Yesterday's weather was nothing short of fantastic (imho).
Today won't seem that bad either (and you will agree with me by late Saturday, trust me).
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see us with mostly sunny skies, mild breezes, and a high of around the 70-degree mark. Yes, not that bad at all.
So what say we all get our respective morning drinks poured as we set about seeing what's been going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First off of the bird feeder is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. "
THAT doesn't make a case against more taxes, I don't know what does.
It just makes too much sense, right?
So, WHO said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back on "The Santa Fe Trail"...
*** Next, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
June 8 -
---Today is NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY
MORE than one? How can THAT be?)
---It's also NATIONAL NAME YOUR POISON DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL UPSY-DAISY DAY
*** Next, I was expecting last evening's City Council meeting to be a bit of a hoot, and it really didn't disappoint.
N-S version (from Kevin Leininger, who was in attendance):
Have to say that council president, Russ Jehl was spot on with his assessment of this (new) tax, which initially passed by a 5-4 vote.
ALL these "pie-in-the-sky" downtown-riverfront "dreams" and then come to the taxpayers with their hands out for MORE money whenever it suits them.
We used to call it STEWARDSHIP, and the more that those we elect practice that, the better off we all become. Works in most any household.
Pretty simple to figure out.
NEED money that bad, let's try something I mentioned to our former governor (O'Bannon) a while back (they didn't bite) - have YEARLY VEHICLE INSPECTIONS in major cities in Indiana.
A flat $20 (pass or fail) to ensure that pollution controls (and other systems) are operable on ALL vehicles. If you fail, you have to get things fixed and then get inspected again (another $20). That would make the roads SAFER and create LESS pollutants from cars, buses, trucks, and so on...practical idea, right?
And everyone gets to "play" - no exceptions.
You can't get a registration renewal (plate or sticker) WITHOUT it.
But, I digress...
Our city can't really float some more BONDS for street/road work, because we still owe about $60 MIL for the ballpark, so that's a wash.
|Welcome to Fort Wayne!|
|"The FARCE is strong with this city".|
*** Next, and in a related story, the city wants this riverfront development SO damn bad.
Here's this story:
|The area in question (for now).|
I keep saying that those (elected) at City Hall aren't really "running" this city, and it's starting to show.
JUST to add ANOTHER park where we don't need one (at the moment).
And, it's all part of this "initiative" for that million person regional thing.
Funny, the city can steamroller over property owners, but can't seem to find the same equipment, and do likewise on our streets when THEY are in disrepair...astounding.
*** Next, a bit of a faux-pas with our FWPD spokesguy (ad infinitum).
Social media was ripe with comments from patrons on scene when the fireworks were detonated.
I can easily see the confusion and possible panic situation resulting from whoever pulled such a dipshit act off. Shame the charges would be ONLY misdemeanors.
No, ACTUALLY, it would the HIGHEST amount of STUPIDITY...you misspoke, Mike.
A LOW amount of stupidity is putting my shoes on the wrong feet.
Brain fart. See how that works?
Please think before you speak, people. Words still mean something to SOME of us.
Hey, here's a novel idea, let's BAN such fireworks to the public WITHIN city limits?
Obviously, we have a few morons who revel in chaos, and we can't have that, can we?
*** Next, and here we go again with this PRE-K BS. Here's the story:
Are parents THAT bad where the government has to swoop in, scoop up the toddlers and whisk them off to some form of pre-indoctrination indoctrination?
Cripes, in my day, kindergarten was NEVER "mandatory", and those who attended it performed no better in elementary school than those of us who didn't follow the pre-school path.
This is getting WAY out of hand.
We can't test kids properly any longer, want them in a more structured environment sooner, and all but deny them their childhood in the process. Where's the damn "up" side?
|In other words - DO FOR THEM what they should be|
doing for THEMSELVES.
*** Last back to the patio table...what ever happened to our families and their values?
|"I KNOW yer not talking 'bout ME, Bob."|
Over 70% of black children grow up in single parent households, and now we're seeing over 30% of white households in similar situations.
And THESE represent those who raise kids in such a venue from the time the children are born.
The parents who raise older children in a single parent scenario do so for other reasons which don't impact on the lack of responsible behavior on the part of the "father".
Many of those situations are due to divorce, or the death of the father...you get the idea.
But, the ones who actively CHOOSE to be a single parent, and have 3 or more kids (by different fathers) are asking for failure, no matter HOW many taxpayer-sponsored programs are put in place.
|"sign" of our times?|
The blame for any dissolution of the traditional family falls upon MANY shoulders, and yes, it begins AT HOME.
( you really can't even call them homes any longer, for that implies a sense OF family as we know and remember it)
People need to WANT to raise a FAMILY, and not a bunch of tax dodges, or free food and money grabbers.
When you have to WORK for something, you come to appreciate it a lot more, and we're missing the mark there, too.
IF we decide to follow that path, than to wallow in feigned poverty and allow someone else to "do the heavy lifting" in life.
That's NOT how we founded this nation, not how we prospered, and certainly should not be the road we take as we journey into our future. Easy isn't better. Something to remember, hmm?
Stay SAFE out there, America.