October 5, 2017

The FBI has released its annual Uniform Crime Report and as
usual it covers a lot of ground, so we just looked at violent
crime. The link given above has links to all reports for those

The FBI classifies murder and nonnegeligent manslaughter,
rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as violent crimes.

Figures for 2016 put violent crimes increasing 4.1% over the
2015 estimate and 12.3% below the 2007 numbers. Last year there
were an estimated 386.3 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
The report also stated that aggravated assaults were 64.3% of
all violent crimes reported,

The rate of this years report averages 5.3 violent crimes per
100,000 people in our country.

In 2016 there were an estimated 17,250 murders which was 8.6%
higher than 2015.

This seems to indicate that we had more violence last year
than a year ago but less than 10 years ago. As mentioned
earlier, if you wish to know more we have the link at the top
of the post.

In the past we have researched local and state crime rates
but will not do so this go round. The report has links to
browse nationally, by region, state, county, or city if one
is so inclined.

The figures stated reflect crimes reported by other law
enforcement agencies to the FBI. We always wonder how many
crimes go unreported. If the victim doesn’t report the crime
the police don’t have a crime to report to the FBI.

On a happy note, enjoy our Thursday as I need more coffee
and some bacon and eggs.
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Weekend update

September 15, 2017

As the picture shows, the rigging must be done for the church
steeple as it now has our flag on top. If we were on the other
side of the church we could show all 20+ levels but on our side
the trees hide 3/4 of it.

And we realize this post is late. We had errands to run before
we leave for locations west and thought it better to get them
all done at once. We even stopped and had lunch before heading

I’ve been watching the weather in the general direction we’re
heading, but have decided to stop as the weather is crazy that
way also. Butte, Montana is having freezing rain and snow with
a high of 39 and low of 23 while Boise, Idaho is having a heat

To be prepared for any weather we have decided to just throw
all our clothes in the back seat and figure out what we’ll
need when we get there. I just have to tell the wife that’s
what we decided, but I don’t see a problem there.

Locally, here on the east coast of Iowa, Davenport has had 119
shots fired calls so far this year and 10 homicides. We have
been told not to worry as the shooter always knows the victim.
The way cars and houses are getting hit by stray bullets, I’ll
continue to ponder the matter.

When we came home from running the errands we saw that one
side of the longest roof was done, and it looked great. The way
I see it that means the property taxes will go up.

Finally, we have no idea what is going on this weekend. If you
do know of an event feel free to mention it in the comments.
Enjoy our Friday. Now I go in search of soft spot to lay my
head and enough time for a cat nap.
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Sad anniversary

September 11, 2017

Hard to believe another year has passed and 9-11 is here
again. The anniversary of the day the towers fell and Americans
rose. We cannot forget the lunacy of the terrorists behind the
attack who thought the event would bring the country to its

I remember September 11th, 2001. I arrived at a friends
muffler shop that day to hang quarter panels and rocker panels
on his 54′ Chevy and during a break went into the office but
entered the Twilight Zone.

We stood in silence watching the attack unfold on a small TV
and stared in disbelief. Some were ready to fight, others to
enlist, and a few sad. It was a day none of us will ever

2,977 people lost their lives including 31 Muslims who were
not terrorists. Please take a moment today to remember.
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Thoughts on the storm

August 29, 2017

While the sky here on the east coast of Iowa was so blue it
looked like you could swim in it, Texas is still getting hit
hard. Friends down there are taking the brunt of the storm but
safe, and family are far enough north to be safe.

What always amazes us at times like these is the fact thieves
and thugs don’t take the day off. Stories of break ins and the
Cajun Navy getting shot at while trying to help are almost
beyond belief. It makes one wonder if these criminals are just
that greedy, think it’s just another wonderful day in the
neighborhood, or see the storm as a career opportunity.

Blame is already being aimed at anyone who made a error in
judgement while alligators swim in front yards. The media is
jumping on the wagon too. We learned a long time ago that
hindsight is 20/20, and you hope for the best but prepare for
the worst. Instead of pointing fingers and playing the name
game why not go out and help?

So please give a nod to your God to look over Texas, if you
don’t believe in God keep them in your thoughts. and give a
donation to one of the agencies waiting to help if you can.
God bless Texas.
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Slowly going crazy

August 24, 2017

Well, another representative from the roofing company just
left so I’d thought it time to get this out. For no reason I
can think of here’s a picture of one the feral cats and her
kitten enjoying the snack we left for them.

That doesn’t have anything to do with this post, just thought
it was a good one to share. Mama looking leery and the kitten
like she could eat the bowl. But this one does concern animals
and we’ll explain.

Some of us oldfarts feel our world has gone crazy with the
active shooters, the rioters who riot on a principal based in
lies, and society in general. While over at Dads a story was
broadcast about a woman who was severely beaten, shoved into a
garbage can then the lid duct tapped on before being put in a
rental storage unit.

Thankfully the woman beat the odds and survived but I got
upset when the opinion giver stated that the man who did it
would probably get life in prison. Dad’s caregiver asked what
I thought he deserved so I replied “hang him!” Not sure of her
reply I relaxed when she said “he deserves worse.”

Oh yeah, the animal part. I like to read headlines online or
in the newspapers and yesterday I came across one that said:
‘Man sodomizes then throws acid on puppy’. I don’t remember where
this happened but it was here in the U.S.A.

And all these people who do things so strange to us, live
among us! You can’t usually just look at them to see if they’re
crazier than an outhouse rat either. Let’s leave it there with
a bonus a picture of cute little rabbit. Just to get the good
vibrations back.

Enjoy our thursday as I know we will. Now I hear a Snicker’s
bar calling for me and must respond.
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Getting crazy

August 5, 2017

Here in our river city on the east coast of Iowa we have a
couple problems that don’t look to be going away any time soon.
Both concern crime and appear to be on the upswing. Car thefts
and shots fired calls have been rising.

Our city has had 15 stolen vehicles this week through early
Saturday and 13 juveniles have been arrested. Police have been
vocal about locking cars and not leaving keys in the cars. The
criminals are said to be between 12-17 years old.

This makes sense in a way as if convicted juveniles usually end
up on probation for crimes like car thefts. Some are on multiple
probation until they turn 18. We know our prisons are crowded,
the police and judges know it, and so do the juveniles. How
about making them get a job and pay for the damage they do to
the cars they steal?

Shots fired calls have also been elevated but thankfully
murders have not. Usually not much is hit by the gunfire and
shell casings are found nearby. In most cases the police have a
pretty good idea who done the deed but can’t prove it. And in
the majority of these incidents the shooter isn’t going to

If this nonsense doesn’t end someones luck is going to run out
and another someone will get injured or killed. Cars and houses
have been sprayed, windows broken, and holes appeared where
there were none while the victims are left to clean up the mess.

So if you park your car outside, lock it up. If you park it in
a garage, lock the car and the garage. As for the shots fired,
we don’t have an answer other than to say be aware of what’s
going on around you.

Enjoy our saturday and we’ll post a snicker later today. Now
for some more coffee and a slice of pizza.
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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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