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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Sunday, February 28. 2021
A change of pace: Becalmed to boredom in mid-Atlantic
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At Great Books, a 30-minute talk about The Autobigraphy of Calvin Coolidge
A remarkable man. The US was wise to elect him.
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From today's Lectionary
8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
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Saturday, February 27. 2021
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Saturday morning links
Today's funnies: Story Time With Titania McGrath
Banding ducks in Calif (brief vid)
Erasing history: Oklahoma
An Unthinking Effort at Dismissing Florida’s Success
Washington State School Forces Kids Into “Band Pods” Over COVID Fear…
Teacher’s Unions Are The Obstacle To Reopening Schools
'Fire Fauci' Trends on Twitter as His Mixed Messages and Inconsistencies Finally Get Called Out
European Court Demands EU Governments Prove They’re Doing Something About Climate Crisis
Why Are Whites Being Blamed For Attacks On Asians Carried Out By Minorities?
Federal Judge Rules Nationwide Eviction Ban Is Unconstitutional
Surge of 13,000 Central American minors to US border expected in May
The Worst Racists Are The Left-Wing Academics
The Morning Briefing: 'Equality Act' Is Proof Democrats Are Clinically Insane
New York Times Reports on a Black Student Who Lied About Being Racially Targeted at Smith College, Claims A Lie Is Just Someone's "Deeply-Felt Sense of Personal Truth"
Crazy: Why is Neera Tanden so important that Democrats would smear Joe Manchin to save her doomed nomination?
Why Are Whites Being Blamed For Attacks On Asians Carried Out By Minorities?
Capitol Police chief warns extremists 'want to blow up the Capitol' when Biden addresses Congress. The acting chief said members of militia groups want to "kill as many members as possible" in an attack during Biden's coming address.
China Rushes to Crush Pro-Democracy Movement in Hong Kong
China Emits More Carbon In 2 Weeks Than Australia Does In One Year
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Friday, February 26. 2021
Erik goes after a Force 10 storm: Face your fears
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Somewhat related: CDC estimated a one-year decline in life expectancy in 2020. Not so — try five days
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Friday morning links
Revising the Canon: How Andy Warhol Became the Most Important American Modern Artist
I thought he was a con-man, but I wish I had bought some.
High-speed rail update:
First They Came For Milo. The business model switched from a free exchange of ideas to a protection racket so fast we never even noticed.
NY Times Opinion: School Closures Have Been An Epic Disaster For Children (And Democrats Are To Blame)
With COVID vaccine rolling and cases receding, open up all classrooms!
California board member compares reopening schools to 'White supremacist ideology' and 'slavery'
The Atlantic: You have been vaccinated. It doesn't matter
Travel Restrictions Have No End In Sight As European Leaders Worry About New Variants
Student was not victim of racism for 'eating while black' at $80k Smith College and made up details that ruined the lives of four campus workers and led to controversial anti-bias training that employee resigned over
Cornell Daily Sun Interviews Professor William Jacobson Re Critical Race Training Database
"You Have Permanently Changed Them": Rand Paul Grills HHS Nominee Rachel Divine Over Parental Consent For Trans Minors
New California Bill Would Fine Retailers With Separate "Girls" & "Boys" Sections
Psaki On Biden Keeping Migrant Kids In ‘Containers’ Versus ‘Cages’: ‘We Only Have A Couple Of Choices’
Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Trust me, they will find mistakes
The U.S. Air Force Just Admitted The F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed
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Thursday, February 25. 2021
Thursday Bob: Good sound
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Are you Woke?
Related: The Danger of (three) Unassailable Ideas - Treating beliefs as truths makes it impossible for the academy to do its job
Well, beliefs are worthy of analysis too.
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"Pointing out somebody's hypocrisy never changed anybody's mind."
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Thursday morning links
Fauci: For The Good Of Society, You Can’t Dine Indoors Or Go To Theaters — Even After Being Vaccinated
Babylon Bee Nails Disney to the Wall on Their Woke Warning Label for "The Muppet Show"
Ben Franklin’s Name Scrubbed From Tacoma City Park
Democrats Send Insane Letter to Cable Carriers and Big Tech, Demanding a Ban on Conservative Media
Tucker Carlson Strikes Gold, Triggers CNN Into Proving His Point After Segment on Disinformation
“Systemic Racism,” “Equity,” and the End of Civil Rights
Tucker Carlson's plan to end systemic racism and income inequality in America
WSJ: The Equality Act Makes Women Unequal. H.R. 5 erases ‘sex’ as a legal category, with dire consequences.
Why public employee unions don't serve the public's best interests
Democrats’ cynical ‘Jan. 6’ politics: Goodwin
As illegal border crossings surge, Psaki and media redefine 'kids in cages' as 'migrant facility for children'
Pro-Family News Outlet Censored By Twitter for Stating Biden Admin Official’s Biological Sex
Judge Blocks Enforcement of Biden’s Moratorium on Most Deportations
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Wednesday, February 24. 2021
Learned from Life: A book
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now by Dr. Gordon Livingston
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“It is not the (Bible) passages that I do not understand that bother me. It is the passages that I do understand that bother me.”
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A Rara Avis
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Wednesday morning links
The most mentally tough people apply the 1% ‘marginal gains’ rule, says performance expert—here’s how it works
Virtual 'Celebration of Life' Being Planned for Rush Limbaugh
NYT: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101
Fauci Is Not Your God
DR. FAUCI’S BAFFLING ADVICE
Smith College disputes Jodi Shaw exposé: Our “equity and inclusion training” has not created “a racially hostile environment for white people”
Biden Energy Dept Allegedly Blocked Texas From Increasing Power Generation Because It Would Violate Green Energy Policy…
NY Times Notices That All These Companies Proclaiming They’re Doing Something On ‘Climate Change’ Mostly Aren’t
Interior Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland: ‘It’s Time To Stop All New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In America’…
New York, a Dying City in a Dying State
Big Tech "Deplatforming" Becomes Ever More Audacious
Julie Kelly: Feds Keep Claiming It Was an "Armed Insurrection." And They Keep Failing to Produce the Actual "Arms" Carried During It.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s Mother: ‘He Wasn’t Hit on the Head’ by Trump Supporter
Ex-Clinton adviser Naomi Wolf warns US becoming 'totalitarian state before our eyes' under Biden
Biden’s ‘Kids In Cages’ Moment: Carrizo Springs Facility Re-Opens
Juan Williams: The GOP is a party without ideas
How Does the West Factor in Africa's Problems?
Trudeau Dithers as Canadian Parliament Recognizes Uyghur Genocide
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Tuesday, February 23. 2021
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Saul Bellow, via Powerline on the sordid ritual of political confession
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Solo, in the Atlantic
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Fred Astaire on drums
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Bird du Jour: White-Throated Sparrow
Along with our Juncoes, a perky winter sparrow around here in the Northeast US.
As weather warms up (not yet) they have a very sweet call before they depart to breed in the coniferous parts of Canada.
A similar bird, the White-Crowned Sparrow, is rarely seen here because they migrate from their breeding gounds on the tundra to winter further south. They do not seem to stop by for a rest.
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Tuesday morning links
NYT: On Horseback Among the Eagle Hunters and Herders of the Mongolian Altai
Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why
Quillette: Remembering Karl Popper
Hypotheses must be falsifiable
New Studies Suggest One COVID Vaccine Shot May Be Enough for Some Patients
Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster
Malevolent Elf and Undercover Bug-Chaser Anthony Fauci: We May Be Returning to "Normality" by... 2022, and Even Then, "Normality" Will Vary By User Experience
Despite Successful Vaccine Rollout, Jen Psaki Threatens 'Months and Months' of 'Sacrifice' and 'Suffering'
Hey Jen - enough optimism?
White People, Europeans Obsessed With Time, WA State Official Says
White people (only white people) believe that "On time means 5 minutes late."
Today’s blacklisted American: Amazon blacklists book for criticizing transgender movement
Democrats take first steps to censor conservative TV channels OANN, Newsmax and Fox News
The "Muppet Show" disclaimer "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures."
Mainly Scandinavians. I am 10% Scandinavian and I resent their stereotyping. In fact, it diminishes my sense of personhood...
90% White Man Disproves White Supremacy by Insisting He's Black and Qualifies for Affirmative Action
After Democrats Destroyed the Restaurant Business in New York with Insane COVID Policies, Democrat Senator Schumer Is Pushing for $25B in Relief from the Federal Government
Who does that $ come from?
ANDREW CUOMO’S LEGAL WOES
Biden AG Pick Merrick Garland: Far-Left Rioters Attacking Federal Courthouse Not Domestic Terrorism Because It’s At Night When Court Is Closed
Yes, these idiots are "threatening the USA":
Merrick Garland Won’t Promise to Protect Durham Investigation
What Durham investigation?
Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin
Ex-DHS Chief: ‘Far-Left’ Biden Immigration Bill Signals To Traffickers ‘It’s Okay To Come,’ ‘Extreme Incentive’ For Future Illegal Immigration
Duh. Can we focus on Legal Immigration?
How the GOP can win back Congress
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Our Eagles are back
From a friend in CT yesterday. Although they prefer seafood, probably dining on seagulls and ducks right now. They are laying their eggs in CT now.
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Monday, February 22. 2021
An Orwellian time
VDH on Impeachment and the ‘Cancer’ of Woke Ideology
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Maritime history: New England and the Sea
I recommend New England & the Sea:
The story of a seafaring land, but it is not so much anymore.
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