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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Thursday, August 5. 2021
Omigosh, the Delta Variant Now Has a Variant and You Know What That Means
What the heck is going on in this country?
California May Mandate Menstrual Products for Men
Infrastructure Bill Would Require Alcohol Monitors for All New Cars
But what about THC and meth?
Misinformed about Misinformation
Everyone’s deserted you, Creep Cuomo. It’s over. Just go.
Politico: Biden’s Border Plan A Has Gone Bust, What’s Plan B?
Not a bust, it was the plan
Wednesday, August 4. 2021
My son introduced me to this artist. All of his many works are creative genius, bringing a whole new perspective, one image blending into another. Google him and see the great many variations. We will order several for our house. This one particularly appeals to me as it displays how reading allows one to enter new worlds.
For starters, it is still the Maggie's Fitness for Life Program which is a mix of weights, HIIT and endurance "cardio", and a broad category of Calisthenics with includes plyometric stuff and other misc things. I'm fairly sure I have a semi-retired pal who is willing to do the Cali days with me - but he won't do 5 AM.
- "Heavy" weights twice/week, with trainer. My current guy pushes me to my limits, unlike my previous guy who was a slow incrementalist. This guy feels as if I am not getting my money's worth without pushing the limits routinely. It's ok. It's powerlifts and accessory lifts, plus abs, and I can't call it fun. Failure doesn't bother me much.
- "Cardio" days: I use these for endurance and to try to keep my heart in good shape. Might work because I just had my cardiology check-up with all the bells and whistles and it's all good. "No rust in the pipes, or not much, yet," he told me. What I tend to do is a mix of HIIT on the treadmill and the stair machine, 20-30 minutes total. For the rest of the hour I'll do vigorous - no sprints - on elliptical and rower. Great way to begin a day.
- "Calisthenics" days: I use this term as a grab bag of athletic-style exertions which are not all technically calis but which mostly do not include moving any weights much heavier than my own body. I kinda like doing them in rotations of 3. It's more inspiring to do them in a group or with pals. I put samples of these rotations below the fold:
Continue reading "Workout update"
I doubt that anybody thinks so, so here's this: Do we still need math? We spend much of our early years learning arithmetic and algebra. What's the use?
The Man Who Saved Capitalism from Itself - Tracing the lost legacy of Keynesian liberalism.
PODCAST: KEVIN ROCHE ON CORONAMANIA
Jonathan Turley calls it ‘chilling’ that President Biden admitted the eviction moratorium is unconstitutional but he’s doing it anyway
The Real Story of “The Central Park Karen”: New evidence comes to light. And Amy Cooper breaks her silence.
No Matter What Biden Calls U.S. Troops in Iraq, Iran Is Gunning for Them: Relabeling U.S. soldiers as “noncombat” won’t spare them from militia attacks.
Lhamon fails to advance out of Senate committee; full Senate should not allow her nomination to proceed further
Tuesday, August 3. 2021
It's been 2 1/2 years since our last Urban Hike. We missed 2020 and 2021, so why not plan one now and let the politicians wreck havoc, as they likely will...
Looking at a Greenwich Village hike. We have done portions of the Vilage, but not the whole thing. There's a lot to see again, and new things to look at which we've missed or just not gotten to. Our good friend the Manhattan Contrarian will provide us additional support in planning - so it's sure to be a good one. Assuming it can take place, but I think it will this time.
So let's plan on seeing things like Merchant's House Museum, Tompkins Square Park, Magnolia Bakery, The White Horse Tavern, etc. Hopefully we'll have a great crew in attendance - we always do!
Her problem with Trump is not that he was effective, but because he is declasse. So was Clinton, but he hid his inner redneck. Worked for him.
Vanderleun: The Man Who Loved Not Wisely But At Least Twice
Monday, August 2. 2021
American Medical Association Wants Sex Removed From Public Birth Certificates
California Voters Were Tricked Into Banning Bacon
What good is life without bacon?
A Day in the Life of a Low-Information Voter
Sydney Police Calls for Army to Help Enforce Lockdown Rules
Biden* Surgeon General Says Libs Should Wear Masks At Home Around Their Children…
"In an ideal world,..."
Unlicensed Dog Grooming Alarms Local News Reporter
Maher: Maybe the "woke Olympics" shouldn't have taken its cues from the Oscars
'Suicidal' black teenager yells 'I can't breathe' and vomits as white Texas cop lays on top of her to stop her jumping in front of a car while her family yell abuse at him
Sunday, August 1. 2021
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:49 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
If your kids or grandkids do not know these American classics, it's about time. Robert McClosky was the author/illustrator.
The latter was my favorite. What a cool Dad.
Almost forgot that McCloskey wrote the two amusing stories about Homer Price. I loved those.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:46 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
51:4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
51:5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
51:11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.
51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Saturday, July 31. 2021
"I took my potatoes down to be mashed and headed on over to the million dollar bash."
I think Dylan did this one on of the original Basement Tapes in 1967. Those were fun, often silly tunes if you can find them anywhere (not the produced ones, the original ones). Some feel this tune was making fun of Andy Warhol, but it doesn't matter.
Full lyrics here.
I know somebody who threw a $500 K destination wedding for a daughter. The marriage lasted 6 months.
Sorry I can't find the old basement tape version, but Fairport Convention tried it:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:57 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Journalists can not assess scientific material, but they love apocalyptic stories.
He sold cheesesteaks to take his mom on the trip of a lifetime. She died weeks after getting back.
Biracial doctor demoted for objecting to BLM-inspired segregation policy, files lawsuit against hospital
74% Of COVID-19 Cases From Massachusetts Outbreak Occurred In Fully Vaccinated People: CDC
Were they "cases," or were they sick?
Iran’s execution of wrestler Navid Afkari sparks outcry on social media
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