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, June 30. 2020
Do the 60s radicals win?
Kimball: America’s current straits represent the victory of 1960s radicals
Roger K is a smart guy, but I think he's wrong about this. This sort of power stuff has gone on, on and off, since the 1800s. Race just happens to be the hook right now.
Does the hook bring you back?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 15:44 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to Healthy Individuals
Recent Coronavirus Data Suggests the Lockdowns Were a Colossal Mistake
How Deadly Has The Covid-19 Pandemic Really Been?
Reopen The Schools!
Michael Shellenberger: “On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare”
Mt. Rushmore is racist
July 4th is racist
Academic department calls on Penn State to require 'structural racism' courses
Black Lives Matter NY President: Crime Needs To Be Looked At As A Health Issue, Not A Police Issue
ARE THE WHEELS COMING OFF IN ATLANTA?
An African Country Still Has Slavery — Obama Awarded Them Trade Benefits, Trump Reversed It
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:44 | Comments (26) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, June 29. 2020
Oh, you have a problem? I'm sorry, your problems are not so f-ing special
Scott is right. Everybody has problems.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:41 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
A Field Guide to Cape Cod
Actually, Cape Cod and The Islands.
A richly illustrated full-color guide to the unique plants, wildlife, and environments of Cape Cod and the other nearby “Outer Lands” that face the Atlantic Ocean
OK, we are Cape Codders, and thus biased. But if you know of any getaway place so good for salt air and piney smell, sailing, fishing, hunting (deer, duck and pheasant), gardening (long growing season on the ocean), biking, hiking, dining on day-fresh seafood and Wellfleet Oysters, tell me about it.
Besides that, there is no rich people flavor like Palm Beach, the Islands, Spring Lake, Watch Hill, and the Hamptons. Them folks we have on the outer Cape are very low-profile. It's a Maserati and Porsche-free zone, but you have to deal with "F-Trump" bumper stickers. Whatever. It's a free country, thank God.
I never get invited to Hamptons parties anyway.
Just no skiing on the Cape, but not too far from it. Beautifully desolate and wet in winter, of course, without any real snow but them's the breaks. You can get out and shoot a duck for supper.
Posted by Bird Dog in Travelogues and Travel Ideas at 14:50 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
European Union Will Ban Travelers From America/Russia…
1619 Project Author Claims Africans Visited America Before Columbus, Used Ancient African Technology
Virus death toll drops to 5 in NY, once the U.S. epicenter
MC: Examples Of The Worst Of Progressive Racism
OF STATUES AND SYMBOLIC MURDER
Black Lives Matter Organizer: 'Give Me Money or We'll Break Windows'
Black Billionaire Robert Johnson Demands $14 Trillion in Reparations
"The Princeton University Board of Trustees voted on Friday to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the university’s School of Public and International Affairs."
Minneapolis council members who voted to abolish cops get private security
Greg Gutfeld Goes Off On Liberal Juan Williams For Blaming Inner City Violence On Trump
De Blasio’s performance grows worse by the day, making NYC unlivable: Goodwin
Toppling attempt led by Harvard student ends after confrontation with statue defenders
The guy is a complete jerk
Trump admits it: He's losing. Amid a mountain of bad polling and stark warnings from allies, the president has acknowledged his reelection woes to allies.
My advice: Don't be an a-hole
Nancy Pelosi: Nationwide Mask Requirement Is ‘Long Overdue’
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:15 | Comments (30) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, June 28. 2020
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 16:54 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Pretending not to believe in evil
18 shot in 24 hours as spike in gun violence in NYC continues.
Guns just keep going off. Maybe hot weather causes it. Climate change?
Four Children, Including 1 Year Old, Killed In Chicago As Violence Spikes In City
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:42 | Comments (12) | Trackbacks (0)
The Sane vs the Insane
Watch the video too
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From today's Lectionary
6:12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.
6:13 No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.
6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
6:15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
6:17 But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted,
6:18 and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
6:20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
6:21 So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death.
6:22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.
6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Saturday, June 27. 2020
His Back Pages
Posted by Bird Dog at 15:54 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Blue State Blues: Connecticut
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:03 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
What It’s Like to Live in a City Full of Moose
Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”
The Declining Case for Municipal Recycling
Journalist Absolutely DESTROYS California Officials on Coronavirus and Face Masks
UK Government: “we must seize the opportunity to make the COVID-19 recovery a defining moment in tackling the climate crisis”
1 in 5 Ballots Rejected as Fraud Is Charged in N.J. Mail-In Election
VDH: When states go wild
Noonan in WSJ: The week it went south for Trump
JUDGE BLOCKS NEW YORK’S LIMITATION ON OUTDOOR RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Does the Black Community Support Abolishing the Police?
