What happened?

November 22, 2017

Since we’ve had an explosion in the number of car thefts here
on the east coast of Iowa, and because almost all are being
committed by juveniles and none of them see jail time, we have
to wonder what happened.

Back in the day we had juvenile homes, repeat offender laws,
and in the worst cases banishment from the city. Now we have
politicians and others telling us the culprits brains aren’t
fully developed and they’re not responsible for the crimes
they commit. This always breaks the needle on my Bull meter.

The owners of the stolen, often wrecked and trashed
vehicles are left holding the bag for damages. So we would like
to know what the hell happened that people are no longer
responsible for the crimes they commit?

And aren’t you tired of hearing about our overcrowded prison
system too? Perhaps the reason for said overcrowding is that
the current policies aren’t working. When convicted aren’t the
guilty supposed to serve a sentence and not be on vacation?

Now that I’ve said that, I don’t want a 12 year old kid to go
to prison for stealing a car. I have a novel idea. Make the
criminals responsible for their actions and not the victims!
Put the offending kids in pastel coveralls, hand them a trash
bag, and make them pick up litter if not in school and after
school if they are.

Make the parents liable for the damages and I bet things would
change. There has to be a way for this to work as the current
polices are not. Don’t know what the answers are, but until we
make the criminals responsible for their crimes I fear nothing
will change.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means Thanksgiving is tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving! Now I need more coffee and another
doughnut.
Comments are always welcome.

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You ever wondered?

November 21, 2017

Yes, this post is late again. But a thought stuck in my head
and a little research is sometimes necessary for me to truly
understand a situation.

I got to thinking about pictures of the earliest cars and how
they all had that tall flat glass. Reasoning that this era was
not known for a population of giants why was the top so high?


from the Model T Ford Club of America

Looking into photographs of the era one notices that if people
are in the shot they are wearing hats. In particular, the men
wore top hats. So I wondered if that had anything to do with
the design of the automobile.


from IFCAR

In the thirties the windshields shrunk as top hats were no
longer in fashion. Fedoras, derby’s, and straw hats were the
rage. These hats didn’t need the extra clearance of the top
hats so windshield height lessened.


unkown


by sicnag

Around the 1950s hats were starting to be phased out as a
daily part of ones wardrobe. And the tops again got lower. Some
of the 1960s vehicles appeared to have taller roofs as the
body height of cars was shortened.


U.S. News

Today there are cars around that I honestly don’t know how
anyone over the age of 20 can even get into. Tne new Camaros
come to mind. While the lower body has gotten taller it looks
like a designer chopped the top.

You may have noticed that the most popular hat today is the
baseball cap. That doesn’t need a lot of clearance, and there
are many who don’t wear any type of hat when it’s warmer out.
And in the winter, a basic stocking cap doesn’t add height.

I haven’t found confirmation of this yet but do believe our
cars were designed around our fashion trends at the time they
were built. If I’m wrong I’ll admit and if I’m right it was
worth the time trying to figure it out.

Enjoy our Tuesday. It means Thanksgiving is only 2 days away.
Now I need some coffee and a couple chocolate doughnuts.
Comments are always welcome.


Good start to the day

November 15, 2017

Had another visit with Dad, got the wife off to work, and
finally have a minute to sit down. At Dads we talked of the
snow storms of 1936, the heat wave of 1937, and the blizzard of
1940 among other things.

He seemed confused over the city council talk of turning two
downtown one-way streets into two-way streets. If I understand
correctly, their thinking is that if they make it more of a
hassle to drive through downtown it will open things up for
pedestrians and bicyclists.

There are more people downtown than ever before, but if these
residents aren’t visiting the businesses now I don’t see how
changing the street to a two-way solves anything. If you don’t
want cars downtown, block it off and make it a pedestrian town
square.

Some forget that these streets used to be two-way and decades
ago were changed to one-ways for many of the same reasons the
city wants to change it back. We were for removing the parking
meters, but have to say that this idea just doesn’t make any
sense to us.

It will probably come to pass as surely as the mini golf
course at the ball park will, and nothing we say will alter
that. We’ll leave it there and get busy with things that should
have been done yesterday.

Enjoy our Wednesday. After all, it’s the only day of the week
that is spelled so goofy. And now I need more coffee, I hear
it’s good for you now.
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.


Almost Veteran’s Day thoughts

November 10, 2017


USS Iowa in dry dock.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day even though we’re having our local
parade today, and Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps today! We
won’t make the parade today as the lady who follows me around
has a goofy work schedule, but we’ll be there in spirit.

So Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served. You are
but a small percentage of the population yet managed to keep
us free. Thank you for your service.

I was asked the other day why I don’t use the VA hospital and
so I informed the questioner that I had in the past as the VA
was doing a study on people with injuries like mine. And I went
most of the 8 years of the study.

But on the rare occasion I need medical attention, we have a
hospital 5 minutes away from our house. I just can’t see the
logic of driving for over an hour to get to the closest VA
hospital.

The truth of the matter is, I don’t like hospitals. People die
in them, and sometimes by medical mistakes. I’ve always
believed that when my time comes a doctor won’t help if God
decides he wants me.

I don’t like visiting someone in the hospital either. I can
last about an hour if I’m lucky before I work my way through
the maze they call corridors to the elevator and out the doors.
But I digress.

Enjoy our the rest of our day and the Marine Corps birthday,
Veteran’s Day tomorrow, see a parade if you can, and thank a
vet.
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.


Election day thoughts

November 7, 2017

Our condolences to the family, friends, and neighbors of the
victims of the recent church shooting in Texas. We haven’t
mentioned it before as we feel it has turned into a political
agenga. Once again something that should spark a serious debate
about mental health, and government not enforcing current gun
laws, has been turned into a gun control issue.

As you know, today is election day. Please go to polls and
exercise your right to vote. Locally there are some contested
seats and others with just the incumbent running. We have no
recommendations this cycle as we haven’t been following the
process as closely as usually do.

The lines shouldn’t be long, it doesn’t take much time to vote,
and when you’re done you can get a sticker that states “I voted”
to make your no-voting friends jealous. It’s a win-win situation.

And we have the upswing of news stories concerning the firing of
employees who post something rash online getting fired for
doing so. For some jobs and depending on the content of the
material put online, we can understand it.

I didn’t realize firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics could be
terminated for saying what they think after work hours. To a
point. With all things read on social media, unless death
threats are expressed, should one incident result in getting
fired?

7 firefighters and paramedics from South Carolina were fired
for statements made about Black Lives Matter a while ago. We
agree it was dumb to post you would run over protesters that
blocked the highway if they were there when you went home. But
is it a firing offense?

If you’d like to learn more about this incident, go here.

Enjoy our Tuesday and vote if you can. Right now I just need
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.