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, April 13. 2021
'We Were Creating A Story -- Our Focus Was To Get Trump Out': CNN Director Busted By Undercover Veritas Operative
Lessons In Woke "Science": Covid-19 And Climate
‘Dirty Jobs’ Star Mike Rowe Just Totally Debunked the Argument for a $15 Minimum Wage. Rowe knows the value of hard work, so it’s worth taking his recent warning on minimum wage hikes seriously.
How Will Decolonizing the Curriculum Help the Poor and Dispossessed?
CDC Director Rejects Michigan’s Plea for COVID Vaccines, Suggests State ‘Shut Things Down’
Can American Cities Manufacture Again? Industry needs lower taxes and fewer regulations, rather than more economic-development policies.
Gov. Cuomo shut down Indian Point nuclear reactor, now the electricity it produced will come from fossil fuels
VP Harris is hiding because she's got nothing to say
100 Top CEOs Plot To Punish States Which Pass 'Restrictive' Voting Laws
Taiwan Records Largest Ever Incursion By Chinese Air Force With 25 Planes Monday
Monday, April 12. 2021
These are strange, if not snobby, cultural descriptions. I thought that Kenneth Clark's Civilization series (still available online) was excellent anyway.
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Are Organ Meats Healthy?
Metal detector finds ancient treasure in Rhode Island tied to famous pirate
‘No community should suffer this’: Florida’s toxic breach was decades in the making
A Self-Loathing Ruling Class Cannot Endure
Fonts can be racist
IS RACE DISCRIMINATION LEGAL, OR NOT?
Another, Clearer Take on the Chauvin Trial
BLM Founder Not Only Has One Million Dollar Home But Four…
Northern Ireland Violence Worst In Decades; Fears Of "The Troubles" Return
Sunday, April 11. 2021
From a piece by a Georgetown Law Prof, at Quillette:
20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."
20:28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
20:29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Saturday, April 10. 2021
In the Northeast, our songbirds arrive mostly in May.
FAUCI BLAMES CORONAVIRUS ON OUR FAILURE TO LIVE IN 'HARMONY WITH NATURE'
The guy is a putz
“Look at how Young the American Founding Fathers Were!”
RIP, Prince Philip
John Kerry’s Family Takes Private Jet to Idaho as Kerry Goes on International Climate Change Tour
Newly ‘Woke’ Coca-Cola Joins Corporate Dogpile on New Georgia Voting Law “while Coca-Cola is bashing Georgia, they have no problem doing business with China”
High School Coach Fired After Refusing To Enforce "Senseless, Irrational, Bullshit" Outdoor Masks During Sports
The WHO advises against masks during exercise
Masks not good for health
What Should Be Done to Curb Big Tech? A few billionaires currently have the power to decide that some Americans’ speech rights are more sacred than others. Clarence Thomas offers a remedy.
Teachers' Union Boss Blasts Jews as "Ownership Class" Stealing "Ladder of Opportunity"
THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA: LAWYER EDITION
Philadelphia: Cradle of Liberty and City of Brotherly Love
CBP Statistics Released – Agents Took 172,331 Illegal Aliens Into Custody in March, Then Released Them
Biden Sends Unaccompanied Migrant Children to Former Japanese Internment Camp – Media and Democrat Frauds are Silent
Friday, April 9. 2021
Once found across much of the US including New England, our American big cats have a greatly shrunken territory.
In olden times before recorded music, everybody in the family was expected to be able to make some music. Talent, or not.
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Right now our White-throated Sparrows have headed north along with the Juncos, and Song Sparrows have arrived for the summer and their breeding season.
They live all across the USA and most of Canada. A cheerful song.
Restoring Paris’ Famed Notre Dame Cathedral Could Take ’15 or 20 Years’
Netflix Lost More Than 30% Market Share to Competitors in 2020
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance: How Eisenhower Assured The Horrors Would Never Be Forgotten
VDH: Wealthy and Woke
A Look Into New York Times-Think On "Food Relief"
Number Of Unaccompanied Kids At Border Hits Highest Number In History…
Accuser Alleges Cuomo "Groomed Me For Sex" As GOP Challenger Launches Gubernatorial Campaign
Powerline: THE CHAUVIN TRIAL SO FAR
Thursday, April 8. 2021
You know these: 8 Comma Rules to Remember
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How a Football Team Became Mascots for Vegetarianism. In 1907, a championship squad changed what it meant to eat meat-free.
