It's been a quiet weekend here at The Manse, with BeezleBub at the WP In-Laws and Deb having returned to work after a six-week medical leave.
About the most exciting thing I did this weekend was to order a DVD/Blu-ray copy of A Christmas Carol
with George C. Scott. Our VHS copy was getting a bit ratty and I didn't know how much longer our VHS deck would continue to operate, so I figured it was time to get a replacement. We watch it every Christmas Eve, a part of our family Christmas tradition. Frankly, I've long believed Scott's portrayal of Scrooge was one of the best I've ever seen.
I don't think we're going to have to worry about a white Christmas this year unless we get a long stretch of warm weather or a lot of rain between now and then. Considering we've had snowcover since the two days before Thanksgiving, more snow earlier this week, and on again/off again snow flurries just about every day, I think it's a safe bet there will be snow for Christmas.
As if I needed a scientific study to know this.
A study proves high-heels do have power over men.
I know I've always liked women in heels.
It's not surprising to me and many others that the UVA gang-rape story has fallen apart.
Frankly, it sounded too good to be true, at least in regards to how it served the feminist "rape culture" narrative.
That there were no reports or criminal investigations in regards to such a brutal gang-rape made me skeptical. I had grave doubts that the alleged victim's 'friends' would convince her not to go to a hospital or report the assault to the police. Either it was made up or her friends weren't really friends at all. Who does that kind of thing to a brutalized friend?
Here's yet another piece
that ties in with my piece about the madness infecting
the Obama Administration and the rest of the Progressive movement in the US.
Gee, who knew that Mitt Romney was right? I certainly did.
Then there's this take on the Madness Of King Leftist
from The Camp Of The Saints.
He is, once again, delusional; he is self-deceiving, mentally disturbed.
When such a person and his fellow self-deceivers gain Power And Control, they end-up bringing about pain and suffering and misery and Death.
The Leftist Way Of Thinking now dominates in America. And America is sliding into enslavement.
Soon, of we do not vanquish Leftism from this land, we will find ourselves prisoners of madmen.
Cap'n Teach links to and comments upon the seven psychological reasons why we aren't tackling Hotcoldwetdry.
Teach adds a few of his own:
Why should I take action when Warmists won't in their own lives?
Why should we take action when 95% of computer models have failed?
Why should we destroy economies and hand over our liberty based on junk science, emotionally based arguments, and disingenuous data?
I have to correct Cap'n Teach's second point: 100% of the computer models have failed. Not one has correctly predicted the 18+ year pause, nor has one correctly hindcast global temperatures, telling us the models are seriously deficient.
From the "This Would Be Funny If It Weren't True" files comes this from the Rumford (Maine) Meteor:
Bangor Winter Carnival Cancelled Because Of Winter.
One slightly more ironic headline under the same heading:
Common Core Prepares Students For Lucrative Future In Fields That Require Sitting On The Floor And Expressing Your Opinion About Addition.
Bird Dog answers ten questions that have been bugging all of us for years.
It's about time.
How much White Privilege Do You Have?
As much as I can grab in order to piss off those who are so obsessed with White Priviliege. That's how much I have.
Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face!
One problem New England has had for some time is the lack of natural gas pipeline capacity. That has led to a roller coaster of prices for both gas and electricity. As the demand for gas goes up in the winter, the price of both natural gas and electricity skyrockets. This is because the supply cannot meet the demand, mostly because of that lack of pipeline capacity. The gas prices affect electricity prices because there have been quite a few NG-fired dual-cycle power plants built in New England, some replacing the capacity of coal-fired plants and one nuclear plant taken off-line. Some customers have seen their electric rates go up by 40% to 50% for the winter in anticipation of the rise in natural gas prices.
One would think that a proposal for a new natural gas pipeline through parts of southern New Hampshire would be met with approval. You'd be wrong.
Reading some of the articles and watching the news reports, I have to conclude the virus that causes overly emotional NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) responses has infected the populace in some of those towns. Over-the-top 'reasons' for opposing the pipeline appear to dominate, including how the pipeline will adversely affect drinking water and that all of the natural gas will be sold overseas, just to name two. (While the second complaint almost makes sense, one has to remember that there are no natural gas cryo facilities in New Hampshire or Maine which are needed to supercool the gas into liquid form for shipping in LNG tankers. The only such facilities capable of doing this on the East Coast are located in Everett, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, and that facility has been closed for years.)
One has to wonder who will scream the loudest if the pipeline isn't built and electric rates skyrocket again or rolling blackouts are required because of the lack of natural gas to generate electricity? If Ihad to guess (and I will), it will be those same folks protesting against the pipeline.
If people are going to protest such a pipeline, I would find them far more credible if they were arguing against it based upon facts and evidence that such a pipeline would cause the problems they say it will. But basing their dissent upon an emotional response makes their protests ring hollow.
Related to the story above, a local politician - a representative to the New Hampshire House - discussed the pipeline protests, talking about how his town voted 419-1 to oppose the pipeline. Despite his personal belief that it might be a good thing, he stated he will do the bidding of his constituents
and propose legislation that will make such a pipeline more difficult to route through his town.
Has the release of the Senate CIA torture report backfired on the Democrats?
After reading this,
I'd have to say it has.
It seems California is battling the worst whooping cough epidemic in 70 years
An epidemiologist with the state's Department of Public Health doesn't attribute the epidemic to the lower rate of vaccinations but rather that the existing vaccine is not nearly as effective as past vaccines.
And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where Christmas is less than two weeks away, folks are being frugal with their gift-giving, and where people are nervously eying their wood piles.