A Few Bike Week 2021 Observations

It’s the second weekend of Motorcycle Week here in central New Hampshire. The ‘second wave’ of bikes started arriving this past Thursday, bringing with it the constant rumble of motorcycles.

While this isn’t the largest crowd we’ve seen for a Bike Week, it’s pretty darned close. Officials have already started planning for both the 99th and 100th Annual Motorcycle Week. It is expected the 100th Annual Motorcycle Week will be huge.

Some have asked whether I am sick of the sound of all the bikes and I have to honestly say that I am not. That rumble means dollar signs and the hospitality industry here in New Hampshire is raking in the bucks. It means so for the entire state as Bike Week, while centered here in the Lake Winnipesaukee area, reaps benefits for other areas of the state as well since the visiting bikers travel all over the state sightseeing and attending other Bike Week related activities and events in other towns and counties.

The weather has certainly been cooperative for the most part, with rain on this past Monday and some showers early this morning and more expected late this afternoon/early evening.

Of the few bikers I have talked to, they have all enjoyed this year’s Bike Week, glad that it has fully returned.


It's Up Versus Down, Not Left Versus Right

I came across a reference to this speech by Ronaldus Magnus in a comment over at Chris Muir’s DayByDay cartoon. Ronald Reagan brought up a number of good points that are relevant even today. What’s even more interesting is that Ronaldus Magnus gave this speech back in October of 1964. One of the more poignant and thought provoking quotes from that speech is something we need to keep in mind, particularly in light of the situation our nation is facing today.

“You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I'd like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There's only an up or down: [up] man's old -- old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.”

It is a constant battle between freedom and security.

Those who fear or can be convinced to fear all kinds of things that are common in life seem willing to surrender their freedom to those who helped foster those fears to begin with. It is not a new thing by any means as we have seen this numerous times during the 20th century alone.

The 21st century versions of those selling fear have a more effective set of platforms to instill fear in the populace, and it helps them that most of the media is all in on helping to do so, to help push everyone (but them) down to the lowest common denominator, to give them dominion unending over those who have willingly sold themselves into slavery.

They must not succeed.


Thoughts On A Sunday

The roar of motorcycles filled a good portion of last evening, just as they did during the day today. The weather has been great all weekend and looks to be good all week (except for Monday, maybe). That will certainly help the visiting bikers plenty of time to enjoy the amenities (and spend a lot of money). It does mean the rest of us will likely be avoiding our usual haunts, giving them over to the visitors. (This is nothing new. While we love our local restaurants, we don’t always like dealing with the folks from away, so we tend not to visit them nearly as often between mid-June and Labor Day. The one exception is the seasonal restaurants that are only open during the summer.)

One of the important tasks I did take care of this weekend was assembling the new Official Weekend Pundit Gas Grill. I have been without a grill since we sold The Manse (the new owners wanted to keep the grill, so I left it behind), and the WP Mom convinced me it was time to bite the bullet and acquire a new one. A George Foreman grill can only go so far when it comes to grilling some nice marinated sirloin tips. A good flame does it better. All I need to do now is pick up a 20lb bottle of propane and it will be ready to go.


By way of Instapundit comes this confession by one of the people responsible for the kangaroo kourt konvictions of young male college students on vaguely defined sexual assault/sexual harassment charge, asking “How much damage have me and my colleagues done?”

The possibility that this young woman held in her hands the power to derail their son’s education, something these parents might have been imagining since he was in utero, was untenable. The possibility that the process designed to respond to exactly these sorts of accusations already appeared to presuppose his guilt — that was unimaginable.

No amount of assurance on my part convinced them that their son would be treated fairly. If that were the case, why were they already being told he had to leave campus and his classes before there was so much as a preliminary hearing? . . .

“My son’s hearing was a joke,” she said. “He never stood a chance. Do you know that the hearing officer and the investigator are good friends? And that the ‘advocate’” — she practically spit out the word — “they assigned to him was also a friend of theirs? I found them all on Facebook, attending the wedding of the person who is supposed to hear appeals. All friends. I saw them leaving together after the hearing, and in the parking lot of a restaurant heading in together. We decided to eat somewhere else.”

Thus was the “presumed guilty until proven innocent...and are still guilty even if proved innocent” attitude that came to exist on college campuses due to that damnable “Dear Colleague” letter. It also led to lawsuit after lawsuit against colleges and universities for ‘convictions’ based on nothing but an accusation, the so-called courts ignoring due process, meaning the accused was always assumed to be guilty, had little or no opportunity to question the accuser or present exculpatory evidence. The telling event about these kangaroo courts is that the plaintiffs won case after case after case against those institutions of higher learning, in some cases receiving millions of dollars in damages. Yet the kangaroo courts continued unabated and an untold number of young college men have seen their lives turned upside down based solely upon an accusation, no proof required, no actual investigation performed.


More counties (and states) are declaring themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries, a growing trend as Americans see the federal government (including Congress and especially the President) willfully ignoring the Constitution by trying their best to eliminate one of our enumerated rights. If the feds succeed in this effort, the next one in their sights will be the First Amendment, and after that maybe the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. (Remember that President * has stated that a constitutional amendment isn’t ‘absolute’, meaning he believes the Constitution can be ignored by the government as needed. Then again we know the extreme Left Wing of the Democrat Party doesn’t believe in the Constitution and would love to be able to ignore it entirely.)

The legislature in my home state passed a bill that makes New Hampshire a Second Amendment Sanctuary state. We’re just waiting for our governor to sign it. (We expect he will as he has been a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, for the most part.) If he does sign it, I would push to see an amendment in the state constitution to strengthen the Second Amendment sanctuary status so a future Democrat majority legislature can’t remove it at whim.

If we don’t defend our Rights now, there may not be a later to do so, or it will require armed rebellion, bloodshed, and a lot of death, something none of us wants.


For anyone who’s been paying attention over the past year, this won’t be a surprise.

It turns out everything President Trump claimed prior to the election last November was true. Even the DNC-MSM is now admitting he was right, though reluctantly.


You know it’s bad when a member of a foreign government friendly to the US states Biden “is so senile that he probably won’t remember what we tell him.”

Those of us paying attention have known that for well over a year, ever since SloJo started running for the Democrat nomination. He’s displayed classic symptoms of dementia, has had limited exposure to the public, calling a ‘lid’ on his appearances early in the day. He has memory lapses that can’t be covered up, even by the leftist DNC-MSM. He appears confused, doesn’t seem to know where he is from one moment to the next, and has difficulties with his vocabulary, and you rarely, if ever, see him evenings. (Those suffering from dementia tend to be worse late in the day/evenings, something called ‘sundowning’ or ‘sunsetting’.)

How can anyone believe SloJo is running anything if he’s having problems dealing with everyday activities? When our allies comment on SloJo’s diminishing capacity, one has to think they are seeing the same things we are, but up close and personal.


I’m sure the business owners in San Francisco are pleased as punch about the ‘new normal’ when it comes to selling their goods, that being looting/shoplifting. California’s changing the definition of felony theft by setting a much higher felony threshold for the value of goods stolen ($950) has certainly helped fuel the problem. Then there’s also this:

An organizer for Black Lives Matter has informed us that such activities are to be regarded not as theft but as “reparations” owed to those who are oppressed according to liberal doctrine.

What has been the unintended consequences of the new normal?

Walgreens has been closing stores because it is effectively legal to shoplift in Democrat-dominated California. Thieves are expected to limit themselves to swiping less than $950 worth of merchandise at a time. However, if you allow any crime, you get a lot.

This was the insight behind the Broken Windows approach to police work that allowed Rudy Giuliani to clean up New York City, which has since slipped back into dysfunction thanks to liberal rule. The current War on Police and ever more lenient treatment of criminals puts Broken Windows into reverse by encouraging crime.

Then when crime is rampant and society is coming apart, they will ‘crack down on crime’ using draconian measures, with crime being redefined to mean anything they want it to mean, including exercising the freedom of speech. Then again, that’s exactly what they want, as most incipient totalitarians do.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rumble of motorcycles is constant, the weather is great, and where The Day That Shall Not Be Named has returned...again.


Motorcycle Week Has Returned!

It started yesterday just prior to noon.

At first it was just an occasional rumble passing by my place of employment. Over the next few hours the occasional rumble became a steady stream, passing from south to north. It was interspersed with occasional light showers lasting only a few minutes.

No, it wasn’t lines of thundershowers working their way through central New Hampshire.

It was thousands of motorcycles making their way to Laconia for the 98th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week. Today marks the beginning of 9 days of celebrating the love of motorcycles.

Laconia Bike Week is one of the Big Three gatherings of motorcycle enthusiasts taking place in the US every year – Daytona, Laconia, and Sturgis.

Last year’s celebration was delayed due to Covid, taking place in a greatly attenuated form during the fall. Less then 25% of the usual number of attendees made the trip, something understandable under the circumstances.I have a feeling this year’s attendance will be close to a record as people are shaking off the last vestiges of Covid lockdown/lockout from their systems.

We’ve certainly seen record numbers for vacation bookings in this area this year, with every seasonal rental booked months ago from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and heavy bookings between Labor Day and Columbus Day. The restaurants, food shacks, and food trucks are all busier that we’ve ever seen. That leads me to believe this will apply to Motorcycle Week as well. I am certainly seeing more motorcycles on a first Saturday than I recall seeing during previous Bike Weeks. All parking lots at some of my favorite breakfast eateries were full of motorcycles. There were a lot of bikes in the Walmart parking lot late this morning. The same was true of the lots at our two supermarkets at the edge of town.

Things are getting back to normal. It’s about time.


Proposed New Gun Legislation - New Hampshire

This is a comment I made to an Instapundit post dealing with the aftermath of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado three months ago. Seeing as it is likely our governor is going to sign a bill that makes New Hampshire a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, I thought I would bear repeating as a proposal for new gun legislation here in the Live Free Or Die state, to whit:

"Every able-bodied adult not otherwise restricted by law (convicted felons and those under Domestic Violence Restraining Orders or Mental Health Orders) shall be required to carry a loaded firearm when out in public. Accommodation will be made for religious belief exemptions. Those who cannot afford firearms or ammo will report to their nearest police station where loaner weapons and ammo can be signed out for not more than 4 days. Loaner periods can be extended but the requests must be made in person and cannot exceed 28 days. Loaner weapons and ammo will be returned to the PD in the same condition as they were issued. The cost of any loaner ammunition expended shall be reimbursed to the PD within 90 days of use."

Yes, it needs some work, but I figured I could lay out the basics here for your perusal. As comments [still] aren’t working, you can e-mail your suggestions to the e-mail address in the ‘Contributors’ link to the right.


Thoughts On A Sunday

It was a typical summer weekend, being hot and humid (more so today rather than yesterday). Plenty of summerfolk were about over the weekend, though it wasn’t as crazy this weekend as it was over the Memorial Day weekend even with the better weather these past two days.

We are also likely to see our first official heat wave (three consecutive days of temperatures 90ºF or above) which started today and is supposed to last through Tuesday. The hot and humid weather is likely to generate thunderstorms each day, a not atypical effect of this type of weather. It will mean keeping an eye on the sky, particularly while being out on the lake. Being caught out on the lake in a thunderstorm is no fun. (I can speak from experience about this.)

I am still surprised to see how many boats are still in storage at some of the local boatyards/marinas and how many slips are still not occupied despite there being a shortage of available slips. The pier where I berth the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout – aka The Boat – would normally have all of the boats tied up at their usual berths. But as of today mine is the only boat there, one of the last things I expected to see at this point. Usually all the berths are occupied before Memorial Day.

It is a paradox – a very high demand for boat slips, a lot of boats still in storage, and a lot of boat slips are still empty. The boat yards and marinas are very busy trying to get the boats still in storage ready to launch. They had a bit of a head start since the winter weather was pretty much done by mid/late March. (That’s when I called the boat yard that stores and services The Boat and made arrangements to have it pulled out of storage and readied to launch by the second weekend of May. They weren’t able to get it ready until the third weekend!)

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of paradoxes this summer.


The housing crunch continues, both here in northern New England and elsewhere in the rural and semi-rural areas, so-called ‘Flyover Country’.

People are fleeing the cities...blue cities… and blue states for red states and cities and Flyover Country to escape the effects of Covid, the overbearing taxes, the high cost of living, the rising crime, the spreading mental illness of the ‘woke’, increasing populations of homeless, and a whole list of other self-inflicted blue state/city ills. By doing so, the demand for housing in the non-blue areas has skyrocketed.

We’ve certainly seen that issue here in New Hampshire, with folks from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York buying homes here and driving up the prices since they seem to be willing to offer well above asking price to get a home they want. Of the three groups, it surprises me that a majority of those folks ‘from away’ are from Connecticut and that most of those are not from the cities. Please be aware this is anecdotal data, some from people whom I asked directly, other info from the real estate transaction data, and yet other data from a few realtors I know – though not from my realtor – so take my claim with a grain of salt. The balance come from Massachusetts and then New York and the few I know of personally from New York came from Upstate New York, not the Metro New York Area.

I have seen selling prices going through the roof, whether that’s because the folks ‘from away’ didn’t grasp that property prices here were a lot lower than where they came from or they want to make sure they get the house they’ve set their sights on. Perhaps it’s a mixture of both. All I know is that home prices have gone way up, locking a lot of locals out of the market. There’s also the the huge increase in the cost of building materials which is making things even worse.

I’ve postponed starting construction on The New Manse because lumber costs have gone up over 300%, and plywood prices are up over 400%, making it financially untenable for me to even consider building anytime soon. That’s true for a lot of other families wanting a new home. Developers aren’t necessarily going to dive in at this time either for the same reason. They know the demand and prices will fall, just like they always do, and they don’t want to be left with overpriced homes they can’t sell.

It’s not that new homes aren’t being built. They are. However, they tend not to be ‘spec’ houses but higher end homes that a lot of middle class families can’t possibly afford. Therein lies the problem.

The other problem is that corporations are also buying houses in ‘resort’ areas, turning them into short-term rentals listed via AirBnB and VRBO, just to name two online rental sites. That means homes that would normally house a family, be it year round or seasonally, is no longer being used as a normal residence. This has also driven up housing prices as these LLCs are willing to outbid other buyers as they see the home as a source of revenue. (We recently saw an ~1700 sqft chalet with a gravel driveway, no garage, and no view that would normally sell for ~$240k went for $700k to an out-of-state LLC who plans to use it solely for short-term rentals. In that general neighborhood there are just shy of 100 homes that are now short-term rental only. That’s 100 less houses available as residences for families.)


Over the years I’ve had more than a few people ask me if I believe in UFOs. I have asked them in turn if they meant ‘Unidentified Flying Objects’ or ‘Little Green Men’.

If they reply with the first, I say “Yup. I’ve seen more than a few in my time.” If they reply with the second, I say “I’ve seen something, but I can’t say if it’s Little Green Men or not.”

Are they secret government craft? Are they of alien origin? Is it the “Russkies”, the Chinese, or someone else? (I’m thinking it’s Elon Musk and his SpaceX guys pulling it off.)

All we do know is that US Government is saying “We don’t know.”

The report concluded that the vast majority of the incidents did not originate with the American military or other advanced U.S. government technology. That some of them might have is an intriguing possibility. Just what is it that the U.S. military is flying around up there?

It should be noted that the intelligence agencies mostly examined incidents involving Navy pilots. Most of the incidents occurred at sea while a few of the occurrences were recorded by Navy vessels in the open ocean. A few other incidents studied came from foreign militaries.

Are they telling the truth? “We don’t know.”

So, basically they’re saying the same thing they did back in 50’s and 60’s with Project Blue Book: “We don’t know...and we wouldn’t tell you even if we did.”


Maggie’s Farm asks “How far can social insanity go?”

I don’t think we’re anywhere near peak social insanity yet, but we’re getting there. When we do, it’s going to be ugly, and, unfortunately, likely to be deadly.


Twitter is getting slapped around, being hoisted upon their own petard after the government of Nigeria banned it in their country because of the platform’s partisan censorship.

Twitter’s ‘policy police’ fired back with an unwittingly ironic response, stating “We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.” The fact-deficient response to Nigeria’s action unleashed a well deserved flood of “Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black” responses.

Lauren Chen’s tweet slapped Twitter’s ‘thought police’ right upside their collective heads:

So why are you depriving President Trump, Laura Loomer, Mike Lindell, Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, and countless others of this "essential human right"?

I expect Twitter will ignore Ms. Chen’s tweet...or delete it for violating their ‘Terms of Use’ policy.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where summer has actually arrived despite what the calendar says, where I’ll be spending time out on the lake, and Monday is once again interfering with spending even more time out on the lake.


Will New Hampshire Become The Newest Second Amendment Sanctuary State?

First, we were an Open Carry state.

Then we became a Constitutional Carry state.

Now, with the passage of SB154 in the New Hampshire House, we are going to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary state. (This assumes our governor will continue his track record of supporting the 2nd Amendment and sign the bill.)

More states are sending a signal that they will not tolerate or support the Progressives in federal government efforts to erase the Second Amendment, and with it the ability to protect the rest of our constitutionally enumerated rights.

(H/T GraniteGrok)


Throw This One At Them

I think I can use this as a counter to the gun-grabbers' argument.


Hymn To The Fallen

On this Memorial Day I can offer this wonderful piece by John Williams as it says more than any words I can offer.


Thoughts On A Sunday

Memorial Day weekend has arrived and it was likely somewhat disappointing to a lot of visitors due to the less then stellar weather. (Oh, heck, it has been outright dismal with cool temperatures – low 50’s - and rain now and again throughout the days.) It hasn’t been conducive to regular Memorial Day weekend activities.

We did see a large number of weekend visitors arrive and make the rounds here in central New Hampshire despite the weather.

We also have seen our share of bonehead drivers ‘from away’ doing incredibly dumb things on our highways and byways, including one fellow I witnessed on Saturday who decided the traffic laws (and the laws of physics) didn’t apply to him, trying to ‘beat the traffic’ by bypassing the traffic at a stop light by using the right-turn lane to get around the line of traffic going straight ahead.

He blew through the intersection in his compact car shortly after the traffic light turned green and then tried to cut in front of a truck near the front of the line of traffic. He found out that two objects cannot occupy the same time-space coordinates and ended up slightly clipping the front bumper of the truck with his rear bumper. The truck wasn’t damaged as best I could tell, but the compact car’s rear bumper had a lengthy black scrape starting on the left side and ending somewhere near the center. The car swerved a bit after contact but continued on its way, the driver picking up speed as it did so. (I did manage to see it had out-of-state plates as it sped away.) I guess his time was far more precious to him than our safety.

Then this morning as I was on my regular pre-church Sunday morning Walmart run, a fellow in a Nissan Rogue with PRT (People’s Republic of Taxachusetts) plates came up behind me at high speed (probably a good 80mph+). On three separate occasions the fellow tried to pass me in places passing wasn’t appropriate, i.e. dangerous and incredibly stupid, and on one of those occasions he almost went head on with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. When we reached the next intersection which had a traffic light, I had to stop because the light was red. There were no vehicles waiting to cross the highway I was on as they had already done so. So what did the moron do?

He cut to my right and blew right through the red light. By the time the light changed and I could proceed, he was a good half mile down the road.

What’s ironic is I found this same fellow in the Walmart parking lot. One has to ask what was it this moron needed that he had to take the type of chances he did to get to Walmart?

As I was walking towards the Walmart I saw one of our town’s police cruisers and walked up to it, seeing the officer behind the wheel was one that I knew, and explained what had happened. I knew he couldn’t do anything about it short of following the miscreant out of the Walmart lot and seeing if there were a repeat of his actions. But the officer had a better idea.

He pulled out a PD business card and scribbled something on the back, got out of his cruiser and placed the business card under the driver’s side wiper. When he got back to his cruiser I asked him what he’d written on the card.

You shouldn’t be speeding or running red lights in our town.

I went into Walmart and did my shopping. On my way out the officer let me know the miscreant saw the card under the wiper, read it, looked around and saw the cruiser. The officer said he waved to the fellow, just a kind of “I know what you did” kind of wave.

And so it begins.


Just when we thought President Creepy Uncle Joe couldn’t get any creepier, he proves us wrong.

Writes Stacy McCain:

Certainly it is not my intent to defend His Fraudulency, but let’s admit this: No actual child molester would be so blatant about his interest in little girls. It’s almost as if Biden is campaigning for honorary membership in the National Sex Offender Registry, telegraphing to the world, “Don’t let me within 500 yards of a public school.”

I figure it’s only going to get worse from here.


Black Lives Matter...except in Democrat-run St. Louis.

St Louis is our most murderous city. As of last night, there had been 76 homicides in the Gateway City . . . and 71 of the victims were black. St Louis is ‘only’ 45.3% black, but comprise 93.4% of the city’s murder victims. Of the 32 murders of blacks in St Louis, all 32 suspects are black.

It isn’t just St. Louis which has little regard for black lives. Other Democrat-run cities are just as bad, one of which is Chicago which has more than its share of black-on-black murders...and the Mayor and Aldermen don’t seem to care.

It seems Black Lives Matter only when it’s politically convenient, otherwise it is to be devoutly ignored.

How pathetic.


By way of GraniteGrok comes this: Is it time for a coalition of Free American States?

States have a long history of creating partnerships with each other. Law enforcement task forces, farming cooperatives, river management boards, and collegiate sports conferences all benefit individual states through regional collaborations and are common throughout the United States. It is also common for state attorneys general to coordinate lawsuits against the federal government. Republican governors and Democrat governors meet at party retreats to strategize how best to advance their respective parties' interests. And innumerable lobbying and legal groups work every year to promote the passage of nearly identical statutory language in state legislatures across the country.

What I have in mind is more substantial — the formation of a coalition of free states whose explicit purpose is to reduce the power of the federal government over individual states and their citizens while banding together to lessen the inevitable retaliatory blows the federal government will initiate against the states in response.

If Congress won’t start taking back the states’ power then it’s up to the states to do so by forming coalitions as mentioned above. The people in power in Washington seem to forget the states are sovereign, that they are a part of a national Union, but aren’t supposed to be subordinate to it. The states make their laws, make sure those laws abide by the US and state constitutions. The federal government has been trying to suborn the states’ sovereignty for well over a century, either by legislative action, executive orders, or administrative laws created by bureaucrats who do not have the best interests of the American people at heart. (A bureaucrat’s mission is to expand his/her bureaucracy size and reach, not to serve the people. If the people are served, it is more of a side effect of the bureaucracy’s primary function.)


At this point I find I must return to the topic of holiday traffic as I experienced yet another one of the downside of folks from away flooding the area.

I took the ex-missus grocery shopping today seeing as she’s still recovering from knee replacement surgery. We headed to the local supermarket and once we reached the center of the town where she lives we realized the traffic was horrendous. It was then we decided it might actually be easier to go back to my town and hit the supermarket there, so we found a side-street and returned to my town where she completed her shopping. I then returned her to her home.

Knowing the traffic conditions near her supermarket I figure it took us less time to drive two towns over, take care of the shopping, and drive two towns back to her town than to go to her local supermarket. How sad is that?


It’s bad enough when so-called climate scientists want us to take unreasonable measures to reduce anthropogenic sources of carbon dioxide. It’s worse when they set their sights on natural sources of carbon dioxide. Their new focus?

Tree farts.

I kid you not.

Where there is life or has been life recently, there is carbon dioxide. CO2 was previously viewed as an essential nutrient for plants. But now that CO2 has been revealed as environmentally unclean, plants are part of the problem.

The only way to heal the planet is to abolish all life. This will also serve to eradicate racism and capitalism.

While the above quote is satire, there rest of the linked article is not. I figure it is only a matter of time before the We’re-All-Gonna-DIE climate change faithful will make elimination of tree farts yet another part of their plan to ‘save’ the Earth. What can we expect from people who have deep belief in the pseudo-science of anthropogenic [place latest climate/environmental subject to blame humans for here]?

How is it we allow these mentally ill, deluded souls to drive the narrative? They need to be pitied...and institutionalized until their delusions can be cured.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rains are falling, the drought is easing, and where we don’t have to about Monday getting here too early this weekend.


Economic Ignorance Is Getting Even Worse

First, the economically ignorant push for huge (107%) increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $15/hour, not understanding the economic consequences – the ripple effects of an arbitrary increase in a commodity that doesn’t affect just those making minimum wage but everyone making less than the new minimum wage. It also affects those working under union contracts with wages tied to the federal minimum wage as they will also see their wages increase.

Such an arbitrary rise in wages with a follow-on decrease in economic activity as businesses cut worker hours or the number of workers even as the higher cost of labor drive costs of goods and services through the roof, in turn fueling inflation and increasing unemployment. Why some economists think only the inflated costs of raw materials, energy, transportation, etc. can have a deleterious effect on an economy while the artificially inflated costs of labor will have little or no effect never ceases to amaze me. How can it be they can ignore the effects of meddling with the feedback mechanisms that drive an economy, believing there will be no negative outcomes from doing so, that their actions will be a net positive? History has shown over and over again such meddling only brings disaster, distorting an economy and generating second and third order effects that go beyond the initial changes forced upon the economy.

Now there’s something else that’s being looked at, something driven by a not-unexpected side effect of the whole Covid-19 debacle, something that will be just as damaging if it is mishandled (and it will be, if history is any indicator). This new something?

Four day workweeks.

The explanation for this is that a four day workweek will reduce carbon ‘pollution’...and smog in general. With the lockdowns, traffic volumes plummeted. Carbon emissions and pollution decreased worldwide.

When the pandemic first forced offices to close and the number of commuters on roads suddenly dropped, the environmental impact was visible in cities like Los Angeles and New Delhi: Smog disappeared as more cars stayed at home. Carbon emissions temporarily fell. A new report looks at how some of the same benefits could come from a shift in schedules if more companies shifted to a four-day work week.

One downside to the proposal linked? The proposal calls for a 32-hour workweek, but still paying the workers for 40 hours. In effect it’s a pay increase for working fewer hours. While the argument has been made that “a shorter week can boost productivity because workers are more focused and refreshed when they are in the office.” I have two words that explain my feelings about that claim:

Yeah. Right.

Such a claim goes against both my experience and human nature. Workers will not be 25% more productive during their 8-hour work day, despite what the proponents of the 4 day workweek claim. If the 4 day workweek were a 10-hour work day then productivity may not be an issue (though a 10-hour workday can be tiring and productivity may fall off during the last two hours of the day), and workers will receive 40 hours pay for 40 hours of work. Commuting is still reduced by 20%, but without the 20% decrease in economic output. (I am one of those folks who regularly work 10-hour+ workdays, sometimes 6 days a week. This is due to our department being shorthanded. A 40-hour workweek is like a vacation to me. And before you think it, no, I am not virtue signaling. It is just reality and something I hope I and my colleagues won’t have to do once we get more staff hired.)

Now add the push for a $15/hour minimum wage to the proposal and the conditions are ripe for high inflation, a severe recession, and double digit unemployment. But the ‘economists’ will keep telling us it will help the economy, create all kinds of jobs (which they can never seem to tell us how that works), and cure the heartbreak of psoriasis. (No, not really. But it sounded great, didn’t it?)

Once again we have people who have never run a business, never had to meet a payroll or deal with the myriad of state and federal regulations, fees, and taxes who are telling us how everything is supposed to work even though they have no experience having to deal with the things business owners and their employees have to deal with. It’s all theoretical, all based upon perfect conditions that will never exist that include humans that are also perfect (which also do not exist). The have fallen under the sway of the Non-Reciprocal Theory of Theory Versus Practice:

In theory, Theory and Practice are the same thing.

In practice, they are not.

Thus endith the lesson. Too bad they will never learn it even when their face is rubbed in it.


Thoughts On A Sunday - Part 2

As promised, here’s the second part of yesterday’s post. It’s rare I’ve had to move a post by a day, but I have done so.


Is it just my imagination, or are the Democrat Powers That Be distancing themselves from Vice President Kamala Harris? After four months she has shown herself to be a bigger non-entity than her boss when he was Vice President, and he was a pretty big non-entity back then.

It seems she’s enjoying the perks of her position but she sure is heck is not doing the job President * or WRBA tasked her to do – border security and illegal immigrant crisis. Even the DNC-MSM has been taking notice of DaHo’s nonfeasance. Does she think she’ll be able to coast when the time comes to step in when President * is truly unable to perform his duties?


I’m surprised this wasn’t already the case.

It looks like Texas will soon become the 21st state to legalize constitutional carry.

Until this, Texas was the only Republican-led state that didn’t have constitutional carry. Texas governor Abbot has declared his state will also become a Second Amendment sanctuary state.

My home state, New Hampshire, is a constitutional carry state. There has been a push to make it a Second Amendment sanctuary state as well, though our governor doesn’t seem to be enthusiastic about the idea even though he helped push through the constitutional carry legislation.

A (hopefully not premature) congratulations to the Lone Star State for joining the rest of the constitutional carry states.


I hadn’t realized I had spent as much time out in the sun yesterday as I had. Part of that was spending time out on the lake in The Boat with my friend Katy I mentioned in Part 1.

We had gone out yesterday morning for breakfast at one of my favorite local diners and saw there was quite line waiting to get it in, so we decided to head out onto the lake for a couple of hours, figuring we’d come back later for a late breakfast.

This was Katy’s first time out on the lake so I took her to some of my favorite places on the lake that were within an hour of the The Boat’s home berth. There weren’t too many other boats out on the lake at the time so we didn’t have to deal with much in the way of wake-driven chop or any Cap’n Boneheads as they usually show up later in the day.

That time out there did cause a little bit of sunburn as we were out there a little longer than I had expected and hadn’t slapped on quite enough sunscreen.

In any case we did make it back to the diner and had a late breakfast.

One nice thing about eating at the diner – masks were no longer required to enter! This was something else Katy liked.


And that’s Part 2 of the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where it has been Monday, people are already preparing for the upcoming holiday weekend, and I am looking forward to it as well.


Thoughts On A Sunday - Part 1

There was no posting on either Friday or Saturday as I was busy hosting a dear friend over the weekend, with her getting here Friday evening (when I usually post). There were all kinds of things we did and saw yesterday and today, including a quick 2-hour trip on the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout, aka The Boat. (This time out on the lake saw the inadvertent creation of a new hairstyle – the Winnipesaukee Windblown Look. It looked good on her!)

I started this only a few minutes after she departed for home in Connecticut, crafting this post as a distraction until she texts/calls to let me know she made it home unscathed.


It wasn’t a surprise to me to see how quickly Critical Race Theory has become anathema to parents, taxpayers, governors, legislators, and people in general. It seems some of those supporting it have absolutely no idea what CRT is teaching, that being government support of racism against one particular group of people all in the name of combating racism and specifically systemic racism. Yet CRT supports the idea of systemic racism if it is aimed only at one specific race. (Hint: It’s against a non-BIPOC race on one hand and against those of Asian descent on the other hand.)

Proponents keep pushing CRT as a new idea, but it is an old one dating back over a century, one no one here should want to emulate that in any shape or form. It does not address the problem of racism or a solution to the problem. Instead, it creates even more racism, pushing the idea that only one race is racist and the way to deal with it is make that race the target of racism, as if more racism will solve the problem of racism. (We’ve seen something akin to this in the past. It was call Affirmative Action and discriminated against one or two ‘races’ to the benefit of other races. It was just ‘racism used to solve the problem of racism’. It didn’t work.)


A little drama to interrupt – I got a call from BeezleBub asking for help. He was out on the lake on his jet-ski when it broke down. It was a little after 7PM and the sun would soon set. Being on a broken down jet-ski on the lake after sunset was not a good thing, so it was yours truly to the rescue.

A quick drive down to The Boat and I was on my way. I knew roughly where he was and I managed to find him shortly after I got the part of the lake where he’d broken down. It took a while to tow the jet-ski back to our town docks. A little over two hours after I left we made it back to the town docks. A half hour or so later I made it back to The Gulch.

With that in mind, I am going to truncate this post and continue it with a follow-on post on Monday as there’s a lot I still want to cover. But it’s getting late and I still have chores to perform before I shuffle off to bed.


And that’s Part 1 of the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where there was a lot of boat traffic out on the lake today, the boat yards are working overtime to get boats ready to launch before Memorial Day weekend, and where I was one of those able to spend time out on the lake over the weekend, not counting the rescue of my son and his broken down jet-ski.


Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been a great weekend, with some nice summer weather – sunny and in the 70’s. There are some popup showers expected later today, but for the most part the weather is cooperating.

The plan had been to launch the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout, aka The Boat, has been in jeopardy as it wasn’t quite ready, at least as of this morning. One last service it needed hadn’t been completed and I am not about to pay for services not yet rendered. I don’t want to have to pull The Boat back out of the water just to have this service performed, a service I scheduled back last November and reminded the boat yard of this past March when I scheduled its removal from winter storage.

We’ll see if they’ve managed to get it done by the time we’re ready to launch.

UPDATE: They didn’t, so launching The Boat has been delayed for a couple of days.


Just a heads up that this post may be a little shorter than usual as I have been working with the WP Mom to finish up our annual Spring Cleaning here at The Gulch. This is something that takes place over two or three weekends between mid-April and the end of May. This weekend was (hopefully) the last weekend required to finish this year’s cleanup. It has meant a number trips to the dump...err...Solid Waste Center to get rid of the detritus, to recycle the recyclable, and to leave some items in our town’s “goody shack” that are too good to throw away that others may be able put to use.


A quote by way of Powerline:

From energy independence for the first time in 50 years to gas shortages in 4 months.

Quite an accomplishment.

Yup, it looks like the best we can hope for under President * is a repeat of the Carter Years, only worse because in this case it’s being done deliberately. All this while we’re being told “It’s for your own good” by people who won’t have to suffer under the conditions they have created.


Also by way of Powerline comes this:


In its efforts to go ‘green’, should the US go nuclear?

Yes. Yes it should, preferably as quickly as possible.


And that’s the abbreviated news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where my boat still isn’t in the water, plenty of others are, and where I am becoming peeved at the situation.


Infrastructure On The Internet Is A Really Bad Idea

Before I delve to the issue of the Colonial Pipeline debacle, I need to state that my job involves the telecommunications industry, and more specifically, the Internet, Cable TV, Cell and Telephone industries, and particularly the physical layers of those industries which means the hardware (switches, routers, servers) and all the cabling (primarily fiber optic cabling) that makes it possible to transmit increasingly huge amounts of data.

Understanding how it all connects together, how it routes the data from Point A to Point B, how the various types of data (data files, photos, videos, phone calls) are handled, is important to making sure the systems do what they’re designed to do.

