11 September 2014

Thoughts For Patriot's Day
Today, we mark the 13th anniversary of the attack on America, and now have come to call this day Patriot's Day in honor of those who gave their lives back in 2001.
We'll be getting to that shortly, but first...a look at the weather
I, for one am glad that rain is over...we got some serious precipitation most ALL day yesterday, and because of THAT, we're in for a bit of a cool-down.
They say we had a record rainfall...it was a bit heavy at times, but I've seen worse.
It's still going to be mostly cloudy today with an expected high of ONLY in the upper SIXTIES (ahh...) in the Hoosierland.
A perfect day to go around and NOT perspire.
Now, let's get busy with the rest of the story, as we pour ourselves a nice morning cup of our favorite beverage...
*** First out of the rain-barrel is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The home to everyone is his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence, as for his repose."
This is attributed to Sir Edward Coke (1 Feb 1552 - 3 Sep 1634) an English barrister, judge, and later opposition politician, who is considered to be the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.
And here is his WIKI to prove it:
He was Chief Justice of the King's Bench.in the early 1600s
It's a rather lengthy read, and full of lots of legal "stuff", but let's just say he was a "pot-stirrer"...and I mean that in a GOOD way.
After restricting the definition of treason and declaring a royal letter illegal, he was dismissed from the bench, where he found his way to Parliament, and there he caused even more "fun"...
He wrote and campaigned the STATUTE OF MONOPOLIES (restricting the monarch in the ability to grant patents), and was instrumental in the passage of the PETITION OF RIGHT, a document considered one of THREE crucial constitutional documents of England, along with the MAGNA CARTE, and the BILL OF RIGHTS 1689. Not too shabby.
Coke's decisions and writings were said to have profoundly influenced both the 3rd and 4th amendments to the Constitution of the United States, while necessitating the 16th amendment. It was his judgments  regarding "Castle Doctrine" that is cause for such laws as we have TODAY in America.
An extremely important man when it comes to law and those who would choose to negate them.
*** And speaking of laws (and those who break them), here is an update story about the Eby Ave. "ambush"  .
How about that...a FIGHT...over DRUGS...leading to an AMBUSH. Sounds fairly "organized" in nature to me.
And to think much of this began this past Sunday night with a fight at (guess where) FOSTER'S SPORTS PUB (what...again?)
Maybe the police need to shuut this damn place DOWN?
I guess since "Hard-Hitters" was shut down, THIS is now THE place to meet (and discuss drug dealing)?
Well, you do have to have some sort of "neutral ground" to mull over such "business dealings", right?
The FWPD are still looking for a THIRD person in connection with this shooting.
(try checking out some houses I told you about in MY area...like the one down the corner where all that traffic seems to come and go from every month)
Police say they want our help...I'm trying to give them some, and nothing. Police did arrest someone at that house a year or so ago...just saying it might be a good place to check out again.
What is rather questionable about the arrests, was that another man had helped Benson and Lindsey clean up the SUV (from GSR and such) and were leaving a park near Hanna and Lewis, when the car they were all in was stopped by police.
The driver of that car was arrested on an unrelated charge, but I guess the two handguns and long gun (that were supposedly in said car) were not looked into further? It was this driver that dimed on Benson and Lindsey (another "hit" in the making now?) by telling police they were involved in a homicide.
Sure becomes an interesting story, does it not?
Lindsey has been released on $10K bail (told you he didn't have as much to be held over for), and the story also mentions the rap sheets that I provided for you HERE yesterday.
None of them were good boys, despite what shows up on the media...facts don't lie (unlike felons).
Moving on...
*** Last up, I won't belabor the "speech" by our fearless leader last evening, but Charles Krauthammer summed it up nicely - "a political speech wearing a military uniform". There 'ya go, then.
Succinct and to the point.
What I WILL talk about is the 13th anniversary of the attacks by terrorists on America and her people.
What was another morning that day, turned out to become many things for many people...
It was...a time of loss for many...
It was...a time for introspection...for unification...for patriotism...and for heroism.
Many gave much that day...
...And some gave all.
Our scars will never truly go away from that day, but we have come to terms to living with them.
In place of the fallen WTC towers rises a phoenix of sorts...and close by, a memorial to those victims lost on 9/11/2001.
There is also a museum from 9/11 not that far away, to remind us of what we lost, as well as what we still have.
And in a small town in western PA, another memorial stands, as does one at the Pentagon.
We, as a nation do not go looking for trouble...
It usually has a way of finding us, and that is something every one of us deals with in our own lives.
We, as individuals, if we are living a good life, with a decent set of morals, ethics, values, and principles will have trouble come looking for us.
And, we should be on guard, if not fully prepared to meet that "barbarian" at whatever gate we find ourselves, or them.
We have come far since 2001, but yet, we have so much farther to go, and perhaps, if we have learned anything from 9/11...those 13 years ago, it's that evil DOES exist in the world, and we have to meet it head on, and defeat it by any means necessary. It's that simple.
May we never forget...and always remember.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


Momma Fargo said...

Beautiful tribute and history piece, Bob. G. You stay safe. Have a great Thursday. Our generation will never forget!

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
Thank you for the kind words.
(wonder how many LEOs out there know that Sir Eddie Coke was behind "castle doctrine"?)

When it comes to 9/11, I can only say this:
There are those who will do MUCH better than I in being able to express this day.

Thanks much for rolling up today and commenting.

DO stay safe down there,

CWMartin said...

I, on the other hand, accept that I have little to add on 9/11 that hasn't been said a million other ways. That's why we have guys like you and Al Penwasser- to remind us.

On the other hand, I will say about the speech last night:

He went from his usual "Hope and change, sweetness and light" diatribes to the way Presidents USED to structure an important speech- and failed to sound at all presidential or even almost intelligent.

And, he did a piss-poor job of wrapping himself in the flag at the end. All in all, he made me miss Jimmy Carter, and that's saying something.

As one of the Fox analysts said, "That would have been a great speech- a month ago."

Bob G. said...

I thank you for the "trust" you place in those like AL and myself.

Agreed about the speech...I cover this Friday well enough, too.

he DOES present a speech well enough while saying nothing...a dubious distinction for one in his position.

Thanks for commenting.
Stay safe up there.