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
Wednesday, October 18. 2017
Does exercise worsen heart disease?
What's Actually in a Jar of Nutella?
Deliciousness. In Italy, they have Nutella Pizza
JUST HOW “AFRAID” ARE MUSLIMS AT AMHERST COLLEGE?
Conservatives Strike Back Against ‘Ideological Tidal Wave’ in School District
Your Moral And Intellectual Superiors at the New York Times
CELEBRITIES MAKE IT OFFICIAL: Pick Trump or Us.
TO APPEASE KNEELERS, NFL BACKS LENIENCY FOR FELONS
The real Russia scandal: Collusion: FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Involving Clinton Fdn But Obama Admin Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal With Moscow Anyway
BOMBSHELL REVELATIONS ABOUT RUSSIA AND OBAMA’S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions
Clinton Corruption Update for October 17, 2017. There’s a bushel of news on Hillary Clinton scandals, both old (uranium!) and new (Harvey Weinstein!)
Hollywood Screenwriter: Everybody Knew About Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Appetite’
Economist Says Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction Helps Lower Taxes by $1 Trillion. 100 state legislators sign letter to Congress to urge them to eliminate the deduction and pass tax reform
Tuesday, October 17. 2017
Fleeing Obamacare: How Doctors Are Insuring Their Own Families
Majority of American Doctors want to work as Salaried Employees
That is part of the women in medicine effect, as I have said in the past
'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy' - For the first time, astronomers have detected visible light and gravitational waves from the same source, ushering in a new era in our attempt to understand the cosmos.
Kayak Fisherman Battles Hammerhead Shark
Having A Great White Shark Attack Your Boat Is Not A Fun Time
UNC Avoids Athletic Sanctions By Arguing their African-American Studies Dept. Had Staggeringly Low Academic Standards
What a surprise
Yale men are bad at sex
Collective historical guilt trips
Comrade Rubashov was unavailable for comment.
Humor not permitted in the revolution
EPA harnessed: Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA “Sue & Settle” Practice
Good. That was a conspiracy. The EPA was colluding with the plaintiffs.
Deporting Illegal Aliens Is Persecution Or Something
Harvey Weinstein can't wash away Hollywood's sins: Glenn Reynolds
Juanita Broaddrick Trolls Hillary Clinton Over Her Broken Toe Story
FBI Admits Comey Drafted Statement Ending Clinton Email Investigation Months in Advance
Monday, October 16. 2017
"Worried that health care was too hostage to the vicissitudes of the markets, Democrats had instead made it the prisoner of politics."
That's from McArdle's post Obamacare Was Built With the Flaws Trump Now Exploits. If she had generalized the sentence, it would merit a QQQ. Everything is "hostage to markets." Including politics.
A new novel by one of our favorites, Mark Helprin: Paris in the Present Tense
If you haven't read his Soldier of the Great War, read it. A Tolstoyan masterpiece.
Well, exercise has done a lot for my body but my brain is hopeless
No surprises there. My advice: Tell spouse what you are going to do first. You lose the thrill of secrecy but gain in lack of guilt, shame, and self-hatred.
"Anyone who controls a precious resource is likely to become a son-of-a-bitch."
CA Gov. Brown Bans Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits
Powerline: THE KEN BURNS VERSION, CONT’D
Print Prophets of the Free Market - The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages have maintained fundamental principles—and remarkable influence.
COLUMBIA U TO PAY HILLARY LOTS OF MONEY FOR NOTHING
Next Up to Tear Down: Stephen Foster
The Red Guard is on the move
AP Lingo Police: Use ´Gender Confirmation´ Surgery for Sex Change, Avoid ´Born a Boy or Girl´
School District Bans ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Over ‘Uncomfortable Language’
Hollywood's Masculinity Deficit
EXCLUSIVE: We won’t give back a cent of Harvey Weinstein’s tainted $250,000 says the Clinton Foundation - we’ve spent accused rapist’s every cent claims group run by Bill and Chelsea
Via Am Thinker:
Puerto Rico Delegate: Everything That We've Asked For, Trump Has Provided
George Lopez booed off stage after Trump jokes flop at gala
Trump-hating is getting old
Byron York: What's behind Trump's new executive actions
NO WONDER DEMOCRATS ARE SO UPSET: Behind Trump’s latest moves: A return to constitutional government.
Trump Has Charted A Perilous Course On Iran Or Something
Sunday, October 15. 2017
Saturday, October 14. 2017
They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground
Hollywood loses its right to lecture anyone
The Vietnam War Documentary: Doom And Despair
Bad News: Americans Are Still Getting Fatter
His doctor is a robot, or will be
FBI Forced to Admit It Has 30 Pages of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents
Why "forced to admit"?
‘You Weren’t Shocked Or Appalled’ — Juanita Broaddrick Slams Hillary’s Weinstein Response
How The NFL Lost To Trump
ON HEALTH CARE, TRUMP TAKES AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP
Trump Strikes A Blow For Health-Care Freedom
Russia's Hand Is Visible Everywhere in the Middle East
France: Facebook Islamists Hunt in Packs
U.S. Will Pull Out of UNESCO at End of 2018 Due to 'Anti-Israel Bias'
Friday, October 13. 2017
The Reason So Many Americans Are Ungrateful
Ingratitude is an unfortunate personality trait
FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, IT WAS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE TO GET ENOUGH TO EAT. NOW...
Why Tom Petty’s Music Will Endure
Social Justice Warriors Go After Elvis Presley, Forty Years After His Death
University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations
Weinstein Speaks: "We All Make Mistakes"
Not like yours, pal. And not for 30 years.
What Harvey Weinstein Reveals About Hollywood Values
Did Trump Really Shoot 73 On A Par-72 Course? Lindsey Graham Says Yes
Debt Alone Won't Crush Puerto Rico. Depopulation Is the Curse. Erasing the island's bond obligations would not be sufficient, if migration continues.
The Catalonians never really meant it
Israel says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army, signaling both are foes
Thursday, October 12. 2017
Is "unconscious racial bias", in other words, unconscious racism, the main cause of racial disparities in the US? I don't think so, not for even a minute. The article notes that the research that supported the oppression theory is turning out to be invalid, but because of its political usefulness the idea will no doubt persist anyway.
There are many reasons for individuals to be socio-culturally, or otherwise, "disadvantaged." There are many reasons for people to be stereotyped too. Everybody stereotypes until they know somebody.
In my opinion, "unconscious bias" is akin to "microaggression" because at some point the pursuit of oppression becomes absurd.
A surprise from the supervolcano
The Boy Scouts, converged - This result was baked in the cake ever since the Boy Scouts started allowing gays. This is what social justice convergence looks like; once social justice enters, it replaces the core purpose of the organization
Survey: 58% of Students Want a Campus Where They Are Not Exposed to 'Intolerant or Offensive Ideas'. Most either think hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment or aren't sure.
The reason the Left pushes this “speech is violence” nonsense: If speech is truly violence then it must be restrained
LAKE SUPERIOR DRYING UP DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE! NO, WAIT…
SCIENCE! Jerry Brown’s ‘zero emission vehicle’ celebration interrupted by reality buzzkills
Weather Channel Founder: Life on Earth getting better – Al Gore is “guilty of scientific fraud”
Two Big Cracks In The Climate Hysteria Edifice In One Day
Surviving the social justice inquisition
Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d’être Of Ken Burns’ Film on the War
Who are the women who accepted the deal as offered by Harvey Weinstein? Will their names be kept out of the press? Should they?
NBC News Tried to Kill Harvey Weinstein Story
Now Abraham Lincoln Was a Racist
Finally found a racist Republican
Iran's secret sites linked to nuclear weapons development revealed
AP Calls Christians Praying A “Problematic Expression Of Islamophobia”…
Swedish Dentist Reveals 80% of Migrant ‘Children’ Are Actually Adults – Is Fired and Now May Lose Home
Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached
Wednesday, October 11. 2017
Along with the serious students who want to learn, and the wholesome non-serious students who want to drink and hook-up and go to the game, there is always a group of self-important morons who want to make a splash and get in the news. That is all to be expected.
I blame the spineless administrators who put up with this crap. Give those kids an inch and they'll take a mile, just like 2 year-olds.
Swedish death cleaning is the morbid new way to de-clutter your life
Congress Should Investigate the Organic Scam. Consumers have been duped with fraudulently labeled foods.
Who cares? I avoid "organic"
Dalrymple: The Devil’s in the Diction - The vague terms that populate our political discourse encourage lazy and often deeply biased thinking.
Conservative student paper called ‘propaganda’ by professor who leads publications committee
Georgetown University’s school newspaper is teaming up with a national non-profit to tell the personal stories of students who have experienced bias-related incidents.
Georgetown is a hotbed of racism, genderism, and general oppression. Terrible place.
A peer-reviewed academic journal article defending colonialism was removed due to threats of violence against the editor just days before Columbus Day
Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, and Asia Argento Share Their Accounts of Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Assault and Harassment
Hinderaker already bored with the Weinstein story
Obama's $1.5 billion ego project
I hate these presidential libraries. Why doesn't some pres just hand over the papers to a history dept and call it a day? Why a monument? This is not Rome. These jackasses are not kings or gods.
French Public Workers in the Street Over Macron Reforms
When do they find time to work in France?
Tuesday, October 10. 2017
Image via Ace
We linked this rational essay this morning: Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day. If we really want to commemorate horrifying, unspeakable violence and oppression in the Americas, I’ve got the perfect holiday: ‘Indigenous Peoples' Day.’
“I’d target his businesses, his dumb fuck of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric…"
As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue
Florida Threatens Woman with Fines, Jail for Giving Diet Tips - Occupational licensing runs amok in a familiar story.
Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing Watermelon to Station House
Ken Burns, JFK and the unopened door - The crisis of 1963 and the Galbraith initiative offered the rationale and means of exiting Vietnam
The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think - It goes much deeper than one big creep.
Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day
Kevin Hassett Smacks Down the Partisan Tax Policy Center
Germany's "Open Doors" Are Closing: Merkel Seeks New Limits On Refugees
Monday, October 9. 2017
Most of us here are in favor of Puerto Rican independence. US Territories are an obsolete concept. Evil colonialism. Blame Columbus, and let PR free. To help erase Columbus more completely, let's ban the colonial Spanish language from Latin America as soon as possible. It's a painful remnant of oppression.
Mr. Vanderleun wants you to see this
COLUMBUS DAY & CULTURE WAR
Truth is, he was a very interesting and noteworthy guy, especially compared with you and me
What Went Wrong With the Right Whales? Necropsies reveal how six of the 12 North Atlantic right whales that died in Canadian waters this summer met their end.
Why Don’t Whales Get Out of the Way? Ships are huge and loud, yet they seem to take whales by surprise.
But " we all know that in a he-said/she-said situation on campus, we’re supposed to believe the women!"
Even ‘diversity educators’ can’t take the snowflakes complaining about ‘microaggressions’
University Of Wisconsin To Crack Down On Disruptions Of Free Speech
Only 7 percent of Yale professors identify as conservative, survey finds
SCHOOL EMBRACES IDENTITY POLITICS, DROPS 30 PLACES
" academic progressives need incidents like this so they can pretend that their world is terribly threatened by dark forces."
No contemplation of their own dark forces
Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble - Column: Trump drives the mainstream media to abandon the pretense of objectivity
WTF MSM!? Our rights come from God, not man
"... it’s just bizarre that the Gray Lady would green-light this series."
What Is The Biggest Corruption In Politics Today?
AP Omitted Expert Quotes That Didn’t Fit The Narrative About Global Warming
Las Vegas Prostitute: Paddock Believed He Was ‘Born Bad’
Figures. Harvey Weinstein Attended Pussy March Against Trump – A Target Rich Environment
US/CANADIAN MUSLIMS PLOTTED NEW YORK RAMADAN MEMORIAL DAY ATTACK
Sen. Durbin Spills the Beans on Amnesty: Admits ‘DREAM Act’ a Ploy for Open-Ended Amnesty
This Is How Donald Trump Thinks the U.S. Government Works - And why his supporters should care about it.
Here's what Corker is saying: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
I've thought the same sometimes
Details Emerge On Trump’s Plan To Sell Insurance Across State Lines
Trump unveils new strict 70-point immigration enforcement
ICE Warns California Illegal Aliens: Don’t Get Cozy; New Sanctuary State Law Won’t Protect You
IRELAND HONORS CHE GUEVARA
Polish Catholics pray at borders´to save country´
Saturday, October 7. 2017
I removed this post because it was misleading.
The Science Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile
But Why Aren’t People Rushing To Buy My Art?
There’s A Scientific Explanation For Why Fires Are So Romantic
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Craigslist Has Become A Total Sewer of Scammers
Study: Free College is Bad for Students. Is free K-12 Education also bad for students?
Antifa Group Plans Nationwide 'Deface Columbus Day' Actions for Monday
BOB DYLAN’S “THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’” IS OUR SONG NOW
San Franciscans Pissed To Learn Their Liberal Policies Caused A Wave Of Restaurant Failures
Alan Dershowitz Derides Theory of Intersectionality in Columbia Lecture
NFL players’ union teamed up with Soros to fund leftist advocacy groups. Tax documents show NFLPA activism goes beyond take-a-knee protests
Chris Matthews: How Can These Conservatives Believe Gun Rights Are God-Given And Precede The Constitution?
Politico: Who Will Lead the Left on Gun Control? Democrats’ proposed solutions to massacres like the one in Las Vegas aren’t serious, and they know it.
Scott Adams: The Worst Gun Control Arguments
Three Men Arrested For ISIS-Inspired Plot to Attack Concerts, Subways in NYC
UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WIPES ISRAEL OFF THE MAP
Friday, October 6. 2017
Reason has little to do with the firearms issue. I'm sorry, cutie, but The Second Amendment isn't about hunting and shooting sports. It's about freedom.
Can we please make murder illegal? It might help, or do the guns kill people? Can't we just Do Something?!?!?
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