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
Friday, January 22. 2021
Baltimore Suing Energy Companies For Damage Caused By Climate Change…
About the Coronavirus, the New York Times Argues With the New York Times
Even More COVID-19 Narratives Shift as New Administration Takes Charge
Profs effectively seek to ban books from Trump admin officials
Words of Division - Cloaked in an appeal to unity, President Biden’s inaugural speech hit all the expected themes of racial resentment and blame.
So, Joe Biden is now President. Can’t you just feel the excitement?
Earth to Joe Biden: Canceling Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Gift to China and Russia
Thursday, January 21. 2021
What really was/is the point of COVID testing? Unless you are ill and your doctor needs to know?
I have posted several times about my Food Bank work. I'm not doing this to say "Hey look at me aren't I so giving?" After all, I'd barely done any work over the years with them, aside from donations and occasional assistance at the pantry.
I'm a firm believer in giving back in some form, and doing it quietly. In the Bible, Jesus made it clear you shouldn't promote your good works in order to promote yourself, and I believe that. My grandfather also felt this way, his donations always came from "A Friend" and no other ID was provided. I tend to do this, as well. Anonymity (or some degree of it) here helps reduce the impact of me promoting myself via 'good works'.
On the other hand, drawing attention to needs, and providing useful information about charitable works is not easily done without a reasonable voice. To a degree, I give some celebrities a pass when they promote their 'good works'. A lot depends on just how they are doing that work. If they make it about themselves and what they are doing (Ed Begley, Jr. and his incessant BS about how 'green' he is would be an example - he's wealthy, so it's easy to be 'green' and it's a means by which he can draw attention to his declining celebrity status), then I tend find their points less credible.
Continue reading "On the Nature of Charity"
AVI considers Reality Vs Pseudo-Realities
Philosophers Smear One of Their Own for Gender Heresy
“Antiracism” Comes to the Heartland.A Missouri middle school forces teachers to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix” and watch a video of “George Floyd’s last words.”
Biden’s Climate Team: Climate Change Is Happening Because of ‘Systemic Racism ’
Study Finds Most Americans Support Making Wall Around Capitol Permanent To Keep Politicians In
HIS IS HOW CONSERVATIVES GET ERASED FROM THE INTERNET
Trump Derangement Syndrome In A Post-Trump World
Wow, Politico Is No Longer Covering Up Biden's Cognitive Decline
Face It: The Open-Borders Crowd Won
Trump Leaves Washington, Tells Supporters: ‘We Will Be Back in Some Form’
Wednesday, January 20. 2021
My weekly time at the Food Bank has been very enlightening. Yesterday was different, I did something I wasn't used to doing. "Separating and stocking" it was called. Normally I pack food into boxes for shut-ins, SNAP supplement, or other family assistance. Some of that food is donated by large supermarkets or food producers, unsold stuff that hasn't quite hit expiration. Most is purchased by the bank itself, from donations. A commenter had asked where the food came from, and I have learned that a good portion is purchased, another good chunk donated.
Yesterday I learned about another big portion of it. Individual donations. When you clean out your pantry and drop it off at your local Food Bank, it goes into a bin and when there's enough volunteers like me spend hours unpacking and sorting. It's astounding, to be honest. For several reasons.
First, and I say this because we don't tend to think about it, and we mean well, but a good portion of the food donated is useless. Not the majority, but a noticeable minority of it.
To explain why, and maybe help save other volunteers time and effort, it's worth noting how the food is broken out. There are about 20 separate boxes, among them: Coffee & Tea, Cereal, Rice & Pasta, Canned Protein, Condiments, Baking Goods, Snacks, Drinks, Water, Peanut Butter, Vegetables, Fruit, Soups and Broth, and Peanut Related products. There are more, but these are the main ones.
There are at least 3 reasons I noticed for why food is tossed. First - boxed foods often are donated partially opened. Even if there is a wrapped package inside, many banks will reject the food immediately. Particularly if it includes individually wrapped packages without expiration dates on them. And that's a second reason - Expiration Dates. While a canned good dated Oct. 2, 2020 is acceptable until 2022, a boxed good with the same date is not always. It may have a 3-6 month acceptable shelf life, and if it is baby food it must not be past expiration.
These may seem somewhat questionable guidelines for food freely donated, but trust me, the artichoke hearts I picked up 3 years expired were not in the least appetizing. I may have eaten them if I'd stored them in my refirigerator at home, but realizing the nature of the situation (as my supervisor said) is such that maybe a year ago we MAY have been willing to push some limits, but right now we can't afford to.
In addition, I picked up 2 twenty pound bags of rice. Some of the rice spilled out, and I knew that bag had to go (who wants to attract rats and insects? That's the third reason...resealed boxes/bags. The first bag I threw out. The second wound up getting tossed when a supervisor noticed a hole which someone had taped over.
One other thing I learned had to do with peanuts. As you probably realize, anything that had peanuts in it, or was prepared in a facility with peanuts, was put in the "Peanut" box. What you may not realize is how much food is prepared in facilities that handle peanuts. I handled 3 different kinds of Ramen packages. The most well-known brand, Top Ramen, was a "Peanut" product. The others were Soup and Broth, but I was shocked at all the items that wound up in "Peanuts". Sometimes you just don't think much about it.
While I am always proud that we manage to prepare weekly food boxes for people, often up to 750 in a 3 hour shift, yesterday was another kind of learning experience. When I donate food in the future, I'll be sure to box it, separate it and make sure the expiration dates are acceptable. I'm sure I meant well donating a jar of olives that was 3 years past expiration, but I had no idea I was probably making someone do the work I should have done and just tossed them. Or that half open box of mac and cheese, which I taped closed, and which someone could have used. That someone being me...not someone else.
It was good knowing we sorted 524 boxes of these various foods. They are sent to local food pantries for distribution, or used in local food kitchens.
One last thing I noticed while I was there was the number of meals served each year. This past year, 2020, the number more than doubled.
Part of that was due to the ill-considered and misguided lockdowns which cost us jobs and productivity. But every year from the year it was founded, the Food Bank has seen the numbers of meals served increase. This past year may wind up being an anomaly. I hope it is. But it's worth knowing that volunteers are needed, and if you have it in you to spend a few hours a week, it's worth it. Hopefully I can convince my next employer that this is an important thing I do and get 3 hours a week to continue doing the volunteer work. I recommend it. As much as I I'd like to say I'm doing it because I ike to help people, the reality is I'm doing it for me. It makes me feel good. That's pretty much why we do most of whatever we do in life, and I'd never recommend doing it if you find it annoying or a pain in the ass. I have learned a lot, I can say that.
Joe Biden's Accomplishments Before He's Even Inaugurated—It's Not Good for America
Will Dems double down on crazy?
Pfizer Vaccine May Prevent People From Transmitting Virus
A Day of Hypocrisy - How soon will Democrats cancel Martin Luther King Jr. for calling for a color-blind America?
Warning: Beware of Hate Studies
My Pillow CEO Says Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s to Stop Selling His Products
First Trump declassified Russia document: Christopher Steele's 2017 confession to the FBI. Steele told FBI he leaked Russia collusion story to help Clinton and Great Britain
Americans Love Trump: President Trump’s Approval Rating Hits 51% on Day before Inauguration
From Tax Cuts to Immigration Restrictions, These Trump Triumphs Now in Danger
MSNBC Analyst: Capitol Hill Rioters More Dangerous Than 9/11 Terrorists…
State Department: China’s Action Against Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’
US counter-intel chief warns Biden admin of China's malign foreign influence: 'One of the bigger challenges'
Tuesday, January 19. 2021
Over 50,000 Restaurants In Italy Declare "I Am Open" Defying Lockdown Measures
New York Times Writes That Somehow, The Positive News About Covid Has Been Buried Until Now!
Thousands Of Covid-19 Vaccines Winding Up In The Trash
The left now just wants to silence conservatives — all of them
Scarborough Just Revealed How the Left Aims to Pressure Big Tech to Silence Conservatives
Protesters At Pro-Gun Event In Virginia Deemed White Supremacists/Right-Wing Despite Carrying Gay/Trans Flags…
Trump rebuts NY Times '1619 Project' with '1776 Report' urging schools to reject 'ideological poison'. Series of essays cited as 'toxic propaganda' that is a 'crusade against American history'
Film Crew Releases Never Before Seen Footage of 2017 Inauguration Riots
Trumpism After Trump
Biden Official Tells Honduran Migrant Caravan Don’t Come Now, Migrants Demand Biden Honor His Commitments
Tax and Regulate - The incoming Biden administration looks to roll back Trump-era policies.
Monday, January 18. 2021
The Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy for the nation
Everyday Life in New York City, today
I Used To Love NYC But Feckless Leaders Have Forced Me To Leave
Testing For NYC’s “Gifted And Talented” Student Program Is Deemed Unfair, Will Be Eliminated
Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov: Accusing Us of Election Fraud Is Not Free Speech
Parler’s Website Back Online With a Message From Its CEO
‘They Want to Cancel Our Culture, Our History, Our Liberty’: Goya CEO
China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses. CIA Management Pressured Analysts to Withdraw Assessment
Soon-to-be President Biden has a pen and a phone
Biden's First Executive Orders: Rejoin Paris Climate Deal and Rescind 'Muslim Ban'
There is no "Muslim Ban"
Americans Struggling With COVID Lockdowns, Business And Economy In Tatters, Biden’s* Top Priority? Legalize 11 Million Illegal Aliens In First 100 Days…
Joe Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Permit on Day One
Feel Good Now—Pay Later. The Biden stimulus is crammed with goodies but makes no economic sense.
Powerline: WHERE TRUMP WENT WRONG
Sunday, January 17. 2021
Twitter bans Trump over risk of violence, but these leftist profs get a pass
Trump never advocated violence. He did want a protest.
But everything political ends up being power plays. It's a game, and a rough one because careers, money, power, and status are involved. Also, ideological passions which tend to be about power anyway. Politics in the US is not pretty and never has been.
Saturday, January 16. 2021
COVID lockdowns do no good
Leftists Are Colonizing Red Towns Like Mine, And Local Republicans Are Clueless
Shooting, homicide surge came after ‘reforms’ NY’s leaders said would cut crime
Most NYC schools aren’t trying to track online attendance — or trying to do anything at all, really
Harvard Students Petition For Trump-Allied Graduates To Lose Degrees
America’s New Corporate Tyranny - The American political and legal systems are working just fine, despite a few hiccups. Meanwhile, American corporations are depriving citizens of basic rights and freedoms and destroying our democracy.
Mexico’s Left-Wing President Mounts International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans
Whistleblower Video Shows Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Discussing Extensive Plans To Censor Politics On Twitter (Starting With Donald Trump)
Mozilla CEO Says Deplatforming President Trump Isn't Enough
VDH: An Impeachment Incitement - What is this latest impeachment gambit really about? Of course, it was a Parthian shot to discredit President Trump’s supporters.
What will angry Lefties do without Trump?
The All-Out Assault on Conservative Thought Has Just Begun
Duke profs suggest Biden pursue 'new laws' to combat 'misinformation'. A pair of Duke professors are calling on the incoming Biden administration to establish a new commission aimed at combatting "misinformation."
Friday, January 15. 2021
Parler being dumped by Amazon Web Services wasn't the first shot. Gab was in 2018. Gab is still around, though it is private now and subscription only. That may be the future for Parler and others like it which fill a need.
But going private isn't the only solution, there are other solutions. But private is probably bes. However, being aware and adept at meeting the Progressive/Leftist challenges to free speech is essential. I am particularly fond of The Mises Institute's approach.
This is a space in which I'm uniquely informed and aware. I've been seeing this slowly developing for years, and it's been a growing concern. I've been told for years "oh it will never get that bad" and now it really is that bad. Many said Net Neutrality was necessary because the provider of the pipes would throttle, reduce and limit ability for sites and apps to work. Ironically, the purported supporters of Net Neutrality are the very same businesses who are throttling free speech - you know, the free speech they felt Net Neutrality was required to prevent OTHERS FROM THROTTLING THEM. Except, they will argue, 'this is different'. It's not. And Net Neutrality would have given these tech oligarchs more power to do this very kind of thing.
That said, because all this has happened slowly at first, then suddenly (due to the Capitol incident), Hemingway's description of bankruptcy fits these moves restricting the freedoms on speech very well. When it's taken, unlike bankruptcy - which is usually noticeable, this is going largely unnoticed and unmentioned. Or, at least, it's being done in a manner many consider 'acceptable'. Because the main beneficiaries are the very groups doing damage to free speech - the tech oligopolists. Who know 'better than you' about how things should be done, how you should live your life, and what you can or should say.
Don't get me wrong. Tech in't bad. Social media isn't bad. It's not inherently evil. It is ambivalent to morality. But individuals themselves can be good or bad, and as a result can have overbearing and long-lasting impacts on our realities. I'm sure Gutenberg was not loved by leaders of the day and "War of the Worlds" certainly sent many scurrying to talk of the damage radio can do. TV was described as a "vast wasteland" and Bill Gates felt there was little commercial value to the internet.
What is happening now requires individual awareness and action. It does NOT require fighting or violence. Just intelligence and smart, cordial and meaningful action. The Progessives are just starting, in my view. I don't believe violence will help solve issues - it will be used to justify positions. But being louder, smarter and more aware will make a difference.
