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Monday, June 05, 2017

Sanctuary state

First let me say, I have no problem with immigrants – as long as they come in the legal way! 


And I do understand that ILlegals coming from all countries, not just Mexico, they come from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia (I actually met one from Australia, but I didn't find out about it until after she married her American born husband – because she was complaining she couldn't go back to Australia to see her mother because of the way that she had came into this country) ...

So the only continent that illegals do not come from is Antarctica!


When my Great – grandparents came over on the boat at the turn of the 20th century, yes I'm only a third generation American, they had to follow a set of protocol that has been thrown away by today's Congress!


What do I mean?


Look at the new bill being proposed for law and the California state Congress…


On a state level it Will prevent local/state police officers &/or officers of the court from

§. Inquiring

§. Detaining

§. Responding

§. Assisting

§.  Providing help

To ANY Federal agents, when it comes to the legal status of anyone with in the California boundaries


You might remember that California has had several incidences of troubles with illegals in their state.

They have had people shot

They have had drug dealers hiding out there

They have even had judges help illegals escape from federal agents while IN The courthouse!


Right now the federal government under President Trump, is proposing to withhold federal funds – – – they would like to hold back all federal funds such as highway funding, but they feel that holding back on the piece force funds (those used to help pay for police officers) is the path of least resistance.


My state also has a high immigration population, not as high as California's, but I wonder how much of my tax money is going to pay for the support (welfare/AFDC/food stamps) illegals in my state as opposed to legal immigrants who have come in or just struggling to get their feet on firmer ground?


I would like to think that this sanctuary city if you would stay out on the coast, or in cities with larger populations such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami, El Paso, Houston, L.A., Seattle, etc. – but I know that it can happen anywhere, anytime, in any city where people do not ask the question during election debates, candidate forums, city Council meetings, etc.




Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Full personal responsibility

Ai really hate to speak of her again, but she's keeping herself in the news ... 


Hillary Clinton says she takes full responsibility for her defeat, BUT she will not accept any blame.


Wait -- WHAT??


" it wasn't a perfect campaign, there is no such thing.  But I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter, on October 8th, and Russian wiki leaks raised doubt in the minds of people Who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off."

Interview to Chris Young-Amapour (probably spelled that wrong, total apologies)

Women For Women International Luncheon


You will remember this interview were as one of the "unbiased" debate presenters during the election process… Not the primary process it actual election process.

She is the one that got accused of giving Clintons a sneak peek at the questions… Remember her now?


She embarrassed herself further by saying

" ... because it's very difficult to succeed a 2 term president of your own party, that is a historical fact."


Huh, really?


James Madison took over for Thomas Jefferson

James Monroe took over for James Madison

Quincy Adams take over for James Munro

All from the Democratic – Republican Party


Martin Van Buren to go over for Andrew Jackson

Both of the Democratic Party


Andrew Johnson took over from Abraham Lincoln

Even though they were of separate parties, Johnson was Lincolns Vice President


Rutherford B Hayes took over for you Ulysses S Grant

Both Republican


Teddy Roosevelt took over for McKinley who died in office

William Taft took over for Theodore Roosevelt

All were Republican Party


Harry Truman took over for FDR after Roosevelt died and then went on to his own term

Both of the Democratic Party


George HW Bush took over for Ronald Ragan

Both Republican Party


So as you can see it is not as rare as Ms. Clinton wants us to believe


It's just another excuse for why she didn't win


She will never face the fact that there is a group of people in America who simply do not wish to share their political believes with the rest of the world ... and they did not like her at all!


They are not Democrat, they are not Republican… They are the true independence who listen to what the politicians actually are saying


And even then – there was a large number of people in her own party which did not want her, they wanted Bernie Sanders!


And the Democratic Party tried to squash their voices… Not very democratic if you ask me

Friday, April 21, 2017

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That cigarette!

Tex Williams would never survive in New York…


The city, not the state


Maroy Deblasio wants to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes ...


Now instead of being $10+/pack ... he will raise it to $13 a pack!!!


