April 29, 2006

Live Blogging the Packer Selections in the NFL Draft

I admit my draft geek status today. The NFL Draft is a chess game being played by 32 players.

I must say The Green Bay Packers have been playing a masterful game of chess today.

First, through a couple of saavy trades the Packers turned 3 picks in the first three rounds into 6 picks.

1st Round.

AJ Hawk. Linebacker. 6'1" 243#'s. This guy is a Brian Urlacher clone. A brilliant selection to center the Defense. Hawk has been described as the can't miss of this draft class. This guy has great instincts and will be the next long term superstar on the Packers.

2nd Round

Daryn Colledge. Offensive Tackle. 6'4" 299#'s. Colledge is a speedy and gifted pass rusher. Big quick talented O-linemen are always good picks.

Greg Jennings. 5'11" 192 #'s. Wide Receiver. Jennings had 1,000+ yards 3 times in his college career. This is the big play receiver we have been looking for seemingly forever. A great selection, I am stunned this guy fell this far.

3rd Round.

Abdul Hodge. 6'0" 233#'s. Linebacker. Hodge is a bit undersized but very strong and a fierce tackler (3rd all time in tacklers at Iowa). He will be a great 2nd stringer and make an immediate impact on special teams.

Jason Spitz. 6'4" 300#'s. Offensive Lineman. A strong run blocker who will be a bit of a project as a passblocker. A solid backup who will require some seasoning before gaining a start on the O-line. In my opinion the Packers took him a bit early, but a fairly solid pickup. (I had hoped they could grab Brian Calhoun here but he went one pick before to Detroit)

The Packers have made their fourth trade of the day sending the 93rd overall pick to St. Louis for a 4th round (#109) and a 6th round (#183)

I understand all of the trades except this last one. You can get good value and talent in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. The lower you get the dicier it becomes. I was going to grade the Packers an A- for the first day but with this trade I have to downgrade to a B-.

United 93.

Mrs RealDebate and I will be seeing United 93 Sunday afternoon.

I'll post a review afterwards.

April 28, 2006

Ask and ye shall receive

Per Fred's request/suggestion...

Where in Wisconsin is Bin Laden?

Deer Hunting?

Debating Senator Feingold?



Two Iraqi spies met in a busy restaurant after they had successfully slipped into the U.S.

The first spy starts speaking in Arabic. The second spy shushes him quickly and whispers:

"Don't blow our cover. You're in America now. Speak Spanish."

Let's play a little game...

Inspired by JB Van Hollen’s belief that “There are terrorists training and raising money in Wisconsin…” I have decided to create a little game. It’s called:

Where in Wisconsin is Bin Laden?

The Wisconsin Dells?

The Cave of the Mounds?

Door County?

You can submit your ideas for upcoming photoshop projects by emailing me at leaningblue@gmail.com.

[CP @ LB]

Proposed NAACP Name Change.

In reponse to the local NAACP's call for an investigation into jury selection processes in the wake of the Jude verdict I would like to make a suggested name change and clue them in on a couple of things.

1. As long as lawyers can strike down any juror for any reason what does it matter who is in the jury pool.

2. If the cops in the Jude case had been found guilty there would likely not be a federal investigation right now by a prosecutor 10 times more effective the E. Michael McCan't.

3. To Marvin Pratt. Your statement that the the tire slashing case involving your son was at worst a property crime is outrageous. Your son admitted his part in a plan to supress the vote. He was violating other persons civil rights. Your trying to tie this into something else was a pitiful attempt to inflame people based on race. Your statement was disgusting as are you. (that needed to be said)

This activity has led me to suggest a new name for the local NAACP.

Order Of

They wear it well.

April 27, 2006

Breaking News; VDLF is at it again. (this is good, read to the end)

Our old pals at Voces De La Frontera are at it again folks. While in the middle planning a huge May 1 protest Christine Neumann-Ortiz found time to fire off a letter to Mayor Tom Barrett in regards to an area of great concern.

This great crisis regards rumors that....

Horror of horrors...

Immigration officials have been conducting raids.

STOP THE PRESSES! That would be news. Christine is worried that people may be too scared to participate in her May 1 rally... "The Latino community is intimately affected by this issue through friends and family and there is fear on a large scale; people not going to church, businesses closing, parents not sending their children to school, and people afraid that if they participate in the May 1 march that they will be arrested by immigration and the police"

Unfortunately the rumors are false. However, Christine also tells us there may be persons imitating immigration officials and get this.

I'll just let her tell you.

"We will be asking the US attorney General to investigate what is happening..."

Yep, Christine Neumann-Ortiz and her merry band of lobbying protest organizing 501(c)(3) tax cheats want the US Attorney General to investigate! I am not sure if she means Steve Biskupic or the actual AG!

Also this letter contains a direct quote from Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz where he confirms the policy of Madison to, "Madison Police Department has a tradition and also a formal policy that clearly provides that our officers will not inquire into the immigration status of our residents." You got it folks they just do not care about legal status in Madison. Not only do they not care it is the stated policy.

Christine is asking that the same policy be adopted in Milwaukee:

We are writing to ask for a similar statement from the Mayor of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Police Department.

We ask that you and a representative from the Milwaukee Police Department be present at a press conference at our office this Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 2:00PM.

We would also like to meet with you directly before this press conference to discuss this matter in more detail and coordinate together how to best serve the community. Please call me via 414-736-2835 to arrange this before the press conference.

Go ahead give her a call and tell her what you think of this requested policy to ignore the laws of our country. I have no idea if anyone showed for her command performance press conference, I hope not.

Oh and just for grins lookie at the CC list on this letter:

Chief of Police Nannette H. Hegerty
Michael McCann, Milwaukee DA
Governor Jim Doyle
State Representative Pedro Colon
US Senator Russ Feingold
US Senator Herb Kohl
US Representative Gwen Moore
Daisy Cubias, Staff Assistant to the Mayor
Sgt. Luiz Gonzales, Milwaukee Police Department
Eric Straub, Immigration Attorney

Anything missing? Anything resembling a Republican from this so called non-partisan group.

If the US Attorneys office wants to investigate anyone they should look into Voces de la Frontera.

Is this ad endorsing these candidates II?

Someone might want to clue in Brent Killackey over at the JT that we are moving towards some serious original political/education reporting.

A Van Hollen Point.

A couple of weeks ago Wisconsin Right to Life endorsed either Republican Candidate for AG.

Paul Bucher quickly pointed out he had their enodrsement and the Van Hollen folks jumped all over him for not mentioning Van Hollen had the endorsement as well.

This ignited a huge fight between Bucher and Van Hollen supporters over at Boots and Sabers. Owen had made what he considered a small point and everyone went nutsie pointing accusations here and there.

Something has been bugging me on this issue. While the Van Hollen folks tried to make political gain out of the fact that Bucher did not mention them I would like you to read the following from Van Hollen's 4-22 release:

Van Hollen Endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life
Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) has endorsed JB Van Hollen in his campaign to become Wisconsin Attorney General.
"We truly appreciate your strong commitment to the sanctity of human life and we believe that you, as Attorney General, would stand ready to do all that you could to defend Wisconsin's current laws that protect the sanctity of human life," wrote WRTL PAC chair Bonnie Pfaff in a message to Van Hollen.
Upon receiving the support of Wisconsin Right to Life, JB said:
"I am honored to have the support of Wisconsin Right to Life. I am the 100-percent pro-life Republican candidate and I am 100-percent committed to protecting the lives of Wisconsin's honest, law abiding families."

Absent is any mention of Paul Bucher also getting that endorsement, exactly the same thing the Van Hollen folks tried to make political advantage of the week prior.

I just thought I would point it out.

VDLF Question

I have breaking news about our old buddies at Voces De La Frontera...

The question. Am I the only one who cares about this?

I seem to be the only on who writes about this.

So should I just drop it as no one cares, or should I pull out the ole' breaking news graphic?

(I know what Christine Neumann-Ortiz would have me do!)

Impeach Feingold

I'm sick & tired of Feingold and his "look at me look at me" tactics.

