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Did Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz Commit Suicide On The Job?

October 8, 2015

This is the strangest police shootings of the year. Namely, because it is looking less and less that a criminal element killed the officer.    Recall when much of the region was on the hunt for three killers?   There is a strong sense from what is being reported–and not everything is of course, and that is understandable–that this officer killed himself.

More than $300,000 has been spent on the investigation into the unsolved shooting death of a Fox Lake police lieutenant, according to a review of personnel records from 50 suburban Chicago police agencies.

Almost two-thirds of that number, about $196,000, was related to overtime, according to an analysis by the Daily Herald. The review also found that departments with employees assigned to the Lake County Major Crime Task Force had some of the highest costs. 

The killing of Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Sept. 1 prompted a manhunt for three suspects. Authorities later confirmed Gliniewicz had been shot twice with his own weapon. Investigators have revealed little else.

Despite a wide search and a month of detective work, police haven’t made any arrests, identified any suspects or come up with a possible motive. Questions have swirled around the investigation — particularly since the county coroner said he has been unable to rule the 52-year-old Gliniewicz’s death a homicide, suicide or an accident.

The review found that 283 people from 50 suburban Chicago police departments and sheriff’s offices were involved in the first three weeks after the shooting, either assisting in the investigation or covering shifts for others. That amounts to more than 5,700 hours of work.

People Magazine Publishes Phone Numbers For All Members Of Congress In Effort To Stop Gun Violence

October 7, 2015

People published the phone numbers of all 535 voting members of Congress and asks readers to demand measures to stop gun violence:

“As President Obama said, our responses to these incidents – from politicians, from the media, from nearly everyone – have become ‘routine.’ We all ask ourselves the same questions: How could it happen again? What are we doing about gun violence in America? There are no easy answers, of course. Some argue for stricter gun laws, others say we should focus on mental health issues, some point to a culture that celebrates violence.”

“But this much we know: As a country we clearly aren’t doing enough, and our elected officials’ conversations about solutions usually end in political spin.”

Elvis’ Graceland Makes Front Business Page Of Wall Street Journal

October 6, 2015

Smart public investments are something that can work and should be encouraged by local governments looking to add jobs and needed revenue base.  I was most emphatic over the need for Madison to work at making sure Exact Sciences was located on our isthmus.  Last week the city council took the vote that will make sure the finances are in place to allow the job-producing business to start construction later this year.

So it was a real pleasure to open my paper and see above the fold on the business section of The Wall Street Journal the face of Elvis in front of his beloved Graceland. It made me glad to read that Memphis is also making their tax dollars work for future growth and added revenue.  That city, is after all, much in need of finding new and innovative ways to grow economically.


Now the company that manages Graceland is making it even bigger, with a $125 million expansion that includes a new hotel and entertainment complex. But some people aren’t thrilled by one part of the project—the $79 million in local and state tax breaks through which taxpayers are helping to pay for it.

The Graceland incentives are the latest in a string of tax breaks handed out by Memphis, Tenn. to spur economic development, and they have made the city a flash point in a broader debate: Are the $70 billion that state and local governments award in such deals each year a smart way to boost economies, or a giveaway to private businesses which share too few of the risks?

Memphis officials expect the Graceland project to create hundreds of jobs and boost the city’s struggling economy. They say the tax incentives were critical to making the expansion a reality, and that ultimately the city will make back more than what it is laying out.

The Graceland expansion centers on the Guest House at Graceland, a new hotel adjacent to the mansion, with 450 rooms and 16,000 square feet of meeting space. Already under construction, it will open in October 2016, replacing Graceland’s smaller, aging Heartbreak Hotel. A planned 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex would house Elvis memorabilia, shops and restaurants.

Memphis and the state of Tennessee are helping pay for the project in three ways. Some of the sales taxes collected at Graceland, half of future increases in Graceland’s property taxes and a new 5% surcharge on merchandise sold at the site will all be steered toward paying off the project’s upfront financing, which was led by J.P. Morgan Chase JPM 0.05 % & Co.’s Highbridge investment arm.

Together, the three tax breaks have a present value of about $78.6 million over 30 years, said James McLaren, an attorney for Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., which manages

Helicopter Parents At UW-La Crosse

October 6, 2015

As I read the newspaper article today about the uproar coming from the UW-La Crosse my mind raced to the famous segment of the film When Harry Met Sally.  I wonder specifically how did some of the parents of those now enrolled at UW- La Crosse explain that one to their youngsters when it was played on television or commented about in comedy routines?

The strange story results from a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse dorm director who apparently offended some people over an email tutoring men how to help women overcome what the message called an “orgasm deficit”.  It seems hardly enough of a story to get a blurb in any newspaper let alone a long column on page three of my Wisconsin State Journal.  I simply am having trouble seeing what it is that makes this worthy of any attention.

What really tripped my trigger–and no pun intended here–was the report that while the email did not faze some students it apparently left others feeling offended.   Then there came this nugget “and some parents called Legiste’s (the writer of the email) supervisors with strong objections.”


Parents of adult college students are calling the university to object to an email about human sexuality that might somehow–and I fail to even know what comes next–terrorize, illuminate, mar or in some way harm their child for the future in the bedroom?  Who are these parents who think their child would be harmed by the email?  ‘Children’ who are now adults at a university and statistics show the majority to be already sexually active.

At a time when male erection problems are the stuff that makes for many a television commensal the idea that promoting how a woman might repeat a Meg Ryan moment is just over the top.  That is really something that should trouble all of us.   The lack of honesty over how we deal with sexuality in 2015 is as much a mystery to me as the point of the email.

But the fact parents are calling the UW must make some of their adult children walking the campus wonder if they also need an underwear check-up.  After all college is about opening new horizons and broadening thinking skills.  If one is never to be offended–and I can not really think what happened was offensive–then there is never going to be a good time for a deeper education.  The offended  kids might as well return home and learn nothing about the world around them.

Grudging Respect For Congressman Jason Chaffetz

October 6, 2015

There are probably only a very small handful of issues where I agree with Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz.  I could not even say what they might be at this time, but the odds are that at some point on some issues we agree.

But having said that I think it important to give a tip of the hat to his candidacy for speaker of the house.  Even though I think he would be a wrong choice for the institution and would do nothing to advance the degree of compromise and cooperation that is required in congress I still think his effort to just be a part of the contest for election to the speakership should be appreciated.    At a time when too many are timid to try in the face of the long odds at winning he stepped up and threw his hat into the ring.

In politics that counts for a lot, and earns some attention, even on a  blog written by a decades long liberal.

Chaffetz even knows he will likely fail.  “I’m probably going to lose, but I’m okay with that.”

That’s a pretty surprising admission from someone who just announced they were running.  But again I applaud the effort.

Everything will come to a head (sort of) Thursday going into the closed-door speaker elections.  But the real test is when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s speakership is put to the entire House floor, where he needs 218 votes to win.

I think McCarthy will prevail.  While he is not ideal he will be a better fit for the position than Chaffetz who has too many crazed conservative ideas that must not be allowed more space for them to be played out.

Still he should be recognized for trying in the face of defeat.

Oregon Shooting: Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin Is One Sick Puppy, Needs To Resign Or Kicked Out Of Office

October 6, 2015

When tragic events like last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College occur, people want answers. What led the shooter to murder nine people in cold blood? Where did he get his guns? And, what can be done to prevent this from happening again?

Thorough and transparent investigations are vital to getting accurate answers. But we’ve now learned that the man tasked with leading this investigation is a 9/11 and Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist who posted online propaganda claiming both events were staged by the government to “disarm” the American people. He even wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden stating he would not enforce background check laws.


Let that sink in as you recall the precious faces of those kids at the school in Sandy Hook.

This is unacceptable. We trust our elected officials will uphold the law, especially when public safety is on the line. And when it comes to conducting the investigation into last week’s shooting, the public needs confidence that it will be based on evidence and facts, not myth and political bias. Sheriff John Hanlin has proven he’s not the man for the job.

He should either resign or be pushed from office by those residents in Douglas County who know better about how government officials should conduct their business on the taxpayers dime.

I Will Be On Local News Tonight

October 4, 2015

I was interviewed by WKOW-TV (Channel 27) today and will be on the news tonight at 5:30 and 10:00 regarding lights on the bike path where a violent rape took place over three weeks ago.  I have been a strong advocate of lighting the path.


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