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:


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All riiiiight!

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Live) - OFFICIAL PROMO

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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.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Valedictorian Thanks 'Alcoholic Teacher' And Negligent Counselor For Teaching To 'Fend For Herself

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A California valedictorian went off script during her commencement address, slamming an alcoholic teacher who was 'escorted out of school' and a guidance counselor who she thanked for 'letting me fend for myself' due to being 'always unavailable to my parents and I despite appointments.'

San Ysidro High School senior Nataly Buhr opened her June 6 speech in typical fashion - thanking her parents for their "endless love," acknowledging the memories shared with her friends, and mentioning a handful of teachers for being 'invested in the students.'
Then, Buhr went scorched earth.

Buhr began by unloading on her counselor, to whom she said: "Thanks for teaching me to fend for myself: You were always unavailable to my parents and I, despite appointments. ... You expressed to me your joy in knowing that one of your students was valedictorian, when you had absolutely no role in my achievements.
She then slammed the office staff, saying "Thank you for teaching me how to be resourceful. Your negligence to inform me of several scholarships until the day before they were due potentially caused me to miss out on thousands of dollars. When applying for a work permit, you repeatedly turned me away, despite confirming with my employer and my parents that all of my paperwork was filled out correctly. I’ve had to escalate issues with staff to an assistant principal various times to reach any sort of solution."
And finally - "To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year, thank you for using yourself to teach these students about the dangers of alcoholism. Being escorted out of school left a lasting impression," said Buhr, receiving applause from the audience.
"I hope that future students and staff learn from these examples," she said in conclusion.
The school district is pissed
Following Buhr's speech, Sweetwater Union High School District spokesman Manuel Rubio said that the valedictorian's went off script from her approved remarks, telling the San Diego Union Tribune "We think that the student’s speech was inappropriate and out of line," adding "While we definitely welcome the concerns of students and their families regarding any situation at one of our schools, doing so in such a manner without any prior knowledge of this situation by the school, is not the right way of handling this. Ultimately this takes away from what should have been a day of celebration for the school and their community."
Her mother Monica Serratos said in a Facebook post that she couldn't be more proud of her daughter.


ATF agents searching for thousands of guns stolen from their facility before they could be destroyed

ATF agents across the country have been assigned to search for guns and gun parts that were supposed to have been destroyed at an ATF facility but were stolen by a guard there. (Photo: Associated Press file)
ATF agents across the country have been working to track down thousands of guns and firearms parts that had been seized by law enforcement and were supposed to be destroyed but were stolen first, according to sources familiar with the effort. 
The agents are searching for some of their own retired service weapons as well as guns from other federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and DEA.
All of the weapons had been sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Firearms and Ammunition Destruction Branch in Martinsburg, W.Va., to be shredded, according to court documents and congressional letters. 
A longtime guard at the ATF facility has admitted to carting off thousands of firearms, gun parts and ammunition and selling them over several years.
Christopher Yates, 52, a guard who worked as a contract employee for ATF for 16 years, was charged in federal court in West Virginia. He pleaded guilty in April to possession of a stolen gun and stealing government property.

Promise of Marijuana Leads Scientists on Search for Evidence

Can marijuana treat health problems? Research is underway to find out.

FILE - In this Friday, March 22, 2019 file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., sorts buds into prescription bottles. Associated Press
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer
SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing.
At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health , according to an Associated Press analysis of states that track medical marijuana patients.
The number of medical marijuana cardholders more than tripled in the last five years as more states jumped on the bandwagon. The analysis is based on data from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The total climbs to 2.6 million patients if California, Washington and Maine are included, the AP estimates.
States that expanded the use of medical pot for common ailments such as severe pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety saw a boost in enrollment, the AP found.
The U.S. government, meanwhile, both considers marijuana an illegal drug and a therapeutic herb worth more study.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fastest Lawnmower with Guinness World Records™! Honda Mean Mower reaches 100mph in 6.285 Seconds

"Beatnik Perverts"

Nancy Pelosi

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Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello boys and girls and animals and insects!  How are you?  Sorry for missing last week, but I was in the Middle East trying to bring about peace.  Forget it.  They don't want peace.  Their tribes have been at war for thousands of years.  Peace is unknown to them.  So is the crappy weather we've been having.  We finally got the warm up we deserve, but I wouldn't count on it lasting.  This year is perverse weather-wise.  It may be summer by the calendar, but by the weather it feels like early spring,  I assume this is due to climate change.  Maybe I should work on that rather than peace in the Middle East.

Well, Foxcon got their water diversion program.  Millions of gallons of water every day.  Too bad we couldn't give them the poopy overflow from the Deep Tunnel.  Why we let Milwaukee get away with that is beyond me.  They are literally dumping raw sewage into the lake.  Some people must have been paid off to allow that.  Too bad we can't flush the lake like a toilet.

Mayor Lawn Gnome must have been paid off well.  He hardly says anything and does even less.  Just sit back and collect your bribes and payoffs.  That's the way to do it in corrupt Racine.  Sometimes I think about leaving Racine, but I'd miss my friends and enemies.

After announcement after announcement of major building/renovation projects,  things look the same in Racine.  Is everyone waiting for the other Foxcon shoe to drop?  We should be buried in housing and other projects, but we're only buried in announcements.  Is everyone waiting for others to start?  We need more cheap housing for the people who are left at the Riverside Inn.

Why haven't the renovations at the old,old YMCA, across the street from the Journal Times, been completed?  Or have they?  This project was announced months and months ago.  What about the old Zahn's building?  Has anything started there?  What is everyone waiting for?  @ North Beach still is just a dream.  C'mon, where's the work?

Pipedreams.  Opium pipedreams.  All of these announcements and nothing to show for it.  Perhaps these people would be better off investing in property much closer to Foxcon.  Who will want to pay a premium price to live so far away from their job?  We better start a bus line going out there.

I'm very interested in Kelly Gallaher's complaint about a blog that hasn't been posted on in a year.  How did she get PTSD from that?  What was said that triggered such a response?  If I got PTSD from every negative comment about me, I'd live in a mental institution.  Kelly, get back to work on the Root River Siren.  You were at your best then.

Finally, a Racine couple has donated the funds to repaint "The Last of Ike," the "sculpture" on the north end of Uptown.   I like that, having private donors paying for public art.  People will always haggle over art and what it is and what it isn't.  Having private donors bypasses that.  If someone wants to spring for a project out of their own wallet, let them.  That's one of the ways that capitalism works.

Well, kiddos, enough babbling .  I'm going to call it a day.  Thank you so much for reading my blog. The more readers, the merrier.  I love you all.

Get out and enjoy the weather while you can.  Tomorrow it may snow.  Who knows?
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gris-gris On Your Doorstep

From The Shepherd Express:

 I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? Well well, another Father’s Day right around the corner, which as tradition dictates, I must say that what with the bad rap fathers have got in the press and on the TV for far too long, I’m surprised the day is celebrated at all. Cripes, why don’t they just go ahead and change Father’s Day to Deadbeat Dad’s Day, or Workaholic Dad-You’re-Never-Around-The-Focking-House-When-We-Need-You Day, what the fock.
(Quick sidenote: A hearty thanks to A. & J. from the Milwaukee South for their correspondence during the Art Kumbalek Spring Fund Me Drive. It’s appreciated and I plan to follow the enclosed directions, indeed.)
Anyways, I was listening to Frank Sinatra’s croon Cole Porter’s great tune “So In Love” the other day, and with a little research was reminded that it’s been 21-focking-years from last month since the Chairman of the Board (Broad?) got served the pink slip from this life, so as to go serenade the lusher life we expect to enjoy in the Great Beyond. And it’s taken 21 years for me to realize that in his absence, it is now high time up to me, you betcha, to save Western culture, if not the whole goddamn civilization. I don’t want to blow my own horn, but you know I always did have an inkling, if not a hankering, it would come to this, I kid you not.
And this torch that I’ve belatedly found I won’t allow to be drowned. No sir, I’ve got high hopes to caretake the torch so that it continues to burn baby, burn brightly all through these dark ages until things get modern again, when I can pass the focking flame to another smart-mouth wise-ass with a bad attitude who comes down the pike, or something like that.
But to save Western civilization, I’m going to need some start-up scratch; which means here comes my sort-of semiannual summertime pitch so’s to address a word or two to the kids who number themselves as members of my readership family:
Hey kids, summer’s just begun and I’m pretty focking certain that before you know it, you’ll be good and goddamn bored with shoplifting, stealing bikes or having your own bike stolen. So listen, it’s never too soon to think about the future and just what the fock it is you’re going to do to earn your dime. Hey, maybe you ought to think about being a professional writer like me, and I’ll tell you why.
For starters, you mostly don’t have to go anywhere to do it. You can just stay home, which is focking great ’cause with no boss around, you can have the TV on all day long if you focking feel like it and an ashtray is always at arm’s length. And it’s the kind of job where there is no limit to the number of excuses that can be used for not doing it and how do you beat that, ain’a?
Hell, a lot of these writers come out with only one book every other year. That’s 730 days and the book is like 200 pages long. That means, to be a productive writer, you only have to write one focking page every 3-and-a-half days—piece of cake, what the fock.
And to boot, writers write on a computer, lo, these days, so when you can’t think of what to write, you can while away the hours perusing various free porn sites and learn a thing or two that could help make your first date a rousing success.
So if you think this lifestyle sounds attractive, tell your mom and pop you want to be a writer, and to send Art Kumbalek a cashier’s check for $250, and I’ll get you enrolled in the Art Kumbalek Summer School of Juvenile Writing. In the meantime, don’t forget to never dig a hole too deep that you can’t get out, and never ever mix good booze with soda.
And in conclusion, it’s time for me to go and get over by the Uptowner tavern/charm school where I shall recruit mine own personal Rat Pack so as to save whatever civilization we got left; and also, speaking of anniversaries, to toast not only fathers, but also sons, with a nice bourbon or three.
And so to our Mr. B: I’ll be seeing you, as the song goes, in all the familiar places that this heart of mine embraces, in every lovely summer’s day, I find you in the morning sun and when the night is new, I remember you, always, there over the rainbow, I kid you not, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.


Happy Birthday Drew

Hope you have a great day!

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OK, honey

Monday, June 10, 2019

Alabama (2009 Remaster)

Foxconn gets approval for 7-million-gallon water diversion

RACINE — After more than a year of back-and-forth and hundreds of public comments, a Wisconsin judge has approved a Lake Michigan water diversion of up to 7 million gallons per day to Mount Pleasant, most of which is expected to be used by the Foxconn Technology Group for its planned manufacturing campus.

The court decision, which was published Friday, affirmed the decision made in April 2018 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Environmental advocates challenged the DNR’s decision in May 2018, claiming that the water diversion for Foxconn’s planned factory shouldn’t be allowed because of Foxconn’s interests being primarily economically focused.

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Punished Regardless

Authored by Eric Peters via,
Did you know that when you’re stopped for no reason at a drunk driving checkpoint – well, stopped for no reason having anything to do with something you did to suggest you might be “drunk” – your refusal to participate in self-incrimination can result in your arrest, loss of your government permission slip to travel as well as the impounding of your car?

Your “cooperation” is not only appreciated – it is required.
This not-much-discussed aspect of Checkpoint USA is arguably even worse than the existence of Checkpoint USA – which came into being in the ’80s, when the government decided to re-interpret the limits of its own authority (a problem with government) by summarily decreeing it to be “reasonable” to randomly and arbitrarily stop people and treat them as presumptively guilty of having committed a crime.

The thing George Mason and others who insisted on the Bill of Rights as their condition for reluctantly supporting the dodgy Constitution (which was confected by an elitist minority, behind closed doors and without any mandate from “the people” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence) feared would come to pass had come to pass.
Despite the Bill and its very lucid delineation of the the lines across which the government has no rightful authority to tread, the government simply “interpreted” the line more to its liking – at its pleasure.
The government became the arbiter of its own power almost as soon as the ink on the Constitution dried – limiting first freedom of speech (Alien & Sedition acts) and many other formerly sacrosanct rights of the people – including freedom of association and the freedom to actually own property – during the ensuing years.
In the ’80s, it cast aside the Bill of Rights’ very clear prohibition of unreasonablesearches – which by any etymological standard encompasses the arbitrary and random searching of everyone who just happens to be available.

But it’s not just being forced to stop without your having given reason to warrant it – or forced to submit to a search just because the government is powerful and you are not.
In many states, there is the additionalrequirement in law that, if ordered to do so by an armed government worker, you must perform gymnastics by the side of the road to demonstrate you are not “drunk.” Or breathe into a notoriously inaccurate device which provides evidence that can and will be used against you.
If you decline to perform the roadside gymnastics – for any of several practical and moral reasons, including perhaps because you aren’t coordinated and are nervous and the prospect of stumbling in front of the AGW, who will seize that as evidence of your “drunkeness” alarms you . . . or decline to “blow” into the apparatus presented by the AGW because you are aware of the notorious inaccuracy of roadside Breath Tests and prefer not to participate in self-incrimination that way … either is cause by itself for the AGW to apply handcuffs and take you to a cage and your car to an impound lot.

It does not matter that nothing has been proved against you. Your refusal to provide evidence is the evidence.
You are effectively tried, convicted – and punished – for being uncooperative. This has become a very serious de facto offense, even in the absence of any statutory offense.
And the “conviction” sticks even when de jure innocence of any statutory offense – including the “drunk driving” charge you were cuffed and stuffed for – has been established later on.
They win, you lose – regardless.
The person who refuses to cooperate by self-incriminating or who simply objects to the idea of cooperating with those attempting to incriminate him is automatically subject, in many states, to the immediate forfeiture of government permission to travel (i.e., one’s driver’s license) even if it is later determined – as by forced blood draw while in the custody of AGWs – that the victim had zero alcohol in his bloodstream.

It’s only a little bit removed from water-boarding or the use of the Iron Maiden – both of which are probably coming.
The legal concept of subjecting a presumptively innocent person – which used to be every person not actually convicted of a criminal act by a jury after due process of law – to duress in order to suborn his “cooperation” in his own prosecution is literally Medieval. The sort of thing done in dungeons by black robed, hairy-armed inquisitors in the employ of the Church or the King.
Today, the inquisitors wear body armor and have tattoos; are jacked  up on steroids rather than Jesus (though some of them profess that as well) and the duress is administered in a euphemized and bureaucratized manner intended to make it seem All Right.
But it is not All Right for state authority especially to subject an innocent person – whatever you may think he’s done – to hot irons and thumbscrews or any other form of duress in  order to make it easier to prosecute him.
And it is far worse to apply punishment to a presumptively innocent person for objecting to being treated as though presumptively guilty – who insists on being proved guilty of something other than being “uncooperative” before the state applies punishment.
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Remembrance Day

This is taken verbatim from the Moorer Report, published in 2003:
Findings of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli Attack on USS Liberty, the Recall of Military Rescue Support Aircraft while the Ship was Under Attack, and the Subsequent Cover-up by the United States Government 
We, the undersigned, having undertaken an independent investigation of Israel's attack on USS Liberty, including eyewitness testimony from surviving crewmembers, a review of naval and other official records, an examination of official statements by the Israeli and American governments, a study of the conclusions of all previous official inquiries, and a consideration of important new evidence and recent statements from individuals having direct knowledge of the attack or the cover up, hereby find the following:

1. That on June 8, 1967, after eight hours of aerial surveillance, Israel launched a two-hour air and naval attack against USS Liberty, the world's most sophisticated intelligence ship, inflicting 34 dead and 173 wounded American servicemen (a casualty rate of seventy percent, in a crew of 294);

2. That the Israeli air attack lasted approximately 25 minutes, during which time unmarked Israeli aircraft dropped napalm canisters on USS Liberty's bridge, and fired 30mm cannons and rockets into our ship, causing 821 holes, more than 100 of which were rocket-size; survivors estimate 30 or more sorties were flown over the ship by a minimum of 12 attacking Israeli planes which were jamming all five American emergency radio channels;

3. That the torpedo boat attack involved not only the firing of torpedoes, but the machine-gunning of Liberty's firefighters and stretcher-bearers as they struggled to save their ship and crew; the Israeli torpedo boats later returned to machine-gun at close range three of the Liberty's life rafts that had been lowered into the water by survivors to rescue the most seriously wounded;

4. That there is compelling evidence that Israel's attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew; evidence of such intent is supported by statements from Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Undersecretary of State George Ball, former CIA director Richard Helms, former NSA directors Lieutenant General William Odom, USA (Ret.), Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, USN (Ret.), and Marshal Carter; former NSA deputy directors Oliver Kirby and Major General John Morrison, USAF (Ret.); and former Ambassador Dwight Porter, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon in 1967;

5. That in attacking USS Liberty, Israel committed acts of murder against American servicemen and an act of war against the United States;

6. That fearing conflict with Israel, the White House deliberately prevented the U.S. Navy from coming to the defense of USS Liberty by recalling Sixth Fleet military rescue support while the ship was under attack; evidence of the recall of rescue aircraft is supported by statements of Captain Joe Tully, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and Rear Admiral Lawrence Geis, the Sixth Fleet carrier division commander, at the time of the attack; never before in American naval history has a rescue mission been cancelled when an American ship was under attack;

7. That although Liberty was saved from almost certain destruction through the heroic efforts of the ship's Captain, William L. McGonagle (MOH), and his brave crew, surviving crewmembers were later threatened with "court-martial, imprisonment or worse" if they exposed the truth; and were abandoned by their own government;

8. That due to the influence of Israel's powerful supporters in the United States, the White House deliberately covered up the facts of this attack from the American people;

9. That due to continuing pressure by the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, this attack remains the only serious naval incident that has never been thoroughly investigated by Congress; to this day, no surviving crewmember has been permitted to officially and publicly testify about the attack;

10. That there has been an official cover-up without precedent in American naval history; the existence of such a cover-up is now supported by statements of Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, USN (Ret.), former Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and Captain Ward Boston, USN, (Ret.), the chief counsel to the Navy's 1967 Court of Inquiry of Liberty attack;

11. That the truth about Israel's attack and subsequent White House cover-up continues to be officially concealed from the American people to the present day and is a national disgrace;

12. That a danger to our national security exists whenever our elected officials are willing to subordinate American interests to those of any foreign nation, and specifically are unwilling to challenge Israel's interests when they conflict with American interests; this policy, evidenced by the failure to defend USS Liberty and the subsequent official cover-up of the Israeli attack, endangers the safety of Americans and the security of the United States.

WHEREUPON, we, the undersigned, in order to fulfill our duty to the brave crew of USS Liberty and to all Americans who are asked to serve in our Armed Forces, hereby call upon the Department of the Navy, the Congress of the United States and the American people to immediately take the following actions:

FIRST: That a new Court of Inquiry be convened by the Department of the Navy, operating with Congressional oversight, to take public testimony from surviving crewmembers; and to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the attack on the USS Liberty, with full cooperation from the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the military intelligence services, and to determine Israel's possible motive in launching said attack on a U.S. naval vessel;

SECOND: That every appropriate committee of the Congress of the United States investigate the actions of the White House and Defense Department that prevented the rescue of the USS Liberty, thereafter threatened her surviving officers and men if they exposed the truth, and covered up the true circumstances of the attack from the American people; and

THIRD: That the eighth day of June of every year be proclaimed to be hereafter known as USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE DAY, in order to commemorate USS Liberty's heroic crew; and to educate the American people of the danger to our national security inherent in any passionate attachment of our elected officials for any foreign nation.

We, the undersigned, hereby affix our hands and seals, this 22nd day of October, 2003.

Thomas H. Moorer
Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

General of Marines Raymond G. Davis, USMC, MOH

Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, USN, Ret.,
Former Judge Advocate General of the Navy

Ambassador James Akins, Ret.,
Former United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia



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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Journal Times Circulation Hits New Low

The Journal Times has already seen substantial change this year. In five years, the newspaper has lost 1 out of every 3 subscribers.
By Scott Anderson, Patch Staff | |
RACINE, WI — It's no secret that newspapers across the country, and the media companies that own them, have been struggling for quite some time.
According to the data collected by The Pew Research Center, the estimated total U.S. daily newspaper circulation in 2017 was 31 million for weekday and 34 million for Sunday, which was down 11 percent and 10 percent from the previous year.

Circulation figures posted yearly by Lee Enterprises, the company that owns the Racine Journal Times, indicate that the local Racine paper is no exception.

According to data compiled in yearly company filings with the U.S. Security And Exchange Commission, the Racine paper has seen a roughly 33 percent drop in both daily and Sunday circulation numbers in a span of five years.

In 2013, Journal Times daily circulation came in at 22,562. In 2018, that number has dwindled to 14,949. Sunday circulation in 2013 was reported at 25,582. Five years later, it reportedly shrank to 17,041.

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Bronze Crusher statue revealed at South Milwaukee's Crusherfest; daughter says it's 'the best possible image' of him

The Lisowski family unveils the life-size statue of Reggie "Da Crusher" Lisowski at Crusherfest in South Milwaukee on June 8. (Photo: Erik S. Hanley/Now News Group)

The life-size bronze statue of South Milwaukee native Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski has been unveiled.

How ‘bout dat?

A crowd of hundreds surrounded the statue, which was covered in a gray striped cloth. Both whispers and yells of excitement filled the air, making South Milwaukee’s downtown feel like one of the arenas where the Crusher would perform.

Everyone was staring at the ring — or at least landscaping that resembled a wrestling ring — which surrounded the statue with bricks displaying names of donors.

A priest blessed the statue and then, to the tune of “The Crusher” played live by The Novas, the statue was uncovered by the Lisowski family
Holding a beer barrel on his shoulder with an iconic facial expression and wearing a belt that said "The Crusher," the statue looked alive with a high level of detail right down to the wrinkles in his forehead.

A Better Mt. Pleasant

As news of the complaint spreads, we want to point out that Kelly 
Gallaher wasn’t the only person targeted, harassed and intimidated. 
Other residents were shamefully humiliated and abused. Village 
Trustees were falsely accused of corruption. The website alleges Gary 
Feest, Jon Hansen, Ken Otwaska and former Village President Jerry 
Garski took money in exchange for votes. 
This website is no satirical or mocking effort. It was created to 
intimidate anyone who dared question or expect accountability from 
Village officials. 
Such an act constitutes a gross violation of public trust and those 
who participated must be held responsible.

The Founding Fathers were "Radical Nut Jobs" with long hair

The Founding Fathers were "Radical Nut Jobs" with long hair - like 
mine. Thanks for the compliment. When you see me riding my Motobecane 
(bicycle) around Ratcine - with my long hair blowing in the wind - 
throw up a Peace sign and shout "What's up Big Daddy"?