9/24/2021

Aw Nuts! - Part 3

The last time I delved into the the subject of acorns, I wrote about the the heavy crop of acorns falling from the oaks surrounding The Gulch. I thought we had reached the peak of the rain of acorns.

I was wrong. Again.

If anything, the number of acorns falling has increased.

Yesterday there was a stretch of 10 to 15 minutes during a windy rain shower where it sounded like golf balls hitting the roof, parked vehicles, and the ground. I can’t remember a time I’ve ever heard or seen that many acorns falling at the same time. I wouldn’t have wanted to be outside during that ‘acorn’ shower.

One of my neighbors, a fellow from away, texted me yesterday afternoon letting me know he was going to be coming up for the evening. (He does that so I can move the trusty RAM 1500 4x4 since I usually park next to my home on our shared driveway when he and his family aren’t up, doing so to make it possible for the WP Mom to get her car in and out without me having to move my pickup.)

I answered him, asking of he would be able to park in his garage, explaining the heavy acorn fall we’d been experiencing and how it might damage his vehicle. (One of my neighbors is the Deputy Police Chief on our town and we discussed the heavy acorn crop including how his daughter’s car had dents on its roof, hood, and trunk from the acorns.) I also suggested that if there was no room in the garage that he should park where I usually park the trusty RAM 1500 4x4 because it would not be anywhere near any of the oaks here. Instead, he changed his mind and decided not to come up.

If I park the pickup in front of the garage I don’t have to worry about it being pelted directly by acorns falling from the trees. But if they hit the roof of the house they end up bouncing off and up in the bed of the pickup. There have been more than a few mornings where I have come out to make the drive to work to find dozens, if not hundreds of acorns in the truck bed.

And so it continues...

9/23/2021

Privilege? What Is Privilege?

As shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’:

What is privilege?....

Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.

Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.

Privilege is having a smart phone with a data plan for which you receive no bill.

Privilege is living in subsidized public housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on the table.

Privilege is the ability to go march against and protest against anything that triggers you without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.

Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and being able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.

Pretty harsh, right? But not untruthful. But we can’t forget the other side of the above listed privileges, can we?

Here’s my additions to that list.

Privilege is you and your kids sleeping on the floor because it’s too dangerous to sleep in a bed or on a couch because a stray bullet fired by the local gangbangers might come though the window or wall and wound or kill whoever is sleeping there.

Privilege is being accosted or beaten for working hard so you can get out of your dangerous neighborhood, i.e. for “acting too white”.

Privilege is being egregiously lied to by your ‘alleged’ leaders about how the problems in your neighborhood will be solved if you elect them/give them money/support their organization when what they are really doing is making sure you stay put so they can stay in power. Oh, and things only get worse once you’ve done so.

Privilege is being forced to send your kids to substandard and underfunded schools that are more like a babysitting service rather than an institution of learning, and what learning they do receive won’t prepare them for the real world.

Privilege is being told you can’t get ahead without the helping hand of your ‘betters’, but that helping hand is only holding you back.

Privilege is being told all your problems are caused by racism, but the very folks telling you that are choosing to ignore that many of those problems are caused by your poor choices fomented and encouraged by those same people.

I could go on and on, adding to both lists of ‘privileges’. You get the idea.

9/21/2021

Germany Is In Trouble...Of Its Own Making

I had an interesting ‘discussion’ with a solar power proponent, specifically about solar power’s overblown ability to meet our energy demands in the US. She insisted it could meet all our needs and I countered with “Then you are grossly underestimating the electrical demand, both as it exists now and the projected demand to recharge all of the electric vehicles being rammed down our throats by Biden, and the efficacy of solar, particularly in the climate here in New England.” She then cited Germany’s switchover to solar and wind as an example of how it can be done.

The only problem with her claim?

Germany hasn’t been able to meet the electrical demand and, in fact, has had to ask heavy industry in some parts of the country to shut down to prevent blackouts. As part of a twofer, it also has some of the highest electricity rates in the world.

Power supply for critical industrial companies disconnected from the grid On Saturday, August 14th, the network operators disconnected several industrial companies from the power grid in the evening. The electricity generation could no longer cover the current electricity demand in Germany. The power supply was critical and it was no longer possible to secure the supply even by importing electricity.

A break in solar power triggers the shutdown of industrial companies. The generation of electricity in Germany on this Saturday was downright chaotic. During the day, the solar systems generated a lot of electricity due to the almost optimal solar radiation. Between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., the solar power reached a peak output of more than 30,000 megawatts. In the evening, the power generation of the solar systems collapsed drastically. Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., they delivered around 3,000 megawatts, just 10% of the output from the afternoon. Demand for electricity not covered by electricity imports either.

However, the demand for electricity in the evening was almost unchanged at a good 50,000 megawatts. The network operators therefore had to call up all available reserves. But the output of the pumped storage power plants and the lignite power plants run up to their maximum load was not enough to compensate for the deficit between electricity demand and electricity generation. The still missing amount of electricity could not be compensated by importing electricity from abroad. Therefore, shortly before 8 p.m., loads were shed from larger, energy-intensive industrial plants, such as aluminum and copper smelters.

This isn’t a one time event as it has happened before. It will happen even more often as Germany shuts down and decommissions its last nuclear plants, reducing its available generating capacity more than it already has. It has also been removing coal-fired generating plants from the grid, though it has suspended those plans for the time being.

They are finding out their whole ‘green’ energy dream isn’t working the way it was promised, that it is far more expensive than they were told, isn’t as reliable as it should be - even with storage - and isn’t dispatchable (can be brought on line as needed, when needed). They're finding out energy from outside Germany isn’t readily available either, be it electricity from French nuclear plants or natural gas from Russia for combined-cycle natural gas turbine plants within Germany. All of this has led to Germans paying astronomical rates for electricity.

A new addition is the annually increasing CO2 tax on electricity generated from fossil fuels, which is one of the reasons why the electricity price has reached a new record.

Germany has the highest electricity price in an international comparison. However, a new peak was reached in August, higher than ever before. According to a current analysis by the comparison portal Verivox, one kilowatt hour of electricity now costs an average of 30.4 cents for private households.

The wholesale prices for electricity rose significantly in 2021 and are therefore the main reason for the current rise in electricity prices. In January the average price on the EEX electricity exchange was 45.29 euros per megawatt hour and had already risen to 50.81 euros by July. This corresponds to a price increase of around 12 percent. The electricity providers are now passing the price increase on to the end consumer.

This is the same fate AOC has in mind for us with her Green Nude Eel - A faltering electrical grid incapable of meeting demand - present or future - at prices that a lot of people won’t be able to afford, a changeover to electric vehicles which we won’t have the electricity to recharge, and a collapse of our economy because there won’t be enough reliable energy to run it. Germany is a preview of what we can expect here. It’s not anything we want to emulate.

It all comes down to this – renewable energy is incapable of meeting our energy needs unless we want to do incalculable damage to our environment because we’ll need massive tracts of land for all the solar panels and wind turbines, all the storage. A ‘back of the envelope’ calculation showed that under perfect conditions (12 hours of noontime illumination, 1000W/m2 of solar energy hitting panels with a 30% conversion efficiency [and that’s being generous], meaning it takes 3.3 square meters of panels to generate 1000 watts of electricity, panels set up so the sunlight would only hit panels and not the ground, i.e. edge-to-edge, and enough storage to store 12 hours of output), it would take solar panels covering approximately 3.3 square miles of land to provide the same amount of electricity of a single 1300MW nuclear plant for 24 hours. The panels would need to generate twice the output of that 1300MW plant because half of that power would be needed to charge the storage batteries or the pumped storage required to provide electricity for the 12 hour of darkness. In the real world, much more than that would be needed because sunlight isn’t illuminating the panels at noontime levels for 12 hours. Instead you have to design for the shortest illumination period of the year (about 8 hours up here on either side of December 21st), the varying illumination between dawn sunrise and sunset, and the clouds that cover a portion or all of the solar arrays, so figure an array 3 times that size, or about 10 square miles. In comparison, a nuclear power plant takes up a couple of square miles (including the security exclusion zone surrounding the plant), can run 24/7/365 at 100% power output, and is not affected by the vagaries of weather. It also has a service life of 60 years. Solar panels have a service life of 15-20 years, tops.

Which would I prefer? I’m sure you know my answer.

9/19/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was a relatively quiet weekend here at the lake. It’s been mostly chores, a little shopping (beyond my weekly Sunday morning trip to Walmart), and some time out on the lake.

It’s hard to believe the first day of fall is only a few days away. It feels like summer started only a couple of weeks ago, yet the kids are back in school. This has certainly been one screwy year so far, with timelines skewed in such a way that time is passing by quickly and slowly at the same time – summer went by in an eye blink yet SloJo’s first eight months in office feel like eight years.

One good thing about the end of summer is that it’s become a lot quieter around here. There’s not quite as much traffic, we have easier access to our favorite eateries, and checkout lines at the supermarkets aren’t nearly as long. Yes, some of these things are small, trivial things, but they add up to a quieter, calmer climate around the lake. It will let us ‘rest up’ until next summer and the return of the summerfolk.

I do have to admit that we do look forward to the return of summer and the summerfolk. But when the summerfolk return, we look forward to their departure...and when they finally leave we look forward to their return. It’s contradictory, but that’s just the way it is.

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I can get behind this: Let’s make Orwell fiction again!

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This is something else I can also get behind.

Women now account for nearly half of all new gun owners.

More women should own, learn to shoot, and carry a firearm. It certainly ‘levels the playing field’ when it comes to crimes against women. Not that many of them would ever need to fire their weapon to protect themselves. Most often showing they are armed is enough for the smarter miscreants to decide to seek victims elsewhere. But if it comes to that, being armed is much better than being unarmed.

Katy is a gun owner, something I wholeheartedly support. She has a CCW permit (something she doesn’t need up here). She practices now and then. But she’s not nearly as good a shot as I am. (This is one of the few things she doesn’t do better than I can. A couple of the others are pilot an aircraft and pilot a boat. Of these three things, I know she can – and will - get better at the first and the third. She hasn’t expressed any interest in the second. Will she become better than me at shooting and driving a boat? Maybe...but I do have decades more experience and that counts for something, right?)

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Skip Murphy reminds us it is the so-called “Party Of The People” (the Democrats) who are the racists in our nation and have been for two centuries, being obsessed with the color of people’s skin.

It seems their definition of untermenschen has shifted, with the new one being people with white skin as it seems only white people can be racists. (Yes, it is paradoxical. Don’t try to apply logic to this because there is none involved, just feelz and prevarication.)

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I admit to stealing this word-for-word from today’s Day By Day cartoon.

I normally don’t do that, but being a big fan of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone I knew I had to do so this one time.

In Rod Serling’s voice:

“Imagine if you will a malevolent cabal where cruelty is compassion, depopulation is destiny, killing a kindness, and words are weapons.”

“A place where if masks work, why stay six feet apart?”

“If six feet apart, why the masks?”

“If they both work, why the lockdowns?”

“If more people die from the vaccines than the virus, why use the vaccines?”

“If people took vaccines to keep other people safe, why are they now very sick ‘superspreaders’?”

“In this dark utopia of government ‘care’, the elderly are targeted, cures denied, doctors & nurses silenced by threat of job loss.”

“A place where logic is criminal, reason a crime, and hysteria a virtue. This...is The Covid Zone.”

What’s scary is that while Chris Muir is pointing out the absurdity of the feddle gummint’s response to Covid-19, and the more recent nastiness coming from The Swamp, he is also pointing out reality.

How does Washington respond to yet another wave of Covid, one of a weaker variant than the previous waves? By doing the same things everybody knows don’t work and they expect everyone to toe the line and do what they say. That there’s pushback at the local and state level tells us people have had enough and that they do not trust feddle gummint edicts or listen to the politically driven ‘science’ being sold as real science, even with increasing evidence the government’s ‘science’ is not based upon facts.

And so it goes.

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Ann Althouse asks the question “What if they gave a riot and nobody came?”

It appears all the hoopla about the preparations made around the Capitol to qwell rioting by “MAGA hat wearing, Socialism denying, “F**k Joe Biden!” chanting, mask and lockdown hating, Second Amendment loving, hard working Deplorables” far outweighed the number of the protesters who actually showed up. With so few protesters – somewhere around 400 or so – it made it impossible for the antifa/FBI/ATF instigators to goad the protesters into taking actions so they could be arrested and charged. It could be there were more instigators in attendance than actual protesters.

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It seems the the “F**k Joe Biden” chant phenomenon is spreading, with the chant being heard at more college football games and other large public gatherings.

I never heard about anything similar when Trump was in office except at Democrat Party gatherings and rallies. If there had been, you know the DNC-MSM, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook would have reported on “F**k Trump” chants ad nauseum when he was in office.

It only took 8 months for Biden to go from being the supposed ‘Savior of America’ who would undo “all the damage done by Trump” to ‘Joetato’ and ‘SloJo’. His popularity has tanked faster than his mental faculties have deteriorated.

“Undoing all the damage” hasn’t endeared Biden to anyone considering undoing the damage has made things far worse by damaging the economy, igniting inflation by printing money like there’s no tomorrow, seen a humiliating and poorly planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan while abandoning American citizens and our allies, purging the military of personnel who believe in America and the Constitution so only Progressives remain within the command structure and in the military academies, an erosion of Constitutional rights, and an ever lengthening list of things that makes American society what it is.

Is it any wonder no one likes Biden (or Harris), even an increasing number of Democrats? They see them for what they are – looters and wreckers. (Ayn Rand described Progressives as we know them as ‘looters’ in Atlas Shrugged.

If nothing else this means the mid-term elections in 2022 are going to be interesting.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather is great, the lake has been quiet, and where I wish I could put Monday off for one more day.

9/17/2021

I Hate My Cable Company

It’s official.

I hate my cable company.

It’s not news that a lot of people have a dislike of their cable provider ranging from a mild disdain to a burning hatred. I didn’t come to hate my cable company until a few months ago and I have a darned good reason for it: a lack of customer service.

My cable provider used to be pretty good. I could call them with any question, any problem, and I could usually get an answer or get the problem resolved. Then, the cable company was acquired by another cable provider.

At first, there was no apparent change other than a different logo on the cable bill and on the the cable company’s trucks. And then things started changing. Customer service wasn’t quite as responsive as they had been in the past. The same was true of technical support. More automation, meaning automated phone systems and an expanded website to handle customer requests, payments, service changes, and technical support.

Then Covid hit.

Today, you’ll find if you have a problem or a request that isn’t related to paying your bill or changing your service, you won’t be speaking to a human being. You can’t speak to a human being because there’s no way to connect to one. If you try to speak to one of the ‘payment’ or ‘change of service’ customer reps, you’re told they can’t help with any problems as they have no access to the systems that can provide any of the other services.

I have two problems I have been trying to resolve for seven months and I am no closer to getting them taken care than I was back in late February. One is a technical problem that is not a showstopper, but is annoying. The other is a big problem – my e-mail.

An increasing percentage of my incoming e-mail is bouncing as mail daemons (e-mail server programs) keep kicking the e-mails as they see my e-mail address domain as invalid. At this point I figure over half of the e-mails inbound to me are being rejected and the percentage is increasing. All I want to do is change my e-mail to the new cable provider’s domain. (I have a ‘permanent’ e-mail address with my own domain that forwards to my ‘real’ e-mail address, one I’ve used for many years. I did check to make sure it wasn’t the server forwarding my e-mail causing the issue.) I know I am not the only one having this problem as I have spoken to a couple of people I know that have been having the same thing happening to them.

Do you think I could get anyone in customer service to make the change for me? Nope. Not one. If I was a new customer it wouldn’t be a problem. But I am an existing customer and that somehow changes things. I can’t even add a new e-mail account because I can’t seem to talk to a human being. Their support website couldn’t handle it either.

My other problem dealt with the cable modem/router/wireless access point.

The wireless is active but I don’t want it to be. I want to shut it off for a couple reasons: 1) I cannot link to the wireless access point because the SSID doesn’t match the one listed on the cable modem nor does the password work, and 2) I have two perfectly good wireless routers that cover both floors of The Gulch while the cable modem’s wireless access point does not. It’s just eating up spectrum better used by the other wireless routers.

But like the wireless access point, the cable modem password doesn’t work because it doesn’t appear to have one. It is supposedly on the bottom of the cable modem, but unless the password is either ‘Made in Taiwan’ or ‘Property of [my cable company]’, the password is missing. Just for grins I did try the wireless password as the admin password and it didn’t work.

I had as much luck reaching tech support as I did a customer service rep. Calling the phone number listed merely pointed me to the cable company’s website which contained absolutely no helpful information to solve the problem I was experiencing. I needed to speak to someone in tech support who could access the cable modem from the “other” side and at least shut off the wireless access point. The best outcome would being able to reset (or read) the admin password so I could access the cable modem directly. But it appears no one human is available to deal with tech support requests not covered by the website.

So until I can talk to a human being at my cable company that can actually help I am stuck in limbo.

The bill gets paid every month but the amount of customer service has declined to almost zero.

That’s why I hate my cable company.

9/16/2021

Tax 'Em Until They Leave...And Take Their Money With Them

It seems the Progressive Powers That Be are going to prove Einstein right yet again – “Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result this time.”

Their latest insanity? Four Blue states (California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York) could see a total tax burden on the wealthy rise to ~60%, between city, state, and federal taxes. Do socialists in Congress honestly believe those same wealthy will take it lying down? It’s obvious they do.

For one thing, successful residents can simply move to another state. It is only the combination of high federal income taxes and high state-level income taxes that leads to these combined rates of nearly 60 percent. Yet some states, such as New Hampshire and Florida, have no income tax at all.

We’ve already seen an exodus of wealth, people, and major businesses from states like California, and that trend will only accelerate if taxes are sent even higher by this new plan. It’s only logical: states that heavily tax something are discouraging it, while states that don’t tax it at all are welcoming it. Why would anyone want to discourage income-earning?

