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Daily Dose of BS March 1 Trump
Mar. 1, 2017 5:46 am

Seeing Donald Trump come out and look presidential was a welcome relief, I wasn?t sure if he could do it.  In watching the speech last night, I was surprised and happy to see that the president wasn?t the poppas egotistical man that most of us had seen up to this point.  I enjoyed listening to him, I like most found some to be on par and other parts not so much.  I had to google the meaning of all the white outfits that many of the democratic women were wearing it was for purity in case you were wondering.  I am wondering am I the only person who thinks that it is weird that some in Congress and in the Senate are asking the President for his autograph as he is walking by?  

Daily Dose of BS Feb 28 drinking in Minnesota
Feb. 28, 2017 5:46 am

Growing up in Minnesota we had weird drinking laws, like you can only buy 3.2 beer at the grocery store and that you had to go to the liquor store to buy booze and any beer that wasn?t labeled 3.2 you also couldn?t buy beer or alcohol on a Sunday.  This is about to change thanks to Winona Senator Jeremy Miller.  I remember meeting family for a family outing a few years back when I got a call from my brother-in-law asking me to pick up some Spotted Cow on my way up to Duluth because they couldn?t get it up there and because it was a Sunday and they couldn?t buy beer there.  I told him to go to Superior to buy his beer then told him I was kidding and brought him his beer.  Do you think that more Minnesotans will be drinking now because of beer and alcohol sales on a Sunday?  I wonder also if opening this up will also open up car sales on a Sunday as well?  I guess that time will tell.  

Daily Dose of BS Feb 27 line in the sand
Feb. 27, 2017 6:08 am

Have you ever made that line in the sand and said I am not going to cross that line.  I promise myself I will never do..fill in the blank?  I have and I bet that you have as well.  I wonder if it is a sign of the times, of our society or that we are weak or maybe we are making lines in the sand that can?t possibly be kept.  There are some that are hard and fast rules that we should not do, but some do.  Every single day we hear of people who have killed someone or robbed a bank or even embezzled money from you name it work, club, church, school..the list is as long as my arm.  When I was young and would get disciplined by my Dad I remember saying I will never yell at my kids.  Guess what if you have kids sometimes you yell.  Does this make a failure?  No way.  Sometimes we make the ?nevers? in our lives unattainable.  How do you set and stay with a goal?

Daily Dose of BS Feb 24 fake news
Feb. 24, 2017 5:49 am

I know I am going to take some crap for this but do you think that the media sources out there are more about reporting the news or making the news?  We have been hearing lots about fake news and I too sometimes fall for the click bait to read a story about this or the 10 reasons why this that or the other things.  But do you really feel as though the media is out to report fake news?  if you can?t trust the media, who can you trust?  Now, hear me out, I chose a profession where integrity and honesty are key, I chose to work in the media.  I have been given crap from everyone from my Dad who loves me to my friends to people I don?t even know about the integrity of the media, calling us a bunch of liars and news fabricators.  I think that when some people have a real news story about them break that they don?t like or that they don?t get shown in the best light they are calling it fake news.  I agree that some stuff out there is fake but news from trusted sources isn?t. 

Daily Dose of BS Feb 23 nails
Feb. 23, 2017 5:43 am

I have heard from a family friend in La Crosse that their house has been targeted by some group of people who apparently doesn?t like them.  Our friends house has had nails tossed on their driveway many times over the past 6 months or so.  I saw a picture of the nails that they have cleaned up and they have about enough to shingle a roof.  Not only has nails been tossed on their driveway but also put in the gutter by their house, and wine bottle and a pickle jar were also tossed in their yard.  Yesterday another friend sent me an article of someone putting nails face up on a running trail in North Carolina also on the same trail there have been nails put into tree roots so to hurt a runner.  To me both of these incidents are forms of bullying and at least one leaning towards domestic terrorism.  Here is the definition, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: "(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
  • appear to be intended ? (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, sounds terroristic to me.  

  • Daily Dose of BS Feb 22 advice
    Feb. 22, 2017 5:45 am

    Yesterday my youngest son bought his first car, he doesn?t even have his permit yet.  While we were driving it around town, we were talking about things and how dangerous driving can be, I went over many of the driving rules, and mentioned as we were about to hit the highway that speed and inattentive driving kill.  We went on to talk about how texting and driving also is a deadly combination.  Our conversation made me think about the things or the words of wisdom that our parents pass on to us.  My Dad always used to say that a moment of laxity can cause an eternity of regret, and that the youth is wasted on the young, use your head for more than just a place for your glasses or hat.  My parents were also big on taking responsibility for what you have done.  What are some of the bits of advice that you have received over the years that you still live by today?  

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 21 welcome
    Feb. 21, 2017 5:49 am

    When you welcome someone into your home you try to show them the best of the best, you want them to feel welcome.  You greet them at the door you offer them a drink, as well as something to eat.  I wonder if we are doing this to our visitors to La Crosse, you get off on exit 3 to be welcomed by a few fast food places, a mall and some hotels, where is the welcome to our wonderful community sign, our hey this is a great place to visit placard or the welcoming committee letting our guests know that this a wonderful place to live.  We don?t really have this.  City planners are forming a plan that will outline a new vision for the northern entrance to the city of La Crosse, and I for one hope that it is much more welcoming than the look now.  There is talk of walkways, crosswalks and bike trails, as well as adding the pavers and decorative lighting.  I think all well spent money.  I just wish that some of the other river towns would take this idea and run with it for their small communities. 

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 20 presidents day
    Feb. 20, 2017 5:49 am

    I had to smile when I saw the headline not my president?s day.  So if the president isn?t your president and you work for a company or for the government who gives you the day off are you expected to work then?  That is the first thing that popped into my head when I read that.  Ok would someone please explain to me what is meant by that statement?  I really do not understand it.  The day is not honoring one president but all the people who have served as president.  Pick your favorite one, you have 45 select the one you like or the ones you like and celebrate them, and if you really have a beef with the system, work to change it.  We all have skin in the game many of us voted, many of us are unhappy but on the other hand there are still many who are happy.  And if this isn?t your president?s day and you can?t find one of the 45 to celebrate, maybe you just need to dig further, because I am pretty sure that they have all done something worth celebrating.   

    Daily Dose of BS feb 17 paper
    Feb. 17, 2017 6:05 am

    I am a loyal reader of the La Crosse Tribune, I have been a newspaper reader for my whole life, my love for the snap of the paper came as a young boy first for the comics, then for the money as a paperboy.  Newspapers have always been a part of my life.  Over the years we have seen changes in the way that people get their news, of course my career choice, the radio, tv, the newspaper and of course the new guy in the room, the internet.  Digital news has cut into the amount of people who enjoy all the ?Old School? types of media.  We have all had to change the way that we do things.  We all have - from cut backs, to program and publication changes, we have all had to go with the ebb and flow.  With changes sometimes come costs, and with costs I would assume that a contract in place would be honored, I got a letter from the Tribune saying that effective February 2017 they will be implementing a subscription rate increase, and that this increase may accelerate the end of my current subscription period.  HUH?  I thought it was a paid in full contract. 

    Daily Dose of BS feb 16 pop
    Feb. 16, 2017 5:48 am

    Our pop machine at work had a 25% increase last week sometime I am not much of a pop drinker but every once in a while I will crack open a pop.  Is it pop or soda?  I grew up in Minnesota and I have always called it pop, when I moved around at the beginning of my career I ran into people that looked at me like I was a back woods hick, I assure you that I am not.  But back to the whole pop vs soda argument, most of the country calls it soda, some of us call it pop and in Georgia I heard that they call it all Coke.  What if you wanted a Mt Dew would you order a Mt Dew Coke?  I am not sure.  Anyway I am not sure how much longer we will be having this argument as the taxes for the cost of pop are going up at many locations and I am guessing that the government will someday step in and tell us no more pop.  What are your thoughts on the whole pop vs soda wars and are you still drinking the stuff?

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 15 ash trees
    Feb. 15, 2017 5:48 am

    A few years ago we were told that the city of La Crosse was going to be taking down trees in certain neighborhoods, they even closed Losey for a day a couple years ago to do it.  That was then, back when we got a public notice of trees coming down.  Over the past week or so the city has been silently thinning the herd.  They are dropping Ash left and right, in just the past 10 or so days in the 3 blocks of my street I think I counted that the city fell 13 trees.  I talked with one of my neighbors who had 4 trees taken from his boulevard 4 trees.  The city of La Crosse is eradicating the Ash Tree from the fabric of the city.  I am guessing by end of the spring that when we drive down any La Crosse neighborhood we will notice the clear cutting of the Ash trees.  Besides the loss of the trees we will be viewing the exposed stumps of the Ash trees that have been cut down in hopes of eradicating the Emerald Ash Borer.  It saddens me to think that all these trees will soon be gone from our beautiful city, and that our lovely canopy of leaves will for a long time be missing from the city streets.  We at one time had the designation of Tree City USA, what will the new designation be? 

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 14 Valentines Day
    Feb. 14, 2017 5:41 am

    I choo?choo? choose you.  Best Simpsons episodes ever.  I used to feel like Ralph when I was a kid as we handed out store bought valentines cards and put conversation hearts into a little place baggie or cellophane cut into squares and synched together with a bit of ribbon. Valentine?s day is today, don?t say I didn?t warn you.  What do you get someone you have been married to for almost 27 years?  Flowers, a card, chocolates or other candies, I know candy conversation hearts, actually to me Valentine?s Day to me it is a made up holiday in order to sell cards and candy.  I know, call me Mr Romantic, 50 shades of blah, I am going to stimulate the local economy and take my wife out for dinner, and maybe a movie, if not it?s hot pockets and Netflix.  By the way what?s good on Netflix these days?

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 13 fast life
    Feb. 13, 2017 5:47 am

    I saw a couple of posts on Facebook over the weekend about how fast life is and how things can change immediately.  I agree things can change in an instant sometimes for the good other times for bad.  One of my friends had the latter happen this weekend to her and her family.  The apartment building that my friend lived in was ravaged by fire over the weekend, and not only did she and her family lose all of their personal belongings but so did their over 7 neighbors, I couldn?t imagine losing everything in a blink of an eye.  When I was growing up my brother put some paper into the furnace because he had seen flames in there and wanted to see more, it was quickly extinguished and he never did this again.  Over the weekend I thought a lot about this and how fast life can change, I know for one I need to slow down and relearn how to smell the roses.  

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 10 scouts
    Feb. 10, 2017 5:39 am

    I read an article today that brings up the question of girls joining Boy Scouts.  I am an Eagle Scout and I learned a lot from the Boy Scouts and I honestly think that there should be separated groups of kids at that age just to get away from the pressures of trying to be someone who you are not.  Hear me out, when you are a teenage boy you have lots going on school life, home life, church life, friend life and in your mind dating life someday.  If you put the groups together, you are taking away that chance for a boy to be a boy without distractions around.  And if you introduce girls to Boy Scouts you will soon have to introduce boys to Girls Scouts.  And then you will see distractions there as well.  I have read, in many schools around the country schools have been experimenting with separating the different sexes to see how it works in education.  I say leave it be the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and let?s open the Selective Service to everyone. 

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 9 budget
    Feb. 9, 2017 5:44 am

    Governor Scott Walker is known for being a pretty conservative Governor.  His new budget is anything but conservative in fact a few news organizations are calling it a surprisingly liberal budget with a huge boost in funding for schools, sizable tuition cuts for college students and increased tax breaks for the working poor.  Not that I like taxes but I would like to see an increase in gas tax to help to pay the roads, I for one can only bitch so many times about the dang pot holes, these holes are large enough to swallow a car whole and spit out just the axel, but back to the budget.  The proposed state budget includes raises for state workers, the elimination of the prevailing wage and nearly 600 million dollars in tax cuts.  All this while saving a family of four $70 a year in state property tax.  I wonder where this money is coming from?  I am going to ask that question of the Governor at 6:45 this morning. 

