December 31, 2007

Happy New Year


2008 Predictions.

Sports.

  • The Green Bay Packers will win the NFC Championship and lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the Superbowl.
  • Brett Favre will return to the Packers for the 2008/2009 season.
  • Prince Fielder wins the NL MVP award.
  • Ricky Weeks leads the league in OBP.
  • Your Milwaukee Brewers win the Central Division with a 92 win season.

November Elections.

  • Mitt Romney defeats Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.
  • Democrats increase their lead in the Senate but lose control of the house back to the Republicans (barely).
  • Despite outrageous local liberal optimism, Paul Ryan wins re-election with 60% of the vote to Dr. Jeff Thomas (the 8th time is not a charm).
  • Steve Kagen is a one-term wonder.


Local Politics.

  • The KRM rail plan will continue to be pushed forward. Multiple November referendums seeking approval for the plan fail. Despite public opinion John Lehman continues to push for this plan.
  • Jim Kaplan wins in his Aldermanic and County Board race.
  • Racine Mayor Gary Becker is not the Racine Mayor at the end of 2008.
  • Ken Hall loses his seat on the Racine County Board to Brian Dey.
  • Kathy Carpenter wins her Aldermanic race in Kenosha.
  • The Denis Troha story explodes around the first week of March.
  • Judge Michael Gabelman wins in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
  • Racine continues to have the highest unemployment in the state.

Science.

  • Global Warming will be completely disproven in 2008, Al Gore will refuse to come off of his "settled science" line.
  • Embryonic Stem Cells will still have cured nothing. Regular stem cells will continue to make advancements. Scientists will still clamour for more funding preaching about the "promise" of ESSR.

MRQ, be careful on amateur night.

Because Rosie O’Donnell needed a job. Peter.

I find that kitchen knives are especially fascinating to small children. Aaron.

Who is Dr. Phil supporting? Josh.

Pole tax. Owen.

He’s doing chin-ups to bulk up his lats. Steve.

Blogging is doing something to our minds.... Althouse.

And just like that, it's all over. Jim.

I am 100%, certifiably, insane! Kate.

I think the reason people believe in global warming is that no one ever measures the snow fall at my house. Elliot.

I’ve always wondered if Kucinich and Mr. Spock were separated at birth: Sister Toldja.

64 oz Dr Peppers and giant tubs of artery clogging fat laden popcorn. Fred

"How Does a swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated, dictator with delusions of godhood Get All Those Chicks?" Tom.

This one is my favorite… the Gingerbread Prison Yard.. Tracy.

we either have some weathermen out there that who have surprised and satisfied wives or some weatherwomen who are REALLY hard to please. Silent E.

I'm very comfortable with my feminine side. Jimi.

Truly fine sparkling wines never have screw tops and a straw for you to "Bubble it yourself." Grumps.

who is more bats**t crazy; Ron Paul or Russ Feingold? Steve Egg.

I gave him the money and sent him to the store to buy a Bible. Nick.

"Brady goes down in the arms of Wilkerson!" Eeeeeeew. That's just wrong. Heather.

Sorry, you'll have to get your own boners. Dustbury.

Congressman Obey is as full of lame excuses as a dieter who continues to order pizza because pizza includes all four food groups. Kathy.

Why, oh why, is it never the hot guys at Packer games who stand shirtless in the stands when it is 25ยบ? Wendy.

Britney Spears who at one point shaved her head, but still has higher approval ratings than Nancy Pelosi. Charlie.

I'm waaaay more advanced than the Blackberry. Owen.

Truly a monumental display of prognostitory mediocrity! Fred.

I almost sprayed Dr. Pepper all over my laptop. Keith.

dan fogelberg - same auld lang syne

Is it just me?


Isn't it odd that a Presidential candidate is not willing to answer any questions? Isn't it even odder to bring along your kid and not even let them talk to children?

2008 Predictions.

Yesterday at the blog party we collected predictions for the coming year.

I'll be posting some of those here and some at the Badger Blog Alliance later today or tomorrow.

I'll also have my official RDW Predictions soon.

This is your chance.

Offer up a prediction or two for 2008. It could be sports related, political, environmental, sociological, really make it whatever you'd like.

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to our MRQ of the week winner Grumps.

Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.

Grumps is going right into the MRQ of the month vote for December.

Stay tuned for the coveted MRQ of the year award.

I almost missed it.


This month the Prius celebrates birthday #10.


Happy birthday Prius.

December 29, 2007

S.O.T.Y.

And so it passes and the time comes when everyone who ever wrote anything over the course of 2007 names their story of the year.

I'm not going to list any particular ideas or reminders, but I offer you a challenge.

When you think 2007 story of the year what is the very first thing that comes to your mind?

Blogger Holiday Party.

FINAL NOTICE ON THE BLOGGER HOLIDAY PARTY.

It will be held this Sunday the 30th of December beginning at noon at Papa's social club , 7718 W. Burleigh in Milwaukee.

We are still trying to get a handle on how many people will be coming, so if you have not yet, would you please RSVP in the comments section so we can give the bar a heads up as to how much space we will need. I would appreciate it. (if you would rather not leave anything in comments, email me, fkd1015 at yahoo dot com)

This is an open blog party. If you write a blog, read a blog or can spell blog you are invited. (The Kilngon spelling, blaughh, will also be acceptable).

The bar will provide pizzas at halftime of the Packer game. For drinks you are on your own.

Also be prepared to write down a prediction for 2008. These predictions will be gathered and published after the party.


We are expecting a rather prominent guest, candidate for Supreme Court Judge Michael Gableman is scheduled to appear.

A number of your favorite blogs will be represented including: Boots and Sanders, Badger Blogger (Patrick, Bruce & Glenn!), Wigderson Library & Pub, Reality Check, Texas Hold 'Em, The Confidentials, Pete Republic, Caledonia Unplugged, Subject 2 Change, Silent E Speaks, Stepping Right Up, Fox Politics, The Asian Badger, No Runny Eggs, yours truly and many more!

If you miss the party and blame the impending white death expect the coming year to be filled with people making fun of you!

We'll see you on Sunday!

December 28, 2007

D'Abbraccio running for County Board

My pal, Lou D'Abbraccio, has announced that he is running for a seat on the Racine County Board in District 3.

Lou forwarded the following information to me:

I believe it is time for me to step up, as a citizen legislator, and serve this community. My professional and educational background have left me well prepared for the challenges of leadership. Currently, I work for Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, where I serve as an internal consultant to senior management on major strategic issues. I have 15 years experience in strategic planning, marketing, and business development positions for a number of companies ranging from Fortune 500 to startups. Prior to joining the private sector, I served my country for nearly 10 years, in both military and civilian roles. I hold a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Management Science from Northeastern University in Boston. (And, oh yeah, I kicked Fred's ass in fantasy football!)

I am a fiscal conservative, and I approach public policy an analytical, data driven perspective.

I believe that this community holds huge promise, but if we are to realize our potential, we need to stand up and face several challenges:

We need to control both spending and taxes.

We must provide a safe and secure environment for all of our citizens, and that means eradicating the intertwined scourges of drugs and violent crime which have recently emerged as major issues within my district.

We need to recognize that before we can spend money, we must earn it - and I don't mean taking more from the already drastically overburdened taxpayers of this community. That means positioning Racine for future residential growth, and improving access to regional jobs. It means doing whatever we can to improve the competitiveness of our local companies.

There will me more to follow in the weeks and months to come, but this is what I stand for, and why I believe that the hard working people of the North Side are not being represented by the incumbent County Supervisor.

All of that information seems accurate except for the part about Lou kicking my butt in fantasy football. (he got lucky)

Good luck in your campaign Lou!

For those who don't follow Racine politics; things are getting ineteresting here.

Last year in the middle of my run for Alderman I was hanging out in the hallway at City Hall waiting for a debate to start when County Supervisor Ken Lumpkin introduced himself.

I reminded him we had met before and exchanged a couple of emails. He quickly told me that he would be running against Alderman Jim Kaplan in 2008.

Besides his elected seat as County Supervisor Lumpkin is the publisher of The Insider News, a local Racine newspaper.

One person, Q.A. Shakoor, currently holds a seat on both the Racine Common Council and the county board. It has been a subject of mild discussion around town if it was ethical to hold both offices. Can you really look out for the best interests of the City and the County at the same time? I find it an interesting question.

Well Lumpkin did pull papers to run against Alderman Kaplan.

But then in a quirk of fate I didn't see coming Kaplan decided to run for Lumpkin's County Board seat as well as for re-election to his Aldermanic seat.

So now we have the same two people running for the same two seats. Fasten your seat belts, this should be fun.

In terms of full disclosure Jim Kaplan & I are friends. We worship at the same church and occasionally enjoy brunch after church with our lovely brides.

This should be a fun race to watch.

Caption This.


The popcorn and ticket tax.

Mrs RDW & I don't go out to the movies much.

I will immediately be calling for a new tax added onto movie tickets and concessions.

I find this behavior to be adding to the sedentary lifestyle and adding to the epidemic of childhood obesity.

We should add punitive taxes to discourage this dangerous, perhaps deadly problem. Plus, the noxious fumes coming from that popcorn can not be healthy. What about second hand popcorn fumes? Can we really wait for the research on this pressing issue to all come in? I say we need to act now. All revenues raised can be used to offset children's medical cost or maybe to help Madison get some salt for their streets. Heck our schools are only spending around 13K per kid, that is an insult. With this added revenue we could help teach our children better by paying our teachers more.

I call on the people to join me in pressuring the state legislature in this important effort to save us from ourselves and our children from a lifetime of 64 oz Dr Peppers and giant tubs of artery clogging fat laden popcorn with dangerously high levels of sodium and of course, Jujy Fruits.

I call on Governor Jim Doyle & the Wisconsin Legislature to immediately pass a $10 per ticket increase on movies and a 650% increase in concession taxes (the popcorn tax) to stem the tide of childhood obesity, early onset diabetes and heart disease.

Act now Wisconsin, it is for the children after all.

Hey smokers...

The new buck a pack addition to cigarette taxes takes effect on Tuesday.

Will the new tax alter how or where you buy your smokes?

Will you cut back?

Will you quit?

Same story different day.

Two years late, double the cost.

This is the typical tech project undertaken by the state of Wisconsin.

And these people expected us to believe they could run their multi-billion dollar healthcare plan on budget.

Right..........

December 27, 2007

The hate left (again)

I saw this article earlier today.

Frankly I was so angry when I read this I decided to wait to respond.

After reflection, this idiot is not worthy of my anger. His hate has so fueled his thought process pity is the more appropriate emotion.

This misguided fool has found his silver lining in the global warming issue. He's happy that in his mind the coming flood from melting icecaps will primarily hit conservative states.

As he puts it, "what we see is that huge swaths of conservative America are set to face a biblical deluge in a few more presidential cycles."

This idiot is so lost in his hate he actually believes liberal states will be left behind in his "biblical deluge".

This apocalyptic fool apparently thinks conservatives would be too dumb to find higher ground while all liberals would move to blue states to further their majority.

The thing is the left listens to idiots like this, heck they give them Nobel peace prizes. Frankly we should get them mental help. It is the tolerant compassionate thing to do.

Boy is it blurry.

I just had my yearly eye exam.

Boy is it blurry out there.

Aome things look better, some worse, and I just love the designer shades they give you to go under your specs to help with the glare.

Here it comes.

Here comes the white death again.

Hold onto your shovels.

December 26, 2007

What you may not know about ethanol....

As farmers grow more and more corn to produce ethanol other crops are in shorter and shorter supply.

Among the crops in short supply are barley and hops which will lead to a rather large increase in the price of....................

Beer.


Somebody hold Jib back.




The AWNAA Act.

WASHINGTON , DC 11/30/07- Congress is considering sweeping legislation which will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA) is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

"Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Senator Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers simply because they have some idea of what they are doing."

In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U. S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of postal employees lack any job skills, making this agency the single largest U. S. employer of Persons of Inability.

Private-sector industries with good records of nondiscrimination against the Inept include retail sales (72%), the fast food industry (68%), and home improvement "warehouse" stores (65%). At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has a great record of hiring Persons of Inability (63%).

Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million "middle man" positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance based raises and promotions will be given, to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability into middle management positions, and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the AWNA Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the Nonabled -- banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as "Do you have any skills or experience which relate to this job?"

"As a Nonabled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them," said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lugnut twister at a GM plant in Flint, Michigan , due to her lack of any discernible job skills. "This new law should really help people like me." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Said Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy: "As a Senator With No Abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with No Abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation."

Hmmm.

The Journal Sentinel has out their top ten CDs of the year.

While I have heard of most of the artists, I don't have a single one of them.

I must be tragically unhip.

Funny, I still have no urge to run out and get any of these.

December 25, 2007

Carol of the bells

Do yourself a favor, listen to this...

Now that is a fan.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)-AP, 10-29-07

Australian Wayne Scullino, 30, quit his telecom job in Sydney in early 2007, and, after convincing his wife, they sold their house and moved to Wisconsin for the sole purpose of rooting for the Green Bay Packers, about which he had enjoyed an almost inexplicable fascination since age 15. Said Scullino, "At some point, you've got to stop living the life you've fallen into, and start living the life you want to," and he feared waiting even one more year, since quarterback Brett Favre might retire after this season. He told the Associated Press in October that the family would probably move back to Australia after the Super Bowl and start all over with a new house and new job.

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations go out to Still Unreal who has won MRQ of the week for the second time in a row.

Vegan my ass...Bring on the ribeye!!!

We'll have a new poll up shortly.

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government shall be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NIV

Some seven centuries later:

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:10-13 NIV


Or, as another disciple so lovingly noted:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV


May you and yours enjoy a most blessed Christmas.

Caption This.

The MRQs were hung by the chimney with care.

this all started with chocolate shrimp. Kelly.

there might be enough Jagermeister around to convince me. Aaron.

send the Anti-Christian Liars Union grinches a Christmas card. Kate.

Snow offers serious dating potential. Ally.

A skinny Santa is unimaginable. Kevin.

Go Elf Yourself. Fuzz.

Unwashed sterilized lesbian vegan commune living in a cave. Plebian.

please proceed to the nearest medical examiner. Steve Egg.

Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer. Grumps.

I’m “open” to having a picnic in the park with Scarlett Johansson on a breezy summer afternoon, but I don’t think it’s likely to happen. Bruce.

That's one bride you really, really hope is wearing a white dress. Jib.

Women like to hide things in cupboards. Tom.

the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked. The Analog Kid.

Hopefully she won't be asking her big sis to babysit. Sandra

Fraley did it. Aaron.

Isn't this like when you get presents from family members and you know they charged it on your credit card? Althouse.

Freedom of Speech is not the same as license to be a putz. Grumps.

I have the desire, but I don't have the time. Joey.

I think the ultimate problem with Die Hard 3 and 4 was that they forgot it was all about Christmas. Aaron. (We should have called this ARQ)

I’m Twittering too. Sean.

Christmas with the Spears family. Peter.

Damn that global warming. Dan.

The number of accidents per day at Racine County's first roundabout? Steve E.

UPDATE: I only have bonfires on ozone action days. Patrick.

Is there anything she can't do?

Hillary is on the stump predicting that oil prices will drop the minute she becomes President.

And no, I am not joking.

I know, I know if only we had elected John Kerry, Christopher Reeve would be winning triathlons.

This guys picture should be next to word hero in the dictionary.

GI saves Iraqi boy in long-shot adoption


By CARRIE ANTLFINGER,
Associated Press Writer Sun Dec 23, 1:14 PM ET

MAUSTON, Wis. - Capt. Scott Southworth knew he'd face violence, political strife and blistering heat when he was deployed to one of Baghdad's most dangerous areas. But he didn't expect Ala'a Eddeen.

Ala'a was 9 years old, strong of will but weak of body — he suffered from cerebral palsy and weighed just 55 pounds. He lived among about 20 kids with physical or mental disabilities at the Mother Teresa orphanage, under the care of nuns who preserved this small oasis in a dangerous place.

On Sept. 6, 2003, halfway through his 13-month deployment, Southworth and his military police unit paid a visit to the orphanage. They played and chatted with the children; Southworth was talking with one little girl when Ala'a dragged his body to the soldier's side.

Black haired and brown eyed, Ala'a spoke to the 31-year-old American in the limited English he had learned from the sisters. He recalled the bombs that struck government buildings across the Tigris River.

"Bomb-Bing! Bomb-Bing!" Ala'a said, raising and lowering his fist.

"I'm here now. You're fine," the captain said.

Over the next 10 months, the unit returned to the orphanage again and again. The soldiers would race kids in their wheelchairs, sit them in Humvees and help the sisters feed them.

To Southworth, Ala'a was like a little brother. But Ala'a — who had longed for a soldier to rescue him — secretly began referring to Southworth as "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."

Then, around Christmas, a sister told Southworth that Ala'a was getting too big. He would have to move to a government-run facility within a year.

"Best case scenario was that he would stare at a blank wall for the rest of his life," Southworth said.

To this day, he recalls the moment when he resolved that that would not happen.

"I'll adopt him," he said.

Read the rest...

December 21, 2007

Guess the number game

32

UPDATE: There are 32 collegiate Bowl games this year.

Gee that does not seem like nearly enough...

Dryer Sheet Wreath : Merry Trailer Park Christmas Craft

Hillary's Gifts

Give the gift of carbon.


Having a problem with your Christmas shopping?


We all have those hard to buy for people on our lists.




They'll make you feel better about yourself in a completely useless way for the environment.


Remember, give carbon and have a happy environmentally correct Christmas.

December 20, 2007

Chad Vader Chats With Obama Girl

Racine in the spotlight on the War on Christmas

It seems some atheist haters had to try and spoil a nativity scene at Monument Square in downtown Racine.

No one begrudges their right to put up whatever they want.

But why, do they feel the need to impact someone Else's holiday with their display? What this does is show a complete lack of respect. In short, it is rude. Of course we have every right to rude but why exactly do people like this find it such a necessary thing to do.

What I'm talking about here is common sense and polite discourse, two things we are sorely lacking.

But no, the militant atheist types have zero respect and they placed their display within six feet of the nativity.

Have your profession of no faith away from someone Else's profession of faith out of respect. This is the same concept as the absolutely disgusting Fred Phelps who tries to protest at soldier funerals. Stay the heck away out of respect for the deceased and the family. In that circumstance I believe left and right agree. Will we apply the same thought process here?

Racine Post wrote a nice story on this and it was picked up by Fark, so the comment section is going wild. See the Fark postings here and the Racine Post story here.

TIME's Person of the Year.


I must say I was surprised by TIME magazines choice for person of the year. But honestly, I was not that surprised.

TIME has a history of putting up exceedingly controversial choices.

The pandering from the left for Al Gore was just that, pandering. To many there he was the slam dunk choice.

That is entirely the reason why he would not have been chosen.

If they were looking for a positive choice the winner would have been General Petraes. He has turned things around in Iraq in such a dynamic way that few can believe it. Only the silliest of anti-war zealots are still refusing to admit the stunning turn around in Iraq. However, that choice would have pleased the right so you absolutely know that TIME would take a pass on that.

I honestly thought the choice might have been JK Rowling or the iPhone.

Upon further reflection I am surprised they did not select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Hugo Chavez.

I lost all respect for TIME when they came out with the statement that they would lose the concept of objectivity on matters of the environment as they were too important for objectivity back in the '80s. At the time I was a subscriber. (I never renewed and have not read the rag since).

Frankly what we are seeing here is TIME's yearly marketing ploy. They usually pick some off the wall choice so people talk about them. (Last year I believe they picked James Wigderson)

And here I fell into their trap, I'm talking about it too.

Next year everyone will expect TIME to list the newly elected US President (ya know Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul) and TIME will name someone, or something, completely off the wall so we'll talk about it again.

My money is on Ahmadinejad.

December 19, 2007

This should be fun.

Brian Dey has announced his intention to run against Ken Hall for his County Board seat in Racine.

Brian has been a maverick and the voice of reason on the Racine School board. He was beaten up and ridiculed by the establishment on the board, but in the end Dey has been vindicated as everything he has been speaking up about turned out to be accurate causing Superintendent Tom Hicks to resign in disgrace.

Hall is the County Board member who ran a highly partisan and nasty race with current County Executive Bill McReynolds last year.

Hall is as far to the left as you can see. Dey is a fiscal conservative. Frankly these two could not be farther apart on the issues.

Dey is concentrating on the County Board race and will not be running for re-election on the school board. HE WILL BE MISSED THERE.

My guess is this will be the most hotly contested race in this area this spring.

Here is Dey's release.

Dey Running for County Supervisor District 15

This morning, I filed to run for County Supervisor of the 15th District in Racine County. After much deliberation, I also filed papers to not seek a second term on the Racine Unified School District Board of Education.

As a resident of the district since 2001 and a resident of the county since 1987, I will be proud to continue my service as County Supervisor and continue my work to make Racine County a better place to live, work and play.

I have served my community openly and honestly and have worked hard to make sure that government, at all levels, does the same. I have served on the RUSD Board of Education since April of 2005 and will fulfill my commitment through April of this year. I have also served as the Chairman of the RUSD Board of Education’s Legislative Committee, The Village of Caledonia’s Parks and Recreations Commission and Vice-Chairman of Caledonia and Mt. Pleasant’s Joint Park.

I have a proven track record of fiscal responsibility and accountability and believe that the main issues facing the County are economic development and job creation. It is not enough to create entry level jobs. We need to attract and actively seek good companies with good paying jobs.

We also need to hold the line on spending and realize that the way to raise more revenue for services is not on the backs of our constituents, but through growth in tax base. We also need to see more collaboration with municipalities and the school districts and seek ways to better service our constituents through this collaboration.

It is my intent as County Supervisor, to bring my strong leadership skills to the table to make Racine County the place to be in Wisconsin.

Good luck Brian!

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

Frankly, I don't care.

I've seen at least a dozen posts today on the pregnancy of Britney's Spears 16 yr old sister.

Frankly, I could care less.

However, it seems to be a hot topic so have fun in comments.

I shall not be joining in the fray.

Vos release on Hansen proposal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 19, 2007

For Further Information Contact:
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia)
(608) 266 9171

Hansen Tax Disclosure Bill to Hurt Business and Jobs in Wisconsin

Madison…As if supporting an economy-crippling $18 billion tax hike in the Senate Budget proposal wasn’t enough for Senate Democrats, now they want to go one step further to hurt Wisconsin businesses, said Rep. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia). According to Vos, a bill introduced by Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) today will have staggering negative effects on businesses and jobs in Wisconsin.

Hansen held a press conference in the State Capitol this morning to unveil a plan he calls a “Corporate Tax Accountability Act” that will require corporations to file forms with the state to illustrate the legal methods they use to file their taxes every year.
“Hansen’s plan to require businesses to fill out another form wrapped in bureaucratic red tape is ludicrous and unnecessary,” said Vos.

Wisconsin currently has one of the best tax transparency and disclosure policies in the country. In fact, it’s the only state in which anyone can find out how much each company pays in taxes.

While Hansen and other supporters of the bill claim this is a way to “shine the light” on already legal tax exemptions and breaks used by corporations that pay taxes in Wisconsin, Vos says this is just another way to make Wisconsin less and less attractive to business.

“This plan is a step in the wrong direction,” said Vos, “While the Department of Commerce is working to lure businesses to Wisconsin, Hansen and Democrats in the Legislature are essentially telling businesses to stay away. As a result, Wisconsin residents will pay the price as higher-paying jobs are created elsewhere.”

Vos continued: “Supporters of this plan are siding with Big Government over the people who create jobs. Hansen should be working with those job creators to improve the economy instead of introducing plans that hurt workers and create more red tape.”

December 18, 2007

Twas the night before a nondenominational winter holiday.

video

Computerized Christmas lights - Linus and Lucy

You have to admire the spirit, and some GREAT music.

Your Packer Pro Bowl Selections

Brett Favre
Donald Driver
Al Harris
Aaron Kampman

Your objective media in action.

Yesterday the Racine Journal Times highlighted an upcoming fund raiser by one of the sacrificial lambs to the Paul Ryan congressional juggernaut, Paulette Garin.

I'm not going to talk about Garin's qualifications to hold this office, this is not about her.

This paper announces her fund raiser, gives out her phone number and also her email for more information about the event.

People this is not journalism, this is activism.

This is essentially free advertising they are handing out, nothing more. If they would like to release position statements, fine but this is just ridiculous.

I've told you over the years about how liberal the Journal Times is, if you don't get it now, you never will.

Frankly, this is some of the worst, most overt bias I have ever seen.

Fred Thompson: Kill, Protect, Punch

I wonder how Chuck Norris feels about this ad?

Nut Roots wrong again.

In case you missed it, the nut roots has been frothing about the mouth over a report that Mitt Romney was trying to take over clear channel on some Machiavellian quest to put even more evil conservatives on the radio.

It would seem they were 100% wrong.

No shock here.

Rut Roh...

This is going to tick off the writers union support among the leftie actors. Now their strike is threatening the actors ability to self congratulate.

December 17, 2007

Celtic Woman-Carol Of The Bells

I wonder why?

Global food supply is dwindling rapidly, UN agency warns

ROME: In an "unforeseen and unprecedented" shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday.

The changes created "a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get food," particularly in the developing world, said Jacques Diouf, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The agency's food price index rose by more than 40 percent this year, compared with 9 percent the year before - a rate that was already unacceptable, he said. New figures show that the total cost of foodstuffs imported by the neediest countries rose 25 percent, to $107 million, in the last year.

Anyone like to hazard a guess???

WE ARE USING OUR FOOD FOR FUEL PEOPLE.

WE HAVE ENVIRONMENTALISTS WHO REFUSE TO LET US GET THE OIL THAT WE HAVE WHILE ENCOURAGING USING OUR FOOD TO REPLACE SOMETHING WE HAVE IN PLENTIFUL SUPPLY.

Environmentalism has seriously gone overboard.

MRQ of the week.

The new MRQ of the week poll is up.

There were so many great quotes this week that we boosted from 4 to 6 entries.

Good luck!

Ron Paul's chances.

I asked noted area Ron Paul supporter Nick of the World according to same what he honestly thought Ron Paul's chances were.

I asked him to give an honest assessment based on a numerical scale of 0 to 100%.

Nick gave Paul a 15% chance of getting the nomination and did not wish to guess beyond that.

That being said what kind of odds do you give Paul to get the nomination?

Furthermore who is your current Presidential candidate of choice and what percentage chance do you give them of winning your party nomination?

I'll give Paul a .0000000001% chance and Mitt Romney a 40% chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Caption This.


Hey lefties....

I'm curious. now that Mother Sheehan is calling for the impeachment of Nancy Pelosi for knowing about waterboarding (at a Muslim peace conference no less), can we officially declare her nutty yet?

Batman - The Dark Knight Trailer HD

I'm going to have to see this one.

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to Still Unreal for winning MRQ of the week.

History doesn't repeat itself, stupid people repeat history.

Our new poll should be up soon.

MRQ is it done snowing yet?

Remember . . . God is a Packer fan. Jimi.

Sherman’s dog wasn’t accessible to the public. Peter.

faster than a popsicle lodged in Michael Moore's jowls. Director Blue.

"Mom, they ALL have yellow ribbons." ALa.

We never kid about bacon, son. Learned Foot.

Do not go outside today. You will die. Dan.

I need a bigger ice scraper... Jesse.

Mmmmmmmm Krispie Kreme XXXL glazed. Mickey.

this woman is magnificent. Black Five. (Agreed)

your back is smooth without all that hair. Jib.

I guess I’ll have to keep her… Patrick.

He. Is. Odious. Lance.

Vegan my ass...Bring on the ribeye!!! Still Unreal.

This is where I discovered how much fun bachelorette parties can be. Aaron. (I want to hear this story)

I’m taking all the credit. Sean. (Of course you are)

"V for Vendetta"? That's so Ron Paul ... Jb.

I might have a problem. Dan.

you will never find a perfect match candidate. Jesse

Merry Christmas to all you Human Resource-types. Troper.

Hmmmmm. Do nothing. I’m good with that…… Silent E.

Taking ‘airhead’ to a whole new level. Kate.

"O" will rub off on the male version of the "O"! Bubbi.

a tour-de-force of farcical affront Elliot.

maybe it’s the good guys that should have the asterisks by their names Alyssa.

Now you can just kick the cat out of the way, as God intended! Plebian.

I was bummed Paul didn’t pull out his copy of the constitution and papercut Hitler to death. Sean.

Politics are fun, but they don’t necessarily go well with the Birth of our Savior. Kate. (I don't know a toy Ron Paul blimp might be fun)

who wants cold cockles? Dustbury.

Multi-tasking is not necessary everywhere Ally.

Now finish the chore. Owen.

And then God sneezed... Sancho.

it might be a good idea to wear some blaze orange gear on the next family outing to the zoo. Freedom Eden.

shove your finger in its mouth. Jib.

Whaddaya say now, AL!! Steve.

I was discussing global warming with my cat this morning. Arclightzero.

Fill in the blank.

Joe Lieberman ____________________________________.

Bring it.

Seeing all the proclamations of doom coming out of the great global warming conference swindle, I just have this to say...

We have 5 times the normal amount of snow out there, bring it. I'm tired of shoveling.

December 16, 2007

12-2 too


Way to go Eaglets!!!!!!!!!
Ok folks here is how it plays out.

Dallas has its last two games on the road against the Panthers and their arch enemies the Washington Redskins who would like nothing better than to hand the Cowgirls a loss going into the playoffs.

The Packers travel to Chicago to face the hapless Bears then come home to face the Lions who have lost 6 in a row!
It is this is simple, if the Packers win their last two games and the Cowboys lose at least one, your Green Bay Packers will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Sunday not really funny.


Swiped from Kate.

1-13


Hopefully this makes you appreciate how good we have it right now.

12-2


All time leader in passing yardage.
Clinched first round bye in the playoffs.
Go Eaglets!

December 14, 2007

The Cheddarsphere loses a friend.

Triticale died last night from his fight against cancer.

I'd talked with Tom on 10 or 12 occasions. A gentle and kind man. Honestly one of the brightest and sharpest minds I had ever encountered. Sometimes I had the feeling he had to dumb down everything he said so the rest of us could understand.

I'm proud to say that I could call him friend.

I'm better off for having known him.

God's blessings on him and his family.

Holiday Greetings

For My Democrat Friends and Family:

"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere, and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."

For My Republican Friends and Family:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Naughty Kitten and Dog

Obama to Hillary: I look forward to you advising me

Line of the week.

Racine Post.


I recently contacted Dustin Block, formerly of the Racine Journal Times, to ask him about his new venture, Racinepost.com. I asked him where his idea came from, what he hoped to accomplish, etc. Rather than try to pick apart his reply I decided to just post it in its entirety.

Hi Fred,

Here's some info on Racine Post you asked for a few weeks back. Thanks for your interest ... I'm sure there are much more interesting things to write about!

There's really not much to say. RacinePost started as an experiment. I wanted to see if one person could create a comprehensive local news website by linking to traditional and new media, much like Matt Drudge does at the DrudgeReport. If a headline came from the JT, great. If it came from Real Debate, that's just good (and often better!). After working at the newspaper for 8 years, I realized there is very little difference in quality between many of the established blogs and commentators and reporters at newspapers like the JT. Bringing the two together, and throwing in some stories of my own, made sense.

Fortunately, for RacinePost's sake, I had some help. Pete Selkowe took an interest right away and immediately saw we had an opportunity to do more than I ever imagined. Not only could we collect news, we could provide an alternative, independent news source that countered a lot of the negative media surrounding our community. Truth is, we really care about Racine. We've lived here for many years, I met my wife and her family here, Pete is deeply involved with community organizations and really want to see it do well. More importantly, and too often missed, the community is doing well. We're trying to make room to share that story.

Truth is, anyone can report about courts and crime. The JT has that market cornered thanks to the mountains of easy-to-access information provided by police and court officials. If you look at the paper on any given day, at least half of their stories are based around crime. Those important stories, no doubt, but they're not the only stories. And crime is just one example. You point out the liberal leanings of the paper and provide an alternative. The writer behind Unplugged Caledonia saw that there was much to write about in the village, and started that excellent blog. Kay Schultz writes the democratic perspective. They're all excellent alternatives to a single media source - and, I believe, critically important to the health of our community.

My hope is more people take up blogs and start writing about Racine and Racine County. Imagine someone going to Racine City Council and County Board meetings and simply reporting what happens (something no one but the clerks do right now). Or writing a local environmental blog, or creating a really good blog on property taxes, John Lehman and Paul Ryan. We can complain about the JT (and the newspaper should be covered like any other organization), but it's a lot more fun to give it a try ourselves. Wouldn't you agree, Fred?

As for us working for the JT, there's not much to say. We both met a point where it was time to move along. I still have good friends who work for the paper and respect for many people there. Pete and I routinely check each other, though, to make sure we're not becoming an anti-JT blog. First of all, how boring would that be? Second, they're much more successful financially than we'll ever be, and they'll always have more resources at their disposal. We'll affect their news coverage; I suppose we already have. But we won't take away much of their business. Instead, we'll just keep looking for good stories, support the local independent media (like you do, Fred) as much as possible and see what develops.


It is clear Dustin has more respect for the blogging world than his former employer does.

There are two components to Racine Post. There is http://www.racinepost.com/ which is a Drudge like site with links to stories from in an around the community. As you look through that site you may notice a highlighted R or I. R's are Racine Post stories, I's are stories put forth by local independent media (blogs). The second part is the Racine Post blog.


I've been reading both of these sites since they started. It is clear that Pete and Dustin are trying to fill the gap and have a real community forum.


For the Racine reader this should be on your daily reading list, I have added links to both sites on my blog roll. For those outside of Racine I'm sure Dustin and Pete would not mind you stopping by from time to time.


For the political junkies, Dustin and Pete try and call things down the middle, though their true leanings do come through in their writing. I'll leave it up to you to figure out where they are coming from. One thing is certain, they care about the community and are trying their best to provide a positive resource, I admire that greatly.


Welcome to the blogosphere gentlemen.

If this doesn't make you cry...

Turn in your human card.

I forget...

What happens when magma hits ice?

Could it melt?

What happens when conventional theory gets blown away?

BRING OUT THE CONSENSUS AGAIN!

H/T Still Unreal

Hmmm

Did the Mitchell report do anything other than confirm to us what we already knew?

Front Runner Disease...

I've said a dozen times, remember that Howard Dean was the slam dunk nominee at this time four years ago.

So tell me are Hillary & Rudy done?

It sure seems as if all the momentum has left both of their campaigns.

December 13, 2007

WOO HOO

Our new $10 million closer is on the just released baseball steroids list!!!!!!

****************************

Any guesses?

Oh golly gee, Michael McGee Jackson Jr's wiretaps can be used in trial...

Another nail in the legal coffin of the corrupt hero of much of Milwaukee.

Anyone want to hazard a guess on the coming editorial decrying how unfair it is that McGee will be in jail for Christmas from Eugene Kane?

The war on Christmas.

Ho-ho-no: McDermott votes against Christmas

Congressman backed Ramadan, Diwali
By
JOHN IWASAKI P-I REPORTER

Maybe you could call him Congressman McGrinch.

Rep. Jim McDermott supported House resolutions this fall to recognize the Islamic holiday of Ramadan and the festival of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

But the Washington Democrat drew the line at Christmas.

McDermott voted Tuesday against a resolution to recognize the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, passed 372-9. Democrats cast all the nay votes.

McDermott, revered by many of his liberal constituents in Seattle, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. A staff member in his Seattle office said that "if you know the congressman, you'd know why" he opposed the resolution.

Neither the Ramadan nor the Diwali resolutions drew any opposition. No one spoke against the Christmas resolution -- which stated that Christianity was the predominant faith in the U.S. and contributed greatly to the development of Western civilization and America -- leading King to draw his own conclusion.

Congresscritter more than willing to recognize every religion BUT Christianity. For those who do not understand the grousing about the war on Christmas, this is it.

I'm done with Gore.

Now Al Gore is complaining the US is blocking reaching an agreement at the end of the world conference in Bali.

No where in his unpatriotic contempt of his own country is he defending the US against the attempted money grab against the US by the other conferees.

Al Gore is a self serving bore who uses scare tactics to get his message across. And I for one have had enough.

Hewitt on Huckabee

Mike Huckabee's Low Blow

By Hugh Hewitt
Thursday, December 13, 2007

When Mike Huckabee asked a New York Times' reporter, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers," he crossed a line he cannot uncross.

Previous to this he had played a game of teasing the anti-Mormon vote, and had been called on it by Charles Krauthammer and others.

But Huckabee had maintained deniability.

No more. Huckabee's obvious attempt to salt the mine and get the reporter to carry antt-Mormon rhetoric into the paper without Huckabee's fingerprints on it backfired, and the transparent attempt to use the MSM to further the anti-Mormon message was repulsive.

Until he crossed that line, Huckabee remained a viable protest vote for conservative evangelicals who distrusted Romney's conversion on life issues. The hard core anti-Mormon fanatics are actually few in number and many of them are on the left --like Larry O'Donnell-- and Romney had successfully put the issue of his faith behind him with his speech at the Bush Library.

I could not agree more with Mr Hewitt.

Here is the rest of his piece.

December 12, 2007

Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd - Mary, did you know?

In the UK the nanny state's next victim...

Thick sliced bread.

There is no end.

Carbon Reparations.

So what is the answer coming out of the big global warming summit in Bali? (why do they always have these things in tropical climates?)

It has been proposed that developed countries (the US) send money to undeveloped countries to help them catch up to us. We of course owe them for developing faster than they did.

Your price tag?

$780 per person annually, or $212 billion per year. Yes for the family of 4 your yearly energy hog carbon tax would be $3120. (funny I thought the value of the dollar was so worthless that nobody wanted them any more)

Oddly, the report acknowledges the $2.3 trillion spent on foreign aid over the last 50 years has not really helped all that much. But now in the name of global warming aided through some yet unimagined distribution source (my guess is Al Gore) things will be better.

And this is all this conference boils down to folks. We are supposed to pay for the sin of our success to those not as fortunate. Well us and China, except China wants nothing to do with this.

It is amazing isn't it that every time a number of countries get together to discuss how to fix the world the answer is always the same. The US should pay.

Source.

Triticale.

During Drinking Right last night we got a call from Triticale's wife.

She told us he is not doing very well. His Doctors only give him a few more days.

We offer our respect, best wishes and prayers.

December 11, 2007

DRQ (Drinking Right Quotes)

What do you want on your pie? Dickie.

Alcohol may intensify effect. Nick.

There is snow in my shoe. Fred

The night is young. Suzie

Here come the nazis. Nick

That was Mrs the 8th. Fred

That does not prevent me from reading Fred. Nick.

Now I remember. Dickie.

Don't quote me though. Steve.

By the grace of God. Nick

I love his suit. Leslie

You mean he wasn't out already? Steve

Caption This.


23/6 SwiftKids: Hillary's Cookies

H/T: Dan. http://www.stillspinninblog.com/

Journal Times Editorial....

New Editor same old stuff from The Racine Journal Times. They have dissected the Boots & Sabers / James Buss issue with some strange conclusions.

Read carefully, reduce hysteria

Friday, December 7, 2007 11:26 PM CST

It’s difficult to distill the teacher-blogger incident in West Bend. There are so many examples of poor judgment here.

It was unwise in the first place for teacher James Buss to post an Internet blog entry lauding the acts of the students who killed 13 and wounded 23 at Columbine High School. You may recall that in his post Buss complained about teachers and cited the Columbine killers: “They knew how to deal with the overpaid teacher union thugs. One shot at a time!”

He was merely being mischievous, he told police who came to question him after someone complained about his post. The police arrested him, which was the next bit of bad judgment.

Maybe the police were playing it safe in a society sensitive to even the most indistinct threats, but the evidence wasn’t there, and the arrest led to widespread publicity which magnified the incident while committing the next misstep.

News reports focused on the inflammatory parts of Buss’ post. The evidence that everyone missed or ignored was his subsequent comment. It read, “I am NOT advcting shootng teachrs,” (sic) according to Boots & Sabers, the conservative Web site where Buss made his comments.

In other words, the comment could be viewed in the same sense as that of someone who says, “I’ll kill him if he doesn’t get here on time.” It’s not an overt threat but a colloquial expression of strong feeling.

Washington County District Attorney Todd Martens showed the one bit of good judgment in deciding not to charge Buss. Though offensive, Martens said, the comments fell under the speech protections of the First Amendment. What Buss’ verbiage amounts to, then, is another piece of the refuse we must endure if we are to maintain free speech for everyone.

Buss still faces the possibility of discipline in Oak Creek where he is a high school chemistry teacher, and if school officials impose a harsh penalty it will be another in this string of poor decisions. Buss’ stupidity does not rise to the same level as hitting or molesting students. Let him return to his school, and let him suffer the snickers and whispers. Public shame and censure can be a much more powerful corrective than any written reprimand from a central office. They are also a consequence of accountability which is why many people seek the anonymity of the Internet.

And here is the cautionary lesson for people who seriously follow unknown online scribblers: Although they are media darlings at present and can contain useful information, blogs are not automatically more serious or believable than the flyers one used to find stapled to utility poles.

The Internet is merely the newest medium through which dubious old messages can be passed more quickly to a larger audience. There is nothing wrong with people communicating freely. Indeed, that principle is the foundation of many benefits in our society. By all means read what you wish. Just keep a bag of skepticism handy to leaven the assertions which you find.

I just don't know where to start with this.

Using hindsight the Journal Times has concluded that everyone over-reacted.

In the post Columbine world can we over-react enough? Hindsight is easy, leadership is hard.

Can you imagine the public outcry had this threat been a real one and kids had died? Imagine the police had known about said threat but had done nothing? It is a sad thing to say but crackpots who say things like Buss did need to be investigated. Dismiss the wrong crackpot and kids die needlessly.

The paper missed the point that the Superintendent of Schools in West Bend is the person who put forth the complaint. She found it credible enough to be concerned about the safety of her students.

I can only imagine the furor if a commenter on any blog had threatened students directly or indirectly and the police had been made aware of that threat and made the decision to ignore it. The newspaper would (justifiably so) be all over the police for ignoring that threat.

The paper also suggest that Buss should not face any disciplinary action from his school. I strongly disagree with that.

In the wake of Columbine and the recent Virginia Tech shootings any teacher dumb enough to invoke those tragedies in an attempt to make some cheap political point is not smart enough or does not show good enough judgement to be allowed to teach our children.

The paper mentions his subsequent comment, “I am NOT advcting shootng teachrs,” but they fail to understand that Buss was still making the same cheap political attack by pretending to be something he was not. It was his sole intent to make conservatives look like what he perceived them to be. In my mind this is close to hate speech.

If he had done exactly the same thing using a racial component instead of a political component I am sure the liberal editorial board would not be so lenient. In fact I am sure they would be calling for Buss' head on a silver platter.

The Journal Times ends with an odd attack on blogs, "Although they are media darlings at present and can contain useful information, blogs are not automatically more serious or believable than the flyers one used to find stapled to utility poles."

Yes there are credible bloggers out there and there are far less than credible bloggers out there. Bloggers build their credibility over time.

In the same way there are newspaper editorial boards out there to me that carry less credibility than flyers stapled to telephone poles.

Enough said.

December 10, 2007

Vote.

The new MRQ of the week poll is up.

Photo ID is not required. We approve of nasty campaign tactics.

Vote for your favorite!

Drinking Right Ho Ho Ho


And the time has come for the December edition of Drinking Right.

Tuesday evening 7pm until Dickie kicks us out at Papa's social club.

This should not be confused with the Cheddarsphere Holiday bash slated to run December the 30th at the same location at noon.

I heard a rumor that there may be a very special guest on hand. Bad weather may change that so you'll just have to show up to find out.

2007 Predictions Review.

I humbly submit for review my published 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.


(I blew the record part but nailed the intent. Retirement? I'm not so sure)

The Milwaukee Brewers will have a winning record (83-79) but they will not make the playoffs.


(The Brewers finished exactly 83-79 and did not make the playoffs. He shoots, he scores!)

The UW Madison men's basketball team will make the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

(Wrong a long a ding dong)


Corruption charges will not be brought against Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as no one will have the guts to testify against him.


(True)


Racine Mayor Gary Becker will easily win re-election.


(Gary Becker ran unopposed, this will NOT happen again)


Racine County Executive Bill McReynolds will not so easily win re-election.

(Also true)


Wis Politic's blog of the year award will go to either Wigderson's Library & Pub, or Folkbum's Rambles & Rants.


(Wis politics did not select a blog of the year)

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.


(Nailed that one too, did not see the federal charges though)


Air America will go silent.


(Well technically since no one is listening...)


Racine Unified Schools will have a new Superintendent by the end of 2007.

(bu-bye Supernintendo Hicks)


A sitting Supreme Court Justice will pass away this year.


(not even an ingrown toenail)


All in all not a bad record for crystal ball gazing. The Brewers prediction alone is worthy of an A grade.

MRQ the private jets ran out of parking...

To know me is to love me. Wiggy.

Hooooolllllld on. What's this? Learned Foot.

I wanted to be He-Man when I grew up. Jib.

I don’t bloody well think so ‘booboo! Kate.

those vibrators in the bedside cabinet Bitter.

Men wearing Croc's is bad enough. Jimi.

you might get a Nobel Prize too. Nick.

Feel the snow. James.

My snowblower broke today. Fred.

my IQ dropped 10 points. Elliot

We don't have to say something nice about Fraley, do we? Aaron.

I'll try to be humorous on a regular basis Caledonia Unplugged.

hideous Christmas sweaters Ally.

I welcome our newspaper overlords Plebian.

I need my right hand free to high five all the people who come by my desk to tell me how awesome I am. Casper.

I'd like to buy me some of that new fangled Global Warming stuff... Phoenix.

Bring your own. Nick.

Best. Girlfriend. Ever. Fuzz.

I tawt I saw a city plow! RAG.

Mmmmmmmmmmm … donuts! Peter.

Pink flamingos. Mating? Aaron.

History doesn't repeat itself, stupid people repeat history. Still Unreal.

Fat, grumpy, intolerant ex-mayors ought to be shot. Althouse.

I pulled out my phone and played some solitaire. Joey

It must be true. You read it on the internet. Lance.

That usually only happens when I launder my money. Dean. (they know about shrinkage right?)

MRQ of the week

Congratulations Kathy you have won the MRQ of the week!

Coming between a woman and her chocolate during the holiday season is definitely a crime!

Ah, imparting chocolate into the contest. The best way possible to garner the vote of Mrs RDW.

$5,000 baby tax?

Yep, global warming strikes again.

Hmmm. Pardon me?

All rightie then... So pardons issued by Mike Huckabee are coming under scrutiny.

I have no problem at all with that, it is a legitimate issue. I want to know more about Huckabee's pardons.

I have to wonder though why pardons issued by Bill Clinton for allies of his wife are not coming under similar scrutiny? If our media was so objective you would think they would tell that side of the story as well.

December 8, 2007

Odorsement.

So... Oprah is running around schilling for Obama.

If you were going to get any celebrity endorsement, I would say that would be the one you would want.

How important are endorsements (celebrity or otherwise) to you in helping you select a candidate or make a decision on a particular issue?

Thought of the week.

You are not paraniod...

Everyone is talking about you.

December 7, 2007

Cynthia McKinney is coming to town!


Hey! You Greenies watch out,
You better not shout,
You better not pout,
Your party is way out:
Cynthia McKinney is coming to town!

She lost her old job,
She could just write a blog,
She is gonna find out who's holding her down.
Cynthia McKinney is coming to town!

She passes through the entry,
Without showing her ID,
And if you dare to stop her.
She’ll unleash Al Sharpton on you.

Oh! You Greenies watch out,
You better not shout,
You better not pout,
Your party is way out:
Cynthia McKinney is coming to town!
Yes folks, she's coming to Madison... And if you missed it, she is Monther Sheehan's candidate of choice...