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Sunday, September 22. 2019
For those, Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman have built an interactive site: Introduction to Constitutional law.
16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.
16:2 So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'
16:3 Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
16:4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.'
16:6 He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.'
16:7 Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.'
16:8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
16:10 "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
16:11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
16:12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
16:13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Saturday, September 21. 2019
And this - forget Sinatra, this is the ultimate NYC tune. He came up with it riding on a train, aka subway:
I see no reason to protect them. You can argue that the same goes for cattle, but the plains historically had their own cattle: Bison by the millions.
The locals know all of the best wild Beach Plum spots, and clean them out before anybody else. I do not think they can be cultivated, but the plants can be bought. Very slow growers. However the rose hips from the beach roses (Rosa rugosa, a native of Asia) also make a delicate jelly.
We have a bunch simmering right now. Lots of recipes online.
Roses and apples are closely-related.
Weather and climate are perfect today. Perfect for hiking and farm work.
15 Stats That Show Americans Are Drowning in 'Stuff'
The War on Vaping
Purdue not taking any food for thought from anti-Chick-fil-A protesters
No chick fil is near me. I'd be happy to try one, but I do not love waffle fries
The climate ‘strike’ that wasn’t one
A Leftist movement, mainly
IKEA Learns That Peas Are Racist
Leftist Statue Vandals Come for Robert Burns
It's about time, right? Scottish supremacist.
Did California Just Abolish Single-Family Zoning? The Golden State now allows homeowners to build up to two accessory dwelling units on their property by right.
That might be good.
Environmental apocalypse predictions have failed for half a century
The End Of The World Is Coming According To Jerry Nadler
Andrew Yang’s Climate Change Solution: Eliminate Cattle And Cars
‘Utopian authoritarianism’: Conservative British think tank director pulls the mask off the ‘hugely dangerous’ Global Climate Strike movement
Rowdy student protest shuts down campus forum debunking climate alarmism
Homelessness is reaching an emergency level in Los Angeles
"Homeless" is mostly a euphemism. Mostly, not entirely. Building a functional life isn't easy.
What the Jeffrey Epstein Case Says About Elite Men
What is says about men in general. Not all men adhere to bourgeois values. Rich or poor, there are amoral hedonists. Illegal is another matter.
Embracing Liberty in No Way Means Embracing Moral Relativism
Trump admin. reaches asylum deal with El Salvador
Joe Biden Bragged That, With Barack Obama's Permission, He Threatened To Withhold Billions in Aid to Ukraine Unless They Fired a Prosecutor Investigating His Son's Company. And Now, The Deep State Refashions This as a Trump Scandal
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted - No longer hemmed in by aides, Trump has bent the presidency into the mold of the Trump Organization.
Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs
Why Starbucks is now on Hong Kong protesters’ business boycott list
The Vietnamization of Afghanistan - Democrats would resist fighting, even if war comes to U.S. as it did on 9-11
That's an argument, but I do not care about Afghanistan. It isn't even a country, really. Just a place. Even barbaric Russians could not pacify the place.
Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader, U.S. official says
Friday, September 20. 2019
Our Skulls Are Out-Evolving Us - A motley crew of scientists argue that our ever-shrinking skulls are wreaking havoc on our well-being
Announcement Of A Mamet Revival On Broadway Gives Wokesters The Sads
An Obituary for the Boy Scouts of America
The Kids Are Not All Right
98% of Cord Cutters Say They Will Never Go Back to Cable TV According to New Study From Roku
How Adam Neumann’s Over-the-Top Style Built WeWork. ‘This Is Not the Way Everybody Behaves.’
New Harvard policy may require ‘moderators’ for ‘controversial’ speakers
Chinese Woman Pleads Guilty To Running Multi-Million Dollar ‘Birth Tourism’ Scheme In US
Contesting the Progressives’ Takeover of Vermont
Is Tucker Carlson the Most Important Pundit in America?
The American Left Is Completely Insane
Millions of Americans Are Seething — a Trump Landslide Wouldn’t Surprise Me
Wargaming the Electoral College: Trump's 2020 Game Plan Preview
A Tribute to the Late Václav Havel on the 30-Year Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader, U.S. official says
Amb.Crocker on Afghanistan
Thursday, September 19. 2019
Osearch tracks tagged sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins worldwide.
What do you confess to the plants in your life?
To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work - A manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.
Amish man and teen drinking in horse and buggy run after police pull them over - The buggy had a stereo system on its roof and police found "multiple open containers of alcohol."
Newly passed California resolution blames ‘religious groups’ for LGBT suicides
Writer Freaks Out Over People Eating Delicious Chick-fil-A: 'They’re Eating Fried Chicken SPITEFULLY!'
Social Justice Culture is Now Infiltrating the Study of Medicine
UK Mom blames healthcare system after her son went blind from diet comprised of french fries and Pringles
Save the Robots - Bill de Blasio reveals his scrambled vision of innovation and labor.
How We Know California's New Rent Control Law Will Make Its Housing Shortage Worse
Compilation of Failed Ecopredictions
Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions
George Packer Gets Mugged by Reality
When the Culture War Comes for the Kids - Caught between a brutal meritocracy and a radical new progressivism, a parent tries to do right by his children while navigating New York City’s schools.
Is Everyone Who Opposes a New School Zoning Plan in Brooklyn Racist?
Do You Know What the Democrats Said at Their Debate?
Democrats’ Red Flag Laws Meant to Take Weapons from Rural Gun Owners – But Not Gang Members Who Commit 80% of Gun Homicides
It's All About Disarming White America
Sandy Hook Promise Ad Hypes the Danger of School Shootings, Fostering Irrational Fears and Bad Policies - Official responses to these extremely rare crimes are grossly disproportionate in light of the risk they actually pose.
Daily Life in the New York Times Pigpen - This is where the New York Times has ended up, as a producer and consumer of swill and slop.
The Architect of the Latest Kavanaugh Smear Just Gave a Self-Damning Radio Interview
NYT Reporter Who Wrote Flawed Kavanaugh Story Now Blames Fox For Noting Her Mistakes
To Understand The Kavanaugh Kraziness, Look At The Courts' Role In Approving Or Blocking Major Policy Initiatives
DONALD TRUMP'S APPROVAL RATING SURPASSES OBAMA'S
Why Is Iran Our Enemy? It’s a repressive theocracy, but Tehran is no threat to the United States and is a staunch opponent of jihadi groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Wednesday, September 18. 2019
Ben Stein: America the Beautiful
Training Actors for War Games
Elizabeth Warren Says Men Have A Right To Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
How Oregon Built A Transgender Medical-Industrial Complex On Junk Science
John Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘Gender Confusions Are Mostly Driven by Psychological and Psychosocial Problems’
‘SOLD OUT’: Arizona Gun Store Offers ‘Beto Specials’ on AR15s and AK47s
Fmr NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls out college campus 'intolerance' in blistering op-ed
Feminist Author Taught NYU Students To Start A Revolution, They Rebelled Against Her Class
Warren and Harris Demand Impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh Over Freshman Allegation Denied by "Victim"
MSNBC, CNN rip House Dems over 'failure' Lewandowski hearing: 'They don't know what they're doing'
Tuesday, September 17. 2019
A resume is not an obit.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:37 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Two of a friend's favorite related quotes:
"Dress me slowly, I am in a hurry."
Napoleon Bonaparte, in preparation for a battle
"Slow is smooth, smooth is fast."
A Navy Seal saying.
3 mental blocks that keep you from doing what you say you want to do
Do the data support the idea that porn can have negative influences?
Ban on Eating Dogs and Cats Blocked in UK — It Might Offend Asian Migrants
LA Times Says We Must Get Rid Of All Fossil Fuels, And Prepare For Sacrifice
Duke student senate denies Christian org recognition over traditional beliefs
MSNBC: ‘There Are People In Power Who Want … [Blacks] To Drink From Certain Water Fountains’
The Democrat debate was terrifying. Who are these people?
MC: Evaluation Of Elizabeth Warren As Potential Democratic Candidate For President
VDH: Trumped Out? After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing.
The media has officially lost its damn mind
Washington Post says it passed on New York Times’ now-revised Kavanaugh story
Ex-MSNBC host Krystal Ball says former network has 'done real damage to the left' during Trump era by 'conspiracy theorizing'
Democrats Call For Kavanaugh’s Impeachment. Lindsey Graham Wrecks Them.
