It’s official

November 14, 2017

The circus is here is to stay and the politicians are still
running the big top. After seeing an article by Barbara
Rodriguez of the Associated Press (AP) about the internal
investigation of sexual harassment in the Senate Republican
caucus of Iowa, I thought perhaps I was wrong about the drive
by media and perhaps they do hard hitting, fact filled news.

But I was wrong. No offense against the author of the article,
it is well written. But when the first paragraph is “An
investigation into alleged sexual harassment within the Senate
Republican caucus of the Iowa Legislature is complete,
according to a top official within the office, but there will
be no report about it and no information will be shared with
the public.”, I admit to being skeptical.

The senior aide to the Senate Majority Leader said “additional
information cannot be shared because it’s a personnel issue”.
Well, that’s comforting. The article later states that a woman
complained of sexual harassment in 2013, was fired hours later,
and went on to win a lawsuit against the state and a $1.75
million settlement.

So a state with 3.1 million residents pays almost $2 million
to a victim and it’s none of said residents business? I will
admit to being confused. The article has more to say, but this
was what got my goat. It looks like this transparent government
is working well, for the politicians.

If you wish to read the entire article, this one in US News,
go here.

Yeah, the old we’ve got nothing to hide but we can’t tell you
what happened. It’s just the same old bull being shipped on a
different day.

Enjoy our Tuesday, it means we survived Monday the 13th. Now
I need to get more coffee and count my pizzas in the freezer.
Comments are always welcome.

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The circus continues

November 9, 2017

This past July one of our city’s fire chiefs was fired by our
city administrator. Details were sketchy then, other than that
the chief didn’t attend a pre-disiplinary hearing. Being old
school I wondered what, exactly, a pre-disciplinary hearing was.

Does that come after a verbal dressing down and written
warning? Don’t believe it was ever addressed. With our more
transparent city government we citizens were told the reason
for the firing was not our business.

So now the civil service commission heard the case and
decided the chief was eligible to return to civil service at
a rank equal to that when she was fired . And of course the
city is considering an appeal to a higher court.

All that being said, I have never been a a fire fighter and
had limited training in boot camp. I learned just enough to
be dangerous. But I do have some thoughts on the subject.

Since we taxpayers will probably never know the why, it is hard
to form an opinion. My feelings in the matter are that if the
commission said she should get her job back, she should. For all
we could see she was doing her job.

Since we don’t know the specifics, and I’m stuck in the 60s
according to the lady who follows me around, that’s what I
think. But, if someone could do something about the rising
cost of living, medicine, insurance, gas, and groceries, it
would be appreciated.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means the weekend will be gone
before we know it. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Staying local

August 18, 2017

Today we are going to mention a couple things, happening or
about to happen, on the east coast of Iowa. We mention them
only because one is of interest to us and the other just goes
to prove the insanity is everywhere. So if you bear with us,
we’ll explain.

Tomorrow the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 776 are
hosting a Cruise-In at NorthPark Mall here in Davenport, Iowa.
The proceeds from this event will be used to support military
and veterans programs. Things get started at 5 pm and continue
until somebody turns off the light or the cows come home. It’s
a great event for a good cause and we hope to see you there.

Then we have the circus coming back to our city government. It
is now being said by one Alderman that another Alderman is a
racist and a bigot. The whole incident began when a former mayor
said something to the effect that the Irish were slaves too.

Of course that got those who see racism everywhere full of
righteous indignation and caused our city to pass a proclamation
that our fair city is diversified. Whatever happened to just
shrugging it off and calling the speaker a nut if you don’t
agree. It may not be popular but he has the right to say it.

This brought about the facebook melee between the two Aldermen.
She claims the other shares the views of our former Mayor and a
zoning letter he wrote to residents near a College that wants to
tear down some buildings is racist.

The complaining Alderman went before the local Civil Rights
Commission and stated “if you’re poor and black, you are not
going to understand the letter.” Hell lady, I’m an oldfart
white guy and I can’t understand it. Of course this same
outraged Alderman has a candidate she thinks would be more
compassionate, caring that will run against the one she doesn’t
like.

