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July 25, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Time For Senator McCain to Act Like a Statesmen Instead of a Putz

 Leading Senate Republicans are now telling the White House, they will try to block the confirmation of Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, setting up a showdown vote on Friday.

Mr. Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska and decorated Vietnam veteran, had earlier appeared to have at least the 60 votes required to break a Republican filibuster. But Senator John McCain of Arizona, who is looking more and more like a disgruntled

 X-presidential candidate and other Republicans who had said they might oppose Mr. Hagel but would not back a filibuster. Now they are saying they will not support ending debate until they receive more detailed answers to questions about the administration’s response to the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

And what exactly was Chuck Hagel’s role in Libya? The same as mine, and yours, not one single thing, and that my friends is what is wrong American politics, time to clean house, get in some new blood,  find people who care more about this country than their petty concerns.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wanted - New Pope

The Pope is stepping down. Seems like an OK move to me, 85 years old is old enough to retire, even if you are Pope. I am not Catholic but would be interested in the job as I am semi-retired and looking for a part time job. Might have to share the job on second thought, I might be good for about 20 hours a week. Is there a golf course in Vatican City? That would influence my decision.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Iceburger for Lunch

Snow in the east and snow here in the mountain west. Looks like old man winter is back! Groundhog said it would be an early spring so this one should be fast moving.

Living in Wyoming is a pure joy, play golf one day and ski the next –gotta love it.

Did get pretty cold last night, had an iceberger smothered in chili for lunch just to warm up!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Nice Try Post Office

Looks like the Post Office will end Saturday mail delivery starting in august. Would save the government about two billion, they lost 15.9 billion last year. The Post Office would continue to deliver packages on Saturday, but sorry, no letters or junk mail.

Congress doesn’t like it, saying they can’t change the delivery schedule without congressional approval. Sounds about right to this old guy, congress wants the Postal Department to cut cost, they find a way, and congress doesn’t like it.  Oh-well!

Is this why we are having trouble over spending at the federal level?

Me thinks so!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winter, Storms and Golf

This winter has been so open in our part of Wyoming that it reminded me we are still in drought. We need snow, we’ll take rain, but we need snow. Hope the weather is not setting up for another disaster like the one in 1886. Won’t happen because we are better prepared today than the ranchers of more than a century ago, we hope.

The Wyoming summer of 1886 was hot and dry; cattle went into winter in less than perfect condition. In November heavy snow came and it stayed for two months. In late January the snows came again, snowing for four days and three nights before letting up. By spring the bad news was apparent, piles of dead cattle, many others were wobbling from starvation. Wyoming in 1886 proudly boasted of it being the greatest place on earth to raise livestock with over nine million cattle on the range. By 1895 only three million were left.

The main lessons learned from drought and blizzards were simple. Put up hay for winter feed and sell down when the grass is bad in the summer. Cattle once again cover the pasture lands of Wyoming, but never again will ranchers overdo like days past. We are getting better and proud of it. But we still need snow or rain.

How dry and warm has it been this winter? I have played 18 rounds of golf since the first of December, shouldn’t happen in Wyoming. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the golf, but right now I would rather go sledding, sit by the fire and sip hot chocolate.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pro Sports - Tooooo Long

The Super Bowl is over, and so is football season. A season that now starts in late July and ends in early February. Eight months for something that once held our interest for September, October and November. Seems to me both football and basketball have stretched their seasons too long. Baseball always has been too long. I love watching sports, but after a couple of months am ready for the next season, not more of the same.

Maybe I will start watching more situation comedies and movies, ahh, maybe not.

Oh – and Congratulations Raven’s

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Of Grounhogs and Super Bowl's

It’s Groundhog Day and the old hog saw his shadow. (I purposely called, Punxsutawney Phil, the old hog, because I still have never learned to spell Punxsutawney).

Looks like I need to get my garden ready and my mower blade sharp and ready to go. And I will, soon as it stops snowing.

Bad Joke of the day – oh, look I have two

What is a groundhog’s favorite book?
answer -Holes

What should you do if you find a groundhog sleeping in your bed?

answer - Sleep somewhere else


Tomorrow the Super Bowl – do you think Roman Numerals would die out completely if they started writing the Super Bowl like this?