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, January 31. 2018
Good live version, elderly man singing an old song from the heart. "I didn't know how young you were..." Lyrics here.
I didn't mean to treat you so bad
Most people can't make "did" a two-syllable word. Phrasing and diction genius.
Not to worry. It's an adolescent fashion, a fad. It will pass. These kids will graduate, find jobs in cubicles, enter the real world, and grow up. Not to mention that the "tenured radicals" will retire on the comfortable pensions provided by people with tough jobs without pensions.
Wondering why Justice and the FBI are so opposed to the Memo. I am open to the idea that there is a good reason, but I dislike the secrecy.
Things are going on which lowly citizens are not supposed to know about. We just vote and pay taxes...and let our moral and intellectual superiors handle the important things while we just try to figure out how to handle our own lives.
"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life."
My grandpa (who became a Massachusetts chicken farmer here, and then a chicken distributor) used to say in his Polish accent in his 90s "America, not for everybody. America, it takes guts." And I would think of plastic barrels of chicken guts, heads, and feathers ready for the cat-food factory..
Trump's speech was splendid. Could have been a bit better had I written it, but a darn good job. Patriotic. Positive. Spirited.
Pathetic. Shameful. Ungrateful. Mean-spirited.
11 servings of carbs/day? Nobody could do that.
Update on Jack Ma
Women find men more attractive once they find out he is desired by others, a new study suggests.
Duh. Works the other way too.
Proof of Yale's racism
Books Cooked at DC Schools: Will Star Chancellor Answer?
NYT: What he did on his summer break - exposed global security flaw
Obama’s Presidential Library Ripped As ‘Ugly Waste Of Taxpayer Resources’ By Chicagoans
I hate all those stupid monuments to presidents. This isn't Rome...or is it?
Government Agencies Have An Almost Pathological Need To Not Admit Error, No Matter How Trivial
Is LIBERALISM JUST RESENTMENT AND ENVY SANCTIFIED?
Poor Chuck Schumer - The Senate Minority Leader made it to the top, but at the worst possible moment.
New Book: McCabe Initiated White House Meeting That Led To Leak - This story gives a glimpse into how the original Russia narrative may have been spread around to overly compliant journalists and other members of the 'resistance.'
Trump’s border wall prototypes virtually impassable, pass rigorous testing
Donald Trump is teaching Republicans how to fight
Repubs tend to be both stupid and fearful instead of bold and confident
Sorry, skeptics, Trump’s tax plan is actually working wonders
Best line: Americans are dreamers too
State Of The Union: Trump Hits It Out Of The Park
Amid growing US immigration crackdown, Canada quietly enforcing own laws
Saudi Arabia says it has seized over $100 billion in corruption purge
Eddie Adams' iconic Vietnam War photo: What happened next
The Tet Offensive Revisited: Media’s Big Lie
Tuesday, January 30. 2018
VDH: Yes, it does.
Even in overweight America there are plenty of under-developed (lacking muscle) or even scrawny (I don't mean anorectic) guys and gals who want to work on their strength, endurance, and overall fitness for life or to improve their athletic performance in some area. Chestless men and bony women.
My trainer tells me it's always an interesting challenge for him to train endomorphs (basically, skinny runner's builds) or, even more difficult, thinner or under-developed people with middle-aged guts.
People built like this will likely never have big muscles, but big muscles and functional fitness are not the same thing at all. Women, of course, can not build bulging muscles under any ordinary or non-chemical circumstances.
Weights and good nutrition are the keys to a sturdy body, but everything else is needed for balanced fitness too. A typical first-year program would be something like this:
- Weight-lifting 3 hours/wk (under age 45, 3/wk; older, maybe only 2- 2 1/2 hrs/wk with slower progress)
You can't build muscle without adding a little fat to your bones along with it. The added nutrition to support a program like this, for the skinny or the under-developed, might be something like this:
- protein and fruit shake after workouts
This volume of food intake can be a challenge for many, so it is something to work up to gradually. For most people to gain solid (vs fat) weight, the food intake will need to match the exercise intensity.
A program like that ought to be able to build 1 lb/month of solid (not flab) gain. A 10-12 lb gain in 12 months would be a good target. More might be too much because muscle builds very slowly. Let the scale be your guide and nourish yourself accordingly. If there is a gut, it should eliminate it. A gut on an under-developed guy or gal is not useful in life except in times of famine.
nb: Physically under-developed + overweight is an entirely different topic, as we have posted in the past
We Just Got More Evidence For The Strange Link Between Carbs And Alzheimer's
Lack of diversity in video games akin to ‘daily racism’
Many Intellectuals Can't Stand Jordan Peterson. Why?
Lib Actress Alyssa Milano Calls Proposed Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks “Horrifying”…
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Caught Leaking After Admitting “Trump-Russia” Collusion Story Was “Bullsh*t”
White House Perjury Panic
Why aren't the Democrats horrified by the corruption at the FBI and DOJ?
