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, January 20. 2018
Colorized historical photos
The 8 best car videos of 2017 - Top speed runs, Gymkhana and more made car videos in 2017 awesome
New York City owns a creepy island that almost no one is allowed to visit — here's what it's like
Riz Virk Explains Why Quantum Physics, AI, & Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are Living In A Video Game
This new blood test can detect early signs of 8 kinds of cancer
Sponsored Poetry: The Latest UN Initiative to Make Us Act on Climate Change
Trump Takes to Twitter Like Clockwork - An hourly look at the president’s tweets shows an early-morning appetite for taking on opponents
Dianne Feinstein flips her position on shutdown for second time in one day: 'People will die'
Democrats shut government down, but they're still struggling to explain why
With Illegal Immigration Again Surging, Why Is Congress Doing Nothing?
New York Times readers who like Trump's admin
Are they allowed to print that?
Friday, January 19. 2018
Had Hillary! won, this would never have been uncovered.
I find all of this deeply depressing. Corruption is what comes of having a government too big and powerful.
And this sounds devastating:
Around the world with a 26-liter 20 lb backpack
No fine dining, I'd assume
It's the old New England blue-blood accent. It was only natural to Katherine Hepburn.
Alligator fights python in front of shocked golfers
Make golf exciting again. My money's on the gator.
Should babies sleep on their backs?
I don't care if they sleep upside-down like bats, as long as they friggin sleep
Americans are clueless when it comes to personal finance
Compensation for the heads of some elite private K-12 schools in New York City is nearing $1 million.
Williamson: Smoke weed, snort cocaine, watch porn, but don’t kill a living human organism, for any reason, ever.
NY Gov. Cuomo Targets Hedge Fund Managers With 17% "Fairness Fix" Tax
Brilliant. Chase the $ away to CT or TX
What’s So Dangerous About Jordan Peterson? Not long ago, he was an obscure psychology professor. Now he leads a flock of disciples.
New Study Just Threw Cold Water On Worst-Case Global Warming Scenarios
Ansari is lucky he’s not facing ‘college justice’ and other comments
THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER SCAM - John Stossel exposes a leftist hate group -- and a money-grabbing slander machine.
Cost overruns threaten to bankrupt CA bullet train boondoggle
Jerry Brown Heads Toward the Sunset - The iconic governor misses myriad opportunities, as he releases final budget and plows ahead with his train to nowhere.
Amazon Shortlists 20 Metro Areas for Second Headquarters
Suddenly, all the lefty cities are in love with big business
U.S. Jobless Claims Plunge to Lowest Weekly Tally Since 1973
While Trump's critics keep talking, our president is fulfilling his promises
This sort of thing almost never happens in government
Immigration vs. the welfare state
Rep DeSantis: Classified Intel Memo Compiled by House “Deeply Troubling” and Raises “Serious Questions” About the Russia Investigation
Now it's the Hillary-Russia thing
Scott Adams gives Trump an A+ for his fake news awards
More Outstanding News from the Continent of Free Health Care: unprecedented cuts to cancer care because of a chronic shortage of specialist nurses at one of Britain's leading hospitals
That's an excuse. Real reason: Too expensive to try to treat cancer
Thursday, January 18. 2018
Toon via Situational Ethics
Gorgeous Images of the Planet Jupiter
Did America Get Fat by Listening to Government Experts? How much disease has been caused by the Food Pyramid?
In the coldest village on Earth, eyelashes freeze and thermometers break
UMass Amherst restricts free speech to 1 hour during lunch. New lawsuit aims to change that.
Feminist Enraged That Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Having Another Child
Claim: People with Big Families Should be Ashamed, We Need More Migrants
Kimball: Of home truths and shitholes
You think Democrats want to fix immigration? Dream on!
No, Jaylen Brown, Racism Is Not Why Blacks Underperform in School
Apple To Contribute $350 Billion To US Economy Over Next 5 Years, Create 20,000 New Jobs
Silicon Valley Will Pay the Price for Its Lefty Leanings. A lawsuit alleges that Google discriminated against conservatives. It won't end well for Google.
