October 15, 2005

Hypocritic Oaf Award

State Senator Glenn Grothman has been getting a lot of positive press over the last few days for saving fireworks as we know them on Milwaukee's lakefront.

Milwaukee's elected officials were silent on DNR pressure to move the venue off of Summerfest Island and onto a barge somewhere out on the lake. Senator Grothman picked up the issue and introduced legislation to keep fireworks as they have been. This put Jim "Noid" Doyle into the uncomfortable position of possibly having to veto fireworks. Not a great thing to do when one can not climb above 46% approval ratings. Wonder of wonders all of a sudden the DNR granted permission for 3 acres to be used for fireworks.

On the whole Senator good job, but not the job the people of the 20th Senate district elected you to do. We do remember out here Glenn that you told us Mary Panzer was a RINO, and we believed you. You told us you were going to champion TABOR and get some real tax relief in this state.

You were called on this and recently told us you were waiting to get the budget done and then TABOR was going to be your top priority. Ooooo Aaah look at the pretty fireworks.

Meanwhile we have the Noid's supposedly responsible freeze. You remember the one where Milwaukee can increase taxes and fees to the tune of 10% this year. Small town budgets are coming in all over the place following Milwaukee's example with fee increases and increased taxes across the board. Those that have not increased their mil rate have increased assessments. I am dreading my tax bill this year, look out Racine. (why is that shark music from Jaws playing in my head?)

The only one who seems to be able to hold the line of taxes in Scott Walker.

So Glenn, for not being nearly as loud on TABOR and taxes in general as you were about Mary Panzer. For caring more about pretty lights in the sky than the oppressive tax burden in this state, thanks for nothing and enjoy your second Hypocritic Oaf Award.

October 14, 2005

Iraqi Constitution

On the eve of an historic election when the Iraqi people will go to the polls and exercise their votes it is time to pause and reflect.

It is nearly impossible for those of us in this country to imagine the oppression and tyrany the Iraqi people have lived under these many years under the reign of former Iraqi President/Dictator Hussein.

Tomorrow the Iraqi people will let their voice be known for a governing constitution. Whatever the result, those people should be proud of themselves and the democracy they are building.

Linkie Winkie

Hey, Wis Opinion has finally listed RDW on their Blogroll. My thanks!

I feel so honored to be on the same page as Xoff.

Then again.

October 13, 2005

I love a good cartoon.

You gotta read this.

Why there was no looting in Texas.

Wedding Update.

Well the wedding tonight was beautiful and I would say a complete success. The bride was beautiful and the groom was beaming as two became one.

One funny thing I heard today, they were curious why all our trees were turning yellow!

Oh my are these two going to be surprised by our winter!

Stories keep streaming in on how this community is supporting Cory and Janell, honestly there are too many to list.

It was a pleasure to be a small part of this blessed event, we wish them well!

October 12, 2005

Anatomy of a Wedding.

Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. Beth Desai, proprietor of Bethamy’s Bridals and Formals Fashions in Racine, had just such a fortune last Friday. Beth was at the Racine County Court House applying for a passport and overheard a conversation between Cory Adams and Janell Kelly. Cory and Janell were trying to get a marriage license and were having some difficulty as they were victims of Hurricane Katrina and did not have all the documentation they needed.

Something tugged in the recesses of Beth’s mind, namely she had a bridal shop and she could help. Beth called the Court House and asked them to give the couple her number.

Networking being what it is, Beth put her wedding connections to work, and the generosity of this small town has come to light. Due to the charitable hearts of numerous people Cory and Janell will have the big church wedding they always wanted.

The evening of Thursday 11-13 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Reverend Judy LaPoint will join Cory and Janell as husband and wife. I spoke with Judy as well, she gave me an advanced version of the service, it is going to be something. Oh, and guess what? It’s Janell’s 21st birthday as well!

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the bride and groom today, really charming people. Cory told me he had a job with a temporary service but wanted to stay here and get something more permanent. After I asked what kind of work he wanted, he told me to work in a restaurant as he had experience and loved to cook. I stopped and talked to a friend of mine, and it looks like Cory has a job. Janell was apparently also offered full time employment today.

These people literally left New Orleans with just a few changes of clothes and are trying to start over from scratch. They found some temporary housing and are hoping for something more permanent. Mrs. Real Debate is working behind the scenes to those means. She has additionally secured assistance from a local food pantry where she volunteers and serves on the board.

Anyone locally who reads this and would like to help please contact me and we’ll find a way to get any donations to Cory and Janell.

Mrs. Real Debate and I will be attending the ceremony Thursday evening, and I'll be sure to post pictures.

Editorially, this just really shows how a community can come together and show the love of God to their nieghbors. I wish we saw more stories like this in the media, and less of the usual "if it bleeds it leads" nonsense.

The following is a partial list of businesses and persons who pitched in to help make this wedding a reality.
  • Bathamy's Bridals
  • Affordable Alterations
  • Great Clips
  • Savvi Formalwear
  • A Photo Illusions
  • Flowers by Walter
  • Holy Communion Lutheran Church
  • Larsen Bakery
  • Thompkins Productions (Video)
  • Mary Kay Makeup (Meline Grigorian)
  • Anything Goes Limo Service
  • Sheer Delight
  • Wendy Arndt (Wedding Coordinator)
  • Reverend Judy LaPoint

Our thanks to them one and all!

And to Cory and Janell, may you have a happy and joyous life together.

October 11, 2005

Hurricane Harriet

I've been quiet on the whole Harriet Miers nomination until now, but thought I should address why.

When I first heard about this last Monday morning at about 7am my initial thought was, HUH?!? Three things came immediately to mind: another Bush cronie is not going to go over well, she has never been a judge, and my goodness she is 60.

The first two items were based on my initial thoughts on how she would be attacked by the left. To date, those initial thoughts have proven short-sided. I was and continue to be surprised at the atacks against Harriet Miers from the right. The left has for the most part kept wisely out of the fray letting the right implode upon itself.

In the view of the right, Bush has been doing a good job of nomination conservative judges and they wanted a no questions no nonsense nominee. What they got in Harriet Miers was an unknown. In short, the right was willing to fight for their nominee and for the beliefs in their principles.

I was listening to Mark Belling yell about Miers last week when it occured to me why he was mad. Quite simply, he was uninformed, and that lack of information fueled his rage. And that is in short what the right is so worked up about, they fear the unknown.

That being said, my position on court nominees all along has been the sitting Executive has the right to nominate whoever they want, at that point it is the Senate's job to confirm or deny. All of this talk of Harriet Miers withdrawing her nomination is ridiculous. She has as much right as anyone to go through Senate hearings and go through the process as normal.

A couple of things do bother me, I would of preferred a younger nominee, and I have issues with persons being nominated to the Supreme Court who may have only put on a black robe on Halloween. Yes I know 10 of the last 34 justices had no previous judicial experience, to me that just makes no sense.

So when push comes to shove, I would of rather seen someone else, but I am withholding an endorsement on Harriet Miers until I learn more about her. (like my endorsement really matters!)

SCOTUS is always a hot topic around here, so let the debate begin.