28 November 2014

Black Friday Follies...
Whew, the day after Thanksgiving is always a brute...as in hating to wake up...lol.
I trust your day was every bit as filled with thanks as could be had.
And now, we turn the page and enter into the TRUE holiday season.
Our Hooiserland weather will be a bit on the repetitive side, with temps reaching the freezing with mistly cloudy skies but no real hint at any precipitation.
So, let's this ball rolling and set out to see what's been going on in all the old familiar places...
*** First out of the bookstore today is the answer to this week's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"For what I received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received."
This is attributed to one Margaret Storm Jameson (6 January 1891 - 30 September 1986), and here is her WIKI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Jameson
She started out as a socialist, but apparently "saw the light" after WW2 and became very ANTI-COMMUNIST.
She was an English Author and journalist, best known for her novels and reviews.
She wrote several science-fiction novels , most notably In the Second Year - 1936, which was a dystopia set in a fascist Britain, and Then We Shall Hear Singing - 1942, which deals with a future invasion by the Nazis of an imaginary country.
Jameson also wrote the introduction to the 1952 edition of The Diary Of Anne Frank.
Not much else is known about her, and that's a shame, because she apparently  had a good "eye" for portrayal of some good characterizations.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
November 28 - 
Today is BLACK FRIDAY and that means all these sales which are actually :"bait and switch" tactics by retailers...and who wants to camp outside a damn store in the cold for a week JUST to get something that will be cheaper in a year anyway?
It's also BUY NOTHING DAY...curious and ironic to be sure...sorry, there are some things we are going out to buy, but it's not "for Christmas"...it's for the house and the "Batmobile".
And, it's MAKE YOUR OWN HEAD DAY...(???)
Nothing about how it should be made, what items to use and where to put the damn thing after I make it.
I kinda like the one I already got (had it for 60+ years), but I know SOME people out there that could use a head that WORKS (especially between their ears)...LOL.
Lastly, it's RED PLANET DAY, and I suppose someone somewhere is praying to the Roman god of wear...MARS, right?
And let's toss in the weekend...because we can...
November 29 - 
-- Saturday is SQUARE DANCE DAY, so alamad left, bow to your partner, bow to your corner, and have a blast!
We all did this in ELEMENTARY school...yes, not ashamed to admit it.
I liked it.
November 30 -
-- Sunday is STAY AT HOME BECAUSE YOU ARE WELL DAY...(again...???)
Who the hell am I supposed to be anyway..Ferris Bueller?
Usually, I stay at home because I want to catch someone TRYING to break in...LMAO!
And that would be cheaper than going to the pistol or skeet range...
(did he say that out loud?)
*** Here's an update to the shooting story at Pettit and Hanna:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141127/LOCAL07/311269929/1043/LOCAL07
That car WAS the target of a "rolling gunfight"...more "typical behavior" down here nu "the locals".
The shooting began in the 4800 block of Spatz Ace.
Keytron J. Liston, 20 , of the 6600 block of John St. was the driver of the black Chrysler who "returned fire" from an SUV.
He was jailed Tuesday on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a firearm, but was not talking to police, refused to ID the SUV (that police later found) and had the balls to ask WHY the police were arresting him.
How about for interfering with the investigation of a crime, dumbass?
*** And here's an update to the woman who was shot near Barr and Suttenfield:
http://wane.com/2014/11/26/shooting-victim-is-blessed-to-be-alive/
Residents in the area are getting tired of all the violence and crime, and won't be persuaded to move, and are not intimidated by the behavior of these street thugs...good for them.
*** We had a nice (quiet) Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, but the big deal was keeping up with feeding the birds and squirrels that came by to :"join us"...lol.
I'm thankful that camo guy feeds me.
Where do such small critters PUT it all?
I'm thankful for this feeder 
It's always hard to look across the table and see those empty chairs...those that have passed on ahead of us, but as long as we remember them, or speak their names from time to time, they still live in our hearts and minds.
We cherish the time we had with our friends and family, knowing that we shall see them again some day.
They are not forgotten, nor should they be.
And that's not a bad thing to say for anyone.
*** Next, Wifey and I are going to do some "shopping", but it's for things (at Menards) like 4 ft. fluorescent bulbs, furnace filters, an infrared heater, suet cakes for the birds, and then off to Auto Zone  for a pair of hood support (gas) struts for the batmobile (when they get worn out, the hood likes to come back DOWN...not good for the human skull or any OTHER body part found under it).
You DON'T want that hood coming down on you!
Already changed out the hatch lid ones a couple years back.
And we gotta tank up the Wifeymobile.
