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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Monday, July 25. 2016
Impressive take-off by the stunning 737 at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show. I am eager to fly in one of these new airplanes - especially if we have enough miles to bump up to biz class.
FOX is no Republican megaphone. Just ask Mrs. BD, who almost threw a string bean at the TV last night.
DNC Wikileaks hack outs Hillary shill at Washington Post
Meet the Press Panel Gushes Over Dem Convention, No Mocking Hillary!
Dissenters to the Groupthink afraid to show it
I do not think that anybody views Mrs. Bill Clinton as a truthful person, or as a person of good moral character. Those things are not required of politicians, and certainly not expected of the Clintons. However, she did tell the truth yesterday: "I often feel like there’s the Hillary standard and then there’s the standard for everybody else."
Free Inquiry vs. Social Justice at Brown University
Our Greatest Enemy: Optimism - Why optimistic groupthink is a threat to humanity
NASA: Global Warming Observations Need a Further 19% UPWARD Adjustment
They want to change past numbers TO FIT THEIR MODELS
John Kerry says air conditioner and refrigerator chemicals are as threatening to human life as ISIS
Why Do the Police Shoot Unarmed Suspects?
Chris Matthews: Using Big-City Names is Racist 'Coded Language' - Is anything NOT racist to these guys?
Psychodynamics of Obama's and Hillary's 'White Guilt Forever' Conversation
Tim Kaine’s Islamist Ties
Tim Kaine: The Jokes Just Write Themselves
McAuliffe To Circumvent VA Supreme Court Ruling On Felon Voter Rights, Will Issue 200,000 Clemency Grants
Leaked Emails Show DNC Officials Planned Anti-Trump Protests
Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusion
Check Your Amnesia, Dude: On the Vox Generation of Punditry
Trump Policy Will Unravel Traditional Neocons - Trump's divergence from the conventional Republican platform is generating indignant punditry from neocons and neoliberals alike
Is America Ready for a Disruptive President?
Trump's Speech Signalled the End of an Era for the GOP
Trump Is Right about Crime - The media rushes to downplay the post-Ferguson shooting and homicide surge—and its effect on black lives.
Kristof tried to prove Trump a racist. Proves he is not
Conrad Black: The genius of Donald Trump
Wikileaks: What the DNC Really Thinks About Latinos -
Why Can’t Hillary Stop Fudging the Truth? Email-gate is only the latest instance in a 25-year habit of dissembling.
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The Real Reason for Obama’s Cuba Breakthrough
Brexit is already proving to be a huge victory for global free trade
Angela Merkel to face new backlash over open door immigration policy after new German attack by Syrian refugee
Why Would the BBC Scrub 'Ali' From Munich Shooter's Name?
Sunday, July 24. 2016
In the US, I mean. An astute reader commented here yesterday:
A pure Conservative, as I see it, would run on issues like this: Handcuffing the Administrate State, privatizing Social Security, eliminating the federal Department of Education and HUD, abolishing government unions, and lots of other things along those lines. Well that's just my opinion. (Related, Trump as a transitional figure).
Today's Survey question: Could a pure Conservative, somehow defined, with a cheerful and winning personality win a national election today?
I say, regretfully, No.
Heat wave in the Northeast due to global warming. We never used to have heat waves. Spent two hours in and out of a pool. Water was too warm, not too refreshing. Needed some giant ice floes in it, hold the Polar Bear. The good part was that Mrs. BD ordered me a tuna melt on white toast with lots of jalapeno slices in the cheese. Chips on the side. A perfect lunch.
Can you eat a sandwich without potato chips on the side? I can not and will not. Impossible. Our place fries their own daily. A bit thick and just slightly burnt. Fried in beef lard, I think. Delicious. A loud, hearty crunch. Easy to make at home with a mandoline.
Saturday, July 23. 2016
We are dealing with a corrupt press. More of the same can be assumed. Here's how it all works, with MSNBC as an example.
Andy, you and your NR pals need to get over it. You do not own the Party. Times have changed. Primary voters nominated somebody they felt could be a winner. Simple as that. They might be right, after listening to Trump's speech. Nobody else could beat Hillary and her money + press machine.
