23 May 2018

Humpday Happenings...
Another day with no precipitation, and hat means another day of  WARM weather. Looks like summer really wants to get here, and I would feel better if it were indefinitely postponed, but...
(you can't have everything, I know)
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly sunny skies, temps climbing to the low 80s, and hopefully, a slight breeze to make it tolerable out there.
Now, let's all get that refreshing beverage to start our day, because it pays to stay hydrated when it gets hot, right?
*** First out from under the bed is our WHO SAID THAT? quoie for the week:
"Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins"
Sounds like it really does pay to let your conscience be your guide, for many people who create mayhem act more impulsively and with an intent that seems to counter conventional wisdom.
So, who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the first Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino...
*** Next up, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 23 -
---It's Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
(well, it IS EMS week)
---It's National Lucky Penny Day
(oh, to have a truckload of THOSE about now)
---It's National Taffy Day
(make mine the slat water kind)
*** Next, for some folks (and school systems) the freebies never seem to end. Here's the story:
Free BREAKFAST and LUNCH for FWCS students starting next year?
(we must have some very lazy whatever is passing for parents out there)
I'm sorry, but with ALL the programs available for those in some form of poverty, I don't see ANY reason to bilk the taxpayers further with all this free food crap from the public schools. Makes no damn sense at all.
SOMEONE (always) has to pay for this, right?
How about you have the schools TRY and build a sense of ETHICS into the kids...or MORALITY, rather than give them something they SHOULD be getting at their damn homes?
*** Next up, a very revealing story from WPTA's "Digging Deeper" series:
I guess having a "top-heavy" school system IS par for the course these days?
All the while, teachers are leaving the educational system. Well, none of those educators with FWCS are making SIX figures, are they? But the administrators sure seem to be doing that.
The story also shows a side of Dr. Robinson I've never seen. As for spokesperson (for life) Krista Stockman...she was running interference (in the video), and didn't much like having to provide answers to questions that NEEDED to ba asked.
I think that Alexa Shear did an excellent job of reporting (and fact-finding).
It's kinda odd when the the head of FWCS makes more than the mayor (who is the highest paid one in ALL of Indiana) or even the governor...guess we know that liberals run the school system here, hmm?
*** Next , a veteran gets cited when he brings his service dog to a VA center. Here's the story:
((Brandon Rimmer was a K-9 handler in the Air Force. He served two combat tours in explosive detection. 
"You can't adjust back to civilian life. You can't explain it unless you've experienced it."
When Rimmer was admitted to the Cincinnati VA hospital for tests Wednesday, Old Glory went with him. "My PTSD service dog, it's not recognized by the VA," he said. "It's recognized by the ADA, but it's not recognized by the VA. So I'm in violation of federal law."
Cincinnati VA Police Chief David Bartos said he believes the dog is a puppy, not a service animal trained to perform tasks for people who are disabled.
"Emotional support is not a task," he said, citing federal VA regulations.))
We permit things like this to occur, an by the same token, hand out free food to kids hand-over-fist. Something is drastically wrong here. Wonder if those vets get free breakfast or lunch?
At least THEY served their country and sacrificed much to EARN it!. 
*** Next up, John Rosemond had a good article last week about parental "attitude".
Here's the link:
I think much of that column is self-explanatory.
Maybe we wouldn't need ALL the free meals given out at schools IF parents had the right attitude, not only when it came to discipline, but also when it comes to doing what a parent SHOULD be doing...like providing a basic breakfast (or lunch) for their children like OUR parents did.
*** Next, time to get away from all this mental clutter and visit our "Kitten Corner"...
Too pooped out to open my eyes.
Our kids got into a "spazmo" event yesterday...they took to wrestling each other and then running from one end of the house to the other. Gallifrey ran right into me while I was walking and I stepped on him (by accident). That wised him up for a while.
I iz all spazzed out now.
Violet was almost as frenetic, but she calmed down first. It just took him a bit longer. By nightfall, it was back to normal. Like to keep it that way at least for the next several days.
*** Next up, let's take a minute to check in with "Midnight and Company"...
A cute little fur circle.
Our furry twosome were nearby all day, and didn't miss a single meal. They were even there after dark, when I went out to see where some loud music was coming from (the next street over as usual).
Each has their own "spot" for napping.
I just want them to stay close over the holiday weekend. I know there will be cookouts, and they might wander off a bit, but it sure would be great to be able to keep them by OUR house, rather than the neighborhood.
*** Last back to the linene closet...Wifey is taking another trip to visit her dad down in Vincennes today (...great...), and that means it's back to "Bachelor Bob" mode  at the "Fortress" for the next few days.
Heading out once again...
It also means an abbreviated grocery trip this morning, and some lawn work...all before she heads down there, hence the tardiness of today's post.
Yes, the "fun" never ends.
Well, it hasn't come to THIS...yet.
She will be coming back on Sunday (right in the middle of ALL that Memorial Day traffic crap.
More to worry about...guess that's what wives are supposed to do?
My family was never big on taking trips during any holiday...maybe that's why I'm still here.
And those who really NEED to take a trip (away from our part of the ghettohood) NEVER do so, but instead stay around to annoy the hell out of the normal folks. Justice, anyone?
It's like all the people being shot in the city lately...the ones who NEED to be shot never are.
The evil just finds more ways to manifest itself, and that alone is cause for concern.
If ONLY more people would...
There has got to be a serious effort to stop the rising tide of such things in the world, and when it seems hard enough to do that JUST in your own city, that doesn't look like much light at the end of any tunnel.
But what we have to keep doing is trying, for in that, we can make progress against those forces.
Might not be a giant leap every day, but enough baby steps will work well enough.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and..,
Stay SAFE out there, America.

22 May 2018

Tuesday Tidbits...
Okay, so we go from a rainy day to a foggy one...welcome to Indiana.
(don't worry, conditions WILL change shortly...bet on it.)
Still, I have noticed mosquitoes out already, as are the yellow-jackets (killed at least one of each already).
Plus, the weed patrol is back out, so they'll be leaving their placards on various unattended properties.
(just make sure you don't get wrongly-cited for having ORNAMENTAL grasses...lol)
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly cloudy skies, temps climbing back up to around 75 degrees. That alone should cause things to be a bit humid.
Now, let's get a refreshing drink, for I think we'll all need one straight away, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the lighthouse is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 22 -
---It's National Buy A Musical Instrument Day
(just make sure you plan to practice and want to play whatever you choose)
---It's National Maritime Day
(sailing the seven seas to bring us all "stuff")
---It's National Solitaire Day
(feel free to indulge yourselves)
---It's National Vanilla Pudding Day
(one of my favorites - made even better with berries tossed in)
*** Next, and since Tuesday beckons, let's take a look at ALL the FWPD calls from last week that we SHOULD have heard about, but didn't, because the media was busy still trying to unseat our president...
MAY 14 - MAY 20:
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
18F054726 05/14/2018 12:10am 113 SHOTS FIRED 400 E SUTTENFIELD AV
18F054760 05/14/2018 03:29am 113 SHOTS FIRED HIGH ST & WELLS ST
18F055212 05/14/2018 11:53pm 113 SHOTS FIRED S HANNA ST & E LEITH ST
18F055217 05/14/2018 11:55pm 113 SHOTS FIRED OLIVER ST & E CREIGHTON AV
18F055224 05/15/2018 12:28am 113 SHOTS FIRED 100 W BRANNING AV
18F055241 05/15/2018 01:52am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1400 LAKE AV
18F055589 05/15/2018 08:34pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 TENNESSEE AV
18F055598 05/15/2018 09:10pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3300 RAYMOND ST
18F055780 05/16/2018 11:56am 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 S SEMINOLE CIR
18F055797 05/16/2018 01:04pm 113 SHOTS FIRED HEMPFORD DR & DUNKELBERG RD
18F055886 05/16/2018 03:36pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3500 S ANTHONY BLVD
18F056076 05/16/2018 08:07pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 HAMILTON AV
18F056169 05/16/2018 11:50pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1800 HIGH ST
18F056602 05/17/2018 08:09pm 113 SHOTS FIRED GRISWOLD DR & TENNESSEE AV
18F057168 05/18/2018 09:40pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 SWINNEY AV
18F057180 05/18/2018 10:18pm 113 SHOTS FIRED W PAULDING RD & FAIRFIELD AV
18F057267 05/19/2018 02:54am 113 SHOTS FIRED S CALHOUN ST & W COLUMBIA ST
18F057282 05/19/2018 04:21am 113 SHOTS FIRED WOODVIEW BLVD & GAYWOOD DR
18F057283 05/19/2018 04:24am 113 SHOTS FIRED BROADWAY & TAYLOR ST
18F057297 05/19/2018 05:54am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 DAWNAN DR
18F057380 05/19/2018 01:09pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 400 BOLTZ ST
18F057423 05/19/2018 02:58pm 113 SHOTS FIRED KNOLL RD & ARDMORE AV
18F057511 05/19/2018 06:48pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4200 BUELL DR
18F057648 05/20/2018 12:04am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3700 E WASHINGTON BLVD
18F057671 05/20/2018 01:15am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3600 HESSEN CASSEL RD
18F057693 05/20/2018 03:08am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 HIGH ST
18F057701 05/20/2018 04:18am 113 SHOTS FIRED ST JOE RD & CANTERBURY BLVD
18F057706 05/20/2018 04:32am 113 SHOTS FIRED FAIRFIELD AV & W PONTIAC ST
18F057705 05/20/2018 04:33am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2400 JULIETTE AV
18F057982 05/20/2018 07:31pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3600 AVONDALE DR
18F058040 05/20/2018 10:00pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 6300 SALISBURY DR
18F058060 05/20/2018 10:43pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4800 S MONROE ST **
18F058072 05/20/2018 11:25pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 EDGEHILL AV
18F055649 05/15/2018 11:51pm 23,113 4500 WERLING DR
18F055658 05/16/2018 12:14am 23,113 2700 WINTER ST
18F055710 05/16/2018 08:06am 23,113 6300 SALISBURY DR
18F055828 05/16/2018 02:02pm 23,113 4500 WERLING DR
18F056437 05/17/2018 03:21pm 23,113 2500 STARDALE DR
18F057006 05/18/2018 03:00pm 23,113 800 LEESBURG RD
18F057130 05/18/2018 07:55pm 23,113 3500 PLAZA DR
18F057279 05/19/2018 04:16am 23,113 00 E MAIN ST
18F057286 05/19/2018 04:28am 23,113 800 HAMILTON AV
18F057672 05/20/2018 01:16am 23,113 2700 FRUEHAUF DR
18F057974 05/20/2018 07:17pm 23,113 3500 CONGRESS AV
18F056310 05/17/2018 10:25am 53 ARMED ROB 4100 RICHFIELD LN
18F057499 05/19/2018 06:03pm 53 ARMED ROB 5700 COLDWATER RD
18F056711 05/18/2018 01:30am 56 MOLESTING 2700 W COLISEUM BLVD
18F057032 05/18/2018 04:06pm 56 MOLESTING 5300 WHEELOCK RD
18F057048 05/18/2018 04:32pm 56 MOLESTING 2700 E STATE BLVD
18F056681 05/17/2018 11:34pm 58 SHOOTING 7900 DECATUR RD
18F057268 05/19/2018 02:56am 58 SHOOTING 700 BROADWAY
18F055174 05/14/2018 09:09pm 58 SHOOTING 2000 WEBSTER ST
18F055176 05/14/2018 09:14pm 58 SHOOTING 3600 HOLTON AV
18F055677 05/16/2018 02:41am 58 SHOOTING 2200 RANDALLIA DR
18F056071 05/16/2018 07:59pm 58 SHOOTING 3500 PLAZA DR
18F056181 05/17/2018 12:12am 59 CUTTING/STAB 2100 EDEN ST
18F057453 05/19/2018 03:59pm 61 RAPE 3900 E STATE BLVD
18F056867 05/18/2018 10:30am 75 PURSUIT FAIRFIELD AV & W DEWALD ST
18F057350 05/19/2018 11:29am 75 PURSUIT FRANCIS ST & ELIZA ST
Plus 18 narcotics calls
Fireworks calls MAY 14 - MAY 20:
*** Next, we had yet ANOTHER shooting on the (take a wild effin' guess) SOUTH side of the city, which seems to have become an idiot magnet (of the first order) in the last couple decades, thanks to "city-planning".
Here's the story so far:
This took place last night around 2330 hrs in the 5400 block of Webster St (near Paulding Rd), where several calls into the FWPD were for "shots fired". Police found several shell casings but NO victim. As is the case these days, he had been privately transported to hospital in critical condition. Also as usual, no motive, no suspect and no witnesses (to speak of).
Welcome to the SOUTH side of Fort Wayne, which is looking more like the WILD WEST every day.
*** Next up, I'm not into this whole Internet TV crap. Probably never WILL be, either.
No thank you.
I want my old FREE (analog) airwaves back. And this story makes the case to follow my feelings about such things like Netflix::
Yeah, the Obamas are coming to Netflix. Now if THAT isn't a reason to NEVER get or DROP Netflix, I don't know what the hell is.
I don't care what "content" they're pushing, because I didn't much like the manner they tried to "fundamentally change America" when he was in office. Maybe there will be a show on arugula...who the hell cares?
Not I, for one.