The car makers should NEVER have gotten away from the old SPRINGS...they lasted forever.
Whatta 'ya gonna do...we're at the mercy of automotive ENGINEERS...
(cripes. we're screwed)
*** Last back to the garage...there is always a bevy of things to be thankful for.
--I'm thankful I have enough AMMO to take out all of the "locals" should the need ever arise
--I'm thankful for a good wife, a house to hang my hat, food to sustain us, and health enough to make us able to appreciate life and the souls we encounter.
--I'm thankful for a merciful God (heaven knows He has been SO patient with me over the years).
--I'm thankful for parents that gave a damn to take whatever time they needed to raise me in a good way - respecting others, acting in a civil manner, being polite, treating others as I would wish to be treated, and to be there for me when I needed them.
I miss them both every day.
--I'm thankful for friends both past and present, however few and far between they might be. Better to have a few GOOD ones than too many "so-so" ones.
Learned that the hard way, and I'm fortunate enough to still have a couple all the back from High School days.
--And, I'm thankful that a lot more crap in life did NOT come my way...I've had enough over the decades, but it could have ALWAYS been worse, and mainly by my own hand.
That's how most of the bad happens...by OUR hands, and not as much by others.
But, I would like to win a sh*tload of money from PCH, just so I could prove to God that all that moohlah would NOT spoil me...lol
In the end, life is about WHO we are, WHO we meet, and WHO teaches us that which we need to know.
It's a journey we ALL take...and even though there are times we'd love to be picked up and driven the rest of the way, or catch a bus, we would miss out on those things, events and people that help us understand ourselves better.
And that's the way a journey should be...it should be "on foot", giving us time to take in everything around us.
Have yourselves a great weekend...enjoy the leftovers and if the spirit moves you, grab a sale or two.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

27 November 2014

Thanksgiving...
Thou art cool.
From the early days of the pilgrim settlers and the native Americans who befriended them (and actually helped the pilgrms survive) to modern times, it's ALL about being thankful.
Mom done GOOD.
So, from our house to yours...
We ALL would like to wish you a very BLESSED and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
From Rassie
And Patches
And Mr.Wrinkles
And Woody
And Mr titmouse
And Mr. Nuthatch
And the blue jay family
And...Mr. cardinal
Big (and extended) "family", huh?
...the least of God's creatures.

(and stay safe out there)

26 November 2014

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome to the Pre-Thanksgiving Day edition of my little slice of the blogosphere.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with a mostly cloudy day (again?), a few peeks of sunshine (where?) with a high slightly above the freezing mark.
Not any appreciable windage out there, which means there will be no kite-flying today, kids.Sorry.
So, meteorologically-speaking, another mundane late fall day...enjoy it, because if you live on the EAST coast, you're staring at a snowstorm that's sure to impact Thanksgiving Day travel plans there.
Now, with that behind us, let's get a nice hot cup of morning fortitude as we set off and see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the corral is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"For what I received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received."
Now THERE is some food for thought, and from a source that even I was not aware of.
The answer will appear at the top of FRIDAY'S post (taking a day off, folks).
Meanwhile, back in the literature stacks...
*** It's time again for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
November 26 - 
Today has only ONE event, and it's SHOPPING REMINDER DAY...as IF we actually NEEDED reminding, hmm?
(well, some people do...lol)
When you live down here in the ghettohood of the city, there's too few places TO shop, so reminding oneself becomes painfully elementary...shop someplace ELSE!
(and hope the house is still there intact when you return).
Moving on...
*** We had a couple shootings on the (Give 'ya 3 guesses, and the first 2 don't count)...SOUTHEAST SIDE of Fort Wayne
--Here's the link to story #1
http://wane.com/2014/11/25/witness-shots-fired-shortly-after-kids-got-off-school-bus/
This took place yesterday afternoon around 1630 hrs at the intersection of Hanna St and Pettit Ave.
The empty lot used to be a church.
And that's just a spit and a slide from our "Fortress"...
A school bus (NOT an FWCS bus) had just left off some kids minutes before, when shots were fired from a vehicle near the bus stop.
A witness told police that 5-6 shots were fired from a car that drove off (no vehicle description)
Flow-through ventilation...whatta concept.
Police collected spent cartridges from the scene.
A black Chrysler 300 was struck by several rounds, and it's yet to be determined if that car was a target.
--Here's the link to story #2:
http://wane.com/2014/11/25/police-investigate-late-night-shooting/
The lightbar reflections sure look pretty.
This took place around 2210 hrs last night when FWPD dispatch received multiple "9-1-1" calls about shots being fired.
