty’ or ‘Israel has a right to defend itself’ will lose—no questions asked.
Kotkin: Can California Be Saved? Though the state retains great advantages, bad policies accelerate its decline.
TGIF: Cruising for a Bruising - Canadians say yes to death. South Koreans say no to birth. Plus: DeSantis, flat-earthers, a Citi Bike Karen—and Bezos’s amazing love boat.
VDH: The Left Has Pushed the Envelope. Why are our government, corporations, and popular culture colluding in mass suicide—to the delight of our enemies like Communist China?
OK, but I don't think China is an enemy
U.S. NEWSGreenwald: Regime Journalists Promote The ‘Right’ Conspiracy Theories To Be Successful “Journalists who spread conspiracy theories that the CIA wants them to spread get promoted, and the journalists who question the conspiracy theories of the CIA get destroyed.”
We all live in a world of lies
Want to be a Seattle firefighter Lt.? Best know your woke reading list!:
"..rather than knowing the ins and outs of the job"? That has zero to do with skin tone.
NY: ‘Right-to-shelter’ off-ramp is long overdue
Why no one will learn the lessons from "Citi Bike Karen" fiasco
5 black kids tried to steal her Citibike. Wrong narrative
New York Office Buildings Emptying Out
But rentals are high, along with tourism
Germany Is Turning Against The EU's Green New Deal, Common Sense To The Forefront
The World Realigns
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Thursday, May 25. 2023
Thursday morning links
Solar storms have dramatically increased this year.
I blame climate change
Early Apes Lived on Savannahs, Not in Forests. Two new studies suggest that 21 million years ago African primates frequented edge habitat and fed on leaves
Scientific American is Now the Bud Light of Science Journals
Plastic Recycling Now Contributing to Microplastics Pollution Mania
Nebraska Becomes 18th State To Ban Transgender Surgeries On Children…
What Banks Do
Leftist Cancellation is the New Rite of Passage
Trump’s ‘Hush Payment’ Trial to Begin Months Before 2024 Presidential Election
Why my GOP competitors should take my lead and visit America’s inner cities: Ramaswamy
Joe Biden Keeps Lying That His Son Died in Iraq. In fact, he lies about an assortment of his dead relatives.
Contrary To Popular Myth, Brexit Was Not A Bad Decision And Did Not Fail
Scotland moves toward removing trial by jury
The Ukraine War Was Provoked - & Why That Matters To Achieve Peace
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Wednesday, May 24. 2023
Tina Turner, RIP
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Happy Birthday Bob
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Wednesday morning links
First Psilocybin Service Center in Oregon Receives License
Hunting with Golden Eagles and Sighthounds
Researchers document 55 more white sharks in Cape Cod waters
It is a conservation success
WHAT DOES GOOGLE THINK OF YOU?
Burgeoning burger battle: Agriculture really bugs Lurch and the Left
L.A. Dodgers apologize to
Target Under Fire for Selling Clothing Made By Creepy Satanic Transgender Designer That Promotes Drugs and Violence
The escalating madness of woke dogma on college campuses
Black people who do not understand racism
MSU students sue professor who forced them to pay into her progressive slush fund
Native American Man Gunned Down After Calling CBP on Trespassing Illegals
It's "Obvious" There Will Be "No Victory For The Poor Ukrainians": Viktor Orban
What would "victory" be?
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Tuesday, May 23. 2023
Too smart of be a US President
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A quote from MarK Twain's The Mysterious Stranger:
More quotes from the unfinished story here.
“Still, it is true, lamb," said Satan. "Look at you in war—what mutton you are, and how ridiculous!" "In war? How?" "There has never been a just one, never an honorable one—on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful—as usual—will shout for the war. The pulpit will—warily and cautiously—object—at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it." Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers—as earlier—but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation—pulpit and all—will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
― Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger
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Tuesday morning links
A Wall Street accountant turned professional escort says she's a psychopath – and swears it's the key to making 6 figures
Democrats to parents everywhere: Your kids belong to US, not you!
Social Justice™ Now Claims Waking Up Early Is White Supremacy
Now, It’s Time to ‘Cancel’ Problematic ‘Three’s Company’. Collider dissects beloved '70s sitcom in a pitch-perfect woke parody
First they came for Roald Dahl, then they came for Monty Python
California High School's Female 'Teacher of the Year' Busted for Allegedly Having Sex with 16-Year-Old Student
Inappropriate, but a crime?
The guy who issued the Florida warning lives in Florida
The Encampment State - Billions in spending have failed to solve California’s massive—and worsening—homelessness crisis.
Poll Shows How Radically Different Americans' Opinions Are From Liberal Corporate Media Narratives
The FBI is a danger to democracy
Not meant to be the KGB
Uber’s DEI Chief on Leave After Complaints Over ‘Don’t Call Me Karen’ Seminar - “We have heard that many of you are in pain and upset by yesterday’s Moving Forward session.”
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Media Malpractice: Russian Hoax Confirmed by the Durham Report
More upstate NY counties declare a migrant state of emergency
Musk is right about Soros, libs’ trouble with truth and other commentary
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Monday, May 22. 2023
Tim Keller, RIP
Tim Keller, retired New York megachurch pastor and bestselling author, dies at 72
Here's 11 minutes:
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Not an Eagles fan
But this tune is like a dark American hymn. "She came from Providence..."
Our internet pal Gerard lived in Paradise until his place burned down.
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Monday morning links
Spectator: Umbria: Italy’s underrated gem. The region is so much more than the ‘poor cousin of Tuscany’
Goldman struggles to close gender divide after discrimination payout. US bank commits to boosting female staff in wake of $215mn settlement but some remain sceptical
1 in 3 Female Recruits Injured in Army Basic Training - "Nearly 30% of female recruits were injured on average each month"
UT Austin tells students to use 'wimmin' instead of the word 'women'
Because It Worked Out So Well For Bud Light, Fords Unveils Its “Very Gay” Truck…
Finally, A Solution To The Problem Of Intermittent Power Generation -- The "Virtual Power Plant"
Elise Stefanik, Republicans Push Back on Biden’s War on Chocolate Milk
Running therapy has effects on depression and anxiety symptoms comparable to antidepressants, but provides additional health benefits
Work/Life Balance at Goldman Sachs
Sullivan: The Queers Versus The Homosexuals - We are in a new era. And the erasure of gay men and lesbians is intensifying.
" She tells what happened when she, married with three children, fell in love with another man and decided to divorce her husband and to marry her lover."
Deaths of Despair Now Significant Among the Young
How rotten is the FBI?
US National Security Experts Urge No More Weapons For Ukraine In NY Times
Joe Biden Is Preparing to Provide US F-16 FIghter Jets to Ukraine – World War III Can’t Come Fast Enough for These Elites
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Sunday, May 21. 2023
A trivial war: The War of 1812
Really, only Canadians still remember much about it except for the song.
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Karma and Kana
In the UK it is Snakes and Ladders. In the US it is Chutes and Ladders. A morality game.
"The phrase "back to square one" originated in the game of snakes and ladders."
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From today's Lectionary
1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"
1:7 He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.
1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.
1:11 They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.
1:13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
1:14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
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Saturday, May 20. 2023
"Weimaraners are a medium to large pointing dog breed that are tireless, cooperative workers and loyal companions with a strong protective instinct.
The story of the Weimaraner has all the elements of a Hollywood melodrama. It is a classic tale of how marketing, money and the vain pursuit of blue ribbons can turn a noble breed of hunting dog into a caricature of its former self. Fortunately, like any good melodrama, there’s a happy ending. "
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Why Tucker Carlson is/was so good
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