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
Wednesday, October 11. 2017
Along with the serious students who want to learn, and the wholesome non-serious students who want to drink and hook-up and go to the game, there is always a group of self-important morons who want to make a splash and get in the news. That is all to be expected.
I blame the spineless administrators who put up with this crap. Give those kids an inch and they'll take a mile, just like 2 year-olds.
Swedish death cleaning is the morbid new way to de-clutter your life
Congress Should Investigate the Organic Scam. Consumers have been duped with fraudulently labeled foods.
Who cares? I avoid "organic"
Dalrymple: The Devil’s in the Diction - The vague terms that populate our political discourse encourage lazy and often deeply biased thinking.
Conservative student paper called ‘propaganda’ by professor who leads publications committee
Georgetown University’s school newspaper is teaming up with a national non-profit to tell the personal stories of students who have experienced bias-related incidents.
Georgetown is a hotbed of racism, genderism, and general oppression. Terrible place.
A peer-reviewed academic journal article defending colonialism was removed due to threats of violence against the editor just days before Columbus Day
Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, and Asia Argento Share Their Accounts of Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Assault and Harassment
Hinderaker already bored with the Weinstein story
Obama's $1.5 billion ego project
I hate these presidential libraries. Why doesn't some pres just hand over the papers to a history dept and call it a day? Why a monument? This is not Rome. These jackasses are not kings or gods.
French Public Workers in the Street Over Macron Reforms
When do they find time to work in France?
Tuesday, October 10. 2017
Image via Ace
We linked this rational essay this morning: Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day. If we really want to commemorate horrifying, unspeakable violence and oppression in the Americas, I’ve got the perfect holiday: ‘Indigenous Peoples' Day.’
“I’d target his businesses, his dumb fuck of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric…"
As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue
Florida Threatens Woman with Fines, Jail for Giving Diet Tips - Occupational licensing runs amok in a familiar story.
Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing Watermelon to Station House
Ken Burns, JFK and the unopened door - The crisis of 1963 and the Galbraith initiative offered the rationale and means of exiting Vietnam
The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think - It goes much deeper than one big creep.
Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day
Kevin Hassett Smacks Down the Partisan Tax Policy Center
Germany's "Open Doors" Are Closing: Merkel Seeks New Limits On Refugees
Monday, October 9. 2017
Most of us here are in favor of Puerto Rican independence. US Territories are an obsolete concept. Evil colonialism. Blame Columbus, and let PR free. To help erase Columbus more completely, let's ban the colonial Spanish language from Latin America as soon as possible. It's a painful remnant of oppression.
Mr. Vanderleun wants you to see this
COLUMBUS DAY & CULTURE WAR
Truth is, he was a very interesting and noteworthy guy, especially compared with you and me
What Went Wrong With the Right Whales? Necropsies reveal how six of the 12 North Atlantic right whales that died in Canadian waters this summer met their end.
Why Don’t Whales Get Out of the Way? Ships are huge and loud, yet they seem to take whales by surprise.
But " we all know that in a he-said/she-said situation on campus, we’re supposed to believe the women!"
Even ‘diversity educators’ can’t take the snowflakes complaining about ‘microaggressions’
University Of Wisconsin To Crack Down On Disruptions Of Free Speech
Only 7 percent of Yale professors identify as conservative, survey finds
SCHOOL EMBRACES IDENTITY POLITICS, DROPS 30 PLACES
" academic progressives need incidents like this so they can pretend that their world is terribly threatened by dark forces."
No contemplation of their own dark forces
Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble - Column: Trump drives the mainstream media to abandon the pretense of objectivity
WTF MSM!? Our rights come from God, not man
"... it’s just bizarre that the Gray Lady would green-light this series."
What Is The Biggest Corruption In Politics Today?
AP Omitted Expert Quotes That Didn’t Fit The Narrative About Global Warming
Las Vegas Prostitute: Paddock Believed He Was ‘Born Bad’
Figures. Harvey Weinstein Attended Pussy March Against Trump – A Target Rich Environment
US/CANADIAN MUSLIMS PLOTTED NEW YORK RAMADAN MEMORIAL DAY ATTACK
Sen. Durbin Spills the Beans on Amnesty: Admits ‘DREAM Act’ a Ploy for Open-Ended Amnesty
This Is How Donald Trump Thinks the U.S. Government Works - And why his supporters should care about it.
Here's what Corker is saying: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
I've thought the same sometimes
Details Emerge On Trump’s Plan To Sell Insurance Across State Lines
Trump unveils new strict 70-point immigration enforcement
ICE Warns California Illegal Aliens: Don’t Get Cozy; New Sanctuary State Law Won’t Protect You
IRELAND HONORS CHE GUEVARA
Polish Catholics pray at borders´to save country´
Saturday, October 7. 2017
I removed this post because it was misleading.
The Science Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile
But Why Aren’t People Rushing To Buy My Art?
There’s A Scientific Explanation For Why Fires Are So Romantic
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Craigslist Has Become A Total Sewer of Scammers
Study: Free College is Bad for Students. Is free K-12 Education also bad for students?
Antifa Group Plans Nationwide 'Deface Columbus Day' Actions for Monday
BOB DYLAN’S “THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’” IS OUR SONG NOW
San Franciscans Pissed To Learn Their Liberal Policies Caused A Wave Of Restaurant Failures
Alan Dershowitz Derides Theory of Intersectionality in Columbia Lecture
NFL players’ union teamed up with Soros to fund leftist advocacy groups. Tax documents show NFLPA activism goes beyond take-a-knee protests
Chris Matthews: How Can These Conservatives Believe Gun Rights Are God-Given And Precede The Constitution?
Politico: Who Will Lead the Left on Gun Control? Democrats’ proposed solutions to massacres like the one in Las Vegas aren’t serious, and they know it.
Scott Adams: The Worst Gun Control Arguments
Three Men Arrested For ISIS-Inspired Plot to Attack Concerts, Subways in NYC
UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WIPES ISRAEL OFF THE MAP
Friday, October 6. 2017
Reason has little to do with the firearms issue. I'm sorry, cutie, but The Second Amendment isn't about hunting and shooting sports. It's about freedom.
Can we please make murder illegal? It might help, or do the guns kill people? Can't we just Do Something?!?!?
A book: Darwinian Sexual Selection and the Politics of Beauty By Ethan Linck
Butterflies Confuse Denver Radar-Watchers
Pepsi Pushes Healthier Drinks, Sales Go Down in North America
Duh. Soft drinks are for fun, not health
Who’s Ready For A 45′ Tall Naked Woman On The National Mall All Winter?
The Donald might get a kick out of it
"When Ms. Ruzickova was 15, the family received what the Germans called 'an invitation' to Terezin, which the Nazis considered a model concentration camp for the cultural elite."
Why isn't trans surgery malpractice?
I think it is
The Sociology of Sociologists - Arnold Kling
Campus free speech is on its deathbed By Post Editorial Board
Good. That was not about clean. It was about CO2
Like Schools, Parks, Social Programs? Too Bad, Because Retirees Get Paid First - New report shows how California's pension obligations are crowding out spending on other things.
The Implications of DACA Amnesty and Chain Migration
Exactly what makes people who are unlawfully present in the United States think they have the right to demand legislation?
Vietnam Vets for Factual History
Facts ‘The Vietnam War’ left out - Communist barbarism that invited U.S. involvement was left on the cutting room floor
6 reasons why Puerto Rico slid into financial crisis
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s mental health was in steady decline leading up to the massacre which killed nearly 60 people and injured over 500.
Noonan: The Culture of Death—and of Disdain. Why do Americans own so many guns? Because they don’t trust the protected elites to protect them.
She is so wrong. Under British law, commoners were not allowed to own swords for centuries. Commoners want weapons too for whatever reason. Now the elites want their armed bodyguards but they don't want me to have my .22?
Harsanyi: Come And Take Them, Bret Stephens - As an American-Jew whose ancestors came here escaping both Nazism and communism, I totally 'get' the Second Amendment 'fetishists.'
The argument that "Conservatives don't care"
Conservatives care about your freedom
Nothing Makes Liberals Angrier Than Us Normals Insisting On Our Rights
TRUCK CONTROL, IT ONLY HAPPENS HERE AND OTHER GUN CONTROL MYTHS - 4 mass shooting myths exposed.
NY Times Reporter to Ivanka Trump and Her Children: “F**k You!” and “You’re a Bucket of T*rds”
Why is the US in Niger?
Thursday, October 5. 2017
‘Noose’ that turns out to be lost shoelace causes uproar at Michigan State
Semi-related, Stanford campus more dangerous for rape than entire city of Palo Alto
Why would a woman want to go there?
New York’s 9/11 tribute mesmerizes birds — and might help save them
What Is Sukkot? A Guide to The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles, and the Meanings Behind it
Automotive News and electric cars
Wait, You've Never Heard of Wife Appreciation Day? Me Neither.
Every day must be wife appreciation day. Or else.
A cool CV
Berkeley students protest exam because noted professor isn't Mexican
Black Lives Matter Students Shut Down the ACLU's Campus Free Speech Event Because 'Liberalism Is White Supremacy' - "The revolution will not uphold the Constitution."
These morons are beclowning themselves
Two House Democrats have written a letter to Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, threatening “increased regulations” if Twitter fails to crack down on objectionable speech.
Evil. This is not China
Too Many People Dream of a Charmed Life in Academia - Brilliant colleagues. Curious students. High status. Earning less than half of what a kindergarten teacher makes.
No wonder they are lefties. They are oppressed and exploited by their employers
Senators Want to Make Prosecutors Prove Defendants Intended to Break Laws Before Locking Them Up - In a country with so many crimes, many laws don’t require proof citizens knew they were doing wrong.
Ignorance of the law should be a defence. Nobody knows all the laws
Fresh proof of charter-school miracles
Why Ken Burns’ “Vietnam” on PBS Matters
How come this guy wasn't thrown out of West Point? For his behavior
Donors of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Group Revealed
There is always Tides Foundation and Soros $
It’s time for the league to start leading by example. The time is right for the NFL Equality Plan.
Check your physical privilege. It oppresses me.
Dem Rep. Says He Would Personally Bulldoze “Every Inch” of US-Mexico Border Wall
Statistician: After Researching Gun Violence, I No Longer Believe In Gun Control
Re a Politico article: Other than that, the story was accurate
Ben Stein lost a good friend over Trump
Do The Media Hate Trump? Yes, And From The Very Start Of His Presidency, New Survey Shows
Good News: Trump Just Privatized A Piece Of ObamaCare
Trump prepares to wound Iran deal — and then save it - The president's national security team finds a way for Trump to wound 'the worst deal ever' without killing it.
Israel Prepares for War in Syria against Iran
Wednesday, October 4. 2017
Man wakes up to adorable lynx kittens on his porch
Lesbian Methodist Bishop Calls Jesus a Bigot
A NYT wedding announcement
A commenter: We turn now, with the greatest of reverance, to Monty Pyton to reference "The upper class Twits of the year" award.
Worse than we thought – humans have altered Earth’s history
Warmists Are Making A Big Push To Come After Cows
Why Give Public Sector Unions So Much Bargaining Power?
Budweiser considers ending their NFL sponsorship over protests — and they want to hear from you
How Puerto Rico Can Rebuild and Become the Hong Kong of the West
"You Have NO Right to DEMAND Anything!!" Tucker Carlson RIPS Entitled Illegal Immigrant
Spengler: The bells of Barcelona toll for Europe
Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'
Top Indonesian Muslim Scholar Says Stop Pretending That Orthodox Islam and Violence Aren't Linked
Tuesday, October 3. 2017
When I was sent this article, Majority of U.S. Physicians Now Support Single-Payer, I thought "That's the women!" Then I felt conflicted.
At the obvious risk of being assaulted for stereotyping and demeaning females in my profession, I will share some of my observations (with countless exceptions, of course):
- Women in medicine are very smart and detail-oriented. Excellent students without much rebellion or cantankerousness. However, they are often too much "by the book" and rule-oriented to adjust to specific situations. I have fought this in myself. The men tend to be willing to take more risks, less rule-bound, more blunt, and willing or eager to work ungodly hours. Definitely more defiant and skeptical of authority.
- Women in medicine tend to view it more as a career than as an identity. Men in medicine have traditionally seen it as their raison d'etre, members of an ancient priestly caste. Men in medicine feel heroic and manly about responding to that 3 AM phone call, women generally not so much.
- As a career rather than as a 24 hr/day identity, women in medicine tend to be more comfortable with a regular paycheck, defined hours of responsibility or even part-time hours of duty, and good job benefits. That often means working for somebody else.
For better or worse, the coming dominance of American medicine by women will be changing the culture of the profession. Other influences, like the emergence of large group practices, and of hospital-owned practices, are changing the character of American medicine too.
Sad about Tom Petty. classic rocker, classic rock. 66. Carpe diem.
Rosetta’s Lost Picture From Moments Before It Struck a Comet
Nobel in Physiology to guys who discovered how biological clocks work
No Inflation? Technology May Have Left it Back in the 20th Century
Why don't we let markets determine rates?
Coyote: Wealth Is The New Normal
Why Is It So Hard To Get Even Smart People To Think Clearly on Electric Vehicle Efficiency?
People love fairy dust
Veterans angry, disappointed following PBS’ Vietnam War documentary
THE PROBLEM WITH CLIMATE CHANGE FANATICISM IN TWO HEADLINES
Analysis says NOAA global temperature data ‘doesn’t constitute a “smoking gun” for global warming’
More than 100 schools sign on to teach health risks of climate change
It's easy to scare the ignorant
Maria, Las Vegas: The Progressive Psychology of Exploiting a Crisis
A crisis is just a political opportunity. If no crisis, make one up
Hillary Clinton slams the GOP and NRA as ´complicit´ in US gun violence after Las Vegas shooting
Democrats Learn That Open Borders Dreamers Will Be A Problem
Yeah. It's never enough. Meanwhile, half the world would come to the US legally, if they could
Professor who critiqued radical feminism accused of promoting ‘violence,’ targeted for termination
No tolerance for "normals"
Speaking of normals, Betsy DeVos vs. the Mindless Mob at Harvard
Video Reveals Allegedly Oppressed NFL Player Michael Bennett as Contemptible Liar
Your House Does Not Need a New Roof at My Expense - The moral and economic issues raised by government flood insurance ought to be obvious.
CBS fires vice president who said Vegas victims didn't deserve sympathy because country music fans 'often are Republican'
Puerto Rico has big problems, but President Trump isn't one of them: Glenn Reynolds
Pew: COVERING PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A POLARIZED MEDIA ENVIRONMENT
Too long to read. Must be a summary somewhere
Hamas Prosecutes Journalist for Exposing Its Corruption in Gaza
Older Vet owns the NFL:
Monday, October 2. 2017
Roger Simon, here
Photo: Granny Smiths from a reader's garden this week
A Massachusetts School District Bans Halloween Celebrations
Pushing euthanasia for the depressed
Angry Birds Are Ripping $80,000 Drones Out of the Sky
California's Latest Bad Idea — Outlaw Gas-Powered Cars
NYC offering to pay homeless a year’s worth of rent if they leave town
How Do You Tell The Corrupt Politician From The Non-Corrupt?
Everything (That's Not Sexism) Is Racism
CNN, MSNBC Make Disaster Relief All About “Racism”
Puerto Rico Police Officer Calls Into NY Radio Station – Exposes Corrupt San Juan Mayor, Pleas For Help
Hayward: "The only surprising thing about the total catastrophe in Puerto Rico is that it took so long for the “Trump-Is-A-Bigot-Who-Hates-Brown-People” refrain to get cranked up to eleven..."
The idea that Trump hates brown people is totally nuts. It's meant to scare brown people. Does it work?
Puerto Rican Female Cop Says Local Government Is Preventing Supplies From Getting to People
Schlichter: The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.
HOW THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SPINS THE SUPREME COURT
Europe: What do Islamic Parties Want?
LIFE WITH NANNY NORWAY - What it's really like to live in a social-democratic "paradise."
The Documentary “The Vietnam War”: Artistic License as History
Bret Stephens: I Believe Some of Your Best Friends Are Jewish
Sunday, October 1. 2017
The CEO linked above says:
FEMA Chief Defends Trump Tweets, Dings San Juan Mayor
Fellow Puerto Rico Mayor Rips San Juan Mayor — ‘She’s Not Participating In Any Meetings’
Puerto Rico Teamsters Union, “Frente Amplio”, Refuse to Deliver Supplies – Use Hurricane Maria as Contract Leverage…
Trump is probably correct to imagine that some are attempting to stage another Katrina scenario:
Saturday, September 30. 2017
I've been meaning to write this post for a long time. I'd grant that there exists something akin to "white privilege" in the USA, as in all of the western world. It happens to be more like "cultural privilege" than anything to do with skin tone. I am talking about individual qualities which are most in demand and most effective in western cultures.
The markings of cultural privilege are most easily internalized by upbringing, and secondarily by good examples (eg coaches, relatives) and formal education. Good socialization. Wealth is only incidentally associated, not causal, because lots of rich kids are complete a-holes. The western world (except for England) has no caste system, but it has an informal cultural caste system and everybody is aware of it. It has nothing to do with IQ or where you grew up or went to college, but it has to do with how you comport yourself, how properly and grammatically you speak and write, manners and grace, dress, good humor, level of sophistication, being a good dinner companion, playing sports, staying out of trouble with the law, being able to discuss books, and other sorts of things that some people sum up as "presentable."
As a reader notes, other less superficial traits often come under the "whiteness" umbrella:
I think "whiteness" is a shorthand for those who are culturally advantaged, adapted to a dominant if not elite culture, because in my life experience you can easily find people of all colors, ethnicities, and wealth who lack those qualities, and those who possess those qualities. It is indeed a handicap in life to lack them.
Obama got to where he got by the combination of skin tone, a natural grace, and his cultural privilege. It can be a winning combination.
Interestingly, Pres. Trump is culturally disadvantaged, or so it seems, and has a strange, alien, orange skin tone. He must be from some alien planet like Queens, NY, who landed in Washington like Mr. Bean.
At the bottom of this, I think the "whiteness" thing is an attempted slo-mo imitation of Mao's cultural revolution with little to do with race or ethnicity.
Ikea’s stuff is tough to assemble, so it bought a startup to do it for you
What traits tend to turn on women?
Dr. Seuss: Racist
"Hard work" is "whiteness"
That is racist
DR SEUSS IS RACIST, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE IS SEXIST
Related, MOORE’S LAW OF LIBERALISM IN ACTION
Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars
Packers’ Attempt to Involve Fans In Anthem Demonstration Falls Flat, Most Chant ‘USA!’ Instead
Reputation Management CEO: NFL Anthem Protests “The Worst Branding Move in Modern History”
Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life
HILLARY CLINTON IS CAMPAIGNING AGAIN. THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA
Jeh Johnson: The 2016 election wasn't hacked
"Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?"
