October 28, 2006
I would like to offer my personal thanks to Racine Mayor Gary Becker who is more concerned with his reputation than public safety.
My thanks to the Racine Police department. They reacted quickly and professionally.
Is there any coincidence that this happened the day after I broke a major story on the Governor?
Yesterday Falk supporters began running a television ad which lies about J.B. Van Hollen's prosecution of Stanley Newago in Bayfield County in 2000. They allege Van Hollen could have revoked Newago's bail on an assault charge prior to Newago's commission of a brutal murder.
That is a lie.
The evidence that the GWC ad is demonstrably false is overwhelming according to a bipartisan analysis.
Frank Tuerkheimer is one of the preeminent authorities on Wisconsin Criminal law. He is a University of Wisconsin Law Professor and of counsel to the Madison firm of LaFollette Godfrey and Kahn. He has been United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, an Associate Watergate Prosecutor and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. As a private attorney, he has represented public interest groups for almost 30 years. He has also written in the areas of Evidence, Criminal Law and Privacy and has testified on these issues before Senate committees.
"Frank Tuerkheimer, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin who has endorsed Falk, said there would have been no reason for Van Hollen to ask for revocation of Newago's bail unless something else had happened or he appeared to be a flight risk." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 28, 2006.
District Attorneys from throughout the state agree with Tuerkheimer.
"Van Hollen's handling of that case was text book" said Washington Co. District Attorney Todd Martens. "Speaking of text books, perhaps the Falk team should take a refresher course on criminal prosecution. They either don't know what they are talking about, or their purposely trying to deceive Wisconsin voters."
Several Democrat county prosecutors have also said the advertisement is a lie. "I'm ashamed to say this is being done to help a fellow Democrat" said Pepin Co. District Attorney Jon Siefert. "I'm proud to be a Democrat but I want the world to know I don't tolerate that kind of garbage. I hope the ad never runs, but if it does, shame on the Falk team."
"That television commercial by the Falk supporters is off base," said Iron Co. District Attorney Martin Lipske. "It's disgusting and not true. JB Van Hollen achieved the ultimate disposition on the Newago case and that is a sign that he is the only true prosecutor in this race. Fighting crime and bringing justice to victims is not a partisan battle. I'm a Democrat, but I support JB Van Hollen because he is the only candidate running who has experience bringing justice to victims of violent crime."
Adams County District Attorney Mark Thibodeau yesterday became the third Democrat District Attorney to chastise the Falk team for a sleazy new ad. "An ad such as the one now running shows the Falk team's lack of understanding of the way the criminal justice system works," said Thibodeau, a Democrat.The Van Hollen campaign had previously sent a letter to the Falk campaign and her supporters, providing them the facts of the Newago case and warning them not to produce an ad which distorted the actual record. Her supporters refused to comply.
Kathleen Falk is hiding and has refused all requests to comment directly on the ad.
Falk is trailing in the polls and has been on the defensive for a lack of experience and left wing history that has made it hard for her to gain the support of mainstream Democrats. Her team has resorted to a desperate lie to rescue her faltering campaign.
Van Hollen is now endorsed by a stunning 46 sheriffs and 55 district attorneys; of those 101 top law enforcement professionals backing Van Hollen, 18 are Democrats. Van Hollen is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Union of Police Associations/AFL-CIO, the Wisconsin Troopers' Association, the Wisconsin Sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs Association, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the Milwaukee Police Association, the Milwaukee Sheriff's Deputies Association, the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization, the Racine Police Association, the New Berlin Professional Police Association and the Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association.
NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters Life!) - A new fast food is making its debut at U.S. fairs this fall -- fried Coke.
Abel Gonzales, 36, a computer analyst from Dallas, tried about 15 different varieties before coming up with his perfect recipe -- a batter mix made with Coca-Cola syrup, a drizzle of strawberry syrup, and some strawberries.
Balls of the batter are then deep-fried, ending up like ping-pong ball sized doughnuts which are then served in a cup, topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry on the top.
"It tastes great," said Sue Gooding, a spokeswoman for the State Fair of Texas where Gonzales' fried Coke made its debut this fall. "It was a huge success."
Gonzales ran two stands at the State Fair of Texas and sold up to 35,000 fried Cokes over 24 days for $4.50 each -- and won a prize for coming up with "most creative" new fair food.
Now other fairs in North Carolina and Arizona are following the trend, and other people are trying to emulate Gonzales' recipe.
Gonzales gave no indication of the calories in his creation and said he would not patent it.
"The best I can hope for is that it's the original and hopefully the best fried Coke out there," he said.
But Gonzales said the success of his fried Coke had inspired him. Next year's fair-goers can look forward to fried Sprite or -- for those watching their weight -- fried diet Coke.
"We are trying to cut a lot of the sugar out of it. It has less calories but it's still very, very sweet," he said.
Ray Crockett, a spokesman for Coca-Cola Co., said: "We're constantly amazed at the creative ways folks find to enjoy their Coke and make it part of celebrations like fairs and festivals. This is one is definitely different!"
Is there anything they won't stick in bubbling oil at 350 degrees?
The WRA is a non-partisan group. The WRA functions to promote the realty business and expansion in the state of Wisconsin, period. They do not have a political agenda.
Remember the vote here was 35-2. Try and get 37 people into a room who agree on anything politically and you will likely have an exceedingly difficult time doing so.
This data is from Site Selection Magazine. It is pretty much what it sounds like, a trade rag about economic development. It tells all on its own the Jim Doyle story on Wisconsin economic development.
It is my opinion the WRA Board turned away the Jim Doyle political threat and took the risk of having a hostile executive because of his business and economic development record over his tenure as Governor.
When you look at the raw numbers this all makes sense. Menards wanted to expand here, in Jim Doyle's Wisconsin they got fed up with Doyle's DNR and left. Now we have UW Milwaukee ignoring the DNR and going ahead with construction of a new dorm without DNR approval. The difference of course is the size of donations to Governor Doyle.
The record is what the record is. Under Jim Doyle and his economic climate for business we are lagging way behind. The WRA gets that, I hope the voters do as well.
October 27, 2006
They are purposely trying to attach him to a case that he had nothing to do with.
What I want to know of my left leaning readers is simple. Are you willing to condemn Xoff, his Greater Wisconsin Committee and Kathleen Falk for keeping quiet about it?
I have been saying for some time that todays Dems are willing to do ANYTHING to get power.
This proves my point.
This is disgusting. I didn't know why anyone would vote for Kathleen Falk based on qualifications, now after this I don't know how anyone could keep their lunch while voting for her.
Honesty, no. Ethichs, hell no. This is your democratic party. Bill Christoferson is a completely discredited hack.
We have lefties here today poo-pooing my researched and verified story on Doyle. Will they as readily attack their own?
We'll see, but I doubt it.
Thank you for Voting!
498 (78%) Yes. The tide of illegal immigration must be stemmed.
117 (18%) No. We should not discourage anyone from coming to America.
20 (3%) I don't care.
How much do you want to bet this is not the result they wanted?!?
In that very release he tried to slime his opponent while ignoring his less than factual speech and mailings. (remember the bumpergate mailer Lehman sent out AFTER a Democratic DA cleared McReynolds of any wrong doing?)
Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed McReynold's candidacy. There is no doubt in my mind that the Racine Journal Times will endorse Lehman, they have never met a socialist they didn't love, but Lehman knows that will not be enough.
When a candidate calls for an end to the way campaigns are being run and perceived by the public there is only one reason, that campaign message is helping his opponent and hurting him.
What the McReynolds campaign, and some independent groups have done is highlight John Lehman's extreme voting record. The public is learning that John Lehman is no where near as close to the moderate voice he pretends to be come election time, he is a 100% hard-core liberal leftist.
Of course he will not tell you that, die-hard liberals know that few people can support an extreme left-wing voting record that is why all liberals sound like conservatives come election time.
John Lehman sees the writing on the wall. His candidacy is in big trouble, that is the ONLY reason he is trying to wave the white flag on campaign tactics.
October 26, 2006
I have obtained a fund-raising memo sent out to Wisconsin NAIOP members. From their website, the NAIOP is "a national association with an extensive chapter network that represents the interest of developers and owners of industrial, office and related commercial real estate throughout North America"
In this memo Wisconsin Chapter NAIOP President Michael Mooney makes a startling allegation in regards to Governor Doyle while he was doing a fifteen-minute presentation in front of The Wisconsin Realtor's Association (WRA) political board that Mooney also serves on.
The WRA political board interviewed Governor Doyle and Congressman Mark Green in order to determine which candidate to endorse.
The following paragraph is directly from this memo: The short story is that Green would be as good for our state’s economy and, therefore, our industry, as the best years of Tommy Thompson. Doyle would be the opposite. He obviously knows his case with us is weak because he both began and ended his presentation to the Committee with threats that if the real estate industry didn’t support him, or at least stay neutral, we would be on the outs with his entire administration.
You read that right. According to Mooney, Jim Doyle threatened the WRA board saying if they did not endorse them, or stay neutral on the matter, they would not receive any positive treatment from his administration.
These people are the business development and real estate development professionals of this state. This is how our Governor treats them, with threats?!? He should be bending over backwards to find ways to work with the WRA, not to threaten them.
This activity on behalf of Jim Doyle is outrageous.
I spoke with Michael Theo of the WRA about this matter; he declined to comment on the Governor's statement but did confirm that the entire board voted to endorse Congressman Green by a 35 to 2 margin.
Mooney's memo said the same thing: After thorough review of the entire picture of each candidate, and despite the political blackmail threats, the Committee and, later the full WRA Board, overwhelmingly (35-2) voted to endorse Mark Green for Governor. The Wisconsin Builders and the Metro Builders have done the same. Threats or not, it was quite clear that this was the right choice for our industry and, really, the right choice for the economy of our state.
This seems eerily close to pay for play to me. You ask for an endorsement, you make your case for an endorsement, you sell your case for an endorsement, you do NOT threaten business leaders into an endorsement.
I've had this story for a week. I understand this came from a fund raising letter and that in itself made the story suspect to me. I took my time and confirmed every step of this and believe it to be true.
This is your Governor, Wisconsin. One whose relationship is so bad with business leaders in this state that he has to attempt to threaten them into an endorsement. Thankfully the WRA board was strong enough to not bow down to this blackmail.
I've made several sales calls to this business/house. I can tell you without reservation that nothing in this story seems out of line to me. This place is every bit this strange, probably stranger.
I think as they review these 500 video tapes they will find all kinds of stuff that makes me shiver.
UPDATE: 18 felony counts and a 2nd victim.
UPDATE II: This story will supposedly be highlighted on CNN's Nancy Grace show at 7pm this evening.
States added today: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota and Virginia.
Has our Governor Jim Doyle, who loves to talk about his program to encourage people to buy drugs illegaly from Canada, picked up the damn phone and asked, no begged, Wal-Mart to include Wisconsin in this program?
I have looked and can find no evidence that he has. Why? Is Governor so engrained with the Democratic party Wal-Mart is evil stance that he can not pick up the phone and try to make something good happen for Wisconsin residents?
That is a reasonable restraint. This would allow juries the option in the most heinous crimes.
I encourage you to vote yes.
The Twins have plans to build a stadium with no roof. While I hate domed baseball, Miller Park is done well. Open the roof when it's not raining and close it when it is. I do despise it that they close the roof when it's just chilly outside. Baseball should be played outdoors if at all possible, but the technology exists so we don't have to allow the weather to dictate play.
October 25, 2006
- Gay marraige is already illegal in Wisconsin.
- The reason an ammendment is necessary is to stop activist judges from making new law.
- This is not simply an issue from the right for turnout despite what the left is telling you. Their own Senate election strategy memo said as much, they are using that point for perceived political gain, they know it is not true. If anything I think this spurs turnout on the left.
- In my opinion marraige is a gift from God between a man and a woman and should remain that way.
- This is a society based on laws and contracts. If two gay peope wish to enter into a contractual relationship that somehow mimics marriage, fine. Just call it something other than marriage.
- If you are confused that is because the people in favor of gay marriage are putting out misleading information to trick you into voting for them. If you are opposed to gay marraige and wish to make it so activist judges can not force this on you, vote yes.
Finally, and most importantly I am 100% positive people will come along and call me a hater and every dirty name in the book for not being in favor of this.
I don't care, and they are all wrong. I am so tired of people being labeled as haters by the supposedly tolerant left.
October 24, 2006
NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University say most men are always thinking of sex.
Always???? We also think about food, football and cars. Some of the more evolved of the species also consider faith, social issues, politics...
The way Republicans like to tell it, Harold Ford Jr. partied with Playboy playmates at a Super Bowl Party last year.
So, was he there or not?
Responses from the Memphis Democrat and his campaign have varied:
His campaign, when asked Monday, said the war in Iraq, not Playboy parties, is what reporters should be inquiring about in the U.S. Senate race.
Then, later in the day, campaign adviser Michael Powell said, "Consider the source. It was in a gossip column."
In Ford's own words, he told interviewer George Stephan-opoulos a couple of Sundays ago, "I've never been to a Playboy mansion party."
I'm so confused.
Hello, can i ask you a few questions in regards to the upcoming elections? Yes.
Did you vote in the 2002 or 2004 elections? Yes, both.
In the race for State Senate are you more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican one? May I ask you a question?
Um, Ok. Do you even know who my candidates are for State Senate?
No. You are not qualified to ask me any more questions.
By the way I will be voting for Republican candidate Bill McReynolds and not Democratic candidate John Lehman.
Gee I wonder who's poll that was, or where they get these people?
The result could be delays in knowing whether Democrats capture one or both houses of the U.S. Congress, or whether President George W. Bush's Republicans keep control.
"In close elections, it may be days and weeks before a winner is known in a particular race," said Paul DeGregorio, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, created to oversee a 2002 election law overhaul.
You see two or three of these stories every day. They remind me of someone getting their excuse ready and something else that was much ado about nothing.
“In his desperate attempt to hold on to power, Jim Doyle continues to run the most dishonest campaign Wisconsin has ever seen. His latest ad, which is part of a national smear campaign by Democrats, flat out lies about my record on stem cell research. However, using a celebrity to further Jim Doyle’s false attacks does not make them any more true.
“I want Michael J. Fox and anyone suffering from illness to get well, which is why I have cosponsored legislation that increased funding for stem cell research and doubled funding for the National Institutes of Health. I helped secure funding to establish the national stem cell bank located in Madison and voted for the very funding that helped promote the existing stem cell lines that were developed at UW-Madison.
“I have a plan to invest $25 million in state funding to go directly to stem cell research through WiCell to conduct peer-reviewed research into the creation and use of embryonic stem cell lines without destroying human embryos in the process – technologies that offer the promise of possible cures without any of the previous ethical concerns.
“I met a few weeks back with Brent Schreibel and his family. Brent is a young man with juvenile diabetes. Brent and his family share my desire to find a cure for a disease that affects so many Wisconsin families. But they recognize, as thousands of other families in our state do, that recent breakthroughs in stem cell research offer the chance to take the politics out of science. Finding cures should never have been made into a political attack ad. The people of Wisconsin deserve better.”
H/T Casper r.e. Net Neutrality
Actually it was more of a tornado than a storm handing Owen's Sanders Sabers team a stunning 40 point defeat. At that we even had one running back pull up lame at game time.
Coming up a powerful Teach3 team, Laura's team is tough: Carson Palmer, Joe Horn, Larry Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, she is loaded for bear and just had her best week of the season.
Get ready Laura.
October 23, 2006
Non-sophomores at the Racine public high schools won't be getting a full day of school this week. Instead they will be asked to come late so the 10th graders can have a quiet building. The linked article explaining what his happening along with some email comments by School Board member, Brian Dey, sum it up nicely.
My summation, another bonehead decision by the RUSD administration.
Little Ms. Crabby Pants. Casper.
I used my horn today. Aaron.
...None of us had a very firm position. Jenna.
Be a big girl. Phelony.
I don’t look much like Robin Leach. Steve.
My 70's funk music... Doreen.
Heck, even dead Republicans vote Democrat. Peter.
There was a time I wanted to be a journalist. Amy.
"macaca" levels? Sykes.
Something that resembles drier lint... Nick
What a dork I was in my teenage years. Dennis York.
Rose Bowl? Kathy.
Da dum da de dum... Me.
Good enough for me :) Bubbi.
October 22, 2006
I'll wait here while you surf your favorite news sites... Go on, I'll wait.
Da dum da de dum...
Hey, welcome back.
So what'd you find? 4,000 stories of what will things look like under Democratic control, supposition as to which office Speaker Pelosi will take, stuff like that.
Story after story of how the Republicans are not energized and there really is no need to have this election, the only open question is to how many seats will the Democrats control congress by?
