Thoughts On A Sunday

The hot and humid weather that graced us with its presence made its exit over the weekend, just in time for me to do the yard work and allowing me to do more work on the three decks here at The Manse.

There's still plenty of prep work to do before staining, in this case sanding the main deck to smooth out the rough surface. While the other decks won't require quite such drastic work, the main deck takes the brunt of the sun and temperature extremes, meaning the decking gets pretty beat up.

I'm hoping to have it completed before the Fourth if July.


I found this surprising because it doesn't fit the usual narrative from the Left.

From the Talk Left online magazine comes this piece that comes right out and makes this totally unexpected statement:

My opinion: This is self-defense. Zimmerman was not the aggressor, he did nothing to provoke Trayvon Martin’s beating him, breaking his nose and slamming his head into concrete. He had every right to respond with deadly force to stop Trayvon’s physical attack on him and to prevent Trayvon from getting control of his weapon.

So different from what we'd expect from media outlets like MSNBC, the New York Times, and a host of other MSM and online media outlets.

(H/T Instapundit)


It makes me wonder what folks are thinking when they decide to shut down Super Max prisons. It certainly isn't for a dearth of dangerous criminals to occupy them.

In almost all cases the inmates sent to such prisons are so dangerous the only way to keep them from killing other inmates and prison personnel is to put them in Super Max. Returning them to 'regular' maximum security prisons merely gives them a target rich environment. Some of the bleeding hearts say it's cruel and unusual punishment, leading to psychological problems. But those sent to such prisons already have such problems, otherwise they wouldn't be such violent inmates that it gets them sent there in the first place. They aren't sent to Super Max because they're misunderstood. They're sent there because they've maimed and killed other inmates and prison personnel on a regular basis.

You don't solve the problems of such criminals by allowing them to continue to prey on others within the prison system.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


Some of the more radical environmental activists don't let such mundane things like lengthy studies and medical research get in their way when they want to ban something they wholeheartedly believe is Really Really Really Bad For Children And Other Living Things. And so it is with BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical used to harden plastics.

Never mind that lengthy studies, decades long, have shown absolutely no connection between BPA and any negative health effects. None. Yet they still want the FDA to ban its use in plastics used to make drink and food containers. After all, why should they let the facts sway their beliefs.


It seems Nancy Pelosi has the GOP all figured out: Republicans are going after AG Eric Holder as a distraction so the states can purge their voting rolls of non-eligible voters, particularly the non-citizens and the dead, most of whom always seem to vote for Democrats.

Uh-oh, busted.....NOT.


Gee, my home state of New Hampshire is considered the third Most Peaceful State in the US, at least according to 24/7 Wall Street.


Cap'n Teach lets us know the reason Democrats in Congress thought ObamaCare was constitutional was because they said it was and because they passed the bill. As if that's all that's required.

But they conveniently forgot a few things, like the actual Constitution and a few other odds and ends.

The Dems simply said “it’s Constitutional since we say it is, and because we passed it.” Let’s not forget that the vote in the House was 219-212, with 34 Democrats voting against, and that the Democrats had to offer serious bribes for Representatives and Senators to get to the numbers needed to pass this monstrosity, as well as legislative chicanery such as using the reconciliation process. And still passed it despite the massive opposition and outcry from the American People during the 10 months the Democrats were pushing it (while ignoring the economy).

Just how shocked will they be, particularly Nancy Pelosi, if/when the Supreme Court renders their decision about ObamaCare, declaring it unconstitutional? Remember Nancy's reply when asked if the bill was constitutional way back when? I expect her head to explode when the Supremes strike it down.


One thing I have to say about my home state is that it “don't take crap” from other states. A case in point, the passage and signing of HB 1701 which prohibits the state of New Hampshire from enforcing tax payments owed by New Hampshire residents to other states.

For instance, drivers licenses cannot be suspended in New Hampshire if driving privileges have been suspended in another state due solely to a tax delinquency in that state.

New Hampshire has a long history of telling other states to “piss off” when it comes to taxes. One of the more recent cases involved the Massachusetts Department of Revenue trying to force New Hampshire retailers to collect Massachusetts sales tax from Massachusetts residents buying items in New Hampshire. New Hampshire responded by passing legislation making it illegal for New Hampshire businesses to 'enforce' sales tax laws of other states.


Assistant Village Idiot voices his disdain for those who murder the King's English, specifically the word mischievous. He cringes every time he hears it pronounced “mis-cheevee-uss” as there's no “i” in the second syllable. Folks pronounce it as if there are four syllables in the word when there are only three.

One of my pet peeves is frustrated or frustration, both pronounced as if the first “r” isn't there, i.e. “fuss-tray-ted” or “fuss-tray-shun”. Yet another word that drives me up the wall is irregardless. There us no such word. One can hold someone in irregard or do something regardless of the risk, but irregardless is a meaningless word.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer is in full swing, the yard work is never done, and yet again Monday has returned all too soon.