Thursday, April 28, 2016

More on Friends . . .

What do you do if some of your friends don't like some of your other friends?  It seems to be that it's one or the other; i.e., there appears to be no middle ground.  You have to choose between one group of friends and another group of friends.  Just like the entire country is polarized.  I talked to a friend who read an article in the New York Times about how current politics are destroying friendships.  I don't know what to do.

Making this choice has ripped me up emotionally.  I think I popped a blood vessel or had one of those transient strokes.  I can't think clearly about the opposing groups.  I can't think clearly about anything.

"Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete won't seek re-election"

From The Journal

"RACINE — From all outward appearances, a press conference Tuesday at the Racine County Courthouse had appeared to be the kick-off to District Attorney Rich Chiapete’s re-election campaign.

"But after starting his speech with his background and accomplishments in his office, Chiapete threw a curveball, announcing he will not seek another four-year term.

"Choking back tears, Chiapete said he and his family 'prayed and reflected' on the decision before deciding not to run again. Deputy District Attorney Tricia Hanson, who was present at the conference, will run for the seat in the fall.

"'After careful consideration, we do believe it’s time that I walk a different path,' Chiapete said.

"'It truly has been my privilege and honor to serve all of you.'

"Chiapete declined to elaborate on his decision, saying only it was made with his family. He did not mention any plans after he leaves office, saying 'that stuff will work itself out.'

"Asked if his decision was related to a 2014 drunken-driving crash, Chiapete said 'everything goes into the dynamic. There’s no one overriding factor. I thought it was best for my family if we went a different direction.'

"Chiapete pleaded guilty to first-offense operating a vehicle while under the influence, obstructing an officer and hit and run after striking a traffic light near his home in April 2014."

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Obviously, I'm late with this news.  I haven't been paying much attention to local politics lately. I've been going insane instead. 

Racine Community Media is reporting that Chiapete has quit:

Too bad legal stranger is no longer talking to me.  I wonder what the details are?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"David Bowie - 'Changes'"

Love that sax. Thank God for David Bowie.

JM - 23

Best Friend

I met my best friend in the summer of 1972 (I think) at my wife-to-be's birthday party on Zoo Beach.  I was with another woman at the time.  Years later, he'd be the best man at my wedding and I at his.  For most of the time I knew him, he lived mostly in Milwaukee.  His then girlfriend was best friends with my wife-to-be.

I can't begin to describe all of the nonsense and fun we got into.  Everyone knew we were best friends.

My favorite memory of him was when he lived on N. Weil St. in a basement apartment in one of the coldest winters ever with a borrowed guitar amplifier the size of a Buick.  We'd drink at nearby bars until closing and then go to his apartment.  Man, was it cold.  And then we would blast the night away with some of the loudest noise you ever heard.  Not one peep of complaints from the other tenants. (?)  And we did this repeatedly, all winter long.

I could go on sand on with stories about us, but let's just say that we considered ourselves to be brothers, and I still do.  I'll never forget when he visited me at my mother's home near the bottom of my drinking.  He said, "Orbs, I'll buy you drinks all day long, but don't make we watch you kill yourself."

Anyway, fast forward through recovery and sobriety.  We stayed friends.  He and his wife (not the girlfriend I mentioned earlier) bought a house on the cusp of the housing boom.  They got a nice brick home near Capitol Dr. and N. 76th St. There's a school nearby and a huge park.

Fast forward again to about 2005 and my mother's home is sold.  She and my father never bought, just rented.  Mom had lived in the same place for over 60 years.  Now she had to move.  She did it.  As my friend used to say, "She's a tough old bird."

I was using her garage to store a ton of stuff.  Over the years, I had emptied and refilled her garage three times.  Anyway, there was an old wooden trailer in there that I had to find a new home for.  It was fall and I knew that the trailer would fetch a better price in the spring.  That winter the trailer spent the season behind the garage of the apartment building I was living in.

Here's where it gets fuzzy, but I don't remember why I didn't sell the trailer.  Somehow, it was decided that I would tow it up to my friend's house and leave it wrapped in tarps and chained to a tree.  It spent four or five yeas there.  Meanwhile, I developed my major stomach problems that took 4 years out of my life.

Early one summer, my friend called me and asked me to remove the trailer.  I said, "Sure," but I talked to his wife and told her how sick I was.  She said don't worry, he has plenty of other things to do.  This happened four or five times.  Then one evening I received a telephone call from my friend using a tone of voice I had never heard before.  It was obvious he was seething with rage, all of it directed at me.  I was to remove the trailer immediately.  I said I'd be there the next day.  When I asked him if there was air in the tires, he screamed at me, "How the hell should I know?" and he hung up.

Of course when the next day arrived, I was puking and puking my guts out.  I called and left a message on my friend's answering machine saying I couldn't make it that day because I was going to the ER (which I did).  I told him to give away the trailer, sell it, pay someone to tow it, whatever, get it done and let me know the costs, if any.  The next day I called again and repeated my willingness to pay for things.

I never heard from or saw him again.  38 years of friendship, down the tubes.  Once I realized the finality of it, it was devastating.  The only thing I could compare it to was when I broke up with my wife.  A huge chunk of me died when that happened.  So much so, that many thought I was a dead man for sure.

I'd say that breaking up with my wife killed half of me and losing my friend killed a quarter.  There's not too much left.  Better get your shots in while you can.

It's one of those things that you never really recover from.  You have to walk around it because you can't walk through it.

The recent loss of some friends left me staggering once more.  This pattern has followed me since childhood.  I get to know someone or some people, and then I move on.  It's obvious that I don't know how to relate to people.  Most importantly, I can't "read" people.  I take people at their word.  I'm an absolute idiot that way.  64 years old and naive as a three year old.  Something's missing.  Something's broken. I've never been able to fix it, nor has anyone else. I'm a born loser 

As for my "best" friend, the last I heard, he was in the Elkhart Lake area, but I don't know.  Wherever he is, whatever he is doing., I wish him peace.  I love him and I miss him dearly.        

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Kenny’s On Main To Close"

From Racine County Eye:

By Denise Lockwood in Business · April 19, 2016 · No comments

"Local tavern owner Doug Nicholson will add another bar to his holdings after he bought the building Kenny’s on Main, 1300 N. Main St.., is located in.
"Nicholson bought the building from Gilbert Paar on Tuesday. Kenneth R. Meyer, owner of Kenny’s on Main, leases the building from Paar. But Nicholson did not buy the business, only the building.
"Nicholson also owns the Carriage House Liquor Company, Envi, and The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery, which are located on or near Main Street. He plans to renovate the space and open his own corner bar at 1300 N. Main St., he said.
"'Kenny’s is in there now,' Nicholson said. 'I talked to him today and told him that I bought the building, but I’m not looking to keep anyone on as a tenant.'
"Kenny’s on Main had been in front of the Common Council when its liquor license was called into question last year after a few customers were charged in separate drunken driving crashes where two people were killed and seven people were injured. Alderman Jeff Coe told Meyer at the meeting that the bar had been mentioned in several incident reports. Meyer told the committee that they check patrons’ identifications with a scanner, but it had stopped working that weekend, according to a story by the Journal Times."

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My, oh my, how far daddy's money propels you.  Lying and covering up for lying John doesn't hurt. either.  This bar will never come before the Licensing and Welfare Committee again because Nicholson is best buds with lying John.  Black owned bars are called before the committee if they sneeze too loud.  Nicholson has had a shooting outside of Envi, but he's given a pass for being lying John's pal.  He liquors up all his customers and then turns them loose on the rest of Racine.  How many drunk drivers do you think have left his bars?  Of course, the rest of us bear the brunt of his customers' actions.  As always with Nicholson, someone else pays for his deeds.

