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
Friday, August 14. 2020
What Actually Happens to Bourbon Whiskey When It's Aged in Wine Casks and Rum Barrels?
Brooks Brothers finds suitors to salvage brand in $325 million sale
More questions than answers in ashes of Beirut
THE COLLEGE DEATH SPIRAL, CHAPTER 2
No Reprieve: New Title IX Regulations Take Effect as Scheduled
MacDonald: YouTube censored my talk on policing
The Cities: Reports from those on the ground
Good luck with that
Dr. Fauci Confirms "No Reason We Can't Have In-Person Voting"
Thursday, August 13. 2020
Waterspout in Westport, CT on August 4 - later an EF1 tornado
Canada brewery apologises for beer named 'pubic hair' in Maori
I guess they forgot to check Maori. Even so, might be a good name for a beer in Maoriville.
The devil is truly in the cows
Jews Are The Canary In The Intersectionality Coal Mine
‘Centrist’ Biden-Harris Ticket Exposes The Limits Of Our Political Language
Gal in Melbourne goes out without mask. Watch police reaction
Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House
Chicago, Circling The Drain
" On top of that, Victoria’s Secret, which had been paying $937,000 a month in rent, is no longer paying that rent."
Kamala Harris Takes Aim at Gun Owners
She appears to be opposed to self-defence
"We Will Be Watching You": Dems Put Media On Notice To Avoid 'Racist Tropes' Such As 'Angry Black Women'
Wednesday, August 12. 2020
"Beat back" a virus?
Good Thinking: How Rodin Ensured The Financial Future Of His Paris Museum
Eurovision Finally Lands in the U.S. With a State-versus-state Singing Competition. One of the world’s most wildly popular singing contests is coming to the U.S. in 2021
Judge Won't Stop DeVos Title IX Rule From Taking Effect
Federal Appeals Court: Title IX Protects Transgender Students
COVID-19 Has Made It Undeniable: We Need School Choice
LA Times: Camping Is Totally Racist, You Know
Seattle Police Chief To Resign And The Mayor Has “A Heavy Heart”
College-Educated Professionals Are Capitalism’s Useful Idiots. How I got co-opted into helping the rich prevail at the expense of everybody else
The Case for Trump - There's little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn't solve.
Bringing the Manufacturing Back Home
Harris Wasn't Biden's First Choice
Anti-Trumper Repubs: The Lincoln Project—or the McClellan Project?
Tuesday, August 11. 2020
Sat through a webinar (usually a walking tour) of 5 Points - quite enjoyable.
Learned of a relatively new resource - replications of Manhattan using computer tech.
$12 for an hour and a half by a 'licensed' (not sure why you need one) tour guide. Not that I'm a great tour guide, but I think I've done a passable job as an unlicensed one during our Urban Hikes.
When did humans discover how to use fire?
Love you to death: how we hurt the animals we cherish
Polar Bears Defy SCIENCE! by Refusing to Die.
Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to autism in babies, study says
Job Openings Soar Amid Record Surge In Americans Quitting Their Job
Forty percent of people with coronavirus infections have no symptoms. Might they be the key to ending the pandemic? New research suggests that some of us may be partially protected due to past encounters with common cold coronaviruses.
University Of Georgia Says Students Should ‘Consider Wearing A Mask During Sex’
CNN’s Cuomo To Trump: ‘You Don’t Give a Damn’ About Pandemic. Settle down, Fredo.
Chaos In Chicago: Bridges Raised To Prevent Gun-Toting Looters Getting Downtown
Black Lives Matter Pulls Gun on Truck Driver, Then Mob Hurls Bottles at Vehicles who Want to Get Through Their Roadblock — Update: Gunman Identified – Jonathan Howe
NY City Police Pelted by Mob with Ice Bottles and Projectiles After They Come to Rescue Little 11-Year-Old Girl from Assault in Harlem
Seattle City Council Defunds Police to Get More of That 'Summer of Love' Crime and Chaos
You thought Dems wanted to tax the rich?
Washington Post columnist Rogin calls out NBC News over ‘several errors’ in report on Wuhan lab - 'US news organizations must do better than presenting a walk around a lab and an interview with falsehoods'
Jumaane Williams Bids to Democratize NYC Into the Dark
"Hillary Clinton will deliver a prime-time speech next Wednesday for the Democratic National Convention..."
Monday, August 10. 2020
NASA to remove offensive names from planets and other heavenly bodies
The Danger of Scientists on a Pedestal
A third of House Democrats think destroying an innocent student’s life is like a short-term suspension
WASHINGTON POST CELEBRATES DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS
Sen. Cotton: NY Times Exposed as 'Laughing Stock'
Bill DiBlasio and Communist New York Voters Have Turned Their City Into a Bloody Shithouse and Plague Farm
Far-Left Extremists Burn Police Building In Portland, Violently Attack Police Officers
Greenfield: The Perils of Pretending a War is Something Else. Time to end the charade.
Sara Carter: MSM Never Covered The Russia Hoax, They Still Won’t
Biden Campaign Cancels Trip Upstairs
Durham Investigation Into Origins of Russia Probe Reportedly Nearing Conclusion
' We Have the Product in Hand:’ Israel to Begin Human Trials with COVID-19 Vaccine in Fall
Saturday, August 8. 2020
Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching - The Akashinga, or “brave ones,” survived abuse and exploitation. Now, armed and trained like special forces, they're protecting the country’s most iconic wildlife.
Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline
Don’t Cancel School. Prolonged closures are their own crisis.
World's Top Epidemiologists - Masks Don't Work!
American Cities Committing Urban Suicide
David McIntosh’s Big Idea: Fund school choice options for parents amid coronavirus
Chuck Schumer Changes Mind, Now Says Schools Must Reopen – It Must Be that Poll that Shows 80% of Voters Want Schools Open
Portland Mayor Pleads With Vandals: Don’t You See That You’ve Become A Prop For Trump’s Campaign?
New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in new lawsuit
The Wedge Issue That’s Dividing Trumpworld - A group of social conservatives wants the president to embrace anti-transgender issues to reverse his sagging poll numbers. Some Trump advisers think it’s political suicide.
Top Democrats contemplate civil war if Biden loses. Yet the media still only talks about Trump not accepting the result
Joe Biden: Latino Community Has Diverse Attitudes “Unlike the African-American Community”
Democrats planted false stories in effort to derail Biden investigations, Grassley says
What did the China hawks get right and wrong about China?
Thursday, August 6. 2020
My Life Pouring Concrete
NYC newsman, author Pete Hamill dead at 85
US Cruise Operators Halt Voyages Until Oct. 31 After 2 Ships Hit By Outbreaks Amid Restart
Bezos is now on the cusp of another record: a fortune exceeding $200 billion.
Walter Williams: The Leftist Effort to Revise American History
"The faculty letter gives the impression that many Princeton professors believe their institution is rife with anti-Black racism and that the university must risk abandoning long-standing core values..."
MSNBC Producer Leaves Network, Writes Letter Explaining How Broadcast News is a Cancer Without a Cure
'We will probably take this to trial': Bar owner says last call will have catastrophic consequences
Mayor Bill DeBlasio Launches Updated New York City Quarantine Rules and Checkpoints with Fines Up to $10,000 — Tucker Carlson Reponds
Wall Street Journal editorial accuses teachers unions of using pandemic to commit 'political extortion'
Another Riot Was Declared In Portland Last Night
Americans Reject Joe Biden's Radical Suburbs-Crushing Housing Rule in a New Poll
Democrats’ Worst Nightmare: Black Trump Supporters March in Los Angeles, Champion #BlackLivesMAGA
Wednesday, August 5. 2020
Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales
University at Buffalo to remove U.S. President Millard Fillmore’s name from campus
Sheesh. It's about time
Columbia hosts 'deconstructing whiteness' workshop for 'white-identified students'
UNT Faculty Targeted For Saying Music Theory Isn't White Supremacist
The Shame of the Teachers’ Unions
Australia Imposes Curfews, Closes Internal Borders To Slow COVID-19 Pandemic.
