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Greetings ta ever one in Western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill".
Planters and field work has been going on around here for several days. Some are keep'n an extra tractor around fer when they get stuck in the wet holes. The "rush" is on!
Fer those of you'ns that follow such things, here's some news on the corn market.
Heavy rain in the U.S. helped lift prices in Chicago by about 15% in May. Only 67% of U.S. corn was planted by June 2, well behind the five-year average of 96%. May was the single wettest May on record with over 13 inches. Normal fer May is 4.45 inches. 2013 was the wettest recorded with 22.5 inches, 2.5 inches more than this Spring so far.
Smithfield Foods, a subsidiary of China's WH Group likely ordered betwixt five and ten corn shipments from Brazil. Other traders are shipping Brazilian corn to the U.S. and are source'n corn from Paraguay and Argentina, with around 1 million tons now under contract for shipment from South America.
There ya go, corn prices so far not cover'n the cost of production and yet with a slight rise in price multi-nationals are make'n every attempt to beat the price back down. It's part of this countries cheap food policy and not good fer rural America!
"D Day" lessons
With the recent 75th Anniversary of D-Day, it is sad folks seem to have forgotten that when ya wink at "Evil", bad things happen. Thousands upon thousands of lives were spent try'n ta over come the results of those who allowed Germany, Italy, and Japan to aggressively move ahead with their plans fer world domination.
You worry me
Fer last weeks letter to the Editor, I am including this response to a Muslim doctor's complaint. No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda.
"I've been trying to say this since 911, but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me.
"I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now.
"I don't fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.
"On September 11, ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others, hacking their necks, over and over, with box cutters. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings, killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers.
"The Palestinians celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don't want to be worried.
"I don't want to be consumed by the same rage, hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.
"How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter MORE of the same good neighbors and children?
"The events of September 11 changed the answer.. It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.
"I want to know, I DEMAND to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love American...Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads?
"Are you thankful for the freedom that this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots, who have through our history, given their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America?? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.
"Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions YOU are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent, because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks, because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action. What will you do for America - our great country - at this time of continuing crisis, at this time of war?
"I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the American flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America'. I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to our returning wounded and to this nation as a whole.
"The FBI has had a long list of people they've wanted to interact with regarding the threats that they believe to be ongoing. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them.
"You know where they are. Give the FBI a heads up as to where thy are. Give the FBI a heads up as to where they may be. Better yet, hand them over to us, NOW! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.
"The very few Arab/Muslim representatives, like CARE, that have appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States apologize and take responsibility for actions defending our own people.
"They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States apologize and take responsibility for actions defending our own people. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing "leaders' like Khadafi, the late Hussein, Farrakhan, and the late Arafat.
"If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, pure, and true, when your "leaders' are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It matters little how good Islam should be if huge numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world.
"A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.
"We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us -- our rights under the greatest constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to DEMAND it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.
"I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American.....But there can be no grey areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance, and it is up to YOU, to show Me, where YOU stand. Until then, "You Worry Me!"
There ya have it then, and here is a Canadian's response to those comments:
"I totally agree with this sentiment. I hope you will forget all about the "political correctness' mandate we've had rammed down our throats by so many on the left, and see if this doesn't ring true in your heart and mind. For Canada, with all the multiculturalism we've been told is so important...why should we not, as Canadians, expect that the millions of new people immigrating to our country will show their love for our country, their allegiance to our country, their willingness t obey the laws of our country, and acceptance that we are a Christian country. Just because they are able to enjoy exercising their own religion, they should NOT expect us to be ashamed of ours. They knew Canada was a Christian country when they came here. Why are we erasing Christianity because immigrants who are unwilling to adopt our way of life expect us to? There is just too much insanity in the world, and we have to start taking a stand."
So thats about it fer this column, try'n ta address those who would wink at "Evil" and bury their head in the sand until it is too late and we have ta have another "D Day" ta correct their "political correctness'. People who use the 4-letter word hate repetitively in their self righteous high horse editorials, exemplify the oxymoron attitude that could lead to more conflict such as we had in WWII.
That's all fer this week.
Plan on attend'n the church of yer choice this week.
Remember where ever ya are, what ever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"
Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya later