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.


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.


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
Report”.

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
violence.

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.
Comments are always welcome.


Happy days

April 13, 2017

Earlier today Governor Branstad signed HF 517 into law. He
said he would pass it if crossed his desk and now he has. The
Stand Your Ground Bill is now law in Iowa.

We no longer have to retreat when faced with a threat. The law
also states that going armed with intent cannot be presumed
just from the carrying or concealment of a firearm.

Citizens can now carry their handgun in and around any capital
building if they have the permit.

HB 517 also restricts the state of emergency powers in that
the state can’t stop, prohibit, regulate, or curtail the legal
possession of firearms or ammunition nor confiscate them.

The bill also gives the parents the right to determine when
their children are ready to learn firearm safety with parental
supervision.

HB 517 also restricts the release of information on holders of
nonprofessional carry permits. County Sheriffs will be required
to keep said information confidential.

It also legalizes the use of short barreled rifles and more
changes to the laws regarding concealed carry.

There are some of the changes we may post more a latter date.
That’s the update, enjoy the rest of our Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.


Almost there

April 5, 2017

Here in Iowa the Stand Your Ground bill is one step closer to
the Governor’s desk. It must first go back to the House for a
vote on the changes made while going through the Senate. And of
course we have the uninformed saying passing this bill will
increase gun violence and racial tensions.

There is more to this bill than just stand your ground. A
minor under 14 would be able to use a handgun, with parental
supervision.

You will be allowed to concealed carry a pistol or revolver on
the Captial grounds.

And citizens can sue local government for enacting gun free
zones if said citizens feel adversly affected by the action.

This bill passed 33-17 and has some people worried. We’ve
heard it all before in one form or another. Gun violence will
increase, it will cause more racial unrest, we legal gun owners
will declare open war on the streets.

These folks never have the facts on their side, won’t listen
to reason, and make claims that rational thinkers can make no
sense of. I would really like to know how my being a legal gun
owner for decades suddenly endangers your children.

If you are among those who think passage of this bill will
somehow put targets on your children or increase gun violence,
please tell us how.

We’ll leave it there. Enjoy our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Thoughts of the day

March 23, 2017

Today is Thursday, March 23rd. Since I don’t know if today is
designated as a National Day of Something or Other here are a
few things that happened on this date.

On this date in 1983, then President Ronald Reagan, made his
proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles. It
was called the Strategic Defense Initiative.

This date in 1994 a United States Air Force F-16 collided with
a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base then crashed. 24 U.S. Army
soldiers on the ground were killed in what became known as the
Green Ramp disaster.

A few people celebrating a birthday today include Rex Tilerson
(1952), Moses Malone (1955), Hope Davis (1964), Brandon
Marshall (1984).

Who died on this date you ask? Peter Lorre (1964), David B.
Bleak (2006), Joe Weider (2013), and Ken Howard (2016) to name
a few.

And, after some very intense research we can confirm that
today is National Puppy Day, National Chip And Dip Day,
National Chia Day, National Near Miss Day and National Melba
Toast Day.

There is a lot more that happened today but we thought of
sharing just a few things that we found interesting. Have a
great Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.


Humbled

March 20, 2017

I was having an oldfart moment complete with cussing, ranting,
and speaking in tongue. Way worse than when a couple kids tried
to steal our statue of the Vigin Mary. I had gone into another
room to open the open the windows only to discover one of the
cats had thrown up on my shop vac. Running water and toothbrush
took care of the problem, yet I was wondering why me?

Then I read a post on Echo Of Hope and one families problems.
Mine seem tiny after the read and I felt like an idiot. The
story is “What’s Up with Ari” and is about a 4 year boy at
Boston Children’s Hospital who was having serious heart
problems.

Ari needed operations all this week while going through
rejection treatment. As this was going on the family found out
a portion of their house will have to torn down, or even the
whole house. Anyone who lives in an older house knows these
things can happen.

After rejecting the idea of a gofundme page for some time the
parents had to admit they needed help. After all, they’re still
paying the mortage on the house that has to be torn down AND
come up with a way to build a new one with a child in the
hospital. We wish them well.

I told God I had seen the light but he must have thought I was
fibbing because the very next thing I see is about a 10 year
girl who talked to angels and knew she would die young. She
died at a rodeo when her horse got spooked and fell on her. If
you haven’t heard about Piper Faust, just follow the link.

If you thought you were having a bad day, this may change
your mind. Enjoy our Monday as it’s that much closer to the
weekend.
Comments are always welcome.