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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "Harvest Season, Words of Wisdom, Ben Franklin, Great Truth, Five Best Sentences"

Greetings to ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.

The worst part of the heat is gone but by the time you read this another hot spell is predicted by the weatherman at the time of this writing. But it's affects on an already too dry crop conditions continue to display their harm.

Harvest Season

Some corn harvest has already begun in the southern most part of Illinois and parts of Missouri. Yield results are mixed, with some express'n satisfaction and some disappointment. Silage make'n has begun around these parts. Some corn is test'n 25% moisture.

It's time to get fall harvest'n equipment, along with bins, dryers and tillage equipment in shape and field ready fer seasonal work. Harvest time is approach'n rapidly.

Words of Wisdom

Sandy Bob shared with us men folk some old farmer's words of wisdom we could all live by.....

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

Meanness don't just happen overnight.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin'' that ain't bothering you

Timin' has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply.

Speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.

Don't pick a fight with an old man. He is too old to fight, he'll just shoot you.

Ben Franklin

After Sandy's wisdom was thoroughly discussed by a group of men folk, Jasper Jinx shared the following quote of wisdom he learned from his fertilizer salesman:

Benjamin Franklin - "I am for doing good to the poor, but....I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."

And then Bill Jones shared the follow'n Great Truths from various individuals:

Great Truths

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. - John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. - Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. - Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. - Winston Churchill.

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw.

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. - G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. - James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Case, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. - Frederic Bastiat, French

11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! - P.J. O'Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! - Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it. -Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. - Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. - Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. - Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903).

22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class, save Congress. - Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. - Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. - Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. - Aesop

Not to be outdone Buster Jigs enlightened us fellers with his opinion of 5 best wisdom sentences.

Five Best Sentences

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Thar ya has it then - enough wisdom fer this weeks column.

Happy 91st birthday fer Jack Brokaw!!

The misses and I is a hope'n to see youn's in church thank'n the good Lord fer all your'n many bless'ns and seek'n His wisdom in all your decision make'n.

In the meantime...

Keep on Smile'n,

Catch ya later,