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, March 4. 2015
Partly because of our temperamental skepticism, and partly from knowing the history of science (consisting of one discarded theory after another), we are interested in thinking about the idea (or is it a religion) of Scientism.
This is a challenging essay, The Folly of Scientism, but worth two or three readings. It begins:
One more quote:
3 to 5 Cups of Coffee a Day May Lower Risk of Heart Attacks
The New York Times On Pain Drugs - Wrong, Naive Or Misleading?
Many consider pain meds to be the greatest contribution of modern medicine
Far from proving that gluten sensitivity is real, at best, what the current study tells us is that only a small fraction of people who think they have NCGS may actually have the condition, if indeed it exists at all.
As skeptics, we doubt that NCGS exists except in imagination
Proper English Grammar Is Now Racist -fixed
Yesterday math was racist, today English too. What next?
The Great Pat Condell Confronts Progressive Universities - "This right to be comfortable is very selective, and only extends to those who hold the correct opinion."
"the immigration fiasco raises the larger question of whether House Republicans can even function as a majority."
Perpetual Grievance - The latest advancement in victimhood links “queer theory” with illegal immigration.
Jezebel Reporter Reluctantly Apologizes for Scott Walker Accusation
What Was Hillary Trying to Hide in Her Personal Email Account?
Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail address at State reinforces everything people don’t like about her
Hillary Clinton hasn’t even announced her bid for president next year, and already scandals are erupting around her.
Would you invest in a Cuba fund?
Egyptian Government Closes 27,000 MOSQUES in Move to Fight Terrorism
Tuesday, March 3. 2015
Bigger than ISIS? Maybe or maybe not, but not as hair-raising. Bigger than Hillary using her personal email? Absolutely, but not as top-of-mind or intriguing. Bigger than Immigration Reform? Probably not, but interestingly the topics which are involved would play a role in hopefully reducing the influx of illegals by opening up markets more.
We are smarter than you, and we know what's best for you. Don't worry that you never voted for us, or that we are completely unaccountable. It's in your best interest.
Ultimately, it's a kind of boring topic. Which is why I like it, because it involves politics, law and economics. Economics being 'the dismal science', Net Neutrality has often been misconstrued and misunderstood in the media because it doesn't attract much thought beyond a populist angle. After all, most reporters and bloviators who comment on the topic work for companies that will benefit from Net Neutrality. Of course, they were never harmed without it, but hey, these populists are busy looking out for your best interests. Because, of course, nobody else will and you're simply not smart enough to know better. I'll be clear, I work for a company that supports Net Neutrality and conceivably benefits from it. Which is one reason the small level of anonymity which blogging provides is beneficial when writing pieces like this.
The passage, last week, by the FCC of a policy which treats broadband providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act basically means they are now utilities. Not completely, but close enough to make that claim without much disagreement. But what sparked this vote, why is it needed (or why do populists feel it is needed), and what does it potentially do?
Continue reading "Net Neutrality"
We've had a few good times in Mexico, visiting ruins as ancient as Egypt's and fishing in Cabo. And great food, especially seafood, but I think we have checked it off our bucket list for now. Is Mexico (outside of the bad neighborhoods of Mexico City and the border towns) safe for travelers? Completely safe, and the people are wonderful, friendly, warm, full of life and good cheer. The opposite of Yankees.
Today, a thanks to the excellent (English-speaking) doctors in Cabo San Lucas who saved my father-in-law's life this week from an unfortunate cardiac event. The in-laws have liked to escape the northeast to Cabo for a couple of months each winter for many years, with all of their retired pals and new friends. Puerto Vallarta right across the Gulf is good, too, and more antique. Many Americans have houses there.
Also, thanks to the cousins from Boston who had been luckily visiting them with kids at the time, and managed everything with us via phone and email.
He is stable and on a chartered medical plane at this moment up to the amazing Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego Medical Center, and Mrs. BD just hopped a plane from a snowy NY to beautiful SD to keep my mother-in-law company. I am sure the tough old guy will be fine and back up here to fight the snow fairly soon.
Thank God for family. We'd all be lost in this world without them. Who else do we turn to first?
Pic is a crowded Pacific beach in Cabo from one of our beach hikes
Wesleyan: With so many marginalized groups on campus, one wonders who is left to do the discriminating and oppressing.
Are there no normal, balanced, wholesome, smart white males there who play sports, dig cute chicks, and like beer? They can be assigned the oppressor job.
Where in the US can you buy alcohol in grocery stores?
Jobs Data Don’t Prove College Is Worth the Cost
The Pathetic Man-Boys of Lena Dunham’s Girls - Mark Judge at Acculturated pinpoints the popular HBO show's fatal flaw.
WHY DO WOMEN PREFER TO DATE MEN WITH TWICE THEIR INCOME?
Why do men find billionaire heiresses attractive?
Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs?
Want to Sell Your House? Don’t Do These 4 Things
Don't Defund, Just Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security
Upset about inequality? How about thanking Fred Smith instead
Related: Breaking Bad (Debt)
Man, do I agree with that. When do government fixes ever work?
Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules
Turmoil at Clinton Foundation
Douthat: Hillary and the Machine
Seven Reasons Why Marco Rubio Should Not Run for President - Stay in the Senate, Marco, your country needs you
Erickson: My Candid Candidate Thoughts After CPAC
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe condemns ‘white’ safaris, eats baby elephant at birthday bash
Despite Russian Warnings, US Will Deploy A Battalion To Ukraine By The End Of The Week
Insane. I see no compelling national interest there.
THE PLOT TO FREE NORTH KOREA WITH SMUGGLED EPISODES OF ‘FRIENDS
Monday, March 2. 2015
Climatic Jihad? February 28, 20Climate Crisis extremists attack experts who challenge claims of imminent climate Armageddon
We may be skeptical most of the time about most things, but we do pray for a return to the climate of the 1300s when Greenland was green and there were vineyards all over England
Concentrated solar does set birds on fire and Wind turbines club birds so Environmentalists make stuff up about nuclear energy
We warm them up so they are comfortable to get into - and to make sure the battery is working
Albert Berry. First parachutist
Since ancient times philosophy has tried to cure us of anxiety. But worry is an important part of being a moral person
Cost of apparel has not risen since 1990
Private Bank Survey: Where to Invest Cash Now
So it seems that an autistic boy in Florida was about to turn six...
Campus sex assaults should be handled by police
The Media: When You Attack Obama, You’re Attacking Them
Politics and $: There are far more significant payoffs happening than the McDonnells’.
CPAC Panel on Family: ‘Father’s Day Will Be Hate Speech’
Trigonometry Is Racist!
How’s this for a working definition of a “libertarian”?
It's sort-of OK, but I'd simplify it to something like "Somebody who insists on individual freedom being the major factor in any policy equation."
Jeb Bush’s America needs immigrants with computer skills and as domestic workers?
Jeb Bush Tries, Fails to Explain American Exceptionalism at CPAC - And then he waded into really awkward territory.
And that of the free individual, small - and handcuffed, ignorant, dependent, and in fear of government
A World Transforming - As China and the United States contemplate how to shape their mutual relations, each is bound to learn something discomfiting about itself.
Sunday, March 1. 2015
Saturday, February 28. 2015
Pic: Gwynnie's hawk du jour, trying to keep warm
The amusing craziness about that dress (see the comments too)
What if the universe had no beginning?
Townsend Harris. He made it possible for immigrant kids to win Nobel prizes
Why every American baby deserves a fresh diaper — courtesy of the U.S. government
Goldberg: Is Liberalism Exhausted?
Bozell to CPAC: ‘Cultural Fascism Has Arrived in America'
OBAMA WARNS ICE: Don't you dare enforce immigration law
Republican power brokers think Scott Walker just isn’t ready. Do they have a point?
Top GOP operative calls Scott Walker 'kind of a dumba--'
'Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment!'
Isn't making $100 million off politics an accomplishment?
Hillary Clinton, coin-operated policymaker
Madonna Speaks Out Against Antisemitism, Says Europe ‘Feels Like Nazi Germany’
"Jihadi John" decapitates the "root causes" myth - At Ezra Levant's (new?) website
Putin kills again. What else is new? He is KGB, he kills. That's Russian culture.
Friday, February 27. 2015
American ballet: In Balanchine’s Beautiful Forest
Huckleberry Finn is 130 Years Old
Irving Kahn, Who Rode the 1929 Crash to Big Gains, Dies at 109 - The value investor, who studied under Benjamin Graham, worked on Wall Street for over eight decades.
A Very Simple Mathematical Truth For Successful Strength Training - Your path to fitness doesn't have to be as complex as the "experts" say it does.
What Happens to You Immediately After You Graduate from College
Many Animals—Including Your Dog—May Have Horrible Short-Term Memories - Dogs may forget an event less than two minutes after it happened, according to a new study.
What matters more: how you feel about yourself or how you
The Critical Minority That Makes America Great
Materialism as a religion
Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized
A true patriot
Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept.
The stranger in the White House - After six years, Americans still don’t know Barack Obama
Really intelligent leftists, like Camille Paglia, have an alarming tendency to talk exactly like conservatives.
And the wrong answer
Will the Clintons’ Greed Do Them In?
Buchanan: Democrats Hold the Culture War Whip Hand
ISIS’ Jihadi John Hostage Beheader is a Rich Kid from London
JENNINGS: The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses
Netanyahu’s siren call to Congress must be heeded
Thursday, February 26. 2015
Here. Lawyers will get rich on this for many years, and Americans can rest comfortably knowing that our internet is in good hands, same as in Russia and China.
The problem with this, of course, is that most respectable medical research turns out to be wrong too. I recently read that coronary bypass has no value compared with the alternatives, but they are done constantly. I also read that prostate cancer surgery may be pointless after age 65 or 70, yet they are performed constantly.
When politics gets involved, it all gets worse. If you need a doctor, get one with grey hair (who has seen it all) and a male (not bound by all the idiot rules).
Oliver Sacks, Mortality and Gratitude
Los Angeles County can be as dangerous, violent as Honduras for black men
In Wisconsin, Labor’s Last Gasp
All it does is to make membership voluntary. Is that bad?
Legalize cocaine, ban sugar?
Override Keystone pipeline veto: Our view
Public schools are a 19th century model.
Ditto. Designed for drones.
Totally conventional views which I hold
Walter Williams: The Cancer of Multiculturalism
President Obama’s comment early in his first term that he was proud of America in the same way that a Greek was proud of being a Greek illustrated dramatically that he simply does not know what meaning that has for other Americans.
The 72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents
Waiting for a Climate Apology:
Solar Panel Farm Fries Hundreds of Birds Out of The Sky
Excuse me, Mr. Kerry, but when the earth was formed it was not like today. Fact is, without amazing human ingenuity, little of earth would be inhabitable by humans today.
Roger Pielke: I am Under “Investigation”
Both Global Warming Nobel Prize Winners Accused of Being Sexual Predators
But does he realize what he is saying?
Hillary Clinton Blames ‘Different Media’ For Dividing Country
Everybody should think the same?
Hillary Clinton Endorses FCC’s Title II Designation for the Internet
John Kerry: Netanyahu Is Wrong On Iran Because He Supported Iraq War …(Kerry Voted for Iraq War)
So did Hillary
Benghazi Scandal: New Pentagon Documents Show Military Knew It Was Islamic Terrorism
The New Yorker: The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker
Totally conventional views which I hold
This Is What Putin Really Wants
Chris Hayes Literally Applauds Laura Ingraham’s Terror Comments:
Warplanes: Reality Intervenes To Save The A-10
Forced from Damascus, Hamas establishing itself in Turkey
U.S. military decimated under Obama, only ‘marginally able’ to defend nation
Report: Defense cuts degrading military, US no longer able to fight 2 wars at same time
A Movement Betrayed: The Arms Control Crowd's Iran Hypocrisy
Wednesday, February 25. 2015
Continue reading "New York is a Dying City"
This is a big-government solution looking for a problem. At Drudge:
Is It Really Safe to Give Babies Peanut Butter?
Explain to me, once again, the mystical allure of this "sport."
In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter
In Brazil, ‘Surfer Angel’ Is Considered for Sainthood
Silicone On Trial: Bastardization Of Justice
Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of
Education policy meets Economics 101.
New York Times Worried That Allowing Cubans to Have More Money Will Increase ‘Income Inequality’ No, I’m not making that up
Don’t Just Shut Down the DHS — Get Rid of It - From its creepy name to its kluge of ill-fitting departments, this panicked overreaction to 9/11 is a disgrace to America
Goldman Sachs Is Ready for Hillary - The most hated corporation in American is a loyal patron of the Clinton empire
Barack Obama has identified the enemy, and it is us
NSA Director: Snowden’s Leaks Helped Terrorists Avoid Tracking
Russia Pushes Reset Button: Parades Missile Threatening to BLOW UP Obama
Paralyzed by Ukraine, Dumbfounded by Russia
Ukraine: Unhappy Anniversary
China’s Island-Building Spree Is About More Than Just Military Might
Turkey's new Culture of Horror
Empowering Women, Palestinian-Style
An Iran nuclear deal is coming into focus, but there's one glaring problem
Now we know who to believe on Iran
A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya
Incidental Superpower: America Will Be Forced to Lead
Tuesday, February 24. 2015
It’s official: Americans should drink more coffee
Hollywood Elites Snub War Movie “American Sniper” – But Love the Snipers Who Protect Them
Tesla and iCar
Electric car benefits? Just myths
Man Bites Dog: CBS News Calls Gender Pay Gap “A Complete Myth”
Why Is the International Environmental Movement Silent about the Nicaragua Canal?
John Quincy Adams on lawyers’ not focusing on their key arguments
Texas Governor: Since Jan. 1, 'We Have Had More Than 20,000 People Come Across the Border'
Alan Greenspan Warns: There Will Be a “Significant Market Event... Something Big Is Going To Happen”
The famous Clinton greed
Progressives Suddenly Realize They’ve Created Frankenstein with PC
Angela Merkel: The real leader of the free world
MOVIE DEALS DEATH BLOW TO VICIOUS LIES ABOUT VIETNAM 'Believe it or not, we were the good guys'
The argument that ISIL is a nuisance, not a global strategic threat
Terror trainees: New ISIS video shows indoctrination of kids as young as 5
Monday, February 23. 2015
Toon above via WUWT
A book of interest: The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus
Mario Savio is rolling over in his grave, I hope
Must be all about Title lX for female animals?
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee calls for taxing dessert, ‘electronic tracking’ of time spent watching TV
Mexico! More historic than Europe, and mostly safer than Finland. My in-laws are there now, and each winter. Us? Been there, done that. Mayan ruins, beaches, amazing seafood, delightful people.
Walmart's wage hike proves we don't need the government to raise the minimum wage
Mark Steyn on the violent extremists in our neighborhoods
Like in Ferguson?
The "War On Terror" Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat
Obama Abdicates - Who Is The New Leader Of The Free World?
Old car smell
France: Bardot in more speech trouble
She is fearless
is the most improved vacation opportunity for American dollars? - See
Sunday, February 22. 2015
Why he says God Save Us From The Churches
He is talking about the moonbat churches. They are not very representative, and I do not think many people attend them. Why would they? Those are not the churches I know.
Saturday, February 21. 2015
A farewell note from Oliver Sachs
... we all know that men form governments to tell them what to eat.
Belfast, Aspiring for Normal - How does a city move on from war?
Anti-vaping campaign is more about ideology than public health.
Bill Bennett and Robert White on Marijuana legalization
ENGLISH PROFESSOR Gives Students Extra Credit For Attending Rally Against Scott Walker’s Budget
David Stockman Interview: The Clock Is Ticking, The Carnage Is Coming Soon
Rudy is right: Obama doesn't even like America
Sultan: ISIS is the same old Islam
Newspaper in India shut down for printing 2006 Charlie Hebdo cover
Administration Mouthpieces Defend Fantasyland Strategy
Beware of innocent-sounding NGOs
What? A commenter there:
Friday, February 20. 2015
Winter's Tale: The Donner Party's Ill-Fated Path
Are Boys the Target of a Feminist Gendercide Campaign? Medicating and socially engineering the biology out of the boy.
