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
Monday, August 1. 2022
Why California has wild zebras. The zebras were originally part of a newspaper tycoon's private zoo. Now they roam the San Simeon grasslands, growing in numbers.
California condor: How conservationists rescued a bird that was lost in time. Once numbering just 27 birds, the global population of California condors is now in the hundreds.
Juul Saved My Life. So why is the government waging war on a product that helps smokers like me?
BIDEN TESTS POSITIVE AGAIN
Yes, that happens
Mainstream journalists have adopted what critics are calling a “don’t say gay” approach to covering the monkeypox outbreak in the United States.
Priorities: U.S. Military Base Is Hosting a Drag Show
Court Rejects Google's Attempt to Dismiss Rumble's Antitrust Lawsuit, Ensuring Vast Discovery. An unusual and significant court ruling entitles YouTube's main competitor, Rumble, to obtain long-hidden internal documents on Google's search engine manipulations.
Biden Taking 3:10 to Yuma, Finishing Trumps Border Wall on the Sly in Arizona
Great Idea For U.S. Energy Policy: Let's Follow The Example Of Germany!
Sunday, July 31. 2022
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Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
1:2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
1:12 I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem,
1:13 applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with.
1:14 I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
2:18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me
2:19 --and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.
2:20 So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun,
2:21 because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.
2:22 What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun?
2:23 For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.
Saturday, July 30. 2022
Best way to eat this grain. I like to grill it with the husk on until the husk is burnt, but the Central Americans tend to grill it with husk off. Done right, no butter needed - but salt always.
This grain was genetically-engineered in Central American centuries ago. Agronomists have made it sweeter now.
Should We Consider Aging a Disease?
THE TRANS FIASCO: WILL THERE BE AN ACCOUNTING?
Why is Critical Race Theory so threatening to white people?
Federal Lawsuit Accuses Sesame Place Philadelphia of 'Appalling' Discrimination
Baby formula crisis WORSENS as out-of-stock levels hit 70%: Parents accuse Biden of forgetting about them and mom struggling to feed twins says 'I'm sure these politicians' babies eat'
Imagine if Trump were Pres. now
Dalrymple: How much to care about public affairs?
Not a National Model—a National Warning. Gavin Newsom’s bravado about California is undermined by reality.
Spectator: Bring on the Democrats’ ‘ultra MAGA’ strategy, If they want to back right-wing candidates, have at it
UKRAINE WAR: The (Not Quite) God's-Eye View, Five Months In
Germany darkens cities, turn down thermostats and considers shutting down breweries to deal with energy shortage
Trump was right - they are too dependant on Russia. Not to worry because they will never shut down breweries.
Friday, July 29. 2022
CNN'S 'Climate Correspondent' Predicts All Life on Earth Is About to End
Studies Show The Electric Vehicles Democrats Insist You Buy Are Worse For The Environment And Lower Quality
Environmentalism is an Environmental Hazard. Solar panel lead in the groundwater and wind turbine fiberglass in your lungs.
What The Future Holds For Our Climate Leaders
WTH happened to an objective news media?
House Democrats pour cold water on proposed stock trading ban
Why is trading on insider info legal for congress?
Association of American Medical Colleges Criticized for Pushing Critical Race Theory “recently released standards that force students to study and apply ideology typically pushed by the far-left”
FDA admits puberty blockers can cause serious harm to children
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser requests National Guard help after busloads of migrants cause ‘crisis’
“FAR RIGHT” FAVORED TO WIN ITALIAN ELECTION
"Far right" means not Communist
By the way, where did all of the Ukraine news go?
Thursday, July 28. 2022
NHS will SHUT its controversial Tavistock transgender clinic for children after damning report warned it was 'not safe'
Green Dreams, Inflationary Realities. We must find ways to combat climate change without incurring devastating inflation, greater class division, the immiseration of the middle class, and the destitution of the poor.
Connecticut Steps Up To Save The Planet
WSJ: Public Life Is Crazy, but Americans Aren’t. Politics and media are co-producers of the immense 21st-century moral circus.
Cassidy Hutchinson's story certainly changed from what she said in private
Wednesday, July 27. 2022
Females of many species of Orb-Weaving Spiders (common in gardens) consume their mates following a romp in the web.
Same thing goes for many species of Fireflies. I am seeing lots of them in the morning darkness. Delightful beetles doing their courtship dance in the moonlight.
Have any readers given it a try?
