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, March 27. 2016
Saturday, March 26. 2016
Easy jobs for early Springtime today:
Purple pansies in a big pot - they do not mind cold nights
Planted a pack of Sugar Snap peas in the garden. Soil still cool and damp, but whatever.
Planted the 3 new dwarf hydrangeas in the front garden - they should be swell by July. A garden border is never done.
Moved some perennials around. Now is the time. A border is never done.
Planted my new hardy Chicago Fig in the back garden. Sturdy plant, hardly budded out yet. Counting on a modest crop this summer.
Put 2 new tires on my wheelbarrow - solid tires this time, from Home Depot. Got sick of the inflatable ones.
Started a tranche of Mouse Melon seeds indoors. Last year, I started them too late. Need more containers for more Mouse Melon seeds. Really do enjoy those little buggers and most people up here have never seen 'em. Need enuf seedlings to share with my gardening pals.
Limed the lawn. It works. Rule of thumb: Fertilize things before green or buds emerge cuz the roots have already started growing. I did the delightful Milorganite 3 weeks ago. Thanks, Milwaukee. I like strong grass that can take abuse. In early June I will aerate it with a rented plugger. A mess for a week, but trodden turf loves it and so do the worms. Lawn is a stupid thing, but...
They are your betters. Bend over and get used to it. They know best.
In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery
Easter Touches You No Matter What Your Faith
Why education is productive — a parable of men and beasts
Psychology is in crisis. This scientist's striking confession explains how we got here.
Professor Ordered To Apologize For Conservative Blog Post, Or Lose His Job
Residents Abandoning Chicago: Is It Following in Detroit’s Footsteps?
Free Markets Aren't Free. Who Pays the Price?
You belong to the Government, and it really really loves you
Obama’s Initial Reaction to Brussels Bombings: Right Decision, Poor Optics
Europol Official: 5,000 European Suspects Radicalized By ISIS
Belgium, My Country, Is in Denial (h/t Insty)
ISIS Supporters Release Video with Exploding Eiffel Tower
Beginning of Canto 1, Inferno
Midway along the journey of our life
How hard it is to tell what it was like,
a bitter place! Death could scarce be bitterer.
How Dante Saved My Life - A midlife crisis is cured by The Divine Comedy
Friday, March 25. 2016
I have a better idea. The median household income in the US is around $50,000- 55,000 per year. I suggest, to eliminate inequality, that in the US we tax any income over $50,000 at 100%, and mail government checks to those households under $50,000 to bring them to the mean. Much in savings will come from eliminating all welfare, housing, and government medical programs.
To further level the playing field, all savings and assets should be taken by the government for the greater good. Funds from these can be used for free diapers, condoms, medical marijuana, urgently-needed collegiate safe spaces, and PhDs in anything you want. Cuba figured it out way before I did. Did I mention free TV, cigars, and rum?
As the High Administrator of this evidence-based scientific New New New Deal, with all of the responsibilities, worries, and burdens involved, I will obviously need to expect special compensation. Fidel has how many billions in Swiss banks? Something like that would meet my needs just fine. Even a little less. Special accommodations will be necessary for sub-administrators of course.
This experimental program should begin with government employees and politicians, and proceed to journalists, academics, artists and writers, professional athletes, and to all of Hollywood before moving to the general population. It takes a village to build Utopia so many must sacrifice and continue to work as hard as they used to. For the common good.
Hillary says ‘We Don’t Build Walls.’ Yeah we do.
Addendum: After reading this essay for the third time, I hear/see the historical idea of Christians, "in the world, but not of it." The Christian sees himself as a sojourner, a Pilgrim, through time too. Empires and nations come and go.
Mizzou Is Now Forcing Undergrads to Complete “Diversity Training” Class for Graduation
ACADEMIC ABSURDITY OF THE WEEK
Israeli Apartheid Week may be coming to a campus near you. An antidote, not complicity, is needed.
Jesse Watters: If You’re Afraid of the Name Donald Trump You’re Either an Illegal Alien or a Total Sissy
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING?
New Jersey nonsense: Actor faces 10 years in prison for using a prop gun in movie
Washington is out of control.
Fascism, American Style
Obama Needs to Get Over His Self-Serving Guilt Trip - POTUS should read some honest, non-Leftist history
Drug tunnel discovered from Mexico to California is four football fields long
James Comey and Loretta Lynch Hold the Whole Country in Their Hands
Why do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton believe they know more about Islam than Muslim clerics?
NY Times Op-Ed: Europe has been living in a dream
VISIT BRUSSELS, YOU’LL HAVE A BLAST
Belgian Intelligence Had Precise Warning That Airport Targeted for Bombing
The Mafia Runs Guns for ISIS in Europe
Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial
Thursday, March 24. 2016
One minor problem with it: she omits the power of religious conversion and religious fervor.
Another "minor" problem with it: She mostly neglects the destructive aspects of people, as if "normal" people had no destructive, wicked, or evil impulses. They do. Unleashed, the dark side can be a terrible thing. That is not news, and Jihadism offers many rationales for behavior that Western Civ. finds abhorrent today. These people did not buy into the historical arc of Western Civ. and perhaps never will.
One major problem with it: Many behaviors and choices of youth can be explained in similar terms so I see nothing specific to joining Jihad here. Similar motives could turn a suburban kid into a stoner Grateful Dead groupie.
The problem is that you can psychologize anything - after the fact. That is not a weakness of Psychology, but, instead, a statement about the complexity of human nature and human cultures.
My family's first home was military housing. Our second, mortgage via the Vets. Our third, not. The farms were family heirlooms. Freebies, not earned.
Very much related: Transcending the Single Family Home It begins:
Where I grew up as a young lad in suburbia, a little old lady ran a candy shop out of her parlor. A gunsmith had his shop in his garage. At the farm, of course, everybody ran their business out of their places: farms, farm stands, blacksmiths, tractor repairs, etc. Farms were often multi-generational. And yes, in town, families lived over the store. It worked.
In cities, mixed zoning is a wonderful thing. Commercial on the first and/or second floors and residential above.
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Camille Paglia is always fun to read.
Good advice I got (when young) about bar fights is to use elbow to the head or torso, not fist. Far more power, less injury to self. Generally speaking, avoiding bar fights is easier though.
Congrats to New York for finally allowing MMA. Here's Holly:
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Toon via Lucianne
Would not recognize Letterman
When Dinosaurs Roamed the (Not Yet) Petrified Forest
NY Becomes 50th State to Legalize MMA
Let’s Just Clone Harrison Ford
UND prof. vows to call cops on ROTC drills
Mandatory Sensitivity Training to Be Inflicted on Marines
Mandatory Sensitivity Training to Be Inflicted on Marines - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=70214#sthash.7VYjGifp.dpuf
One state with 600,000 people and an anti-GMO streak is about to rewrite U.S. food labels. What just happened?
Leftist Heads Explode Over ‘Anti-Muslim’ Terrorism Thriller
Janet Yellen: Monetary Arsonist——–Armed, Dangerous And Lost
Meddling with Medicare - A wrongheaded proposal could make it harder for sole practitioners and small family practices to stay in business.
Donald Trump, Uber-American:
Donald Trump reveals inner statesman, terrifies naysayers
ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTERS Admit Answering Craigslist Ad and Getting Paid to Protest Trump
Cuba's charming, tragic time warp
Not so charming to live there
President Obama is in Havana because not even the Castro brothers
Migrants From Muslim Countries Big Beneficiaries Of US Green Cards
IS trains 400 fighters to attack Europe in wave of bloodshed
DO TERROR ATTACKS DOOM THE EUROPEAN UNION?
Wednesday, March 23. 2016
Pic from a friend yesterday skiing at Snowmass, Colorado. Blizzard conditions today. Denver airport closed. Well, they will get home for Easter.
I had to get halfway through the piece tor realize that she is talking about kids in college. Forget about "not prepared for college." These kids are not "college material." Sure they can be graded, as "unacceptable."
We too-easily forget that 50% of people have below-average IQs.
I think citizens did, but government did not.
I receive emails each week making suggestions for weekend activities. Sometimes they are interesting, most times not. This week, a suggestion to visit certain dive bars before they become Pret-a-Mangers. Not a bad idea.
I love dive bars. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and my stepfather spent time at Mick's Tavern, the local gas station, garage and tavern. Total dive. At Syracuse, we had the student bar, Jabberwocky, which hosted many big name bands before they were names. That was before my time. The Jab also had Oldies Night on Wednesday nights, and Happy Hour on Friday. It wasn't technically a dive bar, but it could qualify. The drinking age was raised to 21 the year I left, and it closed. The real dive bar we used to frequent was Doug's Place, somewhere down near Carrier Circle. Real blue-collar stuff. We'd meet some alumni who lived in the area from time to time. It's where I learned to love dive bars. Pool, dimly lit, cheap glasses of beer, the only 'mixed' drink available was a Boilermaker. Always a few local factory guys in there. Doug's Place is long gone, too. I did hear 'Doug', whoever he is, opened a fish fry somewhere nearby.
When I moved to Queens in the 80's, my roommate was a local who introduced me to My Lady's, a tavern for which I played softball and drank quarter glasses of beer on Thursday nights. I got to know the bartender, a giant of a man, but the classic example of a huge teddy bear. My girlfriend's family came one night to watch college hoops with me and dubbed it The Bucket of Blood because, well, that's pretty much what it reminded you of. The final night it was open was 1991, and early on it was a great party. I heard the rest was very good, too. I guess I had an early start on the evening...
When we lived in Hoboken, Louise & Jerry's was our end-of-the-evening final stop. Louise, a widow in a housecoat, was always behind the bar. When God Bless America played on the jukebox, you had to stop what you were doing and sing with Louise. If she didn't like your look, she stopped you as you walked in, and demanded you leave. She once gave my wife the stinkeye for ordering club soda. When I told her, quietly, that she was pregnant with our first child, Louise smiled and gave us all a round of drinks (but kept the secret). Louise & Jerry's is still open, but I heard it's upscale now.
Recently, I stopped in at the Canyon Club, in Williams, AZ. One of the finest dive bars I've ever experienced. A real honky-tonk. Loved every second, loved the people. Which is important. A good dive bar has friendlies, it doesn't attract surly or violent types. You can have a curmudgeon or two, but people have to want to have a good time.
Some dives are iconic, and unlikely to go away. McSorley's is one. Out where I live, there aren't many dive bars left unless you're willing to take a chance. We used to have the Blue Collar Bar, but that got bought by a high-end group and was transformed into a "dive" bar. It retained the dive nature, but served high end cuisine. Excellent food, but ruined the ambiance. It closed after four or five years. Dive bars, I believe, have short lives.
There is still one place near me, the Garwood Rest, which my buddies and I will gather in to play darts (American Darts - with the wooden shafts and we're playing baseball, not 301, 501 or Cricket) and watch football or baseball once very month. It qualifies as a dive, but it's higher end than any other one I've been in. Here are some more. I'm familiar with the Raccoon Lodge, The Smith, and Hogs and Heifers, though all from 20-30 years ago. When you find a good dive bar, it's a thing to revel in.
Female Researcher: We Must Make STEM Courses ‘Less Competitive’ to Be More ‘Inclusive’ of Women
Does signaling also help you to do better?
20 rules for making money from P.T. Barnum
Emory Students Complain School Is ‘Unsafe’ Because Administrators Tolerate Trump Support
In Face of Minimum Wage Madness, Carl’s Jr. Considering Automated Restaurants
Court Orders 6-Year-Old Foster Child Removed From Only Family She Knows—Because She's 1/64 Choctaw
I thought race was a social construct
Yiannopoulis: How to beat me
Face of Minimum Wage Madness, Carl’s Jr. Considering Automated
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Hillary Clinton Wants To Use Obamacare For Illegal Immigrants
Was Bill Clinton stoned yesterday in Arizona?
Why Trump is Afraid of 'Crazy' Megyn Kelly
TRUMP & FAUXCHAHONTAS
We are back in a ground war in Iraq
Flashback: New York Times mocked Trump for saying “there is something bad going on” in Brussels
Brussels Attacks Fuel Debate Over Migrants in a Fractured Europe
I would hope so
A terrorist attack has happened in Europe. Let the standard response begin…
Steyn: So "British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow's Train Bombing" is now joined by "Belgian Cabinet Minister Says Tomorrow's Train Bombing Is All Our Fault".
It's not a war
From The Atlantic:
Tuesday, March 22. 2016
"In small town America, politics has never been a great way to get rich, but it has been a great way to avoid poverty."
It works just fine and quietly as long as the press leaves you alone. From The Clinton Crime Family.
I agree entirely with the post, but it is "old news" now and voters will generally prefer their crook over some sleaze on the other team. The Clinton charity makes Wounded Warriors look like pikers, amateurs.
Role models are rare in the political game and most good folks avoid it as a necessary evil.