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.
Poor Ned: The Dems have abandoned him but he's now spent yet another 2 million of his own. Plenty more where that came from, but Ex-Donk is keeping count. Man is this guy rich (Ned, not Ex-Donk).
Hahaha. For you hunters: Season Shot. Kill 'em, and season 'em, at the same time. I'm about ready to go shoot that chicken in my freezer with that stuff. Can you throw a frozen chicken with a trap machine?
Justice Scalia explains the Bill of Rights to the ACLU. YouTube
Richard Landes and the the France2 trial in a superb piece by SISU. Read it, or you will be beheaded.
New smoking laws in Iran, here. How do you smoke through a burkha? (h/t, Normblog)
(the) basic argument that unless we are nice to Muslims we will drive moderate individuals into the arms of extremists is badly flawed. The recent Pew survey showed that, of all the countries of Europe, the British were the nicest to their Muslim minority — and yet British Muslims hated their host country, the west and the Jews more than Muslims anywhere else. Moral: Islamic extremism is not reduced by the emollience of the host nation, and it may even be exacerbated by it. That is because it feeds not on strength, but on weakness: not on hostility, but on a collapse of cultural and religious nerve.
Image: Candidate for Wife of the Year. She's a workhorse.