23 January 2017

Monday Musings...
Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends.
And, it sure seems like thsi rainy weather never ends either. Someone swap January for April somewhere?
Wasn't all bad, though. We DID see the sun a few times over the weekend, so all is not lost.
Our Hoosierland weather for today can be placed in the "broken record" category - cloudy skies, scattered rain showers and some fog (mostly north). Temps will wind up a bit cooler with a high in the mid-40s.
I could have just lifted this from last week's forecasts.
Anyway, let's all take a deep breath, and get ourselves a nice hot cup of our favorite morning drink  as we see what's ben going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the dampness is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 23 -
---Today is National Handwriting Day
(fast becoming a lost art)
---And, it's National Pie Day
(any pie goes, because it is a wonderful day for pie)
*** Next up, there is a new "phrase" going around lately, and you need to add this to your "wussification of America" toolbox.
It's called "toxic masculinity". There goes all those testosterone-booster sales and stocks.
FOX columnist Todd Starnes has a nice take on this here:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/17/toxic-masculinity-dude-now-americas-universities-are-turning-men-into-women.html
We've all heard about this over the tenure of the Obummer administration, and it seemed to have culminated in this weekend's Women's March on D.C. (as well as hundred of other cities) The claim was that this had to do with women's "rights", but naturally, with any left-leaning venue, there is always a hidden agenda. This time, it's toxic masculinity and the tearing down of the patriarchy in this country.
Here's another story from Forbes:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2017/01/18/the-hard-adrenaline-soaked-truth-about-toxic-masculinity/#314327bd7506
Now, you have to forgive me, because I'm one of those "LITERAL" kinda men, so when I hear or read something, I seek to PROPERLY define it
Let's look inside.
TOXIC - adj.
1:  containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation
2:  exhibiting symptoms of infection or toxicosis
3:  extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful
4:  relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market
MASCULINITY - n.
The set of qualities considered appropriate for or characteristic of men
Synonyms: machismo, macho, manhood, manliness, virility
Related Words: maleness; boyishness, mannishness, tomboyishness
Near Antonyms: girlishness; femaleness; girlhood, maidenhood; effeminacy, effeteness; emasculation
Antonyms: femininity, muliebrity, womanhood, womanliness
Thanks to Merriam-Webster, we now have a more proper idea of what is being said here.
Ergo, toxic masculinity would denote a poisonous "type" of maleness, correct?
Well, we can see evidence of such behaviors with street gang members, criminals, abusers of women, and the like.
I hardly think that ALL men need to addressed with having some form of "TM", although there are those that want it that way, and are taking steps to emasculate males in this country.
Gotta problem with my manliness, Bub?
I wouldn't try it withTed Nugent or Chuck Norris and definitely not with Wolverine.
I will say that's it's okay for men to cry, to feel, and basically emote along the spectrum, when the conditions warrant it.
THEY said it...not me.
But, we're all not "pajama boys", nor are we willing to knuckle under to this latest assault on mankind. The pendulum always swings too far the other way.
Besides, isn't dismantling the patriarchy in America (especially in the inner cities) the major CAUSE of rising crime in ethic areas? So, who's feeding the cattle on this one?
In too many cases in these neighborhoods, it's the black male who chooses to not shoulder responsibility when a child comes along (highest among all races), furthering a matriarchal leadership role in what has become the new "family". Shirking responsibility is in fact, fueling the fire for those looking to eliminate the toxic masculinity that rises in these males who seek to prove their masculinity with gunplay, crime, and yes, even loud music (remember, the bigger the car stereo and speakers, the smaller the penis...lol). It's a compensation thing.
To me, this is just another way for the left to TRY and deal with the whole "God, guns and Bible" gig.
But, with all the sheeple we have these days, willing to follow without batting an eye, it's gonna be damn hard to straighten this impending clusterf*ck out.
*** Next up, some tech stuff.
Here's one story about driverless cars that brings up a very interesting aspect to the entire debate:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/Can-driverless-cars-handle-ethical-fixes--17331830
Ethical issues...now there's something none of these techies stopped to figure out.
No A.I. created can take this into account when specific situations arise on the road.
