Insanity on steroids

February 11, 2016

paine

A good friend stopped by for a chat, and since we are around
the same age, we got to talking about the fact that we both
believe our country has gone insane.

We grew up during the 50s and 60s so we have seen what change
looks like, but noticed something peculiar. Those who were our
parents in the 50s have gotten old or have died off. We who
enjoyed in childhood in the 50s are now in positions of power.

In the 60s we saw the peace movement whose mantra was “Make
love not war”. It also ushered in protests with signs that
said “Don’t trust anyone over 30!”, “Question authority!”,
and “Down with establishment!”. Cops were called pigs and the
military wasn’t to be trusted.

These same people, now gray-hairs like myself, are now saying
“Big government is our friend!”, “Obey the government or you
are a racist, sexist, domestic terrorist!”. Yet the police and
military, who can do nothing to fix what said government has
broken, are still the enemy.

Many say the problem lies with rich white people, which
confuses us because almost all the candidates running for
president are rich white people. The government who has
armed drug cartels and terrorists is now to be blindly
followed and their word taken as gospel.

We have a group of black protesters, funded by an ex-
Nazi sympathizer who is an admitted socialist while Islam
is being taught to our children in school after God was
booted out. The believers see nothing wrong with that
picture while those of us who disagree are the problem?
Sounds like insanity to us.
Comments are always welcome.


Surprise, surprise

February 10, 2016

The end is near to another great day here on the east
coast of Iowa. And although it is cold outside the
furnace is working perfect since I had to operate on
it the other day.

When I went out to start the car so the wife could go
to work tonight there was a surprise on the doorstep.

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I’d like to thank Todd and Ronnie for thinking of us
around Valentine’s Day. We’ll wait until the actual
day to open them up and gobble up the goodies as I
have enough Snicker’s to last me until then.

If they rang the doorbell, I didn’t hear it. I was in
the basement “cleaning” and got to day dreaming so I
wouldn’t have heard a truck hit the house. Sorry we
missed you.

Being a borderline pack rat I have a real problem
with tossing things in the trash. I thought I had the
majority of my tools in the garage but it turns out I
could build a car with the tools in the basement. But
the basement is a good alternative to the unheated
garage in the winter.

I’ll be back there again tomorrow doing what I should
have done today. But that’s ok, it’s job security.
Comments are always welcome.


Racing to conclusions

February 9, 2016

Yesterday we mentioned the EPA wants to severely limit
production cars that can be made into race cars and
eliminate some parts used. We feel this move proves
that those in leadership roles have risen above
their competency.

drag1

Every form of racing has influenced the major
manufacturers in ways that would surprise some and
we’ll mention a few here. Things on our daily drivers
that have been taken from race cars include the basic
design of the engine and where the ignition switch
is placed.

The Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) is common in today’s cars
yet came from Formula 1 racing. The push button
ignition got its start in many forms of racing.

The suspension of our cars have a racing heritage
with either multi-link or MacPherson struts.

Racing has even influenced how the tires on our cars
are made. The grooves in the tread push water away to
give us better traction and sportier versions may have
less grooves to give more contact on dry roads.

Disc brakes were refined on race cars before becoming
standard on production cars.

Engine air intakes (scoops) had their start in racing.

Aerodynamic styling and the use of wind tunnel
testing is another race technology that made the
mainstream.

Weight reduction. Race cars are light which allows
them to go faster and the car manufacturers utilized
light weight materials to help with fuel efficiency.
Carbon fiber and aluminum come to mind.

The rearview mirror that lets us miss the car in our
blindspot got its start in racing.

Magnesium (mag) wheels are now standard equipment on
some models in the showrooms.

Superchargers and Turbochargers got tweeked in racing
and the technology is still used on some cars today.

Alternative fuels were used in race cars long before
greenhouse gases became a political hotbed.

Even the seatbelts most of use on a daily basis got
their start in race cars. Some say Barney Oilfield had
the first set in his Indycar in 1922.

And if there was no racing these innovations may not
be around today. The EPA should butt out.
Comments are always welcome.


The rabbit hole

February 8, 2016

There are days we feel like we’re a character in
Alice In Wonderland. Things just get too strange for
explanation and are so weird you can’t make it up.

fired

If you are a member of SEMA SAN you may already know
this, but now comes news the EPA wants to ban turning
most street licensed vehicles into a race car and ban
some of the parts needed to do so.

SEMA SAN is an organization that fights senseless
legislation as it applies to the car hobby. The EPA
proposal is called “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel
Efficiency Standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Engines
and Vehicles-Phase 2”.

Just goes to show the insane are running the asylum.
When the Clean Air Act was passed it was not intended
to extend to our vehicles modified for racing, yet the
EPA sees fit to try and override the intent of
Congress. Final regulations are expected to be
published in 2018.

So Washington has taken God out of schools,
been trying to take our guns, started the ridiculous
Politically Correct movement, brought Common Core into
our schools, have limited our free speech, and now
they want our cars?

Stop shipping the bull, ban the phrase “greenhouse
gas emissions”, and start telling the truth.
Comments are always welcome.


Like fishing in a pothole

February 7, 2016

1fisherman

There are times when I think being a politician must
be fishing in a pothole. You look like you’re doing
something, you could spend a lot of time doing it, and
you could claim you tried when the day is done.

Case in point is the current city councils approach
to our 2017 budget. Plans have been made, options are
plentiful, and we suppose they may even end up with a
balanced budget. But we can’t follow the thinking.

The city transit fund is $500,000 in the red and to
fix it talking heads have said we’d reduce 15 routes
to 10 in an effort to save money. That makes sense.
But the very next thing said leaves us scratching our
head.

Adding an hour to the bus schedule each weekday and
running on Sundays would raise revenue. Huh? It we
heard correctly people pay $1 to ride the bus while we
taxpayers subsidize that at a rate of $4.50 per rider.
So doesn’t the longer hours mean we taxpayers would be
paying more if more people use the bus?

Then the talking heads said they also want to build
another bus hub on the north end of town to ease the
burden on the bus station downtown. It would seem we
got rid of the old tax and spend mayor only to elect
another tax and spend mayor.

We have no car in this race other than that we pay
taxes. The last time I rode a bus was when I was in
the Navy. I didn’t like it then and I can’t see much
that would change my mind now. But we do think raising
fees is not the answer.

Then today, with all that going on, our furnace began
to sound like a helicopter taking off when it kicked
on. So I went downstairs to investigate, and said
furnace was running like a Swiss watch. But I noticed
the exhaust flue that ran from atop the heat exchanger
to the chimney had fallen off.

CO2 was being pumped right into our basement instead
of up the chimney. After a run to the hardware store
for 4 inch flue pipe and a couple elbows the problem
was fixed and our basement aired out. Perhaps I should
look for my fishing pole?
Comments are always welcome.


Sunday snicker

February 6, 2016

st_peter

Another friend shared a joke so we’ll pass it along.
—————————————-

Let Us Pray…
Give me a sense of humour, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humour out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.
—————————————–

There once was a religious young woman who went to
Confession.

Upon entering the confessional, she said, ‘Forgive me,
Father, for I have sinned.’

The priest said, ‘Confess your sins and be forgiven.’

The young woman said, ‘Last night my boyfriend made
mad passionate love to me seven times.’

The priest thought long and hard and then said, ‘Squeeze
seven lemons into a glass and then drink the juice.’

The young woman asked, ‘Will this cleanse me of my sins?’

The priest said, ‘No, but it will wipe that smile off of
your face.’
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Comments are always welcome.


Legislators in La-La Land

February 5, 2016

1w

On December 16, 2015, Democrats introduced H.R. 4269.
It is called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 and its
full title is “To regulate assault weapons, to ensure
that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited,
and for other purposes.

What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t they get?
This bill has been introduced as we mentioned, which
is the first step in the process. It would have to be
reported on by a committee, passed in the House,
passed in the Senate and then signed by the president
to become law.

This bill has 125 cosponsors and has went to the
House Judiciary committee for crime, terrorism,
Homeland security and investigations. No votes have
been taken on this measure, yet.

Our country has a problem with electing people who
swear to uphold the Constitution only to have said
elected people trample on the document. And we then
re-elect the people!

Some of us may say it would make them feel safer if
these weapons were banned, and a different group
would believe it isn’t important because it doesn’t
effect them. And they would be wrong.

If the citizens don’t wake up pretty soon and say
not only no, but hell no, we won’t have any rights
left to protect. That is our take on it, you’re
welcome to yours.
Comments are always welcome.


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