26 August 2016

Friday Follies...
Welcome to the last weekend of this month...and it can never come soon enough, can it?
Be nice if we could make that happen when we need to.
Doesn't look like that bad a day ahead of us.
Our Hoosierland weather for today sees us with some early morning fog (must bein rural and outlying areas), mostly sunny skies with temps topping out around 83 degrees, and no precipitation to speak of. That sounds okay by me.
So, what say we pour ourselves a nice glass, up, or mug of Friday Fortitude as we venture forth and see what's been going on elsewhere...and beyond, hmm?
*** First out the back door is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
AUGUST 26 -
---Today is NATIONAL WEBMISTRESS DAY
(don't think this has to do with Spiderwoman for some reason)
---It's NATIONAL DOG DAY
(Scrappy will LOVE this one, as will Momma Fargo's two canines)
---It's also NATIONAL WOMENS' EQUALITY DAY
(got no problem with that at all)
---And, it's NATIONAL CHERRY POPSICLE DAY
(red tongues of the world unite!)
*** Since we're at week's end, lets see what we can discover over the following 48 hours:
AUGUST 27 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY
(gotta be a "French" custard thing)
---And, it's NATIONAL JUST BECAUSE DAY
(is that just because you don't have anything else going on in August?)
AUGUST 28 -
---It's NATIONAL CHERRY TURNOVER DAY
(what's with the cherry thing all of a sudden?)
---And it would be my late Father's birthday. He would have been 95 years old on this day.
Not one day passes that I don't think about him.
Well, there you go...plenty of things to keep you occupied (and not on Wall St.)
Just be sure to celebrate wisely.
*** Next up, I've been following this whole EPI-PEN clusterf*ck.
Now, although I don't use one, there are LOTS of people (and schools) who DO. I find what's going on with the sudden INCREASE in pricing (to the tune of about 400-500%) more than a little appalling. I find it CRIMINAL, in fact.
We only have ONE manufacturer of these devices in ALL the freaking world???
Where is the free market system? Where's the competition?
Sounds like a bloody MONOPOLY to me, and one that puts people over a financial barrel AND places then at serious risk.
But, the one company that makes them has a "solution"...discount (co-pay) cards.
((...rolls eyes...))
Another band-aid on a broken leg?
Yeah, like THAT will help people without all that disposable income to meet their needs, or the needs of their children. Sorry, too little too late to me.
There should be some sort of investigation into WHY the sudden spike in pricing.
(thanks Obamacare)
This is simple piracy...no other way to explain it.
Here's another story that sheds some interesting light on this debacle:
http://nypost.com/2016/08/24/ceo-who-gouged-price-of-epipen-is-daughter-of-democrat-senator/
Why doesn't another company come along and produce something similar? This cannot be THAT proprietary that no one else is permitted to manufacture these, and at a cost similar to the former price (about $57 bucks per pen).
The Mylan (parent company) CEO says we should "blame the broken system" and not her...really?
Like father...like daughter?
What did I say yesterday? If it's BROKE...FIX it, right?
Leave it to the democrats to f*ck up a one-car parade.
*** Next up, we got us some crime in the Summit City (big surprise time, kids).
Here's someone who has to be in the running for DUMBASS OF THE WEEK:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Man-accused-of-shooting-woman-after-crashes-14917945
The crash along Pasadena Drive I mentioned yesterday...well, here's the perp behind all of it.
Willie Amos (NEVER to be confused with the more FAMOUS AMOS and those great cookies), who was already out on bond for felony dealing pot.
3 strikes, yer OUT!
This is after he spent time in jail for murder (served half the time due to good behavior and re-entry court, which seemed to do nothing to better this piece of crap).
He chased a woman down Fairfield Ave. the other night, rammed her SUV, crashing both vehicles, then climbed out and shot her in the chest and knee with a .45 caliber handgun.
Guess some black lives don't matter that much.
Possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon is one of several charges against him. Police caught him soon after that and he gave up without a fight (damn). He could have used a "tune-up".
He's been in the penal system since he was 18 (back in 1995).
An elevated bond was set at over $100K...(that's a good start).
Can we please lock this bastard up for a VERY long time...THIS time?
*** Next, a police-action shooting of a teen earlier this year exonerates the officer. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Shooting-of-teen-declared-justified-14917346
For once, the "blonde phantom" gets it right...that's just A-f*cking-mazing!
Considering the jail phone calls were monitored, that led authorities to further look for a gun.,..which WAS found.
So, this punk-ass teen (whose parents are suing the FWPD for excessive force) got what he deserved. And, since the officer fired FOUR shots and only hit the teen ONCE, that kid should consider himself DAMN lucky;
Scene of the shooting
The FWPD officer acted in self-defense (when the gun was pointed at his by the fleeing teen...end of subject.
*** Next, what's a good way to arrested in this city?
Wonder no longer. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Drug-charges-filed-after-OD-victim-s-body-found-14919808
Yep, maintain a common nuisance, such as having a D/B in your house, due to an O/D.
Also, make sure to have plenty of drug paraphernalia about the house, that you're renting from your parents.
Helluva way to live for a 21-year old woman, isn't it?
And don't keep a trash-bag full of used hypos in the fire pit...that's just stupid as hell.
Police found heroin and marijuana in the basement and more heroin in the back yard.
Jessica L. Clark is the winner of the latest "free ride downtown" lottery.
Remember, your parents rented that home to YOU...and not for any "stay-over" friends who happen by with drug problems. You ask for trouble...sister, you WILL get it.
*** Next up, We have another person who "gets it", and her name is Stephanie Malone (LaGrange).
Here you can find her letter to the editor (last one down the page):
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/letters/Letters-14766184
She states that people need to stop paying the "victicrat" card, and she's correct. We all need to take responsibility for OUR actions. What others do...that's on them.
*** Next up, another chapter in "The Hobo Chronicles"...
"I really hate being wet."
After a morning shower, there was time to dry out...AGAIN.
And then eat some more...before lounging about.
"I hereby proclaim this as MY patio".
Sometimes, I envy their lifestyle.
*** Last back to the garage...The evidence of evolution in the human species seems to be missing.
Have we come "full circle"?
At least in most of the cases I've cited today, it IS M.I.A.
We look to the exceptions as proof that we, as humankind, ARE moving forward. The majority seems to be content to wallow in a quagmire of de-evolution, and for many reasons.
That lack of self-reliance I harp on is partially to blame. The willingness of people to "be taken care of" by whatever or whoever comes along, when they are perfectly able to do for themselves, is the major factor here.
And some folks LIKE being "trapped".
It doesn't take THAT much to do for oneself, but it DOES take SOME motivation, and like riding a bike, once you get used to it, you just don't forget.
The same is said for allowing a "third party" to do FOR you...when it is done often enough and long enough, people get "comfortable" in that aspect of their lives, and that's just wrong.
Without the desire...the "want" to do for ourselves, there will not be ANY sense of accomplishment...or achievement, and that is what MADE this nation the best in the free world, and kept it that way for so long.
Learn to depend on YOURSELF.
I see nothing wrong with having a return to those ways. And, it just might imbue more people with a true sense of WORTH. That's something too many people suffer from the lack of these days.
Again, nothing wrong with making a choice to do better, and become better, is there?
Something to think about.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

25 August 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
Okay, tornadoes in late August...you've impressed me.
That was some weird-ass weather out there yesterday afternoon and evening.
Kinda odd to see that happen this time of year, and especially as close as it was to (and in) Allen County.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will  see us with off and on showers throughout the day, with some thunderstorms possible. Temps will top out around 85 degrees, with loads of humidity.
And, there is the possibility of a severe storm in all this mix. Take the proper precautions where you live.
Now, let's cast off and set out to see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the storm cellar is the answer to our WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Human morality is unthinkable without empathy."
This is attributed to Frans De Waal (born 29 October 1948) who is a Dutch primalogist and ethnologist. Here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frans_de_Waal
He is also a member of the United States Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Basically, he's studied animals and their behaviors, focusing on lower primates and how they relate to humanity.
