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
Thursday, July 31. 2014
Is there any reason for NATO to exist now? I don't think so, but typically organizations, once born, find reasons to rationalize their immortality. Just like government programs.
Here's a case in point: Ukraine Crisis Reminds Americans Why NATO Should Not Expand
Europe is not part of the US. They are old enough to put on big boy pants. Russia is not scary, just corrupt, obnoxious, and untrustworthy. It's their culture.
Image from Am. Digest.
A taxicab's day - This visualization displays the data for one random NYC yellow taxi on a single day in 2013. See where it operated, how much money it made, and how busy it was over 24 hours.
Totten: Welcome to Vietnam
The Overblown Stigma of Genital Herpes
Here's what the numbers on your credit card really mean
Sipp: I've written from time to time about homeschooling, but no one pays any attention to anything I say about it:
Michelle Nunn: Favorable Media Bias Part of Democrat Campaign Strategy
Obama Administration Suing Pa. State Police Over Physical Fitness Tests
De Blasio’s Policing Dilemma - The Gotham mayor must decide whether to listen to his police commissioner or the New York Times.
Italian journalist leaves Gaza, tells truth once free from Hamas retaliation
Wednesday, July 30. 2014
Photo: A friend's pic of a fruit dish for a baby shower
"Even knowing Charles was juggling multiple partners, I never doubted how important I was to him..."
Now it's called "juggling"?
Study Finds That Men Like Nice Women, But Not the Other Way Around
Amazon Is Unprofitable — and It's Completely on Purpose
The Battle of Alexandria - How riverside parks & hotels threaten a model of American urbanism
Common Core Supporters: We’ve Just Been Too Darned Principled!
Collect More Than $7,000 Per Month for 'Fostering' Adult Illegal Aliens
Democrats Admit Amnesty Is For Political Purposes
Scientists blame the polar vortex alternatively on global warming and global cooling
Just TWO climate committee MPs clash with IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
Government Paying $140,368 to Take 10 Students on a ‘Climate Change Journey’
Dodd-Frank’s Achilles’ heel
By the way, Hamas is using a hospital as its operations hub in Gaza
Spanish Writer Says Israel's War in Gaza Justifies Expulsion of Jews
The Demand and Supply of Sex
The Demand and Supply of Sex
Tuesday, July 29. 2014
Are there any nations which have willingly voted for open borders? Or for entry from a foreign place with no passport, or for any residency without a visa?
Many pundits from across the political spectrum are advocating open borders for the US, most recently George Will.
Now with Central American, and Chinese, immigrants coming via Mexico, my question for the open borders crowd is "How many, who, and from where?" Or is there no limit and no choice to be made by Americans? I thought we ran this joint.
There are an estimated 3 billion in poverty on this planet, many living without WiFi or big-screen TVs, and I am sure a large fraction of them would welcome the opportunity to take advantage of American material abundance.
Why don't people just fix their own places?
Image via Eratosthenes
The Myth Of College “Hookup Culture”
Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?
As Recalls Mount, Was It Worth Bailing Out the 'Old GM'?
Harvard Prof Flies Around Globe, Decries Climate Change ‘Deniers
The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales
Children crossing border: 'Obama will take care of us'
And Now... Europe's Kristallnacht
Why a Gaza Cease Fire Doesn't Help
Meet the Hamas billionaires
Why More Israelis Should Die: The Left's Twisted Logic
Monday, July 28. 2014
Shut Up, Please - One man’s approach to a problem of modern music
P J O'Rourke on beaches: The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you.
Comparing Alcohol and Marijuana: Seriously
Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government
NEW ENGLAND’S BLUE-STATE BLUES - Once known for its stiff-lipped prudence, the region is now a case study in fiscal insanity:
Ben Stein - Castrated by our president
Typical US Household Worth One-Third Less Than Under Bush
President’s “Corporate Deserters” Pay High Taxes
Russia Is Sick - Until someone lances the boil of denial by telling the truth, no one will be safe.
As Libya Implodes, “Smart Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line
Hamas Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Tunnels
Saturday, July 26. 2014
Well, so they claim.
But who are "the poor"? How can you "help the poor" unless you know who they are?
Some are probably mentally-disabled, some are college or grad students, some are young people starting out, some are Maine Guides, some are hippies, some are single moms in rural or urban areas, some are lazy or feckless bums or addicts, some are ambitious new immigrants (legal or otherwise), some are retirees, some have low income but have assets, many get paid off the books, some may be quite content, some are temporarily down on their luck, some are struggling artists, some are ill, etc., etc. "The poor" is not a unitary category. I used to be poor, and probably most Maggie's readers have been poor at some point in their lives.
That 92 year-old in Florida, now a WalMart greeter, had 10 million with Madoff. Poor, now.
How come nobody ever talks about who they are, and whether it's a temporary situation, or a life-style choice, or whatnot? And how come the value of government and charitable benefits are never included in figuring poverty in the USA?
From the article:
I doubt Ryan, a fine fellow I am sure, ever perused such data. He just wants to care but caring for others requires a discernment and art. Money is not everybody's life goal although perhaps only a noble few have the conscience to refuse free money from their neighbors.
Plain emotional "caring" doesn't deserve any moral credit, and when governments go parental they are the worst parents in the world.
Politicizing Watermelon Salad
Everyone Wins When You Buy a Rotisserie Chicken
Delicious and cheaper than DIY
Summer in the city: How to outsmart the heat in summer 1899
Obama is right on this
The economics of cross-the-grave romance
Steve McQueen's stunt double
The shrink is carrying, saves lives
What a 12-Year-Old Has in Common With a Plagiarizing U.S. Senator
The Long-Awaited Investigation into Alexander V. Litvinenko’s Murder
UPDATE: Feminist Studies Professor Pleads No Contest to Attack on Pro-Life Teen
Krauthammer: The Vacant Presidency - The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green.
Maybe it's for the best
Entitled to What? - Hillary Clinton’s long march through the institutions
Reports: Massive New Year's Terrorist Invasion of Israel Thwarted by Security Forces
US violent crime is lowest in 44 years and half the rate in 1991, so why have we become the United States of SWAT?
Wrong about Jesus Christ, but didn't the chosen people have to go to war to live in Canaan?
That's supposed be be hard? Sounds fine to me.
Japan gets big drones
Take your stupid pill today yet? How about your meat-repellent pill?
Group Given Nearly $300 Million To House Child Immigrants; Improperly Disclosed Lobbying
The drug that’s forcing America’s most important – and uncomfortable – health-care debate
The Israeli System That Could've Saved MH17
LET'S GIVE 'EM A STATE: Hamas announces it will give 250,000 grenades to Palestinian Children
Surprising Ties between Israel and the Kurds
Friday, July 25. 2014
Reason TV didn't wait for this to go viral before they provided a smackdown to both Kristin and Funny or Die:
It's doubtful Remy's exposure of the hypocrisy of Kristin's work will get as much exposure.
While Funny or Die, or Kristin Bell, may start lobbying to make other people do what they want via government diktat, it would behoove them to start living up to their own sense of moral superiority. Minimum Wage Laws are a primary reason so many teens are unemployed, as are the vast array of other restrictions preventing them from working. I held my first job at 13. Today, you can't get a job at 13 and it's just as difficult to find one at 15. Neither of my sons worked before the age of 16, not for lack of trying.
More importantly, studies have shown very few people actually 'live' on a minimum wage. Most minimum wage earners are under the age of 25 and are the second or third wage earner in a home.
What happens when automation pushes all these low wage earners out the door? I don't know. Perhaps we should ask the blacksmiths, since they all lost their jobs with the advent of the automobile. Why wasn't their union looking out for them so we could all be riding horses today? To be honest, I have a friend who is blacksmith. He does quite well for himself today, since there are few people with his skill set. Maybe Mike Rowe is on to something.
What's wrong with a little consensual bondage and sado-masochism? Or whatever? A little kink is fun, and everybody knows it. Bedroom games are good things. People are imaginative. As they used to say in Victorian days, "Just don't scare the horses."