Blain: "Joke About His Weight And Porn Stars, But You've Got To Admit: Trump Is Changing Stuff"
Wednesday, January 17. 2018
It's a state with patches of great wealth, so it is a cautionary tale.
Political Correctness Might Be Redpilling America. Pinker is a lefty Harvard prof, and utters his share of half-truths and flat out untruths, but still interesting. He has gotten a good deal of lefty flak for supporting free speech in academia.
Smart guy, but he could never get a real job with that absurd hair-do.
Are Mothers Happier Being Homemakers Or Working Full-Time?
Paul McCartney talks about how he became a bass player
Delightful interview 1994. Quote:
Why Leftists Hate Masculinity
Ohio State course reprimands white heterosexual masculinity
"Masculine" men do not assault women, bully people, or abuse their power. They do tend to feel horny often, however, and no rules can stop that.
Soda Tax Sticker Shock Grips Seattle
Mueller, McCabe & Rosenstein Involved in Cover-Up of FBI Probe Into Uranium-One Bribes
DHS preparing to arrest leaders of sanctuary cities
Those cities are declaring civil war
Good News: Great Whites Will Soon Be Swimming Near The Top Of The Statue Of Liberty
Is James Comey the least self-aware person in the US?
He certainly has high self-regard, tho... like most people with minimal self-awareness
Of Course Most Immigrants Come from Shithole Countries. So What?
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country?
Shitholers of the World Are Making America Great
What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right
Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills
New Jersey’s New Governor Aggressively Favors Illegal Immigrants
Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters.
Putin Pals Panic Over US "Corrupt Oligarchs" List, Begin Liquidating Assets
It’s official: US withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid, demands UN re-examination
Tuesday, January 16. 2018
London’s Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One. (h/t Insty)
Is it possible for humans to have a transcendent moral code if they no longer believe in an afterlife?
Nope. You can have a code to live by, but not necessarily a transcendent one. Or can you?
UW-Madison bias reporting system ‘clogged with pettiness and tattling,’ think tank finds
It's like SWATting, isn't it?
UNC-Charlotte, along with outside organizations like Planned Parenthood, is co-sponsoring the school's first-ever "Sex Week," featuring events like “f*** like your life depends on it” and “cookies and condoms.”
The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari - Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.
Would be better if men were gentlemen and women were ladies, but that train left the station a while ago.
NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming
Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health
How Hard Is It To Comply With The Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements?
THE BIGGEST SECRET - My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
Jesse Jackson praises and thanks Donald Trump for a lifetime of service to African Americans
Love Him Or Hate Him, Trump Deserves Credit For Booming Economy
Abbas Curses Trump: ‘May Your House Be Destroyed’
Is Facebook 'Championing' Blasphemy Laws Across Europe?
Monday, January 15. 2018
At Zero Hedge:
Good question. What have the lefties done to effect the lives of urban black Americans in 50 years other than enough free stuff to thrive? That is Trump's argument to them. Trump is no racist at all. He just expects a lot out of everybody. He's been an employer in private business, so he is tough. So are we all, regardless of skin tone. Just my perspective, of course. I hire and fire more frequently than I would like, of all colors.
"My very small puppy in this fight says that there is a lot in Science that lets all of us live longer and better lives while there is a lot in Christianity that lets us live deeper and more meaningful lives."
MacDonald: Policing Sexual Desire - The #MeToo movement’s impossible premise
About a dozen people arrested for feeding the homeless in El Cajon park
Bill Clinton Says Haiti Relief Funds Didn’t Pay for Chelsea’s Wedding… Then Wikileaks Drops This Bomb
Fiat Chrysler Bringing Back Jobs And Giving Bonuses, Too
Don't Look Now, But Minority Unemployment Is At Record Lows Under Trump
MLK Jr would be delighted, I think
Who ‘Dreamers’ Really Are and Why They Cost $26B Over 10 Years
Lindsey Graham to Americans: Your Country Belongs to the World
Why Tyler Cowan wants lots of immigration
Chain Migration Expected to Add 8M Potential Foreign-Born Voters to U.S. Electorate over Next Two Decades
A reader asks a good question: “Would it make a difference if he’d said ‘hellholes’? How else would liberals describe these God-forsaken places?”
