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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."
Fall Is A Come'n
Next Friday is the first day of fall. Fall is when we usually think of Harvest as well as Heritage Days and other things. Stronghurst had their Heritage Days last week end. It was a good time, a good day, good food, and all around fun time.
There is a few fellers who have started both corn and bean harvest around these parts. Most fields are a ways off due ta the delayed wet spring, dry summer, and cooler than normal weather at the wrong time ta develop appropriate heat units fer a early harvest, as we've experienced these last few falls.
One report I received on an early harvest this fall already was 251 bushel dry corn all measured over the scale as No. 2 dry corn. Most folk would be satisfied with such a yield if'n they could average that.
Deer Hunt'n Question
Many a folk around here are look'n forward to hunt'n season. But a question came up recently concern'n shoot'n a buck.
If'n a feller only has a doe-tag can it be claimed that the buck wasn't really a buck? Perhaps he'd always wanted ta be a doe, but with no choice of his own, he was born with the physical attributes of a male. And yet ....on the inside he'd always known he was truly a female.
The question is put forward as ta whether the game warden will buy it, because society and the Supreme Court do...
Other Enterest'n Questions
Another enterest'n series of thoughts came up' concern'n some things Andy Rooney once said:
"I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.
Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.
Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.
I believe they are called Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?
I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.
I have the right "NOT' to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.
When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in the cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.
I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!
My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.
I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the work "freeze' or "stop' in English, see the above lines.
I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.
We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.
I don't hate the rich; I don't pity the poor. I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.
I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.
It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!'
I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your infected mouth as you serve me french fries!
I am sick of "Political Correctness.' I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be "African-Americans'? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else, and if you don't like my point of view, tough.."
I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag, Of The Untied States Of America, And To The Republic, For Which It Stands, One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice For All!
It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. So, it is hard ta understand why there is such a problem in have'n "In God We Trust' on our money and have'n "GOD' in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why doesn't someone just tell the 14% to BE QUIET!!
Well, that's all fer this weeks column.
Next week I'm a plan'n a submitti'n a true story of our American heroes.
Hope'n ta see ya in church this weekend.
Remember wherever ya are, what ever ya be do'n "Be A GOOD ONE!"
Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya later