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
Wednesday, January 25. 2017
DOOMSDAY PREP FOR THE SUPER-RICH
For ten years he has refused to debate anybody
Jonah on the Pussy March: I think this is all really quite inane and morally grotesque.
Yazidi Women Sold As Sex Slaves as Vulgar, Privileged, Liberal Women March Against Trump
Z-man on American regionalism:
Nice, tolerant, inclusive
Morning Joe to Aides Who Counseled Trump’s Combativeness: ‘You’re a Disgrace, Leave Today’
Trump can never stop stepping on his message with petty nonsense
Sounded exactly like Trump
Governor Greg Abbott hammers a Texas sheriff after she refuses to comply with immigration laws
In 2009, media drooled over Obama. To Trump they bare their teeth.
Trump is typical, a pragmatist
Kerry Says Repressive Vietnam 'Embracing' Freedom
Tuesday, January 24. 2017
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:55 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Ridicule Didn't Work - The Sokal hoax and its lessons.
Scott Adams on his Talent Stack
The highly unusual company behind Sriracha, the world’s coolest hot sauce
Delicious. I put it on burgers, cottage cheese, pizza, Thai take-out, scrambled eggs
That was quick. The guy doesn't waste time.
Why is Chicago so corrupt?
In Jefferson County, Colorado, George Soros found 'justice was not for sale'
Judge fears Yale has forgotten commitment to free expression
Obama's net worth is $12 million
Foxconn CEO Plans $7 Billion Investment in U.S. Display-Making Plant
The "workers" of American will learn to love what Trump is doing. The elites, not so much.
Trump Wins The Unions: Teamsters Praise TPP Withdrawal, Labor Chiefs Describe "Incredible" Meeting With Trump:
Did the Washington Post just come out against sanctuary cities?
Sanctuary Cities: Restricting law enforcement risks public safety
How Donald Trump can be America's change agent
Donald Trump, American hero - Sinner though he may be, Donald Trump is this generation's incarnation of John Bunyan's pilgrim, writes David P. Goldman. Like a character from Sinclair Lewis or Frank Capra, he stands as a lone wolf ready to avenge the injustices of globalization
The Obama years were tough ones for state budgets. Can Donald Trump reverse the damage?
Netherlands PM says those who don't respect customs should leave
French Socialist party in trouble; story is similar throughout Europe
Advice for Mexico
A LIST OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO PROPERLY BOYCOTT ISRAEL
EU Funding to NGOs Active in Anti-Israel BDS Campaigns
WERE THE ARABS INDIGENOUS TO MANDATORY PALESTINE?
Monday, January 23. 2017
Connoisseur of Chaos -
I spent quite a bit of time in NY, some with Mrs. BD, last week. Some random pics and observations follow.
Whenever I expect to spend a few days in the city, I bring a bag of my shoes that need polishing, new laces, or new soles, to Eddy's in Grand Central Station and pick them up later. If I have a spare 15 minutes, I like to sit in those chairs and get a shine. Like a guy's version of a pedicure. Feels luxurious. Spit shine, better than I can do myself. $10 including $2 tip.
More below the fold -
Continue reading "NYC with Pussy Protests, Valentin, and a goodbye to the Waldorf-Astoria"
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:14 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
"President Trump" does not seem real to me, but "President Obama" never did either. From Sen. Judd Gregg, Five easy pieces
I am happy to see him go because he was foolish, naive, and deluded about so many things. I will give him credit for being an effective campaigner, though. "Articulate," as Biden said. An engaging talker (who could do either black-talk or white-talk), if entirely self-centered which I suppose can happen if both your mother and father abandon you in childhood.
Via an Insty link, Obama talking brilliantly and content-free in South Carolina:
Z-man: Essential knowledge includes knowledge about the history of Christianity
Impossible to understand Western civilization without that
Pilot Salaries in 2017: Which Airline Will Have the Highest Pay?
Obama administration spent billions to fix failing schools, and it didn’t work
$ has little to do with it
Why do we care what celebs think?
There is no point - it is indeed just a hootenanny
Althouse on the Pussy Marches:
Obamacare Replacement Plan to be Unveiled
Kimball on inauguration: A tale of two speeches
Turkey’s currency begins to contract as tyranny takes hold
Ataturk is weeping
Bonus data below the fold: Clinton Foundation tax data from 2014 -
Continue reading "Monday morning links"
Sunday, January 22. 2017
Was environment one of the myriad causes at the women's march? Apparently not.
I think The Donald views himself as having been hired as CEO to run a company called USA. Perhaps, for now, with a TRUMP logo on it. He told the Board of Directors (citizens) what his plans were, and they voted to hire him, along with a Repub Congress and Senate. If he doesn't put "America First," he should be fired. I guess that is "nationalism."
From Noonan: President Trump Declares Independence. His message to America: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.
