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
Monday, February 20. 2017
George Washington: founder for all Americans
Humans Aren't Monogamous by Nature
Duh. By nature, we are apes.
Oil – Where did it come from?
Book publishers now hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to look for ‘offensive’ material
A History of the Jewish War, AD 66–74
A history professor delves into the world of Jewish counterfactual history – like what if Israel had been established in East Africa?
Internet-Regulating FEC Commissioner to Resign
Jon Haidt Hopes Libertarians Can Save Us From Coddled Campus Culture - The social psychologist openly admits he wants to create a schism in academia.
"I propose that we teach death ed in all of our high schools. I see this curriculum as a civic responsibility."
Military wife mourning fallen Green Beret in viral video is hailed as 'patriot'
Fake News Rap Sheet: Last Week the MSM Was Caught Telling FORTY Lies
THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE WAR FOR PUBLIC OPINION
Democrats’ Real Global Warming Fraud Revealed
Scott Pruitt’s Back-to-Basics Agenda for the EPA - The new administrator plans to follow his statutory mandate—clean air and water—and to respect states’ rights
Musings Of An Average Joe: The Left's Selective Love For The Constitution, Law, And Historical Precedent
BLUMENTHAL SHOULD CUT AND RUN WHENEVER ANY VETERANS APPEAR
He self-identifies as a Vietnam Vet
McCain Drives Into the Ditch
Every Republican is "the most extreme ever"
People who feel sad when they can't find racism
'SNL' should test Trump, but how about challenging a Dem for once?
Althouse on Trump's Florida rally
After 8 Years of Campaigner-in-Chief Obama, NPR Accuses Trump of ‘Permanent Campaign’
Angela Merkel says Europe must take MORE refugees and Islam 'isn't source of terror'
Why the lie?
Pope Francis: 'Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist'
Why the lie?
There Is No Solution in Afghanistan
Sunday, February 19. 2017
Greenfield on the Elites vs. the Americans:
Saturday, February 18. 2017
Photos of the week
Everything We Know So Far About the Howards End TV Show
Every vehicle in the presidential motorcade, explained
How Often Do Airplanes Hit Deer?
Cartwheeling Substitute Teacher Exposed Self To High School Choir Class
Do as I say, not as I do - Chicago Public Schools
From California, a Progressive Cry for State’s Rights - The birthplace of the modern conservative movement is now the leader of a Trump resistance founded on federalism.
FRACKERS HAVE DONE MORE THAN THE SIERRA CLUB EVER DID
Do agencies run this country?
Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed
Washington Post: We Aren’t Biased!
With One Tweet, Chuck Todd Reveals The Truth About the Mainstream Media
A Sign That Obamacare Exchanges Are Failing
Killing ObamaCare the Cloward-Piven Way
Same here.Not a job for the Feds
No 'strongman,' Trump is besieged by institutions
Black Trump Supporter Blasts Sanctuary Cities: “All the Jobs Are Going to Illegals!” "When my people do a crime, they get three strikes, your people do a crime, they get amnesty"
Trump Declares CNN, NYT, CBS, ABC And NBC Are "The Enemy of The American People"
The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ in Red States - “This isn’t a fad, it’s not going away, and there’s nothing coastal or elite about it.”
France's Le Pen faces new challenges from EU Parliament, UN
"Far right wing"? No she is not
Friday, February 17. 2017
Donald, the anti-hero and anti-politician, is one heck of a politician. Finally, the news is fun again and Washington a circus again. Journalists whisper "This is insane." Wrong again. Journalists don't get it. Why should they be expected to? They are just bystanders in life, outside the arena.
The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting: Bighorn Sheep
Every Picture Tells - The art world is now a province of politics, alas.
Use By' Date on Your Milk May Start to Actually Mean Something Soon
What's the Reno Cure for Valentines Gone Wrong? D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
South Carolina Boeing workers reject unionization bid
Obama Stimulus Funds Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape,’ But Not Oroville
A Climate Scientist Is Smeared for Blowing the Whistle on ‘Corrected’ Data
FAKE SCIENCE GETS SMOKED—AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Race and Rising Violent Crime
Illegal aliens too terrified to apply for welfare
Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote - Survey bolsters analysis by professors
Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Joins the Hate Hoax List
And yet another: Another Fake Hate Crime Exposed
60% of Refugee Arrivals Since Judge Halted Trump’s Order Come From 5 Terror-Prone Countries
U.S. Economy Hits All-Time Low in Freedom Index
Trump's new strategy: Hulk smash
Trump’s in trouble. Is it Christie time already?
Welcome Back to the Medical Underwriting Circle of Hell
The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump
In Fiery, "Surreal" Press Conference, Trump Launches War On The Media
They declared war on him months ago
A Renaissance for Small Aircraft Carriers?
Thursday, February 16. 2017
In my view, climate science and weather science are interesting but not very important. If the tropospheric temps go up a degree or two per century, who cares? It's just a political hobby horse. If anybody thinks a "carbon tax" could change the earth's climate they are insane. It would enrich government, however.
Whatever causes climate variations in the present and caused drastic variations through the history of the planet, nothing can be done about it and, furthermore, who can define an ideal climate for the planet anyway? Nobody. All anybody can say for sure is that warmer is better than colder.
I see it as a sign of health that she hates the dumb job. Modern women do not want to be public ornaments to their husbands' lives or, in this case, political accessories. I think the Donald is ok with that.
Donald's new job has not enhanced her life. It has damaged her life. Where did this "first lady" idea come from, anyway? Is it like a sort of queen or something? I am glad Melania has no interest in being a celeb. She doesn't need it, and she seems shy anyway. She should live the way she wants, as best she can with the current restraints. Maybe she can trample this "first lady" thing just as Bill Clinton would have done had Hillary won.
Photo from Bus Stories (lots of photos)
Women over 40 used to let themselves go and look like frumpy old grandmas, over the hill. Cultural change.
California Today: Why Does It Cost So Much to Live in California?
This Robot Could Be the Future of Home Farming
California Governor Spends $25 Billion Per Year On Illegals, Officials Warned Dam Failing 12 Years Ago
CA schools cut protein cuz global warming
"Without Us, Your Country Is Paralyzed" - Undocumented Workers Plan Boycott "Day Without Immigrants"
That word "systemic"
Court OKs Federal Officials Taking Control Of Private Lands To Save Endangered Frogs That Don’t Live There
Dying From a Terrorist Attack Is Different than Slipping in Your Bathtub
Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers
These are police state powers
Obamacare is in the ICU
President Trump takes first steps to change Obamacare
The White House: Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
They are amateurs
House committee launches investigation into Donald Trump's security breaches at Mar-a-Lago
Stupid, and amateurs
NATO Responds to Trump
Getting Innovative: Catapult Seized at U.S.-Mexico Border
Wednesday, February 15. 2017
Florida wants to register canoes and kayaks
Writing music for TV
Finding love on the subway
Kate Shaidle's tolerable marriage
That is honest
Marriage and Money
Univ. of Chicago goes kinky: Sex Week filled with flogging, petplay, rope bondage
Sounds like good clean wholesome fun, but what it has to do with higher ed escapes me
The Cohabitation Lie
Playing house is not marriage
Slavery and rape aren’t wrong when Muslims do it.
It's their culture
Boudreaux schools a Luddite
Re Yale: Rename everything
Politics offers a terrible spiritual danger
Trump Cabinet Science-Denial or Scientific Skepticism?
JUST AS PREDICTED: The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn
It's a war. Yes, The Empire Strikes Back
America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.
Polls: Majority Thinks Trump is a "Strong and Decisive Leader" Who "Keeps His Promises;" Public Supports Ending Sanctuary Cities and Deporting Criminals -- Including Hispanics
Democrats Are Losing Their War With Trump
Tuesday, February 14. 2017
Six Plants and Animals Threatened by Pseudoscience
John Waters update
Stepford School: Princeton students forced to abandon individuality, freshman says
Signs of Terminal Illness - From forced marriage to alcoholic excess, Britain’s airports display the symptoms of cultural rot.
