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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Wednesday, December 27. 2017
I get his point, but I do not think that fitness is equivalent to physical labor. Our carpenter lifts weights in the gym with the intention of continuing to be able to carry heavy things at work through his 70s. In my case, I have always done all of the outdoor labor at the HQ and the farm that I have time for (ie weekends), but I never saw any fitness gains from that. It is enjoyable for me, though.
For house-cleaning and laundry, we have two high-energy Polish immigrants who leave everything spotless, neat, and sparkling. Their only requirement of us is that there be no clutter, nothing on the floor, and nothing on any surfaces.
When you have day jobs, nobody wants to spend a weekend house-cleaning and doing laundry. Heck, we even do our workouts Sunday morning before church.
Genetically engineered ‘super-horses’ to be born in 2019 and could soon compete in Olympics
Holiday Retail Sales Highest in Six Years
How not to save a dying shopping mall
Why does the University of Minnesota hate Christmas and Hanukkah?
2017 Was the Year of ‘Diversity Fatigue’
How Progressives Cling to the Past - Progressivism claims to be forward-looking, but it is actually rooted in the distant past.
Comrade De Blasio Not Happy With Peasants Riding E-Bikes
Black Unemployment Rate Lowest in 17 Years
ONE-THIRD Of U.S. Homicide Spike Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods
Have Republicans finally found their groove?
Tuesday, December 26. 2017
FROM JERUSALEM, MERRY CHRISTMAS
Franklin Graham: “Refreshing” That Trump Doesn’t Care “What The Liberals Think” On Christmas
Two Heterosexual Irish Men Marry To Avoid Inheritance Tax On Property
Tucker Carlson Shares Hilarious List Of 100 ‘Racist’ Things
Defying Trump again, Jerry Brown pardons immigrants about to be deported
Manchin: So, it Looks Like the Tax Bill I Voted Against Will -- Um -- Help A Lot of West Virginians
THE BIG LIST OF TAX-CUT PAYOFFS - 17 companies announce bonuses, more pay, expansion
An opinion on the ‘EPA Gravy Train’ – and why shutting it down is a good thing
Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?
The movement to impeach Trump is just beginning
ON DNC/FBI/RUSSIA COLLUSION, THE CIA AND NSA PLAYED A PART TOO
Trump Goes SCORCHED EARTH on Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe For ‘Racing the Clock to Retire With Full Benefits’
Christmas Miracle: #NeverTrumpers Praise POTUS As Year One Comes To Triumphant Finish
If only the jackass would STFU
PANIC AT THE WASHINGTON POST
Trump Tells Mar-a-Lago Guests, 'You All Just Got a Lot Richer.' Liberals Lose Their Minds
Unemployed African “Refugees” Go on Strike in Germany
Monday, December 25. 2017
I plan to keep myself in fighting shape so I can fulfill that job, or duty, or whatever you call it. Little boys, little girls, whatever comes my way. I am prepared.
My plan them is to teach my family ways, to transfer my culture. I will talk with them about books, I will take them on hikes in the woods, I will teach them my secrets about the trees and the birds and amphibians and reptiles and fish and wildflowers, and all of their names. I will teach them how to use a hand saw and a table saw, and how to screw a screw and how to nail a nail. How to make a rustic outdoor table.
I will quote to them from Milton, the Bible, and Shakespeare while I take them on fishing hikes to mountain lakes, valley streams, Atlantic bays, and the ocean itself. I know from myself that grandkids remember every word their grandfathers utter and every bit of lore they convey.
I will reprimand them when they behave uncivilly or in an unsportsmanlike manner. I will teach them firearms and archery. I will teach them how to comport themselves at my NYC club, and how to dine with adults in an adult venue. I would be happy to introduce them to sailing craft, or handling powerboats for that matter. I will expose them to serious music and talk to them about it. I will encourage them towards the discipline of making serious music, or any music.
My two grandpas together helped teach me all of these things and I am forever grateful for that. My Mom and Dad were busy with all of the other kids, plus work of course.
