The day

September 11, 2019

Eighteen years ago today we were attacked on our own soil and as a result 2,996 were killed and over 6,000 were injured. It was a day when America reacted as one and we banded together as a nation to offer comfort and aid to those who needed it.

The terrorist group al-Queda was behind the attacks and if they thought these attacks would leave us running scared, they were wrong. Most of us old enough to remember the event also remember where we were when we heard.

I was at a shop hanging a quarter panel on a ’54 Chevy when the news came through. Needless to say the shop didn’t get much done after the= news. We watched the tragedy unfold, the towers fall, and heard the stories of the heroism of first responders and those about to die.

The attack started at 8:46 am (EDT) and the second tower fell at 10:28 am (EDT) but the news coverage continued. Now we know that first responders who weren’t killed during the attack succome to terrible illnesses and are having issues still.

So we are going to have a moment of silence to show we haven’t forgot and will never forget. Enjoy our Wednesday even though it falls on the day of these terrible attacks now 18 years in the past. Now for some coffee.
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It’s coming

November 8, 2018

Tonight we’re supposed to get at least an inch of white fluffy
love from above here in Iowa and about the same on Friday. Not
to worry, we’re as ready as we’re going to get.

The snowblower is gassed up, the snow shovels have been found,
and our winter gear set out. May not need any of it or we need
it all so bring it on. Just heard this morning the Veteran’s Day
parade is going to be Monday.

I may be old school but I believe the Veteran’s Day parade
should take place on Veteran’s Day. On the other hand, there
will be a parade. Some say the thought, not the day, is what
counts.

So we’ll stock up on coffee, pizza, and Snicker’s tomorrow in
case we lose power in the upcoming days. One thing about the
first snow of the year around here is people who have been
driving on dry payment forget how to drive when it’s slick out.

Usually after a few days, and a few accidents, people re-learn
how to drive in the snow and things get back to a reasonable
version of normal. Should be the same this year. We’ll find out
in the morning.

We also found out that our fine city of Davenport is the stolen
vehicle capital of Iowa. Hey, at least we’re number one. Now the
claim is the thieves follow people home, wait until the lights
go out, break into the house to get the keys, and then steal the
car.

Enjoy our Thursday as too late in the week to get another. Now
for more coffee.
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Crying shame

August 2, 2018

When laws are made sometimes things go FUBAR while enforcing
them. When firearms are involved things can turn deadly. Take
what happened Monday in Aurora, Colorado for instance.

Early that morning police got a call that someone had broken
into a home and then the homeowner shot the intruder. Under that
states “Make My Day” law the homeowner was within his rights.
However in this case the home owner, a 73-year-old decorated
Vietnam Veteran who was defending his home and family, was shot
and killed by the responding officers.

Word is that as police arrived they heard gunfire, saw and
armed man, and fatally shot him. We’ve seen stories on this and
it seems the answer as to how this all unfolded will never be
known to most of us. The bottom line is that a man who saw a
naked stranger attacking his 11-year-old grandson and went to
his defense and is dead.

How the police arrived just as the intruder was shot is a
mystery as the article we read stated a woman called and said
a man had broken into their house. A struggle ensued as the
veteran tried to pull the man off his grandson and couldn’t so
got his gun and just as the intruder was shot the police show
up and shoot the good guy.

Either that was a really fast response by police or a long
struggle and we are not implying that either are at fault. It
just seems odd. But actions have consequences, good or bad.
If you wish to read more or see a video go here.

Enjoy our Thursday and we hope this tale doesn’t leave you as
confused and it did us. Now for more coffee and some pizza.
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A few things

May 24, 2018

Today is Moms birthday and I’d like to wish her a Happy
Birthday! She died on June 18, 2010, and would have been 89 had
she lived. I’ll be looking for some cardinals this morning and
at the Heavens later.

And since she couldn’t believe she raised a Republican I’d like
to present the following. Let’s pretend for just a moment that
I’m a Liberal/Progressive politician and I’ve just heard of the
rise is car thefts and shots fired calls here in our little part
of Iowa. What would I do?

Since we’ve heard the campaign slogans of some Liberals running
for Governor we have a pretty good idea. As the pretend
politician I would jet off to Washington, D.C., and give a
command performance before Congress on the evils of cars, and
guns, that can be stolen.

Then I would lobby for a retinal scanner to be put in the barrel
of all weapons so the gun wouldn’t work until you did a scan of
your retina. What could go wrong? And as a Progressive, far left
leaning politician I would also have a fix for the car theft
problem.

