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.

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While some were sleeping

September 28, 2018

We’re not going to comment on the current workings of our
lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Instead we wish to focus on an
event that took place during another administration. So let’s
see if we can make sense of something that makes no sense to us.

In September of 2013 the worlds largest hog farm and pork
processor in the world, Virginia based Smithfield Foods was
bought by Shuanghui International Holdings. Shuanghui is the
biggest meat processor in China. And the Obama administration
condoned the sale.

At the time concern about a Chinese company controlling a major
U.S. meat supplier was voiced and the administration downplayed
said concerns. If you haven’t heard of Smithfield perhaps you’ve
heard of Farmland, Armour, John Morrell, Kretschmar, Curly’s,
Carando, Cook’s, Margherita, Gwaltney or Healthy Ones.

The above mentioned firms are the brands Smithfield products
are sold as. The meat stays here and is processed here yet the
profits go to the Chinese company. Said foreign company now
controls nearly all the bacon, sausage, and ham sold in our
country and owns 25% of all pigs in America.

So here’s what bothers us. In 2005 the United States Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) was $13 trillion and was six times bigger
than China’s GDP that year. If we fast forward to 2017 our GDP is
only 1.6 times larger than China. At this rate China is expected
to beat our numbers by 2029.

And if we look at purchasing Power Parity (PPP), China is
already ahead of us as of 2015. For the last 140 years America
has had the biggest economy but that may not last much longer.
There is more to the story and we’ll finish it next week. This
is one segment of a growing problem for us and the future of our
country.

We’ll leave it at that and you can draw your own conclusions.
For now, enjoy our Friday as here on the east coast of Iowa it’s
going to get chilly tonight.
Comments are always welcome.


The circus is in Washington….

September 20, 2018

and the Ringmaster is Pelosi.

Ever since she mentioned her ‘anonymous’ source politicians
and the media have gone crazy. I don’t care if it’s a delaying
tactic or not. Someone will be named to the open seat on the
Supreme Court during Trumps term in office.

The biggest hurdle the accusations face is that there are no
witnesses to the alleged incident. Without a witness it is a
case of she said he said. Either it happened as the woman
claims, she’s exaggerating what happened 30 years ago, or it just
didn’t happen.

I still fail to see the relevance to the nomination. The
accused has obviously straightened out his act and earned the
right to be nominated on his merits, or he got very good at
hiding his mistakes.

Isn’t it odd that said woman came forward and now a lady on the
media coverage of the non-event stated the accuser wasn’t given
enough time to prepare to talk to Senators? If you’re telling
the truth what do have to prepare? If you feel as strongly as
she claims the truth should make it easy.

Another piece of this puzzle has me muttering ‘Lord love a
duck!’. The accuser, from California, is now claiming she has
received death threats. I thought nobody liked Trump so who
would be making these threats?

It’s time to put up or shut up. Either you have proof beyond a
shadow of a doubt or you don’t. Looks like we’ll know soon
enough but this spending millions of dollars chasing down things
the can’t be proven is getting old.

With the mid-term elections coming up we’ll be hearing more on
this in campaigns regardless of how things turn out. It is sad
to see a group of adults who are supposed to enact our laws
acting like a bunch of spoiled school children.

Enjoy our Thursday as it is the first of a three-day run of ‘r’
days. Since I got up at zero dark thirty more coffee is in order.
Comments are always welcome.


Really?

September 17, 2018

First I will forewarn those among us who believe all they hear
on television news that the following may cause a raise in your
blood pressure and possibly righteous indignation. It was not
written to make light of a serious allegation but is my take on
what is alleged.

By now all of us have heard that a woman has come forward to
accuse the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in the early
1980s. We have heard the medias opinion of her version of events
and the nominees denial it occurred. But I noticed that the one
question that should have been asked is sorely missing.

Since I have never been a college age female and don’t know if
this sort of thing happens a lot I asked the wife. She was a
college age female at one time and assured me it had never
happened to her.

The big question should be; what the hell were you doing in a
bedroom with two young men, and at least one of whom was
intoxicated? When I was that age young ladies would accompany
young men to an empty bedroom for one purpose only. And no, I am
not trying to switch blame to the lady involved.

