Unfortunately, there is always that humidity.
Thing is, we're not quite done with it yet.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us a good chance of some scattered showers in the morning, mostly cloudy skies, and temps reaching "only" up to the upper 80s (call that a cool down?).
Hey, we take what we can get, right?
Anyway, what say we get ourselves a nice tall refreshing drink before we begin whatever this day has in store for us, hmm?
*** First off the umbrella stand is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
This was spoken by our good friend, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, PCc, DL, FRS, RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
By the way, ALL those "initials" after his name refer to specific orders and awards he was presented over the years. And once again, here is his WIKI:
Now this IS a rather lengthy read, but it is quite comprehensive regarding both the man and the politician. And those were days when a politician carried a LOT more sway, even if the British people tossed Winston to the curb right AFTER the 2nd World War. They must have recanted, for he was re-elected, as stated above.
And, if you were wondering, he was born at Blenheim Palace (the Churchill family home), so that explains the "clue" provided yesterday.
Personally, I think he was one of the BETTER politicians of last century, and he certainly was the "right person at the right time in the right place" when it came to England's entry into World War 2.
*** Next, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JUNE 15 -
---It's National Dump The Pump Day
MY neighborhood, I need ALL the protection I can get. I'm DRIVING.)
---It's National Lobster Day
---It's National Smile Power Day
---It's Nature Photography Day
*** Next up, I know we've all heard about the shooting of GOP politicians in Alexandria, VA yesterday, by an anti-republican, bat-shit crazy gunman from IL,
|Decisions became "involved".|
ONLY gun control that mattered yesterday was demonstrated by the Alexandria and Capitol Police, who took the shooter down, killing him.
See what using BOTH hands can do?
I don't want to hear any of the crap about gun control in the aftermath of the shootings. What I DO want to hear about is controlling those suffering from the type of mental derangement that causes such tragedies.
|That's my nephew's engine there.|
Hopefully, the fact that it was GOOD GUYS with guns who took down a bad guy with a gun will shut the leftards up for a while. Still, not going to hold my breath over it.
*** Next up, a FWPD detective gets arrested. Here's the story:
And, he's a 20-year vet of the department, but even if you are taking meds for a back problem, and insulin , and yes, even a little "taste" (alcohol), you should KNOW that climbing behind the wheel of ANY vehicle is asking for trouble. This didn't have to happen.
And, being a police officer, and having seen (and arrested) others for similar things, that alone should be impetus enough to refrain from becoming just another DUI stat, right?
Well, let's hope a lesson was learned here. LEOs are people who should hold themselves to higher standards, if for no other reason, than to be an example to the rest of the populace. If there is a problem, the department has resources (or should) that can take of such issues before they get out of hand. Like I said...a lesson learned.
*** Next up...As you know, I originally hail from Philly.
Time was, you could get a slice at damn near any pizza parlor (we called them that) for a BUCK. And it wasn't some Pizza Hut slice...no, no. It was more like a Sbarro's-size slice (and they charge too much as it is. I think I own stock in the company by now...lol)
So, I start roaming the Internet, looking for some of the old familiar haunts in Philly. And I found a few of them.
|Not a Chinese person around, and not PC, either.|
Lorenzo's Pizza, located at the corner of 9th and Christian Sts (south Philly). Had a load of celeb pics on the walls, and they still sell pizza by the slice...for $2.75. Talk about inflation.
|We're talking SIXTEEN INCHES here.|
Montesini's Pizza (real close to where we lived), and thankfully, they are still in business, but the prices have risen markedly.
A large (16 slice) Sicilian cheese pizza goes for $14.75 (toppings jack then up a buck or more).
TOMATO PIE, too...that's where the cheese in UNDER the sauce, and it's to die for. They also make hoagies and a large (foot long) goes for about $6.25.
|MUCH better than Subway. Blimpies came close.|
Genos and Pat's Steaks (also south Philly) are going strong, and at $10 PER steak sandwich (or more) I can see WHY. Then again, these places ARE open 24/7 (the cops love it, trust me)
Most other places charge about $8 bucks (and change) for steak sandwiches with cheese (whiz, American or provolone).
Now, all this sure makes me long for the days of cheap(er) eats.
And all of the prices are for eat in or carry out only. Not even gonna guess what delivery charges are.
Cripes, now I'm hungry...wonder why?
*** Next up, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
|A more casual approach to bird-watching.|
|She's SO adorable.|
*** Next, let's drop by and peek into our "Tales of Midnight"...
Apparently, he managed to grab a nice spot where the rain didn't get to him (wherever that was).
And, he spent most of the day hanging around, getting a few handfuls of food along the way.
|A good way to view our "neighborhood".|
We do what we can for the homeless (or is that "litterpanless"?) among us.
*** Last back to the family room...life is a lot more "complex" than I recall it being.
I think in many cases, none of us could see what was coming, as far as problems go.
We have turned a lot of traditions on their ears, done away with more, and substituted still more with a load of politically-correct brain-pablum. And how's that been working out for us today after all this time?
Short answer - not that well.
And while we keep creating technologies "designed" to make that life LESS complex, how often are we actually seeing the reverse as a result?
Short answer - all too often.
LOT of problems, but not recognizing those problems is not making them go the hell away, is it? And tossing random "solutions" (which often cost truckloads of money) at these problems doesn't seem to be doing the trick either, does it?
So, the question becomes "How long can you dance around a problem before you decide to take it head-on and choose to solve it?", right?
You might get it right on the first try...perhaps not, but as long as you KNOW what the problem really is, THEN, you can affect a proper solution TO that problem. I hate to be repetitive, but I see evidence of this exact thing in the news almost every stinking day. The Alexandria shootings is a prime example of a problem that hasn't been defined and yet people keep trying to create solutions that do no damn good.
We are so much better than that...if we only give ourselves a chance.
Stay SAFE out there, America.