Late Sunday service

February 25, 2018

Since we feel the subject hasn’t got enough coverage lately we
think it time to do our part and mention the largest and most
complicated automotive recall in history. This recall affects
42 million vehicles, 69 million airbags, 19 automobile
manufacturers, and 35 brands.

The brands are Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler,
Daimler trucks NA (Sterling), Daimler vans (Sprinter), Dodge/
Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep,
Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz,
Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontaic, Saab, Saturn, Scion,
Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

The problem is the chemical propellant used to inflate the
airbags. In the Takata bags the propellant can degrade with
time, especially in hot and humid climates, and cause the
propellant to ignite too fast and rupture the metal container
surrounding it which sends shrapnel toward the vehicle
occupants.

To see if your vehicle is on the recall list go to the NHTSA
site, enter your VIN (vehicle identification number) and see if
anything turns up. It’s free to use and may just tell you of
something else that could be a problem.

All vehicles affected will be known by December 2019. Yet the
problem is so widespread some can’t be notified of the recall
as they bought the car used and manufacturers aren’t updated.
So it is well worth a minute of your time to check.

Enjoy what’s left of our Sunday.
Comments are always welcome.

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And I’m the crazy one?

February 21, 2018

If I understand correctly the FBI failed to enter data into the
system and allowed the school shooter to purchase an AR-15
‘assault rifle’ yet the fault lies with not enough gun control
laws, the NRA, legal gun owners, and the fact that his mother
didn’t have an abortion.

As for the rifle, it was never clarified if said weapon was a
Colt AR-15, an Armalite AR-15, or an AR-15 style rifle. The
Colt was a semi-automatic version of the M16, which was used by
our military. The current version is marketed to civilian and
law enforcement customers. The Armalite is similar to the Colt
and the AR-15 style rifles came about after Colts’ patents
expired in 1977. They are for sale because people buy them.

And if the FBI doesn’t keep the data updated we’ve had more
luck than sense lately. Anyone who could explain how more gun
laws, restricting the 200 million other gun owners who didn’t
shoot anyone, would help the FBI ensure their list is current
please inform us. How about the government enforcing the laws
we have?

The NRA was founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans Col. William
C. Church and Gen. George Wingate to promote and encourage
shooting on a scientific basis because of the poor marksmanship
of their troops during the war. It in no way supports school
shootings. Yes, they have lobbyists in Washington. So does
everybody else.

Finally, we’re not sure why his mother didn’t have an abortion
nor do we care. It was her choice. We do know we’d like the
Country we grew up in to make a comeback.

Enjoy our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee and some leftover
pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


The real tragedy

February 15, 2018

First we would like to give our condolences to the families and
friends of the victims of the recent school shootings in
Florida. Yet as happens when shootings like this occur somee go
out of their way to vent their outrage.

This would not be a problem if we had an unbiased media. Fact
checking has gone the way of common sense and proof positive
that certain ranters should not be allowed to play with sharp
objects.

Usually the first things we hear, after the number of victims,
is we need stricter gun control. It has been proven time and
time again that this approach doesn’t work. The main reason is
because it is run by government. And even though our lawmakers
take an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution that is
not always the case.

Of course these same people blame the 2nd Amendment as part of
the problem. The short answer is no. The Constitution states we,
as citizens, have the right to keep and bear arms. Yet we are at
a point in our history when one needs a permit to purchase AND
a permit to carry. And it’s all run by the government. Laws only
affect those who choose to obey them.

The needy, greedy, seedy in our society don’t follow the laws
anyway, the government doesn’t enforce the laws we have, yet
somehow after every shooting the blame and rage is directed at
legal gun owners.

News flash! This is not a gun problem. it is a mental health
issue. The vast majority who commit these shootings have mental
health problems and many are on medication for it, or have quit
taking them. And again, our government regulates this.

Here in Iowa mental health facilities have closed while help
is next to impossible to get. Isn’t it time to stop shipping the
bull and take a serious look at why these shootings happen and
quit blaming the gun?

Enjoy our Thursday as that means the start of the weekend is
just a dream away. Now I need more coffee and perhaps a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


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.


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.