January 6, 2007

Clay to Madison....

The Journal Times is reporting that Racine Park High School's stud running back Johnny Clay has decided to attend UW Madison.

The last time Clay put on the pads and played at Camp Randall he led Park with 259 rushing yards and a state championship.

Good for Clay, and good for UW Madison!

Sorry he's dead, we're on break.

What socialized medicine is doing for Europe....

999 team lunch as man dies

By EMMA MORTON
January 06, 2007

A MAN died after two ambulance crews could not be sent to his aid — because they were on EU-enforced lunch breaks.

The victim collapsed in a betting shop, five minutes from his local ambulance station.
But under the barmy European Working Time Directive, exposed by The Sun last month, crews couldn’t be disturbed.

A paramedic was sent in a car and realised the unnamed man was having a heart attack.

He dialed 999 but an ambulance did not arrive for half an hour.

By then, the patient had died on the floor in Edmonton, North London.

Last night London Ambulance Service chiefs ordered a full probe.

The EU rules — which have angered staff — mean crews in the capital can be called out only in the last ten minutes of their 30-minute breaks.

Otherwise, they are banned from helping, even if there is a road crash outside their building.
Other UK ambulance services have chosen to opt out of the rules.

A London spokesperson said last night: “We can confirm crews were on a rest break at the time.
“Our sympathies are with the patient’s family.”

What is it with these things?

Why do I get 7 of these a day?

BANK GIRO LOTTERIJ INTERNATIONAL
AWARDPROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENTWESTHAVENWEG
65A1042AL AMSTERDAMRESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS

Dear Sir/Madam,

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the Second Category Draws of Bank Giro Lotterij Int held on the 4th of January 2007. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged as a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The results of the draws have been officially announced.

Yadda yadda, if you are an idiot lend me your identity and I will rob you blind.

January 5, 2007

A Blogger in Belling land.

I usually work until five, but over the years I have listened to and sometimes even enjoy the Mark Belling show.

One thing I have noticed over the years is that Belling complains loudly and frequently when he breaks a story and is not given credit for that story. (A justifiable stance)

Well last Sunday on Belling’s TV show he gave the Racine Journal Times an MIA award for having so many stories in Racine broken by blogs before they reported on them.

Gee, a blogger in Racine who breaks news, I wonder who he could have been talking about?

Belling mentions blogs all the time, what he does not do is mention the names of those blogs. He mentions papers names, authors names, he mentions columnists names, he rarely lists blog names, and even more rarely mentions their authors.

Why?

No one knows but him, my guess is he is selfish , lazy, and he does not really respect bloggers as legitimate authors, reporters or pundits.

Let me relate a story to you. When I broke the story about Voces de la Frontera exercising their protest at the home of Cathy Stepp, Belling talked about it on his show a couple of days later. I called in telling his producer I was the blogger who broke the story and had been pushing it. I was treated very rudely being told if I was coming on to promote my blog I was not welcome. I told him I was calling in because I knew more about the story than anyone else, including Belling. We talked, I made a brilliant point, he talked over me and hung up on me.

Typical.

He never did give me credit for breaking the story in his report, or on his television show last Sunday.

He has mentioned RDW by name once, no one was more surprised by that than I.

He is obviously a reader if he is aware of my proclivity for breaking news, it would be nice if he would give the credit out that he complains so loudly about not getting.
Penn And Teller Get Hippies To Sign Water Banning Petition

Congratulations Mayor Becker.

Mayor Gary Becker of Racine does not have an opponent in his re-election bid.

I had a chat with the Mayor this evening and congratulated him on his new term.

We had a nice chat about my candidacy as well. The man is passionate about his city.

I admire that.

Children...

January 4, 2007

If the Shoe fits... post it.

Well, now it's official


In the myriad of junk mail I receive from the NEA, today I received a Certificate of Entitlement.

I know that teacher's unions proclaim that teachers are entitled to more, now I guess I am certified to be entitled. Gimme Gimme Gimme!!

I have an announcement to make.

This cold that is going around truly sucks.

We now return you to your originally scheduled program.

January 3, 2007

CBS announcing Gerald Ford's death

Sad.

Who wants equity?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read this statement...

students receive preferential treatment when applying to a college or university because they are a minority

...for me, I think of discrimination. Last spring I experienced a similar feeling when I found that Racine Unified's "lottery system" for magnet schools weighed heavily on race/ethnicity.

A story appears on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's website about this topic. Ward Connellly, an advocate for dismantling affirmative action legislation and policies, came to Wisconsin to meet with a committee that considering that same notion. I hope he can got his message across to our legislation.

Affirmative action policies are racist by their very nature. State Rep. Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) is on the committee for affirmative action but as a proponent of it. She claims that affirmative action is still necessary because people do not have equal access to resources. Really, do you have proof of such inequity? I hear these statements bandied about with test scores and admissions requirements. If these racist statements are true please provide evidence as such. Who is being turned away from schools, programs, etc. based on race? (Besides Caucasians, that is.)

Diversity for diversity's sake

Talks about diversity are rampant in the Racine Unified School District. These talks stem from planning for next school year. The debate is whether RUSD should return to neighborhood schools or continue to bus students across town to achieve their own formula for racial and socio-economic balance. I opt for the former.

The proponents of forced diversity and bussing claim that it is needed to better the schools. However, they fail to expand on that premise. How do schools improve if they have 35% minority students rather than 25%? Evidence, either anecdotal or empirical, would certainly help their cause. I feel the most important question the school board needs to address is being completely ignored. What is the educational value of bussing students?

What'’s worse is that proponents claim that neighborhood schools will turn Racine into a racist city. Somehow if a child goes to the school closest to his home, coloreds only bathrooms will pop up all over town. In my mind they are the racists. They want to promote minorities and put whites at a disadvantage. Equity is not their goal.

RUSD is struggling financially and academically. Can we afford to further implement a costly program that has no academic merit? Test scores have nothing to do with the demographics of a classroom.

JS Online has a great article examining both sides of the issue. If I am missing something that explains the benefit of forced diversity, please let me know.

An Open letter to Senator Cathy Stepp.

Dear Senator Stepp,

On this the last day you will hold the title Senator I wanted to say thank you for your service.

You only served one term, but you did it with passion, grace and commitment. I wish you had run again, but I admire your calling to your number one job, Mom.

I thank you for your service, and your family for loaning you to us over your term.

May God bless you in this new phase of your life.

January 2, 2007

What happened to minority rights anyway?

Democrats To Start Without GOP

InputQuick Passage of First Bills Sought

By Lyndsey Layton and Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff WritersTuesday, January 2, 2007; A01

As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.

House Democrats intend to pass a raft of popular measures as part of their well-publicized plan for the first 100 hours. They include tightening ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage, allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest rates on student loans.

But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.

At the time the Democrats were huffing and puffing about minority rights I made the point that if they took power again they would not care one bit about the minority.

I was right.

As a reminder this is from a June 23, 2004 article in the Washington Post on a letter Pelsoi herslef wrote about this very subject:

Pelosi's document, which she vows to honor if Democrats regain the majority, says: "Too often, incivility and the heavy hand of the majority" have silenced Democrats and choked off "thoughtful debate." She called on the majority to let the minority offer meaningful amendments and substitutes to important bills; to limit roll-call votes to the normal 15 minutes rather than keeping them open to round up needed votes; and to let all appointees to House-Senate conference committees participate in meetings and decisions.
"When we are shut out, they are shutting out the great diversity of America," Pelosi said in an interview. "We want a return to civility; we want to set a higher standard."


So this is her idea of civility? We're going to ram it down your throats in 100 hours!

Welcome to the realm of hypocrisy. Get your veto pen ready George.

Blogs for Dooley.

Silent E asked me if I would have available a Blogs for Dooley button for my Aldermanic campaign.

Thanks to Belle for design, and Patrick for hosting.

If you would like to have the button on your blog, just drop me an email and I will be happy to send you the html.

