I love it when those who would rewrite history are hoist upon their own petard. It teaches them that first they should know what it is they're talking about, otherwise someone more knowledgeable about the particular part of history they want to rewrite will show them for the unthinking and lying bastards that they are.

Case in point, Jon Stewart's attempt to revise the history of the atom bomb and the decision to drop one on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stewart even goes so far to call Harry S Truman a war criminal. It's easy to do when you're 70 years past the event and have no actual frame of reference. It's also easy to lie about the facts surrounding the decision to use them.

Fortunately we have Bill Whittle around to show Stewart's accusations for what they are - a load of self-serving political crap.
A black man kills eight whites in a beverage warehouse in Manchester, Conn., as he was being fired when video repeatedly showed him stealing beer. It was 3 August 2010--five years ago today.

Like where I work, another Teamster shop, guns are not permitted, even locked away in an employee's vehicle. Yes, it was a gun-free zone. Very convenient for the prospective shooters.

Nothing to see here, unlike the Charleston, SC, church shooting, so move along, folks. This shooting caused less than a ripple in the culture. No flags have been torn down. No changes made that made this happen so easily.

I encourage you to read Dennis Prager's column at the time. Only black lives matter, apparently.

Thoughts On A Sunday

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The humidity fled from New Hampshire just in time for the weekend, making for wonderful weather. Deb and I attended to errands on Saturday, spending a good portion of the day out and about. I eschewed yard work on Saturday, not wanting to spoil and otherwise perfect day with something as mundane as yard work.

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Is this the first example of the unintended consequences of cocooning college students?

It appears a poor little snowflake has learned she doesn't set the JC Penney dress code.

It's now "unfair" to require employees to wear appropriate attire, I guess. Hey, perhaps she could purchase her own store and allow employees to wear whatever they want. BTW, in quite a few workplaces, men have it much tighter than women. We have to have our shirts tucked in, we have to wear shoes and socks, rather than sockless shoes and sandals, and often have to wear ties. So, cry me a river.

Welcome the real world, snowflake!

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This is something I've known for a long time: Organic agriculture is a con job.

For the most part 'organic' vegetables aren't any better or any healthier for you than those grown using modern techniques. One reason they're more expensive is because yields tend to be lower.

There's also the cachet of "organically grown, all natural" that appeals to food snobs. All it means is that it gives the snobs an excuse to pay more money for food that isn't better than what most of the rest of us buy at the local supermarket.

As I wrote once a long time ago, the label of 'organic' is a license to (legally) steal. Our friend Farmer Andy once exploited this by selling "organically grown, solar dried" firewood, charging more for it than his regular firewood.

The joke: All of the firewood he sold came from the same wood lot, same wood pile. All of his trees were organically grown, and once cut down, cut to length, split, and piled to dry...in the sun. Most firewood is just like that.

The bigger joke: He sold a lot of the more expensive firewood.

As the man once said, never underestimate human stupidity.

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It seems the example the American Left has used as a model to promote socialism here - that being Sweden - overlooked one huge factor that doesn't exist here in the US that allowed it to succeed there as long as it did. That factor: a homogeneous culture.

American culture can in no way, shape, or form be considered homogeneous. That has been both one of our greatest strengths and one of our weaknesses.

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A lexicon of nonsense, indeed.

A few of my favorites:

Philosophical = Using evidence and experience to create a well-thought out opinion on a matter of policy, culture, etc. = Whatever I believe

Ideological = Stubbornly sticking to a viewpoint, regardless of the facts = Whatever people who disagree with me believe

Free (via government) = Stuff other people will pay for, or that you'll pay for in a way you may not realize

Compromise = Demanding that conservatives cave on beliefs

Read the whole thing.

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Stephen Moore writes about the demise of the small American bank.

This is something I knew would happen after that awful piece of crap known as Dodd-Frank passed. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank knew exactly what they were doing when they pushed their bill through Congress, following the orders of their Wall Street 'contributors' to ensure only the Too Big To Fail banks would benefit while their smaller competitors would be crushed by new regulations created by Dodd's and Frank's legislation.

This is yet another example of crony capitalism perpetrated by members of the very party who always say they're against it...until their corporate masters give them their orders to support it.

The hypocrisy runs deep in the Democrat Party.

The GOP isn't much better.

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On of my favorite media guys, John Stossel, informs us that the EPA is no longer an independent, science-based government agency, but a rogue organization governed by zealots who have no interest in facts, evidence, court decisions, or science.

These days the EPA is nothing but a government funded branch of the radical tree-huggers who so hate humans that everything they do is aimed solely at preventing anything we humans want to do even if the benefits far outweigh any of the negatives, no matter how minuscule they are.

It's time to clean house at the EPA and remove the bought-and-paid-for bureaucrats that have done more damage to our nation than any of the so-called polluters they're trying to destroy.

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Call it a flashback to the bad old days of the Soviet Union.

One of the regular activities many Soviet citizens partook of on a regular basis was called "standing on line." The old joke back then went something like this:

"Excuse me comrade, is this the line for the store that has no bread?"

"No. This is the line for the store that has no shoes."

Flash forward to 2015 and we can see that particular activity has now made an appearance in Venezuela and for exactly the same reason: socialism.

Of course I expect the Maduro government is still blaming the Yanqui Imperialists for the failure of socialism rather than socialism's built-in fatal flaws.

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Lawrence Mayo takes a look at what it is that is really dividing us, more accurately defining the political battle lines that exist. They aren't what you think they are.

Many people are under the mistaken impression that the political battle lines in America are Democrats vs. Republicans. Some even erroneously believe the battle lines are Liberal vs. Conservative.

But if you wish to understand modern politics in our country -- if you want to make sense of the seemingly-irrational behaviors of both parties -- consider the reality that the battle lines are actually Elitists vs. The People.

Yeah, I'd say that pretty well sums it up. Read the whole thing.

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It's bad enough that Title IX is being used for purposes for which it was never intended. Some are arguing it should be expanded to cover even more, and not by legislation but by fiat. It's being twisted from its original intent, to ban sexual discrimination, and being used to institute sexual discrimination. That no one amongst the Powers-That-Be sees a problem with this is frightening. That it is now violating the Fourteenth Amendment and will increasingly do so is being willfully ignored.

At this rate it I expect we'll soon see a proposal to expand it well outside its original intent and be applied throughout our entire society. I also expect the MSM and the Progressives will embrace that expansion with open arms. Then again they've never really been fans of the Constitution, have they?

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To quote Inigo Montoya, "You use that word a lot. I do not think it means what you think it means."

The word? "Holistic."

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You might be a liberal if....

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And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summerfolk are enjoying the weather, the ice cream is tasting better every day, and where work during the week intrudes upon or recreation time.
An admirable list has been compiled in The Guardian newspaper by Robert McCrum. I'd have included A Confederacy of Dunces and Pride and Prejudice in the top ten. But it's a good list, especially as it gets to the best of the best.
Dana Casey tells us how she came to realize she was a conservative even though she grew up in a "union household and surrounded by progressive peers."

It wasn't an overnight realization, but one she came to after years of observing her friends and family, no longer being able to reconcile the hypocrisy of their words and actions.

Her first big exposure to that hypocrisy? Food.

I remember some of the students sitting around one afternoon talking about the beauty of Native Americans and their respect for nature, recounting that, when the natives killed an animal, they first prayed to thank gods, ancestors, or perhaps the animal itself. My schoolmates talked about how the natives honored the animal they had killed by using every part, wasting none: the meat for food, the skin for clothes, the bones for tools and jewelry, the sinew for bindings and cords, and the hooves for rattles and bells. I could feel the awe this inspired in my fellow classmates. They felt enlightened, that a truth was revealed.

The next morning, I brought a scrapple sandwich to school for breakfast. A friend, who was indeed wearing a calico skirt with long johns and work boots (although no deodorant) leaned over to me and asked, "What 'cha eating?"

"Scrapple," I replied.

"Eww! That's disgusting! Do you know what they put in that stuff?" Thus the Scrapple Theory was born to me at the tender age of 16.

For those of you who are not familiar with scrapple, it is corn meal, ground pork, and spices baked in a loaf pan, cooled, sliced, and fried in butter. It is often eaten with catsup, a nice sweet contrast to the peppery spiciness. It is a true American specialty of the Pennsylvania Dutch. It was originally made from "scraps" of pork (i.e., scrapple) left over from butchering that could not be sold or used elsewhere, in order to avoid waste!

....According to my schoolmates, Native Americans who "honor" an animal by using all of its parts are noble human beings in touch with nature. However, a good German peasant (from whom the Pennsylvania Dutch originated) who makes use of the entire animal is abhorrent and disgusting. This scrapple sandwich epiphany was one of my first observations of ubiquitous liberal progressive hypocrisy.

Such was her first experience with Progressive Hypocrisy, where if it came from Western Civilization it is automatically bad, but if it comes from some place other than that, it's good. This is despite the same philosophy being applied to the same action. But wait, it gets worse!

I would read books like J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye," Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," and Carlos Castaneda's "The Teachings of Don Juan," expecting the illuminating awakenings my friends professed, but the books always fell flat. I just didn't get it. I wondered what was wrong with me. It turns out that there was little to get. The books were crap.

But I also read the theology of C.S. Lewis and George McDonald, the fiction of Ayn Rand and Elizabeth Gouge, the classics like "The Histories" by Herodotus, "Confessions" by Augustine, and the philosophies and plays of the ancient Greeks and Shakespeare. And my faith was strong; it was a constant, and I went through bouts of church-going that irritated my liberal friends to no end. They actually said to me, "How can someone as intelligent as you believe in nonsense like that, especially Catholic dogma?" Ironically, they believed in runes, tarot cards, psychics, the supernatural, séances, auras, and every other idiot mystical fad that came around.

