Have I told you lately that I love you?

Bob Dorr played this on his Beatles Medley show Sunday night and it really caught my ear. BTW, if you are free Sundays at 6:30, It’s IPR in Iowa. You won’t regret it.

My sweetie and her band do this song and Annie and Terri do it too. Ringo’s version is arranged by Elmer Bernstein, famous for so many movie soundtracks.

Besides this being a great version of the song it reminded me of a story.

Terry and brother Dawson were packing up after a gig with Dawnie (my sweetie). Dawson said to Dawn, “I’ve got a song we should learn.” Dawn says, “what?” Dawson says, “Have I told you lately that I love you?”

His mic was on. Heehee. Terry says, “Hey could you guys talk about this somewhere else?” (or something like that) Then it happened again. No kidding. Again.

Those open mic moments are precious, eh? Like the one that happened recently when, German leader, Angela Merkel, told Mark Zuckerberg to have Facebook censor comments that might portray Middle Eastern migrants in a bad light after the rapeugee New Years celebration in Cologne. Dawson’s open mic was more fun, but Merkel’s more revealing, er… damning.

At a loss to find real news. BTW, the video of Merkel telling Zuckerberg to censor “racist content has been taken down from YouTube.

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First in the Nation: Whoopee!

Dear Readers,

My chief critic really liked this one. He says it echoes the feelings of the “silent majority.” Of all the media I see, I would have to admit this is the alternative because everything else is like a plague of BS. Contradictions abound, pandering accepted as the norm.

First in the Nation: Whoopee!

Caucus season is upon us and the second most frequent comment I hear is, “I can’t wait until it is over.”

I think one of the biggest mistakes of my life was waiting until after an election cycle to dump our land line phone. Believe me, you won’t regret it. But let’s put another angle on what has caused us to dig through the old record collection or even seek silence instead of radio or television.

I’ve often heard that voting is an essential part of our democracy. Those who know what democracy is, understand what terror that statement brings to a lover of freedom and prosperity. Democracy is mob rule. It favors the majority at the expense of the individual. It sorts out good men and promotes people whose chief attribute is electability.

Look at the presidential campaign in Iowa. In Iowa, we caucus. We don’t primary because we might lose “first in the nation status.” The robbers who get there first get the most loot. Iowans are a proud people.

I’m wearing out the “off” button on the tractor radio. Every few minutes there is this dialogue with a gal who just got a job in the wind energy industry. They question why some candidates are “against clean energy.” You’d think the voters were smart enough to see what a lie this is. Has a candidate promised to ban clean energy? No, they oppose subsidies. If subsidies are offered to one form of energy, that limits the opportunity of competing forms. It makes it impossible for the market to reward those who sell the best form of energy. Most importantly, it supposes that there is some taxpayer out there who doesn’t deserve to keep the fruits of his labor because the voters were tricked into thinking some bureaucrat knew better how his money should be spent. This sad situation has spread to all sectors of our economy.

State directed economies divert resources from the most efficient uses. The aggregate demand of real people will always be more real than schemes dreamed up by someone who has no stake in the game and has to convince voters rather than investors. Store shelves would be empty if the most capable people lacked opportunity or were penalized for their success.

Voting is only critical when the rule of law has been cast aside. It has. Every vote is a distortion of a market that could reflect true value. Every vote will create more waste and poverty than if the law had simply been followed and all our relationships left to be selfish decisions made by willing participants.

On the federal level, all actions of the government are enumerated (listed) in The Constitution. Nothing else is lawfully allowed. The president is not authorized to make policy decisions, declare war, or create regulatory agencies. He is only authorized to execute the laws made by Congress.

I started to write my opinion of some of the candidates and it just sounded mean, so out it went to what Thomas Sowell calls the author’s most valuable tool, the waste basket.

The bottom line is, as time passes you will find your vote makes little difference. Recent memory reveals that no principle will go unviolated, government will grow, foreign threats will be used to empower domestic ones, domestic threats will be used to punish success, and personal responsibility will be supplanted with faceless and unaccountable public ones.

Seeing as little will change with this most important election of our lifetime, we should consider which celebrity would make the best subject for jokes and caricatures. With every candidate promising to trash the document they pledge to “preserve, protect and defend,” I have nowhere to turn but to entertainment value. But at least we’ll be first in the nation.

 

Blame ISIS?

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/20/isis-destroys-iraqs-oldest-christian-monastery-satellite-photos-confirm.html

ISIS destroys Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery so of course we must, as the politicians in Iowa are saying from the comfort of their tour busses, “destroy ISIS.”

What the hell was that thing doing still standing yesterday? Well, using a deep thinking  process not available to those politicians and their devotees, it is because the man we slowly assassinated, Saddam Hussein, had a barbaric system of order that protected the rights of diverse cultures. Yes, it’s a foreign concept. It doesn’t play well on Fox or CNN. So it isn’t an option.

But if you take the time to think it through you will conclude that GW, Rumsfeld, Cheney and the rest of those monsters blew up that monastery.

I never really liked the idea of monasteries anyway. I dig chicks. That doesn’t mean I should blow them up, though.

Letter to Pop. Mech.on Ezra Dyer

 

 

 

(You’ll have to see the magazine yourself. They don’t post articles online before the next issue comes out.)

I agree with Ezra Dyer that VW broke rules. (Is Diesel Dead? Feb 2016 P.M.)

Let’s go on from there. I left a Los Angeles basin full of smog in 1969, as soon as I graduated from high school. The smog was just one reason I left that environmental and moral wasteland.

Here in Iowa we’d like a car that gets 50MPG and can easily pass on rolling two lanes. But we are stuck with buying 30% more fuel to get around so some politicians can create the illusion they are “doing something.”

This is a perfect example why this country was intended to be an organization of independent states.

Ezra Dyer’s moral superiority should dictate he convert his diesel Bronco to EV.

 

Evolution…

… of language, that is.

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I thought my hearing was bad, but. A Social Security number is now a Social. A town hall meeting is now a town hall. Shoot, I just put an old Hendrix record on and can’t remember the other example so I’ll go on with the point. Oh, here it is. A state of the union address is now a State of the Union.

I can accept the three examples above the same as I can accept not ever wearing a necktie. Dad, he loved neckties, conservative ones. He was pretty dapper. I look at neckties as similar to smoking and shaving. How much more time would we have throughout our lifetime if we never shaved or smoked or tied a tie?

As we age time goes faster. Its rarity makes it more valuable, like the one Cardinal we have hanging around our feeders. He is so bright against the winter landscape, like a little piece of the Land of OZ. The sparrows are appreciated for the patterns they make in the sky when they are startled, but not on their own.

The change, or evolution of language makes me think of the term, “our freedoms.” What a joke it is that $3 trillion of our hard earned money has been taken for a war  on terror that is nearly entirely made up to feed the death and destruction industry. And then our evolved language is used to insert “our freedoms” into every complaint about our so-called enemies, even though it is the war machine we finance, we bow down too, we get teary eyed over as they fly their million dollar jets over college football games that has taken our freedoms.

Need I explain? OK. That $3 trillion as money, represents the value of our time. Our time is a measurement as well. A measurement of our freedom. We contribute a portion of our lives to serving others as an exchange for the time we have to do as we please for ourselves. The people we exchange that time with have done the same thing.

I had to turn off the radio yesterday as I chored in the tractor. Simon Conway was going on and on with Rick Perry, about our sailors being captured off the coast of Iran. “It was an act of war!” Well shoot, it takes one to know one. It was their coast, not ours. Iran didn’t take away our freedom, our guys did. They didn’t buy the plane tickets themselves, right? They didn’t buy all their fancy outfits and gear themselves, right? They didn’t put in their time there while on vacation, right? The expense for all that represents the loss of our freedoms that the nationalist pawns of the military / industrial complex are squandering over there. If it benefits anyone, it benefits the radical jihadists and the war profiteers, not us.

The term freedom has evolved to mean snake oil.

 

Powerball

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Oh man, are we excited? We’ve got a pretty good chance at winning $1.3 billion. Just a two dollar investment and we are in baby.

I’m not doing it, however. Two bucks buys two tamalitos in downtown Hampton. 260,000,000 to one is just shy of my risk threshold.

I like the idea of the Lotto, though. Making stupid people pay for the stupid things the government does seems quite appropriate. After-all, it certainly doesn’t do much for me. Love the roads. That’s about it.

As far as the income disparity we hear so much about? This couldn’t help much, but whose fault is that?  The whole idea of gaining wealth has been demonized if it involves exchanging hard work or good ideas for a little cash from someone who needs those good ideas or hard work. It is really a lot more fun to complain about rich folks and lobby for their money than to mow their lawn or build their cars.

Lotto is less than the NBA or MLB, though. Those things do take some work. It’s the ods that are about the same.