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, April 30. 2023
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:29 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
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 29. 2023
Cool 1975 movie. Yes, the Chateau d'If is real.
Friday, April 28. 2023
They go by several other names too (Miniature Watermelons, Mouse Melon), but I never had them until last week in Georgia. They cut them in half and put them in salads at our inn along with the cherry tomatoes, etc. Crunchy, refreshing little cucumber-like things about an inch long. Grow prolifically on vines. Be the first in your neighborhood. I ordered some seeds right away.
Another good thing they grew in their gardens was a tangy peppery green which is new to me, Curly Mustard, or Mustard Mizuna. Use it when the leaves are young.
And lots of Mache, of course. Down there, you must do many sequential plantings of greens, but in summer they must be shaded.
Thursday, April 27. 2023
I use Chrome, for no reason.
What browsers do our readers use? And why?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:40 | Comments (33) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, April 26. 2023
A 2003 spoof on folk music. Schizophrenia in it too.
Here's the trailer:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:42 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Kindness all around us: People help each other every 2 minutes!
United Nations, Harvard, And Facebook-Google Launch Push For Censorship Worldwide. CENSORSHIP SOUGHT FOR "NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT PUBLIC FIGURES' APPEARANCES"
The Cancer Industry: Hype Versus Reality
Employers reveal why Gen Z is the hardest generation to work with
Media Contagion - Latter-day journalism is helping to realize its own false narratives.
What Your Country Can Do for You - By abandoning its old standards and appealing to more selfish ends, the military has exposed itself to the likes of Jack Teixeira.
NYU Prof Denounces ‘Venus de Milo’ as White Supremacist. It is made out of white marble so it must be racist.
For what it's worth, the ancient Greek carvings were painted.
Biden’s genius is his hidin’ — it could get him another four years
San Fran Target puts entire inventory on lockdown
Tuesday, April 25. 2023
I like to grow them in high pots so they can spill over. They want to be vines, not exactly upright plants.
Sure, they are colorful but the main thing is that both their peppery leaves and flowers can be thrown into a salad.
Wonderful birds. A pal and I tried stalking them once but they are too alert. Not sure I'd want to shoot one anyway but I guess they are tasty.
I like it for noodles, or as a salad dressing. I like a little hot pepper sauce in it too, sometimes.
Thanks to the Spanish for spreading the peanut around the world.
Kay S. Hymowitz: The Transgender Children’s Crusade - With its vision of autonomous young people in touch with their innermost desires, gender identity negates all we know about growing up.
Victor Davis Hanson: Do We Even Know We Are All Socialists Now?
Climate debating is dangerous
" I believe more and more people are starting to feel the way I do..."
Tucker Carlson leaving Fox News: Network announces parting of ways with host
That was a surprise
Hinderaker likes Tucker
Body Language Expert Figures out Exactly What Bud Light VP Was Thinking With Her Mulvaney Marketing Mess
Chicago Mayor Warns That If Local Walmart Locations Close People Will Have Fewer Places To Shoplift
Monday, April 24. 2023
Have you tried any, whether medicinally, recreationally, or for self-medication?
I don't mean during college, but in adulthood. I've tried the 5 mg. gummies for sleep. They seem to work, and do not give you any mental experience. Makes you a bit lazy in the morning, so I don't use them anymore. I haven't smoked any weed since grad school. Not much then, either.
I preferred Bud Lite...
Legendary bad boy, the Earl of Rochester, wrote sex-fueled verse designed to shock.
‘Buy legal’ ads are a laughable bid to counter illegal NYC pot shops
We have lost the ability to forgive and forget, largely because we have been persuaded that it is bad for our mental health.
College students cite deadlines, hard exams and required attendance as impediments to success
'What are they afraid of?': Student govt. rejects hosting anti-woke survivor of Maoist China
Coming soon: NYC Mayor Adams demands border wall
The Censorship Industrial Complex is the Revolt of the Elites. The political establishment has constructed a new apparatus of control
Trump trashing DeSantis
He'll never grow up
Bill Maher Asks Why Black Celebrities Don’t Speak Out Against Black Crimes Like in Chicago and New York
If Biden’s so unpopular, why isn’t any Democrat posing a serious challenge?
Sunday, April 23. 2023
In college, we all had to read The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Code of Hammurabi, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Hesiod, the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Old Testament, and lots of more modern things like Plato. Foundational things. Yeah, parts of the New Testament too. Good (required) intro to everything wonderful. I had a good liberal arts education but we were too young and stupid for it.
Do American colleges have lots of lectures nowadays - not for credit, but just for general interest outside of politics? I don't know. I am grateful for Youtube.
I was interested then, but it was more dutiful. Now I have a different sense of time. Gilgamesh feels recent.
This guy tells you lots about the Gilgamesh epic but too little of the story and maybe too much about the archeology. All fun:
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
2:14a: But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,
2:36 "Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified."
2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?"
2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
2:39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."
2:40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."
2:41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
Saturday, April 22. 2023
Despite the drug companies, there is no effective prevention, treatment, or cure. None likely in our lifetimes.
What are they doing?
The NIH has poured $1 billion into long Covid research — with little to show for it
There is evidence that it's mostly imaginary
Hasbro Introduces New ‘Transition Me Elmo’ Doll
Why the trans movement is so intolerant
The Transgender Cult Owns the Democratic Party
Injured North Carolina volleyball player urges transgender ban for female sports teams in schools
Justin Trudeau Weeps as Twitter Slaps 'State Media' Label on CBC
Establishment strikes out at Matt Walsh
Fear of a Liberal Arts Education - The college where I teach, like so many others around the country, seems to want students to be informers instead of free thinkers.
Why We’re Not Liberals - Podhoretz podcast
Joe Biden Wants Homebuyers With Good Credit to Subsidize High Risk Mortgages
Biden Signs Executive Order Creating ‘Office of Environmental Justice’
Democrat Donors and a Chinese Secret Police Station
Friday, April 21. 2023
Admittedly, they contain almost no nutrition but when they are good (rarely, unless home-grown varieties), they are great to eat anyway.
Around a week ago I started a bunch from seeds indoors. Odd varieties, yellow, purple, striped, and mico cherry tomatoes. They are already popping up in the potting mix.
The dried seeds I used are so tiny that I always wonder how they can contain so much, including DNA and all of its instructions. Yeah, animal "seeds" are smaller.
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