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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Saturday, April 25. 2015
And I thought my Coreg was expensive
I like that Lilly stuff. They even make stuff for men, but you have to be above-average macho to wear it.
How about a ‘Capitalism Day’ to balance ‘Earth Day’ to remind us of what’s behind environmental improvements
Everglades shows government threatens the environment
Status Quo On Housing Finance Keeps Failed System In Place
Bill Ayers to University Students: America’s ‘Game Is Over’ and ‘Another World’ Is Coming
Hasn't had a new thought since 1960
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos
“Teachers Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know” - Sandra Stotsky’s primer for improving American educational standards
"Toughen up, buttercup." Megyn Kelly offers helpful advice to students seeking “safe space” from opinions
They are just play-acting fragile, Megyn. It's a power play.
Playing at Protest - Gotham’s confused politicians demonstrate against a system they own and operate.
Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation donations: 'It looks like bribery'
NYT Freak Out: Ermagersh! Ted Cruz Has Gay Friends — and Supporters!!! This doesn't fit the narrative.
Friday, April 24. 2015
"Proudly made in New York City." She's back! The Nora Gardner Spring 2015 Shop
Each garment has a pocket for a phone and is designed to be professional wear which can be easily dressed up for after-work outings. If you're not in NY, you can find her stuff online or in these places.
So say the students: "(It's) a college campus laden with trauma and sexualized violence and full of victims/survivors..."
Sounds terrible. I thought it was a goofy artsy-fartsy, metrosexual, granola place for kids with tats, pink hair, and nose rings - not a dangerous hellhole.
Earth Day Is Emerging As Time To Celebrate Bounty of Modern Life
Largest Bank In America Joins War On Cash
OBAMA EDUCATION SECRETARY: Parents Who Opt Out of Common Core are Racists
"Unsafe" means go away and shut up
Homeland Security Working Overtime to Add ‘New Americans’ by 2016 Election
Immigration has an important place in American life, but it can never become more important than American life.
Back to Tammany Hall politics
Republican candidates need to address the concerns of millions of
Jeb Bush Takes Shot at Romney: ‘He Didn’t Signal He Cared About People’
Clinton Officials Lied About a Meeting Taking Place, Unaware of Photo Evidence
Thursday, April 23. 2015
So soon, we are back in the thick of the old familiar Clinton slime. This morning it was the Russian uranium deal, and this afternoon, this: Hillary's Charities Suffer A "Geithner Moment", Will Refile 5 Years Of Taxes
Tomorrow it will be Bill hanging with crims and underage hookers in the Bahamas...never mind, that already was reported last week by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
For Clintons, speech income shows how their wealth is intertwined with charity. It's become clear, if it had not been already, that those $300-500,000 speeches were bribes and that their "charity" is a slush fund.
And, via the very lib NY Mag:
Mark Halperin: Will the Old Clinton Playbook Work? Well, Wall St loves her so there's that. Who else does? I wonder. I suspect both the Bushes and the Clintons will be past history soon, if not already.
How would all of this go over if the Clintons were conservative Repubs?
Pic: Mr. Volcano in Chile celebrates Earth Day with megatons of CO2 and air pollution, via Gateway
Gender identification based on genitalia is the new bigotry.
Warning: Literature Ahead
Same goes for many people who pursue their dreams
SCOTUS takes on the raisin takings case - Classical taking, government theft, or something else entirely?
Stockman: Thanks For The Investment Advice, Mario!
The Meaning of Their Service: General (4Star-Ret. U.S.M.C.) James N. Mattis
Greenfield: Know Your Social Justice Warriors:
Welfare and Social Insurance Lead to Declining Desire to Work
There has to be something criminal in this
The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy: Hillary Clinton’s Scandals Finally Catch Up to Mainstream Media
Hillary’s Team Outlines ‘Clinton Cash’ Response: Attack the Messenger
The sleaze is piling up again
From Goad's Conveniently Latino:
Marines, Navy Looking for Amphibious Alternatives
Wednesday, April 22. 2015
Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens
‘Sapiosexual’ Deemed New ‘Uber-Trendy Sexual Orientation’
Are sapio sex workers called professors, or students?
Rowing Team's Practice Is Disrupted By A Particularly Invasive Species Of Fish
Help needed: More Ospreys and eagles
Dietary supplements shown to increase cancer risk
More thoughts about The Plight of the Super Genius
Speaking of genius, New York Judge Grants 2 Chimps Legal Personhood
Who will inspect the social workers?
Why the Federal Reserve May (Almost) Never Raise Interest Rates
Apple didn't build that...
For the Media, Democrat Scandals Can Never Be Reported Straight, But
Big money, dark money: Top Donors Help Steer Democracy Alliance’s 2016 Strategy
Iowa Restaurant Patron Can Remember Every Breakfast Ruined By Presidential Candidates
Hillary Clinton not exactly winning the youth vote at Dartmouth.
Sclerotic Out of Touch Upper Class Presidential Candidate ‘Surprised’ Small Businesses are Struggling
The US: An Invasion of Refugees
They've been invaded enough. New word for invaders: migrants. Like the migrants at the gates of Vienna - but they brought coffee! Starbucks! to Vienna.
Tuesday, April 21. 2015
Just in time, Steyn's book is out: Climate Change: The Facts.
About the book, Dino says "the downside is it numbs the mind with numbers and equations and history lessons and so forth."
Yup, fossil fuels are organic, and they are biofuels too. All of my vehicles are organically-powered.
What's the matter with these Clinton grifters?
Image via Moonbattery
Ernie Pyle was shot on the island of Ie Shima 70 years ago
Westport, CT and The New Yorker
Pasta? Ruby grapefruits? Why organic devotees love foods mutated by radiation and chemicals
It was good marketing. Same goes for cereal.
Twinkie's Miracle Comeback: The Untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast
The Socially Acceptable Sin-It’s everywhere in our society and churches, yet almost never talked about.
Japan stereotyping: Gear Acquisition Syndrome Has Reached a New High
Kimball: Remember the First Amendment?
Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’
Steyn: The Drift toward Despotism
Will advise Brit friends to learn Spanish, fly to Mexico, wade thru the river, and get the freebies
Why Are Many Former Workers Not Even Applying for Job Openings?
She sure doesn't. The Villages?
Hannan: We may have the monarchy, but you have the hereditary ruling class
Replace Daily Mail with FOX and you get the idea
Saudis Brace for Home Front Attacks
Monday, April 20. 2015
Fiorina Has Hillary Defenders Worried
'Ban GMOs: That Shit Ain’t Food' - How the rhetoric of disgust undermines responsible food choices.
Be a Rebel: Cook Your Vegetables to Death
I like that
Gdansk? It figures.
Women Are Owning More and More Small Businesses
I coulda told em
The transgender triumph
Lengthy, interesting article about trannies
Feds Spent $410,265 Studying ‘Satisfaction’ Levels of Young Gay Men’s First Time
Your tax dollars at work
Four Jobs Our American Universities Don't Do Anymore
College Kicks Off 'Disinvitation Dinner' By Hosting Speaker Shunned by University
IF YOU’RE MALE AND BELONG TO A FRATERNITY, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS.
The Real Student Loan Crisis Is The One Obama Created
Forget Steak and Seafood: Here’s How Welfare Recipients Actually Spend Their Money
No, food stamps aren’t subsidies for McDonald’s and Wal-Mart - What advocates of a "living wage" get wrong about the labor market
Supreme Court Weighs Bizarre Private Property Seizure
Preventing the Coming Ice Age
Obama Warns U.S.: ‘Climate Change Poses Immediate Risks to Our National Security’
Think Global Warming Is Bad? Wait Until You Meet Sustainability
The Big Idea: California Is So Over - California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.
