17 October 2017

Tuesday Tidbits...
Okay, yesterday felt more like autumn...finally.
And, it was nice to not have everything damp outside.
The balance of the week will have rising temperatures (but nothing approaching the 80 degree mark, thankfully). I think I've had my share of "summer fun", such as it was.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly sunny skies, temps reaching to about 67 degrees and some windy conditions early on...not too shabby a day.
So, let's take a minute to get ourselves a nice cup of coffee...or tea...or hot chocolate to chase the sleepies away, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the keyboard is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
OCTOBER 17 -
---It's Black Poetry Day
(what? They're making it in COLORS now? Save it for February)
---It's National Edge Day
(and here I thought it had something to do with the group U2)
---It's National Mulligan Day
(we all need one once in a while, right?)
---It's National Pasta Day
(not to be confused with national noodle day)
---It's National Pharmacy technician Day
(note: drug dealers are not pharmacy techs)
---It's Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
(well, at least any protests will be quieter than anything the leftards come up with)
*** Next up, since we are at Tuesday, time to once again see all the FWPD that we should have heard about, but didn't, because most of the media was busy diverting our attention with nonsensical tripe...
SHOTS FIRED ((113)) / ARMED ROBBERY((53)) CALLS - 10/09 - 10/15
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
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OCT 9 -
17F124656 10/09/2017 01:33pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 6000 STELLHORN RD
17F124825 10/09/2017 07:55pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 KINSMOOR AVE
17F124839 10/09/2017 09:14pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 COLISEUM BLVD S
17F124847 10/09/2017 09:47pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3400 PLAZA DR
17F124675 10/09/2017 02:22pm 23,113         6000 GLENVIEW DR
17F124728 10/09/2017 04:13pm 23,113         7200 PEERLESS DR
((NO armedd robbereis))
OCT 10 -
17F124924 10/10/2017 01:46am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 RUDISILL BLVD E
17F125186 10/10/2017 06:13pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3600 SPRUCE DR
17F125255 10/10/2017 09:40pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 OXFORD ST & ROBINWOOD DR
17F125279 10/10/2017 10:41pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 CREIGHTON AVE W & FAIRFIELD AV
17F125289 10/10/2017 11:05pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 PITTSBURG ST
17F125304 10/10/2017 11:52pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3800 WEISSER PARK AVE & RUDISILL BLVD
17F125250 10/10/2017 09:12pm 53 ARMED ROB 2800 RIDGEWAY DR
OCT 11 -
17F125312 10/11/2017 12:33am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3200 SMITH ST
17F125397 10/11/2017 09:34am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4700 BOWSER AVE
17F125675 10/11/2017 11:50pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5400 YORKSHIRE DR
17F125625 10/11/2017 09:01pm 53 ARMED ROB 6400 JEFFERSON BLVD W
OCT 12 -
17F125695 10/12/2017 01:14am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 HILLSIDE AVE
17F125696 10/12/2017 01:26am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 WINTER ST
17F125846 10/12/2017 01:06pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5500 BOWSER AVE
17F125895 10/12/2017 03:17pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 MAGNAVOX WAY
17F125943 10/12/2017 05:01pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1500 WOODSIDE AVE
17F125734 10/12/2017 04:56am 23,113         1200 LILLIE ST
17F125790 10/12/2017 10:01am 23,113         800 CANAL ST
17F126016 10/12/2017 08:43pm 53 ARMED ROB 3500 ANTHONY BLVD S
17F125875 10/12/2017 02:35pm 58 SHOOTING         00 MAIN ST E
OCT 13 -
17F126077 10/13/2017 12:32am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 COLERICK ST & HOLTON AVE
17F126404 10/13/2017 06:13pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1800 CLAY ST & MASTERSON AVE E
17F126425 10/13/2017 07:15pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 HARMAR ST
17F126504 10/13/2017 10:55pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3400 SHERMAN BLVD
17F126512 10/13/2017 11:15pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 FOREST AVE
17F126522 10/13/2017 11:31pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1400 GREENE ST
17F126528 10/13/2017 11:51pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5800 BUNT DR
((NO armed robberies))
OCT 14 -
17F126561 10/14/2017 01:44am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 CALHOUN ST S
17F126768 10/14/2017 03:02pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3700 GRAYSTON AVE & EASTROWE ST
17F126813 10/14/2017 05:14pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 400 DUNNWOOD DR
17F126919 10/14/2017 08:55pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1500 RABUS DR
17F126927 10/14/2017 09:17pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2300 BIRCHWOOD AVE  
17F126933 10/14/2017 09:29pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2300 HOAGLAND AVE
17F126629 10/14/2017 07:49am 53 ARMED ROB 2700 COLISEUM BLVD W
OCT 15 -
17F127073 10/15/2017 04:41am 113 SHOTS FIRED 100 KILLEA ST & HARRISON ST S
17F127339 10/15/2017 09:21pm 53 ARMED ROB 6400 BLUFFTON RD
17F127074 10/15/2017 04:45am 58 SHOOTING        1100 LAFAYETTE ST S & LEWIS ST E
17F127335 10/15/2017 09:04pm 58 SHOOTING        700 BROADWAY
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Also,  150+ traffic accidents (property and personal injury w/ lots of "hit-skips"), 100+ domestic calls (again), lots of robberies and burglaries, 1 stabbing, 3 indecent exposures, 4 pursuits, and 19 narcotics calls.
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FIREWORKS CALLS - OCT 9 - OCT 15
NONE! 
Well that's just A-f*cking-mazing!
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*** Next, more about the shooting that took place at (or near) Foster's Sports Pub.
Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2017/10/16/one-dead-another-injured-in-shooting-near-fosters/
And this is the "icing on the cake":
http://wane.com/2017/10/16/woman-defends-south-side-neighborhood-after-more-crime/
So, ONE resident in that area thinks Fosters is like CHEERS?
Nope...I won't buy that for a buck.
Sorry, dear...I can't defend a place that has such a "history", as was mentioned in the story:
Incident reports over the last five years are nearing 300 calls, ranging from fights to stabbings and shootings.
2013 shows 39 calls related to Foster’s
2014 had the most calls with 69
2015 had 47 calls
2016 had 54 calls
There have been 48 calls this year (as of 8 October and not including Monday’s call.)
Doesn't quite seem to give me that "Norm, Cliff and company" feeling.
I'm sure everybody knows your name...but ONLY if that "everyone" happens to be wearing a shield and carrying a service pistol in their FWPD cruiser.
This place fits the criteria as a chronic nuisance property to me.It needs to simply go away.
((Monday’s shooting added to a worsening reputation. “I just hate that this neighborhood gets a bad rap all the time because of a few sets of people who choose to bring garbage to a place that was intended to be a place to socialize and quote on quote fellowship.”))
From November 2012
The neighborhood DESERVES the "rap" it has earned...simple as that, cupcake.
From May 2012
(the word she was looking for was "rep" as in REPUTATION)
Now THIS works for me.
And when I think of FELLOWSHIP, I tend to think more of a CHURCH venue...not a taproom.
(then again, there IS that fellowship of the ring gig in Middle Earth)
This ALSO works for me.
People have GOT to start looking at the PROBLEMS, not defending them...period.
*** Next, I've never been a fan of NETFLIX, and with good reason - cable costs enough as it is!
But maybe this story might give me even more reason to shy away:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/20171017/netflix-sinking-as-it-grows
Imagine that - with MORE subscribers, Netflix is wallowing in debt.
How the hell does that happen?
((The billions of dollars Netflix has borrowed to pay for exclusive series such as “House of Cards,” ''Stranger Things,” and “The Crown” has helped its service more than triple its global audience the past four years – leaving it with 109 million subscribers through September.))
