Longview Farm 2012

This is an aerial (google maps) view of the Longview Farm in 2012.



Back to School…

August…  it’s hot.  Summer is winding down.  The impending thoughts of school are starting to creep into our minds.  Kids and teachers are struck with anxiety and excitement.

School supplies are being purchased.  The pencils are all the same length and the erasers are the perfect shape.  Notebooks still have their corners.  New shoes are not yet faded, scuffed, or dirty.

School is about to begin.

The year has to begin with a positive message.  Kids need to be motivated.  Textbooks need to be counted and lined up neatly on the shelves.

Nothing is more important for the success of a schoolyear than the almighty bulletin board.

Ah yes, the bulletin board.  The broad space in every classroom and hallway where a thin veneer of everyday cork will contain the shrine to vague wisdom and inspiration.

Educators all through the land are spending days if not a week preparing, planning, cutting, stapling, and taping their messages to the walls.

When the final posterboard is tacked upon the wall, the creator is proud and relieved.  The educator is ready to receive students like Dolly Madison was ready to kiss the cheeks to DC dignitaries after that last pastry was placed on the table.

Students will pass through the halls and into classrooms on that first day taking quick glances at the bulletin boards but spending more time bearing witness to who no longer has braces or which of the girls moved up a cup size.

The bulletin board is valued yet short lived.  “Back to school” boards quickly fade, the motivation fades after the student receives their first C.  The board will then turn to Columbus Day or Halloween by dawning the cork with the stock pinups of 18th century ships or Pagan images of witches and ghosts.

School is then in full swing.  When is December 20th?

I Believe…

It’s been awhile since my last “I Believe” rant/blog/tome.  Flashback to 2010 “I Believe”.

Here goes…

I believe Android and iPhone devices are equally good.  I believe there are too many crappy apps.  I believe the tablet will contribute to obesity.   Too much time is spent on internet and not enough of that time is spent expanding your knowledge of your political representatives.

I believe Mitt Romney is too wealthy to run for President for anything other than altruistic motivations.  I believe that Obama loves his country but does not understand capitalism.  I believe Obama is being pushed around by senior Democrats and believes his own bullshit.

I believe we need to walk and ride bikes more for jaunts less than 2 miles.  Solar power is not the full answer.  Electric cars require more energy to recharge thus more need for coal burning and nuclear power plants.

I believe we need a triple IPA.  I believe pot should be legal.  Everyone should grow their own grapes.

I believe sports that only really exist because of the Olympics and require an individual to commit full time and be subsidized to train are a menace to those who participate in them.  I believe we should quit romanticizing the Olympic process and give young people their childhood back.  I believe steroids and other performance enhancing drugs should be allowed.

I believe Americans will be taxed more and the quality of individual health will stay the same or get worse.  I believe government can’t fix a problem.  Being a perpetual victim will never be a benefit.  I believe in the individual to rise up and take control of  their situation.  I believe we help the less fortunate.

I believe locally grown produce will fail in a drought.  I believe you have the right to be a vegetarian and not have the right to judge my beef consumption.  I believe veggie pizza can be considered a vegetable.  I believe we should consume less milk and breastfeeding past 1 year old is odd.

I believe politicians are stupid by claiming we have a simultaneous hunger AND obesity problem in this country.

I believe student success has more to do with parental involvement than teacher involvement.  I believe both are needed.  I believe you can’t build a new school and expect better results from students.

I believe people love their cars and mass transit in the midwest is a lost cause.  I believe Harley Davidson motorcycles are obnoxiously too loud.  I believe Smart Cars are too small and the driver is implying judgement on others.

I believe actors should help tell stories and not be political activists.

I believe Krispy Kream donuts are overrated, cake donuts are superior, and sprinkles are annoying.

I believe “50 Shades of Gray” is just what the women of America need to break them out of their shell.  I believe “Real Housewives…” are fake, boring, and prove that women truly hate each other.

I believe we spend too much time and money on paid coaches and fancy uniforms for youth sports in pursuit of the low percentage dream of a college scholarship and even lower percentage of playing professionally.  I believe this country needs more engineers and fewer midfielders.  I believe in walking past the white kids asking for money to pay for their out of town sports tournaments.  I believe we can organize teams outfitted with simple tshirts and shorts on locally taxpayer funded fields and produce quality individuals.

I believe Facebook and other social networking websites have brought people together much like camping in a small cabin for 5 days.  After 3 days, you are closer but at the same time sick of their babbling and ready to get home.

And… wait for it…. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days…

I won’t release MY tax returns…

Why should I?  Am I being audited?  No.

Why should Romney?  Is he suspected for criminal behavior?  Not that I can tell.

Dear taxers (play on “birthers”), here is what you are going to find in those tax returns.  1. Romney is wealthy and has been for a good number of years.  2.  He has leveraged the tax code to an advantage of paying less in % of taxes.

That’s it.  End of story.  What is it you want?  I suspect you want more proof that the Republican candidate is a “1% ‘er”.  Well, he is.  Get over it.

Romney spent his working life making private sector companies profitable and economically competitive.  He was not a community organizer rallying up citizens for some cause.  Romney did what all productive Americans do.  He worked and paid his taxes.

As a conservative, I don’t find Romney to be the most charismatic figure head running for President.  I believe he will do fine and follow sound conservative principles as a President.  I think he has the ability to compromise with Democrats (he was the governor of a liberal state that passed a health care law for crying out loud).

So what if they guy paid 14% in taxes.  He followed the laws.  People don’t get rich by throwing money into a hole (like the federal government).

I’d much rather see Romney in the white house than another term with Obama.  If there is a Republican dominated House and Senate, I don’t care who is in the white house.