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, September 23. 2014
How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
Lonesome George update
A brief history of Oktoberfest
Robbie Robertson Talks About Bob Dylan and the Basement Tapes(video)
The internet is making the buying and selling of sex easier and safer. Governments should stop trying to ban it
USA Spending 30 Times More Per Capita than China on Social Programs
In the 50-Year War on Poverty, Bureaucrats Have Won while Both Taxpayers and Poor People Have Lost
A Climate March against Capitalism
SBA’s Risky Franchise Lending
How is lending a government role? Government's expertise is in borrowing.
Zombies in the Quad: The Trouble With Elite Education
Tufts Puts ‘Humanist’ Chaplain On Its Own Payroll, First In America
When administrative inspections of businesses turn into massive armed police raids
Kirsten Powers: Liberals' Dark Ages - Each week seems to bring another incident. Who will the thought police come for next?
Climate Alarmist Musical Finally Runs Out of Taxpayer Money, Quickly Closes
Douthat: Grand Illusion in Syria
40 American ISIL Fighters Have Already Returned to the United States
Turkey: What Ally?
Kimball: What Is a ‘Grand Strategy’?
Monday, September 22. 2014
Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant - He’d like to charge the Kochs with treason and send climate-change dissenters to jail.
Why does anybody listen to this jerk? Why did I?
Or, as Surber put it, Commies and billionaires march against climate change
It was a New Yorky weekend for us - Brooklyn Sat night, Manhattan Sunday afternoon
The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus - Extremists’ rhetoric heats up as their case falls apart
Reforestation Raises Global Warming?
Sultan: There are two types of societies, production societies and rationing societies.
Is America Coming Apart?
The enduring myth of FDR and the New Deal
Re Ken Burns: Progressives Enthroned
Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014
Where Your Money Goes: Wake Forest Hires ‘Director of Well-Being’
Cut it out, atheists! Why it’s time to stop
Leapfrogging the Democrats' Tech Advantage - Azarias Reda, a 28-year-old data evangelist, on giving the Republican voter operation a radical upgrade for the midterms.
Workers of the world, goodbye. You have nothing to lose but your jobs.
Putin 'privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states'
Syrian Child Sniper: ‘When I Killed Him, I Didn’t Feel Anything’
To be read at the NYC Rally protesting “The Death of Klinghoffer”
Sunday, September 21. 2014
Climate Science Is Not Settled - We are very far from the knowledge needed to make good climate policy, writes leading scientist Steven E. Koonin
I am convinced there is nothing they would enjoy more than to be targets of America. It elevates them. It's a booby trap, and beheadings are the bait. You can find as many justifications for attacking Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, or Saudi Arabia for that matter. The Jihad of the True Believers will never end, at least in our lifetimes. They are convinced they are doing God's work and do not mind dying for that. It's been going on for 1500 years.
As for borders in the ME, they are all bogus anyway. The concept of the nation-state is not really in their lexicon. Caliphate is - Kingdom of Allah on earth, won by arms if not by faith. It's a culture.
Related, the concept of the nation-state is relatively recent, and possibly obsolete: Did Industry Cause Nations?
Did Industry Cause Nations?
Saturday, September 20. 2014
h/t, Doug Ross:
Pic from the article. Tell me, what impression is that rockpile designed to make on the ordinary citizen?
One in three Americans can’t name a single branch of the U.S. government
Not the America Jefferson had in mind
The Media's Absurd NFL Hysteria
Beta Male War on Football and Biology
The latest culinary fad: famine food - Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.
How Sugar Daddies Are Financing College Education - The popular website Seeking Arrangement sets up "mutually
The beginning of the end of the hedge fund gravy train?
California regulates massages
Definitely an important role of government. RR: "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."
Birth Control Without a Prescription - An unusual Republican proposal makes medical sense
What Alibaba really teaches us about the world
Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
Whistleblower in Scott Walker Case Pays Heavy Price
Well-Heeled and Wrongheaded in California - Tom Steyer spends millions to stop energy exploration.
Krauthammer: Islamic State Logic: Dragging U.S. Into Mesopotamian War
Related, consensus within the ruling class is setting America on course to demonstrate impotence
Those guys are manipulating us
Friday, September 19. 2014
Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica
Why everything you think you know about salt could be wrong
Is All Spanking Child Abuse? - The Left wants to tie reasonable parents who spank their children to the Peterson case.
