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.
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Monday, January 23. 2017
Connoisseur of Chaos -
"President Trump" does not seem real to me, but "President Obama" never did either. From Sen. Judd Gregg, Five easy pieces
I am happy to see him go because he was foolish, naive, and deluded about so many things. I will give him credit for being an effective campaigner, though. "Articulate," as Biden said. An engaging talker (who could do either black-talk or white-talk), if entirely self-centered which I suppose can happen if both your mother and father abandon you in childhood.
Via an Insty link, Obama talking brilliantly and content-free in South Carolina:
Z-man: Essential knowledge includes knowledge about the history of Christianity
Impossible to understand Western civilization without that
Pilot Salaries in 2017: Which Airline Will Have the Highest Pay?
Obama administration spent billions to fix failing schools, and it didn’t work
$ has little to do with it
Why do we care what celebs think?
There is no point - it is indeed just a hootenanny
Althouse on the Pussy Marches:
Obamacare Replacement Plan to be Unveiled
Kimball on inauguration: A tale of two speeches
Turkey’s currency begins to contract as tyranny takes hold
Ataturk is weeping
Bonus data below the fold: Clinton Foundation tax data from 2014 -
Continue reading "Monday morning links"
Sunday, January 22. 2017
Was environment one of the myriad causes at the women's march? Apparently not.
I think The Donald views himself as having been hired as CEO to run a company called USA. Perhaps, for now, with a TRUMP logo on it. He told the Board of Directors (citizens) what his plans were, and they voted to hire him, along with a Repub Congress and Senate. If he doesn't put "America First," he should be fired. I guess that is "nationalism."
From Noonan: President Trump Declares Independence. His message to America: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.
Unrelated but of note: Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington - What is the link between one of Hillary Clinton’s largest donors and the Women’s March? Turns out, it’s quite significant
It is rather interesting to think about some comments I've seen regarding the march. One, in particular, I've seen many times. "You just don't get it, and since you don't, my explaining it won't help you understand, and so you'll never understand." This was said several times to a friend of mine, and despite his request to be enlightened, nobody was willing to do it. I filled him in on the nature of why the women were marching (although I find it a confused message). However, the reaction to him was an indicator of why the Hillary forces lost the election to begin with. In a nutshell, we're all stupid and they don't want to take the time to explain anything - we just have to trust their superior instincts. It's also clear by now the only reason to vote for Hillary was 'she's a woman'. Which wasn't enough of a reason for me, any more than voting for Obama 'because he'll transform race relations' was a reason (given the state of race relations after his transformative role, one can only imagine how awful gender relations may have been after Hillary!).
I had another person say to me, "Your privilege is showing." Privilege is a word which drives me insane. We all have crosses to bear, burdens in life which must be dealt with, and biases to fight. I've seen, and supported the cases of plaintiffs suing for, sexual discrimination. I've also experienced age discrimination. I'm aware of the discrimination which used to take place against my Irish ancestors. Suggesting I have privilege implies I am enjoying the benefits of something I didn't earn. I earn it every day I go to work and deal with the nonsensical idiocy of liberal Progressives who have lost their bearings over this election. Remaining quiet during their diatribes is difficult, but could cost me my job. There's no privilege in political discrimination, and that takes place every day. Still, I'm not marching for laws, or attention, or anything else to protect myself or my rights to believe what I want. My 'privilege' regarding gender ends the minute women start having their conversations which exclude men (see the paragraph above).
Continue reading "A Few Thoughts on Yesterday"
Saturday, January 21. 2017
They are overfed to grow like that
The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time -- Part XII
Reporters flocked to a campus controversy but missed its surprising conclusion
Public School Is Often The Most Destructive Institution In American Life, Yet Democrats demand the status quo.
Obama dismissed those who disagree with him like a professor forced to deal with simple-minded, wayward students
Zero Hedge: It’s Finally Morning Again In America, And A New Day For Our Country Starts Now
A Plain and Powerful Inaugural Address - Trump’s vision is constitutional, not Wilsonian.
Media very interested today in pointing out that Obama’s inauguration crowds were bigger
David Brooks is unhappy with Trump
Secretary of the Army: A telling tale for these transformative times
Friday, January 20. 2017
I think people are expecting too much from a new administration, too much good and/or too much bad. My hope is for a return to simple common sense. I am all nuanced-out.
Pic via a piece on Gil Elvgren
MLB Playback - The Most Interesting Plays In History
Yes, a very old rural white dude and a Trump voter for sure. That's in the Bible.
Washington State U. students plead with peers not to freak out over Milo visit
Student jailed for passing out Constitutions because it might threaten ‘rural farm’ students
It is a dangerous document
New Hampshire: Right to Work Spreads to New England
Washington Post Disgraces Itself over David Gelernter
Democrats in the Wilderness - Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy.