Punitive taxation has ramifications for more than just the high-earning individuals and families directly impacted by higher tax rates. If they leave the state, they take with them jobs, investment funds, and spending that would otherwise go back into their communities.

It’s true that not all high-earners will flee states with these punitively high taxes. Some, for a variety of reasons, will stay. But even for these individuals, the high tax rates will backfire, because they’ll create perverse incentives and discourage economic activity above a certain level.

The wealthy didn’t get that way be being passive or stupid. Once they see how much of their money they’ll be shelling out because the Dems have better use for it than the people who earned it. Of course that “better use” usually has nothing to do with making things better...except for themselves.

So many of our “Spend money like there’s no tomorrow” Democrats don’t seem to understand heavy taxation tends to drive away the folks with the money. If they do that then they won’t have as many rich people to tax to death. It’s a vicious cycle, one that is too often ignored. These are the same “tax and spend” folks with no understanding of the Laffer Curve. They don’t comprehend that they’re on the backside of the curve where increasing the tax rates further decreases the revenues collected.

Only time is going to tell if they will learn the lesson this time around.

If history is any indicator, they probably won’t.

9/15/2021

Nine Steps

I am once again pointing to a Tom MacDonald video, but in this case part of the lyrics in one of his latest songs, Brainwashed. It it he lists the 9 steps* needed to destroy this nation, or any other nation the Fascists/Progressives/Socialists want to subjugate and rule. Take a look and you tell me if these 9 things listed below are not exactly what has been happening here:

Step 1: Train the people only to consume.

Step 2: Infiltrate the adults with the news.

Step 3: Indoctrinate the children through the schools and the music and the apps on the phones that they use.

Step 4: Separate the Right from the Left.

Step 5: Separate the White from the Black.

Step 6: Separate the Rich from the Poor. Use religion and equality to separate them more.

Step 7: Fabricate a problem made a lie.

Step 8: Put it on the news every night.

Step 9: When people start to fight and divide, take control. This is called Situational Design.

All of these sound familiar to me. It’s something we’ve been living through for some time, but sometimes others have to point it out for us to realize that’s what we’re experiencing. The endgame is not inevitable, particularly if we realize what’s happening. If we stop letting them divide us, particularly over matters that, in the end, are not as big as they’ve been making them seem.

As Tom also says, they’re afraid “if we get along we’ll probably go against them.” There’s no ‘probably’ about it. None.

*Anyone having taken a Poli Sci course should recognize these. As I recall there was also a Soviet zampolit who described the steps required to overthrow a nation back in the late 70's/early 80's. Tom has merely updated them to reflect today's realities (and technologies).

9/14/2021

Legal Sports Betting Paying Off

I find it interesting that even while a lot of folks have abandoning watching professional ‘woke’ sports, sports betting has been doing very well, particularly in my home state.

The local TV news reported legal sports betting in New Hampshire has been profitable, both for the state (which gets a percentage from every bet) and the sports book operator – Draft Kings.

Is this how professional sports will survive going forward? Will fans become less important as legal sports betting keeps expanding? I don’t know for sure, but I think the sports teams get some remuneration from the betting as well, something that can help make up for the drop in viewership and any ticket sales.

Why is it that this all sounds so familiar?

Ah, I have it! It’s part of the plot line from the movie The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. In the movie pro football was a dying sport and the only way to save it was by legalizing sports betting which was going to be pushed by lobbyists in Washington. One of the teams had even bought off a US Senator to help with their efforts.

Is this what is happening in real life, with life imitating Hollywood? More states are legalizing sports betting. Could pro sports be behind this push as a means of generating more income? Am I being too cynical...or is my cynicism well deserved?

9/13/2021

Last Days Of Summer

I mentioned the end of summer in part of yesterday’s post (the Last Rosé of Summer), something some folks think is defined by Labor Day weekend but to those of us here at the Big Lake takes place a few weeks later. There’s this song by Don Henley that paints a pretty good picture of what the end of summer means:


While not every summer business is closed yet, those that are still open are open only on weekends. Some will finally close by the end of September and the rest will celebrate their ‘last summer’ day on Columbus Day.

The traffic has fallen off quite a bit, even on this weekend. The beaches are empty during the week (though still open). The number of boats out on the lake are not what we’ve been seeing, meaning it’s mostly we locals plying the waters. Boats are already being pulled from the water and prepped for winter storage, with most of them belonging to summerfolk. Summer cottages and camps are being closed up. In a few more weeks our restaurants and pubs will see few folks ‘from away’ and it will be mostly we locals at the tables and counters. (We tend to shy away from our favorite eateries during the summer, letting the summerfolk spend their money and fill the coffers of those eateries. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves.)

We’ll start to see the Leaf Peepers arrive towards the end of the month, the folks from away (in some cases from overseas) coming to enjoy the fall foliage. There won’t be the number of those folks here that we see during summer, a small blessing.

The leaves start changing here around the last week of September/first week of October at the earliest, but folks will be staying here and traveling up to the North Woods and North Country to view the fall colors until they appear here. (It’s one reason the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout doesn’t get pulled out of the water until after Columbus Day – the fall colors seen from the lake can look spectacular.)

Regardless, my summer really doesn’t end until my boat is out of the water.

9/12/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was a quiet, somber day yesterday. I know I wasn’t up for doing much, considering the day. I went for a drive, stopped by the local farm stand and then visiting one of the many lakeside parks to sit for a while. I had watched some of the 9/11 TV programming yesterday morning, but could only deal with it for so long. I had to get away from it all, hence my drive around town.

I talked to a few people while I was out and some of them were out and about for the same reason I was: Too many memories of That Awful Day.

When I got back to The Gulch I decided I didn’t want to turn on the TV. I did anything but that – clean up the garage, run some loads of laundry, and so on.

Katy did pretty much the same thing, getting out of the house and as far way from any of the 9/11 remembrances. She didn’t want to relive That Awful Day, either.

As she told me Friday night “They started doing news broadcasts this week because so many [local] people either lost their lives or went to help. Couldn’t help but tear up again and again. It greatly affected my life, with young kids. So I keep my ‘distance’. It sounds like you are, too.”

It is an understatement saying the 9/11 has had a profound effect on me and Katy. Even after 20 years it still affects me. That Katy and I barely spoke to each other yesterday tells me that it is something that dwells deep inside of us. I know that whenever I see a movie or TV showing scenes of New York City where the Twin Towers are still standing I get a lump in my throat. That’s after 20 years. I have no doubt there are plenty of others out there that get the same feeling.

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I wrote about the heavy acorn fall we’ve been experiencing while totally ignoring the sound of the crickets and katydids we’ve been enjoying nightly since the beginning of August.

The chorus of crickets chirping on these late summer evenings is one of the finest things in life, and last night they were loud. That evening bug-song has followed me through most of my life, and fills me with joy.

Field Crickets are found across the US. In New England, we have the Black Field Cricket who is at his prime in early October until the first hard frost. They are mainly nocturnal insects and eat almost anything.

Around here, we still have the Katydids singing at night along with the rapidly-growing Field Crickets.

It’s nice falling asleep to the sounds of the crickets, something that lulls me to sleep every time I can leave my bedroom windows open. It’s always a little sad later in the fall on those nights when I hear only a solo cricket chirping away and no others answering. Later in the fall when the crickets are all gone, I know the last vestiges of summer are gone with them.

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By way of Maggie’s Farm comes this Spiked post about wokeness’s “New Puritanism”, applying ‘woke’ standards against classical literature, including children’s literature. In this case the failure of Asterix and Tintin comics to pass the woke purity test. Wokeness has become a cult, a puritanical cult.

New political ideologies often veer towards extremes as adherents try to prove to each other who is the most devout. Woke believers, in particular, are caught in an intoxicating and competitive purity spiral, making them more belligerent and intolerant with every passing day.

An alarming story from Canada has recently emerged, showing that followers of this 21st-century cult have turned their attention to burning books. Two years ago, in south-western Ontario, the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence (Providence Catholic School Board), which brings together 30 schools, carried out a purge of its institutional libraries, removing and destroying nearly 5,000 books, 30 of which were burned in a ceremony. These books included Asterix and Tintin titles, because of their allegedly racist depictions of indigenous American people. (Emphasis mine – ed.)

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The burning and destruction of books in the name of ideological purification and puritanical dogma has, of course, gruesome echoes of Nazi Germany. It at least belongs to the nightmarish science-fiction of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. That this is happening in modern-day Canada is a reminder that wokery is indeed a sinister, puritanical cult. And like classical Puritanism, it is a cult that demands total obedience in the name of righteousness.

I figure it’s only a matter of time before this kind of insanity arrives here. We’ve already seen cult-like activity by the woke on college campuses in the way of physical assaults against the “unwoke”. Burning books would be the next step. And should it go far enough, it won’t be a long trip to burning people, just like what happened in Germany from circa 1939 to 1945.

The Nazis were a puritanical political cult who killed millions as a means of ‘purifying’ the Reich. (Yes, I am equating the woke to the Nazis. After all, both groups are fascists, whether the wokerati will admit it or not.)

As the saying goes, Read The Whole Thing.

