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, September 20. 2021
The hexagon shape and why it shows up so much in nature
“I Guess We’re a Cult”: How the Stand-Up World Will Remember Norm Macdonald
Why the Culture Wars in Schools Are Worse Than Ever Before. The history of education battles — from fights over evolution to critical race theory — shows why the country’s divisions are growing
Teaching that math is ‘racist’ will taint the field for everyone, including those who need it most.
The Indictment of Hillary Clinton's Lawyer is an Indictment of the Russiagate Wing of U.S. Media
Is California a failed state?
So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas?
Joe Manchin Is Realizing That His Party’s Spending Plans Are Absurd
AOC Introduces Amendment To Halt U.S. Arms Sale To Israel…
Sunday, September 19. 2021
Sounds more like sociocultural fashion than anything data-based. Maybe that's the idea. Many elite institutions began as religious ones and, without the religion, other things need to fill the existential vacuum.
But where is the "veritas"?
Saturday, September 18. 2021
For all you hardy souls, a gentle reminder. Dylan, Stanford White, Peter Cooper, Hamilton, McSorley (whoever he was), it's all going to happen next week on Saturday. 10 am in front of the southern entrance to the High Line on Gansevoort St.
6.6 miles, give or take. Figure 3.5 to 4 hours, lots to see and do. No masks required, though if you want to eat in a restaurant you'll need your vaccine card (thanks to the ever-caring nanny state of Warren Wilhelm, Jr.
It's rain or shine. I'm expecting the best shining to be on the smiling, shining faces of our attendees. Looking forward to seeing you all!!
China’s Hottest New Rental Service: Men Who Actually Listen
Los Angeles classroom is decorated with poster saying 'F**k the police' and 'F**k America', as well as BLM, transgender and gay pride flags - while Old Glory is slung over piece of furniture
That is sicko
Princeton freshmen forced to view video about university’s ‘systemic racism’
English Opera Fires 14 White Musicians for Having Wrong Skin Color
Five Facts on Community College in America
Clarence Thomas identifies the greatest danger in America
Surge of Haitians at the border shows Team Biden really has no clue what to do
Afghan refugees: Georgia is Getting 1,000 Afghans Dumped On It
Friday, September 17. 2021
Eight Reasons to Love the US Constitution
Fresh proof the Russiagate ‘scandal’ was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign
Thursday, September 16. 2021
The detectives untangling the global supply chain
‘Consume and cover,’ ‘quick sip rule’: Harvard wants students to eat, drink with mask on
Leaked Zoom Video Reveals Hospital Officials Discussing COVID-19 Scare Tactics
Woke Colleges Have No Tolerance for Freedom or White People
WaPo: Climate anxiety in youth
Wednesday, September 15. 2021
A few sips of Generations 80 Years Old from Glenlivet Distillery
Can better schools significantly improve the academic performance of minority kids?, I think that the answer is unequivocally yes.
As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader
Europe’s Climate Lesson for America. As wind power flags, energy prices are soaring amid fuel shortages.
As Biden Says Islam is Peaceful, D.C. Imam Calls for Jihad
Tuesday, September 14. 2021
The difference between climate and weather, and why models fail
STAY HOME, PEONS!
North Korean defector slams ‘woke’ US schools
Top earning New Yorkers and Californians could face 60% combined tax rate, while the top rate of corporate tax would be raised to 26.5% - higher than communist China - under House Democrats' bill to fund $3.5trillion spending plans
Monday, September 13. 2021
A Few Words about 9-11, by Dr. Krauthammer
'Teen Vogue' Columnist Takes the Prize for Dumbest 9/11 Take of the Year
Obama’s personal monument sacrifices 800 old growth trees in Chicago park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead
Study Finds Teenage Boys Six Times More Likely To Suffer Heart Problems From Vaccine Than Be Hospitalized by COVID
"Three Generations Of Idiots Is Enough" Only, I Am Referring To Our "Elites"
Confirmed: Biden consulted union presidents before announcing vax mandate
Much of what the press said about Trump now applies to Biden
Sunday, September 12. 2021
Just a reminder that the Urban Hike will be Saturday, 9/25. Anyone traveling into NYC or living in the region is welcome. Well, ANYONE is welcome...regardless of where you are, but being in the NYC area certainly helps. I'd do a Zoom of the whole thing, but even that seems a bit much.
