Then again, it IS April, and those showers are supposed to bring May flowers.
(and I thought a mayflower was either a moving company or the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America's shores)
The weather out here in the Hoosierland will be nice (if you're a duck).
And if you're looking for some sunshine, you'd be better off at 30,000 ft (where the sun always shines)...just bring along some oxygen to breath.
(and no hiding in airliner wheel-wells!)
Now, having dispensed with that, let's all pour a nice warm cup of our favorite morning beverage as we set about and see what the world has been doing since last we met...
*** First out of the rain barrel today, the FEDS are getting involved with that recent 500 lb pot bust, and why is that NO surprise?
Here's the story link:
But the two involved in this seizure have NOT been indicted yet. Now how much you want to bet that the feds will want to "flip" them to climb farther up this "food chain"?
Then again, the whole plan by the main distributor (who may have known this) might have been to "contract" this duo, so if they got caught, no big loss to the "business".
Of course, they could just be the patsies who DO get the long stay in the hoosegow, for being stupid enough to get caught.
Be nice to see how this all pans out.
*** I found this story interesting, only because I used to work Loss Prevention for the now defunct Circuit City stores in the tri-state area back in Philly.
Here's the link:
A J.C. Penney employee (probably a FORMER one by this time) was charged with an internal theft of about $7K of goods.
|We're watching you....|
Taylor V. Nash, 18 (kinda young to be getting into this crap) is being charged with one (huge) count of theft.
She provided a written confession in which she stated she stole $3417 in cash sales and another $3493 in fraudulent returns between 2 Apr and 12 Apr.
The store had a recent record of the false returns as well as a video of the thefts.
(hard to hide from the technology these days, trust me)
Nash was released yesterday on $2500 bail.
So, the bail was less than the amount taken?
WTH is up with that?
Betcha mommy and daddy are pretty damn pissed at her.
And, it's going to be damn difficult to get another job in a lot of fields because of this major brain-fart by this teen.
*** That brings me to another point...the way BAIL (bond) is set in this city.
It basically SUCKS, and that's on a good day.
|Bonds R Us|
Here's the felony report in the 19 April paper...you decide:
Considering you still only have to post a TENTH of the total amount, you can easily see how simple it is to get your felonious ass back ON the streets.
And to make matters worse, some people are just "released on their own recognizance".
|Facts don't lie...do they?|
How is this helping the REST of the community?
People get turned out when they drive drunk, have suspended licenses, and such, yet the INJUSTICE system sees fit to allow them to be in the exact same environment that led to this last arrest?
This is ridiculous.
Yeah, I know jails are overcrowded as it is, but maybe we should mete out some STRONGER punishments, or build MORE jails, or perhaps BOTH.
The FEDS are already looking to release all these "non-violent" felons...even after ten years in jail.
|Welcome to Fort Wayne.|
No one seems to fully define what a NON-violent person could be.
Hell, a child molester "could" be considered NON-violent if he didn't strike a child. It all comes down to perception, and that is one place we have to tread lightly,. lest we start screwing ourselves over..badly.
At this rate, we'll wind up like a society from the novel A Clockwork Orange...or worse.
*** I was going to get into the GM recall fiasco, and here's a link that tells about it:
QUALITY product, situations like this are minimized, if not ever allowed to occur in the first place.
When we (America) started farming out sub-assembly manufacturing to places like Canada and Mexico (as early as the 1970s), we should have seen problems coming.
But instead, we farmed out even MORE items for "our" vehicles that only had the FINAL assembly here in the USA.
And, this is the obvious result of such practices.
Hopefully, lesson learned?
*** Last back to the garage today...this nation used to MAKE (as in manufacture) a ton of stuff in decades past, and we were pretty damn proud of that.
In fact, everyone else came to US because of the workmanship and quality of that which we made.
Whether it was binding a book, making cans, or building an automobile...WE were #1.
STILL in operation, long after the original manufacturer has closed. hard to get parts for those, but they keep running. Some machines are close to a hundred years old!
Much of the East coast was filled with manufacturers of everything one could imagine.
Then, somewhere along the way, some folks got greedy, and pride took a back seat.
Later still, pride was left along the road to fend for itself, and greed drove away.
Perhaps in such a global economy, there is still a need for what we USED to do when it came to making things...and making them RIGHT.
Why should cheap (read slave) labor always trump pride in craftsmanship and quality of product?
Things tend to run in cycles throughout history, and maybe, just maybe, manufacturing shall return to THESE shores again, and we'll lead the world with innovation, expertise, and quality...the way we USED to be.
It's just something to ponder.
DO have yourselves a great weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.