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, August 22. 2017
Most of us hate existence during various periods of our lives. Dark times and the grandeur of the human soul.
They ain't makin Jews like Jesus anymore. Kinky Friedman
It is remarkable and noteworthy to me when anybody successfully opens an independent business in this country's anti-business climate, whether it's local plumbing, money management, or a clothing line.
It's good for people whenever somebody has the cojones to do such things. Many people get jobs from it. Why does government make it so hard to do?
One high-energy young gal we have been following is Nora Gardner, whose online shop for conservative upscale professional women's wear ("Day-to-Night" clothing, made of Italian wool right in New York City's garment district) has added a flagship shop on 58th between Madison and Park.
Mostly online, though.
Lots of people try being employees, and conclude that they ain't gonna work for Maggie's Farm no more. That's good, that's the American spirit. I tried to be an employee for a while. Hated it, never looked back despite the "security."
Problem is, it's a bitch to be your own boss, because boss is too hard on you. Gotta be tough, bold, and brave, and take a ton of self-criticism.
You Go, Girl.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:01 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Latest Victim Of Statue Hysteria: Catholic Saints
All the reasons to masturbate — that have nothing to do with sex
You Don't Need a Thermomix. But You Should Want One. The appliance you didn't know your kitchen longed for.
We'll survive without one, somehow
Many more chances to see total eclipses
Plastic surgeons who give you Vulcan and elfin-like ears
Vietnam Vets were cheated
Internet free speech threatened
Too Much Power Lies in Tech Companies' Hands
From College Indoctrination to Corporate Intolerance
Yale’s Disgraceful Whitewashing of History Continues
To protect the children from Lux et Veritas
Congressman, Native American: When political correctness runs amok -- erasing our history doesn't change it
Yes it does change history, because history is just what is depicted by the present
Let Us Now Praise Muslim Apostates - For two brave writers, the battle against Islamism can be won only on the terrain of ideas.
Trump’s Critics Give White Supremacists the Notoriety They Crave
Boston Antifa: This City Has No Room for Supporters of the U.S. Constitution
If You Condemn Antifa, Are You Excusing Neo-Nazism?
Antifa is a media creation
Dear Media: Stop Putting Scare Quotes Around 'Free Speech'
Is the Nazigarm over yet?
Should The Democratic Party Be Abolished As A Symbol Of Oppression?
Long knives unsheathed for Sebastian Gorka now that Bannon is gone
Scalp collecting. It never ends
With Angry Politics Dominating, Trump's Smart Infrastructure Reforms Go Almost Unnoticed
Dear Federal Government, Stop Trying to Fix the Infrastructure
GOP Lawmaker: Paul Ryan and McConnell Are Slow-Walking POTUS Trump’s Agenda Because They Don’t Like It
The horrible UN always hungry for power
Canada’s Trudeau Warns Against Entering Country ‘Irregularly’
The Kurds Are About to Blow up Iraq
Monday, August 21. 2017
Dalrymple's The Grand Illusion:
Total eclipses aren't that rare—and you've probably missed a bunch of them - They happen about once every 18 months
The Eclipse Can Be A Call To Action On ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
The Eclipse Is Racist Because It Fails To Affect Enough Black People, The Atlantic Suggests:
How to clean your Keurig
How HIV Became a Cancer Cure
When the Arts Czars resign
It's a good thing. I oppose government art.
The Chinese of the Mississippi Delta
Reporter Confronts Al Gore On Sea Level Rise Claims, Gets Called A ‘Denier’
If you're not hysterical, you are an evil denier
Menton on women in big law:
NAACP calling for boycott of NFL, Atlanta Falcons
Starbucks CEO Faces Backlash After Suggesting Violence and Hatred Towards Whites is Acceptable
Door.Ass.Bang: US Illegals exit via the dead end of Roxham Road
It’s Not Trump They Hate — It’s Us!
Trump is the real Antifa
Donald Trump is winning...bigly
Democrats own Antifa, just like they owned Occupy
NEW YORK TIMES APPLAUDS FAR-LEFT VIOLENCE
TDS is a sad disorder
Deroy Murdock: Both sides were to blame for Charlottesville violence
Scott Adams: How To Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble
Media working overtime to prove Trump is a racist
Good luck with that. Trump is the most post-racial US president, but maybe post-racial is racist in this Orwellian world
Mainstream Media Exploit Charlottesville Violence to Help the Left
Commenter at Althouse
Media created and amplified such jerks to serve the narrative
Dartmouth Prof Defends Antifa: It’s Just Self-Defense Against Nazis
Seen a Nazi lately? Sheesh, they are everywhere these days. KKK too. Be very afraid. I blame Trump.