I don’t believe Alderman Ambrose has much to worry about but
time will tell. We wish him well in the election. An article in
our Quad-Cities Times written by Devan Patel was used as a
reference for some of this portion of this post.

Now I’m craving a burrito and a gallon of coffee so enjoy our
friday. Before we know it monday will come calling again.
Comments are always welcome.


Bound to happen

July 6, 2017

When our former Governor signed the bill legalizing fireworks
I wonder if he knew it was going to cause major problems. It
has been noisy and the smoke at times was pretty thick, but the
bill only allowed fireworks around the 4th of July and New
Year’s Day.

Our city council has reacted with the swiftness of a gazelle
to enact a ban on the use of the legal fireworks. Citing 8
serious injuries, 4 grass fires, 2 structure fires, a car fire,
the noise and bunch of leftover trash that wasn’t cleaned up.

The city now has a ban on the use of legal fireworks and are
talking raising fines if caught. The police I’ve talked to have
said it’s almost impossible to catch someone in the act and
they can’t ticket someone standing around watching when they
are set off.

Those saying clean up is a problem must not have grew up
living on an alley. Our daily walk usually finishes with our
hands full of liqour bottles, cigarette packs, fast food bags,
and pop bottles that others have deposited in our ferns and the
edge of the alley.

But I say our city leaders are looking at the problem all
wrong. Since fireworks sales became legal again the vendors
must have made a lot of money which means lots of sales taxes
were paid, some of which may end up back in our city. It is
times like these I dream of living in a place that you need a
telescope to see your nearest neighbors house.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means Friday is only a dream away.
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.


The end of our world

April 27, 2017

According to our local newspaper and group of our citizens
the world is in danger of ceasing to exist because one of our
Aldermen called homeless people “bums”. It does not seem that
long ago that the terms bum or tramp was common but in our
politically correct society today they must be referred to as
homeless people or displaced people. It makes one wonder what
happened to freedom of speech.

Then suddenly the city told the kitchen they had to close due
to a zoning violation after which the church hired an attorney
the city loves to hate to defend their religious right to feed
the homeless. We saw no mention of anyone investigating if the
city closed the establishment because of a vendetta or if an
actual human error occurred.

The paper even went so far as to say the Alderman said such
terrible things while wearing a shirt from a local Catholic
University but didn’t mention the University and the Alderman
share the same name. For all the good this city council member
has done it now looks like he may be remembered as the one who
called the homeless “bums”.

Although we don’t live in his ward, my Dad does. And when a
problem arose one contact with this Alderman resolved the
problem. Once again someone has become the spawn of Satan for
uttering a few simple words. There are much worse problems in
our city, state, country, and the world that should be talked
about. It’s almost like the people want the circus back in our
city government.

Time to get the camera out and find some wildlife. That makes
sense to me. Enjoy our Thursday, our rainy weekend will be
here before we know it.
Comments are always welcome.


It keeps going, and going…

April 19, 2017

and going. The tale of our wayward Alderman is now at the
stage where the city council has to get involved. I can’t be
the only one amazed that the other members of the council who
were interviewed pulled a Sargaent Schultz again. “I knew
nothing”.

We’re not saying they’re flat out lying, but in most work
environments that involve a lot of people, it is hard to think
there weren’t at least rumors floating around. So after all
those willing to be interviewed denied prior knowledge, they
now have some work to do.

The city council can give 32 days notice and hold a special
election at a cost of about $30,000. If this is done the winner
of said special election would have to run again in November as
the term is up in January.

The city council could just appoint someone within 40 days,
unless there is a primary. They would then need a 60 day
notice. And whomever they appoint would have to run in the
November election to keep the seat.

As happens with our “transparent” city government, we doubt
anyone will know anything until something is released to the
media. Some who live here on the east coast of Iowa in our
tree lined city on the river should remember the drill.

At any rate, it will be an interesting few days until somebody
says something that amounts to nothing on the subject. Until
then, enjoy our Wednesday. The weekend will be here and gone
before we know it.
Comments are always welcome.