There are complaints about Black market cigarettes being sold now, I'm guessing it's going to get a whole heck of a lot worse!


I remember in the 70s when we took a trip to North Carolina to visit my aunt, it was discovered that cigarettes were not taxed there – so my brother laid in a supply of a few cartons of cigarettes.


I'm guessing people are going to start doing this now again


I do not smoke – but I did at one point in my life – I think this is totally ridiculous, but then it's less dangerous than drinking I suppose


It isn't often that you hear of people losing their job because they smoke cigarettes… Marriages breaking up because one partner smokes cigarettes…


You do however here plenty of medical reasons being linked to cigarettes – even if you don't smoke, they link it to secondhand smoke… I don't know about this – if it were that simple, you would think the outlying it would make all those health issues go away! Especially for subsequent generations of kids


But they aren't seeing that – they just keep blinking the problems to other substances… Soon it will be breathing will make you ill


Oh wait – – – they already do!

Emergency!! Emergency!!

Why is LA so costly to the USA?


This is part of it ...


They have declared a "Homeless Shelter Crisis" ... I have never heard of such a thing before ... this will allow short term homeless shelters ran by religious groups and other nonprofit organizations to avoid the red tape caused by the city government to make sure that the shelters are actually safe!


So how bad is the homeless shelter problem in Los Angeles?


Last year, they estimated the number to be around 28,000 people!!!


That is just one city ...


That is ran by one political party ... not the conservatives, i'm just saying


Where they just decided to start offering free community college for "residence" -- whether they are legal in the US or not, whether they have live there for more than a few months or not.  (see my previous post) 


In one single state…


Prone to beautiful weather ... no reason they can't sleep outside if you ask me


Prone to earthquakes ... I would think that the city would want to make sure that the buildings meet earthquake standards -- otherwise I can see a building falling during an earthquake, someone getting seriously hurt, and a lawsuit going back after the city for not respecting the building first!  


You know this is not going to end well


Can we give California back to Mexico now?


Or even better… Can we just annex Mexico??


Most of them seem to want to be US citizens anyways

Thursday, April 20, 2017

War!! Canadian Style

Wow


That's all I can say is .... Wow


So if you haven't heard (and this will be posted on BOTH my GGGems & my Gargoyle Gardens (farm) blogs) CANADA is playing POLITICS with our milk farmers.


For no stated reason I can find, they have suddenly decided to cancel ALL orders for US milk used for making cheese.


I ASSUME - and it is just my own assumption here - that it has something to do with President Trump's stance on NAFTA ... since it seems the US is getting the shaft from the Mexican side when it comes to many portions ... but then that might just be my American perspective ... 


Either way - Canada just went "Nope. Not taking your milk anymore"


AGDay, 2017Apr20 broadcast, had this issue as their main story.


Not only are these farmers getting hit by not being able to sell the milk to Canada - but now the SUPPLIER they were selling it to - Grassland Dairy  - has CANCELLED the contracts to collect the milk at all.

IMMEDIATELY.  Yup - the farmers got a very unpersonal form letter ... not even signed by anyone, just a general company name 


The company said they were only given a TWO DAY notice from Canada, so they just wanted to get a notice out.


Canadas statement on all this??

David MacNaughton

The CANADIAN EMBASSADOR to the USA said

"Canada does not except the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States."

Letter to Wisconsin Governor


Canada seems to feel the US farmer is just looking for a scapegoat and Canada fits the bill at this point.  They blame it on the US over production of milk.


The company mentioned above, Grassland Dairy, would send 1 million gallons of ULTRA-FILTERED milk into Canada EVERY day - since they no longer have Canada taking the milk, 75 farmers in the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin have now been released from their contracts… Without warning… Without compensation!  In fact most farmers found out via Facebook before they even got the letter.


"We are working with our patrons to find a home for their milk, but we understand it's a challenge in these markets. The last thing we as a company want is to let farmers go."

Vice President of Business Development

Grassland Dairy


We are talking about farms that have been in the same family for generations – not just one generation, not just two generations… Sometimes up to eight generations!


This is really sad

This is really bad

This makes me very mad


The interesting part is – how can route retaliate against Canada?


I cannot name one important item from Canada that we can boycott!


All I can say is…


Buy more CHEESE!


Maybe if America eats enough cheese we as a nation can start using some of this million pounds of milk that would have gone to Canada, which is now sitting idle in the United States


We are going to be a bound up nation ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rainy Days & Mondays

When I was a kid I LOVED rainy days ... yup, I was a strange kid - but rainy days were a time to pull out the crochet.


My mom would just shake her head because I was starting on Christmas presents in April - like they ever made it to Christmas, they usually became birthday gifts since I couldn't wait to see how people would like them


But that is what rain meant to me -- worked great until about 9th grade, maybe 10th, when we had a MAJOR thunderstorm go through ... in the middle of the night the thunder was so loud it rattled my windows! Now I can't stand loud noises - didn't realize this until hubby took me to see fireworks over the lake, not a fun time was had, the lake is in like a canyon or valley so it echoes quite a bit.


So why am I telling you this?


Now I'm not only an adult but a farmer ... well, farmers wife


Rain is supposed to be a Good Thing, like the song says (although I only drink wine ... or tequila ... maybe some rum in daiquiris or piƱa coladas ... but that's all really really rare)


BUT ... rain makes the fields too wet for the tractor to work.  In fact it will sink to the axils and then whatever we try to pull it out with will get stuck ... it's a total comedy of errors, let me tell you - I think we had four vehicles stuck down there one year - the lawn mower, the Allis-Chamber, then the Ford tractor, and the the Astro van!  It was so sad ... finally had to call hubbys cousin to come over because his truck had a winch on it - no getting that stuck!


Now we have a permanent divot next to the long corn field where the van tires sunk down - so you have to be very careful when you check the fields or you could break an ankle.


We are supposed to get rain for the next 3 days ... we were going to put corn in at the beginning of May this year - I think we've been planting too late and that's why we have had such troubles but that's a different story ... that's still got a couple weeks yet.


POTATOES however ...


I bought 250 POUNDS of potatoes this year ... Yukon Gold, Norlands, Russets, and All Blues ... I think the Norland reds I got 100# of ... I do NOT want to pay the prices they want for potatoes at the store and more.  My seed potatoes cost less than $100 total, the store wants $1/pound ... I'm ahead, right?


After all, potatoes are supposed to be a 10:1 return ... for every pound you plant, you get 10 pounds back ... they say.


My potatoes will go at the end of the long field where the corn Simply will not grow -   E. V. E. R!!  My mother-in-law says that's where they would plant theirs and it grew great (we bought the property from the in-laws) so it should be okay..


Accept ...


It's at the bottom of a hill - means LOTS of water from run off, plus it's the last place to melt/dry from winter snow ... it is NEVER dry by Tax Day, not to mention May 1st.


Every thing I read says they are supposed to go in a month BEFORE the last frost - here, that's May 15th or so ... so ... Tax Day.


Hubby bought several pieces of equipment for the tractor to put them in ... I've been stressing that he needs to have no less than a foots length between the potatoes he drops in or they will choke each other out ... quite a bit of education over here...


BUT if we have to wait until the end of May like we usually do ... I'm thinking it's gonna cut down on the production.


Last time:

Hubby put them in the on the long side of the Triangle field, put in like 100# ... planted them FOUR INCHES APART!!!  I was sick in bed so I wasn't out there to supervise ... that's okay, the onion shoots went in with about 1 inch between them - if they were lucky - they were suppose to have no less than 4 inches between, they were Candy onions - like the big Vandalias /Vadalias (however you spell it) - huge, sweet, great for salads, French onion soup, cooking, freezing, dehydrating ... I admit, they would be great sellers too ... if we had any ... they are still growing - didn't dig up the tiny things last year so they are sprouting up again, small but ok, not quite as sweet as I'd like.


----

Hmmm, okay it's been 3 days now ... it's still raining and now they say it will rain tomorrow too ...


Those potatoes are never going to get planted :-(


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Once Again Into The Breech!!!

And at 52& Southview 



Someone's Hating Life


FINALLY


Friday, January 13, 2017

FOLLOW-UP: Chicago Police Probe

The probe into the Chicago police department lasted 13 months and found the following items reasons for their conclusion that the CPD was overly aggressive:


Officers were poorly trained

Shot at vehicles

Shot at fleeing suspects

Used force for retaliation

Used force when there was no threat

Failed to de-escalate situations


The investigation was launched when a video showed a black youth fleeing police, and a white officer shooting him 16 times.


A)I don't think the color of either persons skin should matter, it does not make the officer any less/more a cop or the youth any more/less dead.

B)the video (if it's the one I'm thinking of, the tv didn't show much of it) shows the youth reaching back with his arm -- it was not long before this that another officer was KILLED in the same manner, and the shots were not fired by the officer until then ... but I might be wrong and this may not be that particular video.


Other conclusions from the probe: 

Investigations biased in officers favor

Not all cases were investigated

Discipline was haphazard

Racially discriminatory conduct not investigated


For the police part, they say that the majority of issues seem to happen in neighborhoods with high minority populations

The most trouble happens in Englewood - that neighborhood happens to be 97% African American


This will be one to watch ... remember that Chicago is a very Democrat based city, and they have a high number of people on federal aid of some sort or another.


EXCUSE ME?!?! WHAT?????

I'm trying to figure NO out information about a op-up I got from FoxNews stating the Justice Dept. saying that the Chicago police acted too aggressively ...


According the Loretta Lynch, the DOJ head, they have found that the Chi-town cops have used "assessive force" - in violation of the 4th Amendment (the one dealing with Search & Seizure , Maranda Rights, etc.) ... She blamed it on Training Procedures and then no-accountability for their actions.


So let me get this straight ...


Chicago has some of the TOUGHEST gun laws in the nation ... but as long as you are a gang member or hoodlum you are likely better equipped than the police ...


This city - which broke their all-time high in MURDER rates last year ...


Where gangs run wild - where you don't dare go into the streets at night if you can avoid it ...


They need to have "mellow" cops?!?!


Oh Hecks No!!!


I'm guessing that it will be VERY VERY SOON that Chicago will start experiencing "Blue Flu" where a LARGE number of officers will call in "sick" because of the LACK OF SUPPORT ...


They will find it HARD to find new recruits to take the place of officers who are retiring or getting killed on the job.


So what did the cops do that was so bad?


They tassered people who did not follow verbal commands ... and they say there were shots fired when none was necessary ...


I'm pretty sure that if the cops were running around shooting people 'just cuz' there would be numerous news stories on it! The Mayor, Ron Emmanuel - the Obama crony - would have been all over that crap!


They say that officers were trained by watching videos made decades ago ... um ... the crime in Chicago has only gotten worse than decades ago, but that's not being taken into account ...


They say cops are accurately accounting for their full use of force, and supervisors aren't reviewing the use of force enough ... if a guy come in bleeding, yeah I think you'd want an accounting but if you've got some gang member just yelling about abuse I can totally seeing it being met with a roll of the eyes ...


I've got NO sympathy for gang members ... these aren't the kids from West Side Story hear nor are they Arthur Fonzerelli's type of hood either ... these guys are more like, the Sopranos only with more attitude and less caring.


Just since Jan 1st of this year ... today's the 13th ... there have been more than 100 victims of shootings in the Chicago area!


They can not win ... I remember when Detroit was considered the Murder Capital of the nation ... now I hear people calling Chicago this


They did have a bit of a break in the 90s when many gang members were EXPORTED to Minneapolis, MN when they changed the residency requirements to get welfare/food stamps under Mayor Sayles-Belton.


Crime in the downtown and surrounding areas began to skyrocket.  To a point where the cities began to experience a peak in "urban sprawl" as people tried to get away from it.


Let's get it straight ... when crime goes up, you WANT an aggressive police!


If someone has a gun, I want Dirty Harry not Dr FeelGood on the premises.


Let. The. Cops. Do. Their. DAMNED. Jobs!


Or do it yourself ...


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