You have to say that it was a pretty nice weekend, as weekends go (but never long enough...I KNOW).
In spite of the bouts of rain (that kept the noise down where we live, thank God), it was good enough to perhaps take a walk (again, except where we live, because you might get assaulted - the locals are known for that and for no reason).
Still, we won't let that add to any rain on any parade, right?
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us some clouds to start with, a high of around 63 degrees and perhaps the sun will stop by later on...one can never tell in the Midwest.
So, let's all settle back with a cup or glass of morning comfort, as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the flower beds is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 27 -
---It's National Joe Day
ARE talking COFFEE here, people...sorry, Norma. Not THAT Joe.)
---It's National Spanish Paella Day
MORE Spanish-related days than ALL of South America, doesn't it?)
*** Next up, a Cincy night spot was the target of multiple shootings Sunday morning. Here's the story:
DOMESTIC terrorism, aka street-gang warfare.
(("The conflict is believed to have begun between specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy occurring at the nightclub," Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said.
One witness told WLWT News 5 that he heard the club's DJ call for security about 10 minutes before the shooting. Cameo nightclub has had several issues in the past, authorities said. The club allows admission to anyone over the age of 18 on certain days.
“We are aware of it. It has had some challenges in the past,” Neudigate said.))
Yep, such "challenges" like that kinda screams GANGS to me. We've had similar situations here in Fort Wayne at a few clubs. Just more T-N-B.
*** Next up, I want to deviate from the usual, and talk for a bit about something that many people (especially where we live) seem to be struggling with these days...and that's a little thing we call COMPARISONS.
We like to get the best bang for the buck, as it were, and that's fine. Nothing wrong with that.
But, at least we KNOW the differences between that which we are looking for or wish to purchase, right? That's the thing...DIFFERENCES.
Well, some folks can't seem to make distinctions along those lines.
"One of these things is NOT like the other...One of these things just isn't the same" after a fashion. Remember that tune?
Allow me to elucidate:
---We ALL know what is meant by that place we call a PLAYGROUND, and what it's purpose is, hmm?
|THIS...is a playground|
|THIS...is NOT a playground.|
|This...IS a playground.|
|This...is again, NOT a playground.|
|And this IS also...a playground.|
|THIS however...is NOT a playground.|
---And often within larger playgrounds, we have what's known as a BASKETBALL COURT - something ALL Hoosiers seem to be very keen on, correct?
|Now THIS is a basketball court.|
|THIS...is NOT a basketball court.|
|This too...IS a basketball court.|
|But...THIS is NOT a basketball court.|
Now, WTF is so damn hard in knowing what IS something and what IS NOT?
Apparently, some people cannot make a determination or "comparison" with such things.
|Black Bear Creek Apts - Ft. Wayne|
Many are raised in those apartment complexes with huge "common spaces", otherwise known as PARKING LOTS.
Again there can be found some comparisons:
Now, kids in those complexes are (often)permitted to play ANYWHERE in that complex (blame that on the lack of supervision), so when what passes for a parent today moves into a RESIDENTIAL AREA with HOUSES and not apartments, these kids are NEVER taught that the streets, yards, and properties of others are NOT those common spaces (parking lots) they have become used to.
|The notorious Eden-Green Apts.|
Obviously, our society has become a little too complacent as well as apathetic along these lines.
That's about all I have to say on this...for the time being.
*** Next, and leaving the stupid in the dust, let's take a jaunt to "Kitten Corner"...
|A "giant" in the village?|
|And a friendly game of "tug-o-war".|
|A "joint-nap" is always good.|
*** Last back to the rain barrel...We again see how (more) complex we allow life to become when we permit that which should be discouraged.
When we start "trying to understand" and, in the process, reward bad behavior, rather than punish it, or at the least, hold everyone to the same standards and level of accountability, we create the perfect bed for chaos to erupt.
And, it often does. Look at the proliferation of gang activity in TOO many of our cities. And, there's the chronic misbehavior of more people that goes unnoticed (selective blindness) by politicos as police are told to be more "in touch" with the community through programs and such, instead of doing the JOB of enforcing the LAWS (first and foremost).
|I think we're finding this out.|
Learn what? How to be BETTER criminals the NEXT time when they get back out (again)?
We need to put the PENITENT back into penitentiaries, because if we can mange to get more people on the same page when it comes to personal responsibility, we have less criminal activity (and that can be managed a whole lot easier).
Funny, we USED to do just that. maybe it's time to revisit such notions once again.
Stay SAFE out there, America.