7/02/2020

Is It Summer Yet?

It was while the WP Mom and I were out and about this afternoon that the subject of summer came up, or to be more accurate, how summer really doesn’t feel like summer this year.

Yes, the summer weather is here. The farms are growing crops. Beaches are open (for the most part). Boats are out on the lake. Ice cream stands are open and doing a lot of business. But something is missing.

The usual exuberance isn’t there and it feels like people are just going through the motions. Many of the usual summer activities aren’t taking place – summer camps either aren’t opening or are doing so with a lot of restrictions; movie theaters, playhouses, and concert venues have not reopened and those that have have cut back greatly on their schedules and number of shows; Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled, and those that will be taking place will be subdued as compared to previous years.

Our summer has certainly been ‘off’. I have usually been spending a lot of time out on the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout by now. But I can count on the fingers of a single hand how many times I have been out on the lake since The Boat was put back in the water back in May. If it were just me I would chock it up to me just being contrary. But talking to a number of my fellow boaters – about two dozen of them - I have found I am not the only one that has been off-pace. Most of those I asked haven’t been spending nearly as much time on the lake as is usual for them. Some have also stated than when they do go out, they haven’t been out on their boats for nearly as long as they usually are.

We haven’t grilled yet, something very unusual for us. No burgers, dogs, or steak tips. No potato salad. No nothing up to this point.

While we have dined out a couple of times over the past few weeks, once for dinner and once for breakfast, it was under coronavirus precaution conditions. It didn’t feel the same.

Just prior to noon today I ran an errand over the my ex’s place a couple of towns over, repairing an appliance that had stopped working properly. On my way over and back I saw the usual summer attractions around Weirs Beach open and ready for business. The only thing missing were visitors. No one at the arcades. No one on the go-kart tracks. No one taking advantage of the lazy river attractions or mini-golf course. Only a few people on the beach. None of this is what I would ever expect see around here during the week leading up to the Fourth of July. While I didn’t expect the place to be jammed like it would be during a weekend, I expected to see someone taking advantage of the summer attractions. But there was no one in any of those places that I could see.

It was eerie.

It will be enlightening to see how the upcoming Fourth of July Weekend plays out. Will what I’ve observed continue or will summer finally ‘start’?

7/01/2020

It Needs To Be Brought Forth

Sorry, but I couldn't resist this in light of the times in which we find ourselves.

If a white man walks through the woods alone, is he still racist?

I had to use the blockquote because the server refused to upload the image. I don't know if it was just a server error or if the image had been flagged.

Why this post? Because I am finding the people screaming the most and the loudest about racism tend to be the biggest racists in the room. (Here's a hint: Most of the folks doing this are not our minority brethren.)

6/28/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

It looks like we have survived yet another week in Coronavirus America.

Thinks are “cranking up” in preparation for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Restaurants have reopened fully (though with social distancing in place), a number of the summer amusements have opened, and plans have been made for the traditional fireworks displays. I am sure there will also be the traditional “charring of mammal flesh and consumption of mass quantities” to go along with all of the other festivities.

I expect to be spending quite a bit of time on the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout, weather permitting. (So far it looks like the weather will be cooperating, assuming the Weather GuysTM are right.)

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Speaking of coronavirus, the MSM has been going out of its mind with the surge in new cases. However, the one thing that hasn’t been mentioned other than in passing in one news story (by ABC News) is the demographics of the cases being reported. The other thing not being mentioned are the severity of the cases, more specifically what percentage are asymptomatic, what percentage show minimal symptoms, moderate symptoms, and so on. That could be due to the lack of granularity in the data, meaning the data doesn’t include those determinations. (Somehow I doubt that as the various health agencies would use that data to determine the severity of new cases and the measures that need to be taken.)

On the other hand, if the media included that information and it did not point to something that generates fear, they would leave it out. (The media likes fear as it generates viewers/readers/clicks. How many times have we seen stories along the lines of “How the coffeemaker in your kitchen could be killing you! That story after these messages….”? This isn’t that much different other than it is nationwide and already in the public consciousness.)

How can anyone figure what’s really going on if we aren’t properly informed? The media used to do that at one point. Not that the media wasn’t partisan in the past, but they tried hard to provide balanced reporting. That is no longer true.

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Is the 2020 election going to be about something other than Trump versus Biden? If Victor Davis Hanson is correct, the answer is “yes”.

What does VDH believe be driving this election? Anger.

The old 2020 election was supposed to be about many familiar issues. It is not anymore.

Up until now, the candidates themselves would supposedly be the story in November. The left had cited President Trump’s tweets and erratic firings as windows into his dark soul.

The right had replied that an addled and befuddled Joe Biden was not really a candidate at all.

Instead, he was a mere facsimile who would have to be carried to the Election Day on the shoulders of the Democratic Party, only shortly to fade away.

Issues themselves are no longer likely to decide the election either. Not long ago progressives argued that the miracle Trump economy was in shambles, done in by plague, quarantine and riot.

The right had countered that deregulation, energy development, tax reform and reindustrialization that made America Great would make American Great — Again.

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For nearly a month, the nation has been consumed by massive protests and chronic riots, looting and arson.

The Internet is aflame with self-appointed sleuths. They scour hours of video, and millions of words, searching for an indiscreet past remark — as fodder to take out a political opponent, a rival for a job or a personal enemy.

--snip--

The angry and the demonstrating are loud and visible; their opponents are angry and quiet.

The election will reveal not just who is more numerous — but sadly also who is the angriest.

Do we want people voting based purely on anger? I know I don’t. Anger short-circuits reason and logic. The last thing anyone should be basing their votes upon is just emotion, i.e. feelz. From history we know that is a bad idea.

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From the “Just When I Thought They Couldn’t Get Any Stupider” Department comes this from California.

It appears the California Legislature has voted to remove protections against discrimination from the state constitution, specifically Article I, Section 31 which states:

(a) The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

(b) This section shall apply only to action taken after the section’s effective date.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as prohibiting bona fide qualifications based on sex which are reasonably necessary to the normal operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

There are five more subsections that go into detail about definitions, penalties, and so on, so I didn’t include them. However, the full text can be found here.

Is it the intention of the legislature to allow discrimination based upon race or sex? Why? What purpose does it serve allowing the state, counties, and municipalities to discriminate? I can think of a number, most which shall allow the legal creation of a system of government discrimination to address past wrongs. Could it lead to a racial/sexual spoils system to punish past discrimination by people long dead? (Yes, that may be pushing it, but then we are dealing with California, so anything is possible.)

Fortunately the California Legislature does not have the last word on this. The proposed amendment, ACA5, will be placed on the November ballot for ratification by the voters. Unfortunately it only takes a simple majority, just over 50% of voters, to ratify state constitutional amendments, the lowest of the 50 states. (The 49 other states require anywhere between 60% and 75% to ratify amendments to their constitutions.)

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer is in full swing, preparations for the Fourth continue apace, and where it will be a very short workweek for me this week.

6/27/2020

Future The To Back

Seeing the increasing attack upon history by overly-sensitive know-nothings, I am dismayed at the level of ignorance being displayed by those wishing to erase history. They have been convinced that 17th, 18th, 19th, and early/mid 20th century historical figures must be held to 21st century ‘standards’ and ‘sensibilities’. (I am not going to say ‘morals’ because this old curmudgeon is seeing a particular lack of morals from some of the more vocal and active, i.e. destructive history deconstructors.)

Many of these folks decrying the “unwokeness” of historical figures seem to believe the only remedy for the lack of wokeness of those long dead is to erase them from history. The problem is that if we are to continuously hold those in the past to the standards of today, history will continue to be erased and the lessons of history will be lost. Erasing history because someone is offended by an action, or worse, because of a lack of action by historical figures is insane. How is it they believe they can demand modern day ideological purity from people who have been dead for decades or centuries?

Do they really think tearing down statues and defacing or destroying historical monuments will in some way punish the dead and change history? That they may subconsciously believe such things proves to me that they really do not understand history, that advances in human knowledge, morality, and ethics doesn’t happen all at once. It is something that takes place in steady steps, fits and starts, and profound leaps. Sometimes it is evolutionary and other times it’s revolutionary. Sometimes there were missteps, side trips, and blind alleys before history played out as it did. But the deconstructionists don’t seem to care.

Please don’t misunderstand – the ‘deconstructionists’ aren’t numerous, but they are vocal and active. Whether it is from poor education, willful ignorance, or as part of ploy to forward their political agendas makes no difference to me. I just want to see the erasure of history because “someone” is offended to end. It serves no good purpose.

Like Heinlein once said, “Those who ignore history have no past – and no future.” I am amending that to “Those who erase history have no past – and no future.”

6/25/2020

A Reminder

Seeing some of the hatred showing up in increasing amounts on the Internet - Twitter, Facebook, Disqus, etc. - I figured we all needed a little reminder about the Real WorldTM:



Remember, on the Internet no one knows you're a dog.

6/21/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

Summer weather has arrived, with hazy, hot, and humid being the adjectives of the day...or next few days. Not that it bothers us here as we have actually been looking forwards to some actual summer weather. With the Fourth of July just under two weeks away, it’s about time that the weather is matching the calendar.

I spent yesterday morning with my ex, Deb, and some customers/friends of the business we used to own. (We sold it when Deb decided to go back to school a few years ago.) It was nice seeing some of the friends we’d made and catching up. We met at the public park along the shore in Alton Bay. The weather was actually pretty good, with a nice breeze and shade from one of the park’s maples keeping us cool. It was nice to get together while overlooking the calm waters of the bay and the folks enjoying their time on their boats.

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I have to say I have had just about enough of the whole BLM trope, especially since they don’t really care about black lives, at least not that I can see. BLM has focused all of its attention on the very few incidents where unarmed (or even armed) black people have been killed by police. (There were nine such incidences of that last year. Nine.) But what about the thousand+ black lives ended every year, lives ended by other blacks? What do we hear?

Nothing. Not. A. Word.

Why the silence? This is something they should be yelling from the rooftops. But we hear nothing.

Could it be because it doesn’t fit the “Cops Are Racist” narrative, and therefore is not politically useful?

Update: As of noon today, 60 people were shot, 9 of them fatally, in Chicago this weekend. The youngest victim killed was 3-years old. Most of the victims shot and those killed were in their teens to mid-20’s. All of them were black.

What do we hear from BLM about this? Nothing.

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Paraphrasing George Santayana, “Those who ignore history are going to make themselves look like fools.” Case in point, the Congressional Democrats taking a knee for eight minutes of silence for George Floyd.

In and of itself, that’s not a problem. It is perfectly fine for them to do that if they so choose.

What’s ironic is that they decided to wear kente cloths while doing so. It’s not the fact that they wore them that’s ironic, but that the ones they wore were those of the Asante tribe, a tribe that sold thousands of their fellow Africans into slavery.

One has to wonder whether those descendants of the Party of Slavery, the Democrat Party, the ones wearing the “colors” of slavers, either didn’t know or didn’t care about the irony of what they were doing.

That little extra touch they used has certainly muffled the message they thought they were sending.

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Want a preview of what we can expect if the Marxists/Antifa/Anarchists and their ilk take over? Here’s what an undercover journalist saw in his recent 5-day stay in CHAZ, CHOP, or whatever they’re calling it these days.

Not pretty.

If you need a little more info on what’s planned, then check out this interview with one of CHAZ/CHOP/Whatever leaders for what they really want: Hell on Earth. What’s worse is that they’ll see it as heaven...for them. Everyone else is screwed.

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President Trump’s rally didn’t turn out the way organizers had hoped. Not that there wasn’t enthusiasm and a long list of people wanting to attend. But a concerted effort via Tik-Tok and K-Pop had teens reserving hundreds of tickets for the rally. Those reserving the tickets had no plan to attend, but they ate up reservations for those wishing to attend.

There was also a successful effort by protesters blocking access to metal detectors that meant a lot attending the outdoor venue couldn’t enter. So much for the free expression of political thought...unless you are of the correct political ideology. Then anything goes.

Looks like the political dirty tricks have started and we have to give the first point to the Left.

I hope they don’t expect to get away with it again.

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And now for something completely different.



Cool, eh?

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where hazy, hot, and humid is the term for the coming week, the A/C is cranked, and the beaches are busy.

6/20/2020

Is America's Oldest Civil Rights Organization Racist?

Is the NRA racist? Is the NRA sexist? The answer to those questions are “Yes”...if you’re a gun-grabbing Democrat. But what if you are not a gun-grabbing Democrat, but just a Democrat. (The two are not automatically synonymous.) You might get a different answer.

What if you are a minority or a woman?

Colion Noir has the answer to that.



The video is 17-minutes in length, but is worth the time to watch.

6/18/2020

Don't Be Like Greg...

A warning to take to heart:


This is not a new phenomenon. We've experienced it here in New Hampshire. Colorado is experiencing it. Texas is going through it (though mostly just in Austin, the San Francisco of Texas. Oregon and Washington have suffered greatly from it.

It must be stopped. And Glenn Reynolds has a solution: the Welcome Wagon Project.

6/14/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been a little cool here in New Hampshire the previous couple of days, with temps only in the 60’s. It hasn’t been conducive to spending time out on the lake.

I noticed there wasn’t nearly as much traffic as I would expect to see over the weekend, so it’s likely the cool temps had something to do with it.

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Have you noticed that as the calls to defund police departments have been increasing, that those calling for it have responding to criticism by redefining the word “defund” to mean “cut the police department budget.” But that isn’t what it means.

From Merriam-Webster comes this:

Definition of defund:

transitive verb

:to withdraw funding from

It doesn’t say anything about redirecting funds. That’s not defunding.

But the Democrats have been backpeddling, deciding to change the definition of a long-used word on the fly rather than saying something as simple as “We didn’t mean defund. We meant ‘Cut the police budget and reallocate the funds for social outreach, etc..” But no, better to redefine the word rather than admit they are vocabulary deficient.

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How long before the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) devolves into a modern-day version of 1793 France? At the moment they have a warlord, though I doubt he’ll remain in power very long. (He’s already being ‘canceled’ due to Twitter posts he made years ago.)

I figure it’s only a matter of time before they come up with something analogous to the Committee of Public Safety.

Can you say Reign of Terror? Of course you can...but don’t, at least of you live in CHAZ. They’ll just target you that much sooner.

As an aside, some of the “citizens” of CHAZ are extorting money from white residents, demanding they hand it over to blacks in the zone, “suggesting” it was for reparations.

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I hate to say this, but this UC Berkeley History professor is toast. He/she has called the explicit bias of the faculty and the non-diversity of thought in the UC system into question, an unforgivable sin in the eyes of the Progressive faculty.

It is only a matter of time before this professor is exposed, doxxed, and excommunicated from academia, declared persona non grata and erased from human memory.

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Yup. I agree with this wholeheartedly.


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Who will protect us from the lawlessness the Democrats are bringing upon us? Will we devolve into a vigilante society where lynchings will become common? (Yes, this would be an extreme case, but possible nonetheless.)

Or will anarchy reign?

Or worse, will the lawlessness be used an excuse to enact harsh laws and generate the forces to required to enforce them, i.e. create a police state that will control every aspect of the citizens’ lives in order to ensure that order is maintained? (It’s been done before and worked quite well for those in power.)

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather is cool, businesses have been reopening, and where Monday is again looming in the near future.

6/13/2020

Have The Democrats Miscalculated?

One has to wonder if the Democrats have seriously miscalculated, seeing the protests and the following rioting and looting as a way to take the White House and Senate.

Lawlessness, particularly lawlessness tacitly approved of by Democrat mayors and governors, does not instill confidence in voters. When a mayor orders a city’s police to stand down, taking a “Let it burn” attitude, and governors aren’t willing to call out their state’s National Guard to restore order, it signals to a great many people they their aren’t interested in the oaths they took when the entered office, don’t care that their constituents lives and property are endangered, and are pandering to groups that truly care little about the law, despite their protestations to the contrary. (I am not referring to the legitimate protesters, but those who used the protests more as a cover to loot and burn.)

It has been speculated the aforementioned mayors and governors have taken the actions (or inactions) as a means of forcing the President to act, to bring in federal troops to quell the lawlessness they permitted, all to foster the “Trump the dictator” narrative the Democrats and their Socialist brethren have been selling since before he took office and are trying to keep going until this November. However, Trump hasn’t taken the bait.

While the Democrats and the media anticipated getting the optics they so desperately craved of Trump sending in soldiers with bayonets fixed charging at the “peaceful protesters,” what they got instead was the sudden appearance of a bunch of federal tactical units from the FBI, the Secret Service, the DEA, ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Prisons, and other agencies, in full gear, many with no rifles, and certainly no bayonets.

As the entire nation is about to belatedly discover, federal agents do not need the permission of governors or mayors before they can enter a state or a city to enforce federal laws and arrest those who are breaking them.

And it happens to be a federal crime to conduct terror attacks against American communities.

I guess the mayors and governors forgot that little detail.