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 Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, October 6. 2015
It's a shame we never found a date for a Maggie's urban hike this Sept. Bulldog mapped one out, but I never had a free weekend day.
Maybe we'll do it in May instead.
The guy at Forgotten New York is an experienced urban hiker. Fun website: Forgotten New York
...There is a wonderful quote from Epictetus that I think of every time I see someone get terribly upset about one of these things (I try to think about it when I get upset about anything): "If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation." He said that some 1,900 years ago. Even then we felt that it was easier to police the outside than examine our inside.
Ryan Holiday (via Ace)
Hating Pumpkin-Spice Lattes Is Sexist
It’s Extremely Rare for Large Ships Like El Faro to Disappear
Global Warming Hoaxer Jagadish Shukla Involved in “Largest Science Scandal in US History”
The Orwellian mindset of professors at even "moderate" universities.
The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute
It’s Past Time to Make Recess More Inclusive
A shocking plan: allow the police to handle campus sexual assault cases
After being accosted by a few young punks, the author wonders—and worries: What would he have done if he had been carrying a gun?
WHITE SUPREMACISM IS THE NEW BLACK - The media can’t see real racism.
He gets paid $500,000 per hour
How Dodd-Frank explains our weak recovery
Continued Immigration Not in Britain’s Best Interest: Home Secretary
Mad Merkel Losing Political Allies in Ongoing ‘Refugee’ Onslaught - Chancellor refuses to deal with reality as 1.5 million "migrants" head for Deutschland.
Sexual Slavery: "Nothing to do with Islam"?
How “Immigrants” in Europe show their gratitude
Why We Shouldn’t Intervene in Syria
Marco Rubio Wants US to Risk War with Russia Over Syria
Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets - Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq form joint war room
Russia’s Propaganda Blitzkrieg - The propaganda war propping up Putin and his cronies has reached new heights with the bombing campaign in Syria.
Iran claims Russia has started delivery of S-300 missile defense system
VLADIMIR PUTIN'S BRAZEN MOVES IN SYRIA AND UKRAINE RAISE NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICA'S CONTINGENCY PLANS
The Evolution in Islamic State Administration: The Documentary Evidence
Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power - America would need almost all its fighters in a Taiwan war
Warming Hoaxer Jagadish Shukla Involved in “Largest Science Scandal in
US History” - See more at:
Monday, October 5. 2015
To read the "other words", see the Washington Post.
Chick-fil-A Arrives in New York, Gays, Animal-Rights Nuts Hardest Hit
Time to talk about gun free zones
Students warned: Bulging biceps, big guns advance unhealthy masculinity
High School Students Revolt After Principal CANCELS ‘AMERICA PRIDE DAY’
California city mayor relinquishes electronics and passwords to agents at SFO - As feds battle over privacy, mayor compares the situation to North Korea.
Nihilist Security Questions
In Las Vegas, Uber and its pugnacious CEO Travis Kalanick really did run into the corrupt taxi cartel bogeymen that they had long claimed to be saving us from.
50 Years of Immigration’s Unintended Consequences
The Breakdown of the Black Family - Any attempt to
Hillary’s Server Is the Smoking Gun!
Merkel and Zuckerberg Caught on Live Mic Conspiring to Censor Resistance to Muslim Invasion
'Palestinian Authority' breaks silence, condemns... wait for it... Israel for deaths of terrorists
Russia in Syria: Putin Fills Strategic Vacuum in the Middle East
and Zuckerberg Caught on Live Mic Conspiring to Censor Resistance to
Muslim Invasion - See more at:
Sunday, October 4. 2015
Simple as pie. Roughly chop up a few cloves of garlic. Roughly chop up an onion. Throw them in a big pan with plenty of olive oil for a few minutes on medium heat.
Chop up an eggplant into about 1" square chunks - skin on. Also, a couple of zucchinis and yellow summer squashes to about 1" chunks.
Before the garlic and onions brown, throw in the vegetable chunks with a cup of water, stir it up a little, throw in some salt and plenty of ground pepper, and cover the pot.
No tomato - it messes up the subtle flavors.
Then get some sprigs of thyme, oregano, and basil from the garden and throw them on top, and let it slow simmer and steam on low medium for a while, covered. Gently stir it around a little.
As soon as the veggies begin turn soft but before they fall apart, take off the stove. Throw a handful of fresh-chopped parsley on top before serving. Even vegophobes like it.
She said "I've been thinking all week about what you said about how I always focus on whether a boy likes me, and never think about whether I like the boy. I am changing this right now. What was wrong with me?"
Me: "Not worth thinking about that. You have made me a happy doctor today."
Not to brag, but I have taken no vacation for five years. It's about delayed gratification.
The upside is that it provides an avenue to an easy and costless feeling of virtue. Either that or, in some municipalities, protects you from a garbage ticket. We have noted that most recyled garbage ends up in landfills anyway.
Now, even the NYT is willing to point it out: The Reign of Recycling
Yes, it is a religious rite.
Except to say "Hello." Both of these guys are excellent and entertaining presenters. Only police officer I would talk to is Andy Taylor.
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Saturday, October 3. 2015
Pope Francis claimed that firearms and firearm makers cannot be Christian. A curious statement as he is surrounded by heavily-armed guards whenever he leaves his house. The Vatican is equally protected.
The same thing applies to Obama's pontificating about firearms. He is surrounded by firearms every day, and will be provided with armed guards for free for the rest of his life. I guess it's supposed to be different for us little people but not for me. I carry. If you worked in today's Hartford, CT, you might too.
You may find many victims of this disorder in the lines at Whole Foods.
Cool site: Scouting New York
The archives will stay, but now he's scouting LA (h/t, Coyote)
Hurricane Joaquin Forecast: Why U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind
Hackers steal T-Mobile data on 15 million US customers
A simple history lesson
Psychologist Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to Be Blind
Is It Sexual Assault to Force a Woman to Shower Alongside the Transgendered?
Whom among us does not enjoy pretty girls in the showers?
Media Narrative: Half-Black Oregon Killer is a "White Supremacist" Was he a Half-White Supremacist?
Mental illness. The press also mentally-disturbed.
Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to
Be Blind - See more at:
Guns and alcohol
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist
Feds: PPACA risk program may pay just 13% of 2014 claims
They want to bankrupt private insurers
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=63656#sthash.WJbYGmAz.dpuf
The War of Amazon, Apple and Other Near-Monopolies
Jobs up only for immigrants, +14,000, down 262,000 for 'native-borns'
How Europe’s Capital Became a Jihadi Recruiting Center
Where is the case for co-ed ground combat?
Egypt is un-Canadian
Plan B for Libya
Friday, October 2. 2015
The American lobbying and advertising Whole Grains Council has had huge success in selling their health scam. Just like Whole Foods. Food piety has two arms: the ignorant, and their commercial predators.
Enjoyment applies to OJ too. It's basically sugar with no other food value. Years ago, the Florida Citrus cabal convinced Americans that they should have it for breakfast. Tasty, but no different from a Coke. Scurvy is not a problem.
My point with my nutrition myth posts is that you should eat whatever you enjoy. If you have a weight problem or a health problem, that's another matter. Just don't pretend, for example, that an OJ is any "healthier" than a Pepsi, or brown bread is "healthier" than white bread. That is just marketing to the low-info shopper and gullibles like Michelle Obama.
We all love happy myths, do we not? The fantasy that we can control fate.
Two or three of our readers are interested in my "boot camp" activities and progress because it is informative about how trainers approach middle-age fitness these days. It's not much different from how they deal with young athletes.
Fridays are my day for general fitness and muscle endurance. Here's what he had me do this morning:
- 3 minutes of elliptical warm-up (and wake-up), then
- 1 minute elbow plank
(Repeat the circuit of italicized sets 5 times with only 15-25 seconds between)
- cool down (?) with a couple of minutes on stair machine
That's a tough hour or so for me even without the usual squats with light military presses. I keep trying to remind myself that my breaking point is not what I think it is. I think I'll be able to do my end-of-week general fitness hour without his babysitting soon - but without the heavy bench work.
Tomorrow, he encourages me to begin to add stair machine (I call it stairway to heaven because you can die on that thing) to my cardio day routine to intensify it. It's intense already, but I do what I'm told.
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Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance
Correcting the New York Times’s Absurd Vision of the Modern Man
The Latest DIY Trend? Sex Tapes
Twitter Characterizes Disagreeing With Someone’s Opinion as “Abusive Behavior”
Race-Track Owners Consider Moving One of the Triple Crown Tracks out of Baltimore, and the City’s Clueless Leaders Cry Foul
Oregon bakery owners refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case
Al Gore: ‘Democracy Has Been Hacked; Capitalism Is in Need of Serious Reform’
Guy made 250 million on "green" scams. That ain't workin, that's the way to do it...
Backfire on the #RICO20 and Jagadish Shukla is imminent; wagon circling, climbdown, dissolution begins
Guy made millions on "green" scams, without working
Did Hillary Clinton Spike CBS' Coverage Of Benghazi?
What if the Refugees Were Blonde and Blue-Eyed Swedes?
Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters - "Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated"
PM slams Abbas’s ‘deafening silence’ after terror attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the United Nations and its members
OBAMA LOSES ANOTHER WAR THAT HE 'ENDED' - Afghanistan is turning into a disaster, just like Iraq.
Top EU official warns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe
Coming from the Left and the Muslims, no doubt
The Russian Navy Is Back
China dispatched nuclear-powered submarine on first combat patrol, report says
Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA
Russia and China want to be players in the world. I don't blame them.
Obama’s Talk and Putin’s Blitz: A Russian Middle East Coup in Three Acts Posted By Claudia Rosett
Thursday, October 1. 2015
Digging up New York's Original Seaport:
1. Eliminate all deductions in the individual income tax code
The main problem with the above would be an unemployment crisis for lobbyists, accountants, and tax and estate lawyers, and we can't have that. And golly, what would it do to the muni market?
Here. No problem, we can handle it. It's nothing new. It's the big Nor'easters that give us trouble.
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