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, August 22. 2014
Life has become a complicated muddle, hasn't it? There are many big decisions. Should you become a newsreader because you have a lisp? Should you become an athlete because you're missing limbs? Should you join the military because you're a pacifist?
College calls. It needs deconstructivists like you. The NBA needs midgets, and the NFL needs gay men. International politics needs a low handicap, and international banking needs wizened ovaries, bad. There's a place for everybody, and you just have to follow the signs and portents to figure out where you fit in.
The only really big question is if you should have any hair below your eyebrows. The rest is easy.
Attention bosses: Set up a strong hierarchy and your workers will function better.
Thursday, August 21. 2014
I only read the "newspapers" when I cover for Bird Dog. Do you people really read that stuff, and act on what you've read as if it's informative?
Oops, did I just call our readers "you people"? Jeez, I'm sorry. I meant to say, Do us people really read this stuff...
No, that won't do. Does we people really reads that stuff...
I can't remember all that subjunctive gobbletygook from my McGuffey's Reader, so let's just agree that the newspapers all suck and move on. On to the news -- or whatever it is:
There's a lot of words until you get to that paragraph right there, the only one worth mentioning: It really doesn't matter what crazy people believe. They're crazy.
A Norwegian extrovert looks at your shoes when he's talking instead of his own.
Wow, Nancy Sinatra sure was a sh*tty singer.
Wednesday, August 20. 2014
Running kind of late this morning. I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
On to the links:
40 maps that explain the Roman Empire
This is where Janet Yellen's funny money ends up, one way or the other: Dissipated when there's nothing productive for it to do.
Have a nice Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 19. 2014
I've decided not to riot today. I'm fairly certain I'm not going to loot anything. I don't feel like overcoming, or singing about overcoming. I'm overcome with not overcoming, actually. I believe I can resist the urge to lock arms for days at a time. I do not wish to be quoted in the press. You can quote me on that. On to the news.
In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book
Baseball Bat With an Axe Handle Brings More Power, Fewer Injuries
There is a story about the great Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali. It is said that in the last years of his life, when he was already famous, he signed checks knowing that they would not be submitted to the bank for payment. Rather, after partying with his friends and consuming the most expensive items the restaurants had to offer, he would ask for the bill, pull out one of his checks, write the amount, and sign it. Before handing over the check, he quickly turned it around, made a drawing on the back and autographed it. Dali knew the owner of the restaurant would not cash the check but keep it,put it in a frame, and display it in the most prominent place in the restaurant: “An original Dali.”
My new hero.
History may be evolving away from the Westphalian State, with its unitary national culture, flags and traditions and moving towards affinity groups whose allegiance is primarily to themselves; which only form temporary alliances based on expedience in competition with other affinity groups.
I know a couple of daycare centers like that.
It’s hip, it’s entertaining—but where are the families?What is a city for? Ever since cities first emerged thousands of years ago, they have been places where families could congregate and flourish.
A city is a place where everyone is lonely together.
Monday, August 18. 2014
One can dream: How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency
Well, happy Monday to you. That's Bird Dog at the beach. He's older than that now, and the trucks are rustier. He left me in charge, and I ran out of his bourbon yesterday, and he won't be back for a week. He asked me to look after his Australian Goldfish, too, and that's not going so well, either. I assume they're Australian, because they're floating upside down right now, and they're so somnolent, I think they think it's nighttime. Ah, well, here's the links:
When deciding whether Google should spend millions or even billions of dollars in acquiring a new company, its chief executive, Larry Page, asks whether the acquisition passes the toothbrush test: Is it something you will use once or twice a day, and does it make your life better?
Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money
Feds: Red light camera firm paid for Chicago official’s car, condo
Starbucks to Revise Policies to End Irregular Schedules for Its 130,000 Baristas
15 Signs You're an Entrepreneur
SF cabdrivers vote to unionize as industry continues to take beating from ride services
Also from San Fran: Soccer program gives homeless chance to succeed
How To Make An Animated GIF From A YouTube Video
I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity.
