September 2, 2006

Leaning Very Blue.

Leaning Blue is shutting down.

Belle has an announcement up, you can read it here.

Belle is going to stay on here at RDW and has promised to be more of an active contributor (we welcome her input on any subject at any time).

MRQ (Monday Random Quotes for the uninitiated) will be moving here effective Monday. MRQ is Belle's intellectual property, we're just going to babysit for a while.

We wish her well in her new venture and will miss her voice in the Cheddarsphere.

Who is paying what, the politics of income.

Sometimes it amazes me how people respond to my posts.

Take the little tax poem from earlier this week. Out came our leftie friends with claims that if we didn't have all of those taxes blacks would be lynched and women would not be able to vote and generally do nothing but be barefoot and pregnant. (go look I'm not exaggerating)

And predictably there was Scott with the same old tired arguement on class warfare (the rich don't pay enough and the tax burden on the poor is sooooooo high.)

When I hear all of those tired arguements, I know what I posted was effective in making a point.
Well fresh on the heels of that post comes the following from Opinion Journal:

Incomes and Politics Comparing the current decade to the sainted 1990s.

One sure sign that the economy is doing well is when the left revives that old political warhorse, inequality. With GDP growth of nearly 4% for three years running and a jobless rate of 4.7%, it's their last economic resort in an election year. But when you look at the actual evidence, the inequality campaign also proves to be trumped up.

The Treasury Department will soon release the latest IRS data on who paid how much in taxes in America through 2004. We've had an early look at the numbers, and anyone who reads the front pages of our leading dailies may be surprised to learn that the Bush years compare very well by tax and income equality to the sainted Clinton era.

First, the new data show that the bottom 50% of Americans in income--U.S. households with an income below the median of $44,389--paid a smaller share of total income taxes in 2004 (3.3%) than in Bill Clinton's last year in office (3.9%). That 3.3% is the lowest share of total income taxes paid by the bottom half of earners in at least 30 years, and probably ever. The majority of American families with an income below $40,000 pay no income tax at all today, and many of them also get a welfare subsidy from the Earned Income Tax Credit that effectively offsets much of what they pay in payroll taxes.

By contrast, Americans with an income in the top 1% paid 36.9% of all federal income taxes in 2004, down slightly from 37.4% at what was the height of the dot-com boom in 2000. But the top 5% and 10% of earners saw an increase in their tax share over that same period, with the top 5%'s share rising to 57.1% in 2004 from 56.5% in 2000. If this isn't the definition of a highly "progressive," a k a redistributionist, tax code, we don't know what is.

Especially instructive is what has happened to tax shares since the tax rate on capital gains and dividends was cut to 15% in 2003. These investment tax cuts have corresponded with a huge spike in tax payments by the affluent. Between 2002 and 2004, the income tax share of the top 0.1% of earners rose to 17.4% from 15.4%. A reasonable conclusion is that much of this increase reflects tax payments on capital gains and dividends--which have soared by an astounding 79% and 35%, respectively, since the rate cuts.

Democrats and their media pals dismiss all this by saying that the richest are paying more taxes because they're making out like bandits in the Bush years. Former Clinton economic adviser Gene Sperling grouses that the 1990s were "an era of shared prosperity," but that the Bush policies have produced "a disappointing decade on inequality."

The new IRS report contradicts that fairy tale too. Let's use the left's own definition of fairness and examine the actual new IRS evidence (see chart). During the Clinton Presidency, the share
of total income earned by the richest 1% increased to a post-World War II high of 20.8% in 2000, from 13.8% in 1993. By contrast, in the first four years of the Bush Presidency, the income share of the top 1% fell slightly, to 19.0% from 20.8%.

The decline in the share of total income earned was even more pronounced when we look at the income shares of the top 0.1%; they earned a greater share (18.9%) of total income by the end of the Clinton era than they did in 2004 (17.4%). Some of this can be explained by the 2001 recession and subsequent strong economic expansion. The rich got socked hardest when the stock market plunged, though the dramatic income and wealth gains in the last three years are again raising income shares of the middle and upper income groups. The income share earned by the rich was still lower in 2004 than during Mr. Sperling's decade of allegedly "shared prosperity."

Some of our readers may not recall all of the front-page articles and editorials assailing the inequality in the 1990s. That's because there weren't many in contrast to the current spate, as the Media Research Center has documented. The inequality theme somehow only emerges when Republicans are in power, and this or that statistic can be trotted out to play to the stereotype that the GOP cares only about the rich, or Halliburton.

The truth is that there has been a modest widening of the income gap in recent decades,
regardless of which party is in power. That gap seems due largely to growing returns on education and skills in the global economy. Americans without a high-school diploma are losing ground against those who have college degrees. But this argues not for higher taxes on the rich, who already pay the vast bulk of U.S. taxes. It argues for reforming K-12 education so even the weakest and poorest students can compete against the world.

In any event, it's a mistake to put much stock in these class-envy statistics on income shares, gini quotients, and wealth gaps that Washington and the media like to stress. There's nothing that policy makers can do about them in the short run, and a preoccupation with inequality will do actual harm if it leads to policies such as higher tax rates that reduce economic growth. We'd suggest readers ignore the inequality fad that is intended for election-year consumption and keep their eyes on what really matters--the policies that promote growth and prosperity for all Americans.

September 1, 2006

Stuff.

Iran vows not to give up nuclear program: Is this some kind of surprise or something? When does the war in Iran start?

Scientists challenge Pluto's demotion: Pluto needs a good labor lawyer.

U.S. unemployment rate slides in August (4.7%): Oh the humanity.

$16M settlement reached in priest abuse: Too little too late.

Syria promises to enforce arms embargo: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. This is your UN.

Bush nominates 5 as appeals court judges: They will never get a vote.

Experts reduce forecasts for hurricanes this year: And this is rectified with global warming increasing the frequency and strength of storms how?

FDA: counterfeit drugs on some Web sites: Yes this includes Canada, and Governor Jim Doyle wants us to buy our drugs here.

Juice could help stave off Alzheimer's: If only you could remember to drink it.

Cardinal denies attack on raped girl's abortion: Pro choice advocates just make it up.

When was the last time the Brewers won a game?

And yet somehow they are still not out of the wild card race.

August 31, 2006

Taxes


Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
thenTax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his butt

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him tillHe's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod
inWhich he's laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom..."

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax,
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest expenseInventory tax
IRS Interest Charges
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road usage tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle classin the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids!

Statement from Legal Counsel to Mark Green, Don Millis

RE: The illegal and inconsistent action by the state Elections Board

For more than a quarter century, the state Elections Board ruled that nothing in Wisconsin law prohibited a federal campaign committee from converting funds in its possession for use in a state campaign. Consider these facts:

In 1977, the Board issued Formal Opinion 77-2 which held that a federal campaign committee may convert surplus funds to a state candidate committee and that the state candidate committee may use those funds for a state campaign. Later that year, the Board passed a rule which explicitly authorized any federal campaign committee to convert to a state campaign committee and use the funds converted in a state or local campaign.

In 2000, the Board reaffirmed this opinion, concluding that it “does not find any reason to repeal or revise” these conclusions.

In 2001, the Doyle campaign challenged this rule when then-Congressman Tom Barrett converted his federal campaign account to a state committee in order to run for governor. The Board ruled against them. Further, they wrote that:

Wisconsin law does not impose additional requirements on converted funds; the conversion of funds received by a federal candidate for federal purposes is not prohibited by Wisconsin law;
non-resident committee contributions to a federal committee were not subject to a Wisconsin registration requirement when made and are not subject to Wisconsin limitations simply because the federal committee has been converted.

Then, in 2005, after it was clear that Mark Green was going to challenge Governor Jim Doyle, the Board met the day after Mark Green converted his federal campaign account to a state campaign committee and adopted an “emergency rule” specifically targeted at the Green for Wisconsin campaign.

