Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Many Mysteries of Goddamnit Man

Goddamnit Man lives next door to me, on the bedroom side of the apartment. I can hear him yell "Goddamnit" at all hours of the day and night through the wall. He yells other expletives, too, but "Goddamnit" is his favorite. His super power is his anger.

Reincarnation or Brain Damage?

I like movies from the 30's and 40's and early 50's that feature urban scenes. As long as I can remember, I've felt an affinity for city life in those decades. I don't know why. I wasn't born until the 1950's.

As a child, I spent a lot of time in front of the TV, and a fair amount of time at the movies. I soon was watching every movie that might feature city scenes from that era. I loved looking at shots of streets crowded with traffic and people. The old buildings transfixed me. I felt I was right there. I still do.

I've looked and looked. Do you know who I'm looking for? I think I'm looking for me. I can't explain it, but that's the only thing that feels right. I'm comfortable with it. Like I lived there and then. It just feels right.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Why can't we do that with Root River?

Don't forget the St. Patrick's Day Parade at noon in downtown Racine:
The festivities start at 10 AM. Green beer in Monument Square. Green puke in the toilet bowl (hopefully) later on.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Racine wolf man pickets RUSD to be responsible"


"Message of the Wolfman : Today I picketed in front of the RUSD Administration Building to remind the Administrative Staff that RUSD is to be responsive to the needs of Parents, who, through their property taxes, pay all the bills, and make RUSD possible.

"Neighborhood schools are very important for building and maintaining Communities. These schools are a focal point for families and students. RUSD Administrative Staff needs to keep neighborhood schools, and make the necessary adjustments in their $270 Million Budget to facilitate that. If cuts need to be made, it should be in the salaries, benefits, and staffing of the RUSD Administrative Staff.

"RUSD wants to say they don’t have money for neighborhood schools, but they have millions for administrative staff buildings, bloated staff salaries and benefits, laptops, lighting projects, and bussing thousands of students around. It is time for RUSD Staff to stop squandering taxpayer dollars, playing shell games with taxpayer money, and keep neighborhood schools."

Is the Wolfman making an appearance at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade and festivities?

Thoughts To Ponder

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Four for Fridays! It's been a long week and I've got a new computer stocked with new questions. Here are some of them...

1) What do you think of today's music as opposed to the music in the past?

2) What radio station do you listen to?

3) What recipe are you "famous" for?

4) What is your heritage?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday & Weekend

Onward to the weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Thieves rolling Tide detergent out of US stores"

From the Associated Press:

"By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

"WASHINGTON (AP) — When police in suburban Washington raided the home of a suspected drug dealer last fall, they found the cocaine, all right, but also something unusual on the man's shelves: nearly 20 large bottles of liquid Tide laundry detergent.

"It turns out his customers were paying for drugs not with cash but with stolen Tide, police said.

"Tide has become a hot commodity among thieves at supermarkets and drugstores in at least some parts of the United States.

"For a variety of reasons, the detergent in the familiar flame-orange bottle is well-suited for resale on the black market: Everybody needs laundry detergent, and Tide is the nation's most popular brand. It's expensive, selling for up to $20 for a large bottle at stores. And it doesn't spoil.

"One Safeway supermarket in Prince George's County, Maryland, was losing thousands of dollars' worth of Tide a week before police made more than two dozen arrests. In West St. Paul, Minnesota, a man pleaded guilty to stealing more than $6,000 worth of the stuff from a Walmart and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Police in Newport News, Virginia, and other cities around the country have reported a spike in thefts."

I don't believe this. Someone has trolled/spoofed the Associated Press or some other news source. It's ludicrous. Why not Comet or Windex or something else? How about toilet paper? Everyone needs that.

"Hey man, you got any Charmin I can score?"

"Regular or Ultra Strong, man?"


Racine County has its legs and is up and running:

Give 'em hell, Harry!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my balmy beauties! How are you? Hot enough for you? Ha ha, it’s not really hot. It’s not even supposed to get into the 80’s today. That’s next week. We’ll have to settle for the high 70’s today. In March. Oh my.

An early Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. Everyone is Irish this Saturday. I will be Madame O’Zoltar. Don’t miss Racine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown starting at noon, Saturday, March 17. Green beer will be sold on Monument Square. Mix up a couple quarts of that with corned beef and cabbage in your stomach, then let the fireworks begin. Erin go Bragh!

Do we know who to blame yet for the new format of our comments pages? Give me a name and location, and I can assure you that he/she will suffer a thousand bursting sores. (Sleeping with my ex will have the same effect.)

I received a rather puzzling email from our Mr. Number Six []. He wrote:

Dear Madame Zoltar,

I am not a number, I am a free man!

Number Six

Dear Mr. Number Six, thank you so much for your message. I concur that you probably are not a number, and that you probably are a free man. Thank you, again, for reading my blog. Do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of any assistance to you. Thank you.

The nice video below is appropriate for the occasion:

Thank you, my leprechauns, for visiting my blog today. I enjoy every moment we spend together. Thank you for reading and thank you for you. You are the only you I know, so you take care of yourself.

Green with envy, or just too much beer?

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the gorgeous weather, my friends. Inhale, exhale, cough, cough. It’s going to take time to get into shape. Let’s get going. Psittacism!

"NOVA | Extract Your DNA | PBS "

In a few more years, we'll be altering and injecting our DNA at home. Won't that be fun?

Open Blog - Wednesday & Thursday


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"PETA’s Sexy ‘Lettuce Lady’ Wants to Help Racine"


"Press release from PETA
Group Proposes Paying to Keep the Streetlights Shining in Return for Pro-Vegan Message

"For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2012

Kristin Richards 202-483-7382

"Racine, Wis. — PETA has sent a letter to Racine Mayor John Dickert with an offer the group hopes he can’t refuse: Allow PETA to place a banner featuring one of PETA’s bikini-clad 'Lettuce Ladies' and reading, 'Get Lighter: Go Vegan,' on two streetlights located on Jerome Boulevard, and PETA will foot the bill for keeping the lights on for an entire year. Currently, because of city cost-cutting measures, residents are shelling out the annual fee of $335 to keep the two streetlights operating. In its letter, PETA points out that in addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, the meat, dairy, and egg industries are making Americans sick and that studies show that people who’ve gone vegan are significantly healthier and slimmer than meat-eaters are.

“'PETA’s ad would help keep Jerome Boulevard residents safer, healthier, and "lighter"—in more ways than one,' says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. 'And residents who heed the lifesaving message of PETA’s lovely Lettuce Lady could also help keep animals safe from the clutches of the cruel meat, dairy, and egg industries.'

"For more information, please visit"

I think this is a fantastic idea. We could sell advertising space all over our light and telephone poles. Maybe even revive Burma Shave signs. And the more "Lettuce Ladies" and the like, the more likely that male drivers will slow down. Some beefcake could be hung up out there to keep the ladies satisfied, too.

Tuesday Grin

A little boy blows up a balloon and starts flicking it all around the house with his finger. His mother tells him to stop it as he's liable to break something, but the boy continues. Johnny!" Mom screams. "Knock it off." You're going to break something.

He stops and eventually Mom leaves for a short trip to the shopping center. Johnny starts up with the balloon again after his mom has left for the store...He gives it one last flick and it lands in the toilet where he leaves it.

Mom comes in and while putting away the groceries gets a diarrhea run. She can hardly make it to the toilet in time and SPLASH, out it comes.

When she's finished, she looks down and can't believe what she's seeing. She's not sure what this big brown thing is in the toilet! She calls her doctor. The doctor is baffled as she describes the situation, but he assures her he'll be over shortly to examine everything.

When he arrives she leads him to the bathroom and he gets down on his knees and takes a long, hard look at the thing. Finally, he takes out his pen and sort of touches it to see what it might be and POP! The balloon explodes and poop is everywhere. On him, the walls, etc.

"Doctor! Doctor! Are you all right?" she asks.

He says, "I've been in this business for over 30 years, and this is the first time I've ever actually seen a fart !"

Quick Planet Pics

Yep, lots still going on. Keep looking this week. First, Mercury is still visible but getting more difficult to see. Got it tonight. Had to use binoculars at first but found it naked eye eventually. Got a nice shot of it above a palm tree.

Of course the main event is Venus and Jupiter. I went out a little later tonight and they are drifting farther north so I positioned myself a little differently in my townhome courtyard tonight to get the pic.

Yep, that's an orange tree! The oranges are not ripe yet, still pretty small but I thought they made an interesting foreground for the pic! Keep looking the next few nights. Tonight is technically the closest approach, but March 15th is the date of the actual conjunction (a fancy astronomy term meaning they have the same right ascension. Right ascension is kind of like longitude but in the sky).

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Large fight inside The Place on 6th"

From The Journal, February 28, 2012:

"Fights prompt examination of Fair’s bar — Alleged incidents at Place on 6th draw more attention to the alderman"

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From, early this morning:

"Large fight inside The Place on 6th"

Read more:


That's my alderman's bar. The one where he allegedly got into a fight with a pregnant employee and later punched her in his car.

Given the backdrop of the Park 6 fiasco, this will surely grow into a full-fledged circus, perhaps even a national one.

Useless Information

Did you know:

Less then 50% of an alligator is editable.