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, September 6. 2018
I have been using Nike crossfit sneakers (Metcons) for my workouts. I have 2 pairs, so one is always dry. No heel, minimal cushioning, so perfect for all mixed workouts. Why would they want to engage me in political bullshit?
Commenter at Ace: "NIKE is going where the bucks are - single parent black teenage males. Who else buys $300 sneakers?"
Apparently I am not their customer. $300? I would never spend $100 on exercise shoes. Just go online and get last year's model for $25-50. Problem is, now I know they do not welcome my patronage. Idiots not to want me to buy their darn sneakers because I wear mine out with an approximation of the Maggie's program. They last one year.
Exercise tip: Running shoes are the worst unless you are a foolish road-runner. They are not gym shoes, but fine walking sneakers for the elderly. They have too much of everything so there is no floor-feel. Fact is, barefoot would probably be best for everybody but gyms do not allow that.
Reebok Nanos and Reebok Crossfit are good fitness cross-training sneakers. New Balance makes a Minimus trainer. Try it. For calisthenics, weights, cardio machines, etc you want minimal shoe. Big cushioning is supposedly for running on cement, which we do not advise. If you need thick pillows on your feet, you are doing something wrong.
Political nonsense aside, what do our readers like for cross-training footwear?
The Five Most Overrated Beers
My Eight-Year-Old Daughter Walked Her Dog Alone. Then Police Came Knocking On My Door
What are the appropriate ages for things?
Fisking Chuck Todd’s “It’s All Roger Ailes! He Made The Public Distrust The Media” Article
Cleaning out cabinets for painters and found my old fossil collection. I will not have a fossil-free future. I love looking at fossils and hope to become an old fossil myself someday
A Facebook Engineer’s Plea for Political Diversity
Why Technology Favors Tyranny - Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.
The Prophet of Google's Doom
TEXAS DOCTORS at Kavanaugh Hearing Say They Saw Liberal Protesters Paid “With a Literal Bag of Cash” (VIDEO and PHOTO)
Fine writing by Althouse re Kavanugh's talk with Diane Feinstein:
THE DEMOCRATS ARE CRAZY
The case that Trump is crazy
EU Enters "Final Stage" Of Crafting Bill Forcing Big Tech Censorship
Wednesday, September 5. 2018
Dear Therapist: I Want a Second Kid. My Husband Doesn't. How should we decide how many children is right for our family?
Is Catholic Church leadership deflecting instead of genuflecting?
Is There Any Real Slum In New York Any More?
Nike Boycott: Just Do It
Democratic socialists launch 'College for All' campaign
Former Democrat Aide Chuck Todd: Media Bias Does Not Exist, And It's Time to Take the War to These Lying Racist Conservative Sonsabitches
Democrats, Eyeing A Majority, Prepare An Investigative Onslaught
Bob Woodward's book says Trump unfit for office, with many examples
World thinks it is entitled to America's money
Tuesday, September 4. 2018
Height, size, and tennis
Dozens of elephants killed near Botswana wildlife sanctuary
HERE’S WHY NYT’S LATEST ATTEMPT TO SCARE READERS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING IS A ‘WASTE OF TIME’
It's gonna be hot today. Climate change.
Gov't Spends $18 Billion On Jobs Programs, But Can't Tell If They Work
Job training comes from getting a job. In this economy, jobs are going begging
Pretending Fragility To Conceal Aggression
One of the oldest mind games in the world
Uptick in Racism in Public Schools Is All Trump's Fault, Educators Say
What racism? All I ever see is reverse racism.
New York City Public Schools Discriminate Against White Kids
Corporate Suicide Watch, Nike Edition
PAPADOPOULOS COURT FILING REMINDS US WHY SESSIONS NEEDED TO RECUSE HIMSELF
OK. So Sessions was a bad choice for the job
Media Obituaries Didn’t Give Us ‘The Full McCain’
Why did he get the royal treatment? The US has lots of war heroes
Who’s afraid of Steve Bannon? Cancelling the former White House strategist might win back the respect of New Yorker readers — but it won’t help in their quest to explore ‘Ideas’
The primaries show that Trump Republicanism is still on the rise
U.S. DEFUNDS UNRWA
PIGS IN PALESTINE: ANTI-ISRAEL LEFT SPREADS ANTI-SEMITIC BOAR LIBELS - Who let the pigs out? According to the Left, the Jews.
Monday, September 3. 2018
Is Safetyism Destroying a Generation?
Weight-loss pills can help. So why don't more people use them? (h/t Instapundit)
Why New York City Stopped Building Subways - Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.
Netflix has spent years crushing movie theaters – turns out, it kind of needs them now
New York Alt-Weekly Publishing Legend The Village Voice Is No More
What the nonreligious get wrong about religious people
Pope Declares ‘Emergency’ Not Related To Pedophile Scandal
Williamson: The Psalmist And The Sex Doll
Prof touts 'ecosexuality' as 'environmental activist strategy'
Claim: Weather Catastrophes are “Pearl Harbour” Opportunities to Implement a Carbon Tax
University of Kansas Hosts 'Feminist Parenting Group' to Explore 'Strategies for Raising Intersectional Feminist Children'
DSA SOCIALIST CANDIDATE JULIA SALAZAR LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING
Editing out the American flag
National security goals in McCain's wake
‘OUTRAGED’ Americans Disgusted With Hyper-Politicized McCain Funeral
Is bashing Trump the fraternity's new secret handshake?
Roaring economy isn't lifting Donald Trump approval rating. He has only himself to blame.
President Trump Keeps Winning – Everything Else Is Just Noise…
Sunday, September 2. 2018
"As a Former Dean of Harvard Medical School, I Question Brown’s Failure to Defend Lisa Littman"
Saturday, September 1. 2018
The Bizarre Story of Britain’s Last Great Auk
How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder
New Zealand council plans to ban all pet cats in bid to protect native bird species
Let's hope the world follows that example
How America Killed Mass Transit - Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.
Story of bombshell charges against Pope more surreal by the minute
David Warren: What to do about the Church
Postmodern leftism even lays waste to the Catholic Church.
When was the Church entirely pure and holy?
Dem Socialist Candidate’s Brother and Mother Say She’s Lied About Her Upbringing
She's a cute little liar
Good quote this week from Marco Rubio:
Weiner Laptop Scandal, the Mueller Witchhunt, the Clinton Foundation and China Hacking Hillary’s Emails All Have One Thing in Common
“THE BIG MONEY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS NOW ON THE LEFT”
Is South Africa quietly planning a genocide?
Friday, August 31. 2018
PETA Hopes To Build Memorial Where Lobsters Died In Maine Crash
More lobsters are killed in a day by Striped Bass than died there
More: First Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt in 40 years blocked by federal judge
The growth of the world’s middle class may be the greatest story of our age
Brown U. censors ´gender dysphoria´ study, worried that findings might ´invalidate the perspectives´ of transgender community
Facts do have a funny way of invalidating perspectives
Archbishop’s shocking letter reveals scandal and priority schism in Catholic Church
I Sold My Soul on Twitter. Now I’m Trying to Win It Back
At campus orientation, speaker bashes Fox News, rugged individualism, says America not that great
Failure: The $1.7 Billion Federal Job Corps Program Doesn’t ‘Demonstrate Beneficial Job Training Outcomes'
California update: State Which Uses Lots Of Fossil Fuels Vows To Move State Off Fossil Fueled Electric Grid ‘Cause ‘Climate Change’
Kanye West Goes All In To Win Black Community Over For Trump
Kling: I wrote The Three Languages of Politics in part because I realized that most political statements are made for the purpose not of opening anyone’s mind but instead for the purpose of closing the minds of people on your side.
Democrat Threatens ICE Agents Conducting Deportations: 'You Will Not Be Safe'
Chuck Schumer: Illegal Immigration Is Wrong, Plain and Simple
VDH: Mueller Is Looking At The Wrong Collusion Scandal
Is It Worth Cutting Global Warming By Tenths Of A Degree If It Means Millions Starve?
J-Post: An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn
Steyn: Danes, Davos and Denial
London Deplorables Strike Back: Bikini-Clad Blimp of Mayor Sadiq Khan Ready to Fly Over City
Thursday, August 30. 2018
The highly privileged lady who invented White Privilege
The transgender fad
Reading Teens Become "Dying Breed": A Third Of Teenagers Haven't Read A Single Book In The Past Year
The School Shootings That Weren't
The Trump administration brings much needed improvement to the Endangered Species Act.
U.S. court rejects atheists' appeal over 'In God We Trust' on money
Why is it on money?
Task force suggests 'compulsory social justice training'
College deems students’ 9/11 ‘Never Forget’ posters bias incident for highlighting Islamic terrorism
We should all be worried about Google’s power
Who was the Jacksonville shooter?
You Won't Find the Words "Fired" or "Terminated" In This Article
VOX: Just Uncaging Fake Animals On A Cracker Box Isn't Enough. You Must Dismantle Capitalism.
Contrary to Media Coverage, Most Americans Aren’t That Into Politics - It’s the politically obsessed who may not know what's really going on.
U.S. Workers Report Highest Job Satisfaction Since 2005
The MSM's Revisionist Love Affair With McCain Is a Bit Much to Stomach
Why California's Gavin Newsom campaigns for free health care for illegals
SARA CARTER: Congress Seeks to Question Nellie Ohr After Explosive Testimony by Bruce Ohr
How the war on climate change slams the world’s poor
Wednesday, August 29. 2018
You were not supposed to know: Chinese Govt. Killed and Imprisoned 18-20 CIA Spies After Penetrating Hillary Clinton’s Private Server
How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves. Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult.
University will allow students to opt out of anti-stress program … if they’re too stressed
If people are too stressed by school, wait til they see real life
Berkeley students teach peers about 'whiteness,' 'decolonizing'
Thank God for higher ed
Men only at The International: Why are there no female competitors at esports' biggest event?
May I opine that these games are the biggest waste of life that exists?
Group at Facebook reportedly challenging its 'intolerant' liberal culture - More than 100 employees have joined the group, The New York Times reports.
The Latest 'Privilege' Scam: Decorated Dorm Rooms
Chicago Cardinal Cupich: The Pope Has More Important Stuff To Talk About Than Sex Abuse, Like Climate Change And Immigration
Catholic Cold War Turns Hot
‘Why Socialism Failed: A 2018 Update
The world is on the brink of a historic milestone: By 2020, more than half of the world’s population will be “middle class,” according to Brookings Institution scholar Homi Kharas.
Greenfield: TRUMP'S 5 RULES FOR RULING THE WORLD - Trump isn’t reacting to the world. The world is reacting to him.
Merkel Facing “Xenophobic Riots” After Migrants Kill German Citizen
As Land Confiscations Loom, South Africa Rules 300,000 Gun-Owners Turn Over Their Weapons
China May Scrap Two-Child Policy, Ending 40 Years Of Limits
The Man Who Predicted the Venezuelan Catastrophe in 1893
Tuesday, August 28. 2018
To build big buildings and developments in NYC you need to learn how to be part Jewish (the money guys and lawyers in real estate) and part Sicilian mobster (the unions). Then you have to learn to bully and manipulate the devious and corrupt politicians. It's complex, and few can do it. And Trump was a WASP, which could have been a serious handicap.
Like mob guys, Trump talks tough and takes what he wants, but he has some sense of honor (the mob kind, the ruthless somewhat sociopathic kind which is also common in politicians). Loyalty and respect are all. Precision with truth not such a big deal, which does fit in well with politics.
Trump, I believe, holds career politicians and their mobster cousins in contempt. Elected to rock the boat and shake things up. I wanted that. Career pols are timid, follow the herd, and worry about their pensions.
China collected all of Hillary's emails via her secret server
All of her emails were read in China. Not Russia - China. What a maroon.
FBI/DOJ Leaked To Press, Used Articles To Obtain FISA Warrants
Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story. Davis, Michael Cohen’s lawyer and spokesperson, said he also regrets lying about his involvement in the story on CNN last week.
