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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Sunday, May 24. 2015
Not Yours To Give - Davy Crockett on The Role Of Government (from: The Life of Colonel David Crockett, compiled by: Edward S. Elis, 1884)
A good story.
Cast iron, 120+ years old. Weigh around 65 lbs apiece. I believe they need dissembling and sand-blasting, then the powder and baking treatment, and then reassembly (they have bolts). Costly procedure.
Some antiques guy told me the set was worth around $8-10,000. Junk, or precious antiques? What's your opinion?
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Continue reading "Sunday chairs"
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Saturday, May 23. 2015
Some do, but over half only use it for administrative requirements: How Clinicians Actually Use the DSM.. It seems to me that the DSM is taken more seriously by non-Psychiatrists.
A depressing story. Clearly what the schools compete for is uncompetitive underprivileged African-American applicants. Is it a good idea to privilege one skin category over another?
Best socks for casual fun: Tie Bar sock dept.
Wear the pink ones, guys - if you're man enuf.
Best socks for activity: Thorlos
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Pic: An old one of Bob in his tennis whites
A nighttime bike tour of the Matterhorn
I hiked that trail many years ago, up above Zermatt. Difficult hike up.
How to Use Oil Base Gel Stain Over Existing Finishes
How to Refinish Furniture - Refinish furniture in less time, with less effort and mess, and get better results
Three German Shepherds walk into a bar
When Do I Prune Daffodil Flowers?
Slavery in Senegal
In just 3 generations, our young men have gone from taking Normandy to Boy Scouts not being allowed to use WATER guns
New York Times: Eating food aggravates drought
An amusing campus poster
Ted Nugent speaks to graduates
N.Y. allowed to exclude “Choose Life” plates from specialty license plate program, because they are “patently offensive”
How about "Choose death"?
Noonan: The Trigger-Happy Generation - If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.
Z-Man goes to the wrong doctor. Our doctor (guy with a solo practice, his wife works in the office and they care about their people) knows the whole family, we see him around town, he has known me for 15 years, knows my medical history, makes me get echo stress tests, goes through a lengthy interview touching on health, fitness, diet, emotional issues, work, family, etc. He will see anybody in the family at any time, and he will give phone advice. In fact, he was the one who advised my wife to fly my father-in-law from Cabo to UCSD Med Center this Spring.
Scandal Rap Sheet: 48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the Media
How U.S. Workers Brought the 'Great Reset' on Themselves:
Carly Fiorina got fired once (for her decision to buy Compac?). But hey, MSM - do you remember this?
Were it not for “reporters” like Stephanopolous the comically inept and hopelessly corrupt Ms. Clinton would not dare run for mayor of Chappaqua.
Chris Matthews Defending Hillary: FDR Was 'Secretive' and Turned Out Best President of 20th Century
Hillary Clinton's dark whisperer is back - Sidney Blumenthal has been here all along. In fact, he never went away.
Visit By Pope To Cuba Will Test the Pontiff As Well as the Castros
ISIS Rapes While Senator Whines About Fictional ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape
Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections
That time of year thou may'st in me behold
Friday, May 22. 2015
Tea With Harold Bloom, on the Occasion of His 45th Book
Some people seem to hate him, which is difficult for me to imagine.
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Due to global cooling, there will be a frost tonight in New England. Please, people, drive more. I am boating this weekend, planned for shorts and t-shirt weather but I will consume plenty of fossil fuels to get to my boat, and on the boat. Loading with 50 gallons. Just doing my part to warm this frigid planet.
Unrelated, this: Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. The man is too smart to be president and conveys too much aggression, too little seduction.
To dominate, Conservatives need good cheer and optimism, a strong Libertarian/freedom streak, and less hawkishness about places that Americans do not give a damn about. To my Repub friends: Americans do not give a darn about Ukraine, Syria, Somalia, Guatemala, Mexico, etc. as long as you keep those people out of the USA. Americans do not want to run the world and are sick of the Middle East insanity. End of rant. Gone Fishin with my good gal. Newport this summer, as it happens.
Happy Decoration Day to all, with thanks to all American armed forces over the years.
Berry Gordy Jr. created Motown
Woman Says Her Wi-Fi Connection Is Making Her Sick
Railway Socialism and Safety - When you suppress the profit/loss system, people stop working for the sake of quality and endanger consumers
The social justice thought police has always been with us, but it’s the
New Snowden doc: NSA targeted mobile phones, app stores
Washington Post Attacks Rubio: He’s Not Rich!
Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary’s Accomplishments
Hillary vs. 19 Republicans - The GOP free-for-all is better politics than the Democrats’ coronation of Hillary Clinton.
Carly Fiorina Just May Be the Surprise Dark Horse of 2016
White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil
Anti-Semitism and Jewish destiny
UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus
Democrats Can’t Name Hillary’s Accomplishments - See more at:
An Italian classic and a Maggie's HQ favorite. This recipe calls it an antipasto but we use it as a secondi.
Capers are a good garnish, also sliced baby gherkins.
Marcella insists you only use canned Italian tuna, but...
Thursday, May 21. 2015
I want the Win 3-barrel set. I will send a note to Santa. Guns International.
I mentioned a luncheon we are hosting for Luis Palau. Here's a recent chat with the family about what these evangelists are up to these days.
Oysters have to be farmed to meet market demand. I am part of that market. They are easy to farm, but slow-growing compared to chickens. I find the West Coast oysters to be insipid, and oysters grown south of Chesapeake Bay flavorless, too large, and disgusting. Oyster gourmet.
You can't win with these rules. Even if you just shut up, it's an aggression.
The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts
Ancient Heritage Site at Major Risk as Islamic State Nears Full Control in Palmyra
Althouse: "I retreated to the position that the mind of Bob Dylan is simply an unknowable phantasmagoria."
A good word.
Can the West Stand Up for Free Speech?
NYC is America’s No. 1 slumlord
Disgrace: 51% of Democrats, 37% of Republicans support making “hate speech” a crime
I hate hate hate people who wish to restrict speech
I'm with Rand on this
The ‘Old and Relentless’: The Clinton soap opera continues
The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology
I am becoming indifferent too. The world is full of evil people, always has been. Why is that my problem? Why should I get upset by these ignorant raghead lunatics? They have been there for a long time, killing eachother. It's what they do - their culture.
Wednesday, May 20. 2015
I often write about dietary and nutritional issues here, trying to debunk the fads, but I think anything people do to keep moving with vigor in all stages of life improves the quality and functionality of life. Physical and mental challenges, constantly.
All kinds of resistance exercises are excellent for the regular sedentary Western person to maintain posture, balance, function, bone density, and muscle mass. The challenge is that middle-aged people develop aches and pains, reminding us that Nature and maybe God never intended us to live much beyond our prime breeding ages. But, there is a need for a few wise elders. Why not be one?
What exercise cannot do, unless you are hiking the Appalachian Trail (we did it as a between-jobs extended sabbatical, before kids - Georgia to Katahdin. A crazy 5-month honeymoon of bliss, bonding, and exertion. Youthful woodland passion from hill to dale, from state to state. God saw us. Then hubbie's "garden leave" ended, we started new jobs, I got an office, life returned, and kids came. I think we created our first one towards the end of that hike and we later nicknamed him "Trail," - short for Trail Mix) is get rid of fat. Only diet can do that.
When people have young kids, they rightly neglect their own well-being. Nature demands that. After that chapter, you either rise or fall.
These are averages for average-fit people, not what might be desired. Average sizes, not lifters and hard exercisers (for ages 30-60). These rough numbers are with reps, however many one can handle (1-10):
Average fit male can bench press his weight.
I think daily pot-smoking is a poor choice of lifestyle especially if you want a clear head. However, poor choice of lifestyle is not a crime. I enjoy a taste of weed once in a while, usually on a boat on a calm, clear day with a couple of Pacificos. Sometimes on a hiking climb in the glorious White Mountains of New Hampshire, or on a trout stream anywhere. It's difficult to relax anywhere, but one must put in that extra effort to relax sometimes if only to get along with others cheerfully.
"Prior to 1937 in the United States (and 1928 in the United Kingdom), cannabis had enjoyed a 5,000 year run as a therapeutic plant with no history of illegality."
I am generally opposed to drug laws. Gigantic waste of time and money. Freedom entails freedom to be stupid. Just not on my nickel.
Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind
Water balloons are bombs, and water hoses are flame-throwers. Dangerous out there if you have a psychotic imagination. Life is more fun without psychosis.
With luck, the “trigger warning” crew will all stop watching Game of Thrones now
“Notice how you never hear feminists saying, ‘We need more women loggers’?”
The story of Liberation Theology
How Government Debt Disinherited the Next Generation…and How To Fix It
Ferguson Rent-A-Mobs Exposed
After boosting trade pacts, Hillary Clinton gets millions from speeches to traders
Watergate Redux? Will Sid ‘Vicious’ Upend Hillary?
Chris Christie on the NSA: “You can’t enjoy your civil liberties if you’re in a coffin”
Does not sound like Patrick Henry
How America Lost Vietnam After Winning the War Against a Communist Foe
Obama’s Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse
Did U.S. Policy Allow Ramadi to Fall? Stubborn D.C. advisers won't accept why Iraqi security forces fail and the jihadis keep advancing.
The Lessons of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Discovery
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