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Prevaricators and Conspiracy Theorists

Monday, October 8, 2012

A tiny fortune-teller escaped from the state pen at Fort Madison last year. The small medium is still at large.

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Go figure. Fifty five percent (to 37%) of likely voters say the country is still headed in the wrong direction, yet on the same Rasmussen Reports polling day, President Obama lead Governor Romney by two points. Gee, ya 'spose with four more similarly great years we can rise to mediocrity?

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First the good news. The U.S. added 114,000 jobs in September, and the (manipulated?) unemployment rate is now at 7.8%. Bad news -- Many of the added jobs are part time. Employment increased in health care, transportation and warehousing, but changed little in most other major industries. The average work week is 34.5 hours. Over the past year, employment (Obamacare?) in health care has risen by 295,000. Worse news - manufacturing (these are the paying jobs) lost 16,000 jobs in September.

The number of those jobless for 27 weeks or more was little changed at 4.8 million and accounted for 40.1 percent of the unemployed. The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) rose from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September.

In September, 2.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. Go figure.

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After watching a portion of the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney, an otherwise somewhat conservative woman I know, said of Romney, "I think he was smirking." She will vote for Obama. Nixon, George W Bush, Al Gore -- all have been criticized for the way they appear on TV. To let that cloud your vision shows prejudice. It makes as much sense as picking a racehorse to win because you like his looks. Of this you can be assured -- Abe Lincoln couldn't be elected dog catcher today if the race was extensively televised!

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And then there is this women's suffrage thing. I thought that meant they 'suffered in rage,' or 'raged until us men suffered,' but Merriam-Webster defines it as, "a short intercessory prayer usually in a series." We men have been praying for someone to intercede for us since 1920.

President Woodrow Wilson did not learn the alphabet until he was 9 years old, and could not read until he was 12. He was elected in 1912 with only 42% of the popular vote, but a won a majority of the Electoral College.

Democrat Wilson originally strongly opposed giving women the right to vote, but with Republicans leading the way on June 4, 1919, the Senate approved the amendment by 56 to 25. Democrats had filibustered, but after four hours of debate, 82 % of the Republican Senators voted aye and the amendment prevailed. How things change.

A sufficient number of states voted to ratify in 1920, and the 19th amendment gave women the right to enter the voting booth. Wisconsin was the first, Iowa the tenth and Mississippi (not until 1984!) the 48th state to ratify.

OH, Woman?! -- is Roe v Wade what causes your liberal streak?

I knew that Wyoming was the first to allow the fairer sex to vote, but had no idea that Utah (the Mormon state) followed in 1870.

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Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

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I remember when newspapers regularly ran advertisements like this one from an early Le Mars Sentinel -- "I will not be responsible for debts contracted by any member of my family.--James Kelleher." Almost always by men, such statements didn't hold much water in court.

I also remember, especially in dry years, 'pump jacks' powered by a "popping Johnny" noisy gasoline engine pumping well water when the wind didn't blow. Now used on oil wells, they are affectionately called "nodding donkeys, or thirsty birds." It is also the nickname of the East Texas College (Kilgore) baseball team, as well as an automated type of scaffolding.

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That


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