And we'll be taking this sojourn directly, but first, what is going on with the weather, anyway?
Today will find the Hoosierland a bit on the "soft" side (a British term), meaning we'll see some rain...and lots of clouds masking the sun...and a fair amount of humidity along for the ride.
The good news is that the temps will rise to around 80 degrees, so with that humidity it may feel like 85 outside...
Some comfort there?
Anyway, let's get that morning cup of coffee, tea, or whatever poured and start the day off with a SMILE...it'll confound the hell out of most folks and even honk off a few, because THEY won't know what's going on...
*** First out of the cereal bowl today is the bi-yearly trek Wifey and I make to the Southtown Wal-Mart.
|Walmart - Where America shoplifts...!|
Since many of them don't roll off the mattress on their floor until 1100 hrs, it's safe to conclude that they are still crapped out from whatever problems they've caused the previous day.
Wifey wanted to get some school supplies, which she did (I got a 2-pack of retractable gel-ink pens for LESS than a buck). I looked for some graphic t-shirts (nothing struck my fancy, even in the boys LARGE sizes), and later settled for a couple action figures.
((Note - NEVER grow up SO much that you forget to acknowledge your "inner child".))
|Thor - Captain America - Hulk - Hawkeye - Iron Man|
The Black Widow figure is going to be hard to get...(ditto for Nick Fury) as they only ship one or two per BOX to stores...go figure.
And I also got a SanDisk 8Gb flash drive for $5!
|This is LARGER than ACTUAL size!|
The DVD section was less than enthralling with the prices for movies (better to shop eBay for those...or Amazon). They did have some CDs for $5 that might be worth a look later on. Good "best of" albums.
We then strolled into the garden section and snagged some decent plants (hosta, gellardia, and some sort of dahlia), and with yesterday's rain, they perked right back up (lots of seed pods on them, and the hosta hasn't even bloomed yet).
That went well, and the car was still where we left it...again, amazing...lol.
Around 4PM, the TV man (named Chuck, and a 'Nam vet) stopped by to fix my Mitsubishi TV (from the 1980s). Seems it has a slight tuner problem, but the "fix" was easier than I could imagine.
It has THREE selections for input reception - TV, EXT1 and EXT2. I already have the DVD player on the EXT1, so Chuck took my RCA plug set (spare for the VCRs), and plugged the cable box into the EXT2, and PRESTO, the set comes on right away without any noise or scrambled picture - no waiting to warm up.
There 'ta go then...he had to charge the diagnostic fee, but his business does NOT bill for a TRIP CHARGE or SERVICE FEE.
The place is called AAA-TRI COLOR TV SERVICE, located off of Bluffton Rd, past the Marathon and Scotts...he knows his stuff.
|I don't mind telling people where to go...lol.|
(yeah, you DO forget more than you learn...that's a fact)
AND...just to end on a good (er) note...I bought another Beta VCR (same model as the one I have) on eBay...and it was slightly more than 2 Franklins (in Alaska of all places), so, HOPEFULLY, I won't wind up getting burned and soon once again be able to watch those movies (get some popcorn, Chris...lol)
|Another one on the way...cross yer fingers.|
Meanwhile, back at the welfare line...
*** If you got yesterday's J-G paper, you saw the front page story about (here we go again)...POVERTY.
Well, here's the story link, just in case it got by you:
|Here we go again...just tell ALL the truth.|
And I say that with much caution, because we NEVER get the whole story, as we SHOULD.
Within ten short years, our fair city has seen it's "poor" DOUBLE in numbers.
|Graphs are nice, but FACTS are better.|
Instead, let's approach this from a COMMON SENSE standpoint.
If you make a specific INCOME LEVEL as the bar by which one measures poverty, that's fine.
For example, if you say that $20K is the "poverty level" (for a family of 4, typically), it's a foregone conclusion that there WILL be some that fall at or below THAT level....BUT, if you RAISE that number to say...$40K, then a LOT MORE folks will suddenly "become" poor, according to your new income level.
It's a convenient way to fudge the figures, and it often works to pull the wool over many eyes.
And, if you KEEP raising that income level, you WILL "create" MORE poor people, according to the assessment of what is defined AS "the poverty level"
It's a vicious circle, but it DOES create a good way to secure funding for various projects that never really ELEVATE those out of poverty, otherwise we'd see PROGRESS and lower figures for those once labelled as poor, right?
|THAT costs WELL over $30K|
Vehicles with THOUSANDS poured into earth-shaking stereos systems, fancy-ass ghetto rims and tires, gag-a-maggot paint jobs and logos all over...none of that stuff doesn't come for pennies on ANY dollar.
|Rims/tires cost more than the car...|
With such poverty attributed to OUR part of town, one WOULD think that we'd have FEWER new vehicles, and fewer vehicles in general, but the REVERSE is the case, so WHERE do all these poor people GET the resources to buy such vehicles?
Gotta be illegal means like drugs, prostitution, or some other criminal activity, because the number of JOBS both here and everywhere else are limited, and I'm not seeing evidence of a plethora of doctors, lawyers, and other professional around here...except semi-professional criminals.
|Gots MAH money|
Yet, to look at this part of town, you'd immediately think the opposite...boarded up houses by the score, trash-strewn streets, highest levels of ALL criminal activity in the city...yeah, they're all poverty-stricken down here.
No, too many of these people have managed to GAME THE SYSTEM and make it a bloody ART FORM in the process.
We also have the highest number of children in the free lunch program, the highest number of people on assistance programs, and the like.
They get to pay less for damn near everything, and yet drive about in a new car.
Rent-A Center LOVES this part of town (except when someone moves and takes merchandise with them)
|A fun "game"...for the whole family.|
The rest is (as typical for liberals) all smoke...and mirrors.
*** Next up, .in lieu of the recent deaths of police officers in Indiana (killed in the line of duty) there comes this editorial from the J-G.
Here's the link to the OP-ED page:
Now, overall, it's NOT a bad editorial, but as usual, it just misses being a GREAT editorial.
|Got street time, Garry?|
Sure, Garry was brought up through the ranks (at an astronomical pace, I might add), but spent little time on the streets, as opposed to those "grunts in the trenches", so his perspective may be lacking more so than a regular rank and file officer "in the bag" (in uniform and not undercover).
Hell, I could say as much, and I haven't been "on the streets" in years...it's only from what I see on MY streets daily HERE.
Hamilton said "Officers have to be vigilant in dealing with the people they encounter."...
Really? 'Ya think so?
When is any officer NOT vigilant when on the job? Even when at a lunch stop, your head's on a damn swivel, and that carries over to when you're not even on the clock, but at home.
It becomes INGRAINED to any real LEO...just ask them.
And even when you're no longer behind the shield, you NEVER forget it...you still practice that "situational awareness" wherever you go.
|In the cruiser...|
|And...in the field.|
Naturally, the case for more GUN regulations comes into play, and all of you are intelligent enough to KNOW it's NOT about GUNS...but PEOPLE, so I won't belabor that point (today, anyway...lol)
YOURSELF should you ever are stopped by an officer...(a no-brainer for me.)
--Don't make furtive or suspicious moves in your car
--Keep BOTH hands in plain view of an approaching officer
--Be courteous - they're only doing THEIR job. Do YOURS and be a good citizen.
--Don't get snotty if another police car rolls up - it's there to assist the first officer.
LEOs have a thankless job...their task is to protect all of us (especially when we can't protect ourselves), and the best thing we can do along those lines is to provide ALL of them with the respect they deserve. After all, it's OUR tax money at work, isn't it?
*** Last back to the stables today...I am a firm believer in being as PROACTIVE in life as is possible.
Being able to "sess out" a situation before it gets completely out-of-hand is always preferred than waiting until the proverbial "sh*t hits the fan"...then you're just performing DAMAGE CONTROL to keep the bad from getting worse, right?
And you don't have to be a LEO (or military personnel) to make that evaluation in your life.
There are common, everyday things you can do to ensure a higher level of safety for you and yours.
People who leave doors unlocked, windows open, items in plain sight in vehicles ALL are just asking to become a victim in petty crimes.
And many times, they are.
I suppose the best advice would be to get to KNOW WHO YOU ARE...seriously.
It sounds a little ridiculous, but think about it.
YOU spend the MOST time with YOU, so who better to make changes that will affect you (and your loved ones and your hard-earned possessions)?
Learn to be more aware...check things, make lists, and then do what you need to do to make things better in your life.
And in this case, better means safer.
It's not the world of our parents and grandparents any longer...God knows that.
Also, it falls to us who follow to keep this world from coming unraveled at the seams
We can do this...we're no less than those who came before us...we just have to learn that again...and believe it to be true.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Stay SAFE out there, America.