November 4, 2006

Breaking News:Sheriff Carlson's car at fund raiser.

Aug 25, Rivermoor Country Club, Waterford.

Pictured here is Racine County Sheriff Bob Carlson's car at a golf outing / fundraiser benefiting his own election.

Another example of Sheriff Carlson's disregard for campaign laws.

Will the Journal Times look into this before election day?

Breaking News: Racine sheriff Bob Carlson using County resources for election purposes.

Racine Sheriff Bob Carlson should know the law, after all he is the Sheriff.

Well the picture you are looking at it is the Sheriff's county issued vehicle parked on the side of Sunnyslope Road talking to condo residents about his election bid.

An observant citizen stopped and asked the Sheriff about it and was basically told to mind his own business because the Sheriff lived close by. The Sheriff then got in the car with his daughters and drove away. Why is the Sheriff driving his daughters around in a county car doing campaign work?

Hang on, let me call Scott Jensen to see if this is illegal.

Yep, that is against the law Sheriff.

The citizen who had this encounter is filing a complaint with the State elections & ethics board.

Like all good citizens, when they stumble into a story they think the Racine Journal Times will ignore, they send it in to RealDebate.

But wait, there's more...

What is this, but fund raising invites going out on County stationary...

Bob, that is illegal too. You have to separate the campaign stuff from the official stuff, don't you know that? Or don't you care?

I'm sure you are aware so you must not care.

These are ridiculous abuses by the Sheriff, I call on the Journal Times (who has endorsed Carlson) to publish this material and show the people of Racine just who their Sheriff is before Tuesdays election.


The next time someone sources Wikipedia remember this...


The term Mediterranean derives from the Latin mediterraneus, 'inland' (medius, 'middle' + terra, 'land, earth'), in Greek "mesogeios". Leprichauns live in the ocean. I love you, it is called the "Hinder Sea", sometimes translated as "Western Sea", (Deut. xi. 24; Joel, ii. 20), and also the "Sea of the Philistines" (Exod. xxii. 81), because that people occupied a large portion of its shores near the Israelites. Mostly, however, it was the "Great Sea" (Num. xxxiv. 6, 7; Josh. i. 4, ix. 1, xv. 47; Ezek. xlvii. 10, 15, 20), or simply "The Sea" (1 Kings, v. 9; comp. 1 Macc. xiv. 34. xv. 11). In Hebrew, it is called "ha-Yam ha-Tikhon" (הַיָּם הַתִּיכוֹן), "the middle sea", a literal adaptation of the German equivalent Mittelmeer. In Turkish, it is Akdeniz, "the white sea". In Arabic, it is Al-Baħr Al-Abyad Al-Muttawasit (البحر الأبيض المتوسط), "the middle white sea".


Bucher accuses board of meetings violation in Green decision

About flippin' time.

MADISON, Wis. — An issue in the governor’s campaign that almost everyone thought had faded — whether the state Elections Board fairly decided to strip Republican Congressman Mark Green of hundreds of thousands of dollars from his federal campaign coffers — has erupted all over again with just days to go before the election.

Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher, a Republican, contended that four members of the Elections Board agreed to vote in a group to stop Green from spending the money in the governor’s race before the full board voted — which he said amounted to a violation of Wisconsin’s open meetings laws.

Bucher and the state Ethics Board both launched investigations into the vote after word surfaced Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s campaign attorney, Mike Maistelman, sent e-mails to three Democratic board members urging them to block Green from using the money.

The Ethics Board concluded Oct. 13 there was nothing improper about those contacts or a discussion a top Republican official had with a board member before the vote.

On Friday night, just days before Tuesday’s election, Bucher said he reached the same conclusion as the Ethics Board on criminal charges, but he also raised the open meetings issue.

He declined in an interview Saturday to discuss what evidence he had or to name board members involved.

He said he needs someone to file a notarized complaint before he can bring charges.

That will happen by 8am Monday morning.

Awful House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No shirt, no service? What about no clothes at all? A couple that began squabbling in a motel room Friday morning carried their dispute over to an adjacent Waffle House restaurant in the nude, police said.

The woman, who was not identified, told officers she was staying in a room with Larry Boyd when he took a hit of cocaine, started trashing their room and choked her.

She ran in the buff to the nearby restaurant and locked herself in the bathroom. Boyd, also naked, followed her into the restaurant and then fled in a car.

He was arrested — still naked — after a short chase by police and was charged with driving under the influence and felony evading arrest, among other charges. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Having lived in the south and being very familiar with the Waffle House, this seems....


November 3, 2006


We love our readers.

Sometimes they give a shout out and make a suggestion. I got just such a suggestion tonight.

An election contest. Of course the reader left it up to me to come up with details.

However, the reader did suggest as a prize we could offer up a dinner date with Hillary or Bruce Vilanch. I'm not sure about that, but I like the thought process.

So here is what I have in mind.

Pick the winner and the margin of victory for the following races:

Falk/Van Hollen

In addition, predict who will have control of Congress and the Senate and by how many seats.

Ok so if you think Van Hollen wins 54 to 46 then pick Van Hollen by 8 points.

If you think Democrats control the house by 2 seats then submit Dems +2.

I'm open to suggestions for prizes but at a minimum the winner will carry the title of Real Debate Wisconsin Grand Prognostication Champion until the 2008 election.

Send in your entries!

UPDATE: SCORING SYSTEM. I've been thinking about how to score this. I will award 25 points for each correct prediction. I will then subtract one point from the 25 for every percentage point off of the margin for that prediction. Each incorrect prediction will be worth a negative 10 points with an additional -1 point for the number of points off of the actual margin.

Question. Would it be OK for me to enter my own contest?

FYI, I will bump this every few days to keep it towards the top.

No Joy Here.

So Bob Ney has finally resigned.

I started looking at some comments on the story and what do i find. Partisan Dems doing the happy dance and telling jokes generally thrilled at another rightie thrown under the bus.

I'm just tired of these Democrats. There is no joy in seeing anyone broken down and convicted of any wrong doing, none.

Not in today's dems. They have so much hate in them they find other's misfortunes funny.

How completely pathetic.

If you want that kind of petty nasty hateful leadership, you might want to rethink it.

These are the same people who would look at today's 4.4% unemployment rate and still complain about the economy.


4.4% unemployment...

Congratulations America.

Right now at RDW

IP Address 130.47.34.# (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)
ISP Wisconsin Department of Transportation

It seems whenever I look there is someone poking around from the state, local or the federal government.... When you go to jail for making a political phone call on state property or you have whackos making charges about people who made a hew calls they think may have been personal... why aren't people worrying about how much time people spend reading blogs on state time?

Of course if one of the groups looking for that kind of waste went poking around they would only look at which websites righties in office visited during the course of the day.

Who else is here...

134.48.21.# (Marquette University)ISP Marquette UniversityLocation

That's just Feldstein...

(United Kingdom) IP Address 80.193.23.# (Telewest Broadband)

Cheeri-o Guvner.

192.104.197.# (Lee Enterprises) ISP Lee Enterprises

Everyone wave to the Journal Times... Hi lefties!

140.146.218.# (University of Wisconsin Whitewater)

Get back to class.

165.189.142.# (State of WI Dept. of Administration)

Ah Doyle's office... they are always snooping around, don't they have a state to run instead of digging around the blogs?

169.227.254.# (Milwaukee Public Schools) ISP Milwaukee Public Schools

Yeah, those teachers are sooooooooooooooo busy. Wave to Jay everybody!

IP Address 24.123.87.# (DEMARK-KOLBE-BRODEK)

Ahhh Lawyers, run away...

A great question.

This from a Journal Times blog poster: CNN discussed the fact last night that a large group of voters polled think if the democrats take over Congress the war will be ended in a couple weeks. Another 30% of voters polled said they think within 30 days. Democrat senators followed with comments that this was not true. In fact there seems to be a large division AMONGST democrats on where to go with this for the safety of the country and interest of the people there. What a circus this will be after the elections, with the voters very confused about promises of a clear plan.

The writer assumes the dems take power of course, a premise I disagree with, but they ask a good question!

The only thing Democrats have been able to agree on in regards to the war is they are not George Bush, well except for Joe Lieberman anyway.

Bad Acorn.

From today's Wall Street Journal:

The Acorn Indictments
A union-backed outfit faces charges of election fraud.
Friday, November 3, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

So, less than a week before the midterm elections, four workers from Acorn, the liberal activist group that has registered millions of voters, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms to the Kansas City, Missouri, election board. But hey, who needs voter ID laws?

(No, vote fraud by Acorn, indictments.... That's umpossible)

We wish this were an aberration, but allegations of fraud have tainted Acorn voter drives across the country. Acorn workers have been convicted in Wisconsin and Colorado, and investigations are still under way in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

The good news for anyone who cares about voter integrity is that the Justice Department finally seems poised to connect these dots instead of dismissing such revelations as the work of a few yahoos. After the federal indictments were handed up in Kansas City this week, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that "This national investigation is very much ongoing."

(I wonder if Mr. Biskupic will ever go after our retiring DA who ignored leftie voter fraud for years?)

Let's hope so. Acorn officials bill themselves as nonpartisan (lie) community organizers merely interested in giving a voice to minorities and the poor. In reality, Acorn is a union-backed, multimillion-dollar outfit that uses intimidation and other tactics to push for higher minimum wage mandates and to trash Wal-Mart and other non-union companies.

Operating in at least 38 states (as well as Canada and Mexico), Acorn pushes a highly partisan agenda, and its organizers are best understood as shock troops for the AFL-CIO and even the Democratic Party. As part of the Fannie Mae reform bill, House Democrats pushed an "affordable housing trust fund" designed to use Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits to subsidize Acorn, among other groups. A version of this trust fund actually passed the Republican House and will surely be on the agenda again next year.

Acorn and its affiliates have pulled some real stunts in recent years. In Ohio in 2004, a worker for one affiliate was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters and pillars of the community named Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey. During a Congressional hearing in Ohio in the aftermath of the 2004 election, officials from several counties in the state explained Acorn's practice of dumping thousands of registration forms in their lap on the submission deadline, even though the forms had been collected months earlier.

"You have to wonder what's the point of that, if not to overwhelm the system and get phony registrations on the voter rolls," says Thor Hearne of the American Center for Voting Rights, who also testified at the hearing. "These were Democratic officials saying that they felt their election system in Ohio was under assault by these kinds of efforts to game the system."

(You want the point; for every one of those phony registratnts they get through they can pass an absentee ballot in that phony name. This is how Democrats steal elections)

Given this history, it's not surprising that Acorn is so hostile to voter identification laws and other efforts to ensure fairness and accuracy at the polls. In Missouri last month, the state Supreme Court held that a photo ID requirement to vote was overly burdensome and a violation of the state constitution. Acorn was behind the original suit challenging the statute, and it has brought similar challenges in several other states, including Ohio.

(you mean they want to voter ID so it is easier for them to cheat... where have you heard that before?)

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that blacks today are almost twice as likely as they were in 2004 to say they have little or no confidence in the voting system. Such a finding would seem like a powerful argument for voter ID laws, which consistently poll well among people of all races and incomes and would increase confidence in the voting process. Of course, voter ID laws would also cut down on fraud, which, judging from the latest indictments, would put a real crimp in Acorn's style.

(thank you for keeping the environment ripe for cheaters Governor Doyle)

November 2, 2006

One of those moments.

Drudge is leading with this...


What this means, I have no idea. On its face it would seem the NYT possibly has evidence of WMD Programs in Iraq. I can not believe they would release that news four days in advance of the election.

A November surprise from the NYT though I am sure would surprise exactly no one.