It's a short but interesting read, because he has studied what binds primate societies together rather than how competition structures them.
His initial research dealt with aggressive behavior and social dominance.
After moving to the U.S. in 1981, he continued his studies in Wisconsin, and in 2013 wrote a book title "The Bonobo and the Atheist", which examines human behavior through the eyes of a primatologist, and explores how much God and religion are needed for human morality.
He concluded that morality comes from within, and that religion is secondary.
That explains why, without religion, morality may wind up in the "back seat" all too often.
*** Next, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
AUGUST 25 -
---Today is NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY
(gotta be a lot of folks wanting some of these in Kokomo)
---It's NATIONAL KISS AND MAKE UP DAY
(you can't make me...lol)
---It's also NATIONAL SECONDHAND WARDROBE DAY
(
never know what you'll find there)
---And, it's NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY
(La la laaa, la la la la...no, it's the EDIBLE one and not the TV foursome)
*** Next up, the McD's robber up on Illinois Rd. was caught. Here's that story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Suspected-McDonald-s-robber-under-arrest-14904800
Big surprise...THIS guy's BLACK, too.
He be BUSTED!
Lawrence Hill is the lucky winner in the "free ride downtown" lottery this time.
When he fled the McDs, he only grabbed an employee's cell phone and took NO cash (or burgers) but there is a battery charge against him...whatta loser.
*** Next, there was a shooting and a crash along Pasadena Dr. and Fairfield Ave last night.
Only have a photo on this...sorry. Perp caught.
*** Next up,  they caught "Pooder"...and here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Suspect-in-murder-case-arrested-in-Indianapolis-14903105
Imagine that...he was (already) in INDY.
Yearbook picture = mugshot!
His Fort Wayne address was listed as being in the 3200 block of Oliver St. (right in the ghettohood).
Guess we could say he bond should be HIGH, as he is a flight-risk, hmm?
We shall see.
*** Next, and speaking of flight, this year's AIR SHOW has tossed a curve ball into the strike zone. Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2016/08/24/air-show-moves-parking-downtown/
Same logo you had for 2012
Okay, this is ONE way to louse up what should be a good time (for me, anyway)...
Make all the parking for the air show DOWNTOWN and also make all attendees pay $5 for parking and also go through a screening at Headwaters Park...
All this is BEFORE you even get into the damn base (which is closer to the "Fortress").
They do have shuttle bus service (wonder who pays for THAT?)
WTF???
Last time, we were screened by ANG personnel (Sgt in camos with an M4 strapped on him), we parked on the grassy areas adjacent to the base and walked the hell in...TOO SIMPLE and didn't cost a dime to park!
But "someone" decided that all this BULLSHIT was better...are you people serious?
WTH has the ANG air show got to do with downtown, anyway? Absolutely nothing AT ALL!
(The Mad Anthony craft beer fest is the same day at Headwaters...how convenient)
Gonna be REAL crowded on that Saturday!
Bet Geoff Paddock had his thumb in this pie (he's the Headwaters Park guy)
Well, as much as I would LIKE to attend, I'll have to be content to sitting this one out, thanks to the clusterf*ck the city has created this time around.
Sorry folks, you lost MY money (and presence).
Thanks for nothing.
Maybe we can see some flyovers when we're out at Eagle Marsh on the 11th.
*** Next,  and moving onto lighter things...a book review.
I recently got a copy of THE WHO'S WHO OF DOCTOR WHO, and it's written by a Whovian (Cameron K. McEwan). He is the author of the "BLOGTOR WHO" site.
And he's interviewed many from the show.
Well, it's a REALLY good addition to the personal library. Lots of photos AND artwork adorn the pages (all 240 of them), and it came out in 2014, so it's very up-tp-date.
It doesn't include series 9, however, but still, it gives a good look into the history of all the important people (good, bad, and alien) of the Whovian universe/timeline.
*** Next up, another installment of "The Hobo Chronicles"...
Yes, it was a rather soggy day for our furry buddy.
Dry food - better than mush.
But, he weathered it all well enough, coming out to eat in his shelter.
He even got to meet a neighbor who used to have her own cat (she's the one good neighbor we still have part-time between here and California).
"Uh, Bob...the food dishes are a bit EMPTY."
He watched me mow the back yard yesterday (and thankfully stayed away from the mower).
Nothing like having proper supervision when doing work about the house, right?
*** Last back to the weather-desk...I'm a big fan of the whole "if it's not broken, don't fix it" gig. I also subscribe to the "if it IS broke, by all means, fix it" deal.
But lately, in our society, we're seeing a lot of muddy water where both of these axioms are concerned.
People WILL fix things that are NOT broken (and usually in an expensive way), and will ignore that which NEEDS fixing, and to what end, I have no bloody idea.
Logic and reason SHOULD be ruling the day, whatever the situation, but I'm just not seeing it.
We are supposed to be the most "evolved" species on the planet, but there are times when I do have my doubts.
All I have to do is read the news, or watch it on TV and there we are...proof positive that we're NOT thinking with (or using) ALL the brain cells that God has provided. In some cases, there are people with few if any active cellular activity between their ears.
I say, if God provided it, then USE it.
He doesn't make things just to have them go to wast or take up space, right?
There will come a day when ALL people realize the trouble they're causing by NOT thinking clearly, NOT getting their moral compass pointed in the right direction, and NOT seeking a higher authority when it comes to societal problems.
But I don't think it will be today...and that's a real shame.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

24 August 2016

Humpday Happenings...
It's the middle of the week, and the rain makes a return to the Heartland.
(can we stand the strain?)
We did have two NICE days outside...very enjoyable.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see us with increasing clouds, temps going back up onto the low 80s, and yes, rain coming our way once again.
No sense getting all bent out of shape over that, so let's get that morning drink poured as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the hangar is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Human morality is unthinkable without empathy."
There you go - short and to the point, right?
We often hear about how today's young people LACK empathy, and if we track that back, we find that they also lack a sense of morality as well. That speaks volumes as to the state of affairs when it comes to our future.
So, who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the University of Utrecht...
*** Next up, we bring you our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature
AUGUST 24 -
---Today is NATIONAL PEACH PIE DAY
(sure have a lot of pie days in August)
---And, it's NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY
(never to be confused with all the WAFFLING that goes on in our nation's capital)
*** Next, just how stupid can some people be?
Well, one need look no further than the person in THIS story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Gun--marijuana-charges-levied-against-city-man-14885451
Patrick C. Scott, 19,  is the latest dumbass to show his face.
Seems he was in a car with 3 other people who just happened to show up at a shooting scene (McKinnie and Avondale) where police were assisting a victim's family.
Police on Senate Ave noticed the car parking quickly and went to investigate (good sense there).
Officers approached the vehicle and searched it after smelling some MJ coming from the car.
Inside the blue Impala was found a gun (reported stolen) in the possession of Scott, who admitted he "traded" a ,25 caliber pistol for the silver and black Smith & Wesson (probably an SD9VE - they tend to come in "two-tone" and are a less-expensive pistol than say the M&P).
Scott gave his address as the 6500 block of Bristol Rd (SW side - not far from Candelite Apts, another hot-spot for crime). He does not have a license to carry a handgun, but he did have some marijuana in a plastic bag in his pants.
His bond was ONLY set at $3,250. He only needs to post 10% of that amount to be on the streets again.
Should have been about $10K...if you WANT to make a statement to such vermin like this punk.
*** Next up,  here is the update to the Eden Green shooting:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/Man-charged-with-Aug--13-fatal-shooting-of-man-on-Greene-Street
Once a thug...
Seems there are TWO mug shots of "Pooder"...LMAO. Whatta friggin name...!Daquavion...hell, that's just a stupid a moniker to carry around.
Always a thug.
No wonder these assholes commit crime. It's their way to make up for the retarded names they've been given by generationally government-sponsored baby-mamas.
