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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Thursday, June 30. 2016
A handsome "carriage barn," specifically. I want it.
Good on raspberries too, but hold the balsamic. Balsamic is just for strawberries, ramps up even the best strawberry to new heights of strawberriness.
Harry Stein reminisces (my bold):
College might be the safe way to join the bourgeoisie, but is it always the best way?
300,000 More Migrants Headed from Africa to Europe. That doesn't include the million from the middle east.
Photo: If you know what that is, you are old
Grizzly Bear Kills Mountain Biker Near West Glacier
Army of 1,000 Ducks Used as Brilliant Pesticide Alternative
Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party
California Hits the Brakes on High-Speed Rail Fiasco
Warmist guru Michael Mann tells DNC platform committee to use scary
Don’t blame Brits for the Brexit: The EU strayed from its roots in
Time to invade Britain
Stonewalling Muslim Homophobia - When gay people ally with their killers.
The Fed Is in an Epic Battle With Itself
Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week?
Just to say "Hi"
The FBI Investigation of Hillary: Is the Fix In?
What We Do Know about the Benghazi Attack Demands a Reckoning
Why more nations are reacting to migration with walls
Wednesday, June 29. 2016
Generally speaking, your body derives little benefit from an exercise itself because exercise (as contrasted with a normal active life) is designed to stress the body, to hurt it, really. That's why going for a hike, playing a round of golf, or playing doubles tennis is not exercise: it's recreation.
The benefits obtained from exertions are obtained during the recovery phase from the stress and damage. This can take a few days, and much longer to repair damaged muscle and to build new muscle fibers and blood vessels and to ramp up neural connections. Progress is thus slow.
The approach I use for recovery is to try for a good diet with high protein and enough carbs so as not to lose weight or maybe to gain some in 5 smallish meals/day, and "active recovery" meaning days of aerobic exercise between days of intense work-outs. Also, days off for pure recreational activities like sports or hiking.
Photo: If you know what that is called, you're old
Maybe too old to vote: Guardian: Old People Voting Against Climate or Brexit is “Intergenerational Theft”
Cormac McCarthy's death was greatly exaggerated
How to survive a snakebite in the US (h/t, Insty)
Don't Tell Me I Have to Go Organic
God and clown at Yale
Facebook's Zuckerberg Rejects Walls for Others, Builds One For Himself
Nobody does hysteria like the media
Elitist Rage With the Pro-Brexit Masses Echoes Longstanding British Suspicion of Democracy
I completely disagree with Williamson on that, on principle. However, abortion laws should be left to the states.
Supreme Court lets stand rule raising pay for home healthcare workers
The Question of Campaign 2016: Where Have All the Fascists Gone?
VDH: When have voters faced a choice between two such unpalatable, unprincipled candidates?
New York Times still peddles narrative Ben Rhodes told the paper is false
BETTER DEAD THAN RUDE — POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS
Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe
Nobody believes it
Hillary Clinton Tweets Pro-Trump Message: DONALD TRUMP KNOWS HOW TO CREATE MANUFACTURING JOBS
US eyes Israeli short-range missile interceptor for Europe defence
Why Turkey Needed To Reconcile Its Ties With Israel
The Palestinian Authority's Crackdown on Journalists
Tuesday, June 28. 2016
Interesting topic. It usually only comes up when an establishment consistently deviates far from the majority. In the case of the UK, the politics are special: Cameron was elected in part by promising a referendum on EU membership. So their national election was, in effect, a referendum on a referendum. It seems to me that, if national sovereignty can not be held to a referendum of the citizens, then nothing can be presented to the direct will of the citizens.
How the Feds Fund Quacks
Why Brexit did Europe a favor
Focused on Disaster Narrative, Media Ignores Obvious Benefits of Brexit
President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the
The masses must submit to their moral and intellectual superiors
Stockman: Bravo Brexit!
Me neither. Yikes
Hope they have a defibrillator at the bottom
24 crazy pictures of micro-apartments around the world
11-Year-Old's Response to Nude Teacher Sex Proposition: 'OK IDC'
The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student
Republicans killed in Orlando
Dem Party Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics
The Chinese government has banned broadcast and Internet TV shows that show "the dark side of society."
And, with our friends, church, kids, and complex lives, I would never have time to get there. A shame we can't have everything we like. Even billionaires can't, because time can not be purchased and it is a rare item.
Monday, June 27. 2016
European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit
An ultimatum instead of more referendums. This will not go over well with the common folk.
Angela Merkel warns other countries should be stopped from leaving
German President Responds to Brexit Vote: The Elites are Not the Problem, the People Are the Problem
So get new people. Oh, they did: Muslims who hate them.
And one more on the same theme: The EU-Progressive Paradigm Is Falling Apart - The rise of populist and patriotic passion:
Inside Silicon Valley’s Robot Pizzeria
Narcissists Get More Dates
PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid - How PowerPoint has killed the art of rhetoric
Bill Maher: Liberals Don't Know Jack About Guns
Alaska rafting deaths highlight response challenges
No it doesn't. Wilderness adventures are not meant to be safe.
The Orwellian Charge of the Campus Bias Response Team
Feds: Schools Must Grant Mentally Disturbed Boy Unfettered Access to Girls’ Locker Room
Maine's First Lady Takes Summertime Waitress Job to Pick up Cash
Exercising your right to own firearms now lands you on a federal database in Hawaii
Once Again Obama Argues We Need Illegal Immigrants Because They “Make Our Beds”
(George) Will to Irrelevance
Everything Is Broken - Cynicism is the cancer at the heart of this election year.
Despite Market Turmoil, Britain Was Right To Brexit
Brexit’s success is unsurprising
The EU's olive oil rules
The Certainty of even More and More Disturbing Power Grabs by the EU
Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate
Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovakia all could leave.
Conrad Black: A fresh start for Europe
Abbas Goes Off Deep End, And Even the NYT Can’t Overlook It
'move jungle to uk' - Calais mayor sparks furious row after demanding that squalid migrant camp be moved to Britain
Sunday, June 26. 2016
To make it even more Sicilian, include some chopped pistachios and there you have the classic Sicilian ingredients: couscous, lemon, mint, olive oil, and pistachio. All it's missing is pignolis - but a recipe is either pignolis or pistachios - not both.
You want measures? When you cook Sicilian (or Italian, for that matter), you eyeball it and taste it. Just keep it light, not soggy with oil.
Now back to my gardening chores. Damn weeds, I live to kill them. Need to water the tomatoes again and tie them up again too, trim the wisteria, and shave the boxwoods. That's how the gentry become rednecked on a beautiful cloudless day like this - proud bitter clingers.
Saturday, June 25. 2016
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