26 April 2017

Humpday Happenings...
Well, we made it to the middle of the week. Now, all we need to do is suffer a couple more days.
Tomorrow should prove fun with the rain were expected to get, but we'll worry about that when it gets here.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us "the calm before the storm" as it were with partly cloudy skies, warmer temps than yesterday, reaching to around 82 degrees (run the A/C), and a bit more windy.
So, nothing left to do right now, except get ourselves that refreshing morning drink, so we can shake out the mental "cobwebs", as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the sofa is our "WHO SAID THAT?" quote for the week:
"The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them."
Certainly, there is MUCH truth is such words. And this is from someone we've not featured here before (but mentioned a few times). SO, who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the University at Oxford...
*** Next up, it's time once again for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
APRIL 26 -
---It's National Audubon Day
(a good day to watch the birds as they watch you)
---It's National Help A Horse Day
(would if I could, but we're city-dwellers here)
---It's National Kids and Pets Day
(yes, they go together like peanut butter and jelly)
---It's National Pretzel Day
(what I wouodn't give for a bag of nice hot Philly SOFT pretzels right now)
---It's National Richter Scale Day
(been makin' the shakin' readable for decades)
---It's National Administrative Professionals Day
(sorry, these people aren't what they used to be, that's for sure)
*** Next, I wonder how much stupid we had going on? Let's take a look:
---This story was highly unavoidable.
http://wane.com/2017/04/25/accidental-shooting-leaves-victim-critically-hurt/
Doesn't get any easier to figure out.
How many times do we have to repeat ourselves...TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT IS LOADED, and that means "handle with care". A son accidentally shoot his father, eventually killing him. Some accident (that the son has to live with).
This took place at a house located at 4033 Robinwood Drive (yeah, it's southeast) around 1116 hrs yesterday morning.
Technically, this is a homicide, and may be counted in with the others, so we might be looking at number eleven (ten if you don't count the woman stabbed to death which the coroner has yet to rule on).
---Motorcycle v. car...car wins. Here's the story.
http://wane.com/2017/04/25/two-critically-hurt-in-motorcycle-crash/
Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark.
And THIS is why you don't become a dumbass while driving, no matter how many wheels you have.
Any case of "road rage" is cause for concern, and often leads to people getting hurt.
This took place around 2000 hrs last night near Maplecrest and Lake.
Trying to drive around one car and rear-ending another...not the brightest crayon in the box here.
---City Council rubber stamps (once again) some "big ticket" items.
http://wane.com/2017/04/25/council-approves-tunnel-project-and-road-improvements/
(( Majority of that construction would take place in the 3rd district where Councilman Tom Didier presides. According to Didier, some of the roads haven’t been worked on in more than 20 years.))
And how long has the SE side gone without sidewalks or other NEEDED improvement?
Answer: A LOT LONGER! (and we're still waiting)
We are getting water main replacement (that we don't seem to need, though).
Of course, there's that $187 million dollar tunnel project that will reduce the amount of combined sewage that overflows into the city’s rivers by 90 percent or 900-million gallons a year. The tunnel will be five miles long and 200 feet underground.
Our own "Big-Dig"...which will run over-budget...wait and see.
*** Next, and while were on the subject of CITY COUNCIL...let's look at this gem of a story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170426/council-nonprofit-spar-over-role
I am so loving this one, because I just do not trust this Greater Fort Wayne, Inc, and it's agenda.
They're the ones behind this huge push for MORE residents, ALL the downtown and Riverfront crap, and are behind the (upcoming) tax increases resulting from all this stuff. Councilman Jason Arp pretty much said "not so fast, folks".
It's a decent read and calls into question GFW and what the hell they're doing TO the city(and us), rather than FOR it.
Along those lines, there is this story as well:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170426/council-not-likely-to-vote-on-tax-hike-until-july
Oh, joy...council isn't voting on any INCOME TAX INCREASE until JULY (we can celebrate on the 4th, right?)
This load of BS says it all, however:
((“Two things we hear a lot about and have support from the public are for riverfront development and addressing neighborhood sidewalk and alley challenges. The riverfront and a commitment to improving neighborhoods are critical to Fort Wayne's future. Mayor Henry is especially concerned about neighborhood to school connectivity,” Perlich said. “In order to make continued investments in the riverfront and neighborhood infrastructure, though, funding sources need to be identified. An adjustment to the local income tax that's been proposed by Councilman Crawford has the mayor's support.”))
This is what a Fort Wayne Taxpayer looks like.
