|HAL, don't you DARE sing that dumb "Daisy" song!!|
It IS another fine AND (very) frosty day here in the Hoosierland, but it could always be worse...like out in my former stomping grounds on the east coast, where they got dumped on with over a FOOT of snow in Philly.
I guess I'll take an inch or two any day under those conditions.
|It's DAMN cold out there!|
So bundle up if going outside, take your time if either on foot OR behind the wheel.
Remember that your destination ain't goin' anyplace and will STILL be there if you arrive a few minutes later than you planned.
Now, go pour yourself another piping hot cup of whatever is your choosing this AM, and let's get busy seeing what has transpired in the last 24 hours.
*** First out of the Klondike today is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Winter is on my head, but eternal Spring is in my heart."
Isn't that a nice albeit early segue into next month's Valentine's Day?
So, Who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile back in the library stacks...
*** Yes friends, we are off and running when it comes to more shootings on the SE side of Ft. Wayne...AGAIN...for ANOTHER year.
Here's the story link (so far):
This happened last night around 2215 hrs. in an alley behind a house at 2309 S. Hanna St.
Police were called to scene and found a 3 year old suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
A family was loading their vehicle to leave the area when a shot rang out.
The girl started screaming and the family called 911.
Officers canvassed the area, asking neighbors if they heard or saw anything.
No weapon was found in the immediate area.
FWPD if they know anything about this.
(seems our new public safety director and police chief are making a real difference so far...)
*** Yes, we DID break the record for homicides last year (45 total), as I mentioned in yesterday's post,
And here's a story from WANE about all those involved:
While I would LOVE to see the numbers decline into obscurity, I don't believe that will happen any time soon, and especially NOT down here in the crotch of Ft. Wayne..
But if this alone isn't enough to make you shake your head, try THIS story on for size:
This publication clearly shows the demographics for arrest and incarceration
The link has a free PDF file you can download to see ALL the numbers for yourself.
It's some interesting facts, and I see two ways of viewing this.
|And this is supposed to be "cute"...WHY, exactly???|
2) We are unjustly arresting and imprisoning ethnics for no good reason and we need to be more "equal" with handling suspicious behavior in crime as it occurs.
Is that like "redistributing justice"?
I would tend to go with number one here, only because I grew up with black friends, and they were so much better than the blacks that moved all around us today...it's from experience that I make such a claim.
You COULD also refer to THIS story:
Yes, there are SIX ways for a single mother to raise a sorry black man...
I don't make this stuff up.
|Yeah, he be looking REAL "sorry"...|
(and raising sorry daughters is close behind)
But, if that STILL isn't enough...that a look at THIS story:
Yep, believe it or else...facts are facts.
SOME crims might be "honing" their craft when it comes to firearms...they are PRACTICING.
This comes from a 2006 FBI study that looked at criminals and the officers who arrest them.
FORMAL firearms training.
-- Over 80% regularly practiced with firearms ( up to 23 sessions per year).
-- More than 40% had at least ONE gunfight experience.
-- And 25% had been involved in MORE than FIVE gunfights.
And to think this study is already EIGHT years old...!
Those are some SOBERING stats, even if you're a law-abiding gun owner...and YOU practice.
Other facts mentioned in this study were:
(And do bear in mind the specific areas and ethnicities to which these can easily apply)
|Oh, THIS one got a REAL early start!|
-- They are more willing and able to use FORCE, including DEADLY force.
-- Most are younger and less educated, but obviously have "street smarts" from their experiences (especially what they learn in jail from other offenders)
-- Gang members lean toward violent "values" at an early age, and such values are regularly enforced.
-- The goal for gang members is to achieve STATUS and "respect" from their peers, which comes from creating fear through repeated acts of physical violence.
-- Their behavior is not constrained by social, legal, or ETHICAL consideration.
|Bangers...with things that go BANG.|
With such a small percentage of minorities causing SO much havoc to ALL other races, one would think it would be easier to keep such vermin at bay.
You can download the entire report from a link within this story.
And...you can decide about HOW prepared you might be, in case crime ever comes calling.
*** Lastly today, it never hurts to be prepared, but to be able to prep oneself for EVERY event or contingency would take a bit more than one lifetime.
What we, as law-abiding, hard-working, tax-paying, God-fearing, gun-toting people need to realize is that there ARE forces out there with nothing but evil intent on their minds and in their hearts.
These are the ones you could never change, no matter what program is created or how much money is tossed at it (or them).
I am always stating that we need to BE AWARE...to PAY ATTENTION...to make GOOD choices and as often as possible.
But most importantly, we should take every situation as it comes, and one-at-a-time.
A solution to ONE problem will rarely become a "one size fits all" cure for everything coming down the pike, and we need to remember that.
We ADAPT to the situation, find several methods of resolving it, and then act upon our choices.
|NO brag...just fact.|
And as far as luck goes...let's reserve that for lottery drawings and other games of chance.
Hoping for the best while expecting the worst is not a sign of cynicism...just a sign of being better prepared.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Stay SAFE out there, America.