Hypothesis disproven

I was a fugitive

Hard at work at the fieldstone School

NYC Ethical Culture Fieldstone School to 6th Graders: “The swastika is a symbol of peace”

Outside school:

“Masked men attack cyclist, carve swastika in his forehead”.

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Make that Eleven

Top ten reasons to vote for Ted Cruz

Mike Bloomberg: Ted Cruz says some of the stupidest things I’ve heard.

Ted Cruz

Thank you

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There are a couple of problems with this

Indians and pilgrims

Welcome to our country – can we build you a mosque?

Not Thanksgiving, at least at the Fountain household, where John was able to come across the Casco Bridge and celebrate at Nancy’s. We had a good time laughing, reminiscing , and enjoying each other’s company, and a great meal.

No, I’m talking about our fearless leader, who yesterday claimed that this country’s Pilgrims “were refugees too” , invited to shore by friendly savages, and that therefore we should bring in a million Syrians or so and welcome them in turn.

The idea that the Indians welcomed the Pilgrims has been denounced by the Left for decades, and there’s no doubt that, had Donald Trump been on the shores of New Haven to greet them, we all would still be speaking Dutch in the Old Country or our few survivors would be grunting in Squanto.

But let’s ignore that, and go with our leader’s argument: A group of people fleeing oppression come to a foreign land, carrying with them their own culture and values and religion, and set about imposing them on the people they find; they convert the natives when they can and kill the rest. They breed like rabbits and spread across the land;  (if we had a perfect parable going, the Pilgrims would have, in addition to all that, demanded that the Indians tax themselves to support a life of leisure for the new “refugees”, but never mind).

So where are the Indians today? Pushed from their land and dumped in isolated, desolate camps where they’re drinking themselves to death and breeding generations of papooses suffering from alcohol-fetal syndrome.

Obama thinks we should repeat this process, to ourselves? What is he, an enemy of our country?


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Probably off the web until late tonight or tomorrow

Dinner at Pal Nancy’s with Sarah, Kate and Nancy’s brother Cork. John’s been fairly beaten down lately but we’re hoping he’ll rally and can join us – if not, well hell, it’s a movable feast, and we’ll go to his house.

Reflecting on gratitude this morning and, at first blush, there’s not much there. But that’s not true at all. I’m grateful I’m here for the entire family – John told me this summer I “was always the go-to guy”, and I failed at that earlier this year before getting back on my feet and rejoining them.

I’m grateful for whatever God created us, for creating mortal creatures, but also endowing them with a capacity for love, compassion and care. It’s not such a bad world, when we benefit from that gift.

And finally, I’m grateful I’ve had 18 months with John, and hopefully more, to straighten out our past and for him to finally, truly understand how much I’ve always loved him.

A long time ago, Rodney Crowell wrote a beautiful ballad called “Things I wish I’d said”. It was directed to his father by an only son, but it works the other way too.

Have a  blessed Thanksgiving, and have mercy on that niece of yours who’s fresh from college and determined to show you the errors of your ways.



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The turkey speaks

obama turkey

“Father’s in the pig pen, you’ll know him by his hat”

O’ Bummer: “Absolutely no terrorist threat this holiday weekend”

President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday that his administration is working overtime to protect the U.S. from terror attacks, as tens of millions hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

He said that after a review of America’s security posture with his closest advisers, ‘we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.’

‘[But] if you see something suspicious, say something. That’s always helpful.’


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More “settled science”

Back in the 70s, scientists knew that coffee was a tremendous health risk; almost as bad as the deleterious effects of the coming ice age.*

1970’s and ’80’s headline: Coffee is as serious as a heart attack

A 1973 study in the New England Journal of Medicine of more than 12,000 patients found drinking one to five cups of coffee a day increased risk of heart attacks by 60% while drinking six or more cups a day doubled that risk to 120%.

Another New England Journal of Medicine study, in 1978, found a short-term rise in blood pressure after three cups of coffee. Authors called for further research into caffeine and hypertension.

But now a 40-year study at Harvard concludes otherwise:

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 40-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live longer.

Specifically, Hu’s study found that coffee-drinkers have lower risks of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as suicide.

The research began in 1976, and involved nearly 210,000 people. With all the follow-ups over the years, the study includes 4.7 million person-years of data. The scale meant it took several generations of scientists to complete the study. Hu, a researcher and professor at Harvard Medical School, himself joined in 1996. The enormous amount of data was useful, because coffee is an extraordinarily complicated drink.

“Coffee is certainly a very complex beverage,” Hu told INSIDER. Besides caffeine, it contains hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bioactive compounds. So it’s very difficult, perhaps impossible, to tease out the effects of individual compounds or chemicals.”

Coffee’s health benefits derive from not just a few compounds, but more likely the synergistic effects of many different compounds, minerals, and antioxidants. And while most people think of caffeine when they think of coffee, both regular and decaf coffee have the same effects when it comes to blood diseases and diabetes.

Hu noticed that it’s really hard to study coffee because so many coffee-drinkers smoke.

“We found that the health benefits of coffee are more pronounced, or evident, in people who don’t smoke,” Hu said. “In other words, smoking actually masks the potential health benefits of drinking coffee, and it’s really important to separate the effects of coffee from smoking.”

In addition to Hu’s new study — which had ten co-authors in total — previous research shows that drinking coffee regularly is associated with a decreased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and liver disease, including liver cancer. It’s also associated with a decreased risk of depression and suicide, helps the body metabolize blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity, and can even reduce inflammation.



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To protect and to serve

Cops raid mahjong game

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Police in Florida busted a game of mahjong in Florida at a condominium clubhouse. The group accused of the crime: four women between the ages of 87 and 95.

Heritage Florida reports that police came to shut down the friendly game played by Lee Delnick, Bernice Diamond, Helen Greenspan and Zelda King.

King says word spread about their weekly gathering and that a “troublemaker” in the community called the police citing a law that prohibits playing the game for money. Police closed the clubhouse.

The women were sent a formal notice from condominium management stating that there would be no more mahjong, bingo, or poker played in the location until further notice. Police reportedly stopped by several times later that week to make sure the games weren’t being played.

“This is ridiculous,” King said. “We haven’t played in the clubhouse for weeks! We have to go to each other’s homes to play and not everyone lives in Escondido. It is an international game and we are being crucified!”

The 87-year-old said the game is good for the elderly and that even her doctor has told her that it can delay dementia. The women suggested they could “just play for fun” without money, but the property manager said they should “lay low,” until things were resolved.

In case you’re curious, and wonder whether the Altamonte Springs police might have better things to direct their time and resources towards, here are the crime statistics for the town.

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