11 October 2017

Humpday Happenings...
Nothing like a soggy-ass day to great you when you get up, is there?
And, it's been heavy at times, but it's scheduled to stop sometime this morning.
After that, it might turn out to be a half-decent day.
Our Hoosierland weather will bring us mostly cloudy skies, temps reaching to around 66 degrees (comfy), and this rain will be tapering off as the day goes on.
I think it's time we got that (hot or cold) refreshing drink to get our weary selves started, as we see what has been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the rain-washed street is our WHO SAID THAT? quote for the week:
"Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies."
This quote, while highly applicable in light of what transpires daily, will also figures into today's post (like you thought otherwise).
So, who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at Bowdoin College...
*** Next up, time for the "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---It's General Pulaski Memorial Day
(this was a  bigger deal back east)
---It's National Sausage Pizza Day
(Never met one I didn't like)
---It's National Fossil Day
(finally, a day all to myself...lol)
---It's National Coming Out Day
(as long as you're coming out with a sausage pizza, no problem)
BTW, it seems we're seeing at least one LGBT-BS observance per month anymore...what's up with that?
How about some (specified) STRAIGHT observances?
*** Next, our local electric utility is pushing this 20% rate hike and held a public meeting. Here's the story:
And they heard from WE, the people...a LOT.
(with good reason)
This boils down to a dollar a day payout (per customer) to AEP...and for what?
Yeah, you BETTER take notes, pal.
The company hacks "say" it's for infrastructure improvement.
And you've NOT been improving anything as the years have passed...WHY?
Here's the J-G story (which sheds more light on the issue):
Don't see ANY smiling faces here.
All of a sudden (now), you NEED improvements to a utility you SHOULD have been improving as you go along - making needed changes to keep the power flowing (which is tenuous as hell when bad weather comes along anyway)?
((“This rate hike is only to benefit AEP, and the poor decisions they have made,” Customer Andrea Hamman said. “Flat out greed.”))
Sure sounds that way.
((While many here talked about what the increase would mean for those who are living paycheck to paycheck, others criticized what the money would go toward. I&M said it’s needed for maintenance and operational costs which include infrastructure improvements, new meters, and construction projects at Southern Indiana’s Rockport coal plant.))
NO thank you.
If by "new meters" you means SMART meters (my archival posts from 20 May 2010 and 29 Jan 2013)...count ME the hell OUT.
I don't want the utility to "control" my usage.
I'll pay for whatever the hell I decide to use.
This is just another case where you have to watch BOTH HANDS of this utility...just like NIPSCO (who is also pushing a natural gas rate hike).
*** Next up, more proof of domestic battery in the Summit City. Here's the link:
Gary Jefferies, 55, of the 7600 block of Regina Drive, was arrested Saturday around 2230 hrs and charged with seven felony counts of domestic battery, a misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated and another misdemeanor for resisting law enforcement. What an upstanding citizen he is (NOT!).
((The problem started about 4:30 p.m. when Jeffries started drinking, according to court documents. About 9:15 p.m., Jeffries got into an argument with his wife fueled by the fact that he had left several times during the evening to go to the liquor store to get more alcohol, she told police.))
Somehow, being 6'3" and 320 lbs, doesn't tell me he's WORKING at all. In fact, I'm willing to bet he's on SOME kind of disability (at least), or another form of "government-sponsorship"...typical.
But, this turdbucket CAN drink...and drive. Nothing but the police seemed to stop that.
Jeffries was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $26,500 bail, according to a jail spokesman.
*** Next, Fort Wayne has made ANOTHER list. Here's that story:
Recycle Serenade
We're part of the "hipsters", now...don'cha just feel all warm and fuzzy over this?
((In rank order, the Hottest Hipster Markets in America are Columbus, Seattle, San Diego, Fort Wayne, Rochester, N.Y., San Francisco, Long Beach, Calif., Louisville, Ky., Grand Rapids, Mich. and Colorado Springs, Colo.))
That's some "scary" company we're in, if you ask me.
*** Next up, and speaking of scary, there's this editorial from Walter Williams:
Yes, our moral compass DOES seem to be broken...said that for a good while now.
This  is a very good read, and I encourage all of you to take a minute to glean the truth found within it.
*** Next, time to visit "Kitten Corner"...
My turn on the box...
It was a pretty calm day with both cats spending much of the time lounging about. Violet was more "herself", so whatever ailed her seems to be gone for now...that's good.
As for Gallifrey...he never seems to miss a step. In fact, I still have to chase him away from Violet's food dish, because she always eats slower than he does (he's the gobble-guts of the pair).
Now, it's my turn...zzzz...
Within our walls, everyone gets the same treatment. Good gets rewarded, and bad gets punished.
Other than that, it's always time for affection.
*** Next up. let's check in with "Midnight and Company"...
"I will be looking for this shelter you speak of..."
Wifey and I headed to Menards yesterday morning to get more supplies for the winter shelters for our furry duo. We now have everything we need to make Midnight and Whiskers a place to get out o the cold when winter hits.
And, the Latinos in the purple house behind us (helluva color for an exterior...except when you live in Mexico) took down the metal shed they had in back of their place (which we've called "the bunker" for years due to cinder block construction), so perhaps Midnight has one less place to hang out after dark.
I'll be watching for mine, too..
As for Whiskers and where she goes? That's anyone's guess for now.
Soon, neither of them will have to go elsewhere.
*** Last back to the downspout...We, as a society, are adrift in a sea of immorality.
Pretty simple to comprehend.
And that's the LAST place to not have a functioning moral compass, isn't it?
How we got to this point could fill volumes.
How we extricate ourselves from this ongoing debacle will most likely fill even more.
When we sacrifice moral integrity, we lose a lot of who we are, or rather, who we should be.
You can pick up any paper, turn on any news channel and see the results.
And, the funny part about much of this...we have permitted this to take place.
We have fully allowed that which we used to shy away from to take center stage.
Bad behavior? Just acting up. Consequences? Not important. Responsibility? Doesn't matter.
Well, guess what, folks - It's NOT, it IS, and it DOES...period.
THERE is something to think about...
When we allow those who we have chosen to have a level of power over us (in any degree) a similar "free-pass", we're not helping matters...we're making it even worse.
It's little wonder that many of us feel so damn out of place these days.
We didn't change (and in many cases never had to)...the WORLD changed around us, and not for the better.
What bothers me greatly, is how far we have to fall down this rabbit hole before we hit bottom and then realize, we need to climb the hell back out and get right with ourselves and our Creator.
You'd think by now, many would not want to continue on the path this nation seems to be on.
Sooner or later, they'll figure that much out. Just not today, sadly.
Maybe tomorrow, perhaps.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


gadfly said...

I was amazed at the stupid comments at the I&M rate hearings. There is no need for a rate hike at this time since Trump has directed that EPA Clean Power regulations, imposed when the thing to do was destroy the coal industry, be eliminated.

One of the major moves I & M has in mind is to capture the Clean Coal Technology and Environmental Compliance Cost Recovery projects into the company's base rates. Suddenly, with the change in EPA regs, the burden of upgrading its Rockwell, Indiana coal-fired generation plant goes away. Further if the company gets out of its piddly efforts at killing birds at three owned wind farms and four ugly solar facilities being built, it will free capacity at Rockwell where electricity will cost far less to generate. And just as suddenly, the Rockwell plant, complete with its 1038 foot smoke stack, is a super-star, not a boat-anchor.

Bob G. said...

---You make a good point w/ Trump's plan. I had not even thought about THAT aspect.
---Regarding the wind farm and solar land-waste...I also feel the same way.
---Clean coal IS a reality, whether the green-earthers want to believe it or not. Time THEY got with that program.
After all...EVERY electric vehicle runs (mostly) on (all together now)...COAL!
So, we have fossil-fueled electrics...what a NEW idea...(not).
Gotta love the tree-huggers...they are good for something...like comedy relief!
---Less costly electricity...I'm SURE I&M will simply LOVE that...LOL!

Thanks for coming by to comment.

Stay safe out there.

Momma Fargo said...

Fossil day and international day of the girl? How could it get any better? Well, if all those fell on the same day as wine, chocolate, massage day and coffee day...we would be set. Keep up the good fight, Bob. I need to design you a shield so none of those fireworks get near your fort.

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
---No, the FOSSIL day is completely MINE...lol.
(and the Smithsonian has NOT called yet, either)
---Int'l day of the GIRL = wine, chocolate, massage and coffee...yeah, that's ALL you, hon.
(funny, I can cover all FOUR of those, too)
---Instead of a fireworks shield, how about an IDIOT SHIELD!!!
Now THAT would protect me a LOT better (and make me smile more).

Hey, thanks much for rolling up and commenting.
You made this dreary day a lot easier to take.

Stay safe down there, dear.

CWMartin said...

Soggy Ass is right... when I arrived at work, the cow was firmly on the flat rock overhead. I was soaked an hour and a half.

It would be a better quote if, as most everytime someone uses the word "religion", they'd used "faith" instead.

I'll salute Pulaski. Damn shame the Polish politicians of that day weren't the equal (or even close) of the Polish generals...

Now you tell me about pizza- just sent Laurie to Maccas (Aussie for MickeyDs)...

Beat me to the Fossil line...

To bad we can't combine coming out day with ground hog day- you know, if the LGBT person sees their shadow, they go back in for another year or something...

So AEP changed our high tension towers- couldn't even bother to paint 'em, just set most of 'em up rusty- and for this they want 20%. Whatever, dudes.

Don't look to me like Turdbucket ever abused anything that didn't come soaked in gravy...

HIPSTER? Good news for Dent May...

WOW, Williams is a professor at GMU? And they haven't fired him??? Another candidate for that under-construction Gets-It trophy...

Bob G. said...

---It was one DREARY day for sure. No fun being soaked (without a reason or lake, pond, or pool nearby).
---Considering who said that quote, I think in times past that religion and faith were a lot more readily intertwined (like a pair of loves kinda thing, I suppose)...not nearly as much today, that's for sure.
---It's VERY rare to find ANY politicians that are near equal to generals (many aren't worthy to shine their boots), but history has found it's marvelous exceptions to that rule.
---I told you about pizza this MORNING...not my fault you read it later in the day...LOL.
---I'm the REAL fossil here....let's be clear. You got a ways to go there
---ROFL...now there's a suggestion that could easily garner a government Grant! I LIKE it!
---I think I know what's coming down the pike (for us) with AEP...gonna divulge my "hypothesi"s on the morrow.
---LMAO...man, you ARE on a roll today. This POS gives Kim Jong Un a run for HIS money (to the nearest buffet) that's a given!
---Gee, you'd think you and Dent were brothers...oh wait, there IS this strange resemblance...
---I may well have to add Walter to that growing list.
Between him and Thomas Sowell, I always have a great view regarding what REAL black people think and talk about.
They remind me of the folks I had as friends growing up.
Always nice to find the TRUTH about stuff.

Thanks for taking time to dry out and stop by to comment.
Much appreciated.

Stay safe (and avoid the soggy) up there, brother.