Friday, October 6, 2017

A FEW MORE OBSERVATIONS

I HAVE A FEW OBSERVATIONS TO MAKE ON CURRENT, OR NEARLY CURRENT, NEWS STORIES.
1. The shooting in Las Vegas.  I feel pain for those who lost loved ones or had loved ones injured in the horrific act of one individual.  However, as usual, Hillary and her minions jumped on the gun control band wagon immediately, with no regard to the suffering that was going on. So lets look at a couple or three things that really happened here.  First, the NRA, which Hillary wants abolished, had nothing to do with this shooting. They have issued a statement asking for stronger laws against what this shooter used.  The shooter bought legal guns and then purchased illegal items from the internet to modify they guns he had in order to make them the type of gun he used.  He did not buy these guns as he used them from any gun dealer.  Finally, on this topic, there are millions of responsible gun owners which translates into millions of legal guns in the USA and they are not  going on a shooting spree. Do not punish them for the actions of someone else.

2. The hurricane that hit Puerto Rico.  The mayor of one of the cities has started a public feud with President Trump, which Trump has went along with. The mayor has stated that the Trump administration is doing nothing to help those in need.  So, once again, lets look at the facts.  The Governor of Puerto Rico has been in touch with President trump almost daily and has praised his assistance. There are cargo ships with multiple shipping containers full of supplies in Puerto Rico, but they have been unable to dock because of damaged docks. When they were able to get the shipping containers on land, there were two problems, One was the damage to the roads getting to anyone, and the other one is that truck drivers in Puerto Rico were not showing up to work to get these supplies to the areas where they are needed. Drivers from the US mainland have went to Puerto Rico to do this.  Yet, the aforementioned mayor would rather trash Trump than acknowledge that his administration has and is giving all the assistance they can.  Yet, none of these items are being reported on the news.

3.I saw on the news this morning that someone is inventing an electric airplane. It resembles a small business jet and will have a range of a few hundred miles and will seat around 8 people. Well, if you are a Jetsons fan that may sound good, but to me, I would fear that the extension cord would come unplugged mid flight or something, so I guess I won't be getting on one any time soon.

AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK


Thursday, September 21, 2017

A FEW NEW THINGS

I HAVEN'T POSTED FOR A WHILE.  SO TODAY I AM GOING TO COMMENT ON A COUPLE OR THREE THINGS.  SO HERE GOES.

DACA.  Years ago, under other administrations, those who were brought here as children, illegally, were pretty much allowed to stay here.  This is an issue that congress was supposed to address, but they did not.  President Obama ask them too, but they did not, so he signed an executive order called DACA.  This program was designed to end soon.  Now, the President is not allowed to make law.  That is the job of congress.  The President can then sign or veto. And if he veto's it, then congress can over ride him with a certain percentage of the vote.  Now, President Trump repealed DACA.  In spite of the protests and the hysteria that surrounded that announcement, he did not say any thing about deporting those who are called Dreamers.  He did say to congress, Now go to work and do your job and do something about this.  He did indicate that he would sign into law a law to keep the dreamers here and on a fast track to citizenship. 

2.  North Korea.  I saw a post on Facebook that accused President Trump of threatening North Korea.  The post indicated that if Trump would back down then North Korea would quit doing what they are doing.  Not so.  North Korea has said that they at going to obliterate the United States and reduce us to ashes.  They have fired missile after missile and have showed defiance in the face of other Nations trying diplomatic avenues to have them back down.  They have chosen not to do so. President Trump has said that we would defend the U.S and it's allies.

3. On a lighter note, there is a facebook post that says that partners who watch and discuss movies are less likely to get a divorce than those who don't watch movies.  Well, after over 56 years of marriage, it is nice to know the reason for the divorce should we ever reach that point.

AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WOW, IT'S BEEN A WHILE

I DIDN'T REALIZE IT HAD BEEN SO LONG SING I POSTED. Apparently I haven't been missed.  well, I could have named this post Random Thoughts. I didn't, but I could have.  Because that is what it is going to be.  A few random thoughts on random subjects.

