30 September 2011

Friday Follies...
Yes, it's another rainy day in Ft. Wayne (light rain, however) and some gusty winds with lower temperatures (damn global warming).
We're at the end of the week, AND the end of the month..nice when it wraps up that way.
And we've got some interesting things to think on today, such as THESE:
*** Seems we've got some fraudulent paycheck writers in our fair city (I guess it's better than more homicides, like the 240 they've had SO FAR this year in Philly), and thanks to the intervention of the police, they have been captured.
Here's the link to the story (from WANE):
http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/crime/police-bust-alleged-payroll-check-scam
Paragon Home Care was the target of the payroll check fraud that's been ongoing since 2007, and was perpetrated by six blacks (say it ain't so).
While NONE of those arrested are employees of the place, someone KNEW the account number for Paragon...perhaps a "friend of the friend of a friend"?
This type of thing is happening with more frequency across the USA, and it makes sense that it would, given the amount of electronic transactions that go on from day-to-day. Easier for the businesses - and easier for the thieves...or so they'd like to think.
Believe it or not, it was more difficult to pull off in days of PAPER (burn the trail) , and a bit harder to catch (tangible evidence).
Today, it's EASIER to pull off, but fortunately easier to catch, because of the detection capabilities of banks and businesses (seems nothing electronic goes away "forever").
And sometimes, all it takes is the sharp eye and inquiring mind of a concerned business owner, like Mr. Thomas Brownlee (of Brownlee's Market in Ft. Wayne) to spot something that just doesn't smell quite right.
Kudos to Mr. Brownlee!
Would that we have MORE people just like him around town.
*** Next up...I grew up around model planes. Dad flew them every chance he got. Everything from a small plastic .049 engined Dauntless dive-bomber to a Supermarine Spitfire with a 6 foot wingspan (like the one pictured - that was a real beauty). These were the old control-line versions...way before the advent of radio-control.
Even mom got into the mix, so it became more a family outing going to watch Dad fly the planes with his buddies on the weekends.
And Dad was a real enthusiast...didn't just go out and BUY a plane...no sir. He BUILT the damn things from the ground up from KITS.
Our back bedroom used to be designated "Dad's hangar", and the smell of balsa wood, glue and airplane dope would fill the air, and that's why Dad would open the window in the middle of WINTER...to let the fumes OUT! Besides, you can't fly in the SNOW...LOL.
I would show some photos of the planes (and a LOT younger *me*, few as those pictures are). Regretfully I don't have the means to transfer to digital photos yet...but some day.
Our uncle Leo (who passed just last year) in Portland was also a model plane buff, and he DID use radio-control. It was a damn shame to see all HIS stuff get sold off. He was a member of the local club down there, and had some really nice aircraft in his basement and garage.
So, I have a somewhat unique perspective when it come to flying models.
And that's why this story bothers me a bit, because it concerns using model aircraft as potential terrorist "weapons":
(this is from the huffington-puffington post - with video)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/model-airplanes-terrorist-weapons_n_988140.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%7C100335
But fear not, because THIS story has a different (and logical) take:
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_19009211
I agree that mastering radio-control (flying) is the big ticket item here.
And these are pretty EXPENSIVE models (ranging from $6000 up to $20,000)!
Not to mention getting the C-4 or RDX needed (for the size explosion you desire) to load them up with, for these are not things you can just nip out to the local Tru-Value or Menards and pick up on a whim.
Most homemade explosives aren't AS STABLE as C-4 or RDX (trust me), and many tend to be liquid in nature, or need a liquid as the catalyst for the reaction.
I agree that the government doesn't need to be watching the hobbyists or enthusiasts.
I know these people, and they're great to be around..the kind of folks you think of when you think of America.
Yet, there are some who would make such a nice hobby into something that would cause undo alarm with the masses.
That's plain wrong (no pun intended).
Considering this would-be terrorist probably got the idea of the model drone from an episode of NCIS (from several years back) doesn't surprise me at all. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, I suppose, but not in this case.
In that episode, an R/C plane was used in much the same manner this jerk would have used it (but was thwarted by Agent Gibbs - score one for the good guys)...end of story.
The monitoring of the EXPLOSIVES is what is really needed. The rest will fall into place to avert disaster.
*** More about the "cursive" aspect to penmanship:
Here's the link to this "revelation":
http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/education/cutting-cursive-could-hurt-children
Now who would EVER have known that cursive writing IS in fact, important to child development?
(raises hand)...I KNEW...and told you so!
Schools these days are trending to having their focus on "electronic" skills...like being able to use a keyboard with some degree of proficiency.
Gee, back in my school days, if you wanted to get "up close and personal" with a keyboard, you took up TYPING CLASS (which was primarily for girls, as they were the ones also taking shorthand and other office skills).
So, how's about we doing something WAY out of the box here, and BRING BACK TYPING CLASSES...for any and all students???
And we can still hang onto cursive writing, so these future workers can be able to SIGN their paychecks with something OTHER THAN A DAMN "X", hmm? Sounds like a win-win to me.
*** Lastly today...it's a far different world THESE days than it was when I was a teen...or younger.
Things that occur with increasing frequency and regularity would be something we'd never even think of...like getting arrested.
We chose to stay AWAY from jail...go figure.
And something called RESPECT...had PLENTY of that going around decades ago, so when exactly did that become less fashionable?
We respected our parents, teachers, relatives,.friends, policemen, store owners, bus drivers...pretty much anyone and everyone (and especially our "elders"...couldn't forget them).
And yes, because of such foibles, we tended towards a higher level of civility that we see nowadays.
Today, it seems there are people whose only purpose in life is to piss off as many OTHER people every day (all day) as possible.
Something definitely wrong there.
I want to think that all (or at least most) of us are BETTER than that, and the majority of us really are.
It's those who are never held accountable and are products of double-standard mania and of the entitlement mentality that need to be brought "up to speed", as it were.
Most of us just live by the Golden Rule, and that works damn well.
What is needed is some "tough love" for those that do not.
This nation still has so much untapped potential, it's not funny.
And to never avail ourselves of it, or allow this nation to achieve what's it's capable of, places us in a very precarious situation, as a people.
We need not tread down that path...for our future's sake.
Have yourselves a fantastic weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay safe out there,America.

29 September 2011

Believe It, Or Else...
Well, it's yet another cloudy, rainy, slightly foggy morning in Fort Wayne town, but that's still fine with me, although I will be needing to cut the lawn soon enough. And it will be getting cooler this weekend (hope the few tomatoes I have on the vines survive).
Been a crap year for tomatoes in our garden...definitely gonna get cherry tomatoes NEXT year. The larger varieties take too damn long to mature.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it's time to reveal the answer to yesterday's quote of "WHO SAID THAT?"
" Patriotism is when love for your own people comes first; nationalism, when the hate for people other than your own comes first."
This was quoted by General Charles DeGaulle in LIFE magazine on 9 May 1969
(thanks for playing)
*** Elsewhere...more robberies on the (...all together, gang...) SOUTHEAST SIDE of Fort Wayne had a happy ending.
Here's the *4-1-1* on the story (which I also got to hear on the radio yesterday):
(( Police nab Fort Wayne robbery suspect
Updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011, 6:53 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011, 6:53 PM EDT
Adam Widener
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne police say they've tracked down the man behind two early morning robberies Wednesday. Authorities think he targeted a couple stores only a mile apart on the southeast side of Fort Wayne.
Police said Kelvin DeWayne Underwood, 43, went into the Dollar General on East Tillman Road around 9:07 a.m. Surveillance video shows the suspect covering his face with his sweatshirt and demanding money at the register.
Underwood allegedly pointed to his pocket, implying that he had a weapon. Authorities say Underwood got away with some money.
Police don’t think the Dollar General was Underwood’s only stop. Authorities said he robbed the CVS on South Anthony Boulevard around 8:58 a.m. The store is only a mile away from the Dollar General. That time Underwood got away with two bottles of vodka.
Surveillance video caught Underwood in several locations around the Dollar General and CVS. Police said that ultimately led to his arrest.
"You know what's interesting about the Dollar General investigation is that we were reviewing the video and he's casing the location," said Raquel Foster with the Fort Wayne Police Department. "He was seen in front of the establishment approaching the doors and he walked away. So maybe he was trying to wait for the right time to go in."
Later Wednesday, police found a truck that matched the one at the crime scene. Officers made the discovery in an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Decatur Road. In the front seat, they noticed a dark-colored knit hat that the suspect was reportedly wearing in surveillance footage.
Officers then saw Underwood behind one of the apartment buildings. He matched their description from surveillance. After a short pursuit, police caught him and arrested him.
Underwood has been charged with a count of theft and robbery.
))
Wow, it was just LAST THURSDAY when I posted about a string of robberies on the (where else?) SE side...now how much do you wanna bet that THAT man is the SAME guy caught yesterday?
Same M.O., and similar vehicle used.
That's pretty decent police work, if you ask me.
One down, and about TOO MANY MORE to go.
But hang on, this boy's got a REALLY long rap sheet going back to 1987.
