Thoughts On A Sunday

We've entered the January thaw, with temps projected to be somewhere in the mid 40's by the middle of the week. That doesn't bode well for the annual Rotary Ice Fishing Derby as the big lake isn't frozen over. Driving past one of the lake overlooks yesterday I could see nothing but open water. While there is ice in some of the coves and smaller bays, the main body of the lake is open water from shore to shore. Unless we get a lengthy bout of sub-zero weather after the thaw, I doubt there will be enough safe ice to allow the derby to take place.

It isn't that there hasn't been temps cold enough to form ice, there have been. I think the problem is the winds that have prevented the ice from forming.


It's time to rein in the EPA which has become a dangerous rogue federal agency that somehow thinks it is above the law. We must disabuse them of that notion.


I'd have to say this pretty much nails the Obama Administration's view on unemployment:

Convincing millions of Americans they don’t want a job or compelling desperate workers to settle for part time work has been the Obama administration’s most effective jobs program.

I'm not sure I would call it a jobs program so much as government dependency program. But then that's exactly what Obama and his socialist minions want because it gives them enormous control over the American people's lives. They can always threaten to withhold government largess if the people don't do what the government wants.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


We've entered the 21st Century here at The Manse with an update to our television.

Deb got me a new LCD HDTV for Christmas (she did a great job of hiding it and keeping it secret) and the guys from one of the two DBS companies just upgraded our receiver so that we can watch HD.

I have to admit that watching football games in HD is awesome!

Thanks, hon!


Anyone who paid attention to the 'Cash For Clunkers' program back in 2009 knew is was a non-starter, economically. While stimulating new vehicle purchases over the short term, over the long run the net sales were no different than if the program had never existed. All it did was shift purchases forward that would have been made in any case while weakening the supply of vehicles for the used market, driving up used car prices. In the end no one really benefited, but it cost the taxpayers plenty.

Now comes news that there was another downside to Cash For Clunkers – it hurt the environment.

According to E Magazine, the “Clunkers” program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The program's first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that's a pretty big mistake.

...automobiles are almost completely recyclable, down to their engine oil and brake fluid. But many of the “Cash for Clunkers” cars were never sent to recycling facilities. The agency reports that the cars’ engines were instead destroyed by federal mandate, in order to prevent dealers from illicitly reselling the vehicles later.

If disposed of properly, almost all of the materials can be recycled. But if shredded then only the metals can be recycled. Everything else goes to a landfill. How does that help the environment?


Obama to Bowles-Simpson: Drop dead.

Yeah, that will work real well. Do just the opposite of what the Obama created commission suggested and expect the results to be anything other than divisive and disastrous.


Talk about the Law of Unintended Consequences coming to bit someone in the ass!

Rick Olson points us in the direction of the Jounal News and its publishing the names and addresses of all the gun owners in two counties in New York.

Now the unintended consequence. Notorious former jewel thief Walter T. Shaw commented that it was the most asinine article he's ever seen.

Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?” The 65-year-old Shaw told Fox News. Side note: “Do criminals fear citizens with Guns? Sounds like Shaw qualifies that as a “yes”.  Shaw continues, ““What they did was insanity.”

If my house was robbed in one of those two counties, I might consider suing the Journal News for making my home a more inviting target by publishing their list. The liabilities could add up to millions.


Scary Yankee Chick got to live out a fantasy that many of us only dream about.

She told he boss to “Go to hell!” In my book that's right up there with “Take this job and shove it!” As she states it “was so worth it...”

She got fired for it. She doesn't care. She's in a position where she really doesn't have to work to make ends meet. But she's going to start looking for a job anyways.

I think all of us have had a job at some point in our lives where it wasn't worth putting up with the bulls**t and we've wanted to tell the boss to piss off. Some us have done so. There is a certain satisfaction seeing the look on their face when we tell them exactly what we think of them.

There is the downside that sometimes such an action can come back to haunt us, but from those I've talked to who have taken the leap, more often than not their new employer is aware of the previous employer's reputation and it hasn't worked against them.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the January thaw is upon us, the ice and packed snow on the driveway is almost gone, and where Monday has yet again reappeared all too soon.