Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Alien Time Traveler

"Millennials: 1 in 6 now have $100,000 socked away"


"Festival Foods collecting donations for hospitalized hit-and-run victims"

From The Journal Times.com:

MOUNT PLEASANT — For the next three weeks, the public will have a chance to donate money at Festival Foods to help the victims of a recent life-altering hit-and-run in front of the grocery store.

Cheryl L. Coopman, 47, and Jeffery J. Coopman, 53, of Union Grove, were critically injured on Jan. 14 in front of Festival Foods, 5740 Washington Ave., when they were struck by a speeding vehicle. The vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Sequoia, was allegedly driven by Isaiah D. Degroot, 17, of the 2000 block of Hickory Grove Avenue.

Read more: http://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/festival-foods-collecting-donations-for-hospitalized-hit-and-run-victims/article_84fb32b7-8159-5010-8b36-b9ca17c475ca.html#comments 

 Isaiah D. Degroot - http://racinecountycorruption.blogspot.com/2018/01/state-vs_19.html
He should have been in Jail, but, what the hell, he only destroyed two lives.

"Community packs town hall meeting following death of Donte Shannon"

From Racine County Eye:


Donte Shannon’s family acknowledges the 26-year-old didn’t always do the right thing when he was alive, but they struggle with not knowing the circumstances around his death and wonder why he was shot so many times.

Shannon fled on foot following a traffic stop and brandished a gun. A witness reported hearing officers tell Donte several times to drop the gun. He was shot Wednesday in the 1400 block of Park Avenue by Racine Police officers Chad Stillman and Peter Boeck. 

Now officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating the shooting and are expected to report their findings to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. Donte’s father Nakia Shannon said his son was shot 17 times, but that detail has not been confirmed by the DOJ.

At a town hall meeting Monday night, hundreds of community members, family, and friends filled the common council chambers at City Hall. Alderman John Tate II and Racine Mayor Cory Mason called the meeting so the community could ask questions about the shooting. 

“We want you to have the opportunity to say your peace and know that you are being listened to,” Tate said. “So ask questions, but know that we don’t have the answers. We will, however, work to get them from the Department of Justice.”

Attendees questioned where the gun was that Donte had when he ran from police, why Stillman and Boeck stopped Donte in the first place, why the officers didn’t have body cameras, and what the department’s procedures were around the use of force. 

“I hurt. I hurt for my family. But most of all, I hurt for my grandbaby who is never going to have her daddy,” Nakia said.

But Donte’s criminal history is peppered with drug charges of possession of marijuana, a hit-and-run, bail jumping, gun possession, and obstructing police. Some of those charges were dismissed, others were not over the past 10 years. 

“He may have done some things wrong, but he never did anything violent and never should have been shot 17 times,” Nakia said.

Read more: https://www.racinecountyeye.com/community-packs-town-hall-meeting-following-death-of-donte-shannon/

"'I Have To Apologize' - Contrite Pope Sorry For Accusing Child Sex-Abuse Victims Of Lying"

A day after Pope Francis ended his trip to Chile by publicly defending a bishop who victims have accused of covering up widespread pedophilia in the country, by attacking the credibility of child sex abuse victims in a shocking move made at the end of a trip which he had hoped to 'heal' the wounds of said abuse, The Holy See has stunned Catholics again... and apologized.

As we detailed over the weekend,  Associated Press reported that Francis made the shocking comments in a discussion about Rev. Fernando Karadima who has been found guilty of sexually abusing a slew of minors as a member of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

“The day I see proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk. There is not a single piece of evidence against him. It is all slander. Is that clear?” the pope replied in a snippy tone.

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011.

A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

And now, as Reuters reports, Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny.

However, while the pope was sorry for his choice of words, he hastily added that he was certain that the prelate, Juan Barros, who has been accused of being complicit in the cover-up of the disgusting acts, was innocent.

“I have to apologise,” an unusually contrite pope told reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from a week-long trip to Chile and Peru, saying he realised he had “wounded many people who were abused”.
“I apologise to them if I hurt them without realising it, but it was a wound that I inflicted without meaning to,” he said. “It pains me very much.”
But, in the latest twist to a saga that has gripped Chile, Francis said Barros, who is accused of protecting a notorious paedophile, would remain in his place in the diocese of Osorno because there currently was no credible evidence against him.
Francis said on the plane: “I know how much they (abuse victims) suffer in hearing the pope say to them ‘bring me a letter with the proof,’ I realise that it is a slap in their faces, and now I realise that my expression was an unfortunate one”.
In his comments on the plane, the pope disclosed that Barros had offered to resign twice in recent years but Francis rejected the offers.
“I can’t condemn him because I don’t have evidence and because I am convinced he is innocent,” Francis said.
He said Barros would remain in his place unless credible evidence is found against him.
Juan Carlos Claret, a spokesman for anti-Barros Catholics in Osorno, southern Chile, said during the trip that he worried the pope’s response to the reporter before the apology would discourage more victims from speaking out.
“What incentive will victims have to come forward when even if the courts and the Vatican have said they are right, in the end the pope says they are pure lies?” he said in an telephone interview.

Does Racine Have an Enforcer on the Police Payroll?

One of the police involved in recently shooting to death a suspect, Donte Shannon, was  the policeman who shot to death Angel, Kurt Hanson's dog.  The officer is  Peter Boeck.



Open Blog - Tuesday


Monday, January 22, 2018

"History of the F Word"

"Is it necessary to marry in life? What's the physical relationship between man & woman? Krishnamurti"

Transcending the Self

Transcending the Self


"Vikings suffer shocking blowout loss to Eagles, 38-7, in NFC Championship Game"

There were no miracles in Philadelphia as the Vikings lost a sixth NFC championship and ended their season in humiliating fashion with the 38-7 defeat.

– The fact the Vikings were here at all, a week after the miraculous finish that defied six decades of precedent, was enough to suggest that things might really be different this time, that the franchise’s sixth NFC Championship Game after its fourth Super Bowl defeat would be something more than yet another exercise in heartbreak.

The Vikings marched into Philadelphia as three-point favorites, with the NFL’s top-ranked defense against a backup quarterback that hadn’t thrown for more than 300 yards in a game since 2014. One game away from becoming the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in tis home stadium, Minnesota had given its fans reason to believe the payoff was finally here, that Charlie Brown’s right foot would finally meet the pigskin squarely and send it soaring.

But in the end, with a crowd of Eagles fans jeering as they stood witness, Lucy pulled the ball again.

It’s difficult, so soon after the Vikings’ 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, to rank their most recent defeat among their most crushing NFC title game losses. But this one had to sting, both because of the opportunity lost and the manner in which it disappeared, in a game where most of what the Vikings had come to count on evaded them.


Open Blog - Monday

What's up?

Sunday, January 21, 2018


From Racine County Corruption:
State vs. Isaiah DeGroot
Racine County Circuit Court case # 17CF1505


Below is the signed surety bail/bond agreement that set 
Isaiah Degroot
 free to ravage and pillage our community 
as he pleased
Note the language;
 if the defendant does not comply 
with the terms of this bail/bond,
the bail/bond will be forfeited and the defendant and or surety may be ordered to pay that amount of the bond.
Any restitution, recompense, fines, forfeitures, or cost imposed against the defendant shall be paid out of the cash bail/bond without further notice.

"News of the Weird: Jan. 18, 2018"

The Unkindest Cut of All

Khaled A. Shabani, 46, a hairstylist in Madison, Wis., was arrested on a tentative charge of mayhem and disorderly conduct while armed after an altercation with a customer on Dec. 22. Shabani scolded the 22-year-old customer for fidgeting, then taught him a lesson by using the “shortest possible attachment” to “run down the middle of the customer’s head,” reported the Wisconsin State Journal. Shabani also clipped the customer’s ear with his scissors, and, “While it is not a crime to give someone a bad haircut, you will get arrested for intentionally snipping their ear with a scissors,” reports police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

Least Competent Criminal

When Dustin Johnson, 22, of Minot, N.D., tried to steal $4,000 worth of merchandise from a local Hobby Lobby, he failed to take into account that shopping carts don’t have snow tires. The Grand Forks Herald reported that over a seven-hour period on Jan. 3, Johnson filled a cart and then quickly fled the store—where his loot-filled cart promptly became stuck in the snow in the parking lot, flipping over. Johnson fell down but got up to run—leaving behind his wallet with photo ID matching the shoplifter’s description. Minot police caught up with Johnson at his home.

The Long and Melting Road

It may be cold where you are, but it’s hot in Broadford, a small town about an hour from Melbourne, Australia, where on Jan. 5, the highway began melting. Temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and higher reactivated an ingredient in the road surface, turning the Hume Freeway into a hot, gooey, sticky mess, 9News reported. Motorists were warned by Victoria police to avoid the area and expect delays over a 10km stretch. Officials also put in place a fire ban and urged people to stay indoors until the heat abated.

The Lucky 1%

Researchers have discovered that 99% of green sea turtles born in the northern parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are now female. Sea turtles’ gender is determined by the temperature at which the eggs are incubated, and warmer temperatures reduce the number of male hatchlings. The author of a new study, marine biologist Michael Jensen, told The New York Times the shift in gender suggests climate change is having a more dramatic effect on sea turtle populations than scientists realized. “We’re all trying to wrap our heads around how these populations are going to respond to those changes,” he said. Researchers warn that continued global warming will threaten the persistence of these populations.

Weirdly Wild Turkeys

Postal workers in the Rocky River suburb of Cleveland were unable to deliver mail to about two dozen homes for three weeks in December and January after being attacked by aggressive wild turkeys. Local ordinances prevented the city from eliminating the birds, so residents were asked to pick up their mail at the post office. Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst encouraged residents to stop putting out bird food, hoping that would discourage the turkeys from hanging around. “There’s a lot of bird feeders over there, so there’s a food source in that area,” she told Cleveland.com. The USPS said several carriers were pecked, but no serious injuries had been reported.



Thug Cat knocks glass off table

This cat be straight thuggin, he don't give a fuck about you. He knocks whatever he wants off the table. Just try to stop him

"Former Beck Aluminum Plant in Mount Pleasant WI is Closing Down Operations"

As part of the Company’s continued focus on rationalizing costs and improving efficiency, Real Alloy announced that it will cease operations at its Mt Pleasant, WI facility, which was acquired from Beck Aluminum at the end of 2016. Real Alloy expects to utilize available production capacity in nearby Indiana and Michigan facilities, and feels that shutting down the facility allows the business to better utilize production capacity and reduce overall capital needs

Previously, the Journal Times, on April 27,2015, had announced that Beck Aluminum was expanding in Mount Pleasant - that lasted 3 years:

MOUNT PLEASANT — Beck Aluminum Racine will relocate and expand to a former manufacturing plant at 7505 Durand Ave. and add 25 new jobs, the building owner has announced.

Beck, 1349 23rd St., executed a long-term lease for the 192,000-square-foot building on Durand which was previously a Bosch Rexroth manufacturing plant. Bosch closed the plant in 2002 with the loss of more than 200 local jobs.

Beck settled on the Durand Avenue location based on several factors, Phoenix said in a news release, including support and financial assistance from Racine County Economic Development Corp. and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and its “seasoned workforce.” Beck now employs about 43 people.

Don't Worry! According to the Politicians, Foxconn will be different!

"Wisconsin Women's March organizer pushes for change with Saturday rallies in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Eau Claire"


How Much Do Taxpayers Spend on City of Racine’s Mayor Office?

A reminder that:

 So – the Probable cause for initiating a traffic stop and accusing a person of  being a criminal wasn’t displaying a front license plate. While former Mayor John Dickert claimed to have fired an Embezzler employed by City of Racine – but that person was never identified, and the City was not only sued, but agreed to pay John Dickert’s legal expenses of over $100,000?! Since Mr. DIckert was ruled to be acting as Mayor while campaigning on  a radio show. 


So White Privilege and Racism can't possibly exist in Racine.

The scales of Justice are always held in the balance.


Tim & Cindy

How Much Do Taxpayers Spend on City of Racine’s Mayor Office?

A Mayor is popularly elected and needs no other qualifications that getting enough votes to have the position.

A City Administrator is an appointed position and requires some professional qualifications and real world experience.

When life was simpler, Mayors with minimal qualifications and experience could perform the duties and responsibilities necessary to operate a municipal corporation. Those days are long gone, so now a professionally educated City Administrator is necessary, meaning that the Mayor’s position is largely symbolic and a relic of simpler times.

The Argument shouldn’t be about if the Mayor’s position should be full time or part time because today’s Mayor is just a figurehead who presents an Image of the City he was elected to represent.  It should be an unfunded position for those who aspire to true public service – to remind the public what service to a Community is all about – selfless dedication, devotion, and commitment.

Alderman Melissa Lemke is correct in her thinking that the Mayor’s Position should be voluntary – when a City Administrator is present. The reason – cost – hides the truth that the Mayor is now an overpaid Figurehead, bloats the budget,  and that the Dignity of the Position should be reward enough in itself. But we do not live in an Altruistic Age – instead it is the Age of Greed.

 Former Racine Mayor and taxpayer shakedown artist John Dickert  artist epitomized greed  and selfishness – will Cory Mason step up and become altruistic; after all, his wife, Rebecca, is also the highly paid municipal Judge for City of Racine. This clearly spells disaster for City of Racine already overburdened taxpayers.

 One elected Mayor plus 2.5 appointed bureaucrats consume $460,020 in public resources to operate a City which is crumbling as it is being unindustralized,  enveloped in lawsuits for multiple failed developments, tax shifting via TIDS is out of control, and whose Police Department has been a leading source of lawsuits for violating civil rights, excessive force, shooting with unrestrained behavior, and murdering Dogs; with impunity; can only lead to one conclusion – City of Racine is a Criminal Organization – run by Criminals – for profit and gain.



Saturday, January 20, 2018

Existentialism at the Beach

A Wisconsin community is in an uproar after police shot and killed a 3-year-old Australian cattle dog during a raid on a suspect’s house.

Cell phone video of the shooting sparked outrage, but police say it does not tell the whole story.

“I am saddened over the loss of a domestic pet that more than likely, had no malice against anyone,” Racine Police Chief Art Howell told the Racine County Eye. “[However]... after the dog was released, the dynamics of this encounter changed.”

Fox 6 reports that the incident was sparked Nov. 1 after a neighbor asked the dog’s owner, Kurt Hanson, to clean up some feces that the dog had left on his lawn.