25 June 2016

Happy Birthday To Wifey...
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Yes, today is the birthday of The Lovely Mrs. Bobby G.
I know our cat, Rassie is enthused.
As is our squirrel buddy, "Squirt".
Glad to say that others ARE ecstatic.

Let's get CAKE-FACED!

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Hon...and many more.

(((MWAH)))


24 June 2016

Friday Follies...
Finally, the end of the week - a week that saw the beginning of Summer (break out the Coppertone), a "sit-in" by spoiled brat libtards in Congress, and another one of the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case exonerated.
Yeah, that helped put a smile on MY face.
Our forecast isn't too bad either, if you like hot conditions (always worse in Death Valley - remember that).
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with cloudy skies to start out, with the sun shining soon. Temps will top out in the 83-degree range, and the humidity is much lower than yesterday evening.
So, if you have anything to do about the house, lawn, or garden, a word to the wise: Get out early and get it done.
Now, let's all get ourselves a cup or glass of Friday Fortitude poured and parked at the ready, as we see what's been going on elsewhere on this crazy planet...
*** First out of the bird bath is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
June 24 -
---Today is NATIONAL PRALINES DAY
(It's a confection. That's ALL I need to know)
---And, it's NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY
(I know Chris would love to do this, JUST to prove that dogs ARE smarter than some people...lol)
*** And, since this IS the weekend, let's see what takes place over the following 48 hours:
June 25 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL CATFISH DAY
(The Cincy Zoo had one of the BIGGEST ones I've ever seen - over FOUR feet long...seriously!!!)
---It's also NATIONAL LEON DAY
(opposite of NOEL - 6 months from Christmas,  coming OR going)
---And, it's NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY
(ANY parfait gets my vote)
June 26 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL BEAUTICIAN'S DAY
(Doing blowjobs for decades, and getting tips along the way...ROFL)
---It's also NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PUDDING DAY
(chocolate...pudding...need I say more?)
There you have it. Plenty of things to keep you occupied and out of the hoosegow.
*** Next up, our Whiner -in-Chief doesn't get his OWN way, and I am smiling like the Cheshire Cat. Here's the story link:
https://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/23/supreme-court-rules-obamas-immigration-order/
The 4-4 tie vote between the 8 "Supremes" is just SO damn good, it simply HAS to be fattening...lol.
This deals with the immigration deal Obummer forced through by executive decision.
And, it's totally UN-Constitutional, as Speaker Paul Ryan called that one out.
He said that "The executive branch of government does not make the laws...Congress does".
About time Barry found that out, even if almost 8 years have passed before he was reminded of what many of us learned in 6th grade American History class... guess they don't teach such things in THAILAND, do they Barry?
*** Something else that got me to smiling today was the BREXIT vote in Jolly Olde England (aka the UK).
Bloody good show, chaps!
They voted to LEAVE the European Union...finally.
Here's the story link (with videos):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/24/eu-referendum-live-david-cameron-resigns-as-uk-shocks-the-world/
And PM David Cameron also resigns as a result OF that vote.
The British Pound takes a nosedive (to 1985 levels), but I expect it to bounce back.
Personally, I LOVE the UK and I feel this WILL be a good move for them to reclaim their sovereignty.
Wales and England carried the vote to LEAVE, while Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to REMAIN (what's with you Scots? Thought you lads and lasses would lean to the CONSERVATIVE side of this fence).
Going to be interesting who gets the nod to become the new PM.
(and when are they bringing DOCTOR WHO back???)
We "colonials" need to be kept abreast of this type of stuff, don'cha think?
*** Next up, more GRANTS for more PROGRAMS to help more POOR folks.
Head of HUD - Julian CASTRO (that can't be good)
This is on the local level in Fort Wayne,
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/City-awards--360-000-to-nonprofits-13755975
Wow, the CITY awards $360K...must be nice to have that kid of "tossin' around" money available. Ten Fort Wayne non-profits will benefit from the block grant money.
Our "king" was in attendance explaining this to the peasants at a presser yesterday.
Unlike city money, THESE can't be flushed down the crapper...lol.
This is for low to moderate income "families" intended for shelter (in nicer neighborhoods, no doubt), "basic needs" (which doesn't include new Cadillacs, BTW), employment skills (good luck with that one), and youth development (which hasn't worked out well so far).
MY type of HUD.
This money comes to our city via (you guessed it)...HUD. I mean, where else can you find taxpayer money to toss into a black hole of waste, right?
I'm not against non-profits, but there has to be a better way to garner funds.
NOT my type of HUD.
These nonprofits even say they DEPEND on these grants, and HUD has to justify their own existence, so, it becomes a match made in someplace OTHER than heaven. You get the picture.
*** Next, it's time once again to take a page from Albert Einstein's book of pertinent quotes with this story:
http://wane.com/2016/06/23/community-plans-walk-to-end-violence/
Yep, the (black) community plans to stage another walk "against the violence" that seems to permeate our streets (mainly on the SE side).
Now, didn't they TRY the exact same thing a couple years back when we had that RECORD number of homicides (45 - the majority of which have NOT been solved)?
How's that been working out for their community?
Obviously, not all that well, otherwise crime down here would be on the DECLINE, rather than on the rise, right?
But, what will happen is these folks will (quote alert!) "DO THE SAME THING EXPECTING A DIFFERENT OUTCOME".
Einstein defined that as...INSANITY, if memory serves.
Albert "got it".
Well, maybe the shoe fits, and maybe the law of averages will catch up and change things for the better, and maybe I'll become Master of the Universe along the way. Yeah, I'm still smiling over this, too.
*** Last back to the bird feeder...try as we may, we never seem to solve the problems that are vexing us.
And, as I've stated here (and many of you feel the same way), the PROBLEM that begs for a solution is never properly addressed.
Yet there are those who grasp at any straw and see that as a "solution", when in fact, it's a stop-gap measure at best, and total FUBAR at worst.
When we, as a society take some time and look at our CULTURE, and how THAT has been affected by the myriad of issues these days, we can find out the causes OF our problems.
Rampant (and illegal) immigration, poverty, class-struggle, crime, and more serve to place an ever-growing strain on our nation, and yet, all the programs created to take care of these situations have done little or nothing to quash or slow these problems down where they can become manageable.
When we, as a people begin to realize that we have a CULTURAL problem, and that IGNORANCE is at the root OF that problem, then we can get on the road to solving it, but not before.
Evil loves to have a place to "play", and all too often, we have provided the perfect venue for that.
But, let's understand that poor people are not evil people. Nor are the disabled among us, or the indigent, the down-trodden, or the unemployed. They are the victims of our cultural problems, and as such, have been kept AS victims by a (liberal) system determined to perpetuate the mindset to serve it's own purpose, and not to aid those truly in need.
When we see past this deceit, and educate ourselves to become motivated to change this, we help ALL of us.
We are much more than the mediocrity we have allowed to dwell in our country, and it's time we proved it.
Remember that old saying: The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a SINGLE STEP.
Therein lies the lesson for the day.
DO have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and, as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

23 June 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
We managed quite well overnight when those nasty-ass storms blew through.
I did a "reccy" early on, and everything is where we left it last night. The house, garage, trees, patio furniture, planters all in the same spots. Guess the winds weren't as bad as we were told they would be.The brunt of that front seemed to go around us both north and south, with THOSE areas getting hit harder. Dodged another bullet, right?
Hope those of you in those locales made out okay as well.
Our Hoosierland weather for today sees us with cloudy skies to begin with, plenty of leftover humidity hanging around, with a high today of around 82 degrees (not gonna feel like a cool down...sorry).
Now, let's all get that cup or glass of relief poured as we take a look at what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the rain barrel is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others."
This was spoken by Jonathan Sacks (born 8 March 1948), who is a British rabbi, philosopher, and scholar of Judaism. He is also know as Rabbi Lord Sacks and here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Sacks
And his official website:
http://www.rabbisacks.org/
A very interesting man of the cloth. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, but was not recognized as the religious authority for the haredi Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations or for the progressive movements such as Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism.
He is the author of 25 books, many of which have garnered literary acclaim.
Rabbi Sacks has expressed concerns at what he regards as the negative effects of materialism and secularism in European society (he ougtta check out OUR country across the pond).
He argues that such things undermine the basic values of family and lead to selfishness.
This is a very good read, and demonstrates that men of faith STILL exist and that they WILL say what needs to be said, rather than give into political correctness.
*** Next up, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
June 23 -
---Today is NATIONAL HYDRATION DAY
(I'd say after last night, we got this one covered...with water)
---It's also NATIONAL PECAN SANDIES DAY
(one damn good cookie - pass the milk, please)
---And, it's NATIONAL PINK DAY
(It's the COLOR and not the singer, thank God)
*** Next up, more on the police-action shooting.
Here's the story link (with video):
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Chief--Teen-shot-by-police-will-live-13736027
I watched the video...anyone else think Garry needs some public-speaking classes?
(Caution: DO NOT turn this into a drinking game where you do a shot every time Garry says "UH" or "UM"...you will be out like a light before the first THREE minutes...lol)
In over his head...said that from the get-go (and I'm not the only one that feels this way). I've seen LOTS of pressers by many chiefs and sheriffs in law-enforcement (and so have many of you), and this is NOT one of the better ones, as far as knowing what you're talking about.
The Q&A wasn't as bad, and some GOOD questions were asked of Hamilton, and a lot of what we already know about the people in these areas did come out through the answers.
It would look as if black lives don't matter all that much in these parts of town, and by their own hands most of he time. At least Hamilton alluded to the ease of getting a gun through break-ins and burglaries, and mentioned that buying the AMMO is the main source of tracking some of these perps. He must read crime stats and trends, too...lol.
*** Next up, another update to another death (took long enough too).
If you have Mr. Peabody get Sherman to set the "WAY-BACK" machine to 27 April, I related a story about a woman found dead in the 7900 block of Decatur Rd, and how it COULD be homicide number ten (at that time).
Here's the update to the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Autopsy-finds-April-death-was-homicide-13741175
Jacqueline Vanduyn, 52,  was the victim who was found dead in her apartment back in April.
Well, the coroner finally agreed with me (again).
The determination was death by strangulation and suffocation, and it would seem that the boyfriend is the primary suspect.
No word on whether he's been found or where he might be.
Given the area this took place (and the people that infest it), it's not hard to draw a reasonable conclusion before the coroner.
We are REALLY now (officially) at HOMICIDE NUMBER SIXTEEN.
*** Next up, Frank Gray had a good column about the recent shootings.
Here's the link to his take on this:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/frank-gray/Shootings-reflect-danger--despair-13740577
This is also worth your time to read it.
The ancillary damage that occurs whenever someone gets shot is at the forefront of the article...and it SHOULD be.
Rare are the times when a person gets shot and killed and no one else in "affected".
A shooting, or ANY death by criminal causes should galvanize people in a neighborhood to get on community leader's backs and stay there until the issue gets resolved.
