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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, March 31. 2020
Orchids are cool, sexy.
You can't go there now, but here's a tour of this year's NYBG's orchid show.
Forget the politics and forget the hate and the hateful media. As Scott Adams says (and as I observe), the American people almost entirely come together in positive ways when the going gets tough. We might not be a family, but we're a team. Team America.
That is when it matters. Petty politics and sniping are for the good times, not the challenging and sacrificial times. Nobody is worrying about pronouns or the weather now, thank goodness. Unfortunately, there are more important issues.
Image via Social Distancing During the Black Death
This is not the plague
Mr. Coburn Went to Washington and Left a Remarkable Example
Mainstream Media Gave Kavanaugh’s Accuser Substantial Coverage, Ignore Biden’s Accuser
Trump Is Right: Suicides Do Increase During Economic Hardship
UVA Students Issue List of Coronavirus-Related Demands to Administration
Students always try to find excuses to avoid exams. The Stress!
Yikes, This Is What The Swab Test Looks Like For The Virus
Open where possible, closed where necessary – that’s how the economy survives coronavirus
National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening
Trump's Approval Rating Soars As Media Seeks Blackout
PBS Reporter: Covering Trump Is A ‘Team Sport’ For Press: We ‘Have Each Other’s Back’ In Opposition To President…
Monday, March 30. 2020
Dylan referenced this recording in his song:
I was wrong to make a bit of fun about the toilet paper pandemic. If you anticipate the worst all the time, sometimes you will be right. I have to say that, between the virus politics, peoples' economic and medical lives, and the epidemiology, it's confusing. I am glad I am not in charge. I am afraid April 30 will be as aspirational as was Easter. Lives are being destroyed, and it's nobody's fault.
Mia Farrow has finally succeeded in destroying Woody Allen
NYC Idiots Attend “Corona Potluck Parties
RICH EUROPEANS FLEE CITIES, NEW YORK TIMES DISAPPROVES. For quite a few centuries, cities have been unhealthy places in times of contagion
Rich Americans too, bringing germs to their second and third homes.
We're All Germophobes Now
Can coronavirus spread through food or packaging?
Calif. was ready for virus, then it wasn’t. State had plenty of emergency supplies, then got rid of them
USING CHLOROQUINE TO TREAT COVID-19: Q&A WITH RAGHU CHIVUKULA, MD, PHD
Coronavirus Patients Taken Off Ventilators and Out of ICU After Receiving Experimental Drug Leronlimab
FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization Of Trump-Touted Drug To Treat Coronavirus
Kennedy Center Tells Musicians It Will Stop Paying Them Hours After $25 Million Bailout Is Signed
From the always annoying and sanctimonious David Brooks
The only "meaning" in disease is that nature is a bitch. That's not news.
The Media's Top Lies and Spins About COVID-19
As usual, lies upon lies for 3 years
Pelosi calls for probe into Trump’s handling of virus: ‘What did he know and when did he know it?’
Graham Torches Pelosi: 'Most Shameful, Disgusting Statement By Any Politician In Modern History'
Hillary Clinton's toxic coronavirus commentary uses dead Americans as a political weapon
Crenshaw Promotes Unity After Hillary Clinton Mocks Trump’s Coronavirus Response
People ARE united. Politicians are not
Bernie and the Democrats - Sanders’s revolution may have stalled, but his platform lives on.
Biden Says We Must ‘Believe All Women’ – Except The Woman Who Accused Him
1984 COMES TO BRITAIN
Urns In Wuhan Far Exceed Death Toll, Raising More Questions About China’s Tally
Does anyone ever believe anything out of China?
French Official Says Quarantine Should Not Be Enforced In Migrant Areas To Avoid Riots
Sunday, March 29. 2020
Scroll down for the dates. $4.99 is cheap.
Don Carlo is the one I do not want to miss, April 2. I know some of the music but have never seen it.
This fellow makes it clear.
Why the stats on Corona keep changing
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.
12 What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.
16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Saturday, March 28. 2020
How surgeons and surgical nurses scrub for the operating theater (aka operating room)
Just wash your hands - whenever you go to do something. Purell if you got it, but soap is fine. Assume the bug is everywhere, but if you wash, no problem - and don't touch your darn face. If sick, quarantine yourself. Apparently this bug is not easy to catch except by hands or lengthy times in close spaces. Exposure is pretty much unavoidable, but getting sick is not.
British Climate Activists: “Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease”
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sentinels won't abandon post for virus: 'We are always here'
The End of New York - Will the pandemic push America’s greatest city over the edge?
