Thoughts On A Sunday

It's been a beautiful fall weekend here in New Hampshire, with warm weather and an explosion of fall foliage colors reaching their peak in the Lake Winnipesaukee area. I've been out and about with the Official Weekend Pundit Digital Camera, taking pictures of the foliage as the mood and scenery dictates. Hopefully some of them will be good enough to post here as I have in past years.

It's also time to change the banner pic on the header, one reflecting the present season. On the old Weekend Pundit site I went through changes on the pictures 5 or 6 times a year, just to keep things interesting. It's time to do that here.


This weekend will be the last time we take the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout, aka The Boat, out for a cruise. Hopefully we'll be able to get some decent foliage photos while we cruise.

Next weekend The Boat will be coming out of the water and prepped for winter, with oil changes, a cooling system flush, and a final washdown/wipedown prior to constructing the winter storage shelter (a new, more robust design capable of handling the 15 feet of snow we had here last winter).

We didn't make it out on the lake nearly as often as we had planned this past summer. As I've mentioned in previous posts, the weather was not cooperating with us. We usually head out on to the lake after work during the week, avoiding the weekend crowds where possible. But the unusual weather cycle produced thunderstorms every afternoon/early evening, making a trip on to the lake too dangerous. Even with the drop off in weekend lake traffic, we still couldn't make it out as often as we would have liked as two of the three of us were working.

Hopefully we'll more than make up for it next year.


A large majority of CEO's think an Obama presidency would be disastrous for the American economy.

In expressing their rejection of Senator Obama, some CEOs who responded to the survey went as far as to say that “some of his programs would bankrupt the country within three years, if implemented.” In fact, the poll highlights that Obama’s tax policies, which scored the lowest grade in the poll, are particularly unpopular among CEOs.

Tax policy can make or break an economy. We've seen that in our own history, both at a state and national level. High tax states see their industrial and business base shrink as companies move to states with a more business-friendly tax structure. The same holds true at the national level, which is why so many companies have moved their operations out of the US, taking American jobs with them. The US has the highest corporate tax rates in the world, bar none. Is it any wonder companies will look for ways to lower their tax burden? It's simple cause-and-effect.


The New England Patriots play the San Diego Chargers in San Diego this afternoon. It will interesting to see if the Patriots can continue to do well without Tom Brady.


Neo-neocon reports the Anchoress is pissed off at the double standard applied to the GOP when it comes to the freedom of speech, particularly in regards to the presidential election campaigns.

It all boils down to this: The Democrats can get away with the most vile speech and characterizations, while GOP responses are considered “smears” or “racist” speech.

She also questions the actions of ACORN, Ohio Secretary of State Brunner, and court sanctioned voter fraud.


Neo-neocon also exposes the lie of the so-called Employee Free Choice Act and tells us why the Democrats are supporting it: to ensure the backing of Big Labor in the upcoming elections.

The EFCA is so anti-democratic that even former Senator George McGovern (D-SD), once known as the most liberal Senator in Congress and a long time supporter of labor unions, is speaking out against it.


Is the Democrats real message during this presidential race “Hope, Change, and Molotov Cocktails”?


Roger Kimball is optimistic about McCain's chances to win the election next month. He says it all comes down to the basic differences between the two candidates.

Whatever else it is, this election is a referendum on two very different visions of America. Obama’s vision is of country crippled by sin; McCain and Palin’s vision is of a country fired by high ideals and expansive opportunity.

“You’re beautiful, I love you, now change.” That is Team Obama’s message. “You’re beautiful, I love you as you are”: that is the message of McCain and Sarah Palin. It’s the difference between the utopian–who finds himself disgusted with every real-world polity, and who finds himself willing, indeed, eager, to sacrifice real people for the sake of the ideal ones he wishes to create–and the simple patriot who says Yes to the family, community, and country in which he finds himself.

Most Americans, I believe, love their country for what it is–not what it could become if suitably socialized, taxed, neutered, and otherwise recast. If McCain-Palin can effectively articulate that message, they will win.

I agree.


It's not just Ohio having problems with voter fraud.

A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice says she has no confidence the November elections in her state will be fair due to widespread fraudulent voter registrations.

Justice Sandra Newman, accompanied by Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and Pennsylvania Republican State Chairman Robert Gleason, expressed her concerns at a Harrisburg press conference this morning. A thick document replete with photo copies of phony registrations and aerial shots of vacant lots used as "addresses" for "voters" was handed out to journalists.

One group mentioned as the most prominent purveyor of the fraudulent registrations was ACORN.

No surprise there.


More questions about the enigma that is Obama have been coming to my attention, so I've started a separate post dealing with those questions that I hope to post on Monday. There's a lot of information to cover, so don't be surprised if it takes a bit longer to bring it all together.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the leaves are showing their glorious fiery colors, the leaf peepers have been staring in awe, and where the heating season will begin all too soon.

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