Thoughts On A Sunday

It was our little town’s Old Home Day yesterday. The activities encompassed an early morning 5K road race, a parade, a pancake breakfast, and a number of activities that spanned the range from our local library’s book sale, one of our local church’s flea market/fair, exhibits from our local historical society, numerous food and craft vendors, games for kids 2 to 99, a number of bands playing at the bandstand, and at the end of the day, fireworks.

Some friends from downstate made the trip up to enjoy the festivities. While their home town also has an Old Home Day, it is far more commercial and not nearly as encompassing of all age groups as the one here in our town. It was one of the first thing they noticed as we made the rounds.

It also seems fitting that our Old Home Day takes place the weekend before the kids return to school. Call it a way to close out their summer vacation and getting mentally prepared to start school. It’s also one of the last weekends of the summer season for a lot of the summerfolk as their kids are also returning to school.

The Labor Day weekend is usually seen as the ‘official’ end of the summer season, though many of the summer businesses will remain open for a few more weeks, though only on weekends. The unofficial end of summer is usually around Columbus Day weekend as that’s when a lot of summerfolk close up their camps and cottages for the winter. Most of the remaining boats are also pulled out of the water to be prepped for winter storage.

I expect that I’ll be hearing Don Henley’s Boys of Summer on the local radio stations starting any day now.


With the passing of Senator John McCain, I expected plenty of coverage by the media and on the ‘Net. Unfortunately a lot of the people on the ‘Net dug deep into their “hateful derangement” vault and excoriated McCain, his family, and extended it to White House press spokesman Sarah Sanders by slamming the condolences she posted on Twitter. It proves to me that too many people are suffering from serious mental issues.

While I didn’t agree with John McCain on a number of issues, I did respect him. I voted for him in the 2008 New Hampshire Primary and the presidential election later that November. I defended him in some comment threads where more than a few Leftists tried to paint him as a “cowardly old man”, either not caring or not knowing his history as a POW and the torture he endured at the hands of the North Vietnamese.


Playwright Neil Simon has passed away. He was 91.

As Ed Driscoll reminds us, “…[he] was often called the world’s most popular playwright after Shakespeare.”


Apparently the “record-breaking” temperatures seen this summer across the US weren’t all that record breaking…unless those looking at the records stopped looking prior to 2000.

The summer of 1936 was far worse, with temps in some cases over 100 degrees F from California to Virginia and Texas to Minnesota for days on end.

But according to the warmists none of that matters. The past can be ignored as long as the narrative is served.


South Africa is one step closer to becoming Zimbabwe South.


You might call this a Tale of Two Professors, one local to us here in New Hampshire and the other at the University of Kansas.

The heart of the tale is the Second Amendment, where one professor is a wholehearted supporter of the people’s right to bear arms and the other has no like of the Second Amendment and seems to think that everyone who legally carries a firearm on campus is a threat to his personal safety. Because of that threat he no longer has personal office hours and will only deal with students via e-mail or Skype.

Is it paranoia or is it virtue signaling? Of the two I’d have to guess it’s more the latter than the former.


One thing the media and the Left are choosing to ignore in regards to the convictions of Cohen and Manafort (and the hung jury for other of the charges against Manafort) is what laws were actually broken? David Starr hasn’t been ignoring it and has been asking the questions that everyone should be asking. The questions point to something that makes both prosecutions seem more like part of a witch hunt aimed at taking down Donald Trump. Certainly they were far out of the scope of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigations. Are these prosecutions nothing more than leverage to get Cohen or Manafort to implicate Trump? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time an overzealous prosecutor has pulled that particular stunt, even if there was nothing there for him/her to use to get their target.

That this investigation has been dragging on since shortly after Trump took office and to this point has found nothing that implicates Trump in regards to the focus of the Special Counsel’s original purpose should tell us something: There’s nothing there.

If anyone were investigated long enough the investigators would find something on them, even if it were only something embarrassing, but not criminal. But if it’s part of a witch hunt, even the embarrassing can somehow be turned into something that appears criminal. More and more Mueller’s investigation is looking like this – finding embarrassing information that isn’t criminal but is being massaged to make it look like it is.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summerfolk have been out on the lake in droves, the weather has been spectacular, and another Old Home Day has gone off without a hitch.