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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Monday, December 24. 2018
VDH on his past Farm Christmases in California
Another one: Toddler-Tamers
Moonbat Christmas Carols
Life Is Worth Living, Even if It Is Painful and Short - My son’s addiction caused great suffering and ended with a fatal overdose. I’ve never regretted his birth.
Researchers reported in 2016 that men who ejaculated more frequently were less likely to have prostate cancer—but the researchers didn’t know why. They now believe they have an explanation.
Markets: When Everyone Sells, Who Buys?
David Hogg is heading to Harvard despite an SAT score of 1270.
If Facebook got your private info, it's your fault for being a "dumb f***" said Zuckerberg
PewDiePie’s Battle for the Soul of the Internet
Is Lebron James more than an athlete?
NR Won’t Be Cowed by a Litigious Michael Mann
"You couldn’t create a creepier Yuletide scene if you tried" — says The Guardian about Trump and Melania's Christmas portrait.
The press and plausible lies
John Huber Missing In Action as DOJ/FBI Corruption Goes Unpunished
Don’t expect Trump to stop being Trump in 2019
Chief Justice Roberts is the new Swing Vote, or worse
NO DEAL: Trump Holds Strong on Border Wall Funding – Senate Will Reconvene After Christmas
Migrants versus culture
Levin: Here’s just how little influence ‘we the people’ have had on immigration policy
How arrest of Chinese ‘princess’ exposes regime’s world domination plot
About 2,600 Troops Prepare to Spend Christmas at Mexico Border
IDF CHIEF: SYRIA WITHDRAWAL SIGNIFICANT, BUT SHOULD NOT BE EXAGGERATED
Sullivan: Trump says No to the neocons
Sunday, December 23. 2018
Turns out that there was a chilly decade when Dickens was a kid. Climates change. It's all good but warmer is nicer mostly.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:25 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
A lot of it is about the problems with elitism. The guy gets it. I'd vote for him for anything, but I think he loves his life as it is. Like Scott Adams, he is not a political dogma guy.
Like Adams, a superb and humble gentleman. Tucker is right: Trump is most most leftist Repub elected in many decades. In fact, he was always a Dem.
'Tis the season for Scotch Tape. Who invented it?
A big thank-you to the late Richard Gurley Drew, of the 3M Company
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:59 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The Airbus CS-300 pilot teaches you quite a bit about his airplane during this flight from Riga to Paris
Interestingly, it was what was termed a "parody," that is, a recycling of his previous music which had been written for secular purposes.
If interested, here's Bach, The Master Recycler
Here are 7 minutes of it, with the Atlanta Boy's Choir and period instruments:
Saturday, December 22. 2018
I always was in love with Allison Krauss. h/t, AVI, for a good find
Some people never miss a good opportunity to STFU
Stolen from Insty
"Do not mourn me dead..." Sullivan Ballou Letter and Ashokan Farewell
Photo is our Christmas card from Uberhof Duer in Bulla, Italy. Dolomites' Val Gardena. Nice place to stay, classic hiking of course and great high skiing. Yes, the food up there is mainly German/Austrian. There is no single Italy.
New discoveries about the genetic history of corn (maize)
Prince Harry WILL join friends at Boxing Day pheasant shoot after rumours animal rights supporter wife Meghan had ´banned him´ from going
Glad to hear it
Psychological research shows that the harder we strive to be happy, the less likely we are to achieve that goal
Organic farming is 'much worse' for the climate than conventional food production, researchers say
GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out
A book from Austin Bay: Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars
#MeToo In A Star Is Born
The end of Lean In: How Sheryl Sandberg’s message of empowerment fully unraveled
Church Of England’s Transgender Baptisms Blaze Trail For 3 More Blasphemous Rites
Jerry Brown Thinks Democrats Want Too Much Spending And Regulation. Wait… What?
Yesterday DHS Secretary Nielsen announced an administrative reform of the enraging asylum scam that is aided and abetted by the Democrats
"EXPERT" ACCUSING TRUMP OF RUSSIAN SUPPORT CAUGHT FAKING RUSSIAN SUPPORT FOR GOP
‘The Walls Are Closing In’: Cable Journalists Chant Dems' New Mantra Five Times a Day
Let me suggest that Trump’s behavior is perfectly understandable if viewed in the context of his business background.
If Trump does it, it becomes wrong
Soros Spent $1.35 Million Funding Organization That is Flooding President Donald Trump With Lawsuits
Russians Funding U.S. Anti-Fracking Groups?
Bringing Troops Home From Syria and Afghanistan Also Brings Fits of Bipartisan Rage
1:46b "My soul magnifies the Lord,
1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
1:48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
1:51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
1:52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
1:55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Friday, December 21. 2018
Maggie's Farm is a Stilton cheese place. It's our favorite artery-smoother, although there are hundreds of other cheeses we love too. We also believe that great cheeses should be served after the main course - either instead of dessert or before dessert. (I agree with that article that you can and should eat the rind of cheeses - unless coated with wax or stuff.)
Somebody you know needs a Stilton Spoon. Give them a wheel of cheese to go with it - or what good is the spoon?
