28 July 2015

Tuesday Tidbits...
If you like your days on the SULTRY side, then today will be right up your alley.
(in our alley, we just have the traffic that wants to avoid the po-po).
Our Hoosierland weather will be hot and more humid, with highs in the upper 80s...might even reach 90.
And, I saw on the news last night that the LAST time it was ninety degrees was back in September of last year.
We've gone over 320 days without temps getting above that ninety mark.
So much for global warming, hmm?
Oy, not the warm globe thing AGAIN...
Still, that damn humidity is a bugger - saps the strength out of you real fast, so take the proper precautions if you're out and about for any length of time. Word to the wise time, folks.
With that said, you go and get your favorite morning drink poured and we'll see what's shaking off of the tree today...
*** First out of the orchard is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
July 28 -
---Today is NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY.
Well in this weather, that's easy enough to roll with.
I'm sure that CHOCOLATE MILK is acceptable - Hershey's...here I come.
---And, it's BUFFALO SOLDIER'S DAY
(why, yes, that IS the CONFEDERATE FLAG on that picture...sue me!)
History should never forget the contribution the American freemen of African descent made to the military and the old west.
*** And since it's Tuesday once again, it's time to see ALL those police calls that the local media never seems to tell you about...until weeks later.
SHOTS FIRED and ARMED ROBBERIES - 7/20 -7/26
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JULY 20 -
15F093987 22:42:25 113 SHOTS FIRED 5700 FAIRFIELD AVE & PAULDING RD W
15F093971 22:02:13 53 ARMED ROB 1900 TILLMAN RD E
JULY 21 - 
((NO shots fired))
15F094560 23:34:55 53 ARMED ROB 600 GREENLAWN AVE
JULY 22 -
15F095008 20:28:21 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 OLIVER ST
((NO armed robberies))
JULY 23 -
15F095373 14:59:21 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 COLERICK ST
15F095608 23:30:26 113 SHOTS FIRED 3900 OLD MILL RD
((NO armed robberies))
JULY 24 - 
15F095637 01:08:04 113 SHOTS FIRED 4900 DEVONSHIRE DR
15F095666 03:53:03 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 LEWIS ST E
15F095638 01:09:54 58 SHOOTING 3600 TRACE WAY
((NO asrmed robberies))
JULY 25 - 
15F096205 00:52:57 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 FALLEN TIMBERS TRL
15F096218 01:34:07 113 SHOTS FIRED 6800 HANNA ST S
15F096220 01:35:45 113 SHOTS FIRED 7500 DECATUR RD
15F096259 04:19:17 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 WASHINGTON BLVD E & WHITE AVE
15F096261 04:19:39 113 SHOTS FIRED 3100 LAKE AVE & HOBSON RD
15F096279 05:39:09 113 SHOTS FIRED 4900 LIMA RD
15F096560 18:34:46 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 HAMILTON AVE
15F096511 16:51:34 53 ARMED ROB 4200 CLINTON ST N
JULY 26 - 
15F097119 21:51:30 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 WAYNE ST E & ANTHONY BLVD S
15F096776 02:47:52 53 ARMED ROB 1100 MEDICAL PARK DR
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If you're curious as to that "spike" in gunshots on the 25th...well, it WAS a SATURDAY, and the "natives" get a might restless in the ghettohood.
Please press "1" for non-emergencies.
It also takes longer to get through dispatch on weekends, especially when a recorded voice tells you you have a couple calls AHEAD of you.
(such a stupid-ass system that cost the taxpayers too much for crappier service)
And we can't forget the dumbases who STILL have leftover pyrotechnics, can we?
FIREWORKS CALLS - 7/20 - 7/26
JULY 20 -
15F093925 19:17:31 44FW 1000 WESTWIND CT & WESTWIND DR
JULY 21 -
15F094302 14:46:59 44FW 700 HUFFMAN ST
15F094510 21:18:27 44FW 7700 EVANWOOD CT
15F094539 22:13:21 44FW 700 PUTNAM ST & ANDREW ST
JULY 22 -
15F094748 11:54:52 44FW 11100 WESTWIND DR
15F094889 16:09:45 44FW 7600 COUNTRYVIEW DR
JULY 23 -
15F095528 20:23:37 44FW 800 PAULDING RD E
15F095557 21:38:37 44FW 3100 PORTAGE BLVD
JULY 24 -
15F096143 22:21:52 44FW 10800 WESTLAKES DR N
15F096188 23:51:34 44FW 400 BASS ST
JULY 25 -
15F096642 22:07:22 44FW 800 PROSPECT AVE
15F096694 23:28:02 44FW 6400 SUNLAND DR & OAKLEAF DR
JULY 26 -
15F096729 00:23:57 44FW 4600 LIVE OAK BLVD
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Moving on...
