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, April 21. 2019
"Be not affrighted. Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him." Mark 16:6
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
The wonderful tune which brings back every Easter in one's life, and a few tears, too. Composer? Unknown. Words by Charles Wesley, 1739. The verses were written for the opening of the Wesleyan Chapel in London, in an old foundry. Hence the term Foundry Collection of hymns.
The rest of Wesley's verses of the song are on the continuation page, below.
Continue reading "Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Happy Easter"
Saturday, April 20. 2019
From Charles Murray, who was assaulted at Middlebury
Alan Dershowitz: Who won, who lost in Mueller report
Included in this section are Vikings, Celts, Christian history, how the cross became a Christian symbol around the year 1000, the Moslem invasions of Europe, Charlemagne, and art. Years ago, we traveled to Skellig Michael partly inspired by Clark.
A commenter says "I shudder to imagine what a 2017 remake of a series about Western Civilisation would be like."
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Two years of investigating to the molecular level, and no malfeasance found. So who is delusional?
Scott Adams (not a Trumpster) discusses in a humorous way.
The Threat to Notre Dame - Monday’s fire was bad enough; the restoration could be worse.
Places with too many elephants and too many lions
By dissing Nuclear Power, the left has made themselves vulnerable on climate change
NPR Admits Plastic Bag Bans Pointless, Paper & Cloth Totes Worse For Environment
In Wisconsin, School Choice Has Unexpected Benefits
Bernie to Americans: Pull Yourself up by Your Bootstraps!
President Trump should thank the attorney general he forced out
Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon
Byron York: Mueller, Trump, & "Two Years Of Bullshit"
Top 5 Media Meltdowns Over Mueller Report - “These people are beyond parody.”
HOW’S THE COVER-UP GOING?
Obstruction Is The New Collusion
Morning Joe sure hates Trump
Mueller's report looks bad for Obama
The Special Counsel’s Constitutional Analysis
Chinese State Media Reveals Mysterious Hypersonic Aircraft
Friday, April 19. 2019
Relevant lyrics here. Lousy sound quality, but this was a practice tape with The Band.
Nothing was delivered
The Bible directs us to observe Passover and to remember that G-d delivered us from slavery to the freedoms of body, faith and observance. Passover begins tonight with the ceremonial Seder of symbolic foods, narration of the Exodus story, and prayers and songs. Oh, don't forget the feast!
Some may ask why has this biblical holiday survived intact for thousands of years? In large part, as many of our daily prayers say, to remember who we are and from whence we came, and to thank G-d for those and all our existence. And, it is a "big tent" holiday, which keeps Passover relevant to the present, both in welcoming the stranger into our tent and in welcoming Passover's many other meanings that are derived from Passover.
One of those meanings is the freedom from the slavery to our egos.
Another meaning is the central importance of gratitude in guiding our lives. The fun song Dayeinu during the Seder means "It would have been enough." Gratitude is expressed for every facet of G-d's miraculous deliverance: for example, "Had G-d but split the sea, and not passed us through it on dry land -- it would have been enough." An attitude of gratitude in all facets of our lives enriches ourselves and those around us. Giving thanks even for the partial and incomplete, even for the disappointing parts of living, is crucial for living in peace and happiness in an uncertain world and sharing that blessing with others. The Matzoh, unleavened and tasteless cracker (unless flavored or topped with a good spread), that we eat instead of breads, is a reminder to be grateful for even that in our rush to exit Egypt and to share that feeling thousands of years later.
Exodus 13:8 says that we are to teach our children "It's because of this that G-d did for me when I went out from Egypt". In every generation we are obligated to see ourself as one who personally went out from Egypt, and freed of limitations and full of gratitude.
Here's another allied take, "Passover's Three Steps To Personal Freedom":
Gallup: Number Of Americans Who Are Members Of A Church Is In Steep Decline, At 80-Year Low
Mapping The World's Busiest Air Routes
Some surprises there
After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking
A historic Depression-era mural has been removed from a Chicago school because it featured a painting of white children.
Metformin fights heart disease
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire…brilliantly
He refers to pygmies standing on the shoulders of giants
Urban Renewal as Racial Emergency
The Case for Busing Border Detainees to Burlington, Vermont
Migrant camps overflow as Mexico cracks down after Trump threats
Robert Francis O'Rourke Hates America (But Wants to Be President Anyway)
Mainstream media doubles down on Trump conspiracies
Australia “Ready To Confirm” Key Meeting That Led To Russiagate Probe
Trump Campaign: Time To Go After 'Liars' Who Started Witch Hunt
Schumer, Pelosi Demand Robert Mueller Testify Before Congress
WaPo: Mueller may be done, but Barr is just getting started
CNN Melts Down Over Barr Press Conference – Calls Barr’s Presser “An Extraordinary Political Commercial For the President”
Israel and the Illiberal Liberals
Thursday, April 18. 2019
Stuff does not appear by magic, even if Amazon makes it feel that way.
Many freighters do take a small number of passengers. This guy took one from Germany of Charleston (a great town to visit - one of the best). People tell me everybody ought to try one freighter trip. Get a lot of books read, but BYOB. And a date, I think.
Of course there was no Trump Russia collusion. It was a Clinton/Obama hoax to damage Trump, and it has done so with years of smears. Truly disgusting, even by low American political standards. All collusion with Russia was done by the Clinton team. (This was not investigated, of course.)
So, given no wrongdoing, they have moved on to obstruction. It's a fact that obstruction is wrongdoing, even when there is no underlying wrongdoing.
Problem is, Trump behaved like any angry and innocent victim of a nasty persecution. Donald "You're fired!" Trump fired off at all of this, frequently, and publicly, because he foresaw an endless assault on his presidency by political enemies.
Dems will try to keep this active for the next five years. It's not good for the country, but that's not the point. It's all they have.
One unfortunate effect of all of this bs is that it has made it difficult for the US to work with the Russians, a third-world country but oil rich with nuclear weapons. Trump has been too harsh with them because they are not enemies, just sneaky sleazes.
I think Mueller exhaustion has set in, except for NPR and MSNBC.
A major study from 160 worksites (28,000 employees) was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this month.
The results demonstrated no measurable effects on health, fitness, medical care expenditures, or employment after 18 months.
Can we admit that American higher ed is mostly run by pussies (mostly male) without principles? Not setting a good example.
Outside of college campi, the victim role doesn't garner much respect in life, does it? Blame, and a sense of victimhood even if justified, reduce a person's dignity.
As we approach the end of Lent, there are still a few hours left for fearless self-scrutiny. Blame and victimhood are, in the end, all about bad sorts of pride. So it seems to me.
Popularly known as Easter. The word Easter comes from the Teutonic goddess of spring, Eustre.
Bon Appetit: Our Ultimate Guide to Easter Food
Easter menus from New York’s restaurant past. Hot Dogs for Easter?
The BD family will also be celebrating another almost- arising from death on Sunday. My father in law recovered from his quadruple bypass after a near-fatal heart failure, returning back home from San Diego on Saturday and we'll all provide an Easter feast for them down in NJ after their Mass - if they can get to Mass. They never miss Mass. At worse, a priest visits but they do not need that yet. Guy emails me that he feels great.
Along the way, he learned that one or two drinks per day can help prevent future heart problems. Will not need to twist this Irishman's arm about that wholesome remedy. It seems mild to moderate alcohol enjoyment prevents heart disease. Diet, otherwise, does not seem to matter at all so no fruits and greens and nuts for this Irish meat and potatoes mensch.
“Lindsey Vonn, The Winningest Female Ski Racer in History, Wearing Body Paint”
Aerial photos show scale of Notre Dame damage
Fortunately, There Are Incredible 3D Scans of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Will Endure
As a monument. Not so much as a church, in modern France
Students demand controversial prof be replaced by ‘queer person of color’
I would demand a queer disabled person of color
Men oppressed by women: A fantasy for the sexes
WOMAN WHO ASSAULTED KELLYANNE CONWAY SKATES
Williamson: I would like you to entertain, for a moment, an idea that might sound a little eccentric, or maybe as plain and obvious as a thing can be. It is this: The division of labor is the meaning of life.
Finally: Amid Border Crisis, Lindsey Graham Will Introduce Legislation To Tighten Asylum Laws
Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators
"The Last Supper" is thought to have been a Passover seder. That supper was the source of Communion: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again."
In our church, we remember this event with a group Passover supper on Maundy (Middle English, "holy") Thursday, eaten in silence. No wine, though, as a consideration to the abstinent.
Below, Bassano's Last Supper (1542), depicting the reaction to Jesus' prediction that one of them would betray him.
Wednesday, April 17. 2019
It depends on what one means by "equality," doesn't it?
Equality under law is the most important form of equality, and is remarkably standard now in Western nations. Equality of opportunity is important too. Equality of personal attributes, along with wealth and power, are another matter.
de Toqueville thought a lot about the topic. WILL TOCQUEVILLE’S DILEMMA CRASH AMERICA? Is equality a danger to freedom in a democratic United States?
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