3/03/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

It seems winter has fled, whether for but a couple of weeks or until next winter is unknown. I know it has been a disappointing winter for me, not seeing the temperatures or snowfall we usually see during a New Hampshire winter. Some will say “It’s climate change!” even though if one goes a little over 150 miles to the west of us you’ll see winter has been normal – cold and lots of snow.

We haven’t been seeing the usual winter weather patterns – coastal storms driven by the jet stream which give us the Nor’easters which dump a lot of snow and pull a lot of frigid air down from Canada. Instead most of the systems we’ve seen this winter have swept in from west to east, generating a lot of snow from the Sierras through the Great Lakes, but fizzling out by the time it reaches New England. It has also pulled warmer air in from the South which has given us spring-like weather a couple of months earlier than usual.

I do have to wonder if this means I might be able to get the Official Weekend Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout into the water a couple of weeks earlier than usual. (See? There’s always an upside to something like this.)

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I keep seeing stories about CNN and every time I do my first thought is “They’re still on the air?”

The once-great cable news station has deteriorated, particularly after it’s founder, Ted Turner, sold it to Warner Brothers in 1991. It is a shadow of its former self.

A number of its offerings such as its CNN+ subscription streaming service crashed and burned. It didn’t help that CNN went full left and become more about telling viewers what to think about the news rather than just reporting like they used during its Ted Turner days. Is it any wonder they’ve been shedding viewers like cats and dogs shed their fur in the spring?

“CNN is trying to keep up with the news landscape and become a digital-first provider,” a source said. “It makes sense for them to pursue anchors who have already established a presence there — especially if TV becomes history in their portfolio!”

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Something tells me CNN is going the way of the Hindenburg.

Yeah, hence the “crash and burn” I mentioned above...though to be accurate, the Hindenburg burned then crashed.

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First, it’s “White Rural Rage” is a danger to Democracy. Now it’s “White Rural voters”. I wish the Left would make up its mind.

Forget the deplorables. What we have here is the REAL threat to our Democracy. Which is, drumroll please, the rage of the white rural voters.

No, I’m not kidding. That’s according to two very VERY liberal writers, one of whom used to write for the Washington Post. Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman wrote a book titled: “White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy.” Isn’t that such a darling title? Well, Paul wrote an op-ed for MSNBC in which he informs us that the real danger to this country is because of the rage embedded into the psyche of the WHITE rural voters.

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Because they used data in their book to make their case, this must mean it’s true that those of us who live in, or grew up in rural areas as I did, and have the audacity to be WHITE, are the very real threat to our Democracy. The two authors appeared on MSNBC last week and you REALLY need to watch, but also keep throwable things out of reach.

I guess they can’t help themselves, demonizing rural white people as if they are the cause of all the ills being suffered in the urban blue areas, particularly because they refuse to vote for Progressives.

Yeah. Right.

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Might ‘liberal fragility’ explain why liberals do what they do?

Liberals really are extremely fragile people. This helps explain why they need “safe spaces” with cuddly stuffed animals, grief counselors, and warning labels against “microaggressions.”

The latest evidence is a completely unironic and totally un-self-aware piece in the New York Times about the anguish of liberal law professors having to teach constitutional law at a time when the Supreme Court leans right. It’s so upsetting that some professors are moved to tears and can’t conceive of continuing. The New York Times thinks this is actually “a crisis.

I think they need to “man up” or “grow a pair” or whatever it is they call it these days because from reading the rest of the article and linked columns tells me that far too many of these Progressives were coddled and never learned how to deal with adversity, even such ‘adversity’ that most people would merely shrug off and continue doing what needed to be done. No tears required.

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Have you ever wondered why college tuition is so high, having risen at a rate well above inflation? This may be one reason why: Yale University employs nearly one administrator per undergrad.

Other colleges and universities have ratios running between 1:1 like Yale, and 1 administrator to 4 undergrads for others like the University of Florida. Both ratios are far too high.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the ice has been disappearing, the temps are going to be in the 50’s, and where I don’t care (this time) that Monday is coming back again.

3/02/2024

Gun Free Zones = Sitting Duck Zones

I find it hard to believe this debate is still going on, that being that banning guns from some areas – school grounds, shopping malls, public areas – will prevent gun violence. Yet we see again and again these “Gun Free Zones” become targets for those wishing to kill as many people as they can without worrying about being stopped by an armed citizen. The most recently updated stats dealing with Gun Free Zones and school shootings show an interesting correlation.

It’s tragic; people are tired of seeing the senseless loss of innocent lives in educational settings. Despite mounting gun control laws on the Federal and state level, school-related shootings continue to rise (2023 being the highest year yet, with 388 school shootings in only six months). Regardless of political affiliation or thoughts on well-regulated militias and the right to bear arms, one thing is clear; what we’ve been doing for the past forty years isn’t working.

Each school shooting incident in America reflects one thing, children are vulnerable. Schools tend to be easy targets while simultaneously producing mentally ill individuals with an unstoppable intent to harm others.

Unfortunately, we still have a lot to learn about school shootings. There are a lot of unanswered questions. But what we can do is investigate the changes between societal shifts and legislation over the years and spark meaningful conversations about stopping school shootings. Of course, the clock is ticking down to the next horrific headline, so we need to start these meaningful conversations now.

For more than a few mass shootings the people doing the shooting weren’t legally allowed to own or carry guns. Many others were ‘known risks’ – people whose family, friends, and others knew the shooter was ‘not right in the head’ well before they went on the attack. When it comes to school shootings one of those commenting on the linked post hit the nail on the head:

Three common factors in most (not all) of these rampage killings:

1. A broken home.
2. Shooter had been a victim of bullying.
3. Psychotropic meds like SSRIs and antipsychotics.

This list came from the book How To Make A Monster: A Sensible Look At Rampage Killers.

In “How To Make A Monster”, Paul Glasco performs a true root cause analysis of rampage killers - sometimes referred to as "mass shooters". The book looks at how broken homes, being bullied, and children on psychotropic drugs can affect personalities as young people mature. Previous killers from shootings such as Columbine, Virginia Tech, Las Vegas, and Parkland are broken down based on these causal factors.

Imposing nonsensical “Gun Free Zones” with no way to actually enforce them, though most law-abiding gun owners will not carry their firearms in those areas, is not the way to prevent mass shootings. If there were armed guards in those zones to protect the people in those zones, that would be one thing. However, that is rarely the case and that in turns means everyone in those zones is in a “Sitting Duck Zone” because they have no means of defending themselves, at least not legally. All these zones do is guarantee more casualties.

It’s time to rethink Gun Free Zones and do away with them.

PS - One last thought that seems true to me:

2/25/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

I can’t believe just how much this case of bronchitis has been kicking me in the butt, particularly yesterday. (Today isn’t much better...so far.) It seems I’ve been dealing with this for a month and every time I thought I was finally seeing an end to it it would return with a vengeance. About the only positive thing about this is that I know it isn’t Covid. (Three negative Covid tests tell me that.)

It has certainly affected me in ways I hadn’t expected it to and I’m not talking out the symptoms or their side effects. Its more to do with not wanting to expose anyone, particularly the WP Mom, to what I’ve been dealing with over the past month. That has meant working from home more than usual, foregoing meetings or attending them via Teams, Zoom, or GoToMeeting, and curtailing social activities. It has sucked. In some ways it was worse than anything we dealt with during the whole Covid pandemic scam.

It has also left me tired which has meant I haven’t had energy for many of my usual activities, including blogging. When I’m going to bed an hour or two earlier than usual it eats into what little free time I have and most of the time I blog it’s during the evening. (TOAS is an exception as I work on it here and there throughout the day.) It’s the reason my Friday post was delayed one day and why there was no Saturday post.

Hopefully I’ll get past this soon enough and everything can get back to normal.

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Is the outcome of yesterday’s GOP primary in South Carolina a surprise to anyone? That Trump won in all but three the districts in the state says something, particularly about Nikki Haley’s popularity. She was a pretty good governor from what I gathered and an equally good UN ambassador. (Ironically, she was appointed by Trump.)

Does Haley’s trouncing by Trump mean she’s ready to drop out? From what reports I’ve seen it appears she’s going to wait until after the Super Tuesday Primaries to make a decision about whether she’ll remain in the race or not.

I expect she’ll be spending a lot of time hopping from state to state over the next couple of weeks, attempting to visiting Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia if she can. The only place she definitely won’t be visiting is American Samoa, which is also holding its primary on that same day.

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It seems that Sweden’s “tolerance of diverse youth” has a problem, that problem being those diverse youth have no tolerance for the Swedes in any way shape or form.

It could be the reason a lot of Swedes would like to see those diverse youth and their families to go back to the Muslim countries from whence they came. Considering violent crime, particularly sexual assault, has skyrocketed in Sweden, most being committed by Sweden’s Muslim refugees, I can see why the Swedes would like them to leave.

If memory serves, Norway has been having a similar problem.

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From the “Just When I Thought They Couldn’t Get Any Stupider” Department comes this from Seattle:

Seattle Public School Kids Being Told Proper English and Grammar is ‘White Supremacy’

This headline makes me want to ask this question: Is it only proper English and grammar that are ‘rayciss’? Or is it only Western languages – English, French, German, Flemish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, and so on – where proper usage and grammar are ‘rayciss’? Or is it all languages worldwide?

If I had to guess – and I don’t need to – it’s primarily the Western European languages, with the exception of Spanish, that are seen as ‘rayciss’.

Buncha’ friggin’ morons. They need to be fired, removed from any position with any connection to educating children because of their moronic ideology.

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Vegan leather? Really?

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What do the latest statistics tell us about gun ownership in the US? A lot.

In 2023, 32% of Americans own at least one firearm. There are approximately 259,000,000 adults, which equates to 82,880,000 people who own a firearm in the U.S.

Firearm ownership increased by 6.7% in the U.S. (all demographics) between 2017 and 2023. During that same time period, women increased ownership by 13.6%, and Hispanics increased ownership by 33.3%.

Not only is gun ownership on the rise, but some demographics are purchasing guns at higher rates today than ever before.

Furthermore, 7.5 million adults (2.9% of adults in the U.S.) became first-time gun owners between 2019 and 2021. Of those, 5.4 million did not have a firearm in the household before purchasing.

The post has a number of enlightening charts and statistics which will counter many of the claims of anti-gunners. It delineates the number of American households with guns, the number of guns an average gun owner has, as well as the primary reasons why Americans own guns.

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And that’s the (abbreviated) new from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the lake still isn’t frozen over, we’re going from single digit low temperatures (this morning) to high temps in the 50’s on Wednesday, and where Monday is (inevitably) arriving again whether we want it to or not.

2/24/2024

Friday (Not So) Funny - Gun Free Zones

Mea culpa. I can't believe I screwed this up...again. Then again I have been under the weather over the past few days...so I am blaming the meds I've been taking to fend off a nasty case of bronchitis. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

So let's get to it even though it is a little late.


The only thing Gun Free Zones do is let potential shooters know no one there will be armed. Gun Free Zones are in fact Free Fire Zones.

I recall someone making a comments about how Pro-gun, i.e. RKBA folks, hadn't stopped a shooter in a shopping mall after all of their claims about armed civilians stopping such shooters. I recall the reply that ran something like this: "They didn't stop the shooter because they followed the law. They were unarmed because they were in a Gun-Free Zone." The cognitive dissonance in folks like that never cease to amaze me.

2/18/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

Winter has been teasing us, giving us some snow, then having warmer than normal weather. We’re having a snow deficit, being about 11 inches shy of normal so far. There’s still about 4 weeks of winter left, at least according to the calendar, meaning there’s still plenty of time to make up for the deficit. Will Mother Nature provide the conditions and the precipitation to make up for the existing deficit? Only time will tell.

At least it’s been cold enough for the ski areas to make snow, so they haven’t been feeling the snow deficit as much as the cross-country trails and snowmobile clubs have.

While some will make the claim that it’s climate change caused by all of us evil humans, you’ll see other areas, some about 100 miles to the west, have seen either normal or above normal snowfall and below normal temperatures. That doesn’t say “climate change” to me. Instead that says “weather cycles”.

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Adding on to my post from yesterday, I would have to say this is yet another aspect of the suborning of our election process and installing a self-anointed Progressive elite as our permanent government – Election by Lawfare. It’s just another version of the banana republic-style election process: arrest and jail any viable opposition candidates.

It also means there will be similar actions against companies and owners who the elites don’t like or will not fall in line with “The Narrative”. Think it won’t happen? Think again:

Worth noting, too, that the courts of New York (and Delaware, in going after Elon Musk) are sending a signal to businesses that they’re no longer trustworthy legal environments. And the politics of the moment aren’t important, because anyone can wind up targeted by the blob in the future. I suspect we’ll see a gradual move to other jurisdictions by many.

I have to wonder if we’ll see companies moving to more red states – maybe to Texas or one of the other 25 states supporting Texas?

Only time will tell.

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Oh no! It looks like California’s megadrought has gotten much worse. It’s so bad in fact that it is now stealing water that would have fallen in the Northwest.

Two years ago, media outlets were headlining strident messages that California had moved into a “megadrought” and that there was little hope for relief.

Story after story claimed that global warming had permanently changed the situation and that California’s reservoirs would remain unfilled.

Fast forward two years and these apocalyptic warnings appear more like a rendition of chicken-little than reliable climate science.

Massive rainfall has hit the Golden State, while we in the Northwest are enjoying a warmer-than-normal winter with less snowpack than normal.

I feel so sorry for those folks in California living in the growing desert that is the Pyrite State.

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Here is another take on the planned trucker’s boycott of New York City which is supposed to start tomorrow. The comments tell us what they’re thinking.

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If we need any additional truth that Chicago is being run by malignant morons, then there’s this little tidbit about actions taken by Chicago’s government that will not work out the way Mayor Johnson thinks it will. I expect we’ll see even more crime, more shootings, and more homocides.

The city of Chicago is discontinuing the use of a gunshot detection technology service called ‘ShotSpotter’ this year. When questioned this week about what will take its place, Johnson suggested that there may be some emergency situations that could get a ‘non-police’ response.

This concept has disaster written all over it. Johnson singled out mental health emergencies as an example, but any law enforcement officer will tell you that these situations are dangerous because you never know what you’re walking into. Is the person armed? High on drugs or drunk?

All this will do is make the city less safe for the people. It’s exactly the wrong thing to do.

This has all the makings of the same disasters seen in other blue cities who defunded their police departments and suggested using ‘non-police’ responses for some calls. That hasn’t worked out the way city governments thought it would and they ended up with more crime, not less. Why does Chicago think they won’t suffer the same fate? It’s not like they’re trying anything any different from the others that have gone before. They’re insane as in “trying the same thing over and over again but expecting different results this time” kind of insane. How many Chicago residents will pay the price for yet another failed attempt at abandoning long-proven process and policies?

As Thomas Sowell said, “The past four five decades have seen things that work being replaced with things that sound good.” Yeah, they sound good, but they don’t work and the folks who pushed it will make excuses, probably the most common being “We didn’t try it hard enough.”

Sound familiar?

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where it’s been sunny and snowy at the same time, the lake is starting to freeze over...again, and where some of us have the day off tomorrow...and some us don’t.

2/17/2024

Will Trump's Fraud Conviction Help Usher Him Back Into The Oval Office?

Now that the New York division of the Mob that is the DNC has managed to convict Trump in their kangaroo court and laid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for his ‘fraud’, all as part of their campaign to prevent him from regaining the White House, polls are likely to show that Trump’s numbers versus Biden have changed...in his favor.

More people appear to have been convinced that this and other charges and lawsuits against are politically motivated, meant solely to keep him out of the presidential race. They also have noticed that the one set of criminal charges that would definitely prevent him for running for office have not been filed – insurrection – because they know they will never get a conviction. Now that all video of January 6th has been made public, it has become evident that Trump did not foment insurrection, and in fact tried to keep any protests civil.

The actions by the Democrat cabal that inflicted us with SloJoe Biden is finding their actions so far are having consequences, one of them being Trump’s increasing popularity even as Biden’s numbers tank. One unforeseen consequence: Truckers are warning that loads for NYC will be rejected starting on Monday. I’ll bet the Democrats didn’t see that coming.

Truck drivers transport between 70% to 73% of all freight in the United States. Therefore, when truckers begin discussing plans on social media to boycott loads to progressive hellhole New York City, it's important to pay attention.

X user Chicago1Ray, who appears to be a Midwest truck driver, shared a video late Friday night detailing that a number of truck drivers will begin denying loads to NYC on Monday.

"I don't know how far across the country this is - or how many truckers are going start denying loads to NYC - but I'll tell you - you f**k around and find out," Chicago1Ray said.

He continued: "We're tired of motherf**king leftist f**king with Trump. Okay ... Motherfu**ers start to get tired of this shit. Our bosses aren't going to care if we deny loads. We'll go somewhere else."

If this comes to pass one has to wonder how long New York Governor Hochul, New York AG Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Adams will be relevant. If things go sideways I wonder how long they will remain in office? I also have to wonder if Trump’s popularity will increase as well.

Only time will tell.

2/11/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

Yes, there was no Saturday post. It wasn’t that I neglected to post. Rather, it was due to a rather nasty cold and some of the meds I took to mitigate the symptoms. Those meds had me feeling sleepy most of the day and by early evening I was out for the count. It wasn’t until I woke this morning that I realized I hadn’t posted anything yesterday. It happens now and then, not all that often, but I will admit to feeling ‘off’ when I miss posting.

With that out of the way, it was a gorgeous day yesterday with sunny skies (for the most part) and temperatures in the upper 40’s and just about 50ºF here at The Gulch. Some places in New Hampshire saw record breaking temperatures in the mid-60’s. It will be warm again today though not nearly as warm as it was yesterday. In fact we’ll be seeing below freezing temperatures this week, with snow forecast for Tuesday. The Weather GuysTM haven’t told us their ‘educated guess’ about how much snow we’ll get, though I expect they’ll do so either sometime tonight or tomorrow morning.

I will state that I am disappointed with our winter as we haven’t seen the snow we usually expect and temperatures haven’t been what we usually see. This has led to Ice In to be declared on Lake Winnipesaukee weeks later than usual.

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Does anyone remember Volkswagen’s two tries to sell their version of a pickup truck here in the US? The first one was a chopped Microbus. The second one was based on the Rabbit/Golf platform. Neither was all that great.

Recently, Volkswagen has been looking at yet another pickup truck to sell in the US, but in the end decided not to make that mistake...again.

Volkswagen is no longer looking at offering a pickup truck in the U.S. or Canada. The closest you will get to a VW truck stateside is to get an electric pickup from the new Scout brand, but that is still years away.

VW dealers have long clamored for a pickup truck to sell to Americans, and the automaker pursued a number of possible ways to make it happen, but the idea has been shelved. "It is not in the plans anymore," Pablo Di Si, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America and CEO of Volkswagen Brand North American Region, tells MotorTrend at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Some at VW expressed interest in a Ranger-derived version of the Amarok (seen below) for the U.S., as well (after all, the Ranger is sold here), but this part of the deal was sensitive and never came to fruition.

The last thing we need is yet another pickup truck, particularly one that is merely a derivative of an existing platform.

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First, they came for our light bulbs. Then they came for our appliances. Then our ceiling fans. And then our appliances again. Now Washington state wants to up the ante as they’re coming for our tires.

I’m not kidding.

It seems Washington state has aimed their sights on tires, more specifically they want to mandate use of low-rolling resistance tires on vehicles.

Let’s see: straws, plastic anything, gas powered anything, light bulbs, refrigerators, guns, diving boards, disposable diapers, charcoal grills, the nozzle on your hose and shower head to control your water consumption, the thermostat in your house to control the temperature you live at, and now the tires on your car, so you can be unsafe when you drive, but environmentally responsible in some mythical way.

In Washinton state, Democrats want to outlaw the most popular tires. House Bill 2262 intends to disrupt people’s lives by mandating low rolling resistance tires on all passenger vehicles. Of course, this tire ban, by eliminating the tires that everyone wants to use, punishes the innocent. If violated, it would subject people to a $10,000 fine per occurrence.

I find it disturbing that the always virtue signaling elite have decided that these tires, notorious for having relatively poor traction in wet road conditions, are The Answer to what they see as automotive ills. (It’s ironic that it’s Washington State pushing this idea considering how wet it is there year round.) That mandated use of such tires are likely to increase the number of traffic accidents and the number of fatalities that go with them is immaterial to them. I have no doubt that such deaths will be tacitly welcomed as a means of “reducing the surplus population”.

Like masks, these tires are nothing more than social theater. The tires aren’t safe in wet weather, something that the northwest has plenty of, and are also more expensive. They would also need to be swapped out during winter months for snow tires if traveling in areas with seasonal snowfall.

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The worst part of all of this is that these are nothing more than unsubstantiated, idealistic, woke fallacies.

In case you haven’t noticed, everything about environmental restoration is all about sacrifice, without any promise of reward or even justification. For the people in an always wet, and often snowy, area, the current tires have served the people well. This is nothing more than a test of limitations. Will the public give up something they know and trust for a generated lie on the word of the government?

Naturally, those pushing this absurdity want the citizens to believe that swapping out their trusty treads for these environmental alternatives is a small price to pay for the planet. Guilt is their favorite playing card.

I can see a future where citizens of Washington state start a class action lawsuit against the state for the myriad of injuries and wrongful deaths caused by such and ill-advised mandate, particularly if that mandate were ‘snuck’ in within the body of other legislation. I don’t put it past them as we’ve seen such acts before, both at the state and federal level, where special legislation that is unrelated to the main body of a bill is placed. There is no real public hearing since it is nearly invisible...just what the sponsor(s) want.

All we can do is hope this incredibly stupid idea dies a much deserved death.

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This couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people...and is long overdue.

It appears that Hollywood’s box office receipts are hitting “alarming lows”.

It isn’t all that surprising to me considering the junk Hollywood has been trying to foist on the movie-going public over the past few years.

It’s still very early in 2024 but woke Hollywood is having a very bad year already. Box office sales are way down and show no signs of improving in the near future.

Perhaps audiences are tired of political lectures from leftists who despise everything about traditional America. Or maybe no one wants to see another tired superhero movie. How many Marvels movies are there now, anyway? Who can keep track?

This is a simple case of people voting with their wallets.

The last time I actually went to the movies was pre-Covid when the WP Mom and I went to see the first Downton Abbey movie. Any of the newer movies I’ve seen since then have either been via streaming or from Blu-Ray DVDs I’ve purchased. I did neither blindly as I either had suggestions from friends or caught reviews from sources I trust to not point me to a ‘woke’ movie. It seems a lot of other movie fans are doing the same thing and staying away from movie theaters in droves. Unless Hollywood dumps its ‘woke’ approach to their customers and start making movies that entertain rather than preaching an in-your-face doctrine those same customers, this decline will continue until the concept of Hollywood will be something spoken of only in the past tense.

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Here are some of the stories highlighted in this episode of Stupid People Of The Week:

Correction officer charged with murder after allegedly firing more than a dozen rounds in road-rage incident.

Food bank receives ‘record’ expired 25-year-old jar of cheese sauce.

Drunk, naked Florida woman wielding peeler knife barges into RaceTrac, threatens to kill staff: deputies.

Florida man hands deputy driver’s license with meth on it during traffic stop: Sheriff Grady Judd.

DPD: Suspect allegedly bit off, spit out officer’s finger during arrest.

Just when you think people can’t get any stupider, those people prove me wrong.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the weather has been nice, the ice still hasn’t completely covered the lake, and where we’re preparing for our next bout of snow.

2/04/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

We’re in the beginning of February and Lake Winnipesaukee still isn’t frozen over.

During my travels while running errands yesterday I drove along a road that has a broad view of the lake and the one thing that stood out was the lack of ice. While there was ice in the smaller bays and coves, the main body of the lake was ice free between the southern and northern shores as far as I could see. While this is not unprecedented - I can remember more than a few winters when the lake did not freeze over entirely - it’s been a good 30 years since I can remember a dearth of ice to this level.

The lack of ice forced the relocation of our annual pond hockey tournament, moving it from Meredith Bay in the northwestern part of the lake to one of the small nearby lakes in town. There’s also an annual ice fishing derby hosted by the local Rotary Club which is supposed to start next weekend, but the lack of ice is certainly going to affect that. That daytime temperatures over the next six days or so is expected to be above freezing, with one or two of those days expected to be close to 50ºF, isn’t going to help things either.

Again, this isn’t the first time this has happened as I remember a winter a little over a decade ago like this. It’s happened a few times in the derby’s 45 year history.

Paradoxically, we have plenty of snow cover so skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling activities haven’t been affected.

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Are the layoffs we’ve been seeing at a number of newspapers, magazines, and websites a harbinger of the collapse of American journalism? Is it heading to an “Extinction-Level Event”?

When journalism has devolved from something that used to report the Who, What, Why, Where, and How of day to day events into something that resembles propaganda, or in the more extreme cases, is blatant propaganda, it is no longer journalism. The media no longer just reports the news, they also tell you what you’re supposed to think about the ‘news’ they report. There have been a number of times when the media gets creative and leaves out facts that would change one’s conclusions about what happened and why it happened.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of ‘journalists’.

Of course there is a downside to all of this, that being as layoffs continue it is likely those who are blatant propagandists will be the ones who will retain their jobs while those still retaining some semblance of journalistic integrity will be the first ones to be laid off.

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I came across an interesting sounding link to Real Climate Science, in this case a post that discusses 10 years since the end of snow.

However, there was a small problem, that being it took a long time for RCS’s “secure link verification” app to do its thing and put it’s “Click here if you are a real human being” box to appear so I could see the post. So if you click on the link be ready to have to wait a few minutes before you can access the post.

OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, I think many of us remember the NYT’s article 10 years ago titled “The End Of Snow?” which told us that there would be no more snow going forward. Now that we have ten years between that prediction and today and we can see how accurate their prognostication was:

Not even close.

And the hits keep on coming…

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It seems the anti-nitrogen/anti-farming big wigs in the EU are finding out the farmers they want to put out of business are having none of it.

First it was farmers in the Netherlands protesting about measures the government was taking that would put many of them out of business. Then it was Germany, then France. Now it looks like Poland’s farmers are going to do likewise this coming Friday. But there’s more to these protests than just the EU’s anti-farming moves.

Polish farmers from the Solidarity trade union plan a general strike starting next Friday with a blockade of border crossings between Poland and Ukraine, it said, joining similar protests, opens new tab all over Europe.

Farmers in France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece and Germany have been protesting against the constraints placed on them by EU measures to tackle climate change, as well as rising costs and unfair competition from abroad. Polish farmers have been particularly vocal about the impact of cheap food imports from neighbouring Ukraine.

“Our patience has run out. Brussels’ position on the last day of January 2024 is unacceptable for our entire agricultural community,” the trade union said in a statement dated Thursday.

“Additionally, the passivity of the Polish authorities… regarding the import of agricultural produce and food products from Ukraine leave us with no other choice but to declare a general strike.”

It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

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It seems a lot of Democrats running for election or re-election to the House and Senate are trying their best to distance themselves as much as possible from Joe Biden as they see him as political poison.

...Democrats running for reelection this year in the ever so important battleground states are keeping their distance from Joe Biden. According to an analysis by The Daily Caller, Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Senate candidates Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) "have hardly mentioned Biden in social media posts on X since launching their 2024 bids, but overwhelmingly vote with him in Congress," and when they have mentioned him, it's often been to criticize him or his policies.

“Whether they have the guts to say his name or not, every single Democrat running for Senate has enabled Joe Biden’s disastrous agenda,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Tate Mitchell told The Daily Caller in a statement. “They are directly responsible for the open border, rising crime, and sky-high prices that are hallmarks of Biden’s failed leadership, and American voters won’t forget it.”

Is it any wonder why they are trying to put as much distance between themselves and Joe Biden? He’s an anchor around their necks, one they placed there willingly and are now regretting as Biden’s moves have seriously damaged our economy, our energy independence, the security of our borders, our international relations and reputation, all while weakening our military. They know he’s a walking disaster, yet they supported him anyways.

They must figure that by not mentioning He Who Must Not Be Named the voters will forget they helped him do so much damage to the nation. I have a feeling that it’s too little too late as their Republican opponents won’t hesitate to use it against them.

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And that’s the news from (the still not frozen over) Lake Winnipesaukee, where we’re expecting sunny skies and warmer than normal temperatures, lively School District and Town Deliberative sessions, and where Monday keeps coming back.

2/03/2024

Two Factors To Keep In Mind

What are the issues that are going to have the biggest effect on the Presidential election in November?

In my opinion it will be illegal immigration (aka the border crisis) and the lingering effects of inflation (including the bogus job numbers).

Both are attributable to direct actions taken by SloJoe Biden (on behalf of WRBA), with one, his Executive Order on his first day in office being a major first step in purposefully damaging America’s energy industry, causing energy prices to skyrocket which in turn triggered some of the highest inflation we’ve see since the 1970’s.

Another side effect was an overnight housing bubble that saw the inventory of available homes virtually disappear in a very short period of time, some of this also attributable to people fleeing the cities due to the Covid ‘panic’. This drove up the cost of housing across the board and making it unaffordable to too many in the middle class which stressed already strained budgets to a degree not seen in almost 50 years.

His other damaging action was opening the border and enabling massive illegal immigration, allowing a flood of of people into the US that otherwise wouldn’t be allowed across the border, particularly criminals, terrorists, and covert military operatives from nations inimical to the US. No vetting. No tracking of those ‘released’ from federal custody.

Then when the number of detainees reached a critical level the border states could no longer house, some of those states’ governors decided to share the burden with so-called “sanctuary” cities and states, shipping the unexpected ‘guests’ to those sanctuaries to allow them to share the experience of being invaded by people who have no business being there. Now those “sanctuaries” are complaining to the federal government that they can’t handle the burden and need help...which the feds aren’t providing. It is the Biden Administration’s laissez faire attitude about this problem that has everyone getting pissed off at the government.

It seems the Democrats have no problems with these issues, doing their best to make them disappear from the public’s notice. Too bad that they’re failing. Even lifelong Democrats are realizing the *Resident is making things worse because they are no longer listening to what the Biden Administration is telling them because they are choosing to believe their “lying eyes” and empty wallets. No amount of propaganda can make those in-your-face problems go away, particularly when those problems are affecting them directly and aren’t just something people read about in the newspapers and blogs or see on the TV.

What makes me feel trepidation is that I think we haven’t seen the worst of it yet. If it does get worse we’ll see the propaganda get worse and even less believable than it already is.

1/28/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

We’re expecting a few inches of snow up here by tomorrow morning, nothing unusual for winter. But I did see something quite unusual at the dump yesterday, something so incongruous I didn’t remember to take out my phone and take a picture. What was this ‘something’ that I saw?

A pickup with a snow plow...bearing Florida license plates.

I kid you not. I even have a witness – the WP Mom – who was with me during the dump run.

I never knew Florida needed plow trucks. Could it be the climate change faithful are right, but in the wrong direction and the next Ice Age is coming?

Or maybe he was up here to earn some extra money for the winter?

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When I first read the following I laughed because I thought it was funny...until I realized it was true.

You could cure cancer while simultaneously saving a baby from a burning building and you will never get the boundless love, devotion, and compassion a journalist will show to a murderer.

— James Kirkpatrick (@VDAREJamesK) January 27, 2024

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You know Biden’s campaign for re-election is in trouble when even Obama is worried about Biden being able to beat Trump.

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I have to agree with Neo on this one, that being that Trump needs to stop doing this if he wants to win.

What is it he needs to stop doing?

Being petty and juvenile.

The thing is he doesn’t need to be this way in order to get his point across. He really doesn’t, but it seems like he can’t help himself. I know that’s the reason the WP Mom doesn’t like him. I have a feeling that’s true of a lot of people who might otherwise support him.

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It seems I am not the only one wondering what would happen when Texas stood up to the feds. It appears we now know.

They fold.

In defiance of the Biden Administration’s wishes, senior figures within Customs and Border Protection have stated that there are no plans to have Border Patrol agents remove razor wire barriers erected along sections of the border by the Texas National Guard.

Fox News reports that a high ranking CBP official told the network that their relationship with the Guard is “strong”.

“While this issue plays out in the courts, the relationship between Border Patrol, Texas DPS [Department of Public Safety], & TMD [Texas Military Dept.] remains strong,” the official said, adding “Our focus is and will always be the mission of protecting this country and its people.”

“On the ground, we continue to work alongside these valuable partners in that endeavor,” the official continued, adding “Bottom line: Border Patrol has no plans to remove infrastructure (c-wire) placed by Texas along the border.”

It’s been known for some time the Border Patrol has been frustrated by the Biden Administration’s choice to not enforce our nation’s immigration laws, allowing a flood of illegal immigrants to cross our borders in increasing numbers.

RTWT.

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It seems labeling Gen Z – Zoomers - as ‘snowflakes’ might not be a misnomer considering it seems a lot of them end up taking off one day every work week for “mental health” reasons. (The link is paywalled, sorry.)

Have we raised a generation of young who have been so sheltered and spoiled that they are incapable of dealing with daily work stresses that generations before them shrugged off as being “just a part of life”? It appears so.

For anyone willing to seriously consider the plight of Generation Z, it’s not sufficient to simply write them off as laughably broken, as if its members spontaneously emerged from the womb psychologically compromised, endowed by their creator with unprecedented neuroticism and limitless self-entitledness.

Rather, this is the result of a decadent, depraved, neurotic Western culture. They are products of their environment.

Of course there are other factors, some of it dealing with the measures taken during Covid that added to the stresses. (It must also be noted that some of the data quoted in the article was specific to the UK, but some of the findings also apply to the US.)

Have we made things too easy for our kids and grandkids? Have we made them so entitled and so emotionally weak they are incapable of handling stresses that previous generations handled without thinking.

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee where we’re waiting for the snow to start, watching the AFC and NFC playoffs, and getting ready to shovel snow...on Monday morning.

1/27/2024

Are We Headed To Civil War...Or A Second American Revolution?

Is the US headed towards civil war?

If the Biden administration continues with its increasingly unconstitutional behavior, the answer is yes.

Certainly the Biden-caused border crisis in Texas is indicative of the Biden Administration’s disdain for the Constitution, its skirting of law and, as another indicator, its malicious pursuit and persecution of its political enemies. When twenty-five states support Texas’ use of its National Guard to help secure the border because the federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws and neglects to vet the incoming illegal immigrants, and then a Democrat suggests the *Resident federalize the Texas National Guard as a means of preventing them from securing the border, one has to think SloJoe and WRBA has gone too far.

One question I have to ask is whether or not the TNG commanders will acquiesce to that move should it come to pass? Will they tell Washington DC “Oh, HELL no!” Being Texans, it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s exactly what they do.

Oklahoma has sent some of its National Guard troops to help the TNG secure the border. How many other states will do so? Will SloJoe try to federalize those troops as well? Or will that trigger the start of a civil war?

The better scenario: It should trigger immediate impeachment proceedings against Biden, Harris, and any other elected officials behind such unconstitutional acts. They have violated their oaths, particularly the “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” part.

Or will this become more like the American Revolution where once again we will have to declare independence from those who have committed “a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism”.

While the American citizen has been indoctrinated to view himself or herself as subservient to the federal Government, our Constitution clearly insists that it is our elected officials and Government, who are to be subservient to “We the People.” In fact, it is our Government which should fear the citizenry, rather than the other way around.

After decades of unconstitutional encroachment on the Rights of both American citizens and individual states, this true Constitutional crisis has now come to a head at the Texas border; where the Biden administration is actively sabotaging the state of Texas’ effort to protect its own border from an invasion sanctioned and facilitated by the federal government.

The escalating conflict between Texas Governor Abbott and President Biden is a manifestation and microcosm of a larger war brewing between a lawless and unconstitutional federal government and the American people. The Biden regime, in particular, has been completely unaccountable. But their arrogance and underestimation of the will of the American people will hopefully lead to their downfall.

