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, June 2. 2017
Girl stuns America's Got Talent judges with her mind-boggling singing ventriloquism.
To defend a higher minimum wage, San Fran looks at… banning robots
Madison, Wisconsin, might become the next town to subsidize godawful sculptures.
For first time, physician practice owners are not the majority
That means they are not working for you
The Era of the Drama Queens: Every Crisis Is a Triumph
Cross-cultural sex differences in activities
Transgender Athlete With a Mustache Wins First Place at High School Girl’s Track and Field Championship
Just like Europe
A Graduate’s Perspective: Thought Police Are Undermining Higher Education
In one graph, why the #ParisAgreement is useless
Here's What Federal Regulations Cost Your Family This Year
Here's a List of Everyone & Everything Hillary Has Blamed for Her Loss
Why Do the Young Reject Capitalism?
Because they know neither history nor econ
Was Obama administration illegal spying worse than Watergate?
Bringing manufacturing jobs back to America turns out to be complicated
"... nothing the liberals have done since last November’s humiliation has sought to expand the Democrats’ constricted base to include us normals.
VDH: If German haughtiness works on a dependent Europe, it certainly does not always impress a wary America.
The Left’s Unilateral Suicide Pact - After the Manchester bombing, liberals once again avoid the obvious—that Islamic terror in the West is an immigration problem.
Palestinian wave of violence marked by increased female role
Must be viewed as work for women and children. Funny about that. Must be a cultural thing.
Thursday, June 1. 2017
Thanks for that, Donald. Yes, the reactions are like Groundhog Day
For me, always two cups before exercise. Sometimes a Coke.
Related, White House Reporters Ask Sean Spicer About the Meaning of ‘Covfefe” – His Response Is Priceless!
Actually, it's a secret signal to Putin
The Weird Obsession With Russia: People Are Starting To Catch On
HERE’S WHY YOUR ORGANIC WINE IS ACTUALLY REALLY BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Freedom of religion is being used as a defense in a female genital mutilation case
Why isn't male circumcision genital mutilation too?
The natural history of Ashkenazi Jewish IQ
The Campus Intersectional Shakedown: Eric Weinstein: “Protection racket where underrepresented groups sell protection from bigotry charges for apologies/concessions.”
Evergreen State College Caves to Mob Demand of Homework Exemption
"Dear Virgie, I am an elementary school teacher. Recently, there has been some teasing around weight that happened in my classroom."
Recently? Kids have always teased fat kids, and all other kids too. Teasing is something kids do.
Globalists Are Building An Army Of Millennials To Destroy Sovereignty
Globalism is good business, but...
If it weren’t for anonymous sources, it seems that the media wouldn’t have any sources at all
Sean Spicer DESTROYS Liberal Media at WH Briefing – “That’s Just Fake!” – Then Walks Off Stage!
The Military Must Break from the Past. Bad history begets bad politics.
Reflections on Daniel Gordis’s Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Roger A. Gerber
It’s Long Past Time for Our NATO Allies to Meet Their Defense-Spending Commitments
Time for them to grow up
Wednesday, May 31. 2017
Fact: 50% of Americans have below average IQs, so it's not too hard for Watters to find these people. Both political parties compete hard for their votes.
Learning the Art of Conversation
Clothing: What was lost in the casual revolution
Going Out for Lunch Is a Dying Tradition - Restaurants suffer as people eat at their desks; no more three-martini sit-down meals
Illinois Mandates Social Workers, Families Be 'LGBTQ-Affirming' for At-Risk Kids
Meet The Beautiful Sudanese Model Nicknamed The “Queen Of The Dark”
Very black and beautiful. Difficult to photograph?
I still am convinced that the penis and climate article was a hoax
The blasphemy case against Bret Weinstein, and its four lessons for professors
Illegal Aliens At Columbia U Release List Of Demands
Somebody teach them manners
"Suffer" is not the right word
Mark Zuckerberg's crusade against nationalism
Will This Be The Week That Was for the Fox News Channel?
The Marines Can Treat Women Honorably Without Putting Them in the Infantry
Hillary is retired, but courtiers help her maintain the appearance of importance.
James Rosen: Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans
Separating Fact From Innuendo in the Flynn Fiasco - The former national security adviser may not have broken any laws. But those who leaked against him committed a chilling abuse of power.
In the Course of Explaining Why Democrats Lose, Matt Tabbi Demonstrates Why Democrats Lose
The stupid party did not get its nickname because of its smashing successes. And right now, it’s stupider than ever.
More cowardice than stupid
There was an easy answer, but it eluded him
The press' war aqainst Trump
What Was Merkel Thinking? An historical turning point or mere campaign bluster?
Palestinians paid terrorists $1b in past 4 years, Knesset panel hears
Tuesday, May 30. 2017
The guy actually said "These were all approved songs."
It Was ‘No Picnic,’ but All Nine Bond Brothers Signed Up for World War II. Russell Bond gorged on carrots so he could qualify for Army Air Corps
GREEN WEENIE OF THE WEEK: ORGANIC DIETS
Market Disrupted: How Piggly Wiggly Revolutionized Grocery Shopping
When Buying Life Insurance Was Deemed Immoral
Gender wars and the bizarre new puritanism
Yale Gave Special Award for “Exemplary Leadership in Enhancing Race and/or Ethnic Relations” to Two of the Leaders of Crowd that Abused Nicholas Christakis
Charles Blow Has Utter Meltdown For Memorial Day
Fake news: Portland killer was actually a Lefty
The Democrats are following the lead of the progressive media — together, they now form the anti-Trump brigade.
President Trump Has A Great Opportunity To Cut The "Poverty" Rate
Inside Trump's war on regulations - The push to block, rewrite and delay scores of Obama-era rules may be the administration's biggest untold success.
Byron York: While other controversies rage, work on border wall moves forward
Sweden: 48 of 50 ‘Child’ Migrants from Morocco Found to be Adults
About 23,000 jihadis — potential terrorists — are living in Great Britain today, British intelligence recently revealed.
Monday, May 29. 2017
For Decoration Day, a pic of my Dad - Veteran of WW 2 and Korea - with dog, reading Pravda (aka The NY Times).
Italy Is Giving Away Over 100 Castles for Free - The application period is open until June 26, and special preference is given to people under 40
St. John Neumann: American saint who arrived with $1 in his pocket and one suit of clothes
10 Types Of Ancient Crosses In Different Cultures Explained
Graecopithecus – Possible Early Human Ancestor from Europe
Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies at 69
Saw them live a couple of years ago. They kept going.
Is the Urban Renaissance Over? The suburbs might be growing faster right now, but don’t be glum about the prospects for urban growth and revitalization.
""Bright premed, but like many others," another admissions officer wrote of an Asian-American applicant."
Adding Calorie Counts to Menus No Simple Feat: New at Reason - Some supporters don’t really grasp the complications.
Calorie-counting is a dumb and obsolete idea
Taubes' new book: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Swamp-draining: More on Waters of the United States rule
Tough Time Sleeping? Blame ‘Climate Change’
Student op-ed on criticism of disruptive student protesters: ‘Stop focusing on free speech’
'Abolition of Whiteness' course offered at Hunter College
WATCH Ami Horowitz DESTROY The Myth Of White Privilege
I’m Not a Terrible Person, I Just Believe in Liberty
Dalrymple: Is the West becoming Sovietized?
Clinton, Trump, Nixon and Those Liberal Blind Spots
Hillary and the no-class party
Amid Russia Crisis, Trump Prepares "War Room", "Big White House Changes", Loss Of Twitter
Trump vs the ruling class
The courts: What's at stake with the travel ban
Trump Got Trolled
Life in Saudi Arabia
Sunday, May 28. 2017
Merkel Furious With Trump After "Unprecedented" G-7 Failure To Reach Consensus On Climate Change
It's about time somebody, like the US, calls "bullshit" on the climate scam.
Scientists Predict 0.3C of Dangerous Warming in 100 years if President Trump Pulls Out of Paris
Critical thinking is good: Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment
Saturday, May 27. 2017
Need a stuffed ostrich? Get one here
I prefer plastic Flamingos
An American hitchhiker meets a Swiss miss in her hometown. They spend three lovely days together, then part forever — or so they thought.
Warren: Vietnam Revisited
Jerusalem Day - 50th Anniversary (video)
Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been - (And everything you've seen) Welcome to 'Closing the Loop'
Sen. Grassley releases report on Wounded Warrior Project spending
Evergreen State College biology professor Bret Weinstein is swarmed and cursed and hounded by students who are scarily deluded about their own righteousness.
“next, let’s sue because the weather was bad for my picnic today”
‘Deja Vu All Over Again’ As Connecticut Unveils Governor Malloy’s Marvel
Blue State Blues
McCaleb: Public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff’s Ponzi scheme
Political Violence From the Left Continues Garnering Zero Condemnation in Leftist Media
How Team Obama tried to hack the election
CBO Is Wrong And Its Numbers Shouldn't Deter Needed Reform
Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin
Manchester Suicide Bomber Used Student Loan And Benefits To Fund Terror Plot
I had a friend who used his student loan to buy a Bass Boat
Friday, May 26. 2017
Banning Lou Reed: The Cultural Revolution Eats Its Fathers - The whole comic incident lays bare certain truths about our own cultural moment, compared to the 1960s. (h/t Instapundit)
Non headline du Jour: Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans - The NSA intentionally and routinely intercepted communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution.
The "deep State" is an enemy of us Americans
The times they are a-litigious: Kyoto University gets billed for using Bob Dylan lyrics in speech
Acquittal for Man Who Argued His Impressive Penis Was To Blame For Girlfriend’s Choking Death
Woman Sues Candymaker for Its Sugar-Filled Jelly Beans
Is preventive medical care worth the cost?
The cost to society? No. To me, yes. "Society" doesn't care about you or me. We have to take care of ourselves.
Some Black Lives Don’t Matter - Black-on-black homicide is rampant, but professional agitators couldn’t care less.
Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?
Student Mob Shrieks at Professor Who Objected to Event That Kicks White People Off Campus for a Day
‘I Might . . . Pull Off a Leg or Two’ - A shocking new undercover video exposes the grisly reality of ripping apart fetuses.
Climate Scientist Michael Mann Borrows the Words of a Holocaust Survivor to Express His Personal Angst
Farmer on trial for plowing his own land
Teacher of the Year Commits the Unpardonable Sin: Working at a Charter
State Dept. Redacts Big Chunks of $22.8 Mil Contract to Resettle Muslim Refugees
Since when do I have to pay to settle immigrants? It is meant to be challenging.
Legislative Malpractice: the CBO Scores the American Health Care Act
What the CBO’s “Uninsured” Score Really Means
THE DEMOCRATS’ SECOND SECESSION & AMERICA’S NEW CIVIL WAR - How to look at the bizarre turn our political life has taken.
Trump's Budget to Preserve the Swamp? New at Reason - Republicans dodge another opportunity to rein in spending.
Berlin: Obama, Merkel Stage Side-Event, As Trump Meets European Leaders
The media are totally trolling Trump on Russia
Trump talks terrorism while Europe shouts ‘Climate!’
Desperate Liberals Try To Blame The Manchester Terror Attack On Anyone Other Than Islamic Terrorists
What is Terrorism? What do Terrorists Even Want? Terrorism is not an ideology like communism or capitalism
When the FBI discovered a network of Bosnian-Americans giving support to terrorists, they also discovered Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a U.S. citizen and a battalion commander in Syria.
Losers, as Trump said
Goodbye ISIS, Hello Losers
Terror potential in Germany's immigrant population quadruples, German feds say
Thursday, May 25. 2017
Fiery Dolce & Gabbana designer hits back at critics who attacked him for dressing Melania Trump in one of his $2900 blazers
She looks great in anything - or nothing. She's a good sport to go along with Trump's crazy Presidential reality TV adventure
Trump debuts in Europe as Obama returns to stir nostalgia for the old days
How do you like Michelle's outfit? She is 53.
The real reasons for Marvel Comics' woes
Men need frequent ejaculations (h/t Insty of course)
Government’s “Dietary fat guidelines have no evidence base”
Never did. Fat is good for you. The docs got it wrong too - without evidence.
Invention of the Curveball
How whales became the largest animals
The Suburbs Are Still Where It’s At for raising families
Job Security Is Disappearing -- What Does It Mean For You?
School-Choice Movement Expects Gains under Trump Administration
NYC PR parade sponsors refuse to honor unrepentant terrorist
I am for PR independence too, but this guy is a murderer
Trump wants to deport MS-13 gang members. El Salvador is dreading their return.
Security services find more bomb-making materials in hunt for UK terror network
Manchester Bomber’s Father Arrested in Tripoli
Europe chose to sacrifice its children to the Islamic Moloch
Progressive Fantasy Of The Day: Healthcare As A "Human Right"
Let's make health a right
Of course. It covers many more things
CBO: House-approved health care bill to lower premiums, stabilize marketplace
Sanctuary cities lose access to federal grants that require complying with federal immigration law – cue the histrionics
Bob Woodward digs at 'smug' media, weighs in on President Trump's odds of finishing first term
Joe Concha Trashes the Media in 2017: It ‘Sticks to Your Boots,’ Cites MRC
How Foreign Aid Hurts Famine Relief in Somalia
The United Nations’ 'Lords of Poverty' - The foreign aid industry is a racket.
Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump
The Islamic State and the End of Lone-Wolf Terrorism
Non-Western Immigrants Consume 59% Of Denmark’s Tax Revenue
Trump has done what Obama didn’t: Scare NATO into closer tracking of defense spending
Wednesday, May 24. 2017
A Libyan "refugee family" in the UK - but the father still works in Libya.
A BD addendum, Islam and the West: We Can’t Coexist? Wars of religion are different from wars over territory and resources. I am sure not every Muslim in the US or UK wants Sharia law to replace existing law, but I suspect many wouldn't mind. Some, as we can see, view it as a holy, sacred mission to destroy non-Muslims until they submit. In the UK, the government seems to want to semi-submit, but it will never be enough. Like student rioters, if you give them an inch they'll take a mile. Euroland is already getting used to having a nasty case of cultural cancer.
Even in the most soft-hearted practices of Christianity, we are taught that discernment (aka discriminating good from terrible, helpful from unhelpful, destructive from constructive, etc) must be a component of Christian wisdom and practice. "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
Did a post-Christian world retain the dove part and forget the snake part? Why? Decadence, comfort, and cowardice?
Subprime 2.0: Lending a $1 Trillion to People With No Proof of Job or Income
White-Owned Restaurants Shamed for Serving Ethnic Food: It's Cultural Appropriation
Byron York: At this rate, it won't matter if Trump colluded with Russia
Twitter Co-Founder: I Thought Free Speech Could Make the World a ‘Better Place’, ‘I Was Wrong’
The European Union Wants to Censor Hate Speech on Social Media
ABC News Frets Over Potential “Anti-Islamic Backlash” After Manchester Terror Attack…
Vanderleun: Learning to hate Islam
Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist
The Palis: There Won’t Be Peace While the Power Is Out
Photo below: The suicide bomber's mosque in Manchester
Tuesday, May 23. 2017
5 Tips On Learning To Carry Your Grief
Birth Rates are at Historic Lows and Here's a Major Reason
Not to mention birth control
Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based
Dumb article, slightly correct
The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A.
PRINCETON CHOSE MINORITY STUDENTS BASED ON AMOUNT OF "CULTURAL FLAVOR"
GOOD NEWS: Arctic Doom Pushed Off Till 2040
I can wait, but then it will be pushed off to the year 2100 and I do not have that much patience
Coyote: Your labor regulation of the day
Farm Handouts Are Out of Control. Here Are 5 Reasons to Target Them in the Budget.
California’s single-payer plan costs $400 billion — twice the state’s entire budget
A reader asked Arnold Kling: In light of everything that has happened in the last few years, have you changed your mind on anything?
Elizabeth Warren Challenged By Real Indians To Prove She Has Indian Ancestry
Challenged by both Dot and Feather Indians
Appeals Ct to Consider Fate of Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Codevilla's The Cold Civil War:
It's called "freedom"
The Media Spreads Fake News About Ivanka Trump
MSM Began To Mention Trump’s Impeachment During His First Week In Office
Monday, May 22. 2017
Toon above via Powerline
SHEER LUNACY ON CAMPUS - When kindergarten meets totalitarianism.
Against Free Speech: Merkel, May (and Macron)
Interracial marriages: Study Finds Massive Shift in US Marriages
Crushing on Crushers - Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians?
Unemployment Claims At Lowest Level In 28 Years
The Underreported Success of the Trump Presidency
President Trump gives masterful speech
Leaking of Trump’s slip made it worse
Trump aides had ‘intervention’ to curb his tweeting: report
Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets ‘new standard for negativity’
A Coup Attempt, Not a Constitutional Crisis
Ruddy to ABC's Stephanopoulos: Trump Suffers from Media 'Barrage'
Dems are gunning for Trump — here’s how he can survive
Saturday, May 20. 2017
Hoax Science Paper Says Penis Is A Social Construct That Worsens Climate Change. It was accepted by a science journal. Here's the paper: The conceptual penis as a social construct
Whether news or science, nobody can tell real from fake anymore. Everything seems to be from The Onion. Is there anything we can take at face value, or is everything fake?
Related, not from The Onion: Store Selling 'Boys Will Be Boys' Shirt Under Attack, Accused of Breeding 'Rape Culture'
A new shade of blue
More on that dinosaur fossil
What Changed The Green Sahara Into A Desert?
