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
Saturday, November 26. 2016
Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You. "Your Victim Card's expired..."
Re Trump, I am not a big fan but I am amused by it all. A Pres does not need to be your best pal. He has made some good appts. Yes, he should give Mittens a job. Romney needs a job. Take one more guy off unemployment in this economy.
Viking Ship Stopped by Gov Regulations
Hot Tubs and Luxury Dorms and Climbing Walls, Oh, My!
Who Raised the Snowflake Generation? Who’s to blame?
How Scientists Are Using Poop to Study New York City's Coyote Population
Free Coke! Why not?
Toronto is a hotbed of racial intolerance.
Teachers' unions are unhappy
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
Colin Kaepernick Castro T-shirt is ignorant of facts, insulting
SURVIVING CASTRO'S TORTURES
FORTY THREE YEAR STRUGGLE AGAINST CASTRO
Repeal and Revise - Life after Obamacare won’t be as dire as some on the left are predicting
The outrage over fake news is based on fake news about fake news.
I haven't slept in my own room since the election
Bookends to a Disastrous Presidency
Nov. 8 represented an explosion of anger on the right at years of smugness and disdain by liberals.
Trump’s media feud enters new era
Isn't it the media's Trump feud?
Network CNN Vows To Oppose Trump Administration
The Real Legacy in Jeopardy Under the New Congress? LBJ’s - The GOP has plans to take apart many of Johnson’s Great Society reforms. Will Trump let them succeed?
President Trump’s Pentagon To Do List
Unlearned Lessons in Haiti
Sick governance, sick culture. They have to fix it themselves. Not in my lifetime, though.
Friday, November 25. 2016
Beyond Trump’s Wall
- The president-elect should reform our legal immigration system, to
Some nights all you want is beers and a burger. Best ones I have found yet: Black Iron Burger
The Federal Regulations That Affect Your Thanksgiving Foods
Florida Woman Accused of Shooting at House Guests Who Stayed Too Long
Makes sense to me
'Atlas of the Underworld' reveals oceans and mountains lost to Earth's history
A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France
Rush Limbaugh Children’s Books Banned at Wisconsin School: They’re “Inappropriate”
Yes, it's the Gulag, Western Style
Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high
Students Need Much Better Counseling Before Going Into Debt for College
Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Disrupt Black Friday Shopping in Major Cities
Forest Service trying to seize private land from Montana ranchers
The GOP's Track Record on Illegal Immigration
Central Americans surge north, hoping to reach U.S. before Trump inauguration
Freakout at Vassar College
WaPo Releases Report on Russian Propaganda Sites- List Includes: Drudge Report, Wikileaks, Zerohedge, Infowars…
Not Maggie's Farm? The Russians are always emailing me hot info
Stop faking hate crimes. You're hurting your own cause
There aren't enough real ones
The snarling contempt behind the media's fake news hysteria
AVI: Jews and the Left
Jared Kushner’s first interview reveals what the media completely missed in the Trump campaign
Thornton: "If the delicate millennial Eloi were really interested in reforming
15 Things Trump and Reagan Have in Common
Robert Reich: How to resist Donald Trump’s first 100 days
LGBT Advocates Debate Future of Movement Post-Election
Bob Herbert: The War on the Poor Is Already Underway
Sheesh. I thought LBJ solved poverty decades ago
DONALD TRUMP Addresses Nazi Conspiracies at NY Times: “Boy, You’re Really Into This Stuff”
Trump’s GOP: The end of ‘checklist conservatism’
Of course he is. He hates the Earth
UCLA Professor Has Had An Especially Tough Time Dealing With Trump’s Victory
Supermarkets are packed with aggressive white supremacists, Esp. Whole Foods. They hassle me all the time cuz of my Hillary button. Hey, she could still win.
Thursday, November 24. 2016
Wednesday, November 23. 2016
They had utopian Christian dreams which were rapidly shattered. A New Jerusalem. They really did feel that they were on a holy mission that had nothing to do with money (except insofar as they owed quite a bit to their sponsoring corporation - which they were never able to repay).
Meanwhile, at the same time and a short distance south, New Amsterdam was a prosperous and rapidly growing Dutch colony. They had a good port and a handy river, but also a spirit of freedom (and diversity!) which the Puritans lacked. I don't think the earlier Dutch settlers had a Thanksgiving in New York. They were too busy making money.
How did they celebrate their first year and their first harvest in the fall of 1621, when they sat down with their Cape Cod Wampanoag friends?
"Deer and wildfowl." What else? We don't know. I don't think they had the grain to brew their beloved beer until the next year. What we do know is that these folks had been through a nasty voyage in a rotten, leaky boat, landed at the wrong place - remember, they were headed to the Dutch New Amsterdam area - which was better idea. They managed to scrape out a living, thanks to the Indian's education (these folks weren't farmers, anyway) as they watched their family members die.
Only 53 of the original 104 immigrants survived until fall, 1621. Then they gave thanks to God. Thanks for what? Thanks, I think, to God for being there with them through thick and thin.
It's always been a wonder to me that they didn't all catch the next flight from Logan back to Leyden. Trust in God is strong stuff, and many of us are not strong enough to handle the powerful grip of God. Thanksgiving is about putting our faith in the Lord, or trying to - and nothing else. God Bless us, and America, please, and make us Pilgrims in our own time, in our own ways.
Image via Ace
Giving thanks for the invisible hand of strangers, spontaneous order, kaleidoscopic market energy & no turkey czars
The Factory of Fakes - How a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art.
Obama Education Secretary John B. King Calls for End to Paddling in Schools
Paddling in schools? Bring it back.
William & Mary Offers ‘Thanksgiving Toolkit’ for Sensitive Students
How come Trump voters do not get toolkits for dealing with their moonbat relatives?
Watching the Snowflakes Melt
University Bullied Students to Change 'America' Theme Party Because Trump Won - America party 'provides an opportunity for students to dress or behave in a way that offends or oppresses others.'
How about a Cuba-themed party?
There is great irony in the sheer hate from those who whine about Trump being hateful.
Manhattan doesn't love The Donald anymore
Green Incoherence: Reaching Out to the Deplorables
Every immigrant to the US should make legal application, and be vetted, interrogated, and given probationary status. That's normal everywhere. Basically, a would-be immigrant is applying for membership.
Dem Lawmaker: We Are a Permanent Minority – Not a National Party, We Are a Coastal Party
Jeff Sessions May "Prosecute" Sanctuary Cities That Don't Obey Federal Law
Illegal immigrants pose as families, tell tales of woe to gain entry to U.S.
Illegal Immigrants Set Record By Using Children As Deportation Shields
Academics are dangerously racist
Do red state Americans and blue state Americans live in the same country anymore?
America has many more than two subcultures
Democrats’ Answer Is Always the Same: Move More Left - Nearly
Belmont Club on elections:
I have never met a lib who could tell me when the Progressive Project of government expansion could be considered completed
Trump needs to stop denouncing nutcases every time the media heads to the fainting couches
Time for him to rise above. But can he? He's a street-fighting man like Obama wanted to be
MEDIA MOGULS COMPLAIN ABOUT MEETING WITH TRUMP, GET SPANKED BY . . . GLENN GREENWALD?
A Third of Germans Report Feeling ‘Like A Stranger In My Own Country’
The UK has to accept not being special to the US
World Leaders Gather to Worry About Trump
Migrants Burn Down German Refugee Center After Camp Runs Out of Nutella and Gummy Bears
Tuesday, November 22. 2016
I did vote for him, but not a big fan. Yes, he is a player, he is a big-shot New Yorker and he wasn't born yesterday. However things go, when he is old he'll be able to sing this. Sheesh, what a song. Everybody might wish to own this tune, including me:
As I see it, the "Left" tends authoritarian in its impulses. The part of the "Right" that I identify with as an American tends towards individual freedom from power, but few talk about that anymore except at the margins (eg pot smoking and job licensing).
Really, now it's all about what government power can do for/to me or can do for/to you. Leviathan won as if so often does. Gravity. Not just in the US, but all over.
Is there a Right Side of History?
The Real War on Science - The Left has done far more than the Right to set back progress.
To varying degrees and for varying and not well-understood reasons, these kids, even if quite bright, do not fit in well in most settings. Their behavior and demeanor make others uneasy. While many people do not fit in well, "spectrum" people have qualitatively different challenges. It's in their hard-wiring. Many or most would like to function as normally as possible, so programs like the above offer some hope.
We used some of those plastic Cajun Classic meat injectors (image on right) to inject our birds (ducks, turkeys, pheasants, etc): Deep Fry Turkey Day with Red-neck Yankees, aka Les Tres Riche Heures du Bird Dog.
Those plastic injectors are worthless crap. The herbs and spices jam up the injector holes, and the whole thing falls apart after a few birds.
We then made do with a large-apertured medical syringe which one of our medical friends had (which I hope was clean), but this is really the cooking tool that is needed: the stainless steel Bayou Classic with one needle for herb mixtures and another for marinade (photo below).
Many folks like to inject a turkey with sherry or cider.
I bought a couple of those for my cooking buddies. (Update: I did, and got one for myself too. Would be scary to see a nurse approaching you with one of these.)
This year, I am going to inject those big SOBs with a warmed mix of sherry, butter, honey, and herbs under the skin and deep into the meat. That can not be bad. The Indians did it that way, didn't they? Of course they did - when they weren't busy scalping, raping, and torturing their neighboring tribes.
Mike Rowe on politics
New York Times Flooded With Complaints About Election Coverage
In Insty's words, "Democratic operatives with bylines"
The New York Times, other outlets crying 'wolf' over Trump
"Insensitive"? To whom?
ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS: CIVIL RIGHTS HERO
Health Coverage The Same As Ten Years Ago
DHS may leave known smuggling route into U.S. unprotected - Agent told 'by end of month we're not covering it anymore'
The Truth About Black Lives Matter - The movement paints a false and disturbing portrait of America in order to justify its even more disturbing aims
Donald Trump’s presidency will be a besieged presidency
Obama’s transition from ‘man of the people’ to ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’
A Horatio Alger story
“Hamilton” star tweeted about blacks and drunk women on St. Patrick’s Day
Kissinger: Trump has no baggage
The Joy of Quiet, Busy, Out-of-the-Spotlight Trump
He is meeting with tons of people, all sorts
Europe: Let's End Free Speech! Are European Countries Now Police States?
They have a tendency for that
12 members of nuclear negotiating team arrested by Iran for espionage
Trump could gut the Iran deal—but it was vulnerable all along
Monday, November 21. 2016
He knows the MSM wants to leave him bloodied or dead before he begins. Right or wrong, the man has balls. Today's release:
Trump snubs the Imperial Capitol. Good on him. DC is important for all the wrong reasons.
Intimidation tactics will not work. Still, they should attack the Trump voters instead of Trump himself. Blame the people - roughly half the voters - not The Donald. Blame me. Donald just offered people a choice. Not his fault. Choice is good.