A lot of the summerfolk are jamming in as much 'summer' as they can over this weekend, with the heavy traffic being a big indicator that folks are trying to close out summer in a big way.
What's ironic is that we'll be having mid-summer weather for the next week or so, with temps in the upper 80's and lower 90's. The lake water temperature is 78ºF, meaning it's quite comfortable and will be for some time.
Where did the summer go?
***************Despite what are considered social norms, sometimes necessity pushes those norms aside. In this case a paucity of men in the city of Dongguan in southern China has generated many instances of polyamory, with some men having multiple girlfriends and in some cases becoming 'kept' men, supported by their girlfriends.
Considering a majority of factory workers in the city are women, the shortage of available men has driven many women to hire boyfriends even is they have to share them with other women.
***************Cap'n Teach delves into the question of “Why is Science So Darned Straight?”
The Cap'n posits the following:
Hmm, it kinda sounds like people want to focus on work, and do not really care what one’s sexual orientation is.Sounds solid to me.
***************It's amazing what happens when a Beltway insider actually leaves the cocoon of Washington DC, ventures out into flyover country, and meets the people he and so many others dismiss out of hand.
More of those Inside-The-Beltway closed minded types need a reality check by actually going outside the Beltway and meeting the people who pay their salaries.
***************If you want a preview of the outcome of ObamaCare, then one only needs look at what's happening in the UK today.
The Left lambasted and ridiculed Sarah Palin for telling us ObamaCare would by necessity have 'death panels' who would make the decision about when someone would have to die by denying them care. Now the UK is doing just that by telling thousands of cancer patients that they will no longer receive common cancer treatment drugs because the health care system is broke.
This is what happens when government controls the health care system, particularly a system that is unsustainable because, let's face it folks, government is horribly inefficient at doing things it isn't really capable of doing to begin with and shouldn't be running in the first place.
I bet that within the next 5 years ObamaCare will start telling patients with otherwise treatable diseases that they are out of luck because of government cutbacks.
***************One has to ask this question considering what we've been seeing in Hungary and Austria: Why have oil-rich Arab countries abandoned Muslim refugees?
This also begs the following questions as well:
Where is the Arab action to rescue fellow Muslims and Arabs from the claws of ISIS?Perhaps these questions need to be answered before the West goes off half-cocked to try to save the desperate refugees now flooding into Europe. Then and only then should the West get involved.
Where are Arab feminists, especially those who demonstrated against France for banning the hijab?
Where are the mighty Arab armies who waged dozens of wars against Israel? Why aren’t they fighting ISIS and building tent cities in the vast deserts of Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the wealthy Gulf States?
Where are the thousands of Islamic human rights groups operating in the West, the likes of CAIR and ISNA, who are dedicating their energy and millions of dollars to stop discrimination against Muslims and “Islamophobia” in the West?
Where is the wealthy Arab League to coordinate safe cities on Arab land that extends from Morocco to Iraq and from Northern Syria to Sudan?
***************David Starr offers his 2¢ worth on the EU refugee crisis. A usual, he gets right to the heart of the matter.
***************Obama appears to be so desperate to jam economy-killing climate change legislation down our throats that he's willing to cherry pick a glacier to 'prove' global warming. In this case he visited the Exit Glacier in Alaska, one that has been retreating for decades, while ignoring many of the other Alaskan glaciers that have been growing. After all, it doesn't fit the narrative.
Then again, if the Exit Glacier didn't exist he'd have to invent it as justification for his heavy handed and ideologically ignorant edicts that continue to weaken the America he hates.
***************It's bad enough California's legislature has already done considerable damage to the state's economy. Now they want to make it even worse by giving power to the California Air Resources Board to ration gasoline and diesel fuel as a means of reducing air pollution.
To quote Squidward, “Just when I thought they couldn't get any stupider...”
To meet the mandate, the state air resources board will be able to ration gas, place mobility restrictions on state residents, place surcharges on family mini-vans, trucks and SUVs, and even monitor individuals’ fuel consumption records.“Place mobility restrictions on state residents” means “We can tell you that you can't leave town, can't get on that train/plane/bus, and have to stay home 'for your own good'.” That sounds just like the old Soviet Union which greatly restricted citizens' rights to travel. Let's face it, if this incredibly stupid legislation makes it out of the California Assembly and is signed by Governor Brown, California is doomed. If they think the exodus from the once prosperous Republic of California was bad before, it will become an absolute torrent and the state will collapse. If nothing else it will be a big incentive for residents to call for breaking up the state into smaller states that will not be run by the effin' looney tunes along the coast, one I doubt Congress will oppose.