August 26, 2005

We're taking this thing National.

Your humble blogger is going national folks. RealDebate is now a poster on WatchBlog. I'll be posting my first article there later today, I am going to revisit the Shadegg health care reform. RDW will always be my primary blog priority, but I am appreciative to WatchBlog for the opportunity to have a more national voice.

Mkeonline blog of the week update

Congratulations to Jessica McBride for winning last weeks contest. One of our favorites Shana over at Behind the Cheddar Curtain was also nominated last week. She deserved more votes solely for the catchiness of her title!

Some good entries this week, including one of our regular posters, Right from the Right. I do like this contest, good way to discover some local blogs I have never heard of. Go vote.

August 25, 2005

Guest Opinion

Calling all writers, calling all writers. I have said before I would like to add a more left-leaning voice here to spur on the debate. I am issuing an open call to a left or center leaning person to write an opinion piece on Pat Robertson. Email it to me and I will post it here.

Isupport the troops, but not...

We've all heard it before, I support the troops but this war. How about this, Cindy I support your grief but not your agenda. Sounds silly doesn't it?

All of you who support the troops, did it occur to you that better than 80% of the troops in Iraq support their action and their President? Did it occur to you that your squishyness on the war is exactly what the terrorists are playing to? Did it occur to you that the louder you protest the happier the terrorists are? They are trying to divide us, and you and are falling right into their trap.

It used to be partsianship stopped at the waters edge. What a shame we have forgotten the example our parents and grandparents set before us.

You want something to be outraged about? How about around 16,000 killed annualy by drunk drivers? How about nearly 1.5 million aborted babies annually? Considered 88 murders in Milwaukee so far this year?

August 24, 2005

Time to tackle Able Danger.

I've been fascinated by the Able Danger story. I have to this point resisted discussing it as I thought the story was too fluid and not enough sources had been verified. We'll we know enough and things have been confirmed so off we go.

A brief synopsis. Able Danger was a data mining project geared to pull out intelligence on terrorists. The Able Danger team identified a terrorist cell operating out of Brooklyn headed up by Mohammed Atta. As you will no doubt recall Atta was the ringleader of the 9-11 attacks.

Absolutely stupid policies and a non-information sharing wall erected by Jamie Gorelick of the Clinton Justice Department prevented the sharing of the information inter-departmentally.

Justice would not allow any action against Atta because he had a green card.

That's it in a simplistic form, Government officials knew about Atta, they begged and pleaded to do something about him and his terror cell, and were stopped at every attempt.

So what should we be outraged about?
  • Government officials knew about the terror cell in advance, begged and pleaded and were ignored due to the worry they considered someone with a green card to have the same rights as a citizen? Let's say that another way, Able Danger identified Atta said he was dangerous and the Clinton Justice Department said, no thanks.
  • The 9-11 commission knew about this information and did not see fit to discuss it in their report or seek testimony. The commission was nothing but Democrats protecting Clinton and Republicans protecting Bush.
  • How was Jamie Gorelick on the panel instead of testifying in front of it?
  • Why does the press not shout this story from the mountaintops? How is the fact that better communication could of prevented 9-11, and the 9-11 commission covered it up not the biggest story all year? Oh yeah they are in full Cindygasm.
  • Who directly made the decisions to not share this information?
  • What else did the 9-11 commission hide away and not share with us.
  • Shall we have a commission to study the commission?

Sound off folks, lots and lots to discuss here. The first person that tries to make the case that Cindy Sheehan is more important than Able Danger gets taken out back and gets 50 lashes.

August 23, 2005

Editorial Freedom? Not in Racine.

The following editorial letter was sent to the Kenosha News, Racine Journal Times and the Burlington Standard Press. It was printed as is in the Kenosha and Burlington papers. Steve Lovejoy at the Racine Journal Times refused to print the letter and asked the writer, Bob Geason of Burlington, to make changes.

Not Telling the TRUTH
When I was much younger my Mother taught me that not telling the truth is called a LIE. Let's start counting the lies from our Current Governor and his local snake oil salesmen.

The Budget: Anyone that has seen the warm and fuzzy WEAC ad's proclaiming their bought and paid for Governor as a walk on water kind of guy. Doyle did NOT lower the gas tax. The Republican majority finance committee did that. WEAC and the Governor's next lie:

Eliminating the Wisconsin Tax on Social Security. AGAIN never a part of the Governor's budget but put into the budget by the Republican majority finance committee. Another really big lie: $458 Million in NEW school spending is a cut. This lie is being spread not just by the Governor but Bob Wirch, Bob Turner, John Lehman and of course WEAC.

The TRUTH would be a really big THANK YOU to Cathy Stepp and Robin Vos for the additional $11 million of new money for the RUSD How about the lie that the Governor doesn't want to disenfranchise some people by requiring a Photo ID to vote but he has no problem disenfranchising those same Grandma's from getting there cold medicine.

I guess we file that BIG LIE under disingenuous or a really big hypocrisy. The "non truths" just keep coming from the current Governor and his snake oil salesman Turner, Lehman and Wirch. Remember these lies when it comes time to REPLACE the "non truth tellers" .

The following note was sent to Mr. Geason by Steve Lovejoy of the Racine Journal Times:

Bob,
I remember getting this now. Sorry, but you're the one who's shading the truth here. The fact is Doyle signed the budget which contained both the gas tax reduction and the elimination of the Soc. Security tax. You are correct that he did not propose them - but neither did he veto them. The GOP-controlled finance committee COULD NOT have enacted them without Doyle's signature.As to the education funding, the GOP budget version did increase school spending by something like one percent. Using his veto powers Doyle increased the amount earmarked for schools by something like 2 or 2.5 percent. That's the truth, Bob.If you want to rewrite your letter and have it square with the facts we'll be glad to run it.

The Racine Journal Times is apparently unwilling to print anything that does not run the same as their slanted view of events.

Bob's latest reply:

Steve,
I might be wrong but from other letters printed are opinions of the writer and not held to the same journalist standards of proof we expect from the news media.With that in mind it seems you want me to give credit to Doyle when how I phrased my opinion is correct as stated.So to get my opinion printed I must give credit for the act of signing. I was not aware that to get an opinion printed it had to be the truth according to Steve Lovejoy. That smacks of censorship.According to figures the school new money was 8.6% NOT 1% and RUSD increase was more like 11%. As I did NOT mention percentages but simply the TRUE FACT 450 million in NEW spending is NOT a cut. A fact that the Kenosha News called Kreuser on the carpet for and gave him a DART for that lie.The fact that my letter was printed in the Burlington Standard Press and the Kenosha News in it's entirety without first the word count editing I was required to do (something that seems to slip by with the more liberal point of view) and now the "TRUTH ACCORDING to LOVEJOY" brings into focus your attempt to censor my opinion.I realize this letter will probably get any future opinion of mine banned from getting printed in the Racine Journal.

Fascinating insight we have here into the editorial page of the Racine journal Times. Lovejoy says he thinks the figure of 1% increase for schools is accurate. If My Lovejoy had done any research at all he would of understood Mr Geason's figures were 100% accurate on everything he wrote. My guess is Steve Lovejoy has been reading the slanted articles in his paper for too long.

I wonder if you know about the Stewart Sheehan connection.

How many of you have heard of Lynne Stewart? Lynne Stewart is an attorney who represented the terrorist Sheik, Omar Abdul Rahman. Lynne Stewart was indicted by Attorney General Ashcroft for enabling her client, you may recall he was the power behind the first trade center bombings, to keep in contact by being the go between with Rahman’s terrorist buddies in Egypt. Stewart was convicted on January 10th of this year.

Why is this important? Well even though our old buddy Cindy Sheehan ran to take care of her Mother she continues to be a story. Our favorite Liberal poster Scott actually made the point earlier today that The Gary Quall’s protest, Pro Bush, is not as important as the Cindy Sheehan protest, anti Bush?

Why? Are you telling me that one opinion is more important than another? Cindy Sheehan who lost a son has the absolute right to be heard all over the country and Gary Qualls who lost a son should not be heard in a similar voice? I know the hypocrisy meter does not go that high.
I would like to point out that Cindy Sheehan attended a pro-Lynne Stewart in April of this year. She was met with wild applause and treated like a rock star by the completely anti-war crowd. (take in mind this was before her protest) The left will tell you Stewart is a doting 65 year old civil rights attorney who is of no harm to her country. Helping terrorists communicate is not helping our country.

