I am so sorry about Four for Fridays last week everyone. I had an early doctor appointment and a lot of errands to run. I know that is no excuse to not getting the questions out for everyone I am sorry. Here are the questions for this week.
1) Is everyone ready for the warm and humid weather coming this weekend?
2) Have you ever gone camping?
3) Do you ever get to the point that you never know what to make for dinner?
4) Do you think that some people go way overboard for their weddings?
I hope everyone has a great weekend and stay indoors were it is nice and cool this weekend!
"For a man who devoted half his long life
to the Church of Scientology, quit, wrote a book highly critical of its
leader — his son — and now suffers the church's wrath, Ron Miscavige
comes off as a pretty happy, upbeat guy. "The 80-year-old West
Allis resident sat down this week to talk about his memoir, 'Ruthless:
Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me,' which almost immediately
landed on The New York Times bestseller list and put the first-time
author on major network news shows after it was published last month by St. Martin's Press. "It also thrust him into the crosshairs of the church, which calls the book a lie and launched a website portraying Miscavige as a wife-beater, ungrateful son and huckster trying to make a buck off his famous son. Plus, he assumes he's still under constant surveillance, but doesn't seem to care. "'You don't ever beat a bully by running away,' he said. "His main hope for the book, he said, is that it might lead to an end of the church's policy of "disconnection," in which all members stop contact with anyone who leaves. He remains cut off by two daughters still in the church. "Though
there's little Scientology presence or history in Milwaukee, the area
became part of the story when West Allis police arrested a private
investigator who had been getting paid $10,000 a week to shadow
Miscavige's every move since he left the church in 2012. "He and
his second wife of nearly 25 years had come to Wisconsin to be near her
parents. The private eye had fake IDs, multiple license plates, a GPS
tracking device, guns and a silencer. "The Florida-based
investigator told West Allis police that once when he thought Miscavige
was having a heart attack in a parking lot and called it in, David
Miscavige himself told him not to intervene. 'If he dies, he dies,' the
younger Miscavige said, according to the investigator. "The investigator was arrested in 2013, but the story didn't break until 2015. Scientology denied the investigator's claims. "Miscavige says now that he was in fact clutching at his chest on the day
in question, but only to find his cellphone, which had fallen from a
pocket as he loaded groceries into his car. He wrote that when he later
learned of this son's instruction, he was stunned, and the anecdote
leads off the book." Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/for-ron-miscavige-life-after-scientology-hitting-high-notes-b99739824z1-382443111.html
by Tyler Durden
- Jun 7, 2016 5:43 PM "In their ongoing attempts to assimilate and integrate the several
hundred thousand recent middle-eastern refugees, both Germany and
Austria have resorted to what some have dubbed childish measures,
creating pamphlets and websites explaining what is permitted, either in public, by the swimming pool, or even what is proper and improper during sex (along with a basic sex education course). Not surprisingly, these have failed to work, as today's report of 69,000 crimes committed by German refugees in just the first quarter has demonstrated. "Which is perhaps why an Austrian politician from the right-wing
Freedom Party, Armin Sippel, has taken these steps to their absurd
extreme and released a provocative, and according to many, scandalous
video in which he 'explains' to asylum seekers, using a blonde mannequin
and posters in Arabic, that European women generally don’t like being groped in public by strangers. "The video sparked a lot of negative comments and a series of video responses, forcing Sippel to take the video down due to 'extremely aggressive personal attacks,' reports the Local. 'A debate on this unpleasant topic of sexual assaults is essential, but should be good mannered,' Sippel said on Facebook. Soon, however, the video reemerged on YouTube uploaded by others. "Sippel appears on the screen and addresses the viewers: 'Dear … Asylum Seekers.' Then a blonde mannequin dressed in an open blouse and a low-cut skirt comes into shot. "The politician asks migrants not to look at women provocatively,
whistle or harass them. Sippel physically demonstrates on the mannequin
that groping women, 'grabbing a woman by the butt or bosom' is
unacceptable. At the end of the video, Sippel shows a sign reading: 'Keep your fingers off our women'. "As a reminder, the anti-immigration and Euroskeptic party nearly won
the presidential post in a recent poll with candidate Norbert Hofer, who
was even ahead of the Green Party candidate Alexander van der Bellen
while ballots were being counted. "The FPO says the making of the video was spurred by a string of sex
harassment scandals in neighboring Germany involving asylum seekers. "Only a month ago, a German education center was reportedly hired by
the German government to teach migrants how to approach and get
acquainted with local women at specially organized classes. Bayerischer
Rundfunk television filmed one of the classes teaching migrants how to
get along better with women. The majority of comments on the video were
negative." Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-07/dear-refugees-how-interact-our-women-austrian-politician-releases-scandalous-video
And keep your fingers off of our men, children, and sheep, too.
It's a full-size Buick, but I don't know what year. 1960's something. The fluid leaking out is red, which means it's transmission fluid. Could be a gasket, could be a hole in the pan, could be some missing or broken bolts. The trunk is large enough to sublet to a refugee family. Seriously, whenever I get near this car, I'm impressed again with how huge it is and it's difficult for me to believe that I lived in a time when almost all cars were that huge. My dad's 1958 DeSoto had outlandish fins, but almost all cars had fins back then.
I betcha this baby drinks gasoline by the bucketload.
She was truly one of the most amazing people I have ever met, EVER. She was a treasure and I count it an honor to have been able to have her in my life.
From early on, she always told me that she loved me and no matter if we were meant to be forever or not, she would always love me.
There were days that the future hubby would annoy me, I would just go visit with his mom and hang out. He was quite the car guy back then and half the time, didn't even realize I was there...
We spend so much time together and grew close quite easily.
Her smile was infectious. Her love was stronger and deeper than I'd ever seen before. I knew that no matter what, she would be in my life and that she loved me.
Mom volunteered daily, at various nursing homes and care facilities, playing the piano for residents. She would go wherever they would have her, just to play for people to make them smile. This brought her incredible joy. She was loved by so many people everywhere. I was very fortunate to be part of this amazing ladies life and to know she loved me as if I were her own.
This birthday, she spends with her hubby, who we lost 10 years ago tomorrow. I miss them so much, but have learned much from them.
Treasure the people in your life, they won't be here forever.
Hello my lovers and haters! How are you? Although our temperatures have been a bit on the cool side lately, I'm not complaining. Even when it rains cats and dogs, I take great solace in the fact that at least it's not s-word. It's not unheard of in May. but it's a rare occurrence. I remember one. Everything had melted away by the following day. Hopefully, we'll be s-word free for the rest of the season. I would suggest Poor Richard's Almanac, but that's like throwing darts at a board, especially since Mother Nature has gone insane from all the pollutants that we've rammed down her throat.
Well, the weather being topsy-turvy might as well match the rest of the world. Black is white and white is black, maybe I'm so encouraged when I see passers-by who return my smile. The vast majority don't. It seems as if people are hurt or angry, or both. I swear I used to get a better return just 10, or even 5, years ago. I'm not counting the people who are head bowed, fully absorbed by the "toy" in their hands. Maybe it's just me, but I don't feel as comfortable out in the world as I once did. Just the other day, I was in line at the Post Office and I watched a man come in and set a box underneath a counter, next to a woman who was writing something. The man left. I looked at the box. I'm sorry, but I thought of the possibility of terrorism.
I asked the man in line behind me if he had seen the man put down the box and leave. The woman standing next to the box overheard me and said (in a beautiful Jamaican accent), "The box belongs to a friend of mine. I'm watching it for him while he gets more." Better safe than sorry, I say. But has the war on terrorism made our nation paranoid and/or hyper-vigilant? I so long for the simpler, friendlier times of my youth. Today, the same things that allow people to make friends globally, also allows terrorists to carry out their murders. I'm sorry, but I have no solution for terrorism, abroad or at home. I never expected my adulthood to be spent at war. Why don't the "vast majority" of Muslims do something to police their own radicals?
Why, indeed. War has plagued mankind for as long as we can remember, from battling tribes to nuclear confrontation. For some reason, some of us can't live in peace with others. I suggest that a few nations be ceded to the hawks amongst us so they can live and kill in peace. The rest of us can live in the "Peace Nations," where we get along with each other and try to help each other. My Lord, please, if only it was that easy.
Why do motorcycle enthusiasts who insist upon installing "straight pipes" for the loudest possible exhaust, then install stereos with the power of a Marshall amp to overcome the noise of their own exhaust?
"Across the United States, some residents have to pay far more state and local tax than others. The amount you pay depends heavily on the state you reside in with New Yorkers suffering under the heaviest tax burden according to website Wallethub.
"As Statista details, the tax burden measures the percentage of a person’s income which goes towards state and local tax, different to the tax rate, which depends heavily on income and personal circumstances.
