Not really a rant

September 7, 2017

At one point in the history of this blog I used to rant on
Thursdays. That stopped because I found it harder to get mad
enough to do so. While I’m still not mad, let’s consider this
not really a rant.

As of Monday 1.4 million acres of our great country are on
fire in 8 states to our west. Montana is the hardest hit with
over 660,000 acres aflame. To get an idea what that looks like,
see footage of a satellite feed right here.

The states currently reporting large fires are California,
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and
Wyoming. Montana, California and Oregon have the most fire
activity. These fires are consuming more acres every day.

Of course some are blaming global climate change and all the
people with their cars. How about the media picking this up
and getting volunteers out there to help. These fires impact
the air quality of our country. Go to AirNow for the current
air quality conditions.

This is not a record setting year for fires either although
it is being compared to the fires of 1910. So, the fires aren’t
breaking any records, they are many and understaffed, and who
cares what the cause is. Wait until they’re out before you get
on your pulpit.

Even though I’m not watching big media news, I’m sure most of
this isn’t being aired and should be. And a big thank you to
the fire fighters, support crews, and volunteers who give their
time to fight these fires while sleeping in tents away from
your families. You are not paid enough.

We certainly hope those in Montana get a break and don’t have
to stay until the first good snow. Enjoy our thursday.
Comments are always welcome.

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No news for me

September 5, 2017

We do live in interesting times. And it seems odd to us that
at a time when we have over 1.1 million acres of forests on
fire out west, southern Texas recovering from a hurricane,
daily shootings in Chicago that rival war zone statistics, and
a law makers who can’t make any laws, the headlines we see are
how the first lady wore a heavenly dress paired with shoes made
by the devil to religious services yesterday.

Nothing about how understaffed and overworked the wildfire
firefighters are, no solutions to end the carnage in Chicago,
and no legislator saying ‘let’s do what’s right for America’.
There is something wrong with that picture.

The National Interagency Fire Center lists 78 large incidents
across 7 states as of yesterday. These can be anything from
fires to hurricane relief and the incidents are listed on the
map below. Click on the map to enlarge it.

Chicago has had 2,587 people shot so far this year that
resulted in 480 deaths. That breaks down to one person getting
shot every 2 minutes 18 seconds and one person shot and killed
every 12 hours 21 minutes.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we lost the sun at around 3 pm
yesterday and the sky turned yellow. Later, when the moon was
able to be seen, it looked almost blood red. We were told it
was because of the smoke from the wildfires out west while the
temperature outside dropped around 15 degrees.

Until such time as the media takes its responsibility seriously
I will no longer watch any news programs. I see it as a waste
of time and think instead of being uninformed, listening to the
media would leave me misinformed.

Enjoy our first tuesday of fall. Now I need to get another
gallon of coffee in me to get ready for sunrise and todays
chores.
Comments are always welcome.


What’s wrong with us?

August 31, 2017

Since the hurricane in Texas we’ve seen people of all races,
religions, and political beliefs helping other people of
different races, religions, and political beliefs. And instead
of the media covering the fact that when the going gets tough
none of that matters.

Instead of covering stories that could lift the spirit of our
nation the media chooses to focus on our first ladys shoes. Who
cares if she wore high heels at first and later switched to
tennis shoes once there.

Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers answered the call
for help. Supplies are being sent from across the country and
around the world as another storm of the century goes in the
record books.

Of course the criminal element has also been seen and yet it
couldn’t be any other way. We’re human and not everyone is
going to react the same way.

And silence from the groups who claim everyone other than them
is either racist, sexist, homophobes, or whatever while trying
to destroy things. No claims they are owed something or well
wishes for the victims.

All this begs the question; why can’t it be like that all the
time? Why can’t we unite as Americans and get things done as
Americans? I can remember a time it felt that and would like to
see it return.

Enjoy our thursday as we’re almost to a long weekend for some.
All this thinking made me hungry so I’m going find some bacon
and eggs and keep them company until it’s gone.
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Thoughts on the storm

August 29, 2017

While the sky here on the east coast of Iowa was so blue it
looked like you could swim in it, Texas is still getting hit
hard. Friends down there are taking the brunt of the storm but
safe, and family are far enough north to be safe.

What always amazes us at times like these is the fact thieves
and thugs don’t take the day off. Stories of break ins and the
Cajun Navy getting shot at while trying to help are almost
beyond belief. It makes one wonder if these criminals are just
that greedy, think it’s just another wonderful day in the
neighborhood, or see the storm as a career opportunity.

Blame is already being aimed at anyone who made a error in
judgement while alligators swim in front yards. The media is
jumping on the wagon too. We learned a long time ago that
hindsight is 20/20, and you hope for the best but prepare for
the worst. Instead of pointing fingers and playing the name
game why not go out and help?

So please give a nod to your God to look over Texas, if you
don’t believe in God keep them in your thoughts. and give a
donation to one of the agencies waiting to help if you can.
God bless Texas.
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Three problems

August 27, 2017

While the rain has put a damper on outdoor activities on the
east coast of Iowa news of all sorts has been filtering through
our daily lives. The storms in Texas, the nut job with the bowl
haircut firing a few missiles, and the Navy not being to
navigate friendly waters come to mind.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Texas, we can only
imagine the grief caused. We know the fact that help is on the
way is of little consequence to those hardest hit but there is
not much more to be said at this point.

North Korea fired off three missiles yesterday and a thinking
man has to wonder where the threat is. The first missile failed,
the second blew up shortly after being launched, and the third
missile failed. This means only one of two things.

Either they are dumber than bricks for trying the same thing
over and over, are they are intentionally firing off the duds
so others get complacent. I don’t like either of those options.

As I perused the Navy Times a story caught my eye and had me
staring at the monitor in disbelief. The headline was ‘Maybe
today’s Navy is just not very good at driving ships’. Huh?
Isn’t a Navy supposed to involve ships?

As I read the article I was concerned as the statement came
from a retired Navy Captain. First off, you don’t drive a ship.
A helmsman pilots the ship. Surface Warfare Officers don’t even
know the terminology? According to the retired captain ‘the
current generation of officers rising into command level
billets lacks the skills, training, education and experience
needed to operate effectively and safely at sea’.

This begs the question, who on the ship does have the skill to
operate the ship safely? 17 dead sailors this summer because
the ability to operate a ship in open seas is unknown to those
doing so? I’m glad my hitch occurred when we knew how to do it
safely and bring all hands back to port.

It may just be time to bring God back to the public. Enjoy
our Sunday, I’ll still be shaking my head tomorrow.
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Oldfart moment

August 9, 2017

Made it over to Dad’s today and had a nice talk. When I asked
him how he was feeling his was reply was he felt his age, and
he’s 92! So we talked about everything from Johnny Popper
tractors, to horses, to family.

I mentioned that the livestock barns were empty when we walked
through and he had an answer. He said it was empty because city
folk wouldn’t walk through because they didn’t have the sense to
walk around the cow patties or the time to complain to the fair
manager when they got some on their shoes.

If you think you’re having a bad day the picture below should
help you to a better mood. At a Concourse De Elegance, the owner
of this 1936 Delaheye drove his car on the viewing stand to get
an award, then it got crushed.

After I returned home I found out Country Classic Cars had a
big fire overnight. The 5-alarm fire broke out just after sunset
and nobody was hurt in the fire. This classic car dealership is
right off Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois. We hope they rebuild.

Oh yeah, the oldfart moment. As Dad and I were talking I heard
a phone ringing but Dad didn’t pick up the phone. So I asked him
if he was going to answer it. He said it wasn’t his phone and it
was then I remembered my cell phone sounded just like a home
phone. By the time I got the phone out of my pocket the caller
hung up.

Enjoy our wednesday and don’t worry about me. I now know what
the ringing noise is now.
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Don’t get squirrely

March 12, 2017

I’ve been told people really do get squirrely when there
is a full moon. Emergency Rooms are busy as are the jails. But
here we ask that if you’re driving and run across a convoy of
of trucks with trailers hauling round bales of hay to take a
deep breath and don’t fly into a rage because it might make you
a minute or two late.

These trucks, mostly heading south, are simply farmers and
ranchers helping farmers and ranchers affected by fires. Oh,
you say the local and national news channels haven’t mentioned
the fact that almost 2 million acres of agricultural land has
burned? These fires have destroyed ranch lands and multi-
generational farms. Some ranchers have lost 80% of their herds
and more animals continue to die as they lose the battle with
smoke inhalation and burns.

Hundreds of calves have been orphaned when their mothers
burned up leading them to safety. And people have died in these
fires trying to protect their livestock and property. So the
trucks are carrying the hay to help and comfort those who have
lost so much. Give them a thumbs up, a smile, or a wave. They
are only trying to help.

If you wish to donate, here is some help.

Read their newsletter here.

Or you can mail a donation to the following address:

WRCF Wildfire Relief Fund
408 SW 7th Ave
Amarillo, TX
79101

Or you can donate by calling:

(806) 374-9722

If you can’t donate, give them a prayer to help them through
this tragedy. And if don’t pray, at least keep them in your
thoughts.
Comments are always welcome.