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, November 10. 2018
Some video from the Camp Fire in Paradise.
It's the second time smoke and horror have driven him from his home, if you recall his writings from Brooklyn Heights about 9-11. He was done with The Hive after that horror.
I wonder what it's like to lose your home, your neighborhood, your town, and everything you own. I'm sure he will let us know because he likes to write.
Our best wishes to Gerard.
Coffee Is Awesome for Your Health, Says Longest-Running Study Ever
What the Beatles Sounded Like Unedited - Fifty years after its debut, The White Album has been reissued to include demos and sessions, giving listeners a wider lens through which to examine the seminal work from the band.
Vanderleun: I am outta here
You can't say "Long time no see" anymore
Major Math Error Puts Widely-Cited Global Warming Study On Ice
Hold the Rush to Get Rid of Paper Textbooks
DARTMOUTH NIGHTMARE - It’s worse than you might think.
College offers space to 'process' 'stressful' midterm election results
Tucker Carlson On Antifa: ‘They Were Threatening My Family To Get Me To Stop Talking’
Jerry Nadler’s Loose Lips Reveal Democrat Strategy To Damage The Trump Administration
CITIZENSHIP AND CHOICE - How our current immigration system is a political scam.
Breaking=> Brenda Snipes Misses Deadline—Won´t Turn Over Ballots!–GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Filing Contempt of Court Against Snipes
Florida, again: A warning about mail-in and early voting
Hezbollah has more firepower than ‘95 percent of world’s conventional militaries,’ warns report
Friday, November 9. 2018
Trump Signs EO Suspending Asylum Consideration On All Illegal Entries
You have to apply, and then wait. Same as legal immigrants.
Above via Scott Adams' website
Vanderleun's town is on fire
Our best wishes to him
12 Tips for Hunting Geese - An all-star lineup of professionals share their secrets to goose-hunting success
Age-Change in the Netherlands
I am all for age change
UCLA Shamefully Condones Students for Justice in Palestine
‘The View’ Accuse Young Female WH Intern Of Committing ‘Battery’ Against Jim Acosta
Even the BBC calls out Acosta
It's all theater
JEFF SESSIONS, CONSERVATIVE HERO
FL Governor Rick Scott Orders State Police Seize ALL BROWARD AND PALM BEACH BALLOTS
GOP Congressman: 'Angers Me to My Core' for Trump to 'Piss on' Defeated Republicans
Angers me too. Trump misses many chances to STFU
Democrats Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like It
Thursday, November 8. 2018
Endorsing Dead People Is a Shrewd Political Strategy
It's Time for Congress to Acknowledge the Collapse of Pot Prohibition
University drops hiring requirement in order to increase faculty diversity
The old bumpersticker: When all else fails, lower your standards
Jeff Sessions and IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES
Jeff Sessions is not a bad guy. It's just that he is not nor was he prepared to be an executive. He stumbled out of the gate and did not have the balance to recover.
Progressives: White Women Need Accountability And ‘A Lot Of Learning’ After Failing To Vote Uniformly For Left-Wing Candidates
Leftist Mob Shows Up At Tucker Carlson´s Home: ´You Are Not Safe´
Ted Cruz Won, But The Blood Is In The Water In Texas, And Democrats Smell It
In the Senate, Democratic Fears Have Come to Pass
Trump Jabs Republicans Who Lost: 'Mia Love Gave Me No Love'
Admit it - Trump can be a terrible dick. I always liked Mia
The election was determined by the perception of character, and very little appeared to be about policy or agenda.
Incoming Democrat Chairman: Dems Will Go ‘All-In’ On Russia, Impeach Kavanaugh For ‘Perjury’
Has Bloomberg Begun the Battle for 2020?
Wednesday, November 7. 2018
Scott Adams thinks the election is good for Trump, if not for Repubs in general
What's up with Minnesota?
It’s Not What Happens Next. It’s What Won’t Happen
The blue wave ran into Trump’s red wall
The elections: pretty much as predicted and what I expected. No Blue Wave.
But, Trump Makes History By Adding Seats to GOP Senate Majority in His First Midterm Election
THE KEY TO A LONG LIFE HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH ‘GOOD GENES’
The story behind Me and Bobby McGee
Note that Bobby was a gal
Why won’t liberals admit their homeless policies don’t work?
Millennial Men Failing To Find Jobs Amid Hottest Market In Decades
New Jersey Flirts With Requiring Dog Groomers to Obtain a License
D.C. Bureaucrats Are Trying to Make Parents Get a License to Let Children Play Together
Girl Scouts in lawsuit claim Boy Scouts will ‘marginalize’ them by rebranding
Long Island City To Offer Amazon Huge Tax Incentives
Is that fair to regular people?
TEXAS ELECTION WORKERS: WE'VE GOT A LOT OF ILLEGAL ALIENS VOTING
Xinjiang: China's Muslim camp spending 'revealed'
SHIN BET HEAD: ISRAEL THWARTED 480 PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACKS IN PAST YEAR
Tuesday, November 6. 2018
Image via Pirate
The “Red Zone” In France Is So Dangerous that 100 Years After WWI It Is Still A No-Go Area
College softball players to undergo diversity training for ‘insensitive’ Halloween costumes
What if we all stop apologizing?
The Emperor’s Woke Clothes - How did an elite, repressive minority policing speech and culture through political correctness come to browbeat the American democratic majority?
Google Goes Hard Left
It is for political protection. Cuz Big Corporations are evil, right?
Amazon Said To Pick Long Island City As Second Headquarters
LIC, a once-industrial area of the western tip of Queens, is no longer cheap. I've been there. Some excellent bistros and high-rise luxury apartments. 20 years ago, that was unimaginable. If this happens, all those Amazonians will not be able to afford NYC. They will need to commute from Long Island.
False Rape Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Prove That Due Process Matters
Vote GOP to end war on your men
Beto O'Rourke Breaks Leftist Hearts, Announces He Won't Run For President In 2020
Dilbert on Trump
Adams' concept of the "talent stack" is a good one. It helps me understand many things. What is my Talent Stack, and how does it effect my life? (Being a basically positive guy, he never talks about anybody's Weakness Stack which is also a major factor in life.) I also like his distinction between people who order their lives by "systems" and those who use "goals." He thinks systems work better. I had never thought of that. I think he might be correct. It does apply to fitness programs.
When voting, remember Trump is Hitler
H’WOOD’S CLOSING ARGUMENT: WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!
We Already Know Who Lost The Midterms. We All Did.
How Far Have the Democrats Moved to the Left? Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez get lots of attention, but the most significant shift is among voters, not candidates.
Pro Wrestling Explains Why Trump Wins Every Battle With The Media
He's the PT Barnum of politics
Trump won because college-educated Americans are out of touch
"Why is (almost) nobody talking about Trump-Russia collusion? I'm ok either way, I just would like to know..."
Hey Michigan: John James is a star
There are currently at least four caravans marching to the US southern border with Mexico.
Louis Farrakhan Visits Iran, calls for ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’
Monday, November 5. 2018
More on the way. Looks like invasion to me.
Toon above via Theo
Crafty Caterpillar Mimics Snake When Threatened
That Rat Cellphone Study – I’m Still Not Impressed
RNAi Rollercoaster Begins to Reap Therapies
Washington, D.C.'s New Biblical Museum Is a Winner for Jews and Christians
Sarah Lawrence Prof pens Op-Ed about lack of intellectual diversity, social justice warriors want him driven off campus
2nd Kavanaugh Accuser Admits She Lied; Referred For Criminal Prosecution; Kamala's Office Involved
Jane Fonda SEEKS NEW SCRIPTWRITERS
Bloomberg: Climate Change Will Cause US Cities to be Overrun by Rats
Warmists and Skeptics Should Agree That This is The Real Scandal in Climate Science
"The mystery of Donald Trump is what impels him to overturn the usual rules. Is it a dark sort of cunning or simple defects of character?"
Both. He is a natural politician. Character flaws seem to go with that. Plus he has dragon energy (11 rallies in 5 days!)
"[T]he caravan was organized through social media in Honduras, initially planned as one of many such caravans that have left Central American in recent years."
Williamson: It’s a tough time to be running against the economy.
Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters Vow Revenge And Ramped-Up Russiagate If Dems Take House
Revenge for what?
Saturday, November 3. 2018
' I’ll Never Be the Same’: My Ukrainian Wife’s First Trip to the United States
BLAMING SCHOOLS FOR THE “ACHIEVEMENT GAP” IS FOOLISH AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE
Governments Will Have To “Nudge” People To Eat Less Meat Or We’re All Doomed
Woman who claimed Brett Kavanaugh raped her now says she made the whole thing up
A “news” story - NYT, not an opinion piece but front page “news”
October Payrolls Surge By 250K, Smashing Expectations As Wage Growth Soars
Trump is making Streisand fat
WERE OVER 10% OF MUSLIMS IN 1 BRITISH CITY IN GROOMING GANG?
Friday, November 2. 2018
But the magic words "I want asylum" trump all else. US immigration policies are set-ups for scamming. Everybody knows that.
Border official: three-quarters of migrants in the caravan are adult men
'Migrant Caravan' Members Sue Trump Over 'Shockingly Unconstitutional' Asylum Crackdown
Chart of sizes of world economies via Zero Hedge
The Women Of Google Are Walking Out. Guess Why
I can't watch this sort of thing either
Against factory-model schools
Dartmouth prof: 'If we don't abolish capitalism, capitalism will abolish us'
Guess what - no capitalism, no Dartmouth
New York Times Editorial Calls for Replacement of Whites
In These Outlier Congressional Districts, Density Doesn’t Equal Democrats
OPINION: JANICE ROGERS BROWN — THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AMERICA NEEDS
O’Keefe Strikes Again! Gillum Campaign Admits They Have to Lie About Who They Are, ‘Florida is a F*cked Up Cracker State’
Amusing brief video: TRUMP IS FINISHED, BECAUSE THE MEDIA SAY SO!
TRUMP RELEASES 'CLOSING' AD PROMISING HARD LINE BORDER STANCE, SETS OFF MEDIA FIRESTORM
"The utterance of “credible fear” and other “magic words” by migrants triggers protocols of U.S. asylum law that require adjudication before a court. The years-long process of adjudication poses a further problem for authorities when it comes to detention of these migrants, particularly those who arrive as part of a family unit."
How could anyone — even a not-very-bright person — imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution?
If you are a Trump-hater, tell me what in this interview you feel is so hateable:
Thursday, November 1. 2018
Chocolate: Origins of delicacy pushed back in time
Rewriting Tangled up in Blue
Dissecting the Bloodthirsty Bliss of Death Metal
Food magazine editor resigns after joking about "killing vegans, one by one".
Law of Self Defense: Using Your Gun to Defend Your Car — Just Don’t
More On The "Morality" Of Throwing Money At The Problem Of Homelessness
Don Lemon: “The Biggest Terror Threat in This Country Is White Men, Most of Them Radicalized on the Right”
If the Synagogue Shooter Were Muslim, the Media Would Be Defending Him
SPLC Ties Trump to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Even Though Shooter Hated Trump...
SOCIALISTS BACKING ACTUAL ANTI-SEMITIC CANDIDATE, PROTEST TRUMP OVER ANTI-SEMITISM
Planned Parenthood Encourages Birth … for Illegal Aliens
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Compares Americans Concerned About Illegal Immigrants To Nazi Germany…
The Democrats Have a Rich White Progressive Problem
TRICK or TREAT? Democrats Promise American Horror Story if They Win in November
Progressives Fed Up With Americans
‘The perfect safe surrogate,’ Pence delivers the traditional GOP message Trump won’t
Jon Stewart Nails Journalists Covering Trump. CNN Proves Him Right.
A Tale Of Two Acts Of Political Violence — And Proof Of Media Bias
Europe: Upholding the Jihadist’s Veto
Wednesday, October 31. 2018
Woman who had sex with 20 ghosts is now engaged to a spirit
John Taylor Gatto (1935-2018): Remembering America's Most Courageous Teacher
Florida’s Panama City, Torn Apart By Hurricane Michael, Now Managed By Retired 2-Star Army General
It's always good to see people making major contributions to their communities. The olde American Way.
Thinking about Tintoretto
Choking to death on pancakes
Never wolf your food. Heimlich doesn't work for everything.
Washington Post Super Excited To Ban “Assault Weapons”
University Students Say Mandatory Diversity Training is Answer for Microaggressions
Ahead of Halloween, universities nationwide warn against cultural appropriation
Isn't Halloween itself a cultural appropriation?
Princeton student gov issues checklist for 'inclusive' Halloween
Insane. But what I worry about are Nanoaggressions
Blame Trump du Jour: Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This - The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.
Donald Trump, America’s First Jewish President
Trump Plans To End Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants: Axios
Probably unconstitutional but not a bad idea. It is heavily abused.
No, the Border is Not Secure. No, Troops Won’t Make a Difference.
Why Democrats are staying silent about the migrant caravan
"Organized Busing Operation" Exposed, Moving Migrants Closer To US Border
Tuesday, October 30. 2018
Related, from Tucker:
Why Are There So Many Pigeons?
Plans to Build an Airport in a Louisiana Bird Refuge Canceled After Outcry
Beto O'Rourke Had Problematic History With Barrio Residents Of His Constituency, Report Says
ACCUSE A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE OF RAPE, GET $1 MILLION
ROGER L. SIMON: This Jewish Boy Is Going to Buy a Gun
Kanye West Designed T-Shirts Urging Black People To Bail On Democrats
Dalrymple on Warren's DNA:
Jonah Goldberg hates on President Trump
Trump Will Send 5000 Active Duty Troops to Border to Stop'...
Mexico Should Not Consent To Do Washington’s Dirty Work
Russian Rights Group: Permission Revoked To Honor Soviet Victims At FSB HQs
Monday, October 29. 2018
HBO Will Now Have An Intimacy Coordinator Staffing All Sex Scenes
These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about
‘You can’t work your way through college anymore’ — and that’s a huge problem, Yale scholar says
Columbia U. report finds 'lack of diversity,' despite spending $185 million on 'faculty diversity'
Al Gore: Well, Sure That Climate Report Was Torqued Up To Scare Lawmakers
No, CNN: Nationalism Is Not White Supremacy
The Feds Want To Tackle Causes of Food Waste, Except Their Own
Don Jr. Tells Young Black Conservatives They ‘Have The Most Guts Of Anyone In America’
Guess whose fault the mass shooting in Pittsburgh was
Bad Hombres Found In Migrant Caravan Approaching America
The United Nations admitted on Sunday that they are assisting the illegal immigrants and caravans from Central America making their way to the US southern border. The UN admitted in today’s news article that they have mobilized extra staff and resources to assist the illegal immigrants in the caravans.
Europe's War On Italy Is Suicidal
In Europe, Free Speech Bows To Sharia
Venezuela: Role Model for South Africa
How Israel Is Helping the Worldwide Water Shortage
Saturday, October 27. 2018
I spent the summer of 1982 with a group of 7 other people, one who was my brother, the rest were his high school and college friends. We had a 36 year get together not too long ago, and 2 of them had become lawyers. As the weekend wound down, we were entertained as the two of them talked 'shop' and one asked the other a question - "Does your firm have a diversity officer?" The reply, not surprisingly, was "Yes." Thereupon they launched into a Q & A regarding "What exactly does a diversity officer do?" The answer from both was "I don't really know."
I work at a major corporation and we have a diversity officer. I'm not sure what that position does, besides pay well and provide a public face at industry events which address diversity. The reality is the position isn't much more than virtue signaling.
I happen to support diversity as a concept, but not as a goal. For one reason. It can't be a goal because it can never be 'finished'. My favorite moment at any HR event was many years ago when my firm was giving everyone an update on diversity and pointed out that our employee base mimicked the make-up of the US in terms of percentages for gender and race. That, in itself, was considered an accomplishment. But more needed to be done, of course.
My boss, a female, raised her hand and asked a simple question. "When are we finished?" HR was floored. What did she mean? My boss said, when you have a goal to achieve something, you are finished at some point. She was curious what the goal of diversity was and when it would be met.
I've mentioned this story before. It's important to revisit. What's really at stake when corporations invoke 'diversity' isn't anything truly tangible. I know there are almost no firms that value older employees. They are expensive and their experience is no longer valued the way it once was, so the 'diversity' they offer isn't a valued diversity. Older employees are often viewed to be technologically impaired, owning mindsets which are not as 'out of the box' or forward-thinking (I take issue with both these points). Diversity for most firms isn't really diversity at all. It's just virtue signaling to the public. True diversity is recognizing that different personalities and viewpoints have value and welcoming them as part of the mix so the overall organization benefits. It's not a goal, just something which should be done naturally. Do you need an officer to tell you how that's done?
The truth behind Costco's $5 rotisserie chicken
I never leave Costco without one
There is a medical site called Quackwatch
Michiganders want global warming.
European Court: Calling Mohammed A Pedophile Not Covered By Free Speech
"Pedophile," like "rapist" and "liar,"are Western concepts. We must all struggle to become more multiculturally-tolerant.
The Administrative State Is a Threat to the Constitutional Order
Kimball on socialism: The Eternal Return of a Malevolent Charade
This is The Resistance's Real Failure (Assuming They Want to Make Progress on Their Issues, and Not Just Score Political Points)
NBC News Hid Information that Would Have Cleared Kavanaugh of Avenatti Rape Allegations
Lying by omission
ALLEGED FAKE BOMBER IS FILLIPINO EX-CON WHO CLAIMED TO BE SEMINOLE
Papadopoulos May Recall Guilty Plea: 'I Was Framed'
Democrat Leaders Announce Brief Moratorium On Calling For Political Violence
Mexican Police Stop Buses and Trucks – Force Them to Take Caravan Immigrants North to US Border
Caravan Members Reject Mexican Offer Of Benefits, Residency
Friday, October 26. 2018
Not really a new story, there have been plenty like this in the past, but it is possible to build a home that can withstand a hurricane.
It's still more expensive than a standard home, by about 20%. Those costs are coming down, though.
Surviving a massive hurricane is a mixed blessing. If everyone else has lost their home, you've lost your neighborhood, and a good portion of your value.
However, as the costs for building this sort of home continue to fall, more homes are likely to survive, and overall values along the shoreline will be maintained more effectively.
And it was not alcohol
Are transgenders just gay?
Facebook Finally Censors Baby Photos
Finally! Other peoples' baby pictures are boring.
University of Maryland puts ‘multicultural advocates’ in dorms
CHELSEA CLINTON IS SAVING THE PLANET WITH SHORTER SHOWERS, PRIVATE JETS
Backfire Economics: Double-digit increases in US steel prices to the highest in the world are crippling US manufacturers
He is like Trudeau
Megyn Kelly’s Blackface Comments Are Just The Tip Of The Racism Iceberg
Such a rasist, terrible country that half the world wants to live here
NY Times Tries Some Assassination Chic With Feature On Trump
New York Times condemns Trump for ‘toxic environment’ right after publishing a fantasy of assassinating him
Trump: Mainstream-Media Reporting Is Making People Crazy, You Know
Steyn: Bombs A-Weighed
WHAT WILL TRUMP DO ABOUT THE CARAVAN?
The "caravans" are chess moves
Why Are Young Eastern Europeans So Right-Wing?
Thursday, October 25. 2018
Not an inviting name for a park
He won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.
Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed
"I am a failed and broken feminist. More pointedly, I am sexist. There are times when I fear for the 'loss' of my own 'entitlement' as a male..."
He should worry less. Sounds like a eunuch.
Megyn Kelly Makes Tearful On-Air Apology for Blackface Comments
Experts Say Vast Deserts, Absence Of Life, May Indicate Mars Was Once Run By Conservatives
Climate Change: Hysteria And Reality
Papadopoulos Told FBI Informant in 2016 There Was No Russian Collusion in Trump Campaign
President Trump caught dropping the “N” word
CONFIRMED: Pipe Bomb and Powder Sent to CNN Were Har mless – It Was a HOAX BOMB
“Elaborately Planned” Caravan Brings Human Traffickers & Violent Gangbangers to Guatemala
Migrant Caravan has People ‘From All Over the World’
Wednesday, October 24. 2018
Vigorous debates about it in DC: "Shouting Match" Breaks Out Over Migrant Caravan As Trump Admin Debates Response
If you were Trump, what would you do about these two massive and growing immigration caravans headed to the Mexican border?
My inclination would be to threaten the heck out of Mexico for enabling this mess.
Is there a better story in the history of skiing?
How Roman Historians Explained the Fall of Rome - They lived in ancient Rome and knew its traditions and shortcomings first-hand.
She Let Her Kids Wait in the Car During an Errand Because…THAT IS A PERFECTLY NORMAL THING TO DO!
Brown University flaunts 'Unlearning Toxic Masculinity' guide
Megyn Kelly Says ‘Blackface’ Okay On Halloween So Long As You Dress Up As A Character. Internet Explodes.
IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR TO REMEMBER YOU’RE LOSER IF YOU GET OFFENDED BY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Focusing On Plastics Is A “Dangerous Distraction From Climate Change” Or Something
Harvard’s gatekeeper reveals SAT cutoff scores based on race
More Entrepreneurship Would Help Progressive Causes, But Progressives Do Not Understand It At All
San Francisco to Allow Illegal Aliens to Vote
PIERS MORGAN: The media hates him, Hollywood hates him but every hysterical piece of abuse they throw at him just makes Trump stronger and now the Democrats are heading for a midterms disaster
Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time...
Meet the man behind the migrant caravan headed to US
A New Migrant Caravan Forms; Former Trump Campaign Adviser Calls "Political Gift" Before Midterms
Another U.K. Rape-Gang Case
Hey, it's multicultural Britain. Girls and ladies, relax and enjoy cultural diversity.
An Epidemic of Knifings in Once-Great Britain
Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent - Arbitrary Arrest and Torture Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas
China's hidden camps - What's happened to the vanished Uighurs of Xinjiang?
Say a prayer for Vietnam’s forgotten Montagnards - Communist regime's repression of the ethnic minority that supported the US during the Vietnam War has been largely invisible but is starting to come to light