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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Friday, October 21. 2016
Today, it's "Lead us not into Penn Station."
I am skeptical.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 05:44 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, October 20. 2016
WIKILEAKS: Bill Clinton Receives ‘Expensive Gifts,’ Is Personally Paid By Clinton Foundation Sponsors
Francois Hollande admitted there are ‘too many immigrants’ in France and suggested Barack Obama was to blame for the rise of ISIS, claims new book
He can hardly form a coherent thought, period. Can not make an argument. I am sure he is a good deal-maker. He has my vote, holding nose, because he has hinted at supporting things that seem important to me. Many Clinton voters will be doing the same thing - a nose-holding election.
In Soprano Country, they refer to that disgusting red tomato sauce for pasta as "gravy" as in "I'll take some more gravy for my macaroni."
Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of pastas. Peasant food! Packed with Evil Gluten! Well, a small primi of pappardelle with a (fresh) porcini sauce decorated with chopped parsley is very fine so I can make some exceptions.
I will admit to being a food snob when it comes to Italian. Pasta is not a meal unless you plan to run a marathon in a couple of hours. It can be a small primi but there are many sorts of primi. And cappucino is only a breakfast coffee. Italians do not eat meatballs. The best pizzas in the world are in America because we think a pizza is a meal, not the nutrition-free street snack that it is. I could go on and annoy everybody.
That is the House Mouse who, along with the Fruit Fly and E. Coli, may be the most important scientific lab animals that exist.
These cute, prolific little buggers have been carried around the world from their native origin in north India. They thrive in and around human habitat and, as the temperatures cool in the Fall, they are more likely to try to settle indoors.
Cats and mousetraps are made for them. It's October, and we have them now.
I am grateful to live in a Belmont where most people aspire to be good upright contributing citizens, or at least to appear to be. A reminder of a modern sociological classic: Belmont & Fishtown - On diverging classes in the United States. (That is a link to his essay summary of the ideas in the book.)
There is also a good (video) talk by Murray at that link, about the book.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:08 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Now we have Thought Police and Science Police. We are sounding like the old Soviet Union where science had to fit the ideology.
Chuck Berry, pioneer of rock and roll, celebrates 90th birthday by announcing he has a new album coming
How to exit a party
A biography of Diane Arbus offers a detailed portrait of an artist longing for connection
Mario Batali's Italian White House menu
That's the real Italian food - and no noodles either
Millennial Men Rush to Restore Their Foreskins, ‘Feel Whole Again’
Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers
Largest Catholic University Blasts 'Unborn Lives Matter' as 'Bigotry'
University of Florida offers counseling for students offended by Halloween costumes
The Slow, Painful Death of the Media's Cash Cow
Reminder: Washington Hates America
The Government Puts A Gigantic Lead Weight On The Scale Of This And Every Election
The Elite "Have No Idea" - Society Is Near The Breaking Point
The WSJ Warns America: "You've Been Played"
BLM flag flutters over quad at ISU
The Donald just not prepared for the job
Dem Operative Who Oversaw Trump Rally Agitators Visited White House 342 Times
Newt Gingrich on Veritas Videos: 'Where's the FBI?'
FBI Document Dump Proves This Woman Has No Business Anywhere Near Power
Judicial Watch: New Emails Show Hillary Clinton Contacts with Bryan Pagliano – Raise New Questions About Her Sworn Testimony
Clinton sleaze is baked in the cake, makes no difference
Lib Journalist Budowsky Called Out on Live TV Over His Podesta Emails
CEO Of Google’s Parent Company Works Directly With Clinton Cam
Trump Eviscerated Hillary in Debate #3. What Difference, at This Point, Does It Make?
Hillary Is Not a "Soulless, Pragmatic Corporatist Who Will Preserve the Status Quo," as Pro-Hillary "Conservatives" Claim. She Sees Herself as a Messianic Joan of Arc to Deliver the Left's Revelation to the Earth.
For the children...
Clinton campaign manager: Avoid talk about Israel, to keep Democrats happy
"America Has Lost" - Duterte Announces "Separation" From United States, Alligns With China
Wednesday, October 19. 2016
Election is over. Hillary did not win, Trump lost a winnable contest. He lost it not because he is of below average intelligence but because he is not educable, not trainable. He is as disciplined as a 3 year-old, and that, rightly, worries people. He can't take anything seriously, and it's all about him. No serious campaign, just carney: Orange-faced Man! His opponent at least is consistent and predictable - if only consistently and predictably corrupt, venal, and dishonest. And consistently exercising poor judgement for further back than most people can remember.
For what it's worth (nothing), I will vote for Trump anyway. I think he would hire good people.
If I am wrong about the election, I will happily eat a few crows. But I am passing on "debate", aka The Donald Trump Show. If he were not in it, would anybody watch?
I am not asking for a weight room, just some cardio machines, some light weights, some floor mats, some hard and soft boxes, some bars for pull-ups, etc. Simple but with room to move. Charge me extra. Maybe a shower too.
On our upcoming flight, we are going First Class thanks to the gift of miles from my in-laws. Still I'd take a gym over the bigger seat and the legroom - because I am not a sitter. As for airplane food, regardless of class, no thanks. Grab a sandwich or a yoghurt in the airport. And they toss you this crap as if you were some starving dog in a dog shelter.
When I told my trainer about this desire for airplane gyms, he emailed me the below. I think that flight was wasted without a girlfriend or wife to spice it up. This dude is a jackass:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:03 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
I am all in favor of "functional fitness." Beginning around 35, the human body begins to deteriorate. Unless you are a competitive athlete, fitness is for daily life. One of my daughters was talking about fitness this weekend and opined that a Div 1 singles tennis match was a good work-out. I asked "Are you sure?" After a moment's thought she revised her opinion: No, I guess the physical training is the prep/work-out, and the competition is just the reward.
Playing sports is mostly calisthenics at best. Many sports require strength and athleticism, but actually playing the game is not the same as a work-out. Think baseball, or the several seconds of effort in a football game. Training is for life and games, but they are not training.
I thought this approach was interesting and it sounds even more fun than Crossfit: Get Fit Like a Wild Man: A Primer on MovNat
More on MoveNat
As I said, it sounds like great fun and challenge and bonding but it amounts to heavy calisthenics, which is just one of the three components, in my view, of a balanced fitness program.
The speech was delivered on Sept 19, 1796 in the nation's then-capitol of Philadelphia. While the speech embodied Washington's ideas, the actual writing was probably mostly drafted by Madison and Hamilton. Good people to have as your speechwriters.
You can read it here.
I guess you could call it drawing. It is fun to draw along with him while you watch.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:44 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Harambe Costumes Are ‘Cultural Appropriation’
Now I'm really confused
A Baby With 3 Parents Has Been Born. These Are the Dangers You Should Know About.
This was done for a reason - mitochondrial disorder
Unraveling your parents' possessions
Something I would not eat
Administration Wants to Designate More LGBTQ Landmarks
What happened to GI Joe?
The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys
Climate Alarmists Try To Redefine What A Hurricane Is So We’ll Have More Of Them
Can investors really continue to get more for less? Three reasons the passive-investing revolution is set to last.
Does it work if everybody does it?
Is Administrative Law unlawful?
If you can't ask black guys whether they've been in jail, people might be reluctant to hire black guys
Self-proclaimed media of record try their best to ignore wrongdoing by powerful liberals
Obamacare: Citing Costs, Frustrated Doctors Say US Healthcare Headed in Wrong Direction
Michelle Obama has rhythm
He was famous for it
CLINTON CONFUSION: Bill says ‘I’ve tried to run for her on her behalf’
Hillary’s Henchmen Pressured FBI on Classification of Documents
Impossible to keep up with the revelations of Clintonian slime. Well, Howard Dean can’t keep up either
And now there is this Big Story
Former White House Chef: Hillary Clinton Called Black Servant the ‘N-Word’
Hillary’s State Dept security detail really hated her
She's a nasty, entitled, arrogant lesbian bitch. So what? That's not news.
Got that one right
Seven Clinton Policy Priorities That Would Devastate America - Staring at years 9 to 12 of the Obama administration.
If that's what people want...however, I think people just wonder which is the more unpleasant individual. Only wonks worry about policy. Politics is high school.
EU nations are now paying countries to take back their migrants
Muslims Call for ‘Islamification’ of Sweden
Geert Wilders' trial to proceed on hate charges over "fewer Moroccans" comments in 2014 campaign
Tuesday, October 18. 2016
In my view, such prizes should only be for the sciences, but I am not the King of Sweden, alas.
Kyle Smith makes a good case for Why Bob Dylan Shouldn’t Have Won a Nobel Prize. One quote:
Yes, they can scald and soar when he sings them. I mainly refer to his lyrics to avoid getting a mondegreen in my head. I had one with Jokerman when I thought it was "with a small dark look in his face." That was pretty good, but Dylan's was better: "...with a small dog licking his face."
I recently stopped by a "Different Sexualities" seminar to see what people were talking about. One of the provocative topics was whether pedophilia was a sexual orientation. Some said yes, and some said it was a latent tendency in all males. Another topic addressed rape and sexual violence. Some felt it was a sexual preference, and some claimed it was latent in all males. Sex addiction? There was no agreement about whether it even exists but it was a consensus that the Western bourgeois nuclear family was an unnatural and possibly "unhealthy" artifact of culture, economics, and male power. Also discussed were fetishes (cross-dressing, item fetishes, S&M, exhibitionism). It was made clear at the outset that anything LGBT was normal and would not be discussed to keep the meeting "safe." Whatever. How they could be sure that there were no uncomfortable pedophiles in the room, I do not know.
I can not claim to be able to measure how much "polymorphous perversity" or ordinary perversity might be latent or only partially expressed in a given human, male or female, so I just listened. What struck me most, and discouraged me most, was how politicized it all became, and how quickly complex psychological issues became subsumed under feminist rubrics of "patriarchal hegemony" and "oppression." These do not enlighten, they are just cant.
Contrary to some popular impressions, sexuality is not the central topic in modern Psychology, Psychiatry, or Psychoanalysis. It is just one aspect of who a person is and, generally, we are interested in all aspects of a person.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:47 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
There is pretty much always a MSM effort to save us from one evil Nazi fascist stupid Republican or another, but this year has been over the top. They are blatantly and uinashamedly partisan, and will likely remain so. Hillary will be as insulated from criticism as Obama has been.
Roll On Bob - Bob Dylan is over-honored, but maybe his Nobel Prize will inspire him to finish his terrific memoirs.
Australian High School Students to Be Re-Educated on Male Privilege
Human Rights Campaign condemns Hopkins study as 'attack on LGBT communities'
Why Bill Nye Changed His Mind on GMOs
Anti-Catholics and Elitist Bigotry
“You Have a Constitutional Right to Record Public Officials in Public”
The Crony Economy - Bipartisan outrage doesn’t stop government picking winners and losers
Why Hillary and Her Wall Street Donors Don’t Want Trump’s Wall
Politico Reporter Offered Clinton Camp Chance to Edit Story - Glenn Thrush says 'I have become a hack' in offering Podesta chance to censure his article
It is a vast Left wing conspiracy
Hillary Right-Hand Man Patrick Kennedy Pressured FBI Agent to
Chuck Todd Hosted Swanky Dinner Party At His Home For Top Clinton Campaign Official
POSTAL WORKER Brags Online About Destroying Trump Ballots
That's old news
O’Keefe Video Sting Exposes ‘Bird-Dogging’ — Democrats’ Effort to Incite Violence at Trump Rallies
VDH: The case for Trump
All of this should be screaming front-page headlines in the NYT
Z-man on The Virtual Candidate
If anything, Cuba has become more oppressive since rapprochement
Monday, October 17. 2016
The full Stones' show at Desert Trip last week. These guys are in their mid-late 70s and, up close, they look like zombies. Great stuff.
We drove down from the Dolomiti and the Alps to Verona, which is immediately south of the foothills. Straight shot on the Autostrada (#22). Nice little Renaissance town. We stayed in the Old City (an old Roman city on the bend of the Aldige River) instead of venturing out into the modern city (pop. 275,000). Tourists hang around the old city, but plenty of Italians come into the old city for fun and shopping.
Verona is a charming old town, walkably-manageable in size although we did get a little lost walking out to see St. Zeno. Getting lost is not a bad thing because you see things. It is a bitch to drive into, though, once you get off the highway. Cops keep yelling at you for going the wrong way. Gotta laugh.
The Passagiata in Verona is wonderful, between 5 and 8 pm. It's a town of lovely women of all ages, and the Italian men look great with their fitted shirts and tailoring. We tourist men, not so great. All the kids in strollers and backpacks look good, and the women look feminine. Lots of real blondes in northern Italia.
In my view, all women and all men ought to try to look their best, in public at least. Being over 40 or 50 doesn't mean that you are dead. I just have no talent for style. I shoulda brought my red trousers with me.
Dinner is around 8-8:30, and afterwards the young and/or single people, looking good, fill the narrow streets and piazzas - I call them pizzas - and bars with laughter and flirtation. A jolly scene. Women hold hands, men kiss. Everybody drinks and smokes.
La dolce vita.
Lots more pics below the fold - Mrs. BD thought our lady readers might enjoy the clothing shops -
Continue reading "Northern Italy 2013, #5: Mostly random street photos in Verona, reposted from Sept. 2013"
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:54 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Image via Moonbattery
Skip that annual physical exam: Evidence increasingly suggests it’s useless
I go every 3 yrs when my doc gets pissed at me for not coming in. I hate it. I do like him, though and I understand that he needs some money to keep me on his roster.
Bob Dylan and the Sound of Music
His delivery is part of it. But without good words, why would his words be quoted so often?
Remembering Neville Marriner - The maestro of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was an English gentleman.
A very happy little hockey fan
Connecticut school apologizes for 'Hitler' football play
Call it Bismarck instead. Or Stalin. The word Hitler not allowed anymore except for Republicans.
Sex Appeal, Fitness, and Fat Shaming - The History and Biology of Getting Jacked 'n Tan
Looking good is not just for gay guys. For excitement, gals prefer strong, fit guys, and vice versa.
I have no postable comment to that
Rolling Stone Reporter Won’t Admit UVA Jackie’s Gang-Rape Was A Total Hoax
The Fallen Women: Were Victorian Prostitutes Really Fallen?
War On Coal Can’t Stop Fuel’s Enduring Demand
Why is this guy unemployed?
I blame the lousy economy
Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality
Planned Parenthood: From eugenics to abortion on demand
Today’s Orange County: Not Right Wing—and Kinda Hip - Immigrants
Taxpayers And Medicare Patients Can't Afford ObamaCare's 'Savings'
Goldman Sachs, the Democrats’ Best Friend
Ref Tammany Hall, where you owned the judges, the cops, and the papers - and just handed out cash to the voters.
No. He is the voice of a large portion of the country. Lousy messenger, but the messenger.
What it’s like to be a college professor who supports Donald Trump
Donald Trump is officially the worst candidate in history
The Clinton Record - A devastating exposé of the most unfit and undeserving individual ever to seek the American presidency.
CNN Attempts to Scare Viewers – Says It’s Illegal to Read Wikileaks Podesta Emails
CNN’s Jake Tapper: Donna Brazile's Leak to Clinton Camp ‘Unethical,’ ‘Horrifying’
Hillary’s Emails Allowed Clinton Foundation Donors To Get Favors On A ‘Global Scale’
Clinton promises major wealth redistribution — starting with Trump
Where the Trump Name Is Emblazoned Now: The Front Yard
Do not like Donald Trump the human being but feel compelled to vote for him anyway - ‘He might be a traitor to women, she is a traitor to her country’
Clinton Operatives Brag They “Scared Off” Chief Justice
Just think of the MSM as Democratic operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.
Stop complaining about Trump’s “war on the media” because he’s right
Trump's moral fervor:
Image below from Grabbing Art by the Pussy. Must have some humor in this political circus.
Sunday, October 16. 2016
"Science" is an odd word. I guess it applies to knowledge obtained through the scientific method. I do not fetishize it because I am a natural skeptic - and because I know that science is done by human beings with egos and a need for income. Hence Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:12 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
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