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.


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.


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.


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.


...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.


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?


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.


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.