Over and over the Media is asking the same question.  Why are people shooting the police?   I contend that in many cases, there is no real why in the mind of an irrational person.  The old saying is "Actions speak louder than Words" is an answer in its self.   I will just make you crazy to try to figure out what causes crazy people to commit what we cal senseless crimes.  

One thing that I feel will help us as a society is to try to figure out how we can develop in young children a sense of value in the "self."  If a person does not feel that they have any value, why would you think they value the life of others?   I see that people are putting up signs that say Black Lives Matter, White Lives matter and lives matter.  On the surface, this is just one big DUH to me.  I don't see how a person that gets up out of bed can feel any other way.  My motto is every day above ground is a good day.  I will admit that I am a lot nearer to the end of my life than the start.  I will also admit that I have it pretty darned good right now.

This morning we went over to the west side of town to have breakfast with our daughter-in-law and her parents.   There is a Perkins that manages to serve platters of food that contains enough calories to get me through at least the other half of my day.  There is a "Skillet" that has deep fried potatoes, bacon ham and eggs covered with two more eggs, cheese and a dollop of gravy.  I quit eating with some left on the plate.  I am sure that I would have to come home and take a nap if I ate it all.  Wait, a nap doesn't sound that bad under about any circumstance.  

My good friend Harvey called me today to see if I was going to the 50th High School reunion this weekend.  I told him wait out as I needed to check the schedule.   It is really  the last weekend in September not the first weekend.  I told him that if He would go I would.  I need to get him notified of the right weekend.  Don't you hate it when you get old and the days drift together?  

Just this morning, we talked about what day of the week it is for retired people.  Every day is Saturday to us.  In fact, I try to do most of my weekly activities on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday so I don't get over run by people that aren't retired.  With Labor day coming up this weekend, most of the stores will be closed on Monday so it is really important to get things done early.

Oh well, did I say nap?



Looking Back or Forward

For some reason, I have an incredible ability to remember things from the past or the ability to replicate things I think I remember.  I will tell you that while I can remember crying some at things that upset me, I really don't dwell on them.   I remember a lot of laughter with a fairly large family. I think that I like to look forward but am an optimist about the past.  

Today there was an editorial from a woman that has given up the modern electronic approach that had captured a lot of people.  I am a conservative in a lot of areas but I try to stay attached to the electronic part of my life.  I haven't given in to the need to stay attached to my cell phone 24/7.  I carry it for my use and am quite annoyed when I get a call from someone I don't know (or want to know)  I seldom use it to google things.  I will admit that it might save us some time but when you reach our age, who cares about one or two hours spent doing something with someone you love.  

I made the mistake of bad mouthing the catholic church with a friend who is a very outspoken catholic.  After about 20 minutes of him trying to convince me that I was wrong, we finally agreed to part ways and claim no harm, no foul.  I cannot find it in my heart to let the idea of a few old men to control things they need to.  I think I have said that while I find abortion a horrible form of birth control, I can't figure why the church need to be involved.  Likewise, why are there no women priests?  Surely they couldn't do a worse job that the reported pedophiles.  Did I mention that I find celibacy a stupid idea?  

OK, I know I have offended a lot of you out there, and there are a bunch of you that I love very much and do not think your religion really upsets me.  If it makes you happy, who am I to really complain?  

Today is mowing day here at Rabbit Run. I am just waiting for the grass to lose some of the dew so it will be easier to discharge the grass and not leave large clumps of grass all over the yard.   I am still having problems with the weak blades on my Cub Cadet mower.  If I thought I could unload this mower I sure would.  I need something that holds up to a little heavier terrain.  The last time I mowed, I noticed that there was a line being drawn by the mower deck after mowing a section.  The blade wasn't bent bad but it was tipped down on one side of the blade.  It was either that or the height adjustment had slipped again.  Nope, the blade was bent a little.  

Oh well, gotta run.  Have a great day out there.



Your Favorite Places

Barb and I will probably make a couple of trips this fall and it makes me wonder what your favorite places are.  I would start at Zion as one of the places I likes the best.  From there, about anyplace would do.

I have it on my bucket list to one day go to Boston and walk the guided tour of historic places.  We had a great visit to Philadelphia one time and i am sure it would be fun to see Boston.

Some day I want to go to Arkansas and see the place where my Grandparents built a house by the Buffalo River.  The Park Service owns it all so there is no house there now and they blocked the roads in and out so it would have to be a foot trip.  Yes, I know I am almost getting too old for that.

A few years back we went up by Susank, KS and found the location where my Grandparents lived on the Shell Oil lease.  Most of it was gone but there were still a few metal buildings where the office was.  Because of the tall grass and all the trash, I was not really in favor of tromping through the buildings.  I remember seeing the hides of several rattlesnakes killed near the bunk house.  

Oh well, this was just a short note about my thoughts on travel.


Alone Day

Barb is off doing her Jury Duty today and here I am alone at Rabbit Run.  This morning when I went out to fetch the paper, I saw that the neighbor has a cement crew there at his house doing his rear patio.  Lots of work and they will have to carry all the cement to the patio with a power buggy.  Not the way I would want to spend my day but it is pretty nice out there right now.

I went over to see what the heck they are doing and to get in a quick petting session with Sadie, the prettiest dog in Town.  She is a cross between a black Lab and a Golden lab.  She is that silver color of a Weimaraner and because she is still a young dog kind of nutty.  I would love to take her home and spend some time teaching her to be a good dog.  I am afraid that she will be caged up all day and not get the kind of training she needs.

The other day Barb and I were talking about some of the dogs we have had over the years.  The best was the Golden Lab, Moose.  The worst was his companion Annie.  When she died, I replaced her with Baby another female black lab and she was not bright either.  The male black lab, Taco was one nice dog and pretty smart.  Right now we are without a dog and I think Barb would rather keep it that way.  

I am going to go downtown at noon and have lunch with Barb.  We will met at the Classic Bean and probably have one of their great sandwiches.  Throw in a good iced tea and some potato salad and it will be  a great lunch.  The only problem right now is that Kansas Ave is pretty torn up and parking is at a premium.  Not sure why Topeka thinks we need to have Kansas Ave torn up every few years, but they do.  I am pretty sure that it about kills the stores downtown.  Speaking of dead stores, Barb and I went over to the Mall and there must be 5 or six empty stores in the Mall.  We ate at the Japanese restaurant and it was pretty poor.  One small cup full of salad shrimp and rice was about 8 dollars.  Barb had the veggies and rice and with our drinks it came to the biggest share of $20.00.  

Oh well, better get the ball rolling for the day.



Thoughts for my Day

I might be one to post or write thought for your day if I had a clue how such diverse things could be on the mind of people that I barely understand.  started to watch some of the Sunday Morning news programs until Barb decided that they were just making up stuff to talk about and she didn't want to hear my solutions.  Chris Cristy wants to hire the Chairman of Fed-EX to figure out a way to keep track of the illegal immigrants.  The only problem I see with that is how do you get them to wear barcodes and walk past scanners all the time?   That's how Fed-Ex does it.  

When the news cast about the two reporters that were shot by a nut that had worked for the station turned into a discussion on how the Station was dealing with the tragedy,  it was time to change channels.  At least the other news channel was talking about the memorial services and not the TV station.

Barb got her notification from the Jury Pool Administrator that she was to report on Monday morning.  The only time I was ever in the pool, they didn't make me come in.  I think this will be Barb's second appearance and I think Dave has been three times.  I guess they don't want to have us old male white farts to appear.  I think I could do a good job but hey, who knows?

For some strange reason, I have again been selected to chair up the nominations committee for the Barbershop Chorus.  This time I have two other people on the committee so I won't fee nearly as bad when I announced the slate of officers last year.  So far only one person has asked me to not nominate him for the same position as last year.  I have some thoughts about how we can make the process work out for the good of the Chorus but I am not wanting to seem like the process Nazi and upset the apple cart for the good of the apples.  The President and I have discussed some of the needed changes but most of them will require the approval of the Chorus.  Resistance to change is always hard.

One of my Facebook Friends posted a think piece I thought was interesting.  We are warned to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few radicals but all gun owners are condemned by the actions of a few radical gun owners.   The second half of that message was the are warned all the time about the time Social Security will run out of funds but no one is warning us when the Welfare funds will run out.   Didn't we pay into Social Security and the Welfare recipients didn't?  

Better run.



Oh dear

The elementary school I went to as a kid has a Facebook site and I wrote a short story about the time in the second grade I quit school.  One of the girls that writes a lot of replies said I should write about the joyous times and not the traumatic times.  I didn't think it was traumatic, I quit school in the second grade and for a day or two, I wasn't going back.  Period!   Another blog Nazi  trying to edit what people write. 

It appears to be another overcast and cooler day today here in the Heartland.  Should be a great day for a bike ride.  In a few minutes I will go out and load up the bikes and we'll dash off to trails in other parts.  If we go early enough and there isn't some type of walk a thon should not be bad.  I may even go over to the trail by the Brown Vs Board of Education site and ride south from there.   There is hardly ever many people on that trail.  

Does your city have bikes to rent places strategically about town?   I stopped to look at the bikes over at the lake this week and saw the strangest setup[ for a bike.  Instead of a chain, the front pedals were hooked up to the rear end by a solid drive tube to a rear hub.  Because there is no chain, the gears to make it easier to ride are all enclosed in a transmission attached to the rear end.  Some day when I have more time, I will go over and rent one and see how it works.  One of the things I hate about the recumbent is the chain slap because it is so far from the pedals to the rear end on the design of my bike.  If there was a better way to transmit the pedal travel to the rear end, I would hop on it like a duck on a June bug.   I have a design to stop the chain slap but not the ability to make it work.  Perhaps when we go to Idaho later on this year I might be able to convince my builder to make it work. 

Last year I was the nominations committee for the Barbershop Chorus.  I worked it alone and this year I have a couple of guys that have stepped up to help.  I am going to use them as I think it might be a tough year for the chorus.   The one good thing is that I think there are a couple of new Baritones going to join us and I may move back to Bass. 

Oh well, better get this show on the road and go get the bikes ready to go.



My Platform

If I were running for Political Office this is what I would say about the items highlighted:

Freedom - Back in the beginning of our Country, there were a lot of things said about what was important then and how to change what was written.   I do feel there is a need to have changes made but I caution you all about starting down a slippery slope and changing things in ways not delineated in the Constitution.  Fort example.  The Westboro Baptist Church has a message that is clearly anti LGBT. ( Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender) People want us to change our laws and make it illegal for them to use their Free Speech, or Freedom of Religion rights.  If you don't like their message, ignore them.  They only gain power from those that shout back or try to pass laws to shut them up. They have sued the city of Topeka and won a lot of the attempts to quiet them.

Guns - If it was easy to control the ownership of guns, New York City, Detroit, Chicago and other major Metropolitan cities would have done so.   My Mother always said that anyone that passes a law they have no idea how to enforce is just stupid.  If you can muster up the right number of votes to change the second amendment, go get  'em. 

Taxes - Clearly there is a movement in our Congress to make more and more things provided by the Government and I don't mind so long as they figure out how to pay for it all.   In my perfect world, outgo would be equal to or less than income.  The first job would be for the Congress to find a way to really pick a number they can spend and set the taxes at that level.  I think their carelessness would soon be apparent and the current bunch of drunken sailor's would soon be send home.  Tell the truth about how we borrow about 30% of every dollar we spend.  Thee that to the new voters and see if their  atitudes don't change in a hurry.  I think we need to have the IRS out enforcing the with holdings of every company.  I would have a flat tax on every damn thing.   Interest income, royalties, rents and income of any type would be chargeable.

Size of Government - I read that all Governments want to grow their size as they think they have the protections for their citizens.  I think we have been about protected to death and need to find a way to make the Government right-size its self.

Welfare - People that think we don't need to feed and house our poor are just dead from the neck up.  I want a way to take these people and educate/train them into the tax payers we all want.  Start with the young mothers that have children.  Put about 1/3 of them in charge of running a day care to take care of the other 2/3rds of the children.  The other 2/3rds would be enrolled in a program to give them skills or training.  After two years the first 2/3rds would be enrolled in a program to learn a skill or get an education.  A new 1/3 would be in charge of taking care of the kids.  I am not sure who would be responsible for this program but it comes under HHS and Department of Education.

Right to Vote -    There are very few restrictions on the right to vote in my perfect world.  Break the laws at the felony level and you would have to pass a government class to get that right back.  

Other Categories -  All politicians have to take an oath to support and defend the constitution of the level (State or Federal) the will serve.   That means that they do what the law allows or does not allow.  Their personal feelings, religion or ideals shall not keep them from doing what they are elected to do.  That means that if it is legal, you will do those things in your job description.  End of Message.



One of these days I will figure out a way to be more on track with what day it is.  On the way out to fetch the newspaper, I looked up at the court and saw the trash cans there.  I couldn't remember if I took them out yesterday or on Monday.  Either way, they should be picked up on Wednesday.   My pill case said it was Wednesday and so did the ads in the paper but sometimes my old mind doesn't get it right.

This last week, I got some fairly good news about the Baritone Section.  In addition to having our missing member back in September, there is a new guy that wants to sing with the chorus and he is a Baritone.  There is also a guy transferring to Topeka and as soon as he can stand with his new knee he will join The Chorus.   Five is too many Baritones and I may rejoin the bass section.  Hope, Hope.

It seems to have slowed down a little on the need for mowing.   The rental house yard was in pretty bad shape but  it was done in about 2 hours counting the drive over and back.  We did some work at Dave's house earlier in the week and by the weekend it probably will need some additional mowing.  The yard here looks like a park.

I sometimes wonder if my sense of humor is really bad or so elevated that people miss the point of the joke.  One of the guys said as we were stretching that he was looking directly at Harry's butt.  I told him that the new anti nudity law here in Topeka said there was to be no butt cracks.  Nothing.  I guess it was too lowbrow to be highbrow.  A nurse walks into a bank to deposit her pay check.  She takes out her pen and realized it is a thermometer.  She says, "Some asshole has my pen."  At least Roger laughed at that joke but he and I have both been seeing too many Doctors lately.

Speaking of being out of touch, on Jeopardy yesterday, in the category of Business, they showed a picture of two guys by a motorcycle.  Like the rest of them, I went somewhere else instead of Harley- Davison.  Duh Dennis.  

So far, there is no set agenda for today but it looks like anything I delay today will be on the list for tomorrow. 



Words to Think About

Brad Thor wrote in his book, "Code of Conduct."  While Facts, rather than emotions bore out which political party ideas were healthiest for the country, he didn't begrudge anyone the right to vote for the candidate they believed was best for the office, his only desire was for the people to do their homework, develop an understanding of the issues, and marry that up to who they were voting for.  In his heart, he knew that every American was capable of leaping over that low bar.  The fact that so many were unwilling though troubled him. 

I found this diamond in the rough while reading Brad's book.  It is how I feel that really made this stand out to me.  How can people not vote in spite of the problems in our country.  How can we continue to support the spending of our future when we, today do not have the resources to support what we are doing.  When the Affordable Health Care Act was first discussed, I was not opposed to some of the things needed fixed, it was the enormous cost at a time when we were already exceeding the income, that troubled me.  

Clearly there are a lot of people that support both parties and don't see a clear cut difference.  Both parties have shown their propensity to spend what is needed to keep the economy afloat when here are just clear cut reasons not to.  Even a concrete boat can float if you make the water salty enough.  Heck, you can float a turd in a punch bowl but you can't make me drink the punch.  There seems to be a lot of people that don't feel the same way.

The other day, a group calling its self "Freedom from Religion" had a picture of Jesus taken off the wall in the middle school in Coffeyville.   First let me say that while there is a Freedom "of" Religion not "from," people just don't know what is important.   There is just no picture of Jesus that could change the way I feel.  If our National Motto is "In God We Trust."  How in god's green earth can a picture be that bad.  

I have said it before and I will say it again, no amount of Political Advertising or pictures of Jesus will change who I am.  I am a person with a free will and I feel sorry for people who feel so insecure that they can be swayed no matter how much money the Koch Brothers spend.  Oh no, one more sinner is saved because of a picture of Jesus.  I call BS on Political Correctness.

Speaking of PC, how can anyone think that Either Donald trump or Hillary Clinton can represent what is good for us and what we here in the middle class need to live?  How can people that are in the top 1% have a clue what you or I need to get on with our lives?  If you listen to the polls and vote on who you think is leading the pack, I feel sorry for you.  Obviously you didn't read the first paragraph of this blog or didn't understand what was said.