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
Monday, April 6. 2020
TOP 10 ZOMBIE MOVIES EVERY HORROR FAN NEEDS TO WATCH
Bored at Home? Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
Who is bored at home? Snuggle with a
No Parties, No Problem: Introverts Don’t Mind Sheltering At Home
They love the excuse
Dear Colleges, Please Let Grades Mean Something
They do not. Gotta please the customers. They are paying for "A"s so they get them. Participation trophies.
I gave up apples for Lent. Also Tequila, kale, salad, and quinoa
Zoom’s Encryption is Tied to China, Raises More Concerns
Zoom = China
There’s another side to the story of the fired Navy captain
Many civilians don't understand the deal these people made. Serious deal, deadly serious.
Illegal Border Crossing Down to 'Next to Nothing' - Less Than 150 Apprehensions a Day For Almost a Week
A big "What If?" Did Trump Ruin Our Economy for Nothing?
At Some Point The Cure Really Will Be Worse Than The Disease
TALES OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE
So many such stories out there. Painful.
President Trump needs to set the country free now
But every death until November will be his fault
Coronavirus Case Counts Are Meaningless - *Unless you know something about testing. And even then, it gets complicated.
We have no data. The reality might be worse, might be better.
Majority Of Coronavirus Patients On Ventilators Go On To Die
A ventilator (unless post-op) always means you are in deep, deep trouble
Bill Gates-Funded IHME Coronavirus Model Wrong Again - 12,000 ICU Beds Projected For New York Today, Only 4,100 Used
Trump names White House lawyer to be watchdog over coronavirus bailout money. Brian Anderson will make sure taxpayer money is spent correctly during the pandemic
Even Althouse is beginning to appreciate Trump.
After NY Times Caves On Hydroxychloroquine, Twitter Hero Posts Screenshots From EVERYONE Who Mocked Trump For Promoting It
Dr. Birx To CNN Reporter: Keep The Politics Out Of It, Buddy
The Real Coronavirus Chronology Shows Trump Was On Top Of It While Biden Was Mocking The Danger. No media or Nancy Pelosi false narratives or phony Joe Biden campaign ad can change the truth about the real chronology of the coronavirus.
Trump was following Dr Fauci, who in January said it was just a flu. Has Dr. F ever been right? He constantly changes his mind, but he has Trump's ear
European Leaders Lament: Coronavirus Might Just Kill The EU Too
Anger in Italy, Defiance in Eastern Europe - Will the Coronavirus Mean the End of the Globalist EU?
Let's hope so. If unlimited illegal immigration didn't
World Health Organization Under Fire for Being Chinese Apologists
China joins UN Human Rights Council panel despite troubling record, response to coronavirus
The UN is a joke
From The Atlantic!: Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China
No! No! No!
Trump admin weighs legal action over alleged Chinese hoarding of PPE
Sunday, April 5. 2020
A pal and reader sent me a photo of his basement set-up. Timely, considering the preceding post.
Of course free weights are the best, but a good safe machine is second-best especially without a spotter.
Things are strange these days without going to church. Yes, it's already Palm Sunday.
21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
21:2 saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
21:3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately."
21:4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
21:6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
21:7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
21:8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
21:10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?"
21:11 The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.
Saturday, April 4. 2020
Corona beer suspends production due to coronavirus
Colleges nationwide suspend ACT/SAT admissions requirements
Online Learning Finds Its Moment. Covid-19 could force an overdue revolution in higher education.
"Unanticipated Shock" - Under Armour Lays Off 6,700 Workers, Stores Shuttered "Indefinitely"
Department Of Transportation Will Make Airlines Offer Refunds For Cancelled Flights
I am a New York food courier. Right now, it's worse than you think
What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About The Toilet Paper Shortage
After mocking Trump for promoting hydroxychloroquine, journalists acknowledge it might treat coronavirus
Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree
The Free Press Is Now a Propaganda Organ
How About Another $2 Trillion For "Infrastructure"?
The Coronavirus: What Would Joe Biden Do?
