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, June 13. 2018
Environmentalists foolishly go to war against nuclear power
‘Climate Change’ Might Explain Why There Are No Aliens Out There
NEARLY A DOZEN MORE STATES WIN AN INJUNCTION AGAINST OBAMA’S WOTUS RULE
Rosenstein Threatened to Subpoena Emails, Phone Records of Nunes and House Intel if They Didn’t Stop Investigation
Good grief. That's amazing.
Food Stamp Households Drop Below 20 Million for First Time Since 2010
Searching For Citizenship Cheaters
Federal judge halts secret FEC plot to target GOP groups
Trump's economic experiment: Growth without immigrants
JOE SCARBOROUGH ATTACKS TRUMP FOR BEING ‘UN-CHRIST-LIKE,’
Joe Scarborough: Trump ‘Sick’ for Ignoring Human Rights in North Korea
For Trump haters, nothing is ever ok. It's a reflex.
Trump Helps Obama’s Team Recognize How Disastrous Their Policies Were
Trump’s pledge to end war games with South Korea rocks the region
Mexico candidate shot while posing for selfie in latest murder of politician
Drug cartels run Mexico
Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia
Tuesday, June 12. 2018
Why the hatred? Is it fashion, is it about personality style, or is it about policy?
Hatred is ugly. If it's about policy, I'd like to know what these people object to with their megaphones, not that their opinions deserve to be of any more interest than my own are.
As I recall, many of my pals hated Obama's policies, but never had a visceral hatred for the man himself. I'd gladly have a beer or two with Obama anytime because I think he is a clever bullshitter. Glib clever bullshitters amuse me.
Bush 2 and Obama began the turn away from "Old Europe," and it continues. Europe needs to take care of itself, but shows little desire to do so. Spoiled and weakened for too long by America's sentimental largesse in trade and protection. Trump just says out loud what the State Dept. has been thinking for decades.
Photo from our Maggie's Brooklyn hike in April
‘You Aren’t That Big a Deal’: A Message the Self-Esteem Generation Desperately Needs to Hear
The clothes you donate probably end up in a landfill
When You Have To Apologize For Eating At Chick-Fil-A
Pregnant man and flower power at London Men's Fashion Week
Explaining Monogamy to Vox
University of Tennessee Professor Claims ‘Diversity of Thought’ is Racist
Penn trustees privately admit they are afraid to criticize school’s diversity cult, former trustee says
College Course: ‘Objectivity’ Is among ‘White Mythologies’
How Capitalism Could Save the World - A world of capitalism is a world of peaceful, voluntary, mutually agreed upon interactions where no person or group is politically privileged over another.
It already is doing so
Mentions of the "Social Security Trust Fund" Like It is A Real Thing Make Me Crazy
Bill Clinton: Norms of ‘What You Can Do to Someone Against Their Will’ Have Changed
He might wish to rephrase that
Chain Migration Comes to Hazleton - The working-class Pennsylvania city is struggling to adapt to a heavy influx of Hispanics from New York.
The Farm Bill for Billionaires - Farm subsidies are a menace, especially when they line the pockets of the wealthy.
What causes hyperinflation for medical costs in the US? Medical insurance, which is the problem, not the solution
TOO MUCH POLICING IN BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS OR TOO LITTLE?:
Liberals ought to learn from Kim Kardashian
Bill Maher: We Need a Recession to Save Us from Trump
America's Europe Problem
Trump's attitude toward Europe is awfully realistic.
The G-7 should listen to Trump or go away
Interesting piece on economies of India and China
Italy Turns Away Ship Carrying Over 600 Migrants
China's Long Game for the Singapore Summit - While Trump and Kim play checkers, Xi has the Go board out.
China puts China first, Making China Great Again
Monday, June 11. 2018
Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge
Fifty Years after Tet
Study: Dog parks are manifestations of rape culture and oppression
Cultural-Marxist Left Doesn't Like Term 'Cultural Marxism'
Manhattan Doctor Sues Patient For $1 Million For Posting Negative Reviews Online
High Tech Oligarchs for Diversity
Real Life Feminist Bookstore From “Portlandia” Closing, Blames Cis White People
OK, but there is a freedom issue
Crisis at the National Archives
PRO-TRUMP JEWS ARE THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN ZIONISM
Vox: Study: telling white people they’ll be outnumbered makes them hate welfare more - White racism keeps hurting programs that help the poor.
