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, July 31. 2015
I hope their diversity czar got a well-deserved spanking.
Related, better: from the great University of Chicago: Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression
A big game hunter speaks (short vid)
Who's Afraid of Uber?
I Used Windows 10 And Survived, And You Can Too
Would you let your 12-year-old daughter sleep in a tent with an 18-year-old boy?
Robert F. Turner: Thomas Jefferson and slavery
The Chappaqua Case: The Feds Muscle In on Local Zoning Laws
The Regulatory State’s War against ordinary Modern Life
Why Do So Many Working Age Americans Choose Not To Enter The Workforce?
Raising Children Contributes to 43% of American Poverty
White House Says Planned Parenthood Videos Are Fake
Undercover Journalists Have NINE More Planned Parenthood Videos In The Can
Abortion word games come to end
Sen. Ernst: Funds Will Still Be Available for Women’s Health Services, Just Not for Planned Parenthood
Hidden Motives Behind the Huge GOP Primary - Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Why is the roster so large?
DNC Chair FREEZES-CAN’T ANSWER=> ‘What’s the Difference Between Democrat Party and Socialist?’
Jeb Bush Takes Positions on Climate Change, EPA Rules, Other Energy Issues
Pay Attention Republicans — Especially You, Mr. Trump
Attention Republicans — Especially You, Mr. Trump - See more at:
Revelations put Clinton in crosshairs of broadening inquiry into whether she mishandled classified information
U.S. intel preparing for massive breach of classified data in Hillary Clinton emails
From Hill-ary To Mountain-ary - How UBS Sent Millions To The Clintons After Saving The Bank In 2009
A.B. Stoddard: Clinton must be joking:
The Truth About Western 'Colonialism' - How the misuse of a term legitimizes the jihadist myth of Western guilt.
Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal
India About to Surpass China as World’s Most Populous Country
India’s Faltering Economic Revolution: Lost Opportunity, Lost Future
Palestinians: A Rare Voice of Sanity
Hamas's Child Abuse Camps
HuffPost Arabic’s Muslim Brotherhood connections
Young Africans to Obama: 'Clean your own house first'
Thursday, July 30. 2015
Big game is hunted all the time in Africa, quite legally. All you have to do is pay and the guides will find a convenient target for all of the Bungalow Bills. Poor schmuck shot the wrong one (but with a bow, to his credit). For real heart-wrenching, ‘It’s Another Boy!’
So we progressively humanize animals and dehumanize people. Something wrong there. I am neither pro-abortion nor anti-all abortion. I have been in a moral limbo about it for years while finding the very idea of abortion spiritually revolting. Abortion is not health care. PP abortions should not be funded by taxpayers. They can abort all the lions they want if they have too many.
care more about animals than about humans is the mark of true
depravity. - See more at:
It's not educational quality that has declined so much as it is the capability of students seeking higher ed. Credential inflation. Schools trying to keep their seats filled with paying customers: George Washington University Ditches SAT, ACT Scores, School was worried tests were driving away promising students.
GWU annual college cost/yr: $64,300.
“I am not here as a serf or vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman, wife, mother and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well-being, and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. Your post, the post that you occupy, exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered.”
"Although I grew up in a union household and surrounded by progressive peers, I kept noticing liberal policies sound good but actually reinforce poor choices. It dawned on me: I’m a conservative."
Why Do Government Services So Often Suck So Badly?
Mexico Cracks Down on Illegal Aliens From North of the Border
Indian restaurant fined for trying to hire Indian waiter
Don’t blame ‘evil’ landlords for the free market
Would Cat-Lovers Give Up Their ‘Pets’ To Save the Earth?
What it’s like to be a veteran at one of the most liberal colleges in the country
Health Care Costs To Accelerate, Report Says
Atlantic Writer Jeffrey Tayler Wants Christianity Officially Considered a Mental Illness
Networks Spend More Time Covering Cecil the Lion Than Planned Parenthood Videos
Raising the Minimum Wage Is the Perfect Way to Kill the Summer Job
Bernie Sanders schools Vox on immigration
Cracks Down on Illegal Aliens From North of the Border - See more at:
Fed Keeps Interest Rates Near Zero, But Increase May Come Later This Year
Chinese Stocks Rise After Government Injects $100bn Into Sovereign (Rescue) Fund; Sell-off 'Blame' Shifts To Hong Kong
Unfortunately for Coates’ persuasiveness, white people, unlike blacks, have never actually done anything terribly bad to him.
Reporters Covered up Bill Clinton Affair During Hillary’s 2008 Presidential Campaign
If Spending Is Our Military Strategy, Our Strategy Is Bankrupt
10 Ways for America to Deal with the South China Sea Challenge
Self-Contradiction, Priorities, Conflict, and Women in the USMC
US Military's Bomb Techs Fear Flying IEDs
What Information Collected by Israeli Intelligence Reveals About the Iran Talks
Has the U.S. Just Sold Out the Kurds?
Turkey and Syria: From Bluff to Buffer
TERRORISM TASK FORCE CHAIR: IRAN NUKE DEAL INCREASES HEZBOLLAH THREAT TO US
Wednesday, July 29. 2015
In the United States, social debates are really about the clash between custom, creed, and contract:
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More good stuff from Camille Paglia. One quote:
Back exercises are the best things for posture, generally. Dead lifts, especially. Not a bad idea to stick a post-it on your desk saying what your Mom said at the dining room table: "Sit up straight with your shoulders back." (She also always said "Stand up straight like a soldier.")
A few links on the topic:
You probably spend hours in front of a computer every day—so make sure you’re doing it right
Working Out Isn't Enough: Advice for Desk Workers
I wish I could care about Cecil the Lion, but as much as I think his killer is a bit of an asshole, I'm more disturbed by the outpouring of death threats he has received.
More to the point, I'm trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be upset about today? The kid whose body they found in the dumpster or a freaking lion who was killed legally (however much the kill was rigged to be legal, and however much of an ass the guy is, it was legal).
Yeah, Cecil is a sad story. Yeah the dentist is probably an idiot. But let's face it - we have a presidential contest about to start and a host of issues here at home that have led us to be concerned about way too much:
1. a moron former first lady who claims she is 'for the people' and gets $600 haircuts, while roping herself off from the people in parades
2. a moron socialist who occasionally says something cool, but is generally an asshole because he wants to pay everyone a minimum of $15 an hour but won't even pay his own staffers that wage - because it's too much.
3. a moron businessman who speaks plainly and pisses people off because running the country isn't the same as running a business. Yeah, he makes a few good points, but he has no shot at winning and even if he did I wouldn't trust him with my tax dollars.
4. a moron president who is no doubt hoping someone will change laws and allow him to run for a third term (while I'd support changing that law, I don't support him)
5. a bunch of morons trying to ban the Confederate battle flag, but not really caring about the 20 other Confederate flags which were equally "racist" then, but have different meanings today.
6. a bunch of morons who think banning guns is a good idea so they created "gun free zones" which have become kill zones - and they believe this supports their cause!
7. a bunch of morons who think certain words are triggers and should be outlawed because they 'offend'
The list of things I need to care about is endless. I have to remind myself each day to not offend anyone, to not be myself because someone else may not like what I am or what I stand for, to abide by some of the dumbest laws a nation can devise (and be concerned about others which are certainly headed our way), and generally be sensitive and caring to all people and all animals, all the time, everywhere, no matter what.
I'm pissed off about Cecil. But he's a freaking lion and he's thousands of miles away. There will be more lions, and he's not in my backyard. But I'm tired of having to care about every little thing that someone thinks is 'important' to them. I care about me, and my family, and my friends. I care if they are healthy, and I care if someone is impinging on mine, or their rights. So yes, I care. But I really just can't find time in my day to care about Cecil. Sorry.
Africa is beginning to go down that dark road towards western-style prosperity, development, and freedom. Like Cuba, see it now before the old Africa disappears. Is "poverty" a Western concept? Masai warriors with iPhones? What next? Disney Africa?
Already, there is no "wild Africa" remaining. Its future is like South America.
Don't forget to throw a few coins to Wikimedia
Finding Out How Boa Constrictors Kill
Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete
Another Video Released: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts
Palin Asks Which Killed More Black People: Confederate Flag or Planned Parenthood?
Order, Please, Not Utopia - Bill de Blasio’s New York has the wrong priorities.
FDA: Mexicans Defecating in Farm Fields Getting Americans Sick
I hate cilantro anyway
Responders Anticipate Possibility of More Illegal Crossers - Border Patrol apprehending about 3,100 people a week
Bias-Free Language Guide claims the word 'American' is 'problematic'
It's a mental illness. Or maybe meant to be satirical.
Gun control? Americans increasingly see more guns as the solution, not the problem.
Prince Charles extends climate doomsday deadline by 33 years
Why not 34 years?
EPA Chief: Climate Change Is Fact Because Bad Weather Leads the News
Policies like Virginia's new corporate welfare for a local brewery are three sheets to the wind.
When government gives tax breaks, working stiffs pay for it
Single-Family Zoning Racist? Seattle Thinks So
Exodus from Puerto Rico could upend Florida vote in 2016 presidential race
Geraldo Rivera Frets Planned Parenthood Scandal ‘Might Put an End’ to ‘Garbage’ Used to ‘Be the Cure for Cancer’
Rivera Frets Planned Parenthood Scandal ‘Might Put an End’ to ‘Garbage’
Used to ‘Be the Cure for Cancer’ - See more at:
Carly the Communicator
Clinton campaign pledges to be carbon neutral, aide says
Wall Street is in Hillary Clinton's corner
Clinton's New Email Fuss Is No Scandal
Hillary Clinton’s $600 haircut puts Bergdorf on lockdown
UK Government Admits 250,000 Porn Websites Visited On Parliament PCs
A detailed review of the Iran verification plan
Tuesday, July 28. 2015
It's a new form of cheese to me: Burrata. It's a gooey variant of Mozzarella (a cheese which I do not like, even Buffalo Mozzarella. Flavorless and rubbery). Burrata, like Mozzarella, is a fresh cheese.
I'd be willing to try Burrata with sliced tomato. They may have it at our gourmet Italian market, and I am told Whole Foods carries it sometimes. I hate Whole Foods on principle, but they have always had a fine cheese department. Me love cheeses with fruits, nuts, jellies for dessert.
A good tomato platter might be sliced tomatoes, sliced mango or peach, a chunk of oozing burrata, a handful of chopped fresh basil, and a balsamic dressing.
Our friend Dr. Schneiderman discusses Adolescent Cutting. After many years of addressing self-mutilation with youth and some adults, I have become convinced that various sorts of self-harm entail "integrative" pain - a discomfort which helps a person feel more centered, whole, and complete. In fact, it is not unusual for somewhat shakily-constructed people to create or to be drawn to chaos and crises for their strange psychologically-integrating effects.
There might be an entire new theory of masochism in general built on that idea, but I think Freud sort of began to get there first. Perhaps he over-sexualized masochism, or over-death-wished it, but he was on the trail towards an understanding of masochism and its perverse gratifications.
A fun, wide-ranging interview. She gets it wrong on Clinton-Cosby though. It's not "wired-differently," it's a refusal to exercise conscience. Low-life pond scum. Most people manage to refrain from doing whatever they might feel like doing.
One quote from her re academic craziness:
Christianity: Now Isn’t the Time to Flee the Public Square
You don't actually need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
Tatanka Iyotaka, more commonly known as Sitting Bull
No Wonder Insurers Want to Merge
I'm really glad I grew up a tomboy before all this gender confusion stuff came into vogue.
‘Student Voices’ Exposes Anti-Semitism in the College Classroom
‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen
Ezra Levant: ‘Crazy’ prosecutions
Go get 'em, Ezra
John Oliver Slams Mandatory Minimums - He emphasizes the importance of making shorter sentences retroactive.
One-Fifth of El Salvador, Estimated One-Quarter of Mexico Now Living Inside USA
African-Americans lose out when immigration favors low-skill labor.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: America’s Next Top Victim - You owe us for slavery. Now enslave us all over again.
This Week in Progressive Lunacy: Air Conditioning is Sexist
Liberals worry that workers with specialized skills make more money
Three for the Money: Carly, Walker, and Cruz
Mitchell: Experts can find no reason for a private e-mail system except to thwart oversight
Nigh Inconceivably Stupid Would Be a Fair Phrase For Clinton’s Tax Hike
Hillary Clinton boarding private jet just hours after launching global-warming push – and she's using a FRENCH aircraft
What Militarism Means - Its perfect symbol isn’t Prussia, it’s the F-35.
U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution
How Obama Misunderstands LBJ’s Vietnam History
How Obama’s Poor Judgment Led to the Chinese Hack of OPM
Falsifying the Six-Day War - As Censored Voices makes its American debut, my advice to American Jews is this: save your tears—the Six-Day War was decently waged and morally just.
Obama presents a false dichotomy on Iran
Monday, July 27. 2015
Sunrise fishing off Pass Christian, Mississippi. Quite a history there.
My pal's buddy keeps his boat in his backyard
These guys do not believe in catch and release
These are a favorite summer treat around here. Yes, you can do it with pumpkin blossoms too. Use the male blossoms, on the stalks. No reason to waste them.
A simple recipe. Do not wash the blossoms. Serve hot, with salt.
For a fancier antipasto, fried blossoms stuffed with goat cheese. How good does that sound?
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