Think people

November 28, 2017

After witnessing the beauty of last nights sunset my calm was
shattered with the news that our juvenile car theft epidemic
is still going strong. And according to the talking heads, most
can be prevented.

Seems people still leave their cars running with the car
unlocked or leave a key hidden in the vehicle. While this may
make things easier for the owner it is an opportunity for the
thieves among us.

Take all the keys out of your vehicle and lock it. Don’t
unlock it unless you are ready to use it. For the kids running
around trying door handles, and open one is an invitation to
jump in and see what they can find.

As someone who always locks the car and takes the key I cannot
understand those who don’t. One has to remember that the vast
majority of the kids who steal the cars aren’t even old enough
to drive. They’ll probably wreck it and you will be the one to
pay the bill.

I feel the laws giving more loopholes in favor of the
juveniles is going in the wrong direction. The politically
correct bull we’ve been hearing has to stop. Yes, there are
bad kids out there. And no, more love and compassion won’t
fix the problem.

It is time for some tough love. Put the fear of God into them
and let them know they won’t be getting a free ride for their
crimes. What’s the attitude going to be when these thrill
seeking idiots kill a pedestrian? Or an innocent driver is
severely injured due to the inability of these kids to drive
responsibly?

We need to take the cuffs off the police and put them on
the judges who won’t follow the rule of law but instead
listen to the politically correct interpretation of the law.

Perhaps a few days in jail now would work better than a safe
space. Why aren’t these juveniles financially responsible when
they wreck someone else s car? It’s time for the adults in the
room to say ENOUGH! 600 vehicles since the start of the year
have been stolen which makes me wonder how high the number
has to be for people to be demanding answers.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s looking to be a good one. Now I need
more coffee and a leftover pizza is calling to me.
Comments are always welcome.

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Lets be careful

November 25, 2017

Cyber Monday is just around the corner and if you plan on
buying online during this crazy day you should be aware of a
few basics to keep yourself, and your money, safe.

First, make sure you have a secure connection and don’t use
public wifi for shopping. Those who want to separate us from
our money will be working overtime Monday. Always check to see
that the site you’re ordering from has a URL that begins with
“https” and not “http”.

You shouldn’t use debit cards to shop online. If hacked using
your debit card gives the criminals direct access to your bank
account. Use a credit card.

Be wary of the scams on social media. Fake offers jump this
time of year so remember to be careful. If you see something
advertised on social media and feel you need to have it, at
least check to ensure the deal is real.

Avoid the pop up ads that may expose you to cross-site
scripting attacks, or malicious sites.

If you use a search engine in your quest for the best deal,
verify the deal by doing a search with the name of the deal in
quotes. If it’s a scam a warning may be issued and that will
show up in the search results.

Delete you Cyber Monday emails that have attachments, this
goes double if the attachment is in the form of a zip file.

There are malicious QR codes out there. These are the codes
you scan with you smartphone camera that may contain coupons,
or marketing materials, but hackers created codes that will
link you to a phishing or malware site.

Finally, if a site asks for too much personal information you
should leave the site. A legitimate business will not ask for
for social security number or anything about your passwords.

We don’t do Cyber Monday so it’s a case of not my circus, not
my monkeys. All we ask is that you be careful while ordering
online. Enjoy our Saturday and will have a snicker later.
Comments are always welcome.


What happened?

November 22, 2017

Since we’ve had an explosion in the number of car thefts here
on the east coast of Iowa, and because almost all are being
committed by juveniles and none of them see jail time, we have
to wonder what happened.

Back in the day we had juvenile homes, repeat offender laws,
and in the worst cases banishment from the city. Now we have
politicians and others telling us the culprits brains aren’t
fully developed and they’re not responsible for the crimes
they commit. This always breaks the needle on my Bull meter.

The owners of the stolen, often wrecked and trashed
vehicles are left holding the bag for damages. So we would like
to know what the hell happened that people are no longer
responsible for the crimes they commit?

And aren’t you tired of hearing about our overcrowded prison
system too? Perhaps the reason for said overcrowding is that
the current policies aren’t working. When convicted aren’t the
guilty supposed to serve a sentence and not be on vacation?

Now that I’ve said that, I don’t want a 12 year old kid to go
to prison for stealing a car. I have a novel idea. Make the
criminals responsible for their actions and not the victims!
Put the offending kids in pastel coveralls, hand them a trash
bag, and make them pick up litter if not in school and after
school if they are.

Make the parents liable for the damages and I bet things would
change. There has to be a way for this to work as the current
polices are not. Don’t know what the answers are, but until we
make the criminals responsible for their crimes I fear nothing
will change.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means Thanksgiving is tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving! Now I need more coffee and another
doughnut.
Comments are always welcome.


Election day thoughts

November 7, 2017

Our condolences to the family, friends, and neighbors of the
victims of the recent church shooting in Texas. We haven’t
mentioned it before as we feel it has turned into a political
agenga. Once again something that should spark a serious debate
about mental health, and government not enforcing current gun
laws, has been turned into a gun control issue.

As you know, today is election day. Please go to polls and
exercise your right to vote. Locally there are some contested
seats and others with just the incumbent running. We have no
recommendations this cycle as we haven’t been following the
process as closely as usually do.

The lines shouldn’t be long, it doesn’t take much time to vote,
and when you’re done you can get a sticker that states “I voted”
to make your no-voting friends jealous. It’s a win-win situation.

And we have the upswing of news stories concerning the firing of
employees who post something rash online getting fired for
doing so. For some jobs and depending on the content of the
material put online, we can understand it.

I didn’t realize firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics could be
terminated for saying what they think after work hours. To a
point. With all things read on social media, unless death
threats are expressed, should one incident result in getting
fired?

7 firefighters and paramedics from South Carolina were fired
for statements made about Black Lives Matter a while ago. We
agree it was dumb to post you would run over protesters that
blocked the highway if they were there when you went home. But
is it a firing offense?

If you’d like to learn more about this incident, go here.

Enjoy our Tuesday and vote if you can. Right now I just need
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Some thoughts on Halloween

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! Here on the east coast of Iowa it’s going to
be a cold one. The little ones will be out tonight in costumes
that may restrict their vision and may not be reflective, so
please be careful if you’re out around the time they go house
to house to get their treats.

Recently it was mentioned we have an increase in shots fired
calls and when I glanced at our morning newspaper today I saw
we also have an increase in juvenile car thefts. 12 were caught
in stolen cars over a two day period ranging in age from 13 to
15. And it was mentioned these kids know they won’t see any
kind of punishment.

Oh they are charged, and go to the juvenile detention center
to be booked and wait for mommy or daddy to pick them up, but
they are usually given probation. Thing is, after being caught
doing these crimes multiple times, they are still given the
probation.

Having talked with a few of these misguided youngsters one
gets the impression the theft and joyride is their version of
fun and some are on probation for as many as 20 offenses. You
cannot blame the police who arrest them. Somewhere along the
way our court system or our legislators have dropped the ball.
Perhaps both.

Yes, when it gets colder as it is now, some leave their cars
running and unlocked to warm them up which makes it easy for
those who wish to take what isn’t theirs. But the blame must
fall on those who steal the cars.

When the owner gets their vehicle back there is usually
damage to said vehicle. Sometimes thousands of dollars worth
while the kids don’t pay a dime towards repair.

We don’t have an answer, or at least one that would stand a
chance to be made into law, so we’ll leave it there. Enjoy our
Tuesday, and Halloween. Now I need more coffee and less news.
Comments are always welcome.


Crime

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
interested.

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.
Comments are always welcome.


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
back.

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
wave.

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.
Comments are always welcome.