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, July 15. 2019
White Sharks and Cape Cod tourism
Watching Porn Produces as Much Carbon Dioxide Emissions as Whole Countries
Woman Dies After Being Impaled by Reusable Metal Straw
Are you suffering from Climate Despair?
Kimball: Don't celebrate Bastille Day
Dick’s May Have To Close Stores Due To Anti-Gun Decisions
Pelosi’s House of Pain - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turns the 116th Congress into Thunderdome
Protesters Rip Down U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag Outside ICE Facility In Colorado
Trump's stupid blunder
The media savaged Trump when he claimed Puerto Rico officials were mismanaging disaster aid. But he was right
Sunday, July 14. 2019
Like all retail in the northern hemisphere, mid-July through Labor Day is slow season at Maggies. Luckily for us, we have devoted readers - friends - of our eclectic, boutique website. Do us a favor - let people know about us. Dunkin Donuts will pay us more for their (actually, multiples of zero) ads. We are all about money - those multiples of $0.
Yes, I think we will have less-frequent posting over the next several weeks when most of us intend to spend our lives outdoors in God's grandeur whether boating, hiking, fishing, gardening, exercising, sunburns and beaching, body -surfing with the sharks, playing sports, sweaty sex in the meadow, whatever. Or, in Roger de Hauteville's case, rebuilding his family outhouse. How many new seats? I'd go for an upscale 4-seater with varnished oak seats. Needs new tile walls too, Roger, and some fresh copies of the Sears catalog. (For the youth, that means tp.)
Our pal Gerard (thanks for the image) has linked a thing about famous pop tunes as pulp fiction novel covers.
Saturday, July 13. 2019
What did medieval peasants eat?
Senior Runner Disqualified by L.A. Marathon Committed Suicide, Coroner Says
NYC’s privileged bicyclists won’t even discuss best way to stop bike deaths
Harvard study finds that trigger warnings may actually harm trauma victims
A victim identity is a recipe for failure in life
‘Sugar Daddy’ business thrives as more coeds sign up to pay off student debt
‘C’MON MAN’: Biden Criticized Over Use Of ‘Gendered’ Phrase
Pelosi Rejects U.S. Sovereignty – U.S. Immigration Subject to Laws of “A Global Society”…
I ain't never seen no "global society"
Elizabeth Warren vows to flood the US with refugees
Even the NYT is recognizing Trump's foreign policy genius
He "shakes the box" like nobody else has the nerve to do
Something’s happening here: Trump reaches all-time high approval in WaPo-ABC News polls
Friday, July 12. 2019
Nobody has a clue. Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing
Seems like a sociopath to me, and apparently a charming one despite being a creep. But who knows? Maybe he was a CIA front.
Coasties attack a narco sub
US Fast-Food Drive-Thrus Will Soon Use License Plate And Facial Recognition Technology
To Delay Death, Lift Weights - Two new studies remind of us of what we already know but sometimes forget
American Psychological Association Pushes Polyamory
Ocasio-Cortez announces bill to make electoral college tuition-free
Catfight escalates: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hurls race card at Nancy Pelosi
Vanity Fair: You Know Who Should Be Worried About Epstein’s Photographs?
A question: This stuff is illegal, but is it really "pedophilia"?
House Judiciary Committee Continues Subpoena-fest Of Trump Officials
Why Do Democrats Hate Jobs So Much?
Lawrence Jones on disdain for Pledge of Allegiance: 'This starts on college campuses'
Joe Biden: ‘I Respect No Borders’
Get offa my lawn, Joe
Texas Reporter Watches 300 Migrants Cross Border in Six Hours
Hillary Posts Instructions IN SPANISH For Illegal Aliens to Evade ICE Agents
President Trump should set the refugee cap for 2020 at ZERO
Thursday, July 11. 2019
He is most valuable to me for finding phrases to express some of my thoughts for which I have no easy expression.
He is a great talker. Try this podcast. Yes, it's a hip thing to dislike America, so join the in-crowd moving to Canada...and China, and Mexico.
Hundreds of blindfolded goats airdropped into mountain range
That's an image
3 Helpful Tips For The Suffering Feminists Who Are Being Persecuted By Air Conditioning
Volkswagen’s final Beetle is leaving the factory today
Mom Arrested For Allegedly Driving With Children Sitting In Inflatable Pool On Top Of Vehicle
Sounds to me like a brilliant idea
Are People Who Make $200,000 Middle Class?
Depends on where you live
Massachusetts Looks At Redefining The Age Of Being A “Juvenile” To 21
"Juvenile" has nothing to do with age. Why not go back to adulthood at Bar Mitzvah age?
Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse? State DMVs are building a vast national digital identification database for federal law enforcement.
Father of Kamala Harris Says Her Ancestors Owned Slaves
Williams College rejects free-speech principles to protect ‘dignitary safety’ of students
"Dignitary safety"? That's a good one. Have you seen dignity?
The Problem with Treating Children as Adults
We Need To Dismantle The U.S. Military For ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
Democrats Control America’s Most Dangerous Cities. So Why Do They Keep Passing the Buck on Gun Crime?
A look at all of Trump's enemies
America's First Black Billionaire Gives Trump an 'A+,' Says Dems Are Moving 'Too Far Left'
Mark Zuckerberg Brags: We Didn't Allow Pro-Life Groups to Advertise Before Ireland's Abortion Vote
No, it's called a "job"
A European War on (Everyone’s) Free Speech
Wednesday, July 10. 2019
Image via the great Titiana McGrath
Consider it an ad for Dunkin
Justin Verlander Says MLB Is Juicing Baseballs To Goose Up Offense
You Don’t Need That SUV (and You Know It)
Wrong. We need one. Just one.
Cabot Phillips on American exceptionalism: 'You don't see people flooding the shores of Norway'
Amazon, Microsoft Vying For Opportunity To Help Pentagon Spy On All Of Us In The Cloud…
Tucker Carlson: How Did CNN's Chris Cuomo Get Into Yale?
The late scholar Gerrit H. Wormhoudt's book "Opting Out" says Americans must choose alternatives to government-managed schools for their children.
Government education in Providence
NBC Finds Mitch McConnell’s Great-Great Grandfathers Owned Slaves. McConnell Savages Them In Two Sentences.
Jeffrey Epstein's Wikipedia Page Stealth-Edited To Remove Ties To Democrats
Pilot Logs Reveal ALMOST EVERY TIME Bill Clinton Flew on Epstein’s Lolita Express — UNDERAGE GIRLS WERE ON THE PLANE!
New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Allow Congress Access to Trump’s State Tax Returns
Russia Russia didn't work, so on to Plan B
Elizabeth Warren Says She’ll Push to End Israel’s ‘Occupation’ of Gaza — Israel Left Gaza in 2005
Tuesday, July 9. 2019
Trump on the UK ambassador: I don't know the guy...but I am told he is a pompous fool.
Very likely so, some upper crust crony. Most amusing, irreverent US president since Andrew Jackson. That ambassador will be packing his bags soon. Time for an ambassador who wants to make friends. That's the job.
Anyway, "Old Europe" is far too dependent on the US economically and militarily. Obama knew that, but he disliked the UK, especially Churchill and the queen - who he dissed appallingly.
Image via Ace
Missions Trip Disaster: Students Arrive To Find Tribesmen Already Christians
Dalrymple: I Get No Kick From Women’s Soccer
Thinking About Libraries
The Long-Awaited Apology to Roger Scruton
Scruton is one of the smart guys
Was Thomas Jefferson on the Duke Lacrosse Team?
The Founders Who Opposed the Constitution - The Anti-Federalists gave us the Bill of Rights. Judge Andrew Oldham says they can also give us insight on the modern administrative state.
‘Campus Muzzle Awards’ this year go to exclusively New England colleges
California public university threatens to punish students for jokes
What a joke
Betsy DeVos is right: The NAACP is wrong to oppose charter schools
They should be championing them. Why not?
Berkeley to consider another environmental first with proposed ordinance banning new natural gas hookups.
There's always firewood...
NEW YORK TIMES HAS 6250 TON COOLING SYSTEM, TELLS PEOPLE IT'S NOBLE TO SUFFER W/O AIR CONDITIONERS
Status Report On New York's Quest For "Climate Leadership"
The Hate-Crime Epidemic That Never Was: A Seattle Case Study
Trump continues fighting slavery
Not even Obama took this on
Steve Hilton: Proud Americans - That's not who today's Democrats are
Are Democrats Ceding the Center to Trump?
Record 157,005,000 Employed; 19th Record of Trump Era
European Union: Toward A European Superstate
Finally, heading back to the German Empire
Monday, July 8. 2019
Getting lobsters stoned before cooking
Why do the young and healthy sometimes drop dead?
Denounced by Feminazi Columnist for Wanting Hug From Granddaughter
To end fatphobia, we need to dismantle Western civilization, says Philly therapist Sonalee Rashatwar
THIS WHOLE “FEEL SAFE” THING IS BULLSHIT THAT NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN
US Soccer Player Allie Long Throws US Flag on Grass During World Cup Victory Celebration
Why do that?
