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
Friday, June 24. 2016
When has that approach ever worked in the world? Now, the US like Europe offers government benefits to new (including illegal) immigrants. Is that a good idea? It has never been tried in the US in the past, and immigrants did very well over time.
From 1925 to 1965 the US permitted essentially no immigration. The people had decided, and the politicians had agreed, that we had enough of them. The country thrived.
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies
I'll post a couple of my favorites later
Martin Armstrong Rages "The EU Is Nothing Without Britain!"
Brexit vote shows there is more to man than homo economicus. Proud of my ancestral homeland today.
The European Union: Government By Deception
Europe’s Brexit greeting: Sorry and good riddance
"Now It's Our Turn" - Geert Wilders Calls For A Dutch Referendum
How to Wrestle with a Difficult Decision: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York
Much of interest in his Mondo Bizarro
Literally by the Thought Police
Anti-Semitic Incidents on American College Campuses Nearly Doubled
Bathroom Debate Complicates Mexican Town’s Acceptance of a Third Gender
Climate scientist Peter Stott is still trying to connect extreme weather to climate
Scientists do not try to show something.
Economics of cotton subsidies
The least affordable place to live in America is… Brooklyn!
New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex - The consequences of a doctor’s decision not to treat a patient acting like the opposite sex now range from loss of federal funding to civil lawsuits to potential criminal investigation.
So Doc puts the dude in the stirrups - and does what with the speculum? Can insanity be required by law?
The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer
I think household wealth is a better measure of prosperity than household income
Republicans Have a Shot at Replacing Obamacare
America’s Majority-Minority Future Approaches
Protesting against Due Process? Evil
Clinton Foundation shuns veterans groups for foreign causes that allow less transparency
Ex-Clinton official got Boeing bucks while pushing Iran nuke pact – before $25B jet deal
Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’
Obama’s disintegrating strategy - The president’s willful ignorance helps Islamic State fight its ideological war
Anti-money laundering body seen keeping Iran on blacklist: officials
They don't need our money
Elliott Abrams: Obama’s Hypocrisy Highlighted in Push to Undermine Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (INTERVIEW)
Wasting their money
Thursday, June 23. 2016
How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians
For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8
I blame climate change
A Scientist, A Sprinter, And A Sumo Wrestler Attempt To Cross A Human-Sized Cockroach Trap (video)
Reporter goes to shop to buy gun - gets rejected
Unfair “Fair Housing" - The new Obama administration policy to “deconcentrate” poverty is a threat to communities.
Butler won her award for writing:
Mostly other black people
Scott Adams: Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA
Honor and politics
No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom: New at Reason - If the government can take away our natural rights to travel and self-defense, can other fundamental rights be far behind?
TV Reporters Laugh At Hillary For Avoiding Questions
Anatomy of the terror threat: Files show hundreds of US plots, refugee connection
Afghan War Rules Leave U.S. Troops Wondering When It’s OK to Shoot
Wednesday, June 22. 2016
The EU is a Dictatorship that Britain Should Leave
Tomorrow is your first chance in recent history to repel German tyranny without needing an army to do it. Vote for independence, sovereignty, self-determination: Vote "Leave"!
It's your last chance. You can always rejoin if you want to.
Yale may actually be close to caving on course work which is just too darned white
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
Families Struggle to Afford College
Jews are the new ruling elite in the US
French work fewest hours in EU
Cruel summer for newspapers - Publishers see their businesses circling the drain in rapidly decaying orbit
Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: If you buy an AR-15, obviously you’re “buying it do bad things”
Report: 4,948,000 illegals eligible for amnesty, 716,000 in battleground states
Obama administration begins redistributing poor inner-city families to suburbs.
How the feds try to micromanage small business
Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops
Sotomayor is the court loon
The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election
Also VDH: The Trump Nuclear Bomb
Donald's Donor Problem
Clinton goes 200 days without a press conference
New Marine Corps physical standards spell bad news for women in combat directive
Brexit Countdown - Making Britain Great Again?
Tuesday, June 21. 2016
Don't try this if you live in Euroland. You could be prosecuted, shot, or bombed. God bless America where at least you can't be prosecuted.
Agit-prop. Without faux hate, there would be very little for the anti-hate haters to do.
