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, September 27. 2020
Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish holiday, begins tonight with fasting until tomorrow night. It is often referred to as the Day Of Atonement. It might better be referred to as the last chance for atonement before the new year begins. The prior Hebrew month of Elul is about considering our transgressions, especially toward others, and making amends. Indeed, every day would be a better start on the future by correcting our bad behaviors and confessing and asking forgiveness from those we may have harmed in any way. That is why this holiday is also referred to as Day Of Return, returning to the guidance of G-d in living the proper ways.
I just returned from ten days hiking in Utah's national parks. Glorious. Photos later. One of my thoughts was about sheep.When under the shepherd's care, they are protected from wolves. When wandering away, the sheep are less safe and wolves have an easier time of it. G-d is our shepherd and we are safer and have better lives when remaining under or returning to G-d's care.
Almost everybody's favorite opera buffa. Rossini wrote it in three weeks. Over 200 years old, and going strong because it is so much fun and so silly, with irresistable tunes.
Forget politics -this is joyful. Good actors too. Ain't Italian beautful? To me, Sienese Italian is the most musical and expressive tongue in the world.
Readers know that I believe in generous but not excessive tipping whether at Dunkin Donuts or at the Ritz-Carlton.
Why? Not only to show appreciation but to help out people in poorly-paid jobs. Food workers, hotel housekeepers, etc depend on tips to make ends meet.
Here are some suggestions: This Is How Much You Should Tip Hotel Housekeeping Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
I think their suggestions are on the low side.
Joe Rogan World Vs. NPR World
Atlanta activist spent $200G in Black Lives Matter donations on house, personal expenses: FBI
Charles Barkley: The Voice of Reason
Amy Coney Barrett Gave a Perfect Response to Anti-Religious Bigotry
NYT: Maybe A Little Anti-Catholicism Is A Good Thing When It Comes To Barrett
Democrats Can't Quite Decide on a Line of Attack Against Judge Barrett
I'd go for "too white bread, nice, smart, happy, and wholesome" as the attack line
Democrats Take Aim At Amy Coney Barrett
Powerline: THE REAL AMY CONEY BARRETT
When Biden Calls A “Lid,” Democrats Wet The Bed — And Trump Starts Mocking
But it could be an effective Rose Garden strategy. Leading in polls...
25:1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
25:2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
25:3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
25:4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
25:5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
25:6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD!
25:8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
2:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Saturday, September 26. 2020
Dalrymple is a salesman's nightmare
Gavin Newsom Bans Conventional Vehicles
Andrew Cuomo is playing with racial fire
Not a good guy
German Minister Admits Lockdown Will Kill More Than COVID-19 Does
Report: It’s Barrett
The Taboo On Reporting The Race Of Criminal Suspects
Louisville University Shuts Down, Tells White Students To ‘Educate Yourselves On Systemic Racism’
FBI Investigated Steele Dossier Source As A Possible Russian Spy Years Before Trump Probe
Putin wanted "reset Hillary"
"Massive Corruption By The Obama-Biden Administration": Flynn Family Responds To FBI Text Message Revelations
This Is Probably Why Joe Biden Called It A Day Before 10 AM Yesterday...And Hunter Might Be the Reason.
Nancy Pelosi still doesn't think Biden should debate Trump
Friday, September 25. 2020
In other words, people in the know knew it was BS, but used it anyway.
Trump-Russia was not just a routine political lie or hoax. It could be termed a coup-attempt. Scott explains: Coup Plotters Emerge.
I am just not paranoid enough to have believed all of this until now. This is one for the history books. As he says, Watergate was a peanut compared to this.
I wonder whether any of our readers ever believed Trump-Russia collusion.
My Brown Turkey Fig shrub has been highly productive this year, and has grown about 6', but I think none of the fruit will ripen before the first frost.
They usually ripen in August, and it's been a hot summer too. Too late now for these fruits to ripen.
In New England, these plants tend to die back to the roots in winter. However, they revive and grow like weeds.
Do any of our readers grow figs?
'Nevermind.' The New York Times goes Emily Litella on its garbage '1619' project
Paul Krugman Goes Full Dingbat in Latest Trump Election Day Conspiracy Theory
Seriously, Can We Talk about Joe Biden Now?
Dems Suddenly Pivoting to Promoting In Person Voting, the Reason Why Tells You Everything
Texas Attorney General Announces Arrests In Fraudulent Mail-In Ballot Scheme In Democrat Primary
Wisconsin Authorities Investigate Absentee Ballots Found In Ditch, As FBI Probes Discarded Pro-Trump Ballots In PA
Thursday, September 24. 2020
The 232 animals in this photo were killed by house cats in just one year
Who’s Going To Bars And Nightclubs Despite COVID Contagion These Days? It’s Not Who You Think.