And would whatever "decision" the computer makes in such a scenario be the RIGHT one, from both and ethical and moral standpoint? That's some pretty deep shit to ponder, yet, it's something many of us could do easily, based on our own ethics and morality. Do we want a computer to start making that decision for us? And, would that absolve US of any moral or ethical issues in say, a courtroom? Lots to think about on this one.
---Another story just got me laughing and here's the link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/Automated-retail-stores-17335685
No, I just wanna know where the damn RESTROOM is...
Automated retail stores...I though that was he INTERNET was...LOL!
Nah, better to have robots walking the aisles of the "brick and mortars", and how exactly si that going to protect jobs for PEOPLE anyway? In many instances, isn;t it better to SPEAK to someONE who has knowledge of the product you are looking for?
Granted, it keeps the hovering salespeople at bay, but it's far from a better option (imho).
"You have been spotted as a shoplifter. You have 5 seconds to surrender."
Wonder how a robot would handle a Black Friday STAMPEDE?
I think I have a good idea.
*** Next, time to check out our "Kitten Corner"...
"(Yawn) - What's with this bell on the neck thing?"
We got to "bell the cats" this weekend, and that meant collars for Violet and Gallifrey.
Yes, they each have a color-matched bell for the collars, too (rose for her, and sapphire for him).
"Nice collars, cats. I don't use them myself."
They even got to show them off to the one squirrel (Tweak) that stopped by for Squirrel-Appreciation Day on Saturday.
"I'm not hiding in shame - I'm just napping."
Initially, they were bothered with it, and although putting them on the cats was easy enough (safety fasteners), both of them KNOW they're wearing one. Makes it easier to hear them when they're near your feet, and help to keep us from stepping on them when they slide up close to you.
We're hoping they adapt to them, as they had neck bands before we adopted them at the ACSPCA, but if not, it wasn't any appreciable outlay of money to get them.
:"Calm...it's nice once in a while."
Other than that, all was relatively calm, except for those energy bursts that sent them dashing through the house in between meals and naps. Add to that plenty of rubbing and purring.
*** Last back to the rain-soaked lawn...why is our attention always being diverted?
If it's not some tech-laden gimmick coming our way,  it's some form of sensational news or another form of social engineering taking our "eyes off the prize". I doubt if that many even know what that prize is these days?
It's small wonder that attention spans have hit record lows, and it certainly starts eraly enough in life.
Social media has not helped in any way, except to accelerate the shortening of our span.
People go from one fake news story to the next, rarely taking time to learn the truth, and we all see the result of such haste.
People take whatever comes long as "gospel", and can't be bothered finding out the real FACTS.
People latch on to whatever societal "fad" comes along, as if to wonder how we existed this long without it.
This could be a real money-maker...lol.
There needs to come a time (soon) when we all just take a step back slow the hell down, and catch our breath.
Personally, I've always believed that "slow and steady wins the race", and you can blame the story of The Tortoise and the Hare for that...
But, it makes more sense than what people are settling for today.
Haste does make waste, and when people try to get through life faster than they should, there will be a price to pay for such insistence upon speed. They're not going to miss anything, unless they choose to not pay the hell attention, which many times, causes it's own issues with humanity.
Just take your time...learn from the process, and carry that knowledge from one day into the next.
Life will unfold in it's OWN time...never yours.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

20 January 2017

Friday Follies...
End of the week at last...and it's RAINING (again).
Been one helluva wet and cloudy year so far, hasn't it?
Hate to think of the snowfall totals we'd have if all this rain had been snow, though.
I suppose we should take our "blessings" wherever we get them, right?
Our Hoosierland weather for today will be cloudy (what else?) with isolated showers (the worst of it happened overnight), with temps rising to an almost spring-like high of 49 degrees. Can't wait to see the locals break out those satin shorts...lol.
So, let's all get a nice cup of Friday Fortitude poured and parked alongside, as we take a look at what's been going on in some other places, hmm?
*** First out of the rain puddles is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 20 -
---Today is National Buttercrunch Day
(have to settle for a Butterfinger bar here)
---It's National Cheese Lover's Day
(just don't give me any of those "stinky" cheeses)
---And, it's National Disc Jockey Day
(we've come a LONG way from spinning vinyl at radio stations, have we not?)
*** And since it IS the end of the week, let us all take a look at what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
JANUARY 21 -
---Saturday is National Granola Bar Day
(not bad if you like gagging on crunchy cardboard)
---It's National Hugging Day
(The 12th Doctor once said "it's just a way to hide your face".)
---And, it's Squirrel Appreciation Day
(hope my "gang" stops by for peanuts)
JANUARY 22 -
---Sunday is National Blonde Brownie Day
(a brownie is still...a brownie)
*** Next up, today is the day we FINALLY get rid of "president" Obummer, and his transformation of America.
(man, this has been a LONG and painful eight years)
Donald Trump will be inaugurated as our 45th president today in D.C.
I have got to hear his speech, because I'll wager it may be unlike any I have heard in my 64 years here.
And, to ALL these protesting nay-sayers...give the guy a friggin' CHANCE. We gave the same to Obama, and how did THAT work out for America? (not well for starters)
Found out with Obama.
If you can't honor the man, then at least honor the OFFICE he takes, because it IS a pretty big deal here.
Now, I will say that if we were hoping for a real CONSERVATIVE in the White House, we didn't get one.
We DID get a REPUBLICAN, though, so it wasn't a total loss (yet).
I just can't see our nation moving forward in today's global climate under more democrat rule and all the PC-BS they flaunt.
Reversing the damage already done during the last administration will take time
Let time be the barometer by which we measure the success or failure of this president.
*** Next up, time to take a look at some of the local STUPID going on...
Here's our first entry for the day:
http://wane.com/2017/01/19/court-docs-man-charged-after-punching-3-people-and-a-police-officer/
One word: DUH!
Okay, now I have to say that this jerk LOOKS THE PART.
The incident took place at Pro Bowl West, 1455 Goshen Road at 2115 hrs on Saturday, 14 January.
The perp was coming up behind people and sucker-punching them...wasn't that SO "last year"?
And then, to punch a LEO?
Man, that's asking for trouble.
(which he got a lot of)
Joshua Pettit, 21, of Connersville was the culprit, and faces several battery charges plus a resisting charge.
Slap on the wrist, and some small bail amount, and he'll be back on our streets in no time.
---Here's a further compilation of assholes who just HAVE to break the law:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Driver-wanted-after-fleeing-crash-17366479
Not gonna waste time with their mugshots...you read , you decide.
---This perp robbed a Family Dollar on the SE side and has been charged:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/Man-charged-with-theft-of-items-from-Family-Dollar
---This perp trespassed on a Cap N Cork liquor store on 8 January:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/Man-charged-with-criminal-trespass
I will say that this shithead didn't learn a damn thing from past experiences (from 2015)...typical.
*** Next up, just exactly WHAT THE HELL is this "Womens March on Washington" that just happens to coincide with Trump's inauguration, anyway?
Well, maybe this will shed some light on this:
(( Organizers say the march is an effort to “send a bold message” to the incoming Trump administration that women’s rights are human rights.))
Seems our country settled this several times before (suffrage and women's lib of the 60s and 70s)
These ladies need to read some American HISTORY.
Why does this all of a sudden NEED to be revisited?
Here's the rest of the lowdown:
https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/
Looks like it's just another way for leftists to disrupt an event that should be center-stage today.
And to think they could have had (another) day ALL to themselves...what a waste and shame.
*** Next , El Chapo finally makes it to the USA (and not for a holiday). Here's the details:
Now, if we can only do a BETTER job of KEEPING his drug-lord ass IN jail (something Mexico had a rough time doing).
Be  real shame is the transport vehicle that takes him to whatever federal facility has an "accident" and he dies...
A real shame.
*** Next, those "forever" stamps aren't living up to their name, are they?
Here's the story of why:
http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2017/01/18/usps-forever-stamps-price/96727062/
Heh, that "forever" aspect needs to be somewhat "amended", don'cha think?
And to think I can recall a time with in ONLY would cost a NICKEL to send a letter (postcards were 3 cents).
Lucky for us the USPS has been bleeding money for several decades, ensuring their continuance and justifying their existence, otherwise we might wind up privatizing it, and save a few bucks.
Never expect a profit when the FEDS get involved.
*** Next up, time to leave all the crap behind, and visit "Kitten Corner"...
My main concern with our cats is the method which they choose to chow down.
Violet has her bathroom rug...
Violet is the prim and proper, savor the flavor one of the twosome. She takes her time eating.
Gallifrey is the "gobble-guts"  one, who wolds down his food and then proceeds over the her dish to "help" eat her food.
That's something I want to dissuade as soon as possible.
Everyone gets the same amount, and no one gets left out.
And Gallifrey has his.
Violet's ringworm is going away, too. That's good to know. Hopefully, it won't return.
And playtime consists of following me around the house, then chasing each other, and finally crapping out for a nap after all the energy has been expended.
Whatta life, right?
*** Last back to the rain gutter...today marks the start of (hopefully) a better four years than the last eight.
And yet, there are those out there who simply cannot accept political defeat.
Hey, that kinda stuff happens...build yourselves a damn bridge and get the hell over it already.
Let's use this time to actually HEAL this nation from the wounds it has suffered at the hands of the leftards.
We need to come together, instead of being torn apart as we have been for a decade.
I know I'd like to see some REAL change (for a change) and not the chump-change we were given by this last poser-in-chief.
I want to see more people off entitlements and becoming productive as they should be.
Yeah, I'm only looking for the things that make America great, and why shouldn't I?
Why should any of us settle for anything less, when we all know we can accomplish more?
Let's all trust in God that things will become better for us all soon enough.
I think we're about due for some "better", right?
DO have yourselves a good weekend
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.
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((And, in case you forgot, as I nearly did, this is post number 2800!))
Time for a cold one...or several to celebrate.

19 January 2017

Thoughts For Thursday...
Well, wouldn't you know it...JUST as we're drying out from the rain we had earlier in the week, we get more (coming by tonight into tomorrow). I guess if it were all snow, we'd be nicely screwed.
As for seeing the sun? Maybe a peek today.
And, since we didn't even make it to 40 degrees yesterday, we will do so today.
Our Hoosierland weather brings us mostly cloudy skies, some rain moving in later this afternoon into evening, and temps reaching up to around 48 degrees. Must be that global warming to blame.
So, let's stop messing around and get ourselves a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out from under the blankets is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.' "
This was spoken by another "newbie" here, one Marilyn Vos Savant (born August 11, 1946) who is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright. She also has the distinction of being known for having the highest recorded IQ according to the Guinness Book of Records, a competitive category the publication has since retired.
(guess they couldn't take having such an intelligent WOMAN...how sexist of them...lol)
And here is her WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_vos_Savant#cite_note-1
It's interesting to not that she has been married to Robert Jarvik (yes, the artificial heart creator) since 1987
And, if you read Parade magazine, you would come across the ASK MARILYN column...yep, she is THAT Marilyn.
The WIKI is a good read, especially if things such as Fermat's Theorem interests you (and why wouldn't it?).
The method once used to test IQ scores is something worth reading (they've since abandoned it, and gone to a test that "limits" IQs to 170 (level the playing field?).
I thought it was really fun to read, especially about someone who is a fellow astrological sign (Leo).
*** Next up, it's time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 19 -
---Today is National Popcorn Day
(we have got this one SO covered)
---And, it's Get To Know Your Customers Day
(it'a a quarterly thing, but still doesn't apply to me)
*** Next, what's this we hear about the OLD police HQ building along Creighton Avenue?
Let's find out with this story link:
http://wane.com/2017/01/18/activist-southeast-side-doesnt-need-another-vacant-lot/
The old FWPD HQ in better days.
So, the SOUTHEAST SIDE doesn't need another vacant lot? Really???
Now, that's a real two-edged sword kinda statement, isn't it?
(I could use a lot of them surrounding us)
There's a plan to keep the old building located in the 1400 block of Creighton Ave, which has been vacant for more than a couple years. Another plan is to RAZE it, due to interior deterioration...oh, AND the lack of any developer showing any interest in purchasing it.
How the hell are you going to entice ANY sane and reasonable developer to buy into a building that's a stone's throw from the Eden Green Apartments? I'm sorry...I mean "The Villages At Hanna".
That's the MAJOR problem with down here (as I've said too often)...the CRIME.
The SE side does take it's toll.
So, why NOT have another vacant lot. We get enough of them, we'll have less areas for the human refuse to live, and they'll move elsewhere (as they're already starting to do...and it shows).
One community activist (uh oh) wants to keep the building a few years so they CAN find a developer.
