Surfing the Southside - Hatteras Island. Photo by Zog

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October in Hatteras

There's no place I'd rather be in October than Hatteras Island

Here's one I rode on a light wind day:

Undisclosed location on the East side.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

78 Degrees & Good Wind in December

The Winter Solstice weekend was good to us.  We had temps in the 70s and a nice SW wind on Jordan lake.  The 138L/6.5 combination was perfect today.  Some nice long planing runs in the extended gusts.  we had about 7 sailors today.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Boardriding Behind a Boat

BR58 carving a retro mid-80's original Skurfer

Brother Tom lip sliding a modern symmetrical wakeboard.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bermuda High in Hatteras

It was a great weekend on Hatteras Island for board sailing.  Solid 25-30 mph winds for 2 days in a row.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Harkers Island - Core Sound and Emerald Isle - Bogue Sound

Sailed from Shell Point on Harkers Island for the first time.  SW wind.  Nice to sail with Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the background.  104 Liter board and 5.8 sail.

First time sailing Bogue Sound.  First Street on Emerald Isle.  Wind was light but it was a beautiful day to be on the water.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Deficit Hawks Down

Deficit Hawks Down

Paul Krugman explains the real reasons behind the deficit scolds absurd obsession with the deficit.
Some are just economically ignorant (Simpson and Bowels come to mind).  Others in bad faith want to use an economic crisis to cut popular safety net programs so they can give more tax cuts to the wealthy (con artist Paul Ryan and other republicans come to mind).

Friday, December 28, 2012

The G.O.P.'s Existential Crisis

We are not having a debt crisis.

No, what we’re having is a political crisis, born of the fact that one of our two great political parties has reached the end of a 30-year road. The modern Republican Party’s grand, radical agenda lies in ruins — but the party doesn’t know how to deal with that failure, and it retains enough power to do immense damage as it strikes out in frustration.

Since the 1970s, the Republican Party has fallen increasingly under the influence of radical ideologues, whose goal is nothing less than the elimination of the welfare state — that is, the whole legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. From the beginning, however, these ideologues have had a big problem: The programs they want to kill are very popular. Americans may nod their heads when you attack big government in the abstract, but they strongly support Social Security, Medicare, and even Medicaid.

And look at where we are now in terms of the welfare state: far from killing it, Republicans now have to watch as Mr. Obama implements the biggest expansion of social insurance since the creation of Medicare.

So Republicans have suffered more than an election defeat, they’ve seen the collapse of a decades-long project. And with their grandiose goals now out of reach, they literally have no idea what they want — hence their inability to make specific demands.

It’s a dangerous situation. The G.O.P. is lost and rudderless, bitter and angry, but it still controls the House and, therefore, retains the ability to do a lot of harm, as it lashes out in the death throes of the conservative dream.

Monday, December 24, 2012

When Prophecy Fails

When Prophecy Fails

The key thing we need to understand, however, is that the prophets of fiscal disaster, no matter how respectable they may seem, are at this point effectively members of a doomsday cult. They are emotionally and professionally committed to the belief that fiscal crisis lurks just around the corner, and they will hold to their belief no matter how many corners we turn without encountering that crisis.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Why Republicans Can't Propose Spending Cuts

Why Republicans Can't Propose Spending Cuts Republicans think government spending is huge, but they can’t really identify ways they want to solve that problem, because government spending is not really huge. That is to say, on top of an ideological gulf between the two parties, we have an epistemological gulf. The Republican understanding of government spending is based on hazy, abstract notions that don’t match reality and can’t be translated into a workable program.