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, October 8. 2015
How John F. Kennedy revealed his father exploited the PT 109 incident to make his son a hero and pave the road to the
Sleazy family, from top to bottom
Disproved Discoveries That Won Nobel Prizes
Diesel: Emission of Guilt
How to Create a Gun-Free America in 5 Easy Steps
The Fading American Dream of Working for Yourself - The self-employed middle class is far smaller than we often assume.
Feds Earn 78% More Than Private Sector Workers, Study Finds
Bean-Counting in an Inferno - New York’s mostly male FDNY begins a “diversity” initiative.
Sowell: The ‘Legacy of Slavery’ Is an Excuse for Social Degeneration
Who are you, and what have you done to the Republican Party?
Ben Carson disarms the lib ladies of The View
How Biden Has Exploited Dead Son
How Biden Has Exploited Dead Son
Pakistanis Join Flood of Migrants Pouring Into Europe
SYRIAN 'REFUGEES' AND - How the government is recklessly playing with American lives.
The Twilight of French Jewry, the Twilight of France
How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow
What If Israel Had Given Up the Golan Heights? A Lesson for Syria’s Crisis.
The Kingdom Signals Muslim Brotherhood Rapprochementi
Arab Video Encourages Murder of Jews in Old City
Wednesday, October 7. 2015
Image via Theo
The lost rivers that lie beneath London
For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?
Why Are We Still Buying Cars at Dealerships?
Gig Economy Is Piecework. But This Isn't Dickens.
Pitzer College students say 'yacht club' is too offensive
PC Police Want to Ban Ham Sandwiches Because Muslims Find Them ‘Offensive’
Why have so many men stopped working?
What Happens to our Economy as Millions of People Lose the Habits of Hard Work?
Houston transgender bathroom bill debate centers on differing definitions of ‘men’
Oliver Stone: “Who owns reality? Who owns our history? He who makes it up so that most everyone believes it; That person wins”
Is There a Shortage of Poor People?
Assimilation? Who Needs to Assimilate?
Forget Illegal Immigrants; Legal Immigration Will Soon Destroy America
Illegal Immigrants; Legal Immigration Will Soon Destroy America - See
more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=63806#sthash.yzyZhclx.dpuf
De Blasio threatens New York City’s museums and cultural institutions over “diversity”
‘This Changes Everything’ Proves Conservative Critics of Environmentalism Are Right
Blasio threatens New York City’s museums and cultural institutions over
“diversity” - See more at:
Readin’, Ritin’, ’Rithmetic — After Waves of Immigration, Millions of Americans Lack Basic Skills
50 Years of Immigration’s Unintended Consequences
TPP signed: the ‘biggest global threat
If Your Town Is Failing, Just Go
Clinton searches for theme
Mills shared now-classified info with Clinton Foundation
Longtime Hillary Clinton Aide Lied About Personal Email Use
Ilya: My “USA Today” op ed on Donald Trump and political ignorance
Swedish Bishop Wants to Remove Crosses to Make Church More Inviting to Muslims
The Progressive Left and Israel's Right to Exist
Krauthammer: Will Putin’s Middle East Gambit Succeed?
Russia Declares ‘Holy War’ on Islamic State - While Obama sides with Christian-murdering “freedom fighters.”
Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help
Thomas Friedman, read your Chomsky: The New York Times gets Putin/Obama all wrong, again - "Do you realize now what you've done?"
Russia's Baltic Defense Bubble
Palestinians: Why Our Leaders Are Hypocrites and Liars
Tuesday, October 6. 2015
Peeling is the biggest problem.
It's a shame we never found a date for a Maggie's urban hike this Sept. Bulldog mapped one out, but I never had a free weekend day.
Maybe we'll do it in May instead.
The guy at Forgotten New York is an experienced urban hiker. Fun website: Forgotten New York
Hating Pumpkin-Spice Lattes Is Sexist
It’s Extremely Rare for Large Ships Like El Faro to Disappear
Global Warming Hoaxer Jagadish Shukla Involved in “Largest Science Scandal in US History”
The Orwellian mindset of professors at even "moderate" universities.
The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute
It’s Past Time to Make Recess More Inclusive
A shocking plan: allow the police to handle campus sexual assault cases
After being accosted by a few young punks, the author wonders—and worries: What would he have done if he had been carrying a gun?
WHITE SUPREMACISM IS THE NEW BLACK - The media can’t see real racism.
He gets paid $500,000 per hour
How Dodd-Frank explains our weak recovery
Continued Immigration Not in Britain’s Best Interest: Home Secretary
Mad Merkel Losing Political Allies in Ongoing ‘Refugee’ Onslaught - Chancellor refuses to deal with reality as 1.5 million "migrants" head for Deutschland.
Sexual Slavery: "Nothing to do with Islam"?
How “Immigrants” in Europe show their gratitude
Why We Shouldn’t Intervene in Syria
Marco Rubio Wants US to Risk War with Russia Over Syria
Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets - Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq form joint war room
Russia’s Propaganda Blitzkrieg - The propaganda war propping up Putin and his cronies has reached new heights with the bombing campaign in Syria.
Iran claims Russia has started delivery of S-300 missile defense system
VLADIMIR PUTIN'S BRAZEN MOVES IN SYRIA AND UKRAINE RAISE NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICA'S CONTINGENCY PLANS
The Evolution in Islamic State Administration: The Documentary Evidence
Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power - America would need almost all its fighters in a Taiwan war
Warming Hoaxer Jagadish Shukla Involved in “Largest Science Scandal in
US History” - See more at:
Monday, October 5. 2015
Chick-fil-A Arrives in New York, Gays, Animal-Rights Nuts Hardest Hit
Time to talk about gun free zones
Students warned: Bulging biceps, big guns advance unhealthy masculinity
High School Students Revolt After Principal CANCELS ‘AMERICA PRIDE DAY’
California city mayor relinquishes electronics and passwords to agents at SFO - As feds battle over privacy, mayor compares the situation to North Korea.
Nihilist Security Questions
In Las Vegas, Uber and its pugnacious CEO Travis Kalanick really did run into the corrupt taxi cartel bogeymen that they had long claimed to be saving us from.
50 Years of Immigration’s Unintended Consequences
The Breakdown of the Black Family - Any attempt to
Hillary’s Server Is the Smoking Gun!
Merkel and Zuckerberg Caught on Live Mic Conspiring to Censor Resistance to Muslim Invasion
'Palestinian Authority' breaks silence, condemns... wait for it... Israel for deaths of terrorists
Russia in Syria: Putin Fills Strategic Vacuum in the Middle East
and Zuckerberg Caught on Live Mic Conspiring to Censor Resistance to
Muslim Invasion - See more at:
Sunday, October 4. 2015
Simple as pie. Roughly chop up a few cloves of garlic. Roughly chop up an onion. Throw them in a big pan with plenty of olive oil for a few minutes on medium heat.
Chop up an eggplant into about 1" square chunks - skin on. Also, a couple of zucchinis and yellow summer squashes to about 1" chunks.
Before the garlic and onions brown, throw in the vegetable chunks with a cup of water, stir it up a little, throw in some salt and plenty of ground pepper, and cover the pot.
No tomato - it messes up the subtle flavors.
Then get some sprigs of thyme, oregano, and basil from the garden and throw them on top, and let it slow simmer and steam on low medium for a while, covered. Gently stir it around a little.
As soon as the veggies begin turn soft but before they fall apart, take off the stove. Throw a handful of fresh-chopped parsley on top before serving. Even vegophobes like it.
Saturday, October 3. 2015
Cool site: Scouting New York
The archives will stay, but now he's scouting LA (h/t, Coyote)
Hurricane Joaquin Forecast: Why U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind
Hackers steal T-Mobile data on 15 million US customers
A simple history lesson
Psychologist Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to Be Blind
Is It Sexual Assault to Force a Woman to Shower Alongside the Transgendered?
Whom among us does not enjoy pretty girls in the showers?
Media Narrative: Half-Black Oregon Killer is a "White Supremacist" Was he a Half-White Supremacist?
Mental illness. The press also mentally-disturbed.
Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to
Be Blind - See more at:
Guns and alcohol
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist
Feds: PPACA risk program may pay just 13% of 2014 claims
They want to bankrupt private insurers
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=63656#sthash.WJbYGmAz.dpuf
The War of Amazon, Apple and Other Near-Monopolies
Jobs up only for immigrants, +14,000, down 262,000 for 'native-borns'
How Europe’s Capital Became a Jihadi Recruiting Center
Where is the case for co-ed ground combat?
Egypt is un-Canadian
Plan B for Libya
Friday, October 2. 2015
Two or three of our readers are interested in my "boot camp" activities and progress because it is informative about how trainers approach middle-age fitness these days. It's not much different from how they deal with young athletes.
Fridays are my day for general fitness and muscle endurance. Here's what he had me do this morning:
- 3 minutes of elliptical warm-up (and wake-up), then
- 1 minute elbow plank
(Repeat the circuit of italicized sets 5 times with only 15-25 seconds between)
- cool down (?) with a couple of minutes on stair machine
That's a tough hour or so for me even without the usual squats with light military presses. I keep trying to remind myself that my breaking point is not what I think it is. I think I'll be able to do my end-of-week general fitness hour without his babysitting soon - but without the heavy bench work.
Tomorrow, he encourages me to begin to add stair machine (I call it stairway to heaven because you can die on that thing) to my cardio day routine to intensify it. It's intense already, but I do what I'm told.
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Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance
Correcting the New York Times’s Absurd Vision of the Modern Man
The Latest DIY Trend? Sex Tapes
Twitter Characterizes Disagreeing With Someone’s Opinion as “Abusive Behavior”
Race-Track Owners Consider Moving One of the Triple Crown Tracks out of Baltimore, and the City’s Clueless Leaders Cry Foul
Oregon bakery owners refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case
Al Gore: ‘Democracy Has Been Hacked; Capitalism Is in Need of Serious Reform’
Guy made 250 million on "green" scams. That ain't workin, that's the way to do it...
Backfire on the #RICO20 and Jagadish Shukla is imminent; wagon circling, climbdown, dissolution begins
Guy made millions on "green" scams, without working
Did Hillary Clinton Spike CBS' Coverage Of Benghazi?
What if the Refugees Were Blonde and Blue-Eyed Swedes?
Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters - "Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated"
PM slams Abbas’s ‘deafening silence’ after terror attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the United Nations and its members
OBAMA LOSES ANOTHER WAR THAT HE 'ENDED' - Afghanistan is turning into a disaster, just like Iraq.
Top EU official warns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe
Coming from the Left and the Muslims, no doubt
The Russian Navy Is Back
China dispatched nuclear-powered submarine on first combat patrol, report says
Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA
Russia and China want to be players in the world. I don't blame them.
Obama’s Talk and Putin’s Blitz: A Russian Middle East Coup in Three Acts Posted By Claudia Rosett
Thursday, October 1. 2015
Digging up New York's Original Seaport:
The Dog-Walking Economy - What I learned from a decade in the profession
Sarah Bernhardt - The Invention of Celebrity
Transgender Underwear for Children
Emotionally frail students are draining counseling centers, scaring faculty into easier grading
With so many witch finders now in business, witches will be found.
Why is it so hard to fire abusive prison guards?
New York City Council Honors Ethel Rosenberg
Clinton's Plan to Mess Up Prescription Economics
Bernie Goldberg: I Didn’t Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This
I Didn’t Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This
Jeb Bush campaign death watch begins
Perspective, please, on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails
Muslim Rape 'Misunderstandings' Come to Europe
Enjoy your multiculturalism, Germans.
A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up
Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees
The United States Should Stop Treating Russia as an Enemy
Does Obama Have Any Regrets About His Middle East Policy?
This Is How Russia Handles Terrorists: Moscow Releases Video Of Syria Strikes
Enjoy your multiculturalism, Germans.
Wednesday, September 30. 2015
Got some advice from my chef friend about Goulash. I have a lot of venison in the freezer, some tender cuts and some tough cuts. Tough cuts are for the goulash.
It's all about paprika. Very simple. Chef tells me real goulash has no tomato in it, and the meat should be falling apart. Like real chili, should be made with meat chunks, not ground meat. No noodles in the stew, but can serve on egg noodles or rice with some sour cream to top it off. This stew at the end should be thick, not soupy.
Brown a few onions in butter and veg oil - not chopped, just quartered, with some garlic
I guess crock pot would work, but it would need to cook a while at the end to thicken.
Here's an example: Real Hungarian Goulash
Is empathy overrated?
I never trust expressions of empathy
Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered
The Stunning "Explanation" An Insurance Company Just Used To Boost Health Premiums By 60%
How to fix our educational system
‘Affordable’ Housing: Karma’s a You-Know-What
Elizabeth Warren Goes Crazy for Black Lives Matter
President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference
Tuesday, September 29. 2015
Problem is that people who think they are really smart enough to run things for others are often or usually wrong. Only humility grows wisdom, and vice versa. "Rational," "scientific" social planners have created far more misery, and far less freedom, than anybody else on earth.
A like totally cool site, BirdCast, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
We take the fall and spring migrations for granted, but they are in fact miraculous feats and remarkable adaptations to the climate changes of the ice age era (which we are still in today - and have been for 2.6 million years with lulls and expansions of northern hemisphere ice. If you can apply "normal," this planet normally has no ice).
Toon via Theo
The Cocked Fist Culture - Crossing the microaggressions minefield
Notre Dame to invest $100M in renewable energy projects
Maybe Mother Nature’s Tougher Than She Looks - Wonderful folks who brought you "climate change" wrong again!
Best estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital
An experiment in universal childcare in Quebec has been mostly a disaster. Here’s what could work for U.S. kids instead.
Birth tourism booms in California despite federal crackdown
"So-called progressives love to talk about how their policies will create a workers' paradise. Why is it, then, day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?"
The reality is the Team GOP types will ALWAYS be outbid by the left. There's no margin for small government conservatives in playing this game.
Ivy Leaguers pour money into Hillary campaign
Obama's UN speech:
Catalonia votes for independence
Officials in Giessen have taken to warning their own citizens not to go out alone at night.
Swedes' Homes May Be Confiscated to Accommodate Asylum Seekers
estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital -
See more at:
Monday, September 28. 2015
How Keith Richards became everyone’s favourite Rolling Stone
Eyes down, minds elsewhere, ‘deadwalkers’ are among us
A Trucker Explains What You're Doing Wrong on the Highway
Urban forms: Fall and Rise of the "Euro Block"
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2015
Do children still need to read the classics of English literature?
Confirmed: Pope’s Encounter With Illegal Alien Girl Was Staged
A Dozen Things 'The New Yorker' Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters):
Low Interest Rates Mask the Effects of Job-Killing Policies
How Uncle Sam Uses Behavioral Science
The GOP should "de-traffick" Planned Parenthood
5 Judges: Forcing Contraception Reg on Nuns Like Providing 'Only Non-Kosher Food' to Jewish Prisoner
Maine Mayor Wants Website to Post Name and Address of Welfare Recipients
Liberals Are Done Debating
“They can’t get to yes” = “They won’t give the Democrats everything they want”
Yesterday we popped into NYC, the greatest and most entertaining city in the world, to see a series of street theater events that were staged up on the High Line.
One part of what was cool about that was that, in NY, so many things are happening all the time that it's hard to tell the staged from the real. Not to mention that the city is an excellent stage set in itself and everybody on the thronging streets is interesting to look at. Bit part players on a giant stage.
Glad we parked in the burbs and took a train in. Took an Uber to Gansevoort. This week, we had the Pope, Obama, Putin, the tyrant of China and the whole UN General Assembly yesterday and again today. Thus, blocked streets, barricades, and cops making huge overtime everywhere. Not to mention the tourists. September is a big tourism month in NY, and rightly so.
I notice that nobody uses cameras anymore. Even the Japanese tourists, remarkably, just use their iPhones these days instead of their fancy Nikons. Fine cameras seem to be obsolete and nobody buys them anymore. Even the little Lumix I like to use seems kinda dorky, but I don't care.
The terminus of the High Line in the old meat-packing district, Gansevoort Street. I remember when this was a grim industrial neighborhood. Now the crowds and the new construction are astonishing:
More pics below the fold -
Continue reading "All the world's a stage"
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Sunday, September 27. 2015
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an important American figure who I find almost impossible to read, took a train out west partly to visit John Muir.
Emerson was Muir's hero. However, the elderly Emerson, the author of Nature, had no interest in going into the woods with Muir. I think nature was an idea for Emerson, not experienced outside of a park or a farm. For Muir, of course, wilderness was religion.
Pic: Muir with Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite, 1906.
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