Friday, April 20, 2018

"Milwaukee alders call for Foxconn diversity"

From Wisconsin

As contracts are being awarded and opportunities announced, municipal leaders are making sure their communities aren’t excluded


Members of the Milwaukee Common Council April 12 pressed representatives promoting the Foxconn development about diversity at every level of the project.

The council’s steering and rules committee discussed development plans with the state liaison for the project, Matt Moroney of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, and Adam Jelen, a senior vice president with Gilbane Building Company, the lead contractor.

Foxconn Technology Group, the largest contract electronics company in the world, plans to build a campus in Mount Pleasant to manufacture LCD screens, operate a headquarters in Milwaukee, and import and export goods from the Port of Milwaukee.

In courting the Taiwan-based company, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature negotiated the largest taxpayer giveaway to a private corporation in the nation’s history, as well relaxed environmental regulations.

Strong opposition to the project remains, but as contracts are being awarded and opportunities announced, municipal leaders are making sure their communities aren’t excluded

From THB: Fat Little Robin

He's thinking, "Where the hell is spring?"

"Slack It by Xposed 4Heads (feat. Al Mothersbaugh)"

Meet Blizzard

"The Continentals"

Making your day a little more chirpy.

"WiGWAG: News with a twist! Teachers armed with miniature baseball bats, a police department calls out a ground hog, a feces-filled train stinks up a town and more!"

From Wisconsin

We might be inspired by the stories of the day, the tabloid at the checkout counter, gossip in our ears or a reader's tip in our email. If it strikes us as a little bit off, a lot of silly, positively preposterous or reveals the absurdity of our present situation with the president, it’s WiGWAG. News with a twist

Americans really hate filing their taxes

A Wallet Hub survey found Americans really don’t like doing their taxes. Fifty-one percent of people surveyed said they’d rather do jury duty. One in five would prefer talking to their kids about sex. And more than 10 percent would swim with sharks, spend the night in jail and drink expired milk.

Pillow fight

If you watch TV, chances are you’ve seen Mike Lindell hawking his invention My Pillow, which he credits with all sorts of major health benefits. But a district attorney looked into Lindell’s claims, found them scientifically baseless and sued him, costing Lindell a $1 million settlement. Still, Lindell said sales remain strong because he stuck with advertising on Fox’s The Ingraham Angle. Other advertisers are boycotting the show because host Laura Ingraham ridiculed Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. But Lindell shouldn’t count his sheep just yet: Now there’s a boycott against him for not boycotting.

This really stinks

For two months, dozens of train cars carrying 10 million pounds of poop have been stranded in a rail yard in rural Parrish, Alabama. The stench has proven unbearable for the town’s 982 residents, who say they seldom leave their homes anymore. We can’t blame locals if they view the smelly situation as a poster child for the evils of Big Government, since convoluted federal red tape has prevented the cars from moving on to their original destination. And locals can’t be happy that the excrement hails from the Yankee states of New York and New Jersey.

Top Chick

A chicken known for its intelligence, resilience and ability to withstand cold winters is becoming the official state poultry of New Hampshire. A class of fourth-graders recommended the New Hampshire Red for the title, and members of the New Hampshire General Court — i.e., the state legislature — agreed, saying the chicken ably represents New Hampshire qualities. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has said he’d make the honor official.

Ratting on the mice was a fail

When 1,000 pounds of marijuana went missing from a police warehouse in Pilar, Argentina, the city’s former police commissioner and his subordinates speculated it was consumed by mice. Nice try, but experts blew that theory up in smoke. They told a judge that, first of all, mice wouldn’t eat pot and, secondly, pot would kill them if they did. Since the warehouse wasn’t littered with mice corpses, eight officers were discharged from their duties and might face criminal charges.

Lobbying for legalization?

The same day House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election, former House Speaker John Boehner announced he was going to work in the cannabis industry. Boehner took a seat on the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, an investment company with an established footprint in the burgeoning pot industry. What might that mean for the legalization effort? A representative with MariMed Inc., a pot cultivation and processing company, proclaimed Boehner’s presence on the board “game-changing validation of cannabis’ future promise and value to human health and the wellness of the American public.

APB for Phil

Depew Police Department in upstate New York announced via Facebook the arrest of winter and warned that any more snow produced by the season would work against it in court. The department also called for Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog from Pennsylvania, to turn himself in for predicting six more weeks of winter. 

Dear Winter,
You are hereby placed under arrest. You have the right to remain silent and out of sight, but apparently not the ability. Any further snow you produce will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, but only if you turn in the groundhog that predicted six more weeks of winter. If you are willing to work with us, we are willing to look past your most recent transgressions over the course of this past week. The choice is yours.

The Depew Police Department

First stones, now bats

Weeks after a Pennsylvania school district equipped teachers with buckets of rocks to deal with school shootings, another Pennsylvania school district has armed teachers — with miniature baseball bats. The superintendent of Millcreek Township School District said the 16-inch wooden bats should remind teachers to fight a school shooter with any weapon available.

Bigger than a breeze

A Florida woman arrested for possession of drugs blamed the weather. Police in Fort Pierce reported stopping the woman and two passengers and searching her vehicle after getting a whiff of marijuana. The officers found two bags, one containing pot and another containing cocaine, in the purse in the driver’s lap. She explained: “It’s a windy day. It must have flown through the window and into my purse.”

Jesus Christ would vote for Oprah

Jesus Christ, an 83-year-old woman who lives in Waterboro, Maine, says she did not know Oprah Winfrey was asking for a sign from God about running for president when she sent a letter to the television magnate. Christ — who 50 years ago changed her name and began writing letters to promote peace and faith — said she wrote to Winfrey because she likes her. But should the TV celebrity run for the White House, Jesus Christ will vote for her.

Four for Friday!

THB asked me to fill in this week because she's up north with her mom.

1)  Marry for money or marry for love?

2)  Where have all the good times gone?

3)  Were you mommy or daddy's boy or girl?

4)  Can we do anything to save the environment, or is it too far gone already?

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Open Blog - Friday

Last time I was in love, there were, er, some problems.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my Eskimos!  How are you?  It hasn't been too bad of a winter so far, but the snow and storms will only increase.  Be sure to keep your boots by the door.  If a nor'easter rips into us, we've had it.  What's the new start date for spring again?  I can't wait.  I'll bet you want it to stop snowing, too.  Maybe our old mayor, Mr. Lying John. can help.  I wonder what it would cost?

Congratulations to Mr. OrbsCorbs for his twenty-five years of sobriety.  In AA, he's now considered an "old-timer" who's supposed to have all the answers.  Good luck with that.  His answers always provoke more questions.  And he's proud of that.  I can see that he doesn't understand the basic principle of internet protocol that says, "Enlighten, but stifle."  There's room for only so many on the internet.

Where necessary, baseball season will begin with players in snowsuits.  "Sliding home" will be given new meaning as players zoom across the plate at 45 mph.

Why don't I ply my trade in the tropics?  Too hot, that's why.

Racine has an active commission on "fortune telling."  They already know not to mess with me or I'll turn them into frogs.  Ribbit.

 I love the few flowers that have started to poke their heads through the soil.  Meanwhile, we're supposed to get 1-3" of snow tomorrow.  Is it spring or not?  I guess not.  The calendars may say so, but the ice and snow trump any calendar.

Maybe we won't have any spring this year.  We'll go directly from winter to summer, which will be cold.  The relief from the heat is almost worth the perversion of nature.

Short, sharp sentences.  It's the new reporting.  Fire one off and then move on.  Sorry, baby, but that road is calling me.  "Hey, idiot!" it exclaims.  The internet has forever changed reporting, just like cable did.  Soon advertisers will be bidding for the rights to broadcast on the little screens implanted in our brains at birth.  3-D projections and Incense and Peppermints.  Oh my!

I hope that some of this makes sense to somebody out there.  I'm baffled by my own bullshit.  I've walked by  Señor Zanza and I'd swear that he is whispering, "Moo!"  But he isn't.  'Cause if he is, . . .

What a mess this is, just like my life.  I need to bear down and put my shoulder to the grindstone.  Or something like that.  I need to get serious.

Or something like that.  I need to tell you all how much I love you.
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Open Blog - Wednesday


25 Years - May 18, 1993-2018
One Day At A Time

Monday, April 16, 2018

"A Small WIN!"

Well, CCAP is finally applying some common sense and getting rid of dismissed cases - as they should! I was so happy to see some of the BS in my name gone - but there is still much to be done.
Now when I fill out a job app that asks for 7 years back - I have NO Criminal convictions - and for 10 years back - only 1. I want the criminal disorderlies which were dismissed and reduced to tickets removed - and in 2020 - my first disorderly while armed will also go away.
I'm so glad to see the civil case that the Coey's filed against me - to harass me - which was dismissed - is now gone from the public record - as it should be..

Maybe the State of Wisconsin is finally figuring out that by criminalizing everybody they were making them hardcore unemployable! And that Employers didn't always care what the status of the case was - they were holding it against People - hey you were sued/charged!

1c. What changes went into effect on March 30, 2018, for how cases are displayed on WCCA?

Recently, the Director of State Courts, acting on recommendations by the WCCA Oversight Committee, determined that the following cases will be removed from WCCA 2 years after the final order:
  • Dismissed Small Claims (SC) cases
  • Dismissed Criminal Felony (CF) cases
  • Dismissed Criminal Misdemeanor (CM) cases
  • Acquitted Criminal Felony (CF) cases
  • Acquitted Criminal Misdemeanor (CM) cases
  • Injunctions under Wis. Stat. Chapter 813 for domestic abuse, child abuse, individual at risk, which result in a dismissal or denial.
See FAQ 3a for case retention and display information.
Additionally, as of the end of the first quarter of 2018, criminal charge modifiers, which change the severity of an underlying criminal charge, are more clearly displayed in the case summary. A criminal charge modifier may potentially increase the penalty for the underlying crime (if, for example, the person used certain dangerous weapons or is determined to be a repeat offender) or may potentially decrease the penalty for the underlying crime (if, for example, the person is found to have attempted, but not completed, the underlying crime).
You can find the entire WCCA Oversight Committee Report and the Director of State Courts’ Action Plan at

Open Blog - Monday



Thank you.

Sunday, April 15, 2018