And, we're ending November on an "interesting" note here in the Summit City.
That mild weather we had yesterday wasn't bad either.
Our Hoosierland weather for today has us with partly sunny skies, some brisk winds out there, and a high of around 52 degrees. Got some more seasonal temps coming through tomorrow
While we get ourselves situated for the day, let's pour that morning drink as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the toaster is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society".
NOVEMBER 30 -
---Today is National Package Protection Day
USPS losing them, I wonder?)
---It's National Mousse Day
---It's National Meth Awareness Day
ALL aware of this insidious substance)
---It's Computer Security Day
NOT use it)
---It's Stay Home Because You're Well Day
WON'T fire you)
---And, it's Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Day
NYC sorta thing)
*** Next up, what say we get some of the STUPID out of the way, hmm?
OFFICIALLY broke the previous homicide record in this city...
Here is the story about our latest shooting victim:
The man's vehicle was parked next to a gas pump and a bullet hole was found in a side window.
Investigators don't know if the shooting took place AT the gas station or someplace else (with the man driving himself to the station to get help).
Hopefully, the store video cameras will provide some answers here.
Should be an easy one for our coroner to figure out.
(( UPDATES: 1140 hrs - The Allen County Coroner identified the Holgate Drive victim as Romeo Kamale Cansler, 20 of Fort Wayne. Cause of death was a gunshot wound and is a homicide.
The homicide total for Allen County in 2016 stands at 45, tied with the all-time record.
The Allen County Coroner positively identified the Wayne Trace alley victim as that of Marcie Lynn Ward, 17, of Fort Wayne.
The coroner has yet to release the cause and manner of death. Those results are pending further investigation. ))
Next stop...FIFTY homicides? We ARE trending in that direction, I hate to say.
*** In a related story, WANE had an interview with FWPD PIO Mike Joyner, and I was a little beside myself with the story.
He mentioned about the recession and how a spike in homicides was expected. He said we're NOW seeing the spike. I just gotta pop that balloon, because we had no recession back in 1997 (last spike). In 1998, the homicide rate dropped markedly.
Ditto for 2013, when we set a new record (45). In 2014, the number again dropped markedly, so THAT pattern still holds true. As for any "spike"? Sorry, Mike...it's more a gradual increase...been that way for the last 20 years, from what I've kept track of, anyway.
*** Next, Rod Hissong (WANE) provided some numbers about the homicides we've had (so far) in Fort Wayne this year.
Pretty revealing and comprehensive statistics, too.
Someone needs to do a year-by-year homicide stat/graph using the same criteria...bet you'd find out WHICH RACE is causing the most harm, and what is not being done about it.
*** Next, and to shift ourselves back to the realm of normalcy, there was a very good opinion piece in today's J-G about the whole issue of doing away with permits for carrying handguns in Indiana.
Now, remember that this is a left-leaning paper, and that the reason to KEEP the permit laws in place are being touted.
Still, state rep Jim Lucas makes a good (if not better) case for doing away with such permits for law-abiding citizens. My take is the bad guys don't bother to GET permits and it certainly doesn't stop them from doing harm to others...let's make the playing field level on BOTH sides.
The law-abiding among us should not be penalized for being who they are...simple as that.
FWPD chief Steve Reed also makes a good case, so who is right here? Well, both sides are to some extent.
But the bad guys never legally purchase firearms (that's why we have black market guns and thefts), so they're already under any radar of any government agency that can enact or enforce any law. You can always repeal a law if it proves counter to what you envision as far as public safety goes.
IF they're carrying or not.
*** Next up, I've been mulling over how best to decorate the "Fortress" for the Christmas season.
With the "kids" around now, the best recourse would be to do a MINIMALIST approach...the fewer things for them to mess about with, the better.
*** Last back to the coffee maker...we live in a world that demands security for it's people.
TRUE meaning, we should pause to reflect on HOW much security we want...or need. Remember how I spoke on "needs versus wants"?
Newtonian physics has a lot to say about such things (for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction),
Can't get around that easily, can we?
If, for example, we demand security above all else, we well might find ourselves with a lot LESS liberty and freedom.
Are we sure we want to go down THAT path?
And, if we start leaning to either side, we could take a dangerous fall, as far as our society goes.
When we bypass our needs to chase after our wants, that will rarely if ever turn out well in the long run.
Our needs are few, actually, but they have to be in place and accessible to us, if we are to move forward as a species. To have our desires supplant our needs will cost us all dearly, especially when it comes to liberty and freedom. Such a choice should be relatively simple.
Stay SAFE out there, America.