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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Friday, April 30. 2021
Our post, reposted. Summer is coming up here.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:20 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Around here, anyway. It means they have laid their eggs, and do not wish to advertise their presence. It's not just Robins, it's all of the songbirds.
All the same, for the next several weeks the crows will be swooping everywhere to steal the songbirds' eggs and nestlings. They know how to find them.
In other breaking news, our wrens are back this morning. Welcome home, little friends.
Have not seen a warbler yet but our trees have not leafed out yet -still just tree flowers. Not ornamental, just yellowish tree blossoms spewing pollen.
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
Cool experiment. It's not to get rid of mosquitoes, just to reduce numbers of one species
Christian Pastor Arrested In UK For Saying Marriage Is Between A Man And A Woman
Let the barbarians cancel whoever they like. Poor young Americans are now expected to uphold woke standards on their way to becoming total simpletons
Reading and arithmetic are too white
More VDH: How Much Ruin Do We Have Left?
A Minority Group Triumphs. Liberals Are Upset.
Rose McGowan calls the Democrats a ‘cult,’ says people should evaluate their beliefs
True, but I don't take advice from celebs
In the US, COVID hospitalizations are crashing
Vaccinations are plateauing. Don’t blame it on ‘resistance’
Joy Behar Says She Doesn’t Think A Black Man Understands What Racism Really Is Like In America…
Thursday, April 29. 2021
I learned from one of those Italian cuisine Youtubes that "fresh" pasta, ie still not fully dried and packaged, is a waste of money. The comment was that "You're paying extra prices just for the water weight."
Not a big fan of pasta, really, because it feels like filling, empty calories to me. Sure, rare exceptions like when in Italy. Come to think of it, though, I do eat Thai noodles about monthly in noodle soup or Pad Thai, so there's that.
The point remains, though, that pastas were invented for food storage, carb storage like dried beans. They are made to be dried. Sheesh, years ago Mrs. BD and I made fresh homemade lasagna with a pasta machine. Worth doing it once to see what it's like, but after that a waste of time.
It seems to work out for some Mormons and many Moslems.
Why haven't we seen a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases yet?
Elites and New York’s Future - Influential citizens rallied to the city’s rescue in the 1970s, but it’s not clear that we will see a repeat
What Is Systemic Racism? John McWhorter, Lara Bazelon, Glenn Loury, Kmele Foster, Chloé Valdary and Kenny Xu weigh in.
Joe Biden Proposes Crippling Taxes, Strangling Regulations, and Completely Unsecure Elections in Prime-Time Speech
5 Things to Know About Joe Biden's Address to Congress
Bezos-Owned Washington Post To Stop Keeping Track of Biden’s Lies
CNN Laughs, Accuses Sen. Tim Scott of Tokenism, an Uncle Tom for GOP
Here is Sen. Scott's rebuttal
How much immigration do Americans want?
Spy chiefs look to declassify intel after rare plea from 4-star commanders. Top military leaders said the U.S. is falling behind China and Russia in the information war.
Wednesday, April 28. 2021
There are mayny sources of pain for which opiates are the best temporary fix. For example, knee replacement.
The number of such patients who become addicted is tiny. What bothers me is the withholding of opiates for cancer patients, especially terminal patients with pain. Since cancer is the end of the road for roughly half of people (and increasing as other causes of final ends are being better treated), withholding pain control for the terminal out of fear of addiction seems deeply wrong to me.
He is certainly right about the problems with fire suppression. Fire is good. He is also right in pushing nuclear energy for any number of reasons.
12 Ways To Help Your Wife Around The House Without Putting In Too Much Effort
The Mystery Of Why Human Feet Keep Washing Ashore In The US And Canada Has Been Solved
Masking for the vaccinated as a symbol of ‘solidarity’ is downright dumb
So congrats to everyone on now having CDC approval for behaving the same way you’ve been behaving for a year outdoors.
More on Climate Change Hysteria
Epicurious Will No Longer Publish Recipes With Beef To Stop The Climate Emergency
Who uses the term "Latinx"?
IRS Data Shows Democrats Are Now The Party Of The Rich
Biden Set To Unveil $1.8 Trillion Expansion Of American "Social Safety Net"
Twenty retired French generals call for military rule in the country if President Macron cannot halt society's 'disintegration' caused by Islamists— sparking political uproar ahead of elections
Tuesday, April 27. 2021
Two greedy guys reviist the poverty food of the Campagna region of southern Italy. Their enjoyment of food and life is delightful.
