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.


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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.