Manuel, that is, from Fawlty Towers. Here's his story.
"Mrs. Fawlty, she go craaaazy!" Actor Sachs was significantly injured twice during the filming - once when Cleese hit him on the head with a real pan instead of the prop pan. Here is some Manuel:
and just for the hell of it, a bonus John Cleese:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:45 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
With age, gravity tends to give us a larger foot size. Our feet expand under our weight.
I have a couple of pairs of expensive (well, expensive for me) and highly-durable Brooks Brothers loafers which I am loathe to part with but are no longer comfortable. 20 years can do that. Mrs. BD says I am silly not to replace them, but I tried some tricks of the trade first. It is not unusual to be like me, with feet of slightly different sizes but who will not spend the money for custom shoes in London.
Solid, well-made leather shoes can be stretched between a half-size to a whole size. Inexpensive shoes can not take the stress of stretching - either the leather itself, or the stitching, will break.
Things to try:
Shoe stretchers will adjust width or length. Cheap on Amazon. Over a day or two, you keep increasing the tension in the stretcher. Heating the shoes with a hair dryer or in a hot sun makes the leather a bit more stretchable.
Wetting the shoe well with water or, better, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) before stretching is what expert cobblers do.
Simpler, soak some heavy socks with water or rubbing alcohol and wear the shoes. If sitting, it should be painless.
Results of my experiments with these? Be careful not to overdo it or you can end up with loose shoes.
Other ideas: How to Stretch Shoes That Are Too Tight
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:29 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Pic: Some of my relatives at Cahoon's Hollow
Find the #1 Song on the Day You Were Born
Steal big: Billion-dollar Medicare fraud busted
The “Doc Fix” Is In: An Initial Assessment of
Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement
Luckiest firearm shot EVER
Sea level rise normal for an interglacial
Weather and the Circle of Hotness
How Hamilton College’s Diversity Requirement Came About
LLoyd Marcus (of American Thinker) nails black lives matter (video)
Left? Why? Trump is no Conservative.
Prime-Time Trump Is Finally Here
Shaidle is not fond of Trump, but...
Sheesh. I thought he was mainly talking about peace and prosperity
Liking the Trump Spirit: Trump awakens the sleeping giant of America
Where Are the Academic Boycotts of Turkey?
Friday, July 22. 2016
"Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty?"
Well, that's a tough one! Everybody must admit that is one impressive and appealing large family. The analogy with the Kennedys is apt, I think. Brains, glamour, street smarts, high energy, self-confidence to a fault, and new money. Tabloid fodder for sure.
Pedigree may be more high society, but new does more things. These days, I think, pedigree is dead and long dead except for dogs. The Bushies are ancient history already. Fine family, though. Good neighbors.
Also, cool detail about last night: The impressively poised and articulate Ivanka was wearing one of her own dresses. Price $158. I like that. She looks good in it.
How anybody can drive up Route 91 through Vermont without stopping at Curtis' place (just west off the Putney exit (Exit 4), next to Ron's gas station) for some authentic Mississippi barbecue is beyond me. Curtis is a Mississippi-born and bred barbecuemaster, but he spends spring to fall in Putney, VT (of all places), cooking over hardwood smoke all day long, with his pet pig and dog following him around the smoky pit. Now he sells his own Curtis' Root Beer and Barbecue Sauce too - but only at his place.
He is a busy old codger, but he will chat with you if you have anything worth saying to him. It had better be interesting, though. You do not see many places like this in New England. I'd be willing to claim that it's the best southern barbecue in Vermont.
Continue reading "Curtis' Barbecue on Rte 91 in Vermont: A free ad for our pal Curtis"
What's the difference?
The only meaningful difference is that kosher pieces are larger, light flakes so that a tablespoon of table salt contains far more salt than a tablespoon of Kosher.
I do not know what that has to do with Kosher.
Voters want self-government back. Magnet begins:
Clean eating and dirty burgers: how food became a matter of morals
16,700-Year-Old Tools Found in Texas Change Known History of North America
Law schools worry bar-passage standard will undermine diversity
It's Peter Thiel's Republican Party Now... Or Should Be
MSNBC Warns 'Viewer Discretion Advised' ... Before Showing Anti-Hillary Campaign Buttons!
NYT After GOP Night 3: Trump as Nazi, Poor Persecuted Hillary, and Don’t Mention the Liberal Media
"Trump is definitely speaking to the moment. He may not be speaking to
"I’ve often argued that Buckley Conservatism was just anti-communism with
The World Looks at Trump, Confused
Good. He's not running for World President. Track record of American foreign policy has been terrible
Draft Dem platform doesn't even mention nuclear power
Hillary Clinton’s New College “Reforms”
Inside Erdogan’s palace: The £500 million mansion Turkey’s president calls home
German Officials Call for Compulsory Islam Classes in Schools After ISIS Axe Attack on Train
How Israeli hummus slaughters Palestinian children, from Campus activists who complain all the time are hurting their causes, students say
Thursday, July 21. 2016
I am not surprised about the testosterone and growth hormone results. Those are good products of extreme physical stress.
A few problems with the article: First, it only went on for 12 weeks. Second, and maybe most importantly, the study had them lifting four times/week. That makes no sense. A set of heavy deadlifts takes 4-6 days from which to recover properly. Next, you can light- deadlift 100 lbs four times a week with 25 reps if you want, but you will still not be able to lift that 200 lb. of rocks a prankster placed on your front porch. And your exercise will not be time-efficient. Part of heavy is the time-efficiency. 5 reps of heavy deads, benches, etc once a week is plenty for the average fellow to stay youthfully strong.
In any event, exercise of any sort to muscle failure is the only way to gain strength. BTW, I do do lighter-weight exercises almost weekly on off-days to failure. Squats, curls, overhead presses, etc. It's just to remind my body that it is not on vacation.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:20 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Turning the adjective "marginal" into a verb craftily turns a group of people into victims of an active, malevolent force to push people to the margins of life. Many people are marginal to society because they will not, do not wish to, or can not, adjust to or fit into ordinary bourgeois society. That may be deeply to be regretted that they can not or do not, but it is not being done to them by any malevolent forces. I am not a malevolent force, but I do not invite felons or trannies to our dinner parties. They would not fit in.
Felons and trannies rarely invite me either so perhaps they marginalize me.
If you want to see active efforts to "marginalize", just check out today's link about the MSM on the GOP. There you can see an example of institutional marginalization, powers engaged in active, conscious efforts to marginalize a vast group of Americans. This attempted marginalization and organized intolerance of differences will continue until November.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:01 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
40 Percent of the Buildings in Manhattan Could Not Be Built Today
Case of Drone-Mounted Flame Thrower May Test FAA Authority
How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained
6 Top Sex Positions And How to Train For Them
The War on Sugar
A New Life for Urban Alleys - Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.
Do students actually need to know anything?
Fancypants College In Cleveland Offers SAFE SPACE For Students Traumatized By Republican Convention
Black Lives Matter lies force cops from policing to self protection
Liberal GQ Magazine Writer on Mother of Benghazi Victim: ‘I would like to beat her to death’
In a recent commencement speech, Michelle Obama complains she’s got it rough.
A true chronic malcontent
Trump Embarrasses the Old Guard - The Clintons haven't lost to a Republican in 36 years, so why should he listen to the losers?
Why even people who agree with him hate Ted Cruz
Mystery Surrounds Sources of Many Bill Clinton Speaking Fees
Media Ignore Clinton Sex Victims, Salivate Over Ailes Claims
Clinton to Resettle One Million Muslim Migrants During First Term Alone
EU Eyes Israeli Technologies for Spotting Militants Online
Dynamite essay. Our moral and intellectual superiors in Washington have minimal experience of the real world. Donald Trump Is Right About One Thing: Our Experts Know Nothing:
Donald Trump knows at least two things: how to build buildings and how not to double down when something doesn't work.
Wednesday, July 20. 2016
I resist the underlying idea of one-size-fits-all, or even the idea of a tyranny of "best practices." Each patient is unique. Furthermore, most areas of medicine are in constant controversy and dispute, with new ideas always emerging. For one example, the nutritional bureaucracies are about 20 years behind the times.
I have seen plenty of people poorly-served because of fear of rules or of law suits.
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