Thoughts On A Sunday

It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season here in New Hampshire. All day yesterday I could hear the sound of boat motors from the lake (the bigger go-fast boats, not the runabouts like ours), the sounds of motorcycles along the state roads here in town, and the crush of out-of-state folks making the most of the weekend.

Most of what I did to start off the weekend dealt with work around The Manse. There are still decks to scrape/strip/sand/stain, laundry to wash, lawns to mow, weeds to kill, and blue stone to move. I might even make it down to the town beach before the weekend is out.

And so starts another summer.


Deb also reminded me the tourists are out, particularly the dreaded “summah people”. She told me she darned near got hit head on by one of them coming down a back road when that 'tourist' decided they needed to use the entire road rather than one side like everyone else.

And so it starts.


This is the big difference between Romney and Obama/Biden: Obama and Biden have never worked a day in the private sector. As Romney says, Obama just doesn't understand the basics of capitalism or a free economy.

If they've never had to make a payroll, deal with government regulations, worry about whether customers would pay them on time or wonder whether they would be able to pay creditors on time, then how can they possibly understand what businesses large and small really need?


The aforementioned lack of understanding of the basics of capitalist economics by Obama and Biden might explain why Obama's use of Bain Capital as part of his re-election strategy has backfired. It became evident that Obama and his campaign staff didn't understand that venture capital firms like Bain deal with failing companies, trying to turn them around and make them successful again. They also fail to understand that it doesn't always work and then firms like Bain will sell off the assets in order to reduce or recoup their losses. An 80% success rate for Bain isn't bad. It's not perfect, but it isn't bad by any means.


You know things are getting bad when parents can be arrested for letting their kids walk or ride their bikes to school.

Yet another example of the nanny state stepping it where it isn't wanted...or needed.

These people need to get an effin' clue.

(H/T Instapundit)


As if we need yet another example of the nanny state effing things up, there's this little gem:

School Nurse Refuses To Give Student Inhaler During Asthma Attack.

What's worse is that when it became apparent the student was losing consciousness due to the asthma attack, the nurse closed and locked the door to her office rather than calling 911.

The school administration officials defend the nurse's actions because “it's school policy”. The ever meaningless “it's policy” gambit is used by administrators who are too stupid or lazy to actually make a decision.

That's one school system that needs to be sued, big time.


Bogie reports on her Wonderful Spouse's trip to Washington, DC to participate in the Rolling Thunder tribute to our veterans and our honored dead.


Oh, great! Patient Zero of the coming Zombie Apocalypse has appeared in Miami.

Not a great way to start the Memorial Day weekend.


Also by way of Instapundit comes this story about yet another federal agency run amok, in this case the EEOC targeting a coffee shop chain in the South Shore area south of Boston.

What is the coffee chain's offense, at least in the eyes of the EEOC? Hiring pretty coeds to run the stores. Call it a coffee shop version of Hooters. And like Hooters, many seem to think the EEOC will drop their inquiry for the same reason – embarrassment.


Memorial Day is tomorrow.

I can't adequately describe this, but I have to agree with the author that this single image and the story that goes with it haunts me.

(H/T Viking Pundit)


Tom Bowler gets into the distinction between justice and social justice. They aren't the same thing.

Writes Tom:

Social Justice has nothing to do with justice in any sense of what is right or fair.  It's a political concept, contrived for the convenience of a political class who make a princely living by extorting money from anybody who has it and promising it to anybody who can be persuaded that they're entitled to it.  Funny how so much of it rubs off along the way.  Funny how slow some people are so slow to realize what's going on.


It's as if some people have to be hit over the head before they get it.  Liberal politicians, or progressives as they now like to be called, talk the talk about freedom, by which they mostly mean license or entitlement, but it's all about getting and holding onto power.

It's about power, not about what is right or fair.

Yup, I'd say that sums it up pretty well.


Kathleen Parker covers Cory Booker's being taken out behind the woodshed for speaking the truth.

But the most telling part of her op-ed piece is in the comments. More than one commenter demanded that Romney release his tax returns for the years he headed Bain Capital. For those making those demands, I have to ask them this: How long do they keep copies of their tax returns?

I don't know about you, but we keep ours for three years. Some people keep theirs for up to seven years. What makes you think Romney keeps his for any longer than that? He started at Bain in 1977, created Bain Capital in 1984, and left in 1998. I don't know about you but why would anyone keep their tax returns from 14 years ago, let alone 28 years ago?

I'd be far more interested in Obama's college transcripts, the ones that supposedly show him to be so darned intelligent.


Steve MacDonald points out the beverage known as a milk shake in the rest of the US is called a frappe in much of New England. (I believe it's called a 'cabinet' in Rhode Island.) And it's pronounced 'frapp' not 'fraa-paayy'.

Just so you know in case you have occasion to visit New England.


You might be a Liberal if...

(H/T Granite Grok)


A group of 49 former NASA astronauts, scientists, engineers, and others have asked NASA to “halt what they consider its unscientific advocacy of climate alarmism.”

In a letter to NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr., these rocket scientists, space explorers, and other men and women of reason requested that “NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites.” They added: “We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.”

“The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements,” the March 28 letter continued.

Of course the push back from the Warmists will follow the usual line: “But these people aren't climate scientists! What do they know?”

That's true, they aren't climate scientists, but many of them are scientists in related fields and they have a thorough understanding of scientific method, something far too many of the climate scientists seem to have forgotten (or chosen to ignore).


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summer tourist season has begun, the “summah people' are evident, and where there's still plenty of work to do around our homes.