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  • Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest

    08/28/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Bill Glauber
    Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 27, 2014 A spokeswoman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee on Labor Day. No further details were available for Monday's visit, but multiple media sources said that Obama will be attending Laborfest at Maier Festival Park. A White House official later confirmed the president would visit the city for an event Monday. Obama was a frequent visitor to Milwaukee and Madison during the 2012 campaign, and was here in 2010 for Laborfest, speaking to a crowd of...
  • Is Bloomberg a racist because he targeted black Sheriff David Clarke?

    08/14/2014 6:03:30 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 8/14/14 | Allen West
    I don’t believe political party is as important as principle. Furthermore, the message should be based upon policy inclusiveness and not outreach. Therefore, when conservatives base their message on principle and articulate the pertinent policies, they will have success with the electorate — principle can win over party. And the most recent case of that premise just occurred in Wisconsin, with the primary win of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. I first met Sheriff Clarke back in 2011 when we held a Conservative Black forum on Capitol Hill. In fact, we wrote about his pro-gun speech at the NRA convention...
  • Bloomberg's PAC makes $150,000 ad buy against Clarke

    08/09/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-9-14 | Georgia Pabst
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews. In response to the news of Bloomberg's ads, Clarke said in a statement: "I trust the voters. The voters can't be bought." The ad buys by Bloomberg's PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election. Also on Friday, Citizens...
  • Ignore the attack ads; focus on Sheriff David Clarke's record

    08/11/2014 5:06:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 aug 2014
    It's the way of politics these days, but pardon us if we yearn for simpler when hundreds of thousands of dollars wasn't spent by outside groups on a sheriff's race in Milwaukee County. A sheriff's race. We've had our differences with Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., who is up for re-election on Tuesday. As we noted in an editorial back in June, "Whether it's irresponsibly calling on citizens to arm themselves, bombastic talk-radio appearances or his intensely personal feud with County Executive Chris Abele (all the while never acknowledging his own flaws), the sheriff has repeatedly diminished himself before...
  • Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

    07/30/2014 1:43:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:14 PM EDT
    Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle. A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. Now, many herders are breeding the cattle they have and not selling them. U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, Cargill said. …
  • McCumber column: Walker delivers on campaign promises.

    07/19/2014 11:46:30 AM PDT · by gorush · 8 replies
    2014 ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim McCumber
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and have been tracking Gov. Scott Walker’s election campaign promises through an online feature they call the “Walk-O-Meter” and can be found online at There you will find that Walker has kept an overwhelming amount of his campaign promises out of the 65 they are tracking.
  • Death of Sierra Guyton should be a wake-up call for everyone

    07/15/2014 3:47:48 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 july 2014 | James Causey
    Sierra Guyton put up a long fight, but on Sunday her young body finally succumbed to her injuries. It was two months ago that a dispute between two men ended in gunfire and 10-year-old Sierra was shot in the head as she played at the Clarke Street Elementary School playground. Sierra died about 1:35 a.m. Sunday at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She was taken off life support June 25, but survived another 2 1/2 weeks. If an effort ever was needed to get young black men to put down their guns and settle their disputes in a sensible manner, this...
  • Gun violence is a crisis in public health

    07/12/2014 4:17:41 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 76 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 july 2014 | Eugene Kane
    When a major American city such as Chicago reports 82 people shot and 14 killed over a violent holiday weekend, it's time to take notice. Describing some parts of the inner city as "the Wild, Wild West" or "an urban war zone" to make a point about lawlessness just doesn't cut it anymore. It's time to call it what it is: an epidemic of gun violence as deadly as any infectious disease or plague that any health professional can imagine. When Mallory O'Brien, executive director of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, looks at the levels of gun violence in cities...
  • Deportation protesters block Milwaukee immigration office

