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
Sunday, March 18. 2018
51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
51:4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
51:5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
51:11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.
51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Saturday, March 17. 2018
Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization
After a few weeks of these simple low-impact calisthenics/cardio daily, you can begin to advance, lengthen, and intensify your overall program. Ignore those calories - it's not true and it means nothing.
These trainers talk kind of silly, but that's normal. The girl shows you how to modify if you can't keep up with the guy yet:
Irish ancestry as a % of each state's population
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York is 14 years older than our country, dating to 1762. The parade’s line of march is traditionally led by the honor guard of the 69th Regiment of the New York State National Guard, the storied “Fighting 69th.” And therein lies a tale.
2 Dead Sea Scrolls Displayed for 1st Time at US Museum
Most people think they have improved their significant other
Dazzling Dendrites - Beholding the brain, in sketches by the 'father of neuroscience.'
Would-be writers: Why they hate Margaret Atwood
Hollywood director Gilliam hits out at #MeToo 'mob rule'
Academics reeling as market discipline comes to the University of Wisconsin
How To Stop School Shootings (video)
Training Manual Clearly Tells Florida Deputies to ‘Confront the Shooter‘
Student Suspended For Refusing To Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout
It Pays To Have Good PR: Compared to Jeff Skilling, Elizabeth Holmes Gets Slap On the Wrist for Outright Fraud
Ruth Marcus’s defense of aborting children with Down syndrome shows the danger of appeals to the majority consensus.
High Court to Say if Pregnancy Centers Can Be Forced to Advertise Abortions
Big Storms Brewing in California, Other Places for Clinton Foundation
Andrew McCabe, Trump’s foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire
Friday's firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, based on a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, is only the beginning of what is likely to be the most explosive series of revelations in American history.
The guy lied to government officials. Regular people would be jailed for that - see Martha Stewart. Anyway, he's too young for retirement.
Robert Mueller Isn’t Mr. Integrity — He Wants to Destroy Donald Trump
Hiring John Bolton Would Be a Betrayal of Donald Trump's Base - The president won the 2016 election with foreign-policy positions antithetical to those championed by the perennially hawkish Iraq War supporter.
UMich Sentiment Soars To Record High As Poorest Americans Rejoice
China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains
Big Brother is watching you
50 years after My Lai massacre, survivors remember: 'I had to climb over so many bodies'
Friday, March 16. 2018
Just wanted to set the record straight on the historical facts. Even worse, his name wasn't Patrick.
He was an England-born slave of Irish raiders.
The Irish do not cook Corned Beef and Cabbage - except for American tourists
What is Irish? Shepherd's Pie is.
I happen to love corned beef and cabbage (plus potatoes) - as long as there is plenty of horseradish mustard and beer.
The real name of the meal is New England Boiled Dinner. I cook it all together in a giant pot. If the beef needs a knife, it's underdone. I think it should almost crumble.
I will make some for my Irish father-in-law tomorrow. No Guiness, though. It really does not go with food in my opinion. Heck, it's a meal in itself. In Irish pubs, they throw one or two raw eggs in it, stir it up, and call it breakfast.
Things everybody (including Amy Wax, Ted Dalrymple, and Charles Murray) understands about functioning
Everybody knows what ingredients can result in unfortunate lives regardless of money: bad luck, bad genes, low IQ (half of the population is below average), addiction, maladaptive, annoying, (or intolerable, eg sociopathic or impulsive) character traits, poor judgement, unappealing appearance, mental illness, poor social awareness, low-functioning parents, poor child-rearing and lack of a father, etc. etc.
As we reiterate here, a stable bourgeois life is tough enough for most, even if lacking in those obstacles. Everybody is insufficient, and everybody stumbles. I know people with beautiful fulfilling lives, but have never known anybody who has not endured grievous troubles or terrible years. Peterson keeps saying "Life is suffering." No, but it has its share of it. You can count on that. Tragedy is unavoidable.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:45 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
K-12: The War on Boys and Men
Israeli Team of Researchers Restore 20/20 Vision with Nanotechnology
Author hates rich people
George Will: The Real Down Syndrome ‘Problem’
Champion Swimmer with Down Syndrome Says Unborn Babies with the Condition Have a Right to Life
86% of university presidents cite negative effects of ‘liberal political bias on campus’
Suspect in 'white powder' letter to Trump Jr. donated to Dems, posted anti-Trump rants on Facebook
Antifa Radical Charged with Hateful Vandalism Raises Over $80k Thanks to L.A. Times Article
The National School Walkout Sums Up Our Middle School Politics
Teacher on Leave After Questioning Whether School Would Let Pro-Life Students Walk Out, Too - "Would that be allowed by the administration?"
Your Right to Free Speech, Like My Right to Self-Defense, Isn’t Open to Debate - Rallying to call for restrictive laws is a whole lot easier than getting people to submit to them.
Shaquille O'Neal: Put More Police Officers in Schools Instead of Banning Guns
US gets tougher on Russia; new sanctions, accusations
Trump administration sanctions Russians for interfering in 2016 elections
WSJ: The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis - Fixing or scrapping the Iran nuclear deal is the best thing Trump can do to denuclearize North Korea.
Thursday, March 15. 2018
All the ways daylight saving time screws with you - When entire countries lose an hour of sleep simultaneously, bad things happen.
Hubert de Givenchy’s greatest gift to women
Plastic particles found in bottled water
Can't hurt you - it is inert
Jewish for the jokes by Harry Stein
Let the Boys Fight: Why Anti-Bullying Policies Fail and Why Fighting May Be the Answer
Famed archaeologist forged murals, inscriptions for decades
Guardian: Bolshevik “Petrograd Revolution” Required to Overthrow Climate Complacency
Any excuse will do
At The Times, Promoting The Climate Scare With Fake Information
California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, mostly to Texas, 7-year study says
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Takes Part in Anti-Gun Die-In Protest – Surrounded by Armed Guards
Pay-to-Play Government - The Joseph Percoco verdicts reveal how doling out cash has become the unquestioned premise of running New York.
Guilty verdict for Percoco leaves Cuomo looking terrible
Entitlements: The "Most Predictable Economic Crisis in History" - It’s not just libertarians and conservatives who recognize that there is a problem.
Mexican flags fly at San Diego anti-Trump rally and press tries to hide it
Hillary ’08 Campaign Manager: Her Latest “Deplorables” Comments Were Pretty Bad, Huh
North Korea is even weirder — and more scary — than you know
Britain’s Grooming Gang Crisis
German Court Orders Volkswagen Rehire Suspected ISIS Recruiter Who Told Coworkers They'd 'All Die'
Wednesday, March 14. 2018
Every few weeks, I will cut a day out for recovery if I feel I need it. That's an age factor, I think. However, consistency is key.
Two years of that program will get anybody of any age, gender, or condition into decent fitness - with the appropriate nutrition for weight-gain or loss. Physical renovation, literally. Lean, no bulging muscles but just solid strength, endurance, and athleticism. I am towards the northern region of middle age, so I can speak to this with some authority. Not to mention a deplorable history of intermittent tobacco abuse.
Re the calisthenics component, right now I take one cross-train class/week (basically no-rest cardio/calis, lots of burpees, rowing, mountain climbers, and jumping around), and a mixed calis/HIIT session I do on my own for 75 minutes/wk on Sat. morning.
Typically I do 3 circuits of each group of four exercises until my time runs out. I see many guys and gals doing similar sorts of circuits on their own at the gym, but classes push the cardio and sweat harder than many will do on their own.
Below the fold, the typical circuits I use after a 5-minute elliptical warm-up and calf stretch. It's not classic HIIT, but it works in the same way. I do classic HIIT weekly on the treadmill - 30-sec sprint, 2 min slow walk.
This is classic old-fashioned "exercise" (asterisks for the things I consider HIIT) --
Continue reading "Mixing your Calisthenics Day(s) with HIIT - Old-fashioned "exercise""
Why are antiques now so cheap?
Nobody wants frumpy old stuff any more
Spring Break is on as tens of thousands descend on beaches for debauchery
How to Ace the Job Interview
How to Get Your Resume Past the Applicant Tracking System
Cornell’s Asian Americans may get their own segregated dorm area.
THE IGNOBLE LIE - HOW THE NEW ARISTOCRACY MASKS ITS PRIVILEGE
New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
You Failed Hillary Clinton, America, and She Won't Forget It
Mueller’s New Star Witness Against Trump Caught Partying at Exclusive Island Resort with Bill Clinton
Obama aide started Christopher Steele-FBI alliance
Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney
The mayor of London read racist tweets about himself during SXSW as a plea for Facebook and Twitter to stop hate speech
Steyn not happy with the state of free speech in the UK
How Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Strategy Got North Korea to the Table
Tuesday, March 13. 2018
The Bath School Massacre: The Worst School Attack in U.S. History
Portraits of Schoolkids Learning Firearm Safety in Rural Indiana, 1956
America's War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony
Narrative needed to explain why global warming causes cold weather
Interesting Facts About The New York Real Estate Market
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE KEEPING COMMUNITY COLLEGES AFLOAT
ICE seeks illegal immigrant in Colorado fatal hit-and-run who bonded out of jail
Is It Racist to Call Maxine Waters Stupid, Considering How Stupid She Is?
Clinton Blames Her Loss on White Women Listening to Their Husbands
Confirmed: Hillary still is Bitter, Tone-Deaf, hates The Deplorables, and is not well
I hate Trump, but I love these tariffs
Trump Is More Like Recent Presidents Than Anyone Wants To Admit - On trade, foreign policy, and so much more, he's Clinton, Bush, and Obama without the charm and respect. That can be a good thing.
Britain's May Condemns Russians For Poisoning Attack. Socialist Corbyn Immediately Shills For Them.
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Winston Churchill’s Beliefs on Islam Would Get Him Jailed and Deported from the UK Today
Monday, March 12. 2018
"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."
Nock’s Volley Gun: Clearing the Decks in the 1700s
Maybe it’s time for everyone to give up on social media
The Hottest Social Scene In Town Isn’t The Singles’ Bar. It’s The Supermarket.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is coming to your house
Yes, I have seen some around
Canadian Government: “consider the gendered impacts of climate change”
California Has Too Much Green Energy
Why does the left not condemn Farrakhan’s anti-semitism?
The Broward Sheriff’s Juvenile Arrest Conspiracy Might Actually Be True
There’s a Nazi on the Ballot: How Could Illinois GOP Let This Happen?
Former CIA Officer Exposes Clinton Charity Fraud As Biggest Scandal In US History
Chairman Nunes Reveals Fusion GPS Connection to Obama White House…
Full Employment? Even With 313,000 New Jobs, We're Not There Yet
“Trump Is The Devil”: Los Angeles Investor Urges Protesters To Shut Down Streets, Block POTUS Motorcade
Whisper It, But Maybe Trump Isn’t That Bad After All
Critics bash Trump for not listening — but offer no solutions
STORMY DANIELS? SERIOUSLY?
CNN Follows Porn Star Stormy Daniels to the Strip Club
We're From the International Community and We're Here to Help
Afghanistan: A War without an Objective, 6,000 Days In
Conservative Activists Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone Detained in UK for Political Beliefs
While We Scrutinize Russia, China Is Taking Over The World
How the World Should View China: Friend, Foe, or Somewhere Between?
Ben Shapiro: Justin Trudeau is a Teenage Girl
Sunday, March 11. 2018
Sweetest thing heard yesterday, from a 7 year-old boy to 3 year-old little brother:
"Jamesie, would you like to help me blow out my birthday candles?"
For Urban Hikers, Pocket Guide App. It's fun to get lost sometimes, though. Interesting things happen.
It's now good urban (and rural hiking) season. Get out there, friends, and do 9 miles with friends and family. Pizza and beer afterwards is the Maggie's Way.
2:1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins
2:2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
2:3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.
2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us
2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--
2:6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
2:7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God--
2:9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
2:10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Saturday, March 10. 2018
3 Ways Cigar Shops Solve the World’s Problems
"Monster" 197-pound cougar captured by Washington state biologists
David Warren's privilege
Harvard faculty bless new punishments for students in all-male clubs
Crazy. Guys need to hang out with guys. Now, no doubt guys will make unofficial secret clubs to smoke cigars and tell lies and dirty jokes, to plan hunting outings, and to mock their castrati administrators
The Growing Attack on Boys
Althouse on Genuine Imitation Life
Best-selling introductory psychology books give a misleading view of intelligence
I Grew Up in a Communist System. Here’s What Americans Don’t Understand About Freedom
IT'S TIME FOR SOCIALISM: LET'S NATIONALIZE THE WASHINGTON POST
NOAA Caught Adjusting Big Freeze out of Existence
Delingpole: Slowly, the Green Swamp is Draining from the White House…
Bob Woodward Says Reporters Becoming "Emotionally Unhinged" Over Trump
Protests are seldom really about the object of the protest. They are about the protesters...
At the Box Office and Voting Booth, Leftist Fantasies Bomb
On The Texas-Mexico Border, Migrants Are Overcoming Every Obstacle In Their Path - Every day in the Rio Grande Valley, hundreds of migrants maneuver a border crawling with patrols and unscrupulous smugglers. And still they keep coming.
Republic Steel Announces Recommission of Lorain Ohio Steelworks – Hundreds of Jobs Scheduled To Return….
Wilbur Ross: Why We Imposed the Metal Tariffs
Time to Get Over the Russophobia
Sarah Sanders Didn’t Let The Media Forget About Their Soft Spot For North Korea
Scarborough: Let’s Face It, Trump Agreed To This Summit With Kim Because Of … Stormy Daniels
"The Bottles Kept Flowing" - Inside The Dinner That Led To Trump-Kim Meeting
Friday, March 9. 2018
Rossini wrote the music for the opera in three weeks. Make way for the handyman, with the late great Dmitri Hvorotovsky. Lyrics translated here.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:51 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Zinsser was a master of non-fiction prose. An interesting brief report.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:45 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
“Follow your dreams” or in this case “your internal guidance” is terrible career advice.
It's great advice for hobbies, and sometimes (very rarely) hobbies become careers. For example, I make millions from our Maggie's Dunkin Donuts ads.
PHYSICAL EXERCISE FIGHTS ILLNESS BY KEEPING THE AGING IMMUNE SYSTEM YOUNG
When I have a bug, exercise does me more good than rest
The Perfect Man Who Wasn't - For years he used fake identities to charm women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then his victims banded together to take him down.
Vulnerable women are easy targets for exploiters
Upgrade makes genome editor CRISPR more muscular, precise
Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African-American English - The speech pathologist believes that helping kids switch seamlessly between dialects is a key to their success.
Wells Fargo Lost Its Soul When It Quit the Iditarod
“Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption”… And?
Millennial Males with Degrees are Getting Crushed in the Workplace
From We’re Letting Mentally Ill People Walk Around. Do You Like The Results? ... the three largest mental hospitals by bed capacity in the United States are the Los Angeles County Jail, the Cook County Jail (Chicago) and Riker’s Island (New York City).
You can only do a massive redistribution once. After that, it all goes downhill.
In Rejecting U.S. Immigration Law, California Has A Role Model: The Confederacy
The main reason for the loss of US steel jobs is a huge increase in worker productivity, not imports, and the jobs aren’t coming back
Trump promised to give it a try
Why Trump Is So Hated by Leftists
How Are Things Going In Russia?
America Should Ban Civilian Guns to Protect Human Rights, Chinese Communist Dictatorship Says
Trudeau is a moron
From Cricket Protein to Super Sugar, the Israeli Food Tech Scene Is Booming - Start Up Nation takes on dinner
South Korea Credits Trump’s ‘Leadership’ For Kim Jong Un’s Sudden Offer To Talk
Thursday, March 8. 2018
Not from The Onion: A Photo of Charles Murray Is Too Traumatizing for Some Middlebury College Students - "I recognize that it may be especially jarring, particularly for students of color"
The Tyranny of the Perpetually Offended
They are not truly offended. They use false offense as a weapon
Campus fascism on the march
Children, children, let's be young ladies and gentlemen
Noonan (WSJ): Who’s Afraid of Jordan Peterson? When a British interviewer tried to shut him up, I knew he had something interesting to say.
Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco
Makes sense to me
Why this man who barged in on his cheating wife could go to jail for 15 years
New documents show FBI paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad staff to act as informants
A Cold Winter Is Brought into Line with Climate Ideology
Even weather must adhere to the party line
UN Appoints Michael Bloomberg as a Climate Envoy
Federal Spending: 5 Charts that Tell the Story - Our fiscal problems start with entitlements and end with entitlements.
Americans have learned to love their freebies
Trump administration to turn over documents related to Obama-era Operation Fast and Furious
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD: FREEDOM OF SPEECH ONLY PROTECTS INOFFENSIVE SPEECH
Their speech offends me, deeply
They love easy money
Connecticut Governor: The NRA Has “In Essence Become A Terrorist Organization”
Dear Annoying Parkland Kids: We Gave You A Pretty Awesome World, Try Not To Mess It Up
More Than 100 House Republicans Rally Against Trump Tariffs
Why Trump is Right About Tariffs
Donald Trump Resolute on Tariffs and Trade: I Was Elected to Protect Our Workers
Trump ‘basically going to war’ with California, Jerry Brown says
Got it backwards
‘HOW DARE YOU’: AG Sessions Slams California Democrats For Protecting Illegal Aliens
The future battlefield: Army, Marines prepare for ‘massive’ fight in megacities
After reports of chemical attacks, White House considers new military action against Syrian regime
Trump's critics amazed, forced to praise him after tough talk brings North Korea to heel
UK Labour leader belongs to secret anti-Semitic Facebook group
Iran's missile production has increased three-fold: Guards commander
Wednesday, March 7. 2018
What is most art "for"? Well, it's to be decorative or at least interesting. It can be social signalling or status-seeking. It can be used for investing or money-laundering. I suspect all of these things have applied since the Renaissance.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:02 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Snowy day here in Yankeeland. They used to call it "snow", but now they call them "Snowstorms" and give them names. Dramatizing ordinary weather. What's the matter with Yankee people these days? The timidity. Mrs. BD ain't askeered. She's off to Philly this morning, weather be damned.
Fitness for the elderly: 91-year-old Sydney man walking every street in town
'Super Monster Wolf' a success in Japan farming trials
Was King David the greatest songwriter of all time?
A Jewish-themed Disney Park is Coming to Israel!
Gender Reassignment Surgeries (And Regrets Over Same) Are On The Rise
Medical malpractice. Ask Hippocrates.
Stanford adds male-focused gym hours following complaint about women-only hours
All adult gyms are co-ed. What's the issue? Guys look at gals, and vice-versa. Very natural.
Mental illness: GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEINSTITUTIONALIZATION MOVEMENT - Another leftist-created failure.
The Corporate War on Free Speech
Justice Department suing California over sanctuary laws
Women’s March Flies Into Damage Control Over Farrakhan Ties
THE CLINTONS’ TENTACLES: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE
Trump Isn’t Starting A Trade War, He’s Trying To Win The One We’ve Been Fighting
Pat Buchanan Asks "Why Is The GOP So Terrified Of Tariffs?"
Gary Cohn is a free-trader. So are most economists. What if they're wrong, or only half-right?
Took Mrs. BD to the Balanchine/Stravinsky program with the New York City Ballet last weekend. One of her Christmas presents. I thought it was a heck of a show, even though I am neither a balletomane nor a Stravinsky fan (Mrs. BD is a dance fan, regardless of style or tradition.) I do find Balanchine's style more accessible to me than classical ballet or modern dance.
NYC is the world center of dance for a good reason - tons of fans, and not all gays by any means. NYCB is almost always sold out, and there are ways to get reasonably-priced tickets.
The lobby of the David Koch theater last weekend, with cool balloon decor:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:00 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
(Page 1 of 600, totaling 14999 entries) » next page