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
Friday, November 28. 2014
George Will with a summary of recent insanities: Thanks, or something. For example:
Brilliant! Fruit is "healthier" than chocolate? Not true at all. Both are pure sugar. And I defy these idiots to tell me that a single forest fire was caused by a happy flaming marshmallow.
One of your betters in Washington with a degree in Marshmallow Studies was actually paid a good salary with excellent lifetime benefits out of your pocket to convey that advice. I recommend laughter and sarcastic derision. Suicide is out of the question but passive resistance might be a safe approach. Marshmallow afficiandos know that a marshmallow without a burnt crust is just garbage, as is a S'more without Hersheys.
My favorite is a slice of turkey, some mayo, a spoonful of cranberry sauce and a spoonful of stuffing - on white bread, It has to be white bread.
Some people like Turkey hash which is ok if you use enough black pepper. Needs a ton of fresh ground black pepper to not taste like Cardboard Hash.
What do y'all like?
Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon? Peter Berger - We know atheism in its Jewish or
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
How do you know someone is a vegetarian? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you within 30 seconds of meeting them
Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving
Shakespeare is pop culture. So is Verdi
Meet the New Warm Fuzzy Payday Lenders
A bunch of great greenie quotes - here's one:
How immigration killed the tax deal - GOP didn't want to aid new class of immigrants; Obama balked.
Obama to Amnesty Hecklers: 'Sit Down... Nobody's Removing You... I Just Took an Action to Change the Law'
Obama’s Immigration Plan Misses Chance to Increase A Crucial Group of Visas
Samuelson: America's Giant Welfare State
Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career
The media doesn’t want to avoid another Ferguson.
Most Balanced And Fair-Minded Comment on Ferguson Comes From NFL Player
Where's the Coverage? Israeli Arabs Prefer Israel to Palestinian Authority
Thursday, November 27. 2014
Re-posted from last November: One more pic from our friend's vacation trip to Hudson Bay:
Here's today's verse. It's a fox's Thanksgiving, I guess. Who can remember Bob Shane?
Williamson: Our founding fathers knew when to build, and when to fight — and what to build, and what to fight.
it's a good opportunity to catch up on the local news.
I see this morning that, during the night, Mrs. BD & Co. produced three punkin pies (from fresh pumpkins and homemade crust) and two pecan pies. Nice. My job this morning? Making stuffing (cornbread with sausage, onion and celery) and grilling the turkeys. Then the friendly Indians will arrive bearing their goodies after their annual TG 10 K race. I say they are nuts but they all blame me for introducing them to the running habit which I did, years ago. I quit that when my 3rd kid was born. It did not feel right to disappear for two hours every weekend morning with three little kids around.
With my frightening horse-sized hypodermic needle, I am injecting cider into the birds this year. Breasts, legs, wings, and under the skin. Once in the beginning, again when half-done. They are not Butterball, just plain fresh turkeys. One is 20 lbs and one is 26 lbs. That's a big turkey. Good leftovers for all. On the grill, I have plain charcoal and I am keeping some oak and apple logs burning and smoking on top of the charcoal. Nice smelling smoke wafting around for a country mile, as light snow falls. That's Yankeeland Thanksgiving. And the Indian Pudding is in the oven.
For a dumb reason, I did brine one of them for 24 hrs. in a ton of herbs and spices and wine, etc. but it really is not worth the trouble. Just inject them with liquids - sherry, white wine, cider, brandy, beer, or anything. You can add herbs, melted butter, whatever. It's a man's job, cooking meat and game. And mashing the taters with cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and heavy cream. Taste while doing to make sure you added enough pepper and to keep your strength up.
Wednesday, November 26. 2014
The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State - Which foods are unusually popular in each state on Thanksgiving.
It's wonderful to see how regionally-diverse this big nation of America remains, but I would not touch some of that stuff. I mean, Snickers Salad for Thanksgiving? Sheesh! Nothing against Snickers but oh, well, it's all good as long as we are grateful. I don't want to be a food snob, but, gee whiz, there are some limits!
Pic is my standard Yankeeland cooking. I use half the sugar, twice the berries. My mother in law always makes raw cranberry and orange relish - deliciously tangy and different from this.
How did they celebrate their first year and their first harvest in the fall of 1621, when they sat down with their Cape Cod Wampanoag friends?
"Deer and wildfowl." What else? We don't know. I don't think they had the grain to brew their beloved beer until the next year. What we do know is that these folks had been through a nasty voyage in a rotten, leaky boat, landed at the wrong place - remember, they were headed to the Dutch New Amsterdam area - which was better idea. They managed to scrape out a living, thanks to the Indian's education (these folks weren't farmers, anyway) as they watched their family members die.
Only 53 of the original 104 immigrants survived until fall, 1621. Then they gave thanks to God. Thanks for what? Thanks, I think, to God for being there with them through thick and thin.
It's always been a wonder to me that they didn't all catch the next flight from Logan back to Leyden. Trust in God is strong stuff, and many of us are not strong enough to handle the powerful grip of God. Thanksgiving is about putting our faith in the Lord, or trying to - and nothing else. God Bless us, and America, please, and make us Pilgrims in our own time, in our own ways.
I am thankful to those who contribute to Maggie's, and to all those who contribute links for our morning link dump. Besides randomly-interesting stuff, we like to link views and info which are neglected by the MSM.
Also, a thanks to other sites which we frequently neglect or forget to acknowledge as link sources - sites like RCP, Hot Air, Insty, Lucianne, Drudge, Vanderleun, and others. Thanks to y'all for your work.
We wish a Happy, thankful, and blessed American Thanksgiving to all of our readers and friends of all nations, creeds, colors, shapes, sizes, gender identifications, and cultures across our fruited plain and across the world.
Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
Taboos are so bourgeois and limiting of self-expression and self-realization
Are Women More Open to Sex Than They Admit?
Certainly. Everywhere I go, women try to seduce me
What it felt like to fly Concorde
An audio book review: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations
An article set to produce countless spells of the vapors across American campi. Never leave home without your smelling-salts.
Common Core Will Fix the Nonexistent Gender Gap!
Private Oncologists Being Forced Out, Leaving Patients to Face Higher Bills
Believe me, you would always rather have a private doc than an employee of somebody else
Student mugged, says he deserved it because of his 'privilege'
This beta-male kid will eventually get his well-deserved Darwin Award
Read this yet at Rolling Stone? A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA
Thinking too highly of higher ed
People Starting To Ask About Motive For Massive IPCC Deception
Forget Ferguson, 244 Teenagers Have Been Shot In Chicago Since Michael Brown Died
13 Facts About Ferguson the Media Will Never Tell You
No cameras, no riots. It's symbiotic. Riots sell - ask any TV network.
NFL Star Reggie Bush Joins With Pro-Palestinian Activists in Co-opting Ferguson Tragedy
Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm
Is Preston saying that the guy had no choice?
RAW COURAGE: Papa John’s Female Manager Defends Store From Looters With Bare Hands
Giuliani saved thousands of black Americans
Schumer: Despite Midterms, ‘Public Knows in Its Gut’ That Big Government is Best
Williamson: Family Affairs - Political Dynasties and their discontents
Williams: Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans
America, You’ve Been Grubered!
Understanding the Nihilist in the White House - Obama is bent on destruction rather than creation, because destruction for its own sake is also part of the arsenal of nihilism.
Can't take the truth
Have they "gone wrong"? What is America's role in the world?
Blaming the victims again
Tuesday, November 25. 2014
I believe that the economy can potentially absorb five million additional gardeners and nannies. The challenge will be to create a corresponding number of rich young liberals to hire them.
Lawrence Sellin, here.
I see no reason why black kids could not benefit from the same sorts of disciplines and expectations that were imposed on me. It did me good and yes, I did rebel in some minor ways.
It looks like we're down to only 20-25 (not counting rug rats) of friends and family for Thanksgiving this year at the Maggie's Farm HQ. Some of my sibs are doing TG at their new vacation house on Cape Cod, appropriately-enough.
The way we do it is like the Indians did: everybody brings part of the feast. We rent a few round or long tables with chairs to put in the parlor, light up a couple of fireplaces, decorate things a little, and warm up the grill.
Best holiday of the year - no presents, just festive get-together. No TV allowed, generally-speaking.
Our home team is, as usual, providing 2 turkeys, stuffing, gravy, wine and beer, green salad, and Mrs. BD's pumpkin pies and Indian Pudding. Oh, and whipped cream. Soup is just too much trouble. Guests are bringing apple pies and ice cream, grilled brussel sprouts, pickled beets, sweet potatoes, mashed taters, mashed rutabaga, roasted parsnips, cranberry relish, champagne and Martinelli's, and hors d'oevres.
Low-carb, fat-free, vegan, and gluten free of course!
It sounds sick, but that's Juan Williams' view.
Of course she does...what else could it possibly be?
Giving Thanks at Cracker Barrel (h/t Althouse)
" poverty is the normal condition of man"
This is what a Feminist looks like — The university system as The Village of the Damned
Renewable Energy Will Never Work, But Can Nuclear?
is what a Feminist looks like — The university system as The Village of
the Damned - See more at:
"... the Democrats’ current Hillary problem: everyone in the party seems to be supporting her, and yet nobody can articulate exactly why."
Morici: Whites Face a Government Working Against Their Interests and Their Children's
So do African Americans
Who Paid for Astrid Silva to Go to College?
Sultan: Amnesty for Unamerica:
State Senator: This Is St Louis' Race War
She wants to catch up with Detroit?
Let no excuse for looting and rioting go to waste. Social justice requires burning a lady's cake shop.
Memo From Middle America | Obamnesty Not Approved By Congress? No Problem, It’s Been Approved by Mexico And Central America!
White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday
You had better read these, citizens
An economist explains what the heck is happening to the global economy
20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress’ Weak-Sauce Benghazi Report
Monday, November 24. 2014
This explains where your poo goes in NYC (h/t Marginal Rev). You can enjoy those NYC accents too.
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The 12 Wildest Songs to be Played at the Benefit Concert for American Digest's Gerard Vanderleun
Thad McCotter wrote a book
Wild turkeys have made a comeback and are ruffling some suburban feathers
Why Are America’s Poorest Toddlers Being Over-Prescribed ADHD Drugs?
The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy
The Unilateral Presidency - Obama may be right on the substance of immigration reform, but he's setting a dangerous precedent.
Democrats bet on diversity - Rallying behind the president on immigration, the party hopes to expand Obama’s winning coalition in 2016.
Ed Gillespie: An Obamacare Do-Over
Colleges struggle with protecting students without being accused of victim-blaming
Ice to close upper Mississippi from November 20, earliest on record
They are killers
What Big Wind Doesn’t Want You To Know
Shocker: Top Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’
Penn’s gaydar admissions project goes back years: Gays are ‘blue-chip recruits’
White House Points to Decades-old Data on Immigration Benefits - Other studies show immigration reduces wages, employment
Cuban migrants head off from Caymans, bound for Honduras
Maine's Anti-Sanctuary Governor Blasts Obama Amnesty, Calls it ‘Very Shameful’
Salaita and The Historiography of Victimhood
Philosophers Behaving Badly: Brooklyn College BDS Edition
The European Parliament Threatens To Break Up Google
Sunday, November 23. 2014
You all know this already, but I just wanted to jot it down -
In the US, government has grown in importance as it has grown in power, in firepower, and in money. There was a time when nobody really cared about the federal government because it had no impact on daily life.
The Civil War, the Progressive Era of Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt, etc. changed all that. Government changed the culture. Over 100 years, government trained the masses to think "government should do something" whenever life presents them with obstacles, challenges, heartaches, bad luck, and expenses.
To win votes and to enjoy power, government decided to turn citizens into neo-serfs and to cement the impulse to turn to government instead of to God, to their own ingenuity, to family, to neighbor, etc. This infantilises people, weakens them, takes away their dignity.
Nowadays, everybody has his laundry list what government should do for them in their own interest. It is like a list for Santa. I want governments to do less and less.
Santa, keep your toys.
No, that is not a quote from The Onion. Is There Any Hope For Our Civilization?
Seems fairly easy to do but unlikely to be done unless market forces force it.
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