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.


Crying shame

November 3, 2016

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Yesterday was a wet day here on the east coast of Iowa as the
rain came down so hard it almost floated us downriver. Shortly
after my first cup of coffee came news of the ambush, and death
of two Des Moines area police officers.

When updates from the media claimed the shooter was in police
custody after he found a DNR employee on a gravel road and
calmly told them to call 911 I felt the man must have mental
issues. At the time some said the police should have shot
him dead while others thought we need to bring back the
gallows.

Once things calm down and disbelief turns into realization, I
think this will be another case of someone who is crazier than
an outhouse rat had access to firearms. And that will be a
rally cry for the anti-gun groups to call for more gun control.

But no matter how it turns out two officers are dead and
their families, friends, and our entire state, are mourning
their loss. Prayer chains have been started and flags all
across Iowa are at half staff. I’d like to think the rain
yesterday was all the Angels from Iowa crying.

Enjoy your Thursday and God bless America.
Comments are always welcome.


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.

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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

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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
rosy.
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.
Comments are always welcome.


Solemn anniversary

September 10, 2016

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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.
Comments are always welcome.