Uncle Bill is where?

April 22, 2019

Before we get to the main point of this thought we’d share a mediocre picture of the moon from the other night. It has not been edited other than a simple crop and the colors are how myself and the camera saw them.

Now on to what really confused me yesterday and made me wonder if there is even a need. Washington state is set to pass a bill that would allow human composting. I saw an article yesterday that made the claim.

And in home gardens no less! The very thought makes me shudder. Billed as a ecologically friendly death-care option the law could go into effect as early as May 1st if the Governor signs the bill. Much like when the debacle over how many genders there are began, I’m one confused redneck.

Do we really need “natural organic reduction” funeral homes? It is not comforting to me to know that properly composted human remains are safe enough to use in household gardens. I’ll just say that when my time comes I won’t be fertilizing any tomatoes. Unless said tomatoes grow in the cemetery.

Cremation reduces the body mass and can be spread over the deceased favorite place but don’t nourish the soil when strewn upon it. Washington state has the right to do as it wishes but this sounds a little to far out there for me.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s going to be another nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Interesting times

April 3, 2019

One wonders what the history books will have to say about our current decade. Gm bought out Tesla for billions, celebrities were caught buying their kids an entry to colleges, our Constitutional rights have been extended to things never mentioned or intended to be guaranteed, and some politicians have been outed as being a bit strange.

There are many more things that have happened to cause the average person to ponder where all this going. Companies have taken over other companies since there have been businesses, yet with many saying GM still owes our government over $11 billion buying Tesla for billions does raise some eyebrows.

And the uber rich celebrities trying to buy their kids entrance to exclusive schools shouldn’t shock anyone. But these people were onetime role models prove that the ability to make money doesn’t put one on higher moral ground. Instead of teaching their children to buckle down and get a solid education these people teach them anything can be bought.

We do have rights as Americans and until lately those have been etched in stone. Now one needs to check daily to see what the latest imagined rights are. If our legislators did their jobs, and upheld the Constitution as they swore under oath to do, we wouldn’t need updates.

Today if you get on one of the social sites there are memes that proclaim you were ‘Marked safe from Joe Biden’s sexual advances today’. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing but it makes one consider what future generations will think when historians come across such things.

It now appears if politicians aren’t deviants, haven’t risen to a level above their competence, or corrupt, they’re not trying. Some even admit to wanting more government instead of less. No wonder I like to take the camera and watch wildlife.

Enjoy our Wednesday and stay calm. Now for more coffee and some breakfast.
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Here we go again

February 25, 2019

The more I hear about Medicare for All the more I hope it never sees the light of day. The first thing that pops out is the huge cost of
this plan which would put everyone in America on this plan while ending Medicare, Medicade, Obamacare, and employer provided insurance.

This bill, introduced in 2017, would cover all medical costs from
doctor visits to surgery including mental health, dental and vision.
All this with no cost to the individual except a co-pay on prescriptions capped at $200 per year and possibly long-term care. The
cost for all this?

Estimates sit at around $2.5 to 3.2 trillion per year. It would essentially be a single payer system. I don’t know about everyone else, but I liked the insurance we had before Obamacare. This sounds like Obamacare on steroids and I dread to think of all the hidden taxes that would be buried in the bill.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who came up with the idea, claims costs would drop due to the bargaining power of the power of the government. Of course Sanders does have some ideas for new taxes to help with the cost. He would raise taxes on income over $250,000 and reach its peak at 52% for those whose incomes are above $10 million while redirecting around $2 trillion in government spending to the program.

And all this at no cost to us. No premiums, one small co-pay, what a
deal. No thanks. We’re not happy where our tax rate is now and if this goes through it would probably double. There are no free lunches and
this plan would be as far from free as one could get.

Enjoy our Monday. Now for some coffee before going back outside to get some sanity back in my life.
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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.
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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.
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Stand or kneel?

September 15, 2018

It would seem that multi-millionaire football players kneeling
during the National Anthum has a lot of people worked up. My
personal thought is that we Veterans served for the rights of
all, including the stupid.

But I didn’t feel I had it quite right and turned to the recent
words of Kirstie Ennis, and retired USMC Sgt who lost a leg when
her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Here is how she feels
about it in her own words-

In case you wondered where I stand… pun intended —— ????

“I stand to honor the promise the flag represents.
You kneel because that promise has been broken.

I stand to affirm my belief that all are created equal,
and to fight alongside you for that promise.
You kneel because too few stand with you.

I stand because we can be better.
You kneel to remind us to be better.

I stand to honor all that have fought and died so that
we may be free.
You kneel because not all of us are.

I stand because I can. BECAUSE I STILL CAN.
You kneel for those who can’t.

I stand to defend your right to kneel.
You kneel to defend my right to stand.

I stand because I love this country.
You kneel because you love it too.”
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Well said Sgt. Ennis.
Enjoy our Saturday, it’s the only one we get this
week. Now for more coffee and whatever I can round
up for breakfast.
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Remember

September 11, 2018

Today is the anniversary of the attack that united our nation
in outrage at the attackers and the need to help those affected.
We hope that during your busy day you could set aside the time
to observe a moment of silence.

We remember where we were when the news broke, in my case I was
hanging quarter panels on a 54′ Chevy when the coverage started.
Everyone gathered around the TV in the shop and not a lot of
work got done.
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A lot of work did get done around here and the yard is looking
much better than when we got home. I also started on my office
and if you’ve ever been in it you know it needs de-cluttering.
I keep mementos from car shows, car manufactures, various other
products I like, and more.

So much got done that I treated us to a fresh hot pizza from
a pizza joint. This always causes a problem as either we’re
getting older or the pizzas are getting bigger. We used to have
a lot less leftovers. Fine with us though as saved pizza is as
good as fresh.

Today I will go visit Dad for the first time since we got home
and see how he’s doing. I’ve heard some rumors but don’t put much
faith in them until I check things out myself. We picked up
some goodies for him on the trip, have pictures he can have, and
I will bring the doughnuts.

So enjoy our Tuesday as we will munching on cold pizza. Now I
need some hot coffee.
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