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, June 29. 2016
Generally speaking, your body derives little benefit from an exercise itself because exercise (as contrasted with a normal active life) is designed to stress the body, to hurt it, really. That's why going for a hike, playing a round of golf, or playing doubles tennis is not exercise: it's recreation.
The benefits obtained from exertions are obtained during the recovery phase from the stress and damage. This can take a few days, and much longer to repair damaged muscle and to build new muscle fibers and blood vessels and to ramp up neural connections. Progress is thus slow.
The approach I use for recovery is to try for a good diet with high protein and enough carbs so as not to lose weight or maybe to gain some in 5 smallish meals/day, and "active recovery" meaning days of aerobic exercise between days of intense work-outs. Also, days off for pure recreational activities like sports or hiking.
Photo: If you know what that is called, you're old
Maybe too old to vote: Guardian: Old People Voting Against Climate or Brexit is “Intergenerational Theft”
Cormac McCarthy's death was greatly exaggerated
How to survive a snakebite in the US (h/t, Insty)
Don't Tell Me I Have to Go Organic
God and clown at Yale
Facebook's Zuckerberg Rejects Walls for Others, Builds One For Himself
Nobody does hysteria like the media
Elitist Rage With the Pro-Brexit Masses Echoes Longstanding British Suspicion of Democracy
I completely disagree with Williamson on that, on principle. However, abortion laws should be left to the states.
Supreme Court lets stand rule raising pay for home healthcare workers
The Question of Campaign 2016: Where Have All the Fascists Gone?
VDH: When have voters faced a choice between two such unpalatable, unprincipled candidates?
New York Times still peddles narrative Ben Rhodes told the paper is false
BETTER DEAD THAN RUDE — POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS
Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe
Nobody believes it
Hillary Clinton Tweets Pro-Trump Message: DONALD TRUMP KNOWS HOW TO CREATE MANUFACTURING JOBS
US eyes Israeli short-range missile interceptor for Europe defence
Why Turkey Needed To Reconcile Its Ties With Israel
The Palestinian Authority's Crackdown on Journalists
Tuesday, June 28. 2016
Why Brexit did Europe a favor
Focused on Disaster Narrative, Media Ignores Obvious Benefits of Brexit
President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the
The masses must submit to their moral and intellectual superiors
Stockman: Bravo Brexit!
Me neither. Yikes
Hope they have a defibrillator at the bottom
24 crazy pictures of micro-apartments around the world
11-Year-Old's Response to Nude Teacher Sex Proposition: 'OK IDC'
The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student
Republicans killed in Orlando
Dem Party Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics
The Chinese government has banned broadcast and Internet TV shows that show "the dark side of society."
And, with our friends, church, kids, and complex lives, I would never have time to get there. A shame we can't have everything we like. Even billionaires can't, because time can not be purchased and it is a rare item.
Monday, June 27. 2016
Inside Silicon Valley’s Robot Pizzeria
Narcissists Get More Dates
PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid - How PowerPoint has killed the art of rhetoric
Bill Maher: Liberals Don't Know Jack About Guns
Alaska rafting deaths highlight response challenges
No it doesn't. Wilderness adventures are not meant to be safe.
The Orwellian Charge of the Campus Bias Response Team
Feds: Schools Must Grant Mentally Disturbed Boy Unfettered Access to Girls’ Locker Room
Maine's First Lady Takes Summertime Waitress Job to Pick up Cash
Exercising your right to own firearms now lands you on a federal database in Hawaii
Once Again Obama Argues We Need Illegal Immigrants Because They “Make Our Beds”
(George) Will to Irrelevance
Everything Is Broken - Cynicism is the cancer at the heart of this election year.
Despite Market Turmoil, Britain Was Right To Brexit
Brexit’s success is unsurprising
The EU's olive oil rules
The Certainty of even More and More Disturbing Power Grabs by the EU
Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate
Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovakia all could leave.
