It’s official

May 10, 2018

Our country is has gone crazy. I saw a picture of a couple
standing between a 66 Mustang GT and a new 2018 Audi S5
Sportback below the headline “Internet Revolts After Couple
Trades in Husband’s ‘Dream’ 1966 Ford Mustang for a New Audi S5.”

Things got so bad the dealership that did the trade had to take
down their Facebook page. I’m wondering what happened to the
America I grew up in? If it is his car and he has the title in
hand he should be able to do whatever he wants with HIS car.

Faces were blurred and only the first names of the former
Mustang owner were used in the article and the dealership stated
the guy gave up his dream car for love. It did not say if love
of the new Audi or love for his wife was the driving factor.

The couple must have been happy and dealership thought putting
on their page may bring some enjoyment to others or perhaps get
potential customers into the showroom. But all the negative
feedback is crazy. If the guy wants to trade his car is should
be his concern and not those who don’t like his plan.

Nowhere did I read the salesman pulled a gun or made threats
to make this deal and people are upset. One commenter even
declared that when they get divorced he won’t have the valuable
classic car but an overpriced VW! What optimism. If you want to
learn more just go here.

Last time I checked he could give the car to a complete
stranger or turn it into a planter if he so wished. That said,
the picture above is from the website that I linked to.

Enjoy our Thursday as we won’t see another this week. Now for
coffee and a critter check.
Comments are always welcome.

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What happened?

May 3, 2018

I made the mistake of paying attention to the TV news that left
me feeling like the cat above. He looks as if he wants to tell
someone to stop the nonsense. The event also reminded me why I
don’t watch the news.

There was a guy who claimed to be a candidate for president in
2020 who wanted to give every American family $1,000 a month. He
was smart enough to quip that it would give an extra $12,000 a
year to the families but didn’t mention how to pay for it.

Then a segment on texting while driving came on and some kid
said he might stop texting behind the wheel if we paid him not
to. Why not just stop so you don’t end up stupid and dead?

The Boy Scouts aren’t the Boy Scouts anymore but the Girl
Scouts are still the Girl Scouts and some aren’t happy with
that. It seems people are fine with girls joining the Boy
Scouts but we sensed some anger in the folks who were wondering
what would happen to the boys who wanted to be Girl Scouts.

Lord love a duck. I may be just a redneck oldfart, but I know
the answer to this problem. The solution is look down inside
the front of your pants and join the group with the name that
matches your equipment.

I feel a sudden urge to join the cat, on my back and rolling
around the alley. Enjoy our Thursday as the working folk only
have to work another day to get a couple off. Now I need some
coffee and a few burritos.
Comments are always welcome.


They live among us

April 19, 2018

The cardinal was in his tree singing his heart out while the
sun shined down from an almost cloudless sky. Other critters
were doing what they do while our world is going crazy.

If we heard correctly, the Governor of New York gave the right
to vote to 35,000 recently released felons by executive order.
That just sounds wrong on so many levels we’ll leave it at that.

Then we read of a former Oregon City School District teacher’s
aide got sentenced to 28 years in prison for producing child
pornography. In one case this involved an infant and a very
young child. To read the story, go here.

That was followed by a story about a former elementary school
teacher who was sentenced to 5 years for possessing child
pornography involving young girls. To learn more about this one,
go here.

And if that wasn’t enough ICE agents arrested 33 for human
rights violations. Those arrested included 4 Chinese individuals
for conducting forced abortions and sterilizations; a former
intelligence office who tortured dozens in Central America; a
soldier in Central America who guided the military to a
specific village to kill the residents; an intelligence officer
from the Middle East whose surveillance led to arrest, torture,
and murder; and a leader in East Africa who used violence to
force victims into female genitalia Mutilation. More can be
found about this group here.

With all that going on, I’ll stick with the wildlife. Enjoy
our Thursday as it’s the last one this week. Now for more
coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Good, bad, or ugly?

March 12, 2018

I read something recently that took me back to when our local
school and myself had a disagreement. Because he acted like a
growing boy our youngest was diagnosed with ADHD and given a
prescription. And when he said he didn’t like the medicine I
said I’d look into it.

When I read the side effects and came to ‘can cause heart
problems in later life’ a decision was made. I told the wife
no more and the school the same. The school and one teacher
foretold of the disaster that awaited my actions. It never came.

Jerome Kagan, who is a world-renowned child psychology expert is
ranked 22nd in the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th
century, ahead of even Carl Jung, doesn’t like the term either.
He blames ‘fuzzy diagnostic practices’ and the ‘war against
masculinity’.

