Thursday, October 13, 2016

Election 2016, Local Issues

I've resisted posting anything about the presidential race, mainly because there is nothing that I could (or would be willing to) write that would change anyone's mind about which candidate they will vote for.  I have friends, relatives and acquaintances on both sides of the fence, and keeping the peace is tough enough without me throwing a can of high test gasoline on the fire.

Instead, I'm going to attack the local issues.  This is where the local government is demanding more of your money for projects that benefit a very select group of people at the expense of everyone.  Here we go:

13. Sylvania Township, Precinct G, Fresh Farmers Thyme Market, Local Liquor Option
Fresh Farmers Thyme Market is a new store, and they want a liquor license. First of all, they shouldn't need a special license to sell a perfectly legal item, but it's a way for the government to make money without having to work for it, and it's yet another regulation the government can impose upon the entrepreneur.  I'm voting yes, of course.

17. Sylvania Local School District 5.7 mills, additional, operating expenses & permanent improvements, for continuing period of time.
Not just no, but Hell No!
The avaricious idiots on the Sylvania School Board tried this one last election, and they got shot down.  They've tried almost every election, and they've tried special elections.  The citizens have voted against it.  Now, just like a whiny child, they're back again with an even higher tax levy.  The worse part about this is that it's a property tax, yet everyone votes on it.
The administration of the Sylvania Schools is overstaffed and overpaid.  They've got people ironing socks and making coffee on the payroll.  The teachers aren't far behind that either.  They get a holiday schedule that the rest of the working world has never dreamed of, benefits that are absolutely sinful, and a very comfortable salary.
Most of our property tax money goes to the school system to keep these fat cats in cream.  I've had enough of this kind of crap to last me a lifetime.  I'm not paying more, and in fact my taxes should decrease, if anything.
I'm currently being forced out of my home because of these property taxes.  Prospective buyers have seen my house, would like to buy it, but can't afford to live in it - because of the staggeringly high property taxes.

18. TARTA, 1.5 mills, renewal, 10 years (note: overlapping Wood county)
No.  Why is public transportation being funded by the taxpayer?  Why not run it like any business and see about making a profit on it?  TARTA hasn't been responsible with its budget in years.  Let 'em tighten their belts a little.

19. Lucas County, 9-1-1 Public Safety Communication Systems, 0.7 mill, renewal, operation and capital improvements, 5 years
No.  The 911 service can get along quite nicely on what it's getting right now.

20. Lucas County, Children Services, 1.8 mills, renewal and increase, support, placement, care, 5 years
No.  They not only want a renewal, they want more.  Hell no.  We can't afford it, and don't come whining to me about it's for the children.  It isn't.  It's for the government.

21. Lucas County, Imagination Station, 0.17 mill, renewal, operation and maintenance, 5 years
No.  I've been to the Imagination Station, and it's a waste.  Shotgun Bob and I took Bob's son, Albert, and from that visit I learned that the Imagination Station is constructed as a primate cage.  TPS dumps their school kids into the cage and calls it a field trip.  The little monsters run wild for a few hours, then get picked up and taken back to their regular cage.  The place is ridiculous, and the exhibits are simplified physics demonstrations constructed (as much as possible) to look like video games.

22. Lucas County, Toledo Public Library, 3.7 mills, renewal and increase, current expenses, 5 years
Hell no.  I've been to the Toledo Public Library, and it isn't a library any longer.  It's a... I don't know.  An indigent adult entertainment center?  Inner city fat ladies sit at the computer terminals all day surfing the 'net, while their babies swing from the chandeliers and throw food and feces at anyone looking for reading materials.  No, I'm not paying for this anymore.  Clean the place up, police it, and then come and talk to me.

23. Lucas County, Toledo Zoo, 0.75 mill, renewal and decrease, maintenance and operation, 5 years
No.  I used to support the zoo, but I'm fed up with it.  The zoo wants to expand, just like every other part of the government, and that takes money.  My money.

This is government at its finest.  They whine and demand more money, but there is no regulation about how the money is spent.  Meanwhile the streets in Toledo are passing as a field test for ATVs, and the entire infrastructure is decaying to the point where it actually will fail.  When that happens, guess who pays to have it fixed - and that's on top of the money they want now.

Instead of the standard For and Against options on the ballot, there should be a third option: Against, and pillory the governmental officials who put this on the ballot.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Trivia Fisking

I found this bit of fluff on facebook, and because I'm bored, busy, and haven't been writing lately, I thought I'd begin by fisking this didactic bit of saccharine nonsense.

Comments are in italics.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Still Wanted - John Kelly Gentry, Jr.

I've written about John Gentry before, and found the latest speculation about Gentry's whereabouts last night, along with some decent photos of him - used without permission from the owner, CBS Detroit

Officer Thomas White - No Trial in Sight

I've written about this piece of human waste before. Cop Shooting - (ex) Officer Thomas White is Still Free is one example, and a casual search will turn up others.  I predicted that this unrepentant criminal wouldn't serve any time, and so far my money is safe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wanted: John Kelly Gentry, Jr.

In the middle of my morning snort, the talking head on the idiot box (CBS Detroit) got my attention with a story on this murdering thug, John Kelly Gentry, Jr.  You can read the whole story in Age Progressed Photo Shows Fugitive On The Run For Michigan Murder Since 1983.

I mentioned Gentry in passing in a previous post.  I knew John Gentry back in 1969, and he was a little strange then. I (rightfully) believed he was dangerous and so didn't hang around with him. Later on he allegedly committed two murders, one by using an ax.  Not being completely stupid, he stole a car and fled the area.  And that was that.

Personally, I think it's likely that Gentry either crossed over into Mexico and is living out his life south of the border, or he ran up against someone who was a lot like he was, and his body hasn't been found - and probably never will be.  If he's alive, I'd like to see him caught, then given a fair trial and a fine hanging.

If you see Gentry or know where he is, call Detective Jeff Smith at (734) 240-7530.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pack Your Gat

I used to live in Mad City, and have been to Milwaukee a time or two.  The warning I got from people in the know was to be careful, Milwaukee was a dangerous place.  I didn't find it so at the time, but as they say, That was then and this is now.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In Memorium

R.I.P. Mike Vanderboegh

May you live long in memory

Please host this flag on your site as a show of respect. The family asks that if you face book, please change your pic to the flag.

“But I tell you this: We will not go gently into that bloody collectivist good night. Indeed, we will make with our defiance such a sound as ALL history from that day forward will be forced to note, even if they despise us in the writing of it.

And when we are gone, the scattered, free survivors hiding in the ruins of our once-great republic will sing of our deeds in forbidden songs, tending the flickering flame of individual liberty until it bursts forth again, as it must, generations later. We will live forever, like the Spartans at Thermopylae, in sacred memory.

— Mike Vanderboegh

The Kansas City Star has a somewhat critical article which is worth reading:Longtime Militia and ‘Patriot’ Leader Mike Vanderboegh Dies at 64

Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago today at the University of Texas in Austin a murdering little psychopath named Charles Whitman assembled an extensive arsenal of firearms and ammo, then climbed to the top of the 300 foot clock tower at UT and opened fire.  He shot 49 people, killing 16.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


You know how it is when you're relaxing in front of the idiot box with about half of a nice, dry, ice-cold martini within easy reach, and you put your feet up - and the phone goes off.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mental Health Awareness Month 2016

May is Mental Health Month, so if you know someone who is bat shit crazy, but 'em a drink or something.  How-To Geek is celebrating by posting information on suicide: Know the Signs of Suicide, Save a Life. They have also proclaimed today as Mental Health Awareness Day.

Friday, April 15, 2016

When Commercial Media Pisses You Off

I tipped to this story a couple days back when I was reading a local message board, Toledo Talk.  It seems that Ohio Kimono, a local contributor and entrepreneur (see her commercial sites at Ohio Kimono and Ohio Kimono (Kimono Lady) on Facebook), was away from her home during the day (she was doing her best to earn a living) when three choir boys noted that the lock on her back door needed testing for the purposes of quality assurance.  One young man did the testing, using a tool approved for such.

The lock passed.  The test was recorded for prosterity on double secret home video, shown below, and you can read the thread on Toledo Talk here, $250 Reward - Do you know these criminals? .