Police arrived at the location of Barr St. near E. Suttenfield St, where they found a woman in a nearby alley, who was transported to hospital in serious condition, but later upgraded to fair condition.
Police found no weapons, no suspects, and no motive (like these thugs need any), but they did recover at least TEN shell casings from the alley.A parked car in the alley (you're not permitted to PARK in an alley) had it's rear glass shot out.
A neighbor said that there have been a number of gunshots in the area recently (nice job, Garry), Her home was struck by stray bullets last week, and she took to having her children sleep ON THE FLOOR of the house.
(people should not have to live like that...regardless of the neighborhood)
Other residents said they heard a BARRAGE of gunfire, noting that the shots sounded "different" (several calibers involved, no doubt).
Gee, if I didn't know better, I'd think someone was trying to get NEW YEARS off to an EARLY START...!
Sure SOUNDS Like it.
So, lemme get this straight...we have kids getting off buses that barely missed a fusillade of gunfire, then we get a neighborhood that has suffered NUMEROUS shooting "events", and one woman gets struck...like the 9-year old at Waterloo gardens who was struck INSIDE her house, and you can clearly see a PATTERN here...like NOT ENOUGH PATROLS ON THE SE SIDE OF TOWN.
(sound about right?)
Someone needs to buy a clue for our police chief, Garry Hamilton, and get him to put his people WHERE the shootings are, and not downtown, writing tickets...got it?
We got WHAT goin' on? Where? Huh?
And while you're at it, get Rusty York out from under HIS (expensive) desk and get his aging ass up to speed with the growing problems in minority neighborhoods down here.
The ONLY reason we're not seeing MORE homicides, is because these gun-wielding jerkoff thugs can't hit a bull in the ass with a damn bass fiddle.
THAT is keeping the dead pool shallow for the time being.
*** Ferguson had another night of protests, riots and crime, but NOWHERE near the devastation and carnage that totaled entire blocks of that town the night before.
Must be "Riot Season" in Ferguson.
Guess all the National Guardsmen with ARs and full-battle kit made some sort of "impression"?
They SHOULD have been deployed the night prior...that would have kept a lot of stores from getting trashed.
This is NOT a "parking violation"...just a riot.
So far, over 100 arrests, 25 businesses destroyed, several police cars totaled....helluva tally.
Like (former) NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on FOX (my paraphrasing)...it's fine to protest...shout all you want, carry as many signs as you want,. walk around all you want, BUT...when you toss that first rock, or throw that first bottle, basically all bets are off, and law-enforcement should MOVE IN IMMEDIATELY and arrest THOSE people.
You tell 'em, Rudy!
THAT sends a CLEAR message that you're NOT effin' around, and it causes other (would-be) rioters and looters to back the hell off.
You DON'T give these perps a "cooling-down" period, because that becomes a HEATING-UP period and gives them a chance to regroup. It's Tactical Basics 101, people.
 James Q. WIlson had this spot-on as well, and you all remember him, right?
(yeah, he's the Broken Window Theory guy...who was CORRECT beyond belief)
*** Last back to the barn...we ALL have a lot to be thankful for, and it doesn't take all that much to realize it.
BINGO...!
Okay, so we don't have the biggest house, newest car, most expensive big screen TV, or perhaps don't always get the best cut of meat at the grocery...but we're doing all right, not in spite of those things, but because of those things.
Many of us are thankful to be alive, be in rather good health, have relatively few (and manageable) debts, if any at all, and enjoy this journey called LIFE.
And why is that?
Maybe, it's due to a better sense of self...a good upbringing, lessons learned, proper priorities, and a deeper acknowledgment of what words like MORALITY and CIVILITY mean.
That's gotta be it, because if you DON'T have those, you're probably incarcerated or soon-to-be.
Never met anyone yet that did adhere to values and principles passed down by moral people who was a total chronic jerk.
That just doesn't happen.
And yet, we have people who have NO sense of right from wrong...and the worst part is that:
A) They aren't aware of it.
B) They are and still couldn't give a rat's ass.
Something wrong there, hmm?
Maybe if more people took some time (from their meaningless lives of crime and deceit) and saw what they already have including the opportunity to become better people if ONLY they would apply themselves a little bit, we wouldn't have places like Ferguson...or a SE side bus stop.
Try it...you'll like it.
And maybe if these same people realized they are part of a bigger picture that is NOT centered around themselves, there would be a lot fewer problems in the world.
Sooner or later, everyone gets to THAT point in life - time to make some decisions, and hopefully GOOD ones.
We can always hope...and be thankful for what WE have and for who WE are.
Do have yourselves a blessed Thanksgiving...and I'll see you all on the "flip side".
