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, October 21. 2017
Big crosses not allowed
Professor Evil Calls for the End of Humanity
MELTDOWN AT MIDDLEBURY:
Scotland the unbrave: Shakespeare Now Comes With Trigger Warning
Harvey claims he´s cured! Weinstein completes sex addict rehab in one week then blasts accuser Lupita Nyong´o as a liar for her claims he forced her to massage him
Wow. That's quite a therapy place he went to
Williamson's polemic: ‘Acting white’ for white people
A world without hate speech
A celebration of Charles Blow, the first pundit ever to compare the two figures (Trump and Hitler)
That is Hate Speech
"Narcissistic Altruism" - is it real?
Sure it is. So is virtue-signaling
Trump’s General Is Right: Soldiering Is Not a Normal Job
Migration: The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back
Friday, October 20. 2017
Today's enjoyable bit on the above topic. I am pleased that Peterson's talks are getting around:
Should Inclusive Restrooms Really Include Bears?
5 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20s
I'd put video games at the top
THE HUNT FOR THE BRAIN-EATING AMOEBAS OF YELLOWSTONE
Cops arrested a very nice fellow: Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth
Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally
I’LL BELIEVE GLOBAL WARMING IS A CRISIS WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO TELL ME IT’S A CRISIS START TO ACT LIKE IT’S A CRISIS
Trump’s Struggle With The Ethanol Lobby Is Just Beginning
Ethanol is a terrible scam, should be a scandal
College Professor Under Siege for Challenging Transgender Orthodoxy - A petition is circulating at Boise State University to to have tenured professor Scott Yenor fired.
A Failure to Discern: Burns & Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is Bad History - A Review (Part II)*
In a market economy, every job is at risk of being destroyed.
“How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”
More Honesty from the Left: The Goal Is Big Tax Increases for the Middle Class
Bernie To Americans: "Sure, You'll All Pay More Taxes... But You'll Get More Free Stuff"
The United States Again Fails to Make the Top 10 Freest Countries
Shameful. Incomprehensible, really
The Census Is Worth More Than a Big Mac
Now we know about the Russia deals
Silverglate: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me
Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice
Nearly 800 mental health professionals have joined a coalition asserting that they are so alarmed by Trump’s mental health that they feel a duty to warn the public.
Thursday, October 19. 2017
Why More Men Are Becoming Nurses - There's more demand, yes, but as more men have finished high school, more have moved into nursing, a new paper finds
Great Moments In Single-Payer: NHS Proposes Refusal Of Surgeries To Smokers, Overweight
Boom in American natural gas changes world markets
Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target
MADNESS AT REED COLLEGE
"Bias response teams" are literally Thought Police
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats need to move left
Out-of-touch kneeling NFL players are starting to ruin emotional attachment to football
FBI Informant Working on Russian Nuclear Bribery Scheme Was THREATENED by the Obama Administration
Wednesday, October 18. 2017
As the days grow shorter, my annual request that dawn, twilight, and night road walkers wear highly-visible or reflective clothing, or a reflector vest as in photo. Cheap, lightweight. Wearing a light is good too. I suggest both.
I do not want to hit you, but I might get close if you walk on a roadside dressed in dark clothing. That would be a bad thing for you and me. Please do not make yourself invisible. I have come too close to night walkers.
They just can not help themselves: "IT HELPS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO WIN: Investor’s Business Daily: Trump Defeats ISIS In Months — After Years Of Excuses From Obama."
Poor Bjørn Lomborg. In the world of global warming, he's always been something of an outlier. An outcast. A heretic. A pariah.
Basically, both sides hate him.
He wholeheartedly believes in man-made global warming, thereby earning the eternal wrath of those Evil Deniers. On the other hand, he doesn't believe that we're all going to die in 2055 when Antarctica melts and sea levels rise 2,000 feet, thereby earning the eternal wrath of the Climate Catastrophists.
On the plus side, he believes that it doesn't hurt anything to reduce CO2 levels as long it doesn't — you know — destroy the world's economies, and I think we can all agree with that.
And that's the inherent problem with the Paris climate accords. It doesn't do much to reduce CO2, yet it does seriously hurt the richer nations' economies. I actually paid lots of attention to the accords as they were underway, and a surprising number of eco-warriors were saying the same thing. Of course, they were complaining that the accords weren't strict enough and that the richer nations should have their economies destroyed even more — but never mind those pesky details.
