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, November 30. 2020
At the time, that was savannah, not rain forest as it is now.
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Statistically-inclined readers may offer their explanations for this data, if valid.
Add: I doubt this was retracted for narrative reasons.
It is Advent
Back from the brink of extinction, blue whales return to South Georgia
David Prowse, towering actor who played Darth Vader in 'Star Wars,' dies aged 85
UVA student newspaper opinion writer: 'Stand up’ to ‘racist family' at Thanksgiving
I Published A Fake Paper In A “Peer-Reviewed” Journal
"A Horrifying Future" - WEF's Vision For A Post-COVID World
“Why are ‘major’ U.S. news sources so massively more negative (about virus) than their international counterparts?
One Third Of All Of New Jersey’s Small Businesses Are Now Gone Forever…
Teachers union’s latest bid to bury any hope for NYC schoolchildren
Who Wants Social Insurance?
Media Pivots From Steady Stream Of Anti-Trump #FakeNews To Biden Slobberfest
As NY politicians eye new taxes on the rich, high earners eye the exits
Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling. If only cranks find the tabulations strange, put me down as a crank
Native Americans in Arizona Given TVs, Tablets, Resort Stays for Votes/Registering to Vote
EU Condemns Assassination of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Mastermind, Offers Condolences
Sunday, November 29. 2020
I tend to think of bands as ways to intensify the calisthenics part of the fitness triad. Many people are not very disciplined with home exercise (including me), but anything stressful is good.
- Resistance bands with handles
- Resistance bands without handles
Zuckerberg-Funded Group Comes Into Spotlight in Election-Related Court Cases
64:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--
64:2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
64:3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
64:4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.
64:5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.
64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
64:7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
64:9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
Saturday, November 28. 2020
Kurt Russell wrote a 200-page backstory on Santa for Netflix's 'The Christmas Chronicles 2'
A Thanksgiving Toast To The Old Breed by Victor Davis Hanson
Desperation and the Quest for Control: The Dangers of Alternative Medicine
Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has 'Relatively No Effect on Deaths' in U.S.
A censored study
Isn't the underlying issue that almost anything can be termed a public health issue?
' Hillbilly Elegy' effectively addresses the crisis of modernity
MORE EVIDENCE THAT LIBERALS HATE AMERICA
John Hayward on our loathsome elites
Portland protesters topple statues of Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln (video)
Brace Yourself, New York. With legislative supermajorities in Albany, Democrats look poised to push the state even further leftward.
"Don't Talk to Me That Way": Trump Unleashes on Liberal Reporter
Infographic: The 4-Year-Long Campaign Against Trump
Top Iranian Nuclear Weapons Scientist Who Was Singled Out By Netanyahu In 2018 Assassinated
Friday, November 27. 2020
Turkey Hash is pretty good, and so is turkey soup (for which I am boiling a stock from one of the carcasses right now with water, onions, garlic, celery, parsley, herbs, etc - we fight over the carcasses and bones like jackals), but the main reason people in my family cook so many turkeys at Thanksgivings is for the sandwiches for a few days after.
Here's how I make them:
Squoosh the sides of bread together, and cut in half with a sharp knife. Then eat with a glass of beer. Delicious.
Then take a little nap.
How I make turkey stock:
Throw into a large stock pot a whole or chopped turkey carcass, leg bones, wings, etc. Not a bad idea to break the bones with a cleaver and/or to roast the carcass first so some of the bones brown. Cover with water. Take a bunch of celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Chop very roughly with skins on - do not peel - and sautee in butter or cooking oil until browned. (The skins add color and flavor) Then toss them into the pot. Add some cut-up raw potatoes, skins on. Throw in some salt, whole peppercorns. Then parsley, thyme, a little sage and marjoram. A little sugar. A bottle of white wine in there is optional. Simmer for 5-8 hours, adding water as needed. Then strain. That's a tasty turkey stock. It's man-cooking.
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
I was thinking about that, reflecting in a superfical manner about the Supreme's injunction about churches being open if they decided to. Of course, with parishioners or congregants attending if they wished to, or not.
It's a good topic for a Thanksgiving weekend given that some of our ancestors came to the US only for religious freedom. Not that the early settlers permitted religious freedom except for the Congregationalists, because here in Connecticut you would be in big trouble if you missed church. They hung Quakers in Boston but, interestingly, made exceptions for the Jews.
To get back to Ben Franklin's quote, it was likely taken out of context. All the same, if raises the crucial issue in freedom.
I saw this: Justice Sotomayor Upbraids SCOTUS Majority for ‘Playing a Deadly Game’ With COVID Restrictions. Her seemingly emotional response is misguided, as seems obvious, because some danger to self or others is implicit in most things we do.
How much does selective news control our thinking? Scott Adams, an expert in hypnosis and brainwashing, explains how the MSM and social media have taken over the country by deciding information flow.
Did you like your dinosaur dinner yesterday?
Thanksgiving Caused ‘Climate Change’, You Know
The Drudge Report has become a conformist shadow of its formerly bratty, oppositional self. Why?
FIGHTING WORDS, BY DAVID HOROWITZ - Our friend David Horowitz wrote this essay, which he titled “Fighting Words.” It is a call for freedom-loving Americans to fight back against the totalitarian Left.
