Thoughts On A Sunday

It was firewood stacking time at The Manse yesterday.

Deb and I moved a pile of of our first cord of seasoned fire wood from next to the garage, stacking it inside the garage and out of the weather. We have three more cords to be delivered and then stacked before winter finally closes in.

There is one change I made inside the garage in order to make for a more orderly stack of cords wood. Rather than ending the stack with what is called a 'cobb house' (wood stacked crosswise in a 'tower' to act as a support at the end of a stack). This year I put together three floor-to-roof 2X6's crossbraced with a few 2X4's to act as a support for the end of the wood stack. This made it easier to stack the fire wood and allowed us to stack it higher than we otherwise would be able to using a cobb house. With this new end brace we can to stack two rows of fire wood up to the roof joists, allowing us to put almost all 4 cords of wood inside. That means we won't have to go outside to get wood for the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove during the heating season.


More and more it seems there's less and less to the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations. This is particularly so if one takes a close look at the accusers and their mentor, David Axelrod. Another suspicious thing – all of the accusers are from Chicago.

This looks to be just another chapter from the Axelrod Book of Dirty Tricks – The Chicago Edition.

Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.

So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.

Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O'Grady, who is close with Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Cain's personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).


And now, after a week of conservative eye-rolling over unspecified, anonymous accusations against Cain, we've suddenly got very specific sexual assault allegations from an all-new accuser out of ... Chicago.

Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod's very building? Right again: Cain's latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

Curiouser and curiouser...


It appears the Atomic Nerds blog has been hacked. I wasn't able to reach it yesterday and it wasn't until I visited Scary Yankee Chick that I found out why.


The more I read this guy's blog, the more I like him. Stop by and say hello to Wirecutter at the Knuckledraggin' blog. He's going directly to both New Finds and Regular Reads.


I took a tumble this morning stepping out of the shower, spraining my wrist when I landed.

The cause of this mishap?

A poorly designed bathroom mat.

Generally a mat with non-skid properties has a textured rubber-like backing to prevent the mat from slipping even if there is water on the floor. But this one has a flat untextured backing. If/when water gets underneath it it acts like a lubricant, making the mat act more like a stereotypical banana peel in cartoon. It was this mat that dumped me on my butt when I stepped out of the shower.


Have you ever wondered why McDonald's McRib sandwich appears and disappears at random intervals? Well wonder no more as Willy Staley has the answer: arbitrage.

Looking further back into pork price history, we can see some interesting trends that corroborate with some McRib history. When McDonald’s first introduced the product, they kept it nationwide until 1985, citing poor sales numbers as the reason for removing it from the menu. Between 1982 and 1985 pork prices were significantly lower than prices in 1981 and 1986, when pork would reach highs of $17 per pound; during the product’s first run, pork prices were fluctuating between roughly $9 and $13 per pound—until they spiked around when McDonald’s got rid of it. Take a look at 30 years of pork prices here and see for yourself. Also note that sharp dip in 1994—McDonald’s reintroduced the sandwich that year, too. Though notably, they didn’t do so in 1998.

So when pork prices fall by a certain percentage, McDonalds brings back the McRib.

Makes sense to me.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


Also by way of Maggie's Farm comes this post by Martin Luther King's niece, decrying the Left's smear campaign against Herman Cain. As she writes:

There are two reasons the liberal media can’t get enough of the Herman Cain smear campaign:

-They would rather report unsubstantiated allegations and gossip than report the real issues, because talking about the real issues would not be in the best interest of the president.

-The establishment is threatened by a strong conservative with such a large platform.

For many years, the Democrats have had a 90% stranglehold on the black vote. This is because many blacks feel that Republicans are racist and only care about the rich, while Democrats love them, give Blacks welfare, etc. When a strong, charismatic, BLACK conservative goes head to head with Obama, many blacks who have not yet done so will actually listen to both sides of the political argument.

Indeed. And that scares the bejeezus out of the Democrats and the White House.


Will online public/private schools be the answer to the ever decreasing quality and increasing expense seen in public brick-and-mortar schools?

Like any educational institution, it depends upon those running it and the support given by parents. I can certainly see such online schools supporting the efforts of parents home-schooling their children.


Glenn Reynolds and a number of others don't like the idea of regionalized federal income tax rates, primarily because it ends up subsidizing states with high cost of living to the detriment of low cost of living states. It might be germane that many of the high cost of living states are blue states and low cost of living states are red states.

Could it be envy, the mainstay of leftist ideology? After all, the blue states are running out of other people's money to finance their socialist agenda and now want to take money away from those living in states that have kept their fiscal houses in order.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we're in that in-between period where there are no tourists, political campaigns are heating up, and where Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away.