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
Wednesday, September 28. 2016
You all know that physical conditioning consists of strength-building, cardio-pulmonary conditioning, and calisthenics (+ weight adjustments if needed). This guy is focusing mostly on the strength component (and, like most guys, wants to have big muscles), but his advice here is pretty good and applies to women too.
Does he work out too obsessively? Probably, but he is a trainer and body-building is a hobby for him.
Pic is from Mrs. BD. She is doing a project there this week, in Mwaukee. Interesting to me that she would never take photos, ever. Felt they interfered with direct experience. Since her iPhone, she takes snaps all the time.
Irena Sendler: Remember this lady?
Why Do We Think We Can Create the Perfect Kid?
Research Finds Thrilling Cure for Kidney Stones: Roller Coasters
I love it, put it on everything
New Home Sales Biggest Monthly Decline In History——A Warning Shot
UW Student Files Report Claiming Harry Potter Mural Is Transphobic and ‘Represents White Power’
The meaning of the cross is both deeply disturbing and deeply hopeful. I am not sure how it could be construed as offensive, tho, since my religion holds that Christ died on that thing as a human sacrifice to redeem humanity from its sins.
Clock Boy’s Family Sues Irving City and School for $15 Million
Did the Famous Sailor Sexually Assault the Famous Nurse?
Trooper offers to drive grieving man 100 miles after traffic stop
Barack Obama has always regretted, I think, that he doesn’t have a country that is worthy of him.
To hell with them: The Lasting Damage of the Left’s ‘Favors’ to Blacks
Dems have 2 approaches to their necessary black votes: Buy em and scare em.
How the Left turned its back on the working class: The Construct of the White Working-Class Zombies
Obama´s Colossal Email Lie Final Test for Tarnished MSM
Donald Trump has a point about NATO
Trump-Hillary Tied Up …IN MINNESOTA!
Rush on the Dem approach:
MacDonald: Hillary’s Debate Lies - With her comments about crime, policing, and race, the candidate helps push a false—and dangerous—narrative.
Hillary Clinton Is Outraising Trump 20-to-1 Among Billionaires
2003 clip backs up Trump on Iraq War opposition
Trump is not a neocon. Hillary is more of one. If you like Middle East chaos, she's your gal.
Shimon Peres’s Reflections on War, Peace and Life
Heartbreaking. That young lady is not ugly, and seems sweet
Also heartbreaking: South Asia's 'disposable women'
Tuesday, September 27. 2016
Pic via Driscoll at Insty
Mirengoff: Thoughts on an unpleasant evening
'Bizarre' Donald Trump seemed 'dreadfully unprepared'
He winged it, had no plan. Thinks he is better than he is.
Dick Morris on Trump at Debate: 'He's Coasting'
Commenter here: "I expected more from him. I believe average citizens did too."
Can we say that many people hoped he would be commanding and dominate the discussion, but failed to do so? It seems easy for him to be a petty man at times.
Clemson bans Harambe memes for promoting 'rape culture,' 'racism'
KU bars gorillas from jungle-theme decoration due to 'masculine image'
Pumpkins are racist
Tom Hanks Finds Himself Under Fire For ‘Deeply Racist’ Film Career, Working with Clint Eastwood
The Depression Was Great for the American Kitchen
I feel it especially during my cardio intervals
Is American Pet Health Care (Also) Uniquely Inefficient?
Rioting is great fun.
Yes, unleashed Id and they pay you to do it. This is election astroturf.
George Soros' False Flag Factories
Punt the Pundits - Stop watching the social justice warriors of the NFL media universe
I’m Black. Does America Have a Plan for My Life?
Nope, and be grateful because your life is all yours.
How Trump can shrink the federal gummint
Jordanian king: US thinks it knows Middle East better than its residents
Mead: The Real Middle East Story - Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.
From our visit to Storm King Art Center a week ago
Monday, September 26. 2016
Otzi had serious heart disease
Must be from the Paleo diet
Male Strength Should Be Celebrated, Not Replaced With Girly Men
Six heroic ways to disrupt campus safe spaces this fall
White lives don't matter when Soros-funded race riots are underway.
Black Men Have Legitimate Reason to Run from Cops, High Court Rules
New Leftist Meme: Blame Urban Riots on ‘Environmental Racism’
Why is Ford moving to Mexico?
A Sour Surprise for Public Pensions: Two Sets of Books
We’re Laughing at the Self-Destruction of the Media Gatekeepers
Brooks: Clinton is from the past
Behind the Clinton Immunity Deals
She's not a spy. That was enuf.
Hillary Clinton Struggles Most With Truth About Herself - POLITICO fact-checked both candidates for a week. This is what we found.
If Trump Is So Horrible Why Is the Race So Tight?
