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, March 27. 2015
I see no virtue in economic equalizing. It never worked anywhere, and efforts to impose it by force generally end up with plutocratic, privileged bureaucrats and a nation of serfs serving the State. Why ‘inequality’ can be ‘beautiful’. Furthermore, many people do not base their life choices on money but instead on things more important to them.
Poverty in the US? Let's define it first. The US has an extensive safety net able to contain the unfortunate, the feckless, the mentally-ill, the temporarily out of work, etc., etc. We even go overboard with disability, providing for people who could easily do something useful in the world but are working the system. Nobody in the US goes without food, shelter, and a big screen TV if they want those things. Notable also is that US poverty stats do not include any government charity or private charity contributions. Of course, family always helps out first, and that is ignored too.
Still, poverty will never go away as long as it is defined as the lowest x% of US income. I am still awaiting the official study which can tell me exactly who "the poor" are in America, and whether they care. NYT: How poor are the poor?
Nutrients Are Pesticides: The Dose Makes The Poison
Will Amanda Knox Be Dragged Back to Italy in Murder Case?
Law in Italy is not like Anglo-American law
"I played rugby for several years (for Harvard Business School, of all
We don’t expect a biologist to love bacteria in the way we expect an English professor to love Jane Austen.
This person is against space colonialism
To me it signifies a rebellious attitude. If it signifies something else to you, that's not really my problem.
Four (Black) Cops Killed in Seven Days -- Where´s the Outrage?
Cartoonists convicted for insulting Turkey's Erdogan
Law in the middle east is not like Anglo-American law
Thursday, March 26. 2015
The totalitarian impulse is omnipresent, and must be resisted at all times. The "offence principle," however, is nothing but a self-ridiculing bullying tactic which deserves mockery rather that resistance. If you equate offense with a wound, you live on the wrong planet. I am offended by people and things continuously, and that's normal life. But this is not really about emotional wounds - it's a bullying tactic and rarely if ever genuine. Not that that matters anyway.
"Offence" becomes offense.
We are not really Conservative though, more Centrist/ordinary American with a Libertarian bias. Nevertheless, we appreciate any form of attention.
John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg share the Abel Prize
Saddleback Church takes over Angel Stadium for 35th anniversary celebration
Conservationists Attempting To Get Head Start On Mars
Everything causes cancer
Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About
4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in My Twenties - It's never too late to learn what you wish you'd known.
Gentrify! No matter what you do, modern liberals will tell you you're wrong.
Geneticist hired then fired by NYT
California Governor Jerry Brown claims Global Warming causes extreme cold
Homeland Security watchdog faults visa official for helping insiders
Cleaning Up Obama's Strategic Mess
Yemen 2015: From Success to Cesspool
Revealing Israel's Nuclear Secrets - The Pentagon Declassifies a Surprising 1987 Report
Wednesday, March 25. 2015
One of my proposals is for kids to learn stuff anyway they can, with degrees issued by degree-offering institutions following oral and written examinations.
You can tell quickly whether a person knows their stuff in an oral exam. You can ramp up your questions to determine the limits of their knowledge and thinking. If some kids need to be spoon-fed their education, so be it. There's been enough of this overly-costly "college experience" nonsense.
You can almost do that today, but you still have to pay. One of the brightest fellows I know got his BS in Physics from a highly-prestigious university in three years without ever going to class, while playing drums in a touring rock band. Picked up the syllabi, and showed up for exams.
What's your opinion?
Photo: Yankeeland, this week (thanks, reader)
Obamacare for pets
...if you like your veterinarian, you can keep your veterinarian.
For Many Americans, Opposition To ObamaCare Has Become Personal
NYC Board of Health's new, stricter rules for day cares limit how much juice kids can drink, cut 'sedentary' time
In spirit of Revolutionary War, students win right to hold “American Pride” dance
What? You still have to "win the right?"
Why Would Anybody Want To Celebrate American Pride In LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS?
These people are mentally disturbed
Our classrooms have become more and more like cocoons just as the real world has become harsher.
