What if?

September 3, 2019

We will forewarn those who are easily offended and believe all the politicians tell us, this post is not for you as it contains my opinion.

With so many presidential candidates campaigning on how they’d save us from global climate change wouldn’t it be ironic if the cause is not man made but caused by a shift in the Earth’s orbit? If true, and if the climate change is real, there isn’t anything anyone could do about it.

UC Santa Barbara geologist Lorraine Lisiecki found that
a change in the Earth’s orbital cycle affects the climate. But don’t
take our word for it, check out the Science Daily website from 2010
for the whole story.

So if there is no need for the candidates to save us from our evil ways, what would their solutions actually accomplish? I mean aside from separating us from more of our paycheck. As someone who has no desire in running for any office this seems crazier than most ideas that we’ve heard.

Just for the sake of being ornery, here’s a thought. If there is a
climate change going on, and if it’s caused by a change in our orbit,
it would make more sense to study how much of a change is coming.
Then prepare people for something that nobody can stop.

The staff of these politicians must sit up all night to think up
causes like this, and if they don’t we’d like to know what they’re
smoking. We’ll just be glad when the election is over so the daily
nonsense of the political circus returns.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now I go search of coffee and some
juice.
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It’s here

September 2, 2019

Well the unofficial end of summer is here. Labor Day was started as a
way to honor the American labor movement and the day was officially
declared a federal holiday in 1894.

In some states Labor Day is the first three day weekend of the new
school year while other states have laws that prevent schools from
starting the school year until after Labor Day. Even if you don’t get
Labor Day off, it does affect us all in some ways.

As mentioned, schools start around this day. In the state of
Minnesota the State Fair ends on Labor Day, and if you’re fashion
conscious it’s the last day one can wear white. Or so we’re told.

And a lot of sports involve the holiday in one form or another. The
NCAA teams play their first games over the weekend and the NFL play
their kickoff game the Thursday after the holiday. NASCAR holds the
Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend and
at Indianapolis Raceway Park the NHRA holds their finals for the
NHRA U.S. Nationals over this weekend.

Labor Day is also the mid-point of weeks one and two of the U.S. Open
Tennis Championships. And in major cities their are celebrations. New
York has the Labor Day Carnival and fireworks at Coney Island, and in
Washington, D.C., they hold a free Labor Day Concert.

And many retailers hold Labor Day sales that are second only to Black
Friday. So whatever you think of the holiday it does touch us all. So
if you have the day off enjoy it and if you don’t just walk around
grinning like a fool. Others will be wondering what you’re up to.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now I need more coffee as I ponder
making an omelette out of whatever is in the fridge.
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Amazing lady

August 29, 2019

The car enthusiast world lost another legend too young. Jessi Combs
was only 36 years old when she died Tuesday trying to break her own land speed record on a dry lake bed in Oregon. The fastest woman alive left us still owning that title.

The meme above was a post on her facebook page that many felt said a lot about her attitude. She was a graduate of Wyotec, racer, gearhead, and media personality that fellow gearheads liked to follow. She was also an off-road racer with wins to her credit and a fabricator and car builder.

She became the fastest woman alive in 2013 with a world land speed record of 398 mph in a four wheeled vehicle. Last year she made a one way pass of 483 mph but didn’t set a record due to
mechanical issues. A few days before her death she said she wanted to hit 619 mph in the car.

Calling the vehicle she drove a car is a bit of a stretch for some who don’t follow the land speed attempts. Basically it is a wingless jet with 4 wheels attached and a jet engine that produces the equivalent of 52,000 horsepower. Not your average grocery getter.

She was one of those people who crammed 100 years of living into her 36 years on earth. Our condolences to family, crew, co-workers, and friends.

Enjoy our Thursday as even with the sad news the sun is shining here. Now I need more coffee and some non-healthy food.
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Day six

August 18, 2019

The heat wave hasn’t gone away yet but we’ve been powering through
it. Even though it was 99 by 1 pm, we had already been to a surplus
store, a fruit stand, the Castle, the Amish Restaurant and were on
our way to the USS Batfish museum.

The first thing you see when you enter the grounds is this gun.
It’s hard to miss. As one drives closer to the museum you notice
Memorials. Pictures of a few of those are below.

We were given a nickel tour of the damage to the submarine in the
recent flood and the volunteer assured us the sub should be up and
running by July of next year. She was very informative.

On the grounds between the indoor museum and the sub itself are
rows of these plaques which commemorate all 52 U.S. submarines
that were lost in World War II. Each plaque is one sub and tells
date commissioned, date lost, and number of casualties.