I wonder if it ever occurred to Cindy Sheehan that supporting people who support terrorists gets more of our soldiers killed? I doubt it, everything is the fault of President Bush in her mind, everything.

Attached are some of Cindy Sheehan’s comments at said event.

I take responsibility partly for my son’s death, too. I was raised in a country by a public school system that taught us that America was good, that America was just. America has been killing people, like my sister over here says, since we first stepped on this continent, we have been responsible for death and destruction. I passed on that bullshit to my son and my son enlisted. I’m going all over the country telling moms: “This country is not worth dying for. If we’re attacked, we would all go out. We’d all take whatever we had. I’d take my rolling pin and I’d beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq. {applause} We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if {applause}. 9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through and, if I would have known that before my son was killed, I would have taken him to Canada. I would never have let him go and try and defend this morally repugnant system we have. The people are good, the system is morally repugnant. {applause}

August 22, 2005

MWW or the Gretta Van Sustern Syndrome.

Many of you may of heard the expression, “Driving while black”, it has not been unheard of for black drivers to be pulled over for simply driving in the wrong neighborhood.

Well we have a new syndrome out there called, “Missing While White”.

It goes on and on, Natalee Holloway, Jon Benet Ramsey, Jennifer Willbanks, Audrey Seiler (remember her from UW Madison?), and now we have a missing model from Columbus, Julie Popovich.

What do all of these missing women have in common? Pretty. Young. White. Tons of publicity.

Every time I see these stories my heart reaches out to the families. I see the media harp on the story night after night after night and I get mad. Why? It makes me thing of kids like Alexis Patterson, do you remember Alexis Patterson? She vanished en route to her school on 5-3-2002. Why has Alexis not gotten the same publicity of these other women? She’s innocent, cute and black.

Apparently the media only goes into full blown frenzy over missing white girls, it is disgusting. Do not kids like Alexis deserve just the same amount of attention? Of course they do.

More Media Memory Loss.

I've been rough on the "The Partisan Paper", on their lack of coverage of the Air America Scandal. Just for grins let's add to the list.

The following Mainstreamers gave Air America puff piece after puff piece upon their entry into the market but have said narry a word on the current scandal.

  1. The Washington Post - They did have a web item but it did not make news print.
  2. Newsweek
  3. Time
  4. ABC News
  5. CBS News
  6. NBC News
  7. NPR
  8. ABC News Nightline
  9. CNN
  10. The New York Times - one local story, did not make the national edition.

Every one of those news organizations covered the Rush Limbaugh pain killer story. Nah no bias there at all.

Hypocritic Oaf Award


Senator Russ Feingold, one week ago:

"Post 911, the administration published a list of countries where al Qaeda was operating. Iraq wasn't even on it.
"Now, it's the number one training ground for terrorists from around the world. Our nation's security is at stake and it's time for Congress and the administration to level with the American people, and develop a policy worthy of our brave men and women in uniform."

Senator Russ Feingold This Week:

"We need to refocus on fighting and defeating the terrorist network that attacked this country on September 11, 2001, and that means placing our Iraq policy in the context of a global effort, rather than letting it dominate our security strategy and drain vital security resources for an unlimited amount of time."

Okey Dokey Russ last week, finish the job, this week cut run and refocus. One speech for Wisconsin, one speech for New Hampshire? Come on Russ how about a consistant message?

Long over due congratulations Senator Feingold on your first Hypocritic Oaf Award.

August 21, 2005

The Generosity Index.

Ever heard of the Generosity Index? Me either, just heard about it. An outfit called the Center For Philanthropy puts it together. They rank by State for charitable giving based on income levels on a per capita basis.

The results were astounding. Twenty-nine of the top thirty states, all red ones.

Wisconsin ranked 46th. If anyone would like to look st the chart see it here. I filled in the red and blue on a spreadsheet, if you would like it please email me a request.

So what does this mean to the "Progressives" claims they are the compassionate ones?