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
Tuesday, September 24. 2019
Some tech CEOs eyed as untrustworthy but certain companies are still favored
Don’t Believe All Women, Because Some Are Terrible - Maybe we should treat people like people.
No angels on earth
Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Can You Imagine if Google’s CEO Was a Conservative Republican Shutting Down Democrat Voices?’
Super. Democrats Have Convinced Half Of Younger Voters The World Is Ending In The Next 15 Years
“She seems like a very happy young girl”: President Trump on Greta Thunberg
Moonbat Protester Tells Crowd He Broke Down Crying Because He Couldn’t Bring Kids Into This World Due To Climate Change…
Warren and Other Dems Call for Fracking Ban — Do they WANT to lose Colorado, Ohio, and Pennsylvania?
Dems Cook 10,500 Steaks While Lecturing Americans About Eating Less Meat
Dems Will Have To Lie About Their Agenda To Win, Poll Shows
Social Credit Score USA - The impending nightmarish surveillance state.
Orwellian Nightmare: Six US Cities Make List Of Most Surveilled Places In The World
Vermont Conservatives Have Had Enough of Their RINO Governor
Lindsey Graham Calls For Investigation Into Biden-Ukraine Connection; Alleged Election Interference
Let's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections
Whoa: Text Messages Reveal NYT Reporter Told Kavanaugh Source What To Say
Mollie Hemingway calls out Mitt Romney
Surge: 14.3 million illegal immigrants in US costing taxpayers $130B
China to place government officials inside 100 private companies, including Alibaba
Monday, September 23. 2019
Thunberg speech is pure madness
Always interesting, though, to hear how much better English is spoken in Europe than in the US
The terror of medical opioids is on an upswing. I have seen the upswings and downswings during my career. I wish we could find a middle course, because medical opioids are a blessing to suffering people. Yes, I include Oxycontin in that because it is an excellent medicine.
Of course opioids are habit-forming. For refractory pain, they are also life-giving. For people with life-impairing chronic pain, there is something called "pseudoaddiction." AGAINST AGAINST PSEUDOADDICTION
These days, I have seen people in that category treated like drug addicts. Sooner or later, there will chemicals with the pain effects of opioids but without the habit-forming effects. Not yet.
Tour Company Thomas Cook Collapses
Would you be retarded enough to build a beach house here - even with the gummit subsidies for storms and floods?
It's called a sandbar, idiots. Sandbars are temporary. Our stupid government will even insure you to build on a swamp, too. While they protect "wetlands," mind you.
Why Liberals and Progressives Lie to Blacks
Dems dancing around America's real health care problem: Overweight people
Canada’s global warming models threw out actual historical data and substituted models of what the temperature should have
Fraud. Why? Governments always need enemies to hold power. Since we're all commies now, climate is the New Nazis.
California Begins Issuing $1000 Fine For Each Tiny Plastic Communion Cup Served
Youth Climate Activist: Global Warming Damage Becomes Irreversible In ‘Only 18 Months’
Children protest climate on a beautiful day in NYC
The Guardian view on the school climate strike: protests that matter
Teens pledge not to have kids til climate change ends
Jerry Nadler: Don’t Know If Human Life Will Survive 50 Years, Bacteria And Plants May Be All That’s Left
De Blasio escalates his culture war
Does Elizabeth Warren Even Understand What Real (government) Corruption Is?
Warren Says the Rich Must Pay Her 'Wealth Tax' Because They've Benefitted from Public Schools and Infrastructure
Nag, nag, nag. She made 7 million flipping houses. Guess I should have, but too busy doing real work.
Gregg Jarrett: It Appears the ‘Whistleblower’ is Just an American Spy in Our Intel Agency Spying on President Trump
Joe Biden's Son Hunter Contradicted Father's Claim They Never Discussed Ukraine Deal
Trump Pounces On Biden-Ukraine Scandal As Whistleblower Story Flips On Dems
Trump DESTROYS Joe Biden Crime Family on REAL UKRAINIAN SCANDAL
Biden is done
Sunday, September 22. 2019
This was a nice breakfast amuse bouche: A single scrambled egg with chopped chives, topped with a dollop of creme fraiche, topped with a scoop of Beluga caviar.
There are, in fact, important and interesting insights to be derived from The Social Construction of Reality. On the other hand, there is ordinary reality which always wins in the end.
I suspect many of our readers would agree that the Obama EPA's extension of federal authority from navigable waters to every rural mudpuddle was overreach.
For three personal examples, that extension made if practically impossible to legally ditch our driveway because two seasonal trickles (albeit, already with small culverts) intersected it. Second, it made it practically impossible for us to replace a 200 year-old bridge over our stream, after Irene washed it out. Third, it made it illegal to dredge out a small old cow pond which, over time, had filled with sediment and become a "seasonal wetland" filled with grass.
As a conservationist, it saddened me to see the gradual loss of that pond along with the loss of our Painted Turtles, the shore and swamp birds, the frogs and salamanders, etc. But to dredge it legally (and I do not do illegal), we needed an environmental lawyer, an engineer consultant, etc. to begin a multi-year process to apply to the Army Corps of Engineers, the state EPA, and the federal EPA. Give me a break. It was a darn (50X60' roughly) farm pond, only 5'-6' deep in the middle at first.
For those, Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman have built an interactive site: Introduction to Constitutional law.
16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.
16:2 So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'
16:3 Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
16:4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.'
16:6 He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.'
16:7 Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.'
16:8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.
16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
16:10 "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
16:11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
16:12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
16:13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Saturday, September 21. 2019
And this - forget Sinatra, this is the ultimate NYC tune. He came up with it riding on a train, aka subway:
I see no reason to protect them. You can argue that the same goes for cattle, but the plains historically had their own cattle: Bison by the millions.
Cute, with the Italian-American shtick
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The locals know all of the best wild Beach Plum spots, and clean them out before anybody else. I do not think they can be cultivated, but the plants can be bought. Very slow growers. However the rose hips from the beach roses (Rosa rugosa, a native of Asia) also make a delicate jelly.
We have a bunch simmering right now. Lots of recipes online.
Roses and apples are closely-related.
Weather and climate are perfect today. Perfect for hiking and farm work.
15 Stats That Show Americans Are Drowning in 'Stuff'
The War on Vaping
Purdue not taking any food for thought from anti-Chick-fil-A protesters
No chick fil is near me. I'd be happy to try one, but I do not love waffle fries
The climate ‘strike’ that wasn’t one
A Leftist movement, mainly
IKEA Learns That Peas Are Racist
Leftist Statue Vandals Come for Robert Burns
It's about time, right? Scottish supremacist.
Did California Just Abolish Single-Family Zoning? The Golden State now allows homeowners to build up to two accessory dwelling units on their property by right.
That might be good.
Environmental apocalypse predictions have failed for half a century
The End Of The World Is Coming According To Jerry Nadler
Andrew Yang’s Climate Change Solution: Eliminate Cattle And Cars
‘Utopian authoritarianism’: Conservative British think tank director pulls the mask off the ‘hugely dangerous’ Global Climate Strike movement
Rowdy student protest shuts down campus forum debunking climate alarmism
Homelessness is reaching an emergency level in Los Angeles
"Homeless" is mostly a euphemism. Mostly, not entirely. Building a functional life isn't easy.
What the Jeffrey Epstein Case Says About Elite Men
What is says about men in general. Not all men adhere to bourgeois values. Rich or poor, there are amoral hedonists. Illegal is another matter.
Embracing Liberty in No Way Means Embracing Moral Relativism
Trump admin. reaches asylum deal with El Salvador
Joe Biden Bragged That, With Barack Obama's Permission, He Threatened To Withhold Billions in Aid to Ukraine Unless They Fired a Prosecutor Investigating His Son's Company. And Now, The Deep State Refashions This as a Trump Scandal
An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted - No longer hemmed in by aides, Trump has bent the presidency into the mold of the Trump Organization.
Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs
Why Starbucks is now on Hong Kong protesters’ business boycott list
The Vietnamization of Afghanistan - Democrats would resist fighting, even if war comes to U.S. as it did on 9-11
That's an argument, but I do not care about Afghanistan. It isn't even a country, really. Just a place. Even barbaric Russians could not pacify the place.
Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader, U.S. official says
Friday, September 20. 2019
Diet Reporting—the Real Fake News
The one thing that is known for sure is that overeating is not helpful for fitness or survival.
50 years of apocalyptic climate predictions
Do you have enough clothes? Enough footwear? Enough for the rest of your life?
I understand that women need to keep up with fashion to some extent to avoid appearing non-serious (appearance counts!) so I am talking more about casual wear, outerwear, hiking gear, hunting gear, more than about professional wardrobes.
One of our end-of-summer rituals is to go through all of the closets and all of the clothes shelves. It's mostly getting rid of excess stuff.
It's difficult to anticipate one's life span, but it's easy for me to see what I will never run out of regardless of how active I remain:
I will never wear out my hunting gear.
I will wear out another blazer or two, God willing
One of my tricks is to keep near my age 35-40 weight. It is do-able.
Do our readers have enough clothing stuff for the rest of their lives? If so, what? I wearing out clothes a good measure of an active and fulfilling life?
(Addendum: seems like much of this does not apply to women, except for the outdoor clothing. Women have to stay up to date to look right.)
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Our Skulls Are Out-Evolving Us - A motley crew of scientists argue that our ever-shrinking skulls are wreaking havoc on our well-being
Announcement Of A Mamet Revival On Broadway Gives Wokesters The Sads
An Obituary for the Boy Scouts of America
The Kids Are Not All Right
98% of Cord Cutters Say They Will Never Go Back to Cable TV According to New Study From Roku
How Adam Neumann’s Over-the-Top Style Built WeWork. ‘This Is Not the Way Everybody Behaves.’
New Harvard policy may require ‘moderators’ for ‘controversial’ speakers
Chinese Woman Pleads Guilty To Running Multi-Million Dollar ‘Birth Tourism’ Scheme In US
Contesting the Progressives’ Takeover of Vermont
Is Tucker Carlson the Most Important Pundit in America?
The American Left Is Completely Insane
Millions of Americans Are Seething — a Trump Landslide Wouldn’t Surprise Me
Wargaming the Electoral College: Trump's 2020 Game Plan Preview
A Tribute to the Late Václav Havel on the 30-Year Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader, U.S. official says
Amb.Crocker on Afghanistan
Thursday, September 19. 2019
Can anyone be taught to be a writer? I sort of doubt it, but anybody can learn to structure a coherent essay, and if that's interesting to read then that's a good start. Many lines of work require that. For writing, talent helps, so does IQ, curiosity, observational power, and wit.
I have always (like so many, because music is harder) aspired to be a fine writer, but I lack the talent. I can do simple declarative, mostly grammatical sentences, but that's all.
So You Want to Be a Writer? A review of Why They Can’t Write by John Warner
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Victor Davis Hanson: Trump wages war on progressive culture – Dems respond with Trump Derangement Syndrome