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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Thursday, December 31. 2020
Nearing the end of Christmas week, if you need some music
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Follow Up on the Informal Poll
I literally read all the comments, which came to 76 (not counting my own, and a few other, comments which were not specifically about work).
Everyone had very different specific circumstances and jobs, or 'jobs' as the case may be, but what interested me is that few seemed to be mentioned in a grudging or unsatisfied/disappointed manner. My own comment to Mrs. Bulldog was that I remember my first job fondly because of the odd circumstances which led to me getting it, but also because I remember little else about that summer, and the work itself only lasted the month of August. But we had our own room at the resort if we wanted to spend the night, and we could use the pool as long as we didn't annoy guests and were respectful.
It was also the first summer where I really learned about music and girls, which had previously never been primary interests. Girls and music do seem to go together pretty well. The girls at the resort were impressed that we had money, and that we worked. The parents still couldn't know we were interested in them, though.
Commenters mentioned roofing (something I did on a few holidays), picking fruit or vegetables (which I had to do in my mom's garden), babysitting (which I did, too), paper routes, flipping burgers, and a variety of other things which I have less experience in.
It's my view that if people let their work define them, it becomes a limiting factor. If our work is just part of who we are, we control our outcomes. We can choose to be what we want and who we want. I see a lot of that in our comments. We've all done many things and each seems to have mostly good memories of what has been done. I can only think that the young people today who complain, protest and make demands simply have not worked hard enough to know that you're happier when you produce rather than when you demand things.
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Thursday morning links
Goodbye to 2020, the year when so much and so many were so wrong
California Extends Its Stay-At-Home Orders Indefinitely, No End In Sight…
60% of Ohio nursing home staff refusing covid vaccine @GovMikeDeWine says
The Forgotten 1957 Pandemic and Recession
Nursing Home Patients Dying Of Loneliness Amid COVID Lockdown…
Gender ideology ties Scouts in tough knots
Resistance Journalists Looking To Take A Break Now That Biden Is In Office
CNN Activist-Reporter Jim Acosta Admits He Won’t Cover Biden as Aggressively as Trump
Ric Grenell: The America First policy is ‘never going back in the bottle’ after Trump
B-52 Bombers Fly Over Persian Gulf As Pentagon Steps Up 'Deterrence' Warnings To Iran
Still scary after all these years
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Wednesday, December 30. 2020
The story of "It is Well with my Soul"
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Tucker speaks to the youth
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Wednesday morning links
Why Roman concrete is stronger than it ever was, while modern concrete decays
Something Wonderful: Eddy’s World of Invention
What a guy. At 98, Eddy still whistles while he works
Was Ancient Greek Poet Homer a Civil War General? He Just Got Canceled in a Mass. School
Down the 1619 Project’s Memory Hole
Massachusetts city to post climate change warning stickers at gas stations
Young Climate Cultists In California Making Themselves Crazy
GET READY FOR THE “CLIMATE EMERGENCY”?
Spain Will Make List Of Residents Who Refuse COVID Vaccination, Will Share It With European Union To Potentially Ban Them From Air Travel Across EU…
New York Lawmakers Decide No One Can Be Evicted During COVID, Landlords Will Just Pay Their Bills Somehow I Guess?
Mass Vaccination Campaign Begins In Europe, Millions Of Doses To Be Distributed In First Week
Do Black Lives Really Matter? Latest New York City Crime Statistics
Worst Governor In America Prioritizes Drug Addicts Over Seniors For Vaccines
Obama, Biden Oval Office Meeting On January 5 Was Key To Entire Anti-Trump Operation. Susan Rice's bizarre Inauguration Day email about that meeting helps explain the campaign of leaks, lies, and obstruction that followed.
Man Who Has Been In Government For Nearly 50 Years Promises To Fix Government
Ukraine Press Conference Explicitly Ties Hunter & Joe Biden To Corruptionaine Press Conference Explicitly Ties Hunter & Joe Biden To Corruption
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Tuesday, December 29. 2020
Informal Maggie's Poll: When Did You Start Working?
I took a survey today about working, and first jobs. One question asked the age of your first job:
Prior to 15
Once I started working, I never stopped. I had a job every summer, sometimes during school, always on breaks or holidays (ski resorts needed lift operator assistants during these periods) afterward. I'd sometimes offer to work off the books and under minimum wage if it meant I could get the work. I know I got most of the tax money back since I was a student, but that never bothered me. Money in the pocket beats waiting for it after April.
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:24 | Comments (86) | Trackbacks (0)
The Royal Ballet rehearse The Nutcracker
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Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?
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Ella Fitzgerald: One note Samba
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Tuesday morning links
THE MOB COMES FOR PROF. GEORGE
THE LONG MARCH THROUGH THE INSTITUTIONS IS COMPLETE–THE LEFT CONTROLS TEEN VOGUE
REJECT WOKE CIVICS. A national movement to mandate standards for the teaching of Civics and History is gaining momentum. No conservative should support it.
Brother, Can You Spare $120 Billion? Colleges: $23 Billion Isn’t Enough
Why does The New York Times hate America?
Bill Gates' Savior Complex Spirals Out of Control, Funds Sun-Dimming Plan To Save the Human Race
The Real Reason Why Your Kids Can’t Go Back To School (Hint: It’s Not COVID-19)
UK Journalist Hounded After Pointing Out That Only Old And Sick Die From COVID
Fauci Admits He’s Been ‘Deliberately’ Moving the COVID-19 Goalposts—Partly Based on His Gut
330,000 Americans Die ‘With’ China Coronavirus – CDC says Number Who Died “From” Coronavirus Is Much Less, Around 6 Percent
Universal Medicaid for Ages 1–21 Pushed in New England Journal of Medicine
To Balance China, Joe Biden Should Build Upon Trump’s India Strategy
U.S. "Driving Stake Through Heart" of German-Russian Pipeline
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Monday, December 28. 2020
California doctor fired after questioning coronavirus lockdowns
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Monday morning links
John Henry Faulk (from 2000): The day after Christmas a number of years ago, I was driving down a country road in Texas...
WSJ: In Defense of Scrooge, Whose Thrift Blessed the World. In the 1840s, Dickens didn’t see how businessmen like his hero were already lifting mankind from poverty.
Michael Walsh's 'Last Stands' Explains Why Men Go Down Fighting to the Last Breath
'Stressful' incidents fall under 'workplace violence' at Vanderbilt University
UMich’s IT department told to stop using word ‘picnic,’ it could ‘harm morale’
THIS WEEK IN RACISM: TIKI BARS?
Soccer Club Demands Fans Who Booed BLM Undergo Re-Education Courses Before Being Allowed Back
Understanding Black Americans: Don’t Ask Liberals
Testing The "Systemic Racism" Narrative
Losing a Generation: Across the Country, a Frightening Number of Students Are Receiving Failing Grades
MSNBC Doom and Gloom Doc: Don’t Get Overly Optimistic About the Covid-19 Vaccine, We’re in For a “Decades-Long Battle”
Media idolatry of Dr. Fauci becoming patently and verifiably absurd
Deborah Birx Says She Took Risk Of Traveling On Thanksgiving Because Her Parents Had Stopped Eating…
Tucker Carlson: The slow, painful death of California. The policies that destroyed America's largest and most economically important state are heading your way
Washington Post Warns Joe Biden: ‘Pandemonium at the Border’
Ossoff: Sorry, But My Company’s Finances Are Confidential
The Post says: Give it up, Mr. President — for your sake and the nation’s
29 Years Ago The Soviet Union Was Officially Dissolved…
Brexit trade deal agreed at last minute
China Begins Antitrust Investigation Into Alibaba, The Countries Largest Corporation…
Understanding Israel's War in the 'Grey Zone'
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Sunday, December 27. 2020
COVID: Something to Consider
I contracted Covid back in March. 2 weeks of coughing and headaches, no fever, and a general haziness for about 2 months afterward. I'm fine now, no long-term issues to speak of. I am heading in for some medical checkups since my insurance is ending soon. If you're over 50 and understand the prep process, you know what I'm talking about. At any rate, the doctors had me take a Covid test last week as a precautionary measure. It's a smart move, and of course I came up negative.
Thing is, I was visiting friends last night, and a few other people stopped in. We wound up spending a few hours together. This morning, one sent us a text telling us he'd awakened with a fever. Later he texted that he'd been tested and came up positive.
Most of the people there last night already had Covid, so we're fairly confident we should be in good shape. We'd all been tested and had the antibodies. There are no guarantees, but I'm fairly confident most of us will be fine. There wasn't a ton of interaction, touching and no coughing. But we were indoors, and Mrs. Bulldog has not had Covid yet. So she will go get tested in a few days. Meanwhile, we will quarantine for a few days...
Except I have that procedure on Tuesday morning. So I shot them a note to let them know, and will follow whatever measures they ask me to engage.
This is how things should be handled. Rather than locking down, we can take steps to manage ourselves properly. Lockdowns haven't stopped the spread, they've merely created a false impression that viral outbreaks can be 'stopped' or 'prevented' with policy. Except the policies haven't stopped anything, and often have only led to worse overall situations.
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Make me a sandwich
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Signs of NYC’s 2021 comeback are everywhere you look
In The NY Post
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From today's Lectionary
2:22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
2:23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"),
2:24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.
2:27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,
2:28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
2:29 "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word;
2:30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
2:31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
2:32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
2:33 And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.
2:34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed
2:35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your own soul too."
2:36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
2:37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.
2:38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
2:39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
2:40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
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Saturday, December 26. 2020
Supposedly your doc or employer has to ok it, but it seems they just want to get all of the vaccines put out into the community and let none go to waste.
I did it not because I am a fearful type, but for the comfort of people I encounter. You get a CDC certificate and a sticker to wear if you want to. In 30 days, you can get the booster shot but you are immuzined until then. That's a precaution.
There appears to be no shortage around here. Around here, CVS (good for them) is all set up for delivering to all of the nursing homes and old folk's homes today. Front-line people have already had the chance over the past week, but I saw a few late nurses in our line-up. They were coming cuz of their 5 days off. RNs have strange schedules.
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The Perennial Question
Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? My son says no. I say yes. My brother says yes, the director John McTiernan says yes, and a host of others say no.
Others play Solomon and split the baby. It's not a movie with a Christmas theme, but does include the element of Christmas. So, "no, but..."
Another way of looking at this is to ask if there was a message regarding "the system" in Die Hard. It was based on a book which was clearly anti-capitalist in nature, and McTiernan states it was supposed to be anti-capitalist. Frankly, I think he lost on that score. The proletarian nods don't really add up well. Capitalism had been so successful in providing more for all that by the time the movie was made some of the items he felt delineated 'wealth and privilege' from 'working class' were no longer meaningful. They are even less so today (assuming our economy had not been locked down, which has only exacerbated some of the divisions of wealth which were barely noticeable before).
That said, the most noticiable delineations of class today are not wealth-related, but power related as our "leaders" lock us down and lecture us on how to behave, only to go do the exact opposite things which they suggest we do. The real 'class warfare' today is power vs. the lack of it, not whether one has more money than someone else. Of course, that was always the nature of 'class warfare', but Leftists love to obscure that fact with a veneer of basic economic BS that only people with common sense can see through. McTiernan, therefore, fails miserably in his goal of making a legitimate anti-capitalist story. Mainly because there is no legitimate anti-capitalist story to be made. Unless you are a "trained Marxist" and know how to create one out of whole cloth. (For what it's worth, the term "trained Marxist" always made me laugh. I studied Economics at The New School, which tried very hard to push the Marxist agenda, and I read quite a bit of Marx, Hobsbawm, Gordon and a host of other Marxist garbage. So I'm a "trained Marxist" and one of the things every single Marxist professor said was "Marx left no blueprint, only an idea with no path forward and no clear goal except revolution." That's why Marxism and Leftist thought is such utter BS. Unlike Classical, Neo-Classical, Monetarist or even Austrian schools of thought, Marxism is just an idea and not a fully-formed one, but full of childish and misleading binary concepts. Though I will credit Marx with completely shifting the study of History in a very meaningful and useful fashion.)
At any rate, to me Die Hard is very much a Christmas movie and very much a pro-capitalist one. After all, Hans Gruber himself, like so many Marxists before him, only cared about the power he was managing (his gang) and the money he was trying to collect, and was utilizing a facade to perpetrate his crime...you know, like BLM and Antifa today. These movements are cargo cults, full of images that seem to 'make sense' but cannot ever effectively achieve the goals they have set for themselves because they are inclined only toward one thing. Perpetual Revolution.
Boxing Day, reposted from 2015
Virginia, your learned friends are wrong.
Hansel and Gretel: losing their religion
What to the Atheist Existentialist Jew is the Meaning of Christmas?
Jingle Hell - The debasement of Christmas songs
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Friday, December 25. 2020
One For the Kids
The USS George Washington handles Christmas well.
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A day late
But not a dollar short with Jessye.
We had a memorable Christmas Eve service from the porch of our church last night in the wind and rain with about 200 of us singing carols, doing the readings, with those fake battery candles.
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"Come, Martha. Let's go listen to the pudding singing in the copper."
That was Tiny Tim on Christmas Day. We got into a chat today at brunch with a Brit friend about Christmas Pudding.
Whether you like it or not (it's like Fruitcake), it is a necessary Brit tradition.
How to make it is below (recipe and video). Ideally served with flaming brandy, then something creamy on top. Funny thing about Christmas Pudding is that you can make it months in advance.
Even a year or two in advance. Just put it on a shelf. Even mice won't bother it.
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Merry Christmas to all! As a contributor thank you all for the kind wishes of a Merry Christmas (it was - I got 2 bottles of whiskey, a book on bourbon, some honey roasted macadamia nuts, a gift card for a massage and a flying lesson) that you left on on BD's card.
But the real gifts are those I've seen here - the caring and love which I believe are natural gifts of our audience. Despite claims by some in our nation that our 'system encourages' greed, hatred, selfishness and a host of other issues, I mainly see kindness, love and charity from all of you. It may not disprove the claims of those who want to undermine our system and way of life - but I know all of us will continue to speak out for truth and fight for what is right and what is ours.
I'd like to personally thank Bird Dog for inviting me to start writing years ago. My first "post" was on Sept 22, 2011 - actually it was an essay that Bird Dog posted on one of my favorite topics, Economics. So this will be my 10th year writing for Maggie's. I'd also like to thank Dr. Mercury, who has come and gone a few times over the years, and I hope he is well - out there somewhere. He encouraged me to write after I'd posted some comments to a few of his posts, gave me writing advice, and made the intro to Bird Dog, for which I am eternally grateful.
Without Maggie's, I wonder if Mrs. Bulldog and I would be doing as much hiking as we are now. That all stemmed from our Urban Hikes - sadly missed in 2020 - which I have come to look forward to every year. I love meeting our readers and sharing time with them, getting to know them. Hope we meet more this year (hopefully we can begin hike planning soon).
What I like most is that our readers are inquisitive, interesting, and independent. We don't always agree on everything, and that's OK. Who wants to be the same as everyone else?
I'll share an email I sent to a large number of former co-workers who I respect and will miss going into the new year. I think it's a nice mix of realism and optimism. Hopefully you will share these thoughts, too. Mrs. Bulldog and I wish you only glad tidings:
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Boxing Day, Festivus or nothing at all, it is the holiday season and I hope you have an enjoyable time with your friends or, more likely given the times, your family...more to the point, your nuclear family. It's been a strange and wild year in many respects but the prospects for the new year are always good. We entered 2020 with bright eyes and bushy tails and soon found the tails singed and eyes blinded a bit, but we've worked our way through it all and it's time to latch on to new cliches for 2021.
No lights at the end of a tunnel, no dawning of a new day. Just optimism that we can leave 2020 behind and take the best parts of it forward with us.
Have a great holiday season. All the best.
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