Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Talking Racine"

"Raw and thoughtful panel discussion of issues that confront Racine. Sometimes hard hitting, 
occasionally humorous, and always honest. Local officials and people of prominence are always welcome, if they're not afraid to be challenged."

Check them out.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"Juliana Hatfield - 'Make It Home'"

Make It Home
( My So Called Life Soundtrack )

Deepening night, think on a time
All was bright
Here in this dark place, I see in your face
All is not right
Make it, make your way home
Better than the last
Break it, break the alone
Take a second chance
Open a window, let in the snow
Cold is all I know
Go to the fire, stir it around
There's a warmer place for you to go
So, make it, make your way home
Better than you have
Break it, break the alone
Leave it in the past
Oh, look and you'll find it
Someone wants to love you
Look and you'll find it
Someone wants to love you
Wake it, wake your dream
One forgotten me
Sleepin' deep inside o' you Heavenly peace

Written by Juliana Hatfield • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Twinkle - 'Hello'"

I stumbled across this.  Europeans are so much less hung up about sex than Americans.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"Chelsea Girls: A Novel"

from Chelsea Girls: A Novel


"My name means Light Warrior when you bring it home to the present day through Latin and Gaelic. I am a significant person, maybe a saint, or larger than life. I hear that you judge a saint by her whole personality, not just her work. I’m beginning to see my work as my shadows, less and less necessary, done with less and less care. I see my existence as similar to that of a sundial’s when I simply stand, and slowly the notion of movement is suggesting itself to my consciousness and action is also appropriate in the realm of the saint, the character who begins her life in the windows of a church, in the religious air of her own imagination until history lines up with her nature, and the path becomes clear—the storms of identity erupt and implode and gather again and one of life’s soldiers realizes her whole basis for living has changed and now she is impelled forward in a new film. I had thought I lived in a world of darkness and confusion and I was the single, glowing and true thing. I sought only the companions who would confirm this interpretation of the mystery that shrouded my life. I couldn’t move from there, nor would I have chosen to do so. I was in classrooms and offices, bars, hospitals, state schools for the incurable, and I briefly flickered with a ray of hopefulness, yet as a cab driver I continually drove to these places bound to break down and so the hope for change, and the desire for an environment where I could become helpful was always quickly extinguished and I imagined it was the way the world was, or the way I was.

"Like many others I became an artist. I choose not to dwell on that cultural accident. Let’s say I have always been brilliant in the realm of play.

 "In neighborhood games I always crashed right through the lines of kids’ hands. As the light fell in the suburban summer night I was a winner. They would call '3' and myself and another kid would feint and lunge in the middle for some object on the ground and it had to be grabbed and brought back to a team without the player having been sullied, and it was true—I had not been touched by my opponent. There was something scummy about adolescence, it wasn’t sex, it was how I hated myself when I was confused, how loathsome the act of waiting for something was. But when I was very young I had a mission, it was clear. A girl in school wanted to borrow my Joan of Arc comic book and I replied I would have to ask my father which struck everyone as an odd reply.

"My oddness, my embarrassment also confirmed my specialness. My father had entrusted me with a Junior Classics comic book about Joan of Arc, the first woman I aspired to be. It was an instruction manual, and if the girl, Joan Salinger, had sidled over to me in the school yard and said, 'Let me have it, Eileen—Light Warrior,' I would have silently passed her the honor.

"I have waited all my life for permission. I feel it growing in my breast. A war is storming and it is behind me and I am moving my forces into light."

Light Warrior PDF

That's a good idea

"In a world full of Justin Biebers"

"The Calm Before The Storm"

Poll: How did Trump win?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Stop Being Afraid"

Check out who's peeping in the lower left.  

"An Autobiography"

"Photos: 'Traditional' pot farming, and why it could soon disappear"

From The Journal

"California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use — an issue that has sown deep division among longtime growers.

"Down a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest lies one of many illegal 'grows' that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a rural region that developed over decades into a marijuana-producing mecca.

"Some of of the farmers here yearn for legitimacy that growers of legal crops enjoy. Others fear Proposition 64 will bring costly regulations and taxes, lower prices and the risk that corporate interests could put smaller operations out of business.

"'It will end traditional marijuana farming like this,' said Laura Costa, 56, sitting in the middle of one of four 40-plant gardens, puffing on a glass pipe. 'It will end our way of life.'

"While Costa and other Humboldt County growers are staunchly opposed to the ballot measure, other farmers in the region support it.

"'If we wait, we will fall behind,' says Swami Chaitanya, 73, a longtime grower in remote Mendocino County whose ranch is situated in a peaceful meadow of Hindu statutes and marijuana plants 5 miles down a tooth-rattling dirt road."

—Associated Press

Read more:

Just legalize it.  We're missing out on millions of tax dollars.  


Submitted by TSE:

"Journal Times limits comments online"

From The Journal

"The Journal Times believes in the importance of open dialogue for readers and we have encouraged readers to comment online. However, because of one problematic commenter, we have had to recently limit comments.

"We have shut down comments on most stories, although we have left them open on our editorials and we are opening them on select articles to encourage discussion and hope to open up more stories if problems subside. If you read any inappropriate comments, please report them, by clicking the report button next to the comment.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

'Tonkin Gulf Incident"

Submitted by TSE:
"It is the first week of August, 1964, and U.S. warships under the command of U.S. Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison have allegedly come under attack while patrolling Vietnam's Tonkin Gulf. This event, subsequently dubbed the 'Tonkin Gulf Incident,' will result in the immediate passing by the U.S. Congress of the obviously pre-drafted Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which will, in turn, quickly lead to America's deep immersion into the bloody Vietnam quagmire. Before it is over, well over fifty thousand American bodies - along with literally millions of Southeast Asian bodies - will litter the battlefields of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. 

"Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison is the Father of Jim Morrison.

"The CIA ran a psych operation out of Laurel Canyon.

"We were all affected."

"City Administrative Costs"

Submitted by TSE:

"Curt Johnson Divorced"

Submitted by TSE:

Saturday, October 29, 2016




"An underwhelming minority voted at the primaries for Michael Nieskes as the republican nominee.

"Nearly 2 out of 3 St. Croix County voters rejected the incumbent, professional politician Nieskes as their first choice.

"The truth cannot be muzzled by Nieskes or his political groupies.

"Facts are Nieskes talks pro second amendment but in reality is a RINO republican who is subversive to 2nd. amendment rights.

"The truth was told in Racine County and the Racine County voters responded by overwhelmingly rejecting his efforts to continue in office.

"Consider this, Mike Nieskes does have the unique resume as many claim, and has many years of experience as many say. Further he had a very short stint as a Scott Walker appointed judge in Racine County. 
"But come voting day in 2012, Racine County voters overwhelmingly rejected Michael Nieskes for what he really was..... A corrupt, subversive narcissist who abused his power while in office."

Friday, October 28, 2016


From Racine Community Media:

"Racine- Sparking months of rumors of in-fighting, disagreements and questionable decision making, it’s now being reported that City Administrator Tom Friedel has abruptly resigned in the middle of the city’s 2017 budget presentation. It’s being reported that he has sent an email to all the Aldermen.

"A former Racine City Official commented, 'City officials don’t just resign if there isn’t a major problem (Re: former Mayor Gary Becker) Retirement by a civil servant is entirely normal, however a resignation in the middle of the 2017 city budget is shocking and abnormal, and is also abandoning the entire community.'

"Another city resident commented, 'Tom’s legacy of corruption began with the backroom deal with his cousin the Mayor, to get him this job without the experience, education or qualifications necessary. He then received a secret pay increase and more raises as he rubber stamped criminally corrupt insider deals involving local officials and their friends.' - City Of Racine Resident

"Rumors have been circulating that City Administrator Tom Friedel has been in opposition to both the city arena project, and has also been closely involved in the debacle of missing millions surrounding the mysteriously failed Machinery Row development. Racine City Hall has also been the subject of unfair treatment of employee’s, drug usage amongst city officials, lawsuits and widespread total disfunction within city hall during Friedel’s appointment. Stay tuned, more news to come."

Read more:

Post Script: The Journal Times: "Friedel to Retire in Early 2017" 

City of Racine vs. Osterman Inc.

Submitted by TSE

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Scam Alert!"

From Racine Community Media:



"Borrowing over $46 million dollars would be borrowing more than half of the City Of Racine’s yearly budget! The City Of Racine recently lost over $15 million taxpayer dollars on the failed Machinery Row development and also $800 thousand taxpayer dollars when it forgot who it made a city loan to.

"Mayor Dickert told the Journal Times on Tuesday, 'We couldn’t put the arena funding in this budget for a variety of reasons,' Dickert said. 'Number one, we haven’t presented (the plan) to the council. Number two, we don’t have the package ready yet.

"Dickert said the city will find a way to move the project forward 'whether we have partners or not.' After the speech, he confirmed that that remark alluded to Racine County’s perceived lack of support for the plan.

"'The message we got from the county was that they’re not interested,' he said.

"Added Dickert: 'We’re going to move forward. We’re going to figure out a way to make it happen.'"

Read more:

2016 Presidential Election Summed Up In One Picture