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

25 November 2014

Torpor-less Tuesday...
If you've been following the news for the last 24 hours, you know the title of this post to be VERY true.
More about that (and other things) in a moment.
Our Hoosierland weather has us with vastly lower temps than we enjoyed over the last few days, with highs topping out today around the freezing mark.
Looks to be a mostly cloudy day as well, but on the "up" side, those nasty WINDS we had yesterday have abated.
I know...not THAT much of an "up", was it?
You take what 'ya can get these days, right?
Now go have yourselves a nice hot cup of your beverage of choice (hazelnut coffee for me, thanks), and let's get this show on the road.
*** First up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob? feature:
November 25 - 
Today is the REAL PARFAIT DAY...sorry, I placed this back on the 23rd.
Eat 'em if 'ya got 'em!
My bad, but if you already had a parfait this past Sunday...you can have another...I wont tell.
And that's all she wrote on that one.
*** Next is our salute (?) to ALL those "shots fired" calls in Fort Wayne aka "signal 113" in the past week.
Here we go again...
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NOVEMBER 17
(none)
NOVEMBER 18
14F150077 15:34:06 58 SHOOTING 4400 CHAMPLAIN DR
NOVEMBER 19
14F150254 04:08:47 113 SHOTS FIRED 1800 LUMBARD ST & NEW HAVEN AVE
14F150292 08:25:47 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 COLISEUM BLVD S
14F150504 14:25:31 113 SHOTS FIRED 5600 FOXCROSS CT
14F150521 15:12:46 113 SHOTS FIRED 10500 UNCAS TRL
NOVEMBER 20
14F151043 19:39:51 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 BARR ST S
NOVEMBER 21
14F151139 03:14:20 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 RUDISILL BLVD E
NOVEMBER 22
14F151696 00:59:53 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 MCKINNIE AVE
14F151705 01:32:35 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 LAFAYETTE ST S & WALLACE ST E
14F151706 01:34:12 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 COLUMBIA AVE
14F151711 01:38:14 113 SHOTS FIRED 600 SPRING ST
14F151989 17:48:02 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 MCKINNIE AVE & OLIVER ST
14F152042 20:20:40 113 SHOTS FIRED 3300 ROBINWOOD DR & DREXEL AVE
14F152048 20:37:36 113 SHOTS FIRED 2500 BARR ST S
14F152049 20:38:08 113 SHOTS FIRED 1500 BERRY ST E
14F152064 21:31:25 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 WASHINGTON BLVD E
14F152073 21:49:56 113 SHOTS FIRED 6000 BUNT DR
14F151721 01:59:14 58 SHOOTING 4100 HANNA ST S & MILTON ST
NOVEMBER 23
14F152135 00:04:00 113 SHOTS FIRED 1800 SPRING ST
14F152209 02:57:23 113 SHOTS FIRED 1600 HINTON DR
14F152210 02:59:33 113 SHOTS FIRED 5000 ST JOE RD & CANTERBURY BLVD
14F152214 03:19:46 113 SHOTS FIRED 1600 HINTON DR
14F152226 05:35:57 113 SHOTS FIRED 3600 LAFAYETTE ST S
14F152417 17:40:47 113 SHOTS FIRED 4100 TILLMAN RD E
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Granted the week started OUT slow, and you can easily see that the WEATHER figures into this (too damn bitchin' cold to go and nuy mo ammo, dawg), but as the week wore on, the number of incidents jumped MARKEDLY, and you can rest assured that the majority of calls occurred on the...(...all together, gang...)...SOUTHEAST side of town.
You're all in good voice today.
Moving on...
*** An armed robbery perp gets caught by citizen tips.
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141124/LOCAL/311249914/1002/LOCAL
Magellan (what the hell is he, a freaking EXPLORER?) Princeton (a college he will NEVER attend) Steward (of what? Other people's stuff?), age 21 was busted by the FWPD on charges related to several armed robberies around Fort Wayne.
He was caught on CCTV and citizens came forward with descriptions, which led to the arrest.
His reply when asked about the crimes?
"It's just life"
Really?
Maybe the life YOU lead, pal...and maybe that's why so many of YOUR peers are behind bars, instead of attempting to become more than the pond scum you (and they) already are...ever think of that?
Listen to "The Duke".
Life is not easy, so who the hell are you to think otherwise and take advantage of people who ARE working their way through it?
Whatta loser...probably be out way too soon to start anew..
*** And now we come to the center of this shrubbery maze...a town called FERGUSON.
The indictment against officer Darren Wilson did not yield the "result" that those who wanted their "pound of flesh" desired.
This is NOT the answer...
Here's the story link from FOX (with live feed):
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/25/ferguson-grand-jury-decision/
As could be predicted (from knowing the way people act...or rather REACT), whatever protest that began in a civil manner, devolved into a scene which only could be described as a damn war-zone.
It speaks volumes about the "low-information" crowd that in many cases didn't even know what has been going on, but USED this event to cause chaos and anarchy.
And it wasn't only in Ferguson.
80 arrests and 25 businesses destroyed (so far).
Around 90 other cities had protests following the decision by the grand jury.
Philadelphia, Oakland, NYC, L.A....all the places one could expect whenever the need arises for "something to do".
Now, I have my take on all this, and see what you might agree with.
1)  The way events played out followed a "pattern"...first, you had protests.
2)  Then you had taunting of the police, which escalated to tossing rocks and bottles.
3)  Police responded with OC gas and smoke.
4)  Protesters became more agitated and began to riot.
5)  Destruction of property then ensued, with a police cruiser torched, and businesses nearby vandalized.
6)  Looting followed after that, with booze being the #1 choice, along with cell phones, and auto parts...as if ANY of these items have a single thing to DO with the grand jury's decision.
7)  After the looting came ARSON...most likely to destroy any evidence that could be collected from the looted businesses tying it to the vandals.
8) When firefighters arrived on scene to put out the fires, gunshots rang out (not from police), and this can be taken to ward off the firemen so the blazes can engulf the properties completely
Yep, this is America.
This is a pattern that is repeated with damn near every event such as the one in Fergison last night.
The gunshots reminded me of a "typical" New Years in OUR part of Fort Wayne s ghettohood...only WE never seem to get the police out in force to quell the gunfire. Hell, I don't even police pulling over people with no license plate bulbs...or headlights.
In Ferguson, I did notice the police not going after those doing the shooting, and the LEOs had some MRAPS on scene - those "Bearcat" armored vehicles that the DHS bought several THOUSAND of a while back.
Wonder why not?
They are both bullet and bomb resistant.
This demonstration of depravity of the human species is not as much about black-on-white as it is black-on-BLUE.
This inherent and incessant disdain for those who CHOOSE to patrol our streets (well, not maybe MY street as much as they used to) and place themselves in harm's way to ensure safety for EVERYONE has got to cease.
The police aren't there JUST when "you" have your (good) boy gunned down by another drug dealer.
We hear only about police acting inappropriately and never all the good they do.
And whenever a white officer so much as LOOKS at a minority, it's taken as some sort of disrespectful affront.
This also applies to any black officer, but not AS much, because of the racial component.
It's little wonder you have so few minorities on police forces across the nation, which (to some) doesn't "reflect the community" as it should. Many minorities don't even want to be bothered with their own kind who pursue lives of crime, and who can blame them?
Again, it's the "entitlement mentality" that seems to be more in control here, and by that I mean THEY are the ones causing the riots, the looting, the arson. and everything else that is bad concerning such events as we see in Ferguson.
There is the FIRST AMENDMENT, and then there is FEELING ENTITLED - don't ever confuse the two, like these mooks.
*** Last back to the precinct house...humans are capable of a great many things...
Some are very good, while others...well, we see what can happen when evil comes to play.
I've believed  for decades that we could see another form of "civil war" in America, and I prayed that I would always be wrong in that regard. This war would again be about ideologies, but of a much different sort.
It would not be about slavery as it was back in the 19th century, but rather another form of slavery - people becoming slaves to the race-baiters in this country. Tell the people something, and tell them often enough and loud enough...and they will start to believe it.
(that's Sharpton, Jackson, et all in a nutshell)
It's easier to FOLLOW than to LEAD, mainly because any form of leadership has irrefutable responsibilities that come with it, and that is too close to "work" for some people.
Now, toss in some "freebies" along the way, make those people FEEL entitled, and they will become quite malleable.
The shot heard around the world - 1775
It makes me wonder if Ferguson, MO could be the equivalent of Concord, Mass around 1775.
Both then and now represented forms of revolution, but in 1775, it was to rail AGAINST TYRANNY...not CREATE it.
And that is the major difference between the two.
Those in the minority communities who believe these riots wrong should speak up...and a lot louder than the race-baiters.
We once fought a war to break free of tyrannical rule...and won.
We fought another war to free men from slavery...and won.
And these wars were on our OWN soil.
We fought other wars around the world to allow other people the right to freedom and liberty, and to stop the spread of various ideologies that were counter-productive to the human condition...and we won those.
Let's NOT start a conflict that will so divide this country beyond repair, because Abraham Lincoln was right when it comes to division of this country.
A nation divided against itself cannot stand.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.