LONG week...well, it was for us at the "Fortress", anyway.
Relatively speaking, I've had longer ones...and shorter ones.
All the same, we're finally here.
Our Hooiserland weather will be a replay of yesterday, with slightly higher temperatures, reaching all the way to 38 degrees.
Might have the sun peeking through the clouds, too, so that will aid in chasing those winter blues away.
The good news is that we've got no freezing drizzle of freezing fog this AM to worry about.
So, with all that behind us, let's get a nice hot cup of Friday fortitude poured, as we see what has been transpiring elsewhere...
*** First off of the keyboard is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
January 23 -
---Today is NATIONAL PIE DAY (seems we just had one of those)...
ANY day is a good day for pie...or perhaps a "wonderful" day.
Guess ANY flavor goes, hmm?
---It's also NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY...
CATHOLIC schools...they have the "knuckles" to prove it, too...lol
Those sisters made SURE you had good penmanship.
And, since we're already here, let's look at this weekend's "events":
January 24 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY...so feel free to hand out a few.
|He's a GOOOOOD BOY!!!|
---It's also NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY...
(Some Reese's might do the trick, too.)
---And, it's BEER CAN APPRECIATION DAY...
COLLECTORS, and not the young drunks around here swilling down that 20 oz and tossing the cans on our lawn.
January 25 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY...
EVERY day here, because whatever passes for NORMAL behavior, all the moolies turn around and DO THE OPPOSITE...(they so love to celebrate anything for any reason).
--- It's also another one of my favorites - NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY, so I have to make sure I add Irish Cream to our shopping list this week...lol.
And there's your weekend...have at it and enjoy!.
*** Next up, an update on the first HOMICIDE of this year in Fort Wayne
(and certainly NOT the last).
Now who would have thought that the simple task of tucking your kids into bed would have FATAL consequences?
Well, when you live among wild animals, it's to be expected, and that's why you stay "on guard".
All that we now know is that the victim was Hilario Segura, 34 years old, father of 4.
Still no information regarding suspects, descriptions of the shooters, etc.
FWPD, and deservedly so.
And yet, we also hear the FWPD spokesman tell us we all "can go to bed safe"...really?
Try telling this to that man who as killed by a stray round ripping through his upstairs wall.
Have to admit, that a "head shot" (on the second floor from street level while running) when not intended was a thousand-to-one occurrence under these conditions.
Fate definitely had a hand in this killing.
*** Next up, more on how crime is GOING DOWN (???) in Fort Wayne.
Here's THIS story link:
|Crime's down because we SAY it is...|
Show us in which sectors crime has gone DOWN, and which sectors where it either remained static, or INCREASED.
THAT would be a more telling story, and I might consider pitching it to local news sources...just to be a pain-in-the-ass to the city administration.
Because, from where Wifey and I stand, we're not seeing all that much difference in crime going DOWN from year to year.
In fact, every week, I show you where all the armed robberies and shots fired calls are taking place,
(and let's not forget that these crime stats only reflect REPORTED crimes)
Not ALL crime went down, though...
Rapes and arsons were UP from the previous year, but we're not supposed to notice THAT because "Cruise-Control Garry" is too busy telling us about how HOMICIDES dropped a whopping SIXTY-TWO PERCENT.
(no thanks to the WEATHER...or the combined STATE and FEDERAL task force aiding local police that helped get KNOWN gang members off the street for a spell).
FWPD chief Hamilton states we had 1,228 "shots fired" calls last year, and that many of those came from firecrackers and "other things".
WTH were those OTHER things, Garry?
We have a bumper crop of cars backfiring? Cows farting? Heater explosions?
|Just ONE of way too many|
You don't even permit your officers to ticket people with non-functioning license plate bulbs (and that IS a citable offense still on the books), so don't even try to paint a rosy picture, when the TRUTH tells a somewhat bleaker story, pal.
I won't even get into all the vehicles with illegally loud mufflers or speeders.
In essence, you're not really addressing the ROOT CAUSES of crime in this city...you're overlooking them.
Then, when a MAJOR crime occurs, you can only REACT...not the BEST method to keep any neighborhood safe and secure, is it?
THEN you do something (like ask for help from the state and feds).
And, all the while, you hold pressers and smile it all away with generic and rote answers to ALL the city's crime issues...pathetic.
You must want this city to grow into another Gary...or Detroit.
Knowing the human refuse in parts of this city...that could well happen
Be careful what you wish for under such auspices...
(you might get it...and sooner than you think)
*** Last back to the district house...our illustrious (???) mayor, "King" Henry tells us that:
"We are fortunate enough to live in community where we feel safe."
|Looks REAL safe THERE, "sire".|
Wifey and I have NEVER taken a walk around the block for the hell of it, because it was nice out.
Sane people just don't DO such things (here) at most any times of day, because if you read the police blotter, people are being accosted at ALL hours and in most all neighborhoods.
No one place is safe down here...face the facts. The mayor doesn't live down here (nor do hardly ANY FWPD officers), because even THEY know it's a cesspool of the dregs of society, and that's a shame.
I would love to have an officer living on our block...watch the crims move out...be real nice to see that happen.
But, since most houses have become 3rd party rentals and any sold through real estate brokers ONLY show the places to non-whites, the level of change to any sort of "better" becomes negligible...at best.
|Another 3rd party "rental crib".|
In the 17 years Wifey and I have lived here,only ONE white (trash) family moved nearby (and even they soon moved out)...it's been ALL black or Latino, and we're not talking young upward professionals here, people.
We're talking non-working, welfare-sucking, useless members of society...and THOSE are the GOOD ones...the rest are the typical druggies and bangers who crib at nearby houses overnight quite often (no wonder the police can't locate them).
It's NOT anywhere close to being safe enough to allow normal folks the right to that QUALITY-OF-LIFE you talk about, Mr. Mayor.
YOU sit is marvelous...as it would be for ANY of the "elite" in this town.
Still, we fight the good fight, and hope that someday,. someone will extricate their head from their ass and see what a few of us are trying to do...and perhaps want to get involved in changing this part of town back into something that will better the city and all her people.
Dreams are really nice that way...they still don't cost anything.
Have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.