Confusing times

January 10, 2019

As the sun was setting yesterday I got to thinking about things
going on in our country. News programs don’t get the truth out,
politicians don’t legislate, and it feels like most are easily
offended if you don’t agree with them.

It seems odd to this oldfart, who can remember when opposing
political parties could be civil to each other and reach an
agreement that was a compromise of what they really wanted yet
still good for our country.

Now politics appears more like a war than the meeting of great
minds. And while is getting done all are getting paid while
not doing their job and tell us hard they’re working for us.
We don’t know where this is heading but it has to stop.

One has to wonder how different things would be if our silly
politicians didn’t get paid during these shutdowns and were not
paid after it’s over for time spent doing nothing but slinging
insults at those who disagree with their version of the truth.

If one looks at some polls on building the wall a majority of
us say they are actually for the wall, but not at the cost of a
government shutdown. Yet polls of border enforcement agency
employees overwhelmingly believe it is necessary, and now. We
may do a post on just these polls later.

It may be time to change the laws so we can elect monkeys to
run our country as some of us feel the monkeys couldn’t make
things any worse.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’re 10 days into our new year. Now I
need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

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Bound to happen

January 4, 2019

We forewarn you that if you are thin-skinned, have a safe room,
or take a progressive view on life, you may find this offensive.
That was not our intention although there are those among us
who are easily offended. This is just a confused old farts
opinion of current affairs.

After taking my meds and having a few cups of coffee I turned
on the TV to listen to the news. Since the wife was still
sleeping I began arguing with said TV news. A couple of things
mentioned had me saying Lord love a duck!

A California drivers license now has 3 options under sex? I
always believed, and still do, that there are only two. Either
male and female or yes or no. Turns out California deemed it
wise to add non-binary to the list.

I didn’t even know what the what is. So I looked it up. This
is what one site said “The gender binary, also referred to as
gender binarism (sometimes shortened to just binarism) is the
classification of the sex and gender into two distinct, opposite
and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine.”

Needless to say no further reading was required on my part. If
it takes that many words to say that little I’ll remain in the
dark.

Another thing about the new California drivers license is that
they are now real IDs. Iowa has had the real IDs for a while now
and I wonder what they thought the prior drivers license were.
As someone who remembers drivers license without the bad photo
on the front I’ve come to the conclusion our country has gone
nuts.

It seems our government has taken the old adage to heart, “If
you can’t dazzle them brilliance baffle them with bullshit”.
What’s wrong with keeping it simple? It was bound to happen
yet still a surprise.

Now I need more coffee before heading out to run errands.
Comments are always welcome.


Night and day thoughts

December 19, 2018

After a lot of running and a chat with my brother we took a
stroll down memory lan remember our time in the Navy and a
Destroyer that isn’t around anymore. When the running was done
a quick trip back outside told me it was around sunset.

Later the moon came out and I had a short chat with Monty, the
man in the moon. I said he looked pretty good but he thought
he needed more acne cream. Sometimes we just don’t know what
bothers others. He did say he celebrates Christmas much like we
do.

And after coming back in the house it hit me that Christmas is
getting closer and if you’re going to go shopping we are
reminded daily that there is still time to have gifts shipped
if we so desire. If we choose a local business their hours are
expanded for the season.

To those who don’t celebrate because of religious beliefs, or
lack there of, you may as well enjoy it as you’re stuck in the
traffic right alongside us believers anyway. And traffic has
been heavy here on the east coast of Iowa. That will continue
but at least the weather looks favorable.

We won’t have a White Christmas this year and most I’ve talked
to are alright with that. Those complaining usually talk skiing
and slope conditions. So enjoy our Wednesday as we’re halfway
into the work week for those who do so. Now I need to get busy
and make more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


A few thoughts

December 12, 2018

During lunch with the wife yesterday we caught part of the
meeting between our president and two Democrats that didn’t go
well. It’s always amusing to us when the media catches up to
these politicians after such an event.

Old phrases keep popping back up and this time was no
exception. The incoming speaker of the House stated that we
would have transparency once she was seated. Seems like the last
time we heard that phrase we also heard they had to pass the
bill so we could know what was in it.

There were more but us mere mortals can only take so much so
we watched Christmas carols on another TV set in the Bar and
Grille we were enjoying pizza and coffee at. As I looked around
the place it seemed everyone else was watching the Christmas
videos and not glued to the set carrying the politicians press
conference.

We think things will get interesting when the new/old bunch of
politicians take over. And since a lot of these politicians are
legends in their own minds are sure they’ll tell us about it
whether we want to hear it our not.

