September 23, 2006

The most worthless family photo of all time.


H/T Cyber Dad.

Man, Babs is lookin' bad.


If this is what bitterness, hate and rage does to you, count me out.

Dear God

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Talking veggies stir controversy at NBC


LOS ANGELES - Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber always had a moral message in their long-running "VeggieTales" video series. But now that the vegetable stars have hit network television, they can't speak as freely as they once did, and that's got the Parents Television Council steamed.

The conservative media-watchdog group issued a statement Wednesday blasting NBC, which airs "VeggieTales," for editing out some references to God from the children's animated show.
"What struck me and continues to strike me is the inanity of ripping the heart and soul out of a successful product and not thinking that there will be consequences to it," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council. "The series is successful because of its biblical world view, not in spite of it. That's the signature to `VeggieTales.'"

"VeggieTales" is a collection of animated home videos for children that encourage moral behavior based on Christian and biblical principles. More than 50 million copies have been sold since 1993, according to Big Idea Inc., which produces the series.

Two weeks ago, NBC began airing 30-minute episodes of "VeggieTales" on Saturday mornings. The show was edited to comply with the network's broadcast standards, said NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks.

"Our goal is to reach as broad an audience as possible with these positive messages while being careful not to advocate any one religious point of view," she said.

"VeggieTales" creator Phil Vischer, who was responsible for readying episodes for network broadcast, said he didn't know until just weeks before the shows were to begin airing that non-historical references to God and the Bible would have to be removed.

Had he known how much he'd have to change the show — including Bob and Larry's tagline, "Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much," that concludes each episode — Vischer said he wouldn't have signed on for the network deal.

"I would have declined partly because I knew a lot of fans would feel like it was a sellout or it was done for money," he said, adding that "there weren't enough shows that could work well without those (religious) references."

All programs set to air on NBC must meet the network's broadcast standards, said Alan Wurtzel, a broadcast standards executive. "VeggieTales" was treated the same as any other program, he said.

"There's a fine line of universally accepted religious values," he said. "We don't get too specific with any particular religious doctrine or any particular religious denomination."
Vischer said he understands the network's position.

"`VeggieTales is religious, NBC is not," he said. "I want to focus people more on `Isn't it cool that Bob and Larry are on television.'"

Marks said the network is "committed to the positive messages and universal values" of the show and expects "VeggieTales" to continue airing.

But Bozell isn't satisfied.

"If NBC is so concerned about that four-letter-word God, then they shouldn't have taken `VeggieTales'," he said. "This just documents the disconnect between Hollywood and the real world."

September 22, 2006

President Clinton Last Days in Office

I gotta admit, this cracks me up.

Bend Over Racine

Another story popped up in the RJT this morning that makes me scratch my head.

The $375 Million dollar facilities plan is getting a thumbs up from district building and grounds director Gary Bishop. The plan calls for a reorganization of the buildings and changing of grade levels. The district would have four types of schools. One type for grades 3 and under, another for grades 4 - 6, junior high and high school. I am not sure what the possible pedagogical effects would be, it could be something worth pursuing. That is if RUSD could afford it. Remodeling would be required for all schools going to the 4th-6th grade format. Those itty-bitty Kindergarten counters, sink and toilets would no longer be useful.

Aside from the Miller Park-esque price tag for implementing the plan, costs after the work is done will exist. For example, bussing would definitely need to increase around the entire district. A child may live within walking distance of an elementary school, but that only covers three, possibly four years. The remainder would have to be on a bus. Logistically speaking, there will be an increased likelihood that siblings won't be at the same school. An increase in Lighted School type programs could result in parents not being able to match up schedules for kids at opposite ends of the elementary grades.

I can't give this plan a ringing endorsement because it has some pretty large questions that need to be tackled, like...

Where is the money going to come from to implement this and the resulting costs?

This district is in need of some credit counseling in a bad way.

Great idea.

There seems to be some confusion as to the conduct between Doyle attorneys and the state elections board. In doubt, was the activity legal or just unethical?

I have a suggestion to make.

Let's make the activity illegal.

Pass a law.

Then we can retroactively apply it to Doyle's lawyers, the elections board members, the Dem party, Doyle himself and anyone else involved in this mess, or named as a power that be.

If precedent counts for anything, the concept of retroactively applying the law has been set.

Of course we could not get this signed into law until Jim Doyle is out of office.

September 21, 2006

Liar Liar


Yeah OK, so I don't have photoshop.

Doyle caught.

I'm late on this as I have been so busy today.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request caught a Doyle lawyer openly lobbying members of the elections board to rule against Mark Green in a campaign cash issue.

In short, the attorney colluded in advance not only to sway but was actually suggesting language to go into the ruling! He said he heard from the powers that be that the Dem part, the Guv's office and "others" would provide cover for the panel members.

The rightosphere is doing a great job of covering this, I'll have more on this later.

However, I have one thing to say right now.

If you support Jim Doyle, you support an unethical, manipulating liar who will do anythign to destroy anyone in his way.

If you support Jim Doyle you are making a statement that partisan hate is more important than ethics in political leaders.

September 20, 2006

RACIST!

Can someone please explain to me how asking to see an ID to vote is racist?

Life at Gitmo....

· Detainees are entitled to a full eight hours sleep and can't be woken up for interrogations.

· They enjoy three meals and five prayers per day, without interruption.

· They are entitled to a minimum of two hours of outdoor recreation per day.

· Interrogations are limited to four hours, usually running two - and (of course) are interrupted for prayers.

One interrogator actually bakes cookies for detainees, while another serves them Subway or McDonald's sandwiches. Both are available on base. (Filet o' Fish is an al Qaeda favorite.)

· Interrogations are not video or audio taped, perhaps to preserve detainee privacy.

· Some 5,000 dental operations (including teeth cleanings) and 5,000 vaccinations on a total of 550 detainees have been performed since 2002 - all at taxpayer expense.

Eyeglasses? 174 pairs handed out.

Twenty two detainees have taxpayer-paid prosthetic limbs.

· Food is strictly halal and averages 4,200 calories per day. (The guards eat the same chow as the detainees, unless they venture to one of the on-base fast-food joints.) Most prisoners have gained weight.

· Detainees have their cases reviewed once a year and get rights roughly equivalent to U.S. criminals held in domestic prisons.

In what previous war were captured enemy combatants eligible for legal review before the war ended?

Answer: NONE

Muslims want further apology from pope

ANKARA, Turkey - Muslims in Turkey, and the Palestinian territories demanded Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI make a clear apology for his remarks on Islam, instead of saying only that he was "deeply sorry" that Muslims had taken offense.

Oh, gee he needs to be clearly sorry instead of deeply sorry.

Peter pointed out to me the Michelle Malkin calls Islam the "Religion of Perpetual Outrage".

So right...

No Oprah for President bid.


Oprah Seeks To Avoid 2008 Draft

Talk show host threatens legal action over fan's campaign.

SEPTEMBER 19--If nominated, Oprah Winfrey will serve...a cease and desist letter. Lawyers for the talk show host are threatening legal action against a retired Kansas City teacher who has mounted a one-man campaign urging the star to run for president in 2008. The entertainer does not want Patrick Crowe, 69, to use her name and image, according to a letter from Winfrey attorney Jerry Glover, a copy of which you'll find below. Through counsel, Winfrey contends that Crowe's use of the Oprah name "falsely implies" that she and her firm, Harpo, Inc., sponsor or endorse the campaign. Along with a self-published book urging a Winfrey White House bid, Crowe has established a web site--Oprah08.net--to push her candidacy. Crowe, a fan who believes a future Winfrey campaign would change the face of American politics, also drives a 1959 Ford with the license plate OPRAH8 and maintains a toll-free hotline, 1-866-OPRAH-08. Though he sells his book ($29.47), an Oprah for President t-shirt ($22.47), and buttons and bumper stickers, Crowe says that his effort is not a for-profit one. To date, he estimates, the Winfrey undertaking has cost him about $65,000.

H/T The Smoking Gun.

September 19, 2006

Jim Doyle on Taxes

What Jim Doyle said about taxes (Wisconsin Broadcasters Debate, October 4, 2002):

Doyle opening statement: I know we’re not in this mess because the taxpayers haven’t done their fair share. New taxes are not the answer.

What Jim Doyle did: Jim Doyle vetoed the property tax freeze three times causing property taxes to increase by $600 million over the last four years.

Jim Doyle on the State Budget.

What Jim Doyle said about balancing the state budget (Wisconsin Broadcasters Debate, October 4, 2002):

Doyle opening statement: Accounting tricks aren’t the answer.

What Jim Doyle did (in the words of the Janesville Gazette editorial board): “When he released his budget more than a year ago, Doyle masked spending by using shell games that have gone on too long in Wisconsin. He siphoned money from segregated accounts and used accounting tricks to make his budget look balanced. If his plan had been prepared using the private sector’s generally accepted accounting practices, Doyle’s administration would have been accused of fraud” (Janesville Gazette, July 29, 2006).

Jim Doyle on Shared Revenue.

What Jim Doyle said about shared revenue for local units of government (We the People debate, October 29, 2002):

Question: Let me interrupt, if I could, Mr. Doyle. Would you cut shared revenue?
Doyle: I would not cut shared revenue.
Question: At all?
Doyle: At all.

What Jim Doyle did: Jim Doyle proposed a 7 percent cut in shared revenue in his first budget. Doyle’s broken promise on shared revenue and veto of the tax freeze helped fuel the property tax increases.

Jim Doyle on negative campaigning.

What Jim Doyle said about the negative campaign he and then-Governor McCallum were involved in (Western Wisconsin Press Club debate, October 16, 2002):

Question: Anna and I would like to hear how Mr. Doyle and Governor McCallum defend their advertising campaigns.
Doyle: Let’s stop the negative ads.

What Jim Doyle did: Jim Doyle began running attack ads against Mark Green in July of this year. He has already run three untrue attack ads. Mark Green has yet to run any such ad. Doyle also refused to sign a clean campaign pledge which included a spending limit of $5.5 million – or about $1 for every man, woman and child in Wisconsin.

Let's be careful out there.

Mrs. RealDebate, while driving on the Mitchel interchange saw a Smart car with a Shorewest realty sign on it.

Get this, the Smart was actually in the FAST LANE!

So be careful and try not to run over the little guy, you wouldn't want to hurt someone and get Michael Hupy or Habish & Rotier after you!

Jim Doyle on Education

What Jim Doyle said about UW tuition (Western Wisconsin Press Club debate, October 16, 2002):

Doyle: As governor of the state of Wisconsin, I’m going to make sure the university is affordable for every single student.
Question: Attorney General Doyle, a follow-up. So, “affordable,” does that mean you would support a 10 percent cap in the next budget?
Doyle: Well, yes. And frankly, 10 percent seems pretty high to me.

What Jim Doyle did: Tuition for Wisconsin students has increased by over 50 percent – at the same time, tuition on out-of-state students was lowered.

Thought of the week.

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

BONUS THOUGHT.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

Senate set to consider fence bill

The Senate, which has been the major obstacle to strict border-security legislation this year, will take up a bill this week that calls for constructing 700 more miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. "It's time to secure the border with Mexico," Majority Leader Bill Frist said last night before filing the parliamentary motions to force the House-passed bill onto the Senate floor in a final effort to get a major immigration bill on the president's desk before the elections.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Minority Leader Harry Reid, said the move "smacks of desperation" and was a "clear repudiation of President Bush's call for comprehensive legislation."

The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was easily approved by the House last week, contains none of the "comprehensive" measures that President Bush, Democrats and some Senate Republicans have demanded. Those include provisions to grant citizenship rights to about 10 million illegal aliens living in the country and a guest-worker program that would usher hundreds of thousands more foreign laborers into the U.S.

And who do we have to thank for trying to get something done, doing the most important thing by trying to secure the border?

Thank you for being a leader Congressman Sensenbrenner.

September 18, 2006

Iran leader says pope remarks part of US-Israeli conspiracy


Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has said remarks by the pope on Islam and violence were just the latest "links in the chain" of a US-Israeli conspiracy aimed at creating conflict between religions.

In related news, it seems Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei, has been taking Professor Barrett's class on Islam by mail order. He has been given extra credit and passed his final early with an A++++++.

The religion of peace again.

This is exactly the kind of speech that CAIR and Russ Feingold should be upset about...

The Pope must die, says Muslim

A notorious Muslim extremist told a demonstration in London yesterday that the Pope should face execution.

Anjem Choudary said those who insulted Islam would be "subject to capital punishment".

His remarks came during a protest outside Westminster Cathedral on a day that worldwide anger among Muslim hardliners towards Pope Benedict XVI appeared to deepen.

The pontiff yesterday apologised for causing offence during a lecture last week. Quoting a medieval emperor, his words were taken to mean that he called the prophet Mohammed "evil and inhuman".

He insisted he was "deeply sorry" but his humbling words did not go far enough to silence all his critics or quell the violence and anger he has triggered.

A nun was shot dead in Somalia by Islamic gunmen and churches came under attack in Palestine.

Choudary's appeal for the death of Pope Benedict was the second time he has been linked with apparent incitement to murder within a year.

The 39-year-old lawyer organised demonstrations against the publication of cartoons of Mohammed in February in Denmark. Protesters carried placards declaring "Behead Those Who Insult Islam".

Yesterday he said: "The Muslims take their religion very seriously and non-Muslims must appreciate that and that must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the prophet.

"Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment."
He added: "I am here have a peaceful demonstration. But there may be people in Italy or other parts of the world who would carry that out.

"I think that warning needs to be understood by all people who want to insult Islam and want to insult the prophet of Islam."

Read the rest of this hate speech if you would like to here.

Senator Feingold, you want to be President there is no secret there, you are going to have to deal with these people should you win. How would you do it, by censuring the Pope? Or are you going to give them a stern midwestern talking to?

Nelson cited for marijuana possession


Is this a surprise? Not really... However...

LAFAYETTE, La. -

Willie Nelson and four others were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop Monday morning on a Louisiana highway, state police said.

The citations were issued after a commercial vehicle inspection of the country music star's tour bus, state police said in a news release.

"When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana," the news release said. A search of the bus produced 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana and 0.2 pounds of narcotic mushrooms, according to state police.

A pound and a half of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Lousiana and they can not figure out how come people could not get out in advance of Hurricane Katrina.

Fantasy Football Update.

The Debate Team is now 2&0 after handing Casper a stinging 3.5 point defeat (thank you Peyton Manning).

Our next victim.... Fraley.

Bring it.

Best smackdown of the week.... "This week the Wackos will shred the Colby! I'll beat you like Peg Lautenboozer."

Monday Random Quotes.


Eat yer spinach, but wash the poo off first. Owen.

Crybaby! She called him a crybaby! Folkbum.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest … Peter.

Ah yes... those representatives of "The Religion of Peace" Kate.

I like to Vote, and watch people grow Marijuana... Nick

Woe is us. Our business climate is going downhill... Xoff

It beats ditch digging... Wiggy.

With a little food we're easily bought. Sean.

Anyone else out there play sheepshead? Clint.

Meee-ow. Jenna.

He has a lot less makeup than he did four years ago, thank God. Fraley.

...tech nerd middle managers are not generally known to be snappy dressers. Scott

September 17, 2006

"Pro" Sports in Wisconsin

I was listening to a local sports radio program this afternoon because I grow tired of the endless Packer coverage on WTMJ. They were talking Brewers' baseball and brought a truly frightening statistic to light.

Since the 1982 AL Championship season, the Brewers have had the following:

Playoff appearances - 0
Winning seasons - 1
.500 seasons - 1
Losing seaosns - 22

What else can you add to that grim realization? I won't stop being a Brewers fan, which was a topic on the program. It does sadden me to think of what misery we have endured. The only other team to not make the playoffs in that stretch is Montreal/Washington, and they would have if it weren't for the strike of 1994.

Who knew...

Ryan Longwell just threw a 16 yard touchdown pass.

Let's sort out the kids

RUSD has released demographic data showing that two-thirds of the schools in Racine are out of compliance with desegregation* practices.

Why can't the school board focus on education? They have instead run all of these numbers and are developing plan after plan to make some magical balance of ethnicities in each school. They have even created an ad hoc committee on equity and access. That would tell me that these schools that are out of utopian racial balance have programs that are different than those who have obtained racial bliss. Any parent can send their child to any elementary school in the district, provided they are not at capacity. So who does not have equal access to a program or school of their liking?

I have been accused of ranting without a solution or defining RUSD's rationale. I cannot speak to their rationale specifically, but two words come to mind Political Correctness. If that is in fact their motive, then shame on them for foregoing educational quality to accommodate a practice that only shut ups some whiners. My solution, tell the whiners to worry about education and perhaps the school board will follow suit.

*Note: for the umpteenth time, this term implies that Unified is intentionally segregating students, which is not the case.

Dear God.

Just a reminder to the Cheddarsphere...


DOYLE LIES.

Seems like everyone I read on the right side of the cheddarsphere is coming out against those who showed up to heckle Mr. Doyle at a speech on the e-coli spinach thing.

It would not surprise me in the least if those were plants by Doyle to try and make Green supporters look bad.

Oh go ahead get outraged that I am making allegations.

Look, Mark Green transfered money to his campaign, then the election board changes the rule after he does it and Doyle and his cronies are putting out ads saying Green is dirty.

You change the rule tomorrow about what I did today, then you want to punish me under the rule and claim I unethical because of it?

This would be like them lowering the freeway speedlimit to 55 today and claiming you are a chronic speeder and giving you a ticket because you drove the 65 mph limit that was legal yesterday.

This is not the first time the Doyle campaign has lied and tried to mislead, how are these hecklers any different?

Remember the stem cell lie, Mark Green s trying to outlaw stem cell research. A LIE.

Frankly that kind of behavior reaks of Jim Doyle supporters, not Mark Green people.

Why do Republicans have a harder time winnig elections in this state?

Ethics.

We got 'em.

They don't.