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
Sunday, October 4. 2015
Not to brag, but I have taken no vacation for five years. It's about delayed gratification.
The upside is that it provides an avenue to an easy and costless feeling of virtue. Either that or, in some municipalities, protects you from a garbage ticket. We have noted that most recyled garbage ends up in landfills anyway.
Now, even the NYT is willing to point it out: The Reign of Recycling
Yes, it is a religious rite.
Saturday, October 3. 2015
Pope Francis claimed that firearms and firearm makers cannot be Christian. A curious statement as he is surrounded by heavily-armed guards whenever he leaves his house. The Vatican is equally protected.
The same thing applies to Obama's pontificating about firearms. He is surrounded by firearms every day, and will be provided with armed guards for free for the rest of his life. I guess it's supposed to be different for us little people but not for me. I carry. If you worked in today's Hartford, CT, you might too.
Cool site: Scouting New York
The archives will stay, but now he's scouting LA (h/t, Coyote)
Hurricane Joaquin Forecast: Why U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind
Hackers steal T-Mobile data on 15 million US customers
A simple history lesson
Psychologist Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to Be Blind
Is It Sexual Assault to Force a Woman to Shower Alongside the Transgendered?
Whom among us does not enjoy pretty girls in the showers?
Media Narrative: Half-Black Oregon Killer is a "White Supremacist" Was he a Half-White Supremacist?
Mental illness. The press also mentally-disturbed.
Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to
Be Blind - See more at:
Guns and alcohol
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist
Feds: PPACA risk program may pay just 13% of 2014 claims
They want to bankrupt private insurers
Michelle Obama Denounces Museums and Concert Halls as Racist - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=63656#sthash.WJbYGmAz.dpuf
The War of Amazon, Apple and Other Near-Monopolies
Jobs up only for immigrants, +14,000, down 262,000 for 'native-borns'
How Europe’s Capital Became a Jihadi Recruiting Center
Where is the case for co-ed ground combat?
Egypt is un-Canadian
Plan B for Libya
Friday, October 2. 2015
Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance
Correcting the New York Times’s Absurd Vision of the Modern Man
The Latest DIY Trend? Sex Tapes
Twitter Characterizes Disagreeing With Someone’s Opinion as “Abusive Behavior”
Race-Track Owners Consider Moving One of the Triple Crown Tracks out of Baltimore, and the City’s Clueless Leaders Cry Foul
Oregon bakery owners refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case
Al Gore: ‘Democracy Has Been Hacked; Capitalism Is in Need of Serious Reform’
Guy made 250 million on "green" scams. That ain't workin, that's the way to do it...
Backfire on the #RICO20 and Jagadish Shukla is imminent; wagon circling, climbdown, dissolution begins
Guy made millions on "green" scams, without working
Did Hillary Clinton Spike CBS' Coverage Of Benghazi?
What if the Refugees Were Blonde and Blue-Eyed Swedes?
Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters - "Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated"
PM slams Abbas’s ‘deafening silence’ after terror attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the United Nations and its members
OBAMA LOSES ANOTHER WAR THAT HE 'ENDED' - Afghanistan is turning into a disaster, just like Iraq.
Top EU official warns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe
Coming from the Left and the Muslims, no doubt
The Russian Navy Is Back
China dispatched nuclear-powered submarine on first combat patrol, report says
Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA
Russia and China want to be players in the world. I don't blame them.
Obama’s Talk and Putin’s Blitz: A Russian Middle East Coup in Three Acts Posted By Claudia Rosett
Thursday, October 1. 2015
The Dog-Walking Economy - What I learned from a decade in the profession
Sarah Bernhardt - The Invention of Celebrity
Transgender Underwear for Children
Emotionally frail students are draining counseling centers, scaring faculty into easier grading
With so many witch finders now in business, witches will be found.
Why is it so hard to fire abusive prison guards?
New York City Council Honors Ethel Rosenberg
Clinton's Plan to Mess Up Prescription Economics
Bernie Goldberg: I Didn’t Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This
I Didn’t Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This
Jeb Bush campaign death watch begins
Perspective, please, on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails
Muslim Rape 'Misunderstandings' Come to Europe
Enjoy your multiculturalism, Germans.
