A little rant

December 19, 2019

I’ve been confused the last few days and haven’t been doing what I
should be doing, including this post. Nothing has been written here
about the impeachment process but that was on purpose. Today I will
get into politics and mention a few things that have been bothering

Be forewarned that you may not like what is here if you are of a
certain political persuasion but it is still my opinion, laced with
a few facts, and not meant to be agreeable to all. If that thought
offends you it may be best if you stop by another day.

The kangaroo court impeachment process hasn’t been mentioned as I firmly believe it it isn’t going any further and will get voted down it the full Senate. The Democrats will keep looking for anything they feel will be worth trying it again away.

Now on the current batch of candidates running for president. If you
watch any television at all you have seen the commercials of those
who wish to be our next president. The majority of these drive me
crazy with the claims made.

Healthcare is not a right, free college is not a right, and we do
not live in a Democracy so nobody can harm it. And since when did it
become a crime to be a billionaire? Especially when it’s millionaires
running for office pointing it out. We don’t need more government or
silly laws, we need people in office who do what they swore they

The latest mistake made was the laws against vaping products to
protect our kids against the dangers of using the product. Laws that
were passed banned flavored vaping oils that the younger generation
seem to like.

Then comes news vaping use among our younger citizens is higher than ever and they choose marijuana based based products to vape. Excuse me, isn’t that the product the laws were supposed to stop?

I could go on but will end it there. Enjoy our Thursday as it means
we’re only dream away from Friday and the weekend. No I need more
coffee and a piece of leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Election wrap up and more critters

October 9, 2019

The “official” early results are in and nothing changed. With 19 absentee ballots left some are waiting to see if the gap widens in the Mayoral race. Eight votes separate second and third place candidates and that could be mean a recount. Meanwhile, below is a walk through yesterday complete with pictures.

This robin was perched at the very top of the old pine tree looking
south for who knows what. Think it can be safely said that he wasn’t
eyeballing the church.

Then he flew away and he was watched until he could no longer be seen by my old eyes. Just know he was making good time so must have been in a hurry to get somewhere.

The treetop was popular because as soon as the robin flew away a European starling took his place. This bird also looked around to the south before flying off. I waited for another bird to rule the roost but none showed up.

A little black squirrel managed to get across the yard without
attracting the notice of the feral kittens, evidently we feed them too
well for them to hunt.

Finally, after dark I ventured out to get a shot of the moon in the
chilly night. Had a short talk with the man in the moon who told me
it was colder up there than it is here.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Now for more coffee
before I head back outside.
Comments are always welcome.

Election results

October 8, 2019

The unofficial results of the primary election are as follows.

For Mayor-

Mike Madson got 2,157 votes (33.39%)

Rita Rawson got 1,478 votes (22.88%)

Don Portes got 1,470 vote (22.76%)

Elizabeth VanCamp got 567 votes (8.78%)

Steve Duffy got 424 votes (6.56%)

Dean Weber got 354 votes (5.48%)

There were 10 write-in votes.

To see all the results, go here.

In Ward 3, 4, and 5 the incumbents took first place.

The critters

October 7, 2019

Saw this bird flying in the clouds and it was in the haze so much I
couldn’t get a better picture. At first I thought it was a pelican but
after seeing the uploaded picture wasn’t sure what it is.

Then saw this little one hanging out on the gutter of a nearby home.
He kept looking around and seemed to be on guard duty. He sat there
for a quite a while before heading out to do bird things.

Not sure why this squirrel was jumping but hoped it was for joy. A
short time before he jumped he was digging for something. As I took
in his antics he just ignored the cats and myself.

While all that was going on this spider just slept in the web. Guess
I didn’t realize they slept at all but guess they have to some time.
Just thought they slept at night unless he had a rough night at a
spider bar.

Keep seeing bugs that are new to me. This one was sitting atop a fox
tail while it moved with the breeze. My getting a little closer didn’t
seem to bother it either. Whatever it is, it’s the first one I’ve seen.

If you live here in Davenport, we vote tomorrow. I believe it is to
narrow down the race for Mayor from six to two. I am correctable. At
any rate get out and vote for your candidate.

Enjoy our Monday as before we know it the weekend will be here. Now
I need more coffee before heading outside to see if any critters,
besides cats, are out and about.
Comments are always welcome.

What if?

September 3, 2019

We will forewarn those who are easily offended and believe all the politicians tell us, this post is not for you as it contains my opinion.

With so many presidential candidates campaigning on how they’d save us from global climate change wouldn’t it be ironic if the cause is not man made but caused by a shift in the Earth’s orbit? If true, and if the climate change is real, there isn’t anything anyone could do about it.

UC Santa Barbara geologist Lorraine Lisiecki found that
a change in the Earth’s orbital cycle affects the climate. But don’t
take our word for it, check out the Science Daily website from 2010
for the whole story.

So if there is no need for the candidates to save us from our evil ways, what would their solutions actually accomplish? I mean aside from separating us from more of our paycheck. As someone who has no desire in running for any office this seems crazier than most ideas that we’ve heard.

Just for the sake of being ornery, here’s a thought. If there is a
climate change going on, and if it’s caused by a change in our orbit,
it would make more sense to study how much of a change is coming.
Then prepare people for something that nobody can stop.

The staff of these politicians must sit up all night to think up
causes like this, and if they don’t we’d like to know what they’re
smoking. We’ll just be glad when the election is over so the daily
nonsense of the political circus returns.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now I go search of coffee and some
Comments are always welcome.

My take

June 26, 2019

We forewarn those who are liberals, progressives, or need safe rooms because their feelings are easily hurt, that this post is not for you. If you continue we take no responsibility if you can’t find a safe room with coloring books.

Tonight and tomorrow night NBC is covering the Great American Giveaway and Hate Trump Festival. By that I mean the debate amognst half of the Democrat candidates running for president at each event. We’ve all seen the talking heads interviewing the candidates.

I’m sure those who watch will hear how these people want to save our economy while I personally see nothing wrong with it. Candidates will talk about free Medicare for All, forgiving student loans, and other “free” things they want to give us. The only problem with that is, it isn’t free for all. Somebody has to pay for what others get for free.

These career politicians will mention what they’d do if elected because they can’t run on what they’ve done during their time as politicians besides getting rich. It may be amusing to watch but I’ll take a pass.

And I think president Trump will be mentioned along with things that happened years before some voters were even born. The audacity of Trump to run, and win, when he isn’t even one of them. Personally, that’s why I voted for him.

That’s my take on it, if you see things differently, that is your right. Enjoy our Wednesday as it means the weekend is that much closer.
Now for some coffee with bacon and eggs.
Comments are always welcome.

Here we go again

March 25, 2019

Well we know Trump didn’t rig the election now. Some of us knew it all along while others still cling to hopes of impeachment. Demands are being made by some members of Congress to see the entire report which they claim is their right.

If these same people spent as much time upholding the Constitution as they do trying to get rid of Trump our country could be a better place. We need not worry though as the talking heads some call reporters are all over it and are not shy when giving their opinions.

It does make one wonder what they are up to while displaying such public outrage. Trying to pass more gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens perhaps? This is getting old.

And how many Democrats are in the running to be the candidate to run against Trump in 2020? It should make for interesting times if one is interested in such things. It’s already funny. I find it amusing that a few I heard are running to better the economy.

What’s wrong with it now? And even I can see the problems with Medicare for all. And the automated calls are already starting asking who we’ll vote for. It would help if we knew who was running before we state we wouldn’t vote for them.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of rest of our lives. Now for some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

It’s over?

November 7, 2018

Now that the election is over we breathe a sigh of relief. No
more junk mail to fill our recycle bin, no more robo-calls to
distract us, and we can get back to business as usual. Or can

Watching the returns on TV last night on a liberal leaning
station was enough to last us until the next election but as we
were interested in a few local races we took more Advil and
soldiered on. We can now say that there were no surprises for
us locally or nationally

What did surprise us is how often the commentators mentioned
the 2020 campaign would kick off today. Noooooo! Give us mere
mortals a break. I almost got a brain bleed just listening to
the panel of “experts” for a few hours and I didn’t need to know

Sanders, Warren, and Biden were mentioned as possible
contenders and we noticed something. There was no mention of
Hillary Clinton among said contenders. They even mentioned a few
Republicans who may run against Trump.

Again, nooooo! It’s easy to see why it cost so much money to
run for office when the campaign rhetoric goes on for years. As
for me, I don’t care who’s running in 2020. I can wait until
2020 to find out.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we may snow on the ground tomorrow and
I hope we do. Now I need more coffee and Advil in preparation
for the announcements of who’s going to run for President in
Comments are always welcome.

Late edition

November 6, 2018

There was no dew on the grass this morning but it made for a
cool picture a few days ago. I woke up on the run and haven’t
had much of a chance to take a breather, until now.

Went over and had a good chat with Dad, voted, and got all the
chores I could remember done so can now take a break. Dad voted
absentee ballot earlier so he was all set and after my visit I
even straightened his flag pole.

He commented earlier how it reminded him of Iwa Jima. Now it’s
straighter and shouldn’t blow over if the wind keeps up. I will
make a permanent repair once the wind dies down.

And we voted at a different place as the old one closed up. It
must be a sign that we voted in a church. Someone is trying to
tell me I need more time in a pew. We’ll see how that works out
for everyone concerned.

We even had time for a bacon and egg breakfast so I’ll save
the leftover pizza for lunch. Later tonight, instead of
regularly scheduled programming, our local channels will cover
the election. We’re just glad we won’t have to watch any more
political ads for a while.

Finally, it has been gray skies here on the east coast of Iowa
and we hope that doesn’t turn into a trend. Veteran’s Day is
Sunday this year, 100 years since the end of WW 1. Our city has
proclaimed the 12th as the Veteran’s Day holiday but we’ll stick
with the 11th.

Enjoy our Tuesday, vote if you have a mind to, and enjoy the
rest of our day. Now for some coffee and some leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Almost over

November 5, 2018

Here on the east coast of Iowa we have gone from fall to late
fall in a heartbeat and might get snow later this week. And you
may heard we have an election tomorrow. With all the negative
ads this year we’ll be glad when this one is over.

We’ll still vote early, and often, but can’t get as excited as the
TV commentators. Speaking of which, yesterday I caught a few
sound bites from a few different shows and it almost destroyed
our TV. I wanted to throw my coffee mug through the screen.

The “hosts” proclaimed we had to vote Democrat to save our
democracy as I cringed listening to the educated idiots. We do
not live in a democracy, we live in a republic! There is a
difference. So for the people wailing that we may lose our
democracy we’ll explain the difference.

A republic is a form of government where citizens votes are
represented by elected officials in free elections and these
representatives write the laws. In a democracy it is a ‘rule of
the people’ and the majority dictates the law and the people
govern themselves.

We would vote for anyone who would promise to end political
robo-calls in their first term. Or least give us a way to opt
out of getting them. I doubt such a person exists. Yet we should
all get out and exercise our right to vote.

The weather guesser on a local TV channel has predicted we’ll
be in the 40s tomorrow, with 40 mph winds, so just bundle up when
you go the polls.

Enjoy our Monday as we all know what tomorrow is. Now for some
coffee and something for breakfast.
Comments are always welcome.