Stranger than fiction

April 21, 2017

I ran across a couple stories lately that had me shaking my
head. One was local and the other, regional. So let’s put my
thoughts out there and see what happens.

One of our Aldermen caused an uproar of sorts when he was
quoted saying the following “the homeless are bad for business”.
Or something close. Our local newspaper was outraged.

How could he say such a thing? How can he not feel sympathy
towards the downtrodden? Or words to that effect. Well, it
wasn’t that long ago we called them bums. Back when the
greatest generation was our age they didn’t mince words.

And whatever happened to freedom of speech? Today, just
because he says something others don’t like he gets put on the
10 most wanted list? I’d be willing to bet the writers from the
newspaper live nowhere near the area mentioned and wouldn’t
want the homeless congregating in their neighborhood either.

The other item concerns higher education in Wisconsin. At some
colleges they installed tampon dispensers in the mens bathrooms
in an effort to give equal treatment to all.

That got me so flustered I couldn’t talk, the wife laughing
so hard at my dilemma, it was crazy. This brought on a
discussion I never thought I’d have.

So I started with “there isn’t a man alive who needs tampons”.

The wife stated that a transgender man, who used to be a
woman, but hasn’t had the final operation would. Lord love a
duck.

So I countered “there isn’t a man alive who needs a tampon”.
During war time I supposed said sanitary items could be used
to stop heavy bleeding but I don’t believe Wisconsin has a war
on its college campuses.

I must be getting old. The more I follow the news the less I
understand. Enjoy our Friday, the weekend is upon us. Now I’m
making a thick salami sandwich to ease my suffering.
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.


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.
Comments are always welcome.


Give me strength

March 26, 2017

I’ve been real good at not shouting at the TV lately, until
this morning. The wife likes to watch the morning “news” shows,
I do not. The reason I began to yell at the talking head giving
his opinion of the news is what he called a poll.

Said poll, which covered the screen, announced 81% of
Americans cannot agree on basic facts. What? Wait a minute. The
talking head did not elaborate on what type of facts but did
say this disagreement went along political party lines.

Let’s go out on a limb and say I’m a conservative and my
listener is a liberal. That means whatever fact comes out of
mouth would instantly be disputed by a said listener because
of their political party? If so we are all surely going to hell
in a hand basket in the express lane.

We are a divided nation and this is part of the reason why.
One could condone not accepting someone else s opinion, but I just
cannot wrap my brain around the idea that people can’t agree on
facts.

Have so many lies been told so many times, and with a straight
face, that people are believing them? As of now I will not be
watching any “news” programs on TV. Enjoy our Sunday for
tomorrow begins a new week.
Comments are always welcome.


We live in interesting times

March 2, 2017

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An old saying goes “Politicians and diapers must be changed
often, and for the same reason.” Some say Mark Twain coined
the phrase, others insist it was Jose Maria De Eca De Queiroz.
Regardless of who came up with it, we agree.

We didn’t watch President Trumps speech but couldn’t avoid
the fallout from the major news fabricating companies who lean
to the left. For instance, the wife likes to watch the Today
Show and I usually tune it out as I consider it more of a talk
show than a news program.

The day after the speech I did pay attention when Matt Lauer
stated that “Mister” Trump gave a speech last night. I don’t
remember Obama ever being called “Mister” on that program when
he was in office. But I digress.

During the speech some of the Democrats in attendance wore
white in protest of the right to life movement that our new
president seems to endorse. That’s their right. Some didn’t
stand and applaud during the standing ovation for fallen
Navy Seal Ryan Owens and his widow Carryn. That is also their
right.

Yet I find it ironic that Owens died protecting their right
to do so and they didn’t have the common decency, or class,
to at least stand. We wouldn’t include Pelosi or Franken in
this bunch as Franken did stand during the second ovation and
Pelosi probably didn’t even know where she was.

Instead of wearing matching outfits like a pre-school class
on graduation day, or sitting in protest, why not try doing
your jobs and at least try to find some common ground. Pouting
doesn’t look professional.

Then here in Iowa we have a bill moving through the
statehouse awaiting passage so the governor can sign it. The
bill includes stand your ground, Constitutional carry, and
lowering the age you can teach your children to shoot.
This is a case of be careful what you wish for.

We would welcome the bill, as originally written. However,
the stand your ground portion has been diluted to a point it
is basically worthless. If the bill, as now amended, passes
a gun owner could be charged with a crime and open to a
lawsuit from the criminals estate.

When confronted about the changes that weaken the bill one
law-maker stated it was a mistake. We cannot allow such
mistakes to happen. The bill should be passed as written.

That’s why I don’t follow politics as closely as I used to.
Now, since it’s a beautiful day outside I’m going to work up
an appetite with of the goal of consuming 2 pizzas today. We
hope you enjoy our first Thursday in March.
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.


Not making plans anymore

January 20, 2017

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We got a late start to the grocery store as the wife had to
wake me up and that was slow going. I had made a schedule
to account for almost every minute of the day and was ready
to check things off as soon as they were done.

Yeah, you guessed it, didn’t turn out that way. Because I
overslept I was behind before even starting. I didn’t have all
ten cups of my morning coffee until one o’clock. For the first
time we could remember, we watched most of the inauguration.

The local channel the wife likes to watch sure must have seen
a different inauguration than we did. Grim? Racist speech?
Hard to believe the news commentators get paid to spread such
garbage. Then I went outside to start on my schedule and
noticed some cardinals in the brush and about four black
squirrels scampering around so I had to get the camera.

When I got back inside the pictures needed to be uploaded to
the computer and that took time. It was at this point the
schedule got balled up and thrown in the trash because it was
futile to start at such a late hour.

Said schedule may have gotten started if it hadn’t been for
the Barret-Jackson auction airing live on TV. I just can’t
resist watching people with more money than sense bid three
times what something is worth just for bragging rights. They
do look excited when they win though.

Now I’ll get the wife up shortly so she can go to work and
not long after that Perry Mason comes on. The series is up to
1961 now and in case you didn’t know it, there were some neat
cars in 1961. That should take me to bedtime.

So you could say I did follow a schedule of sorts, just not
the one I had ready. Enjoy the weekend, looks like we’re going
to an indoor car show tomorrow. If I remember a camera we’ll
post some pictures.
Comments are always welcome.