WHERE to begin. The "natives" have been a little restless...and it's not even SUMMER yet, but never fear, I'll find some way to sort all this stuff out.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us enjoying sunny skies, with temps reaching up to around the 80-degree mark. Crank on the A/C.
And, we'd best get used to those temps, because they're sticking around for a spell ("sticking" being the operative word when we start getting rain AND humidity).
So, what say we all get our drinks poured and parked nearby.
I have a feeling that we will need them...
*** First out of the ammo box is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature.
May 23 -
---Today is NATIONAL LUCKY PENNY DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL TAFFY DAY
Atlantic City Salt Water kind...any flavor)
*** Next up, we've managed to make it an even "dozen" in the HOMICIDE department here in the Summit City.
Here's the story link (so far):
Neighbors called in shots fired to the FWPD, and when officers arrived, they found an unresponsive (no doubt black) male on a lawn, suffering from gunshot wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police expanded their search area (for clues or suspects) into the 4300 block of Spatz, and found spent shell casings.
As usual, NO suspects, NO motives, and NO witnesses.
FWPD is coming up just a bit on the short end of the stick? I know I do.
And that's NOT a good feeling, believe you me.
There were some other crimes that went relatively unnoticed, like these:
---A teen was robbed of his $150 pants near Weisser Park last Thursday. Here's the link:
---And, there was a man wounded in the shoulder near Fairfield and Packard Friday around 1354 hrs. Here's that link:
This looked like a drive-by shooting, and I wouldn't rule out something similar in the Spatz Ave. death.
Yasureyoubetcha, gonna be a VERY long summer down on the SOUTH side of town.
And people wonder WHY retail businesses close up and move elsewhere, or why good people do the same?
Not that hard to figure out, folks, unless you're the mayor, police chief, Public Safety Director, or councilman for the affected areas.
*** But, it's not all REALLY bad news, there is some plain old bad news.
|Or car, truck, van, moped, tractor...|
IF passed, expect to pay an additional $20 for your passenger car(moped, motorcycle and the like) EACH year, in order to pay for road, street and sidewalk repairs). Larger vehicles (buses, trucks, tractors, etc) would pay an additional $40 a year.
I don't look at this as an EXCISE tax.
I much prefer to call it what it is - an EXCUSE TAX.
It's an excuse to reach back into OUR pockets to pay for the misuse of the money we've BEEN paying all this time.
|Oh, it's TAXING alright...|
The ONLY time I've seen a "wheel-tax" work as designed was (in Philly) when it was used to raise the TOLL on a highway or (more specifically) a BRIDGE toll. Anything else is "feeding the beast" further.
This is another snowball being kicked down another mountain, because such taxes NEVER GO AWAY...they only grow in rate over time.
*** Next up, the closer we get to summer, the worse the noise gets down here, and this has been something to look forward to with disdain for at least the last TWENTY YEARS.
Funny thing, we DO have a city ordinance specifically designed for such instances.
The trouble is, it's NOT ENFORCED, otherwise we'd be hearing a DECLINE in all this crap, wouldn't we?
That is a colossal waste of tax payer money, because the citations that COULD be issued to all these jerk-wads COULD help pay for the street work, rather than a wheel tax which "punishes" the law-abiding.
Try going after some law-BREAKERS for a change.
You might like the positive revenue flow.
Broken Window Theory, people)
*** Next, THIS story is the type that almost gets me to choking on my breakfast, because it's SO humorous. Here's the link:
SUNDAY paper (borrowed from the source), but is funny as all get out (to me). I see this as a solution in need of a problem (that we've already created). There is a perfectly VALID reason why entry-level homes are unavailable - HUD and (so-called) private "investors" have bought up too many of them, and created RENTAL properties, sticking many of society's transient dregs into them.
|Okay, maybe NOT "exactly" 1260 sq. ft.|
They DO mention the costs of housing today, the median income (nationally) and the percentage of the cost of new housing that envelopes (about 15%).
I've seen the result of such tactics by cities, and the housing authorities that all but demand (even more) housing, while their "clients" trash whatever housing they're already in (many apartment complexes and single family dwellings).
If you're going to tell the story, don't leave out the important parts to the plot-line.
*** Next up, it wasn't ALL bad news down here.
|Nice moon out Saturday morning|
|This is from August 2014|
|Patches at his "favorite" table.|
|Squirt prefers al fresco dining|
|Got it's own place of honor.|
We also have two bunnies nearby (hanging out at the now vacant rental behind us).
|One in the alley.|
|And another at our fence.|
*** Last back to the shooting range...I admit there are times when I used to be a different person, and I'm sure we have all felt that way at one time or another.
|Just don't change for CHANGE sake|
Well, for one thing, it was done over time, little by little...baby steps.
We were cajoled into a (false) belief that all those things we have NOW were there to make us safer...and better.
|We may not enjoy what we "create".|
What I am seeing is people unable to make their OWN decisions, instead permitting damn near anyone ELSE to do it for them. And that's not how this country was founded, built, or sustained.
I would much rather have more folks willing to make decisions for themselves, and to see people taking responsibility FOR THEIR actions, and stop worrying about what "the other person" says.
We would be better served if today's youth had parents like WE had, and schools like WE had.
We seem to have forgotten our past in such things, when we need to remember them and carry them into our future.
It would only make us better, and not stifle that which we need to practice...like civility, ethics, and morality.
Stay SAFE out there, America.