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
Tuesday, February 21. 2017
Studying literature at Harvard is a lot like learning about women at the Mayo Clinic.
Roy Blount Jr.
Worship Music: What Is It Good For?
I find it embarassing
In photos: Dubai's massive desalination plant
A book by the new NSA head: Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
Science journalism is going full leftist
Education for "racial beings"
Wegmans supermarket sells out of Trump wine after proposed boycott
Why a Gay Liberal from New York Came Out as Conservative
Nestle Leaves California to Get Away from Anti-Capitalist Lawmakers and Activists - The exodus from the Golden State continues.
"Liberals may feel energized by a surge in political activism, and a unified stance against a president they see as irresponsible and even dangerous."..."But that momentum is provoking an equal and opposite reaction on the right.
FAKE NEWS: Trump Never Said There Was a Terror Attack in Sweden – Liberal Media MADE IT UP
´Trump Trance´? Media Sure It ´Heard´Sweden Comment Trump Never Said
The Press vs. the President - both unreliable
Election of outsider Trump rankles federal bureaucrats
It's not business as usual
Meanwhile, Rioting Breaks Out In Sweden
NIKKI HALEY PUTS UN ANTI-ISRAELISM IN CROSSHAIRS
Monday, February 20. 2017
Mrs. BD and a daughter say that the protagonist, Jimmy Perez, is their dream male. They both binge-watched it on their laptops, and I am certain now that I must be inadequate by comparison. Bummer.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:18 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
It's a practical course in management of any organization, large or small: Caplow's How To Run Any Organization.
There is no need to learn from your mistakes. Better to learn from the mistakes of others.
Many used copies at Amazon.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:00 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
George Washington: founder for all Americans
Humans Aren't Monogamous by Nature
Duh. By nature, we are apes.
Oil – Where did it come from?
Book publishers now hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to look for ‘offensive’ material
A History of the Jewish War, AD 66–74
A history professor delves into the world of Jewish counterfactual history – like what if Israel had been established in East Africa?
Internet-Regulating FEC Commissioner to Resign
Jon Haidt Hopes Libertarians Can Save Us From Coddled Campus Culture - The social psychologist openly admits he wants to create a schism in academia.
"I propose that we teach death ed in all of our high schools. I see this curriculum as a civic responsibility."
Military wife mourning fallen Green Beret in viral video is hailed as 'patriot'
Fake News Rap Sheet: Last Week the MSM Was Caught Telling FORTY Lies
THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE WAR FOR PUBLIC OPINION
Democrats’ Real Global Warming Fraud Revealed
Scott Pruitt’s Back-to-Basics Agenda for the EPA - The new administrator plans to follow his statutory mandate—clean air and water—and to respect states’ rights
Musings Of An Average Joe: The Left's Selective Love For The Constitution, Law, And Historical Precedent
BLUMENTHAL SHOULD CUT AND RUN WHENEVER ANY VETERANS APPEAR
He self-identifies as a Vietnam Vet
McCain Drives Into the Ditch
Every Republican is "the most extreme ever"
People who feel sad when they can't find racism
'SNL' should test Trump, but how about challenging a Dem for once?
Althouse on Trump's Florida rally
After 8 Years of Campaigner-in-Chief Obama, NPR Accuses Trump of ‘Permanent Campaign’
Angela Merkel says Europe must take MORE refugees and Islam 'isn't source of terror'
Why the lie?
Pope Francis: 'Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist'
Why the lie?
There Is No Solution in Afghanistan
Sunday, February 19. 2017
Greenfield on the Elites vs. the Americans:
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This is an annual reposting:
Just a couple of weeks left to get your new Wood Duck houses up, and, if you want to place your boxes in water, it's easier to do if you can walk on the ice and punch a hole to hammer a post into the shallows. That is, if you have any sturdy ice left on your pond or marsh.
The males arrive to their breeding grounds in March, and hunt for nesting boxes and holes and crevices in trees before the gals arrive later in April.
If you have a stream or fresh water pond or marsh nearby, they will welcome your effort. Remember, there is no limit to the number of boxes you can place in or near a marsh - these birds are not territorial. I try to add one each year.
I place them on dead trees in the beaver marsh, and nail a 3' aluminum flashing on the tree to deter coons and Blacksnakes. Some I put on a post in about 3-6' of water with a strong cement base. I always add a few inches of wood shavings on the bottom.
You can also put them in trees near ponds and marshes,
Our piece on Wood Duck here. I won't shoot a Wood Duck unless by mistake. They are highly edible, but too small. My joy is just to see them around.
The best wood duck houses: http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/duck_houses.asp (fixed). I had planned to build a few more this winter, but I never got to it.
Here's the Ducks Unlimited site on building and situating Wood Duck houses.
We have tried dozens of meatloaf recipes over the years, some complex and some not. We have settled on our favorite, which is also the simplest.
This ought to make 2 loaves:
3/4 lb. ground chuck
Mix thoroughly with your hands. Put in meat loaf thing - do not pack or compress it - at 350 for an hour or so, when it has a good crust. Serve with mashed taters, and salad if you must. It's a damn good supper, but even better in a sandwich with mayo afterwards.
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
From a friend skiing at Crested Butte yesterday. I have skied Telluride, which is up the road a piece, but not Crested. More dramatic views than New England, but all ski views are wonderful.
Saturday, February 18. 2017
It's time up here to put in orders for bare root trees, whether fruit trees or otherwise. We use Musser Forests, Stark Bros, and other websites where we can find what we want.
While November might have been the best time to plant them, the second-best time is as soon as you can get a shovel into the thawing ground.
Bare root trees establish themselves quicker than burlapped or potted plants. There are many sites and Youtubes which explain how to properly plant bare root plants. It's not a bad idea to soak the roots for a few hours before planting. When you plant them in dormancy, water them in well and then withhold any watering until green shoots appear.
In the first summer, a deep watering once or twice a week works well. After the first summer around here, no watering is needed after that. In the first Spring, it's recommended to pinch off any fruit tree blossoms that appear, so the plant can devote itself to establishing itself in its home.
I have ordered three Crabapples (edible crabapple, semi-dwarf,as in photo. Not the ornamental) to put in as soon as we get some thaw. Right now we have 12" of snow and the soil is like a rock.
I regret any times I have linked those sorts of things because everybody's starting point is different and natural strength and body type vary enormously across people. For example, shorter guys with shorter arms can lift much better than taller guys. While I feel it is essential to have exercise goals to avoid going through the motions, the only reasonable short-term goals are to be stronger and fitter than you were a month ago.
I think it is fun to make 4-month fitness goals, but they should be based on where you are, and not somebody else's (except your trainer's, if you use one).
Look, nobody reading Maggie's (I think) is a Lifter-lifter. They are fitness lifters like me. This is reasonable: How Strong Should I Be For My Age, Size, Height, Weight & Gender?
Photos of the week
Everything We Know So Far About the Howards End TV Show
Every vehicle in the presidential motorcade, explained
How Often Do Airplanes Hit Deer?
Cartwheeling Substitute Teacher Exposed Self To High School Choir Class
Do as I say, not as I do - Chicago Public Schools
From California, a Progressive Cry for State’s Rights - The birthplace of the modern conservative movement is now the leader of a Trump resistance founded on federalism.
FRACKERS HAVE DONE MORE THAN THE SIERRA CLUB EVER DID
Do agencies run this country?
Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed
Washington Post: We Aren’t Biased!
With One Tweet, Chuck Todd Reveals The Truth About the Mainstream Media
A Sign That Obamacare Exchanges Are Failing
Killing ObamaCare the Cloward-Piven Way
Same here.Not a job for the Feds
No 'strongman,' Trump is besieged by institutions
Black Trump Supporter Blasts Sanctuary Cities: “All the Jobs Are Going to Illegals!” "When my people do a crime, they get three strikes, your people do a crime, they get amnesty"
Trump Declares CNN, NYT, CBS, ABC And NBC Are "The Enemy of The American People"
The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ in Red States - “This isn’t a fad, it’s not going away, and there’s nothing coastal or elite about it.”