I see Williams Sonoma has them. They have the proper spoon, and the cheese too. Who needs bread or crackers? You could eat it right off the spoon like ice cream. (Correction - they don't seem to have them anymore.)
3 in 4 Americans Struggle With Loneliness
That is heartbreaking. Why can't these people find each other?
Studies have found that creating more opportunities for social interaction, or even improving social skills, doesn’t really help reduce loneliness. Why not?
Loneliness is a tough problem. We live in a world full of all sorts of people, but connecting beyond a superficial level takes a special and complex combination of factors, circumstances, serendipity, and opportunity. Another problem is that we aren't necessarily all that appealing to many people, but we can hope we are appealing to a few people who appeal to us. We all reach out to people who we enjoy, and sometimes it works.
As the article points out, loneliness can spiral into excess neediness, or avoidance, distrust, and isolation. That's not a happy life.
Guys need guy buddies to hang out with as much as gals need their gal buddies.
Old, but I wish my kids were this creative...
Who's yo daddy?
As Chick-fil-A surges, McDonald’s and Wendy’s are under threat
What Makes Chickens Happy? Nobody Is Quite Sure
Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy
Happiness is a momentary thing
Loony Lefty Churches Sing Rewritten Christmas Songs About ‘Climate Change’
Break Up Google For the Sake of National Security
Greenpeace Business Report
When Will It Be OK To Laugh At The Climate Campaigners?
Who Gets to Look Out to the Edge of the Universe? For years, more men than women were allowed to use the world's most powerful telescope—until the system changed.
Feminism"s dependency trap:
U.S. Cites Sovereignty as One of 5 Countries to Vote Against UN Migration Compact
Good. Still waiting for China and japan to accept immigration.
Even CNBC’s Jim Cramer Agrees! – Fed Chair Powell “Trump’s Worst Nightmare” — Who the Hell Raises Rates w/Dow Down 12% in 3 Mos.?
Wrong. Strong economy needs rate hikes. Dow doesn't matter
WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s Official Account and Legal Team All LOCKED OUT of Twitter
Influencing Foreigners Is What Intelligence Agencies Do
Is that news to the New York Times?
The Art Of The Deal: Mexico Agrees To House Asylum Applicants
Mattis Always Understood Trump’s Severe Defects - And his resignation means he knows that the president will never change.
Trump has great strengths and great flaws
Why Trump Is Right to Withdraw Troops. Withdrawal from Syria will be Trump’s first practical application of a true “America First” foreign policy. It has been long overdue.
President Xi Jinping opened the 40th Anniversary of China’s reform by warning of “unimaginable” perils that only his leadership of the Communist Party can control.
China goes full out against labor unions
Thursday, December 20. 2018
It might be the devil, it might be the Lord. Lyrics here.
The Atlantic: They Shall Not Grow Old Is a Stunning World War I Documentary - The director Peter Jackson discusses the process of restoring 100-year-old footage for his new film and capturing the humanity of soldiers with unprecedented clarity.
A short trailer for the movie:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:23 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Scott Adams says it's because it's good for their business.
It's getting closer to the time to begin Christmas shopping. Whether you like Bezos or not, Amazon Prime is your friend. A daughter says Macy's is her friend now, too (the big store in Manhattan).
Not out til March though. Looks cool.
‘Equal Pay Day’ this year was April 10 — the next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ will be on May 3, 2029
I do not like seeing pilots so high on the list. Those are not commercial pilots, though. GA pilots.
This year in museums - On movements within, and reactions against, art museums in 2018.
The secret of Apple's success in selling premium tech as an affordable luxury
Democrats Promise “Dawn Of New Era” On ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Appeals court rules colleges must censor and block online services if they offend someone
Everything offends somebody, but grievance-collectors are the worst
5 most outrageous professor statements of 2018
University offers students contradictory instructions on sexual consent: “One should never assume by the way a person…acts, that they [want] to have sex with you.”
What? It's pretty obvious when men want sex (most of the time).
Lefties more so than conservatives
Get Ready for the Coming War Against Merit
I am not convinced that the SAT is a measure of merit. It's really just an IQ test. Achievements tests are better merit measures but lots of schools do not have AP courses. Grades are not very reliable measures these days. If I ran a school, I'd use an IQ test, a Curiosity test, a Talent test, and an Energy test. No straight-A drones please.
CNN's "Journalist Of The Year" Committed Journalistic Fraud "On A Grand Scale" At Der Spiegel
US Government Announces $10.6 Billion in Aid to Mexico and Central America — But ZERO DOLLARS for Border Wall
Mexico is not a poor nation. Lots of oil This payment is a deal to make them stop the caravans, probably.
Trump Wanted Out of Syria. It’s Finally Happening. The announcement is in stark contrast to recent remarks by senior U.S. officials on the presence of troops.
I'm with Trump on this. Not my problem, not essential to US security.
Trump’s Syrian Retreat: A Disaster in the Making
Maybe their disaster, but not mine. Disasters are normal all over the world, due to human nature.
Looking for China’s spies
Of course they have tons of them. No surprise.
Russia Russia Russia. They elected Trump?
Some feckless Russians spent $4000 in Facebooks ads about masturbation. How much did Hillary spend on her Russian info?