Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been another great weekend here at Lake Winnipesaukee. Good weather, good food, and not too many Cap’n Boneheads to deal with out on the lake. (That’s always a good thing.)


What is it about pushing a destructive hike in the minimum wage to $15 that appeals so much to the Left? Is it that by destroying jobs that they can take more control over the populace? Do they believe they can bring about True Socialismsup>TM by damaging or destroying the pillars of our economy?

One commenter proves to be one of those who looks at things based entirely upon the numbers and chooses to ignore the human element.

You know, if I didn't graduate as finance major and had written numerous business plans and then moved on to work in the finance industry, I might think you had some idea what you were talking about with all of the stupid crap you are saying.

First off, economics and supply and demand are a model and do not work in every situation. For instance monopolies so government intervention is required as a check to the system. So yes, government mandates are REQUIRED as part of our economic model.

Moving on from that, yes minimum wage was never defined as that, until recently. People want it to be that. The reason is that all of the money in our economy is coming out of the hands of the workforce to the point where people can't survive. People have about 40% less discretionary income than they used to and there are numerous factors that contribute to that, a large amount is that automation is allowing companies to do without a large number of employees which is resulting in wages going down for the remaining people competing. As such, people are unable to get jobs, so businesses have to adjust for that. As a result whatever state government of the jurisdiction you're in, passed a law mandating that people be paid $15 and hour, ensuring the remaining people received a living wage. If the company didn't suck, it would have been able to afford to pay the employees a living wage before that.

Regardless, it's possible and not only that it's needed and it is a natural function of a capitalist society that relies on economic models that rely on government intervention for corrections.

“…rely on government intervention for corrections.” Yeah, we’ve seen how well those work and how, in many cases, the intervention dragged out economic recovery, or worse, caused the economic problems to worsen. He’s the type that I believe would have no problem mouthing the words “It’s not personal. It’s business,” as he destroys a business because he sees more worth in destroying it rather than letting it continue and provide jobs and chances for advancement by employees. That he can damage or destroy lives while doing so does not concern him. All his decisions are based on the spreadsheet. He’s a friggin’ bean counter and from my experience bean counters are the worst people to run any business. (Yes, I know it’s a bit off topic, but this particular bean counter pissed me off.)

It all boils down to this: Fifteen dollars an hour for a minimum wage will cause far more harm than it will ‘fix’. We’ve seen that harm everywhere it’s been implemented yet the proponents ignore it and assume it won’t happen when they do it.

I ‘m not sure whether that’s arrogance or hubris…if not both.


Mark Robinson, a man who vigorously defended the Second Amendment before the Greensboro, NC city council back in 2018, announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor of North Carolina.


More people should use Jon Gabriel’s response to offended snowflakes.

“You’re offended? So what?”

Here’s an interaction I had on Twitter, the Algonquin Round Table of the digital age. One interlocutor noted that vaccinations might cause autism. (They don’t.) Another wondered if a government can mandate immunization. (Sure.) But shouldn’t parents have the right to say no? (Not if they put the community at risk; at least that’s how I see it.)

All fair questions and a fine debate to have. And on it went until one person replied with what he felt was the trump card: “That really offends me!”

To which I said, “So what?”

A brusque response, but the anonymous stranger’s taking of offense is not my or anyone else’s concern; public health is. Harrumphing “that offends me!” has no bearing on any argument, pro or con. It’s a non sequitur revealing naught but a delicate constitution.

I don’t intend to argue the pros and cons of vaccination; that specific debate isn’t the point. As our culture has slid to the so-called “social justice warriors” of the left and the trolls of the “alt-right,” activists on all sides believe that their being offended carries some sort of moral authority as a victim. Does their sense of grievance make their arguments more compelling? It does no such thing.

I have never had problems offending people who so richly needed or deserved it. I have no problems making someone uncomfortable, particularly about something that no one in their right minds would ever be offended over. As Mr. Gabriel has stated, the Progressives and their snowflake dupes use the “I’m offended” line to shut down discussion or debate, particularly if it is about a subject that is near and dear to their alleged hearts. It is time we ignore their claims of offense and push the limit, get them to fess up about their true motives.


I’ve always liked Scarlett Johansen, particularly in her roles as Black Widow in The Avengers movies and in Lucy. I like her even more now after her un-PC comment in regards to roles she should take, stating “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”

Her comment caused the meltdown of the Liberal Gliterati. It’s Hollyweird at its worst.


Speaking of Hollyweird, and actually California, here’s one that really takes the cake when it comes to California weird: It is illegal to work on your own car in your own garage in Sacramento County, California.

What’s next? Will it soon be illegal to mow your own lawn with your own lawnmower?

I figure it will only be a matter of time.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has been great, the seasonal food places have been doing a lot of business, and where Monday is yet again returning too soon.