The circus is back

March 11, 2019

Sometimes you have just have to shake your head and wonder what’s happening in our country. I actually listened to some of the drive-by medias’ take on things this morning and had to laugh. I listened long enough to hear about the woman who jumped into a panther enclosure at a zoo to get a selfie, a guy who was in a whales mouth, and the meeting of the Democrat candidates for president in Texas.

The woman was an idiot, the guy was lucky, and the candidates are all crazier than an outhouse rat. It seemed they were all in agreement that we need to change our healthcare system and that said healthcare is a right. Excuse me, but aren’t you people the very ones who pushed the Affordable Care Act down our throats?

It was your bill, passed by Democrats and endorsed by Obama. Now you say we need Medicare for all? Those campaigning are saying that it wouldn’t cost us a dime, except a small deductible. You should just tell the truth and admit you’re going to tax us until we bleed. But hey, at least we’ll have insurance.

If creepy Biden joins the fray it will be a great circus to watch during the upcoming debates. The sad thing is people are backing these candidates knowing all their pipe dreams can only mean much higher taxes. At the rate they’re going it won’t take long to run out of other peoples money.

That being said, if you don’t agree with my opinion your feelings don’t trump my right to say it. We have no safe rooms or coloring books at Casa Cruiser. Enjoy our Monday as it’s looking to be another good one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Going off course

March 7, 2019

I find it ironic that members of Congress take an oath then many just forget or ignore what they swore to do while in office. This goes as follows:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

After taking this oath some quickly attack others along party lines, try to change said Constitution, and spend money with no regards of how to budget for it. For those who don’t know or care to forget, the right to own guns is in the second amendment of our Constitution. Many laws they pass are not.

Although it’s hard to tell in our current society, they work for us. For some odd reason many of them seem to think they are royalty or something. It’s a crying shame. The current bunch in office have spent more time and money trying to find something to use to get our president impeached.

One could go on but I have gone off course and will try again at a later date. Enjoy our Thursday as we will on the east coast of Iowa.
Now I’m going to fry up some bacon and have more coffee.
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Great days

March 2, 2019

When I woke up this morning the sun was up, the day was bright, and I
thought it was a great day. Then I heard the weather on the TV and decided to stay inside today. At least for now.

Yesterday the high was in the 40s yet today that got cut in half and then some. That puts a person in the mood for an adult grilled cheese and coffee. We’ll have ours shortly.

Speaking of yesterday, when I went to sleep I had a dream (nightmare) that I was stuck in rental cabin with the Clintons. It was not pretty and it took a few moments to realize it was only a dream. I still had a good look around though.

The Detroit Autorama is going on through Sunday at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The link will take you some pictures for those of us who can’t attend.

The show is hosted by the Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA) and is home to the coveted Don Ridler Memorial Award presented ot the “best in show” at the show every year.

And if you need a reminder, Today is March 2nd. The 62nd day of the year with 304 days until next year. We’ll list a few things that happened on this date in history.

In 1877 the U.S. Congress declared Rutherford B. Hayes the new president even though Samuel J. Tilden had wond the popular vote.

In 1933 the movie King Kong opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

In 1961 John F. Kenneday announced the creation of the Peace Corps.

And in 1995 Yahoo! was incorporated.

Enjoy our Saturday as usually there are things to do regardless of the weather. Now I need coffee and bacon.
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That time of year

March 1, 2019

If you live in the snow belt you know I’m talking about the annual return of the pot holes. It’s getting so bad here you can’t even swerve around them as there are just too many.

After we finished running our errands and getting things put away, the wife showed me a picture of a pot hole within walking distance of our house. Claim was it is 3 feet by 5 feet and 15 feet deep. Now that’s a pot hole.

The location surprised me as the street has a crown in it and is much higher in the middle than along the curbs. So much for drainage. Not sure what caused the pothole but am fairly certain somebody is going to ignore the barricades and run into it.

Our city has patched several pot holes which always return after the plows come out to remove the latest snow. One former Mayor even declared a war on pot holes yet they keep returning. These holes do make driving interesting though.

We’re fairly certain that by July said pot holes will be a thing of the past and residents can then go and get tires replaced and front ends aligned. Until next year. It’s part of the cost of living on the east coast of Iowa.

If you live in an area that doesn’t get cold weather, snow, sleet, and pot holes you should count your blessings. Those of us do live in such an area just state that at least we don’t have a mosquito problem.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend has arrived. Now I need more coffee, or a nap.
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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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Random ramblings

February 19, 2019

This cardinal was out and about early and decided to pose for a picture that turned out pretty good. Another snow storm is supposed to hit us tonight into tomorrow bringing us up to another 5 inches of the white fluffy love above.

I tried to listen to the news on TV but turned it off once the Today show started. Local news is bearable but the National programs usuallyget me worked up and yelling at the TV over comments made. It would be easier to take if said TV news wasn’t so biased.

Why the weather forecasters feel it important to add how many people will be affected by a snow storm is beyond me. If memory serves me correctly, back in the day they might mention how many states were in the path of the storm and not how many people will be involved.

To me that makes no sense. But I guess at some point in the future the global climate change people will claim more people are affected by winter than ever before. And the birds and other critters just go about their business like nothing different is going on.

Something else that makes no sense to me is how crazy politicians have become. Some of the accusations and actions of this group have us shaking our heads. Just another reason we avoid the media and spend so much time outdoors. If you’re outside enough, the wildlife seem to make a lot more sense then someone being offended by something that we used to have the right to say.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee.
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Train of thought

February 8, 2019

As I listened to the TV this morning our local news and weather
program got me thinking. First the anchor stated that if we were
to go outside this morning we should wear every piece of
clothing we own so we wouldn’t be cold. Lord love a duck! I’d
be as big as an old Buick.

Then during the weather forecast we heard ‘wind chill’ 16 times
and the actual temperature once. We are under a wind chill
advisory, the wind chill is -21, there could be slick spots on
the pavement due to wind chills, and the actual temperature is
2 degrees with winds 20-25 mph.

That’s when my train of thought left the station and really
got to chugging along. Earlier this week the wife had the Today
Show on and the weather man said something I found odd while
explaining climate change. First he said the last 5 years have
been the hottest ever. I wasn’t buying the bull he was shipping.

Then he said that while we’ve had some cold winters the record
lows didn’t occur that often and didn’t count. Well, that would
explain how recent years would seem hotter if you don’t count
the cold of winters.

When you bring up that cold winters would offset the hot
summers these same people who made their argument with the
heat claim it isn’t about temperature, it’s about climate. Well
then, why does it matter if we’re hotter then. I would think the
shifting of magnetic north would have more to do with it than
any man-made condition these people come up with.

And then I think about cars. Enjoy our Friday as the weekend is
here. Now for more coffee and some leftover pizza before we go
to run errands.
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