Monday, June 24, 2019

Runaround Sue

Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Reward for information on murder of officer exceeds $70,000

From The Journal

Authorities are searching for this suspect in Monday night's armed robbery of Teezers Bar & Grill during which John Hetland, an off-duty Racine Police officer, was fatally shot. Anyone with information regarding the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers at 888-636-9330, 262-656-7333 or 800-807-TIPS (8477).

RACINE — The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed Racine Police Officer John Hetland was at $70,500 as of Sunday afternoon.

Hetland was killed when he attempted to intervene in an armed robbery at Teezers Bar & Grill, 1936 Lathrop Ave., while he was off duty June 17.

According to the Racine Neighborhood Watch Facebook page, those contributing to the reward are the FBI at $20,000; Andis Company at $15,000; Culver’s at $5,000 and Crime Stoppers of Racine County at $13,500 (including $5,000 from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, $2,000 from Teezers, $2,000 from the Hiawatha Bar in Sturtevant and $2,000 from Floyd’s Towing in Mount Pleasant.)

In addition, Joey LeGath, owner of four Racine-area taverns, said he is putting up $5,000; and Dickie’s Bar owner Tom Durgom said he is putting up $2,000.

And Friday night, Police Chief Art Howell said he had received a pledge of $5,000 from the leadership team at Educators Credit Union to add to the growing reward fund. On Sunday Howell added that he’d received an additional pledge of $5,000 from Karl Rajani of American Telehealthcare. Rajani is one of the new co-owners of the Riverside Inn.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers at 888-636-9330, 262-656-7333 or 800-807-TIPS (8477)


Open Blog - Monday

Hope you have a super day.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Officer involved in Mount Pleasant shooting identified as Eric Giese, 12-year veteran of department

From JSOnline:

Mount Pleasant Sgt. Eric Giese was identified as the police officer who shot and killed Tyrese West on June 15. (Photo: Village of Mount Pleasant Police Department)

The police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Tyrese West in Mount Pleasant on June 15 was identified as Sgt. Eric Giese, a 12-year veteran of the village's Police Department, according to a news release from the state Department of Justice. 

Giese has been a sergeant for a year and a half. He was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident.

The Racine Police Department, which is handling the investigation, reported that a Mount Pleasant officer tried around 1:30 a.m. to approach West, who was riding a bike without proper lights in the 2500 block of Racine Street.

According to the DOJ, West fled on the bicycle and Giese pursued the teenager on foot.

Following a short foot pursuit, Giese observed West was armed with a gun.

Various nonlethal methods were used by Giese in an attempt to address the threat, including verbal commands and the deployment of electronic control devices, the DOJ said.

After the nonlethal attempts were unsuccessful, Giese fatally shot West. The DOJ said life-saving measures were rendered but unsuccessful.

A handgun was recovered from the scene. 

Members of the Racine Police Department Investigative Division and a Racine Police Department Chaplain notified the immediate family on the date of the shooting. Follow-up contact with immediate family members will occur as additional information becomes available, the DOJ said.


Stingl: I took a lawn chair to 60th and Capitol and watched drivers run red lights

From JSOnline:

This is not a spectator sport I would recommend, but I set up a lawn chair at the busy corner of Capitol Drive and 60th Street to watch drivers blow through red lights.

You don't have to wait long. It happens a lot. Not every stoplight cycle, but a lot.

Light turns yellow, vehicles speed up. Light turns red, they speed up even more. Sometimes three or four blow through the light, or they veer around slowing cars. Stopping for a yellow light just might get you hit from behind.

The two vehicles on the left speed through the red light on West Capitol Drive at North 60th Street. (Photo: Jim Stingl / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

But then two more vehicles behind them also run the red light. (Photo: Jim Stingl / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

This is the northwest side intersection where Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her was broadsided and killed early Tuesday as he drove home from work. 

Dante L. James, the man accused of hitting him, was on probation for his fourth OWI conviction. His license was revoked. He was going 62 mph west on Capitol and blew right through the red light. He was drunk again, more than twice the legal limit, said the charges filed Friday. And he ran from the crash scene.

Bleeding Heart

From The Journal

'Female Viagra' Was Just Approved by The FDA Despite "Skimpy Peer-Reviewed Data"


22 JUN 2019

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved sales of a new drug intended to enhance sexual desire in women.

Marketed as Vyleesi, also known as bremelanotide, the medication is a shot that comes in a push pen device that can be self-administered as needed for premenopausal women who experience distress as a result of low sexual desire.

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Smartphones causing us to grow horns? Study suggests so but critics doubt it

Technology has the power to completely shape our lives, but it could also alter our bodies in unexpected ways. Recent research suggested small, hornline spikes could grow on our skulls, and smartphones could be the culprit behind this change.

But don’t panic yet.