"Costs exceed some estimates in Mound Avenue project"

From The Journal


"RACINE — As the city continues its effort to obtain properties along Mound Avenue in hopes of turning the area into a scenic overlook, records show the relocation and purchase costs involving an industrial building and lot have exceeded initial estimates by more than $33,000."

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And the recipient of this largess is . . . Monte Osterman, just as Tricky Dicky has laid out the corrupt plan before.  You attack him for being a nutjob, but every single word he's entered here has come true.  You stupid ass taxpayers attack him rather than deal with the truth.  Over and over, the Ostermans have screwed us. The Ostermans pay no taxes, but receive thousands and thousands of our tax dollars.  Put this tax cheat on trial.  Not likely, as he's lying John's BFF.

Once again, Racine is exploited by thieves and scammers who work for the devil, er, I mean, lying John.  Racine is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy because of scams like this.  Re-elect Satan.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

To the Haters of the JTI: You win! We lose!

You've managed to take a once-vibrant blog and put it into the toilet.  Hear, hear!  You claim to be anti-corruption, etc., but the one blog in the city that was willing to stand up to the powers that be, you attack and destroy.  I knew the JTI was having an effect when lying John subpoenaed me for a blog I wrote during the Bill Bielefeldt fiasco.  Racine Uncovered was also subpoenaed.  Why weren't any of your blogs subpoenaed?  Is it some sort of jealousy that propels your hatred for the JTI?  Even though you've dropped our numbers to less than half of what they used to be, you still troll our site everyday.  We see the IPs and the addresses.

I just don't get it.  Why would someone want to destroy a community blog dedicated to allowing anyone to speak their mind?  I have to conclude that the JTI haters are part of lying John's cronies and the Journal Times liars.  Why else attack a blog that was attempting to give voice to the anti-corruption crowd?  How much does lying John pay you to attack our blog?  We know he pays others.  So you must be on the payroll, too.

You can report to your bosses that your efforts have been a stunning success.  No one wants to comment on a blog when they are constantly attacked for what they say.

Lying John and the lying Journal Times win!  You must be proud of your work to ensure that Racine stays corrupt.        

"Wirecutter, the Early Years"

From The Lonely Libertarian:


Friday, April 15, 2016


Same old, same old

Anyone who reads the online alternative news sources and blogs knows that Racine Uncovered has featured lost and found animals, as well as animals looking for their "forever home," for years.

Recently, Racine County Eye adopted the practice of featuring animals looking for their forever homes.

Today, I check out the Journal Times website and what do I see?  "Slideshow: Animals looking for forever homes"

The Journal Times is always the last to jump on a bandwagon, letting others vet stories and concepts for them, then they put up a splashy story on their website.

"Clinton, Sanders debate gets testy"

From JSOnline:

Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) debate during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Credit: Getty Images
By Julie Pace And Catherine Lucey Associated Press, Associated Press

"New York— Deepening their increasingly bitter feud, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other's judgment to be president in Thursday night's Democratic debate, sparring over qualifications, Wall Street banks and gun control.

"The showdown in Brooklyn came at a pivotal moment in the party's primary campaign, with Clinton leading in the delegate count but Sanders generating huge enthusiasm for his surprising candidacy. The debate also left no doubt that a rivalry that once centered on wonkish policy disagreements has turned strikingly personal.

"Clinton is eyeing a victory in Tuesday's primary in her adopted home state of New York. That win would blunt Sanders' recent momentum, which included his victory in Wisconsin's April 5 primary, and would put his pursuit of the nomination further out of reach. However, a Sanders upset of Clinton would shake up the race, raising fresh concerns about her candidacy and breathing new life into the Vermont senator's campaign.

"With the stakes so high, Sanders took a biting and often sarcastic tone as he sought to chip away at Clinton's credibility on issue after issue. He went as far as to suggest that her labeling of certain criminals as 'superpredators' when she was first lady was 'a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term.'

