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, June 30. 2023
People, especially those with resources, often game college admissions for the most competitive and well-known names. That's how people tend to be. Despite the Supremes, very few colleges are highly-competitive. America has thousands of colleges, and most will give almost anybody a try. They need warm seats, and can be excellent for motivated young men and women.
What is the history of the Racial Diversity ethic? The always thoughtful Peter Wood: Why the Supreme Court’s Harvard decision matters
8 Surefire Ways To Get Your Wife To Stop Being Mad At You
Feminists have a greater preference for premium beauty products, study finds
Why do people think conservatives are mean?
Rochelle Walensky: America needs more despair
How Higher Ed operates as a cut-throat business
Yesterday, Public reported on the new House Judiciary Commiteee report on how the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been engaged in an effort with big tech companies to censor American citizens.
Traumatized DeSantis Venezuelans: Martha's Vineyard ROCKS!
‘Affirmative Action’ Was Racist from Day One — And It Will Continue
Harsanyi: Justice Jackson is free to make the case that our history has robbed black Americans of their agency, and so the Fourteenth Amendment should be rewritten. She is free to believe that Asian Americans and whites, and perhaps others, do not deserve equal protection under the law. But those arguments belong in the editorial pages of The Atlantic or The New York Times, not in the Supreme Court.
Thursday, June 29. 2023
Yes, politics is entertainment. It's fun the way the Dems now term RFK "the threat to democracy and science." Sheesh - I thought Trump was. All he does is ask questions, but not too medically-sophisticated. Not dangerous. True, he has an allegedly ugly Kennedy-esque past which will all come to light (not just the drugs) but nobody's perfect.
Tucker is wrong about autism. There is an explanation for the diagnosis rise: the diagnostic criteria changed to include many people who had been called Asperger's or other sort-off odd and eccentric things.
Tucker is right about upspeak/uptalk. It is awful.
Is Bobby Kennedy now the most censored person in the US?
The Supremes' decision on affirmative action, I think, will make no practical difference. It's very American, though, to say that nobody is special.
His comment on Justice Roberts' majority decision:
He's being censored.
Image from somewhere
An Enormous Gravity ‘Hum’ Moves Through the Universe
Yeah. I thought it was my tinnitus but it's probably climate change
World Gone Cuckoo - Theodore Dalrymple
Spectator: You can never escape the suburbs. How I learned to stop worrying and love the ’burbs
Jordan Peterson battles in court over demand to undergo remedial training or lose license
UCLA refuses to hire professor who criticised DEI. Yoel Inbar's appointment has been blocked by a student petition
The Demise of the Garage Inventor - How Hollywood forgot the tinkering dad
NYC Mandates All Pizza Must Be Cooked Under A Bathroom Hand Dryer
SWEDEN GOES NUCLEAR
Man, I love hard work. I could watch it all day.
Closing schools, forcing them to wear masks and endure the hardships of social distancing, and vaccinating them, could only be justified in terms of stopping community spread. None of these measures had a reasonable impact on the dynamics of infection.
At $200B, COVID Aid was the Biggest Fraud in History. "17 percent of all funds issued under the two programs"
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Signs Executive Order to Allow State Employee to Have Sex Change Surgeries Covered By Health Insurance
Sheesh. At the least it's cosmetic surgery for Self-dysphoria
"Nonbinary" claims in NJ are "skyrocketing"
250 Hollywood Celebrities Sign Letter Demanding Big Tech Censor Anyone Who Opposes Trans Surgeries On Kids
Social contagion is an interesting phenomenon
Even progressive voters don’t like racial affirmative action
Ramaswamy on cultural rot
THE NEW YORK TIMES CONFIRMS IT: IRS WHISTLEBLOWER TOLD THE TRUTH
Wednesday, June 28. 2023
Two of Aaron Burr's homes (downtown and uptown), and Hamilton's farmhouse, are still be be seen on Manhattan.
That's Mrs. BD's brief review after seeing "Hamilton" on Broadway last night. She's well-informed about such things. Snippets:
Musk is a common-sense fellow, and good fun. Tucker interviewed Elon Musk a few days ago:
Still Waiting For The Magical Future Of Free Wind Power
Why Pride lost the public - ‘Gays and women are bearing the brunt of the gender ideology nonsense’
NYT Accidentally Shows Why Sex Changes Are So Dangerous
Economist: Should you send your children to private school? As shortcuts to elite universities, American schools work better than British ones
School performance is even worse than you think
Biden Admin Says Its COVID Spending for Schools Will Boost Test Scores. Districts Used the Funds for Staff Bonuses.
Professor admits American flag makes him 'anxious' during Flag Day interview
Out-of-Touch Obama in Massive Self-Awareness Fail
NYC Milestone: Migrants Outnumber New Yorkers in Homeless Shelters
Tucker Carlson Dares To Ask "Why Exactly Are We At War With Russia?"
What We’re Reading About Russia - What does Wagner's failed coup mean for Putin, the war, and the world? Making sense of a baffling—and still unfolding—story.
That was no "failed coup"
Tuesday, June 27. 2023
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.“
We're told it's always a good idea to have a hand-held VHF too. If not a boater, it's interesting anyway.
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Book: The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man by David Von Drehle
The Atlantic: having choices is bad
The ultimate score for rich people? “Golden” passports. A few hundred thousand dollars can buy citizenship in some very pretty places.
“Today,” Blum said, “the abandonment of standardized tests and the diminished importance of grades in the admissions process is a veiled attempt to limit the number of high-achieving Asian Americans.”
How to Think about the Drug Crisis
Problem is addicts do not always want help
Why Don’t Solar Panels Work as Well in Heat Waves?
In Canada, Asking for Evidence Now Counts as ‘Denialism’. Sensational 2021 claims that unmarked Indigenous child graves had been discovered in British Columbia now seem doubtful. But saying so may soon be a criminal offence
It's the narrative, stupid
Facebook said it would restrict all distribution of news in Canada.
World Health Organization Pushes Sweeping Censorship Treaty. The organization has already launched a “social listening” surveillance program powered by AI
Musk's Twitter Faces Millions In Fines After New 'Disinformation' Laws Released In Australia
Government will determine truth
BlackRock CEO: Never Mind About ESG - "I'm ashamed of being part of this conversation"
Allowing kids to opt out of drag storytime is a ‘dangerous setback’ for gay rights
Bud Light sponsors stage at Pride Toronto featuring drag performers in leather and latex
Weird but who cares?
VDH: What the Left Has Left for America- What the Left now fears most is the revolutionary model it has bequeathed to America—and what might happen if its monstrous creation falls into politically incorrect hands.
I am confident that you have been anxiously waiting to hear what Barack Obama has to say about the Titan submarine tragedy.
Ukraine: We don't know what is going on
RUSSIA: NO ONE KNOWS ANYTHING
Monday, June 26. 2023
A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.
(via Ace on hot dogs). Hot dogs are disgusting if you consider how they are made, but the same goes for any sausages. All tasty though. Just mustard, please.
Malls: The Allure of Ruins
The great vegan rollout has been halted in its salty, sugary, ultra-processed tracks
NYC to Crack Down on Wood-Fired Pizza Joints to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Up to 75%
The Economics Behind Grandma’s Tuna Casseroles - Don’t judge yesteryear’s cooking by today’s standards.
A Comprehensive Critique Of Net Zero Fantasies
French president suggests global tax to finance Green BS
Sweden announces wind and solar "too unstable" to meet country's energy needs
" I think that in 25 years, offshore wind will be seen as one of the worst follies in the history of technology."
Harvard Expert on Dishonesty Accused of Academic Dishonesty
" What defines a microaggression? The answer is broad. The University of Minnesota offers a two-page sheet listing scores of examples, including the phrases “America is a melting pot,” “There is only one race, the human race,” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.” These statements are hardly controversial, but for Reshovsky, they could be enough to torpedo a debater’s chances in the ring."
When should scientists debate? Happy to go on Joe Rogan for self aggrandizement, but unwilling to take a chance in dialog
Scientists are not good debaters
Biden must seize on Putin’s weakness and help Ukraine win the war
That is imaginary. What is "win" anyway? Plus none of the news is true even though people talk as if it were.
Sunday, June 25. 2023
It sounds a little paranoid at first, but it makes sense:
From today's Lectionary: Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
10:24 "A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master;
10:25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
10:26 "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.
10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
10:28 Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
10:30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted.
10:31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
10:32 "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven;
10:33 but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
10:34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
10:36 and one's foes will be members of one's own household.
10:37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
10:38 and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
10:39 Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Saturday, June 24. 2023
...any news from Ukraine or Russia? Hinderaker, who I like and respect, believes this BS.
There are no good guys in all of this, including NATO and the US along with Ukraine and Russia. Just my view. Furthermore, NATO is obsolete but it's fun for them to find a Kabuki role. Oh, also, where's the UN? Worrying about the weather, I guess. Mission creep - they do nothing.
Sunday follow-up - Probably nothing was what it seemed
Newly discovered ‘Stonehenge of the Netherlands’ is 4,000 years old
Macon Bacon Baseball Team Facing Calls to Change Name, Stop ‘Glorification of Bacon’
Why should lesbians sleep with men? Sexual preference is now a moral crusade
California Bill Would Enable Therapists to ‘Emancipate’ 12-Year-Olds from Their Own Parents
" I am so old, I can remember when the New Republic was a respectable magazine. "
Harvard police under fire for swatting incident, arresting more blacks than whites
Hunter Biden to Chinese Businessman: “I Am Sitting Here Waiting for the Call With My Father.”
Admit It Libs—Even You Wouldn't Want Hunter Biden Dating Your Daughter
Psychiatrist who called Trump supporters mentally ill loses in court against Yale
Friday, June 23. 2023
The only one I think I can repair myself is the latter, so that's something.
Do our readers have any first world problems on this first week of summertime up here?
The article entitles it "Who's in charge of your health -Your Doctor or Your Insurer?" but "health" is a more complex question because lots of health has to do with luck, and some to self-care.
Nobody is entitled to health.
And nobody wants to need a doctor, but we all do or will. It can be expensive and always will be. Either we pay it, or other citizens pay it for us. Any kind of insurance makes sense.
Atlantic: What is Milk?
POWER LINE U ON ‘A PLAGUE OF MODELS’
Who believes models?
Navy Knew Titan Submarine Imploded Days Ago – Military Acoustic Detection System Picked Up Implosion Hours After Vessel Began Its Exploration
Yeah, I figgered that
Censorship Is What They Demand When Their Propaganda Fails. When elites start demanding the silencing of their opponents, it's a sign that people have stopped believing the Big Lie
Oregon County Sues Fossil Fuels Companies For Almost $52 Billion
What does it say about our culture when physicians are afraid to speak the truth about transgenderism, for fear of being ostracized from their profession?
TGIF: Plumbing the Depths - Elon & Zuck are fighting. Muslims & Christians are uniting. Hunter Biden gets off. Meghan & Harry get sacked. Plus, a Titanic trip ends in tragedy.
IS THE COVER-UP UNRAVELING?
IRS Whistleblowers Release New Bombshell Evidence Against Bidens, DOJ And AG Garland
Greta Thunberg’s Beginning of the End of the World Prediction Was for Today, June 21st
Silly girl. Hope she's making $
Thursday, June 22. 2023
Adam Smith at 300: The Gospel of Mutual Service. A 1926 lecture captures timeless truths about the Scottish thinker.
True Love Breaks a Marriage
Going to college still looks to most Americans as a better choice than going to war or a life of dissolution, but recent evidence suggests that students completing high school are beginning to rethink the idea that college is necessarily the best path.
NYT: Lab-grown chicken
Thrown to the Wolves - A physician reveals the nightmare of transgender ideology in a major children’s hospital.
Sanity Across the Pond - In the U.K., government officials finally discuss openly the problems with gender ideology.
Update on the War on Poverty
Dems hold their ears as Durham exposes FBI’s partisan corruption
RFK, Jr. makes a climate speech in Vermont
LA Times says RFK Jr is a threat to democracy
Muslim-American scholar defends marriage to 9-year-old girls
It's a different culture
China Is Ready for a World of Disorder. America Is Not
Wednesday, June 21. 2023
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