I am a pretend politician so these two separate problems
could not be solved in one day so I would have to return to
address the Congress on the solution for the car thefts. Since
gun control advocates believe the gun is the problem then the
car and not the thief has to be the problem.

Thumb print recognition technology would have to be installed
on all vehicles to recognize up to 3 prints of authorized
drivers of said vehicle. Even with the key in the car it would
not start until the sensor recognizes a thumb print. And of
course the vehicle would automatically shut off when the
shifter is placed in park.

This should only add about $10,000 to the price of new
vehicles but would soon pay for itself as there would be no more
vehicle thefts. Either that or we could just build all vehicles
with manual transmissions and the juvenile offenders who steal
them couldn’t drive them.

Saying all that, enjoy our Thursday as it looks to be a hot one
here on the east coast of Iowa. Now for some coffee.
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Here we go

May 23, 2018

It looks like we have a crime problem here on the east coast of
Iowa and it has gotten so bad the mayor of Davenport has set up
a public meeting to see what can be done. Things have changed
since I was school age but I do remember we were more afraid of
Dad then we were th police.

We’ve had an uptick in the number of car thefts, accidents
involving these stolen vehicles, shots fired calls, some with
fatalities, and 73 guns have been stolen out of unlocked cars.
Yeah, that’s a problem alright.

It’s time to stop blaming society and bring back judicial and
personal responsibility. The police are doing a good job of
catching the culprits and our laws let them walk. Let’s get
back to blaming the criminals. These kids who steal cars and
shoot at each other fear neither the police or the court system.

A while back such a kid was arrested over 60 times, the last
time getting sentenced to attend church. Now he is in a state
prison because things got out of hand. Quit letting them go.

Forget being politically correct. It’s time for some tough
love. And the public can do their part by taking the keys out
of their cars and locking them. Turn the car off and take the
keys while you go in to get a loaf of bread. At least that has
an easy fix.

These kids are too young to legally drive yet are stealing cars
and too young to legally own a handgun but have them. We don’t
know the answers we just know the current system isn’t working.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means we’re halfway through another
week.
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They live among us

April 19, 2018

The cardinal was in his tree singing his heart out while the
sun shined down from an almost cloudless sky. Other critters
were doing what they do while our world is going crazy.

If we heard correctly, the Governor of New York gave the right
to vote to 35,000 recently released felons by executive order.
That just sounds wrong on so many levels we’ll leave it at that.

Then we read of a former Oregon City School District teacher’s
aide got sentenced to 28 years in prison for producing child
pornography. In one case this involved an infant and a very
young child. To read the story, go here.

That was followed by a story about a former elementary school
teacher who was sentenced to 5 years for possessing child
pornography involving young girls. To learn more about this one,
go here.

And if that wasn’t enough ICE agents arrested 33 for human
rights violations. Those arrested included 4 Chinese individuals
for conducting forced abortions and sterilizations; a former
intelligence office who tortured dozens in Central America; a
soldier in Central America who guided the military to a
specific village to kill the residents; an intelligence officer
from the Middle East whose surveillance led to arrest, torture,
and murder; and a leader in East Africa who used violence to
force victims into female genitalia Mutilation. More can be
found about this group here.

With all that going on, I’ll stick with the wildlife. Enjoy
our Thursday as it’s the last one this week. Now for more
coffee.
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Snowfall on Sunday thoughts

January 14, 2018

The white fluffy love from above is going to be a few inches
deep when it stops falling and the temperatures are dropping as
well here on the east coast of Iowa. The computer problems are
fixed, and perhaps I can get this out now.

Our youngest son called from Idaho where they dodged a foot of
snow and we talked of the Kissimee Mecum auction. We were both
waiting for the roadster pickup from Happy Days to cross the
block and both missed it. If our computer decides to keep going
this time we’ll try and see if the little yellow Model A truck
sold.

And the local news just ran a program on the car thefts in our
area and stated 848 cars were stolen in our fair city last year.
Mostly by juveniles who know they won’t get into trouble for
doing so. These kids that are stealing cars and getting caught
are as young as 10 years old!

Most thefts occur because people leave their cars running to
warm them up or don’t lock them and leave a key inside. In one
case the car was locked but a hidden spare house key was found
outside and used to enter the house the steal a purse with the
car keys in them. Please keep you vehicles locked and bring in
spare house keys. Give the spare key to neighbor you trust.

And we may have a warm up on the way for the weekend. Not a
big one, but highs above freezing anyway. Enjoy the rest of our
Sunday as we will. Now I need more coffee and a TV that doesn’t
show re-runs 24/7.
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