Friday 20th October 2017

Tag Archives: New Harmony



Hate Crimes in Indiana

Hate Crimes in Indiana are more common than in most other states. Because I live here, and because I am a member of the human race, I own this shameful problem. My powers to fight against this evil are limited, but I do what I can. What I CAN do is to admit this ugly evil is common, widespread and unspeakable. I can speak up to shame the wrong doers, and try to force change by shining the light of public scrutiny on this evil. Anyone can do these things, and if you don't, you are part of the evil. Silence is complicity. Silence gives tacit approval, and encourages evil. Tell your neighbors.

Ron Nesler/New Harmony Indiana

A defense of (some) Republicans

Here is a NYT's article about some sane and helpful state health care legislation passed by MINNESOTA  REPUBLICANS. 

Here is a quote from that article: “This is the type of risk-mitigation tool that the feds defunded in an effort to sabotage Obamacare,” Mr. Lourey said.

Here are  my take aways: Health care reform is possible. I salute these patriotic Minnesota Republicans, who have placed the public good above the sort of revenge politics that we have from the Tea Party assholes in the Hoosier GOP. This is living proof, that NOT ALL Republicans everywhere are hateful, mind dead, bigoted assholes

Here is a footnote:  On the advice of my psychologist/therapist, I recently took up using the word asshole(s), when referring to people who truly ARE assholes. It is enormously therapeutic. I recommend it.

Posted from New Harmony Indiana by an old soldier named Ron Nesler

Something Happy

I swear to the gods, that I truly would like to blather about something happy. There are, I know, happy things going on in the world. I am involved in many of them. But, when you only have limited strength to blather, it is hard to get past all the ourageous crap, that Trump and the Tea People are doing. I have a new grand niece, my brother Dirty Jack Nesler was just here for a visit, and I have a hell of a crop of cucumbers, figs and green beans. But, when you get up every morning and read the news, as I do, it is pretty tough not to be fixated on the insanity around us. Here, below, are some samples, from recent news reports from around the net. And, BTW, while I am thinking of it, the New York Times, America's best newspaper, is offering FREE DIGITAL ACCESS to news of hurricane Harvey.

Here are some recent news stories that caught my attention.

BONUS LINK ON NUCLEAR POWER        BONUS POST ON LOCAL HOUSING

BONUS POST GAY MARRIAGE

Hoosier Tea Party Threatens Old Trees

Rusky Real Estate Deal Garnered Trump Election Support from Putin

ACLU SUES TRUMP OVER TRANSGENDER BAN

Russian Bread Crumb Trail leads back to Jeff Sessions

Trump Trashed Flood Protection Plans Day Before Harvey

And, turning now to the CHURCH NEWS

Daughter of Cabinet Member Rips Trump as Third Rate Sissy Draft Dodger

Jon Webb Evansville Courier Press

Here is a link to this Sunday's ARTICLE BY JON WEBB from the Evansville Courier Press. Webb gets it right on lots of issues. And, he is funny as Hell! He has a column on Sundays and Wednesdays. If you are a liberal or other sentient air breathing life form, you will enjoy and profit from reading Webb's columns. To fully enjoy the Evansville Courier Press online, you must be a subscriber. But, if you subscribe to the Sunday Only print edition, which is pretty cheap, you then have full online access. I take the Sunday only print paper, use it to wrap things in, and then use my full online access to read the paper to keep up on Webb and local news. I really like the idea, that my cheapo Sunday only print subscription, empowers me to use the comment function on Webb's articles. There is a small but growing group of liberals, who follow Webb and communicate through comments on his two columns per week.  .I recommend trying it. If you run a business, where people sometimes congregate, you could use the Sunday Print edition to entertain and inform your customers. Or it makes great wrapping paper. Any sane person will be inspired by Webb.

RON'S TIP OF THE DAY: To fully enjoy the upcoming full solar eclipse, you might want to consider reserving a seat at a local 911 Emergency Call In Center for that day. Then, you could listen as the Trumpies and Tea Party people call in in a terrified panic to report that Barack Obama has stolen the sun. 

If you read this, you might want to check back later in the day, as I plan to add some interesting news and opinion links, after I have had more coffee

 

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

 

Hot Times in New Harmony, Indiana

We have had a very hot summer so far, but it looks like the heat spell has broken. I hope so, because it has adversely affected my gardening. In my experience, just a degree or two of average higher temps in the summer can hurt crops like pole beans, lettuce, turnips, chard, kale and other leafy greens. All of that did poorly for me this year. And, my asparagus bed was also a very poor producer this year. Blackberries were a little below average and my raspberries were a fail this year. On the other hand, tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet corn all thrived in the heat. Garden heirloom tomatoes and crisp fresh cucumbers are two of the best things about gardening. No cucumber from the grocery store ever comes close to being as good as a nice crisp young cuke grown on a trellis in your own garden. And, grocery store tomatoes are a cruel joke for true tomato lovers.  I have several fig bushes, and the figs are not ripe quite yet, but I have a HUGE crop of figs on the bushes. And, we are expecting them to explode into ripeness any day. Fig bushes (some people call them trees, but mine are bushes) grow very well here in New Harmony, and I am surprised more folks don't have them. Fig bushes are really simple to propagate from cuttings or by "layering' of branches. If you live in the area and want a rooted start of a fig plant, let me know, and I will get you one. Once you have your own plant, you can propagate as many more as you like.

 

Here is a link posted under the heading of "BE CAREFUL OR YOU'LL LEARN SOMETHING."

 

Posted from New Harmony Indiana by Ron Nesler . 

In New Harmony, Indiana we pay our taxes

Here in New Harmony, Indiana, we fulfil our military service obligations and pay our taxes. But, the Washington Post is reporting, that on at least one real estate deal, President Trump, our draft dodger in chief,  probably conspired to evade income taxes. Why am I not shocked? In the opinion of this old Vietnam war vet, a serial adulterer like Trump, who would dodge the draft during wartime, probably would not think twice about cheating on his income taxes. Here is the WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE , see what YOU think.

 
Posted from New Harmony, Indiana by Ron Nesler
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Taking my Jesus back

Most of my life, I self identified as a Christian. I only stopped, because I was revolted at the thought of associating myself with these loonie toon evangelicals. With all of their Holy Rolling and speaking in unknown tongues and snake handling and racial and cultural hatred.

I went to Sunday School as a kid and carried a Bible along through 8 years of military service, and actually read that sucker.  I have probably read the Bible more than most of these evangelical hate mongers. I have NEVER found anything hateful attributed to Jesus in the Bible. The Jesus I read about, hung out with poor people and thieves and prostitutes, and lived simply and drank wine and never got rich or hated anybody or owned any gold crosses or Mega Churches.

The Jesus in the Bible seemed to think the central idea of his spiritual pathway was …….

Using Drug Laws as a Political Weapon

During the Obama years, federal prosecutors used common sense in the charges and sentencing leveled against low level, non violent offenders of our Draconian drug laws. Our new Attorney General,Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, has just reversed that by instructing federal prosecutor to go for the most harsh charges possible. This means that mandatory sentencing guidelines will kick in, and low level non violent marijuana offenders once again will face long and life destroying prison sentences. In short, Session wants to once again use drug laws as a political weapon.

Who does this harm? …………………………………………….

Chocolate Sardines

Rain for several days, can't work in my yard or garden. Trump is in the White House destroying all environmental protections, picking fights with Canada and making Fuehrer type speeches in social backwaters to people who mostly can't read. It is easy to be bummed out, and I certainly was, until I stumbled across something to really raise my spirits. 

One of my favorite hobbies is surfing around the internet looking for new types of tinned sardines to order and try. This morning on Amazon, I found………………………..

New Harmony Indiana in the Spring

Yellow color 4/17

New  Harmony, Indiana in the Spring is hands down the finest place in the world. And a top contender during the rest of the year. I have been around the world, and I would rather be right here in New Harmony, than any other place, I know. It is quiet and serene here in our town of 800, but we also have events and facilities here, which each year attract thousands of artistically and spiritually inclined people from around the globe.

…………………………………Here in New Harmony, Indiana we have the……………….

birds and the bees

Right wing extremists like Rand Paul and Rush Limbaugh and the big corporations and the Christian evangelicals completely ignore the examples set by the birds and the bees. They get all bent out of shape when they hear it said health care is a human right. They go into panic attacks, and they whine about the socialist tyranny of providing "free" medical care to the poor. They froth at the mouth and gasp for air, at the horrible injustice of poor people getting medical care without paying for it out of their minimum wage salaries. While the wealthy must pony up big money for insurance premiums. They accuse the poor of squandering their health insurance money on iphones and potato chips. They often go into teary eyed insincere sermons, about the spiritual harm done to workers, if things are made too easy for them. They also say………………

Planting tulips

Ron Reflects on the Meaning of Labor Day

I was just thinking about planting tulips. I think about it every year, about this time, when we get close to spring. The problem is, you must plant tulip bulbs in the fall, and I never think about it, then when it's the right time to act on the thought.