Saturday, February 25, 2012

I thought it was Spring

I thought it was spring on Thursday. I took these pictures at my daughters house on Spring Street; then woke up Friday morning and damn if Mother Nature didn't get us again.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Planet Party in the West After Sunset

There is a lovely gathering of planets in the west after sunset. Most people are focusing on the obvious targets of Jupiter, Venus and the Moon this weekend. However, keen eyed observers will notice Mercury has joined the party as well. I got a couple of shots tonight.

From top to bottom, we have Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and Mercury. To the right of Mercury is a bright plane. There is a major air corridor out there so planes are not uncommon in that part of the sky.

In the second shot, I got a bright plane right above Mercury. This was intentional to give people a guide to help find Mercury in this pic.

Although it looks like they are close together, in reality, they are far apart. The Moon is a mere 240,000 miles away. In reality, Mercury is about 108 million miles away right now, Venus is about 87 million miles away and Jupiter is a whopping 502 million miles away. Space is big!

You can see great views the next two nights. Saturday night the Moon will pass by Venus and on Sunday night it will be close to Jupiter. Mercury will get higher in the sky each night and easier to see until about March 4th when it will turn around and head back toward the Sun. Venus is getting higher in the sky and Jupiter is getting lower in the sky each night. They will pass very close to each other on March 10th. It's a great time to keep watching the western sky after sunset!

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Four for Fridays after a normal positive and productive week. Not much to report, for the days seem to blend together. Here are some questions for you...

1) What was the last thing you bought at a store?

2) How well do you work under pressure?

3) What was your favorite childhood toy?

4) What are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming spring?

Enjoy your weekend!

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We start and end the week with hugs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Jacob Sutton's L.E.D. Surfer"

I think that's beautiful.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my fair February weather friends! How are you? The winter heat wave continues. Now, I’m taking it for granted. When it gets really cold and freezes up, I’m offended. “What? Ice on the cement? Don’t you know this is the warmest Wisconsin winter ever? Back off and let the sun shine.” How dare it snow in February? Humph!

Mardi Gras has started in New Orleans, along with the usual drunkenness and debauchery. I believe we are having, or already had, a Mardi Crawl in downtown Racine (that means crawling drunk from bar to bar). If you partake, please do so moderately. We’ve had enough sad news stories involving alcohol.

I was sad to read that Prom is leaving downtown Racine this year. God bless the Rotarians and others who work so hard to make this annual event take place. If size and safety are considerations, though, we have to consider the welfare of our children first. I know I’m nostalgic, but it’s another event gone from the city’s life. There used to be so many festivals at Festival Hall and Park. What happened?

I received an email this week from the superlative Ms. kk. She wrote:

My dearest Madame,

I found this website. Well, I should say... they found us. I was looking at web hits to the JTI and this popped up. It is in Dutch?

Looks like she is also selling merchandise under the Zoltar™ name. You may need to check it out.

Qu'est que c'est? Quel petite chienne!


Dear Ms. kk,

Oh my, oh my!

Oh my!

Thank you for pointing this out to me. Yes, the language is Dutch. This imposter lives in Amsterdam. She is 35 (she says), and here are some pictures of her:

By using Google Translate, I got this from her site:

“Madame Zoltar home on your party? You can!
“Storytelling, songs, singing and predict future takes about 1 hour.
“It costs 60 euros + expenses. (Or discount card account)”

“Predict future,” eh? Grrrr!

Thank you again, Ms. kk. I will have my attorneys on this immediately. It’s obvious that she is trying to cash in on my great name and reputation. The nerve of the hussy! Quite the “chienne,” indeed. This world is not large enough for two Madame Zoltars™. One will have to be vanquished. I almost feel sorry for her.

I always feel love for you, though, my readers. Thank you taking time out of your busy day to lollygag a few moments here on my blog. I look forward to your visits.

Contact the real Madame Zoltar™ here:

Persevere, my dear Irregulars, persevere! In the end, justice will burn so bright that the vainglorious will incinerate. Oh dear. Have a good week, too. Gustation!

Open Blog - Wednesday & Thursday

There are an incredible number of Hump Day images out there, and almost all of them are obscene.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Harry Wait wants his trial to be held or the charges dismissed. The Racine County Courts keep postponing his trial, but don't inform him of the fact. He and his witnesses show up for court, only to find out that it has been postponed, or re-calendared, or whatever legalese they use for stalling. The prosecution always knows about the postponements beforehand, as do their witnesses. Harry and the rest of the defense, including his witnesses (who have to reschedule their lives to appear), are not informed until they show up for court. Harry also has to pay his witnesses for travel.

It's obvious that the intent here is to wear down Harry Wait and his resources, thus depriving him of his legal rights.

Wtf is going on with the Racine County Courts?

The motion below was filed by Harry Waits this past December:

STATE OF WISCONSIN                CIRCUIT COURT                    RACINE COUNTY
County of Racine                                                                                                           Plaintiff
Vs.                                                                     Case # 11-FO-57
Harry Wait                                                                                                                   Defendant
        This case was once referred to as a low priority case by this court.  As Harry Wait has demonstrated from the very beginning in his” journey to justice”, this has never been a low priority case to both Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait.
         This case has been lunacy from the start.  The citing of a D.C. charge on your own and/ or family’s property for protecting your family from harm’s way is government in need of change.  Removing a trespassers keys and telling them they can now wait for the sheriff was a responsible and reasonable act.  This act avoided a possible getaway or a high speed chase.  Presented with the same facts, I would make the same choice.
        Harry Wait reminds this court that in our “ journey to justice” this case has involved the following alleged actions:  selective prosecution, Wis Public Records violations, court records tampering, evidence tampering, filing a false affidavit, oral perjury, contempt of court, prosecution for profit, and the violation of the United States Constitutional Rights of the 14th. Amendment, the right to equal protection of the laws.
        Harry Wait also wishes to remind the Court that Harry Wait has challenged the veracity of the Racine County Sheriff Dept, Racine County District Attorney’s Office, including Michael Nieskes and Noah Wishau, the Racine County Corporation Counsel Office and this Court itself.

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         Harry Wait in this “ journey to justice” has also filed on 10-27-2011 a 10 chapter complaint to the Wis.Dept. of Justice,  documenting alleged  “Official Misconduct by Public Officials in Racine County”  and further filed a separate complaint to the Wis. Judicial Commission about alleged unethical court practices.  Harry Wait believes that Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait were selectively prosecuted, wrongly charged and further aggrieved by erroneous rulings and the continued wrongful prosecution.
      Harry Wait further alleges that after 4-12-2011, the court had realized it had opened “Pandora’s Box” upon Michael Nieskes, Noah Wishau and Tom Christensen by the granting of the motion to compel all records to defendant Harry Wait.  After 4-12-2011, Harry Wait alleges that the court has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the motions and pleadings of Harry Wait and ruled erroneously in a most bias and prejudice way against the defendants.
      The court, the prosecution, and Racine County Corporation Counsel has had numerous opportunities to dismiss this case and settle this as a minor mole hill event,   Instead, the alleged negligence, actions and misconduct of Racine County and State employees has created “MONSTER MOUNTAIN”, with a slippery slope for all Officials involved in this case to soon tumble and free fall down on. 
         Racine County officials involved in this case should have had a meeting at a local pub, drank a few beers and “manned up” to their mistakes and negligence.   Harry Wait alleges they instead plotted, conspired, upchucked and spread the stink of corruption everywhere in this case.
         On 1-6-2011, Harry Wait alleges Deputy Ratkowski and Michael Nieskes engaged in Selective Prosecution and “Quick Draw Law”. Deputy Ratkowski and Michael Nieskes agreed together to cite Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait on a cell phone conversation before a proper investigation took place.  Deputy Ratkowski failed to interview any of the residents on location who witnessed the attempted repossession.  Deputy Ratkowski failed to take the time to conduct a proper investigation and Michael Nieskes failed to make reasonable inquiries that would have provided protection and privilege to the defendants.  This failing to provide equal protection of the law violated the United States Constitutional rights of both Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait, specifically the 14th. Amendment to the Constitution.
        Harry Wait alleges that Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait were wrongly charged with disorderly conduct.  Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait were reacting to a chaotic scene to protect family and became unwilling collateral damage between the repo people and Racine County.    Racine County was allegedly negligent by failing to conduct a proper
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investigation,  failing to make reasonable inquiries to the laws relevant to this case, and further failing to provide equal protection of the laws. The County further failed to enforce statutes 425.206,(2),(a),  943.13, (1m),(b), the County was made aware of  these statutes by Harry Wait on 1-6-2011.  The D.C. citation has now morphed into allegations of negligent criminal misconduct by government employees.
            Harry Wait’s “eyes of justice” have now shifted from the focus of defending an alleged civil forfeiture charge of disorderly conduct to the prosecuting the alleged misconduct and felony violations by officials involved in this case
         The following Wisconsin Statutes gave protection and/or privilege to Harry Wait and other residents to act to protect the property of family members.   939.49,(1),(2)                                               .

(1)    A person is privileged to threaten or intentionally use force against another for the purpose of preventing or terminating what the person reasonably believes to be an unlawful interference with the person’s property.  Only such degree of force or threat thereof may intentionally be used as the actor reasonably believes is necessary to prevent or terminate the interference.  It is not reasonable to intentionally use force intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm for the sole purpose of defense of property.

939.49 (2)

(2)  a person is privileged to defend a 3rd. person’s property from real or apparent unlawful interference by another under the same conditions and by the same means as those under and by which the person is privileged to defend his or hers own property from real or apparent unlawful interference, provided that the person reasonably believes that the facts are such as would give the 3rd. person the privilege to defend his or hers own property, that his intervention is necessary for the protection of the 3rd. persons property , and that the  3rd. person whose property the person is protecting is a member of his or her immediate family or household or a person whose property the  person has a legal duty to protect, or is a merchant and the actor is the merchant’s employee or agent.  An official or adult employee or agent of a library is privileged to defend the property of the library in a manner specified in this section.   

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          Racine County incident report # 11-596 dated 1-6-2011, Deputy Ratkowski wrote on page 3, paragraph 2:    “Steven said he came over to use the inside controls of his tow truck to hook the VW and began lifting it when 4 people came out of the building.  He said one of the females (Mary Jo Szczerba) was first and jumped on the back of his truck yelling it was being stolen”   (emphasis added)     Harry Wait’s phone call into Racine County Dispatch also indicates that Harry Wait believed that the car was being stolen.  ( C.D. audio version #2 in court records)

        It is indisputable and irrefutable that the tow truck operator Steven Jones, Racine County Joint Dispatch and Racine County Deputy Sheriff Scott Ratkowski recognized on 1-6-2011 that Mary Jo Szczerba and/or Harry Wait was reacting in belief that the VW was being stolen.
        Harry Wait  was protected and privileged by the above statutes.                                 


             The following Wis. statutes gave Harry Wait  and other residents duty and protection to act to aid a victim of a crime.   940.34,(2), (a

(2), (a)      Any person who knows that a crime is being committed and that a victim is exposed to bodily harm shall summon law enforcement officers or other assistance or shall provide assistance to the victim.

        Had Harry Wait failed to render assistance to Mary Jo Szczerba, Harry Wait would be guilty of a class c misdemeanor and subject to discipline under s.440.26, (6)
A.       It is both indisputable and irrefutable that Steven Jones and Nicholas Sheen engaged in the criminal act of trespass in violation of Wis. Statutes 943.13, (1m) ,(b) on 1-6-2011.   Both Mark Szczerba and Harry Wait ordered Steven Jones and Nicholas Sheen to drop the car and get off of the property. Steven Jones and Nicholas Sheen violated Wis. statutes 943.13,(1m), (b), (a class b misdemeanor),  by refusing to leave the property when ordered to do so.
B.      It is both indisputable and irrefutable that Steven Jones exposed Mary Jo Szczerba to bodily harm by his negligent  actions.
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        Steven Jones in his written voluntary statements to Racine County Scott Ratkowski on 1-6-2011 stated “ I then drove to Union Grove from Beloit picked him up at Appox. 1:50 pm then drove straight here seen the unit backed under it when I picked it up a group of people ran out 2 female and 2 male 1 female jumped on the lift and starting yelling your smashing my foot and the 2 males met me at the driver’s door of my truck”                            (emphasis added)
      Tow truck operator Steven Jones own statements indicate that Mary Jo Szczerba’s foot was in harm’s way while in an act of a crime.
        Harry Wait was protected by Wis. statutes 940.34,(2), (a) and  further had a duty to aid a victim when in harms way during an act of a crime.

1.     The County of Racine cannot overcome the protection and privileges provided by the above statutes.   Harry Wait was both protected and privileged to thwart and use reasonable force to prevent the unlawful repo attempt.  Harry Wait’s actions on 1-6-2011 were in accordance of conduct with Wis. statutes. 939.49,(1),(2),  940.34,(2), (a)
2.     Racine County cannot prove that Harry Wait  “ caused or provoked the disturbance” as required by ordinance 11-6.
3.     It is beyond clear and convincing, and further beyond reasonable doubt that Steven Jones and Nicholas Sheen  “ caused and provoked the disturbance”  and the breach of peace by the unannounced trespass and the illegal, negligent and dangerous operation of the tow truck.
 This prosecution is both unlawful and sanctionable.

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HARRY WAIT, the Defendant, Pro Se
4353 Shianne Street
Union Grove, Wi.  53182

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

"Bukowski reads 'The Secret of My Endurance'"

Charles Bukowski has been featured here before:

The phrase "belt buckle him pretty good" is a nod to his own youth when his father did it to him 3 or 4 times a week.

"Latvians Reject Russian as Second Language"

From The New York Times:

Published: February 19, 2012

"MOSCOW — Voters in Latvia on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to adopt Russian as a second official language, defeating a constitutional referendum measure that underscored the ethnic and political tensions that remain more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“'The vote on a second state language endangered one of the most sacred foundations of the Constitution — the state language,' the Latvian president, Andris Berzins, said in a statement after the vote. 'I would also like to thank everyone who, despite the emotions and impassioned atmosphere which were conjured up by the referendum, maintained a cool head and tolerance without yielding before provocations and attempts to foment hatred.'”


50 Years Later

Journal Times Policy For Sale

You cannot comment on a story that the Journal Times posts on Curt Johnson and his child molestation case. The Journal Times lie for this is that the case involves a minor and the case is still in court. Of course, that never stopped the Journal Times from allowing commenters to destroy the reputation of other accused molesters in Racine, just Curt Johnson.

Fine, that's their "new" policy. Then today, I see an editorial on the 15 year old girl in Madison who was allegedly starved and sexually assaulted for years. This case involves a minor and has not even begun, but the Journal Time sees fit to run an editorial on it, and allow comments:

You hypocritical pigs! Where was the "safety net" for the girl in the Johnson case, asswipes? How do you even dare to print a newspaper? You are sick sons of bitches, protecting the perverts that you see fit. Fuck you, Journal Times. And fuck the pedophiles that you support, especially the ones in your employ and the ones you protect in city and county government.

I know that some of you belong to the "special club" in Racine for bigshot movers and shakers with a hankering for young meat, but I didn't realize that they control the paper, like they do the courts in Racine.  What a twisted, sick city.

Useless Information

Did you know:

In the olden days, ‘sharp shooting’ was quite the event to go and see. Companies such as Smith & Wesson would send their sharp shooters all over the country to advertise their products. These events would out bring around 200 people to a show.

Soon the companies realized they could save a ton of money by advertising in newspapers verses sending their sharp shooters all over the country. A show had 200 people where the newspapers were seen by over a 100,000.