Saturday, July 29, 2023

Bank Robber Trying To Escape Police Falls Through Ceiling and into Recycling Bin

The thief looked totally defeated when he hit that recycle bin.

After rash of gun violence toward kids, Milwaukee officials plead with parents to do better

From JSOnline:

Elliot Hughes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee County Sheriff Denita Ball speaks outside the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee's Sherman Park location, pleading with parents to keep a better eye on their children. A 16-year-old boy was injured in a shooting at the park earlier in the week.

After an 11-day stretch in which 10 children were victimized by gun violence in Milwaukee, a collection of community members, law enforcement and elected officials gathered Friday to again urge parents to keep better eyes on their kids.

Outside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee’s Sherman Park location, CEO Kathy Thornton-Bias emphasized there's space for all youth within Milwaukee to find programs — with her organization or others like Running RebelsYMCA of Metropolitan MilwaukeeCOA Youth and Family Centers and others.

“There’s no excuse for kids to say they don’t have a place to go because every child is welcome here,” she said, emphasizing that they serve meals every day, provide free driver’s education classes and clubs for all interests. “We have the capacity and the will and the desire and drive to serve more children.”

“Bring them somewhere, because where they are is not working. Where you have left them, where they have decided to go, where they choose to go, is not working.”

Three days earlier, Sherman Park was the site of a large fight between two groups of young people after the club closed. It escalated into a shooting that injured a 16-year-old boy, officials and community members said.

But it was just one incident among almost a dozen in the previous 11 days. Since July 17 in Milwaukee, eight children were injured in shootings — including three age 5 or younger, according to police.

Two others were killed in shootings: 9-year-old Harwinder Singh, a student at Milwaukee College Prep, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, and 16-year-old Raul Rios, who loved music, dancing, singing, skateboarding and video games, his sister wrote on a GoFundMe page.

It continues yet another year of elevated child victimization at the hands of guns in Milwaukee. Fifteen have died by homicide this year, most by firearms, according to police.

No more than 10 children died by homicide in Milwaukee from 2016 through 2019. But in each of the three full years since, 20 or more have been killed, according to the Homicide Review Commission.

Children under 18 make up 16% of homicide and nonfatal shooting victims this year, compared to 7% in 2019, according to Constance Kostelac, the commission's director. There wasn't a similar increase among those ages 19 to 24.

It comes as gun violence has become the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As elevated levels of gun violence in general persist in Milwaukee, officials have said children are increasingly becoming unintended victims in shootings or are accessing firearms left out by parents in their own homes.

Other times, stolen or straw-purchased guns are sold, traded or passed around on the street, coming into the hands of teens battling poverty and trauma who use firearms to settle disputes with one another.

“Parents, guardians, people who want to carry that responsibility of firearms — be responsible,” Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said. “We give out gun locks. There are all types of gun safety programs out there. People are shooting each other because of the negligence.”

Despite the resources available right in Sherman Park, the area has had more calls for service in July than in any 30-day period over the last 2½ years, said Milwaukee County Sheriff Denita Ball, whose agency patrols county parks. Several of those calls were for shootings.

“It takes all of us, but it first takes the parents to step up and ask, ‘What are my kids doing? Who are they with?’ and just getting involved in their life,” she said.

The issues persist because many instances of violence occur after sundown, when the Boys & Girls Clubs location within Sherman Park has already closed, according to Vaun Mayes, a community activist.

His volunteer-based group, Community Task Force MKE, is frequently in the park during those after hours to give kids basketballs and footballs to play with, or music to dance to.

Mayes praised law enforcement for partnering with groups like his on coordinating safety measures. But ultimately, volunteers looking after a park is an unsustainable model, he said.

“Different things like that are barriers to being consistent,” he said.

Where to find resources for youth is a webpage listing programs, events and employment opportunities for youth in Milwaukee. lists resources for behavioral and mental health care, counseling services, crisis intervention.

Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention also recommends these resources for free support:

  • 414Life outreach and conflict mediation support: 414-439-5525.
  • Milwaukee County's 24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 414-257-7222.
  • Milwaukee's Child Mobile Crisis and Trauma Response Team: 414-257-7621.
  • National crisis text line: Text HOPELINE to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233.

Contact Elliot Hughes at or 414-704-8958. Follow him on Twitter @elliothughes12.


Friday, July 28, 2023

Detransitioner tells Congress her ‘childhood was ruined’ by gender reassignment

I disagree.  I don't think that doctors are "sometimes wrong."  I know that they are often wrong, and care only about their careers.  I recently went through a mountain of crap to have a test performed, only to have the doctor who ordered the test tell me that such tests "aren't very accurate."  WTF?  

Doctors often lie.  If you question one of their lies, they act like they are gods and you have no right over your own body.  When I speak openly and honestly with a doctor, he/she usually recoils in horror and dumps me as a patient.  I take that as a good sign.  I've had three different primary care doctors in the last year.  

Aurora "Health" Care recently threatened to send my bill to collections.  It was for $6.28.  Luckily, I paid the bill before it bankrupted Aurora. 

Squirrel Spins on Bird Feeder and Gets Dizzy

No serious injury after car flips on its side, skids down the busy roadway

Am Australian driver's dashcam captured a car skidding down a busy roadway on its side.  No one was seriously injured.  Dan Ross, USA TODAY

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Cab Calloway 1933 Cartoon of St. James Infirmary Blues

This is from a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon that tells a condensed and somewhat twisted version of Snow White. In the middle of the cartoon we have Cab Calloway singing St. James Infirmary Blues. This video starts with him and his orchestra, a rare live action scene that's actually from another cartoon of this era, Minnie the Moocher, a song which Calloway is most famous for. He sings that song as a Walrus and it's in a different key than what we see the orchestra performing at the beginning of that cartoon. As it turns out the footage and music that start Minnie the Moocher is clearly the same recording as the song we have here, St. James Infirmary Blues, and later in the edit I join these two pieces of audio together. He starts singing the tune as Koko the Clown, then gets morphed into a ghost. Wonderful animation that capture his annunciation and dance moves, with other wild visuals. Towards the end we see how the animators turned his live action movements into cartoon form. Included scenes from 1980 film The Blues Brothers, where Cab Calloway again performs Minnie the Moocher, which was my initial introduction to this singer and performer. Original cartoon "Betty Boop in Snow White" Created by Max Fleischer Directed by Dave Fleischer Animated by Roland C. Crandall