What do they drive?

August 31, 2007

Since the elections are right around the corner, and that seems to be
what people are thinking about, We thought we’d take a slightly different
path than the rest. Who knows what kind of car our City leaders drive?

 We’ve seen Mayor Winborn in a green Minivan, Doc has a green Cadillac,
Aldermen Lynn and Meyers have pick-ups. What do current City Council
members, and those running, drive. I don’t expect any classics or hot rods,
although up until a few years ago Doc had a really sharp Corvette.

 Does anybody know? Does anybody care? Personally, we think ‘you are what
you drive’. If we want to get to know who’s running our city; shouldn’t
that include their means of transportation also?

 If you like rides like we do, you’ll like this website that has
classic car jigsaw puzzles online. Go to http://puzzles.about.com/b/a/044075.htm


POW/MIA recognition day

August 31, 2007

 I recieved an email from a reliable source that I believe to be true. Even if it turns out to be a hoax, I suggest that on September 21 we take a moment to remember our POW/MIA anyway. The email follows-

 I just wanted to let you know that 21 SEP 2007 is expected to be
designated by President Bush as the National POW/MIA (Prisoner
of War/Missing in Action) Recognition Day.

I would like to ask you to take the time to recognize the
POW/MIAs that have ensured the freedoms that we all enjoy in the USA.

 Please let  everyone you know about this day as it doesn’t matter what
your political views are, none of us would have the freedoms we have
today without the sacrifices made by those soldiers and their families in past
and present conflicts.

Respectfully,

Richard H. Kephart MAJ USAR
MNF-I Joint Personnel Recovery Center
Baghdad


Why?

August 30, 2007

Do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an “S” in the word “lisp”?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, “It’s all right?” Well, it isn’t all right, so why don’t we say, “That hurt, you stupid idiot?”

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

And my FAVORITE……

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay, then it’s you.


cover-up 2

August 29, 2007

 My last post was an experiment with words that set people off.
When you combine interracial with hate crimes, I figured on a lot
of negative comments. Instead most commenters had insight into
claims made. Yes it was a cut and paste post. The figures were
not mine, and I neither agreed nor disagreed with the findings.

 We all hear words every day that invoke different responses
from different people. Interracial, hate crime, rape, drunk,
pedophile, spousal abuse, smoker, etc. I was just curious to see
if people would react or respond to such a post. I’m glad that
most of the commenters responded.

 ‘Hate crime’ is one I never could make sense of. If you stab,
shoot, or beat another person, my guess is it isn’t out of love.
Aren’t all fights, stabbings, shootings, and rapes hate crimes?

 Most men charged with domestic assault are guilty until proven
innocent in a lot of peoples minds. Mention smoking and a lot of
people say tax us to the max, or worse, and it’s legal. Name
calling is also a reaction. I prefer people who think rather than
just react.

 While I admit to being a redneck, I am not a racist. I could
care less about your race, sex, religion, or political party.
Comments on all subjects are welcome.


Crime cover-up

August 28, 2007

 Listed below are the major findings from a 1999 New Century
Foundation study based on federal crime reports, entitled
The Color of Crime.

-There is more black-on-white than black-on-black violent crime.

-Of the approximately 1,700,000 interracial crimes of violence
involving blacks and whites, 90% are committed by blacks against
whites. Blacks are therefore up to 250 times more likely to do
criminal violence to whites than the reverse.

-Blacks commit violent crimes at four to eight times the white
rate. Hispanics commit violent crimes at approximately three times
the white rate, and Asians at one and a half to three quarters the
white rate.

-Blacks are twice as likely as whites to commit hate crimes.

-Hispanics are a hate crime victim category but not a perpetrator
catagory. Hispanic offernders are classified as whites, which
inflates the white offense rates and gives the impression that
hispanics commit no hate crimes.

-Blacks are much more dangerous than whites as men are more
dangerous than women. I you wish to look at the study, on a
pdf file go-here.
 Another story tells of the coverup of such crimes to the
general public. I’m not a conspiracy nut, but theses kinds
of things makes one stop and wonder. To read what happened
in Whichita go to http://www.vdare.com/fulford/wichita.htm

 Comments are welcome


Doc running for 7th Ward seat

August 27, 2007

Doc Davis is running for the 7th Ward.

“Many Davenport residents were somewhat disappointed that I was discontinuing my bid for Mayor of Davenport. I have all of the same reasons to not run for any seat in government, minus one, which has allowed me to campaign for Alderman in the 7 th Ward instead. I was asked by several people to consider this position, I refused; then I thought it over, and, here I am again.

  “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time

and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless

and yet be determined to make them better.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have heard the above used on different occasions, and I can see how this can be applied to past city council meetings. We can alter it a little and have the last part read as “Hopeful” and be determined to make better. This could then apply to the new council that will be voted in on November 6 th .

If you were to look at my former website; www.docformayor.com, which I’ll change to www.docjimdavis.com or www.docfor7thward.com, and rewrite it somewhat, you could say that my “10-Point Plan” would cover: Safety, Efficiency and Health for a growing community such as Davenport. Working together, we should be able to cover these easily.

I will continue to help make Davenport a safer community by promoting the Guardian Angels and having more police on the streets. We can become a healthier community by walking our neighborhoods, riding and walking the bike trails and enjoying the Mississippi River in a number of different ways: motor boating, sailing, sitting, watching and meditating the peacefulness that our River Front offers. No more being a couch potato.

By continuing to help keep Davenport a clean city to live in, we are promoting Davenport inwardly and outwardly (the city and ourselves).

I feel that I can offer a bit of fresh air to our council and Davenport on the whole. Feeling that city council will be changing considerably after the November elections, my previous campaign slogan of “Let’s Make Some Changes” will apply immediately with your vote.

