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
Tuesday, January 18. 2022
At Commentary, The Atlantic’s Nervous Breakdown. Yes, read the whole thing.
Dalrymple on advertising oneself
The last volume in ‘A Life of Picasso’ is just as astounding as its predecessors
After 70 Years, FDA Dumps Rules Regulating French Dressing
Bonfire of the Sanities: California’s Deranged Revival of the Aztec Gods
The American Medical Association Falls to CRT
Beijing Bars Spectators From Winter Games As First Omicron Case Confirmed
Your Fridge Is An Agent Of Climate Catastrophe
Bari Weiss: Being Jewish in an Unraveling America, The bad guy was killed. The good guys were saved. But the reaction to the hostage-taking in Colleyville, Texas, should alarm American Jews.
School Closures Were a Catastrophe. Progressives Still Haven’t Reckoned With It.
Wherefore New York City?
Manhattan DA describes "challenging" two weeks, faces calls for removal
Supply chain crisis status: Still bad, and China's lockdowns about to make it worse
"Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits..."
MSNBC Contributor Says Manchin and Sinema ‘Are the White People’ MLK Jr. ‘Warned Us About’
Damn Everyone to Hell: Here's An MSNBC Rant For the Ages
Jewish Democratic gubernatorial candidate compares Florida Gov. DeSantis to Hitler
Monday, January 17. 2022
Volcanic Eruption May Be Biggest Ever Seen From Space (video)
University of Michigan president,64, is fired from $927,000-a-year job over affair with female subordinate under zero-tolerance rules he created
BUSTED: Many of the ‘270 doctors’ who signed a letter urging Spotify to censor Joe Rogan ‘are not medical doctors’
Boston students freezing in classrooms due to COVID requirements
Traffic cameras are racist
What It’s Like In Big Tech Today: An Insider’s Twitter Thread
The Likely Cause of the Media Blackout on Imploding Whitmer Kidnapping Plot
MATT TAIBBI: What Happened to the “Question Authority” Era?
Is Biden politically kaput?
You Have Been Warned: Hillary is Back
It's Official. Democrats Say Gov DeSantis Is The New Hitler
Sunday, January 16. 2022
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:41 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
It is long, but interesting (or I would not post it). No images, just translated interviews with German soldiers.
2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2:2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
2:3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."
2:4 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come."
2:5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
2:6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
2:7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
2:8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it.
2:9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom
2:10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now."
2:11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Saturday, January 15. 2022
Image via Moonbattery
China Reveals AI News Anchor, Almost Indistinguishable From Real Human
Is the Viking next to go? WWU eyes ditching Viking mascot due to colonialism
The Trans Movement Is Not About Rights Anymore. It's about a cultural revolution and the abolition of biological sex.
Where Are the Jews?’: Scandal Erupts at the Academy Museum. Four months after the new cultural center’s splashy opening, big donors and showbiz veterans wonder why many of Hollywood’s “founding fathers” are absent from its exhibits
""[Biden's Georgia speech] was aggressive, intemperate, not only offensive but meant to offend. It seemed prepared by people who think there is only the Democratic Party..."
Why Sarah Palin has a case against the lying liberals at New York Times
Arab Racism and the 'Jewish State'
Friday, January 14. 2022
Turley on the Jan 6th protesters.
Your Skin Doesn’t Need Skin Care. It can do everything it needs to do by itself.
Uncovering Sparta - Mythological home of Helen, war-making polis of Leonidas and now a modest municipality: the city is a palimpsest
Get rid of all competition? Be careful what you wish for
The Perils of Noncitizen Voting. New York City’s new law could become a fiasco.
Global Economy Heading For "Mother Of All" Supply Chain Shocks As China Locks Down Ports
Progressives warn Biden to "forgive" student loans... or else
If The Republican Party Refuses To Learn From The Trump Era, Winning In 2022 Will Mean Nothing
Gallup: Teachers, judges among those to hit new lows with image ratings
Run, Hillary, run! Two Democrats say it’s time for Clinton 2024
Thursday, January 13. 2022
That glacier created the modern Great Lakes, Cape Cod, and Long Island. This was during the Pleistocene, when great mammals occupied North America - Mastodons, Camels, and other critters like Musk Ox. Also, humans from Siberia. Wooly Mammoths in New Jersey. Climate change, for the better.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:15 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The Tipping Point: The Subtle Psychology and Economics of Taxi Fares
GREG GUTFELD FILLS THE COMEDY VACUUM
Which mask? What test? COVID's latest surge spreads an epidemic of confusion
AP instructs editors: Start downplaying case counts in our stories about COVID
The media do an about-face on the CDC as they finally face COVID restrictions
We’re All Going to Get Omicron
HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELEASE TEXT OF REDACTED FAUCI EMAILS ON COVID ORIGINS. NIH leaders advised scientists not to “mention a lab origin as that will just add fuel to the conspiracists,” one researcher told The Intercept.
Looking for Hillary
China Seals People's Doors, Xi'an Residents Cry For Food
Wednesday, January 12. 2022
Incest to be banned in France
Hollywood's New Rules. The old boys club is dead. But a new one—with its own litmus tests and landmines—is rapidly replacing it. 'This is all going to end in a giant class-action lawsuit.'
Critical race theory-related ideas found in mandatory programs at more than 230 colleges, universities
Two Years Is Long Enough
Commentary: Don’t Let Teachers’ Unions Off the Hook
Education Secretary Cardona solicited NSBA letter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists: email NSBA official said controversial letter followed 'a request by Secretary Cardona'
Tuesday, January 11. 2022
Deere Goes Autonomous With Its Farmer-Free Tractor
The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps'
NYT: Omicron Presents a Danger That's No Different Than the Seasonal Flu
Amazon Cuts COVID-19 Paid-Leave To 40 Hours For US Employees, Following Walmart
Why I Soured on the Democrats - COVID school policies set me adrift from my tribe.
Omicron Makes Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Obsolete. There is no evidence so far that vaccines are reducing infections from the fast-spreading variant.
End Stage Covid Craziness in New York
Yes, our pal did sing in Carnegie Hall this weekend
In wake of controversy, superintendent defends elementary school’s dropping of ‘Jingle Bells’
Democrats are trying to scare America over a civil war they're trying to start
America’s Asymmetric Civil War - It’s within metro areas, not between the states
Updated and Reposted: RealClearInvestigations' Jan. 6-BLM Riots Comparison
"When we fail to recognize the moral legitimacy of a range of positions on controversial topics, disagreements about these issues inevitably become judgments about other people’s character."
Democrats’ Top Priority Before Fall Elections Is Rigging U.S. Voting Rules
Monday, January 10. 2022
"Retiring Early" Is The New American Dream: Why This Is A Problem
" I believe many people fail to recognize how intertwined is the lust for power and the enabling forces of stupidity. "
Movie: The Edge of Appeasement
Dumb and Dumber (Nos. 22 & 23) - Watching the Education Apocalypse in Slow Motion
As Even the Leftwing Media and Political Figures Demand that Teachers Go Back to Work, Teachers Say F*** You -- It's Summer Vacation For Us, Forever
Kotkin: Is this the end of progressive America? Multiple fronts of resistance are taking shape
Media Now Described by Matt Taibbi: “Our target reader now is a rage addict”
" Reveling in the anniversary of the Capitol riot, Democrats and the media dubiously brand it a right-wing “insurrection”—while ignoring the urban anarchy that began in May 2020."
There’s A Reason No One Likes Kamala Harris
CDC Director Sheepishly Admits Justice Sotomayor Issued COVID Misinformation On Hospitalized Kids
Making Manhattan a crook’s paradise
California Is Not an Island, So its New Economic Laws Could Backfire
American Slavery in the Global Context
Re Afghanistan, a book: Crisis of Command
Sunday, January 9. 2022
Stage sets were amazing. How do they do it, and change the giant sets for each scene? Magic. And how good is Elena Stikhina?
We even had, one time, to visit Puccini's house in Lucca.
Here's Elena with an aria. She's young:
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