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
Saturday, August 1. 2020
I am a small business owner, a New Yorker, an entrepreneur, a daughter, a sister, and an advocate of others who wish to pursue their dreams. I am passionate about freedom, education and innovation; I am open minded and eager to hear about other people's experiences. My personal views on political issues are deeply rooted in my own personal experiences.
I have launched two businesses over the past seven years; however for the first five years I struggled. I am an educated and intelligent woman but found myself living hand to mouth -- even briefly taking food stamps to buy basic groceries. After year three, I was able to access capital at a reasonable cost and this allowed me to grow; after year six, I am finally seeing some success and I am able to support myself; after year seven I am thriving.
My companies have created jobs for more than 250 US workers and have generated more than $10 million of economic activity. I enjoy my work and find fulfillment in creating a positive impact. I work hard day in and day out to pursue my dreams and encourage others to do the same. I help other entrepreneurs without asking for anything in return because this is the right thing to do. I am not perfect, I have made mistakes, and I am among the ranks of millions of small business owners doing the same thing.
Here are some facts about small businesses. (Before we begin, note that the SBA generally defines small businesses as firms with less than 500 employees; however you can read more details about small business criteria here.)
Before COVID, it was challenging enough. Most small businesses fail; here are some stats. The primary reasons small businesses fail are cash flow and management / business planning challenges, the latter of which I believe is due to a lack of education. The SBA has amazing resources for small business owners, but small business owners often are not aware of these resources.
Back to politics. On a personal level, I find many individuals in politics distasteful -- on both sides. I also find many role models in our leadership on both sides. But, personalities are their business and not my business. If I could not find a way to work with people I did not like, I would be out of business.
All I ask is that everyone do a personal inventory of your motives for hate speech or rallying in an unsafe way - whichever side you are on. If you are doing this to fit in, for approval, to make yourself feel better or simply because you are bored, check yourself. Don't be afraid to speak about your experiences -- or to pursue your dreams.
Please, be safe, be grateful, and support a local business today.
A young entrepreneur
(1) Source: SBA https://advocacy.sba.gov/2019/01/30/small-businesses-generate-44-percent-of-u-s-economic-activity/
Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular? Twenty-five years after his death, the painter who gave us “happy little trees” is more ubiquitous than ever.
TA would assasinate Jesus
Jesus and the maginalized
Think Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist? My Own ‘Lived Experience’ Says Otherwise
The Left Eats Their Own, Portland Edition: Wall of Moms Collapses, Accused of Anti-Blackness
" I am a racist. So is Katherine Kersten. She can't admit it. The first step is acknowledging the problem."
Blue State blues: New York In Financial Fantasyland
The Washington Post Can't and Won't Stop Lying
Ami Horowitz Goes To Portland; Rioters Promote Violence, Say It’s Time To “End The American Experiment”
Biden ‘Racial Equity Plan’ Would Enrich Wealthy Lawyers at Employers’ Expense
Dianne Feinstein: China Is 'Growing Into a Respectable Nation'
You want to know how I spend my time?
Friday, July 31. 2020
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
Teachers Unions Want Wealth Taxes, Charter School Bans, and Medicare for All Before Schools Can Reopen
Masks are the new condoms — and Americans need to get on board now!
Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties
Failed to disclose China ties
Multiple Outlets, Journalists, Push False Stat that GDP Fell 32.9% in Q2; It Fell 9.5%
I admit I believed it
Good Riddance To Drudge
He served a purpose
With silencing of speech, is America entering Orwellian territory?
Dems Fear A Campaign-Altering Surprise From Durham
States, seeking more coronavirus relief funds, have hardly spent the $139 billion approved in March: report. The National Governors Association said states need $500 billion to replace revenue lost during the recession
Is New York Reaching Herd Immunity?
What does China want?
Thursday, July 30. 2020
Like most other bugs, their "adult" reproductive phases are usually brief - a week or two. However, their time as eggs, larvae (in this case, caterpillars), and pupae varies depending on species and climate.
