19 September 2017

Tuesday Tidbits...
If you woke up this morning and thought it was a rerun of Monday morning...don't feel that bad.
Conditions outside are pretty damn close to the way it was just 24 hours ago.
And, the make things better (?), the entire day will appear similar in nature.
Our Hoosierland weather will bring us early morning fog, rain throughout (at least) the first half of the day, with clearing this afternoon and temperatures reaching up to around 77 degrees.
Like I said...seems like Monday all over again. Talk about your deja vu.
In any event, we're going to need that refreshing drink to get us rolling with any sense of purpose, So let's get that, as we take a look at what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First  out of the shower is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
SEPTEMBER 19 -
---It's National Butterscotch Pudding Day
(contrary to belief, it's NOT just for seniors...heh)
---It's National IT Professional Day
(be nice to have one stashed in a closet...for emergencies, right?)
---It's Talk Like a Pirate Day
(and pale imitations of Johnny Depp do NOT count, got it?)
*** Next up, and since it IS Tuesday (which feels like Monday), let's take a look at all the FWPD calls that we never heard a thing about, because the media was too busy talking up the Emmy Awards (which had their lowest viewership - wonder why?):
SHOTS FIRED ((113)) / ARMED ROBBERY((53)) CALLS - 09/11 - 09/17
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
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SEP 11 -
((NO shots fired))
((NO armed robberies))
What? Did all the mooks take another day off?
SEP 12 -
17F113133 09/12/2017 06:53pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2500 PAULDING RD E & FRUEHAUF DR
17F113166 09/12/2017 08:07pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3200 REED ST
17F113208 09/12/2017 09:42pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 PAULDING RD E
17F113264 09/12/2017 11:50pm 53 ARMED ROB 100 PETTIT AVE E & CALHOUN ST S
SEP 13 -
17F113649 09/13/2017 10:18pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 PITTSBURG ST
((NO armed robberies))
SEP 14 -
17F113682 09/14/2017 12:06am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5000 LILLIE ST
17F113708 09/14/2017 03:53am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 ABBEY DR
17F114012 09/14/2017 08:02pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3300 HARVESTER AVE  
17F114055 09/14/2017 10:20pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 ROCKHILL ST & JEFFERSON BLVD
17F114080 09/14/2017 11:54pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3300 WINTER ST
((NO armed robberies))
SEP 15 -
17F114097 09/15/2017 01:23am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5800 TURTLE CREEK DR  
17F114105 09/15/2017 01:36am 113 SHOTS FIRED 600 HUFFMAN ST
17F114555 09/15/2017 11:10pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 12100 WAYCLIFFE CT
17F114085 09/15/2017 12:08am 58 SHOOTING 3300 WINTER ST
((NO armed robberies))
SEP 16 -
17F114602 09/16/2017 12:37am 113 SHOTS FIRED 6100 BUNT DR & CHEVIOT DR
17F114637 09/16/2017 01:55am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 ANTHONY BLVD S & PONTIAC ST E
17F114649 09/16/2017 02:24am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 ARCHER AVE
17F114662 09/16/2017 03:15am 113 SHOTS FIRED 7300 DECATUR RD & TILLMAN RD E
17F114972 09/16/2017 09:36pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 EDEN ST
17F114782 09/16/2017 12:21pm 53 ARMED ROB 2300 MCKEE ST
SEP 17 -
17F115038 09/17/2017 12:05am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2500 DREXEL AVE
17F115043 09/17/2017 12:11am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 MCKINNIE AVE & SMITH ST
17F115062 09/17/2017 12:42am 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 JACOBS AVE
17F115067 09/17/2017 12:48am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4300 GAYWOOD DR
17F115072 09/17/2017 01:08am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4100 LILLIE ST
17F115091 09/17/2017 01:35am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2300 KLUG DR
17F115103 09/17/2017 02:08am 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 MAPLE GROVE AVE W & HOAGLAND A
17F115106 09/17/2017 02:10am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 RUDISILL BLVD E
17F115134 09/17/2017 03:42am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4600 HANNA ST S
17F115138 09/17/2017 03:44am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5100 MOUNT VERNON PARK DR  
17F115142 09/17/2017 04:04am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5200 BOWSER AVE MOUNT 
17F115156 09/17/2017 05:26am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4700 HOLTON AVE & CAPITOL AVE
17F115233 09/17/2017 12:55pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 STOPHLET ST
17F115294 09/17/2017 03:25pm 53 ARMED ROB 1300 FAYETTE DR
Wonder why SUNDAYS are so "busy"...thought it was supposed to be a DAY OF REST?
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Also, 30+ vehicle vandalism calls, 2 stabbings, 3 rapes, 5 indecent exposures, 2 pursuits, and 20 narcotics calls.
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FIREWORKS CALLS - SEP 11 -SEP 17
17F114997 09/16/2017 10:25pm 44FW 7800 ABOITE CENTER RD
Yep, there's always ONE asshole, isn't there?
*** Next, Fort Wayne's downtown gets MORE improvements (is that even possible?).
Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170919/downtown-to-get-hampton-inn
Yes, by all means, toss another hotel downtown, because you can't even fill the rooms you already have available.
They (planners) say it's so we can hold bigger conventions, which will (no doubt) bring SO much more $$$ to Fort Wayne, that we can totally reclaim the entire SE side and make THAT viable again, from a tax revenue aspect...
(yeah, and I'm Master of the Universe...pleased to meet 'ya)
Hey, it's only $20.3 MIL (and who's gonna pay for it?)...no big deal, right?
Let the financial juggling act commence...!
*** Next up, here's something I didn't think could happen, and I will not be held to blame:
Toys R Us is filing for (chapter 11) Bankruptcy.
And the story can be found here:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toys-r-us-bankruptcy-toymakers/toys-r-us-files-for-bankruptcy-ahead-of-holiday-season-idUSKCN1BT2AV
Now, I confess to not visiting (and spending money) there as OFTEN as I would prefer, but in recent years, the "selection" they have chosen doesn't fit MY demographic, which would be a middle age man who is still in touch with his "inner child"...lol.
Don't get me wrong...they USED to have a lot of cool things, many of which I was fortunate enough to acquire, but there has just been a lack of selection, and the online experience sucked (again, due to the LACK of selection).
They'd advertise things, but they were always out of stock...
Lemme do the math...that would leave us (we toy lovers) with WALMART...not my first choice.
K-Mart is a wash - don't have any in the FTW area anymore (again, not MY fault).
Target? Not known as a major player here.
So, we would have mainly ONLINE purchases...not a huge fan of that, because the prices are always at or near retail (many times, even higher)...where's the fairness there?
*** Next, a little program viewing note.
Ken Burns latest series, THE VIETNAM WAR is airing on your local PBS channel, and I have to say so far, it's been very good and as usual, very well told.
I did miss the first episode (thought it was next week) which tells about the run up TO our involvement, but the 2nd ep was excellent, and spoke about the corruption in the S. Vietnamese government that led to a coup and overthrow of the "president" there as well as his brother.
The 10-part series continues tonight (check listings).
*** Next up, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
I iz all lasered-out!
Wifey was running the cats around the house (with the laser) to tire them out.
Cripes, where do they GET all that energy, and why won't they share it with me?
They do have this one thing, where they both come in the living room and take command of the chairs there, which leaves me the sofa to watch TV.
Food, naps, play...whatta life.
Not the best choice, but beggars can't be choosers, right?
They will nap almost any place...and at any time. I admire that.
*** Next, let's check in with  "Midnight and Company"...
A dry spot to get fed.
Yes, they were both nearby the house, even when it was raining yesterday morning. As the day wore on (and got hotter), they both were on the patio (in the shade).
Room enough for both of them under the table.
Midnight preferred the patio table, while Whiskers had some foliage nearby.
And after "last call", he went off to patrol the area, while she remained close.
Wonder how that's going to work out when it DOES get cold? We shall see.
*** Last back to the laundry room...what have society become when we close our toy stores?
I mean, when I was a child, we LIVED for a chance visit to any one of them (of which there were many privately owned businesses that filled the bill. Then again, that was before the advent of those MAJOR stores.
Back in Philly, we even had a place called Kiddie City (loved going there). They closed.
Then came TRU, and children were in heaven,
Now, after decades of success, even they are "on the chopping block", as it were.
Maybe it has to do with children in America, and THEIR changing trends.
First, it was F.A.O. Schwartz, then it was Kay-Bee Toys, and now, it we might be adding TRU to the mix. The old "mom and pop" toy stores are even harder to find, if they still exist.
Video gaming systems, as well as damn near every other electronic device for social media, have supplanted much of what is used to mean to BE a child.
There is this wonderful "lack of creativity" with such things.
No real imagination.
