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Friday, December 14. 2018
Do not even try to make a Bouche. Order it from the bakery. They will make whatever size you want.
Bring me a Figgy Pudding. Easy to make yourself.
What do you like for Christmas Day dessert?
Translating is a tough job.
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Survey reveals America’s favorite Christmas song to sing in the car
Everybody wants to be a writer, but I feel sorry for the gal.
Climate change causes more animal bites
10 YEARS AGO TODAY – Al Gore Predicted North Pole Would Be COMPLETELY ICE FREE in Five Years
Gary Sinise Flew 1,000 Children of Fallen Soldiers to Disney World for Christmas
Google CEO Exposes Shocking "Full Extent" Of Russian Meddling In 2016
DOJ investigation turns up thousands of missing texts from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page
Being conservative is more stigmatizing than being gay
Conservatives are the only "marginalized group" left
Cowardly Republicans defend due process for Kavanaugh but not accused students
GETTING IT WRONG ON DEMOCRACY, PART TWO
University of California First to Issue Academic Boycott Condemnation
'If you go to another country, you must abide by its culture. If not, don't go': Egypt's president decries migrants heading to Europe and refusing to integrate instead of fixing their own countries
He is right
Members Of Congress Will Now Have To Pay Out Of Pocket To Settle Sexual Harassment Claims
Scientific American: If you like Trump, you suffer from 'antagonism'
Seems like plenty of "antagonism" from the Trump haters
That Oval Office sit-down? Pelosi and Schumer got skunked.
Border Patrol chief urges senators to support border wall
China readying plan to widen foreign access to its economy: WSJ
Thank you, Pres. Trump. Crazy dumb guy wins again
Mexico announces crackdown on illegal immigration: 'Get in line and you can enter our country'
Their new pres. doesn't want to piss off Trump. The contrast with Obama shows what a pussy he was.
Thursday, December 13. 2018
Christmas Image: Looks like she's going postal with her gift. Annoyed with her brats, or pissed there were not enough carats in her diamond necklace?
The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
Pope Francis Enacting Change to Lord’s Prayer: ‘Lead Us Not Into Temptation’
I never imagined that God would lead me into temptation. Always knew that life would/does. Daily.
Our Nation’s Health: Obesity Rate at All-Time High
It's become normal to be overweight in the US.
Are you kidding? I view bread and crackers, etc., mainly as food delivery vehicles. Other than the rare sandwich, in an Italian restaurant I like hard-crust white bread soaked in olive oil with roasted garlic schmeared on top. I dislike other than white bread because other breads interfere with the flavors of the real food. Exception: Pastrami on rye.
Boy Scouts of America may declare bankruptcy
Sports Illustrated’s Choice To Present Its Inspiration Of The Year Award: Christine Blasey Ford
Students oppose new multicultural space because it’s too welcoming
Not from The Onion: US colleges handing out colouring books to students to reduce stress - A growing number of student welfare bodies are picking up on the adult colouring trend as a form of therapy for stressed students
YGBKM: TIL California Wants To Tax … Text Messages
Powerline: GETTING IT WRONG ON DEMOCRACY
Yes. There is a rebellion against the elites who claim to know what is best for us peons
Why Dems Changed on Mass Immigration
SUSPECTED TERRORIST LEADING MIGRANT GROUP DEMANDING ENTRY INTO US
Flynn says FBI pushed him not to have lawyer present during interview
When they want a friendly conversation, stay away.
New York AG Announces Plans to Weaponize Office to Target Political Opposition….
Incoming New York AG Plans Political Witch Hunt Against Trump, Family, And Associates
In the Image of Joseph Stalin — Incoming NY AG Promises to Target and Destroy Trump and Family — Will Find a Crime Later!
Oh, they will find them. You can find them in anybody if you look hard enuf.
Robert Mueller’s case against Michael Cohen has very little to do with Trump or campaign finance violations
Wednesday, December 12. 2018
On top of the world: Incredible new shots show 'free solo' climber on top of El Capitan as he became the first to climb it WITHOUT ropes, as National Geographic documentary about his exploits is released
VICTORY: Radio Station Lifts Ban On 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' After Overwhelmingly Positive Poll
Researchers find promise in new treatment for peanut allergy
WALSH: Republicans Didn't Defund Planned Parenthood And Never Will. Here's Why.
GOOGLE EMPLOYEES SOUGHT TO BLOCK BREITBART FROM ADS, EMAILS SHOW
Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump $293,052.33 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and sanctions
Stormy Weather for Campaign-Finance Laws
House Dem Unity Falling Apart Already Over Medicare For All?
China Moves to Address U.S. Economic Concerns - Beijing agrees to reduce auto tariffs and buy more American products, but key differences remain
Trump: Let's Debate the Wall in Public, Now - Pelosi and Schumer: No Let's Hide the Debate and Stage-Manage It - Leftwing Media: This is Terrible, Why Won't Trump Agree to Stage-Manage the Democratic Process?
The Gilets Jaunes Have Cowed Macron. But For Them, That’s Just The Start.
Tuesday, December 11. 2018
Pilot Porn: Landing gear trouble in a Bonanza. The mechanic is great.
Photo: 4 faiths celebrate in Haifa: Bahai, Christian, Jewish Muslim
Despite the devastation all around him, Camp fire dog waited for his owners to return home
Amount of deep life on Earth quantified
As FDA Contemplates Strict Vaping Regulations, Lives Hang In the Balance
How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location
Let the kids have their fun
I Was Kicked Off Stage by College Students. Did I Deserve It?
UMass Amherst students, faculty rally for ‘more to be done’ about campus racism
UMass is a hotbed of racism
The Counterrevolution on Campus - The backlash to the backlash.
Anti-Semitism A Part Of The Women’s March Almost From The Start
Harvard Study: Gender Pay Gap Explained Entirely by Work Choices of Men and Women
Are they allowed to say that?
Study exposes political bias in shaping ‘newsworthiness’
Duh. Too obvious
Trump Is Right — Subsidies For Electric Cars, Renewable Energy Must End
Judge rules Trump administration justified in ending Obama-era immigration program
Asylum claims soar 67 percent at U.S. border
It's the new scam
Questions Of Massive Regulatory And Taxation Schemes Are Burning Up At UN Climate Meeting
Ocasio-Cortes is Jewish
Conservatives and urban dwellers
Naked partisan: James Comey's mask comes off
James Comey's hubris has done irreparable damage to the FBI he claims to love
MUELLER’S THEORY: TRUMP DEFRAUDED VOTERS
A college kid running for 13th Ward alderman gets a lesson in the Chicago Way
South African MP: “Your Time Is Up, White People”
Meanwhile In Brexit... Total Chaos
The Latest: EU official: Bloc won’t renegotiate Brexit deal
European Court of Human Rights Blasphemy Laws: Where a Word out of Place Can Cost Your Life
Vive La French Revolution 2.0 – And Our Own!
Schlicter points out that Trump is the American riot
Monday, December 10. 2018
Image: That was me.
POPE TO GAY PRIESTS: TAKE A HIKE
Progressive scolds are obsessed with destroying our holiday classics
MN Prof: Mary 'did not consent' to God impregnating her with Jesus
She most certainly did. See The Magnificat, idiot.
How the Principal Stole Christmas: 'I MUST Stop this Christmas from Coming! But HOW?'
NJ Doesn’t Say How It Will Enforce Magazine Confiscation After Court Upholds Law
Confiscate my Field and Stream?
What Happened When We Tried to Debate Immigration
It's not allowed
Higher Ed: The Diversity Mania Forges Ahead
Jordan Peterson update: The more they hate him, the more popular he becomes
Strand Bookstore: Wife of a Liberal Senator Gets ‘Mugged by Reality’
Definitely the most fun store in NYC
Student government demands NYU divest from any company ‘involved’ in violating human rights
Political correctness itself can be politically incorrect.
From a Liberal: Ten Signs Your Movement Is Evil
Dominique Sharpton Gets $95,000 for Spraining Her Ankle
Unions bosses fight losing battle to protect dues
Bill and Hillary Clinton Using Groupon to Boost Sagging Ticket Sales
What is Groupon?