*** Next, a FWPD officer is struck by a hit and run driver. Here's the story:
Trying to remove a dead deer from the road and the officer gets tagged by some a-hole who didn't stop. The officer is sore, but not injured in any major way. In other words, he got REAL lucky, and that's a good thing.
*** Next up, THIS is what (natural) justice might start to look like. Here's the lowdown:
People chased down a robber in Columbus, OH< and after a "struggle", the robber dies.
Oh, boo-frigging-hoo. Cry me a damn river. It's good to see bystanders get involved, and the Columbus police have yet to say if charges will be forthcoming against any of those who confronted the robber.
You know, there are times when an example has to be made, and maybe in this, other robbers might think twice before taking stuff that doesn't belong to them...but it does smack of vigilantism (which in some cases, might be a GOOD thing...in certain instances). Frank Castle would know.
Just make sure any beat-down is against a CRIMINAL...that's very important.
*** Next, time to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
She pooped herself totally out.
Not a bad Monday for "the kids", as they were both having fun amusing themselves without getting into trouble.Had some extra weekend pics worth posting.
Both of them exhibit the usual "young cat antics" and find toys to play with. They lso manage to come over to you and do the "body rub" thing.
And he decided to join her...
I think they're getting into a good routine. Noiw, if we can teach them to find stuff WE misplace about the house...lol.
*** Next up, let's check in with "Midnight and Company"...
This is OUR yard, so stay out!
Our furry twosome were close by during the rain. Neither of them were that wet, which show to me that they manage to find some dry spots to curl up and snooze.
Seeing them at the mealtimes is always a welcome relief, too.
This is guarding the ramparts?
I think they get the feeling that what they need is readily available at our place, as opposed to having to scrounge about. Nothing wrong with taking care of the "homeless" along those lines.
*** Last back to the shoreline... fellow blogger (and good friend) Chris Martin had a very good post yesterday regarding the school shootings, but there is also another aspect to what he had to say, and it makes  perfect sense.
There is a direct correlation between certain social "changes" and individual human behavior.
Every time we allow something to become legislated, there is always a level of "fallout" that comes along for the ride.
You COULD call it "unintended consequences", but that's not totally true. I think some of those consequences ARE indeed...intended. What they are intended to do is questionable, but it rarely helps our society advance in a manner that benefits all of us equally.
Many times, it opens the floodgates for evil to come in and play.
Then, the same lawmakers scurry about, trying to find a remedy for something they should not have created in the first place.
Such things come in cycles, and many times we're trying to correct the mess from the last cycle of mayhem when the next one comes along...and we never get truly caught up.
This is a pattern that repeats itself all too often, and if we're not careful, it may well cause irreversible problems we can't imagine.
We'd all be well-advised to turn back from such folly before we become too mired down to respond in a manner that could solve these problems. History can indeed become a learning tool, or an "I told you so" moment...it all depends on US.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

21 May 2018

Monday Musings...
I hope you prefer your day more on the "soft" side (that would be wet), because that's exactly what is in store today.
You have to remember, it IS a Monday, after all.
Rare is the week when we start with sunshine and lollipops, isn't it?
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us scattered rian and possibly thunderstorms through most of the day (and it's pretty much how we will greet tomorrow morning).
Temps will top out only around 70 degrees, so that's a blessing for those who like it comfy outside (like myself).
And, we won't feel the humidity near as much if it were warmer. Not a bad start at all.
Now, what say we all get that morning drink poured, as we see to this day and take a look at what else has been going on, hmm?
*** First off of the umbrella stand is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 21 -
---It's National American Red Cross Founder's Day
(sure glad someone founded it)
---It's National Memo Day
(unlike me, make sure you get ALL of yours...heh)
---It's National Strawberries and Cream Day
(good for breakfast, lunch of dinner)
---It's National Waitstaff Day
(the unsung heroes of restaurants who have toi pout up with the idiot diners)
*** Next up, yes, we just HAD to have another shooting in the Summit City over the weekend.
Here's the lowdown:
Makes you wonder how SAFE it is DOWNTOWN, when two people are shot, and the City-County building gets a few "souvenirs" (bullet holes) in it's windows and facade. Dress that area up all you want...you're STILL going to have the numbnuts who just HAVE to settle any dispute over drugs, women, or whatever with gunplay.
Just remember, it's NOT the fault of the GUN,  but rather the person wielding it. Always has been and always will be.
*** Next, a somewhat related article about how residents of our fair city are feeeling about the latest school shooting in Texas:
The problems with a LOT of schools these days is the number of "access points" the buildings have...as in too many.
