By Stephanie Stahl "PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A checkup from the neck up: Mental health
advocates are raising awareness today with the 25th annual National
Depression Screening Day. Health reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on
how it was marked in our area. "Instead of suffering alone in sadness, Todd Hopkins is now trying to reach out to others struggling with mental health issues. "'It feels sad every day,' said Todd. He battled depression for 18 months before he finally got help. "Now he’s a recovery advocate for the Philadelphia Department of
Behavioral Health, which set up at LOVE Park for National Depression
Screening Day." Read more: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/10/08/health-help-on-national-depression-screening-day/
Years ago, before I had seen a psychiatrist, I went to St. Luke's where they were offering free depression screenings.
After I took the test, the woman asked if I had a psychiatrist. I said no. She also asked if I own a gun. No, again.
She said my screening results were the worst she had ever seen and she was going to get a psychiatrist to see me right away. After she left, I did. I was afraid that they were going to commit me.
Well after what happened the other day I was able to get some pictures to share with everyone. It is hard to get good pictures with the sun coming in and out when you want to get really good ones. I will be going out more to get pictures to share with everyone. Here are some of what I have gotten so far.
This picture was taken on Lighthouse Dr. in Racine Wi. Yes this was the picture that I had the police at my house for.
This picture was taken on 3 Mile Rd in Racine Wi.
This picture was taken at Cliffside Park in Racine Wi.
This picture was taken at Shoop Park Racine Wi.
This picture was taken on Industrial Dr. in Caledonia Wi.
I hope everyone is enjoying the pictures and I do have more to share with everyone. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
Hello to everyone this morning I hope everyone had a good week with some nice weather. I was out taking pictures of the Fall Colors this week and will be posting some of the pictures later. Here are your questions for today.
1) Would you rather have a vegetable garden or a flower garden?
2) When you live in a security building should you be afraid to leave your door unlocked while you are at home?
3) Can you pronounce Indian or Spanish words better?
4) How fast should you go in the left lane on the highway?
What a Crock-O-Shit. Lying John is becoming Teflon John. Confidentiality agreements tell taxpayers that someone has something to hide. It's our money, but we have no right to know how it's spent. What a den of thieves
Hello, my warming trend friends!How are you? 74 degrees tomorrow, 58 on
Friday.Ah, the schizophrenia of
rain/snow, windy/still – it kind of reminds me of me, always changing my
mind.I’ll gladly take whatever warmth and
sunshine we can squeeze out of this fall.I’ve noticed some trees beginning to turn color, but not much yet.Anyway, I rely upon Ms. Tender Heart Bear to
post pictures of the most beautiful trees and shrubs.When I was younger, I loved fall.I still like it, but the foreshadowing of
winter clouds every day.Ha!Here we haven’t even had a flake of the
s-word, and I’m already complaining.
There’s no complaints about the Green Bay Packer’s win over
the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday
past.Our magnificent and valorous
Packers continue to stomp their opponents.This Sunday, October 11, it’s the St. Louis Rams’ turn to be shredded by
the dreaded Pack, at noon, at Lambeau
Field.Go, Pack, go!
Below are the current standings in the Irregular Fantasy Football
League: (Click to embiggen.)
My Screaming Psychics are in third place.What happened to Mr. hale-bopp’s
Half-Astrophysicists?Last year, he took
first place.Today, his team is at the
bottom.Such are the fortunes of war,
and football is war.
I see where the city's insurer is paying out $1.3 million to settle the "bar lawsuit." That's it. I'm suing the city for something or the other and getting some "free money." Now, I just have to figure out what I'm going to sue them for. Too bad you can't sue elected and appointed officials for being idiot assholes. Then we'd all be rich. I wonder what Mr. Mayor's lawsuits are going to do to our city's insurance premiums and/or bond rating?
Sometimes I have to fight the depression that fall triggers in me, and the best way of doing that is writing for you, my dears.
I found this online and had to share it with other cat lovers:
Isn't it the truth? Here we are again with schizophrenic behavior. Everything is yes or no, 0 or1. But I must admit that it nails the behavior of both of our cats, Fuck and Dickert. I've heard that female cats are less changeable in temperament. Both of our cats are (fixed) boys, so I wouldn't know.
Thank you my dear, dear readers for stopping by to check out my blog this week and to share your knowledge in the comments below. I love every one of you. You're my online family.
Enjoy the waning temperate days of 2015. Now the sun starts to hang low in the southern sky, momentarily blinding many a driver, Be careful. Kids going to and from school are a special concern. The next time someone yells at you in traffic, yell back, "I love you!" I really do.
"RACINE — Seven
former minority tavern owners will share a $1.3 million payout with
their attorneys in a settlement agreement in the city bars lawsuit
approved Tuesday night by the City Council.
"The agreement calls
for the city’s liability insurer, the Cities and Villages Municipal
Insurance Company or CIVMIC, to pay each plaintiff in the suit $15,000,
giving the remaining $1,275,000 to their attorneys: the firms of Kohler
& Hart, S.C. and Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, LTD.
settlement agreement marks the end of the high-profile 18-month legal
battle between the city and former bar owners, requiring the plaintiffs
to release and dismiss all claims and allowing the city and other
defendants to continue to deny wrongdoing.
"The plaintiffs in the
lawsuit first sued the city in February 2014 in the Federal District
Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, accusing Mayor
John Dickert and more than 15 other defendants of engaging in an
elaborate plot to drive minority bar owners out of the city.
— bound by an agreement not to discuss the details of the settlement
until after the council took action — did not make any comments before
voting 10-2 to approve the deal.
"Alderman Sandy Weidner and former
defendant in the suit, Alderman Jeff Coe, voted against approving the
deal. Most of the aldermen present for the vote Tuesday, including
Weidner and Coe, had attended a closed-door Executive Committee meeting
on Monday in which they were informed of the details of the agreement.
Q.A. Shakoor, II and Steve Smetana were excused from the meeting and
not present for the vote. Alderman Dennis Wiser served as the chairman
of the meeting and did not vote.
"Details of the agreement were released to the media following the vote, but the actual agreement was not made available.
was not present during the meeting, but said in a statement issued just
after the vote that he was pleased that the matter was resolved despite
his belief that the city would prevail at trial.
"'This case was a
nuisance to the city and it is good to have it concluded,' the
statement read. 'Now it is time get back to growing our city and
continuing to build unity among all of our citizens.'
"When asked where Dickert was, City Administrator Tom Friedel said they mayor was attending a conference in Wausau.
"Attempts to reach attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case were unsuccessful Tuesday.
to the city press release detailing aspects of the settlement
agreement, the plaintiffs’ attorneys incurred approximately $7.2 million
in fees and costs."
"Mount Pleasant police say two Racine men attempted to steal 23
lobster tails from Aldi’s by stuffing them down their pants and are now
facing theft charges. "Anemencio Delacruz, 38, and David Starks, 46, were charged Monday in
Racine County Circuit Court. Delacruz was charged with one misdemeanor
count each of obstruction and theft. If convicted he faces up to 18
months in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines. Starks was charged with
one misdemeanor count each of obstruction, theft, and bail jumping. If
he is convicted, he faces up to 2-1/3 years in prison and/or up to
$30,000 in fines. "According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at 1:47
p.m. Friday to Aldi’s, 6925 Durand Avenue, for a report of shoplifting
in progress. While police were en route, dispatch advised that the
suspects – later identified as Delacruz and Starks – were leaving the
store and headed through the parking lot toward Walmart. Witness
provided descriptions of both men.
"Officers say store employees told them Delacruz and Starks were seen
stuffing lobster tails down their pants and into their coat sleeves.
This is not an uncommon occurrence, workers said,"
Village of Arena [Wisconsin] and three of its police officers agreed to pay $35,000
to settle the federal civil rights lawsuit brought against them for
arresting our client, Thomas G. Smith, for using profanity on the
Village police department’s Facebook page.
"In July 2012, Officer
Nicholas Stroik of the Village of Arena Police Department posted on the
Department’s Facebook page a note to the community thanking them for
their help in apprehending several suspects. While some Facebook users
posted comments applauding the Department’s efforts, two others
suggested that race had played a role in the Department’s recent
actions. One user claimed that an officer had made a racist comment to
her. Smith then posted two profane comments criticizing the Police
Department and racists in general.
"Upon seeing the comments,
Officer Stroik deleted Smith’s profane comments as well as the other
comments accusing the department of racism. Stroik did not delete the
Facebook comments praising the police for its handling of the situation.
Stroik then decided that Smith should be arrested and charged with two
counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of unlawful use of a telephone,
and two counts of unlawful use of a computerized communication system.
Officer Steven Hufton arrested Smith the following evening. Chief Lonnie
Drinkall, later signed a criminal complaint charging Smith with one
count of disorderly conduct and one count of unlawful use of a computer
"I filed motions to dismiss the complaint on the ground
that even strident and profane criticism of police is protected against
criminal prosecution by the First Amendment. Iowa County Circuit Court
Judge William Dyke denied the motions, but the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
reversed that decision in July 2014. The Court of Appeals rejected the
prosecution’s claim that Smith’s Facebook comments fit within the
so-called “fighting words” exception to the First Amendment’s free
speech protections, observing that there were no state or federal cases
recognizing 'fighting words' -- speech with a propensity to precipitate
immediate physical violence-- in the absence of a face-to-face
"I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Smith's
behalf in November 2014. Attorney Jeff Scott Olson joined the team in
February 2015. While the defendants initially claimed that they were not
liable because the Facebook page was not 'an officially sanctioned
Facebook page,' they abandoned that claim in subsequent pleadings. The
defendants also admitted that Smith was the first person they had
arrested under the identified statutes for posting profane comments on
"We have always believed
that the defendants’ liability was clear. Federal and state courts have
routinely held that the right to free speech is not limited to polite
speech alone. In our country, we are entitled to criticize our
government with passion. The use of some four-letter words in the course
of doing so is never a crime. We hope that the Arena Police Department,
and other police departments across the state, have now learned this
lesson. As for Mr. Smith, it has been more than three years since he was
wrongfully arrested, and he is happy to finally have this entire
episode behind him."
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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