The theme this year is Greenwich Village. We'll be starting and ending outside of the Village, and seeing some sights outside of its domain (Chinatown, Five Points, etc.), but the hike is a reasonable distance. It's almost 7 miles and without stops it's 2 and a half hours. So let's assume 4 hours, with stops and a bite to eat. We'll find a pizza place, as we always do.
Saturday, September 11. 2021
Taliban to Inaugurate Al Qaeda Government on 9/11
Taliban Bans Women From Playing Sports…
The Case for Merit, Character, and Capacity
I'm 17. And I'm Immunized from Woke Politics.
Calling all Barbz: Twitter rallies behind Harvard students told to remove Nicki Minaj flag from dorm window
Google et al. Take Hypocrisy On Racism To Yet A Whole New Level
Virginia Education Dept. Blasted for 9/11 Sensitivity Training Video for Teachers. “The Virginia Department of Education is woke-washing the 9/11 attacks.”
Joe Biden’s Plan for Forced Vaccinations for American Workers Does Not Include Illegal Aliens
Did Ron Klain Just Blow Up Biden's Vaccine Mandate with a Retweet?
Incredible: Kumala Makes the Case for "My Body, My Choice" The Very Same Day That Biden Imposes Medical Tyranny On the Country
Washington Post Legal Analysis Exhibits Confusion about How Law Works
Friday, September 10. 2021
Husband’s Perfect Communication Causes Fight
Shameless scaremongering from The New York Times on COVID and kids
DISMANTLING THE ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY FOR COVID’S ORIGINS
Charges Upgraded Against Minnesota Officer Who Accidentally Fired Gun Instead of Taser, Killing Daunte Wright. First Degree Manslaughter added by Attorney General Keith Ellison on top of previous Second Degree Manslaughter.
America's Failing Schools. If our children are our future, we’re fucked.
Professor Peter Boghossian Resigns From ‘Social Justice Factory’ Portland State University. Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”
More educational insanity
National Archives and Records Association puts "harmful content" label on Constitution, founding documents
Wokeness is a puritanical cult. Asterix and Tintin comics have been set on fire in Canada for failing a woke purity test.
Beyond Parody: Biden State Department Voices Concerns Over All-Male Taliban Government…
BoJo Blasts Churchill Charity For Scrubbing Former PM From Website
Xi Jinping's Great Leap Backward should worry us
Thursday, September 9. 2021
Australia Is Now Confiscating Booze Delivered To People Forced Into Lockdown
Whatever happened to "follow the science"?
Trump caused COVID, but Biden has not cured it
Few of Our COVID-19 Policies Make Any Sense
What’s The Chance Of Getting A Breakthrough COVID Infection?
Wednesday, September 8. 2021
An 'Internet apocalypse' could ride to Earth with the next solar storm, new research warns
WSJ: Get Ready for the Blackouts. Mismanagement and the push for renewables are degrading the reliability of the U.S. electrical grid.
How to Prepare for COVID (and How Not To)
Taibbi on the invermectin craziness
Too lazy to work, too callous to care: COVID’s lesson on teachers unions
I doubt that is true of most teachers
In the next few years, two women will earn a college degree for every man
CNN: American Racism Will Never Disappear; It Will Become ‘White Supremacy With A Tan’
Federal government using social-media giants to censor Americans
Steven Pinker defends "fake but accurate"
Mexico Says US Must Pay Up To Stem Illegal Immigration At US Border
Europe Now Hates Joe Biden Months After Calling Him “A Return To Adulthood” For America..
Tuesday, September 7. 2021
Two utterly fascinating facts about COVID
Addicted to Videogames
NY Times Blames Global Warming For Hurricane Ida…Like clockwork.