Feds Discover Largest Oil, Natural-Gas Reserve in History
Incoming House Judiciary Chair Planning To End Probe Into FBI, DOJ
'Presidential harassment': Trump under unprecedented attack on multiple fronts
Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant
Just an excuse to spy on Americans
WILL TRUMP BE INDICTED FOR ALLEGED CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS?
Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney
New Cuba law that artists say amounts to state censorship will be implemented gradually
Palestine: Social justice activist tortured and punished for going on hunger strike
Jamaica resorts covered up sexual assaults, silenced victims for years
They paid them off
Anti-Semitism: The Fast Track in Turkey to a Government Career?
In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice. Mobs routinely kill suspected lawbreakers in Latin America, home of the world’s highest murder rate
Sunday, December 9. 2018
It's a centuries-old complaint that Christian morality detached from its religious roots can turn into a monstrous and terrifying thing. Take utilitarianism, take angry moralizers, take witch trials, take communism, and a hundred more examples of humanist evil.
Christianity is not primarily about morals and resistance to humanity's animal nature. I think Christ was clear about that in word and deed. I think he was clear about it, and that Paul elaborated on the religious truth that transcendent blessings like those of faith, mercy, love and kindness, hope and good cheer, are consequences nurtured through interactions with God and Christ through the Holy Spirit. Not rules, but secondary effects which can bind people together through God's graciousness and His tough sort of love.
As One Cosmos often explains, earthly gravity pulls us to the x-axis, the horizontal plane, of daily life and its struggles, but there is the vertical axis, the transcendent axis, available to us and for which we were born.
It's been part of my religious "journey" (I hate that smarmy expression) to come to realize that spiritual warfare is not Good vs Bad or Evil, but the inner battle of holding highest what is most high vs. the temptation to worship false idols. "I, me, mine," etc etc. Even pride in virtue is a false idol - it is about Self Love.
"Stop that, Bird Dog! No more preaching! You ain't no eddicated Preacher!" Well, ok, but Advent is our chance to be pregnant, in a spiritual sense, with holiness, and a time to have a dramatic chance to feel reborn ourselves as naked babies. That's the story of A Christmas Carol.
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Happy Advent. Whether my theology is correct or not.
Almost forgot: this is what prompted this Advent post: Our New Religion. Humanitarianism is displacing Christianity, but without its redeeming effects.
3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene,
3:2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
3:3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;
3:6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Saturday, December 8. 2018
Anyway, when I think about Columbus I like to remember the details of our sailing cruise (yes, with sails) in 2015 from Lisbon down the coast to Morocco and then out to the Canary Islands where Columbus always loaded up stuff for his trans-Atlantic trips.
Evert time our craft left a harbor (Lisbon, Casablanca, Agadir, Tenerife, Palmas, Gomera, etc, our Captain would blast this Vangelis piece over the ship's speakers, so it is seared - seared - into my memory. After all, this was roughly the route that Columbus took on the beginnings of his trips to the West Indies. We saw his house in the Canaries. Still there.
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More People Experience Severe Food Allergies Than Ever Before
A shot-in-the-dark email leads to a century-old family treasure — and hope of cracking a deadly flu’s secret
Sleeping Beauty After #MeToo
One month of abstinence from cannabis improves memory in adolescents, young adults
OH FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD: It’s Now Racist To Ask Students To ‘Be Respectful In Class.’
A victim of an academic witch hunt
I’m a Democrat and a Feminist. And I Support Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Reforms. There is an uncomfortable truth in the current system. No one wants to talk about it.
Electric-Vehicle Subsidies: Kill the Tax Credits and Let Consumers Decide
80% using Obamacare's Medicaid expansion are ineligible, Louisiana report finds
´No collusion´ by Trump with Russia shown in new Cohen and Manafort court filings
Some sleaze though, unsurprisingly
Whose government is this?
Democrats Are Just Too Darned Smart
IRAN'S LEBANESE CONTROL DEMANDS REEVALUATION OF WEST'S SUPPORT FOR BEIRUT
The teams of good guys who replaced bad wood with azic and repainted our house thought it was fun to renovate one of my wren houses too during their lunch breaks (sometimes chickadees take it, though. I don't care).
Now I will take in into the shed for the winter.
