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, November 30. 2018
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:50 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
"The problem is Mueller is straying away from his mandate to find crime and he is now looking for political sin."
Photo: FYI, Advent begins this Sunday
Gerard sees what is left of his home in Paradise
Betsy retires from blogging. It went from a hobby to a chore
Payless sold its discount shoes for $600 a pair at mock luxury influencer event
How overparenting backfired on Americans - Being raised indoors might the reason young Americans struggle in the adult world.
First world war paintings go on show for first time since 1919
Is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer “Problematic”?
Is the US really so racist?
No. There is almost no racism in America today.
Chinese scientist's gene-edited babies have opened Pandora's box. Brace yourselves.
The ACLU Declines to Defend Civil Rights - The civil-liberties organization has taken a stand against stronger due-process protections in campus tribunals that undermines its own principles.
Joke of the day: Obama takes credit for oil boom
CNN’s Chris Cuomo Compares Criminal Illegal Aliens to Baby Jesus
Tijuana Official Slams Caravan Organizers: Not 'Coming Through' on Promises to Migrants
The Russians and the Kerch Bridge: What Would Reagan Do?
ICC Takes Anti-Israel Bias to New Heights - A betrayal of justice.
Tracking China’s Muslim Gulag
Thursday, November 29. 2018
It is easy to do, similar to hypnotic suggestion.
From that Thompson piece: "I'd wager dollars to donuts they cannot identify one single aspect of their lives which has changed for the worse since January 22, 2017."
The Myths of Troy
Mass. Pot Shops Ring Up $2M-Plus in Sales in 1st Week
Mysterious, paralyzing disease has now spread to 31 states and Canada
Why GM CEO Mary Barra killed Chevrolet cars, approved likely plant closures
A researcher’s claim that two CRISPR-edited baby girls have been born has been met with widespread condemnation from scientists and ethicists alike.
Different culture over there
Lord of the Rings Slammed for Perpetuating Racism through Depiction of Orcs
We need more masculinity, not less
"Ah, another article about “strong” women. That is, women who become emotional wrecks and lose all self-control"
Unstable women are not good feminist role models. BTW, Thompson can be quite witty when he has the time.
‘I’m Broke and Mostly Friendless, and I’ve Wasted My Whole Life’
Sheesh, Polly. She should be an artist? Unleash her inner Picasso?
Twitter Has Gone Full Trans-Activist
On November 15, I woke up to find my Twitter account locked, on account of what the company described as “hateful conduct.”
She actually said what?
White Liberals Dumb Themselves Down When Talking To Blacks
Dem politicians sure do
Berkeley prof wants to nix student evals after white male profs score higher
Students at Williams College Demand Freedom from Speech
Except their own
Why do so many academics dislike the market?
New Orleans looks underground as parts of city slowly sink
Martha McSally campaign says it's not, not, NOT her fault she lost to Kyrsten Sinema
Blaming others is neither attractive in adults or children
If government unions have a choice, why shouldn’t workers have it too? Janus and the Free-Rider Myth
Sorry Lib Media: Bill Clinton Took 26 Junkets with Deviant Epstein—Trump Banned the Perv From Mar-a-Lago
New York Times Columnist on Trump Supporters: ‘Maybe They’re Just Bad People’
IT WAS A HOAX: Guardian Report Blows Up – Manafort Passport Shows NO UK TRIPS – Never Met with Assange
What's up with The Guardian? The Guardian’s Desperate Attempt To Connect Assange To Russiagate Backfires
USA Today: As American troops install razor wire in Arizona, images of the Berlin Wall resurface
The whole world wanted to move to the East German paradise
The problem with those in favor of ‘illegal’ immigration
Poll: 7 Of 10 Mexicans Have Negative View Of Migrant Caravan Marching Through Their Country
What Hillary got right (and wrong) about Europe’s migrant mess
A Sobering New Report on the State of US Military
In Dramatic Reversal, Theresa May Will Allow Parliament To Change Brexit Deal
Wednesday, November 28. 2018
I am talking about squats (barbell squats especially) and deadlifts. Here's 8 Reasons to Do Squat Exercises. Did I forget to mention that squats are hard? With weights, they are f-ing miserable. Body-weight squats are good fitness calis, but the weights are a bitch.
Lunges and step-ups are more purely leg focused, and in the calisthenic category even when done with dumbells. And the stair machines are great stressors, but mostly cardio and endurance.
I have found that doing five tough sets of barbell squats and 5 of deads (different days), plus, on different days, a set of goblet squats, of dumbell lunges, and a set of dumbell high step-ups, have improved my energy and ease of movement remarkably. Serious lifters would do those things twice weekly, but that's not me.
I can't credit at all to those, though, because I do other sorts of workouts each week too. Still, when you see progress with the weights you know it's all working.
Image via Powerline's Why We Hate the Media
Newsrooms continue to cut jobs, struggle with diversity
America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches - Religious communities often face a choice: Sell off the buildings they can no longer afford, or find a way to fill them with new uses.
Legalize Pay Toilets!
Boston-area scientists criticize Chinese researcher who changed embryonic DNA - Use of reproductive cells could create unseen woes for future generations
Mom Dresses Six-Year-Old Son As Girl, Threatens Dad With Losing His Son For Disagreeing - A Texas custody case splits a 6-year-old child’s gender identity in two.