A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up
Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees
The United States Should Stop Treating Russia as an Enemy
Does Obama Have Any Regrets About His Middle East Policy?
This Is How Russia Handles Terrorists: Moscow Releases Video Of Syria Strikes
Enjoy your multiculturalism, Germans.
Wednesday, September 30. 2015
What are they thinking?
Is empathy overrated?
I never trust expressions of empathy
Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered
The Stunning "Explanation" An Insurance Company Just Used To Boost Health Premiums By 60%
How to fix our educational system
‘Affordable’ Housing: Karma’s a You-Know-What
Elizabeth Warren Goes Crazy for Black Lives Matter
President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference
Tuesday, September 29. 2015
Toon via Theo
The Cocked Fist Culture - Crossing the microaggressions minefield
Notre Dame to invest $100M in renewable energy projects
Maybe Mother Nature’s Tougher Than She Looks - Wonderful folks who brought you "climate change" wrong again!
Best estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital
An experiment in universal childcare in Quebec has been mostly a disaster. Here’s what could work for U.S. kids instead.
Birth tourism booms in California despite federal crackdown
"So-called progressives love to talk about how their policies will create a workers' paradise. Why is it, then, day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?"
The reality is the Team GOP types will ALWAYS be outbid by the left. There's no margin for small government conservatives in playing this game.
Ivy Leaguers pour money into Hillary campaign
Obama's UN speech:
Catalonia votes for independence
Officials in Giessen have taken to warning their own citizens not to go out alone at night.
Swedes' Homes May Be Confiscated to Accommodate Asylum Seekers
estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital -
See more at:
Monday, September 28. 2015
Duh. What else would the Martians drink? Other than beer?
How Keith Richards became everyone’s favourite Rolling Stone
Eyes down, minds elsewhere, ‘deadwalkers’ are among us
A Trucker Explains What You're Doing Wrong on the Highway
Urban forms: Fall and Rise of the "Euro Block"
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2015
Do children still need to read the classics of English literature?
Confirmed: Pope’s Encounter With Illegal Alien Girl Was Staged
A Dozen Things 'The New Yorker' Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters):
Low Interest Rates Mask the Effects of Job-Killing Policies
How Uncle Sam Uses Behavioral Science
The GOP should "de-traffick" Planned Parenthood
5 Judges: Forcing Contraception Reg on Nuns Like Providing 'Only Non-Kosher Food' to Jewish Prisoner
Maine Mayor Wants Website to Post Name and Address of Welfare Recipients
Liberals Are Done Debating
“They can’t get to yes” = “They won’t give the Democrats everything they want”
Sunday, September 27. 2015
It sure does. It used to be done by wise old politicos in smoke-filled rooms, shrewd guys who really knew the people. Now it's up to the press, amateur and professional.
Saturday, September 26. 2015
Normal Americans would never even consider these sorts of scams. Even normal sleazy and corrupt politicians:
I am waiting for The Donald to label the Clintons as grifters. Somebody needs to say the obvious.
Seattle-area school bans game of 'tag'
Longer fasts might help with weight loss but Americans eat all day long
The deaf people of Chilmark:
Goldman Warns On Limits Of Central Bank Policy: "The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions"
Preschool Can Be Worse Than the Alternative
We’re Sorry For Producing Our Cisgendered Son - I, a patriarchal oppressor, have created more patriarchy. Read, and weep.
Conservative campus newspaper attacked for ‘insensitivity,’ making students ‘emotionally ill’
"Reverse bullying." Related, The art of drawing fouls
The UN Wants To Censor The Entire Internet To Save Feminists’ Feelings
A plea for female frailty. I ain't buying that. I've known lots of women, none frail (but often hypersensitive). See photo of sturdy Fraulein.
Students Double Down, Insist Fake Hate Crime Was Real
Need it to be true
“If I Just Talk To The Police I Can Clear This Up” — The Dangerous Delusion. (h/t Insty)
Marine Le Pen Faces Criminal Charges for Objecting to Islamization of France
Le Pen Faces Criminal Charges for Objecting to Islamization of France -
See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=63400#sthash.flpa2m0B.dpuf
Friday, September 25. 2015
Image stolen from Never Yet Melted
Kids Are Tossing Their Government-Mandated Fruit Straight In The Trash
The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings
How reliable are the climate models?
How to Build a Clock Just Like Ahmed Mohamed in Only 20 Seconds
to Build a Clock Just Like Ahmed Mohamed in Only 20 Seconds - See more
Beneath Chicago’s Gloss - How it is possible for a city this booming to be this broke?
Hillary Screams at Obama: 'Call Off Your F-ing Dogs'
How I learned to stop worrying about immigration and love the Bushies
Marco Rubio Still Promoting Welfare And Full Citizenship For Illegal Aliens
What If Russia’s Foreign Minister Conducted Official Business on an Unsecured Private Server?
US-Trained Syrian Rebel Leader Defects to Al-Qaeda
The Refugee Crisis and Sweden's Perfect Storm
"if liberals are looking for some vacant space, the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard are sparsely populated. Those would be good places to house 50,000 or 100,000 migrants."
The US has 45 million foreign-born residents
Thursday, September 24. 2015
PJ O'Rourke wrote the text years ago: Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics
Have A Doughnut: FDA Transfat Scare Debunked by Study
53 Yogi Berra Quotes: His Funniest One-Liners and Witticisms
How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis
Pope Francis Reverses Position On Capitalism After Seeing Wide Variety Of American Oreos
Faculty at American University: No Trigger Warnings
Insulation increases asthma and allergies
A million little pieces - How America’s smallest cabinet department became a mass of unkillable pet projects. A POLITICO investigation.
Remembering Carly Fiorina at HP
Let’s just keep insisting that those Hungarians are digging their heels in only because they’re bigots and xenophobes.
See the doom? From Watt's Quote of the Week: facts against the Mann:
Wednesday, September 23. 2015
OK, just this last boatload of refugees can come to Italy - then no more.
More below the fold -
Continue reading "Politically-incorrect images"
Photo: Yesterday's pickings from a friend's garden. That's some heritage tomato
Taking down the topmast
Yankees legend Yogi Berra dead at 90
Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum reopens to great acclaim
How Long Should Sex Actually Last?
Commercialization Of Legal Pot Has Led To ‘Epidemic’ For Colorado Kids
VW Scandal Will Speed Up Diesel's Demise
How Ideology Has Hindered Sociological Insight
Alexis de Tocqueville summarized the ideology of progressives by writing the following...
In praise of public housing
Some people just can't or won't make it on their own. Some people are not functional and lack family supports. Even England had poor-houses, as did colonial US.
Angry Muslims Taunt NJ School Officials: “We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon”
The Dream Is Gone: Leonard Cassuto's The Graduate School Mess
Kimball: The race post-Walker
Scott Walker wasn’t unlucky. He was clueless.
Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba
Wrong. Let Putin do the dirty work there. He's good at it. The US has no useful role in the ME messes other than being friendly to Egypt and Turkey.
Obama's Islamic State War Czar Stepping Down
Tuesday, September 22. 2015
The last time I looked, patents were government-protected monopolies. The benefits of patents are debatable in the discussion of free markets. Most economists recognize their value as an tool for creating the incentive for innovation. However, it is recognized as a temporarily assigned privilege.
I don't hold a particular stance on whether or not patents are viable tools. Unlike Jeffrey Tucker, I'd venture that removing patents altogether would not be good for innovation. I'm willing to accept his arguments, they do make a great deal of sense, I just don't think they have practical applications (I could be wrong...saying something doesn't have practical application just means it hasn't been tried, so we're wary. In fact, patents didn't exist for many years and humans still made tremendous innovations without intellectual property rights.)
Since patents are a government rigging of market management (controlling production), perhaps the length of patents should be reduced. Or perhaps upon the sale of a patent, the protections are eliminated within a shortened time frame.
Patents are government regulation and an inhibition on markets. Thus, the government has the means to 'fix' what it broke with patents. That said, the journalist needs to learn quite a bit about what a free market is.
Late note: A comment mentions that Daraprim is off-patent and the firm purchased 'exclusive rights', which the journalist failed to look into and assumed was a patent. I looked into it at lunch, because I'd assume the same thing. There are no 'exclusive rights' without a patent. What the firm purchased was the only factory currently making the drug. There are no 'exclusive rights' at all. By keeping the price down, the current company was making a profit and reducing competition (which should have, oddly enough, brought it up on anti-trust laws). But the new owner may make a short term large margin, only to face a competitor who decides to now enter this market and drive prices down.