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I do link posts by Glenn Reynolds on a semi-regular basis. This one is poignant as it addresses the lessons we have learned over the 20 years after 9/11. What are some of the lessons we’ve learned?

1) That our enemies have taken our measure, and we never took theirs. Bin Laden’s strategic predictions vis a vis Afghanistan and the United States have been vindicated: 9/11 was for the other side a massive, generational strategic success.

2) That the entire American governing apparatus is incapable of real strategic thought.

3) That the federal government of the United States is much more inventive, determined, and relentless in curbing its own citizenry than it is in curbing those who would slaughter that citizenry.

4) That the federal government of the United States will allow foreign-power interests — specifically Saudi and Pakistani — to override and eclipse the just interests of the American citizenry.

5) The preceding item exists, of course, because we are ruled by an elite with much stronger social ties to other elites than to the people of our republic.

6) That our generational response to 9/11 guarantees that 9/11 will happen again and again.

--snip--

What did we learn?

Twenty years later, we learn that the enemy won — and our ruling class was on their side.

There’s quite a bit more at the link and I suggest you Read The Whole Thing.

To provide an example of point #6 above there’s this from a Teen Vogue columnist which proves just how effin’ clueless some of our younger generation are when it comes to the realities of life.

“We have to be more honest,” Jackson wrote, “about what 9/11 was and what it wasn’t. It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect.”

I’m sure if Jenn M. Jackson had an opportunity to interview the late 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta about why he and his fellow hijackers attacked the US that he would spout the woke bulls**t she claims as the cause of the attacks.

Yeah. Right.

To quote the great philosopher, Bugs Bunny: “What a maroon! What an ignoranimus!”

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Bird Dog over at Maggie’s Farm talks about the Last Rosé of Summer for sunset boat drinks.

I know Katy would certainly enjoy such a thing...though it might take place in October after Columbus Day when it is time to pull the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout out of the water, something that will be the perfect way to close out the boating season and tie the ribbons on a great summer.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the madding crowds have thinned, the lake is ours again, and where the summer weather is hanging around.

9/11/2021

The Unsung Heroes Of 9/11

There have been numerous stories about the heroes of 9/11, the actions of countless firefighters, police officers, passengers on United 93, workers in the doomed towers, and countless others.

One story I came across last year was something I’d heard about but some time ago but had never seen the story, at least not as told by the people whose story it is. Last year I came across a documentary which covered that ambitious impromptu operation and the people involved – The 9/11 Boatlift.

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

Twenty years.

Twenty. Years.

It was twenty years ago That Awful Day happened.

It was a day of terror. It was a day of tears. It was a day of Heroes and heroic deeds by firefighters, police officers, and ordinary men and women.

It was a day of thunder, of smoke, of fire. It was a day of prayers, last phone calls, and hasty “I love you’s”.

It was passengers on United 93 knowing what was happening and deciding that they would “not go quietly into that goodnight”. It was Todd Beemer telling his fellow passengers “Let’s roll.” It was the end of the fight against the terrorists on the flight in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

It was firefighters in the North and South Towers climbing up the stairwells step after step, directing people heading down and hopefully to safety as they continued upwards to help the injured. It was police officers in the lobbies of the Towers and in the PATH station trying to make sure no one was left behind. It was ordinary people helping others they didn’t know flee the Towers.

It was hundreds of helmsmen and captains taking their boats, tugs, and ferries across the harbor to the south end of Manhattan, loading as many people as they could onboard and taking them to safety in New Jersey. Then turning around and doing it again...and again...and again until 500,000 people were evacuated.

It was the firefighters, police officers, and construction workers digging through the rubble piles after the Towers fell, hoping to find someone alive and removing the remains of honored dead.

It was twenty years ago...

No...

It was yesterday….

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9/10/2021

Aw Nuts! - Part 2

About three weeks ago I wrote about the abundant crop of acorns I was seeing/hearing. Every time the wind blew you could hear the acorns dropping from the surrounding oak trees here at The Gulch. You’d hear them hitting the roof, hitting the tops of cars, trucks, and SUVs parked nearby. You’d see them on the ground, either whole or in pieces, on the driveways and yards, and in some cases in the bed of my pickup truck.

I thought the ‘rain of acorns’ would taper off after a couple of weeks.

I was wrong.

If anything else, the numbers of acorns dropping from the oaks have increased, and not by a little bit. After the rains we’ve had over the past couple of days (which also contributed to the rain of acorns), the winds that came out of the northwest starting this morning have been causing bouts of heavy acornfall. It is times like this that I’m glad we don’t have a metal roof here at The Gulch. The acorns hitting our roof sometimes sound like gunshots. Hearing some of them hit one of our through-wall A/C units certainly gives me an indication of what it would sound like if our roof was metal rather than wood and asphalt shingles.

If this keeps up at this rate I’m going to have to start shoveling acorns off my driveway.

This is the worse I’ve ever seen it in all these years.

9/08/2021

Corporate Conspiracies Abound

I have always believed that various corporate cabals have been trying to force us into wasting our money on otherwise stupid or useless products or services. But there is one I’ve always had my eye on but wasn’t able to prove anything.

And then Stephen Kruiser uttered the words I’ve been thinking for decades:

Big Silverware is just ripping us off with the salad fork nonsense.

It proves I am not the only one thinking this is a conspiracy!

9/05/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been a great Labor Day Weekend for me and it’s not even over yet. Why am I saying this?

Katy.

She made the trek up from Connecticut Friday after work. What was normally a 4-hour drive for her turned into a 6-hour marathon in holiday traffic, something neither of us had expected. That she’d left work a couple of hours early made it even more surprising that the traffic was as heavy as she experienced. It made me appreciate her presence even more.

We had a great day yesterday, between having breakfast at one of our favorite diners, making it to a craft fair here in town, making it to a pig roast at one of the local farms (a farm-to-table event), and meeting some new friends while there. (The new friends are from away but have a summer place up here and plan to retire here in a couple of years.)

The pig roast was great – good food, good music, good company – and Katy won a drawing for some nice perennials from the farm stand greenhouses (which she is taking home with her).

After a great breakfast at our favorite diner this morning, she headed home. (Yes, the weekend doesn’t end until tomorrow, it being Labor Day and all, but she didn’t want to deal with the heavy homeward bound holiday traffic tomorrow, and I don’t blame her.) I would have liked it if she’d stayed another day, but her heading home today made sense.

It was a great weekend!

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What happens when natural processes prevent or reverse global warming?

It must be explained away, of course!

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Is fall football on borrowed time because of climate change?

According to climate alarmists, the answer is ‘yes’.

It must be understood that these climate alarmists are friggin’ morons. They are acting like supposedly human-caused climate change will have such an effect on temperatures that fall temperatures in future that temps will be more like late July/early August. Yeah, maybe in a few hundred years...assuming the AGW faithful are right. Too bad the models they like to use to predict future climate haven’t even come close to matching reality, even with some after-the-fact data ‘editing’ to try to hide the decline (see ClimateGate 1.0 and 2.0 e-mails).

This sounds more like a “We should say something about climate change, too” story rather than a real concern.

And so it continues….

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Is there anything Elon Musk can’t do?

By way of PJ Media comes this about one of the reasons why it is a good idea for Starlink to start using lasers for intersatellite communications which reduces the need for ground stations to link the satellites to the ‘Net:

It makes it a lot more difficult to censor the Internet, particularly in nations that heavily censor or even block the Internet.

Elon Musk is building his satellite-based Starlink service, but he paused launches until some new spacecraft are ready. Quarts reports that those spacecraft give Starlink a new capability — the ability to bypass the ground stations that Starlink currently depends on.

Starlink users need to be within several hundred miles of a ground station that is plugged into the internet, so the satellites can relay data back and forth between them. SpaceX is not going to be able to set up these stations in authoritarian countries, or likely many of their neighbors.

That’s not just a technical issue, it’s also a regulatory and censorship issue. For instance, Afghanistan’s internet and smartphone access went from near zero to about 90% during the war that Joe Biden just threw away. The Taliban are heavy into censorship and are expected to clamp down very hard on free speech. That’s easier to do against conventional, terrestrial internet service. But Musk’s Starlink with its laser system may be able to elude Taliban censorship.

Hmm, could the ability to bypass censorship be one reason why Jeff Bezos wants the FCC to block Musk’s implementation of his new generation of Starlink satellites?

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Ayuh.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the Labor Day weekend isn’t over yet, the weather is getting better, and I don’t have to deal with Monday this week.

9/03/2021

Fake Woke

In my last post I included a video from rapper Tom MacDonald who presented truths that too many of our ‘elite’ choose to ignore or refuse to admit exist and truths we need to pay better attention to. What I found interesting was reaction videos to his song from people across the spectrum of personal and political beliefs. With only a few exceptions most agreed with much of what he stated. I’d like to think he opened a few eyes with his lyrics. (I have to admit I haven’t been a fan of rap or hip hop, but Tom’s videos have spoken to me and so many others.)

A preceding video, Fake Woke, delves into the cancel culture, ridiculous demands from the ‘woke’, most of which are using their ‘wokeness’ as a means of taking control of our society.