Israel: Warning - abductions planned
Italy's Population is Sinking Faster Than the Tower of Pisa
Monday, January 29. 2018
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
Norwegian saying, via Althouse.
As we have been saying for years
California may label coffee a cancer risk
Paris is not just flooding, it is flooding again, and again, and again, and again.
It's not a river. It's a government-managed canal
The Very Liberal LA Times Seems To Be Crushing Their Own New Union
I guess they want to try to stay in business
Real Americans vs. Our Effete Elites
Chelsea Clinton Says ‘Women’s Reproductive Health Rights Are Connected to Climate Change’
Democrats Expose That Immigration Is All About Politics, Not Caring
Jay Z: Blacks don't want money
Michael Moore assails Trump, 'unfit,' 'narcissist, 'sociopath,' 'threat to humanity'
GRASSLEY PURSUES AMERICA’S BIGGEST SCANDAL
The Clinton-Russia collusion
FBI went to great lengths to plot against Donald Trump
If Trump didn’t collude with Russia — or doesn’t have some other criminal secret to hide — it’s hard to see what his corrupt intent would be in an obstruction case.
Well, then it becomes an investigation about an investigation.
"I suspect that a lot of the Davos crowd secretly admires Trump, even if they personally dislike him or his policies."
I like the policies but have no admiration for him
Belgium: How Low Can A Low Country Get?
Teens roam streets with rifles as crime swamps Sweden - The army may be called in to halt a gang surge in immigrant areas
Sunday, January 28. 2018
More interesting and more fun. The first hour is Petersonian background. Prof Peterson:
I think Sapolsky is a smart Harvard professor, but by having an ax to grind here he makes countless logical and factual errors. I do not have time to go through them one by one.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:53 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Don’t Over-Spiritualize ‘Temptation’ - What We Ask For in the Lord’s Prayer
I always thought "temptation" made good sense, but perhaps it was not the intended meaning.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:16 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
111:1 Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
111:2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.
111:3 Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
111:4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
111:5 He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
111:6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
111:7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
111:8 They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
111:9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name.
111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.
Saturday, January 27. 2018
65 above zero (F):
Floridians and Arizonians turn on the heat.
60 above zero:
50 above zero:
Italian & English cars won't start.
More below the fold -
Continue reading "Cold Weather is a Relative Thing, with special reference to upstate New York"
Self-defense advice from Israel
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:06 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Clinton, Podesta And Others In Senate Crosshairs Over Dossier; Given Two Weeks To Respond
Was Steele the intermediary between the Clinton campaign and Russian spies? And what about Uranium One?
Medical Establishment Opposes Conscience Rights
AMA was co-opted by lefties long ago
Lake Michigan has become dramatically clearer in last 20 years — but at a steep cost
Clear water is not necessarily a good thing
Nutella 'Riots' Spread Across France
Sheesh. It's basically canned frosting.
Why the Academic Left Fears and Loathes Dr. Jordan Peterson
Bill De Blasio Admits He Wants To Kill The Oil Industry With Global Warming Lawsuit
Who are the Dreamers?
Williamson: On Citizenship for Illegal Aliens
Trump at Davos: 'America First Does Not Mean America Alone'
IMF Increases Global Growth Rate Projections Due to US Tax Cuts
Democrats are coming unhinged over the Trump economy
It’s Now Likely Mueller Thinks Trump Obstructed Justice
Clinton–Obama Emails: The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasn’t Indicted
The MSM Faces the Truth About Sweden
Friday, January 26. 2018
Almirena's Aria from Handel's Opera, Rinaldo (1711). Lyrics/text here.
In Farinelli and the King on Broadway, this song is sung by a counter-tenor. In the movie Farinelli (clip below) most is sung by a counter-tenor with the high notes by a soprano and, again, the actor playing Farinelli lip-syncing.
As I said, Farinelli was the Elvis of his time.
Example: “Either Answer Is A Crime. Yes Locks In Obstruction Case. No Is Lying To The FBI.” Maybe. But what about "I just didn't like the guy, and got the feeling that he didn't like me either?"
Thus, even if there is no Russia story to pursue, he can try to pursue Trump and his people on their efforts and wishes to make this entire annoyance go away. Obstruction, and the like, even if there was no wrong-doing at the heart of it. Trump, as a blustery shoot-from-the-hip businessman who likes to fire disloyal people and has no legal background and minimal legal thinking, is raw meat for this sort of thing.
My guess is that Trump is talking to his lawyers like any ordinary citizen: "WTF? I did nothing wrong, and these a-holes are tangling me up in this BS and getting in my way. Just fire these jerks."
I just hope that there are some honorable citizens in DC. Count me skeptical.
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