30 September 2016

Friday Follies...
Finally, the end of the week AND, the end of the month, not that it will seem like it.
It's got that "stuck for the last several days" kinda feel to it.
Well, we are still under the influence of that low-pressure area over the Midwest.
Our Hoosierland weather for today...check out any OTHER day this week...heh.
Same conditions prevail - temps into the mid-upper 60s, off and on rain throughout the day, possibility of a thunderstorm later on...told 'ya, it's like DEJA VU...all over again.
That doesn't mean we have to get the SAME drink to wet our whistle this morning, though.  Feel free to change things up a bit as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off the runway is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
(just keep it off the damn bedpost)
(given the rain, that should be EASY)
(sorry, not cold enough outside for my liking)
(geez, do we have to be aware of everything?)
*** Now, since tomorrow begins a brand new month, I'll hold off on the monthly and weekly observances until MONDAY, so make a note. We will however provide this weekend's "activities" over the next 48 hours.
(first creepy clowns...now ghosts?)
(Dalmatians R Us)
(I'm still home-making brownies...maybe next month)
(cleaning up other people's crap for well over a century)
(been there, done that. Wifey has the SILVER STREAK and I have the BATMOBILE)
(now I could REALLY go for some of THOSE)
There we go then...plenty to do is you';re NOT busy running in the Fort 4 Fitness marathons in our city this weekend. Remember to observe wisely and always have a designated cohort.
*** Next up, and speaking of the Fort 4 Fitness run, this always seems to present a "challenge" when Wifey and I head out to the grocery.
See, the FWPD tends to block off Calhoun St, and that makes it a lot more difficult to go WEST and get to the Bluffton rd Kroger.
Sure, the Southgate one is within walking distance, but we STILL prefer to NOT be accosted, mugged or carjacked, so we take ourselves out of such opportunities for the riff-raff and assorted aborigines.
We'll see how it goes on the morrow.
*** Next up, more on that mother that killed her two kids earlier this week:
Okay, so she was addicted to "spice", and we already KNOW that crap can cause some SERIOUS behavior problems, right?
She was also no stranger to police which begs the question:
WHY the hell was she still mainstreamed with the rest of the populace?
This kind of thing REALLY tends to piss me off, because in times past, we had facilities for such people to not only get help (if that would indeed cure their particular problem) but also to keep them out of the regular population.
If neurological damage (chemically-induced or otherwise) was that severe so as to cause homicidal or even suicidal behavior, we would have them COMMITTED to an asylum and get them fitted for those nice jackets that buckle in the back and have extra LONG sleeves. Very stylish.
But being as we're such a more "empathetic" society and want  all the "feel good" things for everyone (at the expense of others, obviously), we allow them to remain in the general citizenry...
And then we have situations resulting in the demise of two innocent children...which COULD have been prevented with someone stepping the hell in and doing something other than nothing.
When WILL we learn?
*** Next, and if the advent of Halloween isn't enough to frighten people (along with all the crime on the SOUTH side of the city), we now have to worry about some scary clowns.
Definitely NOT a Jehovah's Witness. They come in PAIRS.
And you thought all the scary clowns were the liberals at City Hall...lol.
And some police are ARRESTING these sickos!
Yeah, this has happened in at least SEVEN other states and a couple cities in neighboring Ohio.
Here's the story about the "sighting" in Fort Wayne:
Some kids carry GUNS in the ghettohood.
What I find REALLY weird about all this, is that "someone" would dress up AS a scary clown to frighten school kids at a bus stop on the SOUTHEAST side...at WINTER and OXFORD Sts. Hell, I wouldn't stop my car in that neighborhood, if I didn't have to (and with good reason).
FWPD will be looking for these clowns.
As if the Stephen King novel and movie were not enough, right?
Hey, I used to like clowns...like Emmett Kelly and even Bozo. We had Happy the Clown back on Philly, too.
None of those were the least bit frightening.
Hell, even Red Skelton had one character (Freddy the Freeloader) that was clown-like...not the least bit scary (but very funny).
Red's dad  was a Hagerback Wallace circus clown, in fact.
And Red had a fantastic clown art collection (he painted them himself).
Not a single thing scary about ANY of that...at all.
This kind of action is making the pastime of being a REAL clown hard at best, Shriners are pulling clowns out of parades due to this stuff. Definitely not cool.
*** Next up, time for another installment of "The Hobo Chronicles"...
"What can I get into today?"
Yesterday was one of those "get some antics in between the rain showers" kinda day.
And I only wish I had someone else with a camera for what took place.
So, I'm out in the back yard, looking for dandelions I can pull (they love to sprout when it's wet outside), and I'm bent over with a knife, removing them, when out of the corner of my eye I see a white and gray blur coming at me.
In less than a second later...I had a cat ON MY BACK!
"Hey, that back looked like a place to perch."
(beats having a monkey...LOL)
And Hobo STAYED there, and I was still bent over...couldn't really walk that way. I tried.
He was up there for a good 20-30 seconds, before I started to stand up and he jumped off.
That would have been a great picture, had a third party been there to capture it.
Anyway, it was a day for eating, resting, and watching me putter about the yard and garden.
"Next time...have someone to take the picture."
A typical cat day. At least he wasn't getting soaked and stayed close by most all day (and night).
*** Last back to the hangar...I'm not making any bets on NO shootings in our city for the weekend.
Let's try for NONE for a change.
Recently, MOST weekends have seen shootings in Fort Wayne.
It's like these locals wait all week JUST so they can shoot someone over a weekend...like some of them have a job to go to all week, or something.
This is a disturbing trend and one which regular citizens need to be on guard for.
I tend to be of the persuasion that "as long as they shoot each other, that's a good thing".
(Fewer problems on our streets, right?)
Just say NO.
But there always has to be a "catch", and that is the fact that these morons with guns don't give a rip about innocent people, or the property of others, and will still empty a mag in the pursuit of some level of "manhood" and street justice.
Taking a life or destroying the property of people you don't even know speaks volumes as to the amount of brain cells you have functioning at any given time, and also says a lot as to how well you didn't behave in school.
If you're going to become a problem OF society, then it might just have to fall upon the shoulders of that society to take your sorry ass the hell down, and perhaps not waiting for the justice system to get off it's ass and attempt to do something. We call that natural justice, and it tends to work more efficiently and effectively than the red-taped bureaucracy we have in place that tends to protect the criminal and not the victims.
That will serve the public much better and protect a lot more innocent people in the process. Let that serve as a warning to those who cannot...or will not be part of a normal society.
Maybe we can then breathe a collective sigh of relief, but not before.
Have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.
We'll see 'ya all next month.

29 September 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
If you thought yesterday was a bit on the lousy side as far as forecasting goes, you might like today.
We seem to have this low-pressure area parked squarely over the Midwest, and that means don't plan any outdoor activities that require a specified length of time, unless you prefer getting wet or staying damp.
Our Hoosierland weather will have us enjoying (?) mostly cloudy skies, with scattered showers through most of the day with the possibility of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Expect a high of around the mid-60s. Toss in some breezes, too.
Now, what say we get something hot to drink and take the morning chill away, as we see what has been going on elsewhere, okay?
*** First out of the microwave is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
This was spoken by another newbie (here) but but not a total stranger - one Rene Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650), who was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist.
And here is his WIKI:
Dubbed the father of modern western philosophy, much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day.
It's a rather lengthy read, but it beats having to peruse all his collected works...lol.
If his name rings a bell or two, it might be due to the fact that he coined the phrase "COGITO ERGO SUM" (I think, therefore I am).
To quote the article:
((In his Discourse on the Method, he attempts to arrive at a fundamental set of principles that one can know as true without any doubt. To achieve this, he employs a method called hyperbolical/metaphysical doubt, also sometimes referred to as methodological skepticism: he rejects any ideas that can be doubted, and then reestablishes them in order to acquire a firm foundation for genuine knowledge.
Initially, Descartes arrives at only a single principle: thought exists. Thought cannot be separated from me, therefore, I exist - Discourse on the Method and Principles of Philosophy))
There you go then...plenty of brain-food for the day. I should warn you...reading this could have you coming away with more knowledge and insight than you had before...LOL. That's always a good thing, though.
*** Next up, we have our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
(and I have a fresh 1/2 gallon made...seriously, I do)
---And, it's NATIONAL VFW day
(my late father was a member of the VFW - good organization)
*** Next, the latest on that gun store "smash and grab". Here's the link:
A "bollard-free" zone?
Now, there's little more added to what I brought you yesterday.
What is troubling is that the "undisclosed number of guns" first mentioned turned into "several", including ARs, a .308 rifle (good sniper platform) and handguns. Sounds like a bit MORE than several to me.
When I first saw the pictures of the gun store, it was obvious WHY it might be targeted, regardless of whatever security cameras and alarms might already be in place.
Look at the picture...anything missing?
Keeps bad stuff from happening REAL well.
Let's try some concrete BOLLARDS in front of the place...to PREVENT a vehicle from coming through the windows.
Those are why vehicles don't make it onto secure grounds in our nation's capital.
Dept. of State - Washington, D.C.
But those found in D.C. are more "pleasing to the eye" and have been engineered to "fit in" with the historical aspect to the buildings.
Still, they DO prevent unauthorized entry, and that's the name of the game, right?
