They live among us

April 19, 2018

The cardinal was in his tree singing his heart out while the
sun shined down from an almost cloudless sky. Other critters
were doing what they do while our world is going crazy.

If we heard correctly, the Governor of New York gave the right
to vote to 35,000 recently released felons by executive order.
That just sounds wrong on so many levels we’ll leave it at that.

Then we read of a former Oregon City School District teacher’s
aide got sentenced to 28 years in prison for producing child
pornography. In one case this involved an infant and a very
young child. To read the story, go here.

That was followed by a story about a former elementary school
teacher who was sentenced to 5 years for possessing child
pornography involving young girls. To learn more about this one,
go here.

And if that wasn’t enough ICE agents arrested 33 for human
rights violations. Those arrested included 4 Chinese individuals
for conducting forced abortions and sterilizations; a former
intelligence office who tortured dozens in Central America; a
soldier in Central America who guided the military to a
specific village to kill the residents; an intelligence officer
from the Middle East whose surveillance led to arrest, torture,
and murder; and a leader in East Africa who used violence to
force victims into female genitalia Mutilation. More can be
found about this group here.

With all that going on, I’ll stick with the wildlife. Enjoy
our Thursday as it’s the last one this week. Now for more
coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

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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.


Snowfall on Sunday thoughts

January 14, 2018

The white fluffy love from above is going to be a few inches
deep when it stops falling and the temperatures are dropping as
well here on the east coast of Iowa. The computer problems are
fixed, and perhaps I can get this out now.

Our youngest son called from Idaho where they dodged a foot of
snow and we talked of the Kissimee Mecum auction. We were both
waiting for the roadster pickup from Happy Days to cross the
block and both missed it. If our computer decides to keep going
this time we’ll try and see if the little yellow Model A truck
sold.

And the local news just ran a program on the car thefts in our
area and stated 848 cars were stolen in our fair city last year.
Mostly by juveniles who know they won’t get into trouble for
doing so. These kids that are stealing cars and getting caught
are as young as 10 years old!

Most thefts occur because people leave their cars running to
warm them up or don’t lock them and leave a key inside. In one
case the car was locked but a hidden spare house key was found
outside and used to enter the house the steal a purse with the
car keys in them. Please keep you vehicles locked and bring in
spare house keys. Give the spare key to neighbor you trust.

And we may have a warm up on the way for the weekend. Not a
big one, but highs above freezing anyway. Enjoy the rest of our
Sunday as we will. Now I need more coffee and a TV that doesn’t
show re-runs 24/7.
Comments are always welcome.


Just a few things

December 16, 2017

The Davenport Police Department just got some good news. Two
officers who were suspended after an officer involved shooting
have been cleared and the shooting justified. One officer was
wounded in the incident which happened a block and a half from
our abode.

We hope both officers are coping well and have their hearing
back. As someone who has been present during a few shootings in
confined spaces I know it took a while for my hearing to come
back, in one ear. Being inside a closed building can make many
sidearms sound like cannons.

And I just found out a friend of 50 years is back in a nursing
home. Not sure why he was taken out of assisted living but am
making plans to pay him visit. Back in the day one of my nicknames
was M.D., which I was told stood for motor doctor. As good as
they thought I was my friend could always squeeze just a little
more power out of any engine I assembled. Hang in there Steve.

Finally, our annual debate over our wedding anniversary is
ongoing as I write this. The wife still claims it’s December
20th, yet I got married on the 21st. She claims she didn’t have
a honeymoon and I remember a beautiful 2 week honeymoon on a
tropical island. You’d think after 30 years she’d get it right.

I did get her a thoughtful gift though. While out at a local
farm supply store I bought her a brand new travel mug to
replace the one that broke not long ago. She must have liked it
as it left her speechless!

Enjoy our Saturday, it looks to be a good one here with a high
temperature around 50 degrees. Now I need more coffee so I have
enough caffeine in me to be sociable when we run some errands
later.
Comments are always welcome.


Think people

November 28, 2017

After witnessing the beauty of last nights sunset my calm was
shattered with the news that our juvenile car theft epidemic
is still going strong. And according to the talking heads, most
can be prevented.

Seems people still leave their cars running with the car
unlocked or leave a key hidden in the vehicle. While this may
make things easier for the owner it is an opportunity for the
thieves among us.

