Thoughts On A Sunday: October 2010 Archives

Thoughts On A Sunday

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
Due to the outright busyness of the weekend, this will be a somewhat abbreviated post.

(Hey, sometimes things other than post take priority!)

**********

BeezleBub finished off the retail season at the farm yesterday, closing out the season with an evening working at the corn maze. He won't be working again until after Thanksgiving when he'll be back to work cutting, splitting, and stacking firewood for next year and the year after. (Some firewood takes a year to dry, other wood - oak and maple, to name two - take two years to dry properly.

I know the next month is going to be torture for him, but at least he knows he'll be back at the farm in December.

**********

The mid-term campaigns are coming to an end and I think we can expect a major push in campaign ads, telephone polls, and last minute campaign stops. It's going to be totally chaotic.

I can't wait for the quiet to return the day after the elections.

**********

The siding work at the Bogie Estates is finished and the house looks pretty spiffy if I do say so myself.

**********

If we need an example of why socialism should be considered a disease no different than alcoholism, then this one should do.

Some folks still haven't been able to figure out that socialism has to be paid for by someone and that once that 'someone's' money is gone, so is socialism.

Then again no one's ever said socialists are capable of the long view. History has certainly proven that one more than one occasion.

**********

One of the other reasons I'm not putting together my usual lengthy Sunday posts is, quite frankly, a problem with the cooling fan on the video card in my computer. You see, it doesn't work anymore. That means the GPU on the card will overheat after a while and cause the video card to fail forcing a reset on my machine. It's quite annoying and at the moment I can't justify buying a new card, particularly since I have the means of fixing the cooling problem. It's just a matter of actually getting to it...maybe Monday...or Tuesday...or some other day.

**********

Kathleen McKinley links to a letter by a life-long Democrat horrified by what Obama has done to the Democrat Party.

This reminds me of Ronald Reagan's explanation about why he became a Republican: "I didn't leave the Democrat Party. It left me."

**********

And that's the (greatly abbreviated) news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the leaves are still on the trees, the woodstove has been running around the clock, and where there are still boats out on the lake!

Thoughts On A Sunday

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
The chilly fall weather we've been experiencing over the past week will be replaced by warm temps, with daytime highs in the 70's and nighttime lows in the 50's, giving us a brief respite before the cooler weather returns.

That means we won't need to use the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove for most of the week.

That's just fine by me.

**********

By way of GraniteGrok comes this excellent way to start your morning: Five minutes of Lieutenant Colonel Allan West.


**********

Apparently there are a number of Dems who really don't like Lieutenant Colonel Allan West and are working hard to paint him as the anti-woman Congressional candidate.

The question is, is going after Allen West a smart strategy or a sign of Democrat desperation?

**********

Bogie keeps us up to date on the renovations taking place at the Bogie Estates. This week: new siding and new windows.

**********

This doesn't fill me with confidence in the federal government.

It appears our benevolent and ever expanding government didn't have any idea how many data centers it really has, underestimating the total by over a thousand.

If a thousand were ten percent of the total, that's one thing. But in this case their estimate was off by almost 50 percent (47.7%), with a July 2010 count revealing there are actually 2094 federal data centers.

This doesn't bode well for anyone claiming the government is capable or competent to handle anything, including running our lives.

**********

I have to agree with fellow New Hampshire resident P.J. O'Rourke on this one:

They hate our guts. And they're drunk on power.

They don't just hate our Republican, conservative, libertarian, strict constructionist, family values guts. They hate everybody's guts. And they hate everybody who has any. Democrats hate men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, the rich, the poor, and the middle class.

Democrats hate Democrats most of all. Witness the policies that Democrats have inflicted on their core constituencies, resulting in vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility. Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.

P.J. Also goes on to say this: "This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order."

And then some.....

(H/T Instapundit)

**********

Here's yet another example of Democrats telling us "Do as we say, not as we do."

While the President has been decrying the ability of corporations to donate money to political campaigns or pay for campaign ads through proxies, he's kept quiet about labor unions doing exactly the same thing.

Never mind that labor unions are, to all intents and purposes, no different from the very groups the President has been bashing. They are a business, despite what they may claim. The only difference? Labor unions unanimously support the Democrats. (Or at least the union leadership does. That's not necessarily true of the rank-and-file.) Therefore, they get a pass from the President, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the DNC. If the unions supported Republicans, you know darned well the union sponsored ads and campaign contributions would be condemned just as other corporate donations have been.

