Saturday, May 19, 2018

"The National Mall Welcomes a New Memorial for Memorial Day Weekend"

USAA Brings Poppy Memorial to Nation’s Capital May 25-27 to Honor the 645,000 Servicemembers lost since World War I

SAN ANTONIO – USAA announced that a temporary memorial installation is coming to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. this Memorial Day weekend. The Poppy Memorial is a translucent structure that measures 133 feet long, 8 1/2 feet tall and is filled with more than 645,000 poppy flowers — honoring every man and woman that gave their life in service of our nation since World War I.

Inspired by the World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields,” the poppy is a widely-recognized symbol of remembrance for these servicemembers. The Poppy Memorial is a somber and powerful display that represents the depth of national sacrifice by paying tribute to each individual.

“The poppy flower symbolizes those who gave the last full measure in defense of our freedoms,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Bird, USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs. The Poppy Memorial visualizes the magnitude of that sacrifice and reminds us all of the price that was paid. We are grateful to the National Park Service for allowing us to display this inspiring and educational exhibit among the permanent monuments, as a testament to the enduring bravery of our men and women in uniform.”

From May 25 through May 27, the Poppy Memorial will be open to the public daily for viewing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. The memorial will be displayed on the southwestern side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool – with the Lincoln Memorial to the west, the Korean War Memorial to the south, the reflecting pool due north and the World War II Memorial to the east. The more than 645,000 poppies are a combination of VFW “Buddy”® poppies and poppies from the American Legion Family, both programs designed to encourage Americans to wear poppies in remembrance of the fallen.

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"Lost in the rubble of Trinity church, a 'priceless and irreplaceable' pipe organ from 1879"

From JSOnline:

Trinity’s historic 1879 Schuelke pipe organ is framed by the balcony rail and the graceful ribs and arches of the church’s ceiling.(Photo: Ron Kamprath)

When the smoke cleared and the ash settled after Tuesday’s devastating fire at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, a profound silence descended on the remains of the structure.   

Among the losses figured into the final tally of the fire damage will be the church’s 1879 pipe organ, as well as the graceful ribs and ceiling arches that combined to create one of the city’s warmest, friendliest acoustics for performing and hearing music.

“The organ was irreplaceable and priceless,” said John Behnke, Trinity’s organist and choir director and retired professor at Concordia University in Mequon. “It was built in 1879, cost $3,500 new, and had been well maintained since then. Its working, mechanical aspects were very stable.”

Built by the Milwaukee-based Schuelke Organ Co. and listed on the Organ Historical Society’s national register of historic organs, the organ was more than a musical machine; it was also a work of tremendous craftsmanship and artistic detail.

“The façade of the organ was incredible,” Behnke said, explaining that it had been hand carved by Erhalt Brielmeier, the same person who carved the church’s altar.

“You saw, on the tops of the organ case (the cabinet that contains the organ pipes) the same type of design that was on the altar. He also brought in some parts of the design of the steeples on the outside of the church.” 

Stanton Peters, owner of Peters, Weiland & Co. Organbuilders, has maintained the instrument for many years and took organ lessons on it when he was a teenager. Maintaining the organ meant spending time in the case, up among the pipes.

“The people who built this organ took great pride in their work,” Peters said. “There were etchings on the low C and certain other pipes that were beautifully done. You would never see those etchings unless you were up in the pipes of the organ.”

But the real beauty of the Trinity organ was its sound.  

“Trinity’s organ was a favorite of some of the world’s most famous organists,” Behnke said. “E. Power Biggs played on that organ and Virgil Fox would practice on it late at night when he was in town.


 What a tragedy.  My childhood church in Racine, St. Joseph's, has a similar organ, but I don't think it's quite as ornate.

"Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis? What we know about the Texas shooting suspect"

And the beat goes on . . .

Open Blog - Weekend

Salute to our men and women in the service.

Friday, May 18, 2018

"WigWAG Presents: News with a twist!"

From Wisconsin

A photo of a Domino's Pizza location's dough covered in rat feces goes viral, a criminal is thwarted by Play-Doh and a Fon Du Lac man eats his 30,000th Big Mac

  • Updated

We might be inspired by the stories of the day, the tabloid at the checkout counter, gossip in our ears or a reader's tip in our email. If it strikes us as a little bit off, a lot of silly, positively preposterous or reveals the absurdity of our present situation with the president, it’s WiGWAG. News with a twist.
Unsavory topping
Health officials investigating reports of “excessive rodent activity” at a Domino’s Pizza in Johnson City, Tennessee, found an unusual topping in 14 trays of dough: rat droppings. The inspection was prompted by a photograph of the dough that went viral after it was posted on Reddit.
Queer guys rekindle straight romance
Tom Jackson — the self-deprecating, style-challenged retiree who won fans’ hearts on the first episode of the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot — recently remarried his ex-wife. Jackson, who warned the Queer Eye makeover team that “you can’t fix ugly,” said the boost in self-esteem that he got from his experience on the show led him back to the altar with the love of his life. Mazel tov!

Trump’s best and brightest
The general counsel of Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School is objecting to mockery of the school. It all began when Politico revealed that Cooley is the alma mater of sleazy Trump attorney Michael D. Cohen. But the school’s reputation was already less than golden. A law school watchdog group ranked it No. 1 on its list of “the 10 least selective law schools in the country.” Nationally, about 75 percent of law school grads pass a bar exam on their first try, but fewer than half of Cooley grads succeed. Last year, the school had to go to court and fight for accreditation from the American Bar Association.
King of beers finds new realms
The popularity of craft brews has taken a toll on Budweiser, with U.S. sales falling 1.3 percent during this year’s first quarter. Fortunately for Anheuser-Busch, sales of Bud are booming in India, Paraguay and South Korea, leading to an overall sales increase of 2.5 percent.
Tattoo togetherness
Five cast members of the original Avengers movie celebrated a decade of togetherness by getting matching tattoos. Only Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo took a pass on the milestone marker. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner are sporting the discreetly sized body art.

Doh, Play-Doh
Police in Leicester, Pennsylvania, arrested an alleged shoplifter by matching his fingerprints to a print left behind in Play-Doh. The man had tried to neutralize anti-theft devices in a Walmart store by covering them with child’s clay. The attempt failed and when the devices went off, the man fled. But he left his print in the Doh. A forensics lab made the match.
A nude study
The Palais du Tokyo in Paris recently held a special showing of the exhibit Discord for a group of nudists. The contemporary art museum arranged for the naked viewing before regular hours on a Saturday. The event was part of efforts by France’s tiny nudist community to encourage acceptance of clothes-free activities beyond just the beach. A nudist restaurant and park also opened in Paris this year.
Mighty Mac eater
A Fond du Lac man ate his 30,000th Big Mac earlier this spring. It took Don Gorske 46 years to reach the milestone. He told WBAY-TV he’s eaten a Big Mac most every day since May 17, 1972 — and he’s got the receipts to prove it. We know you’re thinking of Super Size Me. Well, Gorske’s cholesterol and blood pressure are normal and he weighs less than he did in 2011, when he ate his 25,000th Big Mac.

Gun-owner’s best friend
An Iowa man says his dog shot him in the leg while they were roughhousing. Here’s how it happened: The man — wearing a gun on a band around his belly — was on his couch, playing with his pit bull-Labrador mix. The man tossed the dog off his lap. The dog bounded back, hit the safety on the gun and stepped on the trigger. 
Loose change
The Nevada Highway Patrol reported a semitrailer carrying $800,000 worth of dimes hit a guardrail and spilled thousands of coins on the side of an interstate highway outside Las Vegas. Troopers set up a perimeter so the U.S. Treasury Department’s money could be collected. The semi’s spill was larger than the biggest slot machine ‘s payout ever. 
Check is in his mail
A Chicago man put in for a change-of-address with the U.S. Postal Service last October — but not for himself. Seems the man, who now faces federal prosecution, changed the address for the UPS headquarters in Atlanta to his North Side apartment, where he began receiving deliveries. Prosecutors allege he deposited more than $58,000 in checks intended for UPS.
Sniffing out a bad job
This time of year, lots of news releases drop into our email offering advice to graduating seniors and other young job-seekers. Anyone looking for work might consider this advice from “corporate culture expert” Piyush Patel: “Use all your senses during the interview. What does the office conversation sound like? Do the office areas smell like food? That likely means that people don’t have time to take breaks and eat at their desks.” Patel also says it is vital to sniff around the restroom during an interview visit.

"What Will Happen to Your Body If You Walk Every Day"

Four for Fridays!

Hello everybody! Welcome to THB's amazing Four for Fridays! Between bird calls, we've doing a little bit of car shopping... So I guess that's the reason for the car oriented questions that she came up with.... Anyways...

1) What was your first car?

2) What was your favorite car?

3) Do you have a car with a favorite color, if so, what color and what  kind of car?

