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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Tuesday, November 30. 2021
"What is the chief end of man?” And we answered together so one of us could carry on if the other forgot, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”
From Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It
From Jeffrey Polet's Negotiating “The Captive Mind” on American campuses:
I was not familiar with Milosz' 1953 The Captive Mind, but should have been.
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DNA Has Finally Revealed The Mysterious Origins of The Ancient Etruscans
Barbados parts way with Queen and becomes world’s newest republic
Shortage of Adult Workers Makes Teens Employable Again
LATEST ACADEMIC HOAX IS A DOOZY
Racial Newspeak Comes to the Classroom
UK Bureaucrats Abandon Term "Christmas" Over Fears It May Offend Minorities
PANIC IS A LIFESTYLE BRAND
The Biden Grift-and-Influence Machine Is Even Worse Than You Thought
Where Xi's China is heading - Opinion by Fareed Zakaria
Monday, November 29. 2021
People Are Still Trying to Cancel Dave Chappelle, Like He Cares
Florida Has Nation’s Lowest COVID-19 Case Rate…
The Cynical and Dangerous Weaponization of the "White Supremacist" Label
Complete Madness In The Biden Administration: Energy Policy
NY TIMES ASKS: WHY DO BLUE STATES SUCK?
Book: Hunter Biden Given Expensive Gem to Seal Deal With Chinese Energy Consortium
Andrew Cuomo’s Downfall Began with a Book Deal
Sunday, November 28. 2021
Detective Montalbano. It's a cool police series, based in Sicily. The series began in 1999 and is still going on.
The subtitles are good, or it's good practice for your Italian with some Sicilian dialect.
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Very doubtful that it was bubonic plague. It is more likely to have been a combination of European diseases like influenza, smallpox, common cold (a corona virus), etc first brought to the New World by Portuguese fishermen. The natives had no immunity to those things.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece is finally appearing. March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 3 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reviewed
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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.
25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
25:10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
Saturday, November 27. 2021
Towering Musical Theater Master, Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’ Lyricist, Stephen Sondheim Dies at 91
COVID rules are blamed for 23% dive in young children's development
A Scared Nu World: Here's What We Know About The COVID "Omicron" Strain
Minority professor denied grants because he hires on merit: 'People are afraid to think'
University of California system permanently abandons standardized testing for admissions
The Biden Regime Wants to 'Liberate' People From Caring for Their Children
WILL DISPARATE IMPACT DESTROY AMERICA? Interview with Heather McD.
Friday, November 26. 2021
At the BD homestead Thanksgiving, everybody brings something. It is semi-organized. This year, we had an abundance of homemade desserts, all wonderful.
I am talking about pumpkin cheesecake, mini-mince pies with homemade rum ice cream, squash pie, and things like that.
All good but posting a pic of a daughter's homemade brie pastry thing with the surprise of toasted pecans and cranberries inside with the cheese. That is a meal in itself.
We sent a lot of leftovers home with people.
The war on Thanksgiving is real and it's spectacular
The war of TG is cleaning all of the pots and pans, dishes, silverware, napkins, etc.
'This is not our land': Students pen editorial on 'dark origins' of Thanksgiving
Tearing down Thomas Jefferson over slavery is moral idiocy
Nadia Murad and the heartlessness of PC, A Toronto school board pulled out of an event with a survivor of ISIS sex slavery over fears of ‘Islamophobia’.
We Don't Get a Vote on the Woke Revolution
The Push for Equity in Education Hurts Vulnerable Children the Most
How much porn is needed in schools?
No end to how low Andrew Cuomo will go: Goodwin
Thursday, November 25. 2021
We all got a big kick out of seeing Bob and his band this week down in Westchester.
He sounded good, growly but good. Looked a bit frail at 80. Somebody needs to feed him some pumpkin pie or a Big Mac and fries.
He was on piano. Very tight band. Delighted, happy sold-out crowd - all ages. Played half rockers, half ballads. As typical for him, the arrangements always change. Played Masterpiece, Gotta Serve Somebody, I Contain Multitudes, lots more, and closed with Every Grain of Sand which makes me cry every time. Thanks for that, Bob, and for keeping keepin' on.
Wednesday, November 24. 2021
The Bleak Misery of a Leftist Thanksgiving
Eisenhower's Farewell Address -- and Afterthoughts
When Will America Reach Peak Insanity?
Democrats' Statue Removal Fetish Is Clinically Insane
Tucker Carlson's interview with Kyle Rittenhouse is fascinating
BIDEN HITS THE PANIC BUTTON AS WHITE HOUSE CIVIL WAR INTENSIFIES
Tuesday, November 23. 2021
I do not do real weights daily. But I do some weights 4 days/week, if only lunges with hand weights.
NIH Chief Wants Online ‘Misinformation’ Spreaders ‘Brought to Justice’
Can A Progressive Be Convinced By Facts?
What Americans hear about social justice at church – and what they do about it
Yglesias: A good way to reduce racism might be to do away with mandatory diversity training
John McWhorter: 'Woke Racism' Has Betrayed Black America
Byron York: The fall of Black Lives Matter
What’s Wrong with a ‘Living’ Constitution?
THE FIRST TIME AS TRAGEDY. . .Amaney Jamal is a Princeton dean. Not the dean of something silly like diversity. She’s the newly appointed dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Deportation orders from immigration judges plummet under Biden
What Chinese Colonialism Looks Like in Europe
Forces: Size And Tripwires Matter
Monday, November 22. 2021
Climate Cult Says To Forget EVs, All Cars Must Go
It’s Ethnic Studies ‘Groundhog Day,’ This Time in Massachusetts
NIH Chief Wants Online ‘Misinformation’ Spreaders ‘Brought to Justice’
University professor is charged with starting four California wildfires as deadly Dixie blaze raged nearby: He faces 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine for each count of arson
Rittenhouse murdered two black lives
Oh, and the police killed Jacob Blake
Lack of accountability for Steele dossier coverage shows media collusion
Elizabeth Warren Tries To Defend Biden By Blaming High Gas Prices On Greed Of Oil Companies
VDH: The New Blue Confederacy. How did the New North become the Old South, and the New South the Old North?
Bill Maher Challenges AOC: “Be Brave, Come On My Show And Defend Wokeness”
Sunday, November 21. 2021
Any time we saw couples they seemed to be tourists or young lovers. But young lovers do not eat much of course. One more "real Italian" dinner we had in Siena, before Thanksgiving week when it's different foods.
Primi: Poached egg with goat cheese fondue and caramelized leeks
Second primi (yeah, we share each course): Chickpea puree with a hunk of cod, with crispy pancetta:
And more amazing, rare roast pigeon with some roasted corn and mushrooms, with a fig sauce drizzle. That's Italian:
18:33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
18:34 Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?"
18:35 Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?"
18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here."
18:37 Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Saturday, November 20. 2021
It's the time of year when I stock up on bags of Cranberries and throw them in the freezer.
The canned cranberry "sauce" pictured is garbage. It's just congealed sweetened cranberry juice.
The recipe on the Ocean Spray bags is pretty good, but I cut the sugar they recommend in half. It's nothing but water, fresh or frozen berries, and sugar.
A great food, the Cranberry. I love to put them in pancakes (the combination of the sweetness of the maple syrup and the tartness of the cranberries is perfect).
Here's our old post on Cranberry Season and the Heart.
Funny thing about Cranberries: not many animals or birds like to eat them. Maybe bears? I've seen Box Turtles take a bite out of one, but I've never seen anything else eat them. I love Cranberries, as long as they aren't cooked too sweet. Here's a tiny Massachusetts Cranberry bog, flooded for harvest:
Here's how it's done on a larger scale:
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