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 20. 2018
Millennials may be less happy and healthy than their parents
The Case for Gender-Segregated Universities
But how many genders are there, these days?
Penn law school hires
The $1.5 Trillion Student Loan Debacle Hits a Tipping Point
The Bad Hate the Good: The Southern Poverty Law Center Vs. Prager University
The Next Andrew Cuomo Related Corruption Trial Is Kicking Off
For the Record: Yes, Hillary Clinton Should Have Been Prosecuted for Willful Gross Negligence
Zero Tolerance at the Mexican Border
HERE ARE HORRIFYING PHOTOS OF OBAMA’S ILLEGAL ALIEN FACILITIES THE MEDIA REFUSES TO SHOW YOU
Hillary Clinton (Obama too): Just Because Your Kid Gets to America Illegally Doesn’t Mean They Get to Stay
'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show
At Least 6 and Potentially 7 Known and Suspected Intelligence Informants Accused of Spying on Trump Campaign - And now there are more.
Horowitz Describes How Bombshell FBI Anti-Trump Text Exchange Almost Slipped Away
FBI Agent Peter Strzok, author of anti-Trump text messages, escorted out of bureau headquarters but still employed
If these guys are not in trouble, I do not ever want to get another ticket for sliding through a stop sign
Horowitz: Over 300 Bribes To FBI Agents By Journalists; Two FBI Agents Who Hated Trump Still Work For Mueller; And More
U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council
Tuesday, June 19. 2018
Using their powers to effect an election? Gowdy rips into Horowitz. This is deeply disturbing, at the top of the FBI.
TUCKER EXPOSES ‘RULING CLASS’ BEHIND BORDER POLICY UPROAR: ‘THEIR GOAL IS TO CHANGE YOUR COUNTRY FOREVER’
Strategy of the Left: Keep everybody else constantly on the defensive. And Trump is Hitler, of course. As Tucker says, nobody seems to care about the American kids whose parents are in jail.
Related, BORDER CHILDREN: A PR DISASTER?
From reading all about the topic, I learned that every border-crosser is now an asylum applicant. Who knew?
Where the 'No Ending a Sentence With a Preposition' Rule Comes From
Ageing parents: This Is The Biggest Life Event That Millennials Don't See Coming
As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry the Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast
TODAY'S INTERNET NOT 'SUSTAINABLE,' EXPERTS WARN
SHAME OF HARVARD MED SCHOOL
Food stamp enrollment falls to 8-year low as Trump clamps down on fraud, economy improves
How Dodd-Frank Stole The Recovery By Killing Small-Business Growth
Democrats know their 'blue wave' is no sure thing
Illegal Aliens Increasingly Using Other People’s Children To Claim Asylum
10,000 of 12,000 Kids in US DHS Custody Were Sent Here Alone
Compassion and the rule of law at the border
Thousands of DACA recipients with arrest records, including 10 accused murderers, allowed to stay in US
Hillary Calls Trump A Liar, Unchristian Over Family Separation In Immigration Policy
If there are no parents, or parents are in jail, what to do with those kids?
Byron York: What do Republicans suspect really happened in the FBI Trump-Russia investigation?
For Trump supporters, DOJ IG report amounts to "Told ya so"
GOP Lawmakers Demand Horowitz Identify Names of Anti-Trump FBI Employees in IG Report
FORMER CIA HEAD SAYS HE BACKS U.S. PULLOUT FROM IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum
Monday, June 18. 2018
Has the Justice Dept and the FBI been a rogue system? Dem advisor Penn says they have been a state unto themselves. It is true that they hold frightening power, but when they go political, can't be fired, and refuse to respond to congress, what is that?
This from last week:
I am not sure how the illegal situation works, but it you arrest illegals (good idea) and they have kids with them, do what?
This has been going on for over a decade, but Obama kept it quiet. Suddenly, it's a big emotional issue. In fact, a political issue.
Actually, it's been going on since Clinton. Funny about that.
Nobody wants to separate children from parents, but nobody should get to jump the immigration line just because they show up on the beach with a kid in tow.
Unless the laws are changed, I'd just ship every border-crosser back to Mexico with a little lunch money. Clearly the issue is deterrence. Suggestions?
The Insanely Eventful Life of Grateful Dead Lyricist John Perry Barlow - A posthumous memoir from a mutant genius
NASA glaciologist Jay Zwally puts the hammer down: ‘Antarctica is gaining ice’
Is he allowed to say that?
When we grew up, We Didn't have this Green Thing
Shocking number of Americans have sex at work
These Harvard kids got the lesson of their life in the Heartland
Boston Globe: Break Up Google for Internet Search Monopoly
Target Corporation Pushes LGBT for Kids
This Father’s Day, More Than a Quarter of Kids Have Absentee Fathers
HARVARD HOSPITAL TAKES DOWN PORTRAIT OF "FATHER OF NEUROSURGERY"
Somali Gang Drives by Maine Park and Shoots Park-Goers with Pellet Guns – Then Beats a Young Father to Death
Why do Somalis love Maine? It's not the lobsters
22 People Shot In New Jersey, Doesn’t Fit Media Narrative so ¯_(ツ)/¯
As Labor Shortage Worsens, Small Businesses Are "Recruiting In The County Jail"
Dershowitz: THE FINAL NAIL IN THE ACLU’S COFFIN - The ACLU’s move from the neutral protector of civil liberties to a partisan advocate of hard-left politics is both a symptom and consequence of it's changes.
Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing
FBI Employees' Texts Reveals an Astonishing Level of Elitism and Scorn for Everyday Americans
That's Washington for you. They look down on us - but they are our employees.
