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
Thursday, June 23. 2016
You will have to take it on faith (or not) that I have very little racism in me. I find almost all individuals interesting and I can learn about life from anybody.
It seems tragic to me. Why is it?
He is always wonderful, but I am convinced anyway. Watch it for the pleasure of seeing a quick-witted fellow at work.
Related, the EU is governance by despotic midgets. Government by enlightened elites without the input of the peasants.
How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians
For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8
I blame climate change
A Scientist, A Sprinter, And A Sumo Wrestler Attempt To Cross A Human-Sized Cockroach Trap (video)
Reporter goes to shop to buy gun - gets rejected
Unfair “Fair Housing" - The new Obama administration policy to “deconcentrate” poverty is a threat to communities.
Butler won her award for writing:
Mostly other black people
Scott Adams: Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA
Honor and politics
No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom: New at Reason - If the government can take away our natural rights to travel and self-defense, can other fundamental rights be far behind?
TV Reporters Laugh At Hillary For Avoiding Questions
Anatomy of the terror threat: Files show hundreds of US plots, refugee connection
Afghan War Rules Leave U.S. Troops Wondering When It’s OK to Shoot
Wednesday, June 22. 2016
It is still a mystery to me why any "progressive education" is needed. The article covers all of the bases.
The EU is a Dictatorship that Britain Should Leave
Tomorrow is your first chance in recent history to repel German tyranny without needing an army to do it. Vote for independence, sovereignty, self-determination: Vote "Leave"!
It's your last chance. You can always rejoin if you want to.
Yale may actually be close to caving on course work which is just too darned white
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
Families Struggle to Afford College
Jews are the new ruling elite in the US
French work fewest hours in EU
Cruel summer for newspapers - Publishers see their businesses circling the drain in rapidly decaying orbit
Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: If you buy an AR-15, obviously you’re “buying it do bad things”
Report: 4,948,000 illegals eligible for amnesty, 716,000 in battleground states
Obama administration begins redistributing poor inner-city families to suburbs.
How the feds try to micromanage small business
Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops
Sotomayor is the court loon
The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election
Also VDH: The Trump Nuclear Bomb
Donald's Donor Problem
Clinton goes 200 days without a press conference
New Marine Corps physical standards spell bad news for women in combat directive
Brexit Countdown - Making Britain Great Again?
No, it's not a request for donations.
What the heck is this tree seen in bloom on a walk with Mrs. BD and pup last weekend? Small tree growing on a riverbank, and last year's seed pods still hung on it looking like vanilla beans. Large almost grape-looking leaves.
Tuesday, June 21. 2016
How the buffalo (bison, to your foreigners) survived to become the US national mammal:
Well, the bison ecological niche was replaced by herds of semi-domestic cattle but sheesh - I thought people were the national mammal.
Don't try this if you live in Euroland. You could be prosecuted, shot, or bombed. God bless America where at least you can't be prosecuted.
Nobody knows all of the laws and regs. Remember, Three Felonies A Day
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Agit-prop. Without faux hate, there would be very little for the anti-hate haters to do.
He does a good job explaining the appeal of the AR-15 - its versatility. Or, as some say, it's not a gun - it's a gadget.
Why extremely rare events keep happening all the time
Father’s Day in the Ghetto
Overcoming The Fear Of Death - A physician confronts his own mortality.
Researchers fail, once again, to find educational gains from public spending on preschool.
From 2006, The Howard Zinn Fabrication Show
How the Democrats Are Disarming Us By suppressing the truth.
David Brooks @NYT: We must let the terrorists in or they will kill us
Root cause of Orlando massacre? “White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Capitalism’ Among Reasons
The Insidious Power of the Media Disinformation Campaign for Hillary Clinton
Cues From Kerry: Dissent Is No Longer the Highest Form of Patriotism
The Imperialism of Western Guilt - Bernard Lewis is the rare Western intellectual who doesn’t view non-Western peoples as too inept to make their own mistakes, let alone pay for them.
Monday, June 20. 2016
I think that the press and most of the politicians do not know the difference between an AR-15 and an AK-47. More likely, they don't care because incremental gun-grabbing is one of their missions. Thus any new regulation is a step towards the goal of citizen disarmament.
Apparently CT can outlaw some semiautomatic firearms. I have semi-automatic shotguns which I am certain will not fall under regulations - yet. The magazine is internal, so there is no visible clip. To comply with game laws, I have plugs in them to limit me to 3 cartridges (or bullets, as we term them).
Besides being black and ugly, I do not get the functional appeal of the highly-popular AR-15. It is not particularly powerful or useful at long distances. I think it is good fun at the range or close-in game hunting but there are better firearms for that. There is no accounting for taste, and the best thing to do is to pick a firearm for your use and to get good with it.
I think it might be the clips that the grabbers are using, in this case.
Should Employers Be Prohibited from Asking Applicants About College Credentials? From the article:
New research suggests that fish are smarter and more sentient than we ever knew
The FDA's Foolish War on Salt - The 'voluntary' crackdown lacks scientific support
Scientists claim wood fired pizza is bad, saying baking it is ‘damaging to the urban environment’
Fact-Checking Snopes: Website’s Political ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger
It is quite a story about "How we wrecked Pomona"
Democrat Lawmakers Hold Meeting to Discuss Right Wing Terrorism
"Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
Why Liberals Support Muslims Who Hate Everything They Stand For
Why they hate me: From President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Senate Democrats and the media, there is nothing out of bounds when it comes to what a progressive liberal can accuse a Republican of doing.
Falsehoods Fly Over the AR-15 - Automatic rifle? Wrong. Assault weapon? Wrong again. The truth about the firearm liberals love to hate.
Lone Wolves? Known Wolves? What's the Difference?
NRA Hits Hillary Clinton in Powerful Ad after Orlando ISIS Massacre: “Stop Talking!” Your Words Expose Your Ignorance
Trump the Entrepreneur
How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton
Textbooks at Canadian Islamic Schools: Kill the Gays
British Sniper Takes Out Two ISIS Bombers With One Shot
From ferrets to fish...New EU laws that are ruining Britain
Is Europe doomed by migrants?
Make EU migrants 'wait THREE years for benefits', say Britons
SWEDEN: Up to 70% of ‘Child’ Migrants Are Actually Adults
Three Islamic Terrorists Disguised as Migrants Arrested at Austrian Refugee Center
"We shall not take anyone in´Hungary tells EU it´s full and it doesn´t ´need´ immigration
Enforcing 'God's Commandments': Heightened Mass Executions in Iran
Sunday, June 19. 2016
Might be my favorite. They can sing like crazy, but most of the time they are rarely seen and skulk in thick underbrush on edges. At the farm, for many years we had a pair nesting in a giant overgrown forsythia in the middle of a field. Stick nests with a little soft lining.
Each step of math mastery offers advantages in life, but all of the math steps are steps toward yet another level of mastery and, if you choose and have talent, it can never end.
American colleges these days have been backing off math requirements. Wayne State University Drops Math Requirement and May Replace With Diversity. Brilliant!
There are three reasons for this: 1. Math is hard so I'll go to a school that doesn't make me do it. 2. It is often claimed that, statistically, women are worse with math. So make the curriculum less daunting for women. 3. IQ. Math above the ordinary high school level probably takes more IQ than many modern college students possess.
My view is that a college degree means little unless it includes some proficiency in statistics and calc. The more, the better.
Most people do not care about it. Just look around - it's obvious. That is because, unless your daily work involves manual labor, in the modern world most of us do not use our bodies in the ways for which they were designed.
We are designed to be hunter-gatherers and warriors, which entail day-long physical activity and often required lengthy periods of inadequate nutrition and starvation (which is why human fat cells are such sponges for hoarding carbs). The hunter-gatherer activities involve endurance, and the warrior activities entail strength and athleticism.
All of the people who do not care about their fitness have a strong case. In Western civilization, hunting is recreation, gathering is done at the market or the backyard garden, and we play sports for fun and hire our warriors. Speaking of warriors, last night I watched a live match between McEnroe and Jim Currier. Gosh, what beautiful and powerful games they still have in their late 50s.
But why would any ordinary man or woman want to spend discretionary time imitating primitive hunter-gatherer and warrior exertions? Well, they mostly don't. Furthermore, they know that fitness, except in the case of overweight and obesity, has little correlation with health or life-expectancy.
Here are the reasons Mrs. BD and I devote a mere 5 or 6 hours per week for structured physical conditioning (trying to compact a full day's activity into a brief time via intensity), and generally try to keep our weights at a fit and youthful level. It's about quality of life:
- we feel better, look better, and have more energy without any excess fat on us. Fat fatigues. And a sloppy appearance makes a poor impression in our Anglosphere culture.
My heart beamed Friday night as my sons welcomed the Sabbath with perfectly sung prayers. My heart broke Saturday night as my sons fought while I grilled a perfect wild-caught salmon, and I got indigestion instead of the meal I thought I deserved.
I'm reminded of the saying, "A Man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season." And, the growing goes both ways as we fathers grow, have to grow -- into the men we want to be under our children's careful observation, into the men that they need.
We yearn to please but, most important, to pass on life's lessons.
Father's Day is full of platitudes and real feelings, of missed and appreciated opportunities. And, of how much we care by just being there. I'm reminded of
There's a wisecrack, "If God is so perfect, how do you explain us." As fathers, we're not perfect, but we try to find and know the ways to be better, and most of us find it. We continue to strive, and so may our children, with a higher hand to reach for and give us the strength to be better and have hope.
It's not easy being the father or the child.
Saturday, June 18. 2016