Take all the keys out of your vehicle and lock it. Don’t
unlock it unless you are ready to use it. For the kids running
around trying door handles, and open one is an invitation to
jump in and see what they can find.

As someone who always locks the car and takes the key I cannot
understand those who don’t. One has to remember that the vast
majority of the kids who steal the cars aren’t even old enough
to drive. They’ll probably wreck it and you will be the one to
pay the bill.

I feel the laws giving more loopholes in favor of the
juveniles is going in the wrong direction. The politically
correct bull we’ve been hearing has to stop. Yes, there are
bad kids out there. And no, more love and compassion won’t
fix the problem.

It is time for some tough love. Put the fear of God into them
and let them know they won’t be getting a free ride for their
crimes. What’s the attitude going to be when these thrill
seeking idiots kill a pedestrian? Or an innocent driver is
severely injured due to the inability of these kids to drive
responsibly?

We need to take the cuffs off the police and put them on
the judges who won’t follow the rule of law but instead
listen to the politically correct interpretation of the law.

Perhaps a few days in jail now would work better than a safe
space. Why aren’t these juveniles financially responsible when
they wreck someone else s car? It’s time for the adults in the
room to say ENOUGH! 600 vehicles since the start of the year
have been stolen which makes me wonder how high the number
has to be for people to be demanding answers.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s looking to be a good one. Now I need
more coffee and a leftover pizza is calling to me.
Comments are always welcome.


What happened?

November 22, 2017

Since we’ve had an explosion in the number of car thefts here
on the east coast of Iowa, and because almost all are being
committed by juveniles and none of them see jail time, we have
to wonder what happened.

Back in the day we had juvenile homes, repeat offender laws,
and in the worst cases banishment from the city. Now we have
politicians and others telling us the culprits brains aren’t
fully developed and they’re not responsible for the crimes
they commit. This always breaks the needle on my Bull meter.

The owners of the stolen, often wrecked and trashed
vehicles are left holding the bag for damages. So we would like
to know what the hell happened that people are no longer
responsible for the crimes they commit?

And aren’t you tired of hearing about our overcrowded prison
system too? Perhaps the reason for said overcrowding is that
the current policies aren’t working. When convicted aren’t the
guilty supposed to serve a sentence and not be on vacation?

Now that I’ve said that, I don’t want a 12 year old kid to go
to prison for stealing a car. I have a novel idea. Make the
criminals responsible for their actions and not the victims!
Put the offending kids in pastel coveralls, hand them a trash
bag, and make them pick up litter if not in school and after
school if they are.

Make the parents liable for the damages and I bet things would
change. There has to be a way for this to work as the current
polices are not. Don’t know what the answers are, but until we
make the criminals responsible for their crimes I fear nothing
will change.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means Thanksgiving is tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving! Now I need more coffee and another
doughnut.
Comments are always welcome.


Election day thoughts

November 7, 2017

Our condolences to the family, friends, and neighbors of the
victims of the recent church shooting in Texas. We haven’t
mentioned it before as we feel it has turned into a political
agenga. Once again something that should spark a serious debate
about mental health, and government not enforcing current gun
laws, has been turned into a gun control issue.

As you know, today is election day. Please go to polls and
exercise your right to vote. Locally there are some contested
seats and others with just the incumbent running. We have no
recommendations this cycle as we haven’t been following the
process as closely as usually do.

The lines shouldn’t be long, it doesn’t take much time to vote,
and when you’re done you can get a sticker that states “I voted”
to make your no-voting friends jealous. It’s a win-win situation.

And we have the upswing of news stories concerning the firing of
employees who post something rash online getting fired for
doing so. For some jobs and depending on the content of the
material put online, we can understand it.

I didn’t realize firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics could be
terminated for saying what they think after work hours. To a
point. With all things read on social media, unless death
threats are expressed, should one incident result in getting
fired?

7 firefighters and paramedics from South Carolina were fired
for statements made about Black Lives Matter a while ago. We
agree it was dumb to post you would run over protesters that
blocked the highway if they were there when you went home. But
is it a firing offense?

If you’d like to learn more about this incident, go here.

Enjoy our Tuesday and vote if you can. Right now I just need
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.