28 January 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
The weekend is so close, you can feel it.
And, I'm sure many of you have been awaiting it with quiet anticipation.
Not to worry - it's on it's way.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with partly sunny skies to begin with, turning to mostly cloudy skiesas the day progresses, with our temps rising to around 35 degrees.
We do have the chance for snow showers this afternoon and into the overnight hours.
So, let's all get that morning drink parked nearby as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the rock pile is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
This was spoken by none other than MICHELANGELO (di Lodovico Buonarroli Simon), noted Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance (March 1475 - 18 February 1564).
And here is his WIKI:
Considered to be the greatest living artist of his time, he is since been considered one of the greatest artists of ALL time. He obviously had a profound influence upon the development of Western art.
His versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal "Renaissance Man" alongside fellow Italian Leonardo Da Vinci.
His two most famous works, the PIETA and DAVID were sculpted before the age of thirty.
He also created two of the most famous frescoes in the history of Western art  - the scenes of Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and The Last Judgment on it's altar wall.
The WIKI, as could be expected is a rather long read, but gives you a nice look into the life, times, and works of art of Michelangelo.
Few people throughout history have provided such a beautiful legacy for the world to marvel at.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
January 28 -
(I'm sure there are many for whom such things are on the impossible side)
(guess that could be having fun at work - strike up the band)
(funny, didn't hear anything about this at Ihop or Bob Evans)
---Also, it was on THIS date in 1986 that the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) disaster took place.
Here's the "4-1-1" on this tragedy:
It would be later that evening when (then) President Reagan delivered his message to America NOT regarding the State of the Union (as he had planned), but spoke to the Challenger disaster, and he quoted from the poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie McGee, Jr:
"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' to 'touch the face of God.'
Can't say that there were many dry eyes after hearing that.
*** Next up, did you know that the NYC city council is proposing to decriminalize PUBLIC URINATION ?
Here's the story:
Okay, so this is being proposed "so MINORITIES can achieve their FULL potential"?
Are you freaking shitting me? What leftard is behind THIS?
Here's another article:
NO full potential realized here
We've got public urination where we live in SE Fort Wayne, and not only is it never caught by police, but it has certainly NOT helped ANY of the minorities down here achieve anything except bladder relief...period.
The Big Apple could soon become the Big Urinal.
None here either...
I had initially thought that NYPD "commish", Bill Bratton was okay with the decriminalization of these "low-level" crimes, but apparently, he is strongly AGAINST it, because he believes (and rightly so) that such crimes will lead to BIGGER crimes. Ah, it's good to see that the Broken Window Theory is still taken to heart.
The council woman behind this proposal
I expect this proposal by their city councilwoman (seen above) to fail, but then again, the city IS run by Komrade DiBlasio, so anything is possible, isn't it? That's what you get with a leftard democrat in charge,..every single time.
*** Next up, more details in that robbery - chase - car crash I mentioned yesterday.
Here's the story link:
Police released the names of the two perps and it's nice to know such "men" are trying to reach their FULL POTENTIAL  by robbing a gas station at 2 AM on the NE side of town, and then trying to evade police by driving in excess of 120 MPH to finally crash the car into a house on Vance Ave.
Nothing says minority "success" quite like that, does it?
Gregory T. Clark, II already has a rather lengthy rap sheet, but it looks like Chancellor Shaquille Thomas has chosen to join this "club" as well, because he was the driver of the car (never let a rookie take the wheel in such situations). Clark had his license suspended several times and had numerous drug charges against him.
Such up-standing examples of minority manhood.
Absolutely NO potential here.
Well, they were STANDING UP when those mugshots were taken...does that count?
Maybe, if they were permitted to buy alcohol on Sundays, and public urination was not a crime in Fort Wayne, both of them would have done much better in life than they' have so far?
ROFLMAO...yeah, right.
*** Next, the FWPD  has ONLY waited three weeks to divulge some video of two men who stole from the Meijers on Lima Rd. Better late than NEVER?
I don't think so. Here's the story:
This took place back on 11 JANUARY - THREE WEEKS AGO.
No wonder the arrest rate isn't what it SHOULD be here...information is TOO DAMN SLOW in getting to the public; those who can perhaps actually HELP the police in nabbing scum like these two.
And since Loss Prevention doesn't have a 3rd shift at the store, there was no one to stop them.
This pair probably knew as much, and that's why they struck in the early morning hours (doesn't any male under the age of 40 SLEEP at night in Fort Wayne?)
*** And while we're on the topic of NOT presenting information to the public in a timely fashion when it comes to crime, how about THIS story:
I did manage to clean the photo up a bit.
This took place around 2135 hrs at the Walgreens located in Southgate Plaza (along Pettit Ave), but it happened back on 14 JANUARY...!!!
Again, it took THIS long to get a video capture to the public? Gimme a break.
At least the ONLY stuff the robber got was what he placed on the counter (like some Steel Reserve malt liquor), because the clerk just said NO to the robber when he handed a note saying it was a robbery.
And while he stuck his hand in his pocket,. he never brandished a firearm (doesn't mean he won't get charged for ARMED robbery anyway).
Personally, I think the people should be DEMANDING some accountability from the FWPD command for their "lack of vision" in allowing these two cases to grow cold over the last 3 weeks, when the populace COULD have been helping police look for these perps.
*** Last back to the exercise yard...this is not a perfect world, and none of us are anything close to attaining perfection (it's that "all fall short of the glory of God..." kinda stuff), but what's the harm in TRYING to be better, hmm?
I don't mind the attempt or the challenge, because THAT is worth SO much more than doing nothing, which is what many seem to content themselves with these days.
If you believe otherwise, then review what I said yesterday about mediocrity.
Why settle for average when you can shoot for excellence?
That sums it up nicely, right?
Still, we see the result of those who don't even bother to try to better themselves.
They only go about SERVING THEMSELVES, usually at the cost of something (or someone) else, for nothing is really "free". Would it be that some of these jerks would devote HALF as much time and energy to a WORTHWHILE pursuit instead of criminal activity...that would go far to change not only the perception but the reality of how we view certain elements in our society.
We can't legislate stupidity, but some can try to allow pissing in public...where's the "win" there?
If the NYC court system (or that in any other city) is overwhelmed, then perhaps more judges are needed, or a better and more expedient prosecutorial arm of law-enforcement is required.
What is REALLY needed is to send a very STRONG message to law-breakers...DON'T DO IT.
Regular citizens always have that Sword of Damocles over THEIR heads for a myriad of things..time to hang one over the heads of the criminals...the way things USED to be.
You "play"...you PAY.
 Simple as that.
Anything less is not advancing ANY society in any way, shape or form, regardless of race, creed, religion, or ethnicity.
Solutions can be forthcoming (and often easy to figure out), as long as the REAL problem is defined.
That's called common sense...and it still works.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


