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, May 24. 2022
Did you ever try to play Chess, taking both sides?
It stretches your brain out of shape. Try it sometime.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:22 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
My IT guy was here this morning. He helped me out with some nagging problems with my machines, but since he also does sound systems for houses I asked him for a solution to my music needs, mainly upstairs.
I have posted about this in the past. He told me that it's simple: A Sonos amp system can do it all. It can feed to my existing speakers (wires), can stream WQXR (Wifi), can handle my CDs (which are important to me), and has portable wifi speakers to move around if I want. He says the rich folk love the sound quality.
I think my ideal is unobtainable. No - my ideal is live music.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:07 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Happy 81st Birthday, Bob
Still working hard and touring constantly. I did see him live earlier this year and it was one heck of a good time.
Powerline celebrates it: Not Dark Yet
I'll offer this:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Song and Dance Man at 12:20 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
How Everclear Became a Pandemic Favorite. Long the stuff of fraternity parties, the 190-proof grain alcohol wants to go from D.I.Y. germ killer to cocktail ingredient.
Canadian university pulls LGBTQ poster after Muslim community complains
Graduation Week With Common Sense. What happens on campus doesn’t stay on campus.
HSBC Suspends Head Of Responsible Investing Over 'Nut Job' Climate-Alarmist Comments
Woke Capitalism’s Tragedy of the Commons - Woke capitalism is rational, but it is also unsustainable.
Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Deep State: A RICO Criminal Conspiracy
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:25 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, May 23. 2022
Monday morning links
Here comes the Monkeypox hysteria
The liberals’ underlying assumption is that women can never be adults
Woke Mob Wants To Cancel The Word “Obesity” Because It’s “Racist”…
What does hate get you?
How Dare They! The left's attitude problem when it comes to democracy.
Bill Maher: Why are we giving puberty blockers to children?
Want to Visit America? Forget Getting a Visa. Just Walk Across the Border.
On Friday, President Joe Biden reached a unique milestone by not conducting a sit-down interview with any media outlet for 100 consecutive days.
Did Hillary's campaign pitch Alfa Bank lie to the CIA, too?
Hillary Clinton’s sordid legacy of lies
MOOK SPOOKED: After Outing Hillary Clinton as Being Behind the Trump-Russia Lie, Some Fear Robby Mook’s Days Are Numbered
PETER HITCHENS: Can anyone explain to me why this was called evacuation and not surrender?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:15 | Comments (23) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, May 22. 2022
The ultimate cocktail
The Gin Martini. It's the best. These days, I only indulge in this treat about twice yearly. I can't handle alcohol the way I used to.
I like 3 olives, to make it healthy.
From Roger Angell in 2002: Dry Martini. The ultimate cocktail, down cold.
I'd bet you all would like one tonight.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 14:42 | Comments (18) | Trackback (1)
Is Male Menopause a thing?
Male menopause: Myth or reality? Aging-related hormone changes in men are different from those in women. Understand the signs, symptoms and treatment options.
Aging in men is not just about the hormones.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Medical at 14:31 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
21:10 And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
21:22 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
21:23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
21:24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
21:25 Its gates will never be shut by day--and there will be no night there.
21:26 People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
21:27 But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
22:2 through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
22:3 Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him;
22:4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
22:5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Posted by Bird Dog at 08:47 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, May 21. 2022
Song from 2007. I heard it on the excellent finance film Margin Call (viewable on Amazon for $4.)
Posted by The News Junkie at 16:05 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
Atlantic: America did too good of a job at saving Canada Geese
#MeToo Will Not Survive Unless We Recognize Toxic Femininity. Women are not monolithic. Pretending they are holds everyone back.
CRT Symposium Speaker Calls Diversity of Thought 'White Supremacist' Excrement
Robby Mook Testifies: Hillary Clinton Personally Approved Leak of Alfa Bank Hoax to Media
"So was the FBI really fooled here? Or were the FBI representatives all too willingly playing along to help the Clinton campaign to smear Trump? I’ll go with the latter."
Ron DeSantis has emerged as America’s awesome ‘shadow president’
Elon Musk Emerging as Hero Among Republicans
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:30 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, May 20. 2022
My favorite Vangelis piece
Posted by Bird Dog at 13:31 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
George Monbiot says farming should be ABOLISHED to save the planet: Climate change activist says meat can be replaced with lab-grown food like protein pancakes
Pro Abortion Extremists Threaten To Burn Down Supreme Court…
NYC's Black Mayor Bucks Progressives on the Racial Chessboard of 'Gifted' Education
Increased testosterone levels can cause Democrats to become more conservative in their political affiliation, a recent experiment analyzing voters in U.S. elections found.
Democrat Nutter: Men Can Get Pregnant And Have Abortions…
Sports Illustrated Reveals Its Cover Model
U.S. Soccer Agrees to Pay Men and Women Equally. Americans Agree Not To Watch Either One.
Well, pro soccer isn't popular in the US, but the fact is that in the US women's soccer makes more $ than men's
CNN found a slot for Chris Wallace on Sunday nights
MSNBC: Time To Start Putting Fox News Personalities In Jail…
Why is Biden begging other countries for oil production while stifling it here?
If You're Reading This, Karine Jean-Pierre Probably Hates You
The left hates Elon Musk because he’s a twin threat that doesn’t tolerate BS
"The Typhoid Mary of Disinformation": Nicolle Wallace. Nobody Spreads it More Relentlessly.