More Asylum Seekers Game America’s Immigration System
The Cambridge Fossil Fuel Divestment Plan Goes Up In Smoke
Bill Clinton’s Me Too Reckoning
Lawmakers Warn IG Being Pressured to Slow Roll Clinton FBI Report - Concern mounts as DOJ and FBI seek redactions and weaken report
Media blackout: Trump’s 60-point accomplishment list of ‘American Greatness’
TRUMP NAILS TRADE HYPOCRISY
Italy’s “populist” government
An Iraqi threat goes mainstream
Sunday, June 10. 2018
This young man does not feel oppressed. In fact, he feels privileged. He is. He is smarter than me and is attending an elite school. He appreciates that. I think this guy has a good future.
Saturday, June 9. 2018
I've never seen him, but he seems like an ordinary quack.
Are there really bullshit jobs?
Two Transgenders Blow Out Girls In State Meet
'Commie Cadet' Spenser Rapone Leaving Army with 'Other Than Honorable Discharge'
Consultant Tells WSJ “My Clients Are Fleeing New Jersey Like It’s On Fire”
Illinois Vs Chicago
DOJ Seizes NY Times Reporter’s Phone and Email Records in Leak Investigation – Former Senate Intel Aide Arrested
Reporter exchanged sex for scoops
Democrats Are Being Advised To Avoid Discussing Single Payer
Former Obama admin officials would like greater regulation of social media companies
Lee Smith on 'Spygate': "It Was A Larger Political Operation To Dirty The Trump Campaign"
8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story
The four-letter word that will save Trump’s budget and border agenda
Foreign-funded NGOs, political power and democratic legitimacy
Austria’s Government Plans to Shutdown Seven Mosques and Expel 60 Turkish-Funded Imams
Nicaraguan Socialist Daniel Ortega Turns Tyrant…Why Does This Keep Happening?
China Is Genetically Engineering Monkeys With Brain Disorders
Canada warns immigrants in U.S. about heading north of the border
Friday, June 8. 2018
It seems to me that if a state has lots of wealthy people, it's good for the state. But if a state has lots of rich people and lots of poor immigrants, it gets a bad grade. A solidly middle-class state like Utah (few very rich, few poor immigrants or "inner cities") gets a "good" grade because it is neither a magnet for immigrants nor a magnet for high-income industry.
In any event, all of the states in the US seem pretty close. The only one that bothers me is that Washington DC tops the "bad" list and it is obvious why that is. Government makes for a very wealthy industry in that factory town thanks to us taxpayers - and a large part of it is a ghetto.
Anyway, if government wants to "solve" these "gaps", the easiest way to do it is to drive the rich out of state. Problem solved, statistics fixed. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are trying hard to do that.
Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and Wyoming are very welcoming of prosperous people and prosperous businesses.
A walk across a beach in Normandy
Shocking Satellite Photos Reveal Entire Towns Obliterated By Guatemala's "Volcano Of Fire"
Anthony Bourdain Found Dead After Commiting Suicide By Hanging
Climate Craziness of the Week: @NPR invites global warming hypochondriacs to tell their story
Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline
Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook, Amazon empower far-left Southern Poverty Law Center
Small Business Lending Declined after Dodd-Frank Passed
Seattle Residents Fed Up With Spending More On The Homeless With Little To Show For It
Restructuring specialized high schools in New York
Joy Reid Created A ‘Toxic Work Environment,’ Threatened Violence Against Co-Host
Who is Joy Reid?
Who is Samantha Bee?
The Pruitt “Scandal” Watch Continues: Lunchgate
City Journal: Small strikes against the Administrative State
Germany targets remaining members of Nazi death squads blamed for killing 1 million
' Human rights disaster': China's persecution of Christians at highest level since Mao
Congress Forces Pentagon to Come Clean on Aid to Lebanon. What is the U.S. getting in exchange? Apparently not a safeguard against Hezbollah.
Turkish TV Shows Abundance Of Food And Supplies In Gaza
The food looks delicious
Thursday, June 7. 2018
Six Facts About D-Day You Never Learned in School
D-Day, 74 years later: Remembering the heroic chaplains and priests of Normandy
Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant stays true to its past
A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to honeymoon in world’s most boring place - Canada
Association of Cannabis Use With Adolescent Psychotic Symptoms
What is pornography?
Google Walks Away From America's Security - It bowed to pressure instead of standing up for our country
Google is an international company, not wedded to America
Psychologist in 1960: Rejecting Moral Accountability Was a Big Mistake - Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose
Pleasure-seeking can be a purpose
The recycling scam
Obama-era FAA hiring rules placed air traffic controller diversity ahead of safety, lawyer says
2014: "Among the biggest obstacles to educating children are disruptive students whose antics, threats, and violence can make education virtually impossible": 4 Years Ago, Thomas Sowell Lambasted the Obama Policies that Would Lead to the Florida School Shooting
ICE: A “Clean DACA Fix” Will Create An Explosion Of Illegal Immigration
Border arrests remain near peak of Trump era
Troubling US Navy review finds widespread shortfalls in basic seamanship
Reminder to the USN: You do ships
Pruitt Aide Resigns Amid Scandals - Millan Hupp filed her paperwork shortly after portions of her congressional testimony were made public.
