October 17, 2017

Since the morning chores are done this looked like a good time
to get a post done. The feral kittens are letting me get a
little closer, the birds are fed, and I’ve had just enough
coffee to be semi-coherant.

The California fires have been in the news lately, not because
it was bigger than others, but because of the casualties and
property losses. And it amazes me that people are looking for
the cause of said fires instead of answers on how to avoid the
next one.

Wildland fires have been around since we’ve had wildlands and
there are even controlled burns at times to cut back on excess
vegetation. But what would be wrong with putting in fire breaks
before the fires start? Environmentalists won’t like this idea,
but if cutting down some trees now could stop fires later,
why not?

You may remember when lumber companies cleared land to make
lumber to build our houses before all the protests and new laws
to save the three toed frog or whatever. With millions of acres
of wildland there are places this could be done without ruining
the natural beauty of our wildlands.

And other natural firebreaks have been removed by either a
government agency or our need to live closer to nature. We no
longer see much bare land around the forests as fear of erosion
fueled some to fill the bald patches with plants while builders
are more than happy to erect homes on the edge of said forests
for those who like to wake up to the natural beauty there.

Somewhere common sense has to prevail in this matter. Those
who say putting in fire stops harms the planet evidently don’t
consider what the smoke from all the fires does to air quality.
If people just stayed calm and drank more coffee we could
figure out a solution that most could agree with.

Enjoy our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.

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Starting again

October 13, 2017

With elections coming the endorsements, appearances, robo-
calls and junk mail is sure to increase. That’s why I don’t
watch the news either. The easiest part of this equation is the
junk mail as we just throw it in recycle.

We do get a daily paper, but I usually only look at the
classified ads and comics. And sometimes, just reading the
comics is like listening to a campaign ad. So I avoid
cartoons that tend to do this.

Today I made the mistake of looking at the opinion page. A
person, unknown to us, declared that one candidate really liked
the people of our city. How nice. But I’d rather vote for a
candidate who has never held office and hasn’t been through
the indoctrination to tell us what they think we want to hear.

Or an old fart who made the paper for spending his days
yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Some candidates like to
say they have prior public service experience. We liken that
to saying ‘we’re from the government and we want to help’.
It doesn’t put us in a happy place.

And the same people keep getting back into office even though
many voters claim to stand against everything said politicians
believe. Come election day we will do what we always do. We
educate ourselves on who the candidates are and their core
beliefs before we go to the polls and vote for the person we
feel is best for the job.

I got tired of politicians treating us like mushrooms long ago.
Don’t know what being treated like a mushroom is? It’s when
they keep you in the dark and fill you full of crap.

Enjoy our Friday, some of us may get some rest this weekend.
We’re trying something different today. Instead of pizza for
lunch and supper we’re going to have lasagna and garlic
bread.
Comments are always welcome.


Another crying shame

October 2, 2017

Our condolences to the families and friends of the victims in
the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. That said, I’ll forewarn
those who weren’t upset because it happened at an event that
caters to conservative gun owners that I will not tolerate any
such nonsense here. If you are among that group please unfollow
this blog.

I managed to catch a little of the media coverage and the
presidents speech. While said media coverage made me want to
vomit I thought the president did a good job of expressing what
a lot of us are feeling. He took action, didn’t take questions,
and looked the part.

To the media: I don’t care why this nutbar shot all the people
I’m just hoping the death toll doesn’t get much higher. I also
don’t care what kind of weapon he used as again there was no
mention of the mental heath problem in our country.

We live a world where peanut butter cannot be sold unless it
contains a label stating it contains peanuts! Obviously our
society has been dumbed down. For God’s sake, don’t take any
bull the media is pushing at face value. If something doesn’t
sound right, research it and decide for yourself what’s true.

And perhaps Hillary Clinton could explain her comment on how
much worse it would have been if the shooter used a silencer.
The last concert we went to I couldn’t hear myself think when
the band got going and my filling rattled. Never mind the
politically motivated sound bites.

That’s my thought on the matter, you’re welcome to yours if
you disagree. Just enjoy our Monday, avoid the media, and we’ll
get through it.
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.


What’s wrong with us?

August 31, 2017

Since the hurricane in Texas we’ve seen people of all races,
religions, and political beliefs helping other people of
different races, religions, and political beliefs. And instead
of the media covering the fact that when the going gets tough
none of that matters.

Instead of covering stories that could lift the spirit of our
nation the media chooses to focus on our first ladys shoes. Who
cares if she wore high heels at first and later switched to
tennis shoes once there.

Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers answered the call
for help. Supplies are being sent from across the country and
around the world as another storm of the century goes in the
record books.

Of course the criminal element has also been seen and yet it
couldn’t be any other way. We’re human and not everyone is
going to react the same way.

And silence from the groups who claim everyone other than them
is either racist, sexist, homophobes, or whatever while trying
to destroy things. No claims they are owed something or well
wishes for the victims.

All this begs the question; why can’t it be like that all the
time? Why can’t we unite as Americans and get things done as
Americans? I can remember a time it felt that and would like to
see it return.

Enjoy our thursday as we’re almost to a long weekend for some.
All this thinking made me hungry so I’m going find some bacon
and eggs and keep them company until it’s gone.
Comments are always welcome.


Keep the change

August 24, 2017

A local developer wanted to put up a five story building in the
Village of East Davenport, where zoning laws prohibit buildings
over 3 stories tall. He went before the board and was denied
so decided he’d try to sell the land the project was slated
for.

I do not know the developer yet wish him well in his future
endeaveors. I do know the Village quite well and didn’t think
his project a good fit. While it would have added more retail
space and apartments the design didn’t fit in a historic
neighborhood.

I remember saying that at one point I was a mechanic at a gas
station on that corner and years later the station was torn
down to put a bank in. This plan wanted to tear down the bank,
put up a 5 story building with the first floor dedicated to
commercial rental, including a bank.

People who live on the bluff above the Village treasure their
view of the river, and rightly so. Businesses already there
seemed split between ‘the more the merrier’ to ‘too much
competition’. At any rate, the historic little Village nestled
mere yards away from the river is staying as it was.

Time will tell what, if anything, will be erected on the site.
We have no crystal ball nor wish to venture a guess. The
Village has become gentrified and that’s ok. It’s looking
better every time we stop by.

We’ll leave it there for now. Soon it will be friday so enjoy it
while we can. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a harsh winter
for the east coast of Iowa and we’ll enjoy it while it’s warm.
Comments are always welcome.


Staying local

August 18, 2017

Today we are going to mention a couple things, happening or
about to happen, on the east coast of Iowa. We mention them
only because one is of interest to us and the other just goes
to prove the insanity is everywhere. So if you bear with us,
we’ll explain.

Tomorrow the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 776 are
hosting a Cruise-In at NorthPark Mall here in Davenport, Iowa.
The proceeds from this event will be used to support military
and veterans programs. Things get started at 5 pm and continue
until somebody turns off the light or the cows come home. It’s
a great event for a good cause and we hope to see you there.

Then we have the circus coming back to our city government. It
is now being said by one Alderman that another Alderman is a
racist and a bigot. The whole incident began when a former mayor
said something to the effect that the Irish were slaves too.

Of course that got those who see racism everywhere full of
righteous indignation and caused our city to pass a proclamation
that our fair city is diversified. Whatever happened to just
shrugging it off and calling the speaker a nut if you don’t
agree. It may not be popular but he has the right to say it.

This brought about the facebook melee between the two Aldermen.
She claims the other shares the views of our former Mayor and a
zoning letter he wrote to residents near a College that wants to
tear down some buildings is racist.

The complaining Alderman went before the local Civil Rights
Commission and stated “if you’re poor and black, you are not
going to understand the letter.” Hell lady, I’m an oldfart
white guy and I can’t understand it. Of course this same
outraged Alderman has a candidate she thinks would be more
compassionate, caring that will run against the one she doesn’t
like.

I don’t believe Alderman Ambrose has much to worry about but
time will tell. We wish him well in the election. An article in
our Quad-Cities Times written by Devan Patel was used as a
reference for some of this portion of this post.

Now I’m craving a burrito and a gallon of coffee so enjoy our
friday. Before we know it monday will come calling again.
Comments are always welcome.