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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Monday, December 6. 2021
Let's say you are a guy, and you know your wife "needs" a Prada bag. Get her one. She can exchange it if she doesn't like it. Ha - reader reminds me that they are free in San Francisco. Cool.
Readers know from past postings that we prefer tickets and trips for presents (with the very rare exceptions of my birthday car and her birthday boat - no more of that is likely cuz her new bedroom fireplace is last on that list). Opening presents is mainly for kids except for diamonds and gold.
One thing anybody might like as a present is a hiking trip. Montana is great, so is Sedona or the Dolomites. Or just the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Backroads has tons of good hiking or biking tours ($), but we really got a kick out of our Wilderness Scotland Outer Hebrides trip. Small (10) group from all over the world, energetic people but not kids, superb Scots guide, semi-rustic places to stay. Kippers and Haggis for breakfast. Bring rain gear.
Carpe diem. Life is short.
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An appreciation of Bob Dole
GETTING MINDS RIGHT AT YALE: THE AYRES REPORT
Attempts To Cancel Coastal Carolina University Prof Steve Earnest Were Worse Than We Knew
Bloomberg doubles down on his most important legacy: charter schools
Manhattan workers warned not to use public transit. Is this the new normal?
Chicago is what happens when a culture loses its moral grounding
Why Woke Organizations All Sound the Same - Understanding the sociology of organizations
Ilhan Omar part of 'systemic' anti-Semitism, a 'civil rights issue of epic proportions'
RUSSIA HOAX WHITEWASH ERA BEGINS
The Media Inverts Reality in the Kenosha and Waukesha Cases. They want to advance the narrative that white people hate black people.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., issued a warning to the Supreme Court days before oral arguments in a potential landmark abortion case, claiming that a “revolution” will take place if the high court overturns existing precedent.
Sunday, December 5. 2021
Via NYROB, a new, beautifully edited volume of Robert Frost’s letters finds him at the height of his artistic powers while suffering a series of losses almost unimaginable to the fortunate among us.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:51 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
But where do you store the darn thing? They are not cheap.
"Liberals have invented whole college majors -- psychology, sociology and women's studies -- to prove that nothing is anybody's fault."
P. J. O'Rourke, via Nothing is Anybody's Fault
New Study Finds that Global Carbon Emissions Have Been Flat for a Decade
3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene,
3:2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
3:3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;
3:6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Saturday, December 4. 2021
They said this about France yesterday: Why If Poland Falls, We All Fall. Its border crisis is much more than a migration problem.
My closest CVS has set up four self-service kiosks this week. The gal showed me how they work, which is simple.
I was in there early to grab some notebooks. I asked her why they appeared. "We can't find workers."
There seems to be a shortage of links this holiday season. Or are we missing everything?
Yom HaGirush: The Inside Story of ‘Expulsion Day'. The largely forgotten ethnic cleansing, almost unparalleled in the history of human rights abuses.
AUSSIES GONE MAD [UPDATED]
How did Epstein become such a big deal?
Don't Look Now, but Food Charity and Farmers Markets Are Part of 'White Supremacy Culture' Too
New Leftist Position: Abortion Is Good Because Adoption Is Traumatic…
Fool's Errand: Beto O'Rourke chasing down the Texas Latino vote
War: What Israel talks about when it talks about striking Iran’s nuclear program
Friday, December 3. 2021
How Do You Say Merry Christmas in European?
I Battled Rhode Island's Cookie Police
Is Omicron More Contagious Than Delta? A Virus Expert Explains What We Know So Far
Group Explores The Critical Race Theory Training The Salvation Army Is Doing…
Next Step for the Parents’ Movement: Curriculum Transparency. Parents have a right to know what’s being taught to their children.
Overwhelmed Biden to Restart Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy
Texas Law Enforcement Reports Reveal Scope of the Border Crisis
Catching illegals from 40 countries
Thursday, December 2. 2021
Can SCOTUS Draw a New Line on Abortion? The "viability" rule is arbitrary. So are the alternatives.
Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Backing Charter Schools. The public school system is failing. My philanthropy will give $750 million to a proven alternative.
Australia's quarantine camps
See No Murder. Despite its obsession with race, the media are blind to the nonwhite victims of rising violent crime.
The Pall of Politics Descends Upon American Medicine
Wednesday, December 1. 2021
Sally Satel: What is Happening to My Profession?
AMA bringing dangerous levels of wokeness into the medical profession
Doctors now cannot say 'morbidly obese'
It feels as if there is the fad of a soft Cultural Revolution going on here. Down with The Five Olds, etc.
There are many new topics about which one can engage in Wrongthink these days. Justice, free speech, and tolerance are bourgeois concepts designed to oppress somebody.
Excellent memoir: Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng. It takes a strong stomach to read it.
A remote-controlled fishing boat
The comic cries of climate apocalypse — 50 years of spurious scaremongering
The Science of Mind Reading. Researchers are pursuing age-old questions about the nature of thoughts—and learning how to read them.
Alumni Withhold Donations, Demand Colleges Enforce Free Speech. Some baby boomers push back against what they see as liberal indoctrination at their schools
CNN indefinitely suspends Chris Cuomo over damning AG documents
Tuesday, November 30. 2021
"What is the chief end of man?” And we answered together so one of us could carry on if the other forgot, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”
From Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It
From Jeffrey Polet's Negotiating “The Captive Mind” on American campuses:
I was not familiar with Milosz' 1953 The Captive Mind, but should have been.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:16 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
DNA Has Finally Revealed The Mysterious Origins of The Ancient Etruscans
Barbados parts way with Queen and becomes world’s newest republic
Shortage of Adult Workers Makes Teens Employable Again
LATEST ACADEMIC HOAX IS A DOOZY
Racial Newspeak Comes to the Classroom
UK Bureaucrats Abandon Term "Christmas" Over Fears It May Offend Minorities
PANIC IS A LIFESTYLE BRAND
The Biden Grift-and-Influence Machine Is Even Worse Than You Thought
Where Xi's China is heading - Opinion by Fareed Zakaria
Monday, November 29. 2021
People Are Still Trying to Cancel Dave Chappelle, Like He Cares
Florida Has Nation’s Lowest COVID-19 Case Rate…
The Cynical and Dangerous Weaponization of the "White Supremacist" Label
Complete Madness In The Biden Administration: Energy Policy
NY TIMES ASKS: WHY DO BLUE STATES SUCK?
Book: Hunter Biden Given Expensive Gem to Seal Deal With Chinese Energy Consortium
Andrew Cuomo’s Downfall Began with a Book Deal
Sunday, November 28. 2021
Detective Montalbano. It's a cool police series, based in Sicily. The series began in 1999 and is still going on.
The subtitles are good, or it's good practice for your Italian with some Sicilian dialect.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:23 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
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