Sexism Is The New Racism
Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans´ to-do list as law takes hold
Wait, wasn't she president already? Decoding the passionate, conflicted and deeply strange launch of Hillary 2.0
Dead Broke Hillary Dodged Sniper Fire With Her Immigrant Parents In Tuzla
Biggest Donor to Clinton Foundation Violated Iran Sanctions, Got State Dept Meetings Under Hillary
New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation
Saturday, April 18. 2015
There is a musical called Menopause
Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old - Old age does not begin until 74, researchers suggest in a new report which looks at the real impact of an aging population
It's true. It's not just health and medical advances, it's attitude too. Who rarely retires until incapacitated? Farmers, carpenters, surgeons and most other docs, small biz-owners, people with family businesses - you name it. Most government-employed people like cops and firemen go on to new careers, as do ex-military. Some people are quitters, and some are workers. "Retirement" itself is a modern, decadent, government concept.
Do You Know the World’s Largest City?
School blames ‘poor lighting’ for paltry Michelle O lunch
Sheesh. Worse than jail food.
Mexican food is insensitive
Well, I don't know about insenstive but it's not very good, altho fun once in a while. Really just a side dish for Margueritas and beer. Beer, of course, is insensitive to Germans so we must be careful about that too.
I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. But It Turned Out To Be Wonderful.
New York Times Op-Ed: It Was a Mistake to Believe the Hockey Stick
So yes, I know exactly what it would take to convince me that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is really happening. And no, the warmists haven’t even come close.
SECOND AMENDMENT: Ted Cruz Throws Down
Leftwing Website Commits Crimethink, Begs Leftwing Mob for Mercy
Friday, April 17. 2015
Pub sign seen in Manhattan
Americans returning to the Exurbs
Fast Food Workers: You Don’t Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers, and That’s OK
The making of a quack: Dr. Oz
The ‘Sustainability’ Craze Is Nothing but an Empty Pose;
Wood-burning power plants: Misguided climate change solution? -
A market distortion: Rental Market in San Francisco
Making the gay mafia happy
Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants
This Prof Dared to Challenge Her Students' Views on Sex. Here's How They Retaliated. The Title IX Inquisition infantilizes students and tramples the rights of the faculty.
Student Sues College After Campus Cops Demand He Get A Free Speech ‘Permit’ Before Handing Out Fliers
A free speech permit
"We can’t be surprised that Jew hatred is being normalized.”
Typical Washington: Bill Shuster admits ‘private and personal relationship’ with airline lobbyist
Jackie Robinson, Republican
Just like MLK Jr.
What is it about progressives that makes them think it is good for society to ignore the rule of law?
That's a tough challenge cuz I like climate change - wish for warmth
Bloomberg: “Environmental Groups Should Start Threatening” Congress, Gun Makers, Coal Industry & THEIR FAMILIES!
Pelosi: Hillary’s Votes Don’t Matter, What’s Important Is She’s A Woman
Should the Allies have bombed Auschwitz? A still-incendiary question
Maybe when they arrive in Italy they'll throw all the Catholics into the ocean
Thursday, April 16. 2015
I am sick of this election already. I'm a Rubio-Walker or vice-versa guy. Some days I watch it like a football game, some days I have zero interest. It's all too stupid. Of course Clintons lie. Of course the MSM hates evil Repubs.
I guess they all got the memo on the same day
Hillary Clinton Lied On Family’s Immigration History, Records Show
Hillary Recruited, Selected, Bused In "Everyday Americans" For First
That's news? Who cares?
Jeepers! Hillary's Campaign Is Even Creepier Than You Think
Nixon in a Pantsuit
At her first Iowa stop, Hillary calls for constitutional limits on free speech
I am on board with these guys (not the NYT): The Times Goes Know-Nothing on Immigration
"I am a born-free, American woman – wife, mother and citizen – and I’m telling MY government that you have forgotten your place."
That's a damn good line. Love it.
The Math Question That Went Viral - One word problem from a Singaporean school exam briefly became the talk of the Internet last weekend.
In the Shadow of a Celebrity Dad
Study Suggests Sexist Hiring Doesn’t Explain Dearth of Women in Science
Today’s Personality Tests Raise the Bar for Job Seekers - More companies use assessments to hire, with fewer willing to take a chance on anyone who doesn’t measure up
Are Harvard, Yale, and Stanford really public universities?
Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78
How many patients did Cigna, BCBS (Anthem), Aetna, United Healthcare, or Cigna diagnose or treat last month? Last year?
