Just the facts

August 31, 2015

Lately it seems some of us are mad about something
somebody else did or said, or was supposed to have
done or said so we thought we’d clear up one of the
misconceptions being told as truth.

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We are going to discuss gun violence. One of the
biggest lies being spread as gospel is that
America is teeming with gun violence when other
countries have none.

List of countries by firearm-related death rate” by JroehlOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.

If Honduras averages 64.80 gun deaths per 100,000
people how can we be the most violent country when
we average 10.64 deaths per 100,000. You may also
notice that we are not in the top 10 either.

And we hear when a member of law enforcement kills
a black person and people are outraged. Well lets
take a look. In Baltimore 80% of gun deaths are gang
related, in Chicago 80% of gun deaths are gang
related, and in New Orleans 35-55% of all gun
deaths are gang related.

Let’s look at some numbers. There are about 32,000
gun related fatalities a year in these United
States. Of those 60% are ruled suicides and 3% are
ruled accidents. The remaining 37% are ruled as
homicides. That figures out to around 12,000 actual
homicides a year. Quit fudging the numbers to make
your cause look better.

Now lets take a look at gun deaths by race in our
states. In Illinois the gun death rate for whites
is 5.8 per 100,000 people and the rate for blacks
is 24.3. But this prove your point you say. No,
because 80% of gun homicides in Illinois is due to
gang violence and not white policemen.

So the numbers say about 30,000 of us die each
year by gun violence. Here are some other things
that kill us every year. 796,000 Americans die each
year of major cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s
kills 84,767, and alcohol kills 29,001.


Transportation accidents
killed 46,749 of us in
2000 alone! Should we ban cars? Just saying.
Comments are always welcome.


Practice what you preach

August 21, 2015

We usually do a post on upcoming events on
Fridays, and we will later, but a couple of recent
events have gave us pause. We will address those
here and the events this afternoon.

We’ve all heard of the resurgence of violence in
the Ferguson, Missouri area after the police shot
shot a man. The media has covered the event, Black
Lives Matter are outraged, and they’re all so full
of shit their eyes ought to be brown.

The same day the man was shot while police were
serving a warrant others were shot and another life
was lost. A nine year old girl was laying on her
mother’s bed doing her homework when stray bullets
killed her and hit her mother in the leg. Little
Jamyla Bolden was killed.

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Where is the media coverage of this tragedy? Did
the Black Lives Matter crowd have to much to do to
be concerned with this little girl? Either lives
matter or they don’t. This family deserves better.

The other thing is all the coverage over
immigration reform. We see the crowds demanding
that changes be made to our laws to make it easier
for them on their path to citizenship.

We understand it costs money and takes time, but
others have done it before you and felt it worth
the trouble. What makes you so special that would
allow you to skip the process, and the expense?

You come to our home and tell us what you believe
we’re doing wrong and how outraged you are that we
haven’t done so yesterday. If you are here
illegally you have no rights. If wish to be here
legally, go through the process and become legal.
Would your home country treat us as fairly if we
went there and made demands? We thought not.
Comments are always welcome.


This shouldn’t happen on our watch

August 2, 2015

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Here is some news you may not have heard about
yet. The first is local the other national. We feel
both are important enough to share.

Early this morning Davenport Police were called to
an area around 4th and Marquette streets concerning
a person with a gunshot wound. Said person was
located and had life threatening injuries. They
were then taken to Genesis East hospital and later
died. The name hasn’t been released yet until the
family is notified. If you have any information you
are asked to call the DPD at 563-326-6125.

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Yesterday a Ft Jackson Soldier took his own life.
WE HAVE TO ALL STEP UP. Talking to your Service
member or Veteran is IMPORTANT. Ask if they are
suicidal. Call the authorities if this is the step
that saves a life. Call the Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255.

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS ARE FLEETING. If you can talk to
someone during their darkness, and get them to call
the crisis line, you can save them. Send them our way
after this to help take their stresses and issues off
the table.

Remember the crisis line number 1-800-273-8255. If
you run into someone with a problem please share it
with them. 22 veterans a day commit suicide and the
active duty numbers are rising.
Comments are always welcome.


Weekend wrap up

May 31, 2015

We’ve been busier than a one-armed paper hanger
all weekend and it looks to continue. So we’ll just
hits some highlights of what happened, or didn’t
and call it done.

