Canyons and Debts

I’m not exactly sure of the year. Might have been 1984, the year the Olympics were in L. A. I have relatives in California and I went out to visit them. It was convenient that it was the year of the Olympics because McDonald’s provided prizes for medals the US won. Because the Soviets were boycotting the Olympics, (Likely just because we boycotted the Olympics the prior time) the US meddled in far more sports. Hence, McDonald’s payed for about a fourth of our food.

Considering that there were four us us, two of which were young teens, that was a big help. Every time we stopped for a meal, we had scratch-offs from our precious meal. That isn’t to say we always ate at McDonald’s, but as I said, they did help a lot.

When we reached Flagstaff, we spent the night. Then, seven in the a.m., we headed north to the Grand Canyon. Considering we were passing nearby, why not? We might not get another chance.

After zig-zaging a while and climbing, we found ourselves on a large flat plateau. Every now and then, we saw signs, “Land for sale, $1,000 an acre.” I actually considered buying a couple of few acres. I was hardly rich but I could have afforded a few thousand.

I wondered why they were almost giving the land away. As luck would have it, a short time before we reached the Grand Canyon, there was a McDonald’s. We decided to stop and turn in a few of our scratch-offs there. Then, as we entered, we saw the explanation for the cheap land. The sign said, “Because we have to haul all our water here, we must charge a little more for some of the items on the menu.”

So there it was. The place was right next to the Colorado River. Yet, it is one of the driest places in the US. Go figure. Still, over the years, I have considered, if I were wealthy, I might buy a few acres there. I don’t guess I’d need to concern myself with the neighbors much. I mean, while I was there, the only folks I saw were mostly on the road. They were either on the way to or from the Grand Canyon.

It wasn’t a long way out of the way, but it did take a while to get there. Then, when we arrived, the wife and kids were busy watching the squirrels. Never figured on that. Here we were at one of the biggest canyons in the US and they were fascinated with squirrels.

I mean, we have squirrels at home, a lot of them. Well, I must admit, they were fearlessly running up and down the wall of the canyon. I mean, I didn’t want to get so close to it, and the baby squirrels were right at home on the edge of the cliff.

We moved on to another lookout point where we could oversee a plateau that was about half way to the actual bottom of the canyon. After looking for a while, the person next to me said, “Hey! there are people down there.”

I looked down there, and then at the person who spoke. “Where,” I asked? “I don’t see any.”

In a short time, he pointed them out. If they had not been moving, I’d still not have seen them. It does give a person a little perspective of just how deep that canyon is. I mean, the numbers simply do not do it any justice. Those folks were only half way down and I didn’t see them.

Later, I found out that people are allowed to walk down there. However, before they do, they must register and go through an orientation. In it, they warn the would be hikers, it is sort of like climbing a mountain in reverse. Once you go down into the canyon, it is far more difficult climbing back up. Therefore, be careful about exceeding your abilities.

As I think back over it, I realize it is much like debt. It is easy to climb down into it. Working your way back out… not so much.

Those senators and representatives don’t seem to have figured that out.

Questions for the FOCs

If there are so many that want the 4T bill, why do they have to do so much arm twisting to get it passed?

If there was no cheating on the election, why do they want to bury all the evidence? Why is it they don’t want the forensic experts to see it? Could it be that they know that it was not on the up and up?

Why is it that Biden doesn’t answer questions?

If they did such a good job in Afghanistan, why is it that they no longer want to talk about it? Seems to me, if they did so well, they would want to brag about it. Oh. Wait a minute. They did and that did not go over well.

Now let me see. Just why is it again that we need to spend 4.5 trillion dollars? Just who is it that has read the bill? Actually, at this point, I don’t even think it is done. Surely they will compete it before they pass it.

Just why is it that Kamala likes to laugh so hard at serious questions?

Just why is it that we need to build recharging stations all over the US. If we do and no one buys the electric cars, who will use them? Who will maintain them? For that matter, who is going to make money off them? Could it be the friends of the FOCs?

I’m sure you can think of a few questions I haven’t. However, the biggest question of all, how are we going to get them to answer any question? It is sort of like the FOCs. They never like answering questions, especially those that probe real problems. ?

A Much Better Compromise

I understand the Minority Leader’s concern for buckling here. There was an awful lot of pressure on those two senators. However, he should not have completely given in here. He should have made it contingent on restoring the border to the way it was under Trump. He should have required the walls to be completed. That would have accomplished something, maybe. It actually would have saved lives. Moreover, it would have exposed Biden’s open borders.

Wait a minute. I don’t think that McConnell would have liked that. If my memory serves me, he was not so much in favor of the wall. There were a few republicans who didn’t like the idea of cutting off the cheap labor.

I guess he could have used the alternative. He could have insisted on continuing the pipelines, drilling and fracking, including New York. This would have helped a lot. It would have helped to bring down the price of oil. It would have put people back to work and it would have made the US energy independent again.

Then again, the FOCs might not like that. They like us dependent on others, especially Russia and China. They might have preferred to let us default. Either that, or the dems would have done the increase in debt by themselves.

At least that would have exposed the FOCs for what they are, a bunch of power hungry characters that would prefer to allow death than to permit energy independence.

Terminology

The FOC folks don’t like us referring to illegal aliens as illegal aliens. Sorry FOC types. That is what they are. It is the way they are defined by law.

Before they step across the border, they are aliens. The instant they cross the border they are illegal aliens. Moreover, they have broken the law. By law they are subject to incarceration. In truth, they should be. In truth, they should then be returned to their own country immediately. That is the way the law says it. As usual, the FOCs only enforce the laws they want to enforce. That is what makes them Friends Of Criminals. In the truest since, the FOCs are criminals too. After all, they are aiding and abetting criminals, and not just illegal aliens. Sometimes they aid and abet legal aliens in breaking the law by encouraging to vote. Then again, they also aid citizens breaking the law as in looting, arson and assault. It is sort of what they do in their effort for power.

By the way, why isn’t Fauci in prison. He has millions of murders to his credit.

The FOCs Do Not Understand Oil

It’s so simple, a ten-year-old understands it, but the dems just can’t get their arms around it. When the price of oil goes up, the price of everything goes up. The reason is as simple as ABC. Oil, in some way or form is used to make everything.

The farmer uses it to plow the field and for the harvest. Oil is used in fertilizer as well as pest control. It is used to process the crop and in getting it to market. Even there, it is used by the markets for refrigeration.

Even if they go to all electric cars, the oil will be needed in the foreseeable future to make the electricity. And, by the way, it will also be needed to make the cars from the mining to welding and fabrics for the upholstery. The glass for the windows comes from factories that need the power from oil. By the way, glass is also used by the megaton in houses, buildings and aquariums – both large and small. Those six-inch thick panes of glass don’t just happen, you know. It takes a lot of power to make them.

We have come a long way with plastics. They are replacing wood, steel and glass. However, plastic is made from oil byproducts. Oil is also used in making some insulation, which helps us keep our food cold. Without the plastics, we would have to use the more expensive copper and steel for plumbing. Some of those plastic pipes are pretty big.

I suppose I could write 5 thousand word essay on just what all oil is used for. By the way, oil is used transporting oil: train, truck and even pipelines. The hitch is that it has a multiplying effect. When the price of food goes up, it causes everything else to go up. We all must buy food, though some of us should consume a little less.

When the price of glass goes up, it drives the price of cars, buildings and aquariums. When the price of steel and aluminum goes up, do I need to explain to you how that drives the cost of everything up.

So. So what? The price of oil goes up a few dollars. Just watch what happens over the following months. It is called inflation. Then everyone starts looking around, trying to understand how inflation rears its ugly head. Is it really any surprise that the cost of everything should go up 10% — or maybe a tad more. It doesn’t happen over night, but it does happen. It should not surprise anyone but it does, or at least it appears to.

The question is, are those FOCs really that dumb or are they they just pretending to be. After all, as I said, a ten-year-old can figure it out. Maybe inflation is just what they want. After all, those who benefit the most from inflation are the elite. Those who suffer the most are us Walmart shoppers.

For those interested, we could go back to using wood to stay warm as we did in the days of old. That would have two problems: deforestation and smog. Burning wood is nowhere near as clean as burning natural gas. Hence, we can easily say that some fossil fuel has helped in cleaning the air. Can you imagine all of us having to warm our house with wood… or coal.

Bottom line, we need to pump more oil. We need to do more fracking. We need to build more pipelines. That drives the price of everything down. It also has a pretty good side effect, it helps to keep the air clean.

As a side note… if you want to save a few billion particulates of carbon dioxide, do away with drive throughs. I have no idea how much gas is burned while waiting at drive throughs but I would guess it is very significant. Yet, I have not heard one dummycrat complain about them. Maybe they consider their convenience far too important. It is far too inconvenient for them to leave their Cadillac Escalade. Maybe they don’t want to get out in the heat or cold. On the other hand maybe they are just too lazy.

I don’t know. Maybe one or two of the elites will tell me. (to be sure, I make an exception for those who are disabled.)

A Little Question About EVs

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, cars mostly used gas. There were a few electric cars but they did not go over well. The reason is a different subject.

I’m not sure. I have not done a great deal of research on the matter but I don’t think the federal government did a thing to help establish gas stations. I suspect they did not pay for one of them. It did not require so much as one pork-barrel project to get them started. Even so, they did build them from one coast of the nation to the other. It was sort of done as a result of capitalism. People saw the need so they built gas stations. Others saw the need so they started hauling the gas to the stations. Still others saw the need so they started refining it. Oddly, some people actually started drilling for it… all without any help or encouragement from Uncle Sam.

Now. My little question. Just why is it that the FOCs think the federal government needs to subsidize charging stations for electric cars? (For those who don’t already know, they are trying to put it in one of the infrastructure bills.) My suspicions are that the FOCs have figured a way that it will fatten their wallets and enhance their power.

Remembering

You Forgot to Remember

Some of you might not yet know that I have an interest in old songs.  Something happened that reminded me of an old song.  I had almost forgotten it, oddly, because the main line in the song is:

You promised to forget me not, but you forgot to remember.

The song was very popular and I have no idea who first recorded it.  Both Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore had recordings and likely half a dozen more had successful recordings.

Its words do suggest a twist, so to speak.  Nonetheless, it has happened to me a few times.  I have promised to do something, only to forget to remember.  Then too, how about all the friends I used to know who have become faint memories.

Sometimes, I think about looking them up, but I can’t remember their last names.  I only called them by their first names.  Besides, at 72, I don’t remember so well and I had a bad memory for names in the first place.

I thought over the song and figured we have many reasons why we forget things.

First, memories fade.  To some degree, this is a good thing.  Many bad things happen to us and the memory fading does help us cope with them in the end.  Though, it does not always work that way.  My mother died when I was five and I remember every detail as if it were yesterday.  Oddly, it does cause me more grief today than then.  I won’t try to figure it out, other than it is something of a comfort to me too.

Second, memories that are handed down from one generation to the next are rarely incompletely passed along.  In the case of Israel, one generation would learn to obey the God.  Then the next generation would forget him and practice the exact things God told them not to.

Today, nations build statues and memorials.  Whenever I see a statue of someone, it reminds me of what the person did and just why I should remember him.  We also have memorials for WWII and Vietnam War.  Some of us remember.  Some don’t.  Some would prefer to forget the Vietnam War.  They consider it a dark part of our history.

Then again, I got to thinking of the Trade Towers.  It has been but 20 years and already people are forgetting.  They forget the way people jumped, knowing it was a choice of dying by fire or by the fall.  Most preferred the fall.  Each time a person hit the ground it made a distinct thud.

It is as I said, the memories do fade.  Then too it has been a generation.  The history teachers likely spend no more than a day or two about it.  The younger people don’t realize the full scale of what happened and the whys and wherefores.

Even for those who see the memorial, it does not set in the mind the way the actual experience does.  For those who don’t see the memorial, it is even easier to forget.

On the day of the event and for many days after, many promised to forget it not.  The problem is that they forgot to remember.

A few days ago we pulled out of Afghanistan.  Very few even know why we went in there.  Regardless, it was long ago.  Why should we be bothered with it today?

Let me tell you a little story and it just might suggest why we should remember.

In 1968 I graduated boot camp at MCRD San Diego.  Eventually, I was given orders to go to NAS Memphis.  On arrival at LAX, I checked my baggage and went straight back to the gate.  No one asked me for a ticket.  No one cared.  If I had wanted I could have gone to the gate without any need to travel.

You can’t do that today.  You have to show your boarding pass and ID to get to the gate, and by the way, you must also submit to a complete search.

Some say we have stopped terrorism, but we haven’t.  They have succeeded at their goal.  They have disrupted our way of living.  They have all but destroyed our way of life.

So now, my family cannot see me off or meet me at the gate and I can’t take my fingernail clippers along with me.

We need to remember.  We must not forget to remember.  If nothing else, maybe that extra line at the airport will help remind us each time we take a plane.

Incompetence? Motive? Both?

As I think over Biden’s recent decisions, certain facts have come to mind. While he does appear to be incompetent, I am beginning to wonder if there might be a motive involved, that is, beyond the standard democrat ones.

Let us face it. Virtually all his decisions benefit the Chinese. Could it be that the Chinese are the great puppet masters? To be sure, they paid untold millions to Biden’s son, and hence to Biden. Not only that, apparently, they took part in the rigging of the election. To be sure, they were the ones who communicated with the voting machines.

It is obvious that Biden owes the Chi-coms big time. That would mean that Biden is a traitor: perhaps by intention, perhaps by blackmail. So, is Biden incompetent or a turncoat. It is difficult for me to determine for certain. Then again, he might be hiding his lack of loyalty behind his incompetence. Or maybe the Chinese are concealing their control behind his incompetence.

Regardless, it is a question that should never need to be asked. It is a matter which only comes to mind because of his cozy dealings with the Chinese and the utter disastrous decisions he is making.

Either way, he boldly feels he is safe in whatever he does. He always has the media to protect him. Hence, the media must take responsibility for his huge foul-ups. They helped put him in office and they provide cover for him every day that he holds office. This prompts the question, is the media in league with the Chi-coms?

The founders gave freedom to the press to protect us from the government. Now who protects us from the media. The founders never contemplated such all out sedition by the media.

If Only

If only the dems could manage foreign policy as well as they can rig elections.

(Wish I could say I thought of it myself. I heard someone quote President Trump.)

Let me add my personal remark. Maybe it would be nice if they could manage the border, improve our schools, control crime, or run an economy. Trump’s remarks make me wonder how they managed to rig the election without anyone knowing it.

Wait a minute. Everyone does know it. The dems just refuse to admit it and the media jumps on anyone who brings it up with both feet. It is the worst kept secret in history.

YELL IT FROM THE MOUNTAINS!

There is a long history of communications. In Africa, I have been lead to believe they used drums. A couple of centuries ago, the Indians used smoke signals. In European countries, various methods were used: light generated from fire, horns or simply yelling from the mountain tops. From what I understand, that is how yodeling began. I don’t know, just what I heard.

Regardless, it does seem to be effective, assuming you conveniently have a mountain around. It wouldn’t work well in places like Kansas or Florida. I suppose drums and smoke signals would have worked better there.

Some might find it odd, but ships used to use flags… in two ways. They used semaphores, that is, a man using the position of two flags to spell out words. I would guess this method is rare today, but men learned the method up until a few years ago. Nowadays, they are more apt to use radio or, during radio silence, lights.

I must admit my ignorance of how, but sailors also hung flags from the masts of their ships. I don’t know if the flags represented words or letters, maybe both. None the less, the light, the flags, the smoke and the sound all had their simple limits. The message source had to be seen or heard.

Sometimes, in the old days, when a message was particularly important, they yelled it from the mountains. It did have its limits, but it was effective. They used relays. One person would call from one mountain, then when he heard it, another person would relay it from his mountain. It was faster than carrying a message by hand or even by Pony Express.

So it is that there is now an important message, one worthy of yelling from the mountain tops. There is a new version of the China virus. It is spread faster and more easily. The number of cases is going up fast.

And so it is that the message is being spread far and wide, “Get your shot!” The warning is being distributed far and wide, “Wear your mask! You must protect yourself and you must protect you children!”

In one case it was reported that already three teachers from one school came down with it. The hitch is that the school was not yet in session. The news report I heard did not say if the teachers were wearing their masks. My guess is that they did not wear their mask 24/7. It is just impractical.

There are problems with the messages. First, those yelling about the increase in cases, say nothing about those coming across the border spreading the disease all over the country. Every place they set foot, they are a biological bomb. I wonder why they leave that part out. Could it be that it is inconvenient to their goals? Could it be that they just don’t know about it? Do they know how saying the one thing while ignoring the other both nullifies the message and makes the messenger look pretty dopey?

Then there is the message about the mask. It would seem that it is horribly important that everyone over 2 should wear a mask to stop the spread.

Now I find that interesting. The China virus has been in our presence for over a year now. People seem to assume that they can slow the spread with the masks, but no one knows it. Not so much as one scientific study has verified it. A doctor, the one that should be put in prison says it, and it is taken as fact. (By the way the doctor has lied a lot.)

You would think after a year, someone would have done a study. Maybe someone did. It is possible. If they didn’t come out with the results they wanted, they just might put the results in the circular folder. I mean, if I were selling masks, really neat and expensive ones like Pelosi wears, and I did a study that showed that the results were negligible, maybe I would pretend I never did the study.

On the other hand, if I were an FOC, I might not want anyone to know the masks are not effective. It would remove the reason for my message I have been yelling for the last year. By the way, it just might also make me look pretty dumb.

Maybe it is time for those FOCs to get down off those mountains and seal the border, the real source of the new cases.

BUILD THE WALL!!