02D04-8702-IF-004466 Underwood, Kevin D 02/24/1987
Allen Superior Court 5 IF - Infraction
Decided FALSE & FICTITIOUS REG'N
02D04-8808-IF-017786 Underwood, Kelvin 08/19/1988
Allen Superior Court 6 IF - Infraction
Decided VIOL CITY ORD. (FT WAYNE)
02D04-8811-IF-023523 Underwood, Kelvin D 11/01/1988
Allen Superior Court 6 IF - Infraction
Decided IMPROPER HEADLIGHT
02D04-8812-IF-026112 Underwood, Kelvin D 12/06/1988
Allen Superior Court 6 IF - Infraction
Decided EXCEED MAX LAWFUL SPEEDS
02D04-8903-CM-005155 Underwood, Kelvin D 03/10/1989
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
02D04-8903-CM-005847 Underwood, Kelvin D 03/17/1989
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
IMPROPER TAIL LIGHTS
02D04-8910-IF-024386 Underwood, Kelvin D 10/11/1989
Allen Superior Court 4 IF - Infraction
Decided NO OPR'S LIC. WHEN REQ'D
02D04-9002-CM-004065 Underwood, Kelvin D 02/09/1990
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
02D04-9209-CM-022634 Underwood, Kelvin 09/03/1992
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided CHECK DECEPTION
02D04-9412-CF-001088 Underwood, Kelvin D 12/30/1994
Allen Superior Court 6 CF - Criminal Felony
Decided HABITUAL TRAFFIC VIOLATOR
OPERATE VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED
02C01-9506-DF-000078 Underwood, Kelvin Dewayne 06/01/1995
Allen Circuit Court DF - CL D Felony or lesser charge
Decided HABITUAL TRAFFIC VIOLATOR
02D04-0008-CM-006108 Underwood, Kelvin D 08/03/2000
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
NO/IMPROPER REAR LIGHTS
FAILURE WEAR SAFETY BELT
02D04-0106-CM-004380 Underwood, Kelvin D 06/11/2001
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
02D04-0803-CM-001491 Underwood, Kelvin D 03/12/2008
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
FAILURE WEAR SAFETY BELT
02D04-0805-CM-003310 Underwood, Kelvin D 05/22/2008
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided FALSE INFORMING (B)
02D04-0805-IF-009665 Underwood, Kelvin D 05/29/2008
Allen Superior Court 5 IF - Infraction
Decided POSS'N OF PARAPHERNALIA
02D04-0806-CM-003887 Underwood, Kelvin D 06/12/2008
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided PUBLIC INTOXICATION
02D04-1002-CM-000671 560723
560723 Underwood, Kelvin Dewayne 02/02/2010
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
EXPIRED PLATE
02D04-1003-CM-001368 540713 Underwood, Kelvin D 03/05/2010
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
FALSE INFORMING (B)
FAIL SIGNAL TURN 200 FT
02D04-1004-CM-002237 Underwood, Kelvin D 04/16/2010
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
02D04-1005-MC-000914 574426
574426 Underwood, Kelvin D 05/03/2010
Allen Superior Court 6 MC - Miscellaneous Criminal
Decided P.C. ASSISTING A CRIMINAL
OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
02D04-1009-CM-005433 598035 Underwood, Kelvin D 09/02/2010
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided OPERATE WHILE SUSP (MISD)
02D05-1010-FD-001073 Underwood, Kelvin Dewayne 10/22/2010
Allen Superior Court 5 FD - Class D Felony
Decided 35-43-4-2(b)/FD: Receiving Stolen Property
9-24-19-2/MA: Driving While Suspended (Prior w/in 10 years)
02D06-1101-MC-000095 617058
617058 Underwood, Dewayne Kevin 01/12/2011
Allen Superior Court 6 MC - Miscellaneous Criminal (Citation)
Decided 35-43-4-2(a)/FD: Theft
9-24-19-2/MA: Driving While Suspended (Prior w/in 10 years)
02D04-1102-CM-000671 597525
597525 Underwood, Kelvin Dewayne 02/03/2011
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided 9-24-19-2/MA: Driving While Suspended (Prior w/in 10 years)
9-25-8-2(a)(1)/IFA: Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Financial Responsibility
02D04-1102-CM-001159 617058 Underwood, Kelvin Dewayne 02/25/2011
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided 9-24-19-2/MA: Driving While Suspended (Prior w/in 10 years)
02D05-1109-MC-002312 NA UNDERWOOD, KELVIN D 09/08/2011
Allen Superior Court 5 MC - Miscellaneous Criminal (Citation)
Decided 35-43-5-2(b)(4)/FC: Forgery
35-43-5-2(b)(4)/FC: Forgery
35-43-4-2(b)/FD: Receiving Stolen Property
35-43-4-2(b)/FD: Receiving Stolen Property
35-48-4-8.3(a)(1)/FD: Possession of Paraphernalia - Prior
02H01-1109-IF-012249 000024879749
000024879749 UNDERWOOD, KELVIN D 09/12/2011
New Haven City Court IF - Infraction
Pending 9-21-5-2/IFC: Speeding
9-24-19-1/IFA: Driving While Suspended
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((
WHEW...that was exhausting...!))
Now, can someone PLEASE tell me WHY, with all the (chronic) vehicular offenses and NO license for over a DECADE...is this guy STILL behind the wheel of ANY vehicle???
This guy isn't just slipping through the judicial cracks...he's got a damn CHASM going on!
(makes the Grand Canyon look like a crack in the sidewalk)
So now, he'll no doubt get yet ANOTHER "slap on the wrist", proving that the system is marvelously FLAWED, because this boy isn't getting the "hint" about crime...right? Not to mention, he's getting a bit OLD to be doing this...then again, he's known little else (at least for the last 20+ years).