Maybe it's a plot BY black women to demean their own males? Wouldn't that be something?
*** Next up, Wifey finally FOUND the birthday gift she got me a while back...LOL.
I have to admit, it was worth the hassle (don't let it happen again, toots).
It's a 20 oz Doctor Who ceramic mug, with the TARDIS exterior emblazoned on it.
Pretty hefty in weight, too.
Gonna be hard to knock the hell over, that's for sure.
Nice way to hold a pint (20 ounces is an imperial pint and not the domestic 16 ounces - just so's you know) of Guinness...or anything else that wets the old whistle.
*** Next, a story about remembering another homicide victim from a year ago:
http://wane.com/2016/08/24/remembering-teen-killed-in-crossfire-of-rival-gangs/
Caught in the crossfire between two "rival gangs", a young girl was at the wrong place at the wrong time...but it should NOT have been a WRONG place, right?
Alonna Allison would have turned 18 yesterday.
Alonna’s case is currently in the hands of the Allen County prosecutor. A spokesperson there said they do not know if or when charges may be filed.
In other words, it doesn't sound like they have suspects in custody, or even if they KNOW who pulled the trigger (of a possibly illegally obtained firearm).
Case NOT solved...and Lord knows when.
*** Next, everyone has to have heard about these ISP troopers and their ability to lip-sync, right?
Here's the (local) story:
http://wane.com/2016/08/23/lip-syncing-troopers-spread-laughter-across-the-country/
People are amazed at how police have a HUMAN side to them...
This should not be a revelation to anyone...all LEOs are JUST like everyone else.
They just happen to have a stressful occupation that garners little thanks and often incurs rebukes from society.
But they are REAL people...with families (that they like to return home to), hobbies, and yes, can make you smile.
I've been to parties with them, as well as cookouts and formal breakfasts in downtown Philly.
They laugh...and they cry right along with us.
They tell jokes, have barbecues, read books, watch TV, and listen to music just like the rest of us.
About damn time people took notice to the true humanity of our law-enforcement personnel.
*** Next, a story about our friends, the Monarch Butterfly:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/monarch-butterfly-population-in-jeopardy-after-mexican-storm-1.3581065
As much as 50% of the population is affected, and that's not a good thing, especially when the monarchs have been re-surging since 2013.
Canadians will be the worse off as to seeing the butterflies.
Here in Indiana, we may be a little more fortunate.
Let's hope so, because on 11 September, we have the annual Monarch Festival at Eagle Marsh, which is always a great way to spend part of a Sunday.
*** Next up, another installment of "The Hobo Chronicles"...
Guarding the ramparts.
Then, a brief nap, before...
...a bite to eat, and then...
I may be an old softie when it comes to animals (at least the ones that DON'T want to devour me), but I never get tired of the "cuteness-factor".
...a roll in the back yard.
There are times I think our pets (and critters in general) have more humanity in them than other people.
*** Last back the runway...you've heard me speak about how people act and how animals act.
This is evolution?
Now, I'm no sociologist OR zoologist (nor do I play one on TV...lol), but I know what I can see and hear when it comes to both species on the evolutionary scale. And, I'm sure you can as well.
So why, if we're supposed to be "at the top" on the Darwinian ladder, do we constantly see or read about things that cause us doubt along those lines?
We MUST be in there...somewhere.
We'd all like to believe that we, as a species ARE moving in a forward direction, and yet, unless our senses are failing us, we're seeing little evidence to that effect.
We inch closer to anarchy, and yet lay claim to democracy. We fight over the most trivial and yet ignore the important. And we promote and profess tolerance, but fail to tolerate those with differing viewpoints or opinions.
Don't see the animal kingdom having such problems these days.
Then again, animals don't tend to politicize damn near everything (Orwell's Animal Farm excluded).
As politics invades and supplants more facets of our lives, the more we lose the liberty we enjoy when politics minds it's own place, which lately, it has not.
And when we lose liberty, the loss of freedom is never far behind, is it?
Be nice to reverse such a trend, wouldn't it?
We can, we should, and more importantly...we must.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.