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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Wednesday, July 29. 2015
I wish I could care about Cecil the Lion, but as much as I think his killer is a bit of an asshole, I'm more disturbed by the outpouring of death threats he has received.
More to the point, I'm trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be upset about today? The kid whose body they found in the dumpster or a freaking lion who was killed legally (however much the kill was rigged to be legal, and however much of an ass the guy is, it was legal).
Yeah, Cecil is a sad story. Yeah the dentist is probably an idiot. But let's face it - we have a presidential contest about to start and a host of issues here at home that have led us to be concerned about way too much:
1. a moron former first lady who claims she is 'for the people' and gets $600 haircuts, while roping herself off from the people in parades
2. a moron socialist who occasionally says something cool, but is generally an asshole because he wants to pay everyone a minimum of $15 an hour but won't even pay his own staffers that wage - because it's too much.
3. a moron businessman who speaks plainly and pisses people off because running the country isn't the same as running a business. Yeah, he makes a few good points, but he has no shot at winning and even if he did I wouldn't trust him with my tax dollars.
4. a moron president who is no doubt hoping someone will change laws and allow him to run for a third term (while I'd support changing that law, I don't support him)
5. a bunch of morons trying to ban the Confederate battle flag, but not really caring about the 20 other Confederate flags which were equally "racist" then, but have different meanings today.
6. a bunch of morons who think banning guns is a good idea so they created "gun free zones" which have become kill zones - and they believe this supports their cause!
7. a bunch of morons who think certain words are triggers and should be outlawed because they 'offend'
The list of things I need to care about is endless. I have to remind myself each day to not offend anyone, to not be myself because someone else may not like what I am or what I stand for, to abide by some of the dumbest laws a nation can devise (and be concerned about others which are certainly headed our way), and generally be sensitive and caring to all people and all animals, all the time, everywhere, no matter what.
I'm pissed off about Cecil. But he's a freaking lion and he's thousands of miles away. There will be more lions, and he's not in my backyard. But I'm tired of having to care about every little thing that someone thinks is 'important' to them. I care about me, and my family, and my friends. I care if they are healthy, and I care if someone is impinging on mine, or their rights. So yes, I care. But I really just can't find time in my day to care about Cecil. Sorry.
Africa is beginning to go down that dark road towards western-style prosperity, development, and freedom. Like Cuba, see it now before the old Africa disappears. Is "poverty" a Western concept? Masai warriors with iPhones? What next? Disney Africa?
Don't forget to throw a few coins to Wikimedia
Finding Out How Boa Constrictors Kill
Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete
Another Video Released: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts
Palin Asks Which Killed More Black People: Confederate Flag or Planned Parenthood?
Order, Please, Not Utopia - Bill de Blasio’s New York has the wrong priorities.
FDA: Mexicans Defecating in Farm Fields Getting Americans Sick
I hate cilantro anyway
Responders Anticipate Possibility of More Illegal Crossers - Border Patrol apprehending about 3,100 people a week
Bias-Free Language Guide claims the word 'American' is 'problematic'
It's a mental illness. Or maybe meant to be satirical.
Gun control? Americans increasingly see more guns as the solution, not the problem.
Prince Charles extends climate doomsday deadline by 33 years
Why not 34 years?
EPA Chief: Climate Change Is Fact Because Bad Weather Leads the News
Policies like Virginia's new corporate welfare for a local brewery are three sheets to the wind.
When government gives tax breaks, working stiffs pay for it
Single-Family Zoning Racist? Seattle Thinks So
Exodus from Puerto Rico could upend Florida vote in 2016 presidential race
Geraldo Rivera Frets Planned Parenthood Scandal ‘Might Put an End’ to ‘Garbage’ Used to ‘Be the Cure for Cancer’
Rivera Frets Planned Parenthood Scandal ‘Might Put an End’ to ‘Garbage’
Used to ‘Be the Cure for Cancer’ - See more at:
Carly the Communicator
Clinton campaign pledges to be carbon neutral, aide says
Wall Street is in Hillary Clinton's corner
Clinton's New Email Fuss Is No Scandal
Hillary Clinton’s $600 haircut puts Bergdorf on lockdown
UK Government Admits 250,000 Porn Websites Visited On Parliament PCs
A detailed review of the Iran verification plan
Tuesday, July 28. 2015
It's a new form of cheese to me: Burrata. It's a gooey variant of Mozzarella (a cheese which I do not like, even Buffalo Mozzarella. Flavorless and rubbery). Burrata, like Mozzarella, is a fresh cheese.
I'd be willing to try Burrata with sliced tomato. They may have it at our gourmet Italian market, and I am told Whole Foods carries it sometimes. I hate Whole Foods on principle, but they have always had a fine cheese department. Me love cheeses with fruits, nuts, jellies for dessert.
A good tomato platter might be sliced tomatoes, sliced mango or peach, a chunk of oozing burrata, a handful of chopped fresh basil, and a balsamic dressing.
Our friend Dr. Schneiderman discusses Adolescent Cutting. After many years of addressing self-mutilation with youth and some adults, I have become convinced that various sorts of self-harm entail "integrative" pain - a discomfort which helps a person feel more centered, whole, and complete. In fact, it is not unusual for somewhat shakily-constructed people to create or to be drawn to chaos and crises for their strange psychologically-integrating effects.
There might be an entire new theory of masochism in general built on that idea, but I think Freud sort of began to get there first. Perhaps he over-sexualized masochism, or over-death-wished it, but he was on the trail towards an understanding of masochism and its perverse gratifications.
A fun, wide-ranging interview. She gets it wrong on Clinton-Cosby though. It's not "wired-differently," it's a refusal to exercise conscience. Low-life pond scum. Most people manage to refrain from doing whatever they might feel like doing.
One quote from her re academic craziness:
Christianity: Now Isn’t the Time to Flee the Public Square
You don't actually need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
Tatanka Iyotaka, more commonly known as Sitting Bull
No Wonder Insurers Want to Merge
I'm really glad I grew up a tomboy before all this gender confusion stuff came into vogue.
‘Student Voices’ Exposes Anti-Semitism in the College Classroom
‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen
Ezra Levant: ‘Crazy’ prosecutions
Go get 'em, Ezra
John Oliver Slams Mandatory Minimums - He emphasizes the importance of making shorter sentences retroactive.
One-Fifth of El Salvador, Estimated One-Quarter of Mexico Now Living Inside USA
African-Americans lose out when immigration favors low-skill labor.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: America’s Next Top Victim - You owe us for slavery. Now enslave us all over again.
This Week in Progressive Lunacy: Air Conditioning is Sexist
Liberals worry that workers with specialized skills make more money
Three for the Money: Carly, Walker, and Cruz
Mitchell: Experts can find no reason for a private e-mail system except to thwart oversight
Nigh Inconceivably Stupid Would Be a Fair Phrase For Clinton’s Tax Hike
Hillary Clinton boarding private jet just hours after launching global-warming push – and she's using a FRENCH aircraft
What Militarism Means - Its perfect symbol isn’t Prussia, it’s the F-35.
U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution
How Obama Misunderstands LBJ’s Vietnam History
How Obama’s Poor Judgment Led to the Chinese Hack of OPM
Falsifying the Six-Day War - As Censored Voices makes its American debut, my advice to American Jews is this: save your tears—the Six-Day War was decently waged and morally just.
Obama presents a false dichotomy on Iran
Monday, July 27. 2015
Sunrise fishing off Pass Christian, Mississippi. Quite a history there.
My pal's buddy keeps his boat in his backyard
These guys do not believe in catch and release
These are a favorite summer treat around here. Yes, you can do it with pumpkin blossoms too. Use the male blossoms, on the stalks. No reason to waste them.
A simple recipe. Do not wash the blossoms. Serve hot, with salt.
For a fancier antipasto, fried blossoms stuffed with goat cheese. How good does that sound?
We Can Complain Because Rose Bushes Have Thorns, or Rejoice Because Thorn Bushes Have Roses
Often attributed to Abe Lincoln, probably wrongly
Image via Moonbattery
If Male Musicians Were Described The Same Way As Female Musicians
Woman who shot alleged attacker may have slain a serial killer, police say
NASA estimates 1 billion ‘Earths’ in our galaxy alone
Where Does the Bible Say Extra-Marital Sex is Wrong? The big picture of God's design for sex.
Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high
Honeybees are not native to North America
When I worked at Marxism Today, my desire to
At Anti-Bullying Conference, Middle Schoolers Learn About Lesbian Strap-On Anal Sex, Fake Testicles
The New York Times' Nail-Salon Exploitation Narrative Is Falling Apart - Another case of advocacy journalism proving full of factual inaccuracies.
"... why stop at Jefferson and Jackson?"
Supremely Naive: The Impact of Southworth on the "Marketplace of Ideas"
Charles Murray’s Prescription for American Government
Obama Admin Plans More Executive Action on Immigration
Democrats’ handout strategy is failing
Carly Fiorina Shows Us How It's Done
As Hillary! Craters, Democrats Search for Panic Button
As Military Strength Plummets, the New York Times Cheers Cutbacks
Hungary’s Orban Urges Hard Line Over Migrants in ‘Broken’ Europe
Iran vows to bar international inspectors from military sites
Iranian FM: Using Ballistic Missiles No Violation of N. Agreement
Sunday, July 26. 2015
I just received the following email, and the link to the video.
For myself, I'd add, that could be my son disarmed and allowed to be murdered by a jihadist right here at home in the USA, and that girl murdered in downtown San Francisco could be my innocent daughter murdered by an illegal immigrant criminal allowed to roam free by "sanctuary" liberals, but President Obama acts like he could care less, while instead rousing hatred and street violence by he immediately mourning street thugs who happen to be Black.Re the Chatanooga shootings:
I was at the airport as they offloaded Lcpl. Skip Wells's body and proceeded with appropriate respect to the funeral home. The Patriot Guard (with whom I used to ride until my knees became so untrustworthy that I was afraid to ride a Harley), the Legion Riders, police scooters from Atlanta, DeKalb Co., Cobb co. and other places, along with many other folks, led the hearse away to the funeral home. I pulled over to the side of the rode overlooking the exit from the cargo area, unfurled my flag that usually flies on the front of my house, waited for them to pull away, and did my best attention, saluting--uncovered!--as the entourage and Skip's body passed by.
Tears were rolling down my face. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of people all over Atlanta who stopped to honor the procession, something that really made me feel good. I didn't cry for my brothers who died when I was young, but lots of things bring tears to my eyes these days. I must be getting soft in my dotage.
I do not know why this latest shooting event has touched me so, but it has really bothered me. I think Obama's refusal to lower the flag until pressure mounted helped.
ASIDE: Monday morning, I went to work (I teach part-time at the local technical college, GED classes), went to the security guy who usually raises the flag, and took it along with a police academy guy, raised it and lowered to half-mast. I told them to tell anyone who complained that I did it. Turns out the police wannabe guy was a Marine, too. We did out best at "Colors." I saluted--uncovered--because I thought I should.
His mother was in a following hearse, and she blew a kiss at us out of the window.
After the procession passed, I went to the international terminal with my wife and two grandsons to meet Kyle as he arrived on leave from Germany. He is fine. He is scheduled to be deployed to Egypt in the fall.
Take a look at the video to see the procession.
I am no expert, so take with two grains of salt - it is just what I have learned. This is regarding maintaining recreational fitness, ie "Ordinary Fitness for Life" - not serious athletic training or serious muscle-building.
Below average = "weak." Nobody, male or female, wants to be weak or below average. Average is good for a starting target or even an endpoint (Average fitness is my personal endpoint). This isn't about body-building but just about maintaining good, versatile functionality in youth, or later despite aging. These things are not a complete fitness program by any means, just a few rough indices of average American decent fitness because they involve so much of one's physicality.
- Fitness entails, requires, not being fat. Nobody needs a silly BMI to know when they have unpleasant and unnecessary flab. You can feel it with your hands. Lard slows us down with everything in life because our hearts are forced to pump blood though it when we have other things to do. It's dietary.
- An average fit woman can expect to deadlift 100 percent of her body weight. Average fit males can deadlift roughly 150 percent of their body weight.
- Barbell squats for leg and core strength are roughly the same as above. (For me now, three sets of 25 deep squats without weights is challenging, and torture with plain kettlebells or clasping a heavy ball. I like to do squats combined with light dumbbell military lifts. A full-body engagement but not stressful enough for my fitness trainer who considers it an exercise for nursing homes. I doubt that I will ever get to dumbell squats, but who knows? I may die first.)
- The average fit male should eventually be able to bench press 1 x body weight for a solid set - or at least once. Average fit female can press around 80-100 lbs. They say it's good for boob-fitness too.
- For push-ups, the average fit male can do 25-40. The average fit female can do 20-25 knee-push-ups. (Many exercise trainers feel knee pushups for women are worthless). Push-ups are about muscle endurance, not so much strength. Lots of people do them as part of their morning or bedtime rituals. (I have trouble doing them due to an old right shoulder injury - once body surfing, and again skiing, and then I totally destroyed it for good doing flies. Every middle-aged person has a handicap or two if they have lived life off the chair or sofa, but it's no reason to give up on vigor)
- An average fit person can run a mile in ten minutes or less without dying.
- Elbow Planks - A core exercise. Fit men and women can do 2 minutes or more. My boss puts weight plates on my back to save time. Sheesh. More weight, dude. I can do it. Why not just jump on my back? Sweat drips. I alternate with push-up-style planks and sometimes with one-handed planks.
Physical conditioning is humbling for the middle-aged. Age, joint issues, and body type alter things, eg short people with short arms have shorter and thus larger muscles and can naturally bench more than lanky people - and often average people over 55 need lowered expectations.
In the end, I guess you use good form, do what you can do, and build up from there without obsessing about the numbers as long as they improve. As I said, conditioning is not all resistance, but without rigorous muscle work you can't do all of the other exercises to the max, or all of life as vigorously as one might like. The goal is to maximize ordinary life and your ordinary recreational sports. I assume most of our interested readers do some sports, but perhaps not. Exercise is for life utility. If your day job is physical, lucky you. All of our day jobs were physical a generation or two or three ago, females included.
Your views and opinions welcome -
Loneliness is a painful state. Social isolation feels terrible. Most people need friends and family around for company. It's a true cliche that alone in the city can be the worst.
I agree with Schneiderman that, no matter how much of an outsider somebody is, if you get involved in things sooner or later some kindred spirits will be found: The Loneliness of the Outsider
Fun with Math. A prodigy grows up to become one of the greatest mathematicians in the world.
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2 Samuel 11:1-15
Saturday, July 25. 2015
How to survive a post-truth society. She says we like pretty lies.
Man, I love this amazing city with one surprise after another.
Citibike (subsidized, I believe) price is good, but I constantly wonder about this: Financial Prices Should Be Discovered, Not Administered. Central bankers think they are smarter than markets. They should be abolished.
Mayor DeBlasio hates Uber, as does Hillary!. Everybody else loves it. Let the market (the people) decide: Uber Wins a Battle With New York, Now It’s War. What an arrogant jerk, just like our last mayor. Not enough government controls on enterprise?
I am out on the town tonight, boating and fishing next weekend. Life is good here, despite all the political frustrations. NYC in summer is good stuff, beautiful, intelligent, ambitious, fun people everywhere you go. Just say "Hi." The annoying people are in the Hamptons. Trump for Mayor!
Addendum from the Editor below - could not resist -
Most foods have little resemblance to their natural origins. They have been domesticated and are "unnatural." Human genius defeating a cruel nature.
A book I'd like to read: Maize for the Gods: Unearthing the 9,000-Year History of Corn
Wild maize is a grass, with the fruit/seed about an inch long. Were it not for those ancient Central American genetic engineers, we'd have neither grits nor polenta.
Photo is teosintas, ancestor of domestic maize
We Are Told Jazz Jennings Is a Girl, yet Boys Aren’t Biting
Rutgers Professor: White People Are “The Face Of The Oppressor”
All the Illegals Get to Stay
Anthem to buy Cigna — and then there were three: 7 key points
Colorado Nuns Appeal Birth Control Ruling to Supreme Court
New York Times alters Clinton email story
HILLARY PUTS ‘FUN CAMPS’ ASIDE TO PROPOSE ‘CARING CORPS.’
Sheesh. She should run on the Fun Camps thing. A winning issue.
Walker is not anti-union. He is anti-government employee unions. So was FDR. The real reason he is dangerous is because he rides a Harley, while Hillary! can't drive a car.
Italians Finally Rise Up Against ‘Migrants’ - Slow-motion but steady invasion of Europe by Africa and the Middle East gets some pushback.
From Foe to Frenemy - Why the United States is Courting Vietnam
Hungary expects to complete Serbian border fence by November
Get Ready, Japan: Russia Has Its Own Island-Buildup Project
Amnesty protests 'staggering execution spree' in Iran
Mission to Purge Syria of Chemical Weapons Comes Up Short
The President’s Preferred Bad Deal
Salman Rushdie on Islam: 'We have learned the wrong lessons'
We Are Told Jazz Jennings Is a Girl, yet Boys Aren’t Biting - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=61094#sthash.L7S0XnqV.dpuf
A sonnet from Rime in vita e morte di Madonna Laura.
Era il giorno ch'al sol si scoloraro
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