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
Monday, May 25. 2015
"Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives." —John Adams
The Rumford Meteor has a new look
Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: 'I created a monster'
Amusing re life in the Big City
Here's an amazing young woman
Emote, protest, get naked for your professor, and get credit
It's called Edumacation, and it's expensive
"Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal."
Prosecutor encourages Notre Dame students to report rapes, assaults to county, not school
"I have just read in Army Times that, to my delight, the Army is making soldiers wear the prettiest red high-heels in the pursuit of gender-equality."
Life imitates Monty Python
Paglia: " I saw how feminism was completely removed from this reality. I also learned something from the men at the garage..."
Judgement porn and the shaming spiral
What Liberals Still Don’t Understand About Fox News
Janet Yellen’s Back-to-the-’50s Interest Rates
The Libertarian Moment is Everywhere Around Us (Increasing Social Tolerance Edition) - Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals want to keep the world tightly sorted into
Walter Williams: Ills Of Blacks Due To Government, Not Racism
Steyn Pushes ‘Socialist Lunatic’ Warren 2016 Run: ‘She Comes by Her Socialism Honestly’
March against Monsanto: World rallies in protest - Campaigners are urging those who can’t attend one of the marches around the globe, to make their own protest by buying local organic food
Good grief. Morons. I grow "organic" GMO watermelons.
Saturday, May 23. 2015
Pic: An old one of Bob in his tennis whites
A nighttime bike tour of the Matterhorn
I hiked that trail many years ago, up above Zermatt. Difficult hike up.
How to Use Oil Base Gel Stain Over Existing Finishes
How to Refinish Furniture - Refinish furniture in less time, with less effort and mess, and get better results
Three German Shepherds walk into a bar
When Do I Prune Daffodil Flowers?
Slavery in Senegal
In just 3 generations, our young men have gone from taking Normandy to Boy Scouts not being allowed to use WATER guns
New York Times: Eating food aggravates drought
An amusing campus poster
Ted Nugent speaks to graduates
N.Y. allowed to exclude “Choose Life” plates from specialty license plate program, because they are “patently offensive”
How about "Choose death"?
Noonan: The Trigger-Happy Generation - If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.
Z-Man goes to the wrong doctor. Our doctor (guy with a solo practice, his wife works in the office and they care about their people) knows the whole family, we see him around town, he has known me for 15 years, knows my medical history, makes me get echo stress tests, goes through a lengthy interview touching on health, fitness, diet, emotional issues, work, family, etc. He will see anybody in the family at any time, and he will give phone advice. In fact, he was the one who advised my wife to fly my father-in-law from Cabo to UCSD Med Center this Spring.
Scandal Rap Sheet: 48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the Media
How U.S. Workers Brought the 'Great Reset' on Themselves:
Carly Fiorina got fired once (for her decision to buy Compac?). But hey, MSM - do you remember this?
Were it not for “reporters” like Stephanopolous the comically inept and hopelessly corrupt Ms. Clinton would not dare run for mayor of Chappaqua.
Chris Matthews Defending Hillary: FDR Was 'Secretive' and Turned Out Best President of 20th Century
Hillary Clinton's dark whisperer is back - Sidney Blumenthal has been here all along. In fact, he never went away.
Visit By Pope To Cuba Will Test the Pontiff As Well as the Castros
ISIS Rapes While Senator Whines About Fictional ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape
Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections
Friday, May 22. 2015
Due to global cooling, there will be a frost tonight in New England. Please, people, drive more. I am boating this weekend, planned for shorts and t-shirt weather but I will consume plenty of fossil fuels to get to my boat, and on the boat. Loading with 50 gallons. Just doing my part to warm this frigid planet.
Unrelated, this: Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. The man is too smart to be president and conveys too much aggression, too little seduction.
To dominate, Conservatives need good cheer and optimism, a strong Libertarian/freedom streak, and less hawkishness about places that Americans do not give a damn about. To my Repub friends: Americans do not give a darn about Ukraine, Syria, Somalia, Guatemala, Mexico, etc. as long as you keep those people out of the USA. Americans do not want to run the world and are sick of the Middle East insanity. End of rant. Gone Fishin with my good gal. Newport this summer, as it happens.
Happy Decoration Day to all, with thanks to all American armed forces over the years.
Berry Gordy Jr. created Motown
Woman Says Her Wi-Fi Connection Is Making Her Sick
Railway Socialism and Safety - When you suppress the profit/loss system, people stop working for the sake of quality and endanger consumers
The social justice thought police has always been with us, but it’s the
New Snowden doc: NSA targeted mobile phones, app stores
Washington Post Attacks Rubio: He’s Not Rich!
Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary’s Accomplishments
Hillary vs. 19 Republicans - The GOP free-for-all is better politics than the Democrats’ coronation of Hillary Clinton.
Carly Fiorina Just May Be the Surprise Dark Horse of 2016
White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil
Anti-Semitism and Jewish destiny
UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus
Democrats Can’t Name Hillary’s Accomplishments - See more at:
Thursday, May 21. 2015
I want the Win 3-barrel set. I will send a note to Santa. Guns International.
Oysters have to be farmed to meet market demand. I am part of that market. They are easy to farm, but slow-growing compared to chickens. I find the West Coast oysters to be insipid, and oysters grown south of Chesapeake Bay flavorless, too large, and disgusting. Oyster gourmet.
You can't win with these rules. Even if you just shut up, it's an aggression.
The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts
Ancient Heritage Site at Major Risk as Islamic State Nears Full Control in Palmyra
Althouse: "I retreated to the position that the mind of Bob Dylan is simply an unknowable phantasmagoria."
A good word.
Can the West Stand Up for Free Speech?
NYC is America’s No. 1 slumlord
Disgrace: 51% of Democrats, 37% of Republicans support making “hate speech” a crime
I hate hate hate people who wish to restrict speech
I'm with Rand on this
The ‘Old and Relentless’: The Clinton soap opera continues
The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology
I am becoming indifferent too. The world is full of evil people, always has been. Why is that my problem? Why should I get upset by these ignorant raghead lunatics? They have been there for a long time, killing eachother. It's what they do - their culture.
Wednesday, May 20. 2015
I think daily pot-smoking is a poor choice of lifestyle especially if you want a clear head. However, poor choice of lifestyle is not a crime. I enjoy a taste of weed once in a while, usually on a boat on a calm, clear day with a couple of Pacificos. Sometimes on a hiking climb in the glorious White Mountains of New Hampshire, or on a trout stream anywhere. It's difficult to relax anywhere, but one must put in that extra effort to relax sometimes if only to get along with others cheerfully.
"Prior to 1937 in the United States (and 1928 in the United Kingdom), cannabis had enjoyed a 5,000 year run as a therapeutic plant with no history of illegality."
I am generally opposed to drug laws. Gigantic waste of time and money. Freedom entails freedom to be stupid. Just not on my nickel.
Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind
Water balloons are bombs, and water hoses are flame-throwers. Dangerous out there if you have a psychotic imagination. Life is more fun without psychosis.
With luck, the “trigger warning” crew will all stop watching Game of Thrones now
“Notice how you never hear feminists saying, ‘We need more women loggers’?”
The story of Liberation Theology
How Government Debt Disinherited the Next Generation…and How To Fix It
Ferguson Rent-A-Mobs Exposed
After boosting trade pacts, Hillary Clinton gets millions from speeches to traders
Watergate Redux? Will Sid ‘Vicious’ Upend Hillary?
Chris Christie on the NSA: “You can’t enjoy your civil liberties if you’re in a coffin”
Does not sound like Patrick Henry
How America Lost Vietnam After Winning the War Against a Communist Foe
Obama’s Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse
Did U.S. Policy Allow Ramadi to Fall? Stubborn D.C. advisers won't accept why Iraqi security forces fail and the jihadis keep advancing.
The Lessons of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Discovery
Tuesday, May 19. 2015
It's an exaggeration. They do well in state and local elections. For national elections, I feel they need to inject a larger dose of good old American Libertarian ideas and rhetoric.
Sometimes I imagine that they are afraid to win the WH, Senate, and Congress at once. That never bothered their opposition with their messianic aspirations. I do not aspire to utopia, just personal freedom from government, as much as is reasonable. Trans-fats? Are you kidding me?
Related? Hating Babies, Hating Mothers
The MA Berkshires: From a sleepy farming area to Deep in the Berkshires, Housewares and High Fashion
Life Is "Triggering." The Best Literature Should Be, Too.
Boston University prof in racist tweet flap accused of trolling white rape victim
The Coming Trans Fat Ban and the Petty Tyranny of the FDA - The FDA, which helped make trans fat use more common, is now seeking to ban trans fats.
Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' - Calls for more international Internet laws.
Bored to Death: Do Jeb and Hillary Really Want to Be President?
Steph: Weasel words from a weasel
Stephanopoulos’s Long, Long Record of Loyal Service to the Clintons
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
Illinois: “Politicians are to blame for the state’s fiscal woes, but mainly
Obama — You’re a bad person to do the best for your kids. Me? You’re kidding, right?
Hillary Caught in Another Email Lie: New Docs Reveal She Used Second Private Account While Sec. of State
— You’re a bad person to do the best for your kids. Me? You’re kidding,
right? - See more at:
Unions Pour Millions into Clinton Foundation - Some contributions reported as political activity
Clinton Political Advisor Sydney Blumenthal Has Been Paid by the Clinton Foundation for Years; "Advised" Hillary on Libya at Same Time He Was Seeking Business Opportunities There
Sweden: Rape Capital of the West
Vietnam poetry: Tell Me What It Was Really Like
Greenfield: Liberating Our Jerusalem
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Nuclear Umbrella - By failing to help South Korea and Japan with small threats, the United States is casting doubts on its biggest commitment in the region.
Federal Hammer to Come Down on Trans Fats
Monday, May 18. 2015
In a spa town in the Swiss Alps, you'll find snow-capped mountains, chocolate, goats... and soon, the tallest hotel
Insty likes the Audi Q7
Nice car, but me want a big boy truck.
The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades
Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says
Scientists fleeing Antarctica due to ice and cold
A new Little Ice Age? Instead of dangerous warming, Earth could be entering a chilly era
Chipotle Backs Off GMO-free Claim
Utah professors attacked for defending traditional marriage
UC Davis women's lacrosse apologizes for senior photo featuring stereotypical costumes
Administrative Complaint Filed against Harvard for Anti-Asian Admissions Discrimination
Affirmative Action Firefighter Refuses to Fight Fires
The ACA’s Unintended Consequences - Obamacare will depress wages and productivity.
Don’t Be So Sure the Economy Will Return to Normal
Who’d a thunk, a devout Christian black Republican beats out everyone else?
Coming Soon to a Middle School Near You: ‘Gender Fluidity’ Studies
Marco Rubio fires an impressive opening shot
WORTH REMINDING THEM: In 2013, the RNC Said Mark Levin Should Moderate a GOP Debate
$25 million: Show Hillary the money
Stephanopoulos, ABC have not fully disclosed Clinton ties: Schweizer
Have Hostile Governments Stolen Hillary’s Emails?
Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy
Procession Honoring Virgin Mary Considered “Provocation,” Attacked by Moslems in Italy
Contrary to Popular Outrage, Pope Francis Didn’t Call Mahmoud Abbas ‘an Angel of Peace’
Muslim Rape Gangs, Terrorists as 'Pop-Idols,' and the Trafficking of Children
Islamic State Terror Handbook Trains Western Jihadis To Avoid Capture
Honoring Virgin Mary Considered “Provocation,” Attacked by Moslems in
Italy - See more at:
Sunday, May 17. 2015
"Our world will be a vastly different place in 20 years as a billion Africans figure out how to live on enough food for half a billion Africans."
Israel solved its water woes in five years by desalination. A CEO explains why it took him 10 years
to build a single plant near San Diego.
Saturday, May 16. 2015
The Wedding Sting - How a police department tried to save a failing Rust Belt town by luring all the local drug dealers to one party (h/t Am. Digest)
I've done that
What Happened to "Start-Up New York?" If this is what your friends say about you, you have a problem.
Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death
Research shows that people who get accepted to the Ivy League but don’t attend do just as well as people who do attend. They’re sorting for
In the climate debate, hear both sides
The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London
The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London
Power To The People: Can We Privatize The Welfare State?
Hello Young People, I'm Hillary Clinton: You're an AfricanAmericanMiddleClassHomosexual? I care about you!
The Brian Williams comparison has got to hurt: “Willams wrapped himself
Why Stephanopoulos tarnished his credibility by hiding his Clinton Foundation donations
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
Free Trade Fantasies
UK PM David Cameron Proclaims: It’s Not Enough To Follow The Law, You Must Love Big Brother
Rights group: Human rights under Palestinian rule worsened
Friday, May 15. 2015
These things keep people and goods moving, and keep the economy going. (Freight railroads make money.)
