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, July 29. 2016
Origins of the Moon Walk (with great dancing)
Christianity: Personal sin and "social sins"
I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test...
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Protections For Gay People Under Existing Civil Rights Law
I still do not get why there are special laws for special people
Two separate indicators of climate change suggest that there is a risk of substantial cooling from 2017 onward.
Boudreaux on free trade
Unequal Convention Coverage By Networks
Most vulgar presidential candidate was Bill Clinton, not Trump
Dem convention Fascist and Racist
Hillary Clinton Begins Building Her Coalition - The Democratic nominee for United States president made a play for progressives, moderates, and Independents alike during her address in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
That is not from The Onion
Gen. Mattis: “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you,
Thursday, July 28. 2016
Image: Yesterday was early Mondrian, today late (c 1922)
Vegans Rip Doughnut Shop for Expecting Employees To Be Able To Eat Doughnuts
Robot Builds Brick House Four Times Faster Than Humans
Animal Rights Groups Are Freaking Out Over Horse Population Control Methods
Luke's Best Chance: One Man's Fight for His Autistic Son
The average college student spends only a small portion of the day focused on education-related activities.
The tragic likelihood that trans men are being deprived of their reproductive rights
Little Green Lies: Why Electric Cars Won’t Save the Environment
Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump
In hindsight, it’s clear that Clinton’s presidency temporarily interrupted the party’s long-term leftward march
How the Clintons Got Rich Selling Influence While Decrying Greed
Bill Clinton Earned $2.7 Million In Speaking Fees AFTER Hillary Announced Candidacy
What else would you do?
TRUMP Just Got Hillary to Admit Her Email Scandal Was National Security Issue
With the Clintons, people just begin to feel all scandaled out and stop paying attention
Gov. Pence said the press would be doing half of Mrs. Clinton’s work for her
Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar
Great idea: Make Muslims lifeguards in Germany
Merkel admits EU is being RAVAGED BY TERROR but says Germany should welcome MORE refugees
Wednesday, July 27. 2016
Image: Early Mondrian (1909)
Wolves and mankind
Apex predators are necessary for a healthy ecosystem. An excess of ungulates is destructive to natural balance. But if a pack is destroying your herd of sheep, shoot 'em, or get some guard dogs. German Shepherds were bred to protect livestock from wolves.
Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs
I dare you to touch the water
Is Mondrian Art or Decor?
Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among Colorado Children
Anthony Watts had a painful divorce
10 jobs that A.I. and chatbots are poised to eventually replace
“The single age with the greatest number of offenders from the perspective of law enforcement was age 14.”
Jewish Students Single Largest Target of Systematic Suppression of Civil Rights at American Universities
"All I know is that the good old gentlemanly conservatism that I have adhered to since my introduction to Hayek and Mises 40 years ago is dead."
It's not dead. It just doesn't win elections in most places. Never did. Few voters study Hayek, or even Milton Friedman.
Because America is run by a religious cult that rewrites history to suit the current fads, it’s easy to get history wrong...
Bill O’Reilly on America’s Race Problem
America has no race problem other than the ones always ginned up in election years. America does have a problem with its dysfunctional underclasses, white and black, urban and rural. Definitely more white but blacks more violent. Maybe it's a problem, maybe it's just normal.
Politics in an age of celebrity
'Hillary's America' documentary cracks top 10 at box office
Mrs. BD and her parents liked it. I like D'Souza, but I did not want to see it. Did garden work instead and had a beer or two.
Julian Assange: 'A lot more material' coming on US elections
Who cares who Deep Throat is? Whoever it is, they done good. The story is the content
We are very far from a politics of ideological purity and high character.
Some political figures unsurprisingly think that politicians should be considered role models.
How Hillary Clinton dangerously misjudged our political moment
It's because she lives in a bubble. She doesn't even drive a car.
Trump is a funny-hair fascist, a bigot, an idiot, a narcissist, a misogynist, a Hitler, and wants to start a world war. Oh, a racist too.
Mrs. Clinton v. Mr. Clinton - Bill Clinton’s 1992 Democratic agenda sounded downright Paul Ryanish.
Bernie Sanders Delegates Stage Mass Walkout, Promising to Leave Democratic Party
Just like George Will
Pandering to the illegal vote
It's Clinton's World, and Sanders Just Lives in It
In fact, it is the wealthy Liberal elite's world - today's ruling class - and we all just live in it and try to cope. They control our politics, our economy, their crony businesses, and they design our education and our medical care.
The Clintons and Their Corruptocrats - In Hillary’s term at State, wealthy crooks, influence-seekers and tyrannical governments rushed to donate millions to the Clinton Foundation, its spin-offs, Bill Clinton personally or vague combinations of all/any of them. Figuring large on the donor list, Australia's taxpayers
AMERICA’S ECONOMY IS CARTELIZED, CORRUPT, AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE
Wikileaks reveals apparent sale of presidential appointments by DNC
Palestinian Flags Outnumber American Flags at Democratic National Convention
Father Jacques Hamel, Martyr
Tuesday, July 26. 2016
I would like to see Stockman and Kudlow in a Trump administration.
Hillary Corrupts Everything: The DNC Story
"Instead it should be asking, What did Hillary Clinton know and when did she know it?"
"I had to wonder whether this article from Qualitative Inquiry wasn’t a Sokal-style hoax..."
Embattled dean retires after unrelenting protests
And this is in the USA, not a totalitarian state
Life in Kalispell
About The Guardian: How To Lose Money In Very Large Quantities
Citing Alleged Threats, FL Democrat Seeks to Ban ‘Hillary’s America’; Claims ‘Democrat Lives Matter’
While we were all watching the GOP convention, Humana dropped out of most Obamacare markets
The Public Pension Problem: It's Much Worse Than It Appears
Happy Birthday, Dodd-Frank Law -- Now Please Kill It
Hindus for Donald Trump
Union Leaders Throw Their Backs Out Trying to Oppose Trump - How can construction bosses oppose a construction tycoon?
Paul Krugman’s Bubble - The New York Times columnist should leave the Upper West Side once in a while.
Refugee Jihad Spreads in Germany - Why the recent wave of attacks is only the beginning.
How Israel’s Air Force Dominates the Sky
Not Combat Ready: U.S. Marine Corps
Turkey-Russia Pact Threatens Western Interestsin the Middle East
" The most amusing economic news in recent years was when a senior Chinese official basically explained that the welfare state in Europe makes people lazy."
Ten years after last Lebanon war, Israel warns next one will be far worse
Erdogan’s Self-Serving Purge Has Gone Too Far
Monday, July 25. 2016
FOX is no Republican megaphone. Just ask Mrs. BD, who almost threw a string bean at the TV last night.
DNC Wikileaks hack outs Hillary shill at Washington Post
Meet the Press Panel Gushes Over Dem Convention, No Mocking Hillary!
Dissenters to the Groupthink afraid to show it
I do not think that anybody views Mrs. Bill Clinton as a truthful person, or as a person of good moral character. Those things are not required of politicians, and certainly not expected of the Clintons. However, she did tell the truth yesterday: "I often feel like there’s the Hillary standard and then there’s the standard for everybody else."
Free Inquiry vs. Social Justice at Brown University
Our Greatest Enemy: Optimism - Why optimistic groupthink is a threat to humanity
NASA: Global Warming Observations Need a Further 19% UPWARD Adjustment
They want to change past numbers TO FIT THEIR MODELS
John Kerry says air conditioner and refrigerator chemicals are as threatening to human life as ISIS
Why Do the Police Shoot Unarmed Suspects?
Chris Matthews: Using Big-City Names is Racist 'Coded Language' - Is anything NOT racist to these guys?
Psychodynamics of Obama's and Hillary's 'White Guilt Forever' Conversation
Tim Kaine’s Islamist Ties
Tim Kaine: The Jokes Just Write Themselves
McAuliffe To Circumvent VA Supreme Court Ruling On Felon Voter Rights, Will Issue 200,000 Clemency Grants
Leaked Emails Show DNC Officials Planned Anti-Trump Protests
Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusion
Check Your Amnesia, Dude: On the Vox Generation of Punditry
Trump Policy Will Unravel Traditional Neocons - Trump's divergence from the conventional Republican platform is generating indignant punditry from neocons and neoliberals alike
Is America Ready for a Disruptive President?
Trump's Speech Signalled the End of an Era for the GOP
Trump Is Right about Crime - The media rushes to downplay the post-Ferguson shooting and homicide surge—and its effect on black lives.
Kristof tried to prove Trump a racist. Proves he is not
Conrad Black: The genius of Donald Trump
Wikileaks: What the DNC Really Thinks About Latinos -
Why Can’t Hillary Stop Fudging the Truth? Email-gate is only the latest instance in a 25-year habit of dissembling.
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The Real Reason for Obama’s Cuba Breakthrough
Brexit is already proving to be a huge victory for global free trade
Angela Merkel to face new backlash over open door immigration policy after new German attack by Syrian refugee
Why Would the BBC Scrub 'Ali' From Munich Shooter's Name?
Saturday, July 23. 2016
We are dealing with a corrupt press. More of the same can be assumed. Here's how it all works, with MSNBC as an example.
Andy, you and your NR pals need to get over it. You do not own the Party. Times have changed. Primary voters nominated somebody they felt could be a winner. Simple as that. They might be right, after listening to Trump's speech. Nobody else could beat Hillary and her money + press machine.
Pic: Some of my relatives at Cahoon's Hollow
Find the #1 Song on the Day You Were Born
Steal big: Billion-dollar Medicare fraud busted
The “Doc Fix” Is In: An Initial Assessment of
Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement
Luckiest firearm shot EVER
Sea level rise normal for an interglacial
Weather and the Circle of Hotness
How Hamilton College’s Diversity Requirement Came About
LLoyd Marcus (of American Thinker) nails black lives matter (video)
Left? Why? Trump is no Conservative.
Prime-Time Trump Is Finally Here
Shaidle is not fond of Trump, but...
Sheesh. I thought he was mainly talking about peace and prosperity
Liking the Trump Spirit: Trump awakens the sleeping giant of America
Where Are the Academic Boycotts of Turkey?
Friday, July 22. 2016
"Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty?"
Well, that's a tough one! Everybody must admit that is one impressive and appealing large family. The analogy with the Kennedys is apt, I think. Brains, glamour, street smarts, high energy, self-confidence to a fault, and new money. Tabloid fodder for sure.
Pedigree may be more high society, but new does more things. These days, I think, pedigree is dead and long dead except for dogs. The Bushies are ancient history already. Fine family, though. Good neighbors.
Also, cool detail about last night: The impressively poised and articulate Ivanka was wearing one of her own dresses. Price $158. I like that. She looks good in it.
Voters want self-government back. Magnet begins:
Clean eating and dirty burgers: how food became a matter of morals
16,700-Year-Old Tools Found in Texas Change Known History of North America
Law schools worry bar-passage standard will undermine diversity
It's Peter Thiel's Republican Party Now... Or Should Be
MSNBC Warns 'Viewer Discretion Advised' ... Before Showing Anti-Hillary Campaign Buttons!
NYT After GOP Night 3: Trump as Nazi, Poor Persecuted Hillary, and Don’t Mention the Liberal Media
"Trump is definitely speaking to the moment. He may not be speaking to
"I’ve often argued that Buckley Conservatism was just anti-communism with
The World Looks at Trump, Confused
Good. He's not running for World President. Track record of American foreign policy has been terrible
Draft Dem platform doesn't even mention nuclear power
Hillary Clinton’s New College “Reforms”
Inside Erdogan’s palace: The £500 million mansion Turkey’s president calls home
German Officials Call for Compulsory Islam Classes in Schools After ISIS Axe Attack on Train
How Israeli hummus slaughters Palestinian children, from Campus activists who complain all the time are hurting their causes, students say
Thursday, July 21. 2016
40 Percent of the Buildings in Manhattan Could Not Be Built Today
Case of Drone-Mounted Flame Thrower May Test FAA Authority
How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained
6 Top Sex Positions And How to Train For Them
The War on Sugar
A New Life for Urban Alleys - Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.
Do students actually need to know anything?
Fancypants College In Cleveland Offers SAFE SPACE For Students Traumatized By Republican Convention
Black Lives Matter lies force cops from policing to self protection
Liberal GQ Magazine Writer on Mother of Benghazi Victim: ‘I would like to beat her to death’
In a recent commencement speech, Michelle Obama complains she’s got it rough.
A true chronic malcontent
Trump Embarrasses the Old Guard - The Clintons haven't lost to a Republican in 36 years, so why should he listen to the losers?
Why even people who agree with him hate Ted Cruz
Mystery Surrounds Sources of Many Bill Clinton Speaking Fees
Media Ignore Clinton Sex Victims, Salivate Over Ailes Claims
Clinton to Resettle One Million Muslim Migrants During First Term Alone
EU Eyes Israeli Technologies for Spotting Militants Online
Wednesday, July 20. 2016
How many dead bodies on the streets of Europe will it take for leftists to realize that we are at war?
What Americans want is government to get out of their way. I might be wrong, but "making America great" still depends on what it used to, which is a culture of self-reliance without government micro-managing, over-taxing, and over-regulating their lives.
Photo: The new Tappan Zee Bridge (on left) under construction. A stunning engineering and construction feat. Drive by and take a look if you're in the area. Also get to see the world's largest floating crane. One of the working cranes fell down on the old span yesterday and remarkably nobody was hurt.
What’s in a Name? Plenty, if It’s a ‘GMO.’
500 elephants relocated in massive man-made African animal migration
Waldorf Astoria Through the Years
The Chinese are turning it into condos, mostly.
Didn't know it was man-made
New Hampshire city police use Pokemon Go to lure fugitives
Is This What You Had in Mind for Retirement? Here’s What Actual Retirees Found Out
Sheesh. Stupid beyond belief.
Obama is not a scientist. JAMA shouldn't pretend he is
Does Brexit Give Us Our Best Chance To Kill Too-Big-To-Fail?
Gov. Kasich: We Want Immigration - Population is Stagnant in Ohio
Maybe people prefer to live elsewhere
The world is taking its revenge against elites. When will America's wake up?
Why conservatives failed to stop Donald Trump
Unappealing candidates, old ideas
How Trumpism hid in plain sight for 15 years
Ten Reasons Why Trump Could Win
Pants suit on fire
Hillary, the Black Lives Matter Candidate - Where racist pandering and cop-hatred meet.
No More - After Nice, let’s stop the nonsense.
French woman and her three daughters stabbed by Moroccan-born man in Alpine resort
Tuesday, July 19. 2016
I think Trump was the only potential winner in that supposedly-deep Repub bench. Cruz would lose in a landslide, Rubio is wet behind the ears, Jeb is a schlub, etc. All true.
Also, Bushism is past: Is the Party Over for Bushism?
Image stolen from American Digest
The Official Dunkin’ Donuts Power Rankings
The “Cooks vs. Cons” dream: How the Food Network got back in touch with its aspirational roots
Genderism dangers in Connecticut
I think I might be transgender. Now what do I do?
Questions raised about Pentagon’s new sex change manual. Wait… what?
Are Campus Bureaucrats Incapable of Respecting Free Speech?
Ingraham: Why Independence is the New Capitalism - The key issue in 2016 is not whether you trust Trump, but whether you trust yourselves
Prosecutors of officers accused in Freddie Gray death face pressure for disbarment
Obama: Police Can 'Make the Job of Being a Cop a Lot Safer' by Admitting Their Failures
Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar
Muslims Were The Real Victims Of The Nice Terror Attack, The BBC Explains
Hell no, we won’t go: Thousands of Muslim ‘migrants’ in Germany evading deportation
GOP Convention Speakers Trash Trump - They said he's a "con artist," "narcissist," "bully," and "pathological liar" whose candidacy is "a cancer on conservatism."
Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration reform group ramps up its attacks on Donald Trump as the RNC gets under way
How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians
Democrats' Education Platform: Pro-Government, Anti–School Choice - Language that was mildly positive toward reform efforts was beaten back by public school activists.
AP Exclusive: Document shows less limits on Iran nuke work
Erdogan Purges 20,000 As Europe Voices Concern Coup Was Staged With "Prepared Arrest Lists"
Europe's Impossible Refugee Math: Brexit Was Mathematical Certainty Eventually
Monday, July 18. 2016
It is a risky plan. Let the police do what they have to do. And do not talk to them, innocent or not. Obey their commands - period. That's the deal.
Why Turtles Evolved Shells: It Wasn't for Protection
A Moveable Feast - The Four Seasons leaves the Seagram Building.
