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, January 22. 2021
Baltimore Suing Energy Companies For Damage Caused By Climate Change…
About the Coronavirus, the New York Times Argues With the New York Times
Even More COVID-19 Narratives Shift as New Administration Takes Charge
Profs effectively seek to ban books from Trump admin officials
Words of Division - Cloaked in an appeal to unity, President Biden’s inaugural speech hit all the expected themes of racial resentment and blame.
So, Joe Biden is now President. Can’t you just feel the excitement?
Earth to Joe Biden: Canceling Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Gift to China and Russia
Thursday, January 21. 2021
AVI considers Reality Vs Pseudo-Realities
Philosophers Smear One of Their Own for Gender Heresy
“Antiracism” Comes to the Heartland.A Missouri middle school forces teachers to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix” and watch a video of “George Floyd’s last words.”
Biden’s Climate Team: Climate Change Is Happening Because of ‘Systemic Racism ’
Study Finds Most Americans Support Making Wall Around Capitol Permanent To Keep Politicians In
HIS IS HOW CONSERVATIVES GET ERASED FROM THE INTERNET
Trump Derangement Syndrome In A Post-Trump World
Wow, Politico Is No Longer Covering Up Biden's Cognitive Decline
Face It: The Open-Borders Crowd Won
Trump Leaves Washington, Tells Supporters: ‘We Will Be Back in Some Form’
Wednesday, January 20. 2021
This northern chicken-like (gallinaceous) bird prefers first-growth areas, with access to water and open areas. I most often find them in aspen, birch or alder thickets, but they can be seen in piney woods, old orchards, ferny woods, and in streambeds. In regions where birch and aspen are the climax forest, they can be found everywhere or anywhere, but never in large numbers. They are most commonly encountered when they flush with a startling whirr of wings.
Once known as "fool hens" for their tameness, Ruffies have somehow learned to avoid human encounters once they have had contact with them.
These birds do not migrate, and winter very well, since they are very happy to thrive on tree buds all winter, especially protein-rich aspen and birch buds. Their numbers have been declining in the Northeast as the old farms have become either mature woods, or housing developments, but clear-cutting of mature woodlands is a great help to them, as it is to most species of wildlife (it imitates the natural effect of wildfire to regenerate forest succession, which is key to habitat diversity and thus species diversity).
The Ruffed Grouse is the noblest game bird in the US. Wary, they do not often hold to a dog's point and when they do flush, their flight assumes warp speed immediately and is unpredictable. (Gwynnie's theory is that they have a random-direction-generating gyroscope in their brains.) They have an uncanny talent for putting tree trunks between the hunter and themselves, or for flying at your face, or flying between you and you pal, whose life you may (or may not) value more highly than you value bagging a Ruffie. And even the most considerate hunters ( yes - you, Craig) will pop off a snap shot regardless of whose bird it is, and rightly so. You cannot wait with Ruffies.
Grouse hunters (a very special and scarce, and, to my mind, elite fraternity of intrepid woodsy folks who don't mind cuts, bruises, wet boots, and hours-long struggles through underbrush, raspberry patches, thorny thickets of hawthorn, and impenetrable streamside alder growths) require very quick reflexes and a high degree of "relaxed alertness", but they require, most of all, strong legs for all of the hours of difficult wilderness walking which is required to find these wonderful creatures. It is said that grouse "are killed with legs, not guns." Dogs help, a bit, but they are huntable without dogs. When a hunter finds one, they are generally very difficult to shoot such that every Ruffie is a trophy and is regarded as such. And they are also regarded as a rare gourmet treat, because, with their subtle woodsy flavor, there is no finer fowl for the table.
Why "ruffed"? The males have a dramatic black neck ruff which they display for courtship purposes, while they fan their tails and strut around like little Thanksgiving turkeys. Their courtship drumbeat from an old log is also one of their well-known features: many have heard their deep thumping from deep in the woods, and have no idea that it is just a horny male Ruffie looking for a date.
Read more about the wonderful Ruffed Grouse here. The very worthy Ruffed Grouse Society, which Maggie's Farm supports, pays for research on grouse and woodcock ecology, which benefits all woodlands and woodland creatures.
Joe Biden's Accomplishments Before He's Even Inaugurated—It's Not Good for America
Will Dems double down on crazy?
Pfizer Vaccine May Prevent People From Transmitting Virus
A Day of Hypocrisy - How soon will Democrats cancel Martin Luther King Jr. for calling for a color-blind America?
Warning: Beware of Hate Studies
My Pillow CEO Says Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s to Stop Selling His Products
First Trump declassified Russia document: Christopher Steele's 2017 confession to the FBI. Steele told FBI he leaked Russia collusion story to help Clinton and Great Britain
Americans Love Trump: President Trump’s Approval Rating Hits 51% on Day before Inauguration
From Tax Cuts to Immigration Restrictions, These Trump Triumphs Now in Danger
MSNBC Analyst: Capitol Hill Rioters More Dangerous Than 9/11 Terrorists…
State Department: China’s Action Against Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’
US counter-intel chief warns Biden admin of China's malign foreign influence: 'One of the bigger challenges'
Tuesday, January 19. 2021
We're getting down for a week on southern oceans in a while. My soul needs salt water and boats. My nav skills are rusty - not that they were ever good except for coastal.
Lost interest in fishing except as a social thing, but big water and wavy gravy appeals to me. Always has.
Over 50,000 Restaurants In Italy Declare "I Am Open" Defying Lockdown Measures
New York Times Writes That Somehow, The Positive News About Covid Has Been Buried Until Now!
Thousands Of Covid-19 Vaccines Winding Up In The Trash
The left now just wants to silence conservatives — all of them
Scarborough Just Revealed How the Left Aims to Pressure Big Tech to Silence Conservatives
Protesters At Pro-Gun Event In Virginia Deemed White Supremacists/Right-Wing Despite Carrying Gay/Trans Flags…
Trump rebuts NY Times '1619 Project' with '1776 Report' urging schools to reject 'ideological poison'. Series of essays cited as 'toxic propaganda' that is a 'crusade against American history'
Film Crew Releases Never Before Seen Footage of 2017 Inauguration Riots
Trumpism After Trump
Biden Official Tells Honduran Migrant Caravan Don’t Come Now, Migrants Demand Biden Honor His Commitments
Tax and Regulate - The incoming Biden administration looks to roll back Trump-era policies.
Monday, January 18. 2021
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A beast of a 60 year-old guy now begins his daily 1 1/2 hr workout at 4 am (before his finance day job starts) at my little neighborhood gym. So he opens the place up, turns on the heat before I get there around 5. The cheerful guy groans and grunts but that's ok with me. I like to hear people exerting themselves.
Just 2 of us in the place (unless I am doing weights with my boss-man) so we do token masking. Breathing is a good thing. I mean it feels really good to take deep breaths.
For me, it's as much for mental health as it is for fitness. So back on track with 2 days of powerlifts and related resistance, 2 days of calisthenics, 2 days of HIIT cardio + accessory weights. Our readers know the Maggie's Fitness For Life drill.
And back on track with nutrition: Protein shake after workouts, half a small sandwich mid-day (or some cheese and a half apple), usual balanced supper but less beer and vino overall.
I know I may need to increase the nutrition to maintain muscle strength once I am fully back in the groove but my problem is that food just makes me tired.
What about our readers?
The Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy for the nation
Everyday Life in New York City, today
I Used To Love NYC But Feckless Leaders Have Forced Me To Leave
Testing For NYC’s “Gifted And Talented” Student Program Is Deemed Unfair, Will Be Eliminated
Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov: Accusing Us of Election Fraud Is Not Free Speech
Parler’s Website Back Online With a Message From Its CEO
‘They Want to Cancel Our Culture, Our History, Our Liberty’: Goya CEO
China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses. CIA Management Pressured Analysts to Withdraw Assessment
Soon-to-be President Biden has a pen and a phone
Biden's First Executive Orders: Rejoin Paris Climate Deal and Rescind 'Muslim Ban'
There is no "Muslim Ban"
Americans Struggling With COVID Lockdowns, Business And Economy In Tatters, Biden’s* Top Priority? Legalize 11 Million Illegal Aliens In First 100 Days…
Joe Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Permit on Day One
Feel Good Now—Pay Later. The Biden stimulus is crammed with goodies but makes no economic sense.
Powerline: WHERE TRUMP WENT WRONG
Sunday, January 17. 2021
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
139:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
139:5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
139:13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
139:17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
139:18 I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end -- I am still with you.
Saturday, January 16. 2021
COVID lockdowns do no good
Leftists Are Colonizing Red Towns Like Mine, And Local Republicans Are Clueless
Shooting, homicide surge came after ‘reforms’ NY’s leaders said would cut crime
Most NYC schools aren’t trying to track online attendance — or trying to do anything at all, really
Harvard Students Petition For Trump-Allied Graduates To Lose Degrees
America’s New Corporate Tyranny - The American political and legal systems are working just fine, despite a few hiccups. Meanwhile, American corporations are depriving citizens of basic rights and freedoms and destroying our democracy.
Mexico’s Left-Wing President Mounts International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans
Whistleblower Video Shows Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Discussing Extensive Plans To Censor Politics On Twitter (Starting With Donald Trump)
Mozilla CEO Says Deplatforming President Trump Isn't Enough
VDH: An Impeachment Incitement - What is this latest impeachment gambit really about? Of course, it was a Parthian shot to discredit President Trump’s supporters.
What will angry Lefties do without Trump?
The All-Out Assault on Conservative Thought Has Just Begun
Duke profs suggest Biden pursue 'new laws' to combat 'misinformation'. A pair of Duke professors are calling on the incoming Biden administration to establish a new commission aimed at combatting "misinformation."
Friday, January 15. 2021
More Than a Quarter of US Households Will Cut the Cord in 2021
De Blasio hates gifted schooling because it exposes his own failures
Chicago Teachers, Checked Out - Second City public school instructors are not stepping up in a crisis.
San Fran Doctors: Opens The Schools Already!
The Media is Actively Running the Social Media Purge of Conservatives
2020’s Spike in Urban Homicides Should Not Be a Mystery
Frank Luntz Looks Visibly Disturbed When His Focus Group Proves People Still LOVE Trump
Another Violent Leftist Arrested at US Capital Protest: Registered Democrat and 34-Year-Old Son of a New York Judge
Unity? CNN's Don Lemon: If You Voted For Trump, You're With The Klan, The Nazis, & The Rioters
Trump re-impeached, supporters silenced, humiliated and threatened
No One Will Let Trump Go Away
US energy independence is on the way out
Restart, Reset or Renew? The Strategy against Iranian Nuclear Ambition
Thursday, January 14. 2021
Life in the Western world, right now, is better than it has ever been in history anywhere. We live in a Golden Age. Complaining is easy and fun but gratefulness is not as fulfilling...or is it?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:20 | Comments (24) | Trackbacks (0)
Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon
New York Times Suggests Wearing Two Masks Instead Of One. There's a drawback: “We run the risk of making it too hard to breathe."
Thomas Sowell: Is truth irrelevant?
Reining in Big Tech
The Cancel Culture Comes For Elise Stefanik
Tulsi Gabbard Pulls Back the Curtain on Why Congress Won't Act Against Big Tech
The Cold Civil War: Social Media Bans Threaten Free Speech For All
It’s all fallen apart’: Newsom scrambles to save California — and his career
It's Time To Get To Know Joe Manchin
Wednesday, January 13. 2021
Climate Cultist Prince Charles Blames COVID On ‘Climate Change’
Defying common sense, Andrew Cuomo’s crazy vaccine rules bring ‘chaos’
Ignore the Teachers Unions and Open the Schools. “Keep the schools open,” said Anthony Fauci.
Barbara Boxer, Now Formally Working for China
Wikileaks files: Forwarding from Western Rifle. You might want to forward as well.
From October, How I Switched From Never-Trump To Never-Biden
ANTIFA Forces Portland Book Store to Stop Selling Andy Ngo’s Book About ANTIFA
Uganda Blocks FaceBook and Twitter To Block The Tech Monopolies' Power to Interfere In Their Elections; Twitter Bizarrely Declares That the Free Flow of Information over the Internet is Critical During Elections
World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump
National Association of Realtors Bans Free Speech
President Trump Takes a Hit for the Team
Trump Campaign Official Denied Entry into TV Studio for Interview — Told He’s On a “List of People They Won’t Allow In”
Orwell vs. Big Tech
The Democrats Will Go On Impeaching Trump Forever. Welcome to the permanent anti-Trump party.
