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
Monday, February 17. 2020
My point though, which I repeat to the point of annoying readers, is that you cannot lose weight that way.
Body fat can only be gained, or lost, through nutrition. Exercise is minimal for fat loss. I'd make an exception for those hiking 20 miles/day on the Appalachian Trail while carrying 40-60 lbs of their gear, food, and water. Or their kid.
Like the Jacobins, they are now killing their own.
George Washington was an 'illiterate LIAR who cheated his way to the top, wore dentures made from hippo ivory, beat his slaves and lied about freeing them', new biography claims
Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market
Exercise can make you happier
Romantic or disgusting? Passionate kissing is not a human universal
How Did Architecture Get To Be A Left/Right Political Issue?
Frequent fliers side with woman in seat-reclining beef: ‘We have a right to lean back’
"In 1920, Americans spent more than half their income on food (38 percent) and clothing (17 percent)..."
Skills Development, Not Education, Is Key To Workforce Transformation
Harvey Weinstein’s case might be too weak to convict: Devine
The views of Woketopia
UK Judge Compares Police To Gestapo Over Probe Into ‘Transphobic’ Tweets
San Francisco Mayor Just Admitted To Having Relationship, Accepting Money From City Worker Under FBI Investigation For Public Corruption
San Francisco Middle School Descends Into ‘Lord Of The Flies’ Environment
Emissions Accomplished -- Trump Wins on Fracking
Trump makes the 62nd Daytona 500 something special as media heads explode
Democrats’ 2020 race turned tragic because they can’t face the truth about 2016
There Is No One To Stop Trump Now
Author Lee Smith: “We Knew the Clinton Campaign was Giving Information to FBI – It Now Appears FBI was Giving Information to Clinton Campaign as Well”
Sunday, February 16. 2020
They have one heck of a job, especially in Atlanta. Not that piloting is easy either. I would fly anywhere with this guy. He's a retired F-16 pilot and exudes competence.
Via Powerline's Week in Pictures.
It's been over three years. What bad, evil things have happened? That is a tiger. So stupid, things go very well.
As usual, Heather nails it.
Mac (obviously) started out doing Scotland walking trips, but has expanded all over. We're using his service for our Hadrian's Wall hike this summer. (They book your B&Bs and shlep your luggage. The daily hikes are on you.)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
3:1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,
3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?
3:4 For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely human?
3:5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.
3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
3:9 For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
Saturday, February 15. 2020
"Fine art," folk art, cave art, graphic design, indusrtial design, religious art, illustration, artisanship, architecture, etc.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:53 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
My vegan hell - Veganuary was not for chickens
US investigates Harvard and Yale over foreign funding
America’s Growing Approval Of Socialism Is A Rejection Of Freedom
5 Times Barack Obama Protected His Allies from Justice and Democrats Didn't Care
John Durham Continues to Focus on John Brennan’s Role in the Genesis of the Notorious Russia-Collusion Hoax
Carville fires back at Sanders for 'hack' slam: 'At least I'm not a communist
Bloomberg Can Buy Support, But He's a Terrible Campaigner
Iran, Not Saudi Arabia, Is to Blame for Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis
Germany Can’t Stop Loving Iran
European defense plans: What could possibly go wrong? 4 ways the EU’s military ambitions could end in tears.
Friday, February 14. 2020
Thinking like a loser or a victim never did much good for me either.
For St. Valentine's Day, consider how your lover (or lovers) feel, regardless of age. It's good to be appealing to a lover unless you are a billionaire.
A great exercise to add to your conditioning routines (any sled is fine). It's a total body exercise:
h/t Powerline. Take him or her out for a fancy romantic dinner tonight. It is required, no matter how long you have been together. A week, or 30 years. Obvious. Anybody who sticks with us for over a week deserves something special. Not trinkets, just a special time. Just my opinion.
Who was Saint Valentine?
‘Solid State:’ New Book Provides In-Depth Look at the Making of the Beatles’ Swan Song, ‘Abbey Road’
Voyager 2 comes back online, 11.5 billion miles from home
Boy vs girl sports: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere
U of Oklahoma: You can not say the n word in a class when discussing slurs
BART System Has Lost 10 Million Riders
It's about the benjamins - or the yuans
Sacramento County Says It's Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage
Or your tractor? F- them. Close your barn door.
London Times Says Embracing Traditional Gender Roles Is A Form Of ISIS-Style Extremism
Ted Cruz Exposes Radical Democrat Plan To Allow Abortion AFTER BIRTH
Is The United States Economy "Working" For Everyone?
Hey, every blue city wants more free $
Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy: Trump Is A ‘Dictator’ And Republicans Are His ‘Accomplices’…Says a member of the degenerate Kennedy clan.
Democrats Cannot Stop Trump 2.0
All heroes have major flaws
I’ve Been a Democrat for 20 Years. Here’s What I Experienced at Trump’s Rally in New Hampshire.
People were nice and welcoming. What a surprise. She had fun.
Chris Matthews: How Can We Beat Trump By Outsourcing Our Nomination To A Socialist Or A Republican?
Dem Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Calls Trump’s Budget Racist
Her reasons do not reflect well on black Americans. Bad stereotyping on her part.
A morning rant about Canada
UK Government Approves Net Censorship – British Free Speech Dies
Orwell went to their heads
Thursday, February 13. 2020
I can not imagine why he had to go to Russia for this, but it sounds terrible, a bad story. Xanax is a fine medicine, used correctly.
It seems as if the official Maggie's Farm view is that government should be put into humble shopping centers and abandoned buildings in odd places rather than in grandiose, imperial-style rockpiles.
I am all in favor of grand public building, though. Just not governmental. Grand Central Terminal, for example. Public places which uplift the spirits of the common man or woman and government structures which humble our public servants.
A podcast (with transcript): Why Classical Architecture Matters
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:58 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
7-9 years in jail for what government officials do every day? More years that some murderers?
Scott Adams is pissed, and so am I. Go to 11:55 on today's podcast.
The point is not that Stone is the most admirable guy. The point is that you or I could be in the same boat if targeted by the feds.
It is hubris to imagine that all problems have solutions. It is nihilistic to imagine that none of them do. Curing death and other ills
Standard poodle Siba wins best in show at Westminster
Betelgeuse might explode soon - like 1000 years ago
United States Led Entire World In Reducing CO2 Emissions In 2019
Inside Hong Kong's cage homes (video)
" Ensuring civil liberties on campus does not mean being permissive of acts of sexual violence. No matter what our politics may be, we should all agree that Title IX policies need to ensure that all students — both male and female — have the right to due process and a fair and impartial investigation..."
“This Is the Biggest Political Scandal of Our Time. Let’s Be Clear!” – Maria Bartiromo Goes Off on Attempted Coup Against Trump
Fix the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Punish the Crooks Who Abused It
While you were focused on New Hampshire, more Trump judicial nominees were confirmed
Not really, just sort-of
Rush Limbaugh imagines what's going on in the desperate, desolate minds of Democrats.
The Facts About Trump That Are Deadly For Democrats
Warren Campaign Obituary: She tried to fake it, but America didn’t buy it
Why Joe Biden’s campaign is collapsing
‘Lightweight’ Mike Bloomberg already proving he’s no match for Sanders or Trump
WSJ: The Incompetence Party - The Democrats’ biggest problem isn’t Bernie Sanders. It’s that many voters doubt the party’s ability to govern anymore.
Dem Post-Impeachment Strategy: Let’s Hit Trump On The Economy
Affair Mila: A French 16-Year-Old Criticized Islam And Set Off A National Debate About Free Speech
Swiss machines 'used to spy on governments for decades'
Wednesday, February 12. 2020
We posted about conditioning and related topics last week. We talked about measuring progress. I'd say that if you can get through my Friday morning fitness class, and if your body weight is right for you, you are in decent condition. But when you begin, you plain suck and hate yourself because you are not in good condition.
Newbies have trouble at first, but the ones who stick with it religiously make good progress.
That class is cardio and endurance, but those things are important. A 4-minute rower sprint is a bitch. I can not sprint for 4 minutes, have to pace myself.
So although it's difficult to put a number on fitness class performance, you can get a sense over time about how you are doing/surviving a class. Or you can compare yourself with others, which is a bad idea but difficult not to.
At my gym, the classes are free. Usually it's 50/50 guys and gals in early morning. They kick your ass, start the day right. Give it a try for a few months, and see what happens. I do one or two weekly, and count it as my calisthenics. Difficult to call it "fun," but there is some comaraderie.
An hour after finishing, you feel great.
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