Why extremely rare events keep happening all the time
Father’s Day in the Ghetto
Overcoming The Fear Of Death - A physician confronts his own mortality.
Researchers fail, once again, to find educational gains from public spending on preschool.
From 2006, The Howard Zinn Fabrication Show
How the Democrats Are Disarming Us By suppressing the truth.
David Brooks @NYT: We must let the terrorists in or they will kill us
Root cause of Orlando massacre? “White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Capitalism’ Among Reasons
The Insidious Power of the Media Disinformation Campaign for Hillary Clinton
Cues From Kerry: Dissent Is No Longer the Highest Form of Patriotism
The Imperialism of Western Guilt - Bernard Lewis is the rare Western intellectual who doesn’t view non-Western peoples as too inept to make their own mistakes, let alone pay for them.
Monday, June 20. 2016
New research suggests that fish are smarter and more sentient than we ever knew
The FDA's Foolish War on Salt - The 'voluntary' crackdown lacks scientific support
Scientists claim wood fired pizza is bad, saying baking it is ‘damaging to the urban environment’
Fact-Checking Snopes: Website’s Political ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger
It is quite a story about "How we wrecked Pomona"
Democrat Lawmakers Hold Meeting to Discuss Right Wing Terrorism
"Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
Why Liberals Support Muslims Who Hate Everything They Stand For
Why they hate me: From President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Senate Democrats and the media, there is nothing out of bounds when it comes to what a progressive liberal can accuse a Republican of doing.
Falsehoods Fly Over the AR-15 - Automatic rifle? Wrong. Assault weapon? Wrong again. The truth about the firearm liberals love to hate.
Lone Wolves? Known Wolves? What's the Difference?
NRA Hits Hillary Clinton in Powerful Ad after Orlando ISIS Massacre: “Stop Talking!” Your Words Expose Your Ignorance
Trump the Entrepreneur
How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton
Textbooks at Canadian Islamic Schools: Kill the Gays
British Sniper Takes Out Two ISIS Bombers With One Shot
From ferrets to fish...New EU laws that are ruining Britain
Is Europe doomed by migrants?
Make EU migrants 'wait THREE years for benefits', say Britons
SWEDEN: Up to 70% of ‘Child’ Migrants Are Actually Adults
Three Islamic Terrorists Disguised as Migrants Arrested at Austrian Refugee Center
"We shall not take anyone in´Hungary tells EU it´s full and it doesn´t ´need´ immigration
Enforcing 'God's Commandments': Heightened Mass Executions in Iran
Saturday, June 18. 2016
History of the kettlebell
Olive Oatman, the Pioneer Girl Who Became a Marked Woman
Garrison Keillor does not like small town people
Poll Finds Americans’ Greatest Fear Is Waitress Forgetting About Them
1,300 of the schools had no reports of rape on campus in 2014
How the wealthiest Americans got rich may surprise you
Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’.
Are Greens Coming Around to Nuclear Power?
Lies, Damned Lies, And The EPA's 'Clean Power Plan'
GOP AGs warn Dems that if climate skeptics can be prosecuted for ‘fraud,’ so can alarmists
They Don't Want Your AR-15: They Want Everything
Dear Anti-Gun Liberals, Don’t Tell Me Which Gun I ‘Need’ for Self-Defense
The N.R.A.’s Complicity in Terrorism
Religion of peace Calls for Massacre at Gay Rights Parade
Illegal families surge across border; 2016 already worse than 2015
People Say Republicans Are More Responsible Than Islam For Orlando Attack
I suffer from Islamonausea.
Jihadists Under Investigation - Omar Mateen was not the first to slip through the FBI's grasp.
Let's Talk About Something Else - Obama's aversion to discussing radical Islamists.
To Brexit or not to Brexit
The presumptive Republican nominee faces an onslaught of negative ads, without the cash or staff to respond in kind.
Donald Trump is getting schlonged
Trump threatens to go it alone if GOP doesn't support his attacks on Muslims and the Hispanic judge
The Self-Immolation of the Republican Party - How the GOP lit itself on fire
Sanders Supporters Vindicated: Proof DNC Used Media To Rig Election for Hillary
Why Isn't The Press Covering Clinton For-Profit University Scheme?
As Assad Continues to Wipe Out Syria, State Dept. Dissenters Confront Obama
Friday, June 17. 2016
Knives are the tool used in 5 times more killings in the US than guns.
Admittedly, though, a firearm can kill more people at a time, making for scary headlines. Omitting 9-11 from the stats, however, the number of mass murders in the US has been on a multi-decade decline.
There is an argument that there are too many
It is a very rare bad guy who uses a long gun. Too hard to conceal. Mass murderers sometimes prefer long guns because they are more accurate than handguns.
With the exception of Switzerland where firearm ownership is close to required by law, most governments want their citizens disarmed. Disarmed citizens are more helpless citizens. Most of these governments want their police and government agencies well-armed. Why? Because bad guys have firearms even in disarmed places. New Flash: bad guys ignore laws. Police have weapons because bad guys have them, illegally. They were not purchased in gun shops.
You can't keep guns away from bad guys and the occasional lunatic. Impossible. Thus governments try to limit guns going to good guys. Pointless, but good politics in some places.
Essentially all legal firearm sales in the US are for sport and recreation, self-defense, and for collectors. The extremely rare violent exceptions are Muslims and the mentally disturbed. Firearms are as American as apple pie, and as common. The average American is quite comfortable with a firearm. Many if not most American boys and girls learn to use them. They all should. My parents taught us.
The 2nd amendment is not there because of militias so much as because weapons were forbidden for the common man in England. Only aristocrats could own their own swords and firearms. Same as in the UK now.
If by some miracle firearms could be kept from jihadists in the US, they would simply make bombs.
"Assault-looking" rifles? These are just light-weight rifles that look mean. Best-selling rifle in the US today. True assault weapons are illegal in the US except for government agents and the military. Even IRS agents have an arsenal of assault weapons. Isn't that nice?
I think all of the politicizing of the Orlando jihadist's firearms is virtue posing and grandstanding. BTW, I am in favor of vetting all gun buyers, all knife-buyers, and all immigrants from anywhere. Did you know that it is easier for an illegal immigrant in California to stay and to get government freebies than it is to legally-import a hunting dog from England?
I also think anyone using violence or threat of violence whether with firearm, knife, baseball bat, or anything else in commitment of a crime deserves execution. Not tolerable in civilization.
Photo: Good self-defense handgun, the Taurus Judge which fires .45 and .410 shotshells. Popular with judges. With a .45, it takes training to hit anything, but the .410 makes it easy. Best home defense firearm? A pump 12 ga.: Just the sound of the pump action will send any bad guy running for the hills unless they are crazed rural meth-heads. Home defense is like buying insurance. You hope you never need it.
Related: From Howard Stern for the 2nd Amendment, asking people whether they wish to be sheep or men
And from David French: The Bizarro Morality of America’s Gun-Control Debate
Photo from NY Post: Go ahead, shame my body
Why Sweden Says No To Replacing Nuclear Power With Wind
Social Justice Warriors Declare Battle On Colleague For Exposing Their ‘Research’
NY Professor Says Republicans And Christians to Blame For Orlando Islamist Massacre
I blame the Presbyterians
The Orlando Shooting Launches a War on
What Would Obama, Left Have Said If Dylann Roof Were Muslim?
NY Daily News Writer Misrepresents His Visit to Gun Shop
Orlando shooting shows how ISIS calls the shots
A deeply stupid article until the end when they use the word evil
Why do we indulge the crimes of the Left?
How Chinese Students Are Changing Our Colleges
Joe Manchin laments Fifth Amendment: ‘Due process is what’s killing us right now’
No, Joe. It's Muslims. They use our freedoms against us.
At some point, maybe sooner than we realize, the pols in Washington will
Economy: Janet Whiffs Again——Take Cover Now!
Homo economicus is a stupid model for framing national policy.
Private Businesses in Europe Understand the Cost of Labor, But Public Agencies Don't Seem To
If you're against open borders, you're Hitler
Megan on Brexit:
Free Britain from EU oppression, says I
The Brexit debate has exposed the Establishment
Mexican flags fly at Trump protest in Dallas
"There’s no doubt the media viscerally loathes Trump — in large part because Trump isn’t afraid to get in their faces and punch back twice as a hard, as a wise community organizer would advise. But they’d be battering any presidential candidate with an (R) after his name right around this time. The old rules are very much in force."
Hillary Clinton Ads Surround Her With Children
What Obama Actually Thinks About Radical Islam - The president does not suffer illusions about the pathologies afflicting the broader Muslim world.
Sinking in the Syrian Quagmire
Nuns Call Cops On Argentine Ex-Minister Trying To Stash Millions In Monastery
Argentina’s New Government Stops the Lies
Brazil’s House of Cards Collapses
Image below via American Digest
Thursday, June 16. 2016
Photo is American Egret in CT this week, via reader
Disney facing questions over why there wasn´t an alligator warning on beach where boy was dragged to his death - even though a neighboring hotel has a beware sign
I think part of the issue is that everything in Disney is fake and phony, and happy happy. A hungry real gator in a fake "lagoon" is therefore inconceivable.
A Connecticut nanny likes to climb Everest
The Diversity Profession - Who knew hush money could be so loud?
The Real Lesson of John Oliver's Medical Debt Forgiveness Stunt
McArdle on climate: It's a variation on the recurring "Why are you a terrible person?"
After Orlando: What America Can Learn from Israel's Culture of Preparedness
The Terrorist Watchlist, Explained
Blue Voyagers - Residents of Democratic states seek escape from the tax man.
Then they turn the read state into purple...like the "Massholes" in NH
The End of the Free-Speech Consensus - Naturally, the Golden State wants to lead the totalitarian way.
The Disappearing Continent: A Critique of the Revised AP European History Examination
Stossel: My Lunch with Hillary
Please do not attempt to write a caption for this picture
Rush: Democrats Despise me More Than They Despise Militant Islam
Five Ways Political Correctness Kills Americans
Dubai-Based For-Profit Educator Paid Bill Clinton $5.6 Million After CGI Partnership
Beijing scores again
China’s imperialism on the South China Sea
ISIS killer Larossi Abballa who murdered French police officer and his wife was convicted terrorist
Wednesday, June 15. 2016
Open Borders after Orlando - Can open societies remain open, with mass immigration?
VDH: Same Old, Same Old Horror - The Orlando massacre brings up familiar lessons that we never quite learn.
High cholesterol 'does not cause heart disease' new research finds, so treating with statins a 'waste of time'
Philadelphia leads the way in the battle against the evils of soda
Illegal immigrants who overstay visas hardly ever caught, feds admit
Central America is using us as a day care center again
ISIS Praises Mateen as 'Lion of Caliphate,' Urges Attacks at Theaters, Hospitals, Amusement Parks
Why ‘Brexit’ makes sense - Britons have a chance to reclaim their admirable heritage
ACA Rules Allow People To Game The System, Contributing To Premium Spikes
College Board mandates left-wing narrative for AP European History
UMN students occupy Regents meeting to demand free tuition
Economics: Tyranny Of The PhDs
Russia Is Reportedly Set To Release Clinton's Intercepted Emails
Global Warming Prediction 30 Years Later: How Is It Faring? If you preach to choir, at least try to be fair in your sermon.
The Assault Weapons Ban Is A Stupid Idea Pushed By Stupid People - According
Obama: Killer Omar Mateen Had a “Glock which had a Lot of Clips in It”
Rep. Alan Grayson: An AR-15 Rifle Can Fire ‘700 Rounds In A Minute’
Donald Trump's malicious stupidity
Tuesday, June 14. 2016
Spiked's Brendan O'Neill: "The Real Threat To Free Speech Now is Conformism and Cowardice"
Forget the tie; your dad wants beer this Father's Day
Stinky cheeses too
America’s great age of growth is over and discontentment drives our politics. Yet there’s hope of modest economic advances, if only we clear the way.
It is certain that Alexander Hamilton was a Jewish day-school boy.
Death in Tasmania: Australia Cloud Seeding Green Hydropower Disaster
Transgender “Female” MMA Fighter Brutally Injures Female Opponent
Complete androgyny is the Left’s ultimate goal even if some of their useful idiots don’t know it yet
THIS IS HOW DEMOCRACY DIES - Why more left-wing violence is likely on the horizon.
Gateway Pundit comes out of the closet for Orlando
Williamson: No, We Are Not ‘Doing Everything We Can’
Obama, Clinton Say 'Disarm' While Failing to Protect
Clinton Email Scandal: Experts Say She Likely Exposed CIA Agents
"Morris determined that truth was not an option if Clinton wanted to remain in office"
I can't remember, my brain's in a blender, it's jello!
