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, September 20. 2014
Pic from the article. Tell me, what impression is that rockpile designed to make on the ordinary citizen?
One in three Americans can’t name a single branch of the U.S. government
Not the America Jefferson had in mind
The Media's Absurd NFL Hysteria
Beta Male War on Football and Biology
The latest culinary fad: famine food - Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.
How Sugar Daddies Are Financing College Education - The popular website Seeking Arrangement sets up "mutually
The beginning of the end of the hedge fund gravy train?
California regulates massages
Definitely an important role of government. RR: "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."
Birth Control Without a Prescription - An unusual Republican proposal makes medical sense
What Alibaba really teaches us about the world
Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
Whistleblower in Scott Walker Case Pays Heavy Price
Well-Heeled and Wrongheaded in California - Tom Steyer spends millions to stop energy exploration.
Krauthammer: Islamic State Logic: Dragging U.S. Into Mesopotamian War
Related, consensus within the ruling class is setting America on course to demonstrate impotence
Those guys are manipulating us
Friday, September 19. 2014
Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica
Why everything you think you know about salt could be wrong
Is All Spanking Child Abuse? - The Left wants to tie reasonable parents who spank their children to the Peterson case.
Hitting Your Kids is Legal in All 50 States
For the first time in American statistical history, the majority of American adults are single
College Launches Group for White Students to Combat Their White Privilege
Next-gen Zumwalt-class destroyer
Looks like the Monitor - or the Merrimack
Why Samizdata wanted Scotland to vote Yes
The cat just got up from the couch as soon as I sat down. When will these microaggressions end?
"Sorry, but it’s your fault if you’re offended all the time"
Campus Reform's Caleb Bonham discusses crazy college classes
A NYC Bartender's Powerful Open Letter To The Hedge Funder Who Allegedly Grabbed Her Ass
NBC: Survive Home Invasion By Cooperating With Invaders, 'Treat Them Like Royalty'
A reverse Castle Doctrine
Understanding America’s ridiculously large $17 trillion economy by comparing US metro areas to entire countries
Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team
BEWARE FALSE FLAG SITE "THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE": Shares an Office with Far Left American Prospect
Is that true?
John Kerry, Master Dhimmi
ISIL is not a terror group - just ordinary Islam warriors with an ancient history
Rotherham: A Nice Place to Raise Your Kids
Is it “Moral” to Restrict Fossil Fuel Use
Hey, I Sort of Watched Hillary Clinton's Top Aides Scrub All Damaging Benghazi Files Out of the Official Records
Worse than Watergate
Pay Attention to this Gas Deal in Israel
Why Sunnis and Shiites hate eachother
Mattis: US Ground Combat Troops Must Be Option Against ISIL
Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State
DNI: Obama's intelligence-gathering limits boost U.S. risk
Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots
Not really ISIS - ISIS-sympathizers
Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry
Thursday, September 18. 2014
What for? I think this is senseless. Note this: Syrian rebels openly admit: We’re going to use America’s money to fight Assad, not just ISIS
As I see it, the US has no dog in this fight, no allies, no friends, no goals. And don't tell me "stability in the Middle East." That's a joke.
From David Stockman, a scathing essay with which I agree:
Photo is another from Zambia - a Great Egret. Basically the same bird in North America, which we used to term American Egret.
Remembrance of Trumpets Past -Rosh Hashanah as described in the Torah looks very different from the Rosh Hashanah we know today. What happened, and what exactly are Jews celebrating?
Boswell promised not to attend more executions but ultimately always gave in to his morbid compulsion
Lincoln Log Manufacturing Moving to Maine
Beyoncé’s Theology of the Body
How Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human History
Don't Be a Jerk. Buy Life Insurance.
How many young women can a school legally punish for dress code violations?
Tacos are racist
Not safe to display American flag in American high school
American flag is racist
Could the Apprenticeship Model Work Here?
Despite Liberal Media’s War on Football: Rate of Criminality in NFL Half That of General Public
Why Congress will never take back the NFL’s tax break
Ray Rice vs. Bill Clinton
Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy
Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations
Surber: Go away, Hillary
Thornston on GMO: When Activism Kills
Are things good enough in California?
Even the New York Times Fears Socialized Medicine
Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise
Scotland’s Moment of Destiny
Scottish Independence: Politicians Love Democracy So Much They're Trying To Subvert It
The “No Boots on the Ground” Mantra is Strategic Foolishness
40% of Europe's Jews hide their Jewishness
How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar
Lonely Ukraine - The embattled Eastern Europe country is finding few real allies in its struggle with Russia.
Wednesday, September 17. 2014
As Part of Sharia Crackdown in Syria, ISIS Now Covering Up Goat Genitalia
It's about time. Burkhas?
Certain parts of San Francisco are what happens when white people have no natural predators.
Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage
The truth about the “G-spot”: Why it’s time to put this sex myth to bed
School District Gets Fed Surplus Military Assault Vehicle
To enforce homework?
The “Baffling” Call of Nationalism in Multicultural Age
Study Finds Michelle O’s Healthy Food Program Elitist, Sexist, and Shames Working Mothers
Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage
Tuesday, September 16. 2014
Photo: Another one from my friend's Zambia trip. I'll ask him re camera and lens.
A new term, "humblebrag"
Was Washington a Better Place When Politicians Dueled?
From Kurdistan to Texas, Scots Spur Separatists
Liver battle pits Midwest, South against California, New York
US Ranks 32 in Business Index – Tax Burden Worst in Industrialized World
Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation
Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state's Islamist police force
Freedom and the Power of Pop Culture
The Insiders: Is there a mutiny brewing around Obama?
If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State
Argentina: Down the Tubes, Again
Venezuela: The next default
Monday, September 15. 2014
These people are barbarians. Where can I get some of that loot?
Photo: A pal and his wife just returned from two weeks in Zambia. I had to wiki Zambia. They loved the trip. He promises some photos, but sent me just one thus far: A Lilac-Breasted Roller
Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?
Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Food - And those juicy red grapefruits are mutants created by radiation exposure
Can Republicans Win in a Post-Family America?
I live in a family America, and it's pretty good
Is Polygamy the Next Gay Marriage?
Prof Bob Carter warns of unpreparedness for Global Cooling
The president’s problem is that he has been wrong about virtually every major issue.
Democrats’ Push to Criminalize Dissent - Harry Reid wants to gut the only thing stopping federal authorities from suffocating free speech.
They’ll say anything - Israel's critics spotlight supposed human-rights abuses while utterly ignoring Hamas' culpability
At the Kurdistan Front - Holding the line against the Islamic State.
A Million Steps with Marines - What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan?
Sunday, September 14. 2014
Those schools are doing something right. Government schools operate like government.
Saturday, September 13. 2014
Nancy Pelosi: Civilization ‘In Jeopardy’ If GOP Takes Senate
Good grief. Well, I guess a lot of politics in democracies is about scaring the morons and bribing the others. Hey, conservatives want to take away birth control from women so they can't have fun, take away Social Security, starve the poor to death, shoot all the brown people, send immigrants to the gas chamber, and then burn up the planet afterwards. Who would vote for that in good conscience?
Above: Montana Man Creates Wood Mosaics Out of Stacked Firewood
America's Last Carousel Craftsmen
Lobsters are people too
The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
The Fed Has A Big Surprise Waiting For You
I'd like to see the Fed abolished. I guess I'd also like to see every grandiose imperial-Roman-looking building in DC knocked down and replaced by ordinary humble office buildings. The grandiosity of DC, the silly memorials to dead politicians, the lines of limos and tinted-window black Suburbans etc., all disgust me. It's not American and it does not represent the American spirit: quite the opposite.
Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along
“Global Warming” Advocates Plan March Amid Record Cold Temperatures
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Orders Appear to Exhaust Supply
Warming update: Autumnlike Chill, Frost to Grip East This Weekend
“Okay, smart-a___, what is your strategy?”
The Scots have little to gain and a whole lot to lose with independence
I guess sovereignty and freedom don't enter that equation
Friday, September 12. 2014
Iraq? We should have left it to Saddam. He understood that craphole same as Quaddaffi did his: government terrorism works better than random, volunteer terrorism. All governments use fear, to varying degrees of barbarity. If some Americans want to bomb bad people, how about bombing the Castros out of Cuba? They have been "Death to America" for generations.
I want to visit Cuba, though, before Capitalism ruins it (and turns it into a new Miami). For the slumming and the cheap stuff and the incredibly beautiful women. Seriously though, for the fishing.
Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know
Teach me, Susan Rice. Funny how they always leave you out of the loop.
Paranoids, grievance-collectors, and excuse-seekers cannot be too alert to the microaggressions and micro- acts of disrespect which occur all day long on the oppressive, hostile American college campi. Microaggression is an epidemic oppression, and microaggressors must be brought to justice. I'd include the nanoaggressors too because they are the sneakiest.
Remember, micro may mean teeny-weeny or invisible, but so is Ebola.
Revisiting Michel de Montaigne
A Lesson in Graciously Turning Down a Man
Canadian Illegally Crossing U.S. Border Gets Arrested, Fined $5K, 'Expedited Removal'
Connecticut Gov. Malloy Trails Republican Challenger Tom Foley by 6 Pts
Scott Brown Takes Root in New Hampshire
German Scientists Ridicule New York Climate Conference As Major World Leaders Decline To Show Up
The New Hypocrisy Puritanical Elites Limit Their Kids’ Use of Tech They Create
Corporate Welfare: Can Republicans Kick the Habit?
Williamson on the pointless pursuit of ideological purity
Notre Dame to ask high schoolers how they know ‘for sure whether they are male or female’
Thursday, September 11. 2014
And this: Obama's Broad Coalition Cracks - UK, Germany Won't Support Airstrikes In Syria
Also, Top Senate Democrats on ISIS Threat: 'It's Fear-Mongering'
Here, an old quote from Bin Ladin:
It's a tar baby, Mr. President. There are no good guys. Let's just help protect the Kurds from genocide.
