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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Tuesday, June 23. 2020
A darn good piece. And what's the deal about Teddy Roosevelt?
Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge - prehistoric structure spanning 1.2 miles in diameter is masterpiece of engineering, say archaeologists
Climate change: Planting new forests 'can do more harm than good'
Are Universities Going the Way of CDs and Cable TV? Like the entertainment industry, colleges will need to embrace digital services in order to survive.
Thoughtcrimes Now Prosecuted in the Land of the Free
A modest proposal for renaming Washington, DC
According to the London Daily Telegraph, the latest target of the rampaging iconoclasts in Britain is the statue of Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris outside the RAF Church of St. Clement Danes in London.
Seattle Mayor Announces The End Of CHOP: ‘It’s Time For People To Go Home’
Minneapolis crime wave
Monday, June 22. 2020
My pic: Salt marsh, low tide
The endangered White Shark has found a happy home on Cape Cod and the Islands
UC Board of Regents unanimously endorses ACA 5, repeal of Prop. 209
Georgia House Advances Bill To Dissolve Police Depts Statewide…
Seattle Police Union Chief Begs For ‘Leadership’ After Fatal Shooting In CHOP; CHOP Defends ‘Defund The Police’
" I suspect this attack on an important Hispanic figure in US history will not endear this mob, or those who support it, to the many Americans who really care about Hispanic heritage in our country."
Theodore Roosevelt Statue To Be Removed From NY Museum Of Natural History
George Washington Statue, Toppled by Anarchists, Causes 'Harm': Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council
Historical Illiterates Deface Statue Of Miguel De Cervantes, A Former Slave…
Protester Geniuses Tear Down A Statue Of Ulysses Grant, Who Led Fight To End Slavery
A Labor Council Has Expelled Seattle's Police Union. Good. Police unions exist to protect cops at the expense of the public.
Trump Supporter Bruce Carter, Who Happens To Be Black, Busts CNN Using Him To Create Fake News – Video…
The ACLU's 'Death Star' Client in Its Title IX Lawsuit
Venezuela hosting "disappearances"
Sunday, June 21. 2020
I hope all our readers who are fathers enjoy this day with their families.
My father and mother divorced when I was 8, though he'd already left the house when I was 6. For a good portion of my life, my memories of him were of weekend visitations, driving around with 4 kids in Triumph TR5, (2 in the front, 2 in the 'back', which wasn't really a seat). There was a period of several years when he lived in Micronesia with his wife and my half-sister, so our direct contact was minimal. By the time I was 14, I was usually taking a bus to see him for weekends, once a month or so, or for a week in the summer. Eventually I spent three full summers with him while I worked at the Jersey Shore. I was in college, and it was a good place to spend my summer months.
Divorce is difficult on everyone involved. I remember spending time being angry at my father for leaving. I give my mother a lot of credit for knowing that it's important for children to have a father in their lives, encouraging and enabling us to take time to see him. Even scolding us when we spoke ill of him. Eventually, as I got older and more educated, my relationship with my father became much closer. I am lucky to still have him around, and I will be seeing him later today for the first time in 4 months (thanks to this lockdown).
In a way, I may have been lucky, as my mother remarried, and I wound up having a step-father (though he was not officially a step-father as I still had my father). A tough WWII vet, a good man who did his able best to raise 6 children, 4 of which were not his own. He passed 15 years ago. I was able to have conversations about the war, the Depression (which he grew up during) and learned about real estate (his profession). He was a do-it-yourself man, unfortunately not very skilled, but taught me how to do plumbing, auto, and minor electrical work. There were things he passed on to me that my father never could have.
Being a father has no template. We are certainly not perfect. Hopefully, our mistakes are good learning experiences, for both us and our children.
Today will be a good day to share some of the better stories, both good and bad, with our fathers or our children. Of course, we can do that any day, but it's nice to have a day to really focus. Enjoy your day with your family.
Saturday, June 20. 2020
CHOP (was CHAZ) is going so well with the whole "peace and harmony" thing.
On a related note, the name change is meaningful.
Why Maskachusetts? You can imagine. Masks in cars, masks walking the dog, masks walking the beaches, masks on runners and bikers. Crazy.
Well, we decided to do a stretch of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT). Rent a bike and off you go. It is wonderful, riding through marshes salt and fresh, antique villages where you can stop for coffee, woodlands. It's the old railbed for the train from Boston to Provincetown but as of now the relatively flat route is only Wellfleet down to Dennis.
Anyway, at one road intersection I pulled to a stop behind a distinguished professor-looking guy who scolded me "Too close, too close." I said "Sorry, I did not expect you to stop." He raised his voice: "It's not a fucking joke."
By then, Mrs. BD was on the other side of the crossing with that guy's wife, who put her arm over her face and yelled at her "Corona, Corona!" Yelled like a crazy lady.
Mind you, Mrs. BD and I are fairly polite and refined people, but Mrs. BD had had it and responded to the lady "Finally, I have met a real Karen." We went off ahead of them to their relief.
She may not have known what a "Karen" is.
By the way, neither of that couple had a mask on.
As New Pharmaceuticals Fail to Treat Alzheimer's, We Already Have a Good Way to Prevent It
The Climate Campaign Is Less And Less About The Climate
Activists Fight Racism By Driving All People Of Color Out Of Pop Culture
Harvard Prof Apologizes After Suggesting Biden Should Pick VP Based on Accomplishments
White House Takes Action to Address Racial Disparities
It's tough trying to keep track of the crazy emanating from Democrats
Tucker on the incredible popularity of Black Lives Matter
Friday, June 19. 2020
0:00 Interview with Horowitz
6:54 Scarlatti, Sonata in B Minor L.33
11:12 Scarlatti, Sonata in E Major L.23
15:05 Scarlatti, Sonata in E Major L.224
18:21 Mozart, Sonata in C Major K330
36:30 Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G major Op.32 No.5
39:22 Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G sharp minor op.32 no.12
42:34 Scriabin, Etude in C sharp minor op.2 no.1
45:12 Scriabin, Etude in D sharp minor op.8 no.12
49:10 [Horowitz talks about his life]
58:34 Schubert, Impromptu in B flat op142 no.3
Maggie's Farm never went anywhere, thank you very much.
We didn't "befriend" them. We domesticated them. You know, to be in charge of us.
Me too, given enough drugs.
The author is obviously too young to remember Jimmy Carter.
I'm trying to picture what Canadian James Bond would look like. Wearing a denim tuxedo while playing baccarat in Cannes would be a dead giveaway.
The answer, as always, is "more."
I've already moved out of range, thank you very much. Mars can look out for itself.
Pay up or a dingo will eat your website.
Zoomers think they've invented a 1950s rec room. Instagram at 11.
A very weird list written by someone who's heard of older workers, but never met one, and who doesn't know that you don't put a period after each item in a bulleted list. I noticed "editor" isn't on your list.
P.T. Musk is a weathervane, not the weather. That's the way the wind is blowing.
They should have borrowed even more. Think about how much they'd be worth if they borrowed a trillion.
I hope 16 billion is enough to cover the fine.
I saw Swarming Suicide Drones open up for Deep Purple at Madison Square Garden back in the 70s. Great show.
Have a great Friday, everyone! Don't forget to take down your Covid decorations before you put up your Kwanzaa tree.
Thursday, June 18. 2020
What has CHAZ (or is it CHOP? They grow up so fast!) done for us? CHAZ has done us a favor by highlighting some truths about the far left.
You imagine no doubt, gentlemen, that I want to amuse you. You are mistaken in that, too. I am by no means such a mirthful person as you imagine, or as you may imagine; however, irritated by all this babble (and I feel that you are irritated) you think fit to ask me who I am--then my answer is, I'm Roger Bosso.
On to today's carefully curated random drivel:
It's almost like the security services didn't want any oversight. I wonder what they were doing. On second thought, no I don't.
Lore has since left a one-star review of the food served at the Philly police lockup on Yelp.
Everybody calm down. The cleaning crew probably just removed one of the Post-It notes from Karen's screen, and she can't remember where she put the two billion without it. She'll remember eventually.
Never mind my data. Can someone help me refold this Rand McNally map? I've been trying since 1987, and I still can't get it back in the glove box.
As is usual with modern news stories, this one doesn't have a list of the offending extensions, or a link to find one. You know, information you could use.
Suicide: The permanent solution to your temporary problems.
Hey, it's not up to me how fast I get fired.
That's funny. Normal people call "direct financial incentives" wages. We call "output-based monitoring" work. We call "esprit de corps" bullsh*t. You'll get used to it, poindexters.
I guess this means that Tesla is finally a real car company, because that sounds just like a Chevy to me.