Ahh, so THAT is the reason. Makes sense, I suppose.
But, to me, I'm not into that kind of thing. I feel like any "fad", it will fade eventually.
*** Next up, we already know HOW distracted drivers are with all the crap in the "infotainment" systems in vehicles, right?
Huh? Wha?
So how's about we ADD to that, in a "Big Brother" kinda way, with this:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/20171017/toyota-cars-to-read-your-emotions
Cars that can read your EMOTIONS...!
Now, while being asleep at the wheel IS a problem (literally as well as figuratively), they already have driver alert systems in many vehicles. Or maybe, people SHOULD NOT DRIVE when that tired (or otherwise impaired)?
Toyota is leading the charge here, but you can bet others will follow (another fad).
Lemme ask the obvious question then:
How is any of this THAT important when you're ALSO trying to develop SELF-DRIVING cars, anyway? Doesn't that take the driver OUT of the equation?
*** Next, and while we're on the subject of cars...Mercedes has a big problem. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/20171017/400000-mercedes-get-recalled
Oops, looks like the German auto maker (Daimler, which owns Mercedes) has issues with self-deploying airbags.
(never had this problem when we DIDN'T HAVE airbags...did we?)
Doesn't Daimler also own Chrysler?
Be interesting to find out if THEIR airbags have similar problems? Just wondering.
*** Next, time to drop on by "Kitten Corner"...
Stretching on the kitchen floor
The kids were busy yesterday, getting into the laundry room closet...to which I ahd to block off the door to keep them out. Why they want to get in there eludes me. Nothing in there but Wifey's shoes and handbags.
C'mere...there's 2 cats outside
Other than that, they were not that ill-behaved, and spent some of the day lounging about (napping) and following me around (gotta watch when I change direction...lol).
*** Next up, let's check in with "Midnight and Company"...
Ever watchful.
Our furry duo spent all day at or near our house (a couple time they cam in through our gate from what appeared to be next door). The cooler weather keeps them close, and that's fine by me.
I don't wanna look up. I'm busy eating.
I will admit they are quite hungry whenever we go outside, and let you know as they meow for their grub.
Other than that, all is fine in our community cat realm.
*** Last back to the mainframe...the way some people think today should scare the hell out of the rest of us.
I've always been of the persuasion that if you're not working to be part of a solution, then you're part of the problem. Case in point, the woman interviewed about Foster's Sports Pub.
I'm sure at some time in the past, that WAS a reputable establishment that catered to a working class of people who DID enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. That's what a neighborhood bar usually was.
I grew up in an area of Philly that had a taproom at every third corner (it seemed). And the fathers of families in these neighborhoods frequented them almost nightly (after work to discuss the day or watch a ball game).
That's the way things were, and I never recall any fights breaking out at such places, let alone homicides.
I guess back then, people having a few drinks made them LESS combative, rather than today when people pick fights for NO good reason and will shoot you quick as look at you.
It also says a lot about the "clientele" that frequent these bars.
Outside the former Sports and Spirits bar
When the neighborhood changes (as many have on the SE side), the culture of that neighborhood changes accordingly, and not always in a manner that many would deem to be societally-appropriate.
When you add illegal drugs into the mix, or sexual improprieties, or other types of lewd behaviors, you'r asking for trouble. Where once you had a nice place to stop and have a cold one with people you knew, you now have a place where you might wind up taking your life in your hands.
Sure the south side of Fort Wayne has a bad reputation, and it's because we no longer have the civility in the neighborhoods. We no longer have businesses where people can go to shop...or relax and have a drink with neighbors.
All we have around here today are places to hang out.
Funny, back in the day, we used to call people who just hung out by another name.
We called them...vagrants.
Something to think about, isn't it?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

16 October 2017

Monday Musings...
We had a little bit of rain, sun, wind...you name it over the weekend here in the Heartland.
And, we also had a lot of "other" activity in Ft. Wayne...the kind that makes the news.
