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 10. 2019
Mother Teresa's 15 Tips to Help You Become More Humble
Open Letter to the Gender-Confused Dude in the Beard and Lipstick: My Kid Is Going to Stare. Get Over It
From Sussex, England, to New England, Gender Activists Are Losing
New York Times Cheers 12-Year-Old Drag Queen…
This professor has helped guide 1,000 youths into transgender identities
It’s Now “Incendiary” To Say There Are Two Genders
Ship with Climate Change Warriors caught in ice, Warriors evacuated
Central Bankers Against Climate Change
Even Bjorn Lomborg Douses Climate Alarmism
New Yorker: We Can’t Prevent the Climate Apocalypse
What global warming? Obama to buy Martha’s Vineyard waterfront mansion
Judge Reinstates Nationwide Halt on Trump Asylum Policy Plan
As Trump Enforces Federal Law On Border, Asylum Mooches Find Other Nations To Head To
Here's What the Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry Will Look Like
Trump is a witch
Nadler Accuses Trump of ‘Crimes and Corruption’ – Schedules Vote on Procedures For Impeachment Investigation Against Trump
Senator Elizabeth Warren Promises to Rebuild Russian Economy, Grow China’s Influence and Support Maduro Regime in Venezuela…
JUDICIAL WATCH: NEW STATE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS REVEAL LAST-MINUTE EFFORTS BY OBAMA STATE DEPARTMENT TO UNDERMINE PRESIDENT TRUMP
China's Social Credit System
Harry Kazianis: China is the new evil empire, and Trump is using Reagan's playbook to defeat it
Monday, September 9. 2019
Does guzzling diet soda lead to an early demise?
I am skeptical
68% of the World’s Population Will Live in Urban Areas by 2050. Can Cities Adapt?
Howard Zinn's American Holocaust
Coddling college campuses and a crippled culture - If the snowflake insanity persists, so will the demand for 'safe spaces'
High gasoline prices: Isn't that what the left wanted?
Chick-fil-A opens first international store as eager customers step over bodies of 'die-in' protesters
TRUMP HONORS JERRY WEST, NEW YORK TIMES IMPLIES RACISM
At Am. Thinker:
Joe Biden in New Hampshire: “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuel” …Idiot Leftists Clap Like Monkeys
20,000 new NYC homes/businesses NEED natural gas before winter but pipeline blockades won’t allow it…climate activism/energy ignorance roll the dice with thousands of lives at stake
Soccer Team Tells Couple Flying Betsy Ross Flag: Take It Down, It's A Symbol Of Hatred And Intolerance
Kamala: Forcing Gun Owners Into Buyback Programs? Count Me In!
De Blasio wants to snuff out charter schools — the bright light of NYC schools
Save us from the pointless burdens of the TSA
I am still annoyed they took my dangerous jar of Amish mustard at the Columbus airport
6.2 Million Americans Drop off Food Stamps Under Trump — Saving the Country $750 Million Annually
That sounds good
Baltimore On Track For Record Homicides As City Descends Into Chaos
City needs a Giuliani
Climate Experts Want More Nuclear Power. Sanders And Warren Pledged To Eliminate It
The Russia Hoax: What Obama and Brennan knew, and when they knew it.
Anti-Trump dossier played role in launching probe, contrary to Comey, FBI claims
Democrats Preparing to Resume Push for Impeachment
For what is unclear
IT'S NOT A STORY UNLESS THERE'S A TRUMP-BASHING ANGLE
Sunday, September 8. 2019
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
139:5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
139:13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
139:17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
139:18 I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end -- I am still with you
Saturday, September 7. 2019
Elite Failure Has Brought Americans to the Edge of an Existential Crisis - The nuclear family, God, and national pride are a holy trinity of the American identity. What would happen if a generation gave up on all three?
America’s aging population is leading to a doctor shortage crisis
Everything is a crisis nowadays
Porsche's 750 HP Tesla-Killer Has Landed... And Elon Is Getting Nervous
Black Unemployment Hits Record Low, Black-White Unemployment Gap Shrinks to Smallest Ever
Betsy DeVos wants to make sure another Larry Nassar isn't possible
USC prioritizes belly dancing course over mandatory Constitution course
Academia today. But isn't belly dancing a cultural appropriation?
Which Is Worth More, an Eagle or a Human?
Mexico Boosts Deportation Of Migrants Heading To US By 63%
De Blasio Wants To Seize Semi-Automatic Rifles From Citizens, But His Bodyguards Can Keep Theirs
Thing is, I am my own bodyguard
A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire- The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history. Who’s Moses?
The ‘Simple’ Homeless Solution - As California cities are overrun with homeless encampments, progressives tout an easy fix that isn’t easy, won’t work, and will cost a fortune.
DNC Resolution Takes Aim at Christians, Warning Against 'Religious Liberty'
Sufferers from Rufuspetasumphobia
Why 2020 Democrats’ plans on climate change are pure fantasy
Via City Journal:
Trump’s nastiness is making him look weak
Yeah, kinda not a good look
Trump Administration Considering Increase in Biofuels Mandates
Shock and Awe: The Financial Times meets the real Jeremy Corbyn
European Central Bank to put climate change at its core
UN Global Comms Chief Says Illegally Entering The U.S. Is A Right
The possibility of decoupling the US from China manufacturing
Friday, September 6. 2019
In a lifetime spent outdoors, I never knew that Yallowjackets stung. I just thought they bit. They only bothered me when getting in the way of my hamburger.
I've been bitten by them, but never stung.
Here's the wiki on these small wasps.
Here's some info from Healthline:
The yellowjacket is one of the most menacing insects known to man. These brightly colored wasps possess a fiery sting and bite seemingly out of proportion to their size. Yellowjackets are not 'bees', and they're definitely not friendly. So what makes them so dangerous?
1. They're aggressive. Yellowjackets are more aggressive than other stinging insects such as wasps, hornets, mud daubers or bees.
2. They can sting AND bite. Since yellowjackets don’t lose their stinger, they can sting numerous times, and will do so unprovoked. In fact, they usually bite your flesh to get a better grip as they jab their stinger into your skin.
3. They're defensive. Yellowjackets vigorously defend their nests. They will assign a "guard" to stand watch at the nest opening and alert the colony to a threat. Swarm attacks can occur when someone accidentally steps in, hits, or even comes too close to a nest. Attacks of hundreds of yellowjackets from underground nests can also be triggered by ground vibrations – thus, mowing lawns can be hazardous during the late summer season when colonies are large.
4. They sting you for no reason. Even if you're minding your own business and nowhere near a nest, yellowjackets don't care -- they'll sting you anyway!
5. They're scavengers. Yellowjackets are a common pest at picnics and other outdoor activities. They scavenge for meat and sweet liquids, which brings them into frequent contact with humans with ample opportunity to sting. (See #4.)
6. Their sting packs a punch. For people who are allergic, one yellowjacket sting can be deadly. But even if you don't have an allergic reaction, the sting is plenty painful. "Imagine WC Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue..." is how entomologist Justin Schmidt, creator of the "Schmidt Sting Pain Index", described a yellowjacket sting!
Photo from a friend in Denver
Five Things They Don’t Tell You about Slavery
Is Political Activism Responsible for the Decline of the Episcopal Church?
The Washington Post’s lost summer
Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime
Christine Blasey-Ford's Attorney: My Client Was Motivated to Make Claims Against Kavanaugh Partly to Protect Roe V. Wade
Storming Back to the Impeachment Charade
Democrats Blame Global Warming on Meat, Air Travel, and Business at CNN's "Climate Crisis" Town Hall, and Then CNN Airs Ads F the Decline of the Episcopal Church?
Democrat Climate Change Cult: Ban Everything!… Plastic Straws, Factory Farming, Hamburgers, Incandescent Light bulbs.. ‘There Will be Pain’
Buttigieg Compares Climate Change Issues To Winning World War II:“Perhaps Even More Challenging Than That”…
Brexit Has Its Risks. But Staying In The EU Is Now Unthinkable.
Thursday, September 5. 2019
Mrs. BD and her pal had the best burger in their lives in Mississippi in a road trip to Houston last winter, in some redneck dive place with fancy burgers.(nb: Redneck is not a disparagment on Maggie's).
General rule of thumb: Always avoid disgusting chain places. The hole in the walls have the best stuff because they have to compete.
One of my cool daughters emailed me about the best burger she has ever had (visiting a college pal in Nashville): cream cheese, jalapeno jelly, and grilled jalapenos. I feel hungry now despite a filling lobster salad for lunch with a glass of chardonnay. Life is pleasant in the USA.
Yes, I make a mean jalapeno jelly from my garden each year. Good with cheese. My kids steal the jars from the pantry.
Photo: Mile 8 of Gwynnie's 11 mile driveway in the Sierras this week
Opioid Ruling Bodes Trouble for All Businesses
Vermonters Strive to Preserve Their Culture against False Charges of Racism
CA Bill Would Bar Schools From Suspending Students For Defying Teachers
THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIASCO OF WIND ENERGY
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules
Government should get out of the flood insurance business
Emory U. professor claims recent hurricanes are ‘man-made’
Big 2020 Problem For Democrats: Shrinking Labor Unions
New York Times Blames Sexism For Failure Of 2020 Dem Gillibrand
Kamala Harris Wants To Ban Plastic Straws…
Elizabeth Warren comes out against nuclear power
Elizabeth Warren Resurrects Her ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Speech in New Hampshire
CAN AMERICANS STILL CO-EXIST?
Max Boot displays TDS, a bad case of it
Trump punches up:
Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill - Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.
DECEIVING THE SKY - Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy
Wednesday, September 4. 2019
Check it out: Breathless: Unspoken Words After Death
Renoir and the foolishness of chronological snobbery - The latest irony in the spread of ‘cancel culture’ comes courtesy of The New Yorker
Do Lobsters Feel Pain? In Switzerland, it's illegal to boil a lobster alive
More than 30 states are looking at a Google antitrust probe
Thoughts of a hungry but woke white man
Dalrymple reflects on Epstein
What Happened to the Epstein Story?
Prof claims that he is blinded by his whiteness
This Labor Day, Unions Are Gunning for Workers' Free Speech Rights
Union Bosses Fear Workers Will Stick with Trump: ‘It’s a Serious Problem’
The Poorest 20% of Americans Are Richer on Average Than Most Nations of Europe
Meet the World Expert on All Things: Tom Nichols
Democracy in Trump’s America - Political lessons from an unlikely comparison
Trump Supporters Have ALL The Moral High Ground. Don’t Cede One Inch Of It To The Left.
Comey criticism nowhere to be found in New York Times
Inspector General’s Report Exposes Another ‘Collusion’ Myth - The Michael Flynn “thing” President Trump discussed with James Comey in 2017 wasn’t Russian collusion. It was the bogus Logan Act claim.
Who Is Ursula von der Leyen?
Tuesday, September 3. 2019
How Many Humps on a Camel? In Kazakhstan, It’s Complicated
Decades of sedentary lifestyle may double risk of early death, study says
Cause or effect?
CNN falsely pushes claims that ‘climate crisis is making hurricanes more dangerous’
Atlantic: People Should Stop Taking ‘Far-Flung Vacations’ To Save The Planet
Ethanol fight divides key groups in Trump's base
Ethanol is an Iowa scam. Is there no better use of cropland than to destroy our engines?
Mother Jones: Here’s Why I’m No Longer Thrilled by Carbon Tax Plans
What the Jewish Left Needs to Understand About Working People
How US Universities' "Assault On American Excellence" Threatens Democracy
Demonizing The Founders, Again
Powerline's Hayward loves George Will's new book
University researcher claims she can communicate with plants
A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire - The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history. Who’s Moses?
Air conditioning around the world
Milano Wants To Know Why Self-Defense Is God-Given Right. Cruz Educates Her.
China seeks to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 national election with the help from who else? Americans
Italy In Decline
Grateful London Immigrant Says “English Is a Dirty Word” and British Flag represents Racism
Growing Number Of Governments Shutting Down The Internet To Squash Dissent…
Monday, September 2. 2019
A good rollicking rocker. I think the Dead wrote it. Lyrics
"Everywhere I look here, I see a miracle."
A pal, while visiting with his wife for a few days and some good hikes and swims in Wellfleet. That's the view of life to which I aspire.
It is sort-of like Butterfly Bush, but in the northeast it lives mostly as a large perennial which often needs to re-emerge from the roots after a chilly winter, growing to 3'. Further south, it can become a large shrub/small tree.
It seems to be a very popular border plant on Cape Cod. It is a Mediterranean plant. I like it, and so do bees and butterflies.
On Labor Day 2019, Americans Strongly Support Unions, Just Not Belonging
‘Hire the Best People, Not the Best Resumes’
Here’s Why Housing Is So Expensive
Hudson Yards Retail Center Set to Draw Over 20M Annual Visitors
It's just a high-end mall
NOAA debunks assertions that global warming has spurred more hurricanes
GET READY FOR A HURRICANE OF NONSENSE
How fuzzy science fooled Macron and his G-7 cronies on Amazon dangers
New York is running out of fuel and power — just as Cuomo planned
Sorry Folks, It Isn't Grandma's Codeine Prescription That Is Fueling The "Opioid Crisis," It's China And Mexico And A Porous Border
David Gelernter Takes On Darwinism
Darwin and Wallace were probably right about species, but can't explain entirely new phyla
Ann Coulter: Can't America have a little self-respect on immigration?
In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media
Hate and envy
Pure hate speech
Anti-Trump Talking Points All Aligned, Check This Out…
VICIOUS HOLLYWOOD, THEN AND NOW
Black Church Sign in Birmingham, Alabama: “A Black Vote for Trump Is Mental Illness, A White Vote for Trump is Pure Racism”
Crazy, psychotic hate
Coming Legal Attractions
UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSORS, TRUMP GETS CHINA
What Was Free about Our Trade Relationship with China before Trump?
European Dreams Vs. Mass Migration:
So why accepting of Islamic "roots"?
Sunday, September 1. 2019
Plane-watching is almost as fun as train-spotting. Every kid at heart loves to watch airports. At LAX:
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Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
13:1 Let mutual love continue.
13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.
13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."
13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"
13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
13:15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
From our pal vacationing in the California mountains: Outbuildings for a hotel spa standing 1875-1898
Saturday, August 31. 2019
Lots of them in our border (mostly) perennial beds now. Painted Lady.
It is a world-wide species.
He looks old. A friend says his new recording is wonderful: Tree of Forgiveness.
"Lonesome friends in science say,
You can listen there on Amazon Prime. A musician's musician, inspired many. Feels like a good-bye record.
Posting will generally be light this holiday weekend.
DON’T FEAR THE SIMULATORS
How to Make the Thrill of Love Return in Marriage
Hmmm. "In love" is about novelty. Marital bonding is something else.
Mass Shootings Are a Horrible Way to Understand Gun Violence. Gun homicides have declined sharply in recent decades, but polls show most Americans are unaware of this fact.
Remembering the Outbreak of the Second World War
Amazon Fires, Summer of the Shark, and the Unintended Consequences of Stupid Climate Policy (ie Ethanol Mandates)
The Surreal End of an American College - Small schools across the United States are facing budget shortfalls and low enrollment—leading some to shut down in the middle of students’ higher-education experience.
Full-court press - A review of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemingway
" The central claim of those three stories -- and there were a whole bunch more -- were completely wrong. CNN never explained why."
Comey was one creepy cop.
Brennan Defends Partner-in-Crime Comey Following Release of DOJ IG Report – Fires Off Ominous Warning to President Trump
Comey’s description of his choice as being between “two doors,” one labeled “speak” and one labeled “conceal,” was a false dichotomy. The two doors were actually labeled “follow policy/practice” and “depart from policy/practice.”
I never trust anybody who advertises themselves as more virtuous than others
How Obama-era social engineering transformed the US military
Israeli Government Reveals Stunningly Close Ties Between Terror Groups And Anti-Israel NGOs
Protecting American Combat Technology: The Turkish F-35 Saga
Friday, August 30. 2019
Definitely, at least for me. It was instantly noticeable when I got back to the gym, even though my break had almost daily 3-hour hikes, water play, and other activty.
Most noticeable were my deadlifts and bench press. Just more evidence of "use it or lose it", especially over 40.
Just image the effect of years without workouts.
It's kinda depressing, but I got back to my daily routines.
Steve Wozniak Says Big Tech Companies Like Apple Should Be Broken Up
Surgeon General deems cannabis completely unsafe for pregnant women, teens
Re-linked: No global warming since 2005
Climate Catastrophe News Cabal Ramps Up
The most dangerous thing about the Amazon fires is the apocalyptic rhetoric
Let’s be rational — not religious — about recycling
University calls out comedian who told students to 'f*cking grow up'
The Complete Evergreen Story Ep 8: ‘Stop Demanding That Everybody Use Logic And Reason And White Forms Of Knowledge’
IDENTITY POLITICS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR FAMILY TIES
I was raped by whoever Trump picks to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court
The Character Assassination of Amy Wax and Her Response
If charged with racism, you must be guilty: That’s the left’s new rule
Ilhan Omar Was Hanging Out in Public with Her Lover and His 13-Year-Old Son Before he Announced his Affair to His Wife
So why isn't Rep. Ilhan Omar's vida loca getting the same penalties Rep. Duncan Hunter's got?
HAS REP. ILHAN OMAR COMMITTED A STONING OFFENSE? She is publicly Sharia-compliant. Will she ask to be stoned?
Portly Hillary Clinton Spotted in Hamptons Looking Rough Wrapped in a Tent
Lefty Media Rushes To Puff Up Elizabeth Warren
James Comey is proof the ‘deep state’ is something to fear
U.S. Intel Gatekeeper Dragging Feet on Trump-Russia Files, Insiders Say
Comey: When Are All My Critics Going To Apologize After My Vindication From Horowitz? CNN: This Looks Pretty Damning To Us
Here Is The List Of Obama-Era Russiagate Docs Sought By AG Barr
Lindsey Graham Is Wrong: It’s Long Past Time to Get Out of Afghanistan
Palestinian economy flourishing in West Bank
Amid Political Fog, US Strategic Gains Being Made