Academia is a strange, distant planet
Rolling Stone: Yeah, About That UVA Gang-Rape Story…
That girl appears to be a criminal, and damaged the cause of anybody who has been raped
Kirsten Gillibrand: Don't Blame The "Victim" Who Invented The UVA
Why just college girls? Why not all girls?
Even If God Didn’t Give Us The Constitution We Should Act Like He Did - A partial defense of Ted Cruz
Uber drivers attacked by taxi drivers in Brussels
Hillary Won't Take Questions After Speech Promising Open Relationship with Press
Rep. Peter King Will “Jump Off A Bridge” If Ted Cruz Gets Nominated
The New Yorker calls latino Ted Cruz an "uppity loudmouth"
Good bit from BBC
PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST CHRONICLES BRUTAL LIFE OF MUSLIM SISTER WIVES
Mind Games: Alexander Dugin and Russia’s War of Ideas
I don't think so
Which Country Is Europe’s Biggest Problem?
Tuesday, March 24. 2015
What do you think? As we noted, no teleprompter.
The Alphabet of Satire - Rube Goldberg was a laugh machine for seven decades.
A book: Hemingway in Love
Harvard kid hijacks Yale campus tour
Salmon: The beast of the Danube
Gene-Altered Apples and Potatoes Are Safe, F.D.A. Says
Helping Black Men Thrive
Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College
The chronic shortage of inexpensive housing is really a blaring signal for government to get out of the way.
Hearing Witness Says ACA Hasn’t Helped Small Employers
It was not intended to
This Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants Because of Obamacare
Surber: State employees game the system
They are not gaming it. They are responding to incentives - and they do not like their jobs.
... there are 270 reasons Democrats have aided and abetted and become accomplices
"Look, Ma - no teleprompter." Liberal Prof Dershowitz: Cruz was “Off the Charts Brilliant”
'Risk Has Gotten Greater': German Jews Advised Against Wearing Kippah
Iranian Vulnerability - Their nuclear progress can still be stopped.
The Iran time bomb
NATO chief: Russia still sending arms to Ukraine
Monday, March 23. 2015
Why would any on-campus crime be handled any differently than an off-campus crime? Colleges today find themselves in a funny spot. Are they in loco parentis, or not? Do they enforce morals, or not? Do they have codes of behavior, or not? They certainly seem to have absurd speech codes. In any event, I would take them out of the criminal justice business.
Pythons wipe out rabbits—and much more—in Everglades
California has plenty of water
Mystery Mammals' Ancestry Was Revealed by Proteins, Not DNA
Louise, their middle child, was diagnosed with severe autism and psychosis as a teen
This Week’s Consumer Product Safety Recall is…YARN
Students Are Literally 'Hiding from Scary Ideas,' Or Why My Mom's Nursery School Is Edgier Than College - Safe spaces are infantilizing and insulting.
Is 50 shades about women enjoying porn?
A friend calls it 50 shades of grey hair
BLUE STATE UTOPIA: Chicago Public Schools Circle the Drain
Why the Ethanol Mandate Is Terrible Policy - Politicians of both parties may bow before Big Corn, but the biofuel requirement is an unmanageable economic distortion.
The Real Price of Lies - There can be no free society without trust.
Hillary's Campaign Is Built on a Shaky Foundation - Are conflicts of interest inevitable when the Clintons are involved?
Why Not Destroy Records to Hide Race Discrimination?
Re Iran, Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool
Egypt's Sisi wants to defeat radical Islam. When will Obama, US support him?
Petraeus, in Iran Warning, Echoes Netanyahu’s Point In Speech to Congress
Saturday, March 21. 2015
It must be Spring - it snowed all night again.
The Beauty of France's Chauvet Cave Makes its Grand Public Debut
From trigger warnings to "free speech zones," the First Amendment is in peril on campus.
Related, Who's Afraid of Laura Kipnis?
Hunting and romantic desire
Men are made to hunt and kill
At some point, ZIRP loses its effect except by inflating the market. The Fed should not give a damn about securities markets
Hymowitz: The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies - Rejecting the Moynihan report caused untold, needless misery.
Founder of Greenpeace: Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic
The Democrats Have a New Warren/De Blasio, and He’s Awful (UPDATED) - Rahm Emanuel challenger Chuy Garcia is setting progressive hearts aflutter, largely because his economic ideas are terrible
Hillary Clinton wants to send all Americans back to camp because they are not having enough fun
Clinton Foundation Did Not Disclose Donors
What is it with these Clintons?
Diplomatic disaster: Obama humiliated by allies’ rush to join China’s new bank -Britain, France, Germany, Italy sign on as Beijing courts Australia, South Korea
China’s Weapons of Mass Consumption - What will happen when Beijing floods the world with cheap aircraft and warships?
Krauthammer: No Peace Any Time Soon, but Not Because of Bibi
Top violator of women's rights around the world? It's Israel says UN
"Reform" in Turkey
Stakelbeck Exposes ISIS Threat to America
I am still not convinced
What’s the Diplomatic Breakout Time for Stopping an Iranian Bomb?
Where's the Coverage? Israeli Elections Overseen by… Israeli Arab
U.S. Confirms North Korean Sub Missiles - China building new multi-warhead ICBM
Friday, March 20. 2015
We often wonder what is gained by contributing all of this money, but in a Blue State you are at their mercy so you just try not to think about it. With all its dying cities filled with government-dependents, its liberal gentry, and the union power, you're screwed.
The higher they raise them, the faster they drive away the people who can pay them. It's a shame, because it's a wonderful little state with plenty of history, recreation, rural beauty, schools and universities, educated people, social life, every kind of church, seaside, rivers, real seasons, etc.
It's Spring, with snow coming today, 1 below zero F in Rumford, Maine, and the migrating Fox Sparrows scratching in the underbrush
What Is Honor? [VIDEO]
A book: Wild Bill Wellman
Manatees doomed. Population up 25%
Tongue Rolling and 5 Other Oversimplified Genetic Traits
In a Platonic dialogue, Socrates describes Homer as “the best and most divine of the poets.” Not a bad blurb...
Yes. Girls ahead.
More on "positive interventions"
WaPo columnist regrets supporting ‘hands up’ mantra
Time for a conversation about Starbucks:
States Should Defy Unlawful EPA Carbon Dioxide Rules
Kasich Looks to Republican Primaries, ‘Ohio Story’ in Hand
He looks 100 years old
Inequality is not poverty
The Clinton Foundation stinks, and the press is finding it hard to ignore the stench.
DHS released another 30,000 criminal aliens onto streets
CIA Says Muslims Join ISIS Because of … Economics - "Devotion to Islam" never makes the cut among progressives.
This is because they lack multicultural understanding
Red Cross Case Raises Questions About How Nonprofits Handle Complaints
Egypt Fights ISIS—Obama Cuts Off Egypt - With Egypt in distress, the Obama administration's behavior is strange
What France Really Thinks of U.S. Iran Policy
5 Surprising Facts About Nigeria's Economy
No Friends but the Mountains: The Fate of the Kurds
China Dominates the Scramble for the South China Sea
A New York Times Editorial Bashes Israeli Democracy
They are no direct threat to the US
Thursday, March 19. 2015
I recently read that there are only 1 million Americans with net worth of $5-25 million, and only 142,000 Americans with over $25 million in net worth. There are so many millionaires in NYC, you would think it's normal and end up with a distorted view of life.
All inequality statistics could be solved by confiscating all of these wealthy assets. However, it would not even put a dent in American's debt to China. Another problem is that those people would go out and do it again, so best just to take their money and houses and stuff and then kill them, and kill their kids too just to be on the safe side. Kill the kulaks.
Maybe better just to confiscate the wealth of old people who lack the energy to make money again. Hey - there's a policy to campaign on.
Helping the Irish during the potato blight
There were many sides to Leonard Nimoy. But there was one you may not have expected.
