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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Monday, January 27. 2014
A different version of Tell Ol' Bill
Scarlet Town, live
You’re A Big Girl Now, 11 Great live versions
College leaders and professors who appear more interested in themselves than in education are doing great harm.
If you cook at home at all, a good Chef's Knife is the first thing you need. The proper use of this tool for all of its various purposes - chopping, dicing, slicing, etc. - are things to be learned. YouTube is a fine resource for learning knife skills.
Pictured is an 8" Wusthof.
I bring this up because last week we posted on the topic of Knife Control, and were reminded about docs in the UK: British Doctors Call for Ban on Long Kitchen Knives to End Stabbings.
Next, it will be a ban on knitting needles.
The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Sugar and “Bad” Carbs Cause Early Signs of Dementia
“Islam is My Identity. The Burqa is My Shield. Paradise is My Destination.”
Hell seems more likely.
Why not just pick a few days per year when schools will be open?
Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’
Politico Ignores Bio-Gate, Declares Wendy Davis 'Most Judged Woman In America'
Sheesh. All she did was to lie about abandoning her kids. Guys abandon their kids all the time.
World buyers getting eagerly in line for U.S. natural gas
Paul Ryan: A New Direction in the War on Poverty
Salon: The right’s fantasy is shattered: Why Obamacare has already succeeded
The Stench of the Regime Is Thick: A List of Latest Conservative Targets
Democrat Media Rally to Wendy Davis’s Defense
Louisiana Gov. Jindal Fights Washington War on School Vouchers
Uncovered: The macabre sex chamber of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi where he raped girls
Who is to gain from smearing Robert Menendez?
Does this bikini make my ass look fat?
New Study: Unemployment Benefits Weaken Economy
Security Secretary: Illegals Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’ - See
Sunday, January 26. 2014
Most of the studies he discusses avoid defining happiness, and just let people report. At issue, of course, is that as long as one is not in dire straits, happiness and contentment in life depend on non-economic factors: temperament and personality, relationships, family, hobbies and interests, etc.
There is no one "happiness." Some are most happy when taking risks, others more comfortable when they feel more secure. Material gain is not a universal goal.
Chilling game of hide and seek with a hungry polar bear
When sitting in a duck blind or deer stand, standing on a ski slope watching your grandkids, and winter hiking, it's much more pleasant to have warm toes and fingers. I have had times in duck blinds when my fingers were too cold and numb to pull a trigger, but I have a touch of Raynaud's Syndrome.
Assuming that you wear things to keep toes and hands dry, hand and foot warmers can add plenty of comfort.
This site has aluminum-coated insoles and insoles ("footbeds") with inserts for 6-hour warmers.
They also sell Grabber Hand Warmers for your gloves - or for your pocket.
How does BD make 6-12 quarts of chicken stock, for soup, Chicken 'n Dumplings, Chicken Noodle Soup, etc? Well, I learned from a master chef trained at Cordon Bleu.
Use a 10-12-quart pot if you have one, but for the bigger stock pots, you will need more than a single carcass. That's one reason to freeze bird carcasses.
First roast a fat chicken or buy a roasted one. Then remove the breast meat and the thigh meat, but keep all of the bones, wings, scraps, juices, giblets (not the liver) etc. You can roast the carcass and bones a little, if you want, and then toss it all into a big pot of water.
If we have any left-over turkey wings or carcass from Thanksgiving or Christmas in the freezer, or any pheasant or chukar carcasses or freezer-burned birds or bird parts, I put them in too. Sometimes I will roast or sautee a pack of chicken wings and throw them in. The richer, the better. Crack the bones if you have a cleaver to fully extract the goodness.
Roughly chop (skins on) a couple of onions, a head of garlic (skins on), a couple of carrots (skin on), a couple of celeries, the top parts of a leek, and toss them in a hot skillet to sautee until slightly browned in olive oil. Don't worry about the skins. Then throw it all in the pot. You can throw in some frozen peas, beans, potato peels, whatever, too, to deepen the vegetable flavor. Have fun with it, but no tomato or mushrooms in this: it's meant to be mild.
Throw in a small handful of black peppercorns, a tablespoon or two of Kosher salt, a little sugar, a few sprigs of Thyme, some bay leaves, and some parsley sprigs. Pour in a bottle or two of dry white wine, and let the whole mess simmer happily for a few (3-6 hrs, adding wine or water as needed). A crock pot would do it too, bit it's really a winter weekend project.
When you're tired of doing it, let it cool a little and run it all through a strainer and toss the remnant solid stuff in the trash. Voila! Bird Dog's Poultry Stock, good for whatever ails ya and a good foundation for any poultry construction.
If you want to freeze it, cool, skim the fat off, and freeze. It's fine for 6 months. If skilled, a poultry consomme is a fine dish.
Saturday, January 25. 2014
File this under "Bad analogies can undermine your basic point, no matter how much I agree with your premise."
Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?
When people get divorced, I usually recommend that a person have a coffee with at least 25-30 candidates, at minimum, before deciding to get involved with anyone. That's because the recently-divorced are usually lonely, unhappy, sex-starved; often hurt or angry or worried about the future, and generally prone to poor judgement and poor choices. However, those things may apply to many single people.
Because of this, I found this fellow's love story interesting: How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love
Do guys just want sex? That's a topic for another day. That guy wanted true love, whatever that is.
Wind Permits Allowing Eagle Deaths Face Blowback
Why We Should Subsidise Hipster Novelists' Housing.
The comments are amusing.
Sultan's Totalitarians of New York:
Wendy Davis supporters laugh at disability
'Big chill' expected to stay until 2040 - Major cooling cycle could match 'Little Ice Age'
New York Finds High Taxes Send State's Wealthy Fleeing
Unions Tell Mom She Must Pay Dues to Care for Her Son
Dream Song 45: He stared at ruin
He stared at ruin. Ruin stared straight back.
Here's the wiki on Berryman.
Friday, January 24. 2014
Who are these people? They will get rich, somehow, but would you want to be them? Or would it sicken yourself?
The old bumper sticker said "When all else fails, lower your standards."
I think I had best bring my heavy-duty winter undies. Maybe get some runs in this afternoon with my new skis, bought (brand new Volkls, in wrapper) on eBay (last year's model, for 1/3 the price).
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A top candidate for the Most Interesting Man in the World.
Does anybody date anymore?
How Disney's 1942 Film Bambi Came to be Influenced by the Lush Landscapes of the Sung Dynasty
It won't be so easy to shoot a rabid raccoon
The good life: Ben Stein's weekly diary
Why Are Fewer People Looking for Jobs?
What Is a Normal Temperature?
Global Warming Scientist To Be Cross-examined Under Oath
Single-Parent Families Threaten America's Future
Economic mobility: It takes a family
Allen West: Obama May Want His Policies to Fail
It's termed Cloward-Pliven
Flooding: Do Governments Make It Worse?
The tolerant Left:
Chart below via Dan Mitchell
Thursday, January 23. 2014
Seven Questions for Bob Dylan - He has given countless interviews, cowritten a movie about himself and authored an autobiography, released 35 albums, and toured for half a century. So why do we know nothing about this man?
When Bob Dylan Met Officer Buble - She put a music legend in her police car in 2009, and thought it was just
Via Jacobson re home schooling:
The "right" to make educational decisions for your children?
Italian Alzheimer's: A neurological disorder that causes you to forget everything but your grudges.
Stolen and adapted from Dr. X
Maybe they want to be left alone, same as they did before. Maybe they are not filled with gratitude towards their benefactors.
Top 10 reasons sex is good for you
At least they didn't post the Ten Commandments.
Why Is The Press Fighting To Protect Wendy Davis?
What if she were a Conservative? Who Is ‘Boo’ Burnham?
Are Leftists really For the ‘People’?
Do we face a disastrous century due to global cooling?
Article describes the racket
Another Obama Record… One in Five US Households Now on Food Stamps
Krauthammer: Impotent Networks Resent They ‘No Longer Control the Agenda’ - “When Brokaw, Jennings, and Rather were in the chair... they had all the power.”
Is "Diversity" In Science Necessary? Legal?
Wednesday, January 22. 2014
If you read it, you'll feel depressed too: The Last Generation of the West and the Thin Strand of Civilization
It's not "childish." I've never heard a kid complain about weather.