So many of these allegations have surfaced lately I’m beginning
to wonder if our country is being run by a bunch of horn dogs
and escapees from the asylum. Of course that’s on us because we
keep voting them back in.

At any rate, enjoy our Monday as we will.
Comments are always welcome.


SSDD

August 23, 2018

I watched a little bit of a media newscast and was quickly
reminded of why I don’t watch the news channels. I got the
impression said news channel believes Trump is the biggest
threat to our country, and the world.

But we have a news flash for them; they are no longer relevent.
A blind man could see their bias approach to the news. Instead
of reporting actual news they choose to recite their opinion of
it. And that’s ok. I have better things to do than watch a bunch
of over paid, legends in their minds, bigots try to change my
way of thinking.

So here’s what we think. Trump will be president for 4-8 years,
the same as those before him. Every election those running for
president have a list of problems they want to correct if
elected. And every time we see faces of the career politicians,
who hadn’t fixed said problems, voicing their opinions.

It is these career politicians who are the problem, not the
occupant of the White House at any given time. These same
Senators and Representatives, who have held office for decades,
don’t want the president telling the truth about them. I’d like
to see just one these people stand up and state they would vote
for term limits for themselves.

Perhaps it is time to drain the swamp and stop the Same Shit
Different Day mentality.

Enjoy our Thursday as we will. We have a few things to prepare
for our upcoming vacation and I need more coffee.
Comments are are always welcome.


Interesting times

August 13, 2018

I have been watching the latest City Council meeting on our
government access channel and realized something in that
there is truth in the old saying that the more things change
the more they remain the same. It was almost like the Circus
has returned to the east coast of Iowa.

A few zoning variances came before the board which brought the
NIMBY (Not in my backyard) crowd to the microphone during the
public comment portion of the meeting. The public spoke while
the City Council listened and then the public listened as a few
members of the Council spoke. The Council voted in favor of
these variances.

Then came the hot button topic of the Civil Rights commission
and all hell broke loose. If I understand things correctly, our
city government wants to change the name to the Civil Rights
Agency and put a few Aldermen to the board. During the public
comment section many got up and spoke eloquently on the subject
while some just ranted or yelled.

Members of different groups including the Civil Rights
Commission, a Latin American group, a Native American, African
Americans, the disabled, the LBGT group, and supporters of civil
rights in general. I was a little surprised to find that some of
these speakers made it clear the white members of the council
had no knowledge of civil rights or need for them.

Then came the time for council response and the public would
interrupt council members trying to voice their side. It got so
crazy the Mayor called for a 10-minute recess. Things went a
little smoother after the break and the council decided to table
the idea for a few sessions. There were not a lot of happy
campers in the public seating as the Mayor stated the proposal
would be voted on at a later date.

Perhaps I’m different, but after watching this twice I felt the
hecklers tarnished the good points some of the speakers had
made with their total lack of restraint. Granted I don’t know
everything the council wants to change in the proposal yet do
know the public disregard for decorum was unwarranted.

Enjoy our Monday as it is the first day of the work week and
I’ll be doing some of that later. Now I need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Crazy days

August 6, 2018

I gave up watching news programs due to the bull they were
shipping and now think I will do the same with weather forecasts
as the forecast rarely match what we get. Early yesterday the
weather actors stated we would be partly cloudy. The above
picture shows the sky at its best yesterday.

We’ve all heard about California doing away with straws, that
plans to make a gun on a 3-D printer should be illegal, and now
I saw a news blurb that some Senator thinks Illegals should be
compensated when they cross our borders. Lord love a duck,
we’ve gone crazy.

Since August began there have been 96 shootings in Chicago that
killed 12, children are disappearing at an alarming rate, we
have wildfires destroying parts of our country and ruining the
air quality for miles around, and all the news can report is
the investigation into Trump colluding with Russia to win the
election.

Our economy is looking up, more people are employed, and yet
some still claim we live in a divided country. Perhaps they
think if they keep telling lies long enough others will believe
them. Congress isn’t doing much except pointing fingers in their
sponsored outrage while reminding us why we need to vote them
in a few months.

I love my country but our politicians have again lowered the
bar. All that said, Enjoy our Monday as it looks rain here on
the east coast of Iowa, and we need it. Now for a coffee
infusion and some pizza flavored breakfast.
Comments are always welcome.