Thanks to Trump's Emergency Order to Seal the Border, Illegal Border Crossers Are Being Deported Back to Mexico in an Average of 96 Minutes from Apprehension
Mueller’s hidden evidence: Translator exonerated Don Jr. in Trump Tower meeting. Infamous meeting did not focus on Clinton dirt but on Magnitsky Act, newly released FBI memos show.
Friday, April 3. 2020
I never have, but a friend is sending me some seeds to try. Eating cardoons.
Like finocchio (fennel), it grows wild in the Med region.
Yes, it is stressing hospitals in hot spots, but compared to what? As Bulldog suggested yesterday, this virus is partly a political and media event - not entirely medical as with the past nasty viral epidemics.
From an epidemic expert, The Severity of the CoVID-19 Epidemic is Not as Bad as You Think, According to the Numbers.
As with any viral illness, it's best to protect the frail and elderly. Best, but rarely possible. Numbers are cold things, death is not, but some perspective on the big picture is good.
Traces of ancient rainforest in Antarctica point to a warmer prehistoric world
About DC's cherry blossoms
Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family—A Review
Polyamory In A Pandemic: Who Do You Quarantine With When You’re Not Monogamous?
Tips From Someone With Nearly 50 Years Of Social Distancing Experience
New York Data Confirms Once Again – 99% of Coronavirus Fatalities Have Pre-Existing Conditions – 94% of Fatalities Over Age 45
Hydroxychloroquine Rated ‘Most Effective Therapy’ By Doctors For Coronavirus: Global Survey
That look on Jake Tapper’s face when CA Gov. Gavin Newsom insists Trump’s been “responsive to our needs”
Gavin Newsom: Virus Is “Opportunity for Reimagining a Progressive Era As It Pertains To Capitalism”
Cuomo Helped Get New York Into This Mess. The governor’s position on health care spending looked starkly different a couple of months ago.
Trump slams ‘partisan' probes after Pelosi announces coronavirus committee: ‘Here we go again’
Powerline: THE CHINA SYNDROME
Chinese Doctor Who Attempted To Warn Others About Coronavirus Has Disappeared
Putin Extends Shutdown For A Month, Moscow Residents Tracked By Mandatory Cell Phone App
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, What Daily Life Is Like in Italy Now
Thursday, April 2. 2020
Seems like the middle-eastern version of Huevos Rancheros.
Huevos Heartburn for me.
Bruce and his kids love this: Shakshuka recipe
I remember doing 1-mile sprints for training. Long ago. Also remember my 20-mile morning runs. Lucky me - no joint problems. I quit it in time.
Readers know we oppose road running for the toll it takes on joints, but a month, twice a week, is fine with me although I'd like to get back to the treadmill and stair machine for my HIIT.
What did I learn from it? The pounding surprised me, even though I was a road-runner and racer in my youth. I also learned that a hat and gloves might be nice when it's chilly, despite the sweat from the sprints. Finally, it is so much more interesting than watching CNN in the gym.
Maybe I should try biking, but our bikes were all stolen and I will not wear that biking gear.
Answering the coronavirus: exponential American innovation
Developing Covid-19 Vaccines at Pandemic Speed
"This is the Beginning of the End of the Pandemic" - Dr. Stephen Smith Announces Hydroxy-Choloroquine Study that is "Game Changer" in Battle Against Coronavirus
If that holds up, great
Coronavirus Death Rate Is Lower Than Previously Reported, Study Says
Very likely. The stats are dubious
Powerline: "Regular readers will not be surprised to know that I am one of the 32% who are Very Concerned." (about shutdown and economy)
If The Virus Hadn’t Caused The Crash, Something Else Would Have
Hmmm. Maybe a correction, but not this
The mysterious case of the people who ate fish tank cleaner
Trump Destroys Connecticut Governor's Claim the Strategic National Stockpile Has Been Emptied
Someone ought to tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the coronavirus outbreak, because her laser focus on pushing her political agenda suggests she’s unaware of it.
MSNBC saw the virus coming before anyone else. But didn't mention it
Trump isn't 'finally' relying on experts. He often does
He's skeptical of experts, as we all should be. But he is persuadable.
DEEP ROT AT THE FBI (AND THE TIMES)
Jim Jordan and Lindsey Graham seek DOJ watchdog testimony on new FISA abuse report
Milestone: 600+ Title IX/Due Process Lawsuits in Behalf of Accused Students
General Milley Drops Hammer On Mexican Cartels: ‘We Will Defend Our Country Regardless Of The Cost’
Why Winning the War In Afghanistan Meant Losing to the Taliban. The Taliban will seek to run Afghanistan in line with their values and. America will have to stand back and watch.
Not my job
Wednesday, April 1. 2020
We like to introduce people to various beginner's routines. This one is simple and pretty good. Done daily for 2 or 3 weeks (it should be easy by then), a person can move on to more challenging fitness programs.
20 body weight squats.
Repeat for 3 rounds.
Thomas Becket: Alpine ice sheds light on medieval murder
A new book from author John Ellis examines the real reasons why most college graduates are woefully undereducated when they leave college after four or more years.
Mom who ‘gloated’ with daughter after SAT cheating in college scam gets prison
Joe diGenova to Newsmax TV: Not Worried Virus Will Delay Durham Probe
Almost forgot about that. How long does it take?
Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications
DoJ IG: FBI Problems On FISA Warrants “Far Beyond” Crossfire Hurricane — And FBI Leadership Was Well Aware Of It
Remember the Young Woman Who Died While Waiting for a Coronavirus Test in New Orleans? ...Yeah, Well Now the Truth Is Out
Tucker Carlson: Chinese Researchers Confirm Coronavirus Linked to Horseshoe Bat Studies at One of Two Wuhan Research Institutes
If true, sheesh
Rare footage of Wuhan Market and people eating bats
Chinese Markets Reopen — And They Still Sell Bats, Dogs And Cats
In Midst of DC's Coronavirus Shutdown, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Meets Trainer for Workouts at Supreme Court Gym
My gyms are closed
The Great Face Mask Debate: To Wear Or Not To Wear?
Nancy Pelosi blaming Trump for the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus is staggering when you consider that just a month ago, she was encouraging crowds to congregate in Chinatown.
Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Demand Racial Quotas for Coronavirus Testing
Hindus fight virus with cow piss
The Week: Biden can win
Coronavirus is killing the Biden campaign — and making him look like a fool
Playing Pandemic Politics
Harvard Professor Struggles To Explain Why More Stupid Americans Are Supporting Trump
Dulce bellum inexpertis – “War is Sweet to Those Who Have Never Experienced It”
Tuesday, March 31. 2020
Orchids are cool, sexy.
You can't go there now, but here's a tour of this year's NYBG's orchid show.
Image via Social Distancing During the Black Death
This is not the plague
Mr. Coburn Went to Washington and Left a Remarkable Example
Mainstream Media Gave Kavanaugh’s Accuser Substantial Coverage, Ignore Biden’s Accuser
Trump Is Right: Suicides Do Increase During Economic Hardship
UVA Students Issue List of Coronavirus-Related Demands to Administration
Students always try to find excuses to avoid exams. The Stress!
Yikes, This Is What The Swab Test Looks Like For The Virus
Open where possible, closed where necessary – that’s how the economy survives coronavirus
National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening
Trump's Approval Rating Soars As Media Seeks Blackout
PBS Reporter: Covering Trump Is A ‘Team Sport’ For Press: We ‘Have Each Other’s Back’ In Opposition To President…
Monday, March 30. 2020
Dylan referenced this recording in his song:
I was wrong to make a bit of fun about the toilet paper pandemic. If you anticipate the worst all the time, sometimes you will be right. I have to say that, between the virus politics, peoples' economic and medical lives, and the epidemiology, it's confusing. I am glad I am not in charge. I am afraid April 30 will be as aspirational as was Easter. Lives are being destroyed, and it's nobody's fault.
Mia Farrow has finally succeeded in destroying Woody Allen
NYC Idiots Attend “Corona Potluck Parties
RICH EUROPEANS FLEE CITIES, NEW YORK TIMES DISAPPROVES. For quite a few centuries, cities have been unhealthy places in times of contagion
Rich Americans too, bringing germs to their second and third homes.
