August 19, 2006
August 18, 2006
During the National Football League regular season, nearly 37 million people spend an average of 50 minutes a week at work managing their fantasy teams comprised of real-life players tallying points based on statistical performance, according to outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Fantasy sports ranks with shopping on eBay Inc.'s Web auction site and online poker as the biggest waste of productivity at the workplace, said John Challenger, CEO of the consulting firm.
REMINDER: The Cheddarsphere Fantasy Football League Draft is 14 days, 18 hours, and 13 minutes from the publication of this post.
What I find interesting are the big deep numbers.
39% of Democrats are in favor of the ammendment, 52% opposed, 9% undecided.
65% of Republicans are in favor of the ammendment, 20% opposed, 15% unsure.
38% of squishies are in favor, 50% opposed, 12% unsure (only 12% of squishies unsure, that may be a record)
The rhetoric on the Democratic party does not measure up to these actual numbers. To all the calling out of peope as haters by the left, they need to look internally at 39% of their own party are opposed and 9% are undecided, they need to include them in their rhetoric before they lash out at the right.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man was trapped in a tank of chocolate for about two hours early Friday, police said.Capt. Randy Berner said the worker said he got into the tank at the Debelis Corp. to unplug it and became trapped waist deep in the chocolate.“It was pretty thick. It was virtually like quicksand,” Berner said, and co-workers, police and firefighters were not able to get him out until the chocolate could be thinned out.
Random thoughts from Mrs RDW.
- Should I feel pity or jealousy?
- Is that really a bad thing?
- Major chick magnet there...
Ladies, share your thoughts.
I knew where County Exec Bill McReynolds stood on this, he came out loudly and said I do not support this and if it comes to my desk, I will veto it.
It occured to me that the Racine paper never really got an opinion from McReynold's opponent for the State Senate seat, Assemblyman John Lehman, so I did their job and asked him. I asked simply did he support the tax increase, or not.
This is his response: (I do thank him for responding)
It is important to look at the whole picture and ---this is a big and-- if the sales tax could relieve property tax burden there is no harm having a full discussion of what the county is doing.
I for one feel that McReynolds is walking away from a job half completed. We are saddled with redundant dispatch, an expensive new jail and a county budget in disarray and inconsiderate of quality of life issues and McReynolds is taking a hike.
The sales tax discussion really should take place on the County Board and, if they decide, with the taxpayers in a referendum. The legislature years ago--before I was a legislator--authorized the half percent sales tax. Most counties are using it, some for proven tax relief.
I'm not sure what all that actually meant or why he saw the need to attack McReynolds in a simple yes or no question, but there we have it.
You folks can make up your own minds.
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What is it with these people?
- The 44-page decision, which concludes by issuing a permanent injunction against the wiretapping program, will doubtless occasion much rejoicing among the "imperial Presidency" crowd. That may have been part of her point, as, early in the decision, Judge Taylor refers with apparent derision to "the war on terror of this Administration."
- Judge Taylor sees an analogy here (unreasonable search and seizure), but she manages to forget or overlook that no one is being denied his liberty and no evidence is being brought in criminal proceedings based on what the NSA might learn through listening to al Qaeda communications. The wiretapping program is an intelligence operation, not a law-enforcement proceeding. Congress was duly informed, and not a single specific domestic abuse of such a wiretap has yet been even alleged, much less found.
- The real nub of this dispute is the Constitution's idea of "inherent powers," although those two pages of her decision are mostly devoted to pouring scorn on the very concept. But jurists of far greater distinction than Judge Taylor have recognized that the Constitution vests the bulk of war-making power with the President. It did so, as the Founders explained in the Federalist Papers, for reasons of energy, dispatch, secrecy and accountability.
- Before yesterday, no American court had ever ruled that the President lacked the Constitutional right to conduct such wiretaps. President Carter signed the 1978 FISA statute that established the special court to approve domestic wiretaps even as his Administration declared it was not ceding any Constitutional power. And in the 2002 decision In Re: Sealed Case, the very panel of appellate judges that hears FISA appeals noted that in a previous FISA case (U.S. v. Truong), a federal "court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information." We couldn't find Judge Taylor's attempt to grapple with those precedents, perhaps because they'd have interfered with the lilt of her purple prose.
Unlike Judge Taylor, Presidents are accountable to the voters for their war-making decisions, as the current White House occupant has discovered. Judge Taylor can write her opinion and pose for the cameras--and no one can hold her accountable for any Americans who might die as a result.
This should and likely will be over-turned. President Taylor is an out of control judicial activist ruling on her view of politics, not the rule of law.
In the interim, the terrorist win. Another sterling failure of the Carter Presidency.
August 17, 2006
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate end to it.
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy, as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
I am sure AlQaeda is doing the happy dance over this. What a sad day for our Country.
That is all you need to know about this, will it make us safer, or not?
Another sterling decision from a Jimmy Carter appointee.
Mr. Carter on 9-11 our security was very directly threatened. It had been on many other occasions as well, the previous administration did nothing to help see that terrorists who would prey on innocents could not do so.
On tax policy: We've never had an administration before that so overtly and clearly and consistently passed tax reform bills that were uniquely targeted to benefit the richest people in our country at the expense or the detriment of the working families of America.
Care to back that up with any real statistics Mr Ex-President? The top 25% of wage earners pay 83.88% of the total tax burden. You can not cut taxes on people who do not pay them. That is nothing but partisan class warfare crap. When the "rich" pay the majority of the taxes, a cut will have the greatest impact on them. That is logic, not rich vs. poor.
On Israel: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon.
You have got to be kidding me? Mr Carter what justification did Hezbollah have to lop 400 rockets into Israel before Israel retaliated, what right did they have to kidnap Israeli citizens? Where is the condemnation of the terrorist group Mr. Carter?
Can Germans have a place in peacekeeping given their history with the Jewish people? Yes. That would be certainly satisfactory to me personally, and I think most people believe that enough time has passed so that historical facts can be ignored.
Ignore history Mr President?
On the Religious Right: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior (in their view), and in extreme cases -- as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world -- it makes your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant.
I do not know where to start with this. How about this, he's an idiot.
Americans after 9-11: Unfortunately, after Sept., there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous.
Unfortunately there was an outburst of patriotism?!? What would you have rather had on outbreak of we're sorry you hate us, go ahead and blow something else up?
Has life been fair to you? I've been lucky in my life. Everything that I've done has brought great pleasure and gratification to me and my wife. I had four years in the White House -- it was not a failure.
Yes it was Mr. President, yes it was.
Does America need a regime change? (you can see where this interviewer was coming from) This year, the Democrats have good chance of capturing one of the houses of Congress. I think the Senate is going to be a very close decision. My oldest son is running for the US Senate in the state of Nevada.
Another Carter, that is exactly what we do not need.
RUSD School Board member Brian Dey skipped a volunteer meeting/team building session held at the DeKoven Center. Read the article to get his quotes, they are much better within the context of the article. It would appear that Unified's adminstrators and many school board members are taking tests to analyze their decision making skills at the hands of yet more consultants. (I think that will be the new naughty C-word in the Racine lexicon) How about just focusing on developing your own decisions as to what is best for the district without wasting time and resources on a multitude of outsiders that offer up opinions.
I think I hear someone mixing up a pitcher of Kool-Aid in the background.
August 16, 2006
Even other Muslims who disagree with their methods are targets of their evil hate.
This is about world domination. They want to dominate everyone, the only valid religion is Islam and all other infidels must be destroyed. Not much to negotiate with there is there?
Truly it is that simple.
I made this point in the comments and thought it worthy of a topic on its own.
Did you ever think about the 72 virgins?
The reward the terrorists get from preying upon the innocent in life is to prey upon the innocent in the afterlife.
How do you deal with these people?
Jail cells, bombs, bullets, bayonettes, tanks, troops and ballot boxes.
Watch this to the end.
Was this a boo-boo or some kind of Freudian slip?
What would you say is the most important characteristic for the Republican nominee for president to have?
Says what he/she believes
Agrees with you on the issues
Has the right experience to be president
Cares about people
Can beat the Republican
Will change the direction the country is headed
Shares your values
Also, why exactly does this matter?
How often do you shop at Wal-Mart?
A few times a month
A couple times a year
It's the careless people who have become the safety hazard on road. Having been a driver for only a mere 14 years has made me an observer of others' behaviors on the road. In a nutshell, no one gives a damn about other drivers. In our neck of the woods, and I'm sure others as well, this is what I have seen.
-Red lights have become optional, sure even I hit the gas at a yellow from time to time, but usually about three cars behind me follow suit.
-Left turns have moved back to start at the beginning of the intersection instead in the middle like we were all taught in drivers ed. This usually results in cutting off the left turn lane for oncoming traffic.
-Going around vehicles blocking the road whenever. A UPS truck or mailman blocks a lane on a two-lane road, drivers will just fly around it on the left without even considering if they will cause others to jam on the brakes or if that lane is clear.
I'll say it again. People are so focused on where they are going that the other vehicles on the road don't seem to exist. This goes for truck drivers as well. My prayers go to the families of the persons killed recently on Hwy 31, but it would appear those deaths need not have happened if people took consideration for others.
I realize this post makes me sound like an old coot, but oh well.
August 15, 2006
Casper, as usual, nails it.
The Associated Press
GREEN LAKE, Wis. - A detour that bypasses road work near this popular vacation spot sends motorists more than 50 miles out of their way, even though there's a five-minute alternative nearby.
The construction work is being done about 10 miles west of Green Lake, on a 10-block stretch of state Highway 23 in Princeton.
Locals avoid the construction by taking legal shortcuts through Princeton's downtown, about a five-minute trip.
But those who follow official signs travel a circuitous route spanning about 50 miles along state Highways 73, 21 and 49.
The official detour is long, but it's the best way to divert non-local traffic around the construction zone, said Kevin Garrigan, Department of Transportation manager for the project.
A detour using county highways would be shorter, he said, but many of those highways weren't built under state standards for lane widths and shoulder widths.
Also, not all county highways can safely handle higher traffic levels, he added.
Gas is 3.19 a gallon and the state of Wisconsin thinks it is a wise idea to make you drive 45 more miles than necessary.
This state is INSANE!
Whoever made this decision should be fired!
Today in the streets in Iran, Lebananon & Syria people are celebrating Hezbollah's victory.
They are correct.
Yes, Israel beat the crap out of them and tried to fight a moral war, but as long as Hezbollah lives, they win. They try to push through their radical agenda through fear, and as long as there are members left to take that agenda forward after given time to reload or plan again, they win.
We will not win until Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda and all others who would willingly destroy the innocent to further their agenda of hate are no more.
I know President Bush understands the enemy, but to say Israel won is just wrong.
By STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press Writer Mon Aug 14, 7:06 PM ET
NEW ORLEANS - Evacuees who escaped Hurricane Katrina's flooding on their own are faring better almost a year later than the thousands rescued and dumped in cities saturated with evacuees, according to a report released Monday.
The study, conducted by seven law firms enlisted by the Appleseed Foundation, a nonprofit social advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, also found nonprofit and faith-based groups and local and state governments acted more quickly and efficiently than the federal government.
Gulf Coast evacuees in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta generally are doing better than those in Houston and San Antonio, the study found.
Birmingham and Atlanta had fewer evacuees, and many of them had the money and connections to flee the storm on their own.
Yadda yadda yadda...
You mean people who were actually responsible enough to get out before the storm hit have proven over time to be more productive members of society? Why is this worthy of study? Anyone with an ounce of common sense could have told you that.
Is this story a surprise? Houston, the city that took in more evacuees than anyone else, has seen a sharp increase in crime rates.
August 14, 2006
Three men (you can almost tell when they say 3 men they are 3 Muslim men) from Texas go on a multi-state buying spree purchasing cheap disposable cellular phones. They dissemble many of them and separate the chargers from all of the phones.
They have pictures of the Mackinac bridge, for those who are not aware, this is not a minor bridge.
The family says they are buying cell phones to resell them and this is how they earn a living.
If you are going to resell these things, why take them apart and why separate phone from charger? In fact, my guess is if you wanted to buy cellular phones 1,000 at a time the cell phone manufacturers would be happy to sell them to you directly.
These people want to run and claim discrimination with some Arab defamation league? Well the wife says it is all on the up and up, that is good enough for me, let 'em out! This would be the same Islamic organization complaining about language on the day a major terrorism plot to kill hundreds was thwarted? They should shut up about language and start speaking out against terrorism. I'm not talking once, I'm ralking all the time. Everytime you hear these people talk they are making excuses, well I'm sick of them. If they really are against terrorism then they should speak up against it, every minute of every day.
If there were bands of roving Irish/German Republicans blowing up things every day you can bet I would not be making excuses for them I would be speaking out loudly against their behavior and doing everything in my power to bring them to justice.
Does anyone believe this line of crap excuses from these Texas "men"?
Why is the news media coddling these terrorists? Why do they call them men instead of terrorists? What about these apologists; why not call them what they are, terrorists sympathizers. Is not our press free? Apparently they are free to mislead, obfuscate and minimize.
Do you remember 9-11? Do you remember the people dancing in the streets in celebration in the middle east? These are the people who's feelings we are worried about hurting? This is why we will not profile in the airports? These are the people that are critical of Israel but ignore Hizbullah? The heck with that.
We are at war, and if some people are inconvenienced with war, tough nuggies. Since when was war easy?
There is only one plausible explanation for the type of activity these "men" from Texas were up to. They wanted to blow up that bridge.
There is a labor day event in which some 60,000 people walk that bridge. Think that is a juicy target?
I've been saying for years that Americans will not start taking terrorism seriously until the terrorists expand and start hitting unsuspecting places. Want to freak out the folks, attack Cedar Rapids, or Boise, or Racine, or the Mackinac bridge.
State Senate candidate Donovan Riley voted in Chicago and Oconomowoc in the 2000 Presidential election.
That is a no-no which holds a 6 year statute of limitations. That gives headline hungry Waukesha County D.A. Paul Bucher a shade over two months to get this done, but one month remains in the Republican primary for A.G.
I'd look for quick charges against uber-lib Riley.
Riley's opponent is another of the targeted Democrats for not being liberal enough. Jeff Plale is pro-life (horror of horrors), pro concealed carry (NRA loving jerk), and in favor of school choice (can't tick off the teacher's union). For these reasons the party of inclusion had to run out and find someone to run against him.
They found someone who has so little respect for our electoral process he knowingly cheated. He is saying, "My best recollection is that I was splitting my time between Wisconsin and Illinois, and it's possible I made a mistake"
Possible? He voted in the same day in two different places two plus hours apart. That is not a mistake, that is willful preplanned electoral fraud. Now I vote in every election, I can tell you something about the Presidential variety, there are lines, these are experiences you do not so easily forget.
I await the Democratic party of Wisconsin's response to this matter. This one is not worthy of debate, they have a vote cheat running for state senate. I hope they care enough about electoral integrity to pressure Riley out of the race.
My guess is, they will not.
Donovan Riley is a felon, or he should be one.
This is the difference between Republicans and Democrats my friends. Republicans would be calling for his Riley's head and running away from that behavior as fast as they could.
From Democrats we will likely get nothing and they will use the opportunity of the microphone to attack Plale rather than answer the allegations against Riley. Democrats talk a good game on the cluture of corruption, until they have to talk about their own.
In a famous quote on the Sykes show, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett asked for a name with which to associate vote fraud in Wisconsin. I would submit Milwaukee County D.A. E. Michael McCann and his look the other way philosophy, but that would go right over his head.
So let us just say hey Tom, your name is Donovan Riley.
A Fox spokeswoman in New York named the two journalists as correspondent Steve Centanni, an American, and cameraman Olaf Wiig, from New Zealand.
A Fox news report said the network did not know who had seized them but that "negotiations were under way to secure their release".
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction.
The witness said two vehicles blocked the journalists' transmission truck in the center of Gaza City and a masked man put a gun to a bodyguard's head, forcing him to the ground.
The kidnappers then sped away with the two journalists.
Palestinian police stopped and searched cars. A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamic militant group that leads the Palestinian government, condemned the kidnapping.
Similar incidents in the past in Gaza have ended with the release, usually within hours, of kidnapped foreign journalists or aid workers.
Many of the abductions were carried out by Palestinians pressing a grievance against the Palestinian government or its security forces.
How much longer are we going to keep making excuses for these A^&*&()!%^&)*s?
August 13, 2006
OPRAH: Well I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
DONALD RUMSFELD: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
ANDERSON COOPER/CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am for it now, and will remain against it.
JUDGE JUDY: That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain. Alone.
JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the "other side." That's why they call it the "other side. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like "the other side." That chicken should not be free to cross the road. It's as plain and simple as that!
GRANDPA SIMPSON: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together - in peace.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2006, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet explorer is an integral part of eChicken. The Platform is much more stable and will never cra...#@&&^( C \..... reboot.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
ALGORE: I invented the chicken!
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?
HOMER SIMPSON: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Chicken.
I try to mix things up and post light hearted as well as serious issues.
What I'm asking you is what you would like to see to improve RDW.
One nice feature I liked was the recent Guest post from Todd, I'd like to do more of that.
So share your input as to how we can spruce the place up and make RDW a better blog.
Please, this is not a forum to attack my ideology, I am what I am and I am not going to change.
-School board announces schedule changes for all schools resulting in later start times for high school students. Less than a month later, the decision is rescinded due to a failure to realize the cost in such a change (~$300,000).
-An initiative to offer healthier choices to students, Unified eliminates soda and sugar-filled drinks from vending machines. Shortly thereafter RUSD finds this will cost over $100,000 in revenue loss and will breach a contract with Pepsi.
-District-wide 4-year kindergarten to be implemented at schools and sub-contracted private daycare centers. One site announced is at Caddy Vista Elementary School. Bright Horizons is subcontracted to run the program at this facility. Low enrollment, union bullying, and lack of processing through the Wisconsin DPI put the brakes on that plan.
-Unified announces redistricting plans for the 2007-2008 school year to alleviate segregation* concerns. Those plans have been postponed due to issues related to facilities usage.
It would seem that these are not big deals because Unified caught problems before they were implemented. However, in each of the above scenarios, Unified issued a self-serving press release lauding their accomplishment only to follow it up weeks later with a retraction story. This district has been a PR nightmare in recent years, and it would appear times are not a-changin.
* - segregation would imply the district is intentially separating students based on race, economics, etc. What is actually happening is based on geography and the choice of the residents, but liberal guilt is overwhelming for the school board.