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Wednesday, July 23. 2014
The best book sale in New England begins this Friday in Southport, CT
It's good fun, and I have stumbled on some goodies there.
See ya there.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:45 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
NYC offers countless sights and countless sensory delights - many of them free (someday I may make a list of our favorites for those readers with vehement New York-ophobia - they just never did NYC right), but we have come to make strolls on the High Line an annual pleasure. This July, the perennial beds were wonderful to see. Why can't we make gardens this interesting at the farm?
Well, I thought the idea of making the High Line trail out of the old elevated railroad which was built to bring animals from the Hudson ferries to the slaughterhouses and meatpacking factories (the now-popular and fashionable Meatpacking District) was foolish was stupid (from the West 30s to Gansevoort St.), but I have been wrong a few times in the past. Only a few times.
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The power of dust
For the gals, Top 10 Items You're Too Old to Wear
I Saw You With My Wife (video)
Bill Clinton accused of having a busty blonde mistress code-named 'Energizer'
How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman
The Ambitious Plan To Break California Into 6 States – A Model For The Future?
Oh, by the way: Obama just quietly suspended ObamaCare’s individual mandate until 2016
Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns
Keeping Iowa safe
Prof. KC Johnson's closing remarks on his Durham In Wonderland blog
Salon hates "America"
Good news, guys. Feminism is over
Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete As Its Factories Grind To A Halt
The mascots have to be cute - but isn't it racist that they are always white?
Dalrymple: Practically all journalism is forgotten the day after it was written, even by those who wrote it.
Obamacare’s Meaning Is Not Subject to the President’s Whim - Halbig rebuked the administration's lawlesness, but what happens next is far from clear.
Mr. Z: The Immigration Bomb
What about struggling poets like me? Why is government so mean?
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza
Sultan: The Noose Around Israel's Neck
"Moral Idiots” from Code Pink Disrupt Israeli Ambassador’s Speech at CUFI Gala
An abundance of riches at American Digest
Tuesday, July 22. 2014
“Nice is different from good.”
Stephen Sondheim, as quoted in Is the Quest to Build a Kinder, Gentler Surgeon Misguided?
Nora Gardner makes conservative day-to-night dresses for professional women - all made in NYC.
Her summer and Fall collections will be at Julia Farr in Washington, DC tomorrow.
Stop by and say hello to her. Nothing else important going on in DC anyway right now.
Anti-GMO Activists Are Harming Hungry Africans (image via Am. Digest)
An outbreak of political correctness in science
Re-linking Barone's Liberalism turns against liberty
Because it is so to-the-point
The media is drafting Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016
Related, this song is not parody
Speaking of non-parody, If Only Harper Lee Had Moved To Greenwich Village
Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed to Change? As a former union leader and a lifelong Democrat, I am deeply troubled by their rhetoric and strategy. (WSJ paywall)
We already do, for up to 5 months/yr, for no pay unless we are poor.
Hayward: The Morals of the Welfare State
Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War POW and U.S. senator, dies
Spengler: Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now
The New York Times: Apologist for a Terrorist Organization
Monday, July 21. 2014
But is this the first real Rock 'n Roll tune (with Ike Turner in youth)?
What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?
The urge to tidy up cities is deadening – let’s celebrate the tangled chaos and honky-tonk energy that keep them alive
Gambling and marijuana: Corrupting citizens for fun and profit
National Suicide, French Style
Robert Fulford: As the world burns, America shrugs
Maybe they're right not to over-react to everything
“The Most Narcissistic, Self-Absorbed President We’ve Ever Had”
UK Update: Christians lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told
The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?
“Economic patriotism” equals “stay here and pay punitive taxes to cover our ruinous spending habit”
Barone: Liberalism turns against liberty
How the Chrildrens' Crusade across the border was meant to happen
Who’d a-thunk it? Socialism is demoralizing, socially corrosive, and promotes individual dishonesty and cheating?
Conservatives are slow, but Progressives are quicker to seize on the political opportunities created by a changing culture.
