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, December 23. 2018
A lot of it is about the problems with elitism. The guy gets it. I'd vote for him for anything, but I think he loves his life as it is. Like Scott Adams, he is not a political dogma guy.
Like Adams, a superb and humble gentleman. Tucker is right: Trump is most most leftist Repub elected in many decades. In fact, he was always a Dem.
Interestingly, it was what was termed a "parody," that is, a recycling of his previous music which had been written for secular purposes.
If interested, here's Bach, The Master Recycler
Here are 7 minutes of it, with the Atlanta Boy's Choir and period instruments:
Saturday, December 22. 2018
I always was in love with Allison Krauss. h/t, AVI, for a good find
"Do not mourn me dead..." Sullivan Ballou Letter and Ashokan Farewell
Photo is our Christmas card from Uberhof Duer in Bulla, Italy. Dolomites' Val Gardena. Nice place to stay, classic hiking of course and great high skiing. Yes, the food up there is mainly German/Austrian. There is no single Italy.
New discoveries about the genetic history of corn (maize)
Prince Harry WILL join friends at Boxing Day pheasant shoot after rumours animal rights supporter wife Meghan had ´banned him´ from going
Glad to hear it
Psychological research shows that the harder we strive to be happy, the less likely we are to achieve that goal
Organic farming is 'much worse' for the climate than conventional food production, researchers say
GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out
A book from Austin Bay: Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars
#MeToo In A Star Is Born
The end of Lean In: How Sheryl Sandberg’s message of empowerment fully unraveled
Church Of England’s Transgender Baptisms Blaze Trail For 3 More Blasphemous Rites
Jerry Brown Thinks Democrats Want Too Much Spending And Regulation. Wait… What?
Yesterday DHS Secretary Nielsen announced an administrative reform of the enraging asylum scam that is aided and abetted by the Democrats
"EXPERT" ACCUSING TRUMP OF RUSSIAN SUPPORT CAUGHT FAKING RUSSIAN SUPPORT FOR GOP
‘The Walls Are Closing In’: Cable Journalists Chant Dems' New Mantra Five Times a Day
Let me suggest that Trump’s behavior is perfectly understandable if viewed in the context of his business background.
If Trump does it, it becomes wrong
Soros Spent $1.35 Million Funding Organization That is Flooding President Donald Trump With Lawsuits
Russians Funding U.S. Anti-Fracking Groups?
Bringing Troops Home From Syria and Afghanistan Also Brings Fits of Bipartisan Rage
1:46b "My soul magnifies the Lord,
1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
1:48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
1:51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
1:52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
1:55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Friday, December 21. 2018
Maggie's Farm is a Stilton cheese place. It's our favorite artery-smoother, although there are hundreds of other cheeses we love too. We also believe that great cheeses should be served after the main course - either instead of dessert or before dessert. (I agree with that article that you can and should eat the rind of cheeses - unless coated with wax or stuff.)
Somebody you know needs a Stilton Spoon. Give them a wheel of cheese to go with it - or what good is the spoon?
I see Williams Sonoma has them. They have the proper spoon, and the cheese too. Who needs bread or crackers? You could eat it right off the spoon like ice cream. (Correction - they don't seem to have them anymore.)
Who's yo daddy?
As Chick-fil-A surges, McDonald’s and Wendy’s are under threat
What Makes Chickens Happy? Nobody Is Quite Sure
Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy
Happiness is a momentary thing
Loony Lefty Churches Sing Rewritten Christmas Songs About ‘Climate Change’
Break Up Google For the Sake of National Security
Greenpeace Business Report
When Will It Be OK To Laugh At The Climate Campaigners?
Who Gets to Look Out to the Edge of the Universe? For years, more men than women were allowed to use the world's most powerful telescope—until the system changed.
Feminism"s dependency trap:
U.S. Cites Sovereignty as One of 5 Countries to Vote Against UN Migration Compact
Good. Still waiting for China and japan to accept immigration.
Even CNBC’s Jim Cramer Agrees! – Fed Chair Powell “Trump’s Worst Nightmare” — Who the Hell Raises Rates w/Dow Down 12% in 3 Mos.?
Wrong. Strong economy needs rate hikes. Dow doesn't matter
WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s Official Account and Legal Team All LOCKED OUT of Twitter
Influencing Foreigners Is What Intelligence Agencies Do
Is that news to the New York Times?
The Art Of The Deal: Mexico Agrees To House Asylum Applicants
Mattis Always Understood Trump’s Severe Defects - And his resignation means he knows that the president will never change.
Trump has great strengths and great flaws
Why Trump Is Right to Withdraw Troops. Withdrawal from Syria will be Trump’s first practical application of a true “America First” foreign policy. It has been long overdue.
President Xi Jinping opened the 40th Anniversary of China’s reform by warning of “unimaginable” perils that only his leadership of the Communist Party can control.
China goes full out against labor unions
Thursday, December 20. 2018
It might be the devil, it might be the Lord. Lyrics here.
The Atlantic: They Shall Not Grow Old Is a Stunning World War I Documentary - The director Peter Jackson discusses the process of restoring 100-year-old footage for his new film and capturing the humanity of soldiers with unprecedented clarity.
A short trailer for the movie:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:23 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
It's getting closer to the time to begin Christmas shopping. Whether you like Bezos or not, Amazon Prime is your friend. A daughter says Macy's is her friend now, too (the big store in Manhattan).
Not out til March though. Looks cool.
‘Equal Pay Day’ this year was April 10 — the next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ will be on May 3, 2029
I do not like seeing pilots so high on the list. Those are not commercial pilots, though. GA pilots.
This year in museums - On movements within, and reactions against, art museums in 2018.
The secret of Apple's success in selling premium tech as an affordable luxury
Democrats Promise “Dawn Of New Era” On ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Appeals court rules colleges must censor and block online services if they offend someone
Everything offends somebody, but grievance-collectors are the worst
5 most outrageous professor statements of 2018
University offers students contradictory instructions on sexual consent: “One should never assume by the way a person…acts, that they [want] to have sex with you.”
What? It's pretty obvious when men want sex (most of the time).
Lefties more so than conservatives
Get Ready for the Coming War Against Merit
I am not convinced that the SAT is a measure of merit. It's really just an IQ test. Achievements tests are better merit measures but lots of schools do not have AP courses. Grades are not very reliable measures these days. If I ran a school, I'd use an IQ test, a Curiosity test, a Talent test, and an Energy test. No straight-A drones please.
CNN's "Journalist Of The Year" Committed Journalistic Fraud "On A Grand Scale" At Der Spiegel
US Government Announces $10.6 Billion in Aid to Mexico and Central America — But ZERO DOLLARS for Border Wall
Mexico is not a poor nation. Lots of oil This payment is a deal to make them stop the caravans, probably.
Trump Wanted Out of Syria. It’s Finally Happening. The announcement is in stark contrast to recent remarks by senior U.S. officials on the presence of troops.
I'm with Trump on this. Not my problem, not essential to US security.
Trump’s Syrian Retreat: A Disaster in the Making
Maybe their disaster, but not mine. Disasters are normal all over the world, due to human nature.
Looking for China’s spies
Of course they have tons of them. No surprise.
Russia Russia Russia. They elected Trump?
Some feckless Russians spent $4000 in Facebooks ads about masturbation. How much did Hillary spend on her Russian info?
Wednesday, December 19. 2018
Give your kid, or spouse, or family, an Outward Bound adventure.
I know it is safely-packaged adventure, but it's a lot better than no adventure.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:12 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
I've never refused a well-made Linguine alla Vongole. Delicious. Those European and Mediterranean clams are small, sweet, and just right. Around here in Yankeeland, you just have to find the smallest Littlenecks you can find and if overcooked, they get too chewy.
It's how to do pasta too - cook with the sauce in the pan. Never on top. Usually needs some of the pasta water too.
For those around the NY area during the holiday weeks: The Screwtape Letters is back.
Devilishly wonderful theater experience which, as you may know, is about how Satan works. Amusing but definitely gets to you. Include lunch or supper at the West Bank Cafe (not expensive and right across the street, with fine small plates), and that's a darn good present.
Unless you're giving cars or diamonds, people want fun and surprising experiences, not junk. Mind and spirit stuff. Or hiking gear, if you're a mountaineer. Or a good hiking trip.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
As it happens, I consider rare stinky cheeses a spiritual item, so my kids can find these for me. They like Grace's Market in NYC for rare cheeses but the Grand Central Market can be interesting too. Best cheese? I found out that a daughter brought me some special pecorinos from Tuscany in her suitcase so I eagerly await them. Also brought a Vin Nobile for her grandfather. "All good things come from Italy."
These are one-rep maxes. My one-rep max is around 300 lbs, no prob with 3 reps at 275. Not impressive because I know a gal who does that. OK, she's 35 but whatever. With the age-adjustment on that site, though, it's "Advanced." What? Me? No way am I advanced. I have much further to go...
My one-rep max is hard and slowwwww. As it should be. People rarely go for their one-rep maxes except for amusement and ego. Well, also as one index of progress. Every 3 months maybe. 5X5 is a good powerlift program for twice/week but I only do each powerlift once/week. Not enough time to be a serious gym rat lifter.
Body architecture is not factored in, but of course heavier people are presumed to have more strength and power.
“The most experienced psychologist or observer of human nature knows infinitely less of the human heart than the simplest Christian who lives beneath the Cross of Jesus. The greatest psychological insight, ability, and experience cannot grasp this one thing: what sin is. Worldly wisdom knows what distress and weakness and failure are, but it does not know the godlessness of man. And so it also does not know that man is destroyed only by his sin and can be healed only by forgiveness. Only the Christian knows this. In the presence of a psychiatrist I can only be a sick man; in the presence of a Christian brother I can dare to be a sinner. The psychiatrist must first search my heart and yet he never plumbs its ultimate depth. The Christian brother knows when I come to him: here is a sinner like myself, a godless man who wants to confess and yearns for God’s forgiveness. The psychiatrist views me as if there were no God. The brother views me as I am before the judging and merciful God in the Cross of Jesus Christ.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
Who Were the 1st Americans? 11,000-Year-Old DNA Reveals Clues
This 87-Year-Old Woman Donated Her Body So Doctors Could Slice It into 27,000 Pieces
I disagree with our friend. This is simply what happens when young males and females spend a lot of time together. Biology happens.
Harvard Zealots Abuse Title IX to Nail the Accused
HOW TOTALITARIAN REGIMES WILL TAKE OVER SOCIAL MEDIA AND DESTROY THE WEST
Is Michael Savage the latest victim of TDS and the left's 'pacification effort'?
Big corporations hate conservatives
Liberal Media Loves Immigrants, Except for Melania Trump
Correction: Media loves illegal immigrants
Advertisers flee Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show as controversy grows over immigration remarks
Two-Tiered Justice: Mike Flynn and Tony Podesta Did Same Work for Turkey, Both Filed Retroactively. Flynn’s Life Is in Tatters As Podesta Walks Free
Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans
Make the peasants vote until they vote right
A lesson in how to destroy a wonderful country
Tuesday, December 18. 2018
Around the HQ, we stick with the un-Yankee, Southern Italian/Sicilian Christmas Eve fast, which means seafood. In past years, I have had the real 7 Fishes with fried baccala, steamed mussels, scungilli, etc etc. A wonderful fish feast which it would be a stretch to term "fasting." The Catholics are very clever with their concept of fasting.
The best-known Sicilian Primi is Pasta Con Sardi - pasta with anchovies (ie small sardines) - what I term Pasta With Minnows aka Pasta with Bait.
What is an "anchovy"? Never, ever use those tinned brown over-salted anchovies that they put on cheap pizzas. Disgusting stuff, cat food for a cat you hate. If you can't get fresh anchovies (they are white) at your local fish market, use the canned white anchovies in olive oil. Tasty. Good Italian markets have good fresh or oiled white anchovy filets.
Here's the recipe. Yes, to be authentic it needs the breadcrumbs. And here's another Vigilia favorite: Fried Baccala Balls. I've also had these with mashed potato in the cod mix to hold it all together. Nothing is more delicious.
Traditionally, you have to have Struffoli for dessert even though I find it inedible.
Truth is, in recent years we just make poached salmon with yogurt-dill sauce, to be ready to serve at room temp. after getting home from church. We typically have lots of friends over for that after-church supper.
Why the Boston Tea Party Was Such a Great Event
The Biggest Junk Science of 2018
Is abortion "medical care"?
Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to. Analysis: Microsoft adopting Chromium puts the Web in a perilous place.
Poorer Than Other Generations - Millennials are less wealthy and are lower-income than previous cohorts. Here's why.
Metropolitan Police Testing Facial-Recognition Technology In Central London
Don Boudreaux hates limits to immigration
Life as a Trump-Supporting Female in Manhattan
Wow: Christopher Steele Says He Was Hired To Help ‘Challenge The Validity Of The Outcome’ Of 2016 election
It worked. A mess ever since
Reporter who broke news of Steele dossier used to surveil ex-Trump aide calls its claims largely 'false'
New Legal Filings Reveal Hillary Camp Funneled Cash to Chris Steele to Help Her Challenge 2016 Election Results
Justice Department careerists, led by special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, have now served notice that they are targeting the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
NYPost: If he’s ever brought low, it’s less likely to be from the pressures of his responsibilities than his cussed inability or unwillingness to make a minimal effort to conform to his role.
Minorities held in China sew clothes that can end up in US
China’s Bizarre Program to Keep Activists in Check - As part of “stability maintenance,” people the state considers troublemakers may be sent to jail—or sent on vacation.
It's a different culture
Will China Rule The World? China’s worldwide influence campaign requires a coordinated response from all segments of American society—not just politicians and policy-makers.
The big-wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal, on December 14, 2018.
We visited that beach a couple of years ago. Nazare is famous for surfing.
Monday, December 17. 2018
More Evidence Organic Farming is Bad
Schools Ordered to Teach Eight-Year-Olds That ‘Boys Can Have Periods Too’
Is practicing yoga cultural appropriation? Students react.
Baltimore County Spends $147 Million On School Laptops; Four Years Later Test Scores Still Terrible
HOW THE LIBERAL PRESS SHAPES THE NEWS
Good Riddance to Obamacare
Mueller's ‘Enterprise’ Witch Hunt
Mueller Destroyed Messages From Peter Strzok's iPhone; OIG Recovers 19,000 New "FBI Lovebird" Texts
Sunday, December 16. 2018
I knew the guy in youth as a football coach. Superb human being. The least of his accomplishments was the creation of Bert and I.
He was a stalwart and core of the the Grenfell Labrador mission.
3:7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
3:8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
3:9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
3:10 And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?"
3:11 In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise."
3:12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?"
3:13 He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you."
3:14 Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."
3:15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,
3:16 John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
3:17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
3:18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.