December 31, 2005

Merry New Year!

All the best to you the loyal readers and debaters of Real Debate Wisconsin.

A Random Thought.

If Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is also used in The Justice Department probe into the Bush wiretap leak, will the Democrats still tell us how virtuous and honest he is?

December 30, 2005

Shall I publish the address of Christine Newmann-Ortiz?

I just re-read the editorial piece written by Christine Newmann-Ortiz, Executive President of Voces de la Frontera, in the Racine Journal Times.

A couple of things strike me. In showing up at her door unannounced Newmann-Ortiz says, Members of Voces de la Frontera were practicing the right of free expression and the right to petition a legislator. Politicians come knocking on our doors all the time, especially before elections. Does that mean we should call the police and threaten to pursue charges? An elected official has a duty to hear from and respond to constituents.

Christine, I have asked repeatedly for you to respond as to why a publicly funded 501 (c)(3) is participating so actively in political activity. By law a 501 (c)(3) should not be doing that.

Seeing as you can write editorials and go on radio shows to try and make someone else look bad for your bad behavior, should I not publish your address so people can go to your home unannounced and demand you answer why your organization is using public funds for possibly non-legal political activity?

I know Voces de la Frontera has an office but since that office has not responded to my inquiry, I guess I should show up at your door.

I am sure this is as much a life or death issue as you claim drivers licenses for "undocumented immigrants" as you like to call them. Let me clue you in on something, this is not life or death, this is right and wrong. We should not be sanctioning illegal, note the wording there not undocumented, illegal, persons to be doing anything in this country. This country was built on LEGAL immigration. People doing the right thing, the right way.

You are scamming our systems and encouraging illegal activity. I guess a door knock might be in order.

In the mind of Kurt Vlach (A scary place)


Over the last few days there has been a great deal of information floating about the Journal Times Web Forums regarding new Racine County Democratic Chair Kurt Vlach.

One amazing story has come out of this that I had never heard before.

Apparently at this years Racine County Fair told kids at the Republican table they could come over to the Democratic Party table for free abortions.

The following is an account from Kay Shultz who witnessed the event first hand.

Sometimes I hate how fair I am. I was with Kurt Vlach inside the GOP tent at the county fair at the time of that incident. He was arguing with the guy who was manning their table who made a remark about how we (dems) had to give away things at our booth to get people to come in. We were giving away sun glasses donated by the Tingles that had our website printed on them as well as a few other items. Somewhere during the heated discussion Kurt raised his arms and said pretty loudly "Hey, come on over to our tent we're giving away free abortions". It was in front of about 7 or 8 teen boys between the ages of 14 and maybe 17 who were filling helium balloons, but it was directed at the adult man who was there. The kids were all shocked needless to say. Most of them being from quite religious backgrounds it was very upsetting. I was shocked myself and quickly existed their tent with Kurt. A few of the kids came back to me and expressed outrage and I was thankful that I didn't get a barrage of excited parents over it.

For those who do not know, Kay is a Democratic party member who was among those just ousted by Vlach.

I have no reason not to believe her account, she has been vocal but fair in the forum.

This action at a minimum was in HORRIBLE taste. Joke if you want with adults, but with teen children present?

Heck of a guy who took charge isn't he? No wonder Howard Dean is Kurt's hero.

Justice Dept. Probing Domestic Spying Leak

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program, Justice officials said Friday. The officials, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, said the inquiry will focus on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Question. Are those of you who were exercised over the Valerie Plahme leak as worked up over this? Keep in mind this has actual national security implications.

Kane, insane.

Yesterday we called out Eugene Kane as MIA on the McClain beating.

Today he chimed in. His response, outrageous. His take, we should ignore the violence and focus on the good kids. Read his drivel here.

Eugene misses the point entirely. We have a roving gang terrorizing the neighborhood. He should be calling for severe penalties and swift justice here, not a pat on the back for some community center.

Wednesday we called out McGee Jr, yesterday Kane, today I'm going to ruffle the rappers.

Gangsta rap and its influence can not be ignored here. This "music" glorifies thuggery and the image pushes streed cred. Street cred, what a joke, the badder I am the better my cred? How about the better person I am the more value I am to my community? No wonder people have to hide in their homes and are afraid to come forward with any infromation that would assist the police in solving this horrible crime.

Let us make those responsible for this action responsible for their crime for a change instead of blaming others. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

December 29, 2005

Serious Spying Point.

Yesterday I asked the following question: Is it all right to spy on American Citizens who have ties to terrorists on overseas calls?

The response, yes.

The point that people are missing on this is simple. These calls have been intercepted overseas, not in a Domestic manner. The President said the following in his news conference. “First, I want to make clear to the people listening that this program is limited in nature to those that are known al Qaeda ties and/or affiliates. That's important. So it's a program that's limited, and you brought up something that I want to stress, and that is, is that these calls are not intercepted within the country. They are from outside the country to in the country, or vice versa.”

The FISA court, which is what everyone is all excited about, in 2002 had the following to say in regards to the Presidents authority to wiretap for foreign intelligence purposes without judicial warrant. "We take for granted that the president does have that authority"

So I say to you, if we all agree that this is a good idea, and the court that everyone is exercised about agrees the President was acting on legal authority, why oh why is everyone unglued?

RDW coming to the defense of Democrats?

Say it aint so.

Nah it is true.

Check out my guest piece on the Racine Journal Times.

Samuel McClain update.

The Journal Sentinel is doing a good job covering this. Their latest story is here, including before and afterpictures of the victim. I've been struglling with publishing those pictures. If you want to see them, view the JS story.

Mr McClain was apparently on a vent and was in a coma. He is now breathing on his own and sitting up in bed.

Apparently nine people are being questioned, the Police say they are familiar with all of them.

Still absent is any outrage from community leaders against the mob violence occuring here.

Yesterday we called out Michael McGee Jr. Today we will call out Eugene Kane. Just where is Milwaukee's chief print race apologist on this issue? Oh that's right he has not written a word about this. (The full editorial board almost got it right today, they started good but could not avoid the social engineering in the end)

I can tell you this much, when Eugene does get around to this he will blame someone other than the thug punks who did this. He will blame it on jobs, he will blame it on police, he will ignore the code of silence that forces people to live in their homes in fear.

I pray Mr. McClain continues to prove, and I hope beyond hope that for a change we will do the right thing and prosecute the guilty persons to the FULLEST extent possible.

Stepp update.

Americans for Legal Immigration has picked up the Stepp/Voces de le Frontera story.

Interesting recap and a call to action.

Check it out here.

December 28, 2005

Serious Spying Question.

Is it all right to spy on American Citizens who have ties to terrorists on overseas calls?

I am serious about this. Nothing else, just yes or no.

Ladwig - Guilty.

In the realm of fairness we should comment on Bonnie Ladwig.

She entered a guilty plea and accepted the sentence of the court. Her crime, politics in a public office.

Ladwig admitted her guilt and did the right thing.

You can read her comments here. There are some shocking comments that show just how nastily partisan some people are.

Where's Michael McGee Jr on the Samuel McClain beating?

The other night a gang hanging out in the middle of the street pulled a man out of his car and beat him within an inch of his life. We have all heard the story. The outrage trigger, he honked his horn.

Where are all of the people who showed outrage over Michael McGee Jr acting badly then being arrested in response to this issue?

The race of the participants has to my knowledge not been disclosed, however the crime occured at 36th and Hampton in Milwaukee, a primarily African-American neighborhood.

One would think the same people who showed up over that should of shown up and gotten vocal over this.

I guess it is only an issue when white cops arrest a black leader.

UPDATE; This has gone national. CNN has it here. CNN linked to Right from the Right, good discussion there.

In addition, Science Daily picked this up, also San Diego, ABC News, Washington Post, Australia, NewsOk.com, Minneapolis, Biloxi, CBS News, Ireland, Canada, Cayman Islands, UK, Forbes, Boston, Miami, I could go on.

Gee this makes our community look just swell. They say any publicity is good publicity. WRONG. Please round up all of these thugs and lock them away. And please all of you community leaders use this opportunity to come out and be critical of the persons who did this, not trying to blame this on anyone else for a change.

Racine Dems old and new.

Check out the new website for the Racine Democratic party.

Now look at the old one.

New is not always better. The old site was a vital alive place where opinion was valued. The new one, well it aint much of anything.

Racine Dems again.

Early this morning I posted some comments in my predictions from Kurt Vlach to the Racine Dems website.
Looks like the Journal Times is reading RDW again. They picked it up. Nice comments going over there, you might enjoy it.
Someone should tell Kurt he aint in charge until '06.

December 27, 2005

Teddy's non-apology.

From best of the web:

"The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for 'The Little Red Book' by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story," reports the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass.:
The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account.
Among those who fell for the story, as we noted Friday, was Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who cited it in a Boston Globe op-ed piece (though he claimed the book in question was "the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto"). According to a Globe news story on the hoax, the Globe interviewed the shifty student--whose request for anonymity both papers have respected even though he lied to them--"but decided not to write a story about his assertion, because of doubts about its veracity."
Kennedy, meanwhile, apologized for slandering America's dedicated law-enforcement agents by portraying them as totalitarian thugs.
Ha ha, we fooled you! Here's the actual Kennedy response as reported by the Globe:
Laura Capps, a Kennedy spokeswoman, said last night that the senator cited ''public reports" in his opinion piece. Even if the assertion was a hoax, she said, it did not detract from Kennedy's broader point that the Bush administration has gone too far in engaging in surveillance.

RDW 2006 Predictions.

Yeah it is cliche' but so be it. Here we go.

1st District Congressional stuff: Candidate Justin Sowa will drop out of the race and be replaced by Tim Daley of Union Grove. Yeah, Thomas is still running, the 7th time will not be a charm. This will be a nice coming out party for Daley and provide him some nice name recognition, but he will not be able to overcome Paul Ryan's war chest (currently 1.7 million).

Republican Primary for Governor: I must admit this one is a coin flip. Walker plays better in Milwaukee, Green plays better up-state. I'm giving this one to Scott Walker based on primary turnout. I think he will be able to pull more of his base on a traditionally low primary voter turnout.

Governor. Doyle is a one-term wonder. He has never polled above 46%, and in this race it appears like there will not be an Ed Thompson to add a 3rd party vote. Doyle will lose as he has kept killing legislation the people support. This election will be about taxes and spending and Walker will have Doyle's record to run against. Additionally, he will have his to run on. You may not like every cut Walker has made but he has submitted level spending budgets every year. That is powerful mojo. Doyle neend 55% in Milwaukee county to win, he will not get above 50.

Congress. The Democrats will lose two seats in the Senate and five seats in the House. I expect this prediction to draw what are you crazy comments. I'm right on this and all you have to do to figure this out is look at the current leadership. They look unglued ranting and raving and jumping on anything they think can further their cause. Case in point the U Mass student who claimed he was a target of Patriot Act abuses over his library records (The Marquette Warrior has been all over this). He made it up. However, The Carvilles and Kennedys of the world jumped all over it saying see, see, see. See what? Time and again the left is doing this. And the country sees it. The thing is if the left had real leadership and talked about real ideas I think they could take back both houses. All they have though is screamers and reactionists. That is not enough to win. On a side note watch how many new candidates who are really leftists run like staunch conservatives. Then ask yourself, why do they have to hide behind what they really are?

Racine Mayor. New Storm Trooping Racine County Democratic head Kurt Vlach will do everything in his power to unseat sitting Democratic Mayor Gary Becker. He will fail. As an additional fun point to watch, the Racine Journal Times will miss this huge story right under their nose. Back-biting and some of the nastiest politics I have seen in some time are going on right here in Racine and they are oblivious. Case in point to the schism, this request from Kurt Vlach on the Racine Dem's message board (a very good one by the way), I ask that you delete from the home page (and any other page) of www.RacineDemocrats.com any reference to it being the "Home" of the Democratic Party of Racine County. I ask that you cease and desist from using such language to identify the website as such. The website is not to be considered the "Home" of the Democratic Party of Racine County and your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated. Kurt may be right, the new home is the Union hall.

McReynolds vs Lehman. Mac, take it to the bank.

Iraq. I hate this, but politics will play a role. Troop withdrawals will go a bit too far this summer and Iraq will do a backslide requiring more troops to be brought in again. Further good news and progress will continue to be ignored.

Spying. This will go nowhere. Most people will get they fact that spying is going on with people who have ties to terrorists. Clue to you Dems. The people think we should do that.

Brewers. The Milwaukee Brewers youth movement will blossom propelling the Brewers to a 2nd place finish behind St Louis falling just short of the wild-card. However, they will have a winning record.

Packers. Brett Favre will not retire. (until the end of the 06 season). The Packers will take a running back in the draft and Ahman Green will not be back. (Mike Sherman will be)

Racine School Referendum. This years outrage will be defeated soundly not once, but twice. Tommie Hicks will bring it back a 3rd time still not getting the fact that no means no. Kids will be scared and crying and pictures will be on the front page but RUSD will finally be forced to live within their means. (sorry Bil)

Scott. I'll continue to get news from dozens of sources, Scott will remain convinced though I only get news from Limbaugh and Fox News.

Voces De La Frontera. Pressure will come to bear and Voces De La Frontera will lose their non-profit status.

Happy New Year.

I would like to nominate Jennifer Finley for Queen of Integrity.

There was a great deal of speculation as to why Jennifer Finley left as Chief of Staff to newly elected Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Turns out the reason was, he's a RINO.

You can read her statement here.

December 24, 2005

Symetrical Toy Arrangement






























You might think this was a Christmas post

Nope. Meet my pooch Licorice. She did the darndest thing. Check out how she arranged her toys. I swear if you measured the distance and arc from each toy would almost be equal. Should I arrange therapy?

December 23, 2005

Hey you lefties touting polls, where'd you go?

So Bush hit 50% in today's Rasmussen poll.

Doyle still can not climb above 46%.

All of you guys who were crawlling out of the woodwork to tell us bad Bush poll numbers, where are you? Come on Quit crying in your egg nog.

Numbers go up, numbers go down. That's politics.

Who said that 2?

"The Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes."

Who said that?

Open comments for the answer.

Who said that?

"The attorney general is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence without a court order."

Who said that?

Open comments for the answer.

Froggy Ruminations.

I stumbled onto Froggy Ruminations today.

This is a blog run by a former U.S. Customs Agent. Why is that interesting? A U.S. Customs knows more about search rules than you or I ever will.

Froggy has some keen insights about the current outrage by the left and the media over Bush search tactics.

Now this guy is a rightie for full disclosre. However, he is a rightie with a first hand knowledge of these laws and has some interesting things to say.

Check it out.

No Soup For You.

Well I must admit I was quite surprised Governor Doyle signed the repeal of automatic indexing of gas tax.

I was apparently correct in my surprise. Governor Doyle always, let me repeat that, always does a signing ceremony for legislation he supports.

He signed a bill a huge majority of Republicans and Democrats supported, and he felt so little about it he signed it quietly in his office.

The Governor was forced into this position by conservative talkers, the blogs and that darn phone in his office that would not stop ringing. And his actions show, he didn't like it one bit.

Polls continue to show the Noid hovering at 45 to 46%, and he knows if he put the 'ole veto pen to this one he could kiss re-election good bye.

We forced his hand on this one, he had a chance to speak out for a victory for the taxpayers. He blew it. No wonder he can not climb above that 46% mark.

THE YEAR OF THE ASTERISK

The Blog Father has his yearly wrap up column up.

I wish I had written it. Brilliant.

December 22, 2005

5 Things.

Vulcan Death rays to Patrick for making me do this.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was selling donuts, lots and lots of donuts.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
One year ago I was getting let go from a job I thought I would do for the rest of my life.