It's ALL about this damn riverfront project now...too many pokers in the damn fire, and too few people being taxed to help FUND all this crap, if you ask me. Slow the hell down, take one thing at a time, and not try to make us look like OTHER cities (who have their own issues)...okay?
*** Next up, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
Dreaming about getting crazy later...
There is not way to out-do the picture we had yesterday, so I won;t even try.
Let's just say the kids got their "9 o'clock crazies" in the MORNING, rather than at night...lol.
As long as it doesn't interrupt my bowl of cereal and damage the house...they can have at it.
Because they chase one another, they also tire themselves out...and nap. That's a good thing.
Hard to find more cute than sleeping cats...except when one f them watches you from inside the house.
*** Last back to the recliner...government has to be watched carefully.
This doesn't just apply to the FEDS, but, more importantly to LOCAL government (city, county, state), because they tend to affect us more immediately. And make no mistake...they WILL, sooner or later.
Doesn't say "THEM," does it?
Be nice if we could trust them to do the RIGHT thing a lot more often, rather than keep reaching into our pockets to further whatever project or agenda that strikes their own whim.
While a city becomes more concerned with it's own legacy, it often forgets all the citizens it has run over in the process...and THEIR personal legacies to children or other family members.
We used to call government CIVIL SERVANTS...they served US, and not the other way around.
They answered to US, protected US, enacted laws to help US...so what went so wrong?
When did it become vogue to follow along, remaining silent?
Power has always found a way to corrupt, and with more power, comes more corruption, which isn't to say ALL those involved in government are caught in this ball of wax...just those who aspire to power, and seek to keep it at almost any cost (to you and I).
That applies to CITY government as well, folks.
We have to carefully keep track of what goes on in those places of power, lest we wake up one morning and find ourselves hip-deep in problems (and in today's world, it's easier to pull off then one might think).
Keep vigilant, aware, and question everything that needs it with boldness.
It's what our founders would expect of We, The People.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

25 April 2017

Tuesday Tidbits...
Now yesterday was a pretty decent day (as days go down here).
Not that loud, didn't hear any shots (or had to duck because of them), and the local idiots were behaving themselves more than usual...That was odd to say the least.
Did we fall through a crack in time and space and wind up in some parallel pocket universe?
(I'm definitely not getting all my memos)
If you liked Monday (and I kinda did), then today will be a close approximation.
Our Hoosierland weather brings us increasingly cloudy skies, temps again reaching into the lower 70s, and a slight breeze.
As Bruce Campbell (Ash - housewares) said in Army of Darkness "...Groovy".
So what say we avoid any contact with a Necronomicon, and get ourselves a nice cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, as we see what's been going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First off of the hotplate is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
APRIL 25 -
(hey, we've ONLY got EIGHT months of shopping days until Christmas..for you earlybirds)
---It's National DNA Day
(Remember, DNA spelled backwards is AND)
---It's National East Meets West Day
(I suppose it does...eventually)
---It's National Hug a Plumber Day
(up to his elbows in toilet "stuff"...not that much into hugging all of a sudden)
---It's National Telephone Day
(Ahh, when a phone was a phone, and we used them as such...I miss those days)
---It's National Zucchini Bread Day
(it's really not that bad at all)
*** Next up, and because it's the day after Monday,time to check out the FWPD blotter and see all the calls that the "locals" made which we never heard about, because the lame-stream media was too busy complaining about the border wall (that we sorely need built)...
Shots WILL be fired...trust me.
