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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Happy National Farmer’s Day

October 12, 2018

The basement is now dry and I just got the pilot light lit on
the water heater so I came upstairs to get this post out only to
find our computer crashed! Gotta laugh with those odds. Then I
remembered today is National Farmer’s Day.

National Farmer’s Day is in honor of hardworking farmers all
across our great land. We still find it amazing that only 2% of
of our population feeds all of us. So give them a thought on
their day and support local farmers year round.

Supporting local farmers is easy. Some have roadside stands so
we can buy their goods, farmers markets are getting popular, and
some grocery stores are selling produce, meat, eggs, and milk
from local farms.

With that in mind, this is going to be a short post as now we
have to get our running done before breakfast then some chores.
Enjoy our Friday, and National Farmer’s Day. Now I need more
coffee to make it through the morning.
Comments are always welcome.


While some were sleeping II

October 1, 2018

Last week we mentioned a China company bought Americas largest
pork producer and now owns 25% of all pigs in our country. If
you don’t like pork or don’t eat it this may not seem like a
big deal.

About a quarter century ago the U.S., Europe, and Japan
produced 90% of the ingredients to supply the world’s medicine
and vitamins. Today China is the main supplier. Some raw
materials for medicines come from pork.

Heparin, a blood thinner, is derived from pig intestines for
instance. Now let’s get away from the bacon related topics but
stay with our medicines. Perhaps you heard the U.S. stopped
making its own penicillin. And did we mention China is now the
biggest supplier of ingredients used to make the antibiotic.

After hearing this I started checking the medications I take
and discovered that while American Companies are listed on the
medicines, all have ‘manufactured for’ or ‘distributed by’ before
the company information. Some say Product of China on the label,
one is made in France, one manufactured in Canada, and I couldn’t
find any that claimed to be “Made in the U.S.A.”

That made me wonder. Are these ingredients made in China
manufactured in a sterile lab environment or on a table in a
garage? I’m not sure in this case quality control is job one.
Think about it.

China owns our largest pork producer, has joint ventures with
U.S. drug companies, and has become the largest shareholder of
Saladax Biomedical Inc., a U.S. based medical care company. How
in the hell can we buy American when it’s all made elsewhere
and shipped here?

Just something to think about, I know it opened my eyes. Enjoy
our Monday as it’s the first one we get this week. Now I need
some coffee.
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.


I know it’s late

September 18, 2018

Woke up on the run and after a quick shower went to visit with
Dad. Then the wife and I went to early lunch where she tried the
linguini and I stuck with my cheeseburger with pepper jack
cheese. It looked to be a decent, but windy day, early yet now
it’s darker than early evening.

And I’m beginning to think it doesn’t do any good to a cat that
you’re a dog person. When we came back home the mama feral cat
had to be played with and once we got in the house the wifes’ 2
cats and a kitten also wanted attention. I’m fighting a losing
battle.

Caught a glimpse of the morning “news” on TV and noticed the
brain-dead commentators were torn between brow beating the
Supreme Court nominee and gushing praise over the Emmy award
show. They even mentioned Tom Arnold got thumped at said event
by someone who is not a fan.

That is exactly why I avoid the TV “news” as much as possible.
If they ever start reporting real news I may start watching
again, or not. We can’t wait for the weekend as the high
temperature of the day is supposed to drop about 15 degrees from
where it is now.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we only get so many days without and ‘r’
in them. Now I need some more coffee and perhaps a nap, or both.
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.


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.
Comments are always welcome.