Loyalty Oaths, Diversity Mandates, Faculty ‘Training’ at San Diego State
School alters whiteness workshop description following College Fix inquiry
University of Michigan violated professor’s right to cross-examine accusers, judge says
How the ‘new McCarthyism’ took down a female professor exonerated of Title IX claims
LANDOWNERS HAIL PROPERTY RIGHTS VICTORY AT SUPREME COURT IN FROG HABITAT DISPUTE
Washington’s Newest Gun Control Initiative Is Just A Step Towards Getting Rid Of Privately Owned Firearms
Google employees push to halt creation of censored search engine for China
WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Columbia vs Columbia: A Tale of Two Americas
What’s the matter with Portland? The prosperous city has become the epicenter of antifa and political violence
The Bill and Hillary show! Power couple kick off 13-city paid speaking tour in CANADA where bank executive lobbed questions at them in half-empty room
Trump holds all the cards in caravan Mexico dealings
Winning: Caravan migrants packing up and going home
Trump’s Crucial Test at San Ysidro
Border Clash Leaves Caravan Migrants Dejected, Worried Asylum Claims Will Be Rejected
Short History of the Ruin of Venezuela
Residents of London To Become Skinny ASAP
Macron talks about a unified Europe but presides over a divided France
The French to their government: We are not your milk cows
In Boycotting the West Bank, Airbnb Boycotts Jews
Sweden Is On The Verge Of Going Completely Cashless: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Tuesday, November 27. 2018
They do not seem to take to Jesus very eagerly, but I bet they'd like an iPad.
Body fat is like the opposite of money: It's all to easy to acquire, very difficult to get rid of.
I have many more Iceland pictures to post, but I've been busy. We left knowing our pet bulldog was on her last legs. She'd been diagnosed with congestive heart failure 2 weeks prior to our trip. Making the decision on what to do with her was easy, Mrs. Bulldog said we'd go and let a friend watch our baby. Everything worked out for the best, and we came home to a happy pup, all of 12 1/2 years old. With Thanksgiving coming, she'd get to see all her favorite family members. We took our annual picture on the beach, which she's featured prominently in for all of her years. She was pleased to see her bull terrier cousin, her Nanny and Poppy, and all the people who made her happy over the years. She had even taken a trip down the shore to see my family.
Continue reading "The Loss of a Pet"
Study Finds Dogs Twitching In Sleep Are Dreaming About Tearing Owners Limb From Limb
Dozens of dead turtles wash ashore on Cape Cod
Tyler Cowen: The best book of 2018
The Truth About Killer Robots: the year's most terrifying documentary
Big Tech Is In Big Trouble
Scientists on the Verge of Genetically Engineering Babies
Social Justice Warriors Want Women to Ditch Their High Heels
Experts on Climate Change Assessment: ‘Every Conclusion of This Latest Government Report Is False’
Gov. Jerry Brown okays utilities charging Californians to pay for fires utilities may have started
The Idea That Just Won't Die: The Right Federal Program Can Solve Any Human Problem
Are Dems the snob party?
Trump’s critics were dead wrong about the caravan after all
Border Patrol Chief: From What I Saw, The Caravan Members Were Not Seeking Asylum
Hoaxed: The ‘Illegal Alien Mom with Barefoot Kids’ Photo was a Setup – Another Staged #FakeNews Production
Whoopsie – MSNBC Accidentally Airs Ground Report Showing Vast Majority of Caravan are Military Aged Males…
Asia Bibi and the First Freedom: Why hasn't she been granted asylum?
Monday, November 26. 2018
Via a reader, Language Log: It's Yankees all the way down
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:27 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
Few people are locked for life into an income category. Grad students are poor in income, as are many retirees who have decent wealth. That's why snapshot income data is deceiving.
Quote via Moonbattery
Walter WILLIAMS: Fruits Of College Indoctrination
“It’s NOT OK To Be White” Says University Of Manitoba – “Reject White Interests”
Feminists’ Undue Process - Ideologues react hysterically to the Trump administration’s suggested reforms to campus-rape tribunals.
My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy
California’s forest fire tragedy……
‘We will close the Border permanently if need be’: Trump threatens decisive action if Mexico does not deport caravan migrants as hundreds storm border and guards open fire on women and children with tear gas and rubber bullets
Anybody hearing about just how far left the caravan organizers are?
THOUSANDS of Caravan Migrants Line Up for Food in Tijuana – No Women or Children in Sight
Examining the Migrant Horde- Pt 2—The Power Behind the Horde
North Korea Blows Up DMZ Guard Towers
Thank you, Donald Trump
MI6 Scrambling To Stop Trump From Releasing Classified Docs In Russia Probe
The spies on Trump are known
The Uighurs and China’s Long History of Trouble with Islam
Sunday, November 25. 2018
A recently-new song. Tough lyrics here.
All the early Roman kings
Fly away, little bird
So you waste your money with those $120 spit tests. It has been known for a long time that all humans share an ancestor in Mitochondrial Eve, but it was never clear that we all might share the same great, great, great....etc - grandpa too.
There was an ancient genetic bottleneck, probably due to some natural disasters (caused by climate change?).
Clearly, we can name these people Adam and Eve.
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