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, January 17. 2017
Could You Have Two Perfectly Identical Snowflakes?
January is Divorce Month
At SDA: "Riddle: I pay 2.76 cents/L CO2 tax to dry corn to make wet-milled ethanol to displace gasoline to fight climate change. Why is my bum sore?"
Will 2017 be the year of Right to Work?
Ignorant pundits, like David Brooks
Fun items in The Week That Perished
Faking History to Make the Black Kids Feel Good
University Hosts MLK Day Teach-In on 'Oppressive Fashion Trends'
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which Is the Biggest Moocher State of All?
Martin O’Malley Compares Trump To Hitler, KKK
How Chuck Schumer Caused Bank Collapse Dems Now Blame On Trump’s Treasury Nominee
An inauguration full of protesters protesting an election
Clinton Inc exposed for what it was
Press always left it alone
Finally, a Republican Leader Playing Offense
Major Media Ignored or Downplayed Trump’s Meeting with MLK III
Monday, January 16. 2017
Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years
Three-ring circus - Greatest Show on Earth - Saw it twice I think. Yuge!
Single Mom Builds An Entire House For Her Family Using YouTube Tutorials
California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun
Clinton Foundation Laying Off Workers – Shutting Down Global Initiative Amid Ongoing Investigations
" The Associated Press cites a study based on Federal Reserve data showing that "millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated". They are on track to be poorer than their parents despite all that progress."
Everything free in the brave new world
Toronto Sun Accuses Trudeau of Gross Green Hypocrisy
Whoever Puzder is, they’re against him
Obama and His Movement Prepare to Challenge President Trump
Donald Trump Invites Critics to Pray at Inauguration
How most doctors, patients will benefit from ObamaCare reform:
Klavan: My Strange Trumpian Glee
Kimball: A Modest Disposal
Sunday, January 15. 2017
I think VDH has a foot in both worlds. He discusses: Trump and the American Divide - How a lifelong New Yorker became tribune of the rustics and deplorables
I did vote from Donald Trump, not because I approve of him as a person but as an imperfect messenger. Messengers are always imperfect.
Saturday, January 14. 2017
Linda Bean is quite the entrepreneur.
LL Bean is a wonderful store with excellent footwear and outerwear, fine hunting and fishing gear, etc. Not high end, and eminently practical stuff. Excellent return and repair policies. They will stand by their outerwear and footwear, even after ten years.
Their winter sale is on now.
Outside Truckee, big rig driver handles jackknifed big rig like a boss (with video)
SJWs Claim Sandwich Invented in U.S. Is Being Culturally Appropriated by Americans
We need these people for daily humor
A pied a terre: Bezos buys largest house in DC
Midwestern Legislators Take Aim at Academic Tenure-for-Life
American millennials paid 20% lower salaries than baby boomers at same age
Millions Escape to States With Right-to-Work Laws and No Income Taxes
And bring their blue culture with them
Coerced equality and the power of the state
Protesters planning to blockade inauguration checkpoints, 'party' outside Pence home
I hate spying on Americans. We pay for it
Why the left hates Trump so intensely
BAD NEWS AND GOOD NON–NEWS: ISRAELI ARABS AND WESTERN VALUES
End the UNRWA Farce - As president, Trump should defund the agency perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem.
Friday, January 13. 2017
For the first time in decades, American voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church...
The country elected a bull for the effete china shop of the greedy federal government and all of its sinecures and parasites. At least, thought they did. Entertaining, too. Big cojones, a Honey Badger, a tough crude person for our times. A common-sense liberal, I believe, to restore some balance of sanity. Good circus for all news junkies and big $ for the networks. Reality TV.
Half the country, it seems, is glad to finally find somebody to really hate. I guess their lives lack a little something and I don't mean money. Many people need something to hate. Sad for them, but life is too short for that.
Going skiing. Nothing to hate at all. Another happy American tax-paying citizen having fun in the global cooling. Cold beer, pretty athletic girls, good pals from church. Good life. The whiners need to get with the program and make the most of it. Soon enough, they will be old.
Academia beyond satire
A walk down Manhattan’s first “block beautiful”
Hotcoldwetdry is everywhere these days. All you have to do is to see it,
U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana
'Ferguson effect': 72% of U.S. cops reluctant to make stops
The Inauguration War - The Left prepares its counter-attack on American democracy.
Trump’s Model First Press Conference
Trump Derangement Syndrome Comes to a School Near You
Slate: Jeff Sessions doesn't understand that racism is everywhere
Why the media's Trump dossier coverage is suicidal
74% Republicans, 33% Democrats back Israel over Palestinians
Thursday, January 12. 2017
I am not delving into the psychology of empathy. I'm not trained in it, and I don't know enough to make a statement from that position. I can, however, write about its effect on my own experiences, from my own therapy, and from a recent event which sparked a challenging debate.
That event was Meryl Streep's Golden Globes acceptance speech. I watched about 5 minutes of it, then left. Because I can, and I chose to. While I agreed with a bit, there was far more there than I was interested in hearing. To begin with, I don't watch award shows, I happened to switch it on at just that moment and thought I'd like to see her receive her award. If I am going to watch an awards show, I want to be entertained, not lectured. I turned it off. I did read the text the next day when the brouhaha around it began. Mainly because New York, the center of 'if you disagreed with her, you're insane and wrong and must have something wrong with you' began to show its ugliness. In other words, "Hillary lost and WE STILL HAVE NO CLUE HOW AND WHY IT HAPPENED SO WE MUST LASH OUT!" Meryl was offered a moment to lash out, and she did. Following some kind of empathic tribal code, her supporters rushed to demonize anyone who didn't 'feel' the same way Meryl did.
Continue reading "Has Lack of Empathy Been Pathologized?"
Photo: Salvador Dali and Walt Disney
Love Your Spouse More Than Your Kids, Make Sure the Kids Know It
Semen Is An Antidepressant
First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S.
You can really feel the mascot's frustration in this local commercial
How tort reform helped ignite the Texas boom.
Why Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Has No End
The Swiss are serious about citizenship
Tons of good stuff at American digest
Zero Hedge: The future is feudalism
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire
NYP re Trump: For now, all we know is that a madness has been set loose in America and there is no reason to believe we have seen the last attempt to destroy Donald Trump.
Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI - as details surface of document's bizarre journey from British former spy and diplomat
Chuck Todd to Ben Smith: ‘You just published fake news’
IT WAS ALL A HOAX: Intel Official Admits No Direct Link Found Between Trump and Russia
4Chan Claims To Have Fabricated Anti-Trump Report As A Hoax
Wednesday, January 11. 2017
The main job is to get government out of the way of job formation and growth especially in America's sad towns - and for small and start-up businesses.
Tyler Cowen's Best classical music recordings of 2016
Cowen has a serious ear
Kicking stem cells into high gear could naturally repair tooth damage
Some Blue-Collar Workers Probably Shouldn't Do Pink Jobs
The Telltale Sign a New Hire Isn’t Fitting In
Althouse gets into a spat with the mayor
Silicon Valley CEO: Middle America a “Sh*thole” Full of “Stupid People”
Federal Employees Brace for Possible Draining of the Swamp
Anarchists Are Hoping To Turn Donald Trump’s Inauguration On January 20th Into One Of The Biggest Riots In U.S. History
They should like Trump - he has an anarchic streak
"We are making the argument that we can ruin the notion that this is a peaceful transition of power."
Celebrities Head to D.C. for Trump Protest
Dem Senator Blumenthal Demands Sessions Disavow David Horowitz. Sessions' answer: "He's a most brilliant individual and has a remarkable story."
Disavow David Horowitz? What? Blumenthal is a maroon
What Rafsanjani Hagiography Exposes
Tuesday, January 10. 2017
Image via Never Yet Melted
Vibrating hot pants are the ‘smart’ invention no one knew they needed
America’s Kids Badly Need a ‘Chore Culture’
Inside Sears' death spiral: How an iconic American brand has been driven to the edge of bankruptcy
Choosing a new car
Pope Francis Now International Monetary Guru?
Lightbulbs: Blinded by Green Mania
California as Alt-America
We Americans are
Trump’s unexpected win has Democrats coping with a vastly smaller job market for their skills.
New York Jumps on the Free College Bandwagon
Missing from the Intelligence Report: The Word ‘Podesta’ - Disclosure of embarrassing information should not be confused with disinformation.
Barnes: Obamacare is incurable
Holding Obamacare Repeal Hostage for Replace Guarantees Its Defeat
After six years of resisting legislative changes to Obamacare, President Obama and Democrats now say they’re ready to work on fixes to the massive health law — so long as they expand the federal government’s role in health care.
No doubt she is a big NFL fan
Celebrity-filled telethon set for Facebook Live on inauguration day
The Left Means to Break This President
Salon: Trump's oblivious denials on the Russia hack are delegitimizing his
Meryl Streep’s Speech Is Why the Left Wins
‘We Know in Alabama Who Jeff Sessions Is’: Black Pastors Defend Trump’s AG Pick Against Charges of Racism
A vote cast for Trump is kind of like a murder
Somebody must stop him!
Protecting Palestine - Israel's unacknowledged role on the West Bank
iBig Stick: Review of Book by Eliot Cohen
Restoring America’s Defenses: A Memo to the President-Elect
Monday, January 9. 2017
Newly Discovered Photographs Reveal Life at the Real Downton Abbey
Feed Your Kids Peanuts, Early and Often, New Guidelines Urge
Franz Kafka, failed travel entrepreneur
Rake’s Progress: A Look at the Well-Traveled Casanova
We Have Pushed Physics Too Far - Parallel universes are a non-answer to a premature question.
Don't Blame My Kid for Thinking Your Cross-Dressing Child Is Weird
Musk is expert at harvesting government $
I blame homophobia
White Hot Rage of the Left With Pedagogical Comment
Brady Campaign: You Can ‘Carry a Gun and Ammo’ in Checked Bag When You Fly
Of course you can. I have done so many times. Just tell them is all you need to do.
Why President Trump Is “A Nightmare For Univision"
Hitting Trump Before He’s Sworn In
The hate! They should hate the voters instead of Trump- he's just the messenger.
Perhaps nothing has made modern progressivism look sillier than the often hysterical reaction to the election of Donald Trump
Communist Leader to Bill O'Reilly: Trump is Hitler
Of course he is
Liberals Awake from 8-Year Moral Coma
DON'T JUST REPEAL OBAMACARE, REPEAL GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE INTERVENTION
Meryl Streep Uses Lifetime Achievement Award Speech to Bash Donald Trump
She should bash the voters
Trump opposition sets up blue-state headquarters - California and New York emerge as centers of the Democratic resistance.
NY and CA against the rest of the country
HOLLYWOOD HATES TRUMP, BROADWAY LOVES HILLARY
Jeff Sessions shunned, slandered by longtime Senate Democrat collaborators
Germany's Islamist scene growing: security chief
Saturday, January 7. 2017
Der Spiegel: Has political correctness backfired in America?
Peanut butter and political correctness
Liberal Arts for $5
Man-identified people are encouraged to show up
"Depressed" Millennials Are Convinced The Trump Economy Is Going To Implode
“Scientist” says that Starting Work Before 10am is Torture
A hard-working scientist, no doubt
Obama builds a wall
Democrats can't just pretend ObamaCare is terrific
No, because more government control is needed
Conrad Black explains Trump
Friday, January 6. 2017
Image clipped from American Digest
Granny, the world's oldest known orca, is likely dead
I blame climate change
EPA's Clean Power Plan Lies Undermine Congressional Oversight
Where the Buffalo Zone - An innovative zoning code overhaul could help revive the western New York city and is already inspiring copycats.
Sultan on the power of weakness:
In civil societies, showng weakness can be a power play. In uncivil societies, signs of weakness are suicidal.
For University Endowments, There’s No Time like the Present
VDH: Chicago Is Breaking
The Real Housewives of Isis: "Another woman models her new suicide vest for her fellow jihadist wives. “What do you think?” she asks. “Ahmed surprised me with it yesterday.”"
The Most Epic “Epic Media Fail” of All Time?
Democracy and the bloodiness of mob rule
Pray for Jeff Sessions
President Obama's Legacy Follows His Shadow
Trump didn’t just beat the gentry liberals, after all. He also humiliated them.
House GOP, Trump team hatch border wall plan
Washington Post Is Richly Rewarded For False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived
Ireland and Brexit
Thursday, January 5. 2017
Drudge announces that Tucker replaces Kelly. This will be fun, because he is all about making the smug and comfortable uncomfortable. Good circus.
Tucker is the quickest, brightest, slyest, and wittiest guy out there despite being a boyish prepster (St. George's).
Boudreaux: The Lament of the Merely Decent Economist
KATZ: The World Needs More Men - Not Boys. Not Social Justice Indoctrinated College Weenies. Men.
Animals: The Wilding of America
Yes, we have lots of bears
David has always lacked testosterone. That's why he was hired.
The Ideological Reasons Why Democrats Have Neglected Local Politics - After losing many races in 2016, the party is looking to regain power outside the federal government. But in many ways, it’s not set up to make that change of emphasis.
New from Detroit: The $15 minimum wage is racist
Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections
Carter, Democrats Asked Soviets to Stop Reagan
Make the Inaugural Celebrity-Free!
In Departure from Obama, Trump Picks Qualified Ambassador to Japan
Obama's failures are Trump's opportunities
Three Bungled Stories On Russian Meddling All Demonstrate The Same Big Mistakes
The lies work
PEOTUS TRUMP Knocks DNC For Cheating for Hillary During Debates
Julian Assange: Media Is Colluding with Democrat Party in America
To Fix the Department of the Navy - Kill the Mabus Legacy
Palestinians face budget cuts after sharp fall in foreign funding
Wednesday, January 4. 2017
...and discovers that it doesn't feel too bad:
Good essay. Trump is no Conservative. I see him as a moderate pragmatist and probably an old-style Liberal at heart. I still can not understand why progressives and lefties hate him so much. He seems to love America and Americans, and he is entertaining. And character flaws are de rigeur for politicians because normal people avoid that game.
I received a link this morning to an article which suggests readers should more or less 'be afraid' of a certain group of technology companies. Over the course of time, many firms have acted in an amoral or immoral fashion. These tech firms have all probably also behaved poorly at various points. But the value they provide is significant. Fearing them is not sensible. There is good reason to not fear them. History indicates they are likely to all be undone or greatly diminished at some point in time. For most of the 1980s, the 'company' I was supposed to fear was the entire nation of Japan. For most of the 2000s, it's been China. Funny how Japan has been in a 20 year funk while China is just now dropping like a stone (apparently, Bitcoin prices are soaring over there - a sure sign of instability).
I consider articles like the above link to be a form of fake news, because it's an emotional appeal based on faulty logic. Articles of this nature appear every 10 years or so about various companies. Aside from China and Japan, I've read articles like this about GM, GE, Exxon, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Bank of America, Citibank, AT&T, Coca-Cola, ITT, and a host of other large firms who, in total, represented large and innovative firms at various points in time. They were firms which happened to benefit from temporary blips in demand and consumer behavior. Point is, almost all are still fairly large firms, but their dominance has diminished, our fear subsiding as our interests and spending patterns change.
In every case, consumer behaviors shifted, innovation moved in different directions, or smaller more competitive firms caught up with these firms. But in almost every case, the dominant positions they claimed were lost. I see the same thing happening with Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft at some point. In fact, Microsoft is no longer the dominant company it once was - it, too, was part of the group mentioned above back in the 90's as a potentially dangerous 'monopoly'. I guess being downgraded from 'monopoly' status is just as frightening as being part of a group of large firms which all compete with each other?
The idea that there is something new and different happening with these tech firms is misguided. Railroads dominated the economic scene for many decades in the 1800s, then oil companies, then car manufacturers. Each one was demonized in similar fashion. Tech offers greater opportunity than any of these firms did, as well as great potential for abuse. But you take the good with the bad, and the good usually outweighs the bad in an overwhelming fashion. I'll take my chances with these firms as opposed to any government oversight and regulation, thank you. Their fear and dislike of each other will keep them on a far more even keel than any pinhead politician.
Lightning activity around the globe, up to the minute
A brief bio of Carl Zeiss and the Zeiss company
VDH on California: Madness in paradise
Columbia University Students Support FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, Want Planned Parenthood to FUND
Male college students to undergo ‘critical self-reflection’ of masculinity
UW program explores dangers of masculinity
UW student paper defends ‘Problem of Whiteness’ course
SO MANY Trump Hate Hoaxes By Deranged Liberal Fascists – The Complete Video
Washington Post Admits Its 'Russians Hacked A US Utility' Story Was 'Fake News'
Ford cancels plan for new $1.6B plant in Mexico; to add 700 jobs in Michigan to build electric, autonomous vehicles
Thank you, Donald
Don't these people have jobs?
John Podesta fell for a phishing scam. Let's not start another Cold War over that.
Scots-Irish voted overwhelmingly for Trump
Senate Democrats Plan to Delay Confirmation Votes for Trump’s Cabinet Nominees
GOP Congress storms into Trump era
Iran's Growing Naval Ambitions - Why It Wants Naval Bases in Syria and Yemen
Assad's Palestinian mercenaries
Five ways the Trump administration can negate the anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolution
Tuesday, January 3. 2017
An Ancient City Emerges in a Remote Rain Forest
The PC Police Crack Down on . . . Kids Books
Nordique Tiger - Quebec City, an unlikely Canadian success story
Illegal Immigration Up 15% in 2016 Compared to 2015 — Obama Illegals Flood the Border
Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House
Assange To Hannity: Source For WikiLeaks Was Not Russian Government
Paul Krugman Loses It Over Coming "Era Of Epic Corruption" In 'Trumpistan'
Misreporting on Trump and the United Nations
This Chantrill is good: I Want a President Who Loves America: Pre-Inaugural Edition>
Monday, January 2. 2017
Another myth demolished, finally: Feds preparing to drop warnings on cholesterol
Dietary cholesterol has minimal to no medical significance. Expect no apologies for messing up so many people's food habits for decades.
Z-man's 2017 predictions
Obama’s final weekly address of 2016: You’re welcome, America
Fake news: Russian Hackers Said To "Penetrate US Electricity Grid" Using Outdated Ukrainian Malware
From A German: Americans Are Too Timid In Confronting Hate
He never saw American hatred for Germans
Should he kill himself so as not to offend?
How do you protect decent Jewish philanthropic women from aligning with groups who would be quite happy to hurt them in many ways?
Policing in America: Understanding Public Attitudes Toward the Police. Results from a National Survey
Civil Discourse Didn’t Die, It Was Murdered By The Left
Government controls your morning shower
Gov. Kasich Sides with Environmentalists on Ohio Energy Bill
A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding Trump That He Has No Mandate
Looks like Angela Merkel may be starting to get it.
France's Hollande warns against nationalism in New Year address
Doesn't he work for France?
The new world order, 2017
Sunday, January 1. 2017
Trump's election is proof that America is the worstest country on earth.
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