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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Thursday, November 21. 2013
My buddy got two this year. Here's one of them. Then I wonder, if he's a buddy, how come he never invites me along? (Woops, my dumb error - that was a pic of his spring Turkey)
Well, for starters there is no such thing; just people with varying degrees of self-respect, dignity, and self-control. Humans are apes, after all.
Via Instapundit, an Antioch student who does whoredom on the side
A sex object, and proud of it
It's not exactly news.
No doubt these lies are "for my own good," just like the Obamacare lies. I am sick of an overly-powerful federal government, and sick of the fawning respect it gets from the media. It disgusts me, this culture of branding and pop-culture, high-school, leg-tingling nonsense which has invaded government.
From a good post on Washington DC and it's over-importance and self-importance, Fifty Years after Dallas - In a TV cult like Kennedy’s, there is more than a whiff of Roman decadence.
JFK was not much as a president, but he was a pre-Beatles pop-idol for the gals, and he enchanted the media. The only good thing about him was his basic conservatism. Rich and handsome, with good, expensive speech-writers. So what?
Many children 'slower runners than their parents were'
Doolittle raiders regroup to sip brandy
Scientology is going to make Tom Cruise and John Travolta even MORE awesome
Political views as social signaling. I get it. I am better than those hick bitter clingers. No - wait. I am one of them, but not very bitter. I'm a sweet person.
Colleges Host Academic Fraud, Fake Native American, Ward Churchill
Rep. Welch calls ethanol a 'well-intentioned flop'
"Well-intentioned" only if you don't understand American politics
Using the low-class word Nigger
TICKING TIME BOMB: 50 to 100 Million Health Care Cancellations Expected Before 2014 Elections
They are all substandard plans anyway...
Healthcare.gov website crashes during Sebelius PR event … again
Obama's Slow Learning Curve
Didn't know much about real life, did he?
Steve Forbes: The Bankruptcy Of Modern Economics
No, Arne Duncan, ‘White Suburban Moms’ Aren’t The Problem. (But you might be) - Common Core, choice, and who knows what's best for kids.
Re-posted from a past Thanksgiving season -
We had plenty of family and friends to eat it all up.
I think people preferred the grilled (no stuffing in the grilled bird). It was my first time trying grilled turkey. Beginner's luck: It came out perfectly: moist, with a pleasant hint of smokiness. It took around 3 1/2 hrs to cook. Keeping the temp at near 325 involved carefully titrating the number of briquettes and fruitwood chunks to keep the heat low, but to not let the fire go out. Basted it with veg. oil and honey.
Nice grill, eh? This cast-iron thing weights 500 lbs. I had to assemble the darn thing off a truck, and got most of it right. Except for the wheels, which fell off. Now it takes a few pall-bearers to move it.
This is halfway:
The puppy seemed equally happy with scraps from the grilled and from the oven-roasted turkey.
Wednesday, November 20. 2013
Here's what they emailed me:
We have plenty of space if you would like to go on a duck goose combo hunt. We get ducks and geese in the same blinds on the marshes we hunt. It is $190 (plus $10 tax) per full day per hunter. We hunt all day and meet you at 5:15 am and hunt till sunset. We can come in for a lunch break or a break at anytime during the day or we can bring you lunch from a local restaurant if you want. We have many nice duck blinds, most all have roofs, we have all the decoys, you will be in your own blind & dogs are welcome. Hotels are listed on our website and off season rates are about $55 a night. Just bring your gun, ammo, boots and lic. You can get your license by calling 866-721-6911, it is easy and immediate over the phone, you get your lic, hip number and state stamp, just get the federal stamp at the post office, you can also get a 3 day out of state lic. for about $40, be sure to sign your state and federal duck stamps. You will love this place, we get a large variety of waterfowl: black ducks, mallards, teal, shovelers, brant, pintails, wigeon, gadwall, a bunch of other ducks plus Canada and snow geese.
It depends. As Freud knew, memory is distorted by our choice of defensive narrative of the moment. One of the many fascinating things about Psychoanalysis is to see how memories change over time.
In Psychiatry, rightly or wrongly, we are able to work in the world of psychic reality rather than courtroom facts 99.9% of the time.
Just the euphemism "unprepared" exposes the college diploma fraud that is sold to so many American kids and families. As I have asserted many times, if you can't handle calculus, statistics, college physics, Econ, Plato, and Thomas Aquinus, you do not belong in a serious 4-year college.
There are immense other learning opportunities in the US for anybody who wants them, for motivated scholars. Public libraries, for one example. They do not close at 5 pm. Useful community colleges have sprung up all over America to provide some of the basic and remedial education that was not done in government high schools, and to teach practical skills that used to be learned in apprenticeships or on the job.
"Unprepared" is a euphemism for unmotivated, uninterested, or unable for personality or intelligence reasons. Not everybody can play in the NFL either.
Remember the shocking reality that half of Americans have below-average IQs. College curricula have been aimed at well-above average IQ and well-above average curiosity and self-motivation levels. Some "experts" opine that only 5% of a population are really able and interested in the demands of traditional and rigorous higher ed. I'm willing to admit that, of that 5-10%, only about half would be motivated to self-educate without the structure of a school. That's simple lazy human nature.
Were I (God forbid) a college admissions officer, one thing I would care about is what the applicant learned outside of school on their own initiative. As I have often said, learning is not something that is delivered, it is something that is taken. You can lead a horse to water, etc. Even the "worst" schools, whatever that means, offer huge opportunities for anyone who wants them. Teachers want nothing more than motivated, capable, and respectful kids, and will respond to them. Yes, even unionized teachers.
People can dumb higher ed down all they want to fill seats, collect tuition, etc., but it doesn't mean a thing anymore.
Anyway, this prof gives a dismaying report from the front lines of higher ed today.
Somebody commented recently that we should be grateful that our founding fathers were all home-schooled.
He was a good student, too. As a result, he opted out of the NFL, and decided the working life was a better career choice. He was a bit tired of the culture of football. He loved it, but it's grinding work. He wanted to use other skills he'd developed. I don't blame him.
As the hiring manager and I spoke, she commented "Well, he has the added benefit of being diverse."
I looked at her and said, "What do you mean, exactly?"
"I think you know what I mean, he's ethnic."
"So he's black. You're telling me this makes him more qualified?"
"No, not more qualified, but you know how things are today. We have to remain conscious of this fact, diversity is so important in the workplace."
"Yes, I agree, it is important. But having me as part of the team doesn't make us more diverse? I'm curious if I'm diverse?"
"Well, you're diverse in terms of thought. You think in ways nobody else here does, but that's not what we focus on in diversity."
"So I'm not diverse?"
Continue reading "How Do I Become Diverse?"
...it would be the 13th largest economy in the world.
Quite remarkable, really. It could be like Singapore or Hong Kong, or something, but much bigger, I guess. It is odd that such a thriving metropolis would elect a Commie mayor. Something in the water, maybe. Sure, it's expensive, but that's supply and demand. There is high demand to be here. Sometimes it feels like the whole world wants to move here, despite the living challenges and the fierce, if invigorating, competition.
I will ask one more time: "Why don't all the ardent Lefties who love living in this terrible, capitalistic, and thriving NYC move to Portland, Oregon? Better yet, Mexico City, Havana or Managua."
If you like Wild Turkey, go out in your back yard and shoot one as I did in my photo
Sipp's account of his house saga continues
Complete Streets Occupiers - Eco-bikers are in no mood to share the road.
Is Obamacare The Final Nail In The Coffin Of The Middle Class?
Alarmist climate scientists have abused the public trust in science, inflicted serious damage
... now a majority say it is not the federal government’s role to secure universal health care.
America, here’s your Drug War: Thousands of Americans locked up for life in cages for nonviolent drug offenses
The way we deal with drug use in America is insane
FT: Keystone is Green Movement’s Stalingrad
Raise the minimum wage to $50/hour
Yale Can Look at All Student Email
Yale Can Look at All Student Email
Tuesday, November 19. 2013
Thanks to Myron Magnet for this excellent article on Tom Paine.
I suspect that most of my ancestors were Tories, but so were most Americans at the time. A dramatic rebellion, nonetheless, with the American Constitution as its crowning jewel.
Dalrymple is good on this topic: Are We Free To Reform Ourselves? A quote:
I have mixed feelings about this general topic, but I conclude, at the end, that the federal government has no business in local education. Not in their job description. It always seems to me that, the more jobs they take on, the more costly failures occur.
Some readers have asked what tools my pal used for his fine outdoor Churchill photos which I have been posting for the past week.
He says "I only use Nikon D800 with a Nikon 200-400 zoom, f4 straight through." I don't know what any of that means, but readers might. I don't do photography - I take snapshots. When I was young, I drew pictures and painted pictures.
Sultan: The God of global warming
If the true history of
The Cult of Outrage
Employment data was falsified prior to election
Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D .C.
Obamacare vs. the Dutiful - Hard-working Americans might wonder, “Why bother?”
Marxist Sandinista Movement Could Maintain Permanent Control of Nicaragua - New constitutional amendments could put dictator in place
A tribute to Prince Charles, champion of anti-science, on his 65th birthday
Monday, November 18. 2013
I try not to post about political matters and to try to stick to my portfolio here, but this is something for all to remember: Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist who idolized Castro and hated America.
He killed JFK because JFK was an anti-Commie. I think the Bay of Pigs pushed him over the edge.
What is the role of God in American government? A walk.
Whistler ski resort to open 13 days early
I blame climate change. If you ski, try Whistler-Blackcomb. It's the best, and the drive up from Vancouver is spectacular.
The Internet Is Now Weaponized, And You Are The Target
Feeeeelings, oh oh oh feeeeelings...
Sebelius apparently needed five years to build the website.
Geithner Heads to Private Equity - Former Treasury Secretary Is Joining Warburg Pincus
Get yours while the getting's good
Anti-Semitism, academic freedom and Brooklyn College
The Middle East, After the Pax Americana
Boeing says it may build new 777X outside U.S.
Bill de Blasio: “I Believe in the Heavy Hand of Government”
Except on crime. The guy is an arrogant putz.
Greenfield: The Left Side of History
NY Senator Admits “We All Knew” Prez Was Misleading About ObamaCare
The government defense is that they lied to you for your own good
Boris Johnson: Be grateful for the rich
Sunday, November 17. 2013
It has become a big business: Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side - In Demand in Clinics and on the Street, ‘Bupe’ Can Be a Savior or a Menace
It's an opiate agonist/antagonist. Apparently it's a mild high. I know a doc who prescribes it. He is all about $.