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, November 21. 2014
ICE readies 2,400 beds for new surge of illegal immigrants through Texas
Fukuyama: Immigration Unilateralism - A Bad Call
After Barack I Issues His Amnesty Decree, The Ball Is In The GOP's Court
McArdle: "As an act of rare semantic derring-do, this was a towering achievement. As a political speech, I don't think it was very effective."
How Obama got here - The president, the Homeland Security secretary and their secret 9-month project to remake American’s broken immigration system.
Newbrough: "Opposing amnesty doesn’t make me heartless, selfish, or cruel, because the U.S. Constitution, our nation’s law, is not mine to give away. It’s not mine, yours, or anyone’s to simply hand over."
Thursday, November 20. 2014
Silly me, thinking that illegal immigration was against the law rather than being rewarded. A few links:
Immigration Lawyer: Obama’s Plan Is ‘Like The Golden Ticket’
Christian Adams: Obama, Our Modern John C. Calhoun
I never learned in school that a president can make his own laws whenever he is frustrated by Congress, but the NYT says it's ok to do that. I can easily imagine what they would say with a Conservative pulling something like that. Anyway, what's the urgency?
Immigration: Obama’s royal scam
And his f- you to the voters
Stories from around the world illustrate how immigration is a very difficult moral issue for liberal democracies today.
I hear from an expert friend that this is the best show the Met has ever put on
Colossal Mistake: Trivializing the Past
I disagree with the article. Old Roman constructions are used for modern activities with much success
Polar Bear update
If you go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving, you should be deported
That's a mistake
This Gruber-gate supercut video is positively enraging
Purity politics, Democrat-style
Purity politics, regardless of viewpoint, is not politics
NYT (!):As Sharpton Rose, So Did His Unpaid Taxes
Sultan's Life Under the Victimocracy
HERE’S WHY WOMEN IN COMBAT UNITS IS A BAD IDEA
Admiral Greenert Speaks: What Should the U.S. Navy’s New Maritime Strategy Look Like?
Germany Abandons CO2 Targets
Is NATO obsolete?
Murder of 4 Jews praised by Abbas' advisor and Fatah
Being Jewish in Turkey
South Sudan, Samantha Power, and the Failure of Liberal Internationalism
Is Palestine a State That the US Can Recognize?
Wednesday, November 19. 2014
Apparently, it is a protected opinion against religion and thus religious in some sense: Atheists and Secular Humanists are protected by the First Amendment regardless of whether their belief systems are “religions” or not.
It is legally interesting, but in my experience most atheists have faith in some thing or some things as a life foundation, mainly pagan or materialist sorts of things. In the US, most atheists live on a Christian foundation.
Masters of Love - Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
The Modern Supermarket Is a Miracle - Finding euphoria in the bread aisle.
Weather Channel Co-Founder Predicting Snowier, Bitterly Colder Winter Ahead
Is New York the New Model for Startup Cities? Its rise has been remarkable. But should aspiring tech hubs really emulate the Big Apple?
Roadblock on Main Street - How federal housing policies run downtowns out of business
Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014: Unfunded Liabilities Hit $4.7 Trillion
Calling on the Brooklyn College Administration - Academic and administrative bias have, in the last few years, spread like a virus throughout the CUNY system. Stop the lies!
Under Obama, U.S. personal freedom ranking slips below France
Canada: How free market ideas went from marginal to mainstream in our neighbor to the north
Too-Big-To-Manage Emerges As New Concern In the Financial Crisis
Why Does Washington Want to Hide Science Data From the Public?
Why Dems Lack Working Class Appeal: It’s Immigration, Stupid
Tuesday, November 18. 2014
Princeton's Professor Will Happer, video at Powerline's Teach liberals not to hate).
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Stolen from Vanderleun:
Nearly 36 million people are slaves, Qatar in focus: global index
Number of Foreign Students in US Hits Record High
Letter to a Manhattan Resident - A view from that big country outside New York
Once Thought Extinct, North America's Rarest Mammal May Bounce Back
Article makes no sense to me: The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
Ice Visible on Lake Superior Weeks Ahead of Schedule
What the mainstream media wont tell you about global warming
Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth
Gruber has exposed what liberals really think of the American people.
Monday, November 17. 2014
Toshiba enters high-tech food game with lettuce you don’t have to wash
Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam
Shale Oil: Expensive, Over-Hyped, & Short-Lived?
The Ways Climate Change Is Already Killing Us
Good grief, it's killing me already
Will Republican Know-Nothings Torpedo Climate Progress?
I guess I'm a know-nothing, but I am more Conservative-Libertarian than Republican and I do know a teeny bit about science.
