Protestors?

May 29, 2020

The strange news just keeps on coming. By now we’ve all heard of the
incident in Minneapolis where a 4 police officers over reacted which
resulted in the death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was accused of
trying to pass funny money.

Since then there has been rioting, looting, destruction of property,
and a call for revolution from a former kneeling football player.
There is even a police station on fire. After all that we have
noticed this; as of late last night, the media was still calling
these events protests and the people destroying their own cities
protesters.

So lets help the media out with a little help from our friend, the
Webster’s New World Dictionary.

protest-
1 to state positively 2 to speak strongly against -vi. to express
disapproval; object -n 1 an objection 2 a formal statement of
objection

riot-
1 wild or violent behavior, confusion, etc.; esp., a violent public
disturbance 2 a brilliant display 3 (Inf) something very funny

It would seem this makes it clear as day that the events in
Minneapolis are not protests and are in fact riots. Where will it
end? We’re not sure but don’t think it will be a happy ending.

We citizens have the right to peacefully assemble to protest what
we aren’t happy about. We do not have the right to destroy, steal,
and burn down the neighborhood.

Try to enjoy our Friday as the weekend will be gone before we know
it. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Here’s the deal…

May 28, 2020

Since I can’t believe that so many people didn’t know the threat we
call coronavirus has been around for decades, it’s time to say
something. The coronaviruses were first discovered in 1931 and
caused an acute respiratory infection in domesticated chickens.

In the 1940s, two more animal coronaviruses, mouse hepititis virus
and transmissible gastroenteritis virus, were isolated. The first
human coronavirus occured in 1965. At that time it caused a common
cold.

There are 7 coronaviruses that can infect humans. The one that
causes SARS emerged in China in 2002. MERS, another version of the
virus, started in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and was mostly in the Middle
East. And there were SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HCoV
HKU1 in 2005, and the new SARS-CoV-2 in 2019.

Contrary to some beliefs, the current strain of the coronavirus
didn’t start with bats in wet markets in Wuhan, China. This is a
simple deduction since the markets didn’t sell bats at the time of
the outbreak.

The 2002 outbreak of SARS-CoV had a fatality rate of 9.2%, the 2012
MERS-CoV had a fatality rate of 37%, and 2019 SARS-CoV-2
(COVID-19) had a projected fatality rate of 6.2%.

So this is not a new virus but a new strain of an existing one. And
I still believe that when the dust settles the fatality rate of
this virus will be less than 1% of those infected. Wear your masks if
you desire, quarantine if you must, but please do a little research
before getting too worried.

And no, I’m not a doctor. But their are reputable scientific sites
to look at when researching. Although numbers are double checked
and websites used for reference are saved, if any mistakes are
made here they are not intentional.


Just to clarify…

May 23, 2020

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who died in the
service to our country. It is not correct to tell a veteran “Happy
Memorial Day”. We veterans have our own day and we hope everyone
remembers those who gave their all on their day.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer here in our
country. We hope the National cemeteries are filled with flags on
the day we mourn the fallen.

Once called Decoration Day, the observance began being called
Memorial Day in the late 1800s. After World War I the name Memorial
Day was more common. And in May, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved 4 holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday.

Memorial Day was moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May. It
became a federal holiday in 1971. And that is our nickel tour of
this remembrance day. We can never forget that freedom isn’t free.

Tomorrow we’ll have a snicker that might be considered funny by
some, or at least a few. We try.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s official…

May 19, 2020

Common sense is never going to make a come back in our lifetime. Not
saying that to hear myself talk, only to state a fact. Don’t believe
me? I’ll try to explain.

We now have all these doctors and scientists telling us we have to
wait for a vaccine to solve the virus problem. When said vaccine does
appear, it will have to be taken with every new outbreak, and then be
told the vaccine wasn’t meant for the current strain but will help
ease symptoms. All that from people who can’t find a cure for the
common cold or flu.

We have governors who think they’ve been appointed King and shut down entire states while telling us it’s for own good. This morning one said that if businesses break his ‘rule’ they would be charged and fined, which is better than losing their license. Wait, what?

So much for land of the free, home of the brave. And what about all
these numbers they keep throwing at us? Here in Iowa we’re told so
many thousand have the Covid-19 and a couple hundred died from it.
But, those counted as having it have been tested. How about adding
‘out of 3 million residents in the state’.

Unless everybody gets tested, the numbers are useless. Unless all
those who died get tested, those numbers are useless. And what about the masks? Wear them, don’t wear them, and if you do wear them they get old real quick. I will not wear one nor visit a business that tells me I have to.

Why is our President getting so much flak over this when it’s the
Governors who are running the show right now? If people what to get
mad at someone, get mad at your Governor. We’ll say again, the
government is not the answer, it’s the problem.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now for more coffee before I do some chores.
Comments are always welcome.


Never a dull moment

May 16, 2020

Not long ago, as I was dreaming of yelling at kids to get off the
lawn, a loud crash woke me. With catlike reflexes I jumped up, got a
pair jeans on, and was ready to see what happened in less than 10
minutes. Hey, at my age that ain’t bad.

No cars had run into our house and it was in one piece so I went
to front door and saw a wrecked car in the middle of the street. On
top of being groggy I was confused. The nearest vehicle was about 20
feet away and a nearby telephone pole wasn’t damaged yet the front
end of the car was gone and steam was coming out.

So I found some footwear and ventured out. The car had hit a half-
ton pickup parked on the street and pushed it uphill about 15 feet!
Soon the neighborhood was lit up with red and blue flashing lights
and spotlights made the scene look like daytime.

When paramedics and police arrived the car was empty, still
steaming, and leaking fluid all over. The driver was nowhere to be
found and the tow truck just left with the wrecked car. Don’t know
if the car was stolen or the driver drunk, but I’m done sleeping
for tonight.

I did learn something from this experience though, I should start
practicing getting my jeans on to cut down on the time it takes
to get outside. It’s on a list.

Enjoy our Saturday as the show is over and everyone went home.
Now for some coffee and a donut.
Comments are always welcome.


Another day….

May 13, 2020

Lately my computer has gone out more than I have. Another glitch
that I believe is fixed unless it acts up again. Nothing much has
been going on the last few days but we did get a few pictures and
we’ll share some now.

This little guy was perched on a power line and looked as it he
thought himself a much bigger bird. Soon he flew off to other sites
and different lines.

The moon was still out at 6 am this morning and we got a shot before
the sun out-shined it. Since it was daylight the man in the moon didn’t
feel like talking so I came back in and made some coffee.

After the coffee I went back out and saw this critter way up in the
sky. If it wasn’t so bright out we’d know for sure what it was, but
I’m guessing a pelican or a stork. Great way to start the day.

I’m now at the point I almost enjoy watching TV news in short spurts.
Today some governors were saying they didn’t want to open their
states as the number of positive cases are up.

But the the talking heads break in and state that we are doing many
more tests now than even a short time ago. Well if more tests are done there will be more people proven positive. Time to quit playing games and let the people decide.

Just remember that in Texas you’re 16 times more likely to get hit
by lightening than die of the corona virus. On that happy note we’ll
end this post and hope you enjoy our Wednesday. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Ramblings

May 11, 2020

The last full moon could have picked a better night to arrive. Here
on the east coast of Iowa the clouds just didn’t want to move on and
made for some frustrating photography.

And once again we watched a small portion of the Today show before
searching for a rerun of some series we didn’t watch when it was in
production.

Don’t know when the practice started but we are getting tired of Al
Roker telling us how many millions of people are affected by a cold
front, severe weather, or rain. We know he pushes the global climate
change ideals but we’ll watch something else.

It amazes me how many people have a hard time believing I don’t
spend hours watching TV. To me there is nothing on during the day that is interesting, too many ‘reality’ shows on later, and talk shows being aired from the homes of the hosts and guests.

Then I get to wondering when the government became the answer to all our problems. Most people used to want smaller government with less interference in our daily life, not more. Not sure where that is heading but have a feeling I won’t like it.

Our founding fathers must be spinning in the graves. That being said,
let’s move on. Shortly I’m heading outside to try and get some yard
work done before the rain hits us again. Our battery powered lawn
mower doesn’t do well in the rain.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the rest of lives. Now
for some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.