Today’s highly interesting read (07/20/17): What Cops Know

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Imagine being a police officer.

There’s a constant threat of being assaulted.

Now imagine being a police officer in Chicago. There have been 385 murders so far this year in the Windy City.

Peter Nickeas has spent years covering crime for the Chicago Tribune and during that time met many police officers. Nickeas spoke with some of them for a recent article in Chicago Magazine.

“I talked to a dozen officers—black and white, men and women, rookies and veterans, patrol cops and sergeants, detectives and undercover investigators. They spoke to me freely, on the condition of anonymity, about rookie jitters, job stress, the drug trade, use of force, the mayor, the toll of poverty and violence on children, and the allure of being a cop.”

Nickeas compiled numerous anecdotes in a multi-part series. Here are a few:

On my second day, someone threw a refrigerator out the window on top of the squad car. Lucky for us, we were in the building. We come out, there’s a big refrigerator.

The first time I dealt with something grisly or nasty, it was the day before Thanksgiving. We got a call about a 69-year-old lady who’d slipped crossing the Metra tracks. An express came by and hit her full speed, threw her through the air. Her body hit a partition near where all the people stood, but her head broke off and went another hundred, two hundred feet down the tracks, rolled in the rocks till it came to a stop. First thing I do is get the body bag and get the torso. Then I go down the tracks to pick up the head. I put my hand in the bag, kind of invert it, and just grab the head and pick it up. Then I zip it into the bag. The head’s a lot lighter than I thought it would be. ’Cause who knows what a head weighs? You don’t think about that until you’re holding one.

A gangbanger tossed a gun onto a roof, and we’re climbing the gutters trying to get up there. This old man comes out with a ladder. And I say, “Get yourself back in that house.” He says, “I don’t want them around either. I just want to help.” I tell him, “We can’t protect you 24 hours. If you show them that you’re helping us, these gangbangers are gonna throw a rock through your window.”

There was a little old lady used to call begging us to come: “They’re out there every day, selling dope.” There’s nothing we can do. The average citizen just doesn’t understand that. I have to explain, “Listen, they’ve got constitutional rights that don’t allow me to go kick their door in just because you’re telling me they’re selling dope upstairs. I don’t have the time to sit on this one house when there’s 50,000 other dope houses all over this district.” They don’t want to hear that. And I don’t blame them.

Who knows what will happen in a couple years with weed laws. They might release everyone. Dear God, that would be a nightmare.

There are, as mentioned, several parts to this series, each with a number of anecdotes. Please don’t let this deter you from reading. Though lengthy, this isn’t “War and Peace.” Please take the time to read it all, well worth your time.

What Cops Know

The taxers have their justification to screw property owners

Some will hear the news, such as those in Franklin who think that obscene hikes in property reassessments are just wonderful, and say, “I told you so.”

Most others will get little or no satisfaction.

This is no reason to scalp or gouge people, but it’s happening nonetheless.

We still feel the reassessment process is a scam, and not just this year, but it has been for a long, long, long time.

Dear state of Wisconsin, this is Steve Olson

I am the mayor of the city of Franklin, Wisconsin.

We are extremely excited that thanks to you, Baptista’s Bakery LLC is expanding here in Franklin with 125 new jobs and $7.8 million in capital investments.

Because of the financing provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) Baptista’s will now be able to invest in building renovations, machinery and equipment. Those improvements will serve as part of the expansion currently underway at the Franklin Business Park that is invaluable to the future growth of Franklin.

You are to be commended for recognizing that over the last five years Baptista’s has demonstrated a pattern of success. The company as you know in making your decision has doubled employment and invested more than $100 million at their Franklin facility.

We thank the WEDC for authorizing up to $300,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years to support Baptista’s expansion.

As mayor of Franklin I can tell you the entire city is grateful that we not only will create 125 jobs but the expansion you made possible is expected to indirectly generate 122 additional jobs in the Franklin area. Add it all up and the 247 new jobs could generate up to $2.5 million in state income tax revenue over a five-year period.

Thank you, state of Wisconsin. Your demonstration of confidence in this outstanding Franklin business is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Steve Olson
Mayor
City of Franklin
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Today’s highly interesting read (07/19/17): “You’re damn right, I don’t have any loyalty to Democrats”

That’s a Democrat speaking.

The voter took part in a Florida focus group that had results that should scare the daylights out of the Democrat Party (A similar focus group was held in Wisconsin).

In a real stunner, the core base of Democrat millennials are abandoning the left, big time. Particularly millennials of color — of which is 44 percent of that demographic — are expressing they’re tired of being taken for granted.

The blue party has a major problem. Who do they court, and to what extent?

Working class voters?

Minorities?

Immigrants?

Oh my.

From the Hill:

Progressives: Dems at risk of perennial election defeat

This quote exemplifies the frustration of GOP voters

This morning on Jay Weber’s program on Newstalk 1130 WISN as he discussed who’s to blame for the collapse of a health care plan in the US Senate, Jay took a call from Catherine in Milwaukee:

“We voted in Republicans to fix this. Personally, I’m really frustrated. I’m a middle class family, dual income. We find ourselves in a situation with a $1,000/month premium and a $10,000 deductible before they pay anything. We make decisions on our life based on our health care bills. An extra vacation or putting in a new patio. That stuff is on hold. How long is it going to take for ObamaCare to collapse? Is it going to be a year? Two years? Three years? What are we supposed to do in the meantime? Someone needs to take charge and fix this and fix this soon.”

 

Time for Republicans to Speak the Truth About Phony Russia Scandal

Also, Conservatives Say Media Are Out to Delegitimize Trump.

We’re happy to post the latest news to benefit the Conservative movement.

From the FedUp Pac.

NOTE: This was published before the news that a second version of the Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law died Monday, as two more GOP lawmakers came out against it, effectively blocking the legislation from advancing.

In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Monday night that the upper chamber would instead vote on the House-passed health care bill that many Senate Republicans made clear they don’t support with the first amendment being a proposal the Senate passed in 2015 that would repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay to find a replacement plan. This would require 51 votes rather than 60.

 

Up, up, and awaaaaaaaay!

For almost as long as I’ve been blogging I have regularly posted a Photos of the Week segment every Sunday morning.

An editor of the old FranklinNOW website recommended photos be used whenever possible.

My Photos of the Week started after I posted numerous pictures I saw of flooding in WI during June of 2008 as I perused my daily news sites.  The Sunday blog is a virtual week-in-review.

Photos I’m about to share couldn’t wait for this Sunday.

A colleague of mine, Lee Matz is a photojournalist with The Milwaukee Independent.

Matz is passionate about his work, so he had to be sky high on this assignment.

Airshow sees Army Parachute Team descend through the atmosphere

Photo Essay: Golden Knights Practice Jump attempt at 2,000 feet

Photo Essay: Golden Knights Precision Landing from 12,500 feet

Photo Essay: Free-falling with the Golden Knights Demonstration Team

 

Today’s highly interesting read (07/18/17): Editors and publishers fail when transparency is absent in reader “comments”

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Chris Krug, the President of Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity writes a thoughtful piece on the all-too-often implosion that takes place in the comments sections of news websites:

According to a report released July 12 by the Pew Institute, four of 10 Americans have experienced online harassment, 18 percent have been threatened in some way for sharing their point of view, and more than 60 percent consider this form of harassment a problem.

Civility may be too much to ask, though, as a story as innocuous as a local lemonade stand could elicit tangential commentary from trolls and wing nuts. Any digital forum, in particular those that welcome comments without accountability for them, can be hijacked by people far less interested in discussion and far more interested in hit-and-run bomb-throwing.

Krug has some advice and suggestions here.