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
Tuesday, May 24. 2016
VDH on Clinton Agonistes:
Hillary Clinton Is the Jeb Bush of the Left. Wonky. Earnest. Bathing in Benjamins. The Democratic frontrunner and the Republican belly-flopper are more similar than you think.
The Z-man is onto something here: The End of Left and Right
I am not sure how new it is, though. The masses of voters were never strongly ideological, just the pundits. Donald Trump is post-ideolological, which is why he could win an election.
Barry Goldwater and Rand Paul were ideological. Well, Reagan was too, in some ways, but he was more American Flag primarily. Like The Donald is. How much did Reagan do to advance the Conservative agenda? Not too much. He was handcuffed. I wish he could have accomplished more such as eliminating entire federal departments.
Money: Can Anything Stop Vanguard?
A drug that lowers cholesterol does not save lives
'The First American Declaration of Independence?: The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775'
Canada To Sentence ‘Anti-Trans’ Speakers to Prison…All these fines and jail sentences? They’re in the name of tolerance
"Wind power is one of the best ways to protect eagles and other birds because it combats their biggest threat—climate change."
The new EPA ethanol mandate will break the Blend Wall
Surgeon general’s warning: E-cigarettes make leftists crazy
TV Host Is A Bit Too Casual About The Massive River Wave Headed His Way
Lucy Vallender: Transgender Gay Muslim Woman
Eat more FAT to stay HEALTHY: Food experts at war over new advice on nation’s diet
Fats are good for you. Carbs are just sugar.
This Used To Be a Helluva High-Trust Country, But Our Leaders Are Destroying That - There's simply a huge cost when officials and politicians lie all the time.
Moral narcissism: Moral Narcissism and the Least-Great Generation
VA secretary: Disney doesn't measure wait times, so why should VA?
Government medical care. No reason for the VA to exist.
No reason for it to exist either
April Sets FY2016 Alien Apprehension Record, Surges Past FY2014 Numbers
Eric Trump Slams Hillary: She Has 730 People Working on her Campaign and She Hasn’t Beat a Single Socialist
Trump Foreign Policy: Regaining America’s Respect
Democrats Shirk a Challenge From One Donald Trump On Obama Foreign Policy
Venezuela Is Falling Apart - Scenes from daily life in the failing state
BDS backer, critics of Israel among Democrats drafting party platform
White House took 'conscious decision to try to distance itself from Israel'
'F**k Israel, long live the Intifada' angry mob screams at Jewish UC student
Do not eat fish imported from Vietnam
Back to Hiroshima: Why Dropping the Bomb Saved Ten Million Lives
Monday, May 23. 2016
How much of a workout is sex, really?
NYC subways: Victims of their own success
California's high speed rail delayed another 4 years
High-Speed Rail Is a Fast Train to Fiscal Ruin, in California and Elsewhere
Eating too LITTLE salt may INCREASE your risk of a heart attack or stroke
Making Sense of Transgenderism
Who Am I? Gender and Locker Rooms
"... his legacy is going to be mandating that pretend females will have
78 Representatives Ask Obama Admin How It Will Force Schools to Obey LGBT Bathroom Order
Dershowitz and Other Professors Decry ‘Pervasive and Severe Infringement’ of Student Rights
It’s Conservatives Who Need ‘Safe Places’ on Campus
The Joys of Mandatory Workplace Diversity Training, a Guided Tour
Fire breaks out at world’s largest solar power plant
The school board of Portland, Oregon, has passed a resolution banning any books that express any skepticism about climate change alarmism
Notwithstanding Keynesian Fantasies, Redistribution Does Not Stimulate Growth
Libertarian legal superstar Randy Barnett challenges conservative judicial orthodoxy.
Group ID'd as One of Ben Rhodes' "Force Multipliers" In Selling Iran
Elizabeth Warren Takes On the ‘Gig Economy’ - It’s one of the first serious attempts by Democrats to deal with the new part-time model for work.
"New model"? My electrician is gig economy. So is my doc. Lots of people work as much or as little as they wish.
Does Hillary Clinton Know How to Attack Donald Trump?
Why Hillary Clinton is sinking faster than the Titanic
Trump Spent Only $46 Million on Campaign So Far=> Clinton and Sanders Spent Over $150 Million Apiece
Begrudging WaPo poll
Donald Trump's map: The downside
It must be hard for Hillary to look at all the pictures of young women swooning over Bernie as though he were Bieber.
Donald Trump: ‘Crooked Hillary’ Wants to Take Your Guns–and Keep Her ‘Fully Armed’ Security
Votes for sale in the DR
In France, “Basic facts of economic science are completely dismissed”; French people view
"there is a growing feeling that Europe is not safe for those who dissent even a little from the received wisdom of the bureaucratic state, or dare to confront the Muslim taqiyya so prevalent there."
Saturday, May 21. 2016
Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?
Google patents pedestrian flypaper for self-driving cars
NYC: Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019 The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here.
The revolution is being televised: Bathroom wars continue
Another California Rail Fail
How the West (and the Rest) Got Rich - The Great Enrichment of the past two centuries has one primary source: the liberation of ordinary people to pursue their dreams of economic betterment
Climate science appears to be obsessively
Illinois State Workers, Highest Paid In Nation, Demand Up To 29% Wage Hikes
Inside the Clinton paid speech machine - What, exactly, do you get when you pay a Clinton $285,000 for an intimate, closed-to-the-press speech?
Media in agony as Trump makes it relive Clinton sex scandals
Trump Camp Posts Leaked Audio of Hillary Clinton Slamming Second Amendment Rights
Pope Francis Compares Jesus’ Disciples to ISIS Killers
Friday, May 20. 2016
To keep some of our readers inspired:
Fridays are still mostly moving/calisthenics day for me. It's always a different mix.
After a five-minute elliptical warm-up:
- 4 sets of increasing wt leg press (to try to improve my barbell squats next week)
Total body fatigue in one hour, barely able to move. Good stuff, highly stressful and exertional. If I were not doing my program, my life would contain no extreme physical exertion.
Image stolen from Moonbatttery
NYC Mayor wants to fine businesses who don’t use transgender pronouns such as “ze” or “zir”
How about "it"?
New evidence shows Rolling Stone rape hoaxer created her 'rapist'
The overwhelming majority of serious violent crimes are committed by a tiny number of habitual offenders.
Federal Judge Issues ‘Extraordinary’ Order Sanctioning the DOJ for Misconduct in Executive Amnesty Litigation
Clinton Promises to Attack Gun Owners on Her “Very First Day” in Office
Hillary Clinton declines to defend Bill's 'honor'
Trump Right Again? Imagery Points To Explosion On Crashed EgyptAir Airplane
How Donald Trump is drawing in Democrats - Black voters and other Democrats hurt by the Obama economy may rethink party allegiance
So Hillary hasn’t driven a car in 20 years, and Sanders doesn’t know to
Boris Johnson is the winner of The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition
Haha. That's a hate crime in Germany. Also in Turkey.
Thursday, May 19. 2016
Here's the deal: Since no real aggressions are anywhere to be found, some people invented the micro. Next will come nanoaggressions. Why? Because the victim/oppressor narrative must continue. It's, like, you know, the System.
It is pure bullying manipulation - aggression in fact - and anybody who falls for it is a putz in my view. Even Haidt, I feel, takes it a bit too seriously: Where microaggressions really come from: A sociological account. A quote:
Exercise is for kids, but not weight training
Prescription painkillers are not as deadly or as addictive as commonly claimed.
Baby Boomers' Retirement Woes Summed Up in 5 Statistics
You're Gonna Need a License for That
Obama spending millions to find summer jobs — for refugees
The obvious solution is to let the airports run their own security like they used to do before we lost out minds.
TSA’s Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports
The only people who can save Flint are already living there.
IF IT WEREN’T FOR FAKE HATE CRIMES, WOULD WE HAVE ANY HATE CRIMES AT ALL?
FAKE HATE: Security Cameras Reveal Iowa Freshman Was Not Jumped By 3 White Men – He Made It All Up
via Cafe Hayek:
To Reclaim America, Abolish the Federal Agencies
"In the middle of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a woman I was meeting for the first time said to me about Bill Clinton, "Don't you just love him for getting away with it all?" "
Trump ad shows what media hid
Bill Clinton Made $5 Million in Paid Speeches Last Year
Clinton Rape Accuser Juanita Broaddrick: NY Times Should Interview Bill’s Alleged Female Victims
Wednesday, May 18. 2016
The "Great Enrichment" of the US and western Europe has been remarkable. With luck, it will spread. From The Great Enrichment and Social Justice:
There are endless, interesting debates to be had on this topic. From my standpoint, I like spare cash but value freedom over wealth. However, the core of freedom is private property. My vote is important in theory but trivial in effect.