New Age was in. That "old style religion" was out, even though the New Age stuff was really ancient. It was merely repackaged as something else. This also crossed over into failed political ideologies.

Socialism was the 'religion' of the enlightened Progressives. It would make everyone equal. But as more than a few 'experiments' in socialism proved, it failed to meet the needs of the people and eventually failed, collapsing from within due to self-inflicted wounds. But that hasn't stopped today's Progressives from wanting to try that experiment again because, after all, they're much smarter and better informed than those who went before them...or so they believe. But they aren't. If anything, they are even less well informed because what they know isn't knowledge, but indoctrination. It is dogma, not to be questioned and adhered to even if reality proves it is a false belief.

I started to see that liberal policies rewarded poor choices, while penalizing those who worked hard, didn't get pregnant as a teen, and were responsible for taking care of oneself. It really ticked me off. Little by little, I was starting to see that liberalism was hypocritical and destructive while conservatism actually promoted individual freedom, self-reliance, laws applied equally and fairly to each individual, and limited government. These were ideas I thought liberals, particularly hippie-type liberals, actually believed. I was mistaken.

And there's the crux of the matter. "Liberal policies rewarded poor choices." Why? Because poor choices mean more people become dependent upon government, specifically government run by the Progressive Liberal elite who enabled these people to make those poor choices and not suffer the consequences. After all, beggars are easier to please. Free and independent men and women, not so much. Some of that is because they don't want anything from government other than to be left alone, something the Progressives hate because it means they can't easily control them through bribery or threats to withhold their largess, that largess gained by taking it from the people who actually created it.

Is it any wonder Ms. Casey has discovered the hypocrisy of the Left and wants nothing to do with it?

Welcome home, Dana.
You decide. I've long been on the mania camp, following a book I read by Russell Lewis arguing precisely that. It came out in 1988 and 243 other people read it.

So a recorded conversation from eight years ago by a former professional wrestler in which the N-word is reportedly used, causes headlines for days. Blacks use the same word on a daily basis for different meanings, from "buddy" to low-class fellow blacks.

In the Daily Beast on 27 July 2015, however, the prominent (black) linguist John McWhorter argues the former position, saying it springs from a flawed religious perspective. You betcha. Whites worry too much about blacks, are too patronizing. Ever heard of affirmative action?

But surrogate religions usually are. As Dennis Prager argues, when people abandon traditional religion, they'll believe anything, paraphrasing G. K. Chesterton.

In a 2007 column, responding to a secular progressive New York Times correspondent's book siding with secular Europe over religious America, Prager writes:

Timbuktu, the Movie

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A 2014 movie--I'm not even sure it's not a documentary, the acting is effortless and natural--Timbuktu, in the various languages of French, Arabic, and whatever the Tuareg people speak has left me in awe of its director, Abderrahmane Sissako, who also co-wrote the script with Kessen Tall.

I checked it out of the Laconia, NH, library. Do yourself a favor and learn about people coping with a jihadi takeover and familial love in a profound way and do a inter-library loan and watch it. It's tremendous!
The assault against our Second Amendment rights continue, much driven by emotion-based arguments not backed up facts, evidence, or a modicum of truth.

The best response to them from those of us who understand the issue of law-abiding citizens being able to defend themselves: "Screw You!"

It's not exactly a traditional argument, but it's certainly appropriate here. The fact is that there is no point in arguing with liberal gun-control advocates because their argument is never in good faith. They slander gun owners as murderers. They lie about their ultimate aim, which is to ban and confiscate all privately owned weapons. And they adopt a pose of reasonability, yet their position is not susceptible to change because of evidence, facts or law. None of those matter - they already have their conclusion. This has to do with power - their power.

You can't argue with someone who is lying about his position or whose position is not based upon reason. You can talk all day about how crime has diminished where concealed carry is allowed, while it flourishes in Democrat blue cities where gun control is tightest. You can point to statistics showing that law-abiding citizens who carry legally are exponentially less likely to commit gun crimes than other people. You can cite examples of armed citizens protecting themselves and their communities with guns. You can offer government statistics showing how the typical American is at many times greater risk of death from an automobile crash, a fall, or poisoning than from murder by gun.

But none of that matters, because this debate is not about facts. It's about power. The liberal anti-gun narrative is not aimed at creating the best public policy but at disarming citizens the liberal elite looks down upon - and for whom weapons represent their last-ditch ability to respond to liberal overreach.

Put simply, liberal elitists don't like the fact that, at the end of the day, an armed citizenry can tell them, "No."

And we can back that "no" up with our arms. If they persist, the next to the last sound they'll hear is a slide or bolt being pulled back to chamber a round, and they know it. All the more reason to make sure we exercise and defend our rights to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. Goodness knows they won't.

I Love You, Charlie

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I find out about this incredible story today on the John Batchelor Show. It was also covered several years ago in the New York Post with the publication of a book, A Higher Call by Adam Makos. This true stuff is so crazy you couldn't make this up--it would be too unbelievable.

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.

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