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
Monday, April 24. 2017
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
The United States of Billy Joel - The Piano Man hasn’t released a new pop album since 1993. How does he continue to sell out stadiums?
Exercise isn’t the key to weight loss. Still. But food companies want to convince you otherwise.
Paris court sends ‘Spiderman’ thief to prison for €109m museum heist
Muslims to March on Amazon Over Prayer Breaks
Shale's the Wild Horse OPEC Can't Tame
Labor is cheap in India which leads to some differences from the United States.
Sea ice off Newfoundland thickest ever yet another polar bear comes ashore
The Other Poison Gas Killing Syrians: Carbon Dioxide Emissions
'Science' marchers demand their 'right' to the taxpayer teat
Cuomo’s war on pipelines is crushing New York’s economy
Thomas Jefferson statue at Columbia protested as ‘symbol of violence against black and brown bodies’
The Supreme Court needs diversity, as does the NBA
The Two Bills: Clinton And O'Reilly
Those ‘Snowflakes’ Have Chilling Effects Even Beyond the Campus - Academic intolerance is the product of ideological aggression, not a psychological disorder.
Middlebury's obscene cowardice
There are two types of societies, production societies and rationing societies
Had the Founders selected direct popular vote as the means for electing a President, the residents of one state (California) would have dictated the choice to the other 49
Poll: 67% Say Democrats More Out Of Touch Than GOP, Trump
DNC Chair declares there is no place for pro-life Democrats in today’s party
Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40%
Chelsea Clinton: Little Creep
Pat Buchanan did presage Trump
French elect 2 non-elite outsiders
LATEST MUSLIM TERRORIST ALSO MENTALLY ILL... LIKE ALL THE OTHERS
Rachel Maddow Airs Headline Linking Venezuelan Protests to Trump, Retracts Online
The Horrifying Death Throes of Venezuelan Socialism, Captured in 28 Headlines
Saturday, April 22. 2017
What’s So Wrong with Melania Trump Dressing Like a Lady?
In public, women try to dress like ladies and men like gents. It's a civic duty. Even Caitlin Jenner dresses like a lady.
A very cool couple
What happens if you smoke marijuana every day?
Idiots try to rob a gun store
Harvard tells students gender identity can change ‘day to day’: Report
Or hour by hour? Sometimes I feel like a nut...
Another teacher who Left the Left
SCOTUS Case Could Allow Use of Vouchers at Religious Schools
Alpha Gal throws down gauntlet
Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots
The Montana Republican running in the special election doesn't believe in retirement because Noah was still working when he was 600
PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING
She wants to be a "thing," like Paris Hilton, famous for being famous.
No gratitude for not being aborted: Chelsea Clinton: I Left the Church When I Was 6 Because It Opposed Abortion
"White House officials said Mr. Trump took a personal interest in her case.... 'He just said, "Let’s bring her home."'"
"We’re told by many wise and well-meaning people that it is a huge and even fatal mistake for liberals (and for constitutional conservatives) to respond negatively to every Trump initiative, every Trump policy, and every Trump idea."
Friday, April 21. 2017
Megan McArdle has a half-decent piece, Trump Voters Want Respect. Here’s How to Give It to Them, but it falls into the same stereotyping: sophisticated, educated elites vs. ignorant, feckless plebs referred to as "them." It is condescending and inaccurate.
If Megan wishes to contact me, I would be happy to introduce her to a goodly number of sophisticated, highly educated New York elites who were Trump voters - some enthused, some in the (political) closet, and some holding their noses but ok with it given the alternative.
A summary below of the hour of calisthenic circuits we did this morning (it's different every Friday) while we had the classical music station on pretty loud. The workout contained intense cardio bursts, explosive movements, agility work, and overall athleticism while igniting pretty much every muscle at some point. The endurance part comes in because for an hour your heart never has a chance to drop to a walking rate and you never stop moving hard except for the 1-minute breathing opportunities. Trainer uses a stopwatch to limit that.
A quick reminder that calis, like sports, are not really for strength-building, and strength is just one component of fitness. As fun as it sounds, after an hour you are ready for a nap. Such are the crazy burdens of having a white collar job in the First World.
A 3 min elliptical warm-up, then 4 band walks also as warm-up, then...
Continue reading "Vigorous Exercise: Calis Day"
How to 3D print optical-grade glass
Where does the poop go?: The hidden machines of cruise ships
Yahoo’s Demise Is a Death Knell for Digital News Orgs
Michael Wolff: It's James Murdoch's Fox News Now
A Z-man podcast interview
California Watch - Rewarding Public Employees With New Tax Hikes on the Private Sector
What is a "pension"?
Oregon's new approach to investing
PARIS TERRORIST HAD BEEN JAILED FOR TRYING TO KILL COPS
Iran accused of manipulating the Palestinian cause while hiding its colonialism against Ahwazi Arabs
What's the most dangerous country in the world to be female? I know firsthand
Palestinians: Hunger Strike or Smokescreen?
Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process
Makes good sense
Thursday, April 20. 2017
Image via American Digest
The Transgender Madness Has Got to Stop
Boys Punching Girls: Feminism's Big Win
Berkeley: TODAY’S UNIVERSITY EPIC FAIL
Since the downfall of the Gestapo, nobody has treasured the verb “interrogate” as much as postmodern academics.:
California Governor Brown acknowledges other states aren’t buying his climate hype…
Fox News moves Tucker Carlson up to O’Reilly time slot
Tucker is fine, but not a big personality like O'Reilly. By the way, O'Reilly was not a conservative. I don't know Carlson's politics.
Here’s why Rush survived pressure on advertisers while O’Reilly didn’t
Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump
A new book reveals that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was way more dysfunctional than we realized.
Krauthammer’s Take: Devastated Democratic Party Has Lost an ‘Ideological Center’
Are parties about ideology? I don't think so
Venezuelan president to arm nearly half a million “militia” members
Wednesday, April 19. 2017
I Learned The Hard Way That You Can't Take A Vacation From Grief
A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery - After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.
Your teen's brain on pot
Battling Turkish intimidation, Armenian genocide epic set for big screen
Universities Seek to Defend Endowments From Republican Tax Plan
"The students ... characterize truth as a “myth” and a white supremacist concept."
They blame the Enlightenment
WHERE FREE SPEECH GOES TO LIVE: The University of Chicago has issued another warning to snowflakes.
Supreme Court rejects appeal for Latin American refugees seeking U.S. asylum
Asylum is not for economic migrants but they all provide a sob story
Man With Two Homes And A Lake House Whines About People Being Too Rich…
Here’s One Reason Why the Dems Still Love Hillary
Elizabeth Warren's new book, "This Fight is Our Fight", says that ordinary folk can do better economically if we only had more government control and less individual freedom.
Williamson: Surprise: The New York Democrat is a New York Democrat.
Photo scandal not what Marines are made of
If a shooting war comes, the US Air Force is not ready
‘Germany Is a Nation of Immigrants’: Employers’ Unions Demand Open Borders
British Olympian: North Korea has really got a “handle on obesity”
French Election: Le Pen Vows to Quit the EU, End Mass-Migration
She is a left-wing nutjob, regardless of her nationalism
Allies knew of Holocaust in 1942, 2 years before previously assumed, UN documents prove
Bashar al-Assad still has 'hundreds of tonnes' of chemicals stockpiled, former Syrian weapons research chief claims
Tuesday, April 18. 2017
If you can't write coherent and grammatical English, it is difficult to get a job outside academia.
The Income Tax Basically Implies that Government Owns You
Dynamic Christianity vs. the Benedict Option
Too clean for our children's good
Why Do We Eat Coconut Macaroons on Passover?
The "True" Human Diet - From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth
A Twisted Tale of Rent Control in the Maximum City
Why Wind Power Does Not Greatly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
" I've felt for some time that the left has gone off the deep end on the immigration issue."
Animal expert worries that birds won’t be able to fly over the border wall
This is what happens when the US government gets serious about our borders
Arrests of Illegal Immigrants Jumped 32% in Trump's First Months
These are the people who terrify campus administrators
CUNY UNION CALLS FOR FACULTY TO TEACH CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-TRUMP ‘RESISTANCE’
Variety Editor Asks, “How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover?”
Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet
A Few Places Where Justice Gorsuch Can Make A Difference
Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?
It's Official: Trump's Swamp-Draining Begins
POST-BREXIT BRITAIN WILL DROP RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMITMENTS
America Can’t Do Much About North Korea
Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says
Weapons: The Case For Caseless
Trump juggles the foreign policy balls Obama dropped
Monday, April 17. 2017
I guess they mean in his tone because he does not give political speeches. His work is fascinating social analysis but far from provocative.
Why do you attend church? Gallup found some unexpected answers
Preaching (ie Teaching) seems over-emphasized. I think people go to be part of a community which is body of Christ. Jesus clubs. When teaching becomes performance, I turn off.
Why American men may have less luck finding a job than women
Why Americans have stopped moving
Also, if you are an owner it is very expensive to move
California: AND YET THEY LEARNED NO LESSONS FROM THIS...
SOLAR POWER: AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER
OUT OF “THEIR” “MINDS” AT BROWN
WELLESLEY NEWS: FREE SPEECH ONLY APPLIES TO LEFT-WING SPEECH
If You Paid $63,916 Per Year To Attend Wellesley And You Write Like This, You Got Ripped Off
College Kids Are Intolerant Jerks
University’s LGBT Students ‘Fear’ Arrival Of Chick-fil-A
Liars. They say they don't feel "safe." Bullshit.
" My committee colleagues argued that "we do not teach grammar" in our writing classes."
Correct grammar is for the elites. It is difficult to learn. I am still learning grammar.
Gay Porn Kingpin: Protect America From Muslim ‘Barbarians’
No institution or agency has done more to help the poor than Walmart.
Is government ever big enough?
Andrew Sullivan Says Good-bye to Hillary
Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?
Borders: There is a sheriff in town
DONALD TRUMP ASKS A GOOD QUESTION
Trump’s first 100 days have been better than you think
The problem of moral grandiosity, perhaps seen in purest culture in Sweden.
Marine Le Pen: Pope Francis Exceeds His Role as Religious Leader -Tells States to Disregard Their Own Citizens
Saturday, April 15. 2017
The Profound Connection Between Easter and Passover
Why more men will soon find themselves doing ‘women’s work’
Is Facebook a Monopoly? Just Ask Snapchat
All businesses try to dominate their "spaces". Somebody ought to make up a board game about that.
What is Betteridge's Law of Headlines?
McDonalds Should Not Bring Back Szechuan Sauce Because It’s ‘Low-Key Racist’. From a commenter there:
According to environmentalists, if members of the EPA can’t hide their data and refuse to show their calculations they’ll be “crippled”
Saving Vladmir Putin's Face
Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders…
Spying on citizens is not American
Basically, Trump won’t Make America Great Again. Instead he’ll mostly maintain Obama’s policies.
Hezbollah forces retreat from Israel’s border following US demand
Chavista Marxists Attack Venezuelan Archbishop After His Calls for Freedom – Start Brawl Inside Church
Sounds like Middlebury College
Death toll mounts among Venezuelan protesters
North Korean Army Officials Arrested After Calling Kim Jong-un ‘Mentally ill’ And A ‘Kindergartener’
Friday, April 14. 2017
Third Wheel Joins Couple in Pool Having Romantic Swim
The ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Trend Blames Boys For Being Born Male
How Denmark is eradicating Down Syndrome
Will autism be next?
It's Time For EPA To Reconsider And Rescind The Endangerment Finding
What “permanent drought”? New all-time rainfall record set for California
Male student kills himself after University of Texas officials destroy his reputation for no reason
Harvard Crybully Societies Team Up on Hate Hoax
Tear Down State Barriers to Health Insurance
Remove state barriers and permit all sorts of policies. That would be a real market.
NY Times Is Rather Apoplectic Over The Attorney General Enforcing The Law
Will Russiagate Become Obamagate?
HOW MANY COUNTRIES CONSPIRED AGAINST TRUMP?
Why Republicans Can’t Fix the Big Problems
Trump is wildly unpredictable, at least he seems unpredictable. That’s a big part of how he plays the game.
Sultan: Sarah Lucy Halimi was thrown out of the window of the third floor Paris apartment while she begged her Muslim killer to spare her life.
Swedish Journalist’s Response to Stockholm Attack: Ban Cars
Refugee Rapists Who Live-Streamed their Rape on Facebook Will Not Be Deported From Sweden
Thursday, April 13. 2017
One by one, getting them done for better or worse. Business guys just try to get through their checklists as fast as they can regardless of nuances and sensitivities. Promised he would blow the shit out of ISIS. Had this chance to do it without civilian damage, and he just did it. That's a bigtime traditional NYC F- you from a rough New Yorker from Queens. Manhattanites can be refined and delicate sometimes, but people from the boroughs can be tough as nails. Just ask any WW2 vet if you can find one. I have.
I had thought we were done with Afghanistan. Must have missed something. Remind me where it is again. Z-man is right: it is today's Balkans. Nobody really cared about the Balkans then either, and nobody cares about the Middle East now. Or the Balkans.
However, it's a message to the world: Don't f- with Trump. With Trump, nothing is predictable so watch your back, as they say in NY. Anyway, this is the only language the Islamists understand clearly.
When you think about it, without 9-11 little or none of this Middle East involvement would have happened. So was 9-11 a success for them, or not? I want the USA out of there. And I want those baboons to leave me alone.
Today is Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
UMD student calls hippie-inspired fashion 'deeply offensive'
Guess what, Idiot du Jour: Hippie was fashion. Fashion + drugs.
Why won't my shoes stay tied? Scientists are trying to figure it out. All knots inevitably fail
The pros behind the hit records: The Wrecking Crew
Paul Ekman: Three mottos I live by
Evolving war technologies
By the way, Joss Whedon has announced that Trump will exterminate all gay men in America if you don't join #TheResistance.
Notre Dame Students Feel ‘Unsafe’ about Mike Pence Speaking
Manipulative little lying punks
CNN’s Acosta Rules It’s Un-American to Slam CNN, News Media; Doesn’t Regret Screaming at Trump
Syria Strike Fails To Follow Progressive Playbook, Leading To Unhinged Op-Eds
Bummer: Immigration Crackdown Leads To Illegals With Minor Crimes And No Criminal History Being Arrested
Trump Was Right! Obama Got FISA Warrant to Spy on Trump Team
Winning behind the scenes
Trump Team Moves Closer to Gutting Some Federal Agencies.
Wednesday, April 12. 2017
Why not go to the church which is closest to your house?
Makes sense to me, but it's not what we do
Peanut-Free School Zones Don't Work
Peanut allergies are caused by avoiding peanuts. I love peanuts, and especially Thai peanut sauce.
13,000-Year-Old Fillings Prove Ancient Dentistry Was Brutal
The Third Sex in India
Towns which have outlived their purpose: Cairo, Ill
Toyota shows robotic leg brace to help paralyzed people walk
What's Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?
Is Tesla worth more than GM?
More Reminders That Global Warming Is Good
Boys Don’t Need Books That ‘Put Them in Touch with Their Feelings
Arizona Scored a Big Win With School Choice. Here’s How It Will Help Children.
Female Student Shaves Head to Fight 'Gender Norms'
How today’s liberal kids are going to ruin college
How Colleges Try to Get Rid of Inconvenient Professors
LA Times Editorial Board: Dear Colleges, Stop Squeezing Free Speech
The US rolls out the Unwelcome Mat
Sessions Announces Illegal Aliens Who Illegally Re-Enter The U.S. Will Be Charged With a Felony
"What If?" Ron Paul Asks The Two Most Important Words
Who will pay California's bills?
The Authoritarian Impulse: Getting What We Really Don’t Want
Hillary Criticizes Obama's Syria Policy, Says "We Should've Done More"
Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge
Migrants are being sold at open slave markets in Libya
Sweden: The Silence of the Feminists
France: Migrants Torch New Migrant Camp 34 Days After Torching Last Migrant Camp
China Threatens To Bomb North Korea's Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing's "Bottom Line"
North Korean Ships Head Home After China Orders Coal Returned
Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death
Tuesday, April 11. 2017
"Trump, regarded by many including myself as the sensible “peace candidate,” appears to be preparing to engage militarily on multiple fronts worldwide."
Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?
"Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture."
That explains a few members of my family, I guess. Always late.
Do We Need More Roads and Bridges?
Michael Mann Adjusts the Climate “Turning Point” Out to 2020
I spent a week exploring how we'll have to live in post-water America
Idiot du Jour. Of course if you live in a desert, it's different. Expecting water in a desert is plain retarded.
Banned on YouTube: Cartoon Video Spoofing Vehicle Jihadists
The decline of history at schools is furthering the SJW madness
America's taxes are the most progressive in the world
Trump is so much like Hitler
How Mitch McConnell elected Donald Trump president
Monday, April 10. 2017
Preparing adult workers for the artificial intelligence revolution
Quiz: Are you CEO material?
It says I am but I am sure I am not
"Do" and did" in English
Scientists stunned by huge octopus discovery
We sleep less as we age because our brains don’t think we're tired
What about the possibility that sleep needs diminish with age? We still do not know why sleep is necessary.
Teaching Obesity, Selling Sickness - We are subsidizing our own disease burden.
Turkish cabin crew help woman give birth at 42,000ft
I have flown Turkish Air and I like it
New York Times Op-Ed Says Families Where Wife Stays Home Aren't 'Egalitarian'
And if the guy stays home?
Millions of Americans are desperate to trade part-time work for full-time
Men's Looks Matter More Than Women Admit, Study Shows
Duh. But money, power, and charm do a lot for appearance
Teaching doctors to give hormones to ‘transgendered’ pre-teens
Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who’s Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs
Despite global warming, California drought is over
Drought is over cuz of climate change. Hey, isn't most of California a desert?
Trump Preparing Order to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling
Kubota Tractor Moves Headquarters To Texas From California…
From killer diesel fumes to ruinous floods, every green initiative imposed on us by politicians has ended in disaster... and this is the great folly of our age, says CHRISTOPHER BOOKER
DEMOCRATS LOSE ARGUMENT, TRY TO BURN BOOKS
Dodd-Frank Helps Wall Street But Harms Small Banks
23 Ways Big Government Is Hurting the Poor
Dan Rather, Faux Marine
Democrats have zero leverage after Gorsuch
Prof Calls for Trump to Be Hanged, Random Republicans to Be Executed
Defiant conservatives invite Coulter to Berkeley after riots
ICE Agents Arrest 82 Illegals From 26 Different Countries In DC Area Operation
ICE is back to work
Time Magazine Gets Roasted After Falsely Claiming Republicans ‘Tore Up Senate Rules’ to Confirm Gorsuch
Reasonable Inferences About The Weird Obsession With Russia
Did the Obama Administration’s Abuse of Foreign-Intelligence Collection Start Before Trump?
Wikileaks Bombshell: Guccifer 2.0 Admits “Seth” Rich Was DNC Leaker
Trump’s airstrike on Syria delivers another blow to Obama’s legacy
MSNBC's O'Donnell: Putin 'Might Have Orchestrated' Syria Strike to Help Trump
Brit clergy bewildered by Islamist terror
"We'll never know why he did it"
The EU's Utter Contempt for European Freedom
One Week, Five Terror Attacks: Beginnings of Another 'Summer of Terror'?
Sunday, April 9. 2017
At Zero Hedge
Saturday, April 8. 2017
“Sex Traffickers at Ikea?” Free-Range Kids Cited by Snopes!
The only good thing Ikea sells is Loganberry Jam. Excellent stuff. Have not heard of child sex slaves for sale there yet, but with Sweden going the way it is going, who knows what the future holds for Ikea?
Feminist Author: Women Need to Stop Playing the Victim
MELANIA TRUMP WORE THE MOST STUNNING RED DRESS
Autism Moms Have Stress Similar To Combat Soldiers
U.K. Bans Body-Positive Video Game Ad for Sexually Objectifying Women
I am constantly amazed by the amount of censorship in Europe. Their governments have never permitted free speech.
Bee Experts Challenge Environmental Claim That Wild Bees Are Near Extinction
California doubles down on stupid – Court upholds cap and trade program, new fuel tax coming
Ezekiel Emanuel Attacks Medical Conscience
Innovator finds value in relationship-based primary care model
Will Mexico Get Half of Its Territory Back?
Good grief. Maybe Spain should get it back. Or maybe Mexico ought to give itself back to the Aztecs they stole it from.
Why Climate Change Models Are So Horrendous
For U.S. 'Dangerous' Climate Change Is Like Moving 180 Miles South - New study finds Americans would prefer warmer weather on balance
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam’s Most Eloquent Apostate - The West’s obsession with ‘terror’ has been a mistake, she argues. Dawa, the ideology behind it, is a broader threat.
Hours Before U.S. Missiles Struck Syria Airbase, Hillary Advised Same Tactic
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS TRIES TO UNDERMINE TRUMP ON SYRIA
Scott Adams on The Syrian Air Base Attack
I wanted Trump to be pres of the United States, not Pres of the world:
Don’t Get Fooled, Trump Is Winning - While the focus is on a few high-profile losses and messes, the president is quietly, steadily racking up big wins.
Trump Is Delivering for His Voters And Washington doesn't seem to care
One more example under the MSM radar: An administrative law expert
Police in Norway to carry weapons after Stockholm attack
Terrorist Arrested In Sweden Attack Is Connected To ISIS
Friday, April 7. 2017
As Steyn says, the debate must be canceled.
Wealthy white suburban students protest good policing, while inner city blacks demand more policing to keep their neighborhoods civilized.
Photo is the dangerous racist, fascist Heather MacDonald. Those evil eyes, the pasty-white skin, and the cis-gender appearance tell it all: Nazi.
It's unclear what in particular they wish to resist about Washington, but it is quite clear that they wish to support gay Palestinians. Pathetic. And to build bridges between gay American blacks and gay Palestinians to change America. Good luck with that. As if there were any gay Palestinians left anyway.
I am afraid that they have no idea what this sort of thing sounds like to ordinary Americans. It sounds psychotic, out of reality, worse than Portlandia.
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