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Thursday, March 31. 2016
Plenty of space for servants and house guests. Has its own olive grove. Defensive walls fully intact and ready for Islamist invasion. In fact, this place probably fended off Muslim attackers and invaders 1000 years ago. Saracens, they called them then. They came to rape, plunder, take slaves, and to colonize when possible. Every Islamist invasion in Europe ultimately failed, until today.
No information is offered re condition of plumbing, wiring, and defensive weaponry. You can have Sippican check it all out for you. He would be happy to.
People got tired of, or by, my work-out posts, so I gave it a rest until tonight.
For cardio conditioning, it's the intensity - not the time spent.
"Runnin' man is a great conditioning tool to integrate rhythm, timing, and footwork into your routine. As a double bonus there is a big decrease in impact compared to traditional jogging." Properly done, jump rope games are almost zero joint impact other than toes. Lately, I see more and more people incorporating it into their cardio routines. Often, three one-minute sets of rope mixed with some other stuff.
If you can do Running Man for longer than a minute without getting winded, let us know.
How does Running Man work? Clearly there is a moment in this fast jogging in which neither foot is on the ground - but one is not aware of that when doing it. Seems like magic. By the way, this guy is stepping a bit too high and his arms are too wide for correct technique, but he has good speed:
Many of them do, anyway. Let's face it: they do not come for the culture or the political freedom. Or for the weather.
I do not think this applies much to Muslim immigrants to the US, for some reason. The Muslim immigrants I encounter seem to jump into American bourgeois life with zeal and gratitude that can put native-born Americans to shame. Nonetheless, at the moment I am opposed to any new immigration to the US. The country is unsettled by it, and there is not enough work anyway.
People should listen to him. He has lots to say, and lots of data. Facts, that is.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:33 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Best (hypothetical) line to the students: "Understand us and understand this clearly: you have everything to learn from us; we have nothing to learn from you."
From the article:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:29 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
But political wives and their treatment have a much lengthier history, too. Edith Wilson is often recognized as the 'first woman president' for the role she played while Wilson convalesced after his stroke. Eleanor Roosevelt was a fiery personality in her own right. Dolley Madison, of course, is remembered for saving Washington's portrait in the War of 1812, but she was also the first to decorate the White House. Few know she lived in poverty after the death of her husband.
Even further back, we have Mary Todd Lincoln, whose story is often overlooked. It's a strong likelihood she was manic depressive. But even in the 1800's she was aware of the spotlight put upon the wife of a president. She lived an unfortunate and desperate life not long after Lincoln's assassination.
Stanford College Admissions Shocker!
American University law faculty members disgrace themselves
WHEN DID THE ACADEMY TIP Left?
University Moves to Fire Conservative Professor Over His Political Views
Victimhood culture explains what is happening at Emory
Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare
Renewables are useless: The Evidence is Overwhelming
Detroit Teacher: $1 Million In Bribes Is Only ‘A Little Bit Unethical’
Supreme Court appears skeptical about feds applying Clean Water Act to family biz properties
In one recent year alone, Congress passed 138 laws—while federal agencies finalized 2,926 rules.
Chicago’s Out-of-Control Gun Crime Already Up 84 Percent Over Last Year
San Francisco Can Afford a $15 Minimum Wage. Mariposa Cannot.
Conservatives’ New Strategy to Curb the Executive Branch, Administrative Power
Salon: The strange silence about Hillarymania: Clinton fires up voters more
The New Part-Time Job: "Get Paid $15 An Hour To Protest At The Trump Rally"
If abortion is banned, there has to be some form of punishment for women who do it
An obese Kim Jong-Un Tells His Slaves to Prepare for Famine
Red Carpet for Cubans Crossing US Border From Mexico Features Cash, Social Security Cards, Food Stamps, Medicaid
Carpet for Cubans Crossing US Border From Mexico Features Cash, Social
Security Cards, Food Stamps, Medicaid - See more at:
Christopher Dickey and 'Anti-Muslim Hysteria' - The tsunami of anti-Muslim hatred that still has yet to roll in.
Delinquents Graduating to Jihad - In Europe, liberal criminal justice often turns common thugs into Islamists.
Victim of Muslim attack blamed Islamophobia
Kim Jong-Un Tells His Slaves to Prepare for Famine
Wednesday, March 30. 2016
Rumor from my Irish barber: the difference between the spelling of whisky or whiskey correlates almost perfectly with whether the country of origin has an “e” in its name. (For purposes of this game, Scotland is considered a country.)
I’m not convinced and want to hear from the Farm! Yes, Japan spells it without an “e”. The sole major outlier in the USA we found was Maker’s Mark Whisky, trying for a more effete look.
It's about a pattern of impulsive eating, mainly carbs, and it tends to make people heavy. There are pills for it.
It is interesting to me that so many of the things that used to be called sins are now called Disorders.
Former Trump Operative: The Donald Never Wanted to Be President
I think it was a self-promotional lark, but it turned serious. Now what? Get out, Donald. You have had your fun. Either that, or get yourself educated. Begin with the US Constitution (that means the rules that constitute the union and the government, Donald).
Evidence the guy has no clue what he is talking about: Trump names health care and education, along with security, as the top functions of the federal government
Well, he got one out of three right. When he gets things right, it seems to be by accident. He is a Music Man.
Even some of Trump's strong supporters are having trouble defending his brand of crazy. Ann Coulter, one of the most incoherent, attention-grabbing people out there, has been fervently defending Trump all over the place. Yet even she is having trouble sometimes defending him.
We have picked Saturday, April 23 for this year's hike.
Join us if you want. We had a good time last time we did it. Met a bunch of pleasant Maggie's people. We could easily cover the length of Manhattan in one day, were it not for the darn crossing lights. Doubles the time, and interrupts the hiking rhythm.
Bring camera, good shoes. Rain or shine. It's designed to be a day-long thing but of course people can flake off whenever.
Bulldog will post details. It will be a different route this time. I hope he plans to include the full length of Central Park, and for a cool cheap place for lunch in Harlem or Washington Heights or wherever.
Emergency call to my IT consultant yesterday - "One of my machines is totally screwed. Nothing will open." Guy arrives, sits down, and in 20 seconds says "You just need a new mouse." And leaves. Sheesh. Talk about feeling stupid.
Photo is cat looking for new mouse.
In Germany, yes.
How Does A Penis Transplant Work? Here's what the first American recipient will undergo
University Cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’ Because a White Lady Wrote It
Transgender Man Sues Barbershop for Discrimination
Penis donors again?
College student warns: ‘Zootopia’ movie is ‘call to arms for white people’
Forced union membership is wrong
Marines across the Corps will be challenged on their unconscious
Millennials bolt from socialism once they become employed and start making money
FBI Investigating Reports Of 17 Men Chanting, Firing Off Shots In Apple Valley
Obviously racists called the cops
To be as kind as I can, I think I'd term him "incurious"
I think so
Paranoid politicians, sensational journalists – the Isis recruiting
Fidel Castro Just Dumped Obama
Sometimes Jihad Is Just Jihad - Examining the West’s habit of blaming itself for the terrorism directed against it
Tuesday, March 29. 2016
Readers know that I am a fan of all sorts of art, from cave paintings through Renaissance to Cezanne to Thomas Cole and including Picasso whose taste, touch, experimentation, and vitality impresses me more with each passing year.
Does excellent technique equal excellent art? Is there a difference between fine art, design, decoration, and illustration? Does "art" evolve? Does the camera matter?
I tire of those questions.
Is there such a thing as talent? You betcha. I know for certain, because I have none. I envy talent - to a sinful degree.
Is the Art World full of hype and hooey? Of course. There is $ in the art biz.
I hate going to museums. Problem is, you have to, to stare at the good stuff up close.
Is "new" better? Nope.
Image is a Collins self-portrait. I would let him do a picture of me anytime he wants to.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:32 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
True? It is all truthy, anyway.
The Challenge of Easter - Whether you’re a believer or not, there is no way to ignore the radical claim of the Resurrection
Bison coming 'home' to Montana Indian reservation
‘No kill’ animal shelters have unleashed an epidemic of suffering. Is a life of misery any better than a quick death?
How the Government Stole Sex - Screw morality—the state is now intervening in American bedrooms under the mantle of stopping sex discrimination.
Her kids don't eat that crap
The NYT editorial board thinks AR-15s fire in ‘rapid bursts’
ACADEMIC ABSURDITY OF THE WEEK: VINDICATING MADONNA
Williams College must be a hotbed of bigotry
Schism on the Left: James Hansen’s climatic ‘canon’ gets fired from a cannon
Immigrant population over 15% in record 16 states, over 25% in 6
Who voted for that?
Listen to the Victims of the Free Market
The Myths of Black Lives Matter - The movement has won over Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But what if its claims are fiction?
Hey students! I would kill to be so oppressed!
Glenn Reynolds: How PC culture is killing higher education
Scripps College goes Emory
AN OPEN LETTER TO EMORY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JAMES WAGNER
" I’ve seen very little from the MSM that leads me to believe that it has great affection for either this country, or the majority of the people who inhabit it."
Why STEM classes are tough on women and minorities
Useless things the government does with your money
ObamaCare may force employers to pull the plug on millions of health plans, CBO report finds
OBAMACARE AT SIX: A LEGACY OF DECEPTION - Virtually every promise the president made on behalf of his “reform” law has been broken
Milo on Bernie:
Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants
Sheesh. Screwed-up culture. There is no dignity in dependency.
The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range
Monday, March 28. 2016
This could almost be a companion piece to my earlier link today.
How Journalists Can Help Hold Scientists Accountable
It's a good idea in theory, but few journalists have the skills to analyze the work behind the press releases they receive. To tell the truth, I do not have the skill any more to look deeply into the work behind the reports in medical journals. This makes me a skeptic.
Why Are Millennial Men Such Wimps?
Any college president who adopts the rhetoric of “safe spaces” is already lost.
Related, “MY THERAPIST JUST LAUGHED AT ME"
Professor Ordered To Apologize For Conservative Blog Post, Or Lose His Job
American College Of Pediatricians Warns: Youth Transgenderism Is Child Abuse
Blue Civil War Escalates - Connecticut Democrats are going after Yale
Why the poor in the US are not poor
America’s Ethanol Industry Shows Why it Needs Subsidies
Obama Administration’s ‘Equity’ Ideology in Public Schools Breeding Violence
Hillary: Consequences Are for Schmucks
Secrecy is the root of the Clinton email scandal
Trump Aide: People Are Angrier Over Trump’s RTs Than Illegal Immigrants Murdering Americans
Organisers cancel Sunday's Brussels attacks 'March Against Fear' - for security reasons
How to deal with Islam? I repeat, take it at its word.
Russia is no threat, and NATO is obsolete
iU.S. leadership matters today, just as it did after World War II
Pope Francis Says Defeat ISIS with “Message of Love” – ISIS Says New Attacks on the Way
Loving your enemy is not about being effective. However, discernment is also called for.
As SDA notes, "Frog, meet Scorpion""
Liberal Teacher Takes In Muslim Refugee, His Colleague Finds What’s Left Of Him
Sunday, March 27. 2016
The Daoud Affair - How Western intellectuals turn themselves into the enemies of an entire class of liberal writers from Muslim backgrounds
A Loaded Gun: The Real Emily Dickinson - She was less like a recluse, more like a bomb going off.
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