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 3 weeks of roofers are 99% done. Nice job, very neat. All new shiny copper flashing. The carpenters have been at work for 3 weeks too, mostly doing exterior repairs of trim and siding. Some copper gutters too, but we don't need many gutters. All Azec replacement. When that's done I think Mrs. BD wants them to put a roof over the pergola. I am not sure I want that, but I will bargain to double the size of the bluestone patio. I want a place for a firepit. I hate being indoors.
What are unemployed Americans doing? The painters began work today, following the sides of the place where the carpenters have finished their work. 3 Brazilians. Lovely guys, very polite and accommodating. Perfectionists. One has been to Lisbon/Lisboa, but not to Porto.
Depending on weather, they predict 3 more weeks of work (prep takes the longest): scrape entire house, then power-wash, then re-scrape and sand, then prime, then paint. Doing the job the right way.
These guys have never heard of Fado. I suggested that they check it out. We liked this club in Lisbon. We had some Portuguese dessert there and I had a glass of wine:
Many Unemployed Americans are on welfare or drugs because employers prefer paying lower wages to immigrants legal or illegal and keeping the private profits while socializing the costs to the rest of us. Or not complying with all the burdensome rules of local/state/federal government because foreigners tend not to complain or know.
My apologies to rant on a lovely Sunday on a great website but that's a hot button to me these days.
There's a scene in the series 'The Wire' in which an American Black guy, out of jail and intending to go straight, joins a lawn-maintenance crew. But all his co-workers are Hispanic and not English-speaking, and he can't communicate with any of them.
Couldn’t find an American Company with local craftsmen, who who know how to prep, prime, and paint two coats of Benny Moore exterior, or Fine Paints of Europe, or whatever, in your entire Connecticut neighborhood?
Guess they’ve got tons of experience with New England clapboard, shakes and facia boards down there in Rio.
Bird Dog, I have enjoyed your site for many years, and appreciate your dedication (and that of the other farmhands). However, your inability to deal with your zaktroll reached a new low when accepting a posting analogizing the illegal alien killer of Mollie Tibbetts to the jews who were slaughtered by nazi germany. Of course the german jews were not illegal aliens, and were prevented from leaving, then gassed. Our illegal aliens are completely free to leave rather than accept welfare payments, and even vote without consequence.
The organized zak propaganda trollfarm focused on narratives/memes defending hillary/obama, global warming, illegal immigration/open borders/illegal voting, differs from the spontaneous responses and comments of individual readers of your website. The disruption and annoyance is too much, so I’m dropping your site.
I suggest you, or some of your readership, might want to report the zaktroll behavior to the FBI investigating organized influence and disruption. Is this trolling associated with soros, or the "clinton foundation”, russia, china, antifa, the CIA, DNC, steyer, etc? As the proprietor, you should have the right to know if your site is being trolled and disrupted by an organized troll farm dedicated to disruption.
The Z is boring and intellectually dishonest, and has an astonishing knack for missing any interesting point while obsessing on something that is equal parts trendy and trivial--but the right way to deal with that kind of nonsense is not to ban it, particularly not to invoke the power of the state to muzzle it.
Poor Bird Dog. You set out to share a little of your life, and now you're as bad as the Iowa Republican employer of the Accused killer of Mollie.
See 8-26 Dilbert comic as a part of Comments discussion.
I've got a lot more to say, but have to go to work!
Take a look at the 58-and-counting comment disruption of the saturday morning links. Pure disruption and intended annoyance to viewers.
The Zaktroll farm clearly does more damage to their propaganda than if they didn't post. The primary purpose appears to be disruption rather than persuasion. The usual cure for individual trolls is to ignore them - "don't feed the trolls". But calculated and organized disruption of a website differs from individual disagreement and spontaneously diverging responses or comments on BD's selections, and requires an organized and more effective remediation. Organized social media and trollfarms funded by disruptive agencies, funders and countries are now recognized as more than an annoyance. Again, Bird Dog should make inquiry to the FBI or other agencies investigating external social media disruption, about the activities, organization and funding of the zaktroll farm. Of course its up to Bird Dog, but my suggestion is that he owes it to himself, his Maggies Farm ranchhands, and his readers, to investigate apparent calculated meme-organized disruption of his site.