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, February 26. 2021
Revising the Canon: How Andy Warhol Became the Most Important American Modern Artist
I thought he was a con-man, but I wish I had bought some.
High-speed rail update:
NY Times Opinion: School Closures Have Been An Epic Disaster For Children (And Democrats Are To Blame)
With COVID vaccine rolling and cases receding, open up all classrooms!
California board member compares reopening schools to 'White supremacist ideology' and 'slavery'
The Atlantic: You have been vaccinated. It doesn't matter
Travel Restrictions Have No End In Sight As European Leaders Worry About New Variants
Student was not victim of racism for 'eating while black' at $80k Smith College and made up details that ruined the lives of four campus workers and led to controversial anti-bias training that employee resigned over
Cornell Daily Sun Interviews Professor William Jacobson Re Critical Race Training Database
"You Have Permanently Changed Them": Rand Paul Grills HHS Nominee Rachel Divine Over Parental Consent For Trans Minors
New California Bill Would Fine Retailers With Separate "Girls" & "Boys" Sections
Psaki On Biden Keeping Migrant Kids In ‘Containers’ Versus ‘Cages’: ‘We Only Have A Couple Of Choices’
Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Trust me, they will find mistakes
The U.S. Air Force Just Admitted The F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed
Thursday, February 25. 2021
Related: The Danger of (three) Unassailable Ideas - Treating beliefs as truths makes it impossible for the academy to do its job
Well, beliefs are worthy of analysis too.
"Pointing out somebody's hypocrisy never changed anybody's mind."
Fauci: For The Good Of Society, You Can’t Dine Indoors Or Go To Theaters — Even After Being Vaccinated
Babylon Bee Nails Disney to the Wall on Their Woke Warning Label for "The Muppet Show"
Ben Franklin’s Name Scrubbed From Tacoma City Park
Democrats Send Insane Letter to Cable Carriers and Big Tech, Demanding a Ban on Conservative Media
Tucker Carlson Strikes Gold, Triggers CNN Into Proving His Point After Segment on Disinformation
“Systemic Racism,” “Equity,” and the End of Civil Rights
Tucker Carlson's plan to end systemic racism and income inequality in America
WSJ: The Equality Act Makes Women Unequal. H.R. 5 erases ‘sex’ as a legal category, with dire consequences.
Why public employee unions don't serve the public's best interests
Democrats’ cynical ‘Jan. 6’ politics: Goodwin
As illegal border crossings surge, Psaki and media redefine 'kids in cages' as 'migrant facility for children'
Pro-Family News Outlet Censored By Twitter for Stating Biden Admin Official’s Biological Sex
Judge Blocks Enforcement of Biden’s Moratorium on Most Deportations
Wednesday, February 24. 2021
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now by Dr. Gordon Livingston
“It is not the (Bible) passages that I do not understand that bother me. It is the passages that I do understand that bother me.”
The most mentally tough people apply the 1% ‘marginal gains’ rule, says performance expert—here’s how it works
Virtual 'Celebration of Life' Being Planned for Rush Limbaugh
Fauci Is Not Your God
DR. FAUCI’S BAFFLING ADVICE
Smith College disputes Jodi Shaw exposé: Our “equity and inclusion training” has not created “a racially hostile environment for white people”
Biden Energy Dept Allegedly Blocked Texas From Increasing Power Generation Because It Would Violate Green Energy Policy…
Interior Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland: ‘It’s Time To Stop All New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In America’…
New York, a Dying City in a Dying State
Julie Kelly: Feds Keep Claiming It Was an "Armed Insurrection." And They Keep Failing to Produce the Actual "Arms" Carried During It.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s Mother: ‘He Wasn’t Hit on the Head’ by Trump Supporter
Ex-Clinton adviser Naomi Wolf warns US becoming 'totalitarian state before our eyes' under Biden
Biden’s ‘Kids In Cages’ Moment: Carrizo Springs Facility Re-Opens
Juan Williams: The GOP is a party without ideas
How Does the West Factor in Africa's Problems?