Without further ado, here’s Tom’s Fake Woke.



Indeed.

8/31/2021

Message To Snowflakes: We Are NOT The Intolerant Ones

Skip Murphy over at GraniteGrok quoted a part of my Sunday post, illustrating my increasing intolerance of those who have absolutely no tolerance for those who disagree with their delusional visions of “how things are”. Today I came across a post on Instapundit that covered a related subject, something that struck a chord with me. Even better was a comment to that post that got right to the heart of the issue and reflects my viewpoint on the matter.

I try to operate by a code. One can pretend to be whatever one wants. I don't care. I start to care when that individual decides that I must curb my own rights, opinions and behavior to accommodate him/her and keeps shoving it in my face demanding that I must do more than just tolerate their choices and co-opts the power of government to force me. This person, Blair White, doesn’t seem to be doing any of that. My response in this case is, you do your thing and we’re good as long as you leave me and mine out of it.

As one other commenter put it, rather succinctly: “Conservatives will be fine with you as long as you mind your own damn business instead of their business.” Yup, you mind your own business and I'll mind mine. Once you start minding mine you’re going to get a proverbial Gibbs slap to the back of your head for your trouble, and it will only get worse from there. This 'woke insanity' must be pointed out and ridiculed for the nonsense it is.

And as a little extra (as Skip suggested), there’s this from Tom MacDonald:


Indeed.

Update: The woman in the video is the Blair White in the linked Instapundit post and comment above.

8/29/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

It was Old Home Day in our little town yesterday, a celebration of our town by present and past residents. It started with a parade to open the festivities, and once finished, everyone moved to the Village Fields where the celebration(s) take place. There were food stalls, crafts vendors, games, amusements, and musical entertainment. The nearby church had their annual fair which is really a fundraiser which consists of a “White Elephant Sale” for folks trying to get rid of all kinds of items they no longer need. Think of it as a centralized yard sale and you won’t be far off the mark.

The weather cooperated, with temps in the low 70’s/mid 60’s throughout the day. It was mostly partly cloudy most of the day which helped make for a comfortable day, something that was a big contrast to days earlier in the week when we had day after day with temps in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s with very high humidity.

There were fireworks in the evening and I have to say I agree with some of my fellow townsfolk to say they were better than the Fourth of July fireworks many of us saw around the lake this summer.

All in all it was a great day.

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I have to admit to becoming burned out regarding Biden’s Afghanistan Bug-Out Debacle.

The endless comparisons between Saigon an Kabul have become no less true. But with each bit of news about what’s happening and the actions (or inactions) by the * Administration come to light, the situation looks increasingly dire. It’s like this whole debacle was planned to cause as much death and destruction as possible, despite Jen Psaki’s claims to the contrary.

That the * Administration handed over a list of Americans in Afghanistan and Afghans working for the US shows the moral depravity of WRBA. It is, to all intents and purposes, a hit list. What WRBA thinks they are accomplishing by helping the Taliban collect hostages and kill Afghans who don’t like the Taliban escapes me. Perhaps they want to somehow use it to blame Trump for everything that happened s part of the 2022 Midterm election campaign. (If that is indeed the case, they may find it will backfire upon them.)

That field commanders have lost confidence in command staff is increasingly evident. They certainly have no confidence in their increasingly senile Commander-in-Chief. Then again, nobody does. Even the DNC-MSM has abandoned him.

As bad as things are in Afghanistan, I (and many others) expect things to get worse...before they get even worse.

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To show you just how insane wokeness on college campuses have become, a “colorblind study” is now racist.

I guess when your entire raison d’etre is to combat racism, then every problem and every action is defined as racist.

This is what happens when most of society’s problems have been solved: take something that is minor, even non-existent, blow it all out of proportion so that it is now a ‘crisis’ and make it your cause. Anyone questioning your cause is labeled as a fascist/racist/whateverist. Is it delusion? Is it a form of malignant narcissism? Is it a form of schizophrenia?

Whatever it is, it is time to point out these ‘woke’ causes for what they are - absolute delusional nonsense – and end them. They serve no useful purpose and solve nothing. All many of them do is create division, hatred, and in the end, violence.

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Speaking of nonsense, it seems a number of doctors are ‘sick and tired’ of treating patients who aren’t vaccinated against Covid. That raises another disturbing question:

“I cannot and will not force anyone to take the vaccine,” Dr. Jason Valentine of Mobile, Alabama, wrote. “I also cannot continue to watch my patients suffer and die from an eminently preventable disease.”

In other words, only healthy people deserve medical treatment, which exists to cure people who aren’t healthy.

Will Valentine treat people who are obese? What about those suffering complications from drug addiction? Smokers? STDs? HIV? Diabetes 2? Liver disease? Mouth cancer? Lung cancer? Hepatitis? An aggressively healthy lifestyle can prevent all of the above. When reached for comment, Valentine’s office simply hung up.

Heh.TM

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What, if any, lessons were learned from Katrina 16 years ago? If only one needed to be learned, it was this: the governor shouldn’t wait to ask for federal assistance.

What lessons have actually been learned?

Only time will tell.

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How many times have we seen or read that what our Progressive political elites are really trying to build is not some kind of socialist utopia, but a society with them cast as the new nobles and the rest of us as the serfs whose only reason to exist is to meet their every need, fulfill every whim, and follow every order without question...or be beaten or killed for failing to do so.

They want to create a modern medieval society.

The Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan is just one illustration of a seventh-century ideology overcoming the power of the neo-liberal world. Autocracies have arisen in countries which once seemed candidates for liberal democracy from Russia and Turkey to Iran. Arguably the most powerful person in the world is now China's all-but Emperor, Xi Jinping, who has presided over the mass detention and forced sterilization of a Muslim minority, the silencing of Hong Kong's free press and the arrest and prosecution of protestors (sic) and dissidents.

But the West, too, has fallen prey to encroaching illiberalism. America's intellectual, political, and corporate establishment may not share the ideology of ill-educated Central Asian religious fanatics, but they echo the Taliban by embracing an increasingly medieval dogmatism and—crucial—an ideology that similarly scorns reason and debate. As historian J. B. Bury put it in 1913, the Middle Ages were a time when "a large field was covered by beliefs which authority claimed to impose as true, and reason was warned off the ground."

Where does our own medieval lurch come from? Developments akin to what followed the fall of classical civilization: growing concentrations of political and economic power, a shrinking middle class, increasing intellectual dogmatism and a global pattern of pessimism about humanity's prospects. We are also living through a relentless effort to supplant any remaining reverence for the ideals that historically have held our civilization together, and this, too, parallels the experience of the Middle Ages, a period in which, as Belgian historian Henri Pirenne noted, "the very mind of man was going through degeneration."

This is what our elites are pining for. They want control over the lives of their serfs, law by fiat, i.e. droit du seigneur, knowledge held tightly by those in power and kept from the serfs, who must be kept ignorant of that knowledge because they might become ‘uppity’ were they to learn that secret knowledge. They have no problem deceiving their adherents, no problem selling them on ‘woke’ ideas that have no basis in reality, but do help dismantle and weaken modern society and make it easier to bring about their desired result – modern medievalism.

I keep thinking the time is soon coming where we will need to make a decision about whether we let this descent into a new Dark Ages continue, fight it and stamp it out, or find a means to get off-planet as a means of maintaining a modern liberal society off-world (the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, perhaps one or more of the Jovian moons).

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has cooled off...for now, hot and humid weather is on the way, and where Labor Day is eight days away.

8/27/2021

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

I saw the following picture over at Knuckledraggin and it struck a chord with me, so I knew I had to share the meme as it is timely.


This picture also brought to mind this great rant by the late Peter Finch playing newscaster Howard Beale in the movie Network. Finch won a posthumous Academy Award for his portrayal of “The Mad Prophet of the Airwaves”. It is amazing that this movie from 1976 was prescient, portraying the TV media of the present day for what it is – a propaganda machine.



We should shut off our TVs just as Howard Beale said we should.

8/26/2021

Why Masks Don't Work - A Proof - Part 2

Last week I offered some proof the masks the various government officials insist that we wear in order to ‘protect’ ourselves from Covid-19 don’t work.

Dr. Byram Bridle offered both illustrations, some simple math, and a practical demonstration why the cloth masks and disposable ‘procedure’ masks provide little, if any protection from the Coronavirus. The only protection they provide is psychological, yet The Powers That Be keep insisting masks are the only thing that will prevent the spread of Covid despite the vaccines. (If they vaccines don’t work, then why have we taken them? We could have saved our time and the government could have saved billions of dollars if we’d just worn masks, right?)

Since the good doctor seems to be going against the narrative, I figured I could offer yet another example that comes from a non-medical source. It aptly demonstrates just how useless non-N95 masks are regarding preventing Covid.



Considering the ‘vape’ droplets are quite large, larger than the Coronavirus, you can see the mask used in this demonstration was useless...just like most cloth masks.

