What do you think?

May 28, 2019

Have you heard of the LEGION Act that was introduced into Congress on February, 2019. LEGION stands for Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service, which may not be what you think. It is basically two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, that would allow almost all veterans to join the American Legion.

The government now recognizes:

World War I, April 6, 1917- November 11, 1918

World War II, December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946

Korean War, June 25, 1950- January 31, 1955

Vietnam War, February 28, 1961- May 7, 1975

Lebanon/Grenada August 24, 1982- July 31, 1984

Panama, December 20, 1989- January 31, 1990

Gulf War/War on Terrorism, August 2, 1990 to present

So now the legislators want to add over a dozen conflicts to the list to allow thousands more veterans to join veterans group they previously couldn’t. Membership has benefits, programming, and emotional support. Members of the American Legion and VFW seem to think it’s a good plan.

Some of the 12+ conflicts included in the bills are:

the Greek and Chinese civil wars

the Lebanon Crisis of 1958

the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961

and the Cold War 1947-1991

The Senate version of the LEGION Act is S. 504 and you can go to the link to read that bill.

The House version of the LEGION Act is H.R. 1641 and we have a link for that.

Not sure what the chances of the bills passing are but both are bipartisan bills. All that said I’m not for it or against it but it does sound like a grown up version of everyone who plays gets a trophy.

Enjoy our Tuesday as our basement is pumped out and ready for more rain later today. Now I need some Coffee.
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Changed plans

April 20, 2019

Earlier I was all sent to say something about the hub-bub surrounding the Mueller investigation, but when the wife came home she mentioned an ariticle online where a Washington state Senator had said that nurses in small rural hospitals probably spend most of their time playing cards.

After watching the video and reading the article I was amazed at this womans lack of knowledge on the subject. It reminded of what some people said when they came into the folks tavern and when I was self-employed. “It must be rough to be rich and work only when you want”.

I was also saddened that people with this little knowledge of something have the responsibility of enacting laws that directly affect this profession or any other for that matter. It would seem we do have the best lawmakers money can buy.

That being said I have no car in this race other than the fact that it was even said. My wife however is a nurse. I can’t count the number of times she’d pack a lunch only to bring it back home at the end of a shift because she didn’t have time to eat it. And I know that wasn’t because she playing cards.

The statement may have happened during a brain fart or an open mouth insert foot moment, yet still rubs me the wrong way. I don’t handle stupidity well. I will say that she has the right to say whatever she wants but should also be prepared for any fallout.

Enjoy our Saturday as it looks to be a good one here on the east coast of Iowa and I’ll try to get some more pictures if the opportunity arises. Now for some coffee and bacon.
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Interesting times

April 3, 2019

One wonders what the history books will have to say about our current decade. Gm bought out Tesla for billions, celebrities were caught buying their kids an entry to colleges, our Constitutional rights have been extended to things never mentioned or intended to be guaranteed, and some politicians have been outed as being a bit strange.

There are many more things that have happened to cause the average person to ponder where all this going. Companies have taken over other companies since there have been businesses, yet with many saying GM still owes our government over $11 billion buying Tesla for billions does raise some eyebrows.

And the uber rich celebrities trying to buy their kids entrance to exclusive schools shouldn’t shock anyone. But these people were onetime role models prove that the ability to make money doesn’t put one on higher moral ground. Instead of teaching their children to buckle down and get a solid education these people teach them anything can be bought.

We do have rights as Americans and until lately those have been etched in stone. Now one needs to check daily to see what the latest imagined rights are. If our legislators did their jobs, and upheld the Constitution as they swore under oath to do, we wouldn’t need updates.

Today if you get on one of the social sites there are memes that proclaim you were ‘Marked safe from Joe Biden’s sexual advances today’. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing but it makes one consider what future generations will think when historians come across such things.

It now appears if politicians aren’t deviants, haven’t risen to a level above their competence, or corrupt, they’re not trying. Some even admit to wanting more government instead of less. No wonder I like to take the camera and watch wildlife.

Enjoy our Wednesday and stay calm. Now for more coffee and some breakfast.
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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.
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Going off course

March 7, 2019

I find it ironic that members of Congress take an oath then many just forget or ignore what they swore to do while in office. This goes as follows:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

After taking this oath some quickly attack others along party lines, try to change said Constitution, and spend money with no regards of how to budget for it. For those who don’t know or care to forget, the right to own guns is in the second amendment of our Constitution. Many laws they pass are not.

Although it’s hard to tell in our current society, they work for us. For some odd reason many of them seem to think they are royalty or something. It’s a crying shame. The current bunch in office have spent more time and money trying to find something to use to get our president impeached.

One could go on but I have gone off course and will try again at a later date. Enjoy our Thursday as we will on the east coast of Iowa.
Now I’m going to fry up some bacon and have more coffee.
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Here we go again

February 25, 2019

The more I hear about Medicare for All the more I hope it never sees the light of day. The first thing that pops out is the huge cost of
this plan which would put everyone in America on this plan while ending Medicare, Medicade, Obamacare, and employer provided insurance.

This bill, introduced in 2017, would cover all medical costs from
doctor visits to surgery including mental health, dental and vision.
All this with no cost to the individual except a co-pay on prescriptions capped at $200 per year and possibly long-term care. The
cost for all this?

Estimates sit at around $2.5 to 3.2 trillion per year. It would essentially be a single payer system. I don’t know about everyone else, but I liked the insurance we had before Obamacare. This sounds like Obamacare on steroids and I dread to think of all the hidden taxes that would be buried in the bill.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who came up with the idea, claims costs would drop due to the bargaining power of the power of the government. Of course Sanders does have some ideas for new taxes to help with the cost. He would raise taxes on income over $250,000 and reach its peak at 52% for those whose incomes are above $10 million while redirecting around $2 trillion in government spending to the program.

And all this at no cost to us. No premiums, one small co-pay, what a
deal. No thanks. We’re not happy where our tax rate is now and if this goes through it would probably double. There are no free lunches and
this plan would be as far from free as one could get.

Enjoy our Monday. Now for some coffee before going back outside to get some sanity back in my life.
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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.

LRB101 04802 SLF 49811 b
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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.
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