Are You Raising a Little Criminal? A preference for immediate gratification, rather than a bigger reward later on, is a bad sign.
Don't Blame The Solomon Islands Sinking All On Climate Change
Does an Accurate Climate Model Exist?
A Cheese Glut Is Overtaking America
Viral video: If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans
JP is often amusing. I had missed this one. His gluten piece is the best.
Your tax dollars at work: 'Make a grocery list': Feds teach people how to shop for food
Left Outside the Social-Justice Movement's Small Tent - Why a high school senior feels alienated from activist groups that share causes in which he believes.
Communist Pope Francis condemned Western powers for trying to export freedom, opportunity, prosperity, peace and
Right, for the wrong reason
Understanding the Rise of the Global Super-Rich - A new report documents the extent of billionaire wealth across the world.
"... we’re spending a lot on entitlements, and unless we raise income taxes, we’re going to have to adjust entitlement spending steeply downwards."
Barack Obama, the Bathroom President
President Obama’s Transgender Proclamation Is Far Broader and More Dangerous than You Think
Steer Clear of the Clinton Scandals, It Will Backfire, Ever Helpful New York Times Warns Trump
Shock Claim: Media will be ‘unlikely’ ally for Hillary
Hillary Might Have Just Made Her Worst Mistake Ever
Noam Chomsky: Today’s GOP is ‘the most dangerous’ threat to the species ‘in human history’
Douthat on Trump voters etc: When the Wrong Are Right
Douthat is so wrong. Like Brooks, he needs to get out more
1996 Flashback -- Bill Clinton Talks Like Trump On Immigration: "We Are A Nation Of Laws"
Donald Trump Criticizes Washington’s Policy Elite—With Cause
Just 3 Years Ago, Salon Extolled Economic Miracle in Socialist Venezuela
Islamists Infiltrate the Swedish Government - One Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Sweden: April 2016
Don’t Blame Sykes-Picot for the Middle East’s Mess
3 Years Ago, Salon Extolled Economic Miracle in Socialist Venezuela -
See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=72082#sthash.Coe1anJw.dpuf
Tuesday, May 17. 2016
With Hillary not looking like a strong candidate on her own, we are now informed that it is Bill Clinton who is running for a third term: Bill Clinton Confirms "Wants Economic Role" In Hillary's Administration
As Williamson asks, "If Bill Clinton knew how to do that, how come he never told Obama?"
Princeton Professor: ‘There Are Few Superstitious Beliefs As Absurd As’ Transgenderism
"In capitalism, the rich become powerful. In socialism, the powerful become rich."
The Pursuit of Diversity at the U.S. Air Force Academy
Krugman wants government child care for all
Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military leadership
Safe And Effective Clean Energy Is Already Here
Financial analyst alleges Clinton Foundation fraud
Why Bill Clinton's 26 Trips on the Lolita Express Child Rape Jet Matter
Donald Trump Says "No Thanks" to Most of the Republican Foreign Policy Establishment
As Polls Tighten, Unease Grips Dowager Empress's Chappaqua Throne Room
Hillary Clinton Says Bill Clinton Would Be in Charge of the Economy After Election
German Gov’t Drops $136K To Publish Sex Manual For Migrants
Let's Ruin Cuba!
The Bullshistory of “Sykes-Picot” - History lesson: Sykes-Picot did not—repeat, did not—establish the borders of the modern Middle East.
Monday, May 16. 2016
Many of these people are speaking in ways reminiscent of the American revolutionaries. Lots of good history in this.
Dung Beetles sentences to ponder
The Greatest Documentary - The World at War, a 1973 series, remains an essential primer on history’s deadliest conflict.
VDH: The myth of progress
Don’t want Obama to decide how your kids will be taught? Teach them yourself!
‘Men in Literature’ course cancelled for ignoring women
WATCH: College Students Can’t Explain The Difference Between Man And Woman
Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place
Government agencies can do whatever the hell they want.
[Obama] has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.
Nobel War Prize?
Obama Slams Trump Wall at Rutgers Commencement …As White House Raises Its Fence
Chris Matthews to Dr. Ben Carson: Non-White People Are Handicapped
The Vice Presidency No One Should Want
The 'New York Times' Takes on The Donald—and Falls Flat On Its Face
Clinton E-mail Trove Likely in Russian Hands
Trump’s Amazing Hostile Takeover Of The GOP
Let New Europe be New Europe
Doublespeak on Islam - New London mayor Sadiq Khan’s radical-friendly past casts doubt on his reassuring words.
Boris Johnson: The EU wants a superstate, just as Hitler did
Just an old-fashioned empire
UK Establishment Stunned As Over 300 CEOs Back Brexit: "Business, Not Government, Creates Wealth"
Saturday, May 14. 2016
Amusingly sarcastic commenter. Sample tweet:
"If there's one man with his finger on the pulse of America right now it's Bill Kristol. I expect his third-party pick will change the game."
First Evidence of Humans in North America Found Off Florida, New Study Says. The stuff dates back to 14,500 years ago. Score one for underwater archaeology.
CONGRATS MINIMUM WAGE STRIKERS! Wendy’s Now Moving To SELF-SERVICE KIOSKS
Tech stocks may be suffering from consumer gadget fatigue
Many of Today’s Factory Workers Rely on Public Assistance
‘I’ll Never Retire’: Americans Break Record for Working Past 65
Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place
"For reasons that Claire can barely understand all of the
Chicago Students Now Required To Adopt Transgender Newspeak
Obama transgender edict incites the right
Sex and State Power — What’s Behind Obama’s Transgender Push
The Ferguson Effect Strikes the Chicago PD
Sheriff Paul Babeu: 'Complete Lawlessness' on Immigration
Hillary’s Latest Scandal: She And Bill Siphoned $100 Mil From Mideast Leaders
Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender's jet much more than previously known
Pro-Hillary PAC Spending $1 Million to Hire Online Trolls
On Clinton Cash, Or, It’s Always Worse Than You Think
"Peggy Noonan is drunk and should go home, and so should the rest of the people supporting Donald Trump."
TRUMP Blasts Stephanopoulos: I Know Clinton Is a ‘Good Friend’ of Yours… You Don’t Reveal It
Hey, it's not Muslim terrorism, it's mental illness
Canadians have always visited Cuba
Friday, May 13. 2016
I think Peggy Noonan gets it:
I do not think Trump is a vulgarian. I think he plays one on TV. It is his shtick. He is a shock to the system, to same-old same-old in both parties. He will be elected decisively. The primary voters knew what they were doing.
Everybody has known for decades about the Clinton faux marriage. There is no marriage. She has her own house in DC, and she has Huma. BTW, is Huma raising her kid or is Wiener doing it? Strange people, the whole lot.
- The FBI interrogated five of the former secretary of state's closest advisors, the same week it was reported
The FBI ought to ask the Russians for her missing emails
Horse Sex: How the Winners Do It
Sucks to be the teaser horse
Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked
Please. They are obnoxious, bullying idiots.
‘Weiner’ Covers a Political Campaign Set on Self-Destruct
Is There Hope for Hartford? Connecticut’s capital city teeters on the edge of bankruptcy.
Teacher To Be Prosecuted For Calling Mohammed Child Molester
Harvard against free association?
Everyone I don't like is Hitler
Lost Your Health Insurance? Obama's team is Laughing at You
Trump presidency would revive neutered Congress, restore power to the people
It has taken Trump for “inclusive” Republicans to become exclusive.
Danish minister to 'Sharia' troublemakers: 'Get a job'
Denmark, where every year is a "gap year"
Kudos for Flemming Rose
MAYOR OF LONDON THREATENS TRUMP: Let Muslims in or they will attack America!
Worst argument I ever heard. "Submit or die" does not work for Americans.
Southeast Asia heats up –again!
Nicolás Maduro promises to use new powers to rescue Venezuelan economy
Let no crisis go to waste. Especially self-created crises.