First off, just to set the tone, here's Mr. Lomborg on the Greg Gutfeld Show a few months ago:
Germany just shut down all their nuclear power plants because they were worried about a tsunami? What the hell?
A few years ago, I wrote an article on the Fukushima disaster that mentioned the same thing. Remember the event? A big earthquake in Japan and then a tsunami caused the Fukushima nuke plant to implode. Except that it wasn't a tsunami.
For further Lomborg videos, PragerU's YouTube 'Environmental Science' page is here.
So, let's hear Mr. Lomborg's formal presentation. This was done almost a year ago, so when he refers to "the president", he's referring to Obama.
If we generously assume that the carbon cuts for 2030 were not only met, which, itself, but would be a UN first...
You have to admit; now that's funny.
Does exercise worsen heart disease?
What's Actually in a Jar of Nutella?
Deliciousness. In Italy, they have Nutella Pizza
JUST HOW “AFRAID” ARE MUSLIMS AT AMHERST COLLEGE?
Conservatives Strike Back Against ‘Ideological Tidal Wave’ in School District
Your Moral And Intellectual Superiors at the New York Times
CELEBRITIES MAKE IT OFFICIAL: Pick Trump or Us.
TO APPEASE KNEELERS, NFL BACKS LENIENCY FOR FELONS
The real Russia scandal: Collusion: FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Involving Clinton Fdn But Obama Admin Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal With Moscow Anyway
BOMBSHELL REVELATIONS ABOUT RUSSIA AND OBAMA’S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions
Clinton Corruption Update for October 17, 2017. There’s a bushel of news on Hillary Clinton scandals, both old (uranium!) and new (Harvey Weinstein!)
Hollywood Screenwriter: Everybody Knew About Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Appetite’
Economist Says Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction Helps Lower Taxes by $1 Trillion. 100 state legislators sign letter to Congress to urge them to eliminate the deduction and pass tax reform
Tuesday, October 17. 2017
Fleeing Obamacare: How Doctors Are Insuring Their Own Families
Majority of American Doctors want to work as Salaried Employees
That is part of the women in medicine effect, as I have said in the past
'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy' - For the first time, astronomers have detected visible light and gravitational waves from the same source, ushering in a new era in our attempt to understand the cosmos.
Kayak Fisherman Battles Hammerhead Shark
Having A Great White Shark Attack Your Boat Is Not A Fun Time
UNC Avoids Athletic Sanctions By Arguing their African-American Studies Dept. Had Staggeringly Low Academic Standards
What a surprise
Yale men are bad at sex
Collective historical guilt trips
Comrade Rubashov was unavailable for comment.
Humor not permitted in the revolution
EPA harnessed: Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA “Sue & Settle” Practice
Good. That was a conspiracy. The EPA was colluding with the plaintiffs.
Deporting Illegal Aliens Is Persecution Or Something
Harvey Weinstein can't wash away Hollywood's sins: Glenn Reynolds
Juanita Broaddrick Trolls Hillary Clinton Over Her Broken Toe Story
FBI Admits Comey Drafted Statement Ending Clinton Email Investigation Months in Advance
Monday, October 16. 2017
"Worried that health care was too hostage to the vicissitudes of the markets, Democrats had instead made it the prisoner of politics."
That's from McArdle's post Obamacare Was Built With the Flaws Trump Now Exploits. If she had generalized the sentence, it would merit a QQQ. Everything is "hostage to markets." Including politics.
A new novel by one of our favorites, Mark Helprin: Paris in the Present Tense
If you haven't read his Soldier of the Great War, read it. A Tolstoyan masterpiece.
Well, exercise has done a lot for my body but my brain is hopeless
No surprises there. My advice: Tell spouse what you are going to do first. You lose the thrill of secrecy but gain in lack of guilt, shame, and self-hatred.
"Anyone who controls a precious resource is likely to become a son-of-a-bitch."
CA Gov. Brown Bans Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits
Powerline: THE KEN BURNS VERSION, CONT’D
Print Prophets of the Free Market - The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages have maintained fundamental principles—and remarkable influence.