Now he slides an ammendment into a spending bill for Iraq & Katrina requiring the return of all troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

This is nothing but a bullspit grandstanding tactic to further make himself the darling of the Kosites of the world.

Aren't you proud Wisconsin. Your Senator is trying to make people vote against hurricane relief and war spending for his own political purposes.

He is disgusting.

Is this ad endorsing these candidates?

April 26, 2006

Tire Slashers Get Actual Time.

AP) MILWAUKEE Four Democratic presidential campaign workers were sentenced to jail time ranging from four months to six months Wednesday for puncturing the tires of Republican vehicles on Election Day 2004.The men had pleaded no contest in January to misdemeanor property damage. A fifth worker was found not guilty.Those who pleaded no contest were Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee; Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt; and Lewis Caldwell and Lavelle Mohammad, both from Milwaukee.They originally were charged with felony property damage but accepted plea deals on the lesser charge.

The rest of the story is here.

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Spokesmouth

Tony Snow is going to be named the new Press Secretary later today.

I respect Tony Snow.

I hope he can handle all the negative energy from the foaming at the mouth pressies.

The definition of insanity.

The people are not dumb, they understand the immigration issue.

They understand we got into the problem we have now by never controlling the border.

They also understand that any reform to immigration policy that does not include protecting the border as the foundation of that policy is not sound policy.

In short the people will not support any politician that does not support protecting the border as vital.

April 25, 2006


Let us have a conversation about price gouging, shall we?

I would like to create a list of businesses that price gouge. I encourage Congressional Hearings on each of these issues.

I'll start the list, please add your selections in the comments.

  • Movie Popcorn, Soda, Snacks.
  • Parking almost anywhere anytime.
  • Amusement Parks.
  • Anything at any Museum Gift Shop.
  • Desserts at most restaurants.
  • Bottled Water.
  • Starbucks.
  • Wisconsin Property Tax Rates.
  • Fuel Taxes.
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Bill Clinton's Dubai consulting contract.
  • Any Cell Phone Plan out of minutes.
  • Cable TV
  • Almost everything involving any attorney.
  • Two drink minimums.

I could go on all night, but that would not be any fun now would it? Let's see your suggestions.

CIA Leak

This whole Mary McCarthy CIA leak thing has really been bugging me.

I thought this was a no-brainer. A CIA Officer in the CIA Inspector General's Office (for those unaware that is the office where they look for people who break official protocol by doing stuff like leaking information) leaked info to a reporter.

That is all that should be important. Does it come as any big surprise the leaker is a big-time partisan Democrat? Not to me. What surprises me os the reaction of so many partisan Democrats defending Mary McCarthy. Oh they spend about 2% of their time with a disclaimer if they are guilty then _________, then go on a diatribe about something else dealing with president Bush.

Let me clue you all in on something. CIA officers are supposed to keep their traps shut. That is it, these are the secret people. There is NO EXCUSE for Mary McCarthy's behavior, NONE.

There is also zero reason to try and compare this to any other person or any other situation, can not one issue stand by itself.

MSNBC claims (there go those unnamed sources by the MSM again), "McCarthy had more than a dozen unauthorized contacts with Priest. Information about subjects other than the prisons may have been leaked as well." The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the firing.

Seems this source should keep their yap shut as well.

Point Counter Point: Gas

PCP is up at Leaning Blue.

This week's topic: Gas Prices.

April 24, 2006

Progress in Iraq. (Because no one else wants you to know)

Yahoo News Australia. Iraq war not a disaster: Howard (that is the Prime Minister folks) The reporter then does their best to debunk that stance.

Reuters Baghdad. Wave of bombs hits Baghdad as Saddam on trial.

JS Online:
Kurdish Sufis Dance, Chant in North Iraq
Car Bomb Kills at Least 3 Iraqis
A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq
In War-Wrecked Ramadi, Marines Keep Moving
U.S. Envoy: Iraq Gov't Has Ways to Go
U.S. Hopes to Build Iraqi Police Force
Foreign Troop Presence Worries Iraq Leader
3 GIs Killed by Roadside Bomb in Baghdad
3 American Soldiers Killed in Baghdad

Anything missing in these accounts?

