It’s a conspiracy

September 12, 2017

The drive by media is biased, local print media is left
leaning, and I believe I’ve uncovered an insidious plot to get
us God loving, gun toting conservatives to give up. Not our
beliefs, just where we get our news.

Case in point: you probably know newspapers are using a
different ink than in the papers of my youth. But as an affront
to us older subscribers I think they’re making the print smaller,
and thus harder, for us bifocal wearing oldfarts to read.

Yesterday as I perused our local paper I was confused by an
ad on an inside page. The wife noticed my confusion and asked
what the problem was. But whe I looked at the ad again, the
ad changed! I could have sworn the ad was for Naked Pizza.

That could turn into every parents nightmare if a child saw
it and asked what a naked pizza is. But when I looked again
the print had changed to Baked Pasta! A hologram? Magic? An
oldfart who hadn’t had enough coffee yet to comprehend?

So I told the wife, hey I’m only 66 years old and I shouldn’t
be having these kinds of problems yet. She explained that I
can’t hear out of one ear, my knee goes out more than I do, my
back constantly hurts, and my hands cramp up. So what is so bad
about one more little problem?

It doesn’t seem bad to a person younger in better health but
once we reach a certain age we want less, not more glitches.
At this rate I’ll be making myself a cane soon. So I am
once again going to man up and admit the paper has once
more changed to a smaller print size.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now I go in search of some leftover pizza
to fill a need. At least I can still remember where we keep
the pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


No news for me

September 5, 2017

We do live in interesting times. And it seems odd to us that
at a time when we have over 1.1 million acres of forests on
fire out west, southern Texas recovering from a hurricane,
daily shootings in Chicago that rival war zone statistics, and
a law makers who can’t make any laws, the headlines we see are
how the first lady wore a heavenly dress paired with shoes made
by the devil to religious services yesterday.

Nothing about how understaffed and overworked the wildfire
firefighters are, no solutions to end the carnage in Chicago,
and no legislator saying ‘let’s do what’s right for America’.
There is something wrong with that picture.

The National Interagency Fire Center lists 78 large incidents
across 7 states as of yesterday. These can be anything from
fires to hurricane relief and the incidents are listed on the
map below. Click on the map to enlarge it.

Chicago has had 2,587 people shot so far this year that
resulted in 480 deaths. That breaks down to one person getting
shot every 2 minutes 18 seconds and one person shot and killed
every 12 hours 21 minutes.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we lost the sun at around 3 pm
yesterday and the sky turned yellow. Later, when the moon was
able to be seen, it looked almost blood red. We were told it
was because of the smoke from the wildfires out west while the
temperature outside dropped around 15 degrees.

Until such time as the media takes its responsibility seriously
I will no longer watch any news programs. I see it as a waste
of time and think instead of being uninformed, listening to the
media would leave me misinformed.

Enjoy our first tuesday of fall. Now I need to get another
gallon of coffee in me to get ready for sunrise and todays
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What’s wrong with us?

August 31, 2017

Since the hurricane in Texas we’ve seen people of all races,
religions, and political beliefs helping other people of
different races, religions, and political beliefs. And instead
of the media covering the fact that when the going gets tough
none of that matters.

Instead of covering stories that could lift the spirit of our
nation the media chooses to focus on our first ladys shoes. Who
cares if she wore high heels at first and later switched to
tennis shoes once there.

Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers answered the call
for help. Supplies are being sent from across the country and
around the world as another storm of the century goes in the
record books.

Of course the criminal element has also been seen and yet it
couldn’t be any other way. We’re human and not everyone is
going to react the same way.

And silence from the groups who claim everyone other than them
is either racist, sexist, homophobes, or whatever while trying
to destroy things. No claims they are owed something or well
wishes for the victims.

All this begs the question; why can’t it be like that all the
time? Why can’t we unite as Americans and get things done as
Americans? I can remember a time it felt that and would like to
see it return.

Enjoy our thursday as we’re almost to a long weekend for some.
All this thinking made me hungry so I’m going find some bacon
and eggs and keep them company until it’s gone.
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Of tough shrubs and critters

August 30, 2017

I’ve put the chores on hold to get this out and stop the
bleeding since I look like I was in a bare knuckle brawl with a
bobcat. Who’d think bushes have tougher thorns than roses? Well
these did. And this happens every time I trim that same bush.
Makes one wonder if somebody makes work gloves with long Kevlar
arm pieces attached.

The moon last night looked like it needed a friend so while
spending time with that I missed out on some sleep. But the
moon said he felt better after our chat and so did I.

Although we haven’t seen the feral cat and her kittens in a
few days the bowl of food we set out gets empty by later in the
day so they must still stop by. If the chores ever get done I
spend a little time trying to figure it out.

