28 July 2017

Friday Follies...
Here we are at last...the final week of July...can August be knocking at our door?
(yasureyoubetcha!)
At least that rain missed us for the most part. We only got scattered light rain late in the day here.
And, the weekend will see us with a bit of a cool down, as we drop back into the mid to upper 70s (well, it is cooler than it has been, just not by much.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us cloudy skies to start with, giving way to sunshine by this afternoon, temps reaching to about 78 degrees, and a noticeable drop in that humidity.
Now, let's start the day with a nice glass or cup of Friday Fortitude, as we see what else has been going on, hmm?
*** First off of the rooftop is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JULY 28 -
---It's Buffalo Soldiers Day
(paying tribute to black cavalrymen who helped tame the wild west)
---It's National Get Gnarly Day
(sorry, I'll stick to being curmudgeonly, thank you)
---It's National Milk Chocolate Day
(which is perfectly fine to confuse with chocolate milk day, imho)
---It's National System Administrator Appreciation Day
(welcome to The Matrix, huh?)
---It's National Talk In An Elevator Day
(to each other and not into some damn smartphone)
---It's National Waterpark Day
(wonder when FTW will decide they want one of THESE near the riverfront?)
*** Next, and since we are at week's end, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
JULY 29 -
---Saturday is National Chicken Wing Day
(too much work, not enough meat for me...no thanks)
---It's National Dance Day
( I left that party a couple lifetimes ago...)
---It's National Lasagna Day
(okay, now that's more like it)
---It's National Lipstick Day
(don't think they make a CAMO gloss for the transgender troops)
JULY 30 -
---Sunday is National Cheesecake Day
(nothing like good old NYC style cheesecake)
---It's National Father-in-Law Day
(still have one, and he just had a birthday, too...WTG, Don!)
---It's National Whistleblower Day
(I recall when the ONLY person blowing a whistle was the crossing guard)
And there you go...plenty of things to keep busy, and remember to always observe responsibly.
*** Next up, the Indy suburb of Southport lost one of it's finest.
Here's the story link:
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/27/southport-police-officer-shot-hospitalized/517462001/
Lt. Aaron Allan, the Southport Police Department's officer of the year in 2015 was killed while on duty answering a call for a traffic accident Thursday after walking up to a car that had flipped in a crash and one of the occupants shot him multiple times.
What prompted the shooter to fire at Allan was unclear.
Police arrested Jason Brown, 28, on a preliminary murder charge in the shooting that killed Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan.
What the hell is this world coming to?
*** Next, our governor is not endearing himself to me when he talks about things like THIS:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20170728/holcomb-taxes-an-option-for-hip-20
Raise the cigarette tax to PAY for HEALTH CARE? Aside from the IRONY connected to something as ludicrous as this, why does ANYONE have to generate any form of HIGHER TAXES for health care?
Are they doing it for CAR insurance? Or HOMEOWNERS insurance?
What about BOAT insurance?
Stop all this damn idiocy with healthcare, and go back to what worked LONG before the feds decided to stick their fingers in our pies when it came to being treated by doctors who had neighborhood offices, and who USED to make house calls and never charged ANY amount as criminally high as they do today (just to look you over).
Get ALL government intrusion OUT of healthcare and let the private sector run this dog-and-pony show, before we ALL go belly up, financially.
OR...you COULD provide everyone the EXACT SAME coverage that all these congresspeople and senators get...now THAT would be equally FAIR, don'cha think?
*** Next up, a shoplifting "girlrilla" gets her just dues.
Here's the story (verbatim) from the J-G:
((Shoplifting suspect allegedly attacks
A Fort Wayne woman is in custody, accused of shoplifting clothes from a Kohl's store and using a stun gun on a loss prevention officer.
Tyresha Ranae Thomas, 29, of the 700 block of McKinnie Avenue, walked out of an unspecified Kohl's store around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday while a loss prevention officer followed her outside and tried to stop her, according to court documents.
“Back off, (expletive),” Thomas said and displayed a stun gun. She continued to flee while a second loss prevention officer pursued her.
When he told her to stop, she turned around and discharged the stun gun. The prevention officer stopped after she used her stun gun, court documents said.
Fort Wayne police officers arrested Thomas along with an accomplice and recovered the stolen merchandise valued at more the $1,800.
She is in the Allen County Jail charged with robbery and theft and a misdemeanor charge of using a stun gun while committing a crime. Her bond is $13,250, a jail spokesman said.))
Using a stun gun in the commission of a crime is akin to using a firearm...sorry, bitch.
You LOSE...big-time.
These people are growing a more brazen and violent crop of criminals these days, especially the females of the tribe.
*** Next up, time to stop on by "Kitten Corner"...
Our kids were still behaving themselves...at least more than when Wifey's here.
