1/15/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

It's been another sedate weekend here at The Manse. There have been no major weather occurrences (other than warmer than average temps for a couple of day), nothing has broken or needed unexpected repairs (except me), and the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans 28-13 last night in Foxborough.

That works for me, despite still hobbling around on crutches.

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The whole kerfuffle between Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Donald Trump is starting to look more like two kids throwing down insults at each other during recess.

It sounds more and more like Lewis is still playing off his beating over 50 years ago at a civil rights march, as if his legitimacy carries through all these decades later. We certainly didn't see the Democrats give John McCain that kind of pass during his presidential run, seeing he'd been beaten and tortured for years by the North Vietnamese.

I guess it proves there are different rules for the different parties. Then, that's always been the Democrat's MO.

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Now, on a more local issue, that being our tax dollars being spent in our local school system, I can say I am intimately involved with this particular issue and agree with the Chairman of our town's budget committee:

“I am not impressed,” he said, adding the school district is paying “Cadillac prices for Yugo results.”

We pay some of the highest costs per pupil in the state of New Hampshire, but our school regularly scores somewhere in the middle of the pack in regards to scholastic achievement. It would be cheaper for us to send all of our kids to a private school knowing they'd get a superior education. But the educrats and teachers union want even more money from us for what is mediocre performance.

No.

Even if you don't live in New Hampshire, it's still worth Reading The Whole Thing.

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As if things haven't gotten nasty enough with the upcoming Trump inauguration, it appears the rabid Progressives have decided they'll go full 'mob' on a number of performers, threatening them with injury or death if they perform at the inaugural.

So much for the so-called “Party of Tolerance.” Yet again their hypocrisy comes to light even as they try to claim the have that right under the First Amendment.

I'm sorry, but I am not aware of any exemption in the First Amendment that covers criminal threatening. Of course if they tried that with me I'd be making sure I exercise my Second Amendment rights to their fullest extent.

Bring it on, Progressive Fascists!!

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Adrienne asks “Are rabid despicable libtards going to ruin the inauguration of duly elected president Trump?”

Of course they are...or at least they're going to try. That's what they do. That's what they always do. And more often than not, they get stomped for it, either directly or metaphorically. In either case, more than a few will pay dearly for their efforts. Let us hope that no one has to die from their blind stupidity.

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Just for a change of pace, how about some climate news?

It appears the Black Sea resort of Burgas, Bulgaria has seen the the sea freeze for the first time since 1954. Temps were as low as -29ºC (-20ºF), temps they usually don't see in Bulgaria.

Of course it's all the fault of global warming.

(H/T Pirate's Cove)

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Taking a quick step back to education, there has been a long running debate between the phonics and whole word method of teaching children how to read. Like most of my generation, we were taught to read using phonics. It let us sound out words we were unfamiliar with. David Starr experienced the same thing and lets us in on his thoughts about the debate.

The point is, children need both phonics, for when they strike a new word, a common occurance at early ages, and the whole word method to become skillful readers.  Whole word cannot be taught, it comes to children after they have been reading for a while.  And to become good readers, children have to read.

Indeed.

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And that's the abbreviated news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where I am still under heavy meds, still stumbling along on crutches, and working from home for the next few weeks.

1/13/2017

Oikophobia Rears Its Ugly Head

Glenn Reynolds writes about Oikophobia in his USA Today column. Oikophobia is defined as an “irrational fear of the familiar.”

In this case Ned Resnikoff, a senior editor for the Think Progress website, was left fearful and shaken after his plumber, a fellow he describes as “a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional. But he was also a middle-aged white man with a Southern accent who seemed unperturbed by this week’s news,” repaired his clogged drain.

So he was terrified of his plumber, a hard working Middle American, because he might be thinking something about Resnikoff ? Yet what he was probably thinking about was getting the job done and moving on to his next customer. Some of these snowflakes like Resnikoff need to take a chill pill and stop thinking that everyone is as judgmental as he is. I think I can safely say that a very large majority of Middle America could care less about him or what he stands for. They just want to be paid for the work they've performed for him and little else. And should they actually be thinking 'something' about him it is likely because Mr. Resnikoff himself brought up the subject.

While I've seen oikophobia first hand, it hasn't been to the paranoid and wholly irrational level we've seen in Resnikoff and his fellow travelers. Around here, 'here' being New Hampshire, it's been seen in what we have come to call summah people and, their winter counterparts, ski people. While both are a small subset of the usual summer and winter visitors, they exhibit less obvious and more benign signs of the malady. These are usually limited to less than friendly side glances, snide sotto voce comments about the locals, or barely suppressed outrage at not being able to find some obscure foodstuff or liqueur that they can procure only from some exclusive shoppe in The Big City for an exorbitant price, and then only if you personally know the owner.

I have seen other less subtle signs when one of these snowflakes won't even consider hiring local tradesmen because they don't see them as competent, trustworthy, skilled enough, or worse, “they might steal something.” So they hire overly vetted tradesmen from The Big City to do the work instead, pay far more than the work is worth, and still end up with something with less quality than the locals would have provided. It's even worse when one of the folks “from away” (that's what we call folks who move here from out of state who haven't a clue about how things work out here in the country). On more than one occasion I have seen one of these oikophobes denigrate, disparage, and stiff local tradesmen to the point where none of them would ever work for these nutjobs again. Then they're forced to hire someone from The Big City because they can't find anyone local who will take on a job for them. Why would anyone take a job from one of those folks knowing it will be likely they won't get paid or will have to go to court in order to get paid for the work they've done? Or worse, they get sued by the oikophobe which ties things up in court for months or years before they get paid, if at all.

I know I have painted a very small percentage of the visitors and folks from away with a rather broad brush, but sometimes it is the only way to bring such problems to light. While we have no irrational fear of these precious snowflakes, they do tend to be an inconvenience or, dare I say, a pain in the ass. If nothing else, we pity them because the world they live in would be horrifying to anyone else in their right mind.

1/08/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was another sedate weekend here at The Manse, having missed the big snowfall that hit southern New England, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas.

We got dusting, just enough to make the roads slick in some areas.

However we will be feeling the deep cold that will blanket the area over the next few days, with nighttime temps below zero. That means extra wood being loaded into the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove to keep things warm in The Manse.

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As long as we remember that any group that isn’t a Progressive group is automatically a hate group, at least as far as the Progressive bigots at the University of Wisconsin – Madison are concerned.

Such is the intolerance of the oh-so-tolerant Left. Then again, they’re following Alinsky’s Rules, in this case accusing your opponents of what it is you yourself are doing. Remember, it’s always been the Leftists that have run concentration camps and “re-education” centers throughout history.

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Speaking of Progressives, here’s a little political lecture that ought to help Hollywood Progressives cope.


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If Progressives didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

I guess you can call this a twofer, or better yet, two examples of the Progressive disconnect from reality from the same Progressive business leader, in this case Melinda Byerley. Between openly showing her disgust and bigotry towards Middle America, calling it a “sh*thole filled with stupid people.” Yeah, that’s one way to win over the very people you dislike so intensely. Insult them with your ‘tolerant’ bigotry and expect them to conform to your idea of what they should be.

Then, to show just how open-minded and inclusive she is, she brags about hiring “only Native English speakers.”

One word describes this woman: hypocrite.

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Ten Crazy Things That Offended College Snowflakes in 2016.

That list could be 100 times longer and it would barely scratch the surface of the snowflake insanity.

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Will New Hampshire become the next Constitutional Carry state?

New Hampshire Senate Bill 12 (SB12) would remove the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.

New Hampshire would join its neighboring state of Vermont as another state that doesn’t require law abiding citizens to have a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm.

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I have to agree with David Starr’s sentiment on this, that being the decline and fall of Sears.

With Sears shedding itself of its famous Craftsman brand (selling it to Stanley/Black & Decker), closing another 150 stores, all while going deeper in debt. That doesn’t bode well for the company.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the deep freeze is upon us, the woodpile is getting smaller, and winter still has another two and a half months to go.

1/07/2017

The Desperate Left

Reading the reactions to the intelligence reports about Russian hacking into the DNC's and Hillary's servers one would think it was the GOP who sanctioned it all. That the Russians apparently tried to do the same the RNC's servers was underplayed by the media, maybe because the the RNC had better security on their systems.