I am so sorry I have not been posting anything on here lately I have been really busy with Doctor appointments and Drew with migration last month. I finally got caught up with my wildflowers today so now I will be able to start posting more on here for everyone to enjoy. Here are some pictures from up north.
This is a picture of a Common Loon the picture was taken at Whitefish Lake in Three Lakes Wi.
This is a picture of a Osprey this picture was taken on Hwy 55 in Lily Wi. It was raining so the Osprey is really wet in the picture.
This is a picture of a Pileated Woodpecker this picture was taken on Hwy DD in Pickerel Wi.
This is a picture of a Snapping Turtle this picture was taken on Hwy DD by Bog Brook in Pickerel Wi. I know this is not a picture of a bird but the turtle is laying her eggs.
This is a picture of a Yellow Headed Blackbird this picture was taken at MACC Wildlife Refuge in Black Creek Wi.
I hope everyone enjoys the pictures we really enjoy going out and taking the pictures to share with everyone.
"The Racine Common Council Tuesday will consider assigning to a
committee a request to extend the deadline for overnight parking
downtown by an hour, from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. "Implementing the change could make a big difference in the safety of
both patrons and bar staff, according to the Racine Tavern League. "Currently, alternate parking restrictions go into effect at 2 a.m.;
drivers must park on the odd side of the street on oddly numbered days
and on the even side of the street on even numbered days except on
weekends during warm weather and every day between Nov. 1 and March 1 of
every year. "If the matter is assigned to the Public Works and Services Committee,
it could appear on the June 14 agenda. That committee meets at 5:30
p.m. on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Room 303 at City
Hall, 730 Washington Avenue."
"CALEDONIA — Future
development in the village will be guided by a large, metropolitan plan
created largely by outsiders, much to the chagrin of some village
residents who created a localized land-use strategy 10 years ago.
Caledonia Plan Commission last week heard from nearly a dozen residents
who wanted the village to keep a neighborhood-specific land use plan
devised by residents from 2003 to 2006.
"Instead, the village will use a plan created by Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, dubbed the 2035 plan.
"SEWRPC is the official metropolitan
planning organization and regional planning commission for seven
counties in southeastern Wisconsin, including Racine and Kenosha.
commission was created in 1960 to provide basic information and
planning services to solve problems which transcend local units of
government, according to the SEWRPC website.
two plans vary in some areas, and residents told the village Plan
Commission they want the 2006 plan, which formulated specific land uses
and green space requirements for individual neighborhoods, to take
"'I think it’s a
little disturbing that the work we did gets put aside,' said Susan
Greenfield, a former Caledonia town chairman who worked on the 2006
"Drivers on Wisconsin’s divided highways be aware: you could get a
ticket and lost points if you drive too slow in the left lane instead of
using the right lane. "Racine Neighborhood Watch posted on their Facebook page Saturday a reminder that not obeying this law could cost motorists up to $213.10 and four demerit points on their license. "With gas prices at their lowest points in 10 years, AAA is predicting a busy summer,
according to a story in their online newsroom, with nearly 56 percent
of American drivers saying they plan on taking a road trip this year. "'This year’s summer driving season is expected to be characterized by
higher-than-normal gasoline demand,' the story reads. 'More than half
of Americans say low gas prices are the reason they will travel this
summer.' "WIth the increased traffic, paying attention to and obeying this law
just makes good sense. Neighborhood Watch lists pointers from Wisconsin
State Patrol about staying safe while traveling state roadways: "• If you’re not passing another vehicle, use the right lane as much as possible.
• If you’re in the right lane, allow other drivers to merge from the
left lane into the right lane so that faster traffic can pass in the
left lane. In addition, provide space for vehicles to merge into the
right lane when they are entering a roadway from an on-ramp.
• If you’re in the left lane, don’t tailgate or try to make a slower
vehicle ahead of you move to the right lane. Be patient and courteous"
"As a new law goes into effect in California allowing terminally ill
patients to take medicines to kill themselves, physicians are
contemplating whether they would ever write a prescription for death.
"For Dr. Neil Wenger, an internal medicine doctor and director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center, physician-assisted dying blurs what had once been a clear distinction for physicians. "'We have always, up till now, been able to say we will never hasten
a death,' Wenger said. 'Suddenly, that bright line is not so bright.'
added that the Hippocratic Oath doesn’t just say that doctors shouldn’t
harm patients but specifically forbids providing poison to kill
someone. "Wenger’s stance is common among doctors in California: He
accepts that physician-aided death is now legal -- in fact, he’s in
charge of implementing the new law at UCLA -- but remains unlikely
to participate himself, saying it goes against his oath to save lives.