Conrad Black: A fresh start for Europe
Abbas Goes Off Deep End, And Even the NYT Can’t Overlook It
'move jungle to uk' - Calais mayor sparks furious row after demanding that squalid migrant camp be moved to Britain
Sunday, June 26. 2016
To make it even more Sicilian, include some chopped pistachios and there you have the classic Sicilian ingredients: couscous, lemon, mint, olive oil, and pistachio. All it's missing is pignolis - but a recipe is either pignolis or pistachios - not both.
You want measures? When you cook Sicilian (or Italian, for that matter), you eyeball it and taste it. Just keep it light, not soggy with oil.
Now back to my gardening chores. Damn weeds, I live to kill them. Need to water the tomatoes again and tie them up again too, trim the wisteria, and shave the boxwoods. That's how the gentry become rednecked on a beautiful cloudless day like this - proud bitter clingers.
The writer Francine Prose traveled with three generations of family to one of her favorite places on earth and wondered: Can you ever go back again?
Saturday, June 25. 2016
Our modern notions of fitness go back to the ancient Greeks, and probably back to the earliest hominids for whom fitness was necessary for survival. In modern times, what I call "Fitness for Life" is more self-preoccupied, some might call it narcissistic, than fitness was for the farmers, hunters, shepherds, ironsmiths, builders, masons, and soldiers of the past. Modern fitness efforts are simply about staying as physically fully-functional for as long as you can for ordinary life activities and for play.
Sooner or later, something will strike you down, cripple you or kill you but, until then, why not give life your best shot? I know we all want to be strong, to look good, and to remain vigorous and competent for whatever comes our way.
The Triad is Strength, Cardio, and Calisthenics, but Strength is the foundation of the triangle because the best use of the other two depends on it. Proper nutrition - having neither too little physical structure, nor excess fat - is a separate topic.
Continue reading "The Fitness Triad"
If you are from New Jersey, do you term this food-like product Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?
How Dunkin' Donuts changed the dictionary
Shaidle: Is This Pope Catholic?
WSJ: The Book of Job’s Big Question - Why are innocents made to suffer? One reading might see Job as a devastating text.
Walmart has a problem that's threatening profits — and it's driving police nuts
Climate and Human Civilization for the Past 4,000 Years
To please Muslims, Shall we burn our books and empty our museums?
Report: Released Criminal Aliens Committed Nearly 10 Times More Crimes Than Obama Admin. Told Congress
NY DEM Charlie Rangel – Law Abiding Citizens Don’t Need Guns – But He Does
“Absence of legitimacy is the EU’s main feature."
Britain Exits, Democracy Lives, And Everything Has Changed - A dispatch from liberated London.
HOW BREXIT WILL CHANGE AMERICA AND THE WORLD - Britain is free of global government. America can be next.
Brexit and Trump v Clinton got you down? The good news is we still know how to fix things.
Sessions on Brexit: "The interests of powerful international corporations, media, special interests, and leftist international forces are not coterminous with those of our people.
FLASHBACK: UK Prime Minister Cameron Warns Brexit From EU Could Lead to WORLD WAR
Worldwide popular revolt confirmed by Brexit vote:
Why Brit Islamist supported Remain
Hillary IT Guy Pleads The 5th 125 TIMES In A 90 Minute Deposition
A big group of major business leaders just endorsed Hillary Clinton
Friday, June 24. 2016
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies
I'll post a couple of my favorites later
Martin Armstrong Rages "The EU Is Nothing Without Britain!"
Brexit vote shows there is more to man than homo economicus. Proud of my ancestral homeland today.
The European Union: Government By Deception
Europe’s Brexit greeting: Sorry and good riddance
"Now It's Our Turn" - Geert Wilders Calls For A Dutch Referendum
How to Wrestle with a Difficult Decision: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York
Much of interest in his Mondo Bizarro
Literally by the Thought Police
Anti-Semitic Incidents on American College Campuses Nearly Doubled
Bathroom Debate Complicates Mexican Town’s Acceptance of a Third Gender
Climate scientist Peter Stott is still trying to connect extreme weather to climate
Scientists do not try to show something.
