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.

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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.


The circus is in Washington….

September 20, 2018

and the Ringmaster is Pelosi.

Ever since she mentioned her ‘anonymous’ source politicians
and the media have gone crazy. I don’t care if it’s a delaying
tactic or not. Someone will be named to the open seat on the
Supreme Court during Trumps term in office.

The biggest hurdle the accusations face is that there are no
witnesses to the alleged incident. Without a witness it is a
case of she said he said. Either it happened as the woman
claims, she’s exaggerating what happened 30 years ago, or it just
didn’t happen.

I still fail to see the relevance to the nomination. The
accused has obviously straightened out his act and earned the
right to be nominated on his merits, or he got very good at
hiding his mistakes.

Isn’t it odd that said woman came forward and now a lady on the
media coverage of the non-event stated the accuser wasn’t given
enough time to prepare to talk to Senators? If you’re telling
the truth what do have to prepare? If you feel as strongly as
she claims the truth should make it easy.

Another piece of this puzzle has me muttering ‘Lord love a
duck!’. The accuser, from California, is now claiming she has
received death threats. I thought nobody liked Trump so who
would be making these threats?

It’s time to put up or shut up. Either you have proof beyond a
shadow of a doubt or you don’t. Looks like we’ll know soon
enough but this spending millions of dollars chasing down things
the can’t be proven is getting old.

With the mid-term elections coming up we’ll be hearing more on
this in campaigns regardless of how things turn out. It is sad
to see a group of adults who are supposed to enact our laws
acting like a bunch of spoiled school children.

Enjoy our Thursday as it is the first of a three-day run of ‘r’
days. Since I got up at zero dark thirty more coffee is in order.
Comments are always welcome.


Really?

September 17, 2018

First I will forewarn those among us who believe all they hear
on television news that the following may cause a raise in your
blood pressure and possibly righteous indignation. It was not
written to make light of a serious allegation but is my take on
what is alleged.

By now all of us have heard that a woman has come forward to
accuse the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in the early
1980s. We have heard the medias opinion of her version of events
and the nominees denial it occurred. But I noticed that the one
question that should have been asked is sorely missing.

Since I have never been a college age female and don’t know if
this sort of thing happens a lot I asked the wife. She was a
college age female at one time and assured me it had never
happened to her.

The big question should be; what the hell were you doing in a
bedroom with two young men, and at least one of whom was
intoxicated? When I was that age young ladies would accompany
young men to an empty bedroom for one purpose only. And no, I am
not trying to switch blame to the lady involved.

So many of these allegations have surfaced lately I’m beginning
to wonder if our country is being run by a bunch of horn dogs
and escapees from the asylum. Of course that’s on us because we
keep voting them back in.

At any rate, enjoy our Monday as we will.
Comments are always welcome.


SSDD

August 23, 2018

I watched a little bit of a media newscast and was quickly
reminded of why I don’t watch the news channels. I got the
impression said news channel believes Trump is the biggest
threat to our country, and the world.

But we have a news flash for them; they are no longer relevent.
A blind man could see their bias approach to the news. Instead
of reporting actual news they choose to recite their opinion of
it. And that’s ok. I have better things to do than watch a bunch
of over paid, legends in their minds, bigots try to change my
way of thinking.

So here’s what we think. Trump will be president for 4-8 years,
the same as those before him. Every election those running for
president have a list of problems they want to correct if
elected. And every time we see faces of the career politicians,
who hadn’t fixed said problems, voicing their opinions.

It is these career politicians who are the problem, not the
occupant of the White House at any given time. These same
Senators and Representatives, who have held office for decades,
don’t want the president telling the truth about them. I’d like
to see just one these people stand up and state they would vote
for term limits for themselves.

Perhaps it is time to drain the swamp and stop the Same Shit
Different Day mentality.

Enjoy our Thursday as we will. We have a few things to prepare
for our upcoming vacation and I need more coffee.
Comments are are always welcome.


What the?

July 17, 2018

I’ll forewarn the few Liberals who read this post that this
contains my opinion on sensitive matters which may offend
you. It is not meant to be racist, sexist, or part of a right
wing extremist campaign. If this opinion offends you, please
take a deep breath and find safe space elsewhere.

As some of us know new Medicare cards are being sent out and I
just got mine. Silly me, I assumed it would just be a copy of
the old card sent out because the paper card gets worn out in
billfolds. So I set the old card next to the new and they were
not the same.

The old card had name, Social Security number, what plans one
is eligible for, and when you signed up. The entire card was in
English. The new card no longer has my Social Security number,
that has been replaced with a slightly longer code with letters
and numbers.

And the new card is sub-titled in Spanish! With the new card
Name has been replaced with Name/Nombre and so on. Even the
cover letter from the Department of Health of Human Services is
bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

But the other piece of paper in the envelope really frosted my
tomato. Thinking this second sheet explained a little more about
the changes I was not a happy camper when I read the header
which stated ‘Help in other languages’. Huh?

Yes it appears you can call 1-800-MEDICARE and get help in
Armenian, Chinese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and
Vietnamese.

I may be old school, but this bugs me. If you have lived here
long enough to pay in for enough quarters to be eligible shouldn’t
you be speaking English anyway? No wonder there aren’t many cost
of living increases.

On top of being government run, which we know is not cost
effective, our government sees fit to hire interpreters in case
someone calls who doesn’t speak English? I’d keep my old all
English card but the number wouldn’t work anymore.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now for some coffee and a Snicker’s.