Farmland

I was seven when I moved to the small city of Garden Grove, California.  A year or so later, they started building Disneyland in another small city called Anaheim.  From time to time, we passed by the construction and we could see it from the highway.

One day, it was all orange groves.  Then, in a few days, when the heavy equipment was done, it was all dirt.  Then things started appearing.  It started taking shape.  Where the dirt once was, small rivers appeared.  The most notable thing we could see was Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  We could also see Captain Hook’s ship.  When the park first opened, it was called The Chicken of the Sea and they served tuna sandwiches on it.  Last time I visited the park, Carnation had taken over the ship, and, need I say, they changed the name of the ship.

The whole area around the park continued to be orange groves, but that quickly changed.  Nowadays, you would have to search for a while to see a grove anywhere around the park.  Truth be known, you likely won’t find any orange groves around Disneyland.  For that matter, I don’t think you will find many in the county, if any.

I remember going to Newport Beach on weekends.  On the way back, we bought strawberries.  There were dozens of farms on both sides of Harbor Blvd and we bought all the  strawberries we wanted for little more than a dollar.  I don’t know for sure, but I would guess they don’t grow strawberries along Harbor Blvd. anymore.  For that matter, they may not grow them in any of Orange County.

When I was stationed at MCAS El Toro, I saw them growing crops yearround around the base.  They actually grew three crops a year.  I suspect that those fields in the area helped to support millions of people.  They grew lettuce, cabbage, and all sorts of stuff.

Nowadays, there are houses and businesses where the farms once were.  I don’t know the reasons.  No one told me but I can guess.  One thing I do know.  The value of the land skyrocketed.  I must conclude that the taxes on the land went up too.  Besides, the farmers likely saw the benefit of selling out.  They were likely able to sell the land at a small fortune.

A farmer sells his land, and a few months later, a bunch of houses grow up where there were once orcherds.  You drive from Garden Grove today to Newport Beach and you’ll not see any strawberries.  Disneyland and the area around it have become one hotel and motel after the other.  About the only trees you see in the area anymore are in Disneyland… and they are made from concrete.

No.  That is not completely true.  The roads are lined with palmtrees.  Some of the homes have one or two orange trees growing in their backyard.  Some people might grow peaches or tomatoes in their private gardens.

The problem is that farmers are being driven off prime farmlands.  I am sure that it is occurring all over the country.  So now, we have more and more people and we have less and less land with which to feed them.  Even worse, the land they do have is lower and lower quality.

I suspect that the Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside County land as they once were could likely feed the whole country.  All three counties were at one time able to harvest three huge crops a year.  Now, Riverside is the only county left… and civilization is now creeping into Riverside.

As I look at it, I think, what a shame?  What do we do when we have houses and businesses on all the farmland?

The problem is being aggravated by illegal immigrants.  In a country where we have over 350 million, over 25 million came here illegally, either them or their parents.

Many believe that they are not a problem, but there is a fact that we must face.  There is a limited amount of land in this country.  There will never be any more.  We can not manufacture it.  Every time an illegal alien enters our country, it is just one more with which our children and grandchildren must share.

Of course, it means little to the millionaires, but to the rest of us, it means we pay more to have a place to live.  That is true if you buy or rent.  It also means we pay more in taxes and it also means that the farmers will have less land on which to grow the crops we need.  That means that the cost of food increases.

At this point, it is hardly noticeable.  Eventually, it will be easy to see.  The problem is that by then, it will be too late.  Returning illegal aliens is already difficult.  Returning their sons and daughters will be impossible.

It is time to build the wall.  It is time to stop them before they get into the country.  Then we will not have to return them.  What’s more, they won’t even try to enter.  The caravans will stop.  It will be better for us.  It will be better for them.  It is better that they improve their countries instead of destroying ours.

BUILD THE WALL!!!

Established Fact

We now have the result of at least three congressional committee investigations and a two-year investigation by a bunch of anti-Trump lawyers.  They have all said there was no collusion.  That about established it as fact.  Then again, as with the adage, the dummycrats keep opening their mouths and proving themselves fools.  They keep that up and their stupidity will become casual to the most obvious observer.

Then again, maybe they aren’t so foolish.  It is possible they know exactly what they are doing and they believe they will manage to deceive enough that they will win the votes they need for their elections.  Of course, they would have a little help with their illegal aliens and a few dead folks.  (In Chicago and Orange County, Calif., they proved that they are not above using such methods.  It is documented.) Oh, yes.  They will also have the help of the major new papers and TV news networks on their side.  Does anyone doubt who The New York Times will favor?

Drive Throughs

Perhaps one of man’s worst inventions is the drive-through.  I sit there in line and wait for someone to take my order at the counter and watch five orders go out through the drive-through window.  It just isn’t right.  They always put their highest priority on the drive-through window.  …and by the way, that is also where they put their best employees.

I know why they do it.  It is where they make their big money.  We have a Chick Filet nearby and the drive through generally has at least twenty cars waiting there to get their food.  Okay.  The cars aren’t waiting for the food.  It is the people in them that are hungry.  At least their counter staff is fast and efficient.  Even when the place is packed, I rarely have to wait but a few minutes to order my food.  The problem with them is finding a table.  (The place usually is packed.)

I learned a trick with them.  I park in a large parking lot next to the place.  If I don’t I just about can’t get out because of those trying to get in.  Besides, it does little good trying to find a place to park in their parking lot.  Large though it might be, it is usually full.

One thing I don’t understand is why the dummycrats don’t try to outlaw drive-throughs.  I think of all the other things they try to outlaw and it really makes me wonder.  After all, they were the ones that made McDonald’s get rid of the extra large drinks.  (Now that was dumb.  Now I have to go back and fill my Diet Coke up three times instead of twice.)

At any rate, drive-throughs are very bad for the environment.  Cars sit there and idle, maybe for half an hour.  That is a lot of carbon dioxide they spew out while their owners wait for their food.  Besides, it wastes fuel.  I just wonder how many barrels of oil are used just to allow drivers to sit in their air-conditioned cars while waiting for their food.

For that matter, why do the owners insist on waiting in their cars?  I have half a suspicion that most of them are dummycrats.  After all, none of them are complaining yet.  Moreover, they are likely the ones that are too lazy to walk a few yards from their cars into the restaurant.  (By the way, they don’t usually have to give up their air-conditioning but for a few seconds.  Most restaurants are air-conditioned.)  For some reason, they like to sit in their big SUV’s or pickups and glare at the rest of us for daring to use their precious resources.  …and of course, complain about the big drinks we buy.

Naturally, I just might be wrong, but if the drive-throughs were outlawed, I suspect that it would be the dummmycrats that would yell the loudest.  There would be an exception though.  Those that live in big cities mostly don’t use drive-throughs.  Mostly, they don’t drive.  Mostly, they just like to raise the taxes on the rest of us who do and use it on their buses and trains.

I don’t know New York City too well.  The only time I was there I spent a couple of hours looking out the windows of an airport waiting for a connecting flight.  However, I would guess, in the city proper, there aren’t many drive-throughs.  I suppose there are a few walkups.  It might seem odd to some, but I have seen a few walkups around here, though it was a drugstore.

I think about the craziest I saw was a drive-through pizza place.  To me, that simply does not make sense.  After all, it does take roughly twenty minutes to make a decent pizza.  None the less, it was late and they closed their dining room and counter so all pizzas had to be ordered at the drive-through window.  Needless to say, I took one look at that and found somewhere else.  I wasn’t about to wait until my turn to order my pizza and then wait for the pizza, all the time with my engine idling.  Considering it was near freezing outside, I wasn’t about to wait without the warmth of my heater either.

The Truth About McCain

President Trump leveled complaints at McCain a few times today.  Almost instantly, the news media, including most of the Fox News anchors, voiced their disgust.

Personally, I welcome the remarks.  More than that, I find them mild, considering what he deserves.  Some may say we should not speak badly of the dead.  I say, “Too bad.”  It is because of his stunt with the vote on Obama care that I am paying a thousand dollars a month for my wife’s health insurance.

By the way, it did not start there.  The man should have gone to prison.  “Over what?” you might ask.  May I suggest you look up the ‘Keating five?’  All five clearly broke the law.  All five benefited from their office.  All five caused severe damage to several savings and loans and got away with it.  He clearly did not feel guilty about taking advantage of his position.  Also, he decided to use his fame to run for senator, and later for president,

Might I remind you that McCain was a constant thorn in candidate Trumps side, even after he won the Republican nomination?  Then, even after President Trump assumed office, he was still a constant source of problems for the president and, may I say our country.

Okay.  He was a hero.  He did serve in Vietnam.  Actually, so did I.  Okay.  He was captured and spent five years in captivity.  Again, he was not alone.  Indeed, many never returned from the war.  Many lost arms or legs.  Some lost their sight.  Some returned disfigured.  He was not the only one to suffer.  What’s more, many accomplished far more and under enemy fire.

Many of them never received the accolades that McCain did.  Some were not greeted by cheering and waving as they returned to civilian life.  Many of them deserved the cheers and were mocked instead.