With the aid of a symbiotic and propagandistic media machine, this Administration and the federal government at large commit crimes with impunity. Governor Abbott’s battle is the American people’s battle. His stance against the Biden Administration is cheered by tens of millions of Americans — and thus far a coalition of 24 Republican Governors who wish, and even demand, that the federal government be put in its place.

In any case, the party represented by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and many others has shown again and again it has no use for the Constitution, sees We The People as subjects rather than citizens, selectively enforces or ignores or usurps the laws of the land to “get their way” and to hell with the will of the American people.

If the Founding Fathers could see what we’ve been experiencing under this administration I think they would be wondering why we haven’t already moved against such an increasingly tyrannical government.

1/21/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

It’s been a might chilly up this way, with night time temps in the single digits, both above and below zero. The day time temps were in the teens, but the wind chills have been like the night time temps – single digits above and below zero. While cold, at least we aren’t seeing the temps being seen to the west of us, with highs being below zero.

Ironically, even with these cold temps the Big Lake is still mostly open water. The smaller bays and coves have ice, but rest of the lake is still not frozen over. Usually by now most of the lake is frozen with the only an area known as The Broads being the last part of the lake to freeze over. If the lake doesn’t freeze over soon it could put the annual ice fishing derby in peril.

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It looks like yet another city is learning the lesson about the Law of Unintended Consequences, in this case it’s Boston’s turn as Walgreen’s has announced it is closing its location in Roxbury, the fourth closing in Boston’s black and latino neighborhoods over the past year, the other three closings taking place in Hyde Park, Mattapan, and another store in Roxbury.

Walgreen’s hasn’t come right out and stated the reason closing those stores is due to increasing losses - rising thefts of goods that has tipped the stores’ profits to losses. No, instead they make a reference to due to ‘demographic shifts’ which seem unlikely to me. No corporation will keep operations going that are experiencing increasing losses, particularly when it appears there’s little chance for the operation returning to profitability. Eventually they will cut those losses by closing the operation.

We see this pattern in a lot of cities, particularly in neighborhoods with large black and latino populations, but it’s not just pharmacies closing. It’s supermarkets, groceries, hardware stores and so on. Most (if not all) of the affected cities are run by Democrats.

Coincidence?

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SloJoe says the economy is booming! Booming, I say!!

Yeah...booming.

Or not.
Who are we going to believe, him or our lying eyes?

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It looks like yet another business has fallen, killed by “Get Woke, Go Broke”. This time it’s Sports Illustrated.

The magazine’s owner, Authentic Brands Group, missed a payment to the Arena Group that was part of the 2019 sales agreement.

The mainstream media is claiming that the reason for the massive layoff stems from the revocation of this marketing license.

However, that license would not have been pulled if the $4 million dollars were paid. Now, why would the very famous Sports Illustrated magazine not be able to send a check?

The data suggest that the magazine publishers were not selling a publication that consumers wanted to buy.

When the magazine decided its subscribers wanted to see trans/obese/elderly swimsuit models, they made the wrong decision.

But it appears the people who were making the publication decisions decided woke messaging was more important than profits. Sadly for them–and their employees–the people they owed money to don’t have the same nonsense priorities.

They seem to forget that pandering to a small fraction of the possible market while ignoring or angering the other 90-95% percent of your present customer base is a losing move. If you lose your customer base you can’t pay your bills. If you can’t pay your bills you go out of business.

So endith the lesson.

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The Other McCain gets into how the Democrats believe their “voters are too stupid to understand how awesome Joe Biden is.”

Or maybe those voters have caught on to the fact Joe Biden is nothing more than a figurehead, a puppet being controlled by WRBA (Whoever is Running the Biden Adminstration) who is sinking deeper into dementia, and that the Democrats really don’t give a f*ck about them. They just want them to sit down, shut up, and vote the way the Party tells them to vote. Could the “sleepers be awakening” to who the Democrats really are and want nothing to do with them?

I would like to think that is the case. I really would.

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In light of yesterday’s post, I have to say that I am not looking forward to spending almost my entire day at the polls on Tuesday, performing my duties as an election official. Voter turnout is expected to be seriously skewed with a little less than 400,000 people casting votes in the Republican Primary but as few as 66,000 people casting votes in the Democrat “Doesn’t Really Count” Primary. Joe Biden isn’t even on the Democrat ballot.

It isn’t uncommon for more than half the registered voters in my little town to vote during the Primaries, with voter turnout regularly exceeding 65%. I seem to recall a couple which exceeded 70% turnout.

However, I have a feeling we won’t see anywhere near those numbers on Tuesday considering some of the observations I and others have made about the conditions under which this year’s Primary is running.

Time will tell.

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Is it possible the Democrats will dump the increasingly befuddled and unpredictable Joe Biden as the Democrat Presidential nominee and replace him with Michelle Obama? If the hubbub making the rounds in the media is an indication, I would have to say the answer is “yes”. In other words, the fix is in.

You may have noticed that the media has suddenly begun floating all sorts of stories about Barack and Michelle Obama? Some say that this is because Michelle is sending signals that she wants to replace Joe Biden as the Democrat Party’s 2024 nominee. And it’s hard to refute the logic.

Only last week, for instance, the media widely reported that Michelle Obama was “terrified” about Donald Trump retaking the White House.

“What’s going to happen in this next election? I’m terrified about what could possibly happen, because our leaders matter. Who we select, who speaks for us, who holds that bully pulpit, it affects us in ways sometimes I think people take for granted,” the former first lady told Jay Shetty on his On Purpose podcast.

If Michelle ends up replacing SloJoe, will we really notice the difference other than Michelle is cogent and won’t just wander off during public events?

Will policies change? No...unless they are designed to do even more damage than Biden’s policies already have.

Will the efforts to replace our Constitutional Republic with a People’s Democratic Republic (which has nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with tyranny) continue? Yes.

Will more of our Constitutionally enumerated rights disappear? Absolutely. We’ve seen that the Democrats don’t really believe in the Constitution and have been working to make it nothing more than an old piece of paper significant of nothing.

The work of WRBA and the Obamas to demolish this nation will continue.

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And that’s the new from Lake Winnipesaukee, where it’s still cold, the lake has not yet frozen over, and where I am not upset that Monday is returning.

1/20/2024

Enthusiasm For The New Hampshire Primary Is Underwhelming

I have personally experienced every New Hampshire Primary since 1980. Most have been pretty interesting. Some have be exciting. Some have been spectacular.

However, this year’s New Hampshire Primary has none of the feeling of all those others. In fact, PJ Media’s Rick Moran has declared the New Hampshire Primary “a dud”.

Unfortunately I have to agree with him on this one.

The New Hampshire Republican primary of 1980 was one for the history books. Two presidents (Reagan and Bush) were on the ballot, along with the dynamic former Texas Governor John Connally, Rep. Phil Crane (who ended up writing the 1982 tax cut bill), and Senate Minority Leader (soon to become Majority Leader) Howard Baker.

It may have been the most talented, weighty group of Republican presidential candidates in history. Before cable news, there was fierce competition among the three networks for viewers, meaning the networks pulled out all the stops, sending their stars to traipse around the snows of the Granite State.

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The 2024 version of the New Hampshire primary may be the dullest contest in the storied history of the primary in the state.

“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before in my 32 years of New Hampshire presidential primary experience,” New Hampshire GOP strategist Mike Dennehy, told Politico.

“You don’t see the frenzy, the frenetic activity,” said Dave Carney, a New Hampshire Republican strategist. “You don’t see the movements that are usually going on where you have folks crisscrossing the state, trying to get every last vote.”

That isn’t happening this time around. Instead it seems to be depending much more on mailings and TV ads rather than the old fashioned “retail campaigning” – meeting and talking to people face to face. Some of that might be attributed to the DNC’s stripping New Hampshire of its First In The Nation slot at the behest of Joe Biden as payment for South Carolina ‘saving’ his campaign with a win in 2020 after his drubbing in New Hampshire, losing to Bernie Sanders by a wide margin.

The enthusiasm usually seen during the lead up to the New Hampshire Primary hasn’t really been here. I haven’t seen it, at least not as I remember seeing over the previous 11 primaries. The traditional debate between the Primary candidates usually seen here on our local TV stations didn’t take place this time as two of the main Republican candidates – Trump and Haley – decided not to participate, leaving only Ron Desantis willing to do so.

With Biden not participating in the Democrat Primary since the DNC has declared it a non-event, that doesn’t leave much for the Democrat candidates with much to do. Biden isn’t even campaigning here, isn’t on the ballot, with the only way he’ll receive any votes being through a write-in campaign. (Frankly I’m surprised that New Hampshire Democrats would do so considering how he threw New Hampshire under the bus. Certainly the chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party – Ray Buckley - isn’t happy about how things turned out.)

I have to say I have been underwhelmed by this year’s Primary. It’s as if everyone is just going through the motions, those motions based on habit and not on actual feelings of support, excitement, or enthusiasm.

This year it feels more like grim determination driving the New Hampshire Primary, the need to get it over with as quickly as possible so we can return to dealing with the sh*t show that is the Biden Administration and all the damage it has done to the economy, our Constitutional rights, and our nation.

1/14/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

Yesterday saw a gathering of the WP Clan up here in New Hampshire to celebrate the WP Mom’s 90th birthday. Friends and family came from all over the Northeast for the party, said party put together by the youngest WP Sister. We managed to squeak the party in after some snow and heavy rain swept through New England.

It was nice being able to see cousins, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren we hadn’t seen in a while.

All in all, it was a great time and I know the WP Mom enjoyed the party!

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It looks like we’ll be experiencing a mixture of weather over the next few days between snow squalls (later today), below zero wind chills (tomorrow), more snow (Tuesday), and warmer temps (Thursday). In other words, a typical New England winter.

Having talked with a number of friends and acquaintances, we’d prefer to see more snow, a lot more snow as it seems we’ve been on the wrong side of some of the cold fronts which means we’ve gotten rain where normally we’d have snow. But there’s still a lot of winter to get through so we’ve got some time to experience more normal winter weather.

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It used to be Boeing was one of the premiere aircraft manufacturers in the world. That is no longer true and its slide was self-inflicted. The thing that started Boeing’s downfall was when it bought out McDonnell Douglas.

As one commenter explained it:

The only thing Boeing has in common with the company of 25 years ago is the name. They are two very different companies. The old Boeing that created such high quality aircraft was destroyed by the McDonnell Douglas merger in the late 1990's.

The move of the HQ from Seattle was to get rid of all the high level old schools engineering focused upper management to be replaced by the bean counting bottom feeding management sharks from McDonnell Douglas. The same management who made McDonnell Douglas's civil aircraft such a disaster they had to abandon the market. After a whole bunch of crashes.

Once all the old school Boeing senior management was pushed out all the engineering experience walked out the door in the next decade. The reason for the 737 Max and other Boeing disasters over the last two decades is there are no longer enough experienced engineers and engineering management left in Boeing to actually produce a new aircraft from scratch. Or at least one as good as anything Boeing produced pre merger.

So just like IBM, AT&T etc Boeing is now just a brand names with little or no real connection to the company of decades ago that actually produced very high quality technical products which made them so trustworthy in the first place.

First sign the bean counters run the show - stock buy backs. And sooner or later follows Chapter 11. Which will be Boeing's fate. When the McDonnell Douglas management kill enough people in enough aircraft crashes.

One thing my late father, a consultant, told me more than once was that once the beancounters start replacing experienced managers in a company, the company is doomed. All of their decisions are based upon the bottom line, on their spreadsheets. The problem is their spreadsheets don’t include factors that are just as important as the bottom line, things like morale and quality. They ignore those factors at their peril because they can both adversely affect the bottom line.

And so it goes at the once great Boeing.

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It looks like EV disasters come in threes.

I covered one of them – Hertz selling off a good part of the EV inventory – yesterday. The other two are also showing the public’s dislike of EVs, with a survey showing that dislike being one and yet another electric vehicle immolating itself.

Deloitte’s Global Automotive Consumer Study found: “Consumer interest in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) vehicles is rebounding in some markets surveyed as affordability concerns continue to weigh heavily on forward intentions.”

Specifically, in the United States, 67% of consumers said they prefer an internal combustion engine in their next vehicle purchase – up from 58% last year. Just 6% prefer pure EVs and 21% prefer hybrids…

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Then to top it all off, an electric double-decker bus burst into flames in London causing rush hour chaos and what the Daily Mail called “an inferno.” It took three fire engines to put out the blaze. There you have it folks: the cars and trucks of the future.

Yeah, everyone wants EVs...yeah...everyone.

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Rice University is offering a class in “Afrochemistry”.

WTF?

According to the university the purpose of the class is to explain “alleged ‘inequities in chemistry and chemical education.’ ”

“Students will apply chemical tools and analysis to understand Black life in the U.S. and students will implement African American sensibilities to analyze chemistry,” the course description states. “Diverse historical and contemporary scientists, intellectuals, and chemical discoveries will inform personal reflections and proposals for addressing inequities in chemistry and chemical education.”

What’s next, a similar class to deal with racist math?

When will this nonsense end?

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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the snow is coming again, windchill is gonna get bad, and where Monday is returning...again.

1/13/2024

Hertz Bailing On EVs

As much as the Biden Administration is trying to force us to abandon fossil-fueled cars and trucks in favor of EVs, the motoring public is stiffening its resistance as EVs are increasingly found to be problematic. Proponents keep ignoring the safety, utility, and environmental issues with EVs. No matter what anyone claims they “aren’t ready for prime-time”. And it isn’t just the motoring public who are turning their backs on EVs.

Car rental giant Hertz is selling off a large portion of their EV fleet because “[e]lectric vehicles have been hurting Hertz’s financials.”

...despite costing less to maintain, they have higher damage-repair costs and, also, higher depreciation.

“[C]ollision and damage repairs on an EV can often run about twice that associated with a comparable combustion engine vehicle,” Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr said in a recent analyst call.

And EV price declines in the new car market have pushed down the resale value of Hertz’s used EV rental cars.

The used EV market is almost non-existent. Who wants to buy a used EV knowing it’s highly likely they will have to shell out $10,000 or more to replace the battery pack a few years down the road? No one.

And while costing less to maintain – no oil changes, tune-ups, exhaust system or catalytic converter replacement, coolant flushes, transmission service, etc. - repairs, even small ones, can be expensive and in some cases can take weeks as parts aren’t readily available. Maintenance and repairs for EVs generally can’t be performed by your local mechanic, requiring them to be taken to a dealer or authorized service center. That always costs more.

As such, Hertz’s decision to cut back on the size of their EV fleet makes sense.

One commenter brought up a good point when it comes to customers renting EVs which also bolsters Hertz’s decision:

Would anyone on a vacation or business trip who has never driven an EV want to waste time trying to figure out how to use one? If you've never had to figure out where charging stations are (download and install an app then figure out how to use it), have no idea how long it takes to charge one, and deal with range uncertainty, why would you risk your limited time doing this?

We've had linked stories on here where people who have owned EVs for a while share their less that stellar experiences when going on EV trips. Imagine trying that when you've never driven one before.

No thank you.

I would expect the only people who would want to rent an EV are current EV owners, and there aren't a large number of those at the moment.

Driving around a place you don’t know in a vehicle you don’t really know while adding on the issue of “range anxiety” isn’t a winning combination. Gas stations are ubiquitous. Charging stations, particularly those that are functional, aren’t.

Filling a gas tank in a couple of minutes versus charging an EV battery for an hour plus? That’s a no-brainer, particularly for long trips. Is it any wonder EVs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and aren’t seen as a viable alternative by a majority of the motoring public?

1/07/2024

Thoughts On A Sunday

A 'almost' Nor’easter has graced us with its presence, arriving last night and dumping snow across most of New Hampshire, with the heaviest snowfall occurring in the southern and central part of the state. It is the first substantial snowfall we’ve had this winter.

There was a little over 6 inches of snow on the ground when I got up this morning and we’ll easily get another 6 inches before it all winds down. It finally feels like winter.

One concession to the storm is that I did my normal Sunday morning before church shopping trip to Walmart on yesterday morning instead. I got there a little past 7am and surprisingly the parking lot was full. At that time there’s usually only a dozen or so cars in the lot, even on Saturdays.

Once I got inside I saw people stocking up as if we were going to have a four day long blizzard rather than a typical New England snowstorm that would last less than a day. I bought my usual items. The only concession I made to the storm was picking up an extra pint of Half-and-Half at the WP Mom’s request.

The snow is expected to end by 6pm and then I’ll go out, clean off the trusty RAM 1500, shovel the driveway, and use the roof rake to clear some of the snow from the roof.

Believe it or not, I am looking forward to doing so. Of course I will be sick and tired of doing so by March.

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The January 6th ‘insurrection’ was back in the news, briefly, as if it is something that should now be ignored, particularly in light of more evidence that the insurrection was nothing of the sort. It has served its purpose, allowing a number of states to attempt removing Donald Trump from the ballot using Section 3 of 14th Amendment. The Democrats know that if Trump ends up being the GOP presidential candidate he’ll crush Biden in the November elections.

That this issue is now in the hands of the US Supreme Court has the Democrats nervous. It is highly likely the court will find Section 3 does not apply as Trump has not been arrested, indicted, tried, or convicted of insurrection. One has to ask whether just an accusation, one not backed up by actual evidence, is enough to invoke Section 3? I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but I am guessing SCOTUS will find that it does not apply and cannot be used to ban Trump from appearing on the ballot. That will invalidate the moves by various states and private citizens to do so.

I expect the Democrats will go nuts if that happens and will start making plans (again) to expand the number of justices and make the Supreme Court a wholly owned subsidiary of Democratic Socialist Party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Amerika.

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Here we go again, in this case gun owners having to prove they’re innocent rather than the authorities having to prove they’re guilty. In this latest case it’s about Minnesota’s blatantly unconstitutional red flag law.

Yesterday – four days after the DFL’s vaunted “Red Flag” swatting-enablement and gun confiscation bill came out – the form to file to appeal a Red Flag order is out.

And it’s worse than you might have expected:

The form is now available, and it isn’t good.

It requires the accused to prove that they aren’t violent or suicidal. In other words, you must prove your innocence instead of your accuser proving guilt.

This isn’t due process. This is guilty until proven innocent.

— MN Gun Owners Caucus (@mnguncaucus) January 4, 2024

By the way – as bad as you think the new ERPO law is, it’s actually worse. The MN Gun Owners Caucus explains it here.

I expect this one will end up in front of SCOTUS, just like so many other 2nd Amendment cases have.

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Here are some predictions for 2024. I will say here that I do not agree with all of them.

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We understand the Southern Poverty Law Center has devolved into a haven for leftist thought and Constitutional Rights be damned. If anything they’re worse than the ACLU.

SPLC’s latest addition to their enemies list? Americans who accept biology.

As far back as the 1980s, Dees was openly admitting that he saw the fight against poverty as passé, and admitted that the “P” in SPLC was an anachronism. Jaded staff began ruefully referring to their own flashy headquarters as the “Poverty Palace.”

Dees and Cohen may have left the Poverty Palace, but the SPLC’s tendency to betray its founding principles clearly remains a problem, as illustrated by a new SPLC report released under the auspices of what the group dubs “Combating Anti-LGBTQ+ Pseudoscience Through Accessible Informative Narratives.” (This verbal clunker seems to have been reverse-engineered in order to yield the acronym, “CAPTAIN.”)

The report purports to demonstrate “the perils of anti-LGBTQ+ pseudoscience” and “anti-trans narratives and extremism.” Much like the dramatically worded hard-sell direct-mail campaigns that the SPLC started up under Dees, it’s marketed as a matter of life and death: According to the deputy director of research for the SPLC’s “Intelligence Project,” the “anti-LGBTQ+ pseudoscience” uncovered by the SPLC has “real-life, often life-threatening consequences for trans and non-binary people.”

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But the SPLC’s report hardly confines itself to such unassailable liberal principles. The real point of the project, it seems, was to catalogue and denounce public figures who’ve expressed dissent from the most extreme demands of trans-rights activists—specifically, (1) the demand that children and adolescents who present as transgender must instantly be “affirmed” in their dysphoric beliefs, even if such affirmation leads to a life of sterility, surgical disfigurement, drug dependence, and medical complications; and (2) the demand that biological men who self-identify as women must be permitted unfettered access to protected women’s spaces and sports leagues.

The SPLC’s authors seek to cast their ideological enemies as hate-addled reactionaries whose nefarious activities must “be understood as part of the historical legacy of white supremacy and the political aims of the religious right.” And it is absolutely true that some of the organizations they name-check are hard-right, socially conservative outfits that endorse truly transphobic (and homophobic) beliefs.

It only gets worse from there.

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Here’s a perfect example of Liberal cognitive dissonance:


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And that’s the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the snow’s still falling, we’re waiting for it to end so we can start shoveling, and where Monday doesn’t care if the snow is cleared away.

1/06/2024

Peaceful Men Are Not Harmless Men

I comment I wrote elsewhere had me thinking about a number of issues plaguing our country today, with one of most troubling is the US sliding deeper into tyranny, driven by people who see themselves as the elite even though they have the morals and ethics of gutter snipes.

What brought this up was a discussion where I mentioned it will be the peaceful men will be the ones to settle the problems, particularly should the feces hit the rotary oscillator.

My discussion companion was obviously confused. I think he may have confused ‘peaceful man’ with ‘harmless man’, so I explained it to him.

A peaceful man is not a harmless man. Quite the contrary.

A peaceful man is not harmless. He is dangerous. He will do what is necessary to maintain a peaceful life. If the peace is broken he will do whatever is necessary to restore it, including committing acts of violence in order to do so. If those acts of violence are directed towards a dysfunctional and increasingly tyrannical government as a means of restoring the peace, then it shows just how bad things have gotten.

Let’s pray that the peaceful men amongst us won’t have to go that far. But let us also be thankful that such men are amongst us should we need them.