November 17, 2006

Special Bonus Deer Hunting Thought of the Week.

I did not fight my way to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.

Woman in `Borat' seeks investigation

LOS ANGELES - The owner of an etiquette business who was handed a plastic bag supposedly containing feces in the hit movie "Borat" says she was told the filming would be used for a documentary in Belarus.

Cindy Streit said she filed a complaint Thursday with California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, requesting an investigation into possible violations of the California Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Streit said a representative from a Los Angeles-based company called Springland Films contacted her Birmingham, Ala.-based company, Etiquette Training Services, about arranging an etiquette session for an "international guest from Belarus Television."

Attempts to find a contact for Springland were not successful. The company had no phone listing and Streit's lawyers declined to provide copies of the contracts allegedly signed.

The attorney general's office had not received a copy of the complaint, spokesman Nathan Barankin said late Thursday.

Streit said she arranged in Alabama both a sit-down session with Borat, played by comedian
Sacha Baron Cohen, and a dinner party with some of her friends. Clips of both appear in the movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

Though awkward at times, the dinner went well until Borat asked to use the bathroom, Streit said.

"I had taught him to excuse himself. He did that correctly and went upstairs," Streit told The Associated Press. "The next thing that happened is that he came down the stairs holding this plastic bag with whatever was in it."

"My horror was that he had brought a bag of feces to my dinner table," she said.
Springland put in writing that the second of two scheduled sessions "will be filmed as part of a documentary for Belarus Television and for those purposes only," said Gloria Allred, Streit's lawyer.

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox, which distributed the film, called Allred's contentions "nonsense."

"Cindy Streit signed written agreements with the production, which clearly stated that a movie was being filmed and that the movie could be distributed worldwide. Her fee was negotiated and paid," said studio spokesman Gregg Brilliant.

Several weeks after filming completed, Brilliant said, Streit asked for and received additional payment for her etiquette training service and she signed an additional release. He said he didn't have details on how much she received.

Streit, 59, said she requested an investigation by the attorney general instead of filing a lawsuit in hopes of setting a precedent that will make movie studios think twice before using other ordinary citizens for "reality movies." However, she said she wouldn't rule out a lawsuit.

Streit's demand follows complaints by others shown in the film, including a lawsuit filed by two fraternity members from a South Carolina university who appear in the film drunk.

I believe her. From what I have heard they intentionally misled people for dramatic effect. Where is the line?

November 16, 2006

wisconsin deer camp

too funny
Deer Hunting

Happy hunting folks....

Just how poor is RUSD?

They ask for more and more money every year, but they seem to have the funds to create and hire for new positions at an alarming rate. Here is the latest new position...Energy Consultant. About 18 months ago, Unified enacted a ban on teachers having small appliances in teaching areas (i.e. a back room). I agreed with this policy as I could see the added cost of electricity for hundreds of teachers running a coffee pot, dorm refrigerator, microwave, etc. It could really add up each month. This was an idea that actually would save money.

Now the district is willing to reinstate the appliances for an annual fee which the teacher would be responsible to pay. Again, not a bad idea. If I want a fridge in my back room, I should pay for the juice to run it. (Digression: if food is forbidden from the classroom, why would I want a fridge?) Here's the kicker, Unified has hired an Energy Consultant to run this program, oversee the fees, and check for violators. Way to piss away that savings in energy costs on salary and benefits for a completely useless position!

They're Listening

To whom, I have no idea. Unified is holding listening sessions and surveying the public on ideas to implement their programs. The merits of these listening sessions remain to be seen, so I will withhold judgment.

A group of people not being listened to is the elementary teachers. Since the current school year began, all elementary teachers have been asked to provide test scores from district prescribed MAP tests in reading and math. Why the district couldn't obtain this data on their own, I don't know. Anyway, now the administrators are asking teachers, for the umpteenth time, what strategies they will implement to improve those scores. Here's the answer from at least 80% of the teachers involved...Dump Continuous Progress Instruction.

Hicks and his yes men, keep claiming that Continuous Progress (CP) is the end-all be-all to teaching. Ironically, in the five years since its inception, no progress has been made. In fact, the argument could be made that achievement has gone down. Hicks' claim is that the teachers have the tools, but don't use them. That is a lie. We have been given administrative directives as to how to teach under the CP method. Teachers have no choice. It is the method that is faulty for the most part. Yes there are bad teachers, but even good teachers have seen many students fall behind since CP began. Consultants hoisted this garbage program upon the schools at taxpayer expense.

RAMAC and their five puppets on the school board will continue to prop up the money wasting, ego-maniacal superintendent. As a result, many of the students of RUSD will continue to struggle and suffer. So listen to this loud and clear, dump CP, fire Hicks and start over.

November 15, 2006

$104 Million.

A $104 million fee increase proposed just eight days after Jim Doyle's Re-election.

