05 March 2015

Thoughts For Thursday...
We're nearly there...the weekend is calling.
The good news is that there is NO snow predicted...the bad news is that it's STILL EFFIN COLD.
Our Hooiserland weather finds us with a high today ONLY into the upper TEENS.
Plenty of partly cloudy skies to go around, too. Not expecting anything to melt today, so be wary of black ice...it's still there.
And dress appropriately...you can still get frostbite.
I hear that NEXT week, we'll be getting back to more moderate temps for this time of year.
Seeing (and feeling) IS believing in MY book, folks.
With that over with, you get your cup of morning happiness and I;ll get mine (dosed well enough with a nice Canadian whiskey), and let's see what else is going on, fair enough?
*** First out of the maelstrom is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"A government for the people must depend for it's success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves."
This was spoken by none other than the 22nd AND 24th President of these United States, Grover Cleveland (18 March 1837 - 24 June 1908).
And here is his WIKI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Cleveland
Cleveland was the leader of the "Bourbon Democrats" who opposed high tariffs, inflation, imperialism and subsidies to business, farmers, or veterans.
(Geez, that's a switch from all the other DEMS today who want subsidies for everything AND everyone)
He won praise for his HONESTY, SELF-RELIANCE, and INTEGRITY (wow, something ELSE lacking from MOST democrats today).
Cue the Darth Vader theme
His 2nd term saw the Great Panic of 1893, which in essence was a national depression, and was unable to recover from it.
This resulted in the Republican Landslide of 1894, and this evolved into a political realignment that ended the third party system and launched the fourth party systems and the (horrors!) PROGRESSIVE ERA.
The WIKI is a good read and demonstrates the rise of such people like Woodrow Wilson and how that caused the federal government to increase while certain liberties once enjoyed by we, the people, were starting to be "controlled" by those in D.C.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 5 - 
---Today is MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DAY...
Gets crowded in there sometimes.
Now THAT is something to celebrate, if any of us are the type to "reinvent" ourselves on a semi-regular basis.
We ALL have another side.
Then again, aren't we supposed to strive to become BETTER people than we were yesterday?
If THAT is true, then we ALL have changing (or multiple) personalities, right?
Just pick a nice one.
Surely none of us are the persons we were when we were young, in school, in love, or whatever else...are we?
Moving on...
*** Yes, we had another shooting on the city's (where else?) SOUTHEAST SIDE yesterday afternoon.
And here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Shooting-leaves-victim-critical-5368387
"It's a wonderful day in the Ghettohood..."
Now, the story says this happened around 1630 hrs where police found a victim in the 1000 block of Buchanan St, suffering from a gunshot wound in his vehicle (looks to be a silver Nissan Altima) at the Chapel Oaks Apartments, where the altercation was alleged to have occurred.
"What? No rubbernecking lookie-loos?"
Weird thing, the police were ORIGINALLY called to the Greentree Ct. location.
---Now, when Wifey was coming home yesterday afternoon, she saw a car matching the description of the one at Chapel Oaks BLOCKING Creighton Ave, near the old police HQ.
Sure seems so...STILL.
And the apartment complex closest to THAT area is...Eden Green Apartments.
(a usual hot-spot).
I asked her if she called it into dispatch, which she did not.
I wonder if any of that information was forthcoming from the victim, who was initially listed in serious, but later downgraded to critical condition?
Just goes to show that you don't have to look for trouble down here...it finds you in some manner easily enough.
NO description of the victim, the shooter or information regarding motive (probably has to do with drugs) is available at this time.
*** Next up, several fires earlier in the day, not far from the shooting..
Here's the story on this:
http://wane.com/2015/03/04/fire-forces-street-closures-on-fort-waynes-east-side/
Before                                   After
This is the building next to the old Coach Room bar...right at the curve at Pontiac and Coliseum.
And a motorcycle "club:" was using it "after hours"...yeah, right.
*** Next, shoplifters don't HAVE to get jail time.
Here's this story:
http://wane.com/2015/03/04/some-stores-offering-shoplifters-fine-online-course-instead-of-calling-the-cops/
Nice to know we're just a "kinder, gentler" society, and we don;t consider crimes THAT important.
In some nations, they cut off your HAND if you're convicted of being a THIEF!
Which might be more of a deterrent to such things, more so than a "class" and fine.
Stash dat tequila. Shakeisha...!!!
Naturally, Karen Richards, Allen County prosecutor doesn't subscribe to that plan in the story.
She says "we have our own programs in place"...yeah, it's called turn them lose on their own recognizance...JUST like all the damn DUIs you don't bother to arrest people for, even if they're HABITUAL offenders...no bail, just walk out and come back for your next court date.
*** Next, something on the OTHER side of the fence, so to speak...
I wanted to expound a bit on yesterday's HOLY EXPERIMENT gig the Quakers had in PA back in the 1680s.
((CAUTION - EDUCATIONAL ALERT - you may learn something...!))
Billy Penn was the "boss" of Pennsy, and was granted the land by Charles II of Merry Olde England.
So, Billy let the Quakers "do their thing" with certain tenets set aside.
---Fair treatment of Native Americans - something other colonies had problems with.
---NO military - other colonies battled with the Indians, and therefore had militia as well as British troops available.
---A new approach to government - Quakers would govern themselves without intervention from England - as long as Billy Penn paid "rent" to the king (beaver pelts and 20% of any gold or silver)
---Freedom of Religion - disavowing the rule by the Church of England where there was persecution to those not following in step.
---An enlightened penal code - A system where not only punishment but REFORM was administered. Prisoners would (no choice) learn a TRADE and work after leaving prison. The only death sentence was for MURDER or TREASON.
Quaker Meeting House - Philadelphia
---Work for everyone - Jobs in agriculture and trades were made MORE available which made Pennsylvania "the best poor man's country".
---Education for everyone - Girls and boys were ALL to be educated alike, and was considered innovative for the time. The education was to be useful AND practical, so that all could find employment.
---A widened franchise - All men were to be given the vote, whereas  in England ONLY property owners could vote, so this too, was innovative.
Early map of Colonial Philadelphia.
--- Town planning for healthy living - Philadelphia was set on a grid pattern, with wide areas for parks and public squares.
Penn had seen the Great Plague in London, and the fire that followed, and he was determined to have his "greene countie towne" be a place that would be healthy and safe.
This same pattern for cities was emulated ALL over America.
So now you tell me if THIS overall model for a free (and separate) society wasn't in some part copied when the Founders penned our  Declaration of Independence,. as well as our Constitution.
And now you know something more about the start of our nation.
*** Last back to the farmhouse...America has indeed come a very long way from it's beginnings.
NOT the AMERICAN WAY...
And while there are those who claim we need some type of "fundamental transformation", I believe the manner in which this country was evolving was well enough, without external intervention.
Hell, we don't need any more dissent among us these days...got enough to go around, thanks to all the wrong people in positions they don't deserve.
If anything, we need to get back to being a lot more unified as a society and as a nation.
This is NOT progress.
But, as long as we continue to deviate from what we USED to have in place when it came to laws, values and principles, the farther from WHO we are (or once were) becomes clear.
There needs to be a return to basics, not only in schools, but in every one of us.
We have to stop "rewarding" bad behavior, or criminals, or anyone else who claims unfairness.
This is the MOST fair nation on the damn planet, and it's time people started realizing that in greater numbers.
Trouble is, there are those who want it to be MORE fair to some...than others.
That doesn't seem like REAL equality, or REAL freedom for that matter, does it?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

04 March 2015

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome back to our middle of the week crisis known as Wednesday.
We seem to have a break in this nasty snow-laced winter that doesn't seem to want to leave us, with a one-day warm-up...or sorts.
Our Hooiserland weather will find us with mostly cloudy skies today (no sunrise, unless you're at 30,000 ft) and a high somewhere just BELOW the freezing mark. Hey, at least we're getting bypassed by more snow, which slid south of our area, right?
From Indy on down, they're getting whacked with several inches of snow...be grateful.
So, go grab a warm cup of your favorite morning beverage and let's see what else is taking place...
*** First out of the thawing wasteland is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"A government for the people must depend for it's success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves."
Now, if you think this was spoken by someone who spent time in our nation's capital...you're halfway home.
Who said this anyway?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back on the picket lines of the Pullman Company...
*** Next, is the "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 4 - 
---Today is HUG A G.I. DAY...
Makes me wonder if they even CALL our troops "GIs" any longer.
But, if you know one or meet one...what the hell, right?
(they have SURELY earned it)
---It's also HOLY EXPERIMENT DAY (...Batman?)...
Actually, this has to do with the QUAKERS, and here's a WIKI to spell it all out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Experiment
And since I come from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, let me tell you that THERE was where this all started.
Started out well enough...but let's just say the French and Indian Wars contributed to making this plan, or "experiment" of self-governance without dissension or persecution fail, but on the good side, it did lead to the American Revolution.
It's a very interesting premise on some levels...
*** Next up, The speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was (to me) one of the best and truthful speeches I have heard issue forth from the floors of our Congress for quite some time.
Nice to hear someone say what needs to be said, even if it's not from our OWN government top-dogs.
Naturally, the lame-stream media is dismissing much of it (as could be expected).
Pelosi was in tears...but NOT because it was a moving speech...she was "insulted".
Damn cry-baby...
This is what you get when the libtards DON'T get THEIR OWN WAY...and get it IMMEDIATELY.
Bunch of damn spoiled brats if you ask me.
*** Next, two projects coming to the SE side of Ft. Wayne...
(Hold on, don't sound the trumpets or loose the pigeons YET)
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Development-projects-gain-support-from-housing-group-5343526
Now, coming from Philly, whenever I hear the words PROJECTS and THE CITY...I think low-income housing...sorry, it's just what I've come to know.
And, HERE, it looks to be much the same.
TWO projects...BOTH of them HOUSING ones are being batted about and naturally, the the Fort Wayne Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (that name gets longer every damn year) is smiling like a Cheshire Cat over this one, mostly to be funded by state and federal funds (that means TAXPAYERS).
Both are located near McMillian Park (deep in ghettoland), and are "supposed" to be for "Scholar House development".
That means "families" (not in the traditional sense, mind you) who are pursuing education while raising children...in other words - single parent baby-mamas (and whatever boyfriends they have this month). Sounds about normal for this part of the ghettohood.
When the city doesn't care...SLUM happens.
The development will include daycare services, and is said to be "transformative" in nature.
Well, I have to say that there ARE those who HAVE "transformed" our part of the city...to no small end into what can soon be called a SLUM.
So on that point, I suppose those people are right.
The other development is a REMODEL on an existing complex, with more open areas (to escape), separate unit entrances, and added privacy to the rear of each unit.
Both projects are being done by out-of-town developers.
Thing is, we really don't need HOUSING as much as we need CRIME to go away...and RETAIL to come back, and other amenities that every other part of Fort Wayne have in abundance and take for granted...because that's what normal neighborhoods enjoy.
Then again, with all the mooks that burn rental cribs down on such a regular basis, maybe a more "controlled" environment might be in order.
*** Next, just another reason to say the city is FAILING our part of town...
Early this morning, around 0220 hrs., some jerkoff in a white Suburban decided it would be okay to "share" his loud music...
Well, that woke me right up, and I grabbed the spotlight and lit his ass up as he neared our corner.
He turned north and I kept the light on him...screw this crap.
He back up into the intersection and proceeded back west on the side street. by this time, I had the venerable green laser in his window and my 9mm in hand, ready to make sure SOMEONE got put to sleep if needed.
We turned north on the next street over and did not come back (lucky for him).
This is WINTER...when we rarely had ANYONE booming, but now, since we have both a black police chief AND quadrant commander, the locals must feel it's okay to break the noise laws eve  more.
I can't imagine what spring through fall will invite around here, but it won;t be quiet, that's for sure.
What is the purpose of having laws (and police to enforce them) when these laws are NOT ENFORCED?
It seems a study in counter-logic.
The city must think "we have laws, so let's not bother to make them pay into the coffers by enforcing them".
I can't see any other reasoning.
(but I will be watching for "Mr Suburban"...rest assured.
*** Last back to the hangar...we've got a lot of people out there in the world (and especially in our own nation) who seem devoid of being able to POLICE THEMSELVES...and that's pretty damn sad.
Flip it "180", and you have the SE side.
These people (and they can of ANY ethnicity) operate on the condition that "if it feels good - do it."
Talk about some counter-culture shock, hmm?
Sounds like the "locals".
These "creatures" that manage to get the free-pass in much of their pitiful lives have NO idea what it means to be mindful of OTHERS.
To them, those "others" ONLY consist of like-minded lemmings...there are no other classes or types of people.
And these idiots have no sense of regard when it comes to SHARING a community...it's ALL THEIRS, or so they think.
If a community is to thrive, then EVERYONE gets on the same page when it comes to such simple concepts as CIVILITY...or MORALITY...or even ETHICAL BEHAVIOR.
I'm tired of the demands, too.
That's why we have GHETTOS across America's big cities...the vast majority of those living in them take to having NO RULES placed upon them, except what they place upon themselves, and the number one rule happens to be:
"What's YOURS is MINE, and what's MINE is MY OWN."
Helluva way to go through life, isn't it?
And this a a FAR cry from what those Quakers envisioned all those years ago.
Thing is, would it really kill any of them to TRY to adopt some of the principles that make living better for everyone?
Apparently for some, that IS the tallest of orders.
For people like us...it's common sense.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

03 March 2015

Tuesday Tidbits...
If you prefer changing weather conditions, then today might be just what the doctor ordered.
Most schools are starting off today with 2-hour delays, while a few have closed already (and soon many more will follow suit) in anticipation of sleet, freezing rains and light snow, which will occur not all at once, nor all at the same time (thank God for small favors here).
No commute for ME, Bob...
The rest of our Hoosierland weather will see us with ABOVE-FREEZING temps reaching into the mid-to upper THIRTIES...!
(still don't wanna see any mooks wearing shorts)
Expect cloudy skies, no real winds to speak off, but rain later this afternoon...when the other crazy-ass conditions decide to abate.
Should make for an interesting commute, both AM and PM, hmm?
Naturally, if (or when) all the schools close, that will make things better for many.
Now, with that dispensed with, let's get a soothing warm cup of whatever is your choice this morning, and see what has been going on...
*** First out of the corral is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 3 - 
---Today is I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY...
I know...a tall order, right?
(for starters, I could use a million bucks, preferably in old dirty $50s and $100s - non-sequential, too)
There is a lot to be happy about, however.
Hell, even I can find happiness now and then, in spite of having to deal with all the asshats down here living all around us. You just have to look for the "happy" a bit harder than you used to, that's all.
---It's also IF PETS HAD THUMBS DAY...
I shudder to think what would happen if THAT was true.
Dogs driving cars...cats making online purchases...ferrets wearing suit-jackets...where would it end?
(Turtles with swords? Already been done...lol)
---And, it's PEACH BLOSSOM DAY...not that we're likely to see any around our neck of the woods anytime soon.
Call me when we get to APRIL, okay?
---It's also NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY.
They didn't say WHICH anthem, however...
Always liked hockey games...you get to sing TWO anthems.
*** And it's now time to report all the SHOTS FIRED (and armed robbery) calls that took place last week that NO ONE wants you to know about.
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SHOTS FIRED (and armed robberies) - 2/23 - 2/28
FEBRUARY 23-
NO SHOTS OR ARMED ROBBERIES
(musta been TOO COLD?)
FEBRUARY 24- 
1 armed robbery
(Geez...they must be LOW on ammo!)
FEBRUARY 25- 
15F023454 23:32:54 113 SHOTS FIRED 4500 SANTA ANA DR & LUNADA DR
15F023456 23:34:29 113 SHOTS FIRED 6100 LUNADA DR
NO armed robberies
FEBRUARY 26-
15F023495 05:20:57 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 NELSON ST
15F023861 21:55:05 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 SUTTENFIELD AVE E
15F023874 22:43:18 113 SHOTS FIRED 3400 CHEVIOT DR
NO armed robberies
FEBRUARY 27-
NO SHOTS FIRED and NO ARMED ROBBERIES...
(WTH is going on?)
FEBRUARY 28-
15F024399 02:35:34 113 SHOTS FIRED 4600 HANNA ST 
S15F024652 18:48:12 58 SHOOTING 8400 LIONSGATE RUN
1 armed robbery
(that's better)
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Nice to see social Darwinism is still in full vigor here...
Always a bitch when that EBT card runs LOW...and you can't get out and buy ammunition...isn't it?
Moving on...
*** Well, the plows finally rolled through yesterday...
One came by right before the buses came for the kids.
I think he salted the street more than he plowed.
Came by SLOW, too...barely heard the bugger.
The other one came later on, but we did get both the N-S and the E-W streets done...long after the fact.
(better than nothing, I suppose)
Still too tight a fit for TWO buses.
I did see one dumbass coming up the street, and he got damn-near sideways, but straightened it our before he got to the intersection...wish to hell I had a camera at the ready to get that...it was both scary to see AND funny at the same time.
