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Tuesday, September 16. 2014
That was quick. The Zambia pics, he says, are from Nikon D800, lens Nikon 200-400 f4 straight through.
I do not know what any of that means but it seems to work for taking pretty pictures. I just use a Lumix Travel Zoom.
Photo: Another one from my friend's Zambia trip. I'll ask him re camera and lens.
A new term, "humblebrag"
Was Washington a Better Place When Politicians Dueled?
From Kurdistan to Texas, Scots Spur Separatists
Liver battle pits Midwest, South against California, New York
US Ranks 32 in Business Index – Tax Burden Worst in Industrialized World
Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation
Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state's Islamist police force
Freedom and the Power of Pop Culture
The Insiders: Is there a mutiny brewing around Obama?
If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State
Argentina: Down the Tubes, Again
Venezuela: The next default
Monday, September 15. 2014
Photo: A pal and his wife just returned from two weeks in Zambia. I had to wiki Zambia. They loved the trip. He promises some photos, but sent me just one thus far: A Lilac-Breasted Roller
Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?
Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Food - And those juicy red grapefruits are mutants created by radiation exposure
Can Republicans Win in a Post-Family America?
I live in a family America, and it's pretty good
Is Polygamy the Next Gay Marriage?
Prof Bob Carter warns of unpreparedness for Global Cooling
The president’s problem is that he has been wrong about virtually every major issue.
Democrats’ Push to Criminalize Dissent - Harry Reid wants to gut the only thing stopping federal authorities from suffocating free speech.
They’ll say anything - Israel's critics spotlight supposed human-rights abuses while utterly ignoring Hamas' culpability
At the Kurdistan Front - Holding the line against the Islamic State.
A Million Steps with Marines - What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan?
Sunday, September 14. 2014
The purplish one on the long stems, on the left (from somebody's garden in Wellfleet)
It was haying season when we were in the Italian alps and the Dolomites last September, so many of the meadows looked almost like golf courses. You can't get a baler on the steep slopes, so they store it loose. They don't let a scrap go to waste.
They use equipment like this:
My Mom always put up tons of these pickled string beans from my Dad's garden. When you take some out, people eat them like popcorn.
It's about global, disposable, rapid-response fashion. They won't sell in middle America - the Spanish company says the women are too fat for their stuff.
For good looking clothing, Mrs. BD says D&G is the best by far. Italian designers and artisans. It's wonderful that some people can wear it, and afford it. Zara does not copy D&G.
Photo is D&G, not Zara. I will admit it - that is art.
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Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13
Saturday, September 13. 2014
The real thing: Peach Melba.
Named after opera singer Nellie Melba. I would doubt that Nellie was on a diet.
Above: Montana Man Creates Wood Mosaics Out of Stacked Firewood
America's Last Carousel Craftsmen
Lobsters are people too
The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
The Fed Has A Big Surprise Waiting For You
I'd like to see the Fed abolished. I guess I'd also like to see every grandiose imperial-Roman-looking building in DC knocked down and replaced by ordinary humble office buildings. The grandiosity of DC, the silly memorials to dead politicians, the lines of limos and tinted-window black Suburbans etc., all disgust me. It's not American and it does not represent the American spirit: quite the opposite.
Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along
“Global Warming” Advocates Plan March Amid Record Cold Temperatures
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Orders Appear to Exhaust Supply
Warming update: Autumnlike Chill, Frost to Grip East This Weekend
“Okay, smart-a___, what is your strategy?”
The Scots have little to gain and a whole lot to lose with independence
I guess sovereignty and freedom don't enter that equation
A hungry feeling
This song was written by Irish playwright Brendan Behan for his play The Quare Fellow (slang for a condemned man). A lag is slang for a new prisoner. The song has been performed by The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, and The Pogues, and is recorded on one of Bob Dylan's practice "basement tapes" with The Band in a folk-rock style.
Photo: Behan with Jackie Gleason, 1960.
Friday, September 12. 2014
I finished off the peaches with something like this tonight - my own recipe:
I had only around 20 peaches from my tree left after my previous chutney cooking. Skinned and roughly chopped them. There were plenty of bad spots.
Then threw in the pile of chopped peaches to brew on a high simmer for around 40 or more minutes to simmer some of the juice off and to blend the flavors.
Wish I could tell you how this smells, and how that sauce tastes. Spicy indeed. I'll call this one Ginger-Pepper-Peach-Garlic Chutney. It will cure cancer and chase away the Devil - and Mrs. BD loves it on grilled or broiled salmon. The modern wife likes to be well-taken care of by a farmer spouse while she tends to the young'uns.
I'll freeze doses of this in freezer bags. Now I have a winter supply of mildly-peppery, and of highly-peppery, home-grown ("organic"!) peach chutney. Do you know how good this stuff is with cheese, meat, or even on crackers with cream cheese?
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
H.L Mencken (more here)
Revisiting Michel de Montaigne
A Lesson in Graciously Turning Down a Man
Canadian Illegally Crossing U.S. Border Gets Arrested, Fined $5K, 'Expedited Removal'
Connecticut Gov. Malloy Trails Republican Challenger Tom Foley by 6 Pts
Scott Brown Takes Root in New Hampshire
German Scientists Ridicule New York Climate Conference As Major World Leaders Decline To Show Up
The New Hypocrisy Puritanical Elites Limit Their Kids’ Use of Tech They Create
Corporate Welfare: Can Republicans Kick the Habit?
Williamson on the pointless pursuit of ideological purity
Notre Dame to ask high schoolers how they know ‘for sure whether they are male or female’
Thursday, September 11. 2014
The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious - How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread
At the Maggie's HQ, the current favorite seems to be Fuji but I am fine with the old MacIntosh.
Warming update: Shocking’ damage from heavy snow will take days to clean up, says Calgary Mayor
There's a Giant 'Super Henge' Underneath Stonehenge
Free speech and civility at universities
For too long, the cab and limo industries have employed political cronyism and protectionist regulation to fend off competitors -- all at
Attack ISIS? Hold On, Mr. President
ISIS Army Parades in 43 New Toyota Hilux Trucks – Donated By US Taxpayers
Former prosecutor says Wisconsin investigation fueled by “hyper-partisan” DA and union activist wife
Willful Avoidance - The media ignores an important, bipartisan warning on American military readiness.
Selling your home: The Art of Scrubbing All Identity From a Home
The MSM really does think of its consumers as children, minds of tabla
America is running out of jobs. It's time for a universal basic income. The politics of a guaranteed income get a lot easier when you acknowledge that the U.S. is no longer the land of opportunity
Nice. Like retirement, rockin' on the porch sippin beer and smokin legal weed.
Psychologist: Minorities Are Obese Because of Racism - Are racial microaggressions making you fat? One professor at an N.J. public university thinks so.
Overweight, rightly or wrongly, is a class and character marker in the US regardless of skin tone
I’d love to stomp ISIS flat, with a big ol’ American boot on their neck,
Nor am I
Coulda fooled me
Missing Persons (ie killed persons) photo below via Sultan's Divided We Stand
Wednesday, September 10. 2014
Not that we ever closed, but it's just time for our biennial request that you let your friends, enemies, neighbors, colleagues, relatives, etc. know about our eclectic, somewhat Libertarian and old-style Yankee-minded, often surprising and occasionally informative middlebrow cozy boutique website.
Word of mouth, so to speak, is our only marketing. We do this for you! And for fun. A growing readership is our only reward...thus far, anyway. Still waiting for that $1 million past-due check from Dunkin Donuts to pay off my Ferrari loan. "It's in the mail." Sheesh, they still make me pay for coffee.
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A note to curious readers: No, we are not all in jail (yet)
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Leave Dunkin alone! Speaking of Dunkin, pic is my 5 a.m. Cumby Farms coffee on Uncle Tim's bridge. Yes, I do pick up my pup's poo.
An appreciation of Jerome Kern: The Melody Man
10 Things I Forgot About Having a Newborn... and am quickly recalling.
Many American boys are circumcised as a matter of course. Now, many of them feel violated. Should the practice be banned?
Why is it ok, and female circumcision not ok? In Europe, they don't do male circumcision except for Jews. Muslims circumcise both male and female.
Welfare recipients can use debit cards for marijuana
Sowell: Min wage laws hurt youth - especially black youth
California 'derecognized' Christian ministry for requiring leaders be Christian
Frail at Yale: uncomfortable with political debate
Controversial Sex Education Program Reinstated in Hawaii Public Schools
At first glance I thought it said "annual sex", so maybe I need to take the course
Kentucky Man Arrested For "Terroristic Threatening" After Posting Song Lyrics To Facebook
Krauthamer sells a million copies
Book is worth the money just for the Introduction
Le Pen Soars in Polls as EU Erodes:
WTH? A noble empire, I guess? They have created a structure which is so elitist, so condescending, so remote, so clueless, and so all-powerful that I don't know why anybody would up with it put. Time for rebellion before the EU gets its own army. They should take lessons from what happened in the USA to the member states - crushed by the feds.
