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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Saturday, June 30. 2012
We had some internet glitches today but now the Farm is open for business again.
Let's blame the fathers
Curious George Will Give You Lung Cancer
Purple Heart for PTSD? Advocates Say Yes
Life causes PTSD. It's just a matter of degree.
John Roberts’s Compromise of 2012
75% of Obamacare Costs Will Fall on Backs of Those Making Less Than $120K a Year
Our readers know about Rawley's old hot dog joint in Fairfield from Gwynnie, but this is as good - better for seafood fans: Westfair Fish and Chips in Westport. It's right off I-95 for you hungry east-coast travellers.
Modest little clam shack has a fine raw bar too. Worth a trip, or makes a longer trip enjoyable. I will drive a good ways for fresh oysters, fried clam bellies, and fresh fried Cod.
Another Maggie's favorite just off I-95 is Gene's Famous Seafood (also a simple clam shack) in Fair Haven, MA. Sippican likes it too.
Death of a Naturalist
All the year the flax-dam festered in the heart
I like the way he gets creeped out by his guilty imagination. Heaney's bio here.
It's just one more of the many NYC neighborhoods that I am fond of, meaning 53rd between 1st Ave and Park Ave. A good area to be young, single (and straight). The pubs are hopping on Friday evening, and all the young people look good.
I think it's kinda cool to see people hanging out on stoops, right in Midtown.
Photo shows the "Lipstick building," where Bernie Madoff's offices were. 7th and 8th floors, I am told.
A couple more below the fold -
Continue reading "E. 53rd St., yesterday"
Friday, June 29. 2012
Traditionally, the easiest way to grab a YouTube-type video is to install a Firefox add-on like CacheViewer, play the video, open the cached files, sort them by 'Size', and the video was usually sitting right at the top of the heap.
There are two small problems with this method:
1. It doesn't always work. Sometimes the video simply isn't there.
2. If there's a choice of the same video but different quality, you won't get the one with the best quality.
Enter little DownloadHelper.
It allows us to pick the download with the best quality and format. Installation & tweaks are below the fold.
Continue reading "Doc's Computin' Tips: Firefox video downloads"
An email from one of my kids:
I just came up this this at my desk. "New services" means new medical services people will use now that they have insurance - along the lines of preventative care etc, which in my option may decrease "S" in the long term but not enough for an overall economic benefit. This model assumes the cost of insurance will be the same for everyone. My colleagues think it is a pretty robust equation.
Seems to me she gets to the heart of it. No, insurance companies cannot afford it without raising rates to a level which is impossible for the middle class and unacceptible to the federal regulators. Like requiring people to buy hybrid Rolls Royces that they don't want and cannot use. Then the companies will be blamed for the prices and few will remember that the government required the whole mess (just like the housing bubble).
As we have noted many times, Obamacare: A System Designed to Fail.
Image below via Moonbattery.
Here's one opinion: Barry Hussein Obama’s magical unicorn ride to Socialist Utopia, day 1
Health Care Law Has Already Lost in Court of Public Opinion
Henninger is right, here: The President That Time Forgot - ObamaCare was a legislative monolith, out of sync with an iPad world.
With 51 Senators, GOP can eliminate mandate
Bad Deal on Student Loans - Taxpayers should be suspicious.
Clown Science: Liberal vs Conservative Brains
David Brooks is so gosh-darned cute when he tries to explain Republicans to Democrats.
Bird group sues Obama administration over wind power
Screw Tibet: Hollywood Embraces China's Censorship
Many claim this is the best Italian antipasto. It is properly made with dandelion greens.
This alone is plenty of lunch for me, but I rarely bother with lunch anyway unless it is a fun or social occasion. The simple recipe here.
Tastes fine, or better, if the flattened meat air-dries a little bit. Maybe half an hour or so.
This one was served to me in a cute little restaurant in Todi last June, sitting under the grape vines. Glass of the local Orvieto - not a great vino but just right with this on a warm day.
Thursday, June 28. 2012
First off, in case you missed it, you might want to glance over my first post on spy drones.
I then started collecting articles for a future post, and here we are. But what's to note is that these aren't a bunch of whiny, bitchy rantings on some backwater blog site (like, you know, mine), but coming from the major news organizations.
I would also note that I mentioned the 'private sector' in the above post, and the first two links here are what I was referring to. All the rest have to do with our beloved
Beware the spy in the sky - Daily Mail
Big Brother’s all-seeing eye - Washington Times
Talk of drones patrolling U.S. skies spawns anxiety - Washington Times
64 Drone Bases Located On American Soil - Slashdot
So, as these things go, it's nice to see the major news organizations aren't backing away from the story. I suppose this is figuring that all the while they're planning on building up their own 'eye in the sky' fleets. As soon as one news organization scoops everybody with some really boss footage of some horrendous disaster using a drone, they'll all have to jump on board. Those are the rules.
And all of that just barely scratches the surface.
Continue reading "Big Brother update"
The bare majority of the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on grounds that stretch their imagination. The core of their decision allowing the individual mandate to buy insurance is that what is clearly written in the law as a penalty, argued to be allowed as justified under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, they choose to instead treat as a tax within Congress’ authority. Opinion writer Chief Justice Roberts said, “The question is not whether that is the most natural interpretation of the mandate, but only whether it is a ‘fairly possible’ one.” WTF! As said at National Review,
Continue reading "Supreme Court Upholds Principles But Avoids Their Application"
Six Justices of the Supreme Court kicked the ball back to the court of Congress and the Defense Department to save stolen honor. The six Justices' decision this morning holds that the Stolen Valor Act exceeds the bounds of permissible government restrictions on speech. The decision is here. The six Justices, however, lay out how Congress may rewrite the Stolen Valor Act to make it acceptable to the Court and to strengthen the ability to expose frauds.
Continue reading "Saving Stolen Honor"
But it's still guffaws galore as even Rep. Issa wasn't aware how all-encompassing the 'creative accounting' had gone:
Posted by Dr. Mercury in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 09:00 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
How happy hour can help your heart, boost brainpower, and even flatten your belly
75 Percent of Women Say They Won't Date Unemployed Men
USDA Wants Americans to Throw Parties to Get More People on Food Stamps
Debunking The Fast & Furious Gun Control Conspiracy
We're From the Government, and We're Here to Help You Lose Weight
Barack Obama Makes Youth Appeal Based on Irresponsibility
Explosive Video Documents Depth of Putin's Mafia State
Germany: To Save the Euro, Leave It
I am with a fearful neoneo on this:
Cahoon Hollow is a beach in Wellfleet, on good old unfancy lower (ie, upper, or outer) Cape Cod. It's their only ocean beach with a bar/restaurant - The Beachcomber - in an old life-saving station. They have bands. I believe Sippican played there in his dissipated youth.
The area is undeveloped thanks to JFK's Cape Cod National Seashore. Sometimes government does good things - but usually not. If you like warm water, the Cape Cod beaches are not for you. And unlike California beaches, at Cape Cod beaches people sit under beach umbrellas, sometimes have to wear wind-breakers in August, and tend to bury their heads in books while the cheerful sand fleas nip at their ankles.
These beaches attract some surfers, but the main water activity is body surfing: exhilarating fun, endlessly challenging, and the turbulence will pull down a gal's bikini top in an instant. Modest gals who like to body surf do not wear bikinis.
Lots of seals to swim with out there in August. The occasional Great White Shark, too. No fraidy cats allowed.
Wednesday, June 27. 2012
What's more important - your "important" career or your family?
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 22:20 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
What the US needs is bipartisan health care reforms, not the partisan ram-down that we’ve experienced with Obamacare.
Everyone has a prediction for tomorrow’s Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare, and no one has a clue, including President Obama who has three different speeches prepared for different decisions. Regardless of the decisions, all except those addicted to government-run and single-payer medical care recognize that either Obamacare will need serious revisions or that we will need to start from scratch.
Below is an op-ed that I had in the San Diego Union-Tribune with proposals based on my decades of experience and credentials in health insurance. Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree.
No GOP ideas? Try these 10
Continue reading "Bipartisan Healthcare Reforms"
We probably don't eat as many hamburgers as we should, here at the Farm, but I am planning a friends and neighbors cookout for around 30 people and thought I would do some research on the best burger recipes.
Seems like a couple of splashes of Worcestershire sauce per pound, salt and pepper, and some Cuisenarted red onions is the simplest way to prep the meat. My preference for grilling is fatty beef, not lean. From Costco, of course.
My reading informs me that some people stir eggs, herbs, and all sorts of other things into the meat, but that sounds more like meatballs than burgers to me. Plus I like a burger rare, and who wants to eat raw eggs?
It's not about calories: Low-carb diet better than low-fat diet for maintaining weight loss. That's for maintenance, mind you.
The official Maggie's Farm Weight Loss plan eliminates carbs for the same reason: even minor carbs give you an insulin spike which undoes any conscientious diet effort. If you cannot grow some spine and resist carbs, just give up on your weight issue because it ain't gonna happen.
What I think what they mean is "Is being Conservative a mental ailment?" After all, people routinely change their political views with life experience. Anyway, in my view it's a stupid and pointless question.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:04 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
College For All? No, Too Many Waiters And Janitors Have Degrees
Crowdsourcing a New Report On Government Job Destruction
“Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show”
Prediction: Global Warming Will Cause Everything
EPA fines oil refiners for failing to use nonexistent biofuel
Obama to campaign on … change?
Or on more of the same?
VICTIMHOOD, THE UNKNOWN IDEAL !
Germans Look To Obama Only As An Example Of What Not To Do
Interior secretary: State fracking oversight just isn’t good enough for me
Tuesday, June 26. 2012
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic
Paul Johnson's The Quest for God: A Personal Pilgrimage
How To Win Friends And Influence People: A Condensation From The Book
This simple classic will never become obsolete
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:30 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
I considered asking readers what crimes they may have committed, but figured few would respond despite the fact that we all have made dumb mistakes. (See The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day.)
So my first for this summer is this:
What crimes have you been subject to in your lifetime? - Not including ordinary rip-offs, school-age or barroom fist-fights, or unpaid invoices.
I'll start it off. I had a car stolen in Hartford about 15 years ago, and we had five saddles stolen from the barn about 6 years ago while vacationing. That's all I can recall. Never anything with violence or threat of violence, thank God. Well, I did run from two would-be young muggers in Cambridge many years ago when I was fleet of foot. Got into my car on a dark street before they caught up with me. I have a CT carry permit now, but I never carry out of state. That's jail time.
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