With all of that in mind, let’s turn our attention to the debacle that is the Colonial Pipeline and how any of our infrastructure like pipelines (natural gas, oil, refined products like gasoline, diesel, home heating oil, propane, etc.), electrical grids and generation facilities, water and sewer systems, communications systems (phone – landline and cell, video – linear TV and streaming, e-mail, and the Web), and transportation (traffic control, trains, subways, tractor trailers, airlines, shipping), are vulnerable to cyber attacks. How is it that all of these things are so vulnerable to such attacks?

Because they are all connected to the Internet, something that is an incredibly stupid thing to do.

‘Secure’ systems aren’t as secure as many people think they are. If they are connected to the outside world via the Internet they are vulnerable. Firewalls, a combination of hardware and software, are systems that help prevent outside intrusions into public, private, and government networks. The problem is that firewalls are not perfect, are not invulnerable, and therein lies the problem.

Because of this, connecting any infrastructure such as those listed above to the Internet is madness. It leaves them vulnerable, just as we saw with Colonial Pipeline, in this case to a multi-million dollar ransomware attack. (The Russian crackers – a criminal gang also being sought by Russian authorities - managed to get malware uploaded to the system that would encrypt all data and make it unusable unless their target, in this case Colonial Pipeline, paid a ransom to the gang. If they didn’t pay the ransom, their systems would crash, or even worse, cause the destruction of their pipeline facilities.)

All such systems should be completely isolated from the Internet, should run their own command and control networks on their own equipment that has absolutely no connection to the Internet in any way, shape, or form. There should be no wireless access points on such a network (just another way to hack into the network). This is called ‘air-gapping’ and is the best firewall to prevent outside crackers from gaining access to such important networks. While not perfectly secure, such air-gapped systems are much more difficult to attack. There are other means of uploading malware into such closed systems, but it takes a lot more effort to do so and the crackers need to have an intimate knowledge of the target system.

Attacks such as this usually involve what is called social engineering, using people’s perceptions to get them to do things that will unwittingly give the ‘bad guys’ indirect access to the target system. One example – leaving a USB thumb drive on the ground just outside the entrance of the target, on a table or counter inside the lobby, or on the counter inside a restroom. Someone picks it up, and plugs it into their computer, either from curiosity or as a means of finding who it belongs to. When they do, the malware contained on the thumb drive is automatically loaded into the computer and from there infects the target network.

What’s the worse case scenario should crackers manage to take control of our infrastructure? Returning us to the 19th century with no electricity, no cars, no Internet, no air travel, no medical care, no food. It will be a war fought and lost without a single shot being fired.

If you want a sneak peek of such a nightmare vision and what it could mean, all you have to do is watch the movie Live Free Or Die Hard. (Yes, there are explosions and gun fire, but then it is a Bruce Willis movie.)


Thoughts On A Sunday

Another weekend slowly winds to a close, but I don’t mind as it gets me one weekend closer to launching the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout, aka The Boat. The gear for the boat has been pulled out of storage and will be cleaned during this upcoming week in preparation for being loaded onboard once The Boat is out of storage and prepped for launching.

If all goes well, The Boat will be back into the water next Saturday and I’ll spend part of the weekend performing a shakedown to make sure everything is good to go for the boating season.

It’s a burden, but someone has to do it, right?


The more I watch the whole ‘Everything is Racist’ meme being pushed down everyone’s throats, the more I have to agree with Thomas Sowell’s take on the issue:

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support – kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists”.

One commenter put it succinctly:

Racism - The Duct tape of the Democrat Party and its' minions.

They try to use it to fix everything ...

I wish I could take that as a tongue-in-cheek comment, but these days it seems more likely to be true.

Having traveled quite a bit during the earlier years of my career, I have seen actual racism, I have experienced racism directed towards me, and I have seen ‘institutionalized’ and legally codified racism in action. The US has not been a racist nation for generations, but it seems the Progressive forces are working hard to make it one again as a means of dividing everyone. (No, I am not saying there aren’t racists in this country. There are racists here...of all colors and ethnic backgrounds. To think that one race can be racist is either self-delusion or is being pushed by the aforementioned race hustlers.)


Climate policy is being driven by climate models, models that have been proven again and again to be erroneous, with actual data showing the models do not reflect reality. Yet those mismatches are either denigrated or ignored outright. This can have political consequences, not to say economic consequences if the models are taken as gospel and the data is ignored because it goes against climate catastrophe doctrine.

The wrong actions will be pushed as a means of mitigating climate change that may not be caused by humans, actions that may have little or no effect on climate. Even the “We’re-All-Gonna-DIE-If-We-Don’t-Do-Something” true believers choose to ignore that the models upon which they depend show even the most extreme actions taken to ‘fix’ the climate will have little effect, yet they still push them for all they’re worth.

That begs the question, are they pushing ‘climate-saving’ actions to ‘Save the Earth’ or are they doing so to garner more control over the human population? To me, it seems it is more the latter than the former, seeing how the data isn’t backing up their sacrosanct models.


How many times have we heard the phrase “Your rights end where my nose begins”? How many times have any of us said that in one form or another? I know of at least one person who is basically saying this regarding Covid and those who are using their fear to abrogate our rights.

Writes Skip Murphy:

Frankly, I’m exhausted about having to always think about the Collective before MY outlook can be considered and I’m angry that too many people demand that they are allowed to place obligations upon me without my assent – so neither is going to happen anymore.

I’m vaccinated and I started to refuse to wear a mask a long time ago in most cases. This kabuki theater has gone on too long – and the Powers That Be...can’t get their stories straight.

The masks work.
Oh, the masks don’t work, get the vaccine, it works.
Oh, the vaccines don’t work 100% of the time so put a mask on anyway.
In fact, Masks Forever!
Yeah, Up Yours.


Folks...DEMAND that I have an obligation to others in this regard – their unrealized problem is that they’ve tried to bring that message home with sledgehammers far too often and want to make it permanent. They are, knowingly or unknowingly, are using the notion that the Collective outside of oneself is the UTMOST obligation you can have – YOU must keep ME safe.

No, YOU keep YOU safe. As I have told the detestable Moms Demand Action gun-grabbers during testimony in front a NH House Committee, my Rights don’t stop at your fears, they TRUMP your fears.

I have to agree with Skip that if you do not want to take the vaccine, that’s your decision and we’ll respect it. But that decision does not obligate those of us who have received Covid vaccinations to go out of our way to protect you. This will be particularly true if a large percentage of the people are vaccinated. At some point it is those unvaccinated by choice who are obligated to protect themselves from exposure, to take the needed precautions. It is not up to the rest of us. They have the right to be unvaccinated, but the do not have the right to demand that we give up our rights because of their fears. Their rights end where my nose begins, period.


Chicks On The Right writes about the disastrous April Jobs Report and the part government handouts have been playing in this issue.

If the Feddle Gummint keeps rewarding otherwise employable people for not working, they’re not going to look for work. Some states have already cut back on the extra unemployment benefits, noting a lot of jobs are going wanting for people to fill them. Paying people to stay out of work made no sense, so doing away with the extra unemployment ‘stipend’ supplied by the Feds would certainly motivate those collecting unemployment benefits to go out and fill the open jobs.


The New York Times has gone so far to the Left they have all but disappeared from view. Their latest outrage?

Telling us we should all bathe less often in order to prevent climate change.

Now they’ve gone too damn far.

While the point was made that many of us working from home weren’t showering daily while working from home, it had nothing to do with ‘saving’ the climate. In many cases some of us didn’t because we weren’t going anywhere or seeing anyone and we hadn’t done any heavy physical work that would have meant we needed to shower at the end of the day. But now that things are almost back to normal, I don’t want to see us returning to the Age of Lice because the New York Times thinks it would be good for the climate (but bad for us). (The Age of Lice was a period in the Eighteenth Century when the nobles in Europe didn’t bathe, but used powders and perfumes to cover their body odor. They were also infested with lice, hence the ‘Age of Lice’.)

The Times needs to suffer under it’s ‘suggestion’. That’s assuming of course their staffers haven’t already dialed back on their bathing.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where more boats appear on the lake every day, summer is fast approaching, and where Mondays are starting to feel like the movie Groundhog Day every time it comes around.


The COVID Insanity Of A Bank

To address just how insane the whole Covid-19 issue has become, I offer the following.

The incident in question took place in Florida (a state with lax Covid restrictions as compared to so many of the 'woke' states) at a Bank of America branch, specifically in the drive-thru teller lane, and it illustrates perfectly why the Covid protection “guidelines” are being twisted and being overused in situations that do not warrant them.

The transcript below comes from a recent video posted on the Better Bachelor YouTube channel, starting at the 9:17 minute mark.

WARNING: The linked video is from a YouTube channel that is nominally a MGTOW sympathetic channel, but covers a lot of topics unrelated to MGTOW. If MGTOW offends you, then don't click on the link. That's why I provided a transcript. If you still click on the link and are offended by the other content in this video, too bad. You were warned and you chose to click on it anyways. It's your problem, not mine. And don't even thinking of making it mine. You've. Been. Warned.
Last week, I went to the bank. I went to the bank through the drive-through. Now that means I'm in my car and the bank teller is on the other side of bulletproof glass using a speaker and that slide-out drawer you drop your stuff into. I had to make a deposit. I pulled up, rolled down my window, and she says on the speaker “Please put on a mask.”

Now, I'm in Florida. There's no mandate here for it. Anybody, any age, anybody can go ahead and get the jab if they want to. So there's no one who hasn't gotten it that wants it. So that means anybody who's worried about this stuff can get it taken care of.

She said “Please put on a mask.” I said “We're on the other side of two inch thick glass. Why?”

And she said “It's company policy.”

I said “But it doesn't make any...I don't have one. I'm in my car. I'm not getting out of my car. I'm not...I'm just in my car. I don't have one. I think you can speak to me across the speaker...through two inches of glass.”

She said “I'm sorry, but it's company policy.”

I drove home, I grabbed a mask, I came back, I walked into the bank, I closed my investment accounts, my retirement accounts, my bank account, my checking account, my savings account, I canceled my credit card. I obliterated everything. I made sure I told them why.

Now in the past...in the past, I would have gone home and I might have closed them online, or I might have said “Ah, whatever!” and gone home.

Now, I'm not saying you have to agree, but I just feel...I'm sorry. Bulletproof glass I think is a pretty good, you know, we're more than a few feet apart. She had a mask on. Everyone that wanted the jab have got it.

I'm done with this. I'm done with this foolishness.

I don't blame him. Covid has infected everyone, not with the virus, but with fear, and most worrisome, with foolishness. That corporate foolishness exists to this level is troubling. While corporations are generally conservative, at least regarding their public actions, that Bank of America went to this level of stupid is dismaying.


The Words Of Malcolm X - Do They Still Resonate Today?

I must admit I have had a lot of respect for Malcolm X. Even though he was radical in his efforts to ensure civil rights for black Americans, his methods and his outlook changed after making his hajj to Mecca. He came to realize we were all the same in God’s eyes and that the path to secure the civil rights of was to hear the truth...and the lies...in the words of others. The following is something we should keep in mind as much of what was true when he first stated his thoughts on this matter is still true today.

The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man. Let me explain what I mean by the white liberal.

In America there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican anymore. In America you have liberals and conservatives. The only people living in the past who think in terms of I’m a Democrat or Republican, is the American Negro. He’s the one that runs around bragging about party affiliation. He’s the one that sticks to the Democrat or sticks to the Republican.

But white people are divided into two groups, liberals and conservative. The Democrats who are conservative, vote with the Republicans who are conservative. The Democrats who are liberal vote with the Republicans that are liberal. The white liberal aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. The same as the white conservative is a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million black people. A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn.

The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal. The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have.

If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man.

The only way that our problem will be solved is when the black man wakes up, clean himself up, stand on his own feet and stop begging the white man, and take immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white man to do for us. Once we do for self then we will be able to solve our own problems.

The white conservatives aren't friends of the Negro either, but they at least don't try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the "smiling" fox. One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.

Many of his words still resonate, though some of his definitions have shifted since he said this back in the 1960’s, with such a large portion of ‘liberals’ belonging to the Democrat Party and an equally large portion of conservatives belonging to the Republican Party.

Are conservatives of the same mindset Malcolm X described almost 60 years ago? I don’t know. I would like to think that is no longer the case across the board, but I can only speak about those I know personally and know well.

Are liberals of the same mindset Malcolm X described almost 60 years ago? Keeping in mind that I am biased, much of that due to my own experiences and observations, I would have to say many of them are, and are worse now than they were then since their actions aren’t aimed just at black Americans, but at everybody.

To close this out, I am going to quote Dennis Miller, “This is just my opinion. I might be wrong.”


Respect For Other's Beliefs?

How many times have we heard the refrain “We have to respect everyone’s beliefs”?

I’ve heard it most of my life (though not from my parents), and I don’t believe it any more than I did back when I was a kid. Apparently I am not the only one with that particular point of view.

Here’s what actor/comedian Patton Oswalt thinks about it:

“You gotta respect everyone’s beliefs…?”

No you don’t! That’s what gets us into trouble. You have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs. And then you have to reserve the right to go “That is f**king stupid, are you kidding me?!”

There are plenty of beliefs that are outright evil, that have no place on this world, yet we’re supposed to respect them? Nope, not going to happen.

I don’t have to respect beliefs that include the wholesale slaughter of one group of people or another.

I don’t have to respect beliefs that include the violent and murderous subjugation of people for some twisted political and/or religious ideology.

I don’t have to respect beliefs that paint everyone ‘not them’ as some kind knuckledragging subhuman not worthy of their attention or caring, seeing them only as disposable non-entities.

I don’t have to respect beliefs that make it perfectly okay to murder millions of unborn children by whim but not okay to put cold-blooded multiple murderers to death after a trial by their peers.

I don’t have to respect beliefs of those who see themselves as our “self-anointed betters”, those same “betters” having the morals and ethics of a Caligula.

I don’t have to respect anyone’s beliefs, particularly if they are the moral, ethical, and political antithesis of mine. I will acknowledge them, but I don’t have to respect them.


Thoughts On A Sunday

We’ve finally made it into May, surviving yet another month in Covid America.

I finally received my Covid shot, seeing as they opened my demographic – Misanthropic Surly Curmudgeons 50 Years of Age or Older – for vaccination. I got the my first shot this past Monday...and it kicked my ass.

An hour after receiving it I had a pounding headache and was feeling feverish. The next day the headache was just a minor annoyance, but the fever was still there and I was feeling achy. By Thursday the headache was gone, but the fever and achy bits were still there. Those were finally gone Saturday morning, but I still felt a bit ‘off’.

Hopefully I won’t have to deal with this after my second injection. (I had wanted to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but it wasn’t available at the time, so I got what they had on hand.)

It seems most folks having a reaction to the vaccine either have it after one or the other injections, but not both. Hopefully this means my second injection later this month will not have the side effects I experienced from the first.


One of the questions being asked at gun shops across the nation is “Where are all the guns?”

If you walk into any gun store these days, you are likely to hear this question uttered across the counter. With more than five million law-abiding citizens making their first purchase, it is no wonder that we are seeing a shortage of just about every type of firearm on the market. The follow-up questions, of course, are “Why's it taking so long to recover?” and “What is being done to replenish the market?”

The article goes on to question a number of manufacturer’s to find out their plans for meeting the skyrocketing demand, and for the most part those they quizzed had all cranked up production to meet the unprecedented demand, adding production staff, adding overtime, and going to seven-day-per-week production schedules.

The ammo shortage seems to be easing with more common ammo (.22LR, .223, 5.56mm, and 9mm) becoming readily available with other calibers following, though not everywhere at the same time. Once more firearms make their way back into shops there will be ammo available for them.


Roger Simon induces me to ask a very important question: What would Richard Pryor have thought about Critical Race Theory?

I think I can answer that, knowing how he skewered everybody with his comedy. He would have told the purveyors of CRT “You ofay motherf**kers are out of your minds!”


Considering my son, BeezleBub, is a farmer, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

Farmers Believe In Climate Change But Don’t Think Humans Are The Cause, New Poll Shows.

A new poll shows farmers overwhelmingly believe climate change is real and will create significant weather problems but do not think it’s caused by human actions.

The latest annual Farm and Rural Life Poll, conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, indicates 80% of farmers believe climate change is occurring, and more than half are concerned with its impact on their operations.

The study also indicates only 18% believe human activities are causing climate change. That comes as there is an increasing focus from the Biden administration on agriculture’s role in mitigating the problem.

As BeezleBub’s boss Farmer Andy once asked, “How do these climate idiots explain away the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s? According to them it should have returned 20 years ago because of people.”

His biggest concern seems to be colder temperatures he thinks may be on their way with the extended solar minimum we are experiencing. If higher CO2 levels help offset them, and helps his crops grow while using less water, he’s all for it.


I don’t know how much of a problem this is elsewhere, but it seems restaurants here in New Hampshire are having ongoing problems hiring staff, not just for the summer, but in general. I asked one of our seasonal neighbors here in The Gulch who lives down near Cape Cod if this was a problem down their way and they answered that it was, but they didn’t know to what extent.

Restaurants across New Hampshire are having difficulty finding waitstaff and kitchen staff as temperatures outside climb.


Somers said people may not be joining the food service workforce because they are collecting unemployment or have found different jobs.

Great N.H. Restaurants CEO Tom Boucher said the phenomenon is causing headaches for those looking to hire.

"This labor crisis — and yes, I'm calling it a crisis — could be worse than the pandemic for restaurants," Boucher said.

Some restaurants are offering incentives to potential new hires and to their existing employees as a means of retaining them.

This isn’t a new problem as I remember one local restaurant decided to close the doors at one of its two locations two summers ago because they couldn’t hire enough staff to operate properly. (Some of this had to be laid at the feet of the tighter restrictions on temporary worker visas that had a disproportionate effect on the hospitality industry in light of the extremely low unemployment rate in the US and particularly here in New Hampshire.)


It isn’t just restaurant workers that are in short supply for the up coming summer season.

Lumber and building materials are also in short supply, driving up prices and affecting construction this summer. (Have you bought any 2x4’s or plywood recently? If you have, then you know what I’m talking about.)

In New Hampshire, new boats and boat slips are in short supply, with demand even higher than last summer, and last summer’s demand was higher than anyone has ever seen. Some boats ordered last summer are just being delivered now. I’ve had lots of people asking me if I knew of any available boat slips anywhere along the big lake and I’ve had to tell them ‘no’. Even dry rack facilities are maxed out. (Dry rack means the boats are stored out of the water and only put in when the owner wants to use it. It’s also called ‘valet boating’, and while better than having to trailer a boat every time, there are disadvantages including restricted times of access.)

Housing is in short supply, with prices in my town up over 20% and the number of homes available for sale in the single digits. When they do go on the market there is a ‘feeding frenzy’ of showings over a couple of days, and by the third day someone makes an offer the sellers can’t refuse, in most cases in cash. (What makes it worse is that a more than small percentage of the buyers have no interest in living in the homes they buy, but renting them out through websites like AirBnB or VRBO, something that further decreases the supply of homes and drives up the prices.)

Another thing in short supply? Chicken. Apparently the supply of chicken is down for a number of reasons including high demand via takeout orders (lots of comfort Buffalo Wings?) and transport issues.

One thing in short supply that I wouldn’t have expected – pool chlorine.

First it was toilet paper. Next, it was disinfectants, followed by face masks and other personal protective equipment. Then, it was a whole array of different items, ranging from yeast to condoms to kettlebells to jigsaw puzzles to aluminum cans, not that all of these items are necessarily used together at the same time. Now the latest shortage that the U.S. is facing is, let’s pool our guesses together: chlorine.


The latest shortage is chlorine, which can come in the form of tablets, powders, and liquids. Chlorination may sound like something you do when you put a crown or tiara on someone’s head. But instead it is the process of putting the right amounts of chlorine in a swimming pool, a hot tub, a jacuzzi, or basically any similar container of water where your hot bod may go. Chlorine is important because swimming pools and similar receptacles can otherwise be filled with algae and dangerous microbes like cryptosporidium, legionella, and brain-eating amoeba. In general, it’s a good idea to stay from anything that has the words “brain-eating” such as brain-eating politician, brain-eating cat, or brain-eating pizza.

The shortage appears to be the result of two issues. One is that the pandemic has seemed to boost demand for chlorine.

The other issue is supply. As reported by Liz Hampton and Jessica Resnick-Aultright for Reuters last August, the Biolab Lake Charles facility in Louisiana erupted into flames after Hurricane Laura hit. This led to the shutdown of one of the major chlorine suppliers until the spring 2022, leaving only two current manufacturers of chlorine tablets in the U.S.: Occidental Petroleum and Clearon Corporation.

All of this cycles back to Covid-19. It cures all kinds of diseases like cancer, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, COPD and a whole list of other terminal diseases. It has created shortages of personnel, building materials, boats, boat slips, and housing. And now we can add shortages of chlorine to that list.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where food workers/boats/lumber/chicken/chlorine is in short supply, where the rains have been easing what’s left of our drought, and where I am one day closer to launching my boat for the summer.


An Inconvenient Statistic

Now for an entirely and completely politically incorrect and inconvenient statistic regarding gun deaths, there’s this:

I bet that makes the old sphincter tighten up, doesn’t it?


Thoughts On A Sunday

One of the ‘rituals’ of spring in our town is what are called ‘Free Dump Days’ which allows residents to haul all kinds of junk and detritus to our dump...err...Solid Waste Center and dispose of it for free. Things like construction demo, old furniture, mattresses and box springs, old lawn mowers and snowblowers, appliances, and so on can be disposed of for free. Some of those items usually require those dumping them to pay a fee to dispose of them. But for two days in the spring, people all throughout town can get rid of all that junk. A lot of folks make use of those days to clean up around their homes or lake cottages, signifying the approach of another summer.

From reports I’ve seen, Saturday’s FDD was a big success, with a line of cars and trucks almost a half-mile long waiting to get in. Some of that might have been due to last year’s Free Dump Days having been canceled due to Covid-19, so there were two year’s worth of junk to dispose of.

Free Dump Days moves us one step closer to summer.


I have to admit to being dismayed seeing a lengthy real estate article in our local paper touting the joys and advantages of moving to our town. It sang its praises, with a list of all the great things that make it a great place to live.

Just what we needed. [/sarc]

I was tempted to write a rebuttal article, informing people why they should stay as far away from our town as they can...except for a week or two in the summer.

I want to tell them about the all the potholed roads, heavy traffic, bible-thumping/gun-toting bitter clingers who don’t cotton to “flatlanders” taking over our town, informing them how the sidewalks are rolled up after 8:30PM, the streetlamps (what there are of them) are turned off at 9PM, and how they have to keep an eye and ear open for for packs of coyotes just waiting to pounce on them in the dark. Oh, and did I mention the mountain lions and fisher cats waiting to do likewise while they’re out walking their dog?

And then there’s the housing market, with dilapidated houses/cottages and single-wide mobile homes asking prices being eight times the market value, places you’ll still have to sink a lot of money into to return them to livable condition.

So don’t move here. Stay away. You don’t want to live here.

You’ve been warned.


Just when I thought they can’t get any stupider (or crazier), they prove me wrong.

It seems SUNY’s Geneseo campus has announced they will be expanding their segregated housing and support programs.

The State University at New York Geneseo has announced their newest addition to the school’s Umoja House, a dorm "for students of color."


SUNY Geneseo Associate Director of Residence Life for Educational Initiatives Meg Reitz reasoned that “Part of the goal in supporting BIPOC students is giving them a place where they don’t feel like they have to put on a different face."

I have to wonder if the next step will be a wholly segregated campus? I would like to think it won’t go that far, that some form of sanity will return. However, seeing how woke insanity has spread through academia like the Black Plague (no pun intended) did through Europe during the mid-14th century, it may be just a matter of time before some administrator proposes just such an idea, totally unaware (or uncaring) of the outcome of that kind of segregation in the past.

Welcome back, Jim Crow….


In light of ever expanding defunding of police departments, willful destruction of morale in police departments, increasing demonization of police officers by city government and ‘gripe’ groups, and round the clock scrutiny by the Lame Stream Media/DNC, is it any wonder more police officers are deciding to leave their departments, retiring, moving to new departments away from the big cities, or giving up their careers entirely.

The NYPD lost over 15% of their force in 2020, with a little over 5300 officers departing. That’s a 75% increase over 2019. It will be no surprise if that number increases this year, particularly “as corrupt De Blasio and Cuomo allow the continued attack on cops...”

The NYPD isn’t the only city seeing this happen, with Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, and other cities in the same situation. It will only get worse unless the Progressives running these blue cities are cured of their cranial-rectal inversions.


And then there’s this, something I feel more of us should be demanding, particularly in those cities where continual acts of “mostly peaceful” protests have been taking place and the damages have been mounting.

(H/T The Feral Irishman)


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where we’re hoping for some more rain, warmer temps, and shorter Mondays.


The Bedlam Of A Nation Without Cops

I have to admit I am becoming a fan of Daisy Cousens. She certainly makes some interesting videos that makes one go “Hmm, I wonder if she’s correct on this one?”

Her latest certainly struck a chord with me, making wonder if the endgame of defunding the police is merely another step in bringing about anarchy which in turn will allow a police state to come into being as a means of restoring order? (This is not her conclusion, but she did get me thinking.)

Am I being paranoid? Of course I am, but you are asking the wrong question. The correct question is “Am I being paranoid enough?”

In this video she paints a picture of a nation none of us want, even the woke (thought they don’t realize it...yet). Parts of what she envisions has already been described in Kurt Schlicter’s People’s Republic series. I know I certainly have no desire to see any of that happen, at least not in my lifetime or that of my son or my nephews or nieces. But if something doesn’t change soon, that’s where we might be headed.


Making The Same Mistakes As The Jacobins?

This comment was posted in response to this piece by Victor Davis Hanson which delves into the deliberate ruination of the American nation from within.
Writes Hanson:

As Americans know from their own illustrious history, any nation’s well-being hinges on only a few factors. Its prosperity, freedom and overall stability depend on its constitutional and political stability. A secure currency and financial order are also essential, as is a strong military.

Perhaps most important is a first-rate inductive educational system. Of course, nothing is possible without general social calm (often dependent on a reverence for the past) and secure borders.

The ability to produce or easily acquire food, fuel and key natural resources ensures a nation’s independence and autonomy.

Unfortunately, in the last few months, all of those centuries-old reasons to be confident in American strength and resiliency have been put into doubt.

The challenge is not just enemies abroad such as China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. The greater problem lies within us, as we erode the inherited and acquired strengths that made us singular, both materially and spiritually.


Modern Jacobins seek to erase our founding in 1776. Mobs tear down statues and deface monuments with impunity. There is no consistent rhyme or reason to why the names of schools, institutions and streets are erased overnight — except the relative dangers of a nihilistic electronic mob.

Anyone who paid attention in History class knows what happened to the Jacobins and the damage they did to their native France.

The comment made to VDH’s piece addresses another issue those tearing the nation apart are ignoring.

What gets me is that the folks supporting this downfall, particularly the 'useful idiots', think that somehow things will be better once everything has been turned to rubble. However, when the reality of what they have wrought hits them they will wonder how it all happened.

And then we, who remember the times before they came upon us like the Four Horsemen, will point to them and say "You brought this upon yourselves and now you will pay the price for your willful ignorance, and the mayhem and destruction you have wrought in that ignorance. Enjoy this hell you have created. Enjoy the chains you have willingly placed upon yourselves. Revel in the pain you have caused and the pain you have inflicted upon yourselves. Suffer in the knowledge that this is what you worked so hard to create."

The nation will become like Detroit, a wasteland of closed factories, dilapidated public buildings, and homes that are Soviet Concrete Block chic, lines for food, lines for clothing, lines for basic necessities, full prisons, full gulags, schools to teach dogma, to indoctrinate, but not to educate. It is this they have worked so hard to create. But we also know they will say "But this wasn't our intention. We had the best of intentions!"

We know where that road leads, don't we?



Always Ask Them These Questions. Always!

Seen in the comments to this post at Instapundit:

To any claim you need to ask The Three Questions: 1. Compared to what? 2. At what cost? 3. Where has this worked before? (Link added – ed.)

Political claims especially fail when attempting to answer these.

Those are questions the Left rarely bothers to answer…because they can’t.


SloJo Needs To Go Back To School

So the Constitution is more of a suggestion rather than the Law of the Land? It can be 'reinterpreted' to fit the needs of those in power? Yeah, that's going to work out just fine. Uh-huh.


Thoughts On A Sunday

Old Man Winter reminded us that he’s still hanging around with a Nor’easter dropping as much as 12 inches of snow in the western/southwestern parts of New Hampshire on Friday. Not that it will be around for very long as temps will be back in the 60’s starting Monday.

We were fortunate here at The Gulch, seeing far more rain than snow, and what snow we did see – about a half inch – disappearing by late Friday afternoon. There was still plenty of snow on the higher elevations in our town yesterday, including the location of The New Manse once it is built. (That still looks to be a couple or three years off at this point.)

It was mostly on again/off again rain during Saturday, something we have needed. The weather didn’t stop some folks from taking their pleasure boats out for a spin on the Big Lake. (I saw a couple of boats out on Paugus Bay while taking one of the feline contingent of The Gulch to the vet for a check up. I envied them.)

Some of the work on The Gulch mentioned in yesterday’s post has started. In this case I am making changes in the Official Weekend Pundit Office, removing some furniture, moving wall-mounted shelves, putting in a new computer desk to hold my work computer and dual monitors. (Using just the laptop screen hasn’t been cutting it for some work, hence the change.) These additions don’t replace the Official Weekend Pundit Computer and monitor as I keep work and ‘play’ equipment separate. (For me ‘play’ is sometimes indistinguishable from work as it usually means I’m writing, but for myself or this blog.)


It appears the shooter at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis was ‘known to authorities’.

Brandon Scott Hole was a nutcase known to both local and federal law enforcement officials, had been reported to be dangerous and violent by family members, and nothing was done until after the fact.

This seems to be a recurring theme lately – a dangerous person known to authorities murders a number of people in a mass shooting, and those same authorities are surprised when that known dangerous person kills. In many cases that person ‘known to authorities’ shouldn’t have had any weapons to begin with because they are convicted felons or under protective orders from a court. If an earlier report that Hole was using a machine gun is correct, meaning a fully automatic weapon, then it was one he obtained illegally.

I have to wonder how many other ‘known to authorities’ mass shooters we’ll be seeing over the next few years? If I were paranoid, I would say just enough to give SloJo, WRBA, and the totalitarian Progressives to strip law abiding citizens of yet another Constitutional right? (The Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion are teetering on the brink of extinction, courtesy of MSM and social media corporations, Covid nannies, and woke ignoramuses.)


With so many schools, public and private, having gone ‘woke’, parents are withdrawing their children from those schools. Some are enrolling them in other schools and others have decided to homeschool. This trend has been accelerating since Covid.

When schools reopened in our town, a full 11% of parents decided their children would not be returning. Many decided to homeschool because they saw their children were actually learning and not being indoctrinated. (I have known many homeschooled kids since moving into town almost 20 years ago and without exception they were better educated with a broader and better understanding of the subjects they studied. They also tended to be more mature than their peers in public school.)

This isn’t a phenomenon seen just here in rural ‘flyover’ country. It has also appeared in Manhattan, and has done so in spectacular fashion. In this case, a father withdrew his daughter from the prestigious Brearley School and sent a letter to the 600+ families of the school, explaining why he was doing so.

Our family recently made the decision not to reenroll our daughter at Brearley for the 2021-22 school year. She has been at Brearley for seven years, beginning in kindergarten. In short, we no longer believe that Brearley’s administration and Board of Trustees have any of our children’s best interests at heart. Moreover, we no longer have confidence that our daughter will receive the quality of education necessary to further her development into a critically thinking, responsible, enlightened, and civic minded adult. I write to you, as a fellow parent, to share our reasons for leaving the Brearley community but also to urge you to act before the damage to the school, to its community, and to your own child's education is irreparable.

It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley's antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of the criticisms that I know other parents have expressed.

I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died.

As the saying goes, Read The Whole Thing.


Germany has invested heavily in renewable energy, specifically wind, and phased out nuclear power. It also been using coal plants as backups to wind, but have been working to reduce their dependence on them. Right after the first of this year Germany shut down and disconnected 11 coal-fired plants from the electrical grid as a means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Then the winds stopped blowing.

Eight days after the phase out began, a number of the disconnected coal plants had to be reconnected and restarted to meet demand due to that lack of wind.

My question is this: Why didn’t they foresee this event? It wasn’t like it wasn’t predictable.

Germany went from having the most reliable and resilient electrical grid in Europe to the worst, and all of it done on purpose in pursuit of a goal based upon an unfalsifiable hypothesis. Germany would he been better served by keeping their nuclear plants and building more. Nuclear is also a means of reducing carbon dioxide but is not vulnerable to weather. The newer Generation III and IV plants are safer, more efficient, and if modular design is used can be built quickly.

Ask what the German public thinks about wind turbines and you’ll find that while they were enthusiastic about them at first, the reality of their downsides has shifted opinion away from them. Between increasingly poor grid reliability, the sound, the light flicker, and particularly the health effects of infrasound, many Germans wish they would go away.

Has Germany become an object lesson about how not to deal with reducing carbon emissions?



This is an interesting look at people’s perceptions versus reality. Even with hard facts and evidence, some people are unwilling to change their minds or perception of what’s true. This is true across socio-economic, political, and religious lines.

Let’s take a look at a few of them from the point of view of voters:

During the late 1800s when the renowned scientist Louis Pasteur was trying to overturn the medical community’s deadly belief that germs are not communicable, he wrote: “The greatest aberration of the mind is to believe a thing to be, because we desire it.” The results of a scientific survey conducted just after the 2020 presidential election show that voters from across the political spectrum have failed to heed that warning.


76% of Trump voters think that the average income of middle-income households fell during the Obama administration. In reality, their inflation-adjusted average income rose by $5,300 during this period.

88% of Biden voters think that police are more likely to use lethal force when arresting black people than white people. In reality, police are 42% less likely to use lethal force when arresting blacks than whites.

The survey also found that a considerable portion of Trump voters have adopted some progressive fallacies spread by the media. For instance, 38% of Trump voters (and 86% of Biden voters) think that the number of strong-to-violent tornadoes in the U.S. has generally increased since the 1950s. In reality, they have slightly decreased.

The study linked the article do some further breakdowns of misconceptions and show us this problem does indeed exist across political lines, something everyone needs to aware of. They also need to question what they believe to be true. As John Maynard Keynes once said, “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”

Indeed. I find myself constantly challenged and always have to question what I think I know. I have found from time to time that what I and “everyone else” knows just ain’t so.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where winter tried to make a return even if only for a day, warmer weather is returning, and where preparations for summer are becoming increasingly apparent.