Of course the USS Batfish is also on the grounds. The reason
repairs are needed become obvious as you look at this once
majestic lady. We hope they get her back to her former glory.

This reminds that freedom isn’t free and while all gave some,
some gave all. We did our part to help the cause and hope on a
future visit when the USS Batfish is restored.

On a happier note, later we went to the Oklahoma Festival of
Ballooning held in Muskogee and got to see the balloons and listen
to some music. We left before the fireworks to beat the crowd
leaving and because some of us don’t like loud noises.

Enjoy our Sunday as we’re going to a cookout.
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Stop the bull

August 7, 2019

We will forewarn some that this post is not aimed at them or meant to in any way insult the victims of the recent shootings nor condone the senseless killing of others. We just want to get some facts out there and state the obivious.

The first point is obvious; 99.99% of gun owners did not shoot anybody. Yet the first reaction from certain politicians is more gun restrictions. Yes, all mass shooters used guns, but that is not the main issue at play here. The evidence shows the problem is that most, if not all of said shooters, were taking psychotropic drugs.

The shooters were taking the drugs or had stopped taking said drugs shortly before going on a rampage. This is easily proven and it’s scary to us that some pharmaceutical companies witheld information on side effects. If you want to see an article listing the link, go here.

Neil deGrasse Tyson penned an article which includes another point we’d like to include here. The article includes a tweet he sent on August 4, 2019. The tweet goes as follows:

In the past 48 hrs, the USA horrically lost 34 people to mass shootings.

On average, across any 48 hrs, we also lose…

500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide by Handgun

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than data.
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And as it that isn’t bad enough, the shootings have become a political event. Fingers are being pointed yet nothing is changing the problem. So we’ll say again, this is not a gun problem it is a mental health problem and gun control doesn’t work.

If gun control worked Chicago would not have one person shot every 3 hours and 10 minutes and on person killed every 17 hours and 5 minutes with guns. After all, Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in our country so it can’t happen there. Well look at the numbers for yourself.

We need to quit being mushrooms and stop letting them keep us in the dark and filling us full of BS.

Enjoy our Wednesday.
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Getting cloudier

July 29, 2019

We had another cloudy day yesterday here on the east coast of Iowa and the sky looked like my brain felt. Several things have been happening and the opinions of the media have been non-stop. From local to national this redneck can’t make sense of it.

Locally there is talk again of making a couple of downtown one-way streets into two-way streets. This discussion has come up many times in the past and the claim now is that it would be better for business. If this does go through I’ll find a different way to get around.

Our politicians must be smoking the wacky weed again. Their hatred of Trump is not even thinly disguised as a difference in policy. Yet in our mind all their arguments are in vain as they are not based on facts. So the hot button topics get pushed like racism and socialism.

The only problem with that line of thinking is the accusers are the only ones guilty of the crimes. And I think this whole impassioned plea to address global climate change is nothing more than a money grab to justify more taxes.

Much like Bernie Sanders ‘Medicare for All’, which would be free but relying on a higher tax to the middle class. Democrats have admitted this is so which means it isn’t free. Why don’t they just say they would be happy with 60% of our paychecks and we could have the rest.

And after not doing much all year Congress announce an almost two month ‘spring break’. Must be that those who write their speeches need time to come up with new, and more convincing lies. These people are truly legends in the own minds.

Instead of a pay raise we suggest a pay cut. Straight $15 an hour with no overtime and no retirement benefits. How many would hang around if that was law?

Enjoy our Monday as this is looking to cloudy, but dry day here. Now for more coffee and leftover pizza.
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Odds and ends

July 22, 2019

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGRRAI, began yesterday. This event has been going on since the 1970s and is the longest bicycle tour in the world. And it started in the rain this year on the west coast of Iowa.

The clouds were out here too but didn’t see rain on our little portion of the east coast of Iowa. The forecast says no rain for any part of Iowa in the extended forecast. While that’s good for RAGBRAI, I bet the farmers wouldn’t mind a little liquid love from above.

This picture isn’t the greatest but thought we’d share it anyway. As I was taking pictures of the cats I noticed what I thought was a butterfly in a tree about 100 feet away. Even after snapping the shot we didn’t know it was actually a hummingbird until we uploaded it and saw the picture full size.

This kitten was thinking of attacking a squirrel that was bigger than she is. Surprisngly, the squirrel looked like he was praying she wouldn’t. After some fancy footwork the kitten decided to enjoy the food in the bowl instead.

This kitten is one of the adventurous ones but ran to Mama for some Mother’s love. She looks contented in the bottom photo. We’ll end things there as while we have more ends we’ve run out of odd.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
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