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, March 27. 2019
He calls for a special counsel re FISA and Clinton-Russian collusion. The scrutiny of the other side is coming. A good American with good advice for Trump.
San Antonio and Chick Fil A
Want to Fight BDS on Campus? Don’t Count on University Presidents
Higher ed groups’ response to executive order: Deny, minimize campus speech problems
Empire actor Jussie Smollett insists he has been truthful about his 'race hate attack' from the start
Police Union Rep Says Prosecutor Threw Cops 'Under the Bus' on Smollett Case, Following Obama's Example
V.P. PENCE: ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE RISE IN HALLS OF CONGRESS
"I’m so old, I can remember when late night talk show hosts still made jokes about their fellow Democrats."
" All Americans should understand that the Democratic party and its public-relations arms in the mainstream media never had any intention of granting the legitimacy of a Trump victory, should it occur..."
WSJ: The Mueller Conclusions - All Americans should be pleased with the end of the collusion illusion.
How Millions Were Duped By Russiagate: The "Illusory Truth" Effect
Manhattan Contrarian: The Mueller Report: A Few Reasonable Inferences
As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges
The EU’s digital self-sabotage
Gambia: The Fall of a Third-Rate Stalin
Tuesday, March 26. 2019
Fake image via Powerline
Instapundit has this meme: "If you consider reporters as Democrat operatives with bylines, a lot of things make sense."
Has it become a new normal that "journalists" have come to view themselves as advocates rather than as reporters? In some ways, Trump has removed the veil. I recall how the press protected Obama and Hillary from all of their errors and misdoings, while anything Trump does is wrong.
Maybe you can say that "journalists" see their role as "to make the world better" - by shaping opinion to fit their own. That is fake news, not reporting. Historically, we view it as propaganda.
The arrogance is mind-boggling. My suspicion is that journalists suffer from inferiority feelings because their role is essentially to be observers of things rather than actors, but if you can see yourself on a noble mission to fix the world in your own image, you can feel heroic instead of passive. You not only have the power to frame reality - you have the power to shape it. Bringing down a President would be a great coup.
Trump's public life will never be free of a Russia taint regardless of reality.
Journalism Dies In Self-Importance
An answer, from The Week:
Glenn Greenwald re MSNBC:
This robot can make sushi in seconds
Will Apple Unveil Its 'Netflix Killer' On Monday? Here's What To Expect
SPLC Implodes: President And Legal Director Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal
Students Convinced Planet Faces Doom
McConnell Schedules Vote On Green New Deal, Which Makes GND Supporters Upset
MSNBC Brainless Hack Joy Reid Thinks Trump’s Criticism of Media Is a ‘Violation of First Amendment’
Brennan: Hey, I May Have Been Wrong About Russia Collusion After All
The Trump-Russia conspiracy was one of the worst shaggy dog stories in American history
MUELLER REPORT “OPENS MEDIA OUTLETS TO MOCKERY”
It's Only Monday and Trump Haters Are Already Having a Horrible Week
We Should All Be Celebrating The Collapse Of Hillary’s Big Lie
"The Narrative Is Dead! Long Live The Narrative!"
These Democrats Won’t Accept Mueller Report, or Apologize for Spreading Lies for Two Years
The media took it as a sign of guilt when Trump acted like an innocent man
Bill Maher: I Know Trump’s A Traitor, “I Have A TV”
Apologies to President Trump
Just as Google, FaceBook, and Twitter Banned Conspiracy Theorists Like Alex Jones, It's Now Time To Demand They Also Ban the Russia Collusion Conspiracy Theorists
Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole - The Mueller Report won’t soothe a paranoid frenzy to undo the 2016 election.
Brexit and the End of May?
Christianity Not A Religion Of Peace Say UK Bureaucrats
Venezuela and the Half-Truths of Noam Chomsky
Thousands of Muslim Women Raped, Tortured, Killed in Syrian Prisons. Where are the Media, UN, 'Human Rights' Groups?
Monday, March 25. 2019
Image via American Digest
It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD. The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it
Episode 465 Scott Adams: All the Hoaxes are Being Revealed at the Same Time
Amusing and clever from our favorite stoner
THE MEDIA’S RUSSIA ‘BOMBSHELLS’ LOOK EVEN WORSE NOW THAT MUELLER FOUND NO COLLUSION
Mueller report: Collusion by the news media, not Donald Trump, but don't expect apologies
How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again
Bozell on Can CNN be taken seriously again?
And of course Politico is suspicious: William Barr Has Some Explaining to Do
Mueller and Barr are Russian agents
But here's the funniest part: Sh*t just got REAL: Sen. Lindsey Graham’s presser on Mueller report should TERRIFY Democrats and the Deep State
Christian as Identity
Henry Tseng, who exercised every day at age 111, dies
What was the Rosenstrasse protest?
Children Make Perfect Propaganda Props
Hundreds of cities, counties and Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family over opioid crisis
Titiana Graves and The Woke's On You
The Guardian is pissed
The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center
TRUMP’S FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS ORDER, STANLEY KURTZ’S TAKE
5 things to know for March 25: Russia probe, Mali, cyclone, Parkland, stricken cruise ship
Google Influenced Midterm Elections, May Have Cost Republicans Seats: Study
Dems planning another apocalypse primary (video)
Steyn: Deep-State Dumpster Fire
Todd Laments Trump Never Dragged Before a Grand Jury, Frets He’ll ‘Banana Republic Us’
Not Only Did Trump NOT Collude – The Trump Campaign ACTIVELY REBUFFED Repeated Russian Attempts To Interfere!