Then They Came for Abraham Lincoln Week in Higher Education
Tear Gas And Dumpster Fires: Antifa Militants Try to Take Over Portland Police Station
Abraham Lincoln at UW-Madison is the latest target of cancel culture
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:00 | Comments (23) | Trackbacks (4)
Saturday Verse: W.S. Merwin
The Summer (1991)
After we come to see it and
know we scarcely live without it
we begin trying to describe
what art is and it seems to be
something we believe is human
whatever that is something that
says what we are but then the same
beam of recognition stops at
one penguin choosing a pebble
to offer to the penguin he
hopes to love and later the dance
of awkwardness holding an egg
on one foot away from the snow
of summer the balancing on
one foot in the flash of summer
Posted by Bird Dog in Saturday Verse at 06:13 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, June 26. 2020
How the Left turns on itself
Posted by The News Junkie at 18:33 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Who coined the word "scientist"?
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 17:40 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Scott Adams tries again
He tries again to get canceled. A good one.
Good fun. He is right that Obama and Biden behaved like traitors to the country, but few will say so. And he is right: the media is designed to make people upset.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:50 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
The CDC Lost Control Of The Coronavirus Pandemic. Then The Agency Disappeared.
Cuomo on tearing down statues: “It’s a healthy expression of people saying let’s get some priorities here and let’s remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let’s not celebrate it."
With Statues Gone, Pigeons Forced To Poop On Rioters
Mayor: ‘What Happened Last Night In Madison Was Far From Peaceful And Exceeding Dangerous’
Donations to BLM Are Funneled Through Democrat Related ActBlue and Handled by Organization Led By Member of Weather Underground Terrorist Group
Dalrymple: It's 1968 Again
According to Ted Cruz, Attorney General Bill Barr Is the Honey Badger
MAN BITES DOG: NY TIMES HAS SOMETHING POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:49 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (4)
Thursday, June 25. 2020
Seen on a boating outing the other day. Name that rig.
Posted by Bird Dog at 18:40 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 16:06 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
"Some people want to kill me"
Scott Alexander and The New York Times
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 16:05 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
VDH: 2020 Election Will Be a Contest of the Angry
I am not angry. Anger is unhealthy for body and soul.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 15:54 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
NYC Marathon cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
A Third Of Americans Have Gained Weight Due To Coronavirus
NY, NJ, Conn. to Quarantine Visitors from Worse-Off States
Good luck with that
THE HOLLOWNESS OF VIRTUE SIGNALING
Here Come The Bourgeois Bolsheviks
"And all it took was one generation of neglect, just one, and poof, the reserve of bourgeois values necessary to maintain Western Civilizational disappeared. And I'm not sure it's possible to ever get it back."
NASCAR's Bubba Wallace Angry at Attacks on His Character After Fake Noose Incident
Noose stories are pretty much always fake
#FAKENOOSE STORY PROVES RACISM IS OUR NEW RELIGION
The Arrest That Led To The Riot In Madison, Wisconsin Last Night
US brands four Chinese state media outlets 'foreign missions'
Pentagon Names 20 Chinese Firms It Says Are Military-Controlled
Twitter marks Trump tweet in violation of “policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm”
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:00 | Comments (24) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, June 24. 2020
Managing fitness in crazytime
I do not like the new rules at my gyms. I will not deadlift with a mask on, and forget cardio with a mask. That is just unhealthy.
I'll be back to my trainer's home garage on Monday for my heavy weights, I hope. Legal or not, I do not care.
What about you all?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:28 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
The Spring of the iconoclasts
At Quillette, The Great Awokening and the Second American Revolution
"Revolution"? I don't think so. Just a bunch of young white kids with nothing to do. Breaking things is much easier than making things.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:50 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
A Sedentary Lifestyle is the Sworn Enemy of our Health
To Solve Climate Change: “stringent eco-taxes …, wealth redistribution … a maximum income, a guaranteed basic income … reduced working hours”
Planning to Revive Racial Preferences in California
Education Department uncovers $1B in anonymous foreign funding at higher education institutions
Facebook moderators brag about deleting pro-Trump posts in Project Veritas sting
A retired physician's take on epidemiologists
Don’t Count Manhattan Out - The appeal of working from home wears thin, and big real estate deals promise a rebirth of the Big Apple.
D'Souza: THE CRIMES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Leftists Promise To Tear Down Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in D.C.
The American Museum of Natural History Purges Its Most Famous Patron
I always thought the statue depicted him as helping them
WWII Monument In Charlotte Defaced With Hammer And Sickle
DEAR BABYLON BEE… IT PAINS US, IT DOES, BUT WE MUST ONCE MORE REMIND YOU THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE SATIRE...
Minneapolis got away with being a liberal city for quite a while, but the rot was deep and the decline was inevitable.
UChicago econ professor’s career being torn apart after criticizing ‘defund the police’
The Political Genius of Donald Trump
Bolton Is Wrong; I Was There
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:41 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
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