Thoughts On A Sunday

It's the beginning of the 87th Annual Motorcycle Week here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. While the weather hasn't been great in regards to riding (rain and thunderstorms on and off) a large number of bike enthusiasts have made the best of it. At least the weather is supposed to be great the rest of the week, meaning we can expect a good turnout through next Sunday.

Hopefully BeezleBub and I will make it over to Weirs Beach later this week to partake of some sightseeing.


David Starr explains the economics of energy and the costs of specific sources. As he writes:

Bottom line: We need conventional oil and gas unless we accept dropping back to a pre-industrial standard of living.

Of course if polywell fusion actually works all bets are off. (So far everything has been scaling just as Robert Bussard calculated they would.)


Obama keeps telling us the government is doing everything it can to help mitigate the effects of the Gulf oil spill. But reports like this are telling an entirely different story.

So which is it?


This is the only mention I'm going to make about Sarah Palin's boobs.


Bogie disagrees with my take on the possibility of Obama and Congress killing mortgage interest tax deduction.

Rereading what I wrote, I realize I didn't adequately state my position, so let me state it more succinctly: Killing the mortgage tax deduction at this time would be the wrong thing to do. The last thing government should do is increase the taxes during a deep recession, particularly on an activity the government is trying to encourage. The last thing any family needs right now is an increase in their income taxes. Money is tight and some folks are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. How is it adding a higher tax burden is going to help anyone in that position?

I can see no harm in reducing or eliminating the deduction once the economy and the market have recovered, but now is not the time. (It would also break another one of Obama's campaign promises, again.)


Like this is a surprise:

A majority of existing healthcare insurance plans won't be grandfathered.

And yet another Obama promise bites the dust. But then again, Pelosi knew this right from the beginning.


Is yet another New England state seeing a shift from blue to red?

First it was the People's Republic of Taxachusetts with the election of Republican Scott Brown to fill the US Senate seat left open by the passing of Teddy Kennedy. Then Connecticut has a battle brewing for the Senate seat held by Chris Dodd, followed by a resurgence of support for GOP candidates for both House seats and a Senate seat in New Hampshire.

Now we're seeing a shift in voter attitudes in Maine, with a solid majority of them showing preferences for more conservative candidates and views.

(H/T Pirate's Cove)


Cap'n Teach brings us up to speed on how things are done in Guilford County, North Carolina, where the chairman of the Forsyth County GOP was punched in the face during a protest. That's bad enough. But the victim has been charged with simple assault, despite a video showing the attack and the attacker. The attacker has had all charges dropped.

Gee, could it be because the victim is a Republican and the attacker is a Democrat that charges against the perpetrator have been dropped because the magistrate is a Democrat?

Naw, that can't be it.


It turns out that biomass generated electricity is not carbon neutral like everyone believes it to be. In fact, it has a carbon footprint 3% larger than the amount of coal needed to generate an equal amount of electrical power.


I'm not sure how the logic of this one figures, but somehow the Left believes that the Gulf oil spill will “sink the Tea party.”

Even after reading the linked op-ed piece I fail to understand the logic that leads Joshua Green to his conclusion. It's a pretty big stretch to tie the TEA party platform to the problems that led to the oil spill. It's as logical as Nancy Pelosi laying the blame for it at George W. Bush's feet.


Bigfoot also has some interesting points about the BP oil spill in the Gulf, including a video that “gives a new meaning to an old song.”


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rumble of motorcycles will be heard for the next week, the weather will get better, and where yet again Monday has come to darn soon.