A Forward

I just had to post a forward on this blog. It might be cheap and lazy but then at least I can fit in. Dawn came home wondering what is going on with the non-commitment of people in her choir. Poor attendance at practice has become the norm. A comment was heard, “maybe they should not be scheduled at the same time as the basketball games.” Goes right along with, “I like Bernie.” Really. A vote based on nothing but a desire for free stuff. Infantile. Oh yeah, here is the FW:

The Washington Redskins finally drops offensive name!

Dan Snyder, owner of the NFL Redskins, has announced that the team is dropping “Washington” from the team name, and it will henceforth be simply known as “The Redskins.”  

 It was reported that he finds the word ‘Washington’ imparts a negative image of poor leadership, mismanagement, corruption, cheating, lying, and graft, and is not a fitting role-model for the young fans of football.


Healthy Harvest

I’ve got nothing against farmers growing food and selling it to willing buyers. But something occurred to me as I read the paper today. A bank in Hampton gave a thousand dollars to Healthy Harvest of North Iowa in “support of a sustainable regional food system.” Am I all alone in seeing some irony in a marketing organization needing a grant to promote sustainability?

I’ve had several people look at me with a straight face and say, “I like Bernie.” This always accompanies the unspoken question, “where will it all come from?”

It has this to do with the grant mentioned above: Banks lend money at a higher interest rate than they pay on savings. That sustains them. It is profit earned by performing the service of matching savers with borrowers. Savers earn less interest and borrowers pay higher interest because the bank gives money away to politically correct organizations, for appearance’s sake.

Volcano II

Well. We got that Golf Sportwagen we were hoping for. A diesel with a six speed manual. We had to travel to Illinois for a funeral. (Another sad case of the son of elderly parents departing before his folks. Mike truly was a beautiful person and will be missed by many. One of the best reasons my marriage is perfect is the quality of my in laws. I can’t get enough of them but only seem to see them at funerals. We vowed today to change that.)

Anyway. When the salesman delivered the car we stood in a closed garage for 15 minutes with the motor running while he explained the features of the car, as if I could remember 10%. Guess what? There was absolutely no diesel exhaust smell after all that time. And with the cruise set at 75 to 79mph over 400 miles that thing got over 50 miles per gallon. On Hwy 3, a rolling two lane, passing was a piece of cake

Anecdotal evidence, I know. But VW has created a masterpiece and the EPA has shot it down. What would you do with the money you’d save with a car that goes twice as far on a gallon of fuel?

Do you want to see pollution?

Go here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/12/2015-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/420756/

Arrested For Wearing Pig Hat

This guy in the Netherlands got arrested because he was wearing a pig hat

He was protesting the asylum seekers who are ruining his country (Holland). The pig hat offended Muslims. Racism is illegal. But what I found amusing was the comment in the story, “Impersonating a police officer is a serious offence.”

I’m hoping, as the law becomes even more arbitrary and ridiculous, “law and order” types will join us in resisting these serious offences by the state, the enemy. I’ve often admired officers locally who tread that fine line between preserving the peace and abuse of our God given rights. Good luck you guys.

Marco and Ted Are Not Good Neighbors

Rubio and Cruz both criticize Ohbombya on his planned trip to Cuba. What are they so afraid of if they truly believe in free markets or any freedom at all? In the long term (these guys should look that up) our influence on the world has been by example, as people discovered how competition and voluntary exchange has improved lives worldwide. Shoot. The rich folks in third world countries are now almost as well off as the poor people here. And as our freedom has dwindled, our “middle class” has more and more resembled the rich in the third world.

Our influence as an aggressor has not worked out so well. Being friendly (but vigilant) is productive on a personal level and should serve as an example for political relationships.

Cuba, having been isolated from the US has not made any progress, while other communist countries have. China is not a small deal. But then, in their severe warvanglical generosity, Rubio and Cruz prolly see prosperity in China as a bad thing; in much the same way that Bernie and Hillary see rich people here as exploitive rather than providing opportunity to those they employ or purchase supplies from.

Cruz, Rubio, Sanders, Clinton. Four good reasons not to vote.


Sums It Up Pretty Well

If this is the Jack Kelley I know in Hansell I’m gonna give him a big sloppy kiss. (Well I’m not so sure about that) The part of this I’d question is Bush’s motive to increase the world oil supply. He would only benefit if it was his oil. Otherwise he would lose on the decreased price. I think Bush’s motive was egalitarian combined with profit for other enterprises that benefit from war. Ask Eisenhower.
Jack Kelley
2/16/2016 6:56 PM CST
Of course people, presidents included, make mistakes. But W took this country to war against the wrong country and in the face of millions of people in this country and around the world telling him exactly what would happen if he did. And what we were all trying to warn him about is exactly what did happen. This was not a mistake, this was a rock headed move against all the evidence and contrary to all good sense.

I can even find an excuse for LBJ’s senseless escalation in Vietnam, a sincerely held belief that communism was spreading and had to be defeated. There is no such excuse for W. He invaded Iraq in an irrational attempt to increase the world oil supply. That was a cynical and unforgivable misuse of the American military.

Today the situation is only different in that it is predictably worse than it would have been had we done nothing. Clinton on one side, and the entire GOP on the other, not to mention the WAPO board, is continuing to flirt with another ME military adventure. Review the Powell doctrine and tell me what possible achievable and meritorious goal there is for our military in the ME. “But we gotta do something” is not a rationale for putting any American service person in harm’s way again.

The article the comment was made about:https:  //www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-war-in-iraq-haunts-the-2016-presidential-contest/2016/02/16/f29b8686-d44e-11e5-b195-2e29a4e13425_story.html

WSJ letter on Jeb’s Questioning Trump’s Morals

Dear Editor,

It has really come to this? “Bush Attacks Trump Over His Morals.” (February 13-14 Journal)

How dare Jeb Bush, referring to his brother in comparison, question Donald Trump’s morals?

Trump made the ultimate understatement in describing G.W.’s Iraq policy as “destabilizing.” There are hundreds of thousands dead including thousands of fine American servicemen, infrastructure destroyed, survivor’s lives ruined and trillions of dollars diverted from productive use by Jeb’s brother’s messianic adventures. George W. Bush’s wearing a suit into the Oval Office doesn’t change that.

I’ll take a president with some principled respect for human life and a few character flaws any day over one who squanders American lives and treasure while pretending to be a gentleman.

Fritz Groszkruger

1820 Warbler Ave.

Dumont, IA 50625