10/18/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

We had a lot of rain Friday and into yesterday morning, getting almost two inches of rain, something we’ve desperately needed. Hopefully it’s made a dent in the drought we’ve been experiencing since this past May and will help arrest or even reverse the falling water level of the lake. If nothing else it means I won’t have to pull the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout out of the water early. That gives me two more weeks to enjoy the waning days of the boating season.

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I keep reading about how “all” the polls are showing Biden ahead by a widening margin. Could this be why the Biden campaign has been having problems drawing people to their rallies and other events, being so far ahead that no one feels they need to show up anymore?

Yeah. Right.

It doesn’t seem there’s much enthusiasm by voters for the Biden ticket. Is that the sign of a candidate that’s a shoe-in for the White House?

I see lots of comments on various posts being made by Biden trolls, touting the polls as an indication that Biden has this election in the bag. These same polls had Hillary as all but President-elect right up to the day of the election. The actual election results showed those polls were more wishful thinking than a indicator of Hillary’s inevitable win.

One would think people would take any of the polls with a huge grain of salt, particularly after their less than stellar performance back in 2016.

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Just when I thought the Hollywood elite couldn’t go any lower, they prove me wrong.

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The Leftist thugs are showing their thuggery, this time by beating a young woman who was carrying a Trump 2020 flag during a march in DC.


This is the kind of event we can count in increasing the closer we get to the election, as we can see from this attack by antifa during a free speech demonstration in San Francisco.

As the Associated Press reported:

A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth.

A photographer working for The Associated Press witnessed a Trump supporter being taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground by San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza.

Team Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it said squelches conservative speech. Members of the group wore red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats and carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and U.S. flags.

Violence used to silence speech is becoming the norm, something that should concern everyone. Once it becomes an accepted practice, it will happen more often and it will escalate up to and including murder. It would be the end of this nation. But then, that’s what many of the people supporting the use of violence to silence speech are working towards. Or at least that’s what history shows us will happen.

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Is a Second American Civil War a possibility? Experienced war correspondent Michael Yon has headed to Portland to dig deeper as he’s seen this kind of unrest devolve into civil war before.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we’re seeing relief from this past summer’s drought, the local farm stands are busier than ever, and where our boating season is winding down.

10/17/2020

It's Getting Bad

I can tell we’re getting closer to the general election in a little over two weeks: We’re being flooded with TV ads and mail flyers urging us vote for this candidate or that candidate. Campaign signs that have been lining our roads since September have started multiplying. Some even list multiple candidates, usually for seats in the state legislature, as we tend to have more than a single representative for each House district. (The New Hampshire House has 400 seats and the state Senate has 24 seats for a total of 424 seats, making it one of the largest legislatures in the world behind only the UK Parliament with a total of 1447 seats and Congress with a total of 535 seats.)

TV ads are close to reaching saturation, with ads for Presidential, Gubernatorial, and Congressional candidates displacing ads for the local Tractor Supply Company store, John Deere dealership, new and used car dealers, and New Hampshire-based furniture stores. It makes me spend more time doing anything but watching TV. The ads at this point are annoying rather than informative, as most people have already made up their minds. The ads and flyers won’t change their minds. But we’ll still be swamped with both.

The number of campaign robocalls has also exploded, with the WP Mom receiving a couple of dozen calls a day. (She still has a landline, so it isn’t surprising. I have received a few on my cell phone, but it’s been sporadic. The robocalls I usually get are for extending the warranty on the trusty Ram 1500 or scammers trying to take my money.)

The other thing I have been avoiding like the proverbial plague has been the TV news, or at least the first 10 minutes or so because it is all politics all the time, particularly if it’s one of the network newscasts. They make we want to throw hard objects at the TV screen, something that would upset the WP Mom to no end. (That happens almost all the time, but more so during election season.

Election Day can’t come soon enough for me.

10/11/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been a weird weekend weatherwise, with a warm (70ºF) and sunny Saturday morning and afternoon that devolved into heavy showers, high winds and thunderstorms in the evening. Today was sunny and in the upper 50’s, but Monday is forecast to be rainy most of the day. Still, it’s been a decent weekend which has certainly helped see more weekenders up here than we’ve seen since Labor Day.

A lot of summerfolk are hear to pull their boats out of the water and get them cleaned and winterized for storage. The boatyards in our town are quite busy, with their lots full of boats waiting for winterization. I called the boatyard that takes care of the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout and inquired about prepping and storing it for the winter. The owner, a good friend, asked if I’d be able to wait a couple of weeks before dropping it off because he’s booked solid until the end of the month. Even with a lot of summerfolk having pulled their boats from the water early because of the low water level of the lake, there are still a lot of boats that need to be removed and prepared. I don’t mind waiting to drop of my boat because I can still pull it from the water a couple of weeks beforehand. I think a lot of the folks living here at the lake are going to do likewise since they can keep using their boats as long as the weather holds out.

And so our boating season is slowly fading away.

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Today’s Thoughts On A Sunday post is going to be a bit abbreviated as I have to go into work shortly. There’s lab work needing to be done and I’m on a short deadline, so spending the balance of the morning and this afternoon at work is necessary if I am to meet that deadline.

Do I like the fact that I need to do this? No. But it is necessary and I don’t like leaving jobs undone. Call it the Puritan Work Ethic that is part and parcel of being a New England Yankee.

So off to work I go.

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It looks like the second debate between Trump and Biden scheduled for October 15th in Miami has been canceled.

If memory serves, the Biden campaign wanted to have a virtual debate, with the two candidates in separate venues, citing the possibility of Covid-19 exposure. This despite health professionals saying there should be no issue as long as social distancing is maintained. The Trump campaign balked, saying there was no reason not to have the two candidates face each other on the same stage.

I can certainly think of one reason why the Biden people would want it to be a virtual debate: They could be off-camera using a teleprompter to feed Joe the answers, something they couldn’t do if the two candidates were on the same stage.

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Election fraud? There’s no election fraud here! Move along! Move along! There’s nothing to see here!

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Seen elsewhere on the ‘Net: The first rule of 2021 is no one talks about 2020.

There’s just one problem...


(H/T Powerline)

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Speaking of 2020 (Yes, I’m breaking the rule...but it isn’t 2021 yet), we have been seeing an upsurge in Covid-19 cases here in New Hampshire. While I can’t speak to other communities, ours has seen 4 new cases over the past two weeks. However, after contacting the state health officials it appears three of the four cases were asymptomatic and the fourth case was only mildly symptomatic. All cases were detected via regular testing, so this isn’t the same scenario as we were seeing this past spring.

The upsurge started when schools reopened, a not unexpected event. (While there is correlation, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s because our schools have reopened. Remember, correlation does not imply causality.) We didn’t see a lot of cases during the summer even with the large number of visitors we experienced during the tourist season.

Our cases per capita are minuscule compared to our neighboring state to the south. Massachusetts has a bit less than 6 times the population of New Hampshire, but has had 15 times the number of Covid-19 cases and 21 times the number of deaths. In fact, the number of Covid-19 deaths in the People’s Republic of Maskachusetts exceeds the total number of Covid-19 cases in New Hampshire.

There are advantages to living in a primarily rural state.

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And that’s the (abbreviated) news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where cooler weather is visiting for the next few days, a little more rain is on its way, and where some of us will be working on Columbus Day.

10/10/2020

Is Hollywood Dead?

Is the Hollywood Era coming to an end?

Movie theater attendance has been on a downward trend for some time. Between increasingly bad movies, too damn many ‘woke’ “message movies”, too many poor remakes of classics, and too few movies with an original story, it’s no wonder fewer people have been going to the movies. Add on the shutdown due to Covid-19 and that downward trend turned into a fall off the edge of a cliff. This may have been the death knell for Hollywood.

Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins expressed concern about the future of cinema in the aftermath of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In an interview with Reuters, Jenkins stated that the shuttering of theaters "will not be a reversible process." She continued, "We could lose movie theater-going forever." She then expressed that she was wary of streaming as an option for big-budget action films, "It could be the kind of thing that happened to the music industry, where you could crumble the entire industry by making it something that can't be profitable." Jenkins added, "I don't think any of us want to live in a world where the only option is to take your kids to watch a movie in your own living room, and not have a place to go for a date."

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Studios are holding back other tentpole films for several months, with cascading consequences for theaters. The next James Bond film, No Time to Die, moved its release date from Thanksgiving weekend to April 2021, prompting Cineworld, parent company of Regal Cinemas, to announce this week it will temporarily shutter all of its locations in the United States and in the United Kingdom on Oct. 8, citing continued closings of theaters in New York and other large markets, and little guidance from the states on when they may resume.

The last time I went to the movies was last year to see the Downton Abbey movie with Deb, the both of us being fans of the TV series. Since then there’s been little that has created even a smidge of desire to make the 2-1/2 mile trip to our local movie theater. Hollywood has not created anything I’ve wanted to see in some time. I’ve seen plenty of TV and movie offerings from independent and foreign producers that were better than anything coming out of Hollywood. (Thanks Amazon Prime, Netflix, and BritBox!)

I have seen great short films on YouTube that, if made into a full-length feature, would rival the offerings from Hollywood.

It’s possible that Hollywood as it exists now will go the way of Vaudeville. Maybe that’s reason enough for it to go away so it can be replaced with something that works better and produces a better product.

10/07/2020

Natural Occurance Or Biological Warfare?

I am not one for conspiracy theories, but this is something I’ve been thinking about since it was announced that the President, First Lady, and a number of White House staff and Republican leaders tested positive for Covid-19: Was it a natural infection or were they purposely infected by a party or parties unknown?

…as numerous Republicans in key positions also tested positive, the nature of the speculation began to change. The issue shifted from whether or not the president wore a mask to why so many important Republicans simultaneously got the virus.

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Lin Wood, a high-profile lawyer representing Nick Sandmann and Kyle Rittenhouse, tweeted, "Many leaders in administration of @realDonaldTrump are quarantined by what almost appears to almost be targeted strike of Covid-19." He later tweeted, "There are no coincidences. Zero. None. Hard stop." Deanna Lorraine, who ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi, also picked up the theme of a "targeted strike" in her tweet, "Does anyone else find it odd that no prominent Democrats have had the virus but the list of Republicans goes on and on?" And Omar Navarro, a Republican politician in California, developed the theme: "1.RBG dies. 2. Trump announces he will nominate new justice before election. 3. Pelosi makes "Arrow in our quivers" comment to stop him.' Week later Trump, his top aide, his campaign manager, two Senators all come down with COVID 5. Schumer immediately requests to delay nomination." He added, "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

Where did the infection occur? Attention turned to the Cleveland Clinic, where the presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden was held on September 29. On Friday, the city of Cleveland reported that 11 cases of COVID had been linked to the planning and set-up of the September 29 presidential debate. Some commenters on social media speculated that the Republican debate area had been saturated with the virus in a biological attack…

Is it just coincidence (most likely), or did someone try to cripple the President’s reelection bid by intentionally infecting him and others with Covid-19, or worse, try to take him out altogether? It wouldn’t take much, just a small spray bottle filled with a fluid that carried and supported the Covid-19 virus. Just a few sprays on door handles, water glasses, utensils, papers, or spraying a fine mist in the air prior to the ‘targets’ entering a room.

10/05/2020

Math Is Racist - Again

From the “Just When I Thought They Couldn’t Get Any Stupider...Again” Department:

First, a math-education professor from the University of Illinois declares “Math is racist” back in 2017.

Others have made similar declarations since then.

The latest “Math is racist” declaration comes from the Mathematical Association of America.
The statement from the MAA states:
"It is time for all members of our profession to acknowledge that mathematics is created by humans and therefore inherently carries human biases. Until this occurs, our community and our students cannot reach full potential."

So is the MAA stating that 2+2=5?

The statement went on to disparage the “biases” that mathematics supposedly “inherently carries."

"It is time for all members of our profession to acknowledge that mathematics is created by humans and therefore inherently carries human biases. Until this occurs, our community and our students cannot reach full potential," wrote the group. "Reaching this potential in mathematics relies upon the academy and higher education engaging in critical, challenging, sometimes uncomfortable conversations about the detrimental effects of race and racism on our community. The time is now to move mathematics and education forward in pursuit of justice."

Okay, so how does math become racist? Does race affect arithmetic, change the value of variables without anyone noticing, or change the value of universal constants? Does it also mean physics is racist? After all, physics is math, right? What about engineering? It’s also math. Is engineering racist because of it?

I find it curious that everything is being declared racist one thing at a time. Everything. If everything is racist, then nothing is racist.

It’s virtue signaling, plain and simple.

Did they figure that if they didn’t denounce something they would in turn be denounced, so decided to show how “woke” they are?

This crap is getting ridiculous.

10/04/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

I spent yesterday out and about parts of the lake and the surrounding towns, being a tour guide for two new New Hampshire residents. They escaped moved from San Francisco to Portsmouth and are still settling in.

Deb met them when she took a trip across the country with one of her girlfriends via Amtrak and was in San Francisco. She met them on a ferry, struck up a conversation, and a friendship was born.

They showed her around San Francisco and told her they were working to get out of the city and move to New Hampshire. (They had been doing their research, had even visited New Hampshire and decided Portsmouth was where they wanted to be. They also subscribed to Yankee Magazine to get more of a feel for New England.

So Deb invited them to come on up to the Lakes Region for a weekend so we could show ‘em around. We took them out onto the lake, visited one of the local farms and their farm stand to pick up some of the local farm fare (some honey, maple syrup, an apple pie, and some coconut/nut/fruit squares fresh from the farm stand’s bakery). We then took them to one of our favorite eateries last night – The Common Man in the town of Ashland – a restaurant they really enjoyed. Today Deb was showing them more of the Lakes Region, including some apple picking, a visit to The Old Country Store in Moultonborough, and the Gunstock Mountain Resort for a trip to the top of the mountain for scenic view of lake and the surrounding mountains, something spectacular this time of year now that the fall foliage is appearing.

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Can anyone explain to me in logical and rational terms devoid of ‘feelz’ how the reopening of Boston University’s campus is driven by “white supremacy”?

Students and faculty at Boston University wrote a letter calling for the dismantling “of white supremacy culture” at the school, with a focus on campus reopening plans.

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Within the declaration, the authors argue that many of BU’s practices and policies to allow for the campus to continue operations this fall significantly harm minority groups. Multiple groups on campus took part in writing the letter, including unionized faculty, the Black Student Union, Anti-Racist White Affinity Group Facilitators, Ph.D. Student Coalition, Student Curricula Committee, and others.

“By supporting and even encouraging a dense campus and the return of tens of thousands of inter-state and international students, BU also is increasing the health risk not only to its own campus community but also to the Greater Boston area,” the letter reads. “Pre-existing economic disparities – the result of systemic racism and discrimination – mean that COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx communities.”

Their ‘reasoning’ tries to sound logical, but to me it is emotion-driven, period. They are trying to push every emotional button they can in order to bolster their cause, whatever the heck it is this week.

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OMG!! Look at all of these white supremacists, supporters of President Trump, gathered outside Walter Reed Hospital! They’re everywhere!!

The media keeps telling us that President Donald Trump’s supporters are no-good racist white supremacists. So I decided to get down to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where the president is recovering from coronavirus, to find some.



Shocking! Shocking!!

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Want to find out how antifa works and their ultimate aims, then this article in Reason may give you some insight.

Erin Smith was at a GOP election watch party at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on November 8, 2016. For the one-time deputy vice chair of communications for the city Republication Party, it should have been a time of jubilation.

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A trans woman, conservative, and former tugboat captain who says she's "a weird activist/analyst-type person right now," Smith soon became galvanized to find out more about a group that dressed as revolutionaries and took their fight to the streets. What was animating them? Trump animus? The romance of revolution? The boredom and frustration of COVID sequestration? An unfocused desire to fuck shit up?

It takes a special moral blindness to see setting fires, breaking windows, and threatening journalists as the road to justice. I've seen this moral blindness rise along with the violence in Portland. Young activists have told me frankly that they don't give a shit if someone working in the basement of the police station burns to death because, hey, she chose to work there. I've seen activists cheer the murder of a member of the conservative group Patriot Prayer. You cannot employ the violence of your perceived enemies and expect your revolution to end in peace.

It is evident from reading Erin Smith’s observations that most folks haven’t a clue about antifa’s real goals. Those same folks would be horrified to find out.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where fall has indeed arrived, we’re enjoying a brief respite before the leaf-peepers arrive in large numbers, and where returning to work on Monday will allow me to get some rest.

10/02/2020

Democrat Reaction To Trump Covid-19 Diagnosis

There were a number of topics I could have covered today, but the only one seem to be talking about is the President and First Lady’s positive test results showing they have Covid-19. It was “Breaking News” on just about every TV news outlet this morning and again late this afternoon when it was announced the President was going to Walter Reed Hospital “as a precaution”.

One thing that didn’t make the news is the reaction of many Democrats to the news of the Trumps diagnoses: They were hoping, even praying he would die.

What. A. Bunch. Of. Dirtbags.

As Stephen Green reminds us, “If they’ll publicly call for the death of a president, imagine what they must privately think of you.”

At least one Democrat has shown she has class, that Democrat being Tulsi Gabbard.

When she was running for the Democrat nomination I had some hopes for her. But she was too moderate for the Progressives in the Democrat Party and they apparently didn’t like that. I figure with her tweet wishing the President and First Lady a swift recovery (linked above), she’s now all but dead to them.

And people wonder why more lifelong Democrats have been joining the #WalkAway campaign.

10/01/2020

The Wisdom Of Carlin

"Political correctness is Fascism pretending to be manners." - George Carlin

9/27/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been great weather here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with warm sunny days and cool nights. It has certainly allowed for continued boating out on the lake, something both BeezleBub and I have been doing as often as is practical. We were out Friday evening, enjoying the warm weather and sunset. We have been hoping the weather will hold out through the end of October, but one thing that may limit our season is not the weather so much as the lack of it.

As I mentioned in my previous post, we have experienced a summer-long drought, the drought resulting in a much lower lake level, about 19 inches lower than normal. This has created problems for a number of boaters who have found they can no longer use their docks because the lake level is so low the water isn’t deep enough to keep their boats from running aground. For those with a soft bottom at their docks, judicious use of a shovel or dredging tool can make it possible to get their boats in away from their docks. Others with boat lifts at their docks are finding the lifts leave the boats inches above the water, meaning the owners will have to find an alternate means of removing their boats from the lake for the coming winter. For some, that means use of a crane.

The thing that concerns me is if the water level gets so low that the ramps at our town docks become unusable, I will have problems removing the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout from the water. Hopefully it won’t come to that.

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One has to wonder just how much abuse, innuendo, and outright fabricated “sins” the Left is going to heap upon Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett? Assuming they didn’t learn their lesson from the Kavanaugh nomination, I expect they’ll turn up that knob to “11” and show once again just how intolerant and blindly hypocritical they are. We already know many of the Left see anyone who is not “them” as someone not quite human. Goodness knows the worst of the Left sees anyone of faith as bitter gun and bible-clinging under-educated bumpkins, politically unenlightened, cruel, Nazi-like, cousin-marrying sub-humans fit only for lawn care, political re-education camps, or mass graves.

So what will they make of devout Catholic Judge Barrett?

I shudder to think how bad they will get seeing as how much s**t they’ve already thrown at her.

For someone who is supposedly so bad, she’s receiving support from a not-all-that-suprising quarter - Black Pentecostal leadership.

It seems the Democrats are willing to ignore Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution which states “...no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Barrett’s religious beliefs or lack thereof cannot be considered as part of her qualifications for a seat on the nation’s highest court.

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It used to be our education system was supposed to provide equal opportunities for children to learn and succeed. Some kids did better than others, something that was just part of the human experience. Some did extremely well, those being a small percentage of all kids in our schools. It was understood that not all children learned the same way and that not all children were bound for college.

That’s been changing, with the most recent example being Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.. It is considered “one of the finest secondary schools in the world.” Their students come from all over the world because of its reputation for excellence. But apparently the educational Powers That Be complain the school isn’t diverse enough – it has too many Asians.

TJ is a testament to American meritocracy’s melting pot—but last week, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced a plan to reduce the number of Asian students at this selective high school. In a four-hour online “work session” alongside the district’s all-Democratic school board, Brabrand laid out an initiative to eliminate TJ’s race-blind, merit-based admissions test and replace it with a “merit lottery” open to all eighth-graders with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in order to increase “equity of opportunity.”

The Left has redefined educational “equity” to mean not just lifting the bottom up but also tearing the top down. Two weeks ago, in a town hall with TJ students, Virginia Education secretary Atif Qarni compared students who study with private tutors to athletes who take illegal “performance enhancement drugs.” Last week’s TJ “work session” came on the heels of an afternoon session where [Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand] unveiled plans to implement an “anti-racism and anti-bias” curriculum in Fairfax County schools, including TJ. During the meeting on TJ admissions, Brabrand and school officials took repeated digs at TJ’s achievement-driven (and Asian-dominated) culture.

Are they pushing an equality-of-outcome based education? We all know the results of anything that demands equality of outcome – mediocrity and destruction of the very thing such equality of outcome brings. Is it any wonder more parents are looking at private schools and home-schooling?

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Remember all the celebrities who stated they would leave the US if Trump won the election? Of all those who made that promise/threat, how many actually left the country? As best I can tell, not one. It was all virtue signaling, bluff, and bluster.

So what are we seeing as we get closer to the 2020 election?

The same damn thing.

This time, John Legend has stated “he and his wife Chrissy Teigen have thought of leaving America if President Trump remains President of the United States.” Personally, I think he’s bluffing considering he just laid out $17.5 million for a new home in Beverly Hills. I don’t think he’ll go anywhere...unless California collapses under the leadership of its Progressive government. Only then would he and his missus bail, and then only from California.

I expect many of the Usual Suspects (Alyssa Milano, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, George Lopez, Amy Schumer, Cher, Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, Barbara Streisand, amongst others) will make the same promise this time around as well...and will keep their promises this time, too.

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If you want to see the difference in media coverage when it comes to murder, take a look at the difference in coverage when a black man who is a known felon resists arrest and attacks police is shot versus a black man walking up to a white five-year old boy and killing him by shooting him in the head back in August or another black man killing a white four-year old boy just recently.

The media reacts quickly and with righteous indignation when a black person is shot by police, or by someone white, no matter what the facts of the case are.

But far too often, even in the most heinous of cases, when the perpetrator is black and the victim or victims happen to be white, the headlines and reporting are not anywhere near the same.

We have seen it in the case of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who was executed by a black man in August, and we are seeing it again in the death of a 4-year-old white child in a targeted attack by a black man, WKBN reported.

The shooting occurred in Struthers, Ohio, on Monday at around 1:55 a.m., Four adults were also shot and are hospitalized: Andre Stephon McCoy, Jr., 20, Yarnell Green Jr., 30, Cassandra Marsicola, 20, and Alexis Schneider, 22, of Struthers.

What did we hear from the DNC-MSM about these killings?

Nothing. Nada. Squat.

If it doesn’t fit the narrative the MSM will faithfully ignore it.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer weather has returned, rain may be on the way, and the acorns are falling from the oaks like raindrops.

9/26/2020

They're Here! They're Here!

We’ve been waiting for the fall foliage to arrive, something we usually see occurring starting a week before Columbus Day weekend. Imagine my surprise to see a splash of fall colors on my way into work yesterday. What made it so surprising is that the colors appeared overnight.

On my way home from work on Wednesday the only trees showing any color were the swamp maples as they are usually the first to turn and do so a few weeks before any of the trees turn. But on my way into work yesterday morning the reds, oranges, and yellows could be seen everywhere, usually in patches of color surrounded by wide areas of green. That isn’t usually how the foliage turns, so it makes me wonder if the lengthy drought we’ve experienced this summer has something to do with it

I thought the colors would be muted because of the aforementioned drought, but they have been spectacular so far. Here’s hoping that remains the case because it will mean an equally spectacular foliage season for the leaf-peepers to enjoy.

9/24/2020

A Much Needed Tip In These Contentious Times

Advice we should all keep in mind during these troubles times:



HehTM.

(H/T Knuckledraggin)

9/20/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

We’ve been experiencing a bout of fall-like weather, with cool temps and sunny skies. Though still summer, at least according to the calendar, it feels more like late October/early November. I have no idea if this is a harbinger of a colder winter, but we will deal with it as we always do.

While the foliage has started to change colors, at least farther north, we don’t expect to see the leaf peepers in this part of New Hampshire for at least a couple of more weeks. I have seen a few of the swamp maples already making the change, their leaves sliding from green to bright crimson. The sugar maples will follow in a few weeks, with the bright oranges and yellows of the oak, ash, birch and beech accompanying them. While some expect the colors to be muted this year due to the drought we’ve been experiencing this summer, I don’t think it’s going to make a difference to the folks coming up to take in the scenery and fall colors.

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I was talking with a number of my friends about the weather this morning and the subject of the wildfires out west came up, seeing as how the smoke from those fires has traveled across the US and have affected the sunrise and sunsets, giving them a reddish cast deeper than we usually see. At times there is also a hint of smoke in the air, something we usually only experience during the winter months when folks have their woodstoves fired up to keep their homes warm.

That the wildfires out west are as bad as they are because of poor forest management over the past two decades or so makes it even more tragic. Millions of acres burned, thousands of homes destroyed, and lives needlessly lost because pseudo-environmentalists decided they knew better. Their ‘better’ knowledge was not based upon science but upon what they ‘felt’ was better.

They were wrong.

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With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the speculation of who will replace her, and when, have been running rampant on both sides of the aisle. A number of Democrats have demanded no nomination take place until after the election. Nancy Pelosi has threatened to impeach Trump if he pushes forward with a nomination. (She seems to think that will be enough to stop Trump. Apparently she didn’t learn her lesson from the last time she tried that. Her last attempt made Trump even more popular. I have to wonder what the charges will be this time. Or is she just blowin’ smoke...again?)

Trump announced he would be making known his choice for Ginsberg’s replacement sometime this coming week.

What I find interesting is that former president Obama stated publicly that it is the President’s duty to fill Supreme Court vacancies and that there are no conditions laid out by the Constitution imposing limits on when he can do so.

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Contrast and compare:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passes away and there are condolences for her passing and praise for her years of service and opinions she’s authored coming from both sides of the aisle.

Justice Antonin Scalia passes away in 2016 and it’s a different story.

Nominated by Ronald Reagan, Justice Scalia was a diehard defender of the Constitution, and when he died during the last year of Obama’s presidency, many on the Left couldn’t contain their glee.

David Ehrlich of Rolling Stone asked, “How long do we have to wait till we can openly not be sad about it?”

Charles Finch, a contributor to the New York Times, Slate, and The Washington Post, wrote “I mean, if you don’t want your death politicized, don’t lead a repugnant and profoundly influential political life.”

There are plenty more examples of the hatred voiced by the Left after Scalia’s passing. Have you seen any such reaction to Ginsberg’s death from the Right? Not that I’ve seen, even from folks who disagreed with her opinions on cases heard by SCOTUS.

And therein lies the difference.

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How dangerous is it being a conservative in the US today? It can be deadly...and some Democrats seem to be fine with that.

On Thursday, The First shared a street interview with one of their reporters. In the event, the reporter asked people around Portland their thoughts on the recent murder of a Trump supporter. Here’s what one lady had to say.

“Tough luck. Don’t be a f**king Trump supporter in Portland.”

Yes, not one single person cares that a man lost his life. It is as if the left is saying he deserved to lose his life because he was a Trump supporter. Let me correct that statement; that is exactly what the left is saying.

That is a scary thought. This woman and others like her are already dehumanizing those who support Trump. That’s the first step towards these same people to consider a pogrom to eliminate them. (Every totalitarian state requires someone to hate.) Of course it wouldn’t come down to that if for no other reason that a lot of Trump supporters are armed and will shoot back.

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And that’s the (abbreviated) news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where it’s been very cool at night, boating is still taking place in large numbers, and where we expect to start seeing fall colors appearing very soon.

9/19/2020

There Are A Lot Of Angry (And Disappointed) People Out There

I will admit I have been spending quite a bit more time than usual perusing videos on YouTube. A good portion of the videos I have been watching are called “reaction videos” where someone watches a music video or movie or ‘reality’ video and gives their reaction(s) to what they saw. Some reactions are amusing. Some reactions are revealing. Some viewers are overcome by emotion in response to some of the more heart-rending music videos, particularly music videos by artists they’ve never heard of before. (One example of one such video is Brad Paisley’s Whiskey Lullaby with Alison Krauss. I haven’t come across anyone who hasn’t been affected while watching that video.)

Some of the other videos have been amusing, particularly those put together by the folks at Black Rifle Coffee Company (this one is my favorite). I’ve come across some videos of people “from away” trying to pronounce the names of towns in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and failing miserably. Other videos have been made by folks in foreign countries talking about their experiences in the US have also been eye-opening and in many cases, funny as heck.

One particular topic that kept popping up in the Recommendations were videos referencing something called MGTOW, or Men Going Their Own Way. So, being the curious type, I decided to view some of them.

If even 10% of the videos on that topic I saw accurately relate the experiences of the men making them, there are a lot of angry and hurt men out there. On the other side, there are an equally large number of women posting videos asking “Where are all the good men?” and “Why don’t men want to commit?” and other related questions. That tells me there are also a lot of angry and hurt women out there too.

Which side is ‘right’? In this case, does it matter?

A lot of men are feeling put upon with Third Wave Feminists constantly demonizing men, marginalizing them, denigrating them, blaming them for all women’s ills. They’re shown in TV shows and movies as either being totally incompetent and idiotic dads - more clueless than their children – or malevolent, evil, and violent. There is no in-between. Laws were changed that put more of an onus on men, particularly in regard to family law. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) enhanced penalties for acts of violence against women, primarily for acts of violence committed by men against women. Women could commit acts of violence against men, yet not receive the same sentences for the same acts. The enhanced penalties only went one way. But men are victims of domestic violence in numbers roughly equal to that of women. (The FBI tracks those numbers and while reported incidents of domestic violence against men was about 35% of all such incidents, they estimate the number is closer to 50% because a large percentage of domestic violence assaults against men are not reported.) #MeToo added even more scrutiny to men’s actions, creating an atmosphere where an accusation of misconduct by a man towards a woman could end a career and destroy a life, all with no proof required. The backlash took the form of men following the so-called Mike Pence Rule which roughly stated says “men should never put themselves in a situation where they can be falsely accused of rape, sexual assault, or fraternization.”

Proving innocence is often difficult or impossible, so the easiest way to avoid false accusations is to avoid women altogether.

This led to men not mentoring up and coming women in the business world, protecting themselves from even the appearance of impropriety. They wouldn’t allow closed door meetings, or would meet with women only if a third party was also present. Some saw this as an overreaction, but it is a reasonable reaction to the witch-hunt atmosphere that exists.

Men increasingly see themselves as being marginalized in society, and worse, in their own families. Is it any wonder the suicide rate for men has skyrocketed?

Women are also on the losing side of this.

One of the biggest disservices ever perpetrated on young women is being told that they “can have it all”, meaning career, spouse, and family. What they weren’t told is that while they could certainly have the first, but the chances of them also having the second and third would shrink, particularly if they waited until they had established their careers and were financially secure. This usually means they are in their 30’s before they get serious about a family. The problem is that by then it may be too late.

It has nothing to do with discrimination or sexism, but more with biology, human nature, and mathematics. They have to face the fact that they are competing with younger women who want families and are in the peak years of their fertility. These younger women like the idea that older men (in their 30’s) who are financially secure want to be with them, marry them, and have children with them. Women in the 30’s (and even 40’s) are having a tough time competing against their younger rivals. There simply aren’t enough men to go around. Or should I say there aren’t enough men of the type they feel they deserve, those men having more money than them and are either 9’s or 10’s. The problem is that of all of the available men, those ‘unicorns’ are maybe 5-10% of the total. The second problem is that 80% of the available women are all after the same 5-10% of the available men. The math doesn’t work.

Then there’s the MGTOW factor working against them – a lot of men are no longer interested in dating seriously, if at all, or in settling down again. They’ve been burned one too many times and are reluctant to put themselves out there again. Instead they are focusing on their careers, their finances, their homes, their hobbies, and other interests. Even some of the 9’s and 10’s women are looking are MGTOW because they too were burned one too many times.

What’s the answer to these problems? For one thing, I think both men and women need to dial back their expectations, need to look at life as it is and not what they’ve been told life should be. They may have to reorder their priorities because right now their priorities and their expectations are not realistic. They need to stop listening to people who do not have their best interests at heart, but are pushing their own agendas that have done more harm than good.

9/18/2020

Ever Notice?

A lesson more of our less law-abiding citizens need to learn...again.

9/13/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

We are enjoying the quiet now that Labor Day Weekend is well behind us. For the most part the summerfolk are gone, meaning the places we locals like to patronize are more accessible than they have been the past three months. A good number of the seasonal businesses are closed, with the last of them pulling the plug for the year sometime between now and Columbus Day, allowing them to service the tourist who will be hear once the fall foliage season starts.

Even though ‘official’ summer has ended, there are still a number of summer activities we are enjoying such as boating and swimming – the lake water is still quite warm – hitting the local ice cream stands and clam shacks, and partaking of some of the summer items still on the menus of our local restaurants.

As long as the weather holds I expect we’ll be boating until the end of October, though BeezleBub will be putting his jet ski up for the winter sometime in the next two or three weeks.

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The watermelon environmentalists are making the people of California reap what the enviros had sowed, with years of forest mismanagement now coming back to haunt them.

While Nancy Pelosi is laying the blame on climate change for the widespread fires devastating the Pyrite State, it has been that aforementioned forest mismanagement driving the fires, period. California has become a shining example of how not to manage forests.

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I don’t know about any of you, but I doubt I could care any less than I do about the start of the NFL season. As a long time Patriots and Eagles fan, it pains me to see the NFL become less about sports and more about being woke. It appears I am not the only one.

When the boos rained down on to Arrowhead Stadium at Thursday’s NFL season opener as members of the Kansas City Chiefs locked arms for a “Moment of Unity,” it was the latest sign that some fans want teams to play sports, not politics.

And now, Gallup has confirmed that the nation is upset with the sports industry’s embrace of hot-button political issues.

In its latest industry ratings, sports has gone from Rah! to nah.

“The sports industry now has a negative image, on balance, among Americans as a whole, with 30% viewing it positively and 40% negatively, for a -10 net-positive score. This contrasts with the +20 net positive image it enjoyed in 2019, when 45% viewed it positively and 25% negatively,” said Gallup.

If you go to YouTube and search for “Boycott NFL”, you’ll see video after video of die-hard NFL fans pulling the plug on pro football. Many of them can be seen removing all of the fan paraphernalia from their homes and burning it, explaining that they no longer had use for the NFL because it was no longer about football, but about politics. This attitude seems to cut across all lines, including political lines. Sports usually brings folks together, folks from all walks of life. Now it’s nothing more than an extension of the politics that has divided us and the fans are sick of it.

The NFL is going to learn the same lesson as Gillette did: “Get woke. Go broke.”

You piss off your fan base at your own peril.

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Speaking of YouTube, another topic of great interest seems to be the #WalkAway Campaign, where Democrats, including long time Democrats, tell us why they are walking away from the party, in many cases explaining why they are voting for Trump. Some are even joining the Republican Party. In most cases it’s because they have found it comes closer to their beliefs than their old party.

They are making the same discovery the late Ronaldus Magnus did in his time:

“I didn’t leave the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party left me.”

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If anyone ever tells you government is better at doing things than we are, show them this:



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Heard at the sermon at church this morning:

“You can’t convince anyone by yelling at them.”

That’s why when I am debating someone I tend to speak more quietly when I become angry. Then the person I am debating looks like the “crazed one”.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the quiet has returned (for now), we have the lake to ourselves (for now), and foliage season will be arriving soon enough.

9/12/2020

A New Take On An Old Tall Tale

This one will certainly expand my repertoire for my future as one of those old-timers sitting on a rocking chair on the front porch of our local general store, telling Yankee tall tails to all the tourists.



I prefer the “You can’t get theah from heah” stories. Always confuses ‘em.

9/11/2020

September 11th Boatlift - Unsung Heroes

Here is but one story about some of the unsung heroes of September 11, 2001.



As stated in the video, the evacuation of southern Manhattan was the biggest boatlift in history, bigger even than Dunkirk which saw almost 390,000 British and French troops evacuated over nine days. The September 11th Boatlift saw over 500,000 people evacuated from southern Manhattan in nine hours.

That Awful Day

It was nineteen years ago.

Or was it just yesterday?

That Awful Day born of hatred. The smoke, the fire, the dust filling the sky. The rumbling and crashing that signaled the death of so many, victims and heroes alike. Final goodbyes knowing loved ones would never hear their voices ever again. Those who ran towards possible doom, putting their own lives on the line for others. Those who put aside their differences, their fears, and worked together to do something positive on That Awful Day.

IT. STILL. HURTS.



Seeing what we all saw on That Awful Day, we also saw how it brought all of us together. Looking around today and seeing what is tearing us apart makes the pain from That Awful Day even worse.

We have forgotten the lesson of That Awful Day. We have let hatred, greed, envy, and the lust for power drive away all that we learned nineteen years ago. Too many of us have forgotten that which we should never forget, assuming some of us knew it at all.

What would be the response if That Awful Day happened today rather than nineteen years ago?

I would like to think it would be the same as it was nineteen years ago.

I really would.

9/08/2020

A Peek Into Our Energy Future If The Watermelon Environmentalists Get Their Way

If you want a preview of what the watermelon environmentalists have in store for us nationwide, then take a gander at this tweet from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti:



California has been replacing its reliable power stations – natural gas and nuclear – with wind and solar. Now the Pyrite State is having problems meeting demand during the present heat wave. It is expected the problem with only get worse when they take their last nuclear power station offline and decommission more natural gas plants over the next four years.

California is showing us renewables are not the way to power our future because they cannot meet demand under certain (but not uncommon) conditions.

9/07/2020

Karma And Irony

Who says there’s no such thing as karma?

A Portland antifa protester found that out the hard way.

Anti-police rioters got help from police to put out the flames of a Portland antifa rioter who set himself on fire with his own Molotov cocktail on night 100 of the violent demonstrations.

This was the karma.

So the very people the BLM and antifa protesters have been vilifying over the past 100 nights were the ones who saved one of those very same protesters from accidentally immolating himself.

This was the irony.

9/06/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

Here it is, the Last Weekend of SummerTM, and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has been hopping. Heavy traffic coming in to the area Friday night certainly made its presence known, or at least it did with one of the WP Nephews who made the trip up from the People’s Republic of Maskachusetts. What would have normally been a trip of a little under two hours took him over three to get here.

Traffic was also very heavy Saturday morning when I was out running errands. Not that it isn’t usually heavy late on Saturday mornings, but this went beyond what I usually see, even on a holiday weekend.

If I had to guess, this is the last gasp for those folks still making up for the time they lost between March and June. That has certainly been evident out on the lake, with a lot of boats plying their way across the lake. Not that I had any plans of heading out until sometime Monday after most of the weekenders departed.

Something that caught me off guard over this Last Weekend of Summer was the early closing of one of the well-known seasonal restaurants. Usually it’s last weekend of operation has been Labor Day Weekend, but it unexpectedly closed its doors last weekend. The loss of its waitstaff due to their return to college hit them harder than usual because they were already short-staffed, so their doors closed a week early. It felt weird driving by the place and seeing it already closed for the season. It is the harbinger of what’s approaching – the end of summer.

It’s happening too damn soon this year, and I am not the only one saying so.

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Speaking of busy, it’s going to be busy in New Hampshire on Tuesday as it’s the state primary elections to select candidates for a number of state and federal offices. Normally state primaries tend to have relatively low turnouts compared to the general elections in November, but I have a feeling turnout is going to be higher than usual. There appears to be a larger field of candidates across the board, there is a lot of disgust if not anger directed to some of the present office holders in both Congress and the state legislature (at present Democrat majority at both the federal and state level). The larger than usual number of campaign signs is an indicator that this year’s election season is going to be a grim one.