Economics of cotton subsidies
The least affordable place to live in America is… Brooklyn!
New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex - The consequences of a doctor’s decision not to treat a patient acting like the opposite sex now range from loss of federal funding to civil lawsuits to potential criminal investigation.
So Doc puts the dude in the stirrups - and does what with the speculum? Can insanity be required by law?
The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer
I think household wealth is a better measure of prosperity than household income
Republicans Have a Shot at Replacing Obamacare
America’s Majority-Minority Future Approaches
Protesting against Due Process? Evil
Clinton Foundation shuns veterans groups for foreign causes that allow less transparency
Ex-Clinton official got Boeing bucks while pushing Iran nuke pact – before $25B jet deal
Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’
Obama’s disintegrating strategy - The president’s willful ignorance helps Islamic State fight its ideological war
Anti-money laundering body seen keeping Iran on blacklist: officials
They don't need our money
Elliott Abrams: Obama’s Hypocrisy Highlighted in Push to Undermine Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (INTERVIEW)
Wasting their money
Brits vote to leave the Borg. Elites horrified, peasants pleased. Regular folks like Nigel. Farage's life's work comes to fruition with stunning Brexit vote as he lauds a 'new dawn' for Britain outside the EU and calls for new bank holiday to mark UK's 'Independence Day.'
Have a whiskey on us, Nigel.
Thursday, June 23. 2016
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:23 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians
For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8
I blame climate change
A Scientist, A Sprinter, And A Sumo Wrestler Attempt To Cross A Human-Sized Cockroach Trap (video)
Reporter goes to shop to buy gun - gets rejected
Unfair “Fair Housing" - The new Obama administration policy to “deconcentrate” poverty is a threat to communities.
Butler won her award for writing:
Mostly other black people
Scott Adams: Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA
Honor and politics
No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom: New at Reason - If the government can take away our natural rights to travel and self-defense, can other fundamental rights be far behind?
TV Reporters Laugh At Hillary For Avoiding Questions
Anatomy of the terror threat: Files show hundreds of US plots, refugee connection
Afghan War Rules Leave U.S. Troops Wondering When It’s OK to Shoot
Wednesday, June 22. 2016
Yale may actually be close to caving on course work which is just too darned white
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
Families Struggle to Afford College
Jews are the new ruling elite in the US
French work fewest hours in EU
Cruel summer for newspapers - Publishers see their businesses circling the drain in rapidly decaying orbit
Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: If you buy an AR-15, obviously you’re “buying it do bad things”
Report: 4,948,000 illegals eligible for amnesty, 716,000 in battleground states
Obama administration begins redistributing poor inner-city families to suburbs.
How the feds try to micromanage small business
Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops
Sotomayor is the court loon
The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election
Also VDH: The Trump Nuclear Bomb
Donald's Donor Problem
Clinton goes 200 days without a press conference
New Marine Corps physical standards spell bad news for women in combat directive
Brexit Countdown - Making Britain Great Again?
No, it's not a request for donations.
What the heck is this tree seen in bloom on a walk with Mrs. BD and pup last weekend? Small tree growing on a riverbank, and last year's seed pods still hung on it looking like vanilla beans. Large almost grape-looking leaves.
Tuesday, June 21. 2016
How the buffalo (bison, to your foreigners) survived to become the US national mammal:
Well, the bison ecological niche was replaced by herds of semi-domestic cattle but sheesh - I thought people were the national mammal.
Why extremely rare events keep happening all the time
Father’s Day in the Ghetto
Overcoming The Fear Of Death - A physician confronts his own mortality.
Researchers fail, once again, to find educational gains from public spending on preschool.
From 2006, The Howard Zinn Fabrication Show
How the Democrats Are Disarming Us By suppressing the truth.