Momma Fargo said...

you can keep your kazoo, but I love art. I especially love that period of time and Micky's work is most magnificent. I need it to be Friday. I have had a rough week. Blah. Tired of having this virus crappo. Stay safe out there, Bob!

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
Never heard him called THAT before...cool.

Sorry to hear about that virus thing...you need some chicken soup (and chocolate with some red wine for dessert).
That should work.

And thanks for spending some time here to comment.

You roll safe & take care down there, dear.

CWMartin said...

Michelangelo prolly said that hanging upside down at the Sistine Chapel, yes? That would have put a whole new set of problems with "aiming too low," lol!

I had SOME fun at work... I've had more, though. If I'd have had advance notice, I coulda bought a rubber nose at Spencers...

So that is a true story in the Post? Rush thought it might be an Onion deal. Hopefully, NYC will also acquire some the lovely things that go with such actions- like Cholera.

Thank God that where I piss doesn't affect MY full potential... more or less...

Of course, they could modify that deal they tried in India of painting pictures of the gods on the target walls.... maybe they could put portraits of Biggie Smalls, Barack Obama, or Joe Girardi on the walls. Oh wait, immigrants, Chris... maybe portraits of Bashir Assad or Bin Laden...

And yeah, I agree on the info delays... is it really more important to a) give the dept first whack at solo solving, b) make sure it can be released in such a way that the city won't get sued, than to actually ACCOMPLISH crime fighting? Kinda like Superman saying, "Let me give Batman a week or two to see if he can bring him in. After all, I don't wanna show off..."

Bob G. said...

--I hadn't thought about the blood flow to the old cranium during the Chapel gig...
Good point.
His aim was to do the best he could, and he hit the ten-ring there.

--Oh, it was one of those days, hmm?
You need day now & then that is LESS serious than the rest.

--It's a "for-real" story, from what I managed to find.
That one councilwoman wants to decriminalize OPEN CONTAINER laws as well and move them to the CIVIL court, due to the criminal courts being backed up more than a $2 toilet.

--Who knew that pissing and potential were SO interconnected?
I had thought that was the sole realm of "number 2"...LOL.
Nice idea with the "portraits"...maybe they can charge people like at the carnivals?

--ROFL...well Gotham and Metropolis ARE two DIFFERENT cities.
(Like Star City & Central City)
Never that twain shall meet (and never step on another superhero's turf...lol).

Thanks much for stopping by to comment.

Stay safe up there, brother.

catererin said...

the Pieta is one gorgeous statue I hear! it is my favorite piece of artwork in the world! want to go to Rome so much to see it and all the rest of Saint Peter's Basilica! have a statue of the Pieta, it is so nice having one in my bedroom even!

Bob G. said...

I agree...the PIETA has to be the definitive work of Michelangelo, but the paintings in eh Sistine Chapel aren't too shabby, either.
Amazing that he sculpted what he did BEFORE the age of 30.
That's just AMAZING.

You have a small statue of the Pieta? COOL!
And yes, seeing the works IN PERSON would be nice...probably the ONLY reason to go to Rome these days...heh.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Have a great weekend & stay safe out there.