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, October 31. 2019
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:33 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Bread and circuses? Does man live on bread alone?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:56 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
It's easy. They do need plenty of salt.
About an influential book nobody reads anymore: The Columbian Orator
Motorcyclist Who Identifies As Bicyclist Sets Cycling World Record
Dave Chappelle Blows Raspberry at Political Correctness - "And I'm sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I'm supposed to say."
Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle and more comedians weigh in, bluntly, on 'cancel culture'
Obama: ‘Cancel Culture’ Is Canceled
Pro-Palestinian college group is 'main driver of Jew-hatred on campus,' study suggests
Title IX Has Spawned a Dangerous, Totalitarian Bureaucracy
Can The Government Really Limit Marriage To Two People?
I blame it on fire suppression
But Jerry Brown blames Trump for the fires
California Has the Nation's Worst Poverty Rate, New Census Data Shows
Border apprehensions increase by 500,000 from 2018 to 2019
Elizabeth Warren Pledges To Crack Down On School Choice, Despite Sending Her Own Son To Elite Private School
Hillary Clinton Paid to Have Her Personal Conspiracy Theory Made Into Official US National Security Policy, and The Entire Nation Has Been Forced to Live Inside the Sick Imaginings of a Paranoiac for Three Years
Nikki Haley Goes After The Deep State During AEI Event In DC
Speaking of which, Anti-Trump Whistleblower’s Identity Revealed – Worked for Susan Rice, Obama, Also Helped Initiate the Russia Collusion Hoax Investigation!
Brokaw To Mitchell: House Dems Don’t Really Have “The Goods” On Trump, Do They?
Trump’s praise for the dog that helped capture al Baghdadi was a psy-ops classic
Would Baghdadi be alive if Biden was president? As VP, he opposed raid that killed bin Laden
Wednesday, October 30. 2019
A delightful read.
A baked or broiled chunk of Cod is a good test of a fine kitchen. Sad to say, Cod have been overfished to the extent that their historic populations may never be seen again - and I mean both the European and the western Atlantic populations.
Same issue with Haddock. Not sure I can tell the difference on a plate but a good Cod has thick flakes.
What about Fish 'n Chips? That means Cod or Haddock. For me, it has to be done right which means crispy but succulent, almost undercooked and fairly thick inside. It's easy to find terrible Fish 'n Chips and I have found lots of them. Worst ones in the UK, best one ever on the dock on Block Island. Malt vinegar, and beer are right with it.
Photo above is Edith Traina at age 97. A youthful 97 for sure due to many years of fitness pursuits. I think those are 50 lb. plates so she is lifting 145 lbs. Not bad for 97.
You can join that organization AARP at age 50, so I guess that's "mature." Another measure of seriously "mature" is if you remember Jack LaLanne - the Godfather of American Fitness.
Should "mature" people (50-80+) do powerlifts? Of course, and should push the weight as possible. The Maggie's General Fitness protocol calls for heavy weights only twice weekly but that's partly because it's designed to fit in all of the other aspects of fitness.
However, a group of people, whether mature or youth, male, female or confused, care mostly about building or maintaining strength and physical sturdiness. Getting buff and sexy. Like people who only want to run, they are not after balanced fitness. To each his or her own although I will debate you on the value of the single road (and Mark Rippetoe and Glenn Reynolds might debate me back).
For mature adults who want to focus only on strength, 3 days/week of heavy weights is right with the emphasis on powerlifts. In fact, I can see some value in myself occasionally taking two months to do heavy weights 3/wk to see if I can get past my current plateau. Especially in winter when hiking on ice is not fun or even sensible. Hmmm. I have to mention, though, that I had a pal who climbed Mt. Washington in January. Kudos to him, for sure. Tough SOB, Vietnam vet. Once was enough for him to check that off his bucket list.
What is life like for people like Kayla Mueller's parents to know that their daughter was abducted, kept as a sex slave by al-Baghdadi until he tired of her, then tortured including having her nails pulled out, and then beheaded?
I have spent many hours with parents whose children have had tragic experiences, catastrophic lives, or met tragic ends. Life must go on, but the mental images and the agony that accompanies them can never be erased.
A vale of tears. People like me can sometimes offer no relief, only companionship in suffering.
He's not dead, just resting
Your Halloween Decorations Are Bad For ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
'Cultural appropriation is cultural genocide,’ says Mo. school’s costume workshop
So my ravioli destroys Italian culture?
Vladimir Bukovsky (1942 - 2019)
1776, not 1619 - America’s Founding was not defined by slavery and white supremacy—quite the contrary.
'Your Past Is Terrible, and Your Future Is Terrible': What the Left Tells Young Americans
Bankers Fleeing New York
"The most knowledgable conservationists I’ve known were all hunters, quite unlike know-it-all urban hipster “environmentalists.”
