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.
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Saturday, April 19. 2014
Using this recipe, more or less - whole critter, head on of course, caught today: BAKED TROUT WITH SOUR CREAM
Our fishing friend Harry Briscoe of Hexagraph Fly Rod Company sends us this email:
I'll start with an introduction to a wonderful gentleman, personality and writer named Gordon Wickstrom. I came to meet Gordon at a fly-fishing trade show when he, as a member of the wandering press stopped by to check out our new concept in fly rods. He's grown to be an excellent friend. Gordon has published two books and writes a newsletter, now a blog, and I find his "take" on things to frequently be just a "twist" away from most of what we read these days about fly-fishing (theatre, politics, music and a great many other things). I think that Maggie's readers would likely enjoy many of his perspectives. Gordon is retired from a long and successful career as a professor of Literature and Theatre at Franklin and Marshall College (he's a master Shakespearean actor and director as well). He lives in his original hometown of Boulder, Colorado and is a frequent contributor to The American Fly Fisher magazine, the journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing. To initiate that introduction, following are links to two columns he's written - as a sample of his work.
Following is a link to a recent piece in Gordon Wickstrom's current blog - then another, as an introduction, and also a partial quote I lifted from another of his essays.
" .......As the snow keeps coming on, let me tell you that a few days ago an old friend sent me an old copy of an old issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal for April/May,1976-- an issue in which I had an essay on catch and release. That was thirty-one years ago. I thought that anglers were not looking hard enough at the ideology of no-kill, and so I should do it for them. As I re-read the essay now, it sounds all right, but the penultimate sentence caught me: pretty much what I believe today, and it’s in connection with my proposal of a sixth, The New Period, in American fly fishing.
Here’s that sentence: “Now let us go a-stream more like our fathers-- individual, unself-conscious, unreconstructed, and quiet with our streamcraft and our love more important than our equipage and image.” But how, I wonder, can I both blog and, at the same time, in Walton’s use of Scripture, study to be quiet….?
It’s snowing now, those great, beautiful, sloppy spring flakes. For us Westerners they fill the air with promise-- and are superbly quiet.....".
One final thing follows as well ... from my website for Hexagraph I've carried a "philosophy" page, the higlight being a poem you probably know from W B Yeats:
The Song of Wandering Aengus
I went out to the hazel wood,
Pic is a sea-run Brown Trout we caught from a stream in Long Island a couple of years ago. Sea-run trout is a story in itself.
At our little New England Congregational church Lift High The Cross is sung each Lenten Sunday, and that tradition is much-loved. Here's another little church, Episcopal (corrected that) and full of old people, with the hymn. My church is packed with young people and their little kids, making me feel old.
This was my Mom's bird bath, now in its new home in our little entry garden. An heirloom of sorts.
It could have been forest green (and maybe used to be), but I went with black to be safe.
Like my Mom, Mrs. BD understands the structural requirements of garden design. Focal points, structured areas, plantings for interest each season, etc. We do gardens.
Friday, April 18. 2014
An old folk hymn for Good Friday. h/t Nice Deb
Why not become whores?
Adultery site big in Japan where marriage reigns
Oh, No, Not Another College Tour! Every school has gone green. How about telling us something interesting?
In the business world, it's called "green marketing." It's gone out of style though.
Wild Horse Crisis - What’s the best way to control an invasive species: Round them up or shoot them?
Hardly a crisis, I think. There used to be bison, before that wild camels and all sorts of ungulates in the American West. The Indians killed 'em all except for the bison. What is best? I don't know. The wild horses are eating the food of the cattle.
Bloomberg always wants people to be just like him, like an old-time NY Jewish mother. "It's raining. Put on your rubbers or you'll catch a cold." Otherwise, he'll try to make laws to make you act that way.
Antisemitism Explained From An Objectivist Perspective
There is a lot packed into that essay
Also, a lot in this one: Blame George Washington - The first president and the origins of American corporate welfare - link fixed
Should We Force People to Save for Retirement?
How government medical care in Russia takes care of cancer patients
An amusing Klavan vid here, discussing Libs and Conservatives.
Censorship is Coming! New Jersey College Silences a Professor Over a ‘Game of Thrones’ T-shirt
High School Girl Screamed at for Carrying Bible in Hallway
Steyn: The slow death of free speech - How the Left, here and abroad, is trying to shut down debate — from Islam and Israel to global warming and gay marriage
Krauthammer Against the Tyrants - It's official: The Left is out of control.
Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles
A voice from an American rebel: The Pig Trap
Selfless Crusader Against Income Inequality to Heroically Accept
When I was a kid, there didn't use to be weather, but I blame the Weather Channel.
Telling ‘Noble Lies’ About Climate Change Will Backfire - Doing the right things for the wrong reasons is a serious mistake
Megan McArdle goes off on suspicious Census Bureau/Obamacare methodology switch
Sultan on Passover: From slavery to freedom
Jesus Arrested: "Am I not to drink the cup?"
After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, For whom are you looking? 5They answered, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus replied, I am he. Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6When Jesus said to them, I am he, they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7Again he asked them, For whom are you looking? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8Jesus answered, I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go. 9This was to fulfil the word that he had spoken, I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me. 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. 11Jesus said to Peter, Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?
12 So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. 13First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.
Peter denies knowing Jesus
15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17The woman said to Peter, You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you? He said, I am not. 18Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing round it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
The rest of the story is below the fold -
Continue reading "Good Friday: John 18"
Thursday, April 17. 2014
The applause for a requiem seems strange.
Zenpundit's Requiem post also has the Defiant Requiem - Remembering the Holocaust
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Here in New England, the spring migration is underway. Blackbirds came a month ago, and are still passing through, but the hardy songbirds are beginning to show up despite yesterday's light snow.
The Juncos headed north a couple of weeks ago, and now most of the White Throats have left too. I heard the first Towhee of the Spring this morning.
How quick can bird migration be? Brazil to Pennsylvania in 13 days.
Photo is our Eastern Towhee. Unmistakable, loud call, "Drink your teeeee"
Here's a chilly male Cardinal. Due to global warming, it was a wicked winter and a cold early Spring this year.
Photo is Czech Easter eggs
The iPad is everywhere, Android tablets not so much
Brief excerpt from the video The invention of the teenager
This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints
A Christian pastor’s Passover sermon
As an American, I disapprove of the glorification of presidents
Not a Joke→ UN Says Vacuuming CO2 Out of Air May Be Only Way to Save Planet Earth
L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag
What's wrong with that?
Is the wind lobby’s most precious subsidy finally losing steam in Congress?
What the Left and Right Both Get Wrong About the Moynihan Report
Brandeis Feminists Fail the Historical Moment
Who Was Ho Chi Minh? A Deceitful Mass Murderer.
Israeli workers pay less income tax than workers in the US or Europe, a new
"The Last Supper" is thought to have been a Passover seder. That supper was the source of Communion: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again."
In our church, we remember this event with a group Passover supper on Maundy (Middle English, "holy") Thursday, eaten in silence. No wine, though, as a consideration to the abstinent.
Below, Bassano's Last Supper (1542), depicting the reaction to Jesus' prediction that one of them would betray him.
Wednesday, April 16. 2014
Your tax dollars at work: Review: The Traveling Government Global Warming Play
IRS data: The top 1% pay 37% of all taxes, the bottom half pay 2%, a blubbering David Letterman can’t believe the facts
Bookworm: My annual Passover post
Northwestern U hosts event for female students who are ‘having trouble masturbating’
Sowell: Women and Statistical Frauds
Dr. Helen: Sexism Sent Me To the ER!
EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules
Those evil Koch Bros: Dem donors
How the Dems are The Paranoid Party
Brandeis University Faculty Sent Letter Demanding School Rescind Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree
Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules” -
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We have snow this morning. How about you?
Image is via Am. Digest
Critics of the SAT and other standardized testing are disregarding the data.
All tests are elitist and racist. The science is settled.
What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News
Progressive Puritans - From e-cigarettes to sex classifieds, the once-transgressive left tries to criminalize fun.
Rand Paul’s foreign policy extremism
Donald Rumsfeld declares war on IRS
Terrible Tenure - Are 98 percent of California’s teachers worthy of jobs for life?