I learned a lot besides all that from my two genteel Grandpas, including how to handle hunting dogs (Don't give them an inch, or they'll take a mile"), handling horses ("Dumb as rocks. Show them who's boss, and they will do anything you want."), and driving tractors on New England hills ("attend to the angles").
They also taught me how to speak with adults. "Ask them about themselves. Learn all you can from them."
Sports? I am no athlete but I would be joyful to swat tennis balls with a kid or kids for hours. Just buy me a couple of beers after as compensation. Interest and cheerful cooperation are required. I am sorry, but the business-essential art of golf is not in my repertoire.
My own Christmas kids are the best, and I will welcome some Christmas grandkids when the time is ripe.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:14 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
One of my sisters sent me this pic from her driveway early this morning in western Mass. Very nice, because she and my excellent brother-in-law are without their boys this weekend and can spend the day snuggling by their fire drinking Baileys and probably reading yesterday's Sunday
Subaru people, if you know what I mean. I love them.
Sunday, December 24. 2017
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Israel's strength and consolation,
Born Thy people to deliver,
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Photo is Christmas Eve at the olde Bird Dog homestead a few years ago. Cozy. Imagine the Judd's Christmas album too.
1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
1:27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
1:28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."
1:29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
1:30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
1:31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
1:33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
1:34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"
1:35 The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
1:36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.
1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God."
1:38 Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
Saturday, December 23. 2017
A Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu That Won't Take a Week to Cook - Invite everyone over, you're making a five-course feast this Christmas Eve.
Interesting. Basically a fermented fish sauce
Answering the Call for Breakfast With Dads Event - When Dade Middle School put out a call for volunteers to help with the Breakfast with Dads event, there was a fear there wouldn't be enough dads for the students...
The Salvation of ‘Napalm Girl’ - I still need treatment for the burns on my arms, back and neck. But my heart is healed.
How science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep
‘Climate Change’ Puts Santa’s Delivery System At Risk Or Something
Five Women Accuse Top Progressive Editor Of Sexual Harassment
Quran Instructor INDICTED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES
3RD US IMAM PREACHES MASS MURDER OF JEWS
Taxpayer rebellion in the blue states?
A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal
Friday, December 22. 2017
Our friendly little neighborhood gym has been running a challenge test (a general fitness race) through the month of December.
Here's how it works: A 60-second sprint on the row erg, an exactly 3-minute rest, then a 60-second sprint on the ski erg. Then your trainer adds up your total meters and posts it on the board. Only trainers can record the test.
They post your name, age, and total meters on the white board. There is a column for men and one for the women. Talk about exposure - but it is highly motivational. If you repeat the test (which everybody does to try to improve their score), your highest score goes on the board.
The reason this is a good general fitness test is because it is cardio fitness combined with maximum power (power= strength x speed) demands from the entire body. I felt like puking for 10 minutes afterwards which I feel is evidence of genuine effort.
I managed to just break the 500 meter mark this week, but there are guys with over 600. The women are mostly in the 300s. A 74 year-old guy had a 545 so I feel I definitely have to beat that codger. I have a week to get there.
In fitness, you mostly compete with yourself but it's fun to see how you measure up once in a while. Reality hurts, but truth is good for the soul.
A commenter: "Kill your TV and take a walk through the woods with your kids, spouse, friends and or loved ones."
We all know that TV and movies are aimed at an IQ of 100. That's the market. Even Tucker aims low. A good life can be had by shooting the TV and getting out in the world, meeting new people, doing interesting challenging things - and going to Christmas parties.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:38 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Yale Secular Humanists Help New Haven Decorate for Christmas
Like beer, TV, and surfing internet on the couch?
Christmas lessons from California
"Eminem Slips Slowly Into Insanity As Trump Continues to Ignore His Rants"
Texas Imam Calls On Muslims To “Kill The Jews”…
DOJ Releases New Numbers: One-in-Five Federal Prisoners Are Foreign Born, Most Illegal Aliens
Hell freezes over: Media start admitting that Trump's first year isn't a flop
Dear Democrats, Ownership Isn’t Theft
HuffPo Contributor Apologizes to Sen. Scott for His Prop Tweet
Left's Unhinged Response To Trump Tax Cut Reveals Their Real Fear: What If It Works?