They still dash about from room to room, but it's not totally "spazmotic" (Bob's lexicon again).
As long as they keep from tearing the place apart or breaking stuff, I'm good with that.
"We can haz TREETS? Yay!"
(and they might even get some treats along the way for good behavior)
*** Next, let's see what's going on with "Midnight and Company"...
Well, Whiskers was waiting on the patio to get fed as usual. Sometimes, she waits by the back door.
Midnight was there, but then ambles off, only to come back later that morning and spend the rest of the day in the shade, waiting for the kibbles I take to them both.
Even had to refill the bird feeder (they come by when the cats are napping...good thing, too).
As to the caterpillars? Have no idea where they went. Not my fault they're M.I.A.
*** Last back to the basement...it amazes me when I listen to people interviewed on TV these days.
And, it's bothersome (although not unexpected) when I hear them parrot what I've been saying for years, especially when it comes to violent crime. Must be a lack of civility thing, 'ya think?
Crime IS on the rise, and has been for the last couple decades. Also, the LEVEL of violence has risen markedly.
Just look at the manner in which police officers are attacked and murdered.
You can blame street gangs for this, along with most of the other crimes that occur.
In fact, the number of gangs in America (and their memberships) have been rising, and that should be a wake up call to every single law-abiding citizen.
This is the result of the lack of a real plan to eradicate and disband such entrenched groups across this nation.
But that may change soon. Here's just one account of many:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/04/19/how-ms-13-one-america-s-most-dangerous-gangs-is-funded.html
How about that? We can blame illegal immigrants for criminal activity with one of the most ruthless gangs in both Americas.
Hispanics account for the largest number of such people, so do the math.
Neighborhoods that WERE safe are now fast becoming havens for those with criminal intent.
So, when people talk about living in a "good" area of any city, they might want to give themselves a reality check.
There's no reason under the sun WHY we can't have a safe country to live in, and safe(er) cities for the residents who only want to live their lives, and raise their families.
And along those lines, a good healthy does of MORALITY all around, would be the BEST foundation to (re)build upon.
Stop all the diversity crap, and get back to making OUR country what it should be and not what some wish to make it. Let's try something we know will succeed.
Therein lies the lesson to be learned..
DO have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

27 July 2017

Thoughts For Thursday...
If you like your summer days a bit on the "soit" side, then welcome aboard.
A wonderfully humid day looks to be in store for our area.
Always gets my sinuses playing up...love when that happens.
Our Hoosierland weather for today  consists of mostly cloudy skies, temps climbing to around 80 degrees, scattered showers most of the day, and yes, lots of humidity.
We're going to try and make this short and sweet today (I hope), so let's get things started with a nice cup of coffee or tea...or perhaps a tall glass of something nice and cold.
Might as well be wet on the inside, considering how wet it's been outside, right?
*** First off of the runway is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." 
This was spoken by someone you ALL should be acquainted with, because you studied his works in school...one John Ernst Stenbeck, Jr (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968), who was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories.
And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck
He is probably one of the most prolific authors when it comes to movie adaptations of his novels (Stephen King comes close). Of course, Steinbeck's works were mostly done when movies were of a more classic style.
((The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.))
And, yes...it's a pretty decent movie as well.
((Most of Steinbeck's work is set in central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists.))
Considering that Steinebck grew up and spent most of his life in California, he kept most of his novels centered around that area. Nothing like keeping things "real", is there? Later, he did visit the Soviet Union a few times, as well as Tel Aviv.
Steinbeck was involved in WW2, and in 1943 found himself as a war correspondent for the New York Herald, and worked with the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), the predecessor to the C.I.A.
Steinbeck returned from the war with a number of wounds from shrapnel and some psychological trauma. He treated himself, as ever, by writing. He wrote Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Lifeboat (1944), and the film, A Medal for Benny (1945).
Both his religious and political views are interesting.
The WIKI is a very good read, and it's refreshing to read ABOUT the author of sich notable works, because it's lends another dimension TO those works, as we read about the characters in those novels.
We get a better understanding of who they are and why they were created.
*** Next up, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JULY 27 -
---It's National Chili Dog Day
(fresh out of buns...dammit)
---It's National Creme Brulee Day
(don't worry...it's a custard dessert)
---It's National New Jersey Day
(seriously? You gotta be kiddin'?)
---It's National Refreshment Day
(isn't that EVERY day. C'mon now)
---It's National Scotch Day
(Alright...NOW we're talking)
*** Next, just when you thought it was safe from having all these "entities" and sundry taxes reaching into your "hip-national-bank", along comes something like THIS:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170727/im-makes-request-for-197-rate-increase
((Indiana Michigan Power has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to approve a 19.7 percent rate increase as part of its Building the Future proposal.))
Building the future...on the backs of the working class, who never receive anything close to a 19% RAISE in their paychecks (or seniors and disabled in the social security checks.)
Only ONE way to explain this one:
"Whiskey - Tango - Foxtrot ???"
What the hell drugs are these people on? A (whopping) 19.7% INCREASE?
That's on top of all the recent taxes we had shoved down our throats...everyone suddenly FORGET about that shit?
Getting pretty damn dizzy now.
Naturally, the "spin" on this increase is meant to make us all feel at ease...bullshit on that.
For example:
1) It's meant to reduce outages and outage times (shoulda addressed that AGES ago)
2) The last increase was back in 2011 (so that makes another fleecing okay?)
3) Its only less than a dollar a day (well that sounds much better than saying less than $365 more dollars a year, right?)
4) "It will allow us to offer customers new, cleaner energy options" (like smart meters that monitor OUR usage?)
5) Improvements through infrastructure upgrades (please refer to number 1 above)
((The power utility's fixed residential service charge would also increase from $7.30 per month to $18. Utility officials say the fee changes are necessary “to more fairly and accurately reflect the true costs for a customer to use the system.”))
Okay, I can see rental rates RISING as well to cover the increase.
I mean, we're not ALL "government'subsidized" (yet), are we?
((The power utility sought to increase its revenue by $174 million when it requested a 22 percent increase in September 2011. However, it was granted half that amount – about $85 million – in February 2013.))
How's about we do that again...HALF the amount, and then tell them to work with that, and cut all the bosses insanely high salaries in the process?
So, when can we expect the NEXT rate (or tax) increase and from what source?
...Because we KNOW it's a'comin'.
*** Next, city councilman Jason Arp has a very good editorial in today's J-G:
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/20170727/hard-landing
Love the title...A "hard landing" INDEED.
This refers to that area of downtown known AS "The Landing", and how exactly the funding is acquired.
States Arp: ((The theory is that by sprucing up our downtown, we won't lose our youth to Chicago or New York. These projects have required escalating amounts of government funding and have shown little in the way of results, considering each subsequent project has required substantial subsidy from the taxpayer.))
Nice and succinct...I like that.
He then goes into the "nuts and bolts" of the what, who, where and whys concerning how things are being paid for.
The developers are the ones who ultimately do well with such projects (don't they always?), and as usual, the taxpayers are still "on the hook" for the public funds.
*** Next up, time to swing on by "Kitten Corner"...
As could be expected, the kids were less rammy yesterday. In fact, they spent some time following me about, and I had to keep watch to make sure I wasn't going to step on either of them.
Lots less running about, and more time best utilized napping (where the two of them can dream about running around instead)...heh.
*** Next, let's see what's happening with "Midnight and Company".
Now, yesterday, Midnight stayed near the house ALL day, and even past dusk. That's fine by me.
Whiskers is ALWAYS near the house...lol.
And always ready for food and to rub against your leg.
After that, the cat usually pulls out the "cuteness card" and rolls on the ground.
Also, the large caterpillar was there as of late yesterday, and I even saw another (smaller) one. Didn't see either one today. Wonder if the rain washed them off the plants? We'll keep watching.
*** Last back to the hangar...another rate hike looms (with more waiting in the wings).
You KNOW that to be true.
And apparently, we're expected to keep paying through teh nose for much of the same old stuff.
I suppose we're to go out back, yank some Franklins off the old money tree and pay for this.
Or maybe we're gonna crap out some Grants and Hamiltons to cover these rising costs.
Maybe we can just PRINT some more money...the way the FEDS always do...lol.
(sure to devalue our dollar, that's for sure)
Whatever the case, when is America going to rise up and say "enough is truly enough"?
When are these companies and entities going to be MADE to make due with less...like all the regular folks have to do daily?
When are we going to STOP with all these effin subsidies to the undeserving?
How many slippery slopes do we, as citizens of the best nation on this planet, have to endure before we grow fatigued with attempting to stand back up on our own two feet?
Most everyone is on some sort of "limited income", whether you put in 40+ hrs on the clock, or are one SSI or SSD, our just living off a pension. Most of those amounts are somewhat FIXED, unlike the wants and desires of governments and the myriad departments, agencies with their hands out. That's an aside from ALL the other private-sector people companies, and utilities with THEIR hands already in our pockets. And I haven't even mentioned sales tax and increased cost of items we use daily, or have a need for purchasing (like clothes, fuel, repairs, etc).
We're headed into a very scary realm concerning such things, and have been on this trek for some time.
Maybe, we should start deciding if the trip is indeed worth the destination.
Just a thought.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.