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The Wisdom of Barnyard Bruke: FARMIN' & RAIN - FEEDBACK - CLOSE BORDER

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

Farmin' & Rain

Just when's ya see the sun shine'n, it ain't long fer ya see the rain. It seems the robins, cardinals, martins, thrush, and other birds don't seem ta let it get them down, and we shouldn't neither.

Many farmers are fortunate here ta have been in the fields with their tillage and plantin' while most areas of the state have had too wet of conditions to even begin those activities.

The rain has given cattlemen a chance to move cattle to other fields for grazing.

It's not been too wet fer the mushroom hunters, however. Some of them folks have found a passel and kept the whole kit and caboodle and haven't shared any of their discoveries with me!


The boys said the followin' account was posted on Tom Nicholson's Facebook of a man and the sports car that he had just purchased. A man had approached the new owner and told him that the money he used to buy his expensive car could've fed thousands of less fortunate people. His response to this man made him famous on the Internet. Read his story as stated on Facebook:

A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, "I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost."

I replied, "I am not sure:

it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it,

it fed the people who make the tires,

it fed the people who made the components that went into it,

it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires,

it fed people in Decatur, IL at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore.

it fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families.

BUT, I have to admit, I guess I really don't know how many people it fed."

The boys agree, that's the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality.

(Capitalism: an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.)

When you buy somethin', you put money in people's pockets and ya give them dignity for their skills.

When ya give someone something for nothin', you rob them of their dignity and self-worth.

Capitalism is freely givin' your money in exchange fer somethin' of value.

Socialism is takin' your money against your will and shovin' something down your throat that ya never asked fer.

I've decided I can't be politically correct anymore.

"Every day is not a good day, but there is good in every day."

Close Border

And with that, here's some enterest'n notes on closin' the Mexico border writin' by Rubin was penned prior to Israel's April 9th election:

Trump Should Close U.S. Border As We

In Israel Successfully Closed Ours

By David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel

President Trump has repeatedly cited Israel-even quoting our next guest on Twitter-to prove that border walls work.

With the President threatening to close the Mexico border, some Democrats are expressing fear that while the world might not completely end, avocado deliveries might.

In Israel, temporary border closures have been used for days and even weeks at a time, and nobody complains! Why is that? Furthermore, in Israeli's upcoming election campaign neither Israel's frequent border closures nor its walls are mentioned by the leading left-of-center party. How can this be?

Here are 5 questions and answers I am offering Americans to perhaps benefit from my experience as Mayor of Shiloh, Israel, located in Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank). Some of these insights may also be found in my new book "Trump and the Laws."

Questions & Answers:

1. How is it possible that Israel frequently closes its border with Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and very few people complain?

Answer: Israelis understand that even though it temporarily hurts the economy, everyone ultimately benefits because we are all safer when it's harder in the long-term for terrorists and thieves to enter.

2. Lots of folks in America are warning that such a closure would halt our supply of avocado and other fruits that we import from Mexico. Don't Israelis care about the shortages of fruits and vegetables?

Answer: Of course, they care, and by the way, I also love avocados and we have great avocados in Israel, but a mature people have to sometimes put aside its selfishness and sacrifice on a temporary basis for the common good. And who knows, maybe Americans would learn to like the home-grown avocados from Florida and California!

3. In the upcoming Israeli elections April 9, 2019, why is Israel's Blue and White Party, the main left-of-center party, silent about Israel's border walls?

Answer: In Israel, it's considered a done issue. When our walls were being built, there were protests, mostly from the Left, charges of "racism" and "inhumanity", and there are even protests from some on the Right, but the proof is in the pragmatism.

Now that it's built, all the politicians support it because the public supports less street crime and less terrorism.

4. With elections in Israel rapidly approaching, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the battle for his political life, with Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party consistently leading Netanyahu's Likud. Can Netanyahu survive?

Answer: In our parliamentary system, success depends on the political breakdown. Netanyahu's Likud Party may or may not get the most votes, but the smaller parties to his right are expected to get more votes, and they prefer to join a coalition with Netanyahu.

Therefore, even if he loses, he is likely to have the best chance of forming a workable new coalition.

5. Why is it ironic that these two embattled leaders met in the week that the Mueller report results were revealed?

Answer: Both leaders have suffered from unprecedented political attacks designed to keep them on the defensive and extract a toll from their political popularity.

Trump now feels vindicated, and Netanyahu, despite his own pending indictment, which is subject to a July hearing, is hoping that the Israeli people will rule in his favor on April 9.

Bio: David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh Israel, is the author of the new book, "Trump and the Jews". Rubin is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children's Fund established after he and his then three-year-old son were wounded in a terror attack. He can be found at

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Nathan (Janessa)Todd in the La Harpe area who expanded their family the easy way...with a set of twin girls!

Be kind ta someone this week. It ain't goin' ta cost ya anything, and other folk just might catch on. Our nation can sure use it.

Hope ta see ya in church on Sunday.

Remember, where ever ya are, what ever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!'

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke