More of the story

October 19, 2017

Yesterday we devoted a portion of the post to the story of
John Deere winning a lawsuit against another company using
the green and yellow colors associated with Deere on their
agricultural equipment and thought we’d flesh out that story.

About 155 years ago John Deere hammered a steel saw blace into
a plow and made history. Before that plows were made of wood or
iron that the soil stuck to making cleaning a constant chore.
Now, Deere & Comapany is is ranked 105th in the Fortune 500
and manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry
machinery.

Deere started making tractors in 1907 with their successful
Dain All-Wheel-Drive, purchased the Waterloo Engine Company
in 1918 and produced the Waterloo Boy tractors until 1923
when the John Deere Model D debuted. The first combine
harvester followed in 1927.

And in 1988 the John Deere green and yellow color combination
was trademarked. Since the trademark of the colors Deere &
Company has asked 40 companies to stop using their color
combination and all but 3 did so. One of those 3 who refused
was FIMCO, Inc.

FIMCO is based in South Dakota and was using the Deere colors
on its sprayers they market said sprayers under the brand
name of Ag Spray Equipment. FIMCO used the trademarked colors
and refused to stop so Deere sued.

In the lawsuit Deere claimed FIMCO deliberately chose the
colors to create the allusion of an association with Deere. The
court ruled recently, agreed with Deere, and gave FIMCO 60
days to file a plan on how they were going to implement the
color change.

What we find hard to believe is that while Deere & Company has
trademarked the green and yellow combination, it did not do so
with the individual colors. So FIMCO could still paint their
equipment all green or all yellow. We’ll just leave it there
in hopes it better explains the short mention yesterday.

Enjoy our Thursday as we can almost the weekend from here.
Comments are always welcome.

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An amazing woman

October 16, 2017

You probably haven’t heard of Amanda Marsh but you may if you
see the movie “Only the Brave” when it comes out on October 20.
She is the widow of Eric Marsh who was a wildland fire fighter.
Because of her husbands death she was a consultant on the film
when it referred to her husband.

When younger, she and her family lived in Chino Hills,
California. She moved to Arizona to study creative writing at
Prescott College and spent her nights in a bar. She had a
problem with alcohol when younger, had stopped, and met her
husband in a 12-step program. Eric Marsh talked at one meeting
about his work with the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

They discovered they had mutual interest in music, rock
climbing, and horses so in January of 2010 Eric proposed during
a trip to the San Juan Mountains. The first fire of that season
left Amanda alone and she knew she couldn’t live by his
schedule as work became his mistress.

She got busy and worked their horses and grew her business
while he fought fires. They had settled into a routine
until June, 2013, when she received the call that her
husbands crew was missing.

When news did come she wanted a beer and cigarette but didn’t
act on it. She remained sober a day at a time and later sold
their place with the five-horse stable and got her own place,
started the Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters,
consulted on the film, and some criticized her of being in it
for the money as her business prospered.

We believe she is an amazing lady who is surviving and keeping
her husbands memory alive through the foundation. We find it
hard to believe that some people would try to shame her for
that.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives.
Comments are always welcome.


Starting again

October 13, 2017

With elections coming the endorsements, appearances, robo-
calls and junk mail is sure to increase. That’s why I don’t
watch the news either. The easiest part of this equation is the
junk mail as we just throw it in recycle.

We do get a daily paper, but I usually only look at the
classified ads and comics. And sometimes, just reading the
comics is like listening to a campaign ad. So I avoid
cartoons that tend to do this.

Today I made the mistake of looking at the opinion page. A
person, unknown to us, declared that one candidate really liked
the people of our city. How nice. But I’d rather vote for a
candidate who has never held office and hasn’t been through
the indoctrination to tell us what they think we want to hear.

Or an old fart who made the paper for spending his days
yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Some candidates like to
say they have prior public service experience. We liken that
to saying ‘we’re from the government and we want to help’.
It doesn’t put us in a happy place.

And the same people keep getting back into office even though
many voters claim to stand against everything said politicians
believe. Come election day we will do what we always do. We
educate ourselves on who the candidates are and their core
beliefs before we go to the polls and vote for the person we
feel is best for the job.

I got tired of politicians treating us like mushrooms long ago.
Don’t know what being treated like a mushroom is? It’s when
they keep you in the dark and fill you full of crap.

Enjoy our Friday, some of us may get some rest this weekend.
We’re trying something different today. Instead of pizza for
lunch and supper we’re going to have lasagna and garlic
bread.
Comments are always welcome.


Election results

October 10, 2017

Those who live in our part of the east coast of Iowa may have
heard the 6th Ward primary results. For those who haven’t,
Richard Clewell and Sean Liddell will be on the ballot next
month.

Out of 10,605 eligible voters, 905 took the time to vote.
Sorry Dale, better luck next time. We don’t know if the rain
had anything to do with low turnout or if it was just apathy.
Seems a shame that only 8.5% of eligible voters did use their
right to vote.

We have some thoughts on this election which we may share at
a later date if we can refine them enough to put express. For
now the party’s over for some and just beginning for others.

After saying that, I need more coffee and a pizza. Enjoy
what’s left of our Tuesday as we won’t get another until next
week.
Comments are always welcome.


The holiday and the upcoming election

October 9, 2017

Today is Columbus Day here in the U.S. of A. Except for those
places where today has been declared Indigenous People Day.
Columbus Day became a state holiday in Colorado in 1905 and a
federal holiday in 1937.

Opposing views on the day go back longer than you may think.
Indigenous People Day is just the latest attempt to eradicate
the holiday that began in the 19th century, before it was even
a legal holiday. In the 19th century some wanted to remove the
holiday because of its association with immigrants and non-
Catholics were afraid it was being used to force the religion
on them.

And groups like the American Indian Movement believes the
ongoing actions and injustices against Native Americans are
being masked by the positive Columbus myths and celebrations.
We’d recommend just enjoying the day regardless of what you
call it.

Then we have a mental nudge for those who live in the 6th Ward
here in Davenport. Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10th, is the
primary election for your ward. There are 5 people running for
the seat and this election will pare that down to the top two
vote getters.

Those running are: Rich Clewell, Dale Gilmour, Ben Jobgen,
Sean Liddell and Chris Webster. Candidates Gilmour and Jobgen
were against the Costco rezonging. Liddell was an alderman in
Moline, Clewell was on the Davenport School board for years,
and Webster has 22 years in public safety.

If you live in the 6th ward please get out and vote. We don’t
live in that ward, but if we did we’d vote for Dale Gilmour.
Personally, I feel that there are times the best man for the
job is not a career politician. You are certainly welcome to
your opinion.

Enjoy our little holiday that most working people don’t get
off anyway, and vote tomorrow if you’re in the 6th Ward.
Now I need more coffee and have chores to get done.
Comments are always welcome.


Another crying shame

October 2, 2017

Our condolences to the families and friends of the victims in
the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. That said, I’ll forewarn
those who weren’t upset because it happened at an event that
caters to conservative gun owners that I will not tolerate any
such nonsense here. If you are among that group please unfollow
this blog.

I managed to catch a little of the media coverage and the
presidents speech. While said media coverage made me want to
vomit I thought the president did a good job of expressing what
a lot of us are feeling. He took action, didn’t take questions,
and looked the part.

To the media: I don’t care why this nutbar shot all the people
I’m just hoping the death toll doesn’t get much higher. I also
don’t care what kind of weapon he used as again there was no
mention of the mental heath problem in our country.

We live a world where peanut butter cannot be sold unless it
contains a label stating it contains peanuts! Obviously our
society has been dumbed down. For God’s sake, don’t take any
bull the media is pushing at face value. If something doesn’t
sound right, research it and decide for yourself what’s true.

And perhaps Hillary Clinton could explain her comment on how
much worse it would have been if the shooter used a silencer.
The last concert we went to I couldn’t hear myself think when
the band got going and my filling rattled. Never mind the
politically motivated sound bites.

That’s my thought on the matter, you’re welcome to yours if
you disagree. Just enjoy our Monday, avoid the media, and we’ll
get through it.
Comments are always welcome.


No news for me

September 5, 2017

We do live in interesting times. And it seems odd to us that
at a time when we have over 1.1 million acres of forests on
fire out west, southern Texas recovering from a hurricane,
daily shootings in Chicago that rival war zone statistics, and
a law makers who can’t make any laws, the headlines we see are
how the first lady wore a heavenly dress paired with shoes made
by the devil to religious services yesterday.

Nothing about how understaffed and overworked the wildfire
firefighters are, no solutions to end the carnage in Chicago,
and no legislator saying ‘let’s do what’s right for America’.
There is something wrong with that picture.

The National Interagency Fire Center lists 78 large incidents
across 7 states as of yesterday. These can be anything from
fires to hurricane relief and the incidents are listed on the
map below. Click on the map to enlarge it.

Chicago has had 2,587 people shot so far this year that
resulted in 480 deaths. That breaks down to one person getting
shot every 2 minutes 18 seconds and one person shot and killed
every 12 hours 21 minutes.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we lost the sun at around 3 pm
yesterday and the sky turned yellow. Later, when the moon was
able to be seen, it looked almost blood red. We were told it
was because of the smoke from the wildfires out west while the
temperature outside dropped around 15 degrees.

Until such time as the media takes its responsibility seriously
I will no longer watch any news programs. I see it as a waste
of time and think instead of being uninformed, listening to the
media would leave me misinformed.

Enjoy our first tuesday of fall. Now I need to get another
gallon of coffee in me to get ready for sunrise and todays
chores.
Comments are always welcome.