"Sanders also cited Clinton's support for the unpopular Iraq War and for free trade agreements, as well as her willingness to accept money through a super PAC, as evidence that she lacks the needed judgment to lead the nation. Still, he backed away from previous statements questioning Clinton's qualifications, saying the former secretary of state does have the 'experience and intelligence' to be president.

"Clinton made little effort to hide her irritation with Sanders' implication that she is unqualified, saying that while she has been "called a lot of things in my life, that was a first." She repeatedly linked herself to President Barack Obama, who remains popular among Democrats, suggesting that Sanders' criticism of her amounted to condemnation of the president.

"Clinton also cast Sanders as a policy lightweight who is unprepared to implement even his signature proposals, including breaking up big banks. And she chided Sanders for chuckling during an exchange on gun control, an area where she has painted him as cozy with gun dealers and manufacturers.

"'It's not a laughing matter,' she said. 'I take it really seriously because I have spent more time than I care to remember being with people who have lost their loved ones.'

"The debate was the first for the Democratic candidates in five weeks. It came days before the New York primary, with a huge cache of delegates at stake.

"The raucous crowd loudly cheered their candidates and occasionally booed their foes. In response, at one point Clinton said with a smile, "I love Brooklyn."

"The Democratic primary has been fought for months on familiar terrain. Clinton has cast Sanders' proposals for breaking up banks and offering free tuition at public colleges and universities as unrealistic. Sanders has accused Clinton of being part of a rigged economic and political system, hammering her repeatedly for giving paid speeches to Wall Street banks and refusing to release the transcripts.

"Clinton continued to struggle to explain why she has not released the transcripts, saying only that she will do so when other candidates are required to do the same. She tried to raise questions about Sanders' own openness for not releasing his income taxes.

"The senator pledged to release his most recent tax returns on Friday and said there would be 'no big money from speeches, no major investments' in the disclosures."

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I haven't checked lately.  Does Bernie still look like he's on the edge of a stroke?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

One of my secrets...

I like the company of elderly black women.  There were some here, but Clara, my favorite, appears to have moved out, or died.

I also like the lavish dress-up that some black women do for Sunday.  I met one getting out of her car in the basement parking garage on a Sunday night.  I asked her if she knew why the fire alarm had gone off that morning.  (There was a kitchen fire directly below me, and I didn't even know it.)  She said, "No, I was in church."  Suddenly, I felt very small, like why wasn't I in church on Sunday morning?

I have no idea why I like such women.  When I talk with them, it's like I'm talking with the salt of the earth.  Maybe I should seek one out as a roommate to half costs.  Better yet, marry a widow "rich" from her deceased husband's life insurance and pension.  Wait.  A "black widow."  Mebbe not.   

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Father Martin's Chalk Talk on Alcohol"

He's right about alcoholics drinking because they are alcoholics. There's no hidden reason or trauma. We do it because it's who we are.

As for his statement that the further away an alcoholic is from his last drink, the closer he is to his next drink, he can kiss my ass. I heard that line in AA many times. Then how does he explain people who die with twenty, thirty, or more years sober?

Such self-defeatism permeates present day "AA" in Racine. Early editions of the "Big Book" (book entitled Alcoholics Anonymous) talked about recovered alcoholics. not "recovering" alcoholics. By "recovered" alcoholics, the early Big Book didn't mean that it was OK to go back to drinking. What it meant was that the craving for alcohol would be removed from you.

But there's no money for the treatment industry in recovered anything. Thus the mess that AA is today.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Poll: Franz Kafka's The Trial

In one person's response to this novel (, he wrote, "I read the plot on wikipedia, much like Racine's court  in that does not rule on law, nor follow law, but instead treats all as guilty and property of the government without proper recourse.
"I like the plot!"

Can it be?  Is our local court system corrupt?  You decide. Read the novel (or at least the Wikipedia page for the novel -

Personally, my skirmishes with the local law enforcement system have all been in their favor.  That's because I don't want to fight even if I'm innocent.  I pay the fine - that's what they really want.  I'm a good sheeple in court.

