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, July 21. 2014
Last week we had a couple of posts about the administrative state and its extra-legal, unconstitutional power.
Besides Obamacare (20,000 pages of federal regs), we now have Dodd-Frank regulations (14,000 pages and counting). It's anticipated that it will be years before all of the Dodd-Frank regs are fleshed out. If ever.
Who can know or understand all of this crap? All people know is that you can get in trouble if you do not. Insane, but it keeps lawyers and lobbyists employed.
People tend to discuss psychopaths (aka sociopaths) as if there were a sharp division between them and normal people. It seems as if it were, when you just look at the extreme end of the spectrum but, as in most traits, there's a spectrum.
What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?
The urge to tidy up cities is deadening – let’s celebrate the tangled chaos and honky-tonk energy that keep them alive
Gambling and marijuana: Corrupting citizens for fun and profit
National Suicide, French Style
Robert Fulford: As the world burns, America shrugs
Maybe they're right not to over-react to everything
“The Most Narcissistic, Self-Absorbed President We’ve Ever Had”
UK Update: Christians lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told
The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?
“Economic patriotism” equals “stay here and pay punitive taxes to cover our ruinous spending habit”
Barone: Liberalism turns against liberty
How the Chrildrens' Crusade across the border was meant to happen
Who’d a-thunk it? Socialism is demoralizing, socially corrosive, and promotes individual dishonesty and cheating?
Conservatives are slow, but Progressives are quicker to seize on the political opportunities created by a changing culture.
Progressives Rally in Detroit – Demand Free Water, “Where Do You Expect Us to Sh**??”
In your diapers?
The Russian reset: Hillary’s “brilliant stroke”
Sunday, July 20. 2014
The Band. The production of this recording was completed after Richard killed himself:
Governors are already meeting in emergency session.
The Northeast needs more nuke plants. Or more firewood.
It is time to face the fact that there may very well be no realistic political solution to the problems in Israel/Palestine.
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Took a trip to Queens on Friday evening to see some theatrical performances celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most recent NY World's Fair. The site is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park. A bit bedraggled but very pleasant large park filled with Queens people, mostly with kids. We spoke with a proud resident of Queens who had attended both the 1939 and the 1964 world's fairs sited there. At the edge of the park, the Mets' new CitiField, and the National Tennis Center.
A cool place. The futuristic remnants of 1964 are strange, rusting, and apocalyptic in a way. None of the fountains work. The Space Center is all gone now.
The Unisphere fountains are now a place for kids to practice bike-riding and roller-blading. The lights and structures behind the treeline are the US (Billy Jean King) Tennis Center:
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Saturday, July 19. 2014
Toon via Hit & Run
Billionaires Who Bought Congress Say They Feel “Shortchanged”
Burt Shavitz, the World’s Most Famous Retired Beekeeper
Are Hookups Psychologically Healthy?
That extramarital affair is costing you a fortune
The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved
Dietary Guideline Committee ‘Quadruples’ Down on Moving Americans to ‘Plant-Based Diets’
The potato chip and French Fry diet? Or is it "Let them eat cake"?
Quotations of the day on racial profiling in college admissions
Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs:
How did we get the schools we have? The K-12 Conspiracy
The Obama Albatross - Playing pool in Colorado rather than visiting the Texas border is not very presidential.
This idea that we live in a world where government cares about us is just the biggest propaganda ever.
Iraqi Christians Told to Convert, Submit, or Die
New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims
Religion of death
US Marine Corps commandant openly blasts CIC Obama
Not sposta do that
Fly them all to Minneapolis
How to win in Gaza
The treacherous task of tunnel demolition
CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias
Break of Day
'Tis true, 'tis day; what though it be?
Image is Picasso's Meditation, 1904
Friday, July 18. 2014
Some good history and some good thinking about the modern (and ancient) administrative state with its extra-legal powers. I have no doubt that the founders hoped to prevent a Versailles-like giant central bureaucracy, but they failed at that. Why? They wrote all they could to prevent it.
Very enjoyable interview with law Prof. Philip Hamburger. I know you probably hate podcasts as much as I do, but this is a goodie which will make you think.
The USA Progressives borrowed our public school structures, and developed our central governmental administration, from the Prussian models. As Hamburger says, "as American as Bismarck."
"There is always a 'necessity' for increasing government administrative power."
Iowahawk tweet below via Am Digest:
Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.
Arthur C. Clarke.
John Kenneth Galbraith.
Well, maybe not happy but a chance for self-respect
63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
Indeed it is, but nobody cares.
Guy wants more government regulation
NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To
Big mistake was taking down the 2nd Avenue El in 1942
Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents
Time to Rethink Government Unions
VDH: The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.
Chris Edwards: Reducing Wasteful Federal Spending
CBO’s Long-Term Budget Projections Show a Substantial Imbalance in the
Backgrounder: Students for Justice in Palestine
Those rockets hidden in a UN school
The Bizarre Moral Criticism Against Israel
Thursday, July 17. 2014
This via Althouse. It's not the speed, it's the passion:
And covering Dylan's Highway 61
A Conservative case: The case for allowing these debts to be erased via bankruptcy.
Makes some sense, as long as that doesn't get dumped on the taxpayer. Of course, having a bankruptcy on your credit report will not do much for your future prospects.
Terrible about that Malaysia flight today, but here is something beautiful in flight: the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" in test flight (h/t Synth):
And VDH reports from southern California: Do We Want Mexifornia? A quote:
Two images from around the web this week that, I think, capture how many see this:
Image via sWINDle
How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Happiness Experiment
Birds of a feather: Study finds people's friends genetically similar to them
The anonymous men who built Central Park
Mom Jailed for Letting Her 9 y.o. Play at Park Unsupervised
VDH:An American Satyricon - Our elites would be right at home in Petronius’s world of debauchery and bored melodrama.
The University of Wisconsin's latest diversity plan calls for "equity" in high-demand majors and the distribution of grades.
The Grey Lady Punctures Obamacare Myth
Annals of Government Incompetence
Millennials Desire Government That Provides All and Costs Nothing - The Unicorn/Dragon ticket should snag the youth vote.
Fake Indian Bashes Wall Street
Fake Indian has $7 million invested on Wall St. Fake Indian speak with forked tongue.
Time for States to Reclaim Their Sovereignty - Hey Feds, we states made you, and we can unmake you.
How to Lie with Statistics: Florida School Spending Edition
8 Myths In The Immigration Debate - Stop Saying That. It's Not True.
Barry Goldwater, 50 years ago
Fake Indian: The government shutdown was over birth control
100% of Dem Senators Vote for Late-Term Abortion up to Nine Months of Pregnancy
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups - Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly
See Why Rolling Stone’s List of ‘Most Dangerous Guns’ Is Being Called ‘Maybe the Worst Piece of Journalism of All-Time’
Wednesday, July 16. 2014
Educated people often make doctors’ worst patients: anti-vaxxers, cancer treatment rejecters, herbal remedy enthusiasts. Why do otherwise brilliant minds ignore science and reject modern medicine?
Read the article. I think people tend to be skeptical because "the science" is always in flux so many would rather go with their relatively-uninformed judgement than with the expert judgement of the day which may be obsolete next year. Remember the big scare about hormone replacement? Remember when they claimed that broccoli was good for you? Etc. People do know that physicians are smart and well-educated, but they like to make their own decisions for better or worse.
The Limitless Drug: What If It Were Possible to Learn Any New Skill as If We Were Children?
It reminded me of this one:
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One quote from the article: