December 2, 2006

Why are liberals so angry?

Seriously, they won everything what could possibly explain behavior like this?

Tancredo protesters turn violent
By Anne Mulkern

Denver Post Staff Writer

Violence erupted at a Michigan law school Thursday when protestors tried to block a speech by Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.

Police were called after protestors pulled a fire alarm prior to the speech on immigration policies. There were at least three violent incidents with protestors targeting student backers of the event, Tancredo, R-Littleton, said today.

"One was spit on, one was kicked, and one was punched," Tancredo said in an e-mail. "Tires were also slashed."

Michigan State University College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom sponsored the event.

Tancredo went to Michigan State University College of Law as part of a visit to the state to talk about immigration. He leads the group that opposes legal status for illegal immigrants.

Protestors interrupted the speech with loud shouting.

College newspaper The State News reported that protesters carried signs reading "Ignorant Racist" outside the room where the speech was held. They were not allowed in with the signs, the paper said. It also reported that about 40 people attended the speech.

Tancredo said in the email that protestors organized on the Internet social networking site Facebook.

"They declared ahead of time on facebook that they would not allow me to speak," Tancredo said in the e-mail.

Tancredo also is meeting with the Republican state party chair, members of the state legislature, and is speaking at a fundraiser for a Republican women's group, Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa said.

I thought liberalism was supposed to be all about tolerance and diversity and stuff. I guess that applies only to skin, but not to thought or ideas.

Why do we continue to see these kinds of stories from campus after campus?

December 1, 2006

Ya don't say...

Single massive asteroid wiped out dinosaurs: study

By Will Dunham
Thu Nov 30, 7:09 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A single, gigantic asteroid slammed into Earth 65 million years ago, dooming the dinosaurs and many other species, scientists said on Thursday in a new study rebutting theories that multiple impacts did the deed.

An examination of rock sediments drilled from five sites at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean strongly supports the notion that one massive hunk of space rock caused the mass extinction, a research team led by University of Missouri-Columbia geology professor Ken MacLeod found.

"It's a completely straightforward, single-impact scenario," MacLeod, whose findings appear in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, said in an interview. "It was a haymaker that nobody saw coming. One shot, and that's all you need to explain it."


So what the Professor is saying is the prior accepted theory believed by a majority of scholars and experts was....


Now, where have I heard before that we are just supposed to believe and never question?

Somethin' for a snow day.

Your score on this personality test was 65%

Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

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You are 0% hippie.

Ok, you conservative soul. Do you even believe in global warming? Loosen that necktie a little, and try some organic food. It actually does taste better. And go to a farmer's market--they're fun.

Are you a hippie?
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Hellllllooooo, Anybody out there?

From the WSJ Editorial page...

And they have a point...

Sore Winners
Democrats try to steal an election in Florida.

Friday, December 1, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

Democrats whomped Republicans in last month's midterms, but oddly enough they're still calling in the legal cavalry to contest one of the few races they narrowly lost.

That would be Florida's 13th Congressional District, which runs along the Gulf Coast from just south of Tampa to just north of Fort Myers. The certified winner is Republican Vern Buchanan, who beat Democrat Christine Jennings by fewer than 400 votes out of more than 237,000 cast. Two recounts, which were demanded by Democrats and required by law, have reconfirmed Mr. Buchanan's victory and slightly increased the margin.

Unbowed, the Dems are now suggesting that defective voting machines cost them the race. They point to Sarasota County's 18,000 "undervotes," or incidences where voters cast ballots in other races but not the Buchanan-Jennings contest. Ms. Jennings--along with such liberal partisans as People for the American Way and the American Civil Liberties Union--has filed a lawsuit contesting the results based on "statistical and eyewitness evidence of significant machine malfunctions" in Sarasota's iVotronic touch-screen system.

They want a court to declare Ms. Jennings the winner by--get this--using statistical models to extrapolate that she would have received most of the undervotes. Short of that, they'll settle for nullifying the November results and holding a new election. But among the many things that are strange here is that if anyone ought to be complaining about undervotes, it's the GOP. Sarasota is the largest and most Republican county in the district, yet the Democrat, Ms. Jennings, carried it handily. In fact, it's the only county in the district that she did carry, which makes it more likely that it was Republicans who declined to vote in the Congressional race, not Democrats.

And there are reasons so many voters might have taken a pass on this race while voting in others on the ballot. For starters, the Republican primary featured an exceptional amount of mudslinging. The primary was also a five-man race with four candidates from Sarasota County. Mr. Buchanan won the GOP nomination with just 32% of the vote, and some of his primary opponents either waited until the last minute to issue a public endorsement or never got around to it. So it's entirely possible that voters were turned off by the negative campaigning and chose neither Mr. Buchanan nor Ms. Jennings in silent protest.

By the way, undervoting isn't uncommon in the district. Two years ago, there were more than 12,000 Sarasota County undervotes in Democrat Jan Schneider's House race against Republican Representative Katherine Harris. The 2000 race for the 13th district seat, which predated the use of touch-screen voting machines, also featured a high number of undervotes.

This week, Florida election officials began auditing the voting machines, which is the very thorough and transparent process for determining whether they worked properly on Election Day. There is still no evidence that the machines malfunctioned.

But never mind. Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi allowed Ms. Jennings to vote in House leadership elections last month, and Democrats could attempt to disallow the Florida certification and vote to seat Ms. Jennings in January unless a new election is granted.

Democrats did precisely that in a contested Indiana House race 20 years ago when they last held Congress.

All of this underscores how anti-Bush hatred has unhinged the political left. They still see Karl Rove lurking outside every voting booth. The Buchanan-Jennings contest has become a particular rallying point for fears about electronic voting, and liberals now want the machines to provide paper trails in the event of a recount. This might be a reasonable request if it were made in good faith. But back during the Florida debacle in 2000, before touch-screen voting was widely used, the same Democrats and liberal columnists deplored the inaccuracy of paper ballots and those "hanging chads."

All of which suggests that their real problem is the outcome of the race, not the integrity of the voting process. Some liberals are so paranoid nowadays that they aren't happy even when they win.

November 30, 2006

A quiz

1. "Governments are there to serve their own people. No people wants to side with or support any oppressors. But regrettably, the U.S. administration disregards even its own public opinion and remains in the forefront of supporting the trampling of the rights of the Palestinian people."

a. Jimmy Carter
b. Pat Buchanan
c. John Mearsheimer
d. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

2. "Since the commencement of the U.S. military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. . . . The U.S. Government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception. Although Saddam was overthrown and people are happy about his departure, the pain and suffering of the Iraqi people has persisted and has even been aggravated."

a. Howard Dean
b. Markos "Kos" Moulitsas
c. Howard Zinn
d. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

3. "You have certainly heard the sad stories of the Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons. The U.S. administration attempts to justify them through its proclaimed 'war on terror.' But everyone knows that such behavior, in fact, offends global public opinion, exacerbates resentment and thereby spreads terrorism, and tarnishes the U.S. image and its credibility among nations."

a. Dick Durbin
b. Andrew Sullivan
c. Erwin Chemerinsky
d. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

4. "The legitimacy, power and influence of a government do not emanate from its arsenals of tanks, fighter aircrafts, missiles or nuclear weapons. . . . The global position of the United States is in all probability weakened because the administration has continued to resort to force, to conceal the truth, and to mislead the American people about its policies and practices."

a. John Kerry
b. Glenn Greenwald
c. Michael Moore
d. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

5. "Undoubtedly, the American people are not satisfied with this behavior and they showed their discontent in the recent elections. I hope that in the wake of the midterm elections, the administration of President Bush will have heard and will heed the message of the American people."

a. Harry Pelosi
b. Nancy Reid
c. Josh Marshall
d. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

6. "Now that Iraq has a Constitution and an independent Assembly and Government, would it not be more beneficial to bring the U.S. officers and soldiers home, and to spend the astronomical U.S. military expenditures in Iraq for the welfare and prosperity of the American people? As you know very well, many victims of Katrina continue to suffer, and countless Americans continue to live in poverty and homelessness."

a. John Murtha
b. Ned Lamont
c. George McGovern
d. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Here are the answers: 1. d; 2. d; 3. d; 4. d; 5. d; 6. d.