    06/19/2014 11:05:52 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Journal Sentinel, Inc ^ | JUNE19,2014 | Sarah Maslin
    Activists blocked garage doors for two hours Thursday morning at the downtown Milwaukee office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest recent immigration raids in the city. "This is a pragmatic action, not a symbolic one," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of the immigration advocacy group Voces de la Frontera. "We're literally shutting down ICE." The protest is part of the national "Not One More" campaign organized by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, which has orchestrated rallies and acts of civil disobedience in cities across the U.S. this spring. With Congress stalled on immigration reform and deportations under...
  • Accused shooter of 10 year-old has outburst in first court appearance

    05/29/2014 7:29:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies
    TMJ 4 ^ | 29 MAY 2014 | TMJ 4
    MILWAUKEE -- There was a profanity-laced outburst in court Thursday from a teenager accused of shooting 10-year-old Sierra Guyton. Sylvester Lewis faced a judge for the first time today. The outburst came after Lewis refused to sign a "no contact" order, which ordered him to stay away from Sierra Guyton's family and eyewitnesses.
  • Community and police are both needed to curb gun violence in Milwaukee

    05/21/2014 5:30:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 21 may 2014
    Milwaukee Ald. Ashanti Hamilton got to the heart of the matter at a community meeting on the north side Monday when he said, "We all have a role to play in the condition of the city. Ninety percent of the work doesn't cost money. It's a change in the mind-set of the people who live right here." Of course, a few more police on the streets also can help. Hamilton spoke at a meeting of the Black Male Achievement Advisory Committee, but that meeting — with more than 100 people in attendance — turned into a community forum on violence...
  • 7th Circuit upholds warrantless entry, seizure of gun rights activist

    05/14/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/13/2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Milwaukee police who forced their way into a gun rights advocate's home without a warrant, took her for an emergency mental evaluation and seized her gun were justified under the circumstances and protected from her civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ruled. "The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel. "At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home." But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other...
  • Sober driver arrested for OWI when deputy crashes into her car

    05/02/2014 10:26:56 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 54 replies ^ | May 2, 2014 | Stephen Davis and Bryan Polcyn
    A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy rolls through a stop sign and causes a violent crash. So why was the victim placed under arrest? A FOX6 Investigation finds that a deputy’s changing story may have changed one woman’s life forever. Tanya Weyker was hurt so badly, she couldn’t blow into a breath-testing device or perform field sobriety tests. But a Sheriff’s deputy arrested her for drunk driving anyway. And the County hung those charges over her head for nearly a year, even long after blood tests proved she was perfectly sober.
  • U.S. judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over John Doe probe (Lerner-like Dem abuse of power)

    04/09/2014 7:06:25 AM PDT · by Be Careful · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/8/14 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — A federal judge kept alive a lawsuit Tuesday attempting to throw out a long-running secret investigation of fundraising and spending by conservative groups during Wisconsin's recent recall elections. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and others have been looking into whether the Wisconsin Club for Growth or others illegally coordinated with any candidates during the recalls. In the most prominent race, Gov. Scott Walker in June 2012 became the first governor in the country's history to survive a recall election. The Club for Growth and one of its directors, Eric O'Keefe, in February sued prosecutors, investigators and the...
  • Prosecutors won't charge janitor, say he killed teens in self defense

    04/02/2014 4:25:38 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 52 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2014 | Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel
    Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Wednesday that Jeremy Rossetto will not be charged in connection with the March 12 shooting death of two teens who were hitting him with a souvenir baseball bat. The district attorney's office reviewed the police investigation, interviewed witnesses and viewed witness cellphone video before concluding that Rossetto shot the teens in self defense.
  • WI:Maintenance worker who shot teens has concealed carry permit

    03/17/2014 8:58:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 13 March, 2014 | Jenna Sachs, Bret Lemoine
    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — FOX6 News is learning more after two teens were shot to death on Milwaukee’s north side on Wednesday afternoon, March 12th. Milwaukee police say a 39-year-old maintenance worker is in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail in connection with the shooting. But could this be a case of self-defense? A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were shot and killed in an apartment building near 27th and Vliet on Wednesday afternoon. The shooting reportedly occurred after some sort of argument. Milwaukee police on Thursday identified the 19-year-old and 17-year-old. The 19-year-old is identified as James Bell, Jr....
  • Response to Archdiocese Defense of Common Core

