Change of plans

October 17, 2019

Was going to do a different post but felt that could wait until
Friday and air my feelings about the soap opera which some call the ongoing battle between our President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Our current Speaker of the House does not get along with our President and has a habit of storming out of meetings with same claiming to be offended by something said and address the nearest TV News camera. I always thought the title ‘speaker’ meant someone well versed who could enter a meeting and have a civil discourse with anyone.

Apparently not. Our House of Representatives is the lower house of
the national legislature and the Senate is the upper house. The House
passes Bills which then go the Senate for a full vote and then, if
passed, sent to the President for consideration. They also initiate all
Bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

With all the impeachment talks going on we know what they’re concentrating on. The House has spent an estimated $300 million so farin their attempt to impeach the President and I feel have broken many laws in doing so. It has not been put to a vote, it is as partisan as the day is long, and many more.

If the Speaker of our House cannot manage a simple meeting with the president, how can she manage the House of Representatives? She is the poster child for term limits. I would mention television coverage of the meetings and inevitable walk outs but that may be a post for another day.

Enjoy our Thursday as tomorrow we’ll return with a post complete with
pictures. Now I need more coffee and a cheeseburger.
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Hocus pocus

October 3, 2019

The Democrat candidates for president are going crazy about all the ‘gun violence’ and are not to be deterred by facts. Since it is October the FBI has released their Uniform Crime Report for 2018. And not to burst said candidates bubble, but violent crime is down.

All violent crime is down 3.3% percent from last year and 9% below
the 2009 levels. It is also up 4.7% above the 2014 level. Aggravated
assaults accounted for 66.9% of violent crimes in 2018, robbery was at
23.4%, rape 8.4%, and murder 1.3%.

So why not enact stricter laws and penalties for the assaults and
leave the guns out. But no, the mental midgets in Congress want to
take our assault rifles. Isn’t it justified you ask? No.

Of the 14,123 murders in 2018 an estimated 10,256 involved firearms.
But that is misleading. Murders committed with rifles of any kind were
297 last year. Let that sink in. 10,256 murders by firearms, 297 with
rifles, including the assault rifles.

Yet many Democrats want to ban ‘assault rifles’? We’re told that last
year one was 5 times more likely to be killed with a knife than any
any rifle. The AR-15 and Ak-47 are rifles. Quit shipping the bull.
We’re getting tired of hearing it.

Instead, read the Constitution and follow your oath to protect and
defend it. Quit trying to railroad our president and do what you were
elected to do. If you want to get rid of gun violence do something to
get guns out of the hands of people who shoot other people. The
hocus pocus is getting old.
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Had to do it

September 19, 2019

I broke a long standing tradition this morning and watched about a
half hour of ‘America’s Most Watched News Program’. I did this with the
intention of seeing if anything had changed since I quit watching. It
has not.

During that short time I watched coverage of the fact that the Prime
Minister of Canada wore brown face 20 years ago, an intelligence
official claimed Trump made illegal promises to an unknown Leader of
another country, a flying car that doesn’t fly, how Houston first
responders answered over 1,000 calls for rescue from people who had
driven through floodwater, and that Al Roker had hip surgery.

Well that ‘news’ just caused me to renew my resolve not to watch any
national news and will tell you why here. First thing is I considered
none of what I saw as news. How much bull can they ship with a
straight face.

Prime Mister Trudeau said he did dress in brown face for an Arabian
Nights costume party and now feels it was racist. Wow!

I don’t see how Trump talking to another ‘unnamed’ world leader, as
yet unknown, is news. Sounds like rumor to me.

The flying car turned out to be a hydrofoil in Paris. The electric
powered vehicle costs $200,000 and claim is it would soon be
used as taxis in major cities worldwide that have waterways. It takes
35 minutes to charge them which give these electric miracles a 25
minute run time.

And I’m sorry Mr. Roker needed surgery yet do not consider it news
that he did. I guess the show must go on.

Another thing that irked me was the fact the term ‘Global Climate
Crisis’ was mentioned several times during my short experiment. I
consider it a crock and fail to see how more taxes would solve
anything.

Houston felt the effects of a tropical storm and once the rain stopped all these people thought they had boats? Some may have tryingto get work or had other legitimate reasons for trying but common sense has to kick in at some point.

I’m going outside now to experience nature and get my sanity back.
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The day

September 11, 2019

Eighteen years ago today we were attacked on our own soil and as a result 2,996 were killed and over 6,000 were injured. It was a day when America reacted as one and we banded together as a nation to offer comfort and aid to those who needed it.