H/T Best of the web.

Naked man on crack rescued from alligator

What is it about Florida?

LAKELAND, Fla. — Florida sheriff's deputies pulled a naked man from the jaws of a nearly four-metre-long alligator that almost completely severed the man's arm, the sheriff's office said.
Four deputies waded through thick mud about six metres into Lake Parker to find Adrian Apgar, 45, around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, the sheriff's office said. They were responding to multiple reports about a man screaming for help.

Deputy Billy Osborne said he pulled Apgar's arms while the gator gripped the man's lower half and eventually helped pull Apgar free. The deputies said they couldn't shoot the animal because it was too dark and they might have hit the victim.

It was not clear why Apgar was in the water at such an early hour. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Apgar told deputies he had been smoking crack.

Apgar was taken to the hospital in critical condition with an apparent broken right arm, leg injuries and his left arm hanging by a tendon. Hospital officials did not immediately release information about his condition.

None of the deputies was injured.

Fish and Wildlife trappers said they believe they caught the alligator near the site of the attack later Wednesday, although they said they couldn't be sure it was the same animal.

Doyle wants to keep sick leave perk

What a sleaze Doyle is telling us how the state has no money. On the most simple terms, do legislators get docked if they are sick and do not show up to work, no. If that is the case they do not need sick leave.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel....

Cudahy - Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle said Wednesday that lawmakers should tighten their reporting of sick time but that he felt they should be able to convert unused sick leave into a retirement benefit like regular state employees.

Doyle's comments came as state lawmakers contemplated ending the perk.

Also Wednesday, legislators took an uncharacteristically gentle approach with University of Wisconsin System leaders at a Capitol hearing about a state audit that found many UW employees weren't taking any sick leave.

This week, nearly six weeks after the audit's release, the Journal Sentinel reported that only two legislators claimed sick time in the past four years. When they retire, lawmakers and other state employees can convert unused sick leave to a credit they can use to buy insurance.

"It seems to me generally what should be happening is you shouldn't be changing the benefit, you should be having a system where the people report the sick time," Doyle told reporters after a town hall meeting on the state budget at the Cudahy Family Library.

You can read the rest here.

So nice of Jim Doyle to be all fiscal responsibility until the election and Mr benefit grubbing greedy pants after it is done.

How typical.

November 29, 2006

What else could they be wrong about?

New Advice: Don't Sit Up Straight

The longstanding advice to "sit up straight" has been turned on its head by a new study that suggests leaning back is a much better posture.

Researchers analyzed different postures and concluded that the strain of sitting upright for long hours is a perpetrator of chronic back problems.

Using a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers studied 22 volunteers with no back pain history. The subjects assumed three different positions: slouching; sitting up straight at 90 degrees; and sitting back with a 135-degree posture—all while their spines were scanned.

"A 135-degree body-thigh sitting posture was demonstrated to be the best biomechanical sitting position, as opposed to a 90-degree posture, which most people consider normal," said study author, Waseem Amir Bashir, a researcher at the University of Alberta Hospital in Canada. "Sitting in a sound anatomic position is essential, since the strain put on the spine and its associated ligaments over time can lead to pain, deformity and chronic illness."

Redneck Flat Screen

November 28, 2006

Breaking News: Wanggaard to run for Racine Mayor.

It is all the whisper in the political circles in Racine that retired Racine police officer Van Wanggaard will be seeking the Republican nomination to run against Racine Mayor Gary Becker.
To my knowledge no one else is gearing up to run against Becker making Wanggaard the candidate.

