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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Sunday, July 3. 2022
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
10:2 He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
10:3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
10:4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.
10:5 Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house!'
10:6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.
10:7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.
10:8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;
10:9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10:10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say,
10:11 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.'
10:16 "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!"
10:18 He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.
10:19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.
10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
Saturday, July 2. 2022
“The Act of Mourning Itself is a Final, Destitute Version of Love.” A Reading List For the Grieving
How the Higgs Boson Ruined Peter Higgs’s Life
Twitter suspends Jordan Peterson: why?
These are the words colleges don't want you to say
The Insufferable Arrogance of the Constantly Wrong
"Take that restorative justice bull**** and shove it up your ***es"
What If People Actually Controlled The Government?
Smart Democrats understand the big reasons behind the Supreme Court’s decisions
Supreme Court Reins In The Regulatory Beast
Dutch Farmers Livid Over EU's 'Green' Nitrogen Rule Block Border Between Holland And Germany
After Destroying Individual Rights, China’s President Xi Arrives at 25th Anniversary of Handover to Claim “Beginning of True Democracy in Hong Kong”
Roman Wall Blues
Over the heather the wet wind blows,
The rain comes pattering out of the sky,
The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,
Aulus goes hanging around her place,
Piso's a Christian, he worships a fish;
She gave me a ring but I diced it away;
When I'm a veteran with only one eye
Friday, July 1. 2022
Airline Labor Shortages May Wreck Your Summer Travel Plans
The Puritans Are Back: Did They Ever Leave? Are we experiencing another Puritan revival?
A “deep dive” into “Queer Theory” so you don’t have to.
AOC: This is now a "judicial coup" and a constitutional crisis
Hillary Clinton says Clarence Thomas has been a person of ‘resentment, grievance and anger’ his whole life
Biden Climate Advisor Seems Happy About American Job Losses
A big deal. It goes beyond the EPA.
Thursday, June 30. 2022
What is "art"?
Bon Appetit went woke
Colleges offer students counseling to cope with news of Roe v. Wade reversal
At Quillette, the politics of the Australian aborigines
Also, Aussie Climate Minister Promises to Legislate Away that Evil CO2
Chasing Utopian Energy: How I Wasted 20 Years of My Life
Here are headlines and editorials in the dishonest WaPo a day after Secret Service agents effectively called Jan. 6 witness a liar
Biden Climate Czar John Kerry: “We Need To Spur The Transition To Green Shipping”….
Nationalize 'Big Oil'? Are You Crazy?
AOC Claims Supreme Court “Overreached” By Returning Power To The People On Abortion
Tuesday, June 28. 2022
Lake Mead Drying Up As Water Becomes Big Issue For The Southwest
Accountability and Authority - the case for well-run institutions
Here Are The Headlines That Would Be In The News Right Now If Trump Were Still President
France's Emmanuel Macron Drops Truth on Joe Biden About His Insane Energy Policies
Colorado Christian center burned in mostly peaceful fashion
TikTok Trend Has Angry Leftist Women Threatening Hookup Sex Will Die Now That Roe Is Overturned
Blinken's disgraceful apology tour: SCOTUS ruling on Dobbs raises "concerns across the world"
Monday, June 27. 2022
World's Deepest Shipwreck Discovered Four Miles Under The Pacific
The Metaverse Is Already Here. How is virtual reality remaking our world?
Fat studies is the field that teaches students to view obesity as 'oppression'
Law Firm Splits With Lawyers Who Won Major Gun Case At Supreme Court
Illinois: Drive out the rich for Equality
Hundreds of migrants seen wandering on side of road in Texas amid illegal immigration surge. The area in the Del Rio sector has seen record illegal crossings
Colombia's election: How could the voters be so stupid?
Sunday, June 26. 2022
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.
5:14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
5:15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
5:16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
5:17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.
5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.
5:19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,
5:21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
5:22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
5:23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Saturday, June 25. 2022
It depends on whether you are climbing steeps, rock-scrambling as a big part of it, or strolling on a comfy trail. The terrain matters, but most hill-hiking has varied terrain. Still, lots of people prefer various sorts of light-weight, quick-drying sneakers even when taking on the AT to Maine.
I like my heavy-duty (and heavy) Meindls for rocks and rocky steeps, Adidas for mild varied terrain, and running sneakers for ordinary trail hiking. The weight matters - less is better.
Mountaineering boots are a different topic. I am not climbing Ben Nevis, although we did as kids. The easy route, and in summer - not winter.
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Democrats are looking for a weed deal
Biden’s Green Hypocrisy - The president’s attempt to lift the federal gas tax exposes the hollowness of climate-change rhetoric.
USA Today demoted me for a tweet — because its woke newsrooms are out of touch with readers
The Hits Just Keep Coming! BLM Rioter Snags 10-Year Sentence for Trying to Burn Cops Alive
Progressive Utopian Vision Versus The Constitution
The Tragedy of the Unwanted Child: What Ancient Cultures Did Before Abortion
Most commentary on the Dobbs decision is, not surprisingly, incompetent. If you didn’t know better, you would think that abortion had suddenly been made illegal across the country–which, for better or worse, is obviously not the case.
The End of Roe and the Curse of Self-Governance
Supreme Court Turns Over Abortion Question to the People. Democrats Rage Against Democracy.
Friday, June 24. 2022
Why Competitive Chess Is as Vicious as 10 Rounds in a Boxing Ring
How turtles defy ageing
More On Energy Fantasy Versus Reality In Woke-Land
‘I literally lost organs:’ Why detransitioned teens regret changing genders
They Questioned Gender-Affirming Care. Then Their Kids Were Kicked Out of School.
America’s religious history is more complicated than the Supreme Court’s liberal justices understand
The Supreme Court's Decision Is a Huge Win for the Constitution
How Should Courts Evaluate Gun Regulations After Bruen?
Alcohol, Drugs, Homelessness and Crime. What is the right approach? Are libertarians on the wrong side?
Thursday, June 23. 2022
Mrs. BD has planned a 9-day hiking trip in Scotland (and in the Eng. Lake District). Fine with me. Probably 10-12 miles/day over hill and dale, but no moutains.
However, I tend to have two hiking issues. One is that I have destroyed one shoulder from skiing and body-surfing accidents, so I can't handle a backpack for much over an hour. Pain whick removes all pleasure. Luckily, she doesn't mind carrying it. But I am also prone to foot blisters. It is not about the right hiking shoes. I have the best for different purposes. Yes, liner socks etc.
A few years ago, I found some amazing analgesic bandaid-like things in a farmacia in Spain. I should have bought 50 packs of them, because they saved our trip for me. My feet were a bloody mess, but painless. Can't find those same things on Amazon.
Do any of our readers have any genius ideas?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:03 | Comments (33) | Trackbacks (0)
Canada Completes Construction of Manufacturing Facility to Make Food from Bugs
Largest Ever Florida Python Discovered, And The Contents Of Its Stomach Will Blow Your Mind
Bear Breaks Into Colorado Home, "Plays" Piano
Dave Chappelle Owns the Snowflakes Once Again
Student Kicked Out Of UK College For Supporting Deportation Of Illegal Immigrants
The Left Completely Melts Down Over Supreme Court Ruling On Religious Schools
On education, the tide is turning in favor of parents
Population-fueled Sprawl Undermines Conservation Ambitions
‘Hypocritical’ defund NYPD advocate moved out of Harlem for ‘safety issues’
Biden Ambassador Nominee Warns of "Jewish Money"
If I get canceled, let them eat me alive
KAMALASPLAINING, AND OTHER VIDEO COMEDY
Wednesday, June 22. 2022
Hiker dies on Mt. Washington
The Loop is a good day hike, but Be Prepared
Americans' Belief in God Drops to All-Time Low
Washington Post Wants To Regulate “Carbon” As A Toxic Substance Or Something
Has Omicron evolved to become more dangerous?
Disney Stock Has Tumbled Nearly 50 Percent as Audiences Turn Away
CEOs Start To Push Back Against 'Woke' Employee Bullying
Supreme Court Rules Religious Schools Can't Be Excluded From School Vouchers
Canada: Governed by Hypochondriacs
Tuesday, June 21. 2022
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:30 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
The Country Club?
Fauci is Back with a Warning for Americans: ‘Wear a Mask’ When You’re Indoors — This Outbreak ‘Isn’t Over Yet’
In a crisis-ridden era, the US Navy focuses on...pronouns
Monday, June 20. 2022
Anthropologists Now Believe All-Female Amazon Tribe Collapsed Because Nobody Could Get Any Jars Open
What do Gaffers do? (video)
Stanford’s War on Social Life
Sriracha and Peanut Butter the Latest Items in Short Supply
Over ten thousand flights were canceled across the nation this weekend
The Billionaire Family Pushing Synthetic Sex Identities
The New Thing: San Francisco Reality
Shellenberger: Why Biden's Attacks On Energy Are "Absolutely Insane"
Bill and Hillary's midterm message: "We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy"
Is Donald Trump Magnificently Right About Ukraine?
Sunday, June 19. 2022
Psalm 42 and 43
42:1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?
42:3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, "Where is your God?"
42:4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help
42:6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
42:7 Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me.
42:8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
42:9 I say to God, my rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?"
42:10 As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, "Where is your God?"
42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
43:1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from those who are deceitful and unjust deliver me!
43:2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you cast me off? Why must I walk about mournfully because of the oppression of the enemy?
43:3 O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
43:4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
Saturday, June 18. 2022
If more of our readers would subscribe to Epoch Times, I would link their stuff more often
Paul McCartney at 80
New K-12 standards bear similarity to higher ed claims that math is racist
Elite NYC private schools are teaching kids that American society must be destroyed
The fentanyl crisis that is enveloping our country is becoming more and more alarming every day. It is not hyperbole to suggest that it is now the number one criminal and public safety issue in the nation.
Van Jones Leaves CNN Anchors Stunned After Spitting Truth About the Democrat Party
Biden Signals To Own Officials & Zelensky: Dial Back The "Winning" Rhetoric As Russian Gains Now Evident
Friday, June 17. 2022
Flippy the robot is slowly making its way into more restaurants
How Ben & Jerry’s plans on getting their cows to stop farting, burping
I No Longer Have Osteoporosis - A Wichita Falls Athletic Club Case Study
NY Times Magazine: The Battle Over Gender Therapy
DNA testing proves exonerated convict was guilty all along
Elite NYC private schools are teaching kids that American society must be destroyed
Texas's Gov. Abbott blocks and breaks that gargantuan incoming caravan
Smith College whistleblower, told not to rap because she’s white, finally performs her music on iconic NYC stage
Professors Need the Power to Fire Diversity Bureaucrats. Scholars should drive out overzealous administrators, not vice versa.
China’s Return to Maoism. As the economy falters, the CCP knows it must control everything in order to retain power
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