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
Tuesday, September 17. 2019
A US Social Security card is specifically not to be used for identification. All it means is that you are enrolled in a forced government retirement program. They are easily and frequently faked. So I am confused.
Does anyone have one anymore? Of course, I have a number. But a card? That little piece of paper? That little piece of paper that you are not allowed to laminate? Are you kidding me? I always thought that thing was just to inform me about my gummint number. Why didn't they tattoo it on my forearm, or implant me with an ID chip?
Guess what? You need the card to get your REAL ID driver's license. And in 2020, everybody who is legit will need a REAL ID license. Only illegals will have trouble getting that.
To get your card, go to the Social Security website, fill out the form, and print it out. Then you have to go in person to a local SS office with other ID info and they will eventually mail you a replacement card.
Then, with your brand new SS card, you can go to your DMV, wait in line, and get your REAL ID license. Fun.
I do not mind much that the US wants to determine who is legit and who is not, but who can take off work time for this gummint BS? Time is money. Really, at this point the gummint knows everything about me anyway.
I already spent an hour getting my TSA Pre-check number. That cost me money - $85 plus loss of billable hours. Global Entry? That's even more of a hassle. I'd like to have it, but take a day off from work to get it? Not gonna happen. Alas, I just do not spend that much time in airports.
The Complete Evergreen Story Ep. 12: ‘F**K The Police’
Evergreen is the most racist campus ever. Black and brown students at risk. That gal can barely read.
With video, at Althouse. Amusing too.
Like many New Yorkers, he has an old fondness for the paper, hates what she has become.
3 mental blocks that keep you from doing what you say you want to do
Do the data support the idea that porn can have negative influences?
Ban on Eating Dogs and Cats Blocked in UK — It Might Offend Asian Migrants
LA Times Says We Must Get Rid Of All Fossil Fuels, And Prepare For Sacrifice
Duke student senate denies Christian org recognition over traditional beliefs
MSNBC: ‘There Are People In Power Who Want … [Blacks] To Drink From Certain Water Fountains’
The Democrat debate was terrifying. Who are these people?
MC: Evaluation Of Elizabeth Warren As Potential Democratic Candidate For President
VDH: Trumped Out? After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing.
The media has officially lost its damn mind
Washington Post says it passed on New York Times’ now-revised Kavanaugh story
Ex-MSNBC host Krystal Ball says former network has 'done real damage to the left' during Trump era by 'conspiracy theorizing'
Democrats Call For Kavanaugh’s Impeachment. Lindsey Graham Wrecks Them.
Brett Kavanaugh is getting the Title IX treatment
Dem McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG’s FISA report: ‘The closest we’ve ever seen to a coup’
Europe’s Virtues Will Be Its Undoing
Soldiers without a country: We're finally honoring South Vietnamese who fought with us
Monday, September 16. 2019
And she never met me! Or my girlfriend, and yet she knows us ao well.
Too much work.
Morning: Impeach Kavanaugh
Afternoon: Why bother pursuing a career and marriage if climate change? It's hopeless.
Four Cheers for Incandescent Light Bulbs
Autism: The children of Donor H898
BBC Tells Kids 'People Can Go to Prison' For Disrespecting 'More Than 100' Gender Identities
Your kids do not belong to you
Rage has free speech under siege on the American campus
It's not "rage." It's cry-bullying. Probably fun, but not dignified.
Powerline: WHAT IS SOCIALISM?
Beto: Texans Told Me They Don’t Need Their AR-15s And Would Give Them Up
Chris Coons: Beto O’Rourke’s Call For Gun Confiscation Last Night Will Be Used Against Our Party For Years
OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy As Dozens Of States Decline Proposed Settlement
Bernie Sanders Doubles Down On Promise Of ‘Free’ Healthcare And College For The ‘Undocumented’
Is there any way to become de-documented?
Michelle Malkin: End to Refugee Resettlement ‘Long Overdue’ After Americans Have Gotten No Say
Dopey Former Bartender Says “Miami Will Not Exist” in Few Years if We Don’t Obliterate Economy with Her Green New Deal
New Book: Christine Blasey Ford’s Friend Leland Keyser Doesn’t Believe Her
Ford's lawyer thinks she was a faker
An Interview with The Trayvon Hoax Director Joel Gilbert
Another Smollett-style fake hate crime blaming MAGA busted
DEMOCRATS HAVEN’T GIVEN UP ON SMEARING KAVANAUGH
That’s Weird: Fake News Is Pushing Already Debunked Story by Drunk Kavanaugh Accuser – They Must be VERY WORRIED About Ginsburg’s Prognosis
More MSNBC fakery
Back Off from the ‘Resist’ Nonsense
DOJ Files A Devastating Brief Exposing Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry Scam
2020 Democrats hate Trump’s China trade war. Too bad they don’t have any better ideas.
The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong
I hope not
How the European Union Lost Its Luster
Sunday, September 15. 2019
Scott Adams interpret's Trump's tweet, like this:
"I may be a bully, a dick, a jerk, obnoxious, and immature, but if I am, I am a bully for America, a jerk for America, immature for America; a dick for you, a bully for you, etc. You don't have to like me personally. If you like the results, I'm good with that."
Saturday, September 14. 2019
13 Copycat Recipes Inspired by the Royal Family
*The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us*
Western Couple Travel to Middle East to Prove It ‘Gets a Bad Rap’ — End Up in Iranian Prison
New York City's 1% Solution
Cuomo’s war on pipelines means pain for little people
Osama Bin Laden's Son Killed In US Operation: White House
In debate, Democrats steer clear of economy
Trump’s Only Real Weakness Is His Style
Trump Trolls Media Saying Efficient Light Bulbs Make Him Look Orange; Mainstream News and Leftists Take Bait
No Matter Who Wins in 2020, There Will Be Blood
Friday, September 13. 2019
" Hell is never far when fanatics are determined to create heaven on earth, especially when technology is available to apparently make their visions come true."
Photo: A handsome Osprey in Long Island Sound, preparing for his flight to Florida or the Caribbean. Ospreys go south in Sept.
Harold Lloyd’s Death-Defying Comedy - “With comedy, trouble is one of the greatest ingredients because there are so many variations to it,” the silent film actor told one scholar.
Hubble telescope spies water raining on distant world
It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Party Doll
Dispersing the clouds of the vape panic myth - Illicit THC products are the problem
Vaping: A Moral Panic - The hysteria must end.
Sheesh, no thanks
Ship of horrors: life and death on the lawless high seas
Teaching That America Is Hopelessly Racist
Welfare Reform’s Payoff - New data from the Census Bureau shows that female-headed households are lifting themselves out of poverty through work.
ARE BLACKS MOVING TOWARDS THE CENTER AS THEIR PARTY LURCHES TO THE LEFT?
Blue State Blues: Trump Proves Growth, Not Redistribution, Helps Black Americans
Not blacks - everybody
How One Journalist Covered Robert Mugabe’s Rise to Power: Cue the Carrier Pigeon
Whatever happens in the world, the answer is always mass migration to the US
El Salvador sends hundreds of police to border to thwart migrants
Christine Blasey Ford’s Father Told Brett Kavanaugh’s Father He Was Glad He Was Confirmed
TIME Editor, MSNBC Host Agree: Don’t Give Voice To Climate Change Dissenters, ‘There’s No Debate’….
CNN vs. What the Science Says
CNN’s big ‘mistakes’ all run in one direction: anti-Trump
Trump's Trade War Is a Loser for America - The president’s economic agenda is harming U.S. businesses and consumers.
Not if some good comes of it
Trade War a Weapon Against China's Spy War
Trump “Becoming Presidential” Would Be His Doom
Bill Maher Laments The ‘Cancer On Progressivism’ As Democrats ‘Race To The Far Left’ - "I don’t think you’re gonna win this election."
Joe Biden’s Platform Illustrates The Breakneck Speed Democrats Are Lurching Left
US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal
The Air Force Just Dropped 80,000 Pounds of Bombs on Island 'Infested' with ISIS Fighters
Is England Still Part of Europe?
Thursday, September 12. 2019
Not in reality. Not the way the world works except in daydreams.
Image via Ace
Cool ways to serve eggs
What does 'living fully' mean? Welcome to the age of pseudo-profound nonsense
From a 46er friend, Adirondack hiking
Taking the Ham Out of Hamburger
Those Plant-Based “Burgers” Aren’t Better For You, So Why Are You Eating Them?
How Conservatives Can Protect the Environment and Win Voters, Too. Making America beautiful is part of making America great.
Environmental Playacting - Today’s youth will fight climate change, we’re told—but they’re no more willing to give up luxuries than anyone else.
Oh To Be a Democrat in New Jersey
Dems Secretly Trained Thousands of Activists to Manipulate Media, Clinton Library Docs Show - DNC coordinated with activists to 'infiltrate' talk radio
Target: New York. Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Islamist extremism doesn’t make much news—but it’s not for lack of trying.
