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, November 18. 2017
Bird hunting today with what I am told will be maybe the best dog we've ever used. Pheasants for Thanksgiving?
Want to live longer? Get a dog
I'm a skeptic on that, but a well-trained dog makes life better
Ladies: The Draft is Coming. The Senate just voted to require young women to register for the draft.
Disaggregating the economy: cost of living by state
Paltering: The art of lying with the truth
POLICE BODY CAMERAS CAN THREATEN CIVIL RIGHTS OF BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE, NEW REPORT SAYS
Ya can't win in the race game
DeGroot is grim: The Future of Black America
Vietnam War: A confrontation of two ideologies
Dem Running For Ohio Gov Opens Up About Sexual Escapades With ’50 Attractive Females’
Like they say, politics is Hollywood for less appealing people
Continetti: The Great American Earthquake: Can the foundations of our society hold?
DEMOCRATS REVIVE THE “TRICKLE DOWN” SMEAR
I can't follow this story: Fusion GPS Founder Told Congress He Regrets That His Research Ended Up In Kremlin Hands
" We’ve literally gone from complete and total silence on this issue for nearly 20 years to people jumping on the Clinton-is-a-creep bandwagon and proclaiming they’ve always felt this way. "
Sore Loser Conspiracy Theorist: No, I Can´t Say the 2016 Election Was ´Legitimate´
France: Escalating Muslim Anti-Semitism
Swedish Government Suppresses Stats on Muslim Rape Epidemic
Friday, November 17. 2017
What Are Panko Breadcrumbs?
They are the best
World's first human head transplant successfully carried out
Put me on the waiting list. I want a better one
Local Aristocracy and Nationalization of Culture.
Yes, I've thought about that too
How Green Delegates Keep Warm In Bonn
Boston Globe: It's Time To Consider Gun Confiscation
The Red Cross Destroys the Laws of War
13 Baltimore Public High Schools Have ZERO Students Proficient in Math
Sylvester Stallone Made 16 Year-Old Fan Perform Oral On Him And His Bodyguard Then Told Her They’d Kill Her If She Told…
WHY THE DEMOCRATS REALLY TURNED ON BILL CLINTON - It’s not about his victims, it’s about money and power.
HELL FREEZES OVER=> Chelsea Handler Tells Juanita Broaddrick She Believes Bill Clinton Raped Her
Franken, Weinstein, and 'Men Without Chests' - C.S. Lewis: "We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst."
Number One U.S. Hatemonger: The Southern Poverty Law Center
YES, VIRGINIA, IMMIGRATION IS TURNING THE COUNTRY BLUE. The inconvenient fact about Democrats' recent electoral successes.
The Whole World – Not Just the U.S. – Is Moving to Secure Its Borders
Senators Aim to Axe Program Giving Farmers Guaranteed Profits While Sticking Taxpayers With the Tab - It's "like insuring your car for $5,000, and getting a check for $10,000 after it's totalled," says Sen. Jeff Flake
Resignation of CFPB head gives Trump opportunity to erase Elizabeth Warren’s legacy
Hillary Clinton: Investigating Me With Special Counsel Would Be An Abuse Of Power
Thursday, November 16. 2017
Image via THE LIBERAL CULT IN ACTION
Museum of the Bible ready to open giant, Gutenberg-inspired doors in D.C.
CLIMATE CHANGE ALARMISM IS FOUNDED ON DISHONESTY
Here’s a novel idea: how about teaching history instead of trendy ideology?
Williams College President: The Real Threat To Free Speech Isn’t Far-Left Students Silencing Speakers On Campus
Black high school students demand white principal’s ouster … for not agreeing with their narrative
I feel sorry for that guy
Latino Student Schools Liberal Teacher in Debate on White Supremacy
Hey Millennials: Communism Sucks, I Lived It
Bill Clinton: Godfather of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore
McArdle: Outsiders Can't Transform a Bureaucracy. What is required at a place like the Department of Health and Human Services is, if not a swamp dweller, at least someone swamp-adjacent.
Here's what Trump gets right on trade
Labor Sec Says Red Tape Holds Back Apprentices, Acosta tells committee 'cumbersome' DOL registration hinders worker training
‘The American outer class’: Professor explains to peers why Trump won
Saudi Arabia's crown prince has reportedly ordered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the Middle East peace plan due to be announced by Donald Trump in the coming weeks.
Venezuela defaults on its debt, blames Trump
Venezuela: Milton Friedman once joked that if you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert in five years there would be a shortage of sand.
World getting hotter: Blame Trump
Fewer Brits Will Die From Cold Due To ‘Climate Change’
Nigel Farage Calls Out Soros Allies In EU Parliament, Shines Spotlight On Open Society Influence
Chinese Communist Party to Christians: Replace Paintings of Jesus With Photos of Xi
Hezbollah, crown jewel of Iran's spreading influence
Wednesday, November 15. 2017
Since Harvard is so big on anal sex, maybe they figured the Harvard founders probably were not
Why there are so many Turkeys in New England
New Yorkers are right to fume over the Tappan Zee’s new name
30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here's Why
PhD: Small desks cause 'hostile' environment for fat students
Quotation of the day on how the radical college left eliminated opposing voices and replaced them with extremism and demagoguery
Is Drudge a Russian agent?
Earth’s future is ‘worse than we thought’ – 25th anniversary edition
Charles Krauthammer 'still recovering' from mystery surgery, promises: 'I'll be back'
'Creep list’ of men known for inappropriate behavior circulates in Congress
CAN YOU REALLY BE ADDICTED TO SEX?
So Just Why Is the Left Acknowledging Clinton's Sexual Deviancy Now?
“If the government cannot even count all of the criminal laws it has enacted, how on earth can citizens be expected to obey them?”
Who cares? There's a crime to fit everybody
The problem with diversity quotas
Socialist students at Kent State refuse to take part in 'capitalist vs. socialist food drive'
Duh. Most Socialists want to get, not give
Judicial Watch: 1.1 million illegals voted for Hillary in 2016
Was the 'dossier" the dirtiest trick ever?
The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward For China And Russia
Al-Qaeda Has Rebuilt Itself—With Iran's Help
Tuesday, November 14. 2017
The New Republic: Liberals Are Becoming Knee-Jerk Anti-Trumpists. The left should be encouraging the president's moderation on foreign policy rather than distorting the truth about alleged gaffes.
It's nice that even TNR sees all the fake news going around
Nachos are not Mexican
I happen to find them disgusting
Student government votes for installation of $20k set of ‘napping stations’
It's nursery school!
Academic bloat update
'Transracial' man born white feels like he is Filipino
And I feel like a ham sandwich on rye with swiss and mustard
More on the toxic masculinity of gay men
Two Young Black Men Elected To Public Office In Connecticut – As Republicans
The Great Progressive Tax Escape - IRS data show an accelerating flight from high-tax states.
New Report Highlights Terror Links of Students for Justice in Palestine
Bernie Sanders suggests the U.S. should emulate Canada’s free healthcare. No we shouldn’t, and it isn’t free
Sean Hannity is fighting for his survival
Soros' minions are after him
Is There Nothing Republicans Can’t Screw Up?
Dems Fuming as Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary
Remembering Bill Clinton's sexual assaults
Did the Cooked-Up Steele Dossier Trigger the Entire Russia Probe?
Seven bombings in twelve days in Sweden, what is happening?
Monday, November 13. 2017
Where are the biggest sleazes? In the political world or in Hollywood?
Image via Never Yet Melted
The Best Way for Retirees to Find Meaningful Volunteer Work
Sex worker with over 10K partners reveals what men really want
Short version: Most men just want to be desired
Communism's Defenders Still Don't Get It. Despite ample evidence that nothing good comes of it, people still insist on defending communism.
Why Is It So Hard to Fix the National Flood Insurance Program?
Flood insurance subsidized the perverse incentive to build in flood zones
The Fight Against Hotcoldwetdry Can Only Succeed If All Citizens Are Forced To Comply
Jerry Brown Climate Rant: “We need a total, I might say, brainwashing”
The Sacred Science - 25,000 climate change evangelists jet to Bonn to tell the rest of the world how to live.
WHO PAYS FOR “GREEN” ENERGY?
Possibly biggest scam in world history. Cui bono?
Keurig Caves to Media Matters, Faces Boycott Backlash from Outraged Sean Hannity Fans After Dropping Ads
Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity
The Surveillance State: An Inexorable March Toward Totalitarianism
80% Failure Rate Would Get All Of Us Fired. Not The TSA!
Air Force Academy: A Perfect Hoax For The Age Of Trump.
University of Oregon President Likens Student Protesters to Fascists
You Have to Hand It to Hillary – the Girl Can Smear
How the ex-DNC chair ruined Clinton’s chance at 2020
Fendandez on your supposed moral and intellectual superiors:
If The Saudi Arabia Situation Doesn't Worry You, You're Not Paying Attention
I have enough to worry about
Sunday, November 12. 2017
25:1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
25:2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
25:3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
25:4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
25:5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.
25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
25:7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
25:8 The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
25:9 But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'
25:10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.
25:11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.'
25:12 But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.'
25:13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Saturday, November 11. 2017
Thanks to all US military veterans, living and dead
Can you make a 10-year malt whisky in weeks? The chemistry says yes
A splash is best
The biggest week in Jewish baseball history
Video guide to Italian hand gestures
Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells
Occidental Professor Warns: Be 'Suspicious of Males Who Strongly Identify as Men'
Professor draws rage for telling students to work hard and avoid partying
At Oberlin, a remarkable story about a black shoplifter and the school's seeming effort to shut down the store
Good grief, again
How Vanderleun fell in and then out of love with New York
Climate Song and Dance - Two years after Paris, the UN enviro-crats continue their charade.
$58 Trillion – 290 Apollo Programs – to ‘Combat’ Climate Change. This Is Beyond a Joke…
Freeman Dyson on ‘heretical’ thoughts about global warmimg
Those Who Mock Prayer During Tragedies Flaunt Their Rebellion Against God
How to stop pseudoscientific scares backed by big money?
"Communism capitalizes on envy, which is why it’s largely sustained by intellectuals..."
What Kind of a Leftist Are You? h/t Vanderleun
China: "They call him 'Donald the Strong.' They heap praise on his family. They fawn over his rapid-fire tweets...."
US politics: As there are two Americas, there are two Virginias.
The Fusion GPS Dossier Was One Of The Dirtiest Political Tricks In U.S. History
Former Asst. FBI Director: Clinton Crimes 20 Times Bigger than Watergate
Friday, November 10. 2017
GOOG-FB-AMZN are taking over other website functions
They are today's robber barons. Is that bad?
Addiction: Are We All Wrong About Its Causes?
In his bestselling book 'Chasing the Scream,' British journalist Johann Hari says we're getting addiction all wrong.
There is no single "cause"
UK's National Health Service Moves to Cut Healthcare for Smokers and the Overweight
ON GLOBAL WARMING, THE US LEADS THE WAY
Syria Says It Will Join Paris Climate Agreement, Leaving Only U.S. on Outside
The EU Blows $683 million (£520m) on a carbon capture project – that captured nothing!
‘White nuclear family’ perpetuates racism, CUNY prof argues
Liberal Author Says She's Being Blackballed for Warning about Dangers of Early Daycare
Elite Media Harassment Scandal Expands After NPR Chief Is Accused of Covering Up Complaints
Warren: Kids want communism, want to be taken care of
Families are communistic
Vietnam Veterans Set the Record Straight After PBS TV Series Whitewashes Communism
Court Overturns Conviction of Marine Who Urinated on Taliban Corpses
It Begins: Pension Bailout Bill To Be Introduced This Week
Like irresponsible banks, irresponsible states want me to foot the bill for their imprudence
Democrats Seem Pretty Upset Over Expedited Removal Of Illegal Aliens
Wikileaks Drops ‘Vault 8’: CIA Wrote Code Impersonating Russian Anti-Virus Giant
Poverty in Germany Reaches Record High
"Germany must create a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or were born with ambiguous sexual traits..."
Bannon: China Is ‘an Enemy of Incalculable Power, Not a Strategic Partner and We Have to Understand That’
They are not enemies.
China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home
How to Hire Fake Friends and Family. In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.
The price of selling out the Kurds
Poland Tells Young People to ‘Breed Like Rabbits’ to Solve Declining Population, Rejecting Mass Migration
Thursday, November 9. 2017
Some of The Most Awesome Airport Pickup Signs Ever
Spanish Conquistadors Led By Hernan Cortés Entered The Aztecs Capital Tenochtitlán – On Nov 8, 1519
What Is in Movie Theater Popcorn Butter?
I have come to even hate the smell of that stuff
"... labeling electric cars as "zero emission" is one of the biggest consumer scams going."
Dr John Crichton, the new chairman of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, wants the sale of pointed kitchen knives to be banned to help reduce the number of fatal stabbings.
Next, we ban golf clubs. After that, how to deal with fists – boxing gloves? If killing is already illegal, does making the instrumentality thereof also illegal have any relevance
Feel-good story: Fort Worth Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder
Of course it is
Harvard hosts annual ‘Anal Sex 101’ class
Arrest of 3 UCLA basketball players in China could complicate Trump’s deal-making
Idiots to break laws in foreign countries
Coyote on tax reform:
How Brazile’s book exposes liberal media’s Hillary health coverup
Chris Christie: From Landslide Victory To Object Lesson
No surprise here: Ed Gillespie got Trump-like numbers for a Trump-like campaign
Is Virginia Now a Blue State?
Playing the Trump Card in Vietnam
Vietnam Vets Group Demands PBS Documentary Correct 'Inaccuracies'
The Saudis: It's Been A Rough Week In The Middle East
Wednesday, November 8. 2017
Let's attack the lower body. Like pushups, Mountain Climbers are more calisthenics/cardio than anything else, but they are a multi-muscle functional exercise which can build general fitness and athleticism more than strength. Like the pushups, these are for guys and gals.
Mountain Climbers are plank position, so they are full body exertions: shoulders, arms, core, legs. And cardio of course.
To do them correctly, knees to elbow, and no humping your back or butt - flat back. No jumping either. A left and right leg counts as one Mountain Climber. Start slow, and do not try 200/day at first unless you are in tough shape. As with the pushups, divide your sets in time but push for the most you can do in one set. If too easy, push the speed.
