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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Friday, April 18. 2014
If we take our NYC stroll/hike/urban adventure, this would be a good resource for preparation.
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:40 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Why not become whores?
Adultery site big in Japan where marriage reigns
Oh, No, Not Another College Tour! Every school has gone green. How about telling us something interesting?
In the business world, it's called "green marketing." It's gone out of style though.
Wild Horse Crisis - What’s the best way to control an invasive species: Round them up or shoot them?
Hardly a crisis, I think. There used to be bison, before that wild camels and all sorts of ungulates in the American West. The Indians killed 'em all except for the bison. What is best? I don't know. The wild horses are eating the food of the cattle.
Bloomberg always wants people to be just like him. Otherwise, he'll try to make laws to make you act that way.
Antisemitism Explained From An Objectivist Perspective
There is a lot packed into that essay
Also, a lot in this one: Blame George Washington - The first president and the origins of American corporate welfare - link fixed
Should We Force People to Save for Retirement?
How government medical care in Russia takes care of cancer patients
An amusing Klavan vid here, discussing Libs and Conservatives.
Censorship is Coming! New Jersey College Silences a Professor Over a ‘Game of Thrones’ T-shirt
High School Girl Screamed at for Carrying Bible in Hallway
Steyn: The slow death of free speech - How the Left, here and abroad, is trying to shut down debate — from Islam and Israel to global warming and gay marriage
Krauthammer Against the Tyrants - It's official: The Left is out of control.
Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles
A voice from an American rebel: The Pig Trap
Selfless Crusader Against Income Inequality to Heroically Accept
When I was a kid, there didn't use to be weather, but I blame the Weather Channel.
Telling ‘Noble Lies’ About Climate Change Will Backfire - Doing the right things for the wrong reasons is a serious mistake
Megan McArdle goes off on suspicious Census Bureau/Obamacare methodology switch
Sultan on Passover: From slavery to freedom
Jesus Arrested: "Am I not to drink the cup?"
After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, For whom are you looking? 5They answered, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus replied, I am he. Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6When Jesus said to them, I am he, they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7Again he asked them, For whom are you looking? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8Jesus answered, I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go. 9This was to fulfil the word that he had spoken, I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me. 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. 11Jesus said to Peter, Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?
12 So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. 13First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.
Peter denies knowing Jesus
15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17The woman said to Peter, You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you? He said, I am not. 18Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing round it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
The rest of the story is below the fold -
Continue reading "Good Friday: John 18"
Thursday, April 17. 2014
The applause for a requiem seems strange.
Zenpundit's Requiem post also has the Defiant Requiem - Remembering the Holocaust
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:10 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Here in New England, the spring migration is underway. Blackbirds came a month ago, and are still passing through, but the hardy songbirds are beginning to show up despite yesterday's light snow.
The Juncos headed north a couple of weeks ago, and now most of the White Throats have left too. I heard the first Towhee of the Spring this morning.
How quick can bird migration be? Brazil to Pennsylvania in 13 days.
Photo is our Eastern Towhee. Unmistakable, loud call, "Drink your teeeee"
Here's a chilly male Cardinal. Due to global warming, it was a wicked winter and a cold early Spring this year.
An interesting economic website.
Like Kudlow, his contributors understand the interactions between government, central banks, crony capitalists, hedge funds, and private enterprise. One sample link: When The Top Goes Over-The-Top: What The Soaring Price Of Ferraris, Wine And Art Tell Us
Photo is Czech Easter eggs
The iPad is everywhere, Android tablets not so much
Brief excerpt from the video The invention of the teenager
This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints
A Christian pastor’s Passover sermon
As an American, I disapprove of the glorification of presidents
Not a Joke→ UN Says Vacuuming CO2 Out of Air May Be Only Way to Save Planet Earth
L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag
What's wrong with that?
Is the wind lobby’s most precious subsidy finally losing steam in Congress?
What the Left and Right Both Get Wrong About the Moynihan Report
Brandeis Feminists Fail the Historical Moment
Who Was Ho Chi Minh? A Deceitful Mass Murderer.
Israeli workers pay less income tax than workers in the US or Europe, a new
"The Last Supper" is thought to have been a Passover seder. That supper was the source of Communion: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again."
In our church, we remember this event with a group Passover supper on Maundy (Middle English, "holy") Thursday, eaten in silence. No wine, though, as a consideration to the abstinent.
Below, Bassano's Last Supper (1542), depicting the reaction to Jesus' prediction that one of them would betray him.
Wednesday, April 16. 2014
Your tax dollars at work: Review: The Traveling Government Global Warming Play
IRS data: The top 1% pay 37% of all taxes, the bottom half pay 2%, a blubbering David Letterman can’t believe the facts
Bookworm: My annual Passover post
Northwestern U hosts event for female students who are ‘having trouble masturbating’
Sowell: Women and Statistical Frauds
Dr. Helen: Sexism Sent Me To the ER!
EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules
Those evil Koch Bros: Dem donors
How the Dems are The Paranoid Party
Brandeis University Faculty Sent Letter Demanding School Rescind Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree
Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules” -
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From a physician's report:
The competition for full-tuition foreign students.
Higher Ed follows the money. Greedy non-profits, are they not?
During a recent lunch, my wife and I were discussing the growth of small distilleries in New York. They are making a comeback because of a change in the law which lowers the fees necessary to be a small output distiller. This has been a job growth engine for the state, while also producing some much needed state revenue. It is a classic example of how less law can increase economic growth and opportunity.
The conversation with my wife, however, revolved around any laws which may exist (and they do, in some states) that limit production to using only agricultural products which are produced in-state. My wife had no problem with this, saying it would grow more jobs. I pointed out any state putting such limitations on distilling or brewing would hurt the economy, because if a distiller wished to use product from another state to start up, he couldn't, and since the law would force him to purchase only in-state product, prices for those products would increase dramatically as more brewers or distillers opened, becoming a prohibitive factor in new business.
I'm all for local-grown product, if that's what you like. But everybody, from consumer to brewmaster to distiller needs to have choices. If I might like a product which is made in one state, but utilizes grain from another, I may never have the opportunity to try it. Laws which limit inputs are, by definition, limiting economic growth. Which is why protectionism is always a bad idea. Limiting opportunity can only limit growth. This concept can be applied across a broad swathe of legislation which seeks to 'create' equality by creating new inequalities.
That said, it is nice to see small pockets of legislators learning "less is more" when it comes to laws and jobs. As for my bourbon, I'm still a fan of Buffalo Trace and Maker's Mark. However, I've tried Widow Jane, out of Brooklyn, and it's quite good. I also received some Hillrock as a gift and it, too, is very good, though the cinnamon aftertaste is a bit different than I've had. Still another recommended Hudson Baby Bourbon, though I haven't tried it yet.
Still looking to try my first Pappy Van Winkle, though.
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We have snow this morning. How about you?
Image is via Am. Digest
Critics of the SAT and other standardized testing are disregarding the data.
All tests are elitist and racist. The science is settled.
What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News
Progressive Puritans - From e-cigarettes to sex classifieds, the once-transgressive left tries to criminalize fun.
Rand Paul’s foreign policy extremism
Donald Rumsfeld declares war on IRS
Terrible Tenure - Are 98 percent of California’s teachers worthy of jobs for life?
How the Obama administration turned the latest IPCC report into meaningless gobbledegook
“I just filed my taxes and I’m getting 400 dollars from the federal government!”
Tuesday, April 15. 2014
A room, anyway, which an ambitious youth might be able to afford. The NYC pupette thought you might be amused:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:46 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Three cool new sites for the handy-dandy Maggie's blogroll -
The otherwise-useful article concludes with the notion that "government could do more."
I have no idea what government has to do with it. After the basics, most lines of work are learned by apprenticeships and "practice" of various sorts. Just consider auto mechanics, cooking, gunsmithing, machine-tooling, law, medicine, bond sales, garden design, preaching, playing music, carpentry, jewelry design, flower arranging, cattle-raising, horse-grooming, dog training, leather-working, road-paving, politics and sales in general, fashion, etc., etc., etc. The list is endless.
I am very much in favor of the term and concept "apprentice," but I don't know what the heck government has to do with it. Why do so many people have this reflex that "government ought to do something"? As if it could.
People can figure these things out on their own.
From a Jewish friend:
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Image via Our Psychodramatic Campuses
Mad Men's Creator: Don Draper Represents American Society - A conversation with Matthew Weiner about anti-heroes, why
Tax Day! Now Comes the Great Refund Rip-off - Steal an identity, file a return and, presto, the IRS wires cash to your prepaid debit card.
Brit Hume: Holder's, Obama's Racial Appeals "Crybaby Stuff;" Both
How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time
Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine
Ten Welfare-Reform Lessons from NYC
Vermont's Single-Payer Dream Is Taxpayer Nightmare
Obama Admin Bans Junk Food in Schools
Explain to me how this is the Federal govt's job
90% of NY Gun Owners Refusing SAFE Act Registration?
A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus
Chart below via How To Get A Job Despite The Economy
A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus
Read more at: http://spme.org/book-reviews/century-anti-semitism-american-college-campus/ | SPME
Monday, April 14. 2014
That's Big Government for you.
As they fled from Egypt, the Hebrews stared at the Red Sea in front of them and the Pharoh’s army closing on their rear. Now, that was a really fearful barrier to aliyah, the act of rising up toward Jerusalem and living one’s soul fully. That border from slavery to freedom caused many to tremble and consider surrendering.
We conduct the seder, the traditional prayers and meal by which we celebrate and remember that G-d liberated us, as a central continuation of our bond with G-d and the rediscovery of the relevance of that liberation across the generations. At the same time we can expand on that central group meaning by remembering and celebrating the other yearnings of our soul to live in freedom as an individual.
We spend most of our lives in “shoulds” that we were taught or acquired. Most of the shoulds are worthwhile and meaningful. However, many are needless limitations on exploring what lies beyond the borders to which we’ve grown accustomed. They are self-imposed chains on our souls. There is a simple way to know if you are living your soul: do you feel at peace and contentment, pretty much regardless of external stressors? If you do not, you are not living your soul.
We each have a unique soul, too often quite smothered under shoulds and only faintly known to us and lived. Passover provides a time to consider what we knew as children, what we feel when in moments of exaltation, what we yearn for, what we can accomplish, how we can be freer. This does not mean being excessive or abandoning responsibilities. It just means living truer to our own nature and to how we wish to be with others in order to have a more meaningful and richer life experience, which also attracts others to do so in their own way.
During the seder we point at the matzoh and say, “For the sake of this, G-d did so much for me when I left Egypt.” If any that we know about, Jewish or other, are less than free, we pledge ourselves to bettering their lot. That is our duty, carried over many centuries. Our duty to ourselves is no less important, as the freer each of us is to live our soul in peace and joy, the moreso we can carry that blessing to others.
A Messiah may come and bring us all peace. Meanwhile we can make a personal aliyah and rise up to bring ourselves more peace by living our soul -- freeing the better side to feel and constructively channeling the assertive side -- and from that bring more peace and freedom to others by our example and deeds.
Thanks, reader. I didn't realize about GMT etc. Worldwide Times to view.
Around here, it's viewable 3 AM tomorrow morning. Try a triple espresso, or set the alarm. Blood Moon, etc., perfect for tax day.
A new disease? Sluggish Cognitive Tempo
I have that - and ADD. Perfect combination.
Sears is dying. Why?
I think it's more about an obsolete business model than it is about the middle class. Home Depot is packed with people, same with Target, etc.
Total Lunar Eclipse tomorrow
Should the U.S. Adopt the German Model of Apprenticeships?
Chicago Teachers Union to
The college degree gap: women earned a majority of degrees at all levels in 2012, and the degree gap for blacks is stunning
Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens. There's a reason teenagers are so reliant on technology: They don't have the freedom their parents did.
Sharyl Attkisson: When I'd Begin Getting Under Surface of an Obama Scandal, CBS Would Pull Me Off
Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?
The remarks that the students at Brandeis will not hear
The remarks that the students at Brandeis will not hear - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=53281#sthash.FS49XPfj.dpuf
Why Aren't Public Officials Held to Account for Lying?
Harry Reid's 'Koch Brothers' Addiction—in Two Charts
UN food program inflated amount of oversight it gave to ensuring food really went to the starving in North Korea
Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border
What now for European defence spending?
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