(we'll get to that soon enough)
Our Hoosierland weather sees us with mostly cloudy skies, temps finally feeling a lot more seasonal, with a high of only 59 degrees, and a cessation to the rain by later today.
So, how's about we all get that cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to shake off the morning chill and get our synapses firing, as we see what has been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the cereal box is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?' feature:
OCTOBER 16 -
---It's Department Store Day
(yeah, we actually USED to have those on the SE side of town)
---It's National Bosses Day
(very few that I worked for really DESERVED this day)
---It's National Clean Up Your Virtual Desktop Day
(sorry, I like my "clutter"...I can find stuff asier)
---It's National Dictionary Day
(words do STILL have power,)
---It's National Feral Cat Day
Nothing feral with this crew
(neither of OUR outdoor felines are feral...they like us.
---It's National Liqueur Day
(Kahlua and cream anyone?)
*** Next up, the "natives" have been very restless over the past 48 hours, and the local constabulary are not being busy policing...but INVESTIGATING.
Here's the roundup so far:
Item: Two people were shot in a parked car near downtown. Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/10/15/2-shot-in-parked-car-near-downtown/
This took place around 0430 hrs. on Sunday morning at Lafayette and Lewis streets.
Police said a man and woman were sitting in a car in a parking lot near the intersection when someone shot them.
(kinda LATE to "just be sitting" in a parked car, don'cha think?)
As is the case anymore, NO details are available.
Item: Two juveniles were taken to hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/10/15/shooting-victim-dropped-off-at-hospital-critically-hurt/
This took place around 2100 hrs. Sunday night, but police don't know WHERE this took place.
(the new M.O. is to just drop people off)
The one juvey that was in critical condition was upgraded to good condition.
NO details on how the shooting took place.
Item: The Bluffton Rd Family Dollar was robbed at gunpoint. Here's that story:
http://wane.com/2017/10/15/waynedale-dollar-store-robbed-at-gunpoint/
This took place around 2120 hrs (after closing), and as usual, NO details are available.
Item: Two more people shot early this morning. One dead (homicide #27?) Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/10/16/one-dead-another-injured-in-shooting-near-fosters/
Fort Wayne Police Officers were in the area of Lafayette Street and Mckinnie Avenue around 0300 hrs this morning when they heard gunshots coming from a parking lot.
Police traced the activity to the parking lot of Foster’s Sports Pub at the 4200 block of South Clinton Street. There they found two people had been shot.
A woman and man were taken to the hospital, where the man later died.
NO details on suspects are available (broken record time).
Now, given the "nature of the beast" in CERTAIN parts of this city, it's not hard to figure out WHO may be at the bottom of all this mayhem.
From the 26 November 2012 shooting
I"m willing to bet that we're looking at black crime (again). Considering WHERE much of this took place, like Foster's Sports Pub, it's easy to make a correct conclusion.
That place should be NEXT on the closing list...and the sooner, the better.
*** Next up, the J-G had some stories about our alleys that started out fine, but missed the mark when it comes to telling the WHOLE story. Here's the first article:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20171015/residents-eager-to-see-work-on-ignored-alleys
Residents DO have a right to be pissed off at the condition of the alleys in our part of town.
They HAVE been (for the most part) ignored by the "leadership" of this city for far too long.
Not to mention, alleys are a good place to find people who have been shot or killed.
And reporter Jamie Duffy does an adequate job of bringing MOST of the facts to light.
(the video in the story is worth a watch)
Here is the link to Duffy's other story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20171015/residential-alleys-have-become-thing-of-past
I wouldn't consider alleys a "thing of the past", unless you're referring to ALL the housing developments that have sprung up over the last couple decades...no alleys required THERE.
But, in the older (and yes even historic) neighborhoods of Fort Wayne (that are apparently being allowed to go down the crapper in many instances), alleys are a necessity. Many people have garages that face into an alley, and the trash trucks come down them once weekly.
