May 27, 2006
"An immigration reform organization recently conducted an investigation into possible voter fraud in Wisconsin. The probe revealed that non-citizens of the United States could decide the 2004 presidential election," AgapePress writes. The article describes how FAIR and FAIR activists investigated one woman who claims she is an illegal alien yet is a registrar of voters in Wisconsin. FAIR activists pretending to be illegal aliens were registered to vote by this woman. "And [FAIR Midwest Field Director Susan] Tully did not stop there. Suspecting voter fraud, FAIR sent two activists from another state to the office of the former illegal alien who is not only a deputy registrar of voters in Racine but also the leader of a Hispanic organization. Tully gave the activists specific instructions." Tully told the news service: "I wanted them to specifically tell this person they were illegal aliens, but that they wanted to register to vote -- and she registered them both."
Michelle Malkin also mentions FAIR's investigation in her latest column today, about illegal alien vote fraud. "FAIR's investigation also alleges that a deputy registrar in Racine registered two individuals -- one posing as an admitted illegal alien -- and reportedly advised them to lie on their forms. The report notes that the deputy registrar -- working for the open borders lobbying group, Voces de la Frontera -- then gave the couple information on other illegal alien benefits, including employment rights and bank accounts."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also has coverage of the investigation by FAIR. "Tully said she sent a man and a woman from Kalamazoo, Mich., - one a foreign national and the other a Spanish-speaking American citizen - to Voces offices in Racine and Milwaukee to register to vote. Both transactions were tape-recorded, and the tapes were turned over to prosecutors, Tully said."
If you recall, instead of doing anything about those tapes, the ever wimpy E. Michael McCan't threatened to prosecute FAIR and let Voces off scott free. And we have them again making noise how we need a huge voter registration drive to protect immigrant rights? Does anyone really think they would not register persons to vote who do not have the legal right to do so AGAIN?!?
The RDW Field Surveillance Team will be out in force monitoring.
So here is the current formula.
Assessed Value * Mill Rate = Levy +6.45 million
The 6.45 million is expiring and they want to extend it.
What they will not tell you is now they are reassessing every year instead of every two years.
My assessment went up 8% this year, I’m guessing most others did as well.
So the new formula is…
(1.08 * Assessed Value) * Mill Rate = Levy + 6.45 million. If they had not changed the policy on reassessment then there would be no increase IF (and that is a big if folks) they did not change the mill rate.
For the seven millionth time, and just for the record, the levy is the important number. RUSD just wants to exceed their levy by 6.45 million bucks. Pocket change.
For the record, it is a good thing property values go up. It is a bad thing to put out misleading rhetoric on taxes in order to trick the public into a tax increase.
There will be plenty of surprised people in December who bought this lie from the district when they see their tax bills.
May 26, 2006
Let us start a list shall we?
- Did you know the before we add any more fencing we have to consult with Mexican authorities? Yes, we have to ask Mexico if it is ok to protect our borders. (b) CONSULTATION REQUIREMENT.--Consultations between United States and Mexican authorities at the federal, state, and local levels concerning the construction of additional fencing and related border security structures along the United States-Mexico border shall be undertaken prior to commencing any new construction, in order to solicit the views of affected communities, lessen tensions and foster greater understanding and stronger cooperation on this and other important issues of mutual concern. (thank Senator Dodd for this)
- Back Taxes. In order to get through the "path to citizenship" illegals will have to pay 3 of 5 years of back taxes. Tell me, when is last time you heard of the IRS letting people routinely off of back taxes, and without interest & penalties.
- A complete pass for stealing someone's social security number. If you or I try that, $250,000 fine and plan on a jail stay.
- Full social security to "guest workers" and survivor benefits for their children! All this when are worrying about how to keep the system solvent for Americans.
- Speaking of "guest workers", did you know 76% of agricultural work is actually done by Americans?
- Mandated in-state tuition across the country for illegal aliens.
- Earned Income Credit.... They get it.
- Says Harry Reid of the House Bill, "Dark clouds are forming on the horizon. Influential members of the House of Representatives and the Republican leadership are still pushing for the bill that they passed, a bill that makes felons out of millions of [illegal] immigrants and those who assist them, like a member of the clergy, a healthcare worker, social worker." Start attacking Harry, when Harry is happy I am afraid.
That is enough for now. This bill is really a hunk of feel good crap that really muddies the water more than anything. I hope the House fixes this thing. Frankly I think we need to scrap it and start over.
In Kenosha, the school district came up with an option to save the district millions by switching health insurance companies. They were keeping the same coverage , just changing companies.
