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.

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No news for me

September 5, 2017

We do live in interesting times. And it seems odd to us that
at a time when we have over 1.1 million acres of forests on
fire out west, southern Texas recovering from a hurricane,
daily shootings in Chicago that rival war zone statistics, and
a law makers who can’t make any laws, the headlines we see are
how the first lady wore a heavenly dress paired with shoes made
by the devil to religious services yesterday.

Nothing about how understaffed and overworked the wildfire
firefighters are, no solutions to end the carnage in Chicago,
and no legislator saying ‘let’s do what’s right for America’.
There is something wrong with that picture.

The National Interagency Fire Center lists 78 large incidents
across 7 states as of yesterday. These can be anything from
fires to hurricane relief and the incidents are listed on the
map below. Click on the map to enlarge it.

Chicago has had 2,587 people shot so far this year that
resulted in 480 deaths. That breaks down to one person getting
shot every 2 minutes 18 seconds and one person shot and killed
every 12 hours 21 minutes.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we lost the sun at around 3 pm
yesterday and the sky turned yellow. Later, when the moon was
able to be seen, it looked almost blood red. We were told it
was because of the smoke from the wildfires out west while the
temperature outside dropped around 15 degrees.

Until such time as the media takes its responsibility seriously
I will no longer watch any news programs. I see it as a waste
of time and think instead of being uninformed, listening to the
media would leave me misinformed.

Enjoy our first tuesday of fall. Now I need to get another
gallon of coffee in me to get ready for sunrise and todays
chores.
Comments are always welcome.


Doctors, the government, and Chuck Norris

August 14, 2017

I’ve always been leary of doctors, bankers, and lawyers for
a multitude of reasons. Now our government is on the list thanks
to Chuck Norris. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Norris since I saw him
in “Way of the Dragon”.

I’ve always felt bankers expect you to jump through hoops to
get a loan you know you can handle, lawyers want a ton of money
regardless of whether they win or lose your case, and some
doctors are more like dictators. Government is on the list as
I learn more. For the purpose of this post we’ll concentrate on
the medical profession and Chuck Norris.

Bear with me and it may just make sense. As someone who has
had many x-rays, MRIs, Cat scans and other tests done over the
years I have questions those in the medical profession don’t
like to hear. How many of us, in the beginning of the MRI
process have been told a dye may have to put in our bodies so
the MRI will highlight whatever bodily part they want to see?

I always ask if these things are harmful and am told no. Turns
out that’s not entirely true. And Chuck Norris’s wife had one
done, with the dye, had a serious reaction, and almost died!
Turns out the dye contains Gadolinium. It is a rare earth metal
and like other rare earth metals has fluorescent properties.

Still with me? Now I don’t know about you, but I do want any
heavy metals running trough my bloodstream for any reason. This
junk can end up in my brain? I have enough trouble thinking
without that happening.

If other countries question the use of this chemical why did
the FDA allow it to be used without serious study? To read his
article, and get a lot more information on the subject, go
here.

Enjoy our Monday even though it’s raining here on the east
coast of Iowa. We do need the rain.
Comments are always welcome.


School safety

August 1, 2017

Earlier this month the National Institute of Justice released
its Summary of School Safety Statistics. First mentioned in the
release is the Comprehesive School Safety Initiative (CSSI), a
research initiative using the nations best minds to help raise
the safety level in our schools.

Simply put, the project indentifies root causes of school
violence

increases school safety

finds problems, both in and out of school, that could harm
students and staff

implement plans for safer schools

strategies to resolve safety issues

and to develop a framework for school safety.

To put some of the rumors and lies to rest, the study states
school violence is down. Though just released this paper only
covers through 2013. We didn’t see anything eye opening in this
paper, yet found it interesting that with all the attention the
issue was getting bullying is still a big problem.

You can see the initiative here.
The link is a PDF file.

There are so many variables in this problem of school safety
one would wonder if the problem can be solved. We’ll leave it
to smarter minds than ours and have a cup of coffee.

Enjoy our tuesday. It’s the first one of the month.
Comments are always welcome.


As I see it

July 26, 2017

If you have any access to media you have heard of the current
debacle in Washington, D.C. No, not Russia hacking our election
process. I’m referring to repealing Obamacare. The topic seems
to be all over the media with varying degrees of accuracy.

It numbs my brain when I hear, or read, that if Obamacare is
repealed 20-30 million people will lose their insurance. Since
there are only about 8 million people on Obamacare where do all
the other people come from? And since when is health care a
right?

Remember AARP lobbying for the bill then getting an exemption?
Or hearing Congress would have to pass it so we could see what
was in it? Or our favorite, if you like your doctor you can
keep your doctor? Yet with all that has transpired since this
bill was passed some people still think it’s a good thing.

One has to wonder what our government is up to since they can’t
get anything done. A bill to allow illegal aliens to work is
more important than getting the government out our health care
and ensuring that social security is there for those who paid
into it for decades? We think not.

Republicans ran for office on the platform that they would
repeal the Affordable Care Act and are now saying it can’t be
done. It would be nice if there was an adult in Congress who
could play well with others and get something done. Excuses
aren’t getting it anymore.

I don’t blame Trump for this as I believe he is doing what he
said he would do during his campaign. He may doing it at a
slower pace than some would like, but he is doing it. And
finally, how can you be against a bill a isn’t even scripted
yet?

Enjoy our wednesday as it is the last one we’ll see this month.
Now I need more coffee and a pizza infusion.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s getting old

July 5, 2017

I know the post is late again but I have priorities. Even at
this late hour I’ve only had 4 cups of coffee. Early this
morning after the fireworks died down I went out to have a talk
with the man in the moon and didn’t get to bed until the wee
hours.

Recently our fair city had an “Impeach Trump” march and after
hearing some of the organizers platform I have to wonder what
some of us are drinking. One of the main reasons they wanted
our president impeached was the Russian hacking.

I’ve always believed God looks after idiots and drunks, and
he wasn’t a politician, but had to wonder what he’d think of
this mess that is our current political climate. We have
politicians who do nothing loudly, blame it on the other party,
yet want us to vote them back in.

When these politicians pass laws, the laws never affect the
politicians or people who throw large amounts of money at their
campaigns. Forget big pharma, the almighty dollar has replaced
‘the good of the people’. One can only conclude that ethics has
left the building along with common sense.

It used to be when people protested they were against an issue
that made sense. End the war, lower our taxes, etc. Now most
groups we’ve seen hold the same signs and when the reporters
show up have the same sound bite. Sounds bought and sold to me.

But I digress. Have a great Wednesday, it’s the first one of
the month. Now I have to get busy doing what I should have been
doing when I was sleeping.
Comments are always welcome.


Gas and a cruise

June 30, 2017

Last year, AAA hired an independent lab to compare top tier
gasolines with the cheaper blends. Although testing was simulated
and only 4,000 miles, some results were clear.

A minimum gasoline detergent standard was started by the EPA
in 1995 to meet emission goals. For some reason these blends
came out around the same time engine longevity took a giant leap
forward. So higher standards were created to deter long term
issues like clogged fuel injectors and carbon build up in
combustion chambers.

All gas comes with basic additives then the distributor will
blend more into top tier fuels based on brand specification.
Does all this make a difference you ask? According to AAA,
if you don’t use a top tier gas you’ll have 19 times more
carbon deposits than if you did use top tier.

And as some of us know, a clean engine is a happy engine. It
doesn’t work as hard as a dirty one and it lasts longer. Now is
where you ask, which gasolines are top tier and which are not?
Well, we found an app for that. To see the list of all top tier
brands in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

There is also a cruise in downtown Davenport later today (5:30)
hosted by Klemme’s Motorsports. Their showroom is located in
the old Firestone building at the corner of 3rd Street and
Pershing Avenue.

We’re sure there are other benefits to using the right gas as
well as other car related events today. These just caught our
eye so we shared them with you. Enjoy our Friday, it’s the last
one we get this month.
Comments are always welcome.