Saturday, March 23, 2019

Former Waukesha priest accused of groping woman while administering last rites

From JSOnline:

The Rev. Langsch, formerly of Waukesha, is accused of assaulting an Austin, Texas, woman in hospice by groping her while administering last rites. He was arrested March 14 and faces one count of misdemeanor assault by contact. (Photo: Associated Press)

A Catholic priest with ties to a Waukesha religious community has been charged with misdemeanor assault in Texas for allegedly groping a woman while administering her last rites.

The Rev. Gerold Langsch, 75, a member of the Schoenstatt Fathers, could face up to a year in jail and a fine of $4,000 if convicted.

Langsch appears to have moved to Austin in 2015 to serve at a parish there. According to news accounts, on Oct. 5, he was called to the home of a 60-year-old woman in hospice care who was suffering from renal failure as a result of diabetes.

The woman told police Langsch anointed her chest with holy oil, then massaged her breast with lotion and pinched her nipple, asking, "Does that feel good?" He then tried to reach into her diaper, but could not, authorities said.

Langsch was arrested this month on a charge of assault by contact and released on $15,000 bond.
The Diocese of Austin issued a statement Thursday saying Langsch had been relieved of his faculties to serve as a priest in that diocese. It said he had already been asked to resign as pastor at St. Paul Parish in Austin because of an unrelated allegation made in February that he had failed to maintain proper boundaries with an adult. It said that incident did not involve physical contact.

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Mount Everest glaciers are melting. And it's exposing the bodies of dead climbers

Mount Everest peeks through the clouds in this Sept. 27, 2015, photo, taken from Everest Base Camp in Nepal. (Photo: Tashi Sherpa, AP)

Not even Mount Everest appears immune to global warming. And a new concern has emerged as a result of glacial melting: Exposed bodies.

Melting ice and snow on Everest caused by higher temperatures is revealing the bodies of dead climbers, reports CNN

Ang Tshering Sherpa, the former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, tells CNN climbers are finding the bodies as a result of climate change, as "snow and glaciers are fast-melting."

Bodies are being removed from the Chinese side of Everest as the spring climbing season is about to begin, reports BBC.

The Expedition Operators Association of Nepal tells BBC dealing with removing the dead bodies has been difficult because of a law requiring the involvement of government agencies.

CNN reports more than 200 people have died on Everest's peak since 1922.

"This issue needs to be prioritized by both the government and the mountaineering industry," Dambar Parajuli, president of EOAN, told BBC.

Removing the bodies is also an expensive process. According to a 2016 report from The Washington Post, it can cost between $30,000 to $70,000 to retrieve a body from the mountain.

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans team up with community partners to address the opioid crisis.

The data shows that substance use disorder is still widespread, but innovations in treatment, prescribing and awareness are helping. USA TODAY

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Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, 
I think that former Mayor John Dickert said it best...... 
When he claimed that there are some Embezzlers in Racine City Hall who 
need to be fired. 
Basically, these embezzlers are grossly overpaid, over-compensated, 
and under - worked at taxpayer expense. 
Increasing the Mayor's office from 3 to 5 at an expense to taxpayers 
of nearly three quarter of a million dollars! ($736,435 for 2019) is 
According to State Assembly Leader Robin Vos,  when dealing with the 
State Budget - 
"Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is still smarting from last month’s rocky 
resolution to the state budget debate, calling three Republican 
senators who struck a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to support the 
budget “terrorists.” 
 "That’s what they are,” Vos said in a WISN-TV interview that aired 
Sunday. “You don’t hold somebody hostage for your own personal 
It is apparent that Mayor Cory Mason has also held City of Racine 
Taxpayers hostage for his own personal need to increase the Mayor's 
office from 3 to 5 positions at an additional cost of $276,355! By 
State Assembly Leader Robin Vos's definition of Terrorist -  City of 
Racine Mayor Cory Mason is a Terrorist - and the members of the Common 
Council who approved his budget are Terrorists by association. 
Meanwhile..... more despicable actions in The City of Ill Repute..... 
From JT: 
RACINE — A Racine woman indicted by a federal grand jury for 
embezzling more than $775,000 from her late father’s Racine law firm — 
and using it to fund a gambling and drug problem — was sentenced 
Wednesday to serve 21 months in prison. 
Kathleen A. Fetek, 56, originally pleaded not guilty to a single count 
of mail fraud, but later pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 1. In 
addition to prison time, Fetek will be on supervision for three years 
after her release. She was also ordered to pay $788,277 in 
"Why Kathy Fetek felt she had the right to take money from anybody ... 
is truly despicable." 
            Fraud victim's testimony 
Likewise - City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason also feels he has the right 
to take more money from taxpayers to increase his office from 3 to 5. 
If he knew he couldn't handle the job - why then did he run for 
elective office, and why did the Common Council "sell out" the 
taxpayers and allow this outrageous increase? Every single one of you 
who voted for the Mayor's budget SOLD OUT your Electors! And thus you 
also held City of Racine taxpayers for your own personal needs and by 
the definition of State Assembly Leader Robin Vos, are Terrorists. 
I think that at City of Racine Hall there is a substantial problem 
with embezzlement, gambling with taxpayer money, and even drug abuse - 
ala Tim Tompkins and other unnamed/untested individuals. Truth must be 
hidden from Taxpayers in Racine Mayor Cory Mason's secret government 
and colluding courts. Coryuption rules the City of Ill Repute. 
Tim & Cindy

Florida Man Googles self to find out which Florida Man he is

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It turns out there's a "Florida Man" in all of us.
A social media challenge is encouraging people to look up what version of Florida Man they are based on their birthdays.

Florida Man has become shorthand for a unique brand of news story mined from the Sunshine State that usually involves guns, drugs, booze or reptiles — often in startling combination.

The challenge asks people to run their birthday and "Florida Man" through a search engine to find out which Florida Man headline pops up. Then, like all good things, they must post the result on social media.

The challenge has become a social media sensation, which isn't surprising given that the Florida Man concept crept into the nation's consciousness with the @—FloridaMan Twitter account in 2013.

The Twitter account, with the tagline "Real-life stories of the world's worst superhero," has been home to recent headlines such as "Florida Man Fire Bombs Garage That Impounded His Car, Hits His Own Vehicle" and "Florida Man Tried to Pay for McDonald's With Weed."

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Incumbent Tate and challenger Jarstad vie for 3rd District seat

RACINE — Alderman John Tate II, who has been a vocal, active member of the council since he was elected in 2017, is aiming for second term serving the 3rd District on the City Council.
Tate ran for Mayor Cory Mason’s former seat in the Legislature last year and lost to Greta Neubauer and is most well-known for putting the marijuana referendum on the city’s ballot last fall and authoring the directive to Racine Police Department to issue citations for first-time marijuana possession under 25 grams.
His challenger, Ricky Jarstad, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, is running for office for the first time and said he would represent those who do not approve of the direction the city is taking.
Residents will get to choose between the two on April 2.
The 3rd District is roughly bounded by Sixth Street or Kinzie Avenue on the north; West Boulevard, Washington Avenue or Taylor Avenue on the west; 21st Street on the south; and Racine Street or the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the east. To see a map of the district, go online to:
Racine aldermen serve two-year terms with an annual salary of $6,899.
The candidates provided some information on their backgrounds and insights into why they are running.
What do you think about the general direction the city is taking?
Jarstad: Most people I have spoken with in the 3rd District and city do not approve the direction the city is taking. Cuts to services, crumbling roads/alleys, bloated debt, serious racial inequality, expanding government secrecy, and tone-deaf city leaders are what I heard most often from neighbors across the district. As a real person, I heard loud and clear their concerns and I will take positive action on their behalf. No one will be left behind.
Tate: For the first time in a long time, the city is moving in a direction where tangible positive progress can be observed. With increased cooperation between the city, surrounding municipalities, and the county, we’re able to address systemic issues that go beyond the limited reach of city government. It is also extremely critical that city leaders establish policies and provisions to ensure that this period of growth and investment is of the benefit of all residents.
What do you think about the city’s recent actions on marijuana possession? Specifically what do you think about the City Council’s recent marijuana directive ordering the Police Department to issue citations, rather than charges, for first time possession offenses for less than 25 grams?
Jarstad: While it was passed in good faith, each officer still has the discretion on whether to charge with the state statute or city ordinance for cannabis possession. The mayor and police chief also set the priorities of city law enforcement so it is them who need to set concrete policy within the RPD. Racine also needs leaders who will personally lobby state leaders in Madison for genuine cannabis reform, beyond just partisan lines.
Editor’s note: Both City Attorney Scott Letteney and Police Chief Art Howell have confirmed that the directive is Racine Police Department policy as of Jan. 17, so charging decisions are not at an officer’s discretion.
Tate: The council’s actions are completely within the bounds of the state statute, which grants municipalities authority to 1) regulate first-time possession offenses 25 gram or less, and; 2) issue lawful orders to the police chief. Further, this is a matter of maximizing law enforcement’s limited resources. Their role is too critical to the safety of the community to be spent on minor marijuana possession. And perhaps most importantly, the Council’s actions are a direct reflection of the will of the people, which is what should happen in a functioning representative democracy.
How would you like to see the city address poverty and high unemployment?
Jarstad: Residents need to be offered genuine opportunities for jobs of the 21st century to thrive and succeed in our community. Apprenticeships and meaningful recruitment drives should be regularly held. The city should also continue to partner with technical colleges to expand opportunities for residents.
Tate: The city must be a leader in setting equitable standards for employment. That means paying a living wage, ensuring that city contractors do the same, and setting workforce inclusion standards for major city projects. The city is currently investing in worker training programming through RCEDC. We must also prioritize Racine-based training programs, such as First-Choice Apprenticeship and Racine Vocational Ministries, as they have been most consistently and effectively working to grow and train our workforce.
How would you like to see the city handle transparency in local government?
Jarstad: One of my reform plans is to create a citizens board for government accountability. The board, which will remain independent from City Hall, will be made up of ordinary citizens who investigate complaints and give their recommendations to the city. Residents of Racine crave honesty and integrity from our city leaders. I will champion it!
Tate: The city can always be more proactive in communicating its plans and actions with residents. Failure to do so can engender feelings of distrust and lack of confidence in government processes. Including a break down of how taxes are divided by the various taxing bodies in tax bills is a good example of proactively informing residents of how their government works. Further, the city should begin to broadcast various committee meetings in the same fashion as the council meetings, as this is where ideas and polices are discussed in much greater detail.
What do you think is the most important issue facing the city and how will you help address it?
Jarstad: The most important issue facing our community today is trust. Residents are growing distrustful of polished politicians. And I hear you. As an independent voice, I am not answerable to any political party or special interest. I will be answerable to residents first and foremost and will take positive and meaningful action on your behalf, making decisions that represent a balance between the will of the people and public safety, and without regard for party politics and personal agendas.
Tate: Racial inequality and inequity. As the third worst city for black people in America, the City of Racine cannot be successful, if major segments of its population are suffering. Racial disparities in health care outcomes, crime, and poverty are all inextricably linked by the underlying systemic racism upon which some of our federal, state, and local policies are established. Any real solution to one must include a solution to the other, and must acknowledge the role that racial prejudice has played in creating the problem.
Three direct solutions are: establishing a federally qualified health clinic so individuals and families can receive the physical and mental health care they need without fear of bankruptcy or deepening poverty; re-establishing the $1 home program from the mid-’90s, which allowed individuals and families to own property, repair the property with low-interest city loans, and build generational wealth and equity; and to continue funding and recruiting for worker training programs and enforce compliance with the Racine Works ordinance.


Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, a sales associate uses a pair of chopsticks to hold a bud of Lemon Skunk, the highest potency strain of marijuana available at the dispensary in Denver. According to research released on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, scientists say smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by about five times.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Lemon Skunk marijuana bud

LONDON (AP) — Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

The research adds to previous studies that have found links between marijuana and mental health problems, but still does not definitively pinpoint marijuana as the cause.

Psychotic disorders — in which people lose touch with reality — are typically triggered by factors including genetics and the environment. But experts say the new study’s findings have implications for jurisdictions legalizing marijuana, warning they should consider the potential impact on their mental health services.

“If we think there’s something particular about (high-potency) cannabis, then making that harder to get a hold of, could be a useful harm-reduction measure,” said Suzanne Gage, of the University of Liverpool, who was not connected to the new study.

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Open Blog - Weekend

Have a great time.

Friday, March 22, 2019

FIXD - Never Get Ripped Off By Mechanics Again!

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Dick Dale - Pipeline (1987)

Northern lights might put on a Saturday night show in Wisconsin skies

From JSOnline:

The northern lights splash the sky over Lake Superior in Minnesota. (Photo: Explore Minnesota/Jonathan Dyess)

Scientists predict a solar storm this weekend, meaning the people in Wisconsin might be treated to a northern lights display.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a geomagnetic, or solar, storm to peak Saturday, with the aurora borealis potentially visible across the country from New York to Wisconsin to Washington state. 

Aurora borealis (aka northern lights) are caused by electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere. There's an energy release in the form of light. In best-case scenarios for onlookers, splashes of pink, green, yellow, blue and violet fill the night sky. (For a more in-depth explanation, the NOAA has you covered.)

The National Weather Service forecasts call for clear or mostly clear skies Saturday night around Wisconsin. To get the best look, avoid cities or other areas with light pollution. 

There's a chance the lights will be visible Sunday night, too, but it's less likely than Saturday.

Restored B-29 takes to the air

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I can not believe it is Friday already. Drew has been off all week and we have the Grandkids they have Spring Break this week. I hope you have enjoyed your week. Here are your questions.

1) Can you believe Spring is here?

2) Are you ready to get out of hibernation?

3) Are you ready to see the leaves on the trees?

4) Are you ready to hear all the birds singing?

Have a great weekend and enjoy the warm weather this weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Friday always feels good.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Cabal vs. Citizens

Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, 
Cory Mason, Robin Vos, Bill McReynolds, and Scott Walker - 4 in a row 
- or the Axis of Evil cemented by a central point? 3 + 1 = 4. 
Birds of a feather flock together..... 
While Robin Vos claims the fifth - (or drinks the fifth - depending 
upon point of view) 
Just who are..... in the words of State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.... 
Did Popcorn King State Assembly Leader Robin Vos take the fifth? Drink 
the fifth? or BOTH? 
And just “who” are “terrorists”? 
See the post: 
and what fifth is Boss Vos taking to avoid the question of gerrymanding? 
And.... does Mr. Mayor himself - Mr. Coryuption have a Coryiniption 
fit when it is pointed out that he would be better suited to wear a 
MAGA hat on his head? 
Inquiring minds want to know. 
Tim & Cindy 

“Popcorn King” State Assembly Leader (R) Robin Vos Asserts His Fifth Amendment Privilege


MADISON — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is refusing to testify in a federal lawsuit alleging that political boundary maps he helped draw were illegally gerrymandered.

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George Carlin on some cultural issues

Watch : Woman going on racist rant and spitting at two black people quits job

What a wonderful example she sets for her children.

10 Tiny Health Problems That Are Signs Of Impending Doom