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, June 30. 2016
Photo: If you know what that is, you are old
Grizzly Bear Kills Mountain Biker Near West Glacier
Army of 1,000 Ducks Used as Brilliant Pesticide Alternative
Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party
California Hits the Brakes on High-Speed Rail Fiasco
Warmist guru Michael Mann tells DNC platform committee to use scary
Don’t blame Brits for the Brexit: The EU strayed from its roots in
Time to invade Britain
Stonewalling Muslim Homophobia - When gay people ally with their killers.
The Fed Is in an Epic Battle With Itself
Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week?
Just to say "Hi"
The FBI Investigation of Hillary: Is the Fix In?
What We Do Know about the Benghazi Attack Demands a Reckoning
Why more nations are reacting to migration with walls
Wednesday, June 29. 2016
Photo: If you know what that is called, you're old
Maybe too old to vote: Guardian: Old People Voting Against Climate or Brexit is “Intergenerational Theft”
Cormac McCarthy's death was greatly exaggerated
How to survive a snakebite in the US (h/t, Insty)
Don't Tell Me I Have to Go Organic
God and clown at Yale
Facebook's Zuckerberg Rejects Walls for Others, Builds One For Himself
Nobody does hysteria like the media
Elitist Rage With the Pro-Brexit Masses Echoes Longstanding British Suspicion of Democracy
I completely disagree with Williamson on that, on principle. However, abortion laws should be left to the states.
Supreme Court lets stand rule raising pay for home healthcare workers
The Question of Campaign 2016: Where Have All the Fascists Gone?
VDH: When have voters faced a choice between two such unpalatable, unprincipled candidates?
New York Times still peddles narrative Ben Rhodes told the paper is false
BETTER DEAD THAN RUDE — POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS
Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe
Nobody believes it
Hillary Clinton Tweets Pro-Trump Message: DONALD TRUMP KNOWS HOW TO CREATE MANUFACTURING JOBS
US eyes Israeli short-range missile interceptor for Europe defence
Why Turkey Needed To Reconcile Its Ties With Israel
The Palestinian Authority's Crackdown on Journalists
Tuesday, June 28. 2016
Interesting topic. It usually only comes up when an establishment consistently deviates far from the majority. In the case of the UK, the politics are special: Cameron was elected in part by promising a referendum on EU membership. So their national election was, in effect, a referendum on a referendum. It seems to me that, if national sovereignty can not be held to a referendum of the citizens, then nothing can be presented to the direct will of the citizens.
Why Brexit did Europe a favor
Focused on Disaster Narrative, Media Ignores Obvious Benefits of Brexit
President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the
The masses must submit to their moral and intellectual superiors
Stockman: Bravo Brexit!
Me neither. Yikes
Hope they have a defibrillator at the bottom
24 crazy pictures of micro-apartments around the world
11-Year-Old's Response to Nude Teacher Sex Proposition: 'OK IDC'
The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student
Republicans killed in Orlando
Dem Party Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics
The Chinese government has banned broadcast and Internet TV shows that show "the dark side of society."
And, with our friends, church, kids, and complex lives, I would never have time to get there. A shame we can't have everything we like. Even billionaires can't, because time can not be purchased and it is a rare item.
Monday, June 27. 2016
European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit
An ultimatum instead of more referendums. This will not go over well with the common folk.
Angela Merkel warns other countries should be stopped from leaving
Inside Silicon Valley’s Robot Pizzeria
Narcissists Get More Dates
PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid - How PowerPoint has killed the art of rhetoric
Bill Maher: Liberals Don't Know Jack About Guns
Alaska rafting deaths highlight response challenges
No it doesn't. Wilderness adventures are not meant to be safe.
The Orwellian Charge of the Campus Bias Response Team
Feds: Schools Must Grant Mentally Disturbed Boy Unfettered Access to Girls’ Locker Room
Maine's First Lady Takes Summertime Waitress Job to Pick up Cash
Exercising your right to own firearms now lands you on a federal database in Hawaii
Once Again Obama Argues We Need Illegal Immigrants Because They “Make Our Beds”
(George) Will to Irrelevance
Everything Is Broken - Cynicism is the cancer at the heart of this election year.
Despite Market Turmoil, Britain Was Right To Brexit
Brexit’s success is unsurprising
The EU's olive oil rules
The Certainty of even More and More Disturbing Power Grabs by the EU
Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate
Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovakia all could leave.
Conrad Black: A fresh start for Europe
Abbas Goes Off Deep End, And Even the NYT Can’t Overlook It
'move jungle to uk' - Calais mayor sparks furious row after demanding that squalid migrant camp be moved to Britain
Saturday, June 25. 2016
From David French, Brexit and the End of International Progressive Inevitability
If you are from New Jersey, do you term this food-like product Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?
How Dunkin' Donuts changed the dictionary
Shaidle: Is This Pope Catholic?
WSJ: The Book of Job’s Big Question - Why are innocents made to suffer? One reading might see Job as a devastating text.
Walmart has a problem that's threatening profits — and it's driving police nuts
Climate and Human Civilization for the Past 4,000 Years
To please Muslims, Shall we burn our books and empty our museums?
Report: Released Criminal Aliens Committed Nearly 10 Times More Crimes Than Obama Admin. Told Congress
NY DEM Charlie Rangel – Law Abiding Citizens Don’t Need Guns – But He Does
“Absence of legitimacy is the EU’s main feature."
Britain Exits, Democracy Lives, And Everything Has Changed - A dispatch from liberated London.
HOW BREXIT WILL CHANGE AMERICA AND THE WORLD - Britain is free of global government. America can be next.
Brexit and Trump v Clinton got you down? The good news is we still know how to fix things.
Sessions on Brexit: "The interests of powerful international corporations, media, special interests, and leftist international forces are not coterminous with those of our people.
FLASHBACK: UK Prime Minister Cameron Warns Brexit From EU Could Lead to WORLD WAR
Worldwide popular revolt confirmed by Brexit vote:
Why Brit Islamist supported Remain
Hillary IT Guy Pleads The 5th 125 TIMES In A 90 Minute Deposition
A big group of major business leaders just endorsed Hillary Clinton
Friday, June 24. 2016
When has that approach ever worked in the world? Now, the US like Europe offers government benefits to new (including illegal) immigrants. Is that a good idea? It has never been tried in the US in the past, and immigrants did very well over time.
From 1925 to 1965 the US permitted essentially no immigration. The people had decided, and the politicians had agreed, that we had enough of them. The country thrived.
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies
I'll post a couple of my favorites later
Martin Armstrong Rages "The EU Is Nothing Without Britain!"
Brexit vote shows there is more to man than homo economicus. Proud of my ancestral homeland today.
The European Union: Government By Deception
Europe’s Brexit greeting: Sorry and good riddance
"Now It's Our Turn" - Geert Wilders Calls For A Dutch Referendum
How to Wrestle with a Difficult Decision: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York
Much of interest in his Mondo Bizarro
Literally by the Thought Police
Anti-Semitic Incidents on American College Campuses Nearly Doubled
Bathroom Debate Complicates Mexican Town’s Acceptance of a Third Gender
Climate scientist Peter Stott is still trying to connect extreme weather to climate
Scientists do not try to show something.
Economics of cotton subsidies
The least affordable place to live in America is… Brooklyn!
New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex - The consequences of a doctor’s decision not to treat a patient acting like the opposite sex now range from loss of federal funding to civil lawsuits to potential criminal investigation.
So Doc puts the dude in the stirrups - and does what with the speculum? Can insanity be required by law?
The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer
I think household wealth is a better measure of prosperity than household income
Republicans Have a Shot at Replacing Obamacare
America’s Majority-Minority Future Approaches
Protesting against Due Process? Evil
Clinton Foundation shuns veterans groups for foreign causes that allow less transparency
Ex-Clinton official got Boeing bucks while pushing Iran nuke pact – before $25B jet deal
Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’
Obama’s disintegrating strategy - The president’s willful ignorance helps Islamic State fight its ideological war
Anti-money laundering body seen keeping Iran on blacklist: officials
They don't need our money
Elliott Abrams: Obama’s Hypocrisy Highlighted in Push to Undermine Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (INTERVIEW)
Wasting their money
Thursday, June 23. 2016
How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians
For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8
I blame climate change
A Scientist, A Sprinter, And A Sumo Wrestler Attempt To Cross A Human-Sized Cockroach Trap (video)
Reporter goes to shop to buy gun - gets rejected
Unfair “Fair Housing" - The new Obama administration policy to “deconcentrate” poverty is a threat to communities.
