01 February 2017

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome to the month of February, our shortest month of the year, but we've plenty of things going on.
Whatever snow showers we were promised never did materialize, at least not where we live. We never got that much rain either, but we did get a glimpse of the sun, just to let us know it's still there, I suppose.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will be a lot like most of the days from last month. We're looking at mostly cloudy skies, a high of around 36 degrees, and the chance of snow flurries this afternoon.
So, what say we start the month with a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa as we see what's going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First off of the calendar (which I assume you all changed), is our WHO SAID THAT? quote for the week:
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." 
Now, since this is Black History Month, there's your clue.
And this quote would appear to be as powerful today as when it was first spoken.
So, who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the 1960 Rome Olympics...
*** Next up, time to see what this month brings.
February is:
Free and Open Source Software Month 
American Heart Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Black History Month
Canned Food Month
Creative Romance Month
Great American Pie Month
National Bake for Family Fun Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Cherry Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Heart Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Library Lover’s Month
National Macadamia Nut Month
National North American Inclusion Month
National Snack Food Month
National Weddings Month
National Embroidery Month
*** Now, let's see about our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---Today is National Get Up Day
(a personal favorite for most of us)
---It's National Baked Alaska Day
(I really need to try this soon)
---It's National Freedom Day
(freedom from slavery, primarily, but some have traded one set of shackles for another)
---It's National Serpent Day
(wonder if that's the BIBLICAL reference?)
And there you have it...a good start to this month.
*** Next up, what would a day in Fort Wayne be without it's daily dose of STUPID, right?
Saddle up, 'cause here we go...
---Our first tale takes us to (where else?) the SE side where TWO police raids made out well. Here's the link:
A house located at 2532 S. Hanna St was raided (time not specified) when a warrant was ussed as a followup on a tip.
((  Before police arrived, a man later identified as 32-year-old Gerrelle D. Woodson was spotted leaving the home. Police stopped Woodson and found him with some 24 grams of cocaine, according to police.
At the home, police found two people, one – 40-year-old Taiwan C. Booker – in possession of marijuana, police said. Police also found some six pounds of synthetic marijuana, less than a gram of methamphetamine and a stolen 9mm pistol in the home, according to police.))
But the FWPD wasn't done yet...they had some more stupid to take care of.
Boyz ON the hood (of the police car, that is)
(( Police then raided a home at 3256 Diplomat Dr. on another tip that someone was dealing drugs. There, police found three weapons – a pump shotgun, a rifle and a pistol, along with needles, heroin paraphernalia and cocaine residue, police said.))
Not a bad haul...got TWO cases of stupid off our streets (for the time being).
---The next story typifies much of what the democrat party is about. Here's the link:
And the headlines read:
Ex-treasurer admits taking money -Former 3rd District Democrat official expects no charges.
You might have to read the story a couple of times to get the gist of it, because it is a bit screwed up.
Seems we have a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing (again). How typical of politics.
---This last story just cries out STUPID, and for the obvious reason. Here's the link:
(( A proposal to expand the state-funded prekindergarten program passed committee Tuesday despite language in the bill that connects the early-learning pilot to the state’s controversial voucher program.))
Yeah, how is that going to impact the public school system and it's funding...I wonder?
Haven't vouchers taken plenty of money away from them as it is?
And aren't the public schools the ones in need of betterment (and not by tossing money into programs that do nothing)?
Sure seems like another "double-dip" into the taxpayers' pockets once again.
*** Next up, all of us DOCTOR WHO fans are probably reeling (and taking a "deep breath" from the latest news from across the pond.
Peter Capaldi is leaving the series after this year...:
Naturally, there is plenty of buzz as to WHO could be the NEXT "Doctor"...
I don't really know if I'm ready for either a black OR a female Doctor just yet.
But, there are rumors of a female time lord...maybe a "ginger" (at last)?
(having a female "Master" incarnation worked, but that's not the Doctor)
It will be sad knowing that the last 12 episodes in the upcoming series will be Capaldi's last, as I found HIS version of the Doctor a wonderful culmination of more than a few of the previous ones.
His jocular humor and deadly seriousness combined with that marvelous Scottish accent comforted us after Matt Smith left, and Matt did a stellar job of taking over for David Tennant, who left us in such a reluctant and heroically forlorn manner. That's the thing with TIME...change.
*** Next up, time for a stop at "Kitten Corner"...
"How I can get on the ceiling?"
I might have to change the name soon...they're both getting bigger and can hardly fit being called kittens for much longer.
Gallifrey has now discovered what it's like to get on top of our stove...a definite NO-NO!
I would not want him to get burned when I'm cooking, so I will take steps to stop that.
Between meals they do get into chasing one another, when not following me around when I have my breakfast.
If they're well-behaved, I will let them lick the (cereal) bowl. Oatmeal should be okay, right?
Evenings are the best, as they take to tagging off between Wifey and myself while we're watching the tv.
"I'm curling up ON Daddy later".
Last night, I had Violet sleeping with me, but when it was time for THEM to get up, they both starting walking over me.
(as long as the claws are retracted...no problem).
*** Last back to the post-it pad...yes, this is Black History Month, and I wonder how many of the REAL black-Americans will be featured in our schools.
It's funny, but when I was in school (and we're going WAY back to the late 1950s), we learned about the contributions to our country by many black-Americans, and we didn't even celebrate the month.
The actual observance of Black History Month didn't come along until SIX years after I was out of high school (1976).
Yet, my generation knew the contributions of MLK, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and so on.
Hell, you couldn't even turn on the radio without hearing the likes of Nat King Cole, The Platters, The Ink Spots, and many more. That's when black music was enjoyed by EVERYONE.
The legacies that such people have left (to us and to history) is indelible, and yet, many of their own race dismiss ALL the contributions made by these Americans TO and FOR our country.
All that's focused on is becoming more equal than others (by any means), and getting something for nothing, which costs others along the way.
I would love to see a time when we could unite for GOOD causes again, rather than what we're experiencing today.
Time to get back to some basic human understanding...and values, perhaps.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