Wanggaard fell victim of the blue wave running against Cory "Carpetbagger" Mason for John Lehman's Assembly seat when he jumped ship to run for a successful run to replace Cathy Stepp.

Van is a passionate conservative, we wish him well in his bid to supplant Gary Becker as Racine's Mayor.

Van, four words of advice: taxes, education, jobs, crime.

X, no thanks.

This from a reader in the email bag.

In the ACLU thread on your blog, there seems to be some confusion about what Xmas means. The X is not the Roman letter "ex" but the Greek letter chi. Chi is, of course, the first letter in the name Christos, or Christ. So it does relate to the true meaning of Christmas. This abbreviation has been around at least since the 16th century.

Thanks Tim...

Just the same, I like my Christmas to be Christmas.


This from the Racine Journal Times...

This year, many Racine County communities went through a revaluation, evident by the number of communities whose tax rates dropped. However, those rate dips are countered by increases in the assessed value, and taxes are likely to remain the same or go up.

The amount you pay in taxes is based on the assessed value of your property.Here's a simple example: Say your house is worth $200,000. If the tax rate is $1.00 per $1,000 assessed value, your tax bill would be $200. If the tax rate doubles, but your home's value stays the same, your bill will be $400. If the tax rate stays the same, but your home's value goes up by 50 percent, your bill will be $300. If the tax rate drops to 50 cents per $1,000 and your home's assessment increases to $300,000, your bill will be $150.

I've written on this very topic many times, always in reference to the Racine Unified School District. RUSD loves to tout their low tax rate. As I have pointed out rate matters not, the entire tax formula is the important thing. If you increase one variable enough, you can lower another variable and still increase the amount of overall tax. That is what Unified has been doing.

The paper always lets them get away with that rhetoric on rate, now we see the paper does understand the whole formula. So apparently they either learned something from reading RDW or they will just allow rhetoric from the school district to go unchallenged.

So in journalism and education in Racine the formula is apparently: Unified spin + journalistic bias = uninformed electorate.

Which is just they way they like it.


I saw this yesterday morning just before leaving for work.

It would appear that State Sen. Jon Erpenbach will not rest until we are taxed for absolutely everything.

It seems there are a few things the state has missed.

Among the list: computer services, legal services, advertising, personnel services, architectural, engineering and surveying services, management consulting, public relations, accounting, hair cuts and health clubs among a few others.

Now the honorable Senator Erpenbach would have you believe that taxing something that is not taxed is closing a loophole, not a tax increase. This would apparently include having no sales tax on fuel, even though fuel has its own tax that is already among the highest in the nation. So under this we have to pay tax on the tax.

Taxing taxes, now there is some 1st class liberalism.

He would also have you believe increasing these taxes will save every homeowner thousands in property taxes.

Add that to the news yesterday that Mr. I love tax increases himself, freshman senator John Lehman has been added to the joint committee on finance. Tell me, why on earth would the Democrats add Senator-Elect Lehman to finance?

This group will apparently not be happy until Wisconsin is no longer the 6th highest taxed state, they clearly want to be #1.

Given their history does anyone seriously believe that if these "loopholes" could raise the $3.9 billion that they would put any restriction on limited future property tax increases? I certainly don't.

And most importantly why can't they call a $3.9 billion revenue stream what it is, a TAX.

I thought it might be fun if we make a list to aid Senator Erpenbach in his quest to tax absolutely everything in the state. I'll throw out the first offering...


November 27, 2006

Women talk three times as much as men, says study

Ummm, yeah?

N-Word, please...

Eugene Kane almost had an idea yesterday. You see, sometimes the Journal Sentinel's race bating liberal columnist comes up with a good idea but his own personal biases get in the way of Eugene really getting around a concept fully.

From his column yesterday...

There just might be a way for some good to come out of this fiasco with Michael Richards and the N-word.

Let's ban the N-word in schools.

You can read the rest of Eugene's column here, but as usual he misses the point.

