11/19/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

Things were less hectic this past week, meaning I wasn't running myself ragged much as I did last week.

The driveway of The Manse was reconstructed during this past week, with the pavers coming in and removing the old broken up pavement, regrading the driveway to correct some drainage issues, and then laying down new asphalt. This will make two things much easier this coming winter – snowblowing, as it will no longer be throwing chunks of asphalt, and actually being able top make it up and down during the inclement winter weather.

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One of my big pet peeves is the whole concept of virtue signaling. It is described thus:

Virtue signaling is the popular modern habit of indicating that one has virtue merely by expressing disgust or favor for certain political ideas, cultural happenings, or even the weather.

It's also seen by way of where one shops, what one buys in the way of food or clothing, or by what causes one supports. Frankly, it is quite annoying and, in the end, quite stupid. I can cite a perfect example, one that I've used before.

In this case my good friend Farmer Andy posted a sign outside his business stating that he had “organically grown, solar dried” firewood for sale at a price of $275 a cord, and “regular' dried firewood at $225 a cord. He did it as a joke, figuring no one would take it seriously. Ironically, he sold more of the “organically grown, solar dried” firewood then he did of the his regular firewood. The joke?

Both types of firewood came from the same lot and same pile of wood. All of his firewood is “organically grown, solar dried”.

So what explains the sale of the higher priced firewood? Virtue signaling.

Those who bought the higher priced firewood would be able to claim that their firewood was better and therefore more virtuous because it was organically grown and solar dried. They paid an extra $50 a cord just so they could make that claim. Stupid, right?

And so it is with virtue signaling across the board.

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The rising tide of black-on-white violence is being dutifully ignored by the MSM-DNC. Whether they believe, like the city leaders of some of the more violent cities like Chicago, Baltimore and a whole host of “Chocolate Cities around the country”, that “they are not going to arrest their way out this mess”, a horrible precedent is being set as those same cities leaders will talk and talk and talk about the problem until it goes away. When you have a DA in Chicago who has decided to 'decriminalize' things like carjacking, keeping her promise to “stop over-policing, halt mass incarceration, and begin an ew era of arresting fewer black people in Chicago,” you have to wonder if she's actually an attorney or a racial advocate who is willing to give people of one race a free pass when it comes to violence against whites.

If someone wanted to generate even more racial hatred between blacks and white, this DA is doing exactly the right things to promote it. Then she'll be surprised as the continuously rising violence escalates to the point where people of all races won't take it anymore and will take things into their own hands. I can guarantee that won't end well. A lot of people are likely to die and too many of them will be innocents caught in the proverbial crossfire. And then, of course, those very same members of the MSM-DNC will decry the violence and will wonder why no one is doing anything about it, choosing to ignore that is they who are the guilty party.

So what else is new?

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Oh, this is going to work out well...NOT.

It appears that a stuffy old college in Oxford, England, specifically Magdalen College, has introduced mandatory classes on cultural appropriation.

Will this drive to balkanize nations and try to place cultures into stasis ever end? Do these idiots really understand what it is they're trying to do? The answer to both questions is a resounding “Hell, no!”

Cultural appropriation is in truth a false crisis. It is invented nonsense that has taken on all too much importance on college campuses.

As anyone with even a small understanding of history (with a dash of anthropology) knows, cultural appropriation is what helps cultures grow, to become stronger and more resilient. Trying to keep a culture pure, something that has been attempted again and again throughout history always fails. There are usually one of two outcomes: either the culture stagnates and dies, or they give up trying to remain pure and end up both importing and exporting cultural ideas, foods, art, music, and so on and thrive.

However none of that will stop these lamebrain idiots from trying to pigeonhole every single one of us and making sure that “we know our place”. And if we won't willingly bow to their beliefs, then they will make us do so by indoctrinating our kids and turning them into willing drones to carry on this silliness.

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Unfortunately I must bring forth a bit of bad news, something that has affected the WP Clan, that being the sudden passing of one of the WP Nephews. While not exactly unforeseen, it is still shocking when it happens no matter how prepared one thinks they are.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where preparations for the coming winter continue, the last of the outdoor projects are being completed, and where almost everyone has a short workweek this week.

11/18/2017

Lying By Telling The Truth

Here's an interesting article dealing with lying with the truth, something politicians do all the time. It even has a name: paltering.

While paltering uses true answers to questions being asked, the truth being told usually has little to do with the subject of the question. So in effect paltering is really nothing more than another version of deflection.

When it comes to lying, I have found there are three different means of lying, those being:

-Telling the lie in such a convincing fashion that it makes the person receiving the lie to perceive it as truth. This usually takes great skill and most people can't pull it off.

-Telling the truth, but leaving pertinent information out. In other words lying by omission. A lot of folks can pull this off.

-Last, but not least, there's lying by telling the absolute truth, leaving nothing out, but telling it in such a way that the person(s) hearing it believe you are lying. Like the first means of lying, this one takes considerable skill, equal to or greater than that required to tell a total lie convincingly.

Of the three, I prefer the third for a number of reasons. Probably the biggest is that it takes no effort to remember the lie or lies you are telling because they aren't lies. There's no way anyone can trip you up because you told the truth. It will be their fault that they didn't believe you, not yours.

Not that I am advocating anyone telling lies. I'm not. But if you have to do it go all out.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

11/13/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday - Monday Edition

OK, here it is. A day late. So sue me.

It seems Old Man Winter gave us a bit of a preview the day after Sunday, with snow that accumulated just enough to make some of the roads rather greasy. More than a few folks ended up off the road, at least from what I saw on my way back from a work related trip to the Boston area.

I wouldn't have minded this all that much if I had some decent winter tires on the trusty Ram 1500, but I didn't. Even with 4WD there were a few places where I couldn't get reasonable traction and had to work my way slowly home.

What really bothered me were some of the drivers going way too fast for conditions along some stretches of road and others going way too slow. The latter seemed to thing that the slick road conditions were everywhere when they weren't. A large majority of the roads were just wet with no snow or slush accumulation. However that didn't stop some of these drivers from going 20 to 30mph below the posted limits, meaning they crawled along at 15 MPH. They wouldn't drive that slow if it had been just raining. It wasn't like they had to worry about black ice because the road surfaces were too warm for that and there was little if any snow accumulation on the grass. That's usually a good indication that the road surface is just wet, not slick.

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It seems the GPS Fusion dossier issue just won't go away for the Democrats.

As much as they hoped it would sink Trump, it has come back to bite them because it points to things the Democrats paid for that have ties to the Russians as well as other unsavory (and illegal) actions taken at the behest of the DNC and Clinton campaign.

Between the so-called 'opposition research' and contacts with the Russian lawyer who was supposedly going to give the Trump campaign dirt on Hillary (which was rejected by the Trump organization), it looks like the Democrats ended up in a trap of their own making.

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To quote Cap'n Teach, “Goodness, law enforcement officials wanting to enforce the law? To get tough on crime and criminals? To make punishment painful? How terrible!!!!!!!!!”

That's right. It appears a growing number of local law enforcement officials are ignoring 'sanctuary city/state' declarations and informing ICE of the arrests of illegal aliens on their wanted lists, as well as enforcing other laws that municipal or state officials have chosen to ignore. In other words, they're being tough on criminals which is exactly what they're supposed to do.

Good for them.

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This is something you won't see in the LSM.

Reductions of CO2 emissions in US dwarf that of the rest of the world.

In fact, it has reduced its CO2 emissions more than the rest of the world combined. What's even better is that we didn't need Kyoto or Paris to make it happen.

For those of you not aware of it, the US Senate didn't give their consent to President Clinton's signing of the Kyoto Protocol, rejecting it by a 97-0 vote against. (This is part of Article II, Section 2, second clause of the US Constitution). President Obama didn't even bother to bring his signing of the Paris Accords before the Senate because he knew it wouldn't happen, thus violating the US Constitution.

So while people bemoan the CO2 emissions by us Evil Americans, they choose to ignore that we have done more to reduce our emissions than any other nation. They also choose to ignore the issue of both China and India greatly increasing their CO2 emissions.

What hypocrisy!

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And the witch hunt(s) continue.

Victor Davis Hanson delves into the present day witch hunt which consists of “about six months [of] cable news shows, the internet, and the major newspapers ginned up the charge of “Russian collusion”—as a means of explaining the otherwise inexplicable and unacceptable defeat of Hillary Clinton by someone without either political or military experience.”

Like all witch hunts, it will continue until they find a witch, even if they have to find an innocent person to immolate so they can say “See! We found one!” That is the nature of witch hunts.

So far this one has been a abject failure and the people are rightfully sick of it. Even some of my more avid Democrat friends an acquaintances are saying that this one is really a “nothingburger” put forth by the DNC to shift blame for Hillary's campaign misjudging the mood of the voters. It didn't help that she characterized half of them as “a basket of deplorables.” But that won't stop the DNC and Hillary Faithful from continuing the hunt.

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Then there's these anti-rape tips from the two sides of the political aisle. Which one would you prefer?

(H/T VictoryGirls Blog)

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we've had our upcoming winter preview, work around The Manse is coming to a close for the year, and where Monday returned all too soon.

11/12/2017

It's Almost Thoughts On A Sunday

It's been a busy day here at The Manse and in central New Hampshire. Because of these various chores and duties, I did not make it back home at a reasonable hour, so my usual Thoughts In A Sunday post will be delayed until tomorrow.

I hate doing this, but I'd rather do it right than throw a half-assed, lame post together that informs or intrigues no one.

11/05/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was an 'interesting' week here in New Hampshire this past week, with widespread power outages after a heavy rain and wind storm. Our neighborhood was without power for three days and others didn't have power restored until late Friday. There are still a few scattered outages across the state.

Normally we see this kind of widespread outage due to heavy snow or ice storms, the last one being in 2008 that had much of New Hampshire in the dark.

While this storm didn't have nearly the number of outages as back in 2008 (400,000+ then versus ~200, 000 now), just the magnitude was surprising considering the time of year.

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Even with power restored, Internet access didn't automatically follow. It took another day for ours to come back to life. Others within my town are still waiting as the local cable company works to repair damage to fiber cables, in-field electronics, coaxial cables, and cable drops to homes.

At least I had 'Net access at work!

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Seeing the reports of the assault on Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) by a neighbor outside his Kentucky home, one would think the newsies would be all over that.

Nope. Not a peep, at least not until about 9:15AM this morning when a short blurb appeared on GMA.

Somehow I think if there had been a 'D' after Paul's name, the MSM-DNC would have been all over it, deploring the attack by a 'right-wing' extremist. But because the victim had an 'R' after his name and the alleged perpetrator is a registered Democrat, it is a non-news item in the eyes of the media.

If the MSM-DNC didn't have double standards they'd have no standards at all.

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Truer words were never spoken.

You know it's bad when even a columnist for the New York Times, in this case David Brooks, comes right out and states on PBS NewsHour “Those of us trying to rebut Trump have the disadvantage that 'our elites really do stink'.”

Maybe you need a better class of elites. Did you ever think of that? The ones you have now are clueless and out-of-touch with a large majority of the American people. They assume too much and listen too little.

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It seems the 'popular' uprising that Antifa called for yesterday failed to materialize.

That's what happens when you isolate yourself into your own snowflake-hugging pissed-off reality.

“Here's a buck. Go buy yourself a clue...”

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The People's Cube shows us a new game called Islamic Roulette. It's like Russian Roulette but you load the revolver with all six bullets.

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Also by way of The People's Cube comes another exciting game: Diversity Visa Lottery 2.0

In the new system, titled "Diversity Visa Lottery 2.0," special military units will be instructed to randomly place explosive devices in highly populated areas. These bombs will then explode at intervals calculated by a Harvard computer algorithm, amounting to an average of once every two weeks.

It eliminates the need to wait for lone wolf terrorists to come to this country and blow stuff up, shoot people, or run them down with trucks. This way we still receive the 'benefits' of the Diversity Visa Lottery without actually allowing any of these guys into the country. It cuts out the middle man.

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While I haven't yet seen the proposed tax cuts put forth by the GOP and the behest of President Trump, I have to say I am already tired of the people bitching about it. The biggest problem I have with the bitching?

It's almost entirely uninformed bitching.

Most of those bitching have picked up on only one or two talking points brought up by people who have an obsessive hatred of Trump and the idea that anyone would be allowed to keep more of their own money.

Is it likely the realignment of the tax code is going to hurt someone? Yup. That's inescapable. No matter what is done it's going to inconvenience or hurt someone somewhere. All I'm asking is that people don't go off half-cocked because one small portion of the tax code change might inconvenience them while ignoring another part that benefits them. Is it stupidity or willful ignorance that drives this? Maybe a little of both?

One of the stupidest complaints I heard dealt with how those who don't pay any taxes won't gain any benefit from the tax plan. Well, yeah. In many cases they already receive an Earned Income Tax Credit, meaning they get a tax 'refund' from the government even though they didn't pay any taxes. So what's the problem?

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Skip tells us the story of a guy who “works just to pay his ObamaCare premium.”

Everyone touts just how wonderful ObamaCare is for those with lower incomes, but totally ignores those who in the past could afford their health insurance, but can't any more. As Skip put it, “...this is a perfect example of the actual purpose of Obamacare – a MASSIVE wealth transfer from one class to another.”

Yup. I'd say that sums it up rather nicely.

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I came across this just after Halloween and knew I had to share it, 'it' being Michael Jackson's Thriller, something that hadn't been available on YouTube the last time I looked for it.

You have to admit, the man was talented.

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Camille Paglia gets it.

Then again, she always has. Too bad that many of her acquaintances don't and likely never will.

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BeezleBub and I went to see Thor – Ragnarok this evening.

I liked it.

It was campy. It was funny. It was entertaining.

That's all I ask of any movie, to be entertaining.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where fall weather has returned, so has Standard Time, and where no one seems to be particularly fond of it.

10/29/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

It has been quite a reversal from last weekend's weather, at least in part. It was warm and summerlike last weekend. Half of this weekend was similar, though a little bit cooler. Today it's been rainy, with heavier rain and high winds expected starting early Monday morning.

Yesterday's weather was perfect enough to throw one of the WP Cousins a surprise birthday party. He thought he was going to a party to celebrate the recent wedding of one of his friends. That this party also took place two weeks before his actual birthday also threw him off track. The look on his face was priceless!

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I received this threat warning from McAfee in regards to the so-called KRACK hack that can threaten your WiFi security. Best to look it over or look it up on other antivirus vendor sites as to the steps you should take to protect yourself from this threat.

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By way of Cap'n Teach comes this little gem: Private clinics are a threat to Canada's socialist helath care system...or something. Really? How so?

Because they can set up and take care of people who would rather pay for services now then waiting a long time to get taken care of in the Canadian system. And perhaps get things taken care of in a manner than the Government system won’t take care of. For all the rah rah from Progressives about how great the Canadian system is, lots of people actually come across the border to the U.S. for care. Remember when a baby was brought because there were no beds available?

While not has bad as the UK's NHS, Canada's health care system will be soon enough. As the joke goes , “85% of the British/Canadians love their national health care system. The other 15% are sick.”

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Pam Geller has a story about a former Antifa who finally woke up and realized he'd helped create a terrorist organization in his home country of Australia, one he calls “more dangerous than ISIS.

Read The Whole Thing.

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To quote Wirecutter, “I think he's done this before...”


Very cool!

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Just a quick return to the world of The Manse (before I forget).

We finally managed to get the rest of our roof (the mudroom and garage) completed, making the entire roof match. This was done it preparation for putting The Manse on the market as we have decided it's time to downsize. The two of us are rattling around here and it's getting more of a chore to maintain the yard as it has a rather steep slope.

The pavers are arriving later this coming week to remove the old pavement on the driveway, regrade it, and lay down new asphalt. At least three painting contractors are going to be here to give estimates as to what it will cost to paint a number of rooms and ceilings.

