Saturday, December 12, 2020

Teen already facing charges for allegedly beating someone with a bong accused of selling MDMA while out on bond

From The Journal

MOUNT PLEASANT — An alleged drug dealer, already facing charges for allegedly beating someone with a bong during a robbery, is facing new drug charges.

Matthew N. Spiegelhoff, 18, of the 1800 block of North Summerset Drive, was charged with two felony counts of deliver designer drugs (less than or equal to 3 grams) and bail jumping on Wednesday.

On Sept. 15, Spiegelhoff allegedly beat someone else with a bong in a reported armed robbery where he was accused of stealing $2,500 in cash as well as multiple electronic devices. He was charged with two felony counts of armed robbery, a felony count of substantial battery and a felony count of burglary of a building or dwelling in connection to the case.

Then, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday:

Earlier this fall, a cooperating citizen reportedly met with Spiegelhoff twice and bought MDMA (also known as ecstasy or molly) from him.

On both occasions, Spiegelhoff entered the citizen’s car and delivered the suspected MDMA; both times the suspected MDMA tested positive after being returned to police.

Spiegelhoff was given a $10,000 cash bond in Racine County Circuit court on Wednesday.

A status conference is set for Dec. 17 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records show.


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'I have to keep doing the work': Kenosha activist Porche Bennett-Bey honored as Time magazine 'Guardian of the Year'

From JSOnline:

Ricardo Torres
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Four months ago, Porche Bennett-Bey was in the streets of Kenosha, the city she grew up in, protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police offer Rusten Sheskey. 

A photo from the night of Aug. 25 shows Bennett-Bey, a mom and U.S. Army veteran, holding a sign at a protest in Kenosha that read “Black Lives Matter." She stood her ground and didn’t say a word. She got tear gassed and pepper balled by police. She was nearly hit by water bottles and fireworks by protesters. But she stood her ground hoping her example of protest would lead others to do the same. 

Since the most intense nights of the Kenosha protests, Bennett-Bey hasn’t stopped organizing for change in her community. On Thursday her hard work was recognized. Time magazine put her on the cover as part of its "People of the Year" project. She was named “Guardian of the Year" with Assa Traoré and racial-justice organizers. 

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were both named 2020's "Person of the Year."

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Robin Vos

Where were the Racine County Republicans when Racine Mayor John Dickert issued an "Executive Order"?

Where were the Racine County Republicans when the Knowles Nelson grant for the Root River Bluff overlook project went through? 

Where were the Racine County Republicans when the Machinery Row debacle ensued - OH WAIT Wasn't Vos right in bed with them?

Former Governor Scott Walker's Foxconn Scam failed from the start per the WEDC Contract stipulations - as I and many others pointed out - yet "TEA Party" MTP Village President David DeGroot and the entre Ratcine County Board went ahead and acted as if it was all a go. Property rights were violated, secret deals made behind closed doors, the Highway V residents were abused as well as those in the Foxconn area of interest - and what is there to show for it all? Where are the Ratcine County Republicans on this issue?

When a Ractine County Judge - Gerald "the Home Court Advantage" ruled that John Dickert was acting as Mayor while campaigning for Office on WRJN, where were the Ratcine County Republicans?

When Tim Elmer filed a Complaint against Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman  -  where were the Ratcine County Republicans? OH in bed with Monte and the same compromised problems - like TEA-Party "Little Buddy" Jimmy Ladwig's wife Debra working for Ayra's and Ken Lunmpkin operating a cash Bingo Hall on a dilapidated Douglas Ave property that hasn't paid it's property taxes in years.

Anyone remember the evidence submitted in the Barowners lawsuit showing that John Dickert and Little Buddy Jimmy Ladwig were the beneficiaries of illegal campaign contributions from a fundraiser ran by Beth Pramme and Mary Jerger Osterman?

How about that agreement TEA Party extraordinaire member MTP Village President David DeGroot made with ultra-left wing Marxist Ratcine Mayor Cory Mason to force MTP Residents to pay the difference between what Foxconn actually uses in water versus the rosy projections?

Anyone remember George Petak? Shuffled off in shame to work with disabled kids in TN - OH WAIT - moved back to Madison, became a Lobbyist - then appointed head of WI DFI - even got retirement credits so he had continued service - now living comfortable retired on the taxpayer dime.

Throwing Your Vote in Racine County Pays – The Curious Case of Former State Sen. George Petak , R-Racine Link:

What me to go on and on? Just sit and spin in your little circle - don't worry - Robin Vos is working for you - YEAH - RIGHT!  Kabuki Theatre continues in Ratcine County - enjoy the shit show and continue to circle the drain.

Open Blog - Weekend

 All right!

Friday, December 11, 2020

UPDATED | 'A true hero': Family speaks out at sentencing of John Hetland's killer

From The Journal

RACINE — Dalquavis Ward is going away for life.

John Hetland


On Friday, the man convicted of killing beloved longtime Racine Police Officer John Hetland was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Judge Timothy Boyle handed down the sentence to Ward less than three months after the 27-year-old was found guilty on Sept. 25.

Ward was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Hetland, who was 49 years old at the time of his death and a 24-year veteran of the RPD. Ward was additionally convicted of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Robin Vos

Submitted by Jimmygreen:

Robin Vos in 2019

Assembly Speaker Calls for Investigation of Wisconsin Election

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos talks with fellow Assembly members before the Wisconsin Governor addresses a joint session of the Legislature for the State of the State speech at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Madison. Andy Manis/AP Photo

Robin Vos in 2020

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has said he wants lawmakers to review the election but does not believe they will find anything that will show Trump won the state ……Milwaukee Journal

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Forecasters expect 2 to 5 inches of heavy, wet snow to fall across portions of southern Wisconsin; lakeshore flooding possible

From JSOnline:
Joe Taschler
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Winter looks like it will finally show up in parts of southern Wisconsin later Friday afternoon and Saturday, forecasters say. 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow across areas north and west of Milwaukee County.

The advisory covers Washington, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Columbia, Dodge, Iowa, Dane, Jefferson, Lafayette, Green and Rock counties in southeast Wisconsin. The advisory is in effect from late Friday night through 6 p.m. on Saturday.

"Rain and snow will move into southern Wisconsin this afternoon," the weather service said in a statement. "The precipitation will then change to all snow tonight and continue through Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible."

Forecasters say the main area of snow is likely along a line from Darlington to Madison to Sheboygan where "2 to 5 inches of wet heavy snow is expected."

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Wisconsin's Role In The Electoral College, Explained

 Submitted by Jimmygreen:

Mark Piquette, left, votes early Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Waukesha City Hall. Angela Major/WPR

Wisconsin Voters Are Casting Ballots To Determine The Fate Of 10 Electoral Votes For The Presidency

In an election cycle stained with political unrest, Nov. 3's approach feels like a white flag waving. But while Tuesday will mark the end of belligerent mailings and commercials, pollster phone calls and text messages, the process to name the nation's next president is really just getting started. 

That's because the general election — where people flock to the polls and county clerks spend hours opening, vetting and counting absentee ballots — determines the popular vote, and then it's up to the state electors to cast their own votes to ultimately decide the next president.

And as the Electoral College's significance comes into focus after Tuesday, so will Wisconsin's role in it.

The Electoral College is a system governing the election of a president and vice president where appointed people in each state cast ballots that determine the winners. Often, but not always, the votes that are cast are reflective of whichever candidate wins the state's popular vote. 

It was built into the U.S. Constitution and has been around for hundreds of years. It's also a system that has been lambasted as undemocratic. There have been a few times in history when a man has been cast into the presidency who didn't actually win the popular vote.

Most recently, questions over the legitimacy and fairness of the Electoral College surfaced after President Donald Trump's upset in 2016, when he won the office with 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton's 232, at the same time that Clinton won the popular vote by about 2 percent.

Some analysts agree Trump isn't likely to win the popular vote this year, but say that he could win a second term by way of the Electoral College in a 2016 redux. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

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U.S. Army medical staff being deployed to overwhelmed Wisconsin hospitals

From JSOnline:
Molly Beck
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON - Nearly four dozen U.S. Army medical workers are being deployed to Wisconsin to help out hospitals and health care workers stressed and exhausted by the continued surge of COVID-19 patients in the area. 

The Army personnel will work in medical centers in Beaver Dam, Eau Claire, Marshfield and Rice Lake. 

The facilities are in an area of Wisconsin with some of the highest and most sustained rates of COVID-19 infections. The Marshfield Clinic system, which oversees the facilities receiving help, has been utilizing volunteers from a state emergency assistance program, "but the need for more staff to meet patient demand remains a challenge," Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Susan Turney said.

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'They demolished my house for this?' Residents outraged by the Foxconn factory that fizzled

The roads were supposed to be for 13,000 workers but no one is here,’ Sean McFarlane said. ‘What is this sidewalk for? I don’t understand it. It’s the sidewalk to nowhere.’ Photograph: Courtesy writer

In Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, families were forced out for a huge hi-tech plant – but three years later, it still hasn’t been built

When Sean McFarlane recently returned to the site where his lifelong home was demolished, he found in its place a retention pond and hundreds of geese perched on a hill.

The quiet scene came as a shock. The Wisconsin village of Mount Pleasant had effectively forced him, his girlfriend and four children from their home in 2017 to make way for a proposed 20m sq ft hi-tech plant owned by the Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, a plant Donald Trump had said would soon be the “eighth wonder of the world”.

To make way for this “wonder”, village officials temporarily placed the McFarlanes in a dilapidated vacant house with no working toilets or heat, then allegedly failed to meet the promised relocation payment of $22,000.

Three years later, the factory for which the family went through hell hasn’t been built. Sitting in his wheelchair on an empty sidewalk in November, McFarlane sighed in disbelief as he scanned the vast patchwork of mud, open fields, ponds and a few underutilized buildings comprising the 3,000-acre Foxconn site.

“They demolished my house for this? A bunch of geese that sit on a hill?” McFarlane, 37, asked. “It’s upsetting. That’s where my old house was, and now it’s just nothing. You know? Nothing.”

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Action Alert

Submitted by Jimmygreen:

Dear supporters of HOT Government  at the time of this email 17 states are suing the State of Wisconsin suggesting fraudulent activities in our voting system.  I am not fraudulent, you are not fraudulent but someone is. To maintain the voting system to be Honest, Open and Transparent attached are links to our state legislators. Please contact them and tell them it is their responsibility to investigate voter fraud and  they have the power in the state legislator to take the electoral votes from the electors.  There is substantial evidence to support the non issue of electoral votes to either candidate. 

Open Blog - Thursday

 And yesterday was Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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There have been no Safer Racine ordinance fines since Oct. 30, but inspections may resume

From The Journal

RACINE — Although no people or businesses have been fined under the Safer Racine ordinance — which requires mask-wearing in buildings and that businesses enforce social distancing — since Oct. 30, inspections to make sure the rules are being followed may resume, city spokesman Shannon Powell said Wednesday afternoon.

After inspections led by Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox at nine area business on Friday, Oct. 30, four were cited for violations.

Powell said Wednesday that the Health Department has not done any inspections since then, but that Bowersox has indicated she wants to do inspections again in coming weeks.

Since the late-October inspections, Safer Racine restrictions have been made more stringent, including reducing the maximum capacity at bars and restaurants down to 25% of normal indoor capacity

Bowersox, with the support of the Racine City Council, said the reason for the tightening of restrictions is the sharp rise in local case rates that began in mid-October, coupled with the anticipation of extended-family gatherings over the holiday season, despite health officials nationwide advising against such gatherings.

Spikes in COVID-19 cases have been reported locally in recent weeks. It took from the beginning of the pandemic until Oct. 11 for Racine County to confirm its 100th coronavirus-related death. On Tuesday, less than two months later, Racine County's 198th, 199th, 200th and 201st COVID deaths were reported.


Sieg Heil!  Sieg Heil!  Sieg Heil! 

Bend over for your "inspections."

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Deputy charge nurse Katie McIntosh administers the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine jabs, to Vivien McKay Clinical Nurse Manager at the Western General Hospital, on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the British history, in Edinburgh, Scotland Britain December 8, 2020.
Andrew Milligan | Reuters

 LONDON — People who have a history of “significant” allergic reactions should not receive the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the U.K. drug regulator said Wednesday.

The U.K’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency updated its guidance to British health service trusts on who should receive the vaccine after two members of Britain’s National Health Service experienced allergic reactions to the shot. Both are recovering well, according to the national medical director for the NHS.

“Any person with a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food (such as previous history of anaphylactoid reaction or those who have been advised to carry an adrenaline autoinjector) should not receive the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine,” the regulatory agency said.

Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS, said such a precaution “is common with new vaccines.”

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 Having successfully fended off COVID-19, Taiwan is taking no chances.


A Filipino man was slapped with a hefty fine for flouting quarantine rules for mere seconds in Taiwan, one of the few places in the world that has successfully stemmed the spread of the coronavirus.

The migrant worker, who arrived in the southern port city of Kaohsiung last month, stepped out of his room for eight seconds to leave something at the door of a friend who was also quarantining, Taiwanese media have reported.

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