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Greetings to everyone in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.
The rain over this past weekend was certainly a welcome relief to most, fer it's been a long dry spell.
It came nice and gentle like with frequent reports at around 1 inch through Sunday night.
Rain is not a gonna help the corn already harvested but there remains fields of corn with green in em which might put on some test weight.
Most soybeans will be helped, one must assume. I reckon we'll find out on both crops in short order.
I've heard corn harvest reports in western Illinois already range'n from 60 bpa to 177 bpa.
I spect thats the way it's a gonna be all fall with surprises on both ends of the yield range. As fer meself I prefers surprises in the area of "better than expected", as is the preference with most folk I presumes.
Jack Brokaw's birthday
Congratulations and happy 90th birthday to me good friend up north, George (Jack) Brokaw.
Jack's a special kinda person and a patriot at its best. He's the kind of feller that has served our country well over the years and made it the Great Nation it is. He's still a tryin' to work toward preservin' those things he fought fer in Normandy.
There's gett'n to be fewer and fewer of his good kinda folk left amongst us.
His family is gather'n at the Biggsville Community Center next Saturday, September 1st between 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. They've put the invite out to all.
What say ye, as many a folk of us "South Enders" as possible travels up north that day and express our gratitude fer him be'n the special person he is. Also, maybe send him a card to 301 West Street, Biggsville, IL, 61418 to brighten up his day.
It's enterest'n how little we learn or know over time. Cicero wrote this concern of his about Rome in 55 BC.
"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.
People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
They say people who don't know their history are bound to repeat it's mistakes. What have we learned in 2,067 years. We know what happened to Rome.
Luckily fer us, up until this time, our found'n fathers knew their history well and wrote a constitution with its bill of rights to protect us against many of those early history mistakes.
Now we have, in important circles, individuals that are "hell bent fer leather" to repeat those ancient mistakes.
Jasper Jenx and his wife Hylda informed us boys he just got his tax return for 2011 back from the IRS. Jasper and Hylda was a complain'n they is puzzled by the IRS response!!! The IRS is questioning how many dependents he and Hylda claimed.
The IRS asked that the Jenx, "List all dependents". It was the Jenx's response to that question, Jasper surmised, that set the IRS off.
Jasper and Hylda had listed as dependents: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps; 2 million people in over 243 prisons (include'n several past Illinois governors and crooked politicians hammer'n out license plates); half of Mexico; Afghanistan, Iraq and many other nations; 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate; three retired presidents; 40 Marxist czars buddies fer our current president; government underfunded pension folk and all government wasteful over spend'n ($1,000 hammers).
Apparently the IRS did not view the Jenx's response as an acceptable answer. Not know'n what the government wanted, Jasper asked us boys, "Who did he and the Mrs. forget?"
It's hard to figure Ivy League government thinkers out at times. Sandy Bob sez, "Gun Control" is the theory that become'n a victim is somehow morally superior to defend'n yerself and yer family. Somehow, to them (liberal gun haters) that makes perfect sense?
There is a quote by Alexander the Great that is worthy of reflection.
"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am of an army of sheep led by a lion." America always must be led by a lion with a vision of "peace through strength".
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as have'n said. "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else".
Does that bring to mind anyone in high political office today?
Along those lines, Abraham Lincoln is quoted as having said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power".
Bill Jones, my neighbor to the southeast sez, "I'm afraid of a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies fer participating!
As long as I'm a quote'n folk a few more enterest'n quotes are as follows:
Dwight D. Eisenhower: "If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking....is freedom".
And do ya remember this quote? "To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens". Adolph Hitler 1933.
William F. Buckley is quoted as have'n said: "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views".
Plato wrote, "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors".
And finally, to sum it up, Pericles, in 430 B.C. said: "Just because you do not take an enterest in politics does not mean politics won't take an enterest in you"!
Well, them is some enterest'n quotes worthy of some reflection. I reckon I'll give them some consideration the next spell I gets fer relaxation.
The holiday come'n up
Here's hope'n everone has a good time at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, the Mount Pleasant Old Threshers Reunion, the Argyle Show, anytime spent on the Mississippi River, visit'n friend or relatives. and enjoyin' the Labor Day weekend ya worked so hard fer.
With the recent rains, ya better see to it ya gots enough gasoline on hand fer the lawn mower.
Wherever ya are, "Be A Good One"! Don't forget to worship in church come Sunday morn'n. Hope to see ya!
Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya later