Thoughts On A Sunday

The first real signs of winter have shown themselves, in this case a skim of ice on one of ponds in our town. I spotted the ice as I was passing by the pond on my way to our town dump yesterday morning. It didn’t cover the pond entirely, with a few small areas of open water remaining. By this morning those bits of open water were gone and the pond was frozen over shore to shore. Of course it helped that it was in the teens overnight.

And so it begins.


Anyone paying attention over the past 40 years knows the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill was a bad idea, particularly since we know many of those deinstitutionalized patients ended up on the streets, homeless, receiving no treatment. Today many mentally ill are also a good portion of the homeless, even the violent ones.
involuntary treatment of the homeless mentally ill. One has to ask if it is the realization that allowing the untreated mentally ill to wander the streets is a bad idea.

For years, American cities and towns have struggled with how to address those living on their streets who suffer from mental illness but refuse treatment. New York City Mayor Eric Adams' controversial new plan to make it easier to involuntarily hospitalize the most seriously ill has set off a robust national debate about what role, if any, local governments should play in mental health care decisions.

Psychiatrist Katherine Koh '09, M.D. '14, works at Boston Health Care for the Homeless and Mass. General Hospital, and knows firsthand the many challenges of getting treatment to this population. She spoke to the Gazette about why New York City's plan is neither as cruel nor outrageous as it may initially sound and details what it takes to keep people off the streets and living with improved mental health.

This also begs the question whether or not there is a more nefarious motivation behind such a move.

Could it be that the New York Powers That Be will be using it as a ‘dry run’ to justify treating anyone they consider mentally ill? Amongst those deemed mentally ill will be anyone having the audacity to hold an opposing point of view. (That would be taking a page from the bad old days of the Soviet Union where opponents of Soviet-style socialism were ‘treated’ for mental illness, such treatments turning them into shuffling Thorazine zombies barely cognizant of their surroundings.)

If they are working to actually help the homeless mentally ill then I would suggest they also focus some attention on the rabidly fanatic ‘woke’ since it has become quite evident with time that they are delusional with some narcissistic personality disorder thrown for good measure. What else explains our entry into what Robert Heinlein described as The Crazy Years.


I am finding it increasingly difficult to believe the election problems in Maricopa County in Arizona are merely happenstance. Too much has gone wrong in more than one election in the same place. It isn’t chance these problems are taking place. These problems were caused on purpose.

If Twittergate tells is anything, it’s the Democrat party breaks every law, violates our every freedom and inalienable right, in order to get in power and stay in power – all in collusion with our most powerful intel and LE agencies. Election fraud is but one leg of the beast.

They destroyed our election system in 2020. Now they own it.

Voting irregularities abounded during the primaries and resurfaced during the national elections. How is it it has taken weeks to tally votes in Maricopa County while other areas of equal population did so before the end of Election Day? I have a very hard time believing election officials are so incompetent that they cannot perform their duties in a timely fashion...unless the fix is in.

Is it any wonder Kari Lake has filed an election challenge in an Arizona court, alleging election fraud?

“We have put forward evidence that unquestionably shows that this election was stolen with illegal votes and likely fraudulent votes.” Attorney Kurt Olsen.


The former conservative media personality warned throughout her gubernatorial bid that the state’s election system was mired in voter fraud.

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Friday announced that she had filed an election challenge, alleging that the total number of illegal votes was greater than her opponent’s margin of victory.

Has Maricopa County been taking lessons from the folks in Chicago, famous for having the dead voting during elections, some for decades after they passed away?

There are too many unanswered questions to believe there haven’t been election shenanigans in Maricopa County.


No matter how you cut it, this shows just how stupid and overbearing government bureaucracy has become. In this example we how Child Protective Services in Virginia have crossed the line from absurd to ridiculous.

It is apparent that CPS in Thomas Jefferson’s home state has become an inflexible bureaucracy that doesn’t truly understand how to raise children or what children need. As Glenn Reynolds stated, “There are few people less qualified to opine on parenting practices than social services bureaucrats.”

Emily Fields' three kids—a boy, age four, and two girls, ages 6 and 8—were playing outside. The Fields live in the quiet town of Pearisburg in rural western Virginia. It was there, on a May afternoon in 2021, that Fields' 4-year-old kicked a soccer ball across the road toward the neighbor's cat, which he avoided hitting.

The neighbors yelled at him and took his ball. But it didn't end there.


"They began to scream and yell," says Fields. "They said that everyone in the neighborhood thought I was a horrible mother, and that my children abused animals, and they were going to call [child protective services] every day until my children were taken away."

The neighbors did indeed call child protective services (CPS). The agency dispatched two caseworkers to investigate the soccer ball incident the very next day.

CPS had also been called to the Fields home three years earlier, when someone reported the kids, then ages 2, 5, and 6, for playing outside while unsupervised.

I don’t know about you, but when my siblings and I were kids we played outside unsupervised all the time, usually with the admonition to be home in time for lunch or dinner. The same was true of the neighborhood kids. CPS was never seen. We weren’t kidnapped. We didn’t burn and pillage the neighborhood nor abuse animals.

The neighbors in the story above should be ashamed of themselves and the CPS bureaucrats fired.


And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where it’s feeling more like winter, the parking lots at the shopping centers are full, and where preparations for some Christmas baking here at The Gulch are being made.