Most important; the main point; the one thing that should be most considered is the man’s record as a senator.  He proved positive that not all war heroes make good politicians.  He certainly would not have been a good president and he was horrible at campaigning for the job.  He let Obama walk all over him.  It was as if he did it on purpose.  It was as if it was prearranged that Obama was supposed to win and he was to stand out of the way.

If I had the opportunity, I would have said this and more to his face and, without hesitation, I would say this to any of his survivors.  Something tells me, if they would be honest with themselves, I wouldn’t be telling them anything new.

Build the Wall

Senator Wicker disappointed me.  My first thought was that he made a dumb mistake.  After thinking it over, I figure more likely it was a bribe or threat.  I don’t know which.  It doesn’t matter.  He voted against the wall.  He gave the standard excuse, but he knew better.  He knew it was nothing more than an excuse.

Next time he comes up for election, I will not vote for him.  Even more, I will do everything in my power to keep him from being re-elected.  I know that isn’t much but I suspect he disappointed a few other Mississippians too.  When all is said and done, he just might be looking for another job before too long.  I hope so.  It just might be a lesson for others as well.

BUILD THE WALL!!!

Something to Look Forward to

What three things do San Francisco, Chicago and New York have in common?  That’s right.  Their governments are led by dummycrat liberals and all three are in desperate financial straits.  Indeed, almost, if not all major cities in this country now have dummycrats in charge.  Moreover, the longer they have been in charge, the worse off they are.  By the way, their situation is only getting worse day by day.

Also, if an honest person was to analyze the state leaderships, they would likely find the same pattern.  Look at New York and California.  I lived in California pretty much until I was twenty.  Ronald Reagan was the last true Republican governor there.

When Ronald Reagan took charge, he set the state on financial solid ground and poverty was almost non-existent.  Since he left office there, it has done nothing but go downhill.

I had some hope when Arnold Schwarzenegger went into office.  I must admit he disappointed me.  Well, I guess I can’t complain.  I had long left the state behind.  I found it too crowded among other things.

I must say that I’m not sorry I left.  Per capita, it now has the largest number living in poverty.  Most of the major cities have folks living on the streets, which causes the risk of all kinds of disease.  Though I miss the weather, the beaches and mountains, I hate to see what the dummycrats have done to my home state.  Apparently, I’m not the only one.  People, those that are able, are leaving the state.  By the way, they are also leaving Illinois, New York (especially the city), New Jersey, etc.

Now it would appear the dummycrats want to do the same thing to the country as they did to California and New York.  They aren’t happy messing up their own states.  They want to ruin the rest of the country too.  I suspect they will have some success with it, much to my dismay.  However, hopefully, they will discover the error of their ways before too long.  Otherwise, we will all have to put up with the same type of life as those in New York, or even California.

If it were just for a while, it might not be so bad.  However, one of the first things those dummycrats want to do is destroy our national defenses.  They also want to open our borders.  After a few years of that, there would be no reversing things.  The US as we know it will cease to exist.  Instead of living like those in California, we will be living like those in Russia or maybe China.  Eventually, we just might have to put up with lives like those in Venezuela.  Instead of the paradise the dummycrats are promising us we will live in the equivilant of a prison or even a dungeon.  At that point, they will want to build walls.  Only, instead of keeping others out, they will be needed to keep us in.

Now I ask you… is that something to look forward to?

Imported disease

Some time ago, I brought up the possibility that people with disease have been coming over the border.  Now I found out that it is more true than I realized.  They now have approximately 2000 in quarantine who they found crossing the border.

Statistically, the say that for each one they catch, two get away.  That means that there are likely 4000 people carrying disease in this country who we don’t know.  Let me correct that.  It is far more than 4000.  Each of those who carried a disease across the boarder likely gave it to few more, maybe as many as ten.  That means we might be talking about 40,000.

You still think we don’t have an emergency on our border?  Maybe you should think again.  That outbreak of anti-bio-tic resistant epidemic of who knows what.  It might even be an unknown disease.

Pelosi is just a dummycrat.  President has it right.  We need to BUILD THAT WALL.  It won’t stop them all, but it will stop some.  Moreover, we need to modify our laws so that any illegal immigrant can be sent back where they came from.  It would instantly stop the caravans.

Of course the dummycrats are always saying we can use technology instead of a wall.  Maybe they are right.  Maybe we can use Robocop type robots.  Maybe that would work.  If course, it would take about forty years to design and test them.  In the meantime, maybe we should BUILD A WALL!