Even Our White Supremacists Aren’t Very Interested in White Supremacy
Ron DeSantis Puts on an Absolute Clinic After Florida Dem Compares Him to Communist Dictators
Russian occupation authorities announced plans to destroy the Azovstal Steel Plant and turn Mariupol into a resort city
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:31 | Comments (28) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, May 19. 2022
Why are Bob Dylan's archives in Tulsa?
"The reasons the Bard chose Oklahoma as the home for his collection may have more to do with politics than money."
I regret that his stuff is not in NYC, but Bob is an enigma. The article has a photo of his childhood home.
Posted by Bird Dog at 18:03 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
A Sicilian classic as an appetizer, relish, or side.
Posted by Bird Dog in Food and Drink at 17:11 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Posted by The News Junkie at 16:58 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
You know you want one
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:41 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
Is Sex Addiction a Real Thing? The problem with defining “excessive” sexual behavior.
The Male Trait That Best Predicts Men's Mating Success
He Was a World-Renowned Cancer Researcher. Now's He's Collecting Unemployment. Behind the fall of David Sabatini, 'one of the greatest scientists' of his generation.
University drops sonnets because they are ‘products of white western culture’
WSJ: The Next Pandemic: Mental Illness
More about the rage for certainty
Doocy to Jean-Pierre After Jankowicz Resigns: “The Disinformation Board is Being Shut Down Because of Disinformation?”
The one-two of Elon Musk and Project Veritas might end Twitter
Greenwald: The Demented - and Selective - Game of Instantly Blaming Political Opponents For Mass Shootings
NY Times Editorial Board Decides To Blame Most Republicans For Buffalo Shooting
Biden's 'Disinfo' Board Paused As 'Scary Poppins' Resigns
" There’s nothing inherently wrong with grace-and-favor jobs, and you can’t help it if you live in an incestuous cesspool of government hacks and grifters. "
Biden plainly wants the border crisis to keep getting worse
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:43 | Comments (23) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, May 18. 2022
The wonderful "new" Yankee Stadium (2009) was built next door to the original stadium.
The original ball field remains in place (in foreground), and is still used all the time: Heritage Field.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:45 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
“Banging Beyond Binaries”. The School District of Philadelphia encouraged teachers to attend a conference on “kink,” “BDSM,” “trans sex,” and “masturbation sleeves.”
WHY THE CAREER OF TOM WOLFE SHOULD SERVE AS A LESSON FOR CONSERVATIVE DONORS AND YOUNG DISSIDENT WRITERS
Gas Prices Are Over $4 a Gallon in All 50 States for the First Time Ever
Can California Really Achieve 85% Carbon-Free Electricity By 2030?
Allen West: The Left's Hatred of America
A NUANCED VIEW OF THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:00 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, May 17. 2022
Posted by The Barrister at 16:51 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Virginia school district considering suspensions for ‘malicious misgendering
The Certainty Trap. The solution to our broken political conversation won’t be found in censoring ‘misinformation’ but in recognizing the profound limits of our own beliefs
Confessions of a Social-Justice Meme Maker. I made pretty pictures that helped keep people enraged and mobilized. Then I asked myself: ‘Why am I doing this?‘
Guaranteed Income Idiocy Easily Scales To Infinity, Actual Free Money Doesn't
Peter Doocy Leaves Karine Jean-Pierre Gasping for Air After Simple Question on Inflation
Buffalo Shootings: Glenn Greenwald for the Defense
Tucker Carlson Responds to Charges He Inspired Buffalo Shooter, Makes His Critics Look Like Childish Ghouls
Death by a thousand cuts: where is the west's Ukraine strategy? The pounding, daily western narratives on 'Ukrainian wins' and 'Russian losses' underpins the lack of an actual, cohesive Grand Strategy against Moscow
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:30 | Comments (42) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, May 16. 2022
Posted by Bird Dog at 18:41 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Identifying Bird Calls
Interestingly, that same flight left last night and there is nary a warbler this morning. Birders love those big flights that arrive overnight.
If you have poor memory for bird song, there is an iPhone app for that: Merlin Bird ID. It is not 100% accurate - but what is?
Posted by Bird Dog in Natural History and Conservation at 13:31 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
He’s studied mental illness for 50 years. Here are all the things we’re doing wrong
We have to be more willing to disrupt current animal habitats when building wind or hydroelectric power. That means, to put it bluntly, that we have to be more willing to kill animals.
The White House’s Specious Gender Manifesto. The White House is claiming that the debate about childhood gender medicine is settled—even as numerous international experts are coming forward to say it‘s not
As Parents Resisted Transgender Push, Teacher Suggested Sending in Child Services.
Wisconsin Middle Schoolers Charged With Sexual Harassment For Failing To Use Preferred Pronouns
Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos Invested in Lab-Produced Breast Milk to Prevent Effects of ‘Climate Change’
The College Kids Are Not OK
Harvard Progressives Covering Up For Their Systemic Racist Friends
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Health Journalist Revealed the Real Purpose of Masks in 2018: Fear
White House Admits It Lied About Vaccines
BLACKROCK BACKS OFF
KAMALA WORD SALAD: “We Will Work Together, and Continue to Work Together… and to Work Together as We Continue to Work… To Work Together… We Will Work on This Together”
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:43 | Comments (32) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, May 15. 2022
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