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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Thursday, September 19. 2019
Osearch tracks tagged sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins worldwide.
Ilya Shapiro at Commentary: Read it all for essential background.
The third branch of government has become the source of our greatest political contention because it isn’t doing its job
What do you confess to the plants in your life?
To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work - A manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.
Amish man and teen drinking in horse and buggy run after police pull them over - The buggy had a stereo system on its roof and police found "multiple open containers of alcohol."
Newly passed California resolution blames ‘religious groups’ for LGBT suicides
Writer Freaks Out Over People Eating Delicious Chick-fil-A: 'They’re Eating Fried Chicken SPITEFULLY!'
Social Justice Culture is Now Infiltrating the Study of Medicine
UK Mom blames healthcare system after her son went blind from diet comprised of french fries and Pringles
Save the Robots - Bill de Blasio reveals his scrambled vision of innovation and labor.
How We Know California's New Rent Control Law Will Make Its Housing Shortage Worse
Compilation of Failed Ecopredictions
Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions
George Packer Gets Mugged by Reality
When the Culture War Comes for the Kids - Caught between a brutal meritocracy and a radical new progressivism, a parent tries to do right by his children while navigating New York City’s schools.
Is Everyone Who Opposes a New School Zoning Plan in Brooklyn Racist?
Do You Know What the Democrats Said at Their Debate?
Democrats’ Red Flag Laws Meant to Take Weapons from Rural Gun Owners – But Not Gang Members Who Commit 80% of Gun Homicides
It's All About Disarming White America
Sandy Hook Promise Ad Hypes the Danger of School Shootings, Fostering Irrational Fears and Bad Policies - Official responses to these extremely rare crimes are grossly disproportionate in light of the risk they actually pose.
Daily Life in the New York Times Pigpen - This is where the New York Times has ended up, as a producer and consumer of swill and slop.
The Architect of the Latest Kavanaugh Smear Just Gave a Self-Damning Radio Interview
NYT Reporter Who Wrote Flawed Kavanaugh Story Now Blames Fox For Noting Her Mistakes
To Understand The Kavanaugh Kraziness, Look At The Courts' Role In Approving Or Blocking Major Policy Initiatives
DONALD TRUMP'S APPROVAL RATING SURPASSES OBAMA'S
Why Is Iran Our Enemy? It’s a repressive theocracy, but Tehran is no threat to the United States and is a staunch opponent of jihadi groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Wednesday, September 18. 2019
Ben Stein: America the Beautiful
Training Actors for War Games
Elizabeth Warren Says Men Have A Right To Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
How Oregon Built A Transgender Medical-Industrial Complex On Junk Science
John Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘Gender Confusions Are Mostly Driven by Psychological and Psychosocial Problems’
‘SOLD OUT’: Arizona Gun Store Offers ‘Beto Specials’ on AR15s and AK47s
Fmr NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls out college campus 'intolerance' in blistering op-ed
Feminist Author Taught NYU Students To Start A Revolution, They Rebelled Against Her Class
Warren and Harris Demand Impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh Over Freshman Allegation Denied by "Victim"
MSNBC, CNN rip House Dems over 'failure' Lewandowski hearing: 'They don't know what they're doing'
Tuesday, September 17. 2019
A resume is not an obit.
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A US Social Security card is specifically not to be used for identification. All it means is that you are enrolled in a forced government retirement program. They are easily and frequently faked. So I am confused.
Does anyone have one anymore? Of course, I have a number. But a card? That little piece of paper? That little piece of paper that you are not allowed to laminate? Are you kidding me? I always thought that thing was just to inform me about my gummint number. Why didn't they tattoo it on my forearm, or implant me with an ID chip?
Guess what? You need the card to get your REAL ID driver's license. And in 2020, everybody who is legit will need a REAL ID license. Only illegals will have trouble getting that.
To get your card, go to the Social Security website, fill out the form, and print it out. Then you have to go in person to a local SS office with other ID info and they will eventually mail you a replacement card.
Then, with your brand new SS card, you can go to your DMV, wait in line, and get your REAL ID license. Fun.
I do not mind much that the US wants to determine who is legit and who is not, but who can take off work time for this gummint BS? Time is money. Really, at this point the gummint knows everything about me anyway.
I already spent an hour getting my TSA Pre-check number. That cost me money - $85 plus loss of billable hours. Global Entry? That's even more of a hassle. I'd like to have it, but take a day off from work to get it? Not gonna happen. Alas, I just do not spend that much time in airports.
The Complete Evergreen Story Ep. 12: ‘F**K The Police’
Evergreen is the most racist campus ever. Black and brown students at risk. That gal can barely read.
Two of a friend's favorite related quotes:
"Dress me slowly, I am in a hurry."
Napoleon Bonaparte, in preparation for a battle
"Slow is smooth, smooth is fast."
