**Due to the response this will be opened up to all grades k-5.***
My sister-in-law is a Kindergarden teacher at Mitchell School. As you know the school was devastated by a fire. Unified is trying to figure out where to educate the kids, but where ever that is they have to start from scratch most likely.
My wife and I are looking to pick up some supplies to get her class back on its feet. Crayons, paper, Kingergarten reading level books, and basic supplies are needed. Most kids at Mitchell are not able to be provided these basic supplies by their families, so it comes out of the teacher’s own pockets most of the time.
If you feel you could help either by a cash donation or supplies to help these little ones get back to normal after their school has burned, please let me know. I would like to be able to present the supplies to her on Tuesday. (crayons,scissors,kleenex,hand sanitizer,pencils regular or the fat ones, plain white paper, kindergarten reading level books etc.)
Thank you for your generosity.
You can email me at email@example.com if you have questions.
Last night I was at a star party in very rural Arizona where it is very dark. I didn't have a lot of time for photography, but I had to get the Zodiacal Light after sunset.
That nice vertical pillar of white is the Zodiacal Light. The Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust in the plane of our solar system. Since this dust is in the plane of our solar system, it shows up along the ecliptic (or Zodiac). The ecliptic is almost vertical with respect to the horizon at sunset for people in the northern hemisphere at this time of year so the light really stands out.
But there are some other interesting things in this image. The Pleaides stand out near the top and above the pole on the right you can see the faint smudge that is the Andromeda Galaxy. In the middle of the image about 2/3 of the way up is a small streak. I checked for satellites in the area and there now no bright passes (or Iridium flares) so this is probably a meteor. At the bottom you can see a curved line. That is clearly a jet (I sat it naked eye as well) probably training at the Yuma Proving Grounds.
I was just going to post this on flickr (which I did) and wasn't planning on a blog entry until I did a little closer inspection and started realizing all the other stuff that I captured.
As part of the
celebration of Black History Month, the locally produced documentary film,
“PATTERN OR PRACTICE”, will be shown at the Abundant Life Church at 3433 Douglas
Ave. in Racine. The showing will take place at 6:00PM on Thursday February
27th. This will be the film’s first screening in the city where the
story has been unfolding.
Social justice advocate
and church pastor Elliott Cohen, expressed surprise at the message of the film
stating that he had been led to believe that it was primarily an objection to
the closure of a number of minority owned nightclubs in Racine. “Many of us
have shied away from this film, not wanting to be advocates for bars and
taverns, but after viewing it and realizing it’s actually about social injustice
and how it affects us all, I recognized the importance of getting it to a larger
There will be a panel
discussion and question and answer session will immediately follow the film for
the purpose of discussing the impact of race on the social and economic
landscape of Racine.
"Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author who
was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Although he is
primarily remembered as a country icon, his songs and sound spanned other
genres including rock and roll and rockabilly—especially early in his
career—and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare
honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
traditionally began his concerts with the phrase "Hello, I'm Johnny
Cash.", followed by his standard "Folsom Prison Blues".
he most always dressed in black earning him the nickname "The Man in Black”.
"I have a great new moneymaking scheme for the city of Racine. It might
even help them pay for the cascade of lawsuits they are facing. "OK, here is the deal. We have tons of really stupid property owners in
Racine that have no idea that they are sitting on gold mines. Thousands
of them are selling their properties, or trying to, for far less than
the property is worth. "The city has decades of experience in the real estate game. And they
have an entire department that determines the value of Racine
properties. All they need to do is buy the properties at the
artificially low asking price and then quickly sell it at the real
value, and pocket the difference. "Here is an example. Some idiot is trying to sell his three story
downtown property for $98,000. He doesn't even know that it is worth
$225,000, even though the city sends him the results of their expert
analysis of its real value every year! The city could buy the property
at $98K, then sell it for its real value and walk away with $127K! "If they did this with all the properties on the market for less than
their worth, they could make tens of millions year after year." Posted by
"Updated-The City of Racine Deputy City Attorney has issued a press
release this morning at 10:26 a.m. The City of Racine has been informed
that a civil Complaint has been filed today in the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin naming the City and
several of its officials and employees. As of this time, the City has
not been served with the Complaint. The City of Racine denies that it
illegally discriminated against any person or business. The City of
Racine has no further comment at this time. SCOTT R. LETTENEY, Deputy City Attorney
"Original- Eight people who once owned bars in Racine have filed a
civil lawsuit accusing the mayor and other city officials of
discriminating against them and forcing their businesses to close along
with allegations of bribery, illegal campaign donations and fraud against
current Mayor John Dickert."
