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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Monday, May 22. 2023
Not an Eagles fan
But this tune is like a dark American hymn. "She came from Providence..."
Our internet pal Gerard lived in Paradise until his place burned down.
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Monday morning links
Spectator: Umbria: Italy’s underrated gem. The region is so much more than the ‘poor cousin of Tuscany’
Goldman struggles to close gender divide after discrimination payout. US bank commits to boosting female staff in wake of $215mn settlement but some remain sceptical
1 in 3 Female Recruits Injured in Army Basic Training - "Nearly 30% of female recruits were injured on average each month"
UT Austin tells students to use 'wimmin' instead of the word 'women'
Because It Worked Out So Well For Bud Light, Fords Unveils Its “Very Gay” Truck…
Finally, A Solution To The Problem Of Intermittent Power Generation -- The "Virtual Power Plant"
Elise Stefanik, Republicans Push Back on Biden’s War on Chocolate Milk
Running therapy has effects on depression and anxiety symptoms comparable to antidepressants, but provides additional health benefits
Work/Life Balance at Goldman Sachs
Sullivan: The Queers Versus The Homosexuals - We are in a new era. And the erasure of gay men and lesbians is intensifying.
" She tells what happened when she, married with three children, fell in love with another man and decided to divorce her husband and to marry her lover."
Deaths of Despair Now Significant Among the Young
How rotten is the FBI?
US National Security Experts Urge No More Weapons For Ukraine In NY Times
Joe Biden Is Preparing to Provide US F-16 FIghter Jets to Ukraine – World War III Can’t Come Fast Enough for These Elites
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Sunday, May 21. 2023
A trivial war: The War of 1812
Really, only Canadians still remember much about it except for the song.
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Karma and Kana
In the UK it is Snakes and Ladders. In the US it is Chutes and Ladders. A morality game.
"The phrase "back to square one" originated in the game of snakes and ladders."
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From today's Lectionary
1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"
1:7 He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.
1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.
1:11 They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.
1:13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
1:14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
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Saturday, May 20. 2023
"Weimaraners are a medium to large pointing dog breed that are tireless, cooperative workers and loyal companions with a strong protective instinct.
The story of the Weimaraner has all the elements of a Hollywood melodrama. It is a classic tale of how marketing, money and the vain pursuit of blue ribbons can turn a noble breed of hunting dog into a caricature of its former self. Fortunately, like any good melodrama, there’s a happy ending. "
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Why Tucker Carlson is/was so good
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Getting cars cleaned on rainy day
Why not? No lines. For the few of us who showed up this morning they gave us a voucher for a 2-hour $200 detailing. Nice, but who has time for that?
Cars and wheels are filthy, but it's the inside that really needs the expert cleaning. Yeah, House Wren got into one of our cars where I left the window open, and it crapped all over. Not my job.
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Saturday morning links
Down With Pickleball! Long Live Tennis. Plus: The Great Light Beer War of 2023 in today’s culture war double feature.
Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy at Work. If you set happiness as your primary goal, you can end up feeling the opposite.
Once again, ideology distorts science: the editor-in-chief of Scientific American flubs big time, wrongly asserting that sparrows have four sexes.
Why Big Tech pretends AI is dangerous. Saying you own a doomsday device only proves your power to investors.
Online Mob Comes for Pregnant Nurse After Video of Confrontation Over Citi Bike Goes Viral. “The provider is currently out on leave and will remain on leave pending a review”
15 yrs, $BILLIONS, not a mile of track & running out of money - what am I?
Commentary: Can DeSantis Make a Second First Impression?
University of Colorado: Assume Everyone Is Trans – Greet New Acquaintances as “They, Them, Theirs”
EU countries tiring of Green stuff
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Friday, May 19. 2023
Know this book?
Douglas Murray feels it's one of the best two books of the 20th C: Life and Fate, by Vasily Grossman
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Friday morning links
Yeah, not good coffee but it's my daily ritual en route to the gym
The rise of geopolitical swing states
The FBI Didn’t Persecute Hillary. It Protected Her. That’s the big reveal in the 306-page Durham report.
Mystery At The Midterms: What Really Happened To The Red Wave?
"Do you want Ukraine to win or not?"
What is "win" in this context?
TGIF: The Suburbs Are Back! Polygamy is in. DeSantis and #MeToo are out. Plus, conservatives save an anarchist coffee shop.
Chicago’s Brandon Johnson: ‘Wicked,’ ‘Unconscionable’ for Texas to Send Border Crossers to Sanctuary Cities
The Stupidest, Most-Ill-Educated Group In America -- the Corporate Leadership Class -- Begins to Realize That "Diversity Training," Far From Healing Racial Rifts, Actually Causes Racial Division
Diversity Is Campus Jew-Hatred. How DEI is openly attempting to marginalize and silence Jewish students
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Thursday, May 18. 2023
Meet Christopher Rufo
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That means, mostly, night temperatures above 55-65 F and daytime temps 75-85. They do not thrive without that. On the other hand, there is this: Growing Tomatoes Successfully Despite Cold Temperatures and Rain
I've seen 20-30' tomato vines sprawling across fields in Bermuda. They just keep going. If I had a greenhouse, I'd try that.
Tips that tomato-growers know is that it helps to snip off most side shoots ("suckers"), and, at some point, to snip off some leaves too.
This sounds right:
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Thursday morning links
Van Gogh’s Cypresses Take Root at Manhattan, And star in some of Western art’s most incandescently bendy landscapes.
Loneliness threatens health as well as happiness
The Left and Right Live in Two Different Worlds
Critical Race Theory Has a Scholarship Problem
CRT has infected veterinary schools
Sean Hannity Replaces Tucker Carlson at 8 PM- Fox News Channel Makes Multiple Changes to Primetime Line-Up
EU AI Act To Target US Open Source Software
No Room at the Inn—Except in New York! The city is unique in the country, and in the Western world, in that it guarantees all comers shelter immediately, no questions asked. And they keep coming.
Who Wants to Help Me Watch Chicago Commit Suicide?
"Damn, That's Thin", "I Know", "It Sucks": The Untold Story Of The Trump-Russia Investigation
61 Hacks Who Peddled Russian Collusion And Should Never Be Trusted Again
Adam Schiff STILL Insists Trump Colluded With Russia Despite Durham Report
"Why the Durham Report Matters/It is a damning account of the corruption of the FBI and its accomplices"
Durham Report proves “what a destructive, vicious, damaging person Hillary Clinton is to our political process”
Also, FBI Leadership Sabotaged Clinton Foundation Investigations: Durham Report
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Wednesday, May 17. 2023
School Board CUTS Dad Off When He Reads The Very Book That Is In The School Library For 10 Year Olds
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Wednesday morning links
John Kerry Would Love For Farmers To Stop Farming
DEI Goes Wobbly
How Therapists Became Social Justice Warriors
Greg Gutfeld Hits It Out of the Park on the Durham Report and What It Means
The silence is deafening: Flagship CNN shows Anderson Cooper 360 and Primetime make NO mention of discredited FBI probe into baseless Trump-Russia claims network previously claimed were 'corroborated'
The war against Trump was cooked up by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, revealed to the Obama Administration, and executed by the FBI and Justice Department.
Never Forget the Misinformation and Collusion by the Mockingbird Media Regarding “Russia, Russia, Russia” – And Remember Who Had it Right from the Beginning
FBI Offered To Pay Steele $1 Million For Anti-Trump Evidence…
For the Dems, it was usual dirty tricks. The FBI was involved with treason, it seems to me.
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Tuesday, May 16. 2023
Is Rhubarb food? Reposted
Our friend thinks not. I happen to love the flavor. As with cranberries, use 1/2 the sugar a recipe asks for to get the full flavor. Boil it with a little water and sugar and dump it on vanilla ice cream. I'd go for a rhubarb gelato too, if anybody made it. Or a tarte.
I drove my Smart Car (in photo) over to check the patch and observed that it is happy but has bolted. I chopped off those cool flowers and Mrs. BD put them in a vase.
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How your brain can trick your body into getting fitter and stronger
In defense of trophy hunting - The frowned-upon practice could be key to saving Africa’s wildlife
The Mysterious Dodecahedrons of the Roman Empire - The first of many of these puzzling objects was unearthed almost three centuries ago, and we still don’t know what they were for.
Is Your Remote Job Making You Lonely?
End of a love affair: AM radio is being removed from many cars
The classist war on the car - The unique freedom of car-driving is being pummelled by bourgeois anti-modernists.
Psychologist Breaks Down How Society Descended Into COVID Insanity
Regular people are being stampeded out of existence.
Deliver Us from Reality- The only silver lining in this minatory storm cloud is the fact that such movements, though unconscionably cruel, arbitrary, and destructive, are also astonishingly fragile.
Tucker Carlson's Twitter Venture Tests Mainstream Media's Eroding Grip
Bull Durham, Master Of The Bleeding Obvious: The Russia Hoax Really Was A Hoax
Durham: Obama, Biden Briefed in 2016 on Clinton’s Plan to Link Trump to Russia — Still Pushed Collusion Hoax
DURHAM REPORT RIPS FBI
THE FERTILE IMAGINATION OF E. JEAN CARROLL
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The New Ugly Americans
Biden Federal Government Goes Full Suicide Bomber Against America
Biden Finally Draws Larger Crowd Than Trump
As the border heats up, Dems fracture over a migration solution. Immigration reform once united Senate Democrats. Now, it sharply divides them.
Macron Calls for a Green ‘Pause’. Even Europeans are getting fed up with costly regulations.
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All is well.
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Monday, May 15. 2023
Monday morning links
Welcome to Absurdistan. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. A political shift similar to the Glorious Revolution is underway and I am here for it.
Remember how virtuous you felt when you were tooling around town in your anti-virus mask?
Sorry vegans, a major health organization says meat, eggs and milk are vital sources of 'much-needed nutrients'
The real reasons stores such as Walmart and Starbucks are closing in big cities
Gay conservative professor suspended after handing out Jeremy’s Chocolate during event
Is This Why Transgenderism Is Exploding in American Public Schools?
Economist: The economics of thinness - It is economically rational for ambitious women to try as hard as possible to be thin
It helps for men to be fit too
Losing Control of Our Own Country Week at Legal Insurrection
Biden at HBCU: White supremacy is the most dangerous threat to our homeland
Homeless vets are being booted from NY hotels to make room for migrants
The madness of Biden’s beyond-surreal border mess will only grow as Title 42 ends
Since when do illegal alien invaders get priority over needy Americans?
Newspeople: Deal with Trump on the issues
California Facing $32 Billion Deficit as Leftists in the State Call for $800 Billion in Reparations
FIRST THING, LET’S FIRE ALL THE TEACHERS
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Sunday, May 14. 2023
Dublin, New Hampshire, USA
Fine village. No salt water nearby, so it's not for me. Real population around 1400, but more in summer I think.
According to Mrs. BD, they have a fine GCA garden club. I guess that means it is civilized.
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A poem by Cecil Day-Lewis.
It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day -
Behind a scatter of boys. I can see
That hesitant figure, eddying away
I have had worse partings, but none that so
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From today's Lectionary: God does not live in shrines
17:22 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.
17:23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,
17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.
17:26 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,
17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him--though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
17:28 For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.'
17:29 Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.
17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."
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Saturday, May 13. 2023
Happy Mom's Day, Moms. Got Wisteria?
We do. Every year it blooms on Mother's Day:
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A Clint Eastwood movie to stream
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