Justice Leadership Is Not Coming Clean
‘WE’RE GETTING CLOSE’: NUNES SAYS IMPEACHMENT IS ON THE TABLE FOR ROD ROSENSTEIN
Comey’s FBI Was Protecting The Legitimacy Of The Presumed Clinton Presidency - James Comey and the FBI decided to come clean on Anthony Weiner's laptop because they thought they were protecting a Hillary Clinton presidency.
That's not their job
Second FBI Informant Tried To Entrap Trump Campaign With $2 Million Offer For Hillary Dirt: Roger Stone
They were determined to take Trump down. Not my America
FiVE ANTI-TRUMP FBI OFFICIALS REFERRED FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION OVER PRIVATE MESSAGES
THE DEEP STATE AND TYRANNY - The deeper dangers that the FBI IG report reflects.
“They Should Know We Are No Longer Part of This” – Italy Bars Two More Immigrant Ships from Ports
“Things Will Get Ugly” – South African Political Leader Threatens War if White-Owned Land Not Returned to Black People
Things are already ugly there
Saturday, June 16. 2018
Lots of good links at Lucianne this morning
A good week of toons at Powerline
Supermarket Scotch Named Best in the World
Georgia woman strangles, kills rabid bobcat after it attacks her: 'It came for my face'
These men didn’t want a cake, they wanted to find a Christian and ruin him
Left Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A over Marriage Stance
"Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than any other race on personal traits like 'positive personality,' likability, courage, kindness and being 'widely respected'..."
Harvard Hospital Taking Down Portraits of White Men - Portraits of medical legends moved because they 'reinforce white men are in charge'
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HARM, Coming to a university mathematics department near you.
University of California, Santa Barbara Website Advocates Small Children Watching Porn, Having Sex
US economy on track for 4% GDP growth?
The IG Report Shows That The Fix Was In From Start Of The Clinton Email Investigation
IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices
Clearly, There Is No Bias Problem At The FBI
FBI Employee to FBI Attorney for Russia Investigation: ‘YOU PROMISED’ Trump Would Never Get Elected
These people have a frightening amount of power
Friday, June 15. 2018
Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tomb
Salt Water New England visits Connecticut
Bottled water companies looking to Connecticut tapwater
Why Glass Shape Affects the Taste of Champagne
I dislike champagne. I'm with Hillary - the only white wine I like is a cheap and creamy chardonnay
What Ultimately Took Kate Spade And Anthony Bourdain Wasn’t Mental Illness. It Was Something Worse
Seems to me that it was relationship anger and despair
The Plot Against Merit - Seeking racial balance, liberal advocates want to water down admissions standards at New York’s elite high schools.
Tax preparers' loss is America's gain
How Campus Bullies Pulled Off the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
AMA UNSCIENTIFICALLY CALLS GUN VIOLENCE A "DISEASE"
Tesla cuts 3,600 workers — 9 percent of its workforce — in bid to post a profit
Weekly Unemployment Claims Fall as Jobless Rolls Near 45-Year Low
Having Learned Nothing, Democrats Turn to Hollywood for Help in 2018 and 2020
Those Ignorant Hicks Ruin Everything
That means me
Also, IG Report: FBI Agent Said Trump Voters 'Poor, Uneducated, Lazy, POS'
12 Things You Need To Know About The Inspector General's DAMNING Report on The FBI's Hillary/Trump Conduct
FBI agent who wanted to ‘stop’ Trump has really just helped him
'We’ll stop it': Justice Department inspector general says texting FBI lovers talked about keeping Trump from becoming president – yet insists there was no 'political bias' in Hillary Clinton email probe
The Nation: The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion - A year of investigations has led to several guilty pleas, but none of them go to the core of the special counsel’s mandate.
Trump’s Tariff Gambit - The president’s latest move harks back to an earlier era of truly free trade.
We are all globalnationalists now. Let's move past the false dichotomy of nationalism vs globalism
San Juan Democrat Mayor Who Trashed Trump Now Under FBI Investigation over Distribution of Relief Supplies
Can we please give them independence even if against their will?
An Assessment of the Islamic State in 2018
They are done. Nice job, Trump and Mattis
Venezuelan Socialism Hasn’t Failed Because It ‘Has Never Been In Place’
Europe’s ‘Axis Of The Willing’ Attempts To Seal The Borders
Thursday, June 14. 2018
Barone: Will we get tired of so much winning?
Where to Invest Now
Moms to Daughters: Don’t Be Ali Watkins
Without Government, Who Will Build the Roads? Domino’s Pizza, Apparently
New York Times: It's All Craigslist's Fault
Many large US firms sell, hire and invest more overseas than in US and they have to think globally, not domestically, to survive
Dershowitz Blasts the ACLU for Becoming a ‘Hard-Left Political Advocacy Group’ - "The ACLU is no longer a neutral defender of everyone’s civil liberties. It has morphed into a hyper-partisan, hard-left political advocacy group," Dershowitz wrote.
In California, the “Jungle” Is Predictable. Primary results suggest overwhelming Democratic governance—though not without trouble signs.
Rod Rosenstein’s Subpoena Threat: He’s Conflicted, and He’s Acting Like It
Who Unraveled the New World Order? It wasn’t Trump. The global economic consensus began falling apart years before he entered politics.
The Down-Under View of Donald Trump
Germany: Shut down talk shows
An IDF soldier’s description of experience in Gaza - Have you ever seen 4,000 people running towards you full of hate and yelling “Allah Akhbar”?
When Reagan Went to the Wall: A Berlin-Singapore Nexus?
North Korea in the Middle East: A Dangerous Military Supply Line
The two Koreas are moving ahead
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.