28 August 2015

Friday Follies...
It's the end of the week, and damn near the end of the month...I like when that happens.
Now, "technically", the month ends on Tuesday, but why split hairs, hmm?
The forecast continues to warm up gradually, as well
Our Hoosierland weather for today will be partly sunny (or cloudy - kinda half and half) with temps reaching a bit higher than yesterday to around the upper 70s. And we might start to feel a touch of humidity in the air. Over the weekend, we might get some rain, but nothing bad enough to wash out the gullies, so no big deal there.
In the meantime, let's get ourselves a nice cup or glass of Friday fortitude poured and parked nearby, as we look to the day and see what is going on elsewhere (sounds like a plan to me).
*** First off of the gun rack is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
August 28 -
---Today is RACE YOUR MOUSE DAY
My mouse is WIRED (and NOT on caffeine), so I dunno how that's gonna work out for me)
---It's also NATIONAL CHERRY TURNOVERS DAY
(yep, I can work with that real well, especially with a cup of java)
---It's the birthday of my late father, who WOULD have been 94 years old today
Always nice to remember the days when he was around, PLUS there was CAKE.
(still miss 'ya, Dad)
*** And since we're at week's end, let's take a gander at what goes on over the next 72 hours:
August 29 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY
I'm more of a LO MEIN kinda guy, anyway.
(Seriously, is that an AMERICAN event???)
---It's also MORE HERBS, LESS SALT DAY
Why not use BOTH?
(Depends itf you're COOKING with them or SMOKING them, actually)
August 30 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY
(well, I have a feeling that Wifey will want some of those)
---It's also FRANKENSTEIN DAY
It's pronounced "FRONK-EN-SHTEEN"
(A good time to watch the original flick with Boris Karloff - beat the Halloween rush)
*** Next up, the FWPD SWAT team  was out and about yesterday afternoon.
Here's the story link:
http://www.21alive.com/news/local/Fort-Wayne-police-standoff-finds-nothing-at-Gaywood-Drive-Thursday---323156141.html
"Johnny brought the donuts, sarge"
This took place around 1600 hrs yesterday in the 3500 block of Gaywood Drive (which is deep in the heart of the ghettohood)) with the report of "shots fired" (signal 113). Police arrived on scene and determined that the shots might have come from a specific house.
They rolled out the V-150 armored car and established a perimeter and tried to communicate with whoever was inside the house.
They made entry a short time later, and it was determined that NO ONE WAS HOME.
By 1825 hrs, the area was back open again and police cleared the scene.
It might scare you to know.
Now, I think this is the third time this has happened, so we're starting to see a "pattern" here.
The cost alone to have such a response ain't cheap, people...plus it takes away from the ability to respond to another threat, should it occur.
If I didn't know better, I'd think "someone" was trying to determine the method of operation of the FWPD.
Perhaps seeing how FAST a response, or how MUCH of a response.
This just does not smell right.
*** Next, an update to the police chase Tuesday,
Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2015/08/27/court-docs-police-chase-reached-95-mph/
Cedric Carter - Ladarious Drew
The chase actually reached speeds of 95 MPH (not recommended within city limits, BTW).
And all this for a bottle of BOOZE (stolen from Meijers)???
I don;t give a damn HOW "top shelf" the liquor was, it just isn't worth the hassle (and the jail time).
But THESE are the types of idiots who feel that OTHER LIVES DON'T MATTER, because of the cavalier manner in which they placed a LOT of people at risk (and injured their passenger and the person in an SUV they struck when they crashed).
Why, with such lengthy rap sheets they STILL: a) NEVER learn a damn thing, and b) Are BACK on our streets time and again beats the hell outta me.
Smug-ass jerks...and losers to boot.
*** Next up,  A drug bust, but not where you would think.
Here's the story link:
http://www.21alive.com/news/local/Fort-Wayne-Police-respond-to-drug-dealing-in-Freimann-Square-323164391.html
Freimann Square - SANS drug dealers.
Well, how about THAT.
A CITY PARK was raided by the FWPD for people dealing drugs there.
Maybe we could rename the place to "Needle Park"?
This took place around 1520 hrs at Freimann Park where "various people" were busted on drug charges. Thirty officers were involved (and even chief Garry came outside for a change)
After numerous calls by people noticing open-air drug-dealing, the FWPD vice and narcotics division began around-the-clock surveillance of the park, which led to several arrests yesterday.
This is considered an OPEN investigation and more arrests are expected.
(which means these druggies will go someplace else to do the deals).
Sure not returning library nooks
I know I see a couple two-car deals along our streets every few months, so it's not abating down here, in spite of letting police know about it.
Their website doesn't allow for anonymous tips other than for SPECIFIC houses (drugs, guns or gang activities), so the ability to catch curbside dealing is highly limited, and calling it into dispatch doesn't allow a rapid enough response to catch the perps in the act.
Like I ALWAYS say...MORE PATROLS would alleviate a lot of this crap, and help restore some level of livability to our area.
But, Garry and Rusty are more concerned with their own neighborhoods AND the DOWNTOWN area.
We, on the SE side are WAY down that list, trust me.
The FWPD can't even seem to stop all the boomcars, or those with no license plate bulbs, or barking dogs, or gunshots and fireworks, or many of the OTHER assorted crimes that happen DAILY down here...it's ALL reactive - and not proactive.
*** Last back the garage...my "Batmobile" has returned to it's "lair".
Back home again...in Indiana.
Actually, I got her back yesterday around 1400 hrs. Donny (from Yeoman's Service Center) called me up and said the turnaround time for the rebuild was faster than expected (from Russ Moore), and that it was ready to go.
Coming through in the clutch, WITH a clutch!.
I had a "gut feeling" too, as I asked Wifey to l;eave the checkbook yesterday.
The FORCE is strong with me.
Yeah, guess it's a Jedi Mind Trick thing...LOL.
Besides..it's also a BLACK CARS MATTER thing.
Final cost was on the high side of $1100 bucks, and it drives a LOT better.
It FEELS right once again, and SOUNDS right.
Might have to take her out and shake the cobwebs out Sunday...maybe a drive along Winchester Rd...always a fun time. Or maybe a run out to the airport and back.
Not to mention, I got a 2016 calendar and two pens from Yeoman's...I like those lovely "parting gifts"...LOL.
---This is the kind of Indiana I HAVE come to appreciate - people who do good work and have a passion for work ethics, and are just damn nice folks.
Yeoman's is one of those businesses that has NOT left the area, in spite of the crime and changing face of the neighborhoods. I told Donny I'd talk them up...and I have.
You have to admire people who refuse to knuckle under to situations that would scare off lesser folks.
The boys in the band.
And, it says a lot about WHO WE ARE as a people.
Living down here these days is a lot different from when Wifey and I first moved into the "Fortress" here (1997), and it's not for the squeamish, that's for sure.
And that's just how I feel.
There are those few of us that REFUSE to bend to external forces and bug out...not an option in my book.
You stay and fight for what you have..and you fight any way possible to keep what you have acquired and strive to be a good steward of...that's the way you were brought up, and eventually, it will pay off.
Maybe not today, or next week...but eventually, and the wait WILL be well worth it.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

27 August 2015

Thoughts For Thursday...
Always...first.
Here we are, swiftly approaching the weekend, and an extended forecast that will see us warming up to more "Augusty" days. That's funny, because next week, we head into SEPTEMBER...perhaps an early "Indian Summer"?
Our Hoosierland weather today will see us with lots of sunshine outside (which beats having it all INSIDE), temps reaching into the lower 70s and some breezes out there to ride along with that nice low humidity.
So, put your trepidation aside for a spell, go get your cup or glass of that morning beverage and we'll all sit back and take a look at what's going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the linen closet is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."
This was spoken by one Vernon Howard  (6 March 1918 - 23 August 1992) who was an American spiritual teacher, author and philosopher
And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Howard
Howard is one of those people that affects humanity when you never even heard of his name.
Lots of folks need THIS one.
His main aspect of his writings was spiritual and psychological growth through "self-awareness".
He based the teaching upon a common thread that he found among several different philosophical and spiritual traditions.
He taught there was a way out of suffering, and advocated self-honesty, persistence, the study and application of spiritual principles, and a sincere desire for inner change.
He believed that the human EGO was a barrier to spiritual awareness.
(seems he nailed that one down tight)
He further said that this "false self" is a fictitious collection of self images or pictures about who we think we are. The WIKI is a brief read, but still makes a lot of sense when it comes to our walk with God.
*** Next up, it's time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
August 27 -
---Today is GLOBAL FORGIVENESS DAY
But will the world forgive US?
(it's a Canadian holiday to promote the power of forgiving...good luck with that one)
---It's also NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY
Is that like JUNKET?
(it's just a French loose custard dessert, no need for alarm)
---And, it's NATIONAL JUST BECAUSE DAY
Don't we practice this EVERY day?
(Why celebrate it? Just because, that's why)
I suppose this opens the door to a lot of stupid nonsense...just because...lol
*** Next, an update on the shoplifter that caused a FWPD chase ending up in a crash that left a trail of carnage in it's wake.
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Charges-pile-up-as-driver-chooses-chase-over-jail-8446285
Mr. not-so-bad-ass
I said yesterday that the charges against this thug would pile up (like horse crap in a stable), and it sure looks that way.
Cedric Carter, 26, of the 6000 block of Chaddsford Drive was the driver of that silver Bonneville police chased, and he already had a probation violation warrant staring at him.
Now, he's got a LOT more fun stuff...what an asshole!
THIS is a perfect example of HOW the judicial system is FLAWED.
How do people like this KEEP falling through society's cracks, anyway?
I really would like to know.
Go pick up your orange jumpsuit and flip-flops, you f$cking loser, and stay the hell off of OUR streets.
You don't belong with normal people...period.
You've taken enough FROM society...and paybacks will be a bitch.
*** Next, a teenage rapist changes his "tune".
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/courts/Rape-suspect-withdraws-plea-8446299
You're gonna LOVE jail.
Now THIS piece of crap wants a trial, instead of a plea deal on a guilty verdict.
He's already in the slammer for Craigslist robberies.
A nice long FIFTY-year term, too - plenty of time to think about HIS future.
Guess all those YOUTH programs (at the taxpayers' expense) didn't manage to help this jerk out one damn bit, otherwise, he'd find a way to keep his teen-junk in his (saggy) pants and do something PRODUCTIVE in life, instead of forcing possible RE-production on an unwilling woman, right?
Another example of slipping through the cracks...
Maybe those "cracks" are large enough to drive a damn KENWORTH through?
Toss the damn book at him...and make it a BIG one (aim for the head - might knock some sense into this mini-thug).
*** Next up, that horrific on-air murder of a morning anchor and cameraman by some disgruntled former (black) colleague.
The innocent victims
Here's the story link:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/26/active-shooter-reportedly-attacks-tv-crew-in-virginia/
Racial-grudge shooter
There seems to be NO level to which some people will devolve to in order to promote their agenda...and at what cost to others.
And this lunatic carried this grudge about being dismissed for TWO YEARS.
Considering the former anchor wasn't a "user-friendly" guy at the job (or former positions), it's little wonder he even chose what passes for journalism as his career path.
With all this apparent pent-up (racial) anger inside, maybe he could have joined Sharpton's posse, or even Calypso Louie's band of merry degenerates.
Sadly, life imitates "art".
Instead, he chose to play HIS own version of the old PS1 game "Doom", and video his approach and shooting of the people doing the news story...LIVE.
Too eerie a similarity.
Life should not be treated as some video game. There ARE consequences.
After a 2-hour police chase, he DID shoot himself (small compensation for the families he had already devastated). But there is more to this as you'll read below.
*** That brings me to the center of today's shrubbery maze...the POLITICIZING of damn near EVERYTHING in existence.
I, for one, am getting SO damn sick and tired of POLITICS entering all the realms where it has no business poking it's ugly-ass head.
