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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Wednesday, September 30. 2020
Deads strengthen the "posterior chain," from neck to the soles of your feet. We tend to view deads as a legs exertion, but no, not only. That's why they are an invaluable totaly body exertion.
That posterior chain of muscles is what it makes it possible to be bipedal and to stand up straight instead of slouching. It's counterbalanced by various anterior muscle groups, expecially the abs.
I am no body-builder guy, but after 4 years of including deads in my routine twice weekly (pushing the weights, admittedly, but gradually with high-rep days and low rep days), I can no longer button my dress shirts. 2" more. That's crazy, not what I wanted but it just happened. Brooks Brothers shirts ain't cheap, and I fairly often wear jacket and tie at work, especially for meetings when it is expected. I don't have a single dress shirt that I can button now.
Deads are the single best way, and most efficient way, to stay sturdy after age 40.
From The NYT:
Annals of Woke Parenting
How we bend the knee to our HR overlords - Our managerial class is asserting itself, drunk with its own power
EPA questions legality of California's attempt to phase out sales of gas-powered cars
The Trump Administration Was Right to Lobby for in-Person Education
College No Place for Free Speech Fans, Rankings Show
2020 College Free Speech Rankings Reveal Crisis on Campus
STANFORD PROF INANELY ATTACKS HARVARD PROF FOR PRAISING AMY BARRETT
Great Moments In Journalism: USA Today Fact-Checks Satire Site, Declares It “Satirical”
Obama admin briefed on claims Hillary Clinton drummed up Russia controversy to vilify Trump, distract from emails. Clinton allegedly sought to distract from her email scandal
October Surprise comes early… Hillary Clinton implicated in Spygate collusion plot…
There’s a game-changer out there that should end the Wuhan virus paranoia
CDC Chief Overheard Saying Of New Trump COVID Advisor Scott Atlas, “Everything He Says Is False”
De Blasio Tweets He Will Keep New York Under COVID-Unism Forever
Implicit Bias Training: A Pseudoscience Scam
The Media's Nervous Breakdown Over Race
Critical Race Theory and New Racism: Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here
Trump had to debate both the moderator and Biden
Powerline: THOUGHTS ON THE (NOT SO) PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Tuesday, September 29. 2020
No, I'm not watching. But regardless of the outcome, I suspect Trump will emerge victorious, for a variety of reasons.
Here is a good analysis of his performance against Hillary. Funny how perspective changes things...
I do not do TV, but readers are invited, nay, encouraged, to post comments below.
It was invented at a Pan Am airbase in Limerick in the 1940s as a treat for American travelers.
I don't think the Irish in Ireland drink it. I think of it as a rare dessert treat, but one time I had it for breakfast at a shooting meet and I have never scored as well since then.
Corrupting the College Board - Confucius Institutes and K-12 Education
Verizon scrambling to unload HuffPost as losses mount
De Blasio’s staff can no longer stop him making complete fool of himself
Boston University Prof Denounces Barrett As "White Colonizer" For Adopting Two abandoned Haitian Children
Insanity Wrap #59: 'USA Today' Takes on 'The Babylon Bee,' Brian Stelter Takes a Leak
Here Are The People With Large Platforms Who’ve Warned Of Violence If The GOP Replaces Ruth Bader Ginsburg
NY Attorney General: We Should Just Ignore Some Arrest Warrants
Black Mayors and Police Chiefs are Being Accused of White Supremacy
From the past: Hillary Clinton’s 3 debate performances left the Trump campaign in ruins. Donald Trump didn't just destroy himself. Hillary Clinton destroyed him.
Trump’s Superb Choice in Barrett
Amy Coney Barrett and the Question of Sex
Donald Trump has now become a hugely consequential president
No, Trump Didn’t Pay Only $750 For Federal Taxes In 2016 And 2017, The New York Times story refutes their own claim.
