29 July 2016

Friday Follies...
It's the end of a torturous week (politically-speaking).
And all this hot weather didn't help out one bit (well, maybe for one day).
But, we are heading into the home-stretch of summer (finally) with August right around the corner.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will have us once again with partly to mostly sunny skies, and temps reaching up to around 83 degrees.
Now, let's all get a nice cup or glass of Friday Fortitude poured and parked close-at-hand, as wee see what has been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the rooftop is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JULY 29 -
(sorry, I don't do "dude" kinda Point-Break stuff like surfing or skydiving)
(Garfield the cat celebrates this EVERY day)
(pigs beware - the dems are looking for you))
(never got into them - too little meat, too much bone)
(remember, it's not the ups and downs that bother people, it's the JERKS)
(appreciate 'em? I dunno who they hell they even ARE)
*** And since we are at week's end, lets see what's happening over the next 48 hours, as we send the month of July off in some sort of style:
JULY 30 -
('nuff said there for me)
(still got me one of those. Hey there, Don)
(dancing has deviated a LOT since I was little)
JULY 31 -
(all you had to say was "cake")
(to all those canines of multiple breeds - we salute you)
There you have it then...plenty of stuff to keep one occupied and out of jail (hopefully).
*** Next up, let's thank God that this political freakshow of conventions and nominations (of both major parties) is OVER.
Now we see who can go the distance "in the ring", as it were.
I did NOT watch Her Bitchness speak last night (there were infomercials more enlightening), but I caught some of the "aftershocks" from the final night.
"I can't wait to start lying to ALL of you for the next four years."
And, like many others, I could make a checklist of what she would speak about.
But, again, we saw and heard PLENTY of words being spoken, and NOTHING about SUBSTANCE.
Sounds about right to me.
No REAL plans defined, no REAL solutions to current and growing problems, and certainly NO REAL basis for this woman to be elevated to the highest political office in America (that also applies to Trump).
Kinda makes me wish they covered the LIBERTARIAN convention. At least THAT would be prove a bit more insightful.
Dumb and Dumber Again?
Yet, all this PCBS aside, the ONE thing that REALLY sends my disdain-quotient through the damn ceiling were ALL the celebs that showed up at the DNC.
It was like one large cavalcade of pop icons (all firmly entrenched on the LEFT, mind you). And sadly, THAT is what most of the low-information folks in this country will REMEMBER.
Here's a story link with photos of those attending:
I can hear them all now...
"Look at all those stars...THIS person must be the one to vote for", they'll say.
"Heil Hillary"
Forget that you're wanting to touch the pantsuit "tails" of some Marxist following, socialist-embracing liar whose trail of corruption makes the Exxon Valdez oil spill look like an ink spot on a piece of parchment.
Pay no attention to someone who served government for "thirty years" and made it all look good, while not producing anything of (here's that word again)...SUBSTANCE. She served herself and her cronies first.
Make no mistake about that.
One might consider that a typical politician. I'm sure those of the old Tammany Hall are cheering from their place in hell over this woman.
Meryl's revival of "EVITA"? Ironic of prophetic?
I can say that Trump doesn't come with THAT sort of "baggage", as he's never been in politics, but in business (which has it's own set of rules to be broken and it's own values pertaining to corruption).
:If your IQ is THIS many - vote DEMOCRAT!
Do we choose a braggart with a marvelous sense of self, who does make some cogent comments now and then, or a corrupt politico who has lied to Congress, and done things that could be tantamount to treasonous activity over the span of her "career"?
This is clearly a case of "the lesser of two evils", but both evils are pretty BIG evils, any way you shake it.
Gonna be a new form of "crazy" for the next several months, that's for sure.
*** Next, a few local briefs (no boxers):
---I read where our fair city has rubber-stamped the latest chapter in the whole riverfront development (Costaplenty) project with a whopping $1.7 MIL payout to a firm to "design" how it will look...not a brick laid, or a shovel of dirt dug, mind you.
Here's the story link:
Here we go AGAIN.
I hope this money includes the "smoke and mirrors" that we citizens of Fort Wayne will have to endure as the local politicos RAMROD this down our throats.
The cost of the entire "first phase" of this will be around $20 MIL (expect THAT number to rise as usual).
---Kevin Leininger has another good column that speaks to the riverfront project being "just another park" (albeit an EXPENSIVE one). Here's the link:
Another "Field of Dreams" fantasy?
The comparison to Milwaukee with it's historic buildings lining IT'S riverbanks seems more apropos than what OUR city is proposing (and at substantial cost). All we're doing in buying LAND along the river to redevelop.
---A hearing is set for FOUR new housing "projects" (called "developments" for the politcally-correct) in our city. Here's the story link:
Two are in Aboite, with one each in Perry and Cedar Creek twnshps.
BTW, the apartment boom is over, folks.
Now, any bets as to HOW this will affect the quality-of-life in those areas?
The developers of CityScape Flats are doing the work (and how well are those downtown locations selling?)
For some strange reason, I'm smelling HUD all over these areas, considering they keep getting money for such ventures. All this "fair housing" bullshit (designed for the young and government-sponsored among us) that takes nice areas and turns them into ghettoesque slums just doesn't work for me. I've seen the results of such "noble" attempts.
*** Next up, more about our stray cat situation.
"You gonna come out and play with me?"
Yesterday, it came on by (got a schedule, no doubt) and I decided to put it in our "pet-taxi" and called Animal Care and Control. Well, it went in easy enough, and didn't try to scratch me. It took ACC almost THREE hours to show up, and when they did, the officer checked the cat over.
"I'm gonna meow until I come out."
Found out some interesting things.
The cat is MALE (might name him Hobo, for the obvious reason...lol), and is rather young (under a year old).
This cat is called a "community cat" by ACC, because it has it's left ear tip clipped, and has been neutered and received immunizations. It also has been "chipped".
So, basically, there was nothing the officer could do regarding taking it in to get a proper home.
They still have about 600 cats at their facility, and this little guy could easily wind up on the euthanasia list.
(not MY best option for such a cute cat).
I will say that, if conditions permitted, it would follow me into the house (Rassie would not take kindly to that).
"Thanks for trying to get me a forever home."
So this is what we do now in this city...allow cats to roam about with the chance they could be harmed or maimed (by violent children) or worse yet,  killed (by speeding drivers not paying attention).
Somehow, that doesn't give me a "warm and fuzzy" feeling and allow me to sleep any better at night.
But, the alternative ends up being the same, although a bit more "humane".
I blame the people who turn out pets for no reason other than boredom. THEY are the ones that should be euthanized for their lack of humanity towards domesticated animals who only want a place to live, some food and water...and someone to love.
*** Last back to the basement...why can't people be satisfied with what they have when it comes to our cities?
Why does everyone (in power) love to change things for no good reason?
Is there this urgent need to justify their own existence? Perhaps.
And, while this is most noticeable in the cities we live in, it's even worse at the federal level, for they often mandate what local municipalities will HAVE to do, rather than what the people living there wish to be done.
We've seen it with everything from wind farms to lightbulbs.  Governments at every level want to make (for us, they say) a BETTER world...got news for them...never gonna happen.
That's NOT being fatalistic, either. It's being REALISTIC.
We can no more create a perfect paradise any more than we can eradicate ALL crime from our streets.
(at least not without giving up all our rights and privileges for the sake of security, which will still not become an etched-in-stone guarantee).
But, we CAN have a good place to live in, if we ALL are willing to work at it.
That's like anything in life, really.
We don't need some suit (or potential pantsuit) in D.C. telling us WHAT to do in our lives as they continually invade every aspect OF our lives.
And we don't need government coercing us to become more reliant upon THEM, when we should be focusing on more reliance on OURSELVES, right?
We, as a people, should never be "bought off" so easily, for that cheapens the American Dream, as well as those of us chasing after it.
We used to be a people that knew how to take a stand, and for the RIGHT reasons. Now people dig in for the most ludicrous of things, with no regard as to outcome, consequences, or reason behind WHY they do it in the first place.
Life has become a "fad" for these people, and they go from one set of shiny keys to the next, following whoever is dangling them in front of their primate faces.
We need BOTH in abundance.
Thing is, when you become that easily distracted, the evils of the world have a much better time setting down roots in your society, and we know where that will lead.
And those who won't choose to pull their own weight along those lines (and reject evil), deserve whatever comes their way.
It's harsh to say, but it makes sense.
We have to re-learn to help ourselves first (and not to other peoples stuff) in order to help one another.
Like all things worth having, it requires WORK. Those unwilling to do so need not apply.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.
See 'ya next month!


CWMartin said...

Just to warn you- this has been one of those days you are the ONLY one I've commented on today. So, you are special!

"remember, it's not the ups and downs that bother people, it's the JERKS" definitely applied.

You have got to have the wife get on FB and show you the link I shared- a GIF of Trump as Godzilla and Hillary as some other monster. Absolutely busted me up.

Developers need to stay out of Cedar Creek and Perry IMHO. Any land that looks the least bit pretty is NOT just waiting for an ugly-ass addition to go up.

Sorry we couldn't have helped out Hobo. Just not the right time for the kids. And anytime I think of a cat as a good idea, the white word LITTERBOX screams into my ears and the thought goes away.

Oh, wait! Don't bug the "old lady", watch that gif at:


Bob G. said...

You honor me, sir.
I am humbled.
(now about you missing YESTERDAY...lol)

---Oh, believe me, I can use that saying most EVERY day down here...A LOT!.
---I have GOT to have Wifey show me THAT one. Just saw it...needs some of that FX sound added...lol.
---I totally agree, and the SAME should be said for forested areas around IPFW, right?
Stop paving over "paradise" and putting up parking lots! (damn jerks)
---Hobo didn't come by today for some reason. Maybe tonight?
Our last good neighbor took in a cat that way over a decade ago (she was a part-time indoor cat - the one I used to feed).
So, it can be done.
I figured the timing was off also for KC.
---Got the link!

(guess my "homilies" of late have had you nodding so much in agreement there's nothing to add to them. I'll take that as a positive...'k?)

Hey, thanks for dropping by to comment.
Much appreciated.
Have a great weekend, stay safe and keep cool up there, brother.
Ditto for Laurie & the Scrappster!