CNN Anchor John Avlon Uses 9/11 To Argue ‘Right-Wing Terrorists’ Represent Biggest Threat To U.S.
Commemorating a lie
MSNBC Anchor Asks Condoleezza Rice If Russia’s Interference Elected Trump; Rice Leaves Her Speechless
Buzz: IG Report Is ‘Being Circulated Inside And Outside’ Of The DOJ And Finds That FISA Warrants Were Illegally Obtained
Trump Caves to Lindsey Graham; U.S. Troops To Stay the Neverending Course in Afghanistan
EU Accused Of Fascism After "Protecting Our European Way Of Life" Commissioner Announced
Wednesday, September 11. 2019
DID WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM 9/11? Or are we still sleeping?
New York Times Says ‘Airplanes’ Killed Thousands On 9-11 — Forgets To Mention Islamic Terrorists
Amazon Has 30,000 Open Jobs. Yes, You Read That Right.
In its tireless struggle to innovate, fashion is turning to mass customisation. Luke Leitch examines a trend which is both very new and very old
In Hawaii, Protest Of Planned Giant Telescope Continues
The real story behind 'The Spy,' Sacha Baron Cohen's new Netflix series
Government policy and The Cobra Effect
FBI Arrests Top FEMA Administrator, Two Others For Hurricane Maria Relief Fraud
Betsy DeVos’s Extraordinary Crackdown on Michigan State
Left Wing Students Cry Foul as U. Texas Removes Campus Free Speech Zones
California Stops Disruptive Students From Being Suspended
DEM CONTENDERS RALLY AROUND A CARBON TAX, MAY SOON REGRET IT
Hey Democratic Candidates: Are You Going To Ban All Fossil Fuels?
UN Claims Human Rights Violations From ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
ILLINOIS INCOME TAX HIKES FAILED TO FIX STATE FINANCES
Liberal Supreme Court justices vote in lockstep, not the conservative justices
Michelle Malkin’s 10-Step Action Plan From Open Borders, Inc: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?
No, Rachel, there is no Russia Russia Russia!
Don’t Waver, Deplorables! Washington Will Never Accept Trump
President Trump Is Making History For Black Colleges And Universities
The roots of Brexit go back to the Spanish Armada
Tuesday, September 10. 2019
Mother Teresa's 15 Tips to Help You Become More Humble
Open Letter to the Gender-Confused Dude in the Beard and Lipstick: My Kid Is Going to Stare. Get Over It
From Sussex, England, to New England, Gender Activists Are Losing
New York Times Cheers 12-Year-Old Drag Queen…
This professor has helped guide 1,000 youths into transgender identities
It’s Now “Incendiary” To Say There Are Two Genders
Ship with Climate Change Warriors caught in ice, Warriors evacuated
Central Bankers Against Climate Change
Even Bjorn Lomborg Douses Climate Alarmism
New Yorker: We Can’t Prevent the Climate Apocalypse
What global warming? Obama to buy Martha’s Vineyard waterfront mansion
Judge Reinstates Nationwide Halt on Trump Asylum Policy Plan
As Trump Enforces Federal Law On Border, Asylum Mooches Find Other Nations To Head To
Here's What the Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry Will Look Like
Trump is a witch
Nadler Accuses Trump of ‘Crimes and Corruption’ – Schedules Vote on Procedures For Impeachment Investigation Against Trump
Senator Elizabeth Warren Promises to Rebuild Russian Economy, Grow China’s Influence and Support Maduro Regime in Venezuela…
JUDICIAL WATCH: NEW STATE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS REVEAL LAST-MINUTE EFFORTS BY OBAMA STATE DEPARTMENT TO UNDERMINE PRESIDENT TRUMP
China's Social Credit System
Harry Kazianis: China is the new evil empire, and Trump is using Reagan's playbook to defeat it
Monday, September 9. 2019
Everybody knows we do not use that term anymore in public. It's been a kerfuffle this past week.
Interestingly, "Mental Retardation" was introduced as a euphemism for uglier terms, as it seemed to imply slower, but not unable. The currect correct term is "intellectual disability".
However, in casual conversation, people still say "I'm retarded" after foolish actions.
Does guzzling diet soda lead to an early demise?
I am skeptical
68% of the World’s Population Will Live in Urban Areas by 2050. Can Cities Adapt?
Howard Zinn's American Holocaust
Coddling college campuses and a crippled culture - If the snowflake insanity persists, so will the demand for 'safe spaces'
High gasoline prices: Isn't that what the left wanted?