It turns out that there really was Russia collusion!
Hunter was getting money from everybody, including China and Russia connected officials
Shock Senate Report Finds Hunter Biden Financially Tied to Chinese Government, Rich Russian Widow, Human Trafficking
U-Haul Truck Filled With Supplies Arrives For “Protesters” In Louisville…
Consider riots as Biden rallies (rallys?)
Is a Trump landslide impossible? Hold my beer!
Wednesday, September 23. 2020
Stonington Borough (pop 929) is as boaty and salty a tiny village as can be found on the East Coast. It is also quaint as heck, almost to a fault. It's a popular summer getaway, right down the road from Westerly and Watch Hill, RI. Also, it has a sizeable retirement population because there is so much to do around there.
Its rock coast has only a postage stamp-sized beach. There is one very pleasant inn, and a yacht club.
Nice boat - a Hunt 33. Mrs. BD wants it.
A bunch more pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Pics from Stonington, CT"
Matt Gaetz Calls On Florida AG To Investigate Mike Bloomberg "For Potentially Engaging In Bribery And Vote Buying"
As you recall, Bloomberg is putting $100 million into Florida
Solar panels generate mountains of waste
US Existing Home Sales Jump To Highest Since 2006 As Million-Dollar-Plus Sales Explode
A letter from the CEO of Black Rock
An oldie: Hear The Lamentations Of Unstable Leftist Women
GOP Report Claims China Tried To Cover Up Scope Of COVID-19, Could Have Prevented Pandemic
The 1619 Project is a fraud
Black Lives Matter and the Mechanics of Conformity
Academic Implications of the Black Lives Matter Cultural Revolution
America Can’t Breathe
Insanity Wrap #55: Joe Biden Is America's Favorite Poor Little Rich Man
Joe Biden is so Exhausted From his Trip to Wisconsin Yesterday That He Started Off the Morning by Shutting Down For the Day
“Needs To Be Quashed Immediately”: Michigan Clerk Files Criminal Complaint Against Resident Who Mocks Mail-In Voting
Can Trump Win Minnesota?
Replacing Justice Ginsburg: Politics, Not Precedent, By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
CNN’s Don Lemon Unhinged: ‘We’re Going to Have to Blow Up the Entire System’
Tuesday, September 22. 2020
I get plenty of sunshine but take 1-2000 iu of D regularly but not daily.
By the way, excess Vit D can be toxic.
Then They Came for Beethoven
The Nemeses of Cities - Urban flourishing requires overcoming perennial threats, from pandemics to economic barriers to public disorder.
DIRTY MONEY POURS INTO THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL BANKS.
10 most extreme 'Critical Race Theory' classes & trainings at US colleges
Down The Memory Hole: Black Lives Matter Deletes “What We Believe” Page
"End School To Prison Pipeline" - New Kim Klacik Ad Highlights How Liberals Destroyed Baltimore
Orchestrated Election Chaos in Pennsylvania
Clinton Adviser: Any Trump Supreme Court Pick Will Be “Fundamentally Illegitimate”
It’s basically unconstitutional to wait until after the election to try to fill a vacancy.
Democrats Endorsing Election-Year SCOTUS Confirmation … In 2016, Natch
Reynolds: Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important. SCOTUS fight reveals something is wrong with our judicial system and the state of our nation.
Joe Biden Promises To Make US Taxpayers Pay For Gender Reassignment Surgery Under His Healthcare Plan
Amateur Jared Kushner vs. Pro John Kerry
Monday, September 21. 2020
h/t reader. The first part is mostr relevant
A longish but not too technical read: Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics – the Deadly Danger of False Positives
Exclusive: The Billionaire Who Wanted To Die Broke . . . Is Now Officially Broke
Why Are the High Holy Day Services so Long?
This CIA spy game reveals the secrets of successful teams
9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up. Common Core sucked all the energy, money, and motivation right out of desperately needed potential reforms to U.S. public schools for a decade, and for nothing.
Book Review: Obsession – Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump
Black Lives Matter Activist Wearing ‘Justice for Breonna Taylor’ Shirt Walked into a Louisville Bar and Murdered Three People
Portland Antifa Rioters Break Into Starbucks and Chipotle, Calling It a ‘Big Sale'
Vermont grocery store worker fired after apprehending purse snatcher
Democrats Threaten To Pack The Court, Schumer Reportedly Said ‘Nothing Off The Table’ If GOP Confirms Nominee
I was raped by whoever Trump picks to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court
Cuban Woman Barbara Lagoa May Be Trump’s Pick For SCOTUS…
Flashback: In 2016, Ginsburg said Senate should hold SCOTUS confirmation hearing during election year
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