Five snacks you enjoy:
1: Mrs. Real Debate’s Holiday Chex mix.
2: Popcorn, any style.
3: Dried cherries.
4: Tootsie Rolls.
5: Krunchers

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:
1: The Star Spangled Banner
2: Silent Night (traditional version)
3: Beer Barrel Polka
4: The Bears Still Suck
5: My Way

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1: Retire.
2: Take golf lessons
3: Get my own Domain.
4: Blow it all running for office.
5: Buy a boat, a large fast boat.

Five bad habits:
1: Science Fiction
2: Not reading enough.
3: Procrastination.
4: Speeding
5: Failing to ask for directions.

Five things you will never wear again:
1: Polka Dots
2: Ice skates
3: Cleats
4: Leisure Suit.
5: Hair on top of my head.

Five favorite toys:
1: My PC
2: My laptop
3: My beat up golf clubs
4: The Sims
5: My dawg, Licorice

Now I have to chose challenge 5 Bloggers to answer these same questions:
Peter: Texas Hold ‘Em Blogger
Jenna: Right Off The Shore
Scott: Scott D Feldstein
Elliot: From Where I Sit
Shana: Behind the Cheddar Curtain

Sorry guys, Patrick made me do it

RDW Holiday Greeting.

For Our Democratic Friends:
"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only region in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."

For Our Republican Friends:

Here's wishing all of You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

New Candidate for Congress in the 1st.

RealDebate has learned Racine County Democratic Party member Tim Daley will throw his hat into the ring and run in the Democratic primary to unseat Paul Ryan.

We documented the sudden absence of candidate Justin Sowa a couple of weeks ago, requests to the Sowa campaign have gone unanswered. We are not sure if he is running or not.

We welcome Candidate Daley to the race, hopefully he will be more open to answering an occasional question than candidate Sowa is.

December 21, 2005

Peter on Xoff

Peter went to the effort to comment on Xoff's somewhat silly post on the Stepp / Voces de la Frontera story today.

I saw it, it made me shake me head at how completely off point it was.

I am still waiting for a mainstreamer to talk about the non-profit status. Belling mentioned it briefly the other day, he laughed out loud when I brought it up on his show. (a golly aint that ridiculous kind of laugh)

Bill you really look silly on this one. Why not just come out and say hey Voces that was a dumb thing to do, and by the way your non-profit status is showing, maybe you should go back under the radar so the nice bloggers in Racine will shut up and you can keep your public funding.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz Interview Live Blog Thoughts.

Dan Deibert first question, you were part of the group that went to Stepp's House. Ortiz, ignores and starts talking about how many people went to the district. People are making multiple calls, trying to get response.

Ortiz - her statement (Stepp's) yesterday was funny.

Numerous letters and calls made, yadda yadda answer the question.

What about the incident at her house, she ignores it for 7 minutes.

Says we never had any communication with the police. That is a lie. How else could they have tipped Stepp?

She is still spinning away from the at her house question.

I wonder if Nicole is going to get involved? Come on Dan ask her about charitable status, she has been asked 5 times now about the house, spun away.

Still ignoring the question, 11 minutes now she felt justified in going up to her door. We were not protesting, she says husband berated her and they left. (I am real sure they were just polite little angels)

What a load of bull, they were angry that is why they went there.

Oh gee elected officials have the right to come knock on our door... Jeesh.

Nicole chiming in. Why did you feel you needed to ambush her at her home! You go girl. Spun away again.

Most interesting thing, said so far we know how to organize protests... Why is a public funded non-profit know how to do this?

Deibert back in, talking about the bill now. ASK ABOUT THE 501 (c)(3). I'm going to stroke out.
Undocumented Persons she keeps saying. They are not legally supposed to be here Deibert is pressing. She is blaming it on the Feds.

Spin spin spin. 7:24 am first mention of disenfranchising. Dan Deibert keeps going back to the fact they are not legal. Spin away, spin away.

Whether or not you like it, undocumented immigrants have been forced into this life?

Huh?!?

They crossed the borders on their own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe if the economy in Mexico was any good at all, maybe you should blame that government.

That interview sucked. Nice try Dan and Nicole. Wish you would of asked her why a non-porift is being all political.

They are doing cold call Wednesday, I wonder how stupid the callers thought Neumann-Ortiz was? Dan and Nicole, I would scrap this segment. P.U.

December 20, 2005

Voces de la Frontera, Why the Outrage?

Four days after the event that started the coverage of the story of Voces de la Frontera, I find it time to do a recap and ask a few questions.

By now you know the story. A number of persons trespassed the Yorkville home of State Senator Cathy Stepp Friday evening. Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) claims four people were present, Senator Stepp says it was dark but there were several cars and 8 to 10 people.

Senator Stepp claims the people were shouting in their windows and generally creating a disturbance that scared her young children. VDLF claims they were polite. I tend to believe the Senator.

The Racine Journal Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel each covered the story on the morning of 12-20. Each story went about trying to corroborate the Senator's account, but oddly enough neither story managed to look into VDLF. The claims made by VDLF and the Racine Dominicans that the Senator would not meet with them have already been debunked.

Here is the big issue. Why is a 501 (c)(3) public charity engaged in political activity? That question should raise another, has VDLF engaged in political activity in the past?

By law a 501 (c)(3) that receives public funding may lose its non profit status if it engages in political activity. This is from the IRS code: In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.

VDLF is cleary engaged in political lobbying here, and lots of it. In addition, they spent some $40,000 on a voters project in the last election. There were allegations brought to light by the Federation for American Immigration Reform that VDLF volunteers were registering persons who shoud not of been so. Milwaukee D.A. Michael McCann did nothing with the proof that was presented to him. While they were in the middle of all of that Christine Newmann-Ortiz, the group's head, was busy as she could be bashing Republicans.

Neumann-Ortiz also does a great deal of public speaking, but seemingly only in front of left wing audiences. (just google her, it is all there)

In addition VDLF has participated in many anti-war rallies in the area. Of course that is their right, however this is not the right of a 501 (c)(3) getting public funds.

What we have here is a zealotous advocacy group, but one that is masquerading as a 501 (c)(3). This group should lose its ability to hide under that label and benefit from the special tax status set aside for true charitable institutions.

In addition, we have two newspapers that seem to want to put more effort into debunking the story of a credible Senator than looking into the background of an organization that is freely admiting they broke the law. No wonder they are losing circulation.

Place your nomination for the RDW story of the year.


Rules. The story must of been discussed or mentioned in the comments section of Real Debate Wisconsin.

Place your nominations in the commens section.

Stepp statement

Stepp Corrects Inaccuracies in Voces de la Frontera’s Release

Voces de la Frontera’s rowdy attempt to intimidate me at my home Friday night has already been well-documented, so I will not further dwell on the incident here.

However, I feel compelled to prove false the allegations that I have been unresponsive to opponents of Assembly Bill 69, which requires persons applying for a driver’s license in Wisconsin prove their citizenship or legal status in the United States. Voces de la Frontera’s leader Christine Neumann-Ortiz, who is not a constituent of mine, alleges that I have not been willing to listen to 21st Senate District residents who oppose AB 69.

In the past two months, my staff and I have met with opponents of AB 69 on several occasions.
· October 28, 2005: My staff met with Ryan Knudson, a teacher at Racine Horlick High School, representing Voces de la Frontera. Mr. Knudson is not a resident of the 21st Senate District. Mr. Knudson discussed his opposition to AB 69.
· November 18, 2005: My staff met with 21st Senate District resident Diana Garcia and roughly 40 others (some constituents and some not) who opposed AB 69.
· December 13, 2005: My staff met with Voces de la Frontera’s Racine Coordinator Maria Morales, four Horlick students and two Racine Dominican sisters, Joyce Quitana and Therese Van Thull, opposing AB 69.
· December 15, 2005: Sitting on the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Transportation, I heard hours of testimony from dozens of constituents and members of Voces de la Frontera at AB 69’s public hearing.

Lost in the controversy over the unsettling incident at my house is that AB 69 is a reasonable bill and an important facet in the war on terror. Since the driver’s license has become one’s ticket to legitimacy in America, a terrorist can use a valid driver’s license to open a bank account, rent a U-Haul truck or climb onto an airplane. If we do not pass AB 69 and comply with the federal REAL ID Act before 2008, Wisconsin driver’s licenses will no longer be recognized as valid identification for boarding a plane.

Driver’s licenses are privileges for people who obey the law. People here illegally are, by definition, not obeying the law. Contrary to Ms. Neumann-Ortiz’s declaration that AB 69 is a “racist” bill, AB 69 affects illegal aliens equally, regardless of race, whether they are from Mexico, England or Syria.

Voces de la Frontera Speaks!

Tomorrow morning Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera will be interviewed on the WISN Early Spin after the 7 am news.

Questions we would love to see asked.

  • Is Voces de la Frontera a 501 (c)(3)?
  • If so how can your organization act on political activity in this way?
  • In addition, your organization claimed on their tax records NA on the question of whether or not it attempted to influence legislation. How do you rectify your activity within tax compliance laws in regards to 501 (c)(3) organizations that get public support?
  • Senator Stepp is claiming 8 to 10 people were at her home, you claim 4. Are you calling her a liar?
  • In your statement yesterday you said this was a life or death issue, tell me what illegal immigrants will die if they do not get a drivers license?
  • In your statement you also said it was time to stop playing cheap political games. How were your actions not a cheap political game?
  • Do the ends justify the means?
  • Tell me, should illegal persons should have the same rights as legal persons?
  • Wisconsin is pushing legislation to put us into compliance with Federal regulations, is it your position the State should not comply with Federal law?
  • Pedro Colon was critical of your actions, how would you respond?
  • In looking into your record of public speaking it appears you only speak in front of left-wing organizations, why is that?
  • In pushing voter registrations, a national watchdog group FAIR had persons not legally able to vote registered by representatives of Voces de la Frontera. In the same area you issued statements saying Republicans were trying to suppress the vote. Tell me is it suppressing the vote to see that persons who registered were legally able to vote?
  • Do you support illegal immigrants voting in this country?
  • Has Voces de la Frontera registered illegal immigrants to vote?

I could go on and on and on. Add any questions you would like to have asked, I am sure Mr Deibert will read them.

Acting in a responsible way, Christine Neumann-Ortiz style.

In the Voces de la Frontera statement today, President Christine Neumann-Ortiz ends it this way.

It is time to stop playing cheap political games and act in a responsible way.

Hey Christine, you might want to look into the mirror! What exactly do you call trespassing someone's property and scaring their children? Also if you are so responsible why don't you respond to my email?

Speaking of reponsible why do you not answer the question of why you are so engaged in political activity while you keep your 501 (c)(3) status? Did it occur to you what you are doing is illegal?

Peter broke apart the statement with a bit more detail than I have had time to do. If only I got paid to do this.

I asked the Senator about the statement there were only 4 persons there. She said it was dark, but there were several cars and 8 to 10 people. I believe her.

The spin begins, the buck stops here.

Voces de la Frontera has a statement out. Exactly as you might expect it to be. We were polite, no one was yelling, ya right. My common sense meter is reading a flat zero on this statement.

The Journal Times and the Journal Sentinel came out with their spin this morning saying the Senator was not available for comment for Voces de la Frontera or Racine Dominicans.

Here is the truth:

October 28, 2005: Senator’s Staff met with Ryan Knudson, a teacher at Horlick High School, representing Voces de la Frontera. Mr. Knudson is not a resident of the 21st Senate District. Mr. Knudson discussed his opposition to AB 69.

November 18, 2005: Senator’s Staff met with constituent Diana Garcia and roughly 40 others (some constituents and some not) who opposed AB 69.

December 13, 2005: Senator’s Staff met with VDLF’s Racine Coordinator Maria Morales, four students and two Dominican sisters. They all expressed their opposition to AB 69. The group included: Bill Lange, Wauwatosa 53213 ; Joanne Lange, Wauwatosa, Racine Dominican Joyce Quitana, O.P. - Racine Dominican Therese Van Thull, O.P.

December 15, 2005: Senator Stepp hears from dozens of constituents at the roughly five hour public hearing on AB 69. Horlick Teachers Al Levie and Ryan Knudson are in attendance.

You may or not remember Al Levie, he was involved in a "bipartisan" election effort that turned out to be purely partisan.

December 16, 2005: VDLF’s leader Christine Neumann-Ortiz (not a constituent of the 21st Senate District) organizes a rowdy protest on Senator Stepp’s private property, at night, after dark.

As you can clearly see, the Senator has heard from and her staff has taken time to meet with perons in, and out of, her district. If either of the papers had bothered to look into this they could uncovered it.

I also find it odd that while it took the Journal Times 3 days to cover this, they covered the Voces de la Frontera release almost immediately.

MJS blows the story too.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blew the step story too.

Read it here, same crap is the Racine Journal Times.

They burried it on page b3, and got the obligitory quote from Pedro Colon, but he was critical of the group's decision to go to Stepp's home.

Racine Journal Times Blows the Cathy Stepp Story.

The Journal times, 3 days late, has an actual story in regards to Voces de la Fronetra trespassing on the home of Cathy Stepp.

Click the header of this post and you can read the story.

Maria Morales as the Journal Times puts it, a "member of the group" (I would add she is a paid member) said, people simply wanted to protest Stepp's support for a bill that would deny illegal immigrants the right to have a driver's license."

Another nugget, "I don't think we crossed a line," Morales said. "We weren't noisy or belligerent. We're desperate to talk with her (about the issue), to find out what's going on."

Not crossing a line??? Come now I have your address Maria, as well as the address of group President Christine Newmann-Ortiz, shall I protest your homes as you have not responded to my inquiry? No, that would be in bad taste.

The Journal Times went out and found another group, The Racine Dominicans claiming her office had not responded to her, Stepp called the Dominicans' claim that she has not responded "ridiculous.""Jay, my chief of staff has met with them,"

So the spin by TWO reporters for the Journal Times, she was slow, she does not respond.

Missing from the report, any notification of the group's 501(c)(3) status and the fact they claimed NA when asked about political activity on their tax return. Hat tip Journal Times, I posted the regs on your forum on 501(c)(3).

Also missing, any historical reference to Voces de la Frontera especially vote fraud allegations in Racine.

Would at least a cursory look into the group who did this have been called for? One would think so. Apparently that never occurred to the Journal Times.

December 19, 2005

Well Done Frank?

The following is from the WISN Morning Spin website.

The JSOnline website has a blurb about this in their daywatch which means there is a chance they will run a story about this on Tuesday. A good few days after in happened. Way to catch up!

I think the credit for getting this story out there goes to the author of the blog site called
RealDebateWisconsin. He's been all over this story since it happened. Great work Frank! Well done, sir. Well done.

PS... Senator Stepp will be on with us at 8:05. I still haven't decided if I even want to hear from the other side on this one. What do you think. Should we give them the air time? Might be nice to hear how nutty they really are... but then again... we already know that. What to do... what to do....


Thanks for the mention Mr. Deibert, but the name is Fred. I'll be calling Friday morning with my IOWA nomination. Hat tip, it will be you or Christine Newmann-Ortiz.

Stepp on WISN Morning Spin.

Cathy Stepp will take a seat in the WISN Monring Spin witness chair tomorrow morning at 8:05.

Racine Journal Times Chimes in, Sort Of

The Racine Journal Times has finally reported on the Cathy Stepp, Voces de la Frontera story.

They posted her press release, and opened it up for comments.

Ooo big investigative work.

There are some amazing comments there by Kay Schultz, a well known Racine Democratic Party Democratic Party Activist. Kay is throwing around the race card and saying this was just a little protest. Really some outrageous spin by Kay.

Nothing yet from the Milwaukee paper but Mark Belling did talk about this story at 3:30 today.

Update/ Cathy Stepp to be on with Jeff Wagner 1pm

Cathy Stepp will be interviewed by Jeff Wagner on 620 WTMJ in the 1pm hour. I'll be listening, most likely calling.

Update on the interview. Apparently the Journal Times has called Cathy Stepp for comments, not quite sure why they could not run a report based on this blog or her press release. Voces de la Frontera President Christine Neumann-Ortiz was present at Stepp's home. The Racine County DA & Sherrif's office is investigatimg.