Powerline goes puritanical: Time to Pull the Plug on Planned Parenthood
For special kink, I will spend this weekend hunting
If you are in the northeast USA, and not on the water this weekend, you have a bigger problem than Planned Parenthood can solve.
Chemistry Lessons - James Garner, 1928-2014
Inside Man’s Best Friend, Study Says, May Lurk a Green-Eyed Monster
What does Fifty Shades of Grey teach men about women?
The Dirty Practice of Infant Baptism - Cult group uses water ceremony to indoctrinate children
Our Enemy, The Sun: Two Years Ago, A Massive and Potentially Catastrophic Coronal Ejection Just Barely Missed The Earth
How much independence should children have?
More Goldwater: The Birth of Modern Conservatism
Paul Ryan: An opportunity to cut poverty
Cuomo Scandal Exposes NY Corruptocracy (and Gives Hillary 2016 a Boost)
CNN Poll: Twice As Many Americans Were Hurt By Obamacare Than Helped
He is All Fagged Out
So is Matt: If you want to prove you don’t hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet
Contemporary Democracy Is a Fraud
Howard Stern Gives Impassioned Defense of Israel
Thursday, July 24. 2014
One in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire, study says
Microsoft Job Cuts Underscore Hypocrisy On Immigration
France: Europe’s Clockwork Orange State
Families Are Paying Smugglers To Escort ‘Unaccompanied’ Children, Johnson
“Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist”
Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies
“Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist”
Wednesday, July 23. 2014
The power of dust
For the gals, Top 10 Items You're Too Old to Wear
I Saw You With My Wife (video)
Bill Clinton accused of having a busty blonde mistress code-named 'Energizer'
How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman
The Ambitious Plan To Break California Into 6 States – A Model For The Future?
Oh, by the way: Obama just quietly suspended ObamaCare’s individual mandate until 2016
Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns
Keeping Iowa safe from squirt guns
Prof. KC Johnson's closing remarks on his Durham In Wonderland blog
Salon hates "America"
Good news, guys. Feminism is over
Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete As Its Factories Grind To A Halt
The mascots have to be cute - but isn't it racist that they are always white?
Dalrymple: Practically all journalism is forgotten the day after it was written, even by those who wrote it.
Obamacare’s Meaning Is Not Subject to the President’s Whim - Halbig rebuked the administration's lawlesness, but what happens next is far from clear.
Mr. Z: The Immigration Bomb
What about struggling poets like me? Why is government so mean?
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza
Sultan: The Noose Around Israel's Neck
"Moral Idiots” from Code Pink Disrupt Israeli Ambassador’s Speech at CUFI Gala
An abundance of riches at American Digest
Tuesday, July 22. 2014
Anti-GMO Activists Are Harming Hungry Africans (image via Am. Digest)
An outbreak of political correctness in science
Re-linking Barone's Liberalism turns against liberty
Because it is so to-the-point
The media is drafting Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016
Related, this song is not parody
Speaking of non-parody, If Only Harper Lee Had Moved To Greenwich Village
Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed to Change? As a former union leader and a lifelong Democrat, I am deeply troubled by their rhetoric and strategy. (WSJ paywall)
We already do, for up to 5 months/yr, for no pay unless we are poor.
Hayward: The Morals of the Welfare State
Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War POW and U.S. senator, dies
Spengler: Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now
The New York Times: Apologist for a Terrorist Organization
Monday, July 21. 2014
Last week we had a couple of posts about the administrative state and its extra-legal, unconstitutional power.
Besides Obamacare (20,000 pages of federal regs), we now have Dodd-Frank regulations (14,000 pages and counting). It's anticipated that it will be years before all of the Dodd-Frank regs are fleshed out. If ever.
Who can know or understand all of this crap? All people know is that you can get in trouble if you do not. Insane, but it keeps lawyers and lobbyists employed.
What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?
The urge to tidy up cities is deadening – let’s celebrate the tangled chaos and honky-tonk energy that keep them alive
Gambling and marijuana: Corrupting citizens for fun and profit
National Suicide, French Style
Robert Fulford: As the world burns, America shrugs
Maybe they're right not to over-react to everything
“The Most Narcissistic, Self-Absorbed President We’ve Ever Had”
UK Update: Christians lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told
The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?