SHOTS FIRED ((113)) / ARMED ROBBERY((53)) CALLS - 04/17 - 04/23
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
=======================================
APR 17 - 
17F045989 04/17/2017 05:51pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 CENTRAL DR & PONTIAC ST E
17F046095 04/17/2017 09:28pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2000 GREENTREE CT
17F046159 04/17/2017 11:58pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 7200 HICKORY CREEK DR
((NO armed robberies))
APR 18 -
17F046189 04/18/2017 03:12am 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 FOREST AVE
17F046190 04/18/2017 03:19am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1800 ST JOSEPH BLVD
17F046195 04/18/2017 04:28am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 ST MARYS AVE
17F046464 04/18/2017 05:49pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4100 HANNA ST S & MILTON ST
17F046512 04/18/2017 07:37pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 MCKINNIE AVE
17F046533 04/18/2017 08:13pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 6700 MAYSVILLE RD
17F046592 04/18/2017 10:40pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 BUTLER ST W HOAGLAND 
17F046613 04/18/2017 11:29pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1500 FRANKLIN AVE & SPRING ST
17F046623 04/18/2017 11:42pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 600 FIFTH ST
17F046178 04/18/2017 01:29am 23,113 600 CREIGHTON AVE E
17F046487 04/18/2017 06:48pm 23,113 2800 CHESTNUT ST
17F046627 04/18/2017 11:50pm 23,113 3000 COLISEUM BLVD W
((NO armed robberies))
APR 19 -
17F046670 04/19/2017 02:45am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5800 TURTLE CREEK DR  
17F046677 04/19/2017 03:27am 113 SHOTS FIRED 7100 RIVERTON DR
17F046704 04/19/2017 07:21am 23,113 6000 WINTER ST
17F046757 04/19/2017 10:07am 23,113 1000 ROCKHILL ST
((NO armed robberies))
APR 20-
17F047444 04/20/2017 06:04pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5000 SMITH ST
17F047284 04/20/2017 10:58am 23,113 5000 DECATUR RD
((NO armed robberies))
APR 21 -
17F047618 04/21/2017 06:37am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 DODGE AVE
17F047970 04/21/2017 10:20pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5500 DECATUR RD & HANNA ST S
((NO armed robberies))
APR 22 -
17F048034 04/22/2017 12:29am 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 MASTERSON AVE E
17F048046 04/22/2017 01:01am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 ELMWOOD AVE
17F048099 04/22/2017 04:35am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4800 HANNA ST S & PETTIT AVE E
17F048109 04/22/2017 05:36am 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 BERWYN LN
17F048371 04/22/2017 08:39pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4000 REED ST
17F048380 04/22/2017 08:53pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3700 SOUTHWAYNE AVE
17F048400 04/22/2017 09:43pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4000 OLIVER ST
17F048428 04/22/2017 10:50pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2500 ANTHONY BLVD S & ANTOINETTE S
17F048450 04/22/2017 11:29pm 53 ARMED ROB 3100 CLINTON ST S
APR 23 -
17F048462 04/23/2017 12:13am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 LAKE FOREST DR
17F048488 04/23/2017 01:05am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3400 WORCHESTER PL
17F048511 04/23/2017 01:42am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3400 ABBOTT ST
17F048542 04/23/2017 02:54am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5900 JEFFERSON BLVD W
17F048547 04/23/2017 03:37am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 COLISEUM BLVD N
17F048642 04/23/2017 11:45am 53 ARMED ROB 1100 STATE BLVD W
===========================
FIREWORKS CALLS 04/17 - 04/23 - NONE 
===========================
(but LOADS of loud music calls, mostly in the SE...gee, I wonder why?)
*** Next up, a little update to yesterday's double shooting that resulted in the death of one man
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20170425/men-shot-sitting-in-car-1-dies
Now, the story says this would be homicide number NINE for the year...I contend it will be number TEN, and that's because the coroner has not released information about the woman found stabbed to death the other week.
*** Next, an armed robber gets a "close-up". Here's the story:
http://www.wpta21.com/story/35230317/fort-wayne-police-need-your-help-identifying-attempted-armed-robbery-suspect
Excellent video capture
WPTA had the best coverage of this crime and the most pictures.
This took place at the Taqueria Coahuila Mexican Restaurant, located at  3125 S. Clinton St. around 2339 hrs on Saturday.
the suspect entered the restaurant brandishing a handgun and demanding money from several patrons, police said. Employees ran to the back of the restaurant as the suspect fired the weapon without hitting anyone.
The suspect fled the restaurant without any money, police said.
Police describe the suspect as a black male (REALLY???), 20 to 26 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build. 
Wonder how he'll look wearing ORANGE?
The suspect was last seen wearing a red Nike hooded sweatshirt and gray sweat pants. Obviously, he has changed clothes since then,
*** Next up, this story was just so very predictable. Here's the link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/schools/20170425/fwcs-receives-ok-to-buy-laptops
Yes folks, FWCS got a green light to go buy some LAPTOPS to the tune of $1.1 MILLION BUCKS.
(haven't we heard such tunes a little too frequently?)
The school board approved spending $712,054.64 for 1,672 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e laptops for students. Each 3rd, 4th,. and 5th grader will have one. But wait, that's not all folks...there's more...FWCS is investing $443,444.83 in 529 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 laptops for teachers, a model similar to the students' devices.
Okay, so these student devices will not be going home with the kids, right? And if they do, the parents are gonna have to front some cash (like a deposit) in case the laptops get broken, or stolen, right?
