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, August 12. 2018
4:25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.
4:26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
4:27 and do not make room for the devil.
4:28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.
4:29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.
4:31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,
4:32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,
5:2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Saturday, August 11. 2018
Tyler Cowen wonders why
It's not the Manhattan I know, but it's a hilarious slice of a Manhattan neighborhood/subculture which is largely Jewish, but culturally, not seriously. I had to look up what "Birthright" was.
I like the way he walks around with his posse. "We've got more JAPS than all of Tokyo!"
Murray Hill is kind of middle class and nondescript.
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AKA doughnuts, aka donuts. It seems like almost every culture has some version of sweet or not-sweet fried dough. The problem in the USA is people baking it instead of deep-frying it in fat. To me, that's just sweetened bread.
In the US, they were probably derived from the Dutch "oily cakes" as discussed by Washington Irving in 1809.
Because I do not work in law-enforcement, I am not a fan of jelly donuts. The only kind I like are "plain" donuts, not too sweet, deep fried and crusty, with or without a dusting of confectioner's sugar or sprinkled with sugar crystals. If the bag doesn't show grease, they are no good.
Donuts and coffee. Good ones are hard to find these days.
What do readers like in doughnuts?
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Friday, August 10. 2018
From 2008. Lyrics here
I got the pork chops, she got the pie
It's a bit late in the year up here for this post, but beach wear is basically underwear. It exposes a person's condition.
We've pointed out that it would take about 2-3 hours moving speedily on a treadmill, elliptical, or stair machine to burn the calories in your breakfast bagel. But it doesn't work like that.
Our bodies preferentially burn glycogen (stored sugar, from carbs) for exertion. It takes over 40 minutes of higher intensity (eg running and the like) exertion to begin meaningful fat-burning.
It's true than a daily hour of some exercise (other than walking or slow pool laps) ups your metabolism for a while, but it's not really significant.
It's a downer for people, but the truth is that exercise is about fitness, while fat loss is nutritional unless you have 3 hrs.day to work out hard (probably not a good idea for people over age 35).
The reason doctors and everybody else talks about nutrition and exercise for fat loss is sort-of to fool people into getting moving and less sedentary because sedentary, regardless of body fat, isn't healthy. In fact, it correlates highly with early cardiac morbidity regardless of body fat %.
Sedentary can be defined, roughly, as less than an hour/day of sweat-producing exertion. Let's face reality: other than walks, most Western people prefer a sedentary, no-heavy-lifting comfortable life, and most do not wish to feel deprived of their appetites in these places where delicious things are in abundance. I get that, to each his/her own. We all have people we care about, though, who we'd like to stick around for a while.
With proper nutrition, anybody can lose 8-12 lbs/month easily, with or without exercise. In fact, with difficult exercise (ie heavy weights) it can be a bit harder to lose weight due to the nutritional requirements for muscle repair.
The youth have it easy. It can be difficult for the young (under 30 or 35) to gain weight even if they want to. To gain good athletic weight, the youth have to eat big and work out hard with weights.
Yes and no. Subject comes up because a pal alerted me to a litter of German Shorthairs, getting ready for the taking on Sept. 1. Their hunting pedigree is as good as it gets, so some $ is rightly involved since we aren't socialism yet where there are free champion hunting dogs.
Mrs. BD and I have rarely had a dog-free home, nor did her parents and my parents. And my grandparents, who were partial to Shepherds. I've had English Springers, Labs and (hunting? sort-of) standard poodles. Some of the most glorious times of my life have been grouse hunting in the Maine woods and in Manitoba woods and prairies (Sharptails there). Will a hunt-bred Standard Poodle point on a grouse or woodcock? Yes it can. It will chew up the darn Woodcock, tho.
I'll bet you never saw a Poodle on a hard point. Well, trust Bird Dog on that.
To me, a dog and a fireplace make a house a home. As I write that, it does sound primeval. Maybe I am a primitive male.
Here are my pros and cons, altho who ever made a decision based on such things?
- I love having a dog around. A dog also loves me the way no human could or should.
- A well-trained dog is an incomparable companion, and a well-trained hunting dog is a precious thing to you (and your hunting pals)
- Huge commitment. When I get a dog, I train the heck out of it. I know how. 40-minutes/day of training for at least 2 years. I want a dog that will heel to my knee without leash through a city street, a 5-mile suburban jog, or a woodland swamp. Chase a squirrel or a deer? No chance unless I give a release signal. I want a dog who will respond to whistle, voice, and hand commands. I want a dog who will Sit-Stay in front of Dunkin Donuts when I go inside. My past dogs learned those things. Any dog will - it's up to the owner. A dog's behavior is a reflection of the Master. Never ever blame the dog. I've heard people say "My dog is difficult to train", as if their dog were special and wild somehow. Pure bullshit. It's on them. Training is work, and no dog yummies. Just "Good dog."
- Re Basic Training. Do I use a shock collar outdoors? You betcha. It's not cruel. It gives you a dog you can live with. After two or three little shocks, the 3-second tone before the buzz is all it takes to remind them that you are God. "Come" or the "Come" whistle means hustle back to the Boss's knee. Dogs do like to be well-trained. Like children, training gives them Purpose and it is all relational.
- Hunt-training. Fairly costly. I can handle basic to semi-advanced obedience training, but not hunt training. You have to send them to camp for that. Then you have to go to camp with them to learn it yourself. Hand signals are the best. My last dog Paco was quite good with them, but not so good with some other things.
- I do not do much of the sort of hunting that I love best anymore. I don't know why, because I can bust brush and alder swamps all day better than I ever could. My favorite is grouse hunting in the Great North Woods, with the Moose etc. I rarely refuse a chance to hunt pheasants etc. at a hunting club, but the wilderness hunts are my favorites. In 6 hours in grouse habitat, you might fire zero to twice with your 20 ga., but you and the dog will have a great outing anyway.
Hey - you're pointing on a White-Footed Mouse, silly dog!
Painting by John Grillo. We have met him on many occasions and have some of his pictures. Always wanted one of his big oils but too much $. No wall space anyway.Yes, Wellfleet had a secret ocean nude beach for the free-love bohemians, artists, architects, and Harvard intellectuals. Not easy to find. Not much nude there now.
What Is War Good for? Ask a Chimpanzee. What apes and monkeys can teach us about the roots of human aggression.
Now another poet gets in trouble with the Red Guard
Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition. Where are the grown-ups?
The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors
Canada To Chronically Ill Man: How About A Little Euthanasia Instead Of Home Care?
Apple Vows iPhones Do Not Listen In On Users... But Its Apps Are Another Story
Ethanol Is Destroying the Environment
We had corn on the cob with steak last nite. Corn is good food. And ethanol is for cocktails.
Steyn: MS-13 are nice kids
Why California Cities Are Becoming Unlivable. California has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. and is rated dead last in quality of life.
A tale of 3 ctiies: In 1960, Detroit had the US's highest average income
Sarah Jeong Is a Boring, Typical Product of the American Academy
She is predictable: Hates the US, hates whites including Jews, loves Palis. illegals, and loves all self-anointed victims, hates the New York Times (yeah). I doubt she ever met a roofer or a hunt dog trainer.
Twitter Explodes After Ocasio-Cortez Attacks Shapiro In Response To Debate Offer
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy: Big Tech ‘Must Do More Than Take Down’ InfoWars
Who next? Is Maggie on his little list? We feel he is a deplorable punk.
Court denies preliminary injunction in U. Michigan Bias Response Team lawsuit
The Red Guards win one
Watch Ivy League Students Try To Explain First Amendment
Berkeley: In addition to higher wages, the union workers are demanding that the school guarantee them free tuition and childcare, subsidize their housing costs, disarm the campus police, and provide financial support to illegal immigrants.
No free lollipops?
With the possible exception of Baltimore, there is no city where the consequences of leftist policies in terms of law and order are more dire than Chicago.
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities. Nothing better protects victims of bigotry than a system where they can pursue their needs and wants outside the realm of popular control.
NAACP's own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly
Blacks' approval of Trump reaches a high of 21% and NAACP charges 'racism'
Here We Go… Far Left Actress Alyssa Milano Blames Russia for Republican Win in Ohio Special Election
I blame climate change
Dianne Feinstein was an easy mark for China’s spy
Byron York: What Was Hillary Clinton's Cut-Out Christopher Steele Doing Pallin' Around With a Putin-Linked Russian Oligarch Who Wasn't Allowed in the United States But Really Wanted that Prohibition Lifted?
Is there any doubt about a spy-FBI- Russia-Clinton nexus?
"The Outlook Has Become Grim": Trump Trade War Causing "Rare Cracks" Within China's Communist Party
Why the EU Won't Comply with Trump
There has never been free speech in China
The Herreshoff Fishers Island 31 Sloop, KESTREL, via Salt Water New England, where everything and everybody always look perfect, Yankee-style.
Thursday, August 9. 2018
A Dylan 1964 outtake recording at 1 am, with plenty of wine
Most people have many more important interests than politics. For example, constructing a good productive and fulfilling life in the brief span allotted us. If anybody expects politics to deliver them a good life, they must dream on.
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Other than to stay out of trouble, that is. From Quillette. It begins:
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"The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old... They literally know nothing... We created an echo chamber... They were saying things that validated whatever we had given them to say."
Obama White House aide Ben Rhodes, describing how the Obama admin clowned willing journalists for 8 years.
These complex astronomical machines were all the rage in Medieval Europe after they had been brought by the Spanish Muslims from the east. Chaucer wrote about them with enthusiasm. Early versions seem to have been separately invented in China and in Greece.
Astrolabes were rendered obsolete by sextants, telescopes, and timepieces but are still used for instructional purposes.
The armillary sphere was the predecessor of the astrolabe.
The Armillary Sphere
Brief history of the Astrolabe
Richard Jarecki, Doctor Who Conquered Roulette, Dies at 86
CAL POLY TO REQUIRE PROFS TO SUBMIT ‘DIVERSITY STATEMENT’ AMID CRACKDOWN ON WHITE STUDENTS
American Jews: oppressed minority or privileged ?
Rabbi Sacks: On not being a victim
Meet America's Elite Farm Subsidy Club
Hall of Famer Jim Brown says he'd never kneel during anthem
Why Chicago can’t get a handle on deadly shootings
Drug gangs killing eachother. Maybe Chicago doesn't care about that
"Heavily Armed" Muslim Extremists Arrested In NM; Trained 11 Children To Commit School Shootings
The Great White Culture War
Never will you hear the Progressive say “this is good enough, we can stop now.”
The Elite Freaks Out When Trump Puts Americans First
Trump May Lose Star on Walk of Fame, But Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey Won't
Americans Give Trump An 'A' For Economy
STEELE, SIMPSON, AND OHR LINKED WITH RUSSIAN OLIGARCH
Beijing demands Christians infuse faith with 'Chinese characteristics' amid crackdown on religion
Saudi Arabia crucified a man in Mecca while aggressively calling out Canada over human rights
China has had a strategy to supplant the United States as the dominant military and economic power since 1949.
How to Combat the Left’s ‘Alternative’ Israel Brainwashing - My time among the propagandists
Wednesday, August 8. 2018
From a bunch of articulate Dylan-appreciators at NR. "Following our trip through the music of The Beatles, we decide to tackle an artist who is just as important and influential, but with a discography roughly four times as long. What could go wrong? In this part one of three, we tackle Dylan’s career from Bob Dylan (1961) through John Wesley Harding (1967), one of the most prolific and successful periods of any artist in history."
Well, pop artists. Let's not overdo it.
The point of "finishers" at the end of your hour of cardio, calis, or weights is to ensure that you finish having exhausted your strength and energy completely. These two finishers are total body exertions.
- Since we aren't musclemen, we use kettlebells for Farmer's Walks, as heavy as possible. Chest up, shoulders set back, and walk around with them. Squeeze the handles hard. Grip is the weak link with this so they are forearm exercises - but everything else too. Often, a quick reset permits going further. I am up to 28 kilo kettlebells now, which is nothing great but better than a year ago for one-minute walks.
- Around 3 sets of Kettlebell Swings are on our list of biweekly calisthenics. Correct form is essential for benefit. The swing is exerted by a hip thrust of your "power zone." Arms should do no lifting - they are just hooks for the weight. After one or beginning swings, get the bell up to near eye level, with the weight trying to pull you forward a bit. Never lean back - let the weight try to pull you forward.
High-rep, light-weight swings (one-minute sets like in a cardio class) are aerobic cardio/calis. Medium-weight, lower-rep kettlebells (like 20 reps/set) are more for power and tend to go anaerobic. High-weight, lower-rep (eg 10) kettlebell swings are pure power-builders. Do them all, mix and match. About Kettlebell Swings.
The real story behind the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ controversy
UCLA students forced to pay for ‘Toxic Masculinity Committee’
THE LEFT’S WAR ON WHITENESS
Should Christians Vote for Muslim Candidates?
Why not? It depends
The Latest “Trump The Tyrant” Article From The WaPo Is A Real Gem
HOW THE MEDIA EMBRACED EN MASSE FAKE NEWS ABOUT TRUMP TOWER MEETING
CNN’S OWN LEGAL ANALYST DASHES PANEL’S COLLUSION NARRATIVE
Obviously. And unlike Clinton, there was no payment for Russian dirt
Socialist ‘Future of the Democrat Party’ Just Had a VERY Bad Night
Beyond family separation: Trump’s ongoing war on asylum, explained
But if you get arrested, you can't be with your kids
How a senior DOJ official helped Dem researchers on Trump-Russia case
Why Doesn’t President Trump Get More Credit?
German Spy Chief Warns, Islamist Children "Pose Real Threat" To Nation
Asylum seeker who raped 17-year-old student in a cemetery replies ´Yes, I did that. Why not?´ as he is jailed for 16 years for attacking her and another woman five months apart
We have to be more multiculturally understanding, right?
Trump drives tough deals
Tuesday, August 7. 2018
Game cam pic of bear scavenging remnants of a lion kill not far from Gynnie's sister's cabin in the Sierras last week.
She took this Spitfire ride on her 100th birthday. She died last month. By seeming chance, today was my Mom's b'day, and she could fly single-engine airplanes. She quit flying when she had us kids, same way I quit motorcycles when I had kids.
Who do we have working on ye olde Maggie's HQ these weeks? it will take 6-8 weeks total, I think, depending on rain.
1 Project Manager - The Boss. Made the Plan, designed the solutions to problems, coordinates everything, pays everybody, checks their work. It is a high-end job. Everybody kowtows to him, because he will be the source of their next job if they please him. It's how the world works.
Somebody has to keep the Trump economy booming. Why not us?
Ya know, I love seeing how they do their jobs and how meticulous they are. Also, their apprenticeship system. The journeymen carpenters are obviously experts, but they keep learning new tricks from the Master. And trust me, this place has some tricky things to deal with.
From The Infantilization of Black America by Tosin Akintola:
Trump Insults Anybody Who Angers Him, Regardless of Color
Elderly Men Escape Nursing Home To Attend World's Biggest Heavy Metal Festival
Amish man starts "Uber" ride service with his horse and buggy
Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base
I blame climate change
EPA: Maybe adding ethanol to gasoline wasn’t smart after all!
Kudos to Netflix For Dropping Farrakhan ‘Documentary’
Apple’s Stock Market Scam - The tech giant just became America's first trillion-dollar company, but it wasn't thanks to the iPhone.
Free the carmakers from government regs
We’ve Got To Stop Letting ‘Outrage Mobs’ Get People Fired
CHINA Murdered or Imprisoned 20 CIA Operatives and Sources While Feinstein Had a Chinese Spy as Office Manager
Mayor Blames Trump For Black Doll Hung In Playground. Reverend: Here's Who Actually Did It.
California government official: “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”
Unfunded US state and local government pensions totals $5 trillion
FAR LEFT MOBS RIOT In 3 Major US Cities — NOT ONE Mainstream Outlet Reports on the Widespread Leftist Violence
The New Underground Railroad… To Canada
Monday, August 6. 2018
The idea behind giving professors lifetime tenure is that this will enable them to speak out freely. But it would be hard to name any other occupation with a more cowardly record than academics, who have been giving in to politically correct campus bullies ever since the 1960s.
Thomas Sowell, via Mark Perry