The teachers voted against the change. This would of turned a 4 million dollar shortfall into a 2.7 million dollar surplus.
Now that the teachers are facing the possible elimination of 39.5 positions because of their actions. One teacher actually called for a change in the way homes are assessed to make up the shortfall.
You got it, raise property taxes because the teachers would not move their insurance away from, say it with me now, WEA Trust.
No one out there is anti-teacher. We value how hard a job they have and how important it is for our society. However it is the constant complaining from teachers and a lack of fiscal responsibility to the taxpayer that makes many of us insane.
Go read the Journal Time blogs and what you will see what I am talking about. If you are opposed to the coming referendum you must be anti-education or anti-teacher just ask a teacher they will tell you. In fact usually instead of answering a well thought out point they would rather just insult you than answer you.
Now, there is not a doubt in my mind that Kenosha could make cuts to save those 39.5 teachers but sometimes you have to draw lines.
Voting No on the Referendum is Voting Yes on Education
We all want the best education for our children. Unfortunately, the latest achievement results continue to show our children’s scores are substantially below statewide averages. In fact, the gap between our district’s achievement scores and the state average continues to widen.
In 2003, district superintendent Hicks said that we could expect “exponential gains” in student achievement by 2005. Year after year we get the same or worse results - our kids can’t keep waiting for “next year.”
We all know that student achievement needs to improve so that all of our kids can get good jobs. What’s lacking is accountability. Milwaukee learned that lesson and they are starting a real reform movement.
In Milwaukee, each school publishes an individual action plan and actual measurable goals on the district website for everyone to see. The lesson is simple, improving student achievement requires specific goals and an action plan to achieve them. Since student achievement also requires a partnering of students, parents, teachers and administrators, the Milwaukee school reports are signed by each of these parties creating accountability for the results. Everyone knows what is expected of them, and what they can expect of each other.
Racine Unified has chosen “business as usual” instead of looking at how it can improve the way it manages its $256 million budget.
Racine Unified’s health plan is out of control. Without question, our teachers deserve competitive salaries and benefits. However, why not competitively bid health insurance as the Kenosha Unified School District has done? Kenosha found that it could continue to provide the same benefits to teachers and other district employees and save millions of dollars a year. According to a published district forecast, Racine Unified’s current self-insured health plan will require a taxpayer subsidy of over $24,000 per family per year.
More than 85% of the June 6th referendum is going to pay for the INCREASE in 2006 insurance costs - not for education. It is irresponsible to take money out of our kids’ education to pay millions more than we should for the same benefits.
Racine Unified has over-estimated this year’s budget and has the money to cover the $6.45 million referendum. Contrary to the district’s threats, this referendum is not necessary. Due to over-estimating its expenses, the district has acknowledged that it will have a budget surplus of between $5.5 million and $8 million (plus a $1.6 million contingency account.) Combining a portion of this surplus with needed cuts and revenue enhancements, we can meet our expenses for 2006-2007 without cuts that impact our children.
There is a lack of openness in the management of this district. In January 2006, the school district borrowed $2.2 million using general obligation bonds - without a public vote. This spring, the school district made an "accounting" change allowing them to raise taxes $1 million - without a public vote.
The Racine Unified School District has increased its budget by over 43% in only 6 years without any increase in students or improvement in achievement scores. Again, accountability is missing. At the April 3, 2006 school board meeting it was reported that Racine Unified was spending $210,000 for a program that was eliminated a year ago. We deserve better stewardship of our money.
Don’t believe the pro-referendum rhetoric (including expensive mailers sent to you at taxpayer expense) telling you that a No vote is a vote against education and people who support that vote do not care about our children. That could not be further from the truth.
Voting NO is a vote that tells the district we will make no more investments without an action plan and measurable goals for each school. Milwaukee does it, and so can Racine. No bank or shareholder would invest without a plan – our children deserve better.
Voting NO tells the district we expect them to take better care of our money - including changing the way they handle health insurance to reduce costs while keeping the same benefits for our teachers and other employees. At a subsidy of over $24,000 per family per year, this referendum is not being used to educate our children; it is paying the increase in 2006 benefit costs.
Voting NO tells the district we want a partnership with openness – not a board that obligates our community to millions in new debt in 2006 without our vote.
Voting NO does not require threatened cuts. The district’s own reports show that our budget surplus and cuts that do not adversely affect our children are all we need.
I urge you to vote NO on the 6/6 referendum.
We cannot have change if we keep doing the same things over and over again. Tell the district we want real change – a better education for our kids this year, not “next year.” By voting NO, we say YES to improving education in Racine.
Ever wonder what the expression "stuck on stupid" meant?
The grinning idiot clinging to Jesse Jackson is Cindy Sheehan... the sob sister protesting the war at Bush's ranch, who lost her son in the war, the same son she gave up in her divorce when he was 7 years old. And by the way if you wonder why she has so much free time ... she is going through another divorce right now and guess what? She is giving up custody of another son. As Forest Gump once wisely proclaimed, "Stupid is as stupid does."
What Is This Picture?
Obviously, it's a picture in a cemetery. What cemetery and whose grave?
Sadly, it's the grave of Casey Sheehan. After two years, and a DoD payment of $250,000 to the "Peace Mom", Cindy Sheehan has not had the time or bothered to have a headstone placed on this young hero's grave. And, she doesn't even have to pay for one, the DoD will provide one:
"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world . For all deaths occurring before September 11, 2001, the VA may provide a headstone or marker only for graves that are not marked with a private headstone.
Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for internment of cremated remains."
Apparently she can find time to protest on at least 3 continents, get arrested various times, go on vacation in Hawaii, have photo ops with the Marxists in Venezuela, but can't seem to find the time to properly mark her son's grave.
May 25, 2006
The area goes to titling editorial pieces. We the people write them, the Editors title them
I wrote an editorial calling to light RUSD's dishonest rhetoric in regards to tax rate, the title, "Unified and Taxes"
Here is one titled "Support our Schools". Pro-referendum, big surprise.
Keep your eyes peeled over the next 12 days and see what I mean.
UPDATE: A new editorial posted for comment. They wait to put this up at the close of business on Friday. Now, the RJT kinda takes the weekend off on the web side so odds are this will be right at the top of the page all weekend. The title, "Vote Yes For Schools". And FYI, the RJT did EXACTLY the same thing last Friday.
This money was supposed to go to "Wisconsin organizations engaged in the care and treatment of cancer or the promotion of improved health care for Wisconsin citizens." The only thing Wisconsin Citizen Action does is boycott Wal-Mart. In fact, I searched their website and nowhere did I even find the word cancer.
Wisconsin Citizen Action is an overt liberal advocacy group. Now, let me say this slowly. There is nothing wrong with being an overt liberal advocacy group.
There is a huge problem with the AG funneling $50,000 to such a group when there are so many deserving non-partisan groups. To do this in the middle of a political primary is obscene.
At the best this was stupidity, at the worst this is criminal.
Why give them them 50K when the following groups only got 10K: Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation of Madison, Families of Children With Cancer, Inc., ABC for Health, Covenant Health Systems, plus a variety of hospice centers.
In fact while Peg was trying to buy a political buddy the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Wisconsin Chapter was given $22,000 less than this overtly political organization.
To my liberal readers you should be outraged with this as well, if I were you I would throw my support behind Kathleen Falk.
One more of the recipients makes no sense, the YMCA of Milwaukee also got the top award of $50,000. The YMCA is a fine organization but how does it fit the criteria of care and treatment of cancer?
The Justice department came out with a strong statement saying Hastert was not being investigated. Hastert through his attorney notified ABC News & reporter Brian Ross that the information they had was faulty.
ABC is sticking by the story even though Hastert's attorney has told them they are open to a slander suit as they were informed the story was wrong but are sticking to it anyway.
So the pundits are saying liberal ABC is trying to swing the spotlight off of William Jefferson.
I don't buy that in the least. Ross got a leak, and it was a bad one. Being a stubborn man way to full of ego he is refusing to admit he is wrong, is his stubborn streak partisan? Maybe, but I think it has more to do with ego.
For an RDW talking point, when I came out and asked why Xoff was sticking with the Rove indictment story after it was proven to be a big nothing, I was admonished by the left here and told I was wrong. When I published the Dean story on Monday the same left beat me up as no one else was backing the story. (No credit given of course when I published the retraction on that piece within a day... still waiting for Xoff). Now we have Brian Ross on a witch hunt, proven wrong and sticking to it.
If you look at this from a partisan perspective, the only ones who acted correctly here were Drudge & I, at least we printed a retraction. The story may of been wrong, but at least that was acknowledged.
The following statement is theory, I have nothing to back this up. I think someone from the DNC leaked Drudge that story in order to make him look bad. If so, it worked.
From a MSM perspective they are living by leaks put out from partisans in departments that have no business leaking. It appears to me that Brian Ross is caught in a leak that is not true, he is just refusing to admit it.
Dennis Hastert has a theory of his own. In an interview on 890 am in Chicago today he floated the idea that this leak was put out in retribution for his speaking out against the FBI search of William Jefferson's office. That is the silliest thing I have heard yet. (his theory and his speaking out on the office search)
On Monday we reported on how the local paper spun positive the latest stats on the district as attendance had improved.
Well I have a copy of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam Results and a couple of things to me are just stunning.
The State average for reading 3rd grade reading, 79%.
The RUSD average, 66%.
Even more stunning is the districts measurable goal, 67.5%. Yep if we could only be 11.5% below the state average we'd be doing well.
How about 3rd grade math?
The State average is 71%.
RUSD showed 51%.
The goal 47.5%
Congratulations to Unified for smashing their goal by a stunning 3.5%! I guess this is the "improvement" the paper is so excited about. Easy math says we are 20% below state averages.
HOW DO YOU SET A GOAL THAT IS BELOW PASSING?!? ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE! APPARENTLY IT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR RUSD TO HAVE 52.5% OF THEIR STUDENTS NOT BE PROFICIENT IN MATH!
Some of these tests are new and we do not have data to compare against the previous year, others do have comparisons.
Fourth Grade math, no change.
Fourth Grade Reading, no change.
Eighth Grade Reading, 1 point better.
Eighth Grade Math, 4 points better. (still failing horribly)
Tenth Grade Reading, 1 point worse.
Tenth Grade Math, 3 points better. (if you can call 54 good)
Outside my window I am looking at Jerstad School. Fourth Grade Math Proficiency went down there from 59 to 39.
And this is what RUSD and the Journal Times say is improvement.
No wonder Racine Schools suck.
Vote no people. The only thing this district ranks highly in is spending. We need to send the following message to this community; having a measurable goal 22.5% below passing just is not good enough any more.
May 24, 2006
I have an info link on the sidebar.
I'm curious how many of you will be coming.
Remember, this is sponsored by the BBA but everyone is invited to attend.
That means if you have a blog or read a blog come on out. This is not an ideological event. I was thinking if we could get a dunk tank out there though we could make some serious coin to donate to something worthy.
If we could get John Gard in there the righties would line up, if we could get Jessica McBride in there the lefties would line up, and if we could get me in there Feldstein would drop some MAJOR coin!
So make some noise in the comments on this and let me know if you will be attending.
May 23, 2006
They also want complete free amnesty for people not here legally, a completely open border and everyone coming here to have immediate access to all social services in this country including social security.
AM I THE ONLY PERSON IN THIS STATE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT HAVING A GROUP WITH SUCH A COMPLETE LACK OF RESPECT FOR OUR LAWS SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE?
The comparrisons listed were agianst 8 other like sized districts, here are the nuts and blots.
- More kids are coming to school. (good)
- RUSD leads in expulsions. (bad)
- RUSD ranks #1 in State Aid (neutral)
- RUSD ranks #3 in per pupil spending. (clearly money is not the issue)
- RUSD has the lowest ratio of students per teacher (staffing is not the problem)
- Third grade scores up slightly (not good enough)
- Fourth grade scores down. (again?!?)
- RUSD has the worst student participation in extra-curriculars. (bad)
- Property Tax up 10% from 03-04 to 04-05. (when will it be enough? How can taxes be up with the rate is so low??? See my point yet?)
- Tax rate the lowest. (For the seven millionth time the rate matters not, the levy does)
- Habitual Truancy 18.1% (Better but still horrible)
Literally 2/3 of the article dealt with attendance, not spending, taxes, or most importantly RESULTS.
Somehow this is spun as being good for the district.
Find it hard to believe? Click it.
The Democratic National Committee strongly denies it placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbent Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin.Well-placed DRUDGE REPORT sources claimed DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA).The DNC says the report is "unequivocally and absolutely false." DNC Communications director Karen Finney explained: "The DNC does not as a policy get involved in Democratic primaries... The only thing that the DNC did was a campaign helping ensure that displaced voters had an opportunity to vote."The DRUDGE REPORT takes chairman Dean and his spokesman at their word.
Drudge removed this from his page, not sure why, I found it in his archives. Looks like someone perhaps funneled him a phony story and he is backing away from this as he could not confirm.
I find it absolutely shameful that you have not been able to put forward a viable candidate to run against Herb Kohl.
Though our friends on the left probably were not worried about anyone running against Herb's money I am sure they would rather have someone to point to as a loser on Election day rather than having Kohl run unopposed.
All this huffing and puffing over Governor & AG and not a word about the Senate.
May 22, 2006
Judge: No prayer at graduation
BUT STUDENT DELIVERS RELIGIOUS REMARKS ANYWAY, DRAWING LOUD APPLAUSE
RUSSELL SPRINGS - A federal judge barred prayer during a Russell County High School graduation ceremony last night but it included a religious message nonetheless. Megan Chapman made sure of that.