Toss in the recent crapfest of gender identity issues and it's no wonder toy stores would close.
Kids just don't want to play in the purest sense any longer.
Ahhh, for the good old days...
Society forces them to grow up way too soon, we fail to properly supervise them in whatever other "activity" they indulge in, and we teach them to be tolerant to the point of mediocrity in our schools. We allow ignorance to morality and civility and take away their toy stores for the sake of what, exactly?
What type of adults are we creating?
We may not like the answer to that question, but we still have to ask it, don't we?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

18 September 2017

Monday Musings...
Bit of a damp start to the day (and week) outside this morning.
(if it's damp INSIDE, you might want to check the plumbing, or the roof)
We're also in the throes of some warmer conditions. Seems more like July than September.
Our Hoosierland weather has us stuck with mostly cloudy skies, scattered rain for the better part of the day, and temps climbing up to around the 80 degree mark.
Guess we can expect the obligatory humidity to follow along.
Yeah, good idea to bring an umbrella along, and take care driving about.
Let's then grab a minute to get ourselves a cup or glass of a refreshing beverage, as we see what else has been going on.
*** First out of the kitchen sink is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---It's the Air Force Birthday.
(happy 70th gang...keep 'em flying)
---It's National cheeseburger Day
(that's a single, and not a double...got it?)
---It's National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
(I'm well aware of the aging thing...every day)
*** Next up, a stabbing in our city was (fortunately) the only crime that made the new. Here's the story:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/woman_critically_injured_in_fort_wayne_stabbing_20170917&profile=1022
Not much is known, including WHERE the stabbing took place, because, as is now fast becoming the M.O. with these crimes, the victim was taken to hospital by another person, rather than in an ambulance.
Sooner or later the address of the victim will be known, but that still doesn't account for the location of the CRIME.
Guess such folks have their own way of keeping information from the authorities.
*** Next, protests over a verdict of innocence stemming from a police action shooting are turning St. Louis into  their own "point-of-destination" (for the BLM anarchists). Here's the latest:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/20170918/st-louis-protesters-to-police-stop-killing-us
Over 80 arrested (so far), and the typical vandalism and violent behavior follows in stride.
Eleven officers have been injured in the multi-day melee, and various events had to be cancelled, including a concert by the band U2 (damn shame there).
There is a proper and legal manner to voice one's opinion...and THIS sure as hell ain't it.
The protesters shout "stop killing us"...I'd shout back "stop breaking the damn laws, morons!"
*** Next up, you think that Cuba has become a better place with Obama's lessening of restrictions...guess again. Here's the story:
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/brain-injuries-hearing-loss-attacks-on-diplomats-in-cuba-baffle-scientists/
Yes, our diplomats in Havana have been under "attack" from what appears to be sonic weaponry of some type.
The tech isn't anything new. We've had such things for years. Check my blog post from 4 JAN 2007 where I mention a device called LRAD. And then there were the military vehicles surrounding the embassy Noriega was staying, pounding out Van Halen at over 150 Db back in the 80s. Here's that link:
https://ivarfjeld.com/2010/04/30/when-heavy-rock-was-used-to-get-general-noriega-out-of-vatican-protection/
You can also google Operation Nifty Package.
Sound CAN be a weapon...a very effective weapon. Cripes, just look at all the boom cars roaming around our area. It's the kind of sound you can feel as well as hear (from distance).
That's too damn loud for normal people in residential areas. FWPD take note.
Now, we have this new gig in Cuba against out people...have to say it shows creativity on behalf of whoever is committing these acts. Maybe they spent some time in SE Fort Wayne?
*** Next, yes, today is the 70th anniversary of the ration of the USAF. Here's the official site:
http://www.af.mil/
And here is the Cliff's Notes (WIKI) version of the history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force
And to think they started out as an adjunct to the Army back in 1907...
Considering this is the "youngest" branch of our military, they have done some remarkable things, not the least of which would be the Berlin Airlift back in 1948-1949.
They've done good...they've done real good.
*** Next up, let's drop in on "Kitten Corner"...
Our kids were in relatively fine form over the weekend. And other than some usual running from one end of the house to the other, it was a time to follow me around.
There was one little bump in the road...one of them pulled off a rubber cap from a doorstop in the bathroom, and I've yet to find it. It's too large to swallow, and the doorstop has been replaced, but we're still looking for the bumper.
It will turn up because we don't need it (now)...that's what usually happens, right?
*** Next, time to stop by and visit "Midnight and Company"...
The twosome spent a majority of the weekend near our house, and that was a good thing, especially in the heat. Plenty of food and (cool) water for them both.
They go through a small bag of cat food every other week.
A small price to pay for having them away from a lot of trouble (everywhere else)...right?
And, there was time for some laser-play in the back yard.
I even had a "watchman" while I worked on trimming our curb strip out front...
Kinda short for a traffic cop, aren't 'ya?
Now THAT is what I call vigilance (and courage).
Nice to have someone "watching your six"...heh.
You get real used to having them around, and the expectation of seeing them every morning is well worth it.
*** Last back to the garbage disposal... a quote you may find timely:
"The world has gotten even stranger than you already know" - Nick Fury (The Avengers).
These days, truer words were never spoken...so it would seem.
You can often find such truth when you know where to look for it.
Humankind is doing it's best to fall from the top of the evolutionary hill.
Those of us that do not subscribe to the chaos rising all around are far from ignorant of such events.
In fact, we're probably more attuned to the context in which such things occur, which puts us at a distinct advantage over those who are actively involved in the mayhem. Most of them have NO idea why they do what they do, other than to demand, threaten, and destroy that which they clearly do not understand.
We are a nation of laws, and so are other nations (for the most part). As such, the laws are there to protect people, and to punish those who choose to become predators upon society.
We are also a nation founded on principles deemed by God to be in our best interest, and who are we to argue with HIM?
Our choices, therefore must be made with such principles at the heart of those choices, lest we fall into ignorance...or despair. To do less is to give evil the place it needs to thrive. To do nothing only hastens that process.
We need to focus on that which is lasting (or ever-lasting) rather than the transitory.
We can do this...we need to do this...for the sake of ourselves and our future, and now is a good time to begin.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

15 September 2017

Friday Follies...
It seems we have somehow managed to make it to the end of another week.
(give yourselves a pat on the back - you deserve it)
It sure has been a crazy-ass week on this planet, and that's saying a lot.
(you didn't have to go far to FIND that crazy, either).
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly sunny skies, and temps climbing back up to more summer-like conditions, with a high of around 80 degrees. Not seeing any rain around for the time being.
I think it's about time we get ourselves a nice cup or glass of Friday Fortitude as we see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the starting gate is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature (but be warned...we got a LONG list of stuff happening):
SEPTEMBER 15 -
---It's Greenpeace Day
(oh puh-lease...it's the weekend. Just go away)
---It's National Tackle Kids Cancer Day
(children should never have to deal with this...ever)
---It's National Cheese Toast Day
(tasty, but not to be confused with grilled cheese sandwiches)
---It's National Creme De Menthe Day
(guess you can't make a Grasshopper without it)
---It's National Double Cheeseburger Day
(okay, NOW we're on the right page in my book)
---It's National Felt Hat Day
(that cat looks SO pleased about it, too)
---It's National Linguine Day
(ANY day is good for that)
---It's National Online Learning Day
(just make sure what you learn is truthful)
---It's National POW/MIA Recognition Day
(there are still too many who are missing)
---It's National Tradesmen Day
(wouldn't have much built if we didn't have them around)
Told you that was a lot of stuff
*** Next, and since it is week's end, let's take a look at what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
SEPTEMBER 16 -
---Saturday is Boys and Girls Club Day For Kids
(wonder how the young and recently-transgendered are handling THIS?)
---It's Mayflower Day
(if you recall the pilgrims, it's self-explanatory)
---It's National Cinnamon Raisin-Bread Day
(even better when you toast it)
---It's National Cleanup Day
(that could be every day in OUR neighborhood)
---It's National Gymnastics Day
(sorry, that bus left MY terminal YEARS ago)
---It's National Play-Doh Day
(honestly, white library paste tasted much better...lol)
---It's National Step-Family Day
(sorry, not a participant)
---It's National Working Parents Day
(BTW, selling drugs, stolen goods, or your body is not a good career choice)
---It's Puppy Mill Awareness Day
(I'm aware of it, okay?)
---It's Responsible Dog Ownership Day
(we don't "own" them per se...I hate when they say that)
SEPTEMBER 17 -
---Sunday is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
(I think they tossed in the "citizenship" thing in lieu of immigrants...stop the PC crap)
---It's National Apple Dumpling Day
(any relation to the apple dumpling GANG?)
---It's National Monte Cristo Day
(think toasted ham and cheese - one of my "go-to" sandwiches)
---It's Wife Appreciation Day
(we appreciate them more than they probably know)
And there you have it...If you can't find ANYTHING to observe (here), then ladies and gentlemen...you ain't TRYING hard enough. That's on you. Please remember to observe responsibly.
*** Next , we start the weekend in Fort Wayne with a BANG (or several). Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2017/09/15/fwpd-shooting-leaves-1-dead-1-hurt/
Yeah, we officially PASSED the magic number I predicted and are now at TWENTY-SIX (that's 26) HOMICIDES for the year...plenty of time to reach 30 or more...right?
This took place around 2330 hrs last night in the 3300 block of Winter St (typical ghettohood hotspot on the SE side).
One man was found dead in a grassy area near an alley, and another showed up at hospital (private transport) minutes later with a gunshot wound. Police believe these are related incidents.
(( Its unclear what led to the shooting. Police do not know if both men were shot by the same person (or persons) or if they might have shot each other. It’s also unclear if the two men know each other.))
My take (based on years of observation), it's most likely they shot one another (no mention of cars leaving the area immediately afterwards or individuals running from the scene).
They probably KNOW one another - they all seem to down here...love that "community-primate-tribal-unity thing" they have.
And, most importantly, they are both BLACK (any bets to the contrary?).
No suspect or other information is available for now. Be surprised if it's not drug, gang, or woman-related.
*** Next up, let's stop by "Kitten Corner"...
I'm just watching daddy taking pictures
After some early day running about, the kids settled back in to a nice nap-filled day, with some lounging nestled in between the meals and the naps. No doubt allowing their cuteness to take center stage.
Yep, daddy's got that camera again
I've no problem with that, even if Gallifrey chooses to climb onto (and all over) me as I watched Casablanca last evening,  Violet just finds a comfy spot and nods out for a bit.
 *** Next, let's check in with "Midnight and Company"...
I claim this patio table.
Well, today is the last day for the antibiotics for our ebony-furred buddy, and you can tell he's feeling much better. Both he and Whiskers are at the patio door each morning for first eats. They both hung around for the better part of the day, but at "last call"(around 2000 hrs), Midnight was M.I.A.
Okay...he's NOT in here.
Whiskers got her food, but no Midnight, even after I shook my keys and rattled the food bowl (dinner call usually bring him running).
The good news, he was back outside THIS morning, meowing for grub.
Guess he WAS hungry after missing his treats last night. Hopefully, not tonight.
*** Last back to the finish line...another homicide in Fort Wayne makes the news.
Roll the dice and let's play...
And, it's usually the same class of people involved (and please don't insult my intelligence by using the "poverty card" here...it's got nothing to do with this)..
So, why does nothing seem to get done regarding any form of lowering the homicide stats?
We have as many police on our streets as we USED to have about 20 years ago, with more on the way, so boots on the ground shouldn't be an issue. And the laws are still in place to prevent crimes like these, although I would argue that MANY of the smaller crimes that take place are rarely enforced (noise laws, trespassing, parking, littering, and such). Hell, police used to issue citations for people walking IN the damn street (back in the 80s and 90s)...don't see much of that going on.
I think what is occurring is more ignorance of the Broken Window Theory.
Our city seems (metaphorically) more intent on keeping those INTACT windows clean, rather than repair all the windows that have become broken over the years, and then touting such "progress" as something to be lauded.
I'm not quite there as far as being "convinced".
The city has permitted too much to go on for too long, as it pursues a revitalized ballpark, downtown and now, riverfront, to the exclusion of addressing the problems of the (now) entire south part of town...not a good idea (in theory or implementation).
a growing "trend" ALL over
Neighborhoods down here are still slipping into the 10th layer of Hades daily, with the usual people shooting, stabbing, raping, burglarizing and robbing, with these crimes being the most prevalent barometer as to societal "evolution".
If anything, our part of Fort Wayne is in backward-moving trend, and has been so for almost as long as Wifey and I have lived down here.
There NEEDS to be a definitive paradigm shift as far as how to IMPROVE the south side of the city, and what's been done so far has not produced the results many were expecting.
Take the damn blinders off, see the truth and decide once and for all to DO SOMETHING to change the status quo.
Or, you (the city) can continue with what you thought was working...which has been nothing.
Choices can be hard, but the end result when making GOOD choices is better than what has been allowed to date.
Have yourselves a very good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.