...And I'll explain why in a minute.
The Heartland weather today will see a day where the temps WILL actually rise ABOVE freezing (by late afternoon and early evening).
How 'bout THEM apples?
It's a pretty good read for someone we never even knew about...until today.
*** Here is the (followup) story to which the TITLE of today's post is based:
THAT is what I call a SPEEDY trial (by his peers)...
I can see light at the end of that long judicial tunnel...finally.
During the trial, these men slouched or NAPPED in courtroom seats.
As Martin was led out, a few in the group called to him, to which Martin replied with repeated chants of ALLAHU AKBAR (God is great)...
Seems like the same phrase uttered before people blow themselves up.
Yes, that IS from Islam.
The deputy prosecutor, Jason Custer is a man worth applauding.
He stated in court the following:
"We're lucky, not because he's (Martin) reckless, but because he's an INCOMPETENT MURDERER". (my emphasis)
Custer told the jury in closing arguments:
"We avoided becoming a community of a mass killing...but just by a hair."
Martin, along with Traneilous Jackson and Alphonso Chappell are members of the M.O.B. street gang.
Guess we DO have a gang problem in Fort Wayne, hmm?
Good for YOU, Sheriff...!
Sentencing phase of the trial is scheduled for next month, I believe.
Maybe someone should check any connection between black islamists and the M.O.B. gang...just a thought.
Hope Dontay likes being the new prison bitch of cell block D...keep them pants saggin,'"brutha"!
*** The King holds court...
Yesterday King Henry addressed vassals and serfs alike throughout the realm, and the message was a bit one-sided.
(as I expected).
Most of the oratory was spent on all the GOOD things he's done to...I mean FOR this city.
Don't get me wrong...Ft. Wayne DOES have some good points.
As I stated yesterday, the ballpark, the Harrison, downtown improvement...most all the things many of us couldn't be that concerned about, because we're up to our hips in crime, the lack of retail, low-income housing around us, and low-information residents who have all day to do nothing at the taxpayers' expense.
NONE of THAT type of thing was mentioned.
The mayor cites the lack of property tax revenue for shortfalls (read challenges) in budgets across the city...
Well, how about this - What about the rising number of government-sponsored RENTALS that took a bite out of that as well, thanks to people moving OUT of the city (the county isn't hurting nearly as bad - as proof). or what about the LACK of retail on the SE side, thanks to the rising crime that shuttered OVER A HUNDRED businesses in the last decade and a half (including a mall)?
How soon "we" forget about THOSE, hmm?
So, the city has to raise the parking meter rates...((rolls eyes))...yeah, that'll overflow the coffers in NO time.
Why is it that any NEW housing developments are in the COUNTY, rather than in the city confines?
Distressed neighborhoods, crime, no stores...ALL of this leads to a devaluation of existing properties...I know...I "live the adventure" (just like REMO WILLIAMS).
Our property tax payments dropped from around $600 a year to WELL UNDER $100. The house is worth LESS than what we paid my wife's parents for it.
Hell, it's damn near twice of the ORIGINAL selling price...from back in the late 1960s...!
And that price was around $12K and change.
Henry stated that both the FWFD and the FWPD are doing a great job...(I would add)...for being two city departments that have a COMBINED shortage of staff numbering close to FIFTY pairs of boots on the ground!
Yeah, that LAST part he DIDN'T mention...wonder why?
You cannot laud the HIGH points of a city, while all but ignoring the LOW points, and any mayor worth his salt would address the good AS WELL AS the bad, and how the city hopes to change that.
That's what a "State of the _____" speech is all about.
Henry DID say that each of us can make a difference, and should.
Hell, I've been TRYING for YEARS...small as it seems, but I'm a believer in what Rev. Smith was quoted as saying (above).
I do WHAT I CAN, no matter how small it might appear.
*** Lastly today, the system DOES work...sometimes, and provisionally-speaking.
Other times, not as well as intended, and certainly NOT with the frequency that it should.
If we carried an analogy over to say...our personal vehicles, we'd be suing the manufacturer for them selling us a damn LEMON.
(and you can only make so much "lemonade" at times)
And, is often the case, we get distracted from that required attention, which leads to some sort of breakdown.
We have to maintain the system, or it WILL fail every one of us.
We need to keep close watch on not JUST the operation of the system, but how WE figure into it's "maintenance".
Each of us is a (sort of) caretaker for the system, and like our cars or even families, we are responsible for it's function in some part.
We just need to be better able to repair it when needed, using the proper tools at our disposal (which could be a simple vote), and not be afraid to get our mitts dirty when we know things need fixing.
And much like our car...the "system" can run like a dream...or become a "hangar queen" (military term)...and it all depends on how it's cared for.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.