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, May 5. 2018
No TV, no email, iffy cell.
Friday, May 4. 2018
I never once wrote a love letter referring to my "dirty, dirty fuckbird." Really. Admittedly, Joyce did have a way with words...
Crab crisis: Md. seafood industry loses 40 percent of workforce in visa lottery
No worries. Maryland has tons of unemployed Americans. Try Baltimore.
The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code - Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time.
The Sexual Revolution’s Angry Children - At its core, #MeToo represents a rejection of the sixties’ vision of erotic liberation.
Why traditionalism matters, in church and elsewhere
Two Vietnams: Ken Burns’ & Ours
Girl Scouts Are Not Happy With Boy Scouts ‘Inclusivity’
You just can't win
Start-Ups Make Cheap Alternative to Braces, Dental Trade Groups Cry for Regulation
A reason for regulations is to stifle newcomers
With no letup in home prices, the California exodus surges
Trump signs executive order giving more freedom to federally funded religious groups
You need a law to "give freedom"?
"It’s almost as though the wealthy residents of progressively governed states don’t actually enjoy paying for all the government they say they want."
They vote left, then retire to low-tax red states
Leading Economist Now Says Trump Policies Are Restoring America’s Economy
Soros-Funded Group Creates App To Help Illegal Aliens Avoid Arrest, Tip Off Others
Is there a law against assisting crime?
Malkin: The 'Uncle Tom' Card Is Dead
The FBI Is in Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think
The Democrats' favorite sport: Ruining people
Maxine Waters to Kanye: Don't Talk 'Out of Turn'
She's calling him an "uppity n-word"
Hillary: I was too capitalistic to win
Have to admit that Bill and Hillary are all about $. But so is Bernie with his 3 houses.
New Details Revealed About Comey's Law Professor Friend That Leaked His Memos
Saint Comey is a sneaky SOB. Never trust people who assert their virtue.
America and the EMP threat
China installs cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts
Pushing back on Iran, part 1: The Why
Revealed: Palestinian ‘Journalist’ Killed at Gaza Border was a Terrorist
When children are cannon fodder
Thursday, May 3. 2018
Colonel Van T. Barfoot won the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II. He also fought the battle vs his local homeowner's association to erect a flagpole in his front yard.
It's quite a story. What a man!
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Harvard Against the Police - An arrest of a drug-crazed black student sends the campus into familiar hysterics.
Police may have saved the guy's life. Still, the Outrage machine kicks in
Duke students outraged that admin won't punish 'hate speech'
I hate these morons, I am full of hate
Burglar Ignores Retired Cop's Warning Sign
Some people are too stupid to be criminals
Wall St. blocked out of US trade deals
That's good for Americans
Illegal Immigrants Block Traffic in Grand Rapids Marching for Driver’s Licences, Other Rights
Diana West: Mueller's FBI
Nationally Recognized Veterans' Advocate Removed from High School Ceremony for Being Conservative
One A Day: CNN Hosts Porn Star´s Lawyer Michael Avenatti 59 Times in Less Than Two Months
A much more important story than Korea
Facebook taps former Republican senator to probe claims of anti-conservative bias - Move comes after 60 conservative leaders declared social media ‘crisis’
What makes Mueller different from previous special counsels is that his predecessors were given the mission of investigating specific alleged crimes.
CHINESE BAFFLED BY MARXIST DICTATORSHIP AMERICANS LIVE UNDER
Mossad smuggled half a ton of nuclear documents out of Iran - in one night
Oslo Police Declare “We Have Lost the City”…Islam Has Taken Over
RICH VENEZUELAN SOCIALISTS LIVE THE HIGH LIFE IN FLORIDA, While their compatriots starve back home.
New York Times Electrifies Israel’s Gaza Fence
Palestinians: The Real Gaza Blockade
Wednesday, May 2. 2018
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Coyote attacking children on New York playground throttled by off-duty officer
WSJ: You Can Limit Death’s Financial Costs, if Not the Emotional Ones - The transfer of assets when a spouse dies can be fairly simple—if you learn from my mistakes.
One of the most important trends in modern macroeconomics is the shift from small firms to large firms.