8/22/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s ‘Hurricane Sunday’ with Hurricane Henri paying a visit to New England. It’s the first hurricane to make landfall in New England in 30 years. While we’ll be seeing mostly rain with some wind (30mph) up here in New Hampshire, we won’t have it nearly as bad as the folks in southern New England.

Katy is one of those folks in the path of Henri and she spent time getting ready, getting things from her yard and around her home put away or lashed down to keep them from being blown away. She also made preparations to bug out if things got bad. (I told her that if the need arose, I would pull the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout out of the water and trailer it down to Connecticut to get her from her house if the flooding got bad enough.)

Of course I have heard more than a few of the ‘usual suspects’ claiming this storm is all the fault of climate change, as if hurricanes have never made landfall in New England before. There’s a long list of hurricanes hitting New England over the years, with the last one being Hurricane Bob in 1991. (Sandy was not a hurricane when it hit New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut back in 2012, but a tropical storm.) Considering Henri was barely a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall, it doesn’t seem it can be blamed on climate change. Many of the previous hurricanes were much stronger when they made landfall, yet they haven’t been blamed on climate change.

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I made some preparations for the storm as well, but mostly making sure I had a full tank of gas in the trusty RAM 1500, making my bi-weekly run to BJ’s on Saturday rather than today, and filling one of my gas caddies in case I need it for the pickup, the boat, or the generator. Cell phones and laptops were charged as were batteries for a couple of my two-way radios. I also made sure the propane tank for the gas grill was also filled. I did check the boat yesterday to make sure it was properly secured, though there was little chance for problems this far inland. Beyond that, I really didn’t do all that much. I certainly haven’t done nearly as much as Katy did down at her home in Connecticut.

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Compare and contrast:

Biden screws up the withdrawal of American citizens, their Afghan allies, and the military from Afghanistan so badly that our allies have been condemning him – officially – and the DNC-MSM have turned on him.

Trump addresses a rally in Alabama and delivers a scathing rebuke of how things have been handled by President *’s administration and hangers on.

“‘Do you think that General Patton was woke? I don’t think so. He was the exact opposite,’ Trump said. He pivoted to lambast notorious woke figure General Mark A. Milley who has defended the divisive teaching of critical race theory to military members. ‘You know what woke means? It means you’re a loser,’ Trump jabbed, adding: ‘Everything woke turns to sh*t.’ ”

While President Trump is not known for his eloquent speech, he does have the unique ability to get to the point and state it in terms everyone, including the self-anointed elite, can understand. Sometimes that’s the only way to get to the point across.

I wonder how many of those who actually voted for SloJo are now regretting casting that vote?

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Skip Murphy reminds us that it is not just Afghanistan from where we may need to consider withdrawing.

Writes Skip:

“In the worst year in Afghanistan, 2010, the U.S. suffered 440 troops killed in action. So far this year in Chicago, 480 people have been shot to death. When will the U.S. begin its withdrawal from Chicago?”

Indeed. Every weekend, the toll is displayed all over the nation and much of it is concentrated in “gangbanger” neighborhoods. Just like Biden and his staff, however, that are sounding like my 5-year-old Grandson in “WHAT cookie in my hand???” and denying he’s not to blame, so are the Chicago leadership doing the same in their jurisdictions.

Most often, they lay the blame on surrounding States that have more Constitutionally oriented gun laws even as they’ve created a Merry-Go-Round environment: arrest thugs, book’em, bring’em to Court, and then a gentle wrist slap, and they’re turned out onto the street.

It is a war in the Chicago environs but why should WE be concerned with it if Chicago’s leaders refuse to Follow The Law and handle these miscreants the way the Law demands they should be.

You brought it onto yourselves by coddling them this long.

It’s your problem and we probably should “withdraw” from them. Given that Democrats control the Federal Government, however, that’s not likely.

The Detroitification of Chicago continues apace. It will be interesting to see how long it will take for the depopulation of Chicago to reach the level of that of Detroit.

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Can a rock be racist?

It’s 2021 in Woke America. Of course it can.

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I have to agree with this: The Biden White House Is Betting That America Is Finished.

It is the dream of the Progressive totalitarians that they will soon be able to declare the rise of the New Soviet Union. No more Constitution. No need to gain political consensus. The new Nobles will dictate and the new Serfs will bow to their will...or die.

Here’s something these same Progressive totalitarians should remember: Sic Semper Tyrannus.

Here’s something else they should always remember:


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And that’s the (soggy) news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rains have arrived, the weekenders have already left, and where Monday is lurking just around the corner.

8/20/2021

Why Masks Don't Work - A Proof

We keep hearing the arguments for and against the efficacy of masks for protecting against being infected with Covid-19. Most of us of an engineering, mathematical, or science bent understand that 90%+ of the masks do not provide protection...except psychologically. I’ve had people call me an outright liar about it, most of those people being math deficient.

In my defense, I present this YouTube video by Dr. Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist, who shows with simple illustrations, math, and a practical demonstration that masks of the types a large majority of the people have been using are worthless for preventing the transmission of Covid.



As I have explained to a number of people, including the WP Mom (who is a retired health professional), I have no desire or need to wear a mask, particularly in light of the fact that I am vaccinated and the only reason people would require me to wear a mask is to give them a false sense of security.

8/19/2021

It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Seeing the totally preventable tragedy in Afghanistan reminds me the original reason we went in to begin with: Taliban support for Osama bin Laden and their efforts to protect him.

President * and WRBA decided to chuck all of the plans to deal with our troop drawdown and eventual departure and instead effed things up, all while trying to blame Trump for their FUBAR’d evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies, something that “fills me with an urge to defecate”. (With apologies to Roger Waters and David Gilmour.)

This pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about the whole debacle, something I’m sure I am not alone in feeling:

8/18/2021

Aw, Nuts!

At first I thought it was just me, but after talking to some friends and co-workers I realized I wasn’t the only one to notice this: Acorns.

It seems we have a bumper crop of acorns this year. I have been hearing them hitting the roof, the ground, and occasionally my neighbors’ cars and trucks. I’ve been hearing a lot of them and finding far more on the ground than I remember seeing this time of year. Far more.

I don’t know if this signals a harsh winter coming, or is a by-product of the more than abundant rainfall last month and/or the warmer than normal temperatures in June. All I know is there are more acorns than I remember seeing this early. Sometimes so many are falling from the oaks during the night they keep waking me up.

On top of that, it seems we’re in for some tropical rain for Thursday as we will see the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. The Weather GuysTM are saying we’ll see a couple of inches of rain here at the lake and even more in the southern tier of the state.

8/15/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

This weekend saw a break in the hot, humid, and hazy weather this past week, with a series of showers coming through yesterday that signaled the break in the weather. Not that the hot and humid weather really bothered me. It is summer, after all. It happens every summer.

The funny thing is that it feels like summer has barely started considering how cool and wet it was in July. We had more than 10 inches of rain in July, not exactly a record here in New Hampshire, but it was in the top five wettest July’s on record. As I mentioned in an earlier post, that 10 inches of rain certainly helped end the drought we’ve been dealing with the past year and a half. (Not a severe drought by any means, just a rainfall/snowfall deficit that was taxing some wells and other ground water resources.)

We’re hoping an extended warm fall will help make up for the cool/wet July we experienced. That has been the pattern over the last few times we’ve had a cool and wet summer – September and October (and sometimes early November) are warmer than average – allowing us to experience the extended summer without dealing with the summerfolk. We have the lake to ourselves, and if the temps stay war enough, the lake temperature stays warm enough to keep swimming until mid-October. However, the seasonal restaurants we patronize usually close their doors after Labor Day weekend, so many of the summer treats of which we would also partake aren’t available. But we still have our grills so burgers, hot dogs, and steaks are still on our menus.

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One has to wonder just how stupid (or lazy) some political campaigns can be. The latest example is incumbent Democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s campaign ad promoting building Virginia’s economy, generating more jobs, uses pictures of workers...in Florida.

Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe released a new ad promoting his goal of “growing Virginia’s economy”—but the workers pictured in the ad are in Florida.

The new ad from McAuliffe, who is running for his second term as governor, includes stock footage sold by Getty Images of a diverse pair of workers in Florida, a Washington Free Beacon investigation found. The “workers walking through metal fabrication shop stock video” was shot in Florida in February 2019 and can be purchased for $170.

So McAuliffe’s plan for building up Virginia’s economy is to give workers in Florida more work posing for photos used in his campaign ads in Virginia?

Yeah. That’ll work...

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You know the Electric Vehicle hype is just that when even dedicated Warmists don’t want to use them. It comes to down to range and recharge times.

For “around town” travel EV range anxiety may not be such a big deal. But if you are traveling great distances, then range and recharge time becomes a huge factor.

People keep talking about how as electric cars become cheaper, more people will use them. But what they keep ignoring is that they are totally useless for long trips.

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...here in Nowherica, 250 miles is considered an easy morning’s commute … a map of Texas versus Europe shows why.

So I got to thinking … just how long a charging stop would that be to go another 250 miles? Me, I drive a 2016 Ram Ecodiesel pickup truck with about a 500 mile range, although the new ones have about a 1,000 mile range. And I can “recharge” it for another 500 miles in about five minutes at the pump.