I like Amtrak. You can ride from Boston to New Orleans, from NYC to Chicago and to California, or from NY to Montreal. Good stuff. And their high-speed Acela is very busy on the Boston-NYC-Philly-Baltimore-Wilmington-DC route. Very pleasant too, and easier than air. Their labor contracts are, of course, insane.
An occasional accident is not statistically meaningful, in contrast to automobile fatalities and injuries. Ten thousand car accidents are not big news. A train wreck or a plane crash is news because they are so rare.
Here's one view: Amtrak Doesn’t Need More Taxpayer Cash, It Needs To Be Given Away
Why not give the highways away too? I know plenty of people who could run I-95 at a nice profit.
What's your view?
Colorado Rancher Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury, Becomes Accidental Genius
The New York Times–Facebook Deal Is Here
Trigger Warning! College Kids Will Soon Discover ‘The Adult World Is Not One Big, Extra-Cushy Couch’
Boeing Shareholder Challenges Ethics of Company’s Relationship to Clintons - Boeing contributed $900,000 to Clinton Foundation, paid $250,000 for Bill Clinton speech
Howard Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party
Civil disobedience: Many freedoms we take for granted exist because of lawbreakers.
Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party - See more at:
Charles Krauthammer: ‘Pathological’ President ‘Doesn’t Know a Damn Thing About Fox’
Where You See Tragedy, Liberals See Opportunity
Little England Sans Scotland, Sans EU—–Ominous Threat To The European Superstate
When Ronald Reagan was shot, Al Haig famously declared that he was “in control,” but it was the vice president from Texas who stepped calmly into the breach.
WHITE MERCENARIES HAVE BOKO HARAM ON RUN - Aging South African apartheid-era soldiers sign up for 1 last battle
The Israeli NGO won international attention last week for claiming to expose IDF malfeasance in Gaza. It exposed something else.
Thursday, May 14. 2015
VDH: Lying, Inc, - Lying is insidious. When it becomes institutionalized at the top, cynicism and lawlessness follow below
Discovered a disease? WHO has new rules for avoiding offensive names
No Matter the Ailment, More Federal Spending Is the Prescription
The “Bias Incident Reporting” effort aims to “address the impact of demeaning and hurtful statements as well as acts of intolerance directed towards protected classes,” CU Boulder’s website states.
Erdely’s UVA story written with ‘actual malice,’ dean says in defamation suit
Carly Fiorina talks
Former Kerry staffer praises ex-boss, says ‘treated unjustly’ by Israeli public.
China’s missiles can reach nearly all of U.S.: Pentagon report
The Putin Principle: How It Came to Rule Russia
Wednesday, May 13. 2015
Amazing how gummint can find things to do
Tom Friedman Beclowns Himself Again
Medicare Part B premiums increasing up to 30%
Bangaledeshi Blogger Hacked to Death In Middle of Street For Criticizing Presbyterians
Remembering the fall of Vietnam - Hopes for freedom died 40 years ago
Tuesday, May 12. 2015
"Please don't put me in the real world" -(h/t, SDA)
A weighty matter: Chevy Colorado vs. Ford F-150
Watch Two Men In Jetpacks Fly Above Dubai
Jeepers, Icarus. Where do you put your luggage, and how do you land? Oh, parachute.
NJ SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE IF LEAVING CHILD IN CAR A FEW MINUTES IS AUTOMATICALLY “NEGLECT”
How drunks get hurt in Wisconsin
"...His sin, but of course, was simultaneously being white and being OK with
As You Were Saying...Call Obama's bluff on immigration
Obama’s Crackdown on Dissent Has Made Conservatives a Little Paranoid — and Rightly So
White House Denies It Fabricated bin Laden Killing
Was OBL actually in Paki custody at the time?
How Awful Was Mark Halperin’s Ted Cruz Interview? Think Progress Called Him Out On It
Carly Fiorina: A real feminist
The extraordinary foolishness of building an EU army
A story of the Vietnam War - The favorite myth of the left survives in a Pentagon scheme of commemoration
Obama’s quiet nuclear deal with China raises proliferation concerns
Monday, May 11. 2015
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