Steven Crowder’s ‘Undercover in Antifa’ Depicts Premeditated Violence, Disruption, and More
U.S. Cuts Embassy Staff in Cuba, Halts Travel After Attacks
Cuban Doctors: We’re Tired Of Being “Slaves” For Castro’s Communist Regime
A MESSY DIVORCE - The UK’s Brexit Hand Gets Weaker
The racial caste system in Latin America
Five myths about the Vietnam War. No, Viet Cong guerrillas weren’t scrappy underdogs battling inept South Vietnamese forces.
Western contempt for China turns to panic. Economic boom continues with electronics industry domination and infrastructure growth through trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative
Armed Soldiers To Replace Cops On Danish Streets
Friday, September 29. 2017
Toon via Theo
Dear NFL: I’m not “boycotting” you. I just don’t care anymore, about you.
Civil Rights Group Launches Effort To Stop Colin Kaepernick From Being “Silenced”
Oldest Evidence of Life Found in 3.95-Billion-Year-Old Rocks
A fourth gravitational wave has been detected — and we've pinpointed its location better than ever before
The brief video is good
Tom Cruise's 'American Made' just latest case of film recasting history
Skeptical of Burns’ ‘Vietnam,’ Part 2
Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source
Progressive Students ‘Freaked Out’ By Beach Ball At Southern Illinois University
Valerie Plame update: Ex-CIA officer quits job after posting anti-Semitic tweet
Why Tax American Companies Twice? The GOP plan would end the 35% ‘repatriation tax’ that makes it harder to compete—and create jobs.
Trump Offers Plan To Lower Taxes For All, Obviously Leads To Screeching About Tax Cuts For Rich
Coyote: The conservatism of progressives
Border Apprehensions Surge as Crossers Rush to Beat Trump's Wall
Lawmakers Turn Up the Heat on Obama Unmasking Scandal – Allege Larger Obama Spy Op on Trump
Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico for 10 Days. That’s Good, but It’s Not Enough. Congress needs to vote to stop protecting shipping cartel from market competition.
"I was alarmed at first but you come to expect things like that, it's become common place in east London."
The Nationalist Aspirations in Kurdistan and Catalonia
The Incredible Work of UN Watch
Palestinian Leaders Stunned as Hamas Founder’s Son Defends Israel
'We don't want that!' German MEP attacks Jean-Claude Juncker plans for EU SUPERSTATE
Thursday, September 28. 2017
Just 3 minutes
Toon via Never Yet Melted
“I’m a Marxist-Feminist Slut — How Do I Find an Open Relationship?”
I hope her Mom never sees her article
Is Gender Dysphoria a Fad? Camille Paglia recently suggested that the rise of gender dysphoria is simply the new face of the counter-culture.
Rewarding Rigor - U.S. News tweaks its college-ranking formula.
Yet More Evidence the SAT is Being Dumbed Down
Chuck Todd: Roy Moore Doesn’t Seem To Believe In The Constitution, He Believes Rights Come From God
Why is the FBI trying to enforce NCAA rules?
One-Third Of British 16-22-Year-Olds Say They’re Gay Or Bisexual
That is news?
Why Government's Push For A Cashless Society Won't Go Away
Alabama tide portends another angry voter wave
Blue State Blues: Hartford Downgraded Further Into Junk Status, Moves by S&P and Moody’s cites increased likelihood of default as early as November
Will Fed's Reliance On Archaic Economic Models Doom The Economy?
Obama Hauls In Millions From Wall Street, Not A Peep From The Media
MacDonald: Hard Data, Hollow Protests - FBI crime figures paint a very different picture of crime and policing than this weekend’s demonstrations suggest.
Obamacare: Republicans’ Self-Inflicted Wounds
Trump's Unintended Consequences: The Turn of the Culture Wars
Via Sailer's Tackling Race:
Trump preparing executive order to let Americans purchase health insurance across state lines
Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils to Help Avoid Collisions at Sea
I thought all blue-water sailors compared electronics with paper and pencil
France to Have Muslim Majority in 40 Years
A good reason to tour France now
A brief history of Palestine