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, September 25. 2017
4 Ancient prayers from the earliest Christians
Compassion, Empathy, Flapdoodle
Why are good men so hard to find?
John DelVecchio wants to Peak at 70
That's a good way to think, but why not 75? Time flies.
Chicago’s Awesome New Soda Tax Produces Predicted Results\
The Ridiculous Expulsion Of Uber From London
What do Leftists want?
UC Berkeley’s ‘Free Speech Week’ officially canceled, appeared to be set-up from the start - Email suggests organizers didn’t intend for the event to happen
Betsy DeVos Strikes Down Title IX 'Dear Colleague' Letter Behind Obama Campus Rape Tribunals
African-Americans need school choice
So does everybody else
The left hated the NFL, until yesterday
Patriots Fans Rain Down Boo’s Upon 20 Hate-filled Players
It is strange, but nobody pays money to watch athletes display their politics - whatever they are. I still don't know what all this is about other than another Trumpian circus. Pres. Trump is a hit new TV reality show with a crazy new theme each week for people to talk about. Meanwhile, behind the stage, his admin is doing lots of things.
Oppressed Multi-Millionaire Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee
Vladimir Putin did not hack the election. Barack Obama did. . . .
NY Times Uses Earthquakes To Bash Trump
Fighting Fire with Fire: A Republican Finally Co-opts Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
Sunday, September 24. 2017
Over the transom:
With the publishing of her new book, seems only fair (and balanced) to take a look at excerpts from the 2014 Tax Return for the Clinton Foundation. These are public documents.
2014 Total revenue (line 12) $177,804,612
Total grants to charity (line 13) $5,160,385 (that's less than 3%)
Total expenses of $91,281,145 Expenses include:
They list 486 employees (line 5) plus 400 volunteers (line 6)
"Fair Analysis: It took 486 (886?) people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and expenses to give away $5.1 MILLION. Geez, wonder what all those folks wuz really doin?
Line 22 shows ending year net assets/fund balances of $332,471,349 which is up $85,171,891 from last year's tax return! (No substantial asset increase in 2015 when she was running.....hmmm)
- All these contributions were pure charitable donations?...it's another fair question that should leap to anyone's mind.
Saturday, September 23. 2017
Why Onions Make You Cry
Dogs’ Love of Man Is Real
Do You Want To Be a Wife?
Why Can't My Famous Gender Nonconforming Friends Get Laid?
Sheesh. My apologies for linking that.
Latest News from the Insane Asylum in New Haven
Climate Deniers Just Want To Protect The Status Quo That Gave Them Great Lives Or Something
When can we expect the next ice age?
" Large numbers of my friends and acquaintances are climate skeptics, and many of them spend a good deal of their time feeling down in the dumps about the subject...."
Tom Price’s Entitlement Spending
The Puerto Rican Prophecy of Leonard Bernstein
"Always a hurricane blowing..."
St. Louis Aldermen Pass Resolution to Honor Heroin Dealer who Tried to Run Over Cops
"California’s Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids."
Battle Over Confederate Monuments Moves to the Cemeteries
It's never enough
Academics Denounce Responsible Lifestyle as White Supremacist
Protesters Interrupt Comey’s Speech At Howard University
Democrats Are Gifting the Median Voter to Republicans
Jimmy Kimmel Got a Hand From Chuck Schumer in His Fight Against Obamacare Repeal
Lying RINO John McCain Says He Cannot Support Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill – But Ran on Repealing Obamacare
Democrats will use any excuse not to give power back to the states or the people
The US Navy – It’s Not a Job, It’s a Total Cluster
Friday, September 22. 2017
The point is that I had a few hundred attacks on my computer over 48 hours, some foiled and some not. Some of these evil programs penetrated my email and my laptop. Of course, nobody cares about my info, but I do not like roaming intruder programs, worms and all that, messing with my machine. Russians?
So the guys in Delhi sold me on a fancy new firewall and got rid of a lot of stuff that CCleaner could not. My old firewall was obsolete, about 4 years old. As readers know, it is a bit creepy the way the techies can take over your machine and do whatever they need to do. I guess you just have to trust them.
I'm a brain scientist and I let my son play football
New Cotinga Tree Of Life Sheds Light On Evolution Of Brilliant Colors
Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System
Where did Syphilis come from?
Missing from Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam’: The patriotism and pride of those who fought
Ken Burns' Vietnam: Episode 1. Very Good, But 2 Omissions
Duh: Unemployment, single parenthood, youth
Debt-Serdom and Our Neofuedal Status Quo
Indeed, governments are Tax Farmers
Related, With Popular Single-Payer Plan, Bernie Sanders Enters New Territory: A Wealth Tax
An annual tax on your life savings should be popular. That is, in addition to any income it generates. How about an annual 10% tax on your net assets?
Clapper Claims FISA Wiretap Of Paul Manafort Conducted Without His Knowledge
Why CNN told you Trump's campaign was wiretapped
Trump’s ‘sovereignty’ talk was what the UN needed to hear
Merkel’s Great Transformation
North Korean leader on Trump: ‘I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire’
China and the art of the deal
Thursday, September 21. 2017
Put the Holy Back in “Holiday” - Dear rabbis: skip the politics these High Holy Days.
Immigration: Tucker claims that the Dems want to replace deplorable American voters with new ones. Watch the video.
Did Fashion Week Just Signal a Return to Classic Femininity?
For the 100th time, What is Art?
“The directors of the new movie don’t seem to realize that Bobby Riggs is the one viewers want to hang out with:”
Why Do We Encourage Gender Specific Clothes for Transgender Kids, but Gender Neutral Clothes for Straight Kids?
Why This Mom Can’t Go to the Playground With Her Kids
Quackademic Medicine at UC Irvine - UC Irvine Medicine School opens a center for integrative medicine, selling out to promote quackery in medicine.
Judge Reopens Market to Christian Farmers Banned Over Same-Sex Marriage Stance; City 'Disappointed'
Really? A disappointed city?
Monumental Ignorance — Dumbing Down America - At UVA, moronic identity politics takes precedent over knowledge and truth.
School Choice: Matt Damon Elevates Hypocrisy to an Art Form
Scientist Smacks Down Al Gore’s Claim That Harvey Brought ‘500,000 year rains’
The Myth That Climate Change Created Harvey, Irma
From the “The Stupid, It Burns” Department: “Science denial not limited to political right”
"Extraordinary & Worrisome" - WSJ Demands To Know How FBI 'Meddled' In 2016 Elections
Sharyl Attkisson Rages "Looks Like Obama Spied On Trump, Just Like He Did To Me"
What if the Republican candidate for president was put under surveillance by a Democratic administration that was trying to elect another Democrat?
"This is much worse than Watergate, folks. That was a third-rate burglary that went awry."
'Rocket Man' aside, Trump's UN speech marks another kind of shift
Nikki Haley: The world now calls Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man'
All in all, Trump has had a pretty good eight months
Slowly learning the job
Egypt's Sisi Urges Palestinians to Unite, Co-Exist With Israelis
And lose their scapegoat? Not gonna happen
Austin Bay: Russia's War in Ukraine and War Games in Belarus
Wednesday, September 20. 2017
To our readers in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: Be safe and hang in there.
In Yankeeland, Apple Pie is for breakfast
“The IKEA Humans: The Social Base of Contemporary Liberalism “
These handicapped New Yorkers are behind hundreds of lawsuits
It's a career
The challenges of driving a yellow cab in the age of Uber
‘Vietnam’ Episode 2: There’s an iceberg ahead, but the ship speeds up
Memo to civic leaders: Don't sell out your cities for Amazon's new headquarters
Amazon is trolling governments for freebies
Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’
Climanutters Link California Earthquake With ‘Climate Change’
Even Hobby Lobby Cotton Is Racist These Days
CRITICS SLAM DEVOS FOR BEING FAIR
Powerline: THE WAGES OF BORKING
Soros-Funded Activists Demand Democrats Oppose Border Security At Any Cost…
We Didn't Normalize Trump. We Normalized the Left's Violence.
James Woods Nails CNN With Three Story Headlines About Wiretapping Trump Team
How is this different from Watergate?
‘Freakin’ unbelievable’! Politico writer DEFENDS Kim Jong-un after Trump’s #UNGA speech
Nationalism without isolationism: Trump’s UN triumph
Don't look now, but Donald Trump's strategy is beating ISIS in Syria
Tuesday, September 19. 2017
Straight talk at the UN? The MSM girls and boys were clutching their pearls: Trump at the UN: Key Quotes
Image above: Testing dog training. Command is Sit, or Sit, Stay. My dogs were tested on squirrels.
Organic Marketing Is Losing A Key Government Advocate
My plan for 2018 is to avoid anything labeled organic
Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests
RIP Irony 2017
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Radical Leftward Drift - Have some liberal politics with your cereal!
Shocking idea: Getting Back To "Bourgeois Basics"?
Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters
Ian Buruma: A Jihad Apologist at the Helm of the New York Review of Books
Nobody reads it anyway.
SCENES FROM ACADEMIA: A Campus Conservative’s Year Facing Anger, Doxing and Intimidation.
EU Report Characterizes Opposition to Abortion as a Crime Against Humanity
Underreported: What Happened When Government Tried to Fix a Coal Town
New England's Illinois: Connecticut's Budget Mess Shows That States Can't Tax Themselves to Prosperity
DALLAS "INVESTIGATING" BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S "CONNECTION TO THE CONFEDERACY"
Why Is Google Hiring 1,000 Journalists To Flood Newsrooms Around America?
Z-man: " The sole reason for Schumer to exist in Washington is to guide troublesome Republicans through the process of committing political suicide."
Tucker Carlson UNLEASHES on Illegal Alien: ‘You Don’t Have a Right to Demand Anything!’
Obama update: Retiree On Pension Still Has Not Made Enough Money, Occupies Wall Street … Sort Of
$400,000 per Wall St. speech. I am envious. That's a good pay day.
NYT Reporter: Hillary Thought “It Was Our Job” To Get Her Elected
She was right
Is he beating his wife?
Trump's Gentle-Seeming U.N. Reforms Are Really An Ultimatum: Reform Or Die
Around the world in 80 days (day 16) Okinawa: Remembering who we once were
London Update: West to Blame for Islamic Terrorism
The London bomber was a teenage refugee
Hungary Builds A Wall, Cuts Illegal Immigration By Over 99 Per Cent
Palestinians Imprison Journalists for Exposing Corruption
48% of east Jerusalem parents want Israeli school curriculum
Israeli Innovation Behind iPhone X – Will They Boycott Apple?
Monday, September 18. 2017
h/t American Digest
All of this saddens me deeply because I have visions of where it all ends up. Condell is your Jeremiah, people.
Is colonialism bad for colonies? Third World Quarterly publishes “The Case for Colonialism” leading to censorship demands
Worked out pretty well for the USA
Somewhat related, Facebook and Google are the new colonial powers.
Photo is a member of the Cajun Navy in Houston
How to Use Body Language to Create a Dynamite First Impression
How dealing with difficult people can make you a better person
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING STRUGGLE IN OUR DAILY LIVES
Beijing Start-Up Now Offers Sex Dolls For Rent
Think Gentrification Is Bad? The Opposite Is Worse
An Experiment Gives Cash Aid To The Poor. Is That Ethical?
" As I got to know my new Midwest home, I realize how living in a bubble and subscribing to the Middle America stereotypes is truly damaging to this country."
Warren Buffett wins $1M bet made a decade ago that the S&P 500 stock index would outperform hedge funds
Climate Change Advocate Urges Everyone To Flee The Coasts
EPA evaluating ‘red teams’ to challenge climate science
Equifax: A musician as head of security
MOVING THE GOAL POST ON RACISM - How has a nation that twice elected a black president suddenly become "racist"?
Secretary DeVos Begins to Rectify the Title IX Mistake
Evergreen State Settles Lawsuit With Bret Weinstein and Wife for $500K
Related, THE REVOLUTION TURNS ON ITS BASE
Why the statue-smashers will never stop
NY Times Reporter Sends Out Most Idiotic Tweet Ever
Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal
Trump vs. Psychiatrists: Who's Crazier?
Trump Is Ready to Sell Out His Base. Quelle surprise. (As a liberal elite might say.)
To make their tax plan work, Republicans eye a favorite blue-state break
The lefty attorneys general’s obsessive war on Trump
Latest Google scandal exposes hypocrisy of liberal Attorneys General
Europe – Time to Say Goodbye
England: "How to do your makeup after an acid attack" You're kidding, right? What about..."How to pretend you have a leg when it's blown off"?
Stunning poll reveals widespread backlash against refugee immigration in developed countries
Is China using NK as a pawn?
Sunday, September 17. 2017
Renowned psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on the Goldwater Rule: We have a duty to warn if someone may be dangerous to others. Lifton is not alone in that view, by any means.
However, Lifton's career has been about expanding his professional role from his office to the larger world. Big mistake. The truth is that we in the shrinkology fields have a terrible time just trying to understand one person in our office. When it comes to strangers, or the larger world, we are as much amateur opinion-vendors as anybody else.
Maybe it's Lifton's grandiosity (but I am doing the same thing to him now) but, more likely, it's pure political animosity from disappointed Hillary fans. About half the country voted for The Donald so maybe we (I include myself, voted for him with a mix of disgust and delight, choosing Buffoon over Wicked Witch, but few of my colleagues have admitted to doing so) are all nuts. After all, Trump is just a messenger.
Using diagnoses as projectiles is simply rotten behavior. If you hate somebody, just say so in plain English. Recent history shows that ploys like Lifton's have been most obviously directed towards Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan. Any pattern?
Saturday, September 16. 2017
Who Can Afford to Write Like John McPhee?
Why Doctors (And Everybody Else) Should Read Books by Nassim Taleb
If You Think Everyone Else Has More Friends, You’re Not Alone
Elite skier shows off his absurdly difficult workout course. Video
Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn
I will gladly sow gender confusion in kids. It’s my duty to.
Becoming a man is a tough job
Lloyd Marcus on real racism
A state demands grade inflation
Berkeley, home of the No Free Speech Movement
Half of Americans Don’t Know Free Speech is a Guaranteed Right
Half of Americans have below-average intelligence too. Government needs to fix that.
Unsurprisingly, “Free” Healthcare from Government Is Very Expensive
SANDERS ADMITS HIS HEALTH PLAN WILL BANKRUPT THE US
Dream Act Inexplicably Excludes Legal Immigrant Dreamers, Requires Applicants Violate the Law
Crazy and unfair
Trump Administration Takes First Baby Steps Pushing Back Against The Dependency State
Australia’s discoverer James Cook: another racist to be erased.
North Korea Experiencing One Of The Worst Famines In Country’s History…
Friday, September 15. 2017
OK, maybe he is a snotty know-it-all but he is a Harvard Law deplorable and they can be like that.
The Q&A is fun. A quick thinker.
From Charles Murray, Giving a speech on a college campus is easy, if the adults are in charge.
Why are viruses considered to be non-living?
The seven oldest cities in the world
What Is the World's Oldest Photograph?
Pope (Again) Shills For Islam On 9/11 Anniversary…
How Obama's EPA Nearly Bankrupted John Duarte's Farm (New at Reason) A controversial rule on water pollution allowed the agency to micromanage private land use.