 I feel that by promoting all of the above, we will help businesses decide to locate here, in Davenport.

Any questions, please call Doc at 563-650-5645.


Ghost post

August 27, 2007

 Over the weekend, we recieved an email from qcmediaghost. While I haven’t checked the figures, they feel right. So consider this a nod to ghost, and a guest post-

Liberal Views, Black Victims
 
Last year, among the nation’s 10 largest cities, Philadelphia had the highest murder rate with 406 victims. This year could easily top last year’s with 240 murders so far.
 Other cities such as Baltimore, Detroit and Washington, D.C., with large black populations, experience the
nation’s highest rates of murder and violent crime. This high murder rate is, and has been, predominantly a black problem.
 
According to Bureau of Justice statistics, between 1976 and 2005, blacks, while 13 percent of the population, committed over 52 percent of the nation’s homicides and were 46 percent of the homicide victims. Ninety-four percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer.
 
Blacks are not only the major victims of homicide; blacks suffer high rates of all categories of serious violent crime, and another black is most often the perpetrator.
 
Liberals and their political allies say the problem is the easy accessibility of guns and greater gun control is the solution. That has to be nonsense. Guns do not commit crimes; people do.
 
Up through 1979, the FBI reported homicide arrests sorted by racial breakdowns that included Japanese. Between 1976 and 1978, 21 of 48,695 arrests for murder and non-negligent manslaughter were Japanese-Americans. That translates to an annual murder rate of 1 per 100,000 of the Japanese-American population. Would anyone advance
the argument that the reason why homicide is virtually nonexistent among Japanese-Americans is because they can’t find guns?
 
The high victimization rate experienced by the overwhelmingly law-abiding black community is mostly the result of predators not having to pay a heavy enough price for their behavior. They benefit from all kinds of asinine excuses, such as poverty, racial discrimination and few employment opportunities.
 
During the 1940s and ’50s, I grew up in North Philadelphia where many of today’s murders occur. It was a time when blacks were much poorer, there was far more racial discrimination, and fewer employment opportunities and other opportunities for upward socioeconomic mobility were available. There was nowhere near the level of crime
and wanton destruction that exists today. Behavior accepted today wasn’t accepted then by either black adults or policemen.
 
Police authorities often know who are the local criminals and drug lords and where crack houses are located; however, various legal technicalities hamper their ability to make arrests and raids. Law-abiding citizens are often afraid to assist police or testify against criminals for fear of retaliation that can include murder. The level of criminal activity not only puts residents in physical jeopardy but represents a heavy tax on people least able to bear it. That heavy tax includes higher prices for goods and services and fewer shopping
opportunities because supermarkets and other large retailers are reluctant to bear the costs of doing business in high-crime areas.
 
So here’s the question: Should black people accept government’s dereliction of its first basic function, that of providing protection? My answer is no. One of our basic rights is the right to defend oneself against predators. If the government can’t or won’t protect people, people have a right to protect themselves.
 
You say, “Hey, Williams, you’re not talking about vigilantism, are you?” Yes, I am. Webster’s Dictionary defines vigilantism as: a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate.
 
Example: A number of years ago, Black Muslims began to patrol Mayfair, a drug-infested, gang-ridden Washington, D.C., housing project. The gangs and drug lords left, probably because the Black Muslims didn’t feel obliged to issue Miranda warnings. Black men should set up neighborhood patrols, armed if necessary, and if politicians and
police don’t like it, they should do their jobs. No one should have to live in daily fear for their lives and safety.


Some weekend events

August 25, 2007

 I’ve been so busy tweaking the truck I failed to mention some things going on the weekend. The AACA is holding their America’s Mississippi Valley Region national fall meet/car show. It will be from 11 am to 3 pm today on River Drive near the John Deere Commons in Moline. It’s free to the public, and about the only chance locals get to look at cars of the bygone era. Some cars are worth a million dollars, and some are historically significant. Craig Beek is bringing some of his brass-era Model T Fords. Since these cars are almost 100 years old, and not often seen by the public, it’s worth the price of admission just to see his collection.

In the Village of East Davenport, the local John Deere Collectors Club will host the 5th Annual Antique Tractor Show. There should be over 100 antique tractors in all shapes and sizes, and a few antique farmers as well. This event is 10 am to 5 pm today, and 10am to 4 pm Sunday. This event is also free to the public.

It’s supposed to be beautiful weather to enjoy these events, and although we won’t be attending, we hope some of you will.


Freedon isn’t free

August 24, 2007

boy If you are not familiar with military protocol, the little
guy has lost a Daddy or Mommy. He is being handed the flag
that was on his parents coffin. I don’t know who has the
copyright on the photo, but assure them I have the greatest
respect for such an image.

“Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as
they protect us. Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.”


Rain, Curtis Sliwa, and emails

August 24, 2007

 I’ve been requested to do a post to stop the rain. We would just like to say that We’ve been doing everyting we can to help stop it. We haven’t washed and waxed the cars since it started, we haven’t watered the flowers. We’ve even started working on an Ark, just it case it doesn’t stop. Any suggestions on how to stop the rain, at least until we get the yard done, will be appreciated.

 On a different note, Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, had a nice write-up recently. I only have it on PDF file, but if you want to look at it go  to Sliwa.

 I’m looking into whether e-mails from City Council members are public information or not. If I find out they are, I may have some interesting posts coming up. While I don’t believe there is a conspiracy going on Downtown, I do believe there is a vendetta going on. So, if it is proven that e-mails are public domain, I’m ready to prove some points.

Your comments are welcome on these or other subjects.


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