This stuff kills me; spend tax dollars to arrest more people....Seems like a dictatorship!
Seat belt enforcement in Racine, Caledonia.
Journal Times staff JournalTimes.com
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:48 am.
RACINE — The City of Racine and Village of Caledonia police departments will mobilize for Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement from Monday to June 3.
The City of Racine and the Village of Caledonia police departments will intensify enforcement of Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization. Officers will stop a vehicle and issue citations for an unbuckled driver or passenger. The goal of this effort is not to issue more citations, but to have everyone buckle up voluntarily and reduce the number of traffic deaths in Wisconsin to zero.
This part is pictures I have taken from up north over the weekend. It is pictures of wildflowers and the names of them. I was able to get these pictures in between getting wildlife pictures, visiting Drew's family, cookout by my son on Saturday for Mother's Day and my older daughters graduation.
Yes while driving around looking for wildlife I was looking for the wildflowers so I could get pictures of them. Drew's mom showed some of them to me by their house that she has coming up too. I was having fun walking around the yard and taking pictures of the flowers with his mom. Then she showed me a wildflower book she has so we could look up the names of the flowers. I could not believe how many different wildflowers that are out there.
This is a Bird-Foot Violet. This was found up north by Drew's mom and dad's house. This has the larger blossom of the wild violets. They are a very pretty violet flower too.
This a Broom Snakeweed flower. This is really different and hard to find the name but a very pretty flower. This was also found by Drew's parents house. I found out on the computer that this can come in a bush of flowers or in singles.
This is a Wood Violet it was also found in the yard of Drew's parents. This violet can be found all over the world. It is a very common flower. I have not seen this violet down here at all and we have been driving around all over down here.
This flower is a Trillium. Yes this is a very common flower are here but this was taken in the driveway of Drew's parents. Driving around up north you will see these flowers and it looks like a very light blanket of snow with these flowers on the side of the roads. They are a very pretty flower.
This flower is a Viola Sororia it is in the family of the Violets. This is also Wisconsin's State Flower. This flower comes in many different colors. They are also a family of the Pansy being tri-colors. This is another flower found by Drew's parents house. The flower below is another Viola Sororia that I had taken. I just wanted you to see the different colors of them.
Yes all the pictures here was up north when we visited Drew's parents. We had a really nice visit with them and I really enjoyed walking around the yard looking at the different wild flowers they have growing. I already miss being up that way with it being so quiet and just driving around on the country roads. Yes I also miss the families. I did get to see my granddaughter that is another post by itself of some pictures of her. I hope you all enjoy these pictures just as much as I enjoyed taking them!♥
Hello, my beautiful butterflies! How are you?
Our glorious spring continues unabated.
It’s been temperate for so long now that all thoughts of winter fade
into two years ago. I really don’t know
what’s going on. Mother Nature still is
not speaking to me. Perhaps she’s drunk
or high on something. It appears that
everything is a month or more ahead of schedule. I’m putting my tomatoes in this weekend. I’ve heard of quite a few other people who
have already started their vegetables.
My green thumbs are ready for action.
Belated Happy Mother’s Day.
I hope yours was wonderful. Señor
Zanza and Junior made and served me breakfast in bed. Well, actually, Señor Zanza did it while
Junior “supervised” (taste-tested). It
was delicious and so charming. I am
blessed to have these men in my life.
Later, the Señor and Junior fired up the gill and we had a cookout. Again, the men did all the work. Señor Zanza gave me a delightful, sheer
nightie. Junior gave me the latest video
game for his gaming system, which I immediately “lent” to him. All in all, it was a delightful day.
Warning! Danger, Will
Robinson! Warning! Yes, I am talking about bicycles vs.
motorists in Racine. Motorcycles, too, are often “invisible” to
drivers of other vehicles. We have to be
alert to see them and give them their right of way on the road. Bicycles (and scooters and skateboards),
however, are more likely to dart out unexpectedly into your path. I bring this up because of story in The
Journal Times.com a few days ago about a bicyclist who was traveling the wrong
way on Wisconsin Ave. at
night with dark clothes and no light. He
hit an SUV. http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/cyclist-was-conscious-after-hitting-suv/article_f0ecbc70-9be4-11e1-941e-0019bb2963f4.html
I have noticed an increase every year in the number of
“two-wheelers” on the streets (and sidewalks) of Racine. Many of these riders do not obey the rules of
the road as it applies to bicyclists.
Many of them, I suspect, don’t even know the rules. In any case, motorists must be especially
wary of bicycles and other contraptions on the road. This time of year we have to learn to share
the roads all over again. Be especially
careful around bicyclists. Never assume
that they will follow the rules of the road.
Keep your eyes and ears open for riders coming from any direction. Keep yourself and the two-wheelers safe.
I’m going to briefly weigh in on two local political
issues. First, I don’t believe that
anyone in Racine County
should have to pay a cent toward a new arena for Milwaukee. Second, I don’t believe that anyone in Racine
County should have to pay a cent
toward Mr. Mayor Dickert’s legal bills, nor should our insurance be covering
his losses. This will just drive
Third, thank you so much for reading my blog today. Each and every one of you is a dear, dear
friend of mine. I love my Irregular
family and my regular readers family. Love, love, love.
"Don McLean might call it the day the buzzing died.
"The One, the Only, the Original All Kazoo Band is breaking up after
34 years of organized chaos and many miles of marching in parades while
disguised as Groucho Marx.
"'I think we've aged ourselves out of existence,' said Trish Andrae, 68, a member from the beginning with her husband, Dan.
"'We don't have enough people to keep going,' said Chuck Wilkie, 70, who led the ragtag bunch since 1995.
"The group's final parade was in Wauwatosa last year for the Fourth of
July. For years, they made that trip down North Ave., sometimes rushing
over to West Allis with a police escort to march in another parade
there. They also appeared once or more in Cedarburg, Glendale,
Greendale, Milwaukee's City of Festivals Parade, the Illinois State
Fair, the Jerry Lewis telethon and on stage for the finale of 'The
"The kazoo band was created in 1978 by Tom Jakubowski at Immaculate
Heart of Mary Catholic Church in West Allis. He led it until he died in
1994 at age 53.
"No musical talent was required, of course, and the band swelled to more than 100 members at its peak."
comfortably fly 10,000 Miles (16,000 km) at Mach 0.88 or 654 mph (1,046
km/h) with 1000 passengers on board !
They have kept
this secret long enough. This shot was taken last month by an amateur
preparing this 1000 passenger Jet Liner that could reshape the Air Travel
Industry. Its radical "Blended Wing & Fuselage" design has been developed by
Boeing in cooperation with NASA Langley Research Centre. The mammoth aircraft
will have a wing span of 265 feet compared to 211 feet of its 747, and its been
designed to fit within the newly created Air Terminals for the 555 seat Airbus
A380, which is 262 feet wide.
The new 797
is Boeing's direct response to the Airbus A380, which has racked up orders for
159 already. Boeing decided to kill its 747X Stretched Super Jumbo in 2003 after
little interest was shown for it by Airline Companies, but continued to develop
its "Ultimate Airbus Crusher", the 797 at its Phantom Works Research Facility in
Long Beach, California.
A380 had been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated $13 Billion in
development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage. More so because Airbus
is thus committed to the older style tubular structure for their aircraft for
decades to come.
several big advantages in the "Blended Wing & Fuselage" design, the most
important being the ‘Lift to Drag’ ratio which is expected to increase by an
amazing 50%, resulting in an overall weight reduction of the aircraft by 25%,
making it an estimated 33% more fuel efficient than the A380, and thus making
the Airbus's $13 Billion Dollar investment look pretty shaky.
Airframe Rigidity" is another key factor in the "Blended Wing & Fuselage"
technology. It reduces turbulence and creates less stress on the airframe which
adds to fuel efficiency, giving the 797 a tremendous 10,000 Mile range with
1,000 passengers on board cruising comfortably at Mach 0.88 or 654 MPH, which
gives it another advantage over the tube-and-wing designed A380's 570
date ! for introduction of the 797 is as yet unclear, but the battle lines are
clearly drawn in the high-stakes war for future civilian aircraft
Sorry, that I haven't been around for awhile...I took a long needed break to the boondocks of Northern Wisconsin. Three days with no phone, no TV and no internet. Refreshing. However, I did bring back a story to tell...
It was that stretch of road on Hwy 47 between Black Creek and Langstad when it all happened... That is where the waters from the springtime rains overflowed the banks of Black Creek and White Lake, turning the surrounding basins into a marshy field. Abundant wildlife thrives there in the mid evening hours as the sun starts to drift toward the horizon. Armed with a camera while eyes were wide open, gazing over the farm fields.
"Crane!" Tender Heart called out as she slammed on the brakes of the car. Tires spit gravel as she wheeled the white Chevy around for a better view...
Sure enough, a pair of Sandhill Cranes were grazing on cultivated corn in a farm field. Standing at about 38 inches tall and with the wingspan of almost seven feet, the Sandhill Crane is one of the largest birds in North America. After seeing so many crane in these parts, it is hard to believe that this elegant bird was once endangered in the 1940's. Because of human intervention, the crane has thrived and flourished... It still remains endangered in several states.
While snapping away at the crane, Tender Heart taps me on the shoulder, "Sweetheart, I just saw something big fly into that tree over there". I saw it, but I wasn't sure what is was... "Probably a raven or a hawk, but let's take a better look", I whispered. We crept forward. I could hear the sound of crunching gravel under the wheels of the car. The humongous bird flew from the oak tree with a black bird chasing it. It was a Bald Eagle! I clearly saw the white head and tail as it turned around flew towards us, its seven and a half foot wingspan kissing the sky. The raptor then swooped down to about 200 feet away from us, snatching a Red-winged Blackbird with its massive talons. Somehow, the black bird managed to get dropped and fell to the ground as the magnificent bird of prey flew to its roost. This is where I took this snapshot...
Excited and satisfied with the series of photos (even though the traffic was blasting past us), we headed back on the road. We had a couple of more hours of travel ahead of us. We didn't even get more than a couple of miles before I called out,"Turkey!" On my side of road there were a dozen or so Eastern Wild Turkey in an unplowed farm field. Some of these gobblers were engaged in a courtship display trying to impress the hens. With their puffed up feathers, tails fanned out and wings dragging, they were so engaged in what they were doing that they barely even noticed us.
Just behind the turkeys, we noticed a White Tailed Deer foraging in the field. It was that time of the year that we couldn't tell if it was a buck or doe, for its antlers hasn't grown in yet. Mammals by nature, are more skittish than birds. To get a close up shot of our beautiful state animal was nearly impossible, even with my Sony DSC-H2 camera. To complicate matters, the animal was trotting off to the woods intending to get out of sight. After a short chase, I managed to get a shot of it glancing at us, just before it stepped out of sight....
We didn't get to our destination till WAY after nightfall, by then we have seen more turkey and deer along the way. It was worth it....
When I drive cab
I am moved by strange whistles and wear a hat.
When I drive cab
I am the hunter. My prey leaps out from where
hid, beguiling me with gestures.
When I drive cab
all may command me, yet I am in command of all who do.
When I drive cab
I am guided by voices descending from the naked air.
When I drive cab
A revelation of movement comes to me. They wake now.
Now they want to work or look around. Now they want
drunkenness and heavy food. Now they contrive to love.
When I drive cab
I bring the sailor home from the sea. In the back of
my car he fingers the pelt of his maiden.
When I drive cab
I watch for stragglers in the urban order of things.
When I drive cab
I end the only lit and waitful thing in miles of
"Lewis Barrett 'Lew' Welch, Jr. (August 16, 1926 — May 23, 1971?) was an American poet associated with the Beat generation of poets, artists, and iconoclasts.
Welch published and performed widely during the 1960s. He taught a poetry workshop as part of the University of California Extension in San Francisco from 1965 to 1970.
On May 23, 1971, he was believed to have committed suicide, after leaving a note. His body was never found"
"The group-CITIZENS UNITED FOR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND GOVERNMENT
ACCOUNTABILITY has sent out a press release to area media outlets saying
that Mayor John Dickert and Administrator Tom Fridel should resign
"Date: May 13, 2012
The responsible, decent and hardworking Citizens of Racine call on Mayor
John Dickert, and City Administrator Tom Friedel, to resign their posts
and return to private life. Their recent activities indicate that they
are ethically and morally challenged and unsuitable for Public Office.
In addition to being are wreckless and irresponsible with Taxpayers
money they are unresponsive to the hardworking Citizens of Racine who
are engaged in private Business and Employment. They have destroyed the
business climate of Racine through their questionable activities with
awarding contracts and perceived nepotism/cronyism that has completely
destroyed any credibility of the Mayor and City Administrators Office.
In addition, their activities have engaged the City of Racine in
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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