Cool. Will sharks with fricken laser beams attached to their heads go into production soon?
Well, there's today raft of nonsense. I hope you all enjoy a Thursday filled with cheap happiness or lofty suffering, whichever you prefer.
Wednesday, June 17. 2020
There are now only two kinds of people extant in the US. Let's call them Goofus and Gallant.
No one's going to ring a bell and tell Gallant the rules don't matter any more so let it rip on Goofus. No one is going to ring a bell and tell Goofus to make a frontal assault on Gallant, which would look like a synchronized swimmer turned welterweight punching Mike Tyson at the weigh in. Goofus thinks he has the upper hand right now because no one's stopping him, but he's being humored, nothing more. His minders are using him to get the upper hand. That's a different thing entirely. They'll get as far as they can with this nonsense, but eventually things will strike a new Overton equilibrium. Gallant will put up with kneeling to see his football game, and maybe notice a decided lack of stars and bars on race cars next year. He'll try to follow the new, very weird rules as best he can. Goofus will go back to handing out flyers from card tables in the park while normal people avert their eyes and scurry past.
Let's examine today's news items through the Goofus and Gallant prism:
Goofus would rather die than shop at Walmart. Goofus loves the proletariat. It's people he can't stand, and people shop at Walmart. Gallant's wife shops on Etsy and at Costco because have you seen the way the proletariat dresses?
This is what Goofus' handlers are up to. Zero Hedge is low hanging fruit. Gallant works at the Federalist and is busy doing whatever Google tells them to. How else could they afford season tickets to the kneeling sessions at the Washington Indigenous Downtrodden People football games?
Goofus will continue binge-watching Westworld and wait for a robot girlfriend. Gallant has a Belgian Malinois that cost half that.
Everyone who works at Facebook is a Goofus and will gleefully charge Gallant for Trump ads that never get shown to anyone.
Goofus doesn't care as long as it's not quinine. Gallant doesn't care because he keeps his parents away from nursing homes run by Andrew Cuomo.
Goofus hopes the subs sink anyway. Gallant wants his money back. Submariners would like to take Elaine for a shakedown cruise. Strapped to the hull.
As long as human embryos are destroyed, Goofus is happy. Gallant's ex-wife donated the embryos.
Goofus works at Google and is too busy policing Zero Hedge to police YouTube scams. All of Gallant's money is tied up in ammo bought at Cabela's with cash so he's safe.
Goofus is thirty-three years old and dresses like a toddler. Old age never enters his mind, except to vote for Bernie so he can collect Social Security before he graduates college. Gallant loses so much blood at his construction job that this treatment would be superfluous.
Goofus adores Apple and the EU in equal measure, so his head might explode. Gallant has heard of Europe, but isn't quite sure if it's a real place or not, so he doesn't care one way or the other.
Have a gallant Wednesday, everyone!
Tuesday, June 16. 2020
Well, it's Tuesday. There's no "fresh week" feeling to Tuesday. You don't unwrap a Tuesday. The package is already broken open, and inexpertly taped back up, like most of the tools at Harbor Freight. In geologic terms, it's really not any closer to Friday than Monday was, so you can't even lie to yourself about being one day closer to the weekend with any gusto. Tuesday just is. Let's get on with it.
My car mechanic took LSD once. He said he had an auto body experience.
And just like all flu vaccines, there will be cardboard signs outside of every pharmacy and supermarket offering free flu shots, which no one will get.
It sounds like everyone involved works part time at Hardbodies
Once upon a time and a very good time it was H.G. Wells was coming down along the road and this Wells that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby Joyce and told him he was a jerk.
Want to go vegan? Cut out the middleman and become a Seventh-Day Adventist
Both sides have nuclear weapons, but they're bashing each other's heads in with sticks and stones. A parable for our times.
Domain names are like herpes. If you don't want to have it forever, don't get it in the first place.
And according to new research I just finished, Blake Lively could be trying to phone me right now.
That's funny. I would pay five bucks to avoid a Zoom call with Tony Hawk or Brett Favre.
Everyone already refuses to sit in the stands at their kids' Little League games. They're all on the field having fistfights with the umpires and the other parents.
Have a milquetoast, non-denominational, vibe-less, nondescript, average Tuesday everyone. It's the best you can hope for.
Monday, June 15. 2020
The larger French Revolution era extended all the way until the end of the Franco-Prussian War. This current situation, as I'd written about the other day, is much like the French Revolution.
The general approach of this crowd isn't too dissimilar to the Spanish Inquisition, either. If you're not in, you're out, and you're going to have to be punished. They claim their 'goal' is peace and freedom. They prefer to see people suffer. They have marketed themselves to their constituency well, shifting everyone's eyes away from historical precedent.
Hello all. Roger de Hauteville here, sitting in for Bird Dog. He's gone for his yearly sojourn to get a flea bath and his nails clipped. If he plays his cards right, maybe he'll even get a belly rub from Mrs. Bird Dog.
While it's true I'm "sitting in," there will be, thankfully, no sit-ins on my watch. I'm Sicilian, remember? Haven't you seen the Godfather movies? We don't do sit ins. We don't riot. We don't hold placards and march in a circle. We say nothing about our affairs to strangers, and precious little about them even to our friends. If any action is required, we visit you in the night, and whisper your transgressions in your ear. These remonstrations beat demonstrations every time. Act accordingly.
Woman in China, 45, made $589,800 by buying insurance on flights she predicted would get delayed
ACH payments cost less. Will online shoppers ever switch?
Zoom Acknowledges It Suspended Activists' Accounts At China's Request
This is the word that exists in all human languages, according to research.
Scientists close in on 12-billion-year-old signal from the end of the universe's 'dark age'
The First Woman PhD in Computer Science Was a Nun
Popular Pirate Sites Slowly ‘Disappear’ From Google’s Top Search Results
Kids these days. You're pirates! Look up the word in the dictionary. Banks don't have drive-up windows reserved for bank robbers. Have a little gumption. It's no fun stealing movies if they make it too easy, anyway.
Archaeology: Thracian pit sanctuary found in Bulgaria’s Bourgas
Astronauts say riding Falcon 9 rocket was “totally different” from the space shuttle
Engineers find neat way to turn waste carbon dioxide into useful material
Have a great Monday, everyone!
Sunday, June 14. 2020
Saturday, June 13. 2020
Decluttering: The Delightful, Awful Pangs Of Human Molting
Next Up In The Stupidest Litigation In The Country: The Science?
CANCEL YOURSELVES, YOU LOUSY TWITS
Three indicted for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles, face life in prison
Is there an epidemic of racist violence?
Andrew Cuomo’s sad bid to blame Florida for New York’s mismanagement
Trump’s excess drama only helps hide his achievements
The U.S. Troop Reduction in Germany is Not About NATO
Is Assad About to Fall? While the world wasn’t watching, Syria has edged toward collapse, and the dictator is in his weakest position ever. The U.S. now has a narrow chance to prevent a catastrophe.
Friday, June 12. 2020
Good effort, Scott. Yesterday's podcast.
Insty's advice: Get a copy of Blazing Saddles before it's banned
Narcissistic Sociopaths with Childlike IQs and the Morals of Rutting Cats, But with an Elevated Ability To Feign Emotions to Manipulate Others, Have an Important Message for America.
Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA
Joe Biden Says George Floyd’s Death is Bigger than Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Seattle "Autonomous Zone" Now Has A "Heavily-Armed" Warlord As Crime Spikes 300%. "The power vacuum has apparently been filled."
Thursday, June 11. 2020
Apparently, Seattle is now epicenter of the revolution which we have all waited breathlessly for. The NYTimes has headlines saying it's "Free Food, Free Speech and Free of Police", which I suppose is a start. We are expecting great things from these people. 'New ideas' we've never seen before. Lovely. Maybe the food is 'free', though nothing is ever free, and we certainly know the speech is only free if you agree with them. But I'm fairly certain the area is free of police. For now.
Remember a few years ago at Malheur, and those supposed 'right-wing extremist' loony birds were roundly misrepresented by the press? Yeah, me either. Didn't happen. The Feds didn't kill anyone there, either.
I'm sure this Seattle experiment will go really well. Just like Christiana did originally (cough, cough).
By the way, can I just also mention how proud I am of my alma mater's devotion to presenting fact-based opinions and respecting free speech? We're leading the way! Future donations on my part will not be part of the plan. I can show my point of view by withholding money.
It's Time to End Qualified Immunity for College Administrators, Too. The doctrine lets courts allow public universities to get away with eroding their students’ speech rights.
Harvard Chemistry Professor Indicted For Concealing Connection To China’s Thousand Talents Plan
Knee-Benders Cancel 'Gone With the Wind' & 'Cops' on Same Day to Appease Frothing Rage Mob
No more free speech
Homeless people reportedly ate all the food in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, situation dire
They want soy
Trump: Elderly Buffalo Protester May Be an 'Antifa Provocateur'
Even the protesters knew he was trouble
Buffalo Officials Duped By Professional Antifa Provocateur – Arrest and Charge Two Police Officers – Righteous Police Team Stand Together and Walk Out…
Begging the Mob’s Forgiveness Doesn’t Work
LA City Council President Nury Martinez, Who Introduced Motion to Cut Police Funding, Caught Using Private LAPD Protection at Her Home
Top De Blasio Aid Quits In Protest, Accuses NYC Mayor Of Being Too Kind To Police
America Deserves a New FBI
Better look at your social media — chances are you’re next to be canceled
America is Not Racist
AG Barr On Durham Investigation: ‘I’m Very Troubled By’ What ‘Has Been Called To My Attention So Far’
COVID-19: Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic
“You’re Not My Brother”: The Trainwreck Cornel West-Leo Terrell Segment You Can’t Miss
WSJ Editorial: Cancel Culture And Identity Politics Now Dominates Journalism And American Culture
France: Post-Pandemic Disaster?
Wednesday, June 10. 2020
'She still lives!' Famed Yellowstone bear emerges from winter – with cubs
Democrats Propose Replacing All Police With Traveling Bands Of Hippies Singing 'Imagine'
What It’s Like to Get Doxed for Taking a Bike Ride
NY Times: Boycott Your Own Relatives Until they Get Woke, Donate Money
UCLA professor on leave after refusing to cancel final exam following George Floyd's death
More Cancel Culture
Democrats criticized for wearing Kente cloth stoles in honor of George Floyd
A lady says “BLM IS A JOKE”
Minneapolis Manufacturer: The City Doesn’t Care About Protecting Us — So We’re Outta Here
Antifa Seizes Seattle PD, Sets Up 'Autonomous Zone' Just Like ISIS and the Paris Commune
SENSE AND NONSENSE ON THE POLICE
Recession Began In February — Will More Wasteful ‘Stimulus’ Kill The Recovery?
Satellite images and online searches indicate China had coronavirus in the fall, Harvard study finds
Tuesday, June 9. 2020
Fuji Bicycles’ parent BikeCo suspending sale of police bikes. Company did not like how some police were deploying their bicycles during a recent string of protests.
Canadian professor canned for opinion that biological sex is a real thing
Cornell students demand Chemistry Prof. David Collum be fired for tweeting that Buffalo incident was not police brutality
To save black children, abolish teachers unions
Welcome to Maoist America
And Just Like That the Cure for COVID Was Unveiled – Massive Riots, Looting, Destruction in the Millions and Wholesale Persecution of Police
Fake news never ends
The Guard Is Always Changing at the New York Times
THE CAMPUS RIOT REACHES THE NEWSROOM
Justice Is Coming: 'As Many as 16-17' Obamagate Criminal Referrals Headed to DOJ
The historic opportunity awaiting Trump to stabilize Iraq, eventually withdraw troops. The stakes are high for a strategic dialogue later this week between U.S. officials and new Iraqi prime minister
Monday, June 8. 2020
Ghosts don't exist, except in history. These ghosts live in our minds, because we are aware of history and hope 'it can't happen here', or that lessons are learned. But some choose to not be aware of history, and make every effort to bring ghosts to life.
For several months, since listening to the French Revolution portion of the Revolutions podcast I mentioned here at Maggie's, I've told friends we're moving toward a new French Revolution. As Minneapolis moves to defund its police department, one can only wonder, will it be replaced with a Committee of Public Safety? In a perverse way, I hope they do create one.
The ghosts of Marat, Robespierre, Danton and countless others are alive again. I'm sure our modern day radicals will say "This time is different" or "It wasn't done right the last time" or some other excuse will be provided. I have to admit, though, it's fun to see these people turn on their own kind. It's also frightening. A friend of mine was sending me pictures today from Manhattan of the destroyed store fronts. It's pretty extensive, and the minimal news coverage of how bad it was provides a kind of rationale for the radical influence to keep pushing. There is no shame in destruction if it's not visible. But the destruction, too, is a ghost - not visible to many.
Jonathan Turley puts his own spin on it here. Being a modern-day Abbe Sieyes isn't something I thought I'd begin to aspire to, but it may be a worthwhile goal nonetheless.