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 8 game of life
    Feb. 8, 2017 5:47 am

    Our lives are really like a game, there is strategy and there is luck.  We all play it sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.  As I was thinking about what to write for my daily dose of BS this morning I kept going back to Sundays big game and how in the first quarter I heard Joe Buck and Troy Aikman talk about no team has ever comeback from a 2 touchdown deficit in the Super Bowl and how Tom Brady ended up pulling out a huge win for the Patriots.  And in November during the election when we kept hearing that there is no way Donald Trump could win, no way.  Here are a couple of examples of where the impossible happened, I guess what I am trying to say is never count anyone out, there is always hope for people and situations.  And in our continual game of life we just keep playing the cards we are dealt and bluffing our ways to victories.  

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 7 driving
    Feb. 7, 2017 5:48 am

    Every parent?s worst nightmare was realized by Justin McElwain?s parents yesterday as the body of the 22-year-old was pulled up from Swift Creek.  As a parent of four kids hearing that a car went over the embankment last Wednesday morning the first thing I did was to call my son who lives with his buddies to make sure that everything was ok.  I don?t mean to awful-ize here but as a parent you worry, at least I do and I am thinking that this feeling doesn?t go away when your kids get older, my Mom and Dad worry about my brothers and I am sure of it.  Back to the car going down the embankment, I do not know what caused the car to lose control, I do not know what caused the car to end up on the ice, I didn?t know him but I do know that the outcome is sad for all who knew this young man.  

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 6 sidewalks
    Feb. 6, 2017 5:44 am

    Reaching above freezing yesterday brought my wife and I out for a walk around the neighborhood, we haven?t hit the streets for about a month in a half and I?ll tell you what there are lots of people out there that have not shoveled their sidewalks and don?t even get me started on the corners, there were only 2 or 3 that were cleared enough for us to not have to climb over them and only one that would have allowed a wheelchair to pass.  I thought that the city insisted that the sidewalks get cleared within 24 hours of a snow fall?  Also when the corners aren?t cleaned the water that needs to flow to the sewers get backed up and then causes pooling and eventually more potholes.  And I think that we have enough of those already.  

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 3 waffle bowl
    Feb. 3, 2017 5:45 am

    This Sunday at the Schmidt house won?t be having wings, pizza or nachos.  We have a family tradition of waffles for the big game.  Waffles are not just a warm breakfast at a hotel.  We started this family tradition when our oldest was young then it just stuck.  We have renamed this coming Sunday Waffle Bowl Sunday because we will waffle over which team to cheer for and which commercial is the best.  For me it is hard to watch the game when I don?t know the players.  I will mostly be watching on Sunday for the commercials and this year I haven?t heard about too many of what is being offered for our viewing pleasure.  Hard to believe that the going rate for a 30 second commercial is over 5 million dollars and that is only for the air time not the production costs and the cost for talent.  Hope your weekend is great and whatever you and your family does during the big game that it is safe and fun.  Have a great Waffle Bowl Sunday and go team go.

    Daily Dose of BS Feb 2 Girl Scout Cookies
    Feb. 2, 2017 5:51 am

    Back when I was in Scouts I went door to door to sell first coupon books then popcorn.  I was one of the top sales people in my pack then troop, I had a goal.  I really wanted this cool pocket knife and I worked for it.  Knocking on doors and ringing doorbells, it taught a skill, one that to this day I use daily.  Make eye contact and don?t mumble.  Getting in front of people helps to build confidence, and teaches you think on your feet, if not for learning those skills back in the 80?s I am not sure what I would be doing today.  This Saturday the local Girl Scouts are going to be starting their cookie sales, I talked with Sally Egan about the cookies yesterday and found out they even have an app this year to find where you can buy them, I have also heard that the Girl Scouts are selling online, great but don?t expect me to buy any cookies from a website.  I don?t even buy from the sheet that is brought to work and put up with a note asking you to buy.  Want me to buy your cookies or popcorn come and sell me your stuff.  I buy from almost every kid that comes to the door unless my kids are selling the same item.  Having kids build up confidence is not a bad thing. 

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