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.


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.


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.


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.


Vegan leather? Really?


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.