Friday, July 21, 2017

"5 teens who recorded, mocked drowning man will not be charged in his death"

A group of Florida teens who taunted a drowning man while filming his death from afar will not be criminally charged, according to police.

"In the more than two-minute long video, the five teen boys -- who are between the ages of 14 and 16 -- can be heard laughing as the man struggles to stay afloat, police say, in a pond near his family's Cocoa, Florida, home.


"Instead of calling for help, the teens recorded the incident on a cell phone, chuckling during the victim's final moments.

"The teens can be heard warning the man that he was 'going to die' and they were not going to help him. At one point, one of the teen boys can be heard laughing, saying 'he dead.'

"The state of Florida currently does not have a law where a citizen is obligated to render aid or call for help for anyone in distress.

"'If there was (a law like that) we would charge them,' Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told CNN by phone."

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Our society is very sick.  I'm glad that I won't be around for the climax, when everyone goes to war against everyone else.

Four for Fridays!

Hello everyone I hope you had a good week. I am sorry for not posting last week but I would like to send a special thank you to Daddy Orbs for posting Four for Fridays last week for me. You know the people that are there for you when you need them and Daddy Orbs is there for me. Here are your questions for this week.

1) Have you ever had a garage sale?

2) Have you gone to a garage sale in the summer?

3) When you have gone to a garage sale is there something special you are looking for?

4) What is that something special you are looking for at a garage sale?

Have a great weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Oooo, fat and pudgy.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Sandy Weidner announces she's running for mayor"

"RACINE — After months of speculation about her intentions, 6th District Alderman Sandy Weidner announced Wednesday that she plans to run for mayor in the upcoming special election.

"Weidner made the announcement during Prospect Heights Community Living Center's annual friends and family party Wednesday night. Weidner had hinted at a run for mayor  since former Mayor John Dickert announced in March that he would be stepping down, but was waiting for aldermen to indicate when the election would take place.

"'I'd made up my mind a long time ago,' Weidner said. 'I just was not prepared to make an announcement until I knew when the mayor's seat was going to be vacated and when the City Council was going to make a determination as to when the special election would be.'"

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As far as I'm concerned, Sandy Weidner is the only candidate running who gives a damn about the people of this city.  Time after time, she stood up to lying John when all the other Common Council members cowered in fear.  If she becomes mayor, I hope she appoints a special counsel to investigate the crimes that lying John has committed against the city.

Alltime10s Thursdays

Open Blog - Thursday

 No shit, Sherlock.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hi, boys and girls!  How are you?  Enjoying this beautiful weather?  You better be or you can't complain about winter's cold.  These are the glory days of summer, before August's heat.  We get it again near September's end, but not as long or warm.  In between are the hot days of summer, when the grass goes dormant for lack of water.

Well, there's your landscape lesson for the day.  I couldn't help but notice that lying John is out of office one day and a company in Yorkville decides to re-commit to the area.  Hmm.  Gee, maybe the problem was you, lying John.

Now all we have to do is shoot down the event center and Machinery Row.  How many millions of dollars did we give to the "developer" of Machinery Row that won't be repaid?  My God, when it came to the ghetto, lying John took down streetlights, but when it came to far-fetched real estate developments, he threw around millions of dollars.

He left a hole to be plugged, so they temporarily appointed Dennis Wiser to the mayor's job.  The mayor's election should be sometime this fall.  Get ready for bucket loads of bullshit, in the mail, on TV, and on the telephone.  How dirty will it get?

If it matters, I endorse Sandy Weidner.

If she can't/won't run, I endorse OrbsCorbs.  I'd endorse Senor Zanza, but I',m not sure of his immigration status.

I read online yesterday that once President Nixon got so drunk that he wanted to nuke North Korea.  His generals talked him out of it.  Too bad.

Our current president provides all the entertainment that we need.  Maybe too much.

Junior and Senor Zanza get into some pretty heated arguments over politics.  I don't know which one is on which side.  It doesn't matter.  The arguments would be the same.  I only get involved if it looks like one is going to hit the other.  Then I call for a "timeout."  Amazingly, it works.  If only world leaders would volunteer for a timeout.  It might settle a lot of problems.

I hope that you have few problems.  I hope that you enjoy the weather.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I hope you enjoyed it.  The more readers, the better, is my belief.  Thank you all.
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Open Blog - Wednesday

Nothing. S'up with you?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Name That Throne"

From the Shepherd Express

14 hours ago
 I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So listen, the other day I happened to mosey past the twinkle-in-the-eye new Bucks’ Shangri-La on my way to a nearby George Webb Restaurant and remembered the joint didn’t yet have a moniker slapped on it that somebody shelled out some big-time dough for, what the fock.
And what kind of ballpark figure are we talking for what-you-call your “naming rights”? I thought I’d scout a potential price ’cause it might be nice to have something named after myself besides a tombstone or a court case. And HOLY FOCKING COW. To have your name affixed to a basketball court goes for about $120 million paid over 20 years—about $6 mil per year. Yeah, tell me about it, that’s a little rich for my blood, too. That’s one pricey shingle to hang out, I kid you not.

But maybe I’ve got a deal for you’s. And that is I’m offering naming rights to this here weekly column, “Art for Art’s Sake,” to the highest bidder. So what would it run you to affix your handle atop this page? Let me run some numbers here. Somewheres around 60,000 Badgerlanders and what-not sit down to read this paper at a weekly crack—not to mention a whole bunch of younger people who read this paper on a screen ’cause they’re too lazy to stop and pick up the hard stuff.

In the newspaper game, it’s called “circulation” rather than “attendance” like in the sports business, but it’s the same goddamn thing. Of interest to all potential pigeons who’d like to land my naming rights, out of these 60,000-plus weekly fans, 60,000-plus of them turn to this page first. And not just 41 times a fall, winter and spring—at only a max 17,500 fannies per Bucks game—but 52 focking times a year at 60,000 fannies, Jack.

So do the math: 52 times a conservative 60,000 equals 3,120,000, 3,120,000 satisfied and enlightened consumers of this column come rain, sleet, snow, mad dogs, hell, Englishmen and high water who each and every week will associate your name with truth, justice and the American Way.

And what am I asking for these naming rights? Let me tell you this. If you think forking out $120 million to have your moniker identified with an up-and-down basketball squad that—with a significant injury here and there, and/or free-agent desertion—would promise only disappointment is good advertising, then I got a weekly column I’d like to peddle you the naming rights to at a fraction of the cost. It won’t cost you $120 million. It won’t cost you $60 million. It won’t even cost you a paltry $1 million, no sir. I’m not here to rob you blind.

What I propose to soak you for the right to impress 3,120,000 potential customers per year with your corporate/store/product/restaurant name at the top of this page is two-bits a head. That’s right, a mere one-time $780,000 to name this column whatever the fock you want in perpetuity. Be it “Oscar Mayer for Oscar Mayer’s Sake,” “Chesterfield for Chesterfield’s Sake,” “Jim Beam for Jim Beam’s Sake” or “Hooters for Hooters’ Sake”; hell, makes no difference to me what kind of racket you’re in. If your business is selling the Lord, you can name this column “Christ for Christ’s Sake,” for christ sakes. All’s fine by me.

Believe me, I could care less what you call it. As long as you pony up the three-quarters of a million dollars, you can call this weekly essay “Piece of Crap” or even “Shit on a Shingle.”

So I hope you’s all seriously consider my generous offer to be a winner. I’m sure it promises a rosy future of so much winning; besides I really need the dough ’cause I could use a nice air conditioner. And speaking of the future, how ’bout I leave you with a supplemental astrological look-see that may be easier to read than one you may otherwise find in this paper ’cause it leaves out all the bullshit:

Aries: Spirits improve following the writing of a check for “cash” and mailed to Art Kumbalek, c/o Shepherd Express.

Taurus: Same as above, no bull.

Gemini: Send two checks, same address.

Cancer: See a doctor after writing check for “cash” to Art Kumbalek.

Leo: See “Aries” for special message, hairball.

Virgo: Ditto.

Libra: Hey knob, where’s my check?

Scorpio: See “Libra” for special message.


Sagittarius: Fock if I know.

Capricorn: It’s a wonderful life, but what would it be like without you around? Before you try to find out, take out a life insurance policy. Stars indicate “Art Kumbalek” to be beneficiary. Go jump off the Hoan, but make it look like an accident.

Aquarius: Hey waterboy, bear me a couple, three Jacksons why don’t you.

Pisces: Fish got to swim, and eagles got to fly from you to me.

Assclown: Yeah, you may never have heard of this sign before, but you know who you are and if you don’t, I do, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.

"time for sushi" & "late for meeting"

Open Blog - Tuesday

 It could be worse.  It could be Monday.

Monday, July 17, 2017


News with a twist

  • Updated

What about the SPF?

Fashion magazines say last year’s trend in the U.K. has washed up on U.S. beaches. Some sunbathers are using Coca-Cola as self-tanner. Is it effective? Apparently, Coke can provide a temporary stain — but it isn’t the real thing. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai, told Allure magazine, “I recommend staying away from it. Applying it to the skin may lead to a temporary darkening or staining of the skin, but because sodas are acidic, it may exfoliate dead cells, enhancing the ability of UV light to penetrate into the skin.” So, cola to exfoliate? Maybe.

AI for Alpha kids

IEEE, a professional organization dedicated to advancing technology, recently released results of a survey asking millennial parents of generation Alpha kids — children 7 years old or younger — about artificial intelligence. About two-thirds of the parents would prefer to have AI rather than their kids help them live independently in their golden years. About 48 percent of parents would get a robot pet instead of a real pet if their kid wanted one. And about 40 percent would hire a robo-nanny in place of a real nanny. Of course, a new survey will be required next year, after the release of Mary Poppins Returns.

Love it or list it?

A man who bought a dilapidated house next to his childhood home in Pennsylvania undertook an extensive renovation and discovered the eyesore was a 300-year-old log cabin — one of the oldest homes in the state. After removing layers of exterior, the 71-year-old man found a log home untouched — except by time — since 1704.

Hairy survey

Whether you like men smooth, hairy or not at all, you might find this interesting. asked more than 4,000 people about their opinions of hirsute men. Sixty-one percent of women said they prefer their men bare, while 58 percent of gay men said they like them bushy. But asked whether they manscape their chest hair, 46 percent of men said yes, while 54 percent said no. “There’s a disconnect between how a woman wants a man to look, and how he actually looks,” said CEO Brandon Wade. But apparently not so for gay men.

Harvest time

Italian artist Dario Gambarin used his tractor to transform a field near the city of Verona into a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the Group of 20 summit. The AP said the artist creates his giant images with a good eye and tractor skills. Last year, Gambarin created portraits of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. To everything, there is a season.

Sip and slurp

The Collective Brewing Project in Texas is catering to college students — or perhaps nostalgic college grads — with its latest concoction. The Cup O’ Beer is brewed with ramen noodles and, according to the Fort Worth brewery, delivers notes of ginger, lime, lemongrass and a seaweed-cured sea salt. From tap, the beer is served in Styrofoam cups. To go, the beer retails for a not-so-nostalgic price — $7 a bottle.

Another pour

The label of another new craft brew, Amigous Cerveza, shows a frowning Donald Trump wearing a sombrero and a swastika belt buckle and declares the president of the United States belongs “in a mad house, not the White House.” Luis Enrique de la Reguera, chief executive of brewery Casa Cervecera Cru Cru, said the beer has been selling “extremely fast” since it arrived on the market in May. Credit for the IPA goes to Cru Cru, Mexican partner Error de Diciembre and U.S.-based Epic Brewing, in a show of cross-border cooperation.

Blown away

A Florida man accidentally shot himself in the penis after unwittingly sitting on a loaded gun he’d left on the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Pouring salt into the wound, local reports say that because of a prior conviction for cocaine possession, the man may face a criminal charge for possessing the firearm that wrecked his junk.

Woops, wrong car

A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing charges after breaking into a police cruiser. In a Facebook post, the West Warwick Police Department said two officers witnessed the crime. But police said the man was so focused on “the task at hand” that he only realized his mistake after the officers apprehended him.

Vroom, vroom

A Pennsylvania motorcycle lover was buried in the sidecar of his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. Family members said 89-year-old Steel City resident Arthur Werner Sr. made his burial plans way ahead of his death from cancer.

Unintended consequences

The audience for MSNBC’s Morning Joe jumped 70 percent the day after Donald Trump sent out a nasty, adolescent tweet ridiculing hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

"I'm Going To End Political Corruption in Racine, WI"

Why you should support Justin Wheeler

My name is Justin Wheeler and I am running for Mayor of Racine, WI in the upcoming special election.

I was born in this city. I was raised here by my phenomenal parents Allan and Terri. My father has served Racine as a city employee for over 35 years.

I've worked for and in the city, and have a detailed understanding of the day to day operations of city departments and our common council.

My campaign is all about the individuals in our city. We're putting the power back in your hands. No more shady backroom deals and lies to the public.

Transparency and integrity will be the foundation of everything my administration does.

I'm focused on job opportunities and saving money for our citizens.
Technology is our biggest asset in retooling our local economy. 

My administration will invest in high speed internet for our city. Cities such as Chattanooga, TN attracted a large number of tech based companies by installing high speed fiber-optic connections throughout the city. They've seen abandoned factories replaced with new 21st century industry. They created 1000 new, quality jobs in just two years.

As a journalist and business owner I've seen struggles and successes from a plethora of perspectives in our community.

Too often local government gets in the way of its people. Local regulations cripple growth and wasteful spending burdens our budget.

Privileged career politicians spend our resources paying off political favors and positioning themselves for their next pay day, usually on the taxpayers' dime.

Our city is over 100 million dollars in debt. Instead of changing our spending, our leaders voted to raise the debt ceiling. This is not fiscal responsibility. 32 cents of every tax dollar is spent on debt. We’re losing street lights, our roads are falling apart.

Remember the guy that told us he would make Racine a top 10 city in 10 years? He introduced Cory Mason at a goodbye press conference as Racine’s next mayor.

Liars are the worst, but we have to move forward. ...Read more

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"Dickert offers gratitude, pride in last interview as mayor"

Drop dead, you lying liar.  The sooner we get rid of you, the better the chance that we can undo your lies.

Who was the spark plug for Anthony Lane's makeover?  Not you, Dickert, but you'll gladly steal the spotlight.  What the hell did Dickert do to lower our unemployment level?  Nothing.  He's chased every skilled technician out of the city.  What a mess he leaves for his successor.

So glad to see the lying criminal leave.  How do we get retirement money back from his lying cousin, the former City Administrator, Tom Friedel?

Dickert and his cronies:

You and me: 

Open Blog - Monday

Oh my.