Thoughts On A Sunday

The El Niño-driven warm weather continues here in New England even as we approach Christmas. Again, we aren't complaining as it means the wood piles are shrinking and the fuel gages on oil and propane tanks falling towards 'empty' at a much slower rate. I have another 2 cords of firewood scheduled to be delivered in a little over three weeks and I'm going to have a difficult time finding somewhere to put it all. But better to have that problem rather than worrying whether or not we'll have enough fuel to make it through the winter.

The one thing that will guarantee that we'll have a below normal snowfall this winter is not just El Niño, but the new tires I got for the trusty F150. That they have a much more aggressive tread to help with traction in snow is a sure sign that we'll have very little snow this winter.


Some people take this crap far too seriously. Moonbats get the vapors over Starbucks 'violent' polar bear cookies.

I strongly suggest they seek professional help...assuming it isn't already too late.


At least this year they're giving us fair warning.

It appears both FedEx and UPS are struggling to deal with the shipping deluge brought forth by the large increase in online shopping.

Last year both shippers (and to a lesser extent, the USPS) had difficulties getting gifts purchased online to their destination by Christmas. Between a very high volume of gifts and a number of weather related delays, a lot of people didn't get the gifts they ordered until a few days after Christmas. This year, even with additional staff, aircraft, and trucks, they're having difficulty keeping up with demand.

Let's hope they can get caught up by Christmas Eve.


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Let's hope it will also help keep them from having to deal with the mentally ill fragile snowflakes on campuses as well.


Dinesh D'Souza shows a progressive student at Amherst College that it's one thing to talk about social justice and racial privilege and yet another thing to actually do something about it.

The first question is about American foreign policy in the Middle East and D’Souza dispenses that issue fairly quickly. The second question has to do with social justice and racial privilege.

D’Souza dismantles the student’s argument systematically but ultimately cites the Achilles’ heel of all progressive arguments for redistribution. Why doesn’t this student give up his place at this elite institution of higher education so someone of lesser privilege may step in?

According to the Amherst College website, cost of attendance for the 2015-2016 school year is over $60,000 and attendance there is a privilege, not a right.

Somehow I doubt the student in question did anything along those lines, instead deciding to keep exercising their white privilege. They can talk the talk, but aren't willing to walk the walk.

Why am I not surprised by this?


I guess we have to keep stating the obvious until the clueless idiots, particularly those supporting politicians like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, come understand that Socialism doesn't work, and never has. Even the 'soft' socialism of the Scandinavian countries has been unraveling and they're backing away from it because they have come to realize it doesn't work, primarily because they're running out of other people's money.

Of course the clueless idiots tell themselves that they can make it work because they're smarter and they won't make the same mistakes...but of course they will.

The biggest mistake socialists always make is that they ignore human nature, a force more powerful than any 'dream' they can concoct. That's why socialism always fails in the end.


This bodes well for housing in the Golden State...not.

It appears the California State Supreme Court just made an already difficult process to build lower and middle income housing even more difficult. It's all in the name of preventing climate change, of course.

Then again, there will be little need for more housing as the jobs that would normally pay for them are leaving California as the costs and regulatory burdens have gone past the point where businesses and the jobs that go with them abandon California for greener pastures.

This isn't much different from Portland, Oregon's 'smart growth' initiatives that made housing unaffordable for most folks.


Do they really think anyone will notice?

It appears the DNC has shot itself in the foot by booting New Hampshire's biggest TV station – WMUR - from televising the Democrat debate scheduled to be held in the state because of an ongoing labor dispute with the union representing a number of TV station employees. But even if it weren't banned from carrying the debate, I doubt many will be watching it as the debate starts all of 20 minutes before the kickoff of the New York Jets – Dallas Cowboys game.

As Sun Tzu (and Napolean and a few others) said, “Never interrupt your adversaries when they're making a mistake.”


David Starr laments the lack of push buttons and knobs in today's cars and trucks. I have to agree with him that far too many automotive designers overlook the fact that drivers shouldn't have to look away from the road in order to adjust controls that do everything between changing a radio station or music volume to turning on the heat and shutting off the A/C, and everything in between. BeezleBub has complained about the touchscreen setup on the 'entertainment' center in his F350, stating that it is not driver friendly. It is this reason that he primarily uses it in conjunction with his iPod and practically never uses the radio. It takes too many menu selections just to change the radio station.

I remember when all controls could be operated without looking away from the road and one control performed a single function. Some knobs were concentric so that more than one knob could be placed in the same location and each of those knobs performed its own function. Now there are buttons and touchscreens that call up menus that cannot be read by the driver unless they look away from the road or pull off to the side. Controls are no longer intuitive and that's bad design. It doesn't matter if they have a new wizbang look and can perform all kinds of functions if it is otherwise difficult or dangerous to use while under way.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has been much warmer than normal, no one is complaining much about it, and where we're making preparations for nasty winter weather anyways.