Yes, Virginia, there were a few things that caught my interest enough to bloviate about this past weekend (you honestly thought OTHERWISE? Shame on you).
--First up, President Bush had a pair of shoes tossed at him while he was speaking in Baghdad. Oh, the MSM hacks are going to love this.
While the protester definitely showed his "love for this infidel", the inappropriateness alone speaks volumes to the degradation of the value system of the human race as a whole.
Fortunately, he missed the President (candy arm).
I've said this often enough; Doesn't matter what you might think of the MAN, it's the OFFICE which should hold the respect of others.
There's been a few things I was diametrically opposed with President Bush over, but he is STILL "THE" President of MY United States, and deserves the respect that the office demands as a head of state and world leader. He's no fascist dictator hell-bent on world domination, and espouses many values that this nation was founded upon, unlike a Hitler, or a Mussolini, or a Saddam Hussein.
Ease up, people. You want to protest, do it in a proper manner, and one which doesn't reflect negatively on your nation AND your people.
--Next, we hear that CRIME across our beloved state has gone DOWN...
(Now, for the facts)
VIOLENT crime HAS gone UP (big surprise).
So, in other words, the "small $hit" has gravitated to the realm of the "BIG $hit".
Our FWPD chief has stated that crime has RISEN close to 5% right HERE, in "River City" (with a capital "C", and that rhymes with "P", and that stands for pissed off citizens...or they SHOULD be).
--The FWPD also has a a new PBA president, Shane Hopkins, a 13 year vet of the department.
His main thrust will be to target the low morale the officers have.
With the way the laws are constructed today, and the plethora of loopholes perps can wriggle through, it's a challenge worthy of the Labors of Hercules. Hopkins also hopes to have better communication between the rank & file and the administration, which has been an issue over the last few years. He wants to have each shift fairly represented with more union stewards, as well as gathering every officer's email address to keep them all updated on meetings and PBA news.
And with contract negotiations also underway, Hopkins hopes to alleviate any stonewalling, saying that equitable solutions can be found if everyone goes about it the right way.
Good luck, Shane.
--And speaking of the law and it's pertinence...
Frank Gray had an article in yesterday's paper over this new "light" addition to the noise ordinance.
Here's the link to the entire story:
While he cites the City Council's "governance by pet peeve", he makes a case that people often complain for no good reason.
He says: "Some people don't like those (loud bass) speakers because when a car with a woofer system drives past their house, they get rocked by the beat - for about TEN seconds".
Frank, I truly WISH it were AS EASY as all that, but you don't get it at all.
If it were ONLY as simplistic as having a handful of those acoustically-challenged morons thumping past each DAY, that would be a lot more tolerable.
But when you hear them coming past damn near every FIFTEEN MINUTES over the course of several HOURS on ANY given day (holidays and Sundays not excluded), you tend to become a lot more sensitive to the din. Not to mention the regular sleep deprivation, thanks to some form of "cultural entitlement".
Try dealing with several THOUSAND occurrences EVERY year past YOUR house, Frank, and then we'll see if you feel a complaint to have this ordinance ENFORCED with some zeal isn't warranted, OK?
But that's just the BOOMCARS, Frank. You didn't EVEN get into the ordinance which PROHIBITS firing a weapon for "entertainment" purposes within the city limits (like what will occur in MY neighborhood this New Year's Eve as it HAS been for the last DECADE).
Seems THAT law should be enforceable as well, but year after year, I practically BEG the FWPD to have a car in OUR area JUST to catch these "shooters"...and nothing. Luckily, the house wasn't hit, but that can change this year...or practically ANY day as well.
Okay, so I'm only ONE person who makes a (damn) good case, and yet like your article says, becomes summarily dismissed or ignored as a potential "chronic complainer". Guess Phil Marx knows all about THAT (right, Phil?), but people like US are only trying to HELP make the city safer for EVERYONE, not just for ourselves.
That's why this "light" ordinance needs to be thrown the hell out.
Light is like sound in that it travels farther than intended, thanks to something I like to call PHYSICS.
Sure, we currently have a noise ordinance which does not allow the playing of a radio/car stereo that can be heard from THIRTY FEET AWAY. Well, Frank, if you can hear the damn moron THREE BLOCKS AWAY, you damn well can hear him at 3 feet...or 30 feet, or even 300 feet.
I can't get the FWPD to target chronic boomcar drivers who ALWAYS play music that can be heard blocks away, let alone 30 feet, so the law is toothless in that regard, UNLESS you want to ambush some of these perps (watch out for the ACLU, who will cite SOME form of racism and NOT target the irresponsible behavior being demonstrated).
Sorry, Frank, but until you spend some quality time down here, you don't "get it".
Life should be a study in responsibility and betterment, not an exercise in survival tactics.
--Lastly, oh, the weather outside is (or could be) frightful, so amend your driving techniques accordingly. We're ooking at falling temps today with rain changing to sleet and snow.
Or, the cold front could miss us, and nothing will happen.
That's what I like about Indiana.
You NEVER know what you're gonna get.
Do stay dry and safe out there.