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
Wednesday, October 22. 2014
Dem Strategist: Obama Has ‘Removed Threat of Deportation' for Most Illegals
Pic is this 1959 Porsche-Diesel Junior Tractor
There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
It's about Viktor Frankl
The Externalization of Responsibility: Monica Lewinsky’s Personal Shame
Election season: Dildos and Lynchings: Wendy Davis, Kay Hagan Campaigns Go Insane
Election season: CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dem Operative Stuffs Ballot Box in Arizona
Election season: Obama Admin: We May Need 'Surge' Of Millions Of Immigrant Ids 'For Any Number Of Reasons'
Green cards on the table -President Obama lets slip his scheme for a permanent majority
Future election season: Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser
Klavan: Knucklehead Row:
Tuesday, October 21. 2014
This is a 4 year old story discussing why reconciliation is "good", in particular as it applied to the ACA.
It is a certainty, as Lord Acton once said, that power corrupts. In many cases of political activity, that corruption isn't just apparent in bribes, graft or other rackets that take place. It's visibly evident in the hypocrisy of power. In reality, reconciliation is probably bad every time it is used. I say this because it was mainly designed to overcome filibusters. Filibusters exist in order to extend debate on contentious issues on which neither side can claim a clear and overwhelming majority agreement (read as "bipartisan" - a term I despise since I view it as a means to push a slow growing Progressive agenda, but which many people think is a "good").
If a system's success depends on having the 'right people' in place, there's probably something wrong with the system. As our republic is aging, it seems there is a distinct and overwhelming stench coming from Washington because both parties are putting people in place who are perceived to be the 'right people'. Yet things just keep getting worse.
25 Is the New 21 - For some parents, the deadline for a kid's financial independence has gotten an extension.
The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Construction - Built in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridge
Re AirBNB: Interesting, isn’t it, that most of our growth comes from the parts of
An Interview With the Repo Man
College Grads Flock to New Cities
New York Dominates 2014 List of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes
Near the top - SoHo's industrial loft area
Why I love old people, but I will not accept Medicare
10 reasons why I love Medicare as a physician
Why doctors give Obamacare a failing grade
Secret Slack Shadows Job Market as Fed Weighs When to Lift Rates
I would suggest three years ago
SOURCE OF CURRENT EBOLA EPIDEMIC IDENTIFIED: Bat-Eating Family in Guinea Village
The guy is married to a Latina
Election season: Mary Landrieu: My Multimillion-Dollar Home Is Not a Mansion
For me, a 7000 sq' townhouse is just a humble pied a terre. BTW, how do politicians get so rich?
Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
Will that apply to Muslims too?
A New Start for Afghanistan: 3 Massive Challenges That Will Decide Its Future
Monday, October 20. 2014
A fun and interesting blog from the author.
The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like
'The Hobbit' In LEGO, In 72 Seconds
Why I visit prostitutes - Just as sex workers are shamed by society,
Taking Exception to Vermont's Proposed GMO Labeling Rules
Seattle’s Reds Have Minimum Wage Blues
Your Tax Dollars At Work: Liberal religious organizations make amnesty pay
The New York Times Editorial Board needs a copy of ‘Consumer Credit and the American Economy”
Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ
Goodwin: A toxic president
Noonan: Who Do They Think We Are? The administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.
The nasty politicization of
Election season: Kay Hagan’s October Surprise - Her family’s businesses benefited from $400K in stimulus funds.
The Dead Hand of Socialism: State Ownership in the Arab World
Arab Uprisings May Doom Middle East Christians
Saturday, October 18. 2014
All in all, the trip was a success. We stuck to the agenda, with a few extra stops baked in, up through to Chinatown. After that, minor adjustments were made to accommodate individual needs and schedules. But we made great time and managed to take in a good portion of the city's major sites and neighborhoods.
