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
Saturday, December 30. 2017
Can We All Agree That New Year’s Eve Is The Worst?
Sue Grafton, Writer of Popular 'Alphabet' Mysteries, Dies
Public Ignorance and GMO Foods - Fear of GMO foods is an example of the broader problem of political and scientific ignorance.
I will only consume GMO foods in 2018
Poor people get fat because of the food choices they prefer
Who knew? Only in America are the poor fat and the prosperous fit
"Boys don't wear princess dresses." Try saying that in public.
Is "men of good will" a scriptural phrase?
Uncle Sam as Santa Claus: Wasteful spending under the tree
Anti-Israel bias reigns at Columbia
Is it safe to hire a woman?
Rich or poor? Most American incomes vary from year to year
“A powerful person has been accused of misconduct every 20 hrs"
How the ‘feminist’ left let women down in 2017
Why Are Accused Sexual Harassers Overwhelmingly on the Left?
Bad, terrible, no good news for Democrat identity politics destiny
The press vs. Trump, and news too good to fact-check
The Top Ten Underreported Stories of 2017
If it makes the admin look good, it doesn't get reported
How Trump hatred has become the ravings of a crazy uncle
BREAKING: Senator Lindsey Graham Just Confirmed The Steele Dossier Was Used For 2016 FISA Warrant…
Wow. Drain the swamp!
Jan. 2017 was notable because it marked the beginning of the worst year of political journalism in modern history.
CNN appears to have closed its file on the case of the big white truck, but not before demonstrating its nose for news, its news judgment, and its investigative ineptitude.
Price protests turn political in Iran as rallies spread
Friday, December 29. 2017
2017 was the "year ofBitcoin" and many ordinary Joes became millionaires, as a result. Some people believe this ride is over. Perhaps with Bitcoin it is (I do not believe it is, though 1,000% returns are definitely over for it...perhaps not for other cryptos, though), and at least one 'expert' thinks it is. I'm not an 'expert', but I've heard if you speak enough publicly about something, you can become one (not a joke, this is definitely true). So maybe I should speak more about cryptocurrencies and be an expert.
This much is true - I suggested cryptos could represent a move away from standard currencies and represent a new reserve, particularly for nations which aren't fond of the dollar. This seems to be exactly what is happening. Amidst all the speculative excess which surrounds some of them, there are more and more real-world firms adopting them, as well as the technology which surrounds their development. In fact, I have begun to find uses for blockchain tech in my own field, and we are beginning to pioneer new uses for it to defeat fraudulent activity (funny, because the one reason people fear cryptos is that they are often used to engage criminal activity. My son told me many of his friends who used to purchase illegal substances via the web used Bitcoin. I asked him how much they had left. He said none, they'd spent it all. I said "shows you how much value you get out of using drugs.") Point is, Bitcoin does have uses. I am aware of several people who entered the Cannabis growing business (legally, in states that allow it) and cater exclusively to cryptocurrency clientele.
Continue reading "Cryptocurrencies"
Global warmists now predict decades or even a century of global cooling due to global warming.
Yes, even dug up in New Jersey! Proof of global warming.
Nothing seems to help with Alzheimer's
As tourist-friendly musicals take over, Broadway no longer belongs to playwrights
Interesting plays have been Off-Bway and Off-off Bway for quite a few years
Regulations Place A Growing Burden On Food Producers Says…The NY Times?
The End of “The End of Winter”
Why the Left Adores the Beta Male (and hates Asians) (video)
How Gotham Saved Its Subways
I love the subway system
Not Even Fellow Dems Can Stand de Blasio
Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.
The left try to figure out what’s ‘wrong’ with white women. Why, it's almost as though the left believe that white women cannot think for themselves
No, Tax Cuts Don't Kill People. No one’s going to die just because the individual mandate gets repealed.
Dems Bash Corporate Tax Cuts Even as Their Blue States Slash Rates. Jurisdictions that have reduced corporate levies since 2012 include Illinois, New York, and the District of Columbia
The 'Swamp' Trump Is Trying To Drain Isn't Really A Swamp — It's An Ocean
Stage four of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Identifying the progress of a disease
Same disease as Hate Nixon, Hate Reagan, Hate Bush
Dossier: WHO WAS THAT MASKED SOURCE?
Zimbabwe is of interest here, because of its history, but also because it has been a great case study of what happens under African rule.
Thursday, December 28. 2017
Can you read the NYT blurb on the book? "Trump makes you believe for a moment in the American dream again."
Paul Goldberg re-read Trump's The Art of the Deal.
Photo is a school bus, northern Maine, 1930s
Harvard student helps crack mystery of Inca code
Harnessing sperm to treat gynecological diseases
Profs: Farmer's Markets are racist
Black Woman Accuses Charlie Rose of Racism For NOT Sexually Harassing Her
Existence Of Time – One Of The Greatest Mysteries Of The Universe
Child Protective Services Take 80 Million Children Into Custody After Discovering No One In Country Fit To Be Parent
Real coyotes are colonizing cities
Warming in the UK: Travel chaos predicted as temperatures plunge to -6
America needs a massive infrastructure bill. But we won't get one.
Glance at these two pictures and see if you can figure out where they are.
17 famous campus hate crimes that turned out to be hoaxes in 2017
Merrimack College Offers Degree In Social Justice, “Real-World Learning”…
Learn how to be a professional victim
IDENTITY POLITICS WORKS UNTIL YOU RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE - When #MeToo becomes #NotMeToo.
Melania’s no tree-killer — that Jackson Magnolia needed urgent attention
Demonizing Melania over the Jackson Magnolia.
Tree killer! Tree killer!
Republicans Bet the Farm on the economy
High Tax Blue States Meet the Trump Free Market
Greenfield: Make Space Great Again
He does make people crazy> I think it amuses him. Honey Badger don't give a sh-t.
After ISIS Defeat, Christians in Iraq Proudly Celebrate Christmas
United Nations in a conniption fit over another Trump promise kept
Israelis Don't Care How the UN Votes. Here's Why.
MACRON CRACKS DOWN ON IMMIGRATION
We got it wrong on Brexit gloom, economists admit: Buoyant British economy is set to power past France by 2020
Documents shed light on North Korea’s startling gains in sea-based missile technology
Why is NoKo an enemy? Because they need enemies to justify their totalitarianism
Wednesday, December 27. 2017
Genetically engineered ‘super-horses’ to be born in 2019 and could soon compete in Olympics
Holiday Retail Sales Highest in Six Years
How not to save a dying shopping mall
Why does the University of Minnesota hate Christmas and Hanukkah?
2017 Was the Year of ‘Diversity Fatigue’
How Progressives Cling to the Past - Progressivism claims to be forward-looking, but it is actually rooted in the distant past.
Comrade De Blasio Not Happy With Peasants Riding E-Bikes
Black Unemployment Rate Lowest in 17 Years
ONE-THIRD Of U.S. Homicide Spike Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods
Have Republicans finally found their groove?
Tuesday, December 26. 2017
FROM JERUSALEM, MERRY CHRISTMAS
Franklin Graham: “Refreshing” That Trump Doesn’t Care “What The Liberals Think” On Christmas
Two Heterosexual Irish Men Marry To Avoid Inheritance Tax On Property
Tucker Carlson Shares Hilarious List Of 100 ‘Racist’ Things
Defying Trump again, Jerry Brown pardons immigrants about to be deported
Manchin: So, it Looks Like the Tax Bill I Voted Against Will -- Um -- Help A Lot of West Virginians
THE BIG LIST OF TAX-CUT PAYOFFS - 17 companies announce bonuses, more pay, expansion
An opinion on the ‘EPA Gravy Train’ – and why shutting it down is a good thing
Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?
The movement to impeach Trump is just beginning
ON DNC/FBI/RUSSIA COLLUSION, THE CIA AND NSA PLAYED A PART TOO
Trump Goes SCORCHED EARTH on Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe For ‘Racing the Clock to Retire With Full Benefits’
Christmas Miracle: #NeverTrumpers Praise POTUS As Year One Comes To Triumphant Finish
If only the jackass would STFU
PANIC AT THE WASHINGTON POST
Trump Tells Mar-a-Lago Guests, 'You All Just Got a Lot Richer.' Liberals Lose Their Minds
Unemployed African “Refugees” Go on Strike in Germany
Saturday, December 23. 2017
A Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu That Won't Take a Week to Cook - Invite everyone over, you're making a five-course feast this Christmas Eve.
Interesting. Basically a fermented fish sauce
Answering the Call for Breakfast With Dads Event - When Dade Middle School put out a call for volunteers to help with the Breakfast with Dads event, there was a fear there wouldn't be enough dads for the students...
The Salvation of ‘Napalm Girl’ - I still need treatment for the burns on my arms, back and neck. But my heart is healed.
How science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep
‘Climate Change’ Puts Santa’s Delivery System At Risk Or Something
Five Women Accuse Top Progressive Editor Of Sexual Harassment
Quran Instructor INDICTED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES
3RD US IMAM PREACHES MASS MURDER OF JEWS
Taxpayer rebellion in the blue states?
A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal
Friday, December 22. 2017
Yale Secular Humanists Help New Haven Decorate for Christmas
Like beer, TV, and surfing internet on the couch?
Christmas lessons from California
"Eminem Slips Slowly Into Insanity As Trump Continues to Ignore His Rants"
Texas Imam Calls On Muslims To “Kill The Jews”…
DOJ Releases New Numbers: One-in-Five Federal Prisoners Are Foreign Born, Most Illegal Aliens
Hell freezes over: Media start admitting that Trump's first year isn't a flop
Dear Democrats, Ownership Isn’t Theft
HuffPo Contributor Apologizes to Sen. Scott for His Prop Tweet
Left's Unhinged Response To Trump Tax Cut Reveals Their Real Fear: What If It Works?
Already working - TRUMP EFFECT: Apple Looking To Bring $252 Billion In Foreign Cash Back To USA After Landmark Tax Bill
Yep. Lower biz taxes and you get more biz which means more work.
Here are the top three biggest lies about the GOP tax bill we need to debunk real quick
Proof the right thing was done
Sweden’s Retirement Age May Need to Be Raised to Finance Islamic Welfare Colonization
Steyn on Australia's Muslin attack: We are the bollards
Thursday, December 21. 2017
Russia is a crappy country with an economy the size of Italy's. Still, Putin seems to know how to put his paws on all sorts of things. Clever little scheming SOB. Can't blame him for putting his country first, though. That's his job.
From where I sit, it seems to be because of a lack of critical thinking combined with the simple fact that imagining mysterious forces and mysterious people is much more fun than ordinary humdrum life and ordinary people.
Wasn't there an old song about "your mother and me, we're just ordinary folks..."?
IAN MCKELLEN RECALLS ACTRESSES OFFERING TO HAVE SEX WITH A DIRECTOR FOR ROLES
ENJOYING THE HOLLYWOOD MELTDOWN
Does Yes Ever Mean Yes?
Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students?
Linda Sarsour said sexual harassment 'doesn't happen to someone that looks like you'
James A. Sparrow: Jarhead memories of Christmas in The ’Nam
Just Like NYC, San Fran’s Taxi “Medallion” System Is Imploding
Thousands of students attend conservative boot camp after taking college exams
A Modest Suggestion: Perhaps Things Aren’t That Bad
Boeing Announces $300 Million Investment Initiative Thanks To GOP Tax Reform
Complaint Filed Against Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund," Alleging They Solicited Donations to State Democratic Parties, Using Them as Straw-Man Pass-Throughs Who Immediately Shipped the Money to Hillary Clinton's Campaign
Nikki Haley was right to attack the UN
Nikki Haley takes on world government
You Won't Be Able to Pay Taxes on a Postcard, and That's Exactly How H&R Block Likes It - The Republican tax bill means most Americans will keep more of the money they earn. But the process will still be frustrating and terrible.
Maybe the Tax-Reform Bill Is Unpopular Because Media Mislead Americans
Trump: We’re Ending the Visa Lottery; We’re Ending Chain Migration
Trump Fully Embraces Far Right Immigration Playbook
George Soros Illegally Bankrolling Campaign To Amend Ireland’s Constitution, Government Watchdog Says
He is an octopus
Wednesday, December 20. 2017
I almost forgot this quote from Hillary! towards the end of last year's campaign: "If that fucking bastard wins, we all hang from nooses."
What was she referring to?
Portland’s Disgraceful Anarchy - A city’s besieged businesses close rather than deal with unchecked urban degradation.
With count complete, feds can start eliminating billions of dollars in wasted property
The UN report on US poverty makes a very dumb mistake
Yes, the UN report ignores all government charity and benefits for the poor - but only for the US statistics
Contrarian on national security:
Julian Assange: Deep State Still Intent on Removing Trump and Installing Mike Pence
Trump Accuser Who Took Mortgage Payoff, Tried To Get Job As Trump's Makeup Artist
King Herod's grand Third Palace is being systematically destroyed by the Palestinians, who are stripping its stone and building homes around it. The site is in Area A, meters from Israeli-controlled territory, but the Israeli government can do nothing.
Tuesday, December 19. 2017
It's a given that the propensity for love/romance/sexual interest, to varying degrees, is a common, normal, and healthy subtext of human interaction. No number of social rules or boundary-construction can get rid of that, so it is common enough for people to fall so heavily that they arrive at "Damn the rules, the heck with everybody. I want this more than anything else". I see it all the time because things often do not work out well.
This is good: PROFESSOR-STUDENT SEX—JUST A PROBLEM OF DIRTY OLD MEN?
Why ‘The Last Jedi’ Is The Worst Star Wars Movie Ever
I Turned My Coworker Into HR When She Gave Me A Christmas Card, And She Changed My Heart
Vanderleun does not want a computer for Christmas
Ditto to that
Schneiderman: Change your behavior and habits first
Entire Family Declares Itself Transgender
New Apple Watch Delivers 500 Volts To Men Who Get Inappropriate Erections At Work
Bitcoin Climate Dilemma: Mining Bitcoin Consumes an Entire Country Worth of Electricity
How do you know where to dig for them?
Is the Goldwater Rule Outdated?
I think calling people crazy, because you don't like them, is unworthy
CNN IS CRAZY, BACON EDITION
Liberals Are Incensed That Taylor Swift Won´t Be Political or Miserable
My theory is that if government has the power to make you miserable, there is either too much government or you need to get a life
JENNIFER RUBIN’S LONGSTANDING INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY
Lost credibility is almost impossible to regain
Bernie Sanders: Corporate Taxes Will ‘Absolutely’ go up if Dems Take Over
That's boob bait. Who do they think pays those taxes? I favor a zero corporate tax rate.
All The Swamps We Cannot Drain - A tour through the various legislative bills called “Drain The Swamp Act”
As an anti-Trumper, he advises not listening to Trump at all but to just see what his admin is doing
Byron York: Amid firestorms, Trump has year of solid policy accomplishments. Can he keep going?
International affairs: Trump’s Doctrine: ‘Principled Realism’ Comes to the Fore
And VDH approves: A Jacksonian Manifesto
And at Ace:
Norway becomes first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs
Too late. The migrants breed like rabbits, and don't work.
Muslim anti-Semitism spurs Jewish exodus from Paris
Who Is Qais al-Khazali, and Why Should You Care?
Monday, December 18. 2017
Are You a Germaphobe? Start Drinking Whiskey ASAP
Can We Be Honest About Women? Here’s a little secret we have to say out loud: Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty.
Solway: Why I quit teaching
‘It’s Very Expensive:’ Most Teachers Say Immigration Has Harmful or Mixed Impact
Anti-Israel BDS Movement At U. Michigan Ends Not With A Bang, But A Whimper
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, WAR ON CHRISTMAS EDITION
Red and Green Colors ‘Not Appropriate’ During the Holiday Season, University Says
Please! Let me be anything but white.
Black women are more likely to die during childbirth. And it’s your fault.
" does the iPhone X (or its operating system) think all young Chinese women look the same? ... and therefore, is it racist?"
Net Neutrality – The End Of Google's Biggest Subsidy
Just Say “Yes” To Prosperity: The Need For Benign Neglect
'FREE-FOR-ALL' AT U.S. BORDER REVEALS DISTURBING TREND - Agents 'shocked' by high numbers of illegal crossers from 2 specific countries
Pakistan via Mexico?
U.S. Citizens DON'T Deserve Priority Over Immigrants, Tucker Carlson VS Crazy DACA Supporter
Was the FBI weaponized to take down the Trump presidency?