"...the oceans have been rising for around 12,000 years, since the end of the last Ice Age. The rise was rapid during the first few millennia, then tapered off to where it has continued at a modest rate, with the usual fluctuations, for many centuries"
Who are the real know-nothings? Warm is good. Don't these people know that we are still in an Ice Age? It's just a momentary interglacial in a lengthy Ice Age. Ask Maine's Sippican about that.
The government is clueless as to what is nutritious because the science is nowhere near being settled in our lifetime.
Well, We The People know that mashed taters are nutritious. Fat is harmless, but you can live on taters forever.
More than holy, healthy and halal, Big Kosher is big money
New CBO study shows that ‘the rich’ don’t just pay a ‘fair share,’ they pay almost everybody’s share
Black prof.: GOP using Mia Love to advance ‘white interests’
What is a "white interest"? Mashed potatoes?
Douthat: The Great Immigration Betrayal
The Next Border Crisis - Executive amnesty would incentivize the next wave of families
Police state? More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations
Mr. Gruber, we Americans are all too stupid to chose our medical insurance, so do it for us. Please? It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.
Obama Says Gruber “Never Worked on Our Staff” …But There’s Proof He Met With Gruber in White House
Under the bus with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, et al. It's getting crowded under that bus.
Republicans have made it clear that if Obama goes forward, it would be the equivalent of giving the middle finger to their incoming majority
U.S. Navy Deploys Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf
1939 Palestinian Flag. What does it look like? Surprised?
Russian bombers to fly over the Gulf of Mexico. This is what happened last year in Central America.
Sunday, November 16. 2014
...paternalism is warranted, they argue, because without the government, people would fall prey to big, bad corporate interests and their efforts to relentlessly maximize shareholder value.
I don't think that I am unique in preferring big bad business interests to big, bad crony government and political interests. If you don't like a business, you can quit it. Not so easy to quit an armed government.
Being American is not supposed to be being a US subject.
Related: Gruber is an honest Liberal because he admits to grubering. Seems to me that his confessions are just bragging.
A new word: "Grubering." Lying your ass off to make a better world for you pathetic idiots.
Saturday, November 15. 2014
The kids are going to the NYBG Holiday Train show today. A field trip. 1/4 miles of track. Very cool for any age. Best to get tickets online.
We only use ours about 20 times per year, but it is quite an attractive space with a nice old fireplace. With good friends, we tend to dine in the kitchen unless it's a special occasion.
Grown-Up Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
Vodkapundit: Climate Change Made Simple
U.S. and China Are Blowing Smoke on Climate Change
Amazing to me that the NYT won't see through the BS
They will find a way to blow it
Liberal Utopia: Boston Dumps Young Black Males into Special Ed
Senate to take up bill to stop mass NSA snooping
In Scathing Letter to Obama, Former FBI Assistant Director Slams Holder as "Chief Among Antagonists" in Ferguson
"And you think it's possible for the State to navigate between not enough minority members in the district and too many minority members in the district without taking race into account."
The good story of the amateur Gruber sleuth: A word with the man who…
Yes, that is the game. Used car sales.
Noonan: The Loneliest President Since Nixon - Facing adversity, Obama has no idea how to respond.
Good news from NYT: Rogue executive feeling “liberated” by gigantic midterm landslide
Working for ICE 'is hell right now,' as Obama plans amnesty for illegals
The Next Border Crisis - Column: How Congress can fight Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty
Immigrants, legal or otherwise, are doing the jobs I did as a youth
Elizabeth Warren gets rock-star reception at liberal donors confab
Friday, November 14. 2014
Common Core–The Elites Did It:
Combine arrogance, money, fancy degrees, and a top-down attitude, and this is what you get: a one-size-fits-all central plan designed for the masses by our moral and intellectual superiors whether you want it or not.
Same general philosophy as Obamacare. Or this: Liberal Masterminds Demand National Food Policy. No, that's not from The Onion.
A book (h/t reader) - Dining on the Shore Line Route: New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
South American Catholics Turning Protestant
The Rudy Giuliani guide to beating Hillary Clinton
Rush: Amnesty is Irreversible
Obamacare's Foundation of Lies - There is only one kind of lie, it's apolitical, and it cripples the best of intentions.
Krauthammer on Obamacare:
Warren to the rescue - Democrats are reeling. So they're calling on their biggest star.
Forcing females into combat is real ‘war on women’
Thursday, November 13. 2014
When apples were for cider
Wal-Mart 'urgent' memo urges improvement at U.S. stores
Why is NYC's nickname "Gotham"?
African immigrant fact of the day
‘Too Stupid’: Second Video Shows Obamacare Architect Insulting Public
New York: The Union That Devoured Education Reform - The UFT’s relentless pursuit of its own interests has damaged Gotham schools for decades.
Explaining income inequality by household demographics
42 Percent of New Medicaid Recipients in the Last Two Years Were Immigrants
U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency
Dem Think Tank Secret Email: ‘All Hands On Deck’ to Sell Iran Deal to Public
African immigrant fact of the day
Wednesday, November 12. 2014
An interesting life even if he had not located King Tut's tomb: Howard Carter the artist
Student photos of skimpy Michelle O lunches raise ire of parents
Let them eat crap
You can’t say ‘crazy’ at Smith College: Student paper replaces with ‘ableist slur’
Those people aren't crazy - they are batshit crazy. They ought to get out of Northhampton occasionally and experience reality unless they are too fragile to handle it.
Bad News for Long-Term Pot Smokers
But isn't the whole point to make you a little stupid? That's the good part.
Surber: Say Nyet to net neutrality
Mia Love isn't really black
"Real black" politicians are all about victimhood and special goodies. In my experience, real black Americans are not.
The coming climate onslaught - President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.
South and East: Get ready for the icebox
Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA
Why Obamacare Architect's Admission of Dishonesty Should Matter to Every American
Thomas Sowell: Obama's Weakness, Ineptitude Are By Design, Part Of The Plan
Chart below via Carpe
Tuesday, November 11. 2014
Veteran's Day: Thank you veterans, for your service
A pedophile until proven otherwise
Suddenly Ski Season in New England
In America, Hard Work Still Equals Success
Feds to Back Risky Home Loans Again - Critics warn that Fannie and Freddie are setting up housing market for repeat of 2008 crisis
Bill de Blasio moves to eliminate workfare in NYC
Hydraulic Fracturing Saved Consumers Up to $248 Billion Last Year
Obama’s claim that Obamacare has reduced health-care inflation ‘every single year’ since it was passed
Swedish Law Criminalizes Anti-immigration Internet Speech
Once Again… Obama Bows to Chinese President
Did he bow to Putin too?
Monday, November 10. 2014
It doesn't need satire because it satirizes itself. But in the UK, the government is considering speech permits. That is not a joke. I think it must be mostly about not pissing off their Muslims.
American women: The Rise of the Factual Feminist
I’m a die-hard liberal. It ruined my parenting.
A real nutjob
Is it better if cities have more compact shapes?
By continuously intervening in all of the markets, the Fed has destroyed the information transmission system that is built into freely trading markets.
Markets Are Overvalued By 2X—Here Are The Reasons Why:
Is it better if cities have more compact shapes?
How to Implement the IPCC Program - Accepting the climate change plan would necessitate the elimination of 90% of the world's population. How could that be done?
New Global Warming Report a Disgrace - Royal Society/National Academy of Sciences propaganda would enrage Newton.
It’s the Culture, Stupid: Welfare Programs Can’t Solve Economic Gap Created by Marriage Decline
The Drug War Divide - The Obama Administration’s more nuanced
The Ivanpah solar scam
Job Growth Is Picking Up. But What About All the Sidelined Workers?
Geraldo Rivera: There Is No Doubt The NAACP Is A Satellite Of The Democratic Party - Tim Scott and Mia Love are seen as Uncle Toms or Aunt Toms by the NAACP
Shellacking, the Sequel - Tuesday's rout again revealed the limits of the modern Democratic coalition.
Time to rethink Hillary Clinton 2016:
Eliz. Warren: Country ready for a Left turn
Iran Rising: Mullah-Backed Rebels Reach Yemen’s Capital
Sunday, November 9. 2014
Saturday, November 8. 2014
From the report:
22 habits of unhappy people (h/t Insty)
RC church still stuck on divorce.
People like human scale and they do not like retail deserts
The problem is that rapists don’t care that it’s wrong. Rapists aren’t ignorant; they’re bad. They’re evil. They’re rapists.
Sen. Tim Scott Calls for a 'Revolution': School Choice
Harsh Winter Outlook Made a Bit More Dire by Siberia Snow
Tech firms hire a lot of Asians, and the NBA hires a lot of blacks. What’s the big deal?
Maine: Stone Brain Rises - The press mocks him, political elites hate him, but the people
Outrageous 'John Doe' prosecution of Scott Walker supporters in Wisconsin ends
It's called lawfare, and it is disgusting
Dems need some new ideas with new faces:
Women still fighting the abortion wars. It's over, and has been for a long time.
Works on low-info voters
Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expand
Why is the US involved in these ancient tribal disputes? There is no winning.
Hamas attacks Fatah with bombs
Top US general: Israel protected civilian lives in Gaza
Palestinians' "Car Intifada" and Obama's Peace Process
Friday, November 7. 2014
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