Is the USA an Idea or a Nation?
Both, of course
Trump and Andrew Jackson
Cool. A quote:
Washington Post demonstrates importance of voter ID laws
From Andy McCarthy's Populism, VI: Populism versus populism:
With One Simple Order, Trump Could Reduce the Healthcare Costs of the Uninsured by 90%
Don’t Block the Education Secretary, End the Department of Education
For the Media, the Only Jihad Is Against Trump
Muslim-American Olympiad Detained By Customs Agents Before Trump Became President, Media Still Blames Trump!
Klavan: Yes, CNN IS Fake News
Hamas elects convicted murderer Yahya Sinwar as Gaza chief
Monday, February 13. 2017
How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning
Latin Jazz Is Booming. Look Beyond the Grammys to Find It.
Climate change made the modern horse, of course
Ben Shapiro Uses Age To Counter Transgender Argument — ‘Why Aren’t You 60?’
Shapiro is the straight Milo
Automation can replace government bureaucrats and save taxpayers money
Lawmakers and Regulators Act Like They Hate Farmers Markets
Black Lives Matter Toronto Cofounder Yusra Khogali Explains Why Whites Are Subhuman
Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four Describes the Authoritarian Left Better Than It Does Trump
Yes, CNN IS Fake News
No Republicans need apply: Totalitarianism in the classified ads
Al-Shabaab Magazine: 'We'll Keep Marching Till We Reach the State of Maine'
Maine? They'll love Maine.
Shoving Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals Right Back in the Left’s Face
" I do suspect, however, that if Harry Reid had cut off Ted Cruz’s microphone in 2013, the Nevada Democrat would have been hailed as a hero and genius."
There’s An Alt-Left, And It’s Trying To Make America Ungovernable
Asylum seekers fleeing US for Canada brave snow, extreme cold
France and its refugees
Ireland Has Already Started Banning Immigrants From Trump’s Travel Ban List
It’s come to this: Merkel now offering cash for migrants to leave the country
Trump's Right - NATO Is Obsolete For The US
Europeans Back Trump’s German Grievances
Sunday, February 12. 2017
Saturday, February 11. 2017
Steven Hayward at Powerline blog discussed the Finnis Connection of nominated Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch took time off from his former law practice to earn a PhD at Oxford under John Finnis. Finnis is noted for his book about how natural law is central to jurispridence. This learning by Gorsuch may portend a renewed attention to the 9th Amendment to our Constitition, a key part of our Bill Of Rights all but ignored since the 1930s. The concept of natural rights reserved to the people is the core of this Amendment, and Gorsuch's learning in this concept may resurrect respect for our inalienable rights, as the Declaration of Independence phrased it.
I'm glad to see this potential, as I wrote about the 9th Amendment here in 2012:
Continue reading "A Revived 9th Amendment At Supreme Court?"
Did they imagine that they had tenure? When housing costs in Arlington and Maryland begin to decline, I'll believe it.
Toons on top via Orwellian Happenings: Twitter Censors Trump, Suspends New Comic Strip For Lampooning Liberal Stupidity
Doll based on transgender teen to debut at New York Toy Fair
San Francisco schools: Gender-inclusive language
Ancient Israel's National Anthem - The great song marking the Israelites’ safe crossing of the Sea of Reeds is the Hebrew Bible’s only full-length poem recited collectively by the people as a whole. What is it really about?
Getting Out of Debt: Make That New Year’s Resolution Work
Want Your Husband to Step Up? Try Getting Out of His Way
Another global warming catastrophe: the Sahara Desert is getting greener
People of Color Can't Be Racist Says New College Guide
Fossil fuel divestment crashes and burns in Vermont
She voted illegally five times. She claims now that she has a "learning disability" and didn't know that non-citizens could not vote.
'We're going to see more': Sanctuary cities cave in face of Trump's funding threats
Most states still have jobless rates above prerecession levels
Reports of the Demise of Obamacare Repeal and Replace Are Greatly Exaggerated
Judge backs health insurer in ACA payment suit - Risk corridors program fight takes a new turn
Politico: ‘Data-Driven’ Campaigns Are Killing the Democratic Party - Over four straight cycles, Democrats have suffered historic losses. Why? Because they learned all the wrong lessons from Obama’s success.
Democrats Are in Worse Shape than Even They Think
Different Republican Nominee, Same Democratic Dance
Quotation of the day on ‘Trump Trauma’
POTUS TRUMP THUMPS NY TIMES on Latest #FakeNews
Groups want Trump to close loophole allowing illegal immigrants to abuse tax credits
Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism
Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council Resolution
Majority of Europeans in favor of a Trump-style Muslim ban, poll shows
Cash No Longer King: Europe Accelerates Move To Begin Elimination Of Paper Money
Hungary’s Orban renews attack on influence of George Soros
Germany’s Merkel announces plans to speed up deportations
Friday, February 10. 2017
A reason to avoid relationships with crazy people
The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding
Twitter Crashes On Revenue Miss, Terrible Guidance, Declining US Sales, Flat US Users
From Culture to Cupcakes - The once-great University of California at Berkeley continues its descent into victimology.
Ultra-elite College suspends classes for events on privilege, 'sports culture'
Berkeley Students: Milo Had It Coming
GERMANY’S ENERGIEWENDE - A disaster in the making
Show trials and Stalin's children
"When Everyone's a Racist, then No One Will Be"
Three Muslim Brothers, IT Professionals Fired from Capitol Hill for Spying – Funneled House Data to External Server
77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries
Linda Sarsour Rekindles the Left’s Love Affair with Radical Extremism
Democrats Are Losing Their War With Trump
Scarborough to Trump on Judges: 'Presidents Don't Speak This Way'
Harsanyi: Authoritarianism Is Not Confined To One Political Party - The shared governing philosophy of contemporary liberalism and Trumpism
Education tyranny: What the opposition to DeVos says about liberals
Paris Builds Barrier Around Eiffel Tower to Limit Terrorism
Thursday, February 9. 2017
A good piece on the topic: Eating Toward Immortality - Dietary culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death:
Gwynnie's photo from yesterday. Buried in snow today
In eastern Germany, the land of Luther, church pews are mostly empty - On the streets where Martin Luther preached, about 85 percent of residents have no religion, 40-plus years after Soviet rule ingrained a deep skepticism of God and religion.
Musk is the new PT Barnum
Coffee and soda pop: Philadelphia Goes Over the Tax Cliff
Iceberg! Consider this: Some 40,000 icebergs are created each year. Out of that 40,000, the New York Times can’t find one—in our supposedly perilous age of rampant global warming—that actually constitutes a threat to our well being
Gravy Train Flows Wide And Deep At Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Agency
No Thug Left Behind - Obsessed with “racial equity,” St. Paul schools abandoned discipline—and unleashed mayhem.
Flashback: NAACP Gave ‘Racist’ Jeff Sessions Governmental Award of Excellence In 2009
Sen. Cotton’s immigration bill
Illegal Aliens Really Do Vote – a Lot
Defending President Trump Is Becoming More Difficult - The president of the United States should never stoop to petty personal attacks against anyone.
Trump Destroys Leftist Judges by Reading Law Word-For-Word - Open border activists rewriting law from the bench
An inconvenient stretcher - Al Gore was wrong, among other important things, about ‘the tipping point’
Sanders is ignorant about real life. New businesses do not make money. They hope to. Reminds me of Hillary's famous "We can't worry about every undercapitalized business in America."
Obamacare Exchanges Were in Big Trouble Before Trump
Hillary's 'Future Is Female' Femme-A-Goguery
Steve Bannon, Antichrist?
I've read Breitbart for years, never saw any white supremacy there at all
Dodd-Frank did nothing to end Too Big To Fail
The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS - John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey.
