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
Thursday, April 25. 2019
Even Althouse agrees: Biden's announcement video is anchored in a demonstrable lie.
He thinks he needs to scare the black vote. Wrong strategery. Black employment up higher than in decades. Black people do not hate Trump.
We have written about habitual, ritual, compulsive, and recreational eating several times. Except for growing kids, manual laborers, distance hikers, and people who lift, all the talk about "the most important meal" was nonsense.
Yet we hear it all the time. For most people nowadays, the best way to get fat is to eat three meals/day.
Written in 1918. Best national song for the USA. OK, I am a Yankees fan, sort-of, but they should be banned for their racist history. Along with all of the slave owners on our currency.
When I was working for Roger Ailes, he'd tell us stories about what it was like to be working with Nixon. One story he told was the advice he gave to Nixon when the Watergate story broke, which was (remember, it was his story and I'm telling it second-hand) "Tell the truth, you had nothing to do with this, it was overzealous campaign members going overboard. The American people have a great capacity for forgiveness."
That story was one I heard about 23 years ago, and I can't confirm it ever happened, but based on the (limited) interactions I had with Ailes it was probably fairly accurate. I was raised to believe most people have a great capacity for forgiveness if you're sincere, if you're honest, and you're willing to make amends.
I no longer think that's as true as it once was, and it certainly is not true with Progressives (unless, of course, you are a Progressive and they need to protect you). This is why Confederate statues are coming down, history is being rewritten to suit their feelings, people are castigated for views they had, behaviors they employed, and words they used which no longer are 'acceptable' in this overly PC environment today. This is why social media outlets like Facebook or Twitter are employing questionable means and methods to block speech.
Recently, my favorite hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers, removed Kate Smith's statue because it suddenly came to light that she sang a few song with racist lyrics in them. Kate's dead, and can't defend herself, let alone apologize. So what option do we have to deal with this? Expunge history. Make her disappear. She is a horrible person who is irredeemably terrible and nobody should know about her.
Kate played a large, if indirect, role in the Flyers' winning the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975. But today she's persona non grata for doing things which, in her time, were deemed perfectly acceptable. From my perspective, it's a learning moment. Keep her history alive, and do teaching sessions around who she was, what she did, and why she's still an important part of the team's history regardless of whether we find a few of her song off-putting.
Today's America is about forgetting our past - pushing it aside, and not allowing for any forgiveness whatsoever. That is, in what is Progressive America. You know, the urban elitists and academics who have a good portion of the political upper class in their sway. Naturally, if THEY do something wrong, they'll find a way to apologize, expunge or set aside the misbehavior - maybe even vote one of their own into power, despite having done something 'wrong'.
Generally speaking, however, the goal is to completely eliminate and never forgive.
Italian Town to Cover Crosses at Cemeteries So as Not to Offend Muslims
Dhimmis. What are the immigrants doing to make their Italian hosts comfortable?
PALESTINIAN JESUS? PLEASE
Homeland Security Weighs Labeling Fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction
This Conversation Between A Passenger And An Airline Should Absolutely Terrify You
University hosts no-whites-allowed faculty and staff listening sessions — to promote inclusivity
Mayor de Blasio Sets Out To Accelerate New York City's Decline
Jussie Smollett Should Be “Brought Back” For ‘Empire’s Next Season, Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard Tell Disney, Fox
CNN Anchors “Stunned” Democrats Are Ok With Terrorists Voting, “These People Are Way Out There”…
Biden opens his campaign with a big lie
Trump tax reform didn't spark philanthropic apocalypse as predicted
Spygate and The Steele Dossier Were The Cover Story – The Real Issue is Years of Obama-era Surveillance and Political Spy Operations…
Hillary Clinton spawned the Russia hoax. Christopher Steele is merely its front man
"[I]t’s shocking to see national media voices after the release of Robert Mueller’s report patting each other on the back, congratulating themselves for a three-year faceplant..."
The Mueller War rages on
The Coup Against Our President Isn’t Over
It will go on forever, partly because of Trump's success as Pres. Most successful first 2 years in office ever, maybe.
Shocking Use of FISA by Obama's FBI to Spy on Trump Campaign (video)
Voters Say Impeachment Unlikely from Mueller Report Despite Media’s
How a Jew Won Over the Land of the Cossacks - Under threat from Russia, national identity in Ukraine has overpowered religious and ethnic differences.