The PSA down by the old Southtown Mall site has RETRACTING bollards - normally they're street-level, but if a threat approaches, they can extend from the ground to rise to a good 4 feet. Try knocking THOSE the hell over. They could stop a damn Humvee with ease. ANY armored vehicle would be thwarted. Oh, and they have tire spikes that can be used (like the ones in parking lots that prevent you backing up) also.
THAT is called being secure, folks.
And they look very nice, too.
You watch, I will bet that ZX Guns puts those bollards in place very soon. Be surprised if they didn't.
Might have to stop up there...they've got some really GOOD prices on a pistol I'm wanting.
*** Next, further proof that some people don't know the first thing about cooking, but think they do.
Hope you're sitting down.
Here's the story link:
Not FIRE retardant, that's for sure
Yeah, cooking in a GARAGE (where's the damn kitchen, you moron?), and leaving whatever it was UNATTENDED.
There is something called PRIORITIES, as in watching what you're cooking and not leaving it to take care of itself.
And seriously...in an ATTACHED GARAGE?
This government-sponsored (because you KNOW it IS) brain fart took place yesterday around 1730 hrs in the 2500 block of Hoevelwood Drive (near Paulding and Werling), down in the (you guessed it)...SOUTHEAST SIDE of town. And the idiocy continues...
*** Next, it's the ladies' turn to dress for success, and I mean if trouble comes along.
Here's the article:
"Armed and Fabulous"...I like that.
If you're going to carry a concealed weapon (and who doesn't these days, except for libtards?), it's good to look your best, and this woman has got it "covered" with her line of items sure to make the bad guys never know you're packing.
(until it's too late for them)
Now, if we could just get those Indiana state house bills passed that would repeal handgun licenses.
(HB 1144 and HB 1056)
I mean, the bad guys aren't bothering to register themselves and their guns, and they have carte blanche to wreak havoc against the law-abiding folks...that doesn't seem fair. Time for some natural justice.
*** Next, Ohio passes a law against "zombie houses".  And it's got nothing to do with Halloween.
Here's the link:
Typical "zombie house" of Anytown, USA
Imagine that...speeding UP the process by which abandoned and vacant properties languish before they're razed.
Give that politician a cookie!
There are certain "factors" which will kick-start this process.
((Factors triggering the court process under the plan include disconnected utilities, boarded-up or broken windows, unlocked doors, accumulated trash, vandalism, a lack of furnishings or window treatments and clear signs no one lives there, such as uncut grass or mail piled on the porch.))
Sounds like a honest-to-God plan to me.
Let's NOT "meet the neighbors".
(( A Cleveland-based advocate for the law, Robert Klein, said one of the main issues leading to zombie properties is the length of the foreclosure process.
“A vacant property is not a bottle of wine. It does not get better with age,” said Klein, whose companies promote property preservation and fight blight. “Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood where properties have become blighted.”))
Amen to THAT one, pal.
Take it from one who "lives the adventure" (just like Remo Williams) daily.
*** Next up, another page of "The Hobo Chronicles"...
"What's that loud rumbling in the sky?"
(My nephew in VA, a fire department CAPTAIN emailed me about this...he's hooked...lol. God bless him)
Our intrepid kitty wasn't all THAT intrepid yesterday, and the rain took the wind out of his sails.
So, he stayed close by the "Fortress". Gave the birds a break.
Had a blue jay stop by along with some sparrows.
Hobo did get a bit SPOOKED (not hard in OUR neighborhood...lol) by the thunder from a storm, and looked about, wondering where it was coming from.
He stuck to that tall grass alongside the house near the patio door.
"I can still find the food. Thanks."
And he took to the temp shelter for eats later in the evening during "last call".
Sorry, no solar lights there (yet).
*** Last back to the blender...I think Descartes got it right.
People should not be afraid to doubt when the need arises. Being able to know WHEN to question something is paramount if one is to continue and nurture the learning process.
Think back to when you were really young (for me, that's becoming a stretch...heh).
You pretty much took for granted everything your parents told you, and with good reason; they were looking out for you and your safety. And at that age, it was the best way to proceed, right?
As you got older (hopefully wiser too) and started to make your OWN decisions, there also came the knowledge that some things might have to be called into question.
Goes well when questioning things.
You didn't have to shy away from the stove "because it's hot", IF you were careful and LEARNED how to prepare something to eat (properly). Some adults still have that problem, though.
The older we get, the more learned we become (hopefully), and with such learning comes wisdom and discernment. Life is a constant learning process.
Some people just ain't getting that memo, however.
Life's biggest and often easiest lesson.
Thing is, intelligent people will ALWAYS doubt (something or someone), and with good reason, but the foolish never seem to doubt anything, and in fact become emboldened by whatever doubts the learned folks exhibit.
Educating oneself...it's NOT just for the classroom...and never has been, has it?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.