It is used in this piece: The Deracination of Literature
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Chicago Mother Loses Custody of Her Daughter—For Insisting That Her Daughter Is A Girl
Biden's New Cybersecurity Deputy Inexplicably Declares 'Systemic Racism' Greatest Threat to America
"I am a woman sitting at the table": Harris opens meeting by reminding the audience of her pronouns
Biden Energy Secretary Granholm: “We Are Really Obsessed” With Biden’s Anti-Energy Transition
Canada’s Trudeau Wants To Impose Drastic ‘Climate Change’ Restrictions On Farmers Just Like The Netherlands. Calgary Sun: “Citing climate change as the reason, the government wants to see emissions of nitrous oxide from fertilizer reduced.”
Tuesday, July 26. 2022
Czech police car
Putting "Long COVID" in Perspective
I am skeptical
EVERYTHING You Need to Know About the Monkeypox that the Fake News Won’t Tell You — Maybe Skip the Gay Orgy This Coming Weekend for Starters
Mental, physical activities benefit men's, women's brains differently
‘You Will Own Nothing, And Like It’ — The Real ‘Clean Energy’ Future
Joe Biden Must Step Aside While He Has COVID to Rid Us of the Curse of White Supremacy
Rasexism and Kamala Harris
"It looks terrible": Dems prepare big tax cut for corporations as midterm pitch
Monday, July 25. 2022
Is anything more dorky, especially for a guy?
My problem is that, regardless of brand, adjustments, etc., the pain in my injured shoulder destroys any pleasure with a backpack, or even a lighter daypack.
I don't like to look like a dork, but even worse is being like the Aussie hikers (sorry for the stereotype): the women herd the kids and carry the backpack, and the men just carry a beer or three, and the cheese sandwiches.
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New Jersey Breweries Push Back Against Crushing New Rules. New rules from the state alcohol control board could grind breweries into insolvency.
A Media-Fueled Social Panic Over Unmarked Graves. Not a single body has been unearthed. But Canadians wouldn’t know it from the false information reported in The New York Times.
Reminds me of Clinton's church fires hoax. So many hoaxes.
Get Ready For The 100 Year Long Climate "Emergency"
Progressives Against Mining. Though it’s a critical part of any strategy to reduce carbon emissions, mining tends to meet with opposition from environmentalists.
Academia Neglects Its Most Important Function: A Free Marketplace of Ideas
LI: Dispatches From the Faculty Lounge Week in Education - Your weekly report on education news.
Re Pete Seeger:
Yes, Things Are Really As Bad As You've Heard. A Leftist Schoolteacher Struggles To Say Aloud the Things He Regularly Witnesses That Are So Outlandish They Sound Made Up By Right-Wing Provocateurs
NR: With courses such as ‘Queer Dance’ and events featuring the drag queen ‘LaWhore Vagistan,’ campus life today is steeped in gender and sexuality.
J.K. Rowling is canceled again. This time it's by a posh private girl's school
Activision employees walk off the job seeking abortion, LGBTQ support
This is harsh: "Nobody wants to impregnate you"
Biden and Trump Repulse Voters as GOP Shows Signs of Becoming Normal Again
Victor Davis Hanson: The Left Should Be Happy With Biden
We Starve Babies, Don't We?
Imagine this, with Trump
Justice Elena Kagan: SCOTUS Losing ‘All Connection … With Public Sentiment’ Is ‘Dangerous’ for America
She forgot her job description
The only people who think "democracy is broken" want to eliminate it.
Swedish Rent Control Exposes The Problem With Government Price Controls
Yeah - people turn it into pure capitalism
England’s New Conservative Superstar. Kemi Badenoch used to work at McDonalds. Now she’s become the breakout star of the Tory Party.
Billions Keep Flowing To Afghanistan
Why? My taxes
Sunday, July 24. 2022
Our favorite Cape Cod band. When they are playing, half the place gets up to dance. She and her husband also own that little art gallery next to Pearl in Wellfleet.
11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."
11:5 And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;
11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.'
11:7 And he answers from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.'
11:8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
11:11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?
11:12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?
11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Saturday, July 23. 2022
Wrong, Legacy Media, Climate Change Is Not Causing Summer Heatwaves in the U.S. and Europe
Minneapolis Residents Crowdfunding For More Police Two Years After “Defund” Movement
Friday, July 22. 2022
Spectator: Whatever happened to the good old American trolley? Once streetcar lines connected even rural areas; now they’re almost all gone
More sharks are being spotted in the waters off Long Island, a trend that experts say is likely to continue -- and they say it's a good thing, as long as people can stay careful
Shark Bites 16-Year-Old Surfer Off Fire Island, Marking LI's 5th Attack This Summer
With COVID Sort Of Raging Again, States Have No New Plans Or Something
Football and the Honor Code Collide at the Air Force Academy
Conservative professor rebukes higher ed: ‘Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper’
Sexual Liberation in Public Schools. Los Angeles Unified School District adopts radical “trans-affirming” programming and instructs teachers to work toward “the breakdown of the gender binary.”
Illegal immigration starting to hit home for US cities
20 July 2022: Cuomo Spends $93,211 on Poll to Tell Him He's a Loser
THE MORE UNPOPULAR HE GETS, THE MORE RADICAL BIDEN BECOMES
Here Are the Senior Biden Officials Entangled in Durham’s Criminal Russiagate Probe
Thursday, July 21. 2022
Believe what you want to believe, but results are what matters. All of these exertions are great for general fitness, but if you want to eliminate fat, structure a nutritional plan to live by. As I have said many times, do not look to exercise for fat loss. If you can do it, fine. Few can. Good for you lucky few.
If too skinny, eat a lot of everything, and lift weights.
Merriam-Webster Changes the Definition of ‘Female’
Peak Absurdity In The Woke Theater
Professor: Policies Against Plagiarism Are Racist…
Portland Parents Encouraged To Send Their Kids To “Social Justice Summer Camp”
Success Academy shows again that public schools can excel
Progressives’ Carpet Bombing Of America
Like everything else in Ukraine, there’s no way to know what’s actually happening there, but a few red flags should give American readers pause.
Wednesday, July 20. 2022
Beware of bad science reporting: No, we haven’t killed 90% of all plankton. A very misleading article on marine life has been getting a lot of attention.
Biden considers calling climate emergency as soon as this week, Washington Post reports
California Environmentalists: Bees Are Now Fish
California campuses reinstate indoor mask requirements
Association of American Medical Colleges Releases Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum. “describ[ing] the impact of various systems of oppression on health and health care (e.g., colonization, White supremacy, acculturation, assimilation).”
Penn law school dean calls for ‘major sanction’ against controversial Professor Amy Wax
NYC schools are failing to serve families — and the stunning plunge in enrollments proves it
Justice at last for bodega worker Jose Alba
Why Democrats Are Losing Ground With Hispanics
The eco-hypocrite jet set: Stars such as Oprah, Mark Wahlberg, Jay Z and Steven Spielberg lecture us about saving the planet... then use their private jets for flights that take just MINUTES instead of driving
Biden Transport Secretary Again Says "Pain" Of High Gas Prices Is A Benefit
Democrats hope Biden uses the climate to takeover and destroy the economy
Can we beat the heat — or is this the beginning of the end?
The J6 Motive – Why Donald Trump Must be Removed, The Political Surveillance of American Citizens
Awkward media moment: Say, that Ukrainian government is kind of corrupt, isn't it?
Tuesday, July 19. 2022
Why You Bruise More Easily as You Age and What to Do About It
Climate Change Dictates Are Self Destructive - But Also Part Of A Bigger Agenda
Deborah Birx wrote a book about her pandemic response work. In it she admits to multiple lies and altering data ‘for the public good.’
How the Best of Intentions Created Today’s Academic Disasters
"This is not a George Floyd situation": Minneapolis mom berates BLM protesters after police shooting
Biden’s Saudi Arabia Visit Was Worse Than an Embarrassment. The president’s 24 hours in Jeddah were dominated by photos of his fist bump with Mohammed bin Salman. Things went downhill from there.
Monday, July 18. 2022
8 Things Sleep Experts Do in the Morning After a Poor Night's Sleep
Why Woke Organizations All Sound the Same. Understanding the sociology of institutions
Canada’s ‘expert’ panel recommends the mentally ill be candidates for euthanasia
When Caucasians Cut Rugs: Dance School Boots Ballet Because It's Wickedly White
Monkeypox: What You Actually Need to Know
Forget Jill Biden’s Stupid Taco Quip—There’s Much Worse
When Will They Figure Out That Reducing U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Is Pointless?
Joe Manchin didn't kill the Democrats' climate agenda
Referring to the internal dynamics at CAP, Teixera comments: “It’s just cloud cuckoo land.”
People Really, Really Do Not Want to Work for Kamala Harris
Biden’s Middle East Trip Ends in Fiasco, Fails to Get Arab Support on Oil Production, Security
In The UK, Some Political Movement On The Climate Scare
Unsustainable Sri Lanka
International: The Grand Realignment