Thoughts On A Sunday

This weekend signifies the unofficial start of summer. Certainly the weather on Saturday was summer-like, with temps in the mid 90's and dew points in the 60's. At least today was about 20 degrees cooler.

There were plenty of boats and jet skis on trailers to be seen as folks headed to the lake. The town beach was busy even without the benefit of lifeguards. (They don't start for another week or so.)

I ushered in summer's start by stopping by one of the seasonal ice cream joints and partaking of a chocolate frappe, one of their specialties. One taste and I knew summer was here.

Not a bad way to start the summer.


Every time I think Katie Couric can't do more to damage her reputation, she proves me wrong. Her latest (and ongoing) slide to the bottom is a manifestation of her longstanding hatred of guns and her efforts to inhibit or outright do away with gun rights.

I won't dignify her efforts by calling it journalism, yellow or otherwise, much as Matt Continetti has opined.

As Ed Driscoll noted, “Just think of her as a Democrat operative with a byline, and you really can’t go wrong.”


Michael Crichton predicted the fall of the main stream media way back in 1993.

In 2008, it looked like he was right as a number of news media giants felt the onslaught of newer and more timely sources of news and opinion. While his timeline was off a bit, it has been only the in the past few of years we've seen his predictions coming to fruition.

Today many of the news giants he castigated are shadows of their former selves, with falling revenues and circulation, declining staffing levels, all while TV evening news viewership has been plummeting as the people become even less trusting of the pablum and editorializing that has been masquerading as news.

I don't feel sorry for them because their problem has been self-inflicted.

(H/T Ed Driscoll at Instapundit)


From the “Gee, I could have told you that!” files.

It turns out that Millennials views on socialism change: At first they love it. Then they get jobs and they realize they're the ones who will be footing the bill to pay for it all. It doesn't look all that great when the bill comes due.

My youngest sister was a dyed in the wool socialist once she graduated from one of the hoity-toity women's liberal arts colleges. Then she got a job and saw how much the government was taking from her paycheck to pay for all those government programs she thought were great. The viewpoint always changes when you're the one who has to foot the bill.


It turns out wind power isn't all it's cracked up to be, being a lot more expensive than many were led to believe. That's how Denmark sees it.

Denmark has led the charge for renewable energy, but now the green policies have become too expensive.

In 2015, Denmark set a new world record by generating the equivalent of 42.1% of the country’s total energy consumption by wind. Denmark is also the world’s largest exporter of wind power equipment. So it’s fair to say that Denmark is perhaps the world’s leading wind power nation.

[An] analysis showed that in 2014 a staggering 66 percent of the average Danish electricity bill went to taxes and fees, 18 percent to transportation and only 15 percent of the price was for the electricity in itself. Only Germany came close with 52 percent in electricity taxes.

Yeah, the energy produced is cheap but the government taxes the bejeezus out of it to make it very expensive. Weren't renewables supposed to be cheaper than traditional sources?


Solar doesn't get off the hook as it turns out it can be bad for the environment.

All one has to do is look at what happened in rural Buffalo, Minnesota to see what solar advocates won't tell you about the downsides of this supposedly 'green' technology.


I think these are the same folks who want to ban dihydrogen monoxide.

Eighty percent of Americans want to label all foods that contain DNA.

Wouldn't be easier and cheaper to label the foods that don't? It would certainly take a lot less effort.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer has started despite what the calendar says, the weather is cooperating (for the most part), and where the call of the lake is getting stronger every day.