Thoughts On A Sunday

Here it is, almost at the halfway point in the year, and time seems to be flying by. It seems like it was only a few weeks ago we were still hip deep in snow, waiting for spring to come.

I have no idea where the time goes.


The rains arrived last night, at times heavy with driving wind. That means we will have no real outdoor activities today other than maybe a trip to the local farm stand for some fresh baked goods. (Quality control, don't you see...)


You know Title IX has become a hydra-headed monster when references to it are included in every college class syllabus.

This crap is getting ridiculous.

Title IX original intent was to deal with discrimination in colleges based upon gender. It has morphed into an all consuming nightmare that has had a chilling effect on all aspects of campus life and has been trying to institutionalize gender bias against men, tacitly painting all male college students as rapists.

I have a feeling the only way this is going to end is if some court case ends up in federal court, with Title IX being struck down as unconstitutional. If nothing else the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education should be abolished and its employees indicted for civil rights violations and abuse of office.

Title IX has had a number of unintended consequences that are only getting worse:

Title IX has created a chilling effect at UD [University of Delaware] as students no longer feel that they can be open in discussions with their class and their professors. Every student has different experiences that allow them to add to class discussions in constructive ways. These candid discussions about sexual assault on campus can create an open, supportive environment where victims can speak about their experiences. However, by forcing professors to report sexual misconduct, Title IX is interfering with the choice a victim has as to whether he or she wants to report the incident or not.

Yeah, that's really helping...absolutely no one.


In regards to the above, are we seeing the death throes of our Republic? Rand Simberg seems to think so.

When we ignore and sidestep the Constitutional and legal process to achieve a desired end, the bedrock starts to turn to sand.

We have a president who seems to think that our laws and Constitution don't apply to him, rogue government agencies that ignore the law and court orders and go far outside their charters, and a Supreme Court that makes up constitutional rights out of thin air in direct contradiction to the Constitution and legal precedent.


You know it's gone right past ridiculous and fully into ludicrous when the term “trigger warnings” is in and of itself now a trigger that will cause many of the special Fragile Snowflakes to get a case of the “vapours” and require the presence of a fainting couch. Writes Skip:

Serious, the issuance of “trigger warning” is now a trigger?  These females should not be allowed out in public, they are so weak-kneed...

This is just plain absurd...

Here, I disagree with Skip. It's outright insane.


Here's one unintended consequence of the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage – it mandates nationwide concealed carry reciprocity.

I doubt any of the gun-grabbers have glommed on to that little side effect of the Court's ruling.

Read The Whole Thing.


Color me shocked!

It seems an overwhelming majority of Americans (about 83%) are not in favor of Big Government enforced neighborhood diversity. The Rasmussen poll cut across all lines, showing that it isn't “just white folks” being against it.

The poll questioned 1,000 people who are likely to vote and determined that 83 percent of respondents say it is not the government’s job to diversify neighborhoods in America so that people of different income levels live together, but 8 percent say that it is a role for the government and 9 percent are not sure. An additional 86 percent say that government should not play a role in deciding where people can live, while a small 8 percent says that the government should.

How much do you want to bet that those who believe government should be involved are guilt-ridden white liberals?


David Starr takes note that a rising number of visitors to his blog are using Linux rather than Windows.

I've seen the same thing in my stats, too, though not to the level David has. But I have to wonder whether it's because more people are using Linux or because more Linux users prefer our blogs than Windows users.


This is the only mention I'm going to make about CNN's idiocy in believing an ISIS flag was present at a London Gay Pride parade. As more than one commenter pointed out to CNN, “Take a closer look at that 'ISIS' flag.”


First, the government wants to enforce neighborhood 'diversity'. Now it wants to force your doctor to warn you about climate change.

Just when I thought they couldn't get any stupider....


I think this explains a lot of the past six-plus years:

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a down right moron. – H.L. Mencken –



This is something we all must remember, but more so the Progressives amongst us:

Jesus never called anyone out for racism or our other popular sins. He did call people out for self-righteousness.

But since the quote above it mentions Christ I expect it to be devoutly ignored by the Left, some of which are the most self-righteous, close-minded and judgmental people I've ever come across.


As a follow up to the above, AVI has another observation that matches with my own well earned prejudices.

But when I encounter people who have some education and status, who have some idea how systems work, how power is distributed, and have the verbal cleverness to put their opponents down and put in a good word for their friends, I consider them very dangerous, possibly evil, and self-righteous enough that they cannot be reasoned with, and must be simply opposed.

'Nuff said.


I agree wholeheartedly with this: The GOP debates should include all candidates.

While it may not be easy to do, it's something the GOP should do if for no other reason than some of the less popular or well known candidates may have ideas the others don't. That's also a reason I have always supported New Hampshire's “First in the Nation” primaries.

Being in the debate allows these less well known (and less well funded) candidates a national forum to speak their piece. That is also true of the New Hampshire primaries because it's all retail politics and money plays a very small role in the success of candidates as compared to primaries in large states which require millions of dollars in ad buys and little time for personal appearances or interaction with the man-on-the-street voters.

If nothing else it will make for interesting television.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rains have come, Fourth of July is rapidly approaching, and where summer is in full swing.