“Economic patriotism” equals “stay here and pay punitive taxes to cover our ruinous spending habit”
Barone: Liberalism turns against liberty
How the Chrildrens' Crusade across the border was meant to happen
Who’d a-thunk it? Socialism is demoralizing, socially corrosive, and promotes individual dishonesty and cheating?
Conservatives are slow, but Progressives are quicker to seize on the political opportunities created by a changing culture.
Progressives Rally in Detroit – Demand Free Water, “Where Do You Expect Us to Sh**??”
In your diapers?
The Russian reset: Hillary’s “brilliant stroke”
Sunday, July 20. 2014
Saturday, July 19. 2014
Toon via Hit & Run
Billionaires Who Bought Congress Say They Feel “Shortchanged”
Burt Shavitz, the World’s Most Famous Retired Beekeeper
Are Hookups Psychologically Healthy?
That extramarital affair is costing you a fortune
The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved
Dietary Guideline Committee ‘Quadruples’ Down on Moving Americans to ‘Plant-Based Diets’
The potato chip and French Fry diet? Or is it "Let them eat cake"?
Quotations of the day on racial profiling in college admissions
Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs:
How did we get the schools we have? The K-12 Conspiracy
The Obama Albatross - Playing pool in Colorado rather than visiting the Texas border is not very presidential.
This idea that we live in a world where government cares about us is just the biggest propaganda ever.
Iraqi Christians Told to Convert, Submit, or Die
New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims
Religion of death
US Marine Corps commandant openly blasts CIC Obama
Not sposta do that
Fly them all to Minneapolis
How to win in Gaza
The treacherous task of tunnel demolition
CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias
Friday, July 18. 2014
Iowahawk tweet below via Am Digest:
Well, maybe not happy but a chance for self-respect
63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
Indeed it is, but nobody cares.
Guy wants more government regulation
NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To
Big mistake was taking down the 2nd Avenue El in 1942
Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents
Time to Rethink Government Unions
VDH: The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.
Chris Edwards: Reducing Wasteful Federal Spending
CBO’s Long-Term Budget Projections Show a Substantial Imbalance in the
Backgrounder: Students for Justice in Palestine
Those rockets hidden in a UN school
The Bizarre Moral Criticism Against Israel
Thursday, July 17. 2014
Terrible about that Malaysia flight today, but here is something beautiful in flight: the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" in test flight (h/t Synth):
And VDH reports from southern California: Do We Want Mexifornia? A quote:
Two images from around the web this week that, I think, capture how many see this:
Image via sWINDle
How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Happiness Experiment
Birds of a feather: Study finds people's friends genetically similar to them
The anonymous men who built Central Park
Mom Jailed for Letting Her 9 y.o. Play at Park Unsupervised
VDH:An American Satyricon - Our elites would be right at home in Petronius’s world of debauchery and bored melodrama.
The University of Wisconsin's latest diversity plan calls for "equity" in high-demand majors and the distribution of grades.
The Grey Lady Punctures Obamacare Myth
Annals of Government Incompetence
Millennials Desire Government That Provides All and Costs Nothing - The Unicorn/Dragon ticket should snag the youth vote.
Fake Indian Bashes Wall Street
Fake Indian has $7 million invested on Wall St. Fake Indian speak with forked tongue.
Time for States to Reclaim Their Sovereignty - Hey Feds, we states made you, and we can unmake you.
How to Lie with Statistics: Florida School Spending Edition
8 Myths In The Immigration Debate - Stop Saying That. It's Not True.
Barry Goldwater, 50 years ago
Fake Indian: The government shutdown was over birth control
100% of Dem Senators Vote for Late-Term Abortion up to Nine Months of Pregnancy
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups - Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly
See Why Rolling Stone’s List of ‘Most Dangerous Guns’ Is Being Called ‘Maybe the Worst Piece of Journalism of All-Time’
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