Thoughts On A Sunday

Like many of the rest of you in the US, we've made the switch back to Standard Time. For the life of me I can't figure out why we even bother making the change any more. Standard Time only lasts a little over 4 months and Daylight Savings Time lasts just under 8, so why bother making the change at all?And since Standard Time isn't really 'standard' anymore, why call it that?

Yet another of the great mysteries of life to ponder.


I think everyone's heard about sore losers, but sore winners? It seems the Democrats have had more than their share of them over the past few years, with the latest being Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA4) who had a rambling, vitriol-filled 'victory' speech. It seems he was angry because had to spend his precious time actually campaigning in order to keep his job. I guess he felt he shouldn't have to because, after all, he's entitled to his Congressional seat.

What a twit!


Talk about sending mixed messages!

“Obama calls for compromise, but won't budge on tax cuts.

It sounds a lot like his version of “bipartisanship” which he defines as “Sit down, shut up, and vote the way I tell you to vote!”

Yeah, that ought to work...

(H/T Instapundit)


David Starr has a few suggestions about what the incoming Congressional Republicans should do once they're in office.

One of my favorites:

Refuse to pass omnibus spending bills. Each executive department (Defense, State, HHS, Energy, and so on) get one, separate, budget bill. If the bill fails to pass, that department can no longer write checks. This way the voters and the newsies have some idea of how much money gets spent on what. An omnibus spending bill for the entire federal government is so damn big that nobody can figure out how much is going where. Break it up into smaller pieces and it becomes manageable. Divide and conquer still works.

That works for me.


Will Connecticut become the next New Jersey? If the election results are any indication the answer is yes.

Solid Democrat majorities in the state legislature and a Democrat governor-elect beholden to the unions does not bode well for Connecticut taxpayers.

This good old independent Yankee state is now entirely in the pocket of the unions - especially the government unions - and the three corrupt urban train wrecks which, instead of being the dynamic centers of job and wealth creation that they once were, have become insatiable sponges for dollars: Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport. Their declines have been dramatic: In the late 1950s, Hartford was voted the most pleasant medium-sized city in America to live in - higher than Boston - and I was told about the lines of limousines parked in downtown Bridgeport.

Replace the three cities named above with Trenton, Newark, and Jersey City and you've got New Jersey. Too bad Connecticut doesn't have also have its own Chris Christie.

The WP Parents left Connecticut for New Hampshire 6 years ago after selling the family beach house when the ever increasing tax burden started eating into their retirement savings at an alarming and unsustainable rate. I have a feeling there are going to be a lot more people (and businesses) fleeing Connecticut for similar reasons, just as happened in New Jersey.

As George Santayana said, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” And so it appears the people of the Nutmeg State have failed to learn the lesson of New Jersey.


It's well past time for me to correct an oversight in my blogroll.

There are two New Hampshire bloggers that are long overdue for adding to the New England Blogger list even though I've been reading and linking to them for quite some time.

Say hello to David Starr of News From The Northwoods and Dan Pierce of Granite Pundit.

It's been a while since I've gone through the entire blogroll to update things so I'll be spending some time over the next week or so doing just that.


Indian Parliamentarians to Obama: “WTF?”

This is in regards to his proven inability to give speeches without a teleprompter. Apparently members of India's Parliament have no problems giving long speeches without the benefit of electronic aids. Even Dubya was able to do so without teleprompter (though he did use them now and then).

(H/T Pirate's Cove)


I watched the New England Patriots play the Cleveland Browns today.

It. Was. Pitiful.

I had to stop watching towards the end of the 3rd quarter otherwise I was likely to throw something at the TV screen in frustration. (I did record the game so I can go back and watch the rest of it after I calm down a bit.)

I don't know who those guys in the Patriots uniforms were, but they sure as heck weren't playing like the Pats. Cleveland ran roughshod over them right from the first play. The Pats defense wasn't working. Neither was their offense. In fact, nothing was working for them. It was like they were just going through the motions.


Cap'n Teach comments upon the latest plea by “globull” warming alarmists to convince Conservatives it's in their best interest to bankrupt the nation in order to save the world.

Yeah. Right.


Maybe it's time to outsource some of the day-to-day government operations to WalMart. After all the guys running WalMart seem to have it all figured out, while the government can't seem to do anything well except spend even more taxpayer dollars while getting less in return for the money spent.

Goodness knows WalMart can't do any worse.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has been a bit schizoid lately, the woodpile has started its inevitable shrinkage, and where yet again Monday is returning all too soon.