"Though both advocates and opponents of doctor-aided death call California’s legalization
a big step -- either forward or backward – for medical care, experts
predict that it would probably be a marginalized practice within the
healthcare system, with few patients asking for lethal medications and
few doctors furnishing them.
"When the End of Life Option Act goes
into effect Thursday, California will become the fifth state in the
nation to allow patients with less than six months to live to request
end-of-life drugs from their doctors.
"The law is intended to help terminally ill patients avoid suffering. When he signed the bill into law in October,
Gov. Jerry Brown wrote that he believed it would be a comfort to have
this option if he were 'dying in prolonged and excruciating pain.'
"But doctors tend to be more wary. Neither the American Medical Assn. nor the California Medical Assn. support such legislation.
no obligations under California’s law; they don’t have to prescribe
such medications if asked or refer patients to colleagues who will. They
don’t even have to discuss aid-in-dying if a patient approaches them
"But leaders of physicians groups say they want doctors
to be able to talk about the treatment so they can properly address
patients’ concerns and questions.
"For the last several months,
these organizations have been holding webinars and training sessions and
providing educational materials about the law. The California Academy
of Family Physicians launched a podcast in April about end-of-life care options.
said they want doctors to be better at talking about all treatment
options around death, as well as physician-aided death specifically.
"'Not everyone feels entirely comfortable yet, because it’s been, kind of, in the medical community, a taboo topic,' Lee said.
doctors object to the idea that a patient’s pain could be so great that
they would choose to die. It’s unlikely for pain to not be controlled
with palliative care or other treatments, they say.
that sometimes a patient feels so much pain that they need to be sedated
to a point of unresponsiveness. But he’s only seen one or two patients
like that in his more than 20-year career, he said.
doctors object to the idea that a patient’s pain could be so great that
they would choose to die. It’s unlikely for pain to not be controlled
with palliative care or other treatments, they say." So, because they don't like the idea, it doesn't happen.
"RACINE — Empty storefronts bother Marty Sturino. A lot.
"So he decided to do something about them.
week, Sturino and his business partner, Ed Jenkins, unveiled a new look
for three large storefront windows at 427 Main St., the former Main
Marine & Ski.
"Passersby may think they’re looking
into a new Downtown phone store. But the reality is this: The windows
are filled with a large, high-definition, 3-D graphic depicting a store
inside what is actually vacant, available commercial space.
year Sturino and Jenkins, both retired SC Johnson executives, formed
the company they are now launching: Storefronts Matter. Their business
offers large, high-definition graphics that are stuck onto commercial
windows to make empty spaces appear to house real businesses. The one at
427 Main St. is their demonstration project.
storefronts are an eyesore for the community, wasted space with no
utility and do little to interest potential renters/buyers,' Storefront
storefronts improve the cityscape for residents, summer visitors and
tourists by creating interest in otherwise ugly properties; provide
information about the building; and create exciting promotional and
advertising space for large companies, schools and civic organizations,'
Sturino and Jenkins write.
graphics are created by a small Dublin, Ireland, graphic arts company
called Virtual-Shopfronts; they’re sent to Storefronts Matter as large
computer files and are printed here on vinyl sheets. The sticky sheets
are applied professionally to the insides of windows.
offers more than 25 basic graphic creations including restaurants, shoe
stores, men’s and women’s clothing stores, coffee shops and a health
food store, Sturino and Jenkins said.
Jenkins said, 'If you need something, they will create it.' The graphic
artists can also move the positions of people within a graphic or
change the color scheme, as Sturino and Jenkins had them do with their
Main Street phone store.
"The building owner chose a phone store because that is what the company would like to attract to that space, Sturino explained.
"The demonstration space is
adjacent to the Downtown Racine Corp. office at 425 Main St., and DRC
Executive Director Devin Sutherland is thrilled by what Storefronts
Matter is doing in a Downtown space.
Matter is one of the most exciting business startups we have worked
with,' he said. 'The concept of not only trying to enhance the
aesthetics of a business district, but using this new approach to
business attraction is very unique and innovative. The scalability of
this is huge, and the applications for this product are endless.'"
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"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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