At that meeting on January 26, 2005, Kevin Kennedy, the executive director of the Board, tried to give direction to the Board’s legal counsel – Mr. George Dunst – on how the “emergency rule” should read, saying “You try and draft the emergency that meets the emergency, that drafts that, good luck” (SEB Meeting transcript, 1/26/2005).

And when Kennedy was asked about the “emergency” by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnists Cary Spivak and Dan Bice, he said, “What’s the emergency? That’s a good question” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/27/2005).

Papers around the state took notice of the Board’s blatant political motivation for passing the “emergency rule.” The Appleton Post-Crescent wrote in an editorial, “The unseemly, transparent move is one more reason why the Elections Board needs to be reformed” (Appleton Post-Crescent, 1/28/2005).

In converting his federal account, Green’s campaign consulted with state Elections Board staff, followed their disclosure requirements, and even received a letter from the Board that stated:
“Any contributions that appear on the conversion report that were received after January 1, 2005 will count towards the limits for the gubernatorial race. The limits are as follows: $10,000 per individual, $43,128 from a single committee (excluding political party committees), $485,190 total from all PACs and other candidate committees, and finally $700,830 from all committees.”

Given all of this evidence, one can only conclude that the Board’s partisan decision to reverse course on nearly 30 years of Wisconsin precedent was a decision based on politics, not on law. After upholding the right to convert a federal account for Tom Barrett – and use without limitation all of his campaign account funds – just four years ago, how does the Board justify their actions of yesterday?

Last Friday, the Board’s own attorney – Mr. George Dunst – said that Mark Green had followed Wisconsin law. After consulting with another independent attorney, Mr. Ron Sklansky of the legislative counsel’s office, Mr. Dunst wrote about the fairness issues at stake, saying:
“Mr. Sklansky seems to be suggesting that implementing a rule that could apply to one person, and one person only, may be lacking in fundamental fairness or even lacking in equal protection in that, historically, other candidates have been allowed to convert without having to divest themselves of non-qualifying assets; should not Congressman Green receive the same protection?”

Further, he wrote about how a change in the Board’s rules would result in conflict with previous Board rulings:

“Both the 2001 Opinion and Order and the 2001 informal opinion are in direct conflict with ElBd 1.395 and, of course, are inconsistent with the amendment to ElBd 1.39 prohibiting conversions of federal committees. Thus, the Board needs to resolve that conflict between its own rules and opinions.”

And Mr. Dunst also verified that Mark Green has spent the funds in question:
“As of July 13, 2006, the campaign probably doesn’t have any converted money to which the newly effective rule could apply. The effect of the suspension is that Congressman Green’s campaign had the right, in the absence of a countervailing rule, to spend all of its converted money until such time that the rule went into effect.”

Wisconsin’s leading campaign finance reform advocate, Senator Mike Ellis, called the actions of Jim Doyle’s allies on the Board “political shenanigans at its worst” and “an absolutely atrocious ruling, totally illegal.”

If the state Elections Board insists on ignoring its own rules, Green for Wisconsin will have no choice but to seek an impartial hearing in a circuit court – a waste of both time and taxpayer resources.

Gasoline prices could keep falling

By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

Gasoline prices are falling fast and could keep dropping for months.

"The only place they have to go is down," says Fred Rozell, gasoline analyst at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). "We'll be closer to $2 than $3 come Thanksgiving."

Travel organization AAA foresees prices 10 cents a gallon lower by the end of next week. It reported a nationwide average of $2.84 Tuesday, the lowest since April 20.

It's good news for consumers and the economy. Continued lower prices "may act like a tax cut" and stimulate spending, says Richard DeKaser, chief economist at National City in Cleveland. He calculates that higher energy prices the first six months cut growth of consumer spending 1 percentage point.

The U.S. average for a gallon of regular peaked this year at $3.036 Aug. 10, according to OPIS/AAA daily surveys. That's slightly under the high of $3.057 Sept. 5, a week after Hurricane Katrina battered petroleum production in the Gulf of Mexico and caused fears of fuel shortages.

OPIS' Rozell figures prices will jump again next spring.

Behind the current drop:

•The end of summer. Driving slows, reducing demand for gasoline. And federal requirements for clean air, summer-blend gasoline end next month, making gasoline cheaper to refine and import.

