Thoughts On A Sunday

Spring temps have arrived with a vengeance, with daytime highs in the 60's over the weekend and forecasts saying it could reach the 70's during the week. Considering just a couple of weeks ago we still had below normal temps, I'm not complaining. The warmer weather has certainly done a number on the snow cover around here, with areas that receive little direct sunlight during the day and the snow banks being the only snow still visible around here.

This has prompted me to break out the Official Weekend Pundit Clothes Line yesterday and to make use of it for a few items not requiring rapid drying by way of a clothes drier. This isn't the earliest I've hung the clothes out to dry, nor is it the latest. On the whole I'd say it's right about average.

With the warmer temps has come the start of Spring Cleaning. While the ground outside is still too waterlogged to allow yard work, there's plenty inside The Manse that needs squaring away. One of the biggest cleanups will be the mud room, the one place that gathers all of the mud and dirt from outside. It's also difficult to adequately clean during the winter, between the low temperatures usually seen in there as well as a lack of room to move the various items that will allow a good cleaning.

You know it's Spring when the mud room is being mucked out!


The farm stand for the farm where BeezleBub works opens its doors in two weeks, yet another sign that Spring has arrived. At the moment he's only putting in hours on Fridays and Saturdays as he's still taking his college courses. But once he finishes the semester in May he'll be back working at the farm 6 days a week.


Maybe this helps explains how Harry Reid has managed to amass a fortune while serving in the US Senate.

It all comes down to nepotism and his “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality.

Reid has got to be one of the least ethical members of the Senate I can think of, between his behind the scenes deals, his use of his position to commit character assassination on the floor of the Senate without fear of repercussions, and his heavy handed rule in the Senate to block any legislation he doesn't like regardless of the wishes of the other 99 members of that chamber of Congress.

What a hypocrite.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


Some people have no problems showing the depths of their depravity in public, particularly the CAGW “true believers”. One such has stated publicly that he has no problems if “thousands of middle-class white people died in an extreme weather event.”

Stated like a true watermelon environmentalist/totalitarian a**wipe.

My reply: “You first.”

(H/T Instapundit)


“Isn't this holding children responsible for their parents’ retirement debts the governing model of the Democratic Party?”

Yes. Yes it is.

As Glenn Reynolds comments, “If the government isn’t bound by the law, why should the rest of us be?”

Next question?


Cap'n Teach delves into President Obama's belief that voter fraud is “the people passing laws that require people to verify who they are in order to vote.”

Never mind the 36,000 cases of potential voter fraud during the 2012 election in just one state, North Carolina. How bad is it then in some of the Democrat strongholds where the dead vote on a regular basis?


As a follow-on to Cap'n Teach's treatise comes this from J. Christian Adams about the “tragic phenomenon [that] has affected President Obama since he became President,” that being the more radical his audience, the more outrageous his lies. In this case it relates to Obama's voter fraud and claiming it's “bogus” and the outright lie he told about the number of DOJ cases dealing with voter rights.


Unless you've been in hiding, you know that Microsoft support of Windows XP ended this past week. No more updates. No more patches. No more service packs. Basically, if you're still using XP you're on your own.

Some machines using XP can be upgraded to Windows 7, but I doubt enough of them have the hardware necessary to allow it to run efficiently. Buying a new machine is an option, but if you decide to do so seriously consider spending a little extra money to have Windows 7 installed in place of Windows 8. (Windows 8 has a number of problems, with the biggest one being its awful user interface which was designed more to be used with tablets or computers with touch screens and not 'regular' desktops or laptops. If you're used to XP the chances are high you'll hate Windows 8.)

There is another alternative to trying to get your old machine to run Windows 7 or buying a new machine. If you use your computer for e-mail, web surfing, and for running general office programs and not much else, consider installing Linux on your computer.

The nice thing about Linux is that you can install it and keep Windows XP on your machine using what is called Dual Boot. (This assumes you have enough disk space left on your hard drive or are willing to spend less than $100 for an additional hard drive for your computer.) You can also “try it on for size” without installing it by running it from a CD or USB key, giving you an opportunity to use it without the hassle of actually installing.

I have used Linux on a number of machines here at The Manse, primarily installing it on older machines that do not have the horsepower to run the newer versions of Windows but are more than adequate for handling e-mail, the web, and office applications. That I've been able to keep these older machines running and still 'up-to-date' with a modern operating system has saved me (and others) a lot of money. So Linux might be worth looking into for you as well.


I'm sorry, but this is just plain stupid. Call the fellow who lost his job just another victim of #rapeculture propaganda.

The woman who triggered this needs to get a life, and maybe some psychiatric help as well because she's just too damn sensitive about friggin' everything.


This always works out well.

In the past debate between opposing parties on an issue were open to debate, and at times compromise.

But these days rather than being open to debate, the Left tries to control the debate by declaring there is no debate because the matter, whatever it is, is settled and whoever disagrees with them must be silenced. One way of doing that is to turn 'deniers' into pariahs, either through character assassination or intimidation.

This is nothing new for the Left. They've done it before.

The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced.

And sometimes they take it to an extreme, as they have in the past, by imprisoning or executing dissenters. Think it hasn't happened? Then let me remind you of places like the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Kampuchea (Cambodia) under the Khmer Rouge, and the People's Republic of China under Mao. Over 100 million were silenced for the crime of disagreeing with them.

Think it won't happen here? There have already been demands by the more rabid leftists calling for the imprisonment of those who disagree with the religion that is CAGW. That's how it starts.


Considering the social/financial downsides to marrying White City Women having driven down the marriage rate, is it any wonder more WCW's have traded bearing and raising children to having dogs instead?

I could go on about the various reasons they have given for having a dog rather than raising their own kids, but I have a feeling you'd become as bored as I did after reading the first one of two. Better to read the comments to the article as I feel they give a much better perspective on the phenomenon.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we're waiting for the ground to dry out enough to start spring cleanups, the birds and bears have been making regular appearances at the birdfeeders, and where we're keeping an eye on the ice on the big lake.