Monday, September 1, 2014

Open Blog - Labor Day


Today is the last day that you're supposed to wear white. From here on, the white drops down on us out of the sky.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Are City of Racine BUS Pensions and OPEB Headed Towards Bankruptcy?"

From Racine Exposed:

"On This Labor Day Weekend: While the City of Racine continues to play Real Estate Games and Failed Developer, there has been a quiet disaster building in the background – that of it’s seriously underfunded BUS Pensions and OPEB, which stands for Other Post Employment Benefits. These alarming financial facts come from the 2012 Audited Financial Statements, which can be found HERE."

Read more:  http://racineexposed.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/are-city-of-racine-bus-pensions-and-opeb-headed-towards-bankruptcy/

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Let's start with the Ugly:
I have never been one to run away from a problem or confrontation. Hiding only empowers those who misbehave. As Joan Rivers (who is currently not doing so well) says, "Can we talk?"

Over the past two days, two of our blogs have been under attack. Three out of four of our JTI Administrators have had negative comments written about them, which needed to be removed. Blogs were moderated, comments needed to be deleted, our time was spent in a negative manner looking through logs to identify the offenders, consulting one another, basically babysitting several misbehaving adults.

In our six years of being, we have taken great pride in our ability to manage with a light hand. You should all know by now how we feel about censorship.  The verbiage above the comment box was written personally by me. As Administrators, through our own actions and comments, we've demonstrated and encouraged an inviting and welcoming environment. Each of us makes a point to support new members to our site. What is hurtful to one of us, is hurtful to all, and it won't go without being addressed.

Let's define some terminology.

Bully: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates those [in their opinion] who are smaller or weaker  (dictionary.reference.com)

Troll: 1. Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can.   2. A troll refers to someone who hogs the blog, posting off topic remarks or controlling a blog by repeated tirades of comments, a filibuster,  attempting to sway readers to their point of view  (Urban Dictionary)

Not any difference between the two except the venue. This recent activity is not the home we've built, and is not going to be tolerated.


The Bad:
One comment concerned the need for clarification of the Anonymous comment feature. I believe they thought because it is available, it was open game to inflict nastiness upon others. They thought it was funny or added appeal to the "game."  Let me make it clear. It is never funny to hurt someone else. Most of us have a lot going on in our lives, we don't need that "game."

Here is how our Blogger Editor works: It is basically an on or an off switch. As Admins, we've discussed keeping it open and feel that leaving it open is within our concept of what we are, welcoming. If we turn it off, only registered users can post, which closes us off to all outside ideas and comments.

Now let's talk about the use of Anonymous comments. It is my philosophy, and I use it often with the children I work with: own your words and actions. The Anonymous option is there for guests, casual visitors, and those just beginning. If you frequent the JTI on a regular basis, it is only respectful to others to identify and own your comments. If you can't say it using your identity, you should rethink saying it.

There was also mention of using proxies to hide your identity to do your dirty work. We are a tech savvy bunch and know how to circumvent that circumnavigation. We can figure out who is posting. If you don't want to be embarrassed by being called out, own your words. My mom had a saying, "Choose your words and say them sweet, you never know which ones you'll eat."

Anyone who authors a blog, knows that you put a little of yourself out there with each blog. There is a vulnerability. You do the same with your comments. You build a trust and you build a relationship.

No one is saying you have to love everyone and hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Some people naturally feel more of a kinship with others; however, personal attacks or mean spirited snarkyness and sneakiness will not be a part of this website. As administrators, we will remove negative attacks. We hope that doesn't occur... but we will do our job and manage the blog if necessary.


The Good:
I saved the best for last. Over the last 6 years, we've built a community. We've celebrated the birth of children, births of grandchildren, engagements, promotions, graduations, new jobs, birthdays, anniversaries, many smaller successes.  We've smiled when you've smiled.

We've been there to help with moves, visited members in the hospital, attended funerals, mourned, prayed, offered rides, given condolences over lost jobs, the death of a pet, offered support and love. We've shared minor disasters, major disasters, car accidents, we've shared personal pain that maybe you didn't share with anyone in your real lives. We've been there with a laugh, a smile, words of encouragement, an email. We've hurt when you've hurt.

I am proud to say I am a member of this site.  I am JTI.

Let's heal, let's move on, let's do business.

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Gateway Issues Another $3M in GO Bonds!"

From Racine Exposed:

"Slowly but surely, and one GO (General Obligation) Bond at a time,  Bryan Albrecht and his unelected Board are making progress towards borrowing the $49M  requested by Gateway in a Referendum, and which the Taxpayers of the Gateway District rejected.

"Ever since April 2, 2013, when District voters turned down Gateway’s referendum to borrow $49M, Bryan Albrecht and his unelected Board have been making steady progress to turn their failed referendum into a reality through back-door borrowing that goes unreported in local media channels."

Read more:  http://racineexposed.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/gateway-issues-another-3m-in-go-bonds/

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone and welcome back! There are some weeks that drag and others that go quickly by... The week was a little bit of both. Looking forward to the three day weekend. Anyways, your questions...

1) Would you want to be immortal?

2) What is the most depressing movie you have ever seen?

3) Would you rather work for a small business or a large corporation?

4) What magazine do you look for when you are stuck in the waiting room?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday


Damn straight!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"To Engineer is Human"

"Alderman Ed Diehl Running for Racine Mayor"

From Racine County Eye:



By Heather Asiyanbi in Government · August 27, 2014

"Racine Alderman Edward Diehl announced Wednesday that he is running for mayor against incumbent Mayor John Dickert.

'I am not from Racine, not Wisconsin, not even the Midwest but my wife and I have adopted Racine as our home. Now I am asking the taxpayers of the city of Racine to adopt me as the next Mayor of Racine,' he told Racine County Eye.

"Diehl is originally from a Northeast Pennsylvania but has lived in Racine for 10 years. He was elected to the city council last year and says he was encouraged to run for the city’s highest office by residents.

“'I have received many, many phone calls and emails over the last four or five months and it has been humbling and empowering,' he added. 

"Diehl says he will be a servant-leader if elected, which means he plans on connecting with as many facets of the community as possible and leading 'through service and being an example.'”

Read more:  http://racinecountyeye.com/2014/08/27/ed-diehl-running-racine-mayor/

Related: http://journaltimes.com/news/local/alderman-diehl-announces-official-bid-for-mayor/article_78ef959d-3ac0-57be-a62e-1405176425a8.html

Alltime10s Thursdays

Open Blog - Thursday


NO U!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Post a Blog

Getting started...

At the top right of the page this is a link that says "New Post". click on this link to bring up the page to create your post/blog.

At the top of the page this is where you type in the Title for your post.

Next (under the row of icons) in this area you type whatever you like about your Post/Blog

If you 'highlight' what you have typed, you can change the text style, size, color and more using the icons above. When you place your courser over the icon it will tell you what it is.

Inserting a Link.
  1. Click on "Add or Remove Link" icon, this box is come up
  2. It is easier to open the Web Page you want the link to go to. Highlight the http address at the top left of your screen, right click on your mouse and select copy. Then you can paste it into the link block.
  3. When you paste the link to the "link to", the http address will also appear in the "Title" block; to change it just highlight and type in what ever you like for a title.
  4. It is always best to click on the little box "Open this link in a new window"
  5. Click on 'Ok" and the link will insert into your post where ever your curser is at.  Welcome to my Web page

 
Inserting a picture/image. This is one feature many of the posters use.
  1. Click on the "Insert Image" icon and this box will open
  2. Click on "choose file" button. This will open Windows Explorer, if you're are using Windows Explore. From here you can select any picture file or multiple files. you do have to click on the pictures you want if you add more then one; a blue frame will show the selected file(s)
  3. Click on "Add Selected" and the picture will insert into your post. From here you can left click and hold down the button on the picture and drag it around to where you would like it.