Hoop skirts are racist
Women never forget a grievance
British Girls Raped by Muslim Gangs on "Industrial Scale"
Obama Administration’s ‘Race-Based’ Discipline Policies Increase School Violence
The "root cause" of that teen violence is human nature, untamed.
Related, How do you misinterpret a punch in the face?
Ethanol: No Glory in the Hawkeye State
Who will have the balls to call out the ethanol scam?
Would they try that on a Muslim chaplain?
Ben Carson Forgets Baltic States Are in NATO, Dates Islam to Before Christ in Flubbed Foreign Policy Interview
Good fellow with midlife crisis, ought to stick with doctoring
Marine Vet Prisoner Tells Tehran to Keep Their Passport: He’s 100 Percent American
Qualifiers of Obama’s Immigration Program Could Earn $1.3 Trillion in Government Benefits Over Lifetime
Everything free in America
‘Deep Investigation’ Coming from Congress on U.S. Funding for Anti-Netanyahu Efforts
Obama Won’t Congratulate Bibi — But He Congratulated Erdogan, Sisi, Rouhani … and Putin!
Wednesday, March 18. 2015
Jim Bridger. The greatest Plainsman
The $1,400 Appliance Your Kitchen Needs
My kitchen doesn't need it
The Dodge Hellcat
The poor man's Pagani
How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero
There Is No ‘Proper English’ Never mind the grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak
Wrong. There is formal, precise writing and speech, there is casual/informal, and there is sloppy
Oil glut continues, CO2 didn’t rise last year and Gore wants all “deniers” treated as criminals
Dolce & Gabbana Targeted for Pro-Family Remarks, Opposition to Same-Sex Parenting
Sowell on minimum wage: Ruinous "Compassion"
The minimum wage is zero
Obamacare’s Second Open Season: Average Premium Up 23 Percent – After Subsidies
Al Gore Should Run for President… It Would Be Hilarious
Hillary Clinton Lies... A Lot
Krauthammer: Hillary! 'acted to destroy the files'
Hillary! Will be President Of Nothing
Haitian Leader’s Power Grows as Scandals Swirl
There is no way to help these people
Euphoria fades in Crimea after a year of Russian rule
Crappy place before, still crappy
Washington Should Stop Equating Ugly Regimes with Security Threats
Tuesday, March 17. 2015
I want to remind readers that the "morning link" post is a group effort by Maggie's Farmers, readers, friends, and others who suggest links. As is clear from our posts, we do not try to do the news but sometimes we just have to. Generally speaking, we post things of interest to us and things and viewpoints likely to be overlooked by the dogmatic part of the MSM. That's the idea, anyway.
Please feel free to submit ideas, but don't feel hurt if we don't use them. There is only so much time and space.
Being Nice to Women Is a Sign of Sexism
Campus rapes: Colleges cannot handle it
Why would assaults be handled differently on a campus than off a campus?
Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly ‘Avid Gun Owners’
Climate Change Is Putting Your Morning Coffee At Risk
Not from The Onion
49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies
Thomas Piketty backtracks
White House calling the shots - In the months since Republicans took charge of Congress, GOP divisions have given the upper hand to Obama.
DOJ lawyer: Hillary’s Email Defense Is Laughable - I should know—I ran FOIA for the U.S. government.
Republican Presidential Candidate: Your Ammo Is Prepared For You
It's not just about ISIS: Two consecutive American administrations have made a horrible mess of the always volatile Middle East.
Yes, the ME is reverting to its norm. For over 100 years, Western involvement in the ME has done little for them or for us.
el-Sisi: The Egyptian bet
Hopeful news. Visiting Egypt is on my bucket list - not just to see the monuments, but to see the country. They had a golden age long ago, but the peasants there never had one and still do not.
Is it naive to deny that other nations will pursue their own interests? A Blueprint for Failure - How enemies become friends—and vice versa.
Monday, March 16. 2015
I am not sure whether there is any dishonor or crime the Clintons could commit which would dampen their popularity. It's a puzzle to me. The Bonny and Clyde of American politics, I guess.
I read somewhere today that she had been fired from the legal team of the Watergate Commission and called a liar by her boss. But of course everything is just political smears or it's "old news."
Of course, none of this necessarily discredits her policy ideas, but I do not know what they are either.
Manhattan Studios Set Rent Record as Tenants Go Small
A big fat surprise for dietary dogma:
That's why we must always be skeptical
March is Women’s History Month: A good time to address the 18% gender pay gap at the White House
I don't think it's that simple
"Cancel All Student Debt" - The Petitions Begin
Did economic incentives destroy lower-income families?
If you want to know what Hillary Clinton would be like as president, you’re seeing it right now.
Michael Douglas finds Judaism and faces anti-Semitism
Let Us Count the Gulags - Why utopian dreams inevitably become totalitarian nightmares.
Navy, USMC, Coast Guard unveil strategy - U.S. maritime strategy, revamped for 1st time since 2007, puts more ships abroad
3 Chinese Weapons of War the U.S. Navy Should Fear
UN Religious Freedom Expert presents report to the Human Rights Council on country visit to Vietnam
Sweden's Middle East Policy in Ruins
economic incentives destroy lower-income families? - See more at:
Saturday, March 14. 2015
Some thoughts about Mr. and Mrs. Clinton below the fold so as not to overburden our front page with annoying Clinton links -
It's an issue of character. We all know not to look for high character in those inclined towards careers in politics but, policies aside, I think the Left can do better than these grifters and con artists. Even their "marriage" is a fraud, and so is the Clinton Foundation.
I think even the MSM press is weary of them and their endless BS. I am, anyway. Rejected once; why try again?
And I'll ask once again, How does one accumulate a $200 million bank account and a $2 billion slush fund in "a life devoted to public service"? Perhaps that trick can be listed as one of her major life accomplishments. I am impressed by that.
She is the "I went to Wellesley, and I married a sociopathic redneck politician" candidate. Wow.
From one of our links below:
Continue reading "Clinton update links"
I will put all Clinton updates in a separate post today so it's easy to avoid if you're sick of it
An amusing book, and still accurate: The Official Preppy Handbook
A magazine, new to me: Range
In Praise of Table Manners - Miss Manners was right all along.
Brain abnormalities and poor long-term memory among young cannabis users
Cause or effect?
“P.S. With sustained practice, my guru believes I can be the best meditator in the commune.”
Casual Sex May Be Improving America’s Marriages - One-night stands and friends with benefits are just what your brain ordered.
UCI student’s epic response to his school’s ‘flag ban’ exposes truth behind decision
NASA Scientist Warns "California Has One Year Of Water Left"
Convicted illegal immigrants arrested in ICE sweep kept in US under Obama action
Kay S. Hymowitz: The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies - Rejecting the Moynihan report caused untold, needless misery.
Forget Reagan — Could Scott Walker Be the Next Calvin Coolidge?
We liked Calvin
A brief compendium of priceless antiquities ISIS has destroyed for “purification”
Russians are insane
Saudi Nuke Deal Reignites Fears of Middle East Arms Race
Friday, March 13. 2015
Missing The Lampoon
There Are Over 200 Bodies on Mount Everest, And They’re Used as Landmarks
What scares the new atheists - The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing
Doesn't sound too bad to me. The lost small towns of America. Plus everybody is fat.
Breaking: Sex with animals still illegal in UK
Millennials in America are atrocious at math — and not great at reading, either
Americans Name Government as No. 1 U.S. Problem
When Liberals Blew It by blowing off Pat Moynihan
David Horowitz: The Left’s Destruction of Inner-City Communities
FERGUSON SUPPORTERS CELEBRATE SHOOTING OF POLICE OFFICERS - "Best day Ferguson has had in years"
An excess of tolerance
Democrats Have No Bench? Be Serious.
This is why Hillary Clinton gives me a headache
Is America Still a Military Superpower?
Iran’s Drones Loom Over the World’s Oil Tankers - Drone footage places armed robot over the Strait of Hormuz
U.S. Warplanes Are Helping Iran Win
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