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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Saturday, September 30. 2023
Recreational powerboating (well, most sailboats have engines too) has been going through a rapid change. Boat designs have changed, but there are still beautiful traditional designs. I'm talking about power plants and controls.
First, power. Multiple outboards are taking over. Plenty of reasons besides easier service. Oh, another good thing about multiple engines is that you'll never be without an engine. Yes, just one 200 hp Yamaha is costly, and four could buy a house in some places. Jet Drives are a whole nother thing which I know nothing about other than that they are way cool.
Second, controls: Joysticks. For instance, if your 37' boat has 2, 3, or 4 200 hp outboards the computer controls can help you easily go in any damn direction with minimal sea skills. Maybe go 50+ knots too if in a hurry or for the thrill. Magic backing into a slip regardless of wind or current. Just jiggle the thing. It would be nice if cars would parallel park like that.
We're old-fashioned, or old school, salt-water people with a single diesel, a wheel, and a Maine lobster boat hull.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:03 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Yet Another Fear-Mongering COVID Surge Turns Into Trickle As Hospital Admissions Wane
Joe Biden’s Words Come Back to Haunt Him as Wyoming Town’s Entire Electric Bus Fleet Breaks Down
Here's how we know that climate change hysteria is bunkum
NYU caves to students, divests from fossil fuels
Something Has Gone Seriously Wrong With “Climate Change” Science
" “These kids can’t read. They can’t write a sentence. They don’t know what state they live in. No math skills. They can’t even attend to a three-minute video clip.” Don’t say you weren’t warned."
NYT ‘Fearless’ Writer Advises Men To Ditch Masculinity. But That’s Why So Many Men Are Depressed.
A left-wing take on the fall of Ibram Kendi: He gave white liberals what they wanted
Elon Musk's SpaceX Wins Space Force Contract As Democrat Efforts To Cancel Him Fail
You are Old, Father William
"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak
"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Friday, September 29. 2023
That one company has lots of competition
We served our wedding guests McDonald's - trolls say we're cheap, but our guests loved it and we saved loads of money
Cornell renames English Department as part of 'decolonization efforts.' Check out the new name.
California School District Considers Removing Honors Courses For Sake Of "Equity"
But Johnny Can’t Spell G-A-Y - With large majorities of their students incompetent in English and math, Los Angeles schools are ramping up efforts—for more gay pride and gender indoctrination.
Re The NYT:
Biden Throws $200M in Taxpayer Money at California’s Train to Nowhere. It's not like Americans need the money.
Looting rocks Philly for a SECOND night: Brazen thieves rip out safe and lottery machine of closed liquor store in latest flash mob crime to hit City of Brotherly Love
Where's the social contract/compact?
Our Society Is Melting Down Even Faster Than Most People Thought That It Would
Don't Look Now, but a Rebellious NYC Borough Is Winning the Fight Against Biden's Illegal Hordes
TGIF: The Book of Revelations - Trump is a person of faith. RFK Jr. is a 9/11 truther. NYC turns MAGA. Plus, I must confess. . . I really like Gavin Newsom.
Chief of Staff of Pentagon Counterterrorism Office Served Iranian Gov.
Justin Trudeau’s Self-Immolation - The Canadian prime minister has alienated the largest democracy on Earth and played host to a former Nazi. And that was just this week
Thursday, September 28. 2023
Anyway, last month he showed up for Farm Aid with his guitar. Here's Maggie's Farm, of course:
Here's a new interview with Sowell (age 93):
While most of our fitness posts are about harder things, there are times when doing anything is better than nothing.
For examples, recovering from surgical or other medical issues, for the frail, or just for people who do not chose to do the daunting gym routines.
I would not say "best," but better than nothing.
10 Guaranteed Ways To Impress Your Wife
Most Americans think that other people view pornography more often than they do, study finds
Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident
You may not be aware of it-- I certainly wasn’t-- but American mothers are being consumed by rage.
Why ‘the penis question’ matters - How can anyone trust a politician who doesn’t know what a woman is?
UK Study: Puberty Blockers Given to Teens -- Worsened Their Mental Illnesses Rather Than Abating Them
"A CIA Front Organization": Revisiting EcoHealth COVID-19 Claims After Fauci 'Influence' Campaign Bombshell
Elon Musk Posts Hilarious Video Exposing Big Pharma and Dr Fauci’s Lies About Vaccine Efficacy and Safety
The Retail Theft Rampage Gets Worse. Target closes nine stores in four states because of crime, as looters run riot in Philadelphia.
Dershowitz: Menendez Indictment Not Equal Justice
Boston University will investigate Kendi center after ignoring questions for years
Michelle Obama Charged $750,000 For a Single One-Hour Speech
Democratic San Francisco Mayor Pushing Mandatory Drug Testing, Treatment for Welfare Recipients. “This initiative aims to create more accountability and help get people to accept the treatment and services they need.”
What We Must Believe to Believe Biden Is Innocent
Inside Iran’s Influence Operation - How the Iranian regime insinuated itself into official Washington.
EUROPE: TANGLED UP IN GREEN
Wednesday, September 27. 2023
Lots of Dunkin Donuts in his neck of the woods
I'm a Harvard researcher - this is why buying 'organic' food is a total con
Another expert weighs in....proably right, but whatever
"Trauma": Don't talk it out
‘Emotional support Barbies’ can improve adults’ mental health: psychologist
I guess I need one
Depression risk spikes for those who eat these unhealthy foods, study finds: ‘Not a coincidence’
I doubt causality
Why Is TED Scared of Color Blindness?
Stuart's Wednesday Potpourri
Widespread Mass Looting Overnight in Philly
Anthropology groups cancel all-female panel defending biological sex as ‘necessary category’
'Our education system has collapsed': Giordano weighs in on dismal proficiency levels. 'Rather than fix the problem, they redefined it in order to meet the new normal of what they call it.'
James Carville rips far-left Democrats on Bill Maher podcast: ‘Most stupid, naive people you can imagine’
Nearly Half of Democrats Believe Free Speech Should Be Legal ‘Only Under Certain Circumstances’
It takes a British minister to clearly call out migrant madness
Tuesday, September 26. 2023
Re-introduction of Grey Wolf in the western US has been successful to the point that limited hunting and trapping is legal.
This site reviews Grey Wolf in the US over history. Here's what it was historically:
Even Bill Gates is backtracking — the air’s gone out of the climate-crisis balloon
Victor Davis Hanson: Is The Left Happy That They Got Their Wish?
Pro-hotel, anti-Airbnb regs kill the little guy: NYC politics as usual
Heather MacDonals - racist
WSJ: The New Moral Order Is Already Crumbling. Globalism, climate-change alarmism and cultural self-annihilation have all come under serious challenge.
Powerline: In one sense, the root cause of all crime is the human propensity to do evil. But the root cause of fluctuations in crime rates–the cause of our current spike in violent crime–is a weakening of social norms...
Controlling Crime in Urban America
El Paso Democrat mayor sends five chartered buses to New York, Chicago, and Denver
Border Bypass: Biden Admin Lets 221K+ Migrants Fly Directly Into U.S.
WHY WON’T BIDEN CLOSE THE BORDER?
Monday, September 25. 2023
The Never Ending Tour is still going. Check out tickets to see Bob with his band.
Photo for our Woodchuck-hating readers. Our guy likes the tomatoes I put on the table to ripen
More schools are adopting 4-day weeks. For parents, the challenge is day 5
The Strategy of Dating Short Men - Why don't more women use it?
How Trauma Can Become a Catalyst for Personal Growth. For some people, adversity isn’t something to just get past. As I discovered, it can also be the impetus for new, positive behaviors.
Mayo clinic now says hydroxychloroquine MAY be used to treat...whut?
Medical Examiner’s Office source: Only 1 to 2 percent of 'COVID deaths' were really COVID
Why Is Anxiety Rising? Fears of extinction, Covid, socializing and a second Trump term are all at play.
Why are so many young men so angry online?
There is no such thing as a ‘sex spectrum.’
Is Censorship a Partisan Issue?
Why do public intellectuals condescend to their readers?
Is the Americal left happy they got their wishes?
New York Post Sends Reporter to Restaurants Dressed Like Sen. John Fetterman- He is Refused Entry
Senate Relaxes Rules To Allow Fetterman To Take Baths In Reflecting Pool
Reading this week’s news of the Biden Administration, I kept thinking of the Three Stooges poking fingers in each other’s eyes.
WEIMAR 2? Destroying the German economy isn’t easy, but that country’s government is working hard at it.
Russian Foreign Minister Says U.S. 'Directly at War' With Russia in Ukraine
It’s Time to Stop Backing Ukraine. There is no victory in this war. There are only bad and worse outcomes.
Sunday, September 24. 2023
Point is, when you celebrate a Nazi, simply because he's Ukrainian and fought Russians in WWII, you confirm that you have created a self-perpetuating cycle of BS which is beginning to pile up. It becomes even worse when you utilize your media ties to block the information surrounding that person. The Left will say "but lots of German soldiers weren't Nazis." Soldiers, yes. Waffen SS, not so much. Let's just get a grip and call things what they are.
The cycle of leftist hypocrisy and lies is growing. We're just caught in their vortex.
For weeks, Mrs. Bulldog resisted seeing Barbie with me because she feared I'd have a negative reaction to the pro-female message, as some in the conservative media have. I assured her that not only am I not a conservative, but I have a sense of humor. One rainy Saturday afternoon, I finally got her to shift enough and we took it in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's funny and the story is absurd in the extreme. Yes, there's an outlandishly Woke overtone of "men rule the world" as a message. It's only a part of the story. The main story really is much more subtle. Yes, it's partially about empowering women, but it's also a story about how Wokeness and Intersectionalism are dangerous, while individualism and self-awareness are critical. If you (like me) do not mind spoilers, then feel free to read on. I found Barbie to be funny, engaging, and intelligent, requiring an open mind and a willingness to engage absurdity to gain insight into deeper thoughts. Sadly for the scriptwriters, I believe they underestimate consumers and their own intelligence exposes the massive flaws in the agenda the writers hoped to push. It actually promotes capitalism (success of Ken's Mojo-Dojo Casa Home), civility and avoiding thoughts and behaviors which promote gender supremacy. Ken's hoodie, at the end, more or less sums up my view. Be yourself.
Barbie was just a comedy that tried to (poorly) push a leftist agenda and wound up undoing itself with other, better, themes while making me laugh hysterically. Ken, inadvertantly at the end, promotes individuality.
The movie begins by paying homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and an openly ironic narrative describes how Barbie, the doll, "saved girls" and helped improve their lot in the world and in life by empowering girls to achieve. This was, arguably, the most inspired part of the production, because it parodies itself and, throughout the movie, it incorporates recreated scenes from classic films.
Is there an overriding theme or message to Barbie? Yes there is, but it is poorly done. What the theme may be, ultimately, is up to you, and I'm sure we'll all have different views. I did not see what they wanted me to see (I rarely fall for Hollywood nonsense).
Continue reading "I Am Kenough"
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:25 | Comments (23) | Trackbacks (0)
This guy has seen it all. He's right that we all disappoint eachother.
20:1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
20:4 and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went.
20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same.
20:6 And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?'
20:7 They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.'
20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.'
20:9 When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.
20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
20:12 saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.'
20:13 But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Saturday, September 23. 2023
Jimmy Webb wrote this song at age 14 in 1958
I've been seeing plenty of fall warblers (all look about the same to me) and thrushes.
Regular readers may know all of this, but Top Ten Things To Know About Fall Bird Migration
We Can't See the First Stars Yet, but We Can See Their Direct Descendants
Truth or Dare questions from Seventeen Magazine
Bryn Mawr College rolls out 59-point plan to combat ‘privilege, oppression perpetuated at the college’
KIPP Gets Children Into College. More evidence that charter schools lift student performance.
Heather Mac Donald challenges BLM student protesters in tense talk at Berkeley Law
Shaming Crime - Rather than glorifying and excusing lawbreaking, Americans could learn something from Asian cultures’ attitude toward such behavior.
Portland’s Police Staffing Crisis: What It Is, Why It Is, and How to Fix It
Democrat mayor of Eagle Pass: Joe Biden sent the message the border is open
Willie Wilson: Chicago taxpayers deserve transparency on migrant spending
NIALL FERGUSON: I urged Biden to run for President in 2016, now I implore him to do the smart thing and retire
Zelensky Departs Washington Mostly Empty-Handed Amid Mood Shift In West
Zelensky forced to make an impossible sell. There are limits to what he can achieve with one more drab olive green reminder of his needs in Washington
Friday, September 22. 2023
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