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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Friday, December 9. 2016
Taranto's bits below the first article will make you laugh. His "Best of the Web" is always excellent humor.
We can count on four years of similar fake news.
Image from a Mitchell piece on Vanatua's lack of income tax
How to Stay Motivated to Work Out When It's Cold, Dark and Miserable
Was Old Man Potter really so evil?
Cruising the rest of your life
Giraffes Edge Closer to Extinction
10 Things We All Did in School That Are Banned for Kids Today
George Washington's real estate investing
Economic prosperity and social capital
Time to change Yale's name
How about Michelle Obama University?
In favor of Cal-exit
The Electoral College Prevents California from Imposing Imperial Rule on the Country
Good News: There Might Possibly Maybe Could Be Only Two Years Left For The North Pole
$107,516 for Turbines That Would Generate $1.39/Day of Electricity — If They Were Running
Trump's EPA pick will make Obama regret his environmental overreach:
Fake news from the MSM
Charles Blow hates Trump
Gail Collins hates Trump
Restoring Free Speech: The Trump Effect
Federal government workers union is ready to “fight back” against Trump
Hospitals gear up for major offensive against ObamaCare repeal
Flashback: Obama had three 4-stars on his team and no one seemed to mind
Is Donald Trump already the president?
Trump's new foreign policy: 'We will stop looking to topple regimes'
Too white in London
Thursday, December 8. 2016
Miami is already underwater
What is the Fifth Wave of information dispersal?
Purdue’s free-speech orientation program could go national, thanks to college bureaucrat group
Via Insty, "... many religious Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply held beliefs to bigotry, but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions."
The Lefties won their culture wars: When all the good civil-right issues have been largely won, go
Standing Rock: The Trouble To Follow
Robots will work for less - but what if they organize?
Klavan: Why Are Leftists Such Pansies?
Blames Brazile for letting climate change kill him
DONALD TRUMP, REGICIDE - Trump has toppled two American Dynasties
Japanese Firm SoftBank Promises $50 Billion in Investment in America, Likely Generating 50,000 Jobs, After Meeting with Trump
TIME magazine, whatever it is these days, really really hates Donald Trump
The Trump Way - Trump Rediscovers an Old Form of Governance
WaPo: Trump Was Right About Overwhelmingly Negative Press Coverage
Now that Trump’s won, media suddenly notices that a lot of new jobs are crappy:
UK: No WONDER our politicians banned age tests: Majority of child refugees checked are ADULTS
France: Decomposing In Front Of Our Eyes
Why Italy should quit Euroland
Wednesday, December 7. 2016
This is the most cruel and insensitive piece I can find: Laughing At Liberals As They Lose Their Minds.
It's not cool to laugh at half the voters. The article is amusing, however.
From a commenter to a WaPo piece:
An attempt to identify the object of the Bard’s affections
Is "Baby It's Cold Outside" about date rape?
I agree with the comment: It's the age-old dance of love and desire, the mutual but slightly subtle urge to merge
Scott Adams' blog site is good.
Much better than Dilbert. A sample:
Boston College Faculty Want to Ban Trump-Inspired ‘Hate Speech’
Report buried Trump-related ‘hate crimes’ against white kids
Ending Multicultural Madness
VMI, Famed Military Academy, Giving Cadets Coloring Books for Stress
French government votes to ban pro-life websites
VDH: Universities and the media: arrogant, ignorant, and ripe for reform
So you’ve decided to quit your church because of the election…
Gained weight? No sex? Cut your hair? It’s all Trump’s fault
Shaking Up Washington: Ben Carson Edition
The Ten Part Trump Tweet Pattern That Won the West
The average citizen of a Western country feels as if they are ruled by strangers.
True, and important. Re Italy as an example:
Angela Merkel calls for Germany BURKA BAN saying ‘the full veil is not appropriate here’ in astonishing U-turn
Tuesday, December 6. 2016
Intel is Winning Over Blockchain Critics By Reimagining Bitcoin's DNA
The cheapest deal is a subscription to Maggie's Farm's website - it's free with instant world-wide delivery, faster than Santa or Amazon Prime.
A slightly more generous gift would be a year's subscription to Yankee Magazine. It's useful, innocent, and wholesome.
Glossier, and not Yankee (more Dixie-oriented) but quite enjoyable, is Garden & Gun magazine.