One thing that would be nice is if any statement that came out
their mouths were at least based on the truth. Can’t ask them
to follow the Constitution as that went out a long time ago.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday as we will as soon I get some
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Interesting times

December 10, 2018

Have you noticed people get upset about the darndest things
that someone else said, or wrote, years ago and demand an
apology? It makes one wonder if artificial intelligence has
surpassed the intelligence level of us mere mortals. Whatever
happened to freedom of speech?

I’m told most people have a means of filtering what comes out
of their mouths before they speak. If so mine was broken a long
time ago. My super power is that I can offend people without
even trying.

I once told someone I didn’t believe in same-sex marriages and
got the riot act. Thing is I’m not against it if others want to
marry a member of the same-sex, just that it wouldn’t happen to
me. I fail to see the attraction is all.

If you stop and think about it; riots have now become protests,
illegal aliens now have rights, and most of what our parents
taught my generation is considered wrong. I even read that the
Supreme Court said churches and other religious organizations
could display nativity scenes on their own property as long as
they included non-secular items in the display.

So what happened? When did the feelings of those who think
different from us trump our rights? Yet now we are told that we
have to tip toe around people we’ve never met, who don’t know us,
and change our ways because of what we think? Lord love a duck!

Enjoy our Monday. Now I need to calm down with more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Here we go

November 29, 2018

Mary Barra, GM CEO, announced a few days ago that GM would
close several plants and cut 15% of its salaried workforce.
In her 5 years as CEO, Barra has made some decisions that were
not popular but she has made the company a profitable
enterprise.

Along with plant closures she is removing money pit sections
like Peugeot, has authorized getting out of Russia and India,
and is getting rid of cars that aren’t selling. Two mentioned
were the Volt and the Cruise. Instead GM will develop a Blazer
and full electric vehicles.

GM will keep investing in self-driving vehicles as they claim
there is a profit to had in that sector of the market. Deep
discounts have also gone the way of the dinosaur in the name
of profit.

And despite Michigan and Ohio taking hits financially due to
the plant closings and thousands unemployed, insiders claim
this is the best plan since sliced bread. So the buying public
will have fewer choices while spending more money to get their
next vehicle and former employees will scramble for new jobs.
Thank God GM will make a bigger profit.

Won’t people be needed to build the new SUVs, trucks, electric
cars, and self-driving vehicles? I’m guessing that the Camaro
will still be around along with 1 or 2 other models, but if you
like a car that doesn’t make the cut you will be looking for
something else.

We haven’t heard a timeline for when all this is supposed to
begin but once again feel like the redheaded step-child here.
One feels like we, the buying customers, aren’t given a thought
and going for the gold is all that counts. It bothers me and I
won’t even be affected.

I quit looking at new cars when the wing windows and standard
transmissions left. I don’t need 47 cup holders, back up
cameras, and a knob to change gears.

Enjoy our Thursday as it means the weekend is almost upon us.
Now I need to calm down and have more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Truth is stranger than fiction

November 15, 2018

If you have not yet heard of ‘Medicare for all’ we believe you
will, and often, leading up to the 2020 election. Bernie Sanders
mentions the subject on his website and is considered the man
behind the plan. He states on the site that “health care must
be recognized as a right, not a privilege.”
In 2017

Senator Sanders introduced S.1804-Medicare for All Act of
2017 to the Senate on September 13th. It has been read twice
and sent to the Committee on Finance Action by the Senate.

Medicare spending totaled $710 billion in 2017. Mr. Sanders
version, if passed, would cost an estimated $2.4 trillion a year
and is estimated to add $32.6 trillion to our debt over the
first 10 years of its start.

This bill would also end employer funded insurance which would
affect over 156 million people who get their insurance this way
and they will be forced on a single-payer system with government
panels deciding which treatments will be covered.

This would also affect private practices, clinics, and hospitals
as they could be co-opted into a government run system. All of
this would cost money, but we needn’t worry about that. Since
there are only two ways to pay for such a program: reduce the
spending or increase taxes, you can guess which way that will
go.

Don’t worry, Bernie has that figured out too. He’s just going
to call for a ton of new taxes to pay for it. Like higher taxes
for the rich and middle-income families, and new taxes on
businesses.

We hope this bill never sees the House floor. Health care is
not a right, complicating the process doesn’t help anyone, and
new and higher taxes would be a blight on our economy.

Enjoy our Thursday. Here on the east coast of Iowa the sun is
out so we’ll enjoy it. Now for some coffee and perhaps a pizza
for brunch.
Comments are always welcome.