8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story
MORE FBI LIES: Bureau Redacted Strzok-Page Texts to Omit 2015 Overseas Spying on US Citizens
Trump Is Choosing Eastern Europe - The real meaning of the mini-crises sparked by his ambassador to Germany
Europe turns away from the US — and bites the hand that feeds
Wednesday, June 6. 2018
Intersectional identity politics leads, inevitably, back to the sovereignty of the unique individual.
More frightening pics from Guatemala
Japan's Whaling Fleet Set to Embark on Hunt for 333 Minke Whales
Reason #6831 Why Gun Registration Is Evil
The gun control conundrum will continue ad infinitum. But what is happening in New Jersey should frighten anyone -- gun owner or not.
They're Coming For 'Em: Illinois Suburb's Gun Confiscation Law Set To Go Into Effect
Prominent Businessman Hit with 12 Felony Charges After Attempting Registration of His AR-15
Now It’s Against the Law in California to Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day
Why Communism Always Devolves Into Heavy-Handed Authoritarianism
Quillette: The Prison-House of Political Language
POLITICS AND FREE SPEECH AT DARTMOUTH - Survey finds Republicans most tolerant.
Rewarding failure has become an American epidemic
Abused Women to Bill Clinton: ‘Go to Hell’
CNN’s Don Lemon Reacts To Record Low Black Unemployment By Taking A Swipe At Trump
Number One Again: US Restores Top Ranking As Most Competitive Global Economy, As Democrats Fret
Dem lawmaker: ‘Looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress’
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ SCREAMED AT HOUSE OFFICIALS TO KILL HACKING PROBE, INTERVENED IN PAKISTANI CRIMINAL MATTER
Eight reasons to still hate Obamacare
Big Pharma faces rare day of reckoning as Trump pushes price cuts
Mike Huckabee: ‘Please, God, Let Nancy Pelosi Continue to Be the Voice of the Democratic Party’
ANOTHER TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE WAS INVITED TO CAMBRIDGE EVENT WHERE ‘SPYGATE’ STARTED
Sounds like a CIA sting
When did the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign begin? Was it an investigation or a sting operation?
A Chinese colony takes shape in Cambodia
Tuesday, June 5. 2018
There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.
Is it possible that the notion of physical "laws" is anthropomorphizing nature?
Starbucks Employees Say ‘Bias’ Training Was Mostly Anti-Cop Propaganda
Statin recommendations may change
Running a $500,000 Retail Empire by iPhone
Ten-Year-Old Permanently Expelled for Bringing Party Poppers to School
When We Reward Failure
Climate Change Has Run Its Course - Its descent into social-justice identity politics is the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality.
Destroying the Boy Scouts - Another venerable American institution surrenders to the radical Left.
Nearly 50 percent of Californians say they want to move out soon, poll finds
The worst form of judicial minimalism — Masterpiece Cakeshop deserved a full vindication for its claims of religious liberty and free speech
Women’s March Co-Founder Condemns Founding of Israel as ‘Human Rights Crime’
Why the Left Loves and Hates Science
NANCY PELOSI DOESN’T THINK LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT, MORE JOBS IS A GOOD THING
New York Spent $15 Million in Taxes To Build Upstate Film Studio. It Just Sold for $1.
Morning in America: More say they’re ‘better off’ under Trump, blacks, Hispanics
U.S. Allies Retaliate After Trump Imposes Tariffs
Former DOJ, FBI and Intelligence Officials Positioning For Devastating IG Report…
FBI Agent In Charge Of "Russiagate" Operation And Clinton Email "Matter" To Testify Tuesday
DOJ Inspector General Says Investigation Into FBI Misconduct During the 2016 Presidential Election is Ongoing
Senate Releases Unredacted Strzok – Page Texts Showing FBI Initiated MULTIPLE SPIES in Trump Campaign in December 2015
China's embrace of Marxism is bad news for its people
“Speed Dating”: Critics Worry Trump Is Already Handing Propaganda Victories To North Korea
What Are Islam’s 'Claims' to Jerusalem?
Lessons from Europe on Welfare, Dependency, and Self-Reliance
Iran Wants to Stay in Syria Forever
Monday, June 4. 2018
Complete List of President Trump’s Historic Accomplishments After First 500 Days in Office
Another shocking truth is how many women find him helpful and inspiring in constructing their lives. That is rarely mentioned.
Pic of NYC's West Village from a reader. Nice place to live.