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I can see why the UK Climate Spokesbabe doesn’t want to drive an EV. If you’re stopping to recharge your Audi e-tron for another 250 miles, instead of the five minutes it takes me to recharge my diesel pickup, it will take you twelve and a half hours to recharge.

That is such a non-starter. Half a day to recharge in order to complete a 500 mile trip that will now take two days make? Yet using a Gaia-killing vehicle that would take all of 5 minutes to refuel, assuming they couldn’t travel the entire 500 mile trip on a single tank of fuel. (The trusty RAM 1500 could certainly make it on a single tank as long as I kept my speed between 50 and 55mph, leaving a small reserve range. At 65 to 70mph I would have to stop about 50 miles from my destination to fill up.)

Until EVs can be recharged in a similar time as it takes to refill the tank on a regular vehicle, I doubt they will be seen as usable as fossil-fueled vehicles. As I have mentioned in previous posts, one technology that might meet that criteria is flow batteries which use a liquid ‘electrolyte’ that flows through the battery as it used. When it is refueled the depleted fluid is pumped out of the tank as fresh fluid is pumped in. It might take a little longer refill the flow battery tanks as it does to fill a gas tank, but you’re still talking minutes rather than hours. It doesn’t have quite the energy density of batteries, but since it can be quickly ‘recharged’ as compared to batteries, the energy density may not be as important as it might otherwise be.

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By way of GraniteGrok comes this quote from Thomas Sowell:

The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of ILLEGAL immigrants.

This is something that will be faithfully ignored by the Progressive Powers That Be because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has cooled a bit, the sun is shining, and where I plan to get out on the lake later today after the weekenders have gone home.

8/08/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

Here we are, in the second weekend of August, and it seems everyone is focusing on Back-To-School, between shopping for school clothes and other necessaries. It is depressing. It seems we’ve barely gotten into the swing of summer and already people are getting ready for their kids to go back to school.

There oughta be a law against it!

The weather has been so up and down this summer – heat waves to below normal temperatures, lots of rain, and back to heat waves - that it seems summer has barely started. Any remnants of the drought we’ve seen here since last summer have been wiped away with 10+ inches of rain in July. We have more rain on the way today.

I haven’t been out on the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout since the Fourth of July fireworks with Katy, BeezleBub, and a couple of his friends. The aforementioned weather wasn’t conducive to time out on the lake when I’ve had the time, so I’ve been suffering from boating withdrawal. Hopefully the weather will cooperate over the next couple of months so I can catch up.

Only time will tell.

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The delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have come to a close.

In the past I have been a fan of the Olympics, but this time around I didn’t really care all that much about them. I did catch some of the events, not because I was particularly interested but because the WP Mom was watching.

It was weird seeing those events with few, if any spectators. The pro sports venues here in the US were piping in crowd noise to make the games seem more ‘real’ during the Covid lockdowns. I thought the Japanese Olympic Committee would have done some similar at the various venues.

I will admit I am more a fan of the Winter Games, so I only have to wait until this coming February to see them. Chances are we won’t see the sever restrictions seen in Japan for the Summer Games since the Winter Games are being held in Beijing.

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Skip Murphy delves into President *’s EO “demanding that the automobile industry’s output of new vehicles be 50% Electric Vehicles (EVs) by 2030,” and the idiocy behind it.

Too bad his executive order ignores certain economic and electrical grid realities that will likely make the *’s mandate unworkable and economically disastrous. But what does he care? It isn’t like he has to figure out how to make it work. He just has to say “As it is written, so shall it be done!” and it will magically happen.

I have a feeling there will be major pushbacks and perhaps even a number of lawsuits that will go all the way to the Supreme Court. Then again, SloJo doesn’t care what the Supreme Court rules, does he? He certainly ignored its ruling regarding the eviction moratorium being unconstitutional.

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It appears Skip and I aren’t the only ones questioning the wisdom of EVs.

It looks like a number Members of the House of Commons in the UK are doing likewise.
According to these MPs, electric cars could place so much demand on the National Grid that it won’t be able to cope. Huw Merriman MP, chair of the committee, argues that in parts of the country electric cars may even cause blackouts.

In the committee’s report, it says that drivers of ‘Battery Electric Vehicles’ (BEVs) must be able to ‘seamlessly access any charging network in any location at any time.’

To achieve this, they will need to switch to ‘smart charging’. That is, shifting the time of day when they charge their cars – usually to nighttime – to avoid paying a higher tariff for electricity.

But this much-feared spike in demand for electricity has not materialized yet, and it won’t do so for a long time. The electric-car market is still minuscule.

The government has ambitiously decreed that in 2030 it will become illegal to sell new petrol and diesel cars.

It looks like the UK is going to have exactly the same problem SloJo is causing with his questionable Executive Order – a lot of EVs with no means of charging them.

This proves to me the UK has its share of governmental idiots, just like the US.

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By way of Powerline comes this hard truth:


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My home state of New Hampshire has made it into Instapundit for something good, in this case due to legislation that further enhances school choice in the state.

At least one commenter has complained they haven’t gone far enough, but one can make the case that on an issue like this that maybe baby steps are better, see how everything plays out before going all in. It’s easier to make changes to a smaller program if something isn’t working quite right, or to cancel it if it isn’t working at all.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather is changing...again, where my boat needs gas...again, and where Monday has once again returned all too soon, just like it always does.

8/06/2021

Back To School Shopping?

Kenny over at Knuckledraggin’ delves into the Dreaded School Supply Lists, the hell that parents of school-age kids have to go through to get their kids ready to go back to school. This caused two thoughts to pop into my mind, with the first being “What? When the heck does school start? Ohmigosh, it starts three weeks! Where did the summer go? Heck, when did summer start?!”

My second thought was a Staples commercial I saw over a number of years that had a different take on Back-To-School shopping and the different views of the parents and the kids. It still brings a smile to my face even after all these years.

8/05/2021

Yet More Pandemic Porn

With the Delta variant of Covid-19 in the forefront of the news, my first thought was “Here we go again!”

It seems the news media has been trying to crank up the pandemic fear factor to “11”, pushing the idea that the Delta variant is far deadlier than the previous variants, is exploding through both the unvaccinated and vaccinated population, and the infected are dropping dead in the streets. They are pushing the fear for everything they can. What is the response of most of the American people?

Ho hum. We’ve been hearing that crap for over a year and a half and we’re tired of it.

Dr. Fauci has been pushing the idea that masks are the only way to stop the spread...again. Data collected over the past 18+ months says just the opposite. Masks of the type used by most of the US population – the disposable procedure masks and ‘stretchy’ cloth masks - have little if any affect. They don’t block the coronavirus because the virus is much smaller than the gaps in the filter material used. Only properly fitted N95 masks can trap the virus and they have been targeted towards health care professionals.

Another idea that is dying aborning is reimposing lockdowns seeing as the data shows the only thing lockdowns accomplished was widespread economic damage, profound psychological effects, and negative physical effects. The lockdowns had little effect on stemming the spread of Covid-19.

Yet we’re hearing some of the ‘people in charge’ talking about taking measures we already know don’t work. That tells me they really don’t care whether or not the ineffective precautions work. It’s more about power, about forcing the people to do things they don’t want to do, things they know don’t work. If they can force the American people to do these things, then what other things can the force down the people’s throats?

Power is a addicting drug. Once ‘they’ have it they won’t willingly give it up. Covid-19 is a perfect excuse to exercise that power to which they are now addicted. What makes it better for them is that the media is helping them push the narrative because it gives them power, too.

That’s what’s truly sick.

8/01/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been a long weekend for yours truly, with it starting a day earlier than I had planned. Some of that was caused by the heavy rains that came through late Thursday, with a number of washouts all over town including entrances to some restaurants and shopping centers as well as along and across a number of town roads. Some caused by an unexpected but welcome visitor – Katy – who realized she had a couple of days free she hadn’t counted on and wanted to come see me. Some was caused by a family issue that also needed to be addressed. It also included a visit to my work lab today to make up for some of the work I missed on Friday. (To say this has screwed up my perception of time all weekend would be an understatement.)

While our town didn’t suffer nearly as many washouts as was seen in the western part of our state, they were inconvenient for a number of folk though the state DOT and our local DPW did a pretty good job of blocking off and re-routing traffic around the washouts.

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One thing I managed to get to this weekend was seeing Bob Marley – the Maine comedian, not the dead reggae musician – at a newly refurbished 1914-era theater in the downtown area of our nearby ‘big’ city (big defined as about 17,000 residents).

As usual, he got right to the point, talking about subjects of interest to most folks, and specifically we New Englanders. I will admit to being a bit sore at the end of his show as I was laughing through his whole set.

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Skip Murphy has some suggestions regarding legislation to make it easier to ensure the validity of election results, at least here in New Hampshire. Many of these suggestions would also be good steps to take in other states as well.

One commenter suggested mailing absentee ballots in large enough envelopes (and return envelopes) that eliminate the need to fold ballots, something that caused problems here in NH during the 2020 elections. While costing more up front, how much does a recount/audit cost compared to the larger envelopes?

