Thoughts On A Sunday

Heavy rain arrived last night, bringing with it high winds and rapidly melting snow. Some of the Weather Guys™ have predicted as much as 4 inches of rain in the southern part of New Hampshire and 3 inches expected here at Lake Winnipesaukee before it's all over.

With the above average temps we've been seeing the past week or so and the rains expected over today and tomorrow, I expect Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee to be early this year. But there's at least one person disagreeing with me.


You did remember to set your clocks ahead, didn't you?


Constitutional questions about the so-called “Slaughter Rule” have been raised, meaning the machinations of the House leadership to shove ObamaCare down the throats of the American public may come to naught. In effect the rule would allow the House leadership to declare, without a vote by the House members, that a bill has been deemed to have passed. But under Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution a bill must be passed by a recorded vote.

But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. (emphasis added)

It is apparent to anyone watching the Democrats are willing to do anything they need to do to pass ObamaCare, even if it means violating the Constitution to it. I have a feeling they believe the ends justifies the means, even if the means comes down to violating their oaths of office and, in effect, flipping their constituents the bird.


You have got to be kidding me.

“I thought hand-knit items were supposed to be warm.”


Wizbang shows us an indisputable act of honor.


Skip reminds everyone that New Hampshire is a hot bed of retail politics at the local, state, and federal level. For dyed-in-the-wool Granite Staters politics is a participant sport, one to be avoided by the politically uninformed.

Every four years those aspiring to the presidency find that out the hard way, being forced to go out among the voters here if they want to even have a chance of gaining support and votes. The 'modern' method of lots of media buys with slick TV and radio promos, pretty campaign signs and billboards dotting the landscape doesn't work here.


The trusty Ford F150 4X4 made a trip to the dealership yesterday to have a dragging rear brake replaced. They took care of it quickly (and under warranty) and I was back on the road in only two hours. It would have been even shorter but they had to wait 90 minutes for the new caliper to arrive from the parts depot.

(Shameless Commercial Plug: The Ford F150 is now the Official Pickup Truck of Weekend Pundit.)


How stupid is this?

The New York state legislature is moving to ban restaurants from using salt in cooking. Oh yeah, like that's really going to set well with chefs and patrons. What's next, red meat, nuts, and sweeteners?

(H/T And Rightly So)


Eric the Viking has more thoughts and links about the Democrats' end run around the Constitution in trying to promote the so-called “Slaughter Rule” in an effort to push through ever more unpopular ObamaCare.

As Eric comments:

What does it mean for the country when one party, working against the will of the people, decides to change the rules as they go along? It's the seed of tyranny.

Of course they'll use the excuse that it's for the good of the people, even if the people are too stupid to know it. But that excuse has been used by political elites for thousands of years to justify imposition of dictatorial rule.


Cap'n Teach asks the question that must be asked: “How'd those coffee parties go?”

My take on them? Classic FAIL.


I've always found this misunderstanding of statistics to be indicative of the ignorance of too many of the people we elect.

There’s an old story — not apocryphal, unfortunately — in which a politician is heard to moan:

50% earn less than the median income. Something needs to be done!

The median income is the point at which 50% of people earn less, 50% more. The median household income in the United States is roughly $50,000. Half of all households make more than this, half less.

And no matter how high household incomes rise, 50% of them will earn less than the median and 50% more. But somehow President Obama seems to think he can change that.


Color me unsurprised.

Europeans don't like President Obama. Considering he has a knack for insulting our allies and pandering to our common enemies, it's no wonder he isn't well liked. I wonder if any Europeans find themselves missing Dubya yet?

(H/T Pirate's Cove)


And that the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rains are falling, the snow and ice are melting, and where winter is slowly fading away.