December 8, 2006

Football Picking Contest....


The latest contestant on Belling's Football Picking Contest is none other than your humble host.

I was lucky caller # 40 today.

Needless to say I was not prepared. I had just spent an hour on a treadmill watching ESPN and the talking sports heads seemed to agree that Dallas was going to whip butt on New Orleans this weekend so I went with that.

Now that I take a quick peek at this weeks games I do see a couple of better plays, had I been able to do research I would have taken New England over Miami giving up 3.5 points.

If I am lucky enough to make it through to next week I WILL be prepared.

For those not familiar with the contest you pick a pro or college football game against the point spread.

If you get the first game right you win $25. You can risk all of that for $50, then things get interesting. Multipliers start kicking in and every week you risk it all to move on. Pick eight weeks in a row and you can win 50 GRAND!!!

If my math is right there are eight more football weekends!

I'll keep you posted.

Update: Good thing I didn't take New England, they got spanked.

Terrorists in the mall.

Man charged with shopping mall bomb plot

CHICAGO - A man was arrested Friday by federal agents on charges of planning to set off hand grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall.

Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, was arrested when he met with an undercover agent in a parking lot to trade a set of stereo speakers for four hand grenades and a handgun.

Federal officials said he planned to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans at the CherryVale shopping mall in Rockford, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

He was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Federal officials said that in September, Shareef became acquainted with a witness who was cooperating with the FBI and confided to him that he wanted to commit acts of "violent jihad," as well as other crimes.

Global Warming Today.

Baker Hamilton thoughts

I’ve been exceedingly busy this week.

What I have learned of the Baker Hamilton report I have learned from drips and drabs from this and that news report. (I clearly admit that I have not yet read the thing)

Here is my understanding of the report.

We can’t win.
We must go from offensive to defensive.
Put more resources toward training so we can get the heck out by 2008.
Engage such sterling friends of democracy as Iran and Syria and ignore Israel completely.

I’ve heard Russ Feingold is not at all happy with the report because he wants us out of there yesterday.

I also hear terrorists and middle-east news outlets are thrilled by the report and much of the middle-east sees this as a stinging defeat for Bush and America.

What do I think? I think it is the beginning of the end of the world.

Radical Islamists are on the verge of getting nuclear weapons, and this report, and the new leaders of the House and Senate have made them even bolder in their bravado.

In short, they now know that Osama Bin Laden was right, America does not have the stomach for a prolonged fight. They are willing to target innocents to further their cause, we are not, and they are using that to their utmost advantage.

There is nothing the terrorist want more than to have us out of the way so they can plot, train and further their technology.

When they get nukes (and they will) they will use them against Israel, then against Europe, Australia and America.

They will accomplish their goals because we would rather play politics than understand the nature of the threat.

This is kill or be killed, and we just waved the white flag against people who’s stated position is world domination and death to the infidels.

It’s been nice knowing you.

December 7, 2006

Sometimes I have an idea so profound I amaze even myself.


This from Yahoo News: Malaysia's Kelantan state has backed down on a threat to fine non-Muslim women for wearing skimpy outfits, but warned it could crack down if they continued to dress "indecently" by Islamic standards.(AFP/File/Jimin Lai)

Ok, can we pack up Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and most of all Britney Spears and ship them all to Malaysia?

Forget about any legitimate election reform.

Spencer Coggs has been put in charge of the Senate committee that would be responsible for any election reform in Wisconsin.

Yes, that Spencer Coggs, the one who was running around after the '04 election demanding Republicans should apologize for daring to raise the issue of organized election fraud after tire slashers and registration fraud and generally all kinds of fraud from the left in Wisconsin.

Mr. I see nothing, I see nothing, I see nothing is now in charge of election reform on the Senate level in Wisconsin.

So much for the sanctity of the vote.

If Republicans are ever to take Wisconsin back, they will have to cheat like Democrats do because if you think the deck is stacked now, you ain't seen nuthin' yet.

The only difference, when Republicans cheat, they get prosecuted. Hopefully the new Milwaukee DA will not be as corrupt as the old Milwaukee DA.

Check this out, Coggs is known for and has been acknowledged for making it EASIER TO VOTE.....

Just what we need extra unaccounted ballots laying around.

When liberal groups give you awards for your election reform measures, look out.

Not so silly string....


This rocks.

Serious use for Silly String

By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press Writer Wed Dec 6, 3:14 PM ET

STRATFORD, N.J. - In an age of multimillion-dollar high-tech weapons systems, sometimes it's the simplest ideas that can save lives. Which is why a New Jersey mother is organizing a drive to send cans of Silly String to Iraq.

American troops use the stuff to detect trip wires around bombs, as Marcelle Shriver learned from her son, a soldier in Iraq.

Before entering a building, troops squirt the plastic goo, which can shoot strands about 10 to 12 feet, across the room. If it falls to the ground, no trip wires. If it hangs in the air, they know they have a problem. The wires are otherwise nearly invisible.

Now, 1,000 cans of the neon-colored plastic goop are packed into Shriver's one-car garage in this town outside Philadelphia, ready to be shipped to the Middle East thanks to two churches and a pilot who heard about the drive.

"If I turn on the TV and see a soldier with a can of this on his vest, that would make this all worth it," said Shriver, 57, an office manager.

Hold onto your wallets

The Journal Times is reporting that Senator-Elect John Lehman has been selected to head the Education Committee.

New economic rule in place.


This headline from today's Money section in USA Today:

Gasoline prices likely to go higher: Supplies falling, demand going up.

So when supply falls and demand rises price increases?

I thought when prices increased it was only one of two things, either it was the fault of money grubbing evil oil companies or of course, G-Dub.

I'm so confused.

December 6, 2006

Breaking News: Racine County Board Report Slaps Down Hall.


I have in my possession a report from the Racine County Board.

Two board members, Dan Sharkozy and Ken Hall have been trying their very best to find anything they can use to hang County Executive Bill McReynolds with.

They are using as their bait scurrilous junk drug out of the gutter by Progressive Majority Wisconsin a Democratic sleeze attack site.

I do not have enough time right now to give you all the news from this, but here are a couple of highlights.
  • The Executive committee cannot ascribe to Supervisor Hall's misstatements in this matter to honest misinformation, since DA Nieskes sent a copy of the Rock County letter to Supervisor Hall's wife.
  • Whatever County executive McReynolds' involvement in Knight's Popcorn, none of this demonstrates that it interfered with the full and faithful discharge of his official duties.
  • The County Executive is permitted under state law and county ordinance, to engage in personal business that does not interfere with the full and faithful discharge of his duties.
  • The Executive Committee finds no basis or need for further action on any of the allegations contained in the November 9, 2006 communication of Supervisor Hall.
  • The Executive Committee requests that the Chairman on behalf of the County Board, formally apologize to Finance Director Douglas Stansil, Purchasing Manager Diane Kelly, and retired Sheriff's Department Captain William Greer for the slur upon their reputations, contained in item 7 of Supervisor Hall's communication.

In short, and it goes on and on, Hall has been on a witch hunt and all the little stuff he has been trying to make big stuff is nothing but empty partisan attacking.

It is no secret Hall wants McReynold's job, and Sharkozy's public attacks on the man are well known.

I'll have more on this later.

McBride on Kane.

Jessica McBride on why Eugene Kane continues to make excuses for Milwaukee's embarrassing Alderman Michael McGee Jackson Sharpton Chavez Jr.

1. McGee is black.
2. McGee is not a conservative.
3. Conservatives like McGee's opponent.

Well said.

That was then this is now.

Charlie got a sad but true funny email.

I advise you to take the two minutes to read this.

December 5, 2006

Gee, yet another round of scientific oopsie.

WASHINGTON - A huge study from Denmark offers the latest reassurance that cell phones don't trigger cancer. Scientists tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including 52,000 who had gabbed on the gadgets for 10 years or more, and some who started using them 21 years ago.

They matched phone records to the famed Danish Cancer Registry that records every citizen who gets the disease - and reported Tuesday that cell-phone callers are no more likely than anyone else to suffer a range of cancer types.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, is the largest yet to find no bad news about the safety of cell phones and the radiofrequency energy they emit.
But even the lead researcher doubts it will end the debate.

"There's really no biological basis for you to be concerned about radio waves," said John Boice, a Vanderbilt University professor and scientific director of the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Md. "Nonetheless, people are."

So Boice and colleagues at Copenhagen's Danish Cancer Society plan to continue tracking the Danish callers until at least some have used the phones for 30 years.

This so-called Danish cohort "is probably the strongest study out there because of the outstanding registries they keep," said Joshua Muscat of Pennsylvania State University, who also has studied cell phones and cancer.

"As the body of evidence accumulates, people can become more reassured that these devices are safe, but the final word is not there yet," Muscat added.

Cell phones beam radiofrequency energy that can penetrate the brain's outer edge, raising questions about cancers of the head and neck, brain tumors or leukemia. Most research has found no risk, but a few studies have raised questions. And while U.S. health officials insist the evidence shows no real reason for concern, they don't give the phones a definitive clean bill of health, either, pending long-term data on slow-growing cancers.

For the latest study, personal identification numbers assigned to each Dane at birth allowed researchers to match people who began using cell phones between 1982 and 1995 with cancer records.

Among 420,000 callers tracked through 2002, there were 14,249 cancers diagnosed - fewer than the 15,001 predicted from national cancer rates. Nor did the study find increased risks for any specific tumor type.

Drinking Right, Egg Nog Edition.


So are there any special rules for the December Drinking Right? A gift to Casper as entry or something.

The RDW social community interaction department has this scheduled for the 12th at Papa's.

Boy am I out of touch.

I saw this on Yahoo news: Rihanna poses backstage after winning the female artist of the year award at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson).

Ok, this poses one question.

Who the heck is Rihanna and why does she only have one name?

Civil War...

Everyone seems hung up on the question of civil war in Iraq, namely are they in one?

No.

People want it to labeled as such so they have something else to hang around G-Dub's neck, but the facts do not point to civil war.

In a war, people declare sides, they divide, they organize they have leaders, they have an actual war over territory, power and policy.

What we have in Iraq in groups of terrorists ticked off about the power trying to muck things up.

Do they want radical Islamists in charge, sure...

However, to call this a civil war is to give terrorism credibility as a military or political force and I am simply not willing to do that. Terrorists are cowards and bullies who prey on the innocent for their own purposes. That is not legitimate political discourse, and it is not worthy of the title civil war. Terrorists are nothing but criminals with political agendas.

If they want to act publicly, wear uniforms and stand up for what they believe, I'll call this a civil war, but not before.

If they want to hide behind schools, mosques and hospitals and blow up innocents then they are terrorists.

It truly is that simple.

To be a party in a civil war, one must act in a warlike but civil manner, that means abiding by the rules of war. You do not get to ignore Geneva Conventions, then hide behind them when you are caught. (well actually smarmy leftists let you do that, but they should not)

I expect this post to have roughly 50 comments telling me I'm an idiot in the next 3 or 4 hours, but I'll stand by my opinion.

Iraq is NOT in civil war.

Seniors Best Friend.


Cool.


Dog tunnels through snow to save owners

A seven year old German Shephard - Timberwolf mixed dog named Shana is quite a canine hero in Alden as the story spreads of her efforts to save her owners during the October surprise storm.

Eve and Norman Fertig, who are both 81 years old, were out treating injured birds in the Wildlife Sanctuary on their Alden property on the night of October 12th. They left as the storm intensified but, were soon trapped by falling trees and heavy snow as they tried to walk back to their home. Eve realized they could die in the bitter cold but, fortunately, Shana was with them.As the cold and snow chilled them both without heavy coats and gloves, Shana started digging under the snow and trees

Shana barked but, the couple hesistated, so they say the dog came back and tugged on Eve's jacket. She says the 160 pound dog actually pulled her onto its broad back and crawled through the tunnel. Her husband held on as well as they slowly crawled all the way back to their home. They made it back to the back deck, opened their door and fell in to the house exhausted but safe.

December 4, 2006

Bad Day

Remind anyone else of last Friday?

So what is the priority?

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press WriterMADISON, Wis. (AP) -

A proposed rewrite of freshmen admissions policy for the University of Wisconsin System would de-emphasize class rank and give greater weight to nonacademic factors such as race and income.

The plan, to be considered by the UW System Board of Regents on Thursday and Friday, would also no longer encourage prospective students to take the ACT college entrance exam instead of the SAT. Instead, ACT or SAT scores would be given equal consideration.

Update: The Racine Journal Times is running a poll on this, the results are not surprising.

What should be the biggest factor in determining admission into a UW school?

Thank you for Voting!

10 (3%) Race
12 (4%) High school class rank
3 (1%) Income
144 (45%) Test scores (ACT or SAT)
153 (48%) Grade-point average
Total Votes: 322


While hardly scientific it would appear the UW system is in lock step with 4% of the populace in this move.

Based on their record of late, that is an improvement.

What does love mean?

I got this in the email today, I had to share this.

What does Love mean? A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."
Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"
Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."
Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."
Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."
Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."
Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."
Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image)
Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
Jessica - age 8

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry"

Bolton resigns.

So Bolton resigned because dems would not give him an up or down vote...

From the AP telling of the story: The White House resubmitted Bolton's nomination last month. But with Democrats capturing control of the next Congress, his chances of winning confirmation appeared slight. The incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, said he saw "no point in considering Mr. Bolton's nomination again."

How about the fact that Bolton has done a brilliant job since being appointed to the UN post, that all they hot air from people like Biden turned out to be NOTHING.

If this is the kind of Democratic leadership we are going to get, this country is going to be weakened in more ways than I can even fathom.

Take a well qualified man doing a brilliant job and throw him to the curb.

Disgusting.

Monday Random Quotes


His coverage of the coverage was as overdone as the coverage itself. Cantenkerous.

As White Death descends upon Milwaukee… Patrick.

Snowpocolypse 2006. Jib.

Oh the weather outside is frightful... Steve

Okay, so it snowed... Kathy.

Snow KILLS!!!??? Phelony.

One snowplow attachment for a standard wheelchair... Elliot.

BDSM 101. Owen.

A Real Guy's Remote Control... Tom.

Janet-Reno-in-a-thong ugly. Peter.

If I take my swim suit off in front of people... Wiggy. (please, no.)

Me and some mustard. Scott.

I blame global warming. SU.

Bwahahahahahahaha. Chris.

Is it so much to ask that I actually can be proud of the University I attend for some period of time? Jenna. (yes it is)

Mr. Benefit-Grubbing-Greedy-Pants. Me.

Sometimes I wear headphones and don't plug them into anything. Josh.

December 3, 2006

How cold was it today?

It was so cold Al Gore asked to turn up the heat.

Ahmadinejad: Israel will disappear

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh held talks in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

The Islamic Republic News Agency reported Saturday Ahmadinejad saying, "As everybody knows, the Zionist regime was created to establish dominion of arrogant states over the region and to enable the enemy to penetrate the heart Muslim land."

Saying the Israeli regime was inherently a "threat," and was "on the verge of disappearing"Haniyeh praised the support of the Iranian government and nation for the cause of the Palestinian nation. "The Iranian nation's brilliant stand in the rightful battles of the Palestinians encourages them and signifies their deep understanding of Islamic principles," Iran's official state-run news agency reported.

"The Intifada (uprising) of the Palestinian nation will continue until the cause of the Palestinians is materialized and Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) is liberated," added Haniyeh.

Tell me please Mr Kerry, how exactly do we deal diplomaticly with madmen whose greatest ambition is to wipe Israel off the map?

I'm waiting for anything resembling an idea rather than just criticism.

Haniyeh and Ahmedinejad may be the two most dangerous men on the planet.

Can I ask a dumb question...


Why do they need this big box for this little itty bitty package containing Orange Sugar-Free Jello?

Am I nuts?


Ok, so it is 15 degrees outside and the picture you see is of my trusty Weber grill heating up to sacrifice some charred cow flesh to Sunday dinner.

Am I the only one around here nutty enough to grill when it is 17 degrees below freezing?

I've done it before when it was colder, and I am no stranger to grilling in the snow.

Some things just taste better on the grill.

Congratulations.


I would like to extend my personal, public congratulation to Scott Feldstein.

Yeah, he makes me crazy, but Scott just got his first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

That is quite an accomplishment.

The picture you see here is of Scott tripping and falling through some concrete blocks on the way to get his belt....

Just kidding, rumor has it he actually broke those things with his fist, or opinions or something.

Seriously, Scott that is very cool, congratulations.

Santa's Butt? Not in Maine...


PORTLAND, Maine - A beer distributor says Maine is being a Scrooge by barring it from selling a beer with a label depicting Santa Claus enjoying a pint of brew.

In a complaint filed in federal court, Shelton Brothers accuses the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of censorship for denying applications for labels for Santa's Butt Winter Porter and two other beers it wants to sell in Maine.

The dispute recalls a similar squabble last year when Connecticut told Shelton Brothers it had problems with its Seriously Bad Elf ale.

"Last year it was elves. This year it's Santa. Maybe next year it'll be reindeer," said Daniel Shelton, owner of the company in Belchertown, Mass.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, contends the state's action violates the First Amendment by censoring artistic expression.

But the state says it's within its rights. The label with Santa might appeal to children, said Maine State Police Lt. Patrick Fleming. The other two labels are considered inappropriate because they show bare-breasted women.

"We stand by our decision and at some point it'll go through the court system and somebody will make the decision on whether we are right or wrong," he said.

The lawsuit was brought by the Maine Civil Liberties Union, which says the beer labels are entitled to First Amendment protection.

"There is no good reason for the state to censor art, even art found on a beer label," said Zachary Heiden, staff attorney for the MCLU.

Honesty, ethics? Nah... not when there are righties to bash...

From Racine Dems...

Linda Honold apologizes for false accusations

Mount Pleasant — A group trying to elect “progressive candidates” to state office admitted it falsely represented a program at Ridgewood Care Center in a political ad sent to Racine voters.

The group sent the flier to voters during Racine County Executive Bill McReynolds’ campaign for state Senate against Senator-elect John Lehman, D-Racine.

Linda Honold, a deputy director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, apologized “for the error committed by (the group)” in its political advertisement against McReynolds.

The flier accused McReynolds, R-Mount Pleasant, of cutting staff at the county’s nursing home and hiring inmates to take care of the elderly.

(how low can you go)

In a letter to Ridgewood Administrator Fran Petrick, Honold wrote, “It was never our intention to impugn the integrity of you or your staff or to question the quality of care you and they provide to the residents of Ridgewood.”

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization working on issues like health care, jobs, racial justice and education.

The group lists among its hundreds of dues-paying member affiliates Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and Wisconsin Education Association Council.

(all of whom claim to be non-partisan)

In her letter, Honold blamed the error on “incomplete research data” the group received regarding an effort to employee three female inmates in the nursing home’s laundry facility. A work-release program employs non-violent female jail inmates in the nursing home’s laundry room.

“It’s a nice program. When you want to talk about doing something right, this one hit for a change,” Petrick said. “We get help in the laundry and the inmates who participate in the program get experience working.”

Citizen Action misrepresented the program in the political flier it sent to voters.“Our intent was to question the county executive’s approach to public policy in eliminating family-supporting positions of members of the Racine community and replacing them with inmates from the county jail,” Honold said in her letter.

(I notice Honold did not care about showing how cuts by Governor Jim Doyle caused the budget issues requiring said cuts to be made. Gotta give that extra $400 million to the teachers you know...)

Petrick issued her own release about the apology and said that other than registered nurses, most of Ridgewood’s employees are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and many of the union’s officials sit on Citizen Action’s Board of Directors.“For some reason, they refuse to publicly retract the insult their own members have suffered,” Petrick said in her release. “But, the greatest harm may have been suffered by Racine County residents.

“Citizen Action’s lies not only damaged Ridgewood’s reputation, but they also caused unnecessary apprehension for Ridgewood residents, their families, and the random recipients of (the group’s) mailing.”

McReynolds’ chief of staff, Geoff Greiveldinger, said the county has not filed a formal complaint to the state Elections Board regarding Citizen Action’s flier.“We’re continuing to consider all options for appropriate redress on behalf of Ridgewood or any individuals,” Greiveldinger said.

“(Ridgewood’s board) asked the county to take a look at what kinds of remedies might be appropriate.”In a telephone interview Thursday, Petrick said she didn’t think the group’s apology went far enough.“They sent me this nice letter, but they sent this flier and it went out to all these citizens,” Petrick said. “If they want to say their sorry, then say it publicly.”

A Citizen Action representative could not be reached for comment Thursday.

This from Sandy Tingle, Webmistress:

I've got a real problem with this. Ethics have to come first, party second. I have a difficult time with those who expect everyone to condone unethical behavior for the sake of blind party loyalty. (Finally one of them gets it)

I am aware the "other side" does the same thing, but that doesn't make this any more acceptable. (do we now, examples please)

And Linda Honold resurfaces - causing even more problems for the Democrats of Racine County. There are some people the state party needs to take aside and ask them to step down from politics. They should start with Doc Thomas and Linda Honold.

For those not aware Doc Thomas is the nutburger from Janesville who has run for Congress for the last seven or eight elections (oh he has announced he will run again), and Linda Honold is the former chair of the Wisconsin Dems..

I love this line from a letter to Howie Dean from her... "How do we reach the voters who agree with our beliefs but apparently vote against their own best interest and concern?"

Apparently the answer was to lie to the voters, to mislead them by telling scurriless tales of an evil county executive who imported prisoners to care for patients in the county nursing home. zIn the last election the strategy was not over policy, it was to tie scandal, real or unreal, to every Republican the could.

In the same note to Howie Dean she called for, "Moral values that respect all of humanity , Respect of others' opinions and beliefs, Honesty, openness, accountability, and ethical integrity in government". (Am I the only on that sees the irnoy?)


She ended her note..., "I look forward to continuing to work with you to develop this message, to build our party, and to elect more Democrats to office so that all in society will win."

Apparently in Honold world society wins by throwing ethics aside. Congratulations Linda, you won. Don't you feel proud of yourself, society can win now that Mr. Taxman, John Lehman has been elected in part from your lies?

Let me tell you something about McReynolds campaign. Their whole strategy was based on showing McReynolds record on crime and taxes and showing how really extremely liberal John Lehman was by showing his voting record in the assembly. Everything they put out was an honest representation of Lehman's actual record.

McReynolds was roundly beaten by the local media as running a negative campaign for showing Lehmans record.

Lehman on the other hand complained loudly in public about how negative showing his record was and put on a very negative campaing of his own. His lit drops were full of distortions of McReynolds record.

We wrote about bumper gate here, McReynolds was part owner of a company that sold a few bumpers to the county over a period of years. That was investigated right and left and a Democratic DA who headed the investigation said McReynolds did nothing wrong, pressured no one and if anything provided a service to the county. Lehman's lit piece blitz in the last week of the election had all the screaming is McReynolds a crook headlines from that incident weeks after McReynolds was cleared of any wrong-doing implying McReynolds was unethical.

At the same time Lehman siad he had no knowledge of how all of this came to light, we showed here his behind the scenes work pushing the investigation and lying about his knowledge of Progressive Majority Wisconsin that was pushing the allegations. (A group run by a convicted Dem in the caucus scandal, the local liberal paper took all of their work and ran with it, while ignoring all of the breaking news here. When your agenda is to trash rightie they take it, when your agenda is to break the news the paper has ignored, well never mind that is my issue with them....)

Now that is negative... Highlighting someone's record is not negative.

The local paper of course gave Lehman a complete pass on his negative, unhonest lit drops.

I do encourage the county to file that complaint. I also encourage McReynolds to sue the pants off of Linda Honold and Citizen Action of Wisconsin for their no holds barred scare the people piece telling complete lies about him.

I give Sandy Tingle huge credit for publishing this and thank her for her public comments. It is nice to see a democrat who values ethics and honesty. It seems to me the win at all cost crowd has way more numbers of late... Seriously though Sandy it is OK to say this without the throw in line that the other side does it too.

Both parties need to call their own out when they behave badly.