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, August 27. 2015
I had been hearing how good it is for a while, so I have been giving them a try.
There are two versions of Crossfit - the Fitness version (general full-body fitness - "functional movements at high intensity") and the Sport (the cultish, extreme, heavy weight-lift) version. I do the Fitness version. It is a tough, exhausting group workout where people of all ages (I see age 16 to age 80) and all levels of fitness (fat ladies) do the same thing like a team, but each at his or her own level of ability.
In one of the sessions I like to go to, we have a blind guy. Also, a guy who had a stroke, and a couple of guys who have had heart attacks. It is good fun, bonding, and everybody helps and supports each other. It is also inexpensive, and a good place to meet gals. One of the cool things about the program is that you never know what they will have you doing. It's varied, so it stays interesting and challenging.
It has been surprising to me how quickly your body can respond to these sorts of demands. There are now 10,000 Crossfit "boxes" in the US.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:53 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
No double moon in 2015, or ever
The Sidewalk Shed, a Ubiquitous New York Eyesore, Gets a Makeover
Bottom Story of the Day: Lion Kills Man
Gay black guy kills 2 happy white people
Bottom Story of the Day: Lion Kills Man
"On its own terms, the logic of the same-sex marriage movement inexorably
Is America one country?
Well, you can say it was assembled and held together by wars - not voluntarily
Donald Trump Gets Earful in Spanish as Latino Outlets Air Disdain
Houston’s Proposed Bathroom Ordinance for Transgenders ‘Endangers Women and Girls,’ Group Says
Forget Criminals, Police Now Fear Activists and the Media
Community-Based Chaos - The de Blasio administration has all the wrong answers on the homeless mentally ill.
Illinois Towns Drowning in Pension Debt From Hundreds of Funds
Public pension shocker: Shutting a pension plan actually costs taxpayers money
The Economic Effects of Adopting the Corporate Tax Rates of the OECD, the UK, and Canada
How to put some teeth into the nuclear deal with Iran
Shortsighted on Cuba
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:10 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, August 26. 2015
Powerful stuff. Lyrics here:
The New York senator was right—and not only about black families.
It was more black families 50 years ago, now the decay has expanded.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:43 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
"If it's dry, wet it. If it's wet, dry it. If it looks funny, cut it off and send it to the Pathologist."
Walter Isaacson: Walker Percy’s Theory of Hurricane:
"The problem with storms is that they pass."
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:47 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
New England has moose coming out of our ears
Stockholm Environment Institute: Carbon credits undercut climate change action
Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high
How Much Yiddish Do You Know?
If you live in NYC for a while, you pick up quite a bit of Yiddish slang
The kids are not all right: The bleak future of the millennial generation
McArdle: You Can't Time the Market
Sure can. Buy low, sell high.
China government buying stocks to prop markets
Right Move for the Fed Is Hike in Interest Rates So Markets Come Alive
Homeland Security Raids Rentboy.com - DHS "will use its unique authorities to disrupt and dismantle" gay escort sites, says special investigator.
Homeland Security? What a joke. Protecting me from gay prostitutes? Expensive joke.
Hitler has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life.
So, Lois Lerner Had a Second Secret Email, Using the Name "Toby
How many criminals in Washington?
Our hyperactive, grasping federal government has inserted its wasteful, probing fingers into just about everything these days.
Economic Freedom in America Is Declining Mostly Because of Creeping
TNR: What If Stalin Had Computers? A new book contemplates the end of capitalism (again)—it's a nice story, but a terrible plan
Gee, if only...
The Very Real Economic Costs of Birthright Citizenship
Anchor Baby Delivered Every 93 Seconds
How I Became a Social Conservative by Default - I didn't become a social conservative, social conservatism came toward me.
Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Sparks Internet Outrage: ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Transphobic’
What is so special about trannies? Aren't they sort of strange?
Al Sharpton Reacts to the Concept That Working Harder Produces More Wealth
Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast
Give Up Already: Almost Half Of Americans Say Hillary Should Halt Presidential Campaign
Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter misfire
Why does the only black presidential candidate insist the US is post-racial?
Because it is
"A newspaper that wasn’t emotionally invested in peddling racial narratives would have seen another story here..."
Salon: Bernie Sanders is wrong about the Koch brothers: They’re even more dangerous than he thinks
Voters Can’t Stand Hillary
Greenfield: Mohammed Was a Pig
Sharpton Reacts to the Concept That Working Harder Produces More Wealth
- See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=62266#sthash.1Zw0TiA2.dpuf
Tuesday, August 25. 2015
1981 Chicago Fest, with Johnny Winter
It's the inner totalitarianism of the worldwide Left. There is always an excuse to control and oppress the people, and to take their money. For the Greater Good, of course.
A new broom... Good story, wonderful story: Katrina swept away failing school system in New Orleans
On Saturday morning, we'll be kayaking through the vast Nauset Marsh, checking out the wildlife, communing with the marsh gods, and getting a moderate workout for a few hours. It's a maze, easy to get lost when you can't see over the marsh grasses.
Everybody understands that water wants to kill you.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:16 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Food fetishists: Orthorexia
This is correct: China stock market panic shows what happens when stimulants wear off
Same in the US, altho China is more obvious about its attempts to control markets. In the US, ZIRP and QE were errors in the beginning, and led to a bubble stock market which needs a meaningful correction, a high colonic enema. Central banks distort markets, distort reality.
That's why Summers is wrong: The Fed looks set to make a dangerous mistake
Rates should have inched up years ago
The Long Rise of the Secular Faith - The threat to religious liberty has its roots in a progressivist faith that has been steadily gaining momentum in America for at least a century and a half.
Is it time to regulate personal trainers?
Good grief. Let's regulate everybody and every thing. Zero freedom.
Times Square is packed because people like to go see the spectacle — topless ladies, Elmos, and all.
It's a circus
Crazy Like a Visionary - Elon Musk’s remarkable career reminds us that individuals matter.
Is it time to regulate personal trainers?
Congressmen Push for Food Freedom, Drink Unregulated Raw Milk
Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to ´Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men´
The education mess is a lot like the health care mess
University of Maryland scholar: Ban the ‘Southern belle’
Boys being sophomorically-incorrect
Democrat Utopia Is Coming to a City Near You
Dem Rep.: Scott Walker ‘Tightening the Noose, Literally, Around African-Americans’
White House Throws Hillary Under the Bus=> Says Picking Biden Was Obama’s Best Decision Ever
An ominous precedent for Hillary Clinton
Obama Gets Low Marks for His Handling of Iran
Monday, August 24. 2015
Glad my kids don't go here. It's unfortunate that this is in my home state of NJ. It's unfortunate this is the prevailing viewpoint at many universities. I am not aware of any notifications like this at Syracuse, or Miami (OH), where my boys are. However, I know this pattern of thinking is common at both schools.
Conservatives sure do hate women: The War on Women Is Real
Devastating. One quote:
There has been some strange collateral damage in the Republican War on Women. We taught them that cooking and cleaning are for squares and they shouldn’t know how to do either. This has left young women today with apartments that are complete pigsties. There is nothing in the fridge and a mountain of clothes in one corner and a futon on the floor. This means millennial males end up having to do the cooking and cleaning themselves. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
Leonardo's To-Do List
Yale's Robert Shiller: Market 'Aftershocks' Are Coming
Deutsche Bank Sums It Up "The Fragility Of This Artificially Manipulated Financial System Was Finally Exposed"
From Whitewater to Email: David Kendall, the Clintons’ Dogged Lawyer
I guess he works full-time for the Clintons
Go Ahead and Pile Up Those Student Loans….
Realities Of Climate Change, Politics And Public Knowledge.
To the new culture cops, everything is appropriation
Very offensive song
Thomas Sowell: No More GOP Excuses On Immigration
Republican Elites: You Can’t Secure The Border, You can’t Deport, You Can’t Stop Illegal Aliens,….
The Quiet Revolution: How the New Left Took Over the Democratic Party:
Donald Trump: Warrior male extraordinaire
Is Trump worse than that?
WaPo columnist to Hillary: Stop digging
Intel Ops: Hillary broke “So many” laws
Terrorist Is ‘Dumbfounded’ That He’s Taken for a Terrorist
I have always wants to see Palmyra
3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise
The IKEA Murders: Sweden in Crisis
Leader of the Free World in Martha's Vineyard:
Sunday, August 23. 2015
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:17 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
In 2 weeks it will be time to harvest my peach crop. I have a neighbor pal who likes to get into the tree with me, and shares the harvest. Mrs. BD will make us a couple of peach pies (my favorite pie), and I will can 10-12 jars of peach chutney.
Some peach jam too.
I don't bother spraying, so my fruit are not picture-perfect but neither am I.
It's an abundant crop this year - note branch broken by the weight of the peaches. I'll let it hang and see what happens.
For cooking, best to use peaches before they are ripe for eating.
Taking the Scenic Route to a Ph.D
growing importance of social skills in the labor market - See more at:
Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-20
Saturday, August 22. 2015
Mrs. BD swam her daily laps, I didn't because my Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome - caused by my enthusiastic workout efforts - makes swimming too painful. If you workout hard, you will get aches and pains. Anyway, I did my cardio early this morning and am still stumbling around. I splashed in the salt water for a while, and worked on growing some skin cancers from the beneficial solar radiation. I dislike swimming in fresh water anyway. Grew up in salt water, even a salt water pool.
I overheard 2 languages from my beach chair. One was French and the other was Cute American Teen Girl (which is closely-related to High Gay Dialect).
Meanwhile, NYC daughter and boyfriend went out for a long sail with our pup on board. They said the pup enjoyed it until they grounded the keel on a rock. It was insensitive of me, later, to remind them that I have all of the charts. Always consult a chart in unfamiliar waters. Sheesh.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:37 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Best car ride ever filmed: C'était un rendez-vous by Claude Lelouch
Cherchez la femme. What is he driving up to Montmatre? Great film, but an excellent fake by a fine film maker. The truth ruins it, so do not watch the part after the rendez-vous.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:32 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)