The Hoosierland weather sees us with a nice warm-up, with temps today rising into the 40s...even hear there's some fog about.
Not down where WE live, unless you count the fog of life these idiots stumble around in...lol.
And with that said, let's say the cards are sent, the gifts are purchased (because Santa has his helpers), and all that remains are cookies to be made and presents to be wrapped...then, we wait...
|Some of Santa's REAL helpers|
*** First out of the gate today, is yet ANOTHER plan to reduce truancy in our schools.
And here's the story link
|They do it RIGHT in England!|
That's the way it USED to be done...and THAT worked, although I never took part in THAT program.
But now, we're playing some sort of "matching game"...where's game show host Gene Rayburn when you need him?
Most of these kids COULD use something like what we HAD...as in matching the "board" of education to their "seat" of knowledge.
One Allen County councilman thinks mentors could make all the difference in the life of a child.
Funny, when I was growing up, my closest mentors could be found under MY OWN ROOF...as in PARENTS.
How far we've devolved when it comes to FAMILY these days, hmm?
Gee, I guess that MUST be true then...that traditional FAMILIES have fallen by the wayside in too many instances.
And what is a MAJOR contributor to criminal behavior???
Answer: A broken or otherwise dysfunctional family life...well, there 'ya go then.
Amazing how many times people try and REINVENT the damn WHEEL in our society.
|NOT the best way...|
So now, we're going to match at risk kids with these trained mentors, who are total strangers.
How cool is that?
More government intrusion...designed to program your kids...when all YOU had to do was parent them properly.
Orwell must have been some sort of prophet.
*** Next up, is a comedic piece (at least I thought it was) in today's J-G editorial page.
And here's the link:
What immediately caught MY eye was ONE word used in the tagline - PROGRESSIVE.
So, Garry Hamilton will be a "progressive" (and proper) Police Chief?
BOTH men took this nation for a social and fiscal "ride"
Both of them "fundamentally transformed" this nation, instituting much larger government and programs "designed" to help...which at first they did, but later became an albatross around this nation's neck, remaining there ever since.
|We really mean it this time.|
For example, where are any commendations Hamilton has received for being "such a GOOD asset:" to the department???
Where are all the GREAT decisions HE has made when in a command position...and has he really EVER BEEN IN a command position?
Did he ever draw any REPRIMANDS, and what for?
|And we get MORE broken windows|
So, you'll forgive me when I see the word "progressive" in reference to Hamilton, because to me, all that means is that he's in lockstep with the admins and former chief York...so no rocking any boats or stirring any pots in the future.
*** Next, I watched Scrooge: A Christmas Carol on TCM last night, and it was the 1951 Alistair Sim version, made in the U.K., which many feel is perhaps the best portrayal of Dickens character.
BOTH feet (and every other appendage).
Now, you know there is always that last minute gift idea for the hard to buy for person in everyone's life...
Well, I've uncovered a few that I believe will make your presence (or is that "presents"?) known to ANY recipient
-- Now who doesn't REALLY need something like a shiny .50 caliber bullet BOTTLE OPENER, hmm?
(not too many, I can tell you)
ANY anti-gun rallies, right?
-- Then, there's the 2014 Comically Incorrect calendar...just for that special LIBERAL friend of yours.
THAT on the wall of your favorite PROGRESSIVE...or police chief.
-- We also have the officially licensed (by the Diane Feinstein Center for Firearm Control and Seizure) GUN CLEANING HAT.
And, it makes a great gift for that idiot family member you'd love to see NOT drop by during the holidays...like Cousin Eddie.
-- Then, we have the silicone GUN ICE MOLD...for when you just HAVE to chill out with a firearm in your favorite beverage.
TSA and FAA, too.
Kinda puts Dillinger's shoe polish covered "soap gun" to shame, doesn't it?
-- And last, we have a mouse-pad that EVERY gun lover wants...
KNOW you need this in YOUR house, right alongside the computer of yours.
Now, if only they had a gun-shaped camera, they could call THAT "the original point and SHOOT device"
Just a thought.
*** Lastly today, it's fun to make light around Christmas...this time of year SHOULD be one of JOY, and that usually entails some level of merry-making, doesn't it?
And, the act of being charitable to others, with no thought of recompense, WILL leave us with a lighter heart, even if it lightens our wallet or purse.
Acts of random kindness DO make the season bright, for BOTH parties involved...that's a fact.
Choose your charities wisely, as well. They say that charity begins in the home, and if that's all you can afford, even that will not go unnoticed, or under-appreciated.
We all can't peel off Franklins like there's no tomorrow, but we can do what we can, to whoever is in the greatest or most immediate need.
And what we, as givers of such can come away with, is a better sense of helping others, as well as finding out a bit more about OURSELVES.
We ARE a nation of giving people, when it's pursued in the proper light for the proper reason, and we can thank our Creator for making that possible.
DO have yourselves a great weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.