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, December 12. 2017
Fusion GPS Tied To Story Used By Clinton Campaign To Attack Trump Week Before The Election
Chain migration was an issue before the NYC bomber, but that bomber highlighted it.
- PORT AUTHORITY BOMBING PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON CHAIN MIGRATION
- ‘End Chain Migration:’ Donald Trump Demands Action from GOP-Led Congress
So who okayed Akayed?
Starving Polar Bear Video Makes Climate Alarmists Even Nuttier
Canadian Eskimos: Polar Bears Are Flourishing
Surge pricing, economic freedom and the sad paradox of free markets….
Treasury Forecasts Tax Reform Will Lead To Longest Period Without Recession In History
Diversity Must Not Be Questioned
Dershowitz comes up against The Night Riders of the Thought Police
The Myth Of Vladimir Putin The Puppet Master
Forget Collusion. Can Mueller Prove Russia Committed Cyberespionage?
No One Ever Drowned in Roy Moore's Car
The new media standard: Too anti-Trump to check
HuffPo: Sadly, Trump is winning
Nixon’s Ouster and the Attempt to Remove Trump
Of course they did
The Media Is Covering Itself With Glory In Its Zeal To Get Trump
Pro-Jerusalem Dems Slam Trump for . . . Being Pro-Jerusalem
Monday, December 11. 2017
Do humans harm the environment?
Humans certainly improve the human environment. Having a house, food, a car, a Christmas tree, and a road make life pretty good
Eating Out is Probably Devouring Much More of Your Budget Than You Realize - A new study reveals a big gap in what people think they spend on eating out and what they actually spend.
It partly depends on how you value your time and how you choose to spend it
Hampshire College cancels gun-rights speech because sponsor didn’t say it might provoke ‘intense debate’
God forbid they have debate at a college
Powerline: HOW TO HAVE THE BEST FIRST DATE EVER!
WILL MISCONDUCT SCANDALS MAKE MEN WARY OF WOMEN AT WORK?
Many people are semi-boycotting the NFL, but this was cool: Snow is dumping so hard on the Colts-Bills game you can't even see the field
Those Obama Era Methane Regulations? Nevermind
MUSLIMS IN NEW YORK CITY Protest for Slaughter of Jews After Trump Moves US Embassy to Jerusalem
"Look, feminists aren’t happy with human nature, the one that actually exists and is the product of long-term evolutionary pressures. Too bad for them. "
Extreme Corruption Of The Political Process: Wisconsin
That went far beyond hardball politics
Douthat: The Baker and the Empire
Democrats are corrupting English to create mass hysteria
The blundering news media gets worse
It's not blundering. It's Get Trump!
“CAN’T MAKE IT UP”: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Serves Obama The Stone Cold Truth About The TRUMP ECONOMY
McCarthy: On Strzok, Let's wait for the evidence
Steyn quotes, re pants-dropping pols:
Flabbergasted: Frank Luntz Shocked As Alabamians Back Roy Moore in Vice News Focus Group
My Alabama friends say they'll vote for Moore regardless, given the alternative. He was not their choice in the primaries, but the primaries were screwed up. They also hated Trump personally, but voted for him anyway. Lots of voting is voting against, not voting for.
Byron York: Firing Mueller would be disastrous; discrediting him is impeachment politics
Congressman: DREAM Act Allowing ‘Chain Migration’ Would be ‘Nightmare Scenario’
Intel Chairman Devin Nunes Outlines Abuse in FISA Warrants and Government Surveillance…
After Trump scraps Obama’s military ‘rules’, troops decimate ISIS at a pace that even surprises commanders
Sunday, December 10. 2017
Mrs. BD and I have explored most of the parts of Italy (and pretty much all of Sicily too). Still need to get to Bologna, tho. Anyway, Mrs. BD's favorite area is Umbria. It has the mountains and the villages, the Sibillini national park, the black truffle, norceria, and of course Norcia itself which is all about food, St. Benedict, and our friends the Monks of Norcia. Also, Assisi - but one visit to that tourist trap is enough.
Hiking ideas for Umbria:
TUSCANY & UMBRIA WALKING & HIKING TOUR - Tuscany & Umbria's Ancient Footpaths
Umbria & Assisi - A Self-Guided Walking Adventure
And an Umbrian treat:
Saturday, December 9. 2017
Explaining? Really? It's all quite evident what is going on. Get Trump!
Need that axe to cut down your Christmas tree
Vocab word du jour (via Althouse): Aulisism:
"There are only 2 genders. Change my mind." Crowder video
Appreciating complexity: The simplicity assumption is often wrong
No doubt someone, sometime, scrawled racist graffiti somewhere. But in the modern era, don’t just about all of these incidents turn out to be hoaxes?
Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?
Did A Corrupt FBI Give Hillary Clinton A Free Pass? Sure Looks Like It
Donald Trump Jr. Crushes #FakeNews CNN After They Peddle Bogus “Exclusive” Wikileaks Story
WaPo: Yeah, About CNN’s Big Trump Scoop … CBS: Hold Our Beer; Update: CNN Finally Corrects
Mueller's 'Right-Hand Man' on Russia Probe Represented Clinton IT Aide Who Set Up Unsecure Server
Roy Moore Accuser Admits She Tampered With The Yearbook Inscription
For the 413th time
CNN BOTCHES ANOTHER 'BOMBSHELL'
They were not "botches." It's a war of lies
Friday, December 8. 2017
MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid Attacks Rural Americans as a ‘Minority’ that is ‘the Core Threat to Our Democracy’
Is a prostitute a public accommodation?
Coyote on his final marathon
Road running is a body-destroyer. Glad I gave it up before it damaged me
Damn the evidence and regulations: VA goes full speed ahead with medical pseudoscience
Mount Holyoke Students Create 'Alternative Space' For Those Triggered By Gun Rights Speech
Climate Change Alarmists Caught FAKING Sea Level Rise
Breaking the Silence on the Toxic Masculinity at Intellectual Takeout
War Criminals of the “Harassocaust”
Liberal America’s unhealthy fixation on Russia - Putin gets a boost from US paranoia that its Cold War enemy fixed the election
The Swamp has a sickness
Related, IS THE DEEP STATE ATTEMPTING A COUP?
Yes, a remarkable year:
Trump is Hitler. It's obvious.
Humiliation – the only path to peace for the Middle East.
Thursday, December 7. 2017
Duck-like dinosaur fossil, plucked from black market, makes debut
17-foot python that could 'pretty much kill any full-grown man' caught in Everglades
Re dinosaur debut, The Curious Plight of the Modern Debutante - Why are some of the world's smartest women still lining up to dance?
The Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Ever Discovered - The light from the hot gas surrounding the celestial object took more than 13 billion years to reach Earth.
Young Liberals Object to ‘Snowflake’ Label For Hilarious Reason
Leftist Professors: Reporting on the Ideological Excesses of Leftist Professors Is “Violence”
The profs are snowflakes too
Teachers sue California because too many students can't read
Pam Anderson Slams 'Victimhood Feminism,' Says Weinstein Victims Knew What They're 'Getting Into'
Rose McGowan: 'They Really F--ed With the Wrong Person'
Juanita Broderick is always left out
Study: Gay men get paid more than straight men
Kling: Restoring Political Health, Left and Right - When they are healthy, both the left and the right contribute positively to a flourishing society.
DACA Is Not What the Democrats Say It Is. Here Are the Facts.
How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low
Fantasy Train - California Democrats cling to their favorite boondoggle, even as problems mount up.
Utah 'Monument' Was a Reward to a Clinton Donor
Just one more tax dollar scam
Newest Thing That Contributes To ‘Climate Change’: Bitcoin
Bitcoin mines spew tons of pollution
BUSTED: Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB Used Secret “Slush Fund” To Funnel Billions Into Left-Wing Causes
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT MUELLER’S BIASED STAFF?
Latest revelations make the entire ‘collusion’ probe look like a partisan hit
The crime was never about Russia
WaPo worries about a strong economy: Beware an economic boom.
Democrats are now the party of the rich — so why not tax the rich?
Trump’s truth-telling on Jerusalem marks an all-new Middle East
Six Facts The MSM Isn’t Reporting About The Jerusalem Issue
Turkish academics on trial for issuing declaration for peace
US Navy Completing Only Half of Missions -- And May Have to Turn Down More
Wednesday, December 6. 2017
Exactly right. Unlike career politicians, Trump keeps his campaign promises. Let's face it: the Palis are nothing but trouble and nobody in the world likes them. Even Putin says Jerusalem is Israel's capitol.
Photo: Lamborghini tractor for sale. Nice Christmas present idea?
Elephant economics: To save elephants, we should promote commercial use and encourage ivory markets and trophy hunting
Either that, or surround each elephant with an army
Trump Gives Back Millions Of Acres of Public Lands To Utah: What This May Mean For The Future Of Government
The Puritan War on Christmas
At the time, Christmas had a history of drunken revelry and debauchery. See The Lord of Misrule
The 1970s Global Cooling Scare (and how the warming scare could not have happened without it)
Cruelty and Sexual Harassment
Both Men and Women Can Be Sexual Predators
Public university to rename building because its namesake was a political ‘opportunist’
Harvard Student Whose Father Escaped Communism Has a Message for Her Fellow Students
Nancy Pelosi: Republican Tax Reform is the “End of the World” and “Armageddon”
It's also returning taxes to Bush/Clinton levels
7 Reasons Trump Would Be Right To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel's Eternal Capital
But will it piss off Palestinians? They're always pissed off anyway
Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled
More appeasement might help a lot
TNR: The Democrats’ Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment. The party needs to focus on winning elections, not removing Trump.
‘MORNING JOE’: TRUMP TEAM ‘GOING TO JAIL ... FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES’
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WAS COMING FROM INSIDE THE FBI - When lying to the FBI wasn’t a crime.
Tuesday, December 5. 2017
With Rudy Giuliani. Drain the swamp. Sessions has neither the energy, the hutzpah, or the brains. This is a job for a New Yorker.
Americans Finally See the Severity of Deep State Corruption – Trump and Congress Need to Act Since Jeff Sessions Is Worthless
More Anti-Trump Messages Reportedly Sent By Members Of Mueller's Team: "A Lot More Is Going To Come Out"
RED LINE CROSSED? Mueller takes aim at Trump family finances
WTH? Dirty Cop Mueller Subpoenas Trump’s Deutsche Bank Records… WHERE THE HELL IS JEFF SESSIONS?
Brilliant: Victor D Hanson Explains The Complete Corruption of the Obama Administration helped Sabotage Hillary
Photo via Theo
Tyler Cowen (the readiest person I know - about 2 books/week) offers his Best Non-fiction Books of 2017
Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) - Steyn's Song of the Week
Ethereum miners are renting Boeing 747s to ship graphics cards and AMD shares are soaring
This is over my head
Is Hollywood getting into pedophile movies?
At Huffpo, Problems Of The Super Rich
Eat the rich! Gimme some of their money!
Health spending negatively correlated with health outcomes
Cape Wind offshore power project is dead in the water
It's true that violence can be fun, and it's better if you have an emotional justification. Smash the glass of the ruling class - cuz you want to rule
Delingpole: Donald Trump Trolls Londonistan Like a Boss…
The Tax Reform Bill is Killing and Raping Americans
The Quality Of Political Debate Reaches A New Low With The Tax Bill
Simplifying the Tax Code Has Big Payoffs
If it's about obstruction, perhaps the FBI ought to investigate itself
Would anybody in the FBI change my felony to "carelessness"?
A case (not rare) in which an investigation creates a process crime
FLYNN’S CASE PROVES IT’S TIME TO FIRE MUELLER - When an investigation generates crimes, it’s a crime.
Dershowitz: Come On, You Can’t Charge Trump With Obstruction
McCarthy: It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation
If Michael Flynn's 'crime' is all Robert Mueller has, it is time to move on - Transitions include the president-elect talking to foreign officials. That's not treason; that's the job description.
Puerto Rico's governor hands out almost $100 million in bonuses while asking American taxpayers for $94 billion
How can the US unload this 3rd world island? Does Spain want it back? Likely not.
On the Ground in Salzgitter, Germany
Monday, December 4. 2017
I'll grant that Donald Trump has a number of unpleasant personality traits, and that he is ignorant and incurious about many things. Still...
A book: The Pioneers of Promotion
How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis
1 in 5 Americans Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds
Ain't government education great?
Bioethicist: Sex with the Dead OK
Maybe only with consent?
Chocolate Milk Is Back
How volcanoes in the Antarctic could possibly be linked to any human activity is hard to imagine
Sexual Harassment: Eh, No Thanks, We Have Other Things To Do, Like Work.
Politico: Hey, Wouldn’t Chelsea Clinton Make A Great U. S. Senator?
I’m A Liberal, And I Agree With Sean Hannity That American Journalism Is Dead
Republicans Prepare For War With FBI, DOJ: To File Contempt Action Over Anti-Trump Bias
Trump's Right — the FBI Is in Tatters
" So Jeff Sessions is just now aware that the Robert Mueller Special Counsel is filled with liberal hacks? Where the hell has be been? We have been reporting on Mueller’s liberal dream team for months."
Trump’s campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries
Sounds about right
US WITHDRAWS FROM OBAMA NEGOTIATED UN AGREEMENT ON MASS MIGRATION
also, US Tells The UN It Will Forge Its Own Path On Immigration
Sunday, December 3. 2017
Trump Congratulates ABC For Firing Brian Ross Over "Horrendously Inaccurate" Report
DOJ Launches Review of ‘Anti-Trump’ FBI Official’s Role in Clinton Email Investigation
The FBI appears to be fully complicit in a cover-up that attempted to influence a presidential election for a favored candidate – Hillary Clinton. And the truth was trampled on a Phoenix tarmac.
Nunes blows up, threatens contempt after FBI stonewalls House on Russia investigator demoted for anti-Trump bias
And yeah, where's Jeff Sessions?
neoneo has a good summary, with good commenters too
Saturday, December 2. 2017
India’s Punishment for Plant-Eating Donkeys: Jail Time
‘Supermoon’ this weekend will be biggest full moon of the year
Robots Could Soon Replace 1/3 Of The American Workforce…
“This whole safe city idea is a massive surveillance project,”
Brown University to allow students to ‘self-identify’ as persons of color
Elite colleges are making it easy for conservatives to dislike them
Anglican Cleric: Let Us Pray — That Prince George Turns Out To Be Gay
Court Says Two Women Cannot Conceive a Child, Same-Sex Divorcee Shouts 'Discrimination!'
Better Measurement of State by State Prosperity
What If You Can’t “Normalize” Trump Because He’s Already Normal?
European bureaucrats attack multicultural sandwich
Friday, December 1. 2017
Although Jim Nabors had never served, he was promoted twice as Pyle by the Marine Corp
How the American sandwich took over the UK
Holocaust survivor: I'm giving $1 million to help wounded American veterans, to express my thanks
Honors and Errors: The Burns-Novick Vietnam War Documentary
What Really Happened At The School Where Every Graduate Got Into College
Elitists, crybabies and junk degrees - A Trump supporter explains rising conservative anger at American universities.
