Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JTI Business, Not as Usual

Good morning dear friends and followers of JTIrregulars.  We have news to share with you.

At present, we are under what we hope is a temporary lockdown.

To those who read daily, you are aware of a great deal of negative material recently being posted.  We attempted to handle this reasonably by removing pointed comments directed at individuals (as per our policy) but our "intruder" had other plans. This was not just a difference of opinion, this was an ongoing, nasty attack on members. We went to a Shelter in Place mode by removing the option to post using the Anonymous moniker, which was being used to attack every administrator of this website.

This, or these trolls setup new accounts through Google and began a war. The attacks were removed and the situation became volatile. At the final point, EVERY current blog was spammed, repeatedly, with a lengthy tirade. There were wild and false accusations directed at members, and threats that this would not end until conditions were met which appeased this attacker. This behavior necessitated further administrative action. We are now in Lockdown. Only registered users of this website can currently post. Indeed, not what we want; however, we refuse to allow one or two to ruin what we've all built and cherished. Please continue to post as normal and enjoy JTIrregulars.

For the past 6 years,  JTI  has been very happy to allow anonymous posting and welcome new users. We were one of a kind in today's blogging world. We have a unique blend of different thoughts, ideas, good friends from across the U.S. and around the world, people from all walks of life and professions, friends from all political affiliations who respect each others opinions, and behave like adults. We hope to return to that.

We have heard from regular-Irregulars that under these tighter conditions, some have noticed their user name is not being recognized by Blogger. We've checked registered comments and found that Google, in their quest to data mine and become an even bigger internet giant of information,  has possibly changed email addresses that were used to originally set up accounts years ago.

If you are having difficulty logging in to enjoy commenting, try other email addresses and passwords which could be associated with you. If you continue to have difficulties, you can always set up a new account. You can also contact the Sheriff or any admin and we can let you know what email is showing in your account. We hope this ends soon and we can all play together nicely, again. Many of you rely on the JTI as a part of your daily routine.

Such a shame that one or two people can hold us all at bay. Welcome to 2014, where you can throw a tantrum and ruin it for everyone.

Early Halloween Humor

Shared from Beejay's Facebook page. Hehehehe

Open Blog - Tuesday

It's Tequila Tuesday.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"2nd young woman accuses SC Johnson heir of sexual contact"

"A second young woman now claims Racine billionaire Samuel Curtis 'Curt' Johnson III sexually molested her when she was a girl, claims his attorney calls 'unequivocally' false.

"The woman, identified in court records only as AMB, was a friend of the victim in a sexual assault case prosecutors filed against Johnson in 2011. Because that victim left the state and refused to cooperate, Johnson ultimately pleaded guilty in June to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to four months in jail.

"AMB filed her three-page civil complaint in July, but it was only recently served on Johnson, who has not yet filed an answer. It claims that on multiple occasions between March 2007 and July 2009, Johnson had sexual contact with her while she was with his family on trips to Mexico and the Bahamas, and while she was guest at his Racine home.

"She seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

"Her attorney, Steven Lucareli of Eagle River, said the woman is 20 now and living and working in California, where she now has another lawyer, Stephen Estey, who specializes in personal injury cases. Lucareli said AMB continues to struggle with the aftermath of her contact with Johnson and has been in therapy."

Read more:  http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/2nd-young-woman-accuses-sc-johnson-heir-of-sexual-contact-b99361475z1-277497601.html

Local Loyalty - Malicki's Piggly Wiggly Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of 
Malicki's Piggly Wiggly on Washington!

Ralph Malicki opened his Piggly Wiggly on Washington Ave. 
on May 22nd 2011. 
He has many, many years experience in the grocery industry, 
and really knows his stuff. 
His goal is to give us a better experience, 
provide  our needs, and for his employees to make a difference. 
He also helps showcase some local businesses within his store. 
Look for Sherwood fudge, Cheesecakes by Diana, Taste of Joy, and many other local places, as well as places throughout the state, he carries their goodies. Many can be found in the area near produce, in the 1st aisle, as well as throughout the store. If you see a brand you don't recognize, pick it up and see where it's from. You might be surprised!

Personally, I much prefer Ralph's Piggly Wiggly to any other store in town. The workers are noticeably friendlier and more helpful. 
They welcome you, and say hi, even if just passing in an aisle. It feels like home. If you're looking for something that they don't carry, 
get ahold of Ralph (just ask for him, he's usually there), and he'll do everything he can to get whatever you're looking for. 
You can follow this
 Pig on Facebook.
If you haven't yet stopped in to check them out, please do so. 

Ralph's 3 words - 
1. Friendly 
2. Interactive
3. Engaged, 
both with the customers as well as the community.

If you meet Ralph, please let him know you saw it here!

Tell Me About Your Stinky Story

Here is mine. Back in the mid 70’s my wife (at the time) we went up to Florence County Wisconsin. During deer hunting season there was an old farmer who would rent us his cabin.  Huge cabin, slept like 15 people.

Anywho, we went up a month early to check on some places to hunt and stayed in the cabin. The day we left the farmer gave us a big bag of Rutabagas. This was in October. Got home and took them in the house, no biggie.

Come summer my car is starting to stink. I looked everywhere, in the trunk, under the seats, even took the back seat out.

Finally, after a couple of weeks it was so bad I looked all over again and decided to take the spare tire out. I had a ’69 Plymouth Roadrunner and the spare was mounted in the back of the trunk on a slant.

I pull the tire out and there it was. “The runaway rutabaga, sitting there pulsating”!

It had rolled out of the bag and came to rest behind the tire. Then came the cleaning…

Open Blog - Monday

Have a great week.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

11 crazy D.I.Y. ideas that work in a pinch

Whether you’re stranded on an island with nothing but your wits or simply flat broke, re-purpose what’s on hand to turn any moment into a glamorous one.

Advil Liquid-Gels= zit zapper
DIY dilemma: 
A pimple has reared it’s ugly head and you’ve got nothing more than the contents of the office first aid kit to tame it.

Mission accomplished: Aspirin has long been known as an in-a-pinch zit zapper--but technology has created pimple-fighter 2.0 thanks to liquid gel formulas. “I hear makeup artists use this all the time on models backstage at fashion shows,” says beauty guru Robin Coe-Hutshing. “Open up an Advil gel cap and apply it right onto the pimple. It takes the swelling down right away.”

Cup of Starbucks = makeshift manicure
DIY dilemma: 
Your nails are looking raggedy, but you hardly have time to grab a cup of coffee, let alone spend an hour at the nail salon.

Mission accomplished: Double-duty your caffeine run by grabbing a couple extra brown sugar packets and wooden stirrers while you’re there, says, Jin Soon Choi, owner of the Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa salons in New York City. “Mix sugar with some lemon, honey, and olive oil and scrub into hands and nails for a minute, then use a wooden coffee stirrer to push back cuticles. Rinse off and your hands will look totally clean, soft and manicured.”

Onion = bug bite soother
DIY dilemma:
 You managed to swing a vacation in Mexico, but while you’re lunching at an outdoor cafĂ©, mosquitos are lunching on you.

Mission accomplished: Grab that onion slice off your salad and start rubbing it directly onto the irritation. “The sulphur in onions work right away to fix the itch,” says Jordana Mattioli, aesthetician at the office of Dr Adam M. Kolker in New York City.

Milk of Magnesia = face mask
DIY dilemma: 
Your skin’s looking rough—but payday’s a week and a half away, so no salon facial for you.

Mission accomplished: Milk of Magnesia has talents beyond just neutralizing stomach acid. “Growing up I learned the great Milk of Magnesia face mask,” says Coe-Hutshing of her trick to keeping skin smooth, clear and china-like. “Dab it on with a cotton ball, wait until it dries, then rinse off. That’s it! It’s amazing.”

KY jelly= shoe polish
DIY dilemma: 
Your scuffed shoes are looking more “walk of shame” than “victory parade.”

Mission accomplished: Coe Hutshing’s non-date-night strategy works just as well when applied to your current situation. “This is embarrassing, but in an emergency I have used personal lubricant to polish my scuffed shoes,” she admits.

DIY dilemma: A day of volunteering at your kid’s kindergarten has drained the life from your face--and you’ve got just five minutes until you need to make a break for a restaurant with the family.

Mission accomplished: Distract the kids with a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid while you grab a pinch of the powder for yourself and head to the bathroom mirror. Mix with a little water and you’ll have made an awesome ad-hoc cheek and lip tint, say Annie and Maggie Ford Danielson, global authorities for Benefit Beauty.

Black tea = foot deodorizer
DIY dilemma: 
Your feet, put frankly, are smelling like very expensive cheese, and you’ve got 15 minutes before you walk out the door to meet friends.

Mission accomplished: Rummage through your kitchen cupboard for black tea, says Ian Ginsberg, Owner of C.O. Bigelow. Steep 2-3 bags in a bowl filled with warm (not hot!) water – then set your stopwatch for 15 minutes and get soaking. The tannins are helpful in neutralizing odor.

Matchbook = nail file
DIY dilemma: 
You’re looking your best as you catch the bus to a job interview -- but when you push the ‘next stop’ button you chip a nail.

Mission accomplished: Reach into your coat pocket and fish out that matchbook you grabbed from your fancy meal out last week. The sandpaper-like strike strip on the back is surprisingly precise at shaping nails quickly.

Tennis ball = personal masseuse
DIY dilemma: 
Your attempt to channel Serena Williams on the court has left your back in knots, but if you have to choose between your mortgage and a massage, well, you know which one’s going to win, however reluctantly.

Mission accomplished: Dig those tennis balls out of your bag. Lie on your back and place one ball between your shoulder blade and spine, says massage guru Ben Brown. Gradually let your weight rest into the surface of the ball, relaxing around it. Now gently roll your shoulder and back over the ball. Instant relief.

Baking soda = deodorant
DIY dilemma: 
A hot kitchen and hours spent rolling out dough -- no doubt about it, your cookie-baking marathon has left you sweating. Party guests are on their way.

Mission accomplished: Reserve a little baking soda for yourself, and pat under your underarms. It’ll do the same job deodorizing you as it does your fridge, by absorbing odors.

Peppermint oil = breath freshener
DIY dilemma: 
You finished scarfing down an entire extra-garlic pizza moments before the doorbell rings, and who do you spy through the keyhole but the adorable man from across the hall.

Mission accomplished: Run to your bathroom cabinet, homing in on your bath-time products. A single drop of essential oil of peppermint on your tongue instantly freshens breath and kills bacteria, according to Ute Leube, founder of haute organic skincare line Amala.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.

THB Here Comes the Boom

Please don't cry when your Bears take a beating

Happy Birthday, Beejay

to our good friend Beejay!  

(one of the nicest people I know!)

I never had key lime until I met you.

Sorry for being a few hours late on the well wishes. Have a wonderful day. 

365 Days of Happiness - Continued

More roses. I just finished cutting the bushes down. The season is over. I think they won; my hands are pincushions and I haven't even bagged up the debris.

These two bushes came from tiny cuttings, years ago. Once a year, around the 4th of July, Mileager's offers free, rooted cuttings of roses which are hearty and known to flourish in this area.

This fits with my idea of finding beauty around me.

I've found that these cuttings have turned out to be much nicer varieties than the hybrid type that you can pay a lot of money for, but don't produce - or hold up to disease and insects as well.  The idea behind the give-away is to make Racine a "Rose Capital."  What a nice thought.

Have a peaceful Sunday, Irregulars. Enjoy the weather today in some form or fashion. It may be one of the last, best days to do it.

Now I need to tackle all  those tomatoes and peppers.  Salsa, anyone?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

There's a place for hate.

It's right here:http://hateforum.com/

You can say or do anything you want on HateForum, except for kiddie porn.  Long time members refer to it simply as "Hate" or "Hate.com."  Really old timers refer to it as "the wood."

I joined in 2003 and have been an admin for years.  The place is dying, but if you want to fight, you can still get one here.  Join up and check out the latest comments on  Members Only and Almost Everything Goes.  Attack those members.

Hate is where I cut my social media teeth.  God bless the place.

GO, and sharpen your skills!

Be sure to tell them that "John Hanner" sent you.

Open Blog - Weekend

Put the pedal to the metal.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone and welcome back! What beautiful weather we are having! Been outside and enjoying it as much as I can before it all goes south.... Anyways, your questions....

1) What culture and/or heritage are you the most fascinated by?

2) Do you take vitamins?

3) What would you put into a time capsule?

4) Do you save coupons?

Enjoy your weekend!  

Open Blog - Friday

Sounds like a plan.

Thursday, September 25, 2014



BL Basketcase said

"I  believe I did not start any of that, but what was said to a friend irregular was dispicable.
That was by someone who used an f bomb directed at him.... who I know has the kindest heart and has helped this friend move, given him stuff, drove him far away places, etc.
He would never 'piss or shit on your site'".


Interestingly, my comments to other administrators contained your list of  legal stranger's kindnesses in my life and more: helped me empty out voluminous closets at the old apartment, talked me out of committing suicide one day, attended my mom's funeral (Christmas Eve), etc., etc.  I consider him a friend.

That's why he received no returns to his emails - I was stunned.  I mean STUNNED! I was sick for a week.

I knew that legal stranger occasionally commented as anonymous for years.  When I criticized him for it, he said it was "just for fun" and claimed that it helped our stats.  Anonymously insulting or attacking someone is not "fun."

So then a war of anonymous comments broke out on the JTI and we had to batten down the hatches to stay afloat.

I have to hand it to you guys: you put me in a moral quandary unlike any other:  Loyalty to legal stranger vs. loyalty to JTI. They used to mean the same thing.

I'm still trying to sort it out mentally, and I'm beginning to resent the amount of time this problem has taken from me.

I grew up learning that love means pain.  No more.

Comments are open.  Give me hell!

Originally published on 9/22/14 at 2:16 PM:

For those of you who were insulted, hurt, or otherwise offended by my flare-up here: http://www.jtirregulars.com/2014/08/the-good-bad-and-ugly.html?showComment=1409604671267#c8467401124298106625 , I apologize and ask for your forgiveness.  I should be better than that.

Wildflowers Pt 12!

I am sorry I haven't posted any wildflowers for a couple of weeks. I do not know if this will be the last one or not because the Fall colors are coming out and I am going to be going out to get pictures of that to share with everyone. It is so beautiful to look at them right now.

Here are some wildflower pictures for everyone-

                       This is a Bitterweed the picture was taken at Cliffside Park in Crestview Wi.

               This is a Smooth Blue Aster the picture was taken at Cliffside Park in Crestview Wi.

This is a Tickseed Sunflower the picture was taken at Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lomira Wi.

          This is a Late Flowering Boneset the picture was taken at Smelinski Park in Mount Pleasant Wi.

                         This is a Wild Lettuce the picture was taken at Myers Park in Racine Wi.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures and I will let you know if I am going to continue posting wildflower pictures or not.

Alltime10s Thursdays

Open Blog - Thursday

Enjoy life.