From graduation exercises to fast food, to the air we breathe, and everything in-between.
We cannot avoid it, no matter WHERE we try to go.
Take this murder of the two on-air people in Virginia...wasn't even TWO hours after it happened that the libtards were out in DROVES calling for (you guessed it)...MORE GUN CONTROL.
They keep pushing a solution to a problem they have yet to properly define.
That's nonsense, and WE know it.
Now, you already know that (to me) gun control means USING BOTH HANDS, so that's not the issue.
The issue here is people who think that FEWER guns means less crime...sorry, doesn't work that way. Keeping guns out of the WRONG hands is the way to go.
The issue that no one wants to talk about is the failed MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM, and how those who SHOULD be monitored, medicated, or even locked the hell AWAY from society are permitted to walk among us...waiting for a chance to "go off".
We need BILLBOARDS to tell us this?
Normally, I would state that we've gotten RID of all the asylums, but rather we've allowed the INMATES to take them all over and RUN them in our stead.
That's probably not the BEST solution the liberals could come up with - it places ALL of us at risk, as we can plainly see.
Now, you've heard me say many times, that we are ALL capable of such transgressions against our fellow man, but "we" make the choice to NOT act as impulsively, and certainly NOT with such murderous intent.
We CONTROL OURSELVES...we are our OWN police force, as it were.
And that works, for the most part.
But, it's that segment of our society that can't make such distinctions, and therefore NEEDS  help along those lines.
To mainstream such individuals invites situations like we saw yesterday.
There is a very fine line that must be walked, however...we need to not "jump the gun" when it comes to normal people who get PO'ed at something or someone, because THEY will invariably NOT act upon such impulses...that's the way NORMAL people shake.
They let it go.
Others cannot, and have to be "helped" to keep them from going "postal".
THAT is the issue that SHOULD be addressed, and not the wholesale control on firearms that the leftists would love to see.
And that's all I have to say on that (for now).
*** Last back to the clothes hamper...there needs to be a return to a level of civility in America.
That's blatantly obvious.
When people are allowed to toss aside the values that this nation was founded upon, some will GLADLY do so, and for one reason only - the consequences do not outweigh the acts they commit.
Perhaps it's time to get that pony back in the corral...we NEED consequences whenever we make a decision.
As children, we find out what happens when we sass back  or reach for something hot, or don't look before running into a street...sometimes, such poor decisions have dire consequences.
But, we LEARN, either through parental guidance, or by experience what to DO, as well as what NOT TO DO.
That SHOULD suffice, but for many, it does not.
Education is readily available to EVERYONE (and the price is right most all the time) - no excuse to remain stupid or ignorant in today's world, right?
I always say that a return to BASICS - the core principles of our society and humanity IS the way to go.
Anything less only invites more of what we already have seen.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

26 August 2015

Humpday Happenings...
Here we go, the middle of the last week of August (and pretty much summer). Been a really nice summer at that.
Sure beats day upon day of  "century-mark" temps and loads of humidity, that's for sure.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see us with another extremely nice day with temps again barely reaching the 70 degree mark.
Add in those clouds and a touch of sunshine poking through and it's still a keeper.
Now, you go get your morning drink, I'll get mine, and together, we'll see what's going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the cookie jar is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."
Maybe if more of us took this to heart, there would be a lot LESS angst to go around, because life will give you that in abundance, and you don't even have to search for it  to get it. So, WHO said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
*** And, it's also time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
August 26 -
---Today is NATIONAL CHERRY POPSICLE DAY.
Boy, did they turn your mouth and fingers RED...and does anyone remember when they used to only cost a NICKEL at ANY corner store?
---It's also NATIONAL WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY
And with ANY form of equality, one must be very careful not to make some women MORE equal than others, hmm?
---And, it's NATIONAL DOG DAY.
Can I get an AMEN...and a WOOF?
( I know Scrappy is loving this one - ditto for Oliver, Murphy, and Moose).
Now this begs an important question that I never found an answer for:
If a DOG is MAN'S best friend, why are DIAMONDS a GIRL'S best friend?
That hardly seems equitable.
Moving on...
*** An FWPD chase ends in a huge traffic clusterf$ck along Coliseum Blvd.
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/-Going-like-a-bat-out-of-hell--8425071
After reading that headline, I have this urge to put on a MEATLOAF album...wonder why?
This took place yesterday around 1430 hrs and began at the Meiers up on Maysville Rd near Rt 37, and ended near State and Coliseum Blvd.
Helluva park job.
More than a few other cars were damaged by the fleeing shoplifters, who eventually totaled their silver Bonneville while trying to get away.
There are those libtards that think the chase should have never happened...like it's OKAY to make off with store merchandise...no big deal. Whatta bunch of idiots.
Shoplifting steals from ALL of us, you dumbasses.
The charges against those in the wrecked car are now a LOT greater than just dealing with the shoplifting charge. Yet sometimes, there is that SPECIAL kind of stupid, and these three get a free ride to hospital/jail and then some quality time behind bars as guests of Allen County to think about their future.
*** Next up, two people were shot on the city's (where else?) SOUTHEAST side last night.
Here's this story (so far):
http://www.21alive.com/news/local/2-people-shot-on-Oliver-Street-322909761.html
This took place last night around 2045 hrs in the 3900 block of Oliver St.
Little information was released to news sources, and since no one was critical or killed, it's not AS newsworthy, I suppose.
But it is STILL just as dangerous to everyone in such neighborhoods, right?
THAT alone should make ti newsworthy...you'd think.
*** Next, I found a cool book that I felt I had to have, so I got it for my birthday (that was before the transmission crap hit the vehicular fan).
Honestly epic.
I had originally thought it was an AVENGERS encyclopedia - turns out it's the entire MARVEL COMICS UNIVERSE encyclopedia, which would explain WHY it's such a huge, honking book and weighs enough to keep small pets or children tethered down...LOL.
The postal carrier made a separate trip to deliver it...it's too big for the mailbox.
But it's so damn COOL...artwork is fantastic, and it's got everyone from the marvel universe in there...freaking amazing.
And the best part - your friendly neighborhood bargain-hunter got it for HALF PRICE!
Now that's MY kinda swag...a coffee table tome.
(gonna need a bigger coffee table now...heh)
*** Next up, Wifey had a visit to her dentist yesterday and came home with some "sobering" news - she needs to have her wisdom teeth removed.
And none of those pertinent jokes, please...I ran most of them through MY mind already...lol..
She's got to go see an oral surgeon and then get things set up for the "event".
Talk about some heavy-hitting stuff going on, hmm?
But, I get a loopy wife in trade, until the pain meds are gone.
Been through this before when my Dad had to have his teeth pulled a long time ago.
He had dentures most of my life until he passed.
I told Wifey that doctors (and even dentists) are kinda like hairdressers - you go to them ONCE, and they "got you for life".
You never stop going.
I'm too old school for that stuff. It's got to be absolutely necessary for me to go to a doctor, and even then, it's a real chore for me.
But, we'll take this all in stride.
*** Last back to the barn...life is never without some challenges, and that's good, in spite of the problems those challenges might present.
Some challenges ARE tougher than others, I will grant you that, but how we handle them is what's even more important.
We can fold like a bad hand at the poker table, OR, we can work through it, because no problem is THAT insurmountable that it cannot be dealt with.
The best way to deal with such things should be the same manner in which we deal with people - ONE AT A TIME.
One problem does not define EVERY problem in life, and the same goes for those souls we encounter.
Each problem or person is unique, and requires from us a specific way to handle it (or them).
It's like that poem "Don't Quit" and here's a link if you need a boost:
http://www.onlythebible.com/Poems/Dont-Quit.html
I think that what time we're given has to be lived, and appreciated, and valued for the fleeting commodity that it truly is. And any challenge that comes our way is there to make us better individuals, even if we can't seem to see that.
If our lives are to have meaning, then the example of HOW we live should be the one thing that others see.
Maybe they can learn from us in this way, and thereby pass that on to still others.
That sounds like a plan to me.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.