Wednesday, July 30, 2014


And it is getting that time too.

Anytime I talk to someone about school time, they object saying Kids need the summer off.

Really, we no longer need them to help  with the harvest.

A better solution would be breaks in between semesters and such.  Then we do not have to spend time reteaching things.

Also it is simple, want more learning?  spend more time.


Monday, June 30, 2014

do they hear themselves?

  • I absolutely support a woman's right to control her body.  But the things that the people who do not agree with the supreme court's decision with Hobby Lobby get tied up in rhetoric.
  •  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/best-lines-hobby-lobby-decision
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  • "The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers' beliefs access to contraceptive coverage"
No, it just says the cooporation does not pay for it.

And its not "health care" people, it is birth control and a limited decision at that.

  • "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."
Okay the number I see is $210 to $800 including office visit.  won't argue with that, since after taxes its about that much.  but you can go to free clinic.  Or other forms, that Hobby lobby will support.
  • "Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah's Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today's decision."
There is a difference in Health care and birth control.
  • "Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be 'perceived as favoring one religion over another,' the very 'risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude."
  • "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield."

Yep and that is what you are paid for.  Maybe you should just drop Obamacare.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

natural stuff

It is flea season.  The dog is okay.  I gave him the pills from the vet that protect him.  Great stuff, the drops on the shoulders never worked.  However the little buggers are in the yard.  When I go and work I pick up a few.  Years ago I planted pennyroyal in the yard.  Pennyroyal is a natural bug repellent.  The yard has shifted some since, but I looked and there it is among the grass, better than when I planted it.  When I go out I'm going to get some more potting soil so I can dig some pennyroyal up and grow some more to plant on the edge of places.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tea party member

Years, and years ago, my now a PhD son had a high school summer job working at the movie theater.  When he got his first paycheck the deductions hit him.

"who's this FICA dude?"  Not kidding that is what he said.

"your Grandpa's social security."

I watched a republican born.

Now my youngest liberal arts major, Socialist (not talking leaning, it is what she is), got a bonus for teaching at a troubled school.  She came to the house to use my ipad to deposit her check.   She signs it, takes a picture and sends it through an app and it is deposited. 

There she is grousing.  Bonuses get a bigger hit than normal since there are not other deductions.

"Why with this kind of economy are they taking so much out?" she asks.

I couldn't resist.

"it is because they take so much out that we have this kind of economy."

I'm going to get a TEA party membership form printed for he when she comes to do laundry.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Leaving Iraq

I was never really in favor of going into Iraq, but we went.  So now we leave them to their own fate.  Sounds familiar?

I would like to think our Soldiers (and Airman and Sailors, and Marines) died for something, not just walking away saying "good luck!"

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that

So I am bridesmaid dress shopping with my daughter in law to be and my daughters.  Lovely girl.  We stop at a restaurant, after the book store.  The book store visit was scary since all of us liked books.

In the restaurant there is this digital doodad that will take our drink order.  Neither the hostess nor the waitress understood my

"do I tip it or you?" 

"oh it will take the tips."

"if it is taking my orders why should I tip you?"

The waitress may have understood when I explained the human connection is how tips work.  Now maybe it will help make the waitresses jobs easier.  The electronic type things they have on taxis made for larger tips, more honest drivers.  But still....

Sunday, April 20, 2014

As a libertarian/anarchast/borderling Randian/Cardcarrying NRA member and TEA party function attendee, there is often a question bounded around. 

"what's your favorite Federal program?'

Now the reason for this is that it is to make people think. "The government should..." fill in the blank.  Then to stop and think.  Are there things that "the gov'ment should" that cannot be done at the state level, or the local level,...or does not need government at all.

Back to the question.

My favorite Federal programs.

NASA  it took the collective will, force of the American people to do this.  You can argue Cold War or Space Race and I will not argue.  But I remember watching the Moon Landing. I just wish the thing would be given a decent budget and vision again.  We developed so many things as a result of this.  New Technologies were created.  Inovation and dreams were developed.

Highway Program.  This definitely fits into the Role of the Federal Government as interstate travel.  Railroads might work in Europe, but roads are American.

GI Bill.  My understanding is the college part was an afterthought.  In which case this is a rare case of the Feds having something great from something small.

The other point about these is they do not over reach.  Clean Air Act is pretty cool, and is of the Fed, after all wind does not recognize state borders.  But the people keep giving themselves more and more power.