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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Thursday, August 28. 2014
Bob Dylan's Complete, Legendary 'Basement Tapes' Will Be Released
I've had them all for many years. Kinda fun. Bunch of music guys having a good time fooling around with riffs and crazy tunes.
Besides this in NYC, her stuff is at a number of stores on the East Coast from Maine to Florida - and also at Nora Gardner.com
At Maggie's, we love entrepreneurs. It's the American Way - you work 24/7 with no benefits - and nothing but total red-blooded American independence and American risk.
Image via Ace
The Welfare State - How long can a shrinking number of taxpayers support a growing number of beneficiaries?
Warren Buffett, Tax Hypocrite
Why liberals are embracing GMOs and rejecting mandatory labeling
Home Invader Assaults Woman, 11-Year-Old Boy, Kills Family Dog, Gets Shot Dead
Stick a Fork in Your Newspaper
Government to track political speech on internet
How can this be done in my America?
‘Negative Stereotypes’ Influence Minorities To Get Fat, And Stay Fat
Racism - plus climate change. Forget the carbs and inactivity.
The IRS Scandal Has Arrived
Stop the presses!
in Under 60 Seconds, George Will Takes Down Claim That It’s Too Hard to Find ‘Lost’ IRS Emails
Neither is this:
Big Sugar update
Kia to open $1-billion auto factory in Mexico
Quoting Al Sharpton Is Racist
Lefties starting to wonder: Why hasn’t Hillary said anything about Ferguson?
India update: Goodbye to All That Central Planning - India’s prime minister takes on Big Government.
Is this normal in Yorkshire? The Rotherham Horror
‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’
Why the World Needs More Carbon Dioxide
Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance
Is The Left Approaching a Kool-Aid Moment?
The Islamic State Has Nothing to Do With Islam?
Toon below via Nice Deb
Wednesday, August 27. 2014
Readers know the BD is a lover of marshes and swamps. They are full of life - more than any other form of habitat.
When a dike was built across the Herring River in the late 1800s, the tidal flow was interrupted and the river began silting up and turning into fresh water. A few years ago, the bridge was reconstructed to permit a full tidal exchange without removing the road dike.
The phragmites is dying out, spartina is returning, and the tidal flow is vigorous. Environmental successes usually come in small pieces.
Deep in town, a railroad dike was built in the late 1800s to carry vacationers and mail to Wellfleet - and to carry fish and oysters to NYC. This dike also impeded free tidal flow and caused the inner harbor to silt up. Tall ships used to dock in there. The pilings of the railroad bridge on the dike remain:
I doubt that the village would spend any $ to remove the old dike.
Here's my challenge to the town of Wellfleet: re-open the dike between the marina and the marsh behind it - the marsh that begins behind
All it needs is a simple 30-40' bridge there to de-silt and salinate the old marsh.
Addendum: Thanks to commenters for some corrections.
I can use words like hammers, and be paid for it. I do. But I won't do it here.
Elite schools are still mostly attended by wealthy people
Why “S&P 2000″ Is A Fed Manufactured Mirage: The “Buy The Dips” Chart That Says It All
Who-d a-thunk it? Total tax costs in Canada are 46.4% lower than in the US, and Burger King wants to move there?
Politicians feel businesses work for government and their only function is a source of tax revenue
The Democratic Shift to the Left:
Whopper Donut Cheeseburgers, Eh?
It’s come to this: The War on Bacon is real
Dealing Honestly with ‘White Privilege’ - What do people mean when they evoke "white privilege"?
How Megyn Kelly reveals her racism - by paternalism
A STATE WITHOUT BORDERS – Governor Brown Welcomes ALL ILLEGALS to California
VDH: The Madness of 2008 - A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened.
Tuesday, August 26. 2014
From our sandy back yard
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:54 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Drizzled with a little olive oil and salted, all of these are tasty: red onion, peppers, asparagus, tomato, summer squash slices, potato slices, pineapple, apple, etc. Anything can be grilled, and it keeps you outdoors.
