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
Monday, January 22. 2018
Bob Dylan In a log cabin in the middle of nowhere a long long time ago. He sings his Dream as his second tune.
A lot to said for presenting oneself with confidence and authority. Cool detail: rhyming table with table 3 times. Towards the end, the masterpiece Restless Farewell.
Hey -where's the mike?
America could use more gentlemen?
Healthy detachment in relationships
School Assembly: Sex Changes Are “Perfectly Normal”
Weather Channel Co-Founder Who Slammed Climate Change Dies
New York Times Forwards Climate Propaganda
Sanity is refreshing
The embodiment of Utilitarianism
A patient in Canada is told by a hospital administrator that there will be a five-year wait for an appointment with a neurologist. The patient asks “Will that be in the morning or the afternoon.”
On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do
Trump encourages the pussy marches...cleverly
The media just can’t stop making themselves look worse than Trump
The visceral hatred is blinding them
Did the Obama admin actually engage in treason to prevent Trump?
"Brazen Plot To Exonerate Hillary Clinton" And Frame Trump Unraveling, Says Former Fed Prosecutor
The Democrats' Unforced Errors
Besides being filled with hatred for Trump's personality, Mrs. BD could not figure out what they actually want. All I could tell was that they dislike fascism (who doesn't?) and love abortions ("love" abortions?). Many of them brought their kids with them... Also, lots of "Impeach Trump." Why I do not know. In any event, their silly pussy hat march almost made us late for the Sat. matinee of Farinelli at the Belasco so we were pissed off as were all other theater-goers. Police were re-routing everybody around the closed streets for their "parade."
Also highly annoying: they were routed from 6th Ave down 44th St towards Times Square so you could hear their drums and bullhorns from inside the theater. That was a shame because the singing of the counter-tenor in the play was delicious. Also, the first time I have heard live counter-tenor singing.
These pics from the end of the parade, after the play, as we began our urban hike from 44th St. down to Bleeker for a little cozy supper. Walking in the city is always highly entertaining.
Couple more pics below the fold -
Continue reading "Scenes from the NY Pussy March"
Sunday, January 21. 2018
A tune of comfort for the Trump-discomforted. Really, things will be ok. In fact, things are pretty good now. Jobs for everybody, no big wars, lower taxes. "Don't bring everybody down."
The pink of the Flamingo comes from the pink crustaceans it eats, but the red of the male Eastern Cardinal just comes from its regular foods - bugs and seeds.
62:5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
62:7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
62:9 Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
62:10 Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
62:11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,
62:12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.
Saturday, January 20. 2018
Colorized historical photos
The 8 best car videos of 2017 - Top speed runs, Gymkhana and more made car videos in 2017 awesome
New York City owns a creepy island that almost no one is allowed to visit — here's what it's like
Riz Virk Explains Why Quantum Physics, AI, & Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are Living In A Video Game
This new blood test can detect early signs of 8 kinds of cancer
Sponsored Poetry: The Latest UN Initiative to Make Us Act on Climate Change
Trump Takes to Twitter Like Clockwork - An hourly look at the president’s tweets shows an early-morning appetite for taking on opponents
Dianne Feinstein flips her position on shutdown for second time in one day: 'People will die'
Democrats shut government down, but they're still struggling to explain why
With Illegal Immigration Again Surging, Why Is Congress Doing Nothing?
New York Times readers who like Trump's admin
Are they allowed to print that?
An Old Man's Winter Night
All out of doors looked darkly in at him
Friday, January 19. 2018
Around the world with a 26-liter 20 lb backpack
No fine dining, I'd assume
It's the old New England blue-blood accent. It was only natural to Katherine Hepburn.
Alligator fights python in front of shocked golfers
Make golf exciting again. My money's on the gator.
Should babies sleep on their backs?
I don't care if they sleep upside-down like bats, as long as they friggin sleep
Americans are clueless when it comes to personal finance
Compensation for the heads of some elite private K-12 schools in New York City is nearing $1 million.
Williamson: Smoke weed, snort cocaine, watch porn, but don’t kill a living human organism, for any reason, ever.
NY Gov. Cuomo Targets Hedge Fund Managers With 17% "Fairness Fix" Tax
Brilliant. Chase the $ away to CT or TX
What’s So Dangerous About Jordan Peterson? Not long ago, he was an obscure psychology professor. Now he leads a flock of disciples.
New Study Just Threw Cold Water On Worst-Case Global Warming Scenarios
Ansari is lucky he’s not facing ‘college justice’ and other comments
THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER SCAM - John Stossel exposes a leftist hate group -- and a money-grabbing slander machine.
Cost overruns threaten to bankrupt CA bullet train boondoggle
Jerry Brown Heads Toward the Sunset - The iconic governor misses myriad opportunities, as he releases final budget and plows ahead with his train to nowhere.
Amazon Shortlists 20 Metro Areas for Second Headquarters
Suddenly, all the lefty cities are in love with big business
U.S. Jobless Claims Plunge to Lowest Weekly Tally Since 1973
While Trump's critics keep talking, our president is fulfilling his promises
This sort of thing almost never happens in government
Immigration vs. the welfare state
Rep DeSantis: Classified Intel Memo Compiled by House “Deeply Troubling” and Raises “Serious Questions” About the Russia Investigation
Now it's the Hillary-Russia thing
Scott Adams gives Trump an A+ for his fake news awards
More Outstanding News from the Continent of Free Health Care: unprecedented cuts to cancer care because of a chronic shortage of specialist nurses at one of Britain's leading hospitals
That's an excuse. Real reason: Too expensive to try to treat cancer
Thursday, January 18. 2018
Toon via Situational Ethics
Gorgeous Images of the Planet Jupiter
Did America Get Fat by Listening to Government Experts? How much disease has been caused by the Food Pyramid?
In the coldest village on Earth, eyelashes freeze and thermometers break
UMass Amherst restricts free speech to 1 hour during lunch. New lawsuit aims to change that.
Feminist Enraged That Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Having Another Child
Claim: People with Big Families Should be Ashamed, We Need More Migrants
Kimball: Of home truths and shitholes
You think Democrats want to fix immigration? Dream on!
No, Jaylen Brown, Racism Is Not Why Blacks Underperform in School
Apple To Contribute $350 Billion To US Economy Over Next 5 Years, Create 20,000 New Jobs
Silicon Valley Will Pay the Price for Its Lefty Leanings. A lawsuit alleges that Google discriminated against conservatives. It won't end well for Google.
Blain: "Joke About His Weight And Porn Stars, But You've Got To Admit: Trump Is Changing Stuff"
Wednesday, January 17. 2018
Are Mothers Happier Being Homemakers Or Working Full-Time?
Paul McCartney talks about how he became a bass player
Delightful interview 1994. Quote:
Why Leftists Hate Masculinity
Ohio State course reprimands white heterosexual masculinity
"Masculine" men do not assault women, bully people, or abuse their power. They do tend to feel horny often, however, and no rules can stop that.
Soda Tax Sticker Shock Grips Seattle
Mueller, McCabe & Rosenstein Involved in Cover-Up of FBI Probe Into Uranium-One Bribes
DHS preparing to arrest leaders of sanctuary cities
Those cities are declaring civil war
Good News: Great Whites Will Soon Be Swimming Near The Top Of The Statue Of Liberty
Is James Comey the least self-aware person in the US?
He certainly has high self-regard, tho... like most people with minimal self-awareness
Of Course Most Immigrants Come from Shithole Countries. So What?
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country?
Shitholers of the World Are Making America Great
What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right
Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills
New Jersey’s New Governor Aggressively Favors Illegal Immigrants
Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters.
Putin Pals Panic Over US "Corrupt Oligarchs" List, Begin Liquidating Assets
It’s official: US withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid, demands UN re-examination
Tuesday, January 16. 2018
London’s Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One. (h/t Insty)
Is it possible for humans to have a transcendent moral code if they no longer believe in an afterlife?
Nope. You can have a code to live by, but not necessarily a transcendent one. Or can you?
UW-Madison bias reporting system ‘clogged with pettiness and tattling,’ think tank finds
It's like SWATting, isn't it?
UNC-Charlotte, along with outside organizations like Planned Parenthood, is co-sponsoring the school's first-ever "Sex Week," featuring events like “f*** like your life depends on it” and “cookies and condoms.”
The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari - Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.
Would be better if men were gentlemen and women were ladies, but that train left the station a while ago.
NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming
Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health
How Hard Is It To Comply With The Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements?
THE BIGGEST SECRET - My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
Jesse Jackson praises and thanks Donald Trump for a lifetime of service to African Americans
Love Him Or Hate Him, Trump Deserves Credit For Booming Economy
Abbas Curses Trump: ‘May Your House Be Destroyed’
Is Facebook 'Championing' Blasphemy Laws Across Europe?
Monday, January 15. 2018
The Flower Duet is probably the only piece of the 1882 opera Lakme that any of us have ever heard. Netrebko and Garanca:
"My very small puppy in this fight says that there is a lot in Science that lets all of us live longer and better lives while there is a lot in Christianity that lets us live deeper and more meaningful lives."
MacDonald: Policing Sexual Desire - The #MeToo movement’s impossible premise
About a dozen people arrested for feeding the homeless in El Cajon park
Bill Clinton Says Haiti Relief Funds Didn’t Pay for Chelsea’s Wedding… Then Wikileaks Drops This Bomb
Fiat Chrysler Bringing Back Jobs And Giving Bonuses, Too
Don't Look Now, But Minority Unemployment Is At Record Lows Under Trump
MLK Jr would be delighted, I think
Who ‘Dreamers’ Really Are and Why They Cost $26B Over 10 Years
Lindsey Graham to Americans: Your Country Belongs to the World
Why Tyler Cowan wants lots of immigration
Chain Migration Expected to Add 8M Potential Foreign-Born Voters to U.S. Electorate over Next Two Decades
A reader asks a good question: “Would it make a difference if he’d said ‘hellholes’? How else would liberals describe these God-forsaken places?”
Related, See this
Migrants fleeing to Canada: Go home
Sunday, January 14. 2018
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Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
139:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
139:5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
139:13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
139:17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
139:18 I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end -- I am still with you.
Saturday, January 13. 2018
Chefs and Servers Reveal the 15 Things They'd Never Order at a Restaurant
In my view, always order soup in a good French restaurant
The People Who I Imagine Live in the New High-Rise in My Neighborhood
Cheops' pyramid: Is there an iron throne in the newly discovered chamber?
Academics Proclaim Numbers, Math, and Statistics to Be Racist, Propose Alternative
Mike Rowe Destroys Woman Who Wants Him Fired For Being ‘Ultra-Right Wing Conservative’
Nancy Pelosi Scoffs At ‘Crumb’ Bonuses By U.S. Companies As A Result Of Tax Cuts
"But if the anti-Trump movement has a crippling defect, it’s smugness, and Wolff’s book reflects and richly feeds it."
Trump has his enemies dancing to his tune with 's-hole countries' comments
Friday, January 12. 2018
At Business Insider, which has lots more pics. Here's the intersection of Broadway and 8th Ave, 1861.
Obviously, Thousands of Irish Teens Need to Be Hauled to Court for Their Own Good and Put on Sex Offender Lists
Finding Faith at Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash saw his famous concert as an opportunity for redemption.
Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'
I blame climate change
There is no path for anything effective
New York City, Which Uses A Lot Of Fossil Fuels, Decides To Sue Fossil Fuels Companies Over Climate Change Scam
If they really cared, they would just ban all fossil fuel use. It would be interesting. Would DeBlasio have to walk to his unheated gym?