It's fine to have the proper fire exits and such, but when it comes to ENTRANCES< there should be a designated one (like we had in my high school in the 60s). All other doors are locked from the inside, so no entry from outside is permitted.
The other point to this is keeping guns out of the hands of people with "mental issues", but there is a caveat here.
(("Who's going to put them on this list where they can't have a gun, are they mentally ill? How do you, how do you define that. There needs to be some solid definition," said Jacob Hoger, who took classes at IPFW.))
Aye, there's the rub, as Shakespeare would say.
*** Next up, if you want to talk bullshit, I found a good candidate for any form of so-called "debate". Here's the story:
So, the CEO of Ford wants to "reinvent the automobile"? Is that the BEST he can come up with considering his company has had financial troubles over the last several years?
Here's another take on this:
Seems when you mention anything about "killing the car", those in the ivory towers of the auto industry get a bit "touchy".
But maybe it's not THEIR "fault" here...how about THIS thought:
Yes...perhaps the MILLENNIALS are really to blame here?
Granted, they do have a very different way of looking at things, and their habits are not those of their parents...or grandparents.
But there will come a time when they need an automobile.
To me, all of this is another one of those "shoehorn" tactics designed to FORCE people to get what they don't want...like the lightbulbs...or televisions...or whatever else came along to suit the bottom line of manufacturers and their stockholders.
I can't wait to see what comes along to take the place of music CDs and movie DVDs...have to change up our personal media again...right? Let's not try this with our cars.
*** Next, Chris and Laurie stopped down to visit on Saturday, and it was another good time that passed way too fast (as it always does).
A busy time at the "Fortress"...
We had cake (for their birthdays), and exchanged a couple gifts, and then set about chatting...and that's what causes the time to fly by.
Wifey and I never miss a chance to have REAL people visiting us - the type of folks you can commune with, and people who make you feel that you're not alone when it comes to decency and honesty. That's something sorely missing from OUR area these days, save for those within the four walls of our "Fortress".
Chris dropped off a couple Golden Monkey beers (made in Downingtown, PA...of all places).
Pretty good stuff. Holds a head well, pours smoothly, and kicks like a small mule. Alcohol content of over 9%, but it has a GOOD taste (hint ot banana with a nutty-hops overtone.)
Chris got these at a Kroger Marketplace - something ELSE we DON'T have down where we live.
Our cats were a bit on the shy side. He was nowhere to be found, but she DID come out and played a bit. The outdoor cats wanted to run and hide, but I took food out to them.
The rain kinda messed things up a bit, but not enough to spoil the whole day, thank God.
*** Next up, and speaking of cats...time to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
Visitors are gone, now I can relax...
Our kids didn't do bad over the weekend, in spite of their shyness when Chris and Laurie stopped by. After they left, the cats came right back out, so that was good to see (little stinkers).
Those people taste pretty good
Violet was warming up to our visitors, but Gallifrey played "seek and find", and didn't want to make friends. He's going to be that "two-person" cat we read about. One outta two isn't bad, right?
As the weekend was winding down, it was time to concentrate on more important things...like napping.
*** Next, let's check back in with "Midnight and Company"...
Our furry twosome spent most all the weekend close by the house, and that's fine, especially since I heard three (nearby) loud gunshots around 2241 hrs last night. I spent some time with the cats outside, to see if they were scared.
Both of them were there and came right over. Made me feel at ease, and seeing a couple FWPD cruisers in the area after those gunshots was a welcome sight as well.
*** Last back to the woodshed...there is an article in today's paper that says something I've been talking about for well over 15 years (and a lot right here). Here's the link to this:
Yeah...Excessive noise shown to be detrimental to health...really?
Well, no shit, Sherlock. Tell me something I DIDN'T know!
Now, I will say the story makes some excellent points...all of which have been documented (in the past), so I can't fault their homework.
But, it DOES stop short of mentioning the penchant of those with boomcars who "share" their noise to all hours in those "poorer" neighborhoods (which have been created by design to keep all the "locals" in ONE area of a city). Sorry, but that crap IS spreading to other locations and with it, the crime which seems to go hand-in-hand with noise.
Phoenix has a good solution to road noise (and one which has been around for decades, but not every state utilizes it, due to cost). Elkhart looks to be enforcing THEIR noise ordinance...something I wish to hell Fort Wayne would do with greater gusto, because we still get several thousand per year past our place.
As in anything in life, solutions ARE readily available, but putting them into PRACTICE is quite another matter.
But perhaps  if people took the time to educate THEMSELVES as to such problems, then maybe they could START making better choices. That would be a wonderful huge step forward, would it not?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.