Well, let's hope so...be a shame to toss good money after bad in this case, hmm?
Besides, don't all these kids ALREADY have smartphones w/ Internet access? LOL!
*** Next, time to take a brief sojourn over to "Kitten Corner"...
We iz all tuckered out now.
Well, the kids got into some "stuff" yesterday, but no real damage. The patio door drapes are well over 20 years old, and the lining is drying out with age (aren't we all...lol), so it tears easily under feline claws...no biggie.
Other than that, a well-behaved day, and a nice surprise (email) from our local ASPCA..."baby pictures".
Or, to put it correctly, the "file photos" from when Violet and Gallifrey were still at the shelter (going under the names of Debbie and Russell, respectively). And here they are:
Violet (nee Debbie)
Gallifrey (nee Russell)
They really haven't changed all that much in the 5 months they've lived with us at the "Fortress". They have gotten bigger, especially Gallifrey. Violet remains a svelte little princess. I mean being SO damn adorable is a full-time chore, right?
Which reminds me, when Wifey and I were doing some planting, we had an "audience" (of one) from inside the house.
Why iz mommy and daddy sidewayz?
And that someone was quite curious...
Like I say...adorable.
*** Last back to the toaster...it's very rare that someone gets something for nothing.
Think about it. With few exceptions, everything costs something, and that's okay to a point.
We've heard the public service announcement that tell us that "shoplifting steals from everyone", and that's true. It causes prices to rise.
Serving 52.2 million as of 2012
And the welfare system in America takes tax money to fund those in need, where once we depended upon charity from various sources to take care of those requiring assistance. Maybe that's why WELFARE FRAUD is SO rampant in the system. Wrongly taking from others shouldn't be part of the package here...or anywhere, should it?
And, we also know crimes in general take from more than just the victims. Just ONE problem house in a neighborhood is enough to cause others to move, property values to decline, and those who remain to be ever vigilant.
You want anything in your life...you have to pay for it sooner or later. If it's a house, car, furniture, food, water and electricity, natural gas, fuel at the pumps...all of it costs money. And we get money by working for it, and that costs us time and effort, if we are to be good at what we choose to pursue when it comes to getting a paycheck.
Everyone pays something, whether they know it or not.
Even salvation costs something, and most times, the cost comes at denying the things in life that were bad for you, and embracing a loving God, which draws the ire of those in league with evil.
The bottom line here is that looking for a "free-ride" isn't going to happen, so the sooner people start towing the mark and realize this, the better it will be for everyone.
Perhaps that is the one thing that costs the least, yet produces benefits that are far-reaching.
We call that knowledge...and wisdom.
There are those out there that should (and need to) try it...they might like it, right?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

24 April 2017

Monday Musings...
Well, we survived another weekend.
That's always a goo sign.
Let's hope we make out as well (if not better) as we enter the week.
Our Hoosierland weather brings us partly cloudy skies (got us some sunshine greeting us), a high of around 72 degrees (perfect for me), and no hint of rain in the immediate forecast.
That's a wonderfully good start for any Monday...you have to admit that.
So,  what say we get that morning drink to steel ourselves to the day ahead, as we see what's been going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First out of the flowerpots is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feture:
APRIL 24 -
---It's National Pigs In A Blanket Day
(got nothing at all to do with Ferguson, thank God)
And that's it...nothing else. We need something more...
How about National Special Kind of Stupid Day?
(nah, that happens too frequently)
What about National Hug A Liberal Until You Snap Their Spine Day?
Not for ALL the tea in China, folks!
(too obvious?)
Let's try National Middle Finger Salute Day
(how I say "hi" to almost everyone where we live, because they EARNED it)
Maybe National Take a Day Off From National Days Day?
(getting warmer...)
I'm open to any and all suggestions...heh.
*** Next up, that "boil-water" advisory we had over the weekend in Ft. Wayne was a real JOKE.
Seriously, there wasn't any chance of contamination...less than a  1% chance , if any.
When our water smelled like a creek gave me greater concern.
Talk about clearing store shelves of bottled water needlessly - wonder if the people can bill the CITY back for those expenditures?
*** Next, it wasn't a bad weekend for living down in the ghettohood.
The "locals" by and large BEHAVED themselves (as well as their primate minds can handle such things), and I did manage to mow the back yard on Friday.
Looks pretty good (so far).
The street lights in the block north of us were out last night for some reason. Our block is unaffected (again...so far), but the next block up looks much "darker" than usual...lol.
Wonder HOW LONG it'll take before someone calls it in to the city so they can repair the problem?
