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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, August 31. 2021
Revisiting Orwell's work on the anniversary of the barnyard classic.
Sadly I can not understand this:
Cape Cod: eight great white sharks seen feeding on humpback whale carcass. Expert marvels at ‘biggest smorgasbord a shark could dream of’
Epoch keeps getting better, but $. Greedy capitalists.
HHS Plans To Treat Climate Crisis As Public Health Crisis
LA Teacher's Union President: 'Our babies may not have learned all their times tables' but 'they know the words insurrection and coup'
Obama Education Secretary Loses His Mind, Compares Anti-Maskers To Kabul Suicide Bombers
They Openly Mock Us Now: Taliban Hangs “Traitor” by the Throat From US Helicopter in Kandahar Left Behind by Joe Biden
Biden Will Fund Taliban Through "Humanitarian Aid"
American University of Afghanistan Students Struggle to Flee the Country
Playing the Race Card on Larry Elder. Engaging in shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing, the media attempt to portray the California gubernatorial candidate as anti-black.
Kamala Harris: The absentee VP by design
The Story About Biden Checking His Watch During Dignified Transfer Just Got a Lot Worse
Did not like being there
Monday, August 30. 2021
The kinky secret sex lives of sharks
‘We are burning our cultural inheritance’. Heather Mac Donald on how high culture has been destroyed by the culture war.
Scientific American (and math) go full woke
Stop enabling people to avoid work because of Covid
Who’s Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You
After implementing a vaccine mandate, Amherst requires double-masking and limits student travel
Kamala Harris and Jane Fonda
Sunday, August 29. 2021
When schools teach 'equity,' kids learn fear and anger: Social science research documents harm from well-intentioned "coddling." Time to rethink Biden's anti-American energy policies
From Tucker. Amusing.
AOC Decides To Jump In On The Science Of Ice Cream
Bill Maher Crowns Greg Gutfeld the ‘New King of Late Night’: Conservative Comedy Successful Because Liberals ‘Sound Like an Onion Headline’
New documents detail behind-the-scenes turmoil at UNC journalism school over Nikole Hannah-Jones hiring
Okla. Woman Took Credit for Rescuing the Afghan Girls Robotics Team—and Many in the Media Fell for Her Lies
The Atlantic: The dark, destructive place the GOP has found itself in isn’t shocking.
Australian state's new "reward" for full vaccination: Two hours allowed outside your home each day instead of one
One of my daughters and her pal caught 12 Porgies this morning from the boat. It is Porgie season in New England.
Last night I made a bowl of Peach salsa from our peaches to accompany Indian take-out, and Mrs. BD made a peach pie (yeah, she always makes her own crust - rolls them out with her grandma's rolling pin).
Thing about peaches is, for cooking, best if they are firm and far from ripe. For salsa, not ripe but slightly softer and crunchy like an apple. A skewer of hard peach chunks on a grill makes them perfect.
For fresh peach chutney that you don't want to bother canning (I am done with canning - it's a pain), you want to use unripe fruit. Just cook it up and put it in the fridge. Peach salsa and peach chutney go with everything, but especially shrimp and fish. And Porgies.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
7:1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,
7:2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.
7:3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders;
7:4 and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)
7:5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?"
7:6 He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
7:7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.'
7:8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition."
7:14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand:
7:15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile."
7:21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,
7:22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly.
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."
Saturday, August 28. 2021
Pretty cool. Slow trawler - 7-9 k. Take the tour:
The weight of all the fruit has broken many limbs, so it's the last year for this old tree. Such fruit trees have a limited life span.
It has produced abundantly every three years. Feast or famine. My pic does not capture the amount of fruit.
Invited a gardening pal over to share the harvest.
I think the wood might be nice for smoking a turkey on Thanksgiving.
Friday, August 27. 2021
Taliban Takeover Is a Boon for Cash-Strapped Iran: Tehran gets dollars from new oil sales to Afghanistan, while the Taliban get fuel for the ailing Afghan economy
A high school in Kentucky is having a "furry" problem
Only in America
As Scott Adams says, "being yourself" is idiotic and infantile. Be your best, most adaptive self if you want to.
Do facts matter? Re-linking from Undoing the Enlightenment:
The new chief chaplain at Harvard? An atheist
New York magazine’s shocking revelation: The liberal media are biased!
Americans Are 'More & More Dependent' On Big Govt - Things Are Never Going Back To 'Normal'
Cutting to the Chase: Why Trump Was Driven from Office
Quote via Powerline:
CNN Shocked to Discover Democrat Voters ‘Frustrated,’ Want to Recall Newsom Too
Thursday, August 26. 2021
Taliban Win Liberal Hearts and Minds by Promising to Fight "Climate Change"
Where will Afghanistan’s refugees go?
Penn offers course on ‘White Nationalism in the Age of Climate Change’
Illinoisans Paid Almost As Much On Unemployment As At Work
America Is Now Actually the Mess Dems Pretended It Was Under Trump
Critical Race Capitalism - Verizon teaches employees that America is fundamentally racist and promotes “defunding the police.”
The Bizarre Refusal to Apply Cost-Benefit Analysis to COVID Debates. Are those who oppose a ban on cars or a radical reduction in speed limits sociopaths, given the huge number of people they are knowingly consigning to death or maiming?
As I understand it, he was a Jazz drummer but never minded playing with the Stones.
In the Start Me Up video they post, watch Watts smirking at Jagger.
Wednesday, August 25. 2021
Windfinder. Wind, weather, waves and tides, for those who seek fun in or on the water.
According to my pal, they accurately noted that the Henri storm would be a non-event.
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