Movie trailer: Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan
Wednesday, April 24. 2019
Blinded by hatred, the press abandoned its conscience and damaged the country in the process..
Extramarital affairs have tradtionally been normal among the social class extremes: the wealthy and aristocratic, and the poor. An interesting sociological topic might be why so many ordinary people do not see this as a good idea.
The cited motives listed are these:
A "Fat Sex Therapist" recently gave a talk at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, in which she compared personal trainers to Nazis. She further compared a parent putting a child on a diet to sexual assault.
Strong arms seem to be a biological signal to females that a male might make a good sexual/reproductive partner. It's primitive, a sign of power, vitality, and virility.
Well, all guys want strong arms for either signaling or functional purposes, but curls are not the most sensible way to approach strength: they are more about hypertrophy. We prefer compound exercises over single-muscle exercises. More time-efficient. After all, the hands are connected with the arms, the arms to the shoulder, and the shoulder to chest and back.
I'll assume that few of our readers are Body Builders who focus mainly on the size and definition of muscles, but are, rather, regular, function-oriented fitness people.
What about the ladies? All of our exercises are valuable to ladies' fitness, but ladies can not develop bulging muscles under ordinary circumstances. Big muscles do not equate with strength.
However, we do single-muscle-group exercises as accessory exertions when there is time for them. Thus hand and forearm exercises, calf exercises, upper arm exercises, leg raises and leg contractions, etc.
Let's list both focused and compound exercises which can build stronger arms while mostly stressing other muscle groups at the same time:
- Pullups and cable pull-downs (biceps, forearms, back)
NB: Sometimes you will see a guy in the gym with muscles bulging all over the place. That guy is juicing. A bad fitness plan.
Dog-Walking Now Regarded as Racist
Bless this gender neutral ship and all who sail in... it: Scottish Maritime Museum stops centuries old tradition of referring to vessels as ´she´ and ´her´
Whose past is more racist: Kate Smith's or the New York Yankees'?
Ban the Yankees!
LOS ANGELES NUMBERS SHOW 'HOMELESSNESS' IS REALLY A SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL ILLNESS PROBLEM
After 20 Years of Reform, Are America’s Schools Better Off?
NY's global warming hypocrisy, from the lowly random student to the mayor himself
Brothers sue Jussie Smollett over 'staged attack' as prosecutor receives death threats for dropping charges
WaPo Slams the 'Far-Right' for Saying Christians Were Under Attack in Sri Lanka
What is "far right"?
Give Elizabeth Warren a BS Degree in Vote Buying For Her ‘Free’ College Plan
Lindsey Graham tells Trump to 'expect impeachment proceedings' - But the end result of the proceedings, he predicted, would be Mr Trump’s re-election in 2020
Tuesday, April 23. 2019
A bit late for snow season, but this machine is cool
Gershwin's "Fascinatin' Rhythm" - Eleanor Powell from "Lady Be Good" (1941)
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Like Yale, Middlebury College is terrifying its students with diverse points of view on life. In this case, a Polish member of the European Parliament.
At least the brave administration promises never to do such a frightening thing again.
Charlize Theron: My 3 Year-Old Boy Said She’s a Girl, ´So, There You Go!´
I am a ham sandwich, so there you go
Ladies: Your business trip packing list
Williamson: eliminate government student loans
PLATFORMS WANT CENTRALIZED CENSORSHIP. THAT SHOULD SCARE YOU
In the 5G race, competition policy now vies with industrial and security policy
Mayor of NYC: No skyscrapers
De Blasio: NYC's 'Green New Deal' Includes Ban on Steel, Glass Skyscrapers
Let's make them out of wood
The Soho Forum Global Warming Debate, And The Impact Of Scientific Arguments
Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it?
Nuke power will make it all moot
Colleges gone insane, more
Dems Struggle To Out-Liberal Each Other At CNN Town Halls
Free everything, paid for by the rich. Why didn't I think of that?
Let's Investigate For "Obstruction Of Justice" Every Prosecutor Who Has Ever Declined A Prosecution
Mueller report: Donald Trump collusion conspiracy theories are now exposed. Will they end After two years of mass hysteria afflicting a huge portion of our political class, the cognitive dissonance after the Mueller report is painful.
