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
Friday, October 31. 2014
Taylor Swift: a New Yorker
71 Percent of New Jobs Go to Foreign Born Legal, Illegal Immigrants in NH
20-Year CBS News Veteran Details Massive Censorship And Propaganda In Mainstream Media
Health-Care Hell - Doctors and patients get burned by the world’s worst middleman.
Why it's time for Libertarians to Vote for Republicans
Dems have the statists and authoritarians in their tent, Repubs have room in their tent for Libertarians (ie, traditional Liberals)
Shocking Harvard poll: Millennial voters want GOP in charge, abandon Obama
The yoots like Rand Paul
VOEGELI: Why liberals can’t govern
Scare the black people: It's Just Like Willie Horton Except Completely Different
... the state of Maine may have had just about enough of Saint Kaci of the Order of Unique Snowflakes.
The crucial question: Do we have more to fear from largely imaginary terrorists, or from the FBI? Your chances of being killed by terrorists are essentially zero, even if you live in Washington or New York, and far less if you live in Memphis or Raleigh-Durham. (To express this we need the concept of negative zero, which I hearwith offer to the mathmatical community.) Your chances of living in an electronically locked-down police state are very high. This is far more dangerous to what the United States was than even a successful bombing of a mall.What goes through the minds of those who are doing this to us?
Thursday, October 30. 2014
You think you cannot appreciate art music. Well, you have not been properly introduced. Pop music needs little introduction but art music does because we do not automatically know our way around it. You know your way around a Lacrosse field (and so do I - played it like a redskin, lost a tooth).
This is an excellent intro, much better than I got in college: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works. Readers know how much we love Bob Greenberg. My Mom loved him too. Buy it, or ask me to lend you my copy (which is actually on loan from a friend with whom we exchange Great Courses).
The Great Courses is one of the most life-enriching things we know of. We generally do one session of some course every evening.
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Book in the mail: Rebecca Bynum's The Real Nature of Religion
Galapagos Giant Tortoise Brought Back From Brink of Extinction
Parenting: Imagine a tragedy, dammit!
Apparently you have to have OCD to be a parent
Not Everyone Wants to Be Happy - Americans are obsessed with happiness, but other cultures see things differently
Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities
Instead of illegal immigrants, I have hired some beavers to repair our dam
Genetic Engineering Could Provide the Solution to Florida’s Citrus Problem
Feminists: Abort all male children
Obviously never worked for a female boss
Woman walks around New York for a day, is catcalled more than 100 times
Report on Non-Citizen Voters Shows Why Amnesty Would Be 'Suicide' for GOP
Former Trek Employees Say Mary Burke Was Fired by Her Own Family for Poor Performance
How Rand Paul Threatens Left and Right - Libertarian-inflected conservatism challenges entrenched political coalitions with a transpartisan appeal.
La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID
Obama Is a Republican - He’s the heir to Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky.
Where is the media on the Attkisson story?
Millennials abandon Democratic sinking ship
Kim Jong Un Executes 10 Officials for Watching Soaps, Graft
Has Italy Passed the Point of No Return for Statism and Big Government?
Wednesday, October 29. 2014
Ten Things That Are Killing the Family
The baseball Playograph
Environmentalists Are Ruining Everything, Including Halloween
Will Food Allergy Hysteria Destroy Halloween?
The Utter Moral Collapse of UNC-Chapel Hill
NY to colleges: Don't ask applicants re criminal history
Berkeley students try to boot Bill Maher
EconLog’s David Henderson does a splendid job explaining that minimum-wage legislation harms the very people its well-meaning proponents mean to help.
Organic activists reject science, propose ‘natural’ Ebola cure, claim government conspiracy
2040’s America will be like 1840’s Britain, with robots?
Scott Walker, in Dead Heat, Faces Third Election in Four Years - The national Democratic Party throws everything they have at the possible presidential contender.
How Goldwater Changed Campaigns Forever
Tuesday, October 28. 2014
Image via Driscoll
Why is virginity so hard for modern culture to understand?
Acid reflux: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
Welcome to the Big-Time College-Sports Sausage Factory
Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor
Thornton: The Politics of Victimhood
Richman: The State is No Friend of the Worker
Want a Stable Job With Steadier Raises? Try Working for a Nonprofit
Is Cruz too conservative for America?
Army isolating some soldiers returning from Africa
Teachers squeezed for $27 million in union political spending
If oil speculators were to blame for the $12 per barrel Jan.-June increase, do they now get credit for the $25 drop?
DeRugy: Government Failure Is Baked In
China’s Third Era: The End of Reform, Growth, and Stability
‘Swarms of Cooperative, Autonomous’ Robots to Hit Battlefields
Special interests weigh down America's economy, while Vietnam's young capitalism booms.
Brazil: "As a Brazilian friend told me last week, we are two countries, one half that works and the other half is dependent on government."
Monday, October 27. 2014
“God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from...If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth – only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
You Don't Have to Feel Your Breasts - Breast self-exams haven't been shown to save lives. Instead,
Should we pay teachers more?
Should we pay teachers more?
A Feeling of Control: How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses
Feminism Has Nothing to Say But It Still Won’t Shut Up
New York: Finally shred the charter-school cap - Why limit the spread of success?
The bogus fuss over Walrus beach parties: Walrus Haulouts Are Nothing New
Democrats Push for New Heavy Regulations on Internet Postings, Drudge, and Blogs
Good luck with that
Canada Shows How to Eliminate the Tax Bias against Saving
Two Yr-Old and Four Yr-Old Boys Shot in St. Louis Drive-By Shootings – Media Silent
George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year
Early voting alters campaigns' strategies, costs
Related, it's the executive end run
Democratic billionaires outdo GOP in Super PAC contributions
Energy costs in the Northeast US
Erasing borders in the Middle East
Sunday, October 26. 2014
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Saturday, October 25. 2014
A repost from last November -
A great hunt this morning at a pal's rod and gun club. Heavy snow flurries and a stiff breeze made things interesting. Had two good Labs working for us today. Had to break the ice in their water tubs. Being Labs, naturally one insisted on climbing into the water tub to play with the floating hunks of ice and was not eager to come out.
Before a late lunch we had some venison sausage and I fixed myself a Clamato Bloody Mary while we cleaned and oiled our weapons. For lunch, they made us rare roast beef with Onion Pie, with a nice Chateau Simard '86 (Simard remains an excellent wine for the price). I do not know whether it was just the effect of a long cold day in the field, but this onion pie was about the tastiest, most savory thing I have ever eaten. The cook made it with a plain white-cracker piecrust and maybe sprinkled cracker crumbs over the top. This pie is to a kiche as a Grizzly Bear is to a Teddy Bear. Rice Pudding for dessert, of course: what else would you serve at an old-fashioned guy's club where women are not allowed?
As my friends know all too well, it's great to have somebody else to drive so I can indulge a post-prandial, post-hunt snoring snooze. I do not know why my friends put up with me.
1 unbaked pie shell - try a plain cracker crumb crust
2 or 3 very large white onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 lb. Swiss cheese cut into 1/2" or 1" chunks
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk or light cream
1/8 tsp. pepper
Prepare unbaked pie shell. Start heating oven to 400 degrees. Saute onions in butter and dump into pie shell. Toss the cheese with flour, sprinkle over onions. Beat eggs well. Stir in milk or cream, salt and pepper. Pour over cheese. Sprinkle crack crumbs on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Then reduce oven heat to 300 degrees and bake 25 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve hot, in wedges.
That is soul food with a rare roast beef. Might be a good treat for a holday, too, as an alternative to creamed baby onions (which I also love).
We have seen plenty of marble quarries up on high hills around Italy and in Sicily too.
Here's an up-close view (video)
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Frank Serpico speaks
Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder - Billy Joel still lives on Long Island, still rules the Garden.
Big Taxi is doomed
Idaho city ordinance bans distribution of Bible to children
Study Says Deer Hunting Helps to Replenish Forests
Problem is that we eliminated their natural predators
Save the fishes! Drill offshore
Prohibition Redux: Pennsylvania to Destroy Thousands of Bottles of Wine - Owner violated archaic liquor laws
Krauthammer: Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander - He’s angry, but not angry enough to fix what’s wrong.
Hillary Clinton Says, “Don’t Let Anyone Tell You It’s Corporations and Businesses That Create Jobs”
Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge
The UK wants people to exercise to save $ for the NHS
But aren't people cheaper if dead?