Be nice to turn all that pent-up "energy" into something ...PRODUCTIVE in our society.
And then...there's THIS:
*** This rather humorous story comes from "San Fran"...in the land of fruits & nuts...LOL!
Here's the link to the source article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/27/entertainment/e024325D05.DTL
Now most of you remember the "glam-bands" of the 70s and 80s, right?
Androgynous clothing, BIG hair, and all the rest.
Seems that hip-hop has caught up to those bygone eras (better late than never, hmm?) with a "new" fashion...wearing feminine attire.
(I know it's giving drag-queens & cross dressers some REAL nightmares...Poor RuPaul...lol)
Imagine L'il Wayne sporting a pair of ZEBRA stretch leggings (right below his blatantly-displayed BOXERS)... !
Oh wait, there he IS doing just that!
(dumbass!)
Boy STILL can't figure out WHERE his damn waist is, can he?
Sure, Freddy Mercury, Bowie, Jagger, Tyler, and scores of others from days past wore a lot of skin tight or questionable clothing, but you have to admit, it was a LOT more "tasteful" than what is being passed off today, right?
Cripes, Robert Plant wore pants so tight, you could practically see his junk (musta made hitting some notes a LOT easier, too).
Still, the MUSIC was REALLY GOOD...and has a level of longevity that will not be soon surpassed.
Can't quite say the same for Jay-Z., or P Diddy, or Snoop Dogg (wish these idiots would learn how to f$cking SPELL CORRECTLY).
And, if memory serves, doesn't a LOT of (c)rap music deal with treating women in a misogynistic manner?
So why wear female clothing if you're "dissing the dames"?
Is this another slam against womanhood by these artists?
(could be)
Personally, when it comes to REAL music, I like someone who can SING...and not mouth sing-song rhyming words over a 4-4 back beat.
I prefer to hear people who can PLAY instruments, rather than smack their lips into a damn microphone.
And I like to hear ORCHESTRAL and CHORAL pieces...music that fully demonstrates the ability of the human VOICE or ability to master an instrument.
A full tonal range, as opposed to window-rattling, bass-thumping "Infra sound" (which we'll speak about in an upcoming post).
*** When people settle for a monotonous amalgam of the "same old", that speaks volumes as to where society is heading...and that's too bad.
VARIETY used to be the SPICE OF LIFE...
Today? Not so much.
But while we're hearing more "rote" on the radio-music dials (except for classical, country, and oldies stations), we're actually seeing LESS rote in the classrooms (which used to be a cornerstone of education in years past).
Again, we see another sort of "double-standard" being perpetrated...with our children at the crux of it all.
Well, we could change it...if enough of us decided to.
Some people are attempting to do so, and I say good for them.
Time has come to get this nation squared away proper.
Life becomes too short too soon to be railroaded into something we don;t like...or need.
And life is much too short to be corraling us into little molds...producing cookie-cutter automatons that "go through the motions".
Each of us is UNIQUE, and it's damn time we all conceded that truth, and started to embrace it.
And it's our uniqueness that has fostered some of this nation's BEST minds, inventions, and rules of law.
That should give us all pause to think upon.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.

28 September 2011

Humpday Happenings...
It's feeling a bit like the movie Groundhog Day around here...same weather pattern for the last three mornings, not that it's all that bad (read pretty damn quiet - something rarely found down here in the ghettohood).
Nice to be able to hear oneself THINK for a change (something the section 8 freeloaders have real issues with).
Still, we'll not let the rain soak our spirits, hmm? So...onward and upward.
*** First up, today's "WHO SAID THAT?" quote.
" Patriotism is when love for your own people comes first; nationalism, when the hate for people other than your own comes first."
(hint: 2nd half of the 20th century)
With that dispensed with, let's keep moving...
*** This story, originally posted in the UK Telegraph could be a firm warning to the over-protectiveness of being "politically-correct".
(and I don't subscribe to THAT type of "correctness")
Here's the link to the source article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8786641/Dress-witches-in-pink-and-avoid-white-paper-to-prevent-racism-in-nuseries-expert-says.html
Did you know that a black witch's hat might be considered a "promotion of racism"?
(you may now scream "WTF???")
And those fairies in all the pastel shades might be wearing something more akin to Darth Vader, if some folks get their way...all in the name of "diversity".
Bullsh*t!
Personally, I really LIKE the color BLACK...owned a black car for 26 years...like black clothing, too (only until they make a DARKER COLOR...LOL), and yes, I think NINJAS are COOL! So, I've got no problem with the color of a witch's hat...when it fits the venue.
I guess we'll be seeing the Lone Ranger's (white) hat change color in future DVD releases?
And yes, even white PAPER used in school might be slid aside for more "diverse" colors of paper for the kids...how "quaint".
When I was growing up, INK was black...so was CHARCOAL...and PENCILS. Car & truck tires are BLACK, too, and none of this stuff promotes RACISM...does it?
Now, if a minority of the "black" population tends to commit a greater number of crimes (and that's straight from the DoJ, folks), then I would take that to mean that the COLOR black is still not in question, but perhaps the PEOPLE INVOLVED...
And when they commit those crimes against WHITES in larger numbers, that's still no reason to pull white paper from the classroom...in ANY country.
Good and evil are best sized up the same way you take people...ONE PERSON-AT-A-TIME.
No racism there (unless DUMBASSES are considered a "race" now, which would help me out in decision-making a lot).
So, be careful what's getting shoved into your child's brain these days....
*** Next up...I really liked the (short-lived) sci-fi show FIREFLY...even got me the entire DVD set.
Lots to like about it, aside from some good acting and really great story lines...
But, apparently in Wisconsin, some folks at the University of Wisconsin - Stout don't cotton to the truth in the show, even if it's displayed by a THEATER PROFESSOR, all that much, as demonstrated by THIS story (from the Blaze once again):
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/wis-university-allegedly-takes-down-profs-unacceptable-movie-poster/
Now this sure stomps the hell out of that FIRST AMENDMENT, doesn't it?
I included the poster to show you how "vile" and sinister and disgusting it is....(my tongue is in my cheek, naturally).
Now, I'd take this poster to mean that Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion's character) is speaking plain the truthful here...and is actually demonstrating some FAIRNESS (by not shooting someone in the back, or when they're not expecting it).
Seems plain and simple enough to this transplanted city boy...
I'd be happy to display this poster...thinkin' about getting one NOW.
I think this university might want to reconsider their options here, because it smells like they got a big crop of FASCISM growing up there.
I'm just sayin'...
*** Next up, a tale from my home city of Philadelphia, and it's pretty rough.
I found this at SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER blog (link at left).
And, it does involve a mob-mentality, so be warned.
Here's the source story link:
http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-27/news/30208589_1_white-teens-attackers-angry-mob
And here's the article in it's entirety:
(( Chased home: Mob attacks man in his house
September 27, 2011BY JULIE SHAW

This story was updated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
ABOUT 11 P.M. on Sept. 9, dozens of youths with bats and pipes descended on a tidy residential area of Port Richmond looking for white teens who allegedly had attacked an African-American kid at Stokely Playground a couple of hours earlier.
Two fearful white teens spotted Mark LaVelle on Indiana Avenue near Belgrade Street and asked for help. Suddenly, the mob appeared. LaVelle, who said that he didn't know the two kids, who looked to be 13 or 14, ran with them into his nearby house.
" 'We got you, you white mother-------!' " LaVelle said he heard someone yell in the "mob" of black and Hispanic youths.
Inside his house, LaVelle, 37, called to his wife, Kim, 30, to go to their bedroom with their twin 13-month-old boys, Mark and Mason, and to call police. He also ordered his two other sons, 11 and 17, and his nephew, 7, to stay upstairs.
With the two teens hiding in the house, LaVelle, 5 feet 10, 220 pounds, a well-known sports-league organizer and coach in the community, went outside to try to calm the angry mob.
They were standing on his steps. One shouted, " 'Something's going to happen now!' " LaVelle recalled in an interview Friday at his house. LaVelle got nervous and went back inside, locking his door with a deadbolt.
But the attackers pounded on his front windows and kicked his wooden door so hard, it flew open and some of them entered his house.
"The first guy hits me with a pipe. The second guy knocks me in the face. All I'm hearing is my wife and kids screaming," said LaVelle, who feared that the next time they saw him, he would be in a casket.
He said that he was able to push the attackers out the door, but then a third man - who had a gun - tried to extend his arm. LaVelle grabbed onto the gunman's lower arm and shoulder so he couldn't raise the weapon. Then, police sirens screamed in the neighborhood, and the mob turned and ran.
LaVelle was able to identify three of the people from the melee. He said he did not know if they had been chasing the white teenagers, or if they were just trying to find someone to attack.
Police arrested Bergson Morin, 21, of Rosehill Street near Wyoming Avenue, Feltonville, as the man with the gun. They arrested Enrique Delgado, 32, of Rockland and C streets, Feltonville, as the man who hit LaVelle with the pipe. And they arrested a 17-year-old juvenile as the one who punched LaVelle in the face, giving him a black eye. ))
Even when you DO retreat into your house, these thugs will stop at nothing to satisfy their need for violence...
Now, how much you wanna bet that THIS instance will not be labelled "racially-motivated" ???
I'd like to see it pursued as JUST THAT...because it WAS...plain and simple.
If not for the timely intervention of the PPD, this could have turned out a LOT worse.
And if Mr. LaVelle had a HANDGUN, we'd have a few LESS animals roaming the streets of Philly, seeking to prey on innocent people.
There's a good commentary on this story at THIS blog:
http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/2011/09/27/if-this-guy-doesnt-own-a-gun-after-this/
I agree with the author of the post 100%...after all, I "live the adventure" daily down here in the crotch of Fort Wayne.
I would contend that the POLICE have not "lost control" of the streets (per se), but rather the streets have been given over to the wrong element in the name of diversity and double-standards.
I'm used to hearing people shouting at one another half a block away, and even fighting near the house (when not ON the lawn, that is)...
Funny thing...when we had a predominantly WHITE population down here, we had ZERO such occurrences...wonder why THAT was? Oh, and we had FEWER POLICE CALLS in the area...when this place USED to be a neighborhood, instead of the nicely devolved ghettohood it is today. Wonder why THAT was, too.
Now, I certainly didn't change, and neither did the missus (or even the cats), so what DID really change?
Ahh...musta been the PEOPLE.
And those that moved into all the once white-owned houses have seen fit to display that for which they're best known...namely MAYHEM and CHAOS.
(well, everyone;s gotta have a "hobby", I suppose)
Still, if I should ever find myself in a situation like Mr. LaVelle, I plan to practice about "230 GRAINS OF DIPLOMACY", and anyone familiar with ballistics and ordnance knows EXACTLY what I mean. That's me..."Mr. Urban Renewal"...LOL.
Let's not cross that bridge though, until and unless we come to it, hmm?
All I can say is to be watchful every day...with yourself, your home, vehicle and especially your children.
And remember that thugs such as those need NO reason to act like wild animals...because they simply ARE.
(wish the zoo would take 'em all in...I'd actually pay to go see 'em...behind bars, where they all belong)
In the meantime:
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there America.

27 September 2011

Tuesday Tidbits...
Another nice "soft" day here in Fort Wayne (yeah, raining nicely again, keeping the locals quieter than normal...always a welcome thing), and for a brief time this morning, there was NO radio traffic at all...
Didn't hear of ANY crime...no medics called for "trouble breathing" or anything else, NO vehicular accidents, no stray animals, no fires anywhere...so I'm like "WTF" is going on here?
Did I croak and go to HEAVEN?
(I'm not getting all my memos these days)
Then I realized, that Heaven should look just a bit different than our house...and our street.
I'm just sayin'...
After a fast pulse-check, assuaging my concerns over having passed and not had breakfast (yet - I would like to go on a full stomach), I confirmed that I am STILL among the living.
(unfortunately, that also means that so are most all of our "neighbors"...oh, joy)
Ah, well...it was nice while it lasted...LOL.
And yes, the radio was not off or broke...just a "lull in the excitement", for it wasn't long before I heard the all-too-familiar strains of city-life coming over the air...I should know better. Crime never takes a holiday...nor does stupidity.
Now, hold that thought, because we've got some stories to tell.
*** One of those house fires was not a GREASE fire...but ARSON (who knew?).
Here's the skinny on this:
(( Published: September 27, 2011 3:00 a.m.
Arson charge filed - The Journal Gazette
A man who got angry when he was asked to leave a residence returned and allegedly tried to burn the apartment building down.
Firefighters responded Sept. 20 to a small fire at the apartment complex in the 6400 block of Covington Road, according to court documents. During an investigation, an open gas tank was found in the apartment of David G. Jewell.
Firefighters also found an exterior wall of a nearby apartment burning. One of the apartment’s two occupants told police he saw Jewell splash a liquid on the outside wall and window and then ignite it, court documents said.
Jewell told police he was drinking with two people in the apartment and became angry when he was asked to leave.
He went back to his apartment took a gas can from his closet, exited the living room window, walked about 30 feet through the rear of the apartment complex and splashed gas on the window and side of the apartment and ignited it with his lighter, documents said.
Jewell was charged Monday with arson.
He is being held in the Allen County Lockup in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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And that's the only charge on record for him...damn stupid if you ask me.
This is an instance where "no" meant NO...and he didn't listen.
And got an acute case of that Special kind of Stupid in the process.
(Check WAITING FOR GOD blog for reference to NO meaning NO, if you're wondering)
As usual, there is more...
*** This is a wonderful tale of theft, resisting, and happy endings.
(( Published: September 27, 2011 3:00 a.m.
TV set dropped as suspect bolts - The Journal Gazette
A Fort Wayne man was charged Monday after he tried to run from police when they spotted him walking down Wallace Street carrying a television.
Police saw Qualin A. Starks, 25, on Sept. 20 walking down the street with the 32-inch Samsung TV. When an officer approached, Starks began running with the TV, according to court documents.
Eventually Starks dropped the TV to jump a fence in his attempt to evade officers. He then broke down a locked door and forced his way into an apartment and told the residents to be quiet while Starks barricaded the door, court documents said.
Police later arrested Starks and he admitted to stealing the TV from a residence on Oaklawn Court.
Starks is currently being held without bail at the Allen County Lockup on an unrelated charge.
