WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER RERUN: Sex

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Why Have Sex? (YSEX?) Questionnaire

[Developed by Dr. Cindy Meston and Dr. David M. Buss]*

Note.  This questionnaire is entirely voluntary.  You are free not to participate or to skip any question you do not want to answer for any reason.  All responses are totally confidential and anonymous.  We would greatly appreciate your honest responses.  Thank you!

People have sex (i.e., sexual intercourse) for many different reasons.  Below is a list of some of these reasons. Please indicate how frequently each of the following reasons led you to have sex in the past. For example, if about half of the time you engaged in sexual intercourse you did so because you were bored, then you would write “3” beside question 3.  If you have not had sex in the past, use the following scale to indicate what the likelihood that each of the following reasons would lead you to have sex.

I have had sex in the past because…

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None of my sexual experiencesA few of my sexual experiencesSome of my sexual experiencesMany of my sexual experiencesAll of my sexual experiences
1. I was “in the heat of the moment.”
2. It just happened.
3. I was bored.
4. It just seemed like “the thing to do.”
5. Someone dared me.
6. I desired emotional closeness (i.e., intimacy).
7. I wanted to feel closer to God.
8. I wanted to gain acceptance from friends.
9. It’s exciting, adventurous.
10. I wanted to make up after a fight.
11. I wanted to get rid of aggression.
12. I was under the influence of drugs.
13. I wanted to try to get a better mate than my current mate.
14. I wanted to express my love for the person.
15. I wanted to experience the physical pleasure.
16. I wanted to show my affection to the person.
17. I felt like I owed it to the person.
18. I was attracted to the person.
19. I was sexually aroused and wanted the release.
20. My friends were having sex and I wanted to fit in.
21. It feels good.
22. My partner kept insisting.
23. The person was famous and I wanted to be able to say I had sex with him/her.
24. I was physically forced to.
25. I was verbally coerced into it.
26. I wanted the person to love me.
27. I wanted to have a child.
28. I wanted to make someone else jealous.
29. I wanted to have more sex than my friends.
30. I was married and you’re supposed to.
31. I was tired of being a virgin.
32. I was “horny.”
33. I wanted to feel loved.
34. I was feeling lonely.
35. Everyone else was having sex.
36. I wanted the attention.
37. It was easier to “go all the way” than to stop.
38. I wanted to ensure the relationship was “committed.”
39. I was competing with someone else to “get the person.”
40. I wanted to “gain control” of the person.
41. I was curious about what the person was like in bed.
42. I was curious about sex.
43. I wanted to feel attractive.
44. I wanted to please my partner.
45. I wanted to display submission.
46. I wanted to release anxiety/stress
47. I didn’t know how to say “no.”
48. I felt like it was my duty.
49. I wanted to end the relationship.
50. My friends pressured me into it.
51. I wanted the adventure/excitement.
52. I wanted the experience.
53. I felt obligated to.
54. It’s fun.
55. I wanted to get even with someone (i.e., revenge).
56. I wanted to be popular.
57. It would get me gifts.
58. I wanted to act out a fantasy.
59. I hadn’t had sex for a while.
60. The person was “available.”
61. I didn’t want to “lose” the person.
62. I thought it would help “trap” a new partner.
63. I wanted to capture someone else’s mate.
64. I felt sorry for the person.
65. I wanted to feel powerful.
66. I wanted to “possess” the person.
67. I wanted to release tension.
68. I wanted to feel good about myself.
69. I was slumming.
70. I felt rebellious.
71. I wanted to intensify my relationship.
72. It seemed like the natural next step in my relationship.
73. I wanted to be nice.
74. I wanted to feel connected to the person.
75. I wanted to feel young.
76. I wanted to manipulate him/her into doing something for me.
77. I wanted him/her to stop bugging me about sex.
78. I wanted to hurt/humiliate the person.
79. I wanted the person to feel good about himself/herself.
80. I didn’t want to disappoint the person.
81. I was trying to “get over” an earlier person/relationship.
82. I wanted to reaffirm my sexual orientation.
83. I wanted to try out new sexual techniques or positions.
84. I felt guilty.
85. My hormones were out of control.
86. It was the only way my partner would spend time with me.
87. It became a habit.
88. I wanted to keep my partner happy.
89. I had no self-control.
 
