The weather in the Hoosierland will be mostly cloudy today with periods of RAIN, and perhaps even a thunderstorm.
The high will rise to the upper forties with some breezes out there.
Have to say I've had my fill of snow for the season, as well as shoveling, driving in it, dealing with those that CAN'T drive worth a damn in it, and sundry other problems that come along with such weather. And I'm sure you are too.
With that said, let's get busy finding out what this day brings and what's on my mind. Top off that morning beverage as we set sail upon the ocean of indifference looking for those islands of reason.
*** First off of the pier today is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
In view of many things both here and abroad, I think this is most appropriate, so who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at Parliament...
*** Next up, I hope ALL of you comic book fans and fellow geeks saw the Marvel special last night on TV - Assembling A Universe.
Marvel Studios and how they have managed to do what I, back in the 1960s used to dream of; bringing our superhero favorites to the big (and small) screen in a manner that does them justice.
Now, you have to remember that Marvel studios has a LOT of characters from their comics to choose from, and the way in which they have told various stories about certain characters says much to the fact that THIS group of writers, directors and everyone else connected with these movies are also fans of the characters.
It began with IRON MAN, then THE INCREDIBLE HULK, then IM2, THOR, then CAPTAIN AMERICA - THE FIRST AVENGER, culminating with the inevitable "team-up" of ALL these characters (adding a couple others from the universe) to form THE AVENGERS (Earth's Mightiest Heroes).
|NYC looks to be in GOOD hands now...|
I suppose if you were to use ONE word to describe the way these movies and superheroes all "fit together" in this wonderful world of science fiction and fantasy, it's CONTINUITY. Everything and everyone has a PLACE which figures into a much larger picture...like puzzle pieces.
It was one of the better hours of television I've seen in some time, as documentaries go.
Then again, I've been a follower of Marvel Comics since before high school, and DC before that.
UPCOMING films like the soon -to-be-released CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, as well as the next AVENGERS, featuring one of the BEST "baddies" in the Marvel universe - ULTRON.
|Ultron - THIS guy is TROUBLE times ten.|
|Thanos - I got an idea - let's sic him on Ultron|
Let's just say that we are fortunate enough to usher in a new era in movies, and ones that have themes that Joseph Campbell would be proud to see.
(Just what I need...even MORE DVDs to buy in the future...lol)
*** Now to something a bit more "back to earth" and a LOT more mundane, because it comes from another "superhero" of sorts - namely CAPTAIN OBVIOUS.
(and if you've been following this blog for a while, you KNOW this to be fact).
The link can be found HERE:
Crime in Fort Wayne saw a RISE in 2013
(Ray Charles could have seen this one coming)
Apparently, the Garry and Rusty Show took place at City Council last evening, with the usual "it's not that bad" rhetoric abounding.
Here's the WANE link with video:
Okay, so which IS it? Is crime going UP...or DOWN?
We can't even provide consensus between media sources, can we?
And just so you know...crime has been LOW so far THIS year...thanks to the WEATHER...period!
When the weather breaks and gets nice, we start the show all over again.
DID have a record 45 homicides in Allen County...BUT, we ONLY had 32 IN the city. There were 4 police-action shootings, others were justified self-defense and the rest happened outside city limits.
And 32 homicides is LESS than the 36 we had in 1998, or even the 39 we had in 1994.
(well, I feel SO much better now)
York admitted "it was a violent year".
(can't get any MORE obvious than that, can you?)
While robberies stayed static in numbers, the NATURE of them changed from businesses and institutions (gas stations, banks, etc) to INDIVIDUALS.
So, PERSONAL SAFETY took a nose-dive...got it. PEOPLE are less safe than banks...okay, so I'll just LIVE at the bank...move into the damn VAULT.
Increases in PROPERTY crimes have been driven by an 18% INCREASE in BURGLARIES (big surprise there).
LARCENIES were down slightly, as a few more folks figured out HOW to lock their vehicles.
FWPD chief Hamilton says the "new" gang unit is already paying dividends (maybe we should put our money THERE...better interest rates?).
"We're not going to tolerate any illegal activity that threatens the lives of our citizens", so he says.
I wonder if that ALSO means the precursors that lead UP to those illegal activities...a change in "CULTURE" perhaps?
(uh oh, there's that "C" word again)
He stated that the department is "hoping" to win a GRANT (which doesn't last forever, people) that will pay for officers to "walk specific beats" (wonder where they will be, other than anyplace close to US?) in target neighborhoods to not only increase visibility of PATROLS, but also build relationships and trust with neighbors (oh, that definitely won't be down where we live...think where the new gov't housing is).
So, we're looking at a TEMPORARY fix (thanks to a possible grant we might get) for an area already overrun with gang-bangers (most likely), which will invariably chase the thugs from THOSE (patrolled) areas to OTHER locations in the SE (and SW now)...
I stated here for YEARS we need MORE ACTIVE PATROLS...got a little tired of hearing myself say the same sh*t, too.
We USED to have patrols down here, and crime (overall) was lower, but when the patrols ceased, crime came back, because there was NO follow-up from the department (and it's then chief).
He must have thought that if he ignored it, it would go away...sorry to disappoint.
I've seen the way crime works back in Philly...it DOES follow patterns, and these mooks aren't all the brightest crayons in the damn box. Much of this IS predictable. IF you want to expend the time and energy to figure it all out.
Believe me, if you WANT a city like Detroit, or Chicago, or even Gary, sit back and watch it happen...you'll GET it.
*** Last back to the dock today...we used to have a METRO SQUAD back in the 1990s (here in Ft. Wayne), but certain citizens got their undies in a bunch over it, cited (false) racism by officers and the departments involved, and all that went bye-bye...and crime was allowed to not just continue...but THRIVE.
|Not just a "theory" on the SE side of Ft. Wayne.|
So now, the city goes and "reinvents the wheel" with a new gang unit,and after a couple good busts (from obvious sources and known felons) we're back to where we SHOULD have been damn near TWENTY years ago...come full circle.
Now you wait and see if ANY arrest happens to not sit well with "someone" down here, the entire program will be called back into view, with cries of racism once again, because we ALL know that the majority of people in the worst area of the city are NOT white, so the chance of busting someone of ANOTHER race are pretty good..the.law of averages thing again. It only take ONE incident to start this all over again.
Either you stick to the law-enforcement GAME PLAN...or you don't.
You make a CHOICE...to chase crime OUT of an area, and also not allow it to settle down in another.
And while you can't make crime disappear completely, you CAN effect enough change to make it unprofitable for all but the most seasoned criminals to operate...and THAT is as damn good a start as any, right?
Stay SAFE out there, America.