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You may have heard that earlier in the week the
USS Arizona Memorial was damaged when it was struck
by the USNS Mercy. It was also thought the Arizona
itself was hit but divers found it hadn’t.

The 894 foot long ship has only one screw
(propeller) which makes it clumsy in close
quarters. The dock used to enter the Memorial was
damaged and visitor traffic to the Memorial has
been halted until June 4th when repairs are done.

We also read a book that was a little different
from that which we normally peruse. It was titled
“My Honor Flight” The remarkable stories of Buzz
Company, by Dan McCurrigan.

It is about a young soldier due to deploy to
Afghanistan who was an escort for his great-
grandfather on an Honor Flight to the World War II
Memorial, recollections of war from the elder man,
and what transpired once they got there. We highly
recommend it but will forewarn you that in places
you may shed a tear.

We also had a friend share a video that we didn’t
think would interest us concerning wind turbines.
Once it got started though, we got interested. So
here it is.

And the FBI has released their annual Snapshot of
Internet Crimes. The FBI handled an
average of 22,000 complaints a month during 2014.

We could go on but are in need of pizza, and since
I got a new pizza oven, there is no time like the
present.
Comments are always welcome.


An amazing young woman

April 13, 2015

If you haven’t heard of Dana Vulin yet we’ll help
you learn a little about her. Dana Vulin was a
victim of a heinous crime on February, 16, 2012 in
Perth, Australia.

On that day Natalie Dimitrovska doused her with
methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) and set her
on fire! Ms Dimitrovska and an unidentified male
companion laughed when Vulin caught fire and ran
away. It was an attack meant to ruin ms Vulin’s
pretty face for an imagined involvement with the
estranged husband of Dimitrovska.

Ms Vulin received 3rd degree burns over two thirds
of her body, has had over 30 surgeries, and had to
wear a mask for 2 and a half years. After all that,
she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Ms Dimitrovska was convicted and sentence to 17
years in prison. At sentencing, Judge Bruce Goetze
said “It is really difficult to imagine how one
human being could leave while another human being
is on fire.”

All this and one little quote is what makes this
lady one amazing young woman to us. Ms Vulin said
“I’m going to make this burn my bitch. I’m going to
kick it in the face and I am going to rock scars,
look hot with scarred-up body and just make this
work.”

Comments are always welcome.


Wicked Wednesday

January 28, 2015

Even though it’s almost over we’d like to share
some things we found today while cruising the
information highway.

Still got cabin fever? How about listening to the
best muscle car sounds of 2014? Yes we can look at
the cars too.

How not to lose a drag race. I’m guessing someone
forgot something.

If you remember the movie ‘League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen’, you remember Captain Nemo’s Nautilus
car. And if you always wanted a better look, here
is the video for you.

Think criminals are smart? Here’s one who’s trying
to outrun the police in a Smart Car! I can’t make
these things up.

Just because you can’t take the country out of boy
here comes a John Deere tribute video.

For our song we have something a little different.
A little preview of “Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks”
that will be at the Central Performing Arts Center,
519 East 11th Street, DeWitt, Iowa on February 15.

If this sounds like something you’d like to see go
here for ticket information.

We’ll even throw in a movie. This one should be a
cult classic by now and was so popular almost
nobody has heard of it. Enjoy ‘Drag Racer 1971’.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.


The problem

December 22, 2014

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There are times when one looks at some of things
going on in our country and ask ‘what the heck are
they drinking?’ We are referring to this vendetta
against the police by some citizens and the drive-by media.

In 2,008, there were 765,246 State and Local Law
Enforcement officers in the United States. This
equals 251 officers per 100,000 residents.

The United Nations recommends at least 222
officers per 100,000 residents.

This leads us to believe we do not have an over-
abundance of police. In 2,011, there were
12,408,899 arrests made.

That same year police killed 393 people.
For over 12 million arrests, that doesn’t appear to
be a big number. And that same year, 72 police
officers were killed.

So everyone’s pal, the Reverend Al looks to be
beating a dead horse. The numbers don’t add up, the
problem is smaller than we are being led to
believe, and it is about time for people to take
personal responsibility for their actions.

We stand behind all those in law enforcement and
have some advice for Reverend Al and the violent
protestors. If you can’t get behind the police,
please stand in front of them while the
‘protestors’ are hurling rocks, bottles, or worse
at them.
Comments are always welcome.


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