Just thinking

May 20, 2017

Here on the east coast of Iowa it’s been raining and sometimes
that makes me think of fireworks. Actually it makes me think of
the impact local politicians have over the use of fireworks.

It is now legal to buy consumer grade fireworks in our fine
state while giving some “power” to cities to restrict or ban
the fireworks. Our city council can’t decide to act or leave
it as is.

Fireworks have been illegal in Iowa as long as I can remember
yet last year the police responded to 550 calls relating to
fireworks. The majority of these calls in June and July. Yet
there are those who claim those numbers are going to climb now
that fireworks are legal, and hospital emergency rooms will be
overtaken with injuries.

The problem is, if I understand correctly, the police have to
witness someone lighting off the fireworks and not just accuse
someone in the crowd of onlookers. It is an illegal act that
too many people get away with. Around the 4th of July we can’t
even see an intersection for all the smoke, and the noise is
constant.

Why is our city council even wasting the time to discus the
possible ban? It won’t stop the fireworks from goin off, and
the number of calls won’t drop. Political correctness at its
finest.

We’ll still have a snicker post later but as mentioned, I was
just thinking. Enjoy our Saturday.
Comments are always welcome.


Mid-week thoughts

May 10, 2017

It isn’t raining here on the east coast of Iowa, now. We got
drenched in the downpour earlier though. We’ll get more storms
later but we need it so the weeds can grow. And Dad has been in
hospital for a week and day now.

We went over to see him this morning and were there when his
breakfast arrived. He still hasn’t gotten the eating with the
left hand down yet, but he is getting better at it.

Two nurses and a doctor cycled through while we were there and
of course the nice lady who brought his breakfast tray then
took it away when he was done.

And here in the fine state of Iowa, our Governor has signed
the “fireworks” bill into law that enables citizens to purchase
certain consumer grade pyrotechnics. Groups are up in arms
citing potential for more fires and injuries to people.

These fireworks have been banned for decades, yet every year
you start hearing the noise and seeing the smoke around the
middle of June until around the end of July. Then again around
New Year’s. It could get interesting as cities across our state
start talking about local bans.

Yet while the talks go on, the fireworks keep going off. I say
legalize it, and make some money off the taxes on the sales. Of
course this advice comes from a long haired redneck who just
recently discovered he speaks with a drawl, so follow it with
caution.

Now I hear a Snicker’s bar wants to meet me for a late lunch.
Enjoy our Wednesday. Not only are we half-way through the week
but when it’s Thursday we won’t think about why Wednesday is
spelled like it is instead of how it sounds.
Comments are always welcome.


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.
Comments are always welcome.


It seemed so real

March 27, 2017

What is it with squirrels? The other night I made some
burritos topped with 5 alarm chili for my midnight snack and
later there were squirrels in my dream. These were not ordinary
squirrels either. They were evil spawns of Satan who were
plotting to take over the world.

The next morning I took my camera outside and the first thing
I spy is a squirrel on top of the neighbors roof. Not your run
of the mill ordinary squirrels, but one with an attitude. It
started chattering at me like crazy.

Oh yeah, the dream. So I dreamed that a militant group of
nomadic squirrels were planning to take over the world and they
didn’t know I was listening in on the plans. I can be sneaky
when there is a need.

The plan was simplicity itself in that it involved the general
mistrust of others that is rampant, at least in our country.
The evil critters were going to bring down society without
any violence or shots fired. Our government, religion, schools,
even healthcare.

The outlaw squirrels would simply wait until someone in charge
held a meeting and when that someone got to the key point of
their speech a volunteer squirrel would climb up their leg and
snuggle in their skivvies. The speech would be disrupted and
those who didn’t see the squirrel enter the pants would think
the speaker was going insane.

Plans were made to ensure the volunteer could run back down
the pants and to the nearest exit before medical help arrived.
Nobody saw the squirrel go in, nobody saw it leave, but they
did observe the important speaker jumping up and down faster
than a redneck at a hoe down.

To the untrained eye it would appear all people in important
positions had gone off the deep end. After all, would you
believe someone who jumps up in the middle of speech, starts
cussing, and makes moves not normally seen outside of an
exorcism. Trust would be at all time low and protests would
reach record highs.

It was at that point in the plans that the squirrels noticed
me. I somehow made it back inside without a squirrel up my leg
and considered myself lucky. Needless to say, I’m a little
leery of squirrels yet today. I’m having a pizza tonight. Enjoy
our Monday and look out for squirrels.
Comments are always welcome.


Not what we were promised

March 8, 2017

As a gun bill is making its way through our Iowa legislation
so many changes have been made in the name of compromise that
the bill cannot even be considered a shell of its former
self. If this bill passes we fail to see how any true patriot
could be happy with it.

The Constitutional carry portion of the bill is gone.
Representative Matt Windshitl made a deal that took it out of
the bill. If you aren’t happy about this you can call him at
515-570-5769 or email him at matt.windshitl@legis.iowa.gov

The stand your ground portion of the bill is also gone. Key
provisions in the bill that protect gun owners when defending
their rights have been gutted. We don’t see anything that
would change with the passage of this portion of the bill the
way it currently reads. This was done by Representative Matt
windhitl.

It’s time to quit buying the bull we’re being shipped and let
these “Leaders” know this is not what we want. No more watered
down ghosts of what we were promised when we elected them. If
you’re not sure how to reach the House leadership, they are:

Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer
614-425-8806
linda.upmeyer@ligis.iowa.gov

Speaker Pro-Tem Matt Windshitl
515-570-5769
matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

Majority Leader Chris Hagenow
515-371-6429
chris.hagenow@legis.iowa.gov

You can also see a newsletter from Iowa Gun Owners that is
a bit lengthy, but well worth a watch, here.

With that, we hope you enjoy our Wednesday. Now I need to
find something to fuel the body.
Comments are always welcome.


Strange times

February 3, 2017

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This whole Standing Rock DAPL protest thing is getting
stranger than a Twilight Zone episode. We can see the pipeline
workers wanting to finish, and with the spills mentioned in an
earlier post also see the point of the protesters.

Now that things have zeroed in on the Camp of the Sacred
Stones, we get confused. I’ve always thought that if you
peacefully protested, on private property that you own, you
should be free to do so.

And to put the cherry on top, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
council is siding with DAPL. Even with the councils’ blessing
shouldn’t the ATF, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Standing Rock
division of Fish and Wildlife, tribal police, and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers should need a warrant to enter said
private property. Or at the very least explain why they do so.

Claim is these authorities did state they were “surveying”
the privately owned camp. These people are not rioting,
burning buildings, or blocking streets. They are peacefully
protesting.

It seems strange to us that with all our government has done
to Native Americans the tribal council would stand with the
government and not their members. We’re sure the whole truth
will never get out as that is the nature of our modern media.

On another note, we had clear blue skies and saw the sun
today. We even saw the moon later. Great day to be alive on
the east coast of Iowa. The weekend is here, the Super Bowl
will soon be here, and a warm up is on the way for us. Enjoy
the weekend while I seek a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Heard of this?

January 24, 2017

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You probably don’t remember Public Law 280 as it was passed
in 1953, but it is an interesting example of how our government
treats Native Americans. Said law affected tribal nations in
Alaska (after it became a state), Arizona, Iowa, Montana,
North Dakota, and Utah.

The law mandated that law enforcement be turned over to the
government instead of the tribes meaning sheriffs and such could
take tribal members who committed crimes on tribal lands to
state courts for trial. In states not affected by the law,
enforcement was left to the Bureau of Indian Affairs when
major crimes were committed.

It was supposedly an attempt to get American Indians out of
poverty by inserting them into society. Doesn’t sound too
terrible does it? In what was called the termination era
(1953-1968) 109 tribes were terminated, 2.5 million acres of
tribal land was sold to non-Native Americans, and 12,000
Native Americans lost their tribal affiliation.

Some Native Americans are now concerned, with Trump pushing
the pipelines, that the same thing might happen to them today.
Why? It is estimated tribal lands hold one fifth of our nations
oil, gas, and reserves.

It does appear Trump is not a fan of green energy so there
could be some validity in their concerns. If Standing Rock
were to be taken by the government, the pipeline could be
allowed to cross sacred grounds since they would no longer
be considered sacred.

We don’t know the answers nor can we see into the future,
but this could get interesting.

Enjoy the rest of our day, kick your feet up, have a cold
one, and relax. I’ll do the same as soon as I wrestle a pizza
and devour it.
Comments are always welcome.