Another liberal decries “social justice warriors” of today
WOMEN IN GROUND COMBAT UNITS: WHERE’S THE DATA?
Coast Guard Commandant Says U.S. Falling Far Behind Russia in Arctic
First version of F-35s will not outdo A-10 in battlefield capabilities
Chinese ASAT Test Was ‘Successful:’ Lt. Gen. Raymond
Wednesday, April 15. 2015
I have posted about IQ in the past. It's said to be a measure of "g", which is not much different than saying IQ is a measure of IQ.
IQ and total SAT scores are well-correlated so, at the least, it says something about one's power to handle relatively, but not extremely, complex cognitive tasks like higher math, challenging reading, high-level abstractions, etc. etc. It's about cognitive potential more than anything else. In today's world, cognitive powers matter more than they used to and more than they should, I suppose.
Many psychiatrists and psychologists have learned over the years to estimate peoples' IQs quite accurately, just in conversation. Subtlety of mind, rigor of logic, and curiosity as manifested by breadth and depth of knowledge are some of the markers. Of course, there is the birds of a feather issue too: people tend to find others within a similar range most engaging.
Very high IQ is a life handicap, sad to say. There are few of those, though. Lower IQs which are fully-functional and effective in life are far more common.
Medium-range IQ is the most life-adaptive (ie 110-115) for 95% of things in life from plumbing to software sales to money management. It's often been reported that the ideal IQ for CEOs of large, intricate organizations is near or around 130. Of course, character, personality style, sense of humor, and ability to connect with others in a positive way play perhaps larger overall roles in life although they will not help you perform, or even understand, a regression analysis. Furthermore, even moderately alert managers can easily hire brighter people to carry their water and make them look good. We call that "savvy" or "street smarts," not intelligence.
Here's a good essay on IQ and professional performance.
Lots of awkward nerds there.
Report says schools still shortchanging gifted kids - UI research finds many high-ability children bored and unchallenged, despite increased access to programming
Most public school teachers can rarely keep up with the truly gifted
IQ and wealth are the two of the main things social justice warriors hate. They sort-of tolerate every other sort of inequality like musical talent or running speed.
This from Peggy Noonan:
The below from Crowder:
King John was not a good man: two distinguished historians echo A.A. Milne
Buffalo Bill Cody, Alexander Majors and the Pony Express
The 65 Most Perfectly Timed Military Photos You’ll Ever See
SOLDIERSTONE - The public has discovered a hidden war memorial.
‘Equal pay day’ this year is April 14; the next ‘equal occupational fatality day’ will be on July 29, 2027
Federal Meddling Messed Up Housing and College Education
MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski on Marco Rubio: “That’s a Little Boy”
Marco Rubio: Revive Lincoln's 'One Country, One Destiny'
330 Million Citizens & Only One Democrat Interested In Being President
Hillary Clinton To Nation: ‘Do Not Fuck This Up For Me’
Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy Is Depressing
Nelson Mandela was wrong about poverty
Poverty is normal, prosperity is unusual
It's sexist to be mean to female Dem politicians.
Questions About Iran Framework Agreement
Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia
Tuesday, April 14. 2015
I have a better idea. Shut it down and generate taxes via another method.
I think there are some easier ways to take money by taxing financial transactions, given the size of those markets.
But even if that isn't going to work, and income taxes remain the main method of tax taking, then funding the IRS is a terrible idea. The best way to raise revenue isn't to force people to adhere to a difficult and unworkable code that is punitive. It's to simplify that code and reduce the work. The idea of increasing enforcement is a 'jobs creation' idea that produces nothing. Let jobs be created where they add, rather than take, value - in the open market.
To do this, make the income tax low and flat. You earned $10,000? Fill out the form on the back of a postcard. Maybe you have deductions for family members living at home, but beyond that, you pay 10%. So $10,000, deduct yourself and pay $900. $250,000, deduct the wife and 3 kids and pay $24,600. Easy to file, easy to audit, easy to enforce, hard to avoid...lower staff, lower costs, higher collection rates.
It really is that easy. But again, it's just another good idea that won't pass because people are too caught up in how things have been rather than considering how they can be.
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