After James Comey Posts Bizarre, Post-Mueller Photo, Lindsay Graham OWNS Him on Twitter
Dems: There are many other areas of Trump wrongdoing to investigate - Nadler: Congress Has To Look At A “Broader Picture” Than Just Crimes In Deciding Whether To Impeach
We should all be celebrating the collapse of Hillary’s big lie
The Five Dumbest Things In The New York Times Coverage Of The Issuance Of The Mueller Report
The rule is: When something good for Trump happens, find the nearest bad thing and make that the focus of the news report.
Scott heard on CNN: Is Mueller a Putin puppet?
The vast attempt to undo the 2016 election has failed. History moves on. The NeverTrumpers cannot
"Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences 'disappointed,' as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news."
Of course it is good news, but hardly surprising
New Zealand: A Nation of Sheep
France Is The Socialist Future We Should Dread
MP who quit UK Labour over anti-Semitism warns AIPAC ‘things can change quickly’
Sunday, March 24. 2019
Yesterday morning I did a free-wheeling workout day. I just felt like it. (And this morning, just an hour of "cardio" - stair machine, HIIT on treadmill, and elliptical because I do heavy tomorrow morning.)
Yesterday morning I had no time constraints for my free-wheeling: 10 min ellip warm-up (needed warm-up), then a 3X rotation of 20-pushups, 10 (assisted) pullups, 30 kettlebell lunges, rower 60-sec sprints; then a 4X rotation of 100 mixed jump rope, heavy ball squat- and- wall throws, and kettlebell swings; then a 4X rotation of kettlebell Farmer Walks, Roman Chair leg raises, overhand curls, and 60-second planks.
Once in a while it feels good to throw away your game plan and just have random fun with all the toys in the gym. You know - masochistic fun. It feels good at the end.
If you are fatter than you want to be for appearance, functionality, energy, joint health, or fitness, you can fix it. However, it can be as challenging as quitting smoking or quitting excess booze. Deprivation of greedy impulses takes character strength, the building of which is good and a wholesome exercise in itself.
Exercise is great for vigor, strength, and general fitness for life, but it is no good for fat loss unless you are hiking the Appalachian trail 7 hrs/day for a month or two.
If serious about it, you should aim to lose 2 lbs/week. More than that is unrealistic and too painful. Here's the easy way: Eat less food and drink water instead of other stuff. Set a limit to beer and cocktails. Less food? Cut your normal food portions in half. Quit almost all carbs. If you exercise hard especially with weights, try 4 small meals/day with 20 gm of protein in each and vegetable carbs. Remember, excess protein, like excess carbs, go to fat. Volume control!
Remember: If even 5# overweight, your hunger is mainly false hunger. You have plenty of fuel on board to keep you going for days or weeks. Some people, months.
When you arrive at your target, you should be able to figure out a good maintenance plan. It's not rocket science.
A book recommendation from Gwynnie: Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship
Nadler: This is just the beginning
The universal angle seems to be that now's the time when the real investigations can begin.
55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
55:4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
55:5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
55:7 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Saturday, March 23. 2019
Democrat Freak-Out: Reaction To Mueller Report Brings Tears And Jeers
We don't need to read the Mueller report. We know Trump is a Russian spy.
St. Patrick's Day is a traditional time to plant peas around here. Sometimes you have to scrape snow off the garden. Sometimes the seeds never germinate. Still, tradition. I'll try to do it today if 1/2 inch of soil is soft.
I don't grow them for the peas. I grow them for the early sweet and crunchy pea-pods. We just eat them raw usually, while checking out the garden.
Northern Lights this weekend as far south as NYC
Because Olde Mr. Sun got grumpy
There's a Concerning Trend of Pet Owners Wanting to Turn Their Carnivore Animals Vegan
Grammar quiz from the 1980s is so difficult most people only answer HALF the questions correctly... so do YOU think you can do better?
Our readers sure can
The Mismeasurements of Stephen Jay Gould
He was a good writer. Sorry to learn that he was working a political agenda
Black Professor Picks Feminism, Loses at Life
But she has tenure and an easy job
New York Times CEO warns publishers ahead of Apple news launch
A brief video you don't want to see
The Southern Poverty Law Center exposed as a ‘scam’
My American Dream is not a universal basic income. It's a job.
Dershowitz: Comey and Others Committed Fraud on FISA Court – Should Be Held in Contempt
Mueller Submits His Report To Bill Barr, Ending Russiagate Probe; Update: No More Indictments Or Sealed Indictments
Scott Adams: They went elephant hunting and shot a few squirrels
Including why McCain was a malevolent jerk
Border Patrol: US Facing 'Unprecedented' Immigration Crisis at Border
Even if you dislike the guy personally, ya gotta admit it. World peace increasing, and everybody who wants a job has one.
Trump Signs Executive Order To Promote Free Speech On College Campuses, Deal With Student Debt
"As a man charged with publicly explaining Donald Trump’s often meandering and colloquial vernacular in highly adversarial TV settings..."
Seriously? New Zealand Women Wear Hijabs in ‘Solidarity’ With Muslims Following Mosque Shooting
I call it out as cultural appropriation
New Zealand Prime Minister: Gun Confiscation ‘Just The Beginning’ Of Things To Come
Let no incident go to waste - ie, to grab government power
Friday, March 22. 2019