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, October 31. 2014
Taylor Swift: a New Yorker
71 Percent of New Jobs Go to Foreign Born Legal, Illegal Immigrants in NH
20-Year CBS News Veteran Details Massive Censorship And Propaganda In Mainstream Media
Health-Care Hell - Doctors and patients get burned by the world’s worst middleman.
Why it's time for Libertarians to Vote for Republicans
Dems have the statists and authoritarians in their tent, Repubs have room in their tent for Libertarians (ie, traditional Liberals)
Shocking Harvard poll: Millennial voters want GOP in charge, abandon Obama
The yoots like Rand Paul
VOEGELI: Why liberals can’t govern
Scare the black people: It's Just Like Willie Horton Except Completely Different
... the state of Maine may have had just about enough of Saint Kaci of the Order of Unique Snowflakes.
The crucial question: Do we have more to fear from largely imaginary terrorists, or from the FBI? Your chances of being killed by terrorists are essentially zero, even if you live in Washington or New York, and far less if you live in Memphis or Raleigh-Durham. (To express this we need the concept of negative zero, which I hearwith offer to the mathmatical community.) Your chances of living in an electronically locked-down police state are very high. This is far more dangerous to what the United States was than even a successful bombing of a mall.What goes through the minds of those who are doing this to us?
Thursday, October 30. 2014
Book in the mail: Rebecca Bynum's The Real Nature of Religion
Galapagos Giant Tortoise Brought Back From Brink of Extinction
Parenting: Imagine a tragedy, dammit!
Apparently you have to have OCD to be a parent
Not Everyone Wants to Be Happy - Americans are obsessed with happiness, but other cultures see things differently
Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities
Instead of illegal immigrants, I have hired some beavers to repair our dam
Genetic Engineering Could Provide the Solution to Florida’s Citrus Problem
Feminists: Abort all male children
Obviously never worked for a female boss
Woman walks around New York for a day, is catcalled more than 100 times
Report on Non-Citizen Voters Shows Why Amnesty Would Be 'Suicide' for GOP
Former Trek Employees Say Mary Burke Was Fired by Her Own Family for Poor Performance
How Rand Paul Threatens Left and Right - Libertarian-inflected conservatism challenges entrenched political coalitions with a transpartisan appeal.
La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID
Obama Is a Republican - He’s the heir to Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky.
Where is the media on the Attkisson story?
Millennials abandon Democratic sinking ship
Kim Jong Un Executes 10 Officials for Watching Soaps, Graft
Has Italy Passed the Point of No Return for Statism and Big Government?
Wednesday, October 29. 2014
Ten Things That Are Killing the Family
The baseball Playograph
Environmentalists Are Ruining Everything, Including Halloween
Will Food Allergy Hysteria Destroy Halloween?
The Utter Moral Collapse of UNC-Chapel Hill
NY to colleges: Don't ask applicants re criminal history
Berkeley students try to boot Bill Maher
EconLog’s David Henderson does a splendid job explaining that minimum-wage legislation harms the very people its well-meaning proponents mean to help.
Organic activists reject science, propose ‘natural’ Ebola cure, claim government conspiracy
2040’s America will be like 1840’s Britain, with robots?
Scott Walker, in Dead Heat, Faces Third Election in Four Years - The national Democratic Party throws everything they have at the possible presidential contender.
How Goldwater Changed Campaigns Forever
Tuesday, October 28. 2014
Image via Driscoll
Why is virginity so hard for modern culture to understand?
Acid reflux: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
Welcome to the Big-Time College-Sports Sausage Factory
Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor
Thornton: The Politics of Victimhood
Richman: The State is No Friend of the Worker
Want a Stable Job With Steadier Raises? Try Working for a Nonprofit
Is Cruz too conservative for America?
Army isolating some soldiers returning from Africa
Teachers squeezed for $27 million in union political spending
If oil speculators were to blame for the $12 per barrel Jan.-June increase, do they now get credit for the $25 drop?
DeRugy: Government Failure Is Baked In
China’s Third Era: The End of Reform, Growth, and Stability
‘Swarms of Cooperative, Autonomous’ Robots to Hit Battlefields
Special interests weigh down America's economy, while Vietnam's young capitalism booms.
Brazil: "As a Brazilian friend told me last week, we are two countries, one half that works and the other half is dependent on government."
Monday, October 27. 2014
You Don't Have to Feel Your Breasts - Breast self-exams haven't been shown to save lives. Instead,
Should we pay teachers more?
Should we pay teachers more?
A Feeling of Control: How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses
Feminism Has Nothing to Say But It Still Won’t Shut Up
New York: Finally shred the charter-school cap - Why limit the spread of success?
The bogus fuss over Walrus beach parties: Walrus Haulouts Are Nothing New
Democrats Push for New Heavy Regulations on Internet Postings, Drudge, and Blogs
Good luck with that
Canada Shows How to Eliminate the Tax Bias against Saving
Two Yr-Old and Four Yr-Old Boys Shot in St. Louis Drive-By Shootings – Media Silent
George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year
Early voting alters campaigns' strategies, costs
Related, it's the executive end run
Democratic billionaires outdo GOP in Super PAC contributions
Energy costs in the Northeast US
Erasing borders in the Middle East
Saturday, October 25. 2014
Frank Serpico speaks
Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder - Billy Joel still lives on Long Island, still rules the Garden.
Big Taxi is doomed
Idaho city ordinance bans distribution of Bible to children
Study Says Deer Hunting Helps to Replenish Forests
Problem is that we eliminated their natural predators
Save the fishes! Drill offshore
Prohibition Redux: Pennsylvania to Destroy Thousands of Bottles of Wine - Owner violated archaic liquor laws
Krauthammer: Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander - He’s angry, but not angry enough to fix what’s wrong.
Hillary Clinton Says, “Don’t Let Anyone Tell You It’s Corporations and Businesses That Create Jobs”
Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge
The UK wants people to exercise to save $ for the NHS
But aren't people cheaper if dead?
John Kerry Thinks Climate Change Causes Radical Islam
North Korea warns against anti-Pyongyang leaflet drop
Shooting balloons is the most fun you can have in NoKo
Friday, October 24. 2014
Weather Channel Founder John Coleman: There is no significant man-made global warming at this time
Football Coach Fired Because Eating Watermelon Is Racist - Parents from other schools felt smashing a watermelon and eating it after games was inappropriate.
Related, architecture is racist too
Most racist thing? An architect eating a watermelon
Death Threats Aimed at Boy, 11, Who Bagged Rare Albino Deer
Can't Afford a House? Don't Buy One
Op-Ed: What Would Toscanini Do?
Andrew Klavan: Just Say No To Feminism
The War on Poverty Turns 50 - Are We Winning Yet?
Sex and politics: poor Lewinsky didn't know the game
Michael Brown’s Granny & Mother Brawl in Street Over T-Shirts & Swag
Mark Steyn: Doesn’t Matter If GOP Win Midterms, Liberals Winning ‘Other 364 Days,’ Culture Wars
Yucca Mountain safe for nuke storage
Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored
H.R. McMaster: Thinking Clearly about War and the Future of Warfare – The US Army Operating Concept
Navy's Top Admiral: Long Deployments are 'Unsustainable'
Thursday, October 23. 2014
Aren't they our employees?
The most valuable and unequal things we inherit are not dollars, but dollars are good too
The Dodge Brothers and Henry Ford: A Brief History
Confessions Of An AP Teacher: College Board’s New History Curriculum Is Terrible
Abusing Federal Paid Leave
Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law
"Tough"? The old law was tough.
Special interest licensing: A Confused Progressive Case Against Occupational Licensing Abuse
The Real Story on How Much Obamacare Increased Coverage
The incredible cost savings that are possible when patients can actually shop around
Infected by Politics - The public-health profession is more committed to social justice than to sound science.
Obama the conservative
US Spends 30 Times More on Welfare Benefits Per Person Than Communist China
Thomas Sowell on ‘predatory lending’ and ‘predatory journalism’
Election season: Holder DOJ expert witness: blacks are dumber and less civic-minded than whites
Election season: Dem GOTV Group Caught on Camera Endorsing Voter Fraud
Election season: Scott Brown Nails Shaheen on Immigration: 'I Want to Fight for Jobs for New Hampshire' over Jobs for Illegal Aliens
Election season: Kimball - Dem Panic According to the New York Times
Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS - Because they want the same things that teenage boys want: a strong sense of meaning and purpose
No mention of devotion to Allah in that calculation?
Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade
Defensible Borders in the Age of IS - What does the upheaval in the Middle East mean for Israel’s territorial needs?
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
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