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Wednesday, July 23. 2014
It reminds me of the oldie, "Don't send my boy to Harvard, the dying mother said..."
He begins, In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee...
The best book sale in New England begins this Friday in Southport, CT
It's good fun, and I have stumbled on some goodies there.
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NYC offers countless sights and countless sensory delights - many of them free (someday I may make a list of our favorites for those readers with vehement New York-ophobia - they just never did NYC right), but we have come to make strolls on the High Line an annual pleasure. This July, the perennial beds were wonderful to see. Why can't we make gardens this interesting at the farm?
Well, I thought the idea of making the High Line trail out of the old elevated railroad which was built to bring animals from the Hudson ferries to the slaughterhouses and meatpacking factories (the now-popular and fashionable Meatpacking District) was foolish was stupid (from the West 30s to Gansevoort St.), but I have been wrong a few times in the past. Only a few times.
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The power of dust
For the gals, Top 10 Items You're Too Old to Wear
I Saw You With My Wife (video)
Bill Clinton accused of having a busty blonde mistress code-named 'Energizer'
How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman
The Ambitious Plan To Break California Into 6 States – A Model For The Future?
Oh, by the way: Obama just quietly suspended ObamaCare’s individual mandate until 2016
Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns
Keeping Iowa safe
Prof. KC Johnson's closing remarks on his Durham In Wonderland blog
Salon hates "America"
Good news, guys. Feminism is over
Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete As Its Factories Grind To A Halt
The mascots have to be cute - but isn't it racist that they are always white?
Dalrymple: Practically all journalism is forgotten the day after it was written, even by those who wrote it.
Obamacare’s Meaning Is Not Subject to the President’s Whim - Halbig rebuked the administration's lawlesness, but what happens next is far from clear.
Mr. Z: The Immigration Bomb
What about struggling poets like me? Why is government so mean?
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza
Sultan: The Noose Around Israel's Neck
"Moral Idiots” from Code Pink Disrupt Israeli Ambassador’s Speech at CUFI Gala
An abundance of riches at American Digest
Tuesday, July 22. 2014
Peter Wood reports on the new AP American History program.
“Nice is different from good.”
Stephen Sondheim, as quoted in Is the Quest to Build a Kinder, Gentler Surgeon Misguided?
Nora Gardner makes conservative day-to-night dresses for professional women - all made in NYC.
Her summer and Fall collections will be at Julia Farr in Washington, DC tomorrow.
Stop by and say hello to her. Nothing else important going on in DC anyway right now.
We naturally think of Lefties as being statists, but even some of them have their limits. Law Prof Jonathan Turley says it all:
Anti-GMO Activists Are Harming Hungry Africans (image via Am. Digest)
An outbreak of political correctness in science
Re-linking Barone's Liberalism turns against liberty
Because it is so to-the-point
The media is drafting Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016
Related, this song is not parody
Speaking of non-parody, If Only Harper Lee Had Moved To Greenwich Village
Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed to Change? As a former union leader and a lifelong Democrat, I am deeply troubled by their rhetoric and strategy. (WSJ paywall)
We already do, for up to 5 months/yr, for no pay unless we are poor.
Hayward: The Morals of the Welfare State
Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War POW and U.S. senator, dies
Spengler: Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now
The New York Times: Apologist for a Terrorist Organization
Monday, July 21. 2014
But is this the first real Rock 'n Roll tune (with Ike Turner in youth)?
Last week we had a couple of posts about the administrative state and its extra-legal, unconstitutional power.
Besides Obamacare (20,000 pages of federal regs), we now have Dodd-Frank regulations (14,000 pages and counting). It's anticipated that it will be years before all of the Dodd-Frank regs are fleshed out. If ever.
Who can know or understand all of this crap? All people know is that you can get in trouble if you do not. Insane, but it keeps lawyers and lobbyists employed.
What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?
The urge to tidy up cities is deadening – let’s celebrate the tangled chaos and honky-tonk energy that keep them alive
Gambling and marijuana: Corrupting citizens for fun and profit
National Suicide, French Style
Robert Fulford: As the world burns, America shrugs
Maybe they're right not to over-react to everything
“The Most Narcissistic, Self-Absorbed President We’ve Ever Had”
UK Update: Christians lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told
The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?