1. President Trump ended the DACA program.  My thoughts.  This is a good and viable program.  I am surprised at the reaction to this announcement.  Didn't they listen to what he said?  So, here is my understanding of this program.  In 2010 President Obama ask congress to send him a bill that would address the issue of immigrants who were brought her illegally as children. Congress did not do that, so Obama signed a executive order creating DACA. It was set to end in 2020, I think.  I may be wrong on that.  President Trump, under advisement from his advisors, ended the program, but he did the same thing that Obama had done.  Put the onus on Congress, telling them to come up with a program in the next 6 months to address this issue. If they fail to do so, then he said he would revisit the issue himself. He also said that those on this program would be a low priority to be deported.  So, if yo have to protest, protest congress. There is a lot more going on with this issue, but this is enough on it for now from me.

2. Do you watch the food net work on TV?  I do sometimes. I have come to a conclusion. I could not cook for these people. Even if I could cook, I couldn't cook for them. They don't like food, unless it has been saturated in booze.  And they eat things that should not be eaten.  Like chicken feet and pig snouts and cat fish heads.  Things I couldn't or wouldn't cook, even if I knew how to cook.

3. On a related note, I couldn't be a judge on these programs either.  The judges eat these foods and talk about the taste of things I have no clue what they are even talking about.  And one judge says it's too salty, another one says it is not salty enough, one says it is cooked to long and another says it is not cooked long enough.  I look at the things they cook and eat and have to wonder, hw would they survive with just plain old steak and potatoes.

4.  On a show I watched a day or so ago, one cook made a taco.  Now, I like taco's. But this one had beef tripe, peas and something else that just don't fit in my world of tacos.  All I could say was Really.

5. I think I have a sense of humor.  As I watch TV and see the things that are previewed for the upcoming season and billed as comedy, all I can do is shake my head in wonder.  As in, I wonder where any one thinks that trash is comedy. it is not funny, nor humorous. I is mostly lewd and gross and usually down right disgusting.

6. I will end with this.  The digital age.  I use computers, because well, that is the way things are. But the digital age is just getting too much for me.  Speak and some electronic item answers. Order and someone will pick out what you ordered and mail it to you.  Nope, I still like to see what I am getting, especially grocery wise. I do not want a wal mart employee picking out my vegetables.  I still think a lot of the old things are best.

AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A COUPLE OF RANDOM OBSERVATIONS

JUST SITTING HERE THINKING.  OK, THAT'S ENOUGH LAUGHING OUT OF YOU. I DO THINK ONCE IN A WHILE.  I have came up with a couple of thoughts.
1.  You know that feeling. You make a lit of items you need at the store. You go to get JUST those items and then your cart is half full before you get to any thing that is on the list.  Ever do that?
2.  Today a new swinging bridge was opened in Switzerland.  It is a swinging bridge and it replaces an old one that was damaged by rock slides.  It is 1,650 feet long and goes between two cities in Southern Switzerland. The cities of Zermatt and Grachen.  If not for the bridge, it would take people two days to hike from one city to another.  Check it out on Bing or Google. Would you walk that bridge?  Or take the two day hike?
I THINK THAT WOULD REPLACE ANY CARNIVAL THRILL RIDE AND PROBABLY BE SAFER.   AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK

Saturday, July 29, 2017

WHERE DO YOU FIT

OK, WE ARE NOW AROUND 7 MONTHS IN THE NEW ADMINISTRATION.  I have watched and observed what is going on in Washington and around the country. I have came to a few conclusions.  I will mention some of them at this time.  I feel there are three different groups of people out there. I am sure there are more, but I am going to focus on just three.

1st.  There are those who wanted Hillary at all costs, and they are now doing all they can to bring Trump down.  It doesn't matter what Trump does, it will be wrong to them.
2nd.  There are those who wanted Trump to be elected at all costs. And it doesn't matter what he does or says, they will support him regardless and are spewing just as much hate and discontent as the ones that are listed in number 1.
3rd.  There are those who voted for Trump because they were tired of the Clintons and their shenanigans and chose Trump of Hillary for that reason. They didn't really like Trump, but they liked Hillary even less.  I find myself in the third group.  I not vote for Trump in the Primary election and in the remote chance that he makes it for 4 years and runs again, I probably won't vote for him in the Primary again.  But time will tell on that one.
4th. And last for this post.  Now Trump is the President.  I wish that congress would work with him on the issues.  I wish he would work with congress in the issues. I wish he would stop with the tweets and the placing of blame and the pointing of fingers and the retaliation against those that attack him and just get on with the business of running the country. And I wish the media would be a little more accurate with their reporting.
AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK

Monday, June 26, 2017

INSURANCE

DO YOU HAVE SOME?  My wife and I grew up in a small town and so we knew each other all our lives.  Went to the same school, church and parties.  Our collective parents had no insurance.  Other than car insurance.  When we had a medical situation, they just paid the bill. Whether it was for medical Dr.s Eye Dr's or Dentist's, our parents just paid what was billed. When my wife and I were married, we were in the same situation.  Even though we were working, we had only car insurance.  When we went to the Dr. we paid the charge for the visit. After we had been married a few years I went to work for the Mining company and we had medical insurance through the company.  After I had been there for a while, the union came in and a contract was negotiated and medical insurance, which I already had, was included in the contract.  I always had insurance through the company,  When I retired after 40 years, I was of so I had Medicare.  Mandated by law. I had to sign up for Medicare. No choice.  Then Barack Obama was elected President and he and the congress decided that every one should have health care. So the ADA or Obama Care was crafted.  It was done behind closed doors and Nancy Pelosi said "We are going to have to pass it to find out what is in it". And they did. And we did.  Premiums went up and now, several years later, there are people who don't have insurance because they can't afford the premiums. Many States, Like Arizona, have pulled out of the market altogether.  Are there some good things in the ACA. Yes there is.  Like Insurance company's can't refuse someone because of pre existing conditions.  There are others.  Now, Donald Trump and Congress are trying to craft a new health care act and come up with something better. And cheaper.  There have been so many conflicting reports on the news about this new health care act, that we have no clue what is in it.  Are they going to have to pass it to see what is in it?  I would like to see a law that said insurance company's couldn't turn someone away. Make insurance actually affordable.  And let the medical professionals charge a fee that could be paid by the general public of they choose not to have insurance at all.  Insurance has turned into a racket, and it is we the people that are paying. One way or another.  It would be better for the government to get out of the way altogether, with the possible exception of an oversight bureau. Or some semblance of such.  And that is the VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK 




Friday, June 9, 2017

WHO, EXACTLY, DO THEY APPLY TO

WHAT EXACTLY, AM I REFERING TO?  WELL, I'LL TELL YOU.   I am referring to traffic laws.  We just got back yesterday afternoon from a 3 day trip to Albuquerque.  The reason for going there is not important to this post.  Or any other post for that matter.  But we cringe every time we have to go to Albuquerque.  We have come so close to being t boned as some little twerp entered the freeway and paid no attention to the oncoming traffic at all.  This trip we saw some people speeding up and down the city streets, running stop signs and red lights, and nearly causing an accident.  More than once.  And we cringed and just hoped it worked out, and somehow it did.  
Leaving Hatch we followed a Grant County Sheriff vehicle out of town.  As I accelerated up to the posted speed, the vehicle was far ahead. By the time I got to a place where visibility was miles in front of me, the sheriff vehicle was nowhere to be seen.  Don't know what he was doing, but whatever it was, he was doing it in a hurry and without emergency lights or siren.  As we crossed the Uvas valley, doing the speed limit, by the way, and following a truck, ( the 18 wheeler kind ) and meeting sufficient oncoming traffic that passing said truck was not feasible, the car behind me pulled into a turning lane on the right. I assume they were turning. Nope, they passed me on the right in a turn lane and then got behind the truck, only to pass it at the top of the rise.  I hope they made it to where they were going.  
We have speed limits here in Grant County.  Speed limits that are broken constantly. What makes it bad is that the police officers, City, County and State all break the speed limit as well.  One just has to wonder how they can do this, and then hand out a speeding ticket to any one.  But they do.  Now, I'm not complaining about a ticket, cause I don't speed, but I just wonder about the mentality it takes to speed down the road and then give a ticket to someone who is only doing the same thing.  
AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK