01 June 2015

Monday Musings...
Welcome to a brand new week...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:
--AQUARIUM MONTH
(floaters need not apply)
--CANDY MONTH 
(candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker)
--DAIRY MONTH
(got "moo"?)
--FIGHT THE FILTHY FLY MONTH
(...fly-swatter..SMASH...puny fly)!
--GAY PRIDE MONTH
(didn't we just have one of these?
--NATIONAL ACCORDION AWARENESS MONTH
(polka anyone?)
--NATIONAL ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH
"...me, me...pick me, please..."
Cats tend to be quite the independent critters, though.
Earth's most powerful felines
(I've found they tend to adopt YOU...but ONLY when the mood strikes them)
--NATIONAL FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MONTH 
(that should be every damn day - I know I hate stale rotten fruits and vegetables
--ROSE MONTH
(beware the thorns...just like in life)
--TURKEY LOVERS MONTH 
(Geez, you'd think this would be NOVEMBER...right?)
---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.
It's got nothing to do with D.A.R.E. (day), which is held in April...just so you know.
--- It's also FLIP A COIN DAY...
(go ahead, I DARE you...heh)
---And, it's NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY
(air 'em out and give them feet a treat)
---It's also NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY
( works better with TWO people)
---Lastly, it's SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY
(and if you can't say something nice...don't say anything...got it?)
*** Next up, Fort Wayne's first COFFEE WITH A COP event went off Saturday (downtown, where else?) at the Barr St. Market.
Here's the story link:
http://www.21alive.com/news/local/Coffee-with-a-cop-a-success--305581811.html
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:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/Homicide-count-for-May-in-Baltimore-rises-to-43-6947371
The homicide count for May in Baltimore rose to 43...setting a new record.
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:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/Police-shootings-soaring-in-2015-6943329
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?
The body camera idea for police might be a savior -in-disguise, though...
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:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/30/ferguson-effect-americas-new-crime-wave-is-all-part-of-the-plan/
This is being called the "FERGUSON EFFECT", and with this comes the RISE of VIOLENT CRIME in major cities across America.
That's something I've said 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.
You seriously think that a "hands-off" approach to heightened violence is the 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.
This is being done to paralyze the cops from the performance of the city OF policing. Then you find an excuse (never a reason) to JUSTIFY the looting and rioting. That is what gives the criminal element it's empowerment.
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!
We have run out of pots to plant them in, for the most part...LOL.
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...
And, we're even getting some ROSE-action along the trellis and that mini-rose we got the other week.
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
Thing is, when the plants and flowers grow...so does the LAWN...no getting around that one.
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
Human nature can be contained, and all the green monsters inside every one of us can be kept under control, but it take a concerned effort BY us first.
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.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

10 comments:

A Beer For The Shower said...

I don't doubt that gun violence has gone up that much. It's a scary world out there. Road rage related shootings are what's going around here lately. It's gotten to the point to where I worry just about driving down the block to the store - anymore you can encounter someone who's had a bad day and they'll start taking shots at you.

On a lighter note, your gardening habits sound a lot like mine. We often get so many plants we run out of pots and have to buy more. That purple plant is pretty cool. Don't tell my wife, though... she'll want one. Or three.

Slamdunk said...

That Yucca is looking good...

It will be interesting (from a distance) to see where Baltimore goes from here. I think I told you about my dislike of the city before the extra attention. I always felt like my trips into that not so fine city resembled the old movie "Escape from New York."

I am glad that you have been able to keep the yuck of your community at arm's length. Too bad that it has required lots of work on your part--it should not be that way. Have a good Monday.

Bob G. said...

ABFS:

It amazes me that in a world of background checks. gun permits. and the like, the "black market" firearms has to be making money hand-over-fist.
Because you KNOW the good guys aren't doing all this shooting.

I figured the "road-ragers" would be (the ones to watch) out there, but that can happen anywhere, JUST for the excuse to pick some fight when high or liquored up.

As for the plants?
Yeah, might need to get more POTS.
And as long as you keep your wife from the WALMART garden center...not a problem (even if it only costs $8)...lol.

Thanks for stopping by today to comment.

Stay safe(and always classy) out there

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:

That yucca is starting to bother me...in a "little shop of horrors" sorta way...LOL.

B'more...where to begin?
I recall your tales from THAT "hood"...and somehow they (in that city) thought by building up the waterfront was gonna make all the NASTY go away?
Didn't work out as planned, did it?
I've been through much of Maryland (even the Proving Grounds in Aberdeen - now THAT is was a great place), but I've NEVER stopped in B'more.

Much of what happened THERE has already taken place in Philly *took several decades as well)...much larger areas of dubious people (entitlement mentality) and it's rare to see ANY major city seeing a definitive INCREASE in population over the long haul.

Trying to keep the "barbarians from the gates' is an ONGOING process...and with NO real allies these days around to share the burden...it's becoming a job for someone younger than myself.
But we do what we need to do...no more, no less.

If I could turn the clock back a mere fifteen years. It wasn't THAT bad then...and a lot more manageable a task.

Still, we soldier on.

Thanks much for dropping on over today and commenting.
You stay safe out there.

John DuMond said...

The Heimlich Maneuver? I thought that was a tactic used in the German Blitzkrieg. :)

Momma Fargo said...

Man. A new week. Sigh. Love your kitty. I feel like him only behind glass today. LOL

Bob G. said...

John D,:
That sounds very plausible.
Perhaps it was only used on the RUSSIAN front???
LOL.

Thanks for stopping over today.
Stay safe out there.

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
Yeah...another week...another set of problems to solve.
They say that with experience comes wisdom.
(guess they never spent time on the SE side of Ft. Wayne...LOL)

That kitty is TOO CUTE.
(I want one)

Thanks for rolling up to comment today.

Stay safe down there, dear.

CWMartin said...

Aboat choked on the "floaters need not apply" thing. A long time ago, Laurie and I and her family had gotten into some long playing- keep score card game. Somehow, those who were winning became "floaters" (just not of the fish variety), while losers were referred to as "bottom of the bowl." Sometime later, one of the floaters said, "Just call me Bob", and there began a long period of using the word Bob for... well, you know. We started bring up Bobbies, and bobbing one's hair, and the fact that Laurie's father was named Bob, and the night devolved into gasps for breath sprinkled with watering eyes, and the occasional laugh that actually struggled out of the gasps. Yep, long way from the subject, but a wonderful memory.

Fantastic post on the Baltimore/Ferguson trends subject. And I wonder if anyone in Baltimore even cares.


Bob G. said...

Chris:
I know "first-hand" about those FLOATERS...lol.
And NO, I'm not familiar with such terms and card-playing (even in CANASTA).

One thing about the name "Bob"...you can always come across a good memory SOMEWHERE...(and you don't have to have the name to portray a jovial narrative...HA!)

I think the COPS in Baltimore care...
But THEY are not in control of the city (thanks to leftist politics and low-information urban dwelling citizens.

Glad you liked that comparison...I thought it was something that needed to be said (and by the loom of things on the radio dial and TV screen...others with much larger audiences are also feeling the same way).
Always like to be in good company there.

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

Stay safe up there, brother.