This should be interesting.
*** Next, we lost childhood star Erin Moran (Happy Days) over the weekend. She was 56.
When she was smokin' hot.
Here's her WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Moran
Damn shame that substance abuse took her, and that she followed the path of quite a few child stars. Depression, alcoholism, drugs...that "hard" lifestyle...it all adds up, and often sooner than you think.
*** Next up, let's see what kind of dumbassery has been going on around town...
---Looks like we might have homicide number TEN for the year.
Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/04/24/2-shot-1-killed-in-car-early-monday/
This took place in the 4900 block of Mt. Vernon Park Drive (near Bowser) around 0100 hrs this morning. Right smack dab in the SOUTHEAST...who'da thunk THAT?
Someone apparently walked up and shot two people sitting in a car there. One is dead and one in critical condition. No description of the perp was forthcoming. Police were going door-to-door (good luck with that).
Ahh yes, Spring is in the air on the SE side...you can feel it (unless you duck).
---A  1-yr old was taken from his mother, but was found safe. Here's that story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20170424/toddler-found-safe-afterbeing-taken-from-mother
The baby-daddy, armed with a gun, took the infant and tried to get away...didn't work.
(and by the looks of his car in the WANE video, he may be black (nice rims).
---Another sex offender captured -  former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson is in custody after being charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20170423/police-robertson-in-custody-after-sex-crime-charge-filed
Well, there's one budding sports career flushed down the crapper. Typical.
*** Looks like we're not ONLY getting a canal boat replica for the rivers. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170423/tour-boats-to-hit-citys-waterways
Coming to a river in Fort Wayne
Yes, friends...a WW2 -era DUKW vehicle will also be "sailing" the rivers.
If you want more info about this vehicle, here 'ya go:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DUKW
Now, not to scare any of you from taking a ride on this, but they have one of these in Philly, and you may recall this incident from 2011 where a tug whacked a DUKW (with fatalities).
A fatal "oops" moment on the Delaware.
The tug pilot was in error.
Given the size of OUR "rivers" here, I wouldn't sweat any similar thing happening.
The Delaware is a REAL river...it's a LOT bigger...and busier.
*** Next, let's take a stop at "Kitten Corner"...
The kids had their "impish" moments over the weekend, but they were fleeting. The majority of the time, they're very good pets, and like to spend time with you. Not a problem there.
Gallifrey gets up a head of steam and tears through the house. Violet is slightly more sedate, but she's been known to be part and parcel to the dashing about mayhem.
SO much energy...where do they store it all, and can I get some for myself?
Oh, we also have a new visitor...a black cat that likes to frequent our patio.
He's scared of people, however. It you make any overture to call it or open a door, it takes off.
But it always returns, too. Curious.
Problem with that, is that it keeps the birds and squirrels away a lot more than usual.
Gotta be quick when eating peanuts.
I still do put out dry food (for Hobo), so this cat is eating something, and if not the cat, then the birds will eat that food.
*** Last back to the seed packets and potting soil...it's that time of year once again.
Wifey has started to get some plants for the garden and the various pots we have.
It does make the place look nicer - that slice of paradise we all seek, as it were.
Our perennials have also took to blooming. Life is returning outside our "Fortress" to be enjoyed (as best we can).
Thing is, most all the other "people" around here (and I use that word loosely) can't be bothered with such simple things.
The one woman who leaves her trash-bin out on the street week after week, had a car knock it over on Saturday, only to have one of her (several) children only stand it back up...in the street again.
AT least it wasn't GUNNED DOWN!
Nothing gets done to have her put the bin where it's SUPPOSED to be (and not in the damn street).
Just TNB at work here, folks.
Then, there is the parking issues - these throwbacks will just pull up and leave a vehicle , rather than follow the law and learn to parallel park (or use a driveway, rather than a damn front yard).
Helluva "lawn-ornament" they got there.
The blatant stupidity is almost beyond belief, and these morons think nothing of it. It's just normal behavior for THEM.
That's a very sad precedent to set, but when you have a PERMISSIVE society, it's what you get.
Thing is, this doesn't happen overnight with these mooks...it starts from little on up.
Our schools are full of these idiots-in-training (and we erroneously blame the educators)...another generation of people with little to no regard for laws and who lack common courtesies and morality.
Where all this will end...I shudder to think.
All I know is that we've got to do something about it NOW, while we can, lest we allow a furtherance of such behavior, which will no doubt lead to a continuing de-evolution of our society.
Just something to think about.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.