Thoughts On A Sunday

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The weather has been relatively nice over the past few days, sunny with some chilly temps. The local ski area has been making the best of it, running their snow guns as soon as the temperature is below freezing. (I can tell when they're running because I can hear them at The Manse even though the ski area is a couple of miles away.)

We're in for some below-zero nights and days in the teens and single digits. It looks like winter is returning with a vengeance, at least in regards to cold.

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Oh, No! Globull Warmening is causing snow and cold in the winter! We're all DOOMED!!

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Speaking of globull warmening, just around 1:30PM today the winds picked up here at The Manse and the temperature dropped about 10ºF in about an hour. Our brief warm spell has come to an end.

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I have to give this guy some credit for his gall, outsourcing his own job to a couple of programmers in China so he could surf the web and play cute kitten videos all day.

Is this the new American entrepreneurship?

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Gee, ya think?

Is there any question that ethanol in gasoline has benefited no one except corn growers and ethanol producers?

I have been an opponent to adding ethanol in gasoline since they first started doing it. It damages engines, causes problems with fuel systems (I think I've covered that problem more than once in regards to The Boat), and decreases fuel economy. It uses more energy to produce than is gained at the back end, meaning it does not decrease the carbon footprint to use it, claims by the ethanol and green lobbies to the contrary. About the only fuel grade ethanol produced that has a net positive energy return is that made from sugar cane, which returns eight times the ethanol per volume than corn and doesn't require fertilizer, constant tilling and weeding, or the applications of pesticides. The only problem is that it doesn't grow in the same climate as corn.

Ethanol is a failure. It's time to pull the plug.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

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That the provisions of Obamacare were going to kill jobs was debatable. But now that it has started to kick in, the debate is over. It is killing jobs and it's only going to get worse.

How the Democrats thought this wasn't going to hurt more people than it was supposed to help is beyond me. But then perhaps they weren't thinking, but letting their feelings make the decision for them. That is their M.O., isn't it? After all, it made them feel better once they passed it. Now the rest of use will have to deal with the 'unintended' consequences.

Gee thanks, Democrats!

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Glenn Reynolds has a timely essay about how the government is slowly making everything a crime. Why? Simply this: power.

There's even a quote right out of Atlas Shrugged that explains the reasoning behind this trend.

It would be funny if it weren't so true.

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Scary Yankee Chick has a three-fer, offering three links to gun related topics. Interestingly enough, she also has a post that has been Google's top of the list in regards to New York's new Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Surprisingly she's been getting lots of hits from federal, state, and local government offices.

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David Starr slams Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for his blatant lie about cutting the budget. How can the budget have been 'cut' when the government is going to spend even more money this year than it did last year? And how can you cut a budget that doesn't exist? Congress hasn't passed a budget in almost 4 years, something blatantly unconstitutional.

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And now I'm off to watch the New England Patriots play the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship.

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where winter temps are returning with a vengeance, snow is coming with it, and Monday has yet again gotten here all too soon.

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