Thoughts On A Sunday

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It's a cooler and wetter weekend here in the Lakes Region as compared to last weekend. Not as much yard work getting done as there would be, but there were plenty of other chores that needed doing that didn't involve mowing, raking, or weeding.

I'm not complaining by any means as it has allowed me to attend to things that were lower priority but that still needed to be done.

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Elizabeth Price Foley points us to a piece by Ace about the racial hypocrisy of Jon Stewart.

As Ace writes:

On the other hand, this jackass is, like Seth Rogen, a reliable cheerleader for SJW attacks so long as they're directed at other people; only when such attacks are directed at themselves do they suddenly feel that maybe this censorship-by-contrived-hypersensitivity is stultifying, anti-creativity, anti-thought and ultimately anti-human.

Another case of privileged SJW "Do as I say, not as I do."

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It appears the decades of effort put forth by the first, second, and third wave feminists to get women to minimize their time with their families and children (if they even have any) in favor of their careers has come to naught.

They're sometimes described as careerist and individualistic, but a certain group of them, at least--high-achieving women--actually prioritizes family over work to a greater extent than their mothers did.

If the surveys that show this trend are reasonably accurate it may indicate that many women aren't buying the hype and actually want families and all that goes with it, even at the expense of their careers. While this applies only to the high-achieving women who have that option, it doesn't surprise me that many women affected by "economic inequality" may not have that choice.

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As I wrote about back in May, it turns out that lower gas prices have not automatically translated into higher consumer spending.

...a University of Michigan survey showed that throughout 2015, consumers have been convinced that there was a serious jump coming for gas prices, dampening their enthusiasm to go out and spend the savings from the pump.

This fear of future higher prices, it seems, has simply kept consumers on the sideline, and prevented the economy from really taking off on the back of consumer spending as many had hoped.

Like us, many Americans using these savings to pay off existing debt or putting them aside to pay for necessities later in the year. A good portion of what we saved from lower gas prices is going to pay for our firewood purchases for the upcoming winter, propane purchases from this past winter, and much needed repairs and maintenance to our vehicles. (Some of that was already accomplished when we replaced the brakes on the trusty F150.)

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Ah, yes, the rise of the "Social Justice Bullies", indeed.

And herein lies the problem -- in attempting to solve pressing and important social issues, millennial social justice advocates are violently sabotaging genuine opportunities for progress by infecting a liberal political narrative with, ironically, hate.

Many will understand this term I used -- millennial social justice advocates -- as a synonym to the pejorative "social justice warriors." It's a term driven to weakness through overuse, but it illustrates a key issue here: that, sword drawn and bloodthirsty, millennial social justice advocates have taken to verbal, emotional -- and sometimes physical -- violence.

I've noticed that, and it isn't subtle. The MSM has tried to paint it as something else, but the SJW's seem to have no problems with saying one thing and then following up with the very thing they say the are against. It certainly weakens any moral 'superiority' they thought they had because from that point on most people see them as instigators and thugs. From that point on most people stop listening to them which of course drives them on to commit even more anti-social acts in an effort to make people pay attention. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and common sense can see how that will end.

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At least someone in California gets it.

It seems that many people in California are barely hanging on, with a poverty rate that is now 31%.

What's driving the rising poverty rate?

A big cause, obviously, is the high cost of housing. According to a March analysis by the California Legislative Analyst, "Today, an average California home costs $440,000, about two-and-a-half times the average national home price ($180,000)."

Another big factor is the ongoing exodus from the state of decent-paying jobs for workers with few skills, Bill Watkins told us; he's the executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University.

Unfortunately, ongoing government actions will make poverty even worse. Minimum wage increases statewide and in such cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco will destroy the crucial first jobs for many of the young and low-skilled. Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, continues to drive up manufacturing costs. Possible higher taxes, ironically, to deal with poverty, will kill more jobs.

The problems in California are, for the most part, self-inflicted. It also doesn't help that across the board solutions are used to address problems that are really regional in nature, something that hurts those not having those problems. (This is also a lesson for The-Powers-That-Be in Washington because most problems are regional, yet Washington applies nationwide solutions that hurt more than help.)

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It looks like Vermont has taken a page from the California energy handbook and mandated all kinds of renewable sources as their primary source of electricity. Too bad they didn't bother to look at the actual cost and downsides to doing so.

Some of the 'greener' supporters of renewable mandates are also advocating for the removal of electricity generating hydro dams.

Another clean source is the recently purchased Winooski Hydroelectric Dam, a small hydro project developed by environmental pioneer John Warshow, who died last month. The dam produces 7.4 megawatts.

Ironically, while some environmentalists have been developing small dams, others have been campaigning to tear down small dams around the state. The Newport 11 dam was recently removed from the Clyde River and other small dams are under fire. The strategy resembles one pursued for years by the Sierra Club, which favors small dams globally but campaigns to tear them down locally. Warshow developed three other small dams around the state.

It is yet another example of "Do as I say, not as I do" environmentalism.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was shut down not because it had reached the end of its life, but because the 'greener' Greens demanded it despite the fact that it provided up to half of the electricity used in Vermont. What's ironic is that Green Mountain Power has signed contracts with New Hampshire's Seabrook nuclear plant for electricity to replace some of the capacity lost when Vermont Yankee shut down. To say the 'greener' Greens were upset would be an understatement.

In a further bit of irony, it appears Vermont's electricity demand is growing even as its supply is decreasing. No one has yet divulged how the increasing power deficit within the state will be addressed, even in the Vermont Public Service Department's Comprehensive Energy Plan. Their chart of the available sources of power versus the demand shows in increasing power deficit.

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This just in:

Chuck Norris has grizzly bear rug in his room. It's not dead, it's just afraid to move.

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One last item: It appears many of those benefiting from the new higher minimum wages in Seattle aren't benefiting at all. In fact, many are asking for fewer work hours because their new higher wages are putting them in danger of "losing public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent."

Another unintended side effect?

Some restaurants have tacked on a 15 percent surcharge to cover the higher wages. And some managers are no longer encouraging customers to tip, leading to a redistribution of income. Workers in the back of the kitchen, such as dishwashers and cooks, are getting paid more, but servers who rely on tips are seeing a pay cut.

So like many actions taken by the I-don't-care-if-it helps-anyone-but-it-makes-me-feel-better-about-myself Left, it ends up hurting more people than it helps, doesn't really help the people it's supposed to, all while causing harm to the businesses that supply jobs and costing consumers even more money they don't have.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the cooler weather will be leaving in time to go back to work, the yard work is never done, and where the kids go back to school in four weeks.
By way of my goddaughter's post on Facebook:

Dear McDonalds Employees,

As one service worker to another I have to say this: After all the screwed up orders, which is pretty much every time, *cough*Taco Bell is more reliable. *cough*

The service without a smile... I don't care if its fake, but don't make me feel like I'm the one inconveniencing you. Also, I can read backwards and I know you have greetings you are supposed to use, and well you don't. *Awkward face*

Don't even get me started on the food poisoning, uncooked food, or whatever... 'Cause Linda, Linda listen.

The bathrooms need to be visited by an old priest...and a young priest.

Last but not least, for the love of God, if I ask for an unsweetened ice tea, that means unsweetened. Nothing is worse than going in for that first bold sip of tea, but instead going into diabetic shock.

So, it doesn't pain me at all to say this, but I'm leaving you. You don't deserve $15/hr. There are people who are out there who work twice as hard as you for even less. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. They are not lazy.

As Wiz Khalifa once said multiple times, "Work Hard. Play Hard". We all have bills, loans, and family.

So here is a simple solution: Get another job, or leave and find a better job. There are some out there.

I know that my lack of business won't effect you that much, but I hope that if other people feel the same way that I do they will also go on and leave you too, cause it's bulls**t.

I pray to God that they are really putting in the machines, cause if my s**t's gonna get f****d up, I want to be the one doing it.

Deuces.

What he said.
I commented on traffic stupidity I came across back in May, witnessing relatively low level stupidity.

Over the past two days I've seen it elevated to a much higher level, again on my way to work.

Two mornings in a row the same fellow followed me off the bypass, tailgating me in an effort to "step it up" because I have to assume he was in a hurry. Once clear of the off-ramp and on to the state highway heading south, he pulled around me, accelerating rapidly and reach what I have to estimate well in excess of 65 miles per hour on stretch of the highway with a speed limit of 40.

Yesterday he got away with passing cars, in a dangerous and reckless manner, even pulling into oncoming traffic to gain a few car lengths. At a traffic light he pulled into the left turn lane and when the light changed to allow the turn he cut straight across rather than making the turn, cutting off the car just to the right of him.

Today he tried something like it again, trying to use the left turn lane to bypass the traffic in the two lanes to his left.

He almost made it.

When he cut across from the left turn lane he didn't leave quite enough room between him and the car in the extreme right lane and his right rear quarter sideswiped the left front of that car, causing him to almost lose control and causing body damage to both cars. At first I didn't think he was going to stop, seeing as he was in a such a big hurry. Then the driver of the car he sideswiped turned on his blue lights and went after him, to be joined a few seconds later by one of the local police cruisers that had been coming from the opposite direction.

The car this idiot sideswiped was an unmarked State Police cruiser.

About two miles up the road I came across the two cruisers, the local cop, the State trooper, and the traffic miscreant. He was face down over the hood of the local cruiser with his hands cuffed behind him. The State Police cruiser had quite a bit of wrinkled sheet metal from the bumper back to the wheel well, but it appeared to be drivable.

I guess this guy was going to be very late for work.
Catholics say No. St. Augustine is particularly violent with his truth. "A truth told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent," says Wordsworth.

Jews say, on occasion, Yes. Peace trumps truth when the two are diametrically opposed.

I'm a Jew on this and many other ideas. Mutar le-shanot mipnei ha-shalom: "It is permitted to tell an untruth (literally, "to change" the facts) for the sake of peace."

The wisdom and perspicacity of Rabbi Sacks overwhelms me. I already knew about G-d's words being literally untrue to Abraham, reporting on Sarah. And everyone has heard of the famous quarrel between Hillel and Shammai. But Psalm 85's description of truth being thrown to the earth, to rise up, and Joseph's brothers' words were new to me.

I have a lot still to learn.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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It's a twofer weekend here in New Hampshire, with the 5 Hour Energy 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Loudon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the 'Luke Bryant' weekend (3 concerts) at our local concert venue. I figure we'll be seeing quite a few folks from the Speedway making the trip up to Lake Winnipesaukee for the concert tonight, at least those who didn't make the trip last night.

The local airport is chockablock full of business jets, with the itinerant parking ramp just about full with Lears, Bombardiers, Citations, and Gulfstreams. Some belong to the race teams, some to corporate sponsors, and some to some of the wealthier race fans. We've hearing them coming into the airport all weekend. I expect the usual exodus will take place starting about an hour after the checker flag falls at Loudon. It's going to be quite noisy here when they leave.

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The trusty F150 received long overdue maintenance, in this case replacement of brake rotors and pads. I had one, possibly two warped rotors that made braking an interesting time. For the most part I would down-shift and let the engine do some of the braking before applying the brakes. Over the past two weeks it got bad enough I realized I could no longer put off the work and took it to my local mechanic.

Now that the brakes are fixed, I have to admit I'm really not used to them not surging and making some of the subtle noises associated with a warped rotor. It's a little disconcerting.

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Melody Lauer brings us 11 self-defense myths that won't die.

My favorite myth: People cannot perform under stress.

Hmm. I see people perform under stress on a regular basis. Much of it is training.

My favorite quote: "It's not that we don't have time to aim, it's that we don't have time to miss!"

Amen.

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Speaking of self defense, it appears the African-American community is coming around to the idea that guns provide protection, at least according to a Pew poll.

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Speaking further of self defense, the number of concealed carry permits for women is up 270% since 2007.

Good for them!

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Illegal immigration has reached a crisis point. No, not here in the US, but in Germany.

It passed the crisis point here in the US years ago, particularly at the urging of the Teleprompter In Chief. At least Germany's Chancellor Andrea Merkel is willing to address the issue, even if it's hard.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

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Cap'n Teach informs us that even the Democrats believe climate change will be a minor issue in the upcoming 2016 election.

That matches with what a majority of the American public believe about climate change: it's a minor issue and far down on the list of important issues.

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What's San Francisco's response to the untimely shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by illegal immigrant and convicted criminal Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez?

Yetanother new law to tighten gun controls in the city.

Considering Sanchez used a gun lost by a federal agent to kill Steinle, not one bought at the only gun store still existing in San Francisco, this proposed new law addresses absolutely nothing and even if it had been in place prior to Steinle's death would not have prevented it.

I'm beginning to think we should enact a quarantine of San Francisco in an effort to contain the insanity that has infected that once great city.

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Sultan Knish offers a bit of advice about 5 Ways to Fight the Left and Make Your Life Better.

Briefly, they are:

5. Don't Give Money to People Who Hate You

4. Shop Small Businesses and Become Independent

3. Build Likeminded Communities

2. Have Fun Starting Trouble (This one's for you, Skip!)

1. Focus on Your Family

Read the whole thing!

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It appears the New York Times has some kind of time machine. It seems they have gone back in time and found that Ayn Rand is a fan of Charleston gunman Dylann Roof.

Really?

That's strange considering Rand consider racism to be "the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage--the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors."

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I'm cutting this a bit short as we have received severe thunderstorm warnings and one cell is less than 30 minutes out, so I'm shutting everything down as a precaution.

So, that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the NASCAR fans are leaving, the barbecue grills are being covered, and where yet another round of thunderstorms is on their way.
Democracy does not lend itself to be "embedded in capitalism."  It tends to devour it. ~ Anthony de Jasay

HT: Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek

It all goes back to the French Revolution. I bought the book so highly recommended in the link.
You know common sense is rapidly disappearing when a supposedly knowledgeable TV person is so intimidated by a fire extinguisher, one used to put out a kitchen fire, that they should be removed from the gene pool immediately. Eloi and Morlocks indeed!

As Tam puts it, it's "still more proof that speciation is under way."

When the big catastrophe hits in whatever shape, it's likely the techies, tradesmen, and nerds will survive and the useless "phone sanitizers and TV news anchors" will perish.

Believe it or not, I see this kind of helplessness every day and it's only getting worse. Too many people have no idea how any of the technology that sustains them works, nor do they care...until it doesn't work anymore. Then they're lost and have no idea how to survive without it. After all electricity comes from the wall socket and water from the faucet, but they have no idea from where the supply of electricity or water actually comes, nor the gas for their SUVs or the natural gas/propane/oil used to heat their homes. The thing is, they should. Certainly previous generations (including mine) had a pretty good understanding how things worked (and still do). Not so much today.
Thanks to the welfare state, global capitalism (which devalues many lower- and middle-class workers), and sexual permissiveness, young women act in ways unthinkable half a century ago. There is no longer shame in having a child in a woman's thirties by some male figure who has little or any role in the child's subsequent upbringing. It's quaint to hear fulminations by historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt railing against racial suicide (of the Anglo Saxons, of course) by women "barren by choice."

Whiskey explains how we're becoming West Africa from a blog posting that's three years old, but is still deserving of re-reading:

Women just don't want to get married. To BETA MALES. At least. True they dream of weddings. To Alpha Males. A great big party for them. But a lifetime marriage to a boring, faithful, dependable, ickily unsexy Beta Male? No way!

The Donald's Visit

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I was at a meeting at our local airport this afternoon when I found out The Donald would be arriving here in central New Hampshire some time early this evening.

From what this "person in the know" stated, everything was planned and timed from when the aircraft (a Cessna Citation X) would roll up onto the ramp in front of the terminal, The Donald's exit from the jet and entry into the terminal, a brief 'meet and greet' with a few of the local power players, then a departure from the terminal in a large black SUV for a 10 minute ride and 20 minute speech and Q&A session in nearby Weirs Beach, then a return to the airport followed by a rapid boarding of the jet and an equally rapid departure and trip back to New York. It must be nice to have that kind of money.

At least The Donald hasn't been harping about other people's carbon foot print.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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This was the first weekend in two months where I haven't had internal doohickeys inside me which made it difficult to do anything. While I am not yet 100%, I am pretty darned close. It certainly allowed me to start doing the yard work again. (I have to give a big "Thank You!" to friends who came to do that work while I was laid up.)

I made up for my previous inability to get things done by going to town on the errands yesterday - a dump run, dropping off recyclables at the transfer station as well as hauling a load of cut brush to the same location. I even managed to mow a portion of the lawn yesterday and will finish that later today.

I can once again be a participant rather than just a spectator.

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It was while I was out during one of my many errands yesterday that I struck up a conversation with an acquaintance about the whole Anthropogenic Climate Change thing, she being a lukewarm supporter of the concept while I certainly am not. While we didn't get into the nuts and bolts of the debate, I did talk to her about how the whole thing has been blown out of proportion by people who have no background or understanding about science and how it is supposed to work. They take the word of 'experts' who are no more versed in science than they, using it as a justification for their position. Even she admitted that the whole AGW "Do Something!" crowd seem to be motivated more by emotion rather than facts.

I quoted Glenn Reynolds to her, stating "I'll start believing it's a crisis when the people telling me it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis."

Her response: "Good point."

There's hope yet.

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Then there's the psychological problems climate scientists are having to deal with.

What do you expect when so many of them are forecasting nothing but doom even in the face of more disclosures that their conclusions are based upon 'cooked' data and heavily influenced by politics by way of government grants to 'prove' we're all gonna die?

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On the other side, there are reports by researchers that warn the sun is entering an extended solar minimum that will likely lead to another "little ice age", much like those seen during the Maunder and Dalton Minimums back in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

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If all of the indicators are right, we may be seeing a new era of civil disobedience come into being.

Outrageous court rulings and legislation that force people into performing deeds or actions that are in direct conflict with their fundamental beliefs, be they be about their natural rights or their religious faith, are driving the people to say "Enough! You've gone too far and we're not going to obey! You can't force us to go against our beliefs and we won't! Now bugger off!"

The touchie-feelie crap has gone too far and in an effort not to 'offend' a tiny minority, the courts and the legislatures have offended the majority, in some cases crossing constitutional lines and the people won't stand for it any more.

I expect the frequency of civil disobedience to increase as the Progressive-driven mandates further twist the constitution and our laws into unrecognizable shapes.

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The kerfuffle over the NFL's Washington Redskins name continues.

As I wrote in the comments, "The name "Washington Redskins" is quite offensive and we should drop the name "Washington" from the team name, considering what Washington has done to our Native American brothers and sisters over the years...."

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Skip shows that there is no curing stupid, illustrated by the story of this Darwin Award nominee who used a fireworks mortar to remove himself from the gene pool.

No the poor dead stupid dear's mommy wants to require training in the proper use of fireworks. However she has overlooked that no amount of training can instill common sense. (I have also found that common sense isn't all that common these days...if it ever was.)

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The more I hear from Carly Fiorina, the more I like her.

One of my favorite quotes from her quoting the Iron Lady, Maggie Thatcher: "I will not manage the decline of a great nation!"

Indeed.

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The MSM finds itself with egg on its face...again.

This time they went after actor Tom Selleck for 'stealing' water from a neighboring town through the use of a tanker truck . It turns out the water was actually purchased and the tanker truck was owned by the company authorized to pull water from that town's water system. That the company sold the water to Selleck is something the MSM failed to discover which shows you just how lazy they've become.

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Is science ever really settled?

The short answer: No.

The We're-All-Gonna-Die Warmistas beclown themselves whenever they say "The science is settled." It proves to the rest of us that they haven't a clue and should be ridiculed and scorned for their willful ignorance.

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First, the Progressives want to tell us how we must live. Now they want to tell us where we can live.

I have three words in response to that: "Sod off, swampy!"