Progressives Rally in Detroit – Demand Free Water, “Where Do You Expect Us to Sh**??”
In your diapers?
The Russian reset: Hillary’s “brilliant stroke”
Sunday, July 20. 2014
The Band. The production of this recording was completed after Richard killed himself:
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Took a trip to Queens on Friday evening to see some theatrical performances celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most recent NY World's Fair. The site is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park. A bit bedraggled but very pleasant large park filled with Queens people, mostly with kids. We spoke with a proud resident of Queens who had attended both the 1939 and the 1964 world's fairs sited there. At the edge of the park, the Mets' new CitiField, and the National Tennis Center.
A cool place. The futuristic remnants of 1964 are strange, rusting, and apocalyptic in a way. None of the fountains work. The Space Center is all gone now.
The Unisphere fountains are now a place for kids to practice bike-riding and roller-blading. The lights and structures behind the treeline are the US (Billy Jean King) Tennis Center:
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Saturday, July 19. 2014
A repost -
Fried Squash Blossoms are a wonderful summertime traditional Italian treat. I harvested this platterful of them last night and we fried 'em up. When served hot, and lightly browned and salted, they leave French Fries in the dust.
On summer squash like Zucchini and Yellow Squash, the blossoms on the long stalks are the males, and thus expendable. However, I use both because there's always too much squash anyway. In fact, the blossoms are tastier than the squash. (I am fond of yellow summer squash steamed with salt, pepper, and butter, not so fond of zucchini except in soup.)
Almost forgot to mention that squash blossoms prevent arthritis, dementia, laziness, neurasthenia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and cancer - and most other sorts of death and disease. Guaranteed. For a few minutes, anyway.
This site explains how simple this is, using Marcella's method. Do not wash them at all because they need to be dry - just check them for bugs inside but a few tiny bugs just adds a little protein to the mix. Brown them lightly, drain, and eat sizzling hot. Photo below from Marcella's site -
First Cicada Week:
Heard my first cicadas of the summer yesterday - just a few, and just for about an hour or two, but these are probably early risers - first emergers from the soil, practicing playing their instruments. Maybe this will be a good year for them.
It means that in a few days we will be hearing the remarkably loud raspy buzzing from the tree-tops on every hot sunny day - the characteristic sound of high summer in New England, until replaced by the more refined Katydid's evening song as late summer comes.
We have both 13-year and 17-year cicadas - that's how long the two species live as larvae underground, sucking on tree roots, before they emerge to mate, breed, and die.
Their life is a metaphor.
Cicadas are edible, but I don't know anyone who eats them regularly except birds who have great sport chasing them when they fly from tree to tree. We often find their empty exoskelatons attached to tree trunks - as they grow, they crawl out of their old coat.
Toon via Hit & Run
Billionaires Who Bought Congress Say They Feel “Shortchanged”
Burt Shavitz, the World’s Most Famous Retired Beekeeper
Are Hookups Psychologically Healthy?
That extramarital affair is costing you a fortune
The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved
Dietary Guideline Committee ‘Quadruples’ Down on Moving Americans to ‘Plant-Based Diets’
The potato chip and French Fry diet? Or is it "Let them eat cake"?
Quotations of the day on racial profiling in college admissions
Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs:
How did we get the schools we have? The K-12 Conspiracy
The Obama Albatross - Playing pool in Colorado rather than visiting the Texas border is not very presidential.
This idea that we live in a world where government cares about us is just the biggest propaganda ever.
Iraqi Christians Told to Convert, Submit, or Die
New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims
Religion of death
US Marine Corps commandant openly blasts CIC Obama
Not sposta do that
Fly them all to Minneapolis
How to win in Gaza
The treacherous task of tunnel demolition
CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias
Break of Day
'Tis true, 'tis day; what though it be?
Image is Picasso's Meditation, 1904
Friday, July 18. 2014
Well, maybe not happy but a chance for self-respect
63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
Indeed it is, but nobody cares.
