I am so sorry I will not be able to post any questions today. I am on my way to pick up the Grandkids in Oshkosh. I have to do this early so I can be back in time to pick up Drew from work and get through all the stupid construction in Milwaukee. If I get back early I will post questions but I am not promising it.
"While the news media has been quick to report on the massive property
tax increases enacted by City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, they have
failed to point out that those large increases bring the total property
tax rate to only about HALF of what many Cities in South East Wisconsin
charge. Is it any wonder that the productive People of Illinois aren’t
flocking to residential properties in Racine and SE Wisconsin? An entire
region of Wisconsin’s Rust Belt which is quickly morphing into Detroit
West with corrupt and criminal politicians who are looting the tax
base, levying outrageously high property taxes, suffering from high
rates of crime (which is often under-reported), curtailed services and
large sections of failing infrastructure populated by illegal
immigrants, the unemployed, those who depend upon public assistance, and
recent Third World EB-5 Immigrants."
I paid back the money to an old internet friend that she had lent me over the years. Her delightful response?
In the last shot, on the far right, is the cat tree I bought Chalie
recently. As I was doing so, my friend was doing the same. So Charlie
ended up with two new cat trees. Yay. The one on the right is on a
table and is only four feet tall. It came assembled with everything
except the top perch had to be attached.
The one from my friend took almost four hours to assemble (1 hour work, 3
hours swearing). It's seven feet tall and Charlie can easily reach the
ceiling from the top perch. He and I are very happy with this gift.
Thank you, Ms. N.
Content warning -
Rambling therapeutic rant of sorts ahead....
I enjoy a good holiday. Recently, I've sought out fun holidays that you don't hear about until it's too late. Some are fun, some are for a cause, some are just weird. Some I can really get into - for instance, next week, the 22nd is national Chocolate Eclair Day. Definitely celebrating that one!
Then there are the established ones, and the one coming up always feels like a punch in the gut to me.
Fathers Day..... Not a fan.
I'm happy for those that had good fathers or at least tolerable ones, ones that were there in some fashion. Kids that had happy childhoods and fathers they could count on.
I realize that I'm not the only 'fatherless' kid out there. Some don't even know who their fathers are. Some come not only from broken but completely shattered homes. Some of us, grew up exposed to abuse, others, neglect, or even abandonment. For those of us, Father's day sucks.
I enjoy celebrating my husband, who is a great dad to our girls. That part, yes, I enjoy and he is worth celebrating. His dad, who wholeheartedly stepped up and was a stand in dad to me, has been gone a decade already. That still breaks my heart. He was an amazing guy who I'm glad to have had there for me. My own 'father', I've been estranged from for over 35 years and have only seen him maybe 3 times in all those years. Fathers day is a reminder of the feeling of not being lovable, not being good enough, not being enough for him not to be a monster. Yes, he was evil, and it felt like I wasn't good enough for him not to be horrible to. All these years later and that feeling still plagues me. I hate when it gets to me, then I get very angry and unpleasant. Great legacy you left, dear ol' 'dad'...
To the fatherless out there who either don't know, didn't know or unfortunately did know your fathers, it's not your fault. Some dads are just bad, and some are beyond horrible. It's not our fault. Try to let go of the guilt of not feeling like you're good enough or unlovable. It takes a LOT of work and is a life long process. Shoot, I'm 50 and I still suck at it. Know you're good enough and worth loving, even if you never felt it growing up or at whatever stage of life you are in. Dads can be terribly damaging. I may be bumped, bruised and dented but I'm still standing. Find a way to shine. Don't let their horrible example take away who you are. I don't want to only shine, I want to sparkle, gosh darn it!
I've decided to use JTIrregulars.com as the platform from which I'll launch my campaign for the Presidency of the United States of America.
The only good government is less government!
I believe that all of our troops and equipment overseas and in other nations should be brought home immediately. Foreign aid to everybody should end immediately. Secure our borders immediately.
I like Ike!
If you want to do business overseas, you are free to do so. However, under no circumstances will any of the US military be used to protect your interests abroad. Hire mercenaries. Or, if you can find them, the A-Team.
I'll gladly debate any other candidate on anything other than the issues. I have issues. You have issues. We all have issues. We all also have assholes, but you don't want to debate about that, do you?
Submit questions below, and in response, I'll lie like the best of them.
P.S. Send me money. Lots and lots of money. It's tax deductible, I think. I'm running against Trump and Hilary. I can't run on empty, you know.
By Heather Asiyanbi in Government · June 13, 2016 · No comments "Former Mount Pleasant Payroll Coordinator Jillian Schumacher Monday
in public comments before the village board accused Village
Administrator Kurt Wahlen of firing her for being a whistleblower.
"Schumacher said she was fired unfairly and without any prior warning
because she questioned financial processes that didn’t align with the
personnel handbook or standard practices.
"'In short, I believe I was terminated for being a whistleblower and
not blindly following policies I felt were unprofessional,' she
"Specifically, Schumacher claims Wahlen fired her just four months
after she had a positive review during which she was awarded another
week of vacation and told she was on track to receive a raise.
Schumacher worked for Mount Pleasant for 13 months.
"'In January of 2016 my vacation was increased to 3 weeks and I was on
schedule for a raise. I had received no verbal or written warnings and
no suspensions as outlined in the discipline section of the personnel
manual. I had every reason to believe I was a competent and valued
employee,' her comments to trustees read.
"But, last month, Schumacher told the board that Wahlen called her
into his office and asked if she wanted to quit or be terminated. She
elected termination and said she believes Wahlen fired her because:
Pay for staff is arbitrary negotiated by the Village Administrator
on a personal basis rather than as a uniform employee policy. Pay for
similar positions vary without regard to experience or job description.
Raises are arbitrarily awarded or withheld and do not follow village personnel handbook guidelines.
Some salaried staff are allotted comp. time while others are not.
The result is that some staff are paid when absent and others have to
use vacation time.
Village fees were waived by staff for certain residents but charged to others – without oversight or board approval.
Fees and bills were not routinely deposited and at times were
allowed to collect in a box if staff was absent. In early 2016, during
property tax season, as much as $2 million dollars or more sat in the
village office without deposit – vulnerable to fraud or neglect.
Two village employees – Jo Gleason and Dianne Flannery – were paid
well over the $8.57/hour wage for poll workers on election day; Gleason
was allotted her regular rate of nearly $18/hour.
"When she brought her concerns to Wahlen, Schumacher said he threatened to 'dock' her pay. A few weeks later, he fired her.
"Board members were clearly surprised by Schumacher’s comments. After
the meeting, Village President Jerry Garski said he takes the
"'This was surprising … it’s the first we’ve heard of these issues, and we will look into them,' he said after the board meeting.
"He did not offer any additional comment.
"Wahlen was not at the meeting because he is on vacation this week.
Racine County Eye did send him an email to his village email address and
will update this story if we reach him for comment. His contract with
the village expired on May 13, and negotiations for a new one have not
begun, according to sources close to the village.
"To listen to Schumacher’s comments, click the link below:"
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