France's Le Pen faces new challenges from EU Parliament, UN
"Far right wing"? No she is not
A short excerpt from Snowbound: A Winter Idyl (1866):
Yet, haply, in some lull of life,
Ahhh, the benediction of the air. Read the entire wonderful but old-fashioned-sounding 1865 poem by the great north of Boston newspaper editor and abolitionist here.
He made a lot of money from that poem. Whittier's home, to which the poem refers, stands in Haverhill, MA. It's a sentimental poem you can read to the kids - with feeling! Especially on a snowbound day.
Sounds like a fine nickname for a beloved female. Not to mention that this bird's loud springtime call is "Peter,Peter,Peter."
These chickadee-like non-migratory birds of the eastern US are mostly invisible most of the year except around winter bird-feeders when they welcome handouts of sunflower seeds.
Friday, February 17. 2017
I like a walking stick - a fallen branch broken to length - when taking a tramp without a firearm. It just feels good. Fact is that a walking stick or hiking poles put you almost on three or four legs, and also lessen the wear and tear on middle-aged joints. Especially on hills.
I thought they were nurdy until I saw everybody using them (except us) during our hiking trip in the Dolomites. My Mom always used them after her knees went sour.
We have a hiking trip coming up in a while to the Hebrides and Outer Hebrides (quite similar to Johnson and Boswell's), and their main recommendations are rain gear, hiking poles, day-pack, and waterproof hiking boots. Leave the sun screen at home. I assume they provide the whiskey. The hiking part will be about 7 hrs/day, with fishing boat lifts between islands. Spartan B&Bs with Highland "cuisine." Hmmmm.
It's gloomy and nasty up there in Trump's maternal homeland (Stornaway), and it's easy to understand why so many of them jumped on boats in Glasgow and Liverpool to come to America where the livin' is easy and there ain't no Lairds.
BTW, if you are new to the delightful Boswell, I recommend all of his stuff. In many ways, he was more interesting and amusing than Dr. Johnson who was pedantic - but who could also slide the knife deftly into somebody's pretensions. Johnson knew everything.
Pic is LL Bean telescoping poles.
Donald, the anti-hero and anti-politician, is one heck of a politician. Finally, the news is fun again and Washington a circus again. Journalists whisper "This is insane." Wrong again. Journalists don't get it. Why should they be expected to? They are just bystanders in life, outside the arena.
I once imagined the idea of an academic life, but quickly learned that I was not a genius even though I have some flair for teaching and perhaps a bit of a calling for it. I might have been a beloved and valued private secondary school teacher, but that turned out not to be my fated path. It could be a good retirement path for me, however. I could teach Civics, history, Art History, Law, Latin, and Government, and I can coach Baseball and Soccer. That won't happen, though, because life is too short for everything and retirement from my post is not on my agenda. I like being the boss of me and I do not like answering to anybody.
A Harvard writing instructor discusses 'The Great Shame of Our Profession'
The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting: Bighorn Sheep
Every Picture Tells - The art world is now a province of politics, alas.
Use By' Date on Your Milk May Start to Actually Mean Something Soon
What's the Reno Cure for Valentines Gone Wrong? D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
South Carolina Boeing workers reject unionization bid
Obama Stimulus Funds Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape,’ But Not Oroville
A Climate Scientist Is Smeared for Blowing the Whistle on ‘Corrected’ Data
FAKE SCIENCE GETS SMOKED—AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Race and Rising Violent Crime
Illegal aliens too terrified to apply for welfare
Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote - Survey bolsters analysis by professors
Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Joins the Hate Hoax List
And yet another: Another Fake Hate Crime Exposed
60% of Refugee Arrivals Since Judge Halted Trump’s Order Come From 5 Terror-Prone Countries
U.S. Economy Hits All-Time Low in Freedom Index
Trump's new strategy: Hulk smash
Trump’s in trouble. Is it Christie time already?
Welcome Back to the Medical Underwriting Circle of Hell
The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump
In Fiery, "Surreal" Press Conference, Trump Launches War On The Media
They declared war on him months ago
A Renaissance for Small Aircraft Carriers?
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