COLUMBIA U TO PAY HILLARY LOTS OF MONEY FOR NOTHING
Next Up to Tear Down: Stephen Foster
The Red Guard is on the move
AP Lingo Police: Use ´Gender Confirmation´ Surgery for Sex Change, Avoid ´Born a Boy or Girl´
School District Bans ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Over ‘Uncomfortable Language’
Hollywood's Masculinity Deficit
EXCLUSIVE: We won’t give back a cent of Harvey Weinstein’s tainted $250,000 says the Clinton Foundation - we’ve spent accused rapist’s every cent claims group run by Bill and Chelsea
Via Am Thinker:
Puerto Rico Delegate: Everything That We've Asked For, Trump Has Provided
George Lopez booed off stage after Trump jokes flop at gala
Trump-hating is getting old
Byron York: What's behind Trump's new executive actions
NO WONDER DEMOCRATS ARE SO UPSET: Behind Trump’s latest moves: A return to constitutional government.
Trump Has Charted A Perilous Course On Iran Or Something
Sunday, October 15. 2017
Saturday, October 14. 2017
They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground
Hollywood loses its right to lecture anyone
The Vietnam War Documentary: Doom And Despair
Bad News: Americans Are Still Getting Fatter
His doctor is a robot, or will be
FBI Forced to Admit It Has 30 Pages of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents
Why "forced to admit"?
‘You Weren’t Shocked Or Appalled’ — Juanita Broaddrick Slams Hillary’s Weinstein Response
How The NFL Lost To Trump
ON HEALTH CARE, TRUMP TAKES AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP
Trump Strikes A Blow For Health-Care Freedom
Russia's Hand Is Visible Everywhere in the Middle East
France: Facebook Islamists Hunt in Packs
U.S. Will Pull Out of UNESCO at End of 2018 Due to 'Anti-Israel Bias'
Friday, October 13. 2017
The Reason So Many Americans Are Ungrateful
Ingratitude is an unfortunate personality trait
FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, IT WAS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE TO GET ENOUGH TO EAT. NOW...
Why Tom Petty’s Music Will Endure
Social Justice Warriors Go After Elvis Presley, Forty Years After His Death
University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations
Weinstein Speaks: "We All Make Mistakes"
Not like yours, pal. And not for 30 years.
What Harvey Weinstein Reveals About Hollywood Values
Did Trump Really Shoot 73 On A Par-72 Course? Lindsey Graham Says Yes
Debt Alone Won't Crush Puerto Rico. Depopulation Is the Curse. Erasing the island's bond obligations would not be sufficient, if migration continues.
The Catalonians never really meant it
Israel says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army, signaling both are foes
Thursday, October 12. 2017
Is "unconscious racial bias", in other words, unconscious racism, the main cause of racial disparities in the US? I don't think so, not for even a minute. The article notes that the research that supported the oppression theory is turning out to be invalid, but because of its political usefulness the idea will no doubt persist anyway.
There are many reasons for individuals to be socio-culturally, or otherwise, "disadvantaged." There are many reasons for people to be stereotyped too. Everybody stereotypes until they know somebody.
In my opinion, "unconscious bias" is akin to "microaggression" because at some point the pursuit of oppression becomes absurd.
A surprise from the supervolcano
The Boy Scouts, converged - This result was baked in the cake ever since the Boy Scouts started allowing gays. This is what social justice convergence looks like; once social justice enters, it replaces the core purpose of the organization
Survey: 58% of Students Want a Campus Where They Are Not Exposed to 'Intolerant or Offensive Ideas'. Most either think hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment or aren't sure.
The reason the Left pushes this “speech is violence” nonsense: If speech is truly violence then it must be restrained
LAKE SUPERIOR DRYING UP DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE! NO, WAIT…
SCIENCE! Jerry Brown’s ‘zero emission vehicle’ celebration interrupted by reality buzzkills
Weather Channel Founder: Life on Earth getting better – Al Gore is “guilty of scientific fraud”
Two Big Cracks In The Climate Hysteria Edifice In One Day
Surviving the social justice inquisition
Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d’être Of Ken Burns’ Film on the War
Who are the women who accepted the deal as offered by Harvey Weinstein? Will their names be kept out of the press? Should they?
NBC News Tried to Kill Harvey Weinstein Story
Now Abraham Lincoln Was a Racist
Finally found a racist Republican
Iran's secret sites linked to nuclear weapons development revealed
AP Calls Christians Praying A “Problematic Expression Of Islamophobia”…
Swedish Dentist Reveals 80% of Migrant ‘Children’ Are Actually Adults – Is Fired and Now May Lose Home
Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached
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?