Friday, December 7. 2018
77 years ago, a date that still lives in infamy
Sugar Taxes Haven't Proved Effective in Tackling Obesity
Duh. Just another tax
Why Louisville Bridges Project Is the Biggest Transportation Boondoggle of the 21st Century
Mother Forcing Transgenderism on 6-Year-Old Son May Suffer From a Mental Disorder, Pediatrician Says
When they go after ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside,’ you know #MeToo has gone mad
A Giant List Of Questions The House Needs To Ask James Comey In His Deposition - These are a lot of questions, but if handled by a skillful attorney, James Comey can be led through the details efficiently.
"He's Barack Obama, But White" – The Manufacturing Of Beto O'Rourke
MSNBC’s Katy Tur: Life Is Pointless If We’re Not Focused On Climate Change
Airhead discovers the meaning of life
University suspends fraternity members over constitutionally protected speech
Student cooperative stays silent on no-whites-allowed student housing
DEMOCRAT RESIGNS AFTER FREQUENTING WOMEN’S BATHROOM: WHY?
Against Federal Law: Obama OK’d $310 Million In Free Legal Advice To Illegal Aliens
Illegal immigrant families shatter records in November
Tucker Carlson says Trump is ‘not capable’ and hasn’t kept his promises
OCASIO-CORTEZ: ‘INEVITABLE’ GLOBAL WARMING GOVERNANCE WILL CREATE ‘ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND RACIAL JUSTICE’
Climate Crusaders Weigh In On The Cost Of Energy From Renewables
France scraps fuel tax, weighs wealth tax in response to massive protests
Proving it's about the other kind of green
Justin Trudeau’s Canada Embraces a World Without Borders
'We were gonna die together’: Trial testimony lays out years of work by Iran that led to deadly attacks on US troops in Iraq
Thursday, December 6. 2018
The incredible termite mounds of Brazil: Researchers reveal how they found over 200 MILLION dirt mounds covering an area the size of Britain
To Grandmother’s House He Went: Busybodies Alert Cops to Boy, 8, Walking Alone
Whole-Fat or Nonfat Dairy? The Debate Continues
No, the debate is long done. Skim milk is a scam
Fast Train to Failure - California’s mismanaged high-speed rail project has gone on for long enough.
What’s Really Happening to Retail? Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in brick and mortar.
Stone-faced Hillary Clinton IGNORES Donald Trump as he and Melania arrive for front row seats at George H.W. Bush's funeral
Everybody was pleasant except for Hillary, who gave Melania the regal "Do not approach" sign
Taxpayers Will Pay $1 Million to Tear Down $18 Million Baseball Stadium That Predictably Failed to Rejuvenate Camden
Camden has taxpayers?
Tomorrow is the 85th anniversary of the end of alcohol prohibition (Drug War I); hopefully, we’ll someday end our second failed attempt at prohibition (Drug War II)
They should call this decision what it really is: The Taxi Cartel Protection Act.
Empirical SCOTUS: Differences between “Obama” and “Trump” judges, while sometimes subtle, can’t be denied
Heather MacDonald: “We’re all in gender studies 101 now”
Ross Douthat Accused of Racism Over Bush 41 Column
"An all-male Princeton University a cappella group will no longer perform a song from Disney’s 'The Little Mermaid' because some students there complained that the performance promotes misogyny and 'toxic masculinity' and violates consent."
Columbia teaches grad instructors that grading is ‘capitalist’ and not ‘inclusive’
Grading eggs? Grading apples too?
What Hypocrisy?… Hey Tim Cook: Apple Is Banning “Hate Speech” but “F*ck White People” and “Suck My D*ck Hoe” Are OK?
Michael Bloomberg backtracks on ethanol, slams Trump in Iowa
Yes, he totally caved
Pandering is a big part of politics
It May Be Over -Theresa May is ‘in office but not in power’ after bruising Commons defeats which leave her career on the brink
Wednesday, December 5. 2018
Remember, I am not a spring chicken but I'll be damned if I ever want to feel, or act, old. I will not retire either because that sounds like a kind of preliminary death to me. When something strikes me down, as it will all of us, then OK because I will have gone the distance.
The main change now is to work on cardio endurance, running in particular.
My changes are below the fold. Remember, we're interested in hearing about your workout programs too, and your progress -
Continue reading "My revised fitness program for the next four months"
What Is Channukka?
Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost
What’s Really Happening to Retail? Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in brick and mortar.
Minimum Wage Creates Robot Janitors
UN climate chief has solution to ‘urgent’ climate threat: ‘We require deep transformations of our economies and societies’
Wind Power Lunacy in Virginia
The left’s nauseating love affair with “Beto.”
POP CULTURE CLOBBERED CONSERVATIVES IN 2018
Return to civility means surrender to the Democrats and media
The Guardian’s Reputation In Tatters After Forger Revealed To Have Co-Authored Assange Smear
On Losing the Thread -- Update on What Actually Remains of the Russia Collusion Tale
The view from PMSNBC: Mueller Could Ensnare Trump And Family In Conspiracy Case
Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’
Tuesday, December 4. 2018
It's the time of year when people begin forcing bulbs indoors, especially Paperwhite narcissus but other bulbs too.
The trick we learned but keep forgetting from my garden club Mom was to regularly give those forced bulbs a shot of cheap vodka or gin.
Paperwhites and Amaryllis benefit most from some booze. I don't know how it works, but they grow stouter, somewhat less tall and tippy stalks that way. No effect on the blooms.
We rarely have hard booze in the house, but I'll pick up some cheap vodka to keep the bulbs happy and strong.
Image via Pirate
The War On Advent - Death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell
UC Berkeley settles landmark free speech lawsuit, will pay $70,000 to conservative group
How college campus bureaucracy makes ‘snowflakes’
A site keeps tack of hoax hate crimes (h/t reader)
Understanding the Data: The American Working-Class and the Economy
63% of Non-Citizen Households Access Welfare Programs Compared to 35% of native households
35% of native households get welfare money? That sounds crazy, but maybe it includes Medicaid
Rutgers Profs Outraged After Illegal Arrested for DUI, 'Reckless Endangerment'
Mueller's Perjury Traps
The Only Good Republican Is A Dead Republican
People in the White House listen to Scott Adams re China's Fenanyl (pod)
Monday, December 3. 2018
It's Advent. Who wrote this one? Austin Lovelace?
Unlike all normal people, I never have my phone with me unless I am traveling and might need to phone AAA. Not paranoid, just no need for it. Mrs. BD says I am a Luddite.
What It Was Like To Work For George Bush
"When I come to your city, please just pour me a Macallan 15. Neat."
It's about whiskeys. But neat? Never. Always a splash to "open it up".
Hollywood Is a Sex-Grooming Gang.
Being kind to older men seems to be the price women pay in show biz
That is obnoxious. He is 47
First They Came for Confederate Generals, Then for Black Conservatives
Black college lacrosse player, 21, is arrested for spraying N-word and swastika graffiti targeting HIMSELF and other minority students in two incidents that terrorized the campus
And yet another one last week: Another Hoax: Racist Notes Found at Drake University Were Written by the ‘Victim’
These stories have become routine
What's the point?
France In Chaos; Macron Mulling State Of Emergency Amid "Yellow Vest" Protests; "All Options" Considered
China and America Compete for World Dominance
Afghanistan: “Pack up and go” doesn’t seem so bad after 17 years.
Sunday, December 2. 2018
That was the New York Times' opinion of Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey series of nautical novels, set during the Napoleonic wars. You might have seen the Russell Crowe movie about the first book of the series.
Royal Navy Master and Commander Aubrey and his ship's physician/spy Dr. Maturin are quite a pair. Maturin is the more interesting character, with his estate in Spain and his passion for natural history and for spying (for free). Aubrey is a skilled seaman and lucky warrior. The two men connect mostly by playing Handel on strings after dinner.
One theme of the series is that living on land is just too complex financially, romantically, socially, politically, and practically, while going to war at sea is comfortably simple with the possibility of becoming wealthy by seizing prizes. This series offers a similar delightful escape.
The sailing details are said to be remarkably accurate. You can learn a lot about topgallant sails. I had to look up quite a few antique nautical terms. I've never sailed on a square-rigger, but I would love to.
O'Brian died recently. We owe him many thanks for his efforts. Writing novels that anybody is willing to read, given limited free time to do so, is always remarkable.
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