•Sluggish demand. Gasoline use in the first eight months of the year is up 1% vs. a year ago, less than the 1.5% to 2% growth that's typical, says Michael Morris, analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration. "Wholesalers are trying to get rid of product. The growth in demand for gasoline has really tapered off," he says.

Wholesale prices are falling faster than retail gasoline prices, meaning stations are making more money than when prices were $3. Wholesale prices Tuesday ranged from $1.77 to $1.79 a gallon, well below the $2-plus prices typical until recently.

•Petroleum traders, worried that prices are too high to last, are selling their holdings. That pushes prices down. They also believe hurricanes won't disrupt Gulf of Mexico production, OPIS senior analyst Tom Kloza says.

Crude oil, which accounts for roughly half the price of gasoline, ended New York trading Tuesday down 90 cents, at $69.71 a barrel. That's the first time it's closed at less than $70 since May 4.

If gas prices fall back to $2 will that Bush's fault too?

August 30, 2006

Things you should probably know but don't

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

State Elections Board Joke.

The State elections Board (an entity controlled by Jim Doyle appointees) said today that Mark green could not use about a half million bucks from lobbyists/Pacs not registered in wisconsin.

The rub, two months before the general election they change rules in mid stream?!? Tom Barrett did EXACTLY the same thing when he ran for Governor, no issues.

This is nothing more than an attempt by Jim Doyle, or people loyal to Jim Doyle to kick Green in the shins two months before the general election.

If they want to change the rules, fine, but the timing of this decision stinks.

Jim Doyle and his minions are without a doubt the dirtiest politicians I have ever seen. My question is who has oversight over these idiots?

McReynolds Capaign says Lehman is a hypocrite


McReynolds release:

Racine- After he and his friends have spent several weeks complaining about mudslinging, State Senate candidate Representative John Lehman was dealt an embarrassing blow after being caught in the act of personally digging for dirt on his opponent, County Executive Bill McReynolds.

Last week, a Democratic front group headed by the former hatchet man for disgraced ex-Majority Leader Chuck Chvala, began throwing mud at McReynolds for supposed ethics violations while he was Sheriff. Not to be outdone, Lehman quietly sent a personal email to a Racine County Board Supervisor asking for assistance in his own stealthy campaign to dig up dirt on McReynolds. (See attached email.)

“All summer, John has been accusing me of mudslinging because I wanted to compare our records on important issues like taxes and jobs,” McReynolds said. “Now, in an astonishing act of hypocrisy, John’s personally trying to dig up dirt on me. Despite his public statements, it looks to me like he’d rather avoid the real issues and instead try to smear my reputation.”

At issue is the purchase of push bumpers by the Sheriff’s Department from a now-dissolved company that was partially-owned by McReynolds. As all of the relevant public records make clear, McReynolds engaged in no wrong-doing. All of the proper ethics forms were filled out accurately and all procurement procedures were followed to the letter of the law.

Continuing his fa├žade of a high-minded campaign, Lehman wrote an incredibly hypocritical letter to the Racine Journal Times today that reads in part, “We owe it to the people of Racine County to talk about how we will move this community forward, and we can’t do that with our hands in the mud.”

“It seems that publicly, John wants to take the high road by talking about his character and integrity,” McReynolds said. “But in the privacy of his home, typing away on his keyboard, it becomes clear that he just can’t wait to climb down into the gutter. Aren’t people tired of politicians speaking out of both sides of their mouth?”

“If John Lehman thinks that comparing our records on taxes is negative campaigning, I would like to know how he would characterize a candidate personally trying to dig up dirt on his opponent,” McReynolds said.

(If John Lehman would like to respond we would be happy to publish that response)

What's missing here?

Up to 14 hurt in SF hit-and-run spree 7 critical; driver believed to have struck, killed a man in Fremont earlier


SAN FRANCISCO -- As many as 14 people were injured this afternoon by a motorist who drove around San Francisco deliberately running them down before being arrested by police, who believe the same driver struck and killed a man earlier today in Fremont.