Brett Kavanaugh is getting the Title IX treatment
Dem McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG’s FISA report: ‘The closest we’ve ever seen to a coup’
Europe’s Virtues Will Be Its Undoing
Soldiers without a country: We're finally honoring South Vietnamese who fought with us
Monday, September 16. 2019
Four Cheers for Incandescent Light Bulbs
Autism: The children of Donor H898
BBC Tells Kids 'People Can Go to Prison' For Disrespecting 'More Than 100' Gender Identities
Your kids do not belong to you
Rage has free speech under siege on the American campus
It's not "rage." It's cry-bullying. Probably fun, but not dignified.
Powerline: WHAT IS SOCIALISM?
Beto: Texans Told Me They Don’t Need Their AR-15s And Would Give Them Up
Chris Coons: Beto O’Rourke’s Call For Gun Confiscation Last Night Will Be Used Against Our Party For Years
OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy As Dozens Of States Decline Proposed Settlement
Bernie Sanders Doubles Down On Promise Of ‘Free’ Healthcare And College For The ‘Undocumented’
Is there any way to become de-documented?
Michelle Malkin: End to Refugee Resettlement ‘Long Overdue’ After Americans Have Gotten No Say
Dopey Former Bartender Says “Miami Will Not Exist” in Few Years if We Don’t Obliterate Economy with Her Green New Deal
New Book: Christine Blasey Ford’s Friend Leland Keyser Doesn’t Believe Her
Ford's lawyer thinks she was a faker
An Interview with The Trayvon Hoax Director Joel Gilbert
Another Smollett-style fake hate crime blaming MAGA busted
DEMOCRATS HAVEN’T GIVEN UP ON SMEARING KAVANAUGH
That’s Weird: Fake News Is Pushing Already Debunked Story by Drunk Kavanaugh Accuser – They Must be VERY WORRIED About Ginsburg’s Prognosis
More MSNBC fakery
Back Off from the ‘Resist’ Nonsense
DOJ Files A Devastating Brief Exposing Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry Scam
2020 Democrats hate Trump’s China trade war. Too bad they don’t have any better ideas.
The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong
I hope not
How the European Union Lost Its Luster
Sunday, September 15. 2019
15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
15:2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
15:3 So he told them this parable:
15:4 "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
15:5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.
15:6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'
15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
15:8 "Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
15:9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.'
15:10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Saturday, September 14. 2019
God decreed one day of that sort of rest, so it must be right. He surely did not mean a day on the computer and the couch. Get some pleasant activity on Sunday and you're in a perfect position on Monday to do an hour of heavy weights.
For an example, here's my list of Saturday morning cali rotations at the moment:
Continue reading "Saturday Fitness: Calisthenics rotations to do on one's own"
13 Copycat Recipes Inspired by the Royal Family
*The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us*
Western Couple Travel to Middle East to Prove It ‘Gets a Bad Rap’ — End Up in Iranian Prison
New York City's 1% Solution
Cuomo’s war on pipelines means pain for little people
Osama Bin Laden's Son Killed In US Operation: White House
In debate, Democrats steer clear of economy
Trump’s Only Real Weakness Is His Style
Trump Trolls Media Saying Efficient Light Bulbs Make Him Look Orange; Mainstream News and Leftists Take Bait
No Matter Who Wins in 2020, There Will Be Blood
It little profits that an idle king,
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
And drunk delight of battle with my peers;
Were all too little, and of one to me
This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though
Friday, September 13. 2019
Photo: A handsome Osprey in Long Island Sound, preparing for his flight to Florida or the Caribbean. Ospreys go south in Sept.
Harold Lloyd’s Death-Defying Comedy - “With comedy, trouble is one of the greatest ingredients because there are so many variations to it,” the silent film actor told one scholar.
Hubble telescope spies water raining on distant world
It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Party Doll
Dispersing the clouds of the vape panic myth - Illicit THC products are the problem
Vaping: A Moral Panic - The hysteria must end.
Sheesh, no thanks
Ship of horrors: life and death on the lawless high seas
Teaching That America Is Hopelessly Racist
Welfare Reform’s Payoff - New data from the Census Bureau shows that female-headed households are lifting themselves out of poverty through work.
ARE BLACKS MOVING TOWARDS THE CENTER AS THEIR PARTY LURCHES TO THE LEFT?
