22 March 2016

Tuesday Tidbits...
Welcome to what appears to be a wonderfully "generic" Spring day here in the Heartland.
And this trend will last for the next 2 days, so says the forecast-people.
Our Hoosierland weather will have us with partly cloudy skies, breezy conditions and a high of around the 60-degree mark. Can't get any more Springlike than that.
And don't fear when you hear the tornado sirens going off around 1015 hrs. - it's a TEST. Ditto for tonight.
So, now that we've gotten all the mundane stuff out of the way, let's get ourselves a nice morning cup of glass of our favorite drink and set about seeing what has been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the recliner is our 'What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 22 -
(cripes...it's crepes!)
Up in the air, junior birdman!
(well, THAT explains what our Whiner-in-Chief is doing in CUBA, doesn't it?)
That's all I can find, since the server for the national day calendar site is giving me an 521 error saying it's DOWN - STILL gotta LOVE technology, right?
*** Next up, it's time to once again delve into the dank, dark world of dumbassery as we see ALL the police calls the media NEVER tells us about when it comes to morons who play with guns and fireworks:
MAR 14 -
16F032781 00:07:05 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 HENSCH ST & FLORENCE AVE
((NO armed robberies))
MAR 15 -
16F033396 04:43:49 113 SHOTS FIRED 5200 LILLIE ST
16F033595 14:01:34 113 SHOTS FIRED 4000 DANER DR
16F033848 20:48:40 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 LILLIE ST
((NO armed robberies))
MAR 16 -
16F033918 00:53:12 113 SHOTS FIRED 8200 SANTA FE TRL
16F034484 23:11:03 53 ARMED ROB 5900 CLINTON ST N
MAR 17 -
16F034501 01:00:27 113 SHOTS FIRED 2800 FAIRFIELD AVE & HOME AVE
16F035024 21:27:28 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 FOX AVE
16F035040 21:49:58 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 RUDISILL BLVD E & ANTHONY BLV
16F035065 22:51:22 113 SHOTS FIRED 4700 BOWSER AVE
16F034500 00:50:54 53 ARMED ROB 2700 PAULDING RD E
16F034678 13:48:15 53 ARMED ROB 3100 HOAGLAND AVE
16F034904 18:45:27 58 SHOOTING 3700 WASHINGTON RD S
16F035073 22:53:13 58 SHOOTING 4500 OLIVER ST
16F035071 23:19:24 58 SHOOTING 2200 RANDALLIA DR
MAR 18 -
16F035128 03:20:35 113 SHOTS FIRED 1400 GREENE ST
16F035260 11:47:58 113 SHOTS FIRED 6900 EDGEBROOK DR
16F035666 21:44:16 113 SHOTS FIRED 400 PUTNAM ST & CORTLAND AVE
16F035473 16:10:47 53 ARMED ROB 2900 CANTERBURY BLVD
MAR 19 -
16F035752 00:06:16 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 WASHINGTON BLVD E
16F036029 16:06:13 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 PETTIT AVE E & ANTHONY BLVD S
16F036207 22:55:21 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 BARR ST S
16F035788 01:52:14 53 ARMED ROB 4600 HANNA ST S
MAR 20 - 
16F036334 07:58:30 113 SHOTS FIRED 6000 BUNT DR
16F036638 21:58:24 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 HARMAR ST
16F036544 18:15:39 53 ARMED ROB 3200 HANNA ST S
16F036628 21:27:56 53 ARMED ROB 1400 TAYLOR ST & RIEDMILLER AVE
16F036624 21:13:01 58 SHOOTING 2200 RANDALLIA DR
16F036664 23:47:53 58 SHOOTING 700 BROADWAY
MAR 16 -
16F034413 19:36:24 44FW 4700 MANISTEE DR
(wow, this is the SAME location where SIMILAR calls went out on 17 Feb, as well as from LAST year - 29 Dec, 22 Dec, 26 Nov, 17 Sep, 11 Sep, 6 Aug, and 18 July.)
Now, I wonder if the FWPD is seeing this pattern, because they obviously are not doing anything to halt this, and have not been able to quiet this idiot who has to be bothering the neighbors along that street (NE side not far from Reed)
Moving on...
*** The police-action shooting has provided "new information", according to local media sources, but I sure didn't see, hear, or read much more than we already knew (how typical of them).
((Editor's Update - 0900 hrs - Oops, they DID finally release the victim's name. How 'bout that?))
Here's the link, just for the hell of it:
Wasn't a Dunkin Donuts nearby?
Okay, it's time to call the OBVIOUS DEPARTMENT, because we KNOW this is a "homicide", even though a police officer shot a dangerous and armed perp who shot first AT the officers.
And we know this all started from an argument IN the AutoZone between two customers (doesn't take much to set these animals off) and that's when an employee tried to break up the argument, and was shot by the recently deceased perp.
The 62-yr old Hispanic guy, Abraham Martinez,  tried to RUN from police after shooting the employee...that was destined fail. It would not surprise me if the victim wasn't carrying ANY form of ID - too many locals around here are notorious for that, and some even drive around without it...they just aren't stopped often enough. Many are habitual offenders and yes, are Latino.