Video: Rabbi Sacks On Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker And Parsha Vayera
Reader-recommended film: Admiral (2015)
How U.S. Colleges Sell Enrollment to the Highest Bidders - most often, Chinese
I like totally trust them
Fake News: CBS Pushed Swine Flu Myth
Free Speech is the Most Effective Antidote to Hate Speech
It’s a new record: Americans not participating in the labor force nears 100 million
Scientists Should Stop Mixing Their Work with Politics
D.C. Circuit pauses health care funding case, a win for House GOP
Obama administration fails to check immigrants against FBI databases, approves citizenship
Brussels has a tax for dancing
Catholic Vietnam: Growing despite Communist oppression
Kerry’s Bitter Alternative Reality
Iran's Mashhad Municipality Opens Military-Religious Amusement Park – To Reinforce Revolutionary Values For Children
Ratings agencies see China slowing down
I believe no Chinese data
UK government begins legal fight against ruling that could derail Brexit
Trump and the Taiwan call
Monday, December 5. 2016
Good for a morning giggle: I named it Spot
Another morning giggle: Castro’s hearse breaks down
As Double Dutch Wanes in New York, Competition Comes From Abroad
Peng Chang-kuei, Chef Behind General Tso’s Chicken, Dies at 98
Why Ikea Causes So Much Relationship Tension
Fake news update: Newsweek never read their own “Madam President” issue
Op-ed: In this age of internet hate, it’s time to revisit limits on free speech
Inside every do-gooder lies a latent totalitarian
Snotty, Smug, Know-Nothing Students At Ohio State Decide Now Is A Pretty Good Time To Lecture Everyone On Their Bigotry
Ohio State Student After Attack: 'The Left Is More Scared of Trump Than of ISIS'
Jon Stewart Goes Off: Obama ‘Terrible for Press Freedom;’ Left’s Race-Baiting ‘Has to Stop’
Black Lives Matter praises Castro as revolutionary and harborer of cop killers
Why It Will Be Hard to Repeal Obamacare
There is an easy way: Create a better alternative
WATCH Tucker Carlson Take On The New York Times’ Public Editor Over The Paper’s Liberal Bias
Trump Chooses “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon Chief - Leftists foam at the mouth and gnash their teeth.
5 Reasons Barack Obama Will Be Viewed As One Of The Worst Presidents of All Time
Daughter of Top EU Official Raped-Murdered in Germany By Afghan Migrant
She was a "Welcome Migrants" volunteer. Heartbreaking.
Scott Adams: Trump and the Taiwan Call
Iran threatens action if Obama signs bill to extend sanctions
Sunday, December 4. 2016
Once you enter the campus PC fun house, everything is upside-down, backwards, bizarre.
This is dramatically-illustrated by some college students: How White Liberals Really View Black Voters
Viewed as incapable of handling normal life.
Saturday, December 3. 2016
Pic borrowed from Salt Water New England
One way to become poor
What are the freest countries in the world?
What is hers?
U. Toronto lecturer: ‘Misconception’ that there’s a thing called ‘biological sex’
Somebody should inform the birds and the bees
Swedish Union Sets Up 'Mansplaining' Hotline - Workers could call in to receive advice from a cadre of gender experts and feminist politicians.
Sweden's biggest problem, no doubt
Virginia School System Considers Banning 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Althouse and Rush on low-information voters
Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs
Barone: So I find myself leaning reluctantly toward the conclusion that no other Republican could have won, at least the way Trump did.
Trumped-up, trickle-down outrage - On the popular reaction to the presidential election.
Trump’s Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It’s an Opportunity:
Trump’s Charm of Not Being Obama - The new White House won’t fail to embrace the jobs that fracking and pipelines can bring
Europe: The peasants are revolting
Trumpian "diplomacy" - no rules, no protocol
Friday, December 2. 2016
It is difficult to hold an "adult conversation" with uninformed or uneducated people. When almost anything can be politicized and anybody can become suddenly emotional or indignant, it is often best just to shut up. McInnes humorously discusses Reality Bites.
Even the always-cautious Walter Mead sees reason for optimism.
Best reason for optimism? We have Melania. From Dylan's political I Shall Be Free:
Well, my telephone rang it would not stop
A beginner’s guide to beefing up your privacy and security online
Bob Dylan skips White House event
Amazon's Growing Power In The U.S. Economy
Feminism is really white supremacy
THE PROPAGANDA ABOUT RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA
Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are.
Get Ready for the Trump Jobs Rally
How Donald Trump Sealed the Deal to Keep Carrier Jobs in the U.S.
Things the Democratic elites should do in order to live up to their party principles.
China loves Cambodia
Thursday, December 1. 2016
I was working tonight, but I gather from Mrs. BD that his speech was wonderful and uplifting, humorous, half-scripted and half off the cuff, and neither Republican nor Democrat but just plain American. It takes a lot to impress Mrs. BD, especially if you are not a Conservative (which Trump is not).
It reminded some pundits of Teddy Roosevelt. Things are getting more and more interesting.
If you heard or watched that speech, what did you think?
(Here's the speech)
A master of reality TV. This admiration from an ardent Lefty Dem who is wrong about the federal tax inducements (maybe state deals, though):
Boycott Frosted Flakes!
Fun Christmas presents: Good Fucking Design
The figures showed nine in ten London newborns had at least one parent from overseas
Why the Democrats Can't Stop Calling the GOP Racists
How The Electoral College remains an essential constitutional safeguard of American liberty
Obama On Why Democrats Failed: See, It's Because FOXNEWS! Is On the TV In "Every Bar and Restaurant"
Obama White House Scoffs at Trump's Carrier Deal
Trump was persuasive. Euroland needs to get off America's welfare.
Islamists Won: Charlie Hebdo Disappears
François Fillon’s French Revolution:
They let the peasants vote. That's what happens sometimes. Peasants can be wise, politicians are mostly just clever.
Iran regime even more oppressive since nuclear deal, dissidents say
Wednesday, November 30. 2016
This is cruel to two people who have selflessly, self-sacrificially, devoted their lives to public service.
This is a relief: California Passes a New Climate Law to Regulate Cow Methane. If only they would do the same for human farts, or at least elevator farts. Anything to save the planet.
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