All I know is it seems the Democrats are trying every trick in the book to overturn Trump's election, and failing that, to gridlock every single action taken by him or GOP majorities in the House and Senate over the next few years. That smells of both desperation an an apparent belief that only the Left has any legitimacy in regards to governing the nation. Too bad the rest of America disagrees with them, particularly at state and local level.

Seeing the GOP holds a large majority of the governors' offices as well as one or both houses of state legislatures should be a clue that they are losing their grip on the reins of power. It doesn't help that they constantly look down upon the very people they wish to rule, make sure those people know they feel they are better suited to run their lives and insult them as they do so. Is it any wonder they've seen the number of seats they hold at the national and state level shrink?

Then again, it does show the difference between the indoctrinated and the educated. The Leftist elite are in one group and everyone else is in the other. That should be enough to explain a lot of it.

1/01/2017

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was a quiet and sedate New Year’s celebration here at The Manse. It was just Deb, me, BeezleBub, and Red Head Girl, along with the feline contingent present as we watched the ball drop at Times Square. I, for one, was glad to bid adieu to 2016.

Between the contentious campaigns for the White House, media misconduct and malfeasance, rogue government agencies, presidential overreach, and the insufferable bleating of the SJWs and coastal elites, 2016 was a year that I am glad that to see in the rear view mirror.

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This is something I’ve been saying to the perpetually offended Social Justice Warriors ever since they made their appearance:

You don’t get to determine whether or not I care if you’re offended.

Amen.

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Skip Murphy offers the GOP some sage advice about how to repeal ObamaCare.

In my opinion it is brilliant in its simplicity.

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The People’s Cube offers a list of 13 things that didn’t happen in 2016.

Of all the things on the list that I would have liked to see, I think Putin should have renamed Mother Russia.

(H/T Maggie’s Farm)

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Then there’s Adrienne’s list of things she’d like to see disappear in 2017.

I agree with all of them.

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Is there nothing fracking can’t do? According to anti-frackers, it causes cancer, contaminates drinking water, causes methane leaks, and triggers earthquakes.

Now there’s another issue to add to the list – it will make you deaf.

I’m just waiting for them to make the claim that it will make Deplorables vote for Trump. Oh, wait…

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Is it time to sweep away LBJ’s Great Society programs seeing as they have had disastrous consequences? A lot of Democrats would fight that tooth and nail, knowing it helped create a captive voter demographic. Seeing that guaranteed voting bloc dissolved would be devastating to tax-and-spend Dems.

One of the biggest effects of LBJ’s programs was the destruction of the nuclear family in African American communities, with the further consequence of trapping generation after generation in poverty and perpetual dependence on government.

It’s time for the Great Society programs to go away and be replaced with something that works.

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The New England Patriots play their final regular season game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami today. The Patriots have already locked in a first week playoff bye and are now playing to gain home field advantage for the playoffs.

It should be an interesting game.

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And that’s the abbreviated New Year’s Day news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where cleanup from our foot of snow has come to an end, the sun has come out to help melt the last of the snow and ice from the roads, and where we’re planning for more inclement winter weather later in the week.

12/31/2016

The EPA Wants You To Freeze To Death

Just when you think they couldn’t get any stupider…

Anyone paying attention to the Obama Administration over the past eight years has seen the overreach of various government agencies expand to the point of ridiculousness. A perfect example of such overreach is the EPA, a rogue agency that has come to believe it doesn’t need to follow the law, can ignore Federal and Supreme Court rulings with impunity, impose regulations that have not been authorized by Congress, and can ignore science when it is in opposition to the agency’s agenda.

The latest bit of regulatory insanity from the EPA has a likelihood of making sure a number of Americans in Alaska will die of the extreme cold seen there during the winter. How will the EPA pull that off?

By banning them from burning wood to heat their homes.

…now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s interior that, really, they should not be building fires to keep themselves warm during the winter.

Like most people in Alaska, the residents of those frozen cities are burning wood to keep themselves warm this winter. Smoke from wood-burning stoves increases small-particle pollution, which settles in low-lying areas and can be breathed in. The EPA thinks this is a big problem. Eight years ago, the agency ruled that wide swaths of the most densely populated parts of the region were in “non-attainment” of federal air quality standards.

The problem is, there’s no replacement for wood-burning stoves in Alaska’s interior. Heating oil is too expensive for a lot of people, and natural gas isn’t available. So they’ve got to burn something. The average low temperature in Fairbanks in December is 13 degrees below zero. In January, it’s 17 below. During the coldest days of winter, the high temperature averages -2 degrees, and it can get as cold as -60. This is not a place where you play games with the cold. If you don’t keep the fire lit, you die. For people of modest means, and especially for the poor, that means you burn wood in a stove—and you keep that fire lit around the clock.

Even though it doesn’t get quite that cold here in New Hampshire, or at least not for weeks at end, heating with wood is quite common here. While a number of people here use wood pellet stoves, most of us heating with wood use a woodstove. Yes, there are particulates in wood smoke, particularly when you first fire it up. But once it’s burning and up to temperature the smoke diminishes. I know I rarely see smoke coming from our chimney except right after I’ve added more wood. It heats well, is much less expensive than heating oil or propane. Natural gas isn’t available outside the few cities or larger suburbs. So those of us with limited means or frugal natures (or both) heat with wood. It is abundant. It is carbon neutral, if that’s important to you. It’s renewable. More importantly, it works even if there is no power, something that can happen during a blizzard or ice storm.

Of course the EPA’s fixation on preventing people from heating their homes with wood has even hit here in the lower 48, banning the resale of older but still serviceable woodstoves. If you decide to trade in your old woodstove for a new EPA-approved low emission, catalytic converter equipped, much more expensive woodstove, your old stove will be scrapped rather than resold even though it is still useable, perhaps by someone who cannot afford one of the new stoves but still needs to heat their home.

Then again, since when would an EPA bureaucrat care one whit about someone trying to keep their family warm in the depths of winter? We’ve certainly seen that with the action the EPA has taken in Alaska.

12/26/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday - Monday After Christmas Edition

Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas has passed (and the hustle and bustle of gift returns and post-Christmas sales starts), I actually have a few minutes to put together this somewhat abbreviated Day-After-Christmas Thoughts On A Sunday.

While I didn’t have to travel, much of the rest of the WP Clan did. At this point it appears everyone got to where they were going and back home again without incident. I hope that is true for you half-dozen or so regular readers of this humble blog.

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While being ensconced on the recliner and watching Fox News this morning, I found it interesting, though not unsurprising claim by the White House press secretary that the Obama Administration has been one of the most open and transparent administrations in American history.

The video clip with that pronouncement had barely concluded when a number of Fox commentators and liberal media pundits blasted the claim, with more than a few stating the Obama Administration had been one of the most closed, opaque, and obstructive administrations ever, with one or two stating the Nixon Administration was transparent in comparison to this one.

This also makes one wonder just how many last minute “Eff You” actions Obama will take prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration next month.

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China has taken the next step in building its navy’s reputation, in this case having its new aircraft carrier steaming through the South China Sea.

Influential state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said the exercise showed how the carrier was improving its combat capabilities and that it should now sail even further afield.

“The Chinese fleet will cruise to the Eastern Pacific sooner or later. When China’s aircraft carrier fleet appears in offshore areas of the U.S. one day, it will trigger intense thinking about maritime rules,” the newspaper said in an editorial.

I would expect that when that day comes China will find it being shadowed by at least one US carrier group (the US Navy presently has 11 carrier groups), and more than one Los Angeles or Virginia class submarine.

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Could the reason the Left are so fearful of the resurgence of the Deplorables is because they expect us to treat them the way they had planned to treat us?

I believe that is the case, something psychiatrists call projection. Too bad they don’t understand (or don’t care) that most of us just want to be left alone and not bothered by their utopian idea of Nanny State Socialism.

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As Glenn Reynolds headlines a number of education posts, this is yet another example of the Higher Education Bubble.

When a high level college student with a 4.0 average at Kansas State University is dropping out because his belief that college is a scam and that he can learn more by starting his own business than wasting 4 years at college, that’s a danger signal to the institutions of higher learning that they aren’t providing what it is our kids need to make it in the real world.

It doesn’t help that we’ve been sold the lie that the only way we can get ahead is with a college education, and that the Uncle Sam has flooded the country with so much money to finance student loans. Between those two factors is it any wonder the higher education system is breaking down?

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And that’s the abbreviated news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we’re recovering from the pre-Christmas shopping fatigue, the snow is falling now and then, and where there are still plenty of Christmas treats to eat.

12/25/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday

Due to the Christmas holiday and time with family, the usual TOAS post has been delayed until Monday,

12/24/2016

Leading Up To Christmas



In case you’ve noticed, posting has been a little sparse. Much of it can be attributed to preparations for Christmas. Another part can be attributed to the end of the year push at work.

Between people trying hard to make it home for Christmas and the last minute shoppers crowding the stores, as well as inclement weather, traffic has been heavy, making it difficult to get around.

Earlier this week an incident made it even more difficult to get around. I wish I could say I was doing some manly task that caused my injury. But I was merely bending over to put ice cleats on my boots in preparation for spreading sand and ice melt at the bottom of our driveway.

As I started slipping the cleats on to my right boot, there was a cracking sound and intense pain in my left knee. I had just ruptured the quadriceps tendon. One fortunate thing – the pain dropped off to a dull ache after a few minutes. The bad thing – I will have restricted mobility for the next few months. That means not being able to clear the snow from our driveway, move firewood from the garage to the woodbox in the living room, and in general being relegated to a semi-invalid status. It also means making alternate arrangements to get things done.

And how is your Christmas going?


12/18/2016

Thoughts On A Sunday

The latest winter storm made its way through New Hampshire, dropping about 6 inches of snow here at The Manse. Cleaning up was easy, making use of the Official Weekend Pundit Snowblower to move the snow out of the way. The driveway was quite passable after that.

However, the follow-on freezing rain last evening made it very difficult to make it up the driveway and out onto our road. So far I have not been able to get the trusty F150 4X4 more than 20 feet up the drive before losing traction, even with sand applied to the surface. (This is as of 11:10AM this morning.) I expect that with the rising temperatures and rain much if the sheet of ice that is our driveway will thaw to the point where making it up the 23% grade of our driveway will be possible.

Welcome to winter in New England.

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I saw the TV ad where liberal/Progressive/lefty celebrities have demanded the Electors of the Electoral College to not vote for Donald Trump. They cover their asses by saying they don't have to vote for Hillary, but we know that's exactly what they want. After all, why should they care if they create a Constitutional crisis as long as they get their way? Then again, they've never really been fans of the US Constitution...unless it works in their favor.

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Speaking of the Electoral College, there is actually a law professor, in fact the dean of the University of California Irvine Law School, who claims it is unconstitutional.
Really? Even though it is quite clearly spelled out in the Constitution itself, specifically Article II, Section 1 as amended by the Twelfth Amendment?

I must assume that this professor is one of those who believes the Constitution is a living document and needn't go through the amendment process to change it. A judge somewhere can declare parts of the Constitution null and void even though it is the supreme law of the land? Really?

Maybe this dean should be fired because it appears he has no use for our constitution or our laws derived therefrom.

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Will burger-making robots be replacing humans at our local fast food joints should the minimum wage be raised to $15?

Maybe. Maybe not...at least not right now.

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Save the Snowflakes!


After all, their feelings matter more...

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And the hate keeps piling up, in this case, yet another hoax hate crime designed to discredit Trump and the Deplorables who voted for him.

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Are you one of the folks that doesn't quite understand why raising the minimum wage, particularly when you double it, can hurt more people that it helps? Here's a handy video that explains why artificially raising the cost of labor always causes harm.


Who in their right mind would hire an inexperienced teen with no work history when they would have to pay $15 an hour? No one. That effectively locks out millions of teens from getting their first job.

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The New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos in Denver, clinching a first week bye in the playoffs.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we're dealing with icy roads, the last few days of Christmas shopping, and yet another premature return of Monday.