26 May 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
That Memorial Day weekend looms ever closer, and this rain the forecasters are harping about has yet to manifest itself in our neck o' the woods. Got some humidity working, though. Can feel it already.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see partly to mostly cloudy skies and the "chance" of rain showers (sooner or later). Temps will again be close to the mid- 80s. Sure beats that record on this date of 97 degrees WAY back in 1911...when we apparently had all that "global warming"...lol.
So, let's get our refreshing morning drink poured, as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the garden hose is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
 "Look, we want freedom and we want liberty in this country. But we've also got to have the guts to stand up and run a tight ship in America. Morality is now a word that many people consider very square and outdated. But if we don't stand up for it, we deserve what we will get in the end - unprincipled anarchy." 
Did this one have you guessing?
This was spoken by CLIFFORD PARKER "CLIFF" ROBERTSON III (September 9 1923 - September 10 2011), an American actor with a film and television career that spanner half a century.
Here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Robertson
And HERE is the official website:
http://cliffrobertson.info/
I always admired his work, even BEFORE he portrayed a young JFK in the film PT 109 (1963), and Robertson was personally chosen by the real JFK to portray him.
Oddly enough, the following year, Robertson played a presidential candidate in the movie THE BEST MAN.
His only Oscar came from his portrayal of the title character in the film CHARLY (1968).
This (science-fiction) movie was based on the story "Flowers For Algernon".
Cliff grew up in La Jolla CA, and his parents divorced when he was one. His mother died a year later of peritonitis, and Cliff was basically raised by his maternal grandmother.
He graduated from La Jolla high school in 1941 and served in the Merchant Marine during WW2 before he attended Antioch College and dropping out to work as a journalist for a brief time.
It's not mentioned how he broke into show business ( in those days, you could pretty much walk in off the street and get some kind of work).
I remember him from early Twilight Zone episodes, as well as the pilot episode for the original OUTER LIMITS series from the 1960s (The Galaxy Being).
That is a fantastic quote, too.
He also played Uncle Ben Parker in the first (Sam Raimi) Spiderman movie.
It's interesting to note that actor Chris Lemmon (Jack's son)  is Robertson's stepson.
Cliff took up flying as a hobby, and owned several aircraft, such as a DH Tiger Moth (biplane), an ME 108 (trainer) and a Supermarine Spitfire Mk 923.
This prepared Robertson well for the role he had in the movie 633 SQUADRON (1964).
He was also a longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
In fact, Robertson was flying a Beechcraft Baron directly over NYC when the first Boeing 767 struck the WTC. He was immediately ordered by ATC to land at the nearest airport.
It's not that long a read, and shows that there used to be actors who did not have to be in the controversy limelight to be good at their craft.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature.
May 26 -
---Today is NATIONAL BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE DAY
(now THAT is a dessert - if only I could FIND one here)
---And, it's RED NOSE DAY
(has to do with charitable giving, and NOT a drinking binge.)
*** Next up, what the hell is with ALL these recent semi crashes along our local highways?
Cripes, every day we're hearing something, and these are not some minor fender-benders either.
We've had several trucks burst into flame along the Interstates near and around Fort Wayne.
Every trucker suddenly FORGET how to obey the rules of the road?
I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities, so if you HAVE to travel out among these tractor-trailers, DO be careful this weekend.
You're gonna be sharing the road with a LOT of idiots.
*** Next, was going to mow the backyard yesterday, but was side-tracked by a squirrel buddy.
Since Patches and his eating patterns take priority, I obliged him first...
"What? You waitin' on ME?"
THEN, I got to mow (again). I think I've mowed the back four times since we started greening up.
(that's SOME fertilizer I put down a couple months ago...LOL)
I was hoping to get that done before the rain came along (which it NEVER did).
Still, turned out nice again. Goes to show that time and effort pays off.
Be it ever so humble...
This weekend - the front and side lawns (and the hill)...oh, joy.
That's gonna make the old legs ache.
*** Next up, we're overdue for another installment of "Bobby G's Action Figure Corner".
This time, I managed to snag me a cool figure of SPIDERMAN.
It's made by FIGMA (Max Factory) and stands about 6 inches tall.
It has a LOT of articulation points to boot.
Even better than the HALO line of figures, and that's saying something.
But that's not the best part.
I got this for $10 (and change) on eBay. The figure retails for close to $50 BUCKS!
Mine is brand new in the box, too. Talk about a bargain!
And, as far as I know, the major toy stores don't even carry these guys. You might find them in specialty and comic books stores...maybe. I have seen prices for this as high as $64.99 (they were out-of-stock, too).
I'm currently awaiting a couple other figures that I will post about when (and if) they arrive. I will get a refund if they don't.
Make no mistake on that!
*** Next, WANE is doing another story on vehicle break-ins (I mentioned that crimes like this were up 30% and occurring city-wide). Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2016/05/25/car-break-ins-up-28-what-the-thieves-are-targeting/
And a related story about the WHY to the break-ins:
http://wane.com/2016/05/25/the-keys-to-your-house-are-in-your-car/
This one talks about the garage door opener in vehicles.
If a criminal steals that, they BETTER take the registration and/or insurance card to find out WHERE YOU LIVE...right? I mean an opener without an address to go with it doesn't mean that much.
It's all just something I call COMMON SENSE...practice it, and you take away so much of the criminal's intent and purpose.
*** Next, Obummer is coming to Elkhart, Indiana next week...and yes, there's STILL time to get a plan and bug out for the day (for a drive to nowhere)...LOL.
*** Last back to the birdbath...there used to be a time when people didn't have to be near as vigilant as they do today.
We have SOME help along those lines.
There are still those living who can recall when they didn't even have to lock their doors and windows.
That time seems to be gone.
Nowadays, no matter what type of security you choose to employ, someone will still attempt to circumvent it and take your stuff...just because they can.
The "innocence" the American people used to enjoy is also gone, and that's a very sad commentary on which direction our nation may be headed.
We force children to grow up way too soon, we hold few adults to real accountability, we reward bad behaviors, and we permit aspects of humanity that used to be kept in closets or back alleys to become normal and everyday occurrences. We are becoming that which led to the downfall of the Roman Empire.
Cliff Robertson's quote hits the mark when he speaks to what people (today) view as MORALITY.
Too many indeed feel it outdated (same is said by some about our Constitution), and in that belief, they are very wrong. If anything, morality should have a more prominent place in today's society, especially in THIS country
Without a sense of morality, many of the other facets of humanity will, in all likelihood, never see the light of day.
I view morality as the wellspring from which our other "traits" flow.
Ethics, civility, integrity...ALL of these are the result of one's morality. Without that, one becomes hard-pressed to attain the other traits I have mentioned. Can you be truly ethical without a basis in morality?
Can you aspire to be a person of integrity without your moral compass pointed in the right direction?
I would think not, and if you can, it's a much harder road to travel.
We should be so fortunate as to see a rebirth in the quest for morality.
For those without morality have no honor, or sense of ethics, or even the wisdom to understand the simplest concepts when it comes to the human condition, and their journey is difficult.
For everyone else, it's not nearly as bad, but at least we see the difficulties not as stumbling blocks, but rather challenges to be overcome.
That is a lesson every person could learn from and apply whenever it's required..
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there,America.

25 May 2016

Humpday Happenings...
Middle of the week already. Where does the time go?
Just seems like we started this month in a few respects. This time next week, it'll be JUNE.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with conditions sort of like yesterday, but with partly cloudy skies, a chance of rain later on and temps reaching back into the low-80s. Beware the humidity, too  .
Now, with that behind us, let's get that morning drink poured as we take a gander at what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the cedar chest is our "WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
 "Look, we want freedom and we want liberty in this country. But we've also got to have the guts to stand up and run a tight ship in America. Morality is now a word that many people consider very square and outdated. But if we don't stand up for it, we deserve what we will get in the end - unprincipled anarchy." 
Now, I will tell you that this was said NOT by some politician (or socialist), but it should be someone you're familiar with. So, who said it? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the National Aviation Hall of Fame...
*** Next, it's time once again for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
May 25 -
---Today is NATIONAL BROWN BAG IT DAY
(was a staple when I was growing up)
---It's also NATIONAL MISSING CHILDRENS DAY
(sadly, many are never found)
---It's NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY
(Remember Jack Imel from Lawrence Welk? He's a Hoosier, and was a fine hoofer)
---And, it's NATIONAL WINE DAY
(not to be confused with Obama's other 364 WHINE days)
---It's also NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY
(geez, something else for me to manage...lol)
*** Next up, a case where our technology did what it's supposed to do. Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2016/05/24/social-media-helps-solve-two-area-crimes/
Caught you little bastards!
How about that...two cases solved in a LOT less time than one might think.
And Columbia City owes this to social media...who'da thunk THAT?
In Fort Wayne, it's more like people snapping pictures OF a crime taking place to brag about it later on Fakebook.
As is the case, it's the people who choose to do right...or do wrong through their ignorance.
That's why I post stuff that happens around our place...not afraid to call out those that need calling out.
Like to see a lot more people in OUR city follow suit and do the right thing.
*** Next, another city councilman weighs in on the wheel tax (and annexation).
Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2016/05/24/city-councilman-wheel-tax-proposal-could-have-been-avoided/
Mr "If we got it, spend it"
The 5th district councilman, Geoff Paddock (another "sir spends a lot" in the king's court) said the "vehicle ownership tax" could have been avoided if the annexation (North IV) of 23K residents had passed.
Yeah, and if the dog hadn't have stopped to crap, he would have caught the rabbit, too.
There is a REAL reason why a lot of this "junk lawmaking" shouldn't see the light of day.
---You (Anytown, USA) decide to levy a tax to fix roads...sounds good (on the surface), but there is something that will not only ENSURE that a tax such as this one remains a permanent addition (or rather SUBTRACTION) to people's paychecks and savings, and will actually wind up INCREASING over time. What's the reason for that?
RISING COSTS to do the exact same work that was performed in years past (for less).
Got ENOUGH signage there, Bub?
This is not due to trickle down capitalism, either. You can mostly thank UNIONS for constantly increasing wages and ergo, the cost of materials (probably also made by union labor). You wind up with a nice "cycle" that never goes away.
Toss in rising healthcare costs (thanks Obamacare) and it adds up way too fast, costing more every time this carousel makes another turn. Sound logical enough?
Try and cut a few corners and you only exacerbate the problem with deteriorating streets, and cost more people even MORE money...
Makes me wonder what ever happened to using all those recycled TIRES to pave roads, highways and streets. Don't hear much about that these days.
*** Next up, so yesterday, I'm working on my blog post one minute, and the next...nothing (?!?)
Every page I try to access shows up as "not found". I have no Internet.
Well, THAT'S not normal. I check the router and reboot that...all seems fine there. I scan both systems...everything okay there, too. So, what's the story with Frontier Communications?
Well, I decided to call, and got a very nice technician named Thomas.
He checks out our connection and it appears like our router isn't there...(again - ?!?)
Now, I'm not aware of any road work going on that might cause an outage (when someone hacks through an underground FiOS line), and the tech on the other end of our phone decides to call his supervisor and see about any outage.
Turns out I was one of the FIRST to call this in, as more calls started to trickle into the help center.
(getting up early has it's advantages once in a while)
Thomas tells me they will get the comms up ASAP, and that works for me. Sure enough, within and hour, we were back online again, and I wasn't that late posting yesterday (by 1030 hrs). Pretty good customer service, if you ask me.
Perhaps a bad "card" in the hub caused this. I have no idea, but it is nice to see action taken with such promptness and professionalism.
Guess being offline still doesn't make anyone ANY money. That's motivation, folks.
*** Next, another plea deal from the (local) justice system that has forgotten the meaning of that word. Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/courts/Man-takes-plea-deal-in-shooting-13226052
Still a LOSER!
Another "Buster Badass" who is looking at a much reduced sentence for shooting someone (in the face) back in January. I posted the shooter's rap sheet back on 14 January. He has got a nice violent history.
But, if the plea deal is accepted by the judge, this loser won't see more than SIX years in jail...tops!
He's a REPEAT offender with handguns, so that should mean something...you'd think.
Aggravated battery and criminal recklessness only? Are you serious? He's got a "past" that includes multiple bodily injuries AND resisting law-enforcement. What's there "not to like" (and prosecute)?
And people wonder why we have a violent crime problem with minority communities?
Not hard to figure out WHY, is it?
*** Last back to the footlocker...I heard where thefts from vehicles are UP in Fort Wayne...to the tune of around 30% over last year's numbers.
Goes to show that people will find some way to amaze others, and not in a good way. Wonder if any of this could be handled with a curfew?
Sooner or later, there has to be some sort of proactive things a city can do to head such crimes off at the pass.
Not everyone has the luxury of a garage, but you can be targeted just as readily at a mall or even in front of where you live. These perps have nothing better to do than take what is yours and make it theirs.
And with unemployment as low as it is, you'd think there were better ways to acquire one's desires.
Nah - take the easy way out in life.
Let someone else worry about shit, and do as little as possible when it comes to being a productive citizen. When did this nation cozy up to that and get comfy?
THAT is fast becoming the "new norm".
And that should bother a LOT more people than it currently does.
But, since the government is in this part and parcel, actually HELPING the lazy-asses to remain lazy, not much is going to change. If anything, it will get a bit worse.
I'd like to see people learn that it's better to help themselves in life (and not to other people's stuff).
Something along those lines of self-reliance would go a long way to getting or nation back on track.
We used to be more like that...and we can once again.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

24 May 2016

Tuesday Tidbits...
Welcome to a carbon-copy of yesterday(aside from a local Fios outage which set me back a tad). No, you're not imagining it, and it isn't a sequel to the movie Groundhog Day. And in case you weren't noticing, we're fast closing in on the Memorial Day weekend, and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 race. All that - in just a few short days.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see us with mostly sunny skies, rising temps, which will top out in the low 80s (yeah, it's A/C season...no getting around that now). Rain moves in tonight and starts a "pattern" of sorts with showers over the next several nights (should make sleeping for me a lot easier...lol).
Now, how's a bout we all get our morning drink poured, as we see what's been going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First out of the garden is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
May 24 -
---Today is NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY
(if you love eating snails, this one's for you)
---It's also NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY
(Doesn't the FWPD do this every time there's a homicide?)
---And, it's AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN DAY
(to all those who work to keep aircraft parts from shaking away from one another)
*** Next up, as is typical for Tuesday, it's time once again to bring you ALL the police calls for shots fired and armed robberies that the media doesn't tell you about (because they're too busy spinning other stories):
SHOTS FIRED / ARMED ROBBERY CALLS - 5/16 - 5/22
============================================
MAY 16 -
16F064168 21:16:58 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 SUTTENFIELD AVE E
16F064174 21:23:39 113 SHOTS FIRED 2800 HOAGLAND AVE
16F064178 21:27:57 113 SHOTS FIRED 100 WILDWOOD AVE E & CLINTON ST S
((NO armed robberies))
MAY 17 -
16F064258 02:32:23 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 KENSINGTON BLVD
16F064387 10:59:02 113 SHOTS FIRED 1600 ECKART ST & LILLIE ST
16F064838 23:57:03 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 BOWSER AVE
16F064256 02:30:19 58 SHOOTING 1700 WAYNE ST E
16F064259 02:35:34 58 SHOOTING 2200 RANDALLIA DR
((NO armed robberies))
MAY 18 -
16F065362 23:03:01 113 SHOTS FIRED 3900 OLD MILL RD & RUDISILL BLVD W
16F065363 23:03:52 113 SHOTS FIRED 3200 BEAVER AVE & PACKARD AVE W
16F065375 23:54:50 113 SHOTS FIRED 2300 GAY ST & HURD ST
16F065368 23:16:48 58 SHOOTING 9100 BRICKSHIRE PKWY
((NO armed robberies))
MAY 19 -
16F065381 00:05:29 113 SHOTS FIRED 2000 MAUMEE AVE
16F065904 22:06:01 53 ARMED ROB 3300 COLISEUM BLVD W
16F065555 13:54:26 58 SHOOTING 3200 LA JOLLA CT
MAY 20 -
16F065979 01:03:22 113 SHOTS FIRED 3900 BARR ST S
16F065980 01:06:41 113 SHOTS FIRED 100 WOODLAND AVE W & HARRISON ST S
16F066010 03:19:18 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 WAYNE ST E
16F066423 19:47:58 113 SHOTS FIRED 4300 GAYWOOD DR & SENATE AVE
16F066477 21:13:08 113 SHOTS FIRED 4700 PINE CREST DR
16F066491 21:50:31 113 SHOTS FIRED 4900 MCCLELLAN ST & LENOX AVE W
16F066531 23:00:32 113 SHOTS FIRED 7500 DECATUR RD
16F065988 01:41:39 53 ARMED ROB 5200 CLINTON ST N
MAY 21 -
16F066602 01:49:04 113 SHOTS FIRED 7500 DECATUR RD
16F066648 04:51:10 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 ESMOND ST
16F066864 16:46:35 113 SHOTS FIRED 9400 GARMAN RD
16F066956 19:47:19 113 SHOTS FIRED 7000 HAZELETT RD
16F067060 23:18:22 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 OAKLAND ST
16F067063 23:22:12 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 WINCH ST