Best proposal of all time.


After taking a handoff from a trick play to convert a 2 point conversion to lead his team to an over-time victory in the Fiesta Bowl, Ian Johnson of the Boise State Broncos tossed the ball into the stands took a knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics, a cheerleader who said yes.

January 1, 2007

MRQ - The Auld Lang Syne Edition

Happy 2007 everyone. While most MSM outlets are rife with Best of 06 segments, well, here at MRQ we're a little closer to living in the moment. Some of us a little too close. I digress, therefore I am...

Without further ado, what was uttered in the cheddarshpere cette semaine?


Serious Shrinkage. Aaron

Hey it is getting fiesty in here. Fred

Is this like saying ...rattlesnake meat is safe to eat? Dean.

You Won't Have Saddam Hussein to Pick Lice Out of Anymore. Jay
(Editor's note: Good)

I hope he chokes on his lettuce. Wiggy

Could I borrow your towel for a sec? My bride just hit a water buffalo. Dan

Only in a picture of offensive lineman can you gather a group of men together and no one feels the need to suck in their gut. Wendy

His child will be terrorizing the next generation of golfers in no time. Kevin

I’m wondering if, in the future, the question will be Jackie or Donna? Elliot

Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers. Jeff Wagner
(Patrick: I keep reading that as "scared cows". Which would make sense...)

He has some audio of guns blazzin’ on the North side of Milwaukee last night. My sources tell me that Barrett was notified and dispatched the Book Mobile. Owen.

Bang Bang Bang Bang... Patrick's Neighbors

Excuse me for a moment while I scrub my brain with bleach. Nick

How about a nice dose of what I do in my life is my business ... not yours? Peter (via Jennaland)

It should be Comrade Kessler not Rep Kessler. Chris

Really, someone should have given him some lip gloss for Christmas. Karen

Which ex-President is next? Gotta be George the First, don’t you think? Unless Bill gets caught cheatin’ again. Huck Dumbell

It Needs More Cowbell. Aaron.
Sorry Aaron, we were about 20 feet from you!

It was a lot like swimming in lake superior, in that once you turn blue, it's not so bad. Phel

Will see you all in two weeks - if you spot any quotables, please send to Fred or Randy!

2007 Predictions.

Ok, I readily admit it, my predictions last year stunk.

With a renewed sense of optimism I present my predictions for 2007.



  • Brett Favre will return to the Packers for one more season leading the team to a wild-card berth (10-6) in the NFL playoffs then retire after setting virtually every QB record in the books.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers will have a winning record (83-79) but they will not make the playoffs.
  • The UW Madison men's basketball team will make the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
  • Corruption charges will not be brought against Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as no one will have the guts to testify against him.
  • Racine Mayor Gary Becker will easily win re-election.
  • Racine County Executive Bill McReynolds will not so easily win re-election.
  • Wis Politic's blog of the year award will go to either Wigderson's Library & Pub, or Folkbum's Rambles & Rants.
  • Michael McGee will face a recall vote after a bitter legal battle, he will still be an Alderman in Milwaukee, Eugene Kane still will not get it.
  • Air America will go silent.
  • Racine Unified Schools will have a new Superintendent by the end of 2007.
  • A sitting Supreme Court Justice will pass away this year.

Feel free to add your own predictions. I reserve the right to add more predictions as I think of them.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2006

Someone help me understand this.

AP poll: Americans optimistic for 2007

Poll: Americans see gloom, doom in 2007

Packers playoff picture.


Well the Giants did their job and hung one on the Redskins tonight, so what does that mean for the Packers?

Courtesy of Yahoo sports...

Giants clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over Packers with: Lions loss; or Vikings loss; or any two of the following results: Cardinals loss, Dolphins loss, 49ers loss, Panthers win, Texans win, Buccaneers win. If Giants and Packers finish tied in strength of victory, then tie will be decided by best strength of schedule.or subsequent tiebreakers.

To break that down for you, the Packers chances of making the playoffs are essentially the same as winning the lottery.