Thoughts On A Sunday

Another weekend almost gone and still we don't have our boat in the water. I have to admit to frustration borne of the inability to find some of the simplest information I need in order to put things to rights. The most vexing? The initial setting for the idle mixture screw. It needs to be adjusted because The Boat's idle is rough, telling me the mixture is most likely too rich.

Sounds simple, right? No way. I can find the information for every carburetor/engine combination both prior to and after that of my 1993 powertrain. But not for 1993!!

Now I'm working my way through the boating forums, hoping to find someone who can tell me what the initial setting is for the mixture screw.


I saw this over at Scary Yankee Chick.

I'm sure all eight feline members of our family here at The Manse will love the Kitty Holster.

I have to admit that before I headed over to the Kitty Holster website I had visions of something that would allow our cats to carry their own firearms, though probably nothing bigger than a .22 or .25, and even then something semi-automatic because a revolver would be too lumpy.


If you need more evidence that Obama's economic 'recovery' plans are having just the opposite effect, all one need do is look for the reasons why companies here in the US aren't hiring, relocating manufacturing to other states, or worse, to other countries.


It looks like Texas is leading the way again, making sure that home bakers and small farm operations (i.e. family farms) are allowed to make and sell their own baked goods without the need to make them in a certified commercial kitchen.

As Kathleen comments, “The [Texas Cottage Food] bill passed both houses in a bi-partisan way, because Texas Democrats understand the ever growing menace of government.” (emphasis added)

That certainly makes them far less statist than Democrats in other states.


Bogie has become a victim (again) of a thief. As she relates it, things have gone missing with no rhyme or reason over the past few years, from a pair of emerald earrings to one of her bathmats.

Either it's a kleptomaniac ghost or a human thief with really bad decision making skills. After all, who steals a bathmat?


BeezleBub was off to the WP In-Laws to pick up a boat.

His grandfather has a small aluminum fishing boat (about 12 feet long) that he hasn't used in years and BeezleBub inquired about it the other day. (It might have had something to do with his getting his New Hampshire Boating Certificate this past Thursday.)

He took one of his girl friends from school along with him for the ride. (Let's call her BK, short for Beautiful Klutz, for she is both. Oh, and if you're wondering about Twirl Girl, she and BeezleBub have gone their separate ways as she's off to college in August.)

With he being off with BK for most of the day, that left all of the yard work to yours truly. At least I managed to mow the lawn (what we have of one) and weed around the front of The Manse.


Talk about chipping away at personal freedoms and subverting the Fair Use provisions of copyright laws!

If Senate Bill 978 becomes law, anyone embedding a copyrighted YouTube video on their website will be charged with a felony.

The reach of this law is so broad that even if you embed a video with the creator's permission, you could still be charged with a felony. And as this is just the first step, I have no doubt that even linking to the video or other copyrighted material will become a crime.

If enacted, this law will go one step further and turn people who embed a copyrighted video into criminals. It will also set the stage to criminalize linking to copyrighted information — like corporate media news sources — and shut down the alternative media.


So-called “secondary copyright liability” will be used to criminalize what is now routine behavior on the internet. It will also be used by the political establishment to eliminate the internet activity – primarily in the form of alternative media – of those who oppose what is shaping up to be a totalitarian state.

You know the old media must be getting desperate if they need to rent-seek to protect what they see as their sole domain. Of course it also gives the government extraordinary control over the Internet, something every totalitarian government seeks to do. We already know from both his words and actions that Obama is trying his hardest to control every aspect of our lives. If that doesn't describe a nascent totalitarian, I don't know what does.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


I've written before about how Gurkha's are probably the toughest soldiers on the face of the planet. If we need any more proof of that, then here's the story of another Gurkha who singlehandedly fought off a Taliban attack and killed 30 of them. The only reason he didn't kill more? He was out of ammo and didn't have his kukri knife with him.

In total he fired off 250 general purpose machine gun rounds, 180 SA80 rounds, six phosphorus grenades, six normal grenades, five underslung grenade launcher rounds and one claymore mine.

All of that, 30 enemy killed, and he had not a scratch on him.

Gurkha's rule!

(H/T Pirate's Cove)


At first I had a hard time believing it, but it turns out it's true.

After Bank of America tried to foreclose on a home for which the owners owed no money (they had paid cash), the homeowners took them to court and won. The judge awarded the homeowners $2534 in legal fees. Bank of America didn't pay up, so the homeowners had their attorney foreclose on the Bank of America. The Sheriff served the bank with foreclosure papers and all the bank branch's assets were seized, including the cash in the tellers' drawers, furniture, computers, and filing cabinets.

You've gotta love it when the little guy sticks it to the incompetent (or criminally negligent) big guy.

This sounds like yet another episode of robo-signing gone wrong.


You know the job recovery in this recession is in trouble when almost half of the jobs created last month came from one company: McDonald's.

I'm not sure, but is this the “Hope” or the “Change” Obama promised?


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the lake has been quiet, the summerfolk have not, and where I hope we can finally get our boat into the water.