Seeing will definitely be believing.
And, I don't see a lick of rain coming along either.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will find us with fair condition, sunny skies, and a high approaching 70 degrees (here comes the oversize satin shorts brigade for another year)
I would say this is the perfect weather for me - not too hot and not too cold.
So, why don't we all settle back, get that morning drink, and have ourselves a look at what is (and what will be) going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First out of the flower beds is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
April 15 -
---Today is NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY
---It's NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY
---It's NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL TAX DAY
---It's also NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY
---And it's the NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE.
ROFLMAO - well THAT is not going to happen in OUR part of the ghettohood - nice try)
---And it's NATIONAL DONATE LIFE BLUE AND GREEN DAY
---Now, if you watched the Ken Burns film on Jackie Robinson on Monday and Tuesday nights, TODAY is the day when Robinson made his very FIRST appearance in the major leagues, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
*** Since it's the end of the week, let's see how best to enjoy the nice weather over the following 48 hours:
April 16 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL ORCHID DAY
---It's also NATIONAL BEAN COUNTER DAY
DID your taxes)
---It's NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY
DUMP Obamacare and start over?)
---It's NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY
NOT working for too many folks on their job)
---And, it's NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY
April 17 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY
---It's also NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY
---It's NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY
LEGALLY - I miss those days)
---And, it's NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY.
And there we are...PLENTY of things to keep you active, off the streets, and OUT of jail.
*** Next up, this (local) story BEGS to be spread around the Internet, and for the obvious reason.
Here's the link:
OR the "crime" section of the paper.
I kinda see a crime being committed, and I'm always leery when I hear the phrase "eminent domain:" being tossed about.
OVERREACHING aspect to government when they tell YOU (the property owner) that you don't matter and they'll pay you "fair market value" for what you spent years investing in - sound about right?
Now, an offer had been made for the properties mentioned, but, I suppose it's not enough (and rightly so), considering the value WILL go up...AFTER the riverfront is completed.
But that begs a more important question: "Do we REALLY need this to make our city look like OTHER cities, or can we do more with less to keep our city more UNIQUE?"
---Perhaps we should see what one person thinks (in today's opinion column) about the downtown arena proposal, which is part of this whole "downtown redevelopment" gig:
(( Costly arena unnecessary
Now is the time to stop Mayor Tom Henry’s downtown arena. We do not need another arena downtown. The mayor’s hand-selected committee estimated the cost to be $43 million for an arena that will sit empty most of the year. The estimate now has reached $85 million. This estimate does not include the cost of buying property. The mayor again will force citizens and businesses to move or close their doors.
The downtown library is rated as one of the best in the United States. The library was not even contacted about the takeover of their parking lot. What will happen to the three or four fast food businesses that the local citizens rely on for their meals? Obviously, the arena committee does not care. Fort Wayne citizens should care.
Realize that when or if the final estimate is released, the cost will be over $100 million for an arena that will sit empty for the most of the year. If the chief financial officer of Sweetwater had made an error of more than $60 million, the CFO would have been fired.
The Greater Fort Wayne committee said the community could take out a $350 million bond to pay for the arena and other projects. Citizens will be taxed to death. Obviously, a new arena downtown is more important for the mayor than his 235,000-plus citizens The sad part is: The arena will never make enough profit to recover the millions of dollars to build the arena.
The City Council must set aside personal opinions and speak up for the 235,000-plus citizens of Fort Wayne. Say no to the arena. Don’t help bankrupt Fort Wayne. Millions are going to be asked for riverfront development. How do you expect citizens to pay? A home and food on the table are more important than another pretty building downtown.
Fort Wayne ))
Ron "gets it", and he is NOT alone, either in this particular venue or the riverfront project.
|How many does Fort Wayne NEED?|
If this city is going to try and "keep up" with other cities, then it has to accept the down sides to that, which means learn to deal with the crime that comes along with such rapid growth.
*** And speaking of crime (and how best to handle it), there's this little gem:
So, when I think Chicago, it's all about black-on-black crime (primarily), and how the police seem unable to stop this in their city. Yet, now, another monkey wrench in being tossed into law-enforcement there.
|Lori Lightfoot - (with the HEAVY hand) for police.|
This lame-ass "panel" that was created to oversee CPD and procedures, reported that "Chicago officers have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color."
Whatta load of bullshit!!!
No mention about how BLACKS value the same "sanctity" of life WITH THEIR OWN PEOPLE in their OWN community, does it? More like the LACK of value and sanctity in THOSE areas, tight?
Another direct slap in the face of law-enforcement.
|NOT a police issue, but a CRIMINAL one.|
*** Next up, and along those lines, Bill O'Reilly had a great article this week ( I get weekly emails). Here's the link (This is the 14 April column):
|That finger's loaded and pointing at ALL the pinheads.|
But, that was then...
The racial component at work against blacks in America is insidious, and costly to everyone else.
And, it's being perpetrated by blacks (and liberals).
Pretty sad state of affairs.
*** Last back to the patio...there seems to be this "disease" in our nation, and it's been festering for a long time.
Doesn't matter if you're driving, at your house, at the movies...whatever.
IS a "participation sport", but when people feel the need to "inflict" themselves upon others for no reason at all, something is wrong. And this doesn't just apply to the criminal element of society. Although, if a refresher course is desired, here's some of our "local mooks at work":
We also have SOCIAL MEDIA, that has not only enticed, but actually encouraged people to force themselves into the lives of others, simply because they CAN.
And when the usual result happens, the first knee-jerk is to take way the means to enforce the laws we have out in place to keep such things from occurring.
Ignorance will beget more ignorance. It's that simple.
This is becoming a vicious cycle, and we really need to stop this crap. It's costing lives, and not only through the physical loss of them, either.
Think about cyber-bullies. Or ID theft. The list of "crimes" grows every year.
And all the while, the attention of the American people is diverted with a political "sideshow", or some other bit of tripe meant to keep us from seeing what's REALLY going on behind the scenes.
It's no wonder people are as PO'ed as they are, but that anger has to be properly channeled and not permitted to just be "let out". That is asking for even more trouble, and right now, that's the last thing we all need. We have too much to handle as it is.
|Something you CAN bank on.|
I'm no saint, but I do have a pretty good idea of knowing right from wrong, as do many of us, and, many times, we learned it the hard way.
But we DID learn from it, and not just ignore it, like many seem to do.
KNOWLEDGE is still the best weapon we can use against our problems.
And, it does require effort on OUR part.
But, what we get OUT of it is worth so much more than what we put into it, or, better yet, what we settle for when we do nothing.
Therein lies the lesson for the week.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.