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Saturday, February 3. 2018
Looks like a Dayquil day for Bird Dog. How about you? Maybe even a Nyquil nap later. Good day to feel lousy. Mrs. BD going to ballet and luncheon with a friend, and I'll organize a pile of paperwork. Or not.
A Chicken Dancing to DMX Was the U.K.’s Most Offensive Ad of 2017
60,000 hidden Mayan ruins discovered by lasers in Guatemala
Great art exists outside of time
As we've said, styles of art, music, etc change but never progress. No art is "better" than the cave paintings.
You Might Be Part of LGBTQQIAAACPPF2K Without Even Knowing It
Abortion-Rights Activists Proved David Brooks Exactly Right
ICE Chief Warns Illegal Immigration ‘Not Going To Be OK Anymore’
The Night the Democratic Party Committed Political Suicide
CNN: Huge Jump In Wages Due To GOP Tax Reform…
Democrats Awesome New Idea: Repeal Tax Cuts
Central bankers and The Legend of the Maestro: Never Explain, Never Apologize
When homeless addicts just wanna be homeless addicts
A lifestyle choice?
Completely Taken In By The Poverty Fraud
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STOKES RACIAL DIVISION, SMEARS TRUMP
The federal civil service is the permanent government
When government expands, they are happy
Trump the orator outlines the greatness of America to Democrats’ disgust
Democrats turned a hero into a horror story
Nikki Haley: Russia 'Is Not, Will Not Be Our Friend'
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"You Might Be Part of LGBTQQIAAACPPF2K Without Even Knowing It"
Let me add another initial--S-- "Sick of hearing about everyone's sex choices.
"Democrats turned a hero into a horror story"
The Democrat writers' responses to this are examples of why I often ask myself how we can compromise with people who think like this.
I had to laugh when I looked past my coffee cup to see that DayQuil bottle on the Maggie screen. I’m up from sunny Florida for a few days (in cold, snowy Southwestern Pa.) and whatever I caught (probably on the plane coming up) is succumbing to the same regimen (gel caps, however). Aren’t we fortunate to have these remedies close at hand? And, yes, NyQuil got me through a healing night of sleep. Good old Vicks. Specifically, “vaporub,” the ubiquitous folk remedy for what ailed you when I was a kid. Mom rubbed it on our chests when we had a cold. When I cut my thumb (badly) on the edge of a coffee can while catching fire flies, a doctor or emergency room were too far away and too expensive to even be considered. Stitches would certainly have been advised. But Mom cleaned the wound with mercurochrome, dabbed on some Vicks and bound the thumb with clean muslin from a torn sheet. After 70 years, the hint of the scar is still there, with the vague memory of us kids running after fire flies in the yard on a summer night. Thanks for soldiering through the cold to post the links, and enjoy that NyQuil nap.
Terrific and apt Maxine Waters spoof, but I don't think that quotation can be verified, more's the pity.
Be careful with that flu, it's a bad one this year.
Abortion-Rights Activists Proved David Brooks Exactly Right ... Democratic senators ignored the established science of fetal pain
"Evidence regarding the capacity for fetal pain is limited but indicates that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester." See Lee et al., Fetal Pain, A Systematic Multidisciplinary Review of the Evidence, The JAMA Network 2005.
and relied entirely on cherry-picked stories of women who received late-term abortions in “hard cases” (never mind that the bill provided exceptions for such situations).
The bill had an exception for the life of the mother, but did not have an exception for grievous physical harm to the mother, or for grave fetal abnormalities.
Young Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with late-term abortion.
States can regulate or prohibit most abortions after the point of viability.
"Are Trump voters white supremacists?"
Are black, brown and swarthy voters black, brown or swarthy supremacists? Is the question right out of the Saul Alinsky handbook?
I assume people vote their own interests. Do women vote for women so that laws will be passed favoring women? The Democrats in the 60's created black voting districts with the intent of insuring a solid black congressional representation. Was that black supremacist? Are those black voters black supremacists?
Oddly enough in context I find myself agreeing with the original intent of the question. I do indeed think that after decades of sleeping through the political revolution that began in the 60's the white middle class has woken up to what the left is really up to and now they are voting in their best interest.
Are Trump voters white supremacists?
The syllogism is reversed. While not all Trump voters are white supremacists, most white nationalists and disaffected whites are Trump supporters. Trump is aware of this, and uses language meant to appeal to this portion of his base.
The loudest and most toxic voices that scream racism and operate under the delusion of normalcy are coming from the party of plantations, Jim Crow, and the Ku Klux Klan.
This is a feeble attempt to smear by past association. Actually, the loudest voices tend to be blacks and other minorities, who make up a large portion of the Democratic Party electorate.
When homeless addicts just wanna be homeless addicts. Nothing new here. Go back and read Cannery Row.
Sexual preference is still "BEHAVIOR" and behavior is learned!
Humans may have proclivities in one direction or another, such that one experiments sexuality with an open mind, but that choice of how one gains further "satisfaction" is still one of personal choice.
Its time we recognize all this LBTQXYZ crap is just another Leftist attack on Western morality and a direct attack on the family.
Look at this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: one film is strongly promoting Man/Boy love, another pushing lesbianism...the pedophilic Left cramming their deviance down our throats!
The Night the Democratic Party Committed Political Suicide
Oh gee whiz. Talk about living in an echochamber.
First, the jobs front. Wednesday morning saw the release of ADP/Moody’s Analytics private payrolls report. New job creation exploded once again under President Trump.
Um, no. Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment. Rather, the numbers are clearly in line with the ongoing expansion that started in 2009.
Fox News had the biggest audience for a State of the Union in the history of cable news.
Good for the echochamber known as Fox News, but overall viewership wasn't anywhere near a record.
Their response to Trump’s speech was out of bounds. It wasn’t normal. It was hateful.
Because they didn't applaud enough?
Democrats were outed as the party that is rooting for America's failure. ...
That's called a strawman argument. It takes a certain willful blindness to think that the reason black representatives didn't applaud was because they were angry about low black unemployment.
Actually, Democrats peddle the lie that they have been champions of civil rights "for more than 200 years." (https://www.democrats.org/about/our-history)
They may argue they are defenders of civil rights now but their actions don't back that up. Most blacks live in the inner cities run by Democrats for generations and have to put up with atrocious schools, violence, family degeneration, and welfare depence. You don't have to be very cynical to think this is on purpose.
Now, the left is starting to rail against "whiteness" In preparation for the time when whites will be the minority and they can take political advantage of another group.
More topically (and more broadly), the violations to civil liberties shown by the actions of the FBI and DOJ via a vis FISA warrants to spy on US citizens don't seem to bother them but that was precisely what they claimed (as defenders of civil rights) they feared when debating the Patriot Act. I guess when they deprive someone of they civil rights, it's different.
60,000 hidden Mayan ruins discovered by lasers in Guatemala
That was a Twitter link. The real article is from National Geographic. Exclusive: Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle.
Actually, Democrats peddle the lie that they have been champions of civil rights "for more than 200 years."
While the Democratic Party's record is decidedly mixed, presumably you consider the Declaration of Independence, written by a founder of what was to become the Democratic Party, to be a positive contribution to civil rights.
More topically (and more broadly), the violations to civil liberties shown by the actions of the FBI and DOJ via a vis FISA warrants to spy on US citizens don't seem to bother them but that was precisely what they claimed (as defenders of civil rights) they feared when debating the Patriot Act.
Because making stuff up isn't a good argument for or against the Patriot Act.
Zzzzz: Because making stuff up isn't a good argument ...
But that's what you kiddiez do.
Back to your sandbox and lie no more.
Maybe they be wondering about losing all their graft and perks, yo.
You leftists had a bad - not good, bad - week. None of your keyboard pounding will change that.
Sleep it off and come back Monday.
jimg: None of your keyboard pounding will change that.
None of your handwaving addressed any of the particulars; the historical change in total employment, ratings for the SOTU, or the obvious strawman argument in the article.
So it's handwaving when y'all's particulars aren't addressed.
Back to your sandbox, kiddies, sleep it off and come back Monday.
Thank You ! Thank You ! Thank You !
Until white men start standing up and saying what you just said, we are never going to stop this horrible roll over of the family. Most importantly, we have to deal with how it was possible for the Democratic political machine to pick up on one little rich mommy's idea about her bad boy son in Beverly Hills: "I don't know why he hangs out in men's public bathroom to have sex with other men. I mean you know, well I think he was just born like this." That statement is the foundation upon which the entire media has built this assault. They were then able to pay some small Swedish University enough money to get one of the DNA researchers to issue a "finding" (never again duplicated). That finding said something like this: well you know this DNA science is so young, and we can see some similarities among homosexual men, therefore they must be born this way !!! How and why this steamrolled is what we must understand.
The federal civil service is the corrupted feature of Woodrow Wilsons administrative state in which permanent government "experts" would make the functioning of government efficient. It created a bureaucracy of never do wells that have carved out endless niches to slurp at the government trough without contributing anything to government but more debt. Trump is working hard at disassembling the administrative state and its regulations. MAGA
Going to war to preserve slavery, founding the KKK, screening the racist movie, Birth of a Nation, in the White House, filibustering every proposed civil rights law, implementing Jim Crow laws is not "decidedly mixed."
The effects of their legislation at the Federal as well as the local level is hardly mixed, too.
Dems Turn A Hero into Horror Story: Dems do dat.
Chicken Dancing Offensive Ad: 'Tweren't the chicken. 'Twas the "music".
DANG! I agree with David Brooks. For once. Dems just go batcrap about it. Unsurprisingly.
You ignored the point. The Democratic Party is clearly tracing its origins to Jefferson. Are you saying the Declaration of Independence, which he authored, is not a significant contribution to civil rights? What about Johnson signing the civil rights acts of the 1960s?
As for your reference to Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, presumably you're referring to the part about all men being created equal. Until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was the Republicans who promoted all the civil rights legislation and Constitutional amendments and even in the case of the '64 civil rights acy, it was the Democrats who filibustered it - Robert Byrd, "the conscience of the Senate" leading the way.
I doubt Jefferson would have anything good to say about the current Democratic Party. In fact some of the state parties are renaming their Jefferson-Jackson events so as not to be associated with him. My, how things have changed since JFK welcomed the Nobel prize winners of the Western Hemisphere saying:
I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
mudbug: As for your reference to Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, presumably you're referring to the part about all men being created equal.
That's right. And as Jefferson help found the party which was to become the Democratic Party, and as his authorship of the Declaration of Independence was a significant contribution to civil rights, it substantiates the claim.
mudbug: My, how things have changed since JFK welcomed the Nobel prize winners of the Western Hemisphere
Good example. Kennedy was a liberal Democrat, and is remembered by many minorities for his support for civil rights.
mudbug: Until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was the Republicans who promoted all the civil rights legislation and Constitutional amendments
The Democratic Party at that time was a coalition of Northern liberals, labor, and Southern white conservatives. Southern representatives, of both parties, nearly all resisted civil rights legislation. But 1964 was a watershed, with the Republican standard-bearer, Barry Goldwater, rejecting civil rights legislation, while the Democratic standard-bearer, Lyndon Johnson, strongly supporting civil rights legislation. From that time on, blacks voted Democratic, while Southern whites began a generational shift to the Republican Party.
But you knew all that already. You just have to argue the point because it conflicts with views you hold that are resistant to nuance.
Making up stuff is not an argument, kiddiez.
Neither is your conflation of issues.
Your grasp of history is very telling.
With sincere intellectual curiosity, I'd love to hear you develop that argument.
Excellent history lesson, indy. Note that media and Dems keep fussbudgeting about the number of jobs not yet filled by PDJT. Many are judicial positions that the Dems refuse to approve as a conservative judge would upset their apple cart. Many of the others are merely space keepers for the party regulars and their family members.
The SES (Senior Executive Service) should be disbanded as there is no oversight and too much meddling at exorbitant salaries.. Thanks, Carter, for creating that lousy excuse for padding the tribe of political do-nuthin's,
Z: That's right. And as Jefferson help found the party which was to become the Democratic Party, and as his authorship of the Declaration of Independence was a significant contribution to civil rights, it substantiates the claim.
As I tried to explain, Jefferson's contribution to civil rights was rejected by the party that grew out of the one he founded. It was Republicans who promoted Jefferson's claim that all men are created equal. It was Democrats who opposed them - openly - for a hundred years and surreptitiously after that.
Z: Good example. Kennedy was a liberal Democrat, and is remembered by many minorities for his support for civil rights.
current Democrat party would never nominate Kennedy today, but the subject was Jefferson and how he was once admired in the Democrat party, though the chose to ignore the part about all men being created equal, and now he is starting to be banished. Please improve your reading comprehension.
Z: The Democratic Party at that time was a coalition of Northern liberals, labor, and Southern white conservatives. Southern representatives, of both parties, nearly all resisted civil rights legislation. But 1964 was a watershed, with the Republican standard-bearer, Barry Goldwater, rejecting civil rights legislation, while the Democratic standard-bearer, Lyndon Johnson, strongly supporting civil rights legislation. From that time on, blacks voted Democratic, while Southern whites began a generational shift to the Republican Party.
Blacks started voting for Democrats before the '60s because they liked their economic policies. That's why people like John Lewis was a Democrat when he was beat up by other Democrats marching for civil rights. Johnson's welfare policies cemented the deal ("I'll have those n*****s voting Democrat for two-hundred years!").
mudbug: Jefferson's contribution to civil rights was rejected by the party that grew out of the one he founded.
Not sure why you keep repeating the fact that Democrats were the party of slavery and Jim Crow. It's not in dispute. That doesn't mean that Democrats didn't advance civil rights at various times in their history, notably starting with Jefferson.
mudbug: but the subject was Jefferson and how he was once admired in the Democrat part
No. The issue is whether all Trump supporters are white supremacists. The answer is no, but most white nationalists and disaffected whites are Trump supporters.
Your argument was based on your suggestion that because Democrats were once the party of slavery and segregation, that this somehow contradicts our statement.
mudbug: Jefferson and how he was once admired in the Democrat party, though the chose to ignore the part about all men being created equal
Jefferson himself was a slaveowner, but it is still accurate to say he helped advance civil rights. You might argue that the 200 years of Democratic Party history was not a continuous advance for civil rights, but often two steps forward then one step back. For instance, Jackson helped extend the franchise to the "common man", but was also a notorious Indian fighter.
mudbug: Blacks started voting for Democrats before the '60s because they liked their economic policies.
Black party identification was about split before 1964, and Republicans often received about 30% of the black vote. But after the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, followed by the Republicans "Southern strategy", they have struggled to garner even 10%.
mudbug: Johnson's welfare policies cemented the deal ("I'll have those n*****s voting Democrat for two-hundred years!").
While Johnson would often use racist language, there is no evidence Johnson said that.