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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Sunday, May 17. 2015
Trying to learn about this. Linseed oil seems like a real pain, and pure Tung does too (diluted Tung seems easier to work with, but I know nothing).
Among other things I learned, 1) never use anything on a good piano and 2) that spray shine stuff is terrible for wood.
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Sgt. Keller: Yeah, when he says that, you're not supposed to choose "get out of the way." It's supposed to embarrass you into leading - or at least following.
Pvt. Joe Bowers: That doesn't embarrass me.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:44 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
A wife comes home late one night, arriving early from being out of town and quietly opens the door to her bedroom. From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two. She reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can.
Once she's done, she goes to the kitchen to have a drink. As she enters, she sees her husband there, reading Maggie's Farm.
"Hi, Darling", he says, "Your parents have come to visit us, so I let them stay in our bedroom."
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"Our world will be a vastly different place in 20 years as a billion Africans figure out how to live on enough food for half a billion Africans."
Israel solved its water woes in five years by desalination. A CEO explains why it took him 10 years
to build a single plant near San Diego.
A new report highlights 100 restaurant salads that are supposedly worse than a Big Mac.
Here. A true New Yorker.
Here's the history of the Pratt Institute.
His story reminds me of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel. I think I read that book out loud 200 times. Mrs. BD has it memorized, just like Good Night, Moon, Hungry Caterpillar, etc.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 06:12 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Another place where I imagine that I could happily live (were it not for my kids, my work, my church, our friends, our clubs, etc) - Nonquitt, MA
An Indian name, of course, but it's a good name in English too. Gen. Philip Sheridan's summer house was there. It's a waterfront village in the town of Dartmouth, MA.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 04:45 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, May 16. 2015
From the article:
I think this is far less true today than in the past. However, admission to a highly-elite school demonstrates something of value and speeds up the vetting process. My advice: Save your admissions letters but go somewhere you can afford.
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That's real Italian cooking.
Continue reading "The “first-class” experience “costs an arm and a leg”, but “you get what you pay for”"
The Wedding Sting - How a police department tried to save a failing Rust Belt town by luring all the local drug dealers to one party (h/t Am. Digest)
I've done that
What Happened to "Start-Up New York?" If this is what your friends say about you, you have a problem.
Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death
Research shows that people who get accepted to the Ivy League but don’t attend do just as well as people who do attend. They’re sorting for
In the climate debate, hear both sides
The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London
The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London
Power To The People: Can We Privatize The Welfare State?
Hello Young People, I'm Hillary Clinton: You're an AfricanAmericanMiddleClassHomosexual? I care about you!
The Brian Williams comparison has got to hurt: “Willams wrapped himself
Why Stephanopoulos tarnished his credibility by hiding his Clinton Foundation donations
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
Free Trade Fantasies
UK PM David Cameron Proclaims: It’s Not Enough To Follow The Law, You Must Love Big Brother
Rights group: Human rights under Palestinian rule worsened
I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived
A cafe with some turbinado sugar and a Marlboro menthol or two. A while ago. I cannot spend too much time looking at (very pleasant) pottery and chicks' bespoke Capri sandals (quickly made for your own foot by sandalmen in the back of the shops with decoration of your choice). Better for me to sit and watch the pretty people passing by.
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Friday, May 15. 2015
Princeton ethicist: it's 'reasonable' to kill disabled newborn babies
What does 'reasonable' have to do with ethics?
These things keep people and goods moving, and keep the economy going. (Freight railroads make money.)
I like Amtrak. You can ride from Boston to New Orleans, from NYC to Chicago and to California, or from NY to Montreal. Good stuff. And their high-speed Acela is very busy on the Boston-NYC-Philly-Baltimore-Wilmington-DC route. Very pleasant too, and easier than air. Their labor contracts are, of course, insane.
An occasional accident is not statistically meaningful, in contrast to automobile fatalities and injuries. Ten thousand car accidents are not big news. A train wreck or a plane crash is news because they are so rare.
Here's one view: Amtrak Doesn’t Need More Taxpayer Cash, It Needs To Be Given Away
Why not give the highways away too? I know plenty of people who could run I-95 at a nice profit.
What's your view?
Colorado Rancher Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury, Becomes Accidental Genius
The New York Times–Facebook Deal Is Here
Trigger Warning! College Kids Will Soon Discover ‘The Adult World Is Not One Big, Extra-Cushy Couch’
Boeing Shareholder Challenges Ethics of Company’s Relationship to Clintons - Boeing contributed $900,000 to Clinton Foundation, paid $250,000 for Bill Clinton speech
Howard Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party
Civil disobedience: Many freedoms we take for granted exist because of lawbreakers.
Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party - See more at:
Charles Krauthammer: ‘Pathological’ President ‘Doesn’t Know a Damn Thing About Fox’
Where You See Tragedy, Liberals See Opportunity
Little England Sans Scotland, Sans EU—–Ominous Threat To The European Superstate
When Ronald Reagan was shot, Al Haig famously declared that he was “in control,” but it was the vice president from Texas who stepped calmly into the breach.
WHITE MERCENARIES HAVE BOKO HARAM ON RUN - Aging South African apartheid-era soldiers sign up for 1 last battle
The Israeli NGO won international attention last week for claiming to expose IDF malfeasance in Gaza. It exposed something else.
Thursday, May 14. 2015
Please click this link to the petition and sign on to help keep the faith with our Vietnam veterans and their families.
The Economics of Tidying Up: An Economist Reads Marie Kondo. “People are wrong when they think that pair of jeans will ever fit again, Kondo is arguing. Optimistic predictions keep people from getting rid of things they don’t need.”
We adhere to the two-year rule except for jewelry, art, firearms, and heirlooms.
Jack Barsky held a job at some of the top corporations in the U.S. and
lived a seemingly normal life -- all while spying for the Soviet Union