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
Thursday, December 18. 2014
I heard a pair of Great Horned Owls hooting to each other around 4:30 this morning. A mating pair for sure. They lay their eggs in January.
Roman concrete used 'secret' ingredient to stand the test of time - and now engineers want to copy it
Why people are NOT leaving your church
Smotherers of Invention - Patent trolls, universities, and big companies are exploiting a broken system.
Ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence
Sex with your professor is great if you initiate it … or want revenge
Sen. Sanders blamed speculators for the
Economic freedom by state
When Journalists Are The Story - Saying a sad goodbye to some NYT stalwarts, and The New Republic.
No Truer Words: Gross Calls Himself ‘A Trusting Fool’ Do-gooder comes a cropper
The Last Communist City - A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see
Shep Smith wonders: Is America about to “ruin” Cuba?
Obama hands Cuba's Castros a major victory, but Congress can still stop it
Castro, Cuba, Obama—and Iran
Mich Feminists Harass Muslim Who Wrote Political Correctness Satire
Anyone But Jeb Bush? Pretty Much
Hillary Clinton Sells (Very Few) Magazines
Rush Limbaugh: THE PERFECT 2016 Ticket – Clinton-Bush
If you only read American media, you would never know that most of Europe is boiling with anti-immigration sentiment.
A Few Confirmation Questions for Obama's SecDef Nominee
Canada: Convening of Fourth Geneva Convention meeting unfairly singles out Israel
Hamas Senior Officials At Movement's 27th Anniversary Celebrations: We Will Not Recognize Zionist Entity Or Be Satisfied With A Palestinian State Within 1967 Borders; We Thank Iran For Supplying Us With Weapons, Missiles
Wednesday, December 17. 2014
A Dylan performance for an audience of one
The Rising Cost of Felony Creep - Over-criminalization takes its toll.
1 in 5 Millennials Live in Poverty, Census Bureau Says
World-first ‘Bionic Bra’ inches closer to reality
London in Shakespeare's time
What Is a Suburb, Anyway?
Nothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession: Blue America Without Red America Would Be A Basket Case
Sarah Palin hunts feral hogs. World ends.
Tim Scott: Why Marriage Matters for Fighting Poverty
NIH Has Spent $100.2 Million on Mindfulness Meditation
Government Job Security
Bye, Bye “Bailout”: CROmnibus Takes a Small but Important Bite out of Obamacare
A Winning Alternative to Obamacare
Gluttony and Global Warming: We’re Eating Ourselves to a Warmer Planet
Sony Exec Reaches Out to Al Sharpton – Will Hook Up This Week for Race Conference in NYC
Taxpayer-Funded Immigrant Advocacy Group Blasts Republicans - Helps those seeking deportation relief, tells them to vote against GOP
Sydney: One ‘Irritation’ Too Many
Sen. Rand Paul on ISIS, the Middle East, and when America should go to war
Tehreek-e-Taliban Takes Credit for School Attack That Left 131 Children Dead: “We Want Them to Feel Pain”
Sept. 11 detainees in Guantanamo get copies of CIA torture report
The True Victims of Torture - The Democrats, suddenly shocked by the CIA’s tactics, dishonor the people who died on 9/11.
Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed
Newly Released NSA Documents Show That China Captured American Soldiers During The Vietnam War
Tuesday, December 16. 2014
Disgusting greedy capitalist pigs: Highest earning musicians of 2014
Office work is dangerous
Highest earning musicians of 2014
Black newspaper takes on black-on-black violence
The mob is alive and well in the unions
Which Costly Family Most Deserves to Enter the Moocher Hall of Fame?
How ignorant jerks are going to treat good cops now; ‘I’m scared for my life . . .he’s trying to Mike Brown me
Social conservatism, marriage, and class:
Media swoon: Elizabeth Warren, unlike Ted Cruz, hailed as a principled crusader
The Democrats Double Down - Will Republicans seize the opportunity?
VDH: Epitaph for Hope and Change - Obama has fundamentally transformed America, all right — but not as he intended.
“If you make jokes about people who are going to kill you, there is a sort of tendency to hold back a little.”
‘He Must Have Loved Ones, Too’ - Pathological altruism in Sydney.
German Leader Denounces Anti-Immigrant Surge
Last week the news arrived that the most popular name given to boys in the UK in 2014 was "Mohammed." The reactions and non-reactions to this story betrayed the deep unease and denial that are now part of the debate around Islam in modern Britain.
At its 27th birthday parade, Hamas vows to destroy Israel
Monday, December 15. 2014
The Cheapest Generation - Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy
Study proves high heels do have power over men
Pope Francis Confirms Cats Still Going To Hell
Declare CO2 a nutrient
“Rape Culture,” Debunked
Police: Armored Military Vehicles Needed for ‘Constitutionalists’ with Firearms
Greenfield: Life in Post-Truth America
Al Sharpton Leads March in DC as NYC Protesters Chant: 'What Do We Want? Dead Cops!'
Back in Saigon: The Senate Intelligence Committee Report
Gaza Is Almost Totally Cut Off From The World, And It's Getting Ugly
Sunday, December 14. 2014
‘Microaggression reporting service’ set up by Princeton students.
Saturday, December 13. 2014
Lots of good Yale photos. Scroll down
78-year-old Iowa legislator is prosecuted for having sex with his wife, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s
I doubt she was suffering. It's real clear reality that causes suffering.
Dogs in Heaven? Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gates Open
Whew, that's a relief. But what about rats, mosquitoes, and snakes?
Colleges are run by morons
Glenn, my friend, you are nuts
‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’: Differences Between the Movie & the Bible
SHOULD CHILDREN MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS ABOUT RELIGION?
Courtship today: Atheist Coffee and Feminist Envy
I worry about this constantly
Democrats Prep Media for 2016 Anti-GOP Onslaught
What if Obama had been honest?
A.B. Stoddard: Dems sick of ObamaCare
iAl Sharpton at the White House - It sometimes seems as if he spends more time there than anywhere else. Why?
"Sometimes I wish I could just passively accept what my government monarchs and their mainstream media mouthpieces feed me on a daily basis. Why do I have to question everything I’m told? "
The whole thing is a splendiferous rant
Sultan: Leftist lynch mobs
Yup. Asked for it. Enjoy!
The torture report as the ultimate harvest of media bias
"The report is nothing more than a death rattle from the “blame America” crowd within the liberal Democratic majority."
I would torture anybody to save a family member. Who wouldn't?
Fury as Mention of Israel is Banned from Forthcoming Holocaust Memorial Day in Ireland
Friday, December 12. 2014
Insurers in New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says
"One mother called a personal-injury lawyer about forcing the city to remove the rocks. Another suggested that something be done to 'soften' them. 'I am actually dreading the summer because of those rocks,' still another complained.""
Never let kids play outdoors. Too dangerous.
The euro is heading for disaster - what luck for David Cameron!
Public overwhelmingly disapproves of Obama’s handling of immigration, healthcare
Record Global Temperature—Conflicting Reports, Contrasting Implications
CIA Director Brennan Admits Info From Enhanced Interrogations Led US to Osama Bin Laden
Congress’ Only Navy SEAL: Torture Report Threatens Lives
ISIS Publish Pamphlet On How to Treat Female Slaves
Nuclear Vigor: Russia, China and Iran
The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia
Thursday, December 11. 2014
Americans should be pleased to know that the incidence of sexual assault (except in prisons) has been steadily in decline for many years. There is no epidemic and there is no rape culture in the US - indeed there is a strong Judeo-Christian anti-rape culture - but there are some individual sexual predators and rapists around, and there always will be. Here's a real rape culture:
and this one: Raping and Beheading the Faithful
Also interesting is that the incidence of violent sexual assault on campuses appears to be about half of that which occurs out in the real world. That is remarkable in some ways, considering that the campus today jams frequently-alcohol- or drug-intoxicated adolescent boys and girls too-close together in a generally sexually-disinhibited and hypersexualized atmosphere.
My view has always been this: if assaulted, sexually or otherwise, call the cops. It's a civic duty really, because odds are that the perp will strike again with someone else.
Best, most reasonable and comprehensive piece I've seen on the topic: The College Rape Overcorrection - Sexual assault on campus is a serious problem. But efforts to protect women from a putative epidemic of violence have led to misguided policies that infringe on the civil rights of men.
I am not sure why campus sexual assault is so often the focus of the media when sexual assault and violence of all sorts is far more frequent off campuses.
Related, Lena Dunham's Assault on Humanity
Assume that all Santas are perverts
How Victoria’s Secret and its fashion show went primetime — after its founder killed himself
McDonald's Menu Is Completely Out Of Control
Lena and Grace Dunham: Life in the Shame-Free Zone
Treasury Department Seeking Survival Kits For Bank Employees - Emergency masks, solar blankets to be delivered to every major bank in the U.S.
Whatever Happened to California Republicans? How California has become almost completely blue.
NY Times Reports on Columbia Exam Postponement
Berkeley Prof Offers Students Extension on Homework If They Are Injured at Riots
BERKELEY PROTEST RULES: Let Blacks Beat Non-Blacks, Don’t Photograph Rioting Blacks
College President Criticized for Saying All Lives Matter
Did you know that the topic of cotton is racist?
“You’re Bosnian,” one of the suspects allegedly said. “I should just kill you now.”
He remembers the word "mokita"
For the warmists, a Diesel Powered Gaia
Palestinian Rights Activist Exposes U.N. Duplicity At Relief and Works Agency
Gathering Evangelical support for Israel
Wednesday, December 10. 2014
The Ugly Christmas Sweater: Still Ugly, but No Longer Ironic
Bank of America sees $50 oil as Opec dies
Feathered Fossils Give Scaly Dinosaurs a Makeover - Plumage may have adorned even the earliest dinosaurs, long before flight.
Parking-lot-challenged Canadian BMW driver has now been watched 4 million times
Sultan: Fat people and class warfare
From Bill Clinton and From Fat Albert to the Rev. Al: All the enablers
Bill slanders his cops - Mayor de Blasio’s suggestion that NYPD racism killed Eric Garner – and fuels police-community tension – is baseless and odious
A nation with insane leaders: The Gods Have Made Them Mad
Thornton: The End of Feminism
Obama: Ferguson, Garner Protests 'Necessary' to Trigger 'Country's Conscience' with 'Some Inconvenience'
When you interfere with people getting to work, conscience is not triggered
What the Numbers Say on Police Use of Force - Two decades of data show police interactions with Americans of all races decreasing in number and improving in quality.
Ex-CIA Directors: Interrogations Saved Lives
Tuesday, December 9. 2014
Heather Wilhelm: Why I Left Feminism (Or, How Feminism Left Me) - Here are seven problems with modern feminism.
On Pearl Harbor Day, Boston Globe (Said) US Should ‘Hero-Worship’ Community Organizers, Not GIs
21 Photos of Pearl Harbor and a Day That Will Live in Infamy
You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth.
DOJ Banning Smoking in Federal Prisons - Only exemptions for ‘religious reasons’ and staff
Feeling Better at the Pump? Since 2008, America’s Oil Supply Has Grown by 50%
Columbia Law School Lets Students Postpone Exams Due to Grand Jury Decisions
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber: Abortion of 'Marginal Children' a 'Social Good'
Is it a moral good?
Congressional Republicans to grill Obamacare consultant at hearing
Can technology pick the perfect health plan for you?
Chicago continues assault on business with steep hike in minimum wage
The Minimum Wage and the Great Recession: Evidence of Effects on the Employment and Income Trajectories of Low-Skilled Workers
Landrieu's scare tactics for LA blacks
Lena Dunham Walks Back Fabricated Rape Claim
Rolling Stone and the Cult of Credulity - The mantra "I believe" pathologizes skepticism and doesn't help victim
Jewish Group Accuses New York Times of “Crossing Red Line” By Publishing American Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal
It’s Not Just Ukraine - The real problem is that Putin has the whole region cornered. And no one seems to notice.
AMERICA'S MILITARY: A force adrift
Taiwan Voters Reject China-Centric Policies
Who Will Save the People of the Donbas?
Monday, December 8. 2014
The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas - How it is that we once again find ourselves rooting out sin, shunning heretics, and heralding the end times
Time To Take The Sippican Cottage Basic Human Decency Test
Can You Ever Exercise Too Much? Some evidence shows that intense endurance workouts can put stress on the heart—but it's probably temporary.
Great Horned Owl Takes Relaxing Swim in Lake Michigan
How stoned is too stoned to drive?
Where to Move If You Want a Job, More Money, or Lots of Single People
Hiya, Big Spender! For good or ill, Nelson Rockefeller’s legacy lives on.
The Democrats have been reduced to the party of the rich elite (George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood, Jonathan Gruber-types, edit al.) and the party of the poor exploited by those elites — a lethal combination that takes society exactly nowhere. In essence, they are the party of racism and sexism — that’s about it.
Eric Holder believes all cops are racists, targets ‘unconscious bias’
Is this right? Here’s Jackie Coakley “Rape Obsessed”
Britain Unveils World's "Toughest" Counter-Terrorism Law
Iconic Mideast Photo Is a Fake — and Heartbreaking One at That
Saturday, December 6. 2014
Because of national security, of course. I thought he was a smart guy.
Key elements of Rolling Stone’s U-Va. gang rape allegations in doubt
Sorry Piketty, Wealth Isn't What's Driving Inequality
Zenefits in Utah: A classic case of regulatory
Ultimately, “the State” is a synonym for “organized violence.”
Obama Administration REFUSES To Release Documents About White House Role in IRS Scandal
Streisand v. Inhofe
Obama’s Climate Deal with China Backfires - Emboldened China Plays $100 Billion Trump Card
Hillary in 2016? Not so Fast
Krauthammer: The Real Civil War - While Republicans debate tactics, Democrats are trying to figure out who they are.
Mark Levin Wows State Legislators: 'Take Your Power Back'
'Islamophobia' Joins the Rainbow Coalition
Friday, December 5. 2014
Pic is the 35,000 year-old Lion Man
William Fouts House: he helped the deaf hear
Student sex columnist reveals affair with prof.
It’s official: America is now No. 2
Germany’s Environment Minister Calls On Citizens To Turn Off Lights During Sex – To Protect Climate!
Environment Minister Calls On Citizens To Turn Off Lights During Sex –
To Protect Climate! - See more at:
"I warn you all this this video can induce projectile vomiting..."
Black People the Media Hate (and Rand Paul Isn’t Wild About)
Why Democrats should treat Republicans like their mortal enemy
Anatomy of a Lie, According to Ferguson Witnesses - How the hands-up meme began
How to Deal with Chinese Assertiveness: It's Time to Impose Costs
China Conducts Third Flight Test of Hypersonic Strike Vehicle
Israel is the only state favoring one religious tradition…except for all the others
US Congress passes Israel strategic partnership bill
Thursday, December 4. 2014
Resist arrest. It rarely works out well.
The darn guy turned a little misdemeanor arrest into a deathly accident. Stupid, pointless, and provocative as hell. Never do that, dear readers.
I think he is, and I'd support the idea of easing relations with Cuba.
Gotham’s Tourism Boom
Move over Kim Kardashian, Indianara Carvalho crowned Miss BumBum 2014
Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys
5 Reasons Why Fewer Americans Are Working
The New York Times reports that the Kremlin bankrolled protests against fracking in Europe.
Putin's Kemlin Losing the Oil Price War -- And That's Good
Shale Pioneer Billionaire Harold Hamm Loses $12 Billion
Is Obamacare Destroying the Democratic Party?
Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime
Attorney General Eric Holder Suggests US Police Are an “Occupying Force”
A Letter To Vietnam Veterans.........a confession and seeking forgiveness...
Wednesday, December 3. 2014
A long list of sex acts often associated with female pleasure can no longer be featured in porn shot in the UK
They want clean porn?
Feed the pig!
Americans Are Spending 42 Percent More on Health Insurance Than They Did in 2007
That was easily predicted
The Many Failures of Single Payer - From Vermont to Britain, it’s not working out.
In a sane world, Sharyl Attkisson would be recognized with the highest commendations in journalism—the Peabody, the Pulitzer
Does Anyone Know the Democratic Plan for Creating a More Dynamic American Economy?
New York's Plot to Gut the Second Amendment
Congress’ Sneaky Tactic to Grab More Land for the Government
Homeland Chief Unable to Explain How Executive Amnesty Helps Americans
Guess he didn't want to say "cheaper yard workers"
Where sensitivity to offence leads: Pakistani Actress Veena Malik Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison for "Malicious Acts of Blasphemy"
Cook: Democrats Paved the Way for Their Own Decline - They have subordinated their traditional focus on
The secret list of requirements to get a Hillary speech (Not counting the $300K)
America Should Avoid Germany’s Failed Energy Policy
Thugs, Clergy, Lawyers Justify Riots in USA Today Report
How to understand your local rioters: How to Make Your Own Race Riot
St. Louis’ Bosnian community sees hammer murder as hate crime
THE COLD WAR IN RETROSPECT: HOW HISTORIANS STILL GET IT WRONG - Time and again Russia is let off the hook.
Pluralism in Turkey: A Fairy Tale
Killing Christians: A State-Sponsored Crime in Pakistan
Tuesday, December 2. 2014
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