Trump: "My people are very upset" about Mueller obtaining emails
NYT: A war Trump won
America’s Longest-Serving Bomber Sets New Record For Most Smart Bombs Dropped On An Enemy
Sweden and the Politics of Denial
European Populist Leaders Praise Trump, Call For End Of EU
Poland's New PM Wants To "Make Europe Christian Again"
CHILDREN ARE STARVING UNDER SOCIALISM
The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook
Sunday, December 17. 2017
Trump is enraging the center-left by defiling the sanctity of Big Government, the sacred religion of the progressive left
Bear's End, Net Neutrality, etc: ON THE LEFT, IT IS ALL HYSTERIA, ALL THE TIME
If the sky is falling all the time (and never does), people stop listening
Saturday, December 16. 2017
Image: The wording is ambiguous, isn't it? Throw the kid, or the box?
A solar system with eight planets was found using Google AI
Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?
It's a crisis
Struggling Subway is now facing a franchisee revolt
I like their Italian Combo with onions, tomato, and lots of jalapenos
Photographer Christopher Herwig Hails The Brutal Charm Of The Soviet Bus Stop
Nutrition Has a 'Consensus' to Use Bad Science: An Open Letter to the National Academies
“I Think Occasionally, ‘Do I Really Want To Be Alone With A Female Employee Now?’”
Ummm. Maybe yes and no.
Net neutrality dies, and the second great equalizer returns to its former glory
Kimmel And CNN Compete For Best Crazy On Net Neutrality
To Protest Trump, Nazareth Mayor Cancels Christmas Performances
Makes perfect sense. I'm sure Trump is SAD
Time for the ethanol lobby to be put out to grass, Sen. Grassley
Trump to remove ‘climate change’ as a national security threat
Greatest Stock Market Rally Ever: Dow Up Most points in a Calendar Year Ever – Ties Record for Most All-Time Highs in a Year
Good. It's good not to have an anti-business government. You get more jobs, more wealth, more opportunities for everybody, and less dependency.
The United States Isn’t the Only Country Still Trying to Figure Out the Vietnam War
My father fought the CIA's secret war in Laos
The Deep State’s Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends
President Trump Symbolically Cuts Red Tape of Government Regulations
The media's reign of error
Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers
Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?
Liberals and NeverTrump Neocons (But I Repeat Myself) Rally to Defend Mueller Against Completely True Charges That His Staff is Filled With Hyperpartisans
Rep. Trey Gowdy ‘Predicts’ Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Will Be FIRED By Next Week
Williamson via Schneiderman:
Friday, December 15. 2017
The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective
Fascinating. He is a good writer too
Progressive Dad Is the Best Troll on the Internet Right Now
The tragedy of Palmyra: First look inside one of world’s most magical ancient ruins – now utterly destroyed by ISIS
Harvard sororities vow to defy recruitment ban
Muslims at Catholic School Grouse About Christmas Decorations
This is the the US Army’s newest pistol
PBS Suspends ‘Tavis Smiley’ Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation
Melanie Phillips: Western Derangement Syndrome
Say, Sugar Is Taxed, Should Meat Be Next To Stop The Climate (scam) Apocalypse?
No, the World Will Not End Because the FCC Repealed Obama’s Net Neutrality
Mitch McConnell Is The Reason Doug Jones Is A Senator
DEMOCRATS DEPLOYED RUSSOPHILE COLLUDER AGAINST TRUMP = The strange career of Nellie H. Ohr, a veteran of Fusion GPS.
New Comey Edits Revealed=> Hillary Clinton’s Private Emails Containing Classified Info LIKELY HACKED by “Hostile Actors
Explosive Texts Point To FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election
FBI PLOT AGAINST TRUMP - Government skullduggery rears its ugly head at a congressional hearing.
Former Clinton Strategist: Mueller, FBI Face 'Crisis in Public Confidence'
What Life Was Like For Christians And Jews When Arabs Ruled Jerusalem
U.S. military could lose next war, report says
Thursday, December 14. 2017
This is exactly how long women want sex to last
Computers win the chess race
Acclaimed film of boy-man love raises hackles in Hollywood
Some of it was plain antisemitism
GENDER TYRANNY AT SWEDISH UNIVERSITIES
Scared Cops Are Scary
GOP tax bills aim to derail the green-power gravy train
FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Coming Thursday
The Real Challenges for American Intelligence Agencies
Tax Bill Is Christmas Present Americans Have Been Waiting For
It’s Never Fun to Lose a Senate Seat, But the GOP Dodged a Bullet
Does Mueller need blood? How is this revenge movie going to end?
Strzok-Page Text Messages Reveal ‘God Complex’: ‘You’re Meant to Protect the Country From That Menace’