Just the facts

August 31, 2015

Lately it seems some of us are mad about something
somebody else did or said, or was supposed to have
done or said so we thought we’d clear up one of the
misconceptions being told as truth.


We are going to discuss gun violence. One of the
biggest lies being spread as gospel is that
America is teeming with gun violence when other
countries have none.

List of countries by firearm-related death rate” by JroehlOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.

If Honduras averages 64.80 gun deaths per 100,000
people how can we be the most violent country when
we average 10.64 deaths per 100,000. You may also
notice that we are not in the top 10 either.

And we hear when a member of law enforcement kills
a black person and people are outraged. Well lets
take a look. In Baltimore 80% of gun deaths are gang
related, in Chicago 80% of gun deaths are gang
related, and in New Orleans 35-55% of all gun
deaths are gang related.

Let’s look at some numbers. There are about 32,000
gun related fatalities a year in these United
States. Of those 60% are ruled suicides and 3% are
ruled accidents. The remaining 37% are ruled as
homicides. That figures out to around 12,000 actual
homicides a year. Quit fudging the numbers to make
your cause look better.

Now lets take a look at gun deaths by race in our
states. In Illinois the gun death rate for whites
is 5.8 per 100,000 people and the rate for blacks
is 24.3. But this prove your point you say. No,
because 80% of gun homicides in Illinois is due to
gang violence and not white policemen.

So the numbers say about 30,000 of us die each
year by gun violence. Here are some other things
that kill us every year. 796,000 Americans die each
year of major cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s
kills 84,767, and alcohol kills 29,001.

Transportation accidents
killed 46,749 of us in
2000 alone! Should we ban cars? Just saying.
Comments are always welcome.

We the people

August 30, 2015


Last night I went outside and had a talk with the
man in the moon. We spoke of many things, asked
some questions, and even came to a few conclusions.

The man in the moon, who I call Monte, and myself
feel that as a country our problems can be traced to
a common source. We saw the enemy and he was us.

Take elections. We have an overabundance of
uniformed voters who vote with their emotions and
not knowlege. They vote because the candidate
sounds intelligent, looks good, or they believe the
campaign promises.

Some get all information of candidates from little
snippets spied in the drive-by media while eying
their smart phones, tablets, laptops, or desktops
for the latest gossip, videos of cute animals,
playing games, or texting with friends.

Yet few remember that the president who campaigned
on bringing the two parties together and untiing
us as a country now has more disparity among the
ranks then anyone in memory on his watch.

We now have people who openly declare their hatred
of our flag, religion, guns, race, or political
party. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Yet
the majority say nothing.

We often wonder why, with their approval rating,
the same faces get elected to the House and Senate.
If the public has that low of an opinion of them,
why are they still here?

How about we all go back thinking about what is
best for our country? Forget enacting new laws and
go back to enforcing the ones we already have. We
need to stop the wanton spending, start defending
our Constitution, and stop the nonsense.

The problem isn’t a corrupt government, the
immigrants who want to live here but hate us, the
race baiters, any particular religion, or Fox News.
We are the problem for putting up with it.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

August 29, 2015


A car full of Irish nuns is sitting at a
traffic light in downtown Dublin, when a
bunch of rowdy drunks pull up alongside
of them.

“Hey, show us yer teets, ya bloody penguins!”
shouts one of the drunks. Quite shocked,
Mother Superior turns to Sister Mary
Immaculata and says, “I don’t think they
know who we are; show them your cross.”

Sister Mary Immaculata rolls down her window
and shouts, “Piss off, ya fookin’ little
wankers, before I come over there and rip yer
balls off!”

Sister Mary Immaculata then rolls up her
window, looks back at Mother Superior, quite
innocently, and asks, “Did that sound cross
Comments are always welcome

Nobody’s perfect

August 29, 2015


There are a lot of hot button topics around like
race, guns, and religious affiliation. We will
address the last as a friend shared the following
and we found we liked it and agreed. Please read
the following before you judge us humble Christians.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I don’t speak of this
with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and
need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not trying to be
strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His
strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not bragging of
success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to
clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not claiming to be
perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes
I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I still feel the sting of
pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace,

Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day.

Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain

I’m sending this to who I think are Beautiful Christian
People, and you are one of them!!!

Sharing this with You, as another Christian Person, I
hope you know you are cared about!

Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.

When you feel like you’re drowning in life, Don’t
worry — your Lifeguard walks on water.

Comments are always welcome.

Just a few things

August 28, 2015


I knew the weekend was getting closer when I went
to bed at midnight and woke up promptly at 3:38 am.
Since said weekend will begin in a matter of hours
we’ll list some events and whatever is rattling
around our brain case.

In an earlier post called “Help make her day” we
added a link to her new GoFundMe page in the event
you would like to donate. The haters got on the
Facebook page which caused her mother to remove the
old page but after some thought a new one was

Some car events are happening and we will again
list a few here.

Friday, August 28 is the Classy Chassy Cruisers
Cruise In held at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville,
Iowa. For more information call 319-331=6108.

Saturday, August 29 is the Jesus Built My Hot Rod
Car Show at the New Life Assembly of God Church in
Janesville, Wisconsin. Call 608-931=1823.

Saturday is also the Route 66 Car Show held in
Berwyn, Illinois.

If drag racing is your thing, the 62nd O’Reilly
Auto Parts World Series of Drag Racing starts
tonight and runs through Sunday at Cordova Dragway
in Cordova, Illinois.

Saturday and Sunday are Farm Days in the Village
held in the Village of East Davenport. Plenty of
antique tractors, a petting zoo, tractor and wagon
rides, and much more. This event is free to the
public and starts at 10 am both days.

In the something different department is this
video about the Pearl Harbor P-40 boys. I have a
fondness for Pearl and this is a good documentary.

Something newer is this timelapse video of a U.S.
aircraft carrier crossing the Suez Canal for the
first time.

Since we haven’t heard this song in a while, we
will share it you. It has a slideshow too.

Another song that brings back memories and has a
great slide show is Queen of the Hop.

We’ll stop here to go get groceries so I have
pizza later and you can go about your daily
routine. Please don’t drive faster than your
guardian angel can fly.
Comments are always welcome.

Davenport Election Update

August 27, 2015


Here on the east coast of Iowa things are heating
up. If you haven’t heard the latest on our city
election, you came to the right place.

Latest news says we’ll vote on 4 positions in the
upcoming October 6th Primary Election. We’ll list
them here.

For Mayor Bill Gluba, Dave Hereid, Frank Kilpsch,
and Dean Weber. We will vote for one. The top two
vote getters will go on to the general election.

For Alderman at Large we have Barney Barnhill,
Dale G. Gilmour, Jason Gordon, Kyle Gripp, and
Phil Yerington. We will vote for two. The top four
will be in the general election.

For 2nd Ward Maria Dickmann, Bill Edmond, and Jim
Kealoha. We will vote for one. The top two will be
in the general election.

For 4th Ward Ray Ambrose, Matt Caven, and David
Sodemann. We will vote for one and the top two will
go on to the general election in November.

The incumbents are: Mayor Bill Gluba, Alderman at
Large Jason Gordon, 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Edmond,
and 4th Ward Alderman Ray Ambrose.

Be sure to exercise your right to vote.
Comments are always welcome.

The 5th Ward is also going to be on the primary
ballot with Sheilia Burrage, Douglas Cunningham,
and Rita Rawson running.

Mr. Bill in the moon

August 26, 2015

After we spent 3 and a half hours at the cemetery
taking care of business we came home and things got
back to normal. It was an interesting experience
that I hope we don’t have to repeat.

Dwight was helping us with our planning and we got
him laughing so hard he had to redo some of the
forms. It all started when the wife caught me
putting the “wrong” wedding date on my form. I just
wish she’d remember the “right” date.

So later when I went out to start her car so she
could go to work she asked me what I was looking
at. And I said doesn’t the moon look like Mr.
Bill’s face when he gets hurt? I swear it looked
just like when Mr. Bill got his hand caught in the
car door.

It was so obvious a blind man could see it but I
live with a woman with no imagination. Earlier
today she even told me I was never 19. I remember
bits and pieces of that time and think, but can’t
swear, it was not part of a dream.

Locally in the news, it looks like we’re going to
have a few things to vote on in the primary. The
Mayor’s slot, the 2nd Ward Alderman, and Alderman
at Large since Barnhill and Yerington filed their
papers today. Who knows what will happen tomorrow.

If nothing else it does stay interesting in our
little spot on the east coast of Iowa. We’ll keep
you posted so remember to keep the shiny side up.
Comments are always welcome.

Planning the last ride

August 25, 2015


Tonight as I went out to start the car for the
wife I noticed the clouds were blocking the moon
from shining through. After she left I grabbed my
cheap camera and made it back out just in time to
witness the moon smiling through the clouds.

And that made me think of things not yet finished.
Tomorrow morning we go to the cemetery to make our
arrangements and get sticker shock. We’re not sick
but figure with all the family and friends we’ve
lost over the years we shouldn’t put it off.

We have pretty much decided on cremation and in my
case it was more a case of saving room. People have
been dying since there have been people and if we
all take a full plot I wonder when we’ll run out of
room for those who will need it in the future.

I would also like to write my own obituary because
almost all of them sound the same. He died at ____,
he was born in ______, he went to school at ______,
he married ______. he worked at _______, he liked
_______, he is survived by _____, he was preceded
in death by ______, and the time and place of the

Mine should start something like “Shortly after he
came into this life the doctor slapped him and he
was mad for years.” I would not include the fact
that I had talked to the mortician about getting
buried naked with my butt sticking out the casket.

I don’t know what got me on this kick because as
mentioned neither of us are sick but I also am not
afraid. After all this I’m hungry so it’s pizza
time. When we figure more out about our last ride
we may do another post on the subject.
Comments are always welcome.

Help make her day

August 24, 2015

A little girl has a request. She just wants you to
say hi. Georgia is 5 years old and was born with
non-bullous congenital ichthysoiform erythorderma
which can be painful, will last her entire life,
and there is no cure.


This beautiful child can’t go outside in the
summer, is really sensitive to heat, and has other
problems associated with the disease.

You can read more about Georgia and her family

Or you can say hi to her here. About 30,000
people have already said hi but we think the number
should be much higher.

Her GoFundMe account is open if you
would like to donate.

She wants to be doctor when she grows up and we
just wanted to share her story. Let’s put a
little sunshine in her day. Thank you for
considering this request.
Comments are always welcome.

A cruise and the candidates

August 23, 2015


Saturday the wife and I took a 50 mile cruise to
the hometown of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.
While a multi-lane interstate highway is the route
chosen by most, we went on two-lane blacktop past
miles of spikes of corn reaching for the sky.

We noticed that one side of the road had soybeans
waving in the wind with corn on the other dancing
in the breeze. The sun was shining, the flutter of
the winds refreshing, and the blacktop uncluttered
of other cars.

Oh yeah, you’re probably wondering who George
Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was. He is best known
as the creator of the very first Ferris wheel ever
built. It was built for the 1893 Chicago World’s
Columbian Exposition. And he was born in Galesburg,
Illinois in 1859.

Now that we’re at the end of one week and the
beginning of another we got to wondering who had
filed papers for what position on our city council
as of close of business Friday. After checking we
discovered that some are playing the waiting game
as filing ends this Thursday.

Here is a list of names of those who have filed.

For Mayor of Davenport Dave Hereid, Frank Kilpsch,
and Dean Webber have filed.

For Alderman at Large Kyle Gripp has filed.

For 1st Ward Alderman Rick Dunn.

For 2nd Ward Alderman Maria Dickmann, incumbant
Bill Edmond, and Jim Kealoha have filed.

For 3rd Ward Carlton Wills has filed.

For 4th Ward David Sodermann has filed.

For 5th Ward Sheilia Burrage.

For 6th Ward Jeff Justin.

For 7th Ward Mike Matson.

And for 8th Ward Kerri Thompkins.

We’re sure by 5 pm Thursday the list will be
longer but for now those listed above are running.
A update will posted Wednesday or Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.