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
Saturday, January 24. 2015
Is your car’s engine noise a lie?
Traveling to Europe is about to get a whole lot cheaper
It’s Earnings Season—–So Here Come The Crooks, Led By Alcoa
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
“Struggling Mom” Showcased in Obama’s SOTU Address is Dem Staffer & Has Introduced Obama at Campaign Rallies
Goldberg: "The “Life of Julia” was nothing more than an argument for the federal government to replace the functions once performed by family and community. "
British Feminists: ‘Degrading Sex Acts Are Empowering’
Whew. She must be really, really smart. Wonder what department she is in. Moonbat Studies?
Two examples of how ‘competition breeds competence’
I Thought I'd Get an Elite Education - Unfortunately, the university I attended fell far short of my hopes and expectations.
MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’
Climate change falling so far off the public radar, a major polling house didn’t even bother asking about it this year
Massaging the Message: In a complete inversion of reality, the Charlie Hebdo massacre story is morphing into a parable about how difficult it is to be a Muslim in the West
Is your car’s engine noise a lie?
Friday, January 23. 2015
Photo above from 44 Amazing NYC Places That Actually Still Exist (h/t Althouse)
Here's a site of interest: Invisible Serfs Collar
Ten Ways Men Oppress Women with Their Everyday Behavior - Manspreading and manslamming are just the beginning!
Reviving Blue Collar Work: How to Start a Career in the Trades
Vaccine deniers stick together. And now they’re ruining things for everyone
BPA is not toxic
Europe’s $100 Billion Green Energy Mistake
We’ve Reached Peak Feminism
Kill Me Now: NBC News Just Launched NBCBLK
So the rest of NBC is for white folks?
A Billionaire Lectures Serfs In Davos: "America's Lifestyle Expectations Are Far Too High"
Qaradawi Organization Wants Worldwide Blasphemy Law
French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy Denounces ‘Delirium of Anti-Zionism’ Before UN General Assembly
U.S. Commander: Russian Support to Ukrainian Separatists Has ‘Doubled’ - Kremlin ignoring terms of ceasefire agreement
Counterinsurgency: The West’s record in fighting modern insurgents from the Cold War era to the age of globalisation is characterised by multiple political reverses.
Graph below via Ace
Thursday, January 22. 2015
John Boyd’s Roll Call: Do You Want to Be Someone or Do Something?
NYC's Doctors Riot
New SAT, New Problems - The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.
“American Sniper” — a Rorschach test separating the wheat from the chaff
Gov. Scott Walker: Obama Now A ‘Lame Duck President’
Watch This Pentagon Official Literally Joke About Lowering Standards for Women in Combat
NY Times Magazine forced to admit that Megyn Kelly might be great at her job
Sisi’s Brave New Egypt?
Tom Friedman: "The bullying often works to silence critics of Islamic extremism. ... They cause governments, writers and experts to walk on eggshells.”
Israeli TV shows ‘Iranian missile’ that ‘can reach far beyond Europe’
Playing a Double Game in the Fight Against AQAP - In Yemen, the world’s most dangerous jihadi group is both the government’s enemy and its ally of convenience.
What Jon Stewart Didn’t Ask Jimmy Carter
Wednesday, January 21. 2015
Inside a Porsche engine assembly plant (vid)
NASA discovers 8 new dangerous near Earth asteroids
George Washington had a parrot that he disliked.
The Ik people
Vanderbilt Administration Silenced Me at Pro-Islam Rally
Journalism professor opposes free speech.
Government regulation vs. regulation by market forces and consumer-regulators
Americans Deserve a Fair Shot. Government Should Get Out of the Way.
Obama Calls for $320 Billion in New Taxes
Obama’s State of the Union: “Death is a tax loophole”
The Big Chill: The Battle for Central Europe
Obama’s State of the Union: “Death is a tax loophole” - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=55945#sthash.lj9aK8lK.dpuf
Tuesday, January 20. 2015
A number of people, mostly born-and-bred New Yawkers, have recently been suggesting to me that New York is in decline. With Mayor Bill, I have a hard time refuting this. On the other hand, their 'evidence' is a host of articles and commentary about the closing of this deli or that dry cleaner, some other diner, or the changing cultural makeup of some community which they'd prefer never change.
"That deli was iconic, how horrible!" "Landlords forced them out by raising rents!" Oh the horror! To me, New York is cool because it doesn't stay the same.
Face it, who wants it to stay the same? Sure I love Carnegie Deli and Katz'. If they closed tomorrow, sad as I'd be, something else would come along. Jack Dempsey's was gone long before I arrived in 1985, should I regret it's passing (I'm sure many did)? Though I haven't been in McSorley's since our hike last fall, and only to use their restroom, I admit I'd fight tooth and nail to keep it open...though probably not. Better to have one last beer and let the past go, if I must.
Bond's is a great example of the idea that New York is improving rather than getting worse. I've eaten at Bond 45 a few times. The food is good, though I consider it comfort food. Still, for a business or friendly lunch in the heart of Times Square it's good to know there is a reliable and reasonable place to eat.
Even so, isn't it lamentable that Bond's is gone? Sort've. I mean, the clothing store and "international casino" are long gone. So is the concert venue, which was iconic because of The Clash in 1981. Well, really iconic because those 'greedy' concert promoters sought to fill overwhelming demand to see a red-hot band (everyone won in that transaction, if I remember correctly...fans like my brother-in-law got to say they 'were there', promoters made some good coin, Bond's made a pretty penny, and The Clash got their cut and made a name for themselves - wait, where was the "greed" again?)
I am reminded of a fellow at a recent event I attended for my alma mater, Syracuse University. This schmuck, after hearing of all the very positive changes the university was implementing, stood up and asked "But what are you doing to preserve traditions, places, and buildings from my past?" The chancellor gave a good, pat answer. As we walked out, I commented to my wife "I don't think that question has any meaning to me. I wonder how someone who graduated in 1880 would feel if he walked the campus today? Would he wish it looked and felt exactly the way it did in 1880, or are students better having things which suit them in this day and age?"
I love standing on campus, making note of the changes, and then commenting about what I did in that building, or how I used to sled down that hill, or how we once sneaked chickens into Bird Library (a feat unlikely to ever be duplicated). The past is the past, and keeping a building around simply because it's always been there isn't a winning idea anymore than it is for me to continue to wish I could still be on the Quad throwing a football.
Progress is painful, especially on our emotional ties to the past. But progress is a net positive, and we shouldn't simply let the past get in the way of progress. Even if it is because of some 'greedy' landlord in a city that epitomizes (or used to) progress. I like the fact I saw several games in the old Yankee Stadium or even Shea Stadium. But the new stadiums are still a great place to see a game, regardless of their limited history.
5 things Steve Jobs said Apple would never do - and Apple is doing
An Actual Letter Ayn Rand Wrote To An Actual Teenage Girl
This just in: cakes, cookies, doughnuts and pizza popular with kids
Related, at Powerline:
Mitt the Insurgent
What Makes Hillary Clinton So Darn Likable?
A few conundrums about America
Marine Le Pen: France Was Attacked by Islamic Fundamentalism
Why Obama Can't Say 'Radical Islam'
From VDH's Untrue Truisms in the War on Terror
Monday, January 19. 2015
From Steyn's A Judenrein Europe:
Martin Luther King -- Under the Liberal Bus
A tour of a ballistic sub
John (Junior) Gotti on growing up son of mob boss John Gotti: memoir
Ten people killed, churches and non-Muslim-owned businesses attacked in Niger over Charlie Hebdo cartoons
How to get rid of Moose
Mommy has a penis
SECOND AMENDMENT NEWS: The Innovative Taurus Curve
Looks like a stapler
In Praise Of Price Discovery—–The Market Is Off Its Lithium:
Mastodon bones discovered in local family’s backyard
Joel Klein on the NYC School System: "The Most Complex Bureaucracy in America" - The former schools chancellor on the wisdom of shutting down "perpetual failure factories."
As the number of students going to law school drops dramatically, law
It's not news that socialism wants your primary relationship to be with the state
Professor quits because there are too many conservatives on campus
"GOVERNMENT” IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR THE THINGS THAT WE SCREW UP TOGETHER
Ted Cruz: Loose Cannon or Libertarian Reformer?
The Elephant in the Room: Unfunded Liability for State and Local Government Employees
California Spending Big to Halt School Reform Lawsuit Backed by Republicans and the ACLU
Rereading Regensburg - Questions that need to be asked about Islam were asked by Pope Benedict nearly ten years ago.
Jindal's Brilliant Take on Radical Islam
Aussie official: “Go fuck yourself you communist turd.”
Iran doesn’t hesitate to use a human pawn as nuclear negotiations go on
Meet the honor brigade, an organized campaign to silence debate on Islam
Christians Burned Alive: Where’s the Outrage?
Germany’s Anti-Islamist Movement PEGIDA Cancels Rally After ISIS Death Threats
Saturday, January 17. 2015
Toon stolen from Am. Digest
Why fewer skyscrapers are a GOOD Sign for the United States
Colorized old photos
AI Has Arrived, and That Really Worries the World’s Brightest Minds
The Metaphorical War - Conceptual metaphors determine how we view the
the Republicans are finding it hard to reform Obamacare - See more at:
This is what the new U.S.-Cuba travel rules mean for Americans hoping to visit Cuba
Lessons For Winning Liberty In A World Of Statism
View from the left: Tea Party’s Constitution fraud: Why the
Obama to Senate Dems: ‘I’m going to play offense’
Cuba Is Hoping To Replace Venezuelan Oil With American Tourists
Friday, January 16. 2015
Stolen from Hit and Run
How did you get your first job in comedy?
My Father Does Not Live In America
‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ going back to publisher
It's just too hard
It's sick and getting sicker
Didn't the feds recently conclude that saturated fats were not a health problem?
A day of reckoning for “disparate impact” housing discrimination cases
The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.
Obama's Next Foray: Paid Sick Leave
I am my own boss. How can I get this?
The Fox News Obsession - It’s an exercise in confirmation bias on the Left.
Pope Francis: There are limits to free speech
I think he's talking about manners and civility, not law
Islam Means "Submission," and So Does Liberalism
George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action
Obama, Hillary and their Dr. Phil foreign policy - Sympathy for the devilry is music to the ears of left-wing leadership
Obama Was Right to Skip Paris - By lionizing Charlie Hebdo, Europe is empowering Al Qaeda.
I sort of agree.
Thursday, January 15. 2015
23 Hollywood Moms With Same Sperm Donor Go on Vacation
Alfred Fuller's brush with history
Personal Trainer Impressed By Man’s Improved Excuses
The bias against guns: What the media isn't telling you
AMERICA'S MILITARY: A conservative institution's uneasy cultural evolution
A ‘Gentle Mob’ Pushes UVA to the Irrational
Oxford University Press bans sausages and pigs from
ObamaCare Opt-Out Act: Let all Americans make their own health care decisions
Martin Luther King Jr. enlisted to fight illegal immigration, Obama amnesty
The Problem with Romney Nostalgia - Romney’s 2012 campaign was premised on dissatisfaction with Obama, not enthusiasm for Mitt.
Mitt is a superb fellow. If I were elected, I'd put him in charge of something big
Scott Walker, the un-academic?
1 million tons of pressurised CO2 stored beneath Decatur, Illinois. It was a tenth of that, 100,000 tons, that caused the Lake Nyos disaster
Top MIT Climate Scientist: ‘Senate’s Climate Change Vote Is Ludicrous’
What Terrorism? Kerry Still Obsessing Over 'Climate Change'
France Arrests Comedian Dieudonné for Condoning Acts of Terrorism on Facebook - 54 arrested in crackdown; Interior Minister promises ‘total severity’ against free speech the government doesn’t like
WaPo: French Muslims 'Deeply Torn' by ‘I Am Charlie’ Slogan - 'Many are viewing the tragedy in starkly different terms from their non-Muslim compatriots.
Sky News Really Doesn't Want to Show the New Charlie Hebdo Cover - Self-censorship in action
Free Speech Can Get You Killed? Support It Anyway.
The Existential Necessity of Zionism After Paris: A COMMENTARY Editorial
Drawing While the Hand Trembles - A view of "Charlie Hebdo" from the world of Arab cartoonists, where the risks loom large and the humor is black.
Below via Front Page
Wednesday, January 14. 2015
Fitness Trackers Only Help Rich People Get Thinner
Brains, veins and bones as you've never seen them: Scanner reveals gruesome, high-definition images of the human body - Next-generation GE scanners are being used by doctors in Florida
Iceland: Brewery makes 'whale testicle beer'
Just a reminder of what one of America’s largest media conglomerates
Almost 300 Stanford Professors Sign Letter Urging Divestment from Fossil Fuels
I'd be impressed if they vowed to eschew fossil fuel themselves
Taking people who shouldn’t have graduated high school, and sending them to colleges they aren’t ready to attend.
California: Will the Court Give Abood the Boot? The U.S. Supreme Court is one decision away from curtailing union power in California.
Liz Warren: Class Warrior With Heap Big Wampum
Atkisson: The U.S. Govt. vs. Gen. David Petraeus
Saudi Imam Bans Building of Un-Islamic Snowmen
Paris Update or, “Who Should I Believe? You or My Lying Eyes?”
Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the 'freedoms' of living in the West to
Angela Merkel Joins Pro-Nazi Muslim Brotherhood at German Rally
White House: Obama Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles
Jewish Lives Do Matter—to Terrorists. To a Distracted Left, Not So Much.
Nigeria's Horror in Paris's Shadow - Why a 10-year-old suicide bomber isn't front-page news
Tuesday, January 13. 2015
No, the Internet Is Not Killing Culture - It’s always been hard to make a living in the arts. It still is.
Obama Science Aide Says Humans Preventing New Ice Age
Experts: female, minority students face 'microaggressions' on campus
Are Today's Law Students Tough Enough? In letters to the editor, attorneys and students weigh in on covering fraught subjects in school
De Blasio Is a Lesson New Yorkers Need to Learn
Venezuela's Bishops Have A Message For Pope Francis on Communism
Blasphemy for Me, But Not For Thee - Do liberals actually believe in the right to offend?
Is Islam “a religion of peace”?
WHAT WAS OBAMA THINKING? A PLAUSIBLE ANSWER
NIGERIAN ARCHBISHOP: NIGERIA NEEDS ‘SAME INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT’ AGAINST TERRORISM AS FRANCE
Monday, January 12. 2015
Photo above from Old Trees
Science: Your Kid’s Not Special
FIRE Letter to Yale University President Richard C. Levin
Wounded Warrior Project Wasting Donations?
Obama Will Hold Summit on 'Countering Violent Extremism'--Not Radical Muslim Terrorism
Eugene Robinson: France attack might have been worse here, because guns
Afghanistan rally hails Charlie Hebdo attackers as 'heroes'
Feel Good Story: Muslim African American Hid the Thirty Jews in the Freezer at the Hyper Casher, Saved Their Lives
Joyce Carol Oates: “It is delicate matter to adjudicate, even to
Sultan: Let's Laugh at Islam
Rupert Murdoch Tweets About "Jihadist Cancer"
Powerline: Terrorism as Rorschach Test
It's called the sinfulness of fallen mankind
Re Gwynnie's post on Saturday: Saturday´s suicide bombing elicited little coverage...
Sunday, January 11. 2015
Comply with the Law, whatever. You can argue later.
Saturday, January 10. 2015
The MSM are in a twit about 16 Frenchmen. Well and good, but thanks to The List of Islamic Terror Attacks from 2014 you can see that, in 2014, they killed 32,004 people, or 88 a day. I copied it to a spreadsheet and there are 3,000 incidents.
Remember how we ignored the Cambodian holocaust? Brown vs. brown. I thought when Jews spoke of their Holocaust and said "never again" that they meant no more holocausts. Nope - the media in NYC were silent about killing 3,000,000 Cambodians; I guess "never again" meant no more killing Jews. Good idea for certain, but a far smaller scope.
Now THAT is racism!!
Today's image from People's Cube
Poor teeth - If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege
My own teeth are a disaster, and I was never really poor except temporarily. Just bad luck and bad genes
This isn’t a culture anymore. It is a freak show.
A Conservative case for New Urbanism: Conservatism for the City - Beauty, streetcars, and dual codes are the right ideas for urban policy.
Nikon 1200-1700mm Helps French Photogs Capture Hostage Situation from a Safe Distance
We Don’t Need No (Free) Education - Ultimately, Obama's plan is a bad deal for America, because it will hurt people’s employment opportunities and cost too much.
On population growth and decline (a reader found this somewhere) - correction, it is from Alan Macfarlane, ‘The Invention of the Modern World’ -
Macfarlane, ‘The Invention of the Modern World’ - See more at:
Some people are surprised that Raùl Castro would act to precipitately in cracking down on Cuban freedom advocates. But why the surprise?
House passes 40-hour workweek for Obamacare; Dems buck Obama veto threat
The U.S. Marines' 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War
We Are Not All Charlie - It is easy to express solidarity with murdered cartoonists, but it is difficult to live as bravely as they did
Not so difficult if you are armed
Boko Haram massacres 2,000 in Nigeria
Nobody is afraid of Christians
Friday, January 9. 2015
Rush said today: "Just two Muslims with guns dominated the world news, and scared the media out of their minds, for almost a week. That, my friends, is called power."
