Ranting all over

July 31, 2008

If it’s Thursday, I must be ranting. In Tuesdays QC Times was a quote from Thomas Jefferson- “In the matters of style, swim with the current; in the matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Seems appropriate with elections less than 100 days away.

Do politicians even have principles anymore? We know they are all religous because of the photo-ops at their respective places of worship. It would appear politicians believe whatever their biggest contributors believe. They know the deficit is going way up next year and yet they pass a mortage bailout. They now want to cut down on the number of commercials featuring fattening foods aim at our children. Their reason? To fight childhood obesity.

Then there’s D1. The City Council told them to keep track of what they’re doing, and to report to the City Council or lose funding. Now it seems like a day doesn’ go by without a column in the QC Times on something D1 is attached to. We still don’t understand why, if this group is just a glorified Chamber of Commerce, they need big money from the city. Shouldn’t a Chamber of Commerce, regardless of what it’s called, be self-sustaining?

Centenial Park is going gangbusters on it’s multi-million dollar development. What we’ve seen going up so far hasn’t impressed us. Why is it that a floodwall is a dumb idea, but buildings going in are all on top of berms? The gas pumps are elevated, the skatepark is elevated, it looks like the new pavillion is even elevated. If it’s going to end up under water in a big flood anyway, why elevate it?

And lastly, the shootings. They are coming a little too often to suit us. In one an innocent bystander was hit. Is it time to close the Iowa Mart? We’ve noticed that the trouble in that area has been around the place. Laws need to be tougher, and enforced. The police pick these people up and the Judges let them go.

That’s our rant, comments on these subjects or anything else, are welcome.

A gang, a list, and a worm

July 30, 2008

There’s a few things going on out there that the FBI and the Department of Justice have updated. First is about MS-13 in Nashville. Then an updated Most Wanted list, and finally a nasty piece of malware that’s still out there.

Three members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have pled guilty to racketeering charges. They are all leaders of the MS-13 in the Nashville area. For more info go to
the Department of Justice website.

 For the updated FBIs 10 most wanted fugitives go to the most wanted page.

 There are emails floating around out there that mentions the “FBI and Facebook”. These contain malware, and shouldn’t be opened. The Storm Worm Virus will be downloaded to your computer if you click on a link.
You shouldn’t open any emails from anyone you don’t know, or click on any links. For more on the story, go to the page.

The FBI also issured a press release on the virus, to see it go to the press release.
 Comments are always welcome.

Car stuff

July 30, 2008

We’ve got a few car things we’d like to put out there. This first is about Speed Week. If you’re a bonified gearhead you know what we’re talking about. For everyone else, Speed Week is held at the Bonneville Salt Flats every year. Gearheads bring cars and bikes they’ve built in their garages to see how fast they’ll go in a straight line on a 5 and 7 mile course. This event has has been run for 59 years by the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association). Speed week is scheduled for August 18-24 this year. For pictures of some hot cars, and more on the story, go to the site.

One guy in the print story said that Bonneville gets in your blood. Being a drag strip rat I can believe it. After all, if these guys break 200mph they get a hat. If they break an existing record, they get a certificate. Bonneville isn’t about prizes, it’s about walking the walk.

Now some local events. Friday, August 1, is the cruise-in to the Dick-N-Sons complex in Blue Grass. Nice little free gathering that offers door prizes.

Saturday,August 2, there are a few things going on. During the day is the Autos on the Avenue Car Show in Clinton, Ia. Then, from 4-10 pm, is the Cruise Night downtown Freeport, Ill. Also there’s a cruise-in to the Isle of Capri with an Outdoor movie from 6-11:30 pm. The Isle of Capri is in Bettendorf, Ia.

Sunday, August 3, is the Tipton Lions Car Show & Swap meet. Starts at 8 am at the Cedar County Fairgrounds, Tipton, Ia.

August 9 is the Camanche Days car Show held at the highschool in Camanche, Ia.

August 15, 16, & 17, is the Flying Eyeball Reunion at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, and Cordova Dragway. Friday, the 15th, is the Wizzard Gallery Art Exhibit, and the opening racket. Saturday the 16, is the open car show. Sunday the 17, everything moves to Cordova for the Run-What-You-Brung drags. Legendary custom builder Bo Huff, and David Perry are confirmed special guests of this event.

Saturday, August 16, is the next Northpark Mall Cruise Night. As some of us know this one starts at 6 pm, and runs until a tornado, or gearheads get tired of visiting.

There’s some upcoming events. Additions, corrections, or comments on this or any other subject are welcome.