Hitting Your Kids is Legal in All 50 States
For the first time in American statistical history, the majority of American adults are single
College Launches Group for White Students to Combat Their White Privilege
Next-gen Zumwalt-class destroyer
Looks like the Monitor - or the Merrimack
Why Samizdata wanted Scotland to vote Yes
The cat just got up from the couch as soon as I sat down. When will these microaggressions end?
"Sorry, but it’s your fault if you’re offended all the time"
Campus Reform's Caleb Bonham discusses crazy college classes
A NYC Bartender's Powerful Open Letter To The Hedge Funder Who Allegedly Grabbed Her Ass
NBC: Survive Home Invasion By Cooperating With Invaders, 'Treat Them Like Royalty'
A reverse Castle Doctrine
Understanding America’s ridiculously large $17 trillion economy by comparing US metro areas to entire countries
Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team
BEWARE FALSE FLAG SITE "THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE": Shares an Office with Far Left American Prospect
Is that true?
John Kerry, Master Dhimmi
ISIL is not a terror group - just ordinary Islam warriors with an ancient history
Rotherham: A Nice Place to Raise Your Kids
Is it “Moral” to Restrict Fossil Fuel Use
Hey, I Sort of Watched Hillary Clinton's Top Aides Scrub All Damaging Benghazi Files Out of the Official Records
Worse than Watergate
Pay Attention to this Gas Deal in Israel
Why Sunnis and Shiites hate eachother
Mattis: US Ground Combat Troops Must Be Option Against ISIL
Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State
DNI: Obama's intelligence-gathering limits boost U.S. risk
Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots
Not really ISIS - ISIS-sympathizers
Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry
Thursday, September 18. 2014
What for? I think this is senseless. Note this: Syrian rebels openly admit: We’re going to use America’s money to fight Assad, not just ISIS
As I see it, the US has no dog in this fight, no allies, no friends, no goals. And don't tell me "stability in the Middle East." That's a joke.
From David Stockman, a scathing essay with which I agree:
Photo is another from Zambia - a Great Egret. Basically the same bird in North America, which we used to term American Egret.
Remembrance of Trumpets Past -Rosh Hashanah as described in the Torah looks very different from the Rosh Hashanah we know today. What happened, and what exactly are Jews celebrating?
Boswell promised not to attend more executions but ultimately always gave in to his morbid compulsion
Lincoln Log Manufacturing Moving to Maine
Beyoncé’s Theology of the Body
How Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human History
Don't Be a Jerk. Buy Life Insurance.
How many young women can a school legally punish for dress code violations?
Tacos are racist
Not safe to display American flag in American high school
American flag is racist
Could the Apprenticeship Model Work Here?
Despite Liberal Media’s War on Football: Rate of Criminality in NFL Half That of General Public
Why Congress will never take back the NFL’s tax break
Ray Rice vs. Bill Clinton
Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy
Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations
Surber: Go away, Hillary
Thornston on GMO: When Activism Kills
Are things good enough in California?
Even the New York Times Fears Socialized Medicine
Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise
Scotland’s Moment of Destiny
Scottish Independence: Politicians Love Democracy So Much They're Trying To Subvert It
The “No Boots on the Ground” Mantra is Strategic Foolishness
40% of Europe's Jews hide their Jewishness
How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar
Lonely Ukraine - The embattled Eastern Europe country is finding few real allies in its struggle with Russia.
Wednesday, September 17. 2014
As Part of Sharia Crackdown in Syria, ISIS Now Covering Up Goat Genitalia
It's about time. Burkhas?
Certain parts of San Francisco are what happens when white people have no natural predators.
Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage
The truth about the “G-spot”: Why it’s time to put this sex myth to bed
School District Gets Fed Surplus Military Assault Vehicle
To enforce homework?
The “Baffling” Call of Nationalism in Multicultural Age
Study Finds Michelle O’s Healthy Food Program Elitist, Sexist, and Shames Working Mothers
Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage
Tuesday, September 16. 2014
Photo: Another one from my friend's Zambia trip. I'll ask him re camera and lens.
A new term, "humblebrag"
Was Washington a Better Place When Politicians Dueled?
From Kurdistan to Texas, Scots Spur Separatists
Liver battle pits Midwest, South against California, New York
US Ranks 32 in Business Index – Tax Burden Worst in Industrialized World
Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation
Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state's Islamist police force
Freedom and the Power of Pop Culture
The Insiders: Is there a mutiny brewing around Obama?