I hope everyone had a great time, I know Mrs. Bulldog and myself did. We enjoyed the company immensely. It was great to meet so many people and enjoy one of the world's great cities on such a personal level. From Fraunces Tavern to Cooper Union and McSorley's (where one member of the group was proud to announce he'd celebrated his 21st birthday recently - lucky young man!), we managed to soak in the flavors of New York. I think the one thing that surprised me most was that Stanford White designed the arch in Washington Square Park. In addition, one of the statues on the arch was designed by Alexander Calder's father.
I'd like to personally thank BD and Mrs. BD for introducing us to the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central. One of the coolest drinking establishments in NYC that I've ever been in. I will return with friends and family...and maybe even a few clients.
Image: Sorry again - forgot where I stole that one
Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now.
Biology is too confusing.
Rambunctious boys: The economic value of misbehavior
'Sex over Food the Clear Choice for Some Males,' Says Study
Whoda thunkit? Can eat later. Thank God for studies.
Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers - America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?
A book people are discussing: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
"I fully admit to having a mild resentment toward rich people."
I envy wealth, but not enough to do anything about it. I know envy is a sin.
We've all heard of Government Cheese - but Government Beer?
A terrible bus ride in Baltimore
“Climate Change” To Cause More Severe Frosts
Of course, just as predicted
Surveillance-Proof - Technology companies take heat for making phones the government can’t tap.
Barrons: Investing in Do-Good Stocks Is Sustainable - More dollars should flow to socially responsible firms as Millennials and women gain influence in markets.
How's that for an insult to the intelligence of the youth and women?
Voting Out Incumbents Could Worsen Partisanship
So? Partisanship is good.
Figures. Obama Appoints Far Left Hack With Expertise in Revolutionary Politics as Ebola Czar
Election politics: Bloomberg fuels pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC with $350,000 donation
Thomas Friedman: Those non-Islamist ISIS folks just need better schools
Go, Tom. Go and teach.
More evidence that Obama brought Enterovirus D-68 to US the with his illegal alien imports
BRITISH OFFICIALS UNCOVER HUNDREDS OF NEW CASES OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN THE UK
Friday, October 17. 2014
Why Kids Sext - An inquiry into one recent scandal reveals how kids think
The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants - Doctors are increasingly prescribing SSRIs to treat more than just depression
Who’s afraid of hedge funds? The folks with a vested interest in failed schools
Could the state of America get any worse?
During the October 3 airing of Real Time With Bill Maher, guest Ben Affleck joined Maher in talking about owning guns in order to protect their homes and their families.
Stockton’s Unlearned Lessons - The troubled California city could straighten out its finances, but its leaders don’t seem to want to.
The effects of cheap oil
Sultan is no fan of Islam
AP: Nearly 1 Million Americans Have Cast Ballots Already For Midterm Elections
Politics today: Udall is a rubber stamp
Politics today: Scott Brown can win
Politics today: The nation’s most effective welfare reformer may be the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, and he’s under assault for it.
From Wiliamson's The Thirty Years’ War - What this country needs is a war of attrition against the welfare state and entrenched incompetency:
Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds
Thursday, October 16. 2014
The investment markets? It's about time, past time, for a good correction towards reality.
Ebola hysteria? I guess it sells soap. News is infotainment. See The #Ebola Media Epidemic
Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
I don't blame government for that - I blame the Infectious Disease team at the hospital
A COMPACT FUSION REACTOR THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER: Lockheed Martin Claims Breakthrough
We have had good luck with people via Angie's - a good resource, thus far
The Adultery Arms Race - Technology has made cheating on your spouse, or catching a cheater, easier than ever. How digital tools are aiding the unfaithful and the untrusting—and may be mending some broken marriages.
Why is Denmark so happy?
No limit, no pay credit card. Nice
A moving reminiscence
Cornell: Basically, if you were a deer on campus, you got so much free birth
The World Is Full of Grain - Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.
