Sad anniversary

September 11, 2017

Hard to believe another year has passed and 9-11 is here
again. The anniversary of the day the towers fell and Americans
rose. We cannot forget the lunacy of the terrorists behind the
attack who thought the event would bring the country to its
knees.

I remember September 11th, 2001. I arrived at a friends
muffler shop that day to hang quarter panels and rocker panels
on his 54′ Chevy and during a break went into the office but
entered the Twilight Zone.

We stood in silence watching the attack unfold on a small TV
and stared in disbelief. Some were ready to fight, others to
enlist, and a few sad. It was a day none of us will ever
forget.

2,977 people lost their lives including 31 Muslims who were
not terrorists. Please take a moment today to remember.
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Not really a rant

September 7, 2017

At one point in the history of this blog I used to rant on
Thursdays. That stopped because I found it harder to get mad
enough to do so. While I’m still not mad, let’s consider this
not really a rant.

As of Monday 1.4 million acres of our great country are on
fire in 8 states to our west. Montana is the hardest hit with
over 660,000 acres aflame. To get an idea what that looks like,
see footage of a satellite feed right here.

The states currently reporting large fires are California,
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and
Wyoming. Montana, California and Oregon have the most fire
activity. These fires are consuming more acres every day.

Of course some are blaming global climate change and all the
people with their cars. How about the media picking this up
and getting volunteers out there to help. These fires impact
the air quality of our country. Go to AirNow for the current
air quality conditions.

This is not a record setting year for fires either although
it is being compared to the fires of 1910. So, the fires aren’t
breaking any records, they are many and understaffed, and who
cares what the cause is. Wait until they’re out before you get
on your pulpit.

Even though I’m not watching big media news, I’m sure most of
this isn’t being aired and should be. And a big thank you to
the fire fighters, support crews, and volunteers who give their
time to fight these fires while sleeping in tents away from
your families. You are not paid enough.

We certainly hope those in Montana get a break and don’t have
to stay until the first good snow. Enjoy our thursday.
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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.
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Thoughts on the storm

August 29, 2017

While the sky here on the east coast of Iowa was so blue it
looked like you could swim in it, Texas is still getting hit
hard. Friends down there are taking the brunt of the storm but
safe, and family are far enough north to be safe.

What always amazes us at times like these is the fact thieves
and thugs don’t take the day off. Stories of break ins and the
Cajun Navy getting shot at while trying to help are almost
beyond belief. It makes one wonder if these criminals are just
that greedy, think it’s just another wonderful day in the
neighborhood, or see the storm as a career opportunity.

Blame is already being aimed at anyone who made a error in
judgement while alligators swim in front yards. The media is
jumping on the wagon too. We learned a long time ago that
hindsight is 20/20, and you hope for the best but prepare for
the worst. Instead of pointing fingers and playing the name
game why not go out and help?

So please give a nod to your God to look over Texas, if you
don’t believe in God keep them in your thoughts. and give a
donation to one of the agencies waiting to help if you can.
God bless Texas.
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Three problems

August 27, 2017

While the rain has put a damper on outdoor activities on the
east coast of Iowa news of all sorts has been filtering through
our daily lives. The storms in Texas, the nut job with the bowl
haircut firing a few missiles, and the Navy not being to
navigate friendly waters come to mind.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Texas, we can only
imagine the grief caused. We know the fact that help is on the
way is of little consequence to those hardest hit but there is
not much more to be said at this point.

North Korea fired off three missiles yesterday and a thinking
man has to wonder where the threat is. The first missile failed,
the second blew up shortly after being launched, and the third
missile failed. This means only one of two things.

Either they are dumber than bricks for trying the same thing
over and over, are they are intentionally firing off the duds
so others get complacent. I don’t like either of those options.

As I perused the Navy Times a story caught my eye and had me
staring at the monitor in disbelief. The headline was ‘Maybe
today’s Navy is just not very good at driving ships’. Huh?
Isn’t a Navy supposed to involve ships?

As I read the article I was concerned as the statement came
from a retired Navy Captain. First off, you don’t drive a ship.
A helmsman pilots the ship. Surface Warfare Officers don’t even
know the terminology? According to the retired captain ‘the
current generation of officers rising into command level
billets lacks the skills, training, education and experience
needed to operate effectively and safely at sea’.

This begs the question, who on the ship does have the skill to
operate the ship safely? 17 dead sailors this summer because
the ability to operate a ship in open seas is unknown to those
doing so? I’m glad my hitch occurred when we knew how to do it
safely and bring all hands back to port.

It may just be time to bring God back to the public. Enjoy
our Sunday, I’ll still be shaking my head tomorrow.
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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.
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Slowly going crazy

August 24, 2017

Well, another representative from the roofing company just
left so I’d thought it time to get this out. For no reason I
can think of here’s a picture of one the feral cats and her
kitten enjoying the snack we left for them.

That doesn’t have anything to do with this post, just thought
it was a good one to share. Mama looking leery and the kitten
like she could eat the bowl. But this one does concern animals
and we’ll explain.

Some of us oldfarts feel our world has gone crazy with the
active shooters, the rioters who riot on a principal based in
lies, and society in general. While over at Dads a story was
broadcast about a woman who was severely beaten, shoved into a
garbage can then the lid duct tapped on before being put in a
rental storage unit.

Thankfully the woman beat the odds and survived but I got
upset when the opinion giver stated that the man who did it
would probably get life in prison. Dad’s caregiver asked what
I thought he deserved so I replied “hang him!” Not sure of her
reply I relaxed when she said “he deserves worse.”

Oh yeah, the animal part. I like to read headlines online or
in the newspapers and yesterday I came across one that said:
‘Man sodomizes then throws acid on puppy’. I don’t remember where
this happened but it was here in the U.S.A.

And all these people who do things so strange to us, live
among us! You can’t usually just look at them to see if they’re
crazier than an outhouse rat either. Let’s leave it there with
a bonus a picture of cute little rabbit. Just to get the good
vibrations back.

Enjoy our thursday as I know we will. Now I hear a Snicker’s
bar calling for me and must respond.
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