Labor Day Weekend

Ah, the last summer fling, one more trip to the cabin, one more trip to the lake, one more long weekend to finish your summer chores.

Or one additional long weekend to do anything you want.

Whatever you do, be careful and have some fun. And don’t forget to take the time to thank a UNION member for providing you with this weekend.

Thank them for the forty hour work week also and paid vacation and paid sick leave and healthcare benefits.

Don’t have those benefits? Join a union and work to get them.

Do take a few minutes to thank a union member for all the sacrifices they have made through the years to make working conditions and life in general better for working people around the world.

And now that you are in a thanking mode take a few minutes to thank someone or something that you still have some Democrats in the government. Democrats are of course the ones that are working feverishly to protect your social security and your Medicare.

In a discussion today it was mentioned how the local teachers have taken a 9 percent cut in pay. A right winger in the group said “And what is your union doing?” The response was “My union is working with management to keep the schools open in defiance of the Republicans in Lansing doing everything they can to bankrupt the local school systems.

Next week the historical campaign season begins. I will be at Democratic headquarters in the mornings, Monday thru Friday, stop by and have a coffee and some general chit chat.

If you are flying in from a foreign country to visit me, give me a call when you get to the airport. I will give you directions to the office. ;)

Have a good and safe weekend.

Labor Day Weekend

Ah, the last summer fling, one more trip to the cabin, one more trip to the lake, one more long weekend to finish your summer chores.
Or one additional long weekend to do anything you want.
Whatever you do, be careful and have some fun. And don’t forget to take the time to thank a UNION member for providing you with this weekend.
Thank them for the forty hour work week also and paid vacation and paid sick leave and healthcare benefits.
Don’t have those benefits? Join a union and work to get them.
Do take a few minutes to thank a union member for all the sacrifices they have made through the years to make working conditions and life in general better for working people around the world.
And now that you are in a thanking mode take a few minutes to thank someone or something that you still have some Democrats in the government. Democrats are of course the ones that are working feverishly to protect your social security and your Medicare.
In a discussion today it was mentioned how the local teachers have taken a 9 percent cut in pay. A right winger in the group said “And what is your union doing?” The response was “My union is working with management to keep the schools open in defiance of the Republicans in Lansing doing everything they can to bankrupt the local school systems.
Next week the historical campaign season begins. I will be at Democratic headquarters in the mornings, Monday thru Friday, stop by and have a coffee and some general chit chat.
If you are flying in from a foreign country to visit me, give me a call when you get to the airport. I will give you directions to the office. 
Have a good and safe weekend.

Chickens you say. Chickens?

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A long story regarding these chickens, so grab a fresh cup of coffee and relax for a few.
When lovely wife first got word that oldest grandson was going to bring her a couple chickens to raise this past summer, I was less than enthusiastic about the project. Having never raised chickens I foresaw nothing that looked like fun to me. Sounded like a lot of work for naught. Where would we put them? How would we take care of them in the winter? How much care do they actually need? What if we want to go away for a week or so? These were just a few of the questions that concerned me.
Oldest grandson lives in a rural area just a bit north west of Cadillac, Mi. He raises game birds for sale to hunting preserves. He also raises livestock for his family’s personal consumption, pigs and chickens. He assured us that he would take care of my concerns, he would bring down a coop/pen to keep chickens in and he would come and get them in the fall prior to the winter sitting in. I was slowly and somewhat begrudgingly accepting the idea of having chickens in our backyard. Not enthusiastic at all, but it would be a brief interruption in my pleasant lifestyle. And I felt I could handle it for a short period. Just stay as far out of it as possible
You can imagine the sigh of relief that came from my silent inner soul when oldest grandson called to sadly tell lovely wife the bad news.
Seems the chicks came not quite as ordered, he had ordered 10 chickens to be made up of 9 hens and 1 rooster. Once the chicks began to mature he found them to be evenly split 5 hens and 5 roosters. This left him with just enough hens for his plans and 4 roosters for the pot. Alas, no hens for grandma; :) from grandpa.
Lovely wife, not to be deterred, worked out a plan where she could get a small coop and a couple of hens from another grandson who resides in Freeland area and raises chickens just for the joy? Of it.
Arrgh! Thinks grandpa. Now we are going to have chickens with no adult support and no word of where they will go in winter and so on and so on. Arrgh again.
Lovely wife calls in the reserves, son, son-in-laws and grandsons. We have a small coop and a makeshift pen with two chickens. Grandpa not comfortable with situation. He is thinking something along the lines of Beverly Hillbilly’s or Ma and Pa Kettle is taking over his otherwise comfortable life.
Oldest grandson, the one that started this mess to begin with, somehow hears of grandpa’s stress. He comes to the rescue with a pen of adequate size for two grown birds. To make matters even better the pen is called a tractor, it has wheels on it and can be moved about the yard to avoid destroying a section of yard. We are both happy and pleased with this turn of events.
Lovely wife and I paint this pen and chickens seem to love their new home.
Chickens are now providing us with two eggs daily. They are allowed to “free range” around the fenced yard every day and from what I know about chickens appear to be happy.
It is fun to watch these birds wander around the yard looking for bugs and or whatever they are doing. They enjoy sitting in a dry spot and taking a dust bath every day. Occasionally they will squawk loudly flap their wings and shoot 10 to 15 feet across the yard in pursuit of a bug? They usually stay close to each other and walk about with their heads bobbing in rhythm.
They came to our house pre-named by the grandson. Chip and Dale. I know doesn’t sound right for hens but grandson named them when they hatched and they don’t really give a damn what we call them. I usually call them the girls.
Some have used the phrase God’s creatures when speaking of animals of this type. I am not sure but, I do know they are creatures that are rather dumb, but mean no harm. They just go about their daily lives doing what they do. They do need some help and being a member of a superior species I think it is imperative that they receive any help I can give them. This includes making sure they are fed and watered and cleaning their pen at least once a week.
In conclusion, I do get a kick out of having them here. I would not butcher them for chicken dinner but would feel no discomfort if and when they do go to the colonels.
So there you have it.

Boycott all those bums.

Join me, I am going to boycott the world.
Friends I have a problem here. Every time some corporation pulls another bonehead move we are asked to boycott. Problem is, most of the places I am supposed to boycott I do not shop at anyway.
I do not like those overpriced chicken sandwiches, I do not like any of the Chinese junk sold in that store run by the religious fanatics. I did however call the pizza joint one time and told them I was just calling to NOT order a pizza because I don’t like the CEOs policies.
Now I hear Burger Doodle is merging with the donut shop from Canada to avoid U.S. corporate taxes. I do not like burger doodles burgers so cannot boycott them.
So, my brother suggested I just say I am boycotting all those places.
If you include all the products from those dudes trying to buy our government, you pretty much have to boycott the world.
So my friends join me in boycotting the world. I think this will work if we all do it together. ;)
Thanks for the help.

Short and quick Saturday blog. Huh?

Very brief thoughts on recent events this morning.
James Foley is executed by ISIS radicals. Damn! Call out the marines, bomb, bomb, and bomb!
Michael Brown is executed by police in Ferguson, Mo. Ho Hum!
The kindling was there before the match was lit.
Putin bombs Ukraine. Damn! Call out the marines, bomb, bomb, and bomb!
U.S. bombs Iraq. Ho hum!
Come on people now!
Your vote is your voice.
Be the future, make it better!

Ferguson, Missouri

What the hell is going on in this country? Just saw a news clip on CNN about another young black man being shot and killed in St. Louis, Mo. Different circumstances but similar. Dead guy in St. Louis stole some muffins from a store and was wielding a knife and challenged police to shoot him. They complied with his wishes.

I recall years ago when the patriot act was first approved, many on the right would reply to complaints from the left with “If you are doing nothing wrong, you should have no fear of being watched.”

Now we are reading of constant reports of police in Ferguson threatening reporters with violence. If they are doing nothing wrong, why do they fear being watched/recorded?

Link to a list of Reporters arrested so far… http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1322938/-Ferguson-police-continue-arresting-and-attacking-media?detail=email
Yesterday I posted this on my Facebook page. “The shit is hitting the fan in the United States of America.”

A right wing person responded and eventually suggested I watch a movie. A movie that was written and directed by someone that either is or has served time in prison for campaign violations. A person that is closely linked to the Heritage Foundation and other right wing think tanks.

I explained this to the right wing person and suggested they watch Rich Hill and The Hunger Games a more accurate depiction of what is really going on in America today.

I have not heard back from the right wing person yet.

Today I suggested there be more peaceful demonstrations for the oppressed masses in Ferguson, Mo. I went on to say there will be some and soon.

Hang on my friends, the birth of something new can at times be painful.

A Good Day For Sure

Last Thursday lovely wife and I took a short drive to Midland, Mi. We went on this drive to go to an estate sale that was supposed to have *Polish Pottery for sale, when we arrived we found none. But it was not going to ruin our day, we headed out to the Midland Mall so lovely wife could browse a store that occasionally has the aforementioned product for sale. Again no luck and again determined to make a good day, we took respite in a restaurant noted for their pies. We both lunched on chicken pot pie and I indulged in cherry pie ala mode for desert. A good meal and a good time.
A pleasant drive brought us home in time to take care of the chickens and reassure the dog that we had not abandoned him but were here for his enjoyment again. The day was finished watching the Tigers lose another game, damn.
*Polish pottery. IMHO this is just another Madison Avenue scam almost in sync with the beanie baby scam of years gone by. However, lovely wife likes it and she really likes finding it at a bargain price. Knowing this I have decided to do like number one daughter.
Number one daughter is camping with her husband this weekend. She does not like camping at all, but she loves her husband more then she dislikes camping.
As for me, I love my wife more than I fear the cupboards crashing to the floor under the weight of all that damn Polish pottery. ;)
With all the turmoil going on in the world today, these days are the days we should all strive for, at least once in a while.
So my friends, do something fun with someone you love today, let the world turn on its own axis and enjoy.

Doing so will give us a chance to have one of those “precious moments of life”.