All in all it's going to be a busy week here at The Manse.

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I am going to end this a bit early as I still have chores to finish before the heavy rains and winds start later this evening – things to batten down and other things to make sure their covers are secured.

Yes, it's quite late for me to be taking care of that (~8:20PM EDT), but it needs to be done and I didn't have the time to do it earlier, so I'll be off.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the leaves are finally coming off the trees, the rains are picking up, and where we hope to see a return to sunny weather later this week.

10/22/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

The summer-like weather has continued up here in New England and no one is complaining. While the warmer than normal temps have delayed the foliage color-shift and leaf drop, we are enjoying the weather knowing what will be coming in a few short weeks.

Some are saying the warm October temps are making up for the much cooler than normal August temperatures we experienced this past summer. Who am I to argue with that?

While I wish I could have kept the boat in the water another week or so as a means of taking advantage of the warm weather, my misadventure last week prevented that. BeezleBub and I pulled the boat out of the water during the week and the prop was indeed damaged, with one blade having taken the brunt of it. The boat is presently at one of the local boat yards awaiting winterization and storage. Prior to winterization they will swap out the damaged prop for my spare prop and send out the damaged prop for repair and reconditioning.

So ends Boating Season 2017.

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It's amazing what happens to one's perceptions when one leaves the isolated enclave of the coastal elites. In this case, former NPR CEO Ken Stern found his understanding of those of us in 'flyover country' was seriously flawed and colored too much by liberal groupthink.

Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.

This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.

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...the media should acknowledge its own failings in reflecting only their part of America. You can’t cover America from the Acela corridor, and the media need to get out and be part of the conversations that take place in churches and community centers and town halls.

I did that, and loved it, though I regret waiting until well after I left NPR to do so. I am skeptical that many will do so, since the current situation in an odd way works for Trump, who gets to rile his base, and for the media, which has grown an audience on the back of Washington dysfunction. In the end, they are both short-term winners. It is the public that is the long-term loser.

That public distrust of the media has grown considerably over the past decade or so is no secret. That they did it to themselves by becoming the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party is not a surprise. It's gotten to the point that even the Washington Post concedes that a large majority of the American people trust Donald Trump more than they trust the media.

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I was at one of our local eateries this morning and struck up a conversation with one of the other patrons. Our discussion covered good ideas and bad ideas put forth by government and how people perceive those ideas depending upon who presents them. Too much political ideology gets in the way in regards to parsing the good ones from the bad ones.

Then I see this about how Trump's tax plan is seen by college students as a good one, but only if it is presented as being from Bernie Sanders.

So it's not the message, but the messenger that determines whether an idea or a plan is good or not? That doesn't bode well for our future leaders. Oh, heck, it doesn't bode well for many of our present 'leaders'.

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Only on the Left Coast...

Three Multnomah County (Oregon) deputies are under investigation for following federal law by reporting illegal aliens to ICE.

I knew things were effed up in Oregon, but now we see just how bad it is. Then again when the city of Portland has become a den of sexism, racism, and fascism, so what would you expect?

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A story that isn't being covered by the media: When it comes to crime, London beats New York. So London now has a higher crime rate than New York City. That isn't all that surprising considering the laxity of the UK government towards criminal activity by Muslim immigrants who refuse to assimilate.

Of course if Bill deBlasio gets his way and continues to undo many of the reforms of Rudi Giuliani (continued by Mike Bloomberg) New York will quickly surpass London in crime stats and become a crime-ridden hellhole again, and it won't be because of immigrants.

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Having mentioned above the eye-opening experience of the former CEO of NPR, there's this story of Lloyd Marcus relocating from Florida to West Virginia and “experiencing wonderful culture shock.” Writes Lloyd:

The post office and public library closes for lunch. I stopped in the town hall to purchase a permit for the fence I planned to have installed. The clerk looking a bit puzzled said, "We're pretty laid back here. You don't need a permit." The police department consists of two patrol cars. The school's marching band of about 15 students marches past our house practicing. They sound good.

On Sundays from our front porch, we sometimes hear the choir of one of the five churches in town. Mary and I attended a fundraiser at the fire hall for a needy family. The elderly husband has terminal cancer and wants to make sure his wife has a new roof on their home. The fire hall was pretty full.

Contrast my daily heartland experience with the putrid-smelling Leftist hate dominating the airways and national political arena.

What makes this even more remarkable, at least it should be to Leftists, is the Mr. Marcus is black, one of 20 blacks living in a town of 500 people. Yet there's no mention of racism or racial strife. The Marcuses are merely “the folks that bought the white house.”

Maybe the coastal urban elites need to get away from their enclaves and find out what a majority of America is really like.

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One last thing before I close this week's edition of TOAS:

What's killing coastal US cities? The disconnect between Liberal aspirations and Liberal housing policies.

The outcomes of our housing policies fly in the face of our ideology. For those in need, we support providing supplementary income, health insurance, educational support, and other social welfare programs—and then we erase their value by making our cities too expensive for those most in need of these benefits. Either low income residents can’t afford to live in the city at all, or the cost of housing is so high that the value of the benefits is exceeded by the added cost of rent.

By doing essentially nothing but letting things happen, conservative America is kicking our ass at providing opportunities for low income and working classes to build wealth and get ahead. Cities like Dallas, Phoenix, and Atlanta have managed to stay affordable by simply allowing housing to continue to be built as their populations grow, and the result is that people keep moving there.

As long as Liberal housing policy continues to make it unaffordable for many Americans to live in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Washington, DC, the cities will continue to see a decline in the number of middle and lower class citizens. Those cities which have none of those soul-killing policies will continue to see their middle and lower class populations grow and see them thrive.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer is hanging on, no one is complaining about it, and the sound of silence from our furnaces is money in our pocket.

10/21/2017

A Curfew For Men?

If this isn't the weirdest (and one of the stupidest) ideas that someone has come up wit, I don't know what is. While I have no idea whether this is a tongue-in-cheek proposal (something I think that is likely) or the real thing makes no difference. It's a totally unworkable and unenforceable idea.

The proposal? A 9PM curfew for men.

The question many of those who commented asked, “Who would enforce such a curfew?” Seeing as the men on the police forces and federal law enforcement agencies would also likely be affected by such a curfew, will it be the women who will do so? I doubt that would work all that well. Even if there were a exemption for male law enforcement officers, how many would actually enforce such a law? Would we see a boycott by those officers? Or would men across the US merely refuse to abide by it, overwhelming the police trying to enforce it?

While the proposal is based upon the idea that it will make women safe, I can make the same argument that I and others have made about the issue of gun ownership, that being that the true miscreants – specifically those who commit sexual assaults – won't be stopped by such laws. They will commit them no matter what. After all there are already laws against sexual assault, but that certainly hasn't stopped sexual assaults from taking place.

All in all it feels more like a 'feel good' idea that is neither practical nor serious.

I hope.

10/15/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was a last trip out on to Lake Winnipesaukee yesterday afternoon, taking an old friend out on to the lake for the first time. Considering the weather was more summerlike than one would expect for mid-October, it made for a great time out on the lake...until the very end.

I know this happens to boaters all the time, but it still made me mad at myself when it happened, 'it' being not paying enough attention to where I was in a channel and going too shallow, meaning the prop started chewing rocks! It isn't the first prop I've dinged and I doubt it will be my last. But the fact that it was my fault for being distracted just pissed me off.

That the prop got bent a little didn't put a premature end to the boating season as I had planned to pull the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout out of the water later this week in any case. This isn't the latest I've had the boat in the water, that being the first weekend in November, but I usually pull it out right around the weekend after Columbus day. But now I have to see about changing the prop before I store the boat for the winter. Fortunately I have a spare prop so it won't be a big deal. I'll send the damaged prop out for reconditioning and have it as my spare prop next year.

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Fausta at Da Tech Guy asks us if we've goner to the movies recently? My answer is easy: No.

From what box office numbers have shown this past summer, a lot of other people's answers have been 'no' as well. What does the movie industry expect? Once they start making good movies again their customers will return. But as long as they keep doing the remakes and making 'social message' movies, we'll be staying away in droves.

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So the US is going to withdraw from UNESCO?

It's about frickin' time.

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Need some help in describing what AntiFa is? Here's some help from Benito Mussolini.

“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth … then there is nothing more relativistic than Fascist attitudes and activity... From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.”

After reading the above, you'll come to realize that AntiFa should remove the “anti” from their name.

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Why are so many Americans ungrateful?

My take: So many have had all of the conveniences of modern living handed to them that they feel entitled to them. Why would they feel grateful for things that they believe are owed to them?

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What do Dutch women know that American women don't? A whole lot, it appears, particularly when it comes to things like careers, families, and a whole host of other things American feminists think they know, but don't.

Maybe it's time for American feminists to stop drinking the feminazi kool-aid.

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The UK must really like American fried chicken considering how many fried chicken restaurants there have a US state as part of their name. Leaving out Kentucky fr obvious reasons, there were twelve other state names used as part of a fried chicken restaurant's name.

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This is something I've intuited for years.

Twelve reasons science shows conservative women have the best sex.

I certainly agree with Numbers 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 12. I also agree with Numbers 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, and 11 as well.

The science is settled!

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As a follow on to the above, there's this little gem of wisdom.

If men need yet another excuse not to marry a feminist, then I'd say this pretty much is a good one.

The feminist worldview is antithetical to love because its focus is solely on women: their needs, their wants, their desires, and their rights. Love can’t possibly be sustained with an attitude like that. (emphasis mine – ed)

Yeah, I'd say that about covers it.

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You can't tell me this isn't yet another step in an effort by the Progressive Left to further destroy society and replace it with an all power dictatorship of the elite.

Schools Ban Having Best Friends.

Like that's going to work out well.

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Here's an interesting infographic that details concealed carry, open carry, and constitutional carry of firearms on a state by state basis.

(H/T Wirecutter)

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the boating season is still in full swing, cooler weather will be here for a day or two, and where Monday is yet again returning to screw up the weekend.

10/09/2017

Juste Quand Je Pensais Qu'ils Ne Pourraient Pas Obtenir Stupider - Édition Française

It is said that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. I can see that it is obvious that someone in France doesn't know their history. The proof?

A proposed bill to institute a heavy tax on luxury cars, boats, and planes, something that has been tried twice before here in the US and had just the opposite effect intended by those who crafted the tax legislation. As Eric The Viking recalls, the last time such a tax was instituted here in 1991, the government didn't see nearly the revenue it expected and the 'unexpected' jump in unemployment by makers of those luxury goods cost the US government more than they took in from the luxury tax. It was a net loss for US tax revenues. Explains Eric:

In 1990 there were no luxury excise taxes, all of them having been repealed in 1965. But perhaps every quarter-century or so government--it cannot help itself--must go on a "fairness" bender, the memory of the hangover from similar misadventures having faded.

In 1990 the Joint Committee on Taxation projected that the 1991 revenue yield from luxury taxes would be $31 million. It was $16.6 million. Why? Because (surprise!) the taxation changed behavior: Fewer people bought the taxed products. Demand went down when prices went up. Washington was amazed. People bought yachts overseas. Who would have thought it?

As Eric also reminded us, France just finished learning a hard lesson from trying to tax the rich at a confiscatory level – the rich started leaving and taking their money with them. Now they're going to try the same thing the US tried (and failed at) and I expect the same thing will happen in France as happened here – sales in those items will plummet and the wealthy will mere start buying their luxury items elsewhere. As Eric states it, this legislation should be called “The American Boating Employment Act of 2017” as I have no doubt a lot of French buyers will be more than happy to buy their yachts here.

Of course we can expect Emmanuel Macron to say something along the lines of “We'll do it better then the crass Americans.” But of course they won't. No one ever does. But that's something the French will have to learn (again) if Macron's proposed tax goes through.

C'est la vie!