The NYT Claim that Trump Paid $750 in Taxes is a Straight-Up Lie. By Their Own Reporting, He Paid $1,000,000 in 2016 and $4,200,000 in 2017.
New York Times Not Sure Whether to Blame Coronavirus on Trump or Jews -- Blames Both
Monday, September 28. 2020
NYT Bombshell Essentially Boils Down to This: Trump Paid Millions in Taxes, Owes No Debt to Russia
Nice try, NYT. Wealthy business people hire people called tax lawyers. So do lots of regular people like me.
What other surprises do you folks at The NYT have in the pipeline?
" Yom Kippur is the only holiday I know that, because of its very nature, recognizes human weakness. "
Regardless of religion or lack thereof, atonement and confession are always good
Could the Sahara ever be green again?
I recall reading a few years ago that letting cattle, goats, camels, etc gradually encroach on a desert has good results
‘It doesn’t feel safe.’ Inside one of the world’s blueberry capitals. Migrant farmworkers in New Jersey risk COVID-19 to stock your fridge.
It's their choice. Lousy choice, but a choice.
In The Midst Of A Pandemic, Blanketed In Wildfire Smoke, The City Of Berkeley Is Focused On Banning Candy Bars
"Amy Coney Barrett Deserves to Be on the Supreme Court. I disagree with Trump's judicial nominee on almost everything. But I still think she's brilliant."
SYSTEMIC VOTER FRAUD IN MINNESOTA?
Democrats and Leftie Attorney Marc Elias Just Stole the Election in North Carolina — GOP Lays Out Plan to Fight Back …UPDATE: Trump Campaign Is Challenging in Court
It is war
Times News Columns Join Anti-Trump Resistance
Hacks at Fake News NY Times Focus on Trump’s Tax Returns AGAIN Rather than the Biden Family’s Cash for Russian Hookers and Moscow Millions
Trump appears to have lost a lot of $ in some of his business deals
The only illegal thing that appears is the IRS leak
Chaotic Scene Unfolds As Car Plows Through Trump Supporters In California, Multiple Injuries Reported; Driver Arrested
Having fun is good
Sunday, September 27. 2020
Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish holiday, begins tonight with fasting until tomorrow night. It is often referred to as the Day Of Atonement. It might better be referred to as the last chance for atonement before the new year begins. The prior Hebrew month of Elul is about considering our transgressions, especially toward others, and making amends. Indeed, every day would be a better start on the future by correcting our bad behaviors and confessing and asking forgiveness from those we may have harmed in any way. That is why this holiday is also referred to as Day Of Return, returning to the guidance of G-d in living the proper ways.
I just returned from ten days hiking in Utah's national parks. Glorious. Photos later. One of my thoughts was about sheep.When under the shepherd's care, they are protected from wolves. When wandering away, the sheep are less safe and wolves have an easier time of it. G-d is our shepherd and we are safer and have better lives when remaining under or returning to G-d's care.
Almost everybody's favorite opera buffa. Rossini wrote it in three weeks. Over 200 years old, and going strong because it is so much fun and so silly, with irresistable tunes.
Forget politics -this is joyful. Good actors too. Ain't Italian beautful? To me, Sienese Italian is the most musical and expressive tongue in the world.
Readers know that I believe in generous but not excessive tipping whether at Dunkin Donuts or at the Ritz-Carlton.
Why? Not only to show appreciation but to help out people in poorly-paid jobs. Food workers, hotel housekeepers, etc depend on tips to make ends meet.
Here are some suggestions: This Is How Much You Should Tip Hotel Housekeeping Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
I think their suggestions are on the low side.
Joe Rogan World Vs. NPR World
Atlanta activist spent $200G in Black Lives Matter donations on house, personal expenses: FBI
Charles Barkley: The Voice of Reason
Amy Coney Barrett Gave a Perfect Response to Anti-Religious Bigotry
NYT: Maybe A Little Anti-Catholicism Is A Good Thing When It Comes To Barrett
Democrats Can't Quite Decide on a Line of Attack Against Judge Barrett
I'd go for "too white bread, nice, smart, happy, and wholesome" as the attack line
Democrats Take Aim At Amy Coney Barrett
Powerline: THE REAL AMY CONEY BARRETT
When Biden Calls A “Lid,” Democrats Wet The Bed — And Trump Starts Mocking
But it could be an effective Rose Garden strategy. Leading in polls...
25:1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
25:2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
25:3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
25:4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
25:5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
25:6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD!
25:8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
2:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Saturday, September 26. 2020
Dalrymple is a salesman's nightmare
Gavin Newsom Bans Conventional Vehicles
Andrew Cuomo is playing with racial fire
Not a good guy
German Minister Admits Lockdown Will Kill More Than COVID-19 Does
Report: It’s Barrett
The Taboo On Reporting The Race Of Criminal Suspects
Louisville University Shuts Down, Tells White Students To ‘Educate Yourselves On Systemic Racism’
FBI Investigated Steele Dossier Source As A Possible Russian Spy Years Before Trump Probe
Putin wanted "reset Hillary"
"Massive Corruption By The Obama-Biden Administration": Flynn Family Responds To FBI Text Message Revelations
This Is Probably Why Joe Biden Called It A Day Before 10 AM Yesterday...And Hunter Might Be the Reason.
Nancy Pelosi still doesn't think Biden should debate Trump
Friday, September 25. 2020
In other words, people in the know knew it was BS, but used it anyway.
Trump-Russia was not just a routine political lie or hoax. It could be termed a coup-attempt. Scott explains: Coup Plotters Emerge.
I am just not paranoid enough to have believed all of this until now. This is one for the history books. As he says, Watergate was a peanut compared to this.
I wonder whether any of our readers ever believed Trump-Russia collusion.
My Brown Turkey Fig shrub has been highly productive this year, and has grown about 6', but I think none of the fruit will ripen before the first frost.
They usually ripen in August, and it's been a hot summer too. Too late now for these fruits to ripen.
In New England, these plants tend to die back to the roots in winter. However, they revive and grow like weeds.
Do any of our readers grow figs?
'Nevermind.' The New York Times goes Emily Litella on its garbage '1619' project
Paul Krugman Goes Full Dingbat in Latest Trump Election Day Conspiracy Theory
Seriously, Can We Talk about Joe Biden Now?
Dems Suddenly Pivoting to Promoting In Person Voting, the Reason Why Tells You Everything
Texas Attorney General Announces Arrests In Fraudulent Mail-In Ballot Scheme In Democrat Primary
Wisconsin Authorities Investigate Absentee Ballots Found In Ditch, As FBI Probes Discarded Pro-Trump Ballots In PA
Thursday, September 24. 2020
The 232 animals in this photo were killed by house cats in just one year
Who’s Going To Bars And Nightclubs Despite COVID Contagion These Days? It’s Not Who You Think.
It turns out that there really was Russia collusion!
Hunter was getting money from everybody, including China and Russia connected officials
Shock Senate Report Finds Hunter Biden Financially Tied to Chinese Government, Rich Russian Widow, Human Trafficking
U-Haul Truck Filled With Supplies Arrives For “Protesters” In Louisville…
Consider riots as Biden rallies (rallys?)
Is a Trump landslide impossible? Hold my beer!
Wednesday, September 23. 2020
Stonington Borough (pop 929) is as boaty and salty a tiny village as can be found on the East Coast. It is also quaint as heck, almost to a fault. It's a popular summer getaway, right down the road from Westerly and Watch Hill, RI. Also, it has a sizeable retirement population because there is so much to do around there.
Its rock coast has only a postage stamp-sized beach. There is one very pleasant inn, and a yacht club.
Nice boat - a Hunt 33. Mrs. BD wants it.
A bunch more pics below the fold -
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