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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Sunday, August 30. 2015
Reposted from a recent March
Cabo is famous for the fishing, but we were out for meat as much as for sport and, as I mentioned, we are not really into hassling the big fish from the big boats anymore. Leave them fish alone!
We set out early with Carlos in his super-ponga to find "Sierra" - Sierra Mackeral (similar to the Atlantic Spanish Mackeral, but larger) - for dinner for ten invitees. We needed the meat but good sport is always the bonus.
I always say, "Huntin' and fishin' ain't shopping." It's a risk to invite people before catching the fish, but it's never failed for me. The Lord provideth the tortillas and the fishes. We caught 8 but really only needed 6, so had leftovers for breakfast. (We Yankees believe in fish for breakfast.)
Being lazy and on vacation, we brought our 8 cleaned and skinned mackeral over to Solomon's Landing on the marina to prepare it for us all for dinner six hours later. Since we supplied the fish, it wasn't a big expense except for the cocktails.
It was a good dinner party. Margueritas the size of bathtubs. Here was the result at 7 pm that evening -
First course: Sierra Ceviche - the best ceviche I have ever had in my life. Sierra is said to be the best fish in the world for ceviche, and I cannot dispute that. I could live on Sierra Ceviche and Margueritas:
After the dynamite ceviche, they brought platters of our Sierras cooked three ways - chef's choice: Fried with coconut, baked with capers, olives and peppers, and baked Rockefeller style (like Oysters Rockefeller) - all wonderful Mexican cooking:
Story and pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Catching dinner for ten on the Sea of Cortez, with a pesky fish-stealing Sea Lion"
Saturday, August 29. 2015
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Itzhak Perlman. A somewhat confusing masterpiece.
Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes
'Twas on a lofty vase's side,
Friday, August 28. 2015
Study finds women turn to lesbians due to lack of boyfriends
Liberals can try to ruin anything… even the E Street Band
Many scientific studies can’t be replicated. That’s a problem.
Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes
Ten years later, extent of Katrina fraud still unknown
Texas Top Destination for Migrating Taxpayers in 2013, New York Biggest Loser
A Nation Divided - Northeast Happiest In 8 Years As MidWest Comfort Collapses
Uber and the Great Taxicab Collapse - Should taxpayers bailout bankrupt medallion owners?
"You black people, my black people, you are the fucking most violent mother*****rs I have ever seen in my life.”
Charlie Daniels to Congress (in essence) 'Fuck you spineless maggots.'
The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party
President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man
Confirmation Bias - NH Primary Version
Hillary Clinton Compares Republican Candidates to Terrorists
Hillary Clinton’s laughable email defenses — a compendium
Jeb: Hey let’s do “free tuition” and pay back students who don’t graduate in four years
Europe's immigration drama has nothing to do with Donald Trump: Glenn Reynolds
America’s Dangerous Bargain With Turkey
The Alfred E. Neumann "What, Me Worry?" School of Nuclear Deterrence
Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal
What he got:
Thursday, August 27. 2015
No double moon in 2015, or ever
The Sidewalk Shed, a Ubiquitous New York Eyesore, Gets a Makeover
Bottom Story of the Day: Lion Kills Man
Gay black guy kills 2 happy white people
Bottom Story of the Day: Lion Kills Man
"On its own terms, the logic of the same-sex marriage movement inexorably
Is America one country?
Well, you can say it was assembled and held together by wars - not voluntarily
Donald Trump Gets Earful in Spanish as Latino Outlets Air Disdain
Houston’s Proposed Bathroom Ordinance for Transgenders ‘Endangers Women and Girls,’ Group Says
Forget Criminals, Police Now Fear Activists and the Media
Community-Based Chaos - The de Blasio administration has all the wrong answers on the homeless mentally ill.
Illinois Towns Drowning in Pension Debt From Hundreds of Funds
Public pension shocker: Shutting a pension plan actually costs taxpayers money
The Economic Effects of Adopting the Corporate Tax Rates of the OECD, the UK, and Canada
How to put some teeth into the nuclear deal with Iran
Shortsighted on Cuba
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Wednesday, August 26. 2015
Powerful stuff. Lyrics here:
New England has moose coming out of our ears
Stockholm Environment Institute: Carbon credits undercut climate change action
Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high
How Much Yiddish Do You Know?
If you live in NYC for a while, you pick up quite a bit of Yiddish slang
The kids are not all right: The bleak future of the millennial generation
McArdle: You Can't Time the Market
Sure can. Buy low, sell high.
China government buying stocks to prop markets
Right Move for the Fed Is Hike in Interest Rates So Markets Come Alive
Homeland Security Raids Rentboy.com - DHS "will use its unique authorities to disrupt and dismantle" gay escort sites, says special investigator.
Homeland Security? What a joke. Protecting me from gay prostitutes? Expensive joke.
Hitler has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life.
So, Lois Lerner Had a Second Secret Email, Using the Name "Toby
How many criminals in Washington?
Our hyperactive, grasping federal government has inserted its wasteful, probing fingers into just about everything these days.
Economic Freedom in America Is Declining Mostly Because of Creeping
TNR: What If Stalin Had Computers? A new book contemplates the end of capitalism (again)—it's a nice story, but a terrible plan
Gee, if only...
The Very Real Economic Costs of Birthright Citizenship
Anchor Baby Delivered Every 93 Seconds
How I Became a Social Conservative by Default - I didn't become a social conservative, social conservatism came toward me.
Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Sparks Internet Outrage: ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Transphobic’
What is so special about trannies? Aren't they sort of strange?
Al Sharpton Reacts to the Concept That Working Harder Produces More Wealth
Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast
Give Up Already: Almost Half Of Americans Say Hillary Should Halt Presidential Campaign
Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter misfire
Why does the only black presidential candidate insist the US is post-racial?
Because it is
"A newspaper that wasn’t emotionally invested in peddling racial narratives would have seen another story here..."
Salon: Bernie Sanders is wrong about the Koch brothers: They’re even more dangerous than he thinks
Voters Can’t Stand Hillary
Greenfield: Mohammed Was a Pig
Sharpton Reacts to the Concept That Working Harder Produces More Wealth
- See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=62266#sthash.1Zw0TiA2.dpuf
Tuesday, August 25. 2015
1981 Chicago Fest, with Johnny Winter
On Saturday morning, we'll be kayaking through the vast Nauset Marsh, checking out the wildlife, communing with the marsh gods, and getting a moderate workout for a few hours. It's a maze, easy to get lost when you can't see over the marsh grasses.
Everybody understands that water wants to kill you.
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Food fetishists: Orthorexia
This is correct: China stock market panic shows what happens when stimulants wear off
Same in the US, altho China is more obvious about its attempts to control markets. In the US, ZIRP and QE were errors in the beginning, and led to a bubble stock market which needs a meaningful correction, a high colonic enema. Central banks distort markets, distort reality.
That's why Summers is wrong: The Fed looks set to make a dangerous mistake
Rates should have inched up years ago
The Long Rise of the Secular Faith - The threat to religious liberty has its roots in a progressivist faith that has been steadily gaining momentum in America for at least a century and a half.
Is it time to regulate personal trainers?
Good grief. Let's regulate everybody and every thing. Zero freedom.
Times Square is packed because people like to go see the spectacle — topless ladies, Elmos, and all.
It's a circus
Crazy Like a Visionary - Elon Musk’s remarkable career reminds us that individuals matter.
Is it time to regulate personal trainers?
Congressmen Push for Food Freedom, Drink Unregulated Raw Milk
Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to ´Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men´
The education mess is a lot like the health care mess
University of Maryland scholar: Ban the ‘Southern belle’
Boys being sophomorically-incorrect
Democrat Utopia Is Coming to a City Near You
Dem Rep.: Scott Walker ‘Tightening the Noose, Literally, Around African-Americans’
White House Throws Hillary Under the Bus=> Says Picking Biden Was Obama’s Best Decision Ever
An ominous precedent for Hillary Clinton
Obama Gets Low Marks for His Handling of Iran
Monday, August 24. 2015
Leonardo's To-Do List
Yale's Robert Shiller: Market 'Aftershocks' Are Coming
Deutsche Bank Sums It Up "The Fragility Of This Artificially Manipulated Financial System Was Finally Exposed"
From Whitewater to Email: David Kendall, the Clintons’ Dogged Lawyer
I guess he works full-time for the Clintons
Go Ahead and Pile Up Those Student Loans….
Realities Of Climate Change, Politics And Public Knowledge.
To the new culture cops, everything is appropriation
Very offensive song
Thomas Sowell: No More GOP Excuses On Immigration
Republican Elites: You Can’t Secure The Border, You can’t Deport, You Can’t Stop Illegal Aliens,….
The Quiet Revolution: How the New Left Took Over the Democratic Party:
Donald Trump: Warrior male extraordinaire
Is Trump worse than that?
WaPo columnist to Hillary: Stop digging
Intel Ops: Hillary broke “So many” laws
Terrorist Is ‘Dumbfounded’ That He’s Taken for a Terrorist
I have always wants to see Palmyra
3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise
The IKEA Murders: Sweden in Crisis
Leader of the Free World in Martha's Vineyard:
Sunday, August 23. 2015
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In 2 weeks it will be time to harvest my peach crop. I have a neighbor pal who likes to get into the tree with me, and shares the harvest. Mrs. BD will make us a couple of peach pies (my favorite pie), and I will can 10-12 jars of peach chutney.
Some peach jam too.
I don't bother spraying, so my fruit are not picture-perfect but neither am I.
It's an abundant crop this year - note branch broken by the weight of the peaches. I'll let it hang and see what happens.
For cooking, best to use peaches before they are ripe for eating.
Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-20
Saturday, August 22. 2015
Mrs. BD swam her daily laps, I didn't because my Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome - caused by my enthusiastic workout efforts - makes swimming too painful. If you workout hard, you will get aches and pains. Anyway, I did my cardio early this morning and am still stumbling around. I splashed in the salt water for a while, and worked on growing some skin cancers from the beneficial solar radiation. I dislike swimming in fresh water anyway. Grew up in salt water, even a salt water pool.
I overheard 2 languages from my beach chair. One was French and the other was Cute American Teen Girl (which is closely-related to High Gay Dialect).
Meanwhile, NYC daughter and boyfriend went out for a long sail with our pup on board. They said the pup enjoyed it until they grounded the keel on a rock. It was insensitive of me, later, to remind them that I have all of the charts. Always consult a chart in unfamiliar waters. Sheesh.
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Best car ride ever filmed: C'était un rendez-vous by Claude Lelouch
Cherchez la femme. What is he driving up to Montmatre? Great film, but an excellent fake by a fine film maker. The truth ruins it, so do not watch the part after the rendez-vous.
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