From my cousin Fred. We needed this:

Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler, “the creative duo known as Wumo,“ have created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world. Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them a delight to look at. Wulff and Morgenthaler share these images on Wumo (formerly known as Wulffmorgenthaler). If you think you may have seen their work before, it should come as no surprise – they are a fairly successful cartoon duo. Their rise to success started in 2001, when they entered and won a cartoon competition. When they won, they received a one month run of their comic strip in Politiken, a national Danish newspaper. Their popularity soared with the new exposure, and they soon found more and more publishers, including several blogs and newspapers throughout Scandinavia and Germany. Their most recent accomplishment was becoming a regular cartoon strip in the New York Times.

Letter about a letter in the War Street Journal on Gay Marriage

Dear Editor,

Douglas Taylor-Weiss makes a good point regarding the fundamental freedom of marriage and its link to orderly procreation but doesn’t quite get to the most important one. (Gay-Marriage Conservatism letter, July 29)

The so-called right to gay marriage is really a ticket to violate the rights of others such as to not bake a cake or restrict entrance into private property.

There should be no place in law to allow enslavement, which is basically what happens in all these trendy new “rights” laws.

What if the partners in a marriage simply wrote and signed a contract, leaving the rest of us alone to enjoy our lives?

Fritz Groszkruger

Here is the letter:

In “Congress Should Codify Same-Sex Marriage” (op-ed, July 26), Theodore Olson and Kenneth Mehlman write, “Marriage is a fundamental freedom deeply rooted in the history and traditions of our country.” Well, yes, but that is only because marriage has been the union of male and female from which all human history comes to life. Same-sex unions omit the fundament that makes marriage fundamental. This house is built on sand.

Douglas Taylor-Weiss

Letter to Farm News on the biggest stupid idea to come along in a while

Dear Editor,

In David Kruse’s article “Clearing some foul air about CO2 pipelines”(July 22 Farm News), he declares CO2 pipelines to have a “public good.” His reasoning is that ethanol and fertilizer plants have to meet “demanding CO2 emission standards.”

This line of thinking sets a precedent where any so-called authority can impose rules favoring their pals and legally force anyone to do anything.

Just because the link is repeated billions of times doesn’t mean CO2 emissions are going to change the course of nature. The earth warms and cools on a scale much bigger than Mr. Kruse’s car or any other energy source could significantly change.

These standards he talks about, whether in good faith as being helpful or as a grand scheme to fleece ordinary Americans, are obviously wild guesses and not legitimate reasons to ruin wonderful farmland and trample property rights.

The fact that such bogus reasons have any sway at all is a sad indicator that Americans either have given up on defending themselves and they just don’t care and want to live their lives in peace and leave this country to our children in a shambles. Or, the media is now unapologetically doing the bidding of shysters and the public is proving itself to be too shallow-minded to question and resist.

Fritz Groszkruger

We Need Warren Harding

The Senate passed the $280 billion “Chips For America” bill. Well intentioned, but I think there are unfortunate unintended consequences down the road.

In Farm Show Magazine there was an entry about a farmer with a General Motors pickup that sits waiting for parts to honor a warranty claim concerning a DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) problem that crippled its Isuzu V6. In my experience whenever I see an approaching pickup with one light out it identifies it as General Motors.

I have a friend who swore he would never buy another General Motors product because of the bailout in 2008. This particular guy went broke with his excavating business during the 1980s Farm Crisis. But he didn’t declare bancruptcy. He worked and paid every single creditor who had trusted him.

General Motors made a faulty ignition switch that ultimately cost 124 people their lives when their cars unexpectedly went out of control. GM got a slap on the wrist even though they tried to cover up their mistake beginning in 2001.

The drone of underpaid and abused workers we hear from unions just might be true after all. A big chunk of their paychecks goes to enable mismanagement at the corporate level similar to a parent enabling a dope or video-game addict. Whether through inflation or taxation, we pay for shoddy products and poor business decisions with subsidies and mandates. I wonder, are these bailouts planned ahead of time by crony capitalists and their congressional pets, or are they just plain dumb?

In the “bailout-plan” column is the Ukrainian war and the Covid 19 pandemic. Ukraine has zero strategic value for the United States, yet tens of billions of American workers’ hard earned cash now reside in the pockets of so-called defense contractors. Russia’s defense budget is only 13% of the United States’ defense budget. Yet gullible consumers of corporate propaganda actually believe Russia is on a march to rule the world.

With actual fatalities similar to those from a bad flu, pharmaceutical companies are fleecing the working class with a constant stream of vaccines that don’t work and have a largely unreported record of terrible, adverse reactions. Moderna and Pfizer are featured in the Wall Street Journal driving up real estate values with their executives and workers on a buying spree of penthouses and mansions.

The traditional bashing of welfare cheats dissolved to some extent when Republicans knelt before Bill Clinton, praising him for his welfare reform. Interestingly, there was a huge increase in bad backs and mental illness accompanied by Social Security Disability checks about that time. But corporate welfare has these unfortunate individuals beat hands down.

Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have joined Bernie Sanders (Democratic posterboy for stolen elections) in a losing effort to defeat “Chips For America,” This bill has to be one of the biggest rewards for incompetance ever invented.

This kind of thing is what really adds up to recession, which recent GDP data indicate we are in right now. Wage gains are 4% behind the inflation rate, an indicator of increasing wealth disparity between rich and poor. That disparity is facilitated by corporate welfare as in “Chips For America.”

When people like Grassley, Ernst, and Sanders prove their commitment to America by further letting working families keep what they earn, recession will self-correct.

In 1920 there was a sharper downturn in the economy than the one in 1929. President Warren Harding drastically reduced the size of the federal government. After a year and a half of sorting out waste America had one of the most prosperous decades in its history. Contrast that with Hoover’s and Roosevelt’s numerous programs for helping put Americans to work. But where did they lead? The Great Depression for 16 years.