How to Knock a Dude Out - Of course, in the name of self-defense.
HOW JEFF BEZOS IS HURTLING TOWARD WORLD DOMINATION
Janet Yellen, in my opinion, is about to make a critical mistake. She is not going to raise rates in July.
Black Lies Matter Arrives in Maine
How’s that ‘libertarian moment’ working out?
Will Congress Claw Back Power from the Regulatory State?
Why you should care that the Diablo Canyon nuke plants are being shut down
No one reading this will live to see the day when America is getting the bulk of its electric from nuclear.
Britain Abolishes Pernicious Department of Energy and Climate Change
Cory Batey sentenced to 15 years in Vanderbilt rape case
How Obama Left Us More Racially Divided Than Ever - If
Sowell: The War on Cops
It's not just Dallas or Baton Rouge — police officers have been killed across the country
Former New Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz: There Will Be Violence in Cleveland
Good grief: Therapists against Trump
The Goldwater era changed the GOP, so could the Trump nomination
Hinderaker: Why We Must Elect Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton and Personal Honesty
Hillary Clinton’s Greatest ‘Accomplishments,’ Annotated
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney: Climate is a “$7 trillion opportunity”
5 Reasons the US Military Is in Trouble
BLM Activists: Dead ‘White People’ in France Stealing Our Limelight
There are now three options for France: surrender, mass deportation, and mass elimination.
MSNBC’s ‘truck crash’ framing of France terror attack ignites Twitter mockery
Is racism really on the rise in Britain?
Why All The Jihadi Attacks? Why Now?
Surging "Intercommunity Confrontations" In France Mean "Civil War Is Inevitable"
Sunday, July 17. 2016
Vit D is essential to health and to healthy growth, especially bone growth. Almost all of human Vit D is produced by skin in response to UV solar radiation. Animals with fur and feathers produce their own.
In its favor, it seems to help prevent some cancers and heart disease, so it is a good guy.
In the US, Vit D is added to commercial milk to make sure kids get some. About 15-20 minutes/day of unprotected sun seems enough to raise Vit D levels but few people get that daily. Sunbathing nude, of course, makes it quicker. Some of it is stored in fat cells for a while, until it gets used up.
Recent evidence suggests that sunblock does not prevent Vit D production in skin very much. In temperate climates, it's not a bad idea to take oral Vit D. I do, and all of my MD friends do. Few people sunbathe in January around here.
When it comes to sun damage and skin cancers, sunburn seems to be the criminal, not some wholesome sun.
Saturday, July 16. 2016
Pic: Right on the fish dock in Wellfleet. It used to be Harbor Freeze, now it's Macs. It's unusual not to run into somebody you know in the ice cream line at night
How social science got the “psychoticism” factor wrong
Judge Not Your Neighbor's Love for Mac n' Cheetos
Liberal Logic: Free press applies only to quill pens and hand presses!'
How much does anybody's life "matter"?
When Christians are moved, they MOVE
Berkeley cop watchdog suggests 'sensitivity training' for officers
Ole Miss Chancellor under fire for mourning Dallas attack
Young black males are about 27 times more likely to kill somebody than the average American.
"Vien Truong of Oakland will be named a White House
Yup, She's Crooked
Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular'
Thirty years of “Objective” journalism and the largely Democrat-controlled media overculture is what created Trump.
,,, every time a clear choice has come between suffering the pain of reform and flinching, Beijing has flinched.
A Haircut for French Taxpayers? Hollande’s $10,000-a-Month Stylist Is Revealed
Spokesman: Iran Testing New Centrifuges
The whole world is saying "Bite me" to Obama
Can't Have It Both Ways in Iran - Between Accommodation and Confrontation
Friday, July 15. 2016
Self-driving trucks with Jihadism in their AI?
Woops. Somehow the French government forgot to let the French know this detail: Report: France “Suppressed News of Gruesome Torture” By ISIS Jihadists At
So certain that their god wants them to do this. Maybe that is what their god wants. Gods do not tend to be like kindergarten teachers. Neither is mine, but mine demands "Do unto others..." which is an extremely challenging and unnatural demand.
Moving poor minorities to white neighborhoods is a good thing, but gentrification of poor neighborhoods is bad?
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