One thing is sure, it will not take long to figure out exactly what this is all about.

Big news tomorrow, stay tuned.

UPDATE: The headline is... U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer, you can read it here.

The net effect, Iranians could have learned something to help their nuke program from a gov't website...

I love these guys... They are in denial that Clinton helped along North Korea's nuclear program. (that full speech where Kerry insulted the troops, he denied that Clinton helped along North Korea by the way), and they want to make a big deal that Iran could have picked up something.

Four days in advance of an election and they come out with big bad Iran could have learned something.

So freaking what. You can pick up this crap all over the internet, there are books on the subject yet the NYT wants to put this on Bush.

I thought there might be something in this story, there is.

100% iron clad proof that the New York Times is among the most biased group of Journalists in the world. This is not journalism with this timing for a theory story, this is advocacy.

Fairy Tales.

H/T Clint.

Why is it?

Why is it the same lefties who demanded righties condemn Mark Foley make excuses for Senator Kerry?

Could it be they do not hold themselves to the same standards as they hold others to?

Could it be they are just a bunch of hypocrites?

Yes, that's exactly what it is.

November 1, 2006

Carnival of the Badger Bleg Edition.

The Carnival of the Badger is back at RDW for the fourth time.


The Carnival, created by Nick (he who has his own world) is a great way to get a weekly flavor of the Cheddarsphere. However, it seems the old COB has a mystery about it of late. Namely, will there be a COB next week?

Nick blegs, no one listens. I'm blegging you Cheesers, this is a cool thing. Nick's problem should be managing the waiting list of hosts, not hoping someone steps up.

So step it up Cheddarsphere, volunteer. I am not aware of a host for next week, so right here right now I'm nominating Elliot as next weeks Carnival Master. Get your posts in early I'm sure Elliot will appreciate it! (If no one else steps up Elliot gets to nominate the next host)

And now on with this weeks submissions:

Dean (the thoughtful one) tells a story of how Mr. Kennedy is blegging for attention by playing an old, tired card.

Peter shows the Junior Senator from Massataxus blegging for someone to see him as something other than the imbecile he is.

Kate blegs you to check out her new digs, oh and she kind of agrees with Peter.

James is blegging for Elton John's address.

Patrick is blegging the paper to let him get back to important stuff as he is tired of doing their job.

Aaron, as usual is just blegging for someone, anyone, to notice how clever he is.

Casper has a video bleg for your vote and an evening of your time.

Tom is blegging the Menomonee Falls School Board to write a referendum in English.

Marcus blegged me to put two posts up for him. I don't know man...

The blogger news network is blegging me to join, and I have no idea what it is.

I'm not going to point you to any of my posts. I'm going to bleg you to vote for Mark Green and if you are in my neck of the woods Bill McReynolds and Van Wanggard. These are good men, despite the efforts to make them look like sheep dung. They are principled leaders who will make the right votes to protect our communities, improve our schools and lower our taxes by making the tough necessary decisions.

I bleg you to make sure your friends and neighbors get out and participate.

The media and the left are blegging you to think this election is already over. I assure you it is not.

Find five friends and bleg them to participate in the process.

I'm blegging you.

If you are having an oh crap I forgot to send in my submission moment. Feel free to email it to me and I'll post it late.

If you bleg me nice enough.

The following endorsement is brought to you by the letter A

Seriously, two RUSD school board members asked me to post this.

RACINE – Two members of the Racine Unified School Board, Brian Dey and Armin Clobes, endorse Republican candidate for Governor, Mark Green. Citing Green’s plan to improve Wisconsin’s educational system, Board members supported the 70% Solution, raising the bar on academic standards, rewarding teachers for their performance and Mark’s commitment to overhauling the school funding formula.

“Governor Doyle made a pledge in 2002 to overhaul the school funding formula. He has broken that promise”, Dey said. To date, nothing has been brought before the legislature addressing that promise. Green has stated that he would not seek re-election if something weren’t done about school funding under his administration.

According to Roger Dickson, Chief Financial Officer for the district, Unified’s adopted budget meets the 70% solution. The 70% solution states that 70 cents for every dollar goes directly to the classroom. The plan will direct approximately $295 million back into the classroom statewide without increasing taxes.

Another part of the plan addresses the strengthening and modernizing of our academic standards by requiring an additional credit in math and science. “This will help in college preparedness of our graduates, something that hasn’t been addressed in a decade, and really raises the bar for all our students”, Dey said.

Finally, the plan calls for incentive pay increases for teachers based on their performance, not their years of experience. “It is in everyone’s best interest that we direct our resources to our best teachers and treat them like the professionals they are”, Dey states.

Senator Kerry, pay attention please.

Senator Kerry I'd like to tell you something about the American Soldier.

While I am not currently not in a position to hire people, I have been many times in the past.

When faced with the choice of hiring a civilian or a veteran of any of our armed forces, I would choose the veteran EVERY time.

Veterans come with a superior work ethic, a respect for authority and are generally a 4 to 1 chance of being a great employee over a non-military employee.

This is based on personal experience, nothing more. I would ask employers to share their own experiences.

Gee those scientific projections should always be accepted without question.

Popular Mechanics 1954.

(blow this up and read the caption)

Kerry Bomb

***Claire McCaskill's campaign called on Sen. John Kerry to apologize for a "botched joke" he made on Monday. "[McCaskill] said it's a dumb thing to say and he should apologize," said McCaskill spokeswoman Adrainne Marsh.

***"Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said," said Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., running for Senate in Tennessee.

***"Sen. Kerry's remarks were poorly worded and just plain stupid," said Montana Senate President Jon Tester, a Democrat trying to unseat GOP Sen. Conrad Burns. "He owes our troops and their families an apology."

***"I'm sorry he did what he did. But I think the issue ... we want to make sure it doesn't confuse the subject of the war in Iraq," Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin, running for Senate in Maryland, said on CNN.

***A spokesman for Democratic congressional candidate Bruce Braley in Iowa said Braley had decided independently to cancel an event with Kerry scheduled for Thursday. Braley, who is running against Republican Mike Whalen, said in a statement that the White House and Kerry should stop bickering and focus on how to change course in Iraq.

***Meredith Salsbery, a spokeswoman for congressional candidate Tim Walz, said Kerry made the final decision but acknowledged campaign officials were worried that the controversy would distract from his effort to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht.

***DES MOINES, Iowa A Democratic Congressional candidate from Iowa is canceling a campaign event later this week with Senator John Kerry. Brucy Braley says Kerry's recent comments about the Iraq war were inappropriate.

John Kerry blew it. This was no joke and no reference to President Bush. He has contempt for our troops and thinks them to be uneducated rubes. He is a disgrace.

Now, unlike our Democratic friends I will not make an attempt to tie this to every other Democrat. This is on John Kerry and John Kerry alone.

Should you not vote for Governor Doyle because of Kerry's comments? No. You should not vote for Doyle because he is corrupt and has put Wisconsin up for sale.

Should you not vote for John Lehman because of Kerry's comments? No. You should not vote for John Lehman because he is a draft dodger, a liar and he never met a tax he didn't love.


October 31, 2006

Strategic Vision Poll

A report in from the RDW Field Surveillance Team

Strategic Vision is reporting Mark Green ® in the WI governors race down only 2 points, 45% to 47% in a 3 day sample of 800 likely voters with 8% still holding out. For the poll, 272 (34%) identified themselves as Democrats; 216 (27%) identified themselves as Republicans; and 312 (39%) identified themselves as Independent or other party affiliation. Note the web version of the release linked above does not include the party break down which was listed in the email version I received. (From Polipundit)

Note the % of Republican response. We all know that is not reflective of the Wisconsin break down by party. The Republican response should be around 34% too. That said, we are in great shape to move in the next week to an overwhelming victory. Get Out The Vote efforts will win this.