*** Next, what to do around the house when the missus is gone...?
Well, there is always some lawn to mow...
And it SMELLS great, too!
(not a bad job...as usual)
Or, some critters to feed...
Keep that food comin';, Bob...
Or watch the cat sleep...
"...ZZZzzzzzzZZZ...."
Now, I won't post pictures of the trash I have to remove from the property...why spoil a good moment, right?
Let's just say that the local litterbugs also never seem to take any time off.
I should pitch this to King Henry...
And, you can usually tell WHAT kind of beer can or bottle will be deposited along the property by the half-page booze ADS in the local paper.
Funny, I didn't know ANY of them could freaking READ?
(maybe someone is reading it TO them...that's gotta be it)
*** Next up, Wifey's Dad is doing better...less pain, and the docs think it has to do with a fractured vertebrae...most likely an older injury that went unattended for too long.
Thanks for ALL the kind words and prayers...Lord knows we can always use them.
Wifey is expected to return tomorrow, and her Dad may have to go into a nursing home, if he can't move about well enough to be on his own...that is still up in the air for now, until he gets better.
*** Next, I've been following all this "whatever" concerning the presidential candidates (on both sides of the aisle), and I will admit to a certain admiration for several that have grown the balls to speak their minds and seek the truth to matters important to this nation and her citizens.
Trump is that wild card you hear about - boisterous as the day is long...never at a loss for something to say, always has SOME answer, and is never afraid to call someone out. Ted Cruz is also filling that bill with his "truth-seeking" adventure with Mitch McConnell.
An even Mike Huckabee is getting some of that "righetous indignation": going on now.
As for the dems? Clinton says she's "for the middle class", when she doesn't even know WHAT the middle class is.
She has the audacity to speak to that, when HER ethics are in the crapper, with the hand of Congress on the handle, ready to flush.
Sounds about right.
Sanders is a socialist and therefore not a contender.
The rest of the field on both sides needs a lot of work...
I get bored hearing the "same old" and winding up with a hand full of nothing after these people get elected, and I'm sure you feel the same way.
The two political parties have MORE in comm,on than we once thought...and it shows.
*** Last back to the processing plant...how can it be that hard to speak plain and truthful to others?
Granted, that we ALL have told some very TALL tales in our day, especially as children...and learned the value of NOT telling a fib to one's parents..
That only served to double the punishment,.
I like to think there are levels of deceit, although ALL of it isn't all that good, and will catch up to you eventually..
Some people lie to protect others...a noble enough intent, but a lie is still a lie, right?
Others lie to advance whatever agenda or cause they're chasing at the time, and most times, it's usually got something in it for themselves.
Still more create a lie by saying nothing at all...by "omission".
Some have lied to so many for so long, that's ALL they know.
Here again, we have varying levels of such behavior.
We have those who lie ALL the time, and they're so bad at it, everyone sees right through them (in many cases that is called "transparency"..lol)
Others have lied for so long, and have become quite adept at deceiving others...but sooner or later, they also get found out.
Mark Twain said it best when it comes to being deceitful.
And some might learn from that...they have bad memories.
There is an EASY way out of such things...(for a change).
Just be truthful, even if it ruffles a few feathers...at least no one will be calling you a liar. But always know your FACTS first.
Others will admire you for speaking out an saying what needs to be said, even if they don't like you.
History has proven that much...and has shown us more when it comes to being deceived.
A good lesson...and a proper lesson, hmm?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

27 July 2015

Monday Musings...
Here we are...rounding the final turn of the month of July...and it has certainly been feeling like it...all that damn muggy weather.
Guess that's what happens when the state you live in is right between TWO of the Great Lakes...AND the dew point is in the upper 60s.
Today's Hoosierland weather will have us enjoying (?) mostly sunny skies with temps reaching around 86 degrees.
(keep the A/C cranked on)
And yes, it IS a good day to get out EARLY and mow the lawn.
The grass isn't as damp as it has been of late.
(already done that here)
Our next bout of rain occurs this Wednesday, and that is supposed to cool things down a bit (not that much), but a little is better than nothing.
(well, I could argue that one ad nauseum)
So, with that taken care of, go get yourselves that morning drink poured and let's all steel ourselves to what the day may have in store for us...
*** First out of the duffle bag is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
July 27 -
---Today is TAKE YOUR PANTS FOR A WALK DAY.
(question - don't we ALWAYS?)
Told 'ya that looks kinda "awkward".