Connecticut: How to drive jobs out of your state
CT is writing the manual on that
Folsom School Warns ‘USA’ Chant Could Send ‘Unintended Message’
Berkeley Receives Grant To “Honor The Legacy” Of Marxist Terrorist Group
UC-Berkeley profs urge campus boycott, shutdown during upcoming ‘Free Speech Week’
How is that for juxtaposition?
Et Tu, Boise State? Professor Explains the Culture Wars, Campus Erupts
The illiberal arts
Does The California State Bar Have A Race Problem?
Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy
Federal Judge Deals Major Blow to Gore and #ExxonKnew Crusaders
50% of Millennials would give up their right to vote to get student loans erased
They would give up their vote for free education, that is. Interesting.
HILLARY’S ANTI-PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - Her malicious book reveals why she should never have been president.
Clintonian corruption: Laureate CEO Who Paid Bill Clinton $17M For Part-Time Work Steps Down
'Pay-to-play' at Clinton State Department exposed in new emails, watchdog says
Who wants to deport “dreamers”? Not many people, it turns out.
So more illegal immigrant should have broken the law for their kids. Honest foreign parents applied for immigration status and never got here.
Nationalism: Tribalism Marches On!
Sweden's New Instability
Rewarding Terrorists in the Baltic Countries
North Korea’s Destabilizing Role in the Middle East
Trump can improve the Iran deal
Fix or nix the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu demands ahead of Trump meeting
Thursday, September 14. 2017
"Sister Margaret Ann holds a chainsaw near Miami, Florida, on September 12, 2017. Police said the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma."
Bless her, but those are not safe tree-cutting garments.
See Inside David Rockefeller's Westchester Country House - Known as Hudson Pines, the 75-acre estate is on the market for $22 million.
It is relatively modest. Rockefellers aren't showy.
Proof that red wine IS good for you - Expert says it can improve memory, decrease your chance of stroke and reduce risk of heart disease
Watch This Burger Flipping Robot Do Everything But Demand A Minimum Wage Hike
Laura Ingraham set for 10 pm slot as Fox News Channel moves to secure ratings dominance
Mrs. BD thinks I am in love with Laura
California’s poverty rate remains nation’s highest
Protesters Cover Statue Of Jefferson At UVA, Label Him ‘A Racist And A Rapist’
UC Berkeley Professor Cancels Class After Students Complain About 'Militarized Campus' For Shapiro Speech
MILO To Bring Navy SEAL Squad To Berkeley “Free Speech Week” As Security Fears Mount
HAVE COLLEGES COMPLETELY LOST THEIR MINDS?
Not enough Americans know what their government is for to make sensible demands of it.
Has The NYT Gone Collectively Mad?
Hillary Clinton's Alternative Take On What "1984" Was All About
Clinton State Department silenced them on Benghazi security lapses, contractors say
Politico: Teflon Don confounds Democrats - Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show none of it's working.
‘A new strategy’ for Trump? Democrats cautious but encouraged by fresh outreach.
Is Trump getting rolled?
New book by Chesler: Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women
Wednesday, September 13. 2017
Elk Noises & a Party Crasher
Having a beer might help get your creative juices flowing.
Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals
Or a trannie?
Silent heart attacks
They are common
U.S. middle-class incomes reached highest-ever level in 2016
The secret of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy
Menton: How To Deal With Equifax
Pope Francis: Climate Change Deniers 'Stupid' After Hurricanes
He's been studying paleoclimatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling in his spare time
I blame climate change
Another VICTIM OF THE SPLC
Hurricane Hillary: Was Irma Over-Hyped?
Hillary Clinton: Deplorable book, deplorable person
Related: The failed candidate’s awkward book misfires on all fronts, obsesses over sexism, and even drags David Foster Wallace into the whole mess.
Trump to consider more aggressive policy towards Iran
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