4) Did you ever have a car you did not like? If so, what kind was it?

Enjoy your weekend!

"Dino's Restaurant comes down"

From The Journal

KPK Construction workers sort through rubble outside of the former Dino's Restaurant, 1816 16th St.
This week a piece of history came tumbling down as part of the building was demolished. KPK Construction workers sorted the rubble this week outside the site of the former Dino's Restaurant, 1816 16th St. Dino’s closed in the summer of 2013 after 58 years in business.


They had delicious seasoned french fries.  

Open Blog - Friday


Thursday, May 17, 2018

"The Ross Sisters - Solid Potato Salad (DVD Quality) Full Video"

Now that's talent.

"Do You Hear "Yanny" or "Laurel"? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)"

I hear "Yanny."

"The Milwaukee River is getting a water taxi starting Saturday"

From JSOnline:

Water Taxi MKE can hold up to six passengers. 
Rides start at $5 per person.(Photo: Water Taxi MKE)
Milwaukee will join the ranks of cities traversed by river when a new water taxi debuts this weekend.

The new service, Water Taxi MKE, will start providing rides along the Milwaukee River Saturday, owner Redmond Tuttle announced in a news release.

The boat will stop at riverfront bars, public docks and apartments along the water. It will make stops at Milwaukee attractions such as Lakefront Brewery, The Harp Irish Pub and the Ale House.

Boaters can play their own music and drink while traveling along the river.

Prices for a trip on the pontoon boat taxi start at $5 per person. A $10 fare will take riders anywhere along the river route. A Pub Crawl option is also available for $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or on the boat. The taxi can hold six passengers. 

The water taxi will pick up customers who text their location to Water Taxi MKE for service. 
Water Taxi MKE will add a custom-built 19-passenger water taxi to the offerings soon, the release said. 

Tuttle also runs the brewery tour party bus Brewery Hop MKE and is one of the founders of Milwaukee Paddle Tavern.


No Machinery Row, no water taxi for Racine.

The Root River!

Drew is on vacation this week for the bird migration. So yesterday Drew and I went driving around looking for birds and I decided I wanted to see how high the river was on 5 Mile Rd.. I took pictures of how high the river is and I thought I would share them with everyone.

"Mount Pleasant actually made a little money on Foxconn at Monday's meeting"

Top 10 Lowest Gas Prices in Racine

A Gallon of Gas approaches $3/gal in Racine WI!
From Gas Buddy:

Top 10 Lowest Gas Prices in Racine:

"10 Common Nightmares And What They Mean"

Open Blog - Thursday

No thanks.  I can't stand the pressure.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Photos Of Kent State Grad Wearing AR-10 Go Viral"

"News of the Weird: May 17, 2018"

From The Shepherd Express:

May 15, 2018
2:06 p.m.

He Always Ran Number Two
Neighbors of the so-called “Pooperintendent”—a New Jersey school superintendent nabbed for repeatedly relieving himself on a high school running track—were nonplussed by the news. Thomas Tramaglini, 42, superintendent of schools in nearby Kenilworth, N.J., was charged on Monday, April 30, in Holmdel Municipal Court for defecating in public, lewdness and littering after being caught on surveillance video relieving himself on a daily basis during his run at the Holmdel High School track, which is about three miles from Tramaglini’s home. But neighbors told that Tramaglini always struck them as a nice guy, “Except for pooping on the field,” one added.
Art Au Naturel
The Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum in Paris, France, has made a name for itself by granting special visiting hours to nudists. On Saturday, May 5, Reuters reported that naturists were invited to tour an exhibit, with about 160 attendees taking advantage of the sans-clothing event. Paris is seeing an increase in naturist events, according to Julien Claude-Penegry, communications director of the Paris Naturists Association. “The naturists’ way of life is to be naked. Naturists are pushing past barriers, taboos or mentalities that were obstructive,” he said. Next up for French nudists: a clubbing night later this year.
Maybe it was Mellow Yellow?
Angelique Sanchez, 26, of Denver was asked to provide a urine sample for a prospective employer on Thursday, May 3, so, of course, she stopped off at a 7-Eleven store en route to apply the final touch: She put the urine-filled bottle in a microwave and turned it on, whereupon the bottle exploded. A 7-Eleven clerk, who observed a “yellow liquid dripping from the microwave,” confronted Sanchez, who quickly wiped down the microwave and the floor underneath and walked out. KUSA TV reported that police caught up with her and issued a summons for damaged property. Medical expert Comilla Sasson guessed that Sanchez was trying to restore the sample to body temperature.
Where There’s Smoke There’s “Fire!”
When Leroy Mason, 68, of Barton, Vt., takes care of a problem, he doesn’t do things halfway. On Monday, April 30, as his smoke detector blared yet again, Mason aimed his 20-gauge shotgun at the cursed piece of electronics and fired twice. The detector was blown to bits, but unfortunately, the shots also hit the adjoining wall of an occupied apartment. Fire and EMS crews called to the scene had been there before (according to a Vermont State Police news release quoted by Boston25 News) as “Mr. Mason has complained in the past about frequent false alarms and was upset that fire crews would not relocate the detector.” When first responders relieved him of his shotgun, Mason rearmed himself with a Colt .45 handgun and demanded his shotgun back. Mason was finally subdued and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and reckless endangerment.
When At First You Don’t Succeed…
Wednesday, April 11, was a great day for Markiko Sonnie Lewis of Maple Heights, Ohio: He got out of jail after a stint in state prison for robbing a Cleveland Key Bank branch in 2015. To celebrate his newfound freedom, Lewis returned to the same bank on the next day and robbed it again, according to WIOI, leaving with about $1,000. Lewis was indicted on Tuesday, May 1, with one count of bank robbery.
Not Exactly Police Officer of the Year Caliber
Jose Arreola, 49, of Bellflower, Calif., was more angry than scared when a police officer drew a gun on him on Friday, March 16, mistakenly thinking Arreola had stolen a $1.19 roll of Mentos. A security camera at an Orange County service station captured the incident, showing Arreola placing the Mentos on the counter along with a $20 bill. As he waited for his change, Arreola put the mints in his pocket, which is when an off-duty officer behind him pulled a gun out of the pocket of his hoody and ordered him to put the mints back on the counter. When the clerk confirmed Arreola had paid, the officer said, “My apologies.”


"China Unleashes "Island Encirclement" War Drills Over Taiwan"

It is an uncomfortable time for Taiwan. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began a dangerous “island encirclement” war drill around the country, which on Friday saw bombers and fighter jets simulating strikes on Taiwanese targets for the first time. It seems as Beijing will not wait for reunification; it wishes to intimidate the island into submission beforehand.

China’s air force carried out an operation in its eastern and southern theaters, dispatching bombers and reconnaissance planes around Taiwan on Friday. It was the first time for Su-35 fighter jets to fly over the Bashi Channel in formation with H-6K bombers, a spokesperson said. (Source: People’s Daily, China) 
Defense experts told the South China Morning Post that China’s military would increase pressure on Taiwan, with more war drills designed to send a warning message to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
“To reinforce the warning to Tsai Ing-wen’s administration, the mainland military would conduct targeted joint operational drills involving ground forces, the navy and the air force to strengthen its presence in the Taiwan Strait,” Song Zhongping, a former member of the PLA’s second artillery corps, the rocket wing’s predecessor.
There is a significant risk that China’s President Xi Jinping could be slowly walking his armed forces into a shooting war with Tawian. In an era of modernizing his military, President Jinping has given PLA generals fancy new weapons and hardware for war preparation purposes.
Military strategiest said Beijing showcased their “precision strike” capabilities and the understanding that the PLA air force has “upgraded deterrence” to the island’s independence-leaning president.
Since the end of the Chinese Civil war in 1949, mainland and Taiwan have had a significant degree of separation. “Taiwan is not like the two Koreas issue, with both sides being seen as equals and allowed to coexist. The message [the air force] wants to send to Taipei is that Taiwan is part of China and should be reunified with Beijing one day,” Beijing-based military expert Zhou Cheming explained.
“The increasing encirclement flights around Taiwan have warned the island’s independence-leaning forces that if they are going to make trouble, the mainland will take more radical moves to take them out,” he added.
Propaganda footage released by the PLA air force over the weekend revealed bombers, and fighter jets crossed the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the northern islands of the Philippines for an “innovative joint operation” on Friday, said the South China Morning Post.

The PLA air force conducted patrol circling China’s island of Taiwan on Friday, during which Su-35 fighter jets flew over the Bashi Channel in formation with the H-6Ks for the first time. (Source: China News)
Song said, “the PLA air force’s footage showed the H-6K bombers carrying CJ-20 or long sword cruise missiles – a long-range weapon that can hit precision targets on land and sea from a distance of over 2,000km (1,200 miles).”

Chinese PLA air force  H-6K bomber conducts island patrol during war drill. (Source: China News)
“The CJ-20 is one of the options the PLA might use in the event of war … because it has several purposes, including destroying Taiwan’s key military facilities or decapitate important human targets like Tsai and [Prime Minister William] Lai,” Song warned.
“This cruise missile could also threaten the US’s naval base in Guam [if Washington wants to intervene] when the mainland decides to attack Taiwan,” he added.
The South China Morning Post indicates that the PLA air force did not enter Taiwan’s airspace during the war drill, because “a provocative move risks immediate conflict” with Taiwan armed forces.
“Beijing has reinforced its ‘carrots and sticks’ approach to dealing with Taiwan’s ordinary people and independent forces, with the air force’s intensive island encirclement drills reflecting its coercion policy against the ruling party,” Song explained.
If it came to a cross-strait showdown, China would decimate Taiwan, and probably seize the island. However, such a move would drag the United States into a shooting war with China...


"Wisconsin man encounters rare white deer fawn on Sauk County morel mushroom hunt"

From JSOnline:

Trent Zimmerman of Baraboo photographed this white deer fawn in Sauk County. The animal was likely born just hours before Zimmerman and his dog Maggie encountered it on May 13, 2018. Photo contributed by Trent Zimmerman.(Photo: Trent Zimmerman)

Trent Zimmerman of Baraboo and his dog Maggie went searching for mushrooms and shed antlers on Sunday in Sauk County.
The sheds totally eluded them and they came home with a grand total of one delectable fungi. 
But they did encounter something even rarer and more memorable than old antlers or sprouting shrooms.
Just moments after finding the only morel of the day near a cluster of elm trees, Zimmerman and Maggie walked a few steps and surveyed the forested landscape.
Twenty yards ahead stood a tiny four-legged form shining like a full moon in the shaded woods: a white deer fawn.The deer locked eyes with what were likely the first human and dog it had seen in its young life.
It was definitely a first for Zimmerman and Maggie.
"We just sort of pulled up in shock," said Zimmerman, 38. "What a sight."
The fawn was standing, Zimmerman said, but didn't try to run.
The animal was entirely white except for its dark eyes and pink nose. Zimmerman estimated its height at 17 inches and weight at 8 pounds.
Zimmerman pulled out his cellphone and began taking video of the encounter.
The fawn tottered on its spindly legs as Maggie, a 1-year-old Labrador retriever, walked over to investigate.
Zimmerman can be heard on the video telling his dog to back off, an order to which Maggie promptly complied.
Zimmerman, an avid hunter and angler who owns a sealcoating business, spent about the next minute looking in amazement and capturing video. 
"Its hair was still damp and looked like it had been born just hours before," Zimmerman said. 
With a white-tailed deer herd of more than 1 million animals in Wisconsin, it's not uncommon for people to see deer fawns in spring.
But it's extremely rare to view one that has all-white hair.
Most animals feature a range of color variations, including albinism (an absence of pigment) and leucism (a partial loss of pigmentation).
The fawn Zimmerman saw was leucistic since it had colored eyes.
A third color classification – piebald – is used to describe deer with patches of brown and white hair.
How rare are white deer? It's difficult to determine the frequency, according to scientists, but some estimates put it at 1 in 20,000 or 30,000.
What's known is there are local populations that harbor higher proportions of white deer in Wisconsin.

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"Should Racine Unified have metal detectors at its schools?"

From The Journal


Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my beautiful munchkins!  How are you?  I'm fair to partly cloudy.  It was cool and breezy today, but tomorrow is supposed to be perfect.  We'll see.  Last week they were predicting three days of rain.  It never did.  I asked a neighbor what happened.  He said, "You listened to the weatherman."  Ha.  Ha.  That's a thigh slapper.  The ten day forecast looks like a roller coaster.  The temperature goes up, down, up, down, ad infinitum.  But that makes for "good sleeping weather."  Or other activities you can perform in bed.  Tee-hee.

I didn't know that Harley-Davidson is building a plant in Thailand.  USA! USA! USA! I undersrand that the bikes made in Thailand will be for the Thailand market.  Harley Davidson Sends American Jobs to Thailand  UnAmerican?  Or smart marketing?  The USA will get the full dress hogs and all its variations because we have the highest income to spend on bikes.  I wonder what the Thailand bikes will look like, and what their specs will be.  I'm sure they'll have to be forbidden from importing any of them into the USA.

 Oh, good: North Korea Threatens to Call Off Summit Meeting With Trump  I don't even need to read the article.  I'm sure it was Trump who effed things up.  I do not like my life being in the hands of this clown.  Either of them.

I've said it before: I'm having difficulty adjusting to a mayor who isn't as flamboyant as Mr. Mayor Lying John was.  When it's this quiet, I think it's too quiet.  Well, were having a "cultural" study of our police department being done.  Does anyone know what that means?  My advice: treat all officers equally and with respect, and clean up the "on paid leave" portion.

Junior occasionally talks about becoming a police officer, or serving in the military first, then becoming a cop.  I never say anything, but such talk scares me.  Both options put Junior in harm's way.  I'm his mother.  I can't think about it too long.  I've asked Señor Zanza to try to discourage Junior from either choice, and become a great writer instead.  But Señor Zanza says it's impossible to change Junior's mind.  Well, I could always give him some affliction that will keep him out of either job.  Once he fails his physicals, I'd remove the afflictions.

They're going to make Hwy KR, from Hwy 31 to I-94 a six lane  expressway.  I'm sure all the property owners will like having their front yards taken from them and replaced with heavy traffic.  My Lord!

Maybe Foxxconn's most important read on Racine County is that it would do anything to  get the plant.  I feel sorry for all the property owners affected by this.  I know the majority of homes in the immediate area were purchased at 140% market value.  There's a few holdouts.  So Mount Not-So-Pleasant  may declare the homes blighted.  Ha!  Pussies!  Just bulldoze the homes and give the owners 140% market value in cash.

I'm afraid that this place may become hell on earth.  That's my prediction.  I'm sorry, but that's the way I see it.

Thank you for reading my blog today.  I love my readers.  I watch over them like a mother hen.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Spooky Action at a Distance"

From The Shepherd Express:

May 15, 2018
4:35 p.m.

I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? Listen, I’m way past due to get my campaign to be your governor off on the good foot; so time to meet with mine own brain trust up over by the Uptowner tavern/charm school situated at the corner of Hysteric Center Street & Humboldt.
Come along if you’d like, but you buy the first round. Let’s get going.
Herbie: A toast to our Supreme Court that we can now all be millionaires thanks to their green light for all kinds of sports betting. Fellas, time to grab a seat on the gravy train about to pull into the station.
Little Jimmy Iodine: Soon as I come up with a spare couple, three grand, I’m putting it on the Cleveland Browns to go unbeaten and win the Super Bowl next year.
Herbie: I swear the Russians have learned to dick with our U.S. weather through their fancy commie computers, I kid you not.
Ray: And somehow Putin will fix it so’s the torture queen what’s-her-name Gina Haspel is top spook at the CIA and before you know it all American Democrats get a ride on the Catherine wheel before getting stuffed into the iron maiden.
Emil: I wonder if they had torture on the Star Trek Enterprise that we never learned about.
Ernie: You talk like a sausage, Emil. Of course they would’ve had to what-you-call “torture” at some point. Listen, you’re on a five-year mission for the United Federation of Planets to explore strange, new worlds and every time you turn around, all you’re getting is some-kind-of shit from space aliens whose only purpose in the universe is to fock you up; and not in a good way.
Julius: Sounds logical. I can imagine that while the Captain Quirk and that pointy-eared Nimrod what’s-his-name are shoveling their dime-store philosophy in front of the cameras up on the bridge of the ship, deep in the bowels are a couple-three beefy redshirt uncredited crew members kicking the ever-loving crap out of some three-eyed squishy-headed piece-of-work from the planet Upyerz II, ’cause they’re trying to get this pus-bag to fess up to messing with one of those bullshit crystals focking Scotty was always whining about, ain’a?
Little Jimmy Iodine: Hey, Artie! Over here. Put a load on your keister.
Art: Hey gents. What do you hear, what do you know.
Emil: I hear there was torture on the Star Trek Enterprise.
Art: If the Geneva Convention covered acting, I suppose a William Shatner line-reading could be… construed as… ag-… ainst… the rule… s.
Little Jimmy: He always did seem a little wooden, ain’a?
Ray: He was the only actor on that show who didn’t go to make-up before a scene. They used varnish instead.
Ernie: I watched some old Star Trek movies last weekend ’cause it’s been a while, so what the fock. Remember Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan?
Herbie: Fockin’-A. That’s the one where Ricardo Montalban with long hair looks like Kellyanne Conway with big knockers, ain’a?
Julius: No. I thought he looked more like the other Republican bitch-harpy, Ann Coulter, but with bigger knockers.
Ray: “De ship! De ship!” Yeah, TV’s “Mr. Roarke” with the hair and a set of jugs, por favor, not my kind of fantasy. But I’ll tell you’s, when Rumpel-thinskin gets kicked out of office, he can be the bad guy in a Star Trek movie called “The Wrath of Con.”
Art: I never saw that Khan movie ’cause it’s like Groucho said, he never went to a picture where the leading man’s tits were bigger than the leading lady’s.
Ernie: Doesn’t it always seem like the future’s here before you know it and when it shows up, it’s like “big focking deal”?
Julius: You got a point, Ernie. There was that movie, “2001: Space something-or-another” that was actually made in 1968. So what the fock, it’s 2018 now and we still haven’t stepped on another planet?
Emil: You’re full of a crap. I seem to recall that as a species we’ve been to the moon, have we not, Mr. Einstein?
Ernie: Fock the moon. All those millions and millions of dollars spent so a couple, three flyboys could knock a golf ball around a place that looks just like the middle of Nevada but without all the gambling and legalized prostitution. Like I said: Big focking deal.
Little Jimmy: The future has always been hard to figure for mankind. Again, like Groucho said: “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
Herbie: And don’t forget, about man’s yearning for knowledge of his place in the universe, he said: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
(Hey, it’s getting late and I know you got to go, but thanks for letting us bend your ear, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.)


"Sip & Purr cat cafe opening June 1, and you'll have to pay to cuddle with kittens"

From JSOnline:
Katy McHugh of Whitefish Bay cuddles with her rescue cat, Sebastian, at her home. McHugh is planning to open Milwaukee's first cat cafe, Sip & Purr, featuring wine, snacks, coffee and adoptable cats this summer at 2021 E. Ivanhoe Place.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The first cat cafe in Milwaukee, Sip & Purr, has set its opening date. 

Customers will be able to cuddle with kittens, if that's what you're into, starting June 1. The cafe at 2021 E. Ivanhoe Place will have coffee, wine, snacks and, obviously, cats. 

The cafe itself will be cat-free. Felines will stay in the Cat Lounge, where customers can choose to bring their small bites and sweet treats. Cats at Sip & Purr will be available for adoption from the Lakeland Animal Shelter.

Smiling Mugshot

From The Journal

MOUNT PLEASANT — Lacrelle Jerome Clay, 31, of Racine [pictured at left], faces 38 separate charges that include battery, domestic abuse, intimidation, stalking, and attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. He was arrested after allegedly dragging a police officer and almost hitting a police K-9 with his car in the parking lot of Knights Inn, 1149 Oakes Road, Mount Pleasant.

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Look at his record.  Look at him smiling in his mugshot.  He knows he'll get another chance to kill his victim.  Animal.  I think smiling in your mugshot should be a punishable offense.  I also think that the judges who release these animals on us should also be punished.  Put a judge in jail for 30 days.  Widen his horizons.

Harley Davidson Sends American Jobs to Thailand

Dear Village Board,
Residents of Mount Pleasant are being led to believe that Foxconn will employ 13,000 workers with an average wage of $53,000 each, plus benefits..... while Harley Davidson cuts jobs in America and sends them to Thailand and India because the cost of doing business in Kansas City Missouri and Milwaukee Wisconsin is too expensive.

Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company, is set to lay off hundreds of American workers at its Kansas City, Missouri factory while creating jobs in Thailand.

After laying off nearly 200 American manufacturing workers last year, as Breitbart News reported, Harley-Davidson is expected to fully close its Kansas City manufacturing facility, leaving 800 workers out of work.

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. said on Thursday it will build a plant in Thailand, a major Asian automotive hub, to serve the growing Southeast Asian market, a move criticized by a U.S. labor union.
The company did not give a figure for the planned investment in Thailand's Rayong province, southeast of Bangkok.
Katie Whitmore, Harley-Davidson public relations manager, said the company had its best results in Asia-Pacific in 2016, though she gave no numbers.
The Thailand facility "will allow us to be more responsive and competitive in the Asean region and China," Harley-Davidson public relations manager Katie Whitmore said.
"Increased access and affordability for our customers in the region is key to growth for the company in total," she said. "There is no intent to reduce H-D U.S. manufacturing due to this expansion." (EXCEPT it is happening)
Something just doesn't add up.....
Whenn you have 13,000 Foxconn jobs paying $53G + Bennies each - Cindy and I will believe. Until then - you are merely typical lying Politicians.
Tim & Cindy

Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company, is set to lay off hundreds of American workers at its Kansas City, Missouri factory while creating jobs in Thailand.

