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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Sunday, November 30. 2014
There is a book called Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back but it's about dealing with mental illness.
Indeed, Christians are invited to be "in this world, but not of it."
Advent begins today. Several of them here.
We have posted recently about firewood, green or dried.
Of course, it all depends on whether your fires are for pleasure, comfort, and ambience or for the BTUs. We have an old wood stove in the kitchen which provides tons of heat, but my fireplace in the den warms that little room up very effectively, to the point that I have to open the window.
Fireplaces do radiate heat, just much more ineffectively than stoves.
What wood to burn? Any wood is good. Some people are too afraid of burning fir and pine, but they are excellent, produce wonderful smells, and probably produce less chimney creosote than slower-burning hardwoods. However, if you keep a home fire burning as we do, you must have the chimney cleaned at least twice per winter, and ideally once per cord or two whatever the wood. Chimney fires are the reason so many churches and old houses have burned down in New England.
Generally speaking, the hotter the fire, the less creosote condensation in the chimney. Here you can read all about chimney creosote.
I have read that it takes a year to air-dry unsplit green wood, which can contain over 50% water when freshly cut (dry wood is around 25% water, depending on where you live). I burn green wood sometimes once I have a good bed of coals and don't want a blazing fire, but it certainly does not burn as hot as air-dried wood. I don't care because I am not reliant on wood for heat except when our power is down.
Here is some good firewood info from the Master Sweep.
Here are some good data about firewood
Info re the Franklin stove
Info re the Rumford Fireplace
Brick-lined chimneys? They are obsolete. Best thing is to line them with stovepipe.
Always bear in mind that every time you light a fire you are producing CO2, killing Gaia, and destroying the planet. Coal and oil, after all, are just very well-seasoned old wood. If you truly love Gaia, you would do without mechanized transport, or horses, or A/C, heat, and the internet.
Saturday, November 29. 2014
"How come looters never steal work boots?"
Some commenter somewhere this week
The guy's article was kinda cute, really: U. Michigan Student Writer Suspended by Campus Newspaper for Satirical Column
Some grievance-seeker was "offended."
Always interesting: The History Blog
Private property and the Pilgrims
Physics at the Universe’s Limits
The hideous Black Friday is spreading around the world
Here Comes The Ultimate Keynesian Scam: Helicopter Money For The People, Not Just Banks
November 30 marks the 140th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth,
The answer from Clinton's representatives: $300,000 is the "special university rate."
Time to Shuck the Big Corn Giveaway - If we can’t get rid of farm subsidies, we can at least enforce the rules on them:
New York Times DEFENDS Its Decision To Publish Name Of Darren Wilson’s Home Street
St. Louis Bomb Plot Fails Because of Maxed Out EBT Card
Germany Desperate For More Coal Power To Keep Lights On
Desperate For More Coal Power To Keep Lights On - See more at:
Israel's ambassador to the UN delivers a brilliant and VERY blunt message
I long to talk with some old lover's ghost,
Friday, November 28. 2014
George Will with a summary of recent insanities: Thanks, or something. For example:
Brilliant! Fruit is "healthier" than chocolate? Not true at all. Both are pure sugar. And I defy these idiots to tell me that a single forest fire was caused by a happy flaming marshmallow.
One of your betters in Washington with a degree in Marshmallow Studies was actually paid a good salary with excellent lifetime benefits out of your pocket to convey that advice. I recommend laughter and sarcastic derision. Suicide is out of the question but passive resistance might be a safe approach. Marshmallow afficiandos know that a marshmallow without a burnt crust is just garbage, as is a S'more without Hersheys.
Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon? Peter Berger - We know atheism in its Jewish or
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
How do you know someone is a vegetarian? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you within 30 seconds of meeting them
Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving
Shakespeare is pop culture. So is Verdi
Meet the New Warm Fuzzy Payday Lenders
A bunch of great greenie quotes - here's one:
How immigration killed the tax deal - GOP didn't want to aid new class of immigrants; Obama balked.
Obama to Amnesty Hecklers: 'Sit Down... Nobody's Removing You... I Just Took an Action to Change the Law'
Obama’s Immigration Plan Misses Chance to Increase A Crucial Group of Visas
Samuelson: America's Giant Welfare State
Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career
The media doesn’t want to avoid another Ferguson.
Most Balanced And Fair-Minded Comment on Ferguson Comes From NFL Player
Where's the Coverage? Israeli Arabs Prefer Israel to Palestinian Authority
Thursday, November 27. 2014
Re-posted from last November: One more pic from our friend's vacation trip to Hudson Bay:
Here's today's verse. It's a fox's Thanksgiving, I guess. Who can remember Bob Shane?
Williamson: Our founding fathers knew when to build, and when to fight — and what to build, and what to fight.
it's a good opportunity to catch up on the local news. In Maine.
I see this morning that, during the night, Mrs. BD & Co. produced three punkin pies (from fresh pumpkins and homemade crust) and two pecan pies. Nice. My job this morning? Making stuffing (cornbread with sausage, onion and celery) and grilling the turkeys. Then the friendly Indians will arrive bearing their goodies after their annual TG 10 K race. I say they are nuts but they all blame me for introducing them to the running habit which I did, years ago. I quit that when my 3rd kid was born. It did not feel right to disappear for two hours every weekend morning with three little kids around.
Basting is a waste of time, the stuff just runs off the skin. With my frightening horse-sized hypodermic needle, I am injecting cider into the birds this year. Breasts, legs, wings, and under the skin. Once in the beginning, again when half-done. They are not Butterball, just plain fresh turkeys. One is 20 lbs and one is 26 lbs. That's a big turkey. Good leftovers for all. On the grill, I have plain charcoal and I am keeping some oak and apple logs burning and smoking on top of the charcoal. Nice smelling smoke wafting around for a country mile, as light snow falls. That's Yankeeland Thanksgiving. And the Indian Pudding is in the oven.
For a dumb reason, I did brine one of them for 24 hrs. in a ton of herbs and spices and wine, etc. but it really is not worth the trouble. Just inject them with liquids - sherry, white wine, cider, brandy, beer, or anything. You can add herbs, melted butter, whatever. It's a man's job, cooking meat and game. And mashing the taters with cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and heavy cream. Taste while doing to make sure you added enough pepper and to keep your strength up.
Wednesday, November 26. 2014
The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State - Which foods are unusually popular in each state on Thanksgiving.
It's wonderful to see how regionally-diverse this big nation of America remains, but I would not touch some of that stuff. I mean, Snickers Salad for Thanksgiving? Sheesh! Nothing against Snickers but oh, well, it's all good as long as we are grateful. I don't want to be a food snob, but, gee whiz, there are some limits!
Pic is my standard Yankeeland cooking. I use half the sugar, twice the berries. My mother in law always makes raw cranberry and orange relish - deliciously tangy and different from this.
I am thankful to those who contribute to Maggie's, and to all those who contribute links for our morning link dump. Besides randomly-interesting stuff, we like to link views and info which are neglected by the MSM.
Also, a thanks to other sites which we frequently neglect or forget to acknowledge as link sources - sites like RCP, Hot Air, Insty, Lucianne, Drudge, Vanderleun, and others. Thanks to y'all for your work.
We wish a Happy, thankful, and blessed American Thanksgiving to all of our readers and friends of all nations, creeds, colors, shapes, sizes, gender identifications, and cultures across our fruited plain and across the world.
Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
Taboos are so bourgeois and limiting of self-expression and self-realization
Are Women More Open to Sex Than They Admit?
Certainly. Everywhere I go, women try to seduce me
What it felt like to fly Concorde
An audio book review: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations
An article set to produce countless spells of the vapors across American campi. Never leave home without your smelling-salts.
Common Core Will Fix the Nonexistent Gender Gap!