It's the double standard applied out in the open and publicly.

**********

Dr. Joy Bliss covers how the poor are different from both the non-poor and the poor of other countries. Some of it deals with the reasons for poverty:

Those without socialist ideologies know that poverty in America is often temporary, often by life-style choice, sometimes by bad luck, and often because of dysfunctional life choices and/or character flaws and mental disability and illness.

America's poor are significantly better off than the poor of other nations. In fact, many of our poor would be considered quite wealthy in other nations.

**********

Anthony Watts hosts guest blogger Thomas Fuller on what Fuller calls The League of 2.5.

Fuller makes one error that puts his entire post into question: using only 52 years of CO2 and temperature data to make his case.

As one of those engineering types who deals with data and data analysis on a regular basis, I can safely say that if I based any kind of 'trend' on such a tiny data set I'd quickly find myself called on the carpet, if not fired outright. When it comes to climate a 52 year, 100 year, or 200 year data set is far too small and should be considered a 'snapshot' at best. To get a better idea of an actual long term trend, the data set needs to span 1,000 or more years. (Even 400-some years of data would be far more indicative, something that is available via British Royal Navy logbooks dating back to the late 1500's.)

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

Thoughts On A Sunday

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
One of the first things on our To Do list today (after breakfast, of course) was re-arranging the living room and dining room in The Manse. This has been the third configuration since we moved in to The Manse five and half years ago.

The previous iteration had us swapping the living room and room locations, something that seemed to work a bit, but there were definitely downsides to the arrangement. Now we're back to the original arrangement, sort of, with the dining room back towards the rear of The Manse and the living room in the front. The one difference - we've reversed the original set up in the living room so the Official Weekend Pundit Entertainment Center is across from the the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove rather than beside it, kinda.

I know the feline members of the household have made known their displeasure by disappearing while we cleaned and moved and rearranged the furnishings. I don't know if they're perturbed by the actual change or because we didn't consult them first.

**********

It appears Bogie's been busy with work around the Bogie Estates.

She also had the good fortune to make the Roger Waters concert in Hartford, Connecticut. (If you're unfamiliar with Roger Waters, he was formerly with Pink Floyd and wrote most of the music and lyrics for The Wall.)

**********

If we need an example of how multiculturalism ultimately fails, all we have to do is look at Germany. At least the Germans admit it has failed and are no longer willing to put up with that touchy-feelie politically correct crap.

If we need any further examples, they abound: France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands come to mind.

Hopefully the same multi-culti crap will die a much deserved death here in the US as we can see it doesn't work here either.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

**********

Despite claims to the contrary, it appears the DCCC is abandoning incumbent Congressional Democrats in districts they see as lost in order to focus their efforts (and funds) on districts where they believe they are either a lock or stand a good chance of winning.

That ought to give comfort to those Democrats cut loose by their national party.

(H/T Pirate's Cove)

**********

It appears that a number of the people at tending Obama's MTV interview event were actors hired to fill seats and ask questions.

Turns out all the audience members who asked questions were actually actors who auditioned for their "roles" in the charade. They had to submit their questions at the audition so Obungler would know what they were going to ask and how to answer them, and they also had to state their political views, proving, yet again, that the dolt cannot do anything if it isn't scripted or can't be read off a TelePrompTer.

Talk about astroturf!

**********

Do you like to make friends and influence people? Then this isn't how you do it.

I'm sure anyone can influence advertisers by threatening them. Yeah, that always works.

**********

And that's the (abbreviated) news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the foliage colors have reached peak, the leaf peepers likewise, and where boats are quickly disappearing from the lake.

Thoughts On A Sunday

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
The fall weather has finally asserted itself, with freezing cold nights and cool, breezy days. Peak foliage is running behind schedule here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, but the cold nights should help speed up the change in colors a bit.

**********

The cooler weather hasn't required us to fire up the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove yet, but that time will be coming soon enough. For now setting the thermostat to 68°F when I come down in the morning and letting the furnace run for half an hour is all it takes to keep the house warm the rest of the day. Once the sun rises above the hill to our east the light floods into the dining and living rooms and the master bedroom upstairs, warming them enough to keep the house comfortable without the need to use either the furnace or woodstove.

That won't last much longer for once the much colder weather arrives we'll need the woodstove to keep things toasty warm. The only time we'll run the furnace is on those days or nights when it's below zero (the woodstove can't quite keep up when it's that cold out).

**********

US News & World Report's Mary Kate Cary says Obama's Rolling Stone proves he's arrogant and out of touch with the voters.

Well, yeah. We've known that for quite some time. Only now the MSM is catching on?

**********

As regulatory control increases on medical research and taxes will be imposed on the sale of medical technology by various provisions in ObamaCare, venture capitalists who would normally fund start-ups wishing to exploit the new technologies have decided the hassles aren't worth it and are putting their capital to use in other areas.

Gee, I seem to recall a number of people warned that the Law of Unintended Consequences would come into play and the effects would end up hurting all of us in the long run. If the VCs no longer see medical technology as a viable or desirable investment, much of the new technology won't be developed...or at least it won't be developed here.

Yeah, that ought to be a real boost to the economy and the health care industry.

**********

Oh, lordy, I remember these!

My mom had one and we would play with it from time to time. Of course today you'd need one that has tens and hundreds of dollars columns.

**********

If the idiots in Washington are wondering why there aren't more new jobs, then perhaps they should read this in order to get a clue.

(H/T BogieBlog)

**********

The Barrister has reposted some handy tips about surviving winter in New England.

I'm beginning to think I should dig out some posts of my own from the Weekend Pundit archives that deal with the same subject, though mine have a slightly different focus. But I'll wait a little longer before reposting them (after some updating). Look for them right around Thanksgiving, if not sooner.

**********

I have to agree with this statement made by the Redneck Tree-Hugger:

Barack Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in the last 100 years. Truly, he is the savior of America's future. He is the best thing ever.

Read the whole thing. Once you do, you'll also agree with him.

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

**********

Science? We don' need no stinkin' science!

That's true...if you don't mind sucking yet another $1 trillion out of the economy along with making 7 million more jobs disappear.

**********

Jay Tea deconstructs liberal beliefs, specifically in relation to law.

[M]any of today's liberals have a very bizarre notion on what "the law" is about, is for, and means.

--snip--

[S]o many of the left seem to think that simply passing a law makes a problem go away.

--snip--

Then wrap your head around this: it's also a tenet of the left that "bad" laws should just be ignored.

So, in effect, they want law to reflect what they believe to be right, even if that belief is momentary. Should we all follow that belief all we would have is anarchy. (Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch, but all we have to do is look at places where such belief is common, like Somalia. Anarchy has certainly made that place a paradise.)

**********

Gee, I feel safer already!

It turns out that President Obama's new National Security Adviser - Tom Donilon - really doesn't like the US military.

That's OK, because Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't like Donilon either, and for good reason.

According to Bob Woodward's new book, Obama's Wars, which has somehow gotten less attention at the Times than Woodward's Bush-era tomes, Gates described Donilon as clueless when it comes to the military and was deeply offended by the disrespect the former Fannie Mae lobbyist showed to senior military leadership.

The new National Security adviser was a lobbyist for Fannie Mae? For cryin' out loud, I have better qualifications than Donilon! At least I actually worked in the defense industry for 20 years!

That really gives me the warm and fuzzies.

**********

And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the leaf peepers have arrived in droves, the leaves still haven't reached peak, and where our boat will soon be coming out of the water.

Thoughts On A Sunday

| | Comments (1) | TrackBacks (0)
After all the wind and rain of Thursday and Friday, Saturday dawned a bright and brisk fall day. While it wasn't cold, it was slightly chilly in the morning, but it warmed up in the afternoon.

While we did lose power for a couple of hours Thursday night/early Friday morning, there was no damage to be seen around The Manse.

That suits me just fine.

**********

We haven't made it out on to the lake lately due to a mechanical problem with the Official Weekend Pundit Lake Winnipesaukee Runabout. It will run, but it won't go fast. We may take it out for a slow jaunt next weekend, but I have a feeling it will come out of the lake for the season just after then.

And just like that, the boating season will come to an end.

**********

Ron of I Remember JFK regales us with the history of the telephone.