Blue State Blues: Trump Proves Growth, Not Redistribution, Helps Black Americans
Not blacks - everybody
How One Journalist Covered Robert Mugabe’s Rise to Power: Cue the Carrier Pigeon
Whatever happens in the world, the answer is always mass migration to the US
El Salvador sends hundreds of police to border to thwart migrants
Christine Blasey Ford’s Father Told Brett Kavanaugh’s Father He Was Glad He Was Confirmed
TIME Editor, MSNBC Host Agree: Don’t Give Voice To Climate Change Dissenters, ‘There’s No Debate’….
CNN vs. What the Science Says
CNN’s big ‘mistakes’ all run in one direction: anti-Trump
Trump's Trade War Is a Loser for America - The president’s economic agenda is harming U.S. businesses and consumers.
Not if some good comes of it
Trade War a Weapon Against China's Spy War
Trump “Becoming Presidential” Would Be His Doom
Bill Maher Laments The ‘Cancer On Progressivism’ As Democrats ‘Race To The Far Left’ - "I don’t think you’re gonna win this election."
Joe Biden’s Platform Illustrates The Breakneck Speed Democrats Are Lurching Left
US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal
The Air Force Just Dropped 80,000 Pounds of Bombs on Island 'Infested' with ISIS Fighters
Is England Still Part of Europe?
Thursday, September 12. 2019
Image via Ace
Cool ways to serve eggs
What does 'living fully' mean? Welcome to the age of pseudo-profound nonsense
From a 46er friend, Adirondack hiking
Taking the Ham Out of Hamburger
Those Plant-Based “Burgers” Aren’t Better For You, So Why Are You Eating Them?
How Conservatives Can Protect the Environment and Win Voters, Too. Making America beautiful is part of making America great.
Environmental Playacting - Today’s youth will fight climate change, we’re told—but they’re no more willing to give up luxuries than anyone else.
Oh To Be a Democrat in New Jersey
Dems Secretly Trained Thousands of Activists to Manipulate Media, Clinton Library Docs Show - DNC coordinated with activists to 'infiltrate' talk radio
Target: New York. Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Islamist extremism doesn’t make much news—but it’s not for lack of trying.
CNN Anchor John Avlon Uses 9/11 To Argue ‘Right-Wing Terrorists’ Represent Biggest Threat To U.S.
Commemorating a lie
MSNBC Anchor Asks Condoleezza Rice If Russia’s Interference Elected Trump; Rice Leaves Her Speechless
Buzz: IG Report Is ‘Being Circulated Inside And Outside’ Of The DOJ And Finds That FISA Warrants Were Illegally Obtained
Trump Caves to Lindsey Graham; U.S. Troops To Stay the Neverending Course in Afghanistan
EU Accused Of Fascism After "Protecting Our European Way Of Life" Commissioner Announced
Wednesday, September 11. 2019
DID WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM 9/11? Or are we still sleeping?
New York Times Says ‘Airplanes’ Killed Thousands On 9-11 — Forgets To Mention Islamic Terrorists
Amazon Has 30,000 Open Jobs. Yes, You Read That Right.
In its tireless struggle to innovate, fashion is turning to mass customisation. Luke Leitch examines a trend which is both very new and very old
In Hawaii, Protest Of Planned Giant Telescope Continues
The real story behind 'The Spy,' Sacha Baron Cohen's new Netflix series
Government policy and The Cobra Effect
FBI Arrests Top FEMA Administrator, Two Others For Hurricane Maria Relief Fraud
Betsy DeVos’s Extraordinary Crackdown on Michigan State
Left Wing Students Cry Foul as U. Texas Removes Campus Free Speech Zones
California Stops Disruptive Students From Being Suspended
DEM CONTENDERS RALLY AROUND A CARBON TAX, MAY SOON REGRET IT
Hey Democratic Candidates: Are You Going To Ban All Fossil Fuels?
UN Claims Human Rights Violations From ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
ILLINOIS INCOME TAX HIKES FAILED TO FIX STATE FINANCES
Liberal Supreme Court justices vote in lockstep, not the conservative justices
Michelle Malkin’s 10-Step Action Plan From Open Borders, Inc: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?
No, Rachel, there is no Russia Russia Russia!
Don’t Waver, Deplorables! Washington Will Never Accept Trump
President Trump Is Making History For Black Colleges And Universities
The roots of Brexit go back to the Spanish Armada
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