A Navy Seal saying.
With video, at Althouse. Amusing too.
Like many New Yorkers, he has an old fondness for the paper, hates what she has become.
3 mental blocks that keep you from doing what you say you want to do
Do the data support the idea that porn can have negative influences?
Ban on Eating Dogs and Cats Blocked in UK — It Might Offend Asian Migrants
LA Times Says We Must Get Rid Of All Fossil Fuels, And Prepare For Sacrifice
Duke student senate denies Christian org recognition over traditional beliefs
MSNBC: ‘There Are People In Power Who Want … [Blacks] To Drink From Certain Water Fountains’
The Democrat debate was terrifying. Who are these people?
MC: Evaluation Of Elizabeth Warren As Potential Democratic Candidate For President
VDH: Trumped Out? After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing.
The media has officially lost its damn mind
Washington Post says it passed on New York Times’ now-revised Kavanaugh story
Ex-MSNBC host Krystal Ball says former network has 'done real damage to the left' during Trump era by 'conspiracy theorizing'
Democrats Call For Kavanaugh’s Impeachment. Lindsey Graham Wrecks Them.
Brett Kavanaugh is getting the Title IX treatment
Dem McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG’s FISA report: ‘The closest we’ve ever seen to a coup’
Europe’s Virtues Will Be Its Undoing
Soldiers without a country: We're finally honoring South Vietnamese who fought with us
Monday, September 16. 2019
And she never met me! Or my girlfriend, and yet she knows us ao well.
Too much work.
Morning: Impeach Kavanaugh
Afternoon: Why bother pursuing a career and marriage if climate change? It's hopeless.
Four Cheers for Incandescent Light Bulbs
Autism: The children of Donor H898
BBC Tells Kids 'People Can Go to Prison' For Disrespecting 'More Than 100' Gender Identities
Your kids do not belong to you
Rage has free speech under siege on the American campus
It's not "rage." It's cry-bullying. Probably fun, but not dignified.
Powerline: WHAT IS SOCIALISM?
Beto: Texans Told Me They Don’t Need Their AR-15s And Would Give Them Up
Chris Coons: Beto O’Rourke’s Call For Gun Confiscation Last Night Will Be Used Against Our Party For Years
OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy As Dozens Of States Decline Proposed Settlement
Bernie Sanders Doubles Down On Promise Of ‘Free’ Healthcare And College For The ‘Undocumented’
Is there any way to become de-documented?
Michelle Malkin: End to Refugee Resettlement ‘Long Overdue’ After Americans Have Gotten No Say
Dopey Former Bartender Says “Miami Will Not Exist” in Few Years if We Don’t Obliterate Economy with Her Green New Deal
New Book: Christine Blasey Ford’s Friend Leland Keyser Doesn’t Believe Her
Ford's lawyer thinks she was a faker
An Interview with The Trayvon Hoax Director Joel Gilbert
Another Smollett-style fake hate crime blaming MAGA busted
DEMOCRATS HAVEN’T GIVEN UP ON SMEARING KAVANAUGH
That’s Weird: Fake News Is Pushing Already Debunked Story by Drunk Kavanaugh Accuser – They Must be VERY WORRIED About Ginsburg’s Prognosis
More MSNBC fakery
Back Off from the ‘Resist’ Nonsense
DOJ Files A Devastating Brief Exposing Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry Scam
2020 Democrats hate Trump’s China trade war. Too bad they don’t have any better ideas.
The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong
I hope not
How the European Union Lost Its Luster
Sunday, September 15. 2019
I've known, learned from, and respected the views of Fr Paul Mcnellis SJ for over four decades. Whenever he has something to say, he's worth listening to. If you are in the greater Boston area tomorrow, Fr Paul, an assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College, will be addressing an important subject tomorrow evening. Free and invaluable.
Scott Adams interpret's Trump's tweet, like this:
"I may be a bully, a dick, a jerk, obnoxious, and immature, but if I am, I am a bully for America, a jerk for America, immature for America; a dick for you, a bully for you, etc. You don't have to like me personally. If you like the results, I'm good with that."
Recommended: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (2019) by David Epstein.
The glib Malcolm Gladwell admits Epstein is right about some things he was wrong about.
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The 30-minute Great Books series is good for tickling your memory, or for offering new points of view.
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15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
15:2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
15:3 So he told them this parable:
15:4 "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
15:5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.
15:6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'
15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
15:8 "Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
15:9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.'
15:10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Saturday, September 14. 2019
God decreed one day of that sort of rest, so it must be right. He surely did not mean a day on the computer and the couch. Get some pleasant activity on Sunday and you're in a perfect position on Monday to do an hour of heavy weights.
For an example, here's my list of Saturday morning cali rotations at the moment:
Continue reading "Saturday Fitness: Calisthenics rotations to do on one's own"