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And this isn't the FIRST time Qualin has been a guest of the Allen county lockup...(and won't be the last, either):
02D04-0606-MC-001145 Starks, Qualin A 06/07/2006
Allen Superior Court 4 MC - Miscellaneous Criminal
Decided P.C. POSSESSION OF COCAINE
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
02D04-0606-FC-000137 Starks, Qualin A 06/12/2006
Allen Superior Court 5 FC - Class C Felony
Decided POSSESS COCAINE, NARCOTIC DRUG, OR METHAMPHETAMINE
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA HASH OIL OR HASHISH
02D04-0606-CM-004345 Starks, Qualin A 06/26/2006
Allen Superior Court 4 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided NEVER RECEIVE LICENSE
02D04-0802-CM-000954 Starks, Qualin A 02/19/2008
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Decided FALSE INFORMING (B)
PUBLIC INTOXICATION
RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
02D06-1103-CM-001850 NA STARKS, QUALIN A 03/29/2011
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Pending 35-42-2-1.3(a)/MA: Domestic Battery
02D06-1108-CM-004794 NA
STARKS, QUALIN A 08/11/2011
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
Pending 35-43-2-2(a)(1)/MA: Criminal Trespass
35-46-1-15.1(6)/MA: Invasion of Privacy - Viol No Contact Order As Condition Of Probation
35-42-2-1(a)/MB: Battery
02D05-1109-MC-002418 NA
STARKS, QUALIN A 09/21/2011
Allen Superior Court 5 MC - Miscellaneous Criminal (Citation)
Decided 35-43-2-1(B)(i)/FB: Burglary - Break And Enter Dwelling Of Another Person
35-43-4-2(a)/FD: Theft
35-44-3-3(a)(3)/MA: Resisting Law Enforcement
35-43-2-2(a)(1)/MA: Criminal Trespass
02D05-1109-FD-001283 Starks, Qualin A 09/26/2011
Allen Superior Court 5 FD - Class D Felony
Pending 35-43-4-2(a)/FD: Theft
35-43-2-1.5/FD: Residential Entry
35-44-3-3(a)(3)/MA: Resisting Law Enforcement
--And he was "involved" in a double shooting up at IPFW back in 2009. Here's the link to the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090101/LOCAL07/901010334/1043/LOCAL07
Also, Qualin has been pretty busy MOVING around our fair city since 2006:
Starks, Qualin A
4006 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
STARKS, QUALIN A
2714 MANFORD ST Fort Wayne, IN 46806
STARKS, QUALIN A
6008 TURTLE CREEK DR
Fort Wayne, IN 46816
Other Agency Numbers
378353 Protection Order Registry
Starks, Qualin A
357 French Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Other Agency Numbers
139977 Fort Wayne Police Department, 88955 Allen County Sheriff's Department
Starks, Qualin A
3714 South Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Starks, Qualin A
Lagrante County Jail
0875 S Sr 9
Lagrange, IN 46761
Other Agency Numbers
139977 Fort Wayne Police Department, 88955 Allen County Sheriff's Department
Starks, Qualin A
3714 Southwayne Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Other Agency Numbers
139977 Fort Wayne Police Department, 88955 Allen County Sheriff's Department
Yes sir...nothing like a "hard-working" individual, life of the party, always joking...a good boy, never harm anyone.
Pretty good pile of bullshit he's got going on, isn't it?
We'll have to see if HIS revolving cell door is working properly...wouldn't want the "Goons" (affiliated gang) to get lonely without him, would we?
*** And lastly today, we wonder often about crime and the root causes of it, right?
We see shows, read the news, see the police in action...all the while we're told that crime is going DOWN.
So WHY are we seeing more of it?
Can we attribute it to the 24/7 news stations?
Perhaps, but suppose crime is not REALLY going down, but just that the number of crimes REPORTED is going down instead?
Well, that changes the whole game now, doesn't it?
If the criminal element can more easily intimidate others into NOT reporting crimes, then you DO have fewer crimes...of a sort.
The obvious crimes are just that...caught on camera, businesses robbed...stuff that makes the news.
We're always aware of those.
But what about the rape victim that is threatened within an inch of her life, and so never reports the crime?
And others who would just run away from crime, even when it hits home (burglaries, robberies, etc)?
We've seen the result...flight to the "burbs".
Guess what? The burbs are infested with the same human refuse NOW.
And we've only so many mountain tops to run to.
Our best recourse is to STAND OUR GROUND.
This was OUR neighborhood, or OUR city LONG before it became the domain of the common criminal.
But, it takes dedication...it takes vigilance, and it takes courage to wrest an area back from the edge of the cliff of apathy.
Above all, it takes an involved populace AND city to make it all happen.
You can honestly lower crime rates, but that thin blue line can't do it all alone.
Commitment is needed by the PEOPLE, who have a vested interest in their families and neighborhoods.
Anything less by anyone is fruitless, and will yield little if nothing.
Just something to think about.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there America.

26 September 2011

Monday Musings...
A nice rainy start to another fantastic week...(yeah, I'm being REAL optimistic here...can'cha tell?), and before we jusp into the mix, I have to apologize for being so damn lax.
Last Wednesday, I posted a quote "If you want anything done well, do it yourself", and totally forgot to post the answer on Thursday (not that my door had to be replaced from being beat down over this)
Well, the wait is over, and you can all soon go back to bed...LOL.
This quote was originally attributed to the Duke of Wellington (and quoted in William Fraser, Words on Wellington, 1889)
So there...better late than never, hmm?
Now, having dispensed with all the preliminaries, let's move on to the main event(s)...
*** Now what was I saying the other day about people, stoves, unattended grease, house fires, and that special kind of stupid?
Seems there are more of them out there than one would imagine, as evidence by THIS:
(( Published: September 26, 2011 3:00 a.m.
City crew contends with kitchen fire - Archie Ingersoll The Journal Gazette
About 3:30 p.m., a fire was reported at 6505 Hill Rise Drive, near Getz and Covington roads. A person inside was able to evacuate the one-story home without help.
Firefighters rescued a dog from the blaze.
The cause of that fire remains under investigation.
The fire resulted in moderate damage, and was brought under control within about five minutes, the department said.
No injuries were reported at the scene.
* * * * *
Unattended grease starts kitchen fire
Updated: Sunday, 25 Sep 2011, 7:25 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 25 Sep 2011, 8:09 AM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fire investigators said grease left on a working stove caused fire in a home at 4202 Plaza Drive Sunday morning.
According to the Fort Wayne Fire Department, when crews arrived at the house around 6 a.m., they found smoke coming from the front of the house.
Fire was found in the kitchen area, but was quickly extinguished and under control within six minutes of crews arriving.
Patricia Gray was inside the home at the time of the fire, but she was able to get out unharmed.After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters determined the cause was unattended grease left cooking on a stove.
FWFD said the home was moderately damaged by the smoke and fire.
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Yepper...nice to know that folks know HOW to run a kitchen...NOT!
Two house decently trashed by people with little if any knowledge of procedures in and around stoves...amazing.
Where do they FIND these idiots?
Grease doesn't cause fire on it's OWN...it (also) needs a little "help".
And it would appear we have folks more than willing to oblige.
Your tax dollars hard at work, no doubt.
*** This next story makes me wonder about a lot of things.
It's rather lengthy, so here's the link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110926/FEAT/309269964/1011/FEAT
The story speaks to what AGE children should get their FIRST CELL PHONE...
(( *rolls eyes* ))
Whatever happened to a child's first BICYCLE? Dollhouse? Roller skates?
Cripes, I didn't have my "own" TV set (old B&W portable) in my room until I was in HIGH SCHOOL, and that was only to be viewed AFTER the homework was done...NOT before.
Got my first car when I reached the ripe OLD age of 22 (didn't have need of one before that)
Now, there's lots of reasons kids SHOULD have a cell, but more often than not, it's abused in some manner.
These phones make it easy to call the police if someone tries to abduct a child.
But when people (and kids) start using these as some constant interactive "lifeline" to mingle and otherwise detract from actual interpersonal activities, that sets them at a more distant place when it comes to such skills.
NO ONE needs to be "on the phone" all the damn time...doesn't matter if you're actually calling another person, texting, tweeting...whatever.
People are becoming more attached to the technology and more unattached to each other...face-to-face.
Look at the rise in cyber-bullying. People don't even have the cajones to bully one another toe-to-toe.
We've all but traded one form of "duck and cover" for another (hiding behind the cell phone).
There's another aspect, and that's the ability to "track" your child.
That can be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on what the child is up to.
It's also a good way for OTHERS to track the phone (or child)...
Personally, I think it's a REAL intrusion to have "black boxes" in cars that can track your movements (Onstar can do this with any so-equipped vehicle, even IF you are NOT on the "plan"....nice, huh?), so having someone (other than myself) being able to track MY kids (or even my movements) is something I'm not wanting to entertain at this time.
The article is pretty good, and speaks to age-related aspects to cell phone use (and possible abuse).
The argument of responsibility isn't really addressed, and that's where this article comes up a tad short (imho).
Well, I suppose if kids can come to school soused out the ass, or high as a kite, or toting a gun, or even having sex with a classmate,. it's fine and dandy to have a cell phone (to record these "foibles" and later post 'em all to Youtube)...
Makes you wonder about this technology...at least it should.
*** Lastly today, we see once again that making some really piss-poor decisions can often have dire consequences...like the grease/stove/fire thing.
And deciding at what age to hand over a cell phone (and all the responsibility that comes with it) to a child is becoming more the norm.
The ages for that is getting younger (just like the alcohol, the and the sexual "adventures"), so where does it all stop?
When do we decide is the right "age" to allow things that used to be solely the realm of adults into a child's hand?
I guess we'll be lowering the driving age soon? Are kids really growing up THAT much sooner...or are we (with help from the government) "forcing" them to do so instead?
To deny a child their own childhood, is to remove a huge part of the formative years of their lives.
I just think we need to tread very lightly here...and with great caution.
ALL of our futures depend on rational thinking...and not knee-jerk reaction to making choices.
We need to make the best choices we can...for all involved.
And I believe that's a good a start as any in today's world.
Have yourselves a great week.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.