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.
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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.
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Interesting times

April 18, 2017

If you live here on the east coast of Iowa in our little
community called the Quad Cities, you may have heard Davenport
is short one Alderman tonight. We’re sure it will make the 10
o’clock news on our local TV channels if you haven’t.

3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom resigned earlier today after being
found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury. Since that leaves
us with 9 Alderman, we’d almost bet there will be a special
election for a replacement.

When he is sentenced later this year, Boom could face 1-5
years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and other penalties.
Boom had been on the city council for almost 10 years and a
bar owner in the west end.

We can’t begin to know his intentions for doing this or what
his sentence would involve. Rumor has it he will get probation.
We’ll wait and see. Some will probably party tonight while
others will wonder why this happened.

We do live in interesting times.
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Happy days

April 13, 2017

Earlier today Governor Branstad signed HF 517 into law. He
said he would pass it if crossed his desk and now he has. The
Stand Your Ground Bill is now law in Iowa.

We no longer have to retreat when faced with a threat. The law
also states that going armed with intent cannot be presumed
just from the carrying or concealment of a firearm.

Citizens can now carry their handgun in and around any capital
building if they have the permit.

HB 517 also restricts the state of emergency powers in that
the state can’t stop, prohibit, regulate, or curtail the legal
possession of firearms or ammunition nor confiscate them.

The bill also gives the parents the right to determine when
their children are ready to learn firearm safety with parental
supervision.

HB 517 also restricts the release of information on holders of
nonprofessional carry permits. County Sheriffs will be required
to keep said information confidential.

It also legalizes the use of short barreled rifles and more
changes to the laws regarding concealed carry.

There are some of the changes we may post more a latter date.
That’s the update, enjoy the rest of our Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.


Gone to Heaven

January 16, 2017

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Bill Edmond will be laid to rest tomorrow in the National
Cemetery on Arsenal Island with full military honors. Seems
fitting the forecast calls for rain because even the angels
are feeling the loss.

Bill was our 2nd Ward Alderman for six years until 2015. He
was a husband, father, Vietnam veteran, and former
semi-pro athlete, He sold cars, liked horses, loved being
outdoors, and was a former TV weatherman on WQAD. He also
liked history, around the civil war era if I remember
correctly.

But I’ll always remember a man who didn’t pay lip service and
was a man of his word. You knew where he stood, and if you
didn’t he’d gladly tell his opinion. If he told you we would
look into something it was as good as done. People like are a
rarity today.

He was 67 years old, born in Pennsylvania, married in Nevada,
went to high school in Michigan, then attended college and
played semi-pro baseball and football in Texas.

His comments and corrections on this blog will be treasured,
and missed as will he.

Our sincere condolences to the family.


A little late, but…

July 15, 2016

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It is Friday, so if you have the weekend off we have a few
events that may be of interest. We’ll list some that caught
our eye then end with the usual nonsense.

Now through Sunday is the Meltdown Drags at the Byron
Illinois Dragway in Byron, Illinois.

And tomorrow, Saturday July 16 is the “Rollin in the
Oldies” Cruise Night held at NorthPark Mall in Davenport,
Iowa. Things kick off around 5 pm.

Iowa’s slogan used to be “Is this Heaven?”. Now it seems
the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has stated that it is
against the law to preach the Bible! Their reasoning is
simple if not idiotic. You can read one story on it here.

Said Commission claims that since churches are places of
public accommodation they cannot discriminate against
anyone on the basis of sexual orientation. Yes, fellow
Iowans and Christians nationwide, the Civil Rights
Commission interpreted Chapter 216 of the Iowa Code to mean
that if a pastor discusses anything in the Bible that
relates to sexuality or marriage, he has broken the law!

Isn’t it about time we give these groups a reality check?
If you aren’t religious, don’t go to church. If some of the
Bibles used in said churches offend you, don’t go to
church. The government cannot tell us what our Bibles can
or cannot say. We need to stop the nonsense.

And now I go in search of something that looks like a
pizza, smells like a pizza, and burns my mouth like a
pizza. I need a little something to put out the fire from
from chicken with sweet chili sauce I consumed earlier.
Have a great weekend, ensure you have enough pizza in case
of a storm, and keep the shiny side up.
Comments are always welcome.


Like fishing in a pothole

February 7, 2016

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There are times when I think being a politician must
be fishing in a pothole. You look like you’re doing
something, you could spend a lot of time doing it, and
you could claim you tried when the day is done.

Case in point is the current city councils approach
to our 2017 budget. Plans have been made, options are
plentiful, and we suppose they may even end up with a
balanced budget. But we can’t follow the thinking.

The city transit fund is $500,000 in the red and to
fix it talking heads have said we’d reduce 15 routes
to 10 in an effort to save money. That makes sense.
But the very next thing said leaves us scratching our
head.

Adding an hour to the bus schedule each weekday and
running on Sundays would raise revenue. Huh? It we
heard correctly people pay $1 to ride the bus while we
taxpayers subsidize that at a rate of $4.50 per rider.
So doesn’t the longer hours mean we taxpayers would be
paying more if more people use the bus?

Then the talking heads said they also want to build
another bus hub on the north end of town to ease the
burden on the bus station downtown. It would seem we
got rid of the old tax and spend mayor only to elect
another tax and spend mayor.

We have no car in this race other than that we pay
taxes. The last time I rode a bus was when I was in
the Navy. I didn’t like it then and I can’t see much
that would change my mind now. But we do think raising
fees is not the answer.

Then today, with all that going on, our furnace began
to sound like a helicopter taking off when it kicked
on. So I went downstairs to investigate, and said
furnace was running like a Swiss watch. But I noticed
the exhaust flue that ran from atop the heat exchanger
to the chimney had fallen off.

CO2 was being pumped right into our basement instead
of up the chimney. After a run to the hardware store
for 4 inch flue pipe and a couple elbows the problem
was fixed and our basement aired out. Perhaps I should
look for my fishing pole?
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