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

bono

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.


Serious Saturday

December 13, 2014

call

Recent news has left us confused as to the real
intentions of some of our fellow citizens. With all
the “die-ins” across our country focusing on just
two recent events in the guise of ‘civil rights’.

Because of these recent actions we have to believe
these people have no idea of the meaning of civil
rights, so we looked it up in our Webster’s
dictionary.

civil right: those rights guaranteed to ALL
individuals by the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th
Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as the right
to vote, and the right to equal treatment under the
law.

Police officers nationwide are being vilified
while two criminals are being put on pedestals. And
once again our race-baiting pal, the Reverend Al,
is in the thick of things.

Instead of protesting over two, why not protest
for all who were killed? Why not beg to stop the
violence against fellow citizens?

Police officer Jeffery Westerfield was shot and
killed on July, 6, 2014 while sitting in his patrol
car and we didn’t hear about it.

At about the same time, Officer Perry Renn was
shot and killed ‘just doing his job’.
Again, no national outrage, no protests.

Or how about last year, when Melinda Sue McCormick
was killed by two black men and a black woman.
She was hit with hammers, a lead pipe and crow
bar 40 times but was still alive when the
3 started her bed on fire. One of the
defendants told police “he hated white
people”. Remember the outrage?

Finally, and most recent, Jessica Chambers , 19,
was sprayed with flammable liquid, set on
fire, and left to die. If this isn’t a hate
crime, and a terrible way to die, we don’t
know what is.

So we say either protests ALL the deaths if really
are for civil rights and the betterment of our
country. If not, you are nit picking for a cause.
Comments are always welcome.


Where will it end?

December 9, 2014

answer

We’ve been following the uproar over two arrests
that went bad since they happened. In both these
instances the person being arrested died. Although
tragic, it seemed like a very rare occurrence to us.

So we looked. According to the FBI, there were an
estimated 12,408,899 arrests in 2011. Of those, 74%
were male, 69.2% were white, 28.4% were black, and
the remaining 2.4% were of other races.

Once again the race card is being played and the
deceased shown in the media as model citizens. We
will readily admit that nobody deserves to die at
the hands of another, but are the police really
deserving of the wrath?

108 officers and 20 police dogs have been killed
so far in 2014. In 2013, 100 officers were
killed, 51,625 were assaulted, and 14,857 had
injuries resulting from assaults. Those figures come from the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial Fund website.

In Chicago there have been 355 shot and killed and 2,074 shot
and wounded. Of that number 16 were killed and 28
wounded in police involved shootings. That averages
out to one person shot every 3 hours and 23 minutes, and one person murdered every 19 hours and 29 minutes.

We mean no disrespect to the dead and give our
condolences to the families, but the demonstrations
and riots just seem like a movement looking for a
cause. The police are not the problem.
Comments are always welcome.


Thursday thoughts

December 4, 2014

We thought it about time to share some things we
found while cruising the information highway. So
we present the following for your enjoyment.

If you haven’t heard the buzz about a new movie
called “The Beast of Turin” we may be able to help.
The movie is about the Fiat S76 that was the
fastest car in its day.

Powered by a 1,726 cubic inch four-cylinder motor
that made 300 horsepower, the car ran 140 mph in
1913 on public roads in Belgium.

100 years after the Beast made its run a four-door
Ford Cortina broke Australia’s Outlaw Drag Radial
record at 6.77/228 mph. Looks like fun in the sun
down under.

If you want to weld thin sheet metal with a mig
welder and aren’t quite sure how to do it, this
video may help.

Crime doesn’t pay. At least it doesn’t if you
are a stupid criminal.

And finally, a little Christmas music to get us
in the spirit.

Time to grab another cup of coffee. Enjoy your
Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.


We’re back

November 28, 2014

4

We survived Thanksgiving, I think, Now that I am
on the mend regular posting should resume. With
that said, let’s get to the point of this post.

We’ve all heard and seen the events going on in
Ferguson, Missouri and have heard the opinions of
both sides. You may remember it all started on
August 9th when a policeman shot an unarmed
teenager.

The riots broke out after a grand jury wouldn’t
indict the officer. And it wasn’t a typical grand
jury for the state either.

Typically, a Missouri grand jury case is presented
in one day. In this case they jury met 25 times
over a three month period.

Typically, a Missouri grand jury case provides a
range of charges and asks the grand jury to indict
on on or all of them. In this case there were no
charges.

Typically testimony is heard from a few people,
usually investigators. In this case 60 witnesses
gave testimony.

Usually the grand jury doesn’t hear from the
accused, in this case Officer Wilson testified for
4 hours.

And under Missouri law, grand jury activity is
usually secret. Again, in this case evidence and
testimony was released to the public after the
‘grand jury decided not to indict.

Yet riots broke out, buildings and squad cars were
burnt, and looting was rampant. Funny thing is,
none of those doing the damage looked like they
were starving or homeless.
Comments are always welcome.


The numbers are out

November 20, 2014

stats

And now, the real numbers…

The FBI has released their Uniform Crime Reports
for 2013, and it looks like crime is down again.

If you click on the Violent Crime link, you get a
definition, a summery of how they collect data, and
and Overview. There are also more links on the
page, but we’ll mention the overview here.

The FBI definition of violent crimes are murder
and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and
aggravated assault, followed by the property crimes
of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle
theft. Arson is not included.

In 2013, an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes
occurred nationwide, a decrease of 4.4% from the
2012 estimate.

There were an estimated 367.9 violent crimes per
100,000 inhabitants in 2013, a rate that declined
5.1% when compared with the 2012 estimated rate.
(See Tables 1 and 1a.)

Aggravated assaults accounted for 62.3% of violent
crimes reported to law enforcement in 2013. Robbery
offenses accounted for 29.7% of violent crime
offenses; rape (legacy definition) accounted for
6.9%, and murder accounted for 1.2% (Based on
Table 1).

Information collected regarding types of weapons
used in violent crimes showed that firearms were
used in 69.0% of the nation’s murders, 40.0% of
robberies, and 21.6% of aggravated assaults.
(Weapons data are not collected for rape.) (See
Expanded Homicide Data Table 7, Robbery Table 3,
and the Aggravated Assault Table.)

Here are some highlights from another page:

During 2013, law enforcement made and estimated
11,302,102 arrests (including 480,360 for violent
crimes and 1,559,284 for property crimes). The
highest number of arrests were for drug abuse
violations (estimated at 1,501,043), larceny-theft
(estimated at 1,231,580), and driving under the
influence (estimated at 1,666,824).

There were an estimated 14,196 murders last year.
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You can go to the link provided and check the
figures for yourself if you wish. We are still
looking into this and will post more at a later
date.
Comments are always welcome.


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