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, November 30. 2013
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Is there more matter than anti-matter in the universe, or are they symmetrical?
Christ turned the water into wine, but only Aussies would turn it into beer. Guy finds his house plumbed with beer:
Kudlow on the radio today ruminated about, bemoaned, the lack of moral and spiritual equality in America today.
It reminded me of something a niece said about a friend, who had gotten engaged, at Thanksgiving: "She's psycho-socially a bit primitive, not too refined, so they're a good match."
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A book: Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner
Welcome to the USA
The end of the Bar Car?
3 Unpublished Salinger Stories Appear Online
Doris Lessing's Impatience With Political Correctness - As we bid Lessing farewell, the blight she
Hillary Clinton Supporters Slowly Realizing She Didn’t Do Anything as Secretary of State
Hate Crime Hoax Exposed at Vassar College
San Francisco 'Values' Pricing Poor Out of the City - Rent control is killing the city's stock of apartments.
From The Brothers Karamazov (1879). The chapter is one of the most famous passages in literature, and it's time we re-linked it.
Here's the Wiki summary.
Here's one quote of the Inquisitor's monologue to the returned and imprisoned Jesus Christ:
Continue reading "The Grand Inquisitor (instead of a Saturday verse, today)"
Friday, November 29. 2013
Readers are probably slowly recovering from yesterday's feast day in America, but this is very good if you have 5 minutes, by Williamson: The Problem of Selfishness - Political self-interest is no less selfish than economic self-interest.
Presidents, Popes, everything except pumpkin pie. One quote:
Well, maybe some might. It's chilly out there with your trousers down.
An old gospel tune: Hallelujah, I'm Ready to Go. Lyrics here.
I wouldn't say that Turkey Hash is delicious, exactly. It is one of those bland, old-timey comfort foods, and it can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Here's the recipe from Cooks.com.
I think it requires a dollop of leftover cranberry sauce on the side.
“We don’t so much have higher education, as merely longer education.”
Steve Balch, via Phi Beta Cons
Can Red Wine Really Heal Cancer And Prolong Your Life?
Probably not, but it's worth a try
The Dirty Secret of Black Friday 'Discounts' - How Retailers Concoct 'Bargains' for the Holidays and Beyond
A sucker born every minute. But that's not really the point. I think the faux deals just provide an excuse, or rationalization, for the immediate-gratification fun of going out and getting shiny new stuff.
Church Lady says it’s Satan: Hystories
I think it's satanic
Insty found a very fun toy for Christmas
Fun for all ages
Faith and Pascal's Wager
Media still feasting on Bush ‘fake’ turkey claim; erroneous story still repeated 10 years on
From Now They Tell Us:
Let's talk about "Thin Privilege"
Let's not. Instead, let's talk about fat privilege: they eat up all the food.
Ezra Klein: The Senate Killed the Filibuster to Save Itself
Rep. Charlie Rangel demands Americans “Drop the charade of democracy”
Small business Obamacare online enrollment delayed a year
Pope Francis Is Wrong: Free Market Is Not A Tyrant
Governments have tyranny in their DNA. People making free market choices can't be tyrants.
Is Obamacare Challenging Enough for Obama?
The Magic Money Theory of Leftism/Statism
Che Guevara in 10 Great Quotes
China's rumor crackdown has 'cleaned' Internet, official says
Thursday, November 28. 2013
Visiting family for TG this year. Their Camellias in bloom:
Giving thanks for the invisible hand, the kaleidoscopic energy and productivity of the free market, and no turkey czar
At Carpe Diem
Not forgetting God from whom all blessings flow, including our brains.
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Wednesday, November 27. 2013
In the absence of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a bunch of pipers, Mrs. BD will have to bang out Auld Lang Syne herself on ye olde pianny tomorrow afternoon for a sing-along as the extended BD family gives thanks, but, for the first time, with my parents gone. Lots of people sleeping over - hope we can find enough rooms and beds at the BD Manor.
Mrs. BD can still find her pianny brain when she wants to. There is nothing like a Steinway to inspire them fingers because the machine fills the house with glorious sound, missed notes and all. I like the missed notes.
Our Thanksgiving tradition is to always invite friends along with family, especially friends and acquaintances without jolly and festive plans, but not so much of that this year even though we love having people around the place. There remains a funereal atmosphere in the family. These lyrics are more appropriate for the situation than I might have imagined. If any one of us can get through it without breaking down, I'll be amazed.
It is true that Bobbie Burns stole the lyrics, but he said he had done so.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
The most interesting thing I noticed was how ill-prepared our Parks Department representative was. Leaves were all over the courts and needed to be removed. There were 3 men with small bags doing this work. Slowly. Clearly union work. I offered to grab some bags and start getting the leaves off, but was told no, these men would do it. After removing about one-eighth of all the leaves, they left. Gone, finished. Nothing left behind to finish the job of removing leaves. Our representative had all the tools we needed to paint - but we were going to have to paint with leaves in the way and blowing all over the courts. I saw, at the start, this was a clinic in how the government manages things.
Continue reading "Some Observations Upon Volunteering"
We like big bottles for holidays, but they will want to breathe for a few hours.
That's a double magnum of Pol Roger (no breathing), a Jeroboam of 1994 Col di Sasso Tuscany cabernet/sangiovese, a double magnum of Meeker Sonoma Merlot 2002, and a couple of bottles of late bottled Ramos Pintos 1998 Port. Those late-bottled vintage ports are a good deal, and ready to drink. Martinelli's for the teetotalers (in the fridge, not photogenic).
Plenty nice enough for a proletarian, gun totin', pa'tridge huntin', dog lovin', Bible-clingin' proud Yankee red-necked Mayflower farmin' family. We'll have some cheap seegars, too. Everybody will sleep well... and far more comfortably than their Pilgrim ancestors ever did.
Nice picture on the wall? I like Cape Codder John Grillo. Chatted with him several times. He's still alive, and one day I might be able to afford another one of his purty pitchers of nekked gals and dancers before he goes to the great art studio in the sky. I hope to see him this summer, well-aged (b. 1917) but alive and still working all day, every day.
As a Christian, I am always interested in our Jewish foundations, but I am not very well-informed. I felt this was good from Daniel Greenfield (Sultan Knish): Jewish Culture, Revelation and Continuity:
Blatantly-racist Thanksgiving artwork via Pirate
Bloomberg's Last Crusade: Banning Styrofoam Cups
California May Ban Toy Guns
Let's ban breathing. It produces CO2. Or let's just ban everything, to keep it simple.
Quotations of the day from Thomas Sowell
Obama Is Wounded. Obamacare Is Unstoppable
VDH: The War on Human Nature - For nations as for individuals, pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous.
Tuesday, November 26. 2013
Yes, Obamacare's insurance standards cover quackery: Obamacare and the New Age quacks
As a native Cape Codder and cranberry fan, it's a delight to report that they may have a powerful anti-atheroscletotic effect. Maybe this news might have a beneficial effect on a specialized family farming that has been bedeviled by low prices.
The big producers are Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and Michigan.
The sentence in Science Daily I don't understand is the following: "The researchers said that the next step is to determine which compounds in cranberries contribute to the benefits and then figure out how to incorporate them into the diet in a form palatable to humans." How about in cranberry juice, cranberry muffins, cranberry pancakes, 25 kinds of cranberry sauce, cranberry cobbler, and dried cranberry "raisins,"....for starters? You can buy unsweetened, undiluted cranberry juice now in most supermarkets.
We keep bags of them in the freezer, and they seem to last a year.
Cranberry sauce: it's not just for Thanksgiving turkey. It's good for chicken and almost any kind of game meat. Never use the junk from the can, though. Even if you think you like it, you will find you like the home-made better.
More on this native North American bog plant here.
A Common Core 3rd grade textbook (story at Gateway)
1. How to sell Obamacare to your family at Thanksgiving:
2. And see how seriously the MSM takes this crazy story of hate:
3. And we received a comment from a site called Mondoweiss asking that we never link their stories again. We linked the report on Chucky Shumer. I checked their website, where they say "To publish a diversity of voices to promote dialogue on these important issues." Hmmm.
Why Asian Students Are So Important on Campus
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