Confusing times

January 10, 2019

As the sun was setting yesterday I got to thinking about things
going on in our country. News programs don’t get the truth out,
politicians don’t legislate, and it feels like most are easily
offended if you don’t agree with them.

It seems odd to this oldfart, who can remember when opposing
political parties could be civil to each other and reach an
agreement that was a compromise of what they really wanted yet
still good for our country.

Now politics appears more like a war than the meeting of great
minds. And while is getting done all are getting paid while
not doing their job and tell us hard they’re working for us.
We don’t know where this is heading but it has to stop.

One has to wonder how different things would be if our silly
politicians didn’t get paid during these shutdowns and were not
paid after it’s over for time spent doing nothing but slinging
insults at those who disagree with their version of the truth.

If one looks at some polls on building the wall a majority of
us say they are actually for the wall, but not at the cost of a
government shutdown. Yet polls of border enforcement agency
employees overwhelmingly believe it is necessary, and now. We
may do a post on just these polls later.

It may be time to change the laws so we can elect monkeys to
run our country as some of us feel the monkeys couldn’t make
things any worse.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’re 10 days into our new year. Now I
need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

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Bound to happen

January 4, 2019

We forewarn you that if you are thin-skinned, have a safe room,
or take a progressive view on life, you may find this offensive.
That was not our intention although there are those among us
who are easily offended. This is just a confused old farts
opinion of current affairs.

After taking my meds and having a few cups of coffee I turned
on the TV to listen to the news. Since the wife was still
sleeping I began arguing with said TV news. A couple of things
mentioned had me saying Lord love a duck!

A California drivers license now has 3 options under sex? I
always believed, and still do, that there are only two. Either
male and female or yes or no. Turns out California deemed it
wise to add non-binary to the list.

I didn’t even know what the what is. So I looked it up. This
is what one site said “The gender binary, also referred to as
gender binarism (sometimes shortened to just binarism) is the
classification of the sex and gender into two distinct, opposite
and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine.”

Needless to say no further reading was required on my part. If
it takes that many words to say that little I’ll remain in the
dark.

Another thing about the new California drivers license is that
they are now real IDs. Iowa has had the real IDs for a while now
and I wonder what they thought the prior drivers license were.
As someone who remembers drivers license without the bad photo
on the front I’ve come to the conclusion our country has gone
nuts.

It seems our government has taken the old adage to heart, “If
you can’t dazzle them brilliance baffle them with bullshit”.
What’s wrong with keeping it simple? It was bound to happen
yet still a surprise.

Now I need more coffee before heading out to run errands.
Comments are always welcome.


Interesting times

December 10, 2018

Have you noticed people get upset about the darndest things
that someone else said, or wrote, years ago and demand an
apology? It makes one wonder if artificial intelligence has
surpassed the intelligence level of us mere mortals. Whatever
happened to freedom of speech?

I’m told most people have a means of filtering what comes out
of their mouths before they speak. If so mine was broken a long
time ago. My super power is that I can offend people without
even trying.

I once told someone I didn’t believe in same-sex marriages and
got the riot act. Thing is I’m not against it if others want to
marry a member of the same-sex, just that it wouldn’t happen to
me. I fail to see the attraction is all.

If you stop and think about it; riots have now become protests,
illegal aliens now have rights, and most of what our parents
taught my generation is considered wrong. I even read that the
Supreme Court said churches and other religious organizations
could display nativity scenes on their own property as long as
they included non-secular items in the display.

So what happened? When did the feelings of those who think
different from us trump our rights? Yet now we are told that we
have to tip toe around people we’ve never met, who don’t know us,
and change our ways because of what we think? Lord love a duck!

Enjoy our Monday. Now I need to calm down with more 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.


It’s over?

November 7, 2018

Now that the election is over we breathe a sigh of relief. No
more junk mail to fill our recycle bin, no more robo-calls to
distract us, and we can get back to business as usual. Or can
we?

Watching the returns on TV last night on a liberal leaning
station was enough to last us until the next election but as we
were interested in a few local races we took more Advil and
soldiered on. We can now say that there were no surprises for
us locally or nationally

What did surprise us is how often the commentators mentioned
the 2020 campaign would kick off today. Noooooo! Give us mere
mortals a break. I almost got a brain bleed just listening to
the panel of “experts” for a few hours and I didn’t need to know
that.

Sanders, Warren, and Biden were mentioned as possible
contenders and we noticed something. There was no mention of
Hillary Clinton among said contenders. They even mentioned a few
Republicans who may run against Trump.

Again, nooooo! It’s easy to see why it cost so much money to
run for office when the campaign rhetoric goes on for years. As
for me, I don’t care who’s running in 2020. I can wait until
2020 to find out.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we may snow on the ground tomorrow and
I hope we do. Now I need more coffee and Advil in preparation
for the announcements of who’s going to run for President in
2020.
Comments are always welcome.


Almost over

November 5, 2018

Here on the east coast of Iowa we have gone from fall to late
fall in a heartbeat and might get snow later this week. And you
may heard we have an election tomorrow. With all the negative
ads this year we’ll be glad when this one is over.

We’ll still vote early, and often, but can’t get as excited as the
TV commentators. Speaking of which, yesterday I caught a few
sound bites from a few different shows and it almost destroyed
our TV. I wanted to throw my coffee mug through the screen.

The “hosts” proclaimed we had to vote Democrat to save our
democracy as I cringed listening to the educated idiots. We do
not live in a democracy, we live in a republic! There is a
difference. So for the people wailing that we may lose our
democracy we’ll explain the difference.

A republic is a form of government where citizens votes are
represented by elected officials in free elections and these
representatives write the laws. In a democracy it is a ‘rule of
the people’ and the majority dictates the law and the people
govern themselves.

We would vote for anyone who would promise to end political
robo-calls in their first term. Or least give us a way to opt
out of getting them. I doubt such a person exists. Yet we should
all get out and exercise our right to vote.

The weather guesser on a local TV channel has predicted we’ll
be in the 40s tomorrow, with 40 mph winds, so just bundle up when
you go the polls.

Enjoy our Monday as we all know what tomorrow is. Now for some
coffee and something for breakfast.
Comments are always welcome.


Wrong turn

October 18, 2018

We thought our world was going to Hell in a hand-basket, and now
we know. Big Bird is leaving Sesame Street? Makes one wonder how
the children are going to survive. Below are more reasons we
believe this.

We have people claiming we’re all going to die if we don’t stop
the climate from changing but have no experience in science. Yet
we are told if we don’t believe we are somehow mentally
deficient. We have people of one political persuasion telling
anyone who listens to go out and attack those who think
differently.

We have people who, while well-educated, have never been
president of anything giving opinions in the guise of news that
our real president is doing everything wrong. This while our
unemployment is low and our economy is booming.

At some point intelligent discourse and polite disagreement
went the way of common sense. There are different sides to every
story and everyone can’t be happy. Some adults among us have
turned into whinny little divas who believe the world owes them.
Everybody just needs to take a deep breath and keep calm.

At some point this perfect storm of nonsense is going to
implode. We’re not sure when we made the wrong turn as a
country. And to be honest, when I woke up I thought today was
Saturday.

Enjoy our Thursday as we will. We’ve got things to do and
coffee to drink.
Comments are always welcome.