Harley Davidson Cuts Hundreds of  Jobs in  Kansas City, MO and Moves Them to Thailand!

After laying off nearly 200 American manufacturing workers last year, as Breitbart News reported, Harley-Davidson is expected to fully close its Kansas City manufacturing facility, leaving 800 workers out of work.
Harley-Davidson executives say about 400 jobs will be sent to the corporation’s York, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, but union workers allege  their jobs are being sent overseas to Thailand.
In remarks to USA Today, a manufacturing worker who’s been at Harley-Davidson for more than 20 years will lose his job at the Kansas City Harley-Davidson facility. He says his job is going to Bangkok, Thailand, where the corporation is expanding jobs.
“Part of my job is being moved to York, but the other part is going to Bangkok,” manufacturing worker Richard Pence told USA Today.
“I am being directly affected by a corporate decision that I had no say in,” Pence continued.
Harley-Davidson, though, claims that while its laying off Americans and expanding jobs in Thailand, the two projects are “unrelated.”
Harley-Davidson executives said in a statement:
The plant under construction in Thailand is a separate and unrelated issue. Part of our long-term strategy is to grow our international business to 50 percent of our annual volume by 2027. The Thailand facility will allow us to be competitive and provide riders greater access to our brand and our products in an expanding global marketplace.
Increasing production capacity in Asia is consistent with the company’s long-term strategy to focus on growth internationally. It is not intended to reduce U.S. manufacturing.
Harley-Davidson famously opposed President Trump’s pro-American tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying the decision would hit their profits, as Breitbart News reported. Harley-Davidson, though, was protected by tariffs in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan, when he raised tariffs on imported motorcycles. At the time, Harley-Davidson was “delighted” by the tariffs.
In 2016, Harley-Davidson decided to contract the outsourcing firm Infosys, which is responsible for the displacement of hundreds of thousands of American workers who have had their jobs sent overseas.
As outsourcing expert Patrick Thibodeau reported at the time, Harley-Davidson uses the H-1B visa to outsource American jobs to foreign nationals, while also outsourcing their IT department.

Open Blog - Tuesday

Have a great day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

"MMA Fighters try Women's Self-Defense techniques"

Get a gun.

Let's Hope They Have A Baby With Her Good Looks And His Intellect

"Dr. David Samadi on Melania Trump's kidney procedure"

I wish my kidney problems could be solved with surgery. My blood pressure is running high, which is very bad for kidneys. My primary care doctor today was very nice, but all he did was add a water pill to my medications (number 14). I take a metabolic panel blood test tomorrow which will show how my kidneys are functioning. My bp is still high and I'm very upset about it. My nephrologist has pounded into me that I must keep my bp low, and stay hydrated (instead of pissing it all away because of a water pill).  Fucking doctors.  I wish they were as good at medicine as they are at covering their asses.

"The Cheap Illinois Boaters Who “Brown Bag It” On Their Yachts at the Racine County Owned Reefpoint Marina Will Continue to Diss Downtown Racine Merchants as Gas Approaches $3+ Gal!!"

The Cheap Boaters of Illinois have failed again and again – for well over a decade – to become patrons of Downtown Racine Businesses while the Politicians continue to blind their eyes to the fact that boating in Racine is a 3 month proposition at best, in a year which consists of 12 months! Otherwise, large portions of Downtown Racine would be paying their fair share of property taxes for the interest of the Community at Large, instead of being directed back into themselves via TIF Districts!

As JT Commentator Tortuga so succinctly noted:

As the Gas Prices continue to rise in Racine, WI. – so will the unemployment rate, crime, desperation, and CHEAP Illinois “Brown Baggers” ripping off Racine County Taxpayers, who subsidize their “Yachting Lifestyle”! Racine County
SUCKERSTaxpayers continue to gladly subsidize it’s operation by moving out of budget, large expenses to “Debt Service” – and so the illusion continues!
And so Racine County will continue to spiral downwards – into the RED!



"Parents outraged after caged tiger is part of high school prom"

Stupid school administrators.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  Where was the tiger from?  Rent-A-Tiger?  Instead of defending this stupid act, the school should be apologizing.

My New Gun

Note the orange barrel tip so that the cops don't think it's a real gun.

Open Blog - Monday

Happy Monday - if you like dark and stormy Mondays.

Sunday, May 13, 2018