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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Saturday, August 18. 2018
Photo is a big slice in Yonkers
Your Carbon Pollution Infused Beer Is Killing Off Bloody Mary’s Which Help With Your Beer Hangovers
How US Sugar Subsidies Bring A 'Red Tide' Of Algae To Florida's Shores
Sugar and corn subsidies are abominations
Women At War
How does diversity strengthen us?
When digital platforms censor
GAY ANTI-TRUMP LEFTY UNDER FIRE FOR SAYING NOT ALL REPUBLICANS ARE RACIST
John Brennan’s Trumpian Turn
"Deeply Troubling" - Wall Street Journal Implores "What Was Bruce Ohr Doing?"
Bruce Ohr Docs Show Christopher Steele “Very Concerned” About Comey’s Firing – “Afraid They Will be Exposed”
NY Times Columnist: Trump ‘Would Certainly Like to’ Murder People Without Due Process
Iranian-Backed ‘Sleeper Cell’ Militants Hibernating in U.S., Positioned for Attack
Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine plan
Friday, August 17. 2018
Stay until he does Chopsticks at the end
The feathered revolution: How dinosaurs became birds
Vanderleun: Back to School
The Tragic Decline of Music Literacy (and Quality)
Well, that's pop and folk music. Art music seems relatively recent in history
The shattering honesty of V.S. Naipaul - Teller of truths and tales
Sacrificing a Child's Education on the Altar of Diversity
Why I favor vouchers
White male professors to be given female minority scholar mentors in anti-bias effort
Bleeding-Heart Liberals Bike Through Tajikistan to Prove “Evil Is a Make-Believe Concept” — Are Stabbed Dead By ISIS
If you ever doubt the existence of evil or of Satan, look into your own heart. You can find it right there.
Klavan: The Enemy Is In The Church
DOJ: Iraqi man who fought, killed for ISIS entered US as refugee under Obama
Sarah Jeong is the Alt-Left
Piers Morgan Says Omarosa Manigault Offered Him Sex to Win ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
He declined so she concluded he was gay
New Poll Reveals Shocking Results On What Black Voters Think Of Trump
As Insty says, Just consider them Democrat activists with bylines and you'll understand
Trump Rages "Honesty Wins" As Nationwide Anti-Trump Editorial Blitz Strikes
The hate, you can feel it
Former CBS News Reporter Delivers Kill Shot to Liberal Media Narrative That Trump Is Silencing John Brennan
New Info Indicates Clinton-Funded Oppo Research Launched FBI’s Trump Investigation
Former Obama aide Ben Rhodes is now a person of interest in the unmasking investigation
Thursday, August 16. 2018
We were fortunate to hear a live concert a couple of years ago. Here's one:
A birthday this week, and I am one year stronger, one year more agile, one year more energetic, one year looking fitter.
Calis are for your athleticism. The below may not sound grueling, but it is more exhausting than weight-training days if you minimize rest time. I do two hours of calis weekly, 1 calis class and 1 on my own. This was the mix I've been doing on my own recently:
Elliptical warm-up, 3 mins
Each circuit below 2-3 times, overall takes me about 1 hr with 1-min breaks between rounds -
Dead ball floor slams
Kettle bell lunges
Farmer's Walk - heavy kettles
And finish up with a round of heavy ball wall slams
Shark attack victim suffers puncture wounds to torso, legs
Just down the beach from where we were last week
A Weird-But-True Story Takes Flight In 'The Feather Thief'
NYC's Gowanus Canal cleanup has unearthed historic treasures — covered in toxic goo
Prof Claims 'Responsible Fatherhood' Reinforces 'Patriarchy'
COLORADO IS GOING AFTER JACK PHILLIPS OF MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP AGAIN
Obama Foundation’s monumental rip-off
We are not Rome. I detest these self-aggrandizing presidential monuments
Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care
Dems against choice, just one-size-fits-all government medical care
Not a joke: The New York Times has an advice column about how to 'cure' white skin privilege
Trump Slams NY Gov Cuomo's "Total Meltdown" After "America Was Never That Great" Comment
"The narratives that painted Black Lives Matter activists as 'violent' have turned into legislation that targets black people, leftists, and other marginalized groups."
Washington Post: Trump’s Guilty Till He Proves Himself Innocent
Michael Barone: Either Trump is delivering on his economic promises, or he's very lucky
Mainstream media ignores Trump’s success on world stage
A Journalist Reflects On His Profession’s Anti-Trump Collusion
Laws of Armed Conflict in Gaza
Wednesday, August 15. 2018
"He was a cure for simple minds." Dalrymple on A Master of Clarity
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The Nastiest Feud in Science - A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.
Good News: Climatruther Computer Model Predicts End Of Civilization By 2040
Al Gore says Trump undoing environmental regs has done less ´damage´ than he once feared
Pennsylvania priests 'abused thousands of children'
How To Identify Racist And Sexist Remarks And Slurs
NY Times Advice Column Tackles White Guilt
Antifa, Democratic Socialists, & New World Order All Want Same Thing: "No Borders, No Wall, No USA At All"
Forbes Slammed for Wilbur Ross 'Grifting' Report
Feinstein, Strzok, and the Sinister Russia Probe
Prof: Free speech could normalize Trump
Re Kavanaugh: DEM DESPERATION DIALED TO 11
Boycotting Sam Adams Beer Over Trump Support?
Stung by President Trump’s repeated charges of “fake news,” last week The Boston Globe announced an alliance of more than 70 newspapers planning to run editorials protesting a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.”
America’s Newspapers Just Played Right Into Trump’s Hands
THE COORDINATED 'WAR OF WORDS' AGAINST TRUMP - The latest surge of fake news from the establishment media axis.
Kurt Schlichter: NeverTrumpers Don't Hate Trump. Primarily They Hate You.
The Media Are Hiding Their Knowledge and Duplicity – Buzzfeed, WaPo and New York Times Had Unredacted FISA Application For Over A Year
No time limits, no 'public circus': Bruce Ohr to testify behind closed doors, Trey Gowdy says
THE CONFERENCE THAT PAVED THE WAY TO THE MURDER OF MILLIONS - In one fateful day, 200,000 Austrian Jews were caught in the jaws of the power-hungry, Jew-hating monsters to whom nothing was sweeter than Jewish blood.
"Furious" Swedish PM Rages At Violent Gang Rampage: "What The Hell Are You Doing?"
London Declares TERROR ATTACK After Man Mows Down Bicyclists In SUV
British Prime Minister's Comment On Terror Attack Makes CNN Look Stupid
Tuesday, August 14. 2018
While meandering around the alleys near downtown Wellfleet last week, we stumbled on this white elephant. Naturally, I was mainly attracted to its barn. The place is for sale. A 10-minute walk to the village.
It's safe to say the place could probably use some work. Roof looks great but I wonder about the age of the wiring, but from the photos it looks pretty up to date inside.
12 bedrooms, said to have been built in 1800 but I doubt that. The cool thing is that it was the home of Wellfleet's most famous son, Captain Lorenzo Dow Baker. Sea captain and entrepreneur, he's the guy who introduced the banana to the US and Europe and founded the company which became the United Fruit Company, now Chiquita Brands. Cool guy, cool life.
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Filmed in Texas. Remarkable film.
Residents of the small French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews during World War II
Demonizing Ride Hailing
The pros and cons of NYC's ban on new Uber and Lyft cars
Professors allow students to pick their own grade
Without Free Speech, Everything You Say Is Meaningless
Most of us are familiar with the Stepford Wives, but how many of us realize that the men involved in the so-called Deep State have wives that are anything but Stepford-type women?
Alex Jones doesn’t represent anything new in this country. We’ve always had our share of paranoid crackpots
Democratic Socialism: Who Knew That 'Free' Could Cost So Much?
Howie Carr: If I ever get jammed up, I ask for no special treatment — just treat me like an illegal immigrant.
The Trump economy is destroying the Obama coalition.
SARA CARTER: House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Preparing to Depose Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr and Glenn Simpson
That Time Omarosa Was Fired from the Clinton White House
A democratic revolution has just begun in Vietnam. Massive but orderly protests across the country hint at the beginning of the end of Communist Party rule
China's state firms cementing lucrative role in South China Sea, new research shows
Monday, August 13. 2018
Mrs. Bird Dog
Mrs. BD was always a water rat - lifeguard, swimmer, Sunfish sailer, very cool water skiier - but I think teaching her to body surf in the icy Wellfleet ocean is what sealed the marital deal. OK, now she likes to use a half- wetsuit which I disdain, but whatever. Thrills and chills.
Body surfing is for low tide when the big rollers come. This pic is some of my family at high tide, basking. We all go out there in August. It's a family thing. Physical recreation dawn to dusk: run,kayak, body surf, races in the ponds, maybe go fishing or clamming. Some relatives like to read on the beach but I have no patience for that.
Midday, I don't mind a half hour in the art galleries and then a couple of beers at The Lighthouse with the lobstermen and the ageing prepsters.
Sunday, August 12. 2018
The real cocktail of Bermuda:
Best consumed on a Bermuda beach or the veranda of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club after sailing down from Newport.
Bermuda is a delightful place, and a quick trip from the East Coast. My Dad was kind enough to pay for our honeymoon there, and we have been back many times since then to refresh our honeymoon whenever needed. My parents had their honeymoon there too.
We have each done our time in the Caribbean. We don't really care for it much. Decadent, uncivilized. How many hours do you want to sit on a beach like an idiot? Well, renting a bareboat for a week might be ok, visiting de islands, mon.
Apple Confidential Steve Jobs on 'Think Different' Internal Meeting Sept 23, 1997
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4:25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.
4:26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
4:27 and do not make room for the devil.
4:28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.
4:29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.
4:31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,
4:32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,
5:2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Saturday, August 11. 2018
It's not the Manhattan I know, but it's a hilarious slice of a Manhattan neighborhood/subculture which is largely Jewish, but culturally, not seriously. I had to look up what "Birthright" was.
I like the way he walks around with his posse. "We've got more JAPS than all of Tokyo!"
Murray Hill is kind of middle class and nondescript.
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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Friday, August 10. 2018
From 2008. Lyrics here
I got the pork chops, she got the pie
Yes and no. Subject comes up because a pal alerted me to a litter of German Shorthairs, getting ready for the taking on Sept. 1. Their hunting pedigree is as good as it gets, so some $ is rightly involved since we aren't socialism yet where there are free champion hunting dogs.
Mrs. BD and I have rarely had a dog-free home, nor did her parents and my parents. And my grandparents, who were partial to Shepherds. I've had English Springers, Labs and (hunting? sort-of) standard poodles. Some of the most glorious times of my life have been grouse hunting in the Maine woods and in Manitoba woods and prairies (Sharptails there). Will a hunt-bred Standard Poodle point on a grouse or woodcock? Yes it can. It will chew up the darn Woodcock, tho.
I'll bet you never saw a Poodle on a hard point. Well, trust Bird Dog on that.
To me, a dog and a fireplace make a house a home. As I write that, it does sound primeval. Maybe I am a primitive male.
Here are my pros and cons, altho who ever made a decision based on such things?
- I love having a dog around. A dog also loves me the way no human could or should.
- A well-trained dog is an incomparable companion, and a well-trained hunting dog is a precious thing to you (and your hunting pals)
- Huge commitment. When I get a dog, I train the heck out of it. I know how. 40-minutes/day of training for at least 2 years. I want a dog that will heel to my knee without leash through a city street, a 5-mile suburban jog, or a woodland swamp. Chase a squirrel or a deer? No chance unless I give a release signal. I want a dog who will respond to whistle, voice, and hand commands. I want a dog who will Sit-Stay in front of Dunkin Donuts when I go inside. My past dogs learned those things. Any dog will - it's up to the owner. A dog's behavior is a reflection of the Master. Never ever blame the dog. I've heard people say "My dog is difficult to train", as if their dog were special and wild somehow. Pure bullshit. It's on them. Training is work, and no dog yummies. Just "Good dog."
- Re Basic Training. Do I use a shock collar outdoors? You betcha. It's not cruel. It gives you a dog you can live with. After two or three little shocks, the 3-second tone before the buzz is all it takes to remind them that you are God. "Come" or the "Come" whistle means hustle back to the Boss's knee. Dogs do like to be well-trained. Like children, training gives them Purpose and it is all relational.
- Hunt-training. Fairly costly. I can handle basic to semi-advanced obedience training, but not hunt training. You have to send them to camp for that. Then you have to go to camp with them to learn it yourself. Hand signals are the best. My last dog Paco was quite good with them, but not so good with some other things.
- I do not do much of the sort of hunting that I love best anymore. I don't know why, because I can bust brush and alder swamps all day better than I ever could. My favorite is grouse hunting in the Great North Woods, with the Moose etc. I rarely refuse a chance to hunt pheasants etc. at a hunting club, but the wilderness hunts are my favorites. In 6 hours in grouse habitat, you might fire zero to twice with your 20 ga., but you and the dog will have a great outing anyway.
Hey - you're pointing on a White-Footed Mouse, silly dog!
Painting by John Grillo. We have met him on many occasions and have some of his pictures. Always wanted one of his big oils but too much $. No wall space anyway.Yes, Wellfleet had a secret ocean nude beach for the free-love bohemians, artists, architects, and Harvard intellectuals. Not easy to find. Not much nude there now.
What Is War Good for? Ask a Chimpanzee. What apes and monkeys can teach us about the roots of human aggression.
Now another poet gets in trouble with the Red Guard
Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition. Where are the grown-ups?
The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors
Canada To Chronically Ill Man: How About A Little Euthanasia Instead Of Home Care?
Apple Vows iPhones Do Not Listen In On Users... But Its Apps Are Another Story
Ethanol Is Destroying the Environment
We had corn on the cob with steak last nite. Corn is good food. And ethanol is for cocktails.
Steyn: MS-13 are nice kids
Why California Cities Are Becoming Unlivable. California has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. and is rated dead last in quality of life.
A tale of 3 ctiies: In 1960, Detroit had the US's highest average income
Sarah Jeong Is a Boring, Typical Product of the American Academy
She is predictable: Hates the US, hates whites including Jews, loves Palis. illegals, and loves all self-anointed victims, hates the New York Times (yeah). I doubt she ever met a roofer or a hunt dog trainer.
Twitter Explodes After Ocasio-Cortez Attacks Shapiro In Response To Debate Offer
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy: Big Tech ‘Must Do More Than Take Down’ InfoWars
Who next? Is Maggie on his little list? We feel he is a deplorable punk.
Court denies preliminary injunction in U. Michigan Bias Response Team lawsuit
The Red Guards win one
Watch Ivy League Students Try To Explain First Amendment
Berkeley: In addition to higher wages, the union workers are demanding that the school guarantee them free tuition and childcare, subsidize their housing costs, disarm the campus police, and provide financial support to illegal immigrants.
No free lollipops?
With the possible exception of Baltimore, there is no city where the consequences of leftist policies in terms of law and order are more dire than Chicago.
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities. Nothing better protects victims of bigotry than a system where they can pursue their needs and wants outside the realm of popular control.
NAACP's own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly
Blacks' approval of Trump reaches a high of 21% and NAACP charges 'racism'
Here We Go… Far Left Actress Alyssa Milano Blames Russia for Republican Win in Ohio Special Election
I blame climate change
Dianne Feinstein was an easy mark for China’s spy
Byron York: What Was Hillary Clinton's Cut-Out Christopher Steele Doing Pallin' Around With a Putin-Linked Russian Oligarch Who Wasn't Allowed in the United States But Really Wanted that Prohibition Lifted?
Is there any doubt about a spy-FBI- Russia-Clinton nexus?
"The Outlook Has Become Grim": Trump Trade War Causing "Rare Cracks" Within China's Communist Party
Why the EU Won't Comply with Trump
There has never been free speech in China
The Herreshoff Fishers Island 31 Sloop, KESTREL, via Salt Water New England, where everything and everybody always look perfect, Yankee-style.
Thursday, August 9. 2018
A Dylan 1964 outtake recording at 1 am, with plenty of wine
Richard Jarecki, Doctor Who Conquered Roulette, Dies at 86
CAL POLY TO REQUIRE PROFS TO SUBMIT ‘DIVERSITY STATEMENT’ AMID CRACKDOWN ON WHITE STUDENTS
American Jews: oppressed minority or privileged ?
Rabbi Sacks: On not being a victim
Meet America's Elite Farm Subsidy Club
Hall of Famer Jim Brown says he'd never kneel during anthem
Why Chicago can’t get a handle on deadly shootings
Drug gangs killing eachother. Maybe Chicago doesn't care about that
"Heavily Armed" Muslim Extremists Arrested In NM; Trained 11 Children To Commit School Shootings
The Great White Culture War
Never will you hear the Progressive say “this is good enough, we can stop now.”
The Elite Freaks Out When Trump Puts Americans First
Trump May Lose Star on Walk of Fame, But Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey Won't
Americans Give Trump An 'A' For Economy
STEELE, SIMPSON, AND OHR LINKED WITH RUSSIAN OLIGARCH
Beijing demands Christians infuse faith with 'Chinese characteristics' amid crackdown on religion
Saudi Arabia crucified a man in Mecca while aggressively calling out Canada over human rights
China has had a strategy to supplant the United States as the dominant military and economic power since 1949.
How to Combat the Left’s ‘Alternative’ Israel Brainwashing - My time among the propagandists
Wednesday, August 8. 2018
From a bunch of articulate Dylan-appreciators at NR. "Following our trip through the music of The Beatles, we decide to tackle an artist who is just as important and influential, but with a discography roughly four times as long. What could go wrong? In this part one of three, we tackle Dylan’s career from Bob Dylan (1961) through John Wesley Harding (1967), one of the most prolific and successful periods of any artist in history."
Well, pop artists. Let's not overdo it.
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