 
 
Labels
  1. Click of the word "Label" on the right of your screen. You can scroll through the list and click on what you like that matches your post or type in a word and see if it comes up.
  2. Once you select something or type in a new label click on the "Done" button toward the bottom. As a note, you will not see the labels until you publish your post/blog.



You're almost done...
Click on "Publish" you see a screen like this come up. then click at the top of the screen "View Blog"
You'll be redirected to the JTI main blog and you'll see your new post/blog
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Bedtime Games

Bedtime Games
Installment 157

Make your best guess and.... GO TO BED!
Answer revealed tomorrow.
In the still of the night
I held you, held you tight
'Cause I love, love you so
Promise I'll never let you go
In the still of the night

I remember that night in May
The stars were bright above
I'll hope and I'll pray
To keep your precious love...

Fred Parris, The Five Satins

View the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBT3oDMCWpI

Have fun, play fair.  As always, winners must use a registered user name or type in an identifying name to claim the bragging rights.  Anon comments will not be admissible.


The skies are darkening, once again, Irregulars.   Time for the reveal.

Some wickedly inventive selections this week.  I loved them.  Once again, everyone who contributed a guess and/or humor wins...  The official prize winner, however, complete with bragging rights,  is Lizardmom.  Congratulations!  And, no true confessions nor secret code... not a pregnancy test, Ms. Why Not?.  Whew.  Lol

Wildflowers Pt 10!

I just can't believe that the fall is coming already and all the wildflowers will be gone soon. I don't know if it is me or not it just seems that the Summer has gone by quick. I am still going out there and looking for some wildflowers that I may have missed or some new wildflowers that I have never seen before. I do have a couple of new ones for everyone this week. Here are some pictures I would like to share with everyone:

This is a Yellow Crown Imperial the picture was taken on the corner by Colonial Park in Racine Wi. I took this picture back in May and just found out what it was with the help of friends on Flickr'. They do come in different colors too. Below will be a Orange Crown Imperial.

                    I just thought they are so different and I too a picture of them to share with you.

This is a Hollow Joe-Pye Weed with a Monarch Butterfly this picture was taken at Chiwaukee Prairie in Pleasant Prairie Wi.

           This is a Cardinal Flower the picture was taken at Chiwaukee Prairie in Pleasant Prairie Wi.

              This is a March Violet the picture was taken at Grant Park in South Milwaukee Wi.

   This is a Wood Rose the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a Yellow Columbine the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

                This is a Cornflower the picture was taken at Whitewater College in Whitewater Wi

              This is a Wood Poppy the picture was taken at Whitewater College in Whitewater Wi.

This is a Milk Thistle the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures as much as I enjoy going out and taken the pictures. Like I said there are some new wildflowers this week. The first two pictures I could not believe it took me that long to figure out. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone!

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my fabulous friends!  How are you?

I'm pretty crabby and don't want to start any fights.

Because of this, I'm not blogging today.

Well, accurately, I'm blogging about not blogging.

Have a beautiful day filled with My Little Ponies and Smurfs. 

I love you all!

Kakistocracy!

Open Blog - Wednesday

 

Have we done 'Big Wednesday' before?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Women: Know Your Limits!"



Off with her head!

Caption Contest

Bedtime Games Wannabe Winners

Add your own caption in the comments.

Referendum of RUSD

They talk about the money they need. They had money for building maintenance and repair that they spent on other things. So again they are asking for more. BUT, they don't give any guarantee that the money will be spent on what the say!

“After listening to the community, the Racine Unified School District Board of Education decided that holding the line on taxes and an investment in our community and our kids is the right way to go. Tonight, the Board voted unanimously to place a referendum on the November 4 ballot, asking voters to approve a set amount of money for a specific time period – $8.5 million each year for 15 years – with no tax increase. This will address significant education, technology and building needs facing our District and is a much-needed investment in our kids and our schools.

The money will be used to address ongoing school building maintenance problems like roofs and heating systems that have long been deferred because of a lack of funds.

  Source Racine Unified School District