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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "Rain?, Grain!, Skunk Trails, More Statistics"

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

I'm a hope'n this column finds ya in "Good Spirits" and enjoy'n life as it presents itself.


Seems as though a good rain is hard ta come by, at the time of this write'n. The crops do look well fer now and the drier weather is help'n ta send their roots deeper, a follow'n the moisture down. This should help a bit as we go further along into summer, if'n it stays dry.


Interestingly enough, some of the fellers that planted soybeans late sez the beans grew out of the ground in about 3 days versus their earlier planted beans that laid in the ground about 3 weeks before popp'n their cotelyelins above ground seek'n daylight.

One feller said he felt the late planted beans chased him out of the field with his planter as he looked back and watched em come up. I reckon it must of been a rather large field or they was be'n planted by a rather small planter!?

Skunk Tails

Last weeks paper told ya what ta do if'n your dog gets sprayed by a skunk. I remind ya, as well, of a column I wrote several years ago about an experience of gett'n caught in tight quarters with a skunk about ta defend himself.

Pick a skunk up by the tail and he can't spray ya as long as he is unable ta brace his back feet. I've done it several times, and in fact had two skunks held at one time on one occasion. You've no doubt heard the cliche about have'n a bear by the tail with the problem of know'n what ta do. Well, have'n two skunks by the tail fits in that category!

More Statistics

In last week's column I gave ya some statistics on doctors. This week I'll share with ya some additional statistics ya might find it hard ta believe, from the latest U.S. Statistical map.

These 9 states now have more people on welfare than they do employed!!!

New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Maine, South Carolina.

Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support. What's the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for 40 hour week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.

Furthermore: There are actually two messages here. The first is very interesting, but the second is absolutely astounding-and explains a lot.

A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage (%) of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis: U.S. 65%, England 46%, Canada 42%.

And now...for the last statistic: National Health Insurance? U.S. NO, England YES, Canada YES.

Check the last set of statistics!!

The percentage of each past president's cabinet....Who had worked in the private business sector...Prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is-a real-life business....Not a government job.

Here are the percentages.

38% T. Roosevelt, 40% Taft, 52% Wilson, 49% Harding, 48% Coolidge, 42% Hoover, 50% F.D. Roosevelt, 50% Truman, 57% Eisenhower, 30% Kennedy, 47% Johnson, 53% Nixon, 42% Ford, 32% Carter, 56% Reagan, 51% GH Bush, 39% Clinton, 55% GW Bush, 8% Obama.

This helps explain the problem today in our present federal government: ONLY 8% of them...Have ever worked in private business! That's right! Only eight percent-the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents!

And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their business? How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And, when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers?

They've spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs. Or....As "community organizers".

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

Well, there ya have it then-statistics that was passed ta me, through the boys, just as I received em. Thank you ta a reader fer them facts. They provided plenty of "jaw'n" time fer the boys-ta say the least.

As fer me, I reckon I'll reflect on the subject fer a spell before make'n final judgement on the matter.

Or, maybe I'll just pass em altogether, and spend time have'n some fresh picked strawberries with homemade ice cream, mmmm. Have a good rest of the week.

Hope'n ta see ya in church this week. Remember, wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n, "BE A GOOD ONE!'

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later