They live among us

April 19, 2018

The cardinal was in his tree singing his heart out while the
sun shined down from an almost cloudless sky. Other critters
were doing what they do while our world is going crazy.

If we heard correctly, the Governor of New York gave the right
to vote to 35,000 recently released felons by executive order.
That just sounds wrong on so many levels we’ll leave it at that.

Then we read of a former Oregon City School District teacher’s
aide got sentenced to 28 years in prison for producing child
pornography. In one case this involved an infant and a very
young child. To read the story, go here.

That was followed by a story about a former elementary school
teacher who was sentenced to 5 years for possessing child
pornography involving young girls. To learn more about this one,
go here.

And if that wasn’t enough ICE agents arrested 33 for human
rights violations. Those arrested included 4 Chinese individuals
for conducting forced abortions and sterilizations; a former
intelligence office who tortured dozens in Central America; a
soldier in Central America who guided the military to a
specific village to kill the residents; an intelligence officer
from the Middle East whose surveillance led to arrest, torture,
and murder; and a leader in East Africa who used violence to
force victims into female genitalia Mutilation. More can be
found about this group here.

With all that going on, I’ll stick with the wildlife. Enjoy
our Thursday as it’s the last one this week. Now for more
coffee.
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Of interesting times

April 16, 2018

We’ve been getting snow here in the Hawkeye State and it
doesn’t look like we’ll get back to normal weather until the end
of the month. The people complaining they’ve had enough of
winter while calling this Apriluary will be the first to whine
that it’s too hot in a few short months.

Birds had a different take on our weather. Some got out and
braved the cold rain that preceded the snow while others were
huddled together under the eaves to keep dry.

But a day before the snow we got a picture of a daffodil that
didn’t seem bothered by the upcoming weather alert that told of
snow. It’s still there and doesn’t look any worse for wear after
the cold snap.

As someone who remember when some swimming pools were called
Natatoriums and cars has wing windows, a little snow doesn’t
bother me in the least. Been there, done that, still have the
t-shirt.

No, it’s not January 106th. No weather records were broken
because of extreme cold or snowfall and we’ve only lost power
twice. People look at me like I’m crazy when I ask them how
they are on this beautiful day.

Yet it is a beautiful day if I wake up breathing regardless of
the weather and I thank God for giving me the gift of another
day. I guess those who think I’m crazy believe the day is owed
to them.

Enjoy our Monday as we have more snow in the forecast for
Wednesday and Thursday. Now I need a refill on my coffee and a
Snicker’s
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Why I prefer wildlife

April 13, 2018


To blustery days

April 6, 2018

The tractor auction is over for the day, the wind is rattling
the windows, and the temperature is in the 30s. Some would say
those aren’t good things yet we say, why not? It’s hard to
believe today but in a few short months some will be complaining
about how hot it is.

How windy is it? As you may be able to tell from the picture
above it’s so windy the birds are grounded! Okay, not that bad
but we can say said birds aren’t happy about the breeze either.
Tonight the low will be in teens with a wind chill even lower.

Good thing we don’t pay attention to wind chills. On the
latest weather report the weather people are predicting 1-2
inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday and I’d bet that small
amount of white fluffy love from above will look great for a
short time.

After all, it’s supposed to be back into the 50s for highs on
Wednesday. And shoveling an inch or two of wet snow will get
the blood flowing. At least we don’t have hurricanes.

The wife is on a new diet that doesn’t include bread, pasta,
potatoes, or sugar. Because of this fact I only eat pizza while
she’s at work and sneak my Snicker’s when she isn’t looking. The
eating green vegetables doesn’t do anything for me, but the part
that has the red meat in it may put me on a slightly modified diet
myself.

I could get behind the idea of a grilled steak and just have to
figure out how to hide my baked potato. So enjoy our Friday as
that means those of us not retired might get a couple of days off.
Now for some more coffee.
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Good, bad, or ugly?

March 12, 2018

I read something recently that took me back to when our local
school and myself had a disagreement. Because he acted like a
growing boy our youngest was diagnosed with ADHD and given a
prescription. And when he said he didn’t like the medicine I
said I’d look into it.

When I read the side effects and came to ‘can cause heart
problems in later life’ a decision was made. I told the wife
no more and the school the same. The school and one teacher
foretold of the disaster that awaited my actions. It never came.

Jerome Kagan, who is a world-renowned child psychology expert is
ranked 22nd in the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th
century, ahead of even Carl Jung, doesn’t like the term either.
He blames ‘fuzzy diagnostic practices’ and the ‘war against
masculinity’.

He claims that 50 years ago a child who was bored in school
disrupted classes would have been called lazy. The same child
today would be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). It has been said that 5.4 million kids
today are diagnosed with ADHD. Kagan states every kid who
doesn’t do well in school is sent to a pediatrician who claims
“It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.”

He also claims 90% of those do not have an abnormal dopamine
metabolism yet doctors will make a diagnosis which has an
available drug. He blames Big Pharma. The article is here.

Then I read of a school in Texas that has had success with a
drug free approach to ADHD. I don’t remember where I read it
but the solution was giving the students four 15 minutes breaks
a day, not counting lunch, to go outside to run or just take a
breather. And it seems to be working.

We don’t pretend to know the answer but do know our son went
without the Ritalin and did just fine. Enjoy our Monday as it’s
a nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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And I’m the crazy one?

February 21, 2018

If I understand correctly the FBI failed to enter data into the
system and allowed the school shooter to purchase an AR-15
‘assault rifle’ yet the fault lies with not enough gun control
laws, the NRA, legal gun owners, and the fact that his mother
didn’t have an abortion.

As for the rifle, it was never clarified if said weapon was a
Colt AR-15, an Armalite AR-15, or an AR-15 style rifle. The
Colt was a semi-automatic version of the M16, which was used by
our military. The current version is marketed to civilian and
law enforcement customers. The Armalite is similar to the Colt
and the AR-15 style rifles came about after Colts’ patents
expired in 1977. They are for sale because people buy them.

And if the FBI doesn’t keep the data updated we’ve had more
luck than sense lately. Anyone who could explain how more gun
laws, restricting the 200 million other gun owners who didn’t
shoot anyone, would help the FBI ensure their list is current
please inform us. How about the government enforcing the laws
we have?

The NRA was founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans Col. William
C. Church and Gen. George Wingate to promote and encourage
shooting on a scientific basis because of the poor marksmanship
of their troops during the war. It in no way supports school
shootings. Yes, they have lobbyists in Washington. So does
everybody else.

Finally, we’re not sure why his mother didn’t have an abortion
nor do we care. It was her choice. We do know we’d like the
Country we grew up in to make a comeback.

Enjoy our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee and some leftover
pizza.
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Robo calls

February 19, 2018

It’s been a gloomy day with rain showers off and on which means
not much got done outside. Since we were inside I noticed a jump
in telephone calls, most of which were automated trying to sell
us time shares, lower the interest rate on our credit cards, or
just offer us a deal too good to be true.

Some of these numbers are local and it’s hard to resist calling
the numbers back and chewing someone out. Yet I’d bet we
wouldn’t be the first and the people didn’t know their number
was being used in such a way until they got that first call.

We’re going back to just not answering the phone when numbers
we don’t recognize show up on the caller I.D. It someone moved
and wanted to give us their new number they can still leave a
message. If the call is indeed a spammer no messages are left to
listen to. That isn’t a perfect solution, but it works.

Remember the ‘do not call’ lists? We were on all them and
updated when things changed. Now the automated calls are even
going to my cell phone. Not answering that for unknown numbers
either.

One has to wonder why people keep sending out these calls but
here on the east coast of Iowa we’ve seen no let up. On the odd
occasion we do answer we hang up the instant the automated
message starts. Advances in technology are great until some
bent mind alters it for their own gain.

There probably won’t be a fix for this either in my lifetime.
Enjoy our Monday as it’s a great day to be alive. Now I need
more caffeine in my system.
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