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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Sunday, November 25. 2018
18:33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
18:34 Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?"
18:35 Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?"
18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here."
18:37 Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Saturday, November 24. 2018
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:48 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
A pal is urging me to go to NY to see the Met's new Mefistofele. He says this guy is as good as Ramey, and he remembers Ramey.
My favorite is a slice of turkey, some mayo, a spoonful of cranberry sauce and a spoonful of stuffing - on white bread, It has to be white bread.
Some people like Turkey hash which is ok if you use enough black pepper. Needs a ton of fresh ground black pepper to not taste like Cardboard Hash.
What do y'all like?
How much of your personality is genetic?
Who’s Afraid of Ludwig Wittgenstein? Explaining the Lack of Women in Philosophy
University Dean Resigns After Being Suspended For Tweet Questioning Kavanaugh Accuser Julie Swetnick
Harvard, Yale and CNN Get Mocked Over Ridiculous Idea To Stop Global Warming
Obama: US Failing to Handle Climate Change Challenges Because of ‘Racism,’ ‘Mommy Issues’
AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY WOULD BE WONDERFUL, BUT WE DON'T HAVE ONE
REPORTER ASKS TRUMP ABOUT FACEBOOK BIAS – TRUMP REMINDS THEM WHERE CHUCK SCHUMER’S DAUGHTER WORKS
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OCASIO-CORTEZ’S GAFFES AND SARAH PALIN’S? THE MEDIA
It Was a Team Effort! George Papadopoulos Accuses British Embassy in DC of Illicit Spying on Trump Team!
Joe Scarborough Gives Thanks to Hillary Clinton For ‘Trying to Make This World a Better Place’
Kunstler Exposes "The Core Truth" Of The 2016 Russia Collusion Story
Hillary Tells Europe to ‘Get a Handle’ on Migrant Influx to Stop Right-Wing ‘Populists’ - Hillary: “If we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic”
Tijuana Mayor Declares Crisis At Border; DHS Warns Of Criminals, Gang Members Among Caravan
“Migrants” Defy Trump At Border Or Something
John Kerry warns against mass migration
Donald Trump's Middle Eastern Realpolitik
Re the Saudis, Scott Adams explains the difference between the child's view of the world and the leader view
Friday, November 23. 2018
From a friend on Weds:
Bob in Waterbury (CT) last night. Beautiful new arrangements, the most mellow I've ever heard him live in 2 decades. Thoughtful on the piano.... just sharing these heartbreaking stories with us. Set list below.
Things Have Changed
Bob does not shortchange you with songs in his almost nightly performances, even at age 77 or whatever. Here's part of a 4 year-old performance of his haunted Scarlet Town. "The seven wonders of the world are here" - genius - those wonders are everywhere:
In Yankeeland, it's Apple Pie. Certainly after Thanksgiving, when there are always a few leftover pies, Squash, and Apple. Mrs. BD makes one heck of a good pie crust.
Apple Pie gives you the morning energy to go out in the cold to milk the chickens, feed the cows, and to get to the gym as I did this morning.
I've seen this in the past, but captured it from Salt Water New England:
To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
- Attributed to E.B. White, but he might have quoted it from elsewhere.
For Reasons Good and Sad, Thanksgiving Is Now Our Greatest Holiday
Best thing about it? No darn presents. Nobody needs presents, unless they are edible. Mrs. BD is threatening to get me an iphone XS for Christmas. Do I need that gadget? My life is pretty good right now as it is.
Much Ado About Free Speech: A Canadian Professor Responds
Also, "Of late, the Left has again become rather taken with the notion that marginalised groups suffer under unfettered speech. Ergo, it is argued, “Social Justice Warriors are the true defenders of free speech,” because selective censorship helps to compensate for power differentials and open public discourse to a diverse range of voices."
Elizabeth Yore on FGM: ‘Silence from Feminists Has Been Deafening on This Issue’
Coyote: Transpartisan Plan #2: A Better Approach to Government Health Care: Focus the Government on the One Thing It Does Best
Makes sense to me, not to politicians
Hillary’s Departure From State Department
John Kelly Signs “Cabinet Order” Authorizing Troops At Border To Use Force, Perform Some Law Enforcement Functions
Good. Uninvited guests not welcome. Angry disrepectful invaders less so.
Vote Or Get This: Trump Appears On French Election Posters
Substitutes for victory in Afghanistan
Thursday, November 22. 2018
After handling your uncooked turkey, wash your hands well. There is no need to get all OCD and paranoid about it, but turkey seems more prone to carrying salmonella than chicken nowadays. Easily cured, but unpleasant to experience.
As I understand it, the first Thanksgiving harvest feast in the Plymouth colony in 1621 featured codfish, wild pigeon, grouse, clams, corn or cornmeal pudding, duck, squash or pumpkin, and some venison provided by some Indians. If there was a turkey, it wasn't reported. There might have been one.
Why no Oysters Rockefeller? Who knows? Those Puritan ancestors of mine were half-crazy, you know.
Related, from our pal Gerard: The Mayflower gun
Wednesday, November 21. 2018
The very smart and thoughtful Oren Cass discusses his new book, The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.
It's a podcast and a transcript. Cass is mostly concerned about the majority of Americans who do not attend college. He believes the policy emphasis on higher ed is misplaced. So do I.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:46 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
After touring the US during Prohibition, he wanted to give thanks for the removal of those "dour Puritans" from England.
From Int. Takeout:
Yes, well, everybody knows it's just the cost of teachers' unions money. Nothing to do with education.
