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
Saturday, December 3. 2016
Pic borrowed from Salt Water New England
One way to become poor
What are the freest countries in the world?
What is hers?
U. Toronto lecturer: ‘Misconception’ that there’s a thing called ‘biological sex’
Somebody should inform the birds and the bees
Swedish Union Sets Up 'Mansplaining' Hotline - Workers could call in to receive advice from a cadre of gender experts and feminist politicians.
Sweden's biggest problem, no doubt
Virginia School System Considers Banning 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Althouse and Rush on low-information voters
Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs
Barone: So I find myself leaning reluctantly toward the conclusion that no other Republican could have won, at least the way Trump did.
Trumped-up, trickle-down outrage - On the popular reaction to the presidential election.
Trump’s Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It’s an Opportunity:
Trump’s Charm of Not Being Obama - The new White House won’t fail to embrace the jobs that fracking and pipelines can bring
Europe: The peasants are revolting
Trumpian "diplomacy" - no rules, no protocol
Friday, December 2. 2016
It is difficult to hold an "adult conversation" with uninformed or uneducated people. When almost anything can be politicized and anybody can become suddenly emotional or indignant, it is often best just to shut up. McInnes humorously discusses Reality Bites.
Even the always-cautious Walter Mead sees reason for optimism.
Best reason for optimism? We have Melania. From Dylan's political I Shall Be Free:
Well, my telephone rang it would not stop
A beginner’s guide to beefing up your privacy and security online
Bob Dylan skips White House event
Amazon's Growing Power In The U.S. Economy
Feminism is really white supremacy
THE PROPAGANDA ABOUT RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA
Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are.
Get Ready for the Trump Jobs Rally
How Donald Trump Sealed the Deal to Keep Carrier Jobs in the U.S.
Things the Democratic elites should do in order to live up to their party principles.
China loves Cambodia
Thursday, December 1. 2016
I was working tonight, but I gather from Mrs. BD that his speech was wonderful and uplifting, humorous, half-scripted and half off the cuff, and neither Republican nor Democrat but just plain American. It takes a lot to impress Mrs. BD, especially if you are not a Conservative (which Trump is not).
It reminded some pundits of Teddy Roosevelt. Things are getting more and more interesting.
If you heard or watched that speech, what did you think?
(Here's the speech)
A master of reality TV. This admiration from an ardent Lefty Dem who is wrong about the federal tax inducements (maybe state deals, though):
Boycott Frosted Flakes!
Fun Christmas presents: Good Fucking Design
The figures showed nine in ten London newborns had at least one parent from overseas
Why the Democrats Can't Stop Calling the GOP Racists
How The Electoral College remains an essential constitutional safeguard of American liberty
Obama On Why Democrats Failed: See, It's Because FOXNEWS! Is On the TV In "Every Bar and Restaurant"
Obama White House Scoffs at Trump's Carrier Deal
Trump was persuasive. Euroland needs to get off America's welfare.
Islamists Won: Charlie Hebdo Disappears
François Fillon’s French Revolution:
They let the peasants vote. That's what happens sometimes. Peasants can be wise, politicians are mostly just clever.
Iran regime even more oppressive since nuclear deal, dissidents say
Wednesday, November 30. 2016
This is cruel to two people who have selflessly, self-sacrificially, devoted their lives to public service.
This is a relief: California Passes a New Climate Law to Regulate Cow Methane. If only they would do the same for human farts, or at least elevator farts. Anything to save the planet.
OSU Diversity Officer Urges Compassion for Somali Terrorist Who Attacked Student.
She can not bring herself to admit that the guy was filled with murderous hatred for me and for her. She is doing the reverse-victim narrative.
Planning for retirement? Check out ‘one of the scariest charts in human history’
99,726 Somali Refugees Settled in U.S. Since 9/11
Abdul Razak Ali Artan was oppressed by Islamophobic stereotypes of violent Muslims
Department of Homeland Security Overwhelmed by Green Card Catastrophe
Hillary Reportedly Eyeing Another Presidential Run
That moment when the MSM realizes Trump just took a position advocated by Hillary Clinton in 2005
Why Trump’s Education Pick Scares Unions
Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe
Stand down, #NeverRomney conservatives: Trump’s pick isn’t a betrayal — and you might thank him in 2020
I agree with Salon!
How Trump can win re-election
Assuming he will want it
Dems in the wilderness:
Tuesday, November 29. 2016
Amusing piece about the class component of the recent election. I think Fred overstates it though, because Trump did collect the bulk of the Republican base everywhere. Admittedly, many country club Repubs held their noses and voted Trump. Holding one's nose is a normal part of voting.
Julius Caesar was not delivered via Caesarian
Althouse is retiring from her day job
Economic Localism Is No Better than Economic Nationalism
Zuckerberg and China
Bad Government Policy Begets More Bad Government Policy
Tim Kaine Tweets About Gun Violence at OSU After Islamist Knife Attack
Democrats, Not Trump, Racialize Our Politics - A party obsessed with race won’t have much luck reaching out to non-elite whites.
My Freedom Trumps Your Fake Mandate
If Trump Were A Democrat, He’d Be A Hero
Scott Adams: The Trump talent stack
A concept of interest beyond politics
The FT is sad and scared: Goodbye to Barack Obama’s world - It is the failing of liberal technocrats to think reason governs how people act
"The New York Times story alludes to "potential conflicts of interest." Hillary posed real conflicts of interest.
Immigration: Trump vs. Silicon Valley
The Real Legacy in Jeopardy Under the New Congress? LBJ’s.
Team Trump Offers Evidence For Millions Voting Illegally
Merkel Says She Will Deport 100,000 Migrants
Balfour Declaration, November 2016 : Richard Kemp
Monday, November 28. 2016
History Will Not Absolve Fidel Castro
Castro's regime, saturated with sadism, should never have existed.
Journalists Hail Castro’s Achievements, ‘George Washington,’ ‘Folk Hero to Most of Us’
Justin Trudeau Mocked After Praising Oppressive Dictator Fidel Castro
Pope Francis Grieves Death of Fellow Socialist Castro
Jeremy Corbyn hails Fidel Castro as a ‘champion of social justice’
Cuba: A museum of socialism
Places like Cuba and Venezuela are good reminders
Why Fidel Castro's Death Won't Lead To Immediate Changes In Cuba
Greedy Green Energy Corporatists are Clear Felling Protected Forests for Biomass
Shoreline Gentry Are Fake Climate Victims - A reduction in federal subsidies is behind lower coastal home values.
More young people contracting 'old-age' conditions including varicose veins due to sedentary lifestyles
Gravity Light: Our Renewable Energy Future
BLACK FRIDAY ZOMBIES 2016
Columbia students demand punishment of ‘hate speech’ as faculty waffle on free speech
How the FAA is Killing Drone Innovation
Student at Harvard fights liberal bias by launching conservative women’s group
Progressives without Power
After Trump University, Why Not Sue All Colleges?
San Francisco middle school withholds student election results due to winners’ insufficient diversity
The Democrats’ real strategy in launching recounts
Obama's agencies push flurry of 'midnight' actions - But in Congress, Republicans are warning them to
The Bureaucracy Is Now More Powerful Than Congress
Guess which federal agency gave 100% of their political contributions to Democrats?
François Fillon on course for Thatcherite victory in French Right presidential primary battle
Sunday, November 27. 2016
Cubans everywhere are celebrating Fidel's long-awaited death. In Cuba itself, quietly for sure.
Among other things, one thing this past election year or two seems to have shown is a rejection of family political dynasties. I haven't seen that discussed much.
Insofar as it may have played a subliminal role, it was a good thing. Clintons, Bushes, Bayhs - good bye. Time for fresh blood.
Saturday, November 26. 2016
Re Trump, I am not a big fan but I am amused by it all. A Pres does not need to be your best pal. He has made some good appts. Yes, he should give Mittens a job. Romney needs a job. Take one more guy off unemployment in this economy.
Viking Ship Stopped by Gov Regulations
Hot Tubs and Luxury Dorms and Climbing Walls, Oh, My!
Who Raised the Snowflake Generation? Who’s to blame?
How Scientists Are Using Poop to Study New York City's Coyote Population
Free Coke! Why not?
Toronto is a hotbed of racial intolerance.
Teachers' unions are unhappy
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
Colin Kaepernick Castro T-shirt is ignorant of facts, insulting
SURVIVING CASTRO'S TORTURES
FORTY THREE YEAR STRUGGLE AGAINST CASTRO
Repeal and Revise - Life after Obamacare won’t be as dire as some on the left are predicting
The outrage over fake news is based on fake news about fake news.
I haven't slept in my own room since the election
Bookends to a Disastrous Presidency
Nov. 8 represented an explosion of anger on the right at years of smugness and disdain by liberals.
Trump’s media feud enters new era
Isn't it the media's Trump feud?
Network CNN Vows To Oppose Trump Administration
The Real Legacy in Jeopardy Under the New Congress? LBJ’s - The GOP has plans to take apart many of Johnson’s Great Society reforms. Will Trump let them succeed?