We have our own fuel now
Majority Of 8th Graders In US Public Schools Are Not Proficient In Math, Reading
USC Law Professor: Supporters of Campus Free Speech are 'Preying on Vulnerable Teenagers'
Tolerant San Francisco fed up with dirty, smelly streets
Seattle: 14-Year Resident Says City Has Become ‘An Angry Place’ Which Prioritizes ‘Virtue Signaling’
Roseanne Barr: I Want to Move to Israel
Canada Now Wants U.S. To Enforce Its Immigration Laws — To Protect Canada
“EXTREME” IMMIGRATION VIEWS ENJOY HUGE PUBLIC SUPPORT
The open borders crowd has turned Americans off to immigration in general
Russian spies colluding with US environmental movements
Surprise: New Study Makes Case For Governmental Control Of Fossil Fuels Usage
There are studies to support government control over every single thing in life
CNN: TRUMP NOT SHOWING UP FOR JOKE DINNER IS ATTACK ON FIRST AMENDMENT
SANCTUARY CITIES PROTECT CROOKED EMPLOYERS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKERS
Think we should do away with the Electoral College? Think again
Democrats lose ground with millennials - Reuters/Ipsos poll
'Simpsons' Creator: 'People Love to Pretend They're Offended'
Yes. It gives them power
ROBERT MUELLER LIKELY KNOWS HOW THIS ALL ENDS
Mueller’s questions prove Trump shouldn’t talk
Sweden criminalizes criticism of Islam and starts fining people for "crimes of opinion"
They will need a gulag
Congress Seeks Showdown On Ending U.S. Aid to Palestinians
May day! Protesters marking International Workers' Day hold rally in London's Trafalgar Square - with some marchers holding banners of STALIN
Franklin Roosevelt’s Plan for Ensuring the Jews Were “Spread Thin All over the World”
Americans knew a lot about Holocaust as it was happening
Tug of War Over the Iran Deal
Tuesday, May 1. 2018
Photo of our neighborhood eagles. 2 chicks now. Fun to see eagles flying over the olde homestead in the morning.
The Mediterranean Diet’s Fight Against Frailty
Colleges’ insane effort to keep students perfectly safe
From Culture to Cupcakes - The once-great University of California at Berkeley continues its descent into victimology.
All applicants for faculty positions at UCSD now required to submit a ‘contribution to diversity statement’
Student activists demand ‘reparations’: exclusion of white authors from humanities course
China Touts Fusion Progress As New Details On Lockheed Martin's Reactor Emerge
Hope it's workable. I'm a skeptic
Defending Scott Pruitt – Making science reproducible
Since most studies are wrong, it makes sense
The ADL Kicked Out of Leading Starbucks’ Diversity Training - Following pressure from Women’s March leader and Louis Farrakhan acolyte Tamika Mallory
California: Slow Death of the Train to Nowhere
CA Democrats Reject Plan to Allow More Housing Supply in San Francisco
Pope Francis' Call To Ban All Weapons Does Not Go As Planned
NYT Celebrates Marx's Birthday With Op-Ed: 'Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!'
By giving up on Marxism
Sean Hannity Owns $90 Million In Real Estate. So What?
The VA Is a Mess—But Not Because of Who's In Charge
New York Times in a panic over prospect of Justice Kennedy retiring
Joy Reid and the forgotten value of changing your mind
Poised for Victory, Democrats Endorse Ultra-Radicalism
A Rebirth Of Self-Reliance? Food Stamp, Welfare, Medicaid, Disability Rolls All Dropping Under Trump
How Intellectuals Train the Underclass to Feel Helpless
Sessions’ DOJ Drops The Hammer On Caravan — 11 Members Charged For Illegal Entry
Here They Come! Thousands of Illegal Aliens And We Can’t Stop Them
Illegals Say They Will Overwhelm Our System, Destroy Our Borders
Schlicter re Trump: I Cannot Handle All This Winning
In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation
Who Stole The Torahs? An Ancient Sect, A Brazen Theft And The Hunt To Bring The Manuscripts Home
“Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered” – A documentary series worth watching
Is Germany Capable of Protecting Its Jews?
Very dark days for the UK
Monday, April 30. 2018
‘How Long Do I Have Left?’ AI Can Help Answer That Question
What if Those Paintings... Are Fakes?
Medieval Swords, Firearms, and a Suit of Armor Are Going Up for Auction—and Can Be Yours
Berkeley Fights Harvard, MIT Over Profits From Gene-Editing Tech
Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people
Child abuse: NEW FRONTIERS IN RACIAL BIAS
Syracuse: Prof foretells dire consequences from PC academic culture
University of California, San Diego Explicitly Requires All Faculty to Demonstrate Commitment to Moonbattery
Democratic professors outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, study shows
Big Banks Target the 2nd Amendment
Freddie Mac Launches "3% Down" Mortgage With No Income Restrictions
Female journos suspend Hillary’s ‘believe all women’ rule, sign letter of support for Tom Brokaw
Illegals Climb Up Border Fence in Tijuana – Taunt US Officials
"Prepare For The Worst Possible Outcome" Migrant Caravan Warned As It Enters The US
Trump's smart stance on migrant farmworkers
Former Feinstein Staffer Raised $50 Million, Hired Fusion GPS And Christopher Steele After 2016 Election
Comey, THE “LEGEND” LOSES HIS WAY
The Laydown Criminal Case Against Comey
Comey Confirms: In Clinton Emails Caper, the Fix Was In
John Brennan Issues Warning to POTUS About Mueller’s Investigation “Stay Tuned, Mr. Trump…”
Palestinian UN agency faces financial crisis, may cease services
$280 million expansion at Ben Gurion Airport to meet record number of tourists
Over 25 million entries and exits expected in 2019
Chinese geologists report that North Korean nuclear test site collapsed
China Now Regulating US Airline Speech, Threatens United and American
Sunday, April 29. 2018
Our recommendation is that 1/3 of fitness training/conditioning (ie about 2 hrs/wk) be basic weight-training with gradually-increasing weights as tolerated. (Our simple plan is 2 hrs mixed cardio, 2 hrs calisthenics, 2 hrs weights, even though there is plenty of overlap to make it all synergistic.)
15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.
15:2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.
15:3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.
15:4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.
15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
15:6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
15:8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Saturday, April 28. 2018
Hosts of Skunk Cabbage today. My antique iPhone sucks for photos.
The cello piece from the greatest composer and musician of all time plays a major role in Mark Helprin's latest novel, Paris in the Present Tense. A mythic tale of sacrifice and redemption in death.
Wildlife photo competition disqualifies 'stuffed anteater' image
NCCIH to Study Alternative Medicine in Space
French-Tunisian baker on the secrets behind Paris' best baguettes
THE LATEST BATTLE IN THE STATUE WARS: STEPHEN FOSTER
Newest Insanity: Gender Neutral “Theybies”
Man Identifying as Squirrel Elected to University of California, Berkeley Student Senate
Sex, Incels and Chads
A Soldier Just Got Authorization To Wear A Beard Because Of His Norse Pagan Faith
Washington Post: DC councilman who thinks Jews control weather is an idiot who should stay in office
This Is The Real Reason Britain Won’t Release Alfie Evans To Italy
The ugly attack on Ronny Jackson just set a new low
The New York Times Instructs On How To Solve Society's Problems
Wealthy White New York City Liberals Scream and Shriek About Plan to Desegregate Their Lily-White Schools and Reserve Space In Their School for Underperforming Students
Firing of House Chaplain Creates Uproar on Capitol Hill
Black Americans, Hispanics Increasingly Supportive of Reducing Immigration to Boost U.S. Wages
Trump's Saudi Policy Gamble
CARTER CENTER SUED FOR PROVIDING SUPPORT TO HAMAS - Jimmy Carter’s unstinting hatred for Israel paved the way.
Friday, April 27. 2018
We had a comprehensive post on the mostly- "cardio" component (which is ideally about 1/3 of a fitness/conditioning program) earlier this week. A few related points from a somewhat different point of view:
- High-intensity cardio training is more about building Athleticism rather than the General Fitness for Life that most people desire. We use the term Athleticism to refer to the high levels of general fitness. More hard core. Many of our fitness posts here tend to have Athleticism goals - but why not set high goals? High goals and failure build character, right? My Dad taught me that.
- Generally speaking, cardio training can refer to anything that elevates the heart rate above walking, whether for short bursts of max intensity or for an hour of, for example, jogging or a few hours of hill-hiking. It's all relative though, depending on one's level of conditioning. For some elderly or overweight, a 3-5 mile hike might count as cardio exercise. For many, a 10-mile hike or a 3-mile jog is pure recreation and not cardio exertion at all.
Much more on the topic, from my point of view, below the fold -
Continue reading "Cardio exercise: a different view"
Thanks, Bruce. I want to do this: Hiking the Jordan Trail to Petra
Archaeologists Release Grisly Details of Swedish Iron Age Massacre
Who would actually drive here? Dangerous Waterfall and Road in Nepal
Emotional support animals proliferate at Yale
Why Trump deserves a Nobel Prize
Seems like it
Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 48 years
NEA survey shows how many teachers might quit the union after Janus
" When negotiating collective-bargaining agreements or deciding whether to strike, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association don’t have students in mind any more than the United Automobile Workers has car buyers in mind."
The Pension Crisis Is Worse Than You Think
Migrant 'caravan' at U.S.-Mexico border prepares for mass crossing
Fixing a weakened espionage brand - The new director of the Central intelligence Agency must reverse the damaging Brennan reforms
Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Black People
How Israel Won Over The Syrian People
AP Exposes Hamas Definition of ‘Non-Violence’
The Chinese Communist Party Is Setting Up Cells at Universities Across America
Are they really commies anymore?
China Assigns Every Citizen A ‘Social Credit Score’ To Identify Who Is And Isn’t Trustworthy - Country Determines Your Standing Through Use Of Surveillance Video, Plans To Have 600 Million Cameras By 2020
Why do they fear their people so much?
Time to Fix the Flaws in the Deceitful Iran Nuclear Deal
Thursday, April 26. 2018
Winter image is some village in Brooklyn by Francis Guy, c. 1819.
On its own, Brooklyn is perhaps the 3rd largest city in the US. However, it was incorporated into New York City in 1898 after much political squabbling.
It's basically a 70 square-mile peninsula of the western end of Long Island, jutting into New York harbor. Named after Breukelin in Holland as it was first settled by the Dutch (if you don't consider the Lenape Indians who were there then).
It is a boom town now with high-rise office buildings and luxury buildings sprouting up everywhere. Gentrifying rapidly. Still, much of it is a brownstone townhouse and wood-frame house city of developments built on farmland from the mid-1800s through the 1920s. Like much of the New York metropolitan area, it has an abundance of relatively distinct neighborhoods distinguished by class, ethnicity, affinity groups, etc. There are Hasidic and Orthodox areas, black areas, Italian neighborhoods, hipster neighborhoods, blue-collar neighborhoods, fully-mixed neighborhoods, quite down-at-the- heels areas like East New York, industrial and warehouse areas, upper class neighborhoods - almost everything but Asian neighborhoods which are mostly in Queens. And yes, Coney Island too.
While it is a city unto itself, there is no doubt that the economic engine for it is Manhattan even though many Brooklynites rarely venture into Manhattan. And vice-versa, except for the BAM and Peter Lugar's Steakhouse.
There's a good map of the Brooklyn neighborhoods below the fold. Our 12-mile hike last Sat. did not get much further than the westernmost neighborhoods. It would take a lot of time to explore the whole place on foot. I have a daughter in Crown Heights and a nephew in Williamsburg. One of our hiking pals was born in Brooklyn Heights. My grandma (from Norwalk, CT) taught school in Clinton Hill before she got married to a prosperous physician from Connecticut.
Will post my photos when I get around to it.
Continue reading "Brooklyn, NY"
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Ain't that the truth? This is one of his better speeches. "Don't be a blight on the world - be useful." Also, "You're damned utopia always turns into hell."
THE LEFT IS AFTER YOUR DENIM NOW
The Great Exodus From America's 'Blue' Cities Accelerates
Not in Brooklyn
Temple Professor: The American Home Is an Oppressive Cisgender Space
Yes, it is designed to domesticate males
Dear Pro-Aborts, I Assume You Won't Mind If I Stomp On These Sea Turtle Eggs
To censor the internet, 10 countries use Canadian filtering technology, researchers say - A new Citizen Lab report says Netsweeper is being used to censor political critics, news, and LGBTQ+ resources
California: School District Forbids Parents From Opting Kids Out of LGBT Lessons
California’s Energy Choice - The Golden State can impoverish its population with draconian environmental policies or embrace its unmatched power resources.
California Is the Model for National Divorce, Not Democratic Domination
On pizza regulations, Trump slices differently than his own FDA commissioner
Intellectual Refusniks and Renegades - Leftists loathe Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, and other naysayers, but their audiences are growing.
MRCTV’s Brittany Hughes Goes On Offense: ‘Stop Apologizing To The Liberal Lynch Mob’
THE FIRST RULE OF MOB-RULE CLUB IS DON’T TALK ABOUT MOB-RULE CLUB
“Rent A Minority” …. Because It’s Time
I’m Not Done With Kanye—but It’s Getting Hard to Justify This
Kanye West and the Future of Black Conservatism
LEGAL EXPERT: There Is Probable Cause Comey Committed Criminal Espionage – Punishable by 10 Years in Prison
UK Police Threaten to ‘Act Upon’ Social Media Posts Referencing Alfie Evans or the Hospital
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Germany Agrees with Palestinians: Jerusalem NOT Israel’s Capital
How and Why Jews Hebraized Their Family Names at the Founding of Israel
Wednesday, April 25. 2018
Ignoring Frigid Winter, Jerry Brown Screams That 3 Billion Will Die of Global Warming
Climate change is ‘not as bad as we thought’ say scientists
Claim: “Climate change” is enticing monkeys to have more promiscuous inter-species sex
Sheesh. It's worse than we thought
Minnesota farmers, ethanol producers see EPA waivers as attack
Over-investing in higher education
Yeti Blows Off Much Of Its Customer Base, But Someone’s Ready To Step In
Anti-Gun Control Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv Questioned By School Security For Visiting Gun Range With His Father
Boston Continues Its War On Airbnb
Hotel lobby vs regular people
Acosta says voters too stupid to see through Trump
Acosta too stupid to understand motives of Trump supporters
WaPo: Trump keeps saying he’s innocent. So why does he keep sounding like he’s guilty?
Just seems pissed-off to me
FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million
"Very Pissed Off" Obama DOJ Made "Dramatic" Call To McCabe To Quash Clinton Probe
Too many lies and too many layers of corruption
Comey Has Brought On Former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald As One Of His Lawyers
'Ethical' James Comey is under investigation for unethical acts
Unethical - and foolish too
Stop Wasting Infantry’s Time: Mattis Task Force
Finland ends its experiment with “Universal Basic Income”
How Hamas exploits the people of Gaza: Protests clarify their cynical tactics
Tuesday, April 24. 2018
Yellowstone Supervolcano Hotspot Found More Than 1,800 Feet Below Earth's Surface
If you think climate change is scary, consider asteroids and supervolcanoes. We're doomed.
Polar bears not starving, says Nunatsiavut wildlife manager - Jim Goudie says there are lots of bears the in northern Labrador/Quebec region
On Earth Day, let’s appreciate fossil fuels
The USDA Just Gave the Green Light to CRISPR'd Food
America’s First Free-Roaming Genetically Engineered Insects Are Coming to New York
Unpublished CDC Study Confirms over 2 Million Annual Defensive Gun Uses
Churches Make A Drastic Pledge In The Name Of Social Justice: To Stop Calling The Police
Afghanistan Veteran Receives World's First Full Male Genital Transplant, Johns Hopkins Says
'Drag Kings' Hope to Detoxify Masculinity by Dressing Up as Men (Who Act Like Women)
A New Campus Survey Reveals Just How Students Are ‘Unlearning Liberty’
Penn State Forbids Outing Club from Going Outside Because It’s Too Dangerous
What sorts of pussies make these decisions?
#BoycottYeti Movement Explodes: Americans Shoot, Slice, Crush, Destroy Coolers
What sorts of pussies at Yeti make these decisions?
KANYE WEST – REVOLUTIONARY IN THE MAKING? Hell hath no fury like Progressives spurned by blacks.
Dems are supposed to own black people
The Intersectional Left vs. Kanye West
Sean Hannity is a 'welfare queen'
A country is not an economic entity
Important: Find Out Your True Retirement Date in Minutes Online! Go Here Now
Democrats' Last Big Gov't Idea: Guaranteed Jobs For Everyone!
Trump's Demand for "Loyalty" Looks Different Now, Given That His First Meeting With Comey Consisted of Comey Basically Saying "We Have a Document Claiming You Paid Whores to Pee on Each Other and All the Media Wants Us to Help Them Publish It"
Trump is Guilty of Obstructing . . . the Bureaucracy!
NEW AP HISTORY TEXT CATEGORIZES TRUMP SUPPORTERS AS RACIST, QUESTIONS PRESIDENT’S MENTAL FITNESS
The House IT Scandal
The Regulated States Of America: Occupational Licensing Gone Wild
America Owes Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein a Debt of Thanks
The UK's deep state
Jewish Power at 70 Years
Monday, April 23. 2018
NYT: Why Life Is Absurd
1 In 4 Millennials Rely On Their Parents To Pay Some Bills - Even While Working Full Time
Bruno Sammartino Was One Of Wrestling's True Good Guys
Save The Earth: Chop Down Redwoods, Use Plastic Bags, And Eat GMOs
Now nine in ten teens at drug clinics are being treated for marijuana use
Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty International's Highest Honor
TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline update
Goldberg: Just how bad is America, really?
These are the 30 posh hotels where NYC places its homeless
The Changes That Made California Become a Liberal Fiasco
Berkeley coffee shop abruptly closes amid racism controversy
My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro
James Woods Ignites Twitter After He Drops a MOAB on Hillary Clinton
Anatomy of a Political Smear Confirmed – James Comey January Briefing Was Scripted by Clapper and Brennan To Create Media Narrative…
French Jews ‘face ethnic cleansing by Islamists’
Berlin: Man attacked by Muslims for wearing kippah isn’t Jewish, wanted to “see whether it was safe” to wear one