American Liberals and Their Discontent
Politicians’ Attacks On Thanksgiving Gatherings Are Not ‘Data-Based,’ Epidemiologists Say
Cuomo Calls Supreme Court Ruling On Churches 'Irrelevant'
Some rationality on COVID lockdowns from President Trump's Supreme Court
After Warning People To Not Travel For Thanksgiving, Denver Mayor Takes Two Flights To Texas To Be With His Family For Thanksgiving…
The New 'Woke' Times: The Death Of News As We Once Knew It
Post-George Floyd, a Wave of 'Anti-Racist' Teaching Sweeps K-12 Schools Targeting 'Whiteness'
Convicted Killer Scott Peterson Among Death Row Inmates Who Scammed Over $400,000 In Fraudulent COVID Benefits
The Healer in Chief, Barack Obama: Hispanics Who Voted for Trump Are Racists
The Left Approved of Obama Granting Clemency to Terrorists and Traitors, But Is Triggered by Flynn's Pardon
Alyssa Milano Extends An Olive Branch To Trump Supporters – It Doesn’t Go Well.
Joe Biden Tries To Deliver A Thanksgiving Message Quoting From The Bible, But It Doesn’t Go Well
Joe Biden is reviving all of his past failures — and it won’t stop: Goodwin
Mattis Hopes Biden Won’t Put America First
Millions in Africa Being Sacrificed to Extreme Poverty, Premature Death on Altar of ‘Green Energy’
Military lessons from Nagorno-Karabakh: Reason for Europe to worry
Trump’s leaving Biden a Christmas gift of Middle East peace — will Joe throw it in the trash?
Thursday, November 26. 2020
2 days of cooking, 25-30 friends and family, all fireplaces blazing, pre-dinner silly games and a long after-dinner walk in the dark and, often, chilly drizzle. Mrs. BD did the flowers for each table. Usually 4 tables set up in the living room, dining room for buffet and kitchen table for desserts.
Maybe next year. Last night we took our team of 12 out for a pre-TG dinner. Good times, and Mrs. BD brought her own squash pies for dessert.
Didn't get any port this year. Happy Thanksgiving to all. There is so much to be thankful for and I do not mean material comforts although those do matter too. We're doing diner take-out for the three of us (us two, and F-in-law) to celebrate in front of the fireplace. Bought a bottle of Highland Park just for him. Maybe me too.
Thanksgiving - the one real American holiday, a serious holiday, a Christian holiday that non-Christians can easily appreciate, the best holiday of the year.
For at least one day each year, let's count our blessings and put aside our gripes and disappointments.
Wednesday, November 25. 2020
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
PhD in Physics, speaks 6 languages, legal immigrant. Looks pretty good, too. Too good? Maybe women resent women who are too accomplished, too fascinating, too elegant, or too beautiful. I get that. I hate men who are taller or smarter than I am.
How To Survive ‘Climate Change’ At Thanksgiving
A book: How Textiles Made the World
Multiple Editors At Random House Broke Down In Tears After Hearing The Company Will Publish Jordan Petersen’s Next Book…These people are not well in the head.
Lynn Mahoney is a totalitarian thug. She’s also the President of SF State University. Here’s her most recent message to all of the students
Doctors Want Us to Know That the COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Could Be Awful
De Blasio Setting Up ‘COVID Checkpoints’ to Find NYC Travelers Violating Thanksgiving Quarantine
New Mexico Governor Shuts Down Grocery Stores With New Public Health Order
France's Macron Lifts Lockdown Order, CDC May Shorten Self-Quarantine Timeline: Live Updates
Tucker takes on how the election was really stolen
When Will Biden Denounce Efforts To Silence Dissent?
Marco Rubio: Biden’s Cabinet Is A Bunch Of Polite, Ivy League Caretakers Of American Decline
Xi's Gotta Have It: China Welcomes Biden With Orders From Beijing With Love
Incoming Biden NSA Said U.S. Should Encourage China’s Rise
Tuesday, November 24. 2020
Children of Quarantine: What does a year of isolation and anxiety do to a developing brain?
At the turn of the century, the Eastern Wild Turkey was nearly eradicated by hunting and habitat loss, and was entirely absent in the Northeast.
By the mid 1800s, the woodlands of New England had disappeared for farming, charcoal production, and lumbering.
But the woodlands have returned as farming moved west, and the wierd gobble now can be heard even in residential areas.
Thanks to dramatically successful conservation and transplantation efforts, there are now estimated to be 7 million of these huge iridescent birds, which Ben Franklin felt to be so quintessentially American that he wanted one on the US Seal. (Video of the turkey's comeback here.)
There are six species of wild turkey in the New World, and none elsewhere. (The domestic turkey is likely a descendent of the large Mexican species.) It is the Eastern which we feature here which has, in recent years, been transplanted successfully west of the Mississippi, and elsewhere.
As a sought-after game bird, the turkey's habits have been much studied. They are wary and cautious. In most areas, there is a spring and a fall hunting season for turkey, and they are pursued with bow or shotgun. It is the one game bird which it is sporting to shoot on the ground.
I have hunted them on a couple of occasions. Never managed to shoot one, though. Had a good time however, sitting at the base of a tree in camo, watching the other wild critters pass by.
Does the wild turkey taste different from a supermarket bird? Yes - the wild turkey tastes like turkey and the supermarket bird tastes like a supermarket.
The link yesterday was obsolete. Here's one that works.
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