Double bonus points if you discovered the term blue wave or which Republicans have come to Senator Biden in confidence saying they are willing to vote him (all 8 or 9 of them).
For leftie I want you to tune out for a minute, the rest of you read on.
I'm in touch with area Republicans, people who do the work, man the offices, manage the campaigns and the candidates themselves. I have never seen the party this energized in an off year election, never. All of this talk about rightie staying home is wishful thinking, it just isn't true.
What you are seeing is ticked off lefties hyperventalting because they are starting to think they really have a chance.
Ok, you lefties can tune back in now.
Pay attention now, I'm going to make a bold prediction. THE REPUBLICANS WILL RETAIN CONTROL OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS ON 11-08. The Democrats will make some gains, but not enough to take control.
The prognosticators have Kerry Kounting disorder. Remember that, we keep all the Gore seat and add... When did you see a story of Democrats in trouble of losing their house seats? Nowhere, yet I am aware of at least 4 who will likely lose their seats which moves the donkeys number to 19, not 15.
An honest analysis of this shows an out of control press and a party convinced it has already won. Have you looked at the samples of any of these polls? They may shake your opinion up a bit.
Did you know that in the most recent Gallup poll on turnout projection Republicans and Democrats are now roughly even in terms of anticipated turnout in the midterm congressional elections? The voting intentions of the large pool of registered voters is now similar to the voting intentions of the smaller pool of likely voters, showing no disproportionate impact of turnout in either direction!
Not exactly what you have been reading is it?
Look, this thing is far from over even though the Democrats and the press want you to think it is. Get out and vote, talk to your friends and neighbors and don't buy the hype.
The collective squealing you hear is our Democratic readers having a good yuck at how clueless they feel my analysis is. Well that's the beautiful thing about this format, in a couple of weeks we'll see who's right and who's wrong. If I'm right, they'll say we cheated even though 97.543% of vote fraud will have been perpetuated by donkey. They will not accept defeat lightly.
Oh, and they will not fire Howard Dean. (and our guys will celebrate leaving him in charge)
I'll just remind you there were a ton of these same experts who said the Democrats would take the House in '02 and '04. Like a different take on things? Read this prediction in Barron's.
We tend to believe what we would like to happen rather than what is likely to happen. If you think you have a good read on things, enter our election contest. My instincts tell me things are not as bad as the media and the Democratic party would have you believe.
Too many people read too much into campaign signs, but this little array I ran by on Saturday I found so interesting I had to go back today with camera in hand.
Yes, you see that right, a McReynolds sign right alongside a Kohl sign and a Doyle sign. Either this is a Republican who has no idea who Robert Lorge and Mark Green are, or (a more likely scenario) a Democrat who just can not stomach the thought of Mr . Tax Increaser himself, John Lehman, getting a promotion to the state senate.
Speaking of John Lehman, a press release went out today highlighting an interesting point.
This summer outgoing Senator Cathy Stepp, in a bipartisan measure with local Rep Bob Turner, got $100,000 for anti-gang violence measures entered into the budget for Racine. The Governor even came to Racine for a big ceremony to hand out the cash.
John Lehman voted against this.
Racine has a gang problem folks, John Lehman is so out of touch with this community he voted against this bipartisan measure for the community.
If there is a more out of touch candidate out there than John Lehman, I don't know who it is.
The Illinois Democrat said he could no longer stand by the statements he made after his 2004 election and earlier this year that he would serve a full six-year term in Congress. He said he would not make a decision until after the Nov. 7 elections.
"That was how I was thinking at that time," said Obama, when asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about his previous statements.
Reaction from the Clinton camp:
Just about every prognostication I have heard this year on the UW Madison Football Badgers has been 100% wrong.
Under a new coach having lost who knows how many seniors the Badgers have stomped on all they have come across, despite the doom sayers. Excluding Michigan of course, and the Badgers at least put a scare into them in the first half.
I don't really follow college football, waaaaaaaaaaaay too much to keep track of.
However, this Badger team is fun to watch. Yesterday they took one of the most prolific offenses in the country and kept them to three points.
Left on the schedule are, Illinois, Penn State and Buffalo at home and a road game at Iowa.
The Badgers should win all of those games. Who would of thought the Badgers would be 11-1 this year? Not me.
This team could.... emphasis could get a BCS bowl bid.