Will Foxconn Lift Up SE WI or Lead to Its Collapse?

A lesson from history, as it seems to repeat. The WPA is reborn  via Foxconn, Amazon, and other large scale Corporate interests as governments borrow money to finance private ventures with the hopes of employment for the masses and a future payout so that they can maintain the status quo for grossly overpaid/compensated Bureaucrats, and those fortunate enough to be employed in taxpayer financed public/private ventures and non-profits.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, or school that was constructed by the agency. The WPA’s initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP).

Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States, while developing infrastructure to support the current and future society. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Between 1935 and 1943, when the agency was disbanded, the WPA employed 8.5 million people. Most people who needed a job were eligible for employment in some capacity. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the goal of the WPA; rather, it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

BAU (Business As Usual) must continue at all costs – residents, environment, resources, and basic decency will not be allowed to interfere with progress.  The battle for the radical change of learning to live with less and create truly Sustainable Communities, recognizing that resources on Planet Earth are finite,  has been lost.

by Ugo Bardi

About 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote to his friend Licilius noting that “growth is slow, but ruin is rapid”. It was an apparently obvious observation, but one of those observations that turns out to be not obvious at all if you just think a little about it.

Understanding the real message that LTG sent to us in 1972, and that it is still sending, takes a certain effort. First, you have to free your mind from the layers of legends that have accumulated around it over four decades, but that is not enough. You have to free yourself also from the common attitude that prevents us from understanding how complex systems behave. There is no fixed future for systems such as the world’s economic system, only trends. But these systems still obey physical laws: the limits of natural resources, the finiteness of the world system, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And there are the constants of human behavior: mainly our tendency of preferring immediate satisfaction to a future one, a phenomenon known as “discounting the future.

All together, these factors push the world system to follow a well defined path. We cannot determine exactly what the future will be, but we can produce a “fan” of trajectories that show to us where the system is heading to. The original 1972 LTG study had already identified the main factors that have been dominating the behavior of the world’s economy. The combined effects of resource depletion and pollution accumulation (seen today mainly in terms of climate change) have been gradually reducing the ability of the industrial system of accumulating capital and of fuelling growth. These factors will, eventually, cause the world’s industrial and agricultural systems to start a decline that could be defined as “collapse” which, later on, will involve also the collapse of the world’s population.

Reality has been transcended by television programming and the smartphone – a phone for dumb people; which is why it is the smartphone.
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IF Foxconn could readily employ 13,000 at a minimum of $53G each, as the Politicans of WI claim, then why can’t other local private Employers?
If being paid $53G – and does that include the non-taxable fringe? – is such a great thing – then why are the halls of local government filled with Bureaucrats making $100G plus a year, Tax -free fringes well in excess of $25G, and early retirements, providing opportunities for a second double dipping career in the non-productive World of Management? The only thing Bureaucrats farm is TAXES!
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From Journal Times:

Proposal to review city positions paying over $100,000 stalls

RACINE – A proposal to review vacant high-paying city positions in hopes of finding cost-saving opportunities failed to move past the Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday.

Under the proposal, any position vacant due to retirement or resignation that typically pays more than $100,000 in salary and benefits would be reviewed by the committee and City Council before any hire, said Alderman Eric Marcus, who proposed the idea.

In some cases, he said, the responsibilities of a currently unfilled position may be divided among other employees or the committee could decide to reduce a position’s salary.

“I think it’s an opportunity to see if there is some way we can combine positions in an era of real fiscal responsibility,” Marcus said.

There are about 150 city positions that are paid, through salaries and benefits, more than $100,000 a year.

Too often, these same Bureaucrats then flee Racine County, even the State of Wisconsin, to establish residence in a State without income tax and lower property tax rates! They become tax-evading Snow-Birds! But still they demand more yearly increases while they avoid paying the taxes which fund their retirements, benefits, and increases!

Tax planning is a cornerstone of retirement planning. But by focusing on Uncle Sam, many retirees overlook the state-tax bite. States vary across the map on how they tax everything from retirement income to retail purchases. If you’re thinking of relocating, be sure to know how potential retirement destinations compare with your current state when it comes to taxes.

ERoEI for Beginners

See: http://euanmearns.com/eroei-for-beginners/

The Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI or EROI) of any energy gathering system is a measure of that system’s efficiency. The concept was originally derived in ecology and has been transferred to analyse human industrial society. In today’s energy mix, hydroelectric power ± nuclear power have values > 50. At the other end of the scale, solar PV and biofuels have values <5.

It is assumed that ERoEI >5 to 7 is required for modern society to function. This marks the edge of The Net Energy Cliff and it is clear that new Green technologies designed to save humanity from CO2 may kill humanity through energy starvation instead. Fossil fuels remain comfortably away from the cliff edge but march closer to it for every year that passes.

But in the end, Industrial Civilization, predicated upon a civilization dependent upon an infinite supply of cheap petroleum, will spectacularly fail because there are limits to growth on a finite Planet.
By Gail Tverberg:

The world economy seems to be seriously ill. The problem is not overly high oil prices, but that does not rule out energy as being a major underlying problem.

Two of the symptoms of the economy’s malaise are slow wage growth and increasing wage disparity. Tariffs are being used as solutions to these issues. Radical leaders are increasingly being elected. The Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund have raised concerns about the world’s aggregate debt levels. The IMF has even suggested that a second Great Depression might be ahead if major banks should fail in the manner that Lehman Brothers did in 2008.

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The above graph courtesy of: https://beforethecollapse.com/2018/06/25/the-cost-of-civilization/

Essentially, this is the Cost of our Civilization, and it is on an exponential curvature;

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And an exponential curve works like this…… a doubling every time…… 1 to 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 to 256 to 512 to 1024…. to infinity.

Politicians LIE for a living.

Politicians have to lie, because it is their only means of support.

They justify endless wars, instill fear, demand endless tribute, and bully the productive. Their ranks multiply until they become a unstoppable swarm whose insatiable demands exceed the capacity of the productive, rapes the land, and creates societal collapse. Soon to be coming to SE WI and beyond.

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*UPDATED* – Oily Stuff Blog sends:

There Appears To Be No End To US LTO Growth

ALL OF THIS GROWTH WILL OCCUR ON DEFERRED DEBT, OR NEW DEBT. MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THIS NEW GROWTH WILL GET EXPORTED TO FOREIGN  COUNTIES. MORE LTO PRODUCTION = LOWER PRICES (now down 18% in <5 weeks),  NO PROFIT… AND WILL FURTHER REDUCE THE SHALE OIL INDUSTRY’S ABILITY TO PAY BACK DEBT OR REFINANCE DEBT AS MATURITIES LOOM.

 

While SRSrocco Reports:

The situation at Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands Operations has gone from bad to worse as the super-low oil price is now costing the industry billions of dollars each month. Unbelievably, the price for the Western Canadian Select heavy oil fell to a gut-wrenching $14.65 yesterday down from a high of $58 in May. Tar sands oil is now selling at an amazing $40 discount to U.S. West Texas Oil which is trading at $56.

In a recent article from EnergySkeptic.com titled, Why tar sands, a toxic ecosystem-destroying asphalt, can’t fill in for declining conventional oil, a review of the book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, stated the following four important points:

Many “energy experts” have said that a Manhattan tar sands project could prevent oil decline in the future. But that’s not likely. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Reaching 5 Mb/d will get increasingly (energy) expensive, because there’s only enough natural gas to mine 29% of tar sands (and limited water as well). Using the energy of the tar sand bitumen itself would greatly reduce the amount that could be produced and dramatically increase the cost and energy to mine it.
  2. Since there isn’t enough natural gas, many hope that nuclear reactors will replace natural gas. That would take a lot of time. Kjell Aleklett estimates it would take at least 7 years before a candu nuclear reactor could be built, and the Canadian Parliament estimates it would take 20 nuclear reactors to replace natural gas as a fuel source.
  3. Mined oil sands have been estimated to have an energy returned on invested of EROI of 5.5–6 for mined tar sands (perhaps 10% of the 170 billion barrels), with in situ processing much lower at 3.5–4 (Brandt 2013). Right now, 90% of the reserves being developed are via higher-EROI mining, yet 80% of remaining oil sands reserves are in situ, so the remaining reserves will be much less profitable.
  4. Counting on tar sands to replace declining conventional oil, with an EROI as high as 30 will be hard to accomplish, especially if it turns out to be the case that an EROI of 7 to 14 is required to maintain civilization as we know it (Lambert et al. 2014; Murphy 2011; Mearns 2008; Weissbach et al. 2013)

I believe the biggest problem with the sustainability of tar sands if we ignore the nasty environmental issues, is the low EROI – Energy Returned On Invested.  As point (4) states, a minimum of 7-14 EROI is needed to maintain civilization.  However, I believe the realistic range of a minimum EROI to sustain our modern societies is likely 10-12 EROI.  So, shale oil at an EROI of 5/1 or less (probably much less) and tar sands at 4-6/1, these are not sustainable energy sources.

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Impoverishing the masses is merely conservation by other means.

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Wisconsin Economic Growth Still Lags Behind Illinois

Incredible as it seems…

From Econobrowser: http://econbrowser.com/archives/2018/10/wisconsin-and-her-neighbors-coincident-indices

Cumulative growth in Wisconsin since 2017M01 lags Illinois, according to estimates released today. And the 2018M09 Wisconsin index is below peak (nobody else in the region is).

Figure 1: Coincident indices for MN (blue), WI (red), IA (green), IL (black), IN (pink), and OH (purple), in logs, normalized to 2017M01=0. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and author’s calculations.

For a comparison using employment, see this post.

If you play your cards right… and sleep with the Right People….

You too can join the Corrupted Political Elite of SE WI and be Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich!

City of Racine Plans to Add $3,500,000 in Debt to Clean Up the Cory Mason/John Dickert Machinery Row Debacle

The current status of Machinery Row – not  quite as Proposed by Mayor Cory Mason or former Mayor – Lying John Dickert:

The spectacularly failed Machinery Row Project, which now lies in ruins, will continue to add to the tax burden of residents as Mayor Cory Mason plans to borrow $3.5 M to clean up the site.

From the Minutes of the 10/8/18 Finance and Personnel Committee Meeting:

Link: https://cityofracine.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=27511&GUID=034407D9-B6F7-498A-B810-18C7A941ABDA

The cost for taxpayers borrowing $3,500,000 will be $635,201, for a total of $4,135,201:

The damage to taxpayers will be long lasting – and while Mayor Cory Mason can crow about lowering debt service from 32% to 31% for fiscal year 2019, mainly due to the 2019 budget increasing from $81,583,209 (2018) to $82,032499, (2019) the 2019 projected budgeted amount of debt service, $18,371,226, is scheduled to steadily rise in the future. Most alarming is that Baird Financial Services projects that the City, in conjunction with refunding $10,245,000 in General Obligation debt, will need to borrow $51,905,000 in 2019!

From the accompanying BAIRD Financial Services Disclosure:

WRS = Wisconsin Retirement System – The implication is that the City of Racine is so broke, it is borrowing money to pay it’s share into the pension funds of it’s retirees!

The Baird Financial document shows that under the current path of the Cory Mason Administration, future borrowing and debt service is contigent upon City of Racine  borrowing $51,905,000 in 2019!

Close UP!

How does this end well for City of Racine Taxpayers, the proletariat, untermenschen , disabled, or disenfranchised? NOT WELL….

Just ask City of Chicago Resident Fred Hampton Jr. :

430% Property Tax Hike Drives ‘Black Panther’ Leader’s Chicago Home Into Foreclosure

Cook County says the Maywood boyhood home of Illinois Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton is worth $141,920.

Its tax bill: $8,430, or an effective property tax rate of about six percent

Property tax rates that high– more than five times the national average– have become standard in inner-ring Chicago suburbs like Maywood. But the $700 per month tax bill has proven too rich for Hampton’s son, Fred Hampton, Jr.

He’s asking for donations to help him stop the County from auctioning off the home next Tuesday.

The tax bill at 804 S. 17th Avenue spiked more than 400 percent this year, to more than $8,000 from just $1,919. That’s after its previous owner, Hampton’s uncle, Bill, died and the property lost three tax exemptions, including one that freezes tax bills for seniors, according to the Cook County Treasurer.

Hampton, Jr., who in 1993, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail into a Korean-owned clothing store in Englewood (he was paroled in 2001), told the Chicago Sun-Times he “doesn’t know” how he fell behind on payments for the home.

He is president of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, which has called for an end to capitalism and for white Americans to “take responsibility for the fact that white society rests on the pedestal of the oppression of African people” and pay reparations to black Americans for their “stolen wealth.”

It hosts a web site where whites can pay reparations with a credit card, presumably to be distributed by Uhuru movement leaders.

Oak Park-River Forest High School teacher and Illinois socialist party leader Anthony Clark has started a “Comrades for Fred Hampton Home” GoFundMe page with a goal of $70,000. As of 9:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct 17, 80 contributors had donated a total of $2,832.

Hampton, Sr. was killed in a controversial Chicago police raid of Black Panther headquarters in 1969.

So what should Residents do with the seemingly uncountable Politicians in SE WI?

It is long past time to stop the madness of Fat-cat Baby Boomers gone wild and demanding (and receiving) never – ending increases in salaries, fringes, and retirements – at the expense of the Community – which they then claim is too expensive to live in – (often) move out of – and avoid paying their fair share by fleeing to States with lower tax rates!

Taxpayers need to stand up to Blue – Fisting Bully Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Just say NO!

Only Taxpayers BLEED! Red INK! And are forced to pay at the barrel of a gun – or else being beaten and cheated by the criminals who rule City of Racine!

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Tax and Spend Racine Mayor Cory Mason Proposes to Increase the Mayors Office From 3 Positions to 5! Will the Common Council Defend Taxpayers and Just Say NO!?

As incredible as it seems, in former Democrat Mayor John Dickert’s Broke-Down City of Ill Repute, which was so broke he had to break down and beg Non-Profits to send in donations – newly elected Democrat Mayor Cory Mason proposes increasing the City Administration Staff from 3 positions to 5 positions – while nearly doubling the cost in salaries and benefits to taxpayers!

Concerned and Over-taxed Residents can view the City of Racine 2019 Budget by clicking on the link: 2019 Proposed Budget

Tax and Spend Mayor Cory Mason plans to add 2 positions to the Mayor’s Office – a Communications Coordinator, and a  Strategic Initiatives/Community Partnerships Office! At an additional cost of $266,845!

From the proposed 2019 budget, pages 22 and 25:

It seems unbelievable – but it is true! The Mayor’s Office doesn’t need 5 positions – at best it requires 2! What the Common Council needs to do is reject Mayor Cory Mason’s outrageous budget proposal and eliminate 3 positions; restricting the Office to 2 positions! They can choose from  Titles – Administrator, Mayor and Assistant – only TWO are required to efficiently operate a City like Racine. But since the overstaffed Mayor’s Office has become accustomed to 3 positions, for this budget, the Common Council should amend the 2019 budget to retain the existing 3 positions and plan to eliminate another position in the next budget.

Since it is now obvious that Racine Mayor Cory Mason can’t handle the job he was elected to do – without a bloated staff – WHY DID HE RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR? It appears to be just a ploy so he could hire family and friends into high paying positions with a huge taxpayer funded tax-free benefit package with functionally meaningless jobs with impressive titles.

Ask Racine Mayor Cory Mason – Why did you run for Mayor if you couldn’t handle the job?

The City of Racine DOES NOT NEED a BLOATED and Unnecessary staff of 5 persons collecting taxpayer $$$, bennies & pensions in the Mayor’s Office!

Truth be told – when a City has both an Administrator and a Mayor – the Mayor’s position is superfluous and he acts mainly as a figurehead – an unnecessary expense who extends a welcome mat to visitors and dignitaries. Racine Mayor Cory Mason and his hiring spree with a bloated staff are an UNNECESSARY EXPENSE!

The scope of statutory authority allotted to the Mayor’s Office is VERY limited! 

From page 21 of Cory Mason’s proposed 2019 budget; the function of the Mayor’s Office is very limited:

 

That’s it! The Mayor does NOT need a Communications Coordinator, and a  Strategic Initiatives/Community Partnerships Office! Especially at an additional cost of $266,845! If Cory Mason wants to step outside the bounds of his statutory duties and authority, then he needs to fund those activities out of his own pocket, NOT the taxpayers of Racine!

Further, if Cory Mason can’t handle, or is incompetent, to wield the elective position he campaigned for, then Cory Mason shouldn’t have run for that position in the first place! It is time for Racine Taxpayers to demand that the Common Council, in the future, pare the Mayor’s Office to 2 positions and choose to either have an Administrator or Mayor, with an Assistant. PERIOD!

In addition to being Racine’s biggest tax and spend Mayor, Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Municipal Judge Rebecca Mason refuse to pay their fair share of the property taxes, which they expect to spend and profit from! And how has the value of their Lakefront Property, purchased by the Mason’s in 2018 from Robert H. Lehner II, Father of Benjamin Lehner, who is employed by City of Racine Housing & Community Development as a Community Development Program Specialist and close personal friend of Cory’s from the Root River Council,  decreased in assessed value by nearly $400,000 from 2013 to 2019? IT’S A MYSTERY!

See the post: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/lifestyles-of-racines-rich-famous-politically-connected/

Who else in City of Racine has seen the assessed value of their Lakefront property drop by 50% since 2013? Besides former owner and politically connected Robert H. Lehner II, Father of Benjamin Lehner, who is employed by City of Racine Housing & Community Development as a Community Development Program Specialist ? The home now owned by Mayor Cory Mason and Municipal Judge Rebecca Mason? More SCAM – O – RAMA Racine!

Concerned City of Racine Residents need to demand that Racine City Tax Assessor Bill Bowers  provide the same favor he performed for Robert H. Lehner II, Father of City Employee Benjamin Lehner, and drop their 2019 assessed value to 50% of it’s 2013 assessed value!

Cory and Rebecca Mason plan to live *LARGE off of unsuspecting Racine taxpayers who they expect to fund their lavish Brooklyn, NY lifestyle! The Racine Common Council needs to stand up for the Residents and tell Cory NO! To a bloated Mayor’s Office! While the City Assessor needs to accurately assess their Lakefront Mansion so that they pay their fair share of the Cities expenses! They need to stop cheating and taxing Residents out of their homes and businesses.

 

City of Racine 2017 Audited Financial Statement Reports RDA Lost Over $7,000,000 in 2017!

City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason Continues on With Former Mayor John Dickert’s Tradition of Looting a City Of Ill Repute! That Blue Fist is the Power of Extortion – Being Shoved up Residents Azz’s Via Onerous and Excessive Confiscatory Taxes and Fees to Fund the Lifestyles of Racine’s Rich & Famous!

See the Post: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/lifestyles-of-racines-rich-famous-politically-connected/

City of Racine Taxpayers who feel the burn that the ever increasing property taxes and fees imposed by City of Racine Mayors and Alderpersons are becomingly more and more onerous and out of line with the Consumer Price Index, aren’t just imagining that burning feeling – it is real, as the 2017 Audited Financial Statement reveals.

The 2017 Audited Financial Statement is available here:     https://www.cityofracine.org/Finance/AuditedFinancialStatements/

From the 2017 Audited Financial Statement, Page 65:

It is just Business as Usual in City of Racine, as the unaccountable Racine Development Authority lost $7,304,144 in TID collections, and passed that cost on to Residential taxpayers – with NO  repayment schedule required – since the Residential taxpayers are on the hook and going to pay – through extortion – aka onerous property taxes, by any other name….

From the 2017 Audited Financial Statement:

Former Mayor John Dickerts much bally-hooed Tid 18 – Machinery Row was the loss leader – costing taxpayers nearly $7,000,000 – not counting the destruction ,clean up costs and planning time wasted by the RDA in concocting yet another failed plan for the criminally led City of Racine:

Watch as John Dickert and Cory Mason announce the *FAILED* $65M Machinery Row Project:

Mayor John Dickert speaks during a press conference Tuesday, June 10, 2014 announcing a commercial-residential project that will start at $65 million./Video by Scott Anderson scott.anderson@journaltimes.com

Well, well, the spectacularly *FAILED* Machinery Row  Project might actually COST taxpayers $65M when it is all done and settled…. instead of attracting constructive and productive development. Residential Taxpayers will *NEVER* see any tax relief in criminally led Mayor Cory Mason’s Blue Fist Collective!

Machinery Row – TID 18 – as Promised:

Machinery Row as Delivered:

Meanwhile, Former Mayor John Dickert’s bestest personal friend – Micah Waters – continues to hold onto the former Porter’s Property while refusing to pay the property taxes due and shifting that burden to the much beleagured Residential Taxpayers living in City of Racine. City Officials plan on Residents being deaf, dumb, and blind – and they are correct!

As Promised by John Dickert and BFF Micah Waters!

Micah Waters and John Dickert – BFF

 

As Delivered:

 

HEY Long – Beleaguered Taxpayers living in City of Racine – Stay in Line and Don’t ask any Pesky Questions!

OR ELSE!

After all, the Mayor of Racine has large costs and expenses…

Don’t Stop Believing’

Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz Gag Order Provides More Evidence That Racine County is a Criminal Enterprise

In Racine County, a court dispute over access to public records is fought in secrecy

A Racine County judge said he’s only sealed one case in his career. The case he chose to hide from taxpayers and Racine city residents? A petition for access to public records.

The unusual case, now on appeal but also absent from the Court of Appeals web-based index, has only come to light because a maverick Racine Common Council member got tired of what she calls growing secrecy and concentrated power in her local government.

“To me, it’s a huge issue,” said Sandy Weidner. “I’m willing to defy the judge’s order that it’s sealed.”

Advocates for open government are astounded and have never heard of a public records suit being sealed, or any kind of case without some record of who the parties are and why it was under seal.

“Everything I know about this case seems atrocious,” said Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.

“These communications should never have been withheld. The trial court judge should never have allowed this matter to be adjudicated in secret. His decision should not have been sealed. The appellate court should not have allowed this secrecy to extend to the appeal.”

“These are low-level communications from local residents about local issues, not the  Pentagon Papers,” Lueders said.

Patrick Kabat, a First Amendment lawyer in Cleveland who leads a First Amendment clinic at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, said it’s unheard of for a judge to seal an entire case without some public record of why.

“This is not a public records issue, it’s a courts access issue,” he said, “and state open meetings law doesn’t control that, it can’t be wished away.”

Kabat said his clinic’s focus is “reminding courts there are two parties in front of them, but the forgotten third party is the public. And its right is enforceable.”

“We have probably the worst council I’ve seen — naive, inexperienced — and so the city attorney was trying to control it all himself,” Spodick said. “Stuff never gets the light of day. He’s scaring the other council members by making Sandy an example of what happens to ‘troublemakers.’ ”

Read the entire article at: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/19/wisconsin-open-records-fight-plays-out-secrecy/1307258002/

The criminals public officials who operate Racine County and the City always seems able to find a willing Racine County Circuit Judge who will hide their misdeeds and provide cover – while a comatose public remains complacent to the crimes being committed daily by Racine County and City Officials.

Does anyone remember when Racine County Circuit (Circus might actually fit better) Judge Gerald Ptacek ruled that John Dickert was acting in his official capacity as Mayor while he was campaigning during a radio interview at WRJN? Thus forcing City of Racine taxpayers to pay John Dickert’s S100,000 legal bills? A ruling which any competent Judge or conscious public would know was – at best – LAUGHABLE, and downright contrary to the laws of State of Wisconsin!  Because IF John Dickert was campaigning while Mayor, it would be a criminal act! And YES! Racine County Judge Gerald Ptacek  is laughing at the fools of City of Racine who paid up!

 

 

                                        WHAT A SURPRISE!

And now here comes Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, after meeting with lawyers in his chambers (concerning Sandy Weidner’s Open Records lawsuit) , telling others there for the hearing that they had to leave because he was sealing the case.

The judge said recently he sealed the case “because of the nature of the action. It’s one that shouldn’t be open. I made a public policy determination.”

But wasn’t it an open records case? “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you. It’s sealed,” Gasiorkiewicz said.

And yeah – this is the same Racine County Circuit Judge who sentenced convicted Billionaire Child Molestor Curt Johnson to only 4 months in jail…..

 

In Racine County – anything goes for those with Political Power, Connections, or Wealth! 

Three years and a lengthy court case later, the 59-year-old heir to “the family company,” as the cleaning product empire is known, is out of jail after just three months.

As the Racine Journal Times in S.C. Johnson’s company town of Racine, Wisc. first reported, Johnson was released on Sunday. He served three months of his four month sentence, which was reduced thanks to time served.

The convicted child molester, worth $2.7 billion, also paid a $6,000 fine as part of his punishment for two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty to both back in June.

Both charges were drastically amended; Johnson was initially charged with repeated sexual assault of a child, which is a felony.

See the previous post: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/the-widow-johnson-dies-while-curt-flies/

The corrupt Courts and Judges of Racine County are just there to provide cover for the criminal misdeeds of Public Officials and the wealthy – it happens again, and again, and again. Anything goes for those with the right political connections.

 

Cannabis Laws in WI – Straight Outta the WI State Statutes!

It’s time to clear up the confusion brought on by speculation about Wisconsin’s Cannabis Laws and go straight to the authoritative source – The Wisconsin State Statutes. Definitions and laws relating to Cannabis is found in CHAPTER 961, known as the UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.

Link: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/961

Declaration of Intent

The WI State Statutes start with a declaration of intent:

961.001 Declaration of intent. The legislature finds that the abuse of controlled substances constitutes a serious problem for society. As a partial solution, these laws regulating controlled substances have been enacted with penalties. The legislature, recognizing a need for differentiation among those who would violate these laws makes this declaration of legislative intent:
(1g) Many of the controlled substances included in this chapter have useful and legitimate medical and scientific purposes and are necessary to maintain the health and general welfare of the people of this state.
(1m) The manufacture, distribution, delivery, possession and use of controlled substances for other than legitimate purposes have a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the people of this state.
(1r) Persons who illicitly traffic commercially in controlled substances constitute a substantial menace to the public health and safety. The possibility of lengthy terms of imprisonment must exist as a deterrent to trafficking by such persons. Upon conviction for trafficking, such persons should be sentenced in a manner which will deter further trafficking by them, protect the public from their pernicious activities, and restore them to legitimate and socially useful endeavors.
(2) Persons who habitually or professionally engage in commercial trafficking in controlled substances and prescription drugs should, upon conviction, be sentenced to substantial terms of imprisonment to shield the public from their predatory acts. However, persons addicted to or dependent on controlled substances should, upon conviction, be sentenced in a manner most likely to produce rehabilitation.
(3) Upon conviction, persons who casually use or experiment with controlled substances should receive special treatment geared toward rehabilitation. The sentencing of casual users and experimenters should be such as will best induce them to shun further contact with controlled substances and to develop acceptable alternatives to drug abuse.
DEA Classification of Drugs

Cannabis is classified by the DEA ( (Federal) Drug Enforcement Agency) as a Schedule 1 Drug, and thus, subject to Legislative control because it is a controlled substance. This is why reforming or decriminalizing existing Cannabis laws has been a complete failure.  Republicans and Democrats use the issue of decriminalization to fool their Voters into believing that they are taking effective actions to end the Reefer Madness of Police and Prosecutors arresting, jailing, prosecuting, fining, public shaming, imprisoning,  and terrorizing those who use Cannabis for Medicinal and Recreational purposes. The ONLY effective action to end the reign of Law Enforcement terror, will be to REPEAL Cannabis laws and remove it from the DEA Schedule of controlled drugs. Cannabis is defined as a Schedule 1 drug.

 DEA Drug Schedule

Link: https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling

Drug Schedules

Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential. The abuse rate is a determinate factor in the scheduling of the drug; for example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence. As the drug schedule changes– Schedule II, Schedule III, etc., so does the abuse potential– Schedule V drugs represents the least potential for abuse. A Listing of drugs and their schedule are located at Controlled Substance Act (CSA) Scheduling or CSA Scheduling by Alphabetical Order. These lists describes the basic or parent chemical and do not necessarily describe the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may also be classified as controlled substances. These lists are intended as general references and are not comprehensive listings of all controlled substances.

Please note that a substance need not be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a Schedule I substance for criminal prosecution. A controlled substance analogue is a substance which is intended for human consumption and is structurally or pharmacologically substantially similar to or is represented as being similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II substance and is not an approved medication in the United States. (See 21 U.S.C. §802(32)(A) for the definition of a controlled substance analogue and 21 U.S.C. §813 for the schedule.)

Schedule I

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote

Definition of Cannabis

Cannabis is defined in the WI State Statutes as:

961.01 Definitions. As used in this chapter:

961.01 (14) “Marijuana” means all parts of the plants of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin, including tetrahydrocannabinols. “Marijuana” does include the mature stalks if mixed with other parts of the plant, but does not include fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.

Authority to Control

The Authority to Control is found in WI State Statute 961.11.

961.11 Authority to control.

(1)  The controlled substances board shall administer this subchapter and may add substances to or delete or reschedule all substances listed in the schedules in ss. 961.14961.16961.18961.20 and 961.22 pursuant to the rule-making procedures of ch. 227.
(1m) In making a determination regarding a substance, the board shall consider the following:
(a) The actual or relative potential for abuse;
(b) The scientific evidence of its pharmacological effect, if known;
(c) The state of current scientific knowledge regarding the substance;
(d) The history and current pattern of abuse;
(e) The scope, duration and significance of abuse;
(f) The risk to the public health;
(g) The potential of the substance to produce psychological or physical dependence liability;
(h) Whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this chapter.
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Schedule 1 Tests

In addition, the List of Schedule 1 drugs is always subject to increase, dependent upon the following:

961.13 Schedule I tests.
(1m)  The controlled substances board shall add a substance to schedule I upon finding that the substance:
(a) Has high potential for abuse;
(b) Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and
(c) Lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision.
(2m) The controlled substances board may add a substance to schedule I without making the findings required under sub. (1m) if the substance is controlled under schedule I of 21 USC 812 (c) by a federal agency as the result of an international treaty, convention or protocol

Schedule 1 Drugs From the WI State Statutes:

961.14 Schedule I. Unless specifically excepted by state or federal law or regulation or more specifically included in another schedule, the following controlled substances are listed in schedule I:

961.14 (4)Hallucinogenic substances. Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the following hallucinogenic substances, including any of their salts, isomers, esters, ethers, and salts of isomers, esters, or ethers that are theoretically possible within the specific chemical designation, in any form contained in a plant, obtained from a plant, or chemically synthesized:
961.14(4)(t) Tetrahydrocannabinols, commonly known as “THC”, in any form including tetrahydrocannabinols contained in marijuana, obtained from marijuana, or chemically synthesized, except that tetrahydrocannabinols do not include any of the following:
1. Cannabidiol in a form without a psychoactive effect that is dispensed as provided in s. 961.38 (1n) (a) or that is possessed as provided in s. 961.32 (2m) (b).
2. Tetrahydrocannabinols contained in fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of a Cannabis plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake or the sterilized seed of a Cannabis plant which is incapable of germination.

Prohibited Acts A – Offenses and Penalities from the WI State Statutes

961.41 Prohibited acts A — penalties.

(1)  Manufacture, distribution or delivery. Except as authorized by this chapter, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute or deliver a controlled substance or controlled substance analog. Any person who violates this subsection is subject to the following penalties:
(a) Schedule I and II narcotic drugs generally. Except as provided in par. (d), if a person violates this subsection with respect to a controlled substance included in schedule I or II which is a narcotic drug, or a controlled substance analog of a controlled substance included in schedule I or II which is a narcotic drug, the person is guilty of a Class E felony.
(b) Schedule I, II, and III nonnarcotic drugs generally. Except as provided in pars. (cm) and (e) to (hm), if a person violates this subsection with respect to any other controlled substance included in schedule I, II, or III, or a controlled substance analog of any other controlled substance included in schedule I or II, the person is guilty of a Class H felony.

961.41(1)(h) Tetrahydrocannabinols. If the person violates this subsection with respect to tetrahydrocannabinols, included under s. 961.14 (4) (t), or a controlled substance analog of tetrahydrocannabinols, and the amount manufactured, distributed or delivered is:

1. Two hundred grams or less, or 4 or fewer plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols, the person is guilty of a Class I felony.
2. More than 200 grams but not more than 1,000 grams, or more than 4 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols but not more than 20 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols, the person is guilty of a Class H felony.
3. More than 1,000 grams but not more than 2,500 grams, or more than 20 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols but not more than 50 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols, the person is guilty of a Class G felony.
4. More than 2,500 grams but not more than 10,000 grams, or more than 50 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols but not more than 200 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols, the person is guilty of a Class F felony.

5. More than 10,000 grams, or more than 200 plants containing tetrahydrocannabinols, the person is guilty of a Class E felony

Prohibited Acts B – Offenses and Penalties

961.42(1) It is unlawful for any person knowingly to keep or maintain any store, shop, warehouse, dwelling, building, vehicle, boat, aircraft or other structure or place, which is resorted to by persons using controlled substances in violation of this chapter for the purpose of using these substances, or which is used for manufacturing, keeping or delivering them in violation of this chapter.

(2) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a Class I felony.

Prohibited Acts C – Offenses and Penalties

961.43(1) It is unlawful for any person:

(a) To acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge;
(b) Without authorization, to make, distribute or possess any punch, die, plate, stone or other thing designed to print, imprint or reproduce the trademark, trade name or other identifying mark, imprint or device of another or any likeness of any of the foregoing upon any drug or container or labeling thereof so as:

    1. To make a counterfeit substance; or
    2. To duplicate substantially the physical appearance, form, package or label of a controlled substance.

(2) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a Class H felony.

Penalties – Industrial Hemp

961.442 Penalties; industrial hemp. If a person attempts to conceal the commission of a crime under this chapter while representing that he or she is engaging in the planting, growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing, transporting, importing, exporting, selling, transferring, sampling, testing, or taking possession of industrial hemp, the maximum term of imprisonment prescribed by law for that crime may be increased as follows:

(1) The maximum term of imprisonment for a misdemeanor may be increased by not more than 6 months.

(2) The maximum term of imprisonment for a felony may be increased by not more than 3 years.

 Authority of Municipalities Limited to 25 Grams or Less

66.0107(1)(bm) bm) Enact and enforce an ordinance to prohibit the possession of marijuana, as defined in s. 961.01 (14), subject to the exceptions in s. 961.41 (3g) (intro.), and provide a forfeiture for a violation of the ordinance; except that if a complaint is issued regarding an allegation of possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana, or possession of any amount of marijuana following a conviction in this state for possession of marijuana, the subject of the complaint may not be prosecuted under this paragraph for the same action that is the subject of the complaint unless the charges are dismissed or the district attorney declines to prosecute the case.

Conditional Discharge – First Offense

961.47 Conditional discharge for possession or attempted possession as first offense.

(1)  Whenever any person who has not previously been convicted of any offense under this chapter, or of any offense under any statute of the United States or of any state or of any county ordinance relating to controlled substances or controlled substance analogs, narcotic drugs, marijuana or stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic drugs, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of possession or attempted possession of a controlled substance or controlled substance analog under s. 961.41 (3g) (b), the court, without entering a judgment of guilt and with the consent of the accused, may defer further proceedings and place him or her on probation upon terms and conditions. Upon violation of a term or condition, the court may enter an adjudication of guilt and proceed as otherwise provided. Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions, the court shall discharge the person and dismiss the proceedings against him or her. Discharge and dismissal under this section shall be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime, including the additional penalties imposed for 2nd or subsequent convictions under s. 961.48. There may be only one discharge and dismissal under this section with respect to any person.

(2) Within 20 days after probation is granted under this section, the clerk of court shall notify the department of justice of the name of the individual granted probation and any other information required by the department. This report shall be upon forms provided by the department.

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

961.571 Definitions. In this subchapter:

(1) (a) “Drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products and materials of any kind that are used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance or controlled substance analog in violation of this chapter. “Drug paraphernalia” includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

1. Kits used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing or harvesting of any species of plant that is a controlled substance or from which a controlled substance or controlled substance analog can be derived.
2. Kits used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing or preparing controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
3. Isomerization devices used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in increasing the potency of any species of plant that is a controlled substance.
4. Testing equipment used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in identifying, or in analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of, controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
5. Scales and balances used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in weighing or measuring controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
6. Diluents and adulterants, such as quinine hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, dextrose and lactose, used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in cutting controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
7. Separation gins and sifters used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in removing twigs and seeds from, or in otherwise cleaning or refining, marijuana.
8. Blenders, bowls, containers, spoons and mixing devices used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in compounding controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
9. Capsules, balloons, envelopes and other containers used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in packaging small quantities of controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
10. Containers and other objects used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in storing or concealing controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
11. Objects used, designed for use or primarily intended for use in ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish or hashish oil into the human body, such as:
a. Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic pipes with or without screens, permanent screens, hashish heads or punctured metal bowls.
b. Water pipes.
c. Carburetion tubes and devices.
d. Smoking and carburetion masks.
e. Roach clips: meaning objects used to hold burning material, such as a marijuana cigarette, that has become too small or too short to be held in the hand.
f. Miniature cocaine spoons and cocaine vials.
g. Chamber pipes.
h. Carburetor pipes.
i. Electric pipes.
j. Air-driven pipes.
k. Chilams.
L. Bongs.
m. Ice pipes or chillers.

Determination of What Constitutes Drug Paraphernalia

961.572 Determination.

(1)  In determining whether an object is drug paraphernalia, a court or other authority shall consider, in addition to all other legally relevant factors, the following:

(a) Statements by an owner or by anyone in control of the object concerning its use.
(b) The proximity of the object, in time and space, to a direct violation of this chapter.
(c) The proximity of the object to controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
(d) The existence of any residue of controlled substances or controlled substance analogs on the object.
(e) Direct or circumstantial evidence of the intent of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, to deliver it to persons whom he or she knows intend to use the object to facilitate a violation of this chapter; the innocence of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, as to a direct violation of this chapter shall not prevent a finding that the object is designed for use or primarily intended for use as drug paraphernalia.
(f) Instructions, oral or written, provided with the object concerning its use.
(g) Descriptive materials accompanying the object that explain or depict its use.
(h) Local advertising concerning its use.
(i) The manner in which the object is displayed for sale.
(j) Whether the owner, or anyone in control of the object, is a legitimate supplier of like or related items to the community, such as a licensed distributor or dealer of tobacco products.
(k) The existence and scope of legitimate uses for the object in the community.
(l) Expert testimony concerning its use.

(2) In determining under this subchapter whether an item is designed for a particular use, a court or other authority shall consider the objective physical characteristics and design features of the item.

(3) In determining under this subchapter whether an item is primarily intended for a particular use, a court or other authority shall consider the subjective intent of the defendant.

Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

961.573 Possession of drug paraphernalia.

(1)  No person may use, or possess with the primary intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance or controlled substance analog in violation of this chapter. Any person who violates this subsection may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days or both.

961.574 Manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia.

(1)  No person may deliver, possess with intent to deliver, or manufacture with intent to deliver, drug paraphernalia, knowing that it will be primarily used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance or controlled substance analog in violation of this chapter. Any person who violates this subsection may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 90 days or both.

961.576 Advertisement of drug paraphernalia. No person may place in any newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publication any advertisement, knowing that the purpose of the advertisement, in whole or in part, is to promote the sale of objects designed for use or primarily intended for use as drug paraphernalia in violation of this chapter. Any person who violates this section may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days or both.

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