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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Monday, September 30. 2019
Australia Shows No Warming Since 1876
‘Humorists Have Been Scared Out of the Business’
On Shooting a Wild Hog: An Uneasy Hunter Brings Home the Bacon
College Republicans in Connecticut Raise Alarm on Campus Harassment Over Political Views
Leading senator asks colleges to explain why they ‘kowtow’ to easily offended students
America’s New Sex Bureaucracy - Meme Wars: How campus Title IX courts’ guilty-until-proven-innocent subversion of due process is a harbinger of a dangerous wider shift in liberalism
Understanding the climate movement: the impotence of science.
Elizabeth Warren: Amnesty for All Illegal Aliens Is ‘Good’ for American Workers
‘Well, Son of a Bitch’ : Ukraine Scandal Is About Biden
The war on Trump began before he was elected
Andrew Cuomo Says ‘Leftist’ Dems Pressured Pelosi On Impeachment, Warns It Will Go ‘Nowhere’
Carl Bernstein Warns Deep State Allies: Bill Barr is on to us…
Goodwin: Donald Trump now has to battle CIA spies in Dems’ war against him
Brennan Calls on Unlimited Number of Deep State Spies to Use New, Secretly Altered Whistleblower Complaint Form to ‘Report Trump’
Why I Think Trump Did Nothing Wrong in His Phone Call with Zelensky
Powerline: THE DEMOCRATS AREN’T WRONG ABOUT IMPEACHMENT
Dem Drive To Impeach Trump Over Ukraine Call Is Hysterical, Hyperbolic, And Hypocritical
Migrants Start Fire On Greek Island Of Lesbos, Killing At Least One
Italy: Salvini Out, Migrants In
Sunday, September 29. 2019
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset tonight, beginning the ten days of Awe or Repentence that brings us to Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement and Judgment. Although every day we are to examine our actions and thoughts, making up and apologizing for our transgressions toward others and beginning to live a better good life, these ten days are especially intense introspection and self-correction.
Some Yale students are sick with ‘protester derangement syndrome’
If only for convenience, it's always a good idea to put some boards or a tarp to cover your winter's firewood.
Some claim it's important to put some tarp under the pile of firewood because unless you live where the soil is rock-frozen from Sept. to May, dampness rises up. That seems to make some sense, but the trouble is that the tarp underneath will hold water.
My best solution from experimenting with multiple cords each year is to elevate the piles with anything - logs, pallets, rocks, etc so there is airflow, and only to cover the top of the piles, not the sides. That blocks airflow.
In my view, a home without a fire is just a house in wintertime. Just clean the flue every cord or two.
What do our readers do?
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16:19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
16:20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
16:21 who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.
16:22 The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
16:23 In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.
16:24 He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.'
16:25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.
16:26 Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.'
16:27 He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house--
16:28 for I have five brothers--that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.'
16:29 Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.'
16:30 He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
16:31 He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Saturday, September 28. 2019
Everything the Press Gets Wrong about the Ukraine Call
It is not a mistake.
It's the only thing left untaxed. Look at this.
My favorite car bumper stickers from the past:
- When all else fails, lower your standards
- The one who dies with the most toys, wins
- Please hit me. I need the money.
Your favorites, over the years?
Trump impeachment saga is pointless reboot of 1999 Bill Clinton effort
Bill Maher Dishes on Biden Crime Family, “If Don Jr. Did What Hunter Biden Did, “It Would be All Rachel Maddow Was Talking About”
Getting Real About Gender Dysphoria - Sifting through the truth and lies of “transgenderism.”
Anti-Defamation League Says ‘OK’ Hand Signal Is A Racist Symbol
That's not from The Onion, but should be
California Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In… More Retail Theft
Who wants to leave California? Young voters can’t afford housing, and conservatives feel alienated
MacDonald: A Platform of Urban Decline - Democratic presidential candidates believe America is racist, yet they ignore the evidence on crime and ensure that racial disparities persist.
No Amount Of Journalistic Malpractice Embarrasses The New York Times
Is She Running Again? Hillary Clinton Has a Full Slate of Media Appearances Next Week
Wherever Joe Biden went, son Hunter cashed in
Today’s Deep Question From Politico: Is Impeachment “Just Another Day In F***Nutsville,” Or What?
Deep state blues. Who wrote that "whistleblower" paper?
WAS THE “WHISTLEBLOWER” PART OF A PLAN?
Guilty of what?
Quid Pro Quo and Cover-Up Allegations Against Trump are Falling Apart
The Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint looks just like ‘Steele Dossier 2.0’
Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement Of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge - Federal records show that the intelligence community secretly revised the formal whistleblower complaint form in August 2019 to eliminate the requirement of direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing
Sneaky SOBs, spying on their own government. Drain the swamp
Dems' impeachment frenzy is the prelude to the coming time bombs about to explode in their faces
46% of Immigrant Muslims in France Want Sharia Law
It's about multicultural tolerance
How Palestinian Israelis Humiliated The BDS Movement
Friday, September 27. 2019
They are passing through, because I never see them here during summertime. I don't know why not. This morning I saw (and mostly heard) them around my gym's illuminated parking lot. That's a typical place for them.
Over the years, I have seen them around illuminated stadiums and in small towns.
You read all about them here.
Seen any lately?
"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
Mass transit and govt subsidies: How New Starts Harms Transit Riders
When Being Gay Is ‘Not a Big Deal’ - Richie Jackson and Andrew Sullivan disagree about how central being gay should be to one’s identity.
" My fear of climate change is eating away at my sanity."
I suspect that the letter was a spoof
Australian PM Blasts Those Who Exploit Children’s Anxiety On Climate Change
Man Sure Is Glad He Switched From E-Cigs To Regular, Healthier Cigarettes
Why Is the CDC Still Fostering Potentially Deadly Confusion About Vaping and Lung Disease?
A Clean Kill of the Carbon Dioxide-Driven Climate Change Hypothesis?
Immigrant Population Growth In The U.S. Slows To A Trickle
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ADAM SCHIFF’S “PARODY”
Hillary Clinton: Trump Is An “Illegitimate President”
A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE WAS ALWAYS DESTINED TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP
Liberal Media Lies and OMITS 500+ WORDS from Transcript to Claim Trump Asked Zelensky to Investigate Biden — COMPLETELY FALSE!
NYTimes 'Outs' Ukraine-Call "Whistleblower" As CIA Officer
The Transcript Is Damning — To Biden, Not Trump
These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden's Ukraine story
Pentagon Review, Not Trump, Delayed Ukraine Aid
Facts don't matter
At Hot Air:
Communism Success Story: China Invents Camera That Can Pinpoint Person In Crowd Of Thousands…
Why India Is The United States’ Best Bet For Balancing China
Thursday, September 26. 2019
Bell curve chart is from No One Is Born in ‘The Wrong Body’
Democrats Want To Impeach A Republican President? What Else Is New? Maybe the Clinton impeachment fiasco hangs over the Dems. The Repubs too, I think.
Scott Adams explains the genius of both Trump and Zelinsky in the transcript and in their meeting this week.
If I can pick my gender, why can't I pick my age?
After all, what surgeons can do these days to alter appearance is remarkable, if you have the dough. They can give you a new coronary artery, or even build a vagina for a guy, for heaven's sake.
This age issue occurred to me because a reader asked my age. Half-seriously, I think. So I considered whether the answer should be literal or not. Intellectual/wisdom age, physical-condition age, spiritual age, social/maturity age, tooth age, sexual functioning age, whatever.
A couple of costly bridges have restored my tooth age to 20. According to my cardiologist (who I only need for my annual stress test that my trainer requires), my cardio fitness/function is age 30 (after 4 years of daily workouts). I have more physical energy than I did at 45. My weight is about 10 lbs more than when I was 30, but it's mostly from weight-lifting in the past 4 years. My physique is youthful enough, but my face not so much... I joke that Mrs. BD should put a bag over my head but $5,000 could fix that too. My social maturity age ranges widely but I get along with most good people pretty well, and my intellectual/wisdom age can be judged by others. Definitely should be better.
And, consider this: I drive a zippy, growling Italian sports car that few 30 year-olds could afford. Lots of my pals decide it's time for toy cars as a reward. I think I'll pick my age as 45, averaging out all of the components. Having written that, watch me stroke out tomorrow.
How about you readers? What ages are you, really? The average age of your various components?
Re the coffee: There are only two kinds of climate here: Hot Coffee and Iced Coffee. The climate experts just don't get it. It's all good.
Universal ethical truths are at the core of Jewish High Holy Days
The Desperate Plight Behind “Darkness at Noon” - Arthur Koestler’s novel of the Moscow Trials laid bare the gulf between Communist ideals and the reality they produced.
New science shows gluten-free trend is expensive BS
It's a fad. Nutritional fads come and go. That's a result of affluence and choices.
Some bracing advice to parents of teens
Ban pointy knives
MINI AOC IS BACK! Greta and Climate Change
Local Man Uses Viral Fame To Raise $1 Million for Charity, Journalist Digs Up Offensive Tweets He Made at Age 16 - Carson King is the latest victim of a cancel culture that's out of control
9 Revelations In The Atlantic’s Essay About NYC’s Kafkaesque Schools - George Packer’s extremely long Atlantic essay contains gems of leftist cognitive dissonance, some funny, some enraging, and some heartbreaking. Here’s a list...
If the world’s ending in 12 years, why even go to college?
Has Harvard Lost Its Taste for Western Civilization?
Stanford University Drops Mandatory Diversity Program After Complaints of Personal Intrusion
Campus Hook-Up Culture and Title IX Sex Police Meet Due Process
Bernie Sanders Proposes “National Wealth Registry” In Latest Tax The Rich Proposal…
Planning a federal tax on assets
Biden Campaign Calls Trump Ad Racist and Sexist for Showing Democrats Obsessed With Impeachment
Trump turns tables on Biden amid impeachment push, claims Dems threatened Ukraine
House Republicans blast Dems' impeachment inquiry in fiery press conference
South Korea: The Country That Has Oversold Higher Education Even More Than the U.S.
By The Way, Trump Administration Just Scored Another Safe-Third-Country Agreement In Central America Today
Wednesday, September 25. 2019
Dead at 78. As I said recently, never a Deadhead but spent a lot of time with them on the Sirius Dead channel in my new car due to not reading the instructions. Maybe Garcia was "Captain Trips" but the music did not seem like that. Hunter was an American folklorist, as is Dylan and as was The Band.
Here are two versions of Ripple, one by the Dead and one by Hunter alone.
Squats are one of the basic powerlifts (+ deadlifts, bench press, dumbell or barbell or cable rows, overhead press, and pullups/pull downs). All are designed and used to build or maintain physical sturdiness and energy. They are the core of the strength component of a fitness program for men and women of all ages.
For me, squats are the most unpleasant strength exercise. Years ago, as a beginner, I started out with body-weight squats, advanced to goblet squats and then to barbell back squatting. I hate it because it gets so damn hard to go heavy, but also because it feels scarey to get low with all that weight on your back. You just can't feel confident that you can get back up. Improvement is slow.
If you have short legs, it feels less treacherous but I do not have those.
Three tips: Wider stance, keep knees out, deep breath before you go down and hold it until you thrust up.
Here's some good advice: THE MYSTERY OF SQUAT FORM: HOW LOW SHOULD YOU GO, REALLY?
In the Youtube clip below, some Boston guy advocates "ass to grass." I do that with goblet squats (a regular component of my calisthenics classes), but never with good weight on a barbell. I just aim to get my butt below my knees. Not so young anymore but, dammit, I do want to get low with the weight because a squat ought to be more than getting up from a chair.
- It’s amazing that after more than two years of Russia, we could well be on the road to impeachment after less than a week of Ukraine.
- Lindsey Graham: Democrats Have Lost Their Minds
How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and Sick
Those Killer Robots Can Do Gymnastics Now
The Sixth Circuit Pounds Another Nail in the Coffin of the University Speech Code
" Do the leftists behind the anti-American indoctrination program of the past decades, of which the 1619 Project is a lagging indicator, think America is worth defending? I doubt it."
If You Can’t Sell Your Hysteria to Adults, Try Kids
Highlights From President Trump’s U.N. Address
HAMMER: Stop Calling Everything An Impeachable Offense
Impeach Trump for his haircut
Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Should Be Impeached Amid Biden/Ukraine Controversy: 'We Are in a Crisis'
Why the Democrats Have Gone Insane
"There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have. The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear." "They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!"
Biden: In Prison, Your Gender Should Be What You Say It Is, Not What The Prison Says It Is
Tuesday, September 24. 2019
Here's my favorite way to use our own tomatoes for breakfast: Put one (large) or a couple of thick slices of tomato on some thin white bread. Then slices of cheddar to cover the tomatoes. Put under a hot broiler til the cheese melts a bit and the exposed bread browns. Not necessary, but a small sprinkle of oregano on top if you must.
Perfect breakfast - simple pizza. A shame that the Romans never knew tomatoes.
Every single assertion of this paragraph isn't just wrong, but the opposite of right. In each sentence, Trump is being blamed for things his political opponents have done.
Not The Band's best tune. Too many of their bests to list. They were not rock, just American music. Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
Robbie, in my opinion, has perfect taste with lead guitar. No showboating, just the right touches.
If you're younger than me, give the "record" a listen. Then thank me. About The Weight
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