Trudeau Dithers as Canadian Parliament Recognizes Uyghur Genocide
Tuesday, February 23. 2021
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Saul Bellow, via Powerline on the sordid ritual of political confession
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Along with our Juncoes, a perky winter sparrow around here in the Northeast US.
As weather warms up (not yet) they have a very sweet call before they depart to breed in the coniferous parts of Canada.
A similar bird, the White-Crowned Sparrow, is rarely seen here because they migrate from their breeding gounds on the tundra to winter further south. They do not seem to stop by for a rest.
Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why
Quillette: Remembering Karl Popper
Hypotheses must be falsifiable
New Studies Suggest One COVID Vaccine Shot May Be Enough for Some Patients
Malevolent Elf and Undercover Bug-Chaser Anthony Fauci: We May Be Returning to "Normality" by... 2022, and Even Then, "Normality" Will Vary By User Experience
Despite Successful Vaccine Rollout, Jen Psaki Threatens 'Months and Months' of 'Sacrifice' and 'Suffering'
Hey Jen - enough optimism?
White People, Europeans Obsessed With Time, WA State Official Says
White people (only white people) believe that "On time means 5 minutes late."
Today’s blacklisted American: Amazon blacklists book for criticizing transgender movement
Democrats take first steps to censor conservative TV channels OANN, Newsmax and Fox News
The "Muppet Show" disclaimer "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures."
Mainly Scandinavians. I am 10% Scandinavian and I resent their stereotyping. In fact, it diminishes my sense of personhood...
90% White Man Disproves White Supremacy by Insisting He's Black and Qualifies for Affirmative Action
After Democrats Destroyed the Restaurant Business in New York with Insane COVID Policies, Democrat Senator Schumer Is Pushing for $25B in Relief from the Federal Government
Who does that $ come from?
ANDREW CUOMO’S LEGAL WOES
Biden AG Pick Merrick Garland: Far-Left Rioters Attacking Federal Courthouse Not Domestic Terrorism Because It’s At Night When Court Is Closed
Yes, these idiots are "threatening the USA":
Merrick Garland Won’t Promise to Protect Durham Investigation
What Durham investigation?
Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin
Ex-DHS Chief: ‘Far-Left’ Biden Immigration Bill Signals To Traffickers ‘It’s Okay To Come,’ ‘Extreme Incentive’ For Future Illegal Immigration
Duh. Can we focus on Legal Immigration?
How the GOP can win back Congress
Monday, February 22. 2021
VDH on Impeachment and the ‘Cancer’ of Woke Ideology
I recommend New England & the Sea:
The story of a seafaring land, but it is not so much anymore.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:49 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
To ease into, or back into, barbell squats, try sets of box squats. To make them tougher, hold a heavy ball or dumbell instead of a barbell.
Is blue a color?
1st clone of US endangered species, a ferret, announced
Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’
Pathetic NYC Mayor Shuts Down Skating Rinks To Punish Trump Organization
We Have Another Fauci Reversal...This Time on the COVID Vaccine
Entire California School Board Resigns After Mocking Parents For Wanting Schools Open
Majority Of Americans Believe Increased Government Power Means Less Individual Freedom, New Poll Finds
Why would Texas have prepared for record cold and snow if they listened to the media and other global warming fanatics the last forty years?
YouTube Takes Down New Trump Interview
It Only Gets Worse For New York In The Competition With Florida
Rattled Andrew Cuomo Rants About Nursing Home Scandal ‘Lies,’ Won’t Take Responsibility
Um, what is he paid to do?
Sunday, February 21. 2021
Just back from the market. We needed Coconut milk (Mrs. B is cooking Indian lately).
I saw Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Oat Milk. I just hope parents are not giving this to their kids instead of Cow Milk.
Our friend Gerard is as much of a fan of Hopkins as I am.
At The Great Books, 30 minutes about Gerard Manley Hopins' work and life. None of this RC priest's work was published during his short life.
2/3rds of my kids got to their churches today too.
The traditional Lenten hymn. Brings tears.
Via AVI's "Hard Words" -
10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—36, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
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