Thank you

March 22, 2017

It’s National Agriculture Day today. We find it amazing that
1.5% of our population work in agriculture, but manage to
produce enough food for all of us.

A big thank you to all the farmers, ranchers and others. If
you’ve ever walked the rows or sampled a salt lick, you know
who you are. We think you should have your own month.
Comments are always welcome.


Racists? Really?

March 15, 2017

The Stand Your Ground bill has passed to the Iowa House and
the anti-gun group is going to need a safe space. During the
public speaking speaking segment in our capitol, activists were
vocal. They claim gun owners will shoot people in the street,
their children will be shot because they’re the black kids who
wear hoodies, and worse.

Some have even gone so far as to call Stand Your Ground a
modern day lynching bill. And they are welcome to their opinion
on the subject. One comment, however, sticks in my craw. No
name was given to the person who made the comment that
offends me but they said the only people who want the Stand
Your Ground are ‘white, redneck, racists.’

Merriam-Webster describes a redneck as: a white member of the
Southern rural laboring class.

I will not apologize for being born white, or the fact that
I am a redneck. I AM offended being called a ‘racist’. I don’t
have a racist bone in my body, I don’t hate anyone, and
I don’t know any racists personally. That would make you the
racist.

About 10% of the population of Iowa are concealed carry permit
holders now. We went through this when Iowa changed from may
issue to shall issue. When that bill was being discussed the
same people protested and stated that we would have blood
running in our streets if it passed.

You brought the whole dog and pony show to the Capital, and
when it passed, nothing happened. If you feel safe without a
firearm, that is your right. You do not have the right to try
and take mine away or tell me how I can use it.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. We won’t have another one
until next week. And now, I hear a herd of tacos calling to
me. I may just have to have a dozen or so.
Comments are always welcome.


Thoughts on the weather

March 14, 2017

For a change it was fun watching the local morning news today
as they stumbled over commenting how everyone was surprised
that the weather forecast was so far off. The talking heads
that give their opinion said the snow is done during last
nights broadcast and I woke up to an additional inch of fluffy
white love from above covering everything that had been swept,
shoveled, or had melted yesterday.

A person can listen to news broadcast of the day locally but
as sure as God made little green apples the weather is going to
do whatever it wants. Evidently the people who do these
programs forget the weather doesn’t watch their channel.

Warnings were given about possible black ice later when the
sun goes down and the temperatures drop back to single digits.
At first I think, “how dumb do they think we are?’ Then I
remember the amusing times watching people trying to get their
cars up the hill out front. For a reason I could never figure
out some of these drivers seem to think flooring the gas pedal
will get them up the hill.

When I went over to Dads this morning a broom was thrown in
the trunk so I could sweep his sidewalks, porches, and the
driveway. When finished I went in for chat and we talked about
2 cylinder John Deere tractors. Of course he had to throw in
that they used have to walk six miles, uphill, through snow
drifts taller than they were to get to school.

So all in all, it has been a great day here on the east coast
of Iowa. Our thoughts are with those in the northeast who may
get hit with a couple feet of snow and high winds. Enjoy the
rest of our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.


We live in interesting times

March 2, 2017

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An old saying goes “Politicians and diapers must be changed
often, and for the same reason.” Some say Mark Twain coined
the phrase, others insist it was Jose Maria De Eca De Queiroz.
Regardless of who came up with it, we agree.

We didn’t watch President Trumps speech but couldn’t avoid
the fallout from the major news fabricating companies who lean
to the left. For instance, the wife likes to watch the Today
Show and I usually tune it out as I consider it more of a talk
show than a news program.

The day after the speech I did pay attention when Matt Lauer
stated that “Mister” Trump gave a speech last night. I don’t
remember Obama ever being called “Mister” on that program when
he was in office. But I digress.

During the speech some of the Democrats in attendance wore
white in protest of the right to life movement that our new
president seems to endorse. That’s their right. Some didn’t
stand and applaud during the standing ovation for fallen
Navy Seal Ryan Owens and his widow Carryn. That is also their
right.

Yet I find it ironic that Owens died protecting their right
to do so and they didn’t have the common decency, or class,
to at least stand. We wouldn’t include Pelosi or Franken in
this bunch as Franken did stand during the second ovation and
Pelosi probably didn’t even know where she was.

Instead of wearing matching outfits like a pre-school class
on graduation day, or sitting in protest, why not try doing
your jobs and at least try to find some common ground. Pouting
doesn’t look professional.

Then here in Iowa we have a bill moving through the
statehouse awaiting passage so the governor can sign it. The
bill includes stand your ground, Constitutional carry, and
lowering the age you can teach your children to shoot.
This is a case of be careful what you wish for.

We would welcome the bill, as originally written. However,
the stand your ground portion has been diluted to a point it
is basically worthless. If the bill, as now amended, passes
a gun owner could be charged with a crime and open to a
lawsuit from the criminals estate.

When confronted about the changes that weaken the bill one
law-maker stated it was a mistake. We cannot allow such
mistakes to happen. The bill should be passed as written.

That’s why I don’t follow politics as closely as I used to.
Now, since it’s a beautiful day outside I’m going to work up
an appetite with of the goal of consuming 2 pizzas today. We
hope you enjoy our first Thursday in March.
Comments are always welcome.


Pet peeves

February 24, 2017

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I’ve mentioned a few of my pet peeves in earlier posts and
thought it time to mention a few more. Some involve my dislike
of putting any of my business out in the street while still
others have to do with my inability to deal with stupid
people.

Not long ago our tax preparers called to inform us our taxes
were done and that they would need out driver’s license
number, date of issue, and date of expiration as they couldn’t
file our taxes without them. The IRS wants to cut down on
identity theft? How about catching the criminals stealing
the checks instead of putting the burden on us.

And we know the clerks in grocery stores work hard, are told
by management what to say, and could lose their job if they
don’t do as told, but around here is a greeting that drives me
buggy. As we put our groceries on the belt the cashier always
asks “Did you find everything okay?”

We smile and reply yes but I really want to say that I didn’t
find the 2x6s or an HEI coil! It’s a grocery store, the cart
was full of groceries; what could we have possibly missed? It
can get as aggravating as looking for 22 LR ammo.

My final pet peeve concerns auto parts stores when you have a
modified vehicle. I get so tired of hearing “that car didn’t
have that option”. Really? A 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster didn’t
leave the factory with a small block V-8 in it?

I feel much better now, have stocked up on pizza again, and
need to refill my coffee as I’m a quart low. We’re going to
get a little snow today but some of Iowa is going to get a
foot. So enjoy our Friday, the Monticello indoor car show
starts tomorrow and Sunday is the Daytona 500.
Comments are always welcome.


You ever notice?

February 7, 2017

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When I woke up this morning, as the saying goes, I felt like
I was shot at and missed and shit at and hit all over. The
wife had a bad cold all weekend and with the help of over the
counter products appeared to be over it yesterday. She must be
as I have it now.

And I had a thought. Perhaps you’ve heard those who predict
gloom and doom upon certain industries have been stating that
the auto makers aren’t going to be around much longer. Their
reasoning is autonomous cars will replace what we now drive
and none of the big three are up to speed on self-driving
cars.

Yet we wonder. They may be in trouble but what if it’s
because of the way they sell cars? Sub-prime loans adjusted
for a long term of repayment offered to almost anyone who will
sign on the dotted line. And the lease programs.

Some dealers offer payment plans of 72 months now. Yes, a
full six years. We’ve all heard the “no down payment”. “no
payment for six months” commercials. And sales have been good.

Most people don’t think leasing is a problem. Think of this,
when the lease term is up the dealer is flooded with used
vehicles. Not trade ins, the vehicles they leased out. We have
seen this ourselves.

We don’t know what’s going on but being someone old enough to
remember a while back we wonder where all the old cars are?
In the 60s if you pulled into a parking lot you would see
cars from 40s, 50s, and 60s. In the 70s in the same lot you
would find cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. And there were
just as many older cars as newer.

Fast forward to today and pull into a parking lot. You’d be
hard pressed to find a car from the 90s. Did the cars that
are too new to be considered antique just self destruct? Now
I’ve things to do so enjoy the rest of our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Strange times

February 3, 2017

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This whole Standing Rock DAPL protest thing is getting
stranger than a Twilight Zone episode. We can see the pipeline
workers wanting to finish, and with the spills mentioned in an
earlier post also see the point of the protesters.

Now that things have zeroed in on the Camp of the Sacred
Stones, we get confused. I’ve always thought that if you
peacefully protested, on private property that you own, you
should be free to do so.

And to put the cherry on top, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
council is siding with DAPL. Even with the councils’ blessing
shouldn’t the ATF, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Standing Rock
division of Fish and Wildlife, tribal police, and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers should need a warrant to enter said
private property. Or at the very least explain why they do so.

Claim is these authorities did state they were “surveying”
the privately owned camp. These people are not rioting,
burning buildings, or blocking streets. They are peacefully
protesting.

It seems strange to us that with all our government has done
to Native Americans the tribal council would stand with the
government and not their members. We’re sure the whole truth
will never get out as that is the nature of our modern media.

On another note, we had clear blue skies and saw the sun
today. We even saw the moon later. Great day to be alive on
the east coast of Iowa. The weekend is here, the Super Bowl
will soon be here, and a warm up is on the way for us. Enjoy
the weekend while I seek a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.