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
Thursday, December 8. 2016
Miami is already underwater
What is the Fifth Wave of information dispersal?
Purdue’s free-speech orientation program could go national, thanks to college bureaucrat group
Via Insty, "... many religious Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply held beliefs to bigotry, but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions."
The Lefties won their culture wars: When all the good civil-right issues have been largely won, go
Standing Rock: The Trouble To Follow
Robots will work for less - but what if they organize?
Klavan: Why Are Leftists Such Pansies?
Blames Brazile for letting climate change kill him
DONALD TRUMP, REGICIDE - Trump has toppled two American Dynasties
Japanese Firm SoftBank Promises $50 Billion in Investment in America, Likely Generating 50,000 Jobs, After Meeting with Trump
TIME magazine, whatever it is these days, really really hates Donald Trump
The Trump Way - Trump Rediscovers an Old Form of Governance
WaPo: Trump Was Right About Overwhelmingly Negative Press Coverage
Now that Trump’s won, media suddenly notices that a lot of new jobs are crappy:
UK: No WONDER our politicians banned age tests: Majority of child refugees checked are ADULTS
France: Decomposing In Front Of Our Eyes
Why Italy should quit Euroland
Wednesday, December 7. 2016
There are no set strength or endurance goals that fit everybody. Reasonable strength goals for general fitness - not for great power - vary by body type, neuro-muscular constitution, age, sex, talent, etc.
I know a gal, much younger than me, who can deadlift 300 comfortably. She is a school teacher.
My trainer and I, after 18 months, have decided that realistic goals for me are to bench my body weight (which is 165 lbs now - up ten lbs of muscle and sinew in the past 8 months as my boss predicted and required, while my waist is down to where it was 15 years ago - from 37" to 35"), barbell squat my body weight a few times, deadlift 200 a few times, and do maybe 5 pull-ups. Have you done a pull-up lately? I remember when I could do ten or more. Never again, for certain. I can not do military press, alas, due to shoulder damage.
That is realistic, not ambitious and I am certain many readers are much stronger. After reaching those strength goals, it will be mostly about maintaining, preventing decay and deterioration. Sure, I'd like to be stronger, but I wouldn't mind being taller, more handsome, and smarter too. Regarding endurance goals - that's a different topic.
So yes, those are relatively modest goals for many but I have an ectomorphic runner's build, some grey hair, and I am about fitness and conditioning anyway, not body-building.
How are our friends doing with their efforts? Do you have goals? Goals are necessary in every endeavor, I feel.
An attempt to identify the object of the Bard’s affections
Is "Baby It's Cold Outside" about date rape?
I agree with the comment: It's the age-old dance of love and desire, the mutual but slightly subtle urge to merge
Scott Adams' blog site is good.
Much better than Dilbert. A sample:
Boston College Faculty Want to Ban Trump-Inspired ‘Hate Speech’
Report buried Trump-related ‘hate crimes’ against white kids
Ending Multicultural Madness
VMI, Famed Military Academy, Giving Cadets Coloring Books for Stress
French government votes to ban pro-life websites
VDH: Universities and the media: arrogant, ignorant, and ripe for reform
So you’ve decided to quit your church because of the election…
Gained weight? No sex? Cut your hair? It’s all Trump’s fault
Shaking Up Washington: Ben Carson Edition
The Ten Part Trump Tweet Pattern That Won the West
The average citizen of a Western country feels as if they are ruled by strangers.
True, and important. Re Italy as an example:
Angela Merkel calls for Germany BURKA BAN saying ‘the full veil is not appropriate here’ in astonishing U-turn
Tuesday, December 6. 2016
The cheapest deal is a subscription to Maggie's Farm's website - it's free with instant world-wide delivery, faster than Santa or Amazon Prime.
A slightly more generous gift would be a year's subscription to Yankee Magazine. It's useful, innocent, and wholesome.
Glossier, and not Yankee (more Dixie-oriented) but quite enjoyable, is Garden & Gun magazine.
Video: Rabbi Sacks On Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker And Parsha Vayera
Reader-recommended film: Admiral (2015)
How U.S. Colleges Sell Enrollment to the Highest Bidders - most often, Chinese
I like totally trust them
Fake News: CBS Pushed Swine Flu Myth
Free Speech is the Most Effective Antidote to Hate Speech
It’s a new record: Americans not participating in the labor force nears 100 million
Scientists Should Stop Mixing Their Work with Politics
D.C. Circuit pauses health care funding case, a win for House GOP
Obama administration fails to check immigrants against FBI databases, approves citizenship
Brussels has a tax for dancing
Catholic Vietnam: Growing despite Communist oppression
Kerry’s Bitter Alternative Reality
Iran's Mashhad Municipality Opens Military-Religious Amusement Park – To Reinforce Revolutionary Values For Children
Ratings agencies see China slowing down
I believe no Chinese data
UK government begins legal fight against ruling that could derail Brexit
Trump and the Taiwan call
Monday, December 5. 2016
This chemical reaction might creep you out
Good for a morning giggle: I named it Spot
Another morning giggle: Castro’s hearse breaks down
As Double Dutch Wanes in New York, Competition Comes From Abroad
Peng Chang-kuei, Chef Behind General Tso’s Chicken, Dies at 98
Why Ikea Causes So Much Relationship Tension
Fake news update: Newsweek never read their own “Madam President” issue
Op-ed: In this age of internet hate, it’s time to revisit limits on free speech
Inside every do-gooder lies a latent totalitarian
Snotty, Smug, Know-Nothing Students At Ohio State Decide Now Is A Pretty Good Time To Lecture Everyone On Their Bigotry
Ohio State Student After Attack: 'The Left Is More Scared of Trump Than of ISIS'
Jon Stewart Goes Off: Obama ‘Terrible for Press Freedom;’ Left’s Race-Baiting ‘Has to Stop’
Black Lives Matter praises Castro as revolutionary and harborer of cop killers
Why It Will Be Hard to Repeal Obamacare
There is an easy way: Create a better alternative
WATCH Tucker Carlson Take On The New York Times’ Public Editor Over The Paper’s Liberal Bias
Trump Chooses “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon Chief - Leftists foam at the mouth and gnash their teeth.
5 Reasons Barack Obama Will Be Viewed As One Of The Worst Presidents of All Time
Daughter of Top EU Official Raped-Murdered in Germany By Afghan Migrant
She was a "Welcome Migrants" volunteer. Heartbreaking.
Scott Adams: Trump and the Taiwan Call
Iran threatens action if Obama signs bill to extend sanctions
Sunday, December 4. 2016
In later years, it is easier to improve strength and endurance than bigger muscles. See discussion.
Perfect day for a bird hunt yesterday. The only imperfection is that my car key ended up somewhere in the brush.
Saturday, December 3. 2016
It's party season. Everybody has his favorite Eggnog recipe. I prefer Eggnog made with Kentucky bourbon rather than rum, brandy, etc.
Here's the correct, home-made version from Alton Brown. However, I tend to be lazy and to do the wrong thing - to buy the pre-made, and fuss it up with the fixins. Lots of fresh-grated nutmeg.
My Dad always made it the correct way at Christmastime, but I think he made it way too strong, Brit-style like punch. It had a punch.
Pic borrowed from Salt Water New England
One way to become poor
What are the freest countries in the world?
What is hers?
U. Toronto lecturer: ‘Misconception’ that there’s a thing called ‘biological sex’
Somebody should inform the birds and the bees
Swedish Union Sets Up 'Mansplaining' Hotline - Workers could call in to receive advice from a cadre of gender experts and feminist politicians.
Sweden's biggest problem, no doubt
Virginia School System Considers Banning 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Althouse and Rush on low-information voters
Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs
Barone: So I find myself leaning reluctantly toward the conclusion that no other Republican could have won, at least the way Trump did.
Trumped-up, trickle-down outrage - On the popular reaction to the presidential election.
Trump’s Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It’s an Opportunity:
Trump’s Charm of Not Being Obama - The new White House won’t fail to embrace the jobs that fracking and pipelines can bring
Europe: The peasants are revolting
Trumpian "diplomacy" - no rules, no protocol
Friday, December 2. 2016
I have been assigned - again - the task of running the bar for the fancy Christmas cocktail party of one of Mrs. BD's lady clubs next weekend. It's a formal, traditional sort of group, dressy but not black tie. The husbands are very fine and jolly guys most of whom I have known for years and are happy to pitch in with tending the bar for 1/2 hour when asked, so the manpower part is easy. The bar generally needs only 2 guys at a time.
There will be tons of excellent "heavy hors d'oevres", aka supper, with desserts - but that's not my department.
My past experience with this group, which will be around 100-120 people for 2-3 hrs, is that most ladies are light drinkers (a couple of glasses of wine or a couple of beers), most guys will do a bit more, and there is a subset can get cranky without vodka or Scotch. I want everybody to be happy but I like to keep it simple.
Thus my provisional shopping list:
Bag of limes and lemons
Does that sound right to you? Too much? A case of wine is about 50 glasses of wine. You hate to be stingy and run out of something basic but you don't really want leftovers either. As a rough guide, I use this party site.
A beginner’s guide to beefing up your privacy and security online
Bob Dylan skips White House event
Amazon's Growing Power In The U.S. Economy
Feminism is really white supremacy
THE PROPAGANDA ABOUT RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA
Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are.
Get Ready for the Trump Jobs Rally
How Donald Trump Sealed the Deal to Keep Carrier Jobs in the U.S.
Things the Democratic elites should do in order to live up to their party principles.
China loves Cambodia
Thursday, December 1. 2016
I was working tonight, but I gather from Mrs. BD that his speech was wonderful and uplifting, humorous, half-scripted and half off the cuff, and neither Republican nor Democrat but just plain American. It takes a lot to impress Mrs. BD, especially if you are not a Conservative (which Trump is not).
It reminded some pundits of Teddy Roosevelt. Things are getting more and more interesting.
If you heard or watched that speech, what did you think?
(Here's the speech)
A masterpiece - a NYC masterpiece. Live:
Boycott Frosted Flakes!
Fun Christmas presents: Good Fucking Design
The figures showed nine in ten London newborns had at least one parent from overseas
Why the Democrats Can't Stop Calling the GOP Racists
How The Electoral College remains an essential constitutional safeguard of American liberty
Obama On Why Democrats Failed: See, It's Because FOXNEWS! Is On the TV In "Every Bar and Restaurant"
Obama White House Scoffs at Trump's Carrier Deal
Trump was persuasive. Euroland needs to get off America's welfare.
Islamists Won: Charlie Hebdo Disappears
François Fillon’s French Revolution:
They let the peasants vote. That's what happens sometimes. Peasants can be wise, politicians are mostly just clever.
Iran regime even more oppressive since nuclear deal, dissidents say
Wednesday, November 30. 2016
Planning for retirement? Check out ‘one of the scariest charts in human history’
99,726 Somali Refugees Settled in U.S. Since 9/11
Abdul Razak Ali Artan was oppressed by Islamophobic stereotypes of violent Muslims
Department of Homeland Security Overwhelmed by Green Card Catastrophe
Hillary Reportedly Eyeing Another Presidential Run
That moment when the MSM realizes Trump just took a position advocated by Hillary Clinton in 2005
Why Trump’s Education Pick Scares Unions
Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe
Stand down, #NeverRomney conservatives: Trump’s pick isn’t a betrayal — and you might thank him in 2020
I agree with Salon!
How Trump can win re-election
Assuming he will want it
Dems in the wilderness:
Tuesday, November 29. 2016
It only takes a couple of minutes to fix up some fresh cranberry sauce for chicken or game. Before stores run out, grab a few bags and just pack them in the freezer.
Throw a few handfuls of frozen berries in your Saturday morning pancake mix too. Dynamite.
Julius Caesar was not delivered via Caesarian
Althouse is retiring from her day job
Economic Localism Is No Better than Economic Nationalism
Zuckerberg and China
Bad Government Policy Begets More Bad Government Policy
Tim Kaine Tweets About Gun Violence at OSU After Islamist Knife Attack
Democrats, Not Trump, Racialize Our Politics - A party obsessed with race won’t have much luck reaching out to non-elite whites.
My Freedom Trumps Your Fake Mandate
If Trump Were A Democrat, He’d Be A Hero
Scott Adams: The Trump talent stack
A concept of interest beyond politics
The FT is sad and scared: Goodbye to Barack Obama’s world - It is the failing of liberal technocrats to think reason governs how people act
"The New York Times story alludes to "potential conflicts of interest." Hillary posed real conflicts of interest.
Immigration: Trump vs. Silicon Valley
The Real Legacy in Jeopardy Under the New Congress? LBJ’s.
Team Trump Offers Evidence For Millions Voting Illegally
Merkel Says She Will Deport 100,000 Migrants
Balfour Declaration, November 2016 : Richard Kemp
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