One critic of the research says it “doesn’t hold water,” while another says that the paper’s hypothesis is only speculative.

Researchers David Shahar and Mark Sayers from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, first published their findings in 2016, and they followed it with a paper earlier this year in the journal Scientific Reports. The study has found a second life after the BBC published an article, “How modern life is transforming the human skeleton,” that cited their work.

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Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

Some who have given up booze altogether join "sober sometimes" friends to enjoy nonalcoholic drinks at Sans Bar in Austin, Texas.
Julia Robinson for NPR

At 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar called Harvard & Stone in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The chatter gets louder as the booze begins to flow.

In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group are clearly enjoying themselves too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They're sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby's First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring nonalcoholic distilled spirits.

They're part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without alcohol.

The members of this club work out, have demanding jobs and simply don't want to feel foggy or hungover anymore. Without alcohol, they say, they just feel better.

"Oh my gosh. Well, one thing that was noticeable to pretty much everybody was my overall health and, like, my skin, my eyes. ... I lost weight," says Stephanie Forte, who works in sales in the beauty industry.

Another social club member, Kathy Kuzniar, says she used to obsess over whether there was enough wine in the house. She says she feels calmer since she became sober, and she has lost 30 pounds.

"I'm creative again," Kuzniar says. "And I know I wouldn't be doing those things if I was still drinking."

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Journal Times editorial: Racine convention center bill should be a high priority

From The Journal

City of Racine officials and a bipartisan group of legislators came together this month to announce plans for a $48 million hotel and convention center that would connect with Festival Hall.

The proposal is a game-changer for Downtown Racine and Racine County as a whole.

Currently, local trade groups wanting to hold a convention must go elsewhere in the state for their events. This proposal opens up so many opportunities.

When meetings or trade shows at the convention center would be done for the day or on break, event attendees could venture up to Main Street to check out the restaurants and shops.

But this project cannot advance until legislation passes: Part of Racine’s lakefront is filled lake bed and there are laws regarding how formerly submerged land can be used.

David-Elias Rachie of Gatehouse Capital Corp. told the Journal Times Editorial Board earlier this month that the project is essentially at a standstill until legislation passes allowing for the development along the lakefront.

This week, legislators will be busy with the state budget, and rightfully so. The biennial state budget is supposed to go into effect July 1, and agencies throughout the state are anxiously waiting for its passage for planning purposes.

While the budget is an obvious focus, legislation allowing for the Racine convention center should also be considered a high priority.

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Senators receive classified briefing on UFO sightings

A group of US senators, including the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, received a classified briefing Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the US Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to a congressional aide.

Oregon Senate closes due to ‘possible militia threat’ after Republican walkout

The Oregon state Senate closed Saturday after a “possible militia threat” from a right-wing group -- amid a broader drama over a walkout by Republican lawmakers over looming climate change

RIght-wing groups posted their support for the 12 rebel Republicans on Friday, including one group -- the Oregon Three Percenters -- who joined in an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in 2016.

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one bourbon one scotch one beer

An Open Letter to Everybody Who Read My Book, Civil War Two

When Civil War Two dawns over the glorious American Empire it will
take on an interesting variation in Florida. Accounts of the initial
disorders will read much like the one that follows, one that actually
did happen.

Black and Hispanic rioters armed with guns and machetes roamed the
streets for days, sometimes in gangs of 100 or more. They looted and
burned stores. They threatened, robbed and assaulted Europeans,
sometimes driving them from their homes.

The local police and national guardsmen, who were almost all blacks
and Hispanics, bolted their sworn allegiance to the law, failed to
protect the Europeans from these assaults, and according to
eyewitnesses actually joined in the looting, driving away in national
guard trucks they had so industriously loaded with merchandise.

Hundreds of imprisoned black and Hispanic convicts, including rapists
and murderers, escaped and poured into the streets, fueling the chaos.

The shocked and unprepared Europeans were forced to defend themselves
from the blacks and Hispanics with whatever was at hand. Some had
guns, but others had to stand guard over their homes and property with
machetes. Many Europeans fled to the airport where they begged the
arriving, mostly-European soldiers to evacuate them.

This scenario depicted above is not a piece of B-movie fiction, it
really happened. What’s more, it wasn’t played out in some foreign
banana republic or remote leftover of the British or French Empires.

All the principals described above were Americans – all of them. The
black and Hispanic rioters were Americans. The escaped convicts were
Americans. The police and national guardsmen turned looters were
Americans. The Europeans who took up machetes in defense of their
homes and lives were Americans. The terrified Europeans who fled to
the airport for evacutaion were Americans. The arriving soldiers who
rescued them were Americans. They were all Americans, all of them, and
the Stars and Stripes flew overhead while our imperial society first
broke down and broke up, then reformed in clashing tribal fragments.

This astonishing breakdown was reported on the front page of America’s
leading Imperialist mouthpiece, along with pictures and extensive
eyewitness accounts of the terrified survivors, and it occurred within
the lifetime of most living Americans … and was then instantly
forgotten. Down the memory hole – what’s on the tube tonite?

I’ll wager that today not one American in a thousand remembers this
all-American apocalypse when American police and national guardsmen
turned looters, and when European-Americans had to arm themselves with
machetes and stand guard over their homes, and it all happened on
American soil with the Stars and Stripes flapping overhead, exposed as
the gutted symbol it has been reduced to. Throw in some popcorn and
you’ve got yourself a neat preview of Civil War Two.

I bet you’ve no idea of what I’m talking about, do you? If you are
reading these words on my website you can scan down to the posted
newspaper accounts and verify everything I’ve said. If you’re not at
my website you’ll simply have to visit it. The URL is posted at the
end of this column.

Critics mock my assertion that America will devolve into a 3,000 mile
tribal Superdeath Bowl with black and Hispanic police and soldiers
rebelling and pitching in with their tribal co-ethnics in rioting and
looting and attacking Europeans. My fellow imperial subjects, these
establishment critics can’t even remember when it actually happened
right under their noses.

Residents of Florida should pay particular attention to the ethnic
rebellion described above and documented below by the New York Times.
Why? Because it provides an instructive preview of a region-wide
riot-turned-rebellion that will drive the few remaining Europeans (by
which I mean those not partitioned by machetes) out of southern
Florida about a generation from now, never to return.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Free-range parents let their kid play with fire and dangerous tools | New York Post

These parents are nuts.

Raise a glass at Belle City Biergarten

RACINE — What could be better than hanging out at a park looking out at Lake Michigan with friends and a beer in hand?
Not much.
That’s what Mayor Cory Mason toasted at the grand opening of the first Belle City Biergarten on Friday. Mason had just tapped a firkin — a small keg — of Lakefront Brewery’s Hazy Rabbit IPA, which is infused with peach puree and which on Friday was free to anyone with a glass.
Belle City Biergarten is a collaboration between the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Hop Heads Hospitality and Events, the vendor behind the Franksville Beer Garden.

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Megadeth - Washington Is Next!

White Aryan Resistance?


The War Between the States Continues in Civil War II:

Molon Labe

Europeans are either Communists or National Socialists. I have chosen
my side. Now...

Molon Labe.

AC/DC - Highway to Hell (Official Video)

Wolves v Sheep

"There lacks backbone and fiscal responsibility within the city"!

Not really - Cory Mason is a Blue Fisting Communist - he's shoving his
blue fist up City of Racine Taxpayers while providing overly generous
benefits - at taxpayers expense - to people of color and LGBT.

Wolves eat Sheep - that's what they do.

Sheep try to keep from being eaten.

The JT = "The Daily Wolf Howl" - the Sheep have grown tired - and no
longer subscribe.

Anonymous doesn't understand how The World works - your confusion is
readily explained explained that you operate on a different playing

A Ram can take down a Wolf - but the Wolf Pack can take down a Ram.

Rams are solitary - Wolves operate in Packs.


It is a lesson this Ram learned the hard way.

"Come Heavily Armed": Oregon Senator Threatens Violence As Governor Hunts Down Lawmakers

"The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon
State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they
committed to push forward," Brown said on Thursday, adding "As the
executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill
the Senate Democrats’ request."

(Of note, Oregon House Democrats once fled the capitol in 2001 for
five days over a redistricting proposal - which Brown said at the time
was "appropriate under the circumstances.)

Sen. Brian Boquist (R) didn't take too kindly to Brown's threat -
telling a reporter he was prepared for a bloody standoff if state
troopers show up for him. Boquist had previously told Brown that "hell
is coming to visit you personally" if she went forward with the

"Send bachelors, and come heavily armed; I’m not going to be a
political prisoner in the state of Oregon, it’s just that simple,"

Oregon state senator @BrianBoquistGOP said if R's walk out to stop
a vote on Cap and Trade and @OregonGovBrown sends state police to
bring him back, they should be single and well armed. Your take?
— Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) June 19, 2019

Meanwhile, Oregon's Senate President Peter Courtney's office told
ABC13 that each missing Senator was hit with a $500 fine on Friday,
which would continue daily until they vote on the legislation.

Republicans immediately pushed back.

"We will file legal action," said Sen. Tim Knopp, a Republican
from Bend who has said he has been in three states in the past three
days. "If they were trying to bring us back, threatening to arrest us
and impose fines isn't going to work."

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick said Republicans have no
legal recourse as the fine is explicitly written in statute. A
GoFundMe to cover the rogue lawmakers' expenses and fines raised
nearly $30,000 in less than a day. State ethics laws prohibit
officials from receiving gifts exceeding $50, so it's unclear whether
senators could access the money. -ABC13

State police, meanwhile, will have the ability to track down senators
and force them into a patrol car to return to the capitol, though the
agency promises to use "polite communication" and patience throughout
the process.

If Boquist starts shooting, we imagine that could change rapidly.

Open Blog - Weekend

Take it easy.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Refinery explosion and fire should drive up gasoline prices in some locations

Source: WCAU Philadelphia

Key Points
  • Gasoline futures jumped more than 3% after blasts at a Philadelphia refining complex, which represents 27% of East Coast refining capacity.
  • The impact on drivers is expected to be modest, unless the outage is extensive or the damage is more severe than expected.
  • Analysts said there could be immediate price jumps of about 5 cents per gallon in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • The head of a New Jersey gasoline buyers’ association says gasoline prices were already rising Thursday, as oil prices jumped on Iran tensions, and they could go as much as 10 cents higher at the wholesale level Friday night, due to the refinery fire.

On 4-3 vote, Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state's lame-duck laws limiting power of Democratic governor

Then-Judge Rebecca Bradley speaks at the state Capitol in Madison after being appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Gov. Scott Walker. (Photo: Associated Press)

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws Friday that limit the power of the state's new Democratic governor, handing Republicans a victory in one of several legal fights over the laws. 
Two other lawsuits over the lame-duck laws are ongoing. The state Supreme Court is considering one and a federal judge the other. 
In Friday's 4-3 decision, conservatives on the state's high court found lawmakers were allowed to bring themselves into session in December to trim the authority of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul just before they took office.
"The Wisconsin Constitution mandates that the Legislature meet 'at such time as shall be provided by law.' The Legislature did so," Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and Disability Rights Wisconsin in January sued over the lame-duck laws, arguing legislators had illegally approved them.

Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman (Vinyl)

Truer words have not been sung.

According to confidential sources . . .

According to confidential sources, the City of Racine and Timothy Thompkins have come to a termination  agreement with a substantial payout attached. He fails the preliminary drug test and the city hires him anyway.

This is the kind of  bullshit that happens at City Hall and we never hear about it.

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you have enjoyed your week. I know the weeks seem to be going by quick or it is just me. Here are your questions.

1) What are you looking forward to in the summer?

2) What is the best thing you remember you have done in the summer?

3) Is summer your favorite season?

4) Do you cookout in the summer?

Have a great weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Yahoo, it's finally here!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, have documented the prevalence of bone spurs at the back of the skull among young adults.

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live - how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this.
What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit.
New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls - bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.
The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck.

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Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes walks away from interview

Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

CreditCreditWilfredo Lee/Associated Press

MIAMI — The leaders of Riviera Beach, Fla., looking weary, met quietly this week for an extraordinary vote to pay nearly $600,000 in ransom to hackers who paralyzed the city’s computer systems.
Riviera Beach, a small city of about 35,000 people just north of West Palm Beach, became the latest government to be crippled by ransomware attacks that have successfully extorted municipalities and forced them to dig into public coffers to restore their networks. A similar breach recently cost Baltimore $18 million to repair damages.
Even large cities, however, have had to pay smaller ransoms than Riviera Beach. On Monday, the City Council unanimously agreed to have its insurance carrier pay the hackers 65 Bitcoin, a hard-to-trace digital currency, amounting to about $592,000. By making the payment, the City Council hopes to regain access to data encrypted in the cyberattack three weeks ago, though there is no guarantee the hackers will release the data once payment is received.
Rose Anne Brown, a city spokeswoman, said on Wednesday that Riviera Beach was working with law enforcement, which does not typically endorse making ransom payments, and with security consultants, who sometimes do as a way for their clients to recoup years of valuable information.

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

CHICAGO (AP) — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows.
Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That's from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3% in 2002-03.

Some studies have linked marijuana use during pregnancy with increased chances of premature birth and low birthweight. Animal studies have linked high doses early in pregnancy with fetal brain abnormalities, but whether typical use in humans poses similar risks is unknown, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
"Because we don't know exactly how harmful it is, it's better to err on the side of caution," said Volkow, one of the authors of the government study. Marijuana use during pregnancy "is not worth the risk," she said Tuesday.

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Survey Sees Biggest US Honeybee Winter Die-Off Yet

In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, a man holds a frame removed from a hive box covered with honey bees in Lansing, Mich. According to the results of an annual survey of beekeepers released on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, winter hit America’s honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed.
The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss.
The survey of nearly 4,700 beekeepers managing more than 300,000 colonies goes back 13 years and is conducted by bee experts at the University of Maryland, Auburn University and several other colleges.
Beekeepers had been seeing fewer winter colony losses in recent years until now, said Maryland's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the bee partnership and co-author of Wednesday's survey.
"The fact that we suddenly had the worst winter we've had ... is troubling," vanEngelsdorp said.
Some bees usually die over winter, but until the past couple decades, when a combination of problems struck colonies, losses rarely exceeded 10%, he said.
Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. food crops. One-third of the human diet comes from pollinators, including native wild bees and other animals, many of which are also in trouble, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"We should be concerned on multiple levels," said University of California, Berkeley, agricultural social scientist Jennie Durant, who has a separate study this week on loss of food supply for bees.
Year-to-year bee colony losses, which include calculations for summer, were 40.7%, higher than normal, but not a record high, the survey found.
"The beekeepers are working harder than ever to manage colonies but we still lose 40-50% each year... unacceptable," Swiss bee expert Jeff Pettis, who wasn't part of the survey, said in an email.

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Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo will become the 23rd poet laureate of the United States, making her the first Native American to hold the position.
Shawn Miller/Library of Congress

Poet, writer and musician Joy Harjo — a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation — often draws on Native American stories, languages and myths. But she says that she's not self-consciously trying to bring that material into her work. If anything, it's the other way around.

"I think the culture is bringing me into it with poetry — that it's part of me," Harjo says in an interview with NPR's Lynn Neary. "I don't think about it ... And so it doesn't necessarily become a self-conscious thing — it's just there ... When you grow up as a person in your culture, you have your culture and you're in it, but you're also in this American culture, and that's another layer."

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10 Facts You Never Knew About Death Row

Open Blog - Thursday

Have a great every day.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

La Crosse Tribune laying off 20 employees

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Tribune Newspaper is laying off 20 people as it transfers printing operations to Madison.
A letter from parent company Lee Enterprises says the layoffs are permanent.
The affected employees work in the printing production department.
The layoffs begin August 10th.

Fiery semi explosion closes Interstate 94 in Racine County; at least two killed, multiple injured

At least two people were killed Wednesday when a semi jumped the median, fell from the freeway and exploded, closing one of the state's busiest roadways for hours.
Investigators from the Racine County Medical Examiner's Office were dispatched to the fiery crash that has closed all northbound and southbound lanes on I-94 at County K near Mount Pleasant.
Two people were killed and "multiple people" were injured in the crash, according to Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne.  
A WTMJ-TV photographer who witnessed the crash told the Associated Press that the semi jumped the median on I-94 near Highway 20 in Caledonia about 11 a.m., caught fire and exploded. The photographer says at least two other vehicles were set on fire.
The first emergency units dispatched to the scene reported seeing a heavy cloud of black smoke but radioed to dispatchers that they were having trouble reaching the scene because of gridlocked traffic, according to emergency radio traffic.
“We have multiple victims here right now that need help,” an officer who reached the scene reported to dispatchers.
"They were going southbound. We have multiple vehicles in flames. We're still assessing how many victims we've got," another officer radioed to dispatchers.  
"I have one victim with severe burns to his arm and his head," a rescuer radioed to dispatchers.
The freeway, one of the busiest in the state, was completely closed for hours and surface roads in the area were crowded as well as motorists found their way off the freeway.
While the DOT had not announced the reopening of southbound lanes, traffic did appear to be moving south as of 3 p.m.
At 1 p.m. Oak Creek police, who were closing the southbound lanes at Ryan Rd., reported a 4-car accident southbound at Drexel, adding to the problems. 
One victim was taken to Froedtert Hospital, according to a spokesperson there, but they were not expecting more patients.
Another victim was taken to Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, which is home to the regional burn Center.
Flight for Life, the regional emergency medical helicopter was called to the scene but could not fly because of bad weather conditions, said Tammy Chatman, a public information officer for the service. 
The organization sent one of its ground units, which has the same capabilities as the helicopter, Chatman said.  
Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center has been placed on alert for the  I-94 accident but were not able to comment on the situation.
Racine-based South Shore Consolidated Fire Department has sent paramedics and at least one ambulance to the scene. 
The crash was reported about 11 a.m. and the highway was expected to be closed for more than two hours, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
 The interstate is completely closed from Highway 20 to Highway G and both the east and west frontage roads are closed, according to the Racine County Sheriff's Office, which said the crash involved multiple vehicles.
Southbound traffic is being directed to exit at Ryan Road, then west to US Highway 45, then south to Highway 20 and east back to I-94, according to the DOT.
Northbound traffic is to exit at Hwy 20, east to Hwy 31, north to Ryan Road and west back to I-94, according to the DOT.

Dear Madame Zoltar

I'm sorry, but I'm helping Mr. OrbsCorbs prepare for surgery.  His right leg will be operated on on Monday, June 24.  After that he should be able to dance on rooftops.  But he better not try.

Frozen Dreams: Russia's Arctic obsession

What does this hat mean to Americans? BBC News

Open Blog - Wednesday

Wednesday is named for Mercury.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Why We Win

Color me dubious

This Reddit analysis strikes me more as revolution porn than a revelation of actual government wargaming analysis, but nevertheless, it appears to be generally correct with regards to the essentials:
The United States Government has extensively studied the concept of second American Civil War. Their conclusion is as follows: They don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning. The moment civil war is declared, the government loses. No scenario or outcome ends in their success. Period. It’s just a matter of how long it takes.

A longer analysis will follow, but here are the salient points.

30% of the American population will actively revolt.

This alone is enormous and damning. Historically, you only need 10% of the population to actively participate in a rebellion to successfully overthrow the establishment: We only had 15% of the population actively attempting to throw out the British during the Revolutionary War; roughly 70% of what remained was neutral and simply stood by. By contrast, 30% of Americans in modern America would support a revolution to stop their own government if it happened tomorrow That’s how discontent the people are and how much the people don’t support the government.

The government would need infrastructure more than rebels would.

Already working with significant handicaps, the establishment would need electricity, access to the Internet, bridges, and airports to coordinate any active campaign against the rebellion. By contrast, the rebellion can work in the dark. Considering how easy it would be to sabotage US infrastructure, one of the first things the rebellion would do is collapse bridges, destroy, or seize power plants, and cover the Interstate in IEDs. This is relatively simple to accomplish, and it would inflict enormous damage on the establishment’s ability to restore order. It would also cost an enormous amount of time and effort to fix any sabotage, because the establishment would need to provide military protection to any workers attempting to rebuild, which is a drain their active fighting personnel resources that they could not afford.
It would certainly make for an interesting wargame design challenge. And it also is in harmony with what we know of the Clinton adminstration's study of the various militia groups and the government's inability to suppress them. As a general rule, there is very, very little that governments can do about 4GW insurrections; a government that lacks the ability to suppress illegal organizations such as MS-13 and the Gulf Cartel isn't going to be able to do much about ideological rebels either.


The Bride and Doom

From The Shepherd Express:

I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh man manischewitz what a world, ain’a? And about this summer solstice June 21, it’s a bad news/good news deal to me. Bad news: June 21 is the first—not the last—focking day of summer with way too many to follow, chock-packed with heat, stupidity, racket and bugs. Good news: The days become shorter as they say, so a couple, three more spins of the moon around the Earth and fall, with its more civilized seasonal sanity, will be upon us. And it can’t come soon enough, I kid you not.
So on account of my summertime blues, fock the essay this week. And since the Uptowner tavern/charm school is yet to open, I’m off to my favorite Webb’s. Come along if you want but you leave the tip, what the fock. Let’s get going.
Bea: Hey there Artie, what’s your pleasure?
Art: Hey Bea, how ’bout a nice cup of the blackest, thickest and cheapest of whatever you’re calling plain-old regular coffee today. And by thick, Bea, I mean you got to stick a fork in it to tell if it’s done or not.
Bea: You’re in luck, Artie. I just took some out of the oven right before you came in.
Art: So what do you hear, what do you know, Bea?
Bea: We had a nice couple stop in for their rehearsal breakfast earlier. They’re getting married tomorrow.
Art: Yeah yeah, June. Great month for brides, limo drivers and those goddamn DJs, ain’a? The one piece of advice I got for any young couple planning a catered affair is this: Live music is best.
Bea: It surely is, Artie.
Art: Anyways, I wish them the best of luck. It’s one thing to get married, but it’s not so easy staying married like it was years ago, no sir. Too many couples aren’t ready for the practical realities of the conjubial obligations of the marriage betrothing.
Bea: You may be right about that, Artie.
Art: Focking-A, Bea. I’m no expert but maybe they could help cut the divorce rate right from the get-go during the wedding vows for the husband groom, if in between when he says “to love, honor and obey” and “till death do us part,” he had to say, “and damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” You ever been married, Bea?
Bea: No Artie, can’t say that I have. And how about you?
Art: That would be a definite no, Bea. Not to say there haven’t been a couple, three possible future-ex Mrs. Art Kumbaleks come down the pike, but the thought of marriage can sure put the fear of the lord into a guy, and what do I need that kind of aggravation for?
Bea: Couldn’t tell you, Artie.
Art: Cripes, I already got the fear of the IRS, the fear of coming up with one more excuse for the landlord, the fear of running out of cigarettes when all the stores are closed—I sure as heck don’t need to be tossing the lord into that fearsome pot, what the fock.
Bea: I suppose not.
Art: ’Nother reason I never got married Bea, most of the ladies I know either have a pet or always wanted one, and that’s just too risky a proposition for a successful marriage.
Bea: Really, Artie.
Art: You bet, Bea. Let me tell you a little story. This gal I know was coming out of the donut shop on her way to work when she saw the strangest funeral procession heading to the cemetery. At the front was a long, black hearse followed by a second hearse. Following the second hearse was a solitary woman dressed all in black and walking a dog on a leash. Behind her were maybe 200 women walking in single file.
Bea: You don’t say.
Art: So my gal friend says to the woman walking the dog, “I’m sorry for your loss. I know it’s a bad time to disturb you, but I’ve never, ever seen a funeral like this. May I ask whom it’s for?” And the dog lady says, “The first hearse is for my husband. My dog attacked and killed him.”
My friend says, “I’m so sorry. But then who’s in the second hearse?” And the lady says, “My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my husband when the dog turned on her.” A moment passed and my friend asked, “Could I borrow that dog?” And the new widow said, “Get in line.”
Bea: Isn’t that something.
Art: That, it is. Anyways, I got to run, Bea. Thanks for the coffee and for letting me bend your ear there, Bea—utiful. See you the time that’s next.
Bea: My pleasure, Artie. Always nice getting talked at by you. Take care.
(It’s off to the Uptowner. And if I see you there, then you buy me one ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.


Yeah, we know it's been cold and rainy in Wisconsin. Blame the jet stream.

Before Wisconsinites start griping about this spring's unusually cold, wet weather – What? Too late? – know this: 
The reason why Wisconsin hasn't been hit with tornadoes, thunderstorms and floods plaguing other parts of middle America  is because of our cold, wet spring.
Sure, folks have had to wear winter coats to Little League games and polka dancers at Polish Fest bundled up last weekend. Youth soccer leagues have been rained out and farmers' crops are way behind.
It seems like spring never arrived and summer has so far been mostly a no-show. Aside from slugs, few Wisconsin inhabitants are happy about this.
It has been relatively cold and crummy this spring because of the jet stream flowing consistently out of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, which has created a trough of cold air over the Great Lakes, said Andy Boxell, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.
That has kept humid, warm air well south of Wisconsin.
"We've really just been on the persistently cool side of all the systems coming through," Boxell said. "All the storms coming through the Plains have gone to our south."

Open Blog - Tuesday

Don't get pinned down today.

Monday, June 17, 2019

A day of infamous deceit

As if there were still any remaining doubts, the evidence that FDR not only knew about the Pearl Harbor attack ahead of time, but actually connived at making it happen in order to get the USA in the war against Germany is conclusive:
A Second World War Navy radioman turned journalist, Robert Stinnett was in the National Archives in Belmont, California, researching a campaign-year picture book on George Bush’s South Pacific wartime navy career in aerial reconnaissance — George Bush: His World War II Years (Washington, D.C., Brassey’s, 1992) — and encountered unindexed duplicate copies of Pearl Harbor radio intercept records of Japanese Navy code transmissions — documentary evidence of what actually happened at Pearl Harbor and how it came about. After eight years of further research and a prolonged case at law under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain partial release of these materials, Stinson published Day of Deceit (2000). A Japanese translation appeared within a year, understandably.
Stinnett demonstrates, on the basis of extensive incontrovertible factual evidence and self-evidently accurate analysis that President Roosevelt oversaw the contrivance and deployment of a closely-guarded secret plan to goad the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor and monitor them while they did it. Stinnett hypothesizes that Roosevelt did this in order to precipitate an unwilling American public into supporting intervention in the Second World War, but whatever the motives or purposes, the facts are now abundantly clear. Stinnett establishes and proves his case with voluminous documentary evidence, including forty-seven pages of Appendices presenting photographic reproductions of key official records, as well as numerous others reproduced in the body of the text, and 65 pages of closely detailed reference notes. This evidence proves Stinnett’s factual assertions, arguments and conclusions. His research files and notes are deposited at the Hoover Institute library at Stanford. Day of Deceit is exemplary documentary historiography. It presents the material testimony on which its analysis and conclusions are based. Its validity will be clear to any fair-minded reader. Stinnett’s book settles and resolves rational, candid, honest, fact-based discussion and debate about the background of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As Stinnett shows, the plan that eventuated in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was set in motion in early October 1940 based on an “eight-action memo, dated October 7, 1940 … by Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Navy Intelligence.”
At this point it should be abundantly clear to every historically aware individual that absolutely no single incident should ever be regarded as a legitimate justification for war by the American public, considering the way in which the US government regularly engages in fraud and deception in order to manipulate public opinion whenever it wants to go to war with a foreign state.
And note that the author served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He clearly isn't an anti-military fantasist with an axe to grind.

Open Blog - Monday

Oh boy, a green doughnut.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Stingl: Every day is Father's Day for dad who rocks in a band with his 11-year-old daughter

Chanan Posner's daughter, Shir, was his last chance for a child to fall hard for music. 
He and his wife, Tanya Mazor-Posner, have two older children. Benji, 16, took piano lessons for a couple years but gave it up in favor of basketball. Ellie, 14, also played a bit but preferred gymnastics.
Along came the couple's youngest, Shir Rina, Hebrew for song and joy. As a 6-year-old, she would push her father's hands away from the keyboard and try to play herself. Then she announced she would rather strum a guitar.
Chanan was delighted and signed her up for lessons. He understands the transformative power of music. Now 52, he played keyboards in bands as a younger man but set that part of himself aside because of the time pressures of raising children. Plus he has a day job as a social worker with Aurora.
"The irony is that my youngest brought me back into music in a way I didn't even think was possible," he said.

Fatal officer-involved shooting reported in Mount Pleasant

Police are investigating what appears to be a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday morning at Racine and 24th streets in Mount Pleasant, according to WTMJ-TV
The Racine County Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at the scene around 1:30 a.m., the TV station said.
No police officers were injured, WDJT-TV reported.
An official at the Racine Police Department said more information will be released later today.
This story is developing.


In Memory of Ray O'Connor

. KENOSHA - Raymond Timothy O’Connor, age 69, of Kenosha, WI, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2012, at his home after battling cancer and congestive heart failure. He was a proud Army veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and received the Air Medal, 20th Oak Leaf Cluster for Valor. He retired in 2005 from Bane Nelson Inc. after a long successful career in construction. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Helen O’Connor; and two siblings, Theresa Sylvanus and Gerald O’Connor. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Connie; sons, Raymond Timothy III, Bobby, and Adrian; daughters, Vilma and Amor; siblings, Monica Young, Jerome and Sharyol O’Connor, Joseph and Lydia O’Connor, Frederick and Linda O’Connor, Mary and Donald Ruen, Charles and Joan O’Connor, Richard and Teresa O’Connor, Susan O’Connor-Meyer and Gerald Meyer, and Elizabeth and Baird Swanson. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 8th, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2224-30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 7th, at Proko Funeral Home, 5111-60th Street, Kenosha, WI, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A memorial mass will be offered on October 10th, at St. Columbian Church, Preston, MN, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on October 17th, at 10:00 a.m. Proko Funeral Home & Crematory 5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533 Visit Raymond’s Online Memorial Book at:


Open Blog - Weekend

All riiiiight!

Friday, June 14, 2019

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Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the Night

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you had a really nice week. For me it was a busy week with Tuesday being Drew's Birthday and yes he got spoiled. Today is another busy day for me I have so many errands to do. Here are your questions.

1) Do find yourself doing more when you are not working?

2) What kind of things are you doing that you didn't have to do when you worked?

3) Are these things that you are doing now things you enjoy doing?

4) What is something that you really want to do?

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

The Star Trek Starfleet Logo Has Been Spotted on Mars

(NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Here on Earth we're making big plans to send the first humans to Mars, but it looks like Starfleet may have gotten there first. In the expanse of the Hellas Planitia, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed a huge formation in the shape of the organisation's famous chevron logo.
"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo," wrote Ross Beyer of the University of Arizona in a statement accompanying the photo release.
Sadly, however, it's not evidence of intrepid explorers boldly going where no man has gone before. "It's only a coincidence," Beyer added.
Chevron shapes aren't uncommon at all on Mars, actually. They're usually the result of flow, which happened a lot on the Red Planet in the past.
This particular chevron is the product of a volcanic eruption at the bottom of an impact basin, a long time ago. Here, the sand formed crescent-shaped dunes called barchan dunes, sculpted by the wind; as the lava flowed, it parted around them.
When the lava cooled and hardened, it did so around the dunes. But the Martian winds continued to blow, and eventually the sands of the dunes scattered, leaving just the lava behind.
ghost dunes marsThe wider shot shows more chevron-shaped ghost dunes. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
These casts are called 'ghost dunes', and although they're known here on Earth, their presence on Mars has only been recently explored. In the Hellas Planitia, there are around 300 of these formations, and a further 480 have been spotted in a region called the Noctis Labyrinthus, filled with a maze of valleys.

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Some Wisconsin lawmakers double as landlords — and have passed laws that undermine renters' rights

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a college-town landlord with 23 properties, backed five major bills the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted that largely benefit landlords. (Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A series of sweeping laws promoting the interests of landlords at the expense of renters, local governments and even public safety have been pushed through the state Capitol since 2011 by a group of lawmakers who moonlight as landlords.

Backed by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos — a college-town landlord with 23 properties worth about $3.8 million — the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted five major bills largely benefiting landlords.
The measures speed up the eviction process, eliminate some tenant legal defenses, limit the power of cities to police landlords and cap fees tied to building code violations. They also allow landlords to toss renters' belongings on the curb immediately after an eviction, instead of placing the property in storage.

Call it the Landlords' Legislature.

In all, about one out of five of state lawmakers who voted on these bills owns or manages rental properties, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found in its review. At least five lawmakers who double as landlords sponsored the various measures, each of which passed on mostly party-line votes.