26 March 2015

Where's the Weekend?
If this week seems a bit on the LONG side, it must be due to all the crap that's been going on.
Not the least of which is this crazy-ass weather.
And speaking of that...
Our very own Hooiserland weather starts off with some moderate RAIN, but that might give way to a brief snow shower (less than 1/2 inch accumulation) before turning to a much calmer day with a high into the forties
Expect the clouds to hang around for a bit, too, so it will be another gray day.
Now, with that done, let's get a nice LARGE cup of our favorite drink close by (we might need it today), as we see what else is going on...
*** First out of the cookie jar is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice."
This was spoken by John Bordley Rawls (21 February 1921 - 24 Noveeber 2002) who was an American moral and political philosopher.
And here is his WIKI:
Now, before we go any further, let me state that he does not appear to be that much of a conservative, and yet many of his studies indicate that he was not a roaring leftist either.
It's a good read, rather lengthy, but shows that much of what he wrote about tended towards a common sense approach to justice.
His most notable works were:
--A Theory of Justice (1971)
--Political Liberalism (1993)
--The Law Of Peoples (1999)
--Justice As Fairness - a Restatement (2001)
Plus a book of collected papers and lectures on the history of moral philosophy.
He was a stutterer, so he never sought the limelight, and did not lecture all that much.
He not only won the Bronze Star while in the military (WW2), but also the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy (1999), National Humanities Medal (1999), and had an asteroid 16561 Rawls named after him.
He's an interesting person, and one with whom I had no prior knowledge of until I delved into some quotes of his.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 26 - 
(well blow me down).
Popeye must be loving this one.
This should prove most interesting as I'm curious as to WHAT all of you out there would come up with.
Have at it, friends.
Meanwhile...back at the morgue...
*** Yes, we not only notched HOMICIDE NUMBER SIX yesterday when a D/B was found in an empty lot near the intersection of Holton and Colerick Sts., but ALSO grabbed us a BONUS with HOMICIDE NUMBER SEVEN a bit farther south on the city's (you guessed it)...SOUTHEAST SIDE.
The sheet in the background is the D/B
The badlands seem to be getting a tad "badder" these days...must be the weather.
Here's the story link for the 6th homicide:
WANE had a good interview with a neighbor, who (unfortunately) feels the need to VACATE the area...which means the bad guys WIN.
Here's that link to the video:
Nice rims for a poor neighborhood.
Granted, staying and fighting for what is YOURS seems overwhelming most days, and you know you're not getting the patrols you NEED in your area to allow you to feel AS safe as in years past.
Still, there comes a time when you HAVE to take a stand...much like the Founders of this nation...AGAINST such tyranny and injustice.
We're not fighting another country...just some street thugs that think the world is THEIRS...
--- Here is the lowdown on the LATEST homicide (#7 for those dead pools you have):
This happened yesterday afternoon around 1620 hrs in the parking lot along the 1100 block of Fayette Drive at the Brendonwood Park Apartments right off of Decatur Rd. (Gee that's less than half a mile from our "Fortress", too)
A red Dodge Dakota pickup was found by arriving officers after a report of shots being fired. The man was listed as "Asian", and shell casings were also found inside the truck. The headlights were still on.
Police don't believe this was related to other recent shootings (if it was drug-related, it probably IS related, however non-directly).
--- Amazing that "all of a sudden" all these shootings and killings take place.
Let's call the majority of these part of a "power-vacuum" that is attempting to be filled after recent major drug busts that have taken high-level distributors off our streets.
As a result, you KNOW that gangs are involved as well.
All these 2nd and 3rd-rate thugs are now trying to become the next drug "czar" in this city, and everyone not connected with this crap may be caught in whatever crossfire ensues.
We are way ahead of last year's totals (14 I believe), and we have the impetus to at least MATCH that number, perhaps exceed it well enough.
Thing is, these punks never go away...there are always MORE already living here, or being "imported" from other cities TO Fort Wayne.
And also, it would appear that whatever threats or promises our black FWPD chief leveled at these thugs meant little to nothing in the long-term prospects of cleaning this city the hell up.
Doesn't look like these cretins are afraid of our chief in any way, shape, or form...does it?
*** Next up, it looks like the top-rated show on the planet might be in a bit of a bind.
Here's the story link:
(Left to Right) Hammond, Clarkson, May
Yeah,UK's  TOP GEAR is not without one presenter. Jeremy Clarkson has got the sack after a fracas with a producer which left said producer with a split lip.
That's a damn shame, because the show is predicated upon the banter between the THREE presenters - Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. It has become a world phenomenon in the realm of fact-based television with over 350 million viewers.
(that's a LOT of viewers)
*** Next, let's top off today's post with a look at recent visitations to our humble abode...
Our BUNNY is BACK...!!!
.Wrinkles LOVES bread
And...sunflower seeds.
There you go, then. A little bit of SANITY down here in the ghettohood.
*** Last back to the coroner's office...we're seeing another increase in violent behavior, perpetrated MAINLY by the black community.
Yep...and getting worse.
And again, as is always the case, we are NOT hearing the proper OUTCRY from THAT community.
A murmur here and there...and that's about it.
But we DO hear about a white man and his kids LEAVING the area...being FORCED from HIS HOUSE, because of the behaviors of a minority.
And we hear about ONE officer who may or may not have anger issues.
Hardly seems like anyone really wants the races to live together peacefully these days, at least in certain neighborhoods. And let's not discount the Latino community and all the drugs (and crime) THEY are allowing to come here. Whites also have the meth trade and pharmacy robberies on their hands. Plenty of crap to go around.
The Broken Window Theory has been actively pursued in this city with relative abandon over the last 25 years...nothing has been done to STOP it. Community-Oriented Policing doesn't WORK down here.
A few arrests over the years to a handful of major players does NOT halt this disease in it's spread across the city, does it?
We change the FWPD chief...and we see the SAME things going on...guess this a case of no matter how you change things, they will remain the same?
If the police were permitted to take care of small infractions, and thereby force these low-information people to UNDERSTAND the law...and eventually OBEY it, then we might see a decrease in such larger instances where our officers are investigating homicides and shooting on an increasingly frequent basis.
The bad element has had enough slack on their leash...time to reel them all in, once and for all.
And bring in everyone associated with them in any way.
Stop the freebies which are supposed to keep these people from being violent - stop the housing, the free food, the free child-care...ALL of it.
Find a way to make ALL these people accountable first to themselves, then to their families and then to society, make it stick once and for all, and perhaps then, we can all breathe a bit better each day, rather than find dead bodies near our houses.
Time for the good guys to start winning again...the way it should be, right?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

((PS - I just hit 9000 COMMENTS...and I thought "I" had a lot to say...LOL
Thanks again to every one of you.))


CWMartin said...

Glad to see the bunny again.

The rest goes along with 50 years or more of ignoring a problem. Generations who don't give a crap about anything have been raised. How are we supposed to teach Johnny the worth of hard work, ethics, and morality, when he can look at cousins Malcolm and Tunisia, and he can see that as long as he gives no weight to self respect, it's easier the other way? So Johnny does what all the other little thugs do and buys "gun respect". And why not? His dad bought gun respect (God rest his soul), his mama never went to school and probably isn't as smart as he is, his community leaders have been more active in who they can sue than what's good for him, and the city continues to mumble, "If I ignore Johnny, he will go away."

Did you ever read Killraven back in the day? There was an issue built on the non-relationship between Hawk (Native American character) and his father. Hawk still had self respect... but it alienated him from his father, family, and people. And when Hawk tried to show his father what a shithole his life had become, never doing anything but playing white man's games on the computer, his father replied, "But on the computer, I am a star. The computer shows me respect."

Point being, when you tell a group they're worthless long enough- they're unimportant long enough- they take you at your word. Ask a Bolshevik how long it takes to break a peasant of that mindset. You can break a people as a group, but you can only rebuild them one at a time. And where we're at, there's not enough time in the world.

AWB said...

AWB is back!

Bob G. said...

Yeah, we love the bunny...the bunny is GOOD...lol.

As to ALL the points you've made...BRAVO.
You always seem to say with brevity AND clarity that which I get long-winded about.
(you shoulds been an author)

That is EXACTLY the problem, and the parallel with breaking a PEOPLE versus rebuilding them person by person is brilliant.

I do recall Killraven (having spent a fair amount of time in a comic book store), but that WAS a long time ago (for me)...might have to refresh my own memory on that.

But that story sounds familiar.
(never collected that issue)

Thanks much for taking the time to drop by and comment.

YOu stay safe up there, brother.

Bob G. said...

GREAT to see you back on the prowl again.
Thanks for the link and be sure I will be checking it out soon enough.

Stay safe out there, boss!