Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Melania shows her knees and wears a hat...

a great hat and great knees.

Thank you, Melania.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Let's all move on...

to more important things.

I wonder what has happened to us all when we awake on Monday morning to face the day with no real earth shattering news and it bums us out.  A normal person would be pleased, but a blogger's first thought is, "Darn - what the hell am I going to write about?"

Oh, sure - we have some naked crazy running around Nashville shooting people, but if it wasn't for the media no one would know or really care.

Do you realize that in Chicago 19 people have been shot and killed this month and 111 so far this year?  Last week alone (4/15 - 4/21) they managed to downsize the population by 9.  The total for shooting victims this year is an astounding 668. source

The lying creeps in the news media will tell you only what fits the agenda they're pushing and not one other piece of information.

A New Royal for the UK

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a baby boy weighing in at 8 lbs, 7 oz.

Congratulations, Kate and William.

Buh Bye Weight Watchers.

A few months ago I joined Weight Watchers.  A few days ago, having now changed many things about my eating habits/life style, dropping about 25 lbs, and being unable to attend very many meetings, I decided it was time to move on. 

I like the food tracking feature on the WW website and did a quick search for an alternative that would not cost me anything.

What I found very quickly was My Fitness Pal.  Outstanding!  WW tracks their own system of points, but Myfitnesspal.com tracks calories, carbs, fat, protein, sodium, and sugar for each food eaten and broken down by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

Which bring me to:

Two Ingredient Pancakes


Tried them yesterday.  They were outstanding.

I followed the basic instructions, but next time I'm going to add a smidge of baking powder and almond flour.

Here's how it comes up on Myfitnesstracker for approximately 4 smallish pancakes.

Calories215Sodium0 mg
Total Fat5 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated2 gTotal Carbs30 g
Polyunsaturated2 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated3 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein18 g
Cholesterol0 mg

I wouldn't suggest eating these daily if you're trying to keep your carbs in check, but certainly once a week wouldn't hurt.

Moving On

I have laundry to do, an acre or so to mow, more trees to prune, plants to re-pot, books to read, and art to be created.  

I'm sure you have bunches of stuff to do too.

Have a wonderful Monday.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

What are your favorite non-political sites to visit...

because we all need a break.

We all have sites we visit that lift us up, inform us, and generally make life better.  While I think we all spend too much time on the internet, there is no getting away from the fact it has given us a world of information at our fingertips.

A good example is Project Gutenberg which has made over 56K ebooks available for free.

I'm interested in where you hang out when you're not being annoyed over the latest outrage the left has perpetrated on us dirt peeps.

I'll start.

Just a few days ago I cleaned out my Feedly of many blogs that I no longer care to frequent.  It has made my life much better.  One of the categories in my feed is labeled "inspiration" and here are some notable blogs that made the cut.

The one characteristic all of these people share is their ability to impart information without being preachy, and they all seem to be outstandingly nice people.

Cal Newport

Cal is the author of Deep Work - a book I haven't even read yet and probably won't, but that doesn't change my liking his blog. He's a young guy (when you're my age everyone is young), but I like his approach:
I'm a computer science professor who writes about the intersection of technology and society. I’m particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work and lead satisfying lives. If you’re new to my writing, a good place to start is the about page. You can access over a decade's worth of posts in the blog archive.
Quo Vadis 

A site about planners, paper, pens, and writing. I have yet to encounter a notebook, a piece of paper, or a pen I didn't covet.  Quo Vadis feeds my obsession.

Break the Twitch
I’m Anthony Ongaro, the guy behind Break the Twitch. I live in The North—Minneapolis, specifically—with my lovely wife, Amy. We started exploring intentional living, learned about minimalism shortly after, and have been designing our ideal lives together ever since. We enjoy traveling to new places, making videos, listening to music, and hanging out with our dog Rocky.
J.T Ellison
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the EMMY Award-winning literary television series A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. 
Bulletproof Writing by Deena Nataf
I’m a book and journal editor with thirty years of experience in the field. If you write to publish, I want to help you get that first draft written, that manuscript finished, and that book out the door. If you write for yourself, I’ll give you the tools you need to write clearly, write regularly, and write in your own voice. But no matter why you write, I’m passionate about helping you make your mark on the world.
Steven Pressfield (who's actually older than me)

One of my new favorites after reading his book The War of Art (highly recommended) is Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance and many other fine books.  This guy is very inspirational.

Selfication by Patrik Edblad, 

Patrik lives in a small town in the middle of Sweden, Östersund, and absolutely oozes niceness.  I have  benefited much from his books.
The purpose of this site is to break down the science of human flourishing into simple, actionable steps so that you can use them to become the highly effective and healthy person you want to be.
Setting My Intention 
Welcome to my blog where I write about simplifying life in small, manageable steps and creating healthy habits. You'll find inspiration, practical tips and community here for the decluttering you're doing in your own life. (whether that's physical, mental, or emotional clutter) Thanks so much for stopping by! 

In the category of Art we have:

My Daily Art Display

That title is a bit misleading since the author only posts about once per week.  It's a good thing since each post is looong highlighting a painter including biographical material.

And for healthy living we have:

Mark's Daily Apple
Welcome to Mark’s Daily Apple. My name is Mark Sisson. I founded this site way back in 2006 to fulfill my personal mission: to empower people to take full responsibility of their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness.

So, my favorite dirt peeps - where do you hang out to decompress?

Inquiring minds want to know. 

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Newt Gingrich: Comey is almost a pathological liar...

ya think?

There's something very unmanly about a guy who travels about the country whining and declaring his own superior morality.

My interest in the Comey affair is at zero.  I'll show some interest when he and McCabe are arrested.

And now, in desperation, the DNC is suing the Trump campaign:
The Democratic Party on Friday sued President Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the Russian government and the Wikileaks group, claiming a broad illegal conspiracy to help Trump win the 2016 election.The multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that "In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort" to mount "a brazen attack on American Democracy," which included Russian infiltration of the Democratic Party computer network.  source
What in hell are they talking about?

Here's what they're really saying:
You, the American people who voted for Trump, are so stupid that you allowed Russia to decide for you how to vote.  Without Russian interference you deplorable homophobic xenophobic hillbilly dirt people would have lined up to cast a vote for an alcoholic, lying, immoral, mean spirited, soulless, murdering slob of a woman.
In the meantime, I have a bunch more trees to prune and spray.


Don Surber:   Democratic lawsuit will cost them in November (my thoughts exactly)

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Can you tell me what you believe?...

in 60 seconds?

Yesterday at history club a gentleman informed me he was the token liberal in the group.  He and his wife had been traveling for the past seven months so it was my first encounter with him.

After declaring his liberalism he was quick to add that he was anti-abortion and pro 2nd amendment.  Um, okay.

My suspicion is always aroused when someone is so hasty to declare themselves in an almost confrontational manner with not a clue about the person to whom they are speaking and apparently no desire to find out.

Finally I asked him what he believed that made him define himself as a liberal.

He sat there for many minutes and if he had a trapdoor in his forehead I could have popped it open and witnessed the wheels of his mind churning at warp speed.  It was clear no one had ever asked him that before because he finally answered, "I don't really know."

I was not the teeniest bit surprised since my rather uncharitable view of today's average self-declared liberal is someone who simply parrots the party line without giving due thought or consideration to the subject at hand.  They are the human equivalent of a walking talking meme.

Two Minute Elevator Speech

Anyone who has ever been in sales knows what an elevator speech is and has taken the time to craft one.
An "Elevator Pitch" is a concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced marketing message about your professional self that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator.  It should contain a “hook” or “theme” and go no longer than 60 seconds; resonate with your unique personality and interests and contain a follow up request for a business card, a referral, or future meeting.  source
It occurred to me that I didn't have an elevator pitch prepared in the event anyone asked me why I considered myself a conservative.  Having been in sales and being the consummate bullsh*tter, I could cobble together a reply that would be satisfactory.  But who wants to be merely "satisfactory" when declaring who you are and what defines your world view.

First of all, why do we need to label ourselves?  No one can really define what "liberal" or "conservative" even means anymore. The term liberal from the way back machine means something completely different as it's used today.  The classical liberalism of the founders of our country was all about reining in government. Today's liberals expect government to solve all our problems.

Since no one defines terms the exact same way, your elevator pitch would necessarily have to begin with the words, "Being a conservative, as I define the term, means"...

Which leads me to:

Pernicious Undermining of Definitions

If you want to see how the current day liberals (progressives) aim to sway the public perception if you Google (on Google) the words liberal and conservative.  Here's what comes up (in bold print - top of page):

  1. 1.
    open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.

    "they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people"
  2. 2.
    (of education) concerned mainly with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.
    "a liberal education"
  1. 1.
    a person of liberal views.

Now enter the word conservative.

  1. 1.
    holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
    synonyms:traditionalisttraditionalconventionalorthodoxold-fashioned, dyed-in-the-wool, hideboundunadventurous, set in one's ways; More
  1. 1.
    a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.

After reading those definitions, which would you rather be? 

Spend some time today to craft your elevator pitch for who you are and what you stand for.  


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Meet Randa Jarrar...

a Muslim tenured professor of English at Fresno State who said:

"Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F**k outta here with your nice words."  
"PSA: either you are against these pieces of shit and their genocidal ways or you're part of the problem. that's actually how simple this is. I'm happy the witch is dead. can't wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeeee."
All the hate I'm getting ALMOST made me forget how happy I am that George W Bush is probably really sad right now https://t.co/HdOkzMH4LE 
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LOL! Let me help you. You should tag my president @JosephICastro. What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here. GO BULLDOGS!
I present Randa to you with no comment:

I️'m delighted that today is history club and haircut day so I can escape the madness for a bit. 

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