Butler won her award for writing:
Mostly other black people
Scott Adams: Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA
Honor and politics
No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom: New at Reason - If the government can take away our natural rights to travel and self-defense, can other fundamental rights be far behind?
TV Reporters Laugh At Hillary For Avoiding Questions
Anatomy of the terror threat: Files show hundreds of US plots, refugee connection
Afghan War Rules Leave U.S. Troops Wondering When It’s OK to Shoot
Wednesday, June 22. 2016
The EU is a Dictatorship that Britain Should Leave
Tomorrow is your first chance in recent history to repel German tyranny without needing an army to do it. Vote for independence, sovereignty, self-determination: Vote "Leave"!
It's your last chance. You can always rejoin if you want to.
Yale may actually be close to caving on course work which is just too darned white
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
Families Struggle to Afford College
Jews are the new ruling elite in the US
French work fewest hours in EU
Cruel summer for newspapers - Publishers see their businesses circling the drain in rapidly decaying orbit
Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: If you buy an AR-15, obviously you’re “buying it do bad things”
Report: 4,948,000 illegals eligible for amnesty, 716,000 in battleground states
Obama administration begins redistributing poor inner-city families to suburbs.
How the feds try to micromanage small business
Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops
Sotomayor is the court loon
The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election
Also VDH: The Trump Nuclear Bomb
Donald's Donor Problem
Clinton goes 200 days without a press conference
New Marine Corps physical standards spell bad news for women in combat directive
Brexit Countdown - Making Britain Great Again?
Tuesday, June 21. 2016
Don't try this if you live in Euroland. You could be prosecuted, shot, or bombed. God bless America where at least you can't be prosecuted.
Agit-prop. Without faux hate, there would be very little for the anti-hate haters to do.
Why extremely rare events keep happening all the time
Father’s Day in the Ghetto
Overcoming The Fear Of Death - A physician confronts his own mortality.
Researchers fail, once again, to find educational gains from public spending on preschool.
From 2006, The Howard Zinn Fabrication Show
How the Democrats Are Disarming Us By suppressing the truth.
David Brooks @NYT: We must let the terrorists in or they will kill us
Root cause of Orlando massacre? “White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Capitalism’ Among Reasons
The Insidious Power of the Media Disinformation Campaign for Hillary Clinton
Cues From Kerry: Dissent Is No Longer the Highest Form of Patriotism
The Imperialism of Western Guilt - Bernard Lewis is the rare Western intellectual who doesn’t view non-Western peoples as too inept to make their own mistakes, let alone pay for them.
Monday, June 20. 2016
New research suggests that fish are smarter and more sentient than we ever knew
The FDA's Foolish War on Salt - The 'voluntary' crackdown lacks scientific support
Scientists claim wood fired pizza is bad, saying baking it is ‘damaging to the urban environment’
Fact-Checking Snopes: Website’s Political ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger
It is quite a story about "How we wrecked Pomona"
Democrat Lawmakers Hold Meeting to Discuss Right Wing Terrorism
"Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
Why Liberals Support Muslims Who Hate Everything They Stand For
Why they hate me: From President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Senate Democrats and the media, there is nothing out of bounds when it comes to what a progressive liberal can accuse a Republican of doing.
Falsehoods Fly Over the AR-15 - Automatic rifle? Wrong. Assault weapon? Wrong again. The truth about the firearm liberals love to hate.
Lone Wolves? Known Wolves? What's the Difference?
NRA Hits Hillary Clinton in Powerful Ad after Orlando ISIS Massacre: “Stop Talking!” Your Words Expose Your Ignorance
Trump the Entrepreneur
How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton
Textbooks at Canadian Islamic Schools: Kill the Gays
British Sniper Takes Out Two ISIS Bombers With One Shot
From ferrets to fish...New EU laws that are ruining Britain
Is Europe doomed by migrants?
Make EU migrants 'wait THREE years for benefits', say Britons
SWEDEN: Up to 70% of ‘Child’ Migrants Are Actually Adults
Three Islamic Terrorists Disguised as Migrants Arrested at Austrian Refugee Center
"We shall not take anyone in´Hungary tells EU it´s full and it doesn´t ´need´ immigration
Enforcing 'God's Commandments': Heightened Mass Executions in Iran
Saturday, June 18. 2016
History of the kettlebell
Olive Oatman, the Pioneer Girl Who Became a Marked Woman
Garrison Keillor does not like small town people
Poll Finds Americans’ Greatest Fear Is Waitress Forgetting About Them
1,300 of the schools had no reports of rape on campus in 2014
How the wealthiest Americans got rich may surprise you
Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’.
Are Greens Coming Around to Nuclear Power?
Lies, Damned Lies, And The EPA's 'Clean Power Plan'
GOP AGs warn Dems that if climate skeptics can be prosecuted for ‘fraud,’ so can alarmists
They Don't Want Your AR-15: They Want Everything
Dear Anti-Gun Liberals, Don’t Tell Me Which Gun I ‘Need’ for Self-Defense
The N.R.A.’s Complicity in Terrorism
Religion of peace Calls for Massacre at Gay Rights Parade
Illegal families surge across border; 2016 already worse than 2015
People Say Republicans Are More Responsible Than Islam For Orlando Attack
I suffer from Islamonausea.
Jihadists Under Investigation - Omar Mateen was not the first to slip through the FBI's grasp.
Let's Talk About Something Else - Obama's aversion to discussing radical Islamists.
To Brexit or not to Brexit
The presumptive Republican nominee faces an onslaught of negative ads, without the cash or staff to respond in kind.
Donald Trump is getting schlonged
Trump threatens to go it alone if GOP doesn't support his attacks on Muslims and the Hispanic judge
The Self-Immolation of the Republican Party - How the GOP lit itself on fire
Sanders Supporters Vindicated: Proof DNC Used Media To Rig Election for Hillary
Why Isn't The Press Covering Clinton For-Profit University Scheme?
As Assad Continues to Wipe Out Syria, State Dept. Dissenters Confront Obama
Friday, June 17. 2016
Knives are the tool used in 5 times more killings in the US than guns.
Admittedly, though, a firearm can kill more people at a time, making for scary headlines. Omitting 9-11 from the stats, however, the number of mass murders in the US has been on a multi-decade decline.
There is an argument that there are too many
It is a very rare bad guy who uses a long gun. Too hard to conceal. Mass murderers sometimes prefer long guns because they are more accurate than handguns.
With the exception of Switzerland where firearm ownership is close to required by law, most governments want their citizens disarmed. Disarmed citizens are more helpless citizens. Most of these governments want their police and government agencies well-armed. Why? Because bad guys have firearms even in disarmed places. New Flash: bad guys ignore laws. Police have weapons because bad guys have them, illegally. They were not purchased in gun shops.
You can't keep guns away from bad guys and the occasional lunatic. Impossible. Thus governments try to limit guns going to good guys. Pointless, but good politics in some places.
Essentially all legal firearm sales in the US are for sport and recreation, self-defense, and for collectors. The extremely rare violent exceptions are Muslims and the mentally disturbed. Firearms are as American as apple pie, and as common. The average American is quite comfortable with a firearm. Many if not most American boys and girls learn to use them. They all should. My parents taught us.
The 2nd amendment is not there because of militias so much as because weapons were forbidden for the common man in England. Only aristocrats could own their own swords and firearms. Same as in the UK now.
If by some miracle firearms could be kept from jihadists in the US, they would simply make bombs.
"Assault-looking" rifles? These are just light-weight rifles that look mean. Best-selling rifle in the US today. True assault weapons are illegal in the US except for government agents and the military. Even IRS agents have an arsenal of assault weapons. Isn't that nice?
I think all of the politicizing of the Orlando jihadist's firearms is virtue posing and grandstanding. BTW, I am in favor of vetting all gun buyers, all knife-buyers, and all immigrants from anywhere. Did you know that it is easier for an illegal immigrant in California to stay and to get government freebies than it is to legally-import a hunting dog from England?
I also think anyone using violence or threat of violence whether with firearm, knife, baseball bat, or anything else in commitment of a crime deserves execution. Not tolerable in civilization.
Photo: Good self-defense handgun, the Taurus Judge which fires .45 and .410 shotshells. Popular with judges. With a .45, it takes training to hit anything, but the .410 makes it easy. Best home defense firearm? A pump 12 ga.: Just the sound of the pump action will send any bad guy running for the hills unless they are crazed rural meth-heads. Home defense is like buying insurance. You hope you never need it.
Related: From Howard Stern for the 2nd Amendment, asking people whether they wish to be sheep or men
And from David French: The Bizarro Morality of America’s Gun-Control Debate
Photo from NY Post: Go ahead, shame my body
Why Sweden Says No To Replacing Nuclear Power With Wind
Social Justice Warriors Declare Battle On Colleague For Exposing Their ‘Research’
NY Professor Says Republicans And Christians to Blame For Orlando Islamist Massacre
I blame the Presbyterians
The Orlando Shooting Launches a War on
What Would Obama, Left Have Said If Dylann Roof Were Muslim?
NY Daily News Writer Misrepresents His Visit to Gun Shop
Orlando shooting shows how ISIS calls the shots
A deeply stupid article until the end when they use the word evil
Why do we indulge the crimes of the Left?
How Chinese Students Are Changing Our Colleges
Joe Manchin laments Fifth Amendment: ‘Due process is what’s killing us right now’
No, Joe. It's Muslims. They use our freedoms against us.
At some point, maybe sooner than we realize, the pols in Washington will
Economy: Janet Whiffs Again——Take Cover Now!
Homo economicus is a stupid model for framing national policy.
Private Businesses in Europe Understand the Cost of Labor, But Public Agencies Don't Seem To
If you're against open borders, you're Hitler
Megan on Brexit:
Free Britain from EU oppression, says I
The Brexit debate has exposed the Establishment
Mexican flags fly at Trump protest in Dallas
"There’s no doubt the media viscerally loathes Trump — in large part because Trump isn’t afraid to get in their faces and punch back twice as a hard, as a wise community organizer would advise. But they’d be battering any presidential candidate with an (R) after his name right around this time. The old rules are very much in force."
Hillary Clinton Ads Surround Her With Children
What Obama Actually Thinks About Radical Islam - The president does not suffer illusions about the pathologies afflicting the broader Muslim world.
Sinking in the Syrian Quagmire
Nuns Call Cops On Argentine Ex-Minister Trying To Stash Millions In Monastery
Argentina’s New Government Stops the Lies
Brazil’s House of Cards Collapses
Image below via American Digest
Thursday, June 16. 2016
Photo is American Egret in CT this week, via reader
Disney facing questions over why there wasn´t an alligator warning on beach where boy was dragged to his death - even though a neighboring hotel has a beware sign
I think part of the issue is that everything in Disney is fake and phony, and happy happy. A hungry real gator in a fake "lagoon" is therefore inconceivable.
A Connecticut nanny likes to climb Everest
The Diversity Profession - Who knew hush money could be so loud?
The Real Lesson of John Oliver's Medical Debt Forgiveness Stunt
McArdle on climate: It's a variation on the recurring "Why are you a terrible person?"
After Orlando: What America Can Learn from Israel's Culture of Preparedness
The Terrorist Watchlist, Explained
Blue Voyagers - Residents of Democratic states seek escape from the tax man.
Then they turn the read state into purple...like the "Massholes" in NH
The End of the Free-Speech Consensus - Naturally, the Golden State wants to lead the totalitarian way.
The Disappearing Continent: A Critique of the Revised AP European History Examination
Stossel: My Lunch with Hillary
Please do not attempt to write a caption for this picture
Rush: Democrats Despise me More Than They Despise Militant Islam
Five Ways Political Correctness Kills Americans
Dubai-Based For-Profit Educator Paid Bill Clinton $5.6 Million After CGI Partnership
Beijing scores again
China’s imperialism on the South China Sea
ISIS killer Larossi Abballa who murdered French police officer and his wife was convicted terrorist
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