    02/24/2014 12:48:57 PM PST · by schmootman · 5 replies
    CUF Website ^ | 2/24/14 | Catholics United for the Faith
    A Response (in red) to Reverend Shimek's Defense of Common Core in the Milwaukee Archdiocese (below): Catholic Schools Can Make Good Use of the Common Core When it comes to the Catholic Church’s fundamental mission in the contemporary world, Catholic schools are essential and not optional. (If Catholic schools are truly "essential and not optional," why do the American bishops spend millions of dollars each year supporting anti-Catholic community organizing groups rather than investing that money in Catholic schools, especially inner city Catholic schools?) In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, they are precious jewels that adorn our proud history of catechesis,...
  • Milwaukee mom scolds daughter publicly over Facebook page

    02/22/2014 3:11:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies ^ | february 21, 2014
    In the video mom has her daughter repeating after her. "Tell them that you can't be on Facebook," said mom, Lorraine Walls.  "I can't be on Facebook," said daughter, Lutisha.  "I can't have a boyfriend," said Walls.   "I can't have a boyfriend," repeated Lutisha. "I'm reading my bible, get your bible, show them that you're reading your bible," ordered Walls. "She had got caught sneaking a page on Facebook twice," said Walls.  One that quickly spiraled out of control for 12-year-old Lutisha. "Now don't get slapped because you're already in hot water," said Walls in the video.  "She had...
  • Jerk of the Week - Milwaukee County District Attorney

    02/15/2014 1:06:47 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 7 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Many times we have focused on liberal hypocrites or establishment politicians as our Jerk of the Week recipients. However, there is one category of scum that truly deserves our scorn and disgust. I'm speaking of those who use the power of government to harass their political foes and attempt to stifle their God-given rights as enumerated in our Constitution. That's why our Jerk of the Week is John Chisholm, the Milwaukee County District Attorney. A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed early this week against the special prosecutor, the presiding judge, and top prosecutors in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's...
  • WI:Man seriously injured in shooting on city’s north side

    02/02/2014 7:28:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 29 January, 2014 | Trisha Bee
    According to police, a 21-year-old male sustained life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. Preliminary investigation reveals that the injured person was likely involved in criminal activity when he was shot by his intended victim.
  • Parents revolt against public schools leave buildings empty

    01/31/2014 1:28:43 PM PST · by usalady · 52 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan. 31, 2014 | Martha
    As those in power continues to hang onto the 19th century model of education or accept Common Core indoctrination for their students, parents are moving toward becoming the “deciders” as they chose charter and private schools, homeschooling, and online programs, it is leaving thousands of empty school buildings all across America. According to a recent study among the cities with vacant school buildings are
  • Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

    01/28/2014 2:37:27 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 68 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-28-14 | undisclosed
    A rare Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery Monday night. The instrument, known in musical circles as the Lipinski violin, was taken around 10:20 p.m. Monday in a parking lot in the rear of Wisconsin Lutheran College on W. Wisconsin Ave., police said. Almond had played a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran Monday evening as part of his Frankly Music series. In a 2008 feature on the violin, Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh said the Lipinski violin was comparable in value to another Strad that sold for more than $3.5...
  • Instrument dealer says Frank Almond 'very cautious' about violin security

    01/29/2014 12:26:19 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 81 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-29-14 | Jim Higgins
    Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh, a close friend of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, said he was stunned when Almond called to tell him that robbers Monday evening took the priceless Stradivarius violin he plays. "I've never heard of an armed robbery for a violin," said Hersh, founder of Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins, which buys and sells rare instruments. Hersh, also a violinist himself, examined the Lipinski Stradivarius with Almond when the instrument's anonymous owner offered to loan it to Almond. Almond has played the instrument in concert since 2008. Hersh said his initial presumption was that the...
  • Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address

    01/28/2014 6:33:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox6Now ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Mike Lowe
    Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address January 26, 2014, by Mike Lowe, Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address MILWAUKEE (WITI) — President Barack Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address this week. According to the White House, the speech will be optimistic and focus on the middle class. After the speech, President Obama will take his message on the road to four places — one of which is Milwaukee. This is not the first time President Obama has used his big speech to put the spotlight on Wisconsin....
  • Unbelievably lenient sentence for cop who fingered suspects’ ....

    12/30/2013 3:15:49 PM PST · by driftdiver · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/29/2013 | Robby Soave
    The end of 2013 brought a measure of closure to a long-running Milwaukee police scandal, though some say the officer — and his cohorts — who repeatedly and illegally shoved his fingers up black male suspects’ anal cavities got off with a light sentence considering the flagrant nature of his abuses. The ringleader was identified as officer Michael Vagnini, a white man who routinely targeted black males as young as fifteen for sadistic — and blatantly illegal — anal searches. One victim said that another officer put a gun to his head while Vagnini administered a choke hold, touched his...
  • Milwaukee Hoards Confiscated Guns

    11/28/2013 6:10:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns turned in to Phoenix PD earlier this year A recent story revealed that the Milwaukee is storing 11,000 confiscated guns in a facility in the city.  Police Chief Ed Flynn engaged in a bit of hyperbole when he claimed that every gun was connected to a body.   Milwaukee has had 1,515  murders from 1999 to present, over the last 14 years.  As guns are used in about two thirds of murders, Chief Flynn would have to be hoarding all guns connected to murder in the entire State since Wisconsin entered the Union in 1848 for each one to be...
  • Catholic leaders won’t allow Common Core critics to meet on church property

    11/13/2013 11:00:38 AM PST · by schmootman · 17 replies
    EAG News ^ | 11/13/13 | Ben Velderman
    MILWAUKEE – Catholic school parents in Milwaukee have a lot of questions about how Common Core will impact their children’s education, but they won’t be able to use church property for an informational meeting that’s scheduled for this coming Sunday. The Archbishop’s office nixed the idea after officials learned the featured speaker, Dr. James “Duke” Pesta, “holds an opinion of Common Core State Standards that is contrary to that of the Archdiocese,” reports The Sunday afternoon talk is now being held at the Clarion Hotel Grand Ballroom. Pesta is one of the nation’s leading critics of the nationalized learning...
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Withdraws Permission to Use Church for Meeting on Common Core

    11/12/2013 10:35:19 AM PST · by schmootman · 6 replies
    Catholics United for the Faith -- Milwaukee Chapter ^ | 11/11/13 | Catholics United for the Faith - Milwaukee Chapter
    COMMON CORE: DANGERS AND THREATS TO CATHOLIC IDENTITY by DR. DUKE PESTA—SUNDAY, NOV. 17——An Update— We have just learned that, upon the recommendation of Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, to the Director of Administrative Services at St. John the Evangelist Parish (Denise Kasulka) we have been denied the use of the church hall for our meeting Sunday, November 17. Ms. Kasulka informed the Pastor, Fr. Michael Merkt,who is out of town at a retreat, of Dr. Cepelka’s decision. According to Ms. Kasulka, Fr. Merkt agreed that we cannot use the church hall. In a phone conversation with Dr....
  • 'Fed up' Milwaukee pastors call for gun buyback program

    10/14/2013 10:16:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 60 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 14 oct 2013
    A group of Milwaukee pastors and their supporters gathered Monday morning at a local coffee shop to implore city officials to sponsor a gun buyback program, which they say could remove weapons from the city's streets and reduce violence in their neighborhoods. "We are here today because we are fed up," said the Rev. John McVicker Sr., pastor at Christ the King Baptist Church. "There have been far too many senseless shootings in our city, many resulting in homicide." The pastors have asked the city to allot $50,000 in its 2014 budget to initiate a one-time, anonymous gun buyback, where...
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Paved Way for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin Healthcare

    10/06/2013 4:51:39 PM PDT · by schmootman · 11 replies
    Planned Parenthood Madison East Website ^ | 10/1/13 | Planned Parenthood
    Arise, Children's Community Health Plan, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, Molina, United, Unity, WEA Insurance Corp The above health insurance plans include Planned Parenthood as an in-network provider.
  • Chris Abele Considers Dropping Health Coverage in Favor of Exchanges (Dem Co. Exec of Milw)

    09/30/2013 8:17:26 PM PDT · by Mygirlsmom · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | September 30, 2013 | Steve Schultze
    Milwaukee County would end health insurance coverage for some or all of its 4,400 employees and instead provide a subsidy toward individual coverage purchased through the new federal exchanges, under an idea floated in County Executive Chris Abele's 2014 budget.
  • Resident shoots neighborhood dog to save teenage girl

    09/27/2013 3:15:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 23 September, 2013 | Michele McCormack
    MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police are investigating a vicious dog attack report. It happened Monday night near 76th and Grantosa. Animal Control officers on the scene tell CBS 58's Bill Walsh that the dog will be put down. (snip) Apparently a neighbor got a gun and hit the dog in the leg. The owner says she told the neighbor to shoot.
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • WI:Milwaukee Sheriff: ‘Return firearms within 48 hours when cleared for self-defense’

    08/31/2013 2:35:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 26 August, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. told a gathering of about 100 people on Sunday that citizens who use their firearms in self-defense should have their guns returned to them within 48 hours of being cleared of criminal charges. Clarke was a guest speaker at a free concealed-carry class held at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, located on the city’s south side, an establishment that made headlines last week after the owner of the tavern, Andy Kochanski, fatally shot a would-be robber. While prosecutors have cleared Kochanski of criminal charges and agree that he acted lawfully in defense of himself...
  • Lawsuit seeks to open the book on closed-door meeting

    08/17/2013 7:29:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-17-13 | Alyssa Hertig
    MADISON — An Appleton Area School District committee charged with reviewing and recommending a reading list for the public school system’s ninth-graders proved anything but an open book, according to the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. In a lawsuit against the school district, Milwaukee-based WILL, a libertarian-leaning public interest firm, asserts the Communication Arts I Materials Review Committee met in secret before handing down its fiction recommendations to a subcommittee of the Appleton School Board. “They didn’t follow the open meetings law” said Tom Kamenick, associate counsel and open government specialist at WILL. “These meetings were completely closed off...
  • The Good Sense of Voter ID

    08/15/2013 6:46:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8-15-13 | Editors
    It is either the case that African Americans, young people, old people, and poor people labor under some onerous yet curiously undetectable burden that keeps them from obtaining free, government-issued photo IDs, or it is the case that Hillary Clinton, the NAACP, et al. are full of bunk when they claim that voter-ID laws such as the one just adopted in North Carolina amount to “disenfranchisement.” The evidence strongly suggests the presence of ambient bunk levels approaching toxicity. In general, Americans are very handy when it comes to acquiring free things issued by the government, and none of the groups...
  • Ald. Davis: Blacks use illegal drug trade for economic needs

    08/10/2013 9:43:30 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 47 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | August 9, 2013 | Don Walker
    In a statement expressing his frustration with how growth in the local economy bypasses black males in the city, Ald. Joe Davis said Friday that the illegal drug trade is the "common way" for many African-Americans to provide for their basic financial needs. Davis, who is African-American, entitled his statement: "Divide and conquer politics stagnates Milwaukee's economy, shuts out black males." {snip} Davis said the city's rate of economic growth involving the private sector was "pathetic." He added that that poor performance was directly related to the city's crime rate. "We accept group homes, day cares, gas stations and corner...
  • Scott Walker's actions left unions reeling