He claims that 50 years ago a child who was bored in school
disrupted classes would have been called lazy. The same child
today would be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). It has been said that 5.4 million kids
today are diagnosed with ADHD. Kagan states every kid who
doesn’t do well in school is sent to a pediatrician who claims
“It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.”

He also claims 90% of those do not have an abnormal dopamine
metabolism yet doctors will make a diagnosis which has an
available drug. He blames Big Pharma. The article is here.

Then I read of a school in Texas that has had success with a
drug free approach to ADHD. I don’t remember where I read it
but the solution was giving the students four 15 minutes breaks
a day, not counting lunch, to go outside to run or just take a
breather. And it seems to be working.

We don’t pretend to know the answer but do know our son went
without the Ritalin and did just fine. Enjoy our Monday as it’s
a nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.


Really?

March 4, 2018

I just finished looking over H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban
of 2018, which has been referred to the House Committee of the
Judiciary on February 26 of this year.

Said purpose of this bill is to regulate the importation,
manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons,
and for other purposes. Huh? If this is indeed in response to
the uproar to keep our kids safe from school shootings, we have
some questions.

First, for no other reason that it makes no sense in stopping
the school shootings, is why the ban on semi-automatic assault
weapons with missile launchers and grenade launchers? And if
these are popular with those who shoot up schools why haven’t
we heard of it before now?

The ban on assault weapons is painted with a pretty big brush.
By definition this is an attempted ban on much more than
assault rifles. The bill states a semiautomatic assault weapon
means any of the following:

A semiautomic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable
magazine and any of the following; pistol grip, forward grip,
folding, telescoping or detachable stock, a grenade launcher or
a rocket launcher, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel.

A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a
detachable magazine and any of the following: threaded barrel,
second pistol grip, barrel shroud, the capacity to accept a
detachable magazine at some location outside of pistol grip, a
semiautomic version of an automatic firearm, a semiautomatic
pistol with fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more
than 10 rounds.

A semiautomatic shotgun that has any of the following: a
folding, telescoping or detachable stock, a pistol grip, a fixed
magazine with a capacity to accept more than 5 rounds, the
ability to accept a detachable magazine, a forward grip, a
grenade launcher or missile launcher.

I did see the Marlin 22 rifle with tubular magazine was
exempted as an assault weapon though. The link at the top of
this post will take you to the official text of the bill if
you wish to learn more.

We may be wrong but we’re calling this attempted gun grab that
will do nothing to stop any shooting while costing law-obiding
citizens more.

Enjoy our Sunday as the work week is only a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.


And I’m the crazy one?

February 21, 2018

If I understand correctly the FBI failed to enter data into the
system and allowed the school shooter to purchase an AR-15
‘assault rifle’ yet the fault lies with not enough gun control
laws, the NRA, legal gun owners, and the fact that his mother
didn’t have an abortion.

As for the rifle, it was never clarified if said weapon was a
Colt AR-15, an Armalite AR-15, or an AR-15 style rifle. The
Colt was a semi-automatic version of the M16, which was used by
our military. The current version is marketed to civilian and
law enforcement customers. The Armalite is similar to the Colt
and the AR-15 style rifles came about after Colts’ patents
expired in 1977. They are for sale because people buy them.

And if the FBI doesn’t keep the data updated we’ve had more
luck than sense lately. Anyone who could explain how more gun
laws, restricting the 200 million other gun owners who didn’t
shoot anyone, would help the FBI ensure their list is current
please inform us. How about the government enforcing the laws
we have?

The NRA was founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans Col. William
C. Church and Gen. George Wingate to promote and encourage
shooting on a scientific basis because of the poor marksmanship
of their troops during the war. It in no way supports school
shootings. Yes, they have lobbyists in Washington. So does
everybody else.

Finally, we’re not sure why his mother didn’t have an abortion
nor do we care. It was her choice. We do know we’d like the
Country we grew up in to make a comeback.

Enjoy our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee and some leftover
pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Sunday snicker

February 17, 2018

A friend shared the following, I’ll probably be headed to hell
if I post it, and it’s not politically correct. So here it is.

Hillary Clinton goes on a fact-finding visit to Israel.

While she is on a tour of Jerusalem she suffers a heart attack and dies.

The undertaker tells the Americans accompanying her, “You can have her shipped home for $50,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land for just $100”.

The Americans go into a corner to discuss for a few minutes They return with their answer to the undertaker and tell him they want Hillary shipped home.

The undertaker is puzzled and asks, ‘Why would you spend $50,000 to ship her home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $100?

The American diplomats reply, ‘Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. We just can’t take the risk.