The terrorist group al-Queda was behind the attacks and if they thought these attacks would leave us running scared, they were wrong. Most of us old enough to remember the event also remember where we were when we heard.

I was at a shop hanging a quarter panel on a ’54 Chevy when the news came through. Needless to say the shop didn’t get much done after the= news. We watched the tragedy unfold, the towers fall, and heard the stories of the heroism of first responders and those about to die.

The attack started at 8:46 am (EDT) and the second tower fell at 10:28 am (EDT) but the news coverage continued. Now we know that first responders who weren’t killed during the attack succome to terrible illnesses and are having issues still.

So we are going to have a moment of silence to show we haven’t forgot and will never forget. Enjoy our Wednesday even though it falls on the day of these terrible attacks now 18 years in the past. Now for some coffee.
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What if?

September 3, 2019

We will forewarn those who are easily offended and believe all the politicians tell us, this post is not for you as it contains my opinion.

With so many presidential candidates campaigning on how they’d save us from global climate change wouldn’t it be ironic if the cause is not man made but caused by a shift in the Earth’s orbit? If true, and if the climate change is real, there isn’t anything anyone could do about it.

UC Santa Barbara geologist Lorraine Lisiecki found that
a change in the Earth’s orbital cycle affects the climate. But don’t
take our word for it, check out the Science Daily website from 2010
for the whole story.

So if there is no need for the candidates to save us from our evil ways, what would their solutions actually accomplish? I mean aside from separating us from more of our paycheck. As someone who has no desire in running for any office this seems crazier than most ideas that we’ve heard.

Just for the sake of being ornery, here’s a thought. If there is a
climate change going on, and if it’s caused by a change in our orbit,
it would make more sense to study how much of a change is coming.
Then prepare people for something that nobody can stop.

The staff of these politicians must sit up all night to think up
causes like this, and if they don’t we’d like to know what they’re
smoking. We’ll just be glad when the election is over so the daily
nonsense of the political circus returns.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now I go search of coffee and some
juice.
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It’s here

September 2, 2019

Well the unofficial end of summer is here. Labor Day was started as a
way to honor the American labor movement and the day was officially
declared a federal holiday in 1894.

In some states Labor Day is the first three day weekend of the new
school year while other states have laws that prevent schools from
starting the school year until after Labor Day. Even if you don’t get
Labor Day off, it does affect us all in some ways.

As mentioned, schools start around this day. In the state of
Minnesota the State Fair ends on Labor Day, and if you’re fashion
conscious it’s the last day one can wear white. Or so we’re told.

And a lot of sports involve the holiday in one form or another. The
NCAA teams play their first games over the weekend and the NFL play
their kickoff game the Thursday after the holiday. NASCAR holds the
Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend and
at Indianapolis Raceway Park the NHRA holds their finals for the
NHRA U.S. Nationals over this weekend.

Labor Day is also the mid-point of weeks one and two of the U.S. Open
Tennis Championships. And in major cities their are celebrations. New
York has the Labor Day Carnival and fireworks at Coney Island, and in
Washington, D.C., they hold a free Labor Day Concert.

And many retailers hold Labor Day sales that are second only to Black
Friday. So whatever you think of the holiday it does touch us all. So
if you have the day off enjoy it and if you don’t just walk around
grinning like a fool. Others will be wondering what you’re up to.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now I need more coffee as I ponder
making an omelette out of whatever is in the fridge.
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Did you ever?

August 24, 2019

This is the first truck stop you see entering Missouri from Oklahoma on I-44. The picture was taken heading east and we parked on the east bound side of the “Arch”. The second floor of the place spans I-44 and you can stand up there and watch traffic zoom by beneath you.

So we pull in and decide to go to the upper level and went up 30 stairs to see what was there. Well, there’s a McDonalds, a Subway, more restrooms, and a souvenir shop near the west bound side. The wife decided we needed to look in the souvenir shop as we were planning a late lunch in Lebanon, Missouri and had enough time to do so.

She bought a few things and we unknowingly went down the 30 steps on the west bound side. We walked into the parking lot, went to where we thought we parked our car, and discovered it wasn’t there! I hate that feeling you get when you believe your car has been stolen.

Then it hit me, we went down the wrong stairs. So back inside we go up another 30 stairs, across the second floor, and down 30 more stairs to get to the side we started on in the first place. The wife was confused until we walked out into the parking lot and there sat her car. Right where we left it.

When it was all over we laughed so hard I’m sure other patrons of the truck stop thought we’d gone insane. After drying our tears we wondered how many times this has happened to others. And if it happens to us again, I’m using the elevator.

Enjoy our Saturday as we will. Now for more coffee.
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