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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Tuesday, November 26. 2013
The Fallacies of Krugman
(cough, cough. bullsh-t)
Posted by Bulldog in Politics at 10:23 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Who says Poodles don't hunt? Photo above and on right via Lakeland Hunting Poodles
A book: Arthur Herman's The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
Obviously racist: Katy Perry Flagged as Racist After AMAs Performance
The FDA Wants to Ban Berger Cookies, the World's Most Delicious Dessert
Derbyshire on Stupid Wars
Fewer people want gun control
After 85 years,
Why The Fed Can't See A Bubble In Equity Valuations
From The New Republic's Obamacare's Threat to Liberalism:
Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to ‘defeat’ Arab world and Palestinians
The 10 Corporations That Control Almost Everything You Buy
Daniel Henninger: Worse Than ObamaCare - Obama's biggest failure is that he hobbled the U.S. economy.
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:52 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, November 25. 2013
Pathologizing normality and normal variation
In a short piece discussing shyness vs. Social Anxiety Disorder, Dr. Kristy Dalrymple has this to say (my bolds):
That's what I've been saying for years, but she says it better.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Our Essays, Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 17:59 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Posted by Gwynnie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 15:27 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Maggie's Farm Thanksgiving Menu Survey (plus Go Go Hi Ho as an attitude towards life)
What's on your menu? (re-posted) -
Inquiring minds want to know. Here's ours, for around 23 people - family and friends:
Unknown hors d'oevres (my Sis brings) with Champagne.
Two turkeys, one in the oven with cornbread stuffing, and one on the grill. Extra stuffing. Gibier gravy. My Mom is making her famous artery-smoothing mashed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese and chives etc in them (mashed potatoes like that plus regular red wine intake have kept my 85 year-old Dad alive and kicking thus far). Brussel Sprouts sauteed with bacon and shallots. String beans with almonds. Creamed baby onions. Sweet potatoes done somehow by my Bro. Mountains of various forms of Cranberry sauces (The best? Orange-Cranberry Relish). Corn pudding (from good dried corn like Cope's) from my M-in-law. Good red wine, cider, along with lots of Martinelli's for the teetotalers and an assortment of really good beers including Palm and some of the German Weissbraus that I have become fond of.
Pumpkin Pie made by Mrs. BD from fresh pumpkin, and Squash Pie from fresh Butternut squash. Apple Pies made by another Sis. Indian Pudding. Pumpkin Cheesecake. Ice cream and whipped cream on the side. Some decent Port for after, with cigars for the gents (and for any women who want them. As far as I know, Mrs. BD has not smoked a cigar since the Macanudo she rebelliously enjoyed at our wedding reception).
The best part? Everybody helps clean everything up after, and nobody leaves until it's all done. It gets like The Cat in the Hat around here. The strong men scrub the pots and pans and carry the rental tables and chairs out to the driveway. Our family - families - are like that: they seem to enjoy work and effort, and seek it out. If they can't find any work at hand to be done or any mess to be tidied, they go for a five mile run or split some firewood or build a wall or do something useful. None of my own kin will watch TV. It's Yankee blood. We do not do idle very well, even on vacation. Or especially on vacation. Maybe it's a flaw - but mess and idleness are the haunts and playthings of the devil. We can rest and "relax" all we want when we're dead. Until then, it's "Hi, Ho, Go, Go" as long as we can.
With a world so full of wonders and challenges, why leave a legacy of a dent in a sofa?
Anyway, what are y'all cookin?
Economist Says Higher Ed Bubble Starting To Burst
It is true. Student loans simply enable higher ed to raise costs. Economist Says Higher Ed Bubble Starting To Burst
Does higher ed produce a better product than it did 50 years ago? I very much doubt it.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:41 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Disability as the new Welfare
There was a time when anybody would be ashamed to take charity, and would knock themselves out to avoid it or to get out from it. The way some people talk nowadays, you're a chump if you don't take what you can. There is never gratitude towards the taxpaying neighbor. No Thank You notes for the charity.
People should never give up on engagement with life. Can you find dignity?
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects, Our Essays at 12:20 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
Coffee may help perk up your blood vessels
What 3,700-Year-Old Wine Tasted Like - Archaeologists reveal the "sweet, strong" flavor of ancient
But they watered it before drinking
If The Cops Pull You Over, These Are Your Rights
Connecticut couple set to celebrate 81st anniversary
Exercise: Roger Simon's Secret to Good Mental and Physical Health
‘Call Me Bill’ - A winter spent skiing with Buckley in Switzerland, and being his assistant and protégé
Oppressed by grammar: Oppression in Higher Education: Hilarious and Sad
Krauthammer On Filibuster Change: "Democrats Will Absolutely Rue The Day"
The New York Times Equates Opposing Obamacare With Slavery
Six 'Knockout' Attacks in New Haven, Connecticut
Iowans worry about ethanol's lost political clout
It's about time
McCarthy: The Scheme behind the Obamacare Fraud - Lies smooth the transition to a fundamental transformation of our health-care system.
The War on Drugs has given rise to an American police state and led to U.S. being the world’s No. 1 Jailer
Duke Lacrosse Liar Now Has a New Title: Convicted Murderer
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:00 | Comments (26) | Trackbacks (0)
Identify this duck
Final photo of our series of our pal's photos in northern Manitoba
Posted by Bird Dog at 04:20 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, November 24. 2013
The Stereotypes About Math That Hold Americans Back
I see no reason to accept the author's assertion that math education in the US is broken:
What do readers think? What was Isaac Newton's math education like?
Posted by The Barrister in Education at 13:49 | Comments (24) | Trackbacks (0)
Indian Food: Samp aka Grits aka Corn Meal Mush, etc.
That's Nora Mill "Georgia Ice Cream" stone-ground speckled grits.
With Thanksgiving on the way, my thoughts have wandered to one of my favorite desserts - Indian Pudding. I don't know about the rest of the country, but up here old Yankees view it to be as essential as Pumpkin Pie and Winter Squash Pie on the dessert table. (I usually consider Mince Pie to be more of a Christmas treat.) Here's one good recipe. I think ice cream overpowers it, but a drizzle of heavy cream does not.
Since we're on the subject of corn meal, here are a few of my other favorites:
Cheese Grits. This would be good for Thanksgiving too. Cheese grits are good with game meat, and with barbecue too. I could live on cheese grits.
Jalapeno Cheddar Grits. Not for Thanksgiving, I feel.
Cornbread stuffing (esp for turkey).
Related, but not ground corn: Cope's Dried Sweet Corn. The best for corn pudding, which is a Thanksgiving necessity.
Almost forgot - Cornmeal pancakes. More interesting than ordinary pancakes.
The American Indians ground their teeth down to nubs from chomping ground corn (samp) - and especially from the stone particles in it from their stone mortars.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink, Our Essays at 12:45 | Comments (19) | Trackbacks (0)
Ethical Questions Science Can’t Answer
Ethical Questions Science Can’t Answer
I am not sure what science has to do with ethics, or what they mean by science. Everything is called "science" now - political science, social science, etc.
Also interesting: Male And Female Brains Have Different Gene Expression
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 10:42 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The 2013 Index of Dependence on Government
White Paper from Heritage: The 2013 Index of Dependence on Government
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 09:38 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
A reader's guide to the coming Affordable Care Act traumas.
Manias, Panics and ObamaCare Crashes - A reader's guide to the coming Affordable Care Act traumas.
A synopsis of what patients, hospitals and doctors have to look forward to, thanks to our moral and intellectual superiors who take pride and pleasure in forcing "our own good" down our throats.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 09:21 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary: "Let him save hmself..."
Posted by Bird Dog at 05:10 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, November 23. 2013
Ordination of the weak
A reader sends this inspiring link, partly about ordination of women: 'Because Beset with Weakness . . . '
Posted by Bird Dog in Religion at 14:43 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Government family fun for Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks to government this year for all of its benevolence:
Barack suggests we give thanks for obamacare at Thanksgiving
Bloomberg suggests we address gun control around the table.
Thanks for the handy social tips, geniuses. These are recommendations for intra-family mass murder.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:33 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
A book: The Inside Story of Blackwater
Why It Takes So Long to Build a Bridge in America - There's plenty of money. The problem is interminable environmental review
Why does media solicit opinions from celebs? Russell Simmons: ObamaCare Already Saved Thousands, Possibly Millions, of Lives
What other important people died on Nov 22, 1963. Aldous Huxley - and CS Lewis. C.S. Lewis: Rescuing Desire
More: That Hideous State - C. S. Lewis’s social critiques are more relevant than ever in the Age of Obama.
Dalrymple: None Dare Call it Prostitution
More about Sipp's house saga
Climate Change Alarm Is A U.N. Extortion Racket
Bill Ayers Reveals He Is Author Of “Dreams From My Father” in Latest Book
Then they came for the doorknobs
McQuain: Why today’s liberalism is a bankrupt fantasy
Big Ethanol suddenly pretty upset about the EPA’s legal vagaries
How poker became a crime - The capricious federal crackdown on the Internet version of an all-American game:
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:23 | Comments (9) | Trackback (1)
Friday, November 22. 2013
Making It Up as They Go Along?
I'm not sure I'm a Tesla guy. Nothing against the technology, but they are expensive to buy and maintain. They take too long to 'refuel'.
Regardless, these are cars that more or less sell themselves. So why in the world do they need to engage in false advertising and hyperbole? My father, a surgeon, never advertised even after the law was changed and he was allowed to. Why, I asked? His response was that good product and good service sells itself. His business was always strong. Sometimes, however, it pays to advertise if your product is very good. But it doesn't pay to create your own standards when you do it.
Posted by Bulldog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 16:55 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
A re-post from our archives: Morton Thompson's Turkey Recipe
My friend who I trust completely emails me: "Have you heard of this recipe? It was in the Chicago Tribune many years ago. I've made it several times. A labor of love, but soooo good."
Here: Morton Thompson's Turkey
I think I will try this, but not at Thanksgiving. Tradition must be observed here. I am one of those people who truly enjoys a roast turkey, as long as there is plenty of cranberry sauce, mashed rutabaga, creamed onions, and mashed potatoes to go with it. I like the dark meat.
Photo: I forget where that photo came from, but it's not a photo of Thompson's Turkey. Maybe from Dr. Bob.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 15:00 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Marketing higher ed as Club Ed
Over the past decade or two, the marketing of higher ed has been to sell it as a financial investment. Of course, financial investments are about supply and demand, and when the supply goes up and demand goes down, the proud grads with their marketing-inflated grades are SOL.
What is the economic value of a college degree today?
If they want to market higher ed to the masses, they need to either market as adolescent sex resorts as Club Ed, or as an opportunity be become a citizen who is more deeply rooted in their culture. I suspect the former, "the college experience", sells better to the youth.
As I think about it, there's also the social angle (non-college grads like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan have trouble getting invitations to the nice parties and clubs) - and also the networking angle, but that mainly works well for high-prestige and high-visibility schools: Ivy League, Little Ivies, Big Ten, UT, MIT, Va. Tech, and so forth but many other colleges have established very tight networking for their grads. I'm thinking of USC, Connecticut College, Georgetown, Kenyon, and there are plenty of others where loyal alumni will do anything to help grads find a career track they want.
Posted by The Barrister in Education, Our Essays at 13:45 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
What ethnic/regional heritage is most common in the US?
Make a guess before you check the answer.
The map is quite interesting. I thought the country was mostly Anglo in heritage, never saw that invasion coming.
Posted by The News Junkie in History at 13:00 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Games played with voters
'How nakedly political can you get?': Obamacare year-two signups delayed until after 2014 election.
Fool me once...
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:29 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
It's official: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich is Racist, Says Portland School Official
What about Fluffernutter?
Being a gentleman
No High School Diploma? No Problem: Here Are The Best Paying Jobs For You
The federal government's war on school choice
Sharpton Won't Apologize for Barneys Shakedown
Is the NY Times editorial board for the filibuster, or against it?
CEO: ‘When we go to the White House, we talk to people we wouldn’t hire.”
"Our check’s gonna come in the mail every month, and it’s gonna be on
Living the reality of Santa Claus
PM Cameron: We need to get rid of all this green crap
ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid
Top Cancer Hospital Not Included on Obamacare Plans Sold in NY
Healthcare.gov can't tell consumers whether they can keep their doctors
Only a limited number of doctors and hospitals will be covered by insurance bought through the exchange. It doesn't mean you can't use them, but it's on your nickel. The Obamacare "system" seeks the cheapest "vendors."
Mead discusses The NY Times' turning against Obamacare:
The UN and Israel: A History of Discrimination
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:30 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (2)
Bird Dog Whiskey
Yes, they make a plain, unflavored Kentucky Whiskey too.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 05:03 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
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