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The Wisdom of Barnyard Bruke: Eagle Eggs Vs. Baby Killin'; Socialism In The USA; Confusion; Farmer And The Pheasant

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

Here we are in the last week of January. Groundhog day is a few days away (February 2) and I'm concerned all this snow and cold weather could confuse his forecasting. Most forward think'n animals that come ta my mind wouldn't venture out their warm hole just ta let a few humans know what the future holds fer the weather.

Eagle Eggs vs. Baby Killing

Speak'n of wildlife, I'm told if'n ya destroy a Bald Eagle egg ya go ta prison fer an extended period of time and ya pay huge fines. However, in New York ya can kill a baby as it comes outa the womb, call it full term abortion and get monetarily rewarded fer it. Go figure?

Socialism in the USA

That line of think'n confuses me. I am also confused by those same sort of fella who are now promote'n socialism in the USA. There are certain conundrums of socialism in the USA that are difficult ta figure out:

Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. (Think this one over and it definitely makes sense!)

The definition of the word Conundrum is: "something that is puzzling or confusing."

Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America

1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about. Free cell phones, etc.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our government for the past years and cultural environment it has created:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

Funny how that works. And here's another one worth considering.

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money!

What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second did not!

Think about it... and last, but not least;

3. Prior to Trump we were cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard to a level lower than before WWII, but we were not stopping any of the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

Are you among the few who are not missing something?

"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." -Plato

Whilst I am on confusion and conundrums, here is some more food fer thought:


Are you confused?

Are they confused?

Are our media confused?

Are our politicians confused?


Let us see. Do I understand this thing correctly?

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim

The Beltway Snipers were Muslims

The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim

The underwear Bomber was a Muslim

The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims

The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims

The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims

The London Subway Bombers were Muslims

The Moscow Theater Attackers were Muslims

The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims

The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims

The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims

The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims

The Beirut U.S. Embassy Bombers were Muslims

The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims

The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims

The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims

The Kenyan U.S. Embassy Bombers were Muslims

The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims

The Beirut Marine Barracks Bombers were Muslims

The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims

The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims

The Bombay and Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims

The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims

The September 11th, 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims

Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem

Hindus living with Christians = No problem

Hindus living with Jews = No Problem

Christians living with Shintos = No Problem

Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem

Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem

Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem

Jews living with Atheists = No Problem

Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem

Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem

Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem

Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem

Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem

Christians living with Jews = No Problem

Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem

Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem

Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem

Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem

Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem

Muslims living with Hindus = Problem

Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem

Muslims living with Christians = Problem

Muslims living with Jews = Problem

Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem

Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem

Muslims living with Shintos = Problem

Muslims living with Atheists = Problem


They're not happy in Gaza

They're not happy in Egypt

They're not happy in Libya

They're not happy in Morocco

They're not happy in Iran

They're not happy in Iraq

They're not happy in Yemen

They're not happy in Afghanistan

They're not happy in Pakistan

They're not happy in Syria

They're not happy in Lebanon

They're not happy in Nigeria

They're not happy in Kenya

They're not happy in Sudan


They're happy in Australia

They're happy in England

They're happy in Belgium

They're happy in France

They're happy in Italy

They're happy in Germany

They're happy in Sweden

They're happy in the USA and Canada

They're happy in Norway and India

They're happy in almost every country that is not Islamic!

And who do they blame?

Not Islam

Not their leadership

Not themselves


I'm completely stumped.

The Farmer And The Pheasant

A big city lawyer went Pheasant hunting in Western Illinois. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field

As the lawyer climbed over the fence to claim his bird, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.

The litigator responded, "I shot a pheasant and it fell in this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."

The old farmer replied. "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."

The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in Washington, D.C. and, if you don't let me retrieve that bird, I'll sue you and take everything you own."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we settle disputes here in Western Illinois. We settle small disagreements like this with the 'Three Kick Rule.'"

The lawyer asked. "What is the 'Three Kick Rule'?"

The Farmer replied, "Well, because the dispute occurs on my land, I get to go first.

I kick you three times and then you kick me three times and so on back and forth until someone gives up."

The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and, being the person he was, decided that he could easily take the old codger, after all he was a box'n champion at Harvard University. He agreed to abide by the local custom.

The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the attorney.

His first kick planted the toe of his heavy steel toed work boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees!

His second kick to the midriff sent the lawyer's last meal gushing from his mouth.

The lawyer was on all fours when the farmer's third kick to his rear sent him face-first into a fresh cow pie.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and remaining strength and very slowly managed to get to his feet.

Wiping his face with the arm of his jacket, he said, "Okay, you old geezer. Now, it's my turn."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Nah, I give up. You can have the Pheasant."

Well there ya have it then. After all that confusion, this week's column will end on that certainty.

Hope'n ta see ya in the church of yer choice this week.

Wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n, 'BE A GOOD ONE!'

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke