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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Tuesday, December 31. 2019
The Maggie's Fitness for Life program includes about a one-hour session of aerobic endurance exercise per week. For true cardiac exercise, we include plenty of HIIT cardio whether in calisthenics or sprints. That tends to be anaerobic.
Why do we include the endurance work at all? For ordinary functionality. We figure that if you can swim for an hour, or do the stair machine or high-inclined treadmill for an hour, well then a 6-hour hike, a day of skiing or basketball ought to be manageable. We strongly oppose road running.
So pure endurance work is only about 15% of our program although we assume most people also do fun recreational things like sports or hiking which do not count as exertion. Mark Rippetoe has other ideas. He is convinced that endurance exercise is a waste of time, and sometimes deleterious.
He is a smart guy, and might be right. Our Maggie's program attempts to strike a balance between strength-building (2 hours/wk of powerlifts and accessory weights), calisthenics (athleticism, balance, agility, HIIT, some strength), and "cardio" (an hour total of HIIT intervals with good rest intervals, and an hour of strenuous but aerobic endurance things). No need to do the hour of HIIT, for example, at the same session. In fact, not a good idea. Mix and match 1/2 hours of different categories but if doing weights, always do them first.
Most fitness trainers consider an hour of endurance work as a "recovery day," but I do not. For me, a half hour on the Stairmaster and a half hour doing high incline walks and jogs on the treadmill leaves me limp for a while.
Final word of 2019: Exercise for fat loss is nonsense. That is 99% nutritional. However, exercise does reduce appetite.
I forgot to mention Caviar Pie in my authoritative American caviar post. This decadent concoction is perfect for a brunch, hors d'oevres, or munchies.
Some caterers make Caviar Pie which looks perfect, round, and daintily-finished, but the ones I've had at fancy New Year's Day cocktail brunches look a little raggedy, as in this photo. They don't have to look good because as soon as they are attacked by people armed with cheese knives or crackers it's messy anyway.
You scoop a piece out and put it on toasts, or bagel chips, or whatever. It goes fast.
As usual, one uses the most expensive caviar one can afford - or not afford.
Chopped red onion is key. Here's one recipe, but you can google for more. It's a real meal too if you want, with a glass of champagne. The height of decadence.
My annual Christmas present for my Dad used to be a tin from Petrossian. Worth every penny for the delight it provides.
For after the morning workout, of course.
We do. I bet Bulldog does too. I suspect Dr. Bliss has a paddle tournament tomorrow, which sounds fun. Paddle is cool, but my right shoulder can't do overheads anymore, so I am out.
Photo from a friend in Yucca Valley this week
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Accessibility, Ableism, and the Decline of Excellence
UNESCO: Unmaking the world's literature
Clint Eastwood Portrays the American Greatness of Ordinary Americans
Extinction Rebellion Founder Confirms That Global Warming Is Voodoo Science
Chuck Todd Attacks Religious People
Surely California Has Done Away With Racism By Now
The mass murder that didn’t happen because Texans are smarter than New Yorkers, Californians and progressives everywhere
CNN: House Dems Implying “They Didn’t Have Enough Evidence,” Dems Just Want To Impeach
List of things Trump has done for America
Soros’ War Against the Jews - The shame, hatred and megalomania driving the world’s wealthiest anti-Semite
Monday, December 30. 2019
For your pilot, you want a certain talent stack: ACTUAL DUAL ENGINE FAILURE IN A CITATION JET
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Monday is a weights day, so I did my best to kick my own ass with a mix of things. With trainer I would do barbell squats and bench. I want to inspire our readers...
4 sets of goblet squats (instead of barbell squats)
Yes, I do them in various supersets. I felt pretty beat-up at the end, ready for a ten-minute nap at 6:30 am before work. Pushing oneself to the max is the hard part for me, the mental part. I never feel like doing any of it until I get in the cage to fight the bear. Some of you know what I mean. The bear is one's own sloth. Sloth is a sin, by the way, so it's worth resisting like other disgusting temptations. I do try to turn my back on sinful temptations. Not a saint, tho.
The $100 billion reason not to return gifts this holiday season - 90% of products returned during the holidays won’t be resold—and some will end up in a landfill.
Online sales tax ruling challenges small businesses
‘Little Women’ Is Just ‘Too White,’ Critic Says
Madrid goes bonkers for waffle willies
Ancient humans procreated with at least four other species. In 2019, the human family tree got a little more complicated.
NYT Cuts Controversial Study From Bret Stephens’ ‘Jewish Genius’ Column
Everybody knows that Jews tend to be smart
Five years on, the lessons from the Rolling Stone rape story
Tales of the Deplorables - For decades, Richard Russo has written about the blue-collar residents of small towns left behind by the American economy.
Virginia increasing corrections budget anticipating jailing gun-owners
Biden Attacked Texas Governor For Signing Law Letting Churchgoers Carry Guns: ‘Totally Irrational’
California Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In… More Retail Theft
If This Has Been Super-Decade, Why Are We Still so Angry?
I'm not angry
Here’s A List Of Hoax ‘Hate Crimes’ In The Trump Era
Yale Psychiatrist Who ‘Diagnosed’ Trump As Unfit Has Dirty Secret That’s Just Been Exposed
Michael Moore: You Should Be Afraid Of White Guys, Because 2/3 Of Them Voted For Trump
So did more than 1/2 of white women, so fear them too
Suck it, doomsayers! The past decade was the best ever
WE NOW KNOW: IT’S A MAD, MAD MADDOW — AND BEYOND
Williamson still doesn't like Trump
No good reasons
Turley: Testifying for Republicans should not be a sin for academics
THE GENEALOGY OF FREE STUFF: THE TRUMP CARD
INSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTION: Two Possibilities in Trump Wiretapping, and Neither Is Good.
Sunday, December 29. 2019
We posted a bit of it a few days ago, but here's the entire excellent thing. Speaking with no notes, mind you:
If you are serious, you get with the program today, not next year. January 1 is for suckers.
148:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
148:2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
148:3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
148:4 Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
148:6 He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
148:8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
148:9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
148:10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
148:11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
148:12 Young men and women alike, old and young together!
148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
148:14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!
Saturday, December 28. 2019
I'm sitting watching "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" during the holidays, enjoying myself and the general happy tone of the season, and I check my email. I get a notice from a college roommate that he has pancreatic cancer. He's happy, has had one round of chemo, and is in good spirits. Christmas was great, family is good, and he just thought my inquiry into his health deserved an answer. Admittedly, he's got the absolute best outlook on life of anyone I know or am associated with, and that goes a long way in situations like this.
I'm a fairly young person, or I like to believe I am. I've never had to deal with the mortality of any of my friends. Yet. Hopefully not for a while longer. I wish him the best, but his news got me thinking about how we deal with mortality.
I can't say much that hasn't been said by others already. I have no special insights or points of view. Generally, I enjoy dark humor and make jokes about this kind of thing. It's easy to do when it's not too close to home (though I certainly hope if things get tough with me, people don't hold back...I'll need a laugh and it's easy to laugh at myself).
News like this opens the door to taking stock, and that's something I'll be doing as I enter 2020. I'm not prepared (who is, after all?) to really think about the worst outcomes for a dear friend. So I'll remain positive that he's going to be fine. It takes quite a bit to bring me to tears, and I squeezed a few out as Mrs. Bulldog and I talked about this.
2019 isn't ending on an up note, so that only means 2020 is going to be great. All of you be well, and I hope your year ends well and gets better into 2020.
This is part1, the first leg of the trip
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Why Your Brain Needs Exercise. The evolutionary history of humans explains why physical activity is important for brain health
Don Imus, RIP
Enjoyed his radio show on and off for years. Stubbornly refused treatment for his prostate cancer - chose herbal treatments.
Nordstrom's Bans 85-Year-Old Salvation Army Bell Ringer
Hard to believe, but true
What any of this has to do with “A Christmas Carol,” God only knows.
Weather: Failed Serial Doomcasting
Court Upholds Obama's Atlantic Ocean Monument
The FBI’s FISA Frauds - Until this scandal is addressed squarely the FBI’s reputation will remain mud.
Rachel Maddow Called Out By WaPo Columnist For Shamelessly Peddling Fake News
David Brooks: The media is broken
The guy lives in a bubble
Billboards Pop Up Around Virginia Amid Second Amendment Uprising: Bloomberg Gun Confiscation Starts In 2 Weeks
Two More Virginia Counties Declare Themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries, Making Ninety One Percent of Counties in Rebellion Against Democrat Gun Confiscation
Sheesh, like the Whiskey Rebellion
Bernie Sanders is starting to scare them
How about Bernie vs. Biden?
Trump’s Economy Keeps Tripping Up Democrats - The data and consumer sentiment are on the president’s side.
Gaetz: I ‘Believe’ Dems When They Say They Aren’t Done Investigating Impeachment
I predict four more years of it
When all of the evidence is collected together, it is as if Amnesty has declared war on Israel - Researcher David Collier sets out the findings from his new 200-page report on the NGO
The blood-dimmed tide - Syrian chaos reflects the conclusive breakdown of the post Cold War regional order.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
You are a child of the universe,
Therefore be at peace with God,
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
Friday, December 27. 2019
The BD HQ late Tuesday afternoon, awaiting our gals to arrive from the big city to put the decorations on the tree with a bit of help from my father-in-law and some bourbon eggnog. Our lad and his brood tomorrow.
No fireplace fires until after candlelight church. I do not like to leave a house with a blaze. Cozy and Yankee-style, I feel. I love this old-timey farmhouse space. One daughter can handle the piano pretty well, and Mrs. BD is a hacker but can bang out a carol or tune when needed. Just takes her a minute or two to get it right.
Tucker: The Terrifying Evolution of the Left
Impossible burgers are made of what?
Don’t Buy Ring Or Other Home Surveillance Devices For Anyone, Ever
World’s oldest forest found in New York state - The 385-million-year-old fossils show that trees evolved modern features millions of years earlier than previously estimated.
Relocation Subsidies Can Help Workers and Struggling Regions
As More Evidence Implicates Vitamin E Acetate in Lung Injuries, the Press Continues to Blame E-Cigarettes That Don't Contain It
Males Are Faring Much Worse Than Females: Busting the Myth of Male Privilege in a Single Chart
Embattled union honchos’ lavish spending exposed: Villas, four-figure dinners, $60,000 cigar bill
Carbon Tax: the Big City 'Incentivizes' Rural Vermonters
On the idea that the Hallmark Channel is fascist and totalitarian
Deplorables Versus the Ruling Class: A Global Struggle
Why Conservatives Should Take Their Fight To The Cities
2019 Man of the Year: Kellyanne Conway’s Husband
The New York Times Reveals the Real Reason Why Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Can’t Gain Traction
Look at All the Media Figures Who Lied to Us About the Carter Page FISA Warrants and the Steele Dossier
Salon Feminazi: ‘Merry Christmas!’ Is Conservative Code For ‘F*ck You!’
Turkey’s Erdogan: Europe ‘Will Feel’ New Migrant Wave
Brussels Chaos: Spain Follows Poland In Shock Threat To Quit EU
Thursday, December 26. 2019
This Is Why Your Holiday Travel Is Awful - The long, sordid history of New York’s Penn Station shows how progressives have made it too hard for the government to do big things—and why, believe it or not, Robert Caro is to blame.
