01 September 2014

Monday Musings - Labor day Edition...
Yessiree, nothing like starting a brand new month off with a "holiday", is there?
Of course, (down in Fort Wayne's ghettohood) you can always begin a Labor Day with some "labor", as in picking up ALL the trash that some ignorant (and most likely government-sponsored) primate decided to dump all over YOUR property, right?
Such was the case early this morning...
I would have taken pictures of the initial scene, but it was still DARK out (didn't want to use a flash), so I got some "after" pictures and then compensated for brightness and contrast. Here's the results.
We had a box (good size one, too) of shoes, flip-flops, and assorted other apparel scattered ALL over the lawn, as well as a few fence planks (not from OUR fences, thankfully) with nails still in them.
Had a few planks tossed on our FRONT lawn, too.
But the "kicker" to this was a junk BICYCLE that was "hung" on our fence near the side gate.
It had flat tires and no seat, so it wasn't gonna be a "keeper".
Yep, starting this month out with a real "WTF???" moment to be sure.
Someone don't like those white folks all "NICING" up the place.
I didn't know OUR place had become a frigging LANDFILL...
So, I set to work relieving our property of the flotsam (otherwise called "recycling - Bobby G. style").
I tossed the bike into a yard along the back alley.
The planks I gathered up and tossed onto a vacant property's back yard, and the shoes and clothes...well, I just flung ALL of those out into the damn street.
What surprises me, is that neither Wifey nor myself heard anyone outside.
(that's bothersome)
The crap was scattered like someone had an argument...it was all over the place.
Then again, it IS the traditional "ethnic moving day" - the first of the month.
But yet, there were items placed DELIBERATELY, like the bike hung ON the fence, and not near it on the ground...
Wifey thinks we may have been pranked or "punked"...well, woe to the "punker" in my book
I'm getting so damn sick and tired of picking up all the LOCAL'S TRASH when they feel it's convenient to dump it along OUR property.
Find some OTHER place for a f$cking change, you-bastards!
Add to this a sinus infection I'm dealing with, and I'm starting off not at the top of my game...and don't need to be trifled with in ANY way by ANYONE not associated with those living under OUR roof.
Suffice it to say, today's going to suck...just got that feeling.
And I better not see ANYONE trying to put ANY of that trash BACK onto our property.
The way I'm feeling, I COULD make the 6 o'clock news...I've NO tolerance for idiots at this point.
Let's just say It's going to be an interesting Fall, and let it go at that.
We'll try to salvage what's left of the 3-day weekend and put it behind us.
Have YOURSELVES a much better day today.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there.
(and beware of short-dumpers)

29 August 2014

Friday Follies...
It's the end of the week and almost the end of the month.
Welcome to the official UNoffical end of Summer...Labor Day weekend.
The Hooiserland weather today will be us with mild temps until later on, when it climbs back into the lower 80s. And there's always a chance of rain later this afternoon into evening.
The rest of the weekend weather will be a toss-up, meaning that you'd best have an umbrella handy...you're gonna need one.
In the meantime, we've lots of ground to cover today, so grab that morning cup of your favorite drink, and let's get this show on the road...
*** First out of the field of dreams today is a "three-fer" homage to this month and all that happened (that no one seems to know about), otherwise know as "What the hell happened today, Bob?". I hope you found it all enlightening and educational.
1758 – The first American Indian reservation is established, at Indian Mills, New Jersey.
1786 – Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.
1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.
1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded.
1922 – The first radio advertisement is broadcast on WEAF-AM in New York City.
1949 – Soviet atomic bomb project: The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
1958 – United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damage.
1632 – John Locke, English physician and philosopher (d. 1704)
1912 – Barry Sullivan, American actor and director (d. 1994)
1920 – Charlie Parker, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1955)
1923 – Richard Attenborough, English actor, director, and producer (d. 2014) (he just passed away this week, too...)
1924 – Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (d. 1963)
1936 – John McCain, American captain and politician
1938 – Elliott Gould, American actor and producer
1958 – Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (d. 2009)
And, it's Telugu Language Day in India...
1967 – Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.
The "Widowmaker"
2003 – While being towed across the Barents Sea, the de-commissioned Russian submarine K-19 sinks, taking 9 of her crew and 800 kg of spent nuclear fuel with her.
1797 – Mary Shelley, English author and playwright (d. 1851)
1896 – Raymond Massey, Canadian-American actor and playwright (d. 1983)
1908 – Fred MacMurray, American actor and singer (d. 1991)
1918 – Ted Williams, American baseball player and manager (d. 2002)
1924 – Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (d. 2004)
1944 – Tug McGraw, American baseball player (d. 2004)
1963 – Mark Strong, English actor
1972 – Cameron Diaz, American model and actress
And, it's the International Day of the Disappeared
"We should go THAT way"
1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 11 in the morning.
1864 – During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.
1895 – German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
1943 – The USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.
1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
12 – Caligula, Roman emperor (d. 41)
1870 – Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator (d. 1952)
1897 – Fredric March, American actor (d. 1975)
1903 – Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television host (d. 1983)
"Admiral Nelson" from the 1960s
1914 – Richard Basehart, American actor (d. 1984)
Our Man Flint
1928 – James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
1949 – Richard Gere, American actor, singer, and producer
And, it's the Day of Solidarity and Freedom in Poland.
Now the month where "nothing happens" ends and YOU know so much more than you did before this month began, and you are also able to amaze your friends whenever the need arises.
Moving on...
*** I spoke earlier about how OUR corner has been "chosen" for a school bus stop, and how the kids meander all over the place. Also have parents standing in the middle of the damn street.
If it's not a mess picking the kids up...
Well, it's now ALSO a DROP-OFF after school, and that means people parking ON OUR PROPERTY...not a good thing.
And, naturally, during the "wait" for the FWCS bus, we have pre-schoolers all over the place, the "mommasitas" jaw-jacking (not much English), and our side street all but BLOCKED by such nonsense.
It's CERTAINLY a mess dropping them off.
I sent a rather stern email to the FWCS transportation dept, trying to tell them of potential traffic hazards, because too many people fail to slow for the YIELD sign, constantly speed, thump their car stereos (they couldn't hear an AMBULANCE if it came through), and so on.
There ARE other corners that could (and should) be used, and I have no idea WHY they chose ours this year, but I'm going to keep on plugging away, and see if we can't get this resolved...or (as I said in my email) the FWCS can PAY to have our lawn maintained every season that school is in session.
*** Next up, there is a story in today's J-G about the tragic accident at a shooting range that claimed hte life of an instructor out in AZ.
Here's the link to the article:
The title is a tad misleading, but I know WHY they used it.
There are shooting ranges that specialize in allowing the public (for a good price) to shoot a FULL-AUTO weapon, such as a Thompson, AR, AK, UZI, and so on. And there is a market for such things, as people want to experience what it feels like to unload 30 rounds downrange in a couple seconds.
(fastest money you''ll EVER spend, BTW)
The problem with such venues is the AGE of some of the participants, such as the girl in the photo.
The girl is NOT "leaning" into the weapon.
She's only 9 years old, and in MY opinion, that's too young to handle full-auto weaponry.
She is the one who accidentally shot the instructor (also in the photo) when the UZI she was firing "jumped" sending one round into the head of the instructor.
There is no amount of "prep" to give anyone that can fully get them to understand what will happen when the trigger is squeezed.
The FORE-GRIP helps with muzzle flip
Now, the UZI is a short weapon, with a non-reciprocating bolt, but, without getting TOO technical, doesn't mean the weapon isn't prone to what is called "muzzle-flip"...it's notorious for it, in  fact, and that's why this is one of those weapons that you are instructed to "lean into" when firing in full-auto mode.
And don't expect all the rounds to be "on target" either...it's more like "spray and pray", because that's what it was designed for.
The stance of the girl indicates (to me) that she could not have been prepared for the muzzle flip...she wasn't leaning forward to help keep the barrel a lot more downrange.
Yeah, THAT'S the scene...
There's a scene in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever, where Jill St. John fires a (Madsen) sub-machine gun on full-auto, and after the first couple rounds, the muzzle is way up and she's off balance (looked good in that bikini, too, I might add), but you get the idea...she had no idea what to expect either.
Perhaps that could be used in a training film...I dunno.
What I DO know is that it would be very rare for a 9-year old to have the motor skills required in order to safely rip off a 30 round mag in several seconds.
A LOT safer and a good teaching tool.
That's why you "break them in" with smaller caliber weapons FIRST. Hell, start them out with a CO2 BB pistol with a blow-back feature to acquaint them with what occurs during the cycling of the firearm.