The Unknown Racine Referendum.

Lost in the hype of the war, the death penalty and gay marriage is a little discused referendum in Racine on Tuesday's ballot.

The referendum asks voters "whether the state Legislature should establish a plan to reduce health care costs by at least 15 percent and gaurantee access to universal, affordable health care coverage for all Wisconsin residents and families by 2008."

Sounds like utopia.

What this is really saying is, do you want government to take over the management of all health care in Wisconsin?

I just have to ask one question. Does anyone actually believe this crap about saving 15%? When have you EVER known a government run program ro be efficeint and decrease costs? Umm, how about never.

What this could say is, do you support a $12 billion dollar tax increase on employees and employers to insure those not currently covered by choice or circumstance?

It's the same thing, just in a little less flowery feel-good language.

I'll be voting no.

Referenda Confusion.

In the current RDW poll I asked the following questions:

Gay marriage yes?

Gay marriage no?

This created much confusion generating comments, emails and even a which way is which from Mrs RealDebate. Imagine how voters feel.

The other night Channel 4 had a report on showing campaign ads on the issue showing how confused people were. Amazingly, the channel 4 report did NOTHING to educate the voters on which vote means which side of the issue.

Once and for all and to avoid confusion.

If you are in favor of gay marriage and would like to keep the climate open for existing laws to be changed and/or for a judicial activist court to overturn our current law, vote NO.

If you are opposed to gay marriage and would like to keep Wisconsin law that way, vote YES.

If you have any specific questions feel free to contact me and I will try and answer them.
Kerry Belittles U.S. Troops

Well I guess we finally know how Senator Kerry feels about our troops.

The Democratic Plan.

I've had it with this election season. After the 10 o'clock news on channle 12 last night there were 5 negative ads in a row from the Doyle camp about Mark Green.

You've seen them, the dark lighting, the low bass voice the ominous music. The underlying message; republicans are evil.

What a load of crap. My advice to the left is to please keep it up, the squishies just love all that negative talk.

In reality all you are doing is revving up your own rabid base. I'll clue you in on something, they were going to show up anyway.

The more you scream, the more ridiculous polls I read with completely out of whack samples, the more convinced I am that all the blue wave predictions are 100% wrong.

Is it next week yet?

October 30, 2006

This just in.

Stunning news released by the Jim Doyle campaign.

According to the Doyle camp, Mark Green is Satan.

I had no idea this was true, but yes Mark Green is apparently the evil lord of the underworld.

Wow, I really have to rethink things.

Global Warming Tax?

You bet....

A legitimate question.

Scott asked the following question in a thread having nothing to do with the DNR: In your opinion, are there any legitimate circumstances in which the DNR should say no to private requests to develop land?

I guess Scott is making the case that this chart is somehow the DNR's fault instead of Jim Doyle's, or that the DNR is somehow responsible for these sorry results.

The fact is, Wisconsin is lagging behind the rest of the Midwest in economic development. Is an over zealous DNR part of the economic development program? Absolutely.

We have all heard the stories of aerial surveillance to spot people baiting deer, etc. The Wisconsin DNR has turned into a bunch of out of control enviro-cops with nothing better to do than find the smallest reason to slow any economic development in favor of a puddle of water. Ask yourselves if your local cops spent as much to investigate non-violent criminals how the local taxpayers would feel?

So in answer to Scott's question. Yes, there could be legitimate reason for the DNR to halt a project. But, today's DNR's definition of legitimate is ridiculous and I do not trust their judgment in the least.

October 29, 2006

Monday Random Quotes (so shoot me its early)

Take that, Michael J. Fox, ya little twerp . . . Tom

If you think that Festivus is a real holiday deserving of its own “tree”... Steve.

There is only one Chairman of the Board. Peter.

Welcome To The Blogsophere! Marcus.

Poster girl “on the wrong side of the world.” Patrick. (true)

Nerds In Space Owen. (mirror?)

seeing how everything is about me... Casper. (vote Casper 11-07)

both drunk and with a severely swollen tongue... Jib. (Umm pass)

A good time was had by all... Phelony. (indeed)

wedgies as sexual harassment... Jenna (ouch)

I didn't want to have to glue their balls back on... Aaron. (Krazy or Elmers?)

quite a few people are getting their jollies... Sean. (names, we want names)

“Squeaker of the House” Kathy.

please spare us the whining. Proff Mc.

I know about Jamie’s undies... Nicole. (do you now?)

Special guest submissions from Phelony.

There are too many politicians that don't think the first time, let alone a second time. Jib

if only we'd had an orphaned quadriplegic deaf-mute gay leper, we would have run him instead of Tammy Duckworth Jay.

There. Don’t say I didn’t blog anything today. Owen.

Using my deductive skills, well-honed from years of reading Encyclopedia Brown, I must come to the conclusion he hates me. Casper.

So, tell me, why isn't being stupid against the law? Oh yeah, cuz there just aren't enough cells in the entire prison system to accommodate 'em all! Kate.

And to think that we got this without union bargaining... Clint.

Is there anything they won't stick in bubbling oil at 350 degrees? Me.

And last but not least Phel's Phavorite of the Phweek:

Are you insane! That will cost hundreds of gigadollars! Nick.

99.65% Discount due to lack of interest.

Americans snub invitation to pay $500,000 for Clinton birthday party
Mail on Sunday Last updated at 22:00pm on 28th October 2006

When America's liberal elite were offered the chance to pay up to $500,000 each (about £260,000) to attend Bill Clinton's 60th birthday extravaganza tonight - with the added promise of a private Rolling Stones concert - a packed house was expected.

Wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea sent out about 10,000 invitations to Hollywood tycoons, movie stars, captains of industry and Wall Street - with all proceeds to go to the former President's charitable foundation.

Those who pledged the top price were promised the 'Birthday Chair Package', with the best seating for the concert as well as a chance to have photographs taken with Mr Clinton during a round of golf and a three-day series of cocktail, brunch and dinner parties.

The minimum price, with inferior concert seats and no brunch, was set at $60,000 (£31,000). But with many rich Democrats sending their regrets, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that last Wednesday the Clintons drastically slashed prices to $12,500 (£6,500) for one reception and the concert, or $5,000 (£2,600) for just the Stones.

With the looming possibility of Bill and his long-suffering wife and daughter finding themselves amid a sea of empty chairs at the 2,900-seat Manhattan venue, tickets then went on sale to the public for as little as $1,710 (£900).

What I already knew.

Well, I took another one of those stupid tests that tells you what you already know about yourself.

I saw the thing at Scott's blog, I'd like to blame him but I clickied the thing.

What struck me is how obviously this thing was written by a liberal, check out some of the questions and pay attention to the wording:

Our individual liberties have been excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism.

The concept of people having inheritances bothers me.

We need state-wide smoking bans to protect society from the bad effects of smoking.

America should end the trade barrier with Cuba.

Perhaps it would make more sense to have a system of justice in which the criminal restitutes the victim for the crime rather then having the victim, as well as every taxpayer, pay for the life-time incarceration of that individual.

There should be an official cap on how much money a person can make or have.

Capitalism is an economic system in which corporations and the rich exploit the poor and middle class.

A large standing army poses a threat to liberty at home.

Socialism is the best form of government.

Capitalism is the worst economic system, the rule of the bourgeois.

Oh well, here are my results.

You scored 40% Personal Liberty and 67% Economic Liberty!
A paleo-conservative believes in moderate government intervention on personal matters and little to moderate government intervention on economic matters. They support capitalism as an economic system and therefore are opposed to what they consider to be a welfare state. They believe in property rights or homestead. Some paleo-conservatives tend to have an "isolationist" bent to them, and therefore are more likely to be opposed to foreign interventions then most rightists. Paleo-conservatives are reminiscent of the "old right" of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Strong Paleo-Conservatives border on Libertarianism.

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