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, October 4. 2015
Saturday, October 3. 2015
Pope Francis claimed that firearms and firearm makers cannot be Christian. A curious statement as he is surrounded by heavily-armed guards whenever he leaves his house. The Vatican is equally protected.
The same thing applies to Obama's pontificating about firearms. He is surrounded by firearms every day, and will be provided with armed guards for free for the rest of his life. I guess it's supposed to be different for us little people but not for me. I carry. If you worked in today's Hartford, CT, you might too.
You may find many victims of this disorder in the lines at Whole Foods.
Cool site: Scouting New York
The archives will stay, but now he's scouting LA (h/t, Coyote)
Hurricane Joaquin Forecast: Why U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind
Hackers steal T-Mobile data on 15 million US customers
A simple history lesson
Psychologist Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to Be Blind
Is It Sexual Assault to Force a Woman to Shower Alongside the Transgendered?
Whom among us does not enjoy pretty girls in the showers?
Media Narrative: Half-Black Oregon Killer is a "White Supremacist" Was he a Half-White Supremacist?
Mental illness. The press also mentally-disturbed.
Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to
Be Blind - See more at:
Guns and alcohol
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist
Feds: PPACA risk program may pay just 13% of 2014 claims
They want to bankrupt private insurers
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=63656#sthash.WJbYGmAz.dpuf
The War of Amazon, Apple and Other Near-Monopolies
Jobs up only for immigrants, +14,000, down 262,000 for 'native-borns'
How Europe’s Capital Became a Jihadi Recruiting Center
Where is the case for co-ed ground combat?
Egypt is un-Canadian
Plan B for Libya
Friday, October 2. 2015
The American lobbying and advertising Whole Grains Council has had huge success in selling their health scam. Just like Whole Foods. Food piety has two arms: the ignorant, and their commercial predators.
Enjoyment applies to OJ too. It's basically sugar with no other food value. Years ago, the Florida Citrus cabal convinced Americans that they should have it for breakfast. Tasty, but no different from a Coke. Scurvy is not a problem.
My point with my nutrition myth posts is that you should eat whatever you enjoy. If you have a weight problem or a health problem, that's another matter. Just don't pretend, for example, that an OJ is any "healthier" than a Pepsi, or brown bread is "healthier" than white bread. That is just marketing to the low-info shopper and gullibles like Michelle Obama.
We all love happy myths, do we not? The fantasy that we can control fate.
Two or three of our readers are interested in my "boot camp" activities and progress because it is informative about how trainers approach middle-age fitness these days. It's not much different from how they deal with young athletes.
Fridays are my day for general fitness and muscle endurance. Here's what he had me do this morning:
- 3 minutes of elliptical warm-up (and wake-up), then
- 1 minute elbow plank
(Repeat the circuit of italicized sets 5 times with only 15-25 seconds between)
- cool down (?) with a couple of minutes on stair machine
That's a tough hour or so for me even without the usual squats with light military presses. I keep trying to remind myself that my breaking point is not what I think it is. I think I'll be able to do my end-of-week general fitness hour without his babysitting soon - but without the heavy bench work.
Tomorrow, he encourages me to begin to add stair machine (I call it stairway to heaven because you can die on that thing) to my cardio day routine to intensify it. It's intense already, but I do what I'm told.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:11 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance
Correcting the New York Times’s Absurd Vision of the Modern Man
The Latest DIY Trend? Sex Tapes
Twitter Characterizes Disagreeing With Someone’s Opinion as “Abusive Behavior”
Race-Track Owners Consider Moving One of the Triple Crown Tracks out of Baltimore, and the City’s Clueless Leaders Cry Foul
Oregon bakery owners refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case
Al Gore: ‘Democracy Has Been Hacked; Capitalism Is in Need of Serious Reform’
Guy made 250 million on "green" scams. That ain't workin, that's the way to do it...
Backfire on the #RICO20 and Jagadish Shukla is imminent; wagon circling, climbdown, dissolution begins
Guy made millions on "green" scams, without working
Did Hillary Clinton Spike CBS' Coverage Of Benghazi?
What if the Refugees Were Blonde and Blue-Eyed Swedes?
Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters - "Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated"
PM slams Abbas’s ‘deafening silence’ after terror attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the United Nations and its members
OBAMA LOSES ANOTHER WAR THAT HE 'ENDED' - Afghanistan is turning into a disaster, just like Iraq.
Top EU official warns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe
Coming from the Left and the Muslims, no doubt
The Russian Navy Is Back
China dispatched nuclear-powered submarine on first combat patrol, report says
Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA
Russia and China want to be players in the world. I don't blame them.
Obama’s Talk and Putin’s Blitz: A Russian Middle East Coup in Three Acts Posted By Claudia Rosett
Thursday, October 1. 2015
Digging up New York's Original Seaport:
1. Eliminate all deductions in the individual income tax code
The main problem with the above would be an unemployment crisis for lobbyists, accountants, and tax and estate lawyers, and we can't have that. And golly, what would it do to the muni market?
Here. No problem, we can handle it. It's nothing new. It's the big Nor'easters that give us trouble.
