9/16/2018

Thoughts On A Sunday

The last real weekend of summer winds to a close and it is going out with July-like weather with temps in the 80’s, humid, and a lot of sun. We managed to make it out on the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout late this afternoon after most of the weekenders were off the lake. While it was only a one hour jaunt, it was enough for us to feel refreshed. Tomorrow will be a similar day weather wise, so I’m hoping to make it out on the lake again after work.

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I find the timing of the release of the letter accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault back when he was a teen a little too convenient. First, it was an anonymous accuser which lends no credence to the allegations. Then, when the accuser’s identity is finally revealed it turns out to be liberal professor.

Teen indiscretions are usually the result of immaturity and poor decision making (a characteristic of adolescents). But that is supposed to condemn any teen making that kind of mistake for the rest of their lives? If so, there are plenty of people on the Democrat side of Congress who should be kicked out for far worse behavior.

One would think that anyone who continued to commit such acts after their teens would already be in jail or fit for no other work than something menial. But since there have been absolutely no reports from anyone anywhere that Kavanaugh has done anything like this since this incident (assuming it’s true), does it disqualify him from being confirmed? If the answer is yes, does that mean we need to dig deeper into a nominee’s history to see if he or she ever stole candy from a store when they were 4 years old?

This is Progressive desperation, pure and simple.

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It seems that no matter how much the US reduces emissions, we’re still guilty of being the biggest polluters on the planet even though the US has had the largest reduction in things like carbon dioxide in the world while countries like China and India have increased their emissions across the board.

If the US reduced its emissions to zero, it wouldn’t be enough for the watermelon environmentalists. For the US it’s always a lose-lose situation when it comes to these idiots.

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The New England Patriots folded like a cheap suitcase in the rain in their game against Jacksonville. It appears neither the offense or the defense worked.

They need to get their house in order because right now nothing seems to be working.

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The latest bright idea that comes from the Antifa playbook? Sneaking up and stealing the handguns from citizens who are openly carrying their firearms in their holsters.

So these self-righeous Progressive vigilantes are going to try to pick on those that are amongst the most prickly of citizens that are willing protect their Constitutional Rights? Have they really thought this through? They seem to think this is going to be easy-peazy: just saunter up to someone that’s open carrying, rank out their firearm with the carrier just willing to stand there, then stand there some more while the nitwit fumbles with the phone to get a good picture, then stand there as the perp (for that is what they are now – stealing private property but oh, never mind about that pesky Right to Private Property stuff – evil and greedy Capitalist anyways. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!) walks to the nearest garbage can, and then quietly allow them to walk away.

That is more likely to get them ventilated with one or more well placed rounds. Of course they think that only they will be the ones taking any action. Try to take someone’s legally owned and carried firearm from them and you are likely to be met with force, most lilely lethal force.

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Are one-third of college freshmen mentally ill?

Of course not. It’s probably closer to one half, particularly when you look at the students at colleges like Berkeley, Brown, Evergreen State, and a whole host of other Progressive campuses.

But the chances are many of those college freshmen didn’t become mentally ill until after they had been indoctrinated by Progressive academics.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer lingers, boating is still good, and most of the summerfolk are gone until next year.

9/09/2018

Thoughts On A Sunday

It has gone from summer to mid-fall weatherwise in just a couple of days, with temps falling from highs in the upper 80’s/lower 90’s to the mid 60’s. Nighttime temps have been in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s, making for chilly nights. However we’ll be back in the 80’s after we go through soaking rain that is the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon.

It has been quiet around the lakes as the summer season has ended. Many seasonal businesses have already closed their doors, though a few will remain open until Columbus Day weekend to cater to the leaf peepers – tourists visiting to look at the fall foliage.

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Listening to the campaign ads for those running for a number of state and federal offices, they separate out into two distinct groups – those focusing on issues that most of the people in New Hampshire find important, and those who detest Donald Trump with a passion and ignore what is important to people here.

One gubernatorial candidate has lambasted the incumbent governor for vetoing two renewable energy bills that would have forced consumers in the state to pay much higher electric rates in a state that already has electric rates that are 50% higher than the rest of the nation. She decries giving breaks to the existing utilities but wants to subsidize other utilities that cannot make it without state mandates, citing the loss of jobs if it doesn’t happen. But she ignores the loss of jobs or stagnating job growth because companies and corporations will not expand into New Hampshire because of the obscenely high energy costs. It will be a short term gain that will lead to a long term loss.

Then there’s one of the Democrat congressional candidates who is basing her entire campaign on fighting Donald Trump, seriously weakening everyone’s Second Amendment rights and destroying the NRA. This in a state with very strong Second Amendment support, including constitutional carry, the lowest crime rate in the nation, and rated the safest state in the country. Yet she sees mass murder and showdowns at high noon around every corner if we don’t disarm law abiding citizens. It doesn’t help that she’s also a carpetbagger, having moved into New Hampshire just long enough to establish residency so she could run for office. She has been living in Washington DC for years, was part of the Obama Administration, and originally hails from Illinois. But she figures she can fool “the rubes” into voting her into office so she can keep pushing the Progressive agenda.

We only have a couple of more days to listen to this, and I’m hoping we won’t have to listen to it after this Tuesday.

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Could Alzheimer’s be caused by an infection?

While no one has looked closely as this as a possible cause up to this point, it looks like some research will now be pointed towards investigating the possibility. If it turns out it is caused by an infection or series of infections, then treatment or preventative vaccines may become a reality.

As Glenn Reynolds often says, “Faster, please.”

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I guess the Left has figured that if they can’t convince GOP senators to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court through reason and logic (yeah, right), then they’ll use insults instead.

Yeah, that’s a winning strategy.

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As I have opined more than once, too many people are addicted to the use of their cell phones. I have called it “electronic fentanyl” more than once, seeing people’s reaction when they are deprived use of their phones even for brief periods. They start jonesing for a fix.

It’s now being recognized as an addiction, at least according to this article from Proceedings Magazine posted by the U.S. Naval Institute.

The first cell phone hit the market in 1973, and 40 years later, more than half the U.S. adult population was carrying a cell phone in their purses or pockets. Today, that number is closer to 95 percent, with 77 percent of Americans owning a smartphone. But does this technology work as it originally was intended—to enable us to communicate better? Or is the increase in personal technology a sign of mass addiction?

I believe it’s both, though at times I have to wonder that even though it helps us communicate more, it does not necessarily help us communicate better.

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What would it take for us to see a resurgence in nuclear power in the US? MIT has a few ideas.

Probably the biggest factor to overcome is the irrational fear of nuclear power that was instilled by anti-nuclear wackos decades ago.

With the newer technologies and the move away from One Big Plant to A Few Small Plants on the same site, safety, reliability, and a means to reduce or eliminate high-level nuclear wastes as well as zero-carbon energy, nuclear looks much better to me than all of the wind/solar renewables put together.

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Is it any wonder that an increasing number of 18-29 year olds in California are getting ready to leave? They show a high dissatisfaction with the conditions in the Pyrite State, between sky high housing prices that put home ownership out of reach, high taxes, ridiculous and mind-numbing regulations that stifle businesses that induce them to leave.

That California is losing that demographic spells major trouble in the not so distant future. If you lose the group that will be starting families to other states, you will soon have a population that is increasingly aging population even as your total population decreases.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summerfolk have gone, seasonal businesses have closed their doors, and where fall will be here soon enough.

9/02/2018

Thoughts On A Sunday

The last ‘official’ weekend of summer is upon us and people have been taking advantage of the great weather, getting as much recreating in as possible before Monday comes to a close.

This weekend has also meant a number of people traipsing in and out of The Manse now that it is on the market. That we’ve had as many as we have means either the market is really hot, our realtor is really good, or a combination of both. In either case, all we can do is hope that an offer from someone is forthcoming.

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How many of us have heard the lament “Things were a lot better back when I was a kid/teenager/college student/etc.”? More than a few of us, I’d wager. There were some things here and there that were better, or so our rather foggy memories tell us. But there were also a lot of things that were not. There are also a lot of things that exist today that make things better than they were “back in the old days”.

Here are Seven Ways Life Is Better Than They Were 40 Years Ago.

While I agree with the items on the list, some are far more important that the others, three of them being #3 – Advances in Medical Science, #6 – the Soviet Union is Gone, and #7 – Instant Communications, there is also a downside to some of them. We certainly see the downside of instant communications, between ‘phubbing’ (phone snubbing), cyber-bullying, and the addictive nature of the ability to be in constant communication.

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If we need yet another example of the failures of socialism, try this one on for size:

It appears that Venezuela is looking more like North Korea, at least when it comes to keeping the lights on.

Early on the morning of August 31st, Maracaibo was lit up, possibly for the last time in a few years, by a chain reaction of substation and transformer fires, even melted power wires in the streets, as the final phase of communist mismanagement of the energy supply morphed into complete disaster. Bonus – the Cubans have been “helping” Venezuela manage its electrical grid since 2010.

Brownouts and blackouts have become increasingly common over the past few years, and now, the locals desperately suck whatever power they can get, whenever they can get it, until the substations, transformers, and wires fail under the peak loads. When a three-phase distribution system goes out of balance due to one phase failing, the voltages and currents on the other two phases increase dramatically…

Rather than admitting they are incompetent, the Powers That Be in Venezuela blame foreign sabotage. However, unwavering belief in socialism does not trump the laws of physics or the law of supply and demand, hence Venezuela’s decaying infrastructure. And once the lights finally go out, Venezuela will look just like North Korea from space – dark from border to border.

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I watched a good portion of John McCain’s memorial service off and on, and found it interesting that political opponents who excoriated him for all kinds of reasons were all of a sudden singing his praises. Where was all of this when he was alive?

The media played up the “He’s a good Republican – he’s dead” angle for all it was worth. Other media did their best to find as much dirt on the man as they could in an effort to tear him down. It’s obvious they never heard the old aphorism about not speaking ill of the dead.

I remember a blog post from some years ago where a commenter called John McCain “a cowardly old man”. The replies to that comment blasted the moron, reminding him of the ordeal McCain was put through while held captive at the Hanoi Hilton. That’s assuming of course the moron even knew about it.

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The Other McCain covers the “Fake New, Real Hate” meme. It paints fake news as new ‘policies’ that the Democrats then use to slam Trump. And when the stories are found to be false, the media cooks up new fake news and the process repeats itself.

Is it any wonder that trust in the media has tanked and is still heading downwards?

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Because it’s the Labor Day holiday weekend, I am cutting this week’s TOAS a bit short. Still have things to attend to for tomorrow’s showings. Hopefully we’ll get a bite on The Manse.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summerfolk are partaking of last gasp summer activities, the summer businesses are raking in as cash as they can, and where the traffic heading southbound tomorrow afternoon is going to be epic.