Will we ever have true gun safety? Gun safety significantly better than today. Not merely something peddled as “gun safety.” A real move forward in correcting a problem contributing to the death of Americans every day.

Gun safety has a tendency to move backward when it should be moving forward. Iowa the latest example.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law permitting residents to buy and carry guns without permitting required.

Specifically, the law eliminated the requirement for law abiding Iowans to obtain a permit to purchase a hand gun from private non licensed sources. Additionally to carry a weapon, Iowans will no longer need to have a permit.

Big day in Sloppy Joe’s history!

On this day in 1935, Joe Russell moved his bar from one location to another. His original bar was on Greene Street, a few doors off Duval. Where Capt. Tony’s is located today.

Joe had a rental dispute with the landlord. He opted to move instead of paying the increase in rent.

The new location remains to this day the site of the world famous Sloppy Joe’s. Located on Duval at its intersection with Greene Street.

Joe’s friends, including Ernest Hemingway, helped him move. They participated in carrying everything from the old location to the new one.

There are so many Hemingway stories. Each pleasant in and of itself.

Hemingway said following the publication of A Farewell to Arms, “I rewrote the ending to Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty nine times before I was satisfied.”

No wonder A Farewell to Arms and his other publications were so well received. Perfection in expression!

I am not happy with Joe Manchin. My disapproval for his methods is growing. He has become a squeaky wheel, power mover, and obstructionist. An opportunist as well. He immediately recognized the value of his one vote in a divided Senate and is using it to advance his causes, whatever they may be.

He is grabbing “the reins of history.” A phrase he once use in a statement regarding himself and West Virginia: “I want each and every West Virginian to have bragging rights. I want to stop playing defense and start playing offense. So, together, let us grab the reins of history.”

Matt Gaetz reminds me of the old Christian song that begins “Onward Christian soldiers.” Every day a new “fact” in his story.

I have wondered why Gaetz did not approach his “friend” Donald Trump for a pardon. Turns out he did. It was refused.

Wow! If Donald wouldn’t do something for him, who would?

Enjoy your day!