David Brooks @NYT: We must let the terrorists in or they will kill us
Root cause of Orlando massacre? “White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Capitalism’ Among Reasons
The Insidious Power of the Media Disinformation Campaign for Hillary Clinton
Cues From Kerry: Dissent Is No Longer the Highest Form of Patriotism
The Imperialism of Western Guilt - Bernard Lewis is the rare Western intellectual who doesn’t view non-Western peoples as too inept to make their own mistakes, let alone pay for them.
Monday, June 20. 2016
New research suggests that fish are smarter and more sentient than we ever knew
The FDA's Foolish War on Salt - The 'voluntary' crackdown lacks scientific support
Scientists claim wood fired pizza is bad, saying baking it is ‘damaging to the urban environment’
Fact-Checking Snopes: Website’s Political ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger
It is quite a story about "How we wrecked Pomona"
Democrat Lawmakers Hold Meeting to Discuss Right Wing Terrorism
"Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
Why Liberals Support Muslims Who Hate Everything They Stand For
Why they hate me: From President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Senate Democrats and the media, there is nothing out of bounds when it comes to what a progressive liberal can accuse a Republican of doing.
Falsehoods Fly Over the AR-15 - Automatic rifle? Wrong. Assault weapon? Wrong again. The truth about the firearm liberals love to hate.
Lone Wolves? Known Wolves? What's the Difference?
NRA Hits Hillary Clinton in Powerful Ad after Orlando ISIS Massacre: “Stop Talking!” Your Words Expose Your Ignorance
Trump the Entrepreneur
How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton
Textbooks at Canadian Islamic Schools: Kill the Gays
British Sniper Takes Out Two ISIS Bombers With One Shot
From ferrets to fish...New EU laws that are ruining Britain
Is Europe doomed by migrants?
Make EU migrants 'wait THREE years for benefits', say Britons
SWEDEN: Up to 70% of ‘Child’ Migrants Are Actually Adults
Three Islamic Terrorists Disguised as Migrants Arrested at Austrian Refugee Center
"We shall not take anyone in´Hungary tells EU it´s full and it doesn´t ´need´ immigration
Enforcing 'God's Commandments': Heightened Mass Executions in Iran
Sunday, June 19. 2016
Might be my favorite. They can sing like crazy, but most of the time they are rarely seen and skulk in thick underbrush on edges. At the farm, for many years we had a pair nesting in a giant overgrown forsythia in the middle of a field. Stick nests with a little soft lining.
Most people do not care about it. Just look around - it's obvious. That is because, unless your daily work involves manual labor, in the modern world most of us do not use our bodies in the ways for which they were designed.
We are designed to be hunter-gatherers and warriors, which entail day-long physical activity and often required lengthy periods of inadequate nutrition and starvation (which is why human fat cells are such sponges for hoarding carbs). The hunter-gatherer activities involve endurance, and the warrior activities entail strength and athleticism.
All of the people who do not care about their fitness have a strong case. In Western civilization, hunting is recreation, gathering is done at the market or the backyard garden, and we play sports for fun and hire our warriors. Speaking of warriors, last night I watched a live match between McEnroe and Jim Currier. Gosh, what beautiful and powerful games they still have in their late 50s.
But why would any ordinary man or woman want to spend discretionary time imitating primitive hunter-gatherer and warrior exertions? Well, they mostly don't. Furthermore, they know that fitness, except in the case of overweight and obesity, has little correlation with health or life-expectancy.
Here are the reasons Mrs. BD and I devote a mere 5 or 6 hours per week for structured physical conditioning (trying to compact a full day's activity into a brief time via intensity), and generally try to keep our weights at a fit and youthful level. It's about quality of life:
- we feel better, look better, and have more energy without any excess fat on us. Fat fatigues. And a sloppy appearance makes a poor impression in our Anglosphere culture.
Saturday, June 18. 2016
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