Reporting my local experiences have been limited this week. I have not related my Key West nocturnal activities. I have not left the house since sunday.
The reason is my car is waiting for a part from Miami.
I live outside Key West so walking is not even a consideration.
It has not been bad. Caught up on some research I have been meaning to do. Read a bit. Watched a ton of old movies on TV.
Now, I have had it. Must get out this evening. Someone will have to pick me up. I also need groceries. Enough left in the refrigerator to prepare one last meal.
You would think laying around would cause me to have gained weight. Not so. Lost 2 more pounds. Total now 38 pounds!
I feel like Little Jack Horner…..eating his pumpkin pie…..he stuck in his thumb, pulled out a plum, and said what a good boy am I!
In April, I wrote a column for KONK Life titled Congress To Blame For Post Office Debt. The reason obvious.
The Post Office was solvent. Money in the bank. For real. Congress wanted to use the sitting money. Passed a law requiring the Post Office to pre-pay in 10 years long term pension and health care liabilities. Covering 75 years.
The money would sit in a different account till needed. Congress could dip into it. And as with Social Security, never pay it back.
The 10 years has passed. The Post Office could not meet the pre-pay. Onerous. Owes $49 billion to it.
Congress was unhappy. On paper looks like the Post Officenow in debt. Not really, if not compelled to make the pre-payments.
What other business pre-pays pensions, etc. 75 years into the future?
Congress has been mini-managing the Post Office under the guise that obviously the Post Office cannot mange itself. Congress passed another law. As postal employees retire, they would not be replaced. A money saving gambit.
Why do we stand in line forever at the Post Office? It is not the postal workers fault. They are not slow. The problem is there are not enough of them because of Congress’ law re replacing retirees.
The Chinese are smart people. A relatively recent example are the hog hotels being constructed. Pig hotels, another name.
America’s experience is with Perdue and other chicken farms. Place the chicken/hog in tight quarters and grow them.
China presently has 2 seven story buildings to grow hogs. Breed and raise them. One thousand hogs per floor.
The buildings are sow breeding operations more than anything else. Eighty percent of the pigs are adult female swine. Sows. Twenty percent are gilts. Young sows to replace the sows when they get pregnant.
Gestation is 114 days.
Disease the danger. Protected against in every possible way.
No one talks about the male pigs who provide the seed. They must be exhausted! It takes the male 20 minutes to ejaculate. I do not know how many times a day the male is called upon to perform. Nor do I know the average number of times a sow or gilt must engage in sex to become pregnant.
A good sized liter is 16 piglets.
Four new hog hotels are in the planning stage. One will be 13 stories.
Family Separation Policy. Love these fancy governmental terms. The three words relate to the Trump/Sessions plan to separate children from parents in situations where families cross our southern border.
Both men are sick! How long before Congress begins exercising its Constitutional powers? Especially the Republicans. Stand up and be men. Legislators not afraid to oppose Trump.
I was against the Iraqi War before it even began. Made no sense. History agrees.
Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of State at the time. I thought he was a horse’s ass. He thought he was smart. There was a question whether the U.S. had sufficient troops, etc. to go to war. Rumsfeld said, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
Contrast this with how Hitler handled things.
In May 1940, Germany invaded Holland and Belgium. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned. Winston Churchill replaced him.
Holland and Belgium were not military giants at the time. Never the less, Hitler hit them with everything. More than was needed for a German victory. One hundred thirty six ground divisions, 2,500 aircraft, and 16,000 airborne troops.
A country prepares for war. If unexpectedly attacked as the U.S. was at Pearl Harbor, then you begin the fight with what you have.
Enjoy your day!