But that's going to change for a few days.
The Hoosierland weather today will find us with a high of around FORTY DEGREES.
Now THAT will cause some melting...at long last.
(and be sure to bring out the "boomcar boyz")
So, let's top off that warm morning cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, and see what's been going on.
*** First out of the icicle factory today is this story that follows on the heels of the part of my post yesterday that referred to communication...and how we're losing to ability to do so effectively.
Here's the story link:
And an article by Kevin Leininger of the News-Sentinel:
|Be better if PRISONERS were doing this.|
Now, at THIS point in time, it pretty much is a case of trying to fix the gate after the horses have all gotten away, but that's what we come to expect from downtown these days.
|Get off the damn phone and get your asses on the sidewalks|
|Just frigging RETIRE already!|
They agreed there's not much they CAN do to clear the streets (how about clearing off the sidewalks on the BRIDGES in the city that YOU people own and maintain?), but there is something that can be done better when it comes to sidewalks of residences and businesses...they just figure out what the HELL that is, can they? They don't want to levy FINES (that is part of the ordinance, so we're seem to be looking at a REFUSAL to ENFORCE a law...
Well now, this sure wouldn't be the FIRST time that's happened.
We can always cite the NOISE ordinance, the LITTERING ordinance, the JAYWALKING ordinance among a few, but you get my drift.
And while the FWPD will tell you they DO cite a couple HUNDRED of drivers for loud car stereos, they never mention the THOUSANDS that roll by OUR "Fortress" yearly, and how they NEVER get caught.
|Welcome to City Hall!|
My Father once said (when I was growing up) that "Can't means won't", and he was right most all the time.
I would defer to HIS wisdom in this matter. City Hall WON'T enforce the snow removal ordinance.
Bender goes on to say they haven't the manpower OR the money...well, that's certainly a load of bullsh*t and we ALL know that.
The manpower you DO have, and the money...well, if you all weren't busy blowing the wad DOWNTOWN for nonsense sh*t, you'd have a lot MORE of that money to work with, but you council people can't seem to see beyond your OWN backyards (in those nice neighborhoods), can you?
Bender also say they haven't the TIME to enforce the law...((...yawn...)).
Well, you WOULD if you knew how to PRIORITIZE things better, but I suppose that the safety of citizens and schoolkids doesn't amount to that much in YOUR opinion, whatever you might choose to tell us to the contrary.
Funny, the city DOES enforce the WEED ordinance, but high weeds doesn't place ANYONE in harm's way along our roads and streets, does it?
(again, common sense and logic wins out)
"Smiling" Tom Smith adds they don't want a "snow police"...well, you already have the SEATBELT police, and the WEED police.
And not ONE WORD from our "director of public SAFETY", Mr Russell York...thought this might come under HIS jurisdiction?
(what the hell ARE they paying him for again? I keep forgetting.)
|You want people like HER to have to walk in the street?|
Helluva way to handle things, people, especially when FINING people will work, as well and emptying the JAIL and putting the orange jump suit brigade to some honest work clearing sidewalks...oh, that's just a thought on a lot of peoples' parts.
Feel free to LISTEN to us and act accordingly, and that doesn't mean practicing your IGNORANCE.
*** What was stolen was found...and finally returned.
A Thompson sub-machine gun that was "borrowed" from the Auburn, Indiana PD back in 1933 by the notorious John Dillinger was finally found it way back to the department.
The value of the weapon is believed to be between $50K and $1MIL...
Currently, it does not fire, but could be restored easy enough.
The weapon wound up in Tucson, AZ where the Dillinger gang was on the run from police.
While members of his gang were taken into custody, Dillinger escaped...but the Thompson remained behind.
F.B.I., who displayed the weapon at their headquarters.
It remained there until 2010 when the purchase number from Auburn matched the number of the weapon held by the F.B.I., and after fours year (of paperwork), the weapon was brought back to it's "home".
*** Next up, Allen County prosecutors finally FORMALLY charged two thugs with threats to a witness set to testify against a third thug (see my post from this past Wednesday (5 March 2014) for the back story.
Suffice it to say that these two perps are STILL at-large.
*** The city (Ft. Wayne) plans to use $20 MIL to fix the roads and streets...
Here's the story link:
WANE site to see WHERE these repairs would take place.
King Henry says "This will make us the envy of other cities".
Is that the best you can do...play "keeping up with the Joneses"?
Screw what other cities think...THEY don't live here, do they?
CITIZENS HERE, and maintain your infrastructure in the manner the taxpaying public expects from their money?
*** Lastly today, again, we see the value of PROPER communication, as in telling people the truth, however painful it might be, rather than dress a bunch of lies up to pose AS the truth.
In Steuben County, they have their OWN communication issues, with their dispatch and new radios that don;t work all that well.
I'd wager the FWPD may have similar issues, but since we're now "in the dark", we can't hear about things like computers that won't work, or air-card problems, or Spillman issues...we're supposed to think all is well here.
|A quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke.|
It's how we get THROUGH life, in fact.
And the better you can communicate, the better you can be understood.
President Reagan was an excellent communicator...Obama...just a schoolyard bully in comparison.
MLK was a great communicator...Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson...just two hacks fleecing their own pockets on the backs of others.
Hell, Hitler was even a good communicator...he managed to BS an entire NATION to follow him...into DEFEAT, I might add.
Charisma has something to do with that, unfortunately.
We go for the "nice" person...the "cool" guy or gal, and follow those who tell us exactly what we WANT to hear (which is often far from the truth).
Communication is both easy and difficult, to say the least.
And all of us need to remember that, and hold onto the way such things can be used, rather than misused.
We all be as eloquent as Dr. King, or as forceful as Patton, or even as noteworthy as Franklin...but we can always TRY.
And that's the best first step any of us can take.
DO have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.
((Also - don't forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour - by 0200 hrs Sunday morning))