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.
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Sunday, September 25. 2016
From Woody Allen's most notable one-liners: (link fixed)
'There's an old joke . . . two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life.'
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Saturday, September 24. 2016
Because that turns out to be wrong too. Much of Noam Chomsky’s revolution in linguistics—including its account of the way we learn languages—is being overturned
If interested in language, Roger Brown's fascinating 1968 Words and Things can't be beat.
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Fireplace at a place I am quite fond of
Diagnosing Van Gogh
When Did Sex Become Fun?
Land use and The Curated Landscape
The case for legalizing narcotics
Gal with gun. Good
Skidmore College: When you leave this campus, you will not be able to file a bias incident report if someone has written “Make America Great Again” on a surface you happen to walk by.
Charter schools in Massachusetts
Rutgers prof equates pet ownership with 'torture'
Satire or serious?
Gov’t Study Confirms Weather Stations Are Increasingly Surrounded By Asphalt, Concrete And May Show Too Much Warming
The ‘Fingerprint’ Of Global Warming Doesn’t Exist In The Real World, Study Finds
Hysteria without data. Plus there is the "Who cares?" factor
Zika Reminds Us That Climate Change Is a Women’s Rights Issue
Not satire, but should be
As Americans Tire of Eco-Panic, Hillary Quietly Drops ‘Climate Change’ Rhetoric
Kids Joining ‘School Lunch Advisory Councils’ to Deal With Michelle Obama’s Rules - Teach students to ‘nudge’ others into healthy eating
An apple is healthy? Shut up. An apple is a sugary dessert.
That outfit is cool
Black America does not have a race problem.
After Charlotte shooting, press downplays a key fact: The officer's race
"Keith Lamont Scott was scum." The media spin; “Family and neighbors call Scott a quiet ‘family man.’”
Quietly sitting in his car with his PCP and his firearm (he did he get a firearm?). Rule of thumb: Never, ever, wave a handgun at police officers.
Like everything else, the debates are all about Trump
Why Trump Will Win: It's the Likability, Stupid!
Finally! The Clinton Family has a compound
Greedy social climbers, pond scum, like the Kennedys were/are. Maybe that's the Clintonian aspiration.
Here’s a question Donald Trump should try and work in to the debate: why is Hillary Clinton against the right to work?
OK, that is not news and not a reason not to vote for her
Friday, September 23. 2016
From David Bromwich's What are we allowed to say?in the London Review of Books:
How One Twitter User Proved The "Intent" That The FBI Missed After Months "Investigating"
Destruction of subpoenaed evidence, at the request of Hillary's flunkies. A crime that makes Nixon's cover-ups seem trivial. But never mind, it was just about yoga classes - but it doesn't look like Hillary does yoga with her weight and her inability to climb stairs.
Toddler survives three days alone in remote Siberia wood
Got Low T? Testosterone Drugs Probably Won't Help
Burmese pythons found in Key Largo, western Palm Beach County
Say good-bye to your cats and little yappy dogs. They eat babies too.
Wharton mentioned Wyndclyffe in her books, and it’s said that others
California University Students Call Words ‘Crazy’ and ‘Stupid’ Hate
That is stupid and crazy
Northwestern president uses microaggressions against people who use microaggressions
Where do they find these morons?
University of Miami cancels Milo event due to ‘security concerns’
A very dangerous faggot
Public Pensions Are Being Overly Optimistic
Most physicians report low morale, burden from new payment models
Coming soon to a doctor's office near you: Obamacare public option
Mass immigration costs government $296 billion a year, depresses wages
Uh oh, climate change is threatening the world's coffee supplies
Sheesh, now really scarey
Email shows federal immigration bosses in OT push to swear in new citizens 'due to election'
"... neo-conservatism was always a Progressive heresy and never had roots in Anglo-Saxon conservatism."
Sorry, Chicago, but Peter Thiel is (mostly) right
Trump the Only Republican Who Can Handle the Media Onslaught? - See
Why Movement Conservatives Are Rooting for Hillary - Her victory is their only hope of preserving the status quo.
Wealthy Voters Abandon Republican Party for Hillary Clinton
Clinton proposes bumping up estate tax
Tax and spend is all she's got. But everybody knows that the wealthy pay no estate taxes. She will not, for sure
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Outrage Machine, Allies Push the Buttons
On the road with the Israeli ambulance drivers who save Palestinian lives
Palestinians: "The Mafia of Destruction"
France: Human Rights vs. The People
Netanyahu Lectures UN: “The UN Begun as a Moral Force Has Become a Moral Farce”
The UN is a total waste
Thursday, September 22. 2016
I hope some lefties are reading us because they need to know how many of us non-lefty people think and feel. Case in point, "Alt-Right." First off, there is no Alt-Right. However, there are lots of people fed up with the recent waves of Lefty insanity which we take the trouble to post here because the MSM refuses to.
In other words, the non-existent Alt-Right is a creation of a wacko left fringe which has left truth and reality far behind.
Dangerous Faggot Milo explains it very clearly.
Maybe it should be the economy, stupid, but a lot of it is culture wars. The culture radicals and cultural Marxists have won the battles, it seems, so they are pushing their advantages to the point of utter, joke-worthy irrationality. But the joke could lose you your job.
I believe that life is deepened by physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual stress. Added as a bonus: discovering one's limitations. Doing what we "feel like doing" tends to be a dead end in life, paths of least resistance. Doing what we don't feel like doing can be amazing. A quote:
...than listen to this woman screeching at me for four years. What is wrong with her? Her behavior is so inconsistent. Not that it matters. She makes it clear, for sure, that she is against Right to Work. Sheesh. Listen at your own risk.
And Scott Adams (Clinton voter) says it's the vibe of a loser.
How to live to 100: Town full of centenarians spills its secrets
No secrets there. Some drink a lot, some don't. Some smoke a lot, some do not. Some eat "healthy," many do not. Good genetics. In small southern Italian towns, everybody is a cugino.
Your dog can make you feel better, and here’s why
Real Reasons Americans Are Fatter Than Ever
"Would I like to go on a hike? A hike? Do you know what we call a hike in New York? We call it walking."
Why not pacifiers? And diapers?
Italy: Let's mock them for that
Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise That Will End Trump’: The Campaign To Register 8 Million ‘Global Citizens’ To Vote
America still in a depression
They have a million friends
House votes to halt Guantanamo detainee transfers
An Appalling Appeal - President Obama warns blacks to vote Democratic—or risk insulting him.
Obama to U.N.: ‘In America, There Is Too Much Money in Politics.’
Bill Clinton on immigration
Douthat: Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem
Clinton campaign raced through $50 million last month
Hillary Clinton Outlines Vision of More Job Opportunities for People With Disabilities
Nobody disagrees with that, in principle. But this is just more pandering.
The Decline of Economic Liberty During the Bush-Obama Years
"Cops dehumanize African Americans in order to administer an
What horse hockey. Cops kill more white guys than black guys, despite the crime disparity
Money Laundering Scheme Exposed: 14 Pro-Clinton Super PACs and Non-Profits Implicated
Media Bias Grows as Trump Gains
Post-Ebola, West Africans flock back to bushmeat, with risk
Syrian writers, artists, journalists condemn U.S., Russia involvement
U.S. says some 360,000 refugee spots pledged at United Nations
Eastern Europe: The Last Barrier between Christianity and Islam
In Gaza and West Bank, Palestinian journalists fear squeeze on free press
Wednesday, September 21. 2016
Urban planners are central planners, meaning that they usually are arrogant and get things wrong. Nowadays, few people wish to live full-time in the countryside or in the woods except for misanthropes. People like a vibrant, human-scale community whether in New York City or in Rumford, Maine.
Jane Jacobs’s Street Smarts - What the urbanist and writer got so right about cities—and what she got wrong.
We Asked Gen Mattis About Why Civilians Don’t Understand War. A quote from the article:
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I don't think it causes noticeable water retention. Your body makes about 2 gms of it per day, and you get a little bit from eating meat. The idea behind supplemental creatine is that, by giving your muscles a little extra ATP, you can theoretically stress your muscles harder, thus resulting in more good muscle microfiber damage, resulting in strength increase during the recovery process. Creatine doesn't build muscle; it is supposed to help you damage muscle.
Does it work? Experts say it does. It's difficult for me to say whether it has helped me in my program because I have no basis for comparison. At the least, a placebo effect.
Can women who lift use it? Sure. Many women these days do weight-training programs for general fitness for life, for osteopenia, and for sports. The same reasons the average guy does it. We have an 80 year-old gal in our gym lifting every morning a 6 am. And yes, Mrs. BD does 2 hrs of weights each week along with her other exercise. She loves those deadlifts. I hate it all, but I give it my best anyway. Delayed gratification.
Posture Affects Standing, and Not Just the Physical Kind. Rightly or wrongly, your posture is taken as an index of your self-respect and self-confidence.
Photo from Why Is Socialism So Damned Attractive?
Pope Francis Hosts Feathered Serpent God As Part Of Deity Exchange Program
The curse of MANXIETY: How men worry themselves to death - but women don't
Worry is part of a man's job in life
Because of the ADA, Universities May Withdraw Free Online Course Content
In the safe spaces on campus, no Jews allowed
UC Berkeley Rescinds Suspension of Controversial ‘Antisemitic Anti-Israel’ Course Without Any Change to Syllabus
More people die in their government jobs than get fired.
Protecting America's Children From Police-State Goons, Bureaucratic Idiots, & Mercenary Creeps
10 places where health care ate the economy - In some metropolitan areas, many, many people work in health care services
From How did it happen?
'Deplorables' and the Myth of the Single-Issue Vote
Presidential Leadership: Uniting Behind Exceptionalism
Reddit Users Break HUGE Clinton Email Story – Proving Hillary ORDERED Emails to Be Stripped
There’s little doubt at this point that members of Team Clinton should
Hillary’s hybrid ‘Clinton State-Foundation’ is a national disgrace
Tuesday, September 20. 2016
Photo is Harvard students, 1953
If you dressed that way in college today, people would assume that you were as gay as Milo. However, kids in fine private schools still dress in ties for class, and those youths in the photo were probably just wearing something similar to what they had always worn to school. People used to dress for church too. I still do. It shows respect for the occasion. Please do not wear cut-off jeans to church. I am sure God doesn't care, but I do. (And you gals, please do not dress too sexy. It is a terrible distraction for us guys.)
It seems to me that part of the post-war cultural change in the US, and in the West generally, contained a degree of psychological regression, a clinging to childhood or adolescence. I do not know why that happened (decadence from prosperity and comfort?), but there was a time when people aged 18 were adults, viewed themselves as adults, comported themselves as adults, dressed like adults and, in short, aspired to be dignified grown-ups. I know this from my parents, but I grew up after that. Adulthood was difficult for them (military service, war, money, etc) but adulthood is always a deadly serious matter for which children are not equipped.
Dress expectations are superficial for sure, but they still mean something. So do all other cultural expectations. I am most comfortable associating with those who share my cultural expectations. Generally, know what to expect. Birds of a feather...
Solway discusses The Infantilizing of the Academy. I will not blame anybody or anything for the cultural regressions, but it is an interesting question.