Let's call that A Good Start
What Trump Is Up Against
He's up against what American citizens are up against (See My Day at the DMV):
Trump enters the swamp
The bien-pensant class thought Trump could never win, because they had no grasp of how many people were suffering in severe, personal ways due to political correctness.
Donald Trump the Revolutionary - Donald Trump is coming to change many things in the lives of Americans
I doubt it
Abbas Poses With Photo of Palestinian Terrorist Who Massacred 38 Israelis, Including 13 Kids
Thursday, January 19. 2017
I focus on the fact, in general, our lives are improving. Today, most of us hold more computing, audio and video power in our pocket, at a reasonable cost, and this device can help us control our houses, cars, and money with a few swipes. We text or call someone and are sure they got a message. Our diets are vastly improved, our choice of diets extensive, and we have more options regarding the quality and types of foods. When I was in my teens, few people had flown in a plane. Today, most have. I was the first of my friends to visit Europe in 1976. Today, most of them have kids who have vacationed or studied abroad.
Continue reading "The Most Dangerous Time to Live"
Dream weddings and the Christian vision
Brandeis Hires Anti-Semitic Islamist With Al-Qaeda Links
Insty likes Tom Price
The NYT on Tom Price
Trump talks stupid on trade
Trump is talking politics, not economics, Don
Martin Armstrong Rages: Ken Rogoff Is "An Elitist Who Has No Respect For The People"
Genius. Pay off the hoi-polloi
Davos Elites Call For a Ban on Physical Cash... in the US.
The Elites are insane, drunk with arrogance and power. No wonder people rebel.
Oxfam's upside down inequality study
The Once and Future Obamacare Death Spiral
On the 20th of January, the dustbin of history will slam shut on the Utopian American Progressive Left.
Z-man on medical bills:
Pentagon readies aggressive ISIS proposals for Trump
Why doesn´t Europe protect itself?
Wednesday, January 18. 2017
Complexity Theory fascinates me. I have always enjoyed math and physics as an avocation. Physics was, originally, my college major, but I soured on it in my second year. Classes were very cut-throat, and I didn't have that mentality. Today it's a fun hobby. Years ago, I attended a conference sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute, which sought to apply the principles of Complexity to a variety of industries. I managed to convince my firm to send me, and it was one of the more interesting conferences I'd ever attended.
I've wanted to apply several ideas I picked up there to business. Unfortunately, I've never had the opportunity. I'd be interested to see what this recent discovery on the math of innovation can yield.
I'm sure there are some great applications of this concept. I haven't thought much about it, having just read the article. I can, however, see some bad applications. If innovation can be quantified mathematically some people may be lead to believe you can arbitrarily 'create' innovation. It's pretty clear the math doesn't work that way, since innovation seems (even in the equation) to spring more or less organically and its benefits are related more to acceptance rather than application.
Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny
Pale penis people damage brown academic achievement
The Necessity of Self-Help Lit
Advice is always welcome
The Doomsayer is back: Paul Ehrlich Addressing Vatican Conference on Biodiversity: New at Reason
The Coming Crackdown On Free Speech: Facebook Takes Its ‘Fake News’ Fight To Germany
JEW-HATRED DRESSED UP AS 'JUSTICE' - A look at the hate group Students for Justice in Palestine.
New ABC / WaPo Poll Shows Drop In Trump Favorability Courtesy Of Aggressive "Oversamples"
Woodward Says US Intel Should Apologize Over Trump Dossier
CNN's Resident Racist Called Steve Harvey and MLK III 'Mediocre Negroes'
There ain’t a word, thought, deed, symbol, piece of legislation, or news item that cannot be imbued with a racial angle when there’s a determined race hustler around
" I must myself be a very attractive person for, after all, I am very rightwing."
Obama legacy a big lie, let me count the ways
Trump time starts now
Jennifer Holliday Says She Received Death Threats for Agreeing to Perform for Trump
"Hillary is going to be very busy as President the next 4-8 years. Donald Trump is going to be very bitter. And the Republicans are just going to be gone. Good riddence."
Trump Considering Cutting Government Budget by 10%, Federal Workforce by 20%
Easily done - executive orders like Obama
The Republican Health-Care Debate: A guide for the perplexed
Why Obamacare’s ‘20 Million’ Number Is Fake
How Rex Tillerson Got Even With Venezuela’s Socialists
Iran deal: A shameful day
Why the United States Is Losing Its Technological Edge
Last year was a gruesome one for Turkey, and this year is getting off to the worst possible start.
Tuesday, January 17. 2017
Is Trump Derangement Syndrome really any different from Bush Derangement Syndrome, or Reagan Derangement Syndrome, or even Nixon Derangement Syndrome?
I doubt it. It's an R-Phobia. Sensitivity training might help.
Could You Have Two Perfectly Identical Snowflakes?
January is Divorce Month
At SDA: "Riddle: I pay 2.76 cents/L CO2 tax to dry corn to make wet-milled ethanol to displace gasoline to fight climate change. Why is my bum sore?"
Will 2017 be the year of Right to Work?
Ignorant pundits, like David Brooks
Fun items in The Week That Perished
Faking History to Make the Black Kids Feel Good
University Hosts MLK Day Teach-In on 'Oppressive Fashion Trends'
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which Is the Biggest Moocher State of All?
Martin O’Malley Compares Trump To Hitler, KKK
How Chuck Schumer Caused Bank Collapse Dems Now Blame On Trump’s Treasury Nominee
An inauguration full of protesters protesting an election
Clinton Inc exposed for what it was
Press always left it alone
Finally, a Republican Leader Playing Offense
Major Media Ignored or Downplayed Trump’s Meeting with MLK III
Monday, January 16. 2017
Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years
Three-ring circus - Greatest Show on Earth - Saw it twice I think. Yuge!
Single Mom Builds An Entire House For Her Family Using YouTube Tutorials
California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun
Clinton Foundation Laying Off Workers – Shutting Down Global Initiative Amid Ongoing Investigations
" The Associated Press cites a study based on Federal Reserve data showing that "millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated". They are on track to be poorer than their parents despite all that progress."
Everything free in the brave new world
Toronto Sun Accuses Trudeau of Gross Green Hypocrisy
Whoever Puzder is, they’re against him
Obama and His Movement Prepare to Challenge President Trump
Donald Trump Invites Critics to Pray at Inauguration
How most doctors, patients will benefit from ObamaCare reform:
Klavan: My Strange Trumpian Glee
Kimball: A Modest Disposal
Sunday, January 15. 2017
I think VDH has a foot in both worlds. He discusses: Trump and the American Divide - How a lifelong New Yorker became tribune of the rustics and deplorables
I did vote from Donald Trump, not because I approve of him as a person but as an imperfect messenger. Messengers are always imperfect.
Saturday, January 14. 2017
Linda Bean is quite the entrepreneur.
LL Bean is a wonderful store with excellent footwear and outerwear, fine hunting and fishing gear, etc. Not high end, and eminently practical stuff. Excellent return and repair policies. They will stand by their outerwear and footwear, even after ten years.
Their winter sale is on now.
Outside Truckee, big rig driver handles jackknifed big rig like a boss (with video)
SJWs Claim Sandwich Invented in U.S. Is Being Culturally Appropriated by Americans
We need these people for daily humor
A pied a terre: Bezos buys largest house in DC
Midwestern Legislators Take Aim at Academic Tenure-for-Life
American millennials paid 20% lower salaries than baby boomers at same age
Millions Escape to States With Right-to-Work Laws and No Income Taxes
And bring their blue culture with them
Coerced equality and the power of the state
Protesters planning to blockade inauguration checkpoints, 'party' outside Pence home
I hate spying on Americans. We pay for it
Why the left hates Trump so intensely
BAD NEWS AND GOOD NON–NEWS: ISRAELI ARABS AND WESTERN VALUES
End the UNRWA Farce - As president, Trump should defund the agency perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem.
Friday, January 13. 2017
For the first time in decades, American voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church...
The country elected a bull for the effete china shop of the greedy federal government and all of its sinecures and parasites. At least, thought they did. Entertaining, too. Big cojones, a Honey Badger, a tough crude person for our times. A common-sense liberal, I believe, to restore some balance of sanity. Good circus for all news junkies and big $ for the networks. Reality TV.
Half the country, it seems, is glad to finally find somebody to really hate. I guess their lives lack a little something and I don't mean money. Many people need something to hate. Sad for them, but life is too short for that.
Going skiing. Nothing to hate at all. Another happy American tax-paying citizen having fun in the global cooling. Cold beer, pretty athletic girls, good pals from church. Good life. The whiners need to get with the program and make the most of it. Soon enough, they will be old.
Academia beyond satire
A walk down Manhattan’s first “block beautiful”
Hotcoldwetdry is everywhere these days. All you have to do is to see it,
U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana
'Ferguson effect': 72% of U.S. cops reluctant to make stops
The Inauguration War - The Left prepares its counter-attack on American democracy.
Trump’s Model First Press Conference
Trump Derangement Syndrome Comes to a School Near You
Slate: Jeff Sessions doesn't understand that racism is everywhere
Why the media's Trump dossier coverage is suicidal
74% Republicans, 33% Democrats back Israel over Palestinians
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