It is amazing how fearful the American MSM is of, of Muslims. The New York Times males have their panties messed up. Man up, pussies. I advise 12 ga. shotgun, not rifle or handgun. When lunatics in the vicinity, steady aim is difficult except for the pros.
He went on to explain that those two are not the real news, that the real news is the millions of Muslims all around the world who remain silent, support, or applaud their war on Western civilization. Not to mention their apologists and the scaredy-cats in the West.
Has any Muslim organization in the world condemned these sorts of evil ones yet? Not one.
Unlike some hysterics, I have no big fear of the batshit lunatics. Unlike the French, we regular Americans are well-armed. Unlike past free-world threats, these are snakes, not formidable armies. Slippery, though, because Islam advises them to lie to nonbelievers so, if in the wrong place at the wrong time, these snakes can bite. They need killing, same as a rattlesnake in the barn.
This idiotic war has been going on for a long time, since around 600 AD. We are on the side of the crusaders, defending the foundations of Judeo-Christian civ. It ain't perfect, but it's OK. The French may need a Charles Martel, but most of the West just needs a St. Patrick to eliminate the snakes. Send them packing back to whence they came along with their loony cult and their hopeless, ignorant, pedophile, goat-f-ing, wife-beating, bloody, desert culture where their fun was in killing eachother and nobody really cared what they did until WW1.
My only problem with all of this is that I have some Muslim friends and colleagues who I respect - and vice-versa - and whose company I enjoy a great deal. They have zero interest in killing me for my Christian faith and I believe it because we've talked over (many) beers in NYC pubs. In fact, in my heart I would rather bring them to Christ than they are interested in bringing me to their Mohammed prophet.
For me, live and let live - but if you want to harm me, I will kill you and I have the means and the heart to do so with no remorse.
Metamorphosis is disgusting
Some of each is best
Why white dudes often don't make the NBA (quick vid)
Kevin Williamson: The New Royals - Princesses, peas, and the emotional needs of chickens:
Williamson keeps getting better, doesn't he?
High speed rail in CA: "It's not that expensive. We can afford it. In fact, we cannot NOT afford it."
I can't NOT afford a Ferrari. Don't they have airplanes in California?
The slow death of the precious gem jewelry business
Diamonds are a scam and everybody knows it now
Sowell: The Dogma of Multiculturalism - The fallacy of “equally valid” cultures polarizes society.
Obama to propose two free years of community college for students
If it doesn't cost you, you don't value it
Christians in the Holy Land: Don’t Call Us Arabs
Where's the Coverage? Majority of Israeli Arabs Proud to Be Israeli
As the Purge Intensifies, Xi Shifts to the Left
East Asia's Population 'Death Spiral'
What's wrong with population decrease? Seems like a good thing to me.
Dalrymple: Equating Prudence with Cowardice - France must continue to mock, bait, and needle its Muslims.
Nobody segregated them.
Don’t Blame the Charlie Hebdo Mass Murder on ‘Extremism’ - Intolerance for free expression is rooted in classical Islam.
French policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt broadens for militant killers
Thursday, January 8. 2015
Contents of Paul Revere’s time capsule unveiled in Boston
Jeffrey Epstein's Society Friends
Living the Hugh Hefner life style. Those aren't "sex slaves," - they are concubines, courtesans
Just Because It Sucks Is No Reason to Leave New Jersey - Why would anyone leave New Jersey?
Frontiers of microaggression
Why ‘Manspreading’ Is Definitely a Serious Issue, as Explained by the Feminist Internet - The government should maybe do even more.
Hating Whitey’s Brunch
Solving the Police Problem - If They Don't Want to be Policed, Don't Police Them
The Overcriminalization of America - How to reduce poverty and improve race relations by rethinking our justice system:
No - it's the Islamists playing their Islam card. She's France's Paul Revere
Howard Dean: Don’t Call Paris Terrorists ‘Muslim’
We call them Lutherans
Lutheran cleric: ‘Freedom of Expression Does Not Extend to Insulting’ Muhammad
Mark Steyn To Media: 'Man Up' Before You 'Retreat Even Further Into Self-Censorship'
The lefty New Yorker:
And even The Atlantic:
My question for the day: Why do the euro elites want all these Muslim immigrants?
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