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News from Shorewood, Wisconsin,
Home of social-climbing, intellectually minimalist
'It's not our fault, or theirs either! No one is to
blame for anything. We'll have a study, yeah, that's it. A consultant's
report from the same consultant who we've listened to for the past decade,
except this time we'll get another consultant to look over what our old
consultant did. That's it! We'll duplicate! But we'll get
it right this time,' officials more or less suggest although they are only
volunteers, are doing us a favor and did not make the sewage decisions before the one they promise will
be right this time.
Shorewood residents turned out Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 for the last of
four 'informational' meetings on the July floods.
So many people
showed up many had to stand in the entry area outside the meeting
and peer through the doors
Which Milwaukee County judges ignore ethics rules and hear cases in
which they have an interest?
Does a state system that uses lawyers to punish bad
lawyers actually work? Or does it just protect the profession?
Republic of Georgia, homeland of Josef
V. Stalin, now adores
George W. Bush
Photos by Allen Fredrickson
If you liked Stalin, you'll love the . . .
Georgia Palace Hotel
Medical waste, lice rinse, cold water nearby
Allen Fredrickson is nothing if not obsessed with photography and the
perfection of digital images. This month, he traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia
with Putnam Pit publisher Geoff Davidian, who is nothing if not critical
of everything. Here is the low-hanging fruit of the start of that trip,
with the occasionally sarcastic captions.
Exclusive Putnam Pit Video --
Dinner in Tbilisi, where Al Fredrickson peeped in through windows in the
capital of the war-torn (not really, but purportedly) Georgian Republic
Photographer Al Fredrickson surfs the Black
Sea with a leaky air mattress outside the Georgia Palace Hotel in Kobuleti,
a self-proclaimed "five-star" conference and hotel facility located
conveniently along the route used to transport sex slaves from
Armenia to Russia. The joint is managed by "Italians" and the tattooed
marketing director says she is married to a U.S. diplomat stationed in the
victims' national capital, Yerevan.
A Shorewood Halloween 2007 photo album
Chase Banks' Cry:
How to train your banker
Chase Bank asks small claims court to protect employees
from testifying about stealing money from depositors; spends thousands on
lawyers over policy of charging $150 overdraft fees when money is on
By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
Wis. (August 27, 2006)
– Poor JPMorgan Chase Bank! The out-of-state banking big shot bought
BankOne, and now they have to pay for it. So they've been charging local
customers "Insufficient Funds" fees, even when there is money in the
account to cover outstanding checks and debit-card purchases. I woke up
one day recently to find a whopping $150 hole in my bottom line, thanks to
a service fee for "Insufficient Funds" on about $300 worth of purchases
when there was more than $1,000 in my checking account.
went down to East Wisconsin Avenue and North Water Street to ask the
manager to go over my account and tell me where I failed to cover a
don't have to tell you," Jeff Childs said. "Read the customer agreement.
That's how we do
Concerns over safety of Taser stun guns [Australia]
New concerns about the safety of Taser stun
guns used by Victoria Police have been raised by the case of an Adelaide
man hit in the eye by one of the weapon's fishhook-like darts.
Surgeons from Adelaide's Queen Elizabeth
Hospital saved the 50-year-old man's eye after operating to remove the
Details of the case, the first documented
example of a Taser dart entering a victim's eye, have been published in
the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
How out of touch is 'Progressive'
Does this ad make you want to
visit Shorewood? To get drunk with people in suits?
When THIS is what's going on in our name
Now, turning to what
they are doing to us locally . . .
Great news for civil
Police face dilemmas over Taser abuse
Deaths, misuse taint record of 'less than
lethal' shock weapon
Mentally ill Mukwonago man dies after
being stunned six times in Waukesha County
Smile for the
Video catches frustrated Florida cop repeatedly Tasing woman for
cell-phone use during traffic stop.
Shorewood Chief Banaszynski
"You must consider the lives saved as well as the problems," says
Police Chief David M. Banaszynski of Shorewood, where police have used
the Taser primarily on the mentally ill. No one was ever killed by the
Taser, he maintains. But many recipients have died after receiving the
From J/S online:
A Taser was deployed "multiple times" prior to the death of Nickolos
Cyrus, Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher said Tuesday, but
how many times the Taser contacted Cyrus' body is unclear. "We
know it was more than two," Bucher said. Data on how the
weapon was used can be downloaded from the device used to incapacitate
combative individuals. But investigators have yet to contact the
manufacturer, and more interviews with officers are needed, Bucher
Cruel and unusual?
Madison man stunned 24 times
ill get first dose of village shock therapy
Are officers too quick to fire Tasers?
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 29, 2005
A deputy needed
just nine words to justify firing his Taser stun gun at a 15-year-old
girl: "Subject was given several commands, but did not comply."
Links to other Palm Beach Post articles on Taser weapons
Village Hall morale hits bottom
Employees' children can't even break into
the library anymore
'Snoop' rummaged through mail
box in manager's office when no one was minding the store, Swartz charges
after being directed to improve morale and customer service in village
Who will be the first to offer
them big raises to brighten their days?
Will they have to come to work to collect it? How
about direct deposit?
SHOREWOOD, Wis. (July 14, 2006) --
Municipal employees, apparently dissatisfied with their pay, insurance
benefits, vacation and holiday packages, are
another perk -- morale counseling. A memorandum circulating in Village
Hall Friday suggests that before the month is over employees will have
half-hour, confidential sessions with a professional morale booster.
The sole government employee working
last Friday afternoon in the village manager's office refused to
provide a copy of the document. She instead demanded as a condition of
its review the completion of a voluntary form.
The form is intended to facilitate
public access to records, but upon its completion the only village
employee working Friday afternoon in the village manager's office
ignored the request and withheld the memorandum anyway.
Maybe they should slow down?
Requires Flash 7
No attempt has been made to correct this
undemocratic atrocity. However, other records have been released.
Village Manager Chris Swartz, who continues to draw a monthly mileage
payment, had apparently driven off.
Village blocks inspection of
Hanewall firm's proposal
SHOREWOOD. Wis. (July 14,
2006) -- An assistant to Village Manager Chris Swartz blocked
six proposals to study Shorewood's aging
police and public works buildings although they had been requested under
the state public records act, were gathered as a response to the request
to inspect them and fall under the statute's authority. The documents
included the repudiated, overpriced proposal by
Engberg Anderson, the firm that employs
Trustee Jeff Hanewall-Pepper. To read some of the email Hanewall-Pepper
writes from work that has nothing to do with his employment,
Preliminary research suggests that village board ignored resumes,
backgrounds of applicants before overwhelmingly appointing the least
qualified candidate to fill Guy Johnson's unexpired term
Hickey ignore request for Anderson selection records
SHOREWOOD, Wis. (July 14, 2006) -- Shorewood trustees Jeff
Hanewall and Margaret W. Hickey are well past the statutory deadline
for responding to requests to inspect their records relating to how
Dawn Anderson, a woman with fewer skills than connections, was handed
the village board seat that opened when Guy Johnson ascended to
village president. By law, public officials must respond to requests.
Village Manager Chris Swartz has been acting as front man for the
scofflaws, attempting to buffer them from the law by maintaining that
he is gathering the materials to "facilitate" production.
Essentially all information in the hands of the agencies and
officers is subject to inspection. Section 19.21 of the Open Records
law describes the reach of a public official's custody of public
records as follows:
Each and every officer
of the state, or of any . . . municipality or district, is the legal
custodian of and shall safely keep and preserve all property and things
. . . which are in the lawful possession or control of the officer . . .
or to the possession or control of which the officer . . . may be
lawfully entitled, as such officer.
Stat. § 19.21(1). An officer's custody of records is not limited to
records the officer is required by law to maintain, but extends to all
records the officer actually maintains in his official capacity. Hathaway
v. Green Bay Joint School District No. 1, 116 Wis. 2d 388, 393-94, 342
N.W.2d 682, 685 (1984). The records subject to inspection and copying
under the law are defined as follows:
"Record" means any
material on which written, drawn, printed, spoken, visual or
electromagnetic information is recorded or preserved, . . . , which has
been created or is being kept by an authority.