Best way to grill corn on the cob? Soak them in the husks in a bucket of water for an hour or two, then strip off the roughest outer husks, then toss on grill. When the husks brown a little and the flossy stuff burns, they are done. A little salt to serve - no butter.
Monday, August 25. 2014
Sunday, August 24. 2014
Please don't do this when there is a line of ten people at a busy Dunkin Donuts in Wellfleet at 9 am, as happened on Thursday:
A chubby short gal around 40 finally gets to the front of the line. Nice lady asks her for her order. "Let me think," as she scans the overhead menu which has been in full view of the line. She decides on the #8. OK. Then, "but can I have it on a croissant instead of a bagel?" Nice lady says OK. Then, "I want extra mayo on that too."
Everybody in line is now rolling their eyes.
Nice lady explains that DD has no mayo at all. Short gal takes time to express her disappointment in DD. I'm thinking "Does she think this is a restaurant?"
Then she has to decide on how she wants her coffee. Decides on cream and double fake sugar, of course, because only fat people and anorectics use fake sugar. The nice lady at the counter then rings her up.
For some women in lines, this requirement to pay always comes as a surprise. She starts rummaging through her bag to try to find her freaking wallet amongst all the crap in there, and has to go through her change purse too. (Ever notice how guys always have the money in their hands when they order?)
She doesn't say "Thank you." I think she is still pissed about the mayo.
Don't be like this.
I eventually got to order two small black coffees, and asked the lady for extra mayo with them, and got a good jolly laugh out of her. One of my jobs in life is to lighten the loads of service people.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:34 | Comments (27) | Trackback (1)
Paul's Letter to the Romans 12:1-8
Wellfleet is for swimming.
My niece is an ocean lifeguard out there. Cool job.
Lots of seals swimming off that stretch of beach. Harbor Seals or Grey Seals? I could not tell. Happy seals, anyway.
Saturday, August 23. 2014
Took this pic of a clamming boat coming into dock in Wellfleet in September a couple of years ago. The refrigerated truck will arrive just as he ties up.
Those are Sea Clams which are harvested along the Northeast coast by dredging, from deeper water than the Quahog of the tidal flats but much shallower waters than those inhabited by the deep-sea Ocean Clam. Here are Sea Clams up close:
Sea Clams are the main processed clam in the US, and their shells are commonly used as ashtrays.
The hard-shelled clam, the Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria - why that name?) is the clam of Atlantic US estuaries and tidal flats. It tastes better, in my opinion, than the Sea Clam - especially when you dig them yourself. Unlike the Sea Clam, you eat the Quahog feathers and all: Littlenecks and Cherrystones - and the chowder-sized Quahogs.
This is from Thoreau's Cape Cod:
The entirety of Thoreau's report of his amusing 1849-1867 ramblings, Cape Cod, can be read here.
The Betrothed, by Kipling
"You must choose between me and your cigar."
Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout,
Friday, August 22. 2014
Russell Kirk: A great American thinker ready to be rediscovered
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:43 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
How much of it is vanity, and how much functionality?
It seems clear that if you are fly-fishing for big fish, you might need a decent drag, etc. I have a cheap Cabela's 4-weight reel for small trout on small streams, and for drag, if ever needed, I can just palm it. It's just a line-holder really.
Over time, I have turned against fancy, expensive sporting equipment. What makes a fly reel worth the money?
If you google the question, you get many opinions.
I have often fished for big fish, but never fly-fishing.
Thursday, August 21. 2014
Almost all lies are acts, and speech has no part in them.
Lots more here.
Does anybody use bathtubs anymore? I mean, unless they have 1940s-era bathrooms?
I don't mean big Jacuzzis, or outdoor hot tubs, but real old-fashioned bathtubs. Does anybody use them anymore, unless they are just the antique bottom of a nice shower?
Who would want to float in dirty, soapy water?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:59 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, August 20. 2014
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