Suspended Pentagon Whistleblower Says FBI's Russia Probe Was 'All a Set-Up'
Image via Yet another climate change boat trapped in Arctic ice
Meet an ivory trafficker's 'worst nightmare
Sounds of Music: A Salzburg Journal
Protestants Should Care Deeply about the Catholic Catastrophe
What I learned when I met a real life exorcist. Padre Manuel Acuña is famous in his home city of Buenos Aires, Argentina – and I helped him perform an exorcism
THIS PROFESSOR WANTS JOB TRAINING TO START AT AGE 12
With good parents, work training begins earlier than that
Klavan: Why Are We in Media Hell?
Lanny Davis admits he was source for CNN´s Trump Tower story, lied about it on air
Candace Owens: ‘I absolutely love this president … he’s killing political correctness’
Trump is a splinter in the establishment
U.S. SLASHES AID TO WEST BANK AND GAZA
Trump deal with Mexico eases fears of trade wars, offers template to end other conflicts
"Canada Just Got Played": How Mexico Stabbed Canada In The Back
Life Without Water: Sweaty, Smelly, and Furious in Caracas
A lesson in how to turn a vibrant nation into a s-hole
Germany’s retreat from Paris Climate Accord goals
Monday, August 27. 2018
It’s not science I don’t trust – it’s the scientists. (h/t Instapundit)
Lennon and McCartney sons come together for selfie
Re McCain: Insty claims that the only Repubs that the MSM like are dead ones.
Nordlinger: About McCain
That ice-free Arctic
Parents fight back after school drops Pledge of Allegiance for student-authored oath to ‘global society’
Why You Can’t Stop Creating Problems in Your Mind - We’re not built to be happy. We’re built to survive.
One way to get rid of a problem: Stop defining it as a problem.
DRIVER LOSES SPONSORSHIP OVER RACIST REMARK FATHER MADE BEFORE HE WAS BORN
Facebook’s Definition Of “Hate Speech” Grows Even More Bizarre
ESPN Pays Big Bucks To Break Up With Trump-Bashing Jemele Hill
ACLU DEFENDS THE NRA AGAINST ANDREW CUOMO’S ‘BLACKLISTING CAMPAIGN’
7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor
EXCLUSIVE: Agenda for 2020 Democrat National Convention
DEMOCRAT RUNS ON OPEN BORDERS: Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke Calls for Legalizing Unauthorized Border Crossings
How Trump can survive this onslaught against his presidency
Zero Hedge on Starr and Mueller:
Saturday, August 25. 2018
The Unusual Difficulty Of Photographing Pandas
Defense Against Bears with Pistols: 97% Success rate, 37 incidents by Caliber
That's a great website
Why the Earth Has Fewer Species Than We Think - A primer on the epigenome.
Why bigger planes mean cramped quarters. The incredible shrinking airplane.
YDSA urges socialists to infiltrate public education
Asia Argento's Time Is Up - A tale of fame, fallacy, and the perils of good intentions
Two officers suspended after body cam video was leaked of the Denver mayor's son berating cops
America is experiencing a major culture war between its interpreters and the people.
The NYT is doing an effective job at instilling revulsion for Trump.
"Every day it becomes clearer that the true object of the investigation taken over by Robert Mueller is the removal of President Trump from office."
E U Meeting Ends With No Deal On Migrant Redistribution
Netherlands Prosecuting Man for Insulting Turkish President Erdogan
Friday, August 24. 2018
Life lessons from his friend in the face of death
America’s Invisible Pot Addicts - More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead.
Magic mushrooms to treat depression? This Peter Thiel-backed startup just got FDA okay to begin trials
David Horowitz: Visa, Mastercard Cut Off - Payments to My Think Tank Based on SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Label
Suspicion of dark hidden motives is corrupting the leftist mind
Sierra Club: Democrats are Losing Interest in Climate Change
Why Are Democrats (And The Media) Still Trying To Rehabilitate Socialism?
8-Year-Old Girl Walks Dog Around Block, Police and Child Services Investigate Mom
Majority of Public Employees Don't Want to Be Forced to Pay Union Dues
Palestine: A false road to statehood
Thursday, August 23. 2018
Why Prosperity Has Increased But Happiness Has Not
Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists
It's a tourist trap
San Francisco "Poop Patrollers" Make $185,000
Passing the Torch - Why the eons-old truce between humans and fire has burst into an age of megafires, and what can be done about it
Social Media Companies the Most Dangerous Monopolies Ever
Says Legal Insurrection, "Longest “crisis” in human history"
If neo-Nazis didn’t exist, the left would have to invent them. And to some extent have.
Texas School Removes 'Ladies' and 'Gentlemen' Quote After Single Twitter User Complains
‘Social Justice’ is Overrunning the University of Texas
Kling: I think that the case for spending “public money” (i.e., money extracted from taxpayers) on schools is quite weak. Until I see a well-controlled experiment, I will be skeptical of the benefit of schools.
College bans ‘racial’ and ‘offensive’ discussions on campus network for 11 years
52.1% of Kids Live in Households Getting Means-Tested Government Assistance
THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER’S PERFECT STORM - And why religious freedom is at stake.
What Socialists (and Most Other People) Don't Understand About The Oil Industry
Anti-Trump Harvard Law prof ‘has lost his mind’ over Supreme Court nominee
Steyn: The Priorities of US Justice
Anatomy of a Sting: Robert Mueller Likely Used FBI and Foreign Intel to Set-Up George Papadopoulos in July 2017…
Wednesday, August 22. 2018
Woodrow Wilson's biographer discusses the 28th president's racism and the disabling stroke he suffered in 1919
Don’t subsidize coal; just stop trying to kill it off
Sea level rise has been average 7 inches per century for 7000 years
Can Sexual Orientation Change?
Cultural appropriation update
New Jersey governor bans black bear hunting on state grounds, but not without backlash
Asia Argento: I Deny Everything — And The Payoff To My Accuser Was Anthony Bourdain’s Idea
Do People Really Think Earth Might Be Flat? A poll says lots of Millennials evidently do
Not The Onion: PETA Frees Animal Crackers From Cages
Is Democracy Really Dying? Why so many commentators share an overly grim view of America’s fate
When the Left admits they hate America and Americans
Pulling Their Clearances Is Only The Start — It’s Time To Stamp Out Elite Privilege
Tuesday, August 21. 2018
Kavanaugh And The “Chevron Doctrine”. It is important.
Besides the Clinton-Russia collusion/treason?, there is just too much inbred corruption and deception.
Where is the Special Counsel?
Tyler Cowen is visiting Baku
Most wildfires are started by humans, we can do a lot to prevent them too
Ethanol Is Terrible for Health and the Environment, but Government Keeps Backing It. The US federal government still strongly pushes corn- and soy-based ethanol despite the EPA's new study showing its harmful effects.
US military having trouble finding good recruits
California Dems Pass Bill Banning Sale Of Soda And Juice To Kids…
Public Housing’s Most Notorious Failure - Revisionist history notwithstanding, Cabrini-Green more than deserved its reputation for crime and squalor.
Dalrymple on bureacratese
The Pernicious Impact of Government Intervention in Healthcare, Captured in a Chart. This “third-party payer” system basically means market forces are absent.
Weinstein accuser Asia Argento made deal to pay her own sexual assault accuser, bombshell report says
Asia Argento Paid Off Sexual Assault Accuser (Report)
"...conservatives also cave in large numbers even when their most sacred cows are in danger."
Chelsea Clinton Now Calls Running for Office a ‘Definite Maybe’
David Horowitz: Trump’s Character and Trump’s Presidency
This is why all Americans should support President Trump on immigration
Trump is gaining black support because his policies are improving the lives of all Americans
Why the New Winnie the Pooh Movie Is Banned in China
South Africa farm seizures BEGIN: Chaos as first expropriation of white-owned farms starts
Sweden riots: Why is Sweden rioting? Is it to do with the Sweden election?
Why should Kofi Annan’s death cause us to forget how bad at his job he was? Failure falls upwards.