Thoughts On A Sunday

BeezleBub's work weekend started a little earlier than usual this week. After having to help him by towing home his Jeep (again), he checked his voice mail and found a message from one of Farmer Andy's other farm hands. BeezleBub called Andy and after a brief discussion was on his way to the farm in my pickup.

He managed to get about 4 hours in at the farm Friday afternoon/evening and another 12 hours yesterday. From what BeezleBub told us the farm stand has been the busiest he's ever seen it, with cars and trucks filling the parking lot and parked along both sides of the road in front of it.

Not a bad way for the farm to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.


I mentioned BeezleBub's Jeep needed to be towed home Friday after school. It looks like he can no longer put off rebuilding its carburetor, so I've picked up the rebuild kit and we'll take the time Monday to fix the darned thing once and for all (I hope).


I see the trend started by SouthWest Airlines has caught on overseas.

Apparently Kulula Airlines of South Africa has borrowed a number of pages from SWA's book, making them a much friendlier airline than many of the others in the area they serve. Even their planes paint jobs show they have a sense of humor.


In regards to the Ground Zero Mosque, Melissa Clouthier asks “Many things are legal, but are they right?”

It is perfectly legal for New York Muslims to build their mosque, the so-called Cordoba House, within sight of Ground Zero. But the question that hasn't been answered is whether it's the right thing to do.

In my opinion, it is not.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

And then there's this at Wizbang, which puts it all into perspective.


Art Woolf tells us how the Vermont Public Assistance Institute has been building a 'straw politician' in an effort to head off attempts by campaigning politicians to roll back funding for public schools because “education is a luxury we can no longer afford.” There's only one problem: No one has said any such thing. It doesn't help that they're also twisting words to make them fit their narrative.

I hope that the next PAI post will identify some of these campaigning politicians. Even one would do. No one that I've heard speak has ever said anything remotely like "education is a luxury we can no longer afford." Several campaigning politicians (and some non-campaigning non-politicians, including me) have been saying that being one of the highest per pupil spending states in the nation is a luxury that Vermont can't afford, but that's very different than the PAI statement.

Frankly, that makes a lot more sense. If the Vermont taxpayers aren't getting the most bang for their buck in regards to education, then spending even more money won't solve the problem. It isn't that the schools are underfunded, it's that they aren't spending the money wisely or effectively. And if they are incapable of doing so then perhaps the answer is to force them into it by cutting back the amount of public funds they're presently receiving. Endlessly pouring even more money down a bottomless hole isn't the answer when the schools are giving a poor return for the money already being spent.

We've seen the same effect here in New Hampshire, where a number of school districts sued the state, saying they weren't being adequately funded and that student performance and grades were suffering because of it. They won the suit and the state money started pouring in. The only problem: the schools did not increase the performance of their students to any appreciable amount, but they spent a lot more money doing it.


And you shall know them by the company they keep.


Is America Islamophobic? To hear the Left tell it, it is. But if you ask a lot of American Muslims, you'd get an entirely different answer.

And if you had to look at America's history in regards to Islam, it has a far better record of coming to the aid of Islamic nations and its citizens during disasters, natural or man-made, than any Muslim nation. But that must be because we are Islamophobic, right?


I spoke with friends down on Martha's Vineyard today, asking how they made out with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Earl. As they said, “It was much ado about nothing.” After the build up over a few days, a lot of folks planning a last summer weekend on the island canceled their reservations. But Saturday and today had beautiful weather and large crowds still made it out to the island.

While they weren't as busy this weekend as we've been here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, they were busy enough to have a good finish to their summer tourist season. Things will quiet down a little bit there and get really quiet just after Columbus Day weekend as the last of the tourist trade ends.

Deb and I are hoping to visit our friends down there after that when it's easier (and cheaper) to get out to the island.


Instapundit points us to the latest Carnival of Nuclear Power.

There's plenty of interesting stuff there you may have never known about nuclear power...at least if you left it up to the MSM to provide you with information.


As if we needed any more proof that the Chrysler dealership closures had nothing to do with economics or saving Chrysler and everything to do with politics. Dealerships owned by Democrat supporters were spared while those owned by Republican supporters were told they had to close.

It is also my understanding the same pattern was true of the many GM dealership closures.

I haven't quite understood how it is closing successful money-making dealerships is somehow supposed to boost auto and truck sales. No one has been able to explain that to me. All that does is make it more difficult for buyers because now they have to travel a lot farther to buy a vehicle they want. Could that be but one more reason Ford saw sales increase while Chrysler and GM saw their sales fall?

Could be.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summerfolk are getting their last taste of summer, cash registers are filling with cash, and where we now have to start getting ready for leaf peeper season.