More Than a Quarter of US Households Will Cut the Cord in 2021
De Blasio hates gifted schooling because it exposes his own failures
Chicago Teachers, Checked Out - Second City public school instructors are not stepping up in a crisis.
San Fran Doctors: Opens The Schools Already!
The Media is Actively Running the Social Media Purge of Conservatives
2020’s Spike in Urban Homicides Should Not Be a Mystery
Frank Luntz Looks Visibly Disturbed When His Focus Group Proves People Still LOVE Trump
Another Violent Leftist Arrested at US Capital Protest: Registered Democrat and 34-Year-Old Son of a New York Judge
Unity? CNN's Don Lemon: If You Voted For Trump, You're With The Klan, The Nazis, & The Rioters
Trump re-impeached, supporters silenced, humiliated and threatened
No One Will Let Trump Go Away
US energy independence is on the way out
Restart, Reset or Renew? The Strategy against Iranian Nuclear Ambition
Thursday, January 14. 2021
Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon
New York Times Suggests Wearing Two Masks Instead Of One. There's a drawback: “We run the risk of making it too hard to breathe."
Thomas Sowell: Is truth irrelevant?
Reining in Big Tech
The Cancel Culture Comes For Elise Stefanik
Tulsi Gabbard Pulls Back the Curtain on Why Congress Won't Act Against Big Tech
The Cold Civil War: Social Media Bans Threaten Free Speech For All
It’s all fallen apart’: Newsom scrambles to save California — and his career
It's Time To Get To Know Joe Manchin
Wednesday, January 13. 2021
I have to link Scott again because he expresses it better than I can. It is at the 12-minute mark.
Climate Cultist Prince Charles Blames COVID On ‘Climate Change’
Defying common sense, Andrew Cuomo’s crazy vaccine rules bring ‘chaos’
Ignore the Teachers Unions and Open the Schools. “Keep the schools open,” said Anthony Fauci.
Barbara Boxer, Now Formally Working for China
Wikileaks files: Forwarding from Western Rifle. You might want to forward as well.
From October, How I Switched From Never-Trump To Never-Biden
ANTIFA Forces Portland Book Store to Stop Selling Andy Ngo’s Book About ANTIFA
Uganda Blocks FaceBook and Twitter To Block The Tech Monopolies' Power to Interfere In Their Elections; Twitter Bizarrely Declares That the Free Flow of Information over the Internet is Critical During Elections
World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump
National Association of Realtors Bans Free Speech
President Trump Takes a Hit for the Team
Trump Campaign Official Denied Entry into TV Studio for Interview — Told He’s On a “List of People They Won’t Allow In”
Orwell vs. Big Tech
The Democrats Will Go On Impeaching Trump Forever. Welcome to the permanent anti-Trump party.
Tuesday, January 12. 2021
Greenwald in How Silicon Valley, in a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler. In the last three months, tech giants have censored political speech and journalism to manipulate U.S. politics, while liberals, with virtual unanimity, have cheered.
Is this about monopoly power, or just politics?
COVID Gone Crazy - An Epidemic Of 'Positive' Tests
Survey: Most Don’t See Life Returning To “Normal” Any Time Soon
About 30% of NY health care workers opt out of coronavirus vaccination; how that might affect you
VDH: Crazy 2020 Is Dead! Long Live Crazier 2021! Hang on. It is going to be Mr. Toad’s wild scary ride for all of 2021.
The Death of Political Cartooning—And Why It Matters
How mass media gins up hate
The temple of critical race theory
Why will the big tech giants never censor foreign authoritarian regimes?
Social-Media Oligopolists Are the New Railroad Barons. It’s Time for Washington to Treat Them Accordingly
Forbes boldly announces its intention to discriminate against staffers of President Trump
CALIFORNIA’S INTERNET CENSORSHIP OFFICE IS WATCHING WHAT YOU SAY
Why Is America Still In Syria?