Chick-fil-A opens first international store as eager customers step over bodies of 'die-in' protesters
TRUMP HONORS JERRY WEST, NEW YORK TIMES IMPLIES RACISM
At Am. Thinker:
Joe Biden in New Hampshire: “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuel” …Idiot Leftists Clap Like Monkeys
20,000 new NYC homes/businesses NEED natural gas before winter but pipeline blockades won’t allow it…climate activism/energy ignorance roll the dice with thousands of lives at stake
Soccer Team Tells Couple Flying Betsy Ross Flag: Take It Down, It's A Symbol Of Hatred And Intolerance
Kamala: Forcing Gun Owners Into Buyback Programs? Count Me In!
De Blasio wants to snuff out charter schools — the bright light of NYC schools
Save us from the pointless burdens of the TSA
I am still annoyed they took my dangerous jar of Amish mustard at the Columbus airport
6.2 Million Americans Drop off Food Stamps Under Trump — Saving the Country $750 Million Annually
That sounds good
Baltimore On Track For Record Homicides As City Descends Into Chaos
City needs a Giuliani
Climate Experts Want More Nuclear Power. Sanders And Warren Pledged To Eliminate It
The Russia Hoax: What Obama and Brennan knew, and when they knew it.
Anti-Trump dossier played role in launching probe, contrary to Comey, FBI claims
Democrats Preparing to Resume Push for Impeachment
For what is unclear
IT'S NOT A STORY UNLESS THERE'S A TRUMP-BASHING ANGLE
Saturday, September 7. 2019
Elite Failure Has Brought Americans to the Edge of an Existential Crisis - The nuclear family, God, and national pride are a holy trinity of the American identity. What would happen if a generation gave up on all three?
America’s aging population is leading to a doctor shortage crisis
Everything is a crisis nowadays
Porsche's 750 HP Tesla-Killer Has Landed... And Elon Is Getting Nervous
Black Unemployment Hits Record Low, Black-White Unemployment Gap Shrinks to Smallest Ever
Betsy DeVos wants to make sure another Larry Nassar isn't possible
USC prioritizes belly dancing course over mandatory Constitution course
Academia today. But isn't belly dancing a cultural appropriation?
Which Is Worth More, an Eagle or a Human?
Mexico Boosts Deportation Of Migrants Heading To US By 63%
De Blasio Wants To Seize Semi-Automatic Rifles From Citizens, But His Bodyguards Can Keep Theirs
Thing is, I am my own bodyguard
A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire- The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history. Who’s Moses?
The ‘Simple’ Homeless Solution - As California cities are overrun with homeless encampments, progressives tout an easy fix that isn’t easy, won’t work, and will cost a fortune.
DNC Resolution Takes Aim at Christians, Warning Against 'Religious Liberty'
Sufferers from Rufuspetasumphobia
Why 2020 Democrats’ plans on climate change are pure fantasy
Via City Journal:
Trump’s nastiness is making him look weak
Yeah, kinda not a good look
Trump Administration Considering Increase in Biofuels Mandates
Shock and Awe: The Financial Times meets the real Jeremy Corbyn
European Central Bank to put climate change at its core
UN Global Comms Chief Says Illegally Entering The U.S. Is A Right
The possibility of decoupling the US from China manufacturing
Friday, September 6. 2019
Photo from a friend in Denver
Five Things They Don’t Tell You about Slavery
Is Political Activism Responsible for the Decline of the Episcopal Church?
The Washington Post’s lost summer
Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime
Christine Blasey-Ford's Attorney: My Client Was Motivated to Make Claims Against Kavanaugh Partly to Protect Roe V. Wade
Storming Back to the Impeachment Charade
Democrats Blame Global Warming on Meat, Air Travel, and Business at CNN's "Climate Crisis" Town Hall, and Then CNN Airs Ads F the Decline of the Episcopal Church?
Democrat Climate Change Cult: Ban Everything!… Plastic Straws, Factory Farming, Hamburgers, Incandescent Light bulbs.. ‘There Will be Pain’
Buttigieg Compares Climate Change Issues To Winning World War II:“Perhaps Even More Challenging Than That”…
Brexit Has Its Risks. But Staying In The EU Is Now Unthinkable.