If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State
Argentina: Down the Tubes, Again
Venezuela: The next default
Monday, September 15. 2014
These people are barbarians. Where can I get some of that loot?
Photo: A pal and his wife just returned from two weeks in Zambia. I had to wiki Zambia. They loved the trip. He promises some photos, but sent me just one thus far: A Lilac-Breasted Roller
Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?
Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Food - And those juicy red grapefruits are mutants created by radiation exposure
Can Republicans Win in a Post-Family America?
I live in a family America, and it's pretty good
Is Polygamy the Next Gay Marriage?
Prof Bob Carter warns of unpreparedness for Global Cooling
The president’s problem is that he has been wrong about virtually every major issue.
Democrats’ Push to Criminalize Dissent - Harry Reid wants to gut the only thing stopping federal authorities from suffocating free speech.
They’ll say anything - Israel's critics spotlight supposed human-rights abuses while utterly ignoring Hamas' culpability
At the Kurdistan Front - Holding the line against the Islamic State.
A Million Steps with Marines - What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan?
Sunday, September 14. 2014
Those schools are doing something right. Government schools operate like government.
Saturday, September 13. 2014
Nancy Pelosi: Civilization ‘In Jeopardy’ If GOP Takes Senate
Good grief. Well, I guess a lot of politics in democracies is about scaring the morons and bribing the others. Hey, conservatives want to take away birth control from women so they can't have fun, take away Social Security, starve the poor to death, shoot all the brown people, send immigrants to the gas chamber, and then burn up the planet afterwards. Who would vote for that in good conscience?
Above: Montana Man Creates Wood Mosaics Out of Stacked Firewood
America's Last Carousel Craftsmen
Lobsters are people too
The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
The Fed Has A Big Surprise Waiting For You
I'd like to see the Fed abolished. I guess I'd also like to see every grandiose imperial-Roman-looking building in DC knocked down and replaced by ordinary humble office buildings. The grandiosity of DC, the silly memorials to dead politicians, the lines of limos and tinted-window black Suburbans etc., all disgust me. It's not American and it does not represent the American spirit: quite the opposite.
Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along
“Global Warming” Advocates Plan March Amid Record Cold Temperatures
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Orders Appear to Exhaust Supply
Warming update: Autumnlike Chill, Frost to Grip East This Weekend
“Okay, smart-a___, what is your strategy?”
The Scots have little to gain and a whole lot to lose with independence
I guess sovereignty and freedom don't enter that equation
Friday, September 12. 2014
Iraq? We should have left it to Saddam. He understood that craphole same as Quaddaffi did his: government terrorism works better than random, volunteer terrorism. All governments use fear, to varying degrees of barbarity. If some Americans want to bomb bad people, how about bombing the Castros out of Cuba? They have been "Death to America" for generations.
I want to visit Cuba, though, before Capitalism ruins it (and turns it into a new Miami). For the slumming and the cheap stuff and the incredibly beautiful women. Seriously though, for the fishing.
Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know
Teach me, Susan Rice. Funny how they always leave you out of the loop.
Paranoids, grievance-collectors, and excuse-seekers cannot be too alert to the microaggressions and micro- acts of disrespect which occur all day long on the oppressive, hostile American college campi. Microaggression is an epidemic oppression, and microaggressors must be brought to justice. I'd include the nanoaggressors too because they are the sneakiest.
Remember, micro may mean teeny-weeny or invisible, but so is Ebola.
Revisiting Michel de Montaigne
A Lesson in Graciously Turning Down a Man
Canadian Illegally Crossing U.S. Border Gets Arrested, Fined $5K, 'Expedited Removal'
Connecticut Gov. Malloy Trails Republican Challenger Tom Foley by 6 Pts
Scott Brown Takes Root in New Hampshire
German Scientists Ridicule New York Climate Conference As Major World Leaders Decline To Show Up
The New Hypocrisy Puritanical Elites Limit Their Kids’ Use of Tech They Create
Corporate Welfare: Can Republicans Kick the Habit?
Williamson on the pointless pursuit of ideological purity
Notre Dame to ask high schoolers how they know ‘for sure whether they are male or female’
Thursday, September 11. 2014
And this: Obama's Broad Coalition Cracks - UK, Germany Won't Support Airstrikes In Syria
Also, Top Senate Democrats on ISIS Threat: 'It's Fear-Mongering'
Here, an old quote from Bin Ladin:
It's a tar baby, Mr. President. There are no good guys. Let's just help protect the Kurds from genocide.
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