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While satire, one has to wonder if this isn’t more prescient than satire. Certainly from what I’ve been hearing from Dr. Fauci, the CDC, and of course, the DNC-MSM, the only way to handle the “even deadlier and more easily spread” Delta variant is to do the same things that didn’t work the first time around.

To defeat the massive, scary, definitely world-ending wave of COVID being driven by the delta variant of the deadly, frightening disease you should remain afraid of for the rest of your life, experts are recommending we try all the things that didn't work the first time.

From wearing masks and social distancing to locking everyone down and destroying the economy, experts are all suggesting that we just try the same things we did last time that didn't work at all.

"We are going to lock down, wear masks, and social distance, all of which didn't work, but hey. It's worth trying again," said Dr. Anthony Fauci in a television interview this morning. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That's what they taught us in science school. Look at my lab coat. It's white. Do you like it? It has pockets."

The television anchor then assured Dr. Fauci that his pockets were very nice.

"Thanks. I also have the heartbeat thingy. I like to breathe on it to warm it up. Makes me look official and doctory and whatnot."

At publishing time, experts had clarified that while we're going to be doing the same things that didn't work over and over again, we're going to be doing them harder this time.

It reminds me of the Woke variant of Einstein’s definition of insanity:

Doing the same thing over and over again, only harder, but demanding different results this time. (See also Definition of Psychosis.)

I figure any day now…

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Really? This is just stupid.

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As much as the DNC-MSM has been trying hard to ignore President *’s mental decline, the media in other countries aren’t ignoring his ever more evident slide into dementia. Certainly Australia is talking about it openly.

Biden’s dementia is so conspicuous, it can be seen from the other side of the world. Australia’s Andrew Bolt recently brought on psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed to discuss some of the more obvious symptoms, including confabulation, which is all the more pronounced in an inveterate liar like Biden.

This is not benign senescence. As Dr Ahmed notes, Biden has gotten steadily worse over past 12–18 months and gives the impression of “just holding on” — both features of serious dementia.

I (and others) have no doubt the DNC and WRBA is scared that they will no longer be able to hide SloJo’s decline and that the increasingly unpopular, if not outright detested Kamala Harris might become President.

What the DNC thought they were doing when she was declared Biden’s running mate is a mystery. Maybe they thought if they found someone detestable like Harris that it might keep Biden in office longer because nobody would want a President Harris? Pelosi appears to have no use for her. Neither do most of the Congressional Democrats. It seems the Democrats may have seriously miscalculated when they chose Harris.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rains have returned, more flash flooding is predicted, and where Monday has come along to screw up the weekend...again.

7/25/2021

Thoughts On A Sunday

At first I thought it was just “one of those things” – heavy traffic on a Saturday morning, heavier than usual. Heavy traffic on Saturdays at that time of day – around 10AM - is not unusual. We see it most Saturdays which is why I do my shopping and so on Sunday mornings before church. There’s not much traffic and not too many people shopping then.

I headed out from The Gulch at 9:30 yesterday morning to run errands – take care of some banking, get a haircut, meet the ex for brunch, stop off at Ocean State Job Lots – and return home. From the moment I left The Gulch I knew things weren’t going to go well. I could go into a lengthy diatribe about all of the traffic craziness I experienced, but I’ll save you the boredom and just list them, sort of:

-Someone couldn’t decide which lane they wanted to be in so straddled the line between two lanes until they were forced to make a decision.

-Another motorist pulled into the entrance of our local shopping center...then stopped dead in the middle of the entrance, preventing any other vehicles from entering or exiting, until the driver decided where they wanted to go. By that time traffic was backed up both in the parking lot and the main road.

-Driving to the barber shop I had to deal with a driver who decided traffic lights, lane markings, speed limits, and turn signals were inconveniences to be ignored. I guess he was in a big hurry as worked his way through traffic, forcing his way into lines of traffic, running a couple of red lights, crossing over into oncoming traffic...right until one of the cars he went head to head with turned out to be a local police cruiser.

-After my haircut I headed to the nearby entrance to the local Interstate and headed north on my way to pick up my ex for brunch. A few miles up traffic dropped from 70mph to a complete stop, then continued at a slow crawl for the next 4 miles. What caused the traffic jam? A State Trooper writing a ticket, probably for speeding. I guess many of the motorists had never seen a Statie write a speeding ticket before, so they slowed to a crawl to take a look.

-At a stoplight near the ex’s place the fellow at the front of the line waiting for left turn light to turn green did not move once the left arrow changed to green. Or the second time it turned green. (No, his truck was running and wasn’t broken down.) The third time was the charm and when the light yet again changed to green he finally made the left turn. As he did so I could see the smartphone in his left hand and could see just enough of the display to realize he’d been texting.

-On the way home after brunch I was getting ready to go through one of the local roundabouts. Traffic was backed up coming from the opposite direction. There was a classic car show going on nearby and everyone seemed to be going there. One fellow waiting at the roundabout lost his patience and decided he was going to force his way through...and blocked all traffic trying to get through. Nothing moved for almost 10 minutes until a couple of local police showed up and helped get things untangled. One of the officers was having words with the miscreant who created the traffic block and I guess he said something stupid as I saw the officer’s hand go to the grip of his service pistol. Just then traffic going the direction I was headed started moving, so I didn’t see the outcome of that particular incident. One thing I did notice is that plate on the miscreant’s car was from out-of-state.

There were a few more incidents before I traveled the last 5 miles home. This had to be one of the worst (and stupidest) day for traffic that I have ever seen. It was one stupid or mindless thing after another. Thank goodness I didn’t have to run any errands today except for my usual pre-church Walmart run, and I did that at 7:30 this morning.

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James Lileks rightfully fisks yet another willfully ignorant and clueless socialist about the realities of the world, including how socialism doesn’t work, has never worked, and will never work.

One would think that after 400-some years of trying to make it work and failing miserably Every. Single. Time. that the Socialists would get the message, right? But like any addict, those addicted to an idea that has poisoned the minds of hundreds of millions and broken the spirit and bodies of billions over the ages is not something easy to give up. Despite generations of data and evidence showing just how awful socialism is, the addicts can’t give it up. What’s worse is that they addict others to this amoral and unethical political system.

It needs to be thrown upon the ash heap of history, permanently, not brought back again and again like another episode of The Walking Dead.

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You know it’s getting bad for the DNC when even lifelong Democrats are abandoning the party because it has shifted so far to the left. The change they were promised is not the change they are seeing, and it disturbs them deeply.

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What is it with all these conservative Republicans refusing to get vaccinated? Don’t they realize they are putting others at risk by not being vaccinated?

Wait...what? They aren’t the ones refusing vaccination? If it isn’t them, then who is it?

The Biden administration, stung by missing its vaccine targets and the rising COVID-19 cases, has decided to blame Republicans. That’s not surprising. But it’s traditionally Democratic groups – minorities and the young – who aren’t getting vaccinated, and it’s leftists who are the most influential anti-vaxxers on the planet.

As Politico reported recently, “the Biden administration is casting conservative opponents of its COVID-19 vaccine campaign as dangerous and extreme.”

The administration points to state immunization rates as proof that anti-vaxxers on the right are to blame for the problem. “State vaccine rates fall along red, blue divide,” is how The Hill reported it.

But wait a minute. The states with low vaccination rates also tend to have larger minority populations. And blacks are the least likely racial or ethnic group to have been vaccinated, with Hispanics the second least likely, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

So it isn’t along political lines this divide lies, but ethnic lines. Yes, there are certainly political aspects to this, but not the ones being sold to everyone. For the White House and the DNC-MSM to lay the blame entirely at the feet of Republicans is disingenuous at best, and purposely deceptive at worst. Then again, we have come to expect that from WRBA, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Communist faction of the DNC.

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So, now MLB is going politically correct, changing the name of the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians, are they?

How stupid.

One has to wonder if any of the morons pushing the change have any understanding of where the name “Indians” came from? Probably not. If they did, I doubt they would be so quick to push changing the name.

All one needs to do is look up the name Louis Francis Sockalexis. Of course this late 19th/early 20th Century member of the Penobscot tribe in Maine must be erased from history because he is inconvenient to the 21st Century ‘sensibilities’ of today’s woke a**holes.

They are erasing our history one person at a time and doing it on purpose, feeling smug about it every time they succeed.

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I know it’s likely you have already read this somewhere, but you know Facebook has gone full “stupid” when it censors the name of a garden tool – a hoe – because they think it is a derogatory term for a prostitute, which is spelled “H”-“O”, short for “wh*re”. Apparently their filtering algorithm is incapable of spelling.

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Anyone paying attention knows that Biden’s so-called “Infrastructure Plan” has little to do with actually building any infrastructure.

This is just another version of Obama’s $878 billion ‘stimulus’, of which only $55 billion actually went to infrastructure. The rest of the money was used as payoffs to political patrons and cronies. This one won’t be any different, with even a smaller percentage (0.8% versus Obama’s 6.3%) going to actual infrastructure.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has been pretty good (except for some rain this morning), The Boat has a full tank of gas, and where I’m heading out onto the lake to enjoy a couple of hours.