Getting crazy

August 5, 2017

Here in our river city on the east coast of Iowa we have a
couple problems that don’t look to be going away any time soon.
Both concern crime and appear to be on the upswing. Car thefts
and shots fired calls have been rising.

Our city has had 15 stolen vehicles this week through early
Saturday and 13 juveniles have been arrested. Police have been
vocal about locking cars and not leaving keys in the cars. The
criminals are said to be between 12-17 years old.

This makes sense in a way as if convicted juveniles usually end
up on probation for crimes like car thefts. Some are on multiple
probation until they turn 18. We know our prisons are crowded,
the police and judges know it, and so do the juveniles. How
about making them get a job and pay for the damage they do to
the cars they steal?

Shots fired calls have also been elevated but thankfully
murders have not. Usually not much is hit by the gunfire and
shell casings are found nearby. In most cases the police have a
pretty good idea who done the deed but can’t prove it. And in
the majority of these incidents the shooter isn’t going to
confess.

If this nonsense doesn’t end someones luck is going to run out
and another someone will get injured or killed. Cars and houses
have been sprayed, windows broken, and holes appeared where
there were none while the victims are left to clean up the mess.

So if you park your car outside, lock it up. If you park it in
a garage, lock the car and the garage. As for the shots fired,
we don’t have an answer other than to say be aware of what’s
going on around you.

Enjoy our saturday and we’ll post a snicker later today. Now
for some more coffee and a slice of pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Almost back to normal

May 15, 2017

Plans made are looking good and I may even finish the chores
early. Saw Dad again this morning while he was resting to get
ready for therapy and he was in good spirits. Then we came home
and I got the mowing done.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we are experiencing a car theft
epidemic. Earlier this month the total was around 250 for the
year. People are leaving their cars running while they pop into
the convenience store and the thief jumps in and takes the car.

In other cases cars were stolen from driveways. These cars
were unlocked with the keys in the car. Police feel the
culprits are juveniles doing it for kicks. And there have been
some thefts of things left in the cars.

We haven’t heard of a problem in our neighborhood with car
thefts, but our neighbor did catch some kids breaking into his
garage. Lucky for them he was in a good mood.

Ror those going to Genesis West and use the Lombard
Street parking lots, the entrance near Marquette Street is
closed due to a water main break. The entrance off Washington
Street is open on Lombard.

I guess I can always add knock down the spider web in the
picture above if I get too far ahead on chores, but I like how
the picture turned out and may want another. We’ll see.

Enjoy our Monday as after today, it only seems like there are
four days in our work week tomorrow morning. I need to hydrate
myself after the mowing and I believe a Snicker’s ice cream bar
is just the way to do it.
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Interesting times

April 18, 2017

If you live here on the east coast of Iowa in our little
community called the Quad Cities, you may have heard Davenport
is short one Alderman tonight. We’re sure it will make the 10
o’clock news on our local TV channels if you haven’t.

3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom resigned earlier today after being
found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury. Since that leaves
us with 9 Alderman, we’d almost bet there will be a special
election for a replacement.

When he is sentenced later this year, Boom could face 1-5
years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and other penalties.
Boom had been on the city council for almost 10 years and a
bar owner in the west end.

We can’t begin to know his intentions for doing this or what
his sentence would involve. Rumor has it he will get probation.
We’ll wait and see. Some will probably party tonight while
others will wonder why this happened.

We do live in interesting times.
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Gun thefts

April 14, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (ATF) released its summary of firearms reported
lost and stolen from federal firearms licensesees (FFL)s. The
official title is “Calendar Year (CY) 2016 FFL Thefts/Loss
Report”.

The report states a total of 18,394 firearms were reported
lost or stolen last year from FFLs. Of that 9,113 firearms were
reported lost and 9,281 were reported stolen.

The 9,281 stolen firearms were broken down into three
categories: larceny, burglary, and robbery. Those categories
break down as follows.

Larceny (1,423)- The unlawful taking or carrying away property
from the possessor or of another.

Burglary (7,488)- The unlawful entry of a structure to commit
a felony or theft.

Robbery (370)- Taking anything of value from the care,
custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force or
violence.

Georgia had the highest total of stolen and lost firearms with
1,593 followed by Florida with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of
robberies and burglaries and the number of firearms stolen.
Burglaries have increased by 48.01% and robberies by 175%.

As of March 2017 there were more than 136,000 FFLs in the U.S.
and its territories.

If you wish to see some pretty colored graphs. and the
statistics covering 2012-2016, go here.

Enjoy our Friday.
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Amazing hoax

February 21, 2017

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On this date in 1948 the town of Manning, Iowa, had a prank
pulled on Main Street that was amazingly stupid. It was
witnessed by 3 people and did result in 5 arrests. Manning was
a town with 1800 residents in Carroll County.

On a quiet Sunday evening the only people on the sidewalk of
Main Street were Ralph Geith and Bud Hargens. The lone car
driving by when the prank went down was driven by Hubert Lamp.

Out of nowhere a man came running down the sidewalk on the
opposite side of the street chased by 2 other men. At a
distance the three witnesses guessed to be 20 feet one the
guys chasing the first fired a shotgun at the runner 3 times.

The “victim” fell to the street and lay still. Right about
then two other males in 1947 Mercury raced out of a nearby
alley and loaded the “victim” into the car and roared away.
The license plates on the Merc were hidden. Of course the
witnesses were shocked.

The very next afternoon, Sheriff Thomas J. Finegan announced
the arrest of 5 high school boys, who were 16 years old, at a
nearby high school. Turns out the kids were just looking to
put some excitement in a dull Sunday afternoon.

On March 11th, 1948, all five pleaded guilty to concealing
license plates, paid a $50 fine, and swore they would never
do it again. We don’t know if Justice of the Peace Hilda Osten
believed them or not.

And that is the amazingly stupid prank that happened on this
date all those years ago. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard of
any copycat pranks so perhaps the boys kept their word. Enjoy
the day as tomorrow we’re halfway to the weekend.
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Still waiting…

December 2, 2016

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Just into December and get news Chicago has had more
homicides than in recent years. A total of 3,436 people were
shot and wounded, 662 were shot and killed, and 738 homicides
have occurred so far this year.

And we’re still waiting for a response from Black Lives
Matter. After all, 77.9% of the victims are black and males
are getting shot at a ratio of 8.95 to 1 compared to females,
while 30-34 year olds are the majority of victims. That is
a 48.2% increase over last year.

Just in November alone, 324 were shot and wounded, 76 were
shot and killed, and 81 homicides occurred. In November 2015
those numbers were 165 shot and wounded, 37 dead and in 2014
125 were shot and shot and wounded while 38 died from being
shot.

Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in
the country, people are dying at an alarming rate, and Black
Lives Matter is not seen or heard. If it has to be an officer
involved shooting to get BLM involved, 11 have been shot and
killed by police and 14 wounded.

These numbers equate to someone getting shot every 1 hour and
58 minutes and someone get shot and killed every 10 hours and
57 minutes, 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Why isn’t this causing more outrage than the rare shooting
that happens to involve a member of law enforcement? Where is
the news conference from our president saying this is not
acceptable? Just like our white privilege,
we’re still waiting for it.

Enjoy the weekend even if you have to work. Tomorrow we may
see snow here on the east coast of Iowa, and while it’s not
supposed to stick around too long I’m charging up my camera
battery. Keep the shiny side up and I’ll eat a pizza for you.
Comments are always welcome.


Hard to believe

November 15, 2016

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While out taking pictures of critters I pondered where our
country is headed and how we got to where we are now. The
media is so biased we can’t call what they show us news,
protesters are rioting in the streets because their candidate
didn’t win, and flash mob beat downs are becoming the norm.

What a fine example that sets for the children. It didn’t
used to be that way. College aged young adults did not need
safe spaces or coloring books, hate groups were called hate
groups, and all of us had pride in our country.

Now too many believe our flag is a doormat or torch, the
world owes them a living, and we really care if their little
feelings get hurt by some imaginary slight. We disagree. I,
for one, don’t care if the Supreme Court decried that stepping
on the flag or burning it is a first amendment right.

So here goes. Our flag are a symbol of Americanism and is
recognized around the globe. If that thought offends you,
perhaps you are in the country. The colors of our flag became
official in 1777 and have specific meanings as follows:

“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in
the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity
and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of
the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance,
perseverance & justice.”

One can surmise that these people have no beliefs. They can’t
believe in a free country because they spew hatred at anyone
who disagrees with them, the and flash mobs are racist as they
target victims of other races.

The world doesn’t owe you anything nor are you guaranteed
monies. If you expect to get paid for sitting at home, start a
business in that home. As for the groups attacking others,
it is illegal and you will learn that soon. As for us, we will
stand for our flag and kneel for our fallen.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and keep the sunny side up.
Comments are always welcome.