Mueller report contains claim Russia taped Bill Clinton having phone sex with Monica Lewinsky
NYT: Steele Dossier May Have Contained Anti-Trump Disinformation Fed to Democrats By...The Russians
WATCH How Democrat Adam Schiff Responds When Asked About Steele Dossier Being 'Russian Disinformation'
NY Times Columnist: “National Disgrace” Trump’s Not In Prison…
But she never says why
The Father of Neoconservatism, Norman Podhoretz, On Trump and NeverTrump
Says Trump is blue collar like him
The Collusion Dream Is Dead But The Conspiracy Lives On. Our political, intelligence, and media elites sold us this crazy story and promised the American people the proof that never came.
Jim Kunstler: The RussiaGate Fiasco Is Only Half Over
U.S., India Warned Sri Lanka Weeks Before Easter Terror Attacks. Investigators focus on obscure radical Islamist group known as National Thowheeth Jamath after bombings kill more than 300
The Great “Easter Worshipper” Controversy
Denmark’s Blaspheming Mother
Monday, April 22. 2019
In light of Elizabeth's massive giveaway to the irresponsible and unaccountable, I thought this piece was particularly good.
I do the right thing, I get bupkus. Make your kid irresponsible, unaccountable, and let him/her/it/whatever-is-popular-now study Transgendered Poets of the 18th Century from Madagascar, and you'll have $1 Trillion in debt accumulate, with an entire generation incapable of being able to pay it back or understand what they did wrong. All you'll hear is "It's NOT FAIR!!!"
Let's not forget the MSM is saying "It's good for the economy!" No, it's not. It's good for a few people who are lazy and shiftless. It would damage the economy severely.
The entire Democratic Party has gone full-on Leftist, and is more dangerous than ever. Once there was a time worth considering voting for a Democrat. That was probably not more than 20-30 years ago. There are no worthwhile people in the Democratic Party. Not saying I'm fond of the Republicans, either. At least they show a veneer of accountability.
Fun ideas from Scott today:
- Gen 4 nuclear power is the only option for everything. Why are people anti-science?
- President Trump’s Tweet about impeachment when the OTHER SIDE committed the crimes, colluded with Russia, and attempted to overthrow the government
- We are living in the best time ever in human history. We have the best of everything right now. Only the media tries to bring us down to sell us their ads or, in the case of NPR, to sell us their frowns about everything.
- So, a cool idea for happiness: Go on a news diet. No newspapers, no tv news. Most news is wrong. Your life will be the same, or better because life is good these days.
- The desire for "fairness" in life is infantile kindergarten thinking. The most anybody can wish for is rules that apply to everybody. The whole point of competition is unfairness in ability. He likes trannies playing on girls' teams.
The story of grits
As I see it, grits are the Southern mashed potatoes. I love both. However, grits were not always just southern. The northern Indians made it and taught the colonists. After all, Indian Pudding is just molasses-flavored grits.
Scott Adams' new girlfriend
Gary Taube's new book: Why We Get Fat
Does eating too much have anything to do with it?
TWO WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE “ACHIEVEMENT GAP”
Rampant racism in the Ivy League: Columbia
Elizabeth Holmes and Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows—a cautionary tale
Yankees’ ban of Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ is a new PC low
Sheesh, that is nuts. At least they are keeping Cotton-Eye Joe - I hope
Actress Emma Thompson Flies 5,400 Miles To Give Speech On Climate Change, Rails Against ‘Hypocrisy’
The NYT thought that "Edelweiss" was a Nazi song
Central American migrants wearing out their welcome in several Mexican towns
Federalist Editor: The Mueller Team Was Desperate To Prove Trump-Russia Collusion...And Found Nothing
NY Times: Say, This Steele Dossier Appears To Be False (And Maybe Was A Russian Disinformation Effort)
NYT: The Tables Have Turned -- Time To Investigate The FBI, Steele And The Rest Of The 'Witch Hunters'
THE MUELLER REPORT REDUCES A COLLUSION TO A CHARACTER ATTACK
Or, doubling down from collusion/traitor to obstruction
Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent
How is being publicly pissed off about people trying to undermine your job "obstruction"?
How much of Europe does China own?
Sunday, April 21. 2019
Why bother rebuilding? Williamson on Notre Dame.