90. I wanted to communicate at a “deeper” level.
91. I was afraid my partner would have an affair if I didn’t have sex with him/her.
92. I was curious about my sexual abilities.
93. I wanted a “spiritual” experience.
94. It was just part of the relationship “routine.”
95. I wanted to lose my inhibitions.
96. I got “carried away.”
97. I needed another “notch on my belt.”
98. The person demanded that I have sex with him/her.
99. The opportunity presented itself.
100. I wanted to see what it would be like to have sex while stoned (e.g., on marijuana or some other drug).
101. It’s considered “taboo” by society.
102. I wanted to increase the number of sex partners I had experienced.
103. The person was too “hot” (sexy) to resist.
104. I thought it would relax me.
105. I thought it would make me feel healthy.
106. I wanted to experiment with new experiences.
107. I wanted to see what it would be like to have sex with another person.
108. I thought it would help me to fall asleep.
109. I could brag to other people about my sexual experience.
110. It would allow me to “get sex out of my system” so that I could focus on other things.
111. I wanted to decrease my partner’s desire to have sex with someone else.
112. It would damage my reputation if I said “no.”
113. The other person was too physically attractive to resist.
114. I wanted to celebrate something.
115. I was seduced.
116. I wanted to make the person feel better about herself/himself.
117. I wanted to increase the emotional bond by having sex.
118. I wanted to see whether sex with a different partner would feel different or better.
119. I was mad at my partner, so I had sex with someone else.
120. I wanted to fulfill a previous promise to my partner.
121. It was expected of me.
122. I wanted to keep my partner from straying.
123. I wanted the pure pleasure.
124. I wanted to dominate the other person.
125. I wanted to make a conquest.
126. I’m addicted to sex.
127. It was a favor to someone.
128. I wanted to be used or degraded.
129. Someone offered me money to do it.
130. I was drunk.
131. It seemed like good exercise.
132. I was pressured into doing it.
133. The person offered to give me drugs for doing it.
134. I was frustrated and needed relief.
135. It was a romantic setting.
136. I felt insecure.
137. My regular partner is boring, so I had sex with someone else.
138. I was on the “rebound” from another relationship.
139. I wanted to boost my self-esteem
140. I wanted to get my partner to stay with me.
141. Because of a bet.
142. It was a special occasion.
143. It was the next step in the relationship.
144. I wanted to get a special favor from someone.
145. I wanted to get back at my partner for having cheated on me.
146. I wanted to enhance my reputation.
147. I wanted to keep warm.
148. I wanted to punish myself.
149. I wanted to break up a rival’s relationship by having sex with his/her partner.
150. I wanted to stop my partners’ nagging.
 
151. I wanted to achieve an orgasm.
152. I wanted to brag to friends about my conquests.
153. I wanted to improve my sexual skills.
154. I wanted to get a job.
155. I wanted to get a raise.
156. I wanted to get a promotion.
157. I wanted to satisfy a compulsion.
158. I wanted to make money.
159. I wanted to keep my partner satisfied.
160. I wanted to change the topic of conversation.
161. I wanted to get out of doing something.
162. I wanted to test my compatibility with a new partner.
163. I wanted to get a partner to express love.
164. I wanted to put passion back into my relationship.
165. I wanted to prevent a breakup.
166. I wanted to become one with another person.
167. I wanted to get a favor from someone.
168. I wanted to breakup my relationship.
169. I wanted to give someone else a sexually transmitted disease (e.g., herpes, AIDS).
170. I wanted to breakup another’s relationship.
171. I wanted to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
172. I wanted to make myself feel better about myself.
173. I wanted to get rid of a headache.
174. I was afraid to say “no” due to the possibility of physical harm.
175. I wanted to keep my partner from straying.
176. I wanted to burn calories.
177. I wanted to even the score with a cheating partner.
178. I wanted to hurt an enemy.
179. I wanted to feel older.
180. It is my genetic imperative.
181. It was an initiation rite to a club or organization.
182. I wanted to become more focused on work –  sexual thoughts are distracting.
183. I wanted to say “I’ve missed you.”
184. I wanted to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or special occasion.
185. I wanted to say “I’m sorry.”
186. I wanted to return a favor.
187. I wanted to say “Thank You.”
188. I wanted to welcome someone home.
189. I wanted to say “goodbye.”
190. I wanted to defy my parents.
 