Socialism Is Back, and the Kids Are Loving It
Gov’t Dependency Plunges Under Trump — Why Aren’t We Celebrating?
Fresh Off Epstein Case Win, Mike Cernovich Launches Fundraiser to Unseal Congressional Sexual Harassment Deals
The 2000 US Census Asked Citizenship Question — Obama Deleted it in 2010 — Trump Wants It Back in 2020
Democrat Congresswoman Secretly Sending Staff To Mexico To Coach Migrants How To Beat System, Report Says
KAMALA HARRIS WILL BE THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE. WHY NEWT GINGRICH HAS BEEN SAYING THAT ALL YEAR
France Has Turned Into One Of The Worldwide Threats To Free Speech
Saturday, July 6. 2019
“It Seems Like We Step In A Lot More Poop Than I Thought”
Math Teacher Loses Job After Defending Western Civilization
Say It Ain’t So, Doc: How Should Martin Luther King Scholars Deal With the Rape Story?
Hinderaker: WHAT A CONSERVATIVE LEARNS IN COLLEGE - My youngest daughter graduated from college a few weeks ago. She wrote this piece for The College Fix. I am taking the liberty of posting it in its entirety.
Kanye is cool dude
No, The Trump Administration Is Not Torturing Migrants - Democrats and the media have jettisoned all sense of reality about the border crisis, and offer nothing now but phony outrage.
Obama's DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: The Democrats' Immigration Rhetoric Is Essentially a Declaration of Open Borders Which Would Cause Mass Illegal Immigration to Explode
Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley Trash Declaration of Independence as Sexist, Racist, Prejudiced on Independence Day
Teen Vogue Says Patriotic Anthems Are Racist, Tells Their Young Readers to Think of America’s Crimes on Fourth of July
The Democrats Aren’t A Left-Wing Party — They Just Play One On TV
A NATION OF FREE PEOPLE OR FREE THINGS
" if President Trump were to personally cure cancer, the NY Times’ headline the next day would be, “Trump Callously Ignores Diabetes Sufferers.”
It’s ridiculous that Democrats are debating busing instead of real hopes for improving urban education
The real reason why the left was against Donald Trump's July 4 speech
They Don’t Hate Donald Trump—They Hate You
The Palestinians’ eternal ‘no’
Friday, July 5. 2019
Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo clinch victory in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Which is the most hayfever-prone city – and is 'botanical sexism' to blame?
Sheboygan serial toilet clogger sentenced to 150 days in jail, probation
Finally, news from Sheboygan
MAD Magazine to Cease Publication
They had a great run
Costco has become an unlikely $7 billion fast-fashion destination — and other retailers should take note
Calls to Normalize Pedophilia on the Rise: New Report Recommends Workshops Instead of Prosecution
It's normal in many Muslim countries
America in Full - Wilfred McClay’s Land of Hope proves that there is no contradiction between knowing American history and loving America.
Poll: Two-Thirds of Voters Say Citizenship Question Should Be Allowed on Census
Why not? It's always been a question
Now Betsy Ross Is a White Supremacist, Apparently
Why the Left hates symbols of patriotism
America the ‘just OK’
No, it's worse: Nike Rep Colin Kaepernick Attacks USA as the Worst Nation on Earth–on the Fourth of July
Great ad for sneakers
No, It’s Not New To Have Tanks In Parades In D.C., Prior Presidents Even Paraded Missiles
July 4th: Hate in the Time of Peace and Prosperity
2 Plus 2 Equals Whatever My Truth or Lived Experience Says It Is
Just THREE percent of 2019 Dartmouth grads support Trump
Not grads, just graduating seniors. That's an Ivy education
Something San Francisco This Way Comes - West Coast craziness coming to a community near you.
Germany: A Shocking Degree Of Self-Censorship
In the US too: Robespierre's America
Thursday, July 4. 2019
On most holidays, we celebrate 'something', but one thing worth celebrating is the ability to celebrate. So many things can happen which would alter the circumstances of enjoying any holiday. Last week, a fraternity brother sent me some pictures of his brother's plane, which crash-landed in the desert. His brother and sister-in-law were fine, though a team was helicoptered in to check them out. His sister-in-law was asleep during the test flight when the oil pressure dropped and the engine stalled. He woke her and asked her to use the phone cam and record the landing, to keep her mind off the event.
The video is pretty intense, but shows what a well-trained pilot is capable of doing. Today, husband and wife are celebrating with family and I'm pleased my fraternity brother gets to enjoy more time with his family members. I like to call today one of 'his' holidays, because after college he joined the Marines and served our country.
Wednesday, July 3. 2019
Betsy Ross flag = swastica
If you are completely ignorant and insane, it might. Nice flag.
They Hate America More Than They Love Their Country: MSNBC Will Not Air President Trump’s DC 4th of July Celebration
No sense of fun. Nobody will watch it on TV anyway. The holiday is for outdoor fun, enjoying America's blessings.
What does "Dylanesque" mean?
Charlottesville Decides to Stop Celebrating Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday
Because Politicians Are for Sale, They Think Everyone Else Is Too
Nothing Is More Expensive Than a Free Government Service
But we all need more "services"...don't we?
THE SCREAMING OF AOC
Pastors stand ground on conditions of border facility after AOC claps back
Snopes Admits Obama Built Cages for Immigrant Children
“[S]Ome Democrats Are Questioning The Basic Legal Underpinnings Of U.S. Immigration Enforcement”
So change the laws
Newt Gingrich: Parscale Building 'Machine' to Re-elect Trump
No doubt the Russians will help! (kidding)
17-Year-Old Soon to Age Out of Foster Care Pleads to Be Adopted by ‘Anyone Who Will Take Me’
Damn, that is sad
The games were ridiculous, but MLB's London Series was a huge success
Swans are tough critters - and highly-edible
Transgender athletes raise difficult questions
Really? Just make all sports sex/gender indifferent. All equal.
Planned Solar-Panel Facility Threatens Historic Virginia
Good news: Poor Children Who Excel at Algebra
College Enrollment Declines Continue
Cuz good economy
FIRE relaunches Legal Network, calls on attorneys nationwide to defend student and faculty rights
HOW HARVARD CAVED TO STUDENT PROTESTERS AND FIRED ITS FIRST BLACK FACULTY DEAN
It is going to be fascinating to see how these folks on the Left thread the Constitutional needle to make it illegal to refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings but legal to refuse service to Republicans.
Washington Post Encourages More Attacks on Republicans
The Left's hysteria over Trump's victory in 2016 has escalated into something quite beyond mere hysteria.
American Presidential Elections Are Too Long and Destructive for the Country
She gets press like nobody else
Hickenlooper: Hard to Fundraise When You Don’t Promise Free Stuff
Free stuff, plus voting immigrants, is the Dem strategy
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says Trump was right about asylum system, ‘pains me to say’
House Democrat wants to prosecute people who make fun of members of Congress online
She is a buffoon
Beto O’Rourke Forgets Which Country He’s Running For President In, Campaigns In Mexico…
Democrats have convinced themselves that they represent the sentiments of a majority of Americans. Watching the recent Democrat presidential debates, one cannot help but conclude the opposite.
Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones - Software extracts emails, texts and contacts and could be used to track movements
It's a police state, fearful of its people
What is the New York Times’s problem with Brexit Britain? Apparently, ‘a fanatical sect has hijacked British politics’
Tuesday, July 2. 2019
Typical Barbecue Is Just As Bad As A 90 Mile Fossil Fueled Trip Or Something
Dunkin’ Donuts Cracks Down On Illegal Workers
I have noticed that
Changing history in Australia
Gotta respect aborigine myths
30 Year Anniversary of the UN 1989 “10 years to save the world” Climate Warning
Rutgers hosts event focused on ‘dismantling white organizational culture’
Dem New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Abandons the ‘Millionaires Tax’
Kling: Regarding non-profits
Why can't we get rid of old laws?
Health Care for Illegal Immigrants: Memo to Democrats
Zacharia on asylum
Think the rent is too high? Blame immigration laws
Hispanic pastors tour border facility lambasted by AOC and say they are ‘shocked by misinformation’
Antifa’s Brutal Assault on Andy Ngo Is a Wake-Up Call—for Authorities and Journalists Alike
Why Corporate Leaders Became Progressive Activists
But... Billionaire Home Depot Co-Founder Pledges His Fortune To Get Trump Re-Elected…
Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Defends Putting Children In ‘Cages’…
Harris, Other 2020 Dems Want to Bring Back Forced School Busing—Parents Want School Choice
Former Mayor Who Dated Kamala Harris Says She Can't Beat Trump
The Struggle is Real: Crazy, Creepy, Spank-Me and How Position for 2020…
SHE’S AS AUTHENTIC AS A CHINESE GUCCI BAG: Kamala Harris Practiced her Orchestrated Attack on Joe Biden for Days Before Debate
Obvious - and smart anyway
Re the Palis: The Bahrain Conference: What the Experts and the Media Missed
Monday, July 1. 2019
You Can’t Celebrate Trump’s Policies And Ignore His Poor Behavior
Why not? His results are excellent. Who would prefer nice, boring behavior and poor results?
JOE BIDEN WAS DISCONNECTED FROM THE PRESENT, BUT SO WERE HIS OPPONENTS
Democrats are Officially the Party of Derangement
Are there any normal people who support what they are saying? Open borders?
CNN Admits 2020 Democrats' "Voters, You're All Wrong" Strategy Is The Dumbest Ever
A MeToo Mob Tried to Destroy My Life as a Poet. This Is How I Survived
Sad story, sad life
Forget the haters: High Line is the best thing to happen to NYC
‘Climate Change’ Is Scaring The Kids And Here’s How To Talk To Them Or Something
Hate Crime Hoax: The Book
All stories must fit The Narrative
Rapinoe Asked At Presser What Exactly She's Protesting
Just a hater
Relatives say father and daughter in that heartbreaking photo were not fleeing from violence in El Salvador, via the NY Times
Salon: Trump remains dominant among white voters — Democrats can't afford to be complacent - Trump retains a built-in electoral advantage, and it's no good denying that. Are the Democrats ready to fight?
‘Trying To Out-Left Each Other’: CNN Panel Goes Off The Rails In Debate Recap
Kamala Harris takes on the ‘demolition woman’ role, clearing the Democrats’ field of rivals
How do you know you are no longer a Democrat?
Democrats have an election truther problem
What is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s net worth?
NSA Caught Illegally Collecting Americans' Phone Data...Again
EU moving away from democratic structure
German empire is all it is
Sunday, June 30. 2019
About a year and a half ago, in the midst of the last Bitcoin bubble, I wrote about how cryptocurrency will eventually become meaningful. You probably haven't noticed it yet, and over the last year and a half, you've probably felt that article was a one-off. But what you haven't seen is how blockchain is slowly entering your life. Not visibly, but managing things you may purchase and providing a store of value while others are less available.
To be 'money', a product needs to be many things. First, it needs to be a Unit of Value - meaning it needs to be generally acceptable for use in purchases and exchange. For this reason, primarily, people have commonly said items like gold, silver, or even cryptocurrency are not 'money'. But they are. Each one is accepted, maybe not widely, but generally enough to qualify. Some examples of cryptocurrencies being accepted have popped up frequently enough over the last year and a half for this one item to apply.
Another quality is portability. It goes without saying cryptocurrencies are portable. Their digital nature assures this. As long as you have access to your digital wallet, you can make a payment using cryptos. They are also, by definition, less expensive to create than standard currencies. All currencies (paper, coin, check, bonds, etc.) carry a price of creation. They can also be destroyed (and replaced). But because they can be created, hard currencies can suffer from Gresham's Law. Unlike hard currencies, cryptos can't be counterfeited. Cryptos are also indestructible. Most hard currencies are "indestructible" because a government, somewhere, backs its value. But governments fall, and central banks print more than should be printed, and in the process destroy the currency. A visit to Venezuela, or even revisiting Zimbabwe (which seems to be reigniting its inflation) are recent example.
Continue reading "The Blockchain Bubbles Yet Again"
Saturday, June 29. 2019
The Power of One Push-Up - Several simple ways of measuring a person’s health might matter more than body weight
Down With Yoga, Up With Baseball
Dalrymple on denial of personal agency
Jimmy Carter Says Trump Is an Illegitimate President Put in Office by Russia
NYT Editor Made A Graph Showing The Democrats Pivoted Far-Left. He Used It To Call Republicans Far-Right
MSDNC – THE MERGER OF MSNBC AND THE DEMOCRATS - What real State TV looks like.
Byron York: In debates, Democrats move toward open borders
Say Goodbye to Texas
Want to Reduce Your Intelligence? Watch a Spectacle Commonly Called a Political “Debate”
What Trump Really Just Told The Iranians: He’s Out Of Ideas
What Kind of State Is Vladimir Putin Building?
Friday, June 28. 2019
On every issue, they move further from the political center.
"Everything you say can or will be held against you."
Hate Crime Hoaxes Are More Common Than You Think. A political scientist found that fewer than 1 in 3 of 346 such allegations was genuine
There is not a lot of hate out there. It's a disappointment to the SJWs.
Inventing Victimhood - Universities too often serve as “hate-crime hoax” mills.
Scott Adams makes his prediction, on today's podcast
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