Sure, the building is over 100 years old (I've was inside once during my ride-along) and it was nice. Lots of dark wood framing and such), but the lot's been broken into and vandalized more than a few times since the FWPD moved downtown (which I still think was a bad idea...crime went UP when they moved out). The interior photos show that the inside isn't too bad off (whenever they were taken).
But, time never stops for anyone (or anything). The "new" plan is to raze the building and add it to the Renaissance Pointe YMCA for "recreational use" (like the drugs over at the Villages at Hanna?).
Bowser complex in better days.
The city didn't want to keep the police there, because the upkeep of the old building (part of the original Bowser Complex) was becoming too costly.
So the city spent MILLIONS more to move the FWPD HQ downtown...makes sense (if you're a spendaholic dumbocrat).
*** Next, if you thought we didn't have any "STUPID" around town to speak of...think again.
Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/01/18/police-find-guns-drugs-in-raid-3-arrested/
A NORTH side house was the target of vice and narcotics when they raided a "crib" in the  600 block of Russell Avenue, near Wells Street, and arrested three people around 1200 hrs yesterday.
BUSTED!
Police found 3 handguns, roughly 1 ounce of marijuana, 1 ounce of edible marijuana products, 3.7 grams of hash oil and some 3 grams of heroin (another "one-stop"). They also removed three pit bulls from the house. Oh, I thought they meant the "residents"...lol.
Nice work by the EST and detectives.
*** Next up, more proof that crime is spreading out, especially over in Waynedale.
Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/01/18/police-search-for-suspect-in-pharmacy-hold-up/
The Walgreens located along Bluffton Rd (and Lower Huntington) had it's pharmacy robbed on 17 January around 1730 hrs.
A man threatened to blow up the store unless he got some prescripts...which he did.
Good video capture of the perp, too.
First, we had black males snatching purses at the Kroger, and now we have white trash with bomb threats at Walgreens.
Makes you wonder what the hell will be next in a part of town that USED to be wonderfully sedate.
*** Next up, Let's leave the stupid behind, and take a stop over to "Kitten Corner"...
Some days, the kids are angelic as all get out, while other days they act like the spawn of Satan...lol.
"Time to play with Daddy's slippers".
Yesterday, they were very well-behaved until a half hour before Wifey got home. Then, they started dashing back and forth through the house...chasing one another. What fascinates them (doing that while they have a floor full of toys, I will never figure out.
"What's he doing with Daddy's slippers?"
But with every manic phase, there is (thankfully) a QUIET phase, and that follows soon enough.
Sure beats having an "empty" house, I will grant you that.
*** Last back under the comforter, I'd like to pose a query...
Question: How you create a "teachable moment" to those not willing to be taught? Welcome to one of Wifey's classrooms.
I'm sure this is applicable to many other high schools across America, too.
There are a few kids that refuse to be taught, refuse to learn, and refuse to participate in the "free" school they have available to them. When the hell did THIS mindset take hold in our educational system and why are we even permitting it?
You're NOT at home.
Such behaviors were unheard of in MY day, but back then, WE, as students, were held much more accountable (by teachers and parents) for our actions...and especially our INACTIONS.
Today, it seems like anything goes in the classroom, and those few asshole kids tend to ruin the learning experience for the other 30+ or so, right? It's disruptive as hell, and denies education to those seeking it.
And you know what the WORST part is? People will always want to blame the educators, when the problem lies with the SCHOOL SYSTEMS and the STUDENTS (as well as what passes for parents of those problem kids).
The really sad part, is that the school systems seem selectively oblivious to this,. or will do little to get such troublemakers OUT of the class in which they're are a nuisance.
Sometimes, police have to step in, too.
A slap on the wrist here and there, does little to get them OUT of the classroom and into some remedial program with STRICTER guidelines to have them tow the mark (before they wind up in juvey prison).
School is for LEARNING, not "hanging out".
It's damn well time to  take back the public school system from the leftards who are concerned with data, test scores, diversity, and all the other shit that is NOT allowing our kids (who WANT to learn) to achieve their full potential.
We used to have something called "reform school" when I was young - a place to send the incorrigible among us before they got into REALLY bad shit. Maybe, since we're so entrenched in "diversity", it's time to revisit such a venue...JUST to make things "fair" for ALL our children. That would truly be a TEACHABLE moment, would it not?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.