September 16, 2005

Blog of the week semi-finals.

Drop on by the MKE blog contest please and place your vote for your favorite semi-finalist.

Frequent poster Right from the Right is there, as well as Jessica McBride, the Badger Blog Alliance, Folkbum, Real Debate Wisconsin and several other good blogs.

I'd appreciate your vote for RDW, but please participate.

September 15, 2005

What do you know, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Louis Farrakhan is truly Dangerous

Quote: " I heard from a very reliable source that under that levee, there was a 25-foot hole, which suggested that it may have been blown up, so that the water would destroy the black part of town, and where the whites were, it would be dry. I am sure that some good is being done, but not nearly enough to answer the cry. "

This is nothing more than Farrakhan's normal inflame the races BS. This idiot is counter-productive to any progress in our society.

September 14, 2005

Mid-Week Hypocritic Oaf Bonus!

State Senator Glenn Grothman cast the deciding vote killing the repeal of Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law. We are also still waiting on Grothman's promised leadership on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Many people had high hopes for Grothman. To date, he is not living up to those hopes.

The Senator proported himself to be a real conservative, so far he looks to be as big a RINO as Mary Panzer was. Congratulations Senator Grothman for your first (of many I am afraid) Hypocritic Oaf Award.

Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional

By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer 17 minutes ago

SAN FRANCISCO - Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by a federal judge who granted legal standing to two families represented by an atheist who lost his previous battle before the
U.S. Supreme Court'

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge's reference to one nation "under God" violates school children's right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."
Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2002 ruled in favor of Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools.

Ok Judge Karlton (a Carter nominee) felt he had to uphold the previous ruling of the 9th Circuit, a ruling which was overt-turned. This ridiculous ruling will also be over-turned. I'm guessing this is the kind of Judge the left would have us nominate for a SCOTUS seat?

Roberts Hearings

I listened to a bit of the Roberts confirmation hearings yesterday. I was struck by something. As an attorney Judge Roberts represented many different entities with many different viewpoints. The Democratic Senators tried again and again to make his client's position his. As an attorney you are hired to represent someone else's position within the boundaries of the law.

Are the Dems on the committee that misguided or that desperate? I really do not know, but this seems an easy distinction to me.

Nursing Home Owners Charged in Louisiana

AP - 7 minutes ago
NEW ORLEANS - The husband-and-wife owners of a nursing home were charged with homicide because they did not evacuate 34 elderly patients who died after Hurricane Katrina struck, the first major criminal case related to the storm's still rising death toll.

I'm confused. I thought everything was Bush's fault?!?

September 13, 2005

Katrina Timeline.

Got this in the email this morning, posting as is. This guy puts some interesting things in perspective. Kind of makes Mary Landrieu look even sillier.

This is a post from a fellow over in Merritt Is, FL, a reporter who's been researching what went on before the storm hit.

I think all of Nagin's pomp and posturing is going to bite him hard in the near future as the lies and distortions of his interviews are coming to light.

On Friday night before the storm hit Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center took the unprecedented action of calling Nagin and Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of NO and they said they'd take it under consideration. This was after the NOAA buoy 240 miles south had recorded 68 foot waves before it was destroyed.

President Bush spent Friday afternoon and evening in meetings with his advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for a state to request federal assistance (and not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act or having to enact the Insurgency Act). Just before midnight Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco and pleaded with herto sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could legally begin mobilization and call up. He was told that they didn't think it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet. After the President's final call to the governor she held meetings with her staff to discuss the political ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was decided that if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look asif they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in.Saturday before the storm hit the President again called Blanco and Nagin requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal assistance, that they declare the state an emergency area, and begin mandatory evacuation. After a personal plea from the President Nagin agreed to order anevacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory evacuation, and the governor still refused to sign the papers requesting and authorizing federal action. In frustration the President declared the area a national disaster area before the state of Louisiana did so he could legally begin some advanced preparations. Rumor has it that the President's legal advisers were looking into the ramifications of using the insurgency act to bypass the Constitutional requirement that a state request federal aid before the federal government can move into state with troops - but that had not been done since 1906 and the Constitutionality of it was called into question to use before the disaster.

Throw in that over half the federal aid of the past decade to NO for levee construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a marina and support the gambling ships. Toss in the investigation that will look into why the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the federal government for funding and published on the city's website was never implemented and in fact may have been bogus for the purpose of gaining additional federal funding as we now learn that the organizations identified in the plan were never contacted or coordinating into any planning - though the document implies that they were.