Some even migrate (eg Monarchs) and some, like Mourning Cloaks, (photo) hibernate, which is why you sometimes see them fully-fledged on the first warm days of Spring. Tough buggers, live on tree sap.
How Long Do Butterflies Live?
Hedonism Leads to Happiness
Ocean Grove, New Jersey travel notes
Salt Water New England: Nice photos
Charity Navigator is launching a new rating system to help better evaluate nonprofits
Social media mocks NYT report stating that teachers are ‘wary’ of both in-person and online courses
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
A Few Tips In Case You Find Yourself In A Mandatory "Anti-Racism" Struggle Session
Day Care Fine, School Not Fine
BoJo To Britons: You Fat People Are Making The Pandemic Recession Worse
Firing White People Will Improve Diversity
After Ending Police Contract, Minneapolis Schools Quietly Post Job Listings For Security Guards
Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’
CNN Attacks Barr For Caring About Black On Black Crime…
Portland Police Raise Millions By Letting Citizens Throw Tear Gas At Antifa For $5 A Pop
How to Hold Beijing Accountable for the Coronavirus - Why did China cover up the epidemic?
Was the Pentagon’s Blacklist of Chinese Companies Justified?
Reshaped After the Pandemic: Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean
Wednesday, July 29. 2020
Thailand: Police say monkeys have taken over city and fight to control them is now ‘hopeless’
I Was Invited to Testify on Energy Policy. Then Democrats Didn’t Let Me Speak
Illinois can not run itself
1619 Project Creator Admits “It Is Not A History” But a Fight “to Control the National Narrative”
The 1619 Project: When ‘History’ Isn’t History
Arson Isn’t Violence, Argues NY Times 1619 Author
Should they be trying to injure federal officers every night with rocks, cans, lasers and fireworks? That’s the question BLM activists are wrestling with according to the NY Times.
Dispatch From Portland: The Morning Crew - A tarot card-reading liberal arts major, a Sudanese immigrant, and a former restaurant worker explain why they are out protesting in Rose City.
Tuesday, July 28. 2020
I've taken fitness classes which only use bands for resistance. In a way, band workouts are calisthenics with extra resistance.
For general fitness, bands are all the equipment you really need to buy unless you are in a serious muscle-building program. Believe me, the guy in the video did not grow that muscle bulk with bands alone.
School Vouchers As Pandemic Response
Supreme Court Backs School Choice – For Now
California Cancels School. Declaring that there will be no in-person instruction this fall, Governor Gavin Newsom puts teachers’ union interests over those of children and families.
How to bring New York City’s refugees back home
Uncanceled: After Threatened Lawsuit, Charity Boss Who Criticized BLM is Reinstated, Cancel Mob Resigns
Kimball: It Doesn’t End Well. The hooligans smashing up courthouses and police stations as they pursue indiscriminate carnage are fired by the same unholy “train of disorderly appetites” that Edmund Burke anatomized 230 years ago.
Downtown Portland Businesses Seeing Business Collapse Due To “Protests”
Seattle’s progressive prescription for rapid urban decay
The lunacy of the ‘largely peaceful protest’ - The media says one thing while also saying the opposite
Nadler Calls Antifa Violence A 'Myth' In Stunning Example Of DC Disconnect
Soros Pours Record $50 Million Into 2020 Election
Rwandan asylum seeker admits to setting fire to French cathedral
Israel Was Ground Zero for the New Woke Religion. How coverage of the Jewish state became a signifier of the ideological activism that now permeates Western cultur
Monday, July 27. 2020
It's up to Grandpas to teach kids to fish
The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks - Is this your card? A recent study found that participants will select the suit or number they were primed to choose.
Why Are We Even Contemplating Canceling Aristotle?
These are the innocuous words progressives want to ban you from using
The Left Has Turned Into A Crazed Maoist Cult. It's Time For The Sane To Exit.
DC goes back to work - and online porn up 1600 %
Las Vegas Casinos Are Making Another Round Of Brutal Furloughs And Layoffs
When to re-open schools? How about never?
Approval of Trump's handling of coronavirus hits new low
Walmart, Home Depot Won’t Enforce Face Mask Rules Following Violent Confrontations
More riots and lawlessness in cities across nation - Saturday’s unrest included damage to federal buildings and local police precincts -- and even a fatal shooting
Police Tell Business Owners in Seattle 'You're on Your Own'
Democrats’ Strategy – Slander the Police, Defund the Police, Close Prisons and Set Criminals Free – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Radio host mocked Trump by claiming Seattle is peaceful, then rioters torched his apartment building
American protests: Demonstrations, violent riots expected to continue throughout the country
"Portland is leading. They’re showing what it looks like to stay in the streets despite police oppression, despite the federal forces being sent in. This kind of energy is actually what’s needed."
Armed Militia Group Joins BLM Protest In Louisville, Three Members Shot
“It’s Dangerous and She Should Immediately Apologize for That” – DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Blasts Nancy Pelosi After She Compares Federal Agents to Nazis
'Trump Might Not Accept The Results Of The 2020 Election,' Says Movement That Still Hasn't Accepted Results Of 2016 Election
More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration
Sunday, July 26. 2020
A friend told me about the Karpman Drama Triangle.
It's a model for (dysfunctional) family dynamics. One aspect of the model is that the Victim is not necessarily a literal victim, but one who assumes the victim role.
I beieve that there is a calculated strategy: To expose the violence inherent in the system.
Going after Federal buildings is just begging for that. The feds are obligated to protect Federal property and people. There is nothing these protesters want more than to receive some real bullets.
Seattle police: We can no longer protect citizens or property
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
13:31 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;
13:32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
13:33 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."
13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
13:45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;
13:46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind;
13:48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.
13:49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous
13:50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13:51 "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes."
13:52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
Saturday, July 25. 2020
How Costco Convinces Brands to Cannibalize Themselves - An unlikely marriage where both sides win
We Are About To Find Out What An Economy Looks Like When You Throw Tens Of Millions Into Unemployment Overnight
Andrew Cuomo to Chicken Wings: You're Not Real Food
COVID deaths per 100,00, by state
Two Florida Mayors Urge Residents To Wear Masks At Home
The Models Were Wildly Wrong about Reopening Too
Polls Show Americans' Mood Deteriorating Over Virus, Economy
The Wall Street Journal's Conservative-Leaning Opinion Editors Respond to Demands by the Left-Leaning "Reporters" That Their Lefty Reporters Get Veto Power Over Opinion: We're Not the New York Times and We Don't Give In to Woke Retards.
The Harper’s ‘Letter,’ cancel culture and the summer that drove a lot of smart people mad
Democratic National Committee platform mentions ‘whites’ 15 times, all damning
Why? Black Americans do not dislike other Americans in my experience. Nobody dislikes Black Americans either
Americans Say Blacks More Racist Than Whites, Hispanics, Asians
Why You Need to Stay Out of Seattle This Weekend
Portland Cult Sing ‘Hands Up, Please Don’t Shoot Me’
Nonsense. They would love another Kent State and look as if they are trying to provoke it
What, exactly, is the message when mostly white Leftists are involved with vandalism, graffiti, property damage, assault, and arson, among others? What does it have to do with black lives matter?
Chicago Mayor Agrees to Allow Deployment of Federal Police to Chicago after Call with Trump
With No Deal to Curb Drug Costs, Trump Tries His Own Changes
Schiff Runs Interference For Chinese Gov’t, Calls Stopping Chinese Spying A U.S. “Escalation”…
The Democrats' Pro-Iran, Anti-Israel 2020 Platform
Palestinians: Victims of Arab Racism
Arabs have always hated the Palis. I do not know why
Friday, July 24. 2020
Bernarr McFadden invented the American fitness "movement" around the turn of the century.
Not too different from today's fitness gurus. He got women on board with it too, back in the time when prosperity had been signified by a belly for men and women. The opposite, now.
Entertaining podcast: The Crazy, Forgotten Story of America's First Fitness Influencer
The Climate Virus: Hysteria Needs To Shelter In Place
The Truth According to Social Justice—A Review of ‘Cynical Theories’
How Dalrymple got canceled: Mob Rule comes to Britain
White parents need to quit caring about their kids
Success Academy shows how school leaders behave when kids come first
Orchestrating Outcomes: NY Times’ Music Critic Says Blind Auditions Should End To Ensure Racial Equity
Rioters Rejoice as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Announces Columbus Statue Will Be Torn Down
Sierra Club Apologizes For ‘Deeply Harmful Racist Stereotypes’ Of Founder John Muir
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Joins Antifa-BLM Street Protests — Gets Cursed and Mobbed
The Media’s Political Suicide - The dying media is dying to kill America.
Will the NYSE quit NYC?
Chinese Researcher Accused Of Lying About Military Connections Is Now Hiding Out In Chinese Consulate
Trump's press conference hit it out of the park
Thursday, July 23. 2020
We're talking about domesticated dogs, from Chihuauah to Malamutes - all genetically-modifed versions of the Wolf, designed to serve or entertain humans in some ways.
The domestic dog appears to be a neotonal wolf.
They are certainly trainable and well-adapted to interacting with humans, but not as clever as many other mammals. (I hear some reader thinking "But my dog is different. Yeah, right.").
Why do humans anthropomorphise animals? I am a dog guy, and know how easy it can be to view a dog as a pal. They sure can be great companions if well-trained, with none of the demands of human relationships.
I guess I am talking about pets, not pure working dogs. Are they pretend people?
Earth, moon were bombarded by asteroid shower 800 million years ago
Star of David taken down by Twitter, citing 'hateful imagery'
Sierra Club removes monuments to John Muir over racist ties
Planned Parenthood removes founder Margaret Sanger's name
Know What We Really Need? A Department Of Climate
Dem Rep. Adam Smith Defends China’s Coronavirus Response: ‘It’s Not Their Job To Warn The American People’
Trump campaign jet fuel? Republicans pin hope on Durham Russia-hoax investigation
China Is Ready for a Space War.Beijing is making new developments in space after spending decades envying NASA’s dominance in the region.
The US needs to take action to deter near-peer rivals in space
Wednesday, July 22. 2020
I never had a flab or weight problem, but before I got into my program I had a weakness and endurance problem which kinda depressed me. Sarcopenia due to physical neglect.
After around 4 years of my almost-daily weights/calisthenics/cardio program, I have gained only about 6 lbs. Probably lost some fat that was not obvious to me so maybe 7-8 lbs. of meat. I do not have a beefy build, so there are natural limits.
Also, probably from weights, my neck size has gone up over an inch. I can't button my dress shirts. Is that bragging? Also, my sports jackets are tight in the shoulders. Trust me, I am not over-muscled by a long shot, just fit, energetic, and functional.
I have enough dress clothing (and every other sort of clothing) to last the rest of my life and more, whether it fits perfectly or not. I am done with new clothing forever. Except maybe workout stuff - they seem to wear out fast. The sneakers, mainly.
Rutgers English Department to deemphasize traditional grammar ‘in solidarity with Black Lives Matter’
Schools are being politicized, much to the detriment of children
Climate-change hysteria costs lives — but activists want to keep panic alive
The real climate conspiracy by attorneys general for hire
Reopening Schools and the Limits of Expertise
News media stoke COVID-19 anxieties; yawned during 1968 pandemic
Yale Epidemiologist: Hydroxychloroquine Could Save 100,000 Lives If Widely Deployed
Codevilla: The COVID Coup
Teachers Unions Will Sacrifice Their Students For Their Politics
Dem Rep. Blumenauer: ‘Portland, Oregon Is Not Out of Control’
Even More Now Oppose Defunding Police, Fear More Violence
'Cancel Culture' and the Historical Illiteracy That Fuels It
High School Teacher in Michigan Fired for Saying 'Trump Is Our President' on Social Media
Nike, Other Global Brands, Complicit in China Slave Labor
Tuesday, July 21. 2020
My favorite quote in this Paris Review piece on Sondheim is that music can make a word explode.
It sure can.
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Sunday Sermonette: 10 Safety Tips For Going Back To Church
Catholic churches across U.S. suffer week of vandalism and arson
AVI explains that free market capitalism is a force, not a system
The Science Is Very Clear: Schools Should Reopen This Fall
Joe Biden Fights Science: ‘Just Plain Dangerous’ for Children to Return to School
Florida's Broward County Orders Residents To Enforce Mandatory Mask Rules At Home
Drop tests for blacks, say college coaches
Glenn Loury interviewed on Race And Equality
Trump Was Right: Biden First Said He'd Defund Police
Voters See Media A Lot More Eager To Help Biden Than Trump
Mandated Diversity Training
Portland Rioters Burn American Flag, Break Down Fencing At Federal Courthouse As Officers Respond En Masse
Homeland Security plans to deploy 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown
18 Chicago Cops Injured in Riot and Activists Scream 'Police Brutality'
We immigrants know the America-bashers are ridiculously wrong
UN Secretary General Calls For A “New Model For Global Governance” To Stop ‘Climate Change’
Mission creep? I thought they try to stop wars and genocide. Without much success.
Monday, July 20. 2020
What is a bad smell?
In Canada’s Version of Portland, Cancel Culture Comes for ‘Steve-O-Reno’s’
Left-Wingers Are Hysterical About Federal Agents Policing Protests in Portland
Border chief fires back at Portland mayor, defends 'absolutely necessary' policing tactics
Portland Rioters Smash Through Door of Portland Police Association, Light it on Fire
Portland’s Mayor Is Still On The Side Of The Rioters
Black Woman Defaces Black Lives Matter Mural Outside Trump Tower: "Re-Fund The Police!"
America Held Hostage - This is how the Left campaigns to remove President Trump.
Prof. Glen Loury: ‘You Can Live With Disparities, Or You Can Live In Totalitarianism’
"The white man’s path is a rut for the rest of us" — writes a privileged white woman...
This ‘anti-racism education’ sure looks awfully … racist
Trader Jose Is Now Racist
San Francisco’s experiment housing the homeless in hotels during pandemic working out as expected
Hong Kong Outbreak "Out Of Control" As City Suffers Record Jump In New COVID-19 Cases
The pandemic could actually strengthen the U.S. food system. The shock to U.S. food chains from the coronavirus has been a boon to small- and mid-sized farms and distributors. Could it be the start of a new way to get food?
Paul Krugman Rejects American Elections, Again
The Chinese Holocaust: Modern China Looks Like WWII Germany, Horrifying Video Shows BAD Things Are Ongoing
With 30 Submarines, Japan Could Shape The Pacific’s Undersea Defenses
Sunday, July 19. 2020
Not a retirement type of person, but Mrs. BD wants a new boat (I thought I had had enuf boats in my life to worry about already, but I love boats. Love farms too, but I like hiking and working the most. Yeah, I likes me a bit of hunting too.
She likes the custom Hunts. She likes the trawlers too.
This wonderful adventurous couple downsized their trawler to make it trailer-able, and go all around the country - and especially Canada - exploring and having fun times. Trawler Trailer Life. Carpe Diem.
Yes, their home base is Florida, but they seem to not spend much time there.
If forced to retire, what would you do for fun and excitement while awaiting the Grim Reaper?