Thoughts On A Sunday

It looks like our respite from hot and humid conditions is just about over up here in New England. The 90ºF+ temps and high humidity return starting tomorrow (not that today is going to be all that comfortable). It was nice not having to run the air conditioning 24/7, reducing our power bill and the constant droning noise of the fans and compressors. I have a feeling I'll be turning the A/C on before the day is out today (which I did).


The expected fallout and uproar over the George Zimmerman verdict continues. As a thread on Twitter put it, “So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it's still white men's fault.”

I didn't watch the trial and saw only snippets of the prosecution's case, but what I did see was a trial that probably shouldn't have happened being emotionalized by a prosecutor that really had little evidence to show intent or malice, being egged on by a Department of Justice that did its best to play the race card among local residents at the behest of the White House. If Martin and Zimmerman had both been white or black or hispanic or asian, this trial would not have happened. But because it was a black teen and a mixed race Hispanic it was turned into a race crime.

I can understand some of the black community's outrage at the verdict, but I think they have to look to the 'usual suspects' - meaning race hustlers not unlike Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Jeffrey Holder – and start asking questions about their motives behind stirring this up as a race-based killing. I doubt justice had anything to do with it.


One thing I have to fault the media with on the Zimmerman trial is their deceptive use of both Zimmerman's and Martin's photos. Zimmerman was always shown using a photo that seemed to show him in a most intimidating manner while using a 5-year old photo of Martin when he was 12-years old. They didn't show 17-year old Martin's 'gangsta-look' photos. Neither did the media dig into Martin's past that would have showed he wasn't the innocent everyone tried to portray him as being.

This whole thing was being tried in the media and the media made up its mind a long time ago that Zimmerman was guilty. No facts or evidence need apply.


Stuart Schneiderman exposes the latest cause of French malaise, that being its famous cuisine.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that much of  the delectable French cuisine you find in neighborhood restaurants was not been prepared sur place by a master chef cuisinier. It was thrown together in a large, industrialized suburban kitchen, fast frozen and delivered to the restaurant where the chef cuisinier shouldered the inglorious task of heating it up in a microwave.

Qu'elle horreur! How...how....American! But it isn't the sole source of malaise in France. As the saying goes, Read The Whole Thing.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


It's amazing to see how many on the Left who once supported ObamaCare have turned against it now that they see what it really entails. The latest defectors: labor unions.

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,” the letter says.

This is fallout from Nancy Pelosi's “You have to pass it in order to see what's in it” ploy. Now that it has become apparent that ObamaCare's intent was not to provide health care insurance to the ever-present “30 million Americans without health insurance” as those same 30 million will still have no coverage, we know it for what it is – a government takeover of one-sixth of the American economy.

The government will ration health care. They will use the shortage of health care personnel as an excuse to do so. What the government isn't telling you is that it is creating that shortage by making it very unattractive for doctors, nurses, and other professionals to remain in that field or to get into it to begin with. Talk about history repeating itself! (That's what happened in both the UK and Canada when their national health care systems were put into place.)

(H/T Viking Pundit)


Yeah, this ought to help.

It appears the federal government has decided that it's easier to allow states waivers to No Child Left Behind rather than hold them to the standards set by the law. Not that I was ever a supporter of NCLB. But the government, in granting the waivers, has let slip the racism of its decisions by endorsing bigotry within the school systems by assuming black students cannot do as well as white students. In effect the government is holding blacks to a lower standard, something inherently racist because the government believes they aren't capable of being held to the same standards as everyone else.

What a bunch of schmucks.

From the comments comes this observation from Robert Brooks, an famed actor who also happens to be black:

Blacks will not be truly equal until they are allowed to fail.



And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the hot hazy humid weather has returned, too much of the outdoor chores still need to be done, and where the beaches will be packed over the next five days.