A bit more from citizen Kane... If a black comedian like Chris Rock uses it - as he does almost every performance - it's just not the same.

Yes Eugene, it is exactly the same. People like you who have made a career out of racism just do not see it the same way.

You want to ban the n-word in schools, I am 100% in agreement. But Eugene, why not ban it completely?

Why don't people like you come out against people like Chris Rock when he uses it?

How about writing against the n-word in rap music, on the streets, and most especially from our Aldermen and black radio stations. We have a couple of n-word throwing racists right here in town, you might have heard of the McGee/Jackson family. Their love of the n-word is famous.

You see Eugene, when some people are allowed to use specific words and others are not, that is something like selective thought censorship which is just plain silly.

The n-word is hateful Eugene, no matter who uses it.

I wish the n-word would be stricken from our society, but more than anything I wish people like you who portray yourselves as thought leaders in the black community would STOP excusing people who perpetuate the problem within the black community and only caring about certain language when it comes from a white person.

I'm not excusing Richards, I found his tirade ridiculous.

But frankly I find Eugene's column even sillier.

Call everyone out Eugene or just continue your silly selective outrage, your choice. But if you really want to have an impact try something bold, like asking the McGee's to drop the n-word, or calling out rap musicians who perpetuate the bad language.

Furthermore your call to make certain speech illegal scares me. Make it societally unacceptable. Stigmas work, banning words don't.


From today's Tampa Tribune:


9: The number of named storms this year

17: The number of named storms predicted May 31 by a team at Colorado State University led by Professor William Gray

45 mph: The wind speed when Tropical Storm Alberto hit the Florida Panhandle near Adams Beach on June 13, the strongest winds over Florida all season

56 percent: The average homeowner rate increase Citizens Property Insurance Corp. requested even after no hurricanes struck Florida

27 percent: The Citizens rate increase approved to start Jan. 1

$100 million: Estimated damage in the United States from Tropical Storm Ernesto

0: The number of storms that formed in October, the first time since 2002 that no storms formed that month. Also, no Category 4 or 5 storms formed this year for the first time since 1997.

I have made the point before, but if global warming is a progressive threat and global warming was the cause of the number and severity of all the '05 storms (just ask Al Gore, he'll tell 'ya), then why wasn't this year at least as bad or worse? This year was not even in the same zip code.

This is a basic logic question, please treat it as such.

November 26, 2006

Dear ACLU, Merry Christmas

This was originally posted in late August. I thought it appropriate to boost it back to the top of the page....

Wanna have some fun this CHRISTMAS?


Add them to your Christmas card list now. As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN, card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world.

Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it.

Here's the Address, just don't be rude or crude.

125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn't know if any were regular mail containing contributions.

So spend 39 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them that there is no such thing as a Holiday Tree. . . . It's a Christmas Tree even in the fields!!

And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!

Putting the card in a business envelope will be even better; then they will open it.

H/T Cyber Dad

Monday Random Quotes.

if you eat a gay turkey, are you a party to a hate crime? York.

I think they've got a right to get a map. Senator Bob Wirch.

Wirch's reputation certainly proceeds him. Kathy.

Yep...a $7,000 play date. Jenna.

You-know-what-mas... TeeBee

Three shots. Three deer. Not a bad ratio. Owen.

life is pretty damn good... Chris.

I've had 45 minutes of sleep. Woe to all souls that cross me today. Jib. (You are nuts Jib!)

Yours for the low, low price of a quarter-million dollars. Kevin.

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly… Producer Keith.

I Feel Fat. Phelony. (FYI Phel is hosting this weeks COB, send her your subs)

A guy goes into an adult store and asks for an inflatable doll. Tom McMahon.

Get Your Cyborg Name. Kate. (F.R.E.D. Functional Robotic Exploration Device)

I'm Running as a Democrat, Just in Case it Helps. Aaron.

The Big Mango. The Asian Badger.

I'm a bigot, among other things. Quite sad. Shana.

Only because I wasn't his dad. Dad29.

Dear God.