Tax rebate

March 31, 2008

The government will soon be sending out a loan check to stimulate the economy. They are calling it a rebate, but we don’t buy it. We did however come accross a solution on how to keep the money here-

As you may have heard the Bush Administration said each and every
one of us would now get a nice rebate.

If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs, if we
purchase a computer it will all go to India, if we purchase
fruit and vegetables it will all go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala,
if we purchase a good car it will all go to Japan, if we purchase
useless crap it will all go to Taiwan and none of it
will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America, so the only way to keep
that money here at home is to buy prostitutes and beer, since those
are the only businesses still in the US.

Comments are welcome.


Bench racing

March 28, 2008

Since it’s spring, and this time of year a car guys thoughts turn to cars, we stopped by a jobber yesterday. As with a lot of bench racing, talk turned to the fact we’re losing a lot of friends. People who participate in our hobby are getting older. Now instead of dying in car wrecks, or racing, our fellow car people are dying of old age. With cost involved with our hobby we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Talk also got around to the demolition of the muffler shop at Brady and Locust Streets. Nobody had an answer as to why it was torn down without allowing someone to salvage doors and other reusable materials. It looked like the shop just moved out and demolition started.

And we talked about how in todays world people throw too much away. It used to be if somebody was putting a ride together, they would find somebody to take the old parts that they didn’t need. Now it seems people just load up parts and go to the scrapyard. While used parts may not be for everybody, there are some of us who prefer to rebuild original parts. They were made in America, have stood the test of time, and in most cases are reusable.

That was talk over the parts counter, your comments are welcome.


Thursday rant

March 27, 2008

Well it’s Thursday again and that means we’re going to rant a little
bit. Our zoo is still in the news, and we still think it’s a keeper.
We don’t know if our learned mayor has a fear of llamas or not, but he
seems dead set against doing anything to save our zoo. Don’t forget the
meeting at Fejervary park, the Wiese building, 1757 W. 12th. St.,
at 6 pm tonight. We now return you to our regularly scheduled rants.

What’s with all these cranes falling off tall buildings? Is it the
riggers fault? Maybe a structural defect? If we continue to build
high rise buildings, are the inspectors going to get tougher? We haven’t
heard of a crane accident in years, now two in a row.

Pachino Hill caught a lucky break from a bleeding heart judge on our
side of the creek, but it seems like Rock Island doesn’t feel the
same. His lawyer seems to think he’s being picked on and his police
record exagerated. We just know he sure seems to be in the news a lot.

There was a letter to the editor in the QC Times today that stated the
Bix at 6 training runs are a minor incoveniece to us who live south of
Kirkwood. We can’t speak for the rest of the residents in this part of
SoLo, but that is not the case. Our major beef is that if it starts at 6
pm, give us a chance to get home from work before you start running.
More than once we’ve been stopped by Police at 5:30 trying to cross. Our
minor inconvenience means a 12 mile detour round trip. With todays gas
prices, and people worried about the environment, that’s not minor. We
feel that since you visit our neighborhood, you should display some
common sense also.

There’s a couple of our pet peeves, your comments are welcome.


Day of silence?

March 26, 2008

The following paragraph is taken in its entirety from the Snopes
website. It is not a hoax.

Friday, April 25, several thousand schools across the nation will be
observing “Day of Silence (DOS).” DOS is a nationwide push to promote
the homosexual lifestyle in public schools. Family-oriented groups are
urging parents to keep their children at home that day if their local
school is participating in the DOS project. By remainin silent, the
intent of the pro-homosexual students is to disrupt the classes while
promoting the homosexual lifestyle.

The entire story on this is on the Snopes website here-

http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/silence.asp

We don’t know quite what to think of this. We’re not even sure what
‘the homosexual lifestyle in our public schools’ is. We’ve never
heard about the heterosexual lifestyle in our public schools! Comments
are welcome.


A couple things

March 26, 2008

Our son has graduated high school early. As part of the deal, I’ve been telling him that if he graduates I’ll give him a vehicle. It started out simple. He gets a diploma, he gets the 1948 Chevy. Then I rethought the agreement. That’s when I said he could either have the 48′, or the 60′ Ford pickup. Now that he has chosen the pickup, the plot thickens. I’ve gotten a good offer to sell the 48′. Seems like I have a decision to make.

I’ve been known to do some goofy things around my birthday. Since it’s a couple weeks away, I didn’t disapoint anyone. After 30 years of being without one, I went out and bought a chin-up bar. It fits in a doorway and helps one workout. One thing I forgot, being middle-age and not doing this kind of exercise for years, is that the pictures in the manual make it look a lot easier than it is. To other middle-age guys out there, be careful. While some of us think we’re in good shape, one of these torture devices prove otherwise. I figure everything will quit hurting sometime next week. That’s a couple things going on, your comments on any subject are welcome.


Auction weekend

March 25, 2008

Car and auction enthusiasts have more choices this year. On March 29,
the Daytona Classic Car Auction will be webcast live. And it will be in
high definition. We hope it’s a big success. A nod to Bill Towler for
sending us the information. If you want to check out the website, go to-
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=835411&sourceType=1

 Also this Saturday an aution to settle the estate of Alvin Siefers is
going to held starting at 10 am. Mr. Siefers was car guy and the auction
has some of his toys. There will be 3 Crosleys and a 26′ Model T Ford
along with parts tools and many other items. The sale will be held at
2200 East LeClaire Rd., Eldridge, Ia. Just look for the sign in front
that says Siefer Foundations. If you’re interested, or have any questions
you can call Jamie at 563-285-2150.

 That’s a couple car things going on, comments are welcome.


Non-snow trip

March 22, 2008

 The wife and I just got back from a little overnight trip to Dubuque. QCI started it when he mentioned his trip. Seemed like a good time to get away. It was part business, part pleasure, and part to keep our sanity.

 We thought with a predicted 6 inches of snow it would be perfect. The wife could stay in the motel room and check out her purchases, and I could make snow angels on the lawn until I tired of it, or the cops took me away.  Therein lies the problem. It didn’t snow.

 We did notice a lot of new construction. The University of Dubuque has build dorms right on the side of highway 20. And a quick cruise over to Dyersville also was enjoyable. The Farley Speedway sign claims they’re ready for the new season, and there seemed to be a lot of development in Dyersville also.

 If we do this again, I’m going to want it in writing that it’s going to snow. That’s how it went, comments on any subject are welcome.


Thursday rant

March 20, 2008

 Our mayor is quoted in RI Argus this morning. He says the Iraq war has cost Davenport taxpayers $125 million since it started. He is also quoted as saying that the money could have went to give us a three and a half year property tax holiday. A little further down in the story he claims this years projected cost to us taxpayers is $37.3 million. He adds that the money could have repaved 47 miles of roads, or filled 1,286,206 potholes. That’s fine, but who’d pay to fix the rest the potholes.

 A local pastor said the monies could have went toward building 1,500 low-cost housing units for some of Iowas 20,000 homeless or near homeless. Man, that seems more important than keeping our country free to us. Freedom isn’t free, but it is worth fighting for.

 Then in the QC Times Business section today is a story about Forbes ranking cities for being good for business. Des Moines came in 4th, Cedar Rapids was 44th, and dear old Davenport limped in at 90th. We would suggest that rather than worry about money that will never come, perhaps our city leaders should look at improving our standing on the Forbes list. That’s our rant, comments on just about anything are welcome.


A couple meetings

March 18, 2008

 The second Weed and Seed meeting is tonight. If you want to find out more, or voice your complaints, cruise on over. It runs from 6-8 pm, in the cafeteria at Palmer College. If we understand correctly, it’s the building on the east side of the skywalk over Brady Street.

 Under upcoming events, on Thursday, March 27, 2008, there’s a meeting at Fejervary Park. The park is located at 1757 West 12th Street, and the meeting will be in the Wiese Building. We don’t have a time yet, but will post it when we do. The short email we recieved just mentioned that the topic is the future of the park. We would assume that includes the zoo.

 If you live SoLo, both of these meetings should be of interest to you. We’ve made no secret we like the idea of the Weed and Seed program. Also we like the little zoo and think it’s worth keeping. You ideas and comments are welcome.

  Alderman Justin has informed us that the meeting at Fejervary Park will start at 6 pm.


Guardian Angels now welcome

March 17, 2008

We’d like to give a nod to everyone involved with the stories in the RI Argus today, and on WQAD-TV friday. Here’s the story from today’s Argus in case you don’t subscribe-

Angels’ presence now welcome in Davenport
Posted online: March 15, 2008 9:51 PM
Print publication date: 03/17/2008

By Anthony Watt , awatt@qconline.com

There were a few rough spots at first, but the relationship between
the Davenport Police Department and Guardian Angels is going more
smoothly.

The Angels, founded in New York City, agreed to open a Quad-Cities
chapter at the request of Davenport Ald. Bill Lynn, 5th Ward, in 2006.
The volunteer group patrols city streets, intervening and even
detaining suspects until police arrive.

Former Davenport police chief Michael Bladel opposed a Guardian Angels
presence in Davenport.

But Davenport Police Lt. Dale Sievert, who acts as department liaison
to the Angels, said that relationship “has definitely improved. At the
beginning, everybody was trying to feel their way through things.”

Initially, police questioned how the Angels handled some situations
and were concerned about the group being vigilantes, but those concerns
largely have been smoothed over, said Ald. Lynn, adding that he thinks
“they’re doing an excellent job.”

The local Guardian Angels’ chapter leader agreed the situation was a
little tense at first, but has improved greatly. The man, who asked to
be identified only by his nickname of Bard, said that at first, when
they detained someone, every police officer who responded would ask
them “20 questions” about what happened.

“The officers didn’t know how to take us,” he said, adding that there
was concern for the volunteer patrol’s safety and motives.

Since then, the group has developed a good working relationship with
the higher police ranks and earned the respect of most of the street
officers, Bard said.

“I believe that now they’ve come to the understanding that we’re not
out there to beat people up,” he said.

Sometimes, officers even ask them for help — for example, to stand by
as an officer talks to multiple individuals in an incident, Bard said.
“I would say we have an excellent relationship with the police
department.”

The group currently has 11 “very active” Guard Angel members who patrol
regularly, and a handful who don’t participate as often, Bard said.

They are active only in Davenport, although they would work in other
area communities if invited and if residents volunteered to help patrol,
Bard said.

In Davenport, Angels patrol from Locust Street to the Mississippi
River and from Iowa Street to Marquette Street, he said, adding that
the group would like to expand its range and always is recruiting.

The chapter also could use donations of money or time from the
community, Bard said. Recently, the group began offering a free
women’s self-defense course.

The Guardian Angels would like to become certified to assist in
disaster relief for events such as floods, so they could help first
responders, he said.

The police department is trying to get some donated bicycles for them
so the group can begin patrolling bike paths, according to Lt. Sievert a
nd Bard.

Bard said he hopes to see bike patrols on the paths and elsewhere in
Davenport within the next few weeks.

How effective has the group been?

Recently, a group of Guardian Angels detained an alleged drunk driver
after he crashed his car, according to police reports.

Last year, an Angel trainee stopped a man from beating a woman in
Moline and detained him until police arrived. Another incident
involved a man being detained after striking someone with a brick.

Bard said the group has assisted in 12 to 15 arrests since they began
operating in Davenport.

Although he didn’t have a tally, Lt. Sievert said the volunteer group
has assisted police several times by pointing out people who may be
involved in a crime and other things, calling the group “another set
of eyes and ears to assist us.”

Lt. Sievert said it’s hard to say how effective the citizen patrols
have been, because there may have been many situations where their
very presence stopped something before it happened. “You don’t know
what they’ve actually prevented.”

He said the police department shares the same crime information with
the group that the news media receives.

Ald. Lynn cited an incident where the group drove drug dealers away
from a particular intersection simply by standing there. “They didn’t
want that presence (the Angels) around there.”

Ald. Lynn also said he received a call from a young man who was
attacked outside a bar and credited the Guardian Angels with possibly
saving his life after he yelled for help.

“They have been doing a better job than I could have expected.”

To support the Guardian Angels:

Anyone interested in supporting or joining the Guardian Angels
can e-mail qcguardianangels@yahoo.com.

For more about the Guardian Angels, visit http://www.guardianangels.org.

Comments on just about anything are welcome.


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