March 11, 2006

Some Saturday funnies courtesy of my friend Pat.

She's sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.

I know I'm not going to understand women.
I'll never understand how you can take boiling hotwax,
pour it onto your upper thigh,
rip the hair out bythe root,
and still be afraid of a spider.

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.The wife said, "You should do it because you get upfirst, and then we don't have to wait as long to get ourcoffee. The husband said, "You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."Wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."Husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me." So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says.

......... "HEBREWS"..........

There's a new radio station in town

There's a new radio station starting up in Salvador, Brazil.

Who's gonna run the station? Prostitutes. Why? They want a radio station where they can have "feature programs about the trade but will also discuss issues such as human rights, social questions, and sexual abuse."

The Association of Prostitutes of Bahia state has won government permission for the project, enabling FM station Radio Zona to start broadcasting in the second half of the year, project coordinator Sandro Correia said on Thursday.

"We are not going to apologize for prostitution but we are going to struggle for the dignity of the profession," Correia told Reuters.

And guys, I doubt you'll be able to get a job there unless you, too, are a prostitute. Staffers will include working girls and media professionals -- it will give prostitutes training in an alternative job. The plan for funding is for it to come from ads, sponsorships and association funds.

I think this glorification of prostitution will only bring negative attention to Brazil and increase its reputation as a destination for sex tourism and child prostitution. (Read the whole story here).

What do you guys and gals think about this? Would you support/protest a similar station starting here in the U.S.?

A message to Voces de la Frontera on the signing of AB-69.

March 10, 2006

Yo Journal Times..... Your leftie is showing again.

The Journal Times, is out with a huge Bush banner on their homepage touting the worst approval numbers ever for President Bush.

I just want to remind the Journal Times that according to the latest strategic Vision Poll, 41% of likely voters approve of Governor Doyle, 48% disapprove. 57% say Wisconsin is on the wrong track due to governor Doyle's leadership.

This is the part where I remind the Journal Times Bush is not running for anything any more, Doyle is.

I used the 14-day search on the Journal Times, and this latest poll on the Governor is no where to be seen.

Is it not news worthy?

I am not saying the story on the President is not newsworthy, but there are interesting parts of that poll that people are completely ignoring (i.e. a majority of Americans support wire taps).

Is not a poll on the sitting Governor showing numbers just as bad newsworthy?

I would think so. Unless of course you don't care for people to know about that...

These are the faces of the men accused of burning multiple churches in Alabama. They don't look that evil do they?

I will write more on this later, but for now I have one question.

Should this crime be treated as a hate crime?

March 9, 2006

Gene Simmons on President Bush.

Yes, that Gene Simmons.

When you go through a really bad neighborhood, you want a Rottweiller with you. When you go through a nice neighborhood, you want a nice French Poodle. NOT a good idea to have a friendly, nice haircut French Poodle when you go through a bad neighborhood. By the way, Rottweillers sometimes bite your kids and stuff like that, but in time of war, I want a Rottweiller.

For once, blame the student

About time.

Bush Signs Renewal of Patriot Act


UN staff vote no confidence in Annan management

About time.



Ethanol Mandate Fails


Arrests in Alabama church fires

By Peggy Gargis
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Reuters) - Authorities have arrested three college students in connection with a spate of fires that damaged or destroyed 10 Baptist churches in Alabama, investigators said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors identified the suspects as Ben Moseley and Russell Debusk, 19-year-old students at Birmingham-Southern College, and Matthew Lee Cloyd, 20, who transferred last year from Birmingham-Southern to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Federal and state investigators planned to release details at an afternoon news conference.

Three college students huh? This could get interesting.

March 8, 2006

Talk about drinking liberaly...

Thieves make off with $26,000 of beer
Semi trailer loaded with Miller goes missing in Wisconsin

WEST BEND, Wis. - Authorities are hoping to break up what must be quite the party after beer thieves made off with almost $26,000 worth of suds from a delivery truck.

A semi trailer loaded with cans and bottles of Miller beer was stolen from a trucking company in Richfield, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department report. The trailer was found four days later — sans beer — at an Oak Creek trucking firm.

The trailer had been dropped off at the Millis Transfer Co. sometime on Feb. 17 for delivery to a beer distributor in Menomonie, authorities said. Later that night, the trailer was discovered missing.

Company officials didn't report the loss immediately because they thought a driver must have picked up the wrong load.

The sheriff's department is investigating with Oak Creek authorities and Miller officials, said Sheriff's Capt. Dale Schmidt.

The missing product, valued at $25,788, included:

384 24-packs of Miller Genuine Draft cans
560 18-packs of MGD 12-ounce bottles
980 18-packs of MGD 12-ounce cans
40 24-packs of Miller Light 16-ounce plastic bottles

When Illegal Means Illegal

An excellent read from Dennis Byrne at Real Clear Politics.

(he is too nice though)

H/T Peter.

Thoughts on Scott Jensen.

I have been paying close attention to the Scott Jensen trial.

He seems guilty as guilty can be. As such he should be found guilty and punished for his behavior. He was stealing from the taxpayers by having people do political work on state time. However, every time he tried to bring up the fact that the other party was doing the same

That being said, I have a huge problem with the fact that Dane County DA Brian Blanchard had monumental and equal evidence with regard to the same activity from Democrats and made the choice not to prosecute them as well.

It has been well documented Governor Doyle's current campaign guru Rich Judge was in the same activity up to his eyeballs.

Blanchard is reminding me of the Austin prosecutor Ronnie Earl who also seems to just want to prosecute his political enemies. (remember Texas Dems did exactly the same thing they are accusing Delay of doing, and Ronnie Earl does not care)

Prosecutors' offices should by their very nature be non-partisan, too often they are not They should prosecute all of the bad guys, not just those whose politics they disagree with.

Blanchard should of warned all involved that he was aware political work had been going on during state time and they all should stop or face future prosecution, or he should of sought similar charges against those doing the same activity in their own party.

Does that excuse Jensen? Nope. Wrong is wrong. Does it point to a serious problem with political prosecutions? Absolutely.

March 7, 2006

Thought of the week.

It is hard to understand how a cemetery can raise its burial costs and blame it on the higher cost of living.

March 6, 2006


The Radio Equalizer is reporting that Air America is losing its flagsip station WLIB in New York City at the end of the month.

It should be priceless to see them try to put a positive spin on this one. They lost two other stations last week, this ship is sinking fast.

Point Counter Point: Primetime TV

Fred suggested Primetime television for this week's PCP. So, I'm gonna go with it even though we didn't discuss what aspects of Primetime TV we would examine.

As I see it, Primetime TV can be categorized as follows:

Comedy: Created for our amusement

Drama: These are usually more suspenseful, emotional and action-packed.

Reality: Any show that involves "real" people in competition or in real-life situations. (This includes game shows)

Comedy Examples: The Office, FRIENDS, Seinfeld, Family Guy, etc.

My favorite comedy of all time is FRIENDS. Anyone who knows me well knows that for a good decade, life at my house stopped on Thursday nights for FRIENDS. I never missed an episode, and currently own five of the ten seasons on DVD. It had brilliant writing and acting -- and never ceased to make me laugh.

Drama Examples: Grey's Anatomy, 24, ER, The West Wing, Law & Order (all of 'em), Nip/Tuck, etc.

Grey's Anatomy has quickly become one of my favorite shows that is currently on television. Every Sunday night from 8-10 p.m. my roommates and I are glued to the TV to watch Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy on ABC. I'll have more on DH later.

Reality Examples: Survivor, The Apprentice, The Price is Right, Dancing with the Stars, The Real World, The Ozbournes, Project Runway, etc.

I have to admit, I know there's a lot of people out there who think these shows are a waste of time and are complete garbage. I completely disagree. I think the real draw to these shows is the fact that viewers can relate more to these shows than then can to shows like Nip/Tuck or 24. As much as I love Nip/Tuck, I must say, there's not many correlations I can make between my life and that of Dr. Troy.

Now, that's not to say that there isn't an element of fantasy to reality shows -- but that's the beauty of reality tv. People can not only relate to these shows, but they can also fantasize about themselves being in those kinds of situations -- or even to have a glamourous lifestyle like the stars.

And then there's the crazy Hybrids -- Desperate Housewives is a good example of a hybrid. It is a combination of comedy and drama -- you have the suspense and secrecy of why Mary Alice killed herself and what's your neighbor hiding...and then there's the amusement of all the messed up situations the main characters get themselves into.

There's a lot of junk on TV these days, but there's also a lot of good stuff out there. I don't have the time (or work schedule) to watch all the shows I'd like to watch, but I think there's a lot of quality shows on TV.

Here are my favorites (currently airing):
Cartoon: SpongeBob Squarepants

Drama: Grey's Anatomy

Comedy: Desperate Housewives

Reality: Project Runway (with Survivor and Dancing with the Stars as close seconds).

Last week Belle suggested Corporate blogging, two words and let her rip. This week i did the same, Primetime TV. On the corporate blogging topic I admit my PDS, this week I will be brief.
There just is not much left on Primetime TV I consider worth my time to view anymore.
In the situation comedy realm there truly has not been a funny show on since Seinfeld, not that there is anything wrong with that of course.

Reality shows have just gotten out of control. These shows play on raw human emotion, great in concept, but for the most part have just tried to out shock each other. American Idol is a great concept, but the judges have become more of the story than any actual talent. And why exactly do we need judges when people call up to vote?

What really bugs me is the drama world. Politics have become so invasive in the drama world most of them turn me off. I have not done extensive analysis of this but I will provide a couple of examples I saw in the last week.
  • Boston Legal. This could be a GREAT show. Why? Great characters. In this weeks show, the lead character, Alan Shore, is arguing in front of the court complaining about how our civil liberties are being taken away by Scalia and his "ilk". These types of baseless attacks happen all the time on this show. The other lead character, Denny Crane, is a conservative portrayed as a losing his mind over-sexed gun toting nut-burger. The only redeeming fact is that at the end of the day the conservative nut-burger and the passionate liberal maintain their friendship.
  • ER. This week we saw the return of Dr Carter doing volunteer medicine in the Sudan. In one scene he is speaking with another Doc who is bloviating as to why things are so bad, because your country (USA) does not care about people with black skin. I was immediately offended by this. Fact of the matter is we have sent billions of dollars of aid to African nations that have been stolen by despots instead of getting down to the people who need that aid. Why take this attack America line on TV?

So often on one of the 74 Law and Orders or other crime drama shows out there whenever Christians are portrayed they are shown as being completely out of their mind. I can not tell you the last time I saw a Christian portrayed favorably. In one Law & Order CI the bad guy was a Pharmacist who was watering down cancer medications to increase his profits so he could make his charitable obligation to the church. Come on who comes up with that crap?

That all being said, there are 2 hours of 24 tonight. WOO HOO!

Advisory Thought.

Did anyone else notice this?

While liberals all over Wisconsin are trying to get Advisory Referendums on the ballot on the War on Terror (something from a policy perspective we have no local say in), Democrats voted against an advisory referendum on the death penalty in Wisconsin. (something from a policy perspective we do have local say in)

Just curious if I was the only one.

Journal Times, Disgusting

Now I am disgusted.

Last week I picked on the Journal Times as they neglected to put up a topic on the decision of Jefferson Country DA Wambach not to charge Voces de la Frontera.

I got a lot of comments telling me to lighten up, maybe the fact that no charges were filed means you should back down a bit, etc. Nope, not by a long shot.

Well today the Journal Times put up this ridiculous piece of crap release from Christine Neumann-Ortiz. The Journal Times then tried to bring in the Michelle Malkin book Unhinged in regards to the left.

However, the majority of this piece deals with a truly smarmy and nasty response from Neumann-Ortiz who feels vindicated and absolved. I would remind her the DA said she participated in disorderly conduct and added this, "the idea to go to Senator Stepp's home on the date and time in question, was ill conceived, exhibited poor judgment and was carried out in a problematic method and fashion".

So the pathetic Journal Times that has been 5 days late on this story since December 16th virtually ignored this story and did not allow comment last week, but for this crap from Neumann-Ortiz they do.

All I can say is @!&Y*@!(^@&!*%@&*^!*(_@!&*(_!&*(@_&*@!(^@!&(*_

New Racine Democrats: Rules? What Rules?

If you want to find out what is going on with the New Democrat Party in Racine, just go see what the old party leadership is saying.

A fascinating case in point of late where Scott Sharp has been apparently elevated to first vice chair from third vice chair. Rosa Salinas-Hultman was the elected first vice chair.

Racine Democrats webmaster Sandra had this to say on that site, "Well the plan was to have Sharp as the 1st vice chair but he didn't get the votes and only made 3rd. But, they can't just switch the names of the chairs around that way.

I'm under the impression by the course of events the past 6 months, that rules, traditions, and ethical behavior are no longer required by this new board."

This is a Democrat talking about Democrats folks.

There is more here, but to avoid PDS I'll end this post shortly.

These new Democrats seem to have no concerns about breaking the rules, I can not wait to see how much vote fraud these folks try. You can bet your bippie Voces de la Frontera will be right in the middle of it.

I'll be watching

March 5, 2006

Major Announcement.

Since I started RDW I have come under considerable scrutiny by many for my partisan stances. I never claimed not to be partisan, what I have been going for here is a place where right and left can come together and have real meaningful debate on the issues of our day. I am what I am and I ain't a gonna' change.

To that end I have invited a couple of left wing bloggers to join me here over time (well known leftie bloggers Jay Bullock and believe it or not our own Scott Feldstein), my invitations were declined.

I am pleased to announce Belle from Leaning Blue is joining Real Debate Wisconsin as a contributor. I have placed no restrictions on Belle as far as topic, she can post whatever she likes.

We welcome her and look forward to her contributions.

RUSD School board questions.

The Journal Times has a thread up for School Board Candidates. The Candidates asked for questions.

I gave them the following questions, we will see if they answer them.

I have several questions, however I want just three answered.

1. Will you respect the will of the voters if they say no to spending referenda? Or, will you throw out the will of the public and repackage something and put it out again with all kinds of inflamed rhetoric? In short one referendum per year, no more. Yes or no.

2. The two biggest crisis areas for budgeting concerns are benefit costs and special education. One of those we can do something about, another not so much. Will you open serious, necessary and difficult discussions with the various collective bargaining units towards controlling these costs, or will do the easy thing and come back to an overburdened tax base for the always easy answer, more money?

3. The Deloitte report pointed to various problems most of them go down to the inability to make difficult decisions and or cuts and chronic mismanagement. Will you make dificult cuts, and if a change in leadership is needed, will you support it?

My position on the port deal.

I have been reluctant to post my position on the Dubai ports deal. The reason, I was not quite sure how I thought about it.

This is a very complicated issue and much of what has come out on this has been purely reactionary politics. From the right and the left politician after politician has come out for and against this based solely on how they feared it would make them look, or if they can take some political gain from this issue.

The initial reaction is simple, an Arab country controlling our ports, NO FREAKIN WAY!

When you look at this more closely that argument falters.

Yes, money flowed through the UAE to terrorists. I say to that, so what. Is it the responsibility of every banking center to know what every banking customer is doing with their money? Of course not. In this country you can do whatever you want within reason without raising bank scrutiny. The same thing could of been done here as long as the transaction amounts were less than $10,000.

The UAE controlling our ports? Nothing could be further from the truth. Customs and the Coast Guard are in charge of security. Dubai Ports World would actually be leasing piers from which ships are loaded and unloaded, nothing more nothing less. Union folks do the actual work the UAE is essentially a landlord with a governing body.

The UAE recognized the Taliban Government. Troubling, yes. However, since 9-11 the UAE has been one of our most staunch allies in the war on terror. They appear to have understood their error.

All of the being said I do not support this deal. I'm sure that surprises some, but let me tell you why.

Israel. That's it. The UAE does not recognize Israel's right to exist as a sovereign nation. I think this presents a significant diplomatic opportunity for Secretary Rice. If the UAE does not do an immediate about face in regards to their Israel policy I can not support this deal.

In fact, I have issues with how much our military relies upon UAE support for our warships and airships in the area considering their stance on Israel. Let's face it folks, terrorism is all about Israel. Some want it to exist, some want it wiped off the map. The rest is just a power struggle to see who will credit. Much of the hate in the Middle East towards this Country is due to Israel, post Iraq, and pre-Iraq.

I have struggled with my position on this issue for weeks. It is complicated. What is sad is so many are coming out on this for purely political reasons. Yes I know my reason is political, but what I am speaking to is trying to use it as a tool to further your power by attacking someone else.

Michael Brown on Fox News Sunday

I didn't do it.

Nobody saw me do it.

You can't prove anything.