Day six

August 18, 2019

The heat wave hasn’t gone away yet but we’ve been powering through
it. Even though it was 99 by 1 pm, we had already been to a surplus
store, a fruit stand, the Castle, the Amish Restaurant and were on
our way to the USS Batfish museum.

The first thing you see when you enter the grounds is this gun.
It’s hard to miss. As one drives closer to the museum you notice
Memorials. Pictures of a few of those are below.

We were given a nickel tour of the damage to the submarine in the
recent flood and the volunteer assured us the sub should be up and
running by July of next year. She was very informative.

On the grounds between the indoor museum and the sub itself are
rows of these plaques which commemorate all 52 U.S. submarines
that were lost in World War II. Each plaque is one sub and tells
date commissioned, date lost, and number of casualties.

Of course the USS Batfish is also on the grounds. The reason
repairs are needed become obvious as you look at this once
majestic lady. We hope they get her back to her former glory.

This reminds that freedom isn’t free and while all gave some,
some gave all. We did our part to help the cause and hope on a
future visit when the USS Batfish is restored.

On a happier note, later we went to the Oklahoma Festival of
Ballooning held in Muskogee and got to see the balloons and listen
to some music. We left before the fireworks to beat the crowd
leaving and because some of us don’t like loud noises.

Enjoy our Sunday as we’re going to a cookout.
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Stop the bull

August 7, 2019

We will forewarn some that this post is not aimed at them or meant to in any way insult the victims of the recent shootings nor condone the senseless killing of others. We just want to get some facts out there and state the obivious.

The first point is obvious; 99.99% of gun owners did not shoot anybody. Yet the first reaction from certain politicians is more gun restrictions. Yes, all mass shooters used guns, but that is not the main issue at play here. The evidence shows the problem is that most, if not all of said shooters, were taking psychotropic drugs.

The shooters were taking the drugs or had stopped taking said drugs shortly before going on a rampage. This is easily proven and it’s scary to us that some pharmaceutical companies witheld information on side effects. If you want to see an article listing the link, go here.

Neil deGrasse Tyson penned an article which includes another point we’d like to include here. The article includes a tweet he sent on August 4, 2019. The tweet goes as follows:

In the past 48 hrs, the USA horrically lost 34 people to mass shootings.

On average, across any 48 hrs, we also lose…

500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide by Handgun

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than data.
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And as it that isn’t bad enough, the shootings have become a political event. Fingers are being pointed yet nothing is changing the problem. So we’ll say again, this is not a gun problem it is a mental health problem and gun control doesn’t work.

If gun control worked Chicago would not have one person shot every 3 hours and 10 minutes and on person killed every 17 hours and 5 minutes with guns. After all, Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in our country so it can’t happen there. Well look at the numbers for yourself.

We need to quit being mushrooms and stop letting them keep us in the dark and filling us full of BS.

Enjoy our Wednesday.
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Failure to communicate

August 1, 2019

The lady who follows me around was feeling ornery yesterday and that carried into today. The wife bought her Mom a new tablet so she could get on the internet and we went over for a visit so the wife could get it set up. At some point the wife stated that ‘I’m cheap’.

I readily admitted so and reminded her that she’s always telling me I’m stuck in the 60s. And her Mom admitted to remembering the time also and liked how things were going. It just doesn’t make sense to me to $60 for a pair of name brand jeans that are made in a third world country by people who may earn a couple of bucks per day.

It’s like the price of bacon going up and down like a yo-yo. How is it one week a pound of the fat is $2.99 and the next week it’s $5.99? I use bacon as an example as bacon is one of the necessities of life.

So yesterday the wife got a deal on donuts. Somehow she ended up getting a dozen donuts for less than $2. So we had some. Today I stated that my stomach was acting up and must say, for a nurse she doesn’t cut me any slack. Instead of saying ‘take this for your upset stomach’ I got ‘what do you expect you ate almost a half-dozen donuts’.

So I clarified things for her but saying I didn’t have that many. So she replied that she had one donut and six are gone so I ate five. So I told her she was wrong and I only had 3 donuts. She asked how came to that conclusion and I told her.

The first two were samples to see if I liked the donuts and since I did I ate three. She grinned then rolled her eyes before giving me the look again. I’m sure I’ll be out of the dog house by the time we leave for vacation.

What does this have to do with the picture of the kitten above you ask? Nothing, I just thought she had pretty eyes. Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is almost here.
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Getting cloudier

July 29, 2019

We had another cloudy day yesterday here on the east coast of Iowa and the sky looked like my brain felt. Several things have been happening and the opinions of the media have been non-stop. From local to national this redneck can’t make sense of it.

Locally there is talk again of making a couple of downtown one-way streets into two-way streets. This discussion has come up many times in the past and the claim now is that it would be better for business. If this does go through I’ll find a different way to get around.

Our politicians must be smoking the wacky weed again. Their hatred of Trump is not even thinly disguised as a difference in policy. Yet in our mind all their arguments are in vain as they are not based on facts. So the hot button topics get pushed like racism and socialism.

The only problem with that line of thinking is the accusers are the only ones guilty of the crimes. And I think this whole impassioned plea to address global climate change is nothing more than a money grab to justify more taxes.

Much like Bernie Sanders ‘Medicare for All’, which would be free but relying on a higher tax to the middle class. Democrats have admitted this is so which means it isn’t free. Why don’t they just say they would be happy with 60% of our paychecks and we could have the rest.

And after not doing much all year Congress announce an almost two month ‘spring break’. Must be that those who write their speeches need time to come up with new, and more convincing lies. These people are truly legends in the own minds.

Instead of a pay raise we suggest a pay cut. Straight $15 an hour with no overtime and no retirement benefits. How many would hang around if that was law?

Enjoy our Monday as this is looking to cloudy, but dry day here. Now for more coffee and leftover pizza.
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Enjoy our holiday

July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day to all! As you know we celebrate this holiday on July 4th even though the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of Independence on July 2nd. After the vote Congress worked on the Declaration of Independence which revised the original wording and passed that on July 4th, 1776.

In case you didn’t know in 1777 the holiday was observed with gunfire, speeches, prayers, parades, concerts, troop reviews, and toasts. In 1779 the holiday fell on a Sunday and was celebrated on Monday, July 5th. In 1870 Congress declared Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and in 1938 Congress changed that to make it a paid federal holiday.

It is a day most celebrate with a cook out and plenty of red, white, and blue. Many of us travel on this holiday to be with family as three day holidays allow it. However you celebrate today enjoy our holiday as it’s the only one we get this year.
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Uncle Bill is where?

April 22, 2019

Before we get to the main point of this thought we’d share a mediocre picture of the moon from the other night. It has not been edited other than a simple crop and the colors are how myself and the camera saw them.

Now on to what really confused me yesterday and made me wonder if there is even a need. Washington state is set to pass a bill that would allow human composting. I saw an article yesterday that made the claim.

And in home gardens no less! The very thought makes me shudder. Billed as a ecologically friendly death-care option the law could go into effect as early as May 1st if the Governor signs the bill. Much like when the debacle over how many genders there are began, I’m one confused redneck.

Do we really need “natural organic reduction” funeral homes? It is not comforting to me to know that properly composted human remains are safe enough to use in household gardens. I’ll just say that when my time comes I won’t be fertilizing any tomatoes. Unless said tomatoes grow in the cemetery.

Cremation reduces the body mass and can be spread over the deceased favorite place but don’t nourish the soil when strewn upon it. Washington state has the right to do as it wishes but this sounds a little to far out there for me.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s going to be another nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Changed plans

April 20, 2019

Earlier I was all sent to say something about the hub-bub surrounding the Mueller investigation, but when the wife came home she mentioned an ariticle online where a Washington state Senator had said that nurses in small rural hospitals probably spend most of their time playing cards.

After watching the video and reading the article I was amazed at this womans lack of knowledge on the subject. It reminded of what some people said when they came into the folks tavern and when I was self-employed. “It must be rough to be rich and work only when you want”.

I was also saddened that people with this little knowledge of something have the responsibility of enacting laws that directly affect this profession or any other for that matter. It would seem we do have the best lawmakers money can buy.

That being said I have no car in this race other than the fact that it was even said. My wife however is a nurse. I can’t count the number of times she’d pack a lunch only to bring it back home at the end of a shift because she didn’t have time to eat it. And I know that wasn’t because she playing cards.

The statement may have happened during a brain fart or an open mouth insert foot moment, yet still rubs me the wrong way. I don’t handle stupidity well. I will say that she has the right to say whatever she wants but should also be prepared for any fallout.

Enjoy our Saturday as it looks to be a good one here on the east coast of Iowa and I’ll try to get some more pictures if the opportunity arises. Now for some coffee and bacon.
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