Remember…

December 7, 2018

On this date 77 years ago Pearl Harbor was attacked and after
just 90 minutes 2,386 American servicemen died and 1,139 were
injured. Although few are left that were there that day we
cannot forget them.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

Today is the day most of us have turkey and all the trimmings
while many loosen their belts in the aftermath. And it’s a day
for giving as people volunteer to help feed the less fortunate.
We hope all have many reasons to be thankful.

That being said, it’s also a day that ‘Blue Velvet’ keeps
playing in my mind as a reminder of what happened on this date
in 1963. Those old enough to remember know what they were doing
when the news came that President John F. Kennedy had been shot
and killed in Dallas.

In my case, I was lining up a shot on the pool table when they
cut off Blue Velvet playing on the bakelite AM radio to announce
that the president had been shot. Getting to a TV we watched a
mass of crying people gathered to await news on the presidents
condition and the nationwide sadness when news came he had died.

We had our Thanksgiving yesterday due the wifes work schedule
and took the turkey and trimmings over to her moms house to
enjoy and said meal tasted every bit as good as if we had it
today. We can still have the same today because there’s always
leftovers.

Finally, I’m sorry we didn’t get a longer visit Keith. You rang
the doorbell just as were getting ready to load the car and
leave for our early Thanksgiving.

So everyone enjoy Thanksgiving as we will. Now I have to refill
my coffee cup as somebody drained it.
Comments are always welcome.


Thanksgiving thoughts

November 21, 2018

The day started and when the tv was turned on the local weather
person said “It’s likely we’ll see accumulating snow somewhere
in the Mid-west”. Coffee shot out my nose! So much for
‘pin point accuracy’.

And happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t heard, it’s tomorrow.
The Easter Beagle will be busy hiding Easter eggs under the
tables and before we know it turkey with all the trimmings,
or pizza, will be on the tables. Of course after all is
said and done, have Black Friday after that.

Black Friday is one event I never understood. People stand in
long lines in the early morning hours to await the opening of
first store on their list then race all over town to other
stores to fight the crowds and get a deal. If it is you thing,
more power to you. I’ll be the one with a coffee cup in my hand
that isn’t there.

Friday is also a full moon night. Called the Full Beaver Moon
and also the Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, and Waking Moon.
We’re told the Chinese call it the White Moon and yet, if we do
get snow Friday we probably won’t be seeing it here on the east
coast of Iowa.

And of course Saturday is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. If
you don’t feel you have a unique talent you could always use the
day to rest up from the Thanksgiving feast and the Black Friday
rush. Or just have another cup of coffee.

Enjoy our Wednesday and the upcoming holiday. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Happy National Farmer’s Day

October 12, 2018

The basement is now dry and I just got the pilot light lit on
the water heater so I came upstairs to get this post out only to
find our computer crashed! Gotta laugh with those odds. Then I
remembered today is National Farmer’s Day.

National Farmer’s Day is in honor of hardworking farmers all
across our great land. We still find it amazing that only 2% of
of our population feeds all of us. So give them a thought on
their day and support local farmers year round.

Supporting local farmers is easy. Some have roadside stands so
we can buy their goods, farmers markets are getting popular, and
some grocery stores are selling produce, meat, eggs, and milk
from local farms.

With that in mind, this is going to be a short post as now we
have to get our running done before breakfast then some chores.
Enjoy our Friday, and National Farmer’s Day. Now I need more
coffee to make it through the morning.
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While some were sleeping

September 28, 2018

We’re not going to comment on the current workings of our
lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Instead we wish to focus on an
event that took place during another administration. So let’s
see if we can make sense of something that makes no sense to us.

In September of 2013 the worlds largest hog farm and pork
processor in the world, Virginia based Smithfield Foods was
bought by Shuanghui International Holdings. Shuanghui is the
biggest meat processor in China. And the Obama administration
condoned the sale.

At the time concern about a Chinese company controlling a major
U.S. meat supplier was voiced and the administration downplayed
said concerns. If you haven’t heard of Smithfield perhaps you’ve
heard of Farmland, Armour, John Morrell, Kretschmar, Curly’s,
Carando, Cook’s, Margherita, Gwaltney or Healthy Ones.

The above mentioned firms are the brands Smithfield products
are sold as. The meat stays here and is processed here yet the
profits go to the Chinese company. Said foreign company now
controls nearly all the bacon, sausage, and ham sold in our
country and owns 25% of all pigs in America.

So here’s what bothers us. In 2005 the United States Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) was $13 trillion and was six times bigger
than China’s GDP that year. If we fast forward to 2017 our GDP is
only 1.6 times larger than China. At this rate China is expected
to beat our numbers by 2029.

And if we look at purchasing Power Parity (PPP), China is
already ahead of us as of 2015. For the last 140 years America
has had the biggest economy but that may not last much longer.
There is more to the story and we’ll finish it next week. This
is one segment of a growing problem for us and the future of our
country.

We’ll leave it at that and you can draw your own conclusions.
For now, enjoy our Friday as here on the east coast of Iowa it’s
going to get chilly tonight.
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Stand or kneel?

September 15, 2018

It would seem that multi-millionaire football players kneeling
during the National Anthum has a lot of people worked up. My
personal thought is that we Veterans served for the rights of
all, including the stupid.

But I didn’t feel I had it quite right and turned to the recent
words of Kirstie Ennis, and retired USMC Sgt who lost a leg when
her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Here is how she feels
about it in her own words-

In case you wondered where I stand… pun intended —— ????

“I stand to honor the promise the flag represents.
You kneel because that promise has been broken.

I stand to affirm my belief that all are created equal,
and to fight alongside you for that promise.
You kneel because too few stand with you.

I stand because we can be better.
You kneel to remind us to be better.

I stand to honor all that have fought and died so that
we may be free.
You kneel because not all of us are.

I stand because I can. BECAUSE I STILL CAN.
You kneel for those who can’t.

I stand to defend your right to kneel.
You kneel to defend my right to stand.

I stand because I love this country.
You kneel because you love it too.”
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Well said Sgt. Ennis.
Enjoy our Saturday, it’s the only one we get this
week. Now for more coffee and whatever I can round
up for breakfast.
Comments are always welcome.


Remember

September 11, 2018

Today is the anniversary of the attack that united our nation
in outrage at the attackers and the need to help those affected.
We hope that during your busy day you could set aside the time
to observe a moment of silence.

We remember where we were when the news broke, in my case I was
hanging quarter panels on a 54′ Chevy when the coverage started.
Everyone gathered around the TV in the shop and not a lot of
work got done.
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A lot of work did get done around here and the yard is looking
much better than when we got home. I also started on my office
and if you’ve ever been in it you know it needs de-cluttering.
I keep mementos from car shows, car manufactures, various other
products I like, and more.

So much got done that I treated us to a fresh hot pizza from
a pizza joint. This always causes a problem as either we’re
getting older or the pizzas are getting bigger. We used to have
a lot less leftovers. Fine with us though as saved pizza is as
good as fresh.

Today I will go visit Dad for the first time since we got home
and see how he’s doing. I’ve heard some rumors but don’t put much
faith in them until I check things out myself. We picked up
some goodies for him on the trip, have pictures he can have, and
I will bring the doughnuts.

So enjoy our Tuesday as we will munching on cold pizza. Now I
need some hot coffee.
Comments are always welcome.