I know I am dating myself when I say I remember having a party line when my family lived in Maine (1962-1964). For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a party line used a single phone circuit with two or more homes hooked up to it. Each home had its own distinctive ring pattern because the phones in all the homes sharing the line would ring at the same time. If I recall correctly ours was two short rings followed by one long ring. The party line was a means to keep the cost of providing phone service to rural areas to a minimum, but at times it was a big inconvenience when you had to wait for someone else to finish with their phone call before placing your own.

**********

For the first time this season I had to fire up the furnace.

It was in the 30's this morning, with the inside temp just above 60ºF at 8AM. So I went into the basement of The Manse, opened the gas valve and turned on the power to the furnace. Then I went back up the stairs and set the thermostat of 67ºF. Fifteen minutes later the chill was gone and the thermostat was cut back.

While BeezleBub and Deb thought a fire in the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove was a good idea, I didn't want to go to all the trouble knowing it would overheat The Manse. Since I was up well before they were this morning using the furnace won out over the woodstove.

**********

This idea ought to work just fine:

Tax all the millionaires and billionaires away.

That ought to make the economy as right as rain!

Yeah. Sure.

(H/T Instapundit)

**********

US freight rail traffic is up, so one has to wonder if new economic activity is driving freight volumes.

On the other hand, it was reported that trucking freight volumes are down. Could the increase in rail traffic be due to freight shipments being shifted from trucks to rail cars?

(H/T Maggie's Farm)

**********

Talk about the Law of Unintended Consequences coming into play!

If the EPA has its way, the cost of replacing a door in a home could balloon from ~$490 to over $2300.

WHAT. THE. HELL?!

Because of the remote possibility of lead being present in and around the area where a door is being replaced, the EPA has decided all kinds of new requirements will be imposed on anyone replacing said door.
Read The Whole Thing.

(H/T Pirate's Cove)

**********

If you need any more proof the One Nation rally was not all it was cracked up to be, all you need to do is look at the two photos in Cap'n Teach's post. The differences between the One Nation rally (the first photo) and Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally (the second photo) are striking.

Cap'n Teach also points us to Da TechGuy's comparison of the post-One Nation rally trash and that of the 9-12 rally a year ago. Our conclusion? Leftists are slobs. They don't know how to pick up after themselves and expect others to clean up for them.

Jay Tea also comments about the difference in attitudes between the attendees of the two rallies.

**********

Bogie gave notice to her employer last week and is moving on to something entirely different for her.

Good luck, Bogie!

**********

Red light cameras are bad enough. But now California wants to install stop sign cameras? Really? How much weirder can California possibly become?

**********

Glenn Reynolds writes about the Tea Party, its dominance in this election cycle, and why it's not going away any time soon.

I told you so.

On April 15, 2009, as the first nationwide wave of Tea Party protests broke out, I wrote: "What's most striking about the tea-party movement is that most of the organizers haven't ever organized, or even participated, in a protest rally before. General disgust has drawn a lot of people off the sidelines and into the political arena, and they are already planning for political action after today....

"This influx of new energy and new talent is likely to inject new life into small-government politics around the nation. The mainstream Republican Party still seems limp and disorganized. This grassroots effort may revitalize it. Or the tea-party movement may lead to a new third party that may replace the GOP, just as the GOP replaced the fractured and hapless Whigs."

Fast-forward to the present, and the Tea Party movement -- which didn't really exist until about the time I wrote those words -- is now the single most powerful political force in the nation.

Democratic and Republican politicians alike fear it, and increasing numbers of Americans (including, in recent months, increasing numbers of African-Americans according to a PJTV Tea Party tracking poll) identify with the Tea Party movement and say they are more likely to vote for candidates it supports, and less likely to vote for candidates it opposes.

If any political party becomes unresponsive to its supporters it doesn't survive. The GOP has been ignoring its base by pandering to the RINOs and alienating the very people they need. The Tea Party is a wake up call to the leadership, telling them to lead, follow, or get out of the way.

The Democrats aren't much better, ignoring the working men and women that have been their rank and file and falling under the sway of those who mouth the words but couldn't care one iota about average Americans.

Both parties are in danger of being swept aside if they don't start listening to the people they're supposed to serve.

**********

And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the foliage is taking on its fall colors, the leaf peepers have appeared, and where the local farms are still harvesting tomatoes!

New Finds

Expatriate New Englanders

Other Blogs We Like That Don't Fit Into Any One Category

Categories

Sitemeter

    -->
Powered by Movable Type 4.1