No mention of the fact that in Iraq over the weekend they decided on a new Prime Minister. Jawad al-Maliki, a Shiite will take charge and has been given 30 days to form out the rest of the Government.

After all these weeks of news accounts telling us they were making, and were likely to make, no progress I thought some of you may of missed this.

This kind of reminds me of the New York Times telling us for weeks on end how there was no way they could hold successful elections in Iraq, and then the day after the election they ignored that story as they broke the Bush wiretap story.

The NY Times had sat on that story for a year. Could they of waited a couple of more days in order to tell the story of the Iraqi elections success with the same zeal in which they foretold failure? Sure they could of done that, but that would not of fit their agenda.

Our pal Scott Feldstein yesterday admonished me for not listening as he had told me there was no press bias before, only ratings and profit. (Oh and Scott thinks Iraq is on the brink of civil war too, I guess he missed this story)

Excuse me while I compose myself from laughing so hard.

Bias is as much what is not covered as what it is covered. This story deserved just as much play as all of the conjecture that Iraq was making no progress towards forming a government.

April 23, 2006

Joining The Crowd.

It is no secret that the poll numbers of George W. Bush are in the tank. Heck every leftie you meet will immediately tell you with glee and the MSM is doing the happy dance over it.

If I was asked the question at this moment, are you happy with the performance of the President, I would have to say no.

I am sure the jaws of many of you just hit the ground, my decision is based on leadership and I will go over it issue by issue.

The War. George Bush is winning the actual war, but losing badly the propaganda war. There is so much positive news out there about the war; all of it being ignored. President Bush should be championing our successes and our troops loudly, publicly, daily. For some reason he is not. I believe in the mission as I know the President does as well. He needs to remind us of this more often.

Immigration. Any immigration policy at this time that does not have securing the border as the centerpiece of that policy is bad policy. The guest worker program is an interesting concept, but I can not support it until the border is secured.

Energy. More exploration. (Much more on this in Point Counter Point)

Democrats. The Democrats are bringing nothing positive to the process. All they do is take the whole opposition party thing too far. They are offering nothing substantial to the process they are critical of everything this man does.

The problem here is George Bush does not care what they say. He needs to go on the offense and act like a leader, what his reaction does is give Democrats more power than they should have as he is always on the defense.

Media. The recent press conference where President Bush let Helen Thomas show herself as the out of her mind moonbat that she is was a beautiful thing. The more the public can figure out that the media is not truly objective the more the users of that media will force them somewhat closer to objective reporters rather than partisans with an outlet for their agenda who pretend not to be.

Taxes & Spending. Our economy is doing well because of the Bush tax cuts. They need to made permanent and we need to get a handle on spending. Why did we have the story this week about the $600,000 elevator from a bridge to the valley below in Milwaukee this week? Because there is too much freakin federal money out there for stupid projects all over the country.

We have a Congress in which BOTH political parties are spending money like drunken sailors and the President is not doing a thing to slow down the waste of tax-payer dollars. Yes there has been some small talk about line-item veto, but too little too late.

Interest Rates. Yeah I know the Fed controls the rate, but anyone who thinks the Chief Executive has no influence over this should pull their head out of the stand. Interest Rates have gone up too far too fast and in conjunction with increased energy rates we may be facing major inflation.

I could go on but I will summarize here in order to avoid too much PDS. I agree with most of the Bush policy initiatives, but by being distracted by too many other issues I do not think he is doing a good job on leading on those issues.

If George W Bush is to have any real effectiveness in his remaining time he needs to do the following: Protect the border, make the tax cuts permanent, expand domestic energy sources, champion war success while starting to win the propaganda battle, lead on Iran, ignore the Democrats while pushing his agenda putting them on the defensive, and taking the lead in the press instead of letting the press lead the agenda.

In short, be a better leader.

And I will clue in my left leaning friends on something. Do not let these poll numbers get you too excited. While many of us may say we do not support Bush right now, there is absolutely 0% chance we would support someone like Feingold or Hillary.