" CREATING THE NEW IGNORANCE”: A CHRISTMAS DAY IDYLL WITH C.S. LEWIS
On Christmas, a heart surgeon and his family offer a different kind of healing at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Phone Trump. He can fix anything.
Upside-Down World: Kanye West Preaches The Gospel As Pope Francis Tells People Not To Evangelize
Ram Dass: Another Ghost from My Youth
Angry Tears Flow As Politicians Fail To Stop “Climate Darkness” In Madrid
Why I quit Twitter — and you should, too
Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget In Anticipation Of Jailing Gun Owners
Democrat Lawmakers From Virginia Call for General Robert E. Lee Statue to be Removed From U.S. Capitol
The Corruptions of Power - Will former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power ever learn?
Hunter Biden Allegedly The Subject Of Multiple Criminal Investigations
House Democrats Mull Second Impeachment
WE NOW KNOW: DEVIN NUNES REFLECTS
British Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Shared More Anti-Trump Fake Conspiracy Theories With the FBI
Isis in Iraq: Militants 'getting stronger again'
Idiots. Not my problem.
Trump Moves the Ball on China Trade - Thoughts on “phase one” of the administration’s evolving agreement with Beijing
Boxing Day is the traditional day to be generous to all those who help us during the year. We give $ to the garbage man, the mailman, the cleaning gals, and of course to my 4:45 AM regular Dunkin guy who works the night shift at my 24-hr Dunkin. These folks appreciate being shown our appreciation.
The docs just get fruit baskets. They are health nuts, believe in eating fruits and nuts. I do not, much, although I will go for a pear or an apple pie.
I hope our readers had a blessed Christmas or a happy Hannukah. The BD clan did have a classic Yankeeland one. Life in America: Perfect candlelight service about Grace and Truth, an early Christmas morning family workout at the gym, scrambled eggs with salmon (and pannetone of course - very Yankee), then the girls entertained us with Christmas carol duets with one's new guitar and the other's new keyboard for her apartment in NYC. Gosh, I love family music no matter how imperfect. One of my daughters sings like an angel, the other like a Screech Owl. Son can't sing a lick and neither can I.
Then a "hike" to the countryside, and, finally home, the kids made us filet with roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed brussel sprouts while my father-in-law dozed by the fire with a glass of rare 25 year-old single malt whiskey which tastes like candy. They cleaned up everything too. Always do.
Daughter was still practicing a Mendelssohn piece when I retired for the evening, banging away by a merry fire with an assortment of 4-letter words. This morning was a heavy weights day, so I had to be rested and ready. She's a Mendelssohn gal, I'm a Schubert guy but Mendelssohn second. I want my guitar daughter to work on country blues, but kids do what they will do. They have their own minds and directions...for better or worse.
Wednesday, December 25. 2019
Trump Campaign Sends Out Tips on “How to Win an Argument with Your Liberal Relatives” for Christmas at SnowflakeVictory.com Website
12 Days of Trump Christmas
Yes, lots of good things for Americans and for America
A Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to all of our readers and to all of our contributors, with thanks for being part of our humble Yankee enterprise
(No innocent trees were murdered for this card to compensate for murdering our Christmas tree)
I've been to a bunch of parties and some fancy parties this season, and heard some great music too, but the best was a neighborhood caroling get-together Friday night - adults and kids. Good food and drinks with around an hour of singing practice around the piano (divvying up the voices of the wise men, the soloist for O Holy Night, etc), then out tramping around and driving around in the dark to our target audiences. Shut-ins, an old friend and WW 2 Navy vet with Alzheimer's, guys on the job, friendly families. Mrs. BD feels that this neighborhood event is the most Christmassy thing we ever do.
I can guarantee that none of the kids who participate will ever forget it. Maybe they will pass it on when they grow up. Hope so. Fine traditions of family, friends, community, and faith do matter because they become embedded in our souls like little candlelights, lighting our dark corners through our entire lives.
O holy Child of Bethlehem
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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