Priorities at The Journal Times.

Well my pals at the Racine Journal Times have still neglected to cover the Voces de la Frontera invasion of Cathy Stepp's home life, they did take the time to borrow something else from RealDebate.

The Journal Times forum has named a new area the Cheese-O-Spere.

Gee they would not of gotten that idea from my penning of the term Chaddarsphere now would they?

This will sum up the JT's coverage so far of this story.

December 18, 2005

Bush plays spies like us.

I was sent an email earlier today by a regular poster asking why I had not posted in regards to the Bush spying story.

1. I had company this weekend and any blog time got sucked into the Cathy Stepp story.

2. Everybody else in the world has been covering this, so I thought it would be OK if I ignored this until I had a bit more time.

Another point. Why do people only want to comment on things they think would further their political cause? None of my more left leaning posters have expressed any outrage over a leftist group infringing upon a Senator's home. Tell me, if this were a bunch of righties at Chvala's house you would be all over this.

That being said. The President authorized spying on persons with known ties to terrorist cells. He briefed Congress 12+ times. A judge looked over the plan frequently.

For the life of me I do not know what the big hairy deal is here. Are you folks forgetting we are at war? We are at war with people who hide and skulk about in shadow, information is the only tool we have. If you weenies just want us to throw up our hands and give-up, fine say so. The man is doing the best he can to keep us all safe, and you on the left are trying to stop him at every turn for your own political gain.

If you do not have terrorist ties you do not have a thing to worry about. That is all I have to say on the matter, like to debate it go right ahead but I have no issues with doing whatever we have to do to stop the people who want to KILL us.

One more time, they want to KILL us, left and right, Bush is trying to stop them from doing that. Why don't you let him do his job.

Explosive New Information on Voces De la Frontera

Jessica McBride has gotten involved in a big way on this story. What we love about Jessica is, she is an original thinker.

Get this, the group is a 501 (c)(3) charity that receives public funds. In 2004 the group answered a tax form question on whether ot not it attempted to influence legislation and answered NA. See the form here.

NA?!?

And what exactly is going on here? This whole incident has been brought about by their zealotry over getting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. Something still strikes me as WRONG with licensing illegal persons.

Voces de la Frontera also spent better than $40,000 on a "voters project campaign", no doubt the same campaign FAIR brought into question and Milwaukee DA McCann ignored.

Update on the Voces de la Frontera / Cathy Stepp story.

Late Saturday night I sent an email to the spokesperson for Voces de la Frontera asking for comments and an apology for their Friday evening intrusion upon the home of State Senator Cathy Stepp. Peter also sent an email, to my knowledge he has not seen a response either.

I have not seen a response as of yet. Yes, it was Sunday and the email may not have been seen. My guess is though they know all about the noise we have been making over this issue. I highly doubt they will respond to my inquiry.

While this story is all over the blogging community, no word yet from the Journal Sentinel or the Journal Times. The following blogs have commented: Texas Hold 'Em Blogger, Sykes Writes, The American Mind, No Runny Eggs, Wigderson Library and Pub, Musings of a Thoughtful Conservative, Badger Blogger, (if I missed anyone, please let me know)

Wisconsin Conservative Digest has a poll up on the bill in question, go vote.

I could send a post to the Journal Times, I am more curious as to if they will cover it on their own. I did send an email on Saturday so they should of known by now. My guess is this will be a topic for Jeff Wagner and Mark Belling tomorrow, I have sent both notification on this story.

I got an email from Senator Stepp this afternoon, they were afraid Voces de la Frontera would be back today, but they did make an appearance.

The more I think about the Marquette angle, the more interesting it becomes. Why would Marquette continue to associate itself with an organization with this type of track record? I guess for the same reason they tried to kick ROTC off campus. In doing further research on Voces de la Frontera, they have showed up at multiple anti-war events in the area. This is just a leftist group masquerading as an advocacy organization, now apparently a militant one.

December 17, 2005

Voces de la Frontera Contact Information

If you would like to contact Voces de la Frontera, their email is vocesdelafrontera@sbcglobal.net . By phone 414-643-1621. I am contacting them for comment.

Who is Voces de la Frontera

As reported earlier members of Voces de la Frontera violated the home of State Senator Cathy Stepp last night shouting and attempting to intimidate her into signing driver license legislation for illegal immigrants.

I took the following from their website:

Description of Agency/Activities: Voces de la Frontera is a low-wage and immigrant worker's center that opened in Nov. 2001. The center was created to respond to the immediate problems low-wage immigrant workers face. The center provides a legal clinic where workers can obtain free legal advice about labor and civil rights, as well as ongoing English language and citizenship classes. The agency provides classes to train workers and other immigrants about discrimination, OSHA regulations, labor laws, worker's compensation, legalization and work visas, and more day-to-day topics such as how to obtain a driver's license, how to buy a house, and how to fill out taxes and open bank accounts. Ongoing campaigns include legalization and access to higher education for immigrant students.

Notice any trend there? All kinds of training on how to get government cash and sue people, nothing on job training or English language courses or fitting into society.

But wait there is more.

According to a US Newswire release from 10-29-04 , Voces de la Frontera registered some 5,100 Latino and African American voters in low income areas. At the same time the group was critical of Republican efforts to confirm fraudulent activity in regards to voter registrations, taking the leftist line that such efforts were only going towards voter suppression.

Can you seriously tell me a group so exercised about getting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants took any effort at all to see that the persons they were registering to vote were legally able to do so? I seriously doubt it.

Bur wait there is more.

The infromation I took was from a Marquette website where students go to do service learning. So Marquette is at least minimally supporting this group as a viable community agency worthy of volunteer work. Additionally Marquette students are recruited there to assist in get out the vote efforts. Students from Political Science 118 ONLY: Can work as a group or individually, researching current elected officials and candidates to find out their stand on certain issues, their personal backgrounds, who their financial contributors are, and other relevant information. Students will compile this information into Legislative Information Sheets, which are distributed throughout the neighborhood to educate voters. Spanish skills are helpful, but not necessary, because they would like to have the information sheets in both Spanish and English. This placement involves primarily weekend hours. I am certain these information sheets were not strictly informational, containing no partisan slant.

There could not possibly be more, but there is.

There were allegations from a watchdog group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), that said Voces de la Frontera volunteers in Racine and Milwaukee registered fraudulent voters. Milwaukee DA Mcann refused to do anything about it (typical) saying he could not prove the identity of the registrars. He did issue the following warning to anyone else testing the system, "Anyone who tries to test the system from now on will be criminally prosecuted no matter who they claim they are working for or what they're testing,"

And we also have this little dittie from Wis Politics, AN INVESTIGATION OF VOCES DE LA FRONTERA IS ALSO UNDERWAY IN RACINE COUNTY. APPROXIMATELY 3 WEEKS AGO THE U.S. ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN CONTACTED THE RACINE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE. THE U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE INDICATED THAT INFORMATION HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM SUSAN TULLY, OF THE FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM (F.A.I.R.), THAT TWO F.A.I.R. MEMBERS HAD POSED AS PERSONS NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AND THEY HAD REGISTERED AS VOTERS THRU VOCES DE LA FRONTERA IN RACINE AND MILWAUKEE. THE TAPE OF THIS MEETING HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY A COURT-CERTIFIED SPANISH INTERPRETER AT THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE. BASED ON THAT REVIEW, THERE IS NO CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT A CRIME WAS COMMITTED. IT IS DIFFICULT YO HEAR AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING SAID ON THE TAPE, AND A TRANSCRIPT HAS NOT YET BEEN PRODUCED. F.A.I.R. HAS INDICATED IN THE PAST THAT THEY WOULD TURN OVER A TRANSCRIPT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYÂ’S OFFICE AND MAKE THE F.A.I.R MEMBERS WHO POSED AS ILLEGAL ALIENS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS, BUT TO DATE THAT HAS NOT OCCURRED. AT THIS TIME TWO MEMBERS OF F.A.I.R. HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO MAKE POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF THE REGISTRATION DEPUTY THEY CLAIM TOOK THEIR FALSE REGISTRATION FORMS. FURTHER, LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM THE ALLEGATIONS OF SUSAN TULLY THAT THE PERSON WHO ACTED AS A REGISTRATION DEPUTY ON THE TAPE IN RACINE WAS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AND THE ACTUAL REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOT SIGNED BY REGISTRATION DEPUTY THAT F.A.I.R. ALLEGES COMMITTED THE FRAUD. (Sorry about the caps)

There is so much more, but this gives us an idea of who it is that is now taking to harassing Senators in their homes. This is a group that will go to any length to further their agenda. That agenda, giving illegal immigrants the full rights of citizens or legal immigrants. A key message to you folks, ILLEGAL is not a good thing. This country was founded on legal immigration, you get ahead in America by playing by the rules and working hard. Voces de la Frontera, seems to have little interest in doing that.

Advocacy Group Harasses Senator Stepp at HOME

Breaking News, these guys are out of control. All the more reason why this legislation must me stopped.



Stepp Will Pursue Charges

Leaders of a Hispanic activist group known as Voces de la Frontera believe that in America, it is better to storm the home of an elected official and yell in their windows after dark to intimidate someone rather than to run for office to change policy. On the evening of Friday, December 16th, a group of people advocating the issuing of drivers’ licenses to non-citizens appeared outside my windows yelling and attempting to intimidate me to vote against Assembly Bill 69. Law enforcement was notified and the group disbanded. This group justifies their actions by claiming they have not had their phone call returned when in reality all constituent calls are returned until callers become belligerent or profane.

This group doesn’t care that the rights of citizens in Wisconsin would be taken away by the federal government when their licenses are turned down as adequate proof of i.d. everywhere else in the country unless Wisconsin changes their license requirements. Right now, Wisconsin is one of the only states dangling the carrot of a driver’s license to anyone who will break into our country illegally.

Opponents of the bill, like the leadership of Voces de la Frontera, threaten that if they don’t get their way illegal aliens will respond by driving without a license anyway. If the legislature responds to threats like this, should we then issue pilots’ licenses to illegal aliens who threaten that they’ll fly a plane without one? They also argue that the bill will punish Hispanics more than it will deter Middle Eastern terrorists, even though the requirements will be the same for everyone—whether they’re from Mexico, England or Syria.

I have been fortunate to be welcomed into our Hispanic community since taking office. Many Hispanic Community Leaders have educated me and garnered my support on issues uniquely affecting them. I am thankful for their guidance and it has been a privilege to work with and on behalf of them. However, driver’s licenses are privileges for people who obey the law. Anyone here illegally is, by definition, not obeying the law. Like it or not, the driver’s license has become a person’s ticket to legitimacy in America.

When I took the oath of office, I swore to uphold the laws of our state and our country. I will side with the legal citizens and taxpayers of Wisconsin with my vote of support for the bill.

December 16, 2005

Patriot Act

So Senator Feingold got his way today and killed the Patriot Act.

Congratulations Senator, today you weakened our intelligence efforts against terrorism, you made us all more vulnerable. I hope you do not have the blood of Americans killed by terrorists in the future on your hands.

I brought up Able Daner twice previously, and twice no one really cared. (except Scott who went balistic with the mention of the word Clinton). What we had in Able Danger were terrorist activities identified that could not be shared due to the Gorelic wall. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Feingold that wall will now be back up.

The Patriot Act has helped to keep us safe, and now Senator Feingold has put us back to pre 9-11 rules. Disgusting.

Call to action r.e. Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants.

I got a note from one of our State Senators today. They are asking for public imput in regards to the pending legislation in regards to Driver's License / Illegal Immigrant bill pending before the State Senate. The Illegal lobby (hard to believe there is a lobby for illegal activity) is motivated on this one and applying great pressure on this issue. The Senator I heard from (a usually solid conservative) is leaning towards approving this legislation. Why? Most likely because everyone they are hearing from is in favor.

So agree or oppose let your voice be heard.

You did it on the gas tax, now we need to do it on this issue. Reach out to your Senator and let your voice be heard on this issue.

Look up the contact information for your Senator here.

Friday Haiku

We tried this once before to mixed results, but here we go again. Share your Friday Haiku (5,7,5)

This one is for Bil who complained this week about a lack of posts.

Bil, not enough posts?
I will try and do better.
Start your own blog pal.

On the Iraqi elections.

December Fifteen
Seventy percent turnout
We could learn something.

On Christmas

A Merry Christmas
Oops someone is offended
Where is my lawyer?

On the snow.

Pretty white flakes fall
Covering like a blanket.
Ouch my aching back.

You get the idea, share your own.

The Real Debate Lexicon


We have been attracting some new readers of late, and I thought the timing was correct to put out something I have been thinking about for some time, the Real Debate Wisconsin Lexicon.

This will be a fluid document.

  1. The Noid. Not the beloved Dominos Pizza mascot, but our Governor, Jim Doyle. This nickname comes from Doyles refusal of signing photo ID legislation, no ID, or Noid.
  2. Spendocrat. A bi-partisan label in reference to any elected official who wastes money on stupid spending.
  3. Leftie. Someone of the more liberal persuasion.
  4. Rightie. Someone of the more conservative persuasion.
  5. Supernintendo. Dr Tom Hicks of the Racine Unified School District. By the way did you know if you call the Supernintendo by anything other than Dr. he takes great offense? A little hung up on your label Tom. Sorry, Doc.
  6. JT. The Racine Journal Times. My local paper, these guys are truly out of their mind in their bias. Trust me on this, they are way left of he Milwaukee paper. Today's big issue for discussion, what if we wake up years from now and discover Bush was right? Come now JT did it not even cross your mind that he is right? One sided journalism at its best.
  7. The Partisan Paper. The New York Times. This was born of the Air America, Gloria Wise Boys and Girls club scandal. While The Partisan Paper did some 46 puff pieces on Air America, they completely ignore anything that would be harmful to their buddies on the left side of the radio dial.
  8. Err America. Air America, see above. I wrote and wroter about Air America, no one cared. My issues dealth more with the way they do business rather than their positions.
  9. The Blog Father. Charlie Sykes.
  10. Scott. Blogger Scott D Feldstein. Scott and I became acquainted when we were both up for the MKE online Blog of the week and we eeked out a 2 vote victory over Scott. Since then we have developed this love hate relationship. He makes us nuts but we value his imput.
  11. Cyber Dad. My most valued occasional poster. I have learned more about living life in the correct manner from Cyber Dad than from anyone else I have ever encountered. If everyone had ethics like him, we would be in a much better world. Love Ya Dad.
  12. Primal Scream. Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean. Enough said.
  13. Editor Rob. Rob Golub, web editor of the previously mentioned Racine Journal times. Sometimes Rob drives me nuts as he posts things just for hit factor. I reckon he is a hit whore just like me. We admire Rob though and he posts whatever I send to him (even though he has been known to edit my posts).
  14. The Rabble Rouser. Brian Dey of the Racine Unified School District. Mr. I do not accept the status quo. We love Brian, I wish more of Racine would listen to him.
  15. Cindy. Cindy Sheehan. Our preferred candidate for the Democratic party in '08.
  16. RDW. Um Real Debate Wisconsin.

Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances

By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 16, 2005; A23

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.

Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad.

"There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position," Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.

The RDW translatatron says, we can not agree so we will choose to ignore the issue entirely. However, we will agree that Bush sucks.

December 15, 2005

What you most likely do not know about the Chvala extra 3 months.

Most likely the majority of us missed this. We heard the Chvala folks went and begged the judge telling them what a great guy Chuck is and how he should be spared jail time. What was not as widely played was the Chvala defense team asked for the judge to recuse himself on the Monday.

Not a smart thing to do when you plead guilty, to accuse the judge of less than impartial behavior. That is just the kind of thing that will get you an extra 3 months.

Louisiana Politics.

Kudos to Jenna for pointing this out in the Carnival. To her credit, it was the only place I saw this reported.

Apparently Lousiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has apparently waved her magic wand and put off the New Orlean's Mayoral election from the planned date of February 4th. The reasoning, well things are just in too much chaos to hold an election.

I don't buy it. New Orleans is going ahead with Mardis Gras as planned on the 28th of the same month. Not only that but they are adding two additional days.

If they can throw a party that big and increase it at the same time by 1/3, surely they can put on a Mayoral primary.

I said time and again the local, state and federal authorities blew the whole Katrina thing. Could it be the local and state types are putting things off to give themselves more time to pose for holy pictures and take in big fat government checks? It would seem so.

This stinks, this is outrageous and elections should be held on time as scheduled. Iraq managed to hold their elections today without a hitch, surely Louisiana could do the same. That is if they had the political will to do so. Somehow I think the last person Ray Negin wants to face right now is a voter.

Worst Interview Ever

This may be the funniest thing I have ever seen.

December 14, 2005

Carnival of the Badger Version Ho Ho Ho


Twas 10 days before Christmas and all through Cheese-land
The Bloggers were typing, with one or two hands.

The subjects were varied from Xoff and from Jed
From Lefties and Righties who should be in bed.

With Belle in her Feathers and Jib in his cap
GbFan set up with a kegger to tap.

This cheesy idea of attempting to rhyme
And using some soundbites to have a good time.

Was born of warm wishes from this house to yours
To share our opinions and slaughter some words.

Well all of a sudden a crashing was heard
A Christmas Carnival from our house to yours.

So to all of you Cheesers, as the saying goes
This Christmas Carnival I hope heals your woes.

Merry Christmas.

We’ll start the Carnival with Steve who is having a tropical Christmas. Topic of conversation around Steve’s table, is Madisonian Lunacy.

Dad’s traditional role is cussing under the tree from being up until 4 in the morning trying to figure out where the two missing pieces go. Our Dad29 is hoping for something from Smith & Wessonunder his tree.

The clown prince of the Cheddarsphere, Mr. Tom McMahon has figured out Jim Doyle’s Christmas card list. Nice gift.

Adding to the Kringlesphere we have fellow Racinian the Texas Hold ‘Em Blogger. Peter rings his Christmas Bell twice this week, once in French and again in Nyuk Nyuk land.

Aaron submitted something about the Patriot Act. Scrooge. I’ll pick this for Aaron. After last week he is lucky he did not get a lump of coal

We at RDW are happy to give you this post from Brent, Milwaukee’s Layton Park Blogger

Elliot looks at things somewhat differently from where he sits. Elliot is having issues with the language of NPR.

Brian at Boots and Sabers is getting into the Christmas spirit, he is Making a list and Checking it Twice. Nice title Brian, but it appears you want to send Wisconsin’s Junior Senator a really bad fruitcake.

Robola has his gift list all done. To John Gard, a rainbow. Merry Christmas John.

In case you are one of those people who are way ahead of the curve and have an extra hour or two, Shana has performed a public service and reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia. Thanks Shana, you may have saved me from this.

From Sean at The American Mind we get the following dittie that really makes you wonder.

Earning the Grinch award we have Paul at the Electric Company, Paul thinks the War on Christmas is a bunch of hooey.

Ben has Santa hat on and is pontificating Democratic position papers. This post’s target free college.

Tee Bee found a post-worthy thought, Watson come here I need you.

James, you know he of the library and pub, provides a public service to the newly elected.
Marcus sends warm wishes to Tookie Willaims upon his assumption of room temperature.

From the Badger Blogger, this on how silly the Milwaukee Common Council looks.

From Mr Eggs Over Hard, not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 posts live blogging the Packer game.

Mike from the Spring City Chronicle asks a question about bringing back Wisconsin’s death penalty. This one will have to bypass the Governor’s desk completely.

Mike is weighing the benefits cost of altering marriage.

Jay chimes in on the same subject this week, he calls it the Hate Ammendment

Grumps from The Happy Circumstance reports in that Christmas is safe for another year! I am happy to hear that all these serious topics were getting on my nerves.

From Jenna, you know Right off the Shore, some political outrage Louisiana style.

At this point let me throw out a candy cane of hits to your blogs. Hosting the carnival is a lot of fun, and does generate new readers to your site. If you would like to host drop Nick an email badgercarnival-at-gmail-dot-com. Next week the carnival takes a sharp left turn going over to Sadie Says. So come on and volunteer, as far as I know the News Years edition is up for grabs, end of year lists, predictions come on folks juicy stuff there.

Do not make me do it again or I may write more horrible poetry!

Speaking of Sadie Says, the topic Du Jour, Bill O'Liely.

From your humble host, something light.

Well that is it so far, if there are any late posts I shall pass them along. In the interim find a warm spot by the fire, have some cookies and sing along.

Merry Christmas.

Doyle on the gas tax.

The following statement was released today from Governor Doyle on the repeal of gas tax indexing.

Gov. Jim Doyle will consider signing legislation to end Wisconsin's automatic, annual increase in the gas tax so long as he can find a way to ensure it will not impact the safety of the state's road system, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Translation: He will veto the legislation on a Friday, most likely the 23rd. Merry Christmas.

The people spoke, the newsies didn't

Well last night the Assembly passed the repeal of the automatic increase on gas tax, not surprisingly the newsies dropped the ball.

In looking around for coverage on this bill I found something odd. In the Racine Journal Times, no coverage. In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it was mentioned but within a story on the passage of concealed carry legislation. The Capital Times actually carried the repeal story. The Green Bay Press Gazette took a pass.

On the face of this it would appear the newsies are ignoring this story, most likely as they see this as some revolt of talk radio zombies, the LaCrosse Tribune said as much already.

Here is the thing, talk radio can not influence people to do something they do not already care about. Yes, it can act as a catalyst but that call to action would be ignored if it dealt with something listeners did not care about.

My guess is the newsies are jealous of this result as while their circulation is in decline the power of talk radio, and blogs, is on the increase.

The next big question, will the Noid sign the thing?

December 13, 2005

Phony Freeze Proof.

Our pal Patrick, the Badger Blogger, got his tax bill. A 10.1% increase, lucky guy.

I am dreading the day I get my little love note from Racine.

Check out the comments on his post, there is an interesting post from Chris Kleismet of citizens for a responsible government.

Please let us know how big your increases are. The truth about the Doyle phony freeze is in the mail.

Here is a little reminder straight from the horse's mouth, "Beyond cutting taxes, we must do something to stop rising local property taxes. We need to resolve the tension between schools and the property taxpayers that pay the bills. At the same time, we all want the children in our state to get the best education possible. We want a property tax freeze, but not if it comes at the expense of our kids and their futures. Because of the progress we’ve made in being fiscally responsible and being more efficient, and because the economy is improving, we are in position to have a responsible property tax freeze – one that protects our kids and our taxpayers."

I wonder how our more left leaning readers will feel about their property tax increases?

UPDATE: Doyle is out again today touting how low his tax freeze is keeping property taxes, feel beter Patrick?

December 12, 2005

Sowa for Congress?????

We spent some time and a considerable amount of effort trying to get 1st Congressional District Candidate Justin Sowa to answer a few questions after announcing his bid to unseat Paul Ryan. Condidate Sowa ignored our repeated requests for comments.

We know he was reading though because when we pointed a little context issue between here and hear the error was quickly fixed on his website.

Having heard little from the candidate of late we took a little visit to the Sowa for Congress website today.

His last blog entry was 10-30 convicting Tom Delay on indictment day. (typical)

In looking at coming events we find _____________________________________.
Nuthin.

For someone running against a popular seat holder like Paul Ryan we are wondering why the Sowa campaign has gotten so quiet.

I'll send Sowa for Congress an email asking if he is still running.

I do not expect any answer though.

A Tookie Question.

Mrs RealDebate posed an interesting question to me this morning in regards to Tookie. A former cell-mate was quoted after asking the Tookster why he killed someone, the response, "because he was white".