Thursday, September 5. 2019
Photo: Mile 8 of Gwynnie's 11 mile driveway in the Sierras this week
Opioid Ruling Bodes Trouble for All Businesses
Vermonters Strive to Preserve Their Culture against False Charges of Racism
CA Bill Would Bar Schools From Suspending Students For Defying Teachers
THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIASCO OF WIND ENERGY
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules
Government should get out of the flood insurance business
Emory U. professor claims recent hurricanes are ‘man-made’
Big 2020 Problem For Democrats: Shrinking Labor Unions
New York Times Blames Sexism For Failure Of 2020 Dem Gillibrand
Kamala Harris Wants To Ban Plastic Straws…
Elizabeth Warren comes out against nuclear power
Elizabeth Warren Resurrects Her ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Speech in New Hampshire
CAN AMERICANS STILL CO-EXIST?
Max Boot displays TDS, a bad case of it
Trump punches up:
Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill - Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.
DECEIVING THE SKY - Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy
Wednesday, September 4. 2019
Renoir and the foolishness of chronological snobbery - The latest irony in the spread of ‘cancel culture’ comes courtesy of The New Yorker
Do Lobsters Feel Pain? In Switzerland, it's illegal to boil a lobster alive
More than 30 states are looking at a Google antitrust probe
Thoughts of a hungry but woke white man
Dalrymple reflects on Epstein
What Happened to the Epstein Story?
Prof claims that he is blinded by his whiteness
This Labor Day, Unions Are Gunning for Workers' Free Speech Rights
Union Bosses Fear Workers Will Stick with Trump: ‘It’s a Serious Problem’
The Poorest 20% of Americans Are Richer on Average Than Most Nations of Europe
Meet the World Expert on All Things: Tom Nichols
Democracy in Trump’s America - Political lessons from an unlikely comparison
Trump Supporters Have ALL The Moral High Ground. Don’t Cede One Inch Of It To The Left.
Comey criticism nowhere to be found in New York Times
Inspector General’s Report Exposes Another ‘Collusion’ Myth - The Michael Flynn “thing” President Trump discussed with James Comey in 2017 wasn’t Russian collusion. It was the bogus Logan Act claim.
Who Is Ursula von der Leyen?
Tuesday, September 3. 2019
How Many Humps on a Camel? In Kazakhstan, It’s Complicated
Decades of sedentary lifestyle may double risk of early death, study says
Cause or effect?
CNN falsely pushes claims that ‘climate crisis is making hurricanes more dangerous’
Atlantic: People Should Stop Taking ‘Far-Flung Vacations’ To Save The Planet
Ethanol fight divides key groups in Trump's base
Ethanol is an Iowa scam. Is there no better use of cropland than to destroy our engines?
Mother Jones: Here’s Why I’m No Longer Thrilled by Carbon Tax Plans
What the Jewish Left Needs to Understand About Working People
How US Universities' "Assault On American Excellence" Threatens Democracy
Demonizing The Founders, Again
Powerline's Hayward loves George Will's new book
University researcher claims she can communicate with plants
A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire - The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history. Who’s Moses?
Air conditioning around the world
Milano Wants To Know Why Self-Defense Is God-Given Right. Cruz Educates Her.
China seeks to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 national election with the help from who else? Americans
Italy In Decline
Grateful London Immigrant Says “English Is a Dirty Word” and British Flag represents Racism
Growing Number Of Governments Shutting Down The Internet To Squash Dissent…
Monday, September 2. 2019
Brief quote from her column this week:
On Labor Day 2019, Americans Strongly Support Unions, Just Not Belonging
‘Hire the Best People, Not the Best Resumes’
Here’s Why Housing Is So Expensive
Hudson Yards Retail Center Set to Draw Over 20M Annual Visitors
It's just a high-end mall
NOAA debunks assertions that global warming has spurred more hurricanes
GET READY FOR A HURRICANE OF NONSENSE
How fuzzy science fooled Macron and his G-7 cronies on Amazon dangers
New York is running out of fuel and power — just as Cuomo planned
Sorry Folks, It Isn't Grandma's Codeine Prescription That Is Fueling The "Opioid Crisis," It's China And Mexico And A Porous Border
David Gelernter Takes On Darwinism
Darwin and Wallace were probably right about species, but can't explain entirely new phyla
Ann Coulter: Can't America have a little self-respect on immigration?
In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media
Hate and envy
Pure hate speech
Anti-Trump Talking Points All Aligned, Check This Out…
VICIOUS HOLLYWOOD, THEN AND NOW
Black Church Sign in Birmingham, Alabama: “A Black Vote for Trump Is Mental Illness, A White Vote for Trump is Pure Racism”
Crazy, psychotic hate
Coming Legal Attractions
UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSORS, TRUMP GETS CHINA
What Was Free about Our Trade Relationship with China before Trump?
European Dreams Vs. Mass Migration:
So why accepting of Islamic "roots"?
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