President Trump’s Pentagon To Do List
Unlearned Lessons in Haiti
Sick governance, sick culture. They have to fix it themselves. Not in my lifetime, though.
Friday, November 25. 2016
Beyond Trump’s Wall
- The president-elect should reform our legal immigration system, to
The Federal Regulations That Affect Your Thanksgiving Foods
Florida Woman Accused of Shooting at House Guests Who Stayed Too Long
Makes sense to me
'Atlas of the Underworld' reveals oceans and mountains lost to Earth's history
A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France
Rush Limbaugh Children’s Books Banned at Wisconsin School: They’re “Inappropriate”
Yes, it's the Gulag, Western Style
Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high
Students Need Much Better Counseling Before Going Into Debt for College
Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Disrupt Black Friday Shopping in Major Cities
Forest Service trying to seize private land from Montana ranchers
The GOP's Track Record on Illegal Immigration
Central Americans surge north, hoping to reach U.S. before Trump inauguration
Freakout at Vassar College
WaPo Releases Report on Russian Propaganda Sites- List Includes: Drudge Report, Wikileaks, Zerohedge, Infowars…
Not Maggie's Farm? The Russians are always emailing me hot info
Stop faking hate crimes. You're hurting your own cause
There aren't enough real ones
The snarling contempt behind the media's fake news hysteria
AVI: Jews and the Left
Jared Kushner’s first interview reveals what the media completely missed in the Trump campaign
Thornton: "If the delicate millennial Eloi were really interested in reforming
15 Things Trump and Reagan Have in Common
Robert Reich: How to resist Donald Trump’s first 100 days
LGBT Advocates Debate Future of Movement Post-Election
Bob Herbert: The War on the Poor Is Already Underway
Sheesh. I thought LBJ solved poverty decades ago
DONALD TRUMP Addresses Nazi Conspiracies at NY Times: “Boy, You’re Really Into This Stuff”
Trump’s GOP: The end of ‘checklist conservatism’
Of course he is. He hates the Earth
UCLA Professor Has Had An Especially Tough Time Dealing With Trump’s Victory
Supermarkets are packed with aggressive white supremacists, Esp. Whole Foods. They hassle me all the time cuz of my Hillary button. Hey, she could still win.
Wednesday, November 23. 2016
Image via Ace
Giving thanks for the invisible hand of strangers, spontaneous order, kaleidoscopic market energy & no turkey czars
The Factory of Fakes - How a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art.
Obama Education Secretary John B. King Calls for End to Paddling in Schools
Paddling in schools? Bring it back.
William & Mary Offers ‘Thanksgiving Toolkit’ for Sensitive Students
How come Trump voters do not get toolkits for dealing with their moonbat relatives?
Watching the Snowflakes Melt
University Bullied Students to Change 'America' Theme Party Because Trump Won - America party 'provides an opportunity for students to dress or behave in a way that offends or oppresses others.'
How about a Cuba-themed party?
There is great irony in the sheer hate from those who whine about Trump being hateful.
Manhattan doesn't love The Donald anymore
Green Incoherence: Reaching Out to the Deplorables
Every immigrant to the US should make legal application, and be vetted, interrogated, and given probationary status. That's normal everywhere. Basically, a would-be immigrant is applying for membership.
Dem Lawmaker: We Are a Permanent Minority – Not a National Party, We Are a Coastal Party
Jeff Sessions May "Prosecute" Sanctuary Cities That Don't Obey Federal Law
Illegal immigrants pose as families, tell tales of woe to gain entry to U.S.
Illegal Immigrants Set Record By Using Children As Deportation Shields
Academics are dangerously racist
Do red state Americans and blue state Americans live in the same country anymore?
America has many more than two subcultures
Democrats’ Answer Is Always the Same: Move More Left - Nearly
Belmont Club on elections:
I have never met a lib who could tell me when the Progressive Project of government expansion could be considered completed
Trump needs to stop denouncing nutcases every time the media heads to the fainting couches
Time for him to rise above. But can he? He's a street-fighting man like Obama wanted to be
MEDIA MOGULS COMPLAIN ABOUT MEETING WITH TRUMP, GET SPANKED BY . . . GLENN GREENWALD?
A Third of Germans Report Feeling ‘Like A Stranger In My Own Country’
The UK has to accept not being special to the US
World Leaders Gather to Worry About Trump
Migrants Burn Down German Refugee Center After Camp Runs Out of Nutella and Gummy Bears
Tuesday, November 22. 2016
I did vote for him, but not a big fan. Yes, he is a player, he is a big-shot New Yorker and he wasn't born yesterday. However things go, when he is old he'll be able to sing this. Sheesh, what a song. Everybody might wish to own this tune, including me:
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