At least this didn't wind up as another damn footnote.
*** Next up, the "proposed" downtown ARENA gets a green light from this "study committee" (unlike the SE side which gets the shit end of every stick).
Here's the story:
Our "king" (right) and his court vassals.
When you look at the list of members ON that committee, it reads like a "who's who" of anyone that has any REAL say in Fort Wayne...none of the "common man", as it were.
They're saying they don't want to rely on PROPERTY taxes to pay for this.
BUT (uh oh), there HAS been a suggestion of RAISING the SALES TAX 1%.
Does EVERYTHING these people say HAVE to include the word TAX?
Aren't we taxed out the ass ALREADY?
And why does EVERYONE have to pay for something that not everyone will visit?
It's like you have no say in the matter.
Must seem like a game to THEM.
This city STILL is floating about $60 MIL in BONDS for the ballpark,. and has debts incurred from the ASH deal that will linger for a decade or more.
Then, there's the "big dig" deal with that huge sewer pipe going in under 5 or so miles of the city.
That ain't gonna be cheap.
I mean, where the hell does this end, and why isn't EVERYONE who is capable helping to pay, instead of JUST the working-class stiffs?
Why do we even NEED all this in the first place?
(we gotta keep up with OTHER cities, Bob)
Oh yeah...that's right.
*** Next up, there are always problems galore when living in a part of town that has become BLIGHTED, thanks to government-sponsored lifestyled people.
These guys aren't moving in, that's for sure.
Not the least of which is having to deal with houses that USED to be nice (now) turned into abandoned or boarded up hovels, awaiting the next deadbeat landlord...or the wrecking ball.
It becomes a haven of sorts to the local gutter-rats - aka "Babay's kids", who see the entire street as some sort of personal PLAYGROUND.
Who gave them permission to trespass? 
Must be the memories of living in that HUD apartment complex, also on the SE side, where the parking lot was the place to play (and hide when gunshots broke out).
Now, they roam about IN the damn street, at vacant houses (entering garages left unlocked) awith NO parental supervision to speak of. And with speeders (who are ALSO never caught by police) along our streets, it's  a matter of time before "something wicked this way comes".
Try your OWN yard...or that new McMillan rec center.
Be nice if these kids were on a lot SHORTER leash...they might live to an older age (before they get shot by a peer OR a cop as they flee from whatever mayhem they created).
*** Last back to the laundry room...how many of you are always wishing for the times in your youth when things were a lot less "effed up"?
A "personal" mantra of mine.
The world seemed an easier place to deal with, and people tended to be a lot better-behaved bunch (for the most part). Now, it looks like that has been turned completely on it's ass and everything we USED to think or believe in is being tossed to the curb, like some discarded candy wrapper from one of my neighbor's urchins.
We all used to be a better people, and had a better nation, so what the hell went so wrong?
Well, the first answer that comes to mind (for me) is that we, as a society started rewarding bad or slovenly behavior.
That kicked the snowball down a very steep mountain, and it's been gathering momentum (and mass) ever since. And guess who is at the bottom?
Then, the libtards started "giving away the farm" so to speak, to those claiming poverty, but actually grew to become too lazy to actively pursue a useful and productive vocation.
All the years of rampant liberalism are catching up to us all, and the future is looking a lot more bleak than was portrayed decades ago.
We've also permitted the GOVERNMENT (on every level) to tell us "what's best' for us, as well as over-regulating every aspect to our lives, businesses, and lifestyles.
When you stop to think about it, our freedoms (and liberties) HAVE indeed diminished, and for what?
Our nation finds itself at the heart of a nexus - a point connecting other points in time and history.
As to whether we continue on our current path or decide to want better for ourselves and future generations hinges on a great many things, so it should serve as both a warning and a way to make changes for the BETTER. If that means stepping back to more forward...so be it.
I don't think that our nation, "the great experiment" stopped being great...but I do believe that many of her people stopped wanting us to maintain that distinction in the global arena.
The time has come for us to work together, work smarter, and start solving our problems, instead of creating new ones. Lord knows we have too many as it is.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