The suffering people of NO need to be asking some hard questions as do we all, but they better start with why Blanco refused to even sign the multi-state mutual aid pack activation documents until Wednesday which further delayed the legal deployment of National Guard from adjoining states. Or maybe ask why Nagin keeps harping that the President should have commandeered 500 Greyhound busses to help him when according to his own emergency plan and documents he claimed to have over 500 busses at his disposal to use between the local school busses and the citytransportation busses - but he never raised a finger to prepare them or activate them.

This is a sad time for all of us to see that a major city has all but been destroyed and thousands of people have died with hundreds of thousands more suffering, but it's certainly not a time for people to be pointing fingers and trying to find a bigger dog to blame for local corruption and incompetence. Pray to God for the survivors that they can start their lives anew as fast as possible and we learn from all the mistakes to avoid them in the future.

Bud Yount Santa Ana, CA

Hypocritic Oaf Award

Democrats' anti-Bush petition also seeks political contributions

By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer September 8, 2005, 4:13 PM EDT WASHINGTON --

A new Democratic effort to whip up indignation about the Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina also tried to raise money for Democratic candidates.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat and the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued an appeal Thursday urging people to sign an online petition to fire the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency over his handling of the Katrina response.

After an inquiry from the Associated Press, the DSCC quickly pulled down the page and said they would donate to charity any money raised by the anti-FEMA petition. When recipients clicked on a link to the petition, the top center of the screen _ above the call to "Fire the FEMA director" _ had asked for a donation to the DSCC. Other DSCC Web pages have the same appeal for contributions

Shameful political hackery by Senator Schumer, like we should be surprised. How does this guy keep getting elected? Congratulations on your first Hypocritic Oaf Award Senator.

Comments on Security.

Well we flew out of O'Hare Thursday morning early and returned Sunday afternoon.

I thought I would find security on the Mexico side of things a bit lax, you know what, I was wrong.

If anything security in Mexico was tighter. I would say 30% of bags were not only x-rayed but opened and searched by hand. There were security personnel with hand held metal detectors searching baggage workers before they could load baggage onto the plains, that may exist in the US but I never noticed it before.

Additionally, Mexican workers had a sense of humor, the US workers had none. I have no feeling that because they had a sense of humor they did not take their jobs seriously, quite the contrary.

On the whole, I felt safe all the way around. Good job one and all.

September 12, 2005

Happy, Poor? Yeah it works.

What you are looking at here is an authentic Mayan home in the Yucatan, Mexico. Mrs. Real Debate and I took a day trip to Chichen-Itza and the trip was lead by a Mayan guide. We stopped in an authentic village to get a gauge of the real Mexico.

These people are VERY poor. But you know what? They are VERY happy. All along the 3+ hour drive we noticed people living in squalor, but they were all working.

We asked our guide about this, he said the difference in attitude was so striking to us due to welfare. "Huh?!?", Mrs. Real Debate and I exclaimed? In Mexico, there is no welfare so everyone must work, no matter how poor, he added. He also indicated that families stuck together and often lived on the same property. School is provided by the government but it is only required through junior high, after that many children must go to work to help support their families.

No one is giving these folks anything, they live in conditions far below our citizens who are screaming and yelling about living in a shelter right now complaining that people are not giving them things fast enough.

The difference is so striking, and I am sure it would be difficult to understand unless you have seen it first hand. I am not saying I have no compassion for those struck by Katrina's wrath, quite the contrary. I encourage you all to help out in any way possible just as we are doing. However, the welfare gimme gimme culture in our culture was in such contrast to the system in Mexico.

Yes, I fully expect people to make the immigration point and a good one it is, no wonder so many people are fleeing to the US, but the people I saw were content with their existence as it was. I understand one days observation does not a scientific study make, but my opinions were mostly influenced by our guide who was Mayan and lives among these people.

September 11, 2005

Hi Honey I'm Home.

This picture is the Sunrise on 9-10 from the balcony of my hotel room in Cancun. Breathtaking. It is good to be home, but my goodness it took an hour to go through the junkmail.

I'll catch up on things and post soon. I also have some interesting observations on airport security to share.

So what has everyone been up to?