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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Saturday, November 30. 2019
I can quickly name three: Cameras, coffee cups and teacups, and CDs.
I happen to love CDs because I can listen to what I want to. Hundreds of 'em. I have a large vinyl collection too, mostly operas. The thing is, great speakers to fill ye olde homestead with each tiny detail. Pop music doesn't need that. I have the best speakers ever. Nobody buys them anymore.
Coffee cups do not hold enough coffee, and the coffee cools off too fast. American coffee needs mugs or styrofoam. When did anybody use their china coffee cups and saucers, eveh on holidays?
Cameras seem sort of peculiar nowadays except for professionals. Even Asians don't use them anymore, and they used to be the camera fanatics. Is Nikon still making money? What about Kodachrome?
The Left Hates Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Coexistence
Reminiscing about CAR TALK
Millennials In Panic As Outraged Boomers Threaten To Withhold Participation Trophies
When did routine bad weather become such big news?
Businesses (And Workers) Are Thankful For Texas As Charles Schwab Calls It Quits On California
Moral grandstanding is making an argument just to boost your status. It’s everywhere.
Big fat lies - The Fat Activism movement is risking lives by suppressing obesity research
Despite Screaming Headlines from Fake News Media – Black Friday Shopping Frenzy BREAKS ALL RECORDS – Tops $4 Billion for First Time!
Alarmists Propose Rebranding ‘Climate Change’ for Greater Shock Value
Study Finds Nearly All Minnesota Patients With Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Used Illegal THC Products Containing Suspect Additive
Walter Williams: Who are the racists?
Bloomberg: Darned Right We Need To Tax The Poor
The Media Sanitizes Spygate Again. Spying isn’t spying if liberals do it, we’re told.
How Democrats Lost The Impeachment Debate. In a left versus right brain world, bureaucrats and careerists have no chance against the Trumpist opposition.
Trump Mocks Newsweek Over Story On His Thanksgiving Plans…
Why Hong Kong loves the USA
French Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Muslim Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Who Beat Elderly Jewish Woman and Tossed Her from 3rd Floor Balcony – Cuz He Was High on Pot
China, Fentanyl, And The New Opium War
Sending Military Aid To Ukraine In The First Place Was A Mistake, And Congress Should Discontinue It
The Village Blacksmith
UNDER a spreading chestnut tree
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
And children coming home from school
He goes on Sunday to the church,
It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
Friday, November 29. 2019
Turkey Hash is pretty good, and so is turkey soup (for which I am boiling a stock from one of the carcasses right now with water, onions, garlic, celery, parsley, herbs, etc - we fight over the carcasses and bones like jackals), but the main reason people in my family cook so many turkeys at Thanksgivings is for the sandwiches for a few days after.
Here's how I make them:
Squoosh the sides of bread together, and cut in half with a sharp knife. Then eat with a glass of beer. Delicious.
Then take a little nap.
How I make turkey stock:
Throw into a large stock pot a whole or chopped turkey carcass, leg bones, wings, etc. Not a bad idea to break the bones with a cleaver and/or to roast the carcass first so some of the bones brown. Cover with water. Take a bunch of celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Chop very roughly with skins on - do not peel - and sautee in butter or cooking oil until browned. (The skins add color and flavor) Then toss them into the pot. Add some cut-up raw potatoes, skins on. Throw in some salt, whole peppercorns. Then parsley, thyme, a little sage and marjoram. A little sugar. A bottle of white wine in there is optional. Simmer for 5-8 hours, adding water as needed. Then strain. That's a tasty turkey stock. It's man-cooking.
The no-iron ones. 4 for 199. is almost half the usual. Good variety.
I grabbed four because I was running out.
Do the young'uns these days live on their ipads and junk like that? It's a damn shame.
If you have kids, or grandkids, let's get back to good toys and things which add real life, vs virtual life, to real living.
I am thinking of blocks, pick-up-sticks, wooden train sets, Legos, Chess (can be learned at 5), board games, card games, etc. Poker should be learned as young as possible, because it's part of life. Books at their levels, of course. Real books. Older kids, BB guns, bows and arrows, etc. By age 10-13, fishing rods, 28 ga shotguns, .22s, and big boy and girl toys like that.
Everything imaginable is on Amazon.
What ideas do our readers have for kids, for Christmas things?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:21 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Colin Dowler Fought Off a Grizzly with a Small Pocketknife
5 Steps You Can Take Now to Increase Your Resilience When You're Going Through Hell
10 Things Climate Alarmists Don't Want You to Be Thankful For
Scientists Counter Claims That ‘Meat Is Evil’
MacDonald: Why are college students so aftaid of me?
The Indispensable Tucker Carlson - The popular Fox News host has given voice to the most basic—most common-sense—positions.
They Voted Democratic. Now They Support Trump.
President Trump Triggers Liberals, Breaks the Internet with Epic Meme
The guy does comedy
Time to PANIC! Byron York lays out why Schiff, Pelosi, and Democrats are REALLY rushing to impeach and it ain’t good
Angela Merkel: We Will Shut Down ‘Hate Speech’ Otherwise We Will Not Have A Free Society. Who gets to decide what constitutes “hate speech?”
Thursday, November 28. 2019
Thanksgiving - the one real American holiday, a serious holiday, a Christian holiday that non-Christians can easily appreciate, the best holiday of the year.
For at least one day each year, let's count our blessings and put aside our gripes and disappointments.
Wednesday, November 27. 2019
In the USA, and in the world, It’s a Wonderful Time to Be Alive
Photo: My dead bird was cooked on the grill over wood and charcoal.
Why Do Progressives Hate Gentrification?
Brilliant research says women want to look good cuz of terrible economy
Virginia Students Protest Over ‘Fiesta’ Themed Party Held By Classmates, University Says It’s ‘Investigating’ the Party
Prof asks teachers to combat ‘whiteness’ in art education as form of ‘reparation’
MA Town Launches Experiment To Give 16 Year Olds The Vote
Having Solved All Other Problems, NYC Bans Foie Gras
Washington Post: Americans Believing the Media is a "Patriotic" Duty
Our moral and intellectual superiors
CNN Frets Media Not Anti-Trump Enough…
Nation's Progressives Give Thanks That They Have So Much To Be Angry About This Year
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets Entire Solar Co. Workforce Fired After Telling Them to Unionize
Dark Money Network Funneled $600 Million to Liberal Initiatives in 2018 - Democrats adopt once-derided strategy, building a massive money network that shields donors from scrutiny
"Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree" - FISA Alterations Could Pose Significant Trouble For FBI
Salon: Final, final Republican defense strategy for Trump: Don the tinfoil, join the conspiracy. How can we expect Republicans to judge Donald Trump fairly? At this point, nearly all of them are in on the crime
Sounds like projection to me
Can Europe Be Saved From Demographic Doom?
Tuesday, November 26. 2019
At the turn of the century, the Eastern Wild Turkey was nearly eradicated by hunting and habitat loss, and was entirely absent in the Northeast.
By the mid 1800s, the woodlands of New England had disappeared for farming, charcoal production, and lumbering.
But the woodlands have returned as farming moved west, and the wierd gobble now can be heard even in residential areas.
Thanks to dramatically successful conservation and transplantation efforts, there are now estimated to be 7 million of these huge iridescent birds, which Ben Franklin felt to be so quintessentially American that he wanted one on the US Seal. (Video of the turkey's comeback here.)
There are six species of wild turkey in the New World, and none elsewhere. (The domestic turkey is likely a descendent of the large Mexican species.) It is the Eastern which we feature here which has, in recent years, been transplanted successfully west of the Mississippi, and elsewhere.
