COOLEST July we've seen here in the Heartland
(blame it on global warming, no doubt)
Today will mimic the past few days...partly to mostly cloudy, some sun, temps up around the upper 70s (it is getting a bit warmer), and the possibility of a shower later in the day...maybe, perhaps...sorta-kinda.
So, while we're pondering that, let's get that morning cup of "fortification" poured (or topped off) as we set about and see what today brings us.
*** First out of the compost heap is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense."
Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 - July 21, 1899)...almost made it to the next century.
And here is his WIKI:
He was a lawyer, a civil war vet, political leader, and an orator of the United States during the "Golden Age of Freethought".
And, if you're wondering WTH THAT is all about here.s the WIKI on it:
In a nutshell, let's just say it was an era where secular humanism and agnosticism had a "head-on" with traditional beliefs and religious teachings.
And, believe it or else, THIS was a popular thing in the latter part of the 19th century.
Kinda like the I-TUNES of it's day.
Other notables beside "Bobby" were Charles Knowlton (born into a PURITAN household), and D.M Bennett.
Now, "Bobby G." (the OTHER one, NOT to be confused with the contemporary curmudgeon writing these words...lol) was the founder of the American Secular Union, the successor organization to the National Liberal League.
But, Bobby became a bit of a "pot-stirrer", due in part to his father's orthodoxy, and liberal views as a preacher, which often rubbed the congregation the wreong way, and that meant his own views began to change when he saw his father facing bigotry and unjust treatment by several churches.
And yet, even though Robert became a secularist, he never wavered in his belief in FAMILY and the importance in family life.
He raised the 11th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War (he had moved a few times since his boyhood), and this regiment fought in the battle of Shiloh. Robert was captured but paroled by the south, promising to not return to the conflict (and men honored that agreement in those days).
SPEAKING bout them, which he did with much success.
Actually, this was an age where ORATORY was public entertainment...(like a ZZ Top concert with words?), and people would shell out a whole DOLLAR (when it was worth a lot more than it is today) to hear hiim speak.
I will leave you to read up on him for yourselves, but I will add that although he was considered "The Great Agnostic", he DID have some really good quotes.
And much of what he spoke about made sense, if you keep religion out of the mix (which he did).
Other than that, he's someone we should read up on, because we might come to understand the liberal mindset a bit better along the way.
*** Back to the mundane with a high-speed chase on the city's SOUTH side that leaves the perp DOA.
Here's the story link:
|So...cream-filled or powdered jelly?|
This started at SOUTHGATE PLAZA (wow, so close to our "Fortress"), when police attempted to arrest the yet-to-he-named individual.
He drove way towards the airport, and when stop sticks were deployed, he wrecked, killing himself in the process...(not the BEST getaway, was it?).
This took place yesterday evening around 1845 hrs.
And, it managed to tie up the Airport Expressway for several hours.
*** Next, we have a story that explains why I don't see many FWPD officers where I live...
Here's the story link:
|Don't hear ANY gunshots there, do they?|
Well, I'll bet that makes neighborhoods surrounding THAT part of town a LOT safer...haven;t heard any reports of GUNSHOTS THERE, have we?
And wow, one officer stated that this allows more of a CONNECTION to the patrol area and it residents...now who the hell woulda thunk THAT?
|Yeah, we need a REAL donut shop here.|
(be nice to see them down HERE...where we NEED them)
And the video is a decent watch...nice to see what we COULD have down here, but DON'T.
*** Next, is one of "those" stories that always cracks me the hell up, and you'll find out why.
Here's the link:
Naturally, this is about the DOWNTOWN area...isn't it always?
|Don't you have ENOUGH of this already?|
Isn't that what you people USED to have downtown, before you closed it down and retreated to the "burbs"?
And now, since those burbs are so damn OVER-developed out the a$$, you want all the stuff you once had in the downtown area BACK again...sound about right so far?
|Downtown retail hey-day in Ft. Wayne|
"A vibrant downtown is vital for a city", says one Jake Pickett (tell that to DETROIT and their newly acquired "ghost town" downtown).
HAD a very vibrant downtown, and pissed it all way for strip malls, housing developments and assorted amenities AWAY from the downtown area. It really takes the cake to hear this after reading about the history of our downtown and how to fell by the wayside.
Sorry, but a nice big, shiny JEWEL in a crown that has seen better days and has it;'s share of tarnish won;t make up for the lack of vision over the last few decades.
*** Last back to the barn today...we see evidence of a society that is being led around by it's nose...all that's missing is a RING through it (and in some cases with young people, they already have THAT, too...lol).
Everyone wants the "next thing", whatever it is, because someone said they SHOULD want it.
Whatever happened to standing on something called TRADITION?
If people had done that, the downtown area of this city would have never "gone away", only to be REINVENTED (or worse, re-branded).
In the meantime, parts of this city continue their slide further into Dante's 7th layer of hell, with no apparent cessation to that slide.
We used to hear about "Midwest charm", but these days, you have to really drive some distance to FIND any, as the smaller towns around the area STILL pursue such noble intentions and do it well enough.
|Midwest "charm" is a LOT more than this.|
What needs to be done is to bring UP the worst areas of a city to at least the level of everyone else...and THEN you can set about looking for "room for improvement", which, when it comes to THIS city, has a lot farther to go than many realize.
Stay SAFE out there, America.