((NO armed robberies))
MAY 22 - 
16F067103 00:44:55 113 SHOTS FIRED 4200 SOUTHWAYNE AVE
16F067155 03:17:24 113 SHOTS FIRED 1500 PRODUCTION RD
16F067174 04:18:42 113 SHOTS FIRED 4300 HOLTON AVE & SENATE AVE
16F067173 04:20:40 113 SHOTS FIRED 2200 CLINTON ST N & STATE BLVD E
16F067394 16:28:37 113 SHOTS FIRED 7100 HICKORY CREEK DR
16F067574 23:58:03 113 SHOTS FIRED 4000 SOUTHPARK DR
16F067171 04:06:08 53 ARMED ROB 4200 WELLS ST
16F067134 02:12:03 58 SHOOTING 1700 WAYNE ST E
16F067186 05:00:40 58 SHOOTING 2200 RANDALLIA DR
16F067288 12:29:32 58 SHOOTING 4400 SPATZ AVE
===========================
FIREWORKS CALLS 5/16 - 5/22
============================
MAY 18 -
16F065311 20:34:58 44FW 7300 COLDWATER RD & COOK RD E
MAY 20 -
16F065981 01:09:13 44FW 6800 WOODCREST DR
MAY 21 -
16F066900 18:05:49 44FW 4700 MANISTEE DR**
 (**what..AGAIN with this chronic numbnut??? Don't the police pay attention?)
*** Next up, more on that "wheel tax", and this is a good read. Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/City-proposing-vehicle-owner-tax-13206084
Ahh, so now it's being called a "vehicle OWNER tax", as the words EXCISE and WHEEL suddenly took a holiday.
Well, it does sound a bit "friendlier", and supports the FACT that this tax is because we spent all that money to OWN a vehicle. I mean, it's not like we were (and are) taxed on that car or truck, right?
Anyone remember that GAS TAX? Or what about the SALES TAX?, or the COUNTY WHEEL TAX already levied (for decades)?
This seems a bit more than just a "double-dip" here, folks.
It's like someone is TAXING you for your PRIVILEGE to spend money to own, register and insure a vehicle.
Yeah, sounds FAIR to me (from a politician's standpoint)
Gets me wondering what OTHER privileges we'll be paying more for in the future, because you know THIS (if passed) will be the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps Fort Wayne will impose a CITY WAGE TAX (like Philly did).
I fully realize that everything costs something (there is no "free-ride" no matter what the libtards say), but to selectively charge people for the things they've worked to acquire (and need to get to workwith) seems a bit harsh. Didn't we fight a war of Independence OVER such things once?
Time will tell...it always does.
*** Next up, and speaking of taxing situations, I hear that Philly has some sort of "soda tax" being floated by it's newest democratic (progressive-socialist) mayor. Here's the story link:
http://www.thenation.com/article/a-soda-tax-is-fundamentally-regressive-what-if-its-philadelphias-best-hope-for-progressive-change/
Okay, so who gave mayor Kenney former NYC mayor Bloomberg's "playbook", anyway?
There was also another story from earlier this month:
http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/philly-protesters-call-soda-tax-repressive-at-boisterous-city-hall-rally/zsJpee---HmNl2h3nPbtVw/
This is a "WTF???" moment for my city of birth.
And this "soda" tax (labelled an experiment) is not EVEN for funding roads and street repair...it's for (get this)...UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN...are you shittin' me?
Are we THAT bad off?
Naturally, the "blame game" is in full swing, as Kenney denounces the soda industry (and it's profits), for it's marketing and targeting those in (rolls eyes) poor communities and minorities.
Well, maybe we should REALLY blame those minorities for BEING poor (and loving it), or blame the poor for being minorities? either way would be a more proper way to address this potential clusterf*ck.
Libtards LOVE to champion causes that only serve to provide something to someone while hurting so many more in the process.
Push back...you "might" just win this one.
 And besides, who even needs PRE-kindergarten in the first place (except those posing as parents to lazy to raise their kids and even provide breakfasts for them). Love the see the soft drink industry fight this mayor (and shove him off the nearest cliff). Leave the soda alone.
*** Next up, did you know that our technology MAY be keeping you from getting the sleep you need? It's true, and here's the proof:
http://www.journalgazette.net/features/Electronics-impede-night-s-rest-13122166
THIS will NEVER be me.
Yeah, all those devices that SO many people have come to have all but surgically-attached to them is causing sleep to become disruptive. Who'da thunk THAT?
Again, this is NOT me.
If you recall, I mentioned here (not so long ago) about the effects of "blue-light" that was given off by most all of today's smartphones, tablets, etc., and now, more proof that not disconnecting earlier before bedtime is not good when you need to "bag some Zs". 
They seem to be doing fine.
And there are OTHER things that can also impede your slumber...like PETS (sorry, they're wrong there), ALCOHOL (I dunno, a shot of scotch or bourbon makes ME sleep), VITAMINS and SUPPLEMENTS (I prefer to take them when I get UP), CAFFEINE and SUGAR (That's in my coffee...AFTER I get up). Can't agree with ALL of these, but to each his/her own.
When did we start getting EIGHT hours of sleep?
Think of this stuff as screwing with your personal Circadian Rhythm.
And you really don't wanna do that...do you?
I have "neighbors" who've been doing it FOR me over the last 20 years...LOL.
*** Next, there are those who (also) believe that skipping breakfast isn't good for teens.
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/features/Breakfast-too-important-for-teens-to-skip-13011563
What? Too much? Looks okay to me.
TOO important? You're kidding me, right?
I think I can count all the times I sat down and had a proper breakfast during high school on ONE hand, and I turned out to have an 88 average when I graduated. As a child, Mom MADE SURE I had breakfast BEFORE I went to school.
Ahh, those halcyon days...when parents gave a shit about their children and KNEW how to provide for them WITHOUT the help of some government agency...
"Eat it...it's good for 'ya". Remember THAT parental line?
I miss that.
Today, it's ALL about how the SCHOOLS can do what parents USED to...WTH is wrong with that picture?
And, the government wants to do this pre-kindergarten? Might as well steal the fetus from the damn womb, and bring it up yourselves (which could well happen if we stay this course). This is becoming too ridiculous.
*** Next, what's this about LEGOs becoming "too violent"?
Lego Star Wars is COOL!
Sounds like another loonie leftard escaped from the asylum again. Here's the story link:
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/23/lego-arms-race-study-says-company-making-more-violent-toys
Okay, so building blocks are becoming the new "toy guns", right?
What will be left for kids to play with, if this shit keeps up?
And so is Lego marvel superheroes!
At this rate, we'll be BACK to rocks and sticks in NO time (and in parts of our ghettohood, that's already being played out with neighbor kids. Toss in a basketball for the hell of it).
Huh...whu???
I guess Barbie promotes prostitution too (how else could she get all that stuff with no REAL job?)
And we already know that Ken has no balls, so the emasculation of the male in this country continues.
Um, is that KEN...or KENDRA?
Hey, maybe Ken is a transgender. Wonder which bathroom HE prefers?
Violent LEGO figures...nah, they're just SAVING THE (make-believe) WORLD, you morons.
Besides, isn't it better for someone to "act out" a violent tendencies playing with toys than in the real world, where shit happens too fast and too often? Well, with no parental guidance to show fantasy from reality, the latter will occur.
Screw them, I'm fed up.
SO say we ALL...!
Leggo my LEGOs!!!
*** Last back to the flower beds...childhood is meant to be a special time in ANY child's life.
Are those toys free of toxins?
It's time when you still have the innocence you were born with (and will soon lose when the real world comes along). And, it's a time to be anyone you want, anytime you want. That is called PLAYING.
Tea party? Is that tea safe from carcinogens?
The main thing, is that you don;t need a video-game console to achieve that state of being.
You can play (ofetn better) with figures, models, toy cars and the like much more easily.
Don't get splinters or choke on the rubber band.
I think the main thrust of all of this comes down to one little saying:
"Just because NO ONE says you CAN'T do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD."
(you may quote me)
That goes for falsely claiming that LEGO blocks are violent, or that pre-kindergarten is "mandatory", or that schools NEED to feed all schoolkids because their parents can't roll outta the sack and work with cereal, a bowl, a spoon and some milk, because they were up too late staring into some smartphone (there, tied all those up nicely, didn't I? LOL).
There needs to be a "renaissance of awakening" in this nation...and soon, too.
And we ALL start out as children - make the MOST of that.
There has to be a better way of managing everything, and it's not through giveaways, taxing, or even avoiding one's responsibilities.
Maybe a better sense of morality would be a good place to begin, and then, from there, we can proceed back to the basics when it comes to our human condition. We won;t know until we decide to give it a go, will we?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.