Monday, January 11. 2021
Biden Will Release More Vaccine Doses Despite Warnings From Operation Warp Speed
Makes sense to me, but the Feds are not in charge - states are
Nancy Pelosi Just Admitted Why Dems Obstructed COVID Relief Bill for Eight Months
"It's A Ghost Town": Debt-Laden NYC Taxi Drivers In Dire Straits
Shootings In NYC Up Ridiculous 97%…
The Night of the Tech Long Knives
Parler CEO ‘Prepared to Take Full Legal Action’ After Big Tech Companies Target Platform
The Great Purge Expands As CNN Sets Its Sights On Fox News’ Cable Providers
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEIGH IN
Merkel’s Government Seeks to Revive Hate Speech Law Citing Capitol Hill Events
Democrats blowing House control right off the bat with Trump vendetta: Goodwin
The Slow Implosion Of The European Union
Sunday, January 10. 2021
Mrs. Bulldog and I went into the city to meet our boys for brunch and decided to visit the "new" Penn Station which is formerly the US Post Office (across the street from the "old" Penn Station and Madison Square Garden). It is designed to handle what were very crowded spaces in Penn (ugh...some nights were unbelievable, especially when trains broke down) and provide a bit of a 'link' to the past as the old Post Office's architecture and interior were somewhat similar to the original Penn Station, which was destroyed (tragically) years ago.
I have included 2 pictures. I am not impressed. The open interior, with glass ceiling that lets a ton of light in, is excellent. What was formerly an interior parking area is now the main part of the terminal. Beyond that, as Mrs. Bulldog said, "The great train halls of Europe need not worry of competition."
It is antiseptic, utilitarian and lacks a soul. Clean (though new), bright, cheery - these are all positives, but in terms of originality and whimsy, there is none. I found nothing interesting or inspiring. Where Grand Central has all kinds of angles and views to catch your eye and keep you interested, Moynihan Train Hall has none. It's boring and uninspired.
But maybe it's not supposed to be inspiring. Millions will pass through there on the average week, mostly commuters to Long Island and New Jersey. Who needs to be distracted?
Continue reading "Moynihan Train Hall"
Big tech is staging a digital coup. Big tech has been given the keys to the kingdom and they're not giving them back. They have the tools and the power to block dissent and they are using them.
The leftist tech monopolists and billionaires continue their purge
ACLU To Twitter: Er … You Sure You Want To Ban Speech, Guys?
Nikki Haley Likens Trump Twitter Ban to Act of Chinese Communist Party
It is notable that the left is so motivated to cancel speech, while conservatives seem to welcome differences of opinion. Why?
Saturday, January 9. 2021
As for so many if not most people, Trump's fate was in himself, not in his stars. Hubris is part of it.
One year ago we commented that Trump's 2020 adversary would be himself. That is a tragic hero.
Heather always gets it right: Trump's Exit
Driscoll at Insty: Kicked out of the comedy club
Nearly two-thirds of college students think government should have power to punish ‘hate speech’: survey
"Fearing not that I'd become my enemy in the instant that I preach".
President Trump Says He Will Not Attend Joe Biden’s Inauguration on January 20th
Non-traditional as expected, but the magnificent bastard would be a huge distraction
I guess she doesn't like him
The tech monopolies have sprung into action
Biden Plays Race Card: ‘If It Had Been BLM Protesting Yesterday, They Would’ve Been Treated Very Differently’…
Friday, January 8. 2021
Hopefully calm will be restored as the nation moves back toward some semblance of whatever it is we consider 'normal' for the last 9 months. I hope things continue to improve as we move out of the Covid scare and fear mongering (yes, Covid is real, I had it as have many friends, but no it's not so bad for 95% of the people who get it). If we can move past all this, my job opportunities may improve.
Then again, who knows? I know few of you are on Facebook, but I am (or was). It allowed me to reconnect with friends and family and it's a useful tool. I've also shared Maggie's articles there with my friends, and met many other people who I share interests with. I am well aware of the privacy issues, but I know how to navigate them (part of my everyday job) and manage them effectively. There is, however, one thing I can't manage. It's the real problem we're facing today. It's the reason I deactivated my Facebook recently (after letting people know how they can reach me if they want/need to).
I am aware of many HR Departments doing sweeps of social media to find things out about people. I have heard several stories of pro-Trump people losing job offers. This doesn't surprise me at all in NYC today. The shift here has been significant from not just hating Trump to full-fledged belief that anyone who supports him is a deranged psychopath. I have never been a Trump supporter, but that doesn't mean anything because I've never hated him, either. It's best to hate him with the passion of a thousand suns in order to win approval with many organizations today.
I haven't loved him, haven't hated him, I've merely tolerated him, and realized his persona was a massive problem but that he was accomplishing some good things. I was for honesty and balance of thought and reason. Today, you can't be that way. You have to be a true believer, or at least not come across as a believer of "the other side". In other words, it is almost a requirement to be Progressive to be "acceptable". Such is the nature of modern definitions of Diversity - be like us or you're not acceptable. I'm all for Diversity. Diversity of thought, and respect for other views, without accepting the enforcement of those views on others by law, social shame, or other means of behavioral modification (brainwashing via education, for example).
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