Inmates running the asylum

February 4, 2019

Turn out the lights, the party is over. Perhaps you’ve heard
there is a bill before the 101st General Assembly in the state
of Illinois creating the offense of parental bullying? Here is
a little about that bill:

101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
HB0181

Introduced , by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:

720 ILCS 5/12C-75 new
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of parental bullying. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a minor commits parental bullying when he or she knowingly and with the intent to discipline, embarrass, or alter the behavior of the minor, transmits any verbal or visual message that the parent or legal guardian reasonably believes would coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to the minor. Provides that parental bullying is a petty offense. Provides that if a person is convicted of parental bullying, the court shall order that person to pay for the costs of prosecution and that a portion of any fine imposed, as determined by the court, be placed in escrow for the purchase of a certificate of deposit for use by the victim when he or she attains 18 years of age.

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So if this passes, parents in Illinois will be fined if they
disipline their children? And what could possibly go wrong with
the government running he show? I didn’t read all of proposal
but what I read seemed to indicate that offenders would not have
the children removed from their home but be fined by the court
with a portion of said fine going into an escrow account for the
‘victim’ when they turn 18 years old.

IL HB 1769 doesn’t sound like anything I could get behind.

We don’t have a car in this race as we don’t live in Illinois
but have to say STOP! We don’t need government micro-managing
our lives and we certainly don’t need them running our families.

Enjoy our Monday as we get ready for a cold front bringing
freezing rain here on the east coast of Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.

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Confusing times

January 10, 2019

As the sun was setting yesterday I got to thinking about things
going on in our country. News programs don’t get the truth out,
politicians don’t legislate, and it feels like most are easily
offended if you don’t agree with them.

It seems odd to this oldfart, who can remember when opposing
political parties could be civil to each other and reach an
agreement that was a compromise of what they really wanted yet
still good for our country.

Now politics appears more like a war than the meeting of great
minds. And while is getting done all are getting paid while
not doing their job and tell us hard they’re working for us.
We don’t know where this is heading but it has to stop.

One has to wonder how different things would be if our silly
politicians didn’t get paid during these shutdowns and were not
paid after it’s over for time spent doing nothing but slinging
insults at those who disagree with their version of the truth.

If one looks at some polls on building the wall a majority of
us say they are actually for the wall, but not at the cost of a
government shutdown. Yet polls of border enforcement agency
employees overwhelmingly believe it is necessary, and now. We
may do a post on just these polls later.

It may be time to change the laws so we can elect monkeys to
run our country as some of us feel the monkeys couldn’t make
things any worse.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’re 10 days into our new year. Now I
need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Bound to happen

January 4, 2019

We forewarn you that if you are thin-skinned, have a safe room,
or take a progressive view on life, you may find this offensive.
That was not our intention although there are those among us
who are easily offended. This is just a confused old farts
opinion of current affairs.

After taking my meds and having a few cups of coffee I turned
on the TV to listen to the news. Since the wife was still
sleeping I began arguing with said TV news. A couple of things
mentioned had me saying Lord love a duck!

A California drivers license now has 3 options under sex? I
always believed, and still do, that there are only two. Either
male and female or yes or no. Turns out California deemed it
wise to add non-binary to the list.

I didn’t even know what the what is. So I looked it up. This
is what one site said “The gender binary, also referred to as
gender binarism (sometimes shortened to just binarism) is the
classification of the sex and gender into two distinct, opposite
and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine.”

Needless to say no further reading was required on my part. If
it takes that many words to say that little I’ll remain in the
dark.

Another thing about the new California drivers license is that
they are now real IDs. Iowa has had the real IDs for a while now
and I wonder what they thought the prior drivers license were.
As someone who remembers drivers license without the bad photo
on the front I’ve come to the conclusion our country has gone
nuts.

It seems our government has taken the old adage to heart, “If
you can’t dazzle them brilliance baffle them with bullshit”.
What’s wrong with keeping it simple? It was bound to happen
yet still a surprise.

Now I need more coffee before heading out to run errands.
Comments are always welcome.


Of steam engines and cell phones

December 28, 2018

Yesterday was one of those days I about had to beat myself up
to get moving. Everything hurt, my brain was disconnected, and
my body said ‘oh hell no!’ to anything that involved movement.
Not sure what the problem was but hopefully it’s just part of
getting older.

This morning I was thinking of Sprint Corporation for no
apparent reason and discovered something I did not know. You may
know that Sprint is a telecommunications company that provides
internet and cell phone services. But did you know its roots
can be traced back to a railroad?

The Brown Telephone Company and the Southern Pacific Railroad
are both said to be origins of Sprint. Brown Telephone began in
1899 to give phone service to rural areas in Abilene, Kansas
and was started by Cleyson Brown.

The Southern Pacific Railroad was founded in the 1860s as a
subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Company. The company operated
thousands of miles of track and the telegraph wire which ran
alongside the track. In the 1970s the company was looking for
ways to use these lines for long distance calling.

