Thoughts On A Sunday

We returned to more normal temperatures for mid-November here at the lake, something not unexpected. We were hoping the unseasonably warm weather would hang around a bit longer, but it was not to be.

With the change in the weather we have been seeing a big upswing in Covid-19 cases, something that wasn’t a surprise as the prognosticators had predicted we would see a second wave, and we have. Of course it isn’t just here, but across the nation. I have to admit it is affecting how I am handling some of my business, working from home as much as is practical to reduce any possible exposure to the WuFlu. There are two reasons for limiting any possible exposure – the WP Mom, while being I excellent health, is 86 years old, one of the more vulnerable demographics; and prepping for a small family gathering on Thanksgiving Day, trying to reduce the probability of carrying or catching Covid-19.

This has also limited contact with some family members, particularly my ex-missus. She works at the one of the local long term care facilities, a facility that has seen its first Covid-19 cases just this past week. She is working with the affected patients, meaning she is limiting her contact outside of work. She’s not going to her gym for the time being, doing a on-line spin class instead. She isn’t going to be going to her folks for Thanksgiving. She won’t be visiting our son and his girlfriend, or coming to The Gulch to visit me and the WP Mom. We are in constant contact via text and phone calls as I know she’s feeling isolated.

I have a feeling we will not be making the trip to the younger WP Sister’s on Thanksgiving Day if this second wave intensifies. As sad as that will be should it come to that, better safe than sorry.


Something else of a personal nature: It was 6 years ago the WP Dad passed away. It doesn’t seem that long ago.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him.


Why Trump supporters are here for good.

If people living in Trump country seem like they live in a different world from that inhabited by Silicon Valley executives and the editors of The New York Times, there is a reason for that: They do.


Some of the snoots living in Blue America sneer that the inhabitants of Red America are ignorant, living in a fantasyland. But in many ways, Red America understands Blue America better than Blue America understands Red America. It doesn’t have much choice: The news media, the entertainment business, technology and social media, and the commanding heights of big business live in Blue America and largely share Blue America’s biases, assumptions and points of view. Some of them are at least a little aware of their ignorance — Dean Baquet, the editor of The New York Times, confessed in 2016: “We don’t get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.” He might have added guns, farming, and much else to the list of things his staff doesn’t get.


Blue America is feeling triumphant at the moment. But vanquishing Donald Trump is not quite the achievement they think it is, because Trump has always been much more a symptom of our Great Divide than a cause of it. That may not be obvious to an intellectual class that knows more about the Uyghurs than it does about Southwestern Oklahoma, but those who are interested in understanding the other America rather than merely sneering at it have a lot of homework to do.

The question is whether or not they will be willing to do that homework or will they allow their willful ignorance to go unchallenged and continue to believe the propaganda and mis-/disinformation being disseminated by their leaders. Will it be “Déjà vu all over again”, with our self-anointed ‘betters’ recreating the atmosphere of the Germany of the 1930’s? Will they corral antifa and turn them into their version of the Sturmabteilung? Will the Blue “sleepers” finally awake from their ignorance and come to realize they’ve been lied to for decades before it’s too late?

As the saying goes, Read The Whole Thing.


There are voting irregularities still being investigated despite claims by the DNC-MSM that reports of vote fraud were “unsubstantiated”, meaning they haven’t been investigated yet, not that they did not happen. (The Michigan Legislature called a special joint session of the Senate and House Oversight Committees to call election officials in 53 Michigan counties to appear before them to answer questions about voting machines in their districts swapping votes, this being but one inquiry.)

There are others looking into voter registration irregularities in six contested states that may affect 1.25 million voters.

[Matt] Braynard has assembled a team to look for inconsistencies in the six contested states—Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada.

So far, they’ve identified 1.25 million voter issues that they’re following up on through phone calls and against other databases.

The largest issue they’ve found so far is with voters who had submitted a National Change of Address form to the post office indicating they moved out of state, yet appear to have voted in 2020 in the state they moved from.


In Georgia, the team found 17,877 early or absentee voters who had filed out-of-state move notices—a higher number than the current vote differential in the state. The current vote tally in Georgia as of 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of Trump by 14,164 votes.

The article goes on to describe a number of double votes detected. They also contacted people who had been sent absentee ballots that had not been received back, asking them if they had received, filled out, and sent their ballots back, and if so, when. So they are also looking into the possibility that legal absentee ballots were never received, either through loss by the USPS or by deliberate diversion by unknown third parties.

And the hits keep on coming…


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where mid-fall weather has returned, schools are switching back to remote learning, and where we’re getting mighty tired of having to deal with this damned virus.