Sorry state

September 25, 2014


When did we become a caricature of what we once
were? At some point our country went from a place
where citizens had a ‘can do’ attitude to a place
I don’t recognize where people say ‘who’s going to
help me’?

We used to be united as a people yet now we are
deeply divided. The race card is predominant in
this division but just as problematic is the ‘I
am offended’ card and the trashing of religious
and gun rights.

While perusing headlines today we ran across one
that illustrates our point. It read “HS football
coach fired for not stopping players’ prayers?”

Catalina Foothills High School officials claim
they allow voluntary prayer when it is lead by
students, but district administrators claim said
coach crossed the line by promoting student

So because coach Gary Weiss didn’t stop the
praying he has been fired and banished from school
property. What? At a time when the citizens of our
country need God the most we push him away?

Have these people even read the Bill of Rights?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and
to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.

You have the right to be offended by the various
religions and you have the right to petition the
government for redress of your grievance, but you
do not have the right to stop others who are
exercising their right to give a nod to their God.

We Christians are offended that you are offended
by our faith. If you don’t like it there are many
other rights for you to try and micro-manage. Leave
ours to us.
Comments are always welcome.

Just wondering

September 11, 2014

Ever have the lyrics to a song stuck in head and
it doesn’t go away? After the last post I had two
lines of a 40 year old song that just kept repeating
in my head.

It was a country song about a loveless marriage
but the two lines that stayed with me were
“there’s nothing cold as ashes
after the fire is gone”.

And it started the thought process that although
Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn didn’t know it when
they recorded the hit in 1971, those two lines
were eerily appropriate to the aftermath of the
September 11th attacks.

Just had a feeling that the ashes were cold before
the fires were put out. People saw their lives fall
apart in those towers, in the Pentagon and in that
field. People lost their soul-mates, parents,friends
and children.

These people would never again see their loved
ones, friends and mentors, nor would their finances
be as secure. Families were left to heal the
wounds of loss and as a nation we were shocked.

A loveless marriage would be one thing, but to see
a normal day turn into a nightmare from hell for so
many would be, and is, on another level of pain

A wordsmith could relate the feeling a lot better
but we think you get the gist of it. And if you
don’t remember the song here’s the video.

Comments are always welcome.


September 9, 2014

Sometimes we come across something we liked years
ago but had forgotten. When this happens the flood
gates open and the raging waters of memory speed

A lot of songs have been written about war both
for and against and the Vietnam War was no
exception to that rule. It did seem to have a lot
of anti-war songs that were popular with some.

Dave Dudley was known as the father of the truck
driving song. He earned the title in 1963 with the
release of “Six Days on the Road”. But the song
that brought the memories was one less known.

He wrote one song that spoke not of trucks, but of
war. The song was from his “There’s a Star-Spangled
Banner Waving Somewhere” album in 1966.

We lost far too many in that war and some that
came home will never be the same. If you listen to
the song, enjoy, but even if you don’t we ask that
you please take just a moment to remember all who
gave the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom isn’t free.
Comments are always welcome.

Amazing people

September 6, 2014

We have another installment in our amazing people
series and this time we have two people we wish to

The first is a young lady named Rebecca. She was
visiting Boston and while jogging made the news.
She even tried to make light of her deed during
her interview, but she definitely saved some lives.

So watch this short video to see why we added her
to list of amazing people who inspire us.

Our second amazing person is named Chris. A young
man with an infectious smile and a can do attitude.
He also has a great sense of humor. What he doesn’t
have is arms or legs. But that doesn’t stop him
from working on a farm.

As a bonus we’ll throw in the uplifting speech
given by Professor Randy Pausch. You may remember
he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and this
speech was made toward the end of his battle with
the disease.

Some say the young lady mentioned first is a hero,
and we won’t argue that fact, but believe all who
are mentioned in this tale are heroes. Sometimes
inspiration gives the wings of flight to our hopes
and make us strive to do better.
Comments are always welcome.

The circus and a tablet

September 4, 2014

Yesterday we admitted being confused over the then
upcoming vote on a salary agreement for our city
administrator. It would seem we were not alone.


Comes the news our city council had questions too.
A In a story in the QC Times, it appears that
the only member of council who knew of the
proposal was absent.

It also came to light that the agreement we used
in yesterday’s post, which we got from the city’s
own website, had the wrong expiration date on the
current contract.

Now we wonder why our mayor would hire a private
attorney, without informing the council, to draw
up a new contract? We also were wondering why our
mayor wasn’t at the meeting.

We don’t know why it is considered a curse to live
in interesting times, especially when said times
have circus music.

On another note, two years ago this month I let
the wife talk me into buying a tablet so I could
read e-books while dodging certain chores. At first
I called it the demon tablet from hell.


Packaging stated it could be used by all ages 4
and above. My thinking that this would make it easy
for me to master. I would watch the wife use the
touchscreen on hers and she made it look so easy.

After a few false starts, and coming to the
realization that the icons weren’t actually buttons
one had to push, I felt comfortable using the

And now I have downloaded 830 books, and read 332
of them. At some point, good Lord willing and the
creek don’t rise, I’ll get to all of them.
Comments are always welcome.

It’s an interesting circus

September 3, 2014

We do live in interesting times here on the east
coast of Iowa. During his talk show, Jim Fisher
mentioned the contract for our city administrator.


Then, during the local 6 o’clock news we heard
around 100 people showed up at a zoning meeting
to voice their displeasure at the location of the
proposed new Casino. It sounded like the NIMBY
crowd on steroids.

We hope this project doesn’t go the way of the
proposed college stadium.

Tonight at the Committee of the Whole meeting
should come a vote on new salary contract for our
city administrator. The current one runs out in
January of 2015.


After looking at the proposal we are left with
more questions than answers. In the proposed
agreement the administrator would receive an
additional $23,699 more than his current salary

The agreement states that the new salary would
still be less than that of the city managers
of Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. So how does a city
managers job differ from a city administrator?

Why the car allowance along with the increase?
Is it true the city will pay all lawyer fees
and damages in the administrators behalf should
the need arise?

The base pay would total $229,656 per year. That
seems like a lot to pay someone who is always
referring to himself as ‘just the hired help’.

We also wondered about the reference to Cedar
Rapids. It is close in size to Davenport with about
20,000 more residents, but if we remember right it
has a different form of government.

Cedar Rapids went to a Council-Manager form of
government where the full-time city manager carries
out administrative operations, prepares the budget,
and hires and fires personnel. The mayor and
council set policy, approve the budget, and set the
tax rate. BUT, while the mayor is the political
leader of the city he cannot veto legislative
actions of the council. Are we comparing apples to
Comments are always welcome

The next big threat?

August 30, 2014



We felt it time to talk of the problem of violence
in our culture. No, not the problems in Missouri or
the 42 shot and killed in Chicago this month. The
violence we speak of a is a growing fad of
attacks on unarmed people by others wielding
baseball bats.

This is not a laughing matter. If someone bonks
you on the head with a ball bat you’re going to see
stars at best or meet your maker at worst. And
there is no bat control nor bat registration.

One of the most recent attacks happened in
Baldwin, Iowa on August 23rd, 2014. Drinking was
involved and when one young man was told to leave
he went to his car, pulled out his ball bat, and
bonked two people with it.

One man who was hit on the head was bleeding a lot
and disoriented when deputies arrived. Another man
was hit, not bleeding, and refused treatment while
the first man was taken to a hospital for head

The man with the bat was charged with willful
injury and assault and is in jail on a $5,000 bond.
This is crazy. We need a three day waiting period
when buying a bat and meticulous registration of
those who buy them to insure this doesn’t become
a trend.

The bat wielding thug cannot be charged with
assault with a dangerous weapon because a ball bat
is not considered a weapon. We have to change this.

How many thugs out there are too stupid to figure out
how to get a firearm, are afraid of firearms, or
won’t because of the cost. Enter the ball bat. And
it’s just that simple.

Did you know that during the 2011 riots in
England baseball bat sales for self-defense
caused a sharp increase of said bats in civilian hands? Or
that TSA bans baseball bats, unless they are less
than two foot long and weigh less than 24 ounces?

There are millions of unregistered ball bats in
the country today made of hard woods, aluminum, or
composites. We need to keep an eye on this trend.
Comments are always welcome.


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