Rumors of Trump's demise are, once again, greatly exaggerated
DUMBEST NEWS STORY OF THE DAY - I know, the competition is stiff. But I think we have a winner.
Spanish terror cell planned to use 'Mother of Satan' explosive used in 7/7 bombings to slaughter hundreds in 'spectacular' blast at Barcelona's famous cathedral
Barcelona Suspects Planned To Blow Up Church, Accidentally Blew Up Imam Who Radicalized Them
'Better get out early than late': Barcelona’s chief rabbi urges Jews to move to Israel as he warns Europe is 'lost' because of threat from radical Islam
The drug that turns ISIS into ‘unforgiving killing machines’
What's up with the US Navy?
Tragic and Embarassing
Catboats of any size tend to be beamy, stable, and comfortable. With no jib, they can not point worth a darn. Not a bad idea to have a motor for when wanted. Picking a horsepower for a sailboat is a bit complicated.
Salt Water New England posted the pic below of a Marshall 22 quite close to the (not under power, I assume, or just holding in place) Queen Mary 2 somewhere in New England. Marshalls come with a diesel engine.
If you ever have the chance to take a Cunard liner across the Atlantic, do it. She is a true ocean liner, not a cruise ship. Today, the Queen Mary is at dock in NYC, due to leave for Hamburg soon.
A sail on a catboat on a breezy day is is good too. Marshalls for sale here.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:24 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, August 20. 2017
"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game." Bear Bryant / Alabama
"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it!” - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money, and we don't have any." Erik Russell / Georgia Southern
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." - Lou Holtz / Arkansas - Notre Dame
"When you win, nothing hurts." - Joe Namath / Alabama
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall." - Frank Leahy / Notre Dame
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." - Woody Hayes / Ohio State
"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation." - Bob Devaney / Nebraska
"In Alabama , an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant." - Wally Butts / Georgia
"I never graduated from Iowa. But I was only there for two terms - Truman's and Eisenhower's." Alex Karras / Iowa
"My advice to defensive players is to take the shortest route to the ball, and arrive in a bad humor. - Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee
"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades." - Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
"Always remember Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David." - Shug Jordan / Auburn
"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me ." He said,"Well, Walt, we took a look at you, and you weren't any good." - Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State
"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel." - Bobby Bowden / Florida State
Lots more below the fold -
Continue reading "Fun football quotes"
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:32 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
A few years ago I posted a photo of a garden shrub that I see occasionally thriving on the Outer Cape. Many of our readers concluded that it was Mexican Sage. It is not. I wasted some money buying a couple of Mexican Sages online, and they will not survive my winter.
I finally got to the bottom of it today. It is Vitex (aka Monk's Pepper, or Chaste Tree). The leaves look like marijuana leaves.
Vitex can grow into a small tree or, if pruned, can remain a small shrublike perennial. In northern climes, it tends to die back to the ground in cold winters (like buddleia) but comes right back up in spring.
This site sells a dwarf version which is exactly what I have been seeking.
Give it a try in a perennial bed as a bushy perennial. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds like it. It blooms all summer.
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
11:1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
11:2a God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
11:30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,
Saturday, August 19. 2017
Pic: Result from using incorrect wiring with the new fast hard drives.
Actually, I should correct something I said up above. I said a digital drive is "blazingly" faster. I probably should have said screamingly faster. I mean, there's really no comparison, as you'll see in the figures below the fold.
Continue reading "Doc's Computin' Tips: The solid state drive"
Jordan Peterson Sorted Himself Out at Age 25
Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer
Do you suffer from decision fatigue?
WHY BRILLIANT GIRLS TEND TO FAVOR NON-STEM CAREERS
Only In Cali: New Bill Would Imprison Healthcare Workers For Using Incorrect Pronouns With Patients
Want A $400K Grant To Watch Gay People Drink?
Time to re-name Yale
“Is This The Day The Internet Dies?”
“You Need Violence In Order To Protect Nonviolence”
And Yet President Trump, in His Classically Inartful Way, Was Absolutely Right
THE DEMOCRATS’ DANGEROUS DOLCHSTOSSLEGENDE - The Master Party would rather destroy America than question its own superiority.
Turkey to boost military cooperation with Iran after army chief's visit
Why terrorists are so focused on attacking Europe
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
The force that drives the water through the rocks
The hand that whirls the water in the pool
The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
Friday, August 18. 2017
Selling emotional "news" to get people talking is a desperately-competitive big business. It's not about keeping you "informed." She confessed that she had never thought about it that way, that the media makes the news so people will watch it instead of CSI re-runs. She is young and innocent, but capable of learning.
Media amplifies what it wants to, and mutes what it wants to. In some ways, though, we all fall for it. This post itself is evidence for that. Are you excited about statues and Nazis, etc? Switch to Verizon and buy a new car. Next week, the media will create a fresh excitement for us suckers. Enuf said.
When you are hiking and pond-hopping in the sandy back roads of the Cape Cod National Seashore and encounter signs like this, ignore them. Everybody does. Just go on through to a lovely isolated ocean beach. In the 1950s and 60s, it was a nude beach for the artists, writers, bohemian free-love intelligentsia from Boston and NYC, and the horny modernist architects from the US and Germany.
More random pics of the place we love below the fold -
Continue reading "A few Wellfleet pics, Aug 2017, with restaurants and tides"
My house radio music has always been WQXR (live streamed or sometimes regular radio), but on the Cape I discovered Chatham's Cape Classical 107.5. They are at least as enjoyable as WQXR and they also live stream. OK, I do CDs also, but only radio introduces me to music I haven't heard before.
My perennial question to my readers is this: How do I get live-streamed music to go through my fancy speakers? Or is streamed music of such lousy quality that it doesn't matter?
What about a Bluetooth audio receiver? I don't know how those work.
I eagerly await suggestions.
Photo is Lincoln posing with Edgar Allen Poe in Brady's studio
See an animation of how the solar eclipse will look from anywhere in the U.S.
NYT: Jun Takahashi, sorcerer of fashion
HOW BASEBALL BECAME A PROFESSION
Why Millennial Women Are Failing and How to Fix It
You nonna's Italian-American cooking
If you like heartburn...
Vaginas absolutely need sex or they’ll become medically ‘depressed’
Is there a role for government here?
Look out, Amazon: China's Alibaba may soon be bigger
Why the North Pond Hermit Hid From People for 27 Years - Christopher Knight did not have a conversation with another person for almost three decades—but he committed roughly a thousand burglaries.
In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas
Why we need to curb our enthusiasm for scientific ‘breakthroughs’
Alexis de Tocqueville on Free Health Care
University cancels event called ‘The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses’
The "Diversity" Follies, Gender Edition
No, the Government Should Not Censor White Supremacist Views
Loonies are free to speak
Related, Missouri Senator: ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’
The Democrats Wanted Charlottesville
Media and Dems doing their darndest to shape our reality. They keep seeking to create Trump's Katrina - media did create Bush's Katrina successfully
Greenfield: Arrest the Editor of the Washington Post - Inciting violent riots should have consequences.
Like Trump said
Prominent Republicans Endorse Antifa
" The Republican Party is no more. It is dead. It has ceased to be. It has joined the choir invisible and is pushing up the daisies..."
ISRAEL ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION
Alternative Facts Under NY Times Editor Matt Seaton - Newspaper Claims Eilat Was an Egyptian Port, Abbas Accepts a Jewish State, Israel Built no Arab Cities, Palestinian Factions Don't Call for One-State Solution
Thursday, August 17. 2017
The movie "Jaws" ruined beach fun for millions of people. Like "Psycho" with showers and "Snakes on the Plane" with airplanes, the idea was to make money by creating disturbing mental images for people who live lives blessedly free of elemental terrors. Shark attacks on humans are extremely rare, and probably mostly accidental. Still, the thought of it is disturbing and resonates with our deepest "monster under the bed" terrors.
I never saw Jaws. Didn't want to. I do know the famous lines from it, though. Great Whites are cold-water eating machines. They congregate where the food is. They will live on fish, but seem to prefer delicious mammalian flesh so they go where they can find it.
Does the Bird Dog family swim with the seals? Yes, and the gals often with wet suits that make them look like cute seals. You can't have a life if fear dominates every aspect of it. I do not frequent golf courses in thunderstorms, but I do not frequent golf courses anyway.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:56 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
My observations are that people (mostly men) tend to feel useless if not emasculated by retirement, and end up finding new challenges. Forced retirement, due to health or being let go for whatever reason, is particularly crushing to the male self-image. A vacation is one thing, but a permanent vacation is not so special for most people. You can only play so much golf, and a wife usually does not want a guy hanging around a house all day.
What's your view? Is retirement a life goal or an ending of some sort? I clearly feel that it is a lousy life goal, because life is only today regardless of age.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:28 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
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