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, May 31. 2015
"...the wind of opinion in recent years appears to have begun to blow against those who insist that Western liberal societies owe nothing to the religion from which they arose. Partly because the more we become acquainted with other traditions, the harder it becomes to sustain. Indeed, although some people still hold out, it should be evident by now that the culture of human rights has more to do with the creed preached by Moses and Jesus of Nazareth than that of, say, Muhammad. Nevertheless, the question of whether this societal position is sustainable without reference to the beliefs that gave it birth remains deeply pregnant and troubling in the West."
Saturday, May 30. 2015
The way I make black bean soup -
4 cans of Goya black beans (make sure they are GMO black beans, much better)
Cook the bacon. Remove it. Sautee the onion and garlic in the bacon grease a little. Chop up the bacon. Dump out most of the bacon grease, then dump in the beans (don't drain them), onions and garlic, bay leaf, chopped bacon, some chicken broth, salt, and a couple of dashes or so of the flavorings. (I hold the jalapeno in abeyance as not everybody likes it. Can be added as garnish when done)
I don't use cilantro because I hate it. Cilantro - some like it, some do not. It's genetic.
Simmer covered for an hour or so or toss it in a crock pot. Add more chicken broth it it's too thick. Then mash it in the pot with a potato masher. Some people just take half of it and run it thru the blender for a creamier result but I like to mash it. Scallions on top, +/- chopped jalapeno.
I like it with a big dollop of mashed taters in the middle of each person's bowl, but some people prefer sour cream and salsa on it. Whatever.
Salad on the side? If you are a rabbit, fine.
Mom used to send us kids out into the meadow edges in July and August with our blueberry cans on strings around our necks. Wild blueberries, the small ones. Now you can get blueberries year-round, but they are not the same. Big fat things mostly.
The Band - The Last Waltz (full album). The beginning is delightful:
Friday, May 29. 2015
A book, Gary Taubes: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
When I was young, the Eagle Scouts were the guys all the kids admired. The Boy Scouts Continue To Devolve Into A Garden Club
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:21 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The human body was not meant for this. The Dangers of Sitting All Day and 5 Things To Do About It
It's sick, and getting sicker: At Sea in an Alien Culture, Where ‘Normal’ Is Defined as ‘Deviant’
The Law says that there always are some of those. People in business analyze them carefully, as do war-planners - in advance. Even so, many or most things do not work out as planned. When it comes to politicians and policy-makers, often-enough things that appear, in retrospect, as Unintended, were covertly intended.
An addictive new interactive project marries a vast array of archival photos with a detailed map of the city.
A sad day for NYC. Now the only all-guy pubs are gay bars.
World's first' robot kitchen cooks for visitors at CES Asia in Shanghai
Make your own hot pepper jelly
Climate Craziness of the Week – ‘climate change music’
How often do civil cases go to jury trials?
Here’s the Data to Prove School Choice Is Working
Nurses in the US: Is there a creeping deregulation of health care?
Enough is Enough: ‘Mad Men’ and the Purpose of Consumption
What does not appear to be in the study is the IQ of the parents.
Chelsea Clinton: Lifestyles of the Rich and Mostly Useless
Walter Williams: liberals unintentionally treat me like a white person.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Mostly Useless
Lifestyles of the Rich and Mostly Useless
Is there a creeping deregulation of health care?
Thursday, May 28. 2015
The most refreshing salad, especially with grilled meat. Watermelon, Feta, and chopped mint. Lots of mint.
Recipe here. It doesn't need the olives.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:10 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
From the article:
Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best - The 400-year-old translation is denigrated because of its archaic language. That’s one of its greatest strengths.
As it happens, I am reading this excellent book now: God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible.
Humblebragging doesn’t work. If you want to brag, just brag. Even better, just complain.
I plain brag because I am just not smart enough to humblebrag.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:00 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
A Brief History of the Wristwatch - The military origins of wearable tech, a century before the Apple Watch
Insane Mountain Goat Photos
Markets know more than economists
How to Use Up All of Those Fresh Herbs
Throw them in salads
...the real minimum wage is always and everywhere $0.00 an hour, as any unemployed person (or self-employed) can confirm for you.
Why don't more colleges compete for students?
Clean energy killing birds by the millions
‘Massive Expansion of Federal Power’: EPA Issues New Rules Over Waters Near Rivers
All your water is belong to us
What is fascism?
He's a breath of fresh air
Clinton Foundation hit with racketeering lawsuit
Before the crash that she blamed on speculators, Senator Elizabeth Warren made a bundle by flipping houses.
Pray For Graccident—–It Will Trigger The Demise Of The ECB And The World’s Toxic Regime Of Keynesian Central Banking
North Korea’s Real Life Hunger Games - What it's like to fight for your life in North Korea.
Foreign aid scandal: UK money is 'STILL going to convicted Palestinian terrorists'
Wednesday, May 27. 2015
I love regional Italian cuisine - all except the Neapolitan (except for their world-class desserts). We have dined on local fare in Italy from the Alps and the Veneto down to the southern tip of Sicily.
Sicilian fare is as different from Southern Italian as Southern Italian dialect is from Sicilian. Sicilian food was heavily influenced by the Greek invasion, the Moslem occupiers, then the French Norman occupiers, then by the real French, then the Spanish. Never was part of Italy until recent years and it still is not, really.
Raisins, pignolis, wild boar, sardines, risotto, couscous, eggplant of course, Pecorino, lemons, mint, and blood oranges, pomegranites... and octopus. Generally, lots of seafood and grilled meat. I love that Sicilian food but the real thing is hard to find outside that island.
You would be hard put to find this quality and variety of a Sicilian menu in a single restaurant in Sicily itself. Their Timballo looks amazing. Check out the menu just for fun. It's the real deal: Bar Eolo. 190 7th Ave.
An upcoming workshop scheduled to take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to teach campus radicals and socialists how to manipulate campus resources to advance their agenda.
What agenda? And do they call this education?
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