A Beer For The Shower said...

EVERY day is National Goof Off Day in this household!

You know, there were some kids like that at the crappy apartment complex I used to live in. They would run around and play in the parking lot, unsupervised. The parking lot. And there was like 10 of them. Well, one time I was parking my car and one of them jumped right out in front of me. I slammed on my brakes (was only going 10 mph thankfully) and gave a honk, and the kid ran off like nothing even happened. As I got out of the car one of the parents magically showed up and asked why I had the gall to honk at his kid and to be careful while 'they were playing'. I ripped him a new a-hole, and it took everything in me not to punch him into the next freaking century.

CWMartin said...

Yep, blowing off a day- an already sore back didn't appreciate Scrappy tear-assing us through the woods after something he (and nobody else) saw.

Heard the sirens, ignored same.

Why Bavarian Crepes? Why not the nice, normal Bavarians who... oh, crepes, not creeps. Gotcha.

Well, I kinda hit goof off day, not the way one can enjoy it, though...

Mannistee Drive calls- this is the same police work that allowed some doofus to egg an old guy's house in Cleveland for five years before they got him this week. Good job.

Wow, a 62-y-o Mexican instead of some 30-something four-time arrestee black thug. Whoda thought?

So a downtown ARENA... and the hell with all the money put into the Coliseum the last few years? They've worked miracles with that building... but hey, what have you gouged from me lately, right?

But on the HUD piece, didn't you see the cousin of the guy who got blown away breaking into a woman's home? "You have to look at his life... that he was doing what he had to do for clothes and food..." But the woman who had WORKED for those things was "Definitely beyond the law" in removing him from this life. They have the logic of "what's in my hand'... too stupid to understand terms such as respect, personal property, working for a living. Like the writer of the article said, "In the old days, we would hear her comment and just tear our clothes."

We had a discussion sideways related to your closing homily today. It involved this stink about what that tennis CEO said that set Serena off (and cost him his job). You can look up the main story- but Djokivic came out with a sidebar to it. Over the last few years, PC rules have caused tennis events to offer equal prize values to both the men's and women's circuit. Thus, rather than what had been happening before- the men's association being able to negotiate up their prizes, with the womens going up somewhat behind them, NOW the WTA pay is static with what it was- and the men's pay has fallen to match it. The WTA got equality, but only by screwing the guys- and Djokivic says they are pissed about it. He thinks that they should be paid commensurate with the attendance and TV ratings they bring in. And were they still doing it that way, prolly BOTH groups would be making 50-75% more than they are now.

In other words, the law of unintended consequences bit the women's activists right in the butt. And because he was less than delicate in expressing exactly what happened and why, the CEO of Indian Wells is now unemployed. Thus, this echos two things we often talk about- the difference between liberal and intelligent (I mean, conservative) economics, and King Henry's "Lipstick on the pig" way of running this city.

Okay, sitting too long in one place, time to go.

Bob G. said...

I can relate to that...lol.

---Yeah, IF the parent (or parents) say anything, it's like YOU were at fault, instead of their "darling precious children", when we ALL know the exact opposite is true.

In MY day, you just didn't do such things, ergo, you didn't get yelled at by ANYONE for doing something you were NOT supposed to be doing in the first place.
Simple, huh?
(plenty of other things at home to get yelled at for anyway...heh)

Hey, thanks for swinging by today to comment.

Stay safe out there, guys.

Bob G. said...

---A sore back makes EVERYTHING ache...I know that from experience.
---At least YOU heard sirens...!
---In OUR neighborhood, crepes and creeps ARE the same (spelling doesn't count with the locals)...HA!
---There's no LAW that says a goof off day cannot be "postponed".
---I prefer to call it the LACK of police work (just show up AFTER the person is gone). Works every time.
---Yeah, a man around MY age - whatta joke thinking he was actually going to ELUDE the po-po.
---GOUGE...great way of putting it.
(and with a "Rusty" spoon at that...lol)
It's all about LEGACY (screw the people).
---I heard a LOT about that story,...I say to his "baby-mama" - TOUGH SHIT. The kid was a criminal and he got what he deserved (instead of what he was trying to TAKE)...damn self-entitled predatory mooks!
---Yeah, and the best analogy I can make (aside from the snowball down the Matterhorn) is the DOMINO EFFECT.
Every day, another one falls.
Now, pro tennis...makes me wanna puke.
---With ALL the information that's (now) AVAILABLE to anyone & everyone at the touch of a finger, you'd THINK that people would get a handle on the whole UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES gig.
Just the OPPOSITE these days.
Nothing thought out in detail AT ALL.
(guess "Farmville" & "Candy Crush" is more important?)

Thanks for stopping by to comment today.
Rest your back & stay safe up there, brother.

Momma Fargo said...

Lovely spring day? Yes indeed. Except did you not wake up to the bombings? LOL. I think you are slipping. You aren't drinking your coffee watching the world go to sh*t on television first thing. Love your surveillance footage. You must never get bored up there.

Bob G. said...

MOmma Fargo:
--I wake up to ALL sorts of strange crap around here.
Some days, it's the cat gacking.
Other days, fridge noises (took care of that today - ordered us a new one)
Once in a while, a bad dream or three.
You get a bit used to all the mayhem.

--We all had to know something like this Brussels attack was coming.
We just didn't know WHERE, and hoped to hell it was NOT in the USofA.
Not slipping and I start with the "go-juice" FIRST thing...lol.
Usually, I just say to myself: "wonder what sorta crap of flowing downstream THIS mornin?", and rarely am I surprised.

As to watching the "hood"...wish to hell it DID get boring once in a while.
I could use the "time off"...heh.
(thank God for my SQUIRRELS!)

Thank you very much for taking some time to roll up and comment..

You stay safe down there, dear.