If you prefer Autumn weather to Summer heat, then today will be right up your alley.
The Hoosierland will see temps reaching only into the upper sixties (again), and since we're starting out today mostly CLOUDY, I'm not banking on seeing the sun early on...maybe later today...if we're good and behave ourselves.
In the meanwhile, let's get a soothing warm cup of our favorite beverage at our side as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the emergency room today...yep, ANOTHER shooting on the city's (where else?) SOUTHEAST SIDE.
This took place in the parking lot of the Chapel Oaks Apartments (AGAIN???), located at Hanna and Buchanan Sts around 1715 hrs yesterday.
|You count the shells, I'll get the donuts.|
He was transported to hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Naturally, DOZENS of "lookie-loos" were out and about, because it's like shiny keys dangled in front of an infant - something to marvel at.
No doubt this impeded officers and their investigation to some degree (as it usually does).
At least 11 shell casings were marked in the lot, and this makes Six people shot in the last week (2 dead and 4 injured), if you're keeping count.
|Need a FWPD sub-station HERE now.|
((Editor's Update - 1205 hrs. - Here's the latest on the shooting with the victim's name:
Yes, he is black...big surprise, but has been upgraded to serious condition.))
*** Now, I WILL talk about Da Prez and his "tough talk" speech Wednesday evening...
TWO, distinct aspects of said speech - presentation and substance (content).
As far as PRESENTATION goes...this guy is a "pro" at talking...that's what community activists DO, and they do it with panache`.
Think of Goebbels and his propaganda machine back in the 1930s and 1940s. If you can wrap up a pile of BS in such a nice enough package and sell it to the people, they WILL buy into it.
History proves as much.
So, on this aspect, I give Obummer a solid "B", and that's because it wasn't a self-written speech, but a teleprompter read.
Now, as to the SUBSTANCE of the speech?
Well, to me, there wasn't really any...it was a rambling of sorts...with some strictness tossed in around the edges, so he gets an "E", and not for effort.
HAD to say he wasn't going to take any crap from these terrorists...to do anything less would' have got "we, the people" really PO'ed.
He's even cheesed off many in his OWN political party, and any type of warfare has to be as devoid of politics as possible, in order to achieve the victory you're seeking. Again, history shows us as much...many times over.
Yet, I didn't really HEAR anything saying he was waging a WAR against ANY form of terrorism...he seemed to stop short on that.
But, he DOES want more MONEY from Congress, and many there seem to want to cave on that, without knowing WHERE such funding will go...didn't we go through this often enough in the last 6+ years with this guy?
Gonna be fun to see how all this pans out...without the coalition hoped for.
*** A little closer to home (make that a lot closer)...the city came out yesterday and dumped the parts for some BARRICADES along our property as well as the mooks down the next corner...wonder WTF this is all about?
|Could I cite the CITY for "dumping"?|
Maybe there's a "block-party" we not being told about? THAT would piss me off, and not because I don't like them. It would be because of all the trash that will follow like the wake from a Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier...(which IS considerable).
I'll keep you informed as to what, when, and why when I see what's happening.
*** Next up, yes, I DID manage to purchase a brand new DVD of Captain America - The Winter Soldier on eBay...
And got it for LESS ( a dollar less) than the lowest price I saw at Wal-Mart...so there, bargain-hunters...take that.
Now, when it arrives (supposed to be Monday), there will be a movie night with popcorn at the "Fortress", and no kids kicking my seat-back, or large-headed primates in FRONT of me to block my view...LOL.
Also, the new MOWER BLADE has arrived already...good and SHARP, too, and UNDAMAGED by anything encountered along our lawns (that the city has yet to repair).
Also got an email from eBay yesterday too...thanking me for FOURTEEN YEARS of shopping with them...(wow, how time flies)
I did not know I signed on one year BEFORE 9/11, 2001...that was eerie as hell to find out.
Still, you;d think they'd offer me something for all those years (and money) spent online, looking for items we need, trinkets I wanted, and yes, lots of presents for Wifey and others living far from us.
|Like WE have a CHOICE down here?|
(thanks, City of Fort Wayne...again).
*** Last back to the ICU today...mostly anyone who knows me or has met me, usually sees me in "camos", and they might not ask me directly, but wonder WHY I wear them damn near everywhere we go...Simple enough...it's mainly because I consider where we live a damn WAR ZONE (and the clothing wears like iron...ask anyone in the military).
I also didn't own a firearm until after 2000...didn't feel the NEED for one, actually.
Now, having one (or more) is S.O.P.!
My only regret at this point is NOT getting a CCP (yet).
That doesn't stop me from carrying on or around my property...and it never will. I know MY rights there.
I thought that moving to a city 1/10th the size of Philly would have less crime and therefore less problems...and I admit to being incorrect in that assessment ( a rarity)...you have a LOT more problems here, and they're growing every year.
VIABLE method to erase the problem, as should any CITY LEADER.
You see a problem...you speak out about it - let those in authority KNOW what's going on, but when what you say falls on deaf ears, that leaves little alternatives to work with, save for what YOU can still do on your own. It's the best (and often only) way to protect those you love and your property.
It's also often a lonely proposition, as whatever people you could call "allies" are no longer around to work with you (or you with them).
We can see the evidence of the city's lack of desire to BETTER this part of town every day...and we can read about it in the police reports.
FWPD can seem to do is investigate (after chasing the radio), rather than police...when they are not allowed to take care of noise issues, or speeding or parking issues, that just opens the door of the Broken Window Theory, allowing more shattered glass along out streets.
You cannot enforce the law as effectively when you permit so much small stuff to go unnoticed and hold no one accountable for doing it.
All that does do is allow the big stuff to occur (like shootings and homicides), and if anyone thinks we're "fortunate" this year with so FEW deaths, think again...
It all comes down to be a bad shot, which so many of these thug-ass perps happen to be.
A little practice on their part, and the homicide numbers would be right back up there.
Not the best way to live on the south side of Fort Wayne...just, in many cases...the ONLY way.
You get the idea, right?
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.