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Tuesday, February 28. 2017
The Democrats and their press proxies were all prepared with their talking points against the Donald Trump who sneers in their smug faces. Instead, President Trump was at his presidential best, clear, softly spoken, strategic in his sweep across the policy landscape, offering his hand to his opponents to instead think first of America instead of scoring petty points.
The Democrats in Congress looked bewildered and pantsed, sour looks on their faces in the face of programs that appeal to most Americans, not knowing what to do, their steam looking like hot air, and the media stammered its appreciation with less of but not excluding their sneers.
The American people got to see it all, to the self-created embarrassment of the Democrats.
Good job, once again, President Trump.
Saddest statement ever:
"It was not to be."
Give him a listen. Oral history. An American story, an American life. Audio: Fighting to Survive
Over the transom:
LEONARDO DeCAPRIO's self-declared climate expertise enables him to speak on the world's environmental issues with a high-school education. He never took a college biology, chemistry, physics or climatology course, yet he knows more than most scientists. He proved that by addressing climate change before a full gathering of the UN.
SEAN PENN's quick takes on everything put him at the lofty level of an Einstein. He visited Iraq once and became an expert on that country. The same for Iran. He also became buddies with the brutal Venezuelan communist Hugo Chavez and consistently lauded that murderous thug. Now that Chavez is gone and Venezuelans are raiding dumpsters for food scraps, Penn is having a rare silent moment. Penn deserves some credit for becoming a world-affairs genius based on two years of auto mechanics classes at Santa Monica College.
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Continue reading "Hollywood expertise"
This is a downer for Mardi Gras and Carnival season, the modern Saturnalias where no rules apply and reckless hedonism is in the air, but I'll post it anyway like a fuddy-duddy:
I am not sure how to define "natural" for human beings when humans are the ultimate culture-building and society-building animal. For humans, relationship-building and relationship-maintenance are complex, demanding, and sometimes seem almost impossible. Perhaps "natural," though.
Being an acceptable member of a bourgeois society and culture requires hundreds of external restraints (laws, rules, conventions, and expectations) and self-restraints (mostly against temptations and impulses and for reputation-protection). Bourgeois Westerners do not do many very "natural" things like pooping in the park, clubbing people who piss us off, grabbing genitalia when the impulse hits us, stealing people's purses, shooting a neighbor's dog to roast on the backyard grill.
As in ancient times when aristocrats and overlords lived without the constraints of the common folk and the stolid gentry, the Western world still has subcultures which are "above" - or you could call it "below" - the respectable bourgeois Judeo-Christian norms. I am thinking of the special subcultures of Hollywood, Washington, and the like where celebrity, money, and power can exist with separate rules. I am also thinking of some Fishtown subcultures, Tattooland, where there are different standards and expectations.
I must agree with Scarlett Johanssen that monogamy is not "natural" for humans although there is much variation in how libidinally- or id-driven people are. It is definitely not natural for me if some of my X-rated fantasies are evidence but, by behaving myself in many "unnatural" ways, I have managed to build a solid happy life without harming very many people, without blowing up my life, and without too much burden of guilt.
Bill Clinton and Scarlett Johanssen and all the others are free to live as they choose. Tabloid fodder is necessary to drive eyeballs. Perhaps that is why Miss Scarlett made her honest statement about her libidinal intentions. As some guy said on some site, "So I still have a chance to get it on with Scarlett?" Yes, maybe you do if you act charming and catch her in the right mood. Buy her a cocktail and act soulful and deep, wounded but brave. It might work on her and, despite talent, she is not overly bright. Seduction is natural and women like love and sex.
Women are far better at that game than men, however. Women have the power.
Pediatricians Warn Against Pot Use: Not Your Dad’s Marijuana
Climbing Mount Immortality: Death, Cognition and the Making of Civilization - How awareness of our mortality may be a major driver of civilization
Are you familiar with this Catholic priest, Richard Rohr?
Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley's wealth bubble
Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy's Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs
School Choice Will Restore Our Competitive Edge
No it won't, but choices are good in themselves
"...the feminists have decided that the only acceptable role for a Strong, Independent Woman is victim."
Social Justice Warrior Spends Weeks Peppering Siri and Other Virtual Assistants With Sexually Harassing Statements; Finds the Bots' Acceptance of Such Overtures "Horrifying"
Siri is a secret agent of the patriarchy
California Considers Moving To Single Payer Health System
Zeroing In on Government Fraud - The feds are cracking down on “Enron accounting” in states and cities.
Corruption in government is rewarded. Corruption in business is punished. Government is more corrupt than business.
Charles Hurt: Obama Would ‘Routinely’ Keep Reporters Out of Gaggles
Socialist Le Pen rising in French polls
WHY THE EU CAN’T MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD AND WHY ITS DOWNFALL IS IMMINENT
Monday, February 27. 2017
Transplanting solitary land animals to a new habitat can be a death sentence.
The best thing about a cocktail party is being invited to it.
Gerald Nachman. I would say the same about a wedding.
Image above via Ace
Feminism Needs Firearms, Say 'Armed and Fabulous' Women of CPAC
Marriage provides socioeconomic stability
Duh. But that's not what everybody is looking for.
Straight people? Are there still any of those in America? From the MSM, you get the idea that everybody has gone gay or tranny by now
America Outsources Our Stories to China - With an eye to a foreign market and government, Hollywood is already self-censoring in its pursuit of profits.
Tennessee Veterinary Board Threatens Jail Time for Giving Unlicensed Horse Massages
Why Did Danish Vikings Move to England?
For the English cuisine?
Silly video: Bathroom Cop
Trinity’s transgender wrestler wins with pin, advances to championship
Fewer Doctors Are Telling Patients They’re Overweight
Like anybody needs to be told
Green Lunacy #1: £450 Million Lost Over Failed Green Power That Is Worse Than Coal
The Daily Caller Presents The 12 DUMBEST EVER ‘Bias Incidents’ On America’s College Campuses
Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump
Churches love to conspicuously virtue-signal, especially when there is a defiant edge to it
Tucker Carlson Takes on DNC Advisor Who Doesn't Know How to Identify a Gender
Fast food prices before and after $15
Why the federal government should stop spending billions on private sports stadiums
The First American Revolution: Pueblo Indians vs. the Hispanics
Seriously? WaPo hires John Podesta as a columnist
The idiocy of accusing Trump of anti-Semitism
Justice and 'Social Justice': Two Very Different Things - Americans cannot have both liberty and social justice.
"Social justice" requires government firepower and oppression
Michelle Bernard on Trump Presidency: ‘You Can’t Help But Think’ Slavery Is Coming Back
Donald is all about reinstituting black slavery. Everybody knows that.
Goldberg: Down with the Administrative State
Time to watch more of those old Yes Minister series
What It Takes To Cut The Government Even A Little
'Fahrenheit 451' Perfectly Predicted the Left Morphing Into Intolerant, Crybully Sissies
Trump’s first days in office have gone smoother than Reagan’s
THE TEN WORST CASES OF 'VERY FAKE NEWS' - A lying press is the enemy of the people.
It's hate speech
Trump's Rise Was Rooted in These Three Things
Greenfield: The savages of Stockholm
France: Deradicalization of Jihadists a "Total Fiasco" - "Deradicalization in and of itself does not exist."
Poland, Hungary Join Together To Challenge EU Bureaucracy
HOW IS MASS ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION WORKING OUT IN EUROPE?
Is Judaism A Good Model For Islamic Reform?
European Union Parliament moves to censor “offensive speech”
Is it offensive to say "F - them"?
Sunday, February 26. 2017
However, this is not really using the powder as a supplement. I's just using it as breakfast with 25-30 gms of protein. Otherwise, my breakfast would be just two mugs of coffee.
Most trainers tell weight-lifters to have a dose of protein after heavy lifting. It sounds logical, but nutrition is a field packed with superstition and magical thinking. Other forms of exercise do not require a shot of protein because they do not produce muscle fiber damage.
Powders as supplement would, I think, entail maybe twice-daily use in addition to normal balanced meals. Since I can't get on board with three normal balanced meals, I probably should do a second dose of powder protein to make sure I have enough daily protein.
Or maybe it's all magical marketing: Protein Powder and the Promise of Transformation
What's your view?
A kid of a friend went to the US Merchant Marine Academy, which is in NYC. It is a demanding program and it is difficult to gain admission. An excellent goal for a kid who doesn't want to live in a cubicle and who is interested in mechanics, leadership, and can handle some math. Not unlike the Naval Academy, really, without the guns.
This post, From Breakbulk To The Container, will take some of your time because the amazing vintage videos will captivate. I had not realized that there were steel sailing ships at the NYC docks into the 1930s. Wonderful.
(h/t, American Digest)
17:1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.
17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
17:3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
17:4 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"
17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.
17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid."
17:8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
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Saturday, February 25. 2017
With calis, it's all about the circuits or what I call the circus in which you are the performing animal.
Don't forget to breathe during tough calisthenics - and everything else! We find the best way to remember to breathe during exercise is to make sure to exhale and the inhale will take care of itself. Coaches and trainers should say "Exhale," not "breathe." Oxygen is very good stuff for aerobic organisms.
How the Blue Model fails. For a century, this conservative Protestant state, the "Land of Steady Habits," was a state of tough Yankee self-reliance and no faith in or expectations from government of any sort. It had no income tax until recent years (damn that Republican jerk Gov. Lowell Weicker who put in the tax and fled the state to avoid his taxes as soon as he was out of office).
Weicker swore that the state income tax would solve all the problems. It was the opposite, with deeper and deeper debt and higher and higher taxes ever since. Did I mention that, since Weicker, the state has been basically bankrupt?
It has been a sad path for the beloved Yankee state of my ancestors: Disgraced Gov. refuses to follow federal law on immigration, half his state wants to leave – but can’t sell their houses.
Under the Blue Model, jobs have fled, manufacturing has fled, the cities are in the ICU and run by various union, ethnic, or other mobsters and predators, and the government unions control the levers of government. Catastrophe. Few remember that in the 1960s Hartford was the most desirable small city in America according to Time magazine. Now it is a dangerous (at night) shithole of degeneracy, dependency, and hugely-expensive and failing government schools.
Pubiic schools in Hartford now cost taxpayers more than fancy private schools.
All the Liberals and Lefties now want to move to red states to survive which I find grimly amusing. Of course, they bring their blue votes with them.
Without the wealth of Fairfield County which is basically a prosperous suburb of NYC, the state wouid now be one of the saddest in the nation. A thin thread of hedge fund taxes barely holds the state together because government has killed the other industries and does its best to kill small businesses. The governor is a pathetic putz, a union hack. A sad story about how the Blue Government illness can kill the goose that laid golden eggs in a lovely New England state.
We stay here despite all the mess. I think it's the same reason people stay in California despite its mess. If you can figure out how to make a living and to minimize your taxes, it's still a fine home.
Good winter food, traditionally made with an assortment of wild game if you have some around, with pork and pork sausage, pig fat and duck fat. We now know that fat is good for you, contrary to what you were told for 20 years,
You can work around the wild game issue at the supermarket.
I've made it three times, using mixes of such ingredients as wild boar, snow goose breast, wild boar sausage, duck leg confit, pheasant leg confit, etc. Never red meat, though.
This casserole is white bean-based so it is hearty and a little bland. Comfort food.
Here's the most challenging recipe I can find. If you use confit, though, no need to strip the meat off the legs - just serve the legs. You can google cassoulet recipes to find simpler ones.
It's best served in a shallow bowl with what recipes always term a "full-bodied" red. In France and in my house it's traditionally accompanied by baguette and a cheese board of very stinky cheeses. They just go well together.
Toon above via Zero's 78 Seconds Of Farage "Red-Pilling"
Those Farage speeches are wonderful fun
Men, Quit Providing
The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS
A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans
Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'
Feds Won’t ‘Speculate’ About How Many Taxpayer-Funded Scientists Fake Data
VA Offers Pre-Determination of Burial Eligibility
On the 23rd, 72nd Anniversary of Mount Suribachi flag raising
Althouse defends Milo
Crime Increasing in California After 'Prison Reform'
Is Secession a Solution to Cultural War?
Another Hard-Left Turn Ends Democratic Party As We Know It
THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEGINS - Democrats are mobilizing for total war against Trump. Now, they just need a leader—and a message.
Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump
TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: It’s Really A Thing.
Don’t let Trump’s style blind you to his substance
Obama's White House, 2009: 'Don't Pretend' Fox News Is a 'Legitimate News Organization'
Democrats Attack Trump For Enforcing Their Own Immigration Law
TWO DAYS After Governor Declares CT Sanctuary State – Illegal Alien Murders Mother and Kidnaps 6 Yr-Old Girl
California Companies Are Fearful Of Trump Deportation Orders Or Something
Best article I've seen about illegal immigration, at the leftist The Week:
I hunted down a misquote ("Beware the wrath of patient men") that was quoted in a piece linked at American Digest, and learned that it was from a Dryden epic, possibly a satirical one, Absalom and Achitophel.
John Dryden was the literary giant of his time. He influenced many, especially Pope, and knew Marvell and Milton. Never read any Dryden - just one of countless holes in my education.
The fragment goes like this:
Oh that my Pow'r to Saving were confin’d:
Lots of Dryden fragments and quotes here to get a sense of his clear, forceful style. He liked heroic couplets.
Friday, February 24. 2017
While Mrs. BD and I are planning all of our Spring and early summer weekend day hikes from the Hudson Highlands, to the Berkshires, to the White Mountains, the Bulldog and I are working on a plan for the Third Annual Maggie's Farm Urban Hike.
Hiking amongst rocks and trees is fine, but there is far more stuff to look at in the city.
It will be Manhattan again because we have not tramped every inch of the wonder-filled olde island yet. We have fun with New Yorkers on these hikes, but the out-of-towners get the best intro to the real city on foot on ten-mile hikes through all sorts of neighborhoods. People from all over have joined us in the past - very nice Maggie's friends. Good fun for all, if a bit hectic.
Our last hike went from the Lower East Side to Grant's Tomb, and included most of the length of Central Park. It was about a 12-mile hike.
When we're done, maybe Brooklyn next. Who knows? To me, Brooklyn beyond Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, the BAM, and Junior's, is a mysterious foreign country. Oh, also Peter Luger's - everybody's favorite old-time steakhouse. Cobble Hill used to be so mobbed-up that nobody ever locked their car there. Now, I don't know. Probably all hipsters now. Did you know that if Brooklyn were still a separate city, it would be the 4th largest city in the USA?
For tentative plans (no date set), we're thinking Chinatown west to Tribeca, then uptown thru the West Village (which I love as does everybody), maybe the High Line, then uptown past Clement Moore's church (Chelsea was the name of his family farm and his family owned all of what is now known as Chelsea), maybe as far up as possible. I'd love to get to Hamilton's farmhouse in Hamilton Heights. Probably would take too long unless on horseback. (He used to commute from his law offices downtown to his farmhouse, up Broadway on horseback, on weekends.)
I wonder if we could get to the Cloisters. Likely not. It's not the crow's fly distance, it's the zigzags and the stoplights and the food and the bathroom stops.
Washington Heights has great Dominican food.
Many medical treatments do not work, or do not provide the benefits desired. This is not because of deliberate quackery. It is more because of convention and the slowness of medical practice to change. Furthermore, marginal study results frequently have validity, but so marginally that there is no important clinical use. Try explaining that in court.
One example might be the treatment of borderline hypertension, which is dubious but in the US if a doc doesn't address it he'd be looked at askance because the current consensus is to treat. Next year, it might be the opposite. Another example is coronary artery stents.
The topic discussed here: When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes - Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Here are all the areas in which they offer professional development courses. Wonderful. Their Real Estate program is called, amusingly, the Schack Institute of Real Estate. They offer a large array of online courses covering all aspects of the real estate biz.
It's practical education. I am all for it. Many things can be learned on the job, but it never hurts to know the stuff in advance and, after all, you have to be able to say something worthwhile in a job interview. Many or most of their courses are available online and are not expensive.
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