Tuesday, January 12. 2021
COVID Gone Crazy - An Epidemic Of 'Positive' Tests
Survey: Most Don’t See Life Returning To “Normal” Any Time Soon
About 30% of NY health care workers opt out of coronavirus vaccination; how that might affect you
VDH: Crazy 2020 Is Dead! Long Live Crazier 2021! Hang on. It is going to be Mr. Toad’s wild scary ride for all of 2021.
The Death of Political Cartooning—And Why It Matters
How mass media gins up hate
The temple of critical race theory
Why will the big tech giants never censor foreign authoritarian regimes?
Social-Media Oligopolists Are the New Railroad Barons. It’s Time for Washington to Treat Them Accordingly
Forbes boldly announces its intention to discriminate against staffers of President Trump
CALIFORNIA’S INTERNET CENSORSHIP OFFICE IS WATCHING WHAT YOU SAY
Why Is America Still In Syria?
Monday, January 11. 2021
Stolen from Ace of Spades. Good nose, bad eyesight.
Biden Will Release More Vaccine Doses Despite Warnings From Operation Warp Speed
Makes sense to me, but the Feds are not in charge - states are
Nancy Pelosi Just Admitted Why Dems Obstructed COVID Relief Bill for Eight Months
"It's A Ghost Town": Debt-Laden NYC Taxi Drivers In Dire Straits
Shootings In NYC Up Ridiculous 97%…
The Night of the Tech Long Knives
Parler CEO ‘Prepared to Take Full Legal Action’ After Big Tech Companies Target Platform
The Great Purge Expands As CNN Sets Its Sights On Fox News’ Cable Providers
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEIGH IN
Merkel’s Government Seeks to Revive Hate Speech Law Citing Capitol Hill Events
Democrats blowing House control right off the bat with Trump vendetta: Goodwin
The Slow Implosion Of The European Union
Sunday, January 10. 2021
1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
1:5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
1:6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
1:7 He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.
1:8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
1:11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
Saturday, January 9. 2021
Driscoll at Insty: Kicked out of the comedy club
Nearly two-thirds of college students think government should have power to punish ‘hate speech’: survey
"Fearing not that I'd become my enemy in the instant that I preach".
President Trump Says He Will Not Attend Joe Biden’s Inauguration on January 20th
Non-traditional as expected, but the magnificent bastard would be a huge distraction
I guess she doesn't like him
The tech monopolies have sprung into action
Biden Plays Race Card: ‘If It Had Been BLM Protesting Yesterday, They Would’ve Been Treated Very Differently’…
Friday, January 8. 2021
I don't have the exact date of this Paris recording of Wanda Landowska with Sonata in D Major. This remastered version actually reduced the French anti-aircraft noise but some can be heard around the 2-minute point.
The Germans were coming, but this famous Jewish, lesbian keyboardist played on.
Betsy DeVos’s Higher Ed Legacy
In Florida, we’re still seeing a flood of New York refugees
Cuomo's COVID Vaccination Rollout In NY Is A Total Mess
Covid-19 immunity likely lasts for years
Enough with the outrage
Zuckerberg Bans Trump From FB, Instagram “Indefinitely”
Parler CEO (Who Is Actually A Democrat) Calls Twitter Cowardly Authoritarians For Banning POTUS & Others…
“They’re Not Gonna Let Up and They Should Not” – Kamala Harris Egged On Violent BLM Rioters in 2020 — Trump Told Protesters to Go Home
Back on the rails
Thursday, January 7. 2021
I hate to say it. but there it is. He was never ordinary (which is why he was elected), but now, with just a few days left, people are fleeing his leadership. Heroes have great strengths and great weaknesses.
‘I can’t stay’: Mick Mulvaney resigns his Trump administration post
Former AG Barr: Trump Betrayed ‘His Office And Supporters,’ ‘Orchestrated A Mob’ Over Election Loss
Stephanie Grisham, Top Aide to First Lady Melania Resigns
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