Eating fresh lemons from the tree? It's great. I do that, but not from the tree. Slice up a lemon and eat the slices, peel and all.
Is a fair trial possible in political trials? Legal Insurrection reviews:
The World’s Oldest-Known Wild Bird—Named Wisdom—Hatches Another Chick at 70
She looks good for 70.
Survey: We Keep Raising the Age That Children Are Allowed To Play Outside. No freedom for kids until they're 11.
We used to have an 11 year-old babysitter
Deserves a separate post
Civic Education Should Unite Americans, Not Divide Us
Law professor may be fired after personal blog post criticized Chinese government
What? Everybody criticizes the CCP.
Is School Policy for Transgender Student Bathroom Use Discriminatory Under Title IX?
Sheesh. Is this real?
Supreme Court considers whether students can be punished for comments outside class
No - just punish them for anything and everything they say on campus. Again, is this for real?
Gravity is Cancelled: Professors at Sheffield University Want Disclaimers on Isaac Newton’s Theories for ‘Eurocentric’ and ‘White Savior’ Science
Newton's secret scheme finally exposed
Syracuse course questions whether academia should stop teaching Shakespeare. Syracuse University is offering a course in the English Department this Fall, entitled “Why Shakespeare? Race in the Academy.”
Shakespeare's secret scheme finally exposed
Whites Aren't Hated for Slavery but for Making America and the West
White people are not hated. It's just in-fashion posturing.
A Mom’s Research (Part 4): Why Are Many Elites Leftists?
A good question. Maybe because they are superior to rubes like me.
With real Equity, I'd be teaching Astrophysics at Oxford
Biden's Stimulus Checks "Wreck Labor Pool" As People Get Paid To Stay Home
Portland Mayor finally notices people have been burning down his city
Progressive Policy Means Crime without Punishment and Chaos with Anarchy. Used to be let them eat cake, now it’s let them stab each other
When police shoot white people, it's not news
Police shoot lots of white people
JOE BIDEN’S ANTI-AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
Biden's Betrayal of Afghanistan
Afghanistan is not a nation. It's just a place
Monday, April 26. 2021
A new book: A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
As I see it, practical politics does not require philosophical consistency. However, there are attitudes with long histories which continue to shape practical politics.
Is there a "New Right"? I do not know what "Right" means in a country in which freedom from overly-intrusive government is termed "Right".
Deeper And Deeper Into "Climate" Fantasy
Germany and France still having COVID issues. But why?
Boston employers also unable to compete with enhanced unemployment checks
De Blasio may finally understand NYC’s crime crisis — but still won’t get serious about it
Democrat Portland Mayor ‘Done’ With ‘Anarchist Mob,’ Begs Public To Help ‘Unmask’ Rioters
Los Angeles mayor: On second thought, we need more money for police
Grade Inflation Is Ruining Education
Virginia Dept Of Education To Drop All AP Math Classes Because Minorities Are Underrepresented…
Rutgers students provided with 'trigger' warnings in Classics and history courses. A Rutgers professor is using trigger warnings for his courses involving uncomfortable realities of Greek and Roman history.
Tucker Carlson is saving journalism
Bill Maher’s Audience Cheers As He Trashes Young People With Far-Left Views: ‘Your Ideas Are Stupid’
NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Blasts Democrats For Opposing Election Integrity Measures. “The notion that people must be protected from a free ID to secure their votes is not just insane—it is insulting”
"Biden Is An Idiot" - Fmr Police Officer Blasts Democrats For "Riding The Wave Of Dead Black People"
Smarter-Than-You NYT Award-Winning Columnist Says Antifa and BLM Riots Were a Right-Wing Fever Dream
Henry Kissinger on the political consequences of the pandemic, China's rise, and the future of the European Union
Sunday, April 25. 2021
Dalrymple has some excellent ideas
For starters, we need to train more women to smoke.
Leftists Rewriting History Week in Higher Education, at Legal Insurrection
The Angry Ikea Guy, video montage
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
Saturday, April 24. 2021
Ribbon Snakes are long (up to 30 inches), skinny members of the Garter Snake family, found across the Eastern half of the US.
We saw one slithering along a pond edge in New England two weeks ago. They like to hunt near water and marshes for bugs, tadpoles, etc., but I've seen them sunning on woodpiles a ways from ponds.
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