Chapman, chosen by fellow seniors to deliver opening remarks, had planned to include a prayer as had been the practice at commencement for decades. Instead, she talked of her faith and God's love.
"God will never leave you or forsake you," she said drawing a loud standing ovation from the 2,000-plus people packed into the gym.
The rest including an interesting legal approach.
Oops, they have him on tape.
If you missed it, in the middle of Hurricane recovery efforts this guy took an Army unit to give him a tour, stopping at his home to clear out the very cash in question. In that process they got stuck and had to get rescued themselves taking two units away from recovery efforts.
Now, someone tell me how this is Bush's fault, or how this fits into the culture of corruption line. Add this to the story about Dean/Nagin. This is not shaping up to be a great day for the Donkey.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) secretly placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbent Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision himself to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA), sources reveal. Dean came to the decision to back the white challenger, over the African-American incumbent Nagin, despite concerns amongst senior black officials in the Party that the DNC should stay neutral.
The DNC teams actively worked to defeat Nagin under the auspice of the committee's voting rights program. The party's field efforts also coincided with a national effort by Democrat contributors to support Landrieu. Landrieu had outraised Nagin by a wide margin - $3.3 million to $541,980. Preliminary campaign finance reports indicate many of Landrieu’s contributions came from out of state white Democrat leaders and financiers, including a $1,000 contribution from Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-NE) PAC.
The defeat of Mitch Landrieu is the latest setback for Dean's often criticized field operation.
In his victory speech late Saturday night, Nagin praised President Bush. "You and I have probably been the most vilified politicians in the country. But I want to thank you for moving that promise that you made in Jackson Square forward," Nagin said.Developing...
May 21, 2006
It was suggested we should compare the same districts on other stats as Racine was so proud of their low rate.
These are ranked in order on the same districts RUSD used in their example.
District / $ per student (03-04 numbers)
WI K-12 State Avg 8716
Green Bay 8891
Eau Claire 8927
Racine 9067 (4th Highest)
District/Aid per member
WI K-12 State Avg 4718
Eau Claire 4892
Green Bay 5193
Racine 5316 (5th Highest)
District / Pupil/Staff
Green Bay 8.21
Eau Claire 8.26
Racine 8.61 (Middle!)
Take in mind folks the district will tell you how many cuts it has made. In truth they have all been through attrition, their own literature admits that.
This tends to suggest that they had staff they did not need. Remember, in 2000 RUSD spending was $178,000,000. In 2005 that spending increased to $256,000,000.
This spending represents an increase just shy of 9% per year over that time period. All this coming from a district that tells us how they are cutting spending.
How is a 9% increase a cut???? Please someone explain this to me. The QEO allows a 3.8% increase so this district has been growing about 5% over that while doing badly. Virtually every other district in the state does more with less.
Here is the thing, I have been routinely criticized for being anti-education because of my opposition to the referendum. I'll say this publicly now, I AM PRO EDUCATION. This district keeps telling us they will change and they do not. No reform, no improvement. RUSD continues to be the 2nd worst performing school district in the state. I'm sorry but that is not good enough for our kids, and this community will never improve until our schools start to perform better. Continuing to fund the current leadership does not sent the right message to the board.
If I thought this silly 6.45 million would actually improve things, I'd support it. We got more than that in unexpected income this year from the Governor's magic increasing veto pen.
Another issue. I am disgusted by the will of the people being thrown out last year. This community voted no and the board ignored that vote and shoved a slightly different version down our throats 10 weeks later using scare tactics and the same kind of propganda they are sending out again. Talk about your voter disenfranchisement, ignoring a clear response from the voters because it was not the answer you wanted.
In conjunction with the previous point, I know for a fact the district put this issue in June because they wanted the smallest turnout possible. There were elections in February and April with other issues on the ballot, and the distirct purposely did not put this measure on then. Now we have the added expense of doing this thing all by its lonesome. That is just wrong.
In terms of full disclosure, I have no children. I have a Niece & 2 Nephews in Racine. Even though a parent works for Unified, they go to a private school. Frankly I'm thrilled they are not in Unified.
Send a message Racine that the same old bad results are just not good enough for our kids anymore.
VOTE NO ON JUNE 6
I still have no idea what he is trying to say.
Look I do not wish to discuss the ad as it would likely just turn into a big he said she said partisan slug fest...
However, is this just absolutely the worst most ineffective ad you have ever seen?
Additionally, does the fact that the Dolye team has gone so negative so early show they know they are in trouble?
And please do not be so naive as to say this is a 527 and Doyle is not involved.