Thoughts On A Sunday

It was Old Home Day in our little town on Saturday. Old Home Day is a celebration of our town by residents, past and present, as well as showcasing our town to visitors. It included a parade, games, food, music, crafts, more food, fireworks, and more food. As it was our town’s 100th celebration of Old Home Day, it was bigger than some of our previous Old Home Days. I think everyone who attended will agree a great time was had by all.


So we’re supposed to take the word of a fashion expert when it comes to steps to take to reduce the impact of climate change?

What advice did this newly named Chancellor of the University of London come up with to fight climate change?

Banning beef on campus.

Yeah, that will solve the non-existent crisis.


If they didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

At Baylor University it appears it is perfectly OK for female professors to fool around with students while it punishes male professors who do the same thing, or so a lawsuit filed against the university claims.

Baylor University created a campus-wide “culture of anti-male bias and intimidation” in response to criticism about its handling of sexual-assault reports, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week.

“John Doe,” a former assistant professor of economics, not only claims that the Christian university ignored evidence that contradicted his student accuser, a former lover. He says female professors are tacitly allowed to date students in violation of school policies, to the point where some have married their male students.

The “biased and flawed” Title IX investigation, in which Baylor refused to give him a “language accommodation,” stemmed from pressure the school faced between 2015 and 2016 to clamp down on alleged sexual assault by student athletes.

A “language accommodation”? I’m not sure what that is, but it seems to be a problem with the plaintiff.

Reading further, it looks like the professor got caught up in an overreaction after the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights three-year long investigation saw Kenneth Start removed as university president and athletic coach Art Briles fired.

Was this a case of anti-male bias fueled by the OCR’s findings?


Is it any surprise the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the effort to eliminate the Electoral College through what is called the National Popular Vote compact, to assign a state’s electors based solely on the national popular vote total? While this ruling is specific to the state of Colorado, it does punch a hole in the NPV compact.

The other states that have signed on to the NPV compact: Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Washington, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, California, and New York.

Notice anything about that list of states?

Every single one is a Blue state.

It looks like they can’t be bothered to try to amend the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College. Instead, they’re trying an end run around it that the 10th Circuit has just ruled is unconstitutional.

As I mentioned earlier, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling applies to Colorado and doesn’t directly affect the other 13 states in the compact, I expect its decision will eventually make its way to the US Supreme Court where it is likely it will uphold the decision. If that is indeed the case, then NPV is dead. This despite millions if funding from the Soros Foundation and Silberstein Foundation, both big donors to liberal causes, constitutional or not.

Should the Electoral College ever be dismantled, we can expect the small states will be marginalized in presidential elections and only those with huge war chests will have any possibility of running. In turn the presidency will become even less an elective position and more of a bought-and-paid-for office.

That won’t bode well for our Republic.


It still boggles my mind that some of our fellow citizens can hold to opposing viewpoints at the same time without seeing the paradox. This is called cognitive dissonance.

The latest bit of this cognitive dissonance comes by way of Granite Grok, specifically a post dealing with “Reparations Pandering”:

Democrats claim DACA kids shouldn’t be held responsible for their parent’s crimes, but white people are still responsible for 17th century slave owners?

What about those white people whose ancestors didn’t arrive until well after slavery had been abolished in the US? Are they still responsible? What about those of African descent whose ancestors were never slaves or hadn’t arrived in the US until some time in the 20th or 21st century? Are they eligible to be paid reparations? So far I haven’t found anyone who wants to answer those questions.


In other legal matters, a federal judge has ruled the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is unlawful.

US District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood stated that the rule, “which was intended to provide better protection of the nation’s water, violated the Clean Water Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, and she remanded it back to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers for further work.”

The Obama era WOTUS rules stated the EPA had control over all of the waters of the US, including things like farm ponds, drainage swales, and mud puddles. Previous WOTUS rules included the phrase “navigable waters” which removed a lot of creeks, farm ponds, fire ponds, drainage swales, and other seasonal or ‘occasional’ bodies of water (like mud puddles) from the scrutiny and control of the EPA. That phrase was removed by the Obama Administration which opened up the abuse of the Clean Water Act by the EPA.

There is such a thing as bureaucratic overreach and the WOTUS rule fueled enough of that by the EPA. Let us hope this returns us to more sane application of the CWA going forward.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer is winding to a close (Labor Day Weekend is next week), summerfolk are trying to get as much summer in as they can by then, and where our kids don’t go back to school until after Labor Day, just like it used to be.