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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Monday, May 4. 2015
A friend sent that pic of the Greenfield Hill (in Fairfield, CT) Congregational Church's annual Dogwood Festival this weekend
How to Reclaim Suburban Sprawl
PERFECT PASTRIES IN NAPLES
Blue Moon Lawsuit Slams MillerCoors
The real McMuffin
The most important things Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger said at Berkshire's annual meeting
Creative destruction: Newspaper ad revenue continued its precipitous free fall in 2014, and it’s likely to continue
U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Double Canada’s
ICE, ICE BABY
Goodall says animals ‘suffer’ from genetically modified foods
Major U.S. Retailers Are Closing More Than 6,000 Stores
Bernie Sanders Vows To Take On Billionaires — But Which Ones?
What’s Really Burning In Baltimore——-50 Years Of Liberal Welfare State Policies
Billions of federal dollars, and the Dems shut down all the sports fields and the libraries
Baltimore schools second in spending
Baltimore Riots: Frank Rich Reveals His Hideous Racism
Dear Baltimore Family and Friends: Y'all Bein' Played!
The women voting for Hillary because she's a woman are setting feminism back a hundred years.
The media has by and large given President Obama’s failed Afghanistan
Liberals Ignore a Real 1-in-3 Rape Culture
Israel’s Economy Defies Logic
Latvia, with a large minority of Russians, worries about Putin's goals
In Kazakhstan, fears of becoming the next Ukraine
Sunday, May 3. 2015
I am grateful for these high energy, botanically-knowledgeable guys doing the work which, apparently, Americans do not want to do. It is highly pleasurable to feel effective on a large scale.
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It's easy if you try...How to take Christ out of Christianity
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15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.
Saturday, May 2. 2015
A surprising life: A Rare, Personal Look at Oliver Sacks’s Early Career
Pic is Oliver Sacks in his gay youth. He later gave up the gay life style and his motorcycles too. He's a distance swimmer even as he is dying.
Hayward's reading list
How to Be Real With God - What to do when spending time with God seems like chore.
Modern romance: An Ill-Defined Relationship Is All Drama
Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently - Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.
Debating the Moynihan Report, 50 Years Later
Rubio Talks Tough on Border Security: ‘No Right to Illegally Immigrate’
All diversity, all the time, everybody, right now
Why Does the Left Continue to Lie about Its Ideological Agenda?
Is your city burning? Thank a Democrat!
Democrat-Run Baltimore is a Gangsters' Paradise
PHOTOS RELEASED of Racist Cops Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death
The Fall of Saigon Revisited - Review: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ on PBS
Hatred, Lies, and Violence in the World of Islam
Marxist Democrats and the Return of the Hanoi Lobby
Russia may be readying for new Ukraine offensive: NATO commander
Chart on left via Carpe
Friday, May 1. 2015
Amusing story about the above ad
Goodbye: Britain Bans "Are You Beach Body Ready?" Ads, Citing "Sexism"
Why ban just pictures? Why not ban attractive girls in general? The Brits are welcome to exile them all to NYC
Oppressed Marquette Students Make Their Demands
An inside look at the University of Arizona’s sexual-assault climate survey
Attorney David Boies: Gay Marriage Is Fine, but Polygamy 'Has Harmful Effects...On Children'
That is pure baloney
Roger Angell - best baseball writer of our time - still alive
“But really, what the fuck is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them?
Baltimore as a Democrat City
Baltimore, a Great Society Failure
Lack of ‘Investment’ Is Not the Problem in Baltimore
Former Gitmo Prisoners Demand Reparations from US - Stake out US embassy in Uruguay
Vietnam lesson endures, 40 years later
Saigon’s Fall Still Echoes Today By Robert F. Turner
The War Blog: On the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon
The United States Isn’t the Only Country Still Trying to Figure Out the Vietnam War
Thursday, April 30. 2015
It cooks while it rests.
California’s Water Crisis Is Man Made
NOT IN AN ELITE COLLEGE? NO WORRIES!
College Encourages Lively Exchange Of Idea - Students, Faculty Invited To Freely Express Single Viewpoint
The George Washington University Tramples Free Speech, Ignores Context in Suspending Student for Indian Swastika Posting
Transcending the Poverty Industry - Federal anti-poverty efforts have relied
Obama Administration Says Non-Profit Status ‘Going to Be an Issue’ for Religious Schools
The Heretic We Need - Once again, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s pen is mightier than any barbarian’s sword.
Related, Congressmen Keith Ellison and André Carson call for denial of visa to Dutch legislator Geert Wilders
Carly Fiorina: Baltimore Rioters Using Freddie Gray’s Death as an ‘Excuse’
That is true
Candidate Clinton Blames Baltimore Riots on Income Inequality - Ignores fact husband's war on drugs responsible for militarized cops
Clinton Foundation Official: "This is not charity... The whole thing is bankable. It's a commercial proposition."
Clinton Sinking as Vox — Yes, Vox — Continues Barrage Against ‘Charity’ - With friends like this, Hillary! doesn't need enemies.
Jeb Bush's newest idea: Statehood for Puerto Rico!
What? How about independence for Puerto Rico?
The Palestinians No One Talks About
ISIS Pushes West, Eyeing a New Caliphate in Tunisia
Wednesday, April 29. 2015
Well, thus far my posture is better, I stand taller, I am visibly stronger when observed nude-nekked, I feel lighter on my feet, I lost 6 lbs. mostly around my gut that I did not really need to lose, and my need for sleep has gone from around 5 hrs to 6 hrs. I do miss some carbs, still, but I resist. Lots of slices of steak, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, steamed summer squash, and spinach with oil and garlic. He said one half a fruit per day but I don't really like fruit unless I pick it from the tree.
Anyway, fruit is nothing but sugar. It's not "healthy" - it is dessert.
Trainer believes my natural healthy condition is semi-wiry - neither buff nor soft.
It helps that Mrs. BD is on the same routine. She asks me whether I have pain from the workouts. She does. I do not - just total physical fatigue. That's a feeling I actually enjoy. Trainer ramps up the demands every time, 3x/wk.
Dead lifts? I told the guy why I thought they call them that. They f-ing kill you. Sheesh. My language does lapse into the colorful sometimes in that torture chamber.
Trainer says I am still not ready to do his in-between day program on my own time - need day off for muscle recovery. I do. But I will not go gentle into a dark night of sloth even if it kills me.
What is it? Intensive total body workout for strength and conditioning combining aerobic and resistance, with 15-30 second breaks between challenges. That's why they call it "boot camp."You have to get an echo stress test before beginning to minimize the odds of croaking on the floor.
It's a physical and mental adventure.
Do I need all of this? Yes, trust me. I had gotten a little soft and lazy but not fat. Do I like it? Yes and no. More no than yes. An Eat Your Spinach thing. Trainer/torturer is a good, funny fellow (country boy from Ohio who moved east and discovered the glories and fun and seashores of the northeast and of NYC) so that helps. Most enjoyable part is crawling out of the place at 6:15am to get to work.
Will give an update in another few weeks, but I will be moving furniture with my lad this weekend and I can do that, no problem, as long as I don't fall down the stairs.
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Is Sunday School too lite?
"Be nice" is not a Christian doctrine
Dating: Life on the Meat Bourse
Density and single-family zoning
I hate single-family zoning. To be a neighborhood, you need a corner store, a cafe, a church, etc. Places for people to see each other informally.
Price-fixing: When Bots Collude
Famed German Catholic philosopher makes waves for criticizing Pope Francis’ ‘autocratic’ style
Feminist Social Justice Warriors Badger Another Company, and that Company of Course Buckles
Everybody wants a beach body
The sex discrimination rationale for a right to same-sex marriage makes an appearance in today’s oral argument
Polygamy makes more sense than gay marriage
What Do Climate Skeptics Believe?
Marco Rubio Right, Wrong People Running The Country
Five Answers Liberals Never Give Us
UK: Douglas Murray Vows To Challenge Law If Ed Miliband Criminalizes ‘Islamophobia’
Democratic Leader Says Solution In Baltimore Is More Federal Spending
Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making
The Clash Over Clinton's Cash—and Why It Matters
Hillary Clinton's Machine Sputters
The recent revelations about the Clinton slush fund has reminded
"I submit, therefore, that it is somewhat rational for the Clintons to
Tuesday, April 28. 2015
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A blistering song:
I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I'm finally free
Full lyrics here.
Not the Onion: Texas A&M Prof Cracks, Flunks Entire ‘Disgraceful’ Class
Minimum wage workers tend to be young, single, part-time workers with less than a high school diploma
They targeted this shop to get the $
The world focus on CO2 is simply the end objective of a much larger political agenda.
Yup, there's always a problem with freedom. Always.
Baltimore: The Ghetto Welcomes You
Heather Mac Donald: Running With the Predators - Liberal elites continue to condemn law enforcement and excuse inner-city crime.
Clinton Charity CEO Explains Tax Reporting "Mistakes"
Are Democratic Insiders Starting to Panic about Hillary?
About Those Smoking Guns
STEPHANOPOULOS FLOORED AS GINGRICH, BLOOMBERG EDITORS DETAIL SERIOUSNESS OF ‘CLINTON CASH’
Salman Rushdie on the ‘Pu**ies’ Boycotting Award for Charlie Hebdo
Monday, April 27. 2015
Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist
The Genius of 'Want to Grab Coffee?' Why asking for advice makes people seem smart
Raisin takings case oral argument goes badly for the government
“MY FATHER THE SPY.” VIETNAM, THE REAL STORY
Why Is The CDC Lying About E-Cigarettes?
How Do the Clinton Scandals End? With the End of the Clintonns
From the Internet to the press to the public square, Brits' speech is being policed and punished
View of the upstairs barn apartment at the farm. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, 1930s-style eat-in kitchenette, and living room. Lots of closets. Knotty pine walls. Very pleasant 1000 sq. ft. quarters. Tractors downstairs. Too bad the view down the hill to the farmhouse and river washed out in my pic. The barn needs lots of exterior repairs, though.
For starters, new roof, a bit of new siding, and better insulation would all be good. And a paint job. Heavily leaded red barn paint, please. (You can easily buy the lead paint additive online. Lead-free exterior paint is terrible. As my brother-in-law says, any kid who would chew on the exterior wood of a barn has to be retarded already.) A couple of modern toilets would be nice too.
The farmhouse itself is in mostly good condition.
Maintenance will kill ya unless you can, and have time to, do it yourself. Ownership of places and things can be a life burden and a spiritual burden, as Thoreau often observed.
Sunday, April 26. 2015
So much for the terror tactics, which have never worked anyway except on the ignorant. We're in a mild inter-glacial, but not really. Technically, we are still in an ice age.
An Einstein quote in Mauldin's Why Physics Needs Philosophy:
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Psalm 23, A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Saturday, April 25. 2015
Readers may recall how much we enjoyed our trip to rustic and wild Little St. Simon's Island. (Not Saint Simons Island - Little Saint Simons)
We have a similar trip planned to the famous Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island in Georgia. We love Georgia but, then again, we love almost anywhere. Again, no phones, no wifi, no TV, no shops, and no transportation other than bike or foot. Other than the old mansion (built by Carnegie), there is no other development. All nature sanctuary. Bring binoculars of course, bathing suit ... and mosquito spray.
Hikes and bikes, and sea, all day.
You get there by boat from Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Ha. I've been there! Had a fine seafood lunch in Fernandina overlooking the harbor. Huge plate of fried oysters with pepper salsa, as I recall, cole slaw on the side, and a couple of beers.
Pic is Greyfield Inn
And I thought my Coreg was expensive
I like that Lilly stuff. They even make stuff for men, but you have to be above-average macho to wear it.
How about a ‘Capitalism Day’ to balance ‘Earth Day’ to remind us of what’s behind environmental improvements
Everglades shows government threatens the environment
Status Quo On Housing Finance Keeps Failed System In Place
Bill Ayers to University Students: America’s ‘Game Is Over’ and ‘Another World’ Is Coming
Hasn't had a new thought since 1960
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos
“Teachers Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know” - Sandra Stotsky’s primer for improving American educational standards
"Toughen up, buttercup." Megyn Kelly offers helpful advice to students seeking “safe space” from opinions
They are just play-acting fragile, Megyn. It's a power play.
Playing at Protest - Gotham’s confused politicians demonstrate against a system they own and operate.
Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation donations: 'It looks like bribery'
NYT Freak Out: Ermagersh! Ted Cruz Has Gay Friends — and Supporters!!! This doesn't fit the narrative.
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