A gluten apocalypse
City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons
Tell the city to go to hell
All-Female Colleges Adopt New Policies To Enroll Male ‘Transgender’ Students
After Central Bank Financial Bubbles, Comes Liquidation And Industrial Deflation
Stockman: This Time Is Different—–For The First Time In 25-Years The Wall Street Gamblers Are Home Alone
Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
The kids can't handle new ideas
Jon Stewart Skewers Dem Wealth Hypocrisy
Fair enough, but I do not get the appeal of this smarmy guy
Politics today:Elizabeth Warren: The Rich White Man’s Candidate
Politics today: Arkansas Debate: Cotton excels; Pryor confirms he’s out-of-touch
Politics today: Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?
Leon Panetta wants more kids to go into "public service"
The Progressive always reveals his inner totalitarian
Heather: Neo-Victorianism on Campus - Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal?
Leaked DHS Document: 167,000 Convicted Criminal Aliens At Large In US
Well, he knows Islam better than they do
Is Kobani Erdogan’s Warsaw?
Apprentice Jihadists Practice in French Park – Tell Cops They’ll “Burn in Hell”
Wednesday, October 15. 2014
I don't see debt service on his more detailed chart. Is it too low to bother with?
Photo: Twisted Aspens from a friend's hike in Colorado. Why twisted?
Airbnb Regulated Into Legality
Yet another significant paper finds low climate sensitivity to CO2, suggesting there is no global warming crisis at hand
The Military vs. Marlboro - Our soldiers and sailors deserve the right to decide whether to buy tobacco on base.
The Bigger the Rock, the Shorter the Marriage
Yuck: 83% of nation's schools report more lunches dumped by kids
Can Christians Still Go to Harvard? America’s colleges are increasingly hostile to religion, but a Veritas, a Christian organization, has found a way to thrive.
“I spent 10 years doing New York all wrong”: Adelle Waldman on
Urban Studies: The Redevelopment Racket
A new book argues that the left needs to stop the “awfulization” of abortion and embrace it as a social good.
Growing crisis of female gun violence
There's a possible Adam Lanza inside every little kid, so watch out for them
Changing public attitudes toward federalism
The Centers for Everything But Disease Control
Germany Acknowledges Hard Energy Reality
Historical confusion: Hispanics against Hispanic adventurism in the New World
Dalrymple on bizarre dictators
Hillary Clinton touts affordable higher education in $225G Las Vegas speech
Greed for money and power all the way down
A Border That Is No Barrier Is Still A National Crisis
China Military Buildup Shifts Balance of Power in Asia in Beijing’s Favor
Rise of IS elicits soul searching in Arab Gulf, a source of funds and fighters
Tuesday, October 14. 2014
Yesterday, I paid $2.92. Not surprisingly, prices vary from place to place. I'm in New Jersey and we tend to have lower prices. On my way home from Syracuse on Sunday, I paid $3.47 only 5 miles north of the Pennsylvania border. Had I taken the risk to go 10 miles further (my indicator said I had 30 miles left, and that is not very accurate), I could have paid $3.25 simply by crossing the state border.
Recently, there was an article about falling prices in the morning news links here on Maggie's. The suggestion was that US drilling was the driver. I wasn't sure this was accurate, because the numbers didn't add up. Here is a short article on what the other factors may be.
For conspiracy theorists, there's always the political manipulation angle: "Oil has fallen to $60 a barrel. Experts predict it will continue to fall until exactly one minute after the polls close on November 7th." --Jay Leno (election is the 4th this year....but it's all in the delivery).
With a slight shift in visitation points, the current map of the walk seems to add up to 9 miles or 3 1/2 hours of walking time. With stops, a beer or sandwich here and there, we should hit the 5 hour mark, but 9 miles is significantly less than the original 11. Funny how many steps you can save just by altering the path you choose.
So, for the time being, this is the current path chosen. We welcome additions, suggestions and ideas from attendees and online spectators alike. Perhaps we'll do a 5 hour webcast chronicling the adventures. Not sure my iPhone would last that long, though.
Photo: Gwynnie took that in the Adirondacks this weekend
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
About to Give Birth and Already Sick of the “Pay More Attention to Your Baby!” Guilt
The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving?
Want an Economic Boost? Let’s Kill the Death Tax
The Centers for Disease Control Loses Its Grip
Re the above, Sometimes … most of the time … you just have to raise the “BS” flag
Moving Right Along - The massive and still accelerating
Best piece on immigration that I have seen
From #2 to #12 during Obama
Obamacare is in hiding until after the election
What The United States Can Learn From Israel About Cybersecurity
The U.S. Intelligence Community's Creativity Challenge
Islamic State says it is buying and selling Yazidi women, using them as concubines
The religion is down with that
Taliban adopts Islamic State terror tactics as U.S. troops exit Afghanistan
... why does the State Department blame Israel for using excessive force, even though the IDF appears to make even more effort than the U.S. Army or Air Force to avoid civilian casualties?
Monday, October 13. 2014
If you want honor American Indians, then honor an American Indian.
Seems like we'll be a small, intrepid group. Here's our tentative route, as of now, via Bulldog:
Meet at South Ferry – Battery Park 10 am, Sat. Oct. 18
Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl Street
When Columbus came back to Spain with news of the West Indies, it was no big deal and of little interest in Europe. They found no spices.
Red Bull Settles False Advertising Lawsuit for $13 Million Because It Actually Doesn’t Give You Wings
The Trouble with Physics – Another branch of science captured by groupthink
They must have thought the guy was insane
The goal for some liberals, like medieval ascetics, is to live off only
The high heritability of educational achievement reflects many genetically influenced traits, not just intelligence
Biden prays for gun violence
"Why Do New York Restaurants Suck?" - The Surprising Answer
NYC has wonderful restaurants. It's the customers who suck
The Manhattan apartment with the furthest distance from the subway
From Mid-Atlantic to Midwest, Voters Express Frustration and Fatigue
They have been trained to expect too much from government
Manhattan apartment with the furthest distance from the subway - See
Men Have Depended on the Government for Centuries—So Why Shouldn't Women Do the Same?
California Law Requires Doctors To Undergo LGBT Re-education
Will: Rent Seeking: America’s National Pastime - A North Carolina case before the Supreme Court could strike a blow against the practice.
U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola:
Conservatives' rhetorical disadvantage
SHHH, NO ONE TELL THE ANTI-KEYSTONE PIPELINE NUTS: Canadian Oil Exports to U.S Hit Record High
Plotting an American-Style Fracking Revolution in Britain
War against Isis: US air strategy in tatters as militants march on
Saturday, October 11. 2014
He wants to crush Amazon
On the other hand, What in the World Is Amazon? It's not a monopoly. It's a behemoth fighting for its life in a world of giants.
Are Cell Phones the New Cigarettes? Do you have an addiction and not even realize it?
Fruit juice is bad for you
The sharing economy, Schumpeterian gales of creative destruction, and my top 10 interesting facts about Airbnb
When Vanderleun left NYC
The Turner Prize is an example not of the art world’s daring but its rancid exhaustion.
Unlike Machiavelli’s The Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince isn’t usually on reading lists for
In a stunning reversal, the Australian Labor Party bails out on the ‘carbon tax’
Jesse Jackson: Racism Played Role in Ebola Patient's Death
Global Alert From Chongqing: Foxconn Strike Is An Epochal Inflection Point
French say au revoir to France - Opposition convinced people are leaving because of 'the impression that it’s impossible to succeed'
100,000 Libyans flee fighting near Tripoli, UNHCR says
When Bombs Aren’t Enough
Friday, October 10. 2014
The Next Assault on Civil Rights - The Roberts court has been hostile toward voting rights and affirmative action. Its next target is the Fair Housing Act.