Netflix buys Kanye West documentary for $30M: report. The Yeezus rapper has been filming his life for over 20 years
PRINCETON ADMITS ONLY 129 WHITE AMERICAN MALES
Susan Rice Will Leave Netflix Board to Join Biden Administration
E-Mails Show DeSantis Team Asked CBS, 60 Minutes To Interview Moskowitz — And Were Told “The Deadline Has Passed”
Colorado voting laws are similar to Georgia's despite decision to move Major League Baseball All-Star Game
'Woke' MLB moving All-Star Game from 51% Black Atlanta to 76% White Denver, critics note. The game's relocation is expected to deliver a severe economic blow to Atlanta, where nearly 30% of businesses are Black-owned
Alleged Cuomo Groping Victim: ‘All I Remember Is Seeing His Hand, His Big Hand’
The Hunter Biden Story Is Mainly About Presidential And Media Corruption
Biden's Infrastructure Plan Isn't About Infrastructure. It's About Paying Off Political Allies.
The Meaning of American Leadership: Reflections from the 70th Secretary of State (Sec. Mike Pompeo and Roger Hertog) - video interview
Pompeo is an impressive man
Wednesday, April 7. 2021
The tree-hugger lady at the end is absurd, but otherwise interesting.
Mrs. BD and I signed up for a local co-ed Pickleball league. Seems like a fast game. They said you didn't have to have any experience with it. We don't.
I love games. Don't you?
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Entire flight deplaned over ‘maskless toddler’
UNITED AIRLINES PLANS TO USE RACE AND GENDER-BASED QUOTAS TO SELECT PILOTS
MEAN, GREEDY, AND LAZY IS NO WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE, MA’AM
Dr. Fauci Can't Explain Why Texas COVID Cases Keep Dropping Despite Reopening
Quality of life plummets, taxes rocket — and New York City faces doom: Goodwin
I doubt it
White People Keep Posing As People Of Color For Clout
March Border Crossings Jump to 15-Year High
NYC insiders ramping up attacks against Andrew Yang because he states the obvious
MLB Relocates All-Star Game To State With Voter-ID Laws … And Fewer Early-Voting Days
“Cities Will Be on Fire” – Black Lives Matter Activist Warns “All Hell Will Break Loose” If Officer Chauvin Is Not Convicted in George Floyd case
Tucker vid: Everything Biden said was false
American Bloat Plan - The Biden infrastructure bill is a Democratic wish list of wasteful spending.
China Creates World’s First Digital Currency…
Tuesday, April 6. 2021
It's been fun, but it's done.
As ladder drills become more complex, and as you become speedier with them, the brain sometimes conks out and you have to start over. Icky Shuffles often mess me up.
You can get some driveway chalk and just make a ladder on the driveway. I can't do them as quickly as athletes, but as usual I do my best.
Calisthenics+Cardio, with agility and balance challenges. Excellent warm-ups and cool-downs.
How Confident Are We That Dark Matter Is Real?
A Fierce, Brief Book About the Holocaust - Wendy Lower’s ‘The Ravine’ looks at a photograph that many refuse to face
Consumers’ Monthly Streaming Service Spending has Doubled Since 2018
US Airports Busiest In More Than Year On Good Friday
Rachel Levine Wants Transgender Drugs and Surgery for Minors
Portland’s Police Exodus Continues As Murder Rates Surge
Grassroots organization forms to help parents fight critical race theory and politicization in classrooms
Teen Girls Who Murdered Uber Eats Driver in DC Get Incredible Plea Deal — Won’t Go to Prison
Georgia's new election law is more generous than that of New York
WHY DID BASEBALL CAPITULATE?
MLB requires photo ID to pick up tickets from Will Call, but boycotts Georgia for voter ID law
Tim Cook from Apple Condemns Voter ID Law in Georgia — Forgets It Takes a Valid ID to Get an Apple Card
Every adult has an ID
Palestinians: US Taxpayer Money Going to Terrorists
Monday, April 5. 2021
Mrs. BD and I took a 5-mile woodsy hike last weekend and passed many vernal pools and small ponds with the early springtime chorus.
Like owls, you hardly ever see these critters but they let you know they are there in April. Mating calls of common early Spring frogs of vernal pools and shallow marshes:
The tiny Spring Peepers dominate the chorus. Man, have I loved that sound since earliest childhood:
And the mating trill of Mr, Toad: Bufo Americanus:
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