Getting prepared

August 8, 2020

Was just thinking about what a year this had been. It started out
like any other before everything went sideways. We’ve had the virus,
a Congress that can’t get along, riots, rains, storms, hornets, heat
and more. Now it looks like we can add fear of election tampering
with the mail in ballots to the list.

Thankfully we are on the downhill side and we’ll soon see 2021. And
I wonder if things are going to get better, or if this will be the
new normal. It’s to the point I’m thinking of going back to school.

No, not the brick and mortor kind. I’m planning on getting another
copy of ‘The Bouncer’s Guide to Barroom Brawling’ and reading it
until it sinks in. After all, one never knows what is around the
corner.

Earlier I mentioned the riots and we heard news two elderly ladies
were attacked by the rioters. One had paint thrown on her while
the rioters yelled obscenities and the other got hit in the face
with a paint can. Since I will turn 70 next year I figured having
some knowledge of barroom brawling may help.

I had tried to find a much rarer book that I had used in the past
but had no luck. It seems ‘Beefy Jennets Book of Barroom Brawling’
had been out of print too long. I still remember rule #1: never
punch a drunk in the stomach because it’s hard to fight with puke in
your eyes.

Since I do not have, nor will I get, a permit to carry a firearm a
refresher course in self defense couldn’t hurt. Getting a permit to
carry wouldn’t be a problem, other than I believe it is an
infringement of my 2nd Ammendment rights and Constitutional carry
hasn’t passed the Statehouse yet.

We’ll see what the rest of the year brings and play it by ear.
Enjoy our Saturday as it’s pizza day here at Casa Cruisers.
Comments are always welcome.


Hocus pocus

October 3, 2019

The Democrat candidates for president are going crazy about all the ‘gun violence’ and are not to be deterred by facts. Since it is October the FBI has released their Uniform Crime Report for 2018. And not to burst said candidates bubble, but violent crime is down.

All violent crime is down 3.3% percent from last year and 9% below
the 2009 levels. It is also up 4.7% above the 2014 level. Aggravated
assaults accounted for 66.9% of violent crimes in 2018, robbery was at
23.4%, rape 8.4%, and murder 1.3%.

So why not enact stricter laws and penalties for the assaults and
leave the guns out. But no, the mental midgets in Congress want to
take our assault rifles. Isn’t it justified you ask? No.

Of the 14,123 murders in 2018 an estimated 10,256 involved firearms.
But that is misleading. Murders committed with rifles of any kind were
297 last year. Let that sink in. 10,256 murders by firearms, 297 with
rifles, including the assault rifles.

Yet many Democrats want to ban ‘assault rifles’? We’re told that last
year one was 5 times more likely to be killed with a knife than any
any rifle. The AR-15 and Ak-47 are rifles. Quit shipping the bull.
We’re getting tired of hearing it.

Instead, read the Constitution and follow your oath to protect and
defend it. Quit trying to railroad our president and do what you were
elected to do. If you want to get rid of gun violence do something to
get guns out of the hands of people who shoot other people. The
hocus pocus is getting old.
Comments are always welcome.


Here we go again

September 13, 2019

We didn’t watch the debate of the Democrat candidates for president
but heard a little about it on local news. To be honest, I don’t see
what all the fuss is about. Most candidates are members of Congress
and as such have one job to do, and they can’t even do that.

The oath they pledge is a simple one:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

They all seem to have forgotten the first segment of said oath. The
Constitution is very clear about the right to keep and bear arms yet
some claim it’s open to interpretation while others disregard it
altogether. Those who claim confiscation is within their rights forget
why the 2nd Amendment was written.

Between the anti-gun groups and the talk of health care I’m beginning to think most in Washington are crazier than out house rats. Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act all by themselves yet want to change it because it is so bad. How about leaving our personal decisions alone and obey your oath of office?

This is my opinion and yours will probably be different than mine.
I’m just one American who’s tired of these clowns being all show and
no go.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend is upon us. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Stop the bull

August 7, 2019

We will forewarn some that this post is not aimed at them or meant to in any way insult the victims of the recent shootings nor condone the senseless killing of others. We just want to get some facts out there and state the obivious.

The first point is obvious; 99.99% of gun owners did not shoot anybody. Yet the first reaction from certain politicians is more gun restrictions. Yes, all mass shooters used guns, but that is not the main issue at play here. The evidence shows the problem is that most, if not all of said shooters, were taking psychotropic drugs.

The shooters were taking the drugs or had stopped taking said drugs shortly before going on a rampage. This is easily proven and it’s scary to us that some pharmaceutical companies witheld information on side effects. If you want to see an article listing the link, go here.

Neil deGrasse Tyson penned an article which includes another point we’d like to include here. The article includes a tweet he sent on August 4, 2019. The tweet goes as follows:

In the past 48 hrs, the USA horrically lost 34 people to mass shootings.

On average, across any 48 hrs, we also lose…

500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide by Handgun

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than data.
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And as it that isn’t bad enough, the shootings have become a political event. Fingers are being pointed yet nothing is changing the problem. So we’ll say again, this is not a gun problem it is a mental health problem and gun control doesn’t work.

If gun control worked Chicago would not have one person shot every 3 hours and 10 minutes and on person killed every 17 hours and 5 minutes with guns. After all, Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in our country so it can’t happen there. Well look at the numbers for yourself.

We need to quit being mushrooms and stop letting them keep us in the dark and filling us full of BS.

Enjoy our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Going off course

March 7, 2019

I find it ironic that members of Congress take an oath then many just forget or ignore what they swore to do while in office. This goes as follows:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

After taking this oath some quickly attack others along party lines, try to change said Constitution, and spend money with no regards of how to budget for it. For those who don’t know or care to forget, the right to own guns is in the second amendment of our Constitution. Many laws they pass are not.

Although it’s hard to tell in our current society, they work for us. For some odd reason many of them seem to think they are royalty or something. It’s a crying shame. The current bunch in office have spent more time and money trying to find something to use to get our president impeached.

One could go on but I have gone off course and will try again at a later date. Enjoy our Thursday as we will on the east coast of Iowa.
Now I’m going to fry up some bacon and have more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Crazy days

August 6, 2018

I gave up watching news programs due to the bull they were
shipping and now think I will do the same with weather forecasts
as the forecast rarely match what we get. Early yesterday the
weather actors stated we would be partly cloudy. The above
picture shows the sky at its best yesterday.

We’ve all heard about California doing away with straws, that
plans to make a gun on a 3-D printer should be illegal, and now
I saw a news blurb that some Senator thinks Illegals should be
compensated when they cross our borders. Lord love a duck,
we’ve gone crazy.

Since August began there have been 96 shootings in Chicago that
killed 12, children are disappearing at an alarming rate, we
have wildfires destroying parts of our country and ruining the
air quality for miles around, and all the news can report is
the investigation into Trump colluding with Russia to win the
election.

Our economy is looking up, more people are employed, and yet
some still claim we live in a divided country. Perhaps they
think if they keep telling lies long enough others will believe
them. Congress isn’t doing much except pointing fingers in their
sponsored outrage while reminding us why we need to vote them
in a few months.

I love my country but our politicians have again lowered the
bar. All that said, Enjoy our Monday as it looks rain here on
the east coast of Iowa, and we need it. Now for a coffee
infusion and some pizza flavored breakfast.
Comments are always welcome.


Really?

March 4, 2018

I just finished looking over H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban
of 2018, which has been referred to the House Committee of the
Judiciary on February 26 of this year.

Said purpose of this bill is to regulate the importation,
manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons,
and for other purposes. Huh? If this is indeed in response to
the uproar to keep our kids safe from school shootings, we have
some questions.

First, for no other reason that it makes no sense in stopping
the school shootings, is why the ban on semi-automatic assault
weapons with missile launchers and grenade launchers? And if
these are popular with those who shoot up schools why haven’t
we heard of it before now?

The ban on assault weapons is painted with a pretty big brush.
By definition this is an attempted ban on much more than
assault rifles. The bill states a semiautomatic assault weapon
means any of the following:

A semiautomic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable
magazine and any of the following; pistol grip, forward grip,
folding, telescoping or detachable stock, a grenade launcher or
a rocket launcher, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel.

A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a
detachable magazine and any of the following: threaded barrel,
second pistol grip, barrel shroud, the capacity to accept a
detachable magazine at some location outside of pistol grip, a
semiautomic version of an automatic firearm, a semiautomatic
pistol with fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more
than 10 rounds.

A semiautomatic shotgun that has any of the following: a
folding, telescoping or detachable stock, a pistol grip, a fixed
magazine with a capacity to accept more than 5 rounds, the
ability to accept a detachable magazine, a forward grip, a
grenade launcher or missile launcher.

I did see the Marlin 22 rifle with tubular magazine was
exempted as an assault weapon though. The link at the top of
this post will take you to the official text of the bill if
you wish to learn more.

We may be wrong but we’re calling this attempted gun grab that
will do nothing to stop any shooting while costing law-obiding
citizens more.

Enjoy our Sunday as the work week is only a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.


And I’m the crazy one?

February 21, 2018

If I understand correctly the FBI failed to enter data into the
system and allowed the school shooter to purchase an AR-15
‘assault rifle’ yet the fault lies with not enough gun control
laws, the NRA, legal gun owners, and the fact that his mother
didn’t have an abortion.

As for the rifle, it was never clarified if said weapon was a
Colt AR-15, an Armalite AR-15, or an AR-15 style rifle. The
Colt was a semi-automatic version of the M16, which was used by
our military. The current version is marketed to civilian and
law enforcement customers. The Armalite is similar to the Colt
and the AR-15 style rifles came about after Colts’ patents
expired in 1977. They are for sale because people buy them.

And if the FBI doesn’t keep the data updated we’ve had more
luck than sense lately. Anyone who could explain how more gun
laws, restricting the 200 million other gun owners who didn’t
shoot anyone, would help the FBI ensure their list is current
please inform us. How about the government enforcing the laws
we have?

The NRA was founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans Col. William
C. Church and Gen. George Wingate to promote and encourage
shooting on a scientific basis because of the poor marksmanship
of their troops during the war. It in no way supports school
shootings. Yes, they have lobbyists in Washington. So does
everybody else.

Finally, we’re not sure why his mother didn’t have an abortion
nor do we care. It was her choice. We do know we’d like the
Country we grew up in to make a comeback.

Enjoy our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee and some leftover
pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


The real tragedy

February 15, 2018

First we would like to give our condolences to the families and
friends of the victims of the recent school shootings in
Florida. Yet as happens when shootings like this occur somee go
out of their way to vent their outrage.

This would not be a problem if we had an unbiased media. Fact
checking has gone the way of common sense and proof positive
that certain ranters should not be allowed to play with sharp
objects.

Usually the first things we hear, after the number of victims,
is we need stricter gun control. It has been proven time and
time again that this approach doesn’t work. The main reason is
because it is run by government. And even though our lawmakers
take an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution that is
not always the case.

Of course these same people blame the 2nd Amendment as part of
the problem. The short answer is no. The Constitution states we,
as citizens, have the right to keep and bear arms. Yet we are at
a point in our history when one needs a permit to purchase AND
a permit to carry. And it’s all run by the government. Laws only
affect those who choose to obey them.

The needy, greedy, seedy in our society don’t follow the laws
anyway, the government doesn’t enforce the laws we have, yet
somehow after every shooting the blame and rage is directed at
legal gun owners.

News flash! This is not a gun problem. it is a mental health
issue. The vast majority who commit these shootings have mental
health problems and many are on medication for it, or have quit
taking them. And again, our government regulates this.

Here in Iowa mental health facilities have closed while help
is next to impossible to get. Isn’t it time to stop shipping the
bull and take a serious look at why these shootings happen and
quit blaming the gun?

Enjoy our Thursday as that means the start of the weekend is
just a dream away. Now I need more coffee and perhaps a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


The never ending circus

November 8, 2017

The election is over and we don’t think that anyone is
surprised with outcome. Here we had a low turnout as it seems
more and more people are getting tired of politics as usual.

The campaigns promise the winning politicians only have us
voters in mind and after being sworn in it will be business as
usual and we won’t count. In Washington nothing will get done
as the two parties are too busy doing interviews about issues
that aren’t problems, or trying to stop the other party from
getting anything done.

One thing that does amaze us is the sheer number of people
who get their facts from the media and still speak out against
bills they know nothing about while ignoring the real problems
that could be helped. Like more gun laws.

If they don’t strictly enforce the ones we have, how would
adding more restrictions that don’t get enforced help? If one
looks back on the recent mass shootings, they have two things
in common. A gun, or it wouldn’t be a shooting, and a person
who is crazier than an outhouse rat.

Even Illinois has admitted the jails are over run with people
who should be in a mental health facility. So instead of
addressing the issue of all these crimes being committed by
mentally ill people, it must be easier to blame the weapon.

We don’t have an answer but do know it doesn’t involve more
gun laws. People are dying while the politicians dance around
the issue.

We hope you will enjoy our Wednesday as much as I know we will.
Comments are always welcome.