Thursday, August 25, 2016

"A Review of City of Racine Sales Prices vs. Assessed Value for August 14 – 19"

From News the JT Can't Use:

"Is it your home and private property, or is it the private ATM of the taxing authorities in The City of Racine? The taxing authorities include The City of Racine, Racine Unified School District, Gateway, County of Racine, and State of Wisconsin."

"Racine County Eye just published their latest installment in their weekly series highlighting Racine County Property Transfers.

"From Racine County Eye, August 24,2016:
Commercial Properties Sold To M&J Real Estate, Sturtevant ( ← click on the link to read the whole thing)

"Here are the highlights:

"Caledonia Gas Station Sells

"Kenosha-based SPB Holdings I LLC, which owns a gas station at 4542 Douglas Ave., sold the property to Germantown-based MRUP LLC for $131,000. 6905 Washington Ave. SPB Holdings 1 is the real estate arm of South Port Bank. Rupen Patel owns MRUP LLC.

"Washington Avenue Commercial Properties Sell

"Nareshkumar B. Patel, of Racine, sold his one acre of property at 1330 Washington Ave. to Illinois-based M&J Real Estate LLC for $550,000.

"Sturtevant-based Shriya LLC, who owned 18 acres on Washington Ave., sold the property to Illinois-based M&J Real Estate LLC for $585,000.

"Sturtevant Buys Two Commercial Properties

"The Village of Sturtevant recently approved the purchase of two properties to better control what goes on those lots now that the TID is closing.

"Brookfield-based LMG/JLP East Limited Partnership, which owned 11.5 acres at 9999 E. Explorer Ct., sold the property to the Community Development Authority of the Village of Sturtevant for $925,000.

"Greenfield-based Boucher Holdings LLC sold 5.5 acres at 10001 Washington Ave. to Community Development Authority of the Village of Sturtevant for $737,000."

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Sunday, August 21, 2016


Jesus, I wince when I look at that. I've made it 65 years without any zipper harm to my penis. Someone sued someone and got a big settlement, I betcha.

Catholic Saint of Beer

Tropical Fern Leaf Tablecover

"Do City of Racine Real Estate Sale Prices Accurately Track Assessed Value?"

From News the JT Can't Use:

"Is it your home and private property, or is it the private ATM of the taxing authorities in The City of Racine? The taxing authorities include The City of Racine, Racine Unified School District, Gateway, County of Racine, and State of Wisconsin.

"According to City of Racine Assessor Bill Bowers:

"Property assessment administration is a complex and technical profession vital to the financial health of local government. Assessors are responsible for administering the ad valorem tax system, and their chief task is to identify and appraise all general property in their jurisdictions.

Bill Bowers
"An ad valorem tax is based on the principle that the amount of tax paid should depend on the value of property owned. The Assessor’s Department is entrusted with the responsibility to see that assessed values used for tax purposes are accurate so that the tax burden will be distributed fairly. Only if assessed values are correct will tax limits, and the distribution of state aid to localities be as the legislature intended.

"This trust involves the annual evaluation of approximately 27,000 parcels of land, over 25,000 buildings, and over 2,000 plus personal property accounts, the preparation of the assessment rolls, and processing of every real estate transaction. Maintaining for each parcel as regards legal descriptions, ownership, mapping, property data, and sales data, and the assimilation of new parcels into the assessing process, are all major functions vital to performance and service.

"The basic motivation for revaluation is equity. When a property is over-appraised, its owners will be paying more than their fair share of taxes. Under-appraisals contribute to a lower tax base, causing the community to set higher tax rates. Our goal is to improve appraisal accuracy by providing a reappraisal, an updating of values for all properties in our city annually."

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Friday, August 19, 2016

"The Origins of Hip Hop: Annual event celebrates Racine's cultural diversity"

From The Journal


Graphic Illustration by Dan Talsky,, using artwork by Dee Hutch.  

"The Origins of Hip Hop event will return to Racine’s lakefront on Saturday, Aug. 20, and everyone is welcome to come share this exploration of the culture of hip-hop, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Smoke’d on the Water, 3 Fifth St.

"In its fifth year, Origins of Hip Hop aims to highlight the five primary elements of hip-hop culture: DJ-ing, emceeing, graffiti art, breakdancing/all-styles hip-hop dancing and knowledge, according to Nick Ramsey, one of the event organizers. It will do so through a series of performances, workshops and competitions, or 'battles,' which together will not only celebrate the rich culture of this music genre, but raise awareness about it.

"By learning more about hip-hop culture, people will be better able to understand it, said Ramsey, a local emcee, poet and self-described 'addict of hip-hop culture.'

"Presenters will include local performers and artists, as well as those from as far away as Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky. And representatives of each element will present mini workshops designed to showcase that aspect, Ramsey said. His own presentation about the art of emceeing, for example, will include information about its historical roots in ancient storytelling, as well as practical tips about everything from meter and line to mic-holding skills, he said.

"Attendees will also have opportunities to get involved in the action. Anyone interested in trying their hand at graffiti art can do so on special panels provided at the event. And area hip-hop DJs, emcees, dancers and more are invited to enter competitions in their categories, with a chance to win cash prizes. Registration for competitions is available at the event, but must be done prior to the start of each competition (See event schedule below for details).

Cultural diversity

"'This event is really about everybody — young, old, all races — getting together and celebrating cultural diversity,” said Ramsey. “The thing I am most proud of is the way the Origins of Hip Hop really represents this city.'
"Since its inception, Origins of Hip Hop has expanded its reach throughout the community to include a variety of partnerships with businesses, organizations and individuals including Black Hand Tattoo, Christi Beerntsen, the College of Art & Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Downtown Racine Corp., Family Power Music, the Racine Public Library, Sweatshop Movement, Willy’s Sole Kitchen and Smoke’d on the Water. In years past the event has drawn as many as 300 people, and Ramsey said organizers are expecting between 400 and 500 this time around.

"Caleb Robinson — owner of Smoke’d on the Water, who has been involved with the event since its start — said he, too, appreciates the diversity of Origins of Hip Hop.

"'What I love most about this event, is that it has such a positive feel,' Robinson said. 'It’s really about bringing people together and I wish everyone would stop down and see what it is about. Everyone is welcome.'

"Admission to the Origins of Hip Hop event is free (donations will be accepted), including all performances, presentations and competitions. Food and beverages will be available for sale at Smoke’d on the Water during the event.

"Robinson said the venue’s usual menu will be available, featuring specialities including pulled pork sandwiches and chicken wings. Origins of Hip Hop 5 T-shirts will also be available for sale, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Origins of Hip Hop 5 events

"(Schedule is subject to change)
  • 4-5 p.m. — DJ spinning old-school Hip-Hop and graffiti artists beginning their pieces
  • 5-5:15 p.m. — DJ workshop
  • 5:15-5:45 p.m. — DJ battle (DJs must register by 4:30)
  • 5:45-6 p.m. — Performance by ESCH, of Racine
  • 6-6:15 p.m. — Graffiti workshop: Pre-made backdrops will be available for people to create their own graffiti art
  • 6:15-6:30 p.m. — Performance by Sypher Lady X of Milwaukee
  • 6:30-6:45 p.m. — Breakdance workshop
  • 6:45-7 p.m. — Dancer warm-up and opportunity for attendees to try out their new knowledge
  • 7-8 p.m. — Breakdance and All-Styles dance battles (dancers must register by 6 p.m.)
  • 8-8:15 p.m. — Performance (performer TBA)
  • 8:15 — 8:45 p.m. — Freestyle Emcee Competition (emcees must register by 7 p.m.)
  • 8:45-10 p.m. — Performance by RMLLW2LLZ , of Louisville, Kentucky

"After Year 2 of Legal Pot in Colorado, ALL Drug-Related Charges Drop Significantly, Record Revenue"

From The Free Thought

"Two years have passed since Colorado residents began legally buying cannabis under voter-approved Amendment 64, and the state is seeing enormous benefits on multiple fronts.

"First and foremost, thousands of people are not being thrown in a cage for possessing a plant. Charges for possession, cultivation and distribution have dropped more than 80%. Besides sparing people the stigma and financial burden of a cannabis arrest, cops and courts aren’t wasting taxpayer money going after pot smokers.
"'It’s heartening to see that tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding Coloradans have been spared the travesty of getting handcuffed or being charged for small amounts of marijuana,' said Art Way, Colorado State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance. 'By focusing on public health rather than criminalization, Colorado is better positioned to address the potential harms of marijuana use, while diminishing many of the worst aspects of the war on drugs.'
"There is another interesting statistic coming out of Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis. According to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), all drug-related charges have dropped by 23% on a judicial district level. It seems that ending pot prohibition can have positive effects in other areas of the war on drugs.

"On the issue of tax revenue, Colorado has beaten expectations with a projected $125 million collected in 2015. This is almost three times what the state collected in 2014. Analysts attribute this to a variety of factors, including more dispensaries open, more tourists visiting those pot shops, and more people deciding to try cannabis.
"'I attribute it to … more and more people … comfortable with the legalization of marijuana,' said Tyler Henson, president of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. 'They don’t see it as something that’s bad for them.'
"The revenue from cannabis tax is used for a variety of purposes, such as improving local public schools, behavioral health programs and youth prevention. For example, the Tony Grampsas Youth Development program, which 'provides necessary services to youth at risk likely to be disproportionately targeted by punitive prohibition policies,' will receive $23 million in the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

"The overarching message here is that Colorado has embraced a public health approach to cannabis, instead of making pot users into fodder for the criminal justice system. By accepting the reality of cannabis, including its medical benefits, states can be laboratories for research and the development of humane policies.

"The Free Thought Project has documented several other good things about Colorado’s cannabis legalization.  Cannabis businesses have donated large sums of money to clean up highways, teen cannabis use has declined, prescription drug use is down, and deaths from opiate painkillers have declined dramatically. Highway car accident deaths are at their lowest ever, and even violent crime has significantly decreased. It is more difficult to attribute these last two to legalization, but the trends are nonetheless there.

"The best way to validate these statistics is for more states to free their citizens from the shackles of prohibition."


Thursday, August 18, 2016

"The more you research . . .:

I've always sounded crazy to other people. Sometimes, I even sound crazy to myself.

"Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel Asks For Halted John Doe Probe Into Alleged Antecedent Illegal Activity by Wisconsin Republicans be Estopped Because Republican Lawmakers Have Since Changed the Law to Retroactively Render the Former Legal Activity Illegal"

From News The JT Can't Use:

How low can Wisconsin Republicans go? The graft, corruption and lawlessness which started in earnest under the leadership of former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson was surprassed by former Democrat Governor Diamond Jim Doyle.  When the voters had enough of the graft, corruption and lawlessness of the Democrat variety, they swung back to the Republicans, who promised to clean up Wisconsin. It’s become abundantely clear that not only did the Republicans lie, but the graft, corruption and lawlessness under Republican Scott Walker has exceeded that of Diamond Jim Doyle. While the Wisconsin State Journal headline read as follows:

Wisconsin attorney general asks US Supreme Court not to hear John Doe appeal 

The headline should have read:
Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel Asks For Halted John Doe Probe Into Alleged Antecedent Illegal Activity by Wisconsin Republicans be Estopped  Because Republican Lawmakers Have Since Changed the Law to Retroactively Render the Former Legal Activity Illegal

From Wisconsin State Journal:

Attorney General Brad Schimel asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to reject a review of a halted criminal investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign, marking the first time his office has argued the merits of the case after his predecessor declined to lead the investigation more than three years ago.
Schimel’s filing argues the court should reject the appeal because Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature have since changed the law making the alleged activity legal and prohibiting the use of secret 'John Doe' proceedings in investigating campaign finance violations.

In June, the lawyers representing the various respondents in the case waived their right to file a response to the request for review filed earlier this year by three Democratic district attorneys. But on July 14, the U.S. Supreme Court directed its clerk to request that responses be filed, according to a letter provided by Schimel’s office.

Schimel filed the brief because of that request, Schimel spokeswoman Rebecca Ballweg said.
Lisa Graves, executive director of the liberal Center for Media and Democracy, which has filed a brief supporting the prosecutors, said the court “has ample grounds for taking the case and reversing the state court’s judgment.”

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court based its self-serving decision on an erroneous misreading of the First Amendment, and its ruling flies in the face of several U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding corruption,” Graves said.

Scot Ross, executive director of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, noted the political arm of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, one of the conservative groups linked to the investigation, spent $1.5 million in 2014 to help Schimel win election.

“Before he was Attorney General, Brad Schimel said elected officials should be able to help their campaign donors, and this latest action shows he wasn’t kidding,” Ross said.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm began the John Doe II investigation based on evidence collected in a prior John Doe investigation into Walker’s Milwaukee County office that resulted in six convictions of Walker aides and associates.

It’s beyond disgusting.

It’s criminal.

It needs to be investigated and lead to more criminal prosecutions.

And AG Brad Schimel is just  carrying on the tradition of former AG JB Van Hollen; acting as Scott Walker’s personal defense attorney, while continuing to ignore the all too numerous crimes being commited by Wisconsin’s Elected Officials and Public Employees.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


From Racine Community Media:


"RACINE- As the failure of Machinery Row will soon be officially announced, a few select aldermen and city officials are already aware and discussing the next move in the failed development, while most elected officials have no idea what’s going on or how much has been spent to date. It’s being reported that the mayor is discussing utilizing a federal DNR grant to pay for the back taxes on the buildings purchased by the City Of Racine for the troubled millionaire developer Rodney Blackwell. Blackwell has failed to repay on his original loan of $4.5 million dollars given to him by The City Of Racine, while Racine taxpayers continue to repay his principal loan payments and interest payments for the second straight year!

"It now appears the Mayor and city officials will put the residents at continued risk by approving even more loan extensions and freebies to the millionaire developer, and It also means the scope of the $65 million dollar taxpayer funded project will now be changing to a possible indoor fishery and trout farm. 

"Stay tuned for more updates as soon as elected officials feel the community should be privileged enough to know where and how their taxpayer dollars are being spent."

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"'Creep' - Vintage Postmodern Jukebox Radiohead Cover ft. Haley Reinhart"

"GOP candidate for MO governor releases new ad . . ."

I love those electric machine guns.  Look at all the bullet belt containers.  He probably burned through them in 20 minutes.