Confused again

May 12, 2022

We’ll forewarn you that this post will upsetting to some. So, if you still wish to continue reading, please make sure you have a safe space nearby. To others who are not so easily upset, this is an opinion piece and chances are mine may differ from yours.

Guess confusion happens when you have common sense. The latest news that had me cross-eyed was that Biden signed a new law that requires all gas-powered vehicles built after 2026 to have a remote shut-off switch. We’re told the law doesn’t include electric vehicles as they already have said switch.

So I’m thinking, inflation is high, gas prices are through the roof, drug and alcohol abuse are skyrocketing, crime is on the increase, taxes are up, and a shut off switch is more important? Can’t blame this one on the younger generation as Biden is older than myself. When is everybody going to wake up to this nonsense.

And I heard a politician crying over the possible end of Roe v Wade stating that the government has no right to stop womans reproductive rights. Huh? Isn’t abortion the exact opposite of reproduction? Obviously, I’m not a woman so I don’t have a car in that race, but I do have an opinion. Said opinion may have some spitting out their coffee if they read it, but it is my opinion.

Hasn’t abortion become more of a cosmetic surgery as opposed to real health problem? Seems like some people who are happy they got an abortion so a baby wouldn’t get in the way of their career or they felt it would ruin their figure. Abortion is not a Constitutionally protected right nor a God given right.

To those still with us, enjoy our Thursday. Now for more coffee.

A little rant

April 7, 2022

We don’t have any new pictures, aren’t quite feeling human yet, and need about a dozen more cups of coffee before being able to talk. So it seems like the time to act like a grouchy old veteran and rant. We will say that what’s written below are our thoughts on matters and may not be the same as yours. So in now particular order, we’ll begin.

You may have heard of the recent mass shooting in California and how our feckless politicians are hard at work to protect us from ourselves. Their solution to the problem they created? More gun control laws. The problem we have with that is it won’t solve anything and will once again penalize average citizens who have done nothing wrong.

If we heard correctly, the one person in custody for said shooting is a violent repeat offender who was let out of prison 7 years early, against the district attorneys recommendation that he not be released because the prisoner would get violent again if released. To anyone with common sense, this means the problem is judicial and not firearms.

The law should be unbiased and repeat offenders should never be released early. Yet at some point the judicial branch of government has become political and with so many outs for the suspect it is almost laughable. We don’t know when things changed but it wasn’t always like this. It has turned into a farce and whichever political party has the pull with the judge will get their way.

That being said, there are honest, un-biased judges out there and they don’t get the news coverage that the bigger cases get. It’s just politicians wanting more face time with a camera so they can smirk and say they told us so. We’ll stop there for today and mention we may some pictures tomorrow to share.

Enjoy our Thursday. Now to get some coffee.

Expensive circus

March 7, 2022

Don’t shoot the messenger for the message. This post is about what ‘experts’ believe is going to happen in our near future and not written in stone. These views are not necessarily the beliefs of this blogger.

This cardinal preening just looked so bent out of shape it reminded me of what’s going on around us. On Saturday we had a high around 70, severe thurderstorms, wind, hail, and tornadoes here in Iowa. Then overnight we got about an inch of snow! That’s wild weather, even for the east coast of Iowa.

But what made us think that the political circus is back, and it’s going to get expensive is two recent pieces of news seen yesterday. News came yesterday that oil prices hit a 13 year high of $126.64 a barrel as gas prices topped $4 a gallon for the first time since 2008. As we know, gas prices have been steadily rising for last 60 days and the immediate future doesn’t look so hot either.

Gas prices hit $5 a gallon in San Francisco last Thursday, and Dan Dicker, who is an energy strategist, says gas prices could hit $6.50 to $7 a gallon. We hope he’s wrong yet fear he’s right.

Then came more bad news we feel the same about. On a recent Tucker Carlson show on Fox News, the owner of Blue Diamond Farming Company here in Iowa has said we should get ready for our grocery bills to go up by $1,000 a month, AND the possibility of empty shelves again. Don’t know about you but we think that’s going to hurt the monthly budget if true.

Reasons for the increase include the fact that the cost of nitrogen has tripled since last year while the price of phosphorus and potassium fertilizer had doubled. A majority of these come from Russia. This farmer also claims failed energy policies and environmental, social, and governance policies don’t help, then stated this could be called the food crisis of the Green New Deal.

Enjoy our Monday since it’s here. Now I need coffee while we can still afford it.

Lord help us

January 27, 2022

Well, Pelosi has said she will run again because she has to save our democracy. The only problem with that thought is we don’t live in a democracy, we live in a constitutional republic. Perhaps Ms. Pelosi should brush up on our history.

When our founding fathers got together for the Constitutional Convention in 1787 the prevailing thought was that the trend toward democracy had to be stopped. Our first form of government had a weak federal branch and 13 separate state governments with the governors and legislators elected by the people.

Our independence fostered a time where ordinary men with less education had gotten elected as representatives along with special and local interest groups keeping the legislators busy with local, and not national, concerns.

The founding fathers thought this form of government made the process highly responsive to moods of the local people, and not the nation, which could lead to dangerous results. Things like printing too much money, pork barrel legislation, and corruption.

So the Constitution was framed to address the shortfalls of the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution gave Congress the power to raise revenue, pay off debt, regulate trade, and deal with international affairs. This created a powerful, yet limited, federal government.

So our Constitution was designed to solve the problems with the form of state government, fix the obstacles in the Articles of Confederation, restrain democracy, and protect minority rights from the state legislators. And that is why we need the Constitution and don’t need Pelosi.

Enjoy our Thursday. Now for some coffee.

Still crazy

December 22, 2021

Here we are, almost Christmas and things aren’t making any more sense than before. In case you haven’t heard, we have a virus going around the world and politicians are getting crazy again. In January of this year the Great Barrington Declaration was published and not many knew about it.

The declaration is one of around 400 studies that all found lockdowns, shelter in place, school closures, masks and mask mandates have failed to reduce deaths or slow the spread of the virus. Yet our government continues to push, or threaten us with, all of the above. Of course Fauci declared these studies as nonsense.

These studies also show that governmental lock downs, closures, and mask requirements will cause problems that will take decades, or more, to repair. Undiagnosed illnesses which may result in deaths, depression, anxiety, suicides, and drug overdoses to name a few.

On top of that the government refuses to let doctors use known drugs to treat those with the virus and are brow beating those who do. And the last time we checked, using the CDC’s own numbers, 79% of those currently infected with the virus have been vaccinated. Perhaps the government should be working on lowering gas prices and inflation instead.

Enjoy our Wednesday. Now for some coffee.

What if…

December 13, 2021

Before we get to the main reason for this post we need to mention a few things. First, our thoughts are with those affected by the tornadoes. The other is a forewarning about said post. This post is just a few thoughts about what may happen in the not too distant future. Some will see nothing wrong with the post while others will be offended. We ask that you remember that before shooting the messenger.

We’ve all heard the rumors about Trump running for various offices for a while now but with a recent rash of events seen listed in the drive by media, we have another take on what could be going on. We don’t watch national news yet have heard that Hilary Clinton is being fawned over and the networks even advertised she would be reading her acceptance speech for 2016.

Which begs the question why now? The woman has hardly been heard from for a few years and is now relevant again? Many are speculating she will run for president again in 2024. We say what if she doesn’t run president but instead runs for a House seat? If Democrats keep the majority in the House in 2022 that would put her in line for the presidency sooner and without having to get elected.

If she were elected, and did become speaker of the House, she would be in line should Biden be declared incompetent. Then, if Harris was removed she could become president by default. If you don’t believe that could happen please explain to us again how Biden got elected.

When will it end?

November 20, 2021

You may have heard that Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts. Recent comments in the media had me yawning like Lil Bit in the picture above. Am I the only one who wishes the media, celebrities, and left leaning talking heads would learn some new words?

White supremacist, racist, and calling rioters ‘peaceful protesters’ aren’t cutting it anymore. Much like the boy who cried wolf we still don’t believe it. We realize that some people make a living giving their opinion of the news, and we’re fine with that, but the telling of flat out lies has gone on long enough.

And what happened to Bidens campaign promise to be the great uniter? He can’t even get more than a half dozen people to show up for a speech let alone bring the country together. We’ll end this now or we may write something we’d regret later.

Enjoy our Saturday as it looks to be a good one. Now for more coffee and a smoke.

Some thoughts

November 10, 2021

It would appear we have a problem here in our river city that will not go away any time soon. The city wants to build a bigger Juvenile Detention Center in a residential neighborhood and people have come out against it. The usual suspects are involved for their own varied reasons and the local media is covering it all.

The NAACP is against the idea as a spokeswoman stated that twice as many black youths are arrested compared to white here in Davenport. A member of the county board of supervisors is against it as he believes incarceration of juvenile offenders isn’t the way to go and doesn’t work. Others have objections to putting the facility in a residential neighborhood. The circus is back!

It would seem that those opposed to this idea would be happy if authorities looked the other way and didn’t arrest anyone under the age of 21 for anything. This type of thinking that sees 13 and 14 year olds caught driving stolen vehicles and many times with weapons found in the vehicle. How about instead of a slap on the wrist and probation, these kids go to trial and pay for what they did.

We have no answers while watching the debate while those outraged by the thought of a new facility don’t either. We do know that we live in a somewhat unique city in that we border another state and have many major highways bisect our city. This allows access to our city that others don’t see. And we have had more than our share of vehicle thefts lately.

Perhaps if the parent or parents had to pay damages their kiddies caused things would change. Or arrest them as accessories on the same charges as their wards. Something needs to be done and this project feels like a step in the right direction. That’s our opinion on the matter, yours may vary. But we all should be tired of all the juvenile crime by now.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’re halfway to the weekend. Now for some more coffee and a smoke.

An early post

November 6, 2021

After my meeting with the financial advisor I admit to being more confused than when I went in. Seems we’ll be paying more in taxes this year even though we haven’t touched the money. Heard the old ‘it takes money to make money’ spiel. And I still can’t see how stocks can be up with the condition our economy is in.

But enough of that. Seen another article about another electric car that burnt to the ground outside a home. Some people love them but I just can’t see the reason for having one. Some of the charging stations are even diesel powered! Then there are owners of these vehicles that claim there aren’t enough charging stations around. No thank you.

All that while the politicians claim we’re all going to die if we don’t let them fix the climate. Yes, the same politicians who can’t even come up with budget, or stick to it, are now saying they can ‘fix’ the climate. They can’t even keep the wind turbines going or find something to do with the used vanes when no longer in use.

If all the politicians in the world are worried about the climate they should start by planting trees and quit running their mouths. Or they could reduce their use of forms, in triplicate, and save some trees that way. We’ll end it there before we say something we may regret at a later date. Enjoy our Saturday as it looks to be a good one here. Now I need another cup of coffee before I go to bed.

Nothing to see here

October 9, 2021

We are to the point that we love our country, but not the government. Don’t know what the end plan of this administration is as it looks like that plan is turn America into a third world country. Went to get some groceries only to notice empty shelves while ships sit at anchor outside of ports because they can’t unload the goods we need.

And since the food supply is spotty this administration feels it’s alright to bring a million or more refugees and aliens into our country. Where is the extra food going to come from? Speaking of those entering our country, we wonder how it is that they don’t have to get tested, or vaccinated against the covid virus.

Other countries have successfully used different medications as treatment, yet this administration won’t allow them. Add to that the fact that said politicians and others in favor of the forced vaccines are exempt from the vaccine mandate and one has to question their motives. Like, why is the vaccine the ONLY cure when others work?

Gas prices have just about doubled in the 10 months this administration came into being while we went from energy independent to being energy dependent on countries that don’t like us. The pipeline deal with Canada was cut so they and other allies are getting mad at our country.

If more citizens don’t start letting their voices be heard we will descend this slippery slope into socialism even faster. They work for us, not the other way around.