I will admit that the overnight hours were very comfortable for sleeping.
And yes, more rain is on the way, so just be patient.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly sunny skies, breezy conditions (gusting around 30 MPH) with a high of about 80 degrees, and that chance of a shower later on this evening.
Now, with that over and done with, let's get that refreshing drink, as we begin another day...
*** First out of the medicine chest is our "WHO SAID THAT?" quote of the week:
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
I think this sums up a lot of what is ailing this nation, at least as far as honest discourse and debate are concerned.
So, who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back in Braintree, Massachusetts...
*** Next up, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JUNE 28 -
---It's National Insurance Awareness Day
THIS one out?)
---It's National Paul Bunyan Day
---It's National Parchment Day
*** Next up, it appears the Vice and Narcotics unit of the FWPD was pretty busy over the past 24 hours.
Now this dumbass didn't seem to learn a damn thing when he was in jail, did he?
This raid took place around 0630 hrs at a location in a trailer park. The address was 5507 Brazo Lane (NW).
Torrance Larry, 39, was arrested at the scene when police found about 10.5 grams of cocaine and 12 grams of meth, along with a STOLEN .45 Glock near the drugs in Larry's bedroom.
Larry was convicted back in 1998 for armed robbery of a bank, and in 2012, of dealing cocaine. He was released from prison in 2014. He was considered a serious violent felon, and was prohibited from having a firearm, police said.
Yeah, that penal system sure rehabilitates those serious violent felons, doesn't it?
---And here's a story closer to our downtown area that netted a LOT of people:
IS WANE TV, after all...lol)
This RAID took place at a house located at 1119 Michigan Av and 1119 ½ Michigan Av (converted into apartments) around 2100 hrs last evening.
Inside, police found a STOLEN .40 caliber handgun, 9.3 grams of crack cocaine (individually packaged for street sales), and $600 cash. Fifteen people were arrested in total. Not bad for a month-long investigation leading up to this raid.
I love the "common nuisance" charges. Such a term would apply to MOST of the houses near us these days.
Guess NO BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED for those STOLEN guns in both stories, right?
*** Next, this story shows it's never too early to get stupid. Here's the link:
You can tell by the picture that this vehicle is DEFINITELY one of the many "ghetto-sleds" that prowl streets on the SE side.
The driver of the SUV told police someone tried to merge into her lane.
Gee, ever think of using your HORN? You people use it often enough whenever you pull up to someone's house (we call that "The Ghetto Doorbell"), or when you see someone you know along a street. You could have also slowed down and let the other vehicle pass.
*** Next up, city council held it's (obligatory) public hearing on the local income tax increase last evening (before they go ahead and rubber stamp it, as I expect will occur). Here's the story:
SO in favor of the riverfront, and you could tell by the cut of their tailored suits.
The "average" people were the ones more concerned with alleys and sidewalks.
Let's face it, I never use the riverfront.
There were a couple people who spoke who clearly demonstrated their ability to take things to another level with near rantings. The silence in the room during those 2 minutes was deafening.
I don't want to cough up over $70 a year with a third of it going to the riverfront. That's not serving anyone down here.
And, to be honest, the alleys never REALLY get "fixed".
The last time the ruts were filled was with broken bricks and such. Helluva fix.
FLOODING, due to trash trucks coming down their alley, and driving over a soft spot that collapsed a sewer line.
Gee, that sounds eerily familiar.
Our alley is a soft surface as well, so how long before OUR sewer line collapses and we get flooded (again)?
The city NEVER pays for any of the expenses WE incur because of THEIR infrastructure.
ALL the alleys should be hard-surfaced, and sidewalks should be placed where needed.
Let the private sector fund the damn riverfront, downtown and any other "wants" on this wish list.
Let the NEEDS of the city be taken care of through taxes, if that's the way it has to be.
But be mindful of ALL the other taxes we're being hit with (gas tax, wheel tax) as well as rate hikes by utility companies.
*** Next, let's stop by "Kitten Corner"...
The kids were both a bit more sedate, with brief periods of craziness, and that's fine, as long as they keep their racing around the house to UNDER 55 MPH...lol.
And, we do yield to oncoming traffic...lol.
Violet is still Little Miss Adorable whenever she comes over to get her neck rubbed.
Gallifrey is still Mr Clumsy Affectionate when he jumps up on you for HIS rubbing.
Both as different as the day is long, and yet, similar in so many ways to our former cats.
*** Next up, time to drop by the "Tales of Midnight"...
Amazing how you come to expect certain things in life, and that's okay.
Some mornings he surprises me and isn't there at all...UNTIL I rattle the dish, but the knowledge that he will come by to eat is enough to make you glad that you care about the four-legged homeless among us.
*** Last back to the shower caddy...my Dad always said that there were TWO certainties in life:
Death and Taxes.
(and not necessarily in that order...heh)
Nobody cheats death, but too many can cheat taxes (the government-subsidized among us prove the latter on a daily basis).
When it comes to taxes, you have to remember that I used to work for the Treasury Dept. (IRS), and I know taxes and how they work.
If a tax is proposed, it SHOULD only last as long as it is required to pay for whatever it is that needs funding.
Sounds simple enough, right?
But the problem is, that whenever we DO get a new tax...it NEVER GOES THE HELL AWAY.
It's like AD INFINITUM (without end) or IN PERPETUUM (forever), isn't it?
Taxes MAY decrease (once every century), but when was the last time any tax just went away?
If anything, they become like a living entity, fed by those who pay the taxes, growing larger with every passing year.
That's the way I feel about personal income tax. It just keeps growing.
I saw something like this back in Philly. They started a "city wage tax", which was invoked IF you (either) LIVED or WORKED within the city limits. And that grew over time to actually exceed the amount paid for STATE tax.
Fort Wayne could be headed down the same road, and that won't bode well for that lower cost of living we currently enjoy in this city.
Plus, cities have to help pay for all that "free stuff" many people are fraudulently claiming, so nothing is ever free for everyone.
You can only squeeze so much juice from an orange...and can only tax people so much before they push back, or just up and leave the city. Or, you can have a government that learns to work within it's means, takes care of it's NEEDS before it's WANTS, and always has the best interest of it's total citizenry in mind.
That's no utopia (thank God), but it IS the proper way to proceed.
Stay SAFE out there, America.