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.
Our doctrine here at Maggie's HQ is that charcoal grills are good for some things (corn on the cob, burgers, hot dogs, turkey, barbecue stuff, Bluefish, Striped Bass, grilled vegetables), but only cast iron is for good steaks (eg ribeye, NY strip, porterhouse. I will not eat London Broil). Readers know that ribeye is my favorite by far. In our current dietary regime, one thick ribeye makes the foundation for 4 substantial meals, probably with some left over.
Sex pervades almost every aspect of dorm life that I have experienced. I have seen “dorm incest” (the entire floor hooks up with everyone else on the floor), [been] “sexiled,” by my roommate having sex on my dorm bed, and witnessed date rape . . .
It's not just campus life, though. Similar no-boundaries lives exist in the military too these days, and to a degree in society in general. Where, exactly, is the benefit for young women? Young men, once trained to be gentlemen, now often tend to view college as a free candy shop. Bonobo life, monkey life.
Of course, most women do not wish to be viewed as a victim class. We must ask to what extent women have colluded with the abandonment of sexual rules and boundaries. Confirmed: Women’s sex drive is as high as men’s. Perhaps that is at least partly true. Most women I know love sex but do not feel the physical pressure for it that guys do.
"When whites riot, the public rightly labels them as criminals. When blacks riot, the public considers them to be protestors with legitimate grievances. Is this different standard fair? Or is it an example of a new form of racism cloaked in low expectations? Chloe Valdary, a black student at the University of New Orleans, explains."
I do disagree with her about enduring discrimination though. I see more reverse racial discrimination, which is also condescending to blacks.
Well, thus far my posture is better, I stand taller, I am visibly stronger when observed nude-nekked, I feel lighter on my feet, I lost 6 lbs. mostly around my gut that I did not really need to lose, and my need for sleep has gone from around 5 hrs to 6 hrs. I do miss some carbs, still, but I resist. Lots of slices of steak, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, steamed summer squash, and spinach with oil and garlic. He said one half a fruit per day but I don't really like fruit unless I pick it from the tree.
Anyway, fruit is nothing but sugar. It's not "healthy" - it is dessert.
Trainer believes my natural healthy condition is semi-wiry - neither buff nor soft.
It helps that Mrs. BD is on the same routine. She asks me whether I have pain from the workouts. She does. I do not - just total physical fatigue. That's a feeling I actually enjoy. Trainer ramps up the demands every time, 3x/wk.
Dead lifts? I told the guy why I thought they call them that. They f-ing kill you. Sheesh. My language does lapse into the colorful sometimes in that torture chamber.
Trainer says I am still not ready to do his in-between day program on my own time - need day off for muscle recovery. I do. But I will not go gentle into a dark night of sloth even if it kills me.
What is it? Intensive total body workout for strength and conditioning combining aerobic and resistance, with 15-30 second breaks between challenges. That's why they call it "boot camp."You have to get an echo stress test before beginning to minimize the odds of croaking on the floor.
It's a physical and mental adventure.
Do I need all of this? Yes, trust me. I had gotten a little soft and lazy but not fat. Do I like it? Yes and no. More no than yes. An Eat Your Spinach thing. Trainer/torturer is a good, funny fellow (country boy from Ohio who moved east and discovered the glories and fun and seashores of the northeast and of NYC) so that helps. Most enjoyable part is crawling out of the place at 6:15am to get to work.
Will give an update in another few weeks, but I will be moving furniture with my lad this weekend and I can do that, no problem, as long as I don't fall down the stairs.
Both the Romans and the English shared the idea that the law is something to be discovered more than to be enacted and that nobody is so powerful in his society as to be in a position to identify his own will with the law of the land.
If you were a man of forty-five, employed, not actually a serial killer, and had fewer than five nostrils, you did well. The women, though desperate, were often attractive, smart, good-looking, warm-blooded, and great people.
I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I'm finally free I kissed goodbye the howling beast on the borderline which separated you from me You'll never know the hurt I suffered not the pain I raise above And I'll never know the same about you your holiness or your kind of love And it makes me feel so sorry.
Idiot wind blowing through the buttons of our coats Blowing through the letters that we wrote Idiot wind blowing through the dust upon our shelves We're idiots babe It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.
...a closer look at the numbers shows a mere 13% of program expenses — and just 10% of total spending — went for grants and aid. And despite its global pretensions, most of the aid stayed in the U.S. The rest went to salaries, conferences, travel and other overhead costs.
In fact, the Clinton Foundation was more generous to conference organizers than the poor. The IRS filing shows it spent $9 million on conferences, conventions and meetings, compared to $8.9 million in aid.
Readers know well how much we Maggie's Farmers thrive on the Teaching Company series, but this is a welcome addition to our self-education arsenal: The Very Short Introductions series from the Oxford Univ. Press.
Their "very short" paperbacks on all sorts of topics are elegantly-written and will leave you as well-informed as a kid taking a college course.
I perused two of them, one on The Cell and one on Christianity. Excellent. Most can be gotten on Amazon.
I'm not concerned about Man-Made Climate Change. It's a tempest in a Progressive teapot. But some people care, and they really truly believe the government is needed to step in and solve for every 'problem' that doesn't exist. My point has always been that should Man-Made Climate Change prove real (doubtful, at best), the market would find a means of 'fixing' the problem.
Well, the market has done quite a bit to 'fix' it, already (though even the fixes that currently exist like solar and wind would best be left to the market and have no government subsidies or breaks - the only thing keeping most of these affordable). But it looks like some forms of "fossil fuel" will remain the fuel of the future...and with good reason. There is a profit motive to give people a reason to buy some...especially 'green' versions of fossil fuels.
View of the upstairs barn apartment at the farm. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, 1930s-style eat-in kitchenette, and living room. Lots of closets. Knotty pine walls. Very pleasant 1000 sq. ft. quarters. Tractors downstairs. Too bad the view down the hill to the farmhouse and river washed out in my pic. The barn needs lots of exterior repairs, though.
For starters, new roof, a bit of new siding, and better insulation would all be good. And a paint job. Heavily leaded red barn paint, please. (You can easily buy the lead paint additive online. Lead-free exterior paint is terrible. As my brother-in-law says, any kid who would chew on the exterior wood of a barn has to be retarded already.) A couple of modern toilets would be nice too.
The farmhouse itself is in mostly good condition.
Maintenance will kill ya unless you can, and have time to, do it yourself. Ownership of places and things can be a life burden and a spiritual burden, as Thoreau often observed.
A poll showed that 13% of the world’s adults or 150 million people would move to the United States if they were allowed to. If 1 million immigrants can’t fill all those jobs that Americans won’t do, let’s try 150 million immigrants.
A Deadly Dance - Two prominent doctors. One beautiful woman looking for romance. And a likable misfit who spun tall tales. Their lives intersected after an intense relationship turned sour, but no one guessed that the path to love would lead to murder.
It is a story as old as mankind. The people are all idiots, too.