This spawned several lawsuits between the company, AT&T, and
the FCC. Prior attempts to offer long distance calling wasn’t
approved by the FCC so the railroad used a loophole that would
allow a fax service called SpeedFAX.

Southern Pacific Communications came up with a new name to
tell the difference between the switched voice service from
SpeedFAX and came up with SPRINT. This stood for Southern
Pacific Railroad Internal Network Telecommunications.

In 1982 GTE Corporation bought the telephone operation from
Southern Pacific. In 1992 Uninet (United Telecom Data) bought
enough of the Company to acquire the original company and in
1992 United Telecom officially changed its name to Sprint
Corporation. And that’s my story.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend has begun. As soon as I have
another cup of coffee before getting busy doing what should have
been done yesterday.
Comments are always welcome.


A few thoughts

December 12, 2018

During lunch with the wife yesterday we caught part of the
meeting between our president and two Democrats that didn’t go
well. It’s always amusing to us when the media catches up to
these politicians after such an event.

Old phrases keep popping back up and this time was no
exception. The incoming speaker of the House stated that we
would have transparency once she was seated. Seems like the last
time we heard that phrase we also heard they had to pass the
bill so we could know what was in it.

There were more but us mere mortals can only take so much so
we watched Christmas carols on another TV set in the Bar and
Grille we were enjoying pizza and coffee at. As I looked around
the place it seemed everyone else was watching the Christmas
videos and not glued to the set carrying the politicians press
conference.

We think things will get interesting when the new/old bunch of
politicians take over. And since a lot of these politicians are
legends in their own minds are sure they’ll tell us about it
whether we want to hear it our not.

One thing that would be nice is if any statement that came out
their mouths were at least based on the truth. Can’t ask them
to follow the Constitution as that went out a long time ago.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday as we will as soon I get some
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Big rig recalls

December 6, 2018

Services for Bush 41 are over, the CEO of GM should finish with
the committee today, and our Mayor has announced he won’t seek
reelection. So we’ll talk of something else that affects us all.
At least all of us who drive or are driven.

We’re all familiar with recalls but a recent group of recalls
has us rethinking things. At least 3 recalls on semi tractors
could be a basis for a Steven King novel, but in this case it
is fact. Yes, the trucks themselves are at fault or at least the
parts used to assemble them.

The largest recall is the Freightliner Cascadia manufactured
between May 17, 2016, and November 5, 2018. The airbags in these
trucks could deploy unexpectedly, which could cause a crash. If
you have one of these, Daimler Trucks North America will tell
the owners of the defects starting January 9, 2019. Dealers will
then fix the problem. This recall involves about 3,000 trucks.

Also, around 1,600 Kenworth and Peterbilt owners will be
notified starting February 19, 2019, of the recall for missing
reflex reflectors which could cause a crash. The recall will be
for certain 2013-2019 Kenworth T 680 and T 880 and Peterbilt
579 trucks. Dealers will install the missing reflectors at that
time.

Finally, the Mack and Volvo truck recall will begin December
21, 2018. This recalls involves the 2019 Mack Granite (GR),
(LR), and TerraPro (TE) trucks and 2019 Volvo VNL and VHD
trucks. Just over 900 trucks are in the recall that say the
sidewall steel body cords of the tires might be exposed which
can cause rapid tire air loss and increase the risk of a
crash.

These tractors, when coupled with a loaded trailer can’t stop
as quick as a car so give them some room on the open road. Enjoy
the rest of our Thursday as you can smell the weekend from here.
Now for some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Truth is stranger than fiction

November 15, 2018

If you have not yet heard of ‘Medicare for all’ we believe you
will, and often, leading up to the 2020 election. Bernie Sanders
mentions the subject on his website and is considered the man
behind the plan. He states on the site that “health care must
be recognized as a right, not a privilege.”
In 2017

Senator Sanders introduced S.1804-Medicare for All Act of
2017 to the Senate on September 13th. It has been read twice
and sent to the Committee on Finance Action by the Senate.

Medicare spending totaled $710 billion in 2017. Mr. Sanders
version, if passed, would cost an estimated $2.4 trillion a year
and is estimated to add $32.6 trillion to our debt over the
first 10 years of its start.

This bill would also end employer funded insurance which would
affect over 156 million people who get their insurance this way
and they will be forced on a single-payer system with government
panels deciding which treatments will be covered.

This would also affect private practices, clinics, and hospitals
as they could be co-opted into a government run system. All of
this would cost money, but we needn’t worry about that. Since
there are only two ways to pay for such a program: reduce the
spending or increase taxes, you can guess which way that will
go.

Don’t worry, Bernie has that figured out too. He’s just going
to call for a ton of new taxes to pay for it. Like higher taxes
for the rich and middle-income families, and new taxes on
businesses.

We hope this bill never sees the House floor. Health care is
not a right, complicating the process doesn’t help anyone, and
new and higher taxes would be a blight on our economy.

Enjoy our Thursday. Here on the east coast of Iowa the sun is
out so we’ll enjoy it. Now for some coffee and perhaps a pizza
for brunch.
Comments are always welcome.