As a sought-after game bird, the turkey's habits have been much studied. They are wary and cautious. In most areas, there is a spring and a fall hunting season for turkey, and they are pursued with bow or shotgun. It is the one game bird which it is sporting to shoot on the ground.
I have hunted them on a couple of occasions. Never managed to shoot one, though. Had a good time however, sitting at the base of a tree in camo, watching the other wild critters pass by.
Does the wild turkey taste different from a supermarket bird? Yes - the wild turkey tastes like turkey and the supermarket bird tastes like a supermarket.
Photo from The Vitality of Six-Man Football - Six-man football rose nearly 100 years ago in small-town America. In the 21st century, “basketball on grass” is a way of life for towns like McCool Junction, Neb.
Do the youth really lack gratitude?
There’s Growing Evidence That the Universe Is Connected by Giant Structures
Three Times Tectonics Changed the Climate - Fifty years after the birth of modern plate tectonics theory, a group of researchers highlights three key examples of how our planet’s shape-shifting outer layer has altered our climate.
Yep. Dinosaurs in Alaska
The Maximum Practical Range of Slugs & Buckshot
Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation
The Silly Notion of “Speed Limits for Ships”
HAS NUCLEAR’S TIME COME?
I hope so
Villanova and the Compulsory Pieties of Higher Education
Elizabeth Warren Repeats Lie About Being Fired For Being Visibly Pregnant…
She lies a lot
Bloomberg is the most qualified 2020 Democrat but missed his moment
CNN Guest: Trump Is ‘Destructive Cult’ Leader, uses‘Mind Control’ on Supporters
So is he dumb, or diabolically smart?
A National Nightmare: Andrew McCarthy Exposes the Plot Against the President
FBI Lawyer Who Altered FISA Docs and His Lover Worked for Current ICIG Who Edited IC WhistleBlower Form to Legitimize Schiff Sham
Monday, November 25. 2019
People tend to cook it with various additions (mushrooms, cranberries, apples, nuts, white rice, etc) but it's a treat on its own if you have enough of it. Chicken broth and salt and pepper does this wild grain justice.
Lunatics running the asylum. Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?
Simple recipe here.
She deadlifts 225 lbs. Not bad for an 82 year-old lady.
He picked the wrong house. Video etc here.
Science isn't facts, it's process
The Biochemistry Challenge to Darwin
The move to cancel Gauguin could kill off Western culture
Pope Cites French Epic Poem to Prove Christianity Is as Violent as Islam
THIS WEEK IN KAMPUS KRAZY
Heads Should Roll at CDC after Botched Vaping Investigation
Who Is Winning The Climate Wars?
Whatever happened to "Trow da bums out?"
Good-Bye Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
As It Turns Out, Socialist Politicians Can Be Crooks Too
Socialists are all about the benjamins
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Enters Dem 2020 Race with a Thud
Elizabeth Warren Lies To Activist About Her Son Going To Public School
NYT: Draft IG Report Claims Russiagate FISA Application Was “Sloppy And Unprofessional” In Parts But Won’t Claim Anti-Trump Bias Among Top Officials
DNC Operative Alexandra Chalupa Behind Trump-Russia Hoax – Is Linked to Obama DOJ Hacking Attacks on State’s Voting Systems in Nov. 2016
Two (!) polls find black approval of Trump at 34%
‘ARREST BY ALGORITHM’: China Uses Artificial Intelligence To Flag Entire Groups Of People For Arrest, Report Says
As Africa Drowns In Debt To China, IMF Sounds The Alarm
China is clever. All the US did was send them free money and stuff. China is buying Africa.
Sunday, November 24. 2019
Lots of good Thanksgiving things to do with this wonderful stuff.
Cope's Dried Sweet Corn, from Amish country.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:55 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Who were these people who put the England into New England? Certainly, an unusual group.
The great Prof. Andrew Delbanco: Vexed and Troubled Englishmen. How should we remember the Puritans?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:48 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
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