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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Wednesday, May 27. 2015
I happen to love Borscht, but I never make it, Mrs. BD has never made it, and I've only seen it on the menu in the old Russian Tea Room. My Mom, Yankee WASP that she was, would make it to please my Dad. A refreshing cold soup.
Everybody knows how to make Harvard Beets. They are just sweet-and-sour beets, but on a bed of buttercrunch lettuce it's a salad.
Another one, to put on tasty lettuce: COLD BEET SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE & SUNFLOWER SEEDS
And a final one today (as pictured): Roasted Beet Salad with Mint
Heading down to Georgia now for a few days on an island nature preserve to get away from civilization. Hiking, biking, swimming, birding, snake-watching, gator-dodging. I want to see a big Indigo Snake and a Pine Snake. Will see Diamondback rattlers for sure because they are always sunbathing on bike paths. No stores, no TV, no a/c, no cars, no roads, no amenities etc. which is why it is somewhat expensive - but they have some electricity. No tennis or golf, and no pool - just Atlantic Ocean and lots of it. They do have an on-site naturalist, which is good. With luck, some fine greasy Southern cooking. It's been a while since I have had good biscuits and gravy, and my soul needs some. Shrimp 'n Grits would be welcome too.
Mrs. BD just warned me that, rustic as this place is, jacket and tie for cocktail hour and dinner. Also, trousers. It's a small, historic place you get to on a little fishing boat, like Little Saint Simon Island. I appreciate the maintenance of standards, just as they do at Gwynnie's hunting lodges in the middle of nowhere. I think it never hurts to wear jacket and tie on the plane, so you don't have to pack them. Civilized, too.
Set a good example, ya know? Why dress like a teen if you aren't one? Adults must represent dignity and appropriateness - in attire if not in behavior.
Scientists find way to create supersized fruit
In ‘Tomorrowland,’ We Get a Glimpse of the Left’s Vision for the Future
“Get over it, grammarians.”
Why It Pays to Be a Jerk - New research confirms what they say about nice guys.
Dining with Big Government
Sticker Shock for Some Obamacare Customers
Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances
It’s time for Stephanopoulos to go...
CAIR Officials on Memorial Day: Do U.S. Troops Merit Honor?
Responsibility for American universities’ failure to confront anti-Semitism rests with administrators and faculty.
Germany's "Demagogue of Armed Jihad"
Israeli women’s combat roles exaggerated, military traditionalists say
Tuesday, May 26. 2015
University Administration Bloat: The Tail the Size of the Dog
When I went to boarding school, every administrator also taught (except the clerical staff). Even the head librarian taught (Russian). Every coach taught. The Headmaster taught. When I went to college, every dean taught. The college president taught.
Toon above via Theo
Your Brain on Sports - Neuromarketing and the race to unlock the science of fandom.
O'Reilly tells the harsh truth about race in the US
Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat
If You Thought The Coast Guard Was Supposed To, Y’know, Guard The Coast… Think Again
Lyndon Johnson was adamant. The Great Society would cure poverty.
Couple convicted of child abuse during satanic childcare hysteria still not exonerated
Let’s start with this fundamental observation: It is possible to reduce income inequality in one of two ways: lower the income at the top or
Milbank: Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy
Top 5 Cover-ups Orchestrated by Clinton Consigliere Cheryl Mills
An Anatomy of Surrender - Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia.
Some shocking trends pop up when nations' Muslim populations get high enough.
Monday, May 25. 2015
NH has 48 4000-footers, and the outdoor people from Boston, New York, CT, etc. with lake or ski places up there tackle each one. That's the main summer outdoor activity up there. Insanely vigorous people try hiking those peaks in winter. I tried that once, in college. Trust me. It is not fun but it is a good test of manhood.
OK, there are some fun trout streams too. Rumor has it that there are some wild Brookies, but I doubt it. Not much else to do there for fun and recreation in warm weather. The winter skiiing is good, though, and in the fall the woodcock and grouse hunting up around Pittsburg, NH, is quite fine. A guide is a good idea for that.
Other than that, Live Free Or Die. Thus lots of meth labs and lowlifes in the woods. Not much cultcha if you go for high cultcha.
"Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives." —John Adams
The Rumford Meteor has a new look
Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: 'I created a monster'
Amusing re life in the Big City
Here's an amazing young woman
Emote, protest, get naked for your professor, and get credit
It's called Edumacation, and it's expensive
"Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal."
Prosecutor encourages Notre Dame students to report rapes, assaults to county, not school
"I have just read in Army Times that, to my delight, the Army is making soldiers wear the prettiest red high-heels in the pursuit of gender-equality."
Life imitates Monty Python
Paglia: " I saw how feminism was completely removed from this reality. I also learned something from the men at the garage..."
Judgement porn and the shaming spiral
What Liberals Still Don’t Understand About Fox News
Janet Yellen’s Back-to-the-’50s Interest Rates
The Libertarian Moment is Everywhere Around Us (Increasing Social Tolerance Edition) - Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals want to keep the world tightly sorted into
Walter Williams: Ills Of Blacks Due To Government, Not Racism
Steyn Pushes ‘Socialist Lunatic’ Warren 2016 Run: ‘She Comes by Her Socialism Honestly’
March against Monsanto: World rallies in protest - Campaigners are urging those who can’t attend one of the marches around the globe, to make their own protest by buying local organic food
Good grief. Morons. I grow "organic" GMO watermelons.
Sunday, May 24. 2015
It's a little early, but I put in tomato plants today and seeds for yellow beans, yellow squash, pumpkin and sugar baby watermelon. While we were working, a neighbor brought over a plate of ribs he had been cooking since morning. Nice. We have good neighbors.
