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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Wednesday, July 31. 2013
I am taking a brief, several day break from my morning link duty (not to worry - we have hired a sub at great expense) to give me a little time for various things, family and personal refreshment.
Therefore, I will dump what links I have right now to clean up my screen.
4 reasons capitalism is morally bankrupt, dying
American Federation of Teachers: It's unconstitutional to demand that professional teachers dress slightly better than unskilled day labor you might pick up milling around in front of Home Depot in the morning
I saw people walking into an Italian wake the other day in shorts and t-shirts.
I have the same problem hiring Maggie's contributors
Secret Sex Tape: Monica Lewinsky Caught On Explicit Recording Telling Bill Clinton, ‘I Could Take My Clothes Off…’
She's a fun chick ... or was. Everybody does stupid things when they are young. The wise youth stay off the front pages. Perhaps not off the police blotter, but off the front pages.
If they notice that I check Powerline regularly, am I in trouble?
A good sound. He talks more than sings. Fun to see ol' Leon on the pianny.
"Don't Buy The Hype, College Education Is Not An Investment"
The article is referring to an expensive Liberal Arts education. However, most American higher ed does not involve the elite and expensive private colleges. Much higher ed is career-oriented at community colleges, for just one example.
Many colleges, even prestigious universities like Cornell, have a multitude of career-oriented colleges. Even Agriculture and Hospitality colleges. You can go to college to learn how to maintain golf courses. Such grads get instant jobs with big future potential.
With knowledge comes more doubt.
What's the best Champagne in the world? My chef friend claims it is Salon
If you want to avoid a headache, it's cheaper just to skip the Champagne altogether. That friend thinks that Veuve Clicquot is a close second.
Why Are Google Employees So Disloyal?
Letter to the Editor re home schooling
America The Nice?
A 280,000% Mark Up For... Water? A Look Inside The Bottled Water Industry
A woman who is not fit to carry a firearm
Why Obama doesn't dare speak about Detroit
World Trade Center Memorial Didn't Want A Ground Zero Picture
Sultan: The end of shame
Barack Obama’s clueless message to America’s middle class shows a presidency out of touch with reality
I said I'd grab a few more pics of my late parents' home before we hurriedly plan to empty it out this week. Here's their living room. I think it is very pleasant, airy and and simple. Cathedral ceiling. A serene feeling. My Dad designed the whole house, and he was not an architect.
Large, wall-length fireplace on the left, with a raised hearth doubling as a bench, and with a 4'X4' antique oil portrait of a prize cow hanging over it.
No TV of course, but a radio for WQXR and a CD player on a bookshelf. Plus a piano in case you really love music enough to try to make some.
Can walk from there to our country 1763 Congregational Church. A nice 20-minute walk in any season, any weather.
Tuesday, July 30. 2013
Rehab can keep you away from whatever you abuse or are addicted to for a few weeks or even months, and introduce you to various programs, but rehab cannot help build or maintain a life of sobriety and sane behavior.
Neither rehab, nor AA, nor any other program "works." The person has to "work the program," and work it as if their life depended on it. Often, it does.
The questions of whether a program or plan "works" premises a medical patient model, a passive model, as if addiction and abuse were like pneumonia, curable by the best antibiotic. They are not. You do not "go through rehab" any more than you "go through AA."
It can take a lifetime of effort to climb out of the abyss of substance abuse, and a lot of it does not feel very good at all. I have seen plenty of people make the deliberate and conscious choice to live lives of substance abuse. It's a free country. I just resent it when they do it on my nickel.
Schneiderman discusses: Does Rehab Work?
In case you didn't read the comment thread -
- Ethanol-free gas (100% gasoline) for power tools is now available in some Home Depots
- For smaller trees and stumps, cut them to ground level with a reciprocating saw. I have a cordless Sawzall (wonderful tool), but the thought never occurred to me to do that. Chain saws can never touch dirt, but a Sawzall don't care.
I have a lot to catch up with after over a week in Wyoming, riding the ranges and the foothills with She Who Must Be Obeyed. Got lost a few times. High prairie. I always carry a compass in the great outdoors. A compass, the sun in the sky, and a pocket knife. A pocket GPS is cheating. Next time, I'll carry one anyway rather than following a fence line to nowhere.
After a few days, I can begin to adjust a bit to Western-style riding. Still, I do find it strange. Loping, galloping - different gaits from our refined Eastern style but at least the saddle has a handle! We saw Pronghorns, some Mulies, a few Golden Eagles and a Prairie Falcon. And lots of cattle, steak on the hoof.
Friends sometimes ask me why I never take photos. I never, ever, take pictures, even at Christmas. My eyes and brain are my camera; my hippocampus is my photo folder. Taking pictures can become a goal in itself, I found long ago, and interferes with fully "being there." So, rightly or wrongly, I quit it.
But on to today's link. I started college as an English Lit major. I liked talking about books. I liked writing essays. After a year or two, I began wondering why I was making my Dad spend money so I could do what I would do anyway in my spare time, so I switched to Chemistry. I love chemistry, but was not smart enough to make a career in it.
Here's the article: Is the English major an endangered species?
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers."
John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
Do Bears Pole Dance In the Woods?
Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer
Pope Francis: “Who am I to judge” gay priests? - The pontiff stressed that homosexuals should
Obama Vineyard vacation at $7.6m private resort; more than 75 rooms booked for staff
Is Obama trying to be a WASP? Somebody needs to tell him that WASPs don't do ostentation
Alwaleed warns of US shale danger to Saudi
Government economy wonks: The Foolishness Of The Wise
Ron Binz's Rules for Radicals - An Obama appointee with an agenda to bypass Congress.
Get Ready for the All-Hail-Hillary Movies - In the run-up to 2016, Hollywood plans to turn out “evenhanded” biopics.
A Bet on Clinton: If They Network, She Will Run
Is America Argentina?
Half of Affordable Care Act call center jobs will be part-time
Unintended consequence of Obamacare: the 30-hour work week
Cuccinelli leads in one poll as McAuliffe scandal mounts
Birds of a feather: McAuliffe and Hillary's brother and assorted scumbags
Krugman on sprawl and urban economies
How Obama Poisoned Race Relations in America
The Progressive and the Pencil - Retold, in pictures
Did Obama learn his American history from Howard Zinn?
Zinn had contempt for America, but he would never leave. He was one of our Wellfleet neighbors. He made many millions on his anti-American, anti- free-market screeds.
Washington Eco-Terrorists Advocate Violence: “Sometimes You have to Shed Blood”
12-20 hummers at the feeders - Rufus and Calliope. The Rufus migrate from winter breeding grounds in southern Mexico to summer HQ in southern Alaska. That's a female Rufus with the little red throat patch.
Monday, July 29. 2013
As my lad and I reviewed the jewelry and silver components of my parents' estate tonight, I happened to notice that he was not wearing a watch. He said that a watch in the summer just gets sweaty and, besides, who needs one? You just pull out your iPhone, and there's the time.
Just like an old-fashioned pocket watch, I observed. Then I pointed out one of my Grandpa's gold pocket watches on the jewelry list.
Then I had a thought. Why don't these modern phones have some clip-on chain-type things like the watch chains of the old days? It could be a new/old fashion, and useful too.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 21:37 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
I thought the answer would be the potato, but it wasn't.
What do they have in common?
Not much. Until now, as Jesse Spector of the Sporting News tweeted:
Which, of course, led to an email exchange in which we fit Animal House quotes to the event. If you're a fan of Animal House, or baseball, try it. As my brother says, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.
"Rodriguez, we've given this a lot of thought, your Delta Tau Chi name is "Juicer""
Continue reading "Animal House and Anabolic Steroids"
Brought it in to my excellent local power tool guy. There was water in the tank. He blamed that on the ethanol in the gas. Had to clean and flush. Needed a tune-up and a new blade. Cleaned it up inside and out so it looks like new, too. I do know that, for power tools, it is best to drain the gas tank if they will not be needed for a few months. I just run 'em until they empty the tank. Only occasionally do I have a job that needs a full tank, so I rarely fill it up.
This lightweight Huskie will be a good alternative to my heavy Stihl Farm Boss, for smaller jobs.
From Jonathan Abbott
From VDH: The Press and Dr. Faustus - Too late, American journalists realize their mistake.
Faculty salary differentials by academic discipline reflect the economic concept of “opportunity cost”
The Democrats just can’t seem to take America’s side
James Taranto: A Strange Sort of Justice at West Point
The sad case of Mike
Licensed to Carry - Gun ownership is regulated more than critics ever admit.
Warmist Damage Control: ‘Slowdown in global warming was expected’
HHS whines: we don't have enough of your money to secure your health care records from prying eyes!
Sunday, July 28. 2013
I'm reading two books right now:
Niall Ferguson's The Great Degeneration
Halldor Laxness' Independent People: An Epic
What are y'all reading?
View from that bed I posted yesterday. Our family camp is at the extreme end of a 40-minute dirt & rocky single-lane road. About 90 hard minutes and 2,500 vertical feet further up that hill, you can intersect the Pacific Crest Trail on the ridge barely visible through the trees. My dad's ashes are scattered on that rock ledge center left.
Saturday, July 27. 2013
There are deep subtleties in the sexual peccadillo qualifications for public service. It's difficult to keep track of the changing rules. I think gay peccadillos are OK now, but it's difficult to be certain anymore. I think it all depends on R or D, or where you fall on the D spectrum.
It's the time of year when you send your kids or grandkids on the coast of New England out to the salt marshes and mudflats to dig Steamers at low tide. They are the most delicious seafood in the world. AKA Soft-Shelled Clams.
Digging for Steamers takes a bit of skill and gentle use of the right tool (a clam rake or, better yet, a clam fork), because you don't want to crack their fragile shells. And you have to know where to look, because they cluster. The fun part is getting covered with black marsh mud without having to pay for a spa.
You steam up a giant pot of them, just long enough for them to open and cook a bit, but not so long that they get tough or fall apart. You want to steam them, so don't use too much water in the pot. It's acceptable to throw a slice of onion in the water.
Then you pour everybody a mug of the broth from the pot and a heaping pile of clams. That broth is the essence of the sea and the marshes. And you give everybody a bowl of melted butter. I prefer them without the butter so you get the pure clammy flavor. You pull them out of the shell using their long necks as a handle, and I toss the necks to the gulls.
These in the photo below are not Steamers. These are Littleneck Clams, which should never, ever be cooked for any reason - which they have been in the photo. It's a disgrace. Cooking them turns them into clam-flavored chewing gum. They should only be slurped down fresh and alive:
These are Steamers. These precious critters are only eaten steamed, and I am convinced that God made them for that purpose:
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