And yet Turkey is one of the few nations in the ME which doesn't need a king. Still, I long for the return of the Ottoman Empire. Peace.
How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America
Bibi Netanyahu on meeting with Chuck Norris: 'Israel is strong but it's indestructible now'
Wednesday, February 8. 2017
Is The Donald half-nuts? I sort-of think so. It's why he was elected. Overturn tables, rattle cages, slash and burn, etc.
I think I figgered it all out. His mom, Mary Ann Macleod, was a penniless immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, outside Stornaway. Lots of wild and crazy Clan Macleods up there - or used to be before most of them sensibly emigrated to America where the living is easy.
Trump's mom worked as domestic help in NYC before marrying Fred Trump, the real estate developer of German extraction.
As I understand it, the Hebrides islanders are like high-octane Highlanders. They had to be, to fight to survive the elements, the sea, the Danes, rival clans, and the Brits. Women as tough and stubborn as the men. A semi-civilized, fighting, reckless, ignorant, defiant breed.
Conan the Barbarian was modeled after highland Celtic warriors. Barbarians. America was fed up with its elite overlords who always knew better than us, the great unwashed.
An Eagle tried to buy breakfast at Dunkin
RIP Hans Rosling, Who Saw and Explained Our Wonderful World
Sowell: Education at a Crossroads
More on the why the education establishment so loathes Betsy DeVos.
She wants poor people to have a choice
92% of left wing activists arrested by police live with their parents
Explains a lot
Former Planned Parenthood managers: We had to meet quotas for abortions
It's a sales job
Chief of 84 Lumber Speaks Out on Super Bowl Ad - She's pro-Trump, pro-border wall
It turns out that there is a “wage gap” at Audi.
America's Latest Social Crisis: Couples Call It Quits Over Trump
Williamson: Approve the Cabinet
Z-man: Progressives and Race
The ‘Fake News’ Problem - Why the left is also responsible for the proliferation of inaccurate information—and why the big beneficiary is Donald Trump
What should the Dems do? The Longest Nooooo!
Mohammed Rapes 13 Year-Old Swedish Girl in School Toilet – Gets 2 Months in Prison
Isn't tolerance beautiful?
55% Of Europeans Agree With Trump: "Muslim Immigration Should Be Banned"
Tuesday, February 7. 2017
From Mainstream Media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome Epidemic, re the Womens' Marches:
A problem is that many of these people seem to lack the physical and personality charms which appeal to men, so I suspect that nudity is not a good political tactic. If men want to connect with harsh, cranky, or manly women who lack feminine charm, they can just link up with guys and get the real deal. Nobody cares nowadays.
Photo is the Maggie's Farm professional Tractor Traction Tester. Equal wages.
While I voted for Trump, I always suspected that he was a closet NY lefty. He is not. He is neither lefty nor righty, but a common-sense pragmatist with big balls and, while he acts thin-skinned, in many ways he is fearless and just doesn't care. Interesting character, for whom a political career is only secondary.
Christie Brinkley at 63
Some people let themselves go, and some don't
Super Bowl ad blasts Humane Society of the United States
Apparently white supremacy won the Superbowl
How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data
Massive emergency Cleanup Underway Where Environmentalists Camped for Pipeline Protest
Marie Claire Claims Trump to Ban Premarital Sex with Executive Order
California Senate Leader Admits: "Half Of My Family" In Country Illegally With "False Social Security Cards"
The Federalist Documents The Hysterical Freak-Out Media's Fake News Stories Since the Election, and It's Quite a Long List
Dilbert creator gives up on UC Berkeley once and for all
Everything said about President Trump's "Muslim ban" is a lie -- including that it's a Muslim ban.
College socialists: We need more violence against Trump and his supporters to be effective
In Their Own Words: Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Leaders Say They Want To Make America ‘Ungovernable’
Trump’s election is the last, best hope to re-Reaganize the GOP
What Part Of “You Lost” Don’t Liberals Understand?
All of it, and none of it
Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says
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