November 5, 2005

Denial

There is an interesting debate going on over at the Racine Journal Times weblog on a post I put up there in relation to Racine Unified Schools and their trumpeting of a lowered mill rate.

I wrote about it here earlier, but here is the basic premise.

If A X B = C, and you lower A while raising B enough to still increase C, that really does not give you the right to proclaim some artificial victory by making A smaller when C (the tax levy) gets increased. C, the actual result of the equation is the important number.

That is exactly what RUSD did.

The ponderance is this. People are coming out of the woodwork to defend that practice of touting the lower A.

This is an interesting little microcosm on how people are willing to come up with any silly arguements to support their cause, even when presented with clear logic that debunks it.

Why is this? All I was trying to get at in the post was bad Public Relations on the part of Unified Schools. If you raise your tax load, you should not get away with saying you lowered it.

No room for conservative thought on campus.

GOP3 has pics up of an attack on the home of Brandon Henak, Brandon is the Editor of a new Conservative publication at Marquette, The Warrior.

The vandals threw eggs, ketchup and put up derogitory signs denouncing Republicans in general and the war in addition.

Look at the mobs that showed up yesterday to protest Bush then turned violent. It used to be the peace movement was peaceful. It is sad when peoples protests turn vioilent.

The radical parts of the left have moved beyond good taste and free speech. They are just starting to look like a bunch of thugs.

November 3, 2005

Tax or Profit

Food for thought.

Amount of oil company profits per gallon of gas, about 10 cents.

Amount of Wisconsin gasoline tax per gallon, 30.3 cents.

Yes, the tax on fuel is 3 times higher than the profit. And that my friends does not even include the federal tax burden.

Seeing as the Gov and the AG are jumping on the beat on the evil oil companies for political gain routine, I thought this needed to be pointed out.

November 2, 2005

Let's talk about diversity for a minute.

In the wake of yesterday's outrageous Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial claiming Clarence Thomas "deserves an asterisk because he arguably does not represent the views of mainstream black America", I have something to add.

Last month I wrote about the Chuckaquiddick scandal. In case you missed it, two Schumer staffers illegally obtained the credit report of Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele. This act was done to try and obtain information harmful to Steele, a rising GOP star, in his bid for The Senate.

Now we learn Steele is under attack again. The whole report is here, but it calls Steele a traitor to his race. There have also been multiple reports of Democrats showing up at Steele events and throwing oreo cookies at him.

Combine that with the ridiculous filibuster of Miguel Estrada, Harry Belafonte' calling Colon Powell an Uncle Tom, Sly out in Madison with the Aunt Jemima thing concerning Condi Rice, etc., and we have a pattern developing.

This all started with Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill of course, believe who you will but if you recall the NAACP fought against Thomas well before Anita Hill ever came forward. Why? He was not the right kind of black. I never understood that about the NAACP, it would seem someone who worked hard, took no hand outs and reached the pinnacle of his career was exactly the kind of person the NAACP should be holding up as a hero in the African-American community.

It would seem to my observation that the party that trumpets diversity has egg on it's face. Look at the last couple of Democratic conventions, tell me were there any pro-life speakers? Anywhere? Nope. Remember the last Republican convention, remember Ahhhnold, Zel, Rudy? All keynote types, all pro-choice.

The current day Democratic party only has tolerance, diversity if you will, for those that agree with their ideology. It is ok with them to play the race card whenever it suits their purpose. If you really put the ideology aside and sit back and look at what party is truly inclusive and has tolerance for persons of diverse backgrounds and ethnicity it is the Republican party.

Oh the Dems do talk a good game, but when put up comes to shut up the Republicans are the real deal.

The thing is, I think most rank and file Democrats find the type of activity against Steele and by Thomas in the MJS yesterday as disgusting as I do. They are not bad people, they are caring loving people.

They just have bad leadership.

Journal Does it again.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has gone over the deep end.

Charlie covered it best, the reaction blows my mind.

Chris Matthews Blasts Dems.

I'm a bit behind on this, Mrs RealDebate's Dad is in the Hospital, so my apologies for being less than on the spot on this one.

Chris Matthews blasted the Dems Monday on MSNBC.

He said: "[I]'m Sitting Here Holding In My Hands, A Pretty Disgusting Document, This Is Put Out Not For Attribution. But It Comes From The Democrats, They're Circulating It. I Can Say That." (MSNBC's "MSNBC Live," 10/31/05)

Here is the actual portion of the document.

U.S. Attorney Alito Failed to Obtain Conviction of 20 Mobsters, Saying “You Can’t Win Them All.” Federal law enforcement agencies sustained a major rebuff in their anti-mafia campaign with the August 1988 acquittal of all 20 defendants accused of making up the entire membership of the Lucchese family in the New Jersey suburbs of New York. The verdict ended what was believed to be the nation’s longest federal criminal trial and according to the Chicago Tribune, dealt the government a “stunning defeat.” Samuel Alito, the US Attorney on the case, said, “Obviously we are disappointed but you realize you can’t win them all.” Alito also said he had no regrets about the prosecution but in the future would try to keep cases “as short and simple as possible.” Alito continued, “I certainly don’t feel embarrassed and I don’t think we should feel embarrassed.” [Guardian, 8/29/88; Chicago Tribune, 8/27/88; UPI, 8/26/88]

First of all, Kudos to Matthews for releasing this and calling it what it is, disgusting. Matthews usually totes water for the Democrats, it is good to see him actually being critical of the left for a change.

So what are they trying to say? The US Prosecutor, an Italian American, lost on purpose? Prosecutors win and lose all the time, there was no mention of the actual organized crime figures brought down by Alito.

That is one of many attacks on this memo. The same memo attacks Alito on immigration, civil rights, racism, abortion and on various constitutional abuses. you can see the entire memo here.

In the comments listed below the Democrats are saying Alito will divide the country. In the same breath they complain how Harriet Miers was treated.

Bring back the short-term memory folks. The Righties said Harriet Miers was not qualified, and they could have a better candidate. That is dissent, plain and simple. The left is on their old attack attack attack mode.

I ask you, which is more likely to divide?

October 31, 2005

New Airline Strategy

Courtesy of CyberDad...

Replace all female flight attendants with good lookin' strippers. The attendants have gotten old and haggard looking. They don't even serve food anymore, so what's the loss. The strippers would double, triple, perhaps quadruple the alcohol consumption and get a "party atmosphere" going in the cabin.

Muslims would be afraid to get on the planes for fear of seeing naked women.

And, of course, every heterosexual businessman in this country would start flying again hoping to see naked women. Hijackings would come to a screeching halt and the airline industry would see record revenues. Why didn't Bush think of this? Why do I still have to do everything myself?

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton

Alito Comments

You can see the nature of the debate by the initial comments:

"Rather than selecting a nominee for the good of the nation and the court, President Bush has picked a nominee whom he hopes will stop the massive hemorrhaging of support on his right wing. This is a nomination based on weakness, not strength." _ Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Weakness by whom Senator? The President? Perhaps. But not the Conservative movement.

"Judge Alito is the best there is. The Democrat-controlled Senate recognized these qualities in Judge Alito when it unanimously confirmed him to the court of appeals." _ Wendy Long, counsel for the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network.

The best there is? I hate these kinds of comments. I thought Harriet was the best there was! Why don't we wait for hearings?

"The nomination of Judge Alito requires an especially long, hard look by the Senate because of what happened last week to Harriet Miers. Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them. Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people." _ Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Harry wants a long hard fight? Good. I think it is about time liberals like Senator Reid told the American people why being conservative disqualifies one from the bench. (He did get a unanimous vote for appeals court after all). Funny how Senator Reid is all concerned about Harriet Miers bruised ego, but not the least bit worried about what he and his party did to the likes of Miguel Estrada.

"Judge Alito is unquestionably qualified to serve on our nation's highest court. And on the bench, he has displayed a judicial philosophy marked by judicial restraint and respect for the limited role of the judiciary to interpret the law and not legislate from the bench." _ Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

Looks like leadership got their feet held to the fire.

"It is sad that the president felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O'Connor, who would unify us. This controversial nominee, who would make the court less diverse and far more conservative, will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and from the American people." _ Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Hey Chuck, we just saw how a consensus nominee did not unite the Country. Is that not the job of the President Senator? If you are a liberal, make the court more liberal. If you are a conservative, make the court more conservative. If you are wishy washy, I don't even want to think about it. Funny how Chuckie had no issues with how Liberal Ginsberg was.

Mark my words folks, this one is a gonna' be ugleeeeeeeee.

October 30, 2005

RDW CALLS FOR HARRY REID TO RESIGN


Senate minority Leader Harry Reid called for the resignation of Karl Rove because of the Fitzgerald investigation.

Even after the Grand Jury has expired and Rove was not charged, has Reid called for this. Yes Rove could still be charged, but this is just a ridiculous political rant by one of the most divisive partisans in Washington.

We would like to point out that while President Clinton was not only investigated but impeached for perjury, not only did Senator Reid not call for Clinton's resignation he also favored NO punitive action at all against him. Quite the stark contrast wouldn't you think?

The fair thing to do is for Senator Reid to resign and go back to Nevada and play nickel slots.

On a similar note, Republican Senator from Mississippi Trent Lott said Bush should go find some "New Blood" for his administration. Trent, with all due respect, I know you are ticked that you got drubbed out of your leadership position, but you should shut up, go back to Mississippi and start rebuilding your house. Really it is none of your business.

When will these people learn they should be concerned about themselves than everyone else.

Probably never.

A word of wisdom to the left. I know you smell blood in the water. I know you have been excited time and again that this was the thing that would bring Bush down. I know you think you have already taken back power in the '06 elections. If you really think our leadership is lacking, you should try and show a bit of the same. Throwing tantrums and doing nothing but being negative is not playing well with the middle. You remember the middle don't you? Those are the great undecided, the ones who do not pay attention to the news. The ones who really do not have a clue who Joe Wilson or Scooter Libby are. To them you look like spoiled brats.

If you have ideas, talk about them. Everytime you guys get camera time, all you do is trash talk. Keep doing that and you will not pick up seats, you will lose them. If you were to come out with a clear concise message, then I would start to worry.

Until then, I just laugh at your antics.

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