Yes, Hillary, the FBI’s Investigation Is Criminal
Election: Nothing matters. No one cares. LOL.
London’s Muslim Mayor Bans Sexy Women In Advertisements
In Britain, anti-Semitism endures
Monday, June 13. 2016
After all, when housing prices collapsed in 2008, he didn't call for a ban on hammers, nails, bulldozers and scaffolding. Bans which, since they are tool specific just like gun restrictions, would have made house building much more difficult and helped prices rise. A gun is a tool, too. It didn't walk into the club on its own, it didn't pull its own trigger. It required a sick and deluded person to perpetrate the crime.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Why I Am Voting For Brexit
'Hate Speech Is the Secular Equivalent of Blasphemy' & Other Truths - As the EU tries to police offensive language, here's a better way to think about censorship: Screw off.
“Green” Millennials set New Standards in Wasteful Consumerism
A gun did it, or
ACLU lawyers blame 'Christian right'
Islam and Mr. Obama’s conscience
Is Trump Looking for a Way Out?
Donald Trump, Mainstream Conservative
Hillary Clinton Sent Information Marked Classified
Sen. Sessions RIPS Hillary Clinton for Building Convention Security Fence But Supporting Open Borders
The Clinton Laureate International Universities Scam
London is now a Muslim city
Venezuela: NPR + NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness
The Iran Deal, One Year In: Economic, Nuclear, and Regional Implications
Sunday, June 12. 2016
Great weekend of boating and fishing on Block Island Sound. No Muslim killers out there on the water. Why can't Muslims find simple ways to enjoy life too? Or is raping and killing their idea of fun? They should try fishing. Or even bowling.
I am with Donald - keep them away from my home.
Saturday, June 11. 2016
4 Reasons The Monkees Are Back on Top
Wolves and Ecological Balance
Wolves are good stewards of the land. We need them back in the Northeast. They kill coyotes, too.
Pretending to work at Apple (video)
Raleigh City Council Fails To Approve Airbnb Regulations - The proposal would have blocked residents from renting out their entire home.
Study claiming psychotic traits linked to conservatism gets reversed–finds liberalism more likely to have those traits
All liberals are limo liberals - plus the Gimme crowd
SENATE HEARING SHOWS NO LABOR SHORTAGE TO SUPPORT H-2B VISA INCREASE
EU Referendum: Massive swing to Brexit – with just 12 days to go
Euro elites are arrogant and foolish
Hey, Americans: Washington is not your friend
Sad but true. Most encounters with them tend to have negative impacts on life and freedom
'At the limit,' Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S.
How Leftists try to "start conversations"
Five Reasons Decent People May Want to Back Trump
For third time in a century Europe has been destroyed by an all powerful German leader with designs on a Jew free, German dominated continent from the Atlantic in the west to the Ural mountains in the east.
Friday, June 10. 2016
Student may be punished for insulting vegetarian
In our brave, new world, the proper use of English is now a microagression
Ten ways to reject your white privilege today
Nancy Pelosi: Federal government, not Steve Jobs, ‘invented’ iPhone
America Loves Startups, but the Tax Code Isn't Doing Them Any Favors
Minimum Wage vs. the Carwasheros - New York's new $15 wage floor pits man against machine.
A good case study in microeconomics
The Baltimore Mayor's Castro Odyssey - Stephanie Rawlings-Blake visits a slave camp for advice on "economic development."
Power will do whatever it can get away with
Another victim of the Obama economy
Socialist Death Spirals And Politicians' Claims About Economic Growth
Bilderberg group meeting: What actually happens at the world’s most secretive gathering of global elites, and who is attending?
Obama Administration Looks to Cement Ethnic Divides With Language Mandate
NY Times Columnist Goes Bonkers Over Trump Comment about Black Supporter - What the media omitted from their coverage of Trump’s remarks.
How Hillary Has Made Our Politics Worse
Why the middle east will get much worse
I was not aware of the IQ factor
Public Support for the European Union Plunges - "The EU policy elites are in panic"
India, America’s necessary partner
The Political Message Behind NATO’s War Game in Poland
Thursday, June 9. 2016
Stockman likes The Disruptor. A good 5-minute commentary
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