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, July 27. 2021
As editor of this eclectic site, I am sent interesting links from contributors, readers, friends and family, etc. daily.
As a Dog Days experiment, I'd like to ask our folks to directly post their links onto the website whenever they feel like it.
Run the links through Notepad first though, or the font will be screwy. Sort-of the way Instapundit's contributors do.
It will lighten my load, and, remember, besides the $300 k I get annually from Dunkin (just kidding), this is not a paid job and my life is busy with fun, and with some difficult challenges, always. And yeah, I am not retired and never want to be. (Mrs. BD complains that I can not learn to relax. I hope I never will, although I do read at night in bed.)
In July and August, we tend to run a fair number of re-posts. Our contributors are welcome to repost past stuff that would be interesting. Especially on weekends.
So the vaccinated are "running out of patience," eh?
The Fastest-Growing Group of American Evangelicals - A new generation of Latino Protestants is poised to transform our religious and political landscapes.
Why Are We Selling Farmland to China?
It's About Time We Stopped "Trying Communism"
NYPD Brings a Reckoning on Leftists Who Seize Property and Call Them 'Slavecatchers'
Democrats Realize There Are Consequences to Their Actions
The Left Allows No Deviation From Orthodoxy
IS CRITICAL RACE THEORY ILLEGAL?
It’s Fun Watching The Press Humiliate Itself
1.8 Million Americans Have Turned Down Jobs To Stay On Unemployment
Pope to UN Forum: Hunger Is 'Crime' Violating Basic Rights
Democrats Want To Legalize 8 Million Illegal Aliens…
It's Official: The NSA Unmasked Tucker Carlson
The Guardian view on Haiti’s turmoil: long-term solutions are needed, not an imported fix
Monday, July 26. 2021
A wonderful career
Jackie Mason was a Jewish American comedy icon. These videos show why.
Substack: Last, Best Hope for Free Speech
The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.
Kotkin: The End of Merit
University debuts nation’s first bachelor’s degree in diversity, equity and inclusion
Silicon Valley’s Cynical Treatment of Asian Engineers
Eric Adams is making excellent use of long wait before he can finally become NYC mayor
Fauci Says Mandating Masks For Vaccinated People Is “Understandable”…
St. Louis mandates masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, recommends masks outdoors
Protesters Rage Across Europe As Lockdown, Vaccination Mandates Begin
Govt Workers Sue Connecticut to Avoid Returning to Work
How to Racist
DC Police Chief: 'you cannot coddle violent criminals'
Sunday, July 25. 2021
I told you that in Sicily last Spring we had Parsley Pesto (with grilled swordfish) and Pistachio Pesto (with grilled pork), but we never saw a Basil Pesto. They do love their Pistachios in Sicily - they use them with everything. We brought a small, overpriced jar of pistachio pesto home, but it's fairly easy to make.
"Pesto" means something that is pestado - pounded or ground up, as in English "pestle and "paste." Walnut-Parsley is a popular combination. Also, fresh mint pesto. The Cuisinart is what made Pesto easy.
More: Move out the way, basil. Cheese + nuts + olive oil + garlic + whatever the hell you want = awesome pesto.
Pesto is for seafood, vegetables, noodles.
Lots of his 20+ minute sermons on that website. Give him a try.
3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
3:16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit,
3:17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.
3:18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
3:19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
3:20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,
3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Saturday, July 24. 2021
Just anchor the boat in some cove, and have at it. Water fun.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:46 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Divers Discover Ancient Military Vessel in Submerged Egyptian City
Restoring a 1959 VW
Wild birds don’t need your backyard feeders to survive
They are for fun, for people
Almost a Million People Can’t Leave Home in Sydney Because Man in His 80s Died from/with COVID
Cleveland Indians Changing Name To “Cleveland Guardians”
Molotov Cocktail Lawyers Headed to Trial After Plea Negotiations Break Down
Tough Jews, Las Vegas, and the Legacy of Meyer Lansky
Psychoanalysis in the Age of Apology
Biden’s Troubling Department of Education Nominee
Kentucky school district to host year-long anti-racist mathematics training program for teachers
Meet Ben & Jerry’s Board Chair: Anti-Israel Activist Has Published Defenses of Hezbollah, Hamas
Chicago Schools Will Require Masks
A nutty person: 4 Reasons I’m Wearing a Mask Again
Fauci sideshow -- NIH clearly collaborated on dangerous research with China
Virus research is potentially dangerous, of course. So what?
Chinese Virus Retrospective: The Shame Of Our Public Health "Experts"
From a commenter at Powerline:
Making rain in the desert
Friday, July 23. 2021
Fedora, Trench Coat, Cigarette, and Gun. Humphrey Bogart’s legacy as an unconventional heartthrob
Why NYC is still No. 1
NY Times Says To Start With Your Air Conditioning To Solve Climate Emergency
California Decriminalized Shoplifting. The Results Were Completely Predictable.
Ace on the lefties at Tik Tok
Facebook announces sweeping new restrictions on criticism of protected groups.
Democrats Move to Rename 1,441 Places
Fauci Goes From Opposing Masks for Adults to Imposing Them on 3-Year-Olds
Sen Cotton on Breaking the Crime Wave
99.2 Percent of Biden’s Infrastructure Proposals Isn’t about Bridges
Woke Racial Activism Bears Fruit: Gallup Survey Shows Positive Views On Race Relations In Free Fall
BLM goes quiet
Introducing the Journal of Free Black Thought: A celebration of black viewpoint diversity
Psaki Calls Hunter Biden’s Meeting With Potential ‘Anonymous’ Art Buyers ‘Reasonable’…
Che Guevara’s Daughter Calls for More Repression Against ‘Low Class’ Cuba Protesters
Ali Mayorkas, Keep Faith With Cubans. My family and the Mayorkas family were friends who fled Cuba for a better future in America.
Law of the Sea Court Ruling Continues to Challenge Chinese Aggression
Israel: Jews Gaslighting Jews: A Primer
Thursday, July 22. 2021
An outtake. Was a final version ever produced? Some darn lyrics:
I am good enough, but not the best, at my day job. I tend to be interested in general life competencies which have less relation to profitable pursuits.
Long-time readers know my list of life competencies. Nobody needs to excel at them, but the more of these you can sort-of handle, the richer life can be:
Friendships - most important of all
Swimming, snorkeling, and, best, diving
Doing some religion
Fishing of any or all sorts
Sports - the more, the better
Physical training and weight training
Handiman skills - the more, the better
Handling canoe, kayaks, sailboats, powerboats
Developing an art skill whether musical or other
Financial management - not rocket science. Just an estate guy and Vanguard funds.
Hiking, camping, basic climbing, and orienting abilities
Dog-handling and training
Natural history - knowing the trees, plants, bugs, birds, geography, geology, etc. makes being outdoors much more interesting
What would you add or delete, in comments?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:45 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
VDH: The American Descent into Madness. America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to a repressive and frightening place by July 2021. How did that happen?
An assistant professor at Appalachian State University recently argued that enforcing behavioural standards in public high schools is rooted in racism
Critical Race Weary
Yes, Critical Race Theory Is Real, And It Is Poisonous
The economic data are surprising. For one, immigrant Africans do better than native whites.
“Patriot” Is Hate Speech: MSNBC Warns Viewers to Be on the Lookout for Online Groups That Use the Word “Patriot”
Pentagon Flags Phrase ‘Truth About BLM’ As Possible Extremist Identifier…
About hate speech in Canada
Good to see that David Warren is back at it
Althouse on Rand Paul, Fauci, and Scott Adams
Former DC Council Candidate Proposes Creating “African Only” Zones Of Washington DC…
Taliban and ISIS already attacking the green zone in Kabul
Response to Cuban Unrest Unmasks the Left
Wednesday, July 21. 2021
Silliest new potato I've seen, from a friend's garden this week.
Is walking a part of your fitness routine? If so, be aware that ordinary walking is not valuable "cardio" except for the elderly and the infirm. However, walking and hiking can be perfect for a day of active recovery from a week of exercise.
Assuming a person in decent health, an ordinary street walking speed for men and women is around 3 mph (3.2-3.4 for New Yorkers, which is why you get jostled). Below that is a stroll. This applies to more or less level ground. 3 mph walking is not "cardio" because the heart rate is not sufficiently elevated to challenge or strengthen the heart - or to build lower body endurance.
Deliberate hikers like to move at around 3-4 mph on level ground. I can barely hike at 4 mph (15-min/mile), especially when it's beginning to get dark and I want to get back somewhere. It's a difficult pace for me, though, because my legs want to break into a slow jog at over 4 mph instead of maintaining a vigorous walk. Some fit and experienced hikers hike at 5 mph with a backpack but at 5 I am definitely jogging, not walking, and I break into a run between after that.
Fitness level and body architecture play into this. If curious about this, your phone can give you your average speed of progress during walks and hikes unless you like to pause to look at birds and wildflowers and snakes and toads. After all, exercise is so you can enjoy life so not every hike needs to be a death march. Maybe most of them, but not all.
Best ways to improve your walking and hill-hiking efficiency? Stair machine, elliptical at the higher resistances, and fast-walking or even jogging on a good incline on a treadmill (say whatever incline you can handle if fast-walking). An hour of that is a good "active recovery" from other exercises, or good for beginners.
* In the US, normal military march is 3.4 mph (17 mins/mile), but for Army Rangers it's 4 mph.
Also, walking and jogging are not for weight loss. They are for maintaining functioning and for having fun.
The Sriracha guy
Losing battle for NYC streets: Goodwin
Lockdown hysteria did more harm than COVID-19
Senator Rand Paul Confronts a Very Nervous and Lying Dr. Anthony Fauci
Washington Post Columnist: ‘Rand Paul Was Right and Fauci Was Wrong’
Manchin Goes Rogue
HOW CRT LED TO KENDI
‘Pure Orwell’: WH comms director Kate Bedingfield reveals that the Biden admin has their eyes on conservative outlets’ ‘irresponsible content’ on social media
Now They Are Saying That The Republican Party Is The #1 "National Security Threat To The United States Of America"
Axios: Anyone else notice Dems running away from their party?
Shades of Clinton: Joe Biden used private email to send government information to Hunter
" I am quickly learning why the New York Times and the left (but I repeat myself) are so spun up about Hungary"
Tuesday, July 20. 2021
We asked my father-in-law how his 96 year-old buddy was doing. Reply:
"He's beginning to show his age."
Planning is always good, but a boat can't do that. The fact that they are Brits is no excuse.
How Bourbon Rose From a Humble Grain to Embody American Exceptionalism
The German Experiment That Placed Foster Children with Pedophiles
The Overdose Wave. America’s drug crisis saw its worst year ever—again.
Jeff Bezos’ flight is an ego trip, yes, but it sets the stage for so much more
A world protected by windmills? In 1717 Christmas Floods in Germany killed 14,000
Joe Biden's Fears Are Expressed and They Show How Far Gone He Is
The Incoherence of the White House's COVID Messaging Reaches Code Red Levels
Another Manhattanite Mugged By Reality: The Case Of Maud Maron
Just How Desperate Is CNN? It's Not Pretty...
Bookworm Beat — the life in Biden’s America
'Your evil revolution': How a reggaeton anthem inspired Cuba protests
Monday, July 19. 2021
Like most other bugs, their "adult" reproductive phases are usually brief - a week or two. However, their time as eggs, larvae (in this case, caterpillars), and pupae varies depending on species and climate.
Some even migrate (eg Monarchs) and some, like Mourning Cloaks, (photo) hibernate, which is why you sometimes see them fully-fledged on the first warm days of Spring. Tough buggers, live on tree sap.
How Long Do Butterflies Live?
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