So, if you prefer your Thursdays wet, you've come to the right place.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us (what else?)...RAIN, so we've cloudy skies, mild breezes, and a high of about 48 degrees. Chance of rain - 100%, so bring the umbrella and use those wipers.
|"We're going to need galoshes, I think..."|
*** First out of the mud room is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated."
James Arthur Baldwin ( 2 Aug 1924 - 1 Dec 1987), who was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. And here is his WIKI:
Although Baldwin grew up in a Christian household (Dad was a preacher) where James became a junior minister in a Pentecostal assembly, and he even visited Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam.
Baldwin soon came to view Christianity as falsely premised and left the church.
He admonished Christianity for reinforcing the system of American slavery by delaying salvation until a promised afterlife.
Through all this, Baldwin never identified himself AS an atheist, and at his funeral, a recording of an adult Baldwin singing 'Take My Hand, Precious Jesus" was played.
He left America for France and spent most of his later life there.
He did return to the USA in 1957 and stayed throughout much of the Civil Rights Movement.
And, in a early 60s letter sent to (then) AG Bobby Kennedy, Baldwin said that the violence in Alabama was attributable to J. Edgar Hoover. Baldwin met with Kennedy in Manhattan and later took part in the march on D.C. on 28 August 1963.
In later life, he was also a close friend with both Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison.
He died in France but was buried in Ferncliff Cemetary in Hartsdale, near NYC.
I featured him back on 20 December 2014, and the WIKI is a good read.
*** Next up, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 4 -
---It's Bird Day
---It's National Candied Orange Peel Day
---It's the National Day Of Prayer
LOT more of it, too)
---It's the National Day of Reason
AND prayer...great "two-fer")
---It's National Orange Juice Day
AND the peel, please)
---It's National Renewal Day
---It's National Star Wars Day
FOURTH be with us all)
---It's National Weather Observer Day
---It's also World Password Day
*** Next up, The city is still at it with Memorial Park. Here's the story link:
|Hands OFF our Memorial Park.|
Typically, this is just "lip-service" to the masses who want what's right (while the city does what it pleases anyway).
The city always HEARS the people...but they fail to LISTEN...that's the problem with any like meetings.
Our "king" Henry, the Legacy-Ridden, thinks the makeover is a step in the right direction.
Like many politicians (especially the leftards), that's his problem...he "thinks".
Well sire, there ARE others who think much better, as citizens of your "realm", and what THEY want should take precedent over what you think...remember, YOU work for US (and not the other way around).
*** Next, and speaking of our fair city, the Riverfront project keeps moving forward (like we thought otherwise). Here's the story link:
|Where'd all the ducks and geese go?|
All these years and not a peep about doing anything along the rivers, then all of a sudden...BAM...the city HAS to do ALL this crap (and seemingly as soon as possible)...WTH is going on? Why the rush?
Is there a master-plan at work here we're not being told about? (you bet there is)
|That just looks TOO damn "busy" to me.|
*** Next up, this story brought a smile to my face, and you'll see why. Here's the link:
|The infamous government-sponsored apartments.|
|If it's not the police, it's the fire department.|
Now, they want ANOTHER new name?
How about we try DEAD MAN'S GULCH? HOMICIDE HAVEN? GUNSHOT GARDENS? PERPTOWN POINTE?
|Toss in a few shootings every year...|
Changing the name doesn't do a damn thing with the PEOPLE you allow to crib there...look at EDEN GREEN...I mean, the "Villages at Hanna"...nothing's changed there.
And Renaissance Pointe? Got rising crime THERE, too (again).
It's the damn government-sponsored, teat-sucking welfare queens and their boyfriends of the week that live there...THEY are the problem.
Get THEM out, and you might be able to reclaim the area, but NOT before...kapeesh?
*** Next, let's see what's going on at "Kitten Corner"...
|"I'm watching outside."|
They didn't watch the other cat constantly, but checked up from time to time at the patio door.
|"I'm watching the stairs".|
|Sometimes, they take turns watching.|
|Thanks for the food, kind person.|
He came over and I held out my hand. He rubbed it and then rubbed my leg, so I know he's not anti-social. And, by the looks of his ears, he's NOT a "community cat"...no clipped left ear.
|And he also has a good singing voice.|
*** Last back to the umbrella store...Fort Wayne is indeed a city of contrasts.
At first, I thought it was lots better than Philly in many ways, but after a couple years (and a break-in at Willow Creek Crossing Apts), I got the learning curve nailed REAL fast.
And, it has not gotten better since, sad to say...at least not in OUR part of town.
All I ever wanted was to live a peaceful life, in a smaller city. I wanted a neighborhood that reminded me of my Grandma's in NE Philly, and pretty much got it...at first.
Things deteriorated around Wifey and I over time, and nothing has been done to alleviate the problems that continue to this day. I think that's a sad commentary on HOW the city handles things.
|Was a nice house before HUD came along.|
Noise levels have risen, blight has taken over, and whatever solace you thought you could have has become more a dream than a reality.
And the morons living around us are all okay with that...talk about a de-evolution of society.
Still, there is always HOPE...thank God..
It's that which keeps us going in times such as these.
ALL willing to make our lives better in that regard.
Stay SAFE out there, America.