Just thinking

October 10, 2016

The police cars are gone, the media has reported on the
shots fired call, and things are back to our version of
normal. A house was shot at that had people in it, nobody was
hurt, and casings were recovered.



So when I woke up this morning I ventured outside to take a
few pictures. For some reason that process calms me down and
grounds my soul. And I just got to thinking how totally
confusing our society is today to someone who is a child of
the 50s.

Even in the presidential debates the candidates were saying
things on live TV that would have gotten our mouths washed
out with soap. When we were growing up Lucy and Ricky slept
in twin beds and the kisses were timed! Now it seems like
anything goes.

And if we mention these facts we are told that was the old
days and how it is better today than it was then. I have to
ask how? The kids I see don’t respect anything or anybody,
racial tension is up, and we are berated if we disagree with
the status quo.

Laws are being blatantly ignored, money has replaced God,
and our government is shipping in people who hate us and our
country. Lying is condoned while being corrupt has turned
into a badge of honor for some. Law enforcement is under
attack, our rights are being violated or lost, and our
military no longer has the might it once did because those
who can make a difference are closet socialists who believe
all mankind can get along together without fighting.

If that’s the better version of what we had, I’ll be found
outside taking pictures. At least I understand wildlife and
nature. Enjoy your Monday.
Comments are always welcome.

Never a dull moment

October 9, 2016


We do live in interesting times. The information highway is
flooded with news of just how crazy our society has gotten
and usually biased in some way.

We heard of the two police officers killed in Palm Beach and
the officer in Chicago that was assaulted by a guy on PCP
and wonder where we went wrong. Today we had our own bit of
excitement here on the east coast of Iowa.

I was loading recent pictures onto the computer when I heard
three loud, and fairly close, gunshots followed by the wail
of sirens just a few minutes later. The commotion woke the
wife up and she came down to ask if had heard the shots.

The wife thought the shots came from the south but I wasn’t
so sure. Turns out the shots were fired at a house just 3
lots west of us. The picture above shows a squad car that the
blocked the alley at our driveway.

Later the doorbell rang and I went out to meet an officer
who asked me a few basic questions. She was professional and
wrote down what was said. As she was leaving I told her to
stay safe and she looked at me like I grew another head.

She left her card and told me to call her if we had any
problems or remembered anything that could help and went on
her way. We still don’t know if anybody was hit but realize
she couldn’t tell us if there was.

If we don’t back the blue, get our country back, and elect
judges who will enforce the law, the future isn’t looking
Comments are always welcome.

Think about it

October 8, 2016

To those who think the police are the problem, and everyone else,
we ask you take a few minutes and watch this video. A friend
shared it with me and I feel it important enough to pass along.

I am not a police officer, never have been. But to the
above mentioned group we will state that you are being
played. If you condone the shooting of our police, rioting
when things don’t go your way, or blocking traffic and
calling it protest or your right, we can’t explain it because
you won’t understand.

The media and our government are just using you to distract
the general public from news that would harm their agenda
and when you longer are useful to them you will be yesterdays
news. But the police will still be here protecting your sorry
ass when things don’t go your way.

As the video shows, an officer doesn’t have much time to
decide if you are a threat or a moron. You cannot blame your
poor choices on someone else s actions.
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Solemn anniversary

September 10, 2016


Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. A day America
was of one mind in its collective grief without regard for
race, creed, religion, or political affiliation. Those who
watch events unfold on TV did so with tears on their faces.

We untied in our compassion to comfort the grieving, in
our resolve to clean up the devastation, and to locate and
deal with those responsible. There were no demands for
‘safe spaces’ because there were no safe spaces. There was
no flag burning because the sight of the flag being raised
in the rubble made us all proud.

Please take a moment out of your day tomorrow to observe
a minute of silence and remember. Thanks to those who will
and we understand those who won’t.
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Bound to happen

August 17, 2016


I read in the BBC online that the government of England
has placed a ban on “zombie knives” in the name of public
safety in answer to the recent upturn in stabbings. It
does appear that progressive thinking has gone global.

This despite the fact that the Chief Constable of the
Ministry of Defense has said an overwhelming majority of
the stabbings were done were done with kitchen knives and
not said “zombie knives”. This same Chief Constable also
said he believes the ban is a good idea. Nowhere in the
article was blame placed on the criminal.

These knives were inspired by horror movies, come in
different styles, and have names like “head splitter” and
“zombie killer”. Some look like ornate fighting knives
while others fancy machetes. And the price starts cheap.

So let’s see, you ban guns and while shootings go down
stabbings go up. Now you ban knives that aren’t even
utilized in most stabbings to make things safer and stop
the stabbings. Did I miss something?

Sounds a lot like the anti-gun crowd here wanting to
take away our “scary” guns. It makes me wonder if people
are drinking the same kool-aid worldwide. Again it sounds
like it’s more about control than the actual weapons

At the rate they’re going, in 10 years they’ll have to
ban all silverware because homicides by spork are up. Here
is a novel idea, go after the criminal not the weapon. We
do live in interesting times.
Comments are always welcome.

Don’t know

August 16, 2016


This whole Black Live Matter phenomenem has me stumped.
The most recent bunch of rioting and looting started when
a black policeman shot a black man with a gun. Yet this
group still turns it around and calls it racism. I admit
to not being the sharpest kinfe in the drawer, but the
reasoning behind that eludes me.

I was listening to the Jim Fisher show when a black man, who
identified himself as such, stated the shooting was racist
because white cops made the black cop shoot. The caller
then went on to say that Mr. Fisher didn’t know what it
was like to be a black man in America, how tough it was
for them, and finished by saying the host was a priveleged
white man.

That got me thinking the caller was right, to a point. I
don’t know what it feels like to be black in America yet
do have a problem with those who use the phrase. The same
people who say that call us the “priveleged” whites. Well
Mr. caller man, do you know what it feels like to be a
white man in America?

And since you don’t, how can you judge me? The white men
aren’t your problem unless they are in Washington, D.C.
The cause of your problems isn’t the police, racism, white
folks, or the myth that you’re owed something for nothing.

Look at your state and local governments too. I would bet
they have been run by one political party for decades, you
still have problems, and you hate us? You have bought the
bull they’ve been shipping while taking the freebies and
ignoring the decay around you.

Then when an excuse arises you destroy your city, burn
half of it down, and steal everything that isn’t bolted
down. Yeah I don’t know how that feels.
Comments are always welcome.

Davenport crime report

August 11, 2016


Here on the east coast of Iowa, the Davenport Police
Department has released its annual report for 2015. It has
their mission statement, philosophy, and results from the
Uniform Crime Report among other things.

According to the UCR, Davenport had 7 homicides, 73
rapes, 181 robberies, and 378 aggravated assaults for a
total of 639 violent crimes in 2015.

We had 971 burglaries, 3,466 thefts, 384 vehicle thefts,
and 14 arsons for a property crime total of 4,835 in 2015.

The Police Department reports using reportable force 332
times out of 89,262 dispatched calls. Of these 93% occured
on-duty and 7% during off duty employment. The most common
use of force was empty hand control.

Those of us who live here know that there has been a rise
in drive-by shootings and/or shots fired calls. It would
seem some of the natives are restless. While these numbers
may be seem high we ask that you remember we are a city
with a population over 100,000.

If you wish to learn more or check our figures you can go
The fourth item down on the list is the report. It is a
PDF file.

Here in our little part of this river city we haven’t had
any big problems and the closest shots fired call was a
few blocks away. Not bad when you consider we live in what
many consider the “Inner City”.
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