Imagine what people will say about you. Nothing flattering and shameful secrets.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:12 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
The Dog-Walking Economy - What I learned from a decade in the profession
Sarah Bernhardt - The Invention of Celebrity
Transgender Underwear for Children
Emotionally frail students are draining counseling centers, scaring faculty into easier grading
With so many witch finders now in business, witches will be found.
Why is it so hard to fire abusive prison guards?
New York City Council Honors Ethel Rosenberg
Clinton's Plan to Mess Up Prescription Economics
Bernie Goldberg: I Didn’t Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This
I Didn’t Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This
Jeb Bush campaign death watch begins
Perspective, please, on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails
Muslim Rape 'Misunderstandings' Come to Europe
Enjoy your multiculturalism, Germans.
A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up
Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees
The United States Should Stop Treating Russia as an Enemy
Does Obama Have Any Regrets About His Middle East Policy?
This Is How Russia Handles Terrorists: Moscow Releases Video Of Syria Strikes
Enjoy your multiculturalism, Germans.
Wednesday, September 30. 2015
What are they thinking?
Got some advice from my chef friend about Goulash. I have a lot of venison in the freezer, some tender cuts and some tough cuts. Tough cuts are for the goulash.
It's all about paprika. Very simple. Chef tells me real goulash has no tomato in it, and the meat should be falling apart. Like real chili, should be made with meat chunks, not ground meat. No noodles in the stew, but can serve on egg noodles or rice with some sour cream to top it off. This stew at the end should be thick, not soupy.
Brown a few onions in butter and veg oil - not chopped, just quartered, with some garlic
I guess crock pot would work, but it would need to cook a while at the end to thicken.
Here's an example: Real Hungarian Goulash
Viruses are a reproductive parasite, so some of them cause ailments. Most do not.
Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive. I suppose it has to do with definition of "alive."
Is empathy overrated?
I never trust expressions of empathy
Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered
The Stunning "Explanation" An Insurance Company Just Used To Boost Health Premiums By 60%
How to fix our educational system
‘Affordable’ Housing: Karma’s a You-Know-What
Elizabeth Warren Goes Crazy for Black Lives Matter
President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference
Tuesday, September 29. 2015
Problem is that people who think they are really smart enough to run things for others are often or usually wrong. Only humility grows wisdom, and vice versa. "Rational," "scientific" social planners have created far more misery, and far less freedom, than anybody else on earth.
From Mead's A Night at the Opera:
Broadway musicals are opera. Often, "light opera" but still opera. Light opera and opera buffa have longer histories than grand opera. Indeed, Verdi was the pop music of his time. Shakespeare's plays were the hit tv shows of his time too.
Nothing can be more pop, or more delightful, than this. The spartan production highlights the music:
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:58 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Why is the welfare state under attack when happiness economics shows it is the system most conducive to human wellbeing?
Bread and circuses for the proles? It's a strange article, from my viewpoint, but I understand that Denmark is a tribe of Danskers, all related. Quite alien to America or current American values. Perhaps child-like. I am certain that it was not written satirically. Where does this guy think that things and money come from?
Most hard workers I have known find dignity in work and do not find any work degrading or "commodifying." In fact, it is "getting free stuff" which is degrading and humilating. And what about the ambitious, the self-employed, the farmers, the self-sacrificing, the doers and makers and builders? Where do they fit in? How do you "give" a farmer or a doctor or a plumber or a writer a family leave or a six-week vacation?
I hope Americans do not aspire to bovine contentment, but instead to challenge, difficulty, and self-reliance. The only people happy to live on the dole, as I see it, are sociopaths and moochers taking advantage of their neighbors. OK, some deeply mentally-disturbed or profoundly brain-impaired people without families to care for them.
A like totally cool site, BirdCast, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
We take the fall and spring migrations for granted, but they are in fact miraculous feats and remarkable adaptations to the climate changes of the ice age era (which we are still in today - and have been for 2.6 million years with lulls and expansions of northern hemisphere ice. If you can apply "normal," this planet normally has no ice).
Toon via Theo
The Cocked Fist Culture - Crossing the microaggressions minefield
Notre Dame to invest $100M in renewable energy projects
Maybe Mother Nature’s Tougher Than She Looks - Wonderful folks who brought you "climate change" wrong again!
Best estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital
An experiment in universal childcare in Quebec has been mostly a disaster. Here’s what could work for U.S. kids instead.
Birth tourism booms in California despite federal crackdown
"So-called progressives love to talk about how their policies will create a workers' paradise. Why is it, then, day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?"
The reality is the Team GOP types will ALWAYS be outbid by the left. There's no margin for small government conservatives in playing this game.
Ivy Leaguers pour money into Hillary campaign
Obama's UN speech:
Catalonia votes for independence
Officials in Giessen have taken to warning their own citizens not to go out alone at night.
Swedes' Homes May Be Confiscated to Accommodate Asylum Seekers
estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital -
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Monday, September 28. 2015
20 minutes of this will do you good if it doesn't kill you.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:15 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
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