Juarez fund raiser

July 29, 2008

Dale Gilmour posted a comment on our Bix weekend post, and we thought we’d repeat it here-

The total money raised, and presented to the Bob Juarez family last Saturday night at the Northpark cruise-in was $2,260. I will be giving a complete report, including a breakdown of each of the sources at the next Council meeting. As fate would have it, a volunteer fireman won the 50/50 drawing, and immediately donated all of his winnings ($500.) to the Juarez family. He made the statement and then just turned and walked away. When the announcer (Dave Palmer) asked him his name, he just kept walking. He chose to remain anonymous, so I will honor his request. Not bad for three hours work.

We really wanted to attend this cruise, but promised to volunteer for the Bix Fest months ago. We have heard from several friends it was a great show with a lot of cars. Dave Palmer from 3D Sound was there to DJ the event with all the good golden oldies. We’d like to thank Dale Gilmour, and all the members of the River Valley Classics Car Club. They prove that car people are among the nicest people around. The club puts on a very classy cruise while making it look effortless. We know otherwise.

Comments on this, or anything else are welcome.

Racist, or realist?

July 28, 2008

We decided to look into a couple of things to see how bad they
really are. Here’s a statistic for you, Iowa leads the nation for imprisioning blacks. Iowa does it at a rate claimed to be 13.6 times that of whites.
Blacks make up 2.3 percent of Iowa’s population, but 25 percent of our prison population. These are easy to check facts.
Go here.

Govenor Culver recommends spending over $9 million for education,
offender re-entry, community-based correctional programs, substance
abuse and mental health programs. Of course this doesn’t go far enough
to please some. Some people state racism in our police departments as a problem.
Some say whites get better plea bargains than black. Some are even
quoted that imprisioning nonviolent offenders is criminalizing bad
behavior. Give us strength. Pachino Hill comes to mind. We don’t mean
to sound racist; but if it sounds like a duck, and walks like a duck,
it’s probably a duck!

Here’s the deal; if you commit a crime, get arrested, and go before a
judge, does skin color really matter? We think it does, but like so
often happens, we don’t go with the flow. We believe the blacks are
getting special treatment and lighter sentences or probation than the
white offenders. We also believe that if less probation was given our
prisons would overflow, and the numbers would be a lot worse.

That’s our take on it, comments on this or just about anything else are welcome.

Bix weekend

July 26, 2008

Yesterday, we worked a full day getting a house ready for Monday, and volunteered for about 6 hours down at the Bix. This morning we had a meeting, then worked in the yard, and again just got back from the Bix. The first time we went to work the Bix today, we drove. The second time I decided to walk. It was only a few miles each way. While I wouldn’t do it on a regular basis, I did find that I could walk down and back faster than I could drive today.

Tomorrow we will again go down to work the Bix. After this is over we can get back to normal, or at least as close to it as this family gets. We did learn the choice of the baseball stadium wasn’t a popular pick. People complained about having to walk up the long flight of stairs, they complained they couldn’t bring their chairs or coolers inside, and they complained that they couldn’t smoke inside the stadium.

Today there were around 8 old cars on display outside the stadium brought by the Quad Cities Antique Ford Club. Shuttle buses were running people from one venue to the next, and the weather was just about perfect. Several members of the Ford Club were going to the Northpark Cruise-in tonight, but I couldn’t make it. Our son borrowed my car and went and I’m sure he’ll fill me in on what went on.

After we sleep for a day or two, we’ll get back to our regular routine. That’s the nickel tour of the Bix at the stadium. Comments on just about anything are welcome.

A death and a raffle

July 25, 2008

We’ve just recieved word that Randy Pausch died today at age 47. We did an earlier post on this after we read his book. He was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September of 2006. He died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., where they recently moved to be closer to his wifes family. He had become an author on his thoughts about dying called “The Last Lecture”. If you’ve read this book, we think you were touched by this man. He also did guest appearances on TV and had become an internet sensation. He co-founded Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, a masters program that brings artists and engineers together. Although we’ve never met Mr. Pausch, we feel like we know him because of his lecture and books. Our condolences to the family and all who will miss him.

On a different note, the 50/50 drawing at the Northpark Cruise-in, sponsored by the River Valley Classics Car Club is a benefit raffle going to the firefighter who was injured earlier this year. Usually with these, they draw a ticket number and that person wins half of the take, and the other half goes to the club or whomever they choose. We think it’s a great gesture on the clubs part and wish them the best. We’re sorry we forgot the firefighter’s name, but we’re short on time. We’re going to start our Bix weekend with a lot of volunteering. Comments on these or any subject are always welcome.