The first guy I hunted ducks with was the founder of our local Audubon Society
Elderly Vet Has Guns Seized After Criticizing School Resource Officer For Allegedly Leaving His Post
The Export-Import Bank Shuffles Forward — Like a Zombie
Get rid of it. Crony capitalism
US detains record 76,000 minors traveling alone in 2019
It's incomprehensible. Parents send them?
Kanye West Claims Democrats Have ‘Brainwashed’ Blacks
Kanye West’s Conversion Could Be a Cultural Wrecking Ball
EX-BILL CLINTON ADVISER PREDICTS HILLARY WILL RUN IN 2020 IF BIDEN DROPS OUT: SHE THINKS 'GOD PUT HER ON EARTH' TO BE PRESIDENT
U.S. Recovered Valuable Intelligence In Baghdadi Raid
The left stumbles all over itself to praise al-Baghdadi
Sick and getting sicker. But I don't care about ISIS any more. Let the Syrians, Turks, and Russians grapple with them. Not my problem.
He is right. Crenshaw is a good one, also, Matt Gaetz. Both potential presidential material.
The Bell Is About to Toll - The real malefactors of election interference are soon to be exposed.
“I’ll agree to let you outlaw hate speech if you agree to let me define hate speech.”
NYT Writer Finally Admits It Feels Good To Hate Trump
Hate is fun, especially when it's self-righteous
Why the 'Woke' Corporations Back China
Tuesday, October 29. 2019
A parent wants their child to exceed the parent in life. I felt I'd succeeded on October 12 at the annual banquet of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation , the "the Nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarship to military children. Their funding is provided by private supporters, including individuals, corporations, and other nonprofit foundations. The organization's mission is to "Honor Marines by Educating Their Children." "
My son Jason, and I, were invited as speakers about what the mission and generosity of the scholarships mean to us and to all the other Marines and their children among the 2300 awarded each year. I'm a pretty good and rousing speaker. Jason from his heart thanked the Foundation and me for the lessons of honor, commitment, courage instilled in him, and the importance of passing it on. Jason 's speech was better than mine. I felt I'd succeeded in his upbringing, and he'd exceeded me.
One of the strong supporters of the Foundation is David McCallum, star of Man From Uncle, NCIS, and a long career of performances. He is a very kind and pleasant man. In his speech he said the proudest moment of his life was becoming a US citizen. His lovely and gracious wife's father served in the Marine Corps at Iwo Jima and her brother lost his life in Vietnam.
Please reach in your pocket or ask your employer to contribute to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful, also applies to always being faithful to passing it on to the next generations to keep America strong.
Described as "less literary, more literal." The New Jerusalem Bible
How The Obama Administration Set In Motion Democrats’ Coup Against Trump. Rep. Devin Nunes realized the purpose of Obama’s dossier. 'Devin figured out in December what was going on,' says Langer. 'It was an operation to bring down Trump."
Wow: The NYT admits deep state has been at war with Trump. Yes, from the day he was elected.
A Belgian Malinois. Not really a house pet. A working dog.
Academia and the Spirit of Fear - Suffering from want of courage.
Oxford Nixes Clapping Lest It Trigger Snowflakes
I don't even understand this
Training for Title IX investigators lacks tested, effective techniques
Accomplished Charter-School Leader Fired for Publicly Worrying about Academic Excellence
Excellence is "problematic"
VDH: Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura - Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced or diminished such inheritances?
Teachers union instructs members how to push identity politics on students
You are either a victim or an oppressor. Did you know that? Hang the sign around your neck.
The Real Climate Crisis Is Not Global Warming, It Is Cooling, And It May Have Already Started
Brother of Sandy Hook victim blasts Joe Biden for 'lie', reveals family barred from Air Force One flight for opposing gun control
The Bidens: "Stone Cold Crooked" (3)
John Kelly to Democrats critical of ICE: ‘Go to hell!’
Kelly is needed back in the WH
IMF chief applauds "bravery" of Trump tax cuts
The Real Reasons Why Legacy Media Are Freaking Out Over Trump’s Successful Baghdadi Mission
NY Times thinks it found the real enemy in al-Baghdadi raid: TRUMP
Trump is Satan
James Foley’s Mother Thanks Trump and Brave Troops for Death of ISIS Leader
Mother of Kayla Mueller: My Daughter Might Still Be Alive “If Obama Had Been as Decisive as Trump”
Impeachment pursuits began on the day Trump was inaugurated
Media Frantically Reminding You That Trump Hasn’t “Defeated ISIS”
Monday, October 28. 2019
The sons and I went yesterday to the Gene Autry Museum Of The American West, in north Griffith Park in Los Angeles. I'd heard good things but in all my decades in Southern California hadn't been there. If you are looking for a truly wonderful experience, go. There are costumes and homages to all the Western film cowboys from the silents to recent, including many Black ones in films you probably never heard of. The museum has the complete Colt company collection of firearms from the 1800's forward, including those specially made for US Presidents. And much more.
There was one room showing clips from Gene Autry films. One clip only showed the song below, without the intro or follow-up. The jaws dropped among some of the women in the room, while the men (if they could get away with it) smiled.
Why this physician never tells anyone she’s a doctor
Fun hunting and fishing at Ace
Transgendering Children is the New 'Munchhausen by Proxy' Child Abuse
Russian eagle with GPS collar runs up ‘astronomical’ data charge for scientists after flying out of country
Human Remains Found in S. California Burn Area; Power Outages to Impact 3 Million Northern Californians as Winds Ramp Up
California wildfires: Millions face blackouts and 50,000 evacuated as dozens of buildings destroyed by blazes across state. Electricity firm to cut power amid reports broken infrastructure may have sparked at least one outbreak
Living in fire zones is a lousy idea
WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH ANDREW SULLIVAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY
Our Unhealthy Addiction to Health Insurance - The hardest part of treating addiction to any substance or belief is that denial is a major part of the disease.
What We Call National Health Care or Single-Payer Is a Crime Against Humanity
Trump Administration Is Right to Eye Free-Market Health Plan Finders
Climate Stalinism - Today’s radical green movement demands submission to an elite governing class—and its views are entering the mainstream
The Politics, Science, and Politicized Science of Climate Change
Popular Freshman Democrat Katie Hill Resigns Following News of Failed Throuple Relationship and Naked Bong Parties
Seems like it was fun while it lasted
Busted: Joe Biden Intervened To Help Hunter's Lobbying Efforts On Multiple Occasions
Warren Took Thousands From Teachers’ Unions Before Charter School Flip-Flop - Warren in 2004: Education vouchers would 'relieve parents'
Financial crisis forecaster says Trump is a ‘genius’ and his opponents have learned nothing since 2016
GOP Has A Choice: Fight Anti-Trump Coup Effort Or Surrender Government To Democrats
Update on the Star Chamber that is the “impeachment inquiry”
Even Before Ukraine Uproar, 10 of 13 Democrats on Intel Panel Backed Trump Impeachment Probe
They'd impeach Trump for picking his nose
Multitasking the Intelligence Community Roundup - I am not the only one to notice that Schiff and Nadler are more and more playing to suburban dinner theaters with tiny audiences while the names William Barr, John Durham, and Michael Horowitz are front-page news wherever there is news (as distinct from propaganda)
Trump Probably Should Have Informed Congress About Baghdadi’s Raid
Didn't trust them not to sabotage a secret mission
CNN Senior International Correspondent Compares Trump to ISIS Following President’s Statement on Baghdadi’s Death
YOU CAN’T MOCK THE POST ENOUGH
Ascetic religious leader: Hostage Kayla Mueller had her fingernails pulled out before being repeatedly raped by ISIS leader: Yazidi sex slave reveals torment of aid worker's harrowing final months as the secret wife of al-Baghdadi
Rep. Schiff: Durham Probe Into Russian Interference Investigation ‘Illegitimate,’ Suggests He’ll Reject Findings
Reps. Schiff, Nadler Condemn Turning Durham Russia Probe Into Criminal Investigation
Who will be the first to flip in spygate criminal investigation?
Can't we force independence on them?
Americans’ love of drugs may soon bring Mexico’s collapse
Putin Derangement Syndrome: Craziester And More Craziester
Sunday, October 27. 2019
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:17 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:50 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Sorry to include this bit: WaPo Eulogizes ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi as “Austere Religious Leader”
Fun with the WaPo from David Burge: "Adolph Hitler, socially awkward Austrian vegan with background in painting, dead at 54."
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
14:7 Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name's sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you.
14:8 O hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler turning aside for the night?
14:9 Why should you be like someone confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot give help? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!
14:10 Thus says the LORD concerning this people: Truly they have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them, now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.
14:19 Have you completely rejected Judah? Does your heart loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We look for peace, but find no good; for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.
14:20 We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, the iniquity of our ancestors, for we have sinned against you.
14:21 Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us.
14:22 Can any idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Is it not you, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for it is you who do all this.
Saturday, October 26. 2019
Via American Digest and Dinocrat, ‘To Particularize is the Alone Distinction of Merit’: Blake’s Visionary Imagination
Image is Blake's Ghost of a Flea
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:03 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Has The Intrepid Sidney Powell Tapped Into A Deep State Source?
Why did the FBI etc take all the trouble to entrap, or whatever, the patriot Flynn, and destroy his life? That's my question. Gen. Flynn has been a better American than any of those dirty SOBs who wanted a scalp, any scalp connected to Trump.
If Powell is doing this work pro bono, God bless her. I believe Flynn had to sell his house to cover legal defence over a year ago. The General is broke.
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