Fair weather Navy?

January 10, 2018

A recent opinion piece in the Navy Times leads me to believe we
have been very lucky we haven’t had more collisions and fatal
mistakes than we have.

In the opinion of the author, a 2nd class petty officer, the
problems lie with the higher ups. In a policy based modern Navy
the E-5 believes the problem lies with civilian officials or
high-ranking Navy personnel who haven’t performed the tasks they
make the policy about.

And also the claim that the Chiefs care more about looking good
than being good. Perhaps this modern Navy forgot the Admirals
Law. Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do
it.

To paint the entire Navy with the same brush does an injustice
to all. There are good non-coms just as there are good sailors.
Some commissioned officers are inspiring while others make you
bite your tongue.

And the military does run on rules which means somebody has to
make the rules. We don’t always agree with them. These days
everyone is looking for a solution. Why not go back to the Blue
Book and see what it says. I’ll bet I wouldn’t recognize it
since 40 years have past since my discharge.

We don’t know the answer as we don’t have all the facts. Now
isn’t the time for rash judgements based on scuttlebutt. The
problems are there and we hope they will be adressed.

Now I need more coffee while I’m ponder the 1 pound Snickers
bar and if it is a single serving. Enjoy our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.

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It’s official

November 14, 2017

The circus is here is to stay and the politicians are still
running the big top. After seeing an article by Barbara
Rodriguez of the Associated Press (AP) about the internal
investigation of sexual harassment in the Senate Republican
caucus of Iowa, I thought perhaps I was wrong about the drive
by media and perhaps they do hard hitting, fact filled news.

But I was wrong. No offense against the author of the article,
it is well written. But when the first paragraph is “An
investigation into alleged sexual harassment within the Senate
Republican caucus of the Iowa Legislature is complete,
according to a top official within the office, but there will
be no report about it and no information will be shared with
the public.”, I admit to being skeptical.

The senior aide to the Senate Majority Leader said “additional
information cannot be shared because it’s a personnel issue”.
Well, that’s comforting. The article later states that a woman
complained of sexual harassment in 2013, was fired hours later,
and went on to win a lawsuit against the state and a $1.75
million settlement.

So a state with 3.1 million residents pays almost $2 million
to a victim and it’s none of said residents business? I will
admit to being confused. The article has more to say, but this
was what got my goat. It looks like this transparent government
is working well, for the politicians.

If you wish to read the entire article, this one in US News,
go here.

Yeah, the old we’ve got nothing to hide but we can’t tell you
what happened. It’s just the same old bull being shipped on a
different day.

Enjoy our Tuesday, it means we survived Monday the 13th. Now
I need to get more coffee and count my pizzas in the freezer.
Comments are always welcome.


The never ending circus

November 8, 2017

The election is over and we don’t think that anyone is
surprised with outcome. Here we had a low turnout as it seems
more and more people are getting tired of politics as usual.

The campaigns promise the winning politicians only have us
voters in mind and after being sworn in it will be business as
usual and we won’t count. In Washington nothing will get done
as the two parties are too busy doing interviews about issues
that aren’t problems, or trying to stop the other party from
getting anything done.

One thing that does amaze us is the sheer number of people
who get their facts from the media and still speak out against
bills they know nothing about while ignoring the real problems
that could be helped. Like more gun laws.

If they don’t strictly enforce the ones we have, how would
adding more restrictions that don’t get enforced help? If one
looks back on the recent mass shootings, they have two things
in common. A gun, or it wouldn’t be a shooting, and a person
who is crazier than an outhouse rat.

Even Illinois has admitted the jails are over run with people
who should be in a mental health facility. So instead of
addressing the issue of all these crimes being committed by
mentally ill people, it must be easier to blame the weapon.

We don’t have an answer but do know it doesn’t involve more
gun laws. People are dying while the politicians dance around
the issue.

We hope you will enjoy our Wednesday as much as I know we will.
Comments are always welcome.


Wait, what?

November 1, 2017

We survived to see November and I’m still waiting for my White
Privelege card to arrive. We seem to hear the complaint that we
white folks don’t know what’s like to be stopped by the police
for driving while black. I don’t.

That being the case one would assume they don’t know what it’s
like surviving while white. So here is a sample of what we put
up with breathing while white. As an older white male who has
owned several vehicles over the years let’s put dealing with
the DOT while white out there.

Here we take a number and sit until our number is called, and
to be fair, everybody does this. My problem with the DOT begins
when I get to the counter. The lines move fairly quickly until my
turn comes up. I hand a fist full of paperwork over to the
clerk only to be told the seller forget to sign line 14 and did
not put sale price on the correct line so it would have to
initialed by said seller then sale price added on the correct
line and signed on line 14.

So I leave to find the previous owner who makes the correction
and return to the DOT only to be told, by the same clerk, that
since the title is out of state it has to signed in front of a
Notary and get their seal on it. So I hook up with the previous
owner, find a Notary, and get the seal before returning to the
DOT confident that this time I will walk out with a new title
in my name and new license plates.

Oh no. I was informed, by the very same clerk, that now the
title had too many signatures on it and I would have to get
hold of the original owner so he could get a duplicate title
that we could sign, once, in front of a Notary before I could
legally get the car in my name. And that was only one time!

So I would gladly trade that for being pulled over for driving
while black anytime. Enjoy our Wednesday, after all it’s the
middle of the week already. Now I need more coffee and a
candy bar to wind down.
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.


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.