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Saturday, June 16. 2018
Lawns are foolish things but unless you live in the woods, a desert, or a beachy place, they are sort of expected.
A lawn is a certain sort of constantly-cut garden, copied from the estates of England where sheep kept the grass neatly cropped and sheep poop kept it fertilized. (Thus putting greens.)
If you want a happy lawn, I recommend aerating a lawn every two years with a coring machine, in late Spring. Or now. Every year, if it is used heavily by kids, animals, sports, or heavy mowers. If you have bare patches, overseed before coring.
At at about the same time, you topdress the grass with compost, manure, sand, or mixes of those. It works as mulch, fertilizer, worm food, microorganism food, etc. Health, because lawns are not natural and you have no sheep.
You can rent a coring machine anywhere for a day or two. Leave the cores on the grass. They disintegrate fast.
For large lawns or golf courses, large machines almost like farm manure-spreaders do the topdressing, but you can spread good compost mixes with a fertilizer spreader or with shovel and rake.
Around here, you can have a pleasant and useful lawn without irrigation and maybe only once or twice/year organic fertilizing if you treat it as the garden that sod is. You have to assume that lawns will brown up in the greatest heat of summer, but it's only a few weeks. That's natural grass dormancy. It bounces right back.
Irrigation and nitrogen fertilizer are like photoshopping a lawn. Fake. An important garden lawn might need irrigation though, to look Spring-like during the late summer weeks.
Photo is a commercial aerator/corer. The ones you can rent are like heavy lawn mowers.
Lots of good links at Lucianne this morning
A good week of toons at Powerline
Supermarket Scotch Named Best in the World
Georgia woman strangles, kills rabid bobcat after it attacks her: 'It came for my face'
These men didn’t want a cake, they wanted to find a Christian and ruin him
Left Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A over Marriage Stance
"Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than any other race on personal traits like 'positive personality,' likability, courage, kindness and being 'widely respected'..."
Harvard Hospital Taking Down Portraits of White Men - Portraits of medical legends moved because they 'reinforce white men are in charge'
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HARM, Coming to a university mathematics department near you.
University of California, Santa Barbara Website Advocates Small Children Watching Porn, Having Sex
US economy on track for 4% GDP growth?
The IG Report Shows That The Fix Was In From Start Of The Clinton Email Investigation
IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices
Clearly, There Is No Bias Problem At The FBI
FBI Employee to FBI Attorney for Russia Investigation: ‘YOU PROMISED’ Trump Would Never Get Elected
These people have a frightening amount of power
Friday, June 15. 2018
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Most of the world would love to be in America. They missed the memo about how terrible it is.
I am just talking about Liberal Arts higher ed, of course.
"I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. And whenever their weakness is exposed, the people who prefer tyranny make capital out of the exposure… The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters."
CS Lewis in his essay "Equality" 1943.
We're spending the weekend on the water. Picking up a boat in Essex CT, then out to Fisher's and Block Island.
Beaching it, maybe a little water-skiing and fishing. Some beer, a little sunburn, minimal clothing. Sleeping on the boat, maybe under the stars.
Hope our readers have excellent plans.
Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tomb
Salt Water New England visits Connecticut
Bottled water companies looking to Connecticut tapwater
Why Glass Shape Affects the Taste of Champagne
I dislike champagne. I'm with Hillary - the only white wine I like is a cheap and creamy chardonnay
What Ultimately Took Kate Spade And Anthony Bourdain Wasn’t Mental Illness. It Was Something Worse
Seems to me that it was relationship anger and despair
The Plot Against Merit - Seeking racial balance, liberal advocates want to water down admissions standards at New York’s elite high schools.
Tax preparers' loss is America's gain
How Campus Bullies Pulled Off the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
AMA UNSCIENTIFICALLY CALLS GUN VIOLENCE A "DISEASE"
Tesla cuts 3,600 workers — 9 percent of its workforce — in bid to post a profit
Weekly Unemployment Claims Fall as Jobless Rolls Near 45-Year Low
Having Learned Nothing, Democrats Turn to Hollywood for Help in 2018 and 2020
Those Ignorant Hicks Ruin Everything
That means me
Also, IG Report: FBI Agent Said Trump Voters 'Poor, Uneducated, Lazy, POS'
12 Things You Need To Know About The Inspector General's DAMNING Report on The FBI's Hillary/Trump Conduct
FBI agent who wanted to ‘stop’ Trump has really just helped him
'We’ll stop it': Justice Department inspector general says texting FBI lovers talked about keeping Trump from becoming president – yet insists there was no 'political bias' in Hillary Clinton email probe
The Nation: The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion - A year of investigations has led to several guilty pleas, but none of them go to the core of the special counsel’s mandate.
Trump’s Tariff Gambit - The president’s latest move harks back to an earlier era of truly free trade.
We are all globalnationalists now. Let's move past the false dichotomy of nationalism vs globalism
San Juan Democrat Mayor Who Trashed Trump Now Under FBI Investigation over Distribution of Relief Supplies
Can we please give them independence even if against their will?
An Assessment of the Islamic State in 2018
They are done. Nice job, Trump and Mattis
Venezuelan Socialism Hasn’t Failed Because It ‘Has Never Been In Place’
Europe’s ‘Axis Of The Willing’ Attempts To Seal The Borders
Thursday, June 14. 2018
Now the nature of man Is to beg and to steal
From A GREAT HIGH SCHOOL AND THE MAYOR WHO WOULD DIMINISH IT, an ethnic/racial breakdown of one of NYC's three elite high schools:
Asian — 613
Why do they even measure these statistics? Can't we just view people as people? I am confident that nobody in the board of ed is discriminating against whites, hispanics, and blacks.
Barone: Will we get tired of so much winning?
Where to Invest Now
Moms to Daughters: Don’t Be Ali Watkins
Without Government, Who Will Build the Roads? Domino’s Pizza, Apparently
New York Times: It's All Craigslist's Fault
Many large US firms sell, hire and invest more overseas than in US and they have to think globally, not domestically, to survive
Dershowitz Blasts the ACLU for Becoming a ‘Hard-Left Political Advocacy Group’ - "The ACLU is no longer a neutral defender of everyone’s civil liberties. It has morphed into a hyper-partisan, hard-left political advocacy group," Dershowitz wrote.
In California, the “Jungle” Is Predictable. Primary results suggest overwhelming Democratic governance—though not without trouble signs.
Rod Rosenstein’s Subpoena Threat: He’s Conflicted, and He’s Acting Like It
Who Unraveled the New World Order? It wasn’t Trump. The global economic consensus began falling apart years before he entered politics.
The Down-Under View of Donald Trump
Germany: Shut down talk shows
An IDF soldier’s description of experience in Gaza - Have you ever seen 4,000 people running towards you full of hate and yelling “Allah Akhbar”?
When Reagan Went to the Wall: A Berlin-Singapore Nexus?
North Korea in the Middle East: A Dangerous Military Supply Line
The two Koreas are moving ahead
Wednesday, June 13. 2018
What would they be saying if Obama had opened a dialogue with NoKo?
Related, from Kimball's excellent: Why does the commentariat so despise Trump’s success?
Tomorrow, June 14, is Flag Day. So, please get out your flag for your house or flag lapel pin or whatever, and celebrate our flag and what it represents.
The Thomas More Law Center helps us:
" A Brief History of Flag Day:
On June 14, 1777, Continental Congress adopted the American Flag in the First Flag Act. They declared: "That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation."
God Bless America"
And sing along "You're a grand old flag" with James Cagney as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy
Do many adult humans reveal, in their behavior, a preference for a life with minimal exertion? Some days I feel that preference, some days I don't. That's why I need to apply some force to myself to consistently measure up to my expectations. I don't know about you, but I tend to despise myself when I disappoint myself, make excuses for myself, or rationalize. That's the Yankee way, harsh conscience and a reasonable dose of self-contempt.
People vary a lot in their innate energy and vitality, but I do know that hard exercise increases them for everybody. I'll offer readers a tip: Just Do It. Some mornings at 4:15 I feel "too tired" to face a hard workout at 5. After a cup of covfefe or two while checking Drudge, and then a 5-10 minute warm-up, I'm ready to challenge myself for 60 or 80 minutes. Another tip: An exercise partner or a trainer to push you is a yuge help. I can always do more with a bit of encouragement. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak...and vice-versa.
If you are considering making a commitment to exercise (which I prefer to term "exertion" because "exercise" can mean anything other than sleeping or sitting, while exertion implies pushing the limits to stress, discomfort and sometimes pain), the first step is to define one's goals. The goal(s) determine the path.
Common exercise goals include the following:
- Weight loss
I'll take Weight Loss off the list, because the only exertion for that is using your right arm to stop your left arm from opening the door of the ice-box.
Each goal requires a different approach. Our fitness posts on Maggie's are all oriented around General Conditioning for Life because it is what we know something about.
More below the fold -
Continue reading "Exercise Goals, Exertion, etc."
Environmentalists foolishly go to war against nuclear power
‘Climate Change’ Might Explain Why There Are No Aliens Out There
NEARLY A DOZEN MORE STATES WIN AN INJUNCTION AGAINST OBAMA’S WOTUS RULE
Rosenstein Threatened to Subpoena Emails, Phone Records of Nunes and House Intel if They Didn’t Stop Investigation
Good grief. That's amazing.
Food Stamp Households Drop Below 20 Million for First Time Since 2010
Searching For Citizenship Cheaters
Federal judge halts secret FEC plot to target GOP groups
Trump's economic experiment: Growth without immigrants
JOE SCARBOROUGH ATTACKS TRUMP FOR BEING ‘UN-CHRIST-LIKE,’
Joe Scarborough: Trump ‘Sick’ for Ignoring Human Rights in North Korea
For Trump haters, nothing is ever ok. It's a reflex.
Trump Helps Obama’s Team Recognize How Disastrous Their Policies Were
Trump’s pledge to end war games with South Korea rocks the region
Mexico candidate shot while posing for selfie in latest murder of politician
Drug cartels run Mexico
Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia
Tuesday, June 12. 2018
Why the hatred? Is it fashion, is it about personality style, or is it about policy?
Hatred is ugly. If it's about policy, I'd like to know what these people object to with their megaphones, not that their opinions deserve to be of any more interest than my own are.
As I recall, many of my pals hated Obama's policies, but never had a visceral hatred for the man himself. I'd gladly have a beer or two with Obama anytime because I think he is a clever bullshitter. Glib clever bullshitters amuse me.
The USA is the worst country in the world. Europe is a terrible ex-colonial place in its death throes, a quaint museum with food. European civilization is the worst the world has produced. The Western World is obsolete and evil, etc.
These radical chic attitudes are getting old-fashioned, but they are still around in academia: It’s Time to Fight for Western Civilization
Bush 2 and Obama began the turn away from "Old Europe," and it continues. Europe needs to take care of itself, but shows little desire to do so. Spoiled and weakened for too long by America's sentimental largesse in trade and protection. Trump just says out loud what the State Dept. has been thinking for decades.