Thoughts On A Sunday

Very little got done around The Manse this weekend as yet again the weather has not been cooperative. The lawn did not get mowed, the main deck has not been stained nor have the smaller decks been fully stripped of their old stain. Only one load of laundry was washed and hung to dry (and even then it had to be finished off in the rather balky clothes drier).

All in all, most of the activities have been in The Manse rather that around it.


Now that the initial hub-bub over Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has died down, it appears the MSM is already returning to form, with much of it criticizing his choice because Ryan isn't black, Asian, female, or other supposedly underrepresented or 'oppressed' minority.

I seem to recall the last GOP running mate was excoriated (and still is) for being female and an unapologetic successful businesswoman and governor.

Nothing new to see here folks. Move along....


And then there's this from Ryan, going after President Obama's campaign:

“Obama has gone from 'Hope and Change' to 'Attack and Blame.'”

Yup, I'd say that about sums it up.


I also find it interesting that the Dems have rolled out the “Romney and Ryan are going to cut taxes for the rich!” gambit.

My response to that: “Well, DUH! That makes sense considering they're paying most of the taxes as it is!”

Cutting taxes for people that already pay no income taxes makes no sense and doesn't help the economy in any way.

Another reminder for the Obama team about how things really work: “I've never been hired by a poor person.”

It's the class warfare, divide and conquer tactics that have been part and parcel of the Obama administration from Day One. They want to continue pushing economic policies that have been proven not to work time and time again throughout our history. As much as the Obama administration claims Romney-Ryan want to “roll us back to the bad old days”, it is this President that has taken us back to the bad old days of the economic malaise of the 1970's, using the same old disproven policies, punative regulations, and confiscatory taxation that crippled the US economy back then.


Assistant Village Idiot gives us a twofer today.

First, he delves into the “lie” he told when he said “I care only about the theological connection when people reflexively prefer the natural to the artificial. I also care about the poor logic that boils down to "Well it only stands to reason that...”

Odd that [liberals] should prefer lots and lots of human intervention and control by large, distant entities when it comes to an economy, but not when it's food or medicine. I imagine that's related to their dislike and distrust of corporations (because they don't understand how they work) contrasted to their trust and confidence in nonprofits and ahem, Public Servants.

And then there's AVI's confession that he used to be a pacifist until he read C.S. Lewis's “Why I Am Not A Pacifist.” As he writes, it “was one of the most powerful single reading experiences I have ever had.”


Though this dates back to March of this year, I have to say I have used this guide about “How To Have A Rational Discussion” on more than one occasion since then. It has saved me from wasting precious minutes and hours better used for other purposes. I saved and printed out the flowchart just to make it easier to remember, hanging copies here in my office at The Manse and at work near my desk and in our engineering lab.

If more of my liberal friends and acquaintances adhered to this guide I dare say many of our more political, ideological, and 'science' discussions would have been more enjoyable, assuming we had any 'discussions' at all.


Oh, here's a great idea!

Take the Malthusian population trap theory, add a few modern touches, and what do we end up with?

An eco-blogger who believes our 'problem' with over-population can be solved by denying medical care to everyone over 50. As one commenter wrote, “Done! It's called "Obamacare".”

Of course over-population isn't much of an issue in developed countries as population growth tends to self-correct and levels off towards zero. It's in poor undeveloped/underdeveloped nations run by despots and dictators where over-population is an issue.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


Apparently woman-hating feminist Erin Gloria Ryan needs therapy. It seems the appearance of sexy female Olympic athletes makes her nauseous.

It must be some kind of psychosis that makes her hate the beauty of her own gender. Maybe she wants all women to start wearing burqahs so neither men or women will have the chance to appreciate the appearance of a pretty woman.

She seriously needs help.


Sarah Palin weighs in on the Romney-Ryan ticket and warns us the media will do all it can to distract us from the really important issues in the upcoming election, the biggest being Obama's failed record and his flawed vision for America.

Obama’s vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather.

Obama’s America is today’s California – complete with $100 billion taxpayer funded bullet trains to nowhere; out of control environmental extremists who have destroyed family farms and left some of the most fertile farm land in America fallow in order to protect a three inch fish; permanent high unemployment; government policies hostile to small business job creators; crippling high taxes; an abysmal real estate market; bloated government that wastes taxpayer money; endless budget shortfalls due to massive unfunded liabilities; city after city declaring bankruptcy; and a state government run by, in the words of one Wall Street Journal writer, “a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums.”

I'd say that pretty well describes it.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summerfolk are staying busy, the retailers and hospitality folks are liking it, and where once again Monday is returning all too soon.