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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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

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

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.
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Amazing hoax

February 21, 2017


On this date in 1948 the town of Manning, Iowa, had a prank
pulled on Main Street that was amazingly stupid. It was
witnessed by 3 people and did result in 5 arrests. Manning was
a town with 1800 residents in Carroll County.

On a quiet Sunday evening the only people on the sidewalk of
Main Street were Ralph Geith and Bud Hargens. The lone car
driving by when the prank went down was driven by Hubert Lamp.

Out of nowhere a man came running down the sidewalk on the
opposite side of the street chased by 2 other men. At a
distance the three witnesses guessed to be 20 feet one the
guys chasing the first fired a shotgun at the runner 3 times.

The “victim” fell to the street and lay still. Right about
then two other males in 1947 Mercury raced out of a nearby
alley and loaded the “victim” into the car and roared away.
The license plates on the Merc were hidden. Of course the
witnesses were shocked.

The very next afternoon, Sheriff Thomas J. Finegan announced
the arrest of 5 high school boys, who were 16 years old, at a
nearby high school. Turns out the kids were just looking to
put some excitement in a dull Sunday afternoon.

On March 11th, 1948, all five pleaded guilty to concealing
license plates, paid a $50 fine, and swore they would never
do it again. We don’t know if Justice of the Peace Hilda Osten
believed them or not.

And that is the amazingly stupid prank that happened on this
date all those years ago. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard of
any copycat pranks so perhaps the boys kept their word. Enjoy
the day as tomorrow we’re halfway to the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Still waiting…

December 2, 2016


Just into December and get news Chicago has had more
homicides than in recent years. A total of 3,436 people were
shot and wounded, 662 were shot and killed, and 738 homicides
have occurred so far this year.

And we’re still waiting for a response from Black Lives
Matter. After all, 77.9% of the victims are black and males
are getting shot at a ratio of 8.95 to 1 compared to females,
while 30-34 year olds are the majority of victims. That is
a 48.2% increase over last year.

Just in November alone, 324 were shot and wounded, 76 were
shot and killed, and 81 homicides occurred. In November 2015
those numbers were 165 shot and wounded, 37 dead and in 2014
125 were shot and shot and wounded while 38 died from being

Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in
the country, people are dying at an alarming rate, and Black
Lives Matter is not seen or heard. If it has to be an officer
involved shooting to get BLM involved, 11 have been shot and
killed by police and 14 wounded.

These numbers equate to someone getting shot every 1 hour and
58 minutes and someone get shot and killed every 10 hours and
57 minutes, 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Why isn’t this causing more outrage than the rare shooting
that happens to involve a member of law enforcement? Where is
the news conference from our president saying this is not
acceptable? Just like our white privilege,
we’re still waiting for it.

Enjoy the weekend even if you have to work. Tomorrow we may
see snow here on the east coast of Iowa, and while it’s not
supposed to stick around too long I’m charging up my camera
battery. Keep the shiny side up and I’ll eat a pizza for you.
Comments are always welcome.

Crying shame

November 3, 2016


Yesterday was a wet day here on the east coast of Iowa as the
rain came down so hard it almost floated us downriver. Shortly
after my first cup of coffee came news of the ambush, and death
of two Des Moines area police officers.

When updates from the media claimed the shooter was in police
custody after he found a DNR employee on a gravel road and
calmly told them to call 911 I felt the man must have mental
issues. At the time some said the police should have shot
him dead while others thought we need to bring back the

Once things calm down and disbelief turns into realization, I
think this will be another case of someone who is crazier than
an outhouse rat had access to firearms. And that will be a
rally cry for the anti-gun groups to call for more gun control.

But no matter how it turns out two officers are dead and
their families, friends, and our entire state, are mourning
their loss. Prayer chains have been started and flags all
across Iowa are at half staff. I’d like to think the rain
yesterday was all the Angels from Iowa crying.

Enjoy your Thursday and God bless America.
Comments are always welcome.

Davenport crime report

August 11, 2016


Here on the east coast of Iowa, the Davenport Police
Department has released its annual report for 2015. It has
their mission statement, philosophy, and results from the
Uniform Crime Report among other things.

According to the UCR, Davenport had 7 homicides, 73
rapes, 181 robberies, and 378 aggravated assaults for a
total of 639 violent crimes in 2015.

We had 971 burglaries, 3,466 thefts, 384 vehicle thefts,
and 14 arsons for a property crime total of 4,835 in 2015.

The Police Department reports using reportable force 332
times out of 89,262 dispatched calls. Of these 93% occured
on-duty and 7% during off duty employment. The most common
use of force was empty hand control.

Those of us who live here know that there has been a rise
in drive-by shootings and/or shots fired calls. It would
seem some of the natives are restless. While these numbers
may be seem high we ask that you remember we are a city
with a population over 100,000.

If you wish to learn more or check our figures you can go
The fourth item down on the list is the report. It is a
PDF file.

Here in our little part of this river city we haven’t had
any big problems and the closest shots fired call was a
few blocks away. Not bad when you consider we live in what
many consider the “Inner City”.
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Strange day

July 10, 2016

Plans were made to work outside burning brush and enjoying
a forecasted clear, sunny day. A call to Fire Department told
me it was a burn day so outside I went. In short order the
fire was going and the brush pile kept getting smaller.
Then it started raining, put out the fire, and made the
bundles too water logged to carry.

After I got done laughing at my luck and drying off, my
thoughts went elsewhere. It seems every hour there are
updates online concerning the recent attacks on law
enforcement. Some were interesting, some just sounded like
the writer was biased, and others so far out there even the
tin foil hat brigade would find them funny.


A debate has ongoing as to if Obama is to blame. To my
way of thinking he is because he hasn’t had anything good
to say about our law enforcement agencies since he took
office. This goes back to when the black college professor
had a beef with police and Obama said the police acted

It is ironic that when a white police officer shoots a
black person in the performance of his duties it is racist,
but when a black person says he wants to shoot white cops
it isn’t. If it isn’t Obama’s fault, he sure is pouring
gasoline of the flames.

Instead of channeling all this hate towards people who
mean you no harm these people should look at the people who
are lying to them and pulling their strings. You may
remember Obama’s speech after the event where he claimed to
“state the facts”. He did make them sound horrendous.

On July 9, 2016, the following was written in the Wall
Street Journal:

“In 2015 officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and
258 blacks…There were 6,095 black homicide deaths in
2014- the most recent year for which such data are
available- compared with 5,397 homicide deaths for whites
and Hispanics combined. Almost all of those black homicide
victims had black killers.”

Confused yet? Of course speaking the truth wouldn’t help
the movement.
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