And don't quit with your pushups. 100/day should be comfortable by now, so maybe go to every other day with them, or vary the type of pushup to reduce the number. I did.
This guy does them correctly:
Via Dan Mitchell's A Humorous Lesson about Socialism
Tardigrades are as cool as pangolins
The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret
A Hard Day's Night: Solving a Beatles mystery with mathematics
Stanford hiring admin to teach profs about 'implicit bias'
The Red Guard arrives
Prof suggests using art classes to help kids 'turn out queer'
Faculty member condemned for wearing headdress on Halloween — even though she’s Native American
Schneiderman: Climate Change Fanaticism
Students bemoan effort to plant trees in Israel, call it ecological imperialism
Blaming city dwellers for buying things outside the city limits, because, climate
Commenter: The things that are available in the local stores magically appear through the actions of the thing fairy I suppose.
The Poor Don’t Pay Enough Taxes
Journalists Suspected Of Taking Bribes To Spread “Russian Collusion” Fake News
Early James Comey Memo Draft Accused Hillary Clinton of Breaking the Law
Equality Is a Flesh-Eating Bug Destroying the Tories From the Inside
Why Thailand Takes Pride in the Vietnam War
Tuesday, November 7. 2017
VDH on Crossing the Trump Rubicon:
Why Restaurants Increasingly Are Banning Children
Bear Grylls Is Getting His Own $26 Million Theme Park
Not Every Tragedy Has a Political Solution. After tragedy, embrace the urge to do something, not to have something done.
Florida Wants to Purchase Sand From the Bahamas to Replenish Critically Eroding Beaches, But It's Illegal
FAKE NEWS ABOUT KOI: WHY NO ONE TRUSTS THE PRESS
How Political Correctness Is Driving the Breakdown of Society
Fusion GPS Paid Reporters to Spread Collusion Claims
Everyone understands Trump's reaction to the New York terrorist, even if the media don't
Democratic infighting over DNC's direction nearing flashpoint
It would hurt me, but it's not fair
Mortgage interest deduction mostly benefits the rich — end it
Monday, November 6. 2017
As we'd suspect, the shootings in Texas are being politicized by the anti-gun groups. It seems I can't turn around without some anti-gun nut calling for more laws, if not outright elimination of guns. As if that would actually stop these events. Of course, none of these people have called for elimination of autos or trucks, particularly after last week's events in NYC.
What we hear is 'but that was only 8 people killed by a truck while there were 58 in Vegas and 26 in Texas' as if scale is somehow meaningful. Frankly, I'm less concerned about numbers, and more concerned about means, motive and outcome. The assumption is that the means is a desire to use a weapon, so being concerned with autos is silly since few people use them as weapons. There is a massive flaw in this concept. Two flaws, really. First, they are used as weapons (Nice and London are just 2 recent examples, and ISIS has called for them to be used more...but I should add Charlottesville to the list) often enough to be of concern. Second, whether they are used as weapons or not, autos kill far more people every year than guns, and people aren't even trying. Imagine how the numbers would rise if they were. By any comparative measure, it's not even close. WE MUST BAN AUTOS AND TRUCKS!!
Continue reading "Musing on the Dangers of Guns"
Denver Built Up Its Public Transit, but Where Are All the Riders? Thirteen years after a vote that poured resources into transportation, most residents haven’t changed their habits.
Anal Sex–Pushing Teen Vogue Kills Print Edition
The UN Admits That The Paris Climate Deal Was A Fraud
"For the love of Earth, stop traveling."
If you really cared, you'd just kill yourself
The only value I see in "diversity" is better food. Especially the Thai.
IS IT OK TO BE WHITE? [UPDATED]
Vox Media Dismisses Two – 8 Members of Elite Media Accused of Misconduct Towards Female Staffers
Millennials: Communism sounds pretty chill
Like college but with no exams?
San Antonio Paper: We Should Totally Continue Letting Potential Terrorists In
How Class Realignment Broke the Democrats: The Democratic 'sanity bubble' is a shield against popular support
Did Russian money make Hillary's takeover of the DNC possible?
Hillary’s Campaign Accuses Donna Brazile Of Spreading ‘False Russian-Fueled Propaganda’
Paul Ryan Piles On Hillary: ‘No Wonder Democrats Are Ticked Off’
A ‘Marxist’ explanation for the Trump revolution
Bush Sr, Jr Admit To Not Voting For Trump, Sr. Calls Him A ‘Blow Hard,’ Says He Lacks ‘Humility’
It's a class thing, not a policy thing. They would blackball Trump at their clubs, and so would I. But I prefer him as Pres to Hillary. I did not vote for somebody to be my friend.
David Brooks: Our Elites Really Do Stink
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