Warming update: Shocking’ damage from heavy snow will take days to clean up, says Calgary Mayor
There's a Giant 'Super Henge' Underneath Stonehenge
Free speech and civility at universities
For too long, the cab and limo industries have employed political cronyism and protectionist regulation to fend off competitors -- all at
Attack ISIS? Hold On, Mr. President
ISIS Army Parades in 43 New Toyota Hilux Trucks – Donated By US Taxpayers
Former prosecutor says Wisconsin investigation fueled by “hyper-partisan” DA and union activist wife
Willful Avoidance - The media ignores an important, bipartisan warning on American military readiness.
Selling your home: The Art of Scrubbing All Identity From a Home
The MSM really does think of its consumers as children, minds of tabla
America is running out of jobs. It's time for a universal basic income. The politics of a guaranteed income get a lot easier when you acknowledge that the U.S. is no longer the land of opportunity
Nice. Like retirement, rockin' on the porch sippin beer and smokin legal weed.
Psychologist: Minorities Are Obese Because of Racism - Are racial microaggressions making you fat? One professor at an N.J. public university thinks so.
Overweight, rightly or wrongly, is a class and character marker in the US regardless of skin tone
I’d love to stomp ISIS flat, with a big ol’ American boot on their neck,
Nor am I
Coulda fooled me
Missing Persons (ie killed persons) photo below via Sultan's Divided We Stand
Wednesday, September 10. 2014
Leave Dunkin alone! Speaking of Dunkin, pic is my 5 a.m. Cumby Farms coffee on Uncle Tim's bridge. Yes, I do pick up my pup's poo.
An appreciation of Jerome Kern: The Melody Man
10 Things I Forgot About Having a Newborn... and am quickly recalling.
Many American boys are circumcised as a matter of course. Now, many of them feel violated. Should the practice be banned?
Why is it ok, and female circumcision not ok? In Europe, they don't do male circumcision except for Jews. Muslims circumcise both male and female.
Welfare recipients can use debit cards for marijuana
Sowell: Min wage laws hurt youth - especially black youth
California 'derecognized' Christian ministry for requiring leaders be Christian
Frail at Yale: uncomfortable with political debate
Controversial Sex Education Program Reinstated in Hawaii Public Schools
At first glance I thought it said "annual sex", so maybe I need to take the course
Kentucky Man Arrested For "Terroristic Threatening" After Posting Song Lyrics To Facebook
Krauthamer sells a million copies
Book is worth the money just for the Introduction
Le Pen Soars in Polls as EU Erodes:
WTH? A noble empire, I guess? They have created a structure which is so elitist, so condescending, so remote, so clueless, and so all-powerful that I don't know why anybody would up with it put. Time for rebellion before the EU gets its own army. They should take lessons from what happened in the USA to the member states - crushed by the feds.
Reynolds: America's new class system - "Clerisy" class does the bidding of tech oligarchs to detriment of the middle class.
Not all Muslims are terrorists but substantially all terrorists are Muslims and until people are permitted to say that without the hypocrisy and irony of being labeled dangerous themselves, we will not be safe.
Religion of Peace update: Gaza Imam Pulls Out Assault Rifle During Sermon
Tuesday, September 9. 2014
Search continues for mountain lion after boy attacked in Cupertino
Unarmed parents = child neglect
What is the rare severe morning sickness condition hyperemesis gravidarum?
How to Make Small Talk (video)
Americans are spending less and saving more --
The Fallout of a Scotland “Yes”
Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment - When politicians seek to restrict speech, they are invariably trying to protect their own incumbency.
Food police update: School employee on snack rules: ‘You cannot buy a Tic Tac in a Nebraska school, I checked’:
Related, Government Smores
Chait says the Worst Governments in America Are Local Governments
VDH: Obama’s Untruth, Inc. - Let us count the ways: bald lies, lies of omission, mythography, amnesia, redaction . . .
President Sisi’s Gift to Palestinians
I forget where I found the below - sorry -
Monday, September 8. 2014
Viking 'ring fortress' discovered in Denmark - Historians believe distinctive geometric fortresses may have been built by Sweyn Forkbeard as a military training camp from which to launch his invasion of England
It's masculine to play football, but how is it masculine to watch football?
Jack the Ripper unmasked
Study finds that home-cooking disproportionately burdens mothers
I demand government action
The Slow Decline of American Entrepreneurship
Climate scientists scrambling for explantions on lack of warming
“Now We Are At The Lower Bound”: Draghi Reaches The Dead-End Of Keynesian Central Banking
Islamic Rape Gangs: Rotherham is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Greta Van Susteren: White House Pressured Me to Get FOX Reporter to Drop Benghazi Investigation
Quotations of the day on the miracle of the market…..
Time To Lift the Embargo on Cuba?
Saturday, September 6. 2014
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