Giving thanks for the magic of the marketplace, the invisible hand of strangers, and no turkey czars
Thanksgiving warning: Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns U.S. consumers
The harvesters are pooping in the fields again
Pope Francis Contra Property Rights, Borders
So get rid of those Vatican guards, and the Vatican wall.
Environmentalists Knock Themselves Out On The Keystone XL Pipeline
Break up the internet monopolies?
Self-driving cars work about as well as central planning bureaucrats do
Megyn Kelly Will Get $30 Million To Leave NBC
It can be fun to get fired especially if you have legs like hers
College Students Felt Depressed, ‘Rejected’ After 2016 Election
Grow up, babies
Lecturers at university told not to use capital letters in communications with students
Syracuse U: Mandatory diversity course 'didn't hit the mark'
New York and Virginia won Amazon, but low-tax states keep winning more and more jobs
Midterms: Saddest election ever?
" From my time in both the military and healthcare I can say that the biggest problem are the compliance costs."
Kirsten Powers: If you support Trump's agenda, you are racist
The GOP Agenda for the Next Two Years
Rush’s Epic Answer to a 13-Year-Old: Why Becoming an American Shouldn’t Be Easy
MEXICANS DON'T WANT ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THEIR COUNTRY, NO ONE DOES
German Think Tank: Trump Winning in Trade War with China
Their bureaucrats want an empire
At the Maggie's HQ, we obviously had to take over the parlor for Thanksgiving. Cozy, ain't it? I'll have all the fireplaces going. Instead of my usual prayer, I will read Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation this year.
Everybody brings a side or two or three, an hors d'oevre, or a dessert. I do the turkeys and stuffings, and Mrs. BD makes a few winter squash pies and the squash soup (for this crowd, served standing in mugs, not at the table). We have ages 3 to 91 this year.
This year, the youth will do all the dishes and put them away. They had darn well better...
Tuesday, November 20. 2018
They spend more, and get more. What the Prescription Drug Debate Gets Wrong. Price controls on pharmaceuticals might save Americans money in the short term—but at the potential cost of millions of lives.
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.”
In New England, Indian Pudding is as essential a part of Thanksgiving dinner as Pumpkin or Squash Pie. Great stuff, if you like the flavor of molasses. It's not just for Thanksgiving.
It's called "Indian" because it is made with corn (maize) meal - the staple food of North American Indians. It's easy to forget that they were not mainly hunter-gatherers, but farmers with 100-acre fields. Farmers, with their main amusement being killing, raping, and torturing members of neighboring tribes. A cultural thing.
Simple rustic ingredients. No sugar? You use molasses. No flour? You use corn meal. The only trick is to make sure it is neither too firm nor too runny. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Here's a bit of the history of this dessert, with a good recipe.
Due process “inappropriately favors the accused.”
That is via The Atlantic's The ACLU Declines to Defend Civil Rights - The civil-liberties organization has taken a stand against stronger due-process protections in campus tribunals that undermines its own principles.
It's not just for turkey. I have a friend who will not eat chicken without it.
This has a zippy flavor: No-cook cranberry sauce.
Image stolen from Ace
Want to enjoy a longer, happier life? Just keep on working
Your Son Isn't Lazy, He's Afraid to Fail
Why not both?
Mother Says Photos Of Her 6-Year-Old Son On Instagram Are Ignored And Will Ruin His Life
Autistic Children Pushed to Become Transgender
MICHIGAN COLLEGE CANCELS ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ BECAUSE ‘NOT ALL WOMEN HAVE VAGINAS’
Chipotle Caught Lying After Firing "Racist" Manager; Backpedals When Internet Outs Food Thief
Northeastern Workers Battle Forced Dues - Govt. healthcare employees in Penn. & Conn. allege coercive payments
Trump's tariffs working, creating factory and manufacturing jobs
If Trump Is 'Racist,' He Needs to Go Back to Racism School
Migrant caravan at US border is harboring more than 500 criminals, Homeland Security claims
Mexican Protesters Warn 'Trump Was Right,' Caravan 'Is An Invasion'
The top 40 horrors lurking in the small print of Theresa May’s Brexit deal
Monday, November 19. 2018
I've been back from my Icelandic sojourn for a few days. Needed a few to decompress. We landed at 4:45 on Thursday, but sat on the plane on the tarmac for four and a half more hours due to the storm. Then, after we were disembarked, the public transport at the airport was such a mess we didn't get to our car until midnight and didn't walk in our front door until 1am. Thankfully, I was able to work from home Friday, and the weekend was a mess just trying to pull all the pieces back together (get the dog, go to a birthday, etc.). The old saying that you need a vacation from the vacation doesn't usually apply to me, but definitely did this time.
I think the best place to start, though, would be with the Snaefellsness Peninsula. Our first day was spent up in this northeastern section, as I mentioned a week ago. This is a section of Iceland which is overlooked by guide books. The two we utilized had no more than two pages about it. I think it deserves more coverage. It's true you only need a day to see it, you can drive around it in about 4 hours if you don't stop too much. But you may want to stop, and in fact I say you should especially if you love volcanoes (dormant/extinct), lava fields, waterfalls, hiking and general wilderness. My pictures will never do any of the Icelandic regions justice, but I'll share them so you can all get a feel for the place.
The one thing I found intriguing was, at 6am as we drove north from the airport to our first destination, how incredibly dark it was. Without many inhabited districts, most of the roads are extremely dark, and the cloud cover (which prevented us from seeing the Aurora) was thick. As you drive north, with the Greenland Sea on your left, even with the darkness it doesn't take long to realize there are mountains all along on the right. Most probably aren't more than 1,500 feet high, but all are snowcapped due to how far north we are, which makes them seem positively gigantic. I was told most can be hiked in a few hours.
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