Now first of all hearsay from a cellmate, I do not put much credibility in that, however, if that was even an allegation of a white prisoner saying he killed someone because they were black would we be having this debate at all?

Somehow I doubt it.

December 10, 2005

DEMOCRATS' NEW LABEL: ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIGOTS?


New blogger Peter has an excellent and outrageous post up I would advise you all to go see.

Selective Outrage Inouye Style

Senator Daniel Inouye is out with a statement today in regards to the GOP ad featuring a waving surrender flag.

"The Republican Party’s latest ad is a shameful and disgusting attempt to distract the American people from the problems in Iraq. It may improve the President’s political fortunes, but the American people and our troops will pay the price. I hope that President Bush realizes how shameful it is to play politics when what we really need is leadership, and that he will direct his Party to take down this ad immediately."

This statement is almost funny.

Senator Inouye is worried the GOP is playing politics? Tell me Senator exactly what has your party been up to? Additionally Senator what does that ad do? Does it paint your party in a bad light? All they did was repeat your party leaders words in their own voices. Are you unhappy with what they said? Seems to me you should take that up with the people who came out with those quotes, not the ones who imposed a white flag over their comments.

I guess republican politics are offensive and democratic politics are not. I wonder how Inouye feels about this?

Wisconsin Vs USFDA

So Peg Goldschlager is suing the FDA over the abortion pill saying it is taking too long to get approved?

Anything wrong with this picture?

ALL DRUGS TAKE FOREVER TO GET APPROVED BY THE FDA!

Peg seems more worried about abortion than cancer or alzheimers or heart disease or AIDS or any other disease. Abortion is apparently the big cure needed in Wisconsin, not enough of those going on. She is playing the victim card on this saying it is needed for rape victims, I do not buy it.

Another point, why does the fact that a state government is suing the federal government seem like a monumental waste of tax dollars and court time to me?

I wonder if Van Hollen, Bucher or Falk would file this suit? I know Van Hollen's and Bucher's people read this, so they can speak up for themselves. Would one of you readers who has better contacts that I forward this to the Falk folks, Jay? Scott? Badgervan?

One more Howard Dean Comment.


Something has been tickling at the back of mind all week about the Howard Dean this is a war we can not win comment, and I just put my finger on it.

Where did he come out and say this? San Antonio, Texas that is where.

I used to live in Texas, let me tell you something it just is not smart to say something like that there. In a State that many think of as a country unto its own, sending a message that anyone, anywhere, can kick your butt, it is just not part of the mind-set.

If Howard Dean wanted to go out and say what he said, would it not of been better received in San Francisco, perhaps Portland? How about somewhere in the North East?

I can not think of a worse place to say something like that than Texas. Cut and run may be popular in some parts of the country but I can assure you Texas aint one of them. Ever seen a gun-rack on the back of a tricycle?

December 9, 2005

Dem to Dean: SHUT UP!


I could not of put this better:

Pomeroy to Howard Dean:Shut up

By MARY CLARE JALONICK
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy is accusing Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean of overstepping his bounds, saying the former presidential candidate should not give up on the war in Iraq.

On Monday, Dean likened the war in Iraq to Vietnam and said, "The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong."

"My words to Howard Dean are simple - shut up," Pomeroy told WDAY Radio in North Dakota on Thursday.

Pomeroy later told the Associated Press that he is tired "of the overblown rhetoric on both sides."

"We have young men and women with their lives on the line," he added. "The debate has fallen far short of what they deserve."

Pomeroy said Dean wasn't representing Democrats like him when he discussed the war.

"He is not hired to make major policy announcements on behalf of all the Democrats," Pomeroy said. "As our party chairman I believe he needs to focus on the nuts and bolts of winning elections."

Dean backtracked on his statements somewhat Thursday, saying his assertion that the United States cannot win the war was reported "a little out of context," and that Democrats believe a new U.S. strategy is needed to succeed there.

A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee declined to comment on Pomeroy's remarks.

Pomeroy said he also is frustrated with Republicans who have politicized the war and a recent House debate on Iraq that became heated and angry. During that debate, Ohio Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt implied that Democratic Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., was a "coward" because he called for troops to pull out of Iraq. Schmidt later said her remark about Murtha was a mistake.

"I thought the debate on the House floor was shameful," Pomeroy said. "It was loud, strident and partisan."

Pomeroy, who has visited Iraq three times, said he believes the United States must stay in the country for now to achieve progress on national security, the creation of a stable government and the establishment of a functioning economy.

December 8, 2005

Carnival of the Badger XVII

Aaron has this weeks Carnival of the Badger up. Me thinks his undies are a bit tight this week!

Next weeks carnival will be held, well here.

I expect all of you regular readers to submit a post. Use the handy dandy submission form.

Our theme next week.... Let us just say Happy Holidays shall not be permitted. This is the Carnival of the Badger CHRISTMAS pagent.

You know the Packer season is over...

When people actually care about winter baseball roster moves.

December 7, 2005

The Party of Intollerance?

Ann Coulter was shouted down at a speech tonight she was giving at UConn. Boos and jeers casued her to cut her speech short after about 15 minutes.

What is it with these campus radicals? They invite her to speak, and this happens? Yet Cindy Sheehan is coming to campus, and no outrage at all. Will she be booed? Perhaps a little but not to this extent.

My point is the party of compassion and free speech is coming unglued at the edges and starting to fall apart. For cryin out loud, they invited the woman and then treated her like that? That is just wrong. It is rude, and really shows no class.

So what is the rule now, only one voice allowed on campus? That seems to be the rule.

So go ahead, tell me I am over-reaching, keep turning a blind eye.

Jim Hanks, my new hero.

Dateline: Venice, Florida.

300 residents recently gathered to dedicate a statue to Gunther-Gebel Williams, legendary animal trainer of the Ringling Brothers circus, a Venice resident for some 33 years.

Well five PETA protestors showed up saying how he mistreated and beat animals. (I am sure they witnessed said abuse).

Local Sheriff Jim Hanks, said nope, it aint gonna happen. When asked why they would not be allowed to protest he said, and i quote, "Because I said so. Sue me later"

Of course people have a right to protest, but kudos to the sheriff for standing up for common sense. This man was a beloved figure in the community and much of his family was present. They deserved their moment, and Jim Hanks saw fit that they had it.

Peta of course is trying to put up a statue of 12-foot crying shackled elephant. These guys really have no class at all.

Over the top rhetoric hurting '06 chances?


Apparently, I've been right all along, from the Washington Post.

Strong antiwar comments in recent days by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean have opened anew a party rift over Iraq, with some lawmakers warning that the leaders' rhetorical blasts could harm efforts to win control of Congress next year.

Several Democrats joined President Bush yesterday in rebuking Dean's declaration to a San Antonio radio station Monday that "the idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong.

"The critics said that comment could reinforce popular perceptions that the party is weak on military matters and divert attention from the president's growing political problems on the war and other issues. "Dean's take on Iraq makes even less sense than the scream in Iowa: Both are uninformed and unhelpful," said Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), recalling Dean's famous election-night roar after stumbling in Iowa during his 2004 presidential bid.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) and Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the second-ranking House Democratic leader, have told colleagues that Pelosi's recent endorsement of a speedy withdrawal, combined with her claim that more than half of House Democrats support her position, could backfire on the party, congressional sources said.

December 6, 2005

The Global Warming Debate, Cartoon Style


Code Pink Picks New Target


From the NY Daily News.

WASHINGTON - Anti-war activists furious with Sen. Hillary Clinton are vowing to bird-dog her everywhere she goes, starting with a swanky Manhattan fund-raiser tonight.
Clinton's letter last week clarifying her position on Iraq - which included rejecting a timetable for withdrawal - fanned the anger of some war opponents, who decided to launch a campaign

against New York's junior senator.
"We're calling it Bird-Dog Hillary," said Medea Benjamin of the peace group Codepink.
"I'm so mad at her," said Nancy Kricorian, Codepink's New York City coordinator. "We will dog her wherever she goes."


Why do I think code pink will regret picking on the Clintons? Somehow I find this funny though.