I mean if you want to hitch your drawers up to a LEASH and then take them for a scrape around the block, no one's gonna stop you (although you probably WILL get some long stares).
---And, it's NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY (the alcoholic beverage, NOT the person...sorry)
Lemme get my Royal Dragoon Guards LP and do this RIGHT.
Well, I'll drink to THAT, laddie! Make mine Chivas Regal.
(he said in a decent highland brogue)
Moving on...
*** Wifey took a drive down to Vincennes to visit her Dad on his birthday (which is this week, so it's bachelor-time for the cat and myself)), and while the drive down was wonderfully uneventful, when she got into Vincennes, she found out that the trip would become QUITE "eventful".
Seems her Dad was rushed to hospital (in a lot of pain) JUST as she got there, and then she followed the ambulance and wound up spending the whole DAY there.
Docs managed to ease the pain (when in doubt, use morphine), and were trying to determine what the problem was (diagnoses always seem to take LONGER than the damn cure).
Good Samaritan Hospital - Vincennes, IN
He's off the morphine and onto more conventional pain-killers.
Anyway, she called me last evening and said she was spending the night at the hospital...so much for birthday gaiety.
Suffice it to say, I'm concerned as well, mainly about Wifey's well-being...then again, I take after my mother and always attempt to turn worrying into some sort of "art-form".
Her uncle Jeff summed it up well - This is the part of retiring that stinks (something to that effect).
I told Wifey that "when it rains, it pours" these days, and I wasn't JUST referring to the weather.
She's due back Wednesday, so hopefully, all will go well and her Dad will recover soon.
*** Next up, a good article by Bob Aldridge (local range instructor) regarding recent events and stories about gun violence, gun control, and those who have trouble defining both
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/Facing-down-the-maniacs-7867915
Why is it that all of us responsible gun owners (and shooters) FULLY understand the ramifications of such bad behavior (and misleading stories about guns), and others could not even BUY a clue if they were given the money and told where to purchase said clue?
Homicides are DOWN...but I will also add that shootings are rising, especially in major cities.
(poor marksmanship keeps the homicides from spiking...that's a quasi-blessing)
And none of that can be tracked back to anyone other than the criminal element...that's a fact.
Yet time and again, we're assaulted by those wanting MORE gun laws, while Aldridge cites that we ALREADY have 20,000 laws on the books...THEY just need to be enforced, that's all.
Aldridge says our governor was correct to permit military personnel the "right to carry" at recruiting centers.
Those areas clearly LABELLED "Gun-Free Zones" paints a huge target (no pun intended) on those IN such areas, allowing mentally unstable or criminals the opportunity to create mayhem (which has been the case).
*** Next up, someone at the J-G has a severe "lack of direction".
Can I add an "OOPS" to the banner logo?
Now, I don't want to step on the domain of the Fort Wayne Media Maven (good blog - link at left) but I read an article in the HOME section of the Sunday paper, and something made me want to fact-check it.
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/features/home-garden/Lease-purchases-face-hurdles-7826129
This is in the 2500 bock of Hanna St..
The story is about this plan to allow people to "lease-purchase" a new home...and for close to HALF the median price.
We call that low-income housing, people.
And, as stated here before, it's coming to a neighborhood NEAR you.
Well, the story said as much...sorta-kinda.
They mentioned the HOPEWELL POINTE addition in WAYNEDALE
Well, if you look at Google Maps, THEY list Hopewell Pointe as being near Wayne Trace and Paulding Rd. (SE side ghettoesque setting), while the actual address for the housing addition is REALLY off of Bluffton Rd...that's a helluva WALK...don'cha think?
New addition is just SW of the land "site".
Now, you can look at the maps for yourselves, but I thought this to be a major ERROR in reporting, as the two areas are in DIFFERENT quadrants altogether. The address of Community Drive (they say Lane - another error) is down the road from Miami Middle School...not close at all are they?
So, perhaps the J-G might want to take their reporters to some remedial GEOGRAPHY class...or at least, acquaint them with MAP software.
If you're going to report stories IN your city, best to learn ABOUT the city, right?
*** Last back to the barracks...There are some days where you just "want to start over"...and for different reasons...
We ALL could use this once in a while.
There are those days that are SO great, that a do-over would be the only way to recoup  the losses for all those rotten days that came long.
Then, there are THOSE days where a chance to begin again would be a godsend, because you cannot imagine anything sucking worse than that day, with the possible exception of ANOTHER day just like it...lol.
We are supposed to look to each day as a gift...some gifts happen to be smaller and not as expensive as others...we all know about that.
And some gifts are given with a wrongful purpose or intent, while others are freely given with no thought of compensation.
Yeah, life is a lot like THAT, isn't it?
Well, it's MEANT to be, if we are ever to learn anything from all the time we're allotted on this planet.
If every day were fantastic, how the hell would you ever know what was bad, or how to grow as an individual from such an experience?
And thankfully, not every day blows chunks, either, because then we would never come to know what a GOOD day was...just days that suck less than others.
That allows us to appreciate what we are given.
Some folks get that...others...not so much.
And there lies another problem with our society - a lack of understanding.
With understanding comes so much more that life has to offer...
We always say that ignorance is the root cause of EVIL...
Doesn't take an "Einstein" to see that understanding (therefore) has to be the root cause of GOOD, doesn't it? Thought so..
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

24 July 2015

Friday Follies...
Well, it's looks like we're starting the weekend off with a BANG...(make that several, actually), and we'll be getting to THAT in a minute, but before we start the "fun", shall we take a look at the forecast...
Our Hoosierland weather finds us with ANOTHER nice day...(WTH is going on here?), with temps rising a tad higher into the 80s and slightly increasing humidity (looks like Summer might be making a comeback). But, we will have plenty of sunshine..
(And it only gets hotter over the weekend)
So, with that behind us, lets's get our morning drink at the ready as we see what has been going on in all the old familiar places...
*** First out of the turnip patch is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
July 24 -
---Today is AMELIA EARHART DAY.
(a shame she's not here to enjoy it...or IS she?)
Definitely one of history's mysteries.
---And, it's COUSINS DAY
(I don't think they mean Brian Cousins)
*** And since it's the weekend, there HAS to be events we might want to take in (or toss out).
July 25 -
---Saturday is CULINARIANS DAY.
(does that mean I get the day OFF from cooking?)
---And, it's THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY
(this has got to be a hit with seamstresses everywhere, but  don't we ALL thread a lot of "needles" in life itself?
July 26 -
---Sunday is ALL OR NOTHING DAY.
(Well, that depends on the situation you find yourself, doesn't it?)
We already know that D.C. is full of NOTHING, especially at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
---And it's AUNT AND UNCLE DAY.
(don't believe I've any of those left, except on Wifey's side...mostly memories now)
---It's also PARENTS DAY
(sorry, fresh outta parents, too...does that work with family pets?)
And there you haveit...all the things you needed to know about.
Moving on...
*** Like I said at the top, the weekend in Fort Wayne started off with a BANG...and it was (where else?) on the SE side. of the city.
Yes, friends, two more shootings happened early this morning. And here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2015/07/24/one-man-critcally-hurt-in-double-shooting/
This took place around 0100 hrs in the 3600 block of Trace Way (near Wayne Trace and McKinnie.
Police found two victims at the scene and had them transported to hospital.
A juvenile was listed in serious condition, and a male adult was initially listed in serious condition, but was downgraded to critical.
Investigators believe that the shooting grew from a disturbance that escalated into gunfire.
A neighbor said they heard 4-5 shots and then saw a car leave the area at high speed.
As usual, NO suspects, NO arrests, and TWO hits,ONE run, and NO errors.
(end of this inning)
*** Next up...FWCS caves to social "pressure" from a few, ignoring the many.
(sounds all too typical in this PC-run world, doesn't it?)
And, we're "PC" as the day is long.
Here's one story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Decision-on-Redskins-will-be-collective-one-7861645
Yes, the North Side Redskins may become like the passenger pigeon and dodo...EXTINCT, if the "PC-POLICE" have their way.
It's been three years since this first came up, and in the wake of the WASHINGTON REDSKINS "name" issue (which is really a NON-issue).
It took a while, but now, it's the SCHOOL'S turn to "knuckle under" to a few people who find a name "disparaging", rather than a source of PRIDE and an homage to the Native-Americans in our country.
And you know what...I say LEAVE THE EFFIN NAME ALONE, you assholes.
Every time one of these "snowballs": get kicked down a damn mountain, we fall deeper into the trap of banning SPEECH...and it's being done WORD-BY-WORD. And I'm damned pissed off at every single one of these morons that would DENY people the freedom to use the language we've had for a very long time.
This is EXACTLY the way the loss of liberty begins...with the smallest of "baby steps", and we're TOLD that it's "for the best", and that we need to be more "sensitive" to others, or that we need to practice "diversity".
BULLSHIT...to ALL of it.
I say that there was not ONE DAMN THING WRONG with the North Side name for the LAST EIGHTY-TWO FRIGGING YEARS, so butt the f$ck out.
Many grads and alumni feel much the same way...nothing wrong with the name - leave it alone.
But NO...FWCS is looking at federal funding (which "could" be withheld IF they don't kneel down to whatever the regime dictates)..
Face it, the education system in American is basically run by the LEFTISTS, and they just want to waste even more money, and what better way to do this than have us at lech other's throats over something like a team name that's been in place for over 8 DECADES?
 That way, we won't notice when they say they'll spend on education for MORE failed programs that keep kids dumber than a bag of rocks compared to other nations who spend LESS per student and have MUCH better discipline policies.
The worst part of this, is that the school board (run by a DEM) says this will NOT go to a vote (because you might LOSE, Mr GiaQuinta?)...it will be shoved into place, down everyone's throats and we're just supposed to shrug our shoulders and say "oh, well, nothing we can do".
Dr. Robinson is also on board with the name change, citing "it doesn't represent our core values".
When the f$ck did the core values CHANGE?
They were apparently GOOD ENOUGH for the last 80+ years.
Watch out for the WORMS!
If you (really) mean the CORE values are crap (today), then I would agree...they SUCK.
Go BACK to basics, and screw all this POLITICAL PC-BS...you might learn to LIKE it.
*** Next up, did you know that over a QUARTER of the city's ROADS also SUCK?
Well, Coldwater Rd is looking BETTER.
It's true, and here's the proof:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Study--27--of-city-s-roads-in-poor-condition-7881642
Guess our "King" isn't making AS MUCH PROGRESS as he was telling us...
After all, he CLAIMS the city is spending about $20 MIL a year to FIX the roads.
Now, either we have MORE roads that are crap, OR he's fixing roads that don't need hat much fixing.
I know that down here on the SE side, we get a lot of the temporary "chip and seal"...BUT, recently Decatur Rd was resurfaced as well as Pettit...that accounts for maybe a MILE of new (and good) road...
And, there is the "project" that tore the shit out of Lower Huntington Rd and screwed what few businesses are along there for months.
(part of the master-plan to take over the SW side and add it to the ghetto known as the SE side, no doubt).
Fortunately, that is about finished...now. I wonder what's NEXT on the FUBAR list?
*** Next, about the Lafayette LA shooting at the movie theater.
That kinda situation creeps ME the hell out, and mainly because of the manner on which it took place.
Granted that the movie THE TRAINWRECK is not going to win any Oscars, but for a man in his FIFTIES to casually walk in, sit down, and then 20 minutes into the flick open up on unarmed patrons will baffle many, I'm sure.
Excellent movie.
To me, it sounds like a MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE type of scenario.
Guy walks in, says nothing, shoots (whoever or whatever), and then, calmly places the gun to his head and pulls the trigger, killing himself.
What can possess a person to "just do this", unless there was some underlying cause, like perhaps a terminal illness.
But even THAT lacks the validity needed for a sense of "purpose" of the shooter.
If you need to commit SUICIDE, just wander off to the woods and do it without taking others along with you.
And, suicide by cop doesn't track, because the police didn't even have a chance to get there to take the shooter out.
Damn sad to see two innocents killed and several more wounded, but perhaps even more disturbing is not being able to get into the shooter's head and find out the WHY behind all this.
Maybe relatives or friends and neighbors will be able to shed some light on this man and his motive...we shall we..
*** Last off the turnip truck...if the "conspiracy theorist" in me were to have his say, I would think that certain people are being utilized to promote some form of homeland terrorism.
Words to live (and stay living) by.
We know those who are the OBVIOUS choices here - the radicalized Islamists, and the others who just plain HATE this country, but what IF there was a plan to subvert the normalcy in our daily lives through heinous acts of violence?
Like I said...the possibility of a Manchurian Candidate thing might have some traction to it.
If you get a chance, watch the movie (the original one with Lawrence Harvey and Frank Sinatra is the better of the two flicks).
It asks the question CAN we stop someone who has been (for the lack of a better term) "brainwashed" into being an assassin.
We need to be ever vigilant now.
We know that the "high-value" targets in America already HAVE security personnel around, so the easier way to go is target innocents - the "everyday people" as it were.
You have to remember, for terrorism (of ANY kind) to SUCCEED, it has to be able to get the average citizen to DEVIATE from their normal daily activities...get them looking over their shoulders...keep them at a higher level of fear.
Many of us already do that, and have become more AWARE of what goes on around us.
The trick is not to displace caution with complacency.
This nation was created in order for people to be free FROM tyranny...and not become subservient to it
Evil will take many forms, and we'll have to take to the "watchtowers" of our lives, in days such as these, in order to protect ourselves, our families, and yes...one another.
THAT is what makes (and keeps) this nation great.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.