Private Oncologists Being Forced Out, Leaving Patients to Face Higher Bills
Believe me, you would always rather have a private doc than an employee of somebody else
Student mugged, says he deserved it because of his 'privilege'
This beta-male kid will eventually get his well-deserved Darwin Award
Read this yet at Rolling Stone? A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA
Thinking too highly of higher ed
People Starting To Ask About Motive For Massive IPCC Deception
Forget Ferguson, 244 Teenagers Have Been Shot In Chicago Since Michael Brown Died
13 Facts About Ferguson the Media Will Never Tell You
No cameras, no riots. It's symbiotic. Riots sell - ask any TV network.
NFL Star Reggie Bush Joins With Pro-Palestinian Activists in Co-opting Ferguson Tragedy
Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm
Is Preston saying that the guy had no choice?
RAW COURAGE: Papa John’s Female Manager Defends Store From Looters With Bare Hands
Giuliani saved thousands of black Americans
Schumer: Despite Midterms, ‘Public Knows in Its Gut’ That Big Government is Best
Williamson: Family Affairs - Political Dynasties and their discontents
Williams: Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans
America, You’ve Been Grubered!
Understanding the Nihilist in the White House - Obama is bent on destruction rather than creation, because destruction for its own sake is also part of the arsenal of nihilism.
Can't take the truth
Have they "gone wrong"? What is America's role in the world?
Blaming the victims again
Tuesday, November 25. 2014
I believe that the economy can potentially absorb five million additional gardeners and nannies. The challenge will be to create a corresponding number of rich young liberals to hire them.
Lawrence Sellin, here.
I see no reason why black kids could not benefit from the same sorts of disciplines and expectations that were imposed on me. It did me good and yes, I did rebel in some minor ways.
It looks like we're down to only 20-25 (not counting rug rats) of friends and family for Thanksgiving this year at the Maggie's Farm HQ. Some of my sibs are doing TG at their new vacation house on Cape Cod, appropriately-enough.
The way we do it is like the Indians did: everybody brings part of the feast. We rent a few round or long tables with chairs to put in the parlor, light up a couple of fireplaces, decorate things a little, and warm up the grill.
Best holiday of the year - no presents, just festive get-together. No TV allowed, generally-speaking.
Our home team is, as usual, providing 2 turkeys, stuffing, gravy, wine and beer, green salad, and Mrs. BD's pumpkin pies and Indian Pudding. Oh, and whipped cream. Soup is just too much trouble. Guests are bringing apple pies and ice cream, grilled brussel sprouts, pickled beets, sweet potatoes, mashed taters, mashed rutabaga, roasted parsnips, cranberry relish, champagne and Martinelli's, and hors d'oevres.
Low-carb, fat-free, vegan, and gluten free of course!
It sounds sick, but that's Juan Williams' view.
Of course she does...what else could it possibly be?
Giving Thanks at Cracker Barrel (h/t Althouse)
" poverty is the normal condition of man"
This is what a Feminist looks like — The university system as The Village of the Damned
Renewable Energy Will Never Work, But Can Nuclear?
is what a Feminist looks like — The university system as The Village of
the Damned - See more at:
"... the Democrats’ current Hillary problem: everyone in the party seems to be supporting her, and yet nobody can articulate exactly why."
Morici: Whites Face a Government Working Against Their Interests and Their Children's
So do African Americans
Who Paid for Astrid Silva to Go to College?
Sultan: Amnesty for Unamerica:
State Senator: This Is St Louis' Race War
She wants to catch up with Detroit?
Let no excuse for looting and rioting go to waste. Social justice requires burning a lady's cake shop.
Memo From Middle America | Obamnesty Not Approved By Congress? No Problem, It’s Been Approved by Mexico And Central America!
White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday
You had better read these, citizens
An economist explains what the heck is happening to the global economy
20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress’ Weak-Sauce Benghazi Report
Monday, November 24. 2014
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