Guy wants more government regulation
NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To
Big mistake was taking down the 2nd Avenue El in 1942
Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents
Time to Rethink Government Unions
VDH: The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.
Chris Edwards: Reducing Wasteful Federal Spending
CBO’s Long-Term Budget Projections Show a Substantial Imbalance in the
Backgrounder: Students for Justice in Palestine
Those rockets hidden in a UN school
The Bizarre Moral Criticism Against Israel
Thursday, July 17. 2014
This via Althouse. It's not the speed, it's the passion:
And covering Dylan's Highway 61
Image via sWINDle
How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Happiness Experiment
Birds of a feather: Study finds people's friends genetically similar to them
The anonymous men who built Central Park
Mom Jailed for Letting Her 9 y.o. Play at Park Unsupervised
VDH:An American Satyricon - Our elites would be right at home in Petronius’s world of debauchery and bored melodrama.
The University of Wisconsin's latest diversity plan calls for "equity" in high-demand majors and the distribution of grades.
The Grey Lady Punctures Obamacare Myth
Annals of Government Incompetence
Millennials Desire Government That Provides All and Costs Nothing - The Unicorn/Dragon ticket should snag the youth vote.
Fake Indian Bashes Wall Street
Fake Indian has $7 million invested on Wall St. Fake Indian speak with forked tongue.
Time for States to Reclaim Their Sovereignty - Hey Feds, we states made you, and we can unmake you.
How to Lie with Statistics: Florida School Spending Edition
8 Myths In The Immigration Debate - Stop Saying That. It's Not True.
Barry Goldwater, 50 years ago
Fake Indian: The government shutdown was over birth control
100% of Dem Senators Vote for Late-Term Abortion up to Nine Months of Pregnancy
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups - Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly
See Why Rolling Stone’s List of ‘Most Dangerous Guns’ Is Being Called ‘Maybe the Worst Piece of Journalism of All-Time’
Wednesday, July 16. 2014
The Limitless Drug: What If It Were Possible to Learn Any New Skill as If We Were Children?
It reminded me of this one:
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How to Get the Respect You Deserve at Work
Just try working for yourself - no respect at all from the boss
Hyper-Efficient Indoor Vegetable Factories Prove Malthus Wrong, Again
Why you might resent your partner
Why your next boat should be someone else's
We are indeed stardust
Totally retarded about firearms
Totally retarded English Prof
Financial advisers, show us your numbers!
It's not simply to hide their results, it's because each client might have different goals. For many people, the goal is simply to not lose money to inflation.
A Brief History of Houses Built Out of Spite
2014 is the centenary of lots of bad things, but also of A/C
Transethnic, like Michael Jackson
University editorial board: students 'don't need' to study America's founding documents
The Hill: Immigration Reform a Loser for Democrats in 2014
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
Mr. 'I, Me, My': Obama Oughta Know He's Not the Hero
Black Conservatives to Hold Event to Counter Annual NAACP Conference
Cool. It's about time.
19 Illegal Immigration Facts You'll Never Read in Legacy Media
What percentage of the U.S. population is gay, lesbian or bisexual?
FEC Employee Linked to Lois Lerner Investigation Claims Her Computer Crashed Too
Obama Lost Friends in Europe and Influence Globally - See more at:
What, Exactly, Is Hamas Trying to Prove?
Tuesday, July 15. 2014
So is life. What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine
I don't know much about wine but I know what I like, and it tends to be old, French, and expensive. That's the problem.
Photos via Drudge: Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande valley:
SMALL DEAD CHILDREN Found “Washed Up Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande
Let’s visit the laws and lawyering that got us into this mess.
New York Times: Border Crisis 'a Myth'
Eric Holder, America’s chief law enforcement official, tries to spark racial hatred
Why You Should Probably Own Fewer Stocks
Daily Beast: 'Tea Party Is a Religion'
The story of the faculty test-cheaters in Atlanta
On Global Warming, Follow the Money
Jewel’s “Personal Growth” Divorce
Time to put the IRS back in its place
Lots of good stuff at American Digest
Monday, July 14. 2014
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