But, as is the case many times in such parts of our city, the people dry their crocodile tears and move on, usually within a few days...back to business as usual in these places.
Things like this have been going on for YEARS.
Some blocks are the hottest of the "hot spots" for crime, and people just don't seem to care as much as they should. That's pretty pathetic and THAT has it's own effect throughout that neighborhood, which will spread outward...we've seen that occur.
*** Next up, I'll bet you often wonder where YOUR city wound up on the latest list of "best cities in Indiana", hmm?
Well, wonder no longer. Here's the link to find out:
http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-indiana-2016/
I can tell you right now, Ligonier is looking REAL good (as is Berne)...lol.
Included are the top 100 cities, and let's say that the "usual" ones are near the bottom.
--Fort Wayne is at 57 (oops, guess all that downtown development ISN'T making our city SAFER).
--Winchester is at 80 (wow, never would have thought THAT)
--Portland was at 39, and Decatur was listed at 30 (not bad).
--Markle didn't make the list, so I guess THEIR crime is SO low as to not warrant mentioning.
Now I wonder what "commonality" is shared by both the GOOD cities as well as the BAD ones?
(how about percentage of certain ethnic populations?) Gotta be it. Amazing how that works, isn't it?
*** Next up, remember those Takata airbags in cars and the HUGE recall that's still going on?
Not a good "boom" for business.
Well, here's something that's being done in it's wake:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/Fiat-Chrysler-to-halt-use-of-dangerous-airbag-inflators-13719612
Behind your steering wheel lurks THIS.
Of all car companies to do this...astounding.
But, I have to ask an important question: Why use METAL canisters to contain the explosion of the inflators?
It's THOSE that are causing drivers and passengers to get FRAGGED when they go off, because the drying agent in the ammonium nitrate deteriorates with age and causes the explosion to become more severe.
And that ammonium nitrate works well...when used against government building in Oklahoma.
Yeah, the same stuff used to kill people is right in front of your face in your vehicle, WAITING to go off (in a crash).
Here's an idea - Let's minimize the possibility for personal injury and make those canisters from...(...wait for it...)...CARBON FIBER.
Yeah, I said it first, and it makes sense.
CF is 3x stronger than steel and weighs a lot less. If carmakers can build a vehicle frame and body from this, then they SHOULD be able to make small canisters, right?
Get those grenades out of our vehicles and keep 'em on the battlefield.
*** Last back to the downspout...yep, cleaned out the gutters yesterday (well, the ones that were clogged) and didn't have to find out how well I can "bounce".
Lookit all that schmutz!
All went well and "mission accomplished" (for another year).
Had "Junior" (our newest squirrel-buddy) stop by yesterday to get fed, The Lovely Mrs. Bobby G. grabbed a video of it, and may be posting it to her Facebook thing.
Took every peanut from my hand.
(I think I figured out how to post it here - cross yer fingers).
video
Things like this tend to be therapeutic for me, and that's a blessing in many ways.
When I'm feeding a squirrel or just sitting on the patio, I think back to days when a person didn't have to worry about bullets coming through a house from some gang-banging jerkoff riding around with nothing to do and no future to speak of.
We are told that time relates to progress, but I don't see the justification in such statements.
In many ways, we have not "moved forward" (enough) as a society...we've gone the other direction. Some say that technology has aided society in SO many ways. Sorry, not seeing that either, unless you mean in the world of medicine and other related sciences.
From an interpersonal standpoint, it's more a millstone than a milestone for humanity.
I look at it as a very large encyclopedia/dictionary/thesaurus that helps me learn MORE than I knew yesterday.
Oh, no...I was UN-friended!!!
Others look at it as a way to Andy Warhol themselves from obscurity.
Being obscure is part of life...get over it. About 99.9 % of us are relegated to being obscure to some degree, and that's fine. Less hassle and less "notoriety", right?
Face it, we ALL can't be in the limelight AT ONCE, and the constant social-media posturing for that position bores the hell out of me.
I much prefer the tangible...the tactile, and the personable.
You're gonna spend a helluva LOTTA time in REALITY, so people better get used to it.
If you don't learn that from little on up, you're in for a very rude awakening.
And, I think we, as a society have already proven how well (and often) "rude" can be used, right?
Time to wake up, get our "stuff" together and WORK together toward a better future for everyone.
To do less is to want less, and settle for less. That's not what has defined this nation.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.