Related, See this
Migrants fleeing to Canada: Go home
Saturday, January 13. 2018
Z-man covers a lot of ground in an interesting way. Trump, immigration, ghetto life, patriarchy, etc.
What's your opinion of this Baltimore guy?
Chefs and Servers Reveal the 15 Things They'd Never Order at a Restaurant
In my view, always order soup in a good French restaurant
The People Who I Imagine Live in the New High-Rise in My Neighborhood
Cheops' pyramid: Is there an iron throne in the newly discovered chamber?
Academics Proclaim Numbers, Math, and Statistics to Be Racist, Propose Alternative
Mike Rowe Destroys Woman Who Wants Him Fired For Being ‘Ultra-Right Wing Conservative’
Nancy Pelosi Scoffs At ‘Crumb’ Bonuses By U.S. Companies As A Result Of Tax Cuts
"But if the anti-Trump movement has a crippling defect, it’s smugness, and Wolff’s book reflects and richly feeds it."
Trump has his enemies dancing to his tune with 's-hole countries' comments
Friday, January 12. 2018
The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4, or so they claim. But a new clinical approach offers hope.
Not much hope, but a little bit. A strong sadistic streak is not equivalent to sociopathy, and there is some evil in everybody.
Obviously, Thousands of Irish Teens Need to Be Hauled to Court for Their Own Good and Put on Sex Offender Lists
Finding Faith at Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash saw his famous concert as an opportunity for redemption.
Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'
I blame climate change
There is no path for anything effective
New York City, Which Uses A Lot Of Fossil Fuels, Decides To Sue Fossil Fuels Companies Over Climate Change Scam
If they really cared, they would just ban all fossil fuel use. It would be interesting. Would DeBlasio have to walk to his unheated gym?
Is monetary value the right way to think about higher ed?
Jay Leno Opens Up About the "Depressing" Nature of Late-Night Today
Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us. New report blames elitist national party for alienating voters, and threatening the party's chances in 2020.
Pew: US media bias ranks most biased in the world
Google’s New ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Partisan Garbage - The tech giant is dishonestly manipulating perceptions about conservative sites before people even read them.
California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda - From immigration to the environment and recreational cannabis, state leaders and activists are finding paths to circumvent the administration. Will it work?
BREAKING: Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ Caught Synchronizing Anti-Trump Classified Leaks to Liberal Media
Carr: Clinton’s dodgy dossier is way worse than Watergate
UH OH: Yale Psychiatry Professor Who Wants Trump Examined Has No License
American Psychiatric Association calls for end to ‘arm chair’ psychiatry amid Trump speculation
Of Trump, Holes, and Our Real Immigration Scandals
Trump goes Archie Bunker. Both from Queens... Trump: “Why Are We Having All These People From Sh*Thole Countries Come Here?” That's what everybody wonders.
Guy trolls the press like a very stable genius
Ted Kennedy had promised no immigrants from shithole countries
No, The EU Is Not Militarizing Africa To Halt Migration, But Simply To Organize It
VIENNA POLICE CHARGE 3 MEN FOR WAVING ISRAELI FLAG AT RALLY
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Thursday, January 11. 2018
‘I went to my first orgy and loved it’
Sounds Roman. Might be good fun. Toga! Toga!
A Peek Behind the Scenes at Google
Here's What Happens When Three Professional Soccer Players Go Against 100 Kids
Middle class neighborhoods are the lifeblood of cities
I agree with Vanderleun that Woodpile Report is always interesting
Why James Rosen was fired from FOX
Catherine Deneuve on #MeToo
Anchor babies: Birth tourism brings Russian baby boom to Miami
Anchor babies: Chinese flock to USA to give birth to U.S. citizens
Bad people working the system. Unworthy of citizenship, same as illegals
Why Is There So Much Government Hostility to Private Charity?
Slacking For Social Justice
Obama non-library ‘presidential center’ in Chicago devolving into a fiasco
Chicago profs blast 'socially regressive' Obama Center plan
Sad people, those Clintons
HOW HILLARY’S FBI ALLIES UNDERMINED TRUMP BEFORE THE ELECTION - The swamp’s secrets, lies and media leaks.
10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS Senate Testimony
MSNBC's Matthews Compares Trump's Family To Child Rapists, Murderers, Drug Users
After a week of Fire and Fury, Trump is a very stable genius
Donald Trump—the Grownup in the Room on Immigration
Utilities Cutting Rates, Cite Benefits Of Trump Tax Reform
United States To Leapfrog Russia In 2018 As The World's Top Oil Producer
After DACA Comments, Tucker Asks Trump: ‘What Was The Point Of Running For President?’
Wednesday, January 10. 2018
NY Gov calls for mandatory food pantries on every campus
A NEW CAMPUS AILMENT–WHITE CIVILITY
HOW TO BEAT THE CIS-CULTURE BY MAKING UP PROGRESSIVE WORDS - The more new identities you take on, the less likely you will miss the one you have lost.
Shrinks vs. Trump
Why Liberals Need to Look Down on Conservatives
Obama at odds with community organizers over plans for presidential library - Ex-president is ‘indulging himself’ by building ‘monument along the lakefront,’ Univ. of Chicago political scientist says
The whole thing about presidential libraries is revolting
CNN's Wolf Blitzer showers praise on Trump for opening up immigration meeting to press
Joe Scarborough: Democrats Tell Me They Think Bill Clinton Raped Juanita Broaddrick
Proof the Dems no longer need the Clintons
Fusion GPS Admits Under Oath They Collude with Liberal Media
Rep. Dave Brat on DACA: I Don’t Think Dems Want to Shut Down the Gov’t ‘In Exchange for Giving Illegals Citizenship’
GOP ‘Bill of Love’ Immigration Bill To End Chain Migration, Visa Lottery, Catch-and-Release
MUELLER LAYS A TRAP
Hamas explosives chief accidentally blows himself up
It’s Time to Bomb North Korea - Destroying Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal is still in America’s national interest.
I'd favor regime change instead. China could easily do that
Remembering the Tet Offensive
Tuesday, January 9. 2018
Damore et al vs. Google: At Powerline, Up From Google
I did find the document. It makes for fun reading.
Photo is from a buddy who took a newbie skiing in CT on the weekend. Cold winter sports are great fun. Skiing is almost equal to sex, but it's (skiing) more of a hassle. Outdoor skating and pick-up hockey is a blast. Paddle is also, if you don't have a bum shoulder like I do. Our local paddle courts have been packed every night for the past week. Best thing about 5 degree (F) outdoor sports? Beers later. Winter is for outdoor fun.
Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined
Silicon Valley Moonbats Pay Through the Nose to Poison Themselves with Raw Water
Water out of the pond, no vaccines - brilliant
Psychologist: Having best friends should be banned because it’s ‘exclusionary’
Marijuana Should Be Legal, Even If We Don't Like It
I agree with that. Bruce doesn't
Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance
Tough SOB: SAS soldier 'chopped off ISIS thug's head with SHOVEL and used his gun to kill more militants' - The British sergeant was said to have run out of ammunition during a bloody battle in Afghanistan
In happier days for the company, when Sears, Roebuck introduced its first catalogue, it generated as much disruption to the retail industry of the time as Amazon has today.
How Activists Took Control of a University: The Case Study of Evergreen State
Canada's Carbon Taxes, Other Boondoggles Add Pain to Record Cold Winter
In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future
Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Freeze’
Why established businesses love government regulation
Mattis on War, Tyranny, Revolution and Body Counts
The 3.1% gap between the jobless rate for blacks (6.8%) and whites (3.7%) in December was also the narrowest black-white jobless rate gap going back to January 1972
Why do 'Temporary Protected Status' refugees need 18 months to leave America?
Trump Shocks World by Insisting “Temporary” Means Temporary
It's just that simple: If you don't like your voters, get new ones
With D.C. Distracted, Immigration Debate Reaches Critical Point
New Department Of Labor Report Reveals Rampant Embezzlement By Union Employees Around U.S.
How the federal tax overhaul could reshape state budgets
Economy: Trump crazy like a fox
Surprise: When The Government Goes To War Against The Economy, The Economy Fails To Grow
Jobs are going begging out there - they will hire anybody
Trump the politician:
Frau Merkel gets a lesson in free speech
GERMAN ENERGY POLICY ON THE ROCKS
What We Get For the Hundreds of Millions We Give To Terrorists
Monday, January 8. 2018
How to get out of super-tight parking spaces. When you've got someplace to be, and other cars have boxed you in...there's a way out!
Good review of Dylan singing Sinatra
Watch this dog go sledding - by himself
Amusement park rides in China
MALE sex robots will be “the next big thing” in 2018, a world leading AI cyborg maker has revealed.
John Young, 'most experienced' US astronaut, dies at 87
Mount Washington: Winds on this mountain in the US will make it feel like -67C
Pot is dangerous, not funny -- a doctor tells us why
BLUE STATES SEARCH FOR WAYS TO PRESERVE SUBSIDIES
In one big week, Trump delivers for conservatives
DC Press Corps KNEW For a FULL YEAR Hillary Clinton Was Behind Russia Dossier – HID IT FROM PUBLIC
That Yale shrink made it up. Now she's in hiding from the press.
Doesn't seem to care either. Another victim of TDS. See Don’t Let ‘Fire And Fury’ Normalize ‘Fake But Accurate’
NYTimes: Boycott Drive Put Israel on a Blacklist. Now Israel Has One of Its Own.
Czech President: The Culture Of These Migrants Is Basically Incompatible With Europe
"Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."
Saturday, January 6. 2018
Chance Blackbeard Discovery Reveals Pirate Reading Habits
The other Queen mother: She spent two years in an asylum, then became a nun. A new documentary explores the unconventional life of the Queen’s mother-in-law, Princess Alice
Blockchain technology behind bitcoin is worth it
Canadians Shocked When Minimum Wage Hike Negatively Impacts Workers
Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis’
Met Museum changes 50 year-old policy: Non-New Yorkers must pay
I'm going there today. NY in winter is almost as much fun as NY in summer.
Is the hunt for bad men looking like the inquisition?
Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement 'Virtually Nonexistent' Among College Students
Muslims to become second-largest religious group in US, says report - The Muslim population in the US is growing at a rate of around 100,000 per year
A Libertarian Quandary on Pot, Federalism, and the Rule of Law
Follow the UK Model for Entitlement Reform
Makes some sense. Almost everybody can do something useful. As I said before, we have a Down's gal bagging at my grocery 8 hrs/day, every day. A cheerful presence who clearly loves feeling useful.
What should we do with the people whose work is unwanted or unneeded?
On the other hand, Filling America's 6 Million Job Vacancies
ONE MILLION Americans (and counting) will receive tax reform bonuses
Senior Hillary Adviser Tells Students He’s Nervous They Will Like The Tax Cuts And Vote Republican
African-American unemployment hits lowest rate in history
Co-head of the DNC. That tells you something.
Persecutors or prosecutors? Cliven Bundy-FBI debacle: Another example of why the feds need to be leashed
The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can't be sure if parts of it are true
The Wolff Book Proves It: Our Journalists Stink
Yes it does. Nevertheless, Trump sells! He might even help rescue the news business by being so colorful and outspoken.
Trump boasts that he’s ‘like, really smart’ and a ‘very stable genius’ amid questions over his mental fitness
FBI Knew The ‘Bleach Bit’ Computer Guy Lied In Clinton Email Testimony, Gave Him Immunity
Just how political is the FBI?
Now We Know: FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton
Israel Is Offering Illegal Immigrants $3,500 And A Plane Ticket To Leave
Middle East's dull response to US's Jerusalem decision shouldn't come as a surprise
Finland at 100—Frozen by Fear, Dragged to a Multicultural Grave
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