Already working - TRUMP EFFECT: Apple Looking To Bring $252 Billion In Foreign Cash Back To USA After Landmark Tax Bill
Yep. Lower biz taxes and you get more biz which means more work.
Here are the top three biggest lies about the GOP tax bill we need to debunk real quick
Proof the right thing was done
Sweden’s Retirement Age May Need to Be Raised to Finance Islamic Welfare Colonization
Steyn on Australia's Muslin attack: We are the bollards
Thursday, December 21. 2017
Russia is a crappy country with an economy the size of Italy's. Still, Putin seems to know how to put his paws on all sorts of things. Clever little scheming SOB. Can't blame him for putting his country first, though. That's his job.
A quote: "If it doesn't suck, we don't do it."
And the SEAL's "40% Rule," which claims that, when anybody thinks they are giving their all, they usually unknowingly have another 60% in reserve.
They fired two of their biggest, smartest stars. Why has there been so much sexual abuse at NPR and Public TV?
To our listeners:
This fall, we watched as the national conversation turned to harassment in the workplace. We knew this movement was powerful and important. What we didn’t expect was for it to land on our doorstep at New York Public Radio, as several members of our community came forward with allegations of inappropriate conduct by members of our own staff.
We strive to bring you the best programming, from the best teams in the region, and we value your trust above all else. When people in our community feel unwelcome or disrespected, it means we have not lived up to our values, and we cannot do the sacred job you’ve trusted us to do.
Today, we terminated the employment of Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, following two separate investigations into patterns of inappropriate behavior. These investigations, overseen by outside counsel, determined that Mr. Lopate and Mr. Schwartz had violated our standards for providing an inclusive and respectful work environment. You can find our full statement to the press here...
Continue reading "Today, from New York Public Radio"
You include the day you made it in the 4 days. After that, it's garbage. I have learned this over the years from unfortunate experience - especially with Thanksgiving leftovers.
Mark Steyn was funny the other day, explaining how the Customs agents confiscated three Buches de Noel he tried to bring from Quebec to his home in New Hampshire. He observed that if he had brought three Somalis or Syrians without documents instead of three Buches, it would have been no problem.
Order yours now from your local bakery and it will be ready when you need it. They will make them whatever length you need. It's not Christmas without one.
If you really want to ruin Christmas season, try making one yourself. This job is for professionals.
From where I sit, it seems to be because of a lack of critical thinking combined with the simple fact that imagining mysterious forces and mysterious people is much more fun than ordinary humdrum life and ordinary people.
Wasn't there an old song about "your mother and me, we're just ordinary folks..."?
IAN MCKELLEN RECALLS ACTRESSES OFFERING TO HAVE SEX WITH A DIRECTOR FOR ROLES
ENJOYING THE HOLLYWOOD MELTDOWN
Does Yes Ever Mean Yes?
Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students?
Linda Sarsour said sexual harassment 'doesn't happen to someone that looks like you'
James A. Sparrow: Jarhead memories of Christmas in The ’Nam
Just Like NYC, San Fran’s Taxi “Medallion” System Is Imploding
Thousands of students attend conservative boot camp after taking college exams
A Modest Suggestion: Perhaps Things Aren’t That Bad
Boeing Announces $300 Million Investment Initiative Thanks To GOP Tax Reform
Complaint Filed Against Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund," Alleging They Solicited Donations to State Democratic Parties, Using Them as Straw-Man Pass-Throughs Who Immediately Shipped the Money to Hillary Clinton's Campaign
Nikki Haley was right to attack the UN
Nikki Haley takes on world government
You Won't Be Able to Pay Taxes on a Postcard, and That's Exactly How H&R Block Likes It - The Republican tax bill means most Americans will keep more of the money they earn. But the process will still be frustrating and terrible.
Maybe the Tax-Reform Bill Is Unpopular Because Media Mislead Americans
Trump: We’re Ending the Visa Lottery; We’re Ending Chain Migration
Trump Fully Embraces Far Right Immigration Playbook
George Soros Illegally Bankrolling Campaign To Amend Ireland’s Constitution, Government Watchdog Says
He is an octopus