    07/23/2013 5:07:35 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 44 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 july 2013
    Wisconsin's public employees are leaving their unions in droves, which should be no surprise: With passage of Act 10 in 2011, public unions in the Badger State lost many of their reasons for being. The "budget-repair bill" pushed through the Legislature by Republicans and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker limited bargaining to wages only, and then only up to the cost of living; it also required unions to recertify each year and barred the automatic collection of union dues. Relying on federal financial records, the Journal Sentinel's Dan Bice found union membership has declined by 50% or more...
  • Former priest, dismissed on abuse charges, suing Milwaukee archdiocese

    07/23/2013 3:27:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    A former Milwaukee priest who was removed from ministry after being charged with sexual abuse but cleared by a jury in a civil trial, is seeking $450,000 in damages from the archdiocese. Marvin Knighton says he was removed from the priesthood wrongfully, after a jury found him not guilty on sex-abuse charges. Church officials, conducting an independent inquiry, concluded that the charges against him were credible even if they did not meet the “reasonable doubt” standard required in civil law. Knighton’s claim came to light in bankruptcy proceedings for the Milwaukee archdiocese. His name appears, alongside the names of sex-abuse...
  • Wisconsin: Membership in public worker unions takes a hit under Act 10

    07/21/2013 1:28:11 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7/21/13 | Daniel Bice
    Some unions' finances also suffer after Scott Walker curtails powers Gov. Scott Walker's signature plan to slash collective bargaining has set off a Darwinian struggle for survival among Wisconsin's public employee unions. In the two years since Walker's plan became law, tens of thousands of teachers and state and local workers have dropped out of their unions, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis of little-used federal financial records. No labor group has been hit harder than the one representing Milwaukee city and county workers. In 2010 — the year that Walker was elected governor — the American Federation of State,...
  • WI:Pair of men with concealed-carry permits engage in shootout

    07/12/2013 5:54:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies ^ | 12 July, 2013 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Two Milwaukee men — each with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon — traded dozens of shots in a rolling shootout through two sides of town and down a freeway, the kind of scenario concealed-carry opponents warned would turn road rage incidents deadly. No one was killed or injured in the June 26 incident, according to a criminal complaint that charges just one of the men with a crime. Prosecutors aren't saying any more about the case, and the shooters couldn't be reached for comment Friday. But the gunfight is bound to spark more debate over concealed carry....
  • Public workers haul in millions in pensions, study finds (WI)

    07/11/2013 5:48:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE – Tom Barrett presides over a $1.42 billion budget and a “company” with some 8,300 employees, but with all that responsibility the Milwaukee mayor only ranks seventh on the list of top paid city employees with $145,635 annual earnings. Perhaps more striking, his estimated $2.86 million lifetime pension also ranks seventh among his Milwaukee peers, according to a new report by Taxpayers United of America. Those figures demonstrate how the public pension system is simply unsustainable, say members of that group. BIG MONEY: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett stands to collect millions in from his public retirement pension. TUA estimates...
  • Saxophone player attacked in the street by three black women 'who said a white girl shouldn't

    07/04/2013 1:38:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/4/13 | staff
    A saxophone player has claimed that she was assaulted as she played a jazz song in the street by three African American women who said a white girl shouldn't play that sort of music. Cassandra Struve, 26, was performing in the street outside the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 11pm on June 26 when the three women approached her. 'I was playing Minnie the Moocher, classic Blues Brothers song,' Struve told WITI. 'A lady with a child in her hand came up to me, smacked me in my face and said, "Don’t play that".' They added that a white...
  • Archdiocese documents show priests paid to leave

    07/03/2013 4:02:29 PM PDT · by haffast · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 1, 2013 | M.L. JOHNSON
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan oversaw a plan to pay some abusers to leave the priesthood after writing to Vatican officials with increasing frustration and concern, warning them about the potential for scandal if they did not defrock problem priests, according to documents released Monday. Dolan’s correspondence with Vatican officials and priests accused of sexual abuse was included in about 6,000 pages of documents the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released Monday as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court with clergy sex abuse victims suing it for fraud....
  • Family picnic turns to horror thanks to black mob

    06/30/2013 6:15:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 112 replies ^ | June 30, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    In Niagara Falls, a black mob of 20 attacked a mother and her family on a picnic. They hurled racial slurs and told them they did not like their “Puerto Rican (expletive) music.”The Niagara Gazette described what happened next as a “fight,” although many would call it an assault: “Her son was punched and kicked by several people and fell to the ground. When her son picked himself up, the woman said a man from the group pulled out a pistol and pointed it in her son’s face. She said someone in the group was yelling, ‘Shoot him … shoot...
  • Street performer assaulted outside Summerfest (Milwaukee)

    06/29/2013 5:09:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 117 replies ^ | june 27, 2013 | Jenna Sachs
    A saxophone player was assaulted outside the Summerfest grounds near Chicago St. on Wednesday, June 26th around 11 p.m. 26-year-old street performer Cassandra Struve became a target on opening night while she was playing an old jazz song. “I was playing Minnie the Moocher, classic Blues Brothers song,” said Struve. ”A lady with a child in her hand came up to me, smacked me in my face and said ‘don’t play that.’” Struve says three African American women confronted her and shouted that a white girl could not play the song. After being hit, Struve says she was shocked and...
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Encourages Gun Ownership, Now Under Attack by County Board

    06/18/2013 7:19:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 18 June 2013 | Wisconsin Carry
    Wisconsin --( This past spring, many of you may have heard of, or viewed news reports pertaining to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s public service announcements that made national news. Sheriff Clarke has, in the past, gone to radio advertising to make public service announcements about drunk driving, distracted driving and other issues.With this most recent public service ad campaign the Sheriff took on the important topic of self-defense. You can hear his public service announcement that went “viral” here: In what can only be taken as discrimination against the 2nd amendment and the right to self-defense, the Milwaukee County...
  • This Is the Way Blue Collar America Ends

    06/05/2013 7:30:19 AM PDT · by posterchild · 13 replies
    The Atlantic via ^ | Wed June 5, 2013 | Sophie Quinton
    Sailors on Lake Michigan know they're approaching the south side of Milwaukee when they spot the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower. But the building beneath the tower acts as a marker of another sort: the structure originally built to be a manufacturing plant is now filled with white-collar professionals. As the global headquarters of Rockwell Automation, the Allen-Bradley building provides office space for 3,100 employees who range from product development engineers to sales and marketing teams and corporate executives. They're in the manufacturing business, but it's not quite the same business that once made Milwaukee prosperous. Rockwell Automation sold over $6 billion...
  • School-sponsored cross-dressing day at elementary school causes controversy (Milwaukee)

    06/02/2013 12:29:08 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 99 replies ^ | may 28, 2013 | eric owens
    Last Friday’s cross-dressing day at a Milwaukee elementary school proved contentious. The school-sponsored event was one of the theme days during school spirit week at Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities. While the themes for each of the other days were sufficiently milquetoast, Gender Bender Day — as it was originally named — raised a few parental eyebrows. Members of the school’s student council chose the transvestite theme, reports WITI-TV. The idea was straightforward: boys were encouraged to dress like girls and girls were encouraged to dress like boys. Deidri Hernandez, the mother a second-grader at Tippecanoe, found out...
  • Milwaukee gun sting expected to surface in ATF hearing

    05/25/2013 5:27:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 may 2013 | John Diedrich
    B. Todd Jones, the acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is scheduled to receive a confirmation hearing on June 4, an aide with the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday. Jones' nomination has been stalled over a series of questions including about a bungled ATF sting in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee case, known as Operation Fearless, is expected to be one of the issues to come up at the hearing, according to the aide. The ATF has been without a permanent director since 2006 when then-Director Carl Truscott resigned after spending lavishly on a new headquarters....