Saturday, September 23, 2017

"Fire Reported At Tiny Home Village"

Racine County Eye

"Update 10:18 a.m.: No formal determination has been made by investigators as to the cause of the fire. However, members of the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin were told the fire may have started after several cloth rags, whichused to put apply stain cumbusted.

"Original story: Firefighters are on scene after a shed caught fire about 6 a.m. Friday morning at tiny home village located behind the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, 1624 Yout St.

"Operation Tiny Home is working with the veterans support services group and Zack Giffin to finish building the veterans’ homes. The fire has been put out, but fire investigators have been called to determine the cause of the fire. There was no electricity going to the shed, which contained gardening supplies and the cabinets being used in building the last home.

"Jeff Gustin, executive director of the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, said he doesn’t understand how a fire can just start when there is no electricity going to the building.

"'There were stain cans around there,' he said. 'I hope it was something silly like that. If it wasn’t, it would kill me to know someone would run into our yard and do this.'

"Home Depot is replacing the cabinets."


"Silly??!!!"  They're lucky they didn't suffer an explosion.  Spontaneous combustion is real, especially in a pile of oily rags.  Use a metal container, with a top, for those rags.  Wash them as soon as possible.

Nice gesture, Home Depot.

WiGWAG: President flip-flops, Hillbilly Hotties, and more

From the Wisconsin Gazette

News with a twist

These flip-flops, available for $27.99 per pair from, come with a variety of conflicting words from Donald Trump’s mouth. The company — their tagline is “Going back on your word, one step at a time” — says 10 percent of sales go to the ACLU.
Photo: Sam Morrison

The bigger blowhard

When it comes to his status as a blowhard, Rush Limbaugh equals any hurricane. In the week leading up to Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall, he urged radio listeners not to evacuate. The left-wing media frenzy over the storm, he claimed, was nothing more than a phony attempt to “advance this climate change agenda” and to sell bottled water. Just days after such ranting, however, Limbaugh evacuated his Florida home and canceled his next day’s program due to “the security nature of things.”

From corrupt gov to cleaning guy

Rod Blagojevich is more than five years into his 14-year federal sentence for corruption. And how is the former governor of Illinois spending his time in prison? He’s on cleaning duty. “I’ve been given the jurisdiction to sweep and mop two floors,” Blagojevich told WMAQ-TV in Chicago. “So my jurisdiction has shrunk from the fifth biggest state in America, to these two floors. But I don’t care what anybody says, I believe in clean government, and I believe in clean floors.”

The intern did it?

We were fascinated, but not surprised, when Ted Cruz’s official Twitter account “liked” a tweet from a porn account called @SexuallPosts. After all, how many righteous, evangelical leaders have been caught in such circumstances? But Cruz said it was simply a “staffing issue” that resulted in his Twitter account “liking” a two-minute scene from “Moms Bang Teens 20.”

Halloween drag time

As the first leaves of fall turned yellow, retailers already were on eBay selling blonde Ivanka Trump-style wigs for Halloween. Sellers of the coifs, which retail from $6 to $20, are predominantly based in China. You can complete the look with a pink $138 Ivanka Trump sheath dress from Macy’s. WiG, however, is more interested in seeing what our creative drag queens do with the Kellyanne Conway look.

Espresso and free expression

The owner of Hillbilly Hotties, a chain of coffee stands, and seven baristas who wear bikinis behind the bar were suing the city of Everett, Washington, over a city ordinance requiring “quick service” workers to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts. The federal lawsuit alleged the ordinance — since suspended — denies employees the ability to communicate through their attire, is vague and confusing, and unlawfully targets women. The complaint compared the Hillbilly Hotties’ workplace bikini-wear to Starbucks’ green aprons, UPS’ brown shirts and Hooter’s orange shorts.

New way to toss a bouquet?

In Australia, doughnut bouquets have become a thing, so it was inevitable they’d wind up in the hands of a bride. It finally happened Sept. 9 in Rydal, New South Wales, where Page Kirk and her bridesmaids sported lovely bouquets of fresh doughnuts. We wonder whether the single women were covered in white powder and frosting after the bouquet toss.

Putting the ‘artificial’ in AI

An “ethical review” is underway of a Stanford University academic journal that published a study claiming artificial intelligence can determine a person’s sexual orientation using facial recognition. After several media outlets picked up the story, the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD complained to The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology about the study’s obvious flaws and negative ramifications, setting the review process in motion.

Something about Mary

French medical anthropologist Philippe Charlier has dug up and dug into the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart, Napoleon Bonaparte and Rene Descartes. Now, according to National Geographic, Charlier and other scientists have reconstructed a face based on an ancient skull rumored to belong to Jesus’ companion Mary Magdalene. The skull and other remains were found in a crypt under a basilica in the south of France. The scientists used computer modeling of the skull to create the facial reconstruction, which shows a woman with high cheekbones and a pointed nose — and some resemblance to Cher.


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Have a great weekend.

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Racine County officials weigh sales tax to help fund Foxconn project"

Racine County officials weigh sales tax to help fund Foxconn project

"A sales tax is likely to be enacted in Racine County as part of the local-funding package for the massive Foxconn Technology Group plant there but the amount and details of the tax haven’t been publicly disclosed."

Before Wisconsin, Foxconn vowed big spending in Brazil. Few jobs have come.

"The company's experience in Brazil and other parts of the world illustrates how difficult it has been for it to replicate its enormously successful Chinese manufacturing model elsewhere."


We're gonna pay through the nose for this ripoff.

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone how are you doing this nice warm and humid day. I just can not believe that today is the first day of Fall. Where did the summer go already.

1) What was your favorite cartoon as a child?

2) Do you still watch any cartoons?

3) What was the worst cartoon you seen as a child?

4) What do you think of the cartoons that are out now?

I hope everyone stays inside with the heat and humidity. Have a good weekend.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"William H. Gates III COL '77, LLD '07 Q&A | The Harvard Campaign Launch"

"For weeks, Equifax customer service has been directing victims to a fake phishing site"


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

"Earlier this month, hackers broke into Equifax's servers and stole 143 million people's personal information, including their Social Security numbers. In response to the attack, Equifax set up a website — — for possible victims to verify whether they're affected. Because the process involves sharing sensitive information, consumers have to trust they're entering their data in the right place, which can be tricky because the breach-recovery site itself isn’t part of If users end up on the wrong site, they could end up leaking the data they're already concerned was stolen."

Yikes! It's 'The Evil Eye!'

"Sandy Weidner For Mayor - Get A Yard Sign"

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hi, gang!  The nice weather continues.  I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.  And, as Tender Heart Bear so nicely reminded us, the trees and shrubs are turning to their fall colors.  Very pretty.  Can we go right from fall to spring?  Really. after sixty-some winters, can't I just skip one?  I'm afraid we're going to pay for the current pleasant weather with a wicked winter.  I know that my boys will shovel the walk and bring me food, but the whole city goes into the dump when we have a snowstorm.  Lying John Dickert would have better spent his time lobbying for a dome for Racine.

As expected, Cory Mason and Sandy Weidner are going to run for mayor of Racine.  I'm sorry, but Mason is a career paperweight.  He wants to be mayor because it would be another feather in his cap, not because he feels so dearly for Racine.  Having Mason for mayor would be like having lying John back.  We don't need any more career politicians, we need people who care about the people of Racine.  Cory will grandstand and announce this and that, but he'll do absolutely nothing to help the average Racinian.  He doesn't even know how.  He's lost in a political world of patronage and corruption.  Sandy is one of us.  She has tried and tried to change the course of Racine, but the big butts of people like Mason have stood in her way.  A vote for Sandy is a vote for sanity.

Oh, dear me.  The mighty Green Bay Packers lost last weekend.  Oops.  How did that happen?  This Sunday they meet the Cincinnati Bengals at 5:30 PM.  Murder 'em, boys!

Here are the Irregular Football League standings:

The Half-Astrophysicists slipped past me, but at least Mr. OrbsCorbs is still on the bottom.  Tee-hee.

Check this out:

A man credited with stopping a robbery of a Starbucks in July might now be sued by the suspect, over wounds the would-be robber received from the Good Samaritan.

Ryan Flores, 30, is facing charges for second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from a robbery of a Fresno Starbucks. Flores was arrested after he allegedly tried to rob a barista with a fake gun and Transformers mask — and in the process, he was subdued by a customer and stabbed with his own knife.

Cregg Jerri, 58, was that customer, and he intervened in the attempted robbery by hitting Flores with a chair from behind. Flores pulled out a knife and fought back, with the two men wrestling over the weapon. Jerri sustained a stab wound to the neck, but was able to take the knife away, and stab Flores an apparent 17 times during the fight.

Flores's mother, Pamela Chimienti, described Jerri's actions as "excessive force" and told KSEE that Flores planned to file a lawsuit.

My God, her son tries to rob a Starbucks and she wants to sue the man who stopped him.  What's happened to ethics and morals in this country?  Are we all to blame for this type of extortion?   Don't ignore misbehavior anymore; instead, correct it.  If the perpetrators refuse to change, then call the cops.  We need to stop this type of BS now.  Enough with people turning everything on its head.  Throw lawbreakers in jail.  If their mothers come out to justify their children's actions, throw them in, too.  These people are sorely in need of an ethical education.  Stop blaming us for the crap you bring down on your own head.  I hope he does sue, and gets thrown out of court.  If you bring a weapon to rob someone and it is taken from you and used against you, then that's only poetic justice.

Stupid, stupid, stupid people.  I think we should allocate one day a week to stupid people.  That one day they can all go out and get whatever they need to perpetuate their stupid lives.  Leave us alone.  And if a stupid person gets entangled in a row with a normal-minded person, throw the stupid one in jail.  I'm so tired of having to go out of my way to accomodate every and any type of behavior.  Act like an asshole and get treated like one.  My only regret is that the perpetrator of the above crime survived his wounds.  It would have been better off for everyone if another stupid person had been eliminated.  We can only carry so many.

That's it, friends.  I hope you enjoyed my blog.  I'll be back next week to write more.

Enjoy the waning days of summer.  Get out and do something while you still can.  Soon enough it will all be covered in frozen white.  Won't that be fun?
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Statue of Limitations"

From the Shepherd Express:


I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh man manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So listen, I’ve heard it’s never too early to fire up a presidential campaign, so with 2020 in sight I figure I may as well get my sorry ass in gear, what the fock.

And I’m guessing a prudent first step might be to secure some kind of voting base. I’m thinking of going after that bloc of voters that don’t have any kind of family to speak of. I’ll call for a re-examination of the highfalutin emphasis placed these days on kids and the family, and families and kids. Cripes, it’s kids this, kids that, family this, family that, ’til I could just about puke myself blue. Not everybody’s got a family, like that’s supposed to be some kind of carnally cardinal sin for crying out loud. Hey, I don’t hear the sound of tiny red-bootied little Pope’s feet pitter-pattering ’round his sanctum sanctorum, and nobody looks at him like he’s some kind of solipsistic narcissist, so bite me.

Seems these days you can’t find a single thing to do that doesn’t scream “FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.” Every time I read or hear a commercial about some deal promising “fun for the whole family,” I say “Go to hell,” except I doubt even hell’s going to be able to withstand this family fanaticism much longer. I’ll bet already Satan’s working on a new slogan: Go to Hell—Fun for the Whole Family!

Focking-A, I tell you, when I was a lad, lo those many years ago, “fun for the whole family” was kid code for “suck, and suck big,” and I believe it’s important for me to get my message out to an uncourted constituency, the message being that if we allow these neo-family fetishists to acquire the necessary judicial juju to turn our kids into quivering, boring dorky dipsticks like neo-Mom and neo-Pop, I say we may as well blow up the ozone right here and now and get this whole charade over with once and for all, what the fock.

OK, I got to calm down. Speaking of families, how ’bout this one, courtesy of my five-years-now late longtime always pal, Jay, missed by all, and I remember:

A married couple went to the hospital to have their baby delivered. The doctor said he’d invented a new machine that would transfer a portion of the mother’s labor pain to the father. He asked if they were willing to try it out, and they agreed they would. The doctor set the pain transfer to 10%, explaining that even 10% was probably more pain than the father had ever experienced. But as the labor progressed, the husband felt fine and asked the doctor to bump it up a notch. The doctor dialed up the machine to 20%, and the husband still felt fine; so the doctor checked the husband’s blood pressure and was amazed at how well he was doing. They decided to try for 50%, and the husband continued to feel quite well. Since the pain transfer was obviously helping the wife considerably, the husband encouraged the doctor to transfer ALL the pain to him.

The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain. She and her husband were ecstatic. And when they got home, the mailman was dead on the porch. Ba-ding!

Or this one:

A newlywed couple had only been married for two weeks. The husband, although very much in love, couldn’t wait to go out on the town and party with his old buddies. So he says to his new wife, “Honey, I’ll be right back...”

“Where are you going, coochy-cooh?” the wife asks. “I’m going to the bar, pretty face. I’m going to have a beer.” The wife says, “You want a beer, my love?” She opens the refrigerator and shows him 25 different kinds of beer, brands from 12 different countries: Germany, Holland, Japan, India, etc. The husband doesn’t know what to do, and the only thing he could think of saying was, “Yes, lollipop, but at the bar, you know, uh, they have frozen glasses.”

The wife interrupts him and says, “You want a frozen glass, puppy face?” She takes a huge beer mug out of the freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills just holding it. The husband, a bit nervous, says, “Yes, tootsie-roll, but at the bar they have those great hors d’oeuvres. I won’t be long. I promise. OK?”

The wife says, “You want hors d’oeuvres, poochy-pooh?” She opens the oven and takes out 15 dishes of different hors d’oeuvres: chicken wings, pigs in blankets, sausage-stuffed mushroom caps, pork strips. “But my sweet honey, at the bar, you know, there’s swearing, dirty words and all that guy stuff.”

...and, they lived happily ever after.

Ba-ding-ding-ding! ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.


Fall Colors!

Yes it is that time of year already. The leaves are changing and  the weather is really weird with this only one thing can come out of it and it is the nasty four letter word. Here are some pictures that we have taken already.

This picture in Pickerel Wi. was taken when we went up north for are granddaughters birthday.

                 This picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

                This picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

                This picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

There are more pictures to come I hope everyone is enjoying them.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

"Community Newsletter: Child abuse has long-term effects"

From the

"People recognize that child abuse in its many forms has dangerous implications for a child’s immediate health and well-being. What many don’t know is that the physical and emotional damage left by abuse last long after initial wounds have healed. That’s the finding of a wave of research into Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs and it highlights the reason why prevention and intervention efforts are so important.

"What are ACEs? ACEs are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress interfering with a child’s normal brain development. This toxic stress can prevent children from learning, from behaving in healthy ways with others, and can result in long-term health problems. Some ACE’s include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and other household dysfunction.

"How do ACEs affect the child’s long-term health? Without getting too technical, child abuse is to mental health as tobacco is to physical health. Much the way smoking directly causes or triggers predispositions for disease, early abuse can trigger a host of cognitive and mental illnesses. Neurochemicals released during ACEs leave the youth more at risk of depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and attention deficit and learning disorders.

"Many times, these issues will continue for years undiagnosed and untreated because of the secrecy, stigma, and shame that surround both child abuse and mental illness.

"Left untreated, these individuals often turn to other methods to numb their pain as they get older. To relieve their anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, and/or inability to focus, they turn to easily available biochemical solutions. Alcohol abuse, illegal drug use, or prescription abuse are more likely the more ACEs a child experiences. Others engage in activities to escape their problems like cutting, gambling, promiscuity, eating disorders or other obsessive-compulsive patterns."

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