Hello, my late-February family!How are you?“They” say we’re dipping below zero again tonight, and even lower tomorrow
night.Lovely.“They” are always predicting bad news.I don’t think this winter is going to just
roll over and die.We may have to take
drastic measures, such as sacrificing people to the Weather Witches.I suggest, of course, that we start with the
meteorologists.Always blame the bearer
of bad news, my dears.
Overheard: “I thought that all of the bullshit in City Hall
protected us from the asbestos.”Oh my.
Another one of Mr. OrbsCorbs recent posts concerns a brazen Racine
hussy who drunkenly bared her breasts to police officers in a parked squad car
during downtown Racine’s recent
Mardi Gras pub crawl (http://www.jtirregulars.com/2014/02/racine-woman-takes-mardi-gras-theme-bit.html).Shame, shame
on her!Fie, I also say, fie! Drunkenness
is not an excuse for coarse conduct.It
excuses nothing, but it exposes all of your faults.I hope that this floozy has learned her
Street is not Bourbon
suspect that the morning after this stunt, it didn’t seem like such a good
idea.I hope she remembers that the next
time that she’s inspired to do something dumb.
Harsh words?I’m sorry;
you’d have to be a woman to understand.Women in the news for acting poorly hurt all women.
A bill has been introduced in our State legislature that
would give local municipalities veto power over proposed roundabouts in their
domains. Our Department of
Transportation has come out against the bill: http://www.htrnews.com/viewart/20140225/MAN0101/140225039/DOT-opposes-bill-giving-towns-veto-over-roundabout Personally, I dislike
roundabouts.I hope local control is
returned, but that will mean nothing if the control is returned to people like
Mr. Mayor Dickert and his predecessor, Mr. Disgraced Mayor Becker.They don’t care what snafus their decisions
cause; they just want as much “free” money as they can get from the state
and/or federal governments.I say spend
the money on bettering Drivers Education and enforcing traffic law.
I’m glad that the Winter Olympics ended without
incident.Many of the “experts” were predicting
terrorist attacks.Ha!Come to Madame Zoltar® when you want a real
expert.I’m an expert on
everything.My rates are lower than the
pay that those “experts” draw.“Next time,
try me, Madame Z.”™ You won’t be disappointed.
Thank you, my illustrious Irregulars and friends, for
stopping by my blog this week.As
always, I crave company and positive feelings.I love my family, and you’re it.
Irregulars, put on your winter gear and face the world for
another week.This is boot camp for
spring.Let’s prepare ourselves for a
return to weather sanity.Let’s prepare
ourselves for whatever comes.Osphresis!
"A 32 year old Racine woman was arrested and charged with Disorderly
Conduct and Resisting/Obstruction an officer after taking the Mardi Gras
theme a bit too far at this weekend’s Racine Mardi Crawl event which is
held in downtown Racine. Felicia K Martin was given a $200 signature
bond during her initial appearance today in Racine Courts.
"According to the criminal complaints on February 22,2014 at 11 p.m.
an officer with the Racine Police Department was at the intersection of
3rd and Main, when the suspect stopped directly in front of the squad
car, yelled 'woooo hoooo' and exposed her breasts. This created a
disturbance since this began to incite the crowded sidewalks nearby.
According to reports, it was clear that the suspect was wearing no shirt
"When officers stepped out to speak with the woman she allegedly
stated it’s 'Mardi Gras and she could do it' and according to reports
its appears that the suspect may have been intoxicated. The complaint
states that the defendant gave a name which was not on file. Officers
located her ID in her purse while she was being detained. Racine Police
were going to issue her a municipal citation but when the defendants
name was run, it was discovered that there were two active warrants from
the Mount Pleasant Police Department. The defendant was transported to
the Racine County Jail."
"Racine City Hall closed
suddenly Tuesday, and will remain so through Wednesday, due to an
asbestos scare that occurred during renovations.
the mayor's office, asbestos dust from renovations on the third floor of
City Hall may have escaped the containment area Monday. The release was
discovered Tuesday morning, and the city is investigating.
abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of city
employees and City Hall visitors, Mayor John Dickert decided to close
City Hall until results of testing are available,' a press release from
the mayor's office said.
meetings that were to take place at City Hall Tuesday have been
rescheduled to Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at the City Hall Annex."
This is hilarious in view of how Dickert tried to hide lead abatement issues in his Neighborhood Stabilization Program. It became a scandal, a city worker whistleblower was fired, and a slander trial almost took place.
I started writing this awhile ago, so please forgive me if it's a little late....
Looking through my binoculars, I spotted a small flock of scaup and Goldeneyes between lumps in the massive ice shelf. Intrigued and yearning for pictures of White Winged Scoters and Long-Tailed Ducks that may be floating around beyond the sea of ice, I decided to take a journey across... Hell, there was a photographer taking pictures!
As I made my way across the Arctic like landscape, I followed the footprints laid out before me. Believe me, the ice was thick. More than halfway across, I looked behind me in the distance, the lighthouse....So strange seeing it from this angle off shore. Climbing up a steep embankment of ice, I slipped and fell hard. I sat there for a moment, checking myself and camera for damage. I was fine, my camera was fine. Just my ego was bruised.... I contemplated for a moment, deciding should I move forward or go back.Was risking an injury or busting my birding gear worth it? Eh, no.... I need to work. So I made my way back....
So just how much ice was there? At the time, I estimated about a hundred yards off shore, some open water and then more ice, as seen in the picture above... Everywhere I looked seemed to be encased in ice. The Pugh Marina and the Festival Lagoon were frozen solid. The Causeway was completely surrounded by ice. The area between Myers Park and Carre-Hagel Park was solid enough to support a coyote... Open water was few and far between.
Maps don't lie... I did a little research to find out exactly how much ice was out there, begging a question to was Lake Michigan frozen over? The answer was, no... Getting there it seems. Below is a NASA photo of the Great Lakes taken on February 19 2014. From what we see here (and according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory) Lake Superior is at 95.3% ice cover, Lake Huron is at 94.7%, Lake Erie is at 95.9% while Lake Michigan is at 80%. Lake Ontario is the least with 32%. Experts say Niagara Falls may have something to do with that. Records have not been broken, yet... In recent times, Lake Superior was been completely over once while Lake Erie got nailed three times. A couple of close calls with Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. With the warm spell we had last week, it is considerably less than that now. The upcoming Arctic blast that we are going to have this week could change things....
Personally, I think this is the harshest winter we have had in recent years. Think of how many sub zero days we have had. The buckling roads. Potholes. School closures. Birding sucks (minus the Snowy Owl invasion) The layers of clothes. Need I go on? I just want spring to get here.....
"Dickert declined to comment. Which Dickert was speaking? Only two weeks
prior, John T. Dickert had made a political contribution as a Broker for
First Weber. It’s an interesting question that needs to be re-opened,
and properly investigated. The People of Racine deserve an answer to the
question of 'whether Dickert was acting as a public official or a
private citizen when he made the allegedly slanderous comments about
former city employee William Bielefeldt while on the radio last year
during his mayoral campaign.'"
You have to understand that Dickert is working for Racine even when he sleeps. In fact, especially when he sleeps. He's already got 8 hours in when he gets up in the morning. Anything after that is overtime.
"As someone who was abused as a child model, I am calling for the creation of an action committee to define and enforce labor protects in the fashion industry. 54% of models begin working on or before the age of sixteen. Agencies start recruiting at age thirteen. Many of the pictures in your favorite fashion magazines are little girls dressed up to look like women. This past fall, New York State passed the Child Model Law, granting protections for minors working as models in the fashion industry. Protections such as school-night curfews and on-set hour limits, chaperones, tutors and mandatory financial trusts are now law. Endentured to their agencies, models often return home traumatized and with little to no compensation. With the global clothing and textiles industry now generating upward of 2.5 trillion dollars a year, fashion can afford to offer positive work environments for their models. Please join me in helping to improve the labor conditions for these young workers."
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