At least the winged critters show up daily to roost in the
trees and eat the bird seed we put out for them while somehow
managing to look majestic in their poses.

And we had a new visitor today that I don’t remember seeing
around before. The antenna on this creature look like something
out of a sci-fi flick to me. Not sure if the critter is a moth,
a butterfly, or an alien who just landed, but it is different
from what usually spot.

It was pretty small but also looked mad about something.
Perhaps it should phone home. Enjoy our wednesday as in a few
more days the weekend will be here. Since I’ve had my pizza
it’s time to clean the wounds, smother them with iodine, and
find the band-aids.

Pleas keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers.
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Thoughts on the storm

August 29, 2017

While the sky here on the east coast of Iowa was so blue it
looked like you could swim in it, Texas is still getting hit
hard. Friends down there are taking the brunt of the storm but
safe, and family are far enough north to be safe.

What always amazes us at times like these is the fact thieves
and thugs don’t take the day off. Stories of break ins and the
Cajun Navy getting shot at while trying to help are almost
beyond belief. It makes one wonder if these criminals are just
that greedy, think it’s just another wonderful day in the
neighborhood, or see the storm as a career opportunity.

Blame is already being aimed at anyone who made a error in
judgement while alligators swim in front yards. The media is
jumping on the wagon too. We learned a long time ago that
hindsight is 20/20, and you hope for the best but prepare for
the worst. Instead of pointing fingers and playing the name
game why not go out and help?

So please give a nod to your God to look over Texas, if you
don’t believe in God keep them in your thoughts. and give a
donation to one of the agencies waiting to help if you can.
God bless Texas.
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Three problems

August 27, 2017

While the rain has put a damper on outdoor activities on the
east coast of Iowa news of all sorts has been filtering through
our daily lives. The storms in Texas, the nut job with the bowl
haircut firing a few missiles, and the Navy not being to
navigate friendly waters come to mind.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Texas, we can only
imagine the grief caused. We know the fact that help is on the
way is of little consequence to those hardest hit but there is
not much more to be said at this point.

North Korea fired off three missiles yesterday and a thinking
man has to wonder where the threat is. The first missile failed,
the second blew up shortly after being launched, and the third
missile failed. This means only one of two things.

Either they are dumber than bricks for trying the same thing
over and over, are they are intentionally firing off the duds
so others get complacent. I don’t like either of those options.

As I perused the Navy Times a story caught my eye and had me
staring at the monitor in disbelief. The headline was ‘Maybe
today’s Navy is just not very good at driving ships’. Huh?
Isn’t a Navy supposed to involve ships?

As I read the article I was concerned as the statement came
from a retired Navy Captain. First off, you don’t drive a ship.
A helmsman pilots the ship. Surface Warfare Officers don’t even
know the terminology? According to the retired captain ‘the
current generation of officers rising into command level
billets lacks the skills, training, education and experience
needed to operate effectively and safely at sea’.

This begs the question, who on the ship does have the skill to
operate the ship safely? 17 dead sailors this summer because
the ability to operate a ship in open seas is unknown to those
doing so? I’m glad my hitch occurred when we knew how to do it
safely and bring all hands back to port.

It may just be time to bring God back to the public. Enjoy
our Sunday, I’ll still be shaking my head tomorrow.
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McHale’s Navy?

August 21, 2017

My brother called Saturday and asked if I could give him a
hand with a plumbing problem over at Dad’s. Between both of us
we wouldn’t make a decent plumbers apprentice but figured two
heads are better than one.

While diagnosing the problem we talked about how there seem
to be more helicopters crashing and ship collisions than when
we were in. When we finished and after visiting with Dad, he
went his way and we went to a car show. Then yesterday came
news of another collision of a Navy ship and a merchant vessel.

Picture by US Department of Defense, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James Vazquez – United States Department of Defense, Public Domain

The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker
in Asian waters at around 06:30 am. But how does the lookout,
radar, and sonar miss a 600 foot long tanker? In the aftermath
10 sailors are missing and 5 were injured. A search and
rescue was ongoing when I read this in Stars & Stripes.

None of the injured sailors have life threatening injuries
and the destroyer is heading to Changi Naval Base in Singapore
under its own power. To read the entire article, go here.

The USS John S McCain, DDG-56 is an Arleigh Burke-class guided
missile destroyer with 4 GE LM2500-30 gas turbines putting out a
combined 100,000 hp and a top speed of 30 knots with a range of
4,400 miles at 20 knots. It has a crew of around 300. I can
think of no reason why this should have happened. We hope
questions get answers and solutions are found.

We’ll leave it there as my cup is dry and the pizza oven is
begging to be filled. Enjoy our monday and be careful watching
the eclipse.
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