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
Tuesday, April 18. 2017
The Income Tax Basically Implies that Government Owns You
Dynamic Christianity vs. the Benedict Option
Too clean for our children's good
Why Do We Eat Coconut Macaroons on Passover?
The "True" Human Diet - From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth
A Twisted Tale of Rent Control in the Maximum City
Why Wind Power Does Not Greatly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
" I've felt for some time that the left has gone off the deep end on the immigration issue."
Animal expert worries that birds won’t be able to fly over the border wall
This is what happens when the US government gets serious about our borders
Arrests of Illegal Immigrants Jumped 32% in Trump's First Months
These are the people who terrify campus administrators
CUNY UNION CALLS FOR FACULTY TO TEACH CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-TRUMP ‘RESISTANCE’
Variety Editor Asks, “How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover?”
Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet
A Few Places Where Justice Gorsuch Can Make A Difference
Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?
It's Official: Trump's Swamp-Draining Begins
POST-BREXIT BRITAIN WILL DROP RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMITMENTS
America Can’t Do Much About North Korea
Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says
Weapons: The Case For Caseless
Trump juggles the foreign policy balls Obama dropped
Monday, April 17. 2017
Why do you attend church? Gallup found some unexpected answers
Preaching (ie Teaching) seems over-emphasized. I think people go to be part of a community which is body of Christ. Jesus clubs. When teaching becomes performance, I turn off.
Why American men may have less luck finding a job than women
Why Americans have stopped moving
Also, if you are an owner it is very expensive to move
California: AND YET THEY LEARNED NO LESSONS FROM THIS...
SOLAR POWER: AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER
OUT OF “THEIR” “MINDS” AT BROWN
WELLESLEY NEWS: FREE SPEECH ONLY APPLIES TO LEFT-WING SPEECH
If You Paid $63,916 Per Year To Attend Wellesley And You Write Like This, You Got Ripped Off
College Kids Are Intolerant Jerks
University’s LGBT Students ‘Fear’ Arrival Of Chick-fil-A
Liars. They say they don't feel "safe." Bullshit.
" My committee colleagues argued that "we do not teach grammar" in our writing classes."
Correct grammar is for the elites. It is difficult to learn. I am still learning grammar.
Gay Porn Kingpin: Protect America From Muslim ‘Barbarians’
No institution or agency has done more to help the poor than Walmart.
Is government ever big enough?
Andrew Sullivan Says Good-bye to Hillary
Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?
Borders: There is a sheriff in town
DONALD TRUMP ASKS A GOOD QUESTION
Trump’s first 100 days have been better than you think
The problem of moral grandiosity, perhaps seen in purest culture in Sweden.
Marine Le Pen: Pope Francis Exceeds His Role as Religious Leader -Tells States to Disregard Their Own Citizens
Sunday, April 16. 2017
A world record eagle flight
Generally the spring pools are fed by snow melt, early Spring rain, or slow seeps from springs which do not produce enough water to keep the area wet in high summer. Springs are interesting things.
Critters that breed in vernal pools clearly need to lay eggs which produce rapidly-maturing young who can leave the pools before they dry up. For example, Bullfrog tadpoles take a long time, up to a year, to grow and mature via that crazy amphibian metamorphosis so large frogs require permanent bodies of water.
Around here, typical Vernal Pool breeders are Spring Peepers, Common Toad, Wood Frog, Cricket Frog, various salamanders. Spring Peeper eggs - tadpoles - tiny frogs are ready to leave the water in 8 weeks. Toads can do it in 12 weeks.
Here's a nice brief post about New Jersey's vernal pools.
Early Spring is here and, anyway, I am at the end of my bird seed.
Seen today at the HQ: An Easter Bunny laying colorful eggs, Mourning Dove, Cardinal, Common Grackle, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Common Flicker, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, House Finch, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, WT Sparrow, a few remaining SC Juncos, Blue Jay, Goldfinch, RW Blackbird and overhead a RT Hawk.
You guys are all on your own after today.
"Be not affrighted. Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him." Mark 16:6
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
The wonderful tune which brings back every Easter in one's life, and a few tears, too. Composer? Unknown. Words by Charles Wesley, 1739. The verses were written for the opening of the Wesleyan Chapel in London, in an old foundry. Hence the term Foundry Collection of hymns.
The rest of Wesley's verses of the song are on the continuation page, below.