This week’s new cancer scare: barbecue smoke absorbed through your skin
Opioid policy fallout
Evergreen State Prof: ‘Independent’ Report On Last Year’s Events Is A Joke
Why Aren’t Liberals Celebrating Higher Gas Prices? It's What They Want - Democrats have spent the past two decades advocating for policies that artificially spike fossil fuel prices.
New Jersey Governor Shocked He Can’t Tax Citizens to Death
Obama – Just Too Good for Us
Ben Rhodes joins MSNBC
On Election Night, Trump Said He Started Campaign Just to ‘Have a Little Fun,’ Bossie Recalls
I believe it
Kimball on the moral infatuation of the Obama admin
Inspector General’s Report Isn’t Out Yet, But The Washington Post Is Already Worried Republicans Will Seize On It
THE TRUMP LEGAL TEAM’S LETTER TO MUELLER
Trump Tweet: Why Didn't FBI Tell Me About Manafort?
New Italian govt vows to create jobs, deport migrants
'Pack your bags': Italy's new interior minister talks tough on migrants
War Erupts Between Italy's Government And Soros: "You Profited From The Death Of Hundreds Of People"
TRUMP PARK OPENS IN ISRAEL
Saturday, June 2. 2018
However, the wealthy tend to vote Dem, as do those dependent on the government whether with jobs or largesse.
My guess is that Trump will win in a landslide in his next election, if he is still willing to do this nasty job. This fairly ignorant and sometimes vulgar fellow is in tune with lots of Americans of all sorts. Just not with the self-anointed elites. Kanye and Kim like him, for heaven's sake. I do not like the guy, but I like what he has been doing so I will vote for him with enthusiasm even though my vote will not matter at all.
No utopia evident yet. They all want to come to the US for freedom. It is all so sad, so many lives destroyed by an inhuman ideology.
Square Dancing Is a “Tool of White Supremacy” and an “Effort to Uphold Whiteness”
Scots-Irish tradition, modified. Cultural appropriation.
Our Educational System: Should We Just Scrap It?
It's a major industry
Pope convenes Big Oil, investors to talk climate change
Pope should stick to his knitting. God is a plenty big job
Who’s Afraid of Tribalism?
HOW DID GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS END UP ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN?
May Jobs Surge By 223,000 Smashing Expectations; Jobless Rate Hits Historic Low As Wages Beat
MORE WINNING: Costco Raising Hourly Wages For Over 130,000 Employees
If anybody wants a job, they can have one. The Obama economy is over
NYC sanctuary policy sends 'hundreds' of criminals back onto streets: DHS
House Intel Report: Jeff Sessions Supervised Five Foreign Policy Experts During Campaign – Including Carter Page and Papadopoulos
A Worthy Pardon for Dinesh D’Souza
Donald Trump’s Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Lift Low And Moderate Income Families
Joe Scarborough Admits Dems Might Lose in 2018 Due to Trump’s Conservative Achievements
Trump Likely to Impose New Tariffs Today: Is This Bad Economics or Madman Theory?
It is hardball negotiation
MSNBC Host Joy Reid Agreed with Ahmadinejad that Israel Should Be Ethnically Cleansed of Jews
She is a hater
Iran still seeking tech for weapons of mass destruction: German intel
GERMAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY DEEMS BDS ANTISEMITIC
Friday, June 1. 2018
Is Alcohol Better For You Than Exercise?
Prof calls for ‘toxic masculinity’ training in kindergarten
Why not just neuter all boys at birth?
Kid’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Cops After Someone Called and Complained
Google Under Fire For Listing ‘Nazism’ As An Ideology Of The California Republican Party
On Abortion in the Wake of Ireland’s Spiritual Suicide Pact
More Drivers Killed Under the Influence of Drugs Than Alcohol
A New Campus Survey Reveals Just How Students Are ‘Unlearning Liberty’
Carbon Pollution Is Reducing Kids’ Test Scores! Everybody Panic!
The ‘Educated Elite’ Isn’t Educated, and It Isn’t Elite
Harvey Weinstein and the Clinton Protection Racket
Samantha Bee Ignites Blowback for Vulgar Comments About Ivanka Trump - Double standard, anyone? TBS took its time answering for an employee's words, has indicated it will not punish her
Far from cages: Feds pay $670 a day to make unaccompanied alien children 'comfortable'
U.S. Back At No. 1 Competitiveness Ranking — Will Trump's Critics Ever Admit To Being Wrong?
Obama Allies Scheme to Kneecap Trump’s New National Security Team - Media helps spread smears against Bolton's new chief of staff
Yes, the FBI Was Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied
Why the UK is no longer a serious country
Gaza terror rocket hits Strip’s own power lines, leaves Palestinians in dark
Stupid is as stupid does
African nations are fed up with the West’s hand-me-downs. But it’s tough to keep them out.
Thursday, May 31. 2018
I blame global warming.