07 December 2016

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome to the middle of the rolling week, and if you thought it was cold out there this morning, you were correct.
Thing is, it will be colder tomorrow. Yeah, we're getting close to that thing called WINTER.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see us with partly cloudy skies (my God, I think I'm seeing a SUNRISE out there), light winds and a high of only around 34 degrees. Better make that light jacket a heavier one.
That wind chill is making it feel like 15 degrees as we start the day.
Now, let's make sure to get something hot when it comes to our morning drink, because we're going to need it, as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the frosty window is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent."
I think at this time of year, and perhaps especially for today, such words have the ability to echo far beyond our mere mention of them.
So, who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute...
*** Next up, it's time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob? feature:
DECEMBER 7 - 
---Today is National Cotton Candy Day
(shouldn't this take place when the county FAIR is in town?)
---And, it's National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
(got some thoughts on that a bit farther down)
*** Next, let's get that daily dose of stupid out of the way, shall we?
---It would appear that we notched homicide number 47 last night for County Allen/Fort Wayne.
Here's the story so far:
http://wane.com/2016/12/06/one-person-critically-hurt-in-shooting-northeast-of-downtown/
This took place around 2200 hrs in the vicinity of E. State Blvd and California Ave.
Police were responding to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of the State Grill on East State Boulevard.
Two people, who could be suspects in the shooting, arrived at hospitals suffering from gunshot wounds shortly after the incident, a police spokesman said.
One of them was reportedly in critical condition.
The other was listed in serious condition. victim.
---And, here are two stories about criminals of the black persuasion who practiced that "special kind of stupid"...
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Robbery-victim-identified-suspect-16704513
Caught after a home invasion last Thursday was  Davon “Dee” W. Hawkins, Jr., 22, of the 100 block of Lexington Court. The story (erroneously) says he and another man were armed with "automatic" handguns...WRONG.
Let's try SEMI-auto instead, okay?
Get the facts straight, folks.
---This other perp was caught after a FWPD officer stopped him for a non-functioning license plate bulb (OMG...they STILL do that? Amazing!).
Katrell J. Perry, 23, of the 1000 block of Columbia Avenue was arrested after police found him to be in possession of a firearm.
The traffic stop was conducted (also last Thursday, around 0100 hrs) at Reed Street just north of East Creighton, and police discovered Perry was driving with a suspended-infraction learner’s permit and was a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a gun. And they found two loaded guns after they persuaded Perry to get out of his 2001 Pontiac Grand Am.
In his left side shorts pocket was a Raven Arms P25 .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun. In his right side pants pocket, police found a black Glock 22 .40-caliber semi-automatic.
(bet he didn't BUY either one legally)
---And this story just cries "dumbass":
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Surveyor-elect-requesting-increase-in-pay-16699116
You're the surveyor-elect (Jeff Sorg) and you ALREADY want a PAY increase? Who the hell do you think YOU are?
Didn't think to check the PAY GRADE before you decided to run for the position?
How dumb can you get, anyway?
(( As an unlicensed surveyor, Sorg would receive $47,555. The pay level requested is $71,333.))
Just take the $47K and be GRATEFUL you have employment, you jerk.
Some people just do not belong running for ANY office.
*** Next, and quickly moving away from the former FUBAR, let's see what the kittens have been up to.
You talkin' about me AGAIN?
Their innocence of discovery often leads to the alter of consequences.
Like when Gallifrey has to play with my slippers, or when Violet decides to pick a "perch" that has about as much stability as the Obama Economy in America.
They are learning mush about the whole "what you sow, so shall you reap" aspect to the "Fortress". But you just cannot stay angry at them.
Well, I like watching you read.
And I often think they KNOW that...lol.
Maybe this is more of a JOINT learning experience for all of us. I know I'm learning to RE-LEARN a lot.
*** Last back to the wheelhouse...today we remember Pearl Harbor, and the attack the Japanese conducted on our military stationed there 75 years ago today.
It was those events which took place back in 1941, which led to our involvement in WW2.
Here's the WIKI for the event:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor
This covers much of the attack waves , the damages, and the plans leading up to the attack.
What is still highly debated is whether or not FDR sat on intelligence he allegedly received, in order to allow America to enter the war.
Another good website is THIS one:
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/pearl.htm
The History Channel has had it's share of show devoted to this day, and understandably so.
We need to remember, especially in times like today, when our attention span seems to lack the longevity we should have concerning events such as this.
The number of surviving veterans also continues to dwindle, and with them, the accounts of what took place that Sunday morning. Fortunately, for posterity, many of the stories have been related and are now a part of our history, as well they should be.
Today was a day that will live in infamy, and in that, we are required by those who went before us, to preserve the memory of the events that occurred, as well as the memories of those who perished and those who survived.
May this day never cease to become the learning experience we need as a people...and as a nation, bound to the preservation of freedom and liberty.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

06 December 2016

Tuesday Tidbits...
Okay, so it's ANOTHER cloudy day out there.
Helluva pattern we're developing for the month of December, isn't it?
We have not had ONE sunny (fair) day yet (maybe a couple peeks here and there)
Our Hoosierland weather for today finds us with (you guessed it). cloudy skies and the chance of rain throughout the day, ending by late afternoon (take your umbrella). Highs today are expected to top out around 38 degrees. Gonna be down in the 20s tonight.
Must be Tuesday after all.
So what say we chase the chill away with a hot beverage as we all get ready to "suit up" for what today will bring...fair enough?
*** First out of the coat closet is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
DECEMBER 6 -
---Today is World Trick Shot Day
(put down the pool cues - it's a Globetrotter thing)
---It's National Pawnbrokers Day
(unknowingly fencing stolen goods for years...but no longer)
---It's National Microwave Oven Day
(that's every day in our home)
---It's National Gazpacho Day
(only if you're Latino)
---It's Saint Nicholas Day
(check the catholic calendar...it's true)
---It's National Miners' Day
(for all those who toil UNDER the earth)
*** And since it's Tuesday, let's check out all those police calls the media conveniently FORGOT to tell us about, because they're busy with all that "fake news"...
SHOTS FIRED ((113)) / ARMED ROBBERY((53)) CALLS - 11/28 - 12/4
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
=======================================
NOV 28 - 
((NO shots fired))
((NO armed robberies))
WTF? Everyone take the damn day OFF?
16F162349 11/28/2016 07:59pm 58 SHOOTING 3600 FAIRFIELD AVE & OAKDALE DR W
Well, THAT'S better.
NOV 29 -
16F162772 11/29/2016 06:25pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 7900 DECATUR RD
16F162584 11/29/2016 11:36am 23,113 300 KILLEA ST
NOV 30 -
16F162925 11/30/2016 04:10am 113 SHOTS FIRED 9400 CLINTON ST N
16F163306 11/30/2016 05:40pm 23,113   7500 PINEDALE DR
16F163405 11/30/2016 10:01pm 53 ARMED ROB 1200 STATE BLVD E
16F162900 11/30/2016 01:42am 58 SHOOTING 4200 LAFAYETTE ST S
DEC 1 -
16F163474 12/01/2016 02:56am 113 SHOTS FIRED 400 PACKARD AVE W
16F163477 12/01/2016 02:57am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 FAIRFIELD AVE & DEWALD ST W
16F163478 12/01/2016 03:01am 113 SHOTS FIRED 400 WILLIAMS ST W
16F163769 12/01/2016 05:18pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 7900 DECATUR RD
16F163883 12/01/2016 11:07pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3800 OLIVER ST
16F163456 12/01/2016 12:17am 53 ARMED ROB 700 THIRD ST
16F163835 12/01/2016 08:06pm 53 ARMED ROB 2200 RANDALLIA DR
16F163822 12/01/2016 07:20pm 58 SHOOTING 7900 SERENITY DR
DEC 2 -
16F163956 12/02/2016 07:01am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4100 MONROE ST S & BAXTER ST
16F164276 12/02/2016 05:39pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 10200 AVALON WAY
16F164379 12/02/2016 09:35pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 TAYLOR ST
16F164421 12/02/2016 11:18pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2400 PAULDING RD E & RADCLIFFE DR
16F164244 12/02/2016 04:33pm 53 ARMED ROB 9100 LIMA RD
DEC 3 -
16F164669 12/03/2016 03:04pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3700 SMITH ST
16F164744 12/03/2016 05:57pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4500 ATWOOD DR
16F164791 12/03/2016 08:02pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 REDWOOD AVE & RODGERS AVE
16F164793 12/03/2016 08:10pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2200 SHADY BROOK DR  
16F164824 12/03/2016 09:32pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 CALHOUN ST S & LEITH ST E
16F164572 12/03/2016 11:31am 53 ARMED ROB 1400 ANTHONY BLVD N & LAKE AVE
16F164787 12/03/2016 07:51pm 53 ARMED ROB 3000 OXFORD ST
16F164765 12/03/2016 06:54pm 58 SHOOTING 3300 CHEVIOT DR
DEC 4 -
16F164944 12/04/2016 03:03am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 WINCH ST
16F164981 12/04/2016 06:36am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5400 LOIS LN  
16F165007 12/04/2016 08:56am 113 SHOTS FIRED 7400 LAKERIDGE DR
16F165075 12/04/2016 12:38pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 100 STATE BLVD E & CLINTON ST N
16F165236 12/04/2016 09:05pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 FOREST AVE
16F164986 12/04/2016 07:37am 53 ARMED ROB 6300 BLUFFTON RD
16F165259 12/04/2016 10:56pm 53 ARMED ROB 4200 CLINTON ST N
=============================================================
And let's see the ONE idiot who HAD to set off some fireworks.
===========================
FIREWORKS CALLS 11/28 - 12/4
===========================
Dec 4 -
16F165011 12/04/2016 09:17am 44FW 2200 MAPLEWOOD RD
*** Next, and speaking of crime, this seems kinda ODD:
http://wane.com/2016/12/05/fwfd-investigating-fire-neighbors-identify-victim/
What''s odd is that a person was found in a crawl space dead after a house fire.
This took place around 1430 hrs at 6902 Penrose Drive (NE).
The story goes on to say that the victim was male and that (according to neighbors) he was wheelchair-bound.
So, HOW does a person in a wheelchair wind up dead in a crawl space under his own house, anyway?
Lots more here than meets the eye, right?
*** Next, in a story relating to the police stats above, there's THIS:
http://wane.com/2016/12/05/fwpd-woman-calls-911-after-being-shot-in-the-head/
This took place back on 3 December, around 2030 hrs in the 3300 block of Cheviot Drive (nice ghettoized area), where a woman reported to police that she has been shot (in the head) from a drive-by.
She was taken to hospital in fair condition.
*** Next up, let's check out some of the daily STUPID, just because we can...
---Question: What happens when you don't have any oversight with spending?
Answer: You get stories like THIS one:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/Pentagon-hid-study-on-waste-16687255
Yep, our "friends" at the Pentagon took it upon themselves to HIDE about $125 BILLION (with a "B") of WASTE.
And to top it all off, it was ADMINISTRATIVE WASTE.
Yeah, that's a LOT of waste!
(( Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results. ))
Uh oh...can YOU say "OOPS"?
A little late for this administration to FIND this clusterf*ck, isn't it?
That's the SAME administration that has been spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors on liberty for the last 8 years.
And only NOW, they figure out all this moolah was wasted on administrative "costs"...while others stated our MILITARY costs are too high? Maybe we cut the front officer a LOT...to save our troops?
Just a thought, people.
---Question: Why do people change things for no good reason?
Answer: Because they CAN.
And, this little tale I'm about to relate says it all.
Yesterday, I wanted to order the K-Mart holiday plush bear for 2016, and have it shipped (free) to their "partner", Sears at Glenbrook. Then, Wifey goes and picks it up this weekend.
This was the exact same thing I did LAST year, and it went smoothly enough.
Well, THIS year, you can't do that. You only have TWO options:
1) Pick the bear up at the store (closest K-Mart is in WARSAW, INDIANA) or...
2) Have the bear shipped to your HOUSE (at a cost of $3.99 in addition)
Needless to say, we went for number 2 (driving to Warsaw wasn't worth 4 bucks)
Now, people at Sears couldn't solve the problem and said this was due to availability. Then why ADVERTISE the bear when you DON'T HAVE THEM?
If they left well enough alone, things would have worked out a lot more smoothly.
---Question: What happens in the aftermath of a fire that consumes an illegally-converted warehouse?
Answer: Stories such as THIS one:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/Warehouse-manager-sorry-16688474
This was that place that burned down in Oakland, killing close to 40 people inside, because what passes for an "owner" didn't know that when such a conversion to LIVING areas is made, it's required by fire code that you have SOME sort of suppression system in the damn building...like SPRINKLERS.
Well, the owner is sorry...yeah, that helps a whole helluva lot, doesn't it? Dipshit.
Cut some corners, and you cut some lives short...guess that's how they do things in California these days.
*** Next up, this might not qualify as being blatantly "stupid", but it runs a close second.
Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Aging-water-systems-need-billions-in-repairs-16684837
Wow...Indiana has AGING WATER SYSTEMS...and the cost to fix the problem will run into the BILLIONS.
Now, who'da ever thunk THAT, hmm?
The systems are apparently reaching or in some cases, exceeding their lifespan, and leaking mains are causing issues statewide (we have our share just in Fort Wayne).
Winter weather will only help to hasten developing problems, too. We know that much.
But, not to worry, our city is getting a GREAT downtown and riverfront.
Wonder how THAT $600 MIL, 5 tier plan will sit on that MAJOR sewer job we were supposed to be doing?
We used to call such things PRIORITIES, as in taking care of what NEEDS it the most...first.
*** Next, let's talk kittens...
Can I yawn in peace?
Okay, so we know cats are curious...that's a given.
Quietly plotting her next "adventure".
Our newbies are no exception. We've seen how they would love to get into the fridge.
Now, they would like to get into the "lazy Susan" we have in the lower kitchen cabinets. Chased them both out of there a couple time already. Don't feel much like taking the thing apart to extricate them, either.
We're also dealing with CLAWS...as in the cats using them where they're not supposed to. No damage yet to anything visible, but it could happen. Be NICE to have a damn PET STORE nearby so we could get them a scratching post. Yeah, Walmart's got a couple, but not what we're looking for. back to online shopping, no doubt.
Gonna be an interesting holiday season.
*** Last back to the umbrella stand (they still have those?)...we seem to be surrounded by wasteful people.
If it's not some locals, it's our city, or worse yet...the Feds.
You see evidence of it every day, too.
People waste TONS of food every year in America, in this is very noticeable in our schools (about $30K a year just at FWCS). All the lawn trash consisting of half-eaten fast food is also clear evidence.
We waste food, gas, water, electricity, time, and yes, even human life.
We are a wasteful lot, generally-speaking, and to what end?
What the hell happens when there's nothing LEFT to waste? What do we do then?
Probably steal from one another, killing if necessary.
Not a happy prospect, is it?
Nothing wasted there.
At this time of year, when we celebrate the bounty we are allowed to have through charity or through hard work, we need to be mindful of what we have, and how easily it could all go away.
This ain't no "tree-hugging, save-the-earth, green everything up" speech...
It's just some down-home, plain old-fashioned COMMON SENSE.
And, if more of us (who needed it) had a modicum of that, we'd ALL be a lot better off.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

05 December 2016

Monday Musings...
Welcome to a slightly snowy start to the week, courtesy of yesterday's weather.
Guess it IS looking to be a lot like Christmas now.
But, whatever snow we did get is only sticking to grassy areas, and the streets look clear enough.
You might wish to start getting into the habit of practicing a little caution anyway...just for the hell of it.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will continue with this cloudy skies pattern  (have we really even seen the sun so far this month?) with a high today of around 40 degrees.
Let's get ourselves a nice hot cup of comfort poured as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the junk drawer is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
DECEMBER 5 -
---Today is National Sacher Torte Day
(Austrian chocolate cake - that's all I need to know)
---It's Bathtub Party Day
(this is supposed to mean something?)
---And, it's International Ninja Day
(dress, walk or talk like a ninja...or just watch a ninja flick. Your choice)
*** Next up, time to get our daily dose of stupid out of the way...
---The first story is about a robbery that happened out in Waynedale. Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2016/12/04/armed-robbery-reported-at-dollar-general/
This took place around 0740 hrs at the Dollar General store located at 6320 Bluffton Rd yesterday.
It's unclear how many suspects police are looking for, how many people were in the store, or if any cash was taken.
Now, since D-G doesn't USUALLY open until 9AM, I'd find it hard to believe they were open, or if anyone had been in the store THAT early. Might have even been a forced entry (smash 'n grab) kinda deal. Nothing was even mentioned about anyone carrying a gun.
No one seems to know very much (typical).
---The next story has to do with an armed robbery.
Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2016/12/05/police-investigate-2nd-sunday-armed-robbery/
Police were called to Eddie’s Quick Mart in the 4200 block of N. Clinton Street, near Coliseum Blvd., just before 2300 hrs.
The suspect, described as a man (black, white, brown or plaid?) with a bandanna over his face and armed with a gun, was last seen running from the store.
No suspects are in custody as of yet.
They might want to amend the byline - there was no mention that the D-G robbery was an ARMED robbery.
---Next, we have some good news - the three perps that robbed the 1st Source Bank have been caught. Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2016/12/03/armed-robbery-reported-at-1st-source-bank/
The robbery took place Saturday around 1015 hrs at the bank located at 6304 W. Jeffereson Blvd.
Oh, look...the three involved are BLACK.
The perps,  40-year-old Byron K. Curry, 25-year old Starr T. Carter, and 19-year-old Kayla J. Johnson were arrested and each charged with one count of felony robbery.
Johnson            Carter              Curry
Must be looking for some "easy" money.
Instead, they all got orange jumpsuits, flip flops and a free ride downtown.
Hardly compensation for the "work" they did, was it. Too damn bad. Get a damn (real) job and TRY being decent citizens, or is something like that TOO difficult for your primate brains? And find out where they got the damn gun (if it was real).
*** Next, and moving away from "Stupidville",  let's talk about the kittens a bit.
Violet and Gallifrey have gotten used to us and their new home better than I could have imagined.
Maybe it's because of our former cats...I can't really say.
I really like Daddy's chair.
What some of it has to be is the fact that we love them so damn much. I'm thankful every day for the "kids" and how they have helped me personally. And while I will always miss Penny, Rass and Hobo, I think these two newcomers have managed to find their own place in our lives.
When you have a kitten jump on the couch, and walk up to your face and rub against it before laying down on your chest and nap for a while, it speaks volumes. Just wish there was a picture of THAT...maybe later on.
Sure they get rambunctious at times...not a problem. They do know what a litter-pan is and where to find it (we may lose the one in the kitchen and go to just the one in the laundry room this week).
Wifey and I have already gotten them things from "Santa" (like all the stuff from our former cats isn't enough).
No birds in the bird-seed bag.
Plenty of toys and even personalized stockings, courtesy of Wal-Mart. What I found somewhat bothersome, was that things they offered online were NOT at the brick and mortar store. Wanted to get some kitten food (Hills Science Diet) and a scratching post. The store had neither, so we need to find someplace that carries the items we want to get them.
Be nice if the SOUTH side of town had such basic retail amenities, but, thanks to the crime, any proper retail (such as a PET STORE) down here is like trying to get a good neighbor...or catch a passenger pigeon. All are pretty much EXTINCT these days.
Still, we will make due and find someplace OTHER than down here to get what we need.
*** Last back to the outhouse...we've been hearing talk about "fake news" of late (at least I have), and that should be bothering a lot more people than it is.
Conversely, we should be concerning ourselves with FACTS, and whenever possible, right?
Well, there was an "op-ed" today that I found more than a bit disturbing. Here's the link to the Washington (com)Post:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-post-truth-world-of-the-trump-administration-is-scarier-than-you-think/2016/12/02/ebda952a-b897-11e6-b994-f45a208f7a73_story.html?utm_term=.bad06ce5c780
So, we live in a "post-truth" world? Sorry, I'm not buying into that crap at all.
I will admit that we have those in the media who PREFER to hide the truth, and especially when it's an INCONVENIENT truth (to them).
There are some out there who refuse to believe that we deal in facts nowadays.
Such people I will attempt to avoid at all costs.
We found out that some folks will take others literally, when they should have taken them figuratively...and vice versa.
I'm one of those "say what I mean and mean what I say" kinda guys...been brought up that way by both parents and teachers. It's a "truth is fact and facts are true" deal with me.
Is it coming to THIS?
If I'm speaking otherwise (sarcastically or facetiously), you WILL know it easily enough (if you're paying attention).
Maybe that's why I prefer people who are on "the same level" as myself, relatively-speaking; those who know much of what I know, believe much of what I believe, and take the time to question the things in life that require (demand) scrutiny.
In that regard, it doesn't make no never-mind what color they are, either...good people come in ALL "flavors" just as much as the bad ones.
Sure, that all seems a bit on the old-fashioned side when compared to this techno-hectic world we live in (and the idiots we have to deal with), but with all the garbage (human and otherwise) that assaults our senses daily, don'cha think we can use a bit of that old-fashioned once again? People with honest values, and principles, and civility...how "novel".
Just something to think about, that's all.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.