And he had a FWD car, too...imagine that.
*** And speaking of dumbasses, there was one shooting (seen above) that was the result of someone playing RUSSIAN ROULETTE.
(for purely demonstration purposes, mind you).
Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Shooting-linked-to-Russian-roulette-5330556
Naturally, alcohol AND marijuana played a part in this "demonstration".
(A far cry from the scene in The Deer Hunter, right?)
On the one hand, I'm sure this taught someone a VALUABLE lesson with this close call.
On the other hand, if he HAD killed himself, that would be one LESS dumbass in the world to cause problems.
A "winner" every time.
Hey, buttwipe....next time, don't use a revolver - use a semi-auto, and save us all a hassle.
*** Next, Benjamin Netanyahu comes to D.C. to address Congress.
Oh, this is going to be GOOD.
Well, that should be an interesting (and truth-filled) time for our legislators.
Love to be a fly on the wall of Barry's office (or wherever else he might be hiding) to hear what he has to say in private.
Nice to have a "Winston Churchill" in our nation's capital...instead of the Neville Chamberlain we HAVE had for the last 6 years.
*** Next up, something on the "lighter" side, and especially for all you Star Wars fans...
The mythos of the Lucas classic has been ever-evolving over the decades, and with CGI being used, has given birth to even more of this universe opening up for us to view.
The last such show was STAR WARS - THE CLONE WARS, and here is the WIKI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Clone_Wars_%282008_TV_series%29
Now,  just wrapping up it's FIRST season (last night) is the next chapter of the saga -
STAR WARS: REBELS.
And here is that WIKI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Rebels
The continuity has been nothing short of excellent, with characters from the original movies showing up along the way.
Both series are great from a visual standpoint, as the CGI provides the depth and scope of the first live-action movie series.
REBELS takes us to another planet (Lothal), and a small group of folks gathered together to fight against the Empire.
Kanan Jarrus is a Jedi who has yet to receive ALL his training (thanks to Order 66 - the Jedi purge) and he has taken a padawan, an orphaned boy named Ezra Bridger, whose parents were taken by the empire for speaking as freedom fighters for the rebellion. Also on the crew is a female Mandalorian (and a former empire cadet trainee) named Sabine Wren, who has an eye for art and an eye for hitting what she aims at.
The "muscle" of the group is Garazeb Orrelios, a former Lazat honor guard (and alleged to be the last of his species).
Rounding out the ensemble is Hera Syndulla, owner and pilot of "The Ghost", their ship, which has some elements of the larger Millennium Falcon.
She is the daughter of a character who was in the CLONE WARS series.
Last night's finale was fantastic...plenty of action, good drama, and some nice plot twists and teases.
Senator Organa (foster parent of Princess Leia) makes an appearance.
Ashoka, the padawan of Anakin Skywalker shows up at the end...AS does Darth Vader, to help rid the empire of "the rebel scum".
You have to remember, these stories seem to take place between the first series of movies and the second.
We've passed Revenge of the Sith, and are around five years before A New Hope, if that helps out with the timeline.
Best program on the Disney channels (or many others)...by far.
*** Last back to the garage...to watch shows that play to our imagination serves us in many ways.
When we take time to feed our creative spirit, there is almost no limit to what we can imagine.
Hey, if ALBERT said it...
And from there, nothing we cannot create to help ourselves, or mankind.
That is how many inventions came to be.
It all started with someone  being imaginative...then being able to put "dream to paper" as it were.
Kinda been this way since mankind has been around, too.
Look at Di VInci...or Tesla...or Franklin...or Westinghouse...or Edison...or Bell.
The more you think about it, the more names you can come up with, right?
And everything they did started with an idea...a dream.
Same can be said of anything that stimulates our imagination.
THAT is pretty much how I view most television or movie that I watch today.
Does it serve to feed my imagination?
And if it does, can I learn from it in some manner, possibly unrelated to what I'm watching? And can I apply what I learn?
Hell, you might discover a better way to manufacture something or find a new source of energy by watching some science fiction...or even science fact, for that matter. Just watching nature unlocks the limitlessness of humanity.
Look at all the people who became scientists in various fields and astronauts simply because they watched Star Trek.
Anything that allows us the opportunity to become better people, I feel is a godsend.
And therein lies the lesson for the week...never discount ANY source for the chance to become more than you  already are.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

((And may the FORCE be with you...always.))