“Economic patriotism” equals “stay here and pay punitive taxes to cover our ruinous spending habit”
Barone: Liberalism turns against liberty
How the Chrildrens' Crusade across the border was meant to happen
Who’d a-thunk it? Socialism is demoralizing, socially corrosive, and promotes individual dishonesty and cheating?
Conservatives are slow, but Progressives are quicker to seize on the political opportunities created by a changing culture.
Progressives Rally in Detroit – Demand Free Water, “Where Do You Expect Us to Sh**??”
In your diapers?
The Russian reset: Hillary’s “brilliant stroke”
Sunday, July 20. 2014
The Band. The production of this recording was completed after Richard killed himself:
Governors are already meeting in emergency session.
The Northeast needs more nuke plants. Or more firewood.
It is time to face the fact that there may very well be no realistic political solution to the problems in Israel/Palestine.
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Took a trip to Queens on Friday evening to see some theatrical performances celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most recent NY World's Fair. The site is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park. A bit bedraggled but very pleasant large park filled with Queens people, mostly with kids. We spoke with a proud resident of Queens who had attended both the 1939 and the 1964 world's fairs sited there. At the edge of the park, the Mets' new CitiField, and the National Tennis Center.
A cool place. The futuristic remnants of 1964 are strange, rusting, and apocalyptic in a way. None of the fountains work. The Space Center is all gone now.
The Unisphere fountains are now a place for kids to practice bike-riding and roller-blading. The lights and structures behind the treeline are the US (Billy Jean King) Tennis Center:
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Saturday, July 19. 2014
A repost -
Fried Squash Blossoms are a wonderful summertime traditional Italian treat. I harvested this platterful of them last night and we fried 'em up. When served hot, and lightly browned and salted, they leave French Fries in the dust.
On summer squash like Zucchini and Yellow Squash, the blossoms on the long stalks are the males, and thus expendable. However, I use both because there's always too much squash anyway. In fact, the blossoms are tastier than the squash. (I am fond of yellow summer squash steamed with salt, pepper, and butter, not so fond of zucchini except in soup.)
Almost forgot to mention that squash blossoms prevent arthritis, dementia, laziness, neurasthenia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and cancer - and most other sorts of death and disease. Guaranteed. For a few minutes, anyway.
This site explains how simple this is, using Marcella's method. Do not wash them at all because they need to be dry - just check them for bugs inside but a few tiny bugs just adds a little protein to the mix. Brown them lightly, drain, and eat sizzling hot. Photo below from Marcella's site -
First Cicada Week:
Heard my first cicadas of the summer yesterday - just a few, and just for about an hour or two, but these are probably early risers - first emergers from the soil, practicing playing their instruments. Maybe this will be a good year for them.
It means that in a few days we will be hearing the remarkably loud raspy buzzing from the tree-tops on every hot sunny day - the characteristic sound of high summer in New England, until replaced by the more refined Katydid's evening song as late summer comes.
We have both 13-year and 17-year cicadas - that's how long the two species live as larvae underground, sucking on tree roots, before they emerge to mate, breed, and die.
Their life is a metaphor.
Cicadas are edible, but I don't know anyone who eats them regularly except birds who have great sport chasing them when they fly from tree to tree. We often find their empty exoskelatons attached to tree trunks - as they grow, they crawl out of their old coat.
Toon via Hit & Run
Billionaires Who Bought Congress Say They Feel “Shortchanged”
Burt Shavitz, the World’s Most Famous Retired Beekeeper
Are Hookups Psychologically Healthy?
That extramarital affair is costing you a fortune
The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved
Dietary Guideline Committee ‘Quadruples’ Down on Moving Americans to ‘Plant-Based Diets’
The potato chip and French Fry diet? Or is it "Let them eat cake"?
Quotations of the day on racial profiling in college admissions
Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs:
How did we get the schools we have? The K-12 Conspiracy
The Obama Albatross - Playing pool in Colorado rather than visiting the Texas border is not very presidential.
This idea that we live in a world where government cares about us is just the biggest propaganda ever.
Iraqi Christians Told to Convert, Submit, or Die
New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims
Religion of death
US Marine Corps commandant openly blasts CIC Obama
Not sposta do that
Fly them all to Minneapolis
How to win in Gaza
The treacherous task of tunnel demolition
CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias
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