Things That Make You Go Hmmm... Like The Perfect 'Kondratieff Winter' Storm Ahead
Stop Hating on Divas
This 29-Year-Old Woman Has Chosen to Die.
New at the pot shop: Milder marijuana for novices
How Are the Boy Scouts Doing in American Cities?
When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay
Philly School Reformers to Teacher Union: The War Is On
Raisins: Uncle Sam’s Vestigial Feudalism
Seattle Liberals Will Look Through Your Trash and Fine You if You Throw Away Food
Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S
PPACA to prompt decline in employer-provided health coverage
Fernandez on paradigm shift:
Krugman on Obama's successes
France Crushes Socialist Welfare Dream, Admits "Living Beyond Its Means" For 40 Years
Western Fear of Angering Turkey Leaves Besieged Kurdish Town at Mercy of Islamic State
Thursday, October 9. 2014
A sad, slow death of General Theological Seminary
Beautiful garden campus in NYC
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2014
There's this via Drudge: The vaginal orgasm doesn't exist - it's the clitoris that holds the key to female pleasure
"The other night shows included a tedious-looking ensemble that played covers of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, and several other bands I'd try to hurt if I ever encountered them."
In Defense of Male Aggression: What Liberals Get Wrong About Football
Menu for Obamas: No Butter!
Study Shows Legalizing Pot in Colo. Was ‘Reckless’
Wrong. People who want it buy it taxed or untaxed
How and Why American Universities Hate America
Nebraska School Tells Teachers To Avoid ‘Gendered Expressions’
Too many Asians: Making Merit Subjective - The de Blasio administration floats a proposal to water down the admissions test to the city’s specialized high schools.
Pantywaist panic in men, says Insty
Fearfulness is not becoming in men
Internet Trolls Really Are Psychos
Where Have All the Good Men Gone?: Gender Differences in Marriageability
Why legal polygamy is inevitable
Why is it illegal?
Dear CDC: You had just one job
Obama never made management a high priority — and it shows.
Iranian Woman Faces Death on Wednesday for Killing Alleged Rapist
Stalking Victim Begged Cops For Help 120 Times Before Being Stabbed 8 Times
Needed a firearm
Life in America: Gypsy Retail in the Texas Autumn
China currency push takes aim at dollar
"Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."
America In Crisis and POTUS Won’t Lead: Former Officials Seem “Scared,” Worried,” “Alarmed”
October 2014 Out of Control? Consider October 1944
E.U. Austerity, You Must Be Kidding
More on the phony “end of liberal Zionism” narrative
A range of perspectives, but all anti-Israel UCLA center uses federal funds to promote pro-Palestinian views
If Islam is a religion of peace, what sort of peace does it bring?
Misrepresenting Atrocities: "Kill Anything that Moves" and the Continuing Distortions of the War in Vietnam
Wednesday, October 8. 2014
How Radicals Hijacked Environmentalism
Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now
Judgemental map of Seattle
Why Charities Collect and Sell Used Clothing and Shoes
NASA Scientists Puzzled by Global Cooling on Land and Sea
Obama: 'There’s A Sense ... The World Is Spinning So Fast and Nobody Is Able To Control It'
Mark Udall Says He Supports Abortion During the Eighth Month of Pregnancy
The Siege Of Kobani: Obama’s Syrian Fiasco In Motion
Hong Kong: The party and the people
Panetta: '30-year war' and a leadership test for Obama
Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?
Tuesday, October 7. 2014
Hilton selling the Waldorf
Nobel Prize for work on brain's navigation system
Standards for a school Diversity Leader
Lambeth Conference Postponement Spells More Uncertainty For Anglicans
The Left’s Religion of Unhappiness
The decomposition of the Obama presidency has created what Obama might call a teachable moment.
Mead on sex:
Caifornia drought: "Nobody Has Any Idea How Disastrous It's Going To Be"
ISIL Within Shelling Range of Baghdad Airport
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