You just have to do the planting when you have the time, and hope for the best. Thanks to a daughter and her beau for helping me turn over the entire veg garden today. Many hands make light work. Their payment? I'll cook some fat Costco ribeye steaks with watermelon/mint/feta cheese salad, and, for dessert, vanilla ice cream with rhubarb (compote) from the garden. Then they can all (both daughters, and 2 beaus) spend the weekend reading on the porch and kayaking while we adults have our social schedules.
I will need some meat tonight. Holiday or no, my trainer demon will be there 4:45 tomorrow morning and I have never missed. He wants me holding 150 lbs. on the bench.
Not Yours To Give - Davy Crockett on The Role Of Government (from: The Life of Colonel David Crockett, compiled by: Edward S. Elis, 1884)
A good story.
Cast iron, 120+ years old. Weigh around 65 lbs apiece. I believe they need dissembling and sand-blasting, then the powder and baking treatment, and then reassembly (they have bolts). Costly procedure.
Some antiques guy told me the set was worth around $8-10,000 but I am skeptical. Junk, or precious antiques? What's your opinion?
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Continue reading "Sunday chairs"
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Saturday, May 23. 2015
Some do, but over half only use it for administrative requirements: How Clinicians Actually Use the DSM.. It seems to me that the DSM is taken more seriously by non-Psychiatrists.
A depressing story. Clearly what the schools compete for is uncompetitive underprivileged African-American applicants. Is it a good idea to privilege one skin category over another?
Best socks for casual fun: Tie Bar sock dept.
Wear the pink ones, guys - if you're man enuf.
Best socks for activity: Thorlos
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Pic: An old one of Bob in his tennis whites
A nighttime bike tour of the Matterhorn
I hiked that trail many years ago, up above Zermatt. Difficult hike up.
How to Use Oil Base Gel Stain Over Existing Finishes
How to Refinish Furniture - Refinish furniture in less time, with less effort and mess, and get better results
Three German Shepherds walk into a bar
When Do I Prune Daffodil Flowers?
Slavery in Senegal
In just 3 generations, our young men have gone from taking Normandy to Boy Scouts not being allowed to use WATER guns
New York Times: Eating food aggravates drought
An amusing campus poster
Ted Nugent speaks to graduates
N.Y. allowed to exclude “Choose Life” plates from specialty license plate program, because they are “patently offensive”
How about "Choose death"?
Noonan: The Trigger-Happy Generation - If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.
Z-Man goes to the wrong doctor. Our doctor (guy with a solo practice, his wife works in the office and they care about their people) knows the whole family, we see him around town, he has known me for 15 years, knows my medical history, makes me get echo stress tests, goes through a lengthy interview touching on health, fitness, diet, emotional issues, work, family, etc. He will see anybody in the family at any time, and he will give phone advice. In fact, he was the one who advised my wife to fly my father-in-law from Cabo to UCSD Med Center this Spring.
Scandal Rap Sheet: 48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the Media
How U.S. Workers Brought the 'Great Reset' on Themselves:
Carly Fiorina got fired once (for her decision to buy Compac?). But hey, MSM - do you remember this?
Were it not for “reporters” like Stephanopolous the comically inept and hopelessly corrupt Ms. Clinton would not dare run for mayor of Chappaqua.
Chris Matthews Defending Hillary: FDR Was 'Secretive' and Turned Out Best President of 20th Century
Hillary Clinton's dark whisperer is back - Sidney Blumenthal has been here all along. In fact, he never went away.
Visit By Pope To Cuba Will Test the Pontiff As Well as the Castros
ISIS Rapes While Senator Whines About Fictional ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape
Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections
That time of year thou may'st in me behold
Friday, May 22. 2015
Tea With Harold Bloom, on the Occasion of His 45th Book
Some people seem to hate him, which is difficult for me to imagine.
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Due to global cooling, there will be a frost tonight in New England. Please, people, drive more. I am boating this weekend, planned for shorts and t-shirt weather but I will consume plenty of fossil fuels to get to my boat, and on the boat. Loading with 50 gallons. Just doing my part to warm this frigid planet.
Unrelated, this: Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. The man is too smart to be president and conveys too much aggression, too little seduction.
To dominate, Conservatives need good cheer and optimism, a strong Libertarian/freedom streak, and less hawkishness about places that Americans do not give a damn about. To my Repub friends: Americans do not give a darn about Ukraine, Syria, Somalia, Guatemala, Mexico, etc. as long as you keep those people out of the USA. Americans do not want to run the world and are sick of the Middle East insanity. End of rant. Gone Fishin with my good gal. Newport this summer, as it happens.
Happy Decoration Day to all, with thanks to all American armed forces over the years.
Berry Gordy Jr. created Motown
Woman Says Her Wi-Fi Connection Is Making Her Sick
Railway Socialism and Safety - When you suppress the profit/loss system, people stop working for the sake of quality and endanger consumers
The social justice thought police has always been with us, but it’s the
New Snowden doc: NSA targeted mobile phones, app stores
Washington Post Attacks Rubio: He’s Not Rich!
Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary’s Accomplishments
Hillary vs. 19 Republicans - The GOP free-for-all is better politics than the Democrats’ coronation of Hillary Clinton.
Carly Fiorina Just May Be the Surprise Dark Horse of 2016
White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil
Anti-Semitism and Jewish destiny
UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus
Democrats Can’t Name Hillary’s Accomplishments - See more at:
An Italian classic and a Maggie's HQ favorite. This recipe calls it an antipasto but we use it as a secondi.
Capers are a good garnish, also sliced baby gherkins.
Marcella insists you only use canned Italian tuna, but...