Is monetary value the right way to think about higher ed?
Jay Leno Opens Up About the "Depressing" Nature of Late-Night Today
Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us. New report blames elitist national party for alienating voters, and threatening the party's chances in 2020.
Pew: US media bias ranks most biased in the world
Google’s New ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Partisan Garbage - The tech giant is dishonestly manipulating perceptions about conservative sites before people even read them.
California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda - From immigration to the environment and recreational cannabis, state leaders and activists are finding paths to circumvent the administration. Will it work?
BREAKING: Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ Caught Synchronizing Anti-Trump Classified Leaks to Liberal Media
Carr: Clinton’s dodgy dossier is way worse than Watergate
UH OH: Yale Psychiatry Professor Who Wants Trump Examined Has No License
American Psychiatric Association calls for end to ‘arm chair’ psychiatry amid Trump speculation
Of Trump, Holes, and Our Real Immigration Scandals
Trump goes Archie Bunker. Both from Queens... Trump: “Why Are We Having All These People From Sh*Thole Countries Come Here?” That's what everybody wonders.
Guy trolls the press like a very stable genius
Ted Kennedy had promised no immigrants from shithole countries
No, The EU Is Not Militarizing Africa To Halt Migration, But Simply To Organize It
VIENNA POLICE CHARGE 3 MEN FOR WAVING ISRAELI FLAG AT RALLY
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Thursday, January 11. 2018
For those who believe that you can burn fat with exercise (I do not), this format does keep your metabolism elevated for up to one or two hours after finishing. These sorts of things do not build strength. That's not what they are for. They are for energy, agility, and cardio endurance. Some powerlifters like to take the class because, despite their size and strength, they want agility, quickness, and endurance too. They have little of those.
I take a 50-minute class weekly which is basically Met Con but not labeled as such. A typical routine in that class might be a 20-second kettlebell swing followed immediately by 20-seconds of pushups followed by 30 seconds of mountain climbers, then a 5-second rest before repeating 3 times. Then a 30-second rest before going into the next triplet of calisthenics (which might be a similar pattern with 20-seconds of burpees, 30-second rower sprints, and 30-second squat and presses. The timing is everything.
I can testify that this format improves general conditioning, because when I began with it I couldn't really complete the class and stole seconds of rest time. I still steal a couple of seconds of rest time to catch my breath but I can get through the class.
More on the topic below the fold -
Continue reading "Met-Con training"
‘I went to my first orgy and loved it’
Sounds Roman. Might be good fun. Toga! Toga!
A Peek Behind the Scenes at Google
Here's What Happens When Three Professional Soccer Players Go Against 100 Kids
Middle class neighborhoods are the lifeblood of cities
I agree with Vanderleun that Woodpile Report is always interesting
Why James Rosen was fired from FOX
Catherine Deneuve on #MeToo
Anchor babies: Birth tourism brings Russian baby boom to Miami
Anchor babies: Chinese flock to USA to give birth to U.S. citizens
Bad people working the system. Unworthy of citizenship, same as illegals
Why Is There So Much Government Hostility to Private Charity?
Slacking For Social Justice
Obama non-library ‘presidential center’ in Chicago devolving into a fiasco
Chicago profs blast 'socially regressive' Obama Center plan
Sad people, those Clintons
HOW HILLARY’S FBI ALLIES UNDERMINED TRUMP BEFORE THE ELECTION - The swamp’s secrets, lies and media leaks.
10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS Senate Testimony
MSNBC's Matthews Compares Trump's Family To Child Rapists, Murderers, Drug Users
After a week of Fire and Fury, Trump is a very stable genius
Donald Trump—the Grownup in the Room on Immigration
Utilities Cutting Rates, Cite Benefits Of Trump Tax Reform
United States To Leapfrog Russia In 2018 As The World's Top Oil Producer
After DACA Comments, Tucker Asks Trump: ‘What Was The Point Of Running For President?’