29 April 2016

Friday Follies...
Here we are again...end of another week. And, it's the end of April (well, tomorrow is).
Not a bad day yesterday, with some off and on rain.
(wasn't quite enough to deter all the boomcar idiots, however).
The Hoosierland weather for today will be a close match to the previous day, with temps reaching to around 58 degrees, mostly cloudy skies (maybe some sun peeking through later on), slight breezes and a chance of some rain passing through.
Now, what say we give this month a proper send-off as we get ourselves a nice cup of Friday Fortitude poured and see what's been going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First out of the corral is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
April 29 -
---Today is NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY
(A rose by any other name, I guess)
---It's also NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY
(sign me the hell up for THIS one)
---It's NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY
(where would we be WITHOUT them?)
---And, it's NATIONAL ARBOR DAY
(go plant a tree, just don't hug it)
---It's also NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY
(with a cat, you're ALWAYS "aware" of them, trust me)
---And, it's NATIONAL TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE DAY
(Lord knows after the LAST 8 years, they're gonna NEED to)
*** And since, it's the weekend, we just HAVE to know what will be taking place over those 48 hours, right?
April 30 -
(now I have to warn you...it looks like someone had to cram everything into the LAST day of this month)
---It's NATIONAL POOL OPENING DAY
(this has nothing to do with Adult Swim)
---It's NATIONAL MILITARY BRATS DAY
(that's BRATS and not "brats", so put the barbecue grill back)
---It's NATIONAL PREPAREATHON DAY
(sounds like a "newby" to me - one should always try to be prepared)
---And, it's NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY
(Better than all those roaming about our streets)
---It's also NATIONAL BUGS BUNNY DAY
(What's up with that, Doc?)
---It's NATIONAL HAIRSTYLIST APPRECIATION DAY
(sorry, been doing my own for decades)
---And, it's NATIONAL HONESTY DAY
(the TRAIT and not the Billy Joel song, that is)
---It's NATIONAL KISS OF HOPE DAY
(sure better than the kiss of death)
---It's also NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY
(pass me some cold milk)
---And, it's NATIONAL RAISIN DAY
(a good fit with bran flakes OR oatmeal cookies)
---It's NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS DAY
(it's an immune disease)
---And, it's NATIONAL REBUILDING DAY
(didn't say what we're rebuilding)
---It's also NATIONAL SENSE OF SMELL DAY
(both a blessing and a curse sometimes)
WHEW - that was one busy-ass day...cripes.
May 1 -
(here we go again)
---It's LAW DAY
(Apparently, that does NOT apply to many living around us down here)
---It's also NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY
(it's good to be loyal - shows integrity)
---It's NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY
(I could use one about now)
---And, it's NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY
(nursery rhymes we always loved)
---It's also SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY
(to honor sacrifices of combat wounded, ill, and dying)
---It's NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY
(kinda self-explanatory)
---And, it's NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY
(had to end on a good note)
And there you have it...LOADS of things to wrap your brain around and designed to keep one out of the local jail.
I'll tackle the MONTH of May on Monday, when I don't have to TYPE so damn much...LOL.
*** Next up, looks like some folks (down here) need to WAKE UP before they start to cook.
http://wane.com/2016/04/29/crews-fight-fire-on-weisser-park-avenue/
I heard the engines roll up Hanna St. earlier. Good to know the people were saved.
The FWFD stated the fire started in the kitchen, but are not sure what caused it.
Three adults, two teens and a child were inside at the time and are fine, but one other child was taken to hospital as a precaution.
*** Next, a story that comes as absolutely NO surprise to me.
http://wane.com/2016/04/28/mayor-tom-henry-backs-hillary-clinton/
Our "king" (mayor Henry) has tossed his crown in with Hillary Clinton...and he cites ALL the work she's done to keep jobs in Indiana...ROFLMAO.
Yeah, tell me another one that's JUST as funny, sire.
Any jobs that have either come or remained in our state are due to the BUSINESSES themselves (and perhaps the governor a little). Clinton had nothing to do with any of it.
This is the type of delusional beliefs that occur downtown. It's so damn laughable.
*** Next, as mentioned (here) earlier in the week, part of the city's annexation plan was to also consider OTHER parts of county Allen, and curiously enough, we see THIS story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/County-seeks-update-on-southwest-zoning-12802091
I suppose the commissioners want to make sure  that any city "land grab" would perhaps not include that of SOUTHWEST Allen County.
They want to get all their ZONING ducks in a row, it would appear.
Whenever a city annexes land, one of the first things that's batted about is the zoning situation, and by the looks of things on the SE side with people burning themselves out of their rental cribs, they're gonna need SOMEPLACE ELSE to go. So, if the zoning regulations can be amended to ALLOW future development along the lines of housing, there you go then. By all means, take those "displaced" and put them in better areas where they can bring down more property values.
Not the best way to operate, just a convenient one (for the city).
Say what you will, it's a good CYA plan by the county.
*** Next, here's a gem that tells the tale about how local TAXPAYERS foot the bill for inmates housed at county jails:
http://www.21alive.com/news/local/Special-report-how-much-you-pay-to-house-inmates-at-the-jail-377481291.html
Yeah, it's only $43 a day. Whatever happened to making these jailbirds get OUT and pick up trash along streets and highways...or (heaven forbid)  do the old ROAD-CREW gig? Cruel and unusual punishment?
Works once again on Florida.
I think not...more like "earn your way out of jail", rather than sit back and suck on the teat of taxpayers.
But, it's not like that USED to work (and pretty well) in the past.
*** Last back to the barn...it's interesting to note that (all of a sudden) my adopted state of Indiana has become a focal point for the political arena.
Ted Cruz was in town yesterday, and I listened to the speech he gave .
I prefer someone who talks TO people - not at them.
Now, to me, if you're going to have a desire to be our President, one of the FIRST things you NEED is to SOUND PRESIDENTIAL, and Cruz plainly appeared to have this one nailed down.
It sure beats the hell out of hearing all the name-calling from "Darth Trump".
And liberty may die with thunderous applause.
That was the BIG turn-off for me about "the Don". If he could just STICK to the issues and HIS solutions, he'd have me a lot more convinced, but I'm just not buying into his "act".
Maybe others can fall prey to that, but I'm looking for more when it comes to anyone I would want running our nation, especially in times such as these.
Former Prez, Bill (can't keep it in his pants) Clinton is also coming to town Saturday to McMillen park Rcc Center. I guess that's the BEST venue he could get, and it's SO damn apropos for him, if you get my drift. I mean he WAS "America's FIRST black president"...LOL. His wife is cut from the same cloth when it comes to dishonesty and lack of integrity.
Sanders is coming as well, and he's doing the collegiate circuit, because the millennials don't WANT to work for anything they desire (when they can have it handed to them by someone else).
That ALONE is a pretty sad commentary as to the state of our future here.
It's like I've said time and again - this reminds me of that movie (a satire of all things) WILD IN THE STREETS. And the irony to that is that NONE of those millennials were even around when the flick came out in '68.
Lincoln perhaps said it best.
Again, we see that the PAST is the best teacher when it comes to how we decide the PRESENT.
Those decisions will indeed have a heavy hand in the determination of what will become our FUTURE, make no mistake about that. Words still have meaning and they carry with them the power to shape that future.
All that is required of us...is that we LISTEN.
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.
((see 'ya next month))

28 April 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
Well, the rain FINALLY got here (for us). Only been forecasted for the last TWO days (with nothing showing up). And, it's cooler outside to boot. If there was one thing the weatherfolks got right (so far) this week, it was the temps. Aside from that, not much else.
Our Hoosierland weather for today finds us with scattered rain (may have a thunderstorm mixed in) and a high today of around 55 degrees. Don't believe we'll see much sun, but we might.
Now, with that dispensed with, let's all get a cup of our favorite morning drink parked close-at-hand, as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the hat rack is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."
This was spoken by Emanuel James "Jim" Rohn (17 September 1930 - 5 December 2009) who was an American author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Rohn
Rohn grew up as an only child and worked on the family farm in Idaho (after being born in Yakima, Washington).
He started his professional career as a Sears stock clerk (didn't we all in days past?), and it was there that a friend invited him to a lecture by entrepreneur John  Earl Shoaff (not related to Fort Wayne but Pennsylvania).
From there, Rohn became part of a direct selling business (AbundaVita), and rose to a vie president position with Nutri-Bio (another direct marketing company) when it expanded into Canada.
Later on, he became a speaker for Rotary clubs and for Standard Oil (1970s).
Rohn mentored Mark R. Hughes (founder of Herbalife), and Tony Robbins in the late 70s.
Rohn was the recipient of the 1985 National Speakers Association award for excellence in speaking, and was the author of 17 different written, audio and video media.
Not bad for one of those unsung people whose words live long after them.
*** Next up, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
April 28 -
---Today is NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY
(now THAT is a definite keeper)
---It's also NATIONAL BRAVEHEARTS DAY
(This has to deal with pediatric cancer, so put the movie away)
---And, it's NATIONAL GREAT POETRY READING DAY
(and there's plenty of it to choose from)
---It's WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY
(for all those killed or injured on the job)
---And, it's NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY
(just be careful what restroom they use, kapeesh?)
*** Next, a followup story about the dead woman found in her apartment back on Monday in the 7900 block of Decatur Rd (that no one really mention UNTIL the Lillie St. homicide surfaced).
Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2016/04/27/family-speaks-out-after-a-womans-body-was-found-inside-her-apartment/
There are some serious questions that need to be asked, and I would start by making the "long-time boyfriend" of the 52 year old woman a person of interest (he is in jail on a Walgreens robbery charge).
The woman was found badly decomposed in a closet at the apartment, so I would tend to rule out any "natural" causes (unless it was an O.D.). I mean someone at the place must have smelled something.
Jacqueline Vanduyn's family is looking for answers, and God knows there are plenty of questions at this point. Since Vanduyn went to a methadone clinic, one can conclude she had addiction issues.
Police are keeping a tight lid on the investigation at this time.
*** Next up, the headline of this story HAS to make you laugh, and for the OBVIOUS reason.
(sounds exactly like a democrat ploy)
http://wane.com/2016/04/27/residents-showing-up-early-often-to-vote/
That's a phrase I haven't heard since....
I KNEW I heard it somewhere...
The early voters are showing up OFTEN??? How many times are they voting, anyway?
I think someone at WANE should THINK before they TYPE...just a thought.
*** Next, another headline that looks like the work of Captain Obvious:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/Test-shows-students-have-work-to-do-12783729
TESTS SHOW STUDENTS HAVE WORK TO DO
Doesn't look like SHE'S failing.
(um, don't they ALWAYS?) Isn't that what tests are FOR...to determine the APTITUDE and knowledge of subject matter? That what they used to do when WE went to school.
When did any of that change?
Oh, I get it...ONLY about 25% of 12th graders are proficient in math, and 37% in reading.
Helps when they ALL show the hell up, too.
What about the REST? Who's holding THEM Accountable, because it's certainly NOT the fault of the school systems? They're all teaching the same stuff to EVERYONE, right?
What a NOVEL concept.
Must be a problem with the STUDENTS then...(there 'ya go).
Guess that "common core" really does suck. Or the parents need to take some responsibility.
I think it's both.
*** Next, (sighs)...more issues with all the technology in our cars these days, and this one is pretty important. Here's the story link:
http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-04-27/ford-recalls-202k-pickups-suvs-cars-to-fix-transmissions
Imagine that...you're cruising along at highway speeds, and that transmission "decides" to DOWNSHIFT to FIRST gear...not really good for the engine and definitely NOT good for your mental state.
There is a problem with a speed SENSOR (like we need it anyway?).
This recall affects over 202K vehicles from pickups to the Mustang.
Oh, and THESE recalls relate to the 2011 and 2012 models.
And they're just finding this out NOW? After FOUR YEARS?
Talk about a "WTF???" moment.
Be nice if they could figure this crap out BEFORE people have been driving them for years.
Let's just go back to automotive basics and lose the electronic garbage.
*** Next up, I decided to mow the back yard (again) in lieu of the impending rain, and I'm glad I did. When you fertilize the lawn and it rains (like it did last week), it does grow faster...lol.
Not a large yard, but a SINCERE one.
And, of course, I had a bit of an "audience" (of one) supervising my mowing.
Looks good, Bob...need more seeds here.
I don't mind...makes me want to do better, and there's nothing wrong with that, right?
*** Last back to the compost pile...I admit there are days when I get up, read the paper, or watch the news and I get damn good and scared about the world in general and our area in particular.
We're NOT this bad off...yet.
And who wouldn't? It's only normal to feel some trepidation with the way things are going these days. I mean, all you have to do is look at the national political scene to get a sense of this "sideshow mentality" that certain candidates have displayed in this recent election cycle.
Unfortunately the front-runners of both parties have a LOT to be held accountable for, and they are the ones with the loudest voices, and the most caustic rhetoric.
Why not TRY and devote HALF the time you have from brow-beating to the REAL issues that this nation faces? Let's TRY something along those lines.
Time is too precious a commodity to waste on bullying your opponent, unless your stand on those real issues can't hold a drop of water.
That would explain a lot of what we're hearing.
Much the same could be said for our lives...wasting time, that is.
All of us are in this place at this time for a REASON, and we'd best get used to that.
I'd hate to think that our "reason" would be to avoid the truth and instead divert attention to things that should not matter near as much as more pressing problems and issues.
Reason is the well from which so much more of who we are can be drawn.
And, if reason is to become a point at which people can rally, then by all means..."Come, let us reason together".
Abraham Lincoln said that: "a house divided against itself cannot stand", and he wasn't just speaking to our government.
Think about it. It also applies to each and every home in this nation.
And, perhaps more importantly, it applies to EVERY one of US.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.