We're All Germophobes Now
Can coronavirus spread through food or packaging?
Calif. was ready for virus, then it wasn’t. State had plenty of emergency supplies, then got rid of them
USING CHLOROQUINE TO TREAT COVID-19: Q&A WITH RAGHU CHIVUKULA, MD, PHD
Coronavirus Patients Taken Off Ventilators and Out of ICU After Receiving Experimental Drug Leronlimab
FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization Of Trump-Touted Drug To Treat Coronavirus
Kennedy Center Tells Musicians It Will Stop Paying Them Hours After $25 Million Bailout Is Signed
From the always annoying and sanctimonious David Brooks
The only "meaning" in disease is that nature is a bitch. That's not news.
The Media's Top Lies and Spins About COVID-19
As usual, lies upon lies for 3 years
Pelosi calls for probe into Trump’s handling of virus: ‘What did he know and when did he know it?’
Graham Torches Pelosi: 'Most Shameful, Disgusting Statement By Any Politician In Modern History'
Hillary Clinton's toxic coronavirus commentary uses dead Americans as a political weapon
Crenshaw Promotes Unity After Hillary Clinton Mocks Trump’s Coronavirus Response
People ARE united. Politicians are not
Bernie and the Democrats - Sanders’s revolution may have stalled, but his platform lives on.
Biden Says We Must ‘Believe All Women’ – Except The Woman Who Accused Him
1984 COMES TO BRITAIN
Urns In Wuhan Far Exceed Death Toll, Raising More Questions About China’s Tally
Does anyone ever believe anything out of China?
French Official Says Quarantine Should Not Be Enforced In Migrant Areas To Avoid Riots
Sunday, March 29. 2020
Scroll down for the dates. $4.99 is cheap.
Don Carlo is the one I do not want to miss, April 2. I know some of the music but have never seen it.
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.
12 What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.
16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Saturday, March 28. 2020
Just wash your hands - whenever you go to do something. Purell if you got it, but soap is fine. Assume the bug is everywhere, but if you wash, no problem - and don't touch your darn face. If sick, quarantine yourself. Apparently this bug is not easy to catch except by hands or lengthy times in close spaces. Exposure is pretty much unavoidable, but getting sick is not.
British Climate Activists: “Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease”
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sentinels won't abandon post for virus: 'We are always here'
The End of New York - Will the pandemic push America’s greatest city over the edge?
Nope. NYC has been through far worse things like wars, diptheria, cholera, polio, 9-11, HIV, etc etc
All We Have to Fear Is the MSM Itself
Obama Admin Repeatedly Sought Millions In CDC Funding Cuts, Despite Biden’s Attacks On Trump Preparedness
The NIH had 13 years to prepare for coronavirus but still didn't
‘Big Pharma and Its Well-Heeled Swamp Creatures’ Should Stop Being Divisive, Navarro Says
Which Is Worse, The Virus Or The Response To It? (2)
Dr. Birx: Coronavirus Data Doesn't Match The Doomsday Media Predictions
COVID-19 is NOT going to overwhelm our healthcare system
Trump chips away at Congress' role in coronavirus relief oversight. The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill establishes a "special inspector general" to review and investigate loan decisions made by the treasury secretary.
End the lockdown, save the economy: Is there method in Trump’s madness?
Trump understands what his critics don’t: The current lockdown is unsustainable
NIH failed to test coronavirus drugs, studied drunk monkeys, soap operas, and tailgating instead. Expert warned agency as much as 87.5 percent of biomedical research was wasteful.
President Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Force GM To Produce Ventilators
Kathy Griffin sticks to COVID-19 angle despite being sent home from hospital with abdominal infection
Obama Official Busted for Spreading False Story About Hospital Lacking Ventilators, Deciding Not to Treat People
Donald Trump signs TAIPEI Act to support Taiwan’s international relations
If the PA Lacks Funds to Combat the Coronavirus, It Should Stop Paying Salaries to Terrorists
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