Speaking of which, the last time I had to stand before a judge in Racine, none of the people preceding me addressed the judge as "your honor."  I did.  The judge didn't say anything about it, but I could see his smile broaden when I said it.  Most of the people there were dressed more appropriately for a hoe-down.  I didn't see bare feet, but it wouldn't have surprised me.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

"Video: Alcoholism, What You Can Do"

From Racine County Eye:

By Bill Hecht in Community, Health and fitness · April 4, 2016 · No comments

"April is alcohol awareness month and our blogger Bill Hecht, a recovering alcoholic himself, talks about who influenced him to stop drinking and what parents can do to talk to their children about the issue.

"Here’s a link to several resources in our area:
Focus on Community
Racine County Health Department
Alcoholic’s Anonymous meetings
Racine County Crisis Services

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My personal favorite intervention video is too cool to be embedded, you have to click to see it:

" Has Judge Jude presided fairly ?"

From Racine County Corruption:

Saturday, April 2, 2016

"Los Angeles father kills son for being gay"

Published on Apr 2, 2016
"A Los Angeles man charged with fatally shooting his 29-year-old son for being gay had repeatedly threatened to kill him over his sexual orientation, prosecutors say. Tuesday, Amir Issa, 29, was found shot to death just outside the family home. While the Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged father Shehada Issa, 69, on Friday with murder as a hate crime in the son's death, investigators on Saturday still were trying to determine responsibility for a second killing at the home discovered by police at the same time, that of Amir's mother, police spokesman said."

Finally, a cure for homosexuality.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Once again, poetry wins.

Don't mess with poetry, man, or it will fuck you up!

"Trump to appear in Racine"

From The Journal


The Associated Press - Republican Presidential Candidate Donals Trump speaks at a campaign stop, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Appleton, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  

"RACINE — The Donald Trump show comes to Racine Saturday.

"The Republican presidential front-runner has scheduled a campaign event at noon at Memorial Hall, 5 Fifth St. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are available on Trump's website.

"The Racine Police Department was busy Friday preparing for the event, which was scheduled on short notice. 

"The department is bracing for anything, police Lt. Al Days said. Many Trump rallies have attracted scores of protesters and, in some cases, violence.

"Just this week, police in Janesville were investigating a pepper-spray incident that occurred before a Trump rally there.

"'We will just make that site and event as safe and secure as possible,' Days said. 'We're not sure what we're going to get, but we're planning for everything.'

"Downtown businesses were also making adjustments. The Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St., announced it will close Saturday due to the event. 

"Trump's Racine visit comes in the run-up to the state's presidential primary Tuesday. Polls show the billionaire businessman trailing in the Wisconsin primary to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, though Trump still has a sizable advantage in overall delegates. 

"Trump clearly isn't giving up on the state. In addition to Racine, he's scheduled to be in Wausau and Eau Claire on Saturday, West Allis on Sunday and La Crosse and Milwaukee on Monday.

"Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the other Republican presidential candidate, will also be in Racine County on Saturday, holding a town hall event in Burlington

"Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Lead The Way For Racine and Mayor John Dickert"

From News The JT Can't Use:

With the Chicago Honor Students on a roll in 2016, per stats collected by HEY JACKASS! It’s become desperation time in Chicago.

"With Racine Mayor John Dickert bringing all the graft and corruption of Chicago politics to Detroit West, aka Racine, WI., it may be time for Mayor Dickert to stop whining about not being able to annex any more territory to Racine and instead get rid of the undesirable and failing areas which don’t positively contribute to Racine’s revenue and are run down ghettos comprised mainly of unemployed People of Color, crime, drugs, and failing infrastructure.  After all, how much more of this shit can Racine take before it is forced to declare Bankruptcy or ask the Governor for a bailout?"

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Party on, lying John!

I don't care what anyone says, this guy has some serious issues.

Me, too.

It's my damned breast fixation . . .