Suffice it to say that there will some type of (age or size) restriction forthcoming at ALL ranges that allow full-auto weapons to be fired.
You can never have too much safety in this case, and even after that, there can always be that ONE occurrence that tells us we're not as safe as we should be. Sad to say, that/s one helluva learning experience whenever a fatality is involved.
*** Last back to the barn today...as I get older, I know life is getting shorter, and in some extreme cases, life is snuffed out long before it's time.
That's fate tapping someone on the shoulder, I guess.
Life is short enough without having it's brevity heightened through whatever befalls us.
I would say that every day allowed us is indeed...a gift, and this is one gift you shouldn't just unwrap and toss into some dusty corner.
And maybe...just maybe if some other people thought along similar lines, we COULD do away with a lot of the world's troubles.
Yeah, I know...that's a pipe dream, but at least when you dream, the price is ALWAYS right (free).
We can still hope, though, hmm?
DO have yourselves a very good Labor Day weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.
I'll see you here next month.

28 August 2014

Thoughts on Thursday...
We're rolling to the Labor Day weekend, and it might have some rain attached to it...just so you know.
Last night was more in keeping with good sleeping, too, but we will be returning to around 80 degrees by later today.
Such is our Hoosierland weather.
And again, it's slated to be a MOSTLY to PARTLY cloudy day...so does that mean partly to mostly SUNNY?
I think it's a way of keeping us guessing.
At least the humidity will be a lot less, and that means the air won't be as thick as pea soup to breathe.
So, let's all put our best foot forward today, grab ourselves a cup of our favorite morning beverage and see what else has been going on.
*** First out of the storage shed today is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them."
This was spoken by one John C. Maxwell (born 1947) who is an American author, speaker and pastor.
Here is his WIKI:
Believe it or else, Wifey knew who he is, when I told her his name.
His books have sold over NINETEEN MILLION copies.
There's not much on him, but what is there on the WIKI is worth a few minutes of your time.
His books include FIVE LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP (2011) , THINKING FOR A CHANGE (2003), and BE ALL YOU CAN BE (1987)
Moving on...
*** We now take you to our daily homage to this month with "What the hell happened today, Bob?"
1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay.
1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's new Tom Thumb steam locomotive races a horse-drawn car, presaging steam's role in US railroading.
1845 – The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
1862 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Second Manassas.
1867 – The United States takes possession of the (at this point unoccupied) Midway Atoll.
1916 – World War I: Germany declares war on Romania.
1916 – World War I: Italy declares war on Germany.
1953 – Nippon Television broadcasts Japan's first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
He ain't no Jimmy Stewart.
1957 – U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.
Looting...even back then.
1964 – The Philadelphia race riot begins.
Almost looks like Ferguson, MO.
1968 – Riots in Chicago, Illinois, during the Democratic National Convention.
1990 – Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province.
1991 – Collapse of the Soviet Union – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
1996 – Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce.
A very quotable guy, too.
1749 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author, poet, playwright, and diplomat (d. 1832)
1899 – Charles Boyer, French-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1978)
Kirby, as drawn by...Kirby
1917 – Jack Kirby, American author and illustrator (d. 1994)
1925 – Donald O'Connor, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)
Looking older, "Hutch".
1943 – David Soul, American actor and singer
1959 – Brian Thompson, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1960 – Emma Samms, English actress
Major Sam Carter on SG-1
1965 – Amanda Tapping, Canadian actress, director, and producer
Man, she feels like a woman!
1965 – Shania Twain, Canadian singer-songwriter
That dress have a front zipper?
1982 – LeAnn Rimes, American singer-songwriter and actress
And, it also happens to be my Father's birthday, and were he alive, he'd be 93 years old, but that was not to happen.
Still, gonna have me a beer later today in his honor... miss 'ya, Dad.
And now you know more than everyone else in your family.
Meanwhile, back at the scales of justice...
*** More proof of black violence...as if you needed it
Here's the story link:
One of the teens arrested for this rape and burglary WILL be waived into ADULT court
This 17-year old, Nytarian Callahan (who the hell names a kid Nytarian anyway?) is facing TWELVE (count 'em 12) counts of rape, one of burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit rape, and one count of robbery.
Talk about tossing a young life down the crapper..wtg, "Einstein".
Can't blame whitey or poverty on this one...place the blame where it belongs...the collapse of the black family unit and the lack of accountability with people and media (movies, video games, music, etc)..
Although this took place down in Marion, it could well happen here in Fort Wayne (and probably has more than a few times).
And sometimes, true justice DOES prevail.
*** Next...there was this story about Michael Brown and how there is a lawsuit pending to release the JUVENILE records,since he is deceased.
Here's the story link:
Now, there ARE two sides to every story, and the person filing the lawsuit states that two law-enforcement contacts said that Brown did indeed have a criminal record as a juvenile.
That would dispel this "gentle giant" persona painted by family and friends (who often cover for their own). We've seen the same thing here in Fort Wayne...all the "he's a good boy, life of parties"...etc rhetoric, when the person killed was a felon with a record going back to damn near pre-teen days. It's part of THEIR culture...not ours.
*** Next up, just to show you how effectively our new Public Safety director AND our FWPD chief have been handling things, here's a list of all the SHOTS FIRED calls from 18 Aug - 26 Aug:
14F108758 00:17:47 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 WOODLAND AVE W
14F108925 13:28:37 113 SHOTS FIRED 4800 WEISSER PARK AVE
14F109119 21:22:18 113 SHOTS FIRED 4200 LILLIE ST & MCKINNIE AVE
14F109123 21:31:01 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 BUTLER ST E
14F109519 19:01:52 113 SHOTS FIRED 7700 HANNA ST S & PETAL WAY
14F109665 02:05:01 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 WOODLAND AVE W
14F109812 12:03:13 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 BARR ST S
14F110050 21:28:43 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 WOODVIEW BLVD
14F110141 01:49:07 113 SHOTS FIRED 6500 CANAL POINT LN E
14F110576 00:55:29 113 SHOTS FIRED 4600 CALHOUN ST S
14F111054 22:27:35 113 SHOTS FIRED 2200 MAUMEE AVE
14F111704 00:57:03 113 SHOTS FIRED 600 CONGRESS AVE & HANNA ST S
14F111724 01:31:38 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 CREIGHTON AVE E
14F111730 01:45:49 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 MERIDIAN ST & PUTNAM ST
14F111769 03:24:03 113 SHOTS FIRED 3800 AVONDALE DR
14F111776 03:57:32 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 BARR ST S
14F112194 02:44:38 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 WELLS ST
14F112264 09:21:59 113 SHOTS FIRED 3800 REED ST
14F112541 20:51:26 113 SHOTS FIRED 4900 WINTER ST & ELMROW DR
14F113001 19:50:13 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 GREENE ST
14F113033 21:22:05 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 WEBSTER ST
14F113039 21:37:18 113 SHOTS FIRED 800 WILDWOOD AVE W
14F113080 23:28:15 113 SHOTS FIRED 5800 TURTLE CREEK DR & PAULDING RD
14F113083 23:31:23 113 SHOTS FIRED 3400 CHEVIOT DR
14F113086 23:38:44 113 SHOTS FIRED 00 COUNTRY FOREST DR
So, there 'ya go...proof POSITIVE that SO much is being done to stop this behavior, mostly in the predominantly BLACK areas of the city (he said sarcastically).
And, if you notice, most of the calls occur on the (...you guessed it...) SOUTHEAST SIDE of town.
(but there is more on the SW and upper east side now)
*** Last back to the whipping post today...where are we going as a society, and why should be even care?
Now THERE is a really loaded question, hmm?
Well, the future of our society depends on what we've learned from our PAST, as well as how we are conducting ourselves in the PRESENT, right?
Seems the best barometer of any future.
Yet, so many are content with the way things are, which, if you look about you, is full of disarray, and in some extreme cases...chaos.
I have the feeling that life wasn't really MEANT to be that way.
Granted, life is not any sort of Utopia where nothing goes wrong, and everyone has everything they ever wanted...that's NEVER going to happen.
Life is full of twists, turns, up, downs, and even sideways events, and I believe they are all meant to allow us the opportunity to challenge ourselves, so that we may become better individuals through the process of learning from times of adversity.
We can either choose to become part of THIS process...or we can choose to sit back and let everything unfold without intervention.
Either way, it once again comes down to a CHOICE...(doesn't it always?) on our part.
This nation has been good to us, compared with our countries around the world, and I think it's only fitting that we find a way to return the "favor", as it were.
Each day we have should be a part of that line of thinking...that we can do more, that we are better, and that we should never have to settle for less when we can accomplish greater things for this nation, but more specifically, for ourselves.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.