Thursday, May 12. 2016
That is the title of the piece by VDH
America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Celebrates 110th Birthday
The Age of Cheap Oil and Natural Gas Is Just Beginning
BBC Runs Heartbreaking Story About Girl Who's Upset the Boys Wont't Date Her Because of Her Penis
Nobody know what healthy is. It's all fad.
Lawmakers' Salt Fixation Harms Our Nation's Health
Camille Paglia: The Modern Campus Has Declared War on Free Speech
Cambridge University Accused of Racism over Lion King–Themed Dinner
If College Students Are Hungry, Should Uncle Sam Feed Them?
White in LA are 4th wealthiest ethnic group
Did the New York Times just accidentally tell the truth about the Obama administration?
In Alien vs. Predator, I'm for Predator, Because He's OUR Predator
Persian Gulf Sheikhs Gave Bill & Hillary $100 Million
Marco Rubio Nukes His Credibility
Russia’s Kremlin now has in their possession at least private 20,000
Is Europe moving away from “Social Democracy”?
Real Risk to European Peace of Mind is the EU – Let’s Brexit
Fashion World Hypocrisy in Havana
Turkey Threatens Europe: "Unless Visas Are Removed, We Will Unleash The Refugees"
Islamic State Buries Alive Dozens Of Its Own Soldiers To Stem Soaring Defections
A video postcard from Israel
Hatikva at Bergen-Belsen (video)
Wednesday, May 11. 2016
Jane Austen’s Ivory Cage - What lies beneath the surface of the grand estates and courtly balls
Uncovering ancient Ashkenaz – the birthplace of Yiddish speakers
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - Recap of ALL Songs!
Great Lakes Go from ‘Climate Change-Induced’ Low Water Levels to Record Highs in 3 Years
Climate change can do anything. It's magic.
Family with stock pond beats EPA in Clean Water Act overreach
Cognoscendancy: Tyranny of the Talkers:
Can I term them fascist, totalitarian, contemptible, evil Nazi a-holes?
Millikin U. allegedly threatens frats with sanctions for face-painting
Offends the Celts?
Milo quotes spark ‘homophobia’ scare at UC Irvine
Academe is Overrun by Liberals. Here’s Why that Should Disturb You.
The FDA’s New E-Cigarette Rules Hand Big Tobacco A Big Win
When the White House Lies to the Media, and Laughs Doing It
Obama: Crime Created by ‘System,’ Successful People ‘Just Lucky,’ ‘Wasn’t Nothin’ You Did’
Chris Matthews: Democrats Care About Issues Americans Do Not
Clueless Republicans Don't Realize It's the Democrats Who Have the Problem
What Democratic Landslide? A group of new polls released Tuesday shows a surprisingly close race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Trump supporters are wealthier and better educated than the average American, even when adjusted for ethnicity.
ELDERLY SOCIALIST CANDIDATE CONFUSED BY HOW GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION HARMS SMALL BUSINESS
Kissinger: 'Extrication is not a strategy'
Trump's Foreign Policy: A View from Israel
Tuesday, May 10. 2016
Trump has positioned himself brilliantly, as practical and mostly non-ideological. That's why he will win in November, for better or worse. Crazy like a fox.
Scripps: The Most Racist College in America
Fat activist: 'exercise and diets are constructs'
Meet the puritans who think sex is bad for women.
The Puritans had nothing against sex
Legal fun: Who owns the right of way for The High Line?
" Based on queer-feminist, postcolonial and race critical theory, this thesis offers an analysis of how gendered and sexualised formations come into being on the salsa scene. "
At first I thought she was discussing the condiment
Letter From San Francisco - The Many Ages of Adulthood in the Nanny State. Once again, the city’s supervisors want to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote.
One organism, one vote
Canadian Court Commands Father to Treat His Daughter as a Boy
Captain America’s ‘heterosexual virility’ lamented by Vanity Fair
Milton Friedman, Adam Smith, and Other People’s Money
Obama White House showed ‘bad faith’ in global-warming case, judge rules
The Obama Administration Provokes a Legal Crisis — the War against North Carolina
Remember when Mitt Romney called for a raise in the minimum wage?
Emails From Hillary Clinton’s IT Director at State Department Appear to Be Missing
Conservative Author and Humorist P.J. O'Rourke Endorses Hillary
The Republican Party Died Long Before Trump
With the Peshmerga on the Front Lines Against ISIS
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