Soon enough I will be watching a lot more TV content on Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu because I will become so sick and tired of the constant barrage of political ads filling the airwaves.

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Have any of you out there had the chance to watch News Nation on WGN America? I have tried it out over the past few nights and I have to say I am impressed.

They have tried very hard to keep any bias and editorializing from their reporting, going back to what news was supposed to be – reporting the news, presenting both sides of the story, and letting the people decide what it all means.

Let’s hope they can stick to those ideals and can present the news as it is, not as someone may want it to be.

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People keep asking why Trump doesn’t “send in the troops” to restore order in the Blue cities being burnt to the ground by the inaction/tacit approval of the mayors and/or city councils?

My answer: Because Trump isn’t stupid enough to step into the trap set by those same mayors/city councils.

He’s already called Portland’s Mayor Wheeler’s bluff, asking him if he needed help, such help being National Guard troops. Wheeler’s response - “Thanks, but no thanks” - disarmed the trap in Oregon.

Kurt Schlicter’s answer isn’t all that different from mine, but he goes into more detail:

...what folks do not understand are the practical problems with Trump using troops (sending federal law enforcement officers presents similar problems, but also a unique and big one – there just aren’t as many federal cops as there are soldiers). The devil is in the details, and the devil here makes Trump pulling the trigger on the troops in the current situation a very bad idea. We should support his strategic patience and not do what the Democrats want by getting mad at the president for refusing to stumble into an ambush.

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...what I know tells me that, despite our fantastic soldiers’ abilities, this is a bad idea.

Democrat governors, mayors and district attorneys do not want military forces deployed and will at least refuse to cooperate with them, if not actively hinder them. That makes a blue city like Portland a “non-permissive environment,” and the military is certainly designed to operate in them. That’s why when the military moves in force with, say, an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) of 5,000 soldiers plus support elements (thousands more), we essentially deploy a small town with everything we need to survive – food, fuel, ammo, medical, maintenance, commo, power, transportation, even lawyers. Typically, in cities engulfed in chaos, it’s a permissive environment. The cops work with us. They take custody of arrestees, hold them, and the DA prosecutes them. Hospitals take in our wounded and sick. We use local government property to operate out of. We have access to the infrastructure of society. But what if the Democrat regime refuses to allow all that? Then the troops are on their own; it’s now an invasion, and while doable logistically, it takes a massive footprint.

The last thing we would want is for something like to happen. If gets bad enough, the troops could be used to surround the city and seal it off, not letting the miscreants flee. No need to go into the city proper. Hopefully it will not come down to that. Next best would be if the city government asks for help and the President provides it.

Schlicter dives down into the logistic and legal issues that using regular Army troops would entail, seeing it as a commander would see it. He knows what it would entail and can see it would be a big negative for the President. However, if things escalate and the BLM, antifa, and their hangers on start killing in earnest, all bets are off.

In the mean time, Read The Whole Thing.

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Is global warming/climate change a scam? According to lengthy weather records from the isolated Japanese island Hachijojima, located in the Philippine Sea, there has been no warming for 80 years. What makes this island such a perfect place for determining of there is any global warming?

What makes Hachijojima interesting climatically is its rural, non-urban features – in the middle of the ocean – making station siting there less prone to factors that could corrupt the data, such as airports, asphalt, concrete, steel, and other heat-sink-acting infrastructure.

If temperature records from an isolated location without the artifacts that can affect temperature readings indicate no warming trend over an 80 year period, then is there actually any global warming, or is that ‘warming’ the result of heat retention by the aforementioned infrastructure?

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You know the electrical grid problems are getting bad in California when the Pyrite State has to beg energy companies for batteries to use for storage because they no longer have the generating capacity to meet demand, particularly during the heat wave it’s been dealing with.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the last hours of summer are slowly counting down, people are busy trying make the best of those last hours, and where peace and quiet will return for a while...until foliage season starts.

9/05/2020

Talk About A Disconnect

Something I knew I had to share the instant I saw it:



Yup, that pretty much is the case. I know I get tired of folks from away telling us how we should be living even though they really know little about us, our lifestyles, or our commitment to the environment. As to the last, we're a lot closer to and better stewards of the environment then the folks from away could possibly imagine.

9/03/2020

First Presidential Debate

This is a debate I could watch again and again. The portrayal of Biden is dead on...and probably closer to the truth than it should be.

8/31/2020

Effective Riot Control

As seen elsewhere, an idea that would be quite effective in quelling riots...and it's biodegradable, so it's green!

8/30/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s the closing weekend of the annual Motorcycle Week in Laconia. The number of attendees is down, maybe by two-thirds, but that’s understandable, between Covid-19 and the bike rally at Sturgis, SD having ended only two weeks ago. Laconia normally takes place in June, usually ending on Father’s Day weekend, but the organizers decided to delay it until this past week. They didn’t want to cancel it outright, but they knew it would be a shadow of its usual self.

It didn’t help that it rained yesterday, something that tends to keep the visiting bikers off the road. Fortunately the rain stopped by early afternoon and the bikes appeared soon after that.

All in all, it was a a low-key Motorcycle Week. Somehow I think next year’s rally will more than make up for it.

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Pro sports keeps ignoring the lesson of “Get woke, go broke”, with the latest example being baseball games canceled because the ball players decided they weren’t going to play because of the shooting of felon Jacob Blake by police. That Blake was in violation of a restraining order that ordered him to stay away from the victim of an violent sexual assault Blake had allegedly committed and other outstanding warrants plays no part in this.

What these players and the sports organizations are choosing to ignore is that they are losing fans in increasing numbers, and if the fans go away, so do their pro sports careers.

Fans don’t care nearly as much as they did. They’ve learned to live without sports, especially in their current diminished condition. They’ve learned that they’re taken for granted. And more and more they’ve determined that they won’t pay another dime to attend games or to watch them on TV.

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MLB, like the NBA and NFL, has allowed its fan base — its financial blood flow — to erode.

Fans can’t help but apply Thursday’s walkout to their own realities: “Would I be allowed to simply stand up and walk out of work in protest of anything and not face suspension or termination?” And they conclude that they could not, or would not — even at a small fraction of big-league pay.

Fans have found better things to do than patronize spoiled multimillionaire athletes, are focusing on local sports or on more family oriented activities that don’t involve professional sports. Long-term die-hard fans are tuning out, myself included. I have no plans to watch any NFL games which means that neither the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles can count on me attending games or watching them on TV. There are plenty of other fans of these teams and all the others feeling the same way.

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Are Trump voters lying to pollsters about who they’ll be voting for in November? Are they also lying to co-workers, friends, and family members? If the study conducted by CloudResearch about responses to polls is anywhere near accurate, the answer is a qualified “yes”.

11.7% of Republicans say they would not report their true opinions about their preferred presidential candidate on telephone polls.

In contrast, just 5.4% of Democrats say they’d be reluctant to share their true voting intentions — roughly half the number of Republicans reluctant to tell the truth on phone polls.

10.5% of Independents fell into the “shy voter” category, just a percentage point lower than how Republicans react to phone polls.

We have also have to be careful if we voice our opinions to our family and friends. TDS is widespread.

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It looks like Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is getting desperate as he’s had to resort to publishing a letter to President Trump as a means to bolster his re-election campaign by laying the blame for the rioting, looting and arson taking place in Portland on Trump and the federal officers who were protecting federal property. The truth is the rioting, looting, and arson were taking place well before the feds showed up. Wheeler is applying Alinsky’s Rules to the dire situation he’s found himself in, specifically “Accuse your opponents of acts you yourself are committing.”

Wheeler’s own words condemn him, he having stated he’s allowed Portland to burn because “it had nothing to lose.”

Who the heck wants a mayor that will allow his city to be destroyed because he’s too weak or too scared to actually do something to stop it?

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I was running an errand for the WP Mom – seeking a birthday card for her great grandson (my grand nephew) – and experienced the same thing she did, that being a dearth of birthday cards. More accurately, a dearth of birthday cards for boys of almost all ages. There were plenty of birthday cards for girls from 1 year old through their teen years.

There were some generic kid’s birthday cards, but there were very few of them, and none that were appropriate for a 5-year old boy. Most of those generic cards seemed a little too ‘frilly’ for me, meaning they were really aimed at young girls. (Is that just my White Heterosexual Male Privilege/Patriarchy speaking? No. How do I know? It was simple: I asked one of the young store associates with whom I am acquainted whether it was just my perception. She agreed with my observation and said she’d never really noticed it until I mentioned it.)

It’s one thing if there had been row after row of empty slots where those cards would normally be located, meaning they were sold out. But those rows and rows of empty slots don’t exist. Those cards weren’t sold out. They were never there.

Is it because there isn’t much of a market for birthday cards for young boys? Or is it because we have reached the point in our society where cards have become far more female-focused and greeting card companies are abandoning a portion of their market?

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Antifa, BLM, and their hangers on have gone past rioting, looting, and arson in Portland.

They are now actively killing people...and cheering their murder.

“As cars drive through the intersection, a man can be seen pulling a gun and shooting. The man who is hit stumbles and falls and is then illuminated by headlights. . . . At the moment of the murder, a voice can be heard to celebrate the death of a ‘Trumper.'”

Writes Andy Ngo, “On the 95th night of riots and violent protests in Portland, a conservative rally attendee was fatally shot. On confirming the deceased wasn’t one of theirs, antifa and BLM cheered & danced in the street outside the Justice Center.”

I expect this will become more prevalent now that they’ve passed that psychological threshold. Then again, mobs like killing. They always have.

I am laying a good portion of the blame on Portland mayor Ted Wheeler and his indifference to the destruction of his city.

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Believe it or not, there is someone out there who has authored a tome that defends the looting that has been taking place in those cities ‘protesting’ the death of George Lloyd. The author of the book defends looting “as a way to undermine the “white supremacy” behind the idea of property and that the value of small businesses is a “right-wing myth.””

The author, Vicky Osterwell, makes the argument that “looting is a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society. The rioters who smash windows and take items from stores, she says, are engaging in a powerful tactic that questions the justice of ‘law and order,’ and the distribution of property and wealth in an unequal society.”

There’s one problem with looting, that being that most of those small businesses looted won’t be back, ever. There will be fewer places to loot going forward. Areas of the city will become retail deserts because why would anyone open a business knowing their goods would be stolen all in the name of “distribution of property and wealth in an unequal society”?

Apparently Ms. Osterwell has never read any Adam Smith, but instead has been delving too deeply into long discredited Marxist economics, where no one owns anything and everything is ‘free’. Of course it never really works out that way...ever. She has consumed the Marxist economic Kool-aid and chooses to ignore how things actually work as well as ignoring a good portion of human nature. But then Marxists usually do.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the roar of motorcycles is dwindling away, the sun has reappeared, and where the last week of summer is starting.

8/29/2020

Buddies Like That

I was perusing the web and came across this over at The Feral Irishman.



We all need buddies like that.

8/28/2020

California Aiming To Tax (Confiscate) Wealth And Take A Piece Of Your Income Even If You Leave

From the “Just When I Thought They Couldn’t Get Any Stupider” Department comes this from California.

California Proposes Creating ‘Tax Prisoners’ - You Can Move Away, But You’s Still Be Taxed For 10 Years.

You probably already have heard of the California proposal. It would be a 4 percent tax on the net worth of those with more than $30 million and would hit about 34,000 people.

Whew! That won’t hit me, you’re saying.

But one feature of the bill is outlandish and, if it set a precedent for other taxes, it could impair the freedom and mobility of citizens. You see heretofore we have a choice on where to live and pay our taxes. But the California proposal is special: moving a way won’t help. California would tax you even if fled for fairer taxes elsewhere.

It would impose the tax for ten years after the former resident sets up in another state.

So they would tax assets, assets bought with money that had already been heavily taxed by California? This would be a second tax on money that has already been taxed. The reasoning behind this insane idea?

[State Assemblyman] Bonta argued that the state deserves part of the wealth accumulated in the state.

WTF? The state “deserves part of the wealth”? The state didn’t make that wealth. The state already taxed that wealth. Now they want more. It’s called ‘theft’. And on top of that, they want to keep stealing that wealth for 10 years after a resident has packed up and left.

Do the looters infesting California’s Assembly really believe they’ll be able to get away with doing something like that? Isn’t that akin to indentured servitude, something outlawed by the 13th Amendment back in 1865? Is it akin to Directive 10-289 as described by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged? Do The Powers That Be understand that novel was meant to be a warning and not a “How To” manual?

I figure it will only be a matter of time until the Assembly lowers that limit until it hits everyone regardless of their income or ‘wealth’. If they do, they will see the exodus already taking place turn into a flood of people, businesses and wealth fleeing the state now being run by pirates, thieves, and con artists. Everyone will pick up and leave...unless the Pyrite State enacts their own version of Directive 10-289 and enslaves the citizenry.

Frankly, I wouldn’t it past them to do just that “for the good of California”. It’s Schlicter’s People’s Republic coming into being.

8/27/2020

Quote Of The Day

Posting has been a little sparse as LifeTM has intruded. Between my regular job and some of my town duties, I haven't had as much free time as I usually do. In order to break the streak of little posting, I offer this quote of the day from one of the commenters over at DayByDay.

Quoth JS Stryker:

“If socialism is the answer then someone asked a really stupid question…”

Indeed.

8/23/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s the opening weekend of the delayed Motorcycle Week up here in central New Hampshire, with a Covid-19 diminished crowd of around 150,000 bikers expected to visit over the next 8 days. We usually see between 300,000 and 350,000 bikers over the typical Motorcycle Week.

A usual number of vendors will be smaller, with beer tents not being allowed this year. Fortunately, the restrictions on restaurant seating expired this past week meaning the local restaurants can operate at full capacity.

It will be interesting to see how many bikers will make the trip this year. We’ll have a better feel for that come Thursday when the majority of the bikers will start arriving.

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They know if they don’t cheat they can’t win.

It seems the Dartmouth College Democrats have been conspiring to get ineligible out-of-state voters to cast fraudulent absentee ballots in New Hampshire.

If they aren’t already registered to vote in New Hampshire, then they cannot register to vote while out of state. Under NH law they can’t use their dorm address to register to vote because they are not ‘domiciles’, something required in order to be eligible to vote. (Dorms, like hotels and motels, are considered transient housing and as such cannot be used to establish residency.) They are also required to have a valid NH ID, be it a drivers license or state issued non-drivers ID. But that hasn’t stopped the DCDs.

This is ballot box stuffing; vote fraud, clear as day.

These ‘students’ are at home and should vote in the town and state where they are now. Not where they could be in theory under other circumstances. A place where, even on campus, they do not live. They will never file taxes from their dorm address or be asked to serve on a jury. Heck, they can’t even license a dog in New Hampshire, but we should let them vote in our elections?

If it lets the Democrats cheat, to ‘stuff the ballot box’, then of course they’re all for it. After all, the ends justify the means, right?

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I don’t need to add anything to this:


(H/T Powerline)

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I had thought to make this announcement in a separate post (and I might still do so), but I wanted to let my dozen or so regular readers know that I will be adding a new contributor to Weekend Pundit.

This has been in the works for a few weeks and came about after a series of e-mails discussing some of my posts, with them becoming more or a Point-Counterpoint discussion over a period of months. It came to me that perhaps this was something that should be shared by means other than copy-and-paste into a post. As I was pondering this, I received an e-mail asking if it would be a good idea to open the blog to another contributor.

That cinched it for me.

The new member of the team, Jodi, is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, meaning our viewpoints will likely be on opposite ends of the political spectrum. (In the spirit of full disclosure, she is also one of the WP Nieces I have mentioned now and then.) She will be taking on my well-earned reputation as a curmudgeonly conservative. It will be my viewpoints, developed over decades of observation, experiences, and travel to an unnumbered amount of foreign lands, against hers, come by way of her upbringing and educational indoctrination.

I expect some good back-and-forth. I am also hoping to reactivate comments (probably using Disqus) as I have a feeling more than one or two of you will want to respond to our scribblings. When comments are restored I will have only one rule, shamelessly stolen from our friends over at GraniteGrok: Act like a troll and you will be banned.

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And that’s the abbreviated news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the roar of motorcycles can be heard everywhere, thunderstorms are forecast for today and tomorrow, and it’s time for me to get back to work even though it’s Sunday.

8/22/2020

DNC Plan B

I figured the DNC would have to resort to this. It’s the only way Joe will make it through the campaign.



(H/T Powerline)

8/21/2020

A Paradox

One has to wonder how folks can believe two diametrically opposed ideas at the same time. The picture below illustrates one such bit of cognitive dissonance, by way of Facebook.

8/20/2020

Quote Of The Day

"You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant." - Harlan Ellison

8/19/2020

God Was Busy

I saw this in the comments to a post about an Iowa State University English professor who demanded her students support the same causes she did or they would be kicked out of her class.

I have seen variations of this so I am slightly editing it (mostly format and a few grammatical errors) But the gist of it is the same.

There's an old joke about the community-college professor who is militantly atheist. In one class, on a completely different topic, he announces that God doesn't exist, and he can prove it!

The professor shakes his fist in the air and thunders, "God, if you exist at all, I DARE you to strike me down! Strike me down in the next minute! I dare you!"

This annoys several students who are not atheists, among them a recently discharged US Marine, sitting ramrod-straight in the front row. After watching the professor get increasingly smug, he has had enough. He rises from his chair and floors the professor with one punch to the jaw.

The astonished professor exclaims: "What was THAT for?!?"

The Marine quietly responds: "God was busy, so He sent me instead."

Heh.TM

8/18/2020

Is California Going To Go Dark?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, California’s electrical grid has problems.

They’re about to get worse…and it’s the fault of the politicians, not the utilities.

In response to rolling blackouts over the weekend, California ISO President Steve Berber warned that California must maintain its current electricity reserves or risk ‘collapse of the entire system of California and perhaps the entire West.’

Berber:

“You are trading the loss of 3000 megawatts for the collapse of the entire system of California and perhaps the entire West. […] When you’re at the very edge and you have a contingency and you have no operating reserves, you risk entire system collapse.”

As anyone in the electrical utility field knows, and as many engineers know, you can’t use 100% of your generating capacity with no reserves because if something happens – a downed powerline, equipment failure in a switching yard/substation, a generator fault – the electrical grid will start shutting down in what’s called a cascade failure. That’s when one section of the grid after another shuts down to protect generators, transformers, and switches because there isn’t enough generating capacity to take up the load.

We’ve seen that kind of failure before, with one of the larger blackouts taking place some years ago, starting in the upper mid-West (Illinois) and spreading across the northern tier to the Northeast, specifically New Jersey, New York, and portions of Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. That was caused when one generating plant dropped offline when there was a switching yard failure. It took place during a heatwave and the grid was stressed trying to meet the demand.

California’s situation is worse, with an inadequate generation capacity that will shrink even more as more powerplants are decommissioned, both natural gas plants and the last operating nuclear power station are slated to be removed from the grid in the next few years. There’s no new dispatchable capacity to replace the plants coming offline. The Pyrite State already imports over 30% of its electricity and that percentage is growing. That has led to the situation where California has been using 100% of its generating capacity with no operating or spinning reserve available to service any increase in demand or a generator dropping offline. If there is a surge or drop in generation capacity it could cause a cascade failure, not just in California but in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Why is California in this situation?

That’s the way the watermelon environmentalists in state government wanted it and did everything they could to make it happen. They’ve succeeded.

8/16/2020

Thoughts On A Sunday

This weekend’s weather has certainly been entirely different from what we saw last weekend and most of this past week. It was cooler and cloudier which was nice because it meant there was no need to turn on the A/C and we could leave the windows open.

For a summer that started out so cool and wet, it has changed into one of the warmer and more humid summers we’ve seen in a while. But even with this and the ongoing Covid-19 precautions, this part of New Hampshire has been seeing the usual summer crowds. However, the makeup of the crowds has changed, with a much larger proportion of them being folks from in-state. It’s been ‘staycations’ rather than ‘vacations’.

A number of summer attractions haven’t been operating this summer, one of the biggest being an outdoor concert venue that sees between 30 and 40 concert events per season. The same is true of some of the summer theater venues.

It has certainly made for a different summer this year.

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Kamala Harris is now a target, or at least she should be if the Left Wing media were honest and approached her candidacy with the same zeal they had when they went after Sarah Palin.

However, we all know they won’t. Instead, they will carry water for her, protect her, and do everything they can to sanitize the more nefarious portions of her past.



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I came across this video in the comments section of a post linking to Steven Hayward’s piece about Our Collapsing Cities.

The video shows block after block of boarded up stores along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. The driver lists the stores he sees, running the gamut from Rolex, Ferragamo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Puma, Nike, Ted Baker, Aldo’s, Adidas, AT&T, Oakley, Barnes & Noble, and a whole host of other retailers. Fifth Avenue and the cross-streets are deserted. Some retailers aren’t returning. Others haven’t made up their minds. Somehow I doubt Fifth Avenue will ever be the same since looters decided to collect ‘reparations’ on their terms.

New Yorkers can thank Comrade DeBlasio for the situation at Fifth Avenue and elsewhere in the city.

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It looks like California Democrats are now showing their true colors, proposing a new “wealth tax” in order to fill a budget deficit of their own making.

This is not taxation. It is blatant theft, all in the name of “the greater good.” What they are proposing will take away assets owned by those they are taxing, assets the people worked for, assets people earned. In effect, California Democrats are telling anyone who makes it in the business world that they should “stop thinking about it as your money because it’s our money.”

The looters (for that’s what they are) are estimating it will raise $7.5 billion, but if past performance of other wealth taxes imposed elsewhere is any indicator, they won’t take in anywhere near that much. Their reasoning for such a tax is the usual “These greedy capitalists became wealthy on the backs of the poor and downtrodden” trope.

How much should the most successful among us be taxed? The idiotic notions that the rich got that way because of racism or because they “stood on the backs of the poor” are liberal political rhetoric and not serious debate points about the issue of wealth or taxes. And if the state is going to raise taxes on anyone, they are beholden to the people to find ways to cut government expenditures by an equal or greater amount.

California Democrats are not going to cut any of their pet programs to narrow the deficit, so they’re going to get cash from the most convenient source; the rich and successful.

They will also drive those paying those taxes out of California. Of course the Democrats have an answer to that problem: “California won’t have a problem with rich people fleeing the state. If they do, their wealth will still be taxed for 10 years after they go.”

Yeah, I’m sure that proviso will survive the expected court challenges. [/sarc]

Every time I think California’s One-Party GovernmentTM can’t get any stupider, they prove me wrong. When they do, the people of California suffer.

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Democrats keep telling us vote-by-mail is the only way to enable voting during this era of Covid-19. Any complaints about how easy it is to commit vote fraud have been downplayed or even openly mocked as being paranoid.

Tell that to the city of Paterson, New Jersey.

Facing allegations of vote fraud, Councilman-elect Alex Mendez has decided to accept a judge’s proposal that would negate his victory in the May election and set up a new contest for Paterson’s 3rd Ward City Council seat.

After a bitter battle in the spring election, Mendez and former Councilman William McKoy will engage in a rematch that could shape the city’s political landscape for the next two years. Mendez had loomed as Mayor Andre Sayegh’s main opponent in the 2022 mayoral race after he beat McKoy by 240 votes in the spring.

But six days before Mendez was scheduled to take office as a councilman on July 1, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced he was being charged with election fraud crimes, accusations that are pending. A judge subsequently ruled that the 3rd Ward council seat should stay vacant until the resolution of McKoy’s civil lawsuit claiming there was widespread wrongdoing in the election.

Both candidates have agreed to a special election – a repeat election – as the way to address the fraud vote perpetrated this past May. It’s a do-over because the vote-by-mail process was misused and fraudulent ballots were accepted, making the outcome impossible to determine.

This is the system the DNC wants to use for the election in November, leaving the election open to massive fraud, fraud that can be used to ensure election wins across the nation.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the latest heat wave has broken, the summer attractions that are open are doing a lot of business, and where people are trying to get their kids ready to go back to school...of some form.