Here's How Trump Needs to Explain the United States' Coronavirus Response
Insanity Wrap #20: Washington Post Goes Full Commie
Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos
Tuesday, August 4. 2020
David Horowitz: Portland: What Does It Mean? The issue that will re-elect Donald Trump in November.
The world's tallest known tropical tree has been found—and climbed
Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs
Manhattan Contrarian Gaslighting Roundup
Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on history classes because they ‘lead to a racist society’
A Joe Biden presidency would be a disaster for our schools
TIDES Foundation Is the Tip of the Anti-Police Spear
NY Times union calls for racial quotas in hiring and staffing, euphemistically called “equity”
The Policing Crisis in New York City
Heroic Neighbors Defend Home of Seattle Police Chief From Rioters
Seattle Police Chief Slams City Council After Activists Target Her Home: ‘You Must Forcefully Call For The End Of These Tactics’
Pelosi Claims People Will Forego $600/Week In Unemployment Benefits To Earn $300/Week Working
“We Should Anticipate The … Vaccine To Be Similar To The Influenza Vaccine”
All the COVID safety rules are little more than theater
France Imposes New Rules Requiring Outdoor Masks
CATO: No More State Aid
" What does it take to satisfy this chick?"
Suddenly Dems want to scrap presidential debates!
Monday, August 3. 2020
Don’t Break Up Big Tech. The monopolistic power of today’s Internet companies is overstated.
Tucker Drops a Truth Bomb About Dr. Fauci Being a 'Total Fraud'
CDC Director Says 'It Is in the Public Health Interest' to Reopen Schools for K-12 Students
Minneapolis Police, Defunded by City Council, Advise Residents to Obey Criminals
Black Man Erupts At BLM For Blocking Road: ‘I Got To Go To Work. I Got Bills. I Got Kids. Get The F*** Out My Way.’
Seattle City Council Resolution Would Replace Police With ‘Civilian-Led Department’
BURNING BIBLES IN PORTLAND
It’s August: Rest, Fall will be Even Crazier
Biden Opens the Door for School Choice. The candidate’s child-care tax credit could finance promising experiments in education
President Trump takes on the ‘permanent war’ lobby over Germany
Saturday, August 1. 2020
I am a small business owner, a New Yorker, an entrepreneur, a daughter, a sister, and an advocate of others who wish to pursue their dreams. I am passionate about freedom, education and innovation; I am open minded and eager to hear about other people's experiences. My personal views on political issues are deeply rooted in my own personal experiences.
I have launched two businesses over the past seven years; however for the first five years I struggled. I am an educated and intelligent woman but found myself living hand to mouth -- even briefly taking food stamps to buy basic groceries. After year three, I was able to access capital at a reasonable cost and this allowed me to grow; after year six, I am finally seeing some success and I am able to support myself; after year seven I am thriving.
My companies have created jobs for more than 250 US workers and have generated more than $10 million of economic activity. I enjoy my work and find fulfillment in creating a positive impact. I work hard day in and day out to pursue my dreams and encourage others to do the same. I help other entrepreneurs without asking for anything in return because this is the right thing to do. I am not perfect, I have made mistakes, and I am among the ranks of millions of small business owners doing the same thing.
Here are some facts about small businesses. (Before we begin, note that the SBA generally defines small businesses as firms with less than 500 employees; however you can read more details about small business criteria here.)
Before COVID, it was challenging enough. Most small businesses fail; here are some stats. The primary reasons small businesses fail are cash flow and management / business planning challenges, the latter of which I believe is due to a lack of education. The SBA has amazing resources for small business owners, but small business owners often are not aware of these resources.
Back to politics. On a personal level, I find many individuals in politics distasteful -- on both sides. I also find many role models in our leadership on both sides. But, personalities are their business and not my business. If I could not find a way to work with people I did not like, I would be out of business.
All I ask is that everyone do a personal inventory of your motives for hate speech or rallying in an unsafe way - whichever side you are on. If you are doing this to fit in, for approval, to make yourself feel better or simply because you are bored, check yourself. Don't be afraid to speak about your experiences -- or to pursue your dreams.
Please, be safe, be grateful, and support a local business today.
A young entrepreneur
(1) Source: SBA https://advocacy.sba.gov/2019/01/30/small-businesses-generate-44-percent-of-u-s-economic-activity/
Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular? Twenty-five years after his death, the painter who gave us “happy little trees” is more ubiquitous than ever.
TA would assasinate Jesus
Jesus and the maginalized
Think Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist? My Own ‘Lived Experience’ Says Otherwise
The Left Eats Their Own, Portland Edition: Wall of Moms Collapses, Accused of Anti-Blackness
" I am a racist. So is Katherine Kersten. She can't admit it. The first step is acknowledging the problem."
Blue State blues: New York In Financial Fantasyland
The Washington Post Can't and Won't Stop Lying
Ami Horowitz Goes To Portland; Rioters Promote Violence, Say It’s Time To “End The American Experiment”
Biden ‘Racial Equity Plan’ Would Enrich Wealthy Lawyers at Employers’ Expense
Dianne Feinstein: China Is 'Growing Into a Respectable Nation'
Friday, July 31. 2020
Trump Derangement Syndrome can kill. Scott's podcast
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
Teachers Unions Want Wealth Taxes, Charter School Bans, and Medicare for All Before Schools Can Reopen
Masks are the new condoms — and Americans need to get on board now!
Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties
Failed to disclose China ties
Multiple Outlets, Journalists, Push False Stat that GDP Fell 32.9% in Q2; It Fell 9.5%
I admit I believed it
Good Riddance To Drudge
He served a purpose
With silencing of speech, is America entering Orwellian territory?
Dems Fear A Campaign-Altering Surprise From Durham
States, seeking more coronavirus relief funds, have hardly spent the $139 billion approved in March: report. The National Governors Association said states need $500 billion to replace revenue lost during the recession
Is New York Reaching Herd Immunity?
What does China want?
Thursday, July 30. 2020
Hedonism Leads to Happiness
Ocean Grove, New Jersey travel notes
Salt Water New England: Nice photos
Charity Navigator is launching a new rating system to help better evaluate nonprofits
Social media mocks NYT report stating that teachers are ‘wary’ of both in-person and online courses
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
A Few Tips In Case You Find Yourself In A Mandatory "Anti-Racism" Struggle Session
Day Care Fine, School Not Fine
BoJo To Britons: You Fat People Are Making The Pandemic Recession Worse
Firing White People Will Improve Diversity
After Ending Police Contract, Minneapolis Schools Quietly Post Job Listings For Security Guards
Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’
CNN Attacks Barr For Caring About Black On Black Crime…
Portland Police Raise Millions By Letting Citizens Throw Tear Gas At Antifa For $5 A Pop
How to Hold Beijing Accountable for the Coronavirus - Why did China cover up the epidemic?
Was the Pentagon’s Blacklist of Chinese Companies Justified?
Reshaped After the Pandemic: Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean
Wednesday, July 29. 2020
Thailand: Police say monkeys have taken over city and fight to control them is now ‘hopeless’
I Was Invited to Testify on Energy Policy. Then Democrats Didn’t Let Me Speak
Illinois can not run itself
1619 Project Creator Admits “It Is Not A History” But a Fight “to Control the National Narrative”
The 1619 Project: When ‘History’ Isn’t History
Arson Isn’t Violence, Argues NY Times 1619 Author
Should they be trying to injure federal officers every night with rocks, cans, lasers and fireworks? That’s the question BLM activists are wrestling with according to the NY Times.
Dispatch From Portland: The Morning Crew - A tarot card-reading liberal arts major, a Sudanese immigrant, and a former restaurant worker explain why they are out protesting in Rose City.
Tuesday, July 28. 2020
It's an English (via French "chef" and Latin, same root as "captain" and "chieftain." "Jefe" in Spanish.
Do any readers associate the word "chief" as disparaging to Native Americans? If the CEO is question doesn't want to be a boss, ok, but a CEO has to be a boss whether you like it or not.
In the Algonquin family of languages, a "sachem" was the boss.
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