Reynolds: America's new class system - "Clerisy" class does the bidding of tech oligarchs to detriment of the middle class.
Not all Muslims are terrorists but substantially all terrorists are Muslims and until people are permitted to say that without the hypocrisy and irony of being labeled dangerous themselves, we will not be safe.
Religion of Peace update: Gaza Imam Pulls Out Assault Rifle During Sermon
Tuesday, September 9. 2014
As I mentioned, we emptied the peach tree just in time to keep the possums from eating them all.
Some were ripe (the peaches, not the possums), some still hard, and some over-ripe with moldy or mealy spots. The ripe ones are for eating today. The semi-hard ones go on the table in the sun. The hard ones, and the marred or half-bad ones, are for chutney. Some had a worm but I cut them out along with the bad spots. Worms do not eat much, and I don't bother spraying.
This year, I am making some of it with light brown sugar, slivered red onions, cider vinegar, roughly-chopped jalapenos (lots - 5 of them in that pot), roughly-chopped fresh ginger so you can bite into a piece (lots), a big box of golden raisins, a little salt. I use recipes as rough suggestions. For hot peppers, I always triple whatever they say.
Best not to overcook a chutney (or it will taste homogeneous and gooey like Major Grey's), and best to use it fresh. I'll freeze the excess - no need to can it. Too much trouble, and comes out tasting less fresh. Go easy on the vinegar, and add more if needed because peaches produce a lot of liquid themselves especially if they are near-ripe or over-ripe.
Peach Chutney - good with fish, steak, chicken, pork, or on a ham or turkey sammich. Google it and find a wide variety of recipes.
Below is a pic of a slightly-cooked one with a light honey sauce and a splash of vinegar, and a little chopped cilantro - some restaurants will make it like that, fresh every couple of days, as a fancy condiment for sole or chicken:
Search continues for mountain lion after boy attacked in Cupertino
Unarmed parents = child neglect
What is the rare severe morning sickness condition hyperemesis gravidarum?
How to Make Small Talk (video)
Americans are spending less and saving more --
The Fallout of a Scotland “Yes”
Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment - When politicians seek to restrict speech, they are invariably trying to protect their own incumbency.
Food police update: School employee on snack rules: ‘You cannot buy a Tic Tac in a Nebraska school, I checked’:
Related, Government Smores
Chait says the Worst Governments in America Are Local Governments
VDH: Obama’s Untruth, Inc. - Let us count the ways: bald lies, lies of omission, mythography, amnesia, redaction . . .
President Sisi’s Gift to Palestinians
I forget where I found the below - sorry -
Monday, September 8. 2014
"If you don't want my peaches, don't shake my tree." That's a line from one of the versions of Blind Lemon Jefferson's perfect song from 1927 - "Matchbox Blues." I don't think Albert King used those lines in this version with Stevie Ray, though. I could listen to Albert all day long.
Our peaches up here in Yankeeland begin to ripen right about now. I get a good crop from this tree every other year, but this is the second great year in a row. I see peach pies in my near future, and maybe a year's worth of canned peach chutney. Also, a good supply of fresh peach chutney, which is better than canned: takes about 15 minutes to make. Photo is from this afternoon:
Got em all picked tonight with a pal - on ladders in the dark while Mrs. BD held failing flashlight. Then saw this: Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruit’s origins
Viking 'ring fortress' discovered in Denmark - Historians believe distinctive geometric fortresses may have been built by Sweyn Forkbeard as a military training camp from which to launch his invasion of England
It's masculine to play football, but how is it masculine to watch football?
Jack the Ripper unmasked
Study finds that home-cooking disproportionately burdens mothers
I demand government action
The Slow Decline of American Entrepreneurship
Climate scientists scrambling for explantions on lack of warming
“Now We Are At The Lower Bound”: Draghi Reaches The Dead-End Of Keynesian Central Banking
Islamic Rape Gangs: Rotherham is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Greta Van Susteren: White House Pressured Me to Get FOX Reporter to Drop Benghazi Investigation
Quotations of the day on the miracle of the market…..
Time To Lift the Embargo on Cuba?
Sunday, September 7. 2014
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