It's the WEEKEND...what in God's name took SO long?
Just back from the grocery, here to walk you all softly into this weekend.
(mind the water dish for the birds)
Our Hoosierland weather today will be hazy in the morning, hot by the afternoon and humid throughout the entire day.
(and gonna be even warmer this weekend).
Temps will top out in the mid-to-upper 80s and there is always a chance of rain later tonight...but don't hold your breath on that, we've plenty of time left in the next several days to get rain.
(and we will, trust me)
So, go and fill up your morning beverage of choice (mine today is hazelnut iced coffee - lots of sugar) and let's get this show on the road.
*** First out of the starting gate is what appears to be (finally) something to make those of us on the SOUTH side of Fort Wayne jump for joy.
(not so fast, people).
Here is the story link:
The city will get a GRANT (here we go again with another band-aid on a compound fractured leg) for $4.7 MILLION BUCKS to raze dilapidated properties and "redevelop" the areas that need it (which areas will be determined later on, I'm sure).
I guess no one is using the acronym HUD any longer, because all that's mentioned in the story is something called the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, not to be confused with the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, or the.Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services, or even the Indiana Hardest Hit Fund Program.
Man, talk about those Department of REDUNDANCY departments...GEEZUS!
Isn't this a bit too much of... BUREAUCRACY OVERKILL?
All these agencies that STILL haven't REALLY resolved housing PROBLEMS in our city (let alone other cities across the state or nation) are gonna try something else.
|Some NEED to be razed, but not all.|
Okay, so you RAZE properties that cannot be saved..sounds good so far.
But, what about borderline properties...ones that COULD be renovated?
Nothing said about all THOSE.
Yet, there IS talk about (more) NEW housing...and more "green spaces".
|Listen to the FLUSH.|
The property owner now mows AROUND the foliage and never trims any of it...same for other houses in the area.
Hell, some properties have several DEAD TREES on them, but the city can't touch them (or won't), leaving it again on the property owners to take care of...which they have not done to date.
THIS is the kind of crap that goes on year after year down here...we dance around the issues, slap some paint on a house, knock one down and call it "done"...that's NOT how to do things properly.
For example,why not (as I've said before) just spend the money to RENOVATE houses that CAN be saved, and then take these homeless and disabled VETS and place THEM into the properties...it's a stinking WIN-WIN for EVERYONE...seriously.
|Definitely...a MUCH better use of the funds.|
And, we get some much BETTER neighbors out of the deal...
What I propose is called PROGRESS...real and true, and helps those that REALLY need it.
*** This kitten story has me VERY angry, and you probably know why.
Here's the story link:
|"Mercy" - shown to her.|
A clear plastic bag with three kittens inside was found by Orlo, and although two had already died, ONE has survived.
And she is now named "MERCY"...because THAT was what she received when Orlo found her and her deceased siblings in that bag.
Orlo did report this to te New Haven police and it just so happens that his wife is a volunteer at the SPCA, too...talk about Divine Intervention.
The anger I have toward the person that placed the kittens in that bag is SO great, and I do hope that bastard not only gets caught, but suffers something similar for what he (or she) did. This is so damn reprehensible, when it would have been SO easy to crate them in a box with holes and drop them off at an animal shelter..but NO, that would make f$cking sense, wouldn't it?
And, as we all know too well, too many people LACK such simplistic aspects of HUMAN behavior these days.
I would love to adopt her, but I know the line to do so is already longer than our driveway.
I just know she will get a LOVING home and live a long and happy life.
*** Next up, if you think the FWIA is a bit on the BORING side, check this out:
|WANE had a lousy picture.|
Toandra De La Tiorre, 21 is the person already out on bond from THAT arrest in Arizona.
She was caught with a fake ID when trying to board a plane HERE.
She didn't make that flight to Chicago, thanks to some good eyes by the local DHS officers.
Too bad, toots.
She has been charged with SYNTHETIC IDENTITY DECEPTION (WTF???) and is being held in lieu of $30K bail.
*** Meanwhile, another Hispanic fires a rifle through an apartment wall after an argument.
Here's THIS story:
Again, we have a MISLEADING header for the article...this is not an "ALLEGED" anything...it's a damn f$cking REALITY...the rifle was FIRED, the bullet DID tear through the damn WALL, and the shooter DID get CAUGHT for being reckless AND stupid...get it right.
This asshole is named Rudy A. Palomo-Paez, 35, of the 200 block of Northeast Drive, and he's been charged with one felony count of criminal recklessness.
I'll say one thing, these beaners can sure ARGUE...look at the mooks I found on our lawn long after midnight some time back.
This guy had been arguing with his girlfriend for HOURS...(and no neighbors called prior to this?)
Apartment walls, floors and ceilings are NOT the most sound-deadening devices known to man, so I'd be hard-pressed to learn that NO ONE heard this raucous behavior.
Bet someone DID hear the gunshot...even if it was just a .22 caliber rifle.
He is being held in lieu of (only) $10K bail.
*** Next...a sorta-kinda PSA about FIREWORKS...the type WE have been having to listen to DAILY down HERE since 20 June...when the first ones were set off by the local a$$wipes (and with no police responding to any of it).
Here's the "4-1-1":
'Nuff said, hmm?
A word to the WISE, right?
And to the dumbasses...WISE UP.
*** Last back to the garage today, one thing this world is not lacking these days is STUPID...got way too much of that going around at almost pandemic levels.
It's like someone threw a switch, and a lot of people decided that their brain wasn't a NECESSITY for life.
Ever recall your parents telling you to "...Hey, don't do anything stupid"?
And most times, we didn't.
Once in a while, we DID, and we quickly found out WHY our parents warned us this way.
As a result, we LEARNED to not do such things AGAIN...right?
|Ain't THAT the truth these days!|
They view it as some "badge of honor"...how misplaced that is (and pretty damn STUPID,...lol)
People need to just back the hell up a few steps and look at what they do, and consider the reasoning behind whatever actions they're contemplating.
This is, of course predicated upon these people having the ABILITY TO REASON in the first place...lol.
As with ANY societal problem, tossing (more) money at it won't solve it...the change for this starts where this all begins...with THE PEOPLE.
Just ONE good choice can negate a whole lot of crap that could wind up coming one's way in life.
It's not hard, but people have to WANT to do it, and that can take some prodding...or something bad to happen.
Let's hope it never has to come to that...for anyone, no matter how much they deserve it
(except for the person who bagged the cats...that I can't forgive).
In the meantime, DO have yourselves a great weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.