Saturday, August 16, 2008

Family Time

R J Ranch, August 14, 2008
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We can learn a great deal from something as simple as a family of quail. To see this family strolling through our yard is a heart warming sight, indeed. Leading the family is "Daddy Quail," followed by the "kids," with "Mom" bring up the rear to keep stragglers in line.
We see this new family out looking for food, almost daily. Usually, they head for the garden to see what bugs and insects are available. Always, they travel together as a family.
My thoughts are: Why can't our modern-day families be as loyal, trusting and devoted to the well-being of everyone. Quail mate for life, so unless somthing happens, the parents stay together forever and raise each new family until they are off on their own.
If something scares the quail family, they seem to fly off, somewhat in the same direction, but always find their way back together again.
The World and it's Creatures are a wonderful experience!
PS: Don't even think about asking if you can hunt quail on the R J Ranch!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Food For Thought - Two People's Opinion

-----Original Message-----
From: ####
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008
To: #### (Blog owner)

Subject: Income Concentration at Highest Level Since 1928, New Analysis Shows.
Yeah for the tax cuts! It would be nice if they actually benefited anyone other than the mega wealthy. Here's some good info for you thanks to your buddy W who's had such a hard, hard 8 years. As he said, "It's hard work being the President." N_ s*&^ Dick Tracy. Can't wait until he's gone. Worst President Ever. Undeniable.

Hi: ####
Point 1: In my mind I see this way: Those people that "get it" are earning more money, building more job creating businesses, paying more taxes and generally doing quite well ... Thank You! The lower earners are those that listened to their iPod's and text-messaged their buddies during school time ... And joined the 40% of the current US crop of "students" that dropped out of school, ended up in dead-end jobs, went to the Emergency Room when they were sick (because they preferred to have a "hot car" and/or a gigantic plasma TV rather than medical insurance) and ... complain loudly about the great division between "have's and have-not's." The later group is in the "I want it NOW" group, but have no desire to WORK for it.

Point 2: While I certainly don't endorse everything JWB has done, (Or Carter, Clinton, Nixon, Johnson, JFK or Theodore Roosevelt and many others, for that matter) the problem is the country has needlessly become very polarized, like a school-yard fight. No one listens, or wins, but even worse, no one learns. J W Bush has done an excellent job under an excruciating situation. It's almost unforgivable to toss tomatoes when you are comfortably sitting at home in the greatest and safest country ever known to man. Easy to do ... But not too smart, in my opinion. "Worst President Ever. Undeniable" ... I don't think so!

Best regards, ####

Ps: I wish I were Bush's "buddy," but I don't run in those circles. About the only thing we have in common is we both flew F-102's. Everyone I knew that flew F-102's was a very accomplished person. (The F-102 was a single-engine, single-seat, supersonic all-weather fighter-interceptor. You either "had it together" or you made like a lawn-dart!)