John Kerry Thinks Climate Change Causes Radical Islam
North Korea warns against anti-Pyongyang leaflet drop
Shooting balloons is the most fun you can have in NoKo
The House Of Clouds
I would build a cloudy House
For my thoughts to live in;
When for earth too fancy-loose
And too low for Heaven!
Hush! I talk my dream aloud
I build it bright to see,
I build it on the moonlit cloud,
To which I looked with thee.
Cloud-walls of the morning's grey,
Faced with amber column,
Crowned with crimson cupola
From a sunset solemn!
May mists, for the casements, fetch,
Pale and glimmering;
With a sunbeam hid in each,
And a smell of spring.
Build the entrance high and proud,
Darkening and then brightening,
If a riven thunder-cloud,
Veined by the lightning.
Use one with an iris-stain,
For the door within;
Turning to a sound like rain,
As I enter in.
Build a spacious hall thereby:
Boldly, never fearing.
Use the blue place of the sky,
Which the wind is clearing;
Branched with corridors sublime,
Flecked with winding stairs
Such as children wish to climb,
Following their own prayers.
In the mutest of the house,
I will have my chamber:
Silence at the door shall use
Evening's light of amber,
Solemnising every mood,
Softening in degree,
Turning sadness into good,
As I turn the key.
Be my chamber tapestried
With the showers of summer,
Close, but soundless - glorified
When the sunbeams come here;
Wandering harpers, harping on
Waters stringed for such,
Drawing colours, for a tune,
With a vibrant touch.
Bring a shadow green and still
From the chestnut forest,
Bring a purple from the hill,
When the heat is sorest;
Spread them out from wall to wall,
Whereupon the foot shall fall
In light instead of sound.
Bring the fantasque cloudlets home
From the noontide zenith
Ranged, for sculptures, round the room,
Named as Fancy weeneth:
Some be Junos, without eyes;
Naiads, without sources
Some be birds of paradise,
Some, Olympian horses.
Bring the dews the birds shake off,
Waking in the hedges,
Those too, perfumed for a proof,
From the lilies' edges:
From our England's field and moor,
Bring them calm and white in;
Whence to form a mirror pure,
For Love's self-delighting.
Bring a grey cloud from the east,
Where the lark is singing;
Something of the song at least,
Unlost in the bringing:
That shall be a morning chair,
Poet-dream may sit in,
When it leans out on the air,
Unrhymed and unwritten.
Bring the red cloud from the sun
While he sinketh, catch it.
That shall be a couch, with one
Sidelong star to watch it,
Fit for poet's finest Thought,
At the curfew-sounding;
Things unseen being nearer brought
Than the seen, around him.
Poet's thought, not poet's sigh!
'Las, they come together!
Cloudy walls divide and fly,
As in April weather!
Cupola and column proud,
Structure bright to see -
Gone - except that moonlit cloud,
To which I looked with thee!
Let them! Wipe such visionings
From the Fancy's cartel
Love secures some fairer things
Dowered with his immortal.
The sun may darken - heaven be bowed -
But still, unchanged shall be,
Here in my soul, that moonlit cloud,
To which I looked with THEE!
Friday, October 24. 2014
It's the time of year when I stock up on bags of Cranberries and throw them in the freezer.
The canned cranberry "sauce" pictured is garbage. It's just congealed sweetened cranberry juice.
The recipe on the Ocean Spray bags is pretty good, but I cut the sugar they recommend in half. It's nothing but water, fresh or frozen berries, and sugar.
A great food, the Cranberry. I love to put them in pancakes (the combination of the sweetness of the maple syrup and the tartness of the cranberries is perfect).
Here's our old post on Cranberry Season and the Heart.
Funny thing about Cranberries: not many animals or birds like to eat them. Maybe bears? I've seen Box Turtles take a bite out of one, but I've never seen anything else eat them. I love Cranberries, as long as they aren't cooked too sweet. Here's a tiny Massachusetts Cranberry bog, flooded for harvest:
Here's how it's done on a larger scale:
Weather Channel Founder John Coleman: There is no significant man-made global warming at this time
Football Coach Fired Because Eating Watermelon Is Racist - Parents from other schools felt smashing a watermelon and eating it after games was inappropriate.
Related, architecture is racist too
Most racist thing? An architect eating a watermelon
Death Threats Aimed at Boy, 11, Who Bagged Rare Albino Deer
Can't Afford a House? Don't Buy One
Op-Ed: What Would Toscanini Do?
Andrew Klavan: Just Say No To Feminism
The War on Poverty Turns 50 - Are We Winning Yet?
Sex and politics: poor Lewinsky didn't know the game
Michael Brown’s Granny & Mother Brawl in Street Over T-Shirts & Swag
Mark Steyn: Doesn’t Matter If GOP Win Midterms, Liberals Winning ‘Other 364 Days,’ Culture Wars
Yucca Mountain safe for nuke storage
Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored
H.R. McMaster: Thinking Clearly about War and the Future of Warfare – The US Army Operating Concept
Navy's Top Admiral: Long Deployments are 'Unsustainable'
Thursday, October 23. 2014
The most valuable and unequal things we inherit are not dollars, but dollars are good too
The Dodge Brothers and Henry Ford: A Brief History
Confessions Of An AP Teacher: College Board’s New History Curriculum Is Terrible
Abusing Federal Paid Leave
Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law
"Tough"? The old law was tough.
Special interest licensing: A Confused Progressive Case Against Occupational Licensing Abuse
The Real Story on How Much Obamacare Increased Coverage
The incredible cost savings that are possible when patients can actually shop around
Infected by Politics - The public-health profession is more committed to social justice than to sound science.
Obama the conservative
US Spends 30 Times More on Welfare Benefits Per Person Than Communist China
Thomas Sowell on ‘predatory lending’ and ‘predatory journalism’
Election season: Holder DOJ expert witness: blacks are dumber and less civic-minded than whites
Election season: Dem GOTV Group Caught on Camera Endorsing Voter Fraud
Election season: Scott Brown Nails Shaheen on Immigration: 'I Want to Fight for Jobs for New Hampshire' over Jobs for Illegal Aliens
Election season: Kimball - Dem Panic According to the New York Times
Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS - Because they want the same things that teenage boys want: a strong sense of meaning and purpose
No mention of devotion to Allah in that calculation?
Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade
Defensible Borders in the Age of IS - What does the upheaval in the Middle East mean for Israel’s territorial needs?
Wednesday, October 22. 2014
Exploring southern Manhattan on foot, as if a tourist: A report from the First Annual Maggie's Urban Hike
We began our jolly urban hike on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Battery Park, where the ferries depart to Staten Island, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.
What is fatiguing is not the hiking itself - it's the overstimulation. So much going on, so much to look at.
Below the fold, a photo summary of our hike, with relevant links -
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Pic is this 1959 Porsche-Diesel Junior Tractor
There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
It's about Viktor Frankl
The Externalization of Responsibility: Monica Lewinsky’s Personal Shame
Election season: Dildos and Lynchings: Wendy Davis, Kay Hagan Campaigns Go Insane
Election season: CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dem Operative Stuffs Ballot Box in Arizona
Election season: Obama Admin: We May Need 'Surge' Of Millions Of Immigrant Ids 'For Any Number Of Reasons'
Green cards on the table -President Obama lets slip his scheme for a permanent majority
Future election season: Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser
Klavan: Knucklehead Row:
Tuesday, October 21. 2014
25 Is the New 21 - For some parents, the deadline for a kid's financial independence has gotten an extension.
The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Construction - Built in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridge
Re AirBNB: Interesting, isn’t it, that most of our growth comes from the parts of
An Interview With the Repo Man
College Grads Flock to New Cities
New York Dominates 2014 List of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes
Near the top - SoHo's industrial loft area
Why I love old people, but I will not accept Medicare
10 reasons why I love Medicare as a physician
Why doctors give Obamacare a failing grade
Secret Slack Shadows Job Market as Fed Weighs When to Lift Rates
I would suggest three years ago
SOURCE OF CURRENT EBOLA EPIDEMIC IDENTIFIED: Bat-Eating Family in Guinea Village
The guy is married to a Latina
Election season: Mary Landrieu: My Multimillion-Dollar Home Is Not a Mansion
For me, a 7000 sq' townhouse is just a humble pied a terre. BTW, how do politicians get so rich?
Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
Will that apply to Muslims too?
A New Start for Afghanistan: 3 Massive Challenges That Will Decide Its Future
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