A Beer For The Shower said...

I love that quote by John Wayne. I've always been a big fan, but now I'm going to have to remember that one for future use.

I don't know if we'll have true racial equality in my lifetime, and that's sad. We've come so far, and yet we're sliding back so far now, too. No one wants to acknowledge that we have problems on all sides. I've heard people say (and genuinely believe) that black people can't be racist. It's crazy. Until we rid ourselves of misguided thinking (on ALL sides), we're just going to be stuck in this weird limbo where racism is a problem but for some reason people act like they just don't understand why.

Bob G. said...

---Duke never pulled his punches with anyone.
---You know, we DID come a great measure to achieve racial equality just in MY lifetime (64 yrs), and yes, just as you said, society has pulled a BACK-SLIDE of gargantuan proportions, thanks to the leftists.
We'll ALWAYS have racists among us, BUT, there has to come a time when we choose to NOT give them the attention they crave.
That's the first step.
---PEOPLE were the original cause of racism, and ONLY people can cure it, and not by ignorance or apathy, and certainly NOT be riotous behavior, socialist revolution and anarchy.
But, until that changes, we shall remain in that "limbo" you mentioned.
(wonder who's holding that LIMBO-STICK...heh.)
How LOW can we go?
Hopefully, NO lower.

Thanks for stopping by to comment and providing some excellent insight.

Stay safe out there, guys.

CWMartin said...

To say I came over too late to have a meaningful dialogue can be shown best by the fact I would have sworn that said, Great American Pee Month...

Wow, I stole over 7 grand, and I have paid 150 back, aren't you proud of me? Only in the Democrat party...

Hmm... Tovey would certainly have the ears for the job! Donna as Doctor? mmm... I think you should do the job, Bob!

IMHO you can call them kittens all life long. Scrappy's still my baby- and we never really had him as a pup.

Bob G. said...

Nah...never too late...heh.
---And he's all but PROUD of being a thief...whatta waste of humanity.
---Me do the job? Oh, how I WISH.
---Guess that "young-at-heart deal CAN last a lifetime.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Much appreciated.

You stay safe up there, brother.