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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Friday, November 24. 2017
Friday morning links
How plants secretly talk to eachother
The Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Triggered a Worse Global Disaster Than Ever Imagined
More Than Half Of Fat Men Don’t Think They Are Overweight
Turkey pardoned by Trump had multiple contacts with Russian officials
Newsweek Advises How to Have a “Woke” Thanksgiving
Asian quotas: Harvard Being Investigated By DOJ Over Admissions Policies
Goad: Let the Colleges Die
Teen Vogue columnist ‘not at all concerned’ about innocent men and false harassment allegations
LaVar Ball Is Showing Off Brilliant Communications Skills in His Feud With Donald Trump.
WaPo Reporter Working Directly With Democrats Rather Than Covertly
Apple’s vice president of inclusion and diversity, Denise Young Smith, who once whitesplained how hiring 12 white, blond, blue-eyed men could actually be seen as promoting diversity, has been replaced. By a blond, blue-eyed white woman.
Judge Roy Moore Weighs Legal Action Against Accusers As Allegations Fall Apart
Unsealed Fusion GPS Bank Records Reveal $523K Payment From Russian Money Launderer
Starving Public Services to Pay More to Government Workers
Mrs. Clinton Convicts Herself In Stunning Display of Rage At What Happened in 2016
Trump has let down more than 50,000 Haitians in America
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Before the parade
View out my daughter's window on 6th Ave. Cool place to watch the
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Thursday, November 23. 2017
Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to change the politics of all your relatives
Related, Thanksgiving editorial preps students for 'conservative uncle'
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How to be unhappy and ungrateful on Thanksgiving Day
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From a reader on Long Island Sound, kitesurfing in November this week. Some people know how to have fun.
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The Mayflower Rifle
A wheel-lock carbine, probably made by Beretta
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Wednesday, November 22. 2017
Baritone duet from The Pearl Fishers
From the early Bizet opera. Hvorostovsky, the "Elvis of Opera", died today at 55
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Some good news
Trump is not ideological, and, thank God, not an intellectual. VDH, in a piece on the deplorables, notes that Trump has been directing the ship of state in a more-or-less ordinary, practical centrist direction.
Yes, Centrist. It's only in contrast to Obama that he seems conservative.
And, in international affairs, he has been better than most of his predecessors. Obama, for one, was an embarrassment to the US. Even China humiliated him by making him get out the rear of his airplane with no big welcome.
US jobless claims fall as record run persists. Anybody who wants a job can get one.
In other words, things are going just fine. Not perfectly, but ok. Let's be grateful.
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Haidt's moral format
Via an Althouse post:
I have a problem with that term "moral reasoning." I don't think it exists to any extent in real life. Some people know right from wrong, some do not, and some know but don't care. Aside from the Ten Commandments, most peoples' moral rule of thumb is to avoid, or to feel uncomfortable, doing anything their Mom or Dad would be unhappy about or dismayed by. Morals are mostly cultural, tribal. Are you listening to me, Prof. Haidt?
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Wednesday morning links
Photo via Theo
This man was living on $200 a month when he sold a 'worthless' blanket for $1.5 million
Women prefer men with some muscles - and some money
Previous Evidence of Water on Mars Now Identified as Grainflows
The Serial-Killer Detector - A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.
Arctic sea ice expanding faster than normal
Oh no, we're all gonna die
Roy Moore is not a pedophile
Commenter here: We will soon learn that sexual predation is so widespread that it is normal...
The impulse probably is, especially for males. So is the impulse to kill somebody who pisses you off.
Mr. Tingles says "We"
The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated'
A leftist luxury hotel embodies all the sordid hypocrisies and cognitive dissonance of the left: its entitlement and victimhood, its indulgence and oppression, its self-righteousness and degeneracy.
Hot Air, again:
Dem Congressman Who Oversees Sexual Harassment Settlements is Under FBI Investigation
Drain the swamp
"Comey Has No Issue With It": Judicial Watch Dumps Explosive New FBI Emails From McCabe's Conflict Review
Drain the swamp
Immigration: Media Seems Rather Shocked That A Temporary Program Would Be Deemed Temporary
A Familiar Judge Wastes More Of Our Time Over Sanctuary City Orders
tates file lawsuit to force Catholic nun org to follow ObamaCare contraceptive mandate
Nobody believes conservative politicians anymore
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Tuesday, November 21. 2017
The Perilous State of the University: Jonathan Haidt & Jordan B Peterson
Two smart guys, Peterson (a mostly-Libertarian, or at least anti-authoritarian sort) and Haidt (non-Leftist Liberal). Warning: Once you begin, you will not want to turn it off because these are thoughtful, knowledgeable guys.
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What the left wing of the Dem party is up to these days
You might argue that the Democratic Party is entirely radical Leftist these days. Their latest major Soros-sponsored conference last week: Soros, Pelosi Meeting To Fund And Plot Democratic ‘Resistance’…
You can read here the details of the conference agenda.
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Tuesday morning links
Why We Love Farmers Markets - They are relatively free of federal regulation, and that's what makes them great.
Environmentalist Attack Against Capitalism in NYT
The US had wonderful Conservation organizations until the Enviro Lefty wackos coopted them
Rush: If Global Warming Were Science, It Wouldn’t Need a PR Campaign
Who's Worse For The Environment: Merkel Or Trump?
Why should Americans agree about politics - or anything else?
Black Female Writer For Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter Quits. She Says Dunham Is A Racist.
Of course she is. All white people are racists
Student op-ed: Outdoor clubs are too white
TA scolded for playing Jordan Peterson video in class
Prof. Peterson is Hitler
Who is really "obsessed by sex"?
Oregon leads the way in the protection of minors from sexual abuse: Teachers who think a student may be having sex must report it to the police.
NYT White House correspondent Glenn Thrush’s history of bad judgment around young women journalists
Add some women to men in a workplace, then add some alcohol or coke - and voila, things happen.
Bill Clinton is facing new accusations of sexual assault by four women while the former president was working with a billionaire playboy and flying on his private jet nicknamed Air F**k One, claims Clinton author
Related, A rare agreement between men of different ethnic groups has been reached.
US Congressmen Trying to Prevent Israel from Arresting Teen Terrorists
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Monday, November 20. 2017
Fortuna e speranza
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Inject the heck out of your turkey(s)
We're cooking two smaller ones this Thanksgiving, one on the barbie cooked/smoked on wood, and one in the oven. To make them tasty, we recommend injecting the heck out of them.
I tend to use a warmed-up mix of honey, beer or white wine, a splash of hot sauce, and butter. Almost anything makes turkey taste better. When it comes down to it, though, good stuffing is what it's about. The turkeys are just an excuse for the other things.
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Monday morning links
Image stolen from Ace
News to me: They had machine guns in 1718
Doctors blame purine in beer for most gout flare-ups
A Woman’s Defense Of The Alpha Male
NYT: We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself
Who trusts government to do that?
The Climate Alarmists Definitely Don't Believe Their Own Propaganda
What Ken Burns' Vietnam War docu-series on PBS gets wrong
LiAngelo Ball’s Father Suggests Trump Had Little to Do With UCLA Basketball Player’s Release From China
Apple fires Diversity Chief for suggesting that intellectual diversity is important too.
NFL star Herschel Walker, who once played on Trump's lackluster football team, takes stand against anthem protest and commissioner Roger Goodell
Bill Clinton Still Silent About Flights On Pedophile’s Sex Plane
What should he say?
Democrats’ depravity laid bare by Bill Clinton
Obama's 'unaccompanied children' turn up big in latest MS13 gang sweep
Virginia goes Don Quixote. State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions – and hurt poor families
Why no one is talking about Trump’s game-changing China deal
Have Palestinians Entered Into Meaningful Negotiations with Israel?
Meanwhile In Sweden, Crime Hits All Time Highs
ISIS Group Releases Image of 'Beheaded' Pope Francis
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Nice old outdoor fireplace
Reason I want to build an outdoor fireplace is because Spring and Fall are the best times to hang out outdoors, and humans need a fire to hang out around.
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Sunday, November 19. 2017
In light of the frequency of human and grizzly bear encounters, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. They advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears.
They also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur.
Grizzly bear dung has little bells in it and smells like pepper.
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Can You Pass This 8th Grade Mental Arithmetic Exam from 1922?
Mental arithmetic is excellent brain exercise. Also, it is practically-handy. There are many strategies with which to approach it, but I think it's considered "too hard" for the kids of today.
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I oppose any corporate taxes. They make no sense. We already have income taxes and dividend taxes and capital gains taxes, etc. High business taxes just drive business away. That's the opposite of a rational goal, which is to nurture business and thus job growth. This chart via NR
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From today's Lectionary: Help us to count our days
Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
90:3 You turn us back to dust, and say, "Turn back, you mortals."
90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
90:5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;
90:6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
90:7 For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
90:9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh.
90:10 The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
90:11 Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
90:12 So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
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Not for sale
Seen on the way to our hunt yesterday. I get a kick out of the way country folk keep their old broken stuff on display.
Re snapshots, I am beginning to leave any cameras behind most of the time when I go places. That iCamera (happens to have a phone as part of it so some people call it an iPhone) is good enuf for me.
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Saturday, November 18. 2017
An excellent Thanksgiving warm-up
I decided that small turkeys are better and easier to manage. I usually cook 2 big ones for TG, but I think I'll go for 3 small ones this year. They cook faster, are maybe more tender, and you can gnaw on the legs like chicken legs.
It was outdoors of course, about 25 degrees F, with torches, firepits, and outdoor fireplace blazing. Gals in their parkas. What are we? Yankee gentry rednecks? Well, we just like informal fun I guess.
That's a good party. The turkeys? Cajun rub, and all thoroughly and I mean thoroughly injected with Cajun spices to the point that Mrs. BD had trouble with it but, as I said, first turkeys I ever ate that did not taste like cardboard or smoke (I cook mine on barby with wood - smokey turkey).
This week we will review turkey injections and rubs (necessary for a good meal). Due to various circumstances, the Maggie's HQ will have a small group this year I think, about 13-15 people instead of 25. We'll invite some friends to fill it out. Always need hands to clean up...
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Pennsylvania Real Estate: Nice hunting place, looks quite comfortable.
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