Trash trucks didn't make these ruts.
In the one story, a resident complains ABOUT having trash trucks come down the alley and states they are the cause of the deterioration.
I beg to differ.
They ONLY come down ONCE a week (twice every other week for recycling), and the ruts and potholes are something that much MORE traffic would (and does) cause. I see (and hear) it first-hand. Jerks zooming down an alley, pulling "hole-shots" as they leave are THE cause of this crap.
And, in some alleys. the amount of litter is enough to keep police out of them (who wants to drive over all those nails and broken glass?).
Great place to dump contents of a house, too
Personally, I think that is done precisely for that reason - to keep police OUT of the alley, so other dubious behavior can take place. Many people use alleys as "auxiliary" streets!
I haven't seen a proper police patrol UP OR DOWN an alley in over a decade.
Hell, we'once had the carcass of an 80s Olds dumped in the alley back before 2006, and these days, we have a LOT of people "parking" in the alley behind certain houses.
It's also been used to drop off broken appliances, furniture, and the like.
And that's aside from all the overgrown foliage that is NEVER taken care of by whoever happens to live at the house (or the landlords of the properties).
This is NOT part of any "Nature Walk". - it's an alley!
THAT is not mentioned in either article, and that's a damn shame, because THESE are the real reasons for the condition of these alleys.
We still need them, and it's long past time the city did something to address the problem...starting with whoever OWNS the properties involved. Now, the city plays catch=up with such repairs...and it's gonna cost. Truth be told, it's been costing neighborhoods (in other ways) for years.
*** Next, time to take a stop at "Kitten Corner"...
The kids did okay this weekend...they spent some time getting "reacquainted" with some toys, gave Wifey and myself enough "rubbing" time, danced for their meals, and overall, behaved in a very good manner. Even got some impromptu posing.
Violet and Gallifrey also spent some quality time doing what they do best - napping.
He likes to come in and fall asleep in one of the living room chairs, while she is content to adorn the dining room chairs. Different approaches to a similar result. Gotta admire that.
*** Next up, time to check in with "Midnight and Company"...
Our furry twosome were at the house damn near ALL weekend - never missed a meal. Well, he missed one, an Whiskers missed one, so we had to allow for those "patrols" around the area.
The rain didn't cause too much concern, such as it was.
The ground under the patio table remained dry, and that's all either of them needed.
I'm hoping they sleep together, so they can share body heat as the temperatures drop (and until we can get some insulated shelters built for the two of them.
*** Last back to the pantry...it would seem that we're entering another one of those phases where we have a crime spree, like this past weekend.
It comes in spurts, but all the regular crimes occur DAILY, and if you read the police blotter like I do, you know we have more of a reactionary police department, than a proactive one.
While some might argue that "community-oriented: policing" is the way to go these days, I still maintain that a more PROBLEM-oriented approach would be required, especially in the southern half of Fort Wayne.
Got too many "broken windows" to do otherwise.
Let's face it, in other parts of town, you don't have near the amount or severity (aka violence) of the types of crime you have down here.
And, the FWPD has been dumping the majority of it's resources down here...with little impact on the overall atmosphere when it comes to actual improvement to the communities.
Sure, you make the obligatory arrests, and then the courts turn these assholes back out on the streets, and we start the game all over again. How many times do we have to follow this rote before we all realize that this methodology just is NOT working?
We live in an era of (certain) people looking for the police to act "inappropriately", and all the while, allowing crime to establish such a tight grip on our part of town, that nothing of real value gets done.
It's like a self-perpetuating form of evil.
This isn't what this nation stands for, and as it's law-abiding citizens...we shouldn't stand for any of this either. We should demand better...and expect better.
When we can stop becoming prisoners in our own homes, THEN I will begin to have more faith in humanity, as it pertains to our part of this city...not before. My faith (for now) lies with a much higher authority...as should yours.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.