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Friday, September 30. 2016
A profile of the brilliant Daniel Hannan.
He is a man of the sort that was behind the American revolution. Brexit was the only freedom cause he could find. A Maggie's hero. A shame that he, like Farage, will leave politics after seeing their mission accomplished.
However, that is as it should be. Career pols are pathetic. I recently reviewed Washington's farewell address. Served humbly, reluctantly, and went home to the farm.
"I trust the businessman only when he’s out to make money – because then he’s going to want to do things my way. When he’s out to do me good, he is going to do it his way."
Benjamin Rogge, via Cafe Hayek
Kate, in Canada at Small Dead Animals. Also, see her When A Clinton Does It, That Means That It's Not Illegal
At Drudge, more reasons to go Trump even if you disapprove of him. Why the anger with Trump? Get mad at the American voters instead, because Trump is gaining with them despite his abundant flaws:
What about male body-building contests? What about gay parades? Sheesh, Mika - Guys have their own beauty contests.
Celebrities and their Annoying, Virtue-Signaling, “Makeup-Free” Selfies
Why a Swiss town pays $24,000 a year for a hermit
That ain't no real hermit. That's like a mall Santa.
World War Two spy's row with wife 'almost ruined D-Day'
February 11, 1965: The Day President Johnson Cancelled a B-52 Mission to Hanoi and Blundered into the Vietnam War
2016 SAT test results confirm pattern that’s persisted for 45 years — high school boys are better at math than girls
California: Where Does the Money Go?
Left-Wing AGs Are Playing Politics with the Law
Everything sad and scary is caused by the climate change bogeyman. Everything pleasant and hopeful is caused by...what?
Academic Freedom in an Age of Political Correctness
Monopolists Are Taking Over American Healthcare
And then the ultimate monopolist: the government
How to prevent jobs: Shiftless in Seattle: Lawmakers Pass Onerous New Scheduling Ordinance
UK shares American problem of “asylum seekers” simply disappearing, so they’re building a wall
Chelsea Clinton Takes Private Jet to ‘Clean Energy Roundtable’
Black Racism Goes Mainstream - A movement based on race-hatred gets the thumbs up from the government, the media and the culture-at-large.
AGs file suit in last-ditch bid to stop hand-off of internet control
Why is the US giving up management of the internet?
Obama’s risky internet giveaway
The US is the only place to protect internet freedom
'Death spiral'? ObamaCare problems making coverage harder to afford, find
The New Yorker, which has been covering Donald Trump for forty years now, just cannot get enough of him.
Since The Very #Principled #NeverTrumpers Never Talk About the
Hillary and the Democrats Continue Their War on Blacks
"To those paying attention it has become clear that the case has
Krauthammer’s Take: FBI ‘Were Not Going to Indict the Democratic Candidate for the Presidency’
I doubt that
Most Attendees Of Hillary Speech To College Students ‘In Their 50s Or 60s’
Fear and loathing: We are in the midst of an epic media freak-out.
The Case for Retaining the First-Use Doctrine for Nuclear Weapons
Europe: The Substitution of a Population. In one generation, Europe will be unrecognizable.
I wonder whether they will take cash. I want it. Good for duck hunting, and good for pheasants too.
Thursday, September 29. 2016
Pic is your editor busting through a thick alder patch. If a woodcock jumps up, often a branch blocks your swing of the shotgun. That is annoying.
My favorite hunting is for the Ruffed Grouse, aka Partidge, aka "Paatrich," aka "chicken". Best done with dog - pointer or flusher - but it can be done alone too, if alert.
In the autumn, a Ruffed Grouse hunt generally involves Woodcock too. This is real hunting, because even in good habitat you might be lucky to raise a bird or two every few hours of rough hiking. Then the bird flies behind a tree and you miss it. These birds have every advantage.
This good guy shot a Sage Grouse. I've seen them out west, never shot one. I wouldn't shoot one. Once I almost shot a Spruce Grouse by mistake, in Maine. They are protected, and not really edible. I have shot my share of Sharp-Tailed Grouse up in Canadian prairie. That might be the most enjoyable hunting I have ever had. A firing line of a few guys stalking through low brush, scrub, and prairie grasses, for a few miles. Then a sudden burst of grouse occurs right when you have stopped to take a leak.
Regardless of the species, grouse are killed with legs, not shotguns. You walk. A grouse hunt is an excuse to take long gnarly off-trail walks with a dog and thus to earn a glass of warm whiskey by the fire afterwards. That's about as good as life gets.
My solution is to ban everything, starting with the fun stuff.
From his recent article, After The Republic:
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However, if you have not done so, please let your friends, neighbors, relatives, enemies, colleagues, etc. know about us. Our readership is our reward.
Our eclectic site can be of interest to all sorts of people. As far as the political component goes, we just try to put up stuff that the MSM avoids. Tom Paine sort-of-thing. No need to agree with our political or other points of view.
Thanks to Gerard for that cool poster.
Former Navy SEAL commanders explain why they still wake up before dawn every day — and why you should, too
The World's Oldest Library Will Soon Reopen in Fez
Regulation of occupations: a Hierarchy of regulatory Options
They’re Not “Protesters.” They’re Terrorists.
TERRORISTS RUNNING WILD WITHIN U.S. BORDERS
Obama Administration Admits It Does Not Screen Refugees For Radical Views
ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS IS NOT JUST UNCIVIL, IT’S INTOLERANT
Economy: Government Can't Do It
Free Trade vs. Balanced Trade
US owes blacks reparations over slavery: UN experts
FBI Director: An FBI Agent Would ‘Be In Big Trouble’ If They Did What Hillary Did
Hillary to working-class voters: I worked hard for my money
Hillary’s Debate Prop Turns Out to be Porn Actress Who Had Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Anchor Baby
North Korea’s Nuke Program Is Way More Sophisticated Than You Think
Hamas calls for ‘Day of Rage’ during Peres funeral
Where every day is a day of rage
Gagged in Gaza - Hamas and Fatah try to silence the press
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Wednesday, September 28. 2016
Only government has the power to kill growth. Government can not make the economic pie larger, but it can easily shrink it.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:46 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
I think the Likeability Factor is overrated in American national politics. It matters more in more local politics where dedicated schmoozers are the usual fare. However, I would rather have a beer with Donald than with Hillary.
Part of it is that I think Donald is educable (and has a long way to go), but she is not. She is a snotty know-it-all, and mostly wrong.
Also, he strikes me as being warm and interested in people, while I imagine Hillary would have half of her attention on the door to see if anybody more important than my deplorable self might come in. Somebody with more money or with higher social status. I think she is that sort of deplorable person.
You all know that physical conditioning consists of strength-building, cardio-pulmonary conditioning, and calisthenics (+ weight adjustments if needed). This guy is focusing mostly on the strength component (and, like most guys, wants to have big muscles), but his advice here is pretty good and applies to women too.
Does he work out too obsessively? Probably, but he is a trainer and body-building is a hobby for this presumably eastern Massachusetts guy.
Pic is from Mrs. BD. She is doing a project there this week, in Mwaukee. Interesting to me that she would never take photos, ever. Felt they interfered with direct experience. Since her iPhone, she takes snaps all the time.
Irena Sendler: Remember this lady?
Why Do We Think We Can Create the Perfect Kid?
Research Finds Thrilling Cure for Kidney Stones: Roller Coasters
I love it, put it on everything
New Home Sales Biggest Monthly Decline In History——A Warning Shot
UW Student Files Report Claiming Harry Potter Mural Is Transphobic and ‘Represents White Power’
The meaning of the cross is both deeply disturbing and deeply hopeful. I am not sure how it could be construed as offensive, tho, since my religion holds that Christ died on that thing as a human sacrifice to redeem humanity from its sins.
Clock Boy’s Family Sues Irving City and School for $15 Million
Did the Famous Sailor Sexually Assault the Famous Nurse?
Trooper offers to drive grieving man 100 miles after traffic stop
Barack Obama has always regretted, I think, that he doesn’t have a country that is worthy of him.
To hell with them: The Lasting Damage of the Left’s ‘Favors’ to Blacks
Dems have 2 approaches to their necessary black votes: Buy em and scare em.
How the Left turned its back on the working class: The Construct of the White Working-Class Zombies
Obama´s Colossal Email Lie Final Test for Tarnished MSM
Donald Trump has a point about NATO
Trump-Hillary Tied Up …IN MINNESOTA!
Rush on the Dem approach:
MacDonald: Hillary’s Debate Lies - With her comments about crime, policing, and race, the candidate helps push a false—and dangerous—narrative.
Hillary Clinton Is Outraising Trump 20-to-1 Among Billionaires
2003 clip backs up Trump on Iraq War opposition
Trump is not a neocon. Hillary is more of one. If you like Middle East chaos, she's your gal.
Shimon Peres’s Reflections on War, Peace and Life
Heartbreaking. That young lady is not ugly, and seems sweet
Also heartbreaking: South Asia's 'disposable women'
Tuesday, September 27. 2016
Clinton "won" the debate, Trump won the election
Trump wins instant polls
Pic via Driscoll at Insty
Mirengoff: Thoughts on an unpleasant evening
'Bizarre' Donald Trump seemed 'dreadfully unprepared'
He winged it, had no plan. Thinks he is better than he is.
Dick Morris on Trump at Debate: 'He's Coasting'
Commenter here: "I expected more from him. I believe average citizens did too."
Can we say that many people hoped he would be commanding and dominate the discussion, but failed to do so? It seems easy for him to be a petty man at times.
Clemson bans Harambe memes for promoting 'rape culture,' 'racism'
KU bars gorillas from jungle-theme decoration due to 'masculine image'
Pumpkins are racist
Tom Hanks Finds Himself Under Fire For ‘Deeply Racist’ Film Career, Working with Clint Eastwood
The Depression Was Great for the American Kitchen
I feel it especially during my cardio intervals
Is American Pet Health Care (Also) Uniquely Inefficient?
Rioting is great fun.
Yes, unleashed Id and they pay you to do it. This is election astroturf.
George Soros' False Flag Factories
Punt the Pundits - Stop watching the social justice warriors of the NFL media universe
I’m Black. Does America Have a Plan for My Life?
Nope, and be grateful because your life is all yours.
How Trump can shrink the federal gummint
Jordanian king: US thinks it knows Middle East better than its residents
Mead: The Real Middle East Story - Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.
Monday, September 26. 2016
The youth will not recall one of the more idiotic TV shows of the 1970s. Tonight's Really Big Show will not be a re-run. It will be live, and it will be exciting. The MSM has been building up the tension for days.
I will welcome your comments below before, during, and after the TV show (9 pm EST). Two deplorable people will compete for your affection or disgust.
He is entirely fit. He loves his country, has had real world experience, and is not a career politician or a lefty policy wonk.
The anointed ain't so great. It's just a way of life for them.
Related: Sowell's Election Year Books
Otzi had serious heart disease
Must be from the Paleo diet
Male Strength Should Be Celebrated, Not Replaced With Girly Men
Six heroic ways to disrupt campus safe spaces this fall
White lives don't matter when Soros-funded race riots are underway.
Black Men Have Legitimate Reason to Run from Cops, High Court Rules
New Leftist Meme: Blame Urban Riots on ‘Environmental Racism’
Why is Ford moving to Mexico?
A Sour Surprise for Public Pensions: Two Sets of Books
We’re Laughing at the Self-Destruction of the Media Gatekeepers
Brooks: Clinton is from the past
Behind the Clinton Immunity Deals
She's not a spy. That was enuf.
Hillary Clinton Struggles Most With Truth About Herself - POLITICO fact-checked both candidates for a week. This is what we found.
If Trump Is So Horrible Why Is the Race So Tight?
Elizabeth Drew preaches to her Clinton choir
I guarantee that she does not know a single Trump voter. Problem with the writing and talking heads: they observe the common folk from a distance, but they do not live in the world like we do.
Hillary Clinton to use larger podium than Donald Trump at first debate to make up for height disadvantage
I think this is about the scourge of Heightism. Better to make Trump stand in a hole in the stage. Harrison Bergeron deal.
Related, The Road To Equality
All students must be equal. Same with tennis players - that would help me.
We Misled You’: How the Saudis Are Coming Clean on Funding Terrorism
Sunday, September 25. 2016
No, I am not discussing Mrs. Bill Clinton or any other human female.It's just that I have encountered a few shrews this weekend while doing gardening jobs. (Shrubs, grasses, and flowers, not food although I did pick some sweet figs for breakfast from my new fig tree. Perfect breakfast: slice of cold chicken, a tomato, some mouse melons from the garden, and a fresh fig).
Our common shrew is the Northern Long Tailed. I think that is what these guys are that I see but if they are Northern Short-tailed I would not be surprised. I did not try to catch one to measure its tail, and their bites are painful anyway. Shrews are said to taste bad, but I never tried one.
The ones I see like leaf litter and mulch, ground cover like Pachysandra, thick weed patches, and the like. You mainly see a flash of grey fur zooming past your feet. They are almost blind, it is said.
Seen any shrews lately?
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