Sorry kiddies but I'll call it what it is a TAX INCREASE.

What's next?
Full Abscam Video part 1

And this is the choice for Majority Leader.... People resigned in disgust because he was not indicted.

Seriously, Nancy Pelosi is going to run the most ethical congress in history by putting an Abscam figure in charge?

This is almost too funny. Can you lefties not see the hypocrisy?

Tommy '08.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary in President Bush's first term, said Wednesday he intends to form a committee to explore a possible run for the White House in 2008.

"I intend to do so after the first of the year," the Republican said in reference to establishing an exploratory committee.

Thompson made the comments in Iowa, where he met with about 100 members of a group called Iowans for Wellness and Prevention. The state holds the first votes of the presidential nominating process.

Thompson, who will turn 65 on Sunday, spent nearly four decades in politics and government, including 14 years as governor. He resigned as HHS secretary in December 2004 shortly after Bush won a second term. His tenure at HHS was marked by anthrax attacks, a flu vaccine shortage and passage of the Medicare prescription law.

"We touched the third rail of politics and delivered on our promise to modernize Medicare with prescription drug coverage," Thompson said.

During his stop in Iowa, Thompson argued that his background as a Midwest governor and HHS secretary would appeal to voters.

"The three big issues in 2008 are going to be health, energy independence and the war in
Iraq," he said.

The rest.

So much for personal freedoms...

DPH requires health care providers to report HIV patient names
November 14, 2006

BOSTON --Health care providers for HIV patients in Massachusetts will now be required to give their patients' names to state authorities for the purpose of more accurately monitoring the number of cases.

Department of Public Health spokeswoman Donna Rheume said the DPH board voted unanimously Tuesday to enact the new regulations after the federal Centers for Disease Control threatened to withhold about $15 million in annual funding. Rheume said the information will be stored in a databank accessible by only a limited number of state health professionals.

"Those names will be kept at the Department of Public Health and will not be released," Rheume said.

I'm sure that makes people feel better.

Health care providers already are required to turn over the names of AIDS patients to the state. Under the old regulations, HIV cases were reported using a code that kept the patients' names a secret. Rheume said the policy change will prevent duplication in counting and record-keeping.
Dr. Steve Boswell, president of Fenway Community Health, which treats AIDS/HIV patients, said he was "neutral" about the policy change.

"In Massachusetts, I have little concern about the change in policy," he said, noting that state officials have demonstrated responsibility in keeping AIDS patients' names confidential. Boswell added that some HIV activists believe patients' names should not be kept secret because such practices feed the stigma surrounding the disease.

Denise McWilliams, director of public policy and legal affairs AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, said she believes the change is a potential threat to privacy in light of recent data security breaches at other institutions.

"Clearly anytime you collect personal information about somebody, you risk having that information get out into the public domain," she said.

While the state health department has done a good job of protecting privacy, she said, "in these days, it's more and more difficult to do that."

"I believe the state could have successfully resisted this under the present law," McWilliams said.

Did they get a warrant?

A little homophobic?

November 14, 2006

Blogger Help,,,

Look at my post a couple down from here on John Bolton... See that pic of a Badger helmet, it should be a pic of John Bolton at the UN.

Blogger seems to have this image stuck somewhere and that is all I get when trying to insert a picture.

This is not with my PC, this issue is with Blogger.

Any ideas? Yo, Patrick!

Thought of the week.

Diplomacy is letting someone else get your way.

S.D. page scandal senator resigns

PIERRE, S.D. - A state senator accused of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old page resigned Tuesday rather than be judged by his colleagues, but said he intends to show up for the new South Dakota legislative term that begins in January.

Democrat Dan Sutton's lawyer said the lawmaker did not want to be judged by a lame-duck Senate in a special session led by some of his political enemies.

Too easy, I'll take a pass on the obvious side by sides.....

Now that the election is over...

The Racine Journal Times editor is attempting to show some kind words to the right (for balance I'm sure)

He is right about this one, a subject I had been thinking of putting up for discussion anyway, so let's have at it.

It's Dem's turn now to show conciliation.

Fresh from their Congressional election triumphs, Democrats have already nailed former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s hide to the wall and now it looks like they want to add U.N. Ambassador John Bolton’s pelt to the collection.

Which would be exactly the wrong thing to do.

We haven’t been great fans of Bolton. A year ago President George W. Bush gave him a recess appointment to the U.N. post when it became obvious the Senate wasn’t going to move to confirm him. That appointment lasts until the beginning of January 2007.

At the time we characterized the blunt-spoken Bolton as more combatant than diplomat and worried that his abrasive style would alienate U.S. allies and fray relationships with other countries “unless Bolton changes his stripes and matures in office...” In the year since we wrote that, Bolton has either been on his best behavior or he has, indeed, grown into the office. There has been no shoe-pounding incident at the U.N. (ala Nikita Khruschev) or any repeat of his contention that it wouldn’t matter if the U.N. headquarters lost its top ten stories.

Instead, what we have seen from Bolton is some surprisingly good work on behalf of his country. Last week the United Nations confirmed Guatemala as the compromise candidate on the UN Security Council. Bolton and the U.S. had advocated for Panama, while Venezuela’s flame-throwing virulent anti-American president Hugo Chavez was lobbying heavily for his own country to take the seat.

That didn’t happen, thanks in part to Bolton’s work and also to Chavez’ intemperate likening of President Bush to the devil in a speech to the General Assembly in September. Bolton has also brokered U.N. resolutions to impose sanctions on North Korea and to end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. In short, he has been doing the job he was picked to do and has gone about it fairly effectively.

The day after the November elections, President Bush announced the departure of Rumsfeld and a commitment to work with the new Democratic leadership in Congress for the common good. That step was both pragmatic and conciliatory.But politics is a two-step.

If they’re truly interested in bipartisanship and joint governance, it’s Democrats’ turn to step up and make a conciliatory gesture by confirming Bolton to continue in the job he has, thus far, performed ably.

Whatcha' Want?

Ok so by my earlier post I have had a sudden and crashing realism that the Holiday's are fast upon us.

I have a serious question for you all as I start to ponder my Christmas shopping list.

Whatcha' want?

Seriously, if there could be one thing under your Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush of Festivus pole what might that be?

And no, it can not be some figurative ideal like world peace, or an end to fading fabrics or some such thing.

I want this to be outrageously materialistic, shiny, with anti-lock brakes, perhaps coming in a fuzzy box, whatever. (links are good here!)

We'll do the same topic later with more worthy pursuits...

So much for ethics.

Harry Ried elected majority leader.

The same Harry Reid the media ignored a month ago for making a million bucks on a ultra-shady land deal and who spent campaign money for expensive vacations for staffers as rewards.

Oh but it is ok, he revised his paperwork...

Is it me?

Is Thanksgiving really next Thursday?

Has the Holiday season been thrust upon us while I wasn't looking?

Food for thought: CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) posted a better-than-expected 11.5 percent rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday, helped by strength in its international business, and said deep discounts would drive holiday sales.

The world's biggest retailer, whose shares edged higher in early electronic trading, gave a fourth-quarter profit forecast that was at or below Wall Street expectations but said recent price cuts on items such as toys and electronics were already drawing shoppers.

November 13, 2006

Monday Random Quotes.

...don't listen to this podcast. You've been warned... Aaron.

"I'm Better Than You"... Casper

Stay out of Waukesha... Phelony

I should’ve known better than to trust anything from the Fox Valley. Steve.

I always have a great time. Patrick.

Now I'm depressed. Jib.

I’ll tell you the real reason for it. Owen.

Justice as Love & Benevolence... Jenna.

I hope you all have enough KY Jelly for what’s to come. Asian Badger.

the susceptibility of ferrets to european bat rabies... Nevile Barksdale.

Come on, that’s just silly. Elliot.

Let’s find out. Tom McMahon.

the nuances between Coke and Pepsi. Fraley.

don’t attempt to rob David Copperfield. Scott.

Jeff Mayers, you know you might have to file in-kind contribution donation forms now, right? Kevin.

I for one welcome our new Democratic overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted rightwing personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. Producer Keith.

Retired? Not quite.

Anyone wonder what the Admiral of Journalistic Integrity has been up to?

Check this... Host Dan Rather features hard-edged field reports, in-depth interviews and investigative pieces that emphasize accuracy, fairness and guts in their reporting.

Accuracy and fairness?????

Didn't Rather get "retired" for a lack of accuracy and fairness, and lacking the guts to admit it?

November 12, 2006

Ban Elton.

LONDON (AFP) - Religion should be outlawed because it lacks compassion and promotes hatred of homosexuals, gay pop star Elton John said in an interview.

The singer was speaking in a special "gay edition" of The Observer newspaper's Music Monthly Magazine, where he shared his views on subjects ranging from being a music icon to Prime Minister Tony Blair's stance on the Iraq war.

At a time when religion is the subject of fierce debate in Britain over the right to wear the Muslim veil and other faith symbols, John complained there was a general lack of leadership from spiritual leaders.

"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. From my point of view, I would ban religion completely," he was quoted as saying.

What a completely hate filled man. If having spokespeople like this is how the gay lobby is planning on gaining wide-spread acceptance it will be a VERY long time until they reach their goal.

RDW Podcast appearance.

For some reason after the blue wave hit the country this week Aaron & Jenna decided they wanted analysis from me.

I guess they thought I would scream and yell or something.

Click here for the podcast. (40 minutes)