Graphic Novels Are Trending in English Departments
"Graphic novels" is an academic term for comic books. Next, coloring books. Re "graphic novels," I did read Maus. I recommend it, but not as literature. Same with Ros Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Swallow a single balloon, lose 34 pounds
Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity’
Not cool. I mean like totally uncool. Sheesh. Condoms might make sense.
Hava Nagila’s Long, Strange Trip - The unlikely history of a Hasidic melody.
UK Government Moves Aggressively To Censor & Control The Internet
Extremely creepy. 1984.
Connecticut, the wealthiest U.S. state, may be tapped out on taxing the rich
Chanel's $1,325 boomerang condemned as 'cultural appropriation'
I am completely in favor of cultural appropriation - including boomerangs. Also, hot peppers (stolen from Mexico)
The NYT: LOOMING FLOODS, THREATENED CITIES
Scared yet? If so, stop driving and stop heating your house.
California Governor Brown imposing massive regulations for meaningless climate goals
Authoritarian Moonbattery in Action: Cuomo’s Closing of Indian Point
"Evil Eyes" Cuomo destroying his state one step at a time
Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias
Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’
McArdle: Trump unfit for office
As Leaks Pile Up, It’s Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff
From Legal Insurrection:
Friday, May 19. 2017
Then I noticed Francis Menton, who begins:
A book by John Hawkins: 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction
Crossing the Congo Is Truly a Journey Across Hell on Earth
Single women are out-earning men
Lone Star Lilliput - Complacent Texas taxpayers have become captives of their rent-seeking civil servants.
Student 'teach-in' claims food industry is 'built on racism'
Is it time for us all to admit what a steaming pile of hypocrisy our entire conversation on race has become?
Even Math Is Made to Serve Moonbattery
Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’ - ‘Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics’ was developed by Teach for America.
Yale Dean’s Nasty Yelp Reviews Expose Underbelly of Ivy League Elitism - The racial overtones of June Chu’s posts have garnered the most attention. Less attention has been paid to the sneering elitism.
She was just having snotty fun. I don't see what the big deal is. Campus is becoming a field of landmines and profs are right to be scared.
National Student Group Seeks To Bolster Campus Free Speech
Free speech is oppression
Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real - Which means science is broken.
OK, but worse probably in the social sciences. Generally, it is very easy to cheat in science. Biggest problem might be that negative results are almost never published.
Warmists Using Fossil Fuels Is Totally Not Hypocrisy Or Something
From von Mises: Why Businessmen Fail at Government
Dallas County Whistleblower Tapes Democrat Campaign Worker Describing Voter Fraud Schemes
Normal urban politics
David Plouffe: “Trump Must Be Destroyed”…
Commenter at Althouse:
All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - That man in the White House is vulgar, disrespectful, self-involved, maybe even dangerous. So?
All US 50 governors sign anti-BDS statement
Venezuelan dictator: ‘We are the new Jews of the 21st century’
Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel
Who cares? Trump was right to share the threat info
The President Goes to Israel
Thursday, May 18. 2017
"Net neutrality", a confusing concept, appears to have been a stalking horse for a government take-over of the internet. FCC Votes to Begin Net Neutrality Repeal
This is just one more good thing to come out of the new administration. Many good things are happening, but we aren't hearing about them.
Read it all. Of course the press wants to take Trump down. It is just a partisan thing, the sport called scalp-hunting, because Trump isn't even a conservative.
Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet
Behold the voluntarily homeless, aka drifters
GLOBAL GREENING: Scientists Find ‘Lost’ Forests The Size Of Seven Texases
A Tiny Increase In Global Temperatures Is Making People Crazy!
Lots of good reading at Woodpile
The Outsiders Who Were Behind the Booing of Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman
Jerry Brown Calls California Taxpayers ‘Freeloaders’
John Lewis pines for the 1960s
VDH: Far too many government officials never pay the price for their crimes and misdeeds: Clinton, Rice, Napolitano, Lerner … Comey is the exception.
Trump Officials on Comey Memo: ‘Don’t See How Trump Isn’t Completely F*cked’
GOP fears Trump will take the Republican Party down with him
Examiner: Trump's dangerous blundering
Greenfield: THE ANONYMOUS SOURCES OF WASHINGTON POST AND CNN FAKE NEWS - How fake news gets made.
FBI Director James Comey Testified Under Oath May 3rd That The Trump Administration Doesn’t Obstruct Investigations
Scott Adams: The Slow-Motion Assassination of President Trump