What happens when you get canceled (and why)
Illinoisans Paid Almost as Much on Unemployment as at Work
It’s now obvious that Biden doesn’t even want to stop the ever-growing border surge
Five reasons Biden's approval ratings have taken a pounding
China's Marxist "Profound Revolution" Is Here
Sunday, September 5. 2021
He explains why hard work is not White Supremacism, at the 18 min. mark
Saturday, September 4. 2021
ET TU, PRINCETON?
WSJ: What 9/11 Taught Us About Trauma and Resilience. Distress is a normal reaction to mass tragedy, but so is a relatively prompt climb back to good mental health.
MC: The topic of the moment here at Manhattan Contrarian has been how judges with a religious zeal to perfect the world (according to their own woke vision) can go completely off the rails with sweeping orders to transform the entire country.
China Rebuffs Kerry In Climate Talks: 'We'll Follow Our Own Roadmap"
Joe Manchin Is Singlehandedly Destroying Biden's Presidency.
Friday, September 3. 2021
Cannabis not good for teen brains
Sociology journal calls for papers that ‘critically examine’ racism in sports development
Should Public Schools be Allowed to Deceive Parents?
16% of Black Families Left the Corrupt Educational System
Code Pink Goes All Red Defending Tiny Little Communist China Against Imperial Taiwan
No, the Woke Won’t Debate You. Here’s Why.
Newsom's closing message: More people will die if I'm recalled
GOP hopes of ousting Gavin Newsom fading in the California recall election?
Wednesday, September 1. 2021
Study shows evidence of beer drinking 9,000 years ago in Southern China
Hydroponics Reveals That Organic Food Is About Ideology, Not Sustainability
More On European Climate Change Litigation: These People Are Crazy
U.S. Aid Will Keep Flowing to Taliban
The Media Will Lap Up Biden's Afghanistan 'Victory' Speech Like Dogs Returning to Their Vomit
Kinder, Gentler Taliban Murder Afghan Folk Singer, Because Music Is Un-Islamic
Taliban Expected To Double Down On Drug Trafficking
Taliban Committing House-To-House Executions Of “Traitors”…
Government Teachers Gone Wild: Teachers Direct Students to Salute the Gay Pride Flat and the Antifa Fla
Report: Libs ‘Discouraged’ After Months of Getting Owned by Kyrsten Sinema. 'Demoralization is setting in' among left-wing activists as Democratic senator ignores their pointless whining
Tuesday, August 31. 2021
Cape Cod: eight great white sharks seen feeding on humpback whale carcass. Expert marvels at ‘biggest smorgasbord a shark could dream of’
Epoch keeps getting better, but $. Greedy capitalists.
HHS Plans To Treat Climate Crisis As Public Health Crisis
LA Teacher's Union President: 'Our babies may not have learned all their times tables' but 'they know the words insurrection and coup'
Obama Education Secretary Loses His Mind, Compares Anti-Maskers To Kabul Suicide Bombers
They Openly Mock Us Now: Taliban Hangs “Traitor” by the Throat From US Helicopter in Kandahar Left Behind by Joe Biden
Biden Will Fund Taliban Through "Humanitarian Aid"
American University of Afghanistan Students Struggle to Flee the Country
Playing the Race Card on Larry Elder. Engaging in shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing, the media attempt to portray the California gubernatorial candidate as anti-black.
Kamala Harris: The absentee VP by design
The Story About Biden Checking His Watch During Dignified Transfer Just Got a Lot Worse
Did not like being there
Monday, August 30. 2021
The kinky secret sex lives of sharks
‘We are burning our cultural inheritance’. Heather Mac Donald on how high culture has been destroyed by the culture war.
Scientific American (and math) go full woke
Stop enabling people to avoid work because of Covid
Who’s Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You
After implementing a vaccine mandate, Amherst requires double-masking and limits student travel
Kamala Harris and Jane Fonda
Sunday, August 29. 2021
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