Saturday, January 29, 2022

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'Horrific' destruction if Russia invades Ukraine, says Gen. Milley

Why don't these "leaders" ever lead troops into battle?  I expect this yahoo and Brandon to be on the front lines of any military action.  But, no, they hide in Washington as they send young men to their deaths.  Pigs!

‘Bomb cyclone’ to deliver record snowfall to parts of Northeast

Judge OKs agreement to destroy gun used by Kyle Rittenhouse

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse's defense team has called him a member of a militia. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and seriously wounding a third.
Posted at 5:04 AM, Jan 28, 2022
and last updated 6:07 PM, Jan 28, 2022

The gun Kyle Rittenhouse used in the shootings back in August 2020 will be destroyed.

Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder approved an agreement to destroy the gun in a hearing Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said the Kenosha Police Department and other authorities will destroy the firearm, scope and magazine at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab around the end of April. It will be recorded.

Rittenhouse's defense attorney Mark Richards said "lots of people" have asked about buying the gun, and he said Rittenhouse doesn't want that.

He added investigators returned all of Rittenhouse's clothes they collected as evidence the night of the shootings.

"He didn't want anything out there going to other parties and be sold," Richards said.

FILE - Kenosha Police Department Detective Martin Howard, right, picks up the weapon Kyle Rittenhouse used on Aug. 25, 2020, during Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Nov. 8, 2021. A Wisconsin judge on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, approved an agreement by lawyers to destroy the assault-style rifle that Rittenhouse used to shoot three people during a 2020 street protest. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News Pool Photo via AP)

Attorneys also discussed who should get the $2 million bond money. Rittenhouse's former attorney, John Pierce, posted it back in November 2020.

"The bond money came from Fight Back to John Pierce," Richards said. "It was never John Pierce's money. It went into his trust account, not his business account."

An attorney representing a hedge fund who says it posted some of the bail money appeared in court Friday in what appeared to be an attempt to try to get some of the money back. Judge Schroeder denied that.

TMJ4 requested comment from Pierce and the hedge fund Friday afternoon.

Instead, Judge Schroeder approved an agreement between Richards and an attorney for the Fight Back Foundation, which was part of the fundraising effort for Rittenhouse's bail.

"The money is going to the people who divided up, Fight Back, Kyle and Ricky Schroeder, who posted some of it," Richards said.

TMJ4 legal analyst Jonathan Lavoy said he thinks some of that money could go towards paying off the costs of the trial.

"Experts, investigators, other types of expenses that might have been created during this very costly litigation," Lavoy said.

Richards said Rittenhouse is, "doing well, he's looking forward to getting back into school, that's all set up, and he's going to get on with his life."

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20 artists needed for Downtown Racine public art project

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Downtown Racine
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 28, 2022
and last updated 10:12 AM, Jan 28, 2022

RACINE — The Downtown Racine Corporation is looking for 20 artists for this year's public art project.

This year's project is the 21st in the city's history and will feature decorated rocking chairs that will be placed around downtown for public use.

The chairs will be out June through September.

"We’re so proud that we are one of only a few communities in the entire Nation that has displayed a public art project in downtown for over 20 years.” said Kelly Kruse, executive director of the Downtown Racine Corporation.

The choice to do a functional art project came from both the want to beautify downtown and the need for additional seating in the area.

To make the project come to life, the Downtown Racine Corporation is looking for 20 artists who will "create unique, kid and family-friendly designs that will adorn the rocking chairs."

The artists selected will receive $100 for art supplies.

Artists interested in applying can do so online and need to apply by February 25. The artists chosen will be notified on February 28.



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Friday, January 28, 2022

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Boris Johnson: Lockdown party report to be published in full

Lying swine.

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Man walking on I-65 shot, killed by law enforcement

Elon Musk says Biden treats Americans 'like fools' after president meets with GM, Ford execs on electric cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that President Biden "is treating the American public like fools" after Biden met with executives from rival car companies General Motors and Ford Motor earlier this week. 

Biden invited GM CEO Mary Barra and Ford CEO Jim Farley to the White House along with other business leaders to discuss his administration's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better legislation, which has stalled in the evenly split Senate after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., refused to support the legislation. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is seen in GrĂĽnheide, near Berlin, Germany, Aug. 13, 2021. (Getty Images)

The massive spending bill would bump up the $7,500 tax credit to $12,500 for union-made electric vehicles and would also make GM and Tesla eligible for the existing tax credit again after they hit the 200,000-vehicle limit for the credit. 

Biden touted GM's recent $7 billion investment in Michigan to ramp up electric vehicle production. 

"Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before," the president tweeted after the meeting, prompting the response from Musk that Biden was treating the American public "like fools."

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 27: President Joe Biden and the White House COVID-19 Response Team participate in a virtual call with the National Governors Association from the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House Complex on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden spoke to governors about their concerns regarding the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus and the need for more COVID-19 tests. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

President Biden is seen in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House Complex. (Getty Images)

Musk also tweeted that "Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form" and "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."

Previous criticism

It's not the first time that Musk has taken shots at Biden. The electric vehicle pioneer said in September that the administration was "maybe a little biased" and "seems to be controlled by unions." 

The Big Three U.S. automakers – GM, Ford, and Stellantis – are the largest employers of the United Auto Workers labor union

The president invited executives from those three companies to the White House in August when signed an executive order with the goal of making all vehicles sold in the U.S. electric by 2030, but did not invite Musk. 

Tesla automobile plugged in and charging a Supercharger rapid battery charging station for the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors, in Mountain View, California. (Getty Images)

Tesla reported record annual profits of $5.5 billion on Wednesday, including a fourth-quarter profit of $2.32 billion. That's up from its previous record of $3.47 billion in profit in 2020, which was the company's first profitable year. 

Despite the bright earnings report, shares of Tesla stock slid 11.55% to $829.10 on Thursday amid ongoing supply chain challenges. 

Reuters contributed to this report. 


Let's go Brandon!

Russia tries to reframe Ukraine story

This is Biden's war.  Old politicians send young men to death.  I think they get off on power and death.

New details emerge about suspects in killing of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega

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Evers: $150 to Wisconsin residents part of election year plan

From Fox6Now:

Gov. Tony Evers unveiled an election year plan Thursday that would send $150 to every Wisconsin resident, bolster funding for K-12 schools and help defray child care costs.

Evers released the plan two days after state budget projections grew by $2.9 billion more than expected just six months ago. Evers' plan would spend $1.7 billion of the state's surplus.

But don't go spending those refund checks just yet.

Evers' plan would have to be approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to take effect. Republican leaders on Wednesday said they want to use the money for a tax cut in 2023.

"That surplus won’t do us any good just sitting here in Madison until the summer of 2023. We have the resources to make sure that every family and every community is doing just as well as our state’s economy," said Evers. "This is, of course, due to quality conservative budgeting for the last 10 years, good policy like the tax cuts we’ve seen in the last decade from this legislature."

Gov. Tony Evers

Gov. Tony Evers

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu released a statement that said:

"Senate Republicans will not gamble with a projected state surplus to fund Tony Evers' re-election gimmicks.

"Governor Evers currently has $930 million in federal ‘Biden bucks’ at his sole discretion, and he will get another $1.25 billion in May. That's more than enough federal money to fund his re-election gimmicks without risking state taxpayer resources. If he's serious about his own plan, he should fund it."

Evers argued there was no reason to wait and the money should be sent back to taxpayers now. Evers, embracing an argument often used by Republicans when advocating for tax cuts, said taxpayers should have their money returned to them.

"There sure as hell aren’t excuses for refusing the help families with rising costs," Evers said at a news conference in the Capitol surrounded by Democratic lawmakers and members of his Cabinet.

"This is not a reelection thing for me," Evers claimed. "We should be bringing this back to the people, real simple."

Of Evers' plan, nearly $1 billion would go toward tax cuts and $750 million would go toward K-12 schools and higher education.


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Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Two families displaced after Racine house fire

From TMJ4:

Photo by: TMJ4
Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 6:33 PM, Jan 26, 2022

RACINE, Wis. — Two families are without a home Wednesday night after a house fire on Racine's north side.

The Racine Fire Department responded to the fire at 1116 Nelson Court shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday.

A parent called 911 to report the fire and evacuated both upper and lower apartments, fire officials say.

Crews found the building evacuated upon arrival and fire coming from a second story bedroom window.

No injuries were reported during the incident, however, due to sub-zero wind chill conditions, Racine Fire Department Rescue Squads transported the eight tenants to the COP (Community Oriented Policing) House on Geneva Street.

The home is a a two-story, two-family residence, fire officials say. A mother and two teenage daughters lived upstairs and a family of five, including three children under the age of three, lived in the lower apartment.

Red Cross is assisting the families.

Officials say damage estimates exceed the assessed value of $68,000.

The cause of fire remains under investigation.

"A recurring lesson learned again at this fire is that Renter’s Insurance may seem like a $13 expense to cut from a family’s monthly budget until the unthinkable happens and all of your belongings go up in smoke," a news release states.


Wisconsin's border states are making big revenue on legalized marijuana

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Paul Sancya/AP
Marijuana buds are shown at Huron View Provisioning in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Michigan concluded its first year of state-licensed recreational marijuana sales in December, but the state found that the commercial marijuana industry has drastically failed to attract people of color. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 6:27 PM, Jan 26, 2022

MILWAUKEE — Marijuana sales are booming just over Wisconsin’s border in Illinois, according to revenue reports. However, republican lawmakers who re-introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday say they are not proposing it for the tax dollars.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidelines today for federal prosecutors in states where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is allowed under state law. Federal prosecutors will no longer trump the state with raids on the southern California dispensaries as they had been doing, but Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley recently began a crackdown campaign that will include raids against the facilities. Cooley maintains that virtually all marijuana dispensaries are in violation of the law because they profit from their product. The city of LA has been slow to come to agreement on how to regulate its 800 to 1,000 dispensaries. Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis with the passage of state ballot Proposition 215 in 1996 and a total of 14 states now allow the medicinal use of marijuana. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Illinois since January 2020. Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network co-director Jay Selthofnerwho advocates for legalized marijuana, says lawmakers are missing out on a chance to create jobs and collect more tax revenue.

“Cannabis is an industry that requires a farmer to grow it, a processor to process it, distributors to distribute it and retails to sell it, so the plethora of jobs and opportunities under a robust cannabis bill is huge to the state and to the government,” said Selthofner.

According to state data, in the last year Illinois has sold $1,379,088,278.61 in marijuana. Of that amount, $436,176,093.93 has been in out-of-state sales. In the states surrounding Wisconsin besides Illinois, Michigan has also made it legal to use marijuana recreationally. Minnesota allows it for medical use.

“State’s that have not legalized and are bordering legal states, they are sort of donating tax revenue to state’s with legalization because their residents are crossing the border and purchasing and contenting to the tax coffers in the other states,” said Jared Moffat of the Marijuana Policy Project.

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The MPP tracks how much money states make in recreational marijuana. It says between January and November of 2021, Illinois collected $387,695,992 in tax revenue. Michigan collected $188,306,010 during that same time.

“States have seen a tremendous benefit in terms of their budgets and they have been able to direct those to social programs,” said Moffat.

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However, even though there is legal money being made, there are still a high amount of illegal marijuana sales. In Illinois, a report by the Chicago Sun-Times says illegal pot sales last year likely surpassed $2.2 billion, which is nearly double that of legal sales.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says there are criminal organizations behind those numbers.

“You have the black market. You have the cartels from Mexico coming up and rather than shipping it up and they start producing it in those home states and they just do black market. They don’t do it like Wisconsin would like to do or like Illinois likes to do,” said Beth.

On top of that, Beth anticipates Wisconsin’s problem with driving under the influence to get worse with more drugged driving.

“Legalizing it is not going to make Wisconsin better and for the legislators that are looking forward to one point, whatever billion dollars that Illinois makes in throwing that into the coffers here in Wisconsin, you're just adding more complications,” said Beth. “You are looking at problems for law enforcement. There’s a whole bunch of complications that go with it.”

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Legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin; GOP lawmakers resurrect bill

From Fox6Now:

Wisconsin State Capitol

A group of Republican lawmakers resurrected a bill Wednesday to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, saying it's time to at least talk about using the drug as a natural way to help the sick treat their ailments naturally.

Sen. Mary Felzkowski and Rep. Patrick Snyder's bill would create a new state commission that would regulate medical marijuana. Physicians who earn commission certification would be allowed to prescribe marijuana in liquid or oil form, dissolved in alcohol or in a form applied to the skin. Inhalants would not be allowed. Medical marijuana wholesalers would be subject to a 10% state excise tax.

Thirty-six states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Felzkowski told reporters at a news conference introducing the bill that her doctors prescribed her heavy doses daily of pharmaceutical drug cocktails while she was battling breast cancer and such drugs can debilitating. Wisconsin residents should have the option of trying medicinal marijuana, she said.

"This is not a Republican issue and this is not a Democrat issue," she said. "When you look at the map of states where medical marijuana is legal, you will see conservative states like Florida and South Dakota and more liberal states like California and New York offering a compassionate option for those who need relief. It is time to have the conversation... in the state of Wisconsin."

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers both support legalizing medical marijuana. But the proposal faces long odds in the Senate.

Felzkowski introduced an identical bill last session, but it didn't gain any traction under then-Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. His successor, Devin LeMahieu, said last year that legalizing medical marijuana should be done at the federal level. Republicans stripped provisions out of Evers' 2021-23 state budget that would have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.

Felzkowski said at the news conference that LeMahieu is "more than willing" to allow a hearing on the bill now.

LeMahieu spokesman Adam Gibbs said LeMahieu was in his district Wednesday and he couldn't get comment from him.

Democratic state Sen. Melissa Agard of Madison issued a statement saying the bill doesn't go far enough because it doesn't legalize inhalants or recreational marijuana.

"The path forward for Wisconsin is full cannabis legalization for responsible adult usage," Agard said. "The bill introduced today only addresses a small fraction of those who will benefit from a legal medicinal market."



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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Ukraine may be 'most significant conflict' since WWII, analyst says

Right, this is bigger than the Korean and Vietnam Wars, even though a war hasn't started.  The idiot "analysts" need to be sent to the Ukraine.  So, we pulled troops out of Afghanistan just to send them to the Ukraine.  Let our "commander in chief" actually lead the troops.  I'm sick of pig politicians sending young men to death while protecting their own hides.  Let's go Brandon!  Show your guts or shut the fuck up!  

Wind chill advisory for all of SE Wisconsin until 12 p.m. Wednesday

From TMJ4:
10:27 PM, Jan 25, 2022


The coldest night of the season is ahead for SE WI. The entire area is under a Wind Chill Advisory, the first one for Milwaukee Co this season. Wind chills overnight will range from -15 to -30, with air temperatures in the single digits below zero near the lake, and teens below zero inland. Wear lots of layers if you have to head outside and cover all exposed skin. With temperatures this cold, winds of just 10 to 20 mph can cause frostbite times to drop to 15 to 30 minutes. Also, don't forget to take special care of your pets!

Wednesday is mostly sunny and cold with highs in the teens and wind chills of -10 to -20. Thursday is warmer with highs around 30-degrees, but winds will be breezy, and we see the chance for light snow, less than 1" expected. Friday morning a few lake effect snow showers are possible, otherwise it's partly cloudy with highs in the teens. It'll be very cold again Friday night/Saturday morning with lows in the single digits.

This weekend looks dry and partly cloudy with highs in the 20s. Warmer weather is expected next week.

TONIGHT: Clear and Bitter Cold
Low: -3. Wind Chill: -15 to -25
Wind: NW 5-15 G 20 mph

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny, Breezy, Still Very Cold
High: 14
Wind Chill: -20 to -10

THURSDAY: Partly Cloudy. Ch. light snow showers
High: 30

FRIDAY: Ch. lake effect snow in the morning, then partly cloudy
High: 18

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy
High: 22

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy
High: 28