AND a brand new month.
And we'll be taking a look at what shakes out for the month of June in a bit, but first...how about that RAIN this weekend?
Everything (around here) sure got a soaking.
But, it looks to be over for most of this week.
The rest of our Hoosierland weather sees us with mostly cloudy skies hanging around for the better part of the day.
We're supposed to be seeing the sun sometime later this afternoon.
Highs today will be in the mid-60s and that's just fine by me.
This would be a good time to get some things in the garden...it's SOFT enough and no watering required (for the next few days).
So, with that behind us, let's get that nice soothing drink nestled nearby and see what else is (or has been) going on...
*** First out of the rain-barrel is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---It is the month of JUNE and here's the monthly and weekly "events" to take note of:
(candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker)
--FIGHT THE FILTHY FLY MONTH
--GAY PRIDE MONTH
(didn't we just have one of these?
--NATIONAL ACCORDION AWARENESS MONTH
--NATIONAL ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH
|"...me, me...pick me, please..."|
|Earth's most powerful felines|
--NATIONAL FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MONTH
(that should be every damn day - I know I hate stale rotten fruits and vegetables
--TURKEY LOVERS MONTH
---The FIRST week of June is FISHING WEEK.
---And the SECOND week of June is EMAIL WEEK
(guess one might be able to "merge" the two, by changing a letter here or there...lol)
Now, for the DAILY stuff:
June 1 -
---Today is DARE DAY.
D.A.R.E. (day), which is held in April...just so you know.
--- It's also FLIP A COIN DAY...
---And, it's NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY
---It's also NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY
---Lastly, it's SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY
*** Next up, Fort Wayne's first COFFEE WITH A COP event went off Saturday (downtown, where else?) at the Barr St. Market.
Well, of COURSE it would be a success...you think they want to hold an event that SUCKS?
*** Along the lines of LAW-ENFORCEMENT, there's this gem:
The arrest rate there has dropped close to 50%, while the homicide rate has risen by almost the same amount, with triple digit body counts in that city.
Helluva "trend", don'cha think?
*** And then, we have one side of a story, presented by the Washington (com) Post:via the J-G:
Yes, it's true...police shootings are SOARING (???) in 2015...or are they really?
It's easy to spot every shooting by the police with a 24/7 news cycle, PLUS everyone and their brohter having a camera to put up videos.
|EMPOWERED protesters, are they not?|
THOSE cameras will capture the TRUTH in such matters when people choose to play the STUPID CARD with police.
I'm starting to lean heavily in favor of them, especially in cities where minorities have proven to be an impediment to law-enforcement, rather than a help.
But this story only serves to "fuel the fire" when it comes to cities like Ferguson, or Baltimore.
---Interestingly enough, there IS a "counterpoint" to the leftist rhetoric, and it can be found HERE:
This is being called the "FERGUSON EFFECT", and with this comes the RISE of VIOLENT CRIME in major cities across America.
HERE for a long time...maybe overall crime HAS been going DOWN, but the level of VIOLENCE is specific crimes has been going UP, and that's a nasty fact to have to deal with.
But, we love FACTS, because it helps aid in the procurement of the TRUTH.
And the truth is...with a greater presence of violence on the streets, a greater force to counter that is required.
There you have it...easily explained and BOTH sides of the story revealed.
ANSWER to that violence?
You believe that these thugs will "tire themselves the hell out" and be done with this?
Not a chance in hell, folks.
Gun violence alone is up 60% (and not by LAW-ABIDING citizens).
Homicides are up 180% in Milwaukee.
Guess in Fort Wayne, we got "lucky" and got OUR record year of homicides over with in 2013.
Ahead of the curve?
The Breitbart story goes on to provide stats about a lot of major cities that have seen a more EMPOWERED criminal element, due in most part to the outcry (erroneous as they have become) from minority communities starting as far back as the Trayvon Martin case.
Ferguson really "lit the fire" though, and it's been fueled by the race-baiters and leftists ever since, and the reasons behind it are not that hard to discover.
|Looting is NOT justice...it's criminal.|
It turns parts of cities and likens it to some post-apocalyptic, dystopian scenario, where the streets are ruled by the bad guys and doing anything outside after dark, becomes a study in terror for whatever residents still remain.
Breitbart does a fantastic job of peeling back the layers of deception and showing us the truth.
*** Last back to the patio...and changing gears to a much lighter theme...Wifey and I stopped at Wal-Mart after grocery shopping on Saturday, and yes, we DID get (even) MORE plants and flowers for the garden.
|Love that big purple guy!|
The only thing that bothered me at Wal-Mart was that the sporting good register was closed (chained off), and I wanted to get some CO2 capsules for the BB pistols, as well as take a look at another pistol I've been wanting (for under $20, too). And, the selection of action figures left a LOT to be desired.
I'll wager that similar stores in better parts of the city have a better assortment.
That's no big deal, though...there are always other days to pursue that.
We are getting some activity in the garden...everything is taking well to all that rain we had.
Our yucca is getting CRAZY-TALL, and it looks like we'll be getting TWO blooms off of those buggers.
|It's almost FOUR feet tall...and growing.|
|Well, it's a START, anyway...|
Of course, gardening wouldn't mean much if we didn't have someone in some sort of supervisory capacity "watching over us" from the parapets as we toiled.
|I can see for miles and miles ...well maybe just across the street|
But, I did get this weekend OFF - next weekend, back behind the mower again (keep that extension cord handy).
I will say that the violence OUTSIDE seems far removed from whatever solace we can garner INSIDE the bastions of out humbles "Fortress".
That doesn't discount what takes place in our part of this city...it just keeps it at arm's length (for the time being).
|Peonies heaven...away from the madness|
Or, it often takes a strong and willing arm of law-enforcement to do what we cannot (or should not).
Either way, humanity DOES have it's work cut out for it.
May God provide the strength and wisdom required for the effort.
Stay SAFE out there, America.