Thoughts On A Sunday

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This is a rather abbreviated TOAS this weekend as it has been quite busy, between a heavy dose of yard work and preparations for our town's Memorial Day celebration.

We had a few friends over to help with the more labor intensive yard work - a lot of weeding, trimming, and mulching - something we normally handled ourselves. But due to an incident I experienced a little over a week ago, I have found myself quite incapable of performing my regular landscaping duties, hence the help from friends.

I also found I needed to make an appearance at our little town's memorial Day celebration, something the townsfolk hereabouts take very seriously. Basically it has to do with my new position within town government, hence my participation was expected. Let it not be said I was unwilling to do what I would have done voluntarily.

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Sad but true:

In just 3 generations, our young men have gone from taking Normandy to Boy Scouts not being allowed to use WATER guns.

Call it the wussification of American boys, a goal the Third Wave Feminists have been working towards for decades.

Of course then we'll hear the refrain "They just don't make men the way they used to" after some of these so-called feminist find that men no longer measure up to their expectations. (Yes, despite their protestations to the contrary, many women do want good ol' American men of the type that existed in great numbers in even the more recent past.) What they're finding instead are men like the "onesie boy" in the ObamaCare ads. They want a man and what they get is a male 'girlfriend'.

Men who are still unafraid to be men are either already in a committed relationship with a woman who appreciates them, or they've decided they don't want to deal with the BS, heartache, and financial destruction getting involved with a TWF would impose upon them and have gone into stealth mode.

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Both Ted Nugent and Robert De Niro tell college grads some hard truths.

Too bad these grads were lied to during their entire collegiate 'experience' and too many of them are unprepared for the Real World. They're about top get a rude awakening.

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Speaking of the Real World, Ace of Spades delves into some harsh realities being devoutly ignored by the TWF and the leftist press. The press focuses on subjects and events that are, quite frankly, trivial and of no importance in the real world while choosing not to cover atrocities and real events that, had they happened here, would have them up in arms.

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The People's Cube covers the 7 Stages of the Progressive Agenda.

Yup. Sounds just about right.

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I could have told them this: The media is losing the War on Nerds.

They may have thought nerds are defenseless, but now they're finding out they pissed off the wrong bunch of people. They have forgotten that in the end, nerds run everything because chances are they created almost everything modern society uses.

What happens if nerds go on strike? All one has to do is watch Revenge of the Nerds - Part III to find out just how bad it can be for those of you who piss us off.

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And that's the abbreviated news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the warm weather has returned, we still need rain, and the summerfolk have appeared in droves.
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Don't say "genders," that ridiculous, made-up word making us pretend the sexes are culturally conditioned that way. We're all now supposed to be cultural Marxists now, unless we're some awful sexist or racist.

This quote from Glenn Reynolds speaks a lot of truth: 

In contemporary society, men have obligations. Women have entitlements.
The link above--or Chan's sadly insightful entry below--about churches not teaching traditional wifely duties, the ignored teachings of St. Paul, don't even have practical application--even among orthodox Catholic Christians with large families. It's dead.

Does anyone stop to think that without St. Paul, Christianity never gets off the ground as a minor sect within Judaism? Well, there's too much dogma in Christianity that I'm not surprised 98 percent of Christians pick and choose, cafeteria-style.

Here's something that I think will strike pretty close to home for a lot of people in "21st Century Relationships", as Instapundit puts it.

A women writes about her "Aha Moment" when she realizes she's been abusing her husband for years, recounting how it came to be, and just how easy it is to become an abuser.

My "Aha Moment" happened because of a package of hamburger meat. I asked my husband to stop by the store to pick up a few things for dinner, and when he got home, he plopped the bag on the counter. I started pulling things out of the bag, and realized he'd gotten the 70/30 hamburger meat - which means it's 70% lean and 30% fat.

That's how it started. I launched into him. I berated him for not being smarter. Why would he not get the more healthy option? Did he even read the labels? Why can't I trust him? Do I need to spell out every little thing for him in minute detail so he gets it right? Also, and the thing I was probably most offended by, why wasn't he more observant? How could he not have noticed over the years what I always get? Does he not pay attention to anything I do?

As he sat there, bearing the brunt of my righteous indignation and muttering responses like, "I never noticed," "I really don't think it's that big of a deal," and "I'll get it right next time," I saw his face gradually take on an expression that I'd seen on him a lot in recent years. It was a combination of resignation and demoralization. He looked eerily like our son does when he gets chastised. That's when it hit me. "Why am I doing this? I'm not his mom."

I suddenly felt terrible. And embarrassed for myself. He was right. It really wasn't anything to get bent out of shape over. And there I was doing just that. Over a silly package of hamburger meat that he dutifully picked up from the grocery store just like I asked. If I had specific requirements, I should have been clearer. I didn't know how to gracefully extract myself from the conversation without coming across like I have some kind of split personality, so I just mumbled something like, "Yeah. I guess we'll make do with this. I'm going to start dinner."

And then I sat there and thought long and hard about what I'd just done. And what I'd been doing to him for years, probably. The "hamburger meat moment," as I've come to call it, certainly wasn't the first time I scolded him for not doing something the way I thought it should be done.

There's the crux of the matter - scolding her husband for not doing something her way, as if it was automatically better her way and not his. What's worse her realization came over something that, in the bigger scheme of things, really wasn't important. It was trivial. It was minutia. It was petty.

How many relationships, how many marriages ended because of something that, in real life, should have been inconsequential but was blown way out of proportion? How many men gave up when they realized there would be no pleasing their spouse no matter what they did?

I would have posted this a couple of days ago, but I was curious to see the response in the comments. For the most part comments by both sexes agreed with this woman's sudden awakening to what she'd been doing. Only a few women blasted her for "come to Jesus" moment, all but calling her a traitor to the Third Wave Feminist ideology.

Importing Sharia

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What foolishness to allow large-scale immigration by those following a bible more extreme than Hitler's Mein Kampf! We're following in Europe's footsteps, but we need to discriminate and prevent large-scale Muslim immigration into this country. Daniel Horowitz asks an important question: "How many people are aware that Muslim immigration has doubled since 9/11?"

HT: Diana West's "Green Cards for Sharia"
Unless you've been in coma over the last year or just returned from being off-planet, then you know gas prices plummeted and, even though they are creeping back up, are about $1 a gallon cheaper than this time last year.

One would think that with fuel prices in general being a lot lower than they have been that people would be spending some of the money they've saved because of lower fuel prices on things they've needed (or wanted) but had to put off when prices were higher. But that hasn't been the case.

...40% of Americans are using the money they've saved from lower gas prices to pay for necessities like groceries and rent payments.

Fewer than 20% of people are banking that extra cash, and fewer than 5% are investing it. Bankrate found that only about one in seven of people are spending that extra money on discretionary purchases like dinner out or a vacation. "Household budgets remain very tight," McBride says. "People don't have a lot of extra money to throw around, and that's why we've had this slow growth."

For months, Americans have displayed a reluctance to loosen their purse strings even as gas prices fell. The recent increase in prices at the pump has only confirmed what many people suspected -- that those super-low prices weren't here to stay. More importantly, paying for necessities or socking away those dollars isn't helping the economy the way economists had hoped.

That wages haven't grown might also be a part of the problem.

While the government reports the Consumer Price Index hasn't changed all that much over the past 6 years or so, it must be remembered that things like the cost of food and fuel aren't part of the CPI calculations. Though the inflation rate has appeared to be low, the actual rate was quite high once those two commodities were figured in to inflation. Even though gas prices have fallen, the cost of food has not, some of that caused by the continuing drought in California.

The lower fuel prices have certainly helped families stretch their dollars a little farther, it hasn't been a boon to the economy. As fuel prices rise again, most families will go back into full austerity mode and rein in their slightly higher spending once again.
Foam Nerf bullet with a tooth pick in it? Yep, that's dangerous, according to the brain-dead, common sense-absent zero tolerance policies.
I always have a good day if it starts with a rustic poop in the woods. I make sure to cover it properly, unlike some who don't.

I really, really hate it when my dogs roll in that stuff. Evidence here.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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After the little bit of rain we had last weekend everything has 'greened' up over the past week. Bare branches with just some buds on them have sprouted leaves and the countryside has exploded with green, along with the yellows, violets, and reds of flowers blooming.

Spring has finally sprung.

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I saw this quote in a piece about another topic, but it perfectly illustrates my beliefs about sanity and insanity.

Insanity is the pursuit of delusion at all costs while sanity is the pursuit of reality at all costs.

That fit's in so well with Einstein's commentary on insanity:

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result this time.

That is indeed the pursuit of delusion at all costs. Too bad none of our Progressive brethren understand that's exactly what they're doing, trying the same policies and strategies again and again even after watching them fail time after time. The expect that it will work this time because, after all, they're on the side of all that's right and good.

Yeah. Right.

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Flopping Aces asks the important question: Who created ISIS?

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As per usual, Dear Leader took an event that involved the death of a public figure and made it all about himself.

So what else is new?

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Have you noticed that when climate scientists adjust climate data, they never explain why they need to adjust it? Could it be that without that 'adjustment', the data shows little or no change in things like temperature or sea level?

Why, exactly, is the satellite data "adjusted" in such a manner? The data is the data, yet, Warmist "scientists" will trot out all sorts of excuses as to why their adjustments are needed, though they never answer "why" the data ends up being so far above the reality of the raw data.

With no adjustments, there is no 'there' there.

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Bird Dog dusts off this oldie and updates a little bit to keep it current.

If nothing else it serves as a lesson that observations colored by emotion can be drastically in error.

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Some feminists really don't get it, nor will they ever get it because they live in an alternate universe of their own making where the laws of physics and biology are severely distorted out of all proportion.

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Airbus may be trying to create a competitor for the venerable C-130 Hercules (in service since the 1950's and through numerous revisions and variations), but it isn't as easy or as cheap as they may have thought.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where green is breaking out all over, Monday won't be as nice as this past weekend, and where Memorial Day weekend fast approaches.
Wonder how far the paranoia has spread in regards to men being falsely accused of improprieties towards women?

Some male members of Congress are making sure they won't be alone with female staffers.

Can you blame them? Seeing how male college students are automatically assumed to be rapists, molesters, or unduly privileged due to their gender, it's no wonder male Congresscritters are taking the initiative before that sick psychopathy infects the halls of Congress as well.

One side effect of this CYA measure is that there are sure to be discrimination lawsuits filed against these defensive tactics because female staffers are not being allowed to spend one-on-one time with their male bosses. It's a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation where in the end everyone loses.

Thank the Third Wave Feminazis for this particular debacle as it is wholly of their own making.
One has top wonder about the veracity of this video, specifically the one student who keeps changing the answers on the career placement test. Unfortunately I think it's probably accurate.


(H/T Maggie's Farm)
It is obvious to anyone readings this blog that posting by me has been sparse. A simple explanation: I had no connection to the 'Net due to circumstances beyond my control. Unexpected and unplanned time away from home, the lack of the laptop I usually use when I'm away, and no wired/wireless connection to the 'Net precluded any posting over the past three days.

It sucks.
The Left in the West has been more imbued with Marxist assumptions than they are willing to admit.

I remember the concept of a Nuclear Winter, which came out of nowhere in the early 1980s. A lot of the liberal talking heads, the hive mind, picked it up seemingly one day and bleated hysterical warnings--much like global warming today.

According to the prominent Russian defector "Comrade J," it was hatched by the KGB.

Now, Jack Kenney, NH's own--he used to have a column in the Union Leader--has a story that the powerful Catholic/Marxist "liberation theology" is another KGB creation. Wow.
Earlier last month, the Daily Telegraph's Sarah Knapton reported on the study conducted by Oxford University and Sweden's Karolinska Institute that linked a forty percent genetic component to reported sex crimes. Fathers and brothers of convicted of sex criminals are nearly five times more likely to have themselves committed a sex crime. LINK: Chris Brand

Thoughts On A Sunday

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It was a busy day for the WP clan yesterday. We gathered in a church yard in Connecticut to inter the remains of the WP Dad.

Though he had passed this past fall, it wasn't until yesterday he was laid in his final resting place. And while a solemn and bitter-sweet event, we remembered him with joy in our hearts for he was finally home.

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It boggles my mind that there are so many people in America who seem perfectly willing to greatly restrict or even get rid of our First Amendment Right of free speech. They don't want speech they consider offensive to be uttered by anyone, with 'they' being the only arbiter of what's offensive and what's not.

Following their illogic on this matter, I feel it is their speech which is offensive, willfully ignorant, and purely emotion-driven. Should they succeed, they will find themselves in the cross-hairs of the state as there will be times they utter 'illegal' speech and find themselves locked away for 'counter-revolutionary and incendiary' speech. May the burden of their chains weigh heavily upon them.

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This proves that Noam Chomsky is doing his best to bring about Orwell's 1984.

Then again Chomsky's always been a fascist, so it's no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention.

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Maybe it's time to "tell [Ms.] Grundy to go fly a kite."

It's bad enough when white heterosexual male college students are automatically assumed to be violent rapists, but when a college professor sees them as the cause of all problems, then one has to wonder whether she's qualified to teach them or is capable of keeping her biased in check when grading them.

My guess is "no".

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Court orders are for the "little people", not the US government.

As has been asked by Glenn Reynolds more than once, if the government doesn't feel the need to follow the law, then why should we?

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Despite decades of effort to stop the "blame the victim" tactic when dealing with rape - "The notion that a rape victim deserved to be raped because she was wearing a tight outfit" - something that has, for the most part has been accomplished, that principle was abandoned wholeheartedly in regards to the two Islamofascist pinheads who decided they were going to shoot up a gathering of First Amendment supporters.

That they ended up dead and their plot thwarted is not what the Democrats are talking about. Instead, they're blaming the organizer of the event for the attack, basically saying "She was asking for it!"

The ugly Democrat double standard asserts itself yet again.

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We finally got some rain this evening, the first appreciable rain in almost a month.

Like many areas around the country it's been dry, leaving the conditions right for brush fires. We've certainly experienced a few, though not like some parts of the country.

While the amount of rain we received won't solve the problem with dry conditions over the long run, it does mitigate them for the next day or two.

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And that's the travel and thunderstorm abbreviated news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the the lawns are still a bit brown, the brush piles are growing at the local dump, and where summerfolk are busy working on getting their summer camps ready.
One is supposed to hike 12 miles with full ruck sack and be combat ready in the U.S. Army test. IAh, she's not. Watch the video for yourself. It speaks volumes.

A saner society would be not like ours--not oozing with feminist sentiments, proclaiming, "You go, girls!" when it's obviously a charade. She's not combat ready and, as such, clearly fails regardless of her admirable ability to gut it past the finish line. HT: Thinking Housewife
Funny tweet by Hondo Carpenter, the Lansing, Mich.,-based sports reporter on Michigan State.
Something new to consider if you believe not vaccinating you children is the best thing to do: Measles makes you vulnerable to other deadly diseases.

Apparently the disease has two side effects:

First, it leaves the immune system in a weakened state for some weeks after the disease runs its course, assuming it doesn't kill the infected child.

Second, it gives the immune system "amnesia", meaning that immunities to other diseases a child may have had are gone. In effect, it resets the immune system so it doesn't have any experience with other diseases. Any other vaccinations or immunities built up from exposure to diseases have, in effect, never happened.

Some 650 children a year used to die from measles in the US. When mass vaccination came in after 1960, measles deaths plummeted. But oddly, so did childhood deaths from infectious disease generally, in every country where the measles vaccine was introduced. This has been a major mystery in public health: the vaccine was supposed to protect you from measles, and nothing else.

[Michael] Mina [of Emory University in Atlanta, George] and his colleagues used a complex statistical model to analyze child mortality records from the US, UK and Denmark in the decades before and after measles vaccination began. They found that infectious disease deaths did rise and fall depending on measles cases. In all three places, the timing of this surge exactly matched what would be expected if immune amnesia after measles lasted on average 27 months. The biggest killer was pneumonia, followed by diarrheal diseases and meningitis. (Note: I changed the spelling of some words from British to American spelling. - dce)

This means that it leaves someone vulnerable to diseases to which they were previously immune. It also means that one would have to go through the whole host of immunizations again in order to be protected. But this is assuming, of course, that their parents believe in vaccinations to begin with.

Many parents who reject vaccination do so because they believe having measles is healthier than being vaccinated against it. They might, however, reconsider if there's clear evidence that measles leaves a child vulnerable to pneumonia, meningitis or diphtheria.

Or not. "People who reject vaccines don't think in terms of evidence, so knowing this might not change their minds," says Paul Offit of the University of Pennsylvania, who fights vaccine denial. But then, he says, "people are compelled by fear more than reason"

Ah, yes. The "feelings, not facts" logic that has caused more bad decisions, bad policies, and more harm than just about anything other than war.
I just urged this on my students yesterday.

Guy is set to retire this June 19 after twenty years as superintendent of the Belknap County Jail, heading off to Florida. He's 45 years old. How can he do that? His retirement is much better than what's usually found in the private sector. It starts right away, apparently, for the guy. Nice, if one can get it.

So he lives for another forty years collecting on twenty-some-odd years' labor? Yep.

Not a sustainable policy, but most people aren't aware of this.

I'm a few years older and, I can assure you, no where _near_ retirement. And I've been working two jobs for over 18 years, one of which has been a professional, salaried one.

File under: Good If You Can Get It. My best friend and former West Point roommate is a dual double dipper, federal DOT and Army Reserves, and will soon retire at $125,000 and medical coverage.
DsJCp.jpgKarel Crawford, who taught my oldest driver's ed and whose husband is a retired state trooper--nice work if one can get it (see entry above)--just voted against SB 40, although it passed, and a week or so ago SB 116. SB 40 is an effort for NH to join 38 other states in protecting unborn babies from certain criminal activities perpetrated against the mother. My understanding is an example of which would be a man assaulting and killing a pregnant woman. Two lives struck down. Doesn't everyone realize that, except for the most hardened of callous feminist sensibilities?

What's a woman doing voting against the life of a fetus when she teaches drivers' ed? Hasn't she heard of a drunk driver killing a pregnant woman? Shouldn't the law recognize that that is even more heinous?
Ludwig van Mises:

The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau.

Yup. I'd say that sums it up pretty well.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

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