A Baraboo woman allegedly went on a vulgarity-filled rant while threatening a law enforcement officer after being arrested for her third operating while intoxicated offense when she was found sleeping drunk behind the wheel of her vehicle in the town of Clearfield.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Major League Baseball and its longtime fans have been reeling for months as a lengthy list of Hall of Fame legends passed away, but the biggest blow of all came Friday.
The great Henry Aaron, who began and ended his big-league career in Milwaukee and was known as "Hammerin' Hank" for his successful pursuit of Babe Ruth's cherished home run record, died early Friday in his sleep at age 86.
Former Milwaukee Brewers owner and baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who knew Aaron for 63 years and counted him among his closest friends, said he received news of Aaron's death from a longtime assistant of the baseball great.
"I'm absolutely heartbroken, heartsick," Selig said. "This is so devastating. I know some people may quarrel with it but I've always said he was the greatest player of our generation. But he was a better human being. I'm so sad.
"When you think back to what he accomplished on the field, he was an even greater man off it. He was the same nice, wonderfully decent human being that he was when I first met him in 1958."
Friday, January 22, 2021
“Wisconsin is second to last in the Midwest in our vaccination rate and the governor says he’s ‘satisfied.’”
|ER nurse Stephanie Fidlin, left, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Jim Gruenewald, an Ascension Wisconsin ICU nurse at Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital in Franklin on Dec. 16, 2020 (Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).|
Wisconsin’s vaccine distribution — like most everything else in Wisconsin in recent years — has sparked a partisan blame game.
Republicans have criticized the rollout as slow and uncoordinated, asserting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers doesn’t have a sufficient plan. Evers has countered that he’s doing the best he can with the available supply, claiming Vice President Mike Pence had promised vaccines from a federal reserve that didn’t actually exist.
Republican Rebecca Kleefisch, a potential 2022 gubernatorial candidate, said Evers is leading an effort that ranks among the worst in the region.
"Wisconsin is second to last in the Midwest in our vaccination rate and the governor says he’s ‘satisfied,’" Kleefisch, the former lieutenant governor under Gov. Scott Walker, said in a Jan. 14, 2021, tweet.
Two Kenosha Unified staffers mourn the loss of spouses after apparently getting COVID in the classroom
Less than two weeks after returning to the classroom in early December, Jeanne Holmes-Hoffman, a 20-year veteran of the Kenosha Unified School District, believes she contracted COVID-19 in the classroom and passed it on to both her husband and her mother.
Holmes-Hoffman's husband Jim spent 19 days in the hospital before dying Jan. 3 and her mother, who was living with the couple, suffered a coronavirus-related stroke and was hospitalized.
“Nothing can bring Jim Hoffman back. The void caused by missing his presence is felt every moment by me and my family,” Holmes-Hoffman said in a statement read to the Kenosha Unified School Board on Jan. 6. “This did not need to happen to my husband.”
The Kenosha school district is grappling with how to balance the safety of its staff and their families with the fears of parents that their children will fall behind if classes are online. Holmes-Hoffman is one of two staff members who say they got coronavirus in the classroom and passed the virus on to their spouses who died from it.
The second staffer has not been identified.
The school board voted to go virtual from Nov. 30 to Jan. 8, however, because Holmes-Hoffman works with special education students, which required in-person education, she returned to the classroom in December.
US shocked after National Guardsmen kicked out of Capitol Building and forced to lodge at parking lot after inauguration
|FILE PHOTO: Members of the National Guard stand guard at the US Capitol building. © REUTERS / Brandon Bell|
The US Capitol Police are in hot water again, after ordering National Guardsmen protecting the Capitol in Washington, DC to leave and find accommodation elsewhere. The decision was overturned hours later amid a public outcry.
Almost 26,000 National Guard troops were flown and bussed to the US capital from all around the country after the January 6 riot. The unprecedented military surge made Washington, DC look like a US-occupied foreign city such as Fallujah, according to some commenters. Joe Biden’s inauguration day came and passed without any public disturbances.
The special security event announced by the US Secret Service for the inauguration ceremony ended at noon on Thursday. Somebody in the US Capitol Police then seemingly decided it was high time for National Guard troops to vacate the Capitol Building, where they had been quartered for two weeks.
Hundreds of Guardsmen were suddenly expelled and forced to look for a new place to sleep – including in the nearby congressional parking garages. The troops there suffered from shortages of restrooms and sockets to charge devices, plus exhaust fumes, overcrowding, and other issues. Understandably, the eviction left many of them with a feeling of humiliation and betrayal.
“It’s f**ked up because it just shows how politicians really feel about the National Guard,” one of them told Task & Purpose. “Leaving our families for the last two weeks to come down here … it’s certainly important and historic, but the day after inauguration you kick us literally to the curb? Come on, man.”
“The next time DC calls, we will let it go to voicemail,” a soldier interviewed by Military Times joked.
Images of soldiers napping on the ground in a parking lot unleashed a wave of public fury. Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle offered the Guardsmen their offices as lodging.
Congressman Madison Cawthorn visited the troops with some pizzas and an assurance that no soldier will sleep on a garage floor as long as he has something to say about it.
Other politicians seized the opportunity for some partisan bickering as they blamed the other side for the mistreatment of the troops.
Hours after the story was first broken by Politico – and seemingly with quite a few phone calls involved – the Capitol Police apologized to the Guardsmen and allowed them back into the Capitol Building.
“Because of the MASSIVE backlash over this, we are now being allowed back into the Senate building,” a soldier told Military Times. “We’re going to make a big show of marching back into the building.”
It remains unclear why the troops were kicked out from the Capitol in the first place, the incident has exposed the Capitol Police to fresh criticism. The force is already under fire due its failure to anticipate the Capitol riot and dispatch enough troops to prevent Donald Trump’s supporters from breaking into the national legislature. Chief Steven Sund resigned after the January 6 fiasco.
The scandal comes as the National Guard pulls back its troops from Washington following the inauguration surge. Thousands have already left, though the Guard expects it may take up to 10 days to complete the drawdown. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that his state’s troops will be returning home on Thursday night, though it was not clear if the order was scheduled or a response to the garage situation.
‘QAnon Congresswoman’ files articles of impeachment against US President Joe Biden as ‘unfit & threat to national security’
|FILE PHOTO: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) is seen on the floor of the House to take her oath of office as a newly elected member of Congress in Washington, DC. © Reuters / Joshua Roberts|
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), elected to her first term in November, accused Biden of being “unfit to hold the office” and a “lengthy and disturbing” pattern of “abuse of power” while he was Barack Obama’s vice president, citing his threats to the Ukrainian government and his son Hunter Biden’s shady business deals overseas among the examples.
In a statement on Thursday, Greene said Biden has shown he would do “whatever it takes” to bail out his son and “line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies.”
“President Biden residing in the White House is a threat to national security and he must be immediately impeached,” she added. In filing the articles, the Georgia congresswoman kept the promise she made a week ago, to impeach Biden on his first full day in office.
The motion is extremely unlikely to succeed. Republicans are a minority in the House of Representatives, and Greene herself hardly speaks for the party as a whole. She has also been under relentless media attack for months as a conspiracy theorist, from ‘QAnon’ to calling the mass shootings in Sandy Hook and Parkland “false flags.”
Thursday, January 21, 2021
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to defrost and spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine was charged Tuesday with attempted misdemeanor property damage, and prosecutors warned more serious charges could follow if tests show the doses were ruined.
Police arrested 46-year-old Steven Brandenburg on Dec. 31 as part of an investigation into how 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine were left for hours outside a refrigerator at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, a Milwaukee suburb. The vials contained enough vaccine to inoculate more than 500 people.
Detectives wrote in court documents that Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believed the vaccine would mutate recipients' DNA. Experts have said there's no truth to the claims that COVID-19 vaccines can genetically modify humans.
According to a criminal complaint, Brandenburg told a detective that he removed the vials from the refrigerator for three hours on Dec. 24 then replaced them. The next day he took the vials out of the refrigerator again. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn't refrigerated for 12 hours. But he said a pharmacy technician found the vials and put them back in the refrigerator.
A Moderna doctor told investigators that the vaccine could remain viable at room temperature for 24 hours, the complaint said. Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said during Brandenburg's initial court appearance Tuesday that he is having the doses tested to determine their efficacy and more serious charges could be coming if Brandenburg's actions made the vaccine doses ineffective.
Here's how Milwaukee County residents ages 65 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments
Widespread confusion followed Wisconsin's announcement Tuesday that people 65 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.
Here's how Milwaukee County residents 65 and older can get the vaccine.
►Go to HealthyMKE.com, the county's website to connect people who need a vaccine with entities that provide it.
►A red banner at the top of the page provides a message about what people 65 and older should do. Click the white button on the right side of the banner that reads, "Click here to sign up."
►The website will bring you to another page with more information about the sign-up process. Click the white button with the same wording: "Click here to sign up."
►Shortcut: Go directly to healthymke.com/phase-alerts.
►A blue page will appear. Click the yellow button that says "Click here to register" and fill in your contact information. Click the yellow "submit" button.
►You will receive an email or text message alert when you can register for a vaccination appointment.
►The website will match you to a vaccine provider or "vaccinator," which could be the City of Milwaukee's vaccination site at the Wisconsin Center, another municipality's health department, a pharmacy, a doctor's office or another entity.
►You will not be scheduled for a vaccine appointment after entering your contact info to receive the above alerts. It is the first step. You will be contacted when slots become available.
►City of Milwaukee residents will be able to start registering as early as this Thursday for slots next week at the Wisconsin Center, said Marlaina Jackson, interim Milwaukee Health Department commissioner.
►Milwaukee County's vaccine hotline is not set up yet. The county is working on ways to make sure those who do not have internet access can sign up for a vaccine, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
Racine will never be this organized in dispensing the vaccine: too many pigs pushing to the head of the line. Oink, oink, Butterball!