Elizabeth Drew preaches to her Clinton choir
I guarantee that she does not know a single Trump voter. Problem with the writing and talking heads: they observe the common folk from a distance, but they do not live in the world like we do.
Hillary Clinton to use larger podium than Donald Trump at first debate to make up for height disadvantage
I think this is about the scourge of Heightism. Better to make Trump stand in a hole in the stage. Harrison Bergeron deal.
Related, The Road To Equality
All students must be equal. Same with tennis players - that would help me.
We Misled You’: How the Saudis Are Coming Clean on Funding Terrorism
Sunday, September 25. 2016
No, I am not discussing Mrs. Bill Clinton or any other human female.It's just that I have encountered a few shrews this weekend while doing gardening jobs. (Shrubs, grasses, and flowers, not food although I did pick some sweet figs for breakfast from my new fig tree. Perfect breakfast: slice of cold chicken, a tomato, some mouse melons from the garden, and a fresh fig).
Our common shrew is the Northern Long Tailed. I think that is what these guys are that I see but if they are Northern Short-tailed I would not be surprised. I did not try to catch one to measure its tail, and their bites are painful anyway. Shrews are said to taste bad, but I never tried one.
The ones I see like leaf litter and mulch, ground cover like Pachysandra, thick weed patches, and the like. You mainly see a flash of grey fur zooming past your feet. They are almost blind, it is said.
Seen any shrews lately?
From Woody Allen's most notable one-liners: (link fixed)
'There's an old joke . . . two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life.'
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Canadian Fishermen Caught Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeon - Nicknamed “Pig Nose,” the fish was quickly released back into the wild
Fish have names?
Saturday, September 24. 2016
Fireplace at a place I am quite fond of
Diagnosing Van Gogh
When Did Sex Become Fun?
Land use and The Curated Landscape
The case for legalizing narcotics
Gal with gun. Good
Skidmore College: When you leave this campus, you will not be able to file a bias incident report if someone has written “Make America Great Again” on a surface you happen to walk by.
Charter schools in Massachusetts
Rutgers prof equates pet ownership with 'torture'
Satire or serious?
Gov’t Study Confirms Weather Stations Are Increasingly Surrounded By Asphalt, Concrete And May Show Too Much Warming
The ‘Fingerprint’ Of Global Warming Doesn’t Exist In The Real World, Study Finds
Hysteria without data. Plus there is the "Who cares?" factor
Zika Reminds Us That Climate Change Is a Women’s Rights Issue
Not satire, but should be
As Americans Tire of Eco-Panic, Hillary Quietly Drops ‘Climate Change’ Rhetoric
Kids Joining ‘School Lunch Advisory Councils’ to Deal With Michelle Obama’s Rules - Teach students to ‘nudge’ others into healthy eating
An apple is healthy? Shut up. An apple is a sugary dessert.
That outfit is cool
Black America does not have a race problem.
After Charlotte shooting, press downplays a key fact: The officer's race
"Keith Lamont Scott was scum." The media spin; “Family and neighbors call Scott a quiet ‘family man.’”
Quietly sitting in his car with his PCP and his firearm (he did he get a firearm?). Rule of thumb: Never, ever, wave a handgun at police officers.
Like everything else, the debates are all about Trump
Why Trump Will Win: It's the Likability, Stupid!
Finally! The Clinton Family has a compound
Greedy social climbers, pond scum, like the Kennedys were/are. Maybe that's the Clintonian aspiration.
Here’s a question Donald Trump should try and work in to the debate: why is Hillary Clinton against the right to work?
OK, that is not news and not a reason not to vote for her
Friday, September 23. 2016
From David Bromwich's What are we allowed to say?in the London Review of Books:
Toddler survives three days alone in remote Siberia wood
Got Low T? Testosterone Drugs Probably Won't Help
Burmese pythons found in Key Largo, western Palm Beach County
Say good-bye to your cats and little yappy dogs. They eat babies too.
Wharton mentioned Wyndclyffe in her books, and it’s said that others
California University Students Call Words ‘Crazy’ and ‘Stupid’ Hate
That is stupid and crazy
Northwestern president uses microaggressions against people who use microaggressions
Where do they find these morons?
University of Miami cancels Milo event due to ‘security concerns’
A very dangerous faggot
Public Pensions Are Being Overly Optimistic
Most physicians report low morale, burden from new payment models
Coming soon to a doctor's office near you: Obamacare public option
Mass immigration costs government $296 billion a year, depresses wages
Uh oh, climate change is threatening the world's coffee supplies
Sheesh, now really scarey
Email shows federal immigration bosses in OT push to swear in new citizens 'due to election'
"... neo-conservatism was always a Progressive heresy and never had roots in Anglo-Saxon conservatism."
Sorry, Chicago, but Peter Thiel is (mostly) right
Trump the Only Republican Who Can Handle the Media Onslaught? - See
Why Movement Conservatives Are Rooting for Hillary - Her victory is their only hope of preserving the status quo.
Wealthy Voters Abandon Republican Party for Hillary Clinton
Clinton proposes bumping up estate tax
Tax and spend is all she's got. But everybody knows that the wealthy pay no estate taxes. She will not, for sure
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Outrage Machine, Allies Push the Buttons
On the road with the Israeli ambulance drivers who save Palestinian lives
Palestinians: "The Mafia of Destruction"
France: Human Rights vs. The People
Netanyahu Lectures UN: “The UN Begun as a Moral Force Has Become a Moral Farce”
The UN is a total waste
Thursday, September 22. 2016
I hope some lefties are reading us because they need to know how many of us non-lefty people think and feel. Case in point, "Alt-Right." First off, there is no Alt-Right. However, there are lots of people fed up with the recent waves of Lefty insanity which we take the trouble to post here because the MSM refuses to.
In other words, the non-existent Alt-Right is a creation of a wacko left fringe which has left truth and reality far behind.
Dangerous Faggot Milo explains it very clearly.
Maybe it should be the economy, stupid, but a lot of it is culture wars. The culture radicals and cultural Marxists have won the battles, it seems, so they are pushing their advantages to the point of utter, joke-worthy irrationality. But the joke could lose you your job.
How to live to 100: Town full of centenarians spills its secrets
No secrets there. Some drink a lot, some don't. Some smoke a lot, some do not. Some eat "healthy," many do not. Good genetics. In small southern Italian towns, everybody is a cugino.
Your dog can make you feel better, and here’s why
Real Reasons Americans Are Fatter Than Ever
"Would I like to go on a hike? A hike? Do you know what we call a hike in New York? We call it walking."
Why not pacifiers? And diapers?
Italy: Let's mock them for that
Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise That Will End Trump’: The Campaign To Register 8 Million ‘Global Citizens’ To Vote
America still in a depression
They have a million friends
House votes to halt Guantanamo detainee transfers
An Appalling Appeal - President Obama warns blacks to vote Democratic—or risk insulting him.
Obama to U.N.: ‘In America, There Is Too Much Money in Politics.’
Bill Clinton on immigration
Douthat: Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem
Clinton campaign raced through $50 million last month
Hillary Clinton Outlines Vision of More Job Opportunities for People With Disabilities
Nobody disagrees with that, in principle. But this is just more pandering.
The Decline of Economic Liberty During the Bush-Obama Years
"Cops dehumanize African Americans in order to administer an
What horse hockey. Cops kill more white guys than black guys, despite the crime disparity
Money Laundering Scheme Exposed: 14 Pro-Clinton Super PACs and Non-Profits Implicated
Media Bias Grows as Trump Gains
Post-Ebola, West Africans flock back to bushmeat, with risk
Syrian writers, artists, journalists condemn U.S., Russia involvement
U.S. says some 360,000 refugee spots pledged at United Nations
Eastern Europe: The Last Barrier between Christianity and Islam
In Gaza and West Bank, Palestinian journalists fear squeeze on free press
Wednesday, September 21. 2016
We Asked Gen Mattis About Why Civilians Don’t Understand War. A quote from the article:
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I don't think it causes noticeable water retention. Your body makes about 2 gms of it per day, and you get a little bit from eating meat. The idea behind supplemental creatine is that, by giving your muscles a little extra ATP, you can theoretically stress your muscles harder, thus resulting in more good muscle microfiber damage, resulting in strength increase during the recovery process. Creatine doesn't build muscle; it is supposed to help you damage muscle.
Does it work? Experts say it does. It's difficult for me to say whether it has helped me in my program because I have no basis for comparison. At the least, a placebo effect.
Can women who lift use it? Sure. Many women these days do weight-training programs for general fitness for life, for osteopenia, and for sports. The same reasons the average guy does it. We have an 80 year-old gal in our gym lifting every morning a 6 am. And yes, Mrs. BD does 2 hrs of weights each week along with her other exercise. She loves those deadlifts. I hate it all, but I give it my best anyway. Delayed gratification.
Photo from Why Is Socialism So Damned Attractive?
Pope Francis Hosts Feathered Serpent God As Part Of Deity Exchange Program
The curse of MANXIETY: How men worry themselves to death - but women don't
Worry is part of a man's job in life
Because of the ADA, Universities May Withdraw Free Online Course Content
In the safe spaces on campus, no Jews allowed
UC Berkeley Rescinds Suspension of Controversial ‘Antisemitic Anti-Israel’ Course Without Any Change to Syllabus
More people die in their government jobs than get fired.
Protecting America's Children From Police-State Goons, Bureaucratic Idiots, & Mercenary Creeps
10 places where health care ate the economy - In some metropolitan areas, many, many people work in health care services
From How did it happen?
'Deplorables' and the Myth of the Single-Issue Vote
Presidential Leadership: Uniting Behind Exceptionalism
Reddit Users Break HUGE Clinton Email Story – Proving Hillary ORDERED Emails to Be Stripped
There’s little doubt at this point that members of Team Clinton should
Hillary’s hybrid ‘Clinton State-Foundation’ is a national disgrace
Tuesday, September 20. 2016
I agree with Hanson that Trump was the only person with a chance against the Clinton-Dem-media machine. He begins:
A reptilian anachronism: American alligator older than we thought
L.A. Times climate science denial article instead shows the Times clearly denying well established climate science
Let the kids get dirty!
"...if it keeps moving, regulate it..."
Chicago's Awful Crackdown on Food Trucks - A pair of orchestrated hit pieces from media outlets has spurred the city to hand out massive fines.
"... if it moves, tax it."
No means No. End of discussion
Economic Freedom in the World Is Increasing - The United States ranks 16th in the world on economic freedom index
Census data: How Incompetent Are The Mainstream Media?
Red State, Blue Cities - Will the Texas model become a victim of its own success?
More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship
Aid budgets under pressure as funds stretched to cope with refugees, say campaigners
A doctor asks: Was ObamaCare designed to fail?
Clinton offers Temple students debt relief, urges them to vote
Vote-buying is legal
Inside the Beltway, hide your support of Trump
Trump unhappy first three debate moderators are Democrats
Want to understand Hillary Clinton? Read Saul Alinsky
Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive
A New York Times Editorial Calls for Cutting US Aid to Israeli Military
Obama Admin ‘Laundered’ U.S. Cash to Iran Via N.Y. Fed, Euro Banks
Iran: Let’s Make a Bad Deal
Monday, September 19. 2016
Missed it: Happy Constitution Day
Edward Albee, writer of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', dead at 88
P.J. O'Rourke on Why Snobbery Is a Good Thing
Taleb: The Intellectual Yet Idiot
Letter With Arabic Writing Found on Second Bomb in New York City; Witnesses Saw ‘Arab’ Man With Suitcase
A red herring. Presbyterians did it
University Warns Students Against Thoughtcrime
College-Aged Students Are Ill-Informed About Global Issues
The federal government happily subsidizes inferior state colleges that graduate few if any of their students.
An AVI quote: "When your current-event justice argument is basically founded on long-past injustices, it means your current argument isn't very strong. "
Dog rescue scams
Blue Model Blues - Desperate Pension Funds Mull Buyouts
California: The pension gap - It was a deal that wasn’t supposed to cost taxpayers an extra dime. Now the state’s annual tab is in the billions, and the cost keeps climbing.
California: Drug crime Leniency has been hard on homeless
Evil Trump kids killed a Triceratops
Endangered species, isn't it?
Normal Interest Rates - Low Neutral Rates Blunt Central Banker Tools
Politico: Donald Trump Does Have Ideas—and We’d Better Pay Attention to Them. The post-1989 world order is unraveling. Here are 6 ideas Trump has to replace it.
A Frail Looking Hillary Hits Trump for Calling NYC Attack ‘Bombings’ — After Doing the Same
Seems confused about her message
Clinton Foundation Spent Millions More On Travel Than Charitable Grants, IRS Filings Show
Trump Says Clinton Would ‘Effectively’ Abolish U.S. Borders
The wheedle and the damage done: Hillary edition
A disastrous Sec of State
Illegal immigration: What Trump should say:
ANGELA MERKEL’S VIRTUE-SIGNALLING WAS A TERRIBLE BASIS FOR POLICY
Putin’s lesson for Obama in Syria
Congress Investigating Obama Admin-Funded Campaign to Unseat Israeli PM - State Department purged emails about $300,000 grant to anti-Netanyahu group
Sunday, September 18. 2016
Wonderful outing. I determined that one of the potties in the woods was a Richard Serra, but it was just a potty. Saw a fox and a few migrating raptors. Plus lots of Calders, Serras, Di Suveros, Goldsworthys, etc. These large constructions look their best in large spaces with plenty of 360 degree perspective. Good fun. Tired legs.
The place is growing. It's a destination for worldwide art-lovers, and you will hear all sorts of languages spoken as you hike the 500+ acres. Photo is a Goldsworthy stone wall, diving into the lake. I do not know whether it's art, but it is fun to see a finely-constructed wall and that is good enough for me.
Thanks to wealthy people with good taste, America became the fine arts center of the world. For now, anyway.
Check out Storm King sometime. You can bring a picnic or have a sammich at their little outdoor cafe. In 3 1/2 hours of walking outdoors you can not see it all. Our next expedition will be in winter, to DIA Beacon. That's another famous worldwide art destination.
Off topic, but for Northeast hiking, google Hudson Highlands hiking. Great stuff with countless trails of all lengths, and excellent for the fall migration.
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