191. I wanted to relieve menstrual cramps.
192. I wanted to relieve “blue balls.”
193. I wanted to get the most out of life.
194. I wanted to feel feminine.
195. I wanted to feel masculine.
196. I am a sex addict.
197. I wanted to see what all the fuss is about.
198. I thought it would boost my social status.
199. The person had a lot of money.
200. The person’s physical appearance turned me on.
201. The person was a good dancer.
202. Someone had told me that this person was good in bed.
203. The person had beautiful eyes.
204. The person made me feel sexy.
205. An erotic movie had turned me on.
206. The person had taken me out to an expensive dinner.
207. The person was a good kisser.
208. The person had bought me jewelry.
209. The person had a great sense of humor.
210. The person seemed self-confident.
211. The person really desired me.
212. The person was really desired by others.
213. I wanted to gain access to that person’s friend.
214. I felt jealous.
215. The person flattered me.
216. I wanted to see if I could get the other person into bed.
217. The person had a desirable body.
218. I had not had sex in a long time.
219. The person smelled nice.
220. The person had an attractive face.
221. I saw the person naked and could not resist.
222. I was turned on by the sexual conversation.
223. The person was intelligent.
224. The person caressed me.
225. The person wore revealing clothes.
226. The person had too much to drink and I was able to take advantage of him/her.
227. I knew the person was usually “out of my league.”
228. The person was mysterious.
229. I realized I was in love.
230. I wanted to forget about my problems.
231. I wanted to reproduce.
232. I/she was ovulating.
233. I wanted my partner to notice me.
234. I wanted to help my partner forget about his/her problems.
235. I wanted to lift my partner’s spirits.
236. I wanted to submit to my partner.
237. I wanted to make my partner feel powerful.  
238. Other (please fill in your reasons in the space below).

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Thoughtful commentary on Franklin’s Trick or Treat

Franklin Alderman Mike Barber posted an e-mail this week requesting the common council’s ridiculous decision on Trick or Treat time be reconsidered.

Barber also issued a thoughtful e-mail from a resident on the matter that the e-mail writer gave permission to publish as long as we withheld personal information:

I am writing for you to reconsider the trick or treat date change for 2022 for multiple reasons:

1) Children (the ones trick or treat is intended for) are not even home from school at 4:00. This either has kids missing part of the time, parents pulling them from school early, and most nerve racking, has more traffic on the roads while parents parents rush to get home with their kids, while other kids are already starting to trick or treat. Kids are going to be coming off a long day of school hyped and are not going to be watching for cars, or maybe hopefully even a bus if the district can secure them. Someone is going to get hurt.


2) Some parents still work until 5:00 as 9-5 is a standard work day. Hence causing even more rushing and unsafe environments.


3) Many children have community/sport commitments on Monday evenings (sports, religious classes, scouts, etc.) Having kids choose between a classic part of childhood or their commitment doesn’t seem fair.



4) If kids are running home to trick or treat, and need to fit in dinner, when are they supposed to fit in homework? Thankfully, my kiddos are pretty bright but in 2nd grade already have 20 min of homework, if they can focus right away. What about the 4-5th graders who have much more?


5) The packer game on Sunday, if that’s really what we are concerned about, isn’t until after trick or treat anyways.


6) While yes, it’s on a school night either way, think about your teachers trying to keep kids attention all day prior to going, and then dealing with the sugar high, and exhaustion the next day as likely due to the timing alone are out later than normal.


7) Moving the times to later on Monday will only make things worse, as then we will be battling trying to get sugar high kids to bed while the doorbell is ringing.


I’m happy to discuss and brainstorm other options, as it is evident in this discussion many members of the council are far removed from having young children and could use some refreshing on how hectic after school hours already are.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER RERUN: Incivility

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, I’M RE-POSTING SOME OLD BLOGS I THOUGHT WERE INTERESTING AND WORTH A SECOND LOOK, OR A FIRST GLANCE FOR MY MANY NEW READERS.

From my blogging vault, July of 2018.

NOTE: I give credit to CBS for tackling this subject, but the fact is the left is far more unhinged and off its rocker.

On several occasions I’ve linked to a 1996 US News & World Report article about this very topic.

More than 24 years later it still rings true.

Read the entire article here.

That leads us to September 12, 2022, and columnist Tom Purcell.


My wife and the older man

In the broadcast industry where I spent a great of time that’s called a tease, a promo. A clever way to entice listeners and viewers to stick around or tune in later.

A radio tease goes like this. The newscaster says:

Coming up, Donald Trump goes off on Hillary. WTMJ Newstime, 7:35

Then comes the commercial break.

And in television…

You get the idea.

DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL.

“My wife and the older man” is a textbook tease. I’m guessing more than most want to read on. Possibly because you have some sense of what the story might be. But I’m sorry. You’d be wrong. Still good stuff, though.

This popular TV series debuted in January of 1979 and ran for seven seasons.

My wife Jennifer was in the first grade when the blonde star on The Dukes of Hazard” John Schneider got his big acting break…at the age of 18.

Jennifer has told me, many, many, many times how she watched the program religiously and had a massive crush on Schneider. My wife was wise to focus her affection on Schneider. He’s managed to accomplish quite a feat: become a conservative Christian filmmaker.

That means the major news networks and newspapers would shy away from any kind of update on his career. But The Epoch Times has done a wonderful piece on his accomplishments.

Making Movies Outside of Hollywood: Actor–Filmmaker John Schneider Blazes His Own Trail

BY DAVE PAONE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022 

Hollywood loves a “fish out of water.” Put a poor family from the Deep South into a posh, Los Angeles suburb and you have “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Put a New York City lawyer and his Park Avenue-loving wife on a rural farm and you have “Green Acres.” Put a hardboiled, Philadelphia detective into an Amish community and you have “Witness.”

One might say actor-producer John Schneider is a real-life fish out of water.

Schneider, both a conservative and a Christian, found that jobs become less frequent after his political and religious values were known in the industry.

“What they do is they just don’t hire you,” he told The Epoch Times.

There was a time when Schneider was the go-to presenter or host on award shows.

“A lot of that dried up. A lot of that went away, because again, the people who have control of the microphone don’t want anyone else’s narrative to come through the airwaves,” he said.

Schneider has found a way around that predicament. But let’s start at the beginning.

‘The Dukes of Hazzard’

At the young age of 18, in 1978, Schneider landed the acting job that launched his career. He played Bo Duke, one of a pair of brothers in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, in the television series, “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

For seven seasons, the “good old Duke boys” and their cousin, Daisy Duke, went wild—much to the chagrin of the corrupt county commissioner, Boss Hogg.

Although technically a one-hour drama, there was a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor from cartoonish characters, with “yee-ha!” shouted from the mouths of Bo and his brother, Luke, quite often. The series ran from January 1979 through February 1985.

All during that time, the Duke boys drove a tricked-out 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed “The General Lee.” As did the real General Lee, their set of wheels had a Confederate flag. It was painted on the roof, often prominent in shots in the never-ending car chases in the series.

In the 1980s, no one cared.

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A young John Schneider (R), as Bo Duke, in the popular 1980s series, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” (Courtesy of JohnSchneiderStudios.com)

An Early Example of Cancel Culture

By 2015, the world was a different place; or, at least the United States was. After a mass shooting of black congregants at a South Carolina church, it was learned that the white gunman had previously posted images of the Confederate flag. At the time, “The Dukes of Hazzard” was in syndication on the cable station TV Land.

Executives at TV Land concluded since the shooter was racist, and had posted pictures of the flag, and the Duke boys had said flag on their car, then they must be racist as well. They pulled the series from the lineup.

“It’s absurd, but that’s true,” Schneider said.

“‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was not a racist show in any way,” he said. “When they said that the General Lee and therefore everyone who drove it or had anything to do with ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ was in fact a racist, it was absurd.”

“I have not one time had a black man, woman, or child come up to me and express any concern or problem with ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ or the General Lee, ever,” Schneider said.

He actually sees the cancellation as a blessing.

“But in many regards, it made the show more cultish, more popular,” he said. “Nothing will make people want to do something more than The Man telling them they can’t.”

A Long, Successful Career

As an actor, Schneider has had a long, successful career, mostly in episodic television. He had a supporting role on “The Haves and the Have Nots” with Tyler Perry for eight seasons, and played Clark Kent’s father for 10 seasons of “Smallville,” to name a few shows. One of his most recent appearances was the “Love is On the Air,” which premiered in 2021.

Schneider is also an accomplished musician, and his latest album, “Southern Ways,” was released in March. Among its 11 new tracks is the touching song, “Younger Man.”

For the general public, this looks very easy and glamorous, but the entertainment industry is both cutthroat and fickle. Getting a job can be downright impossible and the public’s tastes change, which can sink the careers of even the most successful actors.

For Schneider, being a conservative Christian in Hollywood makes getting and keeping work that much more difficult.

John Schneider Studios

There are five steps to making movies and television series: development, preproduction, production, postproduction, and distribution.

For many aspiring filmmakers, getting past step one is nearly impossible. Development is where actors are attached and, more importantly, money is raised. For the most part, finding money is dependent on the major studios. Getting blessed by the studio gods is something every filmmaker wants but few get.

Once a filmmaker accomplishes step one, steps two through four (actually making the movie) are the easy parts, comparatively speaking. But step five, getting the movie in theaters and on streaming services, can be just as impossible as step one. A filmmaker may scrape up the money to make his movie, yet can’t get a company to distribute it.

For the filmmakers who rely on studio money for production and distribution, their lament is being at the mercy of meddling executives who want endless changes but don’t really know much about making movies.

Schneider has found a way around all of this: He opened John Schneider Studios in Louisiana, which is both a film studio for rent and a production company for his own movies.

Schneider finances his own movies and has his own streaming service, Cineflix Digital on Demand, to distribute them—all without having to beg the studio gods for support.

Essentially, Schneider has told the powers-that-be in Hollywood he can make his movies without them. Since he’s paying for everything, there are no meddling studio executives.

On the website for the studio rental, there’s a long list under “amenities” that every production company needs, such as sound stages and production offices, located on John Schneider Studio’s 58 acres. But since it’s in Louisiana, it also has a swamp.

“We have swamp,” said Schneider. “If you’re looking to do a movie called ‘Swamp Thing,’ you don’t want pond; you want swamp.”

A Double Partnership

Not only is Alicia Allain Schneider’s wife, she’s also his business partner. Schneider writes and directs in addition to acting, but leaves the business half of show business to her. He knows that she can’t do what he does—but more importantly, he knows that he can’t do what she does.

Several years ago, Allain was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer, which had spread to her bones. With a combination of medical treatment and diet change, she’s currently cancer-free.

Schneider credits the power of prayer for giving them the strength to fight through.

“When we prayed for that, we prayed for the strength to do it,” he said.

Their prayer wasn’t “God, cure this cancer,” but “Put us down the right road so that we can take care of this and, basically, not bother you with it,” he said.

Bo Duke at Heart

Though Schneider was born and raised just north of New York City, he describes it as “a rural place,” and that, most of the time since then, he’s lived on a dirt road.

“Every couple of decades, Hollywood will turn their backs on all things rural,” he said. “So when Hollywood turned their back on dirt roads and fast cars and community depending upon beer-drinking, barbecuing people,” Schneider said goodbye.

And that’s when he bought a swamp in Louisiana.

Small Business

The movies that Schneider makes aren’t big-budget blockbusters. They’re low-budget, and since their distribution is mostly digital with limited theatrical releases, John Schneider Studios is essentially a small business—and he knows that small businesses are the backbone of America.

“Go to that kiosk in Poughkeepsie and buy local coffee. Drink local beer,” he said. “Because this country is only as strong as its individual communities, and those individual communities are only as strong as, basically, the chamber of commerce—and you are at the head of that.”

Schneider encourages everyone to dump the chain restaurants and box stores. “Stop supporting that which you disagree with because it’s convenient.”

A sentiment that Bo Duke would agree with for sure.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/13/22): I’ve Decided To Be a Dog

Today’s read is a beauty by Mark Lewis, a native Texan currently living in Thailand. He has Master’s degree in history and has taught history and English in America. Here’s an excerpt:

Yeah, I want to be a dog.  Great life.  I can use anywhere I want as a toilet.  Most dogs eat better than humans.  I can lie around and sleep all day, chase cars, kick cats, chew on anything.  If I get lucky, I’ll get a young, pretty, female owner.  She can feed me steak and pizza all the time.  


What??  What do you mean, I can’t be a dog?  Why not?  If a man can be a woman just by saying he is, and if a woman can be a man just by saying she is, then why can’t I be a dog just by saying I am?  

So, there.  I’m a dog.  What are you going to do about it?  Let sleeping dogs, especially me, lie, hahaha.

I jest, of course, in order to prevent myself from exploding.  A recent Breitbart headline read, “Foundation Run By Trans Billionaire Funds Overnight Camp for ‘Transgender and Non-Binary’ Eight-Year-Olds.”  This is sick, folks.  No, this is worse than being sick.  It’s nothing short of pure, unadulterated, absolute Satanic evil, straight from the deepest, darkest pit of hell.  Stretch your imagination and try to envision anything more vile than mutilating children. 

Read the entire column here.

Whatever happened to Curtis Schmitt of Franklin?

You remember Curtis Schmitt of Franklin, don’t you?

If not, here’s the backstory.

Prosecutors in Milwaukee charged Curtis Schmitt Jr., 38, of Franklin, with three felony counts of possession of child pornography on Jan. 23.

Gov. Tony Evers, who appointed Schmitt to the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs in 2019, asked him the day after he was charged to resign from the board.

Back in March Schmitt resigned from the board, bowing to mounting pressure to step down as he fights child pornography charges.

Schmitt has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his case remains pending.

Here’s important background.

JANUARY 23, 2022. FROM THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT:

Count 1: POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

The defendant on or about Monday, December 20, 2021, at (his Franklin residence) did, having attained the age of 18, knowingly possess photograph(s) of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and knew that the child was under the age of 18.

Upon conviction for this offense, a Class D Felony, the defendant may be fined not more than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000), or imprisoned not more than twenty five (25) years, or both.

And furthermore, the Court shall impose a surcharge of $500.00 for each image or each copy of an image, as defined in 973.042(1), associated with the crime. The court shall determine the number of images or copies of images associated with the crime by a preponderance of the evidence and without a jury.

And furthermore, upon conviction the Court shall impose a bifurcated sentence including a term of initial confinement for at least three years.

Count 2: POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

The defendant on or about Monday, December 20, 2021, at (his Franklin residence) did, having attained the age of 18, knowingly possess photograph(s) of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and knew that the child was under the age of 18

Upon conviction for this offense, a Class D Felony, the defendant may be fined not more than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000), or imprisoned not more than twenty five (25) years, or both.

And furthermore, the Court shall impose a surcharge of $500.00 for each image or each copy of an image. The court shall determine the number of images or copies of images associated with the crime by a preponderance of the evidence and without a jury.

And furthermore, upon conviction the Court shall impose a bifurcated sentence including a term of initial confinement for at least three years.

Count 3: POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

The defendant on or about Monday, December 20, 2021, at (his Franklin residence)  did, having attained the age of 18, knowingly possess photograph(s) of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and knew that the child was under the age of 18.

Upon conviction for this offense, a Class D Felony, the defendant may be fined not more than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000), or imprisoned not more than twenty five (25) years, or both.

And furthermore, the Court shall impose a surcharge of $500.00 for each image or each copy of an image, as defined in 973.042(1), associated with the crime. The court shall determine the number of images or copies of images associated with the crime by a preponderance of the evidence and without a jury.

And furthermore, upon conviction the Court shall impose a bifurcated sentence including a term of initial confinement for at least three years.

I am a Department of Justice criminal investigator and base this complaint upon my investigation and my review of Department of Justice Police reports.

The defendant admitted to having a porn addiction and stated that his addiction is for adult porn because his marriage is struggling and since has been viewing a lot of porn. Curtis stated that his majority of porn viewing has been on Snapchat. The defendant explained how for approximately 2 years he has been chatting with women on Snapchat who he stated all these women stated that they are adults. Curtis stated that some do look young but that he makes sure he always ask for their age or asks for picture to make sure that they are adults. Curtis stated that he gets a lot of nude photos sent to him on Snapchat and that sometimes they send him pictures of child pornography.

The defendant stated he comes across a lot of child porn on Snapchat via photos sent to him or on Snapchat stories. The defendant admitted to sometimes downloading the child porn to his phone and then uploading to his Dropbox account, but stated that the main purpose of him downloading the child porn was to send it back to Snapchat to report it. The defendant was not able to say how many times he has come across child pornography since he has been viewing porn for the last two years but stated that it has been “a lot and its all the time”.

SA (Special Agent) Juanez then showed the defendant a printed photo that was reported on the CyberTipline report and asked the defendant if he remembers seeing this photo. The defendant could not remember that specific photo because he has come across many photos similar to those on Snapchat and he could not say if that was the one or one of them. SA Juanez asked how old he thought the ages of the two people depicted on the photo were. The defendant stated that he thought they both looked to be approximately 8 years of age.

SA Juanez then showed the defendant a printed photo that was reported on the CyberTipline report and asked the defendant if he remembers seeing this photo. The defendant could not remember that specific photo because he has come across many photos similar to those on Snapchat and he could not say if that was the one or one of them. SA Juanez asked how old he thought the ages of the two people depicted on the photo were. The defendant stated that he thought the the small child would be about 4 years old.

The defendant stated that the pictures SA Juanez showed him were clearly child pornography. The defendant stated the youngest child of child pornography he has come across on SnapChat was about 1-2 years old.

COURT ORDER, JANUARY 24, 2022

IT IS ORDERED, effective immediately, and also as a condition of release in this case, the defendant have ABSOLUTELY NO CONTACT with the following witness(es) or victim(s), their residence, subsequent residence, their workplace or other location:

Name

Defendant’s wife and children

Children under the age of 17 unless supervised by a responsible adult

NO CONTACT” means that YOU, the defendant, shall not contact the above person(s) or location(s) by telephone, in person, through the mail or any delivery service, by pager or fax or computer or any other electrical or electronic device, or through another person. The aforementioned condition of release is set pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes § 969.02(3)(d).

This is an official Order of the Court. NO PERSON OTHER THAN THE COURT MAY CHANGE THIS ORDER.

Any violation of this Court Order is a crime, and can result in immediate arrest. YOU, the defendant, could also be charged with the crime of Bail Jumping in violation of § 946.49, Wis. Stats. This Court Order stays in effect as long as this case continues, unless the Court changes this Order. YOU MUST NOT DISREGARD THIS ORDER.

YOU are the defendant. This Order restricts YOU, and it is YOUR responsibility to avoid contact. If the person(s) named above contacts you on the telephone, YOU must hang up immediately. If the person(s) named above comes somewhere near to you, YOU must walk away. If you accidentally come into contact with the above named person(s) in any private or public place, YOU must leave immediately. The person(s) named above cannot give you legal permission to change this Order. If YOU go near the above named person(s), even with permission or consent, YOU can be arrested for violating this No Contact Order.

You may pick up clothing and personal items from the above residence ONLY in the company of a uniformed law enforcement officer and only upon reasonable notice to the person(s) named above.

COURT ORDER, FEBRUARY 17, 2022

WHEREAS 
the current conditions of bond prohibit the defendant from having any contact with his wife and his children; and

WHEREAS the attorneys of record for the State and the defense have reached an agreement to vacate the no contact order as it relates to the defendant’s wife and to modify the no contact order relative to the defendant’s own children;

The State and the defense request that the Court modify the previously entered January 24, 2022 no contact order to read as follows: “No contact with the defendant’s children unless supervised by a responsible adult; no contact with any other children.”

COURT ORDER, FEBRUARY 21, 2022

Based upon a Stipulation signed by the parties and filed with the Court, the Court HEREBY AMENDS the January 24, 2022 No Contact Order to read:

“No contact with the defendant’s children unless supervised by a responsible adult; no contact with any other children.”

The previous no contact order as it related to the defendant’s wife is vacated.

The latest: The case is before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Watts. A status conference was scheduled for May 3, 2022. Schmitt’s address was updated from one Greenfield location to another in Greenfield. The defense requested an adjournment due to a delay in receiving information about evidence from the state. A status conference was scheduled for July 1, 2022.

July 1, 2002: The court was advised that there is a significant delay obtaining information. The defense requested further adjournment. A status conference was scheduled for September 8, 2022.

September 8, 2022: The defense has received new discovery (the exchange of information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence they’ll present at trial) and requested a 30 day status date. A status conference was scheduled for October 10, 2022, when another delay is certainly possible.

Meanwhile Schmitt who is out on bail has been seen almost daily in his old neighborhood on the west side of Franklin, even dropping off children at Franklin’s Robinwood Elementary. Remember he has not been found guilty of any of the charges.

The wheels of justice generally move very slowly. The Curtis Schmitt case is no exception.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/12/22): America the Best Entity God Ever Created

From CNN, June 30, 2022:

The vast majority of Americans across party lines are unhappy with the state of the US, a new set of polling finds.

In an AP-NORC survey, 85% of US adults say that things in the country are headed in the wrong direction, with just 14% believing things are going in the right direction. That’s a more pessimistic reading than in May, when 78% said things were headed the wrong way and 21% that things were generally moving in the right direction.

Currently, both 92% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats are dissatisfied with the direction of the country — the highest number among Democrats since Joe Biden took office last year.

Only 20% of Americans describe the nation’s economy as good, with 79% calling it poor, according to the AP-NORC poll. This sentiment, too, is relatively bipartisan, with both 90% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats describing the economy as poor.

With all that gloom and doom is it even possible to have a positive outlook about our country? Today’s read is from Ben Stein. Here an excerpt:

America is prosperous. No one, or almost no one, goes to bed hungry at night, contrary to the lies of various fundraisers. This still is the golden land.

Read the entire column here.

The latest pro-life news (09/12/22)

THIS WEEKLY BLOG POSTED EVERY MONDAY PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE

Don’t miss our heartwarming closing story every week!

From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

From WRTL.

ALSO:

‘A wakeup call’: more Republicans are softening staunch anti-abortion stance.

Abortion Clinics Witness Surge In Out-Of-State Appointments.

Report assesses threats to religious pro-life Americans following overturn of Roe v. Wade.

AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…

Elderly Couple Among Last to Receive Signed Letter From The Queen–Delivered the Day She Died.

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