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It appears the New York Post is seriously angry at Mayor Bill de Blasio and his efforts to return New York to the bad old days of the 70's and 80's. As its headline blared "20 years of cleaning up New York City PISSED AWAY".

Indeed.

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For a change of pace there's this:

Iowa's DOT has come to the conclusion that their road system is going to shrink in number because they're going to need fewer roads.

Per capita driving has peaked in America, and with that new normal comes the question of whether or not we should be spending limited transportation funding on building new roads. If nothing else the driving trends support the wisdom of a "fix-it-first" policy that focuses on highway maintenance over expansion.

That certainly may be true in some areas like Iowa, and maybe here in New Hampshire. We don't really need new roads so much as we need to maintain the ones we have and maybe widen one or two of the major highways in the southern tier. Of course more highway funds would be available to maintain the existing roads if so much wasn't being wasted on mass transit and commuter rail projects that never pay for themselves or being diverted to other uses rather than actually paying for the upkeep of our highway infrastructure. There are thousands of bridges needing major maintenance or replacement as they've exceeded their design lifetimes.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summer weather has been gorgeous, the summerfolk are tying up the local roads and ice cream stands, and yet again Monday has returned all too soon.
I have to admit I never really thought about it this way.

Liberals talk about politics in language that appeals to our primal socialist instincts, developed on the savanna when we belonged to small clans of hunter-gatherers who really did look out for their kin. Conservatives discuss politics in language that reflects modern reality: socialism doesn't work in groups larger than a clan, because people do not behave selflessly when they belong to a large group of unrelated strangers.

When you belong to a large group of people, it all becomes impersonal, all theoretical. The results of actions taken "for the good of all" become distant because it affects people not known by those making the decision, and therefore, they aren't 'real' people, just abstractions. That is why socialism has always failed once it scales up. (It also failed on the small scale when the Pilgrims tried it at the Plymouth Colony. If it wasn't for the Wampanoag, they all would have starved to death. This was the first example of the Thatcher maxim, where the colonists only survived because of "other people's money," figuratively speaking.)

Liberals manifest their yearning for social connectedness by using words like care, help, kind, neighbor and volunteer more often than conservatives do. Conservatives more frequently use power words like boss, coerce, hero, strong and victory.

Ah, those good-hearted liberals, uninterested in status and money. (The Obamas and their fellow liberals vacation on Martha's Vineyard only because the beaches are so pretty.) And those deadly power-crazed conservatives, reluctant to even utter nice words like volunteer. (Never mind the studies showing that conservatives actually do more volunteer work than liberals do.)

It all comes down to the old aphorism: Actions speak louder than words. The liberals use lots of words to try to get other people to do something, and usually not the correct something. The conservatives actually do something and are not required to be coerced into it, even by liberals.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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The sound of fireworks faded away some time after midnight. We could hear them all across the lake. BeezleBub had gone to one of the high points in our town overlooking Winnipesaukee and watched the fireworks taking place in towns all around the lake.

Unfortunately I was housebound and the only fireworks I watched were on TV, in this case those down in Boston. We did indulge hot dogs and hamburgers.

Overall it was a pretty good Fourth of July.

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One thing we did was watch the Sons of Liberty marathon on the History Channel . While I understand the history of the events leading up to the Revolution taught in school was sanitized a bit, some of what I saw on the show fell prey to political correctness, with too many 21st century 'sensibilities' incorporated into the story.

Still, it was a decent program. It did show that if the British had sent someone more sensible and less brutal than General Gage to Boston to calm the city and bring it under control, the Revolution might have never occurred.

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It seems the PC forces have no problems making stuff up in order to destroy the reputation of Professor Tim Hunt. It turns out that all of the claims made by the BBC about his misogyny towards women in science were a bald-faced lie.

Not that the BBC cares.

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The Left got its way on gay marriage, so what's next on its list?

How about decriminalizing pedophilia?

One has to wonder to what depths some of these folks will sink.

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Deb keeps telling me I have to stop watching all of the home improvement shows on HGTV, DIY and a few other channels because I get an inaccurate view of how long (and how much money) it will take to do all the things I'd like to do here at The Manse. As she reminds me most of those shows have large crews that can get things done in a day or two what would take us all summer to get done.

That doesn't stop me trying to make plans for much needed improvements.

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Speaking of Deb, she had an unexpected visitor arrive at her place of employment this past Friday.

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As Deb told me, he was willing to visit the New Hampshire Veterans Home while our own governor hasn't.

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David Starr shows us how government bureaucracy can take something that has worked well for years and turn it into something that has just the opposite effect of what they claim was intended.

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You know it's past the point of ridiculous and entered the realm of terminal stupidity when the SJW's state with full sincerity that reason is simply a white male Euro-Christian construction.

WTF?

So reason and, by extension, logic should be ignored merely because of white privilege? The professor who put forth this crap should be fired because it is quite obvious he has lost touch with reality and needs help.

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Remember when Obama claimed ObamaCare would reduce health insurance premiums?

Now it appears that the insurance premiums for 2016 will higher...again. The only direction rates have been heading under ObamaCare has been up, and this time around rate increases are expected to go up between 20% and 54%.

Notice how not one thing that was promised that ObamaCare was supposed to provide has been kept? While health insurance is a little more available, the costs for most have skyrocketed. And while more people can get health insurance that does not automatically translate into access to health care, something Pelosi, Reid, and Obama never told anyone.

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Skip points us to an Independence Day speech by Calvin Coolidge, one of the most under-rated presidents in our history.

Coolidge was prescient as what he spoke about resonates today as the things he enumerated are the very things that are happening.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the last echoes of fireworks have faded away, the grills are still running, and where folks are busy at the beach or on the lake.
In case you have been wondering about my dearth of posting, I have a simple explanation.

Since Mother's Day weekend I have been dealing with an ongoing health issue that has had me hospitalized more than once, and therefore unable to post on any kind of regular basis. (Some of the meds I've been taking also made it difficult and unwise to do so.) I will be dealing with this for at least a couple of more weeks. Once past that I will be posting again on a regular basis.
File this one under "Just when I thought they couldn't get any stupider." (Yes, this is the second time in two days I've used that tagline.)

It's bad enough when the so-called "Yes Means Yes" requirement is put forward on college campuses. It's worse when a state (California) passes a law that requires "affirmative consent" (meaning Yes means Yes) that applies to college campuses. Now two legal 'geniuses' want to make such a law nationwide that applies to everyone.

They don't seem to care that it will leave men so open false accusations, even years after the sexual encounters. (Think it won't happen? Just ask any divorced dad who had to fight for custody about false accusations of child abuse that came up 'suddenly' during the custody battle.)

It's bad enough the government has been making almost everything illegal, but now they want to make sex illegal too. Excuse my language, but are these fucking morons serious? This is taking the feminist-driven PC crap too damn far. I thought these liberal assholes wanted to get the government out of our bedrooms, not into them.

What's next, getting the lawyers involved before each sex act?


I'm afraid that's what it will boil down to in the end. There will also be a requirement for video proof and/or an impartial third party to witness all such sexual interactions, and then only after duly notarized contracts are signed by both parties.

If it ever comes to that it would be best of we burn everything down and start from scratch because the lunatics will indeed be running the asylum.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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Here it is, almost at the halfway point in the year, and time seems to be flying by. It seems like it was only a few weeks ago we were still hip deep in snow, waiting for spring to come.

I have no idea where the time goes.

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The rains arrived last night, at times heavy with driving wind. That means we will have no real outdoor activities today other than maybe a trip to the local farm stand for some fresh baked goods. (Quality control, don't you see...)

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You know Title IX has become a hydra-headed monster when references to it are included in every college class syllabus.

This crap is getting ridiculous.

Title IX original intent was to deal with discrimination in colleges based upon gender. It has morphed into an all consuming nightmare that has had a chilling effect on all aspects of campus life and has been trying to institutionalize gender bias against men, tacitly painting all male college students as rapists.

I have a feeling the only way this is going to end is if some court case ends up in federal court, with Title IX being struck down as unconstitutional. If nothing else the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education should be abolished and its employees indicted for civil rights violations and abuse of office.

Title IX has had a number of unintended consequences that are only getting worse:

Title IX has created a chilling effect at UD [University of Delaware] as students no longer feel that they can be open in discussions with their class and their professors. Every student has different experiences that allow them to add to class discussions in constructive ways. These candid discussions about sexual assault on campus can create an open, supportive environment where victims can speak about their experiences. However, by forcing professors to report sexual misconduct, Title IX is interfering with the choice a victim has as to whether he or she wants to report the incident or not.

Yeah, that's really helping...absolutely no one.

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In regards to the above, are we seeing the death throes of our Republic? Rand Simberg seems to think so.

When we ignore and sidestep the Constitutional and legal process to achieve a desired end, the bedrock starts to turn to sand.

We have a president who seems to think that our laws and Constitution don't apply to him, rogue government agencies that ignore the law and court orders and go far outside their charters, and a Supreme Court that makes up constitutional rights out of thin air in direct contradiction to the Constitution and legal precedent.

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You know it's gone right past ridiculous and fully into ludicrous when the term "trigger warnings" is in and of itself now a trigger that will cause many of the special Fragile Snowflakes to get a case of the "vapours" and require the presence of a fainting couch. Writes Skip:

Serious, the issuance of "trigger warning" is now a trigger?  These females should not be allowed out in public, they are so weak-kneed...

This is just plain absurd...

Here, I disagree with Skip. It's outright insane.

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Here's one unintended consequence of the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage - it mandates nationwide concealed carry reciprocity.

I doubt any of the gun-grabbers have glommed on to that little side effect of the Court's ruling.

Read The Whole Thing.

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Color me shocked!

It seems an overwhelming majority of Americans (about 83%) are not in favor of Big Government enforced neighborhood diversity. The Rasmussen poll cut across all lines, showing that it isn't "just white folks" being against it.

The poll questioned 1,000 people who are likely to vote and determined that 83 percent of respondents say it is not the government's job to diversify neighborhoods in America so that people of different income levels live together, but 8 percent say that it is a role for the government and 9 percent are not sure. An additional 86 percent say that government should not play a role in deciding where people can live, while a small 8 percent says that the government should.

How much do you want to bet that those who believe government should be involved are guilt-ridden white liberals?

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David Starr takes note that a rising number of visitors to his blog are using Linux rather than Windows.

I've seen the same thing in my stats, too, though not to the level David has. But I have to wonder whether it's because more people are using Linux or because more Linux users prefer our blogs than Windows users.

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This is the only mention I'm going to make about CNN's idiocy in believing an ISIS flag was present at a London Gay Pride parade. As more than one commenter pointed out to CNN, "Take a closer look at that 'ISIS' flag."

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First, the government wants to enforce neighborhood 'diversity'. Now it wants to force your doctor to warn you about climate change.

Just when I thought they couldn't get any stupider....

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I think this explains a lot of the past six-plus years:

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a down right moron. - H.L. Mencken -

Heh.

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This is something we all must remember, but more so the Progressives amongst us:

Jesus never called anyone out for racism or our other popular sins. He did call people out for self-righteousness.

But since the quote above it mentions Christ I expect it to be devoutly ignored by the Left, some of which are the most self-righteous, close-minded and judgmental people I've ever come across.

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As a follow up to the above, AVI has another observation that matches with my own well earned prejudices.

But when I encounter people who have some education and status, who have some idea how systems work, how power is distributed, and have the verbal cleverness to put their opponents down and put in a good word for their friends, I consider them very dangerous, possibly evil, and self-righteous enough that they cannot be reasoned with, and must be simply opposed.

'Nuff said.

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I agree wholeheartedly with this: The GOP debates should include all candidates.

While it may not be easy to do, it's something the GOP should do if for no other reason than some of the less popular or well known candidates may have ideas the others don't. That's also a reason I have always supported New Hampshire's "First in the Nation" primaries.

Being in the debate allows these less well known (and less well funded) candidates a national forum to speak their piece. That is also true of the New Hampshire primaries because it's all retail politics and money plays a very small role in the success of candidates as compared to primaries in large states which require millions of dollars in ad buys and little time for personal appearances or interaction with the man-on-the-street voters.

If nothing else it will make for interesting television.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the rains have come, Fourth of July is rapidly approaching, and where summer is in full swing.
Now that the Supreme Court has made a decision about gay marriage, I can state my honest opinion about it: I don't really care.

I figure it this way - Why shouldn't gays have the same opportunity to be as miserable as heterosexuals? They want it? They got it...in spades.

The only fallout I can see from this Court decision, other than some of the politicians being hoist upon their own petards, is how it will affect churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. Will SCOTUS end up sticking their noses in if/when a gay couple decide they want to be married in a religious ceremony and the religious leaders say "No"? Will the various religions be forced to perform and sanction gay marriage even if it against their deeply held beliefs? We've already seen that happen with some businesses so it wouldn't surprise me to see something like that happen when it comes to religion.

I figure it's just a matter of time before someone somewhere decides to go after religion on this matter.
My country stopped being my country, conclusively, this week.

In quick succession embracing the constitutionality of same-sex marriage--something the SCOTUS poo-pooh as recently as the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case; indeed, that 2003 decision overthrew the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick that permitted Georgia from prohibiting anal and oral sex; quaint times, those--and the legality of legislation where words don't mean what they say.

How can one say we have constitutional government? And no doubt Gov. Hassan, ignoring the third article of the NH state constitution, which reads as if Ted Nugent has written it minus the profanity and exclamation marks, will veto constitutional carry.

If you haven't yet realized it, you should: democracy--the god that failed.

Lawrence Auster's blog posting almost exactly twelve years ago is apropos to today. And the autobiography of a great American like G. Gordon Liddy also fits: When I Was a Kid, It Was a Free Country.
It appears the Supreme Court has put yet another nail in the coffin that holds what is left of our Constitution and our nation.

If nothing else the King vs. Burwell decision has proven to me that Chief Justice Roberts does not have the best interests of the American people at heart, siding with the liberals on the Court (again) to defend that piece of crap legislation called ObamaCare (again). It appears Roberts buys the bullshit that our Constitution is a "living document" and that the original intent of the Framers and the Amendments mean nothing.

He and the others continue to saddle the American people with this feel-good, do-nothing, very expensive and ineffective program that hasn't delivered on the promises made by The One, Pelosi, or Reid. It will in the end destroy a once great health care system and replace it with artificial shortages, forced rationing, and rapidly increasing costs to be followed by decreasing quality of care and a reversal of the trend towards longer and healthier lives.

It's time to end this bullshit put forth by the "but it makes me feel better even if it doesn't really help anyone" leftists. To them results don't matter as long as their intentions were good. We've seen again and again how that's worked out over the years.

I'm beginning to think the only way we can solve the decay within our nation is to start fresh. Maybe it's time for a Second Civil War. If not that, then maybe it's time for a divorce.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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It was a busy day at The Manse yesterday, pushing to get some of the never ending yard work done knowing Sunday was going to be rainy. Even BeezleBub had to put in extra time at work Saturday, trying to get the haying done and the bales put away before the rain started.

One thing that that many of us are looking towards is the end of Motorcycle Week, which ends today. Though there isn't much in the way of bike traffic as I write this (because it's raining), there will be plenty later this afternoon once the rain clears out and the sun returns.

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After the GOP won a resounding victory in both the House and retook the Senate, I had hopes that some sanity would return to Congress. It turns out my hopes have been dashed.

It appears the GOP leadership has started ignoring the more conservative branch of the GOP members in Congress, kowtowing to Democrats while punishing conservative Republicans in Congress, in effect treating them as a political enemies to be crushed,, in one case stripping Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) of chairmanship of House Government Operations Subcommittee in retaliation for not toeing Speaker John Boehner's line and voting in favor of the awful Obamatrade bill, for one.

I have to agree with Mark Levin on this one: It's time to declare open warfare on Boehner and his cronies. They aren't doing this nation any good and are dividing the GOP when it needs to be cohesive in light of The One's push to further weaken the Constitution.

Boehner, McCarthy, and Scalise have got to go as these three are working hard to make sure the GOP becomes a non-entity in Congress.

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The Barrister comments upon things we did as kids that would get someone arrested today.

The kids today are being turned into weenies.

Who is to blame for this? Weenie Dads? Tort lawyers? Government? Mom-headed households? Truth is, when I was ten I would disappear all day on bikes with friends, exploring woods, swimming illegally in reservoirs, building forts (snowball fights in winter, rock and stick wars in summer), shooting BB guns, fishing, sailing a Sailfish, playing vacant-lot baseball, shooting hoops on the asphalt-covered schoolyard, enjoying occasional fistfights, stealing candy from the candy shop, smoking cigarettes stolen from parents, teasing girls (mainly the ones we liked). Home by dark of course. That was the rule.

These days parents would be jailed and their kids put into foster care because they let them be kids.

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I have to agree with Matt Ridley on this one: So-called climate science as it is promoted has caused me to lose trust in science. That's because these days it's all about politics and funding and not about actual science anymore. It's all about consensus and not rocking the boat rather than discovery and learning new things. It's Lysenkoism brought forth into the 21st century.

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As I've said before and I'm going to say again, if you want a perfectly good and recent example of why socialism is an awful economic system all one needs to do is look at Venezuela It was once a prosperous country with a strong economy. Then Hugo Chavez took over, instituted sweeping changes based upon the Marxist Economic Handbook and turned it into an economic wasteland. It's gotten so bad it's selling off fixed assets as a stopgap measure to hold of fa total economic collapse. Unfortunately that will only put off the inevitable for a short period of time. Once those assets are gone, so is the money the Venezuelan government needs.

As Maggie Thatcher said, "Socialism works until you run out of other people's money." Venezuela has just about reached that point. I have a feeling Argentina won't be too far behind.

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Should we cut to the chase and just add a crawler to the bottom of the TV screen that CNN is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama White House and the DNC? It might be easier and more truthful since CNN is willing to back up just about everything Obama says even if it's a blatant and easily disproven lie.

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Is there anything it can't do?

The latest bit of Climate Change stupidity: Someone actually found a way to tie the massacre in Charleston to climate change.

Really? These folks need to get help.

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By way of Instapundit comes this tweet about the reactions to any mass shooting:

Every time a crazy person shoots up a place, the press demands Republicans - who had nothing to do with it - answer for the crime.

And how many times have we found out the shooter isn't some right-wing radical but rather left-wing, often a Democrat, and almost always either insane or an wannabe Islamic jihadi?

Yet it's the GOP who are the 'haters'.

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It's the first Father's Day since my dad passed away. I didn't think it would affect me all that much. While his birthday last month passed without bittersweet feelings overwhelming me, this day had me missing him so much it hurt.

I love you, Dad.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the roar of motorcycle engines have faded away, summer has officially arrived, and where yet again Monday has returned all too soon.
Received via e-mail: While this post by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky refers to the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election it is just as poignant today as we head into the 2016 elections. Perhaps it's time we started paying attention.

The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo - for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total.

But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle.

Romney lost because he didn't get enough votes to win.

That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues - the traditional American virtues - of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness - no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate. The notion of the "Reagan Democrat" is one cliché that should be permanently retired.

Ronald Reagan himself could not win an election in today's America.

The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff. Every businessman knows this; that is why the "loss leader" or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama's America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who - courtesy of Obama - receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote; so too those who anticipate "free" health care, who expect the government to pay their mortgages, who look for the government to give them jobs. The lure of free stuff is irresistible.

Does anyone think that the lure of 'free stuff' is any less now than it was then? Haven't both Hillary and Bernie promised more 'free stuff'? Of course they still haven't come right out and told anyone who is actually going to pay for all that 'free stuff', but I'll give you a hint: It ain't gonna be the wealthy progressives, that's for sure. Instead it will be the working men and women still struggling to recover from the past six-and-a-half years of Obama's jobless recovery and broken promises (all of which turned out to have an expiration date).

To delve deeper into the rabbi's thinking on this, please Read The Whole Thing and take it to heed.

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