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
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Is the Goldwater Rule Outdated?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’
Wednesday, December 13. 2017
Geological Phenomenon: Mass Of Warm Rock Is Rising Beneath Surface Of New England
America’s Malls Are Rotting Away
Sarah Hoyt: The first time I was felt up, I was twelve...
Against the Maternal State - American maternalism extends deeply into social and political life, and its march shows no sign of losing momentum.
Hundreds of professors want NYC monuments to Teddy Roosevelt, Christopher Columbus removed
Not from The Onion: At Purdue, The Clown Quarter Now Has An Engineering Division
Also not from The Onion: Harvard student publicly confesses to discussing attractiveness of women
Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend?
BANGLADESHI MUSLIM BOMBER CHOSE TARGET BECAUSE OF CHRISTMAS
Latest ICE Operation Snaps Up 101 Illegal Immigrants, Mostly Criminals, in New Jersey
Man Saving Bunny From A Wildfire Apparently Shows ‘Everything Wrong With Whiteness’
Pillars of SALT - Residents of high-tax states are petrified by the GOP tax plan, thanks to misleading press coverage.
Pentagon Unleashes 1,200 Auditors for Unprecedented Financial Review
Governmental accountability board? More like Wisconsin's Secret Police
BOOM! Devin Nunes Orders Investigators to Physically Remove Outstanding Documents From DOJ
Drain the swamp
McCabe Cancels Testimony, Something "Far More Sinister" With Fusion GPS
Sarah Huckabee Sanders to April Ryan: Your Mind is in the Gutter
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
Donald Trump says something that isn't true 5.5 times a day. Every day.
Says CNN! Who is worse?
Goldberg re Moore: I told you so
Thoughts on the Alabama election and Donald Trump
George Soros-Funded Group Behind Effort to Parade Out Trump’s Accusers
THE WORLD’S MOST POTENT BAD ACTORS - The NGOs that fly under a false flag.
In Berlin, crowds shout "Death to Jews"
The Bright Future of European Health Care: Britons Face Longer Waits Along with Rationing of Treatment
Why the ‘Arab street’ didn’t just explode
CAIR, Georgetown Professor Denounce 'Heretical,' 'Lowlife' Muslims
Tuesday, December 12. 2017
Fusion GPS Tied To Story Used By Clinton Campaign To Attack Trump Week Before The Election
Chain migration was an issue before the NYC bomber, but that bomber highlighted it.
- PORT AUTHORITY BOMBING PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON CHAIN MIGRATION
- ‘End Chain Migration:’ Donald Trump Demands Action from GOP-Led Congress
So who okayed Akayed?
Starving Polar Bear Video Makes Climate Alarmists Even Nuttier
Canadian Eskimos: Polar Bears Are Flourishing
Surge pricing, economic freedom and the sad paradox of free markets….
Treasury Forecasts Tax Reform Will Lead To Longest Period Without Recession In History
Diversity Must Not Be Questioned
Dershowitz comes up against The Night Riders of the Thought Police
The Myth Of Vladimir Putin The Puppet Master
Forget Collusion. Can Mueller Prove Russia Committed Cyberespionage?
No One Ever Drowned in Roy Moore's Car
The new media standard: Too anti-Trump to check
HuffPo: Sadly, Trump is winning
Nixon’s Ouster and the Attempt to Remove Trump
Of course they did
The Media Is Covering Itself With Glory In Its Zeal To Get Trump
Pro-Jerusalem Dems Slam Trump for . . . Being Pro-Jerusalem
Monday, December 11. 2017
Do humans harm the environment?
Humans certainly improve the human environment. Having a house, food, a car, a Christmas tree, and a road make life pretty good
Eating Out is Probably Devouring Much More of Your Budget Than You Realize - A new study reveals a big gap in what people think they spend on eating out and what they actually spend.
It partly depends on how you value your time and how you choose to spend it
Hampshire College cancels gun-rights speech because sponsor didn’t say it might provoke ‘intense debate’
God forbid they have debate at a college
Powerline: HOW TO HAVE THE BEST FIRST DATE EVER!
WILL MISCONDUCT SCANDALS MAKE MEN WARY OF WOMEN AT WORK?
Many people are semi-boycotting the NFL, but this was cool: Snow is dumping so hard on the Colts-Bills game you can't even see the field
Those Obama Era Methane Regulations? Nevermind
MUSLIMS IN NEW YORK CITY Protest for Slaughter of Jews After Trump Moves US Embassy to Jerusalem
"Look, feminists aren’t happy with human nature, the one that actually exists and is the product of long-term evolutionary pressures. Too bad for them. "
Extreme Corruption Of The Political Process: Wisconsin
That went far beyond hardball politics
Douthat: The Baker and the Empire
Democrats are corrupting English to create mass hysteria
The blundering news media gets worse
It's not blundering. It's Get Trump!
“CAN’T MAKE IT UP”: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Serves Obama The Stone Cold Truth About The TRUMP ECONOMY
McCarthy: On Strzok, Let's wait for the evidence
Steyn quotes, re pants-dropping pols:
Flabbergasted: Frank Luntz Shocked As Alabamians Back Roy Moore in Vice News Focus Group
My Alabama friends say they'll vote for Moore regardless, given the alternative. He was not their choice in the primaries, but the primaries were screwed up. They also hated Trump personally, but voted for him anyway. Lots of voting is voting against, not voting for.
Byron York: Firing Mueller would be disastrous; discrediting him is impeachment politics
Congressman: DREAM Act Allowing ‘Chain Migration’ Would be ‘Nightmare Scenario’
Intel Chairman Devin Nunes Outlines Abuse in FISA Warrants and Government Surveillance…
After Trump scraps Obama’s military ‘rules’, troops decimate ISIS at a pace that even surprises commanders
Sunday, December 10. 2017
Mrs. BD and I have explored most of the parts of Italy (and pretty much all of Sicily too). Still need to get to Bologna, tho. Anyway, Mrs. BD's favorite area is Umbria. It has the mountains and the villages, the Sibillini national park, the black truffle, norceria, and of course Norcia itself which is all about food, St. Benedict, and our friends the Monks of Norcia. Also, Assisi - but one visit to that tourist trap is enough.
Hiking ideas for Umbria:
TUSCANY & UMBRIA WALKING & HIKING TOUR - Tuscany & Umbria's Ancient Footpaths
Umbria & Assisi - A Self-Guided Walking Adventure
And an Umbrian treat:
Saturday, December 9. 2017
Explaining? Really? It's all quite evident what is going on. Get Trump!
Need that axe to cut down your Christmas tree
Vocab word du jour (via Althouse): Aulisism:
"There are only 2 genders. Change my mind." Crowder video
Appreciating complexity: The simplicity assumption is often wrong
No doubt someone, sometime, scrawled racist graffiti somewhere. But in the modern era, don’t just about all of these incidents turn out to be hoaxes?
Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?
Did A Corrupt FBI Give Hillary Clinton A Free Pass? Sure Looks Like It
Donald Trump Jr. Crushes #FakeNews CNN After They Peddle Bogus “Exclusive” Wikileaks Story
WaPo: Yeah, About CNN’s Big Trump Scoop … CBS: Hold Our Beer; Update: CNN Finally Corrects
Mueller's 'Right-Hand Man' on Russia Probe Represented Clinton IT Aide Who Set Up Unsecure Server
Roy Moore Accuser Admits She Tampered With The Yearbook Inscription
For the 413th time
CNN BOTCHES ANOTHER 'BOMBSHELL'
They were not "botches." It's a war of lies
Friday, December 8. 2017
MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid Attacks Rural Americans as a ‘Minority’ that is ‘the Core Threat to Our Democracy’
Is a prostitute a public accommodation?
Coyote on his final marathon
Road running is a body-destroyer. Glad I gave it up before it damaged me
Damn the evidence and regulations: VA goes full speed ahead with medical pseudoscience
Mount Holyoke Students Create 'Alternative Space' For Those Triggered By Gun Rights Speech
Climate Change Alarmists Caught FAKING Sea Level Rise
Breaking the Silence on the Toxic Masculinity at Intellectual Takeout
War Criminals of the “Harassocaust”
Liberal America’s unhealthy fixation on Russia - Putin gets a boost from US paranoia that its Cold War enemy fixed the election
The Swamp has a sickness
Related, IS THE DEEP STATE ATTEMPTING A COUP?
Yes, a remarkable year:
Trump is Hitler. It's obvious.
Humiliation – the only path to peace for the Middle East.
Thursday, December 7. 2017
Duck-like dinosaur fossil, plucked from black market, makes debut
17-foot python that could 'pretty much kill any full-grown man' caught in Everglades
Re dinosaur debut, The Curious Plight of the Modern Debutante - Why are some of the world's smartest women still lining up to dance?
The Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Ever Discovered - The light from the hot gas surrounding the celestial object took more than 13 billion years to reach Earth.
Young Liberals Object to ‘Snowflake’ Label For Hilarious Reason
Leftist Professors: Reporting on the Ideological Excesses of Leftist Professors Is “Violence”
The profs are snowflakes too
Teachers sue California because too many students can't read
Pam Anderson Slams 'Victimhood Feminism,' Says Weinstein Victims Knew What They're 'Getting Into'
Rose McGowan: 'They Really F--ed With the Wrong Person'
Juanita Broderick is always left out
Study: Gay men get paid more than straight men
Kling: Restoring Political Health, Left and Right - When they are healthy, both the left and the right contribute positively to a flourishing society.
DACA Is Not What the Democrats Say It Is. Here Are the Facts.
How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low
Fantasy Train - California Democrats cling to their favorite boondoggle, even as problems mount up.
Utah 'Monument' Was a Reward to a Clinton Donor
Just one more tax dollar scam
Newest Thing That Contributes To ‘Climate Change’: Bitcoin
Bitcoin mines spew tons of pollution
BUSTED: Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB Used Secret “Slush Fund” To Funnel Billions Into Left-Wing Causes
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT MUELLER’S BIASED STAFF?
Latest revelations make the entire ‘collusion’ probe look like a partisan hit
The crime was never about Russia
WaPo worries about a strong economy: Beware an economic boom.
Democrats are now the party of the rich — so why not tax the rich?
Trump’s truth-telling on Jerusalem marks an all-new Middle East
Six Facts The MSM Isn’t Reporting About The Jerusalem Issue
Turkish academics on trial for issuing declaration for peace
US Navy Completing Only Half of Missions -- And May Have to Turn Down More
Wednesday, December 6. 2017
Exactly right. Unlike career politicians, Trump keeps his campaign promises. Let's face it: the Palis are nothing but trouble and nobody in the world likes them. Even Putin says Jerusalem is Israel's capitol.
Photo: Lamborghini tractor for sale. Nice Christmas present idea?
Elephant economics: To save elephants, we should promote commercial use and encourage ivory markets and trophy hunting
Either that, or surround each elephant with an army
Trump Gives Back Millions Of Acres of Public Lands To Utah: What This May Mean For The Future Of Government
The Puritan War on Christmas
At the time, Christmas had a history of drunken revelry and debauchery. See The Lord of Misrule
The 1970s Global Cooling Scare (and how the warming scare could not have happened without it)
Cruelty and Sexual Harassment
Both Men and Women Can Be Sexual Predators
Public university to rename building because its namesake was a political ‘opportunist’
Harvard Student Whose Father Escaped Communism Has a Message for Her Fellow Students
Nancy Pelosi: Republican Tax Reform is the “End of the World” and “Armageddon”
It's also returning taxes to Bush/Clinton levels
7 Reasons Trump Would Be Right To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel's Eternal Capital
But will it piss off Palestinians? They're always pissed off anyway
Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled
More appeasement might help a lot
TNR: The Democrats’ Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment. The party needs to focus on winning elections, not removing Trump.
‘MORNING JOE’: TRUMP TEAM ‘GOING TO JAIL ... FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES’
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WAS COMING FROM INSIDE THE FBI - When lying to the FBI wasn’t a crime.
Tuesday, December 5. 2017
With Rudy Giuliani. Drain the swamp. Sessions has neither the energy, the hutzpah, or the brains. This is a job for a New Yorker.
Americans Finally See the Severity of Deep State Corruption – Trump and Congress Need to Act Since Jeff Sessions Is Worthless
More Anti-Trump Messages Reportedly Sent By Members Of Mueller's Team: "A Lot More Is Going To Come Out"
RED LINE CROSSED? Mueller takes aim at Trump family finances
WTH? Dirty Cop Mueller Subpoenas Trump’s Deutsche Bank Records… WHERE THE HELL IS JEFF SESSIONS?
Brilliant: Victor D Hanson Explains The Complete Corruption of the Obama Administration helped Sabotage Hillary
Photo via Theo
Tyler Cowen (the readiest person I know - about 2 books/week) offers his Best Non-fiction Books of 2017
Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) - Steyn's Song of the Week
Ethereum miners are renting Boeing 747s to ship graphics cards and AMD shares are soaring
This is over my head
Is Hollywood getting into pedophile movies?
At Huffpo, Problems Of The Super Rich
Eat the rich! Gimme some of their money!
Health spending negatively correlated with health outcomes
Cape Wind offshore power project is dead in the water
It's true that violence can be fun, and it's better if you have an emotional justification. Smash the glass of the ruling class - cuz you want to rule
Delingpole: Donald Trump Trolls Londonistan Like a Boss…
The Tax Reform Bill is Killing and Raping Americans
The Quality Of Political Debate Reaches A New Low With The Tax Bill
Simplifying the Tax Code Has Big Payoffs
If it's about obstruction, perhaps the FBI ought to investigate itself
Would anybody in the FBI change my felony to "carelessness"?
A case (not rare) in which an investigation creates a process crime
FLYNN’S CASE PROVES IT’S TIME TO FIRE MUELLER - When an investigation generates crimes, it’s a crime.
Dershowitz: Come On, You Can’t Charge Trump With Obstruction
McCarthy: It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation
If Michael Flynn's 'crime' is all Robert Mueller has, it is time to move on - Transitions include the president-elect talking to foreign officials. That's not treason; that's the job description.
Puerto Rico's governor hands out almost $100 million in bonuses while asking American taxpayers for $94 billion
How can the US unload this 3rd world island? Does Spain want it back? Likely not.
On the Ground in Salzgitter, Germany
Monday, December 4. 2017
I'll grant that Donald Trump has a number of unpleasant personality traits, and that he is ignorant and incurious about many things. Still...