11/01/2013 13:44:00 PM
10/29/2013 15:18:00 PM
The topic of which people settled the Americans is a little outside my field, but I do like to read the latest research on the subject.
10/22/2013 14:55:00 PM
Scottish SurnamesIn the 12th century surnames began to be used in Scotland.
10/02/2013 11:48:00 AM
Mia Farrow was and still is shockingly beautiful. I read today that she has hinted that the chairman of the board, Ol' Blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, is her son's real father.
10/02/2013 11:26:00 AM
The news, when read correctly, is a steady source of high humour. Case in point, the Greenpeace so called 'warriors' now jailed by the Russians.
09/20/2013 11:11:00 AM
A very select group, one member there is spirit only; the four pictured are the survivors.
09/06/2013 16:04:00 PM
I was fortunate enough last weekend to enjoy the with and wisdom of Robbie Warner, also known as the Corney Lake philosopher.
05/11/2013 17:03:00 PM
Phil, Barry, Conar, JasePeople saw this photo on my face book page and sent me emails asking about the particulars.
05/04/2013 17:26:00 PM
Rose Breasted GrosbeakThis fellow came to the feeder this morning, still here in fact.
05/02/2013 17:59:00 PM
One of my all time favourite paintings.
04/29/2013 21:20:00 PM
Am fear a thug buaidh air fhéin... thug é buaidh air namhaid.
04/29/2013 17:42:00 PM
Love the illustration above.
04/26/2013 16:22:00 PM
Today a Gray Catbird came to the feeder.
04/26/2013 12:49:00 PM
This very handsome fellow has been visiting the feeder of late, the Indio Bunting.
04/26/2013 12:44:00 PM
The Chuck-will's-widow, one of my very favourite birds.
04/13/2013 15:13:00 PM
Perun the Thunderer, aka Thor, Taran, Donner
04/13/2013 15:04:00 PM
This is an article from The Washington Post on Global Warming.
04/01/2013 13:09:00 PM
Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, ItalyPerseus with the head of Medusa
03/31/2013 16:00:00 PM
As a child I discovered the Norse Sagas and the Eddas.
03/31/2013 14:50:00 PM
I make Polish style schnitzel.
03/31/2013 13:23:00 PM
Captain QueeqHal G.P.
03/30/2013 22:26:00 PM
I do not want Allegory in my life.
03/29/2013 16:29:00 PM
Current set of birds observed in or near
03/29/2013 16:17:00 PM
03/26/2013 17:23:00 PM
Listening to the news today, especially news of the so-called cases now in front of the so called Supreme Court, I have absolutely no doubt we are doomed, and much of our society is absolutely insane.
03/19/2013 11:45:00 AM
??????? ? ??? ?? Dixie....
03/19/2013 11:33:00 AM
I post the link below as a public service.
03/18/2013 18:08:00 PM
At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
03/18/2013 10:01:00 AM
Per several request I have had on information on my diet regimen I offer the makings of this morning's breakfast.
03/10/2013 16:15:00 PM
There is a common and widely held myth that Irish Coffee, that most wonderful of restoratives, was first created in the bar in Shannon Airport. It is true this luscious, Gaelic concoction, was served there at a very early date. But
03/07/2013 12:06:00 PM
This, perhaps, will be of interest to those who can not or choose not the eat or drink cow's milk, i.e. the juice of the bovine.
03/06/2013 12:45:00 PM
(this re-posted from an earlier article I wrote, posted today in honour of the fall of the Alamo; the Republic of Texas chose
03/04/2013 17:50:00 PM
From Getting Into Print, 1903By Jack LondonJack LondonDont dash off a six-thousand-word story before breakfast. Dont write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. Dont loaf and invite inspi
03/04/2013 17:01:00 PM
the dark scented flakeGawith and Hoggarth's scented dark flake is comprised of Malawi dark fired leaf, which is slightly smoky, but much more subtle and totally different flavour profile than Latakia; the other tobacco is Indian dark air cured leaf.
03/04/2013 16:53:00 PM
1792 tinSG 1792 is a dark fired leaf, Virginia and Kentucky tobaccos. A northwest England type tobacco, very strong, rich dark colour, with what I call 'Christmas' flavours abundant, i.e. nuts, good spices, whiskey, and the tonquin bean which graces
03/04/2013 13:31:00 PM
This a an India Pale Ale (IPA)
02/19/2013 11:44:00 AM
?'A man must live by his lights and do what little he can and do it as best he can. In this world goodness is destined to be defeated. But a man must go down fighting. That is the victory. To do anything less is to be less than a man.' Walker Per
01/28/2013 18:03:00 PM
The McCain January 2013?photo above taken for official purpose recently, you would think the brainless very young lady that took the photo would have the damn gumption, the common sense, to tell a lad his collar was up.
01/10/2013 23:14:00 PM
(This from the Russian News Service, Pravda, amazing they will say the truth when
12/10/2012 14:49:00 PM
Below is an article by Laura Hollis, she is Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at
12/05/2012 12:14:00 PM
I have many friends that are Republicans, my more famous cousin indeed a prominent Republican.
12/04/2012 21:54:00 PM
12/04/2012 21:43:00 PM
Well, I for one do not know if it is aliens or government conspiracy, but something is going on with all this obesity and diabetes II phenomenon.
11/11/2012 20:26:00 PM
09/23/2012 14:52:00 PM
Irish actor Dave Swift in Redshank attire circa late 1500sthe text below is a chapter from my book 'A Short History of the Laggan Redshanks, 1569-1639.'
08/24/2012 12:06:00 PM
There is much interest these days in the Paleo Diet (abbreviated from paleolithic diet).
08/24/2012 11:28:00 AM
Yes, I am totally sick of the Talking Heads yet again.
08/13/2012 15:50:00 PM
I have a double Very Short book review for you all.
08/11/2012 19:39:00 PM
06/12/2012 11:51:00 AM
House FinchAbove is a photo of a House Finch.
06/12/2012 11:43:00 AM
I return to the blogosphere after a hiatus.
11/08/2011 17:10:00 PM
Just got back from voting and for reason only known to a very few this song came to me. Amazing turn out by the way, throngs of citizens out. Something must have the folk stirred up. Suspect someone might get a political whupping by tomorrow. I will make sure I will leave the TV off tonight as the thought of the Talking Heads going on and on about nothing while they wait on the results is a torture I am not braced enough to endure.
11/05/2011 10:10:00 AM
Guy Fawkes is remembered as, 'the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions,' which very probably is true. No longer hung and burned in effigy, rather now, he is celebrated as a Man of All Time. So lift a class tonight laddies and lassies for the Guy.... A sidebar, that is how the word 'guy' came into English. Odd that the 'occupy' movement likes to use him as a symbol, as he stood for the precise opposite of what they stand for. I suspect most of them do not have a clue what [..]
09/27/2011 10:03:00 AM
Have been busy with my book Finding the McCains. It is done for better or worse. First letter out to a publisher this week. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed. I needs the paycheque. Nice to have the book finished, now on to the next writing project, a short history of the Laggan Redshanks. The book is part memoir and part history. The memoir chronicles my 40 year odyssey to find our McCain family in Ireland and then a sort history of the family from mid Argyll circa early 1400s right up [..]
09/16/2011 10:02:00 AM
Why Are We Pushing Multiculturalism On France, Russia, The World?
09/07/2011 09:44:00 AM
I am a political Independent and one that has a deep interest in politics. I have been watching the Republican candidates for the White House with some interest. On the straight politics of it, I like Ron Paul a lot. He is from the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party and while I have some libertarian views, I am not a libertarian per se. Since Governor Perry's entry into the race I have taken some interest in his candidacy.Ruger 380 with laser sightGovernor Perry's Republican opponents [..]
08/24/2011 16:38:00 PM
Nasa says I should worship Al Gore for fear of vengeance from 'green' aliens from planet Beta B. I would like to know is there a bottom to the pit of emotional diarrhea that progressives spew. Think we need the Southern lads with crew cuts, cigars, and slide rules in their pockets, put back in charge; we would already have a Moon and Mars colony if they had been left to run things. Beta Boys run amok throughout the Federal government and now infest Nasa.
07/28/2011 19:19:00 PM
'If you mean whiskey, the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my b [..]
07/15/2011 12:33:00 PM
North Mississippi Hill Country Counties (in dark green)It is insanely hot in the hill country right now. I tend to hibernate when the heat and humidity reaches this level. Because of the heat, the traffic at the bird bath in the back yard is heavy and the all the creatures queue up for a drink. Deer, red wasps, squirrels, all sorts of birds, and others, I have observed out there of late. I do the all a kindness by putting in clean water each morning. The Mississippi Hill Country is the end o [..]
07/06/2011 11:38:00 AM
I think it was Annie Dillard who described Mother Nature as 'the big chomp.' Her point was Mother Nature is brutal and death is everywhere. It is not a bunch of tree huggers and Indians playing love flutes, with rainbows over head; it is war, creatures trying to eat other creatures. It is Man that brings order and protects beauty. Anyroad, this is not about that, this post is about my cat Piscín, one of my Manx lads. He bagged Big Game today; Rabbit is back on the menu boys. He shared it [..]
07/06/2011 11:17:00 AM
I do not often read fiction. My reading of late is mostly primary sources from the 16th Century written in Lallans and semi-English. Interesting, but not to everyone's tastes. But, I read a novella by Daphne du Maurier over the last two days, her The Birds. Most people think, of course, of the 1963 film version directed by Alfred Hitchock, which was based on the 1952 novella by Daphne du Maurier. The book is much different and much better. Not only did I enjoy it thoroughly I really gained [..]
07/05/2011 12:21:00 PM
Mississippi Kite I see a pair Mississippi Kites on my property often this days; amazing birds, very beautiful with incredible flying abilities. I watched one fold his wings and dive for prey yesterday. It was impressive. The kites here in
06/30/2011 22:14:00 PM
06/30/2011 07:41:00 AM
I have not been posting much of late, been on hiatus, the main reason being I am on a writing tear, trying to finish up my book Finding the McCains. The writing is done a matter now of putting in some end notes and proof reading. It is a
06/15/2011 08:52:00 AM
Jim Rogers, a Southerner from Alabama, is rarely off the mark. He moved his family to Singapore a few years ago as he saw the handwriting on the wall. He is an investor and author and is chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc.
06/02/2011 18:42:00 PM
One of my favs from the 60s, Brazil 66 with Mas Que Nada
06/02/2011 18:16:00 PM
Is this mic on? Here is some more Brazilian jazz, i.e. Bosa Nova lads and lassies. The Tom Jobim.
06/02/2011 17:51:00 PM
I know many people have 'normalcy bias' syndrome going on. However, listen to Ron Paul's talk on the House floor. He's telling you the naked truth of it. Are we sheep or people?
06/02/2011 13:42:00 PM
More from Astrud Gilberto. Taking a lunch break here is the now very HOT wooded hills of north Mississippi. What wine goes with peanut butter on whole grain? Chilean red I suppose.
06/01/2011 19:25:00 PM
More from Astrud Gilberto. In another time and another place. Pour the wine and let's listen to the poetry.
06/01/2011 13:58:00 PM
A follow up to my music post; here are two photographs of the real girl from Ipanema. The first how she looks today and the bottom one as she looked in the early 1960s. She was 15 years old when the song was penned about her by Anto
06/01/2011 13:44:00 PM
Yes, I do entirely enjoy Astrud Gilberto and have done so since circa 1965 and my hormones juiced me up. She is still grand, still looks splendid. Here's one of her classics from the 60s. Enjoy lads and lassies.
06/01/2011 12:13:00 PM
The Worm turns, even more. Interesting shenanigans going on in Mother Europe; the European bureaucrats are tightening the screws on the UK via monetary policy. They want a through submissive effeminate Britain and need control of th
05/31/2011 21:50:00 PM
Excellent essay by Fred on the dismal state of our feminised society in the West. Well worth the five minutes or less it will take you to read it. Link below:A Polity of Castrati
05/25/2011 18:00:00 PM
I borrowed this off an educational website. And why you ask? Because Oxford is being overrun with Marmots. I see these creatures everywhere. Sighted one just two houses down a day ago. So.... here they are, Marmots. Burrow Dwellers:
05/17/2011 13:21:00 PM
Jeremy Brett and Edward HardwickeA very good actor passed away today, Edward Hardwicke. Fans of Sherlock Holmes shall remember his portrayal of Doctor John Watson. He will be missed. LINK TO Story: Edward Hardwicke
05/03/2011 21:52:00 PM
My thoughts on Bin Laden's Death.
04/25/2011 09:25:00 AM
The Future is now. Hold on, it is coming.
04/23/2011 14:53:00 PM
Prince William and Kate Middleton have banned guests from drinking beer at their wedding reception. I do not find this shocking, but rather expected. It says a lot about the nature of the British Monarchy. I had the entire misfortune to w
04/23/2011 14:16:00 PM
Well, I general do not go to movies anymore. In fact, more than generally, I absolutely do not. Something to do with the filth factor, bed bugs, the fact they will let anyone in those dimly lit dens, along with the fact that Hollywood is insane, have
04/13/2011 19:55:00 PM
The past is never dead. It's not even past. William FaulknerAs the world swirls around me, the words of William Faulkner come to mind. They are very true yet so few people seem to realise it. Here in my native South I he
04/11/2011 07:25:00 AM
(I read this article from Chronicles Magazine this morning with my coffee, loved it so much, I post it. It accurately sums up what the lads think down at McCain's Corner)Getting Real, againby Thomas FlemingApril 5th, 2011 No Related Po
04/10/2011 09:55:00 AM
I've been news-fasting for the last few days. The annoying hum and din of the talking heads was beginning to irritate in the extreme. A sidebar, but, why are do all the women on Fox News dress like hookers? And could they possibly g
04/07/2011 07:54:00 AM
Albert Einstein was once criticized for his messy desk by someone saying, "A cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind." To which he replied, "And what is the sign of an empty desk?" The desk of William F. Buckley (above) the
04/06/2011 18:28:00 PM
DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHTDo not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rage at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Though wise men at their end know dark is right,Because their words had forked no lightn
03/26/2011 20:33:00 PM
another Boswell Sisters classic. Enjoy.
03/26/2011 19:57:00 PM
Another version done a few years later. They're cooking with gas y'all.
03/26/2011 19:51:00 PM
My Man playing his version of this wonderful tune.
03/26/2011 10:23:00 AM
Ernesto Che Guevara was a psychopath and mass-murderer. He was a brutal evil man. That observation a precursor to my rant; I was watching the mobs protesting in London today. The protest in reaction to the British government's spending cutbacks.
03/22/2011 21:36:00 PM
Ann McElhinney is spot on target with this, very recommend presentation.
03/12/2011 15:12:00 PM
Jesse Jackson outlines a Marxist agenda for a new America. How sweet is that? This guy was elected to our Congress. It is a 'right' to have a house and Ipod eh? The apple does not fall far from the tree.
03/11/2011 12:12:00 PM
The Russian Leader.The American First Lady...
03/08/2011 21:24:00 PM
Cole Porter sums up my opinion of politics for today... and it is obvious, but I say it anyroad, Porter was a genius.
03/03/2011 21:14:00 PM
This is a very good version of Dixie, but the Evil Empire keeps pulling it off of youtube. I found it again tonight, so I post.
03/01/2011 07:21:00 AM
Nullification: The Jeffersonian Brake on Government Tenth Amendment CenterNullification is the only solution to the problems of the USA Federal Government. Eventually, the States will have to reclaim their power and limit the Federal government t
02/24/2011 08:32:00 AM
Watching the world turn I've been motivated to make a political statement this morning.
02/21/2011 08:27:00 AM
I'd love to give credit to the artist that did this illustration, but alas, I do not know his name. Very nice representation of a European warrior however, so I post it. I think we live in a time where we need warriors. I was drawn to it, because
02/18/2011 15:40:00 PM
I thought about making a comment or three on the 'protests' in Wisconsin... but then this political cartoonist did it so much better than I could have.
02/18/2011 07:36:00 AM
02/13/2011 19:46:00 PM
For the love of Mercy itself, I need someone out there to mail me a case of St Bruno's Flake. Surely someone has coins and the sense of decency to make this event happen. It has been years now since I've enjoyed a bowl full. Hard as deuce to get