All in all, the free market is working far better than this journalist ever imagined, even if the short term hit for people is substantial. My guess is the competition will push the price for the drug far lower than it was previously.
Sex Reassignment Is Latest Company Benefit in Push for Equality
Insurance for cosmetic surgery?
Does Penis Size Matter?
Sex Would Be Simpler if We Were Bonobos
Jon Hamm Finally Won an Emmy. Here’s Why It Took So Long.
Ernst & Young Removes Degree Classification From Entry Criteria As There's 'No Evidence' University Equals Success
Another Faux Indian Turns Up in Academia: Susan Taffe Reed - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/#sthash.cg6xKM4j.dpuf
American Catholics Approve of Pope’s Direction, Poll Finds
George Will: Pope Is a False Prophet
Muslims March Through Streets of Denmark – Demanding a Caliphate
Academic psychologists value diversity, but now find that liberal psychology professors outnumber conservatives 14:1
A Truly Honest Leftist Says Our Incomes and property Are the “Rightful Property” of Government
Hillary! claims she "is a real person"
Monday, September 21. 2015
Prayers for Mary Katherine and family
Palo Alto real estate
Average NYC school janitor makes $109K a year
A Canadian Survivor of Socialized Medicine
Colonel Connell: The Medal and the Man
School lunch study: Visual proof kids are tossing mandated fruits and veggies in trash. In perverse effect, USDA mandate decreased consumption, study shows
A Canadian Survivor of Socialized Medicine
Hoax Exposed: Muslim Student Ahmed Mohamed’s ‘Briefcase Clock’ is 1970s Digital Alarm Clock
Becoming America the not-so-beautiful
The Question No Candidate Will Answer
JEB BUSH IN A DRESS: Top 9 Fun Facts About Carly Fiorina
Pope Francis Misses The Sizable Moral Dimensions To Capitalism
Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II?
Four out of five migrants are NOT from Syria: EU figures expose the 'lie' that the majority of refugees are fleeing war zone
Migration Crisis: Germany Wants to Be "Miss Congeniality" - And Have Europe Pick Up the Tab
Castro Praises Pope For Using Global Warming to Spread Communism
Director David Zucker Targets ‘Idiotic’ Iran Deal With Satire
Xi’s Bluffing Hand*
Frustration grows with Obama over response to China hacks
The Islamic State's suspected inroads into America
Muslims of America terrorist training compounds
Sunday, September 20. 2015
Saturday, September 19. 2015
Undaunted: Attended a charity event last night at which Dinesh D'Souza was the main speaker. A Christian social conservative, entertaining and forceful speaker. He noted that he has had a bumpy year or so (no kidding) and that he has a new documentary coming out next year. I liked him. I just don't get the big fuss about physician-assisted suicide. What's wrong with a little morphine to ease the dying?
Groups Blast Park Service For E-Cig Ban - Vapor contains as much nicotine as eggplants or tomatoes
The Truly Stupid Case For More ZIRP
Conservative student at Yale called ‘bigot,’ pressured to leave campus by peers
The Distorted World of Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Stiff-necked, hateful, and racist blacks are doomed to squander the blessing of having been born in America – the greatest land of opportunity on the planet."
Are Democrats and Republicans talking about the same country?
Democratic elites don’t seem to care much about equality
Obama's Recovery In Just 9 Charts
elites don’t seem to care much about equality - See more at:
Primaries: The Fall Reset
Says Moonbattery: "She has achieved exactly one thing in her life: marrying a dirtbag who constantly cheated on her but who thanks to Ross Perot was elected president."
Germany: Migrants' Rape Epidemic - "We Are the Biggest Brothel in Munich"
Top Imam: Muslim Migrants Should Breed With Europeans to “Conquer Their Countries”
35 MILLION migrants heading to Europe, says Hungary as it builds second fence
US Military Deploys Two Airsoft Battalions To Syria For ‘Operation: Softening Blow’
Is Europe Losing Control Over Its Destiny?
The paper makes a (dubious) economic argument. What about cultural preservation?
Magical Thinking in Indian Agriculture
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