At least one hit-and-run victim remained in critical condition this evening.
Reports of the incidents began pouring in at 12:47 p.m., police said.

Within a half-hour, San Francisco police had cornered and arrested 29-year-old Omeed Aziz Popal, who has addresses in Ceres (Stanislaus County) and Fremont.

The rest.

August 29, 2006

Gee I'm great. See I said so.

I know this is going on at the Journal Times.

Council member uses website to praise himself

Associated Press
Last update: August 29, 2006 – 2:28 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Post-Bulletin Web site user who calls himself "127179" has often commented about local issues and has praised the work of City Council member and mayoral candidate Pat Carr.

Turns out, the six-digit Web user is none other than Carr himself.

The newsroom doesn't regularly check identities of online users, but a reporter noticed similarities in the way "127179" writes and Carr talks.

Some of the dozens of messages posted from Carr's account since November found notes of praise for him, while some attack officials who voted differently than Carr.

For example, in a comment posted Sunday that answered a critical comment from another reader, Carr wrote: "Pat Carr has done nothing but stand up for the silent majority." In a comment posted Friday he wrote: "People that run him down are special interest groups and insiders that Carr exposes."

Carr acknowledged Monday that he wrote all past comments except one, which was written by a friend visiting his office.

"If people want to trash me, I have the right to stand up and defend myself," he said. "I stand by what I said."

Managing Editor Jay Furst sent messages to Carr in April and July, warning him that if he continued to post self-congratulatory or misleading comments, the newspaper might choose to report that as news.

Sleep apnea in middle age raises heart disease risk


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obstructive sleep apnea in middle-aged adults may increase the risk of coronary artery disease by up to five-fold, research in Sweden suggests. However, successful treatment of the sleep apnea significantly cuts that risk.

I have sleep apnea, it went undiagnosed for years. Getting this taken care of changed my life.

Are you always tired? When you take a nap do you feel worse? Do you snore? Do you nod off when your hands or mind are not busy for a second or two?

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which prevents you from entering REM sleep. My sleep study showed I woke up and average of 128 times per hour and got virtually no REM sleep. My Doctor said it was a miracle I had never wrapped my car around a tree.

Having the test was easy, I attended the Sleep Wellness Institute, their staff was outstanding and they found an easy solution to my problem. Their follow-up since I was diagnosed has been outstanding.

If you are a big snorer or suffer from any of those symptoms, please do yourself a favor and call 414-336-3000 and schedule an appointment speak with Dr. Leo.

This is not a paid advertisement, this is just something I feel passionate about.

Remember Reggie White, he was taken for just the reason this study is speaking of.

Make the call, feel free to tell them I sent you. If you have any questions about apnea, symptoms or treatments feel free to pop me an email.

Katrina - One Year Later,


What have we learned????

Some initial thoughts:

  • Jim Sensenbrenner was 100% right to ask about cost controls and/or accountability measures that were absent in relation to federal funds heading to Katrina relief. Everyone who attempted to vilify him over that vote should offer up and apology.
  • Mississippi showed us how to pull together, get to work and recover.
  • New Orleans showed us how to whine, play the blame game and avoid personal responsibility.
  • Race based politics are being kept alive by those who benefit the most from them.
  • If the people of New Orleans were dumb enough to re-elect Ray Nagin, can they rebuild their own city?
  • No matter how much money you send, some people will say it is not enough.
  • While literally everyone at every step along the way screwed this up, some people still refuse to spread the blame any further than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Those same people that refuse to place any blame on anyone with a (D) after their name think they should run this country.
  • Even though to the same point this year we have had 6 fewer named storms and all of those storms have been significantly less intense as the ones last year, we are still supposed to believe that global warming is creating more storms and increasing their intensity. If global warming is getting progressively worse then why are this years storms so much less of a big deal?
  • The residents of Houston wish the residents of New Orleans would go home.
  • Michael Brown is a cry baby.
  • Everytime it rains in the gulf, the weather-geeks go crazy.
  • Louisiana and New Orleans diverted untold millions, perhaps billions, of federal dollars designated for levee fortification to other pet projects. Why no ivestigation into that activity?
  • Environmentalists fought hard against levees that could withstand a category 5 storm, they won, category 3 levees were built. Those same environmentalists completely escape blame. (they blame Bush)
  • Louis Farrakhan may be the biggest liar in this country. He is one the biggest racists in this country, yet he still gets attention.
  • Spike Lee may be the third biggest liar in this country. (he has not yet overcome Michael Moore.)
  • $122 billion and it is still beneath sea level.

Karr thing.

I have not written word on on this Karr thing. Frankly from picture one that dude creeped me out.

Well now that this is coming to a head, I thought some of you might like to speak out on it.

Frankly he always seemed like a sick-freak to me, like he was posing or something.

In his mind he may have deluded himself to thinking he killed Jon Bennet' Ramsey, this dude is a danger to society and to release him seems ridiculous to me.

He is at the very least guilty of obstruction.

Thought of the week...

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

August 28, 2006

Stupid Polls


I just got phone polled.

In the race for Senate do you support Republican Bill McReynolds or Democrat John Lehman?

Would you consider that strong support or medium support?

In the race for Governor do you support Democrat Jim Doyle or Republican Mark Green?

Would you consider that strong support or medium support?


That was it. This was obviously from either the McReynolds or the Lehman folks.

How worthless is a poll that does not ask how likely you are to vote?

Seriously, any poll that does not screen out and figure out what percentage are likely voters is more or less worthless. Why go through all of that effort and not ask that question?!?

Interesting email.

I got this from my friend Tony in Rockford. Makes ya think...

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January. In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't have started this war, consider the following:

a. FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us. Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost ... an average of 112,500 >per year.

b. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost ... an average of 18,334 per year.

c. John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

d. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost ... an average of 5,800 per year.

e. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

f. In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking. But it took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation..and if you consider how long it took to democracize Japan and Germany after WWII, the time in Iraq since the war ended is not that long either. We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records. It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy Saddam's Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick! It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB ! The military morale is high!

The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.

August 27, 2006

Dress Code for Gilmore

While I am not sure it will do much to curb misbehavior, I love the idea of a dress code. I hope this expands to all RUSD schools, including some slovenly teachers. Kids and faculty alike have their degenerates who don't seem to mind that they look like they just rolled out of bed. How hard is it to put on a decent shirt and pair of pants?

Two honest school board members speak up

Unlike the five who follow like sheep to the tune of RAMAC, SCJ, and Dr. Hicks, Randy Bangs and Brian Dey spoke out against the first ever RUSD Annual Report.

The Racine Journal Times posted contrary arguments from seven of the nine school board members on it's site and in the newspaper relating to the annual report. Dey and Bangs narrow it down to two key issues which is what many taxpayers have been asking.

A. Where is the data to show signs of any improvement?

B. Why are some still impressed with the superintendent after five years of no results?

If you click on the link above, you will see follow up commentary by Brian Dey in the blog related to the story. Opponents can only throw personal attacks at him and blogs. No substantive disagreement could be found.

Good for you Brian and Randy!

Note: The commentary by the five sheep can be found by clicking here. Board Members Julie McKenna and Armin Clobes did not offer any comment.

Funny Stuff.

I just looked to see if Donovan Riley's website was still up. (It is)

Look at this right on the first page...

Traditional Democratic Values:
  • economic opportunity, social justice, personal freedom
  • health care for all
  • ensuring women can make their own decisions about reproductive health
  • safety without concealed guns
  • fair elections

Fair elections? From this guy, you have got to be kidding me?!?

Saftey without concealed guns??? Yeah it works just fine in 48 other states...

Never mind, this one was good too, under the header important dates:

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 6:30 pm. Brady Street Area Association Sponsors 7th State Senate District Candidate ForumTamarack School, 1150 East Brady Street, Lower LevelThe candidates will address a variety of critical issues facing our district. Questions by audience members will be submitted.

So important he didn't even go.

Mr. Riley if you are not running any more take down your website please.

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