Continue reading "Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Happy Easter"
Saturday, April 15. 2017
From Because Beset with Weakness by Michael J. Buckley, SJ:
I can't embed this one of Bob's Jesus songs, but it is here with some of the lyrics. From You Changed My Life:
Now the nature of man
You changed my life
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
The Profound Connection Between Easter and Passover
Why more men will soon find themselves doing ‘women’s work’
Is Facebook a Monopoly? Just Ask Snapchat
All businesses try to dominate their "spaces". Somebody ought to make up a board game about that.
What is Betteridge's Law of Headlines?
McDonalds Should Not Bring Back Szechuan Sauce Because It’s ‘Low-Key Racist’. From a commenter there:
According to environmentalists, if members of the EPA can’t hide their data and refuse to show their calculations they’ll be “crippled”
Saving Vladmir Putin's Face
Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders…
Spying on citizens is not American
Basically, Trump won’t Make America Great Again. Instead he’ll mostly maintain Obama’s policies.
Hezbollah forces retreat from Israel’s border following US demand
Chavista Marxists Attack Venezuelan Archbishop After His Calls for Freedom – Start Brawl Inside Church
Sounds like Middlebury College
Death toll mounts among Venezuelan protesters
North Korean Army Officials Arrested After Calling Kim Jong-un ‘Mentally ill’ And A ‘Kindergartener’
Friday, April 14. 2017
Third Wheel Joins Couple in Pool Having Romantic Swim
The ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Trend Blames Boys For Being Born Male
How Denmark is eradicating Down Syndrome
Will autism be next?
It's Time For EPA To Reconsider And Rescind The Endangerment Finding
What “permanent drought”? New all-time rainfall record set for California
Male student kills himself after University of Texas officials destroy his reputation for no reason
Harvard Crybully Societies Team Up on Hate Hoax
Tear Down State Barriers to Health Insurance
Remove state barriers and permit all sorts of policies. That would be a real market.
NY Times Is Rather Apoplectic Over The Attorney General Enforcing The Law
Will Russiagate Become Obamagate?
HOW MANY COUNTRIES CONSPIRED AGAINST TRUMP?
Why Republicans Can’t Fix the Big Problems
Trump is wildly unpredictable, at least he seems unpredictable. That’s a big part of how he plays the game.
Sultan: Sarah Lucy Halimi was thrown out of the window of the third floor Paris apartment while she begged her Muslim killer to spare her life.
Swedish Journalist’s Response to Stockholm Attack: Ban Cars
Refugee Rapists Who Live-Streamed their Rape on Facebook Will Not Be Deported From Sweden
Thursday, April 13. 2017
We are nearing the end of Lent, and I am reminded that I have reflected in the past about the idea that a function of life is to teach us enough humility to bring us to God - while our self-love fights to hold onto our precious fantasies of specialness, extraordinary integrity, appealingness, brilliance, and self-sufficiency despite the world's giving us abundant evidence to the contrary. Everybody's foot of pride comes down sometime, and often more than once. It can be brutal, but I guess we need it. Still, we must push forward as best we can and if we can do it with Christ as companion, so much the better.
This is a mystifying, rambling song which might sort-of be about a funeral, sins of pride and grandiosity, and man's Fall. Like a voice crying in the wilderness thing. Thus the contradictions of this half- crazy genius. It begins:
Like the lion tears the flesh off of a man
Here's Bob's only recorded version (Bootleg). Can not embed it.
He was never satisfied with any production of the song. That above with the lyrics which err: I believe it is "sordid" love affair with Errol Flynn, not "sword" , but who knows? Full lyrics here. The guy can pack more words into a line than anybody - or make fewer words fill a line completely.
For what it's worth, Lou Reed took a stab at the song:
Today is Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
UMD student calls hippie-inspired fashion 'deeply offensive'
Guess what, Idiot du Jour: Hippie was fashion. Fashion + drugs.
Why won't my shoes stay tied? Scientists are trying to figure it out. All knots inevitably fail
The pros behind the hit records: The Wrecking Crew
Paul Ekman: Three mottos I live by
Evolving war technologies
By the way, Joss Whedon has announced that Trump will exterminate all gay men in America if you don't join #TheResistance.
Notre Dame Students Feel ‘Unsafe’ about Mike Pence Speaking
Manipulative little lying punks
CNN’s Acosta Rules It’s Un-American to Slam CNN, News Media; Doesn’t Regret Screaming at Trump
Syria Strike Fails To Follow Progressive Playbook, Leading To Unhinged Op-Eds
Bummer: Immigration Crackdown Leads To Illegals With Minor Crimes And No Criminal History Being Arrested
Trump Was Right! Obama Got FISA Warrant to Spy on Trump Team
Winning behind the scenes
Trump Team Moves Closer to Gutting Some Federal Agencies.
Wednesday, April 12. 2017
"This was just about the time of that Woodstock festival, which was the sum total of all this bullshit. And it seemed to have something to do with me, this Woodstock Nation, and everything it represented. So we couldn't breathe. I couldn't get any space for myself and my family, and there was no help, nowhere. I got very resentful about the whole thing, and we got outta there. So we moved to New York..."
I can't embed it, but it's here.
You can use Trap (Hex) bars for squats or deadlifts.
I have used them a few times but the change disrupts my accustomed form. The idea (which makes sense) is that the centering of weight, the more natural grip, and the kindness to a sore lower back permit you to pile more weight on the bar, thus stressing your body more.
Have you tried it?
Why not go to the church which is closest to your house?
Makes sense to me, but it's not what we do
Peanut-Free School Zones Don't Work
Peanut allergies are caused by avoiding peanuts. I love peanuts, and especially Thai peanut sauce.
13,000-Year-Old Fillings Prove Ancient Dentistry Was Brutal
The Third Sex in India
Towns which have outlived their purpose: Cairo, Ill
Toyota shows robotic leg brace to help paralyzed people walk
What's Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?
Is Tesla worth more than GM?
More Reminders That Global Warming Is Good
Boys Don’t Need Books That ‘Put Them in Touch with Their Feelings
Arizona Scored a Big Win With School Choice. Here’s How It Will Help Children.
Female Student Shaves Head to Fight 'Gender Norms'
How today’s liberal kids are going to ruin college
How Colleges Try to Get Rid of Inconvenient Professors
LA Times Editorial Board: Dear Colleges, Stop Squeezing Free Speech
The US rolls out the Unwelcome Mat
Sessions Announces Illegal Aliens Who Illegally Re-Enter The U.S. Will Be Charged With a Felony
"What If?" Ron Paul Asks The Two Most Important Words
Who will pay California's bills?
The Authoritarian Impulse: Getting What We Really Don’t Want
Hillary Criticizes Obama's Syria Policy, Says "We Should've Done More"
Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge
Migrants are being sold at open slave markets in Libya
Sweden: The Silence of the Feminists
France: Migrants Torch New Migrant Camp 34 Days After Torching Last Migrant Camp
China Threatens To Bomb North Korea's Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing's "Bottom Line"
North Korean Ships Head Home After China Orders Coal Returned
Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death
Tuesday, April 11. 2017
Spring is on the horizon up here. Snow piles are melting. Thoughts about the gardens appear.
I have always had a vegetable garden, as did my parents, as did my Grandpas. It's a guy thing mostly, symbolic providers only since WW2.
I had a couple of reasons for adding this hassle to my life: family tradition, tomatoes, and to teach and show my kids where food comes from. It is rewarding for kids to go out and pick a couple of cucumbers or peppers or summer squash, or a basket of beans to bring to the kitchen.
Except for tomatoes, in my view home gardening makes no sense unless you value your time at zero, which makes it pure hobby. Home-grown stuff, for the month or two it is available up here, may be marginally better, but truly marginally and often worse. And there are the bugs that eat everything.
If I were rational, I would stick with my fruit trees, tomatoes, figs, herbs, and rhubarb and forget the rest. Almost forgot my Mouse melons - they are cool. I gave up on raspberries because the birds ate them all. I gave up on the native blueberries too because they never thrived.
I have a pal who has a huge fenced and irrigated vegetable garden. Definitely one of his hobbies. He leaves bags of chard, peppers, and eggplants on my front porch. Much appreciated but I do not know where he finds the time.
With kids, definitely good to show them how to grow things, though. Kids love to dig and love to pick stuff. That's why I always grow some pumpkins.
With the inspiration of Mrs. BD (and my Mom), I have become more interested in flowering borders in recent years. Very rewarding and challenging without being edible, the bugs are no problem, and the hummingbirds and butterflies are good fun.
Do you enjoy weeding? I don't, but I enjoy the (fleeting) results. I use Preen on the flower beds, and it sort-of works for a while. I would rather take a long hike with Mrs. BD, or go to the city, or go fishing, or to the gym, than spend half a weekend day growing something I can pick up at the market for 99 cents.
Go ahead and argue with me -
Photo is a Rhubarb patch. I love rhubarb. You can even munch the stalks raw, and it never fails to come up strong. You often find a cute snake curled up in there, which makes it fun. It's a crop you can count on and do not have to do anything for other than throw a little manure or fertilizer on it in April. Do not bite into the Garter Snake because it will piss him off.
The old adage about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish has been updated by a reader: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and French fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his 'basic rights.'
Thomas Sowell (h/t Ace)
Details to be posted soon. You can contact us via the comments section below. We'll probably begin near Lincoln Center and head south.
Save the date if you are interested in joining us, rain or shine. Details to be announced soon but it will be a west side story. It will be in Manhattan again, maybe Brooklyn next time. Or maybe Columbia to the Cloisters next time.
We had good folks from all over the country joining us last year, around 30 of us. It was jolly to meet people, but it is a hike and not a cocktail party. We figure 8-9 miles perhaps because of all of the meandering to catch the essential sights, like Clement Moore's church and the Flower District.
There will be bathroom breaks (for all genders) and a snack and beer break somewhere fun and cheap. As usual, Bulldog will lead us and I will try to shepherd.
Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?
"Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture."
That explains a few members of my family, I guess. Always late.
Do We Need More Roads and Bridges?
Michael Mann Adjusts the Climate “Turning Point” Out to 2020
I spent a week exploring how we'll have to live in post-water America
Idiot du Jour. Of course if you live in a desert, it's different. Expecting water in a desert is plain retarded.
Banned on YouTube: Cartoon Video Spoofing Vehicle Jihadists
The decline of history at schools is furthering the SJW madness
America's taxes are the most progressive in the world
Trump is so much like Hitler
How Mitch McConnell elected Donald Trump president
Monday, April 10. 2017
Sultan on Passover: From Slavery to Freedom
Preparing adult workers for the artificial intelligence revolution
Quiz: Are you CEO material?
It says I am but I am sure I am not
"Do" and did" in English
Scientists stunned by huge octopus discovery
We sleep less as we age because our brains don’t think we're tired
What about the possibility that sleep needs diminish with age? We still do not know why sleep is necessary.
Teaching Obesity, Selling Sickness - We are subsidizing our own disease burden.
Turkish cabin crew help woman give birth at 42,000ft
I have flown Turkish Air and I like it
New York Times Op-Ed Says Families Where Wife Stays Home Aren't 'Egalitarian'
And if the guy stays home?
Millions of Americans are desperate to trade part-time work for full-time
Men's Looks Matter More Than Women Admit, Study Shows
Duh. But money, power, and charm do a lot for appearance
Teaching doctors to give hormones to ‘transgendered’ pre-teens
Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who’s Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs
Despite global warming, California drought is over
Drought is over cuz of climate change. Hey, isn't most of California a desert?
Trump Preparing Order to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling
Kubota Tractor Moves Headquarters To Texas From California…
From killer diesel fumes to ruinous floods, every green initiative imposed on us by politicians has ended in disaster... and this is the great folly of our age, says CHRISTOPHER BOOKER
DEMOCRATS LOSE ARGUMENT, TRY TO BURN BOOKS
Dodd-Frank Helps Wall Street But Harms Small Banks
23 Ways Big Government Is Hurting the Poor
Dan Rather, Faux Marine
Democrats have zero leverage after Gorsuch
Prof Calls for Trump to Be Hanged, Random Republicans to Be Executed
Defiant conservatives invite Coulter to Berkeley after riots
ICE Agents Arrest 82 Illegals From 26 Different Countries In DC Area Operation
ICE is back to work
Time Magazine Gets Roasted After Falsely Claiming Republicans ‘Tore Up Senate Rules’ to Confirm Gorsuch
Reasonable Inferences About The Weird Obsession With Russia
Did the Obama Administration’s Abuse of Foreign-Intelligence Collection Start Before Trump?
Wikileaks Bombshell: Guccifer 2.0 Admits “Seth” Rich Was DNC Leaker
Trump’s airstrike on Syria delivers another blow to Obama’s legacy
MSNBC's O'Donnell: Putin 'Might Have Orchestrated' Syria Strike to Help Trump
Brit clergy bewildered by Islamist terror
"We'll never know why he did it"
The EU's Utter Contempt for European Freedom
One Week, Five Terror Attacks: Beginnings of Another 'Summer of Terror'?