Think of Earth, not just your stomach, panel advises
The Internet isn't broken. Obama doesn't need to 'fix' it.
Good. Common Core aside, it's just not the Feds' job.
Hitler learns about Brian Williams
Morris: The GOP's Electoral Cliff
Counter-culture Fights Back Against Sexual Campus Debauchery
Goldman: Why Jews are Good at Money
Taking a little chunk out of political correctness in Canada
A NYRB photoshop
I re-read Graeme Wood's piece: What ISIS Really Wants
Salon: ISIS is America's fault
Democrats before Iraq War started. Did they forget? Here's a reminder:
Thursday, February 19. 2015
It's chilly in olde Newe Englande. I like to say "invigorating." Five below zero F here, with blustery wind. Almost like a normal day in Minneapolis.
- Climate Change is hitting the USA hard. Must be winter.
- Please, if you must walk, or walk your dogs, in the street in the nightime dark or the morning dark because the sidewalks are snowdrifts, wear something light-colored instead of black. Sheesh. I swerve over the icy roads to try to avoid hitting you.
- I love the wintry cold. Problem is dressing. You go from outside frigid to frigid-then-warm auto, then to cold again, then to heated building. There is no way to dress for the changes.
- Feeding birds. Either do it daily, or not at all. They become dependent on your food to survive, like people on welfare. If you miss a day, they will die unless neighbors are feeding them. If you don't feed them at all, they will figure it out on their own. Or go south.
Indeed we do because we refuse to understand the Moslem mindset.
The Islamists are true believers.
All they want is more love and understanding? Well, so do I...and I am not getting any from them and, on a bad day, I don't even get enough tolerance from my girlfriend.
Best I've seen about life in the Caliphate by Rasha Al Ageedi: Caliphatalism? An Iraqi exile eavesdrops on life in her old hometown of Mosul.
It's all interesting. However, it's all a repeat of ancient history. Except for the UK, most of the anglosphere has little to do with all of this. Who needs to watch out? Europe, the Saudis, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia. The US can get out of the way and let them all work it out. They have all done this before. Gates of Vienna, Poitiers, Lopanto, and all that. That's why I dislike the FOX warmongers and fearmongers, Yellow Journalism. Chill, and let the locals deal with their issues as they have always done. It's just a blip in a long history of cultural warfare. Let's include Thermopylae.
Oscar Voter Reveals Honest Ballot: "There's No Art to 'Selma,'" 'Boyhood' "Uneven"
She approached her task thoughtfully
email is good too
Vocab noun du jour: Mokita
Quit Being a Pushover: How to Be Assertive
Five Principles For The Rising Conservative Counterculture - As conservatives begin creating a counterculture in the arts, here are five principles to guide our efforts.
Guns for me but not for thee
Oceans are not dying but we may be Drowning in An Ocean of Misinformation
The UN Climate End Game
Sheesh. World domination? Good luck with that.
Democrat Ellison: I’ve Often Asked Myself Why You Should Have to Register to Vote?
The Madisonian Nightmare - Book excerpt: How Interest Group Liberalism Breeds Corruption
Small example: Colorado yoga teacher training
Licensing for yoga teachers?
Increase in foreign donations to Clinton Foundation raises ethical questions for possible Hillary 2016 bid
She means me, I guess
Giuliani on Obama:
Wednesday, February 18. 2015
It's not so much about bubble-wrapping our precious snowflake kids as it is about municipal lawsuits. "Sled at your own risk" does not insulate. Same goes for skating on ponds, etc. Something is deeply wrong with the American tort system, but it's about politics. The wealthy tort bar fills the Democrat cash register. There will never be tort reform, and all outdoor fun will be illegal except on your own property.
It's a rare kid in the northeast who has not broken or sprained something sledding or skiing, not to mention concussions, etc.
The issues with ski areas are complex, and ambulance-chasers abound. Very few things in life have zero risk and even waivers are limited. In the US, almost anybody can sue somebody for anything and get a settlement just to go away. Generally, a settlement is cheaper than defending a case.
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