New Liberal Idea: Federal Government Would Create A Social Wealth Fund
White House releases 'explosive' tally of green cards issued in 'chain migration'
Speaker Ryan says Dems blew DACA negotiations by skipping Trump meeting
Cop Accuser Implodes in Breitbart Interview, Admits to Making Unsupported Claims About Roy Moore
Eliz. Drew: Politics will always be a place for sex
Media Frustrated With Melania Trump’s Behavior
Trump’s presidency is far better than his Twitter feed
The administration is doing great things.
China to roll back regulations for traditional medicine despite safety concerns - Scientists fear plans to abandon clinical trials of centuries-old remedies will put people at risk.
REMEMBERING THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE MIDDLE EAST'S JEWS
The Islamic State's Virtual Caliphate - Jihad in the West
Hezbollah emerges a winner from Mideast turmoil, alarming foes
Thursday, November 30. 2017
"Treating" sex addiction has become a profitable industry. But is there really such a thing?
I would answer No. The sex drive is strong in most people. Bill Clinton did not have a "stronger more manly sex drive" than other people; he was just a predator and exploiter. Manly men don't do that even if they want to because the key to "manly" is self-mastery, not self-indulgence or mastery of others - especially women.
Are there badly-behaved people, criminal people, boorish people, and people with poor self-control out there? Of course, as in all areas of life besides sex.
Related, THE PURGE OF THE DEVIANTS MAY GO TOO FAR. Regarding that piece, I'd remove the terms "deviants" and "pervs" that I keep hearing. Historically, rich and powerful men were free to use women as they wished to fulfill their fantasies without consequence. The Kennedys were famous for that, as were British royalty. I'd prefer to talk about decent and indecent behavior except in the cases of assault or rape, in which cases I would discuss criminality.
Photos: Above, Romanian bread lines under socialism, below, Romanians line up for new iPhone, Via Carpe
NYT: Weight-training essential to prevent muscle loss over age 40-50
And bone loss. Duh
Everyone has heard of Vesuvius but the caldera of Campi Flegrei is a far more dangerous volcano. Helen Gordon travels to Naples to understand the enormous threat it poses
London’s Mayor Cracks Down on Fish and Chips
This sort of thing is so stupid
12 Secrets of FedEx Delivery Drivers
Washington DC School Graduates Unqualified Kids; All Are Accepted to College
Ending Ivy-League anti-asian bigotry
Fordham University Theology Professor Writes Book Blaming Christianity For “Racism In America”…
How to Deal with Campus Protests
Anti-Trump Media: White House Christmas Decor 'Spooky,' Like a Scene from 'The Shining'
Trump Unveils New White House Christmas Card: ‘Happy Holidays’ Is Gone, Merry Christmas Is Back
It is Christmastime - well, almost Advent
Watchdogs Turn Up More Evidence Obama’s EPA Broke Federal Law
" It is clear to me that progressives want to dispatch constitutional limited governance and replace it with a democratically unaccountable technocracy..."
Well, they are our moral and intellectual superiors
Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Is Repealing Itself - Premiums are so high that many are exempt.
Linda Sarsour says 'fascist' White House poses biggest threat to Jews
Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes
Not only does he tweet dumb things, but he steps on his own messaging. He's hopeless
German Jews Stop Wearing Kippot Amid Muslim Attacks
Germany: Surge in Migrant Attacks on Police - "Migrants Have No Respect for Us"
Wednesday, November 29. 2017
The internet was a great disruptor of the media giants. How to Survive the Media Apocalypse
A Madness at the Heart of Modern Consumerism
Is AI a Threat to Christianity? Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.
Killing Net Neutrality Will Be A Death Blow For Innovation Or Something
US consumer confidence rises, hits highest level since 2000
A commenter at Althouse:
Harassment allegations knock Dems off message
Re Mark Levin: America's Greatest Conservative Thinker Goes Mainstream
Media twist tax plan studies to claim it hammers middle class
Ever wonder how they did it? How BDS activists managed to persuade academic associations with zero connection to the Middle East to pass boycott resolutions against Israel?
Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Outrage Worldwide
High-Level Contacts Between North Korea and Iran Hint at Deeper Military Cooperation
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