Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Three Loose Cannons in Racine – John Dickert, Mark Gleason, and Marty DeFatte"

From Racine Exposed:

"The roller-coaster ride for the overtaxed People of Racine County continues, as the Culture of Corruption rears it’s ugly head once again.

"The TOP STORY goes to Racine Mayor John Dickert, who in an interview on WRJN, misrepresents Alderman Sandy Weidner’s position on Root Works, and then is called out, LIVE! and on the air  by Alderman Weidner as a liar!"

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"Top Story"

From Racine Community Media:

"Racine- Alderwoman Sandy Weidner stands tall and calls out Racine Mayor John Dickert for lying to the public on local radio station WRJN,  Ald. Weidner asks the mayor, 'How much have your lies cost the residents of Racine thus far????!!!!'”

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Listen to the exchange on WRJN:

How much does a whole cow cost?

I just came home from grocery shopping.  Bought two rib eye steaks....thirty three dollars and change.  Oh boy.  I really feel for young families these days.  Who could afford to pay that while raising a family?  Good gravy.  I know they will be great, but still......

I bought fruit and vegetables, a bottle of wine (shocked, aren't you), some yogurt, couple baking potatoes, one package of cheese, hot dogs, bread, buns...stuff like that.  I spent way over $200.  Not really a lot of pricey stuff other than the steaks.  Bought a couple of pork chops...about seven bucks...chicken breasts at about five.  Normal prices.

I will tell you I will be going back to Sam's for my steaks in the future.  I can get them for about two thirds what the meat counter at the grocery store charges!

Who's coming for dinner?

Open Blog - Weekend

Me, too.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone and welcome back! It has been a long, long week.... Looking forward to a quiet weekend. Anyways, here's your questions...

1) What creatures have you seen in your backyard?

2) What song are you sick of hearing on the radio?

3) How many text messages do you usually get a day?

4) If you had to do over again, what would you study in school?

Enjoy your weekend!

DVD Player

My DVD Player quit working so I wacked it with a candle holder, it works good now!!!

Open Blog - Friday

Let's see if you can generate any heat.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Judge dismisses bar owners' lawsuit"

From The Journal

"RACINE— A federal judge has dismissed the civil rights lawsuit brought against the city by the former owners of six shuttered bars.

"The order was issued Wednesday morning in Milwaukee by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller.

"Filed Feb. 25 in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the suit alleged that the city, Mayor John Dickert and 17 other defendants engaged in an elaborate plot to bankroll Dickert’s campaign while conspiring to drive minority tavern owners out of the city and give their liquor licenses to white bar owners.

"The judge dismissed those claims without prejudice so there could still be more pleadings and filings to follow in the case."

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Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my perfect pals!  How are you?  No, you’re not becoming a schizophrenic; the weather is changing that often.  I check the temperature online, then open a window to double-check, but no matter what, I’m either over or under dressed, sweltering or freezing.  It’s been a cool spring and summer so far.  My electric bill is loving it. 

So am I.  I prefer cool weather to hot, but that doesn’t mean I’m a fan of 20 below zero days, either.  Somewhere, the climate has to be perfect.  Ha.

It looks like there may be more than one challenger to Mr. Mayor Dickert for the job of mayor next spring.  That would be a nice relief.  I wonder what kind of skeletons will be pulled out of each others closets?  Mr. Mayor seems expert at low blow, cheap shots just before election day.  If you have skeletons in your closets, expose them now before the opposition does.  A real election could get down and dirty fast.

So far, I like Ald. Sandy Weidner for the job.  But can she survive the full brunt of the Good Ol’ Boys network?  She’ll be hit from every angle.  Is it worth it to yourself and your family to get involved in such a rollercoaster?  I hope so, Ms Weidner.

It would be a breath of fresh air, a new start on community projects.  If you decide to run, you can count on me to provide positive political feedback.  Hell, I’ll even hypnotize the homeless to vote for you.

Thank you, my friends, for visiting my blog today.  You’re always welcome.

What to do if you’re feeling blue? Contact

Have a good week, my dears.  Enjoy yourselves, but always in moderation.  Laconicum!

Open Blog - Wednesday

Uh, does something on Betty seem suddenly enhanced?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WIldflowers Pt 7!

I know it has been awhile since I posted my pictures I am really sorry about that. It is really hard to be on the computer when you have a one year old and a two year old running around the house. Then when they leave you are trying to catch up on what you have not been able to see on the computer. We had a great time with the Grandkids while they where here with us.

So here are some pictures that we have taken and I hope everyone enjoys them-

           This is a Black Eyed Susan taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a Bristle Thistle with a Goldfinch on it taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

             This is Canada Thistle taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

                                 This is Chickory taken at Pikes Pathway in Mount Pleasant Wi.

                   This is Common Milkweed taken at Mack Wildlife Refuge in Black Creek Wi.

               This is a Compass Flower taken at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Lomira Wi.

                                    This is a Downy Paintbrush taken at Shoop Park Racine Wi.

                  This is Milk Thistle taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

                  This is a Pink Coneflower taken at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Lomira Wi.

                  This is a Sunflower taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is just some of what I have to share there will be more to come. Yes we have been out birding and looking for wildflowers all summer long. If you can call this summer anymore. I hope everyone is enjoying the pictures as we do enjoy going out and taking them to share with all of you!

Open Blog - Tuesday

I'm confused now, too.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Any takers for a free ticket (and maybe a coupon, too) for Arab Fest?

Just wanted to share this with my extended blog family in the JT Irregulars...

I have 4 free tickets (and a coupon), to go to Arab Fest on August 10, 2014 in downtown Milwaukee.  There are 3 of us, so I have an extra ticket.  And, I also have a $2.00 coupon for a 5th person, if they are interested...  I'm thinking that what we could do, is to carpool, and I'm driving, so if the extra people could help pay for parking, maybe a couple bucks for gas, and bring your own spending money.

I'm hoping to be able to have a car full.  Any takers?  Email me @ - put tickets in the subject line.

"Dickert fundraises as others mull challenges for 2015 election"

From The Journal

"RACINE — April 7 is more than eight months away, but the 2015 race for Racine mayor may already have started — if only in coffee shops, living rooms and party headquarters.

"With Mayor John Dickert seeking re-election, and local political circles already buzzing about potential challengers, four local residents have told The Journal Times they are at least considering a run for the seat.

"While no one has officially announced that they are running, the would-be candidates — the Rev. Melvin Hargrove, Alderman Eddie Diehl, Alderman Sandy Weidner and Robin Coventry — all said they are contemplating throwing their hats in the ring."

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Run, Sandy, run!

"I'm So Lonesome I Courld Cry" - Hank Williams, Sr.

Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys - I'm... by CountryMusicExp

Alltime10s Thursdays

"Crabby Road"

Open Blog - Monday

Well spoken.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

"A Tale of Two Liquor License Applicants"

From Racine Equality Project:

"Two different Downtown Racine Liquor License Applicants, same general area. The only difference between the two applicants is their Race and relationship with Mayor John Dickert. Doug Nicholson is a White male who hosted fundraisers for John Dickert and already operates two establishments with liquor licenses in Downtown Racine, Envi and Ivanhoe’s, which are less than a block away from his new establishment, Carriage House Liquors, which is located in an area that is considered fragile and which already has an excessively high number of establishments with existing liquor licenses."

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