Well, why not go out there and change your view of humanity today. Drive to a Starbucks in a unionized cab, and try not to run over the homeless people playing soccer in the parking lot. But whatever you do, don't like anyone on Facebook.
Sunday, August 17. 2014
Well, Bird Dog must be halfway to Canobie Lake Park by now, wearing black socks and flip-flops and an "I'm With Stupid" T Shirt his wife gave him for Christmas back in Reagan's first term. It's faded a bit with washing, and the arrow on the belly under the text that used to point to his companion has been worn away entirely by the rusty chrome arm of the mower every Saturday, so it's kind of a Zen thing now. Have fun, Bird Dog.
George Orwell reviews Mein Kampf!
Known in its heyday as the capital of coal, Yubari has lost 90% of its population in 50 years.
The Happiest Regions In America
Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls
A Google employee forgot to remove Post-it notes and it’s fueling a lawsuit
Competitor dies in the middle of a match during Chess Olympiad in Norway and another is found dead in hotel room
They've awarded this year's Fields Medals.
The Street’s Secret Code What asphalt tags say about the city
Close the Book. Recall. Write It Down.
$1,000 a month for tiny room, bedbugs, seedy surroundings in the Mission
Have a great Sunday. After the aspirin, I mean.
Saturday, August 16. 2014
Well, Bird Dog has abandoned the farm for, er, greener pastures, and left me in charge again. You reap what you sow, big feller. I’m going to link to sites without tone. I’m going to link to sites without sand. I’m going to link to sites without panache. I’m going to link to sites without cachet. I’m going to link to sites without je ne sais quoi. I’m going to link to sites that don’t know which fork to use. I’m going link to sites about sausages. You heard me: sausage links!
Still the greatest website on these here Interwebs: Zombo.com
It’s the Swiss Army Knife of nothing.
Gerard at American Digest tells stories from time to time.
Let he who has never ended up in a sketchy motel room with a donkey cast the first stone.
I live under one of this guy’s dots, but my realtor assured me there would be no math.
Nice little credit rating you got there. Shame if something was to happen to it.
Don't say that he's hypocritical. Say rather that he's apolitical."Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down; that's not my department," says Wernher von Braun
Buoys? Don’t they put those over hidden obstructions and traps for bottomfeeders?
Oh, that’s a shame. If he loses his amateur status, he can’t play Scrabble in the Olympics
How Boston Police Used Facial Recognition Technology to Spy on Thousands of Music Festival Attendees
Calm down, civil liberties traditionalists. Policemen have been looking at your face as you walk by since Robert Peel invented them. Besides, if you fill out a 1040 form, you have no rights. The rest is conversation.
Sounds like blogging.
Writing everyone a check for $12,000 is cheaper than all federal and state poverty programs combined. But then who would write $12,000 checks to re-election campaigns for politicians? Won’t someone think of the poor politicians?
I’ve never seen Spengler be wrong about anything. And he’s right in advance, the only kind of right that matters.
Friday, August 15. 2014
Dr. John: Rock's Beloved Wild Card
I enjoy the cranky old SOB
Please sue me, Dr. Mann. We'll get more traffic.
How do you falsify a computer model?
Wrong. Drugs are stupid, but freedom allows stupid.
The Internet's Original Sin - It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web
Welch: Depression isn’t a choice but suicide is: my detailed response to the critics
Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal
Ferguson residents on CNN: That’s not Michael Brown in the surveillance video
I think it's Elvis
Of course it is. Climate change causes everything including foot fungus.
Do the kids today even know what sweat is?
My kids do.
ISIL could pose threat to US, Europe, officials say
So could anybody
Geothermal Fracking Promises Plenty of Energy, Controversy
We like nuke energy
Change hurts. No doubt about it.
'Siri, I need to hide my roommate'
For Many Small Farmers, Being Certified 'Organic' Isn't Worth the Trouble
If You’re Fat, Blame Your Mom, Says Controversial PSA
Sounds like it's all he has going for him - but it's a good start
Life With Legal Weed - A conversation with middle-aged moms, homeless men, and college kids about post-prohibition in Boulder, Colorado
Major Corporation Calling GMOs ‘All Natural’ Targeted for False Advertising
14 Brilliant Insights From Legendary Investor Jim Rogers
ACA Compliance Driving Costs Higher
Federal Meddling Has Badly Damaged The College Ideal, But Establishment Voices Blame The Wrong People
New York City’s Crime Disease - Bill de Blasio’s new initiative treats gun violence as a public-health problem.
Dear Officer Krupke...
Rounds of Golf--Obama: 186 Bush: 24
Proof that Bush was too dumb for the job
Bloomberg’s White Whale - The former mayor’s quest to slay the Second Amendment proves elusive once again.
Not everything the president wants to do is illegal
Politics: You Don't Matter
Insurance as a Mechanism of Tyranny
Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police
Environmentalists discriminate against women and minorities
Africa: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Not to me. To some people, though
Palestinian Mother Wants Her Child To Become A Martyr
Qatar, Hamas and the Gaza War
Thursday, August 14. 2014
Black guy is fed up with the Ferguson idiocy and criminality which tarnishes the image of black Americans (h/t Vanderleun and others). Devastatingly right, and the anti-Sharpton, anti-race-pimp.
Here's a black leader.
Federal Aid Is Likely Driving College Costs Up
Readin', Writin' and Social Justice Agitatin'
‘The Giver’ Graphically Shows the Consequences of Big Government Domination
Muscle memory and the Flow State
Deflation Hits Oldest Profession In The World: Hookers By The Numbers
You’ll never guess the biggest success of past 25 years - Opinion: Stock market hasn’t caught on to Poland’s miracle
Tech companies and influencers seek to prevent EMP damage
Many Westerners, in particular Americans,
Western Sex Slaves for ISIS
Hamas Terror Trial Opens In
Wednesday, August 13. 2014
I once caught an eel who claimed he was older than that. Eels are tasty fish.
From Jamaica With Love: how the Caribbean made Bond
Don’t Be a Dummy: How to Get a Full Workout With Only Dumbbells
Atlantic City’s Revel Casino To Close In September
City is dying
I’m spoiled and lazy but Walmart should pay me more money anyway!
No normal fellow would admit that
Discharging student debt in bankruptcy would be a good idea, provided that colleges were on the hook for losses.
If a neighbor did that, they'd end in jail
The Eight Grossest Reactions to Education Reform
Why Do Most Jews Stay with Obama? When will American Jews finally realize that the endgame of Obama’s "Progressive" dream will be their nightmare?
The GOP Can Attract Young Black Voters—And Already Has - One in five black men under age 30 voted for Romney; youngest 'millennials' lean even more conservative.
Steven Malanga:The Cost of New York - Government overreach is to blame for Bill de Blasio’s tale of two cities.
If you tax and regulate everything, it's discouraging to energetic people
Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity
Stockman: The GOP War Party’s Gone Hysterical Again: ISIS Can Be Handled Without US Military Intervention
Rising to the Authoritarian Challenge by Daniel Calingaert - U.S. policy on democracy support, especially
Supporting democracy doesn't work out well. People frequently elect dictators. Democratic republics are best suited to places with the cultural and historical underpinnings to support it.
Area Man Feels Even Lazier When He Thinks About How Much ISIS Has Accomplished This Year
Epstein: The Pax Americana is Dead
Who will give refuge to the last pagans of Iraq?
Palestinian Poverty is not a Plague or an Earthquake
Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity
Tuesday, August 12. 2014
"No one in their right mind wants to carry a loaded firearm in public or have one around the house."
I'd bet the Mayor's driver was armed, too. Urban Mayors are commonly driven around by police officers. It's a perq.
Williamson: Homogeneity Is Their Strength - America used to be decent, stable, and diverse — until the welfare state took over.
Let’s Put the Children in Charge - Or, “What do we want? Diversity! When do we want to pay for it? Er…”
You should be happy when the market tumbles - If you are continuing to add money to an investment fund, you're better off with lower stock prices in the short term.
Colorado’s Pot Market Breaks Record This Summer
Wrong. Its legal market hits a record.
Carrying a gun way worse than beating your wife
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) reported
Vanderleun is right - Iowahawk's tweets are hilarious
Intel Chief Blasts Obama
Denial of evil is the devil's handmaiden
Wanted: a leader for the free
Former NATO Head: U.S. Advisers Needed to Fight With Iraqis, Kurds
Makeup of UN Gaza probe panel proves anti-Israel bias, Jerusalem
Monday, August 11. 2014
Farmers’ Kids are “Underage Labor” and Must Stop Working
Blogging Alone - Review: ‘The Vanishing Neighbor’
Strange facts about birds
If people can’t be bothered to dress for the occasion, they are not welcome at my funeral.
Ole Miss email domain is racist according to university administrators
Eight More Things You Didn’t Know Are Racist
Why Are There So Many Women in Public Relations?
A new bio of Clausewitz
How could Central American children have made this trip?
Our higher education system fails leftist students because they're rarely challenged to think.
Obama’s dishonesty is blatant and habitual. It seems to me to reflect a
‘Not all speech is protected if [it] is hate speech and it is intended to ridicule another religion’
Steyn on the Yazidi: You want Nazis?
Seeking Lower Taxes, Companies Flee the U.S.
In California, Green Policies Spark Class Conflict
Liberalism on the Rocks - Two recent books appraise the contemporary Left, with varying results.
WaPo: Obama’s authorization of Iraq airstrikes isn’t connected to a coherent strategy
Islamists Around the World Rushing to Join ISIS
Sunday, August 10. 2014
Saturday, August 9. 2014
I do not want that disease. Does Obamacare cover it?
A short sermon
Midnight at the oasis
Split infinitives are sort-of OK
Trailer Homes Aren't Just for Millionaires
Gotta stock up before they are illegal
Minnesota Cafe Charges “Minimum Wage Fee,” Liberals Outraged
Re-posted because it is so intelligent: Washington’s Perfect Storm Of Policy Failure: On The Folly Of Massive Money Printing And America’s Collapsing Imperium
Dead Broke Clintons Downsizing August Vacation To $100K
Super Party-Boy Has Advice for Young People with "Right-Wing *ssholes" for Parents
Cool music, too - if you can term it music
The shocking discovery about evangelical Christianity that I made after becoming a father
Welcome to Wal-Mart, the Doctor Will See You Now
I use the eye man at Costco. He's great. Complete exam, dilation, retina, pressure, etc.
Obama's Amnesty Would Be Like Lincoln's Emancipation
What is Israel up against? Amazing video
Kerry: Starving Africa Shouldn’t Build More Farms Because It Would Contribute to Global Warming
Thornton: The failure of the EU:
Hamas Executes One of Its Leaders - Then Blames Israel
"We Don't Understand Real Evil, Organized Evil, Very Well. This is Evil Incarnate."
The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas
Washington Opened The Gates Of Hell In Iraq: Now Come The Furies
I basically agree with Tyler's view (wait, it's David Stockman again, via Tyler). Iraq is not a real nation.
Friday, August 8. 2014
Where to draw the line? Some thoughts: How To Mind America’s Business
Updated list of 29 – Actually 30 – excuses
Porn production plummets in Los Angeles
Bones from Ur
Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go?
Why Technology Won’t Shorten Your Work Week
An atheist contemplates the death of a bug
Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls - Being in good physical condition likely to help boys avoid the blues too, expert says
Schools for Scandal - The astounding waste, corruption, and self-dealing of university student governments
Talkin' Obama Blues - Obama's words can move factions, but not a people.
Americans worry that illegal migrants threaten way of life, economy
Tough talk from the Swedish Democrat party (video)
Hamas warns of more rocket attacks unless all demands are met
Three Men, A Tent and Some Shrubs: The Backstory of Our Hamas Report
Thursday, August 7. 2014
All they need is water, food, tents, shovels, and maybe some machine guns air-dropped to them prevent a Biblical-style genocide. Where is everybody? On vacation?
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