One day, we have the A/C on, later that same day, we're turning the heat back on...LOL.
Weather changes by the HOUR around here, if not by the minute.
The rest of our Hoosierland weather will see us having a high today of around 60 degrees.
Partly cloudy skies will follow along with a slight breeze, and we may have a chance of a shower later this evening.
(accent on the "chance")
So, without any further ado, let's all get the morning cup or glass of whatever we find soothing, and set out to see what the day has in store.
*** First off of the bus stop is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence."
I think with the world in the state it currently finds itself, this becomes a common truth, whether it's in the arena of government, business, or justice.
So, who said that anyway? (hint - it's a gimme)
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at Monticello...
*** It's also time once again for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
May 20 -
---Today is BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY
|Like I said...a DREAM.|
---It's also PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY
|Bet it ain't 25 cents any longer|
*** Next, a FWPD officer has to shoot two pit bulls on the (where the hell else?) SOUTHEAST side of Ft. Wayne.
|The abandoned house|
|"Just pretend it's a pit bull, Frank..."|
When the male dog attacked middair, the FWPD officer discharged his weapon.
This dog was later euthanized.
The other dog did not present a danger without the other to instigate, and was taken to Animal Care and Control for evaluation.
The owner of the two dogs was contacted and agreed to have the one dog put down and was also cited for allowing the dog to be a public nuisance.
*** And while we're on the SOUTHEAST part of town, there's THIS:
HOW to include pertinent information.
This home invasion (by two teens) took place in the 4000 of Lillie St around 2300 hrs this past Monday.
(there, that wasn't so hard, was it?)
Guess these punks weren't planning to attend SCHOOL on Tuesday, either way, hmm?
They knocked on the door of the house and asked the address which was displayed clearly ON the house. The homeowner (?) closed the door but didn't lock it.
The teens came in, one with a handgun, the other with a shotgun, and they took a purse, a 32 inch TV, an Xbox, a dozen video games, a tablet, 2 cellphones, and a sock hat.
(lotta stuff to haul)
Police saw two people run across Rudisill Blvd near S. Anthony and gave chase.
|Especially with THESE officers on scene.|
(names withheld -juveys, you know)
Investigators found a handgun near the house on Lillie St, and a video game that was stolen from the home.
One of the perps was still wearing the sock hat taken from the house.
Now...what was this recent BS about the "perception" of CRIME down here on the SE side???
Please, refresh my memory, because it appears to be a lot more TANGIBLE than mere perception.
And this instance is only ONE of very many thefts that happen most EVERY day down here.
I only show you the signal 113s (shots fired) actual shootings and armed robberies (usually in businesses).
There is a much HIGHER occurrence of robberies, break-ins, home invasions that go on and are unreported in the news (unless there is a level of sensationalism attached to it...like a standoff or something).
Then, we have the disturbances, fights, rapes, thefts from vehicles...ALL DOCUMENTED.
No "perception" of crime required, people.
Just wanted you to know the TRUTH of the matter.
*** Also, while we're at it, let's see what our reigning "monarch" (Mayor Henry) has to say about some of this.
|A VERY revealing series.|
|It's good to be "king".|
According to Adam Widener's report (and it's a wonderfully scathing one), Henry says that the "perception is worse than the crime"...oh, really?
It not perception...it's FACT. Read the damn police blotter, or listen in to the FWPD radio (which YOU probably have access to, unlike we, the peons, who have had it taken away through encryption).
The TRUTH in this is so much more damning than anyone's perception.
Henry goes on "...but because there's a perception that the southeast is challenging, we have a hard time marketing southeast.."
No, the developers can see the graffiti on the damn walls...there is totally too much CRIME down here, and anyone who reads the activity reports of the FWPD can also SEE as much, you dumbass!
The perception, if we were to assign one to this clusterf&ck, is what is REAL...what is ACTUALLY occurring down here, plain and simple.
When the crime is taken care of and chased the hell away, THEN, the developers will come in, and with a better feeling that both their businesses AND employees as well as customers will NOT be placed at risk.
But, we could talk to business owners who HAD to close down...if we knew where they went.
|On the SE side - YES!|
*** Last back to the classroom...it would be SO nice to be able to return this part of the city BACK to a time when there were a lot more places to enjoy...and shop...and eat.
And we only have to regress a mere 15 years to do so.
|When things were better on the SE side.|
And those are on the short list - the most notable losses we have had in those 15 years.
There have been a LOT more.
We've had schools close (Geyer for one), and even a Payless Shoe Store shut down, along with the Decatur Rd. Scott's Grocery.
Again, all happening in the last decade.
So, what type of "perception" are we looking at?
To me (and probably more than a few other people down here who still give a damn) it's cold...hard...FACT.
ALL we have lost is but small compensation, and the crime that caused many of these closings continues to grow in both numbers and in violent intent.
I hate to be a "Danny-Downer" here, but the truth is irrefutable...and as plain as the nose on the primate faces running this city.
Still, THEY refuse to see it (must be great to have such nice blinders in those "ivory palaces").
Toss a rec center here...a few "new" affordable housing units (read Section 8 and HUD) there, and we're supposed to roll our eyes and marvel at ALL that's been done?
That is minuscule compensation for what we have lost over the years, thanks to the ignorance of those downtown.
(where it sure looks beautiful...for a price).
|Neither is ignorance...|
Nah...better to maintain a ghetto and stick a hand out to the FEDS for "assistance" to help the "poor"...More programs to "aid the downtrodden"....
Yeah, that ALWAYS works (about as much as those living around us....as in never).
Wake up call...anyone?
Stay SAFE out there, America.