Nope. NYC has been through far worse things like wars, diptheria, cholera, polio, 9-11, HIV, etc etc
All We Have to Fear Is the MSM Itself
Obama Admin Repeatedly Sought Millions In CDC Funding Cuts, Despite Biden’s Attacks On Trump Preparedness
The NIH had 13 years to prepare for coronavirus but still didn't
‘Big Pharma and Its Well-Heeled Swamp Creatures’ Should Stop Being Divisive, Navarro Says
Which Is Worse, The Virus Or The Response To It? (2)
Dr. Birx: Coronavirus Data Doesn't Match The Doomsday Media Predictions
COVID-19 is NOT going to overwhelm our healthcare system
Trump chips away at Congress' role in coronavirus relief oversight. The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill establishes a "special inspector general" to review and investigate loan decisions made by the treasury secretary.
End the lockdown, save the economy: Is there method in Trump’s madness?
Trump understands what his critics don’t: The current lockdown is unsustainable
NIH failed to test coronavirus drugs, studied drunk monkeys, soap operas, and tailgating instead. Expert warned agency as much as 87.5 percent of biomedical research was wasteful.
President Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Force GM To Produce Ventilators
Kathy Griffin sticks to COVID-19 angle despite being sent home from hospital with abdominal infection
Obama Official Busted for Spreading False Story About Hospital Lacking Ventilators, Deciding Not to Treat People
Donald Trump signs TAIPEI Act to support Taiwan’s international relations
If the PA Lacks Funds to Combat the Coronavirus, It Should Stop Paying Salaries to Terrorists
Lots of people feeling snowbound these days, housebound. Get outside!
A short excerpt from Snowbound: A Winter Idyl (1866):
Yet, haply, in some lull of life,
Ahhh, the benediction of the air. Read the entire wonderful but old-fashioned-sounding 1865 poem by the great north of Boston newspaper editor and abolitionist here.
He made a lot of money from that poem. Whittier's home, to which the poem refers, stands in Haverhill, MA. It's a sentimental poem you can read to the kids - with feeling! Especially on a snowbound day.
Friday, March 27. 2020
He packed a lot of his life into this one. It's a talker, really, and a metaphor. I assume it's Dylan on piano.
Explosion of leftist hate aimed at Dr Birx after she demolishes media’s panic narrative.
Panic serves all sorts of political and psychological needs.
It takes common sense to avoid the bug. Simple.
Click the link to get the vimeo despite the "sorry" note. Yes, he is optimistic. "Don't be scared."
Ignore the Sorry note there.
DOJ Says Title IX Doesn't Cover Transgender Status of High School Athletes
Before the virus, we cared about crazy stuff like that
MeToo Legal Fund Refused To Help Biden Accuser, Claiming It Couldn’t Risk Nonprofit Status Since He’s Running For President
Joe Biden Said He Believes All Women. Does He Believe Tara Reade? A former staffer says he sexually assaulted her in 1993.
In Campus Sex Cases, Cross-Examination Is Now on the Table
Lindsey Graham Begins Probe Into Origins Of FBI’s Russia Operation
Williamson on markets: Be thankful for the opportunists
Unemployment benefit claims skyrocket to 3.283 million
This is a war': NYC doctors describe fight against coronavirus
Lessons on enduring coronavirus crisis from these heroes of Vietnam
He never said it
Media Push to Censor President Trump's Coronavirus Briefings
Trump Press Conferences a massive ratings hit, now you know why liberals want network broadcasts stopped
In the Same Poll Where Trump Triumphs on COVID-19 Response, the Media Come In Dead Last
Coronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst
Glad they have their priorities straight
Trump tells governors he is setting new coronavirus guidelines
That's when pols are challenged - when all options suck. This thing is loose on the planet, and will never go away entirely. Like flu never goes away, despite vaccines.
In the midst of coronavirus crisis, Pelosi goes for woke
Radical Environmentalists Welcome Wuhan Virus
“We’re F***Ed”: Aircraft Carrier Outbreak Sends Troops Scrambling
US Overtakes China As The Country With The Most COVID-19 Cases
If anybody believes China
FORECAST OF BRITISH CORONAVIRUS DEATHS REVISED, UM, DOWNWARD
Russia (Finally) Admits Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic Within Its Borders: “A serious situation is unfolding”
80% of coronavirus test kits 'gifted' to Czechs by China faulty - China charged Czech government millions of crowns for defective coronavirus test kits
Spain, Europe's worst-hit country after Italy, says coronavirus tests it bought from China are failing to detect positive cases
Thursday, March 26. 2020
Ballsy guys with hopeless jobs but doing their best, and a good glimpse of Congo
How are our readers dealing with this current mess?
Your work situation, getting outdoors, shopping, exercise, masks, level of fear, etc.
As for me, working from home (no choice), shopping every other day, using Purell, and exercising in the barn. No socializing. Riding and hiking this weekend. Not paranoid, just going along with the general tendencies.
The panic, the hysteria, the mob mentality that has swept over the country is an amazing and disheartening thing to witness.
Kimball is a smart guy. What's your view? You are smart too.
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