How the Obama administration turned the latest IPCC report into meaningless gobbledegook
“I just filed my taxes and I’m getting 400 dollars from the federal government!”
Tuesday, April 15. 2014
A room, anyway, which an ambitious youth might be able to afford. The NYC pupette thought you might be amused:
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Three cool new sites for the handy-dandy Maggie's blogroll -
From a Jewish friend:
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Image via Our Psychodramatic Campuses
Mad Men's Creator: Don Draper Represents American Society - A conversation with Matthew Weiner about anti-heroes, why
Tax Day! Now Comes the Great Refund Rip-off - Steal an identity, file a return and, presto, the IRS wires cash to your prepaid debit card.
Brit Hume: Holder's, Obama's Racial Appeals "Crybaby Stuff;" Both
How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time
Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine
Ten Welfare-Reform Lessons from NYC
Vermont's Single-Payer Dream Is Taxpayer Nightmare
Obama Admin Bans Junk Food in Schools
Explain to me how this is the Federal govt's job
90% of NY Gun Owners Refusing SAFE Act Registration?
A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus
Chart below via How To Get A Job Despite The Economy
A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus
Read more at: http://spme.org/book-reviews/century-anti-semitism-american-college-campus/ | SPME
Monday, April 14. 2014
Thanks, reader. I didn't realize about GMT etc. Worldwide Times to view.
Around here, it's viewable 3 AM tomorrow morning. Try a triple espresso, or set the alarm. Blood Moon, etc., perfect for tax day.
A new disease? Sluggish Cognitive Tempo
I have that - and ADD. Perfect combination.
Sears is dying. Why?
I think it's more about an obsolete business model than it is about the middle class. Home Depot is packed with people, same with Target, etc.
Total Lunar Eclipse tomorrow
Should the U.S. Adopt the German Model of Apprenticeships?
Chicago Teachers Union to
The college degree gap: women earned a majority of degrees at all levels in 2012, and the degree gap for blacks is stunning
Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens. There's a reason teenagers are so reliant on technology: They don't have the freedom their parents did.
Sharyl Attkisson: When I'd Begin Getting Under Surface of an Obama Scandal, CBS Would Pull Me Off
Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?
The remarks that the students at Brandeis will not hear
The remarks that the students at Brandeis will not hear - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=53281#sthash.FS49XPfj.dpuf
Why Aren't Public Officials Held to Account for Lying?
Harry Reid's 'Koch Brothers' Addiction—in Two Charts
UN food program inflated amount of oversight it gave to ensuring food really went to the starving in North Korea
Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border
What now for European defence spending?
Sunday, April 13. 2014
It's in the planning stages, no date set.
I think urban hiking in cities with a little history can be just as interesting as rural hiking. More interesting, really - and I am an informed amateur naturalist.
There is no such thing as suburban hiking, though. That is just walking.
Due to my route's meandering nature with crosstown zigs and zags, street crossings, and opportunities for refreshments, photo stops, and pit stops, I think it could take 6-7 hours from South Ferry (Battery Park) to Central Park then back down 5th ave to Grand Central Stn. Good walking shoes required, and rain-or-shine. This will not be a stroll. The main point is not the landmarks, but the random stuff and people and colorful life and historical architecture in between.The landmarks are just for waypoints.
Preliminary route plan:
- South Ferry, Battery Park, with view of Statue of Liberty (easy to get to via IRT or whatever)
Does this sound like fun, and a good work-out? Is it overly-ambitious?
If it's too much, there's always the subway or a taxi - but we are subway people.
A lively city full of wonders, packed with attractive, high-energy young people and all sorts of other interesting humanity. Not a great work-out, because it's all pretty much flat but it's hours of walking through a variety of neighborhoods. I am open to suggestions. I'm sure my son, wife, daughters, sisters and brothers-in-law will be game for this event. Sipp & Co. might be, too, and Bulldog. And our Men's Bible study group.
Photo: I like that house on top of that building on 3rd Ave and 13th St. Rus in urba.
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Pope preaches on spiritual warfare: Pope Francis: ‘The Devil is Here, Even in the 21st Century’
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