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, April 30. 2015
It cooks while it rests.
...more disgusting details emerge daily: The Clinton Foundation spent more on office supplies than on charity in 2013
Campus life with no rules and no barriers. A quote:
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.
Do young women view it the same way, or not? How Sex Ed Screwed Millennial Women
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.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:07 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Blacks are not children.
"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.
California’s Water Crisis Is Man Made
NOT IN AN ELITE COLLEGE? NO WORRIES!
College Encourages Lively Exchange Of Idea - Students, Faculty Invited To Freely Express Single Viewpoint
The George Washington University Tramples Free Speech, Ignores Context in Suspending Student for Indian Swastika Posting
Transcending the Poverty Industry - Federal anti-poverty efforts have relied
Obama Administration Says Non-Profit Status ‘Going to Be an Issue’ for Religious Schools
The Heretic We Need - Once again, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s pen is mightier than any barbarian’s sword.
Related, Congressmen Keith Ellison and André Carson call for denial of visa to Dutch legislator Geert Wilders
Carly Fiorina: Baltimore Rioters Using Freddie Gray’s Death as an ‘Excuse’
That is true
Candidate Clinton Blames Baltimore Riots on Income Inequality - Ignores fact husband's war on drugs responsible for militarized cops
Clinton Foundation Official: "This is not charity... The whole thing is bankable. It's a commercial proposition."
Clinton Sinking as Vox — Yes, Vox — Continues Barrage Against ‘Charity’ - With friends like this, Hillary! doesn't need enemies.
Jeb Bush's newest idea: Statehood for Puerto Rico!
What? How about independence for Puerto Rico?
The Palestinians No One Talks About
ISIS Pushes West, Eyeing a New Caliphate in Tunisia
Wednesday, April 29. 2015
Racial harmony? In my personal life, I have never seen any racial disharmony. White Americans are not racists, but the more this sort of bs occurs, the more wary they become.
Surely Marcus is not alone in feeling ashamed by his AA brethrens' behavior
Smashed, looted and burned by the mob - inside the destruction of Baltimore as shopkeepers tell how they fled burning shops and one says he called police 50 times - and nobody came
Sultan: Savages With Cell Phones
Baltimore City Councilman Admits: Decades of Bad Policies Caused These Riots
His policies, of course
The thugs using the suspicious death of Freddie Gray (at the hands of a Democrat-led police department) to justify the looting that updates their home entertainment systems, are Democrats protesting Democrat leaders and Democrat policies in a Democrat-run city.
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.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:51 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
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.
Is Sunday School too lite?
"Be nice" is not a Christian doctrine
Dating: Life on the Meat Bourse
Density and single-family zoning
I hate single-family zoning. To be a neighborhood, you need a corner store, a cafe, a church, etc. Places for people to see each other informally.
Price-fixing: When Bots Collude
Famed German Catholic philosopher makes waves for criticizing Pope Francis’ ‘autocratic’ style
Feminist Social Justice Warriors Badger Another Company, and that Company of Course Buckles
Everybody wants a beach body
The sex discrimination rationale for a right to same-sex marriage makes an appearance in today’s oral argument
Polygamy makes more sense than gay marriage
What Do Climate Skeptics Believe?
Marco Rubio Right, Wrong People Running The Country
Five Answers Liberals Never Give Us
UK: Douglas Murray Vows To Challenge Law If Ed Miliband Criminalizes ‘Islamophobia’
Democratic Leader Says Solution In Baltimore Is More Federal Spending
Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making
The Clash Over Clinton's Cash—and Why It Matters
Hillary Clinton's Machine Sputters
The recent revelations about the Clinton slush fund has reminded
"I submit, therefore, that it is somewhat rational for the Clintons to
Tuesday, April 28. 2015
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:25 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
A blistering song:
I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I'm finally free
Full lyrics here.
Especially younger men - and why not females too? The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood Is Now in Session
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:24 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
These sorts of situations and sociopathic cultures are all produced by misguided federal policies. And by bad people. I am so weary of this.
Not the Onion: Texas A&M Prof Cracks, Flunks Entire ‘Disgraceful’ Class
Minimum wage workers tend to be young, single, part-time workers with less than a high school diploma
They targeted this shop to get the $
The world focus on CO2 is simply the end objective of a much larger political agenda.
Yup, there's always a problem with freedom. Always.
Baltimore: The Ghetto Welcomes You
Heather Mac Donald: Running With the Predators - Liberal elites continue to condemn law enforcement and excuse inner-city crime.
Clinton Charity CEO Explains Tax Reporting "Mistakes"
Are Democratic Insiders Starting to Panic about Hillary?
About Those Smoking Guns
STEPHANOPOULOS FLOORED AS GINGRICH, BLOOMBERG EDITORS DETAIL SERIOUSNESS OF ‘CLINTON CASH’
Salman Rushdie on the ‘Pu**ies’ Boycotting Award for Charlie Hebdo
Monday, April 27. 2015
When you go fishing, pack light but bring all essential
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'll begin with this one: The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:23 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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.
Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist
The Genius of 'Want to Grab Coffee?' Why asking for advice makes people seem smart
Raisin takings case oral argument goes badly for the government
“MY FATHER THE SPY.” VIETNAM, THE REAL STORY
Why Is The CDC Lying About E-Cigarettes?
How Do the Clinton Scandals End? With the End of the Clintonns
From the Internet to the press to the public square, Brits' speech is being policed and punished
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.
Sunday, April 26. 2015
What is this all about? Replacing parents and families?
He's especially good on the role of education and training.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:23 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
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.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:36 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
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