Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Is Trump Mentally Ill?

Here Is How Walmart Plans To Seize Further Control Of Your Community

At the most recent International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) conference in Atlanta, Walmart announced new plans to repurpose twelve of its locations into Town Centers -- an outdoor gathering area with seating, community activities, entertainment, dining facilities, jogging paths, fountains, green spaces, playgrounds, and even space for live music.
The idea behind Walmart's seismic shift is that it wants to recreate the downtown of small communities that it was instrumental in destroying.

Walmart Town CenterImage courtesy of Walmart & MMA


Open Blog - Tuesday

Enjoy your day.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Collector's Item

The above is parked in our garage.  That's right, a Yugo with collector plates.  Today at Home Depot I parked next to quite the opposite: a Dodge Hellcat.  Are they all 1,000 plus horsepower?  How much horsepower did the Yugo have?  They have no horses in Yugoslavia so they measure power in oxpower.  The Yugo had 1/2 oxpower.

"Two huffing-related deaths in Racine County since 2014"


Yesterday's Journal Times contained this line: "RACINE COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office is beginning to see a disturbing trend, an increase in methamphetamines."


Two deaths in four years is hardly an epidemic.  Is the sheriff setting himself up for a pot-legal culture?  Gotta make money one way or another.

A Better Mount Pleasant sends

Under Village President Dave DeGroot budget expenses have exploded over the last two years:
Fire Department increased 11.1%
Police Department increased 14.7%
Contracts & Professional Services increased 18.6%
Salaries & Wages increased 13.1
Assessors Department increased 45.7%

Since becoming Village President there have been no performance reviews for salary increases, no annual reports of police crime and call statistics, no annual report of fire service calls or community response times.
No facts, data or community comparisons are required or used to determine village spending.
These increases don't even reflect expenses and wages hidden in TIF districts which residents pay interest on.
We can't afford this kind of reckless behavior. #BootDeGroot

Open Blog - Monday

Veterans Day observed today.  No mail and your bank may be closed.

Friday, November 9, 2018

"Wisconsin’s Deal With Foxconn Was as Bad as They Come"

When the public relations talking points fade, the facts begin to emerge.

Wisconsin’s Deal With Foxconn Was as Bad as They Come

The state offered billions to win a big factory. It will create some jobs, but at a staggering cost for taxpayers.
"If that all sounds like a bad deal, it’s because it is. Tim Bartik, an economist who studies industrial policy, calculates that Wisconsin is paying about 10 times the typical amount per job created. And that’s a best-case scenario. The Taiwanese company isn’t contractually obligated to deliver those 13,000 jobs -- it could decide to ship them to China instead, or even to close the Wisconsin factory in 10 years. In fact, Foxconn has already changed the type of factory it intends to build, switching to a cheaper, less advanced manufacturing process."


Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you enjoyed your week. If you don't have to go out please stay inside the roads are not good. I just came home from taking Drew to work. If you have to go out take your time and please be safe. Here are your questions.

1) In the winter do you stay home more then in the summer?

2) In the winter do you find yourself hibernating more?

3) What do you do if you stay inside more in the winter?

4) What season do you like the most?

Try to enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

I don't know if I like those lips or not.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dear Madame Zoltar

Madame Zoltar didn't get a flu shot and now she's suffering the consequences.  She's hoping to tear herself away from the toilet bowl long enough next week to write a blog.  Get better Madame Zoltar!

Open Blog - Wednesday

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Media organizations file motion in Weidner sealed records case

From The Journal Times.com:

Sandy Weidner
RACINE — Five media organizations are trying to intervene in the ongoing public records lawsuit between 6th District Alderman Sandy Weidner, the City of Racine and City Attorney Scott Letteney.

Last week, media organizations filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit, requesting that legal documents related to the case be unsealed.

The case was sealed in February by Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, but began receiving media attention in September after Weidner spoke with the Associated Press and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the issue.

“The big thing for everyone to understand: This is not a feud between myself and the city attorney,” Weidner told The Journal Times.

She said the issue arose as a result of “different understandings” of what is considered confidential by Letteney as compared to prior city attorneys. Letteney was appointed in summer 2015 after having served as a deputy city attorney for almost 10 years.

The motion

 “This is one of the more extraordinary cases of excessive secrecy,” Bill Lueders, the president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, told The Journal Times. “We hope the appellate court will act quickly to reverse this case … (and) the poor decisions on part of a Racine judge.”

The five organizations filing the lawsuit are the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the USA Today Network-Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (which is distributed through USA Today Network-Wisconsin).

“The reasoning behind the Seal Orders and Open Records Decision remains unknown to the public. Indeed, all pleadings are under seal, and even the docket is unavailable for viewing by order of Judge Gasiorkiewicz,” the motion reads.

Read more:  https://journaltimes.com/news/local/media-organizations-file-motion-in-weidner-sealed-records-case/article_a8ac7da5-a83c-5210-bd73-1d6476db155c.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Open Blog - Monday

My face will crack.