Unrelated but of note: Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington - What is the link between one of Hillary Clinton’s largest donors and the Women’s March? Turns out, it’s quite significant
It is rather interesting to think about some comments I've seen regarding the march. One, in particular, I've seen many times. "You just don't get it, and since you don't, my explaining it won't help you understand, and so you'll never understand." This was said several times to a friend of mine, and despite his request to be enlightened, nobody was willing to do it. I filled him in on the nature of why the women were marching (although I find it a confused message). However, the reaction to him was an indicator of why the Hillary forces lost the election to begin with. In a nutshell, we're all stupid and they don't want to take the time to explain anything - we just have to trust their superior instincts. It's also clear by now the only reason to vote for Hillary was 'she's a woman'. Which wasn't enough of a reason for me, any more than voting for Obama 'because he'll transform race relations' was a reason (given the state of race relations after his transformative role, one can only imagine how awful gender relations may have been after Hillary!).
I had another person say to me, "Your privilege is showing." Privilege is a word which drives me insane. We all have crosses to bear, burdens in life which must be dealt with, and biases to fight. I've seen, and supported the cases of plaintiffs suing for, sexual discrimination. I've also experienced age discrimination. I'm aware of the discrimination which used to take place against my Irish ancestors. Suggesting I have privilege implies I am enjoying the benefits of something I didn't earn. I earn it every day I go to work and deal with the nonsensical idiocy of liberal Progressives who have lost their bearings over this election. Remaining quiet during their diatribes is difficult, but could cost me my job. There's no privilege in political discrimination, and that takes place every day. Still, I'm not marching for laws, or attention, or anything else to protect myself or my rights to believe what I want. My 'privilege' regarding gender ends the minute women start having their conversations which exclude men (see the paragraph above).
Continue reading "A Few Thoughts on Yesterday"
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
A pal is skiing Targhee (Wyoming) this week and sent me the pic below.
Saturday, January 21. 2017
An animal researcher discusses his challenge in objectifying creatures: The minds of other animals. Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?
I recall Darwin's other classic text, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Do people still read it? We did, at least selections from it.
American antique or semi-antique (ie "old") "country-style" furniture still retains some modest value, but it is not usually brown.
There is no market for "brown furniture" anymore, and the experts say that your kids will never want it either - even if they ever have room for it. If you want or need to de-clutter your home or homes, the best deal might be to donate it to a charity rather than paying $600 for somebody to take it away.
Today's precious thing is tomorrow's junk. I still like some brown antiques if over 200 years old, but a room usually can't handle more than one.
Somewhat related, are you too attached to your stuff?
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:24 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
They are overfed to grow like that
The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time -- Part XII
Reporters flocked to a campus controversy but missed its surprising conclusion
Public School Is Often The Most Destructive Institution In American Life, Yet Democrats demand the status quo.
Obama dismissed those who disagree with him like a professor forced to deal with simple-minded, wayward students
Zero Hedge: It’s Finally Morning Again In America, And A New Day For Our Country Starts Now
A Plain and Powerful Inaugural Address - Trump’s vision is constitutional, not Wilsonian.
Media very interested today in pointing out that Obama’s inauguration crowds were bigger
David Brooks is unhappy with Trump
Secretary of the Army: A telling tale for these transformative times
Mother and chicks on a cool breezy day
Friday, January 20. 2017
The Met's new production knocked our socks off. I am not a music reviewer, so I can't even try other than to say that Diane Damrau sings like a bird and has a bell-like clarity which I did not think was possible. A New Take on Romeo and Juliet’s Ball, Balcony, Bed and Tomb
(I was reminded that people who do not go to operas are not aware that live opera performances use no vocal amplification. Voice alone must fill the hall, above the music. The vocal power is always remarkable to me. The vocal precision is assumed.)
The Met this week:
A few rainy Manhattan pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Romeo et Juliette"
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:09 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
President Trump pledged his administration to being of, by and for the people, not for the pelf and comforts of self-anointed elitists or of those abroad who've excessively and selfishly exploited our wealth and generosity. The usual legacy network commentators, surprise, surprise, criticized that President Trump didn't echo their own, Democrat. wishes. Tough noogies!
I think people are expecting too much from a new administration, too much good and/or too much bad. My hope is for a return to simple common sense. I am all nuanced-out.
Pic via a piece on Gil Elvgren
MLB Playback - The Most Interesting Plays In History
Yes, a very old rural white dude and a Trump voter for sure. That's in the Bible.
Washington State U. students plead with peers not to freak out over Milo visit
Student jailed for passing out Constitutions because it might threaten ‘rural farm’ students
It is a dangerous document
New Hampshire: Right to Work Spreads to New England
Washington Post Disgraces Itself over David Gelernter
Democrats in the Wilderness - Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy.
Let's call that A Good Start
What Trump Is Up Against
He's up against what American citizens are up against (See My Day at the DMV):
Trump enters the